This is my first editorial
as chairman of Tir na Mona. I would like to begin by thanking
Liam Holton, the outgoing chairman, for several years of
outstanding leadership. The outgoing directors also deserve
our thanks for the service they have given us and we welcome
the new members to the team of company directors.
Directors and officers of
all areas of Tir na Mona have recently completed a three
day course held in Staplestown. With the expertise of Ms
Terri Mulhall, the good attendance and excellent participation,
it was very worthwhile and constructive. It included an
evaluation and review of our five year plan, which is well
on track. It developed into a forum for the clarification
of important structural and procedural matters within the
organisation. We can confidently look forward to greater
co-operation between all four areas in the future.
We have been talking to
Pat Cosgrove of MDY Ltd. regarding the safe removal of fragments
of asbestos roof sheeting from the former Bord na Mona site
at Cooleragh. We are satisfied that the correct procedure
is being followed and a copy of the clearance certificate
from the Health and Safety Authority will be given to Tir
an Mona shortly.
SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE,
KILCOCK AND ENFIELD
This year the Timahoe Drama
Group will enter these two parades. Led by Elaine Kane and
Fidelma Palmer, these young thespians will represent us
under the Tir na Mona banner. They deserve plenty of support
from the community to cheer them on on the day.
Local engineer (roads surface)
Mr John O’Neill met representatives from each area in Staplestown
on Monday February 12th last to discuss our requirements
for additional road signs, road markings, the alleviation
of road flooding and related matters.
TIR NA MONA CLEAN UP DAY
This is one of the most
important events in our calendar. With a total of nine skips
provided by Kildare Co. Co., each of our four areas will
have two skips with one extra one in Staplestown. The skips
will be located strategically within each area with regard
to safety when filling and proximity to dumping black spots.
We have established a reputation with Kildare Co. Co. as
an organisation with a very effective annual Clean Up programme.
Last year we collected 32 tonnes of rubbish and I understand
the average for community groups is 6 tonnes . I urge all
those able to help to contact their local committee and
help fill these skips with rubbish dumped in our local environment.
& DEVELOPMENT NOTES
COMMITEE SKILLS TRAINING
North West Kildare Development
Co. Ltd. (NWK) In conjunction with FAS, OAK Partnership
and North Offaly Dev Co. have developed a Committee Skills
Programme. This programme outlines procedures of good practice
at committee level. The programme covers the following:
- The role of committee officers such as
chairperson, secretary, Treasurer.
- The purpose of working groups.
- Which legal structure works best for
- Looking at project proposals.
- How to run effective meetings.
Participants will receive
certificates on completion of the programme and will also
receive an information pack at the end of the training programme.
North West Kildare Co.
will be running this training programme in early March 2001.
The training programme will take place one night a week
form 7.30 p.m. - 10 p.m. in Allenwood Enterprise Park. Participating
in this programme is free as it is funded
by North West Kildare Co. This programme is of special
value to community based groups. To register for the
programme please contact Bernie Hurst (NWK) at 045-870573
as soon as possible as there are a limited number of places
HELPING TO DEFEAT DEPRESSION
DID YOU KNOW?
1 in 10 Irish people suffer
from a depressive illness at some stage in their lives A
depressive illness is serious, but can be treated. Depression
disrupts work, family and social life. Depression results
in more days in bed than ulcers, diabetes, high blood pressure
or arthritis. The estimated annual cost of depression to
Ireland is £280 million, £170 million due to lost time from
work. 3 out of 4 people hide their depression from relations
WHAT IS A DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS?
A depressive illness is an
overwhelming feeling which dulls thinking, mood and concentration,
saps energy and interest in food, sex, work and everyday
activities and disrupts sleep. It is more than just a short
lived feeling of being “down”, the 'Monday morning blues',
or being 'fed up'. Without treatment it can last for months,
years or forever.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES
Reactive Depression follows
a major loss such as the death of someone close, unexpected
financial difficulties or redundancy. The degree of depression
is proportionate to the loss. Personality-based Depression
happens to people with poor self-image, or to those who
rely excessively on others for advice or emotional support,
often after a minor loss. Here the degree of the depression
is proportionate to the extent of the loss and the personality
vulnerability. Endogenous (meaning internal) or unipolar
depression is a chemical or biological depression, often
occurs without apparent cause and frequently has a genetic
basis. Although a traumatic event can precipitate this depression,
the extent of the mood change cannot be explained by the
loss or the individual's personality. Manic-depression or
bipolar depression is also an internal chemical illness
with a gentic basis. Bouts of depression lasting weeks or
months alternate with periods of elation or mania of similar
duration. Stress or loss often triggers manic-depressive
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Persistent sad or empty feeling.
