August 2004 Newsletter
Everybody, Hope you all had a wonderful day on July 8th. On that
day Minister Tim O’Malley (T.D.) officially opened the building.
It was great to see so many in attendance. The weather even “behaved”
itself also, which allowed people to move in and out of the building
in comfort. The food was beautiful and was served in a gazebo
attached to the Clubhouse. Summer holidays are in full swing at
present. Hope everything is working well for you all. We had a
very interesting and enjoyable day trip to County West Meath on
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The preparations got to fever pitch, two long pipes were shortened-the
hard way with a hacksaw and a few of us had a go at making them
a respectable white. Mary's invention of black plastic bags on
a roll held to the ground against the wind worked well-the stones
being borrowed from the flowerbeds. Despite my best efforts a
small streak of paint ended up on my sandals. It was hammerite
paint and we had the wrong thinner!!.
On the day all were greeted by two flags at the front door, one
the Irish flag and the other with the platinum logo which of course
looked well on pristine white flagpoles!. The gazebo was a good
size and as the wind had abated the day was perfect for our semi
al fresco `party``.
The V.I.P.s arrived on time and as I was slightly late having
to escort a friend-long promised after the last postponement,
it was good to get the full atmosphere-lovely flower arrangements
and of course the extra signs and mission statements looking at
There was already a crowd in the hall and a few wise people had
taken up a vantage point in sight of the food tables outside.
Minister Tim O` Malley minister for health and children was ready
to go. Margaret Webb was very smartly dressed in a trouser suit.
She was the compeer for the ceremony and was very professional.
Linda and Pierce looked very glam and very nervous but rose to
the occasion as if they were very used to speaking! Carmel looked
very pretty in pink and a very presentable liason and appeared
well in the photos particularly as the minister unveiled the plaque
to remember the occasion. Needless to say Mary looked blooming
on the day, still working hard and smiling-where does she get
the energy? Eileen had a smart suit and glam as ever. All spoke
well and the P.A. system worked well. The minister was cautious
not to commit to rights based legislation re:the disability other
than that did loosen up as did Martin Rogan (assc.ceo) who managed
quite a few smiles. I Introduced myself to the minister who did
not seem impressed, but Margaret Webb kindly stepped in to say
I was a great artist ! My friend Mary had a good day too. Rickey
ex. Harrison's restaurant and all helpers did a great job on the
catering there being very tasty sandwiches and lovely hot eats
and even very succulent deserts, tea, coffee, cranberry and orange
juices topped it off very well. The professional photos have already
arrived and are a presentable memory of the day that was in it.
All deserve full marks for all the enthusiasm and hard work especially
after the first false alarm (the previous cancellation).
Cure carpet indentations by placing an ice-cube
on the worn down bit .By leaving the ice-cube in the indentation,
the carpet fibres are moistened but not soaked.
of my life, I welcome this new day.
is your gift to me— the first day of the rest of my life.
thank you for the gift of being alive this morning.
you for the sleep which has refreshed me.
you for the chance to begin life all over again.
,this day is full of promise and of opportunity:
me to waste none of it.
day is full of mystery and of the unknown:
me to face it without fear or anxiety.
day is full of beauty and adventure
me to be fully alive to it all.
the day, may I become
generous and kindly person.
me not to be turned in on myself
to be sensitive and helpful to others.
me do nothing today that will hurt anyone.
let me help at least a little, to make life more pleasant for those
night comes, may I look back on this day without regrets;
may nobody be unhappy because of anything I have done
I have failed to do.
bless this day for me,
for all of us.
have now had 3 sessions in the Personal Development course. In the
first session we introduced ourselves to the Tutor. We also wrote
about a postcard and described what it meant to us.
the second session we drew a picture of a lorry but my one did not
look anything like a lorry.
We then spoke about the characteristics of a good listener. They
would have consideration for the other person’s feelings. If you
have a problem and want someone to listen to you should have someone
who is trustworthy and discreet if you are on the phone at the other
end of the line
feel that this course will improve my communication skills immensely.
of eating more fresh fruit and vegetables
fruit and vegetables are locally available, great quality, taste
delicious, are versatile and easy to use, and are excellent value
is recommended by leading health and nutrition experts that we
should eat four or more fruit and vegetables portions each day
as a rich and natural source of vitamins A,C,E and fibre. As a
result, eating vegetables and fruit is now closely associated
with lowering the risk of both cancer and heart disease.
in addition to contributing to your well-being and vitality today,
increased vegetable and fruit consumption may also help reduce
your risk of diet-related diseases in years to come. And, of course,
the best healthy eating plan to lose weight is to eat more fruit,
vegetables and potatoes in conjunction with reducing for intake.
