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Saturday morning litter pick

Saturday morning litter pick

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it’s off to work we go! An unseasonably warm March morning, 11a.m. on Saturday, 24 March, saw up to twenty people assemble at St. Ita’s Church Car Park for a clean up blitz on the New Line Road and the Fitzgerald graveyard, instigated by Councillor Martin Miley.

Like an army general leading his troops into battle, Martin had prepared well with plenty of black plastic sacks, gloves, litter pickers, bottles of water and his car and trailer. Welcoming everyone, Martin outlined his strategy, as he suggested that one group take on the Fitzgerald graveyard while others would be dropped by him at different points along the New Line Road.

The sun shone and, before long, the black plastic sacks were beginning to fill. There was all kinds of litter, plastic cans, bottles, fast food boxes and wrappers, cigarette boxes, sweet wrappers, nappies and even a baby’s potty! Over and over everyone wondered how people could be so thoughtless as to deface the beautiful New Line Road in such a manner.

“Many hands make light work…” and, within two hours, both the Fitzgerald graveyard and the New Line Road were free of any moveable litter, and the sight did gladden many hearts. Later in the week Kildare County Council collected any large pieces. In all two small truckloads of litter was collected by the council.

Thanks to everyone who took part, Councillor Martin Miley, members of Kilmeade Tidy Towns, residents from the housing estates, together with other concerned Kilmeadeites.

One knock on effect of the litter pick is that residents of our housing estates got together afterwards, gathering litter from their own places.

Thanks also to Adrian Conlan from the Centra store on the Dublin Road, who donated all the water for the litter pick.

Next blitz is planned for the Ardellis Road and we will let you know about that as soon as it is arranged. There is also concern about the amount of litter on the road from Fontstown Cross to Monatore Bridge and if you feel your area could do with a litter pick then contact Councillor Miley.

Ni neart le chur le cheile…..there is strength in numbers.


Elvis would have declared himself “mighty happy baby” if he had seen the Ardscoil na Trionoide’s production, which was staged from 21 until 24 March to packed houses.

“All Shook Up” is a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of the King himself and the enthusiasm and sheer “joie de vivre” of everyone taking part had audiences shrieking with joy and foot tapping for the night.

Of course I knew all the songs from the first time round!

The show featured many of our young Kilmeadeites, who demonstrated a talent I didn’t know some of them possessed ,but which left me feeling very proud to know them.

Well done to everyone for really shaking us up and giving us a night to remember!


Did you support Daffodil Day? If so what you were saying was “I care, I am in solidarity with you” and so to all the wonderful people who were so generous, a huge thank you from our local organiser, Bridie Corrigan.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh to all her volunteers, those who picked and bunched daffodils, who priced the merchandise, the schools who embraced the day with such enthusiasm, the businesses who allowed sellers room as well as giving them tea and coffee, Clem Ryan and the KFM crew who promoted the day and the hundreds of people who bought daffodils and other memorabilia, and also to Carmel Lucas who baked a fantastic Daffodil Day cake which was displayed in Hair Affaire, Athy, and then raffled; thanks to owner, Jo Deay, for her enthusiasm.

Lots and lots of money to be counted and P.J. Roche is the man! More shrewd than any Minister for Finance, P.J. has been busy all the week(and still counting) with this task as well as being one of the volunteers on Daffodil Day, so thanks to P.J. also.

A great community effort, combined with lashings of goodwill ensured another very successful Daffodil Day.


Ballymore Community Centre, Co. Westmeath, was the venue for the Leinster finals of Scor Sinsear, Senior Scor, on Sunday, 25 March.

Twenty eight GAA clubs, from all over Leinster, representing Dublin, Offaly, Louth, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Wexford, Westmeath and Laois, were competing for a place in the All Irelands in Killarney on 21 April.

The ballad group, representing St. Laurence’s GFC, had managed to reach the Leinster finals, the first time any group from the club had got this far in Scor Sinsear.

Joan O’Connor, Susan McCann, Margaret Brennan, Sharon Walsh and Brian Kelly sang their hearts out singing, “Athy My Home Town” and “Follow the Heron Home”. The competition was fierce with three other clubs, representing Dublin, Offaly and Westmeath in the “Ballad Group” category.

Judges came from Cavan, Roscommon and Waterford. In every section the standard was really high, but, alas, our own ballad group didn’t get through, despite a sterling performance.

Results as follows:

Figure Dancing; Winner Offaly.

