Hurling Festival - A stranger coming into the village might wonder why it is so colourful with bunting and flags of the different counties. The reason is that next weekend the underage section of our C.J. Kickhams club will put on a festival of underage hurling in Mullinahone. About 16 teams representing the different hurling counties will bring teams at U/12, U/10 and maybe even younger to Mullinahone to take part in this festival. More than 500 young hurlers are expected to display their skills all day on Saturday at three venues around the village. The hurlers will come from Galway, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Tipperary and also from Ulster with Antrim, Derry, Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh being among those represented. Many of the teams will arrive on Friday and stay until Sunday while others will make it a one day outing on Saturday. Some of the young hurlers will be staying in local homes. Over the years great relations have been built up with some of the visiting clubs especially those from Ulster and several very enjoyable weekends have been spent up North by our young players. The festival will begin on Saturday morning with a colourful parade of all the teams through the village to the G.A.A. sportsfield. After the official opening the games will begin and then it will be helter skelter all day long with the clash of the ash resounding around the little village. It has the makings of a wonderful day and well worth a visit to some of the games. The festival has come a long way since it began as a four team festival a decade ago. The four original teams, Mullinahone, St. Patricks, Ballingarry and John Lockes (Callan) have jealously guarded their places in the festival as taking part is by invitation only. Refreshments will be available in the local G.A.A. Sports Hall and souvenirs will also be available. Hopefully the day will be fine. Our thanks to our local Juvenile club who have over the years built up this festival to be one of the best one day events in the country. With Tipperary as the reigning All-Ireland Senior hurling champions and the Captain being one of our own, Mullinahone is certainly centre stage for hurling this week.
Parish News - Our parish newsletter is now well into its 10th year thanks to Editor Paul Meehan. Condolences to the families of T.J. Brett late of Kickham Street who died in England and to the family of Mark O’Grady who died in Dublin.
A special thank you to Ray and Ivan O’Sullivan for having the church cemetery looking so beautiful for the Kickham weekend celebration.
Well done to Louise Fallon who represented Mullinahone in the All-Ireland Community games finals in Athlone last weekend.
Adoration - The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which takes place each Thursday in St. Michael’s Church from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. has been going very well. A large number of people have signed on to do a specific hour but many others have been dropping in to do an hour when it suits them and of course everybody is welcome. If early days are any guide the Adoration Day (Thursday) should be a great success.
Bothar - To help alleviate suffering in Africa through the wonderful work of Bothar a local man has launched a disk. This is available for 10 euro. Nothing will be deducted from the proceeds for expenses or anything else. Only a limited number have been produced. For details phone (052) 9153118.
Summer Library - The mobile library’s Tuesday visits to Mullinahone have come to an end. The venture which was to fill the gap in library service when schools were closed was a great success and was well supported. The last visit of this summer was on Tuesday afternoon last. It was well supported. Well done to the Joint Libraries Service and thanks also to the local volunteers who helped and to the local Primary schools and teachers who supported the venture. The Reading Tree grew many new leaves.
Golf Society - The next outing of the local society will take place to the Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday, 28th August. First tee at 1.30 p.m. and the Jack Brett Trophy will be played for. Results of the Clonmel Outing, 1st, Ray Cody, Ml. Hickey and Richie Needham, 2nd Pat Mulrooney, Kevin O’Meara and Jim Fitzgerald, 3rd Joe Pollard, Denis Collins and James Maher. L/D Kevin O’Meara, N/P Kevin Keating.
Hurling Round-Up - Our local hurlers have been doing well so far this year. Our Senior hurlers qualified top of the league table for the South Tipp semi-final and drew with Carrick Swan. The winner of this replay will play Carrick Davins in the South final. Our Junior hurlers have battled through to face St. Patrick’s Drangan/Cloneen in the semi-final in Monroe on this Saturday night, August 27th at 7 p.m. At U/21 ‘A’ level we won our first game a long time ago. With five teams involved this win must have qualified us for the semi-final but progress has been painfully slow. At Minor level we topped the league section and will play the winners of Moyle Rovers v Ballingarry in the semi-final. That game will have taken place in Mullinahone by the time these notes appear. The other semi-final will be between St. Mary’s and Kilsheelan/Kilcash Gaels.