Card Game: The team of Tom Lenihan, Necia Lane and Jimmy O’Connell continued their winning run as they again emerged winners at last weeks card game. The runners-up prize was shared between Linda Gleeson, Marian Roche and J.J. Lenihan and John O’Connell, Toddy O’Connor and Florence O’Connell. The table prize went to Sean Lyons, Dan Brosnan and John Lyons. The door prize went to Eileen Murphy with raffle prizes going to Marian Quirke, Marian Roche, Eileen Murphy, Denis Flannagan and Necia Lane. Cards continue on this Thursday night at 9pm and all are welcome.
Ceili: The February ceili in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla will be held on St. Valentines Night, February 14th. Dancing will commence at 9.30pm to the music of Taylor Cross Ceili Band. There will be refreshments served during the evening and all are welcome.
Soccer Lotto: The numbers drawn last weeks soccer lotto were 3, 9, 21 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot prize. The winners in the lucky dip draw were, PJ O Halloran, Listowel, Tess Boaz, Abbeyfeale, James Doran, Brosna, Jamie O Grady, Meenkilly and Breda O Connor, C/o Kostal. . The winner of the promoter’s prize was Julie Murphy. This week’s jackpot will be €1,900.
GAA NEWS: The club membership for 2014 is now due to Mountcollins GAA club. This years subscription is fixed at €30 for adults and €10 for students. It is most important that all players are registered with the club prior to the commencement of the playing season with training due to get underway shortly. From this year onwards it is compulsory for all players from underage level upwards to wear mouth guards. This is for players protection and insurance cover and no player will be allowed train or play without a mouth guard.
GAA Lotto: There was no jackpot winner in last weeks Mountcollins/Tournafulla Gaa clubs lotto where the numbers drawn were 5, 15, 16 and 23. The winners in the lucky dip draw were Scotts Fitzgerald, Abbeyfeale, Jimmy Wolfe, Michael O Callaghan, Tournafulla, Eugene Danaher, Listowel. The winner of the promoters prize was Muireann Hickey. This weeks draw will be held in The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla for a jackpot prize of €3,100.
Parish History (2): The first church was built in the village in the middle of the 18th century by Fr. Luke Collins whose name was later adopted by the parish. Prior to this Mass was celebrated in private houses by priests from Abbeyfeale or Killeedy. In 1953 the Church was reconstructed with the addition of a sacristy, a bell tower of 80ft, a new roof and floor and an extension to the graveyard. Funds were collected through card games and dances. Fr. Dan Murphy was curate and he travelled to America and England to fund raise for the project. The first school in the parish was built in Caherlevoy in 1870. It had four teachers, two for the boys and two for the girls. Mountcollins had a large population at that time and children were encouraged to leave school at 12 or 13 years of age to accommodate the younger children. A new school was built across the river in 1948 and is used to this present day. Politics was to the fore front of the news in Mountcollins in 1918 with a large attendance at the Sinn Fein Club meeting. The officers elected were Chairman – Mr. J. Reidy, Vice Chairman – Mr. D.D. Lenihan, Secretary – Mr. M. Kerins, Treasurers – Mr. JJ O Connor and Mr. M.M. Lenihan. Committee members were Mr. D.D. Kenneally, Mr. Martin Lenihan, Mr. Lawrence Hartnett, Mr. Denis Lane, Mr. Denis Lyons and Mr. W. W. Quirke. A District Council of Cumann na mBan was formed in Mountcollins in June 1918. Delegates from Tournafulla, Brosna and Rockchapel were in attendance. The cumann had a very able and energetic secretary who has organised lectures and first aid classes for its members. The meeting also proposed conscription to the army in an effort to unite a wayward people.