County Council is working on providing every school in the
county (approx. 125) with a battery recycling unit for small
domestic batteries. Kildare County Council will bear all
the costs of providing this service. Returnbatt, a company
based in Kildare, will service the units and recycle the
The proposed Civic Amenity site in Kilcock is now at public
consultation stage. A site in the Bawnogue has been identified,
but further work will be done to ensure that issues of traffic
etc. are dealt with satisfactorily. It is envisaged that
the Civic Amenity site would accept glass, aluminum cans
and other recyclable materials.
Kildare County Council are continuing to develop in-house
recycling initiative at it’s offices in St Mary’s so as
to lead by example. At present, cardboard, batteries, fluorescent
tubes, print toner cartridges and computer hard drives are
all being recycled. In the near future they plan to begin
recycling office paper. These initiatives cost money, but
this cost must be weighed against the cost to the environment
of sending all this waste to landfill. Waste sent to landfill
is lost, waste that is recycled saves on precious raw materials.
Kildare County Council is to be commended for leading the
way with their waste initiatives, both for reducing the
amount of waste produced and for demonstrating that it is
possible to recycle a wide range of items.
If you want information on outlets for recycling any of
the items mentioned in this article, contact Dara Wyer in
the Environment Section, Kildare County Council @ 045-87380.
you wish to send a message to loved ones abroad for Christmas
via the newsletter, please submit them to the Tir na Mona
office or contact any of the names on the last page of the
Great American Friend
the goodness and kindness of your (Tir na Mona’s) charismatic
chairman I had the good-fortune to meet two beautiful American
people some years ago when we were about to refurbish Staplestown
Church. Don and Frances Browne were introduced to me after
a Sunday morning mass in Staplestown in the summer of 1995.
Straight away I was impressed by their obvious love of church,
their faith and striking friendship. Don’s dear wife Frances
has since gone to God.
They were both very impressed by our lovely little church
in Staplestown. Their words of praise and admiration were
matched by real and substantial generosity. Before they
left Ireland to go back home to Oklahoma city, Don and Frances
saw Staplestown church in a state of intensive care; the
roof had been removed, the walls hacked down – all necessary
stages on the way to the restoration of the revered and
ancient building (original building dating back to the 1750
Don was back here a couple of weeks ago in late October
accompanied by his daughter Debbi. He was absolutely thrilled
to see our ancient and revered church of St. Benignus restored
to such a state of excellence maintaining all it’s old character
completely intact. Don Browne was born in Nebraska (Home
of Boystown, founded by Fr. Edward Flanagan in 1917 for
homeless boys. A popular film was made in 1938 called Boystown).
Don served Mass for the famous Fr. Flanagan and knew the
legendary priest very well. At mass in Cooleragh on Sunday
22nd of October I introduced Don as ‘the oldest Mass-Server
in U.S.A.’ – he not alone served Mass for Fr. Flanagan (in
late 1920‘s), but he still serves daily Mass at his home
church in Oklahoma City.
Meantime Don is a very accomplished Air Pilot who flew planes
in World War II and continued to pursue an illustrious career
in Aviation after the war. A man who can pierce the clouds
but has his two feet firmly placed on the ground. When he
and his lovely daughter Debbi were here in October I had
the privilege of their company through their great friends
Liam and Mary Holton. They were with us here on Mission
Sunday. As already stated, Don was born in Nebraska (Home
of Boystown). The message of Father Flanagan’s Boystown
is encapsulated in a painting in Nebraska- it depicts two
little boys walking through a blinding snowstorm, one carrying
the other on his back. The caption underneath says “He ain’t
too heavy ‘cause he’s my brother”.
Don Browne has obviously taken that motto to heart right
through his whole life. It’s a message that each of us should
carve on our hearts when we have the opportunity to help
each other on the way through life- remember “He ain’t too
heavy, he’s my brother”.
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