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“Santa Clause is coming to Booleigh…..”, the Moate View Residents’ Association has issued a very special invitation, via text, to the North Pole, and yes, the big fat man with the white beard is all set to create a magical “Booleigh Buzz” on Sunday next, 9 December when his arrival time, to Conlan’s, is estimated at 4p.m.

The fun will start at 3p.m., continue until 6p.m. and everyone is invited, so come along, join in the music, fun and craic, and watch the little faces light up with delight at 4p.m.

The latest Moate View Lotto winner is Karen Hickey who has an extra €62 to spend when she goes Christmas shopping.

Congratulations Karen.


For many years the annual Craft Fair in Narraghmore was eagerly anticipated and very well supported. When it ceased, there was consternation all round. ”Where will I get my Christmas gifts now”?

Enter Sheila Whelan to the rescue! Sheila drew on all her artistic contacts, together with her own wonderful artistic flair, and so the St. Laurence’s Food and Craft Fair was born, and, ever since, has been a rip roaring success.

This year was no exception and Sheila has asked me to thank the following who were such an integral part of the success

“Can I start by saying that the Craft Fair is organised by a small  very hard working group Laura Whelan, Maeve Deay,Caroline Doran, Ber Flynn, Pauline Mooney, Larry Whelan, Joe Doolan ,Anne Gaynor John and Billy Donovan. We were never without a cup of tea all weekend when our catering duo, Padraic Doolan and Joe Gibbons, were on hand. We received many compliments for their efficiency and lovely manners!
We had over 50 stands again this year, including many regular participants but also some new. Among our stands we had Deirdre Hempenstal Cakes, Katie Ann Ging beautician, Caroline Liston cakes, Linda Darker Christmas Baking, Claire and Sheila Whelan Crepes and Ice Cream,Liz Bowes candles, Sinead Kelly dressmaking, Eva Kelly glass,

Brian Ashmore woodturning, Marian Graham pottery, Trish Mc Nally Aloe Vera,Ciara Wheeler nailbar,Sandra Doolan designer bags,Mary O Halloran Cards, Rosella Doherty jewellery,Joan Quigley knittting,Nellie Mc Donald baking,Fontstown ICA baking & crafts,Martin Corcoran embroidery, The Craft Village, pottery, crochet, pyrography and painting,kennels, Joanne Fenlon wooden decorations, Finn ceramics, Anita Hendy books, Siobhan Grufferty, Slimming World, Aisling Flynn Art, Ballitore Art Group,the Tanyard plans on view, Paul Coleman bog oak, Malones Jams and preserves, Avon by Josephine Leigh , Catriona Ni Fhlaithearta, artist, Fiona’s Interiors and Olyas toys, Tanya’s soap, Craft Housewives, and Made with Love.

If we left anyone out it its not intentional apologies. We gratefully receive a lot of support locally publicising this every year, including the schools, Fr McEvoy, KFM and indeed the local papers.

We would like to thank all of the stands, for their cooperation support and good humour. Finally the people who came in their hundreds to support us we thank them for making this a worthwhile, very enjoyable and Christmassy event. Till next year!”

Profits from the weekend go to KARE and St. Laurence’s.

Thanks Sheila and, on behalf of the community thanks to both Larry and Sheila Whelan for their unstinting work at St. Laurence’s.

I suspect they might even sleep down there sometimes! 

She has taught countless Kilmeadeites to swim, and, last week, Evelyn McFadden was on the John Murray morning show on RTE radio with her three delighted protégés.

Evelyn had responded to a call in the “Something I’ve Wanted To Do All My Life” slot, when three women told John about their desire to learn to swim. Off they went with Evelyn and, after a lot of hard work on all their parts, the women can swim!

Next step is to tackle the deep end, jumping in and retrieving articles from the floor of the pool, something which is filling the women with dread, but Evelyn has ever confidence in their abilities.

Well done to all of you, but especially to Evelyn, who was so encouraging to all would be swimmers who were listening to the John Murray Show. Her three protégées have nothing but praise for her, for her patience, expertise and the great fun they had learning to swim.

Next step for Evelyn? She will probably walk on water!


Two exciting and FREE events coming up at St Laurences:

St Laurences GAA Club are hosting a Santa Party on Sunday 16 December from 2-6pm, Admission is free and donations, if desired ,can be given to the worthy childrens charity Barretstown who will have buckets there on the day. Free face painting, fun and games, talk to Santa and receive a token gift!

The adults can also enjoy a free night out on Friday 14 December, music is by the Hillbilly Porters and finger food will be served. It all starts at 8pm til late!


St Laurence’s Camogie Club held it’s A.G.M. in the clubhouse, Oldgrange on Monday 26th November. In her address Chairperson Liz O  Donoghue Byrne reported on a good year for the club with our seniors, under the management of Tony McMullen and Kate Treacy, winning the Division 1 League Shield beating a well fancied Celbridge and then going on to contest the Championship Final only to be narrowly beaten by reigning champions Johnstown Bridge.

The number of players at this level  increased as the year went on and she hoped that with their continued commitment 2013 will be the year we take back the Senior Championship title to Oldgrange. There was success also at U21 level with Laurence’s winning the first Championship title in many years. Our U16’s won the Div 2 Championship while our U15 won the Div 2 Shield.
Our Go Games U9 and U11 girls also got plenty of camogie taking part in a number of Blitz during the year. 
Thanks to all those involved in training the underage teams, Mel Treacy, Kate Treacy, Aileen Rafferty, Lizzie Finnegan, Cheyanne Holmes, Jenny Downey, Muireann Fagin, Millie O Neill and Deirbhile Byrne.

Thanks also to all the parents who brought these girls to training and matches.

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