Remembering Bertie

Remembering Bertie

The late Bertie Kiernan, who resided at Moate View, was held in great esteem by all his community here in Kilmeade. A member of the Civil Defence, one of Bertie’s last official duties, just before his untimely death, was at Croke Park for the Special Olympics spectacular closing ceremony.

Bertie is also fondly remembered by all his friends in Athy when, next Sunday, 13 May,. the annual Bertie Kiernan Memorial Raft Race will start at the boat slip and head down river to finish under the Crom a Boo bridge. This forms part of the annual Athy Water Festival. Teams consist of four people per raft and, most importantly, all participants must wear a life jacket.

For more information contact Jimmy 087 6236516 or Barry 087 6258232.

Gold medal for Jonny

A catastrophic accident on 15 January last resulted in Jonathan Mulhall being confined to a wheelchair. Presently, Jonny is at the National Rehabilitation Institute in Dun Laoghaire where his progress has been more than steady.

Jonny always worked out in the gym, which has obviously now been a huge advantage, as his upper body strength is, I am told, spectacular. This was borne out last month when Jonny competed in London, in a variety of disciplines. and came away with a gold medal for archery, together with a perpetual plaque.

His community rejoices at this great win and salutes the great resolve and determination of this young man.

Meanwhile fundraising efforts for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund continue and will be ongoing throughout the Summer, so please support whenever you can.

Jonny Community Day

The buzz around Booleigh is all about the forthcoming Community Day on 3 June in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. It’s the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday weekend so, if you’re now planning ahead, you won’t find a better place of entertainment.

At the public planning meeting on Thursday, 26 April, a fine crowd gathered, all of them full of ideas and eager to help out in any way they could; a true indicator of how much this charity has grabbed the hearts of our community. The group will continue to meet every Thursday night until the Community Day.

This will a family day incorporating a Field Day, Classic Car/Tractor Show, Trade Show as well as pony rides, tractor pull and many other activities.

Michael Fleming has promised to give me all the details for next week’s Kilmeade Notes.

Moate View Lotto

Edel Keogh has an extra €52, thanks to the Moate View Residents’ Association Lotto on Monday, 30 April.

Congratulations Edel.

Boys On The Box

Two of our Scoil Ide Naofa pupils featured on RTE 2 television on Tuesday and Wednesday last. Rhys Burke and Fred Sage, effortlessly showed off their talents as they changed into two animals, Rhys as a tiger and Fred as a monkey; they were terrific!

Both boys obviously have an acting talent and love their classes at the Talented Kids Academy in Kilcullen where they are ably tutored by Maureen Ward.

Meanwhile, if you want to see Rhys on the big screen then go and see “Albert Nobbs”, starring Glenn Close, currently showing in all cinemas this week.

Summer Camp will run this year from July9th to13th . More details to follow very soon.

Field Day

Our Annual Field Day is on Sunday 10 June , always a great family day out. If you have any fun or interesting ideas that you think would add to the entertainment on the day or if you can help out with any of the tried and tested sections of the Field Day we would love to hear from YOU! Contact Martina on 087 21897522.

Camogie news

St. Laurence’s Camogie Club was saddened to hear of the death of our Club President Peg Deay. On behalf of the officers and members of the club we wish her family our sincere sympathy and condolences. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam. Our seniors suffered their first defeat in the Kildare Camogie League when they travelled to Johnstown Bridge last Monday to take on the reigning League and Co Champions but after a fine performance suffered a five point defeat. While this defeat and results elsewhere mean that we cannot now qualify for the League Cup Final with only the last round matches to be played we are almost certain to be contesting the final stages of the League Shield. Considering that we were missing some of our first team players the girls put up a strong performance especially in the second half that bodes well for the future. Well done again to the younger players who are experiencing their first year in the senior ranks who have acquitted themselves so well throughout the League. We can now look forward to the Championship with renewed confidence.

Birthday boys

Two of them this week. Our first special boy is Bradley Burke, brother of Rhys and a past pupil of Scoil Ide Naofa. As of 30 April, Bradley is now officially a teenager and attends the Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen. He too, is a member of Talented Kids and has made many appearances on television.

Happy birthday Bradley

Celebrating a milestone eighteenth birthday recently was Glen Kelly, also a former Scoil Ide Naofa pupil and now a student at Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy. Glen is the son of Francis and Patricia and grandson of Lil Kelly.

Hope you enjoyed the celebrations Glen

Big clean up

Councillor Martin Miley advises that Kildare County Council has cleaned up the abandoned site in Kilmeade where loads of illegal domestic waste had been dumped over the last number of months. .This clean up was undertaken at a considerable cost to the tax payer and to Kildare County Council.

The Council has informed Councillor Miley that if this dumping was to take place again it would be very difficult persuade them to come on board to tackle such a task, so now Martin is appealing to Kilmeadeites to be extra vigilant and to report any illegal dumping.

Dolly triumph

We went, we saw and we were totally captivated by the wonderful production of “Hello Dolly”, presented by the members of Athy Musical and Dramatic Society, which ran for five nights in Ardscoil na Trionoide last week.

The show was directed by Don O’Connor, and choreographed by Marie Cashin. Music was in the very capable hands of Musical Director, Vincent Crowley.

From start to finish the audience was spellbound by the wonderful singing, dancing and acting, the fantastic sets, spectacular costumes and hairstyles..

Of course we have to give special mention to our own Kilmeadeites, Pamela Harpur, Lucy Sage and Bridie Corrigan who starred in the show, Holly Darcy and Saoirse Treacy who assisted with Make-Up and, the one and only Dolly, played with such aplomb by Siobhan Mahon, so familiar to the members of St. Ita’s Choir, here in Kilmeade.

Dolly may have only appeared in Athy for five nights but nobody wanted to say goodbye!

Well done to everyone associated with “Hello Dolly”

Flying feet

Betty Davis, “Mama” to all the St. Laurence’s Set Dancers, presented Willie Keatley, Chairman of the St. Laurence’s Complex, with a cheque for €500 on Wednesday, 2 May.

The presentation was made at the weekly set dancing class when Betty emphasised how much the dancers appreciated the facilities at St. Laurence’s and hoped that Willie and his committee would put the money to good use, and maybe that Willie might try his feet at set dancing sometime!

In his reply, Willie Keatley, stressed how delighted the club is to have the set dancers there every week, fostering the very important cultural side of St. Laurence’s and thanked Betty and her class for the very generous donation. Meanwhile set dancing continues each Wednesday at the old clubhouse down in Oldgrange, starting at 8.30p.m.

Fontstown ICA

The monthly meeting will be held at Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore, this Thursday, 10 May when the competition will be for “The Nicest Notebook”.

Pride of place

Summer officially started last week and the sun even made an appearance on Thursday!

Up at Moate View and New Line Grove residents are out in force tending to the many beautiful gardens, in preparation for the “Pride of Place” competition, in conjunction with Tidy Towns and Kildare County Council.

Shortly the judging will take place to select the winning garden and I look forward to hearing all about it from Noelle Doyle, the very capable Secretary of the Moate View Residents’ Association.

Helix excitement

I’m told the levels of excitement were at fever pitch last Wednesday, 2 May, when some of the Scoil Ide Naofa pupils visited the Helix in Dublin. Caolan Fox is writing all about it for the “Mol an Oige” slot in the Kilmeade Notes which we will bring you shortly.


Walks continue every Monday, starting at St. Ita’s Church car park at 7p.m.

Think on

Hard is the heart that loveth nought in May…. Chaucer(1370).