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January 29, 2009

Forum for Monasterevin

Over the last few years there have been a few forums on the web which were dedicated to Monasterevin.  Originally there was the Kildare County Council Forum for towns.  This was very successful for a number of years until approximately 18 months ago when the council shut it down.  Fortunately there was second forum that was also around at the time, linked loosely to the Jack and Jade website.  This was brilliant for over a year and there was a significant  number of people posting on this forum. That ran brilliantly until the person in charge unfortunately could no longer dedicate the time to keep it running. 

There were as wide a range of topics being discussed as one could think of, the busiest threads being the local GAA clubs, with lots of friendly banter about the football and indeed the whole social aspect of the GAA scene. There were threads about Monasterevin in the old days, all the old shops and the caharacters of the town.  There were topical discussions about crime, anti-social behaviour, amenties in the town or the lack of same. Information topics on where one could get a plumber, an electrican etc. There was an interesting topic on place name and their origin or meaning.

Generaly speaking people discussed or asked questions about almost anything imaginable that was to do with the town.  It was a wonderful source of information and news.  This was not unique to Monasteevin, there are town forums everywhere indeed there is still a Monasterevin forum of sorts.  Because of the abrupt closure of the aformentioned forums, Monasterevin was kindly offered a place on another internet site associated with Celbridge.  We are in currently co-habitating with our friends from the north of the county. Check it out at    http://campbells.proboards52.com/index.cgi  Lots of people who were on the original forums haven't transferred onto the new forum for various reasons ( I assume ) they don't know about the new forum, they don't like the idea of sharing or they just aren't interested in a forum anymore.

A properly organised forum dedicated to Monasterevin could be a wonderfully useful resource for the town.  We have an ever increasing population, with people now living here from all over the country and the world.  It would be usefull to have a central information point that people could go to, to find out what is happening in the town, a place people could ask questions about what is happening.  It is probably safe to say that most people have access to the internet now, either from their homes, schools, public places like an internet cafe or the library. There are lots of interesting things going on in the town, but very few people know about them.  This could be a place where people could let people know what is going on, look for support, tell people about upcoming events etc.

This could be done with a group of interested parties, there would be some technical expertise required initially in the setting up of the forum, you would need a small group of moderators (a person given special powers to enforce the rules on an Internet forum)  but generally speaking it pretty much runs itself.  The big thing is to infrom people about a new forum, let them know its there, the more people involved the better the forum.

Any way here goes, I am asking if anyone out there is interested in getting involved in this, they dont have to be technical above and beyond being able to use the internet. IF you are reading this and are not interested yourself in organising a forum, you might know of someone who might be, please let them know.  Anyone who is interested could e-mail me at the following address, monasterevin@kildare.ie The mails will be forwared on to me and I will get in touch with anyone who may be interested. If there are other suggestions, please feel free to put them into the comment section below. 






January 28, 2009

Annual Senior Citizens Party

On Sunday, January 17, 190 senior citizens enjoyed their annual party held in the Hazel Hotel. A great day was enjoyed by all. Following a beautiful dinner, a raffle was held, the afternoon continued with music and dancing. A point of note, it was the first time in 44 years that the committee chairman, Mick McGlynn was unable to attend as he was laid low by flu bug. Get well soon Mick. Fr. Liam Merrigan congratulated the organising committee for the time and effort put into organising the annual party. Canon Leslie Stephenson also thanked the committee. MC Tom McGlynn thanked everyone for their support. A special thanks to Willoughbys Hardware who ran a big draw in aid of the party.

School Enrolments, Scoil Eimhin Naofa.
Parents who wish to enrol their children in Scoil Eimhin Naofa in September 2009 may do so from January 26-30 inclusive. Please bring child’s Stae birth certificate, Baptismal Certificate and his/her Personal Public Services Number. Child’s PPS number may be obtained by contacting the Department of Social and Family Affairs, Client Identity Section, Phone 01 7043281.
Local Councillors
Councillor Francis Brown will be raising with Kildare County Council the dangerous approach giving impared views at some bridges in the Monasterevin area, including Coughlans Lock and Oghill Bridge.
Cllr. Fionnuala Dukes has requested the ESB to replace the public lights that are out of order on Drogheda Street, Monasterevin, outside the school, the day care centre and the boys' national school, stressing that many members of the public need to use these locations after dark.
Aerobics AND Body Conditioning Class
Get fit, lose weight, tone up, look and feel great. Classes every Wednesday from 8-9pm in St. Paul’s Secondary School Sports Hall, Monasterevin. Beginners welcome. Cost €7. Contact Geraldine 087 9850883 or come to a class.
FÉile Bride
Running from January 31 to February 8 in Kildare Town, ‘Seeds of Change -Seeds of Hope’.

Monasterevin AIKIDO Club
New club opening. Over 18s only. Traditional Japanese defensive martial art. Mondaynight 8.30 to 10pm. For more information, please contact Patrick on 087 6922583.

                                             Local Lottos and Draws
Monasterevin GFC
Weekly draw €150 Phil Leigh. Seller’s prize L. Leigh. €50 Spud Murphy, €50 C. Harrison, €50 T. Behan.
Ballykelly GFC and Community Council Development Lotto Draw
Numbers drawn on January 19: 1, 5, 10, 15.
Jackpot won by Tony Ryan, Kill Hill. Congratulations.
Winners of €20: M. Behan, S. Brown, C. Lawlor, S. Joyce, J. Forde.
Jackpot now €1,000

Parish Lotto
Numbers drawn on January 20: 6, 14, 15, 16. Jackpot not won.
Winners of €20 R. Howard, K. Ransome. B. Hackett, N. Boland, E. Melia.
Jackpot now $9,200.

January 20, 2009

Monasterevin Lions Club

The Club has had a very successful 2008, in which they went out on their own and hosted a number of popular events.
This year was the club’s first year as Monasterevin Lions Club, as previous to this it was the Monasterevin / Portarlington Lions Club. The club broke into to two specific groups early in 2008 so this was a particularly memorable year for the Monasterevin group.
Dick Somers of the club told the Kildare Nationalist about the highlights of 2008 for the members. A recent highlight was when the club held its Christmas campaign and food appeal early last month, with the numbers of people contributing comparable to 2008. “It was quite good, it was in line with last year,” said Dick.
Each year, the club donates around €6,000 in total to local charities. Once again this year it donated money to the Monasterevin Senior Citizens group, Monasterevin Day Care Centre, Monasterevin Parish, St John’s Church of Ireland, the local Mercy Convent, and Sr Francisca in Portlaoise. The club raised the money through holding events such as the regular adult dancing classes in the Hazel Hotel.
One of the major events of the year was a charity walk which the club held in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Volunteers walked four miles on a round trip from the Hazel Hotel and back, and raised the funds through sponsor-ship cards. In total, €4,000 was raised for the charity.
The club also held a dinner dance and their first Monasterevin Person of the Year awards. “It was an extremely successful event,” said Dick. “It was very well supported.” The competition involved volunteers from a number of clubs and organisations in Monasterevin and helped shine a spotlight on those who contribute to their local community. “They all did terrific work,” said Dick.
The club hopes to make the awards a yearly event. The deserving winner of this year’s award was Sr Angela of the Mercy Convent.
Next up for Monasterevin Lions Club is the organisation of their annual trip to Trabolgan. This is a summer event that is organised by Lions Clubs all over the country and it gives members of local communities a chance to have a free fun holiday where they can relax. In the coming months the club members will choose this year’s lucky recipients of a place on the trip to the activity centre.
Meanwhile, the members will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of every month to plan the coming year’s events.