Tir na Mona, Donadea, held their AGM on
15th September in Connellys of Ballagh.
Officers Elected for
Chairperson - Liam Holton
Assistant Chairperson -
Carolyn O Gorman
Secretary - Bernadette
Assistant Secretary -
Treasurer - Siobhan
Assistant Treasurer -
Pro - Catherine Leonard
1. Community Alert -
Chairperson - Martin Cain
2. Group Water Scheme -
Chairperson - Carolyn O Gorman
3. Donadea Forests Development
- Chairperson - Donacha Harrington
People in attendance were then Co - opted
on the various groups. In all about 20 people attended the AGM. Our monthly meetings will
be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 8.30pm in Connollys of Ballagh. Next meeting
is on Tuesday 8th Oct. All members of the Donadea Community are welcome. Thanks to
Connollys for the use of the lounge.
At the meeting Joan Mooney, guest speaker
from North West Kildare Co. Ltd. read this little story.
"A Little Story"
This is a story about four people named
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did
it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybodys job. Everybody thought
Anybody could it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldnt do it. It ended up that
Everybody blamed Somebody. When Nobody did what Anybody could have done!
Words to reflect on !!!!!!!!!
DONADEA TURF CUTTING
The third annual
Turf Cutting Competition took place in Derry Bog on the 25th of July last. It was a
surprisingly sunny day and a large gathering of both young and old witnessed a wonderful
display of skill in both cutting and wheeling the turf. The main attention on course was
on those cutting the turf with the hand slain. Fit and eager men sought to out-do one
another in an effort to achieve the ultimate prize of Champion Cutter for 98.
This competition is not all that serious
with much of the emphasis being on having a fun day out for family and friends. There was
plenty of evidence of such fun, particularly when one attempted to wheel a barrow, full of
fresh turf and to be continually bombarded by fistful of clods by some very amused
onlookers. For those who didnt want to partake in the actual cutting, oodles of tea,
cakes and sandwiches were available, thanks to all the ladies (and men?!!!) who so kindly
Just as the black clouds began to gather in
the distance the judges were busy swapping note in an effort to come up with an outright
winner of this years competition. The winner of the Donadea Perpetual Trophy for 1998 was
Charlie Tuite and a well deserving winner he was. There were no women entries to the
competition surprisingly enough, but I am sure there are many capable ladies to handle the
slain and hope they can rectify that next year.
Thank you Father Paul for your interesting
presentation on the history of the bog, but the same cannot be said for your turf -cutting
exhibit. Charlie Tuite will have to take you aside for a few lessons. But never fear
Father you are not on your own. More and more will be expected to experience at first hand
the joy of attempting to cut turf by hand next year, particularly the younger generation.
Mick Maher did a great job in preparing the roadway on the way to the bog.
Thank you Mick and Dessie Leary for
the use of the turf bank. The big attendance on the day was most encouraging and many
thanks to all other people on the fringes who made the Donadea Turf Cutting event, one not
to be missed.
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