Day in Donadea
3rd Sept. Donadea Forest Park. The day started misty, but
by 8:30 am the sun was winning through - a fine day was
Flood pulled in his trailer, which was to be our covered
stage for the afternoon. We erected two flagpoles at the
stage, which were supplied by Mickey Harris.
garden gazebos were erected near the shop area, which added
colour and shelter if needed. The Rostrum by the lake was
looking very smart with the tri colour and the Kildare County
flag in full flight. Willie Kiernan had all the sound system
1 o’ clock the guests and crowds arrived and the Kildare
County orchestra began to perform beside the shop area.
The nine-piece orchestra sounded beautiful in the lovely
open area beside the big “Red Woods”. And they entertained
the large crowd who queued for their lunch at the shop.
Mc Creevy and his family arrived and we all had lunch in
the relaxed setting. When all had eaten we adjourned to
the wheelchair assessable walk around the lake.
Hipwell, Coillte manager Donadea, introduced Fr. Ramsbottom,
Rev. David Frazer and Father O’Malley, who jointly conducted
an ecumenical blessing of the Forest Park. After the blessing
Eilish O’Brien read some extracts of poems from Tim Conway,
Alice Taylor and some pieces composed by herself.
Lowery, Coillte, Liam Holton, Tir Na Mona, Donnacha Harrington,
“Friends of the Forest” and Kieran Duggan, KELT all made
Mc Creevy then spoke. He said that he was delighted to be
in Donadea Forest again and praised the Tir Na Mona group,
Coillte and KELT and Kildare County Council for all the
work carried out on Donadea Forest Park. Then the Minister
cut the tape to officially launch the new walks.
Tir Na Mona millennium celebration concert, which Kildare
County Council millennium grant sponsored, began at the
stage near the castle when the official opening ceremony
Kildare County Orchestra were first to entertain us, then
the St. Coca’s church junior choir were next and they really
went down well with the large crowd. The next to entertain
was Noleen Walsh with her composition on Donadea Forest.
Lady Aylmer and her rector friend arrived driven by chauffeur
Michael Doherty in his beautiful vintage car to a performance
of “Macbeth” by the Prosperous Drama Group under the direction
of Anne Clarke. The large crowd were spellbound by the three
witches and the other characters.
we had the musicians from Kilcock Ceoltas group, all friends
of Pat Mc Loughlin. The talent of these musicians is very
striking and we were very grateful to them for coming to
play for us.
Local entertainer Colin Hickson sang some nice easy listening
to Alan Byrne our M.C. for the day. Well done!
It was 7pm by the time the concert ended, over 2,000 people
visited Donadea Forest Park on that wonderful day of 3rd
AGM of Tiermohan Parents Council will take place in Newtown
Hall at 8.30pm on Tuesday 24th October. All parents are
welcome to come and there will be a cheese and wine reception.
year has been one of frustration for the footballers of
Cappagh. Training started in February with Kieran Brennan
in charge. Our league campaign was reasonably successful
but a couple of crucial defeats left us agonisingly short
of the vital points needed to gain promotion.
very strong Sarsfields B-side dashed our championship hopes.
Our biggest disappointment was probably our defeat at the
hands of Sallins in the Keogh Cup Final by a single point.
Our problems were further compounded by the unavailability
of a number of players for a variety of reasons. Our Junior
B-side however, recorded an excellent victory over Ellistown
in the first round of the championship. We are hopeful that
they will keep our championship interests alive for a while
longer at least. On the positive side also is the emergence
of underage teams under the banner of St. Coca’s, a lot
of talented young players are on these teams and hopefully
they will come up the ranks to senior level.
was great to see Peter Kennedy on the bench for the last
few games; hopefully we will see Peter back in competition
again soon. Thanks to our main sponsor Joe Mallon and all
others who have been supportive in the past. Our weekly
lotto takes place every Tuesday night in Connolly’s of Ballagh
House. We will be holding our first dinner dance in four
years on Friday 17th November in the Spa Hotel, Lucan, hope
to see you all there.
clubs senior team was defeated in the championship by St
Lawrences who went on to win the County title and also progressed
to the Leinster Championship.
under 18 and under 21 teams are preparing for the start
of their respective competitions. Both teams are hoping
to defend the titles they won for the last two years. The
season will close with an under 11 blitz in October and
will recommence in March next year.
to the following girls who lined out for Kildare in the
under 18 championship: Debbie Walsh, Eimear Flanagan, Orla
Bambury, Aoife Wynne, (Capt.), Clare Doran, Regina Gorman,
Linda O’Hora, Aisling Ni Ruairc and Clare Wynne. Congratulations
also to Clare Doran o her selection as head girl in Scoil
Dara and also to Carol Hopkins, Orla Mullally and Eimear
Flanagan on being chosen as sports prefects. Best wishes
to Orla Bambury, Ella Houlihan, Linda Grogan and Aoife Wynne
who have started third level education this Autumn.
GAA club is now on the Kildare web site @ www.gaa.ie
Sean Gorman P.R.O.
at Heart Group
Newtown / Donadea Young at Heart Group have resumed their
Thursday morning meetings in Newtown Hall from 10.00am.
– 2.00pm after the Summer Holidays.
If you have an excess of any of the following items or no
longer need them the group could gladly use them: knitting
crochet needles, wool and craft materials e.g. Rug plan
or rug plan wool. Alternatively if you have a hobby you
wish to share e.g. painting, cooking demonstration, mosaics
quilting etc. Please contact Marion at 869303 or Brid at
869301 to arrange time and date.
