TRIBUTE: The death occurred on November 14 last of Gerard Mann of Adare and formerly Kilmoreen, Kildimo aged 60 years. His funeral took place to the old cemetery Kildimo following Requiem Mass in the Holy Trinity Church Adare.
Gerard was well known to those in the Kildimo and Adare area as a keen cyclist who loved the country roads and the peace and freedom they afforded him. He was very popular with all who knew him for his sense of humour, his positive spirits and his thoughtfulness of others. Gerard’s major passion was for soccer and in particular his adopted team of Liverpool. All their matches were keenly followed and he could be relied upon for a close report of games and scores.
In his youth he attended Kildimo National School before going on to Copswood and afterwards the Red Tech in O’Connell Street, Limerick. Following school he worked in Ferenka and in Draper Eireann.
He is sadly missed by his mother Josephine and his siblings Joseph, Michael, Anthony, Breda, Eileen, Pauline, Una and Marie to whom sympathy is offered on the loss of this dearly-loved son and brother.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
ANNIVERSARIES: On Thursday February 6, 10 am Mass will be celebrated for the late Dick Liston. All deceased will be remembered at morning Mass on Friday and at noon Mass on Sunday February 9, Morgan Malone and Eamon Lyons will be commemorated.
KENRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The first event of this year will take place on Wednesday February 19 at 8pm. The talk is on Curragh Chase and the appropriate venue will be the Community Centre, Kilcornan. Our guest speaker is the author of the very popular booklet on Curragh Chase, namely Patrick T Fitzgerald of Adare. Patrick has been visiting the place since his childhood and has built up a store of knowledge on this subject so dear to his heart. His talk will include much new material which has not been public up to now. Members and non-members are invited and welcome.
ST VALENTINE: Should you forget your Valentine on the day- February 14- then there’s a chance to redeem yourself on February 21. A ‘Valentines Ball’ is being held that night at the Woodlands Adare. This includes a four course meal with complimentary wine. ‘Final Touch’ is supplying the dancing music with a disco to follow with lots of raffle prizes. Tickets are €50 with the proceeds going to Milford Hospice and Pieta House. And if you still miss out on all of that, then take yourself to the Carmelite church in Whitefriar Street in Dublin where you need to pray before the relic of St Valentine.
BIRDWATCH: Dr Allan Mee is the speaker at our meeting at Shannon Rowing Club on Sarsfield Bridge on Wednesday February 19 at 8pm. His subject is the re-introduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagles and their breeding in Mountshannon. On Sunday February 16 the outing will traverse the river bank in the city, meeting at St Michael’s Rowing Club at 10.00 am. Keep March 19 free for a presentation on Bird Migration, details later.
GAA LOTTO: The weekly draw continues and is now in the region of €7,000. Apart from buying Lotto tickets locally, you can also go on line to Kildimo GAA and choose from various options of commitment to the draw. Funds from the weekly draw are put to go use in promoting the many activities of the club.
LÁ LE BRÍD: It is good to note the continued tradition of the cult of Ireland’s first native saint in the numbers who turned up in Cartown for prayers at the well in her honour on Sunday February 2. Fr Donworth led the prayers and the local well guardians the Hevenor family ensured that the environs of the traditional well are maintained.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE CILL DÍOMA: Zumba Gold exercises continue every Wed morning at 10.30 am in Seven Sisters pub, Old Kildimo and all are welcome. The February guild meeting takes place on Wednesday February 5 in ‘Seven Sisters’ pub, Old Kildimo commencing at 2.30pm. The Book Club meeting at ‘De Bucket Pub’, Ferrybridge will be held on the following Tuesday February 11, meeting for lunch at 1.15pm. A review of The ICA Book of Home & Family to be undertaken by all attending. In addition the book currently being read is ‘A Street Cat named Bob’ by James Bowen.
Kildimo/Pallaskenry Community Games: Art Competition. Despite a very windy and wet morning the boys and girls from this area made their way to Ballybrown for the County round of the Art Competition last Saturday. The children ranged in ages from 7 years to 12 years and the art work produced on the day was of a very high standard covering many community games activities. The judges will have their work cut out finding the winners. Results will be issued in a few weeks time. Well done to all who took part.
Talent Competition. Pallaskenry Communtiy Centre was alive with talent on Saturday evening when the local talent competition took place. There was no shortage of entries with over forty arts taking to the stage on the night. The audience was treated to musicians playing a wide a varied array of musical instruments, children giving river dance a run for its money with many great dancers ,the singers were in fine voice and keeping in tune. We even got treated to an act from the wonderful story The Secret Garden. We had beautiful recitations that brought smiles to the faces of the audience. All the children showed great confidence in their performance and should be very proud of their achievements. We wish to thank Fiona Linnane, Shuna Nunan for judging the competition. Stephan Kaiser took charge of sound on the night and did a great job. Master of ceremonies for the night was Joanne McGuinness and she kept the event flowing. This event would not be possible without the support of our local national schools and the parents of the children. We thank everyone who made this event possible. We had many medal winners on the night and those placed in first and second place will now go forward to represent this area at the next round of the competition. We wish them the very best of luck.