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January 31, 2007

St. Patricks Day Parade

The first meeting for this years parade took place on Tues 30th Jan in the Day Care Centre Monasterevin There was a good attendance. The folowing committee was elected.                               
Pat Cullen Chairperson
Aidan Lawless Ass Chairperson
Sarah O'Neill Secretary PRO
Ann Brady Ass Sec
Mary Doyle Treasurer
Josephine Hall Ass Treasurer
Members Gena Prendergast, Conor Lawless, Christine Finglas, Bridget Murphy,
Teresa Foley, Donna Buckley,

The next meeting is scheduled for the 15th Feb at 8.30pm in Day Care Centre. New people are most welcome to attend, so please come along especialy if you are new to Monasterevin. A flag week will take place this coming week end so please be generous and lets have another great parade. The committee are looking for a marching band that would be available on 17 March this year, anyone with information, please contact Sarah 087 2955807

January 30, 2007

Parish Pilgrimage information

Pilgrimage to Medjugore will be from Saturday 19 May to 26 May. The cost is €625 per person and to reserve your booking and for further information please contact Jackie Kennedy at 086 8876947. Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi will be from Sunday 7 October to Friday 12 October. Further details will be available later.

Hopkins Haven Residents Meeting

The residents of Hopkins Haven held a meeting last week to discuss a need for a Hopkins Haven Residents Association and they had an impressive turnout with over 30% of the estate in attendance.

They discussed key issues that they felt needed action such as the refuse collection and also the upkeep of the estate in general. They are hoping to meet again in the coming week to discuss more relevant issues and also to form a committee. This they hope will continue to ensure all issues are dealt with in such a way that are in the interests of all residents. 

January 22, 2007

Speed Limit Review

Below is an advertisement by Kildare County Council seeking written reccomendations for changes to existinfg speed limits. The have posted on their website maps of the areas with details of existing speed limits. http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/Roads/SpeedLimitReview/ If you go to the kildare section there are downloads available of the maps. The closing dates for written submissions is 5 pm on Friday 26 January 2007. Not much time left for making a submission !!!

Kildare County Council in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (No. 44 of 2004), and with the consent of the National Roads Authority (in the case of proposals relating to National Roads), hereby gives notice of its intention to make Speed Limits and Special Speed Limits Bye-Laws in respect of the area comprising the administrative area of the County of Kildare.
The purpose of these Bye-Laws is to provide for Special Speed Limits on designated sections of the road network throughout the County in the interests of prudent traffic management and road safety.
The Draft Bye-Laws are available for inspection on www.kildare.ie/countycouncil and during the hours of 9.00 am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00 pm from Tuesday 12 December 2006 to Friday 26 January 2007 (excluding weekends and public holidays) at the Transportation & Public Safety Department, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare or in Kildare Public Libraries during their normal opening hours.

The Council will consider any submissions made in writing regarding the Draft Bye-Laws. Submissions should be lodged with the S.E.O. Transportation & Public Safety, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. before 5.00 p.m. on Friday 26 January 2007.

Water Pressure

It would appear that homes in Monasterevin are experiencing water pressure issues. How can we have issues with water when it has been raining almost every day for 3 months.  Do the residents of Kill and surrounding areas, those nearest the pumping station still have issues with water pressure. It seems that the problem is worsening with other areas of the town now having problems as well.

January 16, 2007

Enrolment Scoil Eimhin Naofa

Enrolment from 22nd to 26th January. Please bring child's State Birth Cert, their Baptismal Cert and their PPS number. Their PPS number can be obtained from the Dept of Social and Family Affairs, Client Identity Section, phone, 01 7043485 / 7043418.

Lotto Results

Parish Lotto  Numbers drawn; 5, 15, 23, 24   No Winner, Next Jackpot  €7,800

€20 winners; Peter Cullen, Kevin Walsh, Lorraine Mullen, Donal Whelan, Karl McBrien

Ballykelly GFC and Community Council;  1, 11, 17, 23  No Winner, Next Jackpot €11,350

€20 winners; Aoife Donoher, Karen Nash, Joe Grattan, Mars & Podge, John FitzGerald

Job Vacancies

Monasterevin Fire Service has vacancies for new recruits. Application Forms available from Central Fire Station Newbridge, 045 435799 or 086 3424688.

