Kildimo Nov 2

ANNIVERSARIES: The noon Mass on Sunday November 3 will recall the memory of the late past members of the community, namely, Aiden O’Brien, Senan & Bríd Murphy and Kitty & James Loftus.

ANNIVERSARIES: The noon Mass on Sunday November 3 will recall the memory of the late past members of the community, namely, Aiden O’Brien, Senan & Bríd Murphy and Kitty & James Loftus.

RECENT DEATH: An outpouring of profound sorrow followed the shock of the untimely death of Katherine Morris (nee Rea) on Saturday October 26. Her funeral took place to the local cemetery following Requiem Mass at the church of St. Joseph on Monday. She is survived by her husband Michael and daughters Lisa, Michaela and Chloe, her parents John and Breda and her siblings Patricia, Bríd, Elaine and Siobhán. Sympathy is also extended to Rose McKeogh on the recent death of her brother. Ar dheis Dé to raibh a nainamnacha.

KENRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The first lecture of the winter period is in Pallaskenry Community Centre on Wednesday November 13 at 8.00 pm. Dr Gerard Curtin will deliver a talk on the material that earned him his Doctorate from Mary I and UL, namely ‘Crime, Popular Protest and Society’ in the years 1820 to 1845. This was a very disturbed time in Kenry and in areas locally and the subject is sure to interest. The lecture is open to members and non-members alike. You’re likely to hear about your ancestors!

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Members are reminded of the two remaining sessions of Zumba Gold exercises on Wed Oct 30th & Wed Nov 6th at ‘Seven Sisters Pub, Old Kildimo from 10.30am to 11.30am.The November ICA guild meeting will take place on Wed November 6th at 2.30pm & date for Mass for ICA decd members will be announced at this meeting.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Still striving to ensure the safety and security of the seniors, especially those living alone, the Committee met recently to review activities and address the problems associated with past incidents around Halloween. The result of this will be the increase of Garda activity over that weekend. As always the best source of security is the vigilance of neighbours who should always be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour and report such events to the Gardaí. In addition, if there are concerns regarding personal alarms, the committee would like to hear from those in such need or if you know of others living alone and in need of such devices. Pat Aherne, Roisín O’Keeffe or Dermot Mullane may be contacted in regard to this or any other security concerns.

CHANGING TIMES: With the move to Winter Time the local ICA guild meetings will be held at the earlier time of 2.30pm at ‘The Seven Sisters’ Pub, Old Kildimo on the first Wed of each month, commencing on Wed November 6th 2013 until the clocks change again.

AN TAISCE: A representative of this organisation paid a visit to the village and environs recently with a view to assessing its environmental features. You will be pleased to know that this critical body gave a ‘thumbs-up’ to prevailing conditions in the area, in fact a positive return of 85%. Hug a tree in celebration!

KILDIMO AFC: The Scrap Metal Collection continues on Saturday mornings in October. Contact John Hickey or John Tierney at 087 2257547 or 086 1754002 for information. In association with the Kildimo National School we are running a Halloween Art Competition for all ages in the school with prizes being presented at the disco and all art work will be on display in the Seven Sisters. Many thanks to Principal Aoife Foley and her Staff for their support and help in the running of this competition.

NOVEMBER PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD: Prayers will be conducted in the following graveyards on Sunday November 3: Killurach graveyard at 2.00 pm, Ardcanny in Mellon at 2.45 pm and Kildimo at 3.30 pm. A special ‘Ceremony of Light’ will be held in the local church on Friday November 8 at 10.00 am, for all those who died during the year. Should you like your loved ones remembered, there will be a table set aside for remembrance tokens such as memorial cards, etc.

CRAFT FAIR: Mary Conway is organising a Christmas Fair at the ‘Seven Sisters’ on Sunday November 10 from 1.30 pm. Shop local and early for Christmas and choose from a wide variety of arts and crafts, or book a stand by contacting Mary at 087 6521806.

GRAND CÉILÍ: Your local community radio station West Limerick 102, is hosting a Céilí in Knockaderry on Friday November 22 at 9.30 pm. Music is by Donie Nolan and Tea/Coffee will be served and there will be a raffle. Admission €10.

GAA LOTTO: This popular weekly continues at different locations on Monday evenings. The draw on October 21 for a Jackpot of €5,600 was not won as no member predicted the winning combination of 3, 17, 22 & 27. Lucky Dips of €50 were drawn by Sara O’Dea, Gerry O’ Dwyer, Rianna Garvey & Parents & Toddlers.

LAUREL HILL REUNION: The School Development fundraiser at Limerick Greyhound Stadium takes place on Friday November 8. Past students, parents and friends are invited at €10 a ticket or €25 for a family. Details from 061 319383 or Laurel Hill FCJ Coláiste 061 313636.

