November Mona Newsletter

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Kildare County Council is working on providing every school in the county (approx. 125) with a battery recycling unit for small domestic batteries. Kildare County Council will bear all the costs of providing this service. Returnbatt, a company based in Kildare, will service the units and recycle the batteries.
The proposed Civic Amenity site in Kilcock is now at public consultation stage. A site in the Bawnogue has been identified, but further work will be done to ensure that issues of traffic etc. are dealt with satisfactorily. It is envisaged that the Civic Amenity site would accept glass, aluminum cans and other recyclable materials.
Kildare County Council are continuing to develop in-house recycling initiative at it’s offices in St Mary’s so as to lead by example. At present, cardboard, batteries, fluorescent tubes, print toner cartridges and computer hard drives are all being recycled. In the near future they plan to begin recycling office paper. These initiatives cost money, but this cost must be weighed against the cost to the environment of sending all this waste to landfill. Waste sent to landfill is lost, waste that is recycled saves on precious raw materials. Kildare County Council is to be commended for leading the way with their waste initiatives, both for reducing the amount of waste produced and for demonstrating that it is possible to recycle a wide range of items.
If you want information on outlets for recycling any of the items mentioned in this article, contact Dara Wyer in the Environment Section, Kildare County Council @ 045-87380.

Christmas Messages

If you wish to send a message to loved ones abroad for Christmas via the newsletter, please submit them to the Tir na Mona office or contact any of the names on the last page of the “Mona” Newsletter


A Great American Friend

Through the goodness and kindness of your (Tir na Mona’s) charismatic chairman I had the good-fortune to meet two beautiful American people some years ago when we were about to refurbish Staplestown Church. Don and Frances Browne were introduced to me after a Sunday morning mass in Staplestown in the summer of 1995. Straight away I was impressed by their obvious love of church, their faith and striking friendship. Don’s dear wife Frances has since gone to God.
They were both very impressed by our lovely little church in Staplestown. Their words of praise and admiration were matched by real and substantial generosity. Before they left Ireland to go back home to Oklahoma city, Don and Frances saw Staplestown church in a state of intensive care; the roof had been removed, the walls hacked down – all necessary stages on the way to the restoration of the revered and ancient building (original building dating back to the 1750 s approx.)
Don was back here a couple of weeks ago in late October accompanied by his daughter Debbi. He was absolutely thrilled to see our ancient and revered church of St. Benignus restored to such a state of excellence maintaining all it’s old character completely intact. Don Browne was born in Nebraska (Home of Boystown, founded by Fr. Edward Flanagan in 1917 for homeless boys. A popular film was made in 1938 called Boystown). Don served Mass for the famous Fr. Flanagan and knew the legendary priest very well. At mass in Cooleragh on Sunday 22nd of October I introduced Don as ‘the oldest Mass-Server in U.S.A.’ – he not alone served Mass for Fr. Flanagan (in late 1920‘s), but he still serves daily Mass at his home church in Oklahoma City.
Meantime Don is a very accomplished Air Pilot who flew planes in World War II and continued to pursue an illustrious career in Aviation after the war. A man who can pierce the clouds but has his two feet firmly placed on the ground. When he and his lovely daughter Debbi were here in October I had the privilege of their company through their great friends Liam and Mary Holton. They were with us here on Mission Sunday. As already stated, Don was born in Nebraska (Home of Boystown). The message of Father Flanagan’s Boystown is encapsulated in a painting in Nebraska- it depicts two little boys walking through a blinding snowstorm, one carrying the other on his back. The caption underneath says “He ain’t too heavy ‘cause he’s my brother”.
Don Browne has obviously taken that motto to heart right through his whole life. It’s a message that each of us should carve on our hearts when we have the opportunity to help each other on the way through life- remember “He ain’t too heavy, he’s my brother”.
Pat Ramsbottom


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