There was no one in the community who didn’t feel for the family of the late James Nolan last week. When his parents, Essie and Jimmy, went to greet their 21 year old son last Friday, it was a homecoming they could never have envisaged.
A chirpy, cheery young fella known for his infectious smile, the late James was attending Tallaght IT, studying Environmental Engineering and had only one year left to complete his course, having passed his summer exams and achieved an A in Maths.
A part time bar worker at The Lakes Bar, Blessington, he travelled to Poland with local mates, all of whom are devastated by the loss of their jolly pal.
His mam, Essie nee Higgins grew up on Truce Road, Ballymore and is a regular at the weekly bingo in the Resource Centre.
What should have been the experience of a lifetime for the youngster has turned out a tragedy and a nightmare for his heartbroken family, his parents, sister Susie who was married last year, brother Andrew, brother in law, uncles and aunts, cousins and the extended family, neighbours and friends.
He was a good footballer and played from underage up to minor level with Blessington GAA; a diehard Manchester United fan, he travelled to Old Trafford several times with Dad Jimmy and played soccer with Blessington AFC. And of course, he loved a game of poker!
A dreadful tragedy for all who loved him – the late James Nolan, may he rest in peace, amen.
Kathleen Edgeworth rip
And whilst Truce Road mourned the loss of James Nolan, they also lost long time resident, Kathleen Edgeworth. The 89 year old died after a year of intermittent illness and the massive turnout at her funeral was a fitting tribute to a woman who was held in high esteem within the community.
The Edgeworths, Kathleen and Matt, arrived in Ballymore in 1945/6 and were a handsome couple. They settled in the picturesque cottage below Doyles’ Wood, The Season’s and the site now houses three family homes.
Predeceased by Matt in July 2005, Kathleen is survived by her seven children: James, Mary, Matt, Patrick, Dolores, Francis and John, a tribe of beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, sons and daughters in law, neighbours, friends and extended family.
A lifetime member of the ICA, Kathleen awarded a special lifetime achievement award last year and if ever there was an icon who typified the talents of a modern Irish woman, it was Kathleen Edgeworth. She had many talents, most notably as a cook and housekeeper; Kathleen worked at Barretstown Castle where she was cook during the latter years of Lady Murray, during the Weston era and even when the property was handed over to the Irish government and thereafter, to the Paul Newman Foundation.
Not only was she a renowned cook, but Kathleen was a gifted dressmaker and always retained a smart sense of style. Aside from designing and making clothes for the family, she did upholstery, kept goats, turkeys and loved her flower garden. ‘Idle’ was not in Kathleen’s dictionary! She took a huge interest in affairs of the community but also in current affairs and was a great reader. She walked everywhere, at a pace only an Olympic sprinter could match! Yet she travelled abroad many times, and made two trips to daughter Dolores in the USA in latter years.
One of Kathleen’s most memorable trips across water must be her famous ‘rescue’ by emergency services when she had to be lifted out of her home at Truce Road, during horrendous flooding.
A lively mind, a lively step, Kathleen Edgeworth’s keen sense of style will be remembered alongside her warmth and sociable character. Lovely woman, the late Kathleen Edgeworth, may she rest in peace, amen.
Condolences are extended to Dora O’Brien and family on the death of her sister in law, Helen O’Grady (UK) and to Scoil Mhuire teacher, Grainne Kenny and the Bohan family on the death of her dad, the late Vincent Bohan, Blessington. May they rest in peace, amen.
Kay and Anne to retire
The Community Playgroup will close for summer on Thursday, 28 and on that day, Kay Kavanagh and Anne Conway will retire. Kay has served almost 23 years with the playschool and Anne 16 so there’s dozens of children, teenagers and adults in Ballymore who’ve been in their care during that time. Happy retirement, Ladies!
The annual Avonmore Big Picnic for Barretstown will be held over the weekend of 6/7 July. The scenic grounds of Barretstown Castle will be open on 7 July from 1-4pm for the Big Picnic with fun and laughter for everyone guaranteed!
Of course, you can have your fundraising picnic at home anytime. To host your own picnic and raise funds in aid of Barretstown, just register at www.bigpicnic.ie or call 1850 927 875.
Heal your life
A two day workshop will be held on June 30 and July 1 at Carman Lodge, Broadleas. Based on the philosophies of legendary Louise L Hay, Kathryn Geoghegan CST HYLT, will host the event which is targeting persons who need to alleviate stress or ongoing health conditions and who may need simply to learn to relax. Contact Kathryn on 086 151 2948.
By now, Blessington Native Woodland Trust reserve will be teaming with life, mature trees are in full leaf, native woodland flowers and the creatures they support are thriving. A Reserve Family Walk will be held on Saturday, 30 June to explore the variety of interesting trees on the reserve from grand oaks to unusual exotics. There are darting dragonflies and the flutter of the rare Dingy Skipper butterfly to be spotted.
Blessington Reserve is on the shore of Poulaphouca Reservoir opposite Russborough House just off the N81. The reserve is open to the public as a natural community resource for walking, education and recreation. This is a family friendly event and a scavenger hunt as well as some fun woodland wildlife games will be run on the day. The event is free of charge, all welcome - meeting point: ESB Car park up from reserve on N81, from 12:30 to 3pm. To book onto this event or for more details or directions contact Kieran at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 195 3629.
Art & craft summer camp
Ballymore Hearts & Crafts are running a summer camp in their new studio at Dowdenstown. There are two week-long camps: the first will be held from 16-20 July and the second from 23-27 July, from 11am to 2pm. Classes are open to children from 6yrs – 12 yrs, price per child – week (5 days) €120 or €30 per day attendance. (Days can be mixed from both weeks). All materials included in price, family discount per week €100 per child. Please provide packed lunch and old clothes. Contact Fiona on 087 633 3406, full programme available on our website www.ballymore-hearts-and-crafts.com or visit us on facebook
For children who prefer music and drama to art, Drama Dynamics are presenting Summer Stage, a popular summer camp from Monday 9 July to Friday 13 from 10 am to 2pm. Cost is €85 per child for the week, €75 for members of Drama Dynamics. The camp takes takes place in ‘Solas Youth Cafe’, Kilcullen (Formerly Tennis Club) with a performance free of charge for everyone, in the Town Hall Theatre Kilcullen at the end of the week.
Don’t miss out on this real stage experience of ‘Peter Pan’ from auditions to performance. All levels of experience welcome and everyone gets a part. Contact Evelyn O’ Sullivan ALAM/ ALCM on 087-644 1504 or log onto www.dramadynamics.comBarretstown
If the good weather fails to return and you’re spending more time in the cinema, then check out movie reviews online by Ballymore student Robert Boland. The 17 year old will be joining the Bugle team from July onwards but if you’d like a sneak preview of his movie ratings, then log onto his website: www.rob-movie-reviews.com.
Comments and movie requests welcome – email Robert at email@example.com.
Get well wishes to Cinta O’Rourke and her mam, Bridie Keogh. Happily, Cinta is home and flying and hopefully, Bridie won’t be far behind!
Bingo is held at The Resource Centre every Wednesday at 8pm with two jackpots, currently valued at over €5,200 between them. All proceeds in aid of the Resource Centre. The Bingo committee would like to extend their condolences to Essie and the Nolan family on the tragic death of James Nolan.
Monday July 2 will see Jason Ringenberg perform in Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore.