March Mona Newsletter

____________March Donadea News___________

Development Plan

The Development Plan for the Tir na Mona Group is starting to take shape. On Saturday 6th February, a Workshop was held in the new office at Timahoe. Joan Mooney facilitated the Workshop, which was very successful and inspiring.   Several sub-committees are undertaking to carry out the writing up of the plan ie. the development of the area using resources available.  There will be further workshops and each area will draw up its own plan specific to its own needs and resources present.

Tiermoghan School

Thanks to all the children for their contributions to the newsletter. Also thanks to the Teachers for their kind co-operation.

St. Patrick’s Day float

The Tir na Mona Group are entering a float in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Kilcock and Enfield.  The theme of the float is Turf Cutting.  For more details and times check in your local paper.  Please come and support us on March 17th.

Treasure Hunting

On Saturday 27th March, at 3pm, a Car Treasure Hunt will start.   The meeting point is the Castle in Donadea Forest Park.  Entry for a car will be 10.  A mobile phone would be very useful in case one gets lost.  For further information please contact Siobhan at 869263 after 6pm.  Please join us in a "fun filled and adventurous evening".  See you at 3pm at the Castle.

Landscaped Islands ?

Plans are afoot to landscape the island area at Donadea Cross.  We’ll keep you posted as developments progress.

Donadea development group

The Donadea Development Group hold their meetings on the first Tuesday of every month.  The next meeting will be on the Tuesday 6th April at 8.30pm in Connolly's, Ballagh.  All welcome.

Fr. P.J. Byrne

A very warm welcome is extended to Fr. P.J. Byrne on his appointment as P.P. of Kilcock and Newtown Parish. A native of Co. Carlow, he studied for the Priesthood in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth and has worked in Co. Laois and in London. We, the community, wish you the very best of luck and extend every blessing on your new position.

The big clean!

On Saturday 27th March, 25 hard-working locals gathered in Donadea Forest Park. Their aim, to clean up all the litter that was lying around the walks and the walls of the church. They started at 10am and finished at 4pm.  Thanks to all who came that day and congratulations on a job well done. The forest looks great.

Friends Of The Forest, Donadea

For many weeks now, negotiations and meetings have been taking place between the "Friends of Donadea Forest" and Kelt, with the co-operation and participation of Coillte.  These meetings have been amiable and indeed productive.  At present, costing for the upgrading and restoration of walks and trails are with Coillte for clearance and when this is cleared, the plans and costing can be submitted to Kelt.  It is envisaged that three main walks will be re-furbished to a standard sufficient to allow easy access to everyone, including disabled persons with or without wheelchair, the fit and, of course, the elderly.  Seating and picnic tables at various points are also planned, with signage, tree identification and directions.  These walks will vary in length from approx. 1000 mtrs to 5000 mtrs, for the more ambitious trail blazers!  A separate costing has also been submitted for the restoration and refurbishment of "The Tower House".  This could be used for meetings by various groups in the area.  This handsome building also boasts a fine limestone staircase with heavy ornate iron handrail.  The room in question, which is on the second floor, also has very attractive plaster-work.  We look forward to keeping you informed on further progress and happenings.  With thanks to Tir na Mona.


The expansion programme at Woodlands Golf Club is continuing at a great rate with the planting of over a thousand trees on the course since Christmas.

What a "lotto" money

The Social Club and Pitch & Putt Club have combined to establish and run a weekly Lotto, with a guaranteed Jackpot of 200, which will increase by 50 each week until won.  Four numbers to be selected on each ticket and tickets are priced at 1 each.  The first draw took place on the 2nd March at 10pm.

Good luck captains

Don’t forget! Woodlands Pitch & Putt Club Captains Mick Mitchell and Esther Ryan’s first official outing comes on Sunday 21st March on their Drive In followed by an 18 Hole Competition.  We wish them the best in their year of Captaincy.

Private members draw

500 Ticket No: 1428. Ger O’Sullivan, 5 Sarto Pk., Naas.

200 Ticket No: 945.Mary Donnelly, C/o Two Mary’s,Oral B Lab.

100 Ticket No; 115.Denise & Eileen Brophy, 150 Hazelmere, Naas.

100 Ticket No: 866.Stuart Callery & Orla Keely, 343 Glenview Pk., Tallaght.

100 Ticket No: 1103.Ger Kelly, Timahoe House, Donadea.

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