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June 28, 2006

Playground for Monasterevin

Is Monasterevin loosing out again because of lack of representation at the County Council. Lots of towns surrounding Monasterevin have all had new Childrens Playgrounds built. Kildare and Portarlington are the lucky recipients of brand new, state of the art, Childrens Playgrounds. Portarlington in particular is the one I notice more as I have reason to pass it on a regular basis and it is extremely busy. Parents and children are using the facilities in large numbers. Are the children of Monasterevin less valuable or less important than those of surrounding towns, of course not !   Its just we don't seem to have the ability to channel our requests to the ears of people who make the important decisions or more importantly the clout to make these important people listen. 


June 27, 2006


We do not have a forum on the new site as yet, but to gauge interest we have put a link to the monasterevin.ie forum. There are a couple of posts there, it will be interesting to see if this link increases the volume of posts. darcangel wonders if anyone in Monasterevin is using computers at all. The link doesn't go directly into the Monasterevin Forum, you will have to select it from the list. 

June 23, 2006

Monasterevin Athletic Club

Congratulations are in order again this week for Monasterevan AthleticClub athletes. With only two athletes in the upper age group competingfrom the club, it was great to see these two athletes take medals atthe Athletic Association of Ireland Leinster Juvenile Outdoor track& Field Championships in Tullamore last weekend. Club athleteshaving won 17 County Championship medals (U\9 - Senior) recently. Withathletes from eleven Counties taking part proud parents Olive Spain andMary Coleman were on hand to see their children achieve great successat the A.A.I. Leinster Championships in Tullamore last weekend.

Bernadette Coleman Duneaney Monasterevan going in the girls under 17Shot Putt won the Leinster Bronze medal, followed by Tony SpainKildangan Monasterevan who went in the boys under 15 Javelin.
Tonythrew 26m. 33cm to win the Leinster Bronze medal also. Both athletesBernadette Coleman and Tony Spain now go forward for the AthleticAssociation of Ireland All Ireland finals next month. Well done andbest of luck Bernadette and Tony in the All Ireland finals.

Soccer Club

Presentation night for senior teams in the club will take place in the Hazel Hotel on Saturday 1 July. Tickets are available from Brian Kaye, €10, 086 1729890

RTE Nationwide

Congratulations to Noreen Duffy and Billy Collins who appeared on the RTE Programe Nationwide this evening. Both were part of a report by Mary Fanning detailing the positivity of supported employment. Billy who is working in Kildangan Stud and Noreen who is working in Super Valu were part of a report on supported employment in the Midlands. Noreen said that she has been working in Super Valu for the last 10 years and is enjoying every moment of the work and responsibility that the job brings.

Mary Kennedy used the town as a backdrop for her link to other stories on the program, locations featured were, Riverside Park, the Drawbridge, the Main street and the monument in the Square. 

Where is the Post Box

Since the Post Office moved to the Shopping Centre, people are disapointed that there is no post box in the town. There used to be one on the bottom of Drogheda St. but it has ceased to be functional quite a while now. Hopefuly we will see one in the town shortly. The post service in town seems to be back to normal efficiency.

Local Lottos

Parish Lotto

Numbers drawn on 13 June 04, 08, 10, 16. Jackpot not won.

Winners of €20 C.Kelly, M.Dempsey, P. Fahey, D. Mahon , H.Ransom. Jackpot now €2,200.


Ballykelly G.F.C. & Community Council Development lotto

Numbers drawn on 12 June 03, 04, 13, 24. Jackpot not won.

Winners of €20  B. Buckley, C. Dunne, P. Fahy, P. Ottley, S. Maher.    Jackpot now €7,150.

GAA Summer Camp

This years GAA Summer Camp takes place from 24th to 28th July and will be hosted by Monasterevin GFC.  The camp is open to boys and girls from the area whether a member of an existing club or not. Fees are €55, Enquiries to 045 525914.

June 19, 2006

The Hopkins Festival

Just a reminder that the 19th Hopkins festival 'the best literary festival in Ireland' is on from July 22 - 28. www.gerardmanleyhopkins.org


Did anyone spot Mary Kennedy from RTE's Nationwide in town today. She was recording on the main rd outside of the bank. She ws also seen recording at the Aquaduct. Keep an eye out for some reports on RTE over the next day or so, hopefuly they will be positive.

Tougher Road

Everyone must be impressed by the improvements on Tougher Rd. The road is much wider and smoother. There was some disruption when they were repairing the road but now that it is finsihed it is much better. It certainly looks much brighter. However has any one noticed that as a result of the improvement that there is a pole sticking out of the road a couple of feet from the footpath. Hopefuly this will be rectified in the near future before there is an accident. 

June 16, 2006

Monastervin GAA

Sean OFearghail T.D. has been informed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Mr. John
O'Donghue T.D. that Monasterevin GFC has been approved for a grant in the amount of €300,000
from the National Lottery Sports Capital Fund.

