Thursday, October 28, 2010


Saturday September 18 was the date chosen for Siobhán Stokes’ marriage to Kenneth Boohan of Mainistir.  The Bride was walked up the aisle by her father Seamus while her uncle Fr. Seán Stokes, assisted by Fr’s Donworth, Bluett and  McNamara, presided over the happy union.  Noreen, sister of Siobhán and her childhood friend Noreen Griffin assisted as Bridesmaids.  Kenneth had chosen Dan O’Donnell as his Best Man and Robbie Keyes as Groomsman.  The duties of Flower Girl were ably performed by Amelia Stokes while the trio of Pageboys were Seán Hartigan and Séamus and Fionn Stokes.  Music during the liturgy was performed by Mary Knight and Cathy Durney.  The spiritual presence of the Bride’s late mother Nora and the Groom’s father James and brother Con, was recalled by the lighting of a candle in their honour by the Kenneth and Siobhán.  Maireád Boohan and Mary Stokes proclaimed the First and Second Readings and the Prayers of the Faithful were led by Roseanne Boohan, Josepha Quinlan, Aimee Stokes, Elaine Ryan, James Boohan Makhlouf, Eimear Stokes, Mary McNamara and Lelia Boohan.  Pádraic Hartigan conducted the ‘Communion Reflection’. Following the signing of the Register, the party travelled to the Charleville Park Hotel for the very enjoyable reception.  Bride and Groom come from similar farming stock and Kenneth also runs his own agricultural sales business.  Siobhán is involved with ‘O2’ mobile communications in Annacotty. Kenneth was reared by his mother Sarah and his late father James on the family farm which he shared with his five sisters.  Water has a deep influence on Kenneth, as it was on Doolin Pier in the autumn of 2009 that ‘he popped the question’ and it was the positive answer of Siobhán that led to another waterside location on their honeymoon, namely Niagara Falls.  One foresees many romantic evenings spent by the newly-weds at the Stokes’ own lake bordering their lands and home in Milford.
On Tuesday October 19, the local National School pulled out all the stops to honour Ms Joan Kenny, following her faithful service of nearly thirty-five years.  Bernard Gloster, Chairman of the Board of Management, acted as MC and paid his own tribute to the long service of the retiree.  The local P.P. John Donworth, made the first presentation and spoke of the high standards he witnessed on his visits to Joan’s classroom.  He reported of the high esteem in which her past students and the greater society regarded Joan. The Parents Association was represented by Dee O’Donnell its Chairperson, who also paid fulsome tribute to Joan on behalf of the generations of parents whose children benefited from her service and who also made a presentation.  All the neighbouring schools also sent their good wishes on the occasion as well as the two past Principals under whom Joan had served, namely Mr. Clifford and Denis Sexton.  The present school Principal, Olive, spoke of her long academic association with Ms Kenny and of her high professional standards and her love of her job which was exemplified by her many extra-curricular activities. Three ‘F’s’ characterized Joan’s working life, that is ‘Fair’, ‘Firm’ and ‘Fun’, according to Olive.  Joan’s native love of football inherited in her Kerry genes, was reflected by the high standards of the school’s football teams.  Joan was Olive’s Assistant, and this duty was given due credit.  Local groups and businesses who are associated with the school were represented and made appropriate presentations.   Our late P.P. Fr. McNamara spoke of his association with the school during his association with the parish and of his coming to Kildimo in 1973 and his acquaintance with Ms Kenny from those early times.  John Hickey who was a pupil in Joan’s first class was on hand to honour his early teacher with a presentation.  Joan herself took the microphone and thanked her early Principals who were present and those other ex-colleagues who took the trouble to honour her with their presence on the evening. January 1976 was when the younger Joan joined the school staff to which she paid tribute and to the parents and pupils who obviously meant so much in enriching the life of this teacher over her many years in Kildimo.  She ended her speech of thanks with a very wish aphorism that she received from a colleague on her retirement, namely, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’. As Joan has a deep love of music, which she passed on to generations of her students, the younger classes sang ‘Kumbayo’ in her honour.  Senior classes followed with several vocal numbers, some of which their ex-teacher had taught them and Paddy O’Neill led a rendition of ‘The Rose of Tralee’ in Joan’s honour. Also to honour the popular teacher the celebratory cake was iced in the colours of her native county.  Following the speeches of presentation, Joan was relieved to mingle with her colleagues, students and friends during a celebratory ‘cuppa’.  Best wishes for a long, happy and fruitful retirement to a much-loved and worthily honoured person who gave so much to our community and whose influence will endure down many generations. 
As the Jackpot rises, so also do sales of tickets at €2 each.   The numbers drawn on October 19 were 9, 18, 21 & 27.  Because no member of the draw predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for €20 each.  Prizewinners were Jennifer Griffin, Old Kildimo; Ollie Hickey, Coolbeg; Pat Kelly, Ballyvareen; Mary Rogan, Ballyculhane and Josephine Hayes of Ballyoshea..  
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. The 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.  
Martin and Valerie Hogan of ‘Slattery’s Pub, along with the organising committee of their recent ‘Coffee Morning’ for Milford Hospice, wish to record their thanks for those who generously supported the venture.  The initiative sponsored by Bewley’s Coffee, realised a handsome €800.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe
November guild meeting will be held on Wed 5 at 8pm followed by mini auction, proceeds in aid of ACWW. Creative dancing will commence at 6.45pmprior to the guild meeting.
Mass for deceased members and relatives will be celebrated on Saturday Nov 13 at 7pm in Kildimo Church.
The Killulta ICA Painters art exhibition ‘Nollag na mBan XI ‘ will be officially opened at Newcastle West Library at 3.30pm on Thursday November 6 . Bí Linn agus Fáilte

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