Solo Singing: Winner Westmeath.

Instrumental Music: Winner Offaly.

Recitation: Winner Westmeath.

Ballad Group: Winner Offaly.

Question Time: Winner Offaly.

Novelty Act: Winner Westmeath.

Set Dancing: Winner Westmeath.

Congratulations to the St. Laurence’s Ballad group for reaching the Leinster finals and giving us such great entertainment.


And so to news from St. Laurence’s GFC…

Two old rivals, Celbridge and St. Laurence’s kicked off the Division 1 Camogie League in Celbridge on Monday 26 March and true to form served a closely fought encounter. Which ended up all square in the end, Celbridge 0-9 St Laurence’s 2-3. Scores  from play were at a premium in the first half, St Laurence’s just shading it with a goal from Amy Dunne helping to  negate Celbridge’s0-4 from Susie O Carroll frees. Indeed Celbridge would not score from play throughout the game which spoke volumes for the good work of the Larries backs A pointed free by Aisling Treacy saw the sides level at half time. The same pattern continued in the second half with no change in the score line after ten minutes until two more pointed frees by O Carroll seemed to give Celbridge the edge. However Laurence’s were exerting plenty of pressure on the Celbridge rearguard but with no return until Milly O Neill hit a shot to the Celbridge square which deceived the keeper and trickled over the line. Carol Nolan added a point from a free to give the Larries a two point lead that looked as if it might be enough with minutes to play in the fading light but O Carroll’s free taking again saved Celbridge’s day as she scored three more points from frees to which Laurence’s only reply was a point from play by Paula Keatley which left it all square as the ref finally blew the full time whistle with darkness descending. As this was the first game of the year some ring rustiness was evident no doubt improvement will be forthcoming as the season progresses.  For the moment a share of the points is a reasonable result


St Laurences V Raheens 24/3/12.

Laurences U/16s got off to a dream start with everyone on form, Laurences were awarded a penalty and Glen Holmes duly hit the net, not to be outdone Keith Wright got a goal as well followed up by Ryan Fenner hitting a goal and 3 points. Aaron Gorman, Sam Dillon, Brian Lawler, Joe Finnegan all getting points. Not conceding any goals goalie Dylan Moore was outstanding. All of Laurences put in a spectacular effort, David O’Driscoll, Andrew Horan, Shane miley, Ben Flood, Dean Sherry, Daragh Miley, Cian Crowe, Jack Tracey, Jacob Tallon, Ciaran Bowes and Eoin O’Neill all outstanding Final score Laurences 3-8 Raheens 0-6

Well done to the coaches and all involved!

Underage training continues on Wednesdays 7-8pm and Saturdays 11.00am to 12.00pm. Go games for U6 right up to U13’s will be starting in April and will run in two phases up until September, more details to follow once fixtures have been confirmed. All upcoming fixtures will be posted on our new club website You will also find all the contact details for the club and its officers etc.

Many thanks to all who have returned their Easter raffle cards. Your support is greatly appreciated. The draw will take place next Saturday 7 April and any cards that are sold/unsold can be returned to the mentors at any training session before-hand or on the day. Lines are €2 each and there are lots of lovely prizes.

Membership is still open for 2012 and all young players in the area are welcome to join in the fun. Registration is available at each training session or from Marcella in reception Mon-Fri 5.30pm until 9.30pm.

Don’t forget a full range of training gear is available at Buy Design in Crookstown.


Martin Miley advises that the Sports Capital Programme Application forms are now available for all sporting organisations to apply for funding under the 2012 allocation. I would advise any sporting organisation that are planning on any development going forward to make an application under this programme.


This year’s Monday night walks are in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund and will commence on Easter Monday next, 9 April, starting at St. Ita’s Church car park at 7p.m.

Walks will continue for twenty weeks until the last Monday in August and as soon as the days get longer the starting time may be moved to 8p.m., depending on the preference of walkers.

The route is to Monatore Bridge and back, a distance of about two miles and now, thanks to the efforts of Martin Miley and his crew, the beautiful New Line Road is, hopefully, still litter free, so walkers can enjoy nature at it’s very best.

You are asked to donate a minimum of €2 to the bucket and walk the full route or a shorter distance. If you can’t make it on Mondays perhaps you might organise a group of walkers some other evening. The most important thing is that the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund can gather as much money as possible from happy feet in Kilmeade!

