Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes Wed June 3rd 2009


The new start-up series of Draws continues and numbers 2, 7, 11 & 27 were the winning combination on Tuesday, May 26 for a Jackpot of €1,200. As no punter made the winning prediction, five ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for prizes of €20 each, which went to Peter & Eimear Hickey, John Patrick Carey, Gerald Keith Griffin, Mary O’Brolcháin and William O’ Regan.


An important date for your diary is the AGM of the local Community Council on Wednesday, June 10 in the Library at 8.30pm. The present Council have been working hard to expedite development of the community site and in the raising of funds through the weekly Lotto, to maintain the Library. The success of local development depends on local participation- ‘ní neart go cur le céile’.


Work is progressing on the facilities at Bleach Lough and the committee expects to have everything completed in about three weeks. By then the car park facilities will be improved and a pontoon will be in place for the more sedentary anglers. These developments will also make angling more accessible for wheelchair users. Meanwhile, you can be getting your gear smartened up and your casting improved by practice in the garden- though not in view of your neighbours! As a long hot summer is to be expected (by the optimistic), you should be also digging your worms now when the ground is wet and saving those blue-headed monsters so beloved of unsuspecting trout!


Students of Copswood College from Kildimo and Clarina who are learning French with the natives during June, are demonstrating their practical interest in the history of World War 1 by travelling to Normandy for ‘D-Day’. They will lay a wreath on the beaches in honour of those Irish who gave their lives for the freedom of small nations. Amongst these men who made the supreme sacrifice, upwards of sixty were from the Limerick area. Limerick men at the front were heartened by home support when the nuns of the Good Shepherd Convent organised and made a banner depicting the Sacred Heart of which it was said that such a gesture would ‘make the Hun regret his attack on civilisation’. Details above are taken from T.J. Moloney’s Masters Thesis entitled ‘The Impact of World War 1 on Limerick’, U.L. 2003, with the Author’s permission.


Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh’s new exhibition opens at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, on Thursday, June 4. Councillor John Gilligan will do the honour of opening and this exhibition has a flavour of the U.S. with a portrait of the new President among other American themes.


Fortunately there hasn’t been any need for the AED that is in readiness in the western Carpark of the local church. This means that it is all the more imperative that the original trainees make themselves available to revise their skills in a session to be held in the back room of the Seven Sisters on Thursday, May 28 at 8.00pm. In the event of a heart incident, it is important to gain access to the Defibrillator through one of these operatives that is while notifying the ambulance centre as a priority. Remember when ringing 999 that the call centre at the other end of your line may not be in Limerick and so it is important to be specific in regard to your location. For example, if you ask for an ambulance to be sent to St. Joseph’s Church or the Post Office and hang up, the operator will not know which of the hundreds of such locations you mean as he may have taken your call in a centre in Dublin or elsewhere. The golden rule when ringing for help is that you don’t hang up until the operator tells you.


For a second time, the local PO has sold a scratch card winning €10,000! Peggy sells lots more of lesser amounts and in the past purchasers have won their place on the national show. Another such big win is due and Peggy thinks it may just be you!


Fancy a game? Members are travelling to Charleville on June 13, teeing off between 9 and 10 am. Contact Matty if you intend to join the fun at 086 0798093.


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


Following the meeting in Foynes to inaugurate local Area Councils, two representatives from Kildimo have been elected to the Estuary Council, namely Phyl Fitzgerald of Court and Sarah Beard of Ballycasey. These two ladies will liase with local clubs and interest groups with a view to keeping this local area in touch with wider developments and funding possibilities for local developments. To achieve this, they will need to be aware of your interests, so contact Phyl at 394455 or Sarah at 394940.

The following have been elected to office at the recent annual general meeting for the coming year: President Kathleen Hayes, Dereen, Vice President Mary O’Rourke, Glenameade, Hon Sec Kitty McMahon, Kilmoreen.Hon Treasurer Maeve Bradley, Ballydoole, Arts Officer/PRO Phyllis O’Halloran, Baile na Carraige, Craft Officer Kathleen Coughlan, Court, Contest Sec /Book Club Facilitator May Galvin, Ballyrune, International Officer Kathleen Griffin, Old Kildimo, Grianán Teachta Maura Hallum, Court,Sports Officer Dolores Dinneen and Timire Mary Ellen Griffin, Old Kildimo. Best wishes to all for the year ahead.

Should you be making way in your wardrobe for the new spring collection, your better rags will be welcome to the ISPCC ‘Clothes Bank’ behind ‘De Bucket’. Shoes will also be accepted and if you want to recycle your old mobile phone, there’s also a place to bin it at the same location. A similar clothing bank is available at Copswood College as well as the different kinds of glass and food tins.


Congratulations to 1) Students who passed their Water Safety Exams - 2nd Year: Emily Fitzgerald,

3rd Year: John Sheehan, Conor Holland, Sarah O’Dea, Niall Madden and Ciarán Mulcahy, 5th Year: Chris Slattery and Claire McCarthy and 6th Year: Georgina Ryan, 2) to all those who competed in both U.L. and Castleisland in the North Munster Athletics: a) Áine Sheehan 2nd in Shot, Discus and Hammer, b) Ailish Sheehan 1st in Shot & Javelin and 2nd in Discus and on winning Gold in Shot in the Munster Schools Athletics recently, c) Orlaith O’Neill 3rd in Hurdles, d) Girls Relay: Orlaith O’Neill, Sarah O’Dea, Niamh O’Connor & Hazel O’Connor, e) Ciara Barrett 2nd in 400 Hurdles and f) Niamh O’Connor 3rd in 400m.

Well done to the U16½ Footballers who reached the Co. Final against Bruff last Friday but were defeated after a brave display and we wish the Junior Girls Football Team the best of luck in the Co. Final later this week.

Well done to all those involved in the preparing for the Past Pupil reunion of class 1972-1977 held on Sunday last May 17 2009. A special word of thanks to the Folk Group for their enormous contribution to the Mass.

Table Quiz Fundraiser for Salesian work in Swaziland, Africa where Fr. Martin McCormack is currently Chaplin, will take place in Clancy’s Bar on this Friday, 22nd May at 9.30pm.

House Exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th year students will commence on Monday next 25th May 2009.

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