Mullinahone

Death of Jim Fitzgerald’s Death Shocks Parish - Last Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there was much joy for Mullinahone and Tipperary hurling followers. The previous Sunday one of those hurling followers was laid to rest in Mullinahone churchyard. Jim Fitzpatrick was taken from us suddenly in Callan on the previous Friday. While having his lunch in town as he often did Jim suffered a massive coronary. We were ill prepared for Jim’s death as he was generally so full of life. He was a bachelor and had just passed his 60th birthday. In fact Jim had made preparations to celebrate his 60th properly with some of his friends in France at the end of the month. There had been a more minor celebration locally very recently. Jim was hugely popular. The huge crowds which attended his reposal in Brett’s Funeral Home, his removal to St. Michael’s Church, his Funeral Mass there and his subsequent burial in the adjoining churchyard were the proof of this. Sport played a large part in Jim Fitzgerald’s life. In his younger days he played football and hurling which was his favourite game for Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams. Perhaps he was the star of the 1970 County Minor football final when a rousing display from Jim brought the Mullinahone/St. Patricks combination back into final which they eventually won against Kilruane. In later years Jim took up tennis and golf. He may not have been a Padraig Harrington or a Raphael Nadal but guards of honour from his golfing friends in Mullinahone and his tennis buddies in Kilcash as well as a guard of honour from Mullinahone CJK showed how popular Jim was.

Death of Jim Fitzgerald’s Death Shocks Parish - Last Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there was much joy for Mullinahone and Tipperary hurling followers. The previous Sunday one of those hurling followers was laid to rest in Mullinahone churchyard. Jim Fitzpatrick was taken from us suddenly in Callan on the previous Friday. While having his lunch in town as he often did Jim suffered a massive coronary. We were ill prepared for Jim’s death as he was generally so full of life. He was a bachelor and had just passed his 60th birthday. In fact Jim had made preparations to celebrate his 60th properly with some of his friends in France at the end of the month. There had been a more minor celebration locally very recently. Jim was hugely popular. The huge crowds which attended his reposal in Brett’s Funeral Home, his removal to St. Michael’s Church, his Funeral Mass there and his subsequent burial in the adjoining churchyard were the proof of this. Sport played a large part in Jim Fitzgerald’s life. In his younger days he played football and hurling which was his favourite game for Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams. Perhaps he was the star of the 1970 County Minor football final when a rousing display from Jim brought the Mullinahone/St. Patricks combination back into final which they eventually won against Kilruane. In later years Jim took up tennis and golf. He may not have been a Padraig Harrington or a Raphael Nadal but guards of honour from his golfing friends in Mullinahone and his tennis buddies in Kilcash as well as a guard of honour from Mullinahone CJK showed how popular Jim was.

Jim and his sister Ena Heran were the only children of Tom and Mary Fitzgerald of Clashbeg. Jim worked for many years in Heron’s Sawmill in Callan. On the death of his father and mother Jim settled into farming in Clashbeg. TO his sister, brother-in-law and his two nieces as well as to his many, many friends we extend our sympathy. Jim Fitzgerald was one of a kind.

Hearty Walk - In a week of wet weather there was a break for the hearty walkers who set out from Poulacapple N.S. on Sunday evening.

Mega Bingo - The Mullinahone Community Park committee will hold a Mega Bingo night on this Thursday 28th. Doors will open in the G.A.A. Sports Hall at 8 p.m. and the game will begin at 8.30 p.m. Raffle and great prizes, all proceeds will go towards the Mullinahone Community Park/Playground. Your support would be much appreciated.

Thanks - The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank sincerely all who contributed to the Society’s recent churchgate collection. The sum raised was 830 euro. Your support was and is greatly appreciated.

Summer Camp - You are invited to join the Mullinahone Summer Camp for fun, sport and adventure in the G.A.A. Centre from 16th to 20th July. Forms are available. Contact Paul Curran on (087) 7673758.

Ladies Club Outing - The local Ladies Club are off on their annual Summer Outing on Saturday next, 30th June. They will travel to the Guinness Storehouse via Avoca Shopping Village. There will be some time for shopping in Dublin. Dinner will be enroute home. Names or enquiries to Ann Needham (052) 9153389 or Helen Carey (052) 9153253.

Bric-a-Brac Market - A Bric-a-Brac market will take place in the local G.A.A. Centre on Sunday next from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Bric-a-Brac, clothes, antiques, books, crafts, tea, coffee and home-made treats. Book a table from 12 euro or a car for 7 euro. For more information please call Suzanne.

Golf Society - The next outing of our Golf Society will be to Clonmel G.C. on June 30th. Tee off is at 10 a.m. There will be a Singles competition for the Killaghy Cup.