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_______October Donadea News_______

Attention all artists in all media. The Donadea Art Group will be holding their annual exhibition at Connolly's of Ballagh House, Donadea, on Thursday 25th October beginning at 7.30 p.m. The exhibition will be opened by Vincent Hyland of Wild Ireland. If you wish to show your art please phone 045-869138 on or before 20th October. The fee is 20 per artist and a small commission will be charged on sales. All monies raised will go to the Foundation for Deaf Blind in Drumcondra. There will be a raffle of paintings on the night and a wine and cheese reception. Entry to the public is free. A good night is assured for all as this is always a very successful event.


Dolores Kennedy would like to thank everybody who supported her Coffee Morning on the 20th September. A sum of over 350 was raised for the Hospice.


A Race Night organised by the committees of Donadea Newtown and Staplestown Cooleragh senior citizens groups will be held in Ballagh House, Donadea, on Friday 19th October at 9.00 p.m. Your support for this event will be appreciated.


A tour of Donadea Forest Park by a group of senior citizens took place in glorious sunshine on Tuesday 18th September. It was organised by Eithne Herbert of the Allenwood Day Care Centre. Special permission was obtained through Coillte which enabled the group to have access to all the sites in the park. Sites visited included the Castle, the lake, the Boat House, Ice House, Lime Avenue and St. Peter's Church. Local historian Seamus Cullen was on hand to give a history of the sites visited. A high point of the tour was an unexpected meeting with local resident and T.V. personality Dick Warner. The group finished their visit with refreshments at the forest shop and all were full of praise for the wheel chair friendly facilities in the park.


Our annual bog day took place again this year, despite the confusion about the date, on July 14th. As usual, the old reliables appeared including past winners, Josh Rose, Charlie Tuite, Paidir McGuire plus the Murphy's, both senior and junior version. Another reliable, especially when it comes food was Dolores Kennedy, who was well aided with help from Kay McGuire plus a few others.
The bank was in great condition, thanks to Noel Barrons for cleaning and leveling it out. It made it very easy for the Red Rose to put the finishing touches. Thanks you very much lads.
But the business of finding a new slane's man was now at hand and there was a lot of to-ing and frowing, snorting and blowing by all and sundry. The judges Aiden Murphy and Paidir McGuire were both scratching and banging heads in an effort to find a winner. Their problem was nearly solved when Liam Morrissey decided to throw a sod for Ireland. But that was not to be so, for in the distance, in the glistening evening sunshine, two brand new beautiful wheelbarrows were to be seen, accompanied by two equally beautiful gentlemen. It was curtains for Morrissey as these boys were born with a slane in their fist.
The rest of us stood back to watch each batch size sod being thrown out with the greatest of ease. The cup going to the young Colm Harrigan of Allenwood, I heard someone shout "Let's check out Dolores's scones" So they did, and washed it down with the best of bog tea!!
After adjourning to Roches for some refreshments, (thanks to Kay for organising it) the cup was presented to Colm, which he filled with the best of Irish and we all did our duty, and drank it.
It was decided Derry would field a team for next year at Ticknevin and that training would begin on January 1st. See ye then.


Heritage Week was marked in Donadea Forest Park by a series of talks and walks organised by Friends of the Forest, Tir na Mona and Coillte. George Hipwell, Coillte Forest Manager, was on hand to welcome the participants and spoke of Coillte's ongoing work in developing the park. The first part of the event saw talks given by Sean Flannery and Seamus Cullen at the 16th century Tower in the Castle enclosure, the farmyard nearby and the entrance to the walled gardens.
The group then proceeded to St. Peter's church where the rector, the Rev David Fraiser spoke on the aniquity and religious significance of the site. The final tour of the day saw Sean Flannery give his expert knowledge of horticulture in the shrubbery which was planted by Sir Gerald George Aylmer in 1850. Concluding the event, Liam Holton spoke of the threat to the environment posed by a proposed super dump in an area of bogland close to the Forest Park.

AIB Clane opening hours

Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wed 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thurs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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