Local notes - KILMEADE



On 3 February, 1993, over fifty people turned up at St. Laurence’s old clubhouse in Oldgrange to try their feet at set dancing, all of them curious, but very willing to give it a go

For a long time different folk had been asking Betty Davis to start a set dancing class, so finally she relented, and there she was that night with a big smile on her face to greet everyone.

Betty must have been happy with what she saw because at the end of the night she declared the class officially open.

Later Billy Horan from Kilcullen arrived down, complete with his charts, which were displayed before each set started. Set dancing is part of our cultural heritage, danced by our forebears and, wherever you go in Ireland or further afield, you will find set dancing enthusiasts. Such is the appeal that, every year, hundreds of dancers go to Spain or Portugal for a week of set dancing.

Thanks to Betty for giving us the opportunity of starting a passion for this beautiful dance form which has seen us learning many sets, making lots of new friends, travelling to “An Grianan” in Co. Louth for set dancing weekends, dancing at community events, and for a weekly dose of the “feelgood” factor, as well as ensuring that our bones are kept in tip top condition!

Go raibh mile maith agaibh also to Billy Horan and Syl Bell for their input into our St. Laurence’s set dancing class and to the committee at St. Laurences for the use of the hall!

The first class for 2013 will take place tomorrow Wednesday, 6 February at St.Laurence’s old clubhouse, starting at 8.30p.m. and finishing at 10.30p/m. with a break midway for refreshments.

If you’ve every wanted to give set dancing a try, then this is your opportunity to start at the beginning of a new term and, who knows, you could still be dancing for the ruby anniversary in twenty years time.


Florencia Kelly will start Spanish lessons at Scoil Ide Naofa the week after the mid-term break which, this year, will be on 14 and 15 February.

These classes are for children of 6/7 years up to 12 and will be held after hours in the school.

For more information contact Florencia at 059/8647166 or 086/0680499.


Two of them this week and they both celebrated their birthdays on St. Brigid’s Day, 1 February.

Naoise Berry celebrated her twenty first with, no doubt, plenty of partying over the weekend, so taking a little time off from her studies. Naoise is a second year student at NUI, Maynooth, studying Law, and is a former pupil at Scoil Ide Naofa. Happy birthday Naoise from all your family.

Her name gives her birthday away! Director of Young World Pre-School, Bridie Corrigan bears the name of the “Mary of the Gaels” St. Brigid, and she also celebrated last Friday. Happy birthday Bridie from all your little pupils and their parents.


Parents from the Kilmeade area are advised that application for enrolment forms are currently available to enroll any pupil into any class in Scoil Ide Naofa for September 2013. These forms are available by calling to the school or phoning Mary on 059 8626100.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications forms is Monday, 8 April.


Calling all sporting boys, girls, men and women to get involved in a fast growing and successful club, Newtown Rovers.

For our senior teams, pre-season training starts on 6 February at 7:30pm, so feel free to come down. Our pitch is located opposite Conlan’s of Booleigh.

Our underage is in mid-season and would also welcome anyone interested in joining .

If you are interested in joining a women’s team in this seasons upcoming league you can contact any of our committee members listed below .

We are actively recruiting helpers to assist the committee. If you are interested please contact one of the following, Chairman – Noel Poole 087-9534098

Secretary – Liam Molloy 086-6067625 Treasurer Sean Dillon 087 6734923.


Susie Robinson, who runs Susie’s Montessori School over in Burtown celebrated the twelfth anniversary of the opening of her school on 29 January, so a party was the order of the day when the renowned hospitality was enjoyed by all, including the centrepiece, a wonderful cake baked by Susie’s Mum, Pat.

Susie would like to extend her thanks to everyone who has supported her over the past , twelve years, her parents, Michael and Patricia Mahon, on whose land the school is built; Mick and Pat are always on hand to help out and Pat’s legendary baking has been enjoyed by many parents and children. Susie would also like to thank all the children and their parents and all those staff members with whom she worked, especially her current staff, Anne, Tishie and Pat and, of course, her very supportive husband, George.


The sympathies of the Kilmeade community are extended to Patti Ging on the death of her aunt, Mabel Sully, who died in Paris recently at the age of one hundred. Mabel, a sister of Patti’s late Dad, Leo Sully, was born in Kilcullen and, aged 18, Mabel went to Paris where she remained all her life, working as a governess. She lived near the Arc de Triomphe and, by all accounts, was a most interesting lady.

Patti and other members of Mabel’s family celebrated her 100th birthday with her late last year and Patti has lovely memories of that milestone occasion.

At her request, Mabel’s ashes will be brought to the U.K. for internment at a later date.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

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