April 16, 2012

Monasterevin Protest County Council Response 2

View image Click here to see the latest propsal from the council. It is an improvement on the last proposal, is it enough, you tell us. Please comment on the Forum.

March 21, 2012

Monasterevin Protest County Council Response 1

Download file People of the town have been enquiring as to what is happening with the protest against the new road layout on Main St and in particular at the CYMS corner.  As most of you know we had a meeting with the officials, the engineer for our aread, Damian McNulty, the senior engineer for the county, John Copinger and his boss, Director of Transportation and Public Safety, Michael O Leary. The meeting went well, we believed that we had made many valid points as to why these unwanted additions to the mainstreet would be removed.  They agreed to come back to us with a full report including technical reasons why they had done this.  Last week they published their repsonse, see attached file.

We are not happy with this repsonse and are taking the matter further. we have asked that the issue be brought to the fill council meeting which is taking place Monday, 26th March at 2 pm in the council chambers. As many people as possible from Monasterevin are invited and indeed encouraged to attend this meeting to show support for the protest.

We are also plannin another full public meeting for Thursday 29th March in St. Pauls Secindary School.  We expect to have up to date infromation to give to peopel at this meeting.



May 03, 2011

Monasterevin Community Facility

Wow! something historic happened tonight, almost 100 people attended the meeting tonight, facilitateded by Kildare Leadership and Kildare County Council. There were representatives of the Youth Club, Monasterevin Gospel Choir, Venice of Ireland, Recreation Centre Committee, CYMS/CWMS, Community Games, Housing Associations, individuals who have moved into the town in the last few years, all the schools, Irish Dancing and many, many more.

They began by indicating their role in the process, which was to bring togther the community, to understand the needs of the community and to put in place a plan to bring this together. They have the expertise and the experience having recently completed a projcect in Kildare Town.

The large attendance were broke up into smaller groups to focus on two key questions; Who and what needs to be accomodated in the community facility? What are the options regarding the location of the facility.

There were a lot of suggestions both for what was needed e.g. community creche, cafe, educational, drama and performance space, youth reach/club facilities, parent & toddler, meeting rooms, sporting facilities, indoor and outdoor and many other ideas.

There were a few locations mentioned, the site proposed for the recreation centre, in St Evins Park, the CYMS Hall, the old Ballykelly Football field, Moore Abbey and Mill Stream.

The next part was to accept nominations for the committee, again there were repsresentatives from, CYMS, Recreation commitee, Venice of Ireland, Housing associations, a person who has experience in an existing community centre. There was so much interest that they decided to defer the final nominations, and seek volunteers from various organisations in the town. The really want the group to reflect as many aspects of the town as possible. They may have to break the commitee into subgroups to accomodate the numbers that are interested.

When the committee is finally put together, they will meet regularly to establish the needs, and the potential locations. They will keep the people of the town informed by various means, including; newsletter, web site, forum, texts, facebook etc.

The whole emphasis is on a whole community involvement, with not such a focus on sport. There is funding available, up to Euro 500,000 but matching funding is required, either by means of a site, a property, also there is community raised funding required.

Thats all I can remember for now, if anyone else who was there can remember some of the stuff I have forgotten, please add to this post.

Sorry for the long post, its kind of a big thing, this is Monasterevin, nothing like this has happened in a long time. Lets hope that there will be a good committee, and they all pull together and can get this up and running with the cooperation of the people of the town.

There is a thread in the Monasterevin Forum for people who would like to add other information about tonights meeting. http://campbells.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=mon

May 28, 2010

Leader Partnership Public Meeting

County Kildare LEADER Partnership is a local development company that has responsibility for rural development and social inclusion programmes in County Kildare. We are developing a 2010 – 2013 social inclusion action plan for County Kildare and we are coming to Monasterevin to hear your community’s concerns, issues and ideas. So please come along and don’t miss this chance to tell us what YOU think your community needs.

Evening Meeting 

WHERE: Monasterevin Day Care Centre

WHEN: Tuesday 1st June 2010 TIME: 7.30pm


For more information, please phone 087-7696503 or email emmab@countykildarelp.ie

February 23, 2010

The Wizard of OZ-Trevin

The Transition Students of St. Pauls Secondary School are presenting the above in the School Gym on 25th & 26th February.  Tickets available from the School Office.

St. Vincent De Paul

Weekly meetings are on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Day Care Centre. Postal Box for SVdP is on the wall of the Day Care Centre. Phoneline 085-7209577.

St Pauls Secondary School
Adult education opportunities for parents/family members of students attending St Pauls Secondary School Monasterevin. Computers for Beginners, Cooking/Healthy Eating, Art, Basic English Reading/ Writing skills, Basic Maths. Further details contact Paul Marron, Home School Community Teacher, St Pauls Schooh 045-525601 ext 27 or 086-8400666.

Monasterevin Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2010
The pilgrimage will take place from September 17-21. Further details available shortly. Contact Mary Ryan 087-6822290 or the Parish office 525346.

