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August 22, 2007

Monasterevin in 1989

A photo gallery of  Monasterevin in 1989  Thanks to local amateur photographer Denis Connolly for these photos from 1989.  Anyone else who has an interesteing collection of photos of the town or people or events in the town and would like them displayed please send us an e-mail to monasterevin@kildare.ie

August 20, 2007

New road calming measures

During the past week two ramps were installed in St. Evin’s Park, and two ramps on the Nurney Road. Local Councillor, Francis Browne, used his discretionary grant, to have this work completed. Councillor Browne hopes that the overgrown hedge on the
Cowpasture road will be trimmed back by the council workers, as this road has two dangerous bends and the road is used by many walkers the overgrown hedge is causing problems. At the next area meeting of Kildare County Council, councillor Browne hopes to raise the possibility of the provision of a footpath from Hopkins Havens to Cowpasture.

Garda Announcement

Sgt Niall Lynch, newly appointed to Monasterevin station, wishes to inform the public that the garda station will be open daily from 9am to 1pm and from 7pm to 9pm (manpower permitting). Sgt Lynch would like to remind the holders of firearms that their licenses are due for renewal and should be applied for as soon as possible.
A male grey Husky dog, aged about six to 12 months was found wandering in the
grounds of Moore Abbey, the owner should contact Monasterevin gardaí.
Following the dangerous prank on the railway line at Monasterevin, the local gardaí
expect a prosecution to follow, and warn that any copycat incidents will be dealt with severely.

Monasterevin AFC Schoolboys

Pre-season training for Schoolboys continues throughout August, for further information contact the following,  Under 11, Jimmy Heavey (087 7670622),  Under 12, Tony Dempsey (087 1304745), Under 14, Brian Murphy (086 3327133).  Under 16 training will start at Togher Road on Wednesday August 22nd, 7.30pm.  Manager / Coaches still required for this group, contact Club Chairman, Richard Kemmy on 086 2497800.    

KARE Job Coach/Facilitator Training Programme

Kare are recruiting for their successful 40 week Job Coach / Community Facilitator training course which starts on 3rd December 2007.  If you are interested in the area of Intellectual Disability, if you are interested in ataining a FETAC qualification (NCVA Level 5) incorporating three modular awards in the area of Intellectual Disability, register immediately with your local Fas Office.  Informal enquiries to  Noreen Donnelly or Veronica Roche at  045 433700.

Weekly Draws

Parish Lotto ; Numbers drawn  4,  13,  17,  22   No Winner, next week Euro 14,000

20 Euro; Sean Duffy, Pat Hurley, Tracey Byrne, Kathleen Harrison, Larry Holligan

Ballykelly Lotto;  4,  10,  11,  15   No Winner  Nest week Euro 16,000

Euro 20; Teresa Connolly, Paddy Forde, James Moore, Ber Ryan, Pat Lawler

Monasterevin GFC; €150 Jack Foxe, Sellers Prize €20 John Hyland, €50 Christy Moore, €20 Tara and Elaine Grattan 

August 03, 2007

The Gerard Manly Hopkins Festival

The 20th International Hopkins Festival ended on Friday last, after a busy and varied week in Monasterevin. During the festival, the attendees got the opportunity to visit places where Hopkins had spent his time while in Kildare, as well as analysing his contribution to poetry. Festival organiser Viv Abbott said: “We were very happy - we had huge attendance at all events and our youth programme has continued to grow and develop in all ways. We also had a very helpful group of volunteers during the week.”

A Victorian poet, Hopkins was an Englishman who spent some time in Monasterevin throughout his life. He even described it as “one of the props and struts of my existence”.
The organisers of the festival promised it was to be the best festival yet, and with a huge range of activities on offer, it’s fair to say they weren’t wrong.

The events include an Irish music concert, art exhibitions, a festival club with performances and singing, poetry readings and lectures. There was also a field-trip to Newbridge, where the highlight was the presentation of the O’Connor Literary Award to Japanese scholar, Hikaru Kitabayashi during a special banquet hosted by Newbridge Silverware.

This year’s festival may be over, but work has already begun on next year’s event.

Monasterevin Soccer Club Juveniles

Pre trainiing for all schoolboys teams will commence
in early August. For further information, contact (U11)
Jimmy Heavey, 087 767622; (U12) Tony Dempsey,
087 1304745 (U14) Brian Murphy, 086 3327133;
(U16) Richard Kemmy, 086 2497800.

Parish Lotto

The numbers drawn were 4,11,18 and 19 and there
was no winner. Winners of £20 were Jimmy Freeman,
Paul Duffy, David Melia, Gerard Donogher and Mary
Dowling.           The jackpot is now £1,340.

Monasterevin GFC

Latest winners in the Draw were

Kay O’Brien (€150), Mary Lennon, Kildangan
(€50) and Gerry Byrne (€20).

Ballykelly Lotto

The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 16 and 23. There was
no winner and the jackpot is now £15,500. Winners of
£20 were Carmel Mguinness, Michael Delahunty,
Aiden Byrne, Karen Whyte and Moira Maher