Art Group will be holding their Annual Art Exhibition in
Ballagh House, Donadea on Thursday 26th October at 8.00pm.
The group invites artists from outlying areas to exhibit
on the night. All mediums are welcome including pottery,
stain glass, bog oak, wood turning, etc. There will be a
charge of £10.00 per exhibitor. Funds raised from this will
go to ORBIS – the Flying Eye Hospital. The staff on this
plane travel around the world operating on people who may
have been blind for years due to lack of medical attention.
On the plane they a teaching hospital to teach local doctors
various procedures in eye care.
If you wish to exhibit please contact 045-869138 or 045-869977
(messaging service available) before Tuesday 17th October.
A raffle will be held on the night with spot prizes galore.
September 26th a musical celebration to mark the retirement
of Berna Hayden from teaching was held in the National Concert
first teaching appointment was in Staplestown School from
1960-1962, in fact she is related to the Holohan families
that live locally.
concert was a marvellous event bringing together the best
musical talents in the country. The Kildare County Orchestra,
which she helped found in 1998, gave a stunning performance.
Her daughter Alice Blake And her Granddaughter Lucy Blake
played a lovely duet. The choir of Social Bride and Herbert
Lodge Arts Centre sang some lovely children’s songs. It
was fitting that the Concert Hall was filled to capacity
to pay tribute to this great lady.
in Tir an Mona were privileged to have Berna and the Kildare
Orchestra play in Donadea Forest Park on 3rd September.
In fact it would be Tir na Mona’s intention to have the
full Kildare County Orchestra play at Donadea Forest Park
in the near future.
well done to Berna Hayden from all in Donadea and Staplestown.
Kennedy, Cooltrim, Donadea, was overwhelmed by the generous
support she received from friends and neighbours for her
Coffee Day held recently in aid of hospice care. Dolores
thanks each and everyone who contributed to the grand total
of £735. This sum has been lodged to the account of St.
Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.
done to Marie Claire Walsh from Tiermohan who qualified
in the under 12 600m final. Marie Claire who represented
Kildare came 10th in the race in this years Community Games.
A week later she came 3rd in the All Ireland B final Under
13 800m held in Navan. We wish Marie Claire the best of
luck on October 8th in the Under 12 Cross-Country Championship
is a townland situated half a mile south of Donadea and
is better known by its more modem name Greenhills. This
latter name is more than likely derived from the Irish translation
of Dunmurraghill, Druim Uirchaille the ridge of the green
wood. The townland was a separate parish in the medieval
period but is now in the Catholic parish of Staplestown
/ Cooleragh and the Church of Ireland Clane union of parishes.
There are three ecclesiastical sites in the townland firstly,
Dunmurraghill cemetery secondly, the Reliceen where an ancient
Church was sited and thirdly St.Peters Holy Well. The earliest
mention of the townland comes from the Book of Armagh, which
was completed in 807 and relates to St. Patrick’s visit
to the area. This describes St. Patrick’s journey through
Meath in about the year 455 when he travelled south to Kilglin,
situated approximately one mile north of Kilcock which was
at that time close to the boundary of Leinster. He then
crossed into Leinster at a place identified as Killeighter
where a Holy well bears his name. From this point he made
his way to Dunmurraghill where he spent the night in the
house of a chieftain. The site of this dwelling is almost
certainly the ring fort that was situated in the Greenhills
sand pit which was demolished in 1912. A partial sloping
curve may be all that survives of the ring fort. It is situated
on the southern boundary of the sand pit approximately 5
meters from St. Peter’s well. According to recent research,
many Holy wells predate the coming of Christianity and may
in fact have been sacred sites associated with pre-Christian
religious activity. It is well known that St. Patrick and
the early Christian missionaries did not destroy the pre-Christian
religious sites but incorporated existing practices into
Christian ceremonies. So assuming that St. Peters well was
an important site at the time of St. Patrick’s visit then
it was likely that he would have had a role in transforming
the well to Christian use. It is likely the well was dedicated
to St. Peter at some time in its early history but the reason
for this has not survived. However a number of suggestions
may answer this question. One likelihood is that St. Patrick
visited the site on the feast day of St. Peter on 29th June
and gave it this Christian name, alternatively there may
have been a pre-Christian religious activity associated
with the well on that day and the early missionaries simply
altered the practice to a Christian ceremony and linked
it with the feast of St. Peter. From the early Christian
period an annual religious ceremony would take place at
Holy wells. The ceremony was referred to as a ‘Pattern’
and this name was derived from the word patron. It was held
on the feast day of the saint to whom the well was dedicated.
This would take the form of pilgrims arriving at the site,
drinking its water praying and walking clockwise around
the well a number of times. Certain festivities would follow
such as eating, drinking, singing and dancing, which were
then followed by devotions. Patricia Jackson writing in
the Kildare archaeological journal refers to a holy well
named St. Patrick’s well at Donadea. The source of this
information came from the Department of Folklore in University
College Dublin. This well was used by St. Patrick to baptize
converts and is almost certainly St. Peters well as it is
described as being situated at the bottom of the Green Hill.
There was a hawthorn bush hanging over the well and stones
surrounded it. There is also an interesting story concerning
a woman who lived close to the well. It is said that she
prayed at the well continually and voices would answer her.
second part of this article will appear in the November
issue of the MONA..
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