the harvest is over and all the crops are saved, fruit and
nuts and Halloween to come. Winter is just upon us now,
time to light up and be seen as the dark evenings come in
done to all whom attended the mission ceremonies and to
all whom supported our Tir Na Mona fundraiser in conjunction
with St. Peters church. Seamus Cullen and James Reid have
put together a very interesting historical tour of St. Peters
and it really is worth attending.
official launch of the Donadea Forest walks by Minister
McCreevy on September 3rd was a historic day in our community.
The Millennium concert, which was seen by approx. 2000 people,
was very well received by all that attended. We thank Kildare
County Council for the funding of this concert from the
Millennium grant which we received from them.
area A.G.M's of the Tir Na Mona groups are being conducted
at present. In fact the Timahoe A.G.M. has already taken
place, and full credit is due to them on how well attended
and conducted it was.
Our Tir Na Mona A.G.M. of the umbrella group representating
all areas will be on Nov 6th in Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe, at
8.pm We would like all areas to attend this important event
in our community. We need more members to carry out all
the tasks of making our community a better place to live.
KELT are currently drawing up their application for Leader
Plus and we would advise you to check out the opportunities
for funding any projects you may have in mind.
community and work for the common good. Support your community
and business that advertise in Mona. Thank you Liam Holton.
During the last week of
September we had our Parish Millennium Mission . The two
Redemptorist Missioners, Fr. John P. O‘Riordan and Fr. John
Casey led us all in a week of renewal of our faith. It was
a week of great Graces in our parish. The Spirit of God
obviously touched the hearts and lives of the great numbers
of people young, old, middle—aged, the sick and the healthy.
From my point of view it was a beautiful experience — so
encouraging to see the great attendance at all the ceremonies.
I heartily congratulate and thank every one of you who participated
in our Mission. Many people said to me on the closing night
“we will be lonely now for the Mission’. Such a phrase indicates
that the heart has seen touched and life enriched by the
spiritual renewal which a Mission is all about. The two
Missioners, two Father Johns, were clearly very impressed
by the obvious faith and goodness which shone so brightly
in our parish during these happy autumn days. As I said
at early Mass on the Sunday morning after the Mission, to
play a good golf shot (experts tell me), the follow through
with the club head after hitting the ball is all important.
I suggest it’s a bit like that after the Mission also —
the follow-through is all important. In other words, the
spiritual nourishment, the joy and peace that we experienced
through the week; if we are to continue to reap the fruits
we must be determined to follow through in keeping up the
effort. Our little Mission Prayer Book is a gem. I am so
happy to think that there must be one in most homes in our
parish. Let us use that little book of daily prayer and
devotions. It will bring many blessings into the homes and
families in our community. Let us also maintain our effort
to go, to our weekly Mass. Remember the happiness and contentment
you experienced during the Mission Masses and devotions.
As I said goodbye to both Fr. Johns — I asked them to pray
for me, for Fr. Eric and all our wonderful community. I
know they will always remember us. We will always fondly
remember them with gratitude, and the happy Mission in our
parish during the last week of September in this new millennium
Na Mona are now keeping a Diary of upcoming events in the
area in order to avoid clashes of dates between groups.
If your group is planning an event why not contact Morna
at 045-869977 to see if any there is anything else planned
for the same date.
STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEES
to Sean Flannery who was elected to the Economic planning
and Development Strategic Policy Committee of Kildare County
Council. The election took place in the Keadeen hotel recently
and Sean thanks all those groups in the area who supported
him on the night. The five Strategic Policy Committees will
assist in the formulation and development of policy in Kildare.
These committees will give councilors and representatives
from the community, business, farming and other interests
a chance to be involved in the policy making process at
an early stage. The other community representatives are
as follows: Transportation: Frank Mulcahy of the Kildare
Network for people with disabilities. Housing and Social
Inclusion: Mary Foley of the Kildare Network for people
with disabilities. Local Urban & Rural Development: Liam
Hartford of Robertstown Development Association & NWK Dev.
Co. Ltd. Environment & Services: Dermot O’Donnell of the
Kildare Planning Alliance.
Partnership in conjunction with the National Council for
Development Education are providing a ten week course in
Development Education. The venue is Rhode Community Centre
and the sessions commence at 7:30 pm finishing at 10pm.
