Local Notes Edition27th 2011 January

News of the County

News of the County





















New Arrival: Congratulations is extended to Michelle and Shane Smyth, Killeen, Rathcabbin on the birth of their daughter last week-end. A sister for Katylin. Well done to all and many good wishes for the future.

New Development: Lorrha Development Association are delighted to announce that in recent weeks part funding has been received from Tipperary LEADER partnership to support the funds already raised by the three Lord Mayor Candidates Joe Dolan, Theresa Dunne Walker and David Power, towards the development of the new park in the village which is to be known as Friar's Park. Work commenced on the development of the park on Monday last 24th. The park when finished is not only for the benefit of the visitors to the village, but for everyone in the parish and neighboring parishes, as without your support and financial contributions when the fundraising took place last year, this major undertaking could never be a reality.

Reminder: A reminder that the Lorrha parish calendar is still on sale throughout the parish and beyond. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of Lorrha village like, planting flowers, paint, brushes etc. Don't forget to pick up your copy while they are still available. The Calendar is packed from cover to cover with photo's from the past and from the present. If you would like a copy posted to you, call Liz at (090) 9747893 or e-mail lizhussey@eircom.net .

Three Last Nights: If you still haven't been to see Rathcabbin Players presentation of the John B. Keane classic "The Year of the Hiker" then you can catch this powerful performance this coming week-end the 28th. to 30th. incl. in Rathcabbin Hall. Booking essential and the booking line is now open at ( 087) 2360096, from 5 to 10.00p.m. daily but you had better hurry as bookings are filling steadily. Don't miss out on this great play.

Gratitude: Carrigahorig Development wish to offer their thanks to all who supported their recent fundraising draw and the bag packing which they undertook. Many thanks to all who helped out in so many ways and to all who contributed. Your support is much appreciated.

Turf Cutting Rally: The future of turf cutting in Ireland is under serious threat as the Government continue to close down bogs all over Ireland. As the election draws near, the Turf cutters and Contractors Association are holding a rally on Sunday January 30th. at 3.00p.m. in The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.

This group is appealing to everyone who is interested in keeping our bogs open for future turf cutting, both owners and contractors, to be at this rally on Sunday and to show your support for this very important issue.

Good Luck: The best of luck is extended to David Fogarty, Niall O'Meara, Conor Duggan, Eoin McIntyre, Eoin Cleary, Aaron Hogan, Dylan Bouchier, Michael Kennedy and Micheal Lambe along with selector Conor Glynn, and all the senior hurlers in Portumna Community College in their Connacht schools semi-final which will be played this coming Saturday 29th. in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe at 1.00p.m. Best of luck lads. Camogie Club.

Registration for Intermediates and under 18's in the Clubhouse on Friday 28th. January at 7.00p.m. Registration for all juveniles including under 16, 14, 12 and 10 will take place on Friday 4th. February in Lorrha Hall at 8.00p.m. after indoor hurling.

St. Ruadhan's Active Retirement Association: The Tea/Coffee Afternoon in aid of North Tipperary Hospice, which was postponed due to the inclement weather in December, has now been re-arranged for Wednesday, 9th February 2011 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in St. Ruadhan's Community Hall, Lorrha. This is an excellent cause, so please do call in for a cuppa and a chat.

Spring Art Classes: Sketching and art & craft for children at 2.00pm, 3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil

Sketching for adults at 11.00am, starting on Saturday, 29th Jan, for 8 weeks

in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute:

090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

Fitness Classes: Fitness classes starting in Lorrha Hall. Circuit Training: Wednesday 2nd February at 7.30-8.30pm (Six weekly sessions) Aerobics Class: Thursday 3rd February at 7.30-8.30pm (Six weekly sessions) €6 per class or €30 for six classes. All Welcome.

Further details contact Sean @ 086-0522157

Recent Wedding: The wedding took place on Saturday 4th December 2010 in St. Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea, Co Galway of Padraig Madden, son of Bridget and of the late Paddy, Grange, Lorrha and Pamela Carty, daughter of Sean & Mary, Tullahill, Loughrea, Co Galway.

The bride was attended by her three sisters, Maria Carty Crowe, chief bridesmaid and Deirdre and Shona Carty as her two bridesmaids.

The Bestman was Tom Madden, brother of the groom and friends Michael Dermody & Enda Moran were groomsmen.

The celebrant for the occasion was Fr. Sean Egan, St Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea while the Church music was provided by Ciaran Cannon, Loughrea.

Both the grooms mother Bridget and the brides mother Mary brought offertory gifts to the altar. The first reading was read by the grooms sister Mary Ryan, Loughmore and the second reading was read by friend Noel Nevin.

Afterwards the newly weds joined their families and friends for their reception which was held in the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, where Country singer Louise Morrissey and her showband entertained guests before Padraig and Pamela departing on their honeymoon which they spent in Miami, an Eastern Carribbean Cruise, and finished up by spending 4 nights in New York arriving home to Ireland on Christmas Eve. Many congratulations is extended to Padraig and Pamela and in welcoming Pamela to the parish we hope you both have a long and happy life together in Grange.

Recent Engagements.

Three couples announced their respective engagements which took place over the Christmas time and the New Year. Congratulations is extended to Giolla Kennedy and Keith Naylor, Jack Maher and Michelle Moran and Jessica Kennedy and Brendan O'Meara. Well done to all couples and we extend the best of luck to you all in the future.

50th Wedding Anniversary.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Pat and Ann Reddin, Cullagh, Rathcabbin on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Pat and Ann celebrated the occasion with their family recently. Well done to you both and good health and happiness for the future.


Rathdowney Man Dies: The sad and untimely death took place following an accident of Liam Nolan of Mooreville, Rathdowney. He was son of Joe and Francis Nolan and when he married he moved to Gortnahoe Village where he made his home. Liam was a very industrious man and is very sadly mourned by his heartbroken wife Margaret, daughters Catherine and Michelle, son Liam, his parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends and everyone who knew him. Reposing was at his residence. Removal took place to the Sacred Heart Church, Gortnahoe on Friday, December 31st. Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial in the Good Sheppard Cemetery, Gortnahoe. The cortege was flanked by Guards of Honour by Rathdowney and Camross Gun Clubs.

Macra: Well done to the Rathdowney Macra Capers team who progressed to the All-Ireland Final of the Capers competition. The finals take place on January 29th in Cappoquin. Well done also to Aoibheen Ryan who won the Best Producer Award and to Tadgh Keane who was nominated the best Male Performer. Anyone interested in joining Macra contact Philip Cass on (086) 351195.

Ageing With Confidence: We are half way through our fantastic 8 week course. Our tutors are Trevor Stanley and Catherine Fitzgerald who are both doing a wonderful job. The course continues every Thursday in the Library, Rathdowney. This is really a wonderful opportunity for everyone who wishes to come along and spend some hours in a pleasant atmosphere.


C.L.C.G. Naomh Padraig: The G.A.A. are offering Gaeltacht Scholarships to second level students who wish to attend an Irish College this summer. Students who wish to apply should collect an application form from Club Secretary Catherine Mockler before Friday, 4th February.

The A.G.M. of St. Patrick's Juvenile G.A.A. was held on Monday, 17th January at the club rooms at Anner Park Cloneen. The U/14 hurlers were congratulated on their South final victory in 2010. Officers elected for 2011 were Chairman, Paddy Gorey; Secretary, Nicholas Moroney; Treasurer, Michael Broderick; Delegate to South Board, Philly Keane; U/16 Manager, Fintan Morrissey; U/14 Managers, Kenny Brett and Philly Keane; U/12 Manager, James Ryan; U/10 Manager, Eamon Hall; U/6 and U/8 Managers, Davy Hogan and Chris Foley.


Late John Hayes: The death occurred on 27th November of John Hayes formerly of Gortahoola and Carhue R.I.P. He will be sadly missed by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, neighbours and a large circle of friends. Go ndeana Dia trocaire air.


CAMOGIE CLUB–The Emeralds Camogie Club held their AGM on Friday, January 14 in the Old School, Urlingford. Many thanks to all who attended. Committee elected: Chairpersons Mary Leahy/Maureen Norton; Vice-Chairperson Joan Farrell; Secretary Brid Leahy; Vice Secretary Clodagh Cleere, Treasurer J.J. Kavanagh; PRO Yvonne McCormack; Child Protection Officer: Sinead Curran; County Board Rep: Brid Leahy. Registration for all players, new and existing, is on Saturday, February 5 at 2pm in the Old School. All new players will be welcome and look forward to a good year ahead.

WHIST DRIVE – The Monday Whist Drive in Kilcooley School House in on this Friday night, January 28 at the usual time. Proceeds in aid of Junior Youth Club.

COLAISTE MHUIRE – There are a few vacancies left at the night classes at Colaiste Mhuire. Pilates and Welding on Tuesday nights; aerobics on Wednesday; computers, welding and cake decoration on Thursday nights. Classes will commence on the week beginning January 31. Phone 056 8831135. A CAO/Grants/College information evening will be held at Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown at 7.30pm. Mr Fahey will cover the CAO System and grants and Ms Danielle Byrne from UCC will talk about college life. All are welcome to attend.

ANNIVERSARIES – Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses in Urlingford and Graine last weekend: Mary O'Rourke (nee Neary), Manchester and formerly of St Mary's Avenue; Bridget Norton, Tincashel; Ellen Kennedy, Woodsgift; Bea Rowe Kelly (nee Byrne) London and formerly of St Mary's Avenue.

COURSES – Family communications and self esteem is an 8-week parenting course for parents of 9-17 year olds. The aim is to support parents in building good relationships with their children. Topics covered: Communication, self esteem, problem solving, peer pressure, assertive parenting, conflict resolution. Cost free venue: The Drum Youth Centre, MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny every Thursday morning 10.15am to 12.45pm from 27 January and at The Boardroom HSE Lacken, Dublin Road, Kilkenny every Friday morning 10am to 12.30pm from January 28 to March 18. For further information or to book a place contact the Health Promotion Department on 056 7761400.

PAINTING AND DECORATING – David Painting and Decorating provide the best prices and service for all painting and decorating jobs interior and exterior. Transform you old or damaged kitchen furniture into a new and beautiful kitchen at a very cheap price. For more information contact David 087 1640634, email daviddecorating@gmail.com.

SOCIAL – The monthly parish social takes place in Urlingford Parochial Hall on Tuesday night February 1. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am. Music by Owen Condon. More support from the parish will be much appreciated.

DEATH – The death has taken place at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny of Mr Thomas (Tommy) Lennon, Money na Muck, Galmoy. He belonged to a much highly respected family. He was a lovely quiet outgoing gentleman and was held in the highest esteem. This bore testimony to the large attendance at the removal of the Remains from O'Sullivan's funeral Home Rathdowney to Church of the Immaculate Conception, Galmoy and after Requiem Mass burial too place in Grange Fertagh Cemetery. Deeply regretted by his nephews, Tom and John Cullen, niece Mary Maher, relatives, friends and neighbours.


Footpaths Defaced: Once again we have to comment on the disgusting practice of footpaths in the village area being defaced by dogs. Both male and female walkers when exercising their dogs allow the animals to excrete all over the footpaths. Owners are requested to show consideration for other users by removing the excrement which would take very little time or effort. In the past locals put up notices condemning this practice but to no avail as the notices were ignored. Now locals are thinking of taking the issue further by reporting the culprits to the local authorities. A lot of effort is taken to keep the Two-Mile-Borris village and environs clean and the co-operation of all dog walkers would be appreciated.

Active Retirement: First meeting of the New Year of Littleton, Moycarkey and Two-Mile-Borris Active Retirement will take place on 2nd February in the Muintir na Tire Hall, Littleton at 2 p.m. Annual membership fee of E5 is due at this meeeting, everybody over 50 are welcome to join our group.

Recent Deaths: Anthony (Tony) Higgins, Rush, Co. Dublin, Thurles and formerly of Gooldscross; Tim Burke, Curraghtarsna, Cashel and formerly of Ballyhudda, Moycarkey.

Memorial Mass: Tom Mockler, South Korea (son of Biddy Mockler, nee O'Keeffe, Wales and formerly of Horse and Jockey) in Moycarkey Church on this Fri, 28th Jan at 7.30 p.m.

