Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes W/E May 17 2009


It was with great sadness that the news of the death, following a short illness, of Mr Patsy Hayes, Ballycasey was received in the community on Friday May 8.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Anne (Parish Clerk), son Tony, sisters Birdie Carroll, Kildimo, Mary Kelly, Adare and Kathleen Lynch, Innishannon,
brothers Michael, Kildimo, Billy, Donegal,and John, Cork; his extended family, friends, neighbours and former colleagues in Gouldings, Askeaton.
Following Requiem Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo on Monday last May 11th Patsy‘s remains were interred in Kildimo Cemetery.
Ní imithe uainn ach imithe rómhainn


While it is more usual for the older to give good example to the younger, the reverse is the case with the boys and girls of the senior classes in the local National School. They turned out in force on Wednesday, May 6, to clean up the local environment, which no doubt their elders had rubbished. For it was not children who discarded tyres and a mattress in the village environs and the old shoes and boots that were collected were not junior sizes. As a result of their endeavours, a substantial pile of rubbish awaited the Co. Co. environmental operatives who had supplied pickers and rubbish bags for the collection. A good amount of concerned parents accompanied the children, as did the teachers who instil such fine ethics into their charges. A concerned village citizen was on hand also to ‘mol an óige’ and reward them with fruit for their efforts. The children illustrated that picking other peoples rubbish, can be turned into a fun event as they pursued their work with cheer and good will. Congratulations all!


The May Bank Holiday produced unseasonal weather that separated the history zealots from their softer brethren. The bravest and suitably clad turned up to follow Askeaton’s troubadour Anthony Sheehy on a tour of the major historical sites of the ‘Auld Town’. After a dissertation on the Geraldine Castle, which is presently ‘out of bounds’ due to the OPW restoration works, Anthony brought the party through the town ‘he loves so well’ and in the process he traversed many centuries of this proud town, which once had a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. The treasures of the Franciscan Friary were pointed out such as the carved statue of St. Francis in the cloister, which bears the marks of the stigmata that Francis displayed in unity with his Lord and Master. The party were then treated to a history of the ancient order of Knights Templar and in the graveyard where their tower stands, Tony pointed out the final resting place of the Curraghchase poet Aubrey De Vere. With reluctance the party disbanded, with thanks from Derek Cahill of the History Society and with firm resolutions to return again.



Following the success of Kildimo’s previous involvement in the annual week, this year the ‘Kenry Historical Society’ will be including items in the 2009 calendar of events. The dates fixed for the nationwide showcase of Ireland’s rich heritage is from August 22-30. Thus far there are plans afoot for a historical walk in the Ringmoylan area. All aspects of our heritage are highlighted during this special week, so if you know of any interest that might be made public, we’d like to hear your ideas. A nationwide Booklet of events is published every year to publicise Ireland’s involvement in this European event. The last date for inclusion in this publication is May 31. Perhaps you have something to share with others? Have you a specialist skill you might demonstrate, such as dry stone walling, hedge layering, vegetable production- the possibilities are endless!


To mark fifty years of its existence and the great new facilities presently enjoyed by all, a history of the club will be launched on Friday May 15 at the Community Centre, Askeaton. Askeaton’s famous son Pat Wallace and head of the National Museum, Dublin, will perform the honours on the night. Another historic milestone for ‘The Auld Town’ and its state-of-the-art swimming pool. A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to gach einne where cheese and wine will be available.

GAA Club

On Sunday next May 17th Mass will be celebrated in Kildimo Church at 12.00 marking the long history of the GAA organisation in the parish, which co-insides with the founding of Cumann Lúth Cleas Gael in 1884.
Fáilte roimh gach einne ann.


The members of Kildimo ICA extend warmest congratulations to one of their founder members and past president Mary Ellen Griffin, Old Kildimo as she celebrates her 90th birthday this week. Fad saol aici.


With the cooperation of ‘De Bucket’ Ferrybridge, a new local clothes bank has been launched in their Carpark. This facility is for the reception of clean and usable clothing and shoes and is in aid of the ISPCC. At the same venue you may recycle your old mobile phones.


The population of Ballynacarriga got a pleasant boost with a bouncing boy delivered to Isabelle and Adrian Harte. Adam is sure to continue in the Harte dynastic tradition of hurling which his Great-grandfather begun in Kildimo and which he handed down to Adam’s Grandfather Michael and thence to Adrian- Kildimo’s greatest hurling treasure according to one local exponent of the game. Congratulations to parents, grandparents and extended family.


John O’Brien from Doon is organising a pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in September, 12 - 19. The week’s trip will leave from Shannon and if you book before June 1, you can have the trip for €669, otherwise it will cost you €699. Two priests will accompany this tour and John will give you all other details on 061 380614.


West Limerick Resources are establishing five local area Councils in their catchment region. The aim of such groups is to promote development in each local council area. To get the scheme off to a start, a public meeting is taking place at the deferred date of May 25, at 8.00pm. While most local groups have been contacted regarding the above, if you feel you have an interest in this new initiative, you will be most welcome to come to the meeting. If you need further information on the subject, ring Eimear on 069 62222 or see their website at

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