Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Fr Phil Mc Keogh and his sister May,Carheeny,Kildimo


Celebrating a half-century in service as a priest is Kildimo native Father Phil McKeogh of Carheeny. Since joining the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Phil assumed his new name and Carmelite identity as Stephen. The McKeogh family gave three sons to the Church and Fr. Stephen’s brothers Fr. Matty (also Carmelite) and Fr. John (Mill Hill Fathers), have gone to their eternal reward. Only one other of Phil’s sibling’s remains, that is May who lives in the family home. The boys of the McKeogh family played hurling for Kildimo in their youth, but Phil modestly admits that his vocation was not to be found with camán and sliotar! The Jubilarian was influenced to join the Carmelites by his brother Matty who had entered before him and by the influence of the Curate in Pallaskenry at the time, namely Fr. McDonnell, who was a friend of that order. Education under the Carmelites in Castlemartyr, cemented his resolve and he entered there, followed by a brief period in Loughrea, Co. Galway and then to the Order’s seminary ‘Avila’ in Morehampton Road, Dublin. Following his priestly studies, ordination took place in Clonliffe College under the redoubtable hand of Archbishop Dr. John Charles McQuaid. It was back to Castlemartyr for the new ordinand to exercise control as Dean over the students there for the next four years. His next posting was to Clarendon Street Dublin, where he ministered for twenty years and attained the post of Superior. For the last thirty years, Fr. McKeogh has ministered to the Catholics of the Creggan and Bogside in Derry, where he has been impressed by the traditional catholic ethos of the people. He is presently in their Retreat Centre in Termonbacca where the practice of aural confession is still a strong part of the ministry of the Carmelite brotherhood. Congratulations to Fr. Phil/Stephen and best wishes for many more years of faithful service from his native people and place by the Maigue.


The programme for the annual ‘Heritage Week’ is available from tourist offices and libraries. Co. Limerick is well represented with a variety of heritage events on offer. Particular to our area are the two events organised by the ‘Kenry Historical Society’. On the first Sunday of Heritage Week, there will be a walking tour of Pallaskenry, beginning at the car park of Copswood College at 3.00 pm. On the following Sunday at the same time, Michael Costello will lead a walk and talk centered on the Hollypark estate, Kilcornan, meeting at the ‘Grand Gates’ entrance to Hollypark. All events are free and wheelchair friendly.


A major event in ‘getting to know your neighbour’ was held at the Watts’ family home in Ballynacarriga recently. John, who has recently retired and who now has more time to entertain, invited all his neighbours, friends and relations to a barbecue at the newly revamped family home near Bleach Lough. The barbecue was followed by music in the marquee and appropriate beverages to help lower social barriers and erect stronger links between the guests and neighbours. Thank you John for a wonderful afternoon and evening.


Fishing at sea, especially in West Cork, is catching on with local residents. Pat Bourke of Knockroe led a recent expedition to those regions, accompanied by some of his neighbours, all of whom were chosen as ‘anchor men’ in the event of Pat hooking a marlin, whether blue, black or white or other behemoth of the deep such as the giant bluefin tuna. Freezers in the southern suburbs are filled to capacity with a diverse range of fish to be served at tables in the coming months. Could it be possible that the high level of intellectual acumen notable south of the N69 may be linked with these annual excursions and the high level of brain food? Suggestions that fish are bought at the English Market in Cork city by returning fishermen are without foundation.


Congratulations to Mary and George O’Rourke of Glenameade on celebrating fifty years of marriage. Their life’s adventure together began at the Listowel races when the debonair George met the demure damsel from Robertstown. This meeting culminated in the church of the same place when vows were exchanged in March 1960. Marriage was blessed with four girls, three of whom have set up life in Australia. It was from there that the girls and their husbands and children returned to join George and Mary for a celebration to mark the occasion. Tommy O’Shea husband of Marie O’Rourke acted as MC at the party in the Golf Club Adare where many tributes were paid to the Jubilations and to which George replied in his own inimitable oratorical style.


Kildimo Utd are holding a fundraising BBQ on Sunday next August 1 in Slattery’s Bar from 5pm, with live music from 7-9pm. Your presence will be appreciated.

Burial Ground Masses

In memory of those who have gone before us, Masses will be celebrated in their honour in Kilcornan Graveyard on Wednesday, July 28 and in the ancient graveyard of the parish in Castletown on Wednesday August 4. Locals who have relatives interred in Lismakeera Graveyard in Askeaton, will attend Mass in that church ruin on Tuesday, July 27. All Masses commence at 7.30 pm.


A meeting was held on Tuesday, July 13, in Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse to decide on the distribution of the remaining funds from the Ferrybridge Action Association’s “opposition to the quarry” campaign. As agreed at the outset, in 2006, the funds will be divided equally between Kildimo and Clarina.

It is proposed that the Kildimo funds should be distributed to the Tidy Towns group to continue its work in enhancing the environment of Kildimo. It is also hoped to use these funds to highlight the “Golden Mile” walk along the Old Road as an amenity for the community. A meeting to discuss this proposal will be held on Wednesday July 28. at 8.00 pm in the Carnegie Library,Kildimo. Please attend to have your say.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe

Twelve members of The Killulta ICA painters will feature at the forthcoming Federation Centenary Art Exhibition ‘Comóradh Céad Bliain’which will be officially opened on Wednesday August 4 at 3.30pm in County Library, Dooradoyle by National ICA President Anne Maria Dennison. All members, friends and neighbours are cordially invited.

The next meeting of the Killulta ICA book club takes place on Tuesday August 3 in ‘De Bucket’Pub, Ferrybridge. Commencing at 1.15pm with lunch followed by a discussion on. ‘Brooklyn ‘ by Colm Tóibín..


On Tuesday July 20, the Numbers drawn were 8, 20, 25 & 28. Because no punter predicted this combination, Lucky Dips of €20 each were drawn by Mary Burke, Knockroe; Tom Hourigan, Castletown, Pallaskenry; Thomas and Tara Lyons, Old Kildimo; Rory Ó Brolcháin, Ballycasey and Armelle Mangan, Curraheen. Your €2 ticket to win a Jackpot of over €6,30 is available from the P.O., De Bucket, Slattery’s, Seven Sisters and Dromore Inn. Support your local community lotto.

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