Month's Mind Mass: For Maurice Shaw, Ashill in Moycarkey Church on this Saturday, 29th Jan at 6.30 p.m.

Animal Dumping: Thanks to the swift action of our local Forestry Department, a dead calf with ear tags missing was removed from the Liskeveen Plantation on Saturday, 22nd January last. The animal had been dumped about 300 meters from the division between North and South Tipperary. As the road is used by many weekday and Sunday walkers there was a potential danger to public health. The latter has been referred to the Gardai who will inform the Department of Agriculture.

This stretch of road from Foley's Cross to the division with South Tipp. had in recent months been turned in to a public dump; televisions, fridges, freezers, washing machines; dog and cat food tins and all kinds of domestic rubbish are spoiling one of our most beautiful country roads from where the Derrynaflan Monastic site is visible.

Report rubbish to the North Tipp. Co. Council on freephone number 1800 250 350, outside of office hours messages can be left on the voice mail system.

It is also hoped that with the development of the tourism industry that signposts will be put in place on the many T-junctions and crossroads that are currently without any signs which causes confusion for any newcomer to the area.


Parish Newsletter: Intending contributors are reminded to submit their reports immediately if they wish to have them included in the 2010 edition. The e-mail address is: moytem@gmail.com. The next meeting of the committee will be held in Moyne Community Centre on Friday, 4th February at 9 p.m. All members are requested to attend.

Scor: We will be represented in four competitions in the Mid Tipp. final of Scor Sinsear which will take place at Moyne Community Centre on 11th February at 8 p.m.

Sympathy: Deepest sympathy to William and Carmel Maher, Tullow on the death of William's uncle Tim Bourke, Curraghtarsna, Cashel and to Ger and Maria Ryan, Boulabeha on the death of Ger's uncle Ailbe Hogan, Rathboy, Borrisoleigh. Ar dheis De go raibh a nanamacha.

Bridge Club: Results 13th January, 1st Mary Fennelly and Chrissie Troy, 2nd Carmel Lonergan and Eileen Britton, 3rd Mary Moore and Ann Everard. Next Thursday, 1st night of competition starts at 7.45 p.m.


Our Lady's Sodality: The next meeting of Our Lady's Sodality for members in adjoining parishes will be on Monday, 31st January starting with Holy Mass in Knockavilla Church at 7.30 p.m. With weather conditions so severe at present it is hoped that it will be a little kinder on the date to enable members to attend.

Holy Communion: First Holy Communion dates for 2011 are arranged. Children from 2nd class in the parish schools will receive First Holy Communion in Knockavilla on Saturday, May 14th and in Donaskeigh on Saturday, May 21st.

I.C.A.: An evident situation at present is what appears to be the demise of the I.C.A. After 100 years during which the I.C.A. was responsible for many improvements in rural life especially for women and children which brought about good living conditions in family life - we see practically all smaller guilds have disappeared. However, an important procedure with the remaining guilds is the setting up of the I.C.A. Museum in Clonmel in 2010, the Centenary Year to commemorate the founding of the organisation in 1910. Recently members of the ex Carhue guild joined with Annacarty and Knockavilla Active Retirement Association to visit the Museum. A nostalgic visit, amazing to see where we came from. Afterwards the group proceeded to Knocklofty House for dinner which ended an interesting day for all.



There will be a collection by Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association at Masses on the weekend of 19th and 20th February.

Your support would be most welcome.


Clonakenny GAA AGM: The AGM of Clonakenny GAA Club will take place on this Sunday Jan 30th in Lismackin Hall at 2.30pm.

This is a very important meeting to organise things for the year ahead. All members players and all those interested in Clonakenny GAA Club are asked to attend. Note the change of date this is due to the Mid Board Adjourned Convention taking place on Saturday Night.

Dinner Dance: Clonakenny GAA Club in association with Templemore Camogie Club will hold a victory Dinner Dance in the Templemore Arms Hotel on Saturday February 26th at 9pm sharp. Music by Tipp Off.

Tickets are modestly priced at E25 for 4 course meal. Medals will be presented to the Clonakenny Intermediate Hurling and U/21 Football Teams.

The 2010 Clonakenny GAA Hall of Fame will also be presented on the night.

