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_________May Staplestown News_________


Anne Smith and Mary Murphy would like to thank everyone who supported their recent table quiz fund raiser. The total amount raised was £305 and this enables them to bring a lady from Chernobyl to Ireland for urgent eye treatment in June. This lady is a mother of two of the children who come to this area each year. This year there is a total (at the moment ) of 14 children from Belarus coming here in June.

After last years fund raising it was agreed that all excess funds be forwarded to the charity “To Russia with Love”. Therefore a cheque for £2,000 was sent last July. On receipt of this cheque a letter of acknowledgement was sent - a copy of which is set out below. This organisation, with the help of Irish doctors and carers, help almost 200 orphaned children .

Letter from “To Russia with Love”

“Dear Mary

I acknowledge with gratitude your kind donation of £2,000for the charity. You have worked extremely hard in fund - raising for us and I wish to thank, through you, your friends and neighbours in Kilmurray.

In the last year life in the orphanage in Khotylyovo has changed dramatically for the better, and this would not have been achieved without the help that you and others like you have given us.

Thank you ,Mary, for your friendship and support,

Yours sincerely,

Noreen Lyons.


Founded in 1993, St. Mochua Historical Society has had a very busy time since then. Each year has seen many tours and outings, many talks and lectures and many very successful social functions. In 2001 we hope to see the publication of a book of local interest and also the completion of a video high-lighting the historical and beauty spots of the area. The society wishes to thank Kildare County Council for their continuing grants towards the upkeep of the local cemeteries. All the society’s activities are open to both members and non-members.

Events during the coming months are:

June 6nd Trip to Ballindoolin House - 6.30 p.m.

July 4th Outing to Larch Hill, Kilcock - 6.30 p.m.

Aug 5th Outing to Guinness Hop Store & Kilmainham Gaol - 9.30 a.m.

Sept 5th Meeting & Exhibition of photos, post cards, memorabilia and unusual artifacts, Kelly’s Lounge - 8.30 p.m.

Contact members are:

Eileen Fitzharris @ 045 869288

John Larkin @ 045 860837

A. Flaherty @ 045 863534

Owen Denneny @ 087 2328936


The Irish Peatland Conservation Council are holding an earthwalk and picnic at Ballynafagh bog on Sunday 27th May at 12 noon. Young and old all welcome but please book with IPCC at tel 01-8722397. For details on how to get to the bog phone Morna at the Tir na Mona office, tel 869977

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