Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Kildimo Local Community Members launch,'Night at the Dogs'


The joint fundraiser between the Community Council and the local AFC on Friday, March 18, promises to be a fun affair.  Sponsors of the race night are Kieran Healy and other local businesses.  There will be lots of prizes on the door tickets, including Weekend break for two at the Greenhills and Coco Cabs tickets for the Aviva Stadium.  There will also be an opportunity to don your Spring outfit in a competition for ‘Best Dressed Male and Female’.  Doors open at the Greyhound Stadium on the Dock Road at 7.00 pm, with the first race at 7.45 pm.  Tickets are still available from either Tiona at 0868469497 or Darren at 0851342885.  You won’t get better entertainment for €10!
Do you come across many of these little lizard-like creatures during your walks or gardening?  If the answer is yes then the Irish Wildlife Trust will be interested in your observations.  They are conducting a nationwide survey of newts over the coming months and if you’re interested contact Kieran at 01 8602839 or e-mail

As written in sacred scripture, “The poor you will always have with you”.  There can be little doubt that litter louts and illegal dumpers we shall also and always have with us.  Judging by the use of the Bog Road as an illegal dump, the latter saying is as accurate as the former one.  This does not deter the valiant members of the Tidy Towns working committee who meet each Monday morning at 10 am. to undo the thoughtlessness of those who drop their detritus and deface our natural environment.  You may join the litter pickers on these occasions as they meet near the Church with their bags and pickers and gloves in high visibility vests.  Dealing with the problem on the Bog Road is going to entail a much greater operation and this is in the planning phase at the moment.  Meanwhile, should you spot those who dump, the Co. Co. Environment Section at 061 496000 should pursue the matter.  You may also contact the EPA ‘Dump the Dumpers’ hotline on 1800 365 121.   
The next meeting of Kildimo Tidy Towns will be at 8 pm on Monday next  March 21 in the Library. They welcome new members with whatever skills they can bring along. It is not all about cleaning and collecting rubbish so please come along to the meeting to find out what it is all about. 

The car booth sale and indoor market in aid of funding for West Limerick Community Radio goes ahead at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday March 20, from 7.30 am.  Should you wish to participate, contact Marian at 087 6866450.  If you are interested in a career in any of the many facets of radio production there is a course for you.  This is a Fetac accredited, thirty-five week course to be held in Abbeyfeale and Dearbhla has all the details at 068 32444.

Interested in growing your own?  Canon O’Shea of Abbeyfeale is giving over his garden to an educational event being run by Co. Limerick VEC in organic vegetable growing over a ten-week course.  €30 will secure you a place on the course which will run from March 23 on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm.  Places will be allocated by contacting 087 6866450 as soon as possible.    

Among the suggestions for Lent from St. Joseph’s Church is the following.  “Make travel a quiet time, by turning off the radio in your car”.  Apart from inducing self-reflection, distractions during driving are a major contributory factor towards road accidents and deaths.  You might reflect on that as you enjoy radio-free peace.


Among the attendance of almost 300 members at an ICA conference in The Tower Hotel, Waterford last weekend were Kildimo members May Galvin and Phyllis O’Halloran. The opening address was given by National ICA President Anne Maria Dennison ‘Reinventing and rebuilding Ireland - getting to the heart of the matter’. The CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland and Dr Martin O’Halloran from the Health and Safety Authority  also gave very interesting presentations. A full report will be available at the next guild meeting in Wednesday April 6 2011 ,which is also the Annual General Meeting night.

The Lotto draw of on March 8, was for a prize of €8,000 and no punter predicted the winning combination of 3,16, 18 & 19.  In consequence, ‘Lucky Dips’  of €20 each were drawn by Aidan Madden, Castletroy; Eric Nolan, Old Kildimo; Mary Hogan, Pallaskenry; Shirley Fitzgerald, Ballynacarriga and Kevin Kelly of Ballyvareen.  When you next visit the P.O., De Bucket, Slattery’s or the Dromore Inn, be sure to fill in your lucky numbers where a minimum investment of €2 could cover your holiday costs. 
Celebrate our National Apostle artfully by visiting the Hunt Museum on March 17.  Doors open at midday and everyone will find something to absorb and interest them.  There will be tours of the collection, which will illustrate our national heritage, music appropriate to the occasion, food for both body and mind to savour and face painting.  And the best of it all is that if you’re brave enough to go in green (clothing) you’ll get free entrance. 
An Irish version of this popular television reality show has been filmed recently at ‘De Bucket’.  Our native programme follows a different format to the imported version as the participants share their meals at a popular venue.  The recording at ‘De Bucket’ involved contestants from Adare, Patrickswell, Limerick city and a local cook.  You ‘ll have to wait until the autumn to see the event.
The local Ball-Fleming School of Dance are repeating their successful earlier demonstration of dancing at ‘De Bucket’ on St. Patrick’s Day from 5. 00 pm.  Funds go towards participation in the coming World Championships, so your support will be welcome and your enjoyment assured. 

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