Primary Schools Quiz: Well done to the Lismackin Primary School Team that came second in the Mid Tipp GAA Primary Schools Quiz and went on to be third in the County Final of the Primary Schools Quiz.

The Lismackin Team was Diarmuid Ryan, Matthew O Sullivan, Conor Shanahan and Delacy Byrne.

This was a great achievement for the school. Well done to all concerned.

ICA: Congrats to our table quiz team of Mary O'Keeffe, kathleen Hennessy and Mary Hennessy who won the North Tipp federation table quiz last thursday night, best wishes to them in the national final in An Griann.

We look forward to meeting up at our next meeting on wednesday 2nd Feb at 8pm after our Xmas break. New members are always welcome to join our guild.

Progressive '25' 13/01/11:

Our cancelled Christmas Card Game was held on Thurs 13th Jan the results are as follows - 1st on 11 Games: K O Dwyer and K Byrne, M Bolger and M Byrn; 2nd on 10 Games: L and J O Brie; 3rd on 9 Games: M Keeshan and J Treacy, D Byrne and M Coonan, L Crampton and TJ O Donoghue, D Quinlan and P Sheedy, C Whyte and P Dooley

Table Prizes: P Delaney and B McLoughlin, P Cummins and N Cahill, M Walsh and A Russell, J Clarke and P Joyce

Progressive '25' 20/01/11:

1st on 13 Games: C Whyte and P Mullally

2nd on 10 Games: P McLoughlin and J Leahy, D Nolan and M Murray

Table Prize: P Delaney and D Carroll

Raffle: A Nolan, D Nolan and J Maher


Congratulations: We extend our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Peter Alley who received the Tipp FM Overall Arts and Entertainment Award for 2010. The award highlights individuals and organisations who are involved in the broad world of arts and entertainment, who have selflessly worked in advancing their own field or in assisting others and who have in some way, through their work and commitment brought pleasure and enjoyment to the people of Tipperary and beyond and in this particular case, to the community of Boherlahan and Dualla, who will hold the lyrics and memories of Oklahoma in their minds for many long years to come. Peter returned to a producer's role to stage Open Air Oklahoma in June 2010. An outstanding success, Peter displayed his wonderful imagination, directorial talent and great courage. Oklahoma gobsmacked the many thousands of patrons who attended the show and to be the recipient of this award is well and truly deserved. Peter also received the monthly award for June 2010 for the production of Oklahoma. The awards were accepted by his daughter Siobhan on the night. We wish Peter well and a speedy recovery to full health.

Boherlahan Dualla GAA Adjourned AGM: The Adjourned AGM was held on Saturday night last and the following is a confirmed list of officers and committee members for 2011:- Presidents: Fr. Joe Egan and Fr. James Feehan. Vice Presidents: Flor Coffey, Paddy Wardick, John Coffey, Philip Ryan, Liam O'Dwyer, Sean Leahy, Dan Ryan. Chairman: Lar Devane. Vice Chairman: Philly Ryan. Secretary: Connie Mulcahy. Assistant Secretary: Ann Flanagan. PRO: Lisa Stapleton. Treasurer: Seamus Leahy. Assistant Treasurer: John Geehan. Membership and Registrations: Ann Flanagan and Betty Stapleton. Development Officer: Paul Ryan. Mid Fixtures Rep: John Devane and P.J. Maher. County Board Rep: Seamus Leahy. Field Contact: Ann Flanagan. Cultural Officer: Tom Clarke. Website Co-Ordinators: Lisa Stapleton and Seamie Leahy. Schools Liaison Officer: Sean Moloughney. Committee for 2011 to consist of all Officers above plus: Tom Clarke, John Dwyer, Dick Corrigan, Martin Bourke, John Gleeson, Austin Maher, David Fogarty, Irene Dwan, John Maher, Brendan Ryan, Johnny Ryan, Marie Ryan, Michael O'Sullivan, Esther Kavanagh and Kathleen Darcy. Team Management for 2011 is as follows: Seniors: Gerry Maguire (trainer), Brian O'Dwyer and Michael Murphy. Juniors: Dermot O'Dwyer, Jos Tobin, Donal O'Dwyer, Philly Ryan. U21: Tom Clarke, Sean Corbett, James Tarrant. Minor: Fr. Peter Brennan, Pat Moloughney, Tommy O'Dwyer. Junior Football: Dick Corrigan, Martin Bourke, Peter Gleeson.

