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Please continue to deposit your empty cans in the recycling banks located at Staplestown school car park. Also remember that you can recycle bottles at Dag Welds car park.

Newspapers can be used in the garden around the base of shrubs and trees to keep down weeds. All food peelings can go on the compost heap or into the compost bin. Small amounts of shredded paper can also be added to compost. Compost bins are available from Kildare Co. Co. at a subsidised rate.

When doing your weekly shopping try to avoid items wrapped in plastic.
Choose goods packed in glass or tins instead as these materials are easier to recycle. Choose items in larger pack sizes instead of buying smaller packs every week.

Waste management is something we all need to be aware of and it starts with consumer choice. Choose to be responsible about household waste by cutting down on the amount of packaging that you bring into the house.


For children two and a half to four and a half years. Small group setting - 6 children only.
Qualified Montessori Pre-school Teacher with fifteen years experience. Child Psychology Dip., Child Care Cert and current Senior First Aid Cert.
Preferred Option for attendance:
Monday to Friday from 9.30 - 12.30 £30
Option two:
Minimum of two sessions per week £15
Note: Payment is weekly. Bank Holidays and mid-term breaks etc. are not charged for.
Programme runs during school terms only:
After School Care (Sept 2001)
Available for Primary School children. Home work supervised. No limit on number of days required by parents. (e.g. one day if required). £2 per hour.
Long Day Care (Sept 2001) Available two places only. Children must be two and a half plus and toilet trained in order to participate in morning Pre-school sessions. Weekly rate depends on number of hours requuired/£2 per hour. Note: Long Day Care available Primary School terms only.
Bookings: Dera Mulholland
045 869221
‘Brukkaros’, Tirmoghan, Donadea.


One of the most monumental masterpieces of all time is that of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper” which he pained in Milan in 1489. Da Vinci was born in Florence in 1452 and was a unique genius who possessed a staggering range of talents, Painter, Sculptor, Inventor, Scientist, Engineer, Philosopher, Musician, Singer etc. etc. To Leonardo, sight was man’s most efficient sense organ. Sight conveyed facts of experience to the brain. Leonardo looked at things very intensely and nourished his brilliant imagination with wonderful pictures; in fact so richly was his imagination nourished that he was often unable for long periods to re-create in paint his own inward vision and had to leave the works unfinished. Such was the case in his portrait of Mona Lisa, the lady with the enigmatic smile, a subject on which he expended four years’ painstaking labour.
Leonardo was attracted to strange faces and would sometimes follow a chance passerby all day long in order to memorise his features. There is a story told of how he went out into the high-ways and byways in search of suitable models for the Last Supper; how he found a short-bearded young man with an innocent yet mature expression to pose for Christ; a simple sturdy fisherman for Peter; a worldly publican for Matthew, and so on until he had depicted all of them except Judas. For a model for the man who betrayed the Lord, Leonardo combed the jails and almshouses of many cities over a long period without success.
But then when he had almost given up the quest as hopeless, he saw a repulsive looking tramp, clothed in filthy rags, begging outside a tavern in Milan; one of the most pathetic creatures he had ever seen. One glance at this man’s face disfigured by disease and mindless drunkenness, was enough. “There’s my Judas” he said to himself and crossed the street.
“I am Leonardo, the painter”, he explained. “I’m looking for a model for Judas Iscariot, for my painting of The Last Supper. Will you sit for me?
The beggar’s bleary eyes opened wide for an instant, then suddenly brimmed over with tears. He opened his trembling lips to speak, but no sound came. The painter examined the face more closely. Could it be—? No it wasn’t possible! And yet, and yet, beneath the grime and scars and ravaged features there was a certain likeness. “You’re not…? he began. “Yes, master I am he”, the beggar sobbed. “I am the man who posed for you as Christ.”

Pat Ramsbottom

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