“What are we doing for the long weekend”? Yes, it’s a cry heard in many a household throughout Kilmeade, and this coming weekend you can answer with “we’re going to the Booleigh Community Field Day on Sunday”…so there’s that day sorted!
All the stops are being pulled out for what promises to be a mighty day of fun and craic with a myriad of attractions that should satisfy even the most fussy pundits, with Pony rides, Archery, White Mouse, Wheel of Fortune, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Trade Stands.
No need to worry about hunger pangs as there’s BBQ all day in the field.
For the many vintage enthusiasts there’s a Vintage and Classic Cars and Tractor Static show.
For the sports mad punters you can watch a soccer match in the pitch opposite Conlan.s’.
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.
The organisers would like to sincerely thank IFA Countryside and Adrian King for their very kind sponsorship of insurance for the Field Day.
The good news for all lovers of home baking is that a Home Produce Stall is an added attractions and Michael Fleming tells me that donations of cakes etc. would be very welcome. Traditionally Kilmeadeites know how to produce mouthwatering goodies so I’m sure this stall should be groaning under the weight of all kinds of everything!
Michael goes on to say that prizes will also be presented for the best turned out car and tractor, so plenty of elbow grease and polishing this week!
Road closures in operation on the day.
Booleigh Cross is accessible to so many outlying areas, including Athy so, hopefully, the crowds will come along in aid of this great cause.
The fun starts at 11a.m. when all the vehicles are set to arrive.
Meeting to finalise all arrangements this Thursday, 31 May at Conlan’s, Booleigh, at 9p.m. and, as usual, all welcome. Meanwhile for all those businesses out there who would like to get maximum exposure on the day, then Fergus Woods is your man! Fergus will talk to you about the display of your business stand, so contact him on 086 8241529.
First Communion Sunday
I’m told there were statues of the Child of Prague in many a Kilmeade garden on Saturday, 19 May, and they worked! Next day, Sunday, dawned sunny and bright with not a hint of the dark skies and biting cold wind that had swept the area on Saturday.
Yellow and white bunting, the tricolour and the papal flag, left nobody in any doubt that this was a very important day in our community. St. Ita’s Church was resplendent, with it’s newly painted exterior and new gutters, and surrounding grounds immaculately manicured, so all was in readiness for the boys and girls and their families.
Twenty seven pupils from Scoil Ide Naofa had been preparing for months for this very special day in their young lives, with their attendances at monthly Sunday Masses in St. Ita’s and their participation in the “Do This in Memory” programme.
Fr. Frank McEvoy celebrated Mass where each one of the boys and girls took part, singing, reciting readings, Prayers of the Faithful, Presentation of Gifts, and all done with great reverence and confidence.
In the front seat the reassuring presence of their class teacher, Anna Moore, dispelled any nerves, and well done to Miss Moore for her impeccable preparation.
During the Offertory Procession such diverse gifts of flowers, samples of schoolwork, a skipping rope, a football, rosary beads, a bible, musical instruments, a picture of Mary the mother of God, and, finally the bread and wine were presented.
Upstairs in the choir gallery, the Children’s and Adult choirs, plus the tin whistle players, combined, directed by Joan O’Connor, and accompanied by Margaret on the organ and Seamus and Micheal on guitars.
Elaine Walsh read the beautiful Parent’s Prayer and Principal of Scoil Ide Naofa, Ed Kirwan also addressed the congregation, emphasising that parents are the ones who have the responsibility of keeping the faith alive in their children.
Afterwards everyone made their way up to Scoil Ide Naofa where the Parents’ Association served some welcome refreshments.
Well done to everyone, including the Church Care group, the sacristans, the altar servers, those who prepared the grounds, and the “Do This In Memory” team.
Congratulations to all those who received the sacrament: Osgur Carty-Joyce, Michael Breen, Cormac Byrne, Patrick Walsh, Shane McCavana, Daniel Nolan, Eoin O’Farrell, Jordan O’Rourke, Patrick O’Brien, Richard Kelly, Ethan O’Brien, Conor Watchorn, Roy Bell, Helen Keely, Freya Mac Bride, Leeia Scully, Isobel O’Brien, Christine Dempsey, Rebekah Egan, Grace Gibbons, Lucy Sage, Avril Walshe, Leonorah Carty-Joyce, Aisling Ryan, Abbey Stynes, Grace King, Grace Kearney.
