|Coill Dubh/Donadea C.E.P.
The local FAS CE Project held their annual Christmas
party in Broadford House on Friday 10th December last.
Presentations were made to Tom Costello, Deirdre Cribbin, Silvano
Burella and Denis Callaghan who left the Project during the year. A special presentation
was made to Alan Dillon who stepped down as Chairperson recently, after spending seven
years with the Project. The new Chairperson, Michael Seery, paid tribute to Alans
many years of commitment to the local community and thanked him for his hard work and
dedication on behalf of the project Management Committee. Mary Lynch, Co-ordinator, also
thanked Alan for his guidance and support to all CE workers during the past seven years.
He was then presented with a Waterford Glass crystal table lamp from the Co-sponsor groups
and workers on the Project. Alan thanked all concerned and wished everyone on the Project
every success in the future. Music was provided by Bobby Bolger and his band. Food was
provided by Liz Ward and a most enjoyable night was had by all. Special thanks to the
Social Club Committee, Deirdre Cribbin, Anne Marie Farrell and Mary Gibbons for organising
a very successful night.
There will be vacancies available shortly at
various locations for Caretakers, greenkeepers and Classroom Assistants. Applicants should
be in receipt of UA, UB or Lone parents Allowance for one year or be referred by NRB.
Usual FAS rates and conditions apply. For further enquiries please contact Mary Lynch or
Mary Murphy at 045 860777/870761.
Grinds are available in English, Geography or
History for Junior or Leaving Cert. All areas considered. For further details please
contact Mary at 087 6835818.
Woodlands Pitch & Putt News
Woodlands Pitch & Putt Club would like to thank the following
people for their support during 1999. Paddy Percival, Brendan Byrne, Coill Dubh Credit
Union and Charlie and Nellie Conroy.
We would also like to remind our members that the membership money for
the coming year is due before March 1st 2000. Membership fees as follows:
£30 for a family
£25 for single
£10 for junior
The committee for the year 2000 is as follows:
President : Ester Ryan
Captain : Seamus Tuohy
Lady Captain : Dodie Tuohy
Secretary : James Farrell
Treasurer : Betty Dolan
PRO : Ann Moore
Handicap Sec. : Tom Costello
Hon. Committee : Kevin Reilly
Committee Members : Rose Connon, Denis Connon, Terry Murphy, Rose
Murphy, Liz Flynn, Peg Tracy, Josie Kelly, Mary Gibbons, Mick Hogan, Chris Malone and Mick
The first Competition of the year is to be held on Sunday 6th
February at 2 o clock . This is a 9 hole competition and entry fee is £1.
We would like to see all members support the competitions throughout
the year and all golfers are welcome to play in any competition.
Any queries about the Pitch + Putt please contact Terry on (045) -
860777.(or any of the committee Members)
Finally the Pitch + Putt club would like to offer our condolences to
the Cronly family no.16 Coill Dubh to the Kane family of no.1 Coill Dubh and to the Rooney
family of Coill Dubh.
James Farrell, Secretary.
Five Minutes to Midnight
Im sure we all have days and nights that always stand out above all others in the
recesses of our memories. I have no hesitation in stating that a night I will never forget
and never want to forget was the night we all came together in Cooleragh Parish Church to
mark the final sunset of the old millennium and to look forward to the dawn of the year
2000 A. D..
Many thoughts and ideas competed in my mind as we went through that memorable ceremony.
As I looked down our church of Christ the King and saw it packed beyond capacity, my first
thoughts were of gratitude to God for the good people he has placed me among. The
atmosphere during our forty minute ceremony (plus five extra borrowed) was one of joy,
peace, affirmation, gratitude, togetherness, strength in community, all bonded together by
a spirit of love. I will hold the memory of that celebration forever treasured in the
archives of my heart. I felt privileged to be a priest among such a beautiful people.
As I write these notes its 11.55 p.m. - 31st December 1999. The new
millennium is about to dawn. I am sitting alone (by choice) in the kitchen with a large
mug of millennium tea in my hand. The ceremony of the final sunset is before me on the
breadboard. Its theme "There is a time" puts many thoughts jostling for
attention, but since its almost midnight - the last minutes of the century, I must
be selective in what to keep forever in my mind before my Grandfather Clock begins to
strike. I settle for a quiet prayer of affirmation - the Lords own words that we
recited at the end of the ceremony a few hours ago, it goes "You are the salt of the
earth, You are the light of the world". Yes dear friends of Staplestown and Cooleragh
parish - the description fits you perfectly. And now as my Grandfather Clock has just
struck twelve, I notice a tear in my eye - its a tear of joy.
There was a lot of hype about the Millennium, generated
in large measure by businesses which wanted to profit from the event. As it happened, many
people felt let down when the clocks reached the supposedly magical hour and we passed
into the year 2,000. The doomsayers had it all wrong too - there was no Armageddon and no
computer meltdown. No planes fell out of the sky either.
In a way, viewed from a proper Christian perspective, it was highly
appropriate that nothing much happened. The Millennium merchants were exploiting a moment
in time but authentic Christianity takes an eternal perspective on things.
Yet for Christianity this year 2,000 is an annus mirabilis, because it
is a milestone anniversary of Our Lords birth. It is an opportunity for us to
proclaim once more the Good News of the Gospel message of the Saviours Birth. It is
a chance for us to challenge a world of sin, darkness, despair, violence and hatred; a
time to promote peace, love, tolerance and forgiveness.
I urge you all to work hard to do Gods will in this year 2,000
and make it truly a great Anno Domini (year of our Lord). Make your churches, communities,
workplaces and homes temples of grace, where people are forgiven and healed, welcomed and
Walk with God.
Reverend David Frazer, Church of Ireland, Rector of Donadea, Milicent
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