Monasterevin AFC Golf Outing

The Club was blessed with an excellent day for its golf society outing at Portlaoise Golf Club on Sat 3 June. Everybody really enjoyed the days Golf and the Presentation of Prizes at Carmodys afterwards. We would like to thank all who played and congratulate the winners.

Overall Winner-Matt Lonergan; Category 1 Winner - Aiden Kenna; Runner Up-John Moore; Category 2 Winner-Adrian Dowling; Runner Up-Brian Fennell; Par 3 Winner-John Heavey; Longest Drive-Tom Harrison; Nearest the Pin-Paul Molloy. The event was a great success as a fundraiser thanks to the Generous Sponsorship of Tee-Boxes and Prizes by Local Business People.

The money raised will be of huge benefit to the Schoolboys Section of the Club. We are most grateful to,

Earleys Fashion Shop; Monasterevin Credit Union; Glanbia; O'Rourkes Pharamacy; Super-Valu; Maloney Car Sales; Paddy Dunne; Frawleys Grocery; Abbey School of Motoring; Willoughbys Hardware; C&A Stationery; Doyle Estate Agents; Eddie Connell Bus Hire; The Bellyard; Soon Fatt Chinese Restaurant; Nuala Kaye Turf Accountant;Jacintas Hair Salon; John Clarke Cleaning;  Hazel Hotel; PJ's Quikpick; Bank of Ireland; Gahans Tavern; St Evins Golf Society; Old Grange Entertainment; Denis Connolly; Lauras Beauty Clinic; JH Fitzpatrick; Golden Fry; Earleys Hair Stylist; Morgan Motors; Coleman Doorsets; John Coughlan Family Butcher; MD Betting; Stacks Pharmacy; JCT Roofing; Bolands Public House; Eimhin Properties; Luigis Take Away; Alan Flaherty Plastering Contractor; PJ Brennans Bar; Pat Rowan Building Contractor; Finlays Bar; C&W Sheds; Noel Donoher Building Contractor.

St. Evins Golf Society

On Friday 9 June the Society held the outing for the Presidents Prize (Christy Lonergan) in Woodsland Golf Club.Forty two members played in wonderful sunshine and the scoresheet reflected the high standard of golf played on the day. Prizes were presented that night in Mooneys Bar and refreshments were served. Society President Christy Loneregan thanked all who played on the day and the committee who helped organise the outing, especially Matt Loneregan. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the sponsors Mooneys bar , Bank of Ireland, Ger Fassinege Motors and the Hazel Hotel. The winner of the Presidents Prize was Justin McCormack, runner up Ber Mooney. Other prize winners were Liam Kelly, Mick Brown, Mick Holligan, Pat Ryan, Robbie Connolly, Mick McLoughlin, Sean Ryan, Peter Cullen, Tommy Hall, John Kaye, Mick Dunne and Kevin Connolly.

Monasterevin ICA

Monasterevin I.C.A. Guild had their Summer outing on Wednesday 7 June to the Arboretum
Garden Centre Leighlinbridge and went shopping in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre Carlow.
Twenty people went on the trip. The beautiful weather on the day contributed and all had a wonderful day.

Ballykelly - Community Lotto

Numbers drawn on 5th June 08,09,17,21. Jackpot not won. Winners of €20 Kate & Alison,
P.Brereton, M.Lovern, C.Moore, Jackpot now €7,000.  Tickets available from usual outlets

Parish Lotto

Numbers drawn on 6 June 04,09,20,24.Jackpot not won. Winners of €20 E.Franey, M.Holligan, M.King, D.Fitzpatrick, V Murphy. Jackpot now $2,000.

Community Games

There was great excitement amongst the children of Monasterevan this week with the great success of our young children at the Community Games County finals in Art and Swimming Basketball & Football. Children from the Parish have won a total of 16 Gold and 2 silver medals at County level with the County Athletics finals to take place on the 23 and 24 August.

In the County Community Games Art competition

held in Suncroft Tom Byrne from Lackagh and Laura Cleary from Borrederra each won the Gold medal in under 8's, with Tadgh Spain winning the Silver Medal U\10's and Alex Smith 4th place in the clay model section.

In the County Community Games swimming held in Athy: Luke Barry won the gold in the boys under 8's freestyle, Aaron Bannon Gold in the under 14's Backstroke both boys from Kildangan. Jane Fitzpatrick Gold in the girls under 14's Breaststroke, Elaine Brennan Gold and Eimer O'Loughlin Silver in the girls under 12's freestyle.

The girls under 16 Basketball team winning Gold at County level they are: Samantha Foley, Sinead Conway, Sinead Melia, Rosie Shortall, Amy Ryan, Emma Marron, Emma Sharpe, Franchesca Wheelan, & Amy Murphy.

The boys under 10 football team qualified to the 1/4 finals but and were runners up on the day. The boys under 10 football squad: Jamie Colgan, Ryan Bannon, Shane Ryan, Pauric Nash, Darren Lawler, Pauric Stapleton, Tommy Dempsey, Aine Greid, Taigh Harrison, Alex Harris, Ryan Heavy, Shane Maughan, Owen Sinnett, Dean Porter, Colm Byrne, Dillon Robinson, Oran Kavanagh, Corry Brierie, Anthony, Evan O'Reilly, Wayne Sharpe, Gerard Mc Cormack, Joseph Hanlon, Michael Dunne, Tiernan Gorman, Kevin Mulpeter, David Gillon.

The local Monasterevan Community Games athletics finals were held last Sunday in the Monasterevan
G.F.C. grounds and the presentation of medals took place on Wed night last also in the pavilion and what a great turn out there was from young and old to see the young children being presented with their Gold, Silver & Bronze medals. The Results of the local finals are as follows: Tiny Tots Girls 50m. 1st Stacey Bond, 2nd Eimer Mullhall, 3rd Shannon Scully, 4th Clair Bracken. Tiny Tots Boys 50m. 1st Conor Breen, 2nd Robert Mulpeter, 3rd Tyson Moldovan, 4th Stephen O'Connell. Girls U\8's 60m. 1st Orla O'Donovan, 2nd Ciara Worrell, 3rd Laura Cleary, 4th Aoife Fanning Sinney. Boys U\8's 60m. 1st Eoin Hyland, 2nd James Boland, 3rd Luke Barry, 4th Daragh Foley. Girls U\10's 100m. 1st Pamela Doyle, 2nd Sarah Shanahan, 3rd Ciara Doherthy, 4th Niamh Bracken. Boys U\10s 100m.1st Conor Hyland, 2nd Dermot Hickey, 3rd David O'Connell, 4th Sean Ging. Girls U\10's 200m. 1st Niamh Bracken, 2nd Ciara Fitzpatrick, 3rd Kelly Anne Scully, 4th Ciara Sinden.

Boys U\10's 200m. 1st Kevin Mulpeter, 2nd Joseph Hanlon, 3rd Edward Bond, 4th Thomas Ballack. Girls U\12 100m. Roisin Smyth. Girls U\8's 80m. 1st Sarah Hanlon, 2nd Kim Ellis, 3rd Ciara Worrell, 4th Aishling Kehoe. Boys U\8's 80m. 1st Joseph Breen, 2nd Daragh Foley, 3rd Ronan Gorman. Girls U\13 Walk-Race 900m. Aishling Spain. Boy's U\12's 600m. 1st Wayne Fitzpatrick, 2nd William Hanlon, 3rd Christopher Worrell.

Girls U\10's Hurdles 60m. 1st Chelsey Ronan, 2nd Ciara Sinden, 3rd Brenda Moldovan. Boys U\10's 60m. Hurdles 1st Tiernan Gorman, 2nd Sean Ging, 3rd Kevin Spain, 4th David Kelly. Girls U\14's 80m. Hurdles Niamh Doherthy. Boys U\14 80m. Hurdles 1st Lee Connolly 2nd Cormack Malone. Girls U\14 100m. 1st Lisa Worrell Boys U\12's 100m. 1st Aaron Doyle, 2nd Conor Bracken. Boys U\12's Ball Throw 1st Aidean Kennedy (39m.92cm) 2nd Damien Moore (34m.80cm) 3rd Michael Cadwell (33m. 52cm).
Girls U\16 Javelin 1st Bernadette Coleman. Boys U\16 Discus 1st Tony Spain. Girls U\14 Long Jump 1st Lisa Worrell.

The Monasterevan Community Games committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make the Community Games a great success in Monasterevan this year, especially the teachers and principals of our schools. We would also like to thank Marie Hanlon (Art), Tracy Troy (Swimming), Kevin Mulpeter (Football), Ger Melia (Basketball), Alan Burtenshaw & Olive Spain (Athletics),. also to Lucazade Ireland for sponsoring the minerals for the young athletes competing and Monasterevan G.F.C. for the use of their grounds.

Training for all the athletics medal winners on Wed. night Ballykelly G.F.C (7 -8pm).

Finally we wish all our young children who have qualified great success at the All Ireland Finals later in the year.

June 08, 2006

Monasterevin Online

Monasterevin On Line is slowly making a come back. Do you have suggestions, would you like to contribute on an occasional basis or on a regular basis, send an e-mail to monasterevinonline@gmail.com  and let us know if you would like to be involved.

Schoolboys Soccer

The Club is actively seeking people who would be interested in the development of Schoolboy Soccer in Monasterevin.  If you feel you have something to offer in Coaching, Managing, Administration, Fundraising or any other area, please contact Richard Kemmy 086 2497800, Tony Dempsey 087 1304745 or Kevin Murphy 086 8644782.