Be vigilant, please – within the short period of the local garda station closing, there’s been some house burglaries in the village. Someone might inform Minister Shatter – the community was assured that the village would be well patrolled and that a visible presence in the locality would deter criminals. Garda Tom O’Donoghue is maintaining a regular presence in the community but alas, with the closure of the station, a criminal element was quick to take advantage. You can contact Tom on 086 858 2695 or Kilcullen Garda Station on 045 481 212. The Community Alert committee met last week and are currently compiling a data list of householders and contact numbers for residents who wish to participate; the committee will be making door to door calls over the coming weeks and compiling contact details relative to townslands and areas.
Another Family Fun Table Quiz
After the success of the recent Golf Society Family Quiz, some local volunteers are organizing a table quiz in aid of St. John’s Ward, Crumlin Hospital, ‘aided and abetted’ by capable quiz master, Tom O’Rourke. The event will be held in Paddy Murphy’s on Sunday next, 21 April at 5.30pm “Many locals will be aware of the very difficult year that young Dylan Smith has been through; with the excellent care and treatment he has been receiving in Crumlin Hospital, we all hope he will make a full recovery” said Tom. “We’d like to do something to show our thanks and appreciation to Crumlin Hospital for the work they do, not just for Dylan but for all children with serious illness. There’s plenty of spot prizes and a raffle. We will also have an appearance from Jenny Murphy and members of the Irish Ladies grand slam winning Rugby Team plus some members of the Kildare Senior Football team, and hopefully special guest appearance by Dylan himself!” All support appreciated, tables €20 - bring your parents and friends for what promises to be a great day. All welcome, all proceeds go to St. John’s Ward in Crumlin Hospital for the purchase of special blood pressure monitors for children with serious illness. Donation of spot prizes greatly appreciated.
The late Oliver Daly
Tragically and unexpectedly, the death occurred of Oliver ‘Ollie’ Daly of Flemingston, Ballymore Eustace and late of Stephenstown, Two Mile House. Ollie was well known in Ballymore through his many years working at Headon’s Butchers, where he worked alongside the late Joe Headon. A familiar sight at Punchestown Races Point ot Point meetings, regularly accompanied by the late Johnnie Clarke and always willing to share a tip, Ollie was a dapper figure and loved his bit of style, no doubt aided by twin brother Nick who worked in mens’ outfitters in Naas for years. Ollie was a fit man whose main mode of transport was cycling and he was a dab hand at fly fishing years ago. Ollie is survived by his sister, Jane, brothers Nicholas and Fred, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace, amen.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
A support group for friends and family members of Dementia & Alzheimer People hoping to establish a regular group will meet on Thursday, 18 April at O’ Keefe’s Home & Garden, Ballymore Eustace Rd, Naas, Co. Kildare. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s/Dementia means many changes and challenges. You are not alone, join us in our local support group. Meet people in similar situations - give yourself a moment. Tea and coffee available, no charge. If successful, we will be running on a weekly/monthly basis. Further enquiries on 045 864 410.
Ballymore’s Pa Nolan is organising a Punchestown Preview next Monday 22nd April @ 8pm. For tips and a bit of betting advice, come along and join racing impresarios Bryan Cooper, Andrew Leigh, Andrew McNamara, Dick O’Sullivan (Punchestown Racecourse) and Charlie McCreevy. The event is hosted in the Bridgewater Inn, Sallins - contact Pat on 045 880681.
Ballymore Karate Club
BME Karate Club has been open for ten months now and has a great class running weekly in the Band Hall on Mondays from 4.45-5.45pm, beginners welcome. “The style we practice is Wado-Kai Karate” said Martin Nulty “We practice traditional Karate & sport Karate which is the modern competition Karate. Ages range from 4 to 15 years currently. The training helps students to focus and become more confident and very disciplined over time. They learn to respect one another and to interact and become goal orientated towards all aspects in life”. For further enquiries, contact Martin on 086 851 9365.
Dog Fouling Health Risk
The Tidy Towns reports that several local residents have complained about dog fouling on the streets and along the recently re-opened River Walk. Many people feel dog fouling is offensive and should not be tolerated in public places. Dog fouling is a major issue for many of our towns and villages. It is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and it is consistently raised as a public concern. Some dog owners fail to clean up after their dogs and the highest level of dog fouling can be found in areas where people actually live. Dog is not only unpleasant but it is dangerous, and can cause toxocariasis in humans. Bring a pooper scooper or simply a small bag with you when you are out walking the dogs; most dogs have a daily time to defecate so please, walk your dog ‘on empty’ or come with a bag to collect.