Loss of interest in food, sex, work and other activities.
Tiredness and feeling slowed down despite rest. Trouble
getting to sleep, waking too early or oversleeping. Reduced
or increased appetite and weight. Poor concentration and
indecision. Feelings of guilt and worthlessnesss. Chronic
aches and pains without a physical cause.
SYMPTOMS OF MANIA
Excessively high or irritable
mood. Decreased need for sleep. Great energy. Overtalkative,
overactive and 'highly sexed'. Racing mind that can't be
switched off. Making bad decisions. Grandiose plans. Easily
CAN IT BE TREATED?
Depression can be treated Over
80% of the most severe depressions can be helped quickly.
Effective psychotherapies (talking treatment) and non-habit
forming antidepressant medications are now available. Early
treatment means less time lost to appreciate family, life
HOW WOULD I RECOGNISE
Absenteeism or reduced productivity
at work. Uncharacteristic accidents. Bad decisions and indecision
Poor morale and lack of co-operation. Frequent complaints
of tiredness and napping during the day. Frequent complaints
of aches or pains. Disruptive, interfering or domineering
behaviour or grandiose schemes when manic. Alcohol or drug
HOW CAN YOU HELP A DEPRESSED
RELATION OR FRIEND?
Know about depression. It is
a common problem. Think of depression where there are any
of the telltale signs listed above. Expect depression where
there has been a family death, demotion, financial difficulties
or other personal upsets. Spot depression, but don't diagnose
or attempt to treat it. Take hints of suicide, such as "life
is not really worth living", seriously. Encourage the person
to get help on a confidential basis from their doctor. Even
though they realise they are depressed, the negative thinking
of depression may stop them getting help. Don't blame them.
Nobody chooses depression. Make a point of keeping in contact
WHERE TO GET HELP
- Welfare Officer.
- Company doctor or nurse.
- General practitioner.
- Psychiatrist. Mental Health Professionals.
- Psychiatric clinics and Hospitals.
For further Information
147 Phibsborough Road
Tel: (01) 8308449
Fax: (01) 8306840
Other articles on depression available through the Tir Na
Ph: 045 869977
Helping to defeat Depression
Upcoming Lectures 2001
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St.
Patrick's Hospital, James' St., Dublin 8.
- Wednesday 14th March 7.15pm Depression is a Family
- Wednesday 11th April 7.15pm Examination Stress:
Steps to Harnessing its Energy
- Wednesday 9th May 7.15pm Accepting a Diagnosis of Depression
- Wednesday 13th June 7.15pm Depression in Later Life
- Wednesday 11th July 7.15pm Bipolar Disorder
- Wednesday 8th August 7.15pm Cognitive Therapy
- Wednesday 12th September 7.15pm Panic Attacks
- Wednesday 10th October 7.15pm Depression: A Global Problem?
- Wednesday 14th November 7.15pm Research Update
- Wednesday 12th December 7.15pm Bereaved by Suicide
BEREAVED? NEED TO TALK?
WANT SOMEONE TO TALK TO?
Facilitators and qualified
counsellors are available every Thursday night in the Church
of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas, from 8 p.m. 10 p.m.
for more information telephone 045-895629 or 087-8554852.
This service is free, confidential and non-denominational.
Bus Eireann have expanded their
Edenderry-Dublin service in recent months. The bus journey
from Edenderry to Dublin takes about an hour and a half.
The new bus times for are as follows:
from Dublin to Coill Dubh takes an hour and five minutes
on the timetable.)
