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KILL JOHNSTOWN

Community on the alert

A community alert scheme is being launched in Kill and a setup meeting was held last Thursday which was attended by concerned locals.

Superintendent Pat Mangan and Sergeant Conor McMahon from Naas Garda Station came along to offer guidance. It has been agreed that a Garda clinic will be held in the village one day a week in the parish hall and full details will follow in the next fortnight. The Kill community alert scheme is now up and running and invites new members to sign up for text alerts. A public meeting to explore a similar alert scheme for Kilteel and Rathmore areas will be held this evening, Tuesday 12, at 8.30pm in Kilteel Hall which will also have Garda representatives present. Anyone interested in learning more about either scheme should contact James Lawless at 086 834 8869. All are welcome to get involved.

Meetings

Two public meetings were held in Kill in recent weeks, following the Garda station closure there, and positive outcomes have now been achieved.

The meetings were organised by Fianna Fáil’s Naas Area Representative, James Lawless, to allow the community to discuss the issues and explore the options. “We have made some progress,” said James, “amidst

concern and alarm at the outset when the village was left exposed, we have now taken steps as a community to advance measures of self-help”. And he added, “Any doubts about the strength of local concerns were dispelled when we collected over 400 signatures on a petition in the space of a few days. However these closures are a government decision and whilst we oppose them, they remain outside our control –how we respond to them however is in our control and I am satisfied we have made positive progress in playing the hand we’ve been dealt”.

The first of the two meetings saw Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesman Niall Collins TD outline party protest to the closures nationally and the second public meeting saw Superintendent Pat Mangan from Naas Station

offer Garda guidance on the new arrangements. “The Superintendent outlined measures which he will oversee to ensure a continued policing presence in the area and I want to thank him for his attendance on the

night and engagement with the community,” said James.

“I would also like to thank Fr. Willie and Kill parish for very kindly making available a location where a weekly Garda clinic can be held for people to get forms signed or have access to a local Garda on a scheduled basis”. A community alert is now being established also and a committee now begins the work of setting up the scheme. The committee will be seeking input from each of the estates and townlands to a achieve coverage across the village so as to maximise efficiency of the scheme. Any interested parties are invited to contact James Lawless on 086 834 8869 to find out more information or to join up to the alert scheme. A final public meeting takes place in Kilteel on Tuesday 12 at 8.30pm

Table quiz

Grace’s Pub in Naas is the venue for what promises to be a brilliant night for a very worthy cause. All proceeds from this table quiz will go to the Princess Leah fund, to help little Leah Taaffe in her battle with cancer. Come along on Wednesday February 20 at 8.30pm. Table of four costs E40. The special event is being run as a separate fundraiser for Leah, by the Relay for Life Kildare committee.

Lucky numbers

In the Kill GAA lotto draw on February 4 the numbers drawn were 17, 18, 19, and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot. The E200 prize had five divides - M Hamilton c/o C Byrne; S Behan c/o J Behan; B Burke

c/o P Reid, and B Finnegan c/o P Reid. Next week’s jackpot is 2,400.

Cheltenham Preview

Kill GAA Club is holding a Cheltenham Preview Night on Saturday March 2 the panel will include Matt Chapman, Katie Walsh and Paul Nolan. Tickets are E20 which includes a free E5 bet and entry into a draw with first prize of a trip to the Cheltenham. Please support this

important club fundraiser. Music afterwards by Tom McCarthy.

Kill GAA briefs

Training takes place every Sunday at 10a.m. for teams from 6 years upwards, new players always welcome. Mouth guards are now compulsory for all underage teams and must be worn at training and matches.

 

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