Community alert success

Community alert success

A few weeks ago we brought you news of the newly formed Kilmeade/ Booleigh Community Alert group, and, already, it has started to work for the benefit of our community.

An attempted robbery in Fontstown was foiled when the householder confronted three culprits on her property. This lady was able to immediately contact some of the community alert members who sprang into action, catching up with the would-be thieves at Booleigh Cross and following them into Kildare, all the time in phone contact with the gardai. Three men were subsequently apprehended and arrests were made.

The formation of this group is all down to the diligence of twenty five people who volunteered to go and visit all households in the area to collect the modest charge of €5 per house, and gather a mobile phone contact number. There was a 95% takeup from our community which now means that any activity of a suspicious nature can be texted to a central mobile number and will then be sent to all mobiles on the system.

The money collected has been deposited in a bank account and within the next few weeks, everything will be up and running, giving peace of mind to everyone, but most especially to those living alone.

If by any chance you have not been contacted, all you need to do is get in touch with any of the following; Councillor Martin Miley, Nora O’Mahony, Liz Bowes, Tadhg Miley or Martina Dempsey. For the moment this is just a temporary committee, but it is hoped to convene an AGM.

Signs will be erected proclaiming that Kilmeade and Booleigh are Community/ Text Alert areas, and research has shown that this is a very effective way of protecting a community.

Well done to Councillor Martin Miley and to the others who had the foresight to put this wonderful scheme into action.

Charity feis

Sunday, May 27, saw huge crowds gather at the St. Laurence’s Complex for the annual Charity Feis when, this year, two very worthwhile charities were being helped, the Michael Garry House for the Homeless in Newbridge and the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund.

Deirdre Hempenstall gives us the results as follows:

Fairy Reel (Grade- Senior A) (Section a) 1st prize winners- Naomi Cardiff, Rebecca Leech, Michaela Lawler. 3rd prize winners – Joseph Gorman, Niamh Keegan, Sophie Corcoran. (Section b) 1st prize winners- Vivienne Kelly, Lauren Hickey, Sadhbh O’Rourke.

Siamsa Beirte (Grade C) (Section a)1st prize winners- Nicole Cardiff and Helen Duffy. (Section b) 4th prize winners- Aoife Tyrell and Casey Dargan.

Four hand reel (Grade A) 4th prize winners- Nikitta Stynes, Ciara Taylor, Abbey Stynes and Rachel Corcoran.

Siamsa BeirteI (Grade D) (Section a). 3rd prize winners- Aine Taylor and Niamh Duffy.

Harvest time jig (Grade B) 2nd prize winners- Abbey Stynes, Rachel Corcoran, Casey Dargan.

Cloneen jig (Grade- Senior A) (Section a) 1st prize winners- Rebecca Leech and Michaela Lawler. 4th prize winners- Niamh Keegan and Sophie Corcoran.

Cloneen jig (Grade C) (Section a) 2nd prize winners- Nicole Cardiff, Helen Duffy. (Section b) 2nd prize winners- Casey Dargan and Aoife Tyrell.

Sieve of Ennis (Grade A), 4th prize winners- Abbey Stynes, Rachel Corcoran, Nicole Cardiff and Helen Duffy.

Two hand reel (Grade D) (Section a). 3rd prize winners- Hannah Rafferty and Katie O’Grady. (Section b) 5th prize winners- Grace Gibbons and Sinead Ryan.

Siege of Carrick (Grade B) 5th prize winners- Casey Dargan and Aoife Tyrell.

Humours of Bandon (Grade- Senior A) (Section a) 1st prize winners- Michaela Lawler, Rebecca Leech, Joseph Gorman and Naomi Cardiff. (Section b) 2nd prize winners- Lauren Hickey, Sadhbh O’Rourke, Vivienne Kelly and Wayne Kelly.

