Friday, August 7, 2009

Kildimo Community Notes W/E August 8 2009

August 1st 2009 Mikie Nealon,Middlefiekd with his son David,and daughters Áine Battle ,Roscommon and Marie O'Brien,Murroe at Sr Rita nealon's Golden Jubilee in Kildimo Church

Golden Jubiliarion Sr Rita Nealon,Middlefield and Mexicowith Breda and Jimmy Nealon Dromlohan and Sr Catherine Nealon,Cavanita Nealons Jubillee Mass


When about seventy years ago the Limerick Chronicle described an event in Kildimo as ‘A Moving Scene’, the reference was to the people at their devotions around what was then the newly blessed Lourdes grotto in the old church grounds. This was before the era when the statues did the moving. Not many will now remember this grotto, the statues of which are now in the local graveyard. The newspaper describes in detail how the P.P. Canon Wallace, motivated the people to build the seven terraces on which the statues were mounted and the floral displays that set them off. A semicircular kneeler in stone and painted in the blue of the Virgin’s attire accommodated the petitioners. Three days of special devotions conducted by visiting Franciscan priest, Fr. Adrian, preceded the opening blessing by Canon Wallace. The full report may be read in the paper of February 1941. Pity there was no photo to further illuminate the scene and if any comes to light it would be nice to see it.


On Saturday, August 1, Sister Rita Nealon formerly of Middlefield marked her fifty years of professed religious life with a liturgical celebration in St. Joseph’s Church and afterwards at the Woodlands, Adare. Fr. John Donworth, PP, performed the ritual and in his homily paid tribute to Sr. Rita’s years of dedication as a Sister of the Holy Spirit and her work as a teacher in Texas and on the mission to Mexico, where she has been promoting the spiritual and physical development of the native women. Her celebration was planned and hosted by her cousin Brother Joe Nealon and her brother Mikey and his family who were present with other relations and friends to wish her well in her future service. Ad Multos Annos!


Sunday, August 9 is the date for Fr. Murphy’s fundraising ‘Sale of Work’ in Kilcornan Community Centre. Fr. Murphy will himself be present on the day as he is enjoying a much-needed rest from his missionary labours. Funding is in dire need to finish two building projects in his parish in Nigeria. He hopes to finish his school by September for the enrolment of students and thereafter he’ll give his attention to finishing the Church. The help he gets from his native parish is of vital importance for these projects and your presence on the day would be appreciated. Doors open at 12.00 o’clock. You’re sure to find some item of use at the sale and every euros value will be greatly enhanced in a more depressed African economy.


The following, whose anniversaries are remembered and Masses are being arranged: Frank McMahon, Coolbeg, Kitty Fitzgerald, Carheeny, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Castlegrey and Maura Hayes, Ballycasey.

Solas Na ngrást dóibh uilig.


In the weekly draw on July 28, numbers 7, 8, 21 & 25 were the winning combination for a Jackpot of €2,100. As no punter made the winning prediction, five ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for prizes of €20 each, which went to Mary Ellen Griffin, Thomas & Tara Lyons, Ann O’Dea, Eric Nolan and Margaret O’Reilly. 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

All ICA members are invited to participate in Cappamore Show on Wednesday August 19. A special Federation categeory of a flowering pot plant will once again be of interest to our members and of course there are many more categories of interest including baking, homemade jams, art, crafts, flowers etc. Do get a copy of the full details, submit your entries and enjoy the day out in Portnard.


Details of this year’s ‘Heritage Week’ are currently available on line and in the Booklet that is available at public libraries, tourist offices, Co. Council offices, OPW sites and other public buildings. The week runs from August 22 to 30 and there are lots of Limerick entries. Local events planned by the ‘Kenry Historical Society’ are ‘The Hidden Curragh Chase’ on Sunday 23 and ‘Ringmoylan Walk’ on the following Sunday. August 30th. All events are free and wheelchair accessible and begin at 3.00pm. Coillte are generously facilitating entry to Curragh Chase Forest Park with barrier free entry from 2.30 to their Carpark, where the tour will commence. We hope to have the services of Michael Costello for this tour, along with others with local knowledge of the area. For the Ringmoylan tour we have the services of Derek Cahill, who has conducted similar tours in that area, In addition a speaker with knowledge of the KLM air disaster that happened in that area will recount the history of that event. These walking tours combine a leisurely walk with an equally leisurely approach to local history and offer a great opportunity to get to know your area and some of the people who lived there as well as getting to know the other walkers. There is also a photographic competition in relation to the week with three age categories and valuable prizes. Photographs will be judged on how they best illustrate National Heritage, Built Heritage or Cultural Heritage. More details are available inside the front cover of the Heritage Week Event Guide’ booklet or on their website at The theme of Heritage Week is ‘Be part of it, it’s part of you’, so ‘be part of us’ on the above days!


Our forward thinking and planning local council are seeking to develop an extension to the existing graveyard in Kildimo. This will be of interest to many local citizens, especially those recently moved in. To help defray the costs involved, a BBQ is planned for August 21 at ‘De Bucket’. Tommy McCauley’s international band is engaged for the event and tickets are a mere €10. If you never intend using this planned projected local facility, you may still join in the fun on the evening from Tickets are available at the venue and from any Community Council member.


Masses for the dead will be celebrated in Kilcornan graveyard on Wednesday, August 12 and in Castletown graveyard on the August 19. Both ceremonies begin at 7.30pm.

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