September Mona Newsletter

____________September Editorial_____________


September, month of fruit, berries, harvest time, with summer over, and Kildare Leinster Champions once again! - Well done to the men in white. Congratulations to all who completed the Leaving Cert., we wish you well in your quest for a place in College, or the commencement of a career.

With schools open again, we would to remind road users to be extra careful, as our roads become busier, especially at school starting and finishing times.

Details of our Parish Mission are featured in this edition. Check the days and times of the Mission Ceremonies listed herein. All are invited to participate in the Mission.

All areas (Coill Dubh, Donadea, Staplestown, Timahoe) will hold their respective AGMs this month (Sept.). We would urge all of you to attend, especially new residents and young people. Check locally for when your area AGM takes place.

This month the MONA has been produced with the help of ACDAL and in particular Ian Donald, who have made computer facilities available to us in Allenwood. This means that more people can get involved in the production of the Newsletter so if you are interested contact Morna at 869977. New contributors of articles are always welcome also, as are contributions from the children.

The Tir Na Mona Umbrella Group will hold it’s AGM next month. Details of this event will appear in the October edition of Mona. Until then we wish you all well.

Liam Holton Chairperson, Tir Na Mona.

New members are welcome to our Tir na Mona and local development group meetings. For further information on dates and times contact Tir na Mona office at 045-870210 Mon. – Fri, 10am – 5pm

Communnity & Development Notes

Tir Na Mona



On Sunday 3rd September Tir Na Mona will hold it’s Millennium Celebration in Donadea Forest Park.

The day starts at 3.00 p.m. with the Official Launch of the new Forest Walks by Mr. Charlie McCreevy,

T.D., Minister for Finance. The Walks are a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the "Friends of the Forest" section of Tir Na Mona, in co-operation with and funding from Coillte, KELT and Kildare Co. Council.

The celebrations continue with "The Aylmers through the Ages"; music; poetry readings; set dancing, and a 1798 enactment. The Kildare County Orchestra will play during the afternoon; there will also be an art exhibition plus much, much more.

Tir Na Mona invites everyone in the community to come along and enjoy the day.

Bring a picnic and have a great day out with your friends and neighbours

Tir Na Mona will soon be able to offer a photocopying service to the community at it’s new office in St. Kevin’s, Staplestown. Contact Morna at 869977 for details.


It’s that time of the year again when evening courses start up.

Some courses to look out for are those offered by the V.E.C. in their Post Primary schools around the county. (contact St. Farnan’s, Prosperous at 868152 for courses availabe locally or Kildare V.E.C. in Naas at 866309 for details of courses county wide.)

Scoil Mhuire in Clane are also offering a range of courses, ph 868121.

Kildare County Enterprise Board has a series of programmes to help people with setting up and running their own businesses. Details are available from Kildare County Enterprise Board at The Woods, Clane, Tel: 045-861707;

Teagasc are running a 20 hr course for farm women in Athy, starting 12th Sept. Details from Teagasc in Naas 7 Athy.

On the employment front OAK Employment services are advertising a number of vacancies. Contact the OAK office at 861183 for details.


Do you have a scary Hallow’een story. Why not send it to the MONA for the November issue.  Sharpen those pencils and get cracking! Contact Morna before 27th October if you have a SPOOKY STORY for us.

The Mona Committee

Table of Events, in the Community

25th Aug Timahoe Table Quiz, Kelly's Bar, 9.00p.m.

3rd Sept Tir Na Mona Millennium Celebration, Donadea Forest

7th Sept Newtown & Donadea Senior Citizens Group re-starts

12th Sept Donadea Dev. Council AGM, Connolly’s, Ballagh , 8.30pm

24th Sept Parish Jubilee Mission, 24th Sept – 1st Oct

26th Sept Staplestown Dev. Council AGM, St Kevin's 8pm

21st Sept Mobile Library in Staplestown, 11.50 – 12.30p.m

27th Sept Final date for Oct issue of MONA

29th Sept Timahoe Table Quiz, Kelly’s Bar, 9.00 p.m.

5th Oct Mobile Library in Staplestown, 11.50 – 12.30p.m

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 September issue was put together by  Hugh & Aonghus Maher and Gavin Butler.

If you have an article 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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