Thursday, April 22, 2010


 Enjoying the recent Kenry Historical Lecture in Copswood College Eileen and Tom Jackson and Sean Diffley ,Foynes



Did Admiral Nelson come from Shannongrove?  According to a local tradition held by a past Pallaskenry historian, Nelson was ‘Nell’s son’ and the boy had been educated at the Charter or Blue School in Shannongrove.  While Milo Spillane’s talk on the subject at the recent meeting of the above society claimed that ‘an’ Admiral of the Royal British fleet was educated there, the well-authenticated history of the early Horatio in Norfolk, England, would discount the local folklore.  Dr. Spillane’s lecture, which was based on his Masters Thesis in Local History, gave a very comprehensive background to the founding of the Charter Schools, so called because of their founding Charter under George 11 in 1733.  The School in the Bury estate at Ringmoylan was founded with financial help from the local landlord, who benefited from the labours of the students on his farm and in his mill, which still stands in Ringmoylan.  Milo outlined the many reports on the state of the school, many of which were negative in portraying the malnutrition and the lack of the clothing allowance due to mismanagement of the local officers and the inactivity of the governing body.  In contrast to such reports, other visitors to the school painted a more positive image, with students being apprenticed and dowries being given for female students.  Then of course there was the story of the Admiral who came from the school.  We know that Nelson was a naval officer’s servant at the age of twelve, so it is not beyond possibility that a Bury from Shannongrove or a Waller from Castletown who may have pursued a naval career, could well have plucked away one of the boys in blue for a similar role, and like Nelson he too might rise in the ranks to the top post of Admiral.  One of the things that make history so interesting to the members of the Kenry Society is that in answering many questions- as Milo Spillane’s talk did- it also tantalises with further questions.  Sean Cotter, Hon. Sec. of the Society, paid tribute to the speaker for his erudition and his pleasant manner of presenting it, based no doubt on Milo’s long career in teaching.  The History Society’s next event will be conducted by its member Jim O’Riordan of Cappagh, who will conduct a tour of some of its historical places on Sunday, May 16, from the Catholic Church in Cappagh. 


Saturday April 24, at 11 am has been set-aside for a major clean-up of the village street by the volunteers of the newly-formed Tidy Towns committee.  As ‘many hands make light work’, the job should be accomplished with speed and ease.  Wear high visibility jackets for the event.  The Bog Road is a major venue for environmental offenders who like to deposit their rubbish for all to see.  This area will be tackled on Thursday  April 29, meeting at Walsh’s at 7.00 pm


The following, whose anniversaries occur around this time, are remembered and Masses will be celebrated as follows:
Jim and Annie Griffin Thursday April 22 at 10.00,Kathleen Conway Friday 23 at 10.00 and James and Birdie McKeogh Sunday 25 at 11.00.
Solas na ngrást dóibh uilig.
Pastoral Council Meeting

Members are reminded that the next meeting is on Thursday April 22 at 8pm in  the Parochial House,Kildimo.
Kildimo Community Council

An application for Leader funding to carry out an Area Plan of Kildimo and assess the needs of the Community in consultation with its residents is being sought.  Tender applications are being invited, to be submitted to the Community Council’s secretary within the next two weeks for this area plan.  Tenders will be opened in an open and transparent manner in the presence of independent persons.


The annual Limerick Book Fair is being held on Saturday, April 24, at St. John’s Pavilion, Mulgrave Street.  Doors open at 10.30 am and there is a small entry fee.  As usual there will be present a selection of booksellers of second-hand and rare and collectable printed material, much of it of local Limerick interest and generally of a historical nature.  Second-hand bookshops are now becoming a rarity, so take advantage of this opportunity and perhaps discover the treasure you always wanted.

Salesian Secondary College

The Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry will hold a Golf Classic in Charleville Golf Club on Friday May 14, 2010.  Cost for team of four €240 which includes tea/coffee/scones on arrival and meal after golfing. Further details from the college at (061) 393105.


The annual extravaganza of literary, dramatic and musical culture takes place in NCW and other venues- Adare Library, etc., on the weekend of April 22 and following days and nights.  Pick up the brochure, which is sure to offer something of interest from puppet show, talk on the explorer Crean, lecture on poetry and open mic sessions for you to read your own creations and possibly win a prize for so doing!  Further information from Limerick Co. Co, arts office, organisers of this event.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe
Her colleagues in Kildimo ICA wish Kathleen Coughlan, Court a speedy recovery to good health and look forward to sampling her legendry pastries before long.
Reminder to members that the Federation AGM takes place in Woodlands on Wednesday next April 28,commencing at 8pm.
Bealtaine Art Exhibition

The Killulta ICA Painters, Kildimo will hold their Bealtaine art exhibition ‘Bóthairín na Smaointe 111 ‘in De Bucket’ Pub, Ferrybridge during mí na Bealtaine. All are invited to drop in to the official opening, which takes place on Thursday April 29 in ‘De Bucket’ ,Ferrybridge at 4 pm. Bí linn agus Fáilte
On Tuesday, April 13, the Numbers drawn were 12, 16, 21 & 25.  Because no punter predicted this combination, Lucky Dips of €20 each were drawn by Mary Ellen Griffin, Old Kildimo; Jerry O’Shea, Glenameade; Peggy Fitzgerald, Ballynacarriga; Bernie Hanlon, c/o Liz Hickey and Brian Barrett, Cnoc Rua.  Your €2 ticket to financial glory is available from the P.O., De Bucket, Slattery’s, Seven Sisters and Dromore Inn.  Support your local community lotto.

Active Retirement

Their colleagues in the Civil Defence ARA congratulate Kitty O’Sullivan,
Pallaskenry and Pat and Maura Lyons, Bruree who were key members on the successful County Limerick Sports Fest team in UL recently. Well done to all.
The next ARA outing is to Croke Park on Monday April 26. 

Kildimo GAA Club Development lotto draw: 
The Kildimo Club Development LOTTO now stands at €8,200 after draw No.77 was not won when held on Monday 12th April in The Seven Sisters. The numbers drawn were 17, 19, 22, 24.  We had lucky dip winners of €50 going to May Ahern, Old Kildimo twice a winner. Niall Harris, Old Kildimo. Sean Hartney, C/O Vincent Kennedy. Lotto tickets can be had from any club member or Slattery’s, O’Rourke’s Post Office, The Seven Sisters, The Beer Garden, Kildimo Food Court and De Bucket. Next weeks draw is on in The Dromore Inn. 

No comments: