October Mona Newsletter

_____________October Editorial______________

October, the harvest is over and all the crops are saved, fruit and nuts and Halloween to come. Winter is just upon us now, time to light up and be seen as the dark evenings come in on us.

Well done to all whom attended the mission ceremonies and to all whom supported our Tir Na Mona fundraiser in conjunction with St. Peters church. Seamus Cullen and James Reid have put together a very interesting historical tour of St. Peters and it really is worth attending.

The official launch of the Donadea Forest walks by Minister McCreevy on September 3rd was a historic day in our community. The Millennium concert, which was seen by approx. 2000 people, was very well received by all that attended. We thank Kildare County Council for the funding of this concert from the Millennium grant which we received from them.

The area A.G.M's of the Tir Na Mona groups are being conducted at present. In fact the Timahoe A.G.M. has already taken place, and full credit is due to them on how well attended and conducted it was.

Our Tir Na Mona A.G.M. of the umbrella group representating all areas will be on Nov 6th in Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe, at 8.pm We would like all areas to attend this important event in our community. We need more members to carry out all the tasks of making our community a better place to live.

KELT are currently drawing up their application for Leader Plus and we would advise you to check out the opportunities for funding any projects you may have in mind.

Think community and work for the common good. Support your community and business that advertise in Mona. Thank you Liam Holton.

Mission Thoughts

During the last week of September we had our Parish Millennium Mission . The two Redemptorist Missioners, Fr. John P. O‘Riordan and Fr. John Casey led us all in a week of renewal of our faith. It was a week of great Graces in our parish. The Spirit of God obviously touched the hearts and lives of the great numbers of people young, old, middle—aged, the sick and the healthy. From my point of view it was a beautiful experience — so encouraging to see the great attendance at all the ceremonies. I heartily congratulate and thank every one of you who participated in our Mission. Many people said to me on the closing night “we will be lonely now for the Mission’. Such a phrase indicates that the heart has seen touched and life enriched by the spiritual renewal which a Mission is all about. The two Missioners, two Father Johns, were clearly very impressed by the obvious faith and goodness which shone so brightly in our parish during these happy autumn days. As I said at early Mass on the Sunday morning after the Mission, to play a good golf shot (experts tell me), the follow through with the club head after hitting the ball is all important. I suggest it’s a bit like that after the Mission also — the follow-through is all important. In other words, the spiritual nourishment, the joy and peace that we experienced through the week; if we are to continue to reap the fruits we must be determined to follow through in keeping up the effort. Our little Mission Prayer Book is a gem. I am so happy to think that there must be one in most homes in our parish. Let us use that little book of daily prayer and devotions. It will bring many blessings into the homes and families in our community. Let us also maintain our effort to go, to our weekly Mass. Remember the happiness and contentment you experienced during the Mission Masses and devotions. As I said goodbye to both Fr. Johns — I asked them to pray for me, for Fr. Eric and all our wonderful community. I know they will always remember us. We will always fondly remember them with gratitude, and the happy Mission in our parish during the last week of September in this new millennium year.

Community & Development Notes

Tir Na Mona are now keeping a Diary of upcoming events in the area in order to avoid clashes of dates between groups. If your group is planning an event why not contact Morna at 045-869977 to see if any there is anything else planned for the same date.


Congratulations to Sean Flannery who was elected to the Economic planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee of Kildare County Council. The election took place in the Keadeen hotel recently and Sean thanks all those groups in the area who supported him on the night. The five Strategic Policy Committees will assist in the formulation and development of policy in Kildare. These committees will give councilors and representatives from the community, business, farming and other interests a chance to be involved in the policy making process at an early stage. The other community representatives are as follows: Transportation: Frank Mulcahy of the Kildare Network for people with disabilities. Housing and Social Inclusion: Mary Foley of the Kildare Network for people with disabilities. Local Urban & Rural Development: Liam Hartford of Robertstown Development Association & NWK Dev. Co. Ltd. Environment & Services: Dermot O’Donnell of the Kildare Planning Alliance.

