Welcome to May, month of growth, flowers and trees decked with scented
blossoms, a beautiful time for long quiet walks in the county side.
With the sun getting stronger we would want you to be cautions of sun
burn and skin damage. Children should be protected from too much direct sunlight and make
sure to apply high factor sun lotion before going out in the warm sunshine.
Congratulations to all our group who participated in the North West
Kildare committee skills course and who recently received their certificates There may be
still a place left for the one day Peatland Talk on Saturday 27th of May at our
office in Timahoe Works. If you are interested in attending, please contact our office.
Well done to our Mona Newsletter workers. At our recent AGM in
Staplestown, we received very positive feedback. If you have any articles you would like
to publish, please contact the office, we welcome your contributions.
The newly renovated church at Newtown has reopened and it is worth visiting, well done
to all that worked on it, we will publish a detailed article in the June edition of
A word of thanks
We would like to say a word of thanks to all our advertisers for their
continued support. By using the MONA to advertise their products and services, they make
it possible for the Newsletter to be compiled, printed and distributed free of charge to
over 850 househlods in the Tir Na Mona area. We would encourage everyone to use local
products and services as it helps to keep jobs in the locality.
The Mona Committee
Scheme of Community Support for Older People
The Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs has announced
that funds are being made available for the above scheme again this year 2000. Funding can
be provided for window locks, door chains, door locks, security lighting and socially
If any person(s) over the age of 65 would like to avail of this scheme please contact
Tir Na Mona immediately (870210) or your local Community Alert committee as
the Application form must be in the Department by 26th May 200
A Day in the Country
On a beautiful March day recently, I had the opportunity to work with
the community at close quarters.
Wearing two hats: as both a resident of the area, and as an employee of
Kildare County Council, I took part in your community clean-up. I have to say that it was
an education for me in two regards:
On the negative side the amount of litter deposited along the roadside
was really quite shocking. From bottles and crisp bags to black refuse sacks bulging with
rotting waste. Driving along those roads it is easy to miss what is there. It is only when
you start pulling it out of the undergrowth that you notice just how much there is.
On the positive side, however, it really was encouraging to see the
number of people from the community who came along to do something about it. From the
youngest to the oldest, all contributed their time and effort, and I have to say it was a
We have since estimated that approximately 28 tons of litter
were removed! This is at the same time, a source of shame for those that deposited the
litter, but more importantly, a credit to those that removed it.
You will probably have seen my colleagues at work around the county as
part of the National Spring Clean-Up. This partnership between the community and the
Council is an indication of the way we can all improve the quality of life in our county.
I would like to extend my thanks to all the people who made me feel
welcome on the day, and I would really like to congratulate everybody who took part.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council Course
On Saturday May 27th the above named council are conducting
a one day course in Tir Na Mona Office, Timahoe, from 10am till 4pm approx. A talk will be
given by Dr. Catherine O'Connell on the flora and fauna of our boglands. The course is
free; just bring a lunch. Some spaces are still available. If you are interested please
contact Tir Na Mona Office at 045-870210 Monday Friday 10am 5pm
Articles for the MONA Newsletter can now be dropped into the TIR na
MONA office in the Bord na Mona Works, Timahoe. 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. The May issue was put together by David
Curtiss, Hugh Maher, Paula Kelly.
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