The sun has finally started to shine this Summer and the Fontstown IC.A. ladies are preparing for the annual Summer Outing for members and their friends which will take place on Tuesday, 26 June with the bus departing from The Clanard Court Hotel, Athy at 9.00am.
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”.
Mol An Oige
Great reaction to Caolan Fox’s article about his class visit to The Helix Theatre, with several people wondering who the boy with the beautiful Irish name was. Well Caolan is the son of Eimhear and John Fox and his grandparents are Chris and Martha Heffernan.
Anyone I spoke to really enjoyed Caolan’s very descriptive writing so, once again, well done to another Scoil Ide Naofa student.
Our greetings this week are winging their way all the way to the Big Apple where Louise Corrigan celebrated a milestone thirtieth birthday last Sunday, 27 May. Louise works as an attorney in New York and has also contributed to the “Mol an Oige” slot in the Kilmeade Notes.
Happy birthday Louise from your community.
Music For All
Singing crosses all boundaries, as exemplified whenever the Adult and Children’s choirs get together in Kilmeade, and last week this was borne out by the “Glee” project, in association with Athy Library and Fifth Class pupils from Scoil Mhichil Naofa.
For six weeks the “kids from the 60s” the children from Fifth Class and their teacher, Miss Walshe, rehearsed each other’s song choices, got together for two rehearsals, culminating in two concerts, where everyone sang together, one concert in the school and the second in Athy Library on Thursday, 23 May.
The adults learned “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Paradise” by Coldplay and “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, while the children learned “Unchained Melody”, “Wonderful World” and “My Girl”.
Thanks to two great facilitators, Eimear and Barry, and the co-operation of the Athy Library staff and Scoil Mhichil Naofa, the project was a resounding success and the concerts were enjoyed by everyone.
The eight adults included two from the parish of Narraghmore, so a local interest in this innovative experiment which, will, hopefully, be repeated.
And so to news from St. Laurence’s….
Last Thursday, Laurences U/12 Amber team played the final game in their league at home against Nurney. A fabulous evening to play football and the Larries were in top form! Thanks to Cody, Evan, Dylan, Colm, Glen, Robert, Fionn, Eoin & Kevin and to Martina & all involved in the Amber team.
The U/12’s Red team play their final game on Thursday 31st May away to Rheban, best of luck to them!
The U5’s & U6’s played Raheens on Saturday 19th at home. Great fun had by all especially Ian Antharantah, Fionn Lenihan, Ellen-Ann O Brien, Pierce O Dywer, TJ Nolan, Callum Kelly & Ronan McParland.
Training continues every Wednesday from 7-8pm and Saturdays from 11-12pm. New members are always welcome.
Coming up…. 8 June Teenage disco 8-11pm, mineral bar and tickets available from the clubhouse reception.
10 June the Annual Field Day, plenty of family fun. July 9th to 13th St Laurences Summercamp returns for another year. More details to follow.
Brendan to shine
“Do you want your auld lobby washed down….” will surely be the order of the night when Brendan Shine and his band come to the complex at St. Laurence’s on Sunday next, 3 June. Tickets are a recession friendly €10 and are well worth the price to see this legend of Irish music.
You can get tickets on the door or ring 085 1385133.
Moate View News
Patti Ging reports that the winner of their Lotto this week was Maggie Connors who won €52.
The “Best Kept Garden” in association with the Pride of Place Awards has been chosen and we will have the name of the winner for you next week.
The winning garden was judged by Frances Wortley, one of Co. Kildare’s most renowned horticulturists, who studied in the U.K. and is someone whose wealth of knowledge is very much valued in horticultural circles.
There’s a puzzle, but Sean Cleary explains that S.K.A.R.I. means South Kildare Active Retirement Ireland. The next meeting will be in Moone hall at 8.p.m.on this Thursday 31 May when, hopefully, everyone will be out and about anyway as it’s voting day.
Mai Quaid, the new National President will attend. May is from Baltinglass and she was proposed for the position by South Kildare. The association covers all the villages in South Kildare from Calverstown right down to Moone. Meetings alternate monthly between Narraghmore and Moone and are held on the last Thursday of the month.
Sean goes on to say that this will be a final opportunity to book for the 5 day outing to Clare and the West, this year’s summer holiday and you couldn’t be in a more beautiful part of Ireland.
“Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly. May I not rob them of the opportunity to think, choose and make decisions for themselves….
Part of the Parent’s Prayer at the First Holy Communion Mass.