Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes Wed April 8 2009

April 5, 2009 Breda Nealon & Colleagues L to R Maurice O,Connoe,Brendan Kilmartin,John Rea,Breda Nealon & Donie Burke


The MS Society wishes to thank Joe Gleeson, Ballynacarriga and his team who organised the recent table quiz in Pallaskenry and realised €600 to help fund their projects. Mary and Eddie Burke donated their premises for the event and Liam O’Connor set the questions, while Patricia O’Dowd acted as scorekeeper. Thanks also to those who donated Spot Prizes and the participants who enjoyed a very enjoyable intellectual joust.


A major step towards reversing the effects of Cardiac Arrest has been made locally with the training of forty persons in the use of the AED (automatic external defibrillator). This device is placed in the eastern Church carpark to allow easy access to trained personnel. The list of operatives is available locally at the Post Office, Slattery’s, De Bucket and the Seven Sisters. The first response in a cardiac emergency must always be 999, where you will be led by the operator to give all the relevant information as to patient and location. Only after that will you seek a local AED operative. The intervention of such a trained person, may greatly offset the effects of Cardiac Arrest and minimise heart damage. Should you be interested in undergoing such training in the future, give your name to any member of the Community Council or to Sarah Beard.


After twenty-seven years at the wheel, Breda Nealon is finally handing in the keys of her school bus. In spite of what for most of us who have difficulties negotiating our little cars on our little roads, Breda claims that she enjoyed her responsible task in ferrying the children of our parish to both Kildimo N.S. and Copswood College. She is presently looking forward to long school holidays in place of the daily commitment to her morning and afternoon runs. Her husband Jimmy will surely pamper her with many late breakfasts in bed at home in Drumlohan. Over the course of her career, she has clocked up a staggering 243,000 miles and had she been driving around the globe, she’d have passed your door five times! And how is Breda to spend her retirement? A buswoman’s holiday of course. Her first trip will be the mere 25,000 miles to Australia to visit family.
Legions of school children from the past and present, along with their parents and the teachers and schools she served, will pay tribute to her safe and courteous custody of her ‘cargo’. She leaves her post with the good wishes of all and the hopes of many more miles on her clock!


Application forms may be received at Kildimo National School for enrolling students for the coming year. The closing date for such applications is Friday April 3, 2009. Two West Limerick Schools will enjoy a sponsored school tour in 2009, by simply entering a competition sponsored by ‘The Weekly Observer’. All you have to do is register your school by e-mail to


Numbers 1, 12, 18 & 27 were drawn for a Jackpot of 4.000 on March 31. Because this combination was not predicted, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50, €30 and €20 were drawn respectively by Ger Griffin, Ballynacarriga; Martin Corrigan, Kilbreedy and Mary Griffin of Ballynacarriga. The funds raised by the Lotto are ploughed back into the community and your support is welcome.


Eibhlín O’Connor of Kilmoreen was most impressed with the interest in her Brazilian building project and wishes to register her thankfulness. She is well on target for her trip in July when she will spend nearly six weeks with twenty-four likeminded people providing for the homeless in Parnaiba on the north east coast of Brazil. To date her old school in Kildimo have raised over €600 by the exertions of pupils and staff during ‘Colours Day’. Education at this school embraces the wider world and takes on a new charity every month. Eibhlín’s Churchgate Collection was well responded to with €500 raised. She is now off to complete her training for the event and while she is well aware of the needs of the slum dwellers in Parnaiba, she still anticipates a cultural shock when the reality hits home in July.


Perhaps you daily walk is not resulting in the desired effects. If not, then you need to attend the ‘Fit Walk Clinics’ that are being organised by Co. Limerick Sports Partnership. The aim of these events, which are being held in NCW and Kilmallock on April 20 and 27, is to demonstrate how to get the most from you perambulations. A big take up from the women who walk in Mellon and Ballynacarriga is anticipated.


The Killulta ICA painters are presently putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming exhibition. Entitled ‘Bothering na Smaointe II’ the exhibition will hang in ‘De Bucket’ Pub, Ferrybridge during the month of May in conjunction with The National Bealtaine Festival, which encourages creativity in older people.


It has to be the rarefied air up the Old Road, which is responsible for the long and healthy lives of those privileged to live there. Marking a significant birthday in that area is Mrs Kitty Loftus who is celebrating a milestone in her life. Apart from the salubrious location, regular exercise on the dancing floor allied to her cheerful disposition will no doubt ensure many more such happy events. Congratulations!

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