May Mona Newsletter

_____________May Donadea News____________

Friends Of The Forest, Donadea Group

The committee members of Friends of Donadea Forest wish to thank all who helped to organise for the visit of Mr. Charles McCreevy, to Donadea Forest on Monday 29th March. The Minister appeared relaxed and casual and stayed much longer than the expected half-hour. In fact it was closer to 2 hours. The tree planting ceremony went well and lots of photographs were taken. Thanks to the Tir na Mona members for their presence, to Joshua Rose particularly for his tireless efforts and of course Dolores Kennedy for overseeing the refreshments, Coillte for their co-operation. Mr McCreevy was presented with a special piece of Bog Oak, by Coillte and Friends of Donadea Forest. The Minister will be staying in touch and took a particular interest in the walled gardens, as it was he who allotted 20,000,000 for the upgrading and restoration of walled some years back. In the very near future, a feasibility study will be done on the gardens. It is also envisaged to do a study of the ecology in the forest park.

N. Walsh P.R.O.

Friends of  Donadea Forest.

Coffee for "Kosovo"

The communities surrounding Donadea Forest once again showed their willingness to help their less fortunate fellow men with their generous donations. The brainchild of Janet Colgan, this very successful fundraiser was held in Donadea Forest on Sunday 18th April. With the willing assistance of the members of the Donadea Development Group and Tir na Mona. A grand total of 2,600. was raised for the support of the Kosovan refugees. Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time, to Coillte for allowing us to use the forest and the shop and to all who supported us to make the day such a success.

Newtown Hall.

Newtown Hall dating from the early part of the last century has been a focal point for the people of Newtown, tiermoghan and surrounding areas for generations. Originally a National School claiming as one of the best known of its pupils, the poet Teresa Brayton, author of "The Old Bog Road". In more recent years the Hall has been used by the Teresa Brayton Drama Group, the I.C.A., Parish Groups and is now home to the Coill Dubh / Donadea FAS Employment Scheme. In January 1998 following a public meeting a Hall Committee was formed. They set about upgrading and extending the Hall facilities for all sections of our community. A questionnaire was circulated among all the homes and groups in the locality to find out the needs of this growing community. The committee drew up plans with our Architect to:

a) Renovate and upgrade the existing building to provide meeting rooms for local groups etc.

b) Extend the hall to include a larger area for indoor sports, drama, larger meeting rooms etc.

A detailed application has been made to the National Lottery for funding towards this project. It is hoped to begin the renovation work on Newtown Hall this summer and so place the hall’s facilities at the disposal of all the sections of our local community. Your support of our Charity Auction on 14th May 1999 will go to the Hall Development Fund as we look forward to having you visit the upgraded facilities at Newtown Hall.

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