Signs will be erected at both ends of the New Line Road and all we ask is that if you are bringing children or your dog on the walk that you make sure to keep a very close eye on them.

Detective Garda Leon Kenny has very kindly given the Walkaround group some high visibility jackets, together with some very sound advice as to safety measures on the walk. Sincere thanks Leon.

Here’s to a great turnout on Easter Monday and, for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund, “Is Feidir Linn”!


Our special girl this week is the Queen of Fontstown, Ettie O’Brien, who celebrated her birthday on 29 March.

Happy birthday Ettie from all your friends in Kilmeade and Athy.


The best wishes of the community are extended to Mary Hickey who was recently hospitalised at Naas. Coming up to her ninety sixth birthday at the end of April we hope for a speedy recovery to good health for Mary who is an inspiration to us all.


Bodies don’t know there’s a recession, but Kilmeadeite, Reiltin Treacy, at her

Athy and Newbridge physiotherapy centres will treat neck/back pain, sports injuries and occupational injuries without doing much damage to your wallet! VHI, AVIVA QUINN approved Pilates for Core Conditioning and Strength at Newbridge “pay as you go” for a very reasonable €10. Information Athy 0872879911 Newbridge 045 486466


Thanks to a win of €49 on the Moat View Lotto Rosemary Dempsey can buy a few extra Easter eggs. Congratulations Rosemary.


Calling all dedicated followers of fashion who like nothing better than a night out viewing the latest fashions, with a bit of entertainment thrown in!

If you are one of these fashionistas then Amanda Smyth has just the treat for you as she tells us of a Fashion Show, in aid of the Luke Renehan Fund.  Luke is a two year old boy suffering from cerebral palsy and needs a stem operation. His parents plan to travel to China for the surgery, so we are trying very hard to promote the Fashion Show to ensure we can make the maximum amount possible.  Show takes place this Thursday 5 April in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, starting at 8 pm with doors open 7.30pm.  Tickets are €15 and are available from the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, The Salon, Duke St. Athy and from Amanda 087 9521850.  MC for the evening is Vikki Maloney.  Fashion for ladies, gents, children, and also featuring bridal wear, guaranteed to have something for everyone on the catwalk.  There will be a monster raffle and a prize for best dressed lady.  Special guest on the night is Pat Byrne who is currently doing very well on the Voice of Ireland.


With Fr. Colm O’Siochru absent this year, our Parish Priest, Fr. Frank McEvoy, together with members of the three Pastoral Councils, has had to amend the times and venues as follows:

Holy Thursday, 5 April:

Moone 8p.m. Solemn Mass of the Last Supper, followed by Adoration until 10p.m.

St. Ita’s Church 8p.m. Watch and Pray.

Good Friday, 6 April:

St. Ita’s Church and Crookstown 12 noon Family Stations of the Cross.

St. Ita’s Church 3p.m. The Lord’s Passion.

Moone 8p.m. Stations of the Cross

Crookstown and St. Ita’s Church 8p.m. Prayer Around the Cross.

All the services on Good Friday will be followed by Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday 7 April:

Crookstown 7p.m. Easter Vigil.

Easter Sunday, 8 April

St. Ita’s Church 10a.m. and the usual Sunday Masses in all other Churches.

Once again there will be Sonrise Ecumenical Services at the Moat of Ardscull and Mullaghmast, both at 6.30a.m., and everyone is welcome for Tea/Breakfast in the school hall in Crookstown after the Service at Mullaghmast .

After the main ceremony in each of the three churches Fr. McEvoy will hear confessions.


Thursday, 12 April, is the date, at Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore for the very important Annual General Meeting of the Fontstown Guild when members are asked to make a special effort to attend.


Well known Bank Official, Margaret O’Grady, from AIB in Athy will be travelling to Kenya in June to work as part of the “Cara Projects – Rebuilding Africa” and she needs your help!

Margaret is planning what she describes as a “Fun Table Quiz” at Athy Golf Club on Friday, 20 April at 8.30p.m. sharp

Tables of four for €40, so now, over Easter, get a committement from all your brainy friends and plan on having a table.


Beannachtai na Feile Caisc to all readers of the Kilmeade Notes, especially to those living abroad who won’t get home for Easter. We also send very special greetings to Fr. Colm O’Siochru at this time.


The year’s at the spring, and day’s at the morn;

The hillside’s dew pearled,

The lark’s on the wing;

The snail’s on the thorn,

God’s in his heaven,

All’s right with the world….

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