March Mona Newsletter

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A meeting place

For years we only got a glimpse of each other as we drive to and from mass or our weekly outing to the shops. No time to linger for a chat or to renew old acquaintances. The driver was always in a hurry.

Happily this no longer needs to be the case. A casual suggestion made over a year ago, planted the seed. Acting on this suggestion a group of people got together and planned a party for our seniors, last Christmas. At that party we expressed our dreams to open a social club where one and all could meet and chat.

Our hopes for that club were realised on Jan/13/2000 when the doors of Newtown Hall were opened and we greeted our first members. This club we hope will be a place of interest and craic for years to come.

Now that we have a beautiful hall we can work to make our club a focal point. No longer do our parishioners need to feel lonely or lack contact with their equals; here we sit and chat, play cards or bingo, learn a new craft or just sit and read the daily papers and enjoy a cuppa. The stories and jokes seem to come naturally each one prompting the next. Who ever said "Laughter is the best medicine" knew what they were talking about.

You don't need an invitation or need to be a senior citizen to drop in for an hour. We are hoping the gifted individuals in our community will come along and pass on some of their knowledge. Each one has a gift to share and by giving you will receive.

There are a bunch of eager beavers ready and willing to provide care and help when necessary. There is no class, creed, age or gender barrier. So on with the coat and hat and come and join us on Thursdays anytime between 10 am and 2 pm. For further information contact Bríd or Marian at 01-6293055 or 045-869303

If there is anyone out there willing to give a demonstration on crafts or health care, we would love to hear from you. We don't pay much but we guarantee an enjoyable time.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursdays.

On Sunday 7th May there will be a Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale. Also included in the sale will be the handicrafts done by our seniors. More details in the next issue of MONA

New Arrival

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Josephine & Michael Kelly on the arrival of their daughter Rachel.

Donadea Forest Park Update

Friends of Donadea Forest are aware that Coillte have erected a gate on the Kilcock avenue, near St. Peter’s Church. As this gate is closing off a recognised right of way, we are at present in negations with Coillte to have this gate left open during daylight hours and to have a style or wicket gate erected as well.

It is imperative to the retention of Donadea Forest Park as a public amenity that all rights of way are retained, maintained, upheld and used. The rights of way that may be used by the public for access to the Forest Park are the entrance at The Range, the Blue Doors near Staplestown Cross and the Lime Avenue, near Mount Armstrong Cross. Local people have been using these rights of way for generations and if you have any difficulty gaining access to the Park vai the above mentioned walks, please let us know at 045-870210

St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Tir Na Mona will again this year be entering a float in the Kilcock & Enfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Last year our float with it’s Turf-Cutting theme won first prize. We hope to repeat our success this year. Please come and support us and enjoy a wonderful day’s entertainment.

Community Alert

Donadea-Tiermohan Community Alert had a successful cake sale on Sunday 13th February. The committee would like to thank all who made cakes and those who supported it, especially the people of Staplestown and Timahoe. The sale made £240. Well done to Dolores and her committee.

Tiermohan Parent’s Council held their AGM on the 21st of January. Parents elected to the new Council were Chris Morrin (Chairman), Maureen Finn (Secretary), Kathleen Noone (Ass. Secretary), Helen Comerford (Treasurer), Eileen Kearns (Ass. Treasurer), Kay Fitzgerald (PRO), Pauline Grogan, Thomasina Foley, Ann Lannery, Catherine Leonard and David Gildea.

A priority for the new committee will be to attempt to relieve traffic congestion at the school in the mornings and afternoons.

We would like to wish the new committee every success in the coming year. We would also like to remind everyone that there is a Can Recycling Bank at Tiermohan School.


Incinerator Update

Tir Na Mona made a submission at the oral hearing of An Bord Pleanala on Friday 28th January in the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth.

We objected on the grounds of planning only as An Bord Pleanala do not deal with environmental issues. We objected to the fact that if the incinerator was built its demand for water would be so great that it would put our water supply for North Kildare in jeopardy.

An Bord Pleanala is expected to deliver its decision on the 9th of March next and we will keep you informed of any further developments. In the meantime we would urge you all to continue to support the efforts of the people of Kilcock in their fight against this project.

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