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Dolores Kennedy, Chairperson


A good friend and colleague of Tir na Mona, and the community in general, died today. It was with deep shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely death of Willie Carroll, Clane. Willie was Director of Community and Enterprise with Kildare County Council for the last three years. During that time I knew him in my role as a representative of the community and voluntary sector in County Kildare. I saw him as a person who worked tirelessly with groups all over the county, and further afield, actively encouraging and supporting those he came in contact with. I always found Willie to be unfailingly friendly and interested in others, valuing their input and seeking their opinions. Willie represented Kildare County Council in a wide spectrum of activities and on many bodies and he gave generously of his time to all. He and his staff recently presided over the very successful launch of the County Kildare Development Plan and all those who worked with him on that endeavour will, I'm sure, miss him sadly. Away from the office, one of the things Willie and his wife Peg and daughter Cliona enjoyed was walking in Donadea Forest Park, the development of which was another project in which he was involved. I met him there on a number of occasions as he enjoyed a quiet time-out with his family. The last time I met Willie was in Donadea Forest Park, in the glorious sunshine on Sunday 5th of May as the community gathered to pay tribute to the members of the New York Fire Department who had perished in the Sept 11th disaster. Again, he was giving generously of his time and thinking of others before himself. The last official act Willie performed on behalf of Kildare County Council was to address the May meeting of the Community and Voluntary Forum, a project which he had guided in his official role but also a project in which he gave more than generously of his time and energy and in which he supported me greatly. To the staff in the Department of Community and Enterprise in particular, and to his colleagues in Kildare County Council in general, we extend our sympathy on the loss of a friend and colleague. More particularly, to his grieving wife Peg and daughter Cliona may we say how much we feel for your terrible loss and how much we thank you for sharing a wonderful person with the rest of the community. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Gail Maher, Tir na Mona Community Development Council, 8th May 2002.


Now that the politicians are out tramping the highways and byways in search of our votes it is a good time to prepare a little shopping list for them. Among the topics you might like to raise are the lack of services for the elderly, the young and those with physical and intellectual disabilities, both for themselves and their carers.

Trojan work is done by a quiet army of people who care for family and friends, often with little or no support from the state. As if they didn't have enough worries, many of these carers spend any "spare time" in endless rounds of fundraising. Proper health care, access to good quality educational facilities and the peace to enjoy one's twilight years with dignity in the safety and security of one's home among family and friends are RIGHTS, not privileges.

We live in a prosperous county in a prosperous country but that prosperity is not being evenly spread. As members of a caring community we should remind politicians that they have a duty of care to all citizens, not just those who can shout loudest.

Another topical issue is the environment. For years successive governments have paid scant attention to the fact that we were becoming a country awash with litter. This is an issue we must all take responsibility for as we all as individuals have our part to play in maintaining a safe environment for our children to grow up in.

Finally do get out and use your vote on May 17th. We should not take for granted the fact that we live in a democracy. Citizenship carries duties as well as rights and one of those duties is to participate in choosing a government. The voting system of proportional representation means that every vote counts - your 5th preference might be the one to carry the candidate. If you don't use your vote you can't really claim to be dissatisfied with the outcome, can you?


Donadea Forest Park sparkled like a jewel in the bright May sunshine as people gathered in the park on Sunday 5th May last. Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit the forest as the trees are clothed in fresh green foliage and the woodland floor has a carpet of wild flowers. A visit to the forest at this time of year is certainly a boost to the spirit after the long days of winter.

The gathering on Sunday was tinged with a degree of sadness and quite contemplation, as the reason for the gathering was to commemorate the 343 New York fire fighters who lost their lives in the Twin Towers disaster of September 11th. The fire fighters were given a Guard of Honour by members from some of the various voluntary services in the county, including Civil Defence, the Red Cross, the Irish Girl Guides, the Scouting Association of Ireland and the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland as well as members of St. Kevin's U 14 team. The fire fighters paraded to the castle, preceded by a Colour Party carrying the Tricolour, the Stars and Stripes and the flag of the New York Fire Department by and members of the Emerald Society of the New York Fire Department Pipe Band.

