March Mona Newsletter

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   Woodlands Golf Club

Woodlands suffered a tremendous loss with the death of one of it’s most treasured employees, Mary O’Regan. Mary worked here form the initial days right up until recently and her presence will be dearly missed. Her lively personality, warm smile, quiet wit and generosity to all won her many friends. She was a joy to work with, and extremely considerate to all her fellow workers. A sad loss to all at Woodlands. Mary will be dearly missed and all here extend our sincere condolences to her family.

To the family of Larry Lacken, a member of Woodlands golf Club, we offer our sincere sympathy at his untimely passing. Larry will be dearly missed from our course by all members.

Similarly we regret the untimely passing of Mr. Robin Cusack and to all members who have recently been bereaved we extend our sincerest sympathy.

Captains Drive In

The Captains (Kevin Reilly and Antoinette Conway) Drive In is on Friday 17th March at 1 p.m. Always a great occasion, the Drive in will be followed by a Mixed Scramble with entertainment later in the Clubhouse.

The Captains would be delighted if you could come and support them on the day.

Our Course will return to operate as an 18 hole course at last after the drive in on the 17th of March 2000.


A reminder from the Committee & Management that the subscriptions for 2000 are now due. Family 300; Single 200; Junior/Juvenile 60

Don’t be late……someone might take your place.


Background: North West Kildare Ltd is a Community Alliance which was formed in 1992 and became a Company Ltd. by Guarantee in 1994. The Office is based in the Grand Canal Hotel. Robertstown. Opening Hours 9 a.m. 5 p.m. The Communities of North West Kildare are represented on the Board of North West Kildare by members nominated from their communities. North West Kildare Co. can assist and support communities in setting up their own community groups and help with filling in Application forms regarding funding etc. If any community organisation or group not already represented on the North West Kildare Board and would like to do so. please contact the office of North West Kildare Co. Tel: 045-870573. The Development Worker for the North West Kildare Co. is Ann Marie Conneelv. Ann Marie is only waiting to be invited to visit your community and be of whatever assistance she can, just give her a call at Tel: 045-870573 or 087-6381001.

Kildare County Development Board:

Early in 2000 County Development Boards will be established in the areas of all County Councils. The main function of the County Development Boards will be to bring together the visions and plans of all groups and agencies.

The aim of the County Development Board is to:.

To ensure that local people and organisations have greater influence over their own affairs.

To provide the opportunity for Agencies and Communities to come together and agree a common approach at local level.

William Carroll is the new Director of Community and Enterprise for Kildare.

North West Kildare Co. actively encourage groups and organisations in the North West Kildare area to take this opportunity to take part in a process which will ensure that local people and organisations have a say in the future of their communities. If an organisation would like information or an Application form do not hesitate to contact the North West Kildare office at 045-870573 or 087-6381001

Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs Grants:

Applications Forms for these grants are now available at North West Kildare office. Closing date for applications is 10-3-2000. These grants are available to

* Community Development and Area Development Organisations.
* Family Support Groups.
* Welfare Rights and Information Groups
* Mutual Support and Self-help Organisations.
* Co-ordinating and Umbrella Organisations

If any group needs assistance in filling out Application or any information contact Ann Marie at North West Kildare office 045-870573 or 087-6381001

Committee Skills Training Programme:

North West Kildare Co. in conjunction with OAK, FAS and North Offaly Development Company have developed a Committee Skills Training programme. This progranune is a basic course, which outlines procedure of good practise at committee level.

* The role of committee officers such as Chairperson, Secretary and                 Treasurer.
* The purpose of working groups.
* Looking at project proposals.
* How to run effective meetings.

All of the above will form the basis of this training programme. Participants will receive certificates for this programme and will receive an information/resource pack at the end of this training programme. North West Development Co. are delighted to offer your development group the opportunity to take part in this training programme which will run on Thursday night 7-10 p.m. over a 3 week period. (9 hours training in total)

The first of these training programmes will commence on Thursday 24th February, 2nd March and 9th March in Derrinturn School, Carbury. The areas covered will be Derrinturn, Carbury, B.R.E.D.A., Newtown. Lullymore, Rathangan, Ellistown, Kilmeague/Allen and Ballyteague. The second programme will begin on Thursday 2nd March, 9th March and 16th March in the Grand Canal Hotel, Robertstown. The areas covered will be Robertstown. Kilcock, Clane, Prosperous. Tir na Mona, Allenwood and Milltown.

Any enquiries regarding this Training Programme please contact Ann Marie Conneely at the North West Kildare office Tel: 045-870573 or 087-6381001.

Old Cow

In deference to your great bulk
I stepped aside
And by the nose
Led you to a chilly barn
To feed and nourish
The beasts soul -
Heard your feet
Upon cobbles creep
Into the long ago -
And felt the rough
Warmth of your breath
Your dribbling chewing
Ecstasy of rest.
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