Thursday, December 2, 2010


Ann & Mary O'Dea,Kildimo at Kenry Lecture by Noreen Curtis Nov 24 2010


Condolences are extended to Liz and Peter Hickey and family, Old Kildimo on the recent death of Liz’s father
Mr Johnny Sexton, Derailing, Bruree. Mr Sexton  is deeply mourned his wife Catherine, sons and daughters, extended family, friends and neighbours RIP.
His funeral took place on Saturday November 27,following Requiem Mass in St Munchin's Church, Rockhill,
to Templemary Cemetery, Bruree .


This popular programme that follows the news on Thursday December 2 (7.00 pm), looks back to the sixties and after.  Local MCC Pat Fitzgerald from Croom, will talk about the ‘Colleen Bawn’ and Éamon De Valera will be seen visiting his old home in Bruree in the company of Martin Meagher his cousin, while Pat Lyons and Sonny Ward will talk about the setting up of the museum in Bruree in the late President’s honour.  The programme travels south to the important archaeological site of Lough Gur where Michael Quinlan, M.A. in local history, will discuss the importance of this place and the interpretive centre that overlooks the magical lake.  Jon Kenny the comedian ends the programme in the local ‘Honey Fitz’ theatre, itself named after the family of the US President whose family had connections in that locality. 


The last event of the local history society for 2010 was held in the Community Centre Pallaskenry on November 24.  Attending history enthusiasts gave rapt attention to Noreen Curtis’s research work on the murder of the Reverend Mr Dawson in Ballynacarriga.  Many audience members would have known, however vaguely, of this event.  Noreen’s efforts in trawling through all the available records from 1835 when the murder took place to the trials that followed, gave proof of the crime that took place during the summer of that year.  Her  researches suffered as do much other historical work, by the fire in the Four Courts that erased much of our national records.  In pre-famine Ireland generally and also in west Limerick, there was much unrest in regard to agitation over land, accentuated by the native peasantry’s difficulty with paying the hated tithes to an imposed church.  These two historical facts had a large influence on the death that befell a landlord and clergyman who tried to relocate some of his tenants in order to build himself a house on his inherited lands.  The fact that he was also largely what may be termed an ‘absentee landlord’ didn’t endear him to the native population, as his clerical post was exercised in Co. Carlow.  Several local tenants of his had occasion to be uneasy with their landlord who came on a visit to view his property and it may be such slim evidence that resulted in their imprisonment and trial for his death.  Informers came forward to secure the £700 reward for information leading to conviction and because their evidence and that of others was in conflict, the trial dragged for years to an inclusive end as far as records show.  Noreen was at pains to demonstrate that to an academic historian bound to rigorous adherence to evidence, where this is lacking, so also may be conclusive endings to events such as this murder.  The published history of the Westropp family to whom Dawson was related, bears no mention of their unfortunate relative.  It may still be possible that the initial reward of £700, now inflated to bankers proportions, were it to be claimed would buy a large proportion of these estate lands which were wrested from native occupants in favour of Cromwellian adventurers.  
The local ‘Díoma Artists’ are hosting an exhibition of their work on this weekend of December 3 to 5.  The official opening will be performed by a special guest on Friday evening at 7.00 pm.  Work will be on sale and a percentage of sales will go towards the Alzheimer’s in Adare. 
Bantracht Na Tuaithe
The next guild meeting will be held on Wednesday December 1 in ‘Seven Sisters Pub’, Old Kildimo at 8pm.
A seasonal Mini Auction will also take place affording an opportunity to snap up those last minute unique gifts .
The December Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday December 7 at ‘De Bucket’, commencing with lunch at 1.15pm

Be sure to set aside Thursday December 16 for the next meeting of the local Community Council.  This is a follow-on to the previous consultative meeting, the findings of which will be presented by O’Leary and Associates in a draft plan for the village and environs.  It is important that the community assess this plan, which may impact on all our lives into the future. 

Catering for children up to aged 12, this new club called Copswood Gaels RFC, hold their training sessions on Sunday mornings from 10 – 11 at Copswood College.  As our national team appears slightly wobbly at the moment, this may be the place to start building!  Anthony O’Donovan the club secretary may be contacted at

Milford Hospice are conducting a novel fundraising event on Sunday, December 17 at 6.00 pm.  The event is centered upon lighting up a Christmas tree with sparkling lights in honour of those who have died.  Lights may be sponsored for €5 in memory of special friends and a memorial card will also be dedicated to their honour. Proceeds will go towards the sterling work of the Milford Care Centre.  
As the Jackpot rises, so also do sales of tickets at €2 each.   The numbers drawn on November 16 were 5, 13, 21 & 28.  Because no member of the draw predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ were drawn for €20 each.  Prizewinners were John Walsh, Ballyshonick; John Sheehan, Bolane; Billy O’Regan, Ballycasey; Emma Griffin, Old Kildimo and Mossie and Mary Griffin of Faha.   
Kildimo AFC 
The annual Kildimo UTD AFC fundraising ‘Race Night’ will be held in the ‘Seven Sisters’
on Saturday, December 4th  2010.  A fun night is assured with the first race off at 9.00 pm.
Congratulations to Aileen O’Shaughnessy who won two tickets to the Ireland V Norway
Match, in the latest Kildimo UTD Field Development Draw. 

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