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_________October Editorial________
Feargal McEoin, chairman

The Tir na Mona local area group A.G.M.s will be taking place over the next few weeks so please support them in each of the areas.
Our Tir Na Mona A.G.M. of the umbrella group representing all areas will be on in November. The date and venue will be announced nearer the time. 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.
We would especially welcome people with practical or business skills to come forward. We also invite new residents to come along. Being involved in the community is an excellent way of getting to know your neighbours and putting something into the area where you have decided to make your home.
Think community and work for the common good. Support your community and the business that advertise in Mona.

Thank you

All card players please note that on Friday 26th October a Poker Classic will be held in Kelly's of Timahoe. Proceeds are going to the Timahoe School Building Fund.

Anyone over 50 interested in joining a group who will meet once a week to use computers to send e-mails and surf the net should phone ACDAL on 045-870804. (It is hoped that training will be grant aided.)

Congratulations and the best of good wishes to Sean Flannery, Staplestown, on being nominated for the Kildare Person of the Year awards. Sean is well known in the locality for his very active involvement in many facets of community life. As well as running a successful family business, Sean is a founder member of Tir na Mona Community Development Council and has represents Tir na Mona on the North West Kildare Development Company.
Sean is also a member of the Community and Voluntary Forum and represents the Community and Voluntary Forum on the Economic Planning & Development Strategic Policy Committee of Kildare County council. Sean is a member and sponsor of St. Kevin's. G.A.A. club and a member of St. Mochua's Historical Society, the North West Kildare Environment Protection Group, the list goes on…... Over the years Sean has worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of life in the community and we wish him the best of luck at the Awards Night in the Keadeen hotel on the 5th October.


Due to the positive response to last Summer's Art Camp, Dan young is organising a series of art Classes for students aged seven to fifteen. Skills in pencil, charcoal, pastel and pen and ink drawing will be taught. Ink wash, watercolour, basic and advanced painting techniques will also be developed. Classes will take place at St. Kevin's G.A.A. hall in Staplestown each Saturday starting on the 6th of October. Classes will run from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. tuition for each student will be £3.50 per student per class and will include materials. For more information and to reserve a place contact Dan or Clare Young at 045-863665 or 087 6992894.


Classes in St. Farnans Post Primary school every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m.
Some reasons you should join:

Learn a variety of skills including:
First Aid
Search and Rescue techniques
Correct manual handling methods
Use of hand and power tools in rescue
Basic fire control skills And use of extinguishers

Take part as a volunteer in Community Activities including:
Stewarding at local Community Activities
Providing First Aid Cover for local events
Aid the Gardai in Search and Rescue

Are you interested

Paddy Maher 087-2582320
or Sheila Walsh, St Farnans PPS , Prosperous, 045-868152.


If, as you enjoy your Autumnal walks, admiring the changing hues, you spot a BUS EIREANN bus cruising towards you, don't panic….. It's not a mirage. History was made on September 3rd when the first ever public transport bus arrived to serve the Timahoe, Donadea, Staplestown area. In a matter of minutes, a difficulty was pinpointed. The proposed turning point in Staplestown was considered a traffic hazard and deemed unsuitable. St. Kevin's G.A.A. rushed to the rescue, permitting the bus to turn in it's grounds, as a temporary solution. That provided valuable breathing space to review the situation. A loop route was decided upon, eliminating the necessity to turn. The 11.00 am. bus now picks up at Kelly's, Roche's, Connolly's, turns into Staplestown and completes the loop at "the Stores". The return bus leaves Dublin at 3.00 p.m.
Great praise is due to two worthy ambassadors of Bus Eireann... Dick Burke and Ray Collins, who presented and supported our case, who pursued the matter with interest, energy and enthusiasm and who were as pleased as we were with the successful outcome. Special mention must also be made of our own worthy ambassador, Pat Flaherty, who met the bus twice daily, helped iron out the teething problems and smooth the hiccoughs. Thanks Pat.
To ensure that this service continues, we have to avail of it and encourage our friends to "catch the bus and call in to visit".

The newly introduced Public Transport service ,which serves Timahoe, Donadea and Staplestown, has received official sanction from Bus Eireann. To ensure that this service continues the local community councils urge commuters to avail of and support it, whenever possible. The bus runs Monday - Friday. The revised timetable will be available soon.

Listed below are the official times, as provided by Bus Eireann.

Dublin: 10.00 a.m.

Celbridge: 10.30 a.m.
Straffan: 10.40 a.m.
Clane: 10.50 a.m.
Prosperous: 11.00 a.m.
Coolcarrigan: 11.07 a.m.
Timahoe ( Kelly's): 11.09 a.m.
Derry ( Roches): 11.11 a.m.
Ballagh (Connolly's): 11.13 a.m.
Staplestown: 11.17 a.m. (departs 11.20 a.m.)
Corduff: 11.23 a.m.
Prosperous: 11.30 a.m.
Clane: 11.40 a.m.

Dublin : 3.00 p.m.
Staplestown: 4.20 p.m.


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 & district Donadea- Iggi Callaghan 869409
Tiermoghan - Dolores Kennedy 869206

Or the Tir Na Mona office at - 869977
Or your local Garda station or 999.


17th Oct Timahoe Community Dev. Council AGM, 8 p.m. in Kelly's, Timahoe.
21st Oct Final date for Crossword Entries.
25th Oct Donadea Art Group Exhibition, 7.30 p.m. in Ballagh House, Donadea.
26th Oct Poker Classic in aid of Timahoe N.S. in Kelly's, Timahoe.
31st Oct Active Age Group meets in Kelly's, Timahoe.
31st Oct Last date for articles for the November issue of the MONA.
2nd Nov Table Quiz in Kelly's, Timahoe.

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, Mary Murphy 869416.
Timahoe, Hugh Maher.
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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