Beir bua

Beir bua

The Irish Countrywomens’ Association is one of the most respected and long established groups for women in Ireland ,and, here, in Kilmeade, we are fortunate to have a very strong and active branch, the Fontstown Guild. They meet on the second Thursday of every month and, during the past year, a number of new members have joined, ensuring that, locally, the organisation will continue to flourish.

Recently the Fontstown Guild held it’s Annual General Meeting with a report as follows:

“Fontstown ICA held it’s AGM on Thursday 12 April and Mary Fitzpatrick, Information Officer for Kildare, kindly attended this meeting.  The following Guild Officers have been elected for the coming twelve months: Guild President: Maria McCabe, Secretary: Brenda Tallon and Treasurer: Muriel Hendy. Further details of other Committee members will be given at a later date.   

 Mary Fitzpatrick spoke about the great interest created in the ICA as a result of the ICA Boot Camp television programmes, another series of which is currently being televised by RTE.  These programmes have attracted a great following of young people and have generated a renewed interest in the ICA. If anyone would like further information on the ICA or would like to join Fontstown Guild, please contact Brenda Tallon at 086 8421825.

 A good number of Fontstown members attended the recent Kildare Federation Meeting which was hosted by Athy Guild. Brenda Tallon kindly gave members detailed feedback from this meeting.

 The annual Competition Cup was awarded to Thelma Cole for achieving the highest number of marks for entries in our monthly competitions over the past twelve months, Maureen Kidd was awarded a plaque for coming second.  Meanwhile the April competition for the “Prettiest Umbrella” was won by Maureen Kidd with second place awarded to Muriel Hendy. The monthly raffle was won by Patti Ging.

 Maureen Kidd gave details of arrangements for the Annual Summer Outing which will take place on Tuesday, 26 June next.

 The meeting concluded and a very tasty supper was served by Frances Byrne and Christina Browne. The next monthly meeting will be take place on Thursday, 10 May when the competition will be for “The Nicest Notebook”.

Cancer support

Message from the Little Way Cancer Support Group to remind everyone that the group meets on Tuesdays in the Athy Church of Ireland Centre on the Carlow Road.

Anyone going through, or who has gone through treatment for cancer is more than welcome. Come along anytime from 11a.m. – 12.30 where a warm welcome will be guaranteed.

The contact number is 0872983140.

Worship change

For many churches throughout Ireland, the shortage of priests means fewer weekend Masses and, here in the parish of Narraghmore the absence of Fr. Colm O’Siochru means that our Parish Priest Fr. Frank McEvoy has had to amend the frequency and times of Masses in the four churches in his administration.

From the first weekend in May onwards the there will be ONE weekend Mass only at each church as follows:

Crookstown: 7p.m. Saturdays; Ballymount: 8.30a.m. Sundays; Kilmeade : 10.30a.m. Sundays; Moone: 12 Noon Sundays.

Larries lore

St Laurences Underage news

PRO Marion Griffith writes: Southboard Go-Games are now underway for U/12s down to U/8s. First to get started were the U/10s both away to Round Towers on Tuesday the 17th April. Despite the wind and cold both Larries teams played very well. Round Towers put up a great performance again them, Stephen Kavanagh, Ian Fleming and Jordan Herterich for the Red team played a good game while Con Kileen, Jack Whelan and David Downey played a brilliant game in the Amber team.

U/12s had their first games Thursday 19th, U/12s A team were at home against Eadestown and U/12s Amber team were against Athy, the Red team were away to Moorefield. Great games by all three teams. Best for Laurences Amber were Cameron Corcoran, Eoin Mason and Craig Morgan, best for the Red team were Felix Lawlor, Mikey Cassidy and Oran Foley.

Best of luck next week in the next round of games to all teams.

LARRIES TEENAGE DISCO is on in the Complex on Friday 4 May 2012, for 1st & 2nd year students only, from 8.00pm to 11pm. Tickets are on sale @€10 each and are available from the clubhouse or from the following: Michelle Dargan (087)7952149, Eimhear Fox (086)2851736 and Caroline Liston (087)9359257, mineral bar only.

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.

Check out the club website for fixtures and other news

Hello Dolly

PRO Miriam McGilly tells me that Athy Musical and Dramatic Society will present the the much loved “Hello Dolly”, directed by Don O’Connor, Kilkenny, Musical Director Vincent Crowley, Athy and Choreographer Marie Cashin from Carlow. at Ardscoil na Trionoide from Tuesday, 1 May until Saturday, 5 May, at 8p.m. each night.

Tickets cost €12, concessions €10, available from Winkles and The Gem, Athy, with a limited supply at the door each night, but the advice is to book early to avoid disappointment. “Hello Dolly” is an irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes and alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters, Dolly Gallagher Levi.

