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After a couple of false starts, the Timahoe Active Age Group got going in earnest on Wednesday, 20th December, in Kelly’s Lounge. At 8.30 p.m. the flickering candles cast shadows on the festive decorations. Christmas crackers graced the tables. The delicious aroma of Liz Ward’s cooking wafted on the air. A mountain of spot prizes lay ready to be claimed. The host, Ger Kelly, anxiously awaited his guests…….and arrive they did. By 9.30 p.m. elbow room was at a premium. The lounge was buzzing, and the craic began. A beautiful meal, music, dancing and high spirits combined to make the Timahoe Active Age Group Christmas Party a tremendous success. Ger Kelly’s generosity was acknowledged to loud applause. Liz Ward and her colleagues gave both their time and their talents voluntarily and this generosity was much appreciated. Thanks also to Suzanne Kane for her great work on the posters and tickets as well as all the friends and neighbours who helped on the night and with the preparations before hand. A fantastic night was had by all.
The Christmas Party was a hard act to follow but the Active Age group had another brilliant get-together on January 24th. To the delight of everyone the gentlemen asked the ladies to trip the light fantastic and the singers also took to the stage. Everyone got their thinking caps on to come with a snazzy name for the group. More on that at the February get-together.
Ger and Karen provided a very warm and friendly atmosphere and Dinnie Moran and Mick Lawlor provided the music and the members of group provided the craic.
Timahoe Active Age Group will be meeting on the last Wednesday of each month, so highlight Wednesday the 28th February on your calendar. Come along and meet neighbours and friends for the 3 C’s - Ceol, Caint agus Craic. Admission is free and there is a raffle on your door ticket. A night not to be missed. So get thinking on a name for the group and we will see you all in February.

Three piece cream coloured suite for sale, 5 months old, can be viewed in Clane. £500 o.n.o. tel 045 861055


The monthly Table Quiz has recommenced after the Christmas Break and the very successful January Quiz was run by Aileen Saunders. The February Quiz on the 24th February will be run by Trish Kelly and Claire Kelly. The March Quiz will take place on the 30t March and will be run by Ann Smythe. We have no quizmaster/mistress yet for the April Quiz. Perhaps you would like to host a quiz? If you want the chance to put the questions to your friends why not contact Margaret at 863508.


The Tir na Mona Timahoe Ladies Group hold their meetings in Kelly’s Lounge, Timahoe, on the first Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. A number of talks and classes are planned for the coming months. An introduction to Yoga takes place on Tues 13th and Tues 20th of February. On Thurs 1st March there will be a Flower Arranging demonstration. Ladies from surrounding areas are welcome so come along and make some new friends.


A very successful Poker Classic was held on Friday 1st December in Kelly’s Lounge. Many thanks to all those who bought tickets for this event and came along on the night. The night itself was a great success and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Tom Flaherty who was M.C. on the night. Thanks also to all those who sold tickets and also the people who prepared the refreshments. A total of £558.10 was raised for the Timahoe Community Meeting House Fund.


A bric-a-brac and cake sale will be held in Staplestown Church Hall, after 11.15 am Mass, on Sunday 11th February - the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. Call in and treat yourself. Proceeds in aid of Timahoe Community Meeting House fund.


Timahoe Dev. Council, Tir na Mona, will be holding a car treasure hunt on Sun 18th March. Ph Paula for details @ 863503


In the November issue,the support of P.J.Sheridan, Michael Fitzpatrick, John O’neill (Area Manager)and Kildare County Council were acknowledged. Their combined efforts succeeded in making the Drehid Road safer for motorists. Two warning signs, alerting drivers to the fact that the road is liable to ice, were particularly revelant during the recent sub-zero temperatures. Despite the fact that the road remained frozen over, for more than a week, it is noteworthy that no accidents or collisions occurred, between the two signs.
The rows of reflective markers along the verges - 22 on one side and 8 on the other - were as effective as a lighthouse in the darkness, beaming motorists safely home.
It took many months - corresponding, appealing, organising and co-ordinating- to acquire the signs and markers. It was successful, but it has been soured. Almost overnight, the number of reflective markers drastically reduced. Instead of 30 ,only 6 remain. Are we living in an age , in an area, where the safety of a group is sacrificed for the benefit of of an individual, where the personal needs of an individual are considered more important tnan the prevention af an accident?
Erecting the markers and signs was a team effort,sabotaged by indididuals who put themselves first. Is “I” more important than “US”?. Not if there is justice….”US” comes before “I” in the word justice and there is no “I” at all in TEAM.


At last! The news you have all been waiting for. Oliver Donnellan has been awarded the contract for TDWS (Timahoe-Donadea Water Scheme). It is expected that he will commence work in the next couple of weeks.


Philip Baxter, litter warden for the North Kildare area is contactable at 086 8285577 or through the environment section of Kildare County Council at 045 873838 to take reports on illegal dumping or littering. If you prefer details may be phoned or faxed to the Tir na Mona office at 045 869977 where they will be passed on to the relevant authorities.

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