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July 2005 Newsletter

Editorial

Summer is here, and members and staff of the clubhouse are looking forward to their holidays. The last week of July sees the final of the Leinster football Championship, hereís hoping Kildare win it. In the Clubhouse life goes on, weekly meetings are held, those out at work mind their jobs as best they can.

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Summer

We have had a few sunny days this summer although May was ranked the worst month in 20 years. Global warming and the ozone layer defiantly springs to mind. Even the most uninterested environmentalist would notice the earths climate changing. You have to be very flexible with the variety of weather we have. I was out in my garden having a cup of tea and listened to music while the sun was blazing one minute and the next minute there was a storm. My sun bathing was over but with the interesting sports on telly I was alright. A lot of sporting events in Ireland and the rest of Europe are weather dependant so if you have a play station 2 you can play that on a rainy day. There is a lot of pressure during the summer up and at it which is why beer gardens are full after work and people sometimes have too much to drink and get too drunk and emotional leading to high emotions and sometimes fight. My advice this summer is to use sun cream on hot days and be careful not to dehydrate.

Robert


Socials in July

6th July Wed bowling
16th July Sat Croke park
25th July Fri Chinese Kildare town


The Guinness Festival at the Curragh

Last weekend saw the running of the Irish 1,000 and 2,000 guineas at th Curragh. On Saturday, the 2,000 guineas was won by Dubawi, trained in Dudai for S. Mohammed . L. Dettori. On Sunday, history was made when Frances Smullen became the first woman to train a winner of an Irish classic, when her Saoire ridden by Michael Kinane won the 1,000 guineas, at the nice price of ten to one . Frances was carried shoulder high by her supporters when the result was announced. Other big winners over the weekend were, Grey swallow, trained by Dermot Weld, who won the Tattersalls Gold cup. The name to watch out for the future is George Washington, trained by Aidan Oí Brian, put him in your notebook for Royal Ascot at York. Finally I think a course called, the Geezer, will win the Epson Derby on Saturday week.

Philip

The Ladybird

A Ladybird was sitting contented
Though the wind tore at every tree
Eating her aphids and glowing
As pretty a picture could be
While the women at Ascot were swearing
And big hats just blew in the breeze
Her big spotted number unmoving
Was just as fine a picture to me.
So the truth of this story is simple-
Make a hat for your shell not your head
Or else for a wet windy Ascot
The ladies should all stay in bed!!

Chopsticks For Donkeys

Twas early one morning at breakfast
Through a hole in the wall and above
I saw a small donkey with chopsticks
Tongue in cheek eating a glove
From that day to this I am humble
So lacking in dexterity
When a donkey can take such a venture
Thereís little hope still left for me!

Music

I am interested in music in a very big way,
I listen to it practically every single day,
I have a collection of different types of song,
I could play some Abba or Celine Dion.
I have lots of albums about twenty score,
I have lost count ,maybe more.

There are so many musical styles,
Some of which I wouldnít like,
Iíd listen to pop & rock,rhythm & blues,
Bit of Elvis (Blue Suede shoes)
I also like classical,itís very smooth,
A bit of country,when Iím in the mood

Iíd listen to jazz to hear trumpets playing,
A bit of choir while Iím playing,
I donít like dance or I donít like rap,
But what Iíd like to do is clap, clap, and clap!

The thing I like most about the music,
Itís the words of songs not the tune
Provides me with inspiration and awe,
As I look up to the moon.

Lydia


The Compliment

I want to suggest a new beatitude ď Blessed are the sincere who pay complimentsĒ. For I just had a compliment, and it has changed my day. I was irritated. Tired. Discouraged. Nothing seemed much use. Now suddenly all this is changed. I feel a spurt of enthusiasm, of energy and joy. I am filled with hope. I like the whole world better, and even you. Lord, bless the person who did this for me. He probably hasnít the faintest idea how his few words affected me. But wherever he is, what ever heís doing, bless him. Let him too feel this sense of fulfilment, this recharge of fire and faith and joy. Thank you God, for this simple miracle so available to all of us. And that we donít have to be saints to employ its power.

Majorie

Potato Salad

Ingredients:
Ĺ kg. / 1 lb. Cooked potatoes, sliced
2 spring onions chopped
15 ml. / 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2.5 ml./Ĺ teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
Salt, pepper and paprika
125 ml./4 fl. 0z. Mayonnaise

Put the potatoes, spring onions, parsley and lemon rind into a salad bowl and season to taste with salt, pepper and paprika. Add the mayonnaise and toss well to coat. Cover and chill for 20 minutes. Serves 4.


Glazed Ham

You will need:
1 Piece middle or corner gammon,
about 4 lb 2 pints of water
1 Large onion
1 Bay leaf 6 Peppercorns For Glazing
3 oz soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons of dry mustard Cloves
Preparation time 10 minutes plus soaking time for the bacon
Cooking time 1 hour and 45 minutes
Oven setting 210 C ( Gas Mark 7)


Soak gammon overnight in cold water. Put into a saucepan with 2 pints of water, quartered onion, bay leaf and peppercorns. Cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Peel off skin from gammon, mark fat into diamond shapes with sharp knife and place in roasting tin. Mix sugar and mustard together and press into fat. Stick in cloves in the centre of each diamond. Place in hot oven for about 15 minutes, until fat is crisp and golden. Serve with beans and carrots if you like. Serves approx 8 people.

Quick Tip: Uncooked bacon joints need not be stored in a refrigerator. They should be wrapped in pieces of muslin and stored in a cool place


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The Sunday Game

Last Sunday at Croke Park saw the clash of Westmeath and Kildare in the Leinster Football Championship. In the run up to the match tensions were running high in the clubhouse between Kildare and the Westmeath fans. Westmeath started the match like a runaway train going into a four point lead. Kildare being the grafters, they drew level after a short period of time. Then tragedy struck the Kildare team, as they had a player sent off. Up in the stands, Westmeath fans were rubbing their hands with glee, how can we lose this match 14 players against 15? In the second half Kildare came out with fire in their bellies, led by Captain Courageous Glen Ryan who pushed aside the Westmeath players the way the wind blows the leaves off the trees. Then misfortune struck Westmeath, their star player, Dessie Dolan got a dizzy spell from watching the Kildare players fly by him, and fell to the ground. In the end, Kildare won the match by three points, Westmeath go into the Qualifiers against Tipperary and we wish them all the best in that. Kildare play Laois next.

Philip

Announcments

Birthday wishes: Jackie, Reg, Aileen, Denis, Bernie, Shane, Breda, Ian.

Get well wishes: Simon, David Paddy

Contributors: Lydia, Patrick, Stephen D, Philip, Patricia, Robert, Eileen.

Editorial Team: Carmel, Patrick, Stephen D, Ian, Eileen, Philip.

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