Classic musical numbers include “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “Ribbons Down my Back”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only takes a Moment” and “So Long Dearie”.

So, if you want to say hello to Dolly then make sure to get your tickets early. Among the cast are a few very familiar Kilmeade faces while the lead role of Dolly herself is in the very capable hands, singing voice and acting talents of our adopted Kilmeadeite, Siobhan Mahon!

Go for Jonny

Many groups in our community have embarked on fundraising activities to help swell the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund and, over the next few months, these will be staged.

To date Majella Mulreid has secured €1,430 from TODAY FM in their “Charity of Choice” slot; well done Majella for taking the initiative and contacting TODAY FM. Majella also organised a sponsored walk around the Moat of Ardscull on 26 March. Majella writes

Well done to the ladies and gents who turned out to support and walk for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund on the 26th March.  Walking on the day were  Mary O Connor, Berni O Farrell, Clodogh Bolger, Gerldine Bolger, Rosemaire Dempsey, Caroline Egan, Kathleen Kelly, Mel Tracy, Berni Goldrick and our only 3 men on the day Aiden McHugh, Pauric Grufferty, and Tomas McHugh, many thanks to you all for your support and donations.  It was a lovely day and everyone enjoyed the walk. The Sponsor Card holders Mary Grufferty and Annmaire Kelly and Majella Mulreid would like to thank all those who sponsored them and +-and of course all those who made donations on the day, the total raised was 710 euro. We all walked in support of the Trust Fund and we hope than Jonathan will know that we are all there to support and help in any way we can as he rebuilds his future. Many thanks to you all for coming on the day and your support, Majella Mulreid

John Donovan and his team raised €5,000 from the Easter Sunday Social at St. Laurence’s Community Complex while pupils from Scoil Ide Naofa collected €1,050 from a “Go Green for Jonny” Day at the school and the “Walkaround for Jonny” continues every Monday, starting at St. Ita’s Church carpark at 7p.m.

Aideen Treacy tells us that Narraghmore Vintage Club, in association with The Jonathan Mulhall Trust, have come together to arrange a fundraising weekend for Jonathan on 5 and 6 May next.      The event planned is a vintage run from Crookstown to Enniscorthy on Saturday 5 May camping overnight in Enniscorthy Rugby Club  where we will have the use of all their facilities,  returning to Narraghmore on Sunday the 6th .     There will also be a group of people cycling from Narraghmore to Enniscorthy and back and also a group of runners, running 4 mile relays to Enniscorthy, also leaving from Narraghmore.        We are hoping that everyone taking part would endeavour to raise as near to €100 each as possible.       The interest in this event is increasing daily and if you would like to participate in any of the events listed, contact Aideen Treacy on 087 7700789, who will register you with the relevant group.      Sponsor Cards are available.

As there will be so many people joining us, we are also asking for donations of food, maybe breads, lasagnes, salads, curries, sausages, rolls,  anything that is simple to prepare but would go a long way... so come all you Master Chefs, now is your opportunity.     If you would like to help in any way at the set off points or catering in Enniscorthy Rugby Club,  please again contact Aideen(0877700789) and rest assured, you will get some kind of a job. So come on everybody  “ARRIVE FOR JONNY” and later in the year on Friday, 31 August there will be a GOLF CLASSIC FOR JONNY at Athy Golf Club. Details to follow in the coming weeks.

Community alert

There has been up to a staggering 40% increase in burglaries in Co. Kildare over the past year and, here in Kilmeade, a recent spate of burglaries has prompted Councillor Martin Miley and others to arrange for a Community Alert Meeting tonight, Tuesday, 24 April, at Conlan’s, Booleigh, at 8.30p.m.

It is hoped to set up a text alert communication for the whole community of Kilmeade and it’s environs, which can be used, not only for community alert but for other activities throughout the area.

Your presence is earnestly request; everybody welcome.


Big difference between judo and karate? There surely is, but when I heard the term “black belt” I mistakenly thought it referred to judo when, two weeks ago I brought you news of Conor Lynch who has been training for the last five years and, at this stage, has nine belts for karate(not judo), having graduated up through the ranks, under the expert tutelage of Grand Master Daniel Rooney. Conor attends classes at Molly O’Rooney’s, Narraghmore, under the auspices of the Irish Sharinken Jutsu Federation and loves karate with a passion. He intends to keep it up and, who knows, some day he may be Conor Lynch, Grand Master! Sorry about that Conor and, as I’m told he has put the last report into a scrapbook, well now he has the correct one!

Good news

Just heard that Jonathan Mulhall won a competition in London last night, Thursday 19 April, as part of the Para Olympics. My source didn’t have details of the discipline but I will contact Jonny and have the news next week. Go Jonny, go!