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Timahoe AGM

The Timahoe section of Tir Na Mona held their AGM. on September 6th last in Kelly’s Pub. The meeting was addressed Terry Doherty, outgoing chairman, who gave a review of the past year’s events, including several fund-raising nights in support of the Timahoe School Christmas Party, the Clean Up days organised in the Spring, our auction in April, another successful Field Day in June and the reactivation of the Community Alert Group. The training and education programme during the year was also mentioned, with particular praise for all those who successfully completed the Basic First Aid Skills Course.

Our plans for the year ahead include the ongoing efforts to improve road safety at the school, the provision of personal security alarms for the elderly and the provision of Community Notice Boards and local Place Name signs.

The plan for a Community Meeting House to serve a broad range of functions was also unveiled at the AGM We are currently in discussion with Kildare Co. Co. with regard to a site for this Meeting House and will let you all know more about this as events unfold.

A new committee was elected as follows:

Chairperson: Mick Carroll.
Asst Chairperson: Bernard Owens
Treasurer: Margaret Kane
Asst. Treasurer: Pauline Finnegan
Secretary: Gail Maher
Asst. Secretary: Anthony Delaney
PRO: Shirley Higgins

A number of members of the community offered their services as the need arises and we thank them for this support.

The new chairperson called on Mr. P.J. Sheridan, Chairman of Kildare County Council to address the meeting. Mr. Sheridan praised the outgoing committee for their work on behalf of the community during the past year and urged the new committee to continue this work. He told the meeting that his door was always open to us and urged us to work with the Co. Council who are adopting a new spirit of partnership with local communities. The meeting passed a vote of thanks to Mr. Sheridan for his support of our endeavours and his work on behalf of the various projects in both the Timahoe and wider Tir Na Mona areas.

If you have any queries regarding the work of Tir Na Mona or the Timahoe branch, or if you would like us to pursue anything on your behalf, please feel free to contact any of the above. Remember, the Community Council is working on your behalf, so you need to let us know your needs and concerns.

Ballinafagh Lake

The Tir Na Mona group is currently involved in a feasibility study on Ballinafagh Lake which has been funded by KELT. As part of this study we are gather historical background on the Lake and would love to hear from those who can remember the lake as it used to be. If you would like to share your reminiscences please contact Terry Doherty 863550.

Millennium Calendar

We would like to remind everyone that we are looking for pictures for our Millennium Calendar. Please contact Bernard Owens at 863676 if you have any pictures based on the Timahoe area. All photos will be returned to their owners.


The Parents Council of St. Farnan's Post Primary School, Prosperous, are holding a CAREERS NIGHT on Wednesday 6th October starting at 8pm. This will cover a range of different Career opportunities and should be of interest to all students and their parents. The CAREERS NIGHT is open to all students and parents and we hope to see a big attendance.


Alexander the Great as he was drawing to the close of his young life was worn out by heavy drinking and wounds which he had received in battle. There was one doctor in whom he had great confidence, but people were jealous because the doctor was so close to Alexander. They wrote him a letter telling him that the doctor had intended to poison him. Alexander put this letter under his pillow. The doctor came into his room and poured some medicine into a glass. With one hand Alexander took the glass and with the other he drew the letter from under his pillow and gave it to the doctor. As the doctor read the letter, Alexander swallowed the medicine with one gulp. That was faith and trust of a high level. Alexander knew his doctor, he knew his man. We know our God. In spite of our worries and darkness we believe He knows all about us and we trust Him. God will never forsake us, never let us down. He is our rock on which we can safely plant our feet as we plod along our daily path-way of life.

Apple and Blackberry Cake


340 g flour
165 ml buttermilk
55 g castor sugar
450 g cooking apples, sliced
85 g butter
225 g blackberries
teasp. bread soda
170-225 g sugar
1 egg
castor sugar for sprinkling
a little beaten egg for glazing
10 inch enamel plate or pie tin
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

Sieve the flour, castor sugar, salt and bread soda into a bowl and rub in the butter. Beat the egg and mix with the buttermilk. Make a well in the centre of the flour and sugar mix. Pour in most of the milk and egg; mix stir to a soft but not sticky dough; add the remainder of the liquid as necessary.

Turn out the dough on to a floured surface and gently shape into a round. Divide the dough into two pieces, one bigger than the other; keep the bigger piece for the lid. Spread the smaller piece onto the plate, fill with the apple and blackberries and drizzle the sugar on top. Roll out the top to fit, dampen the edges with the beaten egg and cover the pie. Gently press the edges to seal them. Make a hole in the centre for steam to escape, brush with the rest of the beaten egg and sprinkle with a little of the sugar.

Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the fruit is soft and the crust is golden. Leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes. Drizzle on the remaining castor sugar and serve warm with softly whipped cream.

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