Scoil Ide Naofa had a very successful outing on Saturday, 2 February, when they scooped First place in the U/13s Credit Union School quiz and 2nd Place in the U/11s section. The quiz took place in St Laurence’ s Community Complex.

The winning Under 13 team was comprised of Adam Griffith, Isobel Duffy, Lauren Jones, Darragh Grufferty. They now progress to the next round, so best of luck to them. The U/11 team were Casey Dunne, James O Kane, Michaela Fleming, Katelynn O Brien.

Congratulations to the entire brainy brunch! You’ve done Scoil Ide Naofa proud.


It’s sweeping Ireland and now it’s been embraced locally, as twenty one people have signed up for Operation Transformation and, between them, have lost 65 lbs in two weeks. They meet up in St. Laurence’s Community complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8p.m. for a 5km walk and they weigh in on Thursdays. Every Sunday they meet up at Molly O’Looney’s in Narraghmore at 10.30a.m. for a 5km walk and, such is the interest, that numbers are increasing week by week. Week One saw twenty five people turning up, on Week Two there was thirty five and Week Three saw sixty five people ready to go!

Among the group is our own Councillor Martin Miley who provided me with all the information and Martin would like to pay tribute to the group’s own resident Task Master, Bernard Higgins. It’s not too late if you want to come along and shed a few of your own pounds; just watch out for the leaner Councillor Miley!


All choirs are back in 2013 full voices at St. ita’s Church with the Kilmeade Youth Choir in fine voice on Sunday, 3 February. This choir practises on occasional Saturdays in the church. If you would like to join, and contribute with your voice or a musical instrument, then contact Susan at 0879792958 who would be delighted to welcome you.

Likewise if you would like to join St. Ita’s Adult Choir, their practices take place on Tuesdays at 7.30p.m. in the choir gallery and, here, once again, you would be very welcome.


Parents from the Kilmeade area are advised that application for enrolment forms are currently available to enroll any pupil into any class in Scoil Ide Naofa for September 2013. These forms are available by calling to the school or phoning Mary on 059 8626100. Closing date for receipt of completed applications forms is Monday, 8 April.


Calling all sporting boys, girls, men and women to get involved in a fast growing and successful club, Newtown Rovers.

For our senior teams, pre-season training started on 6 February at 7:30pm, but still feel free to come down. Our pitch is located opposite Conlan’s of Booleigh.

Our underage is in mid-season and would also welcome anyone interested in joining .

If you are interested in joining a women’s team in this seasons upcoming league you can contact any of our committee members listed below .

We are actively recruiting helpers to assist the committee. If you are interested please contact one of the following, Chairman – Noel Poole 087-9534098

Secretary – Liam Molloy 086-6067625 Treasurer Sean Dillon 087 6734923.


Our community is indebted to all the gardai who have served us so loyally at Ballitore Garda Station over many years. They have been unfailingly helpful and courteous and we always felt we were in very safe hands. We are sad that we no longer have your presence in our community but “go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir” for your dedication.


Plenty of activity at Athy Library for February as follows:

Arts and Crafts

Thursday 14 February 11.30am-12.30pm


Places are limited so sign up early!

Digital Photography Taster workshop

Wednesday 27 February 11.30am, taster workshop with a view to follow up workshops depending on demand. Places are limited. So sign up early!

Antos Watercolour workshop

Thursday 28 February Susan Boyle will do a watercolour workshop form 10.30am-12.00pm.

Places are limited so book early.


Our patchwork group meet every Monday of the month between 10.30am & 12.30pm.New members are welcome.

Knitting Group

Our knitting group meet every Thursday of the month between 10.30am & 12.30pm. New members are welcome so come along!

Contact: 059-8631144 Email:


The chant from many of the children has been “when is the next Disco” and Michelle Doyle tells me that, as a result of their enthusiasm and the success of the first ever Moate View Disco, there will be a second one on Friday, 22 February at St. Laurence’s Community Complex, starting at 7p.m. and finishing at 9p.m. Children aged from 6 – 12 years are encouraged to attend and, because disco dancing is very thirsty work there will be a mineral bar! It will, of course, be well supervised.