The commemoration took the form of a tree planting ceremony in memory of those who gave their lives to save others. Particular mention was made of Sean Tallon, who's father came from Donadea and whose grandmother, Rose Tallon still lives there. An oak tree was planted on the green in front of the castle by Peter Hayden and Bill Whelan (president of the Emerald Society of the New York Fire Department). A grove of trees commemorating each of the fallen will stand as a quiet memorial to their bravery and dedication in this leafy corner of Kildare. Bill Whelan read a short prayer and Kevin Connolly, who had worked with Sean in the NWFD paid a moving tribute to his dead comrade. Fr. Paul Dempsey of Clane and Rev. Alan Stewart, assistant rector of the Clane union of parishes, also read a short prayer. The Herbert Lodge Chamber Group, members of the Kildare County Orchestra, played "The Curragh of Kildare" as a musical tribute to the visiting fire fighters and those who had died. As they played, a silver jet flew across the clear blue sky overhead. It was a poignant reminder of the events of that terrible day. It is true to say that the events of September 11th touched the whole world and this quiet corner of County Kildare was proud to take part in a tribute to all those lost in the disaster, particularly the 343 fire fighters.

The large gathering was addressed by Minister for Finance, Mr. Charlie McCreevy; Mr. John O'Neill, Cathaoirleach, Kildare County Council; and Tony Doran of Bus Eireann, who came up with the idea to bring some of the fire fighters to Ireland. The visit to Donadea was part of a week-long trip organised by Tony and his colleagues in Bus Eireann, one of whom is Christy Conway, a local bus inspector. They called in lots of favours to gather sponsorship for the trip. Among those who assisted with the trip were Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus and the Irish Hotels Federation. George Hipwell, on behalf of Coillte who hosted the afternoon in the Forest Park and who will care for the commemorative grove of trees, thanked all those who helped out on the day and Liam Holton extended a Cead Mile Failte on behalf of Tir Na Mona and Friends of the Forest. That this event in Donadea took place was due largely to the indefatigable Morna Hosey, who had suggested that a grove of trees in the forest might be a suitable tribute to those who died, particularly as one of them had roots in Donadea. Morna is a lady who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no", she would put any political party to shame with the skilful way in which she got things moving.

The event was jointly organised by Coillte, Kildare County Council and Tir na Mona. Among those who took part in the Guard of Honour we would like to thank Ann Merrin and her fellow leaders, IGG, Prosperous and her 40 Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds; Vincent, Elaine Willie and the other leaders who came along with 27 Beavers and Cubs from the 22nd Kildare CBSI in Staplestown; Pat O'Hara and Mary Hayden of Kildare Red Cross; Gillian Ryan and her fellow leaders who had 15 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from the 5th Kildare SAI, Clane; Bernadette Plunkett and her fellow leaders, 13th Kildare Scout Unit, who had 70 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers; Frank Kilcoyne with 16 members of the U14 squad from St. Kevin's G.F.C.; Paddy Maher was in charge of a 13 strong unit from Kildare Civil Defence who provided a colour party, as well as assisting before the event in the car park. Thanks also to members of Civil Defence and the Red Cross who provided First-Aid cover for the large crowd. A number of local representatives were present, including T.D.'s Bernard Durken, Sean Power, and Emmet Stagg; councillor P.J.Sheridan. The Gardai were represented by Chief Supt. Sean Feely, Supt. John Flemming, Insp. Pat Mangan. The Defence Forces were represented by Col. O'Connor, BFTC, the Curragh, and Capt. Noone and Sgt. Whelan of the Army Corps of Engineers, representing the army fire service. Comdt. Larry Coughlan of Kildare Civil Defence was also present. Paul Shannon from Maynooth, a member of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, represented the fire service. Members of the E.H.B. Ambulance Service from Maynooth presented flowers as a tribute to their colleagues in the New York emergency services. Entertainment for the large crowd was provided by Ian Browne, Alan Brereton and Darren Brereton, who make up the band Thin Ice; session musicians Niall Crehan, Jonathan Meade, Paddy Furlong, John Barret, Bridie Furlong, Liam Roe and Malachy Conway, who played a selection of Irish tunes; dancers from the Carmel Somers Dance School and members of Kildare County Orchestra. The warm support and solidarity shown to the fire fighters demonstrated how small the world really is and how much our lives touch others. To end on a happy note, it seems as if fire men like bus men never take a holiday. An announcement was made for missing 5yr old Eimear Toolin. She was found and brought to the stage - by a New York fire fighter!


