The Lotto is still in full swing. The
jackpot is now £2,700 with four £25's each week as well.
Training is in full swing for the
Intermediate Final which is set for Sept 13th. The Club 2nd team are also in the
The Club would like to wish Kildare all the
best in the Final. With the county team having training in our fields during the
winter months, we feel we have done our bit to get them where they are now.
Nice to see Thomas Carew playing in an
All-Ireland hurling u/21 Final for Kildare. Well done Tom and indeed his dad, Tony,
in his position as selector.
St. Kevin's would like to wish Coill Dubh
Hurlers the best of luck on their up coming Semi-Final.
Watch out for our up-coming huge Christmas
Draw. 1st prize will be £2,000 Shopping Spree. Tickets will be £10.
The club were sickened to discover the
theft of a ride-on lawnmower and trailer, with a value of £2,000, which was stolen from
our grounds recently. Anyone with any information, please contact Clane Guard
To say saddened, only goes a little way to
describe the feeling's of all the club members and parishioners on the sudden death of our
great friend Tom Casey. If ever a man put his heart and soul into his football club
this is the man. Having served as Chairman, Secretary, Selector, Advisor etc. words
can not explain our loss. To his dying day Tom was a man whose advice on club plans,
club approach to the Co. Boards etc. was always sought and acted upon. All club
activities were closed down for one week and a vote of sympathy was passed at our monthly
meeting as a mark of respect to Tom. To all Tom's family and relatives, our
heartfelt sympathy on this sad occasion for all of us.
"Our Friend Tom"
We've won Cups,
Plaques and Medals
And they all went down a bomb.
But we'd hand them all back again,
To have back our dear friend
Leinster Final At Croke Park
Jamboree at St. Kevin's
The first annual Tir na Mona Jamboree at
St. Kevin's was arranged in late May, when the Leinster Final title was still more of a
dream than a possibility. But as the weeks passed into June and July, Sunday August
2nd came upon us like a huge beacon full of the possibilities and then, of the promise of
what might be. In such an atmosphere the task of selling tickets for the jamboree
was more tedious than difficult as the committee members, under the chairman Liam Holton,
set about visiting every household in the area to sell the £5 tickets for the evening's
entertainment including a cold meal, meat platter prepared by Liz Ward.
On the Saturday more than 20 eager helpers were busy cleaning up about the club house,
laying an outdoor floor and surrounding straw bale seating using material loaned by MDY
Construction. Setting up out-door lighting and sound systems provided by O'Shea
Trailers, Baltracey and hauled to the grounds by Bill Mackey. The weather that
Saturday was smashing and one or two of those present were seen doing some dance steps on
the floor in their "wellies". That night even certain pre-match revellers
going home from St.Kevin's were waltzing in the moonlight, to music of their own making.
There was talk of bad weather for the weekend, first for Saturday there for Sunday.
Everyone in Kildare was holding their breath and praying for the weather and for
the day to be right, someone heard them. As the greying skies echoed to the roars
and songs of triumph, the first committee members were arriving at St.Kevin's at 7 o'clock
that evening as the first drops of rain, like tears from Laois, Limerick and distant
Kerry, set a handful of Committee members to rigging up a huge tarpaulin across the
forecourt area in front of the main club-house entrance in an attempt to lay on extra
shelter against the rain and wind. And the wind got stronger and towards 10 o'clock
it really began to rain and the stalwards were still trying to nail down the tarpaulin and
now people began to arrive directly or indirectly from one of the happiest days of their
lives so far. For the 200 or so who finally arrived, there was plenty of space
around the two bars, and food, and spot prizes. Séan Wood won a voucher for dinner
for 2 at Lawlor's Nás na Rí Hotel as the best dressed Western man and Deirdre O'Driscoll
took away a dinner voucher for 2 for the Town House Hotel for the best dressed gal.
In conditions most cramped, Gerry casey, Paddy Kelly and Gerry Ward provided music and
song into the small hours and were very happy to accompany any singer brave enough to sing
against the background of celebration. To huge applause Big Jim Casey sang his
ballad of '98 specially composed that morning and completed after the final whistle
sounded in Croke park. And still it poured outside and the tarpaulin nearly blew
away and the dance-floor seemed like it might float away in the night. Next morning
- the bank holiday Monday, a bunch of helpers arrived to clean up, the rain stopped and
the sun came out in time to dry the dance floor. The day turned out beautiful and
that night too, if only it had been 24 hours earlier. Or would it have been a bit
too much to expect to win the Leinster Final and have good weather for a Jamboree all in
the same day? Sincere thanks to all who supported this fund-raiser especially those
who bought tickets and did not turn up on the night, you provided space and comfort to
those who did show up for the never to be forgotten "First Annual Tir na Mona
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