March Mona Newsletter

_________March Coill Dubh News_________


Cllr. Jim Reilly informs us that the South Western Area Health board have had to revise their plans for the new Health Centre in Coill Dubh. The problem would appear to stem from the fact that the original plans envisaged a building, which would not fit on the site in Coill Dubh. Alternative plans are currently in the pipeline and people can rest assured that a new Health Centre will be built on the site in the very near future.


Coill Dubh and district community alert is to provide security lighting at the local national school in co-operation with the board of management. The school situated in a secluded spot at the rear of the village has been the focus of quite a bit of vandalism and unsavoury behaviour in recent years.

The decision was taken at a very successful meeting in the school on Wednesday night last. The committee is also in the process of providing another round of Personal Alarms for senior citizens living in the area. The cost (£300) of the alarms will be borne by the community alert and the first year of the monitoring fee (£52) per year will be borne by the Alarm Company. Committee members will be visiting friends and neighbours in the area with a view to ascertaining the number of alarms required. Should an elderly person in your family be inadvertently omitted, you should contact John Roddy, Anne Grehan, Tommy Grace, Joe Moore or Seamas O’Donoghue.


Coill Dubh hurlers celebrated the winning of eight senior championships since 1987 at a lovely function in Dowlings’ famed hostelry recently. Jimmy Doyle legendary Tipperary hurler of the sixties was on hand to make the presentations. Jimmy was a busy man, as in addition to the current senior championship medals he had a number of other presentations to make. Also honoured were the four players from the club who were selected on the Kildare Millennium hurling team, namely Tony and Tommy Carew, Jack O’Connell and Seamas Malone. This year the ‘Reds’ will be going for a fourth consecutive title and team manager in all their victories has been Willie O’Sullivan. Willie was also honoured for his contribution to club and community, as was Johnny O’Callaghan who has been associated with the senior team for a number of years.

The eight championship victories were recalled with presentations to the winning captains, beginning with the ‘87 trailblazer Pat Hanafey. The other captains included Trevor and Tom Carew, John, Ronan, Colm and Chris Byrne and Jack O’Connell. Presentations were also made to Jimmy Doyle and Alice to mark the appreciation of the club.

County secretary Richie Whelan and hurling board chairman Jim Craughwell were in attendance and both officials were high in their praise of the achievements of the Coill Dubh hurlers with both club and county.

The company enjoyed a magnificent meal and Paddy Kelly and Ger Casey were in fine voice until the wee small hours.

Later in the month the seniors added the Millennium League title to the senior championship with a 2-9 to 1-6 win over Ardclough, with Tom Carew in super scoring form, ending up with a personal tally of two goals and seven points.

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