All the news from in and around Mullinahone this week.
The death took place recently, as the result of a traffic accident, in Melbourne of Tom Kelly formerly of Lismolin. Tom emigrated “down under” nearly 60 years ago having spent some years in Bermingham. Although in his early 80’s Tom was a most active man and in recent years he had been home quite a lot. In his youth Tom was associated with three local parishes. He was born in the parish of Drangan and went to school in Ballydonnell and received his First Communion and Confirmation in Mullinahone. Later he went to live with his uncle in the Killenaule area and this led him to play hurling with Killenaule with whom he won a county junior hurling medal and a number of South Tipp. senior hurling medals. However, it was as an athlete with Coolquill that Tom made his name. When he went to Australia he became a long distance runner and achieved national prominence winning the Korean marathon in 1961. Tom qualified as a PT teacher and became one of the best coaches in Australia looking after national teams even in his later years. Tom married in Australia and is survived by his wife Patricia as well as their family and grandchildren. Although he is gone from Lismolin for almost 60 years Tom never forgot his native place. He is survived in Ireland by his brother Jimsy, Ballydonnell who is now the sole surviving member of the Kelly family. To him and to the rest of the Kelly family we extend our sympathy. The late Tom Kelly at the present time would make a splendid role model for young Irish emigrants in Australia.
Big Win: A national competition in heifer rearing for 2012/13 was won last week by Jim and Teresa White, Clonlahy, Mullinahone. They deserve our heartiest congratulations. The overall prize worth €10,000 was won after a year long countrywide competition organised by Teagasc. The final of the competition involved 4 regional winners. A farm walk in Clonlahy was hosted last week by Jim. This walk was attended by hundreds of farmers from all over the country. They and Teagasc officials heard first hand from Jim about the various stages of the project. As well as being a hard working farmer, Jim is also the secretary of Mullinahone Co-op. and is also one of the trainers involved in Mullinahone Ladies football club.
Heart Foundation: The 2nd Annual walk will take place on Saturday next, Sept. 28th. Walkers should meet in the G.A.A. car park at 10.30am. The walk will take a 4 mile circuit. Donations to The Irish Heart Foundation will be taken on the day before the walk begins.
Schoolboy Soccer: The soccer season has recommenced and already the U/12’s and U/14’s have played their first matches. On Saturday, Sept. l4th the U/12’s travelled to Moyglass where they defeated the home team 4-0. The U/14’s sponsored by Crocanóir went down 4-0 away from home to Clerihan. If you are interested in joining the U/12’s or U/14’s and were born between 2000 and 2004 please join us at training in the Mullinahone soccer pitch on Saturday mornings at 10am.
Community Park: You can now book the court in the Community Park for tennis and 5 a-side soccer with Isobel Clarke at (086) 0726195. Tuesday is already fully booked but all other evenings are available.
Parish News: The parish of the future needs ladies and gentlemen especially in the 25 to 50 age group. Fr. Noel Kirwan from Limerick will lead us into the future for Mullinahone Parish over 5 weeks in St. Patrick’s College starting Tuesday, October 2nd from 7.30 to 9.15pm followed by refreshments. All ages are welcome. Please submit your name. You are needed at this historic time.