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quitting smoking ever published. A bestseller for many years,
Carr offers a unique insight into the way smokers think about
smoking, and he gives instructions on how you will be happy to
become an ex-smoker for the rest of your life. You are allowed
to smoke while reading. As you go through the book, you will discover
that there is a psychological need to smoke, in addition to the
“little monster” of nicotine, which causes the craving.
His gift to you is to dispel the myths about smoking so that the
psychological need to smoke is gone by the time you have finished
reading the book. He explains how he was smoking one hundred a
day before he finally quit. When he did, he decided to devote
his life to helping other smokers to quit the habit.
Originally, the conservative medical establishment were very sceptical
about his method for quitting. After twenty years of hard work
through his books, CD-ROMS, and clinics worldwide, they endorse
his approach. Now, his clinics have a ninety per cent success
With the ban on smoking in public places, there has never been
a better time to quit If you are a smoker, do yourself a favour
and read this book.
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he couldn’t work the oracle nobody could. Trials were held, media
interest grew, training commenced, I think it was in October that
year Kildare started their league campaign with lovely Leitrim
in Division 2 of the NFL. A large crowd attended the match, including
a big contingent from Leitrim, which surprised me because I thought
nobody lived there, anyway Leitrim won the match and the Leitrim
supporters went delirious, god bless them. It was like winning
the All-Ireland for them. O Dwyer was interviewed after the match
and basically he was unconcerned , pointing out that the championship
was what it was all about.
far as I can remember Kildare didn’t lose a league match after
that and qualified for the knock out stages of the league and
moved to division 1 status. Things were picking up, the quarter
final match was held in Croke Park complete with its ancient and
half falling down stands in April of that year against none other
than Kerry which happened too include among its ranks none other
than Pat Spillane eight times All Ireland medallist and one of
the best players to grace the game but sadly again then age had
caught up with him and was a parody of what he once was. Kildare
wound up winning the match and were to face Donegal in the semis.
For a place in the final for the first time since the late sixties.
the match against Donegal Kildare started badly and by half time
trailed considerably. In the second half things improved and a
fight back was on the cards slowly but surely the deficit closed
but to me Kildare looked laboured in scoring (more about that
later). Late on in the match Kildare equalised and before the
ref blew the final whistle Kildare scored the winning point I
think by somebody named Dara McKevitt.
league final that year was to be held in May against none other
than Dublin, the old enemy. Something like sixty thousand people
turned up that day, there was white flags for Kildare and a sea
of blue for Dublin. Early on in the game Dublin scored a lucky
goal, I’m not sure who scored it , maybe Vinnie Murphy or Dessie
Farrell memory fails me on that one but anyway after that Kildare
owned a lot of leather but at the final whistle lost by 2 points.
up was the Championship itself and an away game against Louth
in Drogheda. Kildare were red hot favourites to win this game
and I remember travelling to this game and from what I can remember
about the place there were no stands. At that time Louth possessed
a lethal forward by the name of Stephen White . During the game
itself things went well for Kildare and with about 15 minutes
remaining held an eight point advantage it really looked like
mission accomplished but as everyone knows its not over till its
over as Kildare were to rudely find out. Louth launched a fight
back. Point followed point without reply for Louth. I remember
a Kildare back making a handling error pounced upon a goal for
Louth. They were now in front by 2 points with time running out
frantically a substitution was made for Kildare one Jarlath Gilroy
, Kildare gain possession a high ball is launched in the direction
of the Louth goal, Gilroy wins the leather, the keeper to beat,
seconds later the ball is in the net. Kildare lead by a point
time almost up
the restart Louth won possession I think now its gone into injury
time they work the ball close to the Kildare goal I think it was
white that gained the ball . Goal for Louth O ]Dwyer looks on
numb, I look on numb Kildare's following look on numb. How much
time will the referee add on , nails are bitten, Kildare win the
ball in the middle of the field and charge forward close to the
Louth goal mouth maybe about twenty yards out. The Kildare player
in possession is fouled. Free in to Kildare in the dying seconds.
They need a goal, up steps one Paul Mc Loughlin from what I could
see I think the referee has a word with the Kildare player with
the ball. To my mind surely he is saying this is the last act
of the game. He must try for a goal, what does he do kick the
ball over the bar. The referee blows the final whistle, game over.
Ambushed in Drogheda final score Kildare 2-10 Louth 2-11.
Social Trip to Dublin Shopping
Dinner Hazel Hotel Monasterevin
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Clubhouse at least two days in advance.
Well Wishes to: All our members who are unwell.
Wishes to: Eamonn, Gerry, James, Stephen, Cathy, Nuala, Annette,
Bernard, David, Mary, Michael, Martyn, Marguerite, Robert, Tim.
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Contributors: Lydia, Paul, Pierce, Clive,
Carmel, Eileen D.
Editorial Team: Paul Eileen D, Carmel Robert Lydia
Clive Pierce Patricia