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Donadea/Newtown Young at Heart committee are holding an auction in June, the exact date of which has yet to be confirmed but mid June looks possible . For more information contact Marion at 869303. The committee have settled on Friday 19th October to hold their now annual race night. The venue is as before, Ballagh House.


1lb 3oz cream flour

1lb 3oz wheat bran
7oz whole wheat flour
2 ½ tsp. bread soda

2 cups buttermilk


  1. Sieve flour and bread soda
  2. Add the wheat bran and whole wheat flour
  3. Mix well together before stirring in the buttermilk
  4. Mix to stiff dough and then out on to a floured board kneed into a round shape and smooth on the underside and turn up smooth side. Put a cross in the cake.
  5. Place on a floured tin Bake at 350F for approx. 1 hour
  6. Leave to cool on a wire rack


This recipe is from the same dear lady as last month’s griddle bread recipe. P.S. Watch this space for more info from the Young at Heart group.


Congratulations to Ronan and Dympna Cudden on the birth of their baby daughter Caoimhe. The Cudden family have moved into Cooltrim recently, and they are very welcome Welcome to Noel who has come to live in the Range. When Noel has completed his home improvements we hope to encourage him to become involved with our local community group.


Congratulations to Jordan Swift from Greenhills, who received her Baptism and First Holy Communion on Easter Saturday Night at a beautiful ceremony in Newtown Church. Jordan will receive her Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, June 3rd with the rest of the pupils from Tiermohan and Newtown schools.


Grief never ends, but it changes, it is a passage not a place to stay. The sense of loss must give way, if we are to value the life that was lived.

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement nips it in the bud.

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of others but from doing something worthwhile.

Part 3

On the 5th June they set sail to cross the South Pacific, which would be their longest voyage – and arrived at the Marquesas on the 30th June. On 14th July, they celebrated not only the Bastille Day, but also Malachi’s arrival on board – so there were many jollifications, including the barbecuing of 7lbs of prime Irish steak, which he had brought out. They spent the next two months visiting the islands of French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu. Thanks to a Scuba Diving Course in Fiji, they were able to enjoy not only the vistas above water, but also the wonderful scenic beauty of the underwater world.

They were also able to improve their diet by spearfishing. Andy left them towards the end of July, when he was offered a job as a crewmember on a boat going to Sydney, as he had a date there for the Olympics. All in all they seem to have had a wonderful time island hopping, visiting both developed and undeveloped communities, being offered the most hospitable of local hospitality, swimming with humpbacked whales, catching a 4ft. Mali Mali, on which they feasted for 2 days, seeing sights which they would never have dreamed of . While in Fiji, which they described as “the most hospitable and endearing of warzones/revolutionzones” – both sides wanted to help them in as much as possible; also while there, they were invited to watch an Australia v. Sth Africa Rugby match.

Work awaited them when they arrived in Cairns, Australia on 25th September, as they had Santhia lifted out of the water, in order to reset the rudder (still trying to get rid of the leak!!), repaint her hull with antifouling, mend sails and many other chores. They also had a great opportunity to clean out all their food storage lockers, as Australian Customs seize every iota of foodstuffs on any boat arriving; this resulted in their last meals before arriving being “use it all up curries”.

As Edmund was worried about getting through the Torres Straits, which are dangerous waters and had to be negotiated before mid-October, they left Cairns on 10th October, rounding Thursday Island, the most northerly point of Australia on 14th and sailed directly to Darwin, where they arrived amid one of the worst storms they had yet encountered, with 2 sails being badly ripped. They were 11 days there, repairing and fixing, but also “enjoying” heat of almost 40 degrees. They were quite envious of our rain and cold here!

Bali was their next port of call, where unfortunately they were only allowed to stay for 4 days but which they found so beautiful – and the people (except for the authorities) so friendly. A lasting impression will always be the dawn they watched from on top of a volcano, while they boiled eggs for breakfast on the steam escaping through a fissure in the rock. When leaving Darwin, Malachi had joined another boat, which was short a crew hand and he was supposed to rejoin Santhia in Bali, but again the authorities specified that every boat had to leave the country with the same crew as on entering. So both boats set off for Singapore, through the Java and South China Sea, fortunately meeting no pirateships en route. Once across the Equator, both Edmund and Paddy began to feel much more at home and even allowed themselves to dream of drinking pints of Guinness; Malachi celebrated by diving overboard and swimming over the Equator. He rejoined the Santhia in Singapore on 23rd November, where they spent over a week but found rather restrictive, as it is a City State.

After “a safe, slow passage, lots of motoring, little wind but plenty of fly-by-night fishing boats to keep us on our toes”, they arrived in Phuket, Thailand on 7th December. They then retraced their course, to arrive in Langkawi, where we joined them on 20th, to spend the festive season with them. Christmas Day was spent sailing around some of the most beautiful sea and islands, swimming in caves and Christmas Dinner (on a deserted island, except for iguana and monkeys) was barbequed fish and buffalo – potatoes and squashes – unfortunately the plum pudding had been in a bag mislaid by Emirates Airlines! We spent two weeks sailing around the Langkawi Archipelago and also visiting some very small islands off Thailand, where we found the people to be so friendly, the food varied and excellent and of course the weather was perfect.

Santhia resumed her voyage on 5th January, 2001, sailing back to Phuket, again to have maintenance jobs done, before setting sail across the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Ruth had to leave in Thailand, but she had already been replaced at New Year by Mattijus, a young Dutchman, whom they had met sailing from Greece to Australia before Christmas. Sri Lanka had originally been on their Itinerary, but unfortunately due to political unrest, Edmund was strongly advised not to land there. So their next Port of call is Cochin, on the southwest coast of Indiawhere they hope to arrive about the 25th January. Their plan then is to sail across the Arabian Sea to Aden, and to go up through the Red Sea – a passage they must complete before March, because of adverse winds. This passage is 1,100 miles, and ends at Suez, when they will go through the Suez Canal and then through to the Mediterranean Sea.

They will hope to spend Spring and Summer there, and return back through Straits of Gibraltar, along coast of Portugal/Spain, to return back to Crosshaven in August, 2001. May God sail with them!

23rd January, 2001

An account of the round the world voyage of Edmund and Malachi Sweetman, of Mount Egan, Kilmurry, compiled by their mother Ruth.


  • To add an extra shine to your hair rinse with some water and an egg cupful of vinegar.
  • Instead of using mothballs use a small piece of orange peel instead.
  • Limescale can be removed from inside a kettle, by boiling the kettle with two tbsp. of vinegar added. Allow to cool, and rub inside with a cloth to remove scale.
  • Use dental floss or elastic thread to sew buttons on children’s clothing, they will take a lot of wear.
  • When only a few drops of lemon drops are required pierce rind of lemon with a skewer and squeeze out what is needed. The rind will seal again and the lemon will last longer.
  • Here is a tip for those who hate taking in socks from the line on cold days. Peg all the socks on a metal coat hanger and peg the coat hanger to the clothesline.
  • Salt flows freely in humid weather if you kept a few grains of rice in shaker.


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