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_September Editorial ________

Feargal MacEoin, Chairperson

Tir Na Mona was successful in it's recent application for funding to the Department of Social, Community and Family affairs to run a Computer Course.

We will shortly be in touch with all those who expressed an interest in this course with details of dates and times.

If you are interested in doing this course please contact Morna at the Tir Na Mona office
at 045 869977.


Don't forget that night classes will be starting in the local secondary schools this month. Contact St. Farnan's, Prosperous, tel 045-868152 or Scoil Mhuire, Clane tel 045-868121 for course details and times.


There is a vacancy for a fulltime Deli Hand in Clane. The hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Experience desirable but not necessary. Contact the OAK office at 045-861183 for further details.


There is a vacancy for a caretaker in Caragh Community Centre under the Community Employment Scheme. Applicants must be aged 25 years or over and in receipt of unemployment payment, lone parent family payment for at least 12 months or be an adult dependent of an eligible long-term unemployed person or be in receipt of a widow/widower's contributory or non-contributory pension. Contact Deidre Morrin at 045-870268 for further details.

Kildare County Enterprise Board have a number of courses commencing in September for Owners, Staff and Management of Small Businesses in County Kildare.

They will also be hosting a seminar and workshop on the Euro. For a full list of courses and dates contact Grainne McDonnell, Kildare County Enterprise Board, The Woods, Clane.

Tel: 045-861707

Fax: 045-861712



Members of Timahoe Community Development Council captured an historic moment on camera when they boarded the first ever public transport bus in Staplestown and headed for Dublin, on Monday, 3rd. September.
Consultations with Bus Eireann and Timahoe Council began last March, to extend the Coill Dubh service to include Timahoe.

Dick Burke (Bus Eireann ) conveyed the glad tidings that a daily service ( Mon.- Fri.) would be provided, commencing Mon. 3rd. September. Bus departs Staplestown at 11.10 a.m., turning at the Stores to link back into the established Coill Dubh route.
Bus departs from Dublin at 3.30 p.m., reaching Staplestown at 4.30 p.m. approx.

A revised timetable will be available on 16th. Sept. showing these developments and also the extension of the service from Edenderry to Tullamore.
We would like to take this opportunity to express a sincere vote of thanks to Dick Burke for his genuine interest in pursuing this matter and for his enthusiastic representations on behalf of the people of Timahoe and Staplestown.
We would also urge as many people as possible to use this new service so as to make it a success.


Are you aged between 18 and 65, looking for a challenge and a chance to learn new skills and make new friends? Have you considered Civil Defence? Kildare Civil Defence will be starting training classes in St. Farnan's Post Primary School this Autumn. Learn First Aid and Rescue Skills. For further information contact Paddy Maher at 087-2582320


I hope all our members had an enjoyable summer. We have our next meeting on Thursday 6th September at 9 pm. The main focus of this meeting will be planning for the next few months. Thankfully we were successful in our application to the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs for a grant to run personal development courses. Remember our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month at 9 pm., in Kelly's Hob, Timahoe. I hope to see all of our existing members returning and new members are always welcome.


Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) The allowance is payable to people who wish to pursue approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants receive a standard rate of payment which is not means tested.

If you are signing for unemployment 'credits' only, you may qualify to participate in the scheme but you will not receive an allowance. From September 2001 the BTEA scheme is being extended to people who are aged between 18 and 20 and who have been out of the formal education system for at least 2 years. To qualify under this option of the BTEA scheme a person must, immediately prior to commencing the first year of an approved course of study be: Aged between 18 and 20 years.

In receipt of Unemployment Assistance, Unemployment Benefit or One-Parent Family Payment for at least 6 months. Periods spent on FAS Training Courses, FAS Job Initiative, Youthreach, Job Start or Job Assist can count towards the 6 month qualifying period.

Out of the formal education system for at least 2 years. Attending an approved full-time day course of study at a recognised institute of education. How to Apply For application forms and more information contact Information Service, Dept.of Social, community and Family Affairs, Aras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street, Dublin 1. Tel 01- 8748444 This option applies only to early school leavers. All other applicants for BTEA must be at least 21 years of age.


16th Sept Beat the Back to School Blues, Kelly's, Timahoe, 3-5 pm
26th Sept Last date for articles for the October issue of the MONA
28th Sept Table Quiz, Kelly's Lounge, Timahoe, 9.30 pm.
4th Oct Fashion Show in Dowling's, Prosperous, 8 pm.
16th Oct Timahoe Community Dev. Council AGM, Kelly's Lounge, Timahoe, 8pm


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 Ė Donít leave your car unlocked . Donít 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. Letís 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, 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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