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Mobile Library

The mobile library visits Staplestown on Thursday 7th and 21st December from 11.50 Ė 12.30p.m.

St.Kevins G.F.C

The intermediate team finished their league on Sunday November 2000, with a very impressive win over Ballymore. They earned enough points throughout the year to keep their place in division two.
The only football that is remaining in the club is the U/21ís. As was with the minors, we have joined with Caragh for our U/21 campaign. This team is again called Caragh/Kevins and our home grounds are Jack Casey Memorial Park, Staplestown. This team has got their championship match, against Rathangan, on Sunday 27th November 2000. This match will be played in Staplestown. Best of Luck to all the lads involved with this one!!!!
Congratulations to John Maher, c/o Michael Cosgrove, who was the winner of the £100 prize for the November draw of the Monster Christmas Draw. There are only a few tickets left for the draw, anyone who would like to support our club and at the same time have an opportunity of winning £10,000, should contact any committee member as soon as possible so as to avoid disappointment. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that sold or bought a ticket to support the club. With the development still underway you can be guaranteed that your money will be put to good use.
The Coill Dubh/St. Kevinís Lotto jackpot now stands at £2,200. There will be extra draws for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Tickets can be bought in the shops in the local area or from the usual sellers.
There has been some progress made for St. Kevinís part in the Kildare GAA website. We would greatly appreciate any photos,information or stories, both past and present, which anyone may have. All photos or paper clippings will be kept with care and returned as soon as possible.

St. Kevinís Social Members Draw
First Prize: £10,000
Second Prize: £5,000
Third Prize: £1,500

Fourth Prize: £1,000
Fifth Prize: £500
Five prizes of £250 Draw will be held in the clubrooms on Saturday 9th December 2000

Thank You Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the container of aid presently on its way to Chernobyl. This aid will be distributed to the Childrenís hospital and the TB hospital where the food and medicines plus warm bedding will undoubtedly save lives this winter. The containers go out on a continual basis so food, medicines and bed linen are always needed.

Race Night Staplestown/Cooleragh and Newtown/Donadea Senior Citizens Committee thank all who helped to make the recent race night such a wonderful success. The amount raised was in the region of £2000 for each group. (funds are still coming in).


Christmas Party The Staplestown/Cooleragh senior citizens Christmas party takes place on Sunday 10th December in Toughers. Dinner will be served at 7.00pm.m sharp. We hope to see all our friends from last year and some new ones too. For more information contact Betty at 869101.


The Tir Na Mona Housing Assoc. Co. Ltd. was formed in March of 1999 by local people concerned about the shortage of affordable housing in the area.
Prospective tenants were invited to join and from there on it was a joint effort of Company Directors and Tenants.
Social Housing is aimed at providing homes for families on low incomes, it is a rental scheme, the rent paid is income related. The Tir Na Mona Housing Association intends to build l4 houses on this basis to provide homes for local people.
We have identified a suitable site which Kildare County Council have agreed to develop. With the housing shortage having reached crisis point many more of these schemes should be up and running with the co-operation of all County Councils. We as an existing Housing Scheme feel that many more schemes would be formed if more information was freely available from either the County Council or Government. We offer our assistance to anyone interested in starting a similar scheme.
Christine Browne, Secretary.
Tel: 045 869123
Mobile: 087 6985701


The Staplestown Millennium Choir annual Christmas Celebration takes place on Saturday 16th December in the new hall in St Kevinís G.A.A. club, Staplestown, where several successful functions have already taken place. This year an orchestra from Greystones, which is made up of 55 enthusiastic and dedicated amateurs, joins the choir. As usual, the choir is accompanied by Eimear and Alan and will be under the baton of Elaine Kane. Both the junior and senior choirs have been practicing hard for the event and the evening promises to be a truly gala affair. The concert starts at 8 p.m. sharp, so be sure to come early and get a good seat. All are welcome, young and old, and admission is free.

On Sunday 31st Dec another big cross country horse event will take place starting from St Kevinís GAA at 2 pm. As was the case last year, this event is being organised by Charlie OíNeill and the members of the North Kildare Farmers Cross Country Club and will proceed from St Kevinís grounds through the southern and western section of Donadea and across Dunmurraghill to Derry and Hortlands from where they will return directly to St Kevinís grounds for hot and cold refreshments. Proceeds from a collection among the participants will go to Tir na Mona, St Kevinís GFC and St Peters Church restoration fund.

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