Development Education

OAK Partnership in conjunction with the National Council for Development Education are providing a ten week course in Development Education. The venue is Rhode Community Centre and the sessions commence at 7:30 pm finishing at 10pm. Many topics are covered in this course such as Fair Trade, Gender issues, Anti-Racism workshops, Lobbying and Campaigning etc. with a different speaker each night .

Everyone is welcome to attend. The dates and speakers are as follows:

  • Oct.10th Debt 2000 Campaign Miriam Begin, Debt & Dev. Coalition.
  • Oct.17th Sustainable Development Tom Roche, Just Forests
  • Oct. 24th Anti Racism Issues & Challenges I Brid O’Brien, Pavee Point Nov 7th Anti Racism Issues & Challenges 2 Brid O’Brien, Pavee Point
  • Nov 14th Lobbying Advocacy & Campaigning for Chris McInery Social Inclusion Community Workers Co-Op
  • Nov 21st Media Portrayal, Critical Analysis To be confirmed
  • Nov 28th Connections and Evaluation Katie Fox, One World Society

The first session commenced on the 19th September but people can attend on any of the nights – depending on which session is of interest to them. The fee is £2.50 per night and £1.50 for unwaged participants. Contact Majella at 0506-53670 for further information.

Network Kildare

One Day Workshop Creating Together - Community Arts Workshop

The Content: A "Taster" Workshop in paint and weave. Working with colour and texture. Weaving and dyeing with natural materials .
: Monica de Bath.
: Tuesday, October 24th , 10a.m. - 3.30p.m.
:Peatland World, Lullymore Light lunch is available at reasonable cost.
Further details are available from the Network at 045-881106

FAS CE Scheme

There are currently 3 vacancies for FAS CE personnel as caretakers and classroom assistants in the Rathcoffey, Newtown and Timahoe areas.

For further information please contact Mary at 045-869086

OAK Employment

The latest services and vacancies available are: Apprentice Painter and Decorator, Clane; Janitor (weekends), Donore; Auto-Cad Technician, Rathangan; Service Engineer (radio, video), Naas; Childminder available (will collect), Properous Area; House Cleaner available, Properous and Part-time Gardener available, Properous.

Contact the office office at (045) 861183 for details on any of the above.


Following the very successful Committee Skills Course run by North West Kildare co. Ltd in conjunction with OAK Partnership, OAK are running a Basic Finance for the new Enterprise Programme over six weeks commencing Tuesday 24th October in the OAK Offices, Edenderry, from 7pm –10pm. This course would also be of benefit to treasurers/asst. treasurers of voluntary groups.

For more information contact Bernie at the OAK office tel. 0405 – 32688.

Table of Events, in the Community

Table of Events, in the Community

  • 10th Oct Staplestown Com. Council AGM – St. Kevin’s 8pm

  • 12th Oct Mobile Library, Staplestown, 11.50 – 12.30 pm

  • 13th Oct Timahoe Gun Club Poker Classic, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe, 9pm

  • 24th Oct Tiermohan School Parents Council AGM, Newtown Hall 8.30 pm

  • 25th Oct Deadline for November issue of MONA

  • 26th Oct Mobile Library, Staplestown, 11.50 – 12.30 pm

  • 26th Oct Donadea Art Group exhibition, Ballagh Hse, 8 pm

  • 27th Oct Table Quiz, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe

  • 28th Oct Benefit Night, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe

  • 3rd Nov Tir Na Mona AGM, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe, 8 pm

  • 4th Nov Woodlands Golf Club Dinner Dance, Ambassador Hotel

  • 10th Nov Race Night in aid of Staplestown/Cooleragh & Newtown/ Donadea Senior Citizens in Connollys, Ballagh, 9.00 pm

Articles for the MONA Newsletter can now be dropped into the Tir Na Mona office at St. Kevin's G.A.A. club, Staplestown.

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 Oct issue was put together by Paula & Orla Kelly, Ann Marie Byrne, Therese Holton, Nicola Lynam and Hugh Maher

If you have an article, advertisement or news item you would like to include in this newsletter, please contact:

Staplestown, Mary Murphy 869416,
Timahoe, Hugh Maher,
Timahoe, Sonia Higgins,
Timahoe, Bernard Owens 863676,
Coill Dubh, Rosaleen 860023 (school),
Donadea, Bernadette Crean 869118

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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