Children from Kilmeade and their friends and children from the surrounding areas as well as Athy and Kilberry are very welcome.

Admission is €4 and Noelle tells me there will be lots of fun and games as well as disco dancing.

The most recent Lotto winner is Fiona Thorpe with a win of €27.


And so to news from St. Laurence’s GFC:


Training for the U16s and U14s has resumed. U/14’s contact Colm O Toole (087 6239665), and U/16s contact John Fox (087 3815033) or John O’ Brien (086 3835171) for further information. Wearing gum shields for training and matches is mandatory from 01/01/2013 for all GAA clubs.

Saturday 2 March is set as the date for registration for all underage players and the start of our regular training on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. More details will follow as the date approaches. Martina is in the clubhouse every Monday evening from 5.30 to 7.00pm pm taking registrations.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership for 2013 is now due and is unchanged from 2012 with child membership €25, adults €50, Couple €80, and family membership €100. Social membership is €25 and OAPs €15. Standing order forms are available to help spread the cost of the membership over a number of months.

UNDERAGE MEETING: It’s on tonight, 12 February at 8pm in the complex meeting room. We would welcome parents from all age groups to attend especially if they would like to help out with the underage for the season ahead.

BASKETBALL TRAINING: St Laurence’s U/12s football Pre-season indoor basketball training continues every Thursday night from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. All U12 players are welcome. It’s becoming increasingly popular with the lads, and it’s not too late to join in! Contact Johnnie Griffith on (087)6103297.

Check out our Facebook page and the club website for all updates on training and fixtures.


The annual night out for everyone to meet up and have fun will take place this year on Saturday next, 16 February, at 8p.m. in the complex. Tickets, €25, for dinner and live entertainment from Flock of Budgies. Tickets available from the clubhouse reception.


Barry McGovern tells us that Charity Bingo continues on Mondays at 8.30pm in The Hunting Ground Dublin Road Athy with €2000 in Prizes. Jackpots €800 and €350, Lucky Line €100 plus Free Spot Prizes & Giveaways.
New Players Welcome. Come along, have a great night’s fun and win some €€€. Books only €4
Well done everyone who helped donate €1150 to Athy Mental Health Association


Sister Catherine from the beautiful Retreat Centre at Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard, has news of some upcoming interesting events.

Meditation Day on Saturday 23 February, from 10am – 4.30pm. Enjoy a day of quiet time in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Cost: €25 (please bring packed lunch – Tea/Coffee provided)

Meditation continues every Tuesday evening from 8 - 9pm. There is no charge and booking is not required.

Art and Craft Group continue to meet every Thursday 8-10pm. New members always welcome. Bring along your stitching, knitting, crochet, etc. and meet like-minded people to share ideas and have a chat. Booking not necessary.

Introduction to Basic Gardening on a budget – Saturday 20 April – details at a later date

Introduction to Aromatherapy – Saturday 25 May – details at a later date

Should you require any further information or wish to book any of the above, contact Catherine on 057-862615


Sympathy is extended to the family of Peg Ryan, Ballindrum, who died on 31 January at Oghill Nursing Home, Monasterevin. A very respected member of our community, Peg, who was in her 97th year, was pre-deceased by her husband, Tommy, many years ago, but went on to live a very full life after his death, even learning to drive.

A very sociable woman, she always enjoyed a game of cards, and particularly excelled at bridge, a game she loved.

Peg is survived by her sisters, Sara O’Loughlin, Maureen Rochford, Sister Elizabeth Delaney, Bridie Hourigan, sister in law Maire Delaney, nieces, numbered among whom is our own Mary Gorman, nephews, nieces in law, nephews in law, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, great grandnephews.

Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.


PRO, Stephanie Cronan reminds you all that Fontstown ICA recommences for 2013 this Thursday 14 February at 8pm in Molly O’Looneys, Narraghmore. February’s competition is for the Prettiest Spring Posie. We look forward to welcoming new members. See you all on the 14th!