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November 30, 2006

Scoil Eimhin Naofa

The students of Scoil Eimhin Naofa have donated 173 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child. These gifts will be going to needy children in Mozambique in Africia. Well done to all concerned for thinking about those less fortunate than themselves, especialy at this time of the year.


The ICA's Christmas Shopping trip to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre is on Wednesday 6 December. The bus will be leaving St Peter and Paul's Church at 9.15am. Cost Euro 10 , To book seats please call 045-529041.

St. Evin's Golf Society

The club held their last outing of the year on Saturday, 18 November, in Mountrath Golf Club. The competition was a three ball scramble. A good day's golf was enjoyed by al despite inclement weathe. 1st Prize Sean Connolly, Joe Monaghan, Ber Mooney.   2nd Tony Mullally, Maureen Dunphy, Pat Ryan.    3rd Dick Somers, John O'Neill, Ann Doyle. 4th Aiden Kenna, Michael Browne, Stephen Nash.
The club's AGM will be held on 7 December in the Day Care Centre at 8pm. All members expected to attend.

Lions Club

The local Lions Club would like to thank everyone who supported their Charity Dinner Dance in the Hazel Hotel on 18 November. It was a great success, and E5,000 was presented to each of the designated charities; the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation and the Alzheimers Society. A special word of thanks to our sponsors of the auction and the raffle, K.C.K. Hunt Club.
The Hunt Chase that was organised on 18th November raised approximately  Euro 8,000 for local charities. Thanks to all who supported the hunt, especially Murt and Benny Kelly.

November 25, 2006

Handel's Messiah

A cande light performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place in Kildangan Church on Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €20 and the performance will be followed by a reception in Kildangan Hall.

November 23, 2006

Monasterevin AFC Youths

Results 18 November
Under 10 Castlevilla 1 Monasterevin 7 (M. Malone 2, P. Stapleton 1, K. Melia 1, A. Kennedy 1, I. Doyle 1, L. Gordon 1)

Under 16 Mill Celtic 1 Monasterevin 4 (W. Carter 2, D. Moore 1, B. Mitchell 1).

St. Pauls's Trip

A recent trip to Manchester to see a football match was enjoyed by a group of 5th year students. St Paul's were well represented in the County Kildare Schools cross country copmpetition sponsored by Kildare County Board. The junior team came third, while the minor team came fourth our of a total of 12 Kildare schools. The cross country competition was held in Newbridge College.

Credit Union AGM


Monasterevin Credit Union held their AGM last night Wed 22 November in the Hazel Hotel. A large crowd turned up to hear that their Credit Union had another successful year. There has been growth in all areas except on loans which was little disapointing. Despite that, a dividend of 2% on shares and a rebate on interest of 5%. There were many visitors including the President of the League of Credit Unions Ann O'Byrne. There was a special mention for deceased members of the Credit Union especialy, Brendan Higgins, a Supervisor who passed away recently. The meeting was followed by a draw for 10 prizes of €100 and then attendees availed of the light refreshments provided on the night.   


November 21, 2006

Christmas Choir

Christmas Choir Practice.

Every Tuesday at 8pm in the Parish Centre Monasterevin, choir room. Rehearsing new material for Christmas. All welcome.

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November 20, 2006

Call for Photos

Any budding photographers out there, please send your photos of Monasterevin to monasterevin@kildare.ie for inclusion on the website.

With the Christmas season coming up there should be plenty of photos of seasonal events in the town. We would love some photos of the sale of work and the Christmas tree so don't be shy.

Number of Visits to Monasterevin Online Grows!

We use a tracking system called Sitemeter to monitor visitors to the site. The numbers for the week ending Sunday 19 November show a good number of visitors to the site so if you have any news or photos you want posted on the site just send them to monasterevin@kildare.ie

Club members can send minutes of recent meetings to keep the town informed. Students, we welcome your photos of Debs or other school events.



Visits Total ........................ 2,231

Average per Day ................. 24

Average Visit Length .......... 4:55

This Week ...................... 167

Page Views Total ........................ 7,895

Average per Day ................. 88

Average per Visit .............. 3.7

This Week ...................... 613



You can also see this information by clicking on the image at the bottom of the page that looks like this :sitemeter.gif


November 16, 2006

St. John's Monasterevin Nurney and Rathdaire

The annual sale of work will be held on Saturday 18 November in the Council Hall Monasterevin at 7.30pm. Any help or items for sale would be much appreciated. A raffle for generous prizes will be held on the night.

Credit Union AGM

The annual general meeting of Monasterevin Credit Union will be held on Wednesday 22 November in the Hazel Hotel at 8pm.  All are welcome.

