Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes W/E June 20 2009


The death has taken place during the past week of Mr James (Junior) Loftus,

Inniskean, Dundalk, Co Louth and formerly of Ballyoshea, Kildimo. Son of Kitty and the late Jim Loftus, and predeceased by his brother Liam (Pallaskenry), Junior is deeply mourned by his wife Mary, his children, siblings and a large extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

His funeral took place on Friday last June 13, following Requiem Mass in Mary Mother of Mercy Church, Inniskean, to the local cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Condolences are also extended to the Downs family on the recent death of Mr Dick Downs, Summerville, Pallaskenry. Pre deceased by his wife Nora (Hevenor), he is deeply mourned by his daughter Mary, sons James,

Richard, and Tommy, sister Alice, extended family and friends RIP.

His funeral took place on Tuesday last June16, following Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry to Kilcornan cemetery.

May he rest in Peace.


The following, whose anniversaries are remembered and Masses are being arranged: Tom and Mick Hogan, Ballinacarriga, Joan Noonan, Shanpallas (Sunday 21 at 10.30am), Christina and Ester Lyons, (Sat 20 at 7pm) and

Máire O’Sullivan NT, Ballyoshea (Sunday June 21 at 12.00).

Solas na ngrást dóibh uilig.


In the weekly draw on June 9, numbers 5, 13, 18 & 25 were the winning combination for a Jackpot of €1,400. As no punter made the winning prediction, five ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for prizes of €20 each, which went to Pat Byrnes, Liam Griffin, Mary Ellen Griffin, Shannon O’Neill and Rose McKeogh.


Following his victory cavalcade from Croom to Buttercup Farm on Wednesday, June 10, Patrick C. Fitzgerald paid tribute to the two Kildimo men who introduced him to this area. As is well known by now, the winning margin was a mere four votes, illustrating the importance of the personal canvass. We can here for the first time, reveal how these crucial votes were won. A Kildimo lady in some distress in town when finding on her return to her car that she had a flat tyre, was at a loss to tackle the job before her. Meanwhile the scribes and Pharisees passed by with either condescending nods or averted gazes. Only one gentleman in business suit thought fit to aid the mature damsel in distress. His jacket was doffed, his tie secured, cuffs rolled up and before you could say “Patrick C”, the job was done. Mind you, modestly he didn’t say Patrick C, and it wasn’t until his enigmatic smile appeared atop a poster in the village, that the lady in question knew the identify of her saviour of the flat tyre. Being a lady as aforementioned, she proved true to her description and rounded up three more of her friends from her social circle and having again recounted her tale, all four now did the decent thing and that is how the new Councillor gained office. We look forward to many more kindnesses for Kildimo when the new County Council is inaugurated. Outside the venue of his victory speech, it had to be noted that there was a large machine clearly inscribed ‘Dough-making Machine’ as part of the display of objects of yesteryear. We expect that when this machine is cranked up, the Council estimates will favourably funnel some of this dough to the environs of Kildimo.


‘Ghosts of the Faithful Departed’ is an exhibition of artistic photographs by Cork based David Creedon. The arts area of Dooradoyle Library is hosting this event, which is evocative of 1950’s Ireland. The artist-photographer has exhibited widely worldwide and it might be worth your while nipping in from a shopping break to see what it’s all about.


Diabetic Eye Disease is the worthy charity for the event at Eric’s in Pallaskenry on Friday, June 12. This is hosted in memory of the late Stephen Loftus, Pallaskenry. Doors open from 9am to 12.30.

SHE’S 21!

Margaret Griffin of Clorane, eldest and dearest of Liam and Jackie, has reached that critical age. Traditionally, the key of the door marked the coming of age, but for Margaret more likely a site on the ancestral lands would be more appropriate. Her family and friends marked the occasion at ‘Jack’s’ with a shindig. Congratulations all!


Aspire to being an artist but never knew where to start? Well perhaps your opportunity is just around the corner of Pery Square in the Limerick City Art Gallery. From June 15 young artists will be in residency upstairs in the gallery

and working in a wide variety of media. There creativity is very much centered on public participation in their chosen fields. Following this initial period of production, the works- which you may have influenced- will be on display downstairs from July.


P.J. Carey wishes to convey his thanks to all who supported his initiative in regard to ‘Volunteers for Peace Vietnam’. P.J. will be swopping the verdant fields of Kilmoreen for the frenetic city life in Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon. His task is to teach English in one of the city’s orphanages and being a lover of hurling, he hopes also to enthuse some of the millions of natives of that city with his skills with camán and sliothar. Vietnam has embraced many cultural influences, but it is ready for hurling? We may yet see teams from Vietnam coming on hurling tournaments to Kildimo.


The Salesian College, Pallaskenry once again will host Camp Bosco for a three-week period from Monday July 6 to Friday July 24 between 1.30pm and 5.30pm each day. Cost is €75 per week with three week special offers and family group rates. Further information from (061) 393105


The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of Conquer Cancer was taken up at both Masses in Kildimo last weekend. Many thanks to all who supporetd this very worthwhile cause.


The recent AGM of the local Council reached a successful climax with the election of new Community Council. The handing over of the reins from the previous hardworking group will be taking place presently and we can anticipate a Newsletter to bring us up to date with events. Thanks to the outgoing Committee who have beavered away for years on complicated legal issues in regard to land title, on running the Local Lotto and maintaining the Library, along with other community events.

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