Buses DEPART DUBLIN CENTRAL
BUS STATION in Store Street for Edenderry Monday to Friday
at 0730, 0830, 0930, and so on until 1330, then 1400, 1430,
1530, 1600, then every half-hour until 1830, then 1930,
2030 and the last bus at 2130.
On Saturday buses leave Dublin
Busaras at 0930, 1130, 1330, 1430, 1530, 1600, 1630, 1730,
1830, 1930 and last bus at 2130.
On Sundays buses leave Dublin
Busaras at 1000, 1230, 1430, 1730, 1930, last bus at 2130.
leaving Edenderry will get to Coill Dubh 25 minutes later.)
Buses DEPART EDENDERRY Monday to Friday at 0630, 0645, 0700,
0715, 0730, 0830, 0930, 0955, 1030, then every hour on the
half hour until last bus at 2030. One of the buses at 0630
and the bus at 0645 from Edenderry go to UCD Belfield.
On Saturday buses depart Edenderry
at 0730, 0830, 0930, 0955, 1130, 1230, 1330, 1430, 1530,
1630, 1730, last bus at 1930.
On Sunday buses depart Edenderry
1000, 1200, 1500, 1700, 1915, last bus at 1930. A ticket
Coill Dubh/Dublin is IR£3.70 single, IR£4.20 same day return,
IR£5.50 open return. An adult ten-journey ticket is IR£18.50.
A ticket to Edenderry is IR£5.80
single IR£8.50 open return.
You can also get an adult 10-journey
ticket, for ten single journeys within a seven-day period,
for IR£20. All tickets can be bought on the bus. No advance
reservation is needed. On-line ticket sales are available
DIARY OF A HIDDEN ILLNESS
Week 1 Felt off colour today.
Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Week 2 This off colour feeling
is beginning to get me annoyed, it is lasting so long.
I’m not sleeping very well either.
Week 3 People are very distant
with me. I can’t be bothered to make the effort to talk
or make friends. Things are really getting me down.
Week 4 Think I should talk to
my doctor about this feeling down, it’s been going on
for too long now. My thoughts are very odd and disjointed,
I can’t seem to finish anything.
Week 5 Saw the doctor today.
He said maybe I was a bit depressed so he gave me some
Week 7 These tablets aren’t doing
me any good - must see the doctor again.
Week 8 The doctor decided that
I might be clinically depressed - whatever that means;
said I should see a specialist so he’s sending me to
a psychiatrist. I’m not mad, am I?
Week 17 Eventually got to see
this psychiatrist, not much different than my own doctor,
different bloody tablets; will this lot work any better?
Week 19 Daily life is such a
chore, can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning.
Don’t want to anyway, most of the people I know seem
to be avoiding me.
Week 30 The tablets are finally
making a difference, I’m sleeping better now and it’s
not so hard to get up in the mornings, getting more
things done and able to finish things now.
Later I can’t believe
I was so out of it all. My friends are talking to me
again. Life is good.
Could this be your story? If you feel
this way there is help out there. Do seek help by contacting
your GP. You don’t have to suffer alone.
Kildare — County Childcare
A Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday
6th of March @ 7:30pm at the Council Chambers, Kildare County
Council, St. Mary’s, Naas, Co. Kildare This meeting will
offer the opportunity to contribute to the development of
childcare in County Kildare. It will also seek to elect
the following representatives to the Kildare Childcare Committee:
2 Parent Representatives AND 2 Childcare Provider Representatives
Nominations and elections will be held on the same night
of 06/03/01. Anyone wishing to put forward a nomination
in advance, or seek further information, can do so by contacting
one of the following:
Mary Kearney, SWAHB, (045) 873-296
Willie Carroll, Dir. of Community & Enterprise,
K.C.C (045) 873-859
Fiona McCabe, OAK Partnership, (0405)
Emma Berney, Action South Kildare, (045)
want to alert you to the fact that there is a rash of petty
thievery happening in the community at the moment. Remember
to take sensible precautions against the opportunistic thief
– Don’t leave your car unlocked . Don’t leave valuables
in plain sight in your car. Rremember to check your doors
and windows are closed when you leave the house and last
thing at night. Let’s watch out for each other and especially
for the more vulnerable in the community. We can nip this
in the bud if we are vigilant. If you see anything suspicous
contact your local community alert group
- Timahoe Paddy Maher 087-2582320
- Coill Dubh John Roddy 860354
- Staplestown James Egan 869564
- Donadea Iggi Callaghan 869409 & district
- Donadea Dolores Kennedy 869206 Tiermoghan
or the Tir Na Mona office at 869977
- Or your local Garda station or 999.
