Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kildimo News 9th September 2008


Belying the old adage that ‘Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the one spot’, our departing Parish Priest, Fr. Dónal McNamara, did just that. As he reminded us on his recent accession to the Kildimo throne, he had cut his Curate’s teeth here in this joint parish from 1973 to 1977, when his good training hereabouts resulted in his elevation to P.P. in St. Joseph’s parish in the city, which post he held for twenty two years. His duties there will no doubt stand him in good stead when he returns to another city parish soon, namely St. Munchin’s. As Sister Josepha pointed out recently, St. Munchin’s and Cill Díoma have the strong familial connection between Uncle Munchin and his nephew Díoma that associates the two parishes. Dónal’s many friends in Kildimo will no doubt be saddened by his departure while we await the arrival of the new pastor, who will bring his own brand of ministry to the area. Fr. Donworth was ordained at the same time as our outgoing P.P. and his initial ministry was in the U.S. Both pastors are wished well in their new ministries with their new challenges.


It was with deep sadness that members of the Civil Defence Active Retirement Association heard the sad news of the death of Mr Matt Murphy on Sunday last Sept 7th RIP. Matt, who was associated with County Limerick Civil Defence for many years as Chief Rescue Instructor and County Chief Warden is deeply mourned by his wife Nora, sons Paul, Niall, Hew, and Ian, daughter Deirdre (Cullen), extended family, many friends and neighbours. His remains were removed from his residence in Newtown, Castletroy on Tuesday night and burial took place, following Requiem Mass in Monaleen Church on Wednesday Sept 10th, to Ballysimon Cemetery. Matt was a founder member in 2003 of the Civil Defence ARA and first Chairman and subsequently Honorary Life President of the ARA. The esteem in which he was held was very evident from the large number of friends and former colleagues, including both past and present Civil Defence members who attended his removal and burial.
Ni bheidh a leithéid ann arís. Beannacht Dé lena anam.


Women of a certain age do not mind disclosing it and this applies to Nano Harte (nee Fitzgerald) of Ballynacarriga. Nano, wife of Willie, has clocked up 95 and doesn’t mind who knows it! Celebrations are being held locally among her family that extends to five generations and her friends that extends to legions. Congratulations Nano! Celebrating a birthday at the other end of the age spectrum is Nano’s granddaughter Gemma, daughter of Michael and Rosario. As in Nano’s case, Gemma is celebrating an age, which she won’t mind disclosing also, because it brings along many benefits, key of door, etc. Happy 21st!


It’s back! The newest phase of the Community Lotto is being relaunched after its summer break. The Draws will continue to be made on Tuesday evenings when you are invited to join in the event as it rotates among the local pubs, beginning on September 9. The startup Jackpot, is a tempting €1,500 and in addition there will be a new arrangement of ‘Lucky Dips’, if this is not won. These are now prizes of €50, €30 and €20. This local Lotto is the main source of income for the local Community Council, and profits therefrom are invested in the local community. Your support is earnestly solicited.


Thirty-one against one doesn’t work! This was no surprise to one local fellow from Kilkenny who said recently that Waterford can have its illusionist in the person of Keith Barry, but Kilkenny has fifteen magicians! What could I say?


Congratulations to Jake Considine and Darragh Arthur of Faha, who were part of the Young Munster Youth Team who defeated the Exiles in the final recently in Cork. Darragh (Daz) had the added honour of scoring the winning try in the match. Both lads are part of the Munster squad, which is going on to contest the Inter Provincial title. When they are not playing rugby, they are giving the same intensity to their studies in Copswood College. The team will be in action in Bruff on September 20 against Leinster where you will have a chance to see the boys playing.


Kildimo ICA members say a very sincere ‘THANK YOU’ to all who assisted in their recent fundraiser for Milford Hospice, both at their coffee morning and in
many other ways. The amount realized to date is €850.
Go Raibh Mile maith agaibh go léir.


Of interest to all who seek the news from local parishes, and especially to those away from home, is the site yourcountynews@gmail.com. This is set up by the Croom correspondent and features as well as his home place, all the adjacent parishes, including Kildimo. Friends and relatives abroad will be especially interested in this facility which puts them in instant touch with home news. Be sure to let them know of its existence and the address.


Denis O’Rourke from Clarina and with Kildimo connections is currently soliciting students for a Digital Camera Course. Denis and his family are enthusiastic photographers and they were well represented in the Limerick Show photography competition recently. You’d be sure to benefit from this course, which will go ahead depending on interest. Contact Denis now on (353066).


Information Night for parents of 1st Year Students who commenced at Salesian Secondary College this month will be held on Monday, 15th September 2008 at 8pm in the Central Area.
.Mass for the opening of the school year will be celebrated on Friday, 26th September 2008 in the College Chapel.
After school Music Classes will commence on Monday, 29th September 2008. The following instruments will be taught: acoustic and electric guitar, base guitar, drums, piano, tin whistle, concertina, harp and violin. If interested please give your name and details to Regina in the School Office 061 393105. Registration for all instruments will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2008 in the School Library at Salesian Secondary College at 7pm.
Congratulations to: Darragh Arthur, Kildimo 6th Year student and Jake Considine, Kildimo and 5th Year student on making it onto the Munster Junior Squad Rugby Team and their first Munster Cap against London Irish last week.

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