Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes W/E August 1 2009


The ‘Irish Post’, the newspaper for the Irish in Britain, has recently been honouring Kildimo-born Sister Sabina Staff, from Ballynacarriga. Having retired from teaching after forty years, Sr. Sabina reinvented herself and took on a completely new missionary role. Her trojan work for the less privileged in Birmingham has been noted in the highest circles, in none less than Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty. The hard-working Sister has been named amongst those honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and she will receive an MBE on her visit to the Palace for her voluntary service to homeless people in Birmingham. With her usual modesty, she says that she will receive the honour not just for herself, but also for her faithful and hardworking band of volunteers who assist her in fundraising for the Sifa-Fireside Centre in her adopted city. We look forward to shaking the hand that shook that of Elizabeth 11, when she next visits her family and friends in Kildimo and Ballynacarriga. This is the second Kildimo person to receive such an honour in recent years; the previous award was given to Ann Meade, formerly Kennedy, and also from Ballynacarriga. Ann’s honour was bestowed for her role in ‘Victim Support’, which caters for the victims of crime.


‘Miss Kildimo’, Madeline Mulqueen of Ballyculhane was delighted with the result of her competition for Miss Limerick. The next best thing to her winning the accolade was that her best friend Sinead Hughes carried off the title of Miss Clare. Madeline made it into the last twelve and she has been selected to enter another beauty contest, namely ‘Miss Diva Next Door’. You’ll remember that this was the competition that first brought Rosanna Davidson to notice. So, another new dress and Madeline will be off with her troupe of friends and family to illustrate the beautiful side of Kildimo.


Limerick Co. Co. Arts Office which sponsors artists in National Schools in the county, are showcasing one such initiative in Dooradoyle Library until August 24, during opening times. The exhibition is entitled ‘What’s behind our School’ and it illustrates t he work of third and sixth class pupils of Milford National School, Castletroy. The title shows the built and natural environment behind their school, the buildings and art works in the University Campus and also the rich diversity of flora in that region. A must see exhibition for those interested in the educational value of this art scheme.


West Limerick Radio, which services this area, is a voluntary community enterprise that relies greatly on local fundraising to run its studios in NCW, Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale. Their next effort is at ‘The Devon Inn’, Templeglantine on the August Bank Holiday, Monday August 3, doors open 8.00pm for 9.00 show. Entertainment by ‘Na Cailíní’, Mike Condon and Athea’s Joe O’Keeffe.


Friday August 21 is a date you must reserve in your busy calendar of events. On that evening, the new Community Council are holding their first fundraising BBQ at ‘De Bucket’ at 8.00pm. Not only may you feast for a mere €10, but you also get to meet the neighbours for no extra cost. Be sure to tell them and make a special effort to invite newer members of the community who may be shy. More details will follow and Council members and the venue will have tickets for sale.


Twelve-year-old Jake Guerin of Ballyrune, has stolen a stroke over many more mature swimmers by winning the Deel swim on Friday, July 24. Jake is a member of the Askeaton Swimming Club, but he must be one of the few non-natives of the ‘Auld Town’ to have his name engraved on the cup. His win is also notable as this was the fiftieth anniversary swim and he joins a long line of great swimmers who have cut the water before him. Congrats Jake and good luck in your new educational step in September in Salesian College, Pallaskenry.


Condolences are extended to the family of Peggy Magner (nee O’Brien) formerly of Ballyculhane, who died in the States recently. Her husband Joe, formerly of Rathkeale and their children survives her. She is also survived by her brothers Mícheal, Ballyculhane and Denis, US and also by her sisters Eithne and Noreen in the US. Funeral arrangements will follow later. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Burial Ground Mass

Mass was celebrated in Kildimo Burial ground by Very Rev John Donworth PP last week with a large attendance. This ceremony, in addition to the November Prayer Service, affords an opportunity of coming together of family, including those living outside the parish, friends, and neighbours to remember their loved ones. Sincere appreciation to all who participated.

Go Raibh Míle Maith agaibh


The following, whose anniversaries are remembered and Masses are being arranged: Meta Costelloe and her daughter-in-law Breda, Coolbeg,Mary Jo Conway, Ballinacarriga and Ballyanrahan, Patrickswell,Petty Dillon, Ballyvareen and Paddy O’Shaughnessy, Castlegrey.

Solas Na ngrást dóibh uilig.


Following the recent Mass ballot among the parishioners the following revised timetable will operate as and from the beginning of September 2009:

Vigil Mass Saturday at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry.

Sunday Mass at 11.00 in St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo.

These arrangements will alternate every second year between both churches in the parish.


In the weekly draw on July 21, numbers 6, 15, 21 & 22 were the winning combination for a Jackpot of €2,000. As no punter made the winning prediction, five ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for prizes of €20 each, which went to Seán Kelly, Thomas & Tara Lyons, Liam Fitzgerald, Mary Rogan and Gerard Keith Griffin. The new Community Council invites your participation in this draw, the proceeds of which are channelled back into community development.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe Cill Díoma

Members of Kildimo ICA enjoyed a wonderful day out in Glenstal Abbey, Murroe recently. In addition to visiting the Tutty Exhibition and the icon church

the peaceful surroundings were much appreciated.

A further outing is being arranged during August and the organiser will notify all membes by either email or text of the arrangements.


A date for your diary is Friday December 4th. St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo will be the venue for one of Fr Liam Lawton’s concert s and further information regarding tickets will be available shortly.

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