Tuesday, October 4, 2011


This is a reconstruction in pen & ink of what the old Church of Ireland, Kildimo, might have looked like, before demolition in the early 20th century.  Two stones in the old graveyard allow this reconstruction and hearsay permits of a bellcote and bell.  Other chiselled stones in the graveyard would have come from the corners and window and door surrounds. The door features in an early ordinance survey map of 1840, which shows it as west-facing, the window therefore is in the traditional position facing eastwards.  We know that the window glazing had diamond patterns, as demonstrated in a metal frame still held locally.  This is the church where Nicholas Peacock worshipped on occasion and for which he held a position of authority. He mentions, for example, having the glazing done in one of his Diary entries.

KILDIMO YOUTH CLUB:  The local Youth Club has got off to a great start with the registration of twenty eight new members and five junior leaders. There is always a need for adult helpers who might offer even a limited time to help and supervise.  Contact Dermot Mullane for further information.  
KENRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  Tom Toomey, M.A. in local history, presented a talk on ‘The War of Independence in West Limerick’ to members and friends of the Kenry Historical Society at Pallaskenry Community Centre on Wednesday, October 28.  Of special interest to those present was his outline of activities in the Pallaskenry/Kildimo area.  Three men from the area were particularly active, one of whom commanded the local volunteers.  A jail diary in local ownership was kept by James Halpin during his incarceration in various jails and this was drawn upon by Tom in producing his monumental work on the subject.  The resultant book is regarded by scholars as the definitive publication to date covering the topic.  The author has trawled through official sources as well as personal anecdotal information in his compilation.  Of special interest are the photographs shown on the evening, many of which have never been seen in public before.  These portray the houses of combatants, the men themselves, members of the British forces and memorials to those who died in the conflicts. Altogether an inspirational lecture by a man steeped in his subject.  Look out for future talks sponsored by this historical group. 

SALE OF WORK:  The annual major fundraiser for the maintenance of Pallaskenry Community Centre takes place on Sunday October 9, from 2.30 pm.  More than just a sale of work, this is a popular social event with lots of things to entertain and treasures to take away.  Apart from all the various stalls selling wares from ‘Bric-a-Brac’, Books, Cakes, Jams and Chutneys, Toys and treasures, there will be a barbeque with teas and coffees.  A special attraction is the Irish Coffee with taxis available for the over-indulgent!  Your support for this fundraiser is necessary to continue to subsidise the work of the Community Centre committee who ensure the daily availability of the centre for its varied use at very acceptable rates.

TREE TALK:  If you’d like inspiration on the topic of trees, you’ll find none better than Ted Cooke.  Ted has been very involved in promoting his love of flora in the Broadford area of Co. Limerick for years.  The development of the village arboretum on lands donated by Lord Muskerry has been a project of his.  He is of the opinion that such a development can be replicated in any other village.  We all know areas that might benefit from planting and such an area may be in our own back yard.  One solitary oak for example can sustain within its environment many hundreds of lesser species of flora and fauna.  Ted will be on hand to conduct a tour of the Broadford Arboretum on Sunday, October 9, from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.  All twenty seven of our native species of trees will be pointed out.  Knowing Ted, his enthusiasm for the subject will well overflow these time constraints.  The event is free and part of a local FĂ©ile.

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Its all systems go as members involve themselves in the various courses organised by the guild including art, computers and health matters. All these classes are now fully booked
and are up and running. Kildimo was well represented at the recent Autumn Federation meeting and extend congratulations to Maura Hallam whose crochet tea cosy was a winner.

DORIS ON TOUR:  Our own home-produced songstress Doris (Costello) Shire, is off again on tour of Britain from October 20.  Doris is part of the ‘Rambling House’ troupe whose annual tour overseas brings joy to Irish emigrants and their family and friends.  You can enjoy the ‘Mungret Nightingale’ on U-tube and Rambling House DVD’s on sale from their headquarters and from Doris herself you can receive her own compilations of ballads which include the only commercial recording of Kildimo’s own anthem, ‘The Boys of the Line’.

SALESIAN COLLEGE NEWS:  October 12 is the opening night for incoming students for the coming year when parents and students in fifth and sixth classes are available.  The school office will supply application forms.  Lifesaving classes are being organized for students with swimming skills and successful participants will receive certification following their ten week course. Mr Lavan, Darragh Dunne and Dave Downes won €100 each in the ‘Guess the Score’ competition.  Congratulations to the Under 18 hurlers who recently overcame Abbeyfeale.
COMMUNITY LOTTO:  The draw on September 27 produced numbers 3,5, 15 & 24 as the winning combination for a Jackpot of € 9,500.  No member predicted this sequence and in consequence Lucky Dips of €20 each were drawn by Michael Coughlan, Court ; Caroline O’Connell, Church View, Askeaton; Alice Healy, Shanagolden; Jamie & Liz Hickey, Old Kildimo and Margaret O’Reilly, Ferrybridge.  You can now have three shots at the Jackpot for €5 at any of the ticket sales venues or from a member of the Community Council

COPSWOOD GAELSThe club travelled to Asbourne Co. Meath for a national U10 Blitz.
In lashing rain we went into our first game against Ballnahinch losing out to a last minute try, the final score being 20 – 15. Our second match was a very close affair also but the lads ended up on the wrong end of a 30 - 10 scoreline to Ballyclare.  The team proved equal to their next challenge having a very good 15 - 5 win against Kildara, just deserts for their hard fought efforts. This was a very good team building exercise and considering the terrible weather our lads kept their spirits up all day.  Scorers were Padraig Hartigan, Colin Griffin, Aaron O'Donovan, Ben Fleming and Luke Guinane. The squad as a whole played brilliantly while others to shine were
Christopher Bourke, Ciaran Barry, Thomas Kelly Kiely, Jack O'Hollaran Hanifin, Adam Collins, Geoffrey Brodrick, Liam McLoughlin, Daniel Fitzgerald, Shay Kelly and Eoin Mulvihill. “Well done” to all the lads who in their first season they are catching on very fast. Training continues on Sunday Mornings from 10 to 11am.  All are welcome and Registration remains open.

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