LATE PAT FAY
It was with deep shock and sadness that we heard the news
of the sudden death of Pat Fay. Pat as Chairman of OAK Partnership
was a great help to Tir na Mona. He was a true gentleman most
kind and helpful to all who had dealings with him. He was
a tireless community worker in the Edenderry area being involved
in the rugby club, IFA and various voluntary groups in the
town. He will be sadly missed by all the local community groups
in North West Kildare and East Offaly. To his wife Mary and
family we extend our sincere sympathy. Ar dheis De go raibh
a hanam dilis.
GROUP WATER SCHEME
The pipelaying for the Donadea Timahoe Group Water Scheme
has begun along the Cooltrim road. Despite the inconvience
caused, it is great to know that we will soon have “mains”water
connected to our houses. As more crews are put on the scheme
the work will advance in the other areas also. Thanks once
again to John Hennessy and Dessie O’Leary, and all the other
people for all the work on putting the scheme together.
The National Spring Clean has been postponed until the
autumn due to the foot and mouth situation. Kildare County
Council will be offering support to community groups to
do clean ups at this time The council Litter Warden patrols
the area approximately once a fortnight but if you know
of any black spots in your area please contact Philip Baxter
@ 086 8285577
The AGM of the MONA Newsletter will take place on Thurs
31st May at 8 p.m. in the lounge in Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe.
Everyone Welcome, please attend. New contributors always
The MONA team.
Bealtaine is a Celtic festival celebrating fertility and the
renewal of nature. The festival was also celebrated by the
Romans when the celebrated their goddess Flora. May Day was
especially popular during medieval times. Activities centred
around the May pole, a tree collected from the woods and brought
to the village to celebrate the coming of summer. Here in
parts of Ireland it was common to put up a May bush on the
eve of 1st May. This bush was decorated with eggshells, blue
ribbons and flowers. The eggshells could have signified Easter
and the blue ribbons the colour associated with Mary the Virgin
Mother. May altars were also erected in houses in honour of
the Virgin Mary using lots of primroses and blossoms to decorate
the altar. May can be the most beautiful month of the year
with fresh blossoms, new growth in the fields, young lambs,
birds busy feeding their young and the hope of the long warm
summer days to come. It is also a busy time for the student
preparing for exams.
When Abraham Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his
enemies he replied “If I make my enemies my friends do I
not thereby destroy them?”. The art of forgiveness consists
in having a humble spirit. When you forgive you change both
yourself and others. You free yourself from the burden of
bitterness and you loose others from the chain of guilt.
Forgiveness works two ways; you must forgive in order to
be forgiven. Those who cannot forgive break down the bridge
over which they themselves must pass; for everybody needs
to be forgiven. Forgiveness should start now. Putting it
off only deepens the wound. Clinging to bitterness postpones
happiness. Life is short, time is fleeting. Today is the
day to forgive. Pat Ramsbottom.
OF EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
17th May Public Meeting to discuss Landfill
Site at Drehid, Kelly’s Bar @ 8.p.m.
20th May Car Treasure Trail starting from
Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe
23rd May Final date for articles for the
June issue of the MONA
25th May Table Quiz, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe
@ 9.30 p.m.
27th May IPCC Picnic at Ballynafagh Bog,
30th May Timahoe Active Age Group, Kelly’s
Bar @ 8 p.m.
31st May MONA Newsletter AGM, Kelly’s Bar
@ 8 p.m.
6th June St. Mochua Hist Soc. Trip to Ballindoolin
Hse – 6.30 p.m.
7th June Timahoe Ladies Club, Kelly’s Bar
@ 8 p.m.
Articles for the MONA Newsletter can now be
dropped into the Tir Na Mona office at St. Kevin's G.A.A.
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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
with the help of Aonghus Maher, Nikita Cribben, Therese
Holton and Nicola Lynam.
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views represented in this Newsletter are not necessarily
the views of the MONA committee. While every attempt
is made to print factual information, we are not
responsible for third party information that may
be incorrect at time of going to press. Where
errors occur, every attempt will be made to redress
and amend. All parties have the right to reply
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