National volunteering week

National volunteering week

From yesterday, Monday 14 May until next Sunday 20th, the focus is on encouraging people to do unpaid work for a worthwhile cause, whether a charity, youth club, sports group, Church, Meals on Wheels, Tidy Towns or any other voluntary organisations.

Research has shown that while becoming a volunteer won’t pay your bills, it will lighten your spirits, give you an increased stake in the community and allow you to shape your environment.

Here in Kilmeade there is plenty of scope for volunteering. Down at St. Laurence’s you would always be welcome, whether helping with the sporting side of the club or for the many social fundraising events, such as the annual Field Day on 10 June.. Likewise the Kilmeade Tidy Towns could do with a few more volunteers. The Scoil Ide Naofa Parents’ Association would also welcome more help as would the Church Care Group at St. Ita’s.

Forthcoming events like the Community Day at Booleigh, in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund would benefit from a few more pairs of hands or you could volunteer your feet to take part in the weekly Walkaround, also in aid of Jonny.

There are more that 20,000 community and voluntary societies in Ireland, ranging from the GAA to schools, hospitals and residents’ associations, so maybe you might consider joining one of our own local ones.

Booleigh buzz

It will be mighty on the Community Day on Sunday, 3 June, as Michael Fleming confirms the following attractions: pony rides, archery, white mouse, wheel of fortune, bouncy castles, face painting, trade stands, BBQ all day in the field, vintage and classic cars and tractor static show, soccer match in the pitch opposite Conlans.

The good news is that there is no admission charge but donations at the gate would be very welcome for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. Barn dance from 8pm Sunday night; admission €5 with tickets available at Conlan’s pub.

Road closures in operation on the day. Meeting this Thursday night, 17 May, in Conlan’s pub. All welcome. There is excellent support and turnout at the weekly meetings where new ideas are always welcome

Baby makes three

Another little baby for our community in 2012, with the birth of baby Noah, born to Orla Kavanagh and Tom Murphy on 19 February. Noah, who was born at Portlaoise Hospital, weighed in at 6lbs. and considering he decided to enter the world three weeks early, this was a fine healthy weight.

Congratulations to our new family, to the delighted grandparents, Terence and Wendy Kavanagh, Kathleen and Tommy Murphy, Carlow, and welcome baby Noah.

Another new family

News of another birth on Sunday, 6 May, when baby Tommy made his entrance into the world, also at Portlaoise Hospital. Tommy was born to Brid Dempsey and Tommy White, weighing in at a fine 9lbs. 4 ozs. to the great joy of the family.

For his grandparents, Barty and Maura Dempsey, Tommy brought their total to an even dozen, being grandchild number twelve!

Congratulations to the happy family, and welcome baby Tommy.

Moate View lotto

Frances Doyle, New Line Grove is the lucky winner of €50 this week. Half of the weekly sum collected is given in prize money, the other half goes to the Moate View Residents’ Association for ongoing expenses and social occasions.

Pride of place

Saturday next, 19 April, will see judging for the “Best Kept Garden” at Moate View. Renowned horticulturist, Frances Wortley, will arrive at 11a.m. to take a tour of the estate, so plenty of preparation this week.

This competition is run as part of the Pride of Place Awards, in conjunction with Kildare County Council and Tidy Towns.

Good luck to all the green fingers up at Moate View!

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.

Larries lore

And so to news from St. Laurence’s, starting with Underage News.


U6s & U8s played Sarsfields at home on Saturday 5th, Larries playing a great game with a good turnout. Best for Larries were Ava Allen, Danny Rafferty and Nicole Whelan. U10 Red Team played Tuesday night against Moorefield. Another great game from the U10s with Callum McElhenney, Ruairi Clarke and Colm McMahon all putting in a great performance. U10 Amber team were also at home v Raheens, another good game and close. Best for Larries were Harry Mallon, James Sheedy and T.J. Keatley. U/12s A’s played Suncroft away on Thursday 10th, another great match and best for the Larries were Eoin Curley, Liam Horan and Niall O Connor. U/12 Amber team played Moorefield away also on Thursday, a match of two halves with the Larries finishing up strong in the second half. Best for Larries were Eoin Mason, Kevin Maher and Jack Rafferty.

