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July 2004 Newsletter


Our Official opening will take Place on Thursday the 8th of July this will be a day to celebrate for all who have been associated with Platinum for the last five years . We hope that all members will attend on the day as they will be the V.I.P’S. Summer is here and lots of people are going on Holidays so we wish you the best, have a great time and send us a postcard.

If anyone has any articles or comments they would like to submit please e-mail them to us at:

Poetry Corner

I Dream of my childhood along a river so old Swimming, Laughter with my silent thought.
The sun was hot but the water so cold, such natural ecstasy my Liffey it brought.
I fished on the river for trout and Pike a cherished time soon with a surprise catch, with fish on the river I so much like such god given food you cannot match.

Clear White swans float on a river so free Building their nest on an Island of their own These graceful creatures meant much to me One day soon signets be fully grown a world of mine to a river of peace. Destined to its homeland at the sea its constant hushing tumble never cease A river of destiny forever to be.

What makes my ever lasting river flow A force carrying its way all the time to its destination onward it go In rippling waters so busy but fine. I sit at the riverside without a care Echoing its peaceful tone to my ear Both senses of river and myself to share Constantly calming to get rid of fear.



Kilcullen has changed a lot since I last visited it as a child. It was a very old town untouched by development this has all changed. There are many new estates which have been built over the last couple of years these include Castle martin that is opposite Tony O’Reillys Caste martin estate Behind this is the expansive Cnoc Na Greine estate where I live, it is broken up into different streets the view is one, I find it very modern and stylish I am a proud member of Kilcullen golf and tennis club, they are great amenities The Credit Union opposite An Tear Mann coffee shop is almost built so if you really want something in Camphill you know where to get your funds. You can get to Dublin in an hour but beware you have to be very patient sometimes as the buses are not always on time.


Employment Education Unit

All members are going well in employment. Some members have enjoyed to their summer break . Patrick is enjoying his first T/E job from Platinum. Anna & Chris are on vacation from V.T.O.S. But both members were accepted back for second year in September 2004. Darren, Patrick, & Clive, are also enjoying their break, after completing their first computer course . All three await exam results in Sept 2004.


Dear Member

I hope you are in Good health. The reason I am typing this letter is to ask you to attend Platinum clubhouse on a more regular basis, then you have been . The Clubhouse is funded by the number of members who attend the Clubhouse. Members who are out at work are asked to attend the Clubhouse on the day you are off. Remember only for the clubhouse you would have no work . Within the Clubhouse each week day there are Employment, Standard and House meetings, where vital issues are discussed regarding the running of the Clubhouse Your voice is needed at these meetings. I hope you will take the above issues to heart and make an extra effort to attend the Clubhouse on a more regular basis. Remember membership of the Clubhouse for life and with that membership comes certain obligations to the Clubhouse community.

Staff and Members


Firstly I would like to say, to me sport should be about entertainment, giving people passing through the turnstiles something that will lighten their load from the pressures of modern day life. The game between Offaly and Kildare in Newbridge on Saturday afternoon certainly had that and more, already post mortems, autopsy's etc are taking place throughout the county in pubs, clubs and betting shops and so forth. Everyone has their own opinion here’s mine. Before discussing the match in Newbridge on Saturday last, I would like to write about the history of Kildare football from about the time I started watching them which is something about the early eighties from what I can remember was that more often than not Kildare made first round exits from the Leister Championships year after year. It didn’t matter who they played, Wicklow, Wexford, Laois, half fit Dublin teams all recorded victories over the Lilywhites. The situation was very bleak indeed and was getting worse with every passing year. Something had to be done and quickly. At that time a group of wealthy and influential people in Kildare including a chap named Osbourne and Gus somebody or other decided to take action and form what was to be known as Kildare Supporters Club.. Huge amounts of cash and they went about looking for the best in the business, someone with pedigree both as a player and a manager to entice him to Kildare. Enter Mick O Dwyer . O Dwyer had won All Ireland medal As a player and managed the greatest football team of all time in the seventies and early eighties.


Catering Unit

All members and staff input are welcome in the Kitchen. We have a change in staff for the next two months. Salads and light meals are going to be on the menu for the Summer. Thanks to Lydia for her fresh herbs from her Garden. Any suggestions for menu for June/July Please put forward to catering unit.

Try out our Recipe for this month: BANANA MUFFINS.

Ingredients: 225g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
125g/4oz Margarine.
125g/4oz Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder.
300ml/1/2 pint Milk 1 Banana (diced).

Method 1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350 F/ Gas 4. Grease a 12 muffin tin or line each with a muffin paper case.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg.
3. Add flour, baking powder and milk. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined. Do not over mix.
4. Finally, stir in the diced banana.
5. Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin tin.
6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until muffins are “Springy” to the touch.
7. Cool on a wire tray


Summer Outing - Day Trip to Midlands:

Leaving Newbridge @ 9-30am.
Stop in Kinnegad for tea/coffee
2nd stop Mullingar bronze+ pewter centre
3rd stop Belvedere house
4th stop (if we have time Johnathan Swift park-(lilliput Lough Ennel)
Lunch @ Bloomfield House hotel
3-4 Shopping in Mullingar town
Cost per member €5

4th July –Sunday –BBQ America Day Clubhouse
23rd July –Friday Employment Dinner in Town House Hotel Naas
31st July –Saturday Shopping Trip to Dublin

Tip of the Day: Polish brass doorknobs with HP Sauce. Vinegar’s the main ingredient of HP sauce so I could see the logic in this. It did work after a fashion although the door handle was a bit Stickysticky afterwards, P


Get Well wishes to: All our members who are unwell.

Birthday Wishes to: Jackie, Eleanor, Reg, Breda, Aileen, Dennis, Bernie, Shane.

Welcome to our new members: Anthony


Disclaimer: The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of Platinum Clubhouse.

Contributors: Editorial Team: Paddy, Carmel, Breda. Lydia, Patsy, Robert, and Philip., Patricia

Editorial Team: who again

Any articles, items or pictures in this newsletter may only be reproduced following permission from Platinum Clubhouse.


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