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Celebrations at St. Patrick’s Well

Celebrations at St. Patrick’s Well

The interdenominational service on St. Patrick’s Day is now a firmly established tradition in the parish of Narraghmore, when members of the congregations from both churches gather at St. Patrick’s well to honour our national saint.

This year, with torrential downpours between midday and 2p.m. it was looking increasingly doubtful that the weather would spoil the event but, coming up to the starting time of 3p.m., the skies cleared and people made their way to this well loved spot.

John Donovan welcomed everyone, including Rev. Isaac Delamere and Fr. Morty O’Shea. Fr. Morty, a Kerryman, is now working in Athy and this was his first ceremony at St. Patrick’s well.

Throughout the service members from both congregations recited readings and prayers, while the choir also was made up of Church of Ireland and Catholic parishoners.

John Donovan expressed his thanks to the Plewman family, on whose lands St. Patrick’s well is situated, as he remarked that, throughout the year, people come to this special place, thanks to the goodwill of the Plewmans.

The well and it’s environs looked splendid, thanks to the loving care of a number of people who look after it, while, presiding over the area was the statue of the man himself, St. Patrick, the work of the late sculptor, Dick Joynt, who lived in Fontstown for a number of years.

Towards the end of the interdenominational service, Bill Plewman read a poem to St. Patrick, composed by Uncle Tom Plewman some years ago.

Both Rev. Isaac Delamere and Fr. Morty O’Shea expressed their delight at being present as Rev. Isaac went on to pay tribute to John Donovan “the driving force behind this service every year”.

In conclusion John Donovan thanked everyone for attending and had a special word of praise for Jim Cassidy, Johnny Tallon, John O’Brien, Jack Fleming, Ollie Miley, Christy Heffernan, Paddy Lawler, Christy Mulhall, Mick O’Toole, Billy Donovan and the FAS workers. John also paid tribute to Noel Flood and Jim Cassidy, both of whom are now retired.

Afterwards many people drank from the well which is purported to cure any ills while others filled bottles with this special water. Many stayed around to chat and renew acquaintances and, while the numbers might have been down on previous years, the tradition firmly lives on.

Missing from the St. Patrick’s well service was one much loved person, Fr. Colm O’Siochru, who is ill at present. Fr. Colm was remembered in the prayers of intercession and all his congregation send him best wishes for his recovery to good health.

It did rain again later, but, for an hour at his well, St. Patrick made sure everyone was dry; beir bua St. Patrick!

April 1st - no fools day!

Melanie Treacy of Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore, proves that not only is she a genial landlady but she is now doing her best to tackle this recession head on with her Narraghmore Network Group, for businesses, services, crafts and home produce people.

The group is trying to promote all things local and support local businesses, while also promoting local people who may have businesses elsewhere.

If you would like to promote your business, service, industry, crafts, home baking/produce, then Sunday, 1 April, is just the day for you at Molly O’Looney’s.

when you can go along, set up your stand, distribute your business cards and meet the public.

Perhaps you’re a tradesperson who wants to get your name and service out there. If so, then you are also invited; plumbers, electricians, carpenters, appliance repair service people, just come along with your contact details or business cards.

Ideally the Narraghmore Network Group would like to hear from you BEFORE 1 April in order to compile a local services directory.

Email mollyolooney@gmail.com or you can ring Melanie on 086 8520679

Melanie tells me that the next project will be on the lines of “Dirty Old Towns” for our village. Intrigued? I can’t wait!

Baby makes six

Baby Ben Donnelly joins siblings James, Reiltin and Bobby to make up the Donnelly family with Mum Reiltin(nee Treacy) and Dad, Niall. Ben was born at Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin, on 15 February, weighing in at 7lbs. 11ozs, much to the joy of his brothers, sister, Mum, Dad, his grandparents Ann and Eamonn Donnelly and the extended family. Welcome baby Ben, from all the Kilmeade community.

Crystal light

Following on the success of the first concert in the Athy Arts Centre, a second concert is now planned for this Thursday, 29 March, in the Clanard Court Hotel.

All proceeds will be divided between the Laura Lynn House Children’s Hospice Foundation, Barnardos Children’s Charity and the National Council for the Blind, Athy.

The concert will feature Chantelle Rose, Singer/Composer, Leslie Dowdall, Singer/Songwriter, Sean Loughman, Robert Chanders, Dinny Donohue Comedian, the Dara Quartet and others.

Pre Show entertainment from Midland Suzuki, Athy Violin Group.

Tickets, costing €10 are available from Winkle’s, The Gem and the NCBI Shop, all in Athy. Some will also be available on the night at the door 

Fashion show

Calling all dedicated followers of fashion who like nothing better than a night out viewing the latest fashions, with a bit of entertainment thrown in!

If you are one of these fashionistas then Amanda Smyth has just the treat for you as she tells us of a Fashion Show, in aid of the Luke Relihan Fund.  Luke is a two year old boy suffering from cerebral palsy and needs a stem operation. His parents plan to travel to China for the surgery, so we are trying very hard to promote the Fashion Show to ensure we can make the maximum amount possible.  Show takes place Thursday 5 April in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, starting at 8 pm with doors open 7.30pm.  Tickets are €15 and are available from the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, The Salon, Duke St. Athy and from Amanda 087 9521850.  MC for the evening is Vikki Maloney.  Fashion for ladies, gents, children, and also featuring bridal wear, guaranteed to have something for everyone on the catwalk.  There will be a monster raffle and a prize for best dressed lady.  Special guest on the night is Pat Byrne who is currently doing very well on the Voice of Ireland.

