Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes Wed Feb 18th 2009


Deepest sympathy is extended to the Harte family, Ballinacarriga on the
death, in her 96th year, on Friday last February 13th 2009 of Mrs Nano Harte. Nano is deeply mourned by her husband Willie, sons Patsy and Michael, daughter Mary (Patrickswell), her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchild, extended family, friends and neighbours RIP. Her funeral took place, following Requiem Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo on Sunday last to Kilcornan cemetery. Leaba in measc na naomh.
Condolences are also offered to the extended family of the late Kitty Griffin, formerly of Ballyculhane, Kildimo who died recently in the UK. Pre deceased by her sisters Mary and Eileen, brothers Tom and Chris, she is deeply mourned by her family in England including her brother George (Peterborough), sister Madge Anderson (Dublin), nieces, nephews, and former neighbours in the Kildimo area. Her funeral Mass takes place in Peterborough on Tuesday 24th February and her ashes will be interred in the family plot in Kildimo at 2.00pm on Sat 28th Feb 2009. R.I.P.
May she rest in Peace


History buffs will be interested in the lecture by Milo Spillane of Croom at the Adare History Society meeting on this Wednesday, February 18th. Dr. Spillane may be known through his family connection with Pallaskenry/Kildimo, where his father endeavoured to maintain the rule of law. Milo may be known through his wonderful history of the Adare Golf Club, but he writes extensively on history topics in various journals and he is sought after by history societies as a speaker. His topic in Adare is about the involvement of the Mercy Nuns in the Crimean War. This has proven to be a controversial subject, as it seems that there may have been friction between the Sisters and the lay nurses who ministered in the same venue. It was Florence Nightingale who organised the latter and it may be possible that the good Sisters resented the usurpation of their ministry by the first organisation of nursing by laywomen. Milo will disclose all!


Friends of our recent pastor will be delighted with the news that his talents have been rewarded by his elevation to the status of Canon, by Bishop Murray. Fr. McNamara is now one of the Bishop’s inner circle and one of the traditional roles of the Canons is the singing of the Cathedral services, a part for which he is admirably suited

Lourdes Invalid Fundraiser

The annual pancake fundraiser in aid of the above will take place on Shrove Tuesday February 24th at ‘Seven Sisters ‘Pub, Old Kildimo from 2pm to 5pm.
Organisers Ann Hayes and Kitty McMahon assure everybody of a plentiful supply of pancakes, in addition to other delights and raffle. Please give your customary support to this worthwhile charity.

Chernobyl Table Quiz

‘De Bucket’Pub, Ferrybridge is the venue on Friday night February 27th for the Chernobyl Table Quiz . Commencing at 8.30pm,tables of four cost €20,spot prizes go leor, and Edel O’Mahony of Old Kildimo would really appreciate your support.


The following, whose anniversaries occur around this time, are remembered and Masses are being arranged: Agnes O’Shea, Ballyrune, Kathleen Byrnes, Ardlahan, Eamon Lyons James O’Dea, Carheeny, Jack and Lil O’Rourke, Ardlahan, Crissie Nealon, Middlefield, Paul Byrnes, Glasscurran, Ferrybridge,
Charles and Kitty Byrnes,Old Kildimo (Sat Feb 21st 7pm),and Mary and Sylvia McAuley, Court (Feb 22nd 12.00).Mass for the late Mary Kennedy formerly of Rockfield will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church,Pallaskenry on this Friday February20th at 9.30am.
Solas na ngrást dóibh uilig.


Numbers 4, 9, 11 & 26 were drawn for a Jackpot of €3300 on February 10. Because this combination was not predicted, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50, €30 and €20 were drawn by J. Walsh, Patricia Griffin and Margaret O’Reilly.


As if you didn’t notice, snowdrops dropping, buds budding, little birdies singing for their partners and young persons fancy in fancying mode. No surprise then that Jude Hayes of Mellon should think of whisking his lady friend away to Madrid for the engagement band to firm up his relationship to Michelle Daly. Jude is presently holidaying at home from France and the relationship will have to be conducted at a distance while he fulfils his contract to his company there. Meanwhile Michelle is busy at the Paddy Power headquarters in Dublin where her many talents are put to good use in steering the Internet betting facility for that company. Many congratulations to both from their families and friends.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe Cill Díoma

The Kildimo ICA Art Group’ The Killulta Painters’ has resumed activities
under the guidance of Theresa Hegarty and all members of Kildimo ICA are invited to attend.
Eileen O’Byrne conducted a workshop recently on ‘Card Making’ using recycled materials and lots of new ideas were exchanged and put into use.


His modesty wouldn’t allow him to trumpet his celebration of his sixtieth birthday, but his humility will allow the publication of Fr. John’s recent milepost when his family and friends- and now his parishioners- offer their congratulations on his growing maturity. The countdown is on to the ‘Free Travel Pass’ and the pontifical pension!

Limerick County Enterprise Board

Should I start A Business?-
Is being your own Boss something you have considered? This short seminar will inform you with what’s involved in starting up a business
Wednesday 18th February, Brian O’Kane, South Court Hotel, Raheen

COST: FREE TIME:7pm- 9:30pm .Places Limited.
Booking essential.

Salesian College News

Kate Molyneaux, a 6th year student at Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry w has been chosen as one of 15 Finalists in the 2009 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme. Kate has participated in many mini-marathons raising funds for the Marie Keating Foundation and also for the T.L.C. orphanage in South Africa. The school has an excellent record in this awards scheme as two former pupils Suzanne Dillon and Lisa O’Reilly were named All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of the year in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Kate is wished every success and the school congratulates her on this marvellous achievement.
Mid term break commenced on Friday last 13th February 2009 at 3.20pm. School will re-open on Monday, 23rd February 2009.
Lifesaving – Endurance 1 & 2 Exam on Wednesday, 4th March at 3.30pm.
Date for your diary: Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 8pm Fashion Show Fundraising Event in the Woodlands House Hotel.


The prevalence of litter and therefore those who illegally dump it, is evident around our area. Limerick Co. Co. is committed to policing the environment and there are three fulltime officers for that purpose. The officer for the western part of the city and county is Eamon Dalton and his number is 069 62100. There is also a free phone number at 1800 201151. You may even e-mail to It is up to us to do the policing of this problem in our own areas, so get on the phone if you notice your area being spoiled for all of us by littering.

Tribute to
Mr Patrick O’Connor, RIP
Camheen, Mungret and formerly Cartown, Kildimo.RIP

The death occurred recently of Mr Pat O’Connor of Camheen, Mungret following an unexpected health crisis. Pat had suffered a stroke six years ago and was making a brave battle against the odds that left his mobility and speech impaired. The stroke had greatly changed his active outdoor life and confined him to a wheelchair while requiring much help to deal with the everyday events of life, which was accomplished with the devoted help of his wife Brigid, whom he married in 1962, and his son Pat and daughters Marion and Michelle and their children. His grandson to whom he was especially devoted, paid heartfelt tribute to his grandfather, following his requiem Mass and who had taught him all the skills of the outdoor life of fishing, shooting and many other things.
Pat was born in Cartown, overlooking the Shannon that was to play such a large part in his developing a love of boating and fishing. In his young days he made the daily journey on foot to Ballynacarriga school, on the way being joined by many of his lifelong pals from Mellon. Following his schooling, he embarked on a varied life of work with CIE road freight, Irish Cement and Southern Chemicals eventually culminating in his own private business with his JCB. Many of his old neighbours in Mellon, Ballynacarriga and beyond were indebted to him for the jobs he performed for them with cheerfulness and skill.
Much of his youth was passed with camán and sliotar and among the highpoints of this interest was his playing for the county at Junior level against Tipperary in Kilmallock in 1959. Unfortunately the home county was defeated in this First Round encounter. The year previously in the Canon Punch Tournament, Pat had the unique distinction of playing in both Junior and Senior games against Treaty Sarsfields on the same day! In the latter game against the Sarsfields Senior team, he had the added distinction of scoring the winning point in that encounter. Following his active hurling life, he joined the bench in mentoring many a local team. While hurling was undoubtedly his first love, he was also a nifty mover of the larger ball on the soccer pitch.
Pat’s interest in boating and fishing resulted in his setting up with others what is now the thriving Bleach Lough Fishing Club. With one of the other co-founders Mícheal Downey, his cousin, he collaborated with this latter in the undertaking business. The same partnership were involved in the organisation and fundraising for the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage and Pat liked nothing better than helping his neighbours who might need assistance to the Grotto and the Baths. He himself was later to become the grateful beneficiary of many a health operative in the Mid Western Regional Hospital and in the Respite and Stroke Unit of St. Camillus’s Hospital. He also benefited from his regular trips to the Mount Day Care Centre and to the meetings of the Thursday Club Active Retirement Group in Clarina. The members of this latter club, paid their deceased member the tribute of a guard of honour at his removal from the parish church Mungret, en route to his final resting place. His bereaved wife and children found some comfort in the requiem Mass celebrated by Fathers Noonan, Fitzgibbon and Brouder with the musical and vocal accompaniment of Joe Spenser and Marguerite Quinn and his remains were interred in Kilcornan Cemetery. Pat’s good humour survived his traumatic stroke and even when his speech had left him, his smile and laughter were enduring and will remain as a legacy to all those who were honoured to know him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

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