Many topics are covered in this course such as Fair Trade,
Gender issues, Anti-Racism workshops, Lobbying and Campaigning
etc. with a different speaker each night .
Everyone is welcome to attend. The dates and speakers are
Debt 2000 Campaign Miriam Begin, Debt & Dev. Coalition.
Oct.17th Sustainable Development Tom Roche, Just Forests
24th Anti Racism Issues & Challenges I Brid O’Brien, Pavee
Point Nov 7th Anti Racism Issues & Challenges 2 Brid O’Brien,
14th Lobbying Advocacy & Campaigning for Chris McInery
Social Inclusion Community Workers Co-Op
21st Media Portrayal, Critical Analysis To be confirmed
28th Connections and Evaluation Katie Fox, One World Society
first session commenced on the 19th September but people
can attend on any of the nights – depending on which session
is of interest to them. The fee is £2.50 per night and £1.50
for unwaged participants. Contact Majella at 0506-53670
for further information.
Day Workshop Creating Together - Community Arts Workshop
The Content: A "Taster" Workshop in paint and weave.
Working with colour and texture. Weaving and dyeing with
natural materials .
Facilitator: Monica de Bath.
Date: Tuesday, October 24th , 10a.m. - 3.30p.m.
Venue:Peatland World, Lullymore Light lunch is available
at reasonable cost.
Further details are available from the Network at 045-881106
FAS CE Scheme
are currently 3 vacancies for FAS CE personnel as caretakers
and classroom assistants in the Rathcoffey, Newtown and
For further information please contact Mary at 045-869086
latest services and vacancies available are: Apprentice
Painter and Decorator, Clane; Janitor (weekends), Donore;
Auto-Cad Technician, Rathangan; Service Engineer (radio,
video), Naas; Childminder available (will collect), Properous
Area; House Cleaner available, Properous and Part-time Gardener
Contact the office office at (045) 861183 for details on
any of the above.
the very successful Committee Skills Course run by North
West Kildare co. Ltd in conjunction with OAK Partnership,
OAK are running a Basic Finance for the new Enterprise Programme
over six weeks commencing Tuesday 24th October in the OAK
Offices, Edenderry, from 7pm –10pm. This course would also
be of benefit to treasurers/asst. treasurers of voluntary
For more information contact Bernie at the OAK office tel.
0405 – 32688.
of Events, in the Community
Table of Events, in the Community
10th Oct Staplestown Com. Council AGM
– St. Kevin’s 8pm
12th Oct Mobile Library, Staplestown,
11.50 – 12.30 pm
13th Oct Timahoe Gun Club Poker Classic,
Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe, 9pm
24th Oct Tiermohan School Parents Council
AGM, Newtown Hall 8.30 pm
25th Oct Deadline for November issue
26th Oct Mobile Library, Staplestown,
11.50 – 12.30 pm
26th Oct Donadea Art Group exhibition,
Ballagh Hse, 8 pm
27th Oct Table Quiz, Kelly’s Bar, Timahoe
28th Oct Benefit Night, Kelly’s Bar,
3rd Nov Tir Na Mona AGM, Kelly’s Bar,
Timahoe, 8 pm
4th Nov Woodlands Golf Club Dinner Dance,
10th Nov Race Night in aid of Staplestown/Cooleragh
& Newtown/ Donadea Senior Citizens in Connollys, Ballagh,
for the MONA Newsletter can now be dropped into the Tir
Na Mona office at St. Kevin's G.A.A. club, Staplestown.
If possible please supply articles on disc in Microsoft
Word format. If you have an event happening during the first
week of the month please let us know about it in time for
the previous issue as it take approx. 10 days to produce
Oct issue was put together by Paula & Orla Kelly, Ann Marie
Byrne, Therese Holton, Nicola Lynam and Hugh Maher
you have an article, advertisement or news item you would
like to include in this newsletter, please contact:
Mary Murphy 869416,
Timahoe, Hugh Maher,
Timahoe, Sonia Higgins,
Timahoe, Bernard Owens 863676,
Coill Dubh, Rosaleen 860023 (school),
Donadea, Bernadette Crean 869118
views represented in this Newsletter are not necessarily
the views of the MONA committee. While every attempt
is made to print factual information, we are not
responsible for third party information that may
be incorrect at time of going to press. Where
errors occur, every attempt will be made to redress
and amend. All parties have the right to reply
within the MONA Newsletter.
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