Training: Training resumes for all players on Friday night 4th February 2011 at 7.30pm.

Membership: A reminder that membership falls due now for the year ahead. Note all players must be fully paid up members before they play. No players will be covered by insurance if they have not done so. Contact Ann Flanagan or Betty Stapleton.

Dualla Community Association: Dualla Community Association is holding its' Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, February 1st at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Pat Butler, Talbot Park, Boherlahan on the death of his mother Mrs. Kitty Butler, Cloneyharp. May she Rest in Peace.

Bingo: Bingo continues every Monday night in Boherlahan. Prize money is €1,700 nightly so do come along. Buses serving local surrounding areas. Contact any member of the Bingo Committee for further details.

Inclusion of Items: If you have anything to include in the Boherlahan Dualla news, please contact Lisa Stapleton on (087) 6447947 or e-mail lisastapleton@gmail.com before Sunday night for inclusion in that coming weeks notes.


C.B.S.: C.B.S. Primary School Parents Council are holding a 45 Drive in Moore's Bar on Friday, 4th February. Your support appreciated.

Tidy Towns: Doon Tidy Towns will hold a meeting this Thursday, 27th January at 9 p.m. in the Community Centre.

A.G.M.: East Limerick Branch of the Irish Red Cross will hold their A.G.M. on Monday, 31st January at 8 p.m. in Doon Community Centre. All welcome. Our thanks to all who supported our recent church gate collection where 702 euro was collected for our local branch.

Progressive 45: Card Results for 16th January. 1st Larry Kennedy, P.J. McGrath, 2nd Rodgie Maher, Joan Nolan, Sharon and Margaret. Table Prize, Canice and Tom, Tom Kenny, Ger Beary.


The Late Christina Fitzpatrick: The death has occurred in Preston, England of Christina Fitzpatrick. She was daughter of the later Gerry and Ellen Fitzpatrick of Killesmeesta. She emigrated to England at a young age with other members of her family. She was in failing health for some time. She is very sadly mourned by her brothers Tommy and Gerry in Killesmeesta and by all her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews in England and all her relatives and extended family. Requiem Mass and funeral took place in Preston, England. A Mass for the repose of Christina's soul was celebrated in Killesmeesta Church by Fr. Jackie Robinson P.P.


Sympathy: We extend our very sincere sympathy to Mrs Bernadette Ryan and family Boherlody, Killeen, on the recent death Of Bernies brother Albie Hogan, Rathmoy, Borrisoleigh.

We also extend our sympathy to Maureen Rohan, Barnagore, Dolla ,Con Rohan Barnagore Dolla, Josie Wixted Birdhill, and all the members Of the extended Rohan Family on the death of Angela O Leary (nee Rohan) in Cork

We also extend our sympathy to the Buckley family Curraleigh Dolla on the recent death of their mother Mrs Joan Buckley.

Getting Married in 2011 or 2012: See the notice boards in the Churches for pre marriage course details or contact Marcella on 1850585000.


Girl Weds Boy Next Door: A delightful local wedding on December 30th in St. Michael's Church brought the old year to an end in Mullinahone. The wedding was that of Lisa Lonergan and Richie Cahill. Lisa is the eldest daughter of Thos Lonergan and the late Ann Lonergan of Killaghy. Richie is the son of Michael and Nellie Cahill of Rocks Road. While the Cahills and the Lonergans now reside at different sides of the village the families were next door neighbours in Carrick Street for many years. The wedding ceremony was performed by Fr. John McGrath P.P. Mullinahone and Fr. Michael Barry a cousin of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was the bride's sister Tracy Lonergan assisted by friends Kate Boland, Denise Bannon and Bid Maher. Micheal Cahill, the groom's brother was bestman while his friends Paul Denny, Edward O'Brien and Bill Tobin were groomsmen. Ella Gerrard was flower girl while the groom's nephews Alex Britton, Josh Britton and Luke Britton were page boys. The bride's brothers Mickey and Jack acted as ushers and the bride was given away by her father Thos. The readings at the ceremony were given by the bride's brother Mikey and the groom's sister Mary O'Mahony. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Paul Curran, Alice Gerrard, James Maher, Ann Marie Cleere, Niamh Neary, P.J. Barron, Erin Foley and Des O'Mahony. The offertory gifts were presented by the groom's mother Nellie while the bride's late mother Ann was represented by Elma Gerrard. A communion reflection was delivered by the bride's brother Jack. Music was provided by Andrea Ruth Houlihan and Eamon O'Malley. Many people commented on how well the church looked. A reception took place later in the Hotel Minella, Clonmel. Richie and Lisa spent their honeymoon overseas from where they have since returned. We wish them many years of happiness together. It has been a fairytale ending for the boy and girl next door. As a footnote we would like to congratulate chief bridesmaid Tracy Lonergan who herself got engaged to Paul Curran as 2011 began. Best wishes to all.

