April Mona Newsletter

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Tiermohan Parents Council

Tiermohan parents council invite all parents from Newtown, Rathcoffey, Timahoe and Tiermohan schools to an information night followed by a cheese and wine reception in Newtown hall on Wednesday 12th April at 8.30pm.

Dr. Vincent Maloney, Child Psychologist is our guest speaker, who is renowned for his informative and entertaining talks on child related issues.

Super Draw

Tickets available for Scoil Dara Development Draw. Over 60 super prizes to be won…. cars, continental holiday, computer plus training and numerous cash prizes. Tickets available, contact Liam at 045-869309

Draw takes place April 19th

Special Birthday Greetings!

Congratulations and best wishes to Josh who recently celebrated a special birthday.

Young at heart

A cheerful greeting, a blazing fire and a welcome cuppa; all this and more are yours if you come along to our senior citizens social club in Newtown Hall. We are open every Thursday from 10am until 2pm.

No invitation is necessary and all are welcome. Our members are gradually increasing. The knitting and crochet needles are busy preparing items for display at our bring and buy sale to be held on Sunday 7th May. This will incorporate a tea and coffee day and we hope to be open from 10am until 6pm.

So mark the calendar and come along to Newtown for your Sunday afternoon tea, meet friends and have a look around our lovely hall.

This is where we start our appeal to your good nature. We need people to volunteer to bake cakes and donate them for this worthy cause. Also any bric-a-brac you can give would be greatly appreciated.

As we are a totally voluntary organization we depend on peoples generosity to keep us going. We need more voluntary workers so anyone out there who can spare a few hours on Thursdays please come along.

We now have transport organized so don’t feel you cannot get to the hall, just contact any committee member and we will arrange transport for you. If we missed you last time we called to your house don’t worry, we will be re-checking on all those we missed over the next week weeks.

Come along and join us at "young at heart" in Newtown Hall each Thursday, and our Tea and Coffee Day in Newtown Hall on Sunday 7th May 10am - 6pm. We look forward to seeing you.

A sincere thanks to all who donated items to our club, they are really appreciated.

For further information contact Brid or Marian at 01-6293055 or 045-869303.

Donadea Forest Park Update

The last year has seen great improvements in and around the six hundred acre estate which is Donadea Forest Park. The walkways have been resurfaced, with some new walks added. The pathway from the car park to, and around the lake, has been surfaced so as to be accessible to physically challenged people.

New signposts are soon to be erected, clearly marking out the numerous features, and walkways, so that visitors won’t get lost!

"Friends of the Forest" a working group of Tir na Mona, have successfully drawn down matched funding, in cooperation with Coillte Teo., from K. E. L. T. (Kildare Leader II company). This funding is being spent on the walks and information signs.

Funding has also been drawn down from K. E. L. T. to carry out a feasibility study on the eight acres of walled gardens, beside the castle, which are the biggest gardens of their kind in Ireland. This fine feature has huge potential, if developed properly as an amenity.

"Friends of the Forest" have had two very big cleanups of the forest in the last year, and as there are no litter bins in the park, we would stress the need for you to bring home your litter with you.

There are a number of "right of ways" through the park which lead into the surrounding countryside. The main ones being, from the houses at the "range", "the blue door" entrances from the Staplestown road, and the Kilcock avenue at Donadea cross roads. It is extremely important that the public continue to use these "right of ways", to ensure that they are not closed up.

Tir na Mona have plans to make these "right of ways" into countryside walks; linking Donadea forest with other places of interest in the surrounding area.

The "lime tree" avenue which is a half mile long, is worth a visit at present, as the daffodils which were sown by Clane scouts and "Friends of the Forest" are now in full bloom. This avenue can be reached from the Clane to Donadea road beside Leo Reilly’s joinery or from the forest walks

To finish we would welcome people from Kilcock to get involved with "Friends of the Forest". You can contact the Tir na Mona office for information about meetings and events tel.. 045-870210.

Enjoy the forest and care for it.

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