Another cleanup successfully
concluded and what a load of old rubbish. Seriously, we
can all be more than proud of the great effort put in by
all the helpers on the day and we extend thanks to all who
participated. Once again Kildare County Council have extended
their help to our local community by arranging the supply
and collection of the skips.
The whole community were pleased to hear that Fr. Pat is
expected to return soon and we all wish him a speedy recovery
and future good health.
As we go to press reports reach us of a great Easter Egg
hunt held in Wright's of Coolcarrigan. The new Scouting
group have been invested and we expect to hear of exciting
goings on in the future. Our thanks go to those who have
made this scouting venture possible and to the parents for
providing their support to the enthusiastic members.
The first Tir na Mona computer course was successfully concluded
recently with all participants very happy with their progress.
The next course will be take place shortly. We extend our
thanks to ACDAL for the use of their premises. Thanks are
also extended to the course tutor who made it all so understandable.
The public meeting about the proposed super dump on our
doorstep was very well attended and there was great participation
from all who attended. We wait with bated breath the outcome
of Kildare County Council deliberations. Please continue
to support this effort until it reaches a successful conclusion.
The MONA team
N.W.K.E.P.G reveal serious
concerns over Superdump site selection procedure. The
Timahoe/Drehid anti dump campaigners held a public meeting
in Kelly's pub Timahoe on Fri 22nd March. This was a very
well attended meeting , with councillors Tony McEvoy, and
Paul Kelly present. Apologies were received from many of
the local politicians.
Presentations were given by
James Brady and Gerry Woods of NWKEPG.
The group presented very convincing
evidence highlighting that correct procedures have not been
followed in the site selection process, clearly pointing
out that the Timahoe/Drehid site does not satisfy many of
the most important criteria laid out in EPA guidelines for
selection of landfill sites. They highlighted the fact that
a criteria called "acceptability" was introduced into the
process, and that this was not a criteria under the EPA
guidelines, nor was there any description for it in the
Councillor McEvoy said that
on this occasion, having seen the evidence presented, he
was fully convinced that the proper procedures were not
followed, and that it would be unjustified to choose this
site based on the data presented. Councillor Paul Kelly
also addressed the gathering, and stated that if the information
presented was verified there would be no chance of this
dump being located in Timahoe/Drehid.
The question was asked from
the floor how much of our tax payers money had the council
spent at this stage investigating this hole in the ground.
People expressed the opinion that this money would be better
spent on recycling and waste reduction activities.
Recent newspaper articles
were highlighted by Gerry Woods showing the ill effects
of landfill on health. A number of studies were discussed,
clearly identifying links between landfills and birth defects.
Clusters of these birth defects occurred in various parts
of Kildare, which were all associated with landfill at some
stage or other. It was very alarming to see that a particularly
high concentration of these birth defects occurred close
to the Silliot hill dump.
A video was shown on the night
of an alternative waste management system, which had the
potential to divert 90% away from landfill. James Brady,
Chairman, stated that the group had presented both their
concerns over the report, and the alternative, to the Clane
area councilors, as well as some officials from Kildare
County Council. However he said it really was a struggle
to get into KCC to do this, and eventually it was really
a case of getting smuggled into the Naas offices to give
the presentation. He also stated that this was ironic given
that other County Councils were giving open invitations
to the public to come in and present ideas on how they could
best deal with the waste crises. Councillor McEvoy added
that it was a disgrace the way that NWKEPG were not allowed
present on several occasions . He also stated that now they
had done so, it seemed to have had a major impact. Tony
stated that there would be no further announcements until
June, and that more data collection is necessary on the
Timahoe site. People expressed the opinion that this was
a political tactic. James Brady addressed the meeting at
the end, appealing to the people present for their financial
support. James said the group were confident that they had
a very strong case against this proposal and had a good
team of professionals lined up, but success may well depend
on how well financially armed the group become. He stated
that we will all have only one chance to stop this destruction.
He appealed to all clubs and community groups to row in
behind NWKEPG on this issue. He stated that this proposal
will effect everybody in ways that they would never imagine.
The knock on effects in terms of a decline in numbers settling
in the area could be detrimental to schools, GAA, and all
other community groups, not to mention property devaluations.
James appealed to the people to not let Timahoe be another
statistic in a newspaper showing ill effects of landfill.
He finished by quoting Martin Luther King:
"We will not remember the words of our
enemies but the silence of our friends".
Good Luck to Jo Martin who has embarked on
a 10 week Carer's Course in Naas ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Many thanks to Morna & Dolores for a very interesting and
entertaining game of "Twenty Questions" (Part 1).Margaret
& Pat eagerly await Part 2 !
Spy Wednesday lived up to it's name this year. An enthusiastic
gardener was spied mowing the grass with gusto at 9.03
a.m. Paul was probably planning his strategies, for the
return Poker game, as he zipped backwards and forwards across
his lawn in Coolcarrigan !
Congratulations to Sinead Cox who is heading off on a Euro
Languages French Scholarship to Multyfarnham shortly.
Good luck to all taking part in the Timahoe Drama Works juniors
production of "Pinocchio" in St. Kevin's on 3rd April. The
senior production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will take place
in the Abbey, Clane at the end of April. Timahoe Drama Works
meet every Saturday as follows: 6-8 years 2.30.p.m.to 3.30.p.m.
9-15 years 4.00.p.m. to 5.30p.m.
Birthday wishes go to: David Flaherty - Timahoe Shauna Jorden
- Derry. Belated birthday wishes go to: Fiona Magan - Timahoe
Eric McElwee - Derry & Paddy Magan Snr. - Timahoe.
A special birthday wish goes to Chairwoman Fiona Murphy who
celebrated her birthday last week. We hope you had a good
one Fiona ,from Timahoe Ladies Club. Timahoe Ladies Club meet
every night at 8p.m. outside Kelly's to go walking. Any ladies
who would like a walk are welcome to join them.
Timahoe Mother and Toddler group meet on Tuesday mornings
from 9.30.a.m. to 12.30.p.m. in the Drama room at Elaine Kane's.
The bus to Dublin , Monday to Friday , leaves Kelly's at 11.05.a.m.,
Ballagh at 11.10.a.m. and Staplestown at 11.20.a.m. The return
bus leaves Busaras at 3.00.p.m. Congratulations to the 22nd
Kildare Scouting Unit who had their Investiture last week.
It took place in Staplestown Church with Fr. O'Malley. After
a short blessing it was back to St. Kevin's G.A.A. for refreshments.
All 42 angels and leaders along with their parents and guests
had a very enjoyable evening. The leaders would like to thank
all those who made the night possible. ~~~~~~~~~~~~
The newly formed Newtown Ladies Club will be meeting
in Newtown Hall at 8p.m. on Tuesday the 9th and the 23rd April.
All are welcome. Come along and take this opportunity to make
new friends and develop new interests. We wish Newtown Ladies
Club every success in their new venture.
TIMAHOE LADIES CLUB
NEWS & UPCOMMING EVENTS
April: Live music by
Michael Dunne. Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy the
craic and sing-a-long. So tune up those voices.
May: Joe Dunne will
be giving a talk on basic gardening skills; hanging baskets,
flower beds, pruning techniques and answering any questions
you may have regarding your gardens. We're hoping to see
many more green fingers after that.
June: Vivien Ni Dhuinn
will be back for Tarot Card reading for those who missed
out last time.
Timahoe Ladies Club looks
forward to greeting old friends and welcome new members
on the first Wednesday of every month at 9 p.m. in
Kelly's Bar, Timahoe.
Timahoe Ladies Club recently
surveyed it's membership in order to plan their activities
for the coming year. They would like to thank all those
who responded. The feedback from the survey has been of
great help in making an application for funding to run courses
during the year. The Ladies Club has applied for funding
to run an Advanced Computer Skills course and a Stress Management
course. The Ladies Club is awaiting a decision on their
grant application and expect to have news on these courses
CLANÓG NAOFA PRIMARY
Applications are invited for
the following part time posts:
1. Part time secretary to
do general school/office duties and such other job related
tasks as may be assigned by the principal and management.Computer skills and a working knowledge
of P.A.Y.E./P.R.S.I. essential.
2. Part time caretaker to
do general repairs/maintenance to the school grounds and
buildings and such other job related tasks as may be assigned
by the principal and management.
* Written applications only
with C.V. and references to the school *
Closing date for receipt
of applications is Friday 19th April 2002
NEIGHBOURS! We want
to alert you to the fact that there is a rash of petty thievery
happening in the community at the moment. Remember to take
sensible precautions against the opportunistic thief Ė Donít
leave your car unlocked . Donít leave valuables in plain
sight in your car. Rremember to check your doors and windows
are closed when you leave the house and last thing at night.
Letís watch out for each other and especially for the more
vulnerable in the community. We can nip this in the bud
if we are vigilant. If you see anything suspicous contact
your local community alert group
- Timahoe Paddy Maher 087-2582320
- Coill Dubh John Roddy 860354
- Staplestown James Egan 869564
- Donadea Iggi Callaghan 869409 & district
Donadea/ Dolores Kennedy 869206 Tiermoghan Or the Tir
Na Mona office at 869977
- Or your local Garda station or 999.
OF EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
- 12th April Anti-dump Race Night,
Kelly's, Timahoe, 8.30 p.m
- 26th April Active Age Get-together,
- 28th April Table Quiz, Kelly's,
Timahoe, 9.30 p.m.
Articles for the MONA Newsletter can now
be dropped into the Tir Na Mona office at St. Kevin's G.A.A.
club, Staplestown. Tel 045 69977
If possible please supply articles on
disc in Microsoft Word format. If you have an event happening
during the first week of the month please let us know about
it in time for the previous issue as it take approx.
10 days to produce the MONA
If you have an article, advertisement or
news item you would like to include in this newsletter,
||Pat Flaherty 863701
||Mary Larkin 860837
||Dolores Kennedy 869206