Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Sink or Swim! in the recent Snow


The local ‘Tidy Towns Committee’ on their first entry to this competition received a very positive response from the judges of the entries and a very credible 76% in overall marking.  The privileged status of Adare village was again the recipient of the highest accolade.  These same judges outlined many of the positive aspects of the village and its general well-maintained quality and they look forward to Kildimo’s future entries to the ‘Tidy Towns Competition’.  


In the National Schools Swimming Finals held recently in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, our representative Steven O’Brien of Ballyculhane and Kildimo National School secured a Gold in the Back Crawl.  In his less favoured Butterfly style, he carried off a credible fourth position.  Congratulations from all his school friends and teachers.
Third and Fourth Classes travelled to the RDS in Dublin for the ‘Hallelujah Concert’ on Sunday, December 12 under the direction of Mrs Aherne.  Participating in this event is a life-experience as it is the largest massed choir event of its kind in the world.
Knockfierna Heritage Society have organised their Annual New Years day walk to Knockfierna Hill, leaving the rambling house Knockfierna at 2.00. Tea and entertainment will be on offer on return at the rambling house. Pat O’Donovan extends a warm welcome to all to join the walk and fun and he may be contacted at 087 9977340 for any details.  
Bantracht Na Tuaithe
Kildimo ICA had their final get together last week at ‘De Bucket’Pub, Ferrybridge. Members of the Killulta ICA Book Club discussed their chosen book following lunch and selected ‘The Ante Room’ by Kate O’Brien for their February meeting. This will be held on Lá ‘Fhéile Bríde Tuesday February 1 at ‘De Bucket’

The ‘Seven Sisters’ was the venue for the consultative meeting of the Community Council with their planners ‘O’Leary & Associates’ of Tralee on Thursday, December 16.  As introduced by the Chairman of the Community Council Tommy O’Shea, Tom O’Leary represented the firm with his associate Noranne Stack and he made a detailed presentation of planning to date on the village environs and the proposed community centre, which is at an advanced stage of planning.  These proposals are a result of the local community’s consultation with the community they represent, the Co. Co., the National Roads Authority, the Tidy Towns Committee, the local housing builder and many private individuals and landowners.  As is obvious with so many interests involved, the pace of development has to be necessarily slow.  However, as was obvious at this important meeting, much work has been expedited by the present community council in pursuing all these interests while progressing the many community projects.  The centrality of ‘Slattery’s Corner’ to village development was given much deliberation and a plan for its reconfiguring is well advanced in liaison with the Co. Co. and the N.R.A.  The safety of local road-users and drivers on the N69 entering and leaving the village is a major consideration in village development which is given due consideration in planning.  It is intended to circulate plans of any future development to all households in the village and environs as a last consultative process before works begin.  The major development of the community site for social projects including a hall and associated facilities is also at an advanced stage.  This part of the project involves the making of roads through  the site to service the facilities and to access the next phase of building of housing contiguous to the community facilities by the private developer.  Development here is very dependent on the builder’s next phase of planning  and the accessing of sources of finance.  The future usage and development of the Library facilities was considered and these are dependent upon the cramped site location and the age and size of the structure.  Mr. O’Leary considered that this community building was a limited asset that presently would not merit much spending on its development.  Other community assets of building or tourist potential were outlined with a view to their possible future exploitation.  Altogether the planners projected a positive picture of the village and its developmental potential and it was obvious that the persons in attendance on the night were intimately engaged with the project.

Fancy €7,500 to ease your financial burden or help your Christmas shopping? A €2 investment in our own Community Lotto, could do just  that.   The numbers drawn on December 14 were 8, 14, 15 & 16.  Because no member of the draw predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for €20 each.  Prizewinners were M. Rogan, Ballyculhane; Margaret, Mark & Maeve O’Shea, Old Kildimo; Peter & Eimear Hickey, Old Kildimo; Gerry O’Shea, c/o Dromore Inn and Roisin Noonan, Loughill West. 
You’ll need this outing after Christmas to get out and work off any over-indulgence!  The Limerick branch of Birdwatch Ireland are meeting at Westfields in the City on Monday, December 27 at 10am.  This area is unique in being a wetland in an urban setting.  Tom Tarpey will lead the event and point out to the uninitiated the  differences between Moorhens, Little Grebes, Coots and Tufted Ducks.  Further information from organisers James Hayes at 087 9037640 or Maura Turner at 087 7927972.   
Locals will be interested in the stocking filler provided by  the tenth annual Ballybrown Journal.  In spite of the snow and frost a great crowd turned up at the Clubhouse in Clarina for the launch.  Due to the good offices of Jimmy Hartigan of the GAA, the services of Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh were secured to launch the Journal.  Mícheál was very impressed with the record of the Ballybrown Pioneer Association members and friends who are responsible for the publication.  He himself is an avowed teetotaller and he gave special mention of this in addressing the youth who were present.  He has spent much time in public houses he said, no doubt de-briefing after matches, and he never felt the need for alcohol to add to his enjoyment of such events.  He hoped that young people everywhere would think about this before embarking on the need for alcohol.  He was also not unaware of the great historical value of these annual publications, as historical researchers in the future will comb through their pages for knowledge of events during the period of publication.  No doubt those little newborns that adorn its pages will enjoy reference to such photos in years to come.  The memories of those who have passed away over the years are also recalled for posterity.  And between the babies and the deceased there is a wealth of parish activities and erudite historical articles to give delight to its readers- all for a mere €10 from local shops. 


Madeline Mulqueen’s rise in fame can only be described as ‘meteoric’.   In spite of the young Carheeny model’s recent part as the bridesmaid in the Rubberbandits ‘Horse Outside’, her modelling feet remain firmly on the catwalk.  Never a bridesmaid in real life, she certainly upstaged the bride in the video which is proving a sensational hit on utube and causing her phone to meltdown with calls of interest.  With an interest in drama and the stage since childhood, Madeline is firmly focused on modelling as her main career and presently works with the Costelloe agency in Ennis, which position she secured in a nationwide model search competition.  An excerpt from the raunchy video was shown to the nation on the ‘Late Late Show’ of December 17, when she and the other artists were guests of Ryan Tubridy.  One gets the sense from talking to her parents Ger and Mary, that it will take more than a ‘horse outside’ to turn Madeline away from her single-minded adherence to the highest career aspirations.  


Following a very successful year’s activities with the local soccer club, the final game will be the annual Jim Griffin Memorial contest on St. Stephen’s Day at 11.30 am.  This year there is a new twist to the opposing sides as ‘Marrieds’ are pitted against ‘Singles’.  All of which depends on the ‘Marrieds’ getting the okay from their partners.  Come along and support this fun event, the proceeds of which are given to the Going Strong Committee.  When bruises and pride have been restored, it’s party time on New Year’s Eve at Slattery’s, from 9.00 pm.  A fun night for a fiver.  The Club extends their good wishes for the festive season to members and supporters. 

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