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