Monday, October 6, 2008

Kildimo Community Notes W/E Oct 11th 2008


Many of our people away from home are finding contact with their home through the new news site, which is available at On this site they will keep up to date with local events. For example, regarding the wedding report in this week’s notes, Ava Battles’ in-laws in New Zealand, those who couldn’t come to the event, will savour the action on the day. It is proposed to publicly announce this site soon, but in the meantime, pass on the above details to your friends away from home.


According to the love song, ’ It started with a kiss’, but in the case of Ava Battles and Seán Brosnan, it more likely started with a kick. Playing tag rugby, which gives your opponent an excuse and a chance to lay hands on you, was how they met in Herbert Park in Dublin. Tackling nowadays is altogether a different and more blessed affair since they got tagged together in matrimony in Ava’s local church of St. Joseph in Kildimo on September 18. It was also Fr. Donal McNamara’s last wedding ceremony before his departure to St. Munchin’s as their P.P. Her three Bridesmaids on the day were Colette Keleher, Amy Kelly and Nessa Quilty while Seán had Bliss for his Best Man, that is Alastair. Also in assistance was Groomsman Andrew Graham. The young Josh Battles, the Bride’s relative, performed the duties of Page. Mothers of the Bride and Groom, Mary and Carol, performed the Offertory Procession. Aine Lynch and Olivia O’Connor proclaimed the liturgical readings, while Craig Adamson, Jane Dalgity, Olivia Gallagher, Peter McCarrick, Emma Moffatt and Ray Wims led the Prayers of the Faithful. During the Communion, Rachel Phillips presented a reflection on the true nature of that love of maturity where the roots of each party become one in a deep and fruitful soil, a reflection well chosen by Ava who knows all about roots and soil, as she is no stranger to the fruitful production therefrom. Neither is she averse to getting down and dirty, a fact that her new husband will note in regard to the future garden maintenance of the ancestral pile. The wedding reception that followed was held in the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, during which Noel’s new hip was put to the test on the dance floor. The honeymoon location is being kept a close secret for the present while the extended Brosnan clan from New Zealand are visiting the ‘auld sod’. Their visit to Ireland for this happy occasion coincided with a re-union of the Brosnan Clan in their original Kerry, where John, Sean’s father represented this emigrant branch of the clan for the first time since the last union in 1986. Following their honeymoon, the newlyweds will resume life in Dublin where Seán is ‘Sales Operation Manager’ for Meteor and Ava is the ‘Chief Executive Officer’ for the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups. Their respective families, neighbours and friends are one in wishing Seán and Ava many happy years of entwining roots together and maybe little offshoots to be sheltered and nourished by them.


The Community Council is providing an AED (Automatic Emergency Defibrillator) for public use. This will be available to suitably trained members of the community in the event of heart attacks from which a great number of citizens die or are seriously disabled annually. The use of such devices is well within the capacity of non-medical persons who will undergo a training course in their usage. The early minutes following a heart attack are crucial to survival and these devices are critical in maintaining oxygen supply to the brain and heart tissues pending the arrival of emergency services. Sarah Beard (394940/087 7756590) and Shirley Steritt (085 1036207) are collecting the names of civic minded and responsible citizens who may have qualifications to use the defibrillator, or who are willing to undergo a short course in their use.


Numbers 3, 5, 8 & 24 were the combination required to win the Jackpot of €1,800 on September 30. As no member predicted these numbers, ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn by Joe Gleeson of Ballynacarriga,(€50); Josephine O’Dea, Carheeny, (€30) and Shauna Gavin, Tervoe who won €20. Tickets are available for a mere €2.


We’ve had prize bulls- from Ardlahan; a prize sean-nós dancer- from Kilmacat; a celebrated beauty- from Ballynacarriga. The list could go on and on. Now we have a talented, prize cat! He’s a marmalade moggy called Garfield O’Reilly, the darling of his owner Roisín. Although Garfield is three and Roisín is four, Garfield knows that in cat life he’s much older than his owner and he makes a big effort to come down to her age and play like a four year old when he really wants to be out climbing trees and frightening birds and hunting mice and stuff. He can’t wait until his host family goes away on the holiday he won for them when he can get down to some serious living.


The following. whose anniversaries occur around this time, are remembered
and Masses are being arranged:
Joe Liston, Ballycasey, Jim & Margaret Woods, Kilmoreen, and Nora Stokes, Milford (Friday Oct 3rd at 7.30pm
Solas na ngrást dóibh uilig.


Should you wish to hone up on your photography skills an opportunity will present itself on Thursday next 0ctober 9th .The Clarina Camera Club, under the guidance of Denis O’Rourke, will meet at the GAA Hall at 8pm and all are welcome to attend. Denis may be contacted at (061) 353066 for further details.

“Climate Change and Trees”.

Ted Cooke will give a talk at Broadford Arboretum Co Limerick entitled “Climate Change and Trees” on Sunday October 12th next at 2.00 p.m.

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