As Christmas approaches, one of the most expensive times of the year for families, many agencies are offering credit with very high interest rates. The credit union ask members to first consider taking a loan from the credit union ,where interest rates are very much lower. For details and advice please contact the office.

Garda Station

Some good news in that tenders have been issued for the renovation work on Monasterevin Garda Station and it is hoped that work will commence early in December. The sooner that the repair work is finsihed the better as it is now necessary for people to travel to Rathangan or Kildare stations to have documents signed.

St. Evins Golf Society

The local golf society are having their final outing of the year this Saturday in Mountrath Golf Club. The Society have once again had a very successful year with Pat Ryan at the helm as Society Captain. The new Captain for next year is Sean Dunphy. The outing this week is a 3 person scramble, a team event, the one and only team event of the year. This is a very enjoyable and competitive format and is looked forward to every year. The prize ceremony will be in Mooneys Bar later that evening. There will also be the presentation for the prestigious player of the year award on the night. 

Postal Service

Is the Monasterevin Postal Service as bad as people are saying? Is it as bad now as it was a year ago? Check out the Monasterevin Forum there is a link from our front page and you can see that there are still a lot of people still very unhappy with the delivery service. What do you think ? 

November 13, 2006

Monasterevin AFC

SCHOOLBOYS SOCCER: 28 October U16 Prosperous United 3 Monasterevin 0. 30 October U14 Monasterevin 2 Prosperous Utd 0. Lee Porter, Darren Harrison. U12 Allenwood Celtic 1, Monasterevin 3, Thomas Malone(2), Harry Sunderland. 4 November U16 Monasterevin 1, Mill Celtic 2. Mark Fowler U10 BBC Utd 0 Monasterevin 2. Marcus Malone, Luke Gordon.
Thanks to everybody who bought tickets for our annual fundraiser in conjuction with Kildare County FC 'Everyone a Winner' Five Monthly Draw. First Prize in the October Draw, Suzuki Ignis Car, was won by Daniel Foley, c/o Gavin HolligaN; Fifth Prize, Sony Handycam Camera, went to Johnny Maher, Cowpasture, and a cash prize of E100 went to Shane Kevin, Ard Evin. The draw took place at Kildare County FC on Friday 27 October. The local draw took place at Carmody's Lounge, Monasterevin, on Monday 31 October, with the four E100 prizes going to Gavin Dempsey, Old Grange; Greta Douglas, c/o Peter Stafford; Tina Donogher, Ballagh and Maurice Mackessey, Ard Evin.
Tickets are still available for the remaining draws, November, December, January and February and cost E40,which includes all four main draws and four local draws. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or Richard Kemmy 086-2497800; Brian Kaye 086-1729890; Tony Dempsey 087-1304745.

Credit Union Poster Competition

On 31 October, prizes were presented to the winners of the Poster Competition. Chairperson Maureen O'Meara congratulated the prizewinners and thanked all who had entered the competition. Special word of thanks to the teachers and parents who encouraged the children in the competition. First prize winners in each category go forward to the Chapter 7.
Winners in Age 7 and under 1st Laura Cleary, Scoil Eimhin Naofa; 2nd Cian O'Loughlin, Lackagh NS. 3rd Claire Melia, Scoil Eimhin Naofa. Highly Commended Kevin Martin, Lackagh NS; Emma Cunningham, Kildangan NS.
Age 8-10 years 1st Siobhan Hardt St. John's NS; 2nd Rosslyn Hendy, St. John's NS. 3rd Rebekah Scully Lackagh NS. H.C. Alana Casey Scoil Bhride NS, Nurney; Kelsey Bolger, Scoil Eimhin Naofa; Darragh Forde, St. Peter's NS; Christopher Worrell, St. John's NS; Maeve Higgins, Kildangan NS.
Age 11-13 years: 1st Rachel Scully, Scoil Eimhin Naofa; 2nd Gavin Worrell, St. John's NS; 3rd Emma O'Loughlin, Lackagh NS. H.C. Katie OConnor Kildangan NS; James Stynes, Kildangan NS; Roisin Smyth, Lackagh NS. Adult 1st Jean Kingston, Whelan Street.

Historical Society



Monasterevin Historical Society starts off its Winter Lectures with some home grown talent. The society will present two talks on Thursday 16 November at 8.30pm in the Council Hall, Main Street, Monasterevin.  'Successive Owners of Moore Abbey' by Margaret Walsh charts the history of one of Kildare's finest gothic mansions from its earliest times through its many famous owners, while 'The Marquises of Drogheda' by Barry Walsh focuses on three of Moore Abbey's most influencial and colourful residents. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Lions Club

Monasterevin & Portarlington Lions Club wil hold their  Annual Great Charity Dance and Auction in the Hazel Hotel on Saturday November 18th. Proceeds to Jack and Jill Children Foundation and the Alzheimer Society. Tickets from Dick Somers 045-529258, Pat Ryan 045-525403, Mossie Cleary 045-531550, Rodney Coe 045-525800.

November 02, 2006

ICA resumes in Ellistown

Ellistown ICA resumed meetings in September. Members were welcomed back by the new president Mary Byrne and ably assisted by secretary Ruby Johnson. A full schedule is anticipated, with many projects planned.

The guild completed a computer course at the Race IT Training Centre, which proved very valuable and interesting and some members went on to complete the full ECDL course. A grant from the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs made this course possible for the members.

Due to the ongoing renovations at Ellistown GAA clubhouse, the guild is now holding their meetings at Aras Brid Kildare. This arrangement will continue until December. The guild’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 November at 8pm. Mary Byrne will give a demonstration on Christmas decoration. New members welcome to come along and sample the meetings, which offer friendship and opportunities to develop new skills and interests, while meeting other people in the area.

Parish News


The committee wish to thank all who supported the evening of music in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church on Friday 20 October. The concert proved to be very enjoyable and raised €5,200, which will be used for public amenities around the Church. A special word of thanks to all who worked so hard in organising the event. Anyone who has photos of the event might like to e-mail some to monasterevin@kildare.ie for publication on this website.

Monasterevin Credit Union Car Draw Results

The members’ car draw was held in the credit union office on Thursday 19 October. The Octavia car, supplied by Pat Keogh Motors, Ballybrittas, was won by Fintan Hanlon and Teresa Fagan. €1,000 was won by Olivia O’Rourke and Christina Brady; €500 was won by Liam Murphy and Michael Brown; €250 was won by Liam Hanlon. The chairman Maureen O’Meara congratulated the winners and thanked all who participated in the draw.

Entries for the Poster Competition has closed and the winners will be announced shortly. Annual general meeting of the Credit Union will be held in the Hazel Hotel on 22nd November at 8pm.

Scoil Eimhin Naofa


School Eimhin Naofa is aiming for its Third Green Flag this year. The theme for this flag is ‘Water Conservation’. Last year to help conserve water in the school we scientifically experimented by placing 1 litre bottles of water in each cistern. This meant that every time the toilet was flushed 1 litre of water was saved.

We also set up two bird baths in the front of the school beside the bird tables. This year we will keep a record of the different birds that visit the bird baths. The pupils on the Green School Committee did a great job of painting the bird baths. Organic Mulch has been placed on the outer edges of the rockeries to prevent the water draining off into the adjoining grass.

We have doubled the size of our vegetable plot. A questionnaire was sent out to students asking which vegetables they would they like to see sown in the plot. The students then participated in the sowing of the seeds. Many thanks to our caretakers Gerry and Sean.

Two apple trees were planted and blessed by Father Merrigan. One has already borne fruit much to our delight. Due to our new extension the Wildflower Garden had to be relocated. This produced a lovely display of flowers this summer. The pupils on the Green School Committee recorded rainfall throughout the year making use or the Rain catchers they made.

The highlight of our Green School Year was the visit of Wildlife Expert Eanna Ni Lamha. She spoke to the pupils about the flora and flauna, minibeasts and other forms of wildlife in the school environment.

The children had hands on experience of collecting and studying these. The children were enthralled by her vast knowledge and enthusiasm. Many new flowers were sown throughout the garden last year. The children have entered a Water Conservation Competition run by Kildare County Council.

Our Clean Up Day in June was a great success. This year’s focus is again Water Conservation. We hope to collect rainwater for reuse by use of rain butts.

We hope to visit the Water Treatment Plant in Monasterevin and Silliot Hill Recycling Plant. We have set up an area for ‘Wildlife Creatures’. We have started compiling a log pile to attract more minibeasts for the children to study. We will be using a variety of textures underfoot in this section.

For Tree Day on Thursday 12 October we planted a Hawthorn tree called the ‘Paul Scarlet’ which will produce a lovely pink blossom in Spring.

We planted this in the front garden near a bird bath to help attract more birds into the garden. We have started collecting old ink jet cartridges and mobile phones which will be recycled. These are collected on behalf of the ‘Jack and Jill foundation which helps raise funds for babies with severe disabilities that they may receive respite care. Many thanks to all who have already contributed to this foundation and who help out with the Green Schools throughout the year.

Through all these activities we hope to raise the children’s awareness of Water Conservation and caring for the environment. The committee urges everyone to continue the good work and to build on last year. We are hoping to secure the services of a speaker again this year.

Usually the Green School Committee makes a donation to the Peatlands Society. This year we are hoping to make a contribution to a Water Conservation Society. The school is hosting a ‘Green Day’ on 27 October so we are hoping that will be an enjoyable day for the students. We will keep you informed of our visits and our activities during the year.