Mullinahone to Sydney - Five years ago Brendan Ryan from Fenane and a group of friends while working in Australia went along to see the Melbourne Grand Prix. Una Godley from Castlemaine in Co. Kerry was also in Melbourne. Some time later Brendan met Una again accidentally in Sydney. They became friends. On June 4th last Brendan and many

Mullinahone to Sydney - Five years ago Brendan Ryan from Fenane and a group of friends while working in Australia went along to see the Melbourne Grand Prix. Una Godley from Castlemaine in Co. Kerry was also in Melbourne. Some time later Brendan met Una again accidentally in Sydney. They became friends. On June 4th last Brendan and many

of those Melbourne friends were again together this time in Keel near Castlemaine. Their mission this time was to attend the wedding of Brendan and Una. Brendan is the only son of Tommy and Margaret Ryan of Fenane while his bride Una is the eldest daughter of Tom and Marie Godley of Castlemaine, Co. Kerry. The wedding ceremony was performed by Fr. Luke Roche in St. Gobnait’s Church, Keel. The bride was attended by her sister Niamh Godley while Patricia Teahan, Debbie Moriarty and Caroline Keane were also bridesmaids. Martin Hayes (cousin of the groom) was bestman with Damien Healy, Brian Egan and Padraig Godley being groomsmen. The readers at the Mass were Amanda Ryan (sister of the groom), and his friend Paul Keating. The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Nicola Ryan, Caroline Ryan,

Mark Hayes, Mary Rose O’Sullivan, Debra O’Brien and Breda Connor. Music in the church was provided by Una Flynn and Tom Sullivan. A reception for family and friends was held in Ballygarry House near Tralee. Brendan and Una came back to Ireland a few years ago but with the demise of the celtic tiger they returned to Australia in search of employment. Some time ago they came back to be wed. Mission accomplished, they are now back in Sydney settling in to married life. We wish them both many happy years together whether this is “down under” or back in Ireland to which they hope to return some day when conditions improve. Ad multos annos to Brendan and Una.

Schools - On Tuesday and Wednesday last in Semple Stadium approximately 22 schools finals in hurling and camogie took place. On Tuesday two of our primary schools St. Michaels N.S. and St. Oliver Plunketts N.S. were taking part as they had won their way through to the finals. Mullinahone were competing in the U/13 ‘D’ hurling final while Poulacapple were in a camogie final. In their final St. Michaels were facing Dunkerrin N.S. Over the years Mullinahone have established a good record in schools hurling finals but Tuesday last was not to be their day. A

skilful Dunkerrin side beat them by 1-10 to 0-3. Mullinahone battled to the very end, in fact their last point was scored by sub Michael O’Shea just after he had come on towards the end of the final. Special mention should be made of Shauna Kennedy, the only girl on the team. At full back Shauna made many fine clearances. Michael Cody was another who caught the eye often but in truth all the team tried their best. Mullinahone N.S. lined out Cathal Cavanagh, Shauna Kennedy, Conor Croke, Stephen Reilly, Michael Cody, Eoghan Brett, Oisin Drennan, Sean Reilly, Oisin McNamara, Baylea Grace, Colin Shelly (Capt.). Sub used Michael O’Shea also David Whelan, Jordan Shortt, Jack Lonergan, Dylan StJohn, Paul Houlihan, Jordan Denn and Jack Walsh. School Principal and coach was James Cahill. In their South final Mullinahone had a narrow win over Clerihan to get the right to go to Semple Stadium. Well done

to all concerned.

Playground - The playground for Mullinahone committee would like to invite members of the community to their official launch night on Saturday, July 2nd in T.J. Mac’s at 9 p.m. On the night they will hold a mouse race with live music, fantastic prizes. You will also have your first opportunity to view the official plans for the playground. Mice can be purchased in advance anywhere you see the poster displayed. The committee have been calling door to door and would like to thank everybody for their support and wonderful response. The recent Bake Sale raised 1,050 euro.

Thanks also to the pupils and teachers of St. Michaels N.S. who held a non uniform day in aid of the playground and raised 335 euro. So far the committee have raised 2,619 euro and 58 cents.

Parish Newsletter - A Novena to the Sacred Heart begins this Thursday evening at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Creamery Cross at 7 p.m. each evening. The Offertory collection at all Masses next weekend will be donated in preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Dublin from 10th to 17th June, 2012. Sympathy to the wife and family of the late Patrick Scriven of Callan. Patrick’s son Paddy lives in Modeshill.

Mullinahone G.S. - Next outing to Rathdowney G.C. on Sunday, 26th June. First tee is at 12 noon. New members welcome. Winners at Mountrath, 1st Ml. Gahan Killaghy Cup, 2nd Paddy Denny, 3rd Noel O’Shea, L/D Kevin O’Meara (from back markers), N/P Denis Collins.

Poulacapple N.S. Are Champions - Congratulations to the girls and mentors of Oliver Plunketts N.S. They won the Tipperary U/11 Schools 7 a-side Camogie Championship. They defeated Ayle N.S. Cappawhite by 2-0 to 0-1. In the final there was no score for a long time and it looked as if the game might end in a 0-0 draw. When Ayle scored a point in the second half it looked as if it might be their day. However Poulacapple fought back bravely and banged in 2 goals before the final whistle. It was Poulacapple’s very first Tipperary Schools title although many of the girls wore black and amber helmets for some strange reason. The girls win was was all the more meritorious as they were playing from a panel of only 8 girls. We congratulate their coach Ms. Ann Marie Lacey as well as Principal, Marie Meagher and her excellent team who are all great promoters of Gaelic games. Well done to them all in many years of effort but well done especially to the 8 who brought Poulacapple its first title. The “great eight” were: Kate Gleeson, Grace Hogan, Clodagh Burke, Laura Foley, Ciara Hogan, Margaret Foley, Maggie Welland and Brid Roantree.

Mick Sings - The music continues at Croc an Oir, Ballycullen on this Thursday, 23rd June with well known singer and songwriter Mick Hanly. Mick has been to the forefront of Irish music since the 1970’s and his songs have been recorded by many leading artists.

Ladies Club - The Ladies club outing on 9th July to Arboritum Garden Centre, Carlow and Kilkenny and Newbridge for shopping. The tour returns to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny for dinner. Bus leaves the church car park at 11.30 a.m. Anyone who would like to travel please give your name to any member of the Ladies club. All are welcome.

G.A.A. - Congrats to our Intermediate footballers on their win over Moyle Rovers on Sat. night. Well done to Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran on their parts in defeating Clare. Let us hope our contingent can help the Tipp. Minors to repeat the performance in Semple Stadium on this coming Friday evening, 24th June.

Well Done - Well done to Miriam Maher on completing the recent Dublin City Mini Marathon.