Siege of Carrick (Grade C) (Section a). 1st prize winners- Nicole Cardiff and Helen Duffy (Section b) 4th prize winners- Sophie Alcock and Sinead Ryan.

Harvest time jig (Grade A) 2nd prize winners - Nikitta Stynes, Ciara Taylor and Eaodaine Roche. 4th prize winners – Abbey Stynes, Rachel Corcoran and Casey Dargan.

Walls of Limerick (Grade D) (Section a) No winners.

Cloneen jig (Grade B) 2nd prize winners- Aoife Tyrell and Casey Dargan. 5th prize winners – Nicole Cardiff and Helen Duffy.

The Cloneen Jig (Grade Senior A) 2nd prize winners- Joseph Gorman, Naomi Cardiff, Rebecca Leech, Sophie Corcoran, Ciara Taylor, Abbey Stynes, Niamh Keegan and Rachel Corcoran.

Very well done to Emer Bradley on her 1st Feis.

The beginners who danced their steps at the feis were Mary Lawler, Emer Lawler, Ella O’Sullivan, Leah Kenny, Grace Mckenna, Hannah O’ Grady, Katie O’Grady, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Sarah Miley, Saoirse Gallagher, Niamh Molloy, Anna Craddock, Katie Hayden, Katie Kelly, Rebecca O’Toole, and Sarah Renolds.

Lots of proud Mums and Dads, Nannies and Grandads were there to see this great event. The dancers were delighted to be awarded with their medals, the first of many!

Marian Watchorn and the other dance teachers are always delighted to have new members, girls and boys, and older dancers too.

Thanks to St Laurences GFC for providing the hall services free. Thanks also to Tom May who always gives up his day to supply us with the music. Great credit and thanks to the Order of Malta who look after the dancers so well; at this Feis Mr Alcock was on duty. Thanks to Ann Moyles who did the teas, to the dancers, the dancing teachers and everyone who made this charity such a great success.

Thanks to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and the ticket sellers. Both the charities, The Jonathan Mulhall Trust fund and Michael Garry House for the Homeless received €1170 each.

Take a bow all you dancers, and I am really sorry I missed the great occasion; an invitation from Marian Watchorn that I couldn’t take up, but then, there’s always next year!

Birthday girls

Three of them this week, the first one is Connie Stafford, Honorary President of the Athy Musical and Dramatic Society who, unbelieveably has entered her eightieth year. Connie recently celebrated her seventy ninth birthday and, I’m told this beautiful, elegant lady was serenaded by the members of the society, and didn’t she deserve it!

Happy birthday Connie from all your Kilmeade admirers.

Deirdre O’Brien’s arms were full of balloons when I met her recently and all for her daughter Ellie who celebrated her tenth birthday. Ellie is a pupil at Scoil Ide Naofa and her great granny is none other than the Queen of Kilmeade herself, Mary Hickey. Happy birthday Ellie.

Our third birthday girl is Ciara Hempenstall, a great Irish dancer and also a pupil at Scoil Ide Naofa. Ciara’s Mum and Dad, Terry and Deirdre, together with her little sister, Aine, and her devoted grandparents, Sean and Margaret Hempenstall, send her best wishes for her twelfth birthday, as we all do here in Kilmeade.

All Ireland badminton win

PRO, Oscar Malone is delighted to report that St Laurences badminton club won the All Ireland Inter league division 6 round robin competition held on May 13 in Whitehall Road, Dublin. They represented Leinster, where they beat the champions of Connacht and Munster to be crowned the All Ireland Champions. This closes a tremendous season for St Laurences badminton club where they competed in 6 separate finals, winning 5 of them. The team on the day was Clive Thomas, Oscar Malone, Padraig Downey, Sean Conroy, Alison Walsh Carty, Karina Walsh, Carol Walsh and Nicola Nolan.”

Congratulations to you all on a fantastic victory.

