ANNIVERSARIES: The Watts brothers John and David were remembered in Sunday Mass in Pallaskenry Church on Sunday September 29. On Sunday October 6 the late PJ Conway and Noel Hayes will be commemorated in Kildimo Church.
TIDY TOWNS: The report on the 2013 competition has arrived and shows Kildimo advancing thirteen points on the 2012 adjudication. These advances were noted in the areas of landscaping, litter control, tidiness and in the areas described as ‘roads, streets and back areas’. The report is generally very positive about the village and environs and points out the many positive aspects of the area. The National School and its efforts in maintaining the Green Flag over many years was noted as was the evident pride bestowed on local businesses in their standards of maintenance and the provision of floral displays. As of course with all such intensive examination and adjudication, there is room for improvement and as the report is made available publicly these areas can be seen and addressed towards advancing even further in beautifying our living environment for the good of all. The final comments in the report under the heading of ‘General Impression’, reads ‘Kildimo looked very well on the day of visit. We look forward to further progress in the years to come’. Congratulations to those who give their time and efforts for the good of all.
OUR LADY IN WASHINGTON: The Washington Post quoted the newly-appointed and first female Irish ambassador to the US as justifiably “proud” in assuming her new posting. Anne Anderson has describes herself as addicted to Foreign Service for her country having ploughed a lonely furrow as a lady in a male-dominated career. Born in Clonmel, Anne’s Limerick connection goes back to Ballyculhane where her mother Madge Griffin was born and raised. Her Tipperary father was a psychiatric nurse whose ambition for his daughter to secure a safe and steady job in the civil service was well realised in Anne’s stellar career in the Foreign Service. She is no stranger to Washington or indeed to the Obamas whom she has met in her earlier posting to Washington when she had the task of mediating the developments of the Anglo-Irish Agreement to the wider world. Her many cousins in Kildimo may be justifiably proud of their family connection in the White House.
SABATTICAL: Friends of Fr Loftus, SDB, while wishing him ‘bon voyage’ as he takes a break from his ministry, will be saddened also to lose his caring ministry. Those who had the benefit of his pastoral care will be well aware of his commitment to his care of souls. In his own words in private conversation he admitted his deep “love of the people”.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP: The Limerick Federation of the ICA are holding a full day training session at the Day Care Centre, Drombanna on October 12 from 9.30 am to 5pm. Such sessions are being held countrywide by SOS that is ‘Suicide or Survive’ aimed at promoting good mental health and combating negative and destructive psychological conditions. This course is free but Pre-booking is essential, “First Come, First Served”, by contacting Noeleen at Lo Call 1890 577 577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIRDWATCH IRELAND: The local branch will focus on “the birds of the air and the fishes of the sea” on their outing to Loop Head on Saturday October 5. Leaders John Murphy and Tom Lynch will guide the party and hopefully spot a Snow Bunting or Golden Plover and lowering their binoculars may see a whale or dolphin. See you at the Kilbaha Lighthouse at 10am. The AGM of the Limerick Branch takes place at the Shannon Rowing Clubhouse on Tuesday October 15 at 8.00 pm. New members will be welcome.
KILDIMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The AGM will take place on Wednesday October 2 in the local refurbished Library commencing at 8.15pm. All are welcome and with the many projects on hands please consider joining and actively participating for the benefit of your local community. Ní neart go cur le céile.
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.
GAA LOTTO: This popular weekly continues at different locations on Monday evenings. The draw on September 23 for a Jackpot of €5,100 was not won as no member predicted the winning combination of 8, 12, 19 & 27. Lucky Dips of €50 were drawn by Clifton Markham, Fergal Moloney, Oisín & Edel O’Mahony and Mike Fitzgerald.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Jumbo Gold exercises for the ‘not so young’ with Avril are being organised by Kildimo ICA and will commence on Wed October 2 in ‘Seven Sisters ‘Pub, Old Kildimo at 10.30am. The course will run every Wed MORNING for one hour for a period of 6 weeks. Members & non members are welcome. The charge will be €5 per class. Further details from Kathleen (087)2172225. Later on in the evening of Wed October 2 the Kildimo ICA guild meeting will be held in at ‘Seven Sisters’Pub, Old Kildimo ,commencing at 8.15pm. A mini auction, in aid of ACWW will take place at the conclusion of the meeting.
BUSINESS TRAINING: Limerick County Enterprise Board are beginning their Autumn Training Schedule in September on a variety of topics related to industry and at various locations. The full programme is available on their website www.lcob.ie
FUN NIGHT: Kilcornan Community Centre is the venue for a Fun Night on Thursday October 17, commencing at 8.15pm. Among the entertainment listed is Padini the Clown followed by an upcycling presentation by Breda McKeon. Entry fee €10 which includes tea & coffee. Bí linn agus Fáilte
SALESIAN COLLEGE: The next fundraising event will be the annual ‘Bosco Tea Party’, which takes place on Friday October 11. The support of parents and friends for this event is greatly appreciated. A table of eight people costs €100. Contact the school office on 061 393105 for further details. The open night for incoming 1st year students 2014/2015 will take place on Wednesday October 9, commencing at 7.30pm in the school hall with the principal’s address.