Nonie Meehan Gave Great Community Service - The death took place recently of Nora (Nonie) Meehan of Carrick Street. Nonie as she was universally known was born Nora Doran in Kickham Street eighty six years ago. Her own mother died when Nonie was young. She and her two late brothers John and Tom grew up in a tradition of service to the people of the street and the surrounding community. Nonie remained loyal to this tradition to the end of her life. Not long before her death she travelled to Dublin to stock up her shop in Carrick Street in time for Christmas. She was always in the public eye but in a quiet retiring way. She was a clerk in the local Post Office when the renowned Mrs. English was Postmistress. Having been well trained, Nonie then moved around a number of post offices before returning to Mullinahone on her marriage to Paddy Meehan. She and her late husband set up a shop in Kickham Street before eventually setting up again in Carrick Street. The thoughts of retiring never entered her head even on the death of her husband.
It was in Carrick Street that most of us grew to know Nonie and her kindness to children. In the last ten years, when her son Paul began to edit the Mullinahone Parish Newsletter, Nonie became his receptionist and thoroughly enjoyed the role. She was always pleased to meet anybody leaving in a few notes for the newsletter and always had time to chat with them. She was a Mullinahone woman to the core and had a great memory of the people and places that made up the village of her youth. Like so many of her age group, unfortunately many of her memories pass on with her. Nonie remained in good health and fully alert until her death. Nonie was a religious woman but didn’t seek to impose her religion on others. Her reposal took place in the Mortuary Chapel of St. Michael’s Church. This was followed by the removal to St. Michael’s Church and funeral mass the following day. At Nonie’s Funeral Mass, the readings were given by her sons Martin and Paul, while the prayers of the faithful were recited by her grandsons Noel, Philip and Ciaran.
The offertory gifts were presented by Nonie’s daughter Kay and sons Martin and Paul. After Mass, Nonie’s remains were conveyed to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy and were interred there with the remains of her late husband, Paddy Meehan. All her funeral obsequies were very well attended, which was a tribute to Nonie herself and her family.
To her daughter Kay and her sons Martin and Paul as well as to her grandsons Noel, Philip and Ciaran and also her extended family members John and Majella, we extend our sympathy. We shall miss the kindly Nonie and like so many of her era, we are unlikely to meet her likes again. May she rest in peace and may the tradition of service to the community not pass away with her.
Two Fine Ballads - Over the last decade or so many of the major local events have been commemorated by in ballad form by local man Joe Tobin. Joe’s compositions have always been of the highest order, but recently Joe excelled himself over the course of 24 hours. When Mullinahone won two County titles within 24 hours, Joe had two ballads, one for each win, ready within the hour. Elsewhere in the Sports Section, you can read Joe’s tribute to our minor hurler. Just another form of talent in the little village. Well done Joe!
Ladies Club - Our Ladies Club and Friends will have their Christmas Outing consisting of dinner and Showband Show in Langton’s of Kilkenny on December 9th. For details or to book, phone Ann at (052) 9153389 or Helen at (052) 9153253. Deposit required.
Christmas Fair - In aid of Carlow/Kilkenny and Temple Street Children’s Hospital at Ballylanigan House, Mullinahone on Friday, November 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. Christmas cards, wooden toys, natural health products, silk clothing, jams, wines and Christmas gifts on offer. Free entry, tea and coffee. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Enquiries to (087) 2929449.
Parish News - Cemetery Prayers for November were said in the Church Cemetery and in St Michael’s Graveyard, Killaghy on Sunday afternoon last. The remaining cemeteries Kilvemnon, Modeshill and Isertkieran will have the November prayers for the dead said on Sunday afternoon week, November 27th, as follows 2.30 p.m. Kilvemnon, 3 p.m. Isertkieran and 3.30 p.m. Modeshill.
Gun Club - The shooting season began as usual with a bang on November 1st. All members of Mullinahone Gun Club are reminded of the importance of safety and good practice for the months ahead. The Club would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the farmers and landowners in the parish who continue to support the club and to inform them that all members of Mullinahone Gun Club are insured under the NARGC compensation fund. The Club wishes all members a safe and enjoyable season.
Concerned People - A large number of village residents are becoming concerned about safety in the streets. Towards this end, a petition is being prepared, calling on the authorities to install safety features such as ramps and a possible level crossing around the area of St. Michael’s Church. Copies of the petition are available in the local shops. If you are in favour of safer less noisy streets, please add your name to the list and the local action group will take it from there. The signed petitions will be forwarded to the Gardai and to the Local Authority in step 1 of the Keep Our Village Safe Campaign.