Youth Club
Monasterevin Youth Club reopened on Wednesday January 20. 7-9pm in Parish Centre.
We have a lot of ongoing and upcoming projects and we need extra help. If you can attend two evenings a month and are interested in becoming a leader in our club please call down and see what you think call PRO Sandra on 087-1201545 or email monasterevinyc@live.com 

The bingo continues every Wednesday at 8.30pm in Monasterevin GFC Pavilion.

February 10, 2010

Venice of Ireland

Monasterevin The Venice of Ireland Festival in conjunction with Monasterevin Lions Club – Fund Raising Dance – The Hazel Hotel, Monday 15th February 2010 – 10pm onwards, Admission €7.00- tickets available from any member of the committee.
Rosglas Hurling Club
Check out the Rosgals Hurling Club website, they have a new person helping them with the site and they are promising that it will now be kept up to date bringing you up to date with all the latest news in the Club.
On Thursday the 11th of February 2010 Rosglas will host an All-Ireland Colleges Football Quarter Final, taking place in Ros Glas pitch at 2pm sharp, between Cork IT and UUJ (University of Ulster-Jordanstown).

May 05, 2009

Community Games Football

Congratulation to the U10 Football team who have qualified for the County Semi Final.

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April 17, 2009


A meeting will be held to discuss the future of the CYMS Hall in Monasterevin. The venue is the parish office on Tuesday next, 21 April at 8.30pm. The meeting will also look at exploring fundraising ideas to clear existing bills. A previous meeting in January gave a mandate to the trustees and the committee of the CYMS Hall to investigate the possibility of selling the property. The meeting will also address the issue of funding that investigation. At the January meeting Donal Fitzpatrick of the Monasterevin CYMS Committee outlined the possible alternatives for the future of the hall to those in attendance. “The fact is that to make the CYMS Hall, which is a listed building, fit for use of any type would require a huge investment. And the question of what use it could be put to that would repay any investment that might be made is a hard one to answer. That is why we have thrown it open to the people of Monasterevin,” he said. Mr. Fitzpatrick went on to add that the committee are starting from a position of debt of €13,000 which is owed to the parish and to solicitors for work done and the only thing of value in the hall is a snooker table which hasn’t been used for seven years. A guesstimate by an engineer suggested that a minimum investment of €500,000 would be needed to make the hall fit for use. He added that raising this amount of money would be a massive undertaking and suggested that unless a viable project was introduced to the hall which would make a substantial return on the investment, then the idea would not be entertained by any lending institution. After some discussion it was decided that the committee should investigate the possibility of selling the hall and whether the money raised from the sale could be put towards the proposed new recreation centre.

Youth Club

There was a presentation of certificates to those who have completed a course on volunteer youth leadership. The club also received a grant last week from Kildare County VEC of €1,500 to help towards the setting up of the club. The youth club committee held an information night in the town last Tuesday night to inform the public on where the project is at and to hear suggestions as to how it should proceed. Chairman of Monasterevin Youth Club, Pat Balfe told people that a lot of progress has been made since the project was first mooted last year. “A number of people got together on 18 November last year to set up a youth club and included among us were local Garda Billy Delaney and PP Fr Liam Merrigan. Since then we have all been garda cleared and we have all completed this training course which was run by KYS in order to ensure the smooth running of the club.” Mr Balfe went on to add that the group are starting from scratch and said that the €1,500 grant from the VEC is a huge boost. “We have secured the use of the parish office as our base for the foreseeable future and we are obviously delighted with that. However in the long term it is not the ideal venue going forward and we are looking to secure premises which we can call our own. It would be no less than what the kids of the town deserve so if there is anyone out there who has a building that we could use then we would be more than delighted to hear from them,” he said.

Mr. Balfe went on to add that the aim of the group was to provide a safe and secure, alcohol and drug free environment for the school going children of the town. “At the start we will only be able to accommodate 15 kids per night, but with time, we would like to expand it further to all students between first year and sixth year in the town. That is dependent on getting right building and the right facilities to put into that building. The club is open to young people who live in the town not just those who go to school in Monasterevin. Looking to the future Mr. Balfe said that the next step will be to look at the various suggestions which have been put forward for the club. “The kids will decide what goes into this club. A key thing will be the ownership of decision making within the club because it is their club,” he said. The public meeting heard that a pool table, a table tennis table, a play station and a TV and DVD player are among the items being considered for purchase for the club.

March 31, 2009

Ballykelly Lotto Won

The lotto, value, €2400 was won on Monday night by Anthony Hanlon. The numbers were, 5, 8, 10, 23 The winners of the €20 were; Christy Guiney c/o P Kelly, D & S Brett c/o D Brett, Bertie Flynn c/o M Heavey, Phil Donoher c/o M Heavey, Nuala Moore c/o M Heavey. Next weeks jackpot is €1,000