Amanda has a wealth of experience in organizing Fashion Shows, always with a little surprise or two thrown in, so a great night in store for you all.  HOPE(D)

Jacinta O’Sullivan tells us of a upcoming concert, featuring John Hogan and Murts Country at the Clanard Hotel, Athy on Easter Sunday 8 April. Doors open 9pm. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment. Please come along and support Hope(D). Tickets €10 can be purchased in advance by calling Sean on 087 7708921. Alternatively tickets can be purchased on the night. We look forward to seeing you

Birthday boy

Our special boy this week is Jimmy Byrne who celebrated his 70th birthday recently, surrounded by his family and friends.

Jimmy used to live in Fontstown and is very well known to all Kilmeadeites who, I’m sure would join in wishing him a very happy birthday.

Birthday girl

She rings me every week with the Moate View Lotto results, so I’ve christened Patti Ging the “Moate View Mama” as she is so interested in promoting her “own place”. Patti celebrated her birthday last Saturday, 24 March, so if any of you Moate View residents didn’t know that, give Patti a birthday hug when you see her.

The last two winners of the Moate View Lotto were Sandra Mackey who won €48 and Margaret Kelly from St. Ita’s Park who won €49, which should get both a good few Easter eggs!

Larries underage news

Marion Griffith reports: St Laurences U/16s played Ballyna in Ballyna, a long drive on Paddy’s morning and unfortunately missing a lot of regular starters today. Laurences got the first point of the game courtesy of Joe Finnegan. Ballyna came back putting good moves together soon they got on the score board, looking comfortable on the ball kicking over scores quite easily. At half time Laurences were in big trouble but nevertheless came out in the second half, not giving up, and in trying weather conditions got a goal and a few points, missed a couple of goal chances on another day might have gone in. Best for Laurences were Cian Crowe, John Leigh, Sam Dillon, Joe Finnegan, Ciaran Bowes and Dean Sherry. Final score Laurences 1-7, Ballyna 2-8

Training

Underage training continues on Wednesdays 7-8pm and Saturdays 11.00am to 12.00pm. Go games for U6 right up to U13’s will be starting in April and will run in two phases right up until September, more details to follow once fixtures have been confirmed. All upcoming fixtures will be posted on our new club website www.stlaurencesgaa.com.

Easter raffle

The Easter raffle will take place on Saturday 7 April and any cards that are sold/unsold can be returned to the mentors at any training session before-hand or on the day. Lines are €2 each and there are lots of lovely prizes.

Membership

Membership is still open for 2012 and all young players in the area are welcome to join in the fun. Registration is available at each training session or from Marcella in reception Mon-Fri 5.30pm until 9.30pm.A full range of training gear is available at buy design in Crookstown.

Holy Week

Because of the absence of Fr. Colm O’Siochru, our Parish Priest, Fr. Frank McEvoy, together with members of the three Pastoral Councils in our parish, has had to amend the times and venues for the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies which we will advise you about next week.

Benefit night

Easter Sunday night, 8 April sees a function in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund at St. Laurence’s Community Complex. Kicking off at 8p.m. it promises to be a great night with live music by “Two Guys Live” followed by a disco. These lads also played at the St. Laurence’s Dinner Dance and went down a treat.

Admission €10 in aid of a very worthy cause.

Walkaround 2012

This year it’s in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund and it starts on Easter Monday, 9 April from St. Ita’s Church carpark at 7p.m. and continuing for twenty weeks until the last Monday in August.

The walk is as far as Monatore Bridge and back but those who would prefer a shorter stroll are more than welcome. As long as you make a donation(minimum €2) to the Walkaround bucket we will be delighted to see you!

As well as supporting Jonathan, this is a great opportunity to meet neighbours and perha

ps make new friends. We would especially welcome those who have moved to Kilmeade during the past year.

If you can’t make Mondays perhaps you could start a Walkaround on some other evening in your own area.

Slan le billy

Our community was very saddened to learn of the sudden death of Billy Bell, Youngstown, which occurred on Tuesday, 20 March. Everyone knew Billy and his love of all things Irish was legendary, particularly Irish music and the Irish language. Despite having spent many years working in England, Billy never lost his Irish accent and could still quote “as gaeilge” little stories he had learned at school.

Billy was an accomplished accordion player and his niece, Margaret Donegan, playing accordion, accompanied by Joan O’Connor on tin whistle, evoked many memories with their lovely playing at Billy’s Funeral Mass at St. Ita’s Church, celebrated by Fr. Joe O’Brien.

Our sincere condolences to his family, his wife, Bridie, children, Annemarie, Liam, Helen and Michael, his grandchildren, Laura, Katie, Lauren, Paddy, his brothers, Mattie and Syl, sisters, Ettie, Peggy, Betty and Frances, in laws and extended family.

Suaimhneas siorrai dhuit Billy.

Think on

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things….Henry Ward Beecher.