“It’s a disgrace, all that litter along the road and in the ditches, someone should do something about it…”. Someone did, and the litter pick was organised for Saturday, 6 April, for the Kilmeade and Booleigh areas, when householders gathered the black plastic bags and headed out along their own areas to tackle the litter.

Spearheaded by Councillor Martin Miley aided by the Kilmeade/Booleigh Text Alert System, in conjunction with the national litter pick for April, the local efforts yielded a huge number of filled refuse sacks. While everybody didn’t take part, for whatever reasons, it’s not too late for you to do your bit for the community during the month of April.The litter picked told it’s own story about the habits of those using our roads. Obviously many of them are thirsty, judging by the huge number of coke bottles and water bottles For many of them, their thirst requires something with a bit of a “kick”, exemplified by the number of red bull cans. Then there are those who experience headaches while driving, with plenty of empty nurofen blister packets. Obviously many road users who have trouble staying awake use coffee as a stimulant; hundreds of styrofoam coffee cups were picked up. Driving makes you hungry, so they enjoy a Chinese takeaway while driving, but the trouble is they don’t take away the container, but toss it out the window into the ditch. The same with the burger boxes and the chip bags, hundreds of them thrown from cars, waiting for “someone” to pick them up. Keeping children quiet in cars often means giving them bags of crisps, and then out the window the empty bag goes, together with the sweet bags and chewing gum wrappers. Then there’s the scourge of the disinfectant bottles and the glass bottles. Worst offender is probably the nappies, which will take hundreds of years to disintegrate. Of course baby has to be changed, but is it fair that the nappy and the pong lingers on to blight our landscape. If you were a “someone” who went out and did your civic duty for your community on 6 April, we applaud you. Our landscape is the better for your efforts and, hopefully, now that many of the road verges and ditches are litter free, perhaps motorists might think twice before winding down that car window to get rid of rubbish. Our thanks also to Councillor Martin Miley for his encouragement. If you would like to tackle the roadway near your home then contact him and he will be delighted to supply you with refuse sacks. “Ni neart le chur le cheile…” there is strength in numbers.


Nationally, on 22 March, owing to the atrocious weather, the Irish Cancer Society recorded a 50% drop in revenue. Not so for Jude Keogh, her collection was up by €80 since 2012. Driving around the highways and byways for almost eighteen hours, finishing at 1.15a.m., Jude collected €1,080 and would like to record her thanks to the people of Kilrush, Burtown, Narraghmore, Kilmeade, Booleigh and Rathconnell, for their usual great generosity. Jude would also like to acknowledge the help she got from Thomasina Lanigan. When I commented on what a dreadful day it was for her driving around in the lashing wind and rain, her only reply was “it had to be done”, proving that you just can’t keep a good woman down! Well done mighty woman Jude.


Kilmeadeite, Adrian Conlan, had many people scratching their heads when they entered the shop in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day where a canopy of balloons greeted them. What was all the puzzlement about? They were asked to guess the number of balloons and the winner was young James Buckley of Booleigh c/o Andy and Teresa, who correctly guessed 47 balloons. The Easter Draw Winner was P.J. Roche c/o Gerry and Annette Roche.


Two Lotto results and the results of the Easter Draw, from PRO, Noelle Doyle. On 1 April Maryanne Kiernan won €32 and the following week, 8 April, the lucky winner was Noelle Doyle who also won €32. The following won Easter prizes Myles Whelan, Katieanne Ging, Patti Ging, John Donovan, Seamie Doyle, Caitriona Morgan, Karen Shaughnessy, Rosemary Dempsey, Ger Courtney, Edel Keogh and Tina Bagnall. The Moate View Lotto continues every week with half of the proceeds going into the social fund.


Proving to be very popular with walkers, the new walking track at Oldgrange is thanks to the voluntary work and sponsorship of a number of people whose names we will bring you next week. Well done everyone.


For the set dancers in our community, there’s a special treat in store next Sunday, 21 April, at Carlow Town Hurling Club, in the shape of a Charity Ceili in aid of the Belarussian Orphanage Project. Music by Syl and Liz, with sets called by the one and only Syl Bell. The Ceili starts at 3 until 6p.m. with an admission charge of €10 which includes refreshments.Your support would be greatly appreciated.


For the many dedicated followers of fashion Amanda Smith has news that should delight you all. A Fashion Show is in aid of the Niall Mellon fund, takes place in the Clanard Court Hotel on Friday 26 April at 8pm. It starts with a punch reception from 7pm and doors open to show at 7.30pm. Tickets available from the hotel and 087 9521850 priced €10.

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