May Mona Newsletter

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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 monitored alarms.

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 great success.

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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