A FEW THOUGHTS ON ST PATRICK
The feast of St. Patrick — the patron Saint
of our land, is celebrated not only in Ireland but throughout
the world. Some one has said ‘there are only two sorts of
people in the world on St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish and
those who are sorry they are not Irish.
Saint Patrick’s Day is almost upon us once
again. The Irish (I hope) have always been extremely proud
of our Country, but on the 17th. March that pride takes
on an extra dimension Every man, woman and child becomes
very aware of our culture and traditions. From our earliest
years in school we were imbued with this awareness. Many
of us will fondly remember singing (or shouting) on St.
Patrick’s morning at Mass ,“Hail Glorious Saint Patrick.”
and “Dochas Linn Naomh Padraigh”. We often I’m sure did’nt
understand what many of the words meant, but we felt patriotisin
welling up within us. Saint Patrick was defending us in
our faith and we were grateful for his protection.
Times have changed. The faith which St.
Patrick brought us is still strong in many of our people
thank God but the challenges today are very subtle and very
great. St. Patrick has much to teach us to help us through
the times we live in. Patrick was no plaster-cast Saint.
He was a courageous and fearless man of God. A man of great
humility as is so evident in his Confessions, “I am Patrick
the sinner….. the most unlearned of men….”. Out of that
humility grew his complete trust in God and his spirit of
prayer, “I often prayed a hundred times a day and as many
at night in the cold and wet“. (Confessions)
Saint Patrick suffered much both for God
and for the Irish people. He never complained. His generosity
of soul and readiness to forgive stamped his whole life.
The Irish did not always treat St. Patrick well. At first
they took him off by force and made him a slave. He was
also severely slandered later on. He had every reason to
nurse a grievance against our people. Instead he returned
to give his whole life to the Irish. He never again visited
his homeland because of his total involvement with our ancestors.
Generosity and forgiveness of spirit are
not always that strong among the Irish. We tend to have
long memories, to cherish and nourish grievances. That was
not St. Patrick’ way. Let us ask him to lead us along the
road of forgiveness, compassion and love.
Beannacht na Feile Padraig
oraibh go leir.
of Events, in the Community
- 13th March Friends of the Forest meeting, Ballagh
House @ 8 p.m.
- 13th March “Third World Poverty” Talk in Scoil
Dara, Kilcock @ 8 p.m.
- 18th March Car Treasure Hunt, start Kelly’s car
park, ph Paula @ 863508
- 20th March Staplestown Com. Dev Meeting, St.
Kevin’s GFC @ 8 p.m.
- 20th March Timahoe Com. Dev. Meeting, the lounge,
Kelly’s Bar @ 8 p.m.
- 22nd March Library in Staplestown 11.50 – 12.30
- 27th March Donadea Com. Dev. Meeting, Ballagh
House @ 8 p.m.
- 28th March Final date for articles for the April
issue of the MONA
- 28th March Timahoe Active Age Social, lounge,
Kelly’s Bar, 8 p.m.
- 30th March Table Quiz in Kelly’s Lounge @ 9.30
- 5th April Timahoe Ladies Club, Kelly’s Bar @
- 6th April Timahoe N.S. Table Quiz
SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT FOOT
AND MOUTH DISEASE PREVENTION MEASURES Please check
with the Tir na Mona office @045 869977
Articles for the MONA Newsletter can now be dropped into
the Tir Na Mona office at St. Kevin's G.A.A. club, Staplestown.
Tel 045 69977
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 the MONA
If you have an article, advertisement or news item
you would like to include in this newsletter, please contact:
- Staplestown, Mary Murphy 869416
- Timahoe, Hugh Maher
- 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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