Friends Of The
Forest, Donadea Group
committee members of Friends of Donadea Forest wish to thank all who helped to organise
for the visit of Mr. Charles McCreevy, to Donadea Forest on Monday 29th March. The
Minister appeared relaxed and casual and stayed much longer than the expected half-hour.
In fact it was closer to 2 hours. The tree planting ceremony went well and lots of
photographs were taken. Thanks to the Tir na Mona members for their presence, to Joshua
Rose particularly for his tireless efforts and of course Dolores Kennedy for overseeing
the refreshments, Coillte for their co-operation. Mr McCreevy was presented with a special
piece of Bog Oak, by Coillte and Friends of Donadea Forest. The Minister will be staying
in touch and took a particular interest in the walled gardens, as it was he who allotted
£20,000,000 for the upgrading and restoration of walled some years back. In the very near
future, a feasibility study will be done on the gardens. It is also envisaged to do a
study of the ecology in the forest park.
N. Walsh P.R.O.
Friends of Donadea Forest.
Coffee for "Kosovo"
The communities surrounding Donadea Forest
once again showed their willingness to help their less fortunate fellow men with their
generous donations. The brainchild of Janet Colgan, this very successful fundraiser was
held in Donadea Forest on Sunday 18th April. With the willing assistance of the members of
the Donadea Development Group and Tir na Mona. A grand total of £2,600. was raised for
the support of the Kosovan refugees. Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave so
generously of their time, to Coillte for allowing us to use the forest and the shop and to
all who supported us to make the day such a success.
Newtown Hall dating from the early part of
the last century has been a focal point for the people of Newtown, tiermoghan and
surrounding areas for generations. Originally a National School claiming as one of the
best known of its pupils, the poet Teresa Brayton, author of "The Old Bog Road".
In more recent years the Hall has been used by the Teresa Brayton Drama Group, the I.C.A.,
Parish Groups and is now home to the Coill Dubh / Donadea FAS Employment Scheme. In
January 1998 following a public meeting a Hall Committee was formed. They set about
upgrading and extending the Hall facilities for all sections of our community. A
questionnaire was circulated among all the homes and groups in the locality to find out
the needs of this growing community. The committee drew up plans with our Architect to:
a) Renovate and upgrade the
existing building to provide meeting rooms for local groups etc.
b) Extend the hall to include a larger area
for indoor sports, drama, larger meeting rooms etc.
A detailed application has been made to the
National Lottery for funding towards this project. It is hoped to begin the renovation
work on Newtown Hall this summer and so place the halls facilities at the disposal
of all the sections of our local community. Your support of our Charity Auction on 14th
May 1999 will go to the Hall Development Fund as we look forward to having you visit the
upgraded facilities at Newtown Hall.
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