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March Timahoe News___________

Timahoe and neighbouring communities would like to wish Fr. Ramsbottom well. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to Sarah Crowe from Timahoe who made her confirmation in February.

Birthday greetings go to Mr. Frank Fallon, Corduff; Laura Kelly, Timahoe; Cathal Walsh, Derry; Claire Kelly, Timahoe; Mathew Brogan, Timahoe and a special Happy First Birthday to Tilly Brogan, Timahoe.

Congratulations to Shauna and Colm Hickson and family on the birth of their new daughter. Shauna runs the Beauty Clinic in Donadea and hopes to return to the Clinic in April. Best wishes from your friends in Timahoe. Congratulations also go to Mark and Jane Mangan and family, Kane's Pass on the birth of their new baby girl.

We say farewell to Lisa and Rory Lynch and family of Kane's Pass who are moving back to Limerick. We would like to wish them all they very best of luck.


2002 began on a high note for Timahoe Active Age Group. The January Get-Together was marked by a full attendance and warm New Year wishes were exchanged. Two new ideas were introduced - a Sign-in Book and a Suggestion Box. Plans for the coming year were unveiled and a good supply of vitamins was recommended to sustain us through these activities.
Mick Dunne & Andy Murphy settled themselves in a cosy nook and the music began . and what a selection. Their songs brought us down memory lane, historical paths, romantic avenues and traditional by-roads. Their extensive repertoire spanned all ages and all tastes. They were a treat to listen to and sing-along with. Thanks lads. The music ground to a sudden halt when a surprise guest arrived. All mouths formed perfect O's of astonishment. Eyes popped with shock and eyebrows tickled the ceiling when this glamorous stranger made a mad dash for Bill Kavanagh. The Hob rang with laughter when "Thorny Rose" Clive Mooney revealed herself/himself!
The February Meeting was much calmer with a Table Quiz. We are conserving our energies for our St. Patrick's day Trip to view the Parade, enjoy the lunch and wind up with music in Kelly's. This trip replaces the usual March Get-Together. The next one will be held on the last Wed, of April, the 24th.


Congratulations to the three brave young men who volunteered to represent Timahoe in the 'Thorny Rose" Competition, organised by Matt Browne in aid of Rehab. Clive Mooney, Wayne Mitchell and James Kane were unveiled in Kelly's, on Jan 16th amid thunderous applause, wolf whistles and loud, ringing cheers. Clive had a trial run the previous week, at our Active Age Group Meeting, so he was cool, suave and sophisticated. James and Wayne stormed the Lounge... no man within reach was safe from their many obvious charms. The breath-taking final took place on 16th. Each Rose treated us to a unique, never-to-be forgotten and never-to-be repeated party piece! Clive Mooney was declared the winner and will represent Kelly's and Timahoe at the Final, in Dowlings. Good Luck, Clive.


We hope the 16 participants of the Spring Parenting Course are enjoying their Wednesday sessions with Anne Comerford and Mary Moore ( Kildare V.E.C.),held in K.K.U. (Kelly's Kitchen University). Plans are being finalised for a 6 week course for parents of teenagers who would like support and guidelines to help them steer their teenage children through this vulnerable stage. We have researched the possibility of running this course and have applied for a grant. We hope it will commence immediately after Easter, on Mondays, from 8.00-10.00. Places are strictly limited to 12. If you wish to reserve your place, please contact Margaret (045-863508).


The February Table Quiz came round quickly .It was held on Fri 22nd. Questions were compiled by "The Quiz Queen" herself, Emily Cosgrove, and presented by another of that royal family, Lynda. Repeated requests to start the quiz earlier resulted in Question 1, Round 1 being asked a little earlier, at 10.30. As usual, with Emily & Lynda at the helm, it was a smooth journey from that first question to the final one. The Cosgrove family has obliged us on many occasions as Quiz presenters... Emily, Ger & Lynda and, as always, this quiz was perfectly organised and presented. The proceeds of the monthly Quiz and Raffle are in aid of Timahoe Community House Building Fund.
As the last Friday in March is Good Friday, the Quiz will be held on THURS. 28th. Come along and see who are in the hot seat asking the questions!
QUIZ WILL DEFINITELY START AT 9.45 P.M. on THURSDAY 28th MARCH. Please come early (or even on time!)


Weather permitting our Annual Clean-up will be held on Sat. March 9th. Everyone and anyone who is interested and available will be warmly welcomed. We are meeting at Kelly's, at 11.00 a.m. and will then divide into teams to tackle the black spots and the illegal dumping in our area. Two skips are being provided by Kildare County Council and we would appreciate as many adult hands as possible to help us fill them.


Last month we mentioned our plans to lobby for the re-opening of our local Health Centre, at Timahoe, closed due to vandalism. Since then we have discovered that RE-OPENING it would be an impossibility, as it no longer exists. For reasons of safety, it had to be leveled. This is a very real, very relevant example of how vandalism impacts on ordinary people. Because of one thoughtless act, we have lost local access to a doctor, dentist and district nurse.


Don’t forget that it is up to all of us to look out for the more vulnerable in our neighbourhood. If you see something suspicious phone your local community alert contact or Paddy Maher at 086 –2582320.

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