Wedding - The wedding took place in St. Michael’s Church on May 3rd of Pamela Grant and Donald Phelan. Pamela is the eldest daughter of John and Mary Grant of Ballydonnell while Donald is the son of Donal and Jean Phelan of Rathdowney. Celebrant was Fr. John McGrath P.P. Bridesmaids were Ashling Dunne and Laura Grant (sisters of the Bride); Bestman was James Phelan (brother of the Groom) and his friend Brian Dowling was Groomsman; Rebecca Dunne and Tom Dunne were flower girl and page boy (niece and nephew of the Bride). Readers were Laura Jane Whelan and Mary Molloy; the Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Leanne O’Regan, Clare Kelly, Alan Kelly and Stephen Crotty. The Offertory Gifts were presented by Mary Grant and Jean Phelan. Una Phelan was a lovely vocalist. Sandra O’Keeffe read the Communion Reflection. A most enjoyable reception was held for family and friends in the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny. Pamela and Donald are spending their honeymoon in Mexico and New York. We wish them many, many years of wedded bliss together in Rathdowney.
County U/16 Football Champions - The eagerly awaited Tipperary U/16 ‘C’ football final was played in Cloneen on the Bank Holiday between Mullinahone and Moycarkey. Mullinahone laid siege to the Moycarkey goal from the start. Early chances were missed against the stronger side. Mullinahone retained possession very well giving little away even under pressure. In goal Valentena Kavanagh made some fine saves. In the backs County minor and team captain Eiren Connolly ably assisted by Aisling Foley, Fiona Fennelly, Lena Butler, Eimear Horan and County U/14 player Aine Dunne broke up many Moycarkey attacks. In midfield Jane Walker and Nicole Shelly were on top. Up front County U/14 Aoibhe O’Shea ably assisted by Lorna Cody and Shauna O’Meara began to pick off the scores. After playing with the breeze Mullinahone led at half time 2-3 to 0-1. Shortly after the break Moycarkey goaled to bring themselves back into the game but Mullinahone moved up a gear to again take command. Subs, Orla Butler, Eimear Horan and Grainne Horan added fresh legs as Mullinahone began to pull away. When referee Andrew Meaney blew the final whistle the score was Mullinahone 4-13, Moycarkey 1-3. The County Chairman presented the winners cup to Eiren Connolly (Team Captain) and Aoibhe O’Shea who had scored 2-10 was made ‘Player of the Match’. Later the panel and management team of Linda McGrath, Noreen Horan, Alison Fennelly and Helena O’Meara enjoyed well deserved refreshments in the Mullinahone G.A.A. Complex. Team: Valentena Kavanagh, Lena Butler, Eiren Connolly, Aisling Foley, Aine Dunne, Fiona Fennelly, Eimear Horan, Jane Walker, Nicole Shelly, Aoibhe O’Shea, Lorna Cody, Shauna O’Meara, Sophie Noonan, Shauna Moloney, Sarah Corcoran. Subs used, Orla Butler, Eimear Horan, Grainne Horan. Well done to the girls, the mentors and the club officials on such a fine win.
First Holy Communion - Will be administered at a special children’s Mass in St. Michael’s Church on Saturday morning next, 19th May at 11 a.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John McGrath P.P. All parishioners are invited to come along to this Mass.
Parish Notes - May Devotions, rosary and benediction each Sunday during May in St. Michael’s Church at 7 p.m. The rosary is recited each week evening during May, Monday to Friday at the Callan Road Grotto at 7 p.m. We congratulate Louise O’Meara, Kilvemnan on her recent wedding to Paul Kelly of Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Parishioners are asked to make special preparation for the Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Dublin from 10th to 17th June.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Thursday in St. Michael’s Church from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A pilgrimage to Medjugorge will take place from Sept. 8th to 15th. For more details contact John O’Brien at (061) 380614.
The annual Cashel and Emly Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 16th to 21st June. Pilgrimage Director is Fr. Thomas Hearne. For further details contact Fr. Tomas O’Connell (Invalid Section) at (0504) 28829; Fr. Pat Coffey (Youth Section) (061) 380247 or Joe Walsh Tours (01) 2410812. To be included in parish newsletter items should be with Paul in Meehan’s Shop before 6 p.m. each Thursday.
Fab Fitness - Classes continuing in the Knocknagow Centre on Monday mornings right up to the end of June and in the Community Hall, Ballingarry on Thursday nights to the end of July. For more details contact Biddy O’Dwyer (052) 9152001 or (087) 6410352.
Day Care Centre - Ruth O’Gorman tells us that the Kilkenny Alzheimers Day Care Centre are taking part in the Stoneyford 10k Walk/Run on 20th May. If you are interested in sponsoring the centre or in running/walking on behalf of the Centre contact Ruth at (056) 7771230.
Scrap Metal - Our local G.A.A. Club are hoping to help clean up the parish and in the process make some useful cash for themselves. The idea is to collect any scrap metal that may be lying around and sell it to a registered dealer. If you are approached by local club members do help them out.
Fitness Classes - Express 4 week classes in Mullinahone Community Centre from Tuesday, May 8th from 7 to 8 p.m.
Community Games - If you have any interest in organising a local round of the track and field Community Games please contact a committee member or phone (052) 9153832 before the end of May.
Zumba Fitness - Classes in the G.A.A. Hall each Thursday from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. For more details contact Breda Kirby at (087) 9042742.
Lost Keys - A set of keys was lost in the locality, if found please leave same into our Post Office, thank you.
Juvenile G.A.A. - Huge thanks to all who helped out at the recent car wash with special thanks to Sean Reilly and Johnny Shelly for power washers and Ky Vaughan for supplying the water. Thanks to all who got their cars washed, 900 euro was raised.
U/10 training on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. U/12’s went out at the semi-final stage of the U/12 Football Go Games. Following a win over Grangemockler last week our U/14’s play two more games on Monday and Thursday this week. U/14 training on Wednesdays; U/16 training on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Message to all, please keep dressing rooms clean and tidy.