Tuesday, October 12, 2010


JFK students enjoying 'Schools Day' in Curragh Chase


Within a month of his ninety sixth birthday, Willie Harte passed quietly away on October 5.  The late Willie was head of five generations of the Harte dynasty and this was exemplified in the large numbers who attended his removal from Downey’s Funeral Home Pallaskenry on Wednesday evening, October 6 to St. Joseph’s Church Kildimo.  He was laid to rest beside his late wife Nano (nee Fitzgerald) in Kilcornan graveyard on Thursday, following concelebrated Mass by Fathers Donworth, Stokes, Loftus and McIntyre.  Sympathy is extended to his sons Patsy and Michael, his daughter Mary, his sisters and brothers and the wide extended family.
Commiserations are also extended to Mrs O’Shaughnessy, Bolane on the recent death of her sister Josephine Coady (nee Kelly) of Mount Trenchard, Foynes.  The late Josephine is also survived by her husband Larry and her brothers.  Her internment took place to Reilig Mhuire, Askeaton following Requiem Mass in St. Senan’s Church Foynes on Tuesday, October 5. 
Sympathy is also extended to the family of the late Tom Kelly of Dromore Castle and formerly of Lough Rea, Co Galway; to his wife Eimear, sons Alan, Garrett and Daire and his mother Brigid.  His remains reposed at Milford Care Centre on Monday, October 11 and his internment followed Requiem Mass at 1.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry on Tuesday. 
Solas na bhflaitheas dóibh uilig 
The ‘Ballyhoura Bears’ have published their schedule of walks for the Autumn Walking Festival which is held from October 15 – 17.  All walks are conducted for a fee, which includes bus transfer to start and refreshments afterwards.  Full details on brochure or by e-mail to leerobert@eircom.netor 087 2873937/087 6385290.
Business persons will benefit from a presentation at the Courtney Lodge Hotel on Tuesday,  October 19.  Sean Gallagher of ‘Dragon’s Den’ will attend with others to offer advice on ‘Positioning your Business for the Future’.  Contact Neil Doody@wlr.ie if you wish to attend.  
WHO’S FOR €7,000? 
The Jackpot in the local Community Lotto, is now €7,000 which would make a nice return on your €2 investment.  The numbers drawn on October 5 were 5, 7, 20 & 22.  Because no member of the draw predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for €20 each.  Prizewinners were John Sheehan, Dromore; Nathan Hogan, Ballyvareen; Ollie Hickey, Coolbeg; Edel O’Mahony, Ballyrune and Billy O’Regan of Ballycasey.   
The local historical society goes indoors for the rest of the year and the first lecture takes place on October 27 at 8.00 pm.  Our lecture venue has changed to the Community Centre Pallaskenry and the lecturer on the night is the ever-popular and erudite Br. John Feheney.  Br. John has done much work in researching people who have contributed in the past towards forming our community and he willingly shares this knowledge with all who are welcome to attend.  The following month, on a date to be yet finalised, Noreen Curtis will deliver a talk entitled ‘Who Killed Mr. Dawson’.  This title is borrowed from a family in the area who often repeated the question around the family fireside.  Mr. Dawson was a Protestant clergyman who lived locally and who mysteriously fell foul of those who killed him for reasons unknown.  All that is known about the case will be outlined by Noreen who has researched the matter for her degree course and which should prove of great interest to local historians. 


Congratulations are extended to Joan Kenny who recently retired from the local national school.  Teachers, parents, her past pupils and friends will pay her due honour at a party in the school on Tuesday, October 19 at 8.00 pm.  Frances Wallace and Indu at the School Office are taking donations and organising the event.


Slattery’s Pub is holding a ‘Coffee Morning’ on  this Wed October 13 from 10 am to midday.  The worthy cause is the Hospice movement, which is sponsored by Bewleys who donate the coffee.  Your €2 donation will be gratefully received. 

Mary Conway is soliciting craft workers to join in a Craft Fair in the Seven Sisters on Sunday November 14, from 2.00 – 6.00.  Denote your interest by contacting Mary at 087 6521806 or maryconway087@vodafone.ie.
Bantracht Na Tuaithe
Members are reminded that the ACWW  mini auction will take place  the guild’s next  meeting  on Wednesday November 3. All contributions of home produce etc will be most welcome. 
Local fans of Doris Shire/Costello, will be interested in the new show being launched in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Wednesday, October 13.  This launch is in preparation and a fundraiser for the forthcoming tour of Britain, which commences a week later in the Derby Irish Centre.  The immense pleasure received by our Irish emigrants in Britain by this annual tour of ‘The Rambling House’ is incalculable and Doris- ‘The Mungret Nightingale’ is a popular regular with her songs.  Be sure to pass on the programme to your family and friends in Britain.  Following the opening concert in Derby on October 20, the fifteen entertainers move on successively each night to the Birmingham Irish Centre, Haringay, the Salvatorian College Hall in Harrow Weald and St. Kentigern’s Manchester on the final night of October 24.  You will have a chance to see the show in their last outing in Lisdoonvarna on November 13, to which a coach will travel from Abbeyfeale from 4.30 pm.  Further details and booking on 068 48353.  And if you cannot make any of these dates you may still enjoy Doris in your own home on her many recordings.  Doris has the distinction of being the only one to commercially record Kildimo’s own anthem, namely, ‘My Own Home Town’, or sometimes known as ‘The Boys of the Line’ and this is available on her CD of the same name, ‘My Own Home Town’.  
An Open Night for incoming 1st year students 2011/2012 will take place on Wednesday, October 13 at 7.30pm in the School Hall.  Parents and students currently in 5th and 6th class are welcome to attend.
Salesian Mission in Africa Society continues to meet at the school.  This is an awareness group promoting the work of Fr. Martin McCormack.  
Transition Year Students have started a new programme called Junior Achievement with Joanne McGuiness from Junior Achievement Ireland.  This Programme will involve linking the Transition Year Students with local business and enterprises in our area and will include guest speakers from these businesses.  This course will continue for the rest of the year.  
‘Irish Trees and Hedgerows’ is the theme of a photographic competition sponsored by ‘Crann’- the voluntary organisation dedicated to planting and preserving woodland.  You have to the end of the month to get your entry included with the possibility of publication in the ‘Crann’ Quarterly Magazine along with a cash prize.  With many local competent photographers, an abundance of cameras and an over-abundance of trees there should be lots of entries from Kildimo people.  Full details are published in the Autumn ‘Crann’ magazine, 2010, No 90. 

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