A new privately operated bus service started on the 29th April between Prosperous and Newbridge. Operated by Rathcoffey man, Pat Pender, the first bus leaves at 7 am with an 11 am bus on Thursdays and Fridays. The return bus departs Newbridge at 5.30 pm. The route served is Prosperous, Downings, Mylerstown, Robertstown, Green Lane, Kilmeague, Allen, Blacktrench and Clongorey. A five day return ticket on the 33 seater bus costs €30, a daily return costs €11 and a single fare is €7.50.This is a welcome addition to transport services in the area and deserves to be supported. It will only be successful in the long run if people use it. For more information phone Pat on 087-2903422


NWKEPG would like to thank all who helped out and made the race night a major success. Almost 650 horses were sold and we would like to thank the committee and all those who sold horses for the night. We would also like to thank all those who sponsored races. We would like to Tessie Curry and all the girls in the BREDA Resourse Center for producing the program. We would like to thank all the people who did the tote on the night and also sold raffle tickets. Thanks to Austin Brady for doing an excellent job as MC and also to Eamonn Flaherty from Brady Auctioneers who really got the people bidding on the night and made a very exciting auction race. Last but not least thanks to Gerry Kelly for the Venue. We thank everybody for their support, but if our site is picked we still have a long way to go in terms of fundraising, and the continued support of the people is vital to achieve success.


The Parent & Toddler group continues to meet in the Elaine Kane's Drama room in Hodgestown every Tuesday morning from 10.30 12.30 p.m. On a good morning the group gathers in Donadea Forest Park at the same time to feed the ducks!! For more information contact Mary Fallon at 863634.


Don't forget that Bus Eireann has a service running Monday to Friday at the following times: Depart Kelly's, Timahoe 11.05am Connolly's, Ballagh 11.10am Staplestown Church 11.20am The return bus leaves Busaras at 3pm


Now meets at 9 pm. on the first Wednesday of every month in Kelly's, Timahoe. The gardening demonstration by Joe Dunne was much appreciated and no doubt the tips and skills Joe demonstrated will be put to good use in the coming months in gardens all around the area. In June Vivien Ni Dhuinn will be back for Tarot Card readings. For more information contact Fiona Murphy at 863780.


Meet every Saturday as follows:

  • 6-8 years 3.30.p.m.
  • 9-15 years 4.00.p.m. to 5.30p.m.

Contact Elaine Kane @863572 or Fidelma Palmer @863617 for more details.

Well done to all the children who took part in the recent productions of Pinocchio (juniors) and Fiddler on the Roof. They were a credit to themselves and their teachers.


The recent successful productions of "Pinocchio" by the junior section and "Fiddler on the Roof" by the senior section of Timahoe Drama Works demonstrated just what a talented group of young people live in our community. The dedication and hard work put in by all members of the group really paid off in two outstanding shows. Some of the children took part in both shows.

Full praise is due to Elaine Kane and Fidelma Palmer for nurturing and developing this talent. The children carried off their roles with such flair and enjoyment that one would think they had been "threading the boards" from the cradle. In fact for some it was their first production and for most only their second or third time in a show. Both casts rose to the occasion and should be very proud of their achievement.

The senior group faced some technical hitches but carried on in a true spirit of "the show most go on". Particular praise must go to Emma Kelly who played Hodel and who carried on with her song when the music temporarily failed on the last night. She received a well-deserved round of applause for her professionalism. The spirit of co-operation and dedication among the cast and crew apparent in staging these productions is a credit to Elaine and Fidelma. Their drive and determination brings out the best in the children, giving them confidence and developing their skills in a way that will benefit them in the future.

Timahoe Drama Works would not be able to stage it's productions without a large group of willing helpers who assist with sound, lighting, sets, costumes, make-up, programmes, tickets and sponsorship and support in a hundred different ways and many thanks are due to everyone who helped out before during and after the shows.


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 – Don’t leave your car unlocked . Don’t 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. Let’s 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.

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, please contact:

Staplestown Sean Flannery
Timahoe Pat Flaherty 863701
Coill Dubh Mary Larkin 860837
Donadea Dolores Kennedy 869206

The 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 within the MONA Newsletter.

Thank you.


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