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___________April Staplestown News___________


When you paddle in the sea
First you shiver; then you pee
And the waves that lick your toes
Suddenly fizz up your nose
And you stumble Oh!
The shock And you swallow water---Yak!
But itís sweaty summer weather
And its great fun altogether

Anita 11years old

Following our recent visit to Chernobyl we would like to thank all the people who kindly helped us by donating much needed supplies and financial aid. Having seen the conditions first hand we can confirm that everything that is sent is badly needed. Containers are going out on a monthly basis and the items most needed include food, medicines, medical equipment, bedding, toiletries and office equipment - photocopiers, fax machines, typewriters, computers, etc. Supplies for schools - paper, pens, chalk, books, etc, are also needed. If you have anything you would like to donate please contact Anne Smyth @ 863675, Marie Reilly @ 863732 or Mary Murphy @ 869416. A number of events will be taking place over the next couple of months to raise funds to bring 10 children from the Mozier region of Chernobyl to our local area this summer.
These events include a table quiz on Friday 20th April in St. Kevinís clubrooms, Staplestown, starting at 9.30 p.m., also a huge sale of work on the 29th April in St Kevinís clubrooms, from 2 p.m. onwards. A huge selection of items will be on sale including books, toys, bric-a-brac, ornaments, etc. Donations of items for the sale of work would be most welcome. A coffee morning is also being planned - date to be confirmed. For health reasons the children in the Chernobyl area need to get out of the contaminated region in order to help them build up their immune systems and give them a better quality of life. If you would like to host a child for three weeks and give them a much needed break with fresh air and clean food please contact one of us as soon as possible for further information.
Thanks again for all your help.
Marie & Mick Reilly and Anne Smyth.


Enough happiness to keep you sweet.
Enough trial to keep you strong.
Enough sorrow to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you happy.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself, your business, and your country, to banish depression.
Enough wealth to meet your needs.
Enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.


I have only just a minute Only sixty seconds in it Forced upon me; canít refuse it. Didnít seek it; didnít choose it. But, itís up to me to use it Just a tiny, little minute Ö. But Eterntiy is in it. (Many thanks to Breda Kenna-Casey for sharing these words of wisdom with us)



A sale of work by the students of Staplestown school takes place in the school on Friday 6th April from 2 p.m. onwards. Donations of good quality items are needed, e.g. books, bric-a-brac, toys, jewelry, etc. Funds raised go towards sending a goat in kid to a needy family in Africa, providing milk. When the kids are born they are passed on to other families, thus continuing the cycle. Also a fabulous raffle takes place on Wednesday 11th April at the school. Prizes include a wine and cheese hamper containing red, white and rose wines with a selection of cheeses, crackers and grapes; soft toys and a beautiful hand crafted large clown. Tickets are £1.00 each and available through the school, parents and pupils.


Football has resumed again in the club after the postponements due to the precautionary measures for foot and mouth crisis. The intermediate team played Confey at home on Sunday 25th March. We were leading throughout this game but with a one point lead with only two minutes to go Confey scored a goal and in the final minute scored another goal to go home with three points. The next match will be on Sunday 1st April against Caragh.
The minor team however were on the winning side of things on Sunday. They beat Naas in this game. The U16 team traveled to Monasterevin but unfortunately did not win their match. The underage and girls teams are currently training awaiting the start of their leagues.
At the moment the club is creating a crest. We are getting help from the children in the three schools with this project. Work is at present going ahead with our sports hall. We hope to have the painting and floor completed within the next few weeks. Work like this has to be carried out on a continuous basis and funding is as always needed so we are running our annual Christmas Draw again this year. The format of this draw will be announced later. The Lotto Jackpot now stands at £2400. Tickets can be purchased at local shops or from any committee member. Irish dancing is held in the hall every Monday evening from 6.30 - 7.30, boys and girls of all ages are more than welcome.

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