Kill Johnstown

New school garden

Some excellent photographs of the new outdoor classroom and garden at Kill National School, Scoil Bhride, are now available on the school website. The garden includes raised beds for planting, several outdoor seating areas, an impressive giant chair, a vertical larder for salad plants, a strawberry tube, five sensory beds with plants that look good, smell good, feel good, sound good and even taste good, a pond with tadpoles, snails, slugs, insects and plants, a hedgehog station, a bug skyscraper, outdoor chimes, xylophone, drums etc for making music; a willow dome to sit in, a mini forest, a fruiting hedge, a bird feeding station and several bird boxes and a weather station. The garden was funded through a donation to the school by a source that wishes to remain anonymous. The school was asked to put the money towards a project that would last for a long time and would be of educational benefit to the children, and the school chose to construct the garden.

There are cameras installed in the pond, bird feeding station, and the bird boxes. These cameras are linked to the school’s website and the interactive whiteboards so the children can watch the activities in their classrooms or homes. The weather station is powered by a solar panel and is linked to the school website. It gives constant information regarding wind speed, wind direction, temperature, cloud cover etc. The garden/outdoor classroom will be of great benefit to the children as they study science, nature, geography and many more areas of the curriculum.

The anonymous donor(s) must be delighted with the way the school put this funding to use.

Youth space

Anyone aged from 16 to 25 years is invited to be part of the K&L pilgrimage to the Youth Space of the International Eucharistic Congress in the RDS on Tuesday, June 12. The programme will include music from Elation Ministries, powerful speakers and a range of workshops and other fun activities including drama and a concert.

There will be transport available locally and the cost for the day if booking with the Diocesan Youth Group will be E10. To download a booking form check out www.kandle.ie or call Yvonne 087 7788007.

Run for Amen

Are you planning to participate in the Flora Mini Marathon in Dublin this year? Amen Support Services are looking for volunteers to run, walk or crawl on June 4th to raise much needed funds to provide services for male victims of domestic abuse. info@amen.ie or 046 9023718.

Thank you

The Church Gate Collection for the Irish Society for Autism raised a total of E685 in Kill and the group extends a big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Collectors needed

The Special Olympics National Collection Day is on April 27 and collectors are required in Naas. If you can spare an hour please contact Sheila O’Connor, telephone 0861099311.

Run for friends

Friends of Naas Hospital are very keen to get ladies participating in the Flora Mini Marathon to support the charity. Most people in Kill and Johnstown will have been a patient, or a family member has been a patient in Naas Hospital. Friends of Naas Hospital endeavour to enhance patient care with funds raised. For tee shirt/ sponsorship card call Ger or Mary on 045849733.

GAA Lotto results

In the Kill GAA lotto draw on April 16, the winning numbers were 3, 7,

9 and 12. There was no jackpot winner. The E200 was shared by Simon Riordan, Mary Hackett and Dermo Doyle. The next jackpot will be E8,550.

Kill GAA briefs

Kill junior footballers defeated JTB in round 3 of the league on a score line of 3-12 to 0-02, this was the team’s first victory of the current campaign, against a weak home side. Man of the match must go to Podge Kelly who scored an impressive 3 goals. Hopefully the lads can build on this victory and start to climb the league table.

Kill GAA Awards Night

Kill GAA Club will hold their awards night on Saturday, April 28. The night promises to be a great event with the hurling team receiving their medals on winning the championship last year. Player of the year awards will also be presented to the football, camogie and ladies footballers on the night. Tickets are available from the bar.

History group meeting

The next meeting of Kill History Group takes place on Monday 28 May at 8.30pm in the Parish Meeting Room. The topic is “The Congo“ and the speaker is Maj. Gen. Bill Dwyer (Rtd). All welcome.

Bake sale

Well done to the girls from Anam Girls Choir who held a very successful fundraising cake sale last Sunday in the Parish Meeting Room in Kill. They say a big thank you to everyone who supported it.

Last chance for Scrap Saturday

Ardclough GAA Club are holding their final round- up in their fundraising Scrap Saturday project during April. If you have any items of scrap that you want to get rid of please contact any of the

following: Maurice Byrne: 086-8129580; Johnny Lynam: 086-8010511; Liam

Hogan: 086-2562118; Tony Carton: 087-7813044.

Sports events

The 2012 Community Games Sports Day will take place this year on Sunday, May 13, from 3-6pm. Field events will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 6.30pm. Volunteers welcome!

This year, Kill and Johnstown Community Games are organising a number of new events in addition to existing events such as basketball and pitch and putt.

If you are from the area and are interested in taking part in the events listed below, please contact the relevant person within the next few days so that entries may be organise and also to facilitate trials and/ or training where necessary.

Basketball: U.11 and U.13 boys and girls, telephone Shane Mullins at 086-6025711. U.16 boys and girls contact Ray Armstrong 086-8228989.

Rugby (Mini) U.11 (must be at least age 8 to enter) Niamh Lawlor 0863828531.

Rugby Tag U.14 mixed team - boys and girls (minimum age 11 years) Philip Lawlor:0868214653 Swimming – U.8, U.10, U.12, U.14, U.16 – boys and girls, Seamus Lenehan –086- 2310004.

Pitch and Putt – U.16 boys and girls (minimum age 11 years) contact:

Karen O’Hagan:087-99725.

2km Cycling on Grass boys and girls, U. 12 and U. 14 (must be minimum age 9) Sally Donlon:087-2738398.

Futsal (similar to indoor soccer) U.13 Boys and Girls(minimum 10 years

old) Tom McCarthy:087-6232222.

All winners at County level will qualify to take part in the National Community Games finals which take place over 2 weekends on August

17-19 and August 24-26, 2012.

There is a E2 entry fee for all the above events. As a voluntary organisation, all assistance would be appreciated. If you are interested in getting involved in the Community Games, please contact Niamh on 086-3828531.

Recent death

The death occurred on Monday, April 16, of Michael Cooley of 27 The Green, Johnstown Manor, Johnstown, and late of Co. Galway. Michael, beloved father, son and brother, deeply regretted by his loving daughters Katie and Georgina, sons Michael and Vincent, wife Julie, mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. Removal was from his home to St. Brigid’s Church, Kill, on Wednesday morning for Requiem Mass followed by burial in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Naas.

May he rest in peace.

Bingo

Come along and enjoy a game of bingo in the Kill GAA hall every Thursday from 8.30 to 10pm. All welcome.

Irish dancing classes

Ardclough GAA is the venue for Irish dancing classes every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm. Please contact Pearl Mahoney 087 9593625.

Seniors welcome

Senior members of the Kill community are invited to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee, a chat and some home made buns, after mass at about 10.20am, every Wednesday in the Parish Centre. Drop in, meet with friends and catch up on all the local news. All welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Naas St. Vincent de Paul Furniture Shop in Naas is holding a furniture auction at the end of May. They are looking for good quality furniture for the auction. Collection and delivery service available.

For further information please contact (045) 899453.