Underage news

U14 Footballers were out on Wednesday 23 May away to Kilcock, Feile Champions, in Div 1 of the League. This was an extremely spirited performance from a St Laurences team. Kilcock ran out winners on a scoreline of 6-10 to 3-09.

St. Laurences U.12 Red team had their last game on Thursday May 31 away to Rheban. This was the last game in this league for the Red team Well done to Adam G, Aaron, Felix, Nicky, Oran, Mikey, Padraig, Adam M, Niall, Michael, Oisin, Darragh, Peter, Tom and Sean, and their coaches for all their hard work. The next round of league matches starts at the end of June.

St Laurences Summer Camp will take place from Mon 9 to Fri 13 July, 10am to 2.30pm. Prices €45 for the first child and €40 for each subsequent child in a family. Registration forms are available from any committee member or in the clubhouse.

The second teenage disco is this Friday 8 June 8pm until 11pm. Get your tickets now in the clubhouse or from any committee member.

Not forgetting the Field Day this coming Sunday, a busy weekend coming up at St Laurences – don’t miss out!

Leinster Loop

Preparations are well under way for the 3rd Leinster Loop charity cycle which will take place on Sunday 19 August at St Laurence’s Community Complex.

Once again the cyclists will be led out by the legendary Stephen Roche, and again all funds raised will be for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) and St Laurence’s Community Complex.

For now we’re asking you to put the date in your calendar, as we need all the volunteers and cyclists we can get!

We’ll keep you updated with plans.

Library events

There’s more to Athy library than just books and the exciting summer programme proves that. Musical Theatre and Performance Workshop with Katie Carpenter (7-12 years) in Athy Library at 10.30am on Mondays 25/6, 2/7, 16/7 and 23/7. All aspects of performing arts.

Songwriting Workshops (12 -18 years). Each worshop running for 2 hours, with an extra 45mins added on to 23 July for showcase.

Harry Potter Competition June 26 - July 31. Write a letter explaining why you’re Harry Potter’s biggest fan. Competition to find Ireland & the UKs biggest fan – local prize also.

Family Week Wednesday June 20, 11am – 12.30pm (open to all the family). Playing to Reach the Stars. Clown and Puppet Picture Book Show. Thursday June 21 3pm – 4.30pm. Brewery of Eggshells on the Road. Storytelling/song with Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery. Friday June 22 11am – 12pm, Uncle Dan from The Twitters, singing Children’s Folk Songs.

Launching in July is the Summer Reading Challenge – 4 – 12 years. Read six books of your choice over July and August – chart your progress, receive certification when complete and enjoy party for those who complete the challenge.

ICA on the road

Tuesday, 26 June is the date planned for the Fontstown I.C.A. guild Annual Outing with the bus departing from The Clanard Court Hotel, Athy at 9am.

The first stop will be at Johnstown Garden Centre for a coffee break and following that they will travel into Co. Wicklow to the visit the wonderful Russborough House. The day will conclude with an evening meal in The Clanard Court Hotel. If anyone would like to book a place on the outing, they can contact Maureen Kidd at 059/8626122 or any guild member.

Reminder that the next meeting of the Fontstown guild will take place on Thursday, 14 June at Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore when the competition will be for “The Prettiest Cup and Saucer”.


No walk on Bank Holiday Monday but the weekly pitter patter of many feet will be heard next Monday 11 June at 7pm when walkers assemble at the car park to walk as far as Monatore Bridge and back in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund.

Moat View

Congratulations to Dan Delahunt, New Line Grove, whose garden was declared to be the “Best Kept Garden”, Newline Grove/Moate View, by Judge Frances Wortley, B.Sc. Dan’s garden will now go forward as the representative in the “Pride of Place” competition, in conjunction with Kildare County Council.

The latest Moate View Lotto winner was Tommy Davis who won €51. Congratulations.

Cake sale

This Thursday, 7 June, Scoil Ide Naofa teacher, Joan O’Connor and her class hold their annual Cake Sale at the school. This year the Cake Sale is in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund.