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November Donadea News________


On Saturday, 28th of July, a group of 25 young people and not so young headed for the Sugar Loaf mountain in Co. Wicklow, led by Fr. Paul, Liam Holton, James Reid and Gerry O'Shea.
We had planned our trip about two weeks earlier and had decided that the funds raised from sponsorship would finance a new candle shrine for Newtown Church and a donation would be made to St. Peter's Church in Donadea.

The bus collected us at 8.3Oam from Newtown and we arrived in Wicklow at about 10.3Oam ready to begin our ascent of the 1,600 ft. mountain. It took about an hour for everyone to reach the summit, where we took a short break and took in the beautiful scenery around us.
When we all reached the bottom, we took a well deserved break and ate our lunch. It was during this lunch that we first talked with Susan, a friendly girl from Slovakia who is staying in Kilcock for a few months. She entertained us with stories and showed us pictures from her country.

We departed Enniskerry at 1 .OOpm. There we visited the Church of Ireland where a local lady told us the history of the church. We just had time for a short prayer service and a look around the grounds and then we headed for Glencree Reconciliation Centre. Our guide in Glencree, Nisha Kelly told us all about the history of the centre; how it was first used, how it was renovated and what it is used for today. We then took a short trip to the German Soldier Graveyard, where German pilots from World War II were buried.
We boarded the bus and headed for Glendalough. Here we visited St. Kevin's Church, where Sr. Aloysius McVeigh told us the history of the church and St. Kevin himself. The church holds two of the ten icons in Ireland, one of St. Kevin and one of St. Laurence 0' Toole. Sr. Aloysius created the icon of St. Coca in Kilcock.

By the end of the day, starvation had set in, and we went in search of McDonalds in Naas. At about 8.3Opm a bus load of tired but happy young people headed home from what was a long but very enjoyable trip.

The following took part in the trip: James Reid, Sarah Cullen, Hazel Morrin O'Rourke, Kate Cahill, Jane Morrin O'Rourke, Dianne Ward, Amy Duff, Eilish Holton, Jessica Reid, Claire Holton, Niamh Mullally, Mimi Morrin O'Rourke, Philip Mallon, Mairead Holton, Ger O'Shea, Gerry 0' Shea, Ronan Walsh, Blaire Walsh, Laura Mulligan, Denise Regan, Michael Nealon, Paul Regan, Michael Regan, Brian Dillon, Ciaran Tighe, Graham Towell, Liam Holton, Fr. Paul, Damien Duffy and Susanna Mihaloikova.

by Denise Reagan


Sincere thanks to all who supported our race night in aid of our senior citizens, held recently in Connolly's of Ballagh. Many thanks to our sponsors; to those sold horses; to Dessie, our MC on the night; special thanks to Gerry Brady, our auctioneer on the night; and lastly special thanks to all our helpers on the night.
A total of 5000 was raised on the night. Many thanks to all for your continuing support which is greatly appreciated, from Marian and Betty on behalf of the senior citizens groups in Newtown/Donadea and Staplestown/Cooleragh.

AIB Clane opening hours:
  • Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tues 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wed 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thurs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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