Club Scene: Our U/21 footballers are preparing well for their championship which kicks off in February. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. For any information on training or games contact Decie Mac. Our minors are also up and running and any information concerning minor training can be had from Johnny Kennedy.

Gym and Hall: In order for the smooth running of the Sports Complex the hall must be pre-booked at all time through Jackie Bolger. Circuit training for ladies continues every Thursday night at 8 p.m. You can join anytime by contacting Andrew Cashman or just come along on the night.

Our Own Place: The January lecture in the 'Our Own Place' series in St. Michael's N.S. dealt with Mullinahone in the 17th and 18th centuries. Early pastors in the parish and the First Mass houses were recalled. All future lectures will take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 8.30 p.m. in St. Michael's N.S. Next lecture is on Wednesday next, 2nd February and it will see the emergence of Mullinahone as an independent parish in 1826, the events of 1798 locally and the days before the great famine.

Droichead Family Resource Centre: Drop In computer support centre will be open every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow people to access the computers in the Droichead Family Resource Centre and seek advice if needed.

Fitness for Fun pilates is back, it will begin on Thursday, February 3rd from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (100 euro for 10 week session), fully qualified instructor. All ages and abilities catered for. For details call Margaret on (086) 8547710. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

Young Irish Film Makers will hold a free 3 day workshop on February 14th, 21st and 28th from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at the young people in Callan and particularly those interested in film making or wanting to learn about film making. No previous experience is necessary. Places are limited so please contact their Family Resource Centre to book your place on (056) 7755519 Ext. 1.

Breakfast Club: A group of local men and women meet in the Friary Complex every Friday morning at 9.30 a.m. for breakfast and are now starting to help out with the Community Garden Project that is located at the back of the Friary Complex. All interested in a hearty breakfast or keen of gardening are welcome to come along.

Notice: Please remember all notices for the Editor to be in Meehan's Shop by 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Marcella Nominated: Marcella Plunkett (daughter of Kay Sheehan, Ballydavid) who starred in the recent Martin Sheen film made in Fethard has been nominated for an I.F.T.A. Award (Irish Oscars). Marcella has been nominated for her part in "Occie Byrne" which was shown lately on R.T.E. around the New Year. The awards will be made in mid February so we wish Marcella the best of luck. At present Marcella is seen in the RTE series Raw which is being shown each Sunday night after the news.


Happy Retirement: On Friday, 21st January at St. Mary's Central School, Killenaule a special function was held to honour the retirement of Bridge Cormack, Main Street who has served as a teacher for 30 years.

She was a very popular teacher and was dedicated to her work.

She had many talents including art and many a time she helped in the community producing some artistic posters and banners for events held in town.

Bridget's family and friends were present at the function and presentations were made to her from the staff and pupils

She was thanked for her wonderful contribution to our community and was wished every happiness and good health in her retirement.

ICA.: Meetings resume after the Christmas break on Tuesday, 1st February in St. Mary's Hall at 2.30 p.m. (note change of time). Bring and Buy sale of unwanted gifts, produce and cakes. Non members welcome to come along and see what is happening in the coming months with programme planning, social afternoons and mystery tours.

Active Retirement: The AGM of the group will take place in St. Mary's Hall on Thursday, 3rd February at 2.30 p.m. Membership is now due. Digital Camera classes in the Centre at 10 a.m. started on Monday, 24th January.