Kildimo Community Notes

W/E April 28 2012


Michael O’Halloran

Contact Details: Mobile (086) 1203903


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.

RECENT DEATH: The sad news spread through the community on Wednesday June 20, of the sudden death of Fr. Ned Nealon of Middlefield and the Holy Ghost Fathers of Kimmage and Brazil. Ned is survived by his brothers Jimmy and Stephen and his sisters Peggy and Sr. Catherine and his other relatives and friends. His wake took place in his family home on Friday from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm, followed by his Requiem Mass and internment in the local cemetery on Saturday, June 23.

GAA LOTTO: The Jackpot has rewound to a startup prize of € 2,100 and the winning combination in the draw on June 18 were 5, 13, 25 & 28. As no member predicted these numbers, Lucky Dips of €50 each were drawn by Bob Crombie, Old Kildimo; Patricia Hayes, Ballyoshea; Seamus Shanahan, Ballycasey and Michael Collins of Old Kildimo.

GUN CLUB: The local gun club is currently enrolling new members from the Kildimo area. This club has been in operation for over fifty years and has good basic memberships that annually rear their own pheasant for the hunting period from November 1 to January 3. Migratory woodcock are also hunted by club members within the parish district bounds and with the compliance of local landowners. Shooting is confined to weekends within the designated time. Membership is open to over sixteen year olds, who for their first year hunt under the supervision of senior members. If you’re interested contact any of the following, Mick Sheehan, Brendan Gallagher or Conor Guinane.

KENRY HISTORY SOCIETY: Members and friends


COMMUNITY LOTTO: ‘Jackpot Numbers’ drawn on June 12, for a Jackpot of €11,350 were 6, 15, 18 & 27. As no punter predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €20 each were drawn by Mary Rogan, Paddy Kelly, Jim Conway and Sarah O’Dea.

POSTCARD COMPETITION: A reminder to keep up working on the picture of Kildimo that you think would best illustrate our place for visitors. Any paint medium on an A4 size or smaller are eligible, accompanied by a €5 entry fee will qualify. The winning entry will be reduced to postcard size and a limited print run will be made available for sale locally. All local amateur artists are invited to submit an entry.

BIRDWATCH: An outing for members is scheduled for Sunday July 8 to the Dromada Hills in Athea. Meeting opposite Athea National School at 9.00 am, you are advised to wear warm clothing and strong footwear. Geoff Hunt will lead the event and it is hoped to encounter the elusive Cuckoo, Raven, Red Grouse, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Merlin and Hen Harrier. Geoff is available on 087 7656439 if you have any queries.

DIGITAL TV SWITCHOVER: Those currently receiving their TV signal from an aerial will now be seeing a caption on their screen saying “24 October”. This means that unless you take action you will no longer receive a television signal after October 24, 2012. West Limerick Resources are currently operating the Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme and are asking for your help to identify those locally who will need a little assistance and make sure that they get it including older people living alone, those with literacy and other learning difficulties and those with few social networks. A ‘Reach Out and Switch Over’ Week will run nationally from June 25 to July 1. Communities interested in holding events in the West Limerick area to help raise awareness of the Switchover as well as individuals who would like to volunteer their time to help in the effort are asked to contact Clint on 069 62222 or email

REACHING OUT: West Limerick Resources are delighted to announce that John Joe Conwell from Ireland Reaching out Headquarters will hold an information session on Thursday June 28 in the Rathkeale House Hotel at 7.30pm. Offering an opportunity for individuals and communities to learn how they can get involved and benefit from the initiative, the event is free of charge and open to all. Ireland Reaching Out is an Irish government sponsored initiative established to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with the parish where their ancestors originated from Ireland. It will offer local parish communities an extraordinary opportunity to extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin.

ADAPT Collection:

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services extends a sincere thank you to the collectors who gave their time on Sunday 17th June in Kildimo. The sum collected in Kildimo was €114.82 which will go towards maintaining the many services ADAPT provides in the Refuge in Limerick and Outreach Services in Newcastle West and Kilmallock. ADAPT 24 Hour Freephone Helpline number is 1800 200 504.

Camp Bosco 2012: Running for over 20 years at Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Camp Bosco 2012 will take place from Monday 3rd - Friday 20th July 2012 1.30pm – 5.30pm. The camp caters for 5-15 Year olds and will with the help of Salesian College secondary school students. The camp will cost €60 per week per child. Buses are available from Dooradoyle to Glin at a charge of €25/week per person with two new stops this year in Loughill and Glin. Camp Bosco caters for a variety of activities including: Swimming, Water Games, Olympic size trampoline, Canoeing, Arts and Crafts Workshop, Hip Hop Dance, Team challenges, Orienteering, Airtrack, Special games for younger age groups, And lots more

For further details and application forms please contact Therese Harley, Regina Healhy or Íde Trant at 061-393105.

You can also find all the information on Facebook at Salesian College P