Friday, March 26, 2010


Kildimo Tidy TownsSurvey in progress


Members of the above Council are making a presentation to County Council elected members and officials in regard to road safety through the village. They have surveyed the road conditions from O’Donnell’s hill east of the village to Bolane bend on the west side and their presentation includes many aspects of the road design which might be improved by the NRA- National Roads Authority. The bend at Bolane has given rise to a hefty dossier of accident reports in Garda files and the delegation outlines several improvements that might alleviate the continuance of such events. It is also suggested that Traffic Calming measures might be moved east of O’Donnell’s hill, to prepare for the abrupt descent into the village. The difficulty and danger of walking outside village footpaths could be alleviated by the extension of footpaths to both east and west of the village. The increase of heavy traffic through the village and the parking of trucks within its environs are also causes of concern, which might be alleviated with better parking facilities. Among the many other suggestions in the Community Council presentation are references to the siting of pedestrian crossings and the need to examine traffic sight lines at the main junction at Slattery’s corner. The full text of this presentation may be viewed by consultation with Tommy O’Shea, Community Council Chairperson.


A link with Kildimo past was broken with the death of Sister Alice Moore, formerly of Ballynacarriga, on St. Patrick’s Day. Alice had a notable distinction of serving the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco for seventy-five years until her death in their convent in Larchwood Avenue, Caherdavin. She had also experienced the deaths of her siblings William, Peter, Mary, Sister Catherine, Peg, Sister Rose, Sonny, Brian and Jerry. She is survived by her sister Eileen- known as Sr. Maireád in religion, along with her nieces and nephews and their families, friends, neighbours and Salesian Sisters. Her funeral took place to Mount St. Oliver cemetery following Requiem Mass in Christ the King Church, Caherdavin, on Friday, March 19. Tributes were paid to her life of dedication by her Salesian sisters and by the chief concelebrant who celebrated her funeral Mass with members of the Salesian brotherhood.

Sr. Alice’s relatives and friends will find consolation in her passing by the ‘Memories’ she penned in 2003 in which she recalls her childhood growing up in the ‘Barracks’, overlooking the old school in Ballynacarriga. A photograph included in these notes shows her father Stephen and several of her siblings in attendance under his strict rule. The late Alice was born on September 28, 1913 and following her early education she went to pursue her secondary education in Monaghan town, which was to lead to her father’s desire for her to replace him as teacher in Ballynacarriga. The call of dedicated life as a Sister interfered in these early plans and Alice followed the lead of two of her older sisters in joining the Salesian Sisters in Surrey, England, in 1931. Her dynamic and dedicated service to her Order and their apostolate was recalled by the speakers at her Requiem Mass and the influence of this dedication will be an enduring one in the lives of those with whom she came in contact over her long and varied religious career.


During the coming week the following will be remembered: Months mind Mass will be celebrated for the late Kathleen Hartnett ( Friday March 26 at 8pm) and on Sunday March 28 at 11.00 an anniversary Mass for Michael and Eileen O’Brien,Court .

Leaba i measc Na Naomh

Annual Daffodil Day

Once again Kitty O’Shaughnessy of Ballynolan and her daughter Mary of Glenameade will be co-ordinating and accepting daffodils for the annual fundraiser in aid of Cancer care. This event takes place on Friday March 26 when both fresh daffodils and pins and silks will be available in all local outlets.Your support is earnestly requested.


On Tuesday, March 16, the Numbers drawn were 4, 17, 22 & 27. Because no punter predicted this combination, Lucky Dips of €20 each were drawn by Dermot Mullane, Ballyvareen; John O’Mahony, Ballyrune; Eoin, Emma, Laurel & Jack, Kildimo; Karen O’Brien, Pallaskenry and Tríona, Luke and Jerry, Ballynacarriga. The Jackpot is now over €5,000 and could make a handsome return for your €2 investment.


The newly formed local group dedicated to improving the visual impact of the village are taking their first tentative steps towards that goal. Householders within the village confines will receive a letter giving the ideals of the group and their names, as a fact-finding exercise towards that end. The working committee are well aware of the sterling work already in hand by villagers and their premises and they aim to capitalise on this and extend the initiative throughout the village. The perennial problem of litter will shortly be addressed in relation to the annual national Spring-Clean which takes place in April and which the children and staff of the National School has given the lead in previous years. Members of the new group have received pointers from the Tidy Towns umbrella group as to what may be initially addressed in Kildimo’s first entry to this competition and an initial survey of the village environs on Saturday, March 20 has been conducted following these directives. New members and new ideas are solicited by the Committee who are well aware that “Bíonn gach tosach lag”.

Active Retirement

Once again the organisers of Bealtaine festival , celebrating creativity in older age, invites choirs to Sing at sunrise on the waterfront and be part of the Dawn Chorus on Sunday May 30th 2010.

Further information available from Age and Opportunity Edel Ryan - 087 2894674 / (0)1 805 7709


Bantracht Na Tuaithe

Members are reminded that the guild AGM takes place on Wednesday April 7 in Seven Sisters Pub, Old Kildimo commencing at 8pm.On the previous day, Tuesday April 6, the Killulta book Club members will meet for lunch in ‘De Bucket’pub, Ferrybridge at 1.15pm followed by discussion on’Plain Truth’ by Jodi Picoult .


Come prepared to Masses in both churches of the parish this weekend as the Annual Milford Hospice Churchgate Collection is taking place. The work of this movement touches the lives of everyone and a generous response is anticipated.

School Fundraising

All your support towards the recent cake sale and coffee morning in Kildimo National School was much appreciated by the organisers.

On Sunday next March 28 it is the turn of Pallaskenry National School committee. A fashion fiesta will be held commencing ar 12.00.

Do go along and join in the fun.


Planning is well advanced for Special Olympics and local Limerick collectors are now being sought for that task on Ireland’s Annual Collection Day on April 23.

If you can spare a few hours of your time to help out, text COLLECT followed by your NAME and COUNTY to 51444. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Information is also available from The Special Olympics Ireland Collection Day is proudly supported by eircom.

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