U/12s Red Team played Grange at home last Thursday, in poor conditions for football. The Larries lads put in a fine performance on the night. Best for Larries were Michael Kelly, Adam Mackey and team Captain Darragh Grufferty. Next Thursday they are at home against Sarsfields.

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

The U12s and U14s will have enjoyed a special night of coaching from our County Players in Hawkfield last Friday 11th May. Lots of tips for the matches ahead and jerseys autographed!

Suncroft Festival

St Laurences U/10s and U/11s travelled to Suncroft on Sunday 6th to play challenge matches as part of their festival.

U/10s had great game of football with Larrys just losing out by a goal, great game from Ross o Brien ,PJ Cullen Bell and Luke  Gorman.

U/11s played for The Philip Murphy Memorial Cup, led by Team Captain Tom Sheedy. The game was level at full time and it took extra time to divide sides. Larries fitness carried them over the line and they look forward to defending the cup next year. Thanks to Suncroft GFC for inviting us over to take part in their festival.


Friday 4th May was the date for the first teenage disco. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out. The night went extremely well and the club is running a second one on Friday 8th June. Tickets available at the clubhouse.

Camogie update

St Laurence’s Senior Camogie team finished their League matches with an easy win over Clane on Monday 7th May in Clane. Well done to Aoife Flynn, who came on as a sub and scored her first goal at Senior level.  Despite only losing one match, to Johnstown Bridge we just finished one point short of making the top two for a place in the League Cup Final but we have qualified to continue the campaign in the the League Shield competition Hopefully by now we will be celebrating a win for the St Laurence’s/Athy combination in the U 16 Division 2 Final which was played in Eire Og on Sunday last.  Community alert

As we advised you recently in the Kilmeade Notes, up to forty people attended the Community Alert meeting in Conlan’s, Booleigh on Tuesday, 24 February. Chaired by Councillor Martin Miley, it was also attended by Garda Seamus Muldowney from Ballitore.

Presently, representatives are calling to all houses in the area to request a mobile phone number which will form part of the “Text Alert” local network. Any suspicious activity will be sent to a central phone, which, in turn will be sent as a text straight to the gardai, .as well as to all mobiles on the system.

A nominal fee of €5 is requested from each household to cover expenses.

Booleigh Community Alert and Kilmeade Community Alert are coming together for this new arrangement.

The bonus of having this kind of alert system in place is that it can also be used to send messages on local social happenings, meetings etc.

What a wonderful and very simple idea, and, hopefully, when it’s up and running, our area, which has seen a spate of burglaries over the last number of years, will not only be more protected, but, what is put in place will be a deterrent to would be thieves.

Great credit and thanks to the organisers, and to Garda Seamus Muldowney who is also so supportive of the idea.

Next meeting of the Community Alert group will take place on Tuesday, 22 May at 8.30p.m., once again in Conlan’s, Booleigh, where everybody is welcome.

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

Special day

Great excitement in homes throughout our community and at Scoil Ide Naofa as First Holy Communion Day draws ever nearer. Next Sunday, 20 May, twenty seven boys and girls from Second Class will receive the sacrament at St. Ita’s Church at the 10.30a.m. Mass.

We hope all of you and your families enjoy this very special day.

Charity Feis

Reminder from Deirdre Hempenstall that the Charity Feis this year will be held on 27 May at St. Laurences Complex. This year’s charities are The Michael Garry House for the Homeless in Newbridge and the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. Clear those throats

All members of St. Ita’s Adult Choir are called to the choir gallery tonight, Tuesday, for practice in preparation for First Holy Communion Mass next Sunday.

Choir practice at 7.30p.m.


Our community was plunged into sadness with news of the untimely death of P.J. Keegan from Booleigh. P.J. died peacefully at his home, after a long illness, on Friday 4 May..

Sympathy is extended to his wife, Anne, son James, mother Nano, brothers Larry, James, Tony, Aidan, Declan, sisters Mary and Antoinette, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and extended family.

The esteem in which P.J. and his family are held was seen in the huge crowds who gathered at St. Ita’s Church on Sunday morning when P.J.s body was brought to the church for his Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Frank McEvoy, P.P.

Afterwards burial took place at the nearby graveyard. Suaimhneas siorrai dhuit P.J.

Think on

“Volunteering allows us to see there are other measures which matter. It’s about connecting with people, an expression of active citizenship”…Dr. Yvonne McKenna, Chief Executive Volunteer Ireland.