St. Paul's Secondary School is looking for a part-time caretaker (evenings) for their new gymnasium. Duties will also involve some work in the schools premises during evening adult education classes. All applications to the acting principal, St. Paul's Secondary School, Monasterevin. 045  525601. 


Beginners Guitar Basics

One to One lessons beginning on Saturdays. Level One, one hour for six weeks, suitable for adults and children. Continuation and imporvement classes for people who have had previous lessons. Lessons will be held in the Day Care Centre, Monasterevin. Call early of enrollment, Aiden Connolly on 086 3153221.

Walking around town

Best wishes to all the people out walking and running around the town since the beginning of the year. An interesting piece of information for all of you enthusiastic people. One lap of the town i.e. from the Bank of Ireland, turning at the Nags Head corner down past the schools and church turning left at the canal back to main street tunring left and back to the bank is almost exactly one mile (less a few yards). There are some very good websites out there about walking for fitness.  http://walking.about.com/  http://www.walking.org/  just a couple of samples.

January 15, 2007

Christmas Lights

Its time for the lights to come down, however a big thanks to the crew who have given their time and effort in putting up the lights every year.

Monasterevin Forum

The Monasterevin Forum has been getting more than its fair share of posts recently, alot of them by people complaining about facilities and representation in the town. Nationalist, local reporter, Ashling Mackey, has been quick to pick up on these posts and use them to highlight these issues in her paper. Check out her report on the link below. Why don't you check out the Monasterevin Forum yourself and maybe you might feel like posting a comment yourself. It is fairly easy to register and after that you can post as often as you like. You can comment on existing topics or start a topic yourself. 


Monasterevin AFC Schoolboys and Draw

Sat 30 December: under ten friendly, Portlaoise FC 4, Monasterevin 1 (Neil Mockler).

Everyone a Winner December results: main draw, no local winners. Local draw: €100, Mick Howard Jnr, Old Grange; €100, Wayne Farrelly c/o Gavin Holligan; €100, Peter Clifford Jnr c/o Mark Clifford; €100, Rosie Ryan, Gorteenoona.

The next main draw will be hosted by Castle Villa FC and will take place in Castledermot in late January (date and venue to be confirmed). Full list of winners is available on www.kildarecounytfc.com. Thank you for your support and good luck in the remaining draws

Historical Society

Monasterevin Historical Society continues its winter lecture series on Thursday 18 January at 8.30pm in the Council Hall, Main Street.

County Kildare local historian Liam Kenny returns with a talk entitled ‘Bullets and Ballots’, covering the 1916-1921 period as the Monasterevin ascendancy lost power in the local council elections to Sinn Féin in a political struggle repeated all over the country at the birth of the nation.

On Thursday 15 February, Brian McCabe tells how ‘It started with a banner’, the story of Sean Connolly, who led the attack on Dublin Castle in Easter 1916. The IRA officer was descended from a Monasterevin family and had a long-lasting effect on Kildare politics. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Parish News

Important dates: First Communion, St Evin’s and St Peter’s, Saturday 19 May at 11am; Lackagh, Sunday 13 May at 12 noon. Confirmation: St Evin’s & St Peter’s, Thursday 1 March at 11.30 am. Parish Mission, Saturday 24 March to Saturday 31 March. Pilgrimage to Medjugore, Saturday 19 May.

Weight Watchers resumes

Weight|Watchers for men and women now open in the Bellyard every Wednesday 6.30–7.30pm. Also, brand new diet programme for 2007. For details, call Michelle Quirke on 086 4077346.

Monasterevin Garda Station

Monasterevin residents will be delighted to see that repair work has commenced on the Garda Station. Hopefully repairs will be prompt and people will be able to resume business at the local station instead of having to go to Kildare or Rathangan.

Senior Citizens Annual Party

On Sunday 21 January, the 45th Annual Dinner and Social will be held in the Hazel Hotel, commencing at 1.30pm. All can look forward to a good evening of music and song. Replies to invitations by Wednesday 10 January to any member of the committee.