Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kildimo Community Notes W/E April 28 2012

Elma & Davy Gleeson ,Kildimo Cutting the cake @ Davy's 80th Birthday celebrations recently Pic by Mary Walsh

Pic by Joe Cusack of Kildimo Pallaskenry swim team,winners of 18 medals last week-end in Askeaton

RECENTLY DECEASED: Sympathy is extended to Teresa O’Farrell of Old Kildimo on the recent death of her father Dan Copse of Ballingown, NCW.  The late Dan was interred in Calvary Cemetery following Requiem Mass in Knockaderry Church on Sunday, April 14.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

RECENT ANNIVERSARIES:  On Sunday April 29, Mass in St. Joseph’s Church will be celebrated to commemorate the death of the late Jim Griffin. 

COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS:  Members of the local community council were present for the Jim Kemmy Business School students presentation that took place in U.L. recently.  The team that studied the local area with a view to its further development was undertaken under the direction of Dr. Yvonne Costin, with Marese Kelly as their supervisor.  Shona Ryan, David O’Gorman, Niall Cleary, Cedric Laffan and Emmet Cooke comprised the working team.  The ‘Strategic Plan’ thus produced covered a five year development course and greatly concentrates on developing a tourist facility for the area.  The study group is of the opinion that a 7’s Tournament Summer Festival would fill a niche in the market and at the same time engender a big influx of participants to the area.  The focal point of this festival would be the old creamery site and the development there of an ‘all-weather’ pitch, which they thought would fulfill a need in sporting facilities not already catered for.  This proposal is presently being studied by members and advisors of the local community council and the study will be made available to interested persons and investors.  A second study group comprising of Antonio Moldovan, Ali Fakim, Liam Hally, Ronan Hayes and Sarah Stokes produced a report on the feasibility of developing the creamery site.  This comprehensive study outlines the sources of funding and other help that may be accessed from professional bodies like West Limerick Resources, Shannon Development, etc.  The fourth year business students bring an impressive array of qualifications to the above study and Sarah Stokes has the added advantage of having a stake in the locality through her family connections.  These two study reports are worthy of deep study by interested local parties and they are likely to produce important developmental ideas of our future growth as a community. 

DEFENDING REFINED PALATES:  It is no surprise that locals never raised an eyebrow or a hackle when local girl Madeline Mulqueen was criticised for her refined taste in combining tomato with lobster.  Following a trend set by no less than Marie Antoinette; Kildimo diners regularly combine tomato with lobster following the French custom in the popular south of France dish ‘Lobster Provencal’.  Clearly this established tradition was unknown to the source of the criticism in the recent programme ‘Come Dine with Me’ in which local model displayed the practice.  The controversy was not so favourably received by one prominent Limerick citizen who declared himself ‘incandescent’ by the perceived slur on our culinary Shannonside practices.  ‘Incandescence’ being a reaction that ‘bon vivant’ Madeline is used to igniting comes as no surprise to her and ‘Lobster Provencal’ will firmly remain part of her regular diet.

CROSSROADS DANCING:  The Guerin’s who lived close to the gates of Curragh Chase, were an enterprising family in organising the platform dancing outside the same gates.  Events at the Cross brought patrons from all the surrounding parishes and in the process caused much moral headache to the local Stonehall Parish Priest of the time in the 1940’s/1950’s.  Apart from disturbing the courting couples who met at the dances he is on record to one Kildimo penitent who visited him in his confessional, as likening Kildimo lads to ‘a roving pack of dogs in heat’.  Clearly a cleric who didn’t appreciate the value of the ‘au naturelle’ in bringing couples together as indeed happened at the dances and resulted in enduring family dynasties to this day.  The present organising committee have no moral qualms in organising a repeat of the crossroads dancing which they invite you to on May 13 at 3.00 pm. 

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN:   Local litter picking will take place in Old Kildimo on Wednesday April 25, from 9.30 am.  Pallaskenry are also conducting similar events from Castletown Church and in the village on Saturday April 28.  Feel free at any time to pick up the indiscretions of others and gross flouting of the law should be reported, such as those who regularly dump their rubbish on the approach road to Curragh Chase and elsewhere.

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Wednesday May 2 is the date for the next ICA gathering with ‘Make Up’ demonstration by a representative from Boots Pharmacy commencing at 8pm in Seven Sisters Pub, Old Kildimo. Non members welcome.

KENRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  You are invited to a tour of Maigueside historical castles and churches on Sunday, April 29.  Join us at ‘De Bucket’ and local historian Derek Cahill will lead the tour northwards, discussing the historical heritage of the area on route.  You will hear about the families that populated this area prior to the arrival of the new settlers and the impact of these peoples- some of whom remain- on our area.  The annual membership fees of €10 will be taken up to cover our modest expenses.
LADIES FIRST: Congratulations to  May Quaid, Wicklow, Eithne Carey, Galway and Mary Daly, Westmeath recently elected at AGM of Active Retirement Ireland held in City West Hotel ,Dublin as National President, Vice President, and Hon Secretary respectively, also to Tony McCarthy, Dublin who is the incoming Hon Treasurer.

COMMUNITY LOTTO:  ‘Jackpot Numbers’ drawn on April 17, for a Jackpot of €10,950 were 6, 12, 21 & 23.   No member predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €20 each were drawn by S. Warner, Mary Conway, Morgan Breen, Marie O’Curry and John McMahon.

GAA LOTTO:  On April 16, numbers 18, 22, 23 & 26 were drawn for a Jackpot of €20.000.  No member predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 each were drawn by Noreen Hedderman, Tom Griffin, Margaret Hanrahan and Michael Mackey.

MAY EVE:   The Annual May Eve commemoration takes place on Monday April 30 leaving Knockfierna Rambling House at 7.30pm.  Guided tour of the hilltop is followed by the traditional sprinkling of Holy Water.  On return the walkers will be entertained at the Rambling House with music, song & story.

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