Friday, October 26, 2012

Kildimo Community Notes W/E October 27 2012

Brian Culhane & Sean Cotter at Hist Lecture 'The Palatines' by Lorna Shier October 17th 2012

John Kennedy,Caherconlish with Lorna Shier,Foynes who gave Lecture on 'The Palatines' to Kenry Historical Society October 17th 2012

Kitty O'Shaughnessy Ballynolan,JimKennedy,Pallaskenry & Mary O'Callaghan Hon Sec Kenry Hist Society at Lecture 'The Palatines' by Lorna Shier October 17th 2012

ANNIVERSARIES:  Past members of our community who are remembered around the time of their anniversaries, include Tom Kelly, Toddy McCauley and Bridie, Anne and Leo Battels. 

COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS:  The tireless members of the Community Council are presently engaged in preparing the local ‘Parish Calendar 2013’.  Always a useful document to have at hand for important events and local business contact details. Your business can be part of this and thereby have a year’s advertising for a mere €30.  Marie is taking such adverts at or on phone at 085 8337914.  “It pays to advertise”.

MUNGRET HERITAGE:  A series of lectures by well attested speakers takes place at St Nessan’s National School, Mungret at 8.00 pm.  On Wednesday October 24, the title is St Nessan and his monastic community by Dr Cathy Swift of Mary Immaculate College.  Local Clarina man Dr Matthew Potter will deliver his lecture on the Wednesday November 7 on the theme of ‘Mungret Medieval and Modern’.  All are welcome and they’re free.

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Following on a very enjoyable outing in Old Stonehall recently a walk in Glenstal is planned for Saturday next October 27. Catering for all levels of fitness the group will assemble at 11am in the Abbey grounds near the reception/shop area where Federation Sports Officer Mary Canty will be on hand to greet you. Fáilte do gach einne idir fir is mná.

KENRY HISTORY SOCIETY:  A very appreciative audience attended Lorna Shier’s lecture at Kilcornan Community Centre on Wednesday October 17.  As well as her obvious Germanic background whose family came to Ireland and Rathkeale in 1709, Lorna has delved deep into the history of her fellow Palatines, some of whom were on hand for the evening lecture.  The title ‘Palatine’ refers back to the Count Palatine, Prince of the  region bordering on the river Rhine and situated between many warring Princes.  Strife between the leaders of the many states that made up the area before unification into modern Germany, allied to the destruction of the vine crop which was their major economic resource, precipitated the departure of about ten thousand to seek their fortune by migrating eastwards.  The subject of Lorna’s study was the small group who settled mainly near Rathkeale, mostly of the estate of Sir Thomas Southwell.  Their legacy in progressive farming and their espousal of Methodism through the instrumentality of John Wesley who made many preaching trips to consolidate them in the reformed ways of their original Lutheran practice, has left a lasting effect on the people with whom they settled and into the New World where they established Methodism.  The Palatine Museum in Rathkeale, in the old relocated railway station, houses a rich archive of material related to this nomadic group.  It is open to visitors during the summer months in the afternoons and otherwise by appointment to 069 63511 or by email to The website is
PLANNING NOTICE:  After long deliberation and work, the planning notice for Kildimo’s Community Centre is now appearing in local papers.  While this stage in the process has been due to the work of members of the Community Council and the experts they employed, from here it is up to the community members to put their collective shoulders to the wheel and make a historic gesture in providing for future generations.
SOCCER CLUB:  Support the Club’s activities by enjoying a night of 45 Cards at Slattery’s on Monday October 29.  First deals at 9.00 pm, with valuable prizes for the victorious.

TITANIC EXHIBITION:  If you missed the exhibition in Askeaton on that town’s casualties in the Titanic disaster, you may still view the exhibit in the County Library in Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle.  The exhibition features a rich archive of material pertaining to the people who survived and succumbed to the sinking of  the ‘unsinkable’.  It has been compiled by local Askeaton people whose ancestors were involved.
GAA LOTTO:  The new Jackpot is now €4,300 and the numbers drawn on Monday October 16 were 15, 18, 19 & 26.  As no member predicted this combination, €50 Lucky Dips of €50 were drawn by James Carey, Kilmoreen; Pat Hayes, Ballyoshea; Pat & Peadar Dunne, Ballyvareen and Liam O’Connor, Killeedy.

 CASTLECONNELL CRAFTS:  The local Craft Fair Committee is finalising their plans for their annual fair and twenty fourth in the series.  The longevity of this annual event is a tribute to local dedication in securing quality goods and crafts for the Christmas market.  Profits are donated to local community groups.  The venue is the Castle Oaks Hotel on the Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend of October 28 & 29 from noon to six.

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