FRIENDS OF THE FOREST
Friends of the forest will be holding their
next meeting in Connollys of Ballagh on Tues 13th March
at 8.pm All welcome. Councillor Michael Fitzpatrick has
confirmed that a meeting with representatives from Kildare
County Council; Friends of the Forest, a member of Tir Na
Mona; and Coillte regarding Donadea Forest will take place
in the near future. Mr. Niall Bradley, Kildare Co. Manager
has nominated Mr Willie Carroll as his representative at
Molly D, Hodgestown is, we hear, feeling
a little under the weather at the moment.
All her friends in Hodgestown and Staplestown wish her well
and hope to see her back to her usual bright and happy self
in the very near future.
The Friends of Donadea Forest and the Donadea
Development Group, members of Tir Na Mona, had a very successful
“Night Out” in Newtown Hall on Saturday 17th February. The
beautiful refurbished was warm and welcoming in the glow
of the candlelight and the turf fire burning brightly in
the grate. Liz Ward prepared the delicious meal which was
enjoyed to the full by the forty or so in attendance. After
dinner Jim Colgan showed extracts from the video he made
of minister McCreevy’s re launching of the walks in Donadea
forest Park in September last year. The video is a masterpiece
and captures the forest at its best. On seeing it one is
proud to be involved in the Donadea Forest Project. Our
own one man band, Colm Hickson, with his music and song
added to the enjoyment of the night. We strongly recommend
Newtown Hall to anyone planning a function or reception.
Details are available from Marian Byrne at 045-969303.
Congratulations to Olive and John Glennon
on the birth of their daughter Maeve and to Ollie and Siobhan
Keogh on the birth of their son Luke. We wish every joy
and happiness to the happy couples.
The next meeting of the Donadea Com Dev
section of Tir Na Mona will take place on Tuesday 27th March
at 8.00 p.m. in Ballagh House. New members always welcome.
WHO SAYS KILDARE MEN
DON’T GET ABOUT?
An account of the round the world voyage
of Edmund and Malachi Sweetman, of Mount Egan, Kilmurry,
compiled by their mother Ruth.
“Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by ones you
did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe
harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream”
It was this weekend last year that Edmund
purchased the Santhia – in Malahide! He had travelled to
Corsica and Malaga chasing the “dream” boat, but when neither
boat was readily available, he decided to look closer to
home, and decided finally on Santhia, a Beneteau – First
35. She was by no means perfect but had great potential
(even with an elusive slight leak!) and she had sailed in
the Round Ireland Race some 8 years before. Anyway, she
now belonged to Edmund and all his plans were suddenly realised.
His crew were to hand – Paddy, a recently qualified Barrister
from the Northern Bar and Andy, a teacher from England.
They spent about 3 weeks fitting her out as best they could
and then suddenly – so suddenly –on the morning of 19th
February, 2000, together with Ruth (a friend) and Malachi
(the brother), both of whom would join them later, they
left Malahide for Crosshaven (Cork) on the first leg of
They were 3 weeks in Cork, waiting for a
“window in the weather”. There had been some ferocious storm
winds during the previous weeks, which continued persistently.
Then, on Friday, 3rd March, I got a message on the answering
machine to say that they were clearing Cork Head – goodbye.
Malachi was back on board, and the four of them settled
into the first long stretch of sailing days and nights.
They reached Bayona, on the northwest coast of Spain, at
2am on the following Wednesday morning, having left our
ferocious weather behind on Monday morning: that was the
last time they had to wear woollen jumpers! They had left
the cold behind, but not the wind and rain. Malachi returned
home to finish his studies, and when the Crew had reorganised
the Santhia, stocked up on provisions and rested, they set
sail on the 11th March for Las Palmas, which they reached
on the 18th . Strange to relate that when they berthed there,
it was by chance alongside another Irish boat – actually
belonging to the father of a friend of Edmund. First of
many small worlderies!
Again, days spent restoring order on board
Santhia, mending sails, fixing this and that and then they
started across the Atlantic on the 25th March. After what
seemed like an eternity, we got a wonderful satmail (sea
email) saying that they had found the trade winds (on April
1st!), which meant that they could relax somewhat, as they
just needed to set their sails and the trade winds would
carry them across the Atlantic – just as they had for Columbus,
on that first voyage to America 500 years ago. It seems
that the highlight of that sea passage was when the autopilot,
which they had purchased in Cork, jammed and not only did
it stop functioning, but it also knocked the normal steering
device out of action;
so amid 20ft. swells, Edmund had to dismantle
all, disconnect the autopilot, and reconnect normal steering
gear – and still steer his course with the Trades. Staple
diet seems to have consisted of homemade bread, curries
of all varieties (usually vegetarian or tinned corned beef)
and dried fruit.
This article will be continued next month,
OAK EMPLOYMENT SERVICE
The latest vacancies are as follows:
Flag marshalling at Mondello starting immediately,
9.30 - 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. (would
suit students). Contact 860200 or the OAK office. Crèche
assistant 2 - 6 p.m., Caragh. Shop assistant, Clane. Painter
handyman, Curragh Racecourse. Trainee General operative,
Clane. Flat Machinist (part time), Celbridge.
Full details on the above from the OAK office
at 045 861183
CREDIT UNION TABLE QUIZ
Well done to all the teams who took part
in the recent Coill Dubh and District Credit Union Primary
Schools table quiz. In all teams from eight local schools
took part. All were a credit to their schools.
AIB Clane opening hours
- Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tues 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Wed 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Thurs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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