Clothes Collection: On this Thursday, 27th January used clothes collection at St. Mary's Hall for homeless orphans in Kenya. Drop off clothes before 12 noon. This is an Irish run orphanage.

Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to the Walsh and Quigley families on the recent death of Breda (nee Quigley), Mortlestown; to the Burke family on the recent death of Tim Burke; to the Maher family, Curraheen Drangan on the death of their mother Kathleen. God grant them eternal rest.


Phase 11 of Development: Holycross F.C. Launch Phase 11 of it's Development this Friday night, January 28th at 7.45 p.m. at the Community Centre. All members and non members most welcome to attend. Mr. John Delaney F.A.I. Chief Executive will attend. Fun night guaranteed, lots of prizes.

Sympathy: Sympathy to Tom O'Meara, Fertiana on the death of his sister Kitty Butler, Cloneyharp, Ballycahill. Sympathy also to Pat and Liam McGrath and Helen O'Brien, Cormackstown on the death of their aunt Ellen Culhane, Haroldscross, Dublin.

Drama: Co. Tipperary Drama Festival committee meeting on this Wednesday night, January 26th at 8.30 p.m.

Holycross Ballycahill Drama Group - The group are presently rehearsing their play "Lovers at Versailles" a tragic comedy by Bernard Farrell which they will stage on the opening night of the Co. Tipperary Drama Festival which is held annually here in Holycross. Directing the play is Pat McGrath who is no stranger to drama, he has been both actor and producer of various plays since 1964. The festival commences on March 18th and concludes on March 26th.


Gortnahoe Youth and Development Assoc: Please support Progressive 25 drive on February 17th in Gortnahoe Community Centre and Table Quiz for Primary school children on Friday 18th February.

Table Quiz: The Juvenile G.A.A.club are holding a Table Quiz this Friday January 28th at Mary Willies, starting at 9.30.Table of four E20.00.

All support would be greatly appreciated.

Vacancy: Assistant Care Taker for Gortnahoe Community Centre. Apply in writing to the Secretary Richard Dunne, Graigue, Urlingford, Thurles by January 31st, 2011.

Sale of Work Raffle Winners: Margaret Cooney, Boulick, Mary Rochford, GraigueDeirdre Cashin, Ardfinnan, Joaephine Horan, Graigaman, Noreen Tyrrell, Fennor, Michael Kelly, New Park, The Commons, Derva; :arge, Gortnahoe, Chris Dufficey, Sallybog, Katie Maher,C/O Lisa Crawford, Grange.

Art Competition Winners: Urlingford N.S.1st.Keith Wellwood,2nd Ciara Leahy.

Gortnahoe N.S. 1st Kelly O'Brien.2nd Martin Walsh. Glengoole N.S.Stephanie Cahill,2nd Shonagh Cleary. Ballysloe N.S. 1st. Katie Tobin,2nd Eimear Lanigan.

Overall Winner: Cara Barnaville,Gortnahoe N.S.

Classes: A briefing for the following classes - First Aid, Beginners Computer classes, Thesaurus Payroll System, Keep Fit for over 50's, will take place this Thursday January 27thin Gortnahoe hall at 8.p.m. The choice of classes is a follow up to the questionaire issued to houses in September. Further classes on the questionaire are being considered.

Clerks Collection: The annual collection for the clerks of our churches will be taken up this week-end, 29th and 30th January. All collection envelopes will be distributed this week.

Bereavement: The death has occurred of Edward Patrick Breen, Bristol, and Longford Pass. Funeral Arrangements later. May he rest in peace.


G.A.A. Club: The adjourned meeting of the A.G.M. will take place on Sunday next, 30th January in the Club House at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you all on the night. The position of P.R.O. is still vacant, if you are interested contact Mike Sullivan at (087) 2772542.

Camogie: The A.G.M. will take place on Saturday, 5th February at 8 p.m. in the Club House. Nomination papers are in circulation. If you have not received one and would like to nominate someone please contact Karen at (087) 64448193, nomination papers must be returned by this Wednesday 26th. Anyone wishing to play camogie with the club for 2011 and requires a transfer contact (087) 64448193 as soon as possible. All transfers must be with the Co. Secretary by February 1st.