Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bits ‘n Bobs with Rose

The White Flag is raised – and they’re off!
OOOPs, no, no, false start – we’ll try again…..
The White Flag is raised…..
A script writer couldn’t pen a farce as good as this; having finally agreed, almost two years later, the formation of a committee to delegate the spending of monies raised from KTK levies, Kildare County Council called a meeting for said committee.
The main parties involved are: 2 representatives from the local community, Mike Edmonds representing the ABCD and myself representing the CDA; 2 reps for KTK; 2 reps for Kildare County Council and 2 local councillors, Mary Glennon and Billy Hillis.

A meeting was scheduled for March 8th and all parties were notified. Simple, isn’t it? Well, you would think so – but Kildare County Council didn’t remember to notify KTK and they sent a letter to the CDA to Steve Deegan, former chairperson up to December 2005. The fact that they received correspondence from last year’s chairperson, Jimmy Pearse and from me more recently doesn’t even enter into it……….I was disappointed I would have to miss the first meeting as I was abroad. But Readers, they forgot to notify KTK so the meeting was abandoned and is rescheduled for Tuesday 27th March. Get out the Lucky Rabbit’s Foot, the rosary beads and anything else that might help get this committee up and running.

Kevin Keenan himself finds the whole thing a joke, an absolute disaster: “With Kilcullen community, we simply give the money directly to local groups and clubs for projects and facilities being upgraded. No messing about, none of this bull. Write the cheque and hand it over, that’s it – straight forward, done and dusted”

On the matter of correspondence, we, the CDA, have written to Willie Purcell regarding road and safety matters in Ballymore Eustace – email 29/1/07 and posted correspondence two weeks later – not even the courtesy of an acknowledgement. Eric Firth has submitted a comprehensive report on the appalling state of our roads, flooding, abuse of one-way system of Plunkett Road, poor parking, the need for pedestrian crossings plus other relative matters – if we don’t get a reply, then we shall certainly kick up a stink and start ‘naming names in local media’. The CDA is an elected body representing local opinion – if Kildare County Council don’t see fit to acknowledge our correspondence nor address the issues raised, then me may as well throw in the towel and leave it to the fairies.

IN boxed advert and highlighted please with horsey graphic
Community Development Association – Race week Raffle
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Raffle has been postponed until Sunday April
Our Race week Raffle will include tickets to racing @Punchestown, Naas Racecourse, Moat Theatre, Naas, Waterford Crystal, Monster Hamper plus 15 follow up prizes.

Tickets will €1.50 each or book of 4 for €5. Tickets on sale early April – please, support generously. The CDA includes Tidy Towns Association, Meals on Wheels, The Resource Centre, River Walk, Weekly Bingo, The Friendship Club plus community issues as they arise.
We need funds urgently so please, lend your support!
Anyone wishing to donate prizes for the Raffle, your generosity will be appreciated.

Its dreadful disappointing that we have no festival week during race week but Readers, you are all collectively to blame. Only young student Maria Griffin came forward to volunteer help – thanks Maria.
But we have some good news – CARMAN FAIR is going ahead for this year and it’s scheduled for the kinder climate of July with all the historic, novelty and musical entertainment of last year. Three cheers for Morgan and Liam who are in the throes of organising at the moment. The CDA will endorse this festival – it gave an incredible insight into aspects of our heritage and traditions whilst giving entertainment to children and adults alike. We would encourage the business community and clubs to support the festival as it will bring large numbers of people into Ballymore. Roll on July!


Mary Jane Fashions and The Ballymore Eustace Community Playschool present a unique Fashion Show and Sale at the Ardenode Hotel on Wednesday 28th March next. Tickets €10 with proceeds going to the Community Playschool and Tallaght Breast Unit.

There’s a huge selection of styles and sizes on offer from casuals, jeans, knitwear, dresses, suits with sizes from 8-24 catered for.
Leather and Suede goods on offer, pure new wool coats and jackets plus much more.

You will find designer high street fashions and top range catalogue styles at a FRACTION of the Normal Price. Don’t miss out – The Ardenode Hotel on Wednesday next, 28th March @ 8pm.


Photo and caption of grandchild Quinlan to come…. Left it in work, sorry!

________________________________________________________________________ please put the following two pieces in boxed strips, side by side, across the bottom of page, thank you

To John McCarville

In recognition of John McCarville’s retirement from the Garda Siochana and
his incredible contribution to community life in Ballymore Eustace and Blessington,
A Tribute Night has been organised for Friday 30th March in The Ardenode Hotel

Dinner and Dancing €35pp
All welcome – please don’t miss this opportunity to pay tribute to John!
For tickets, please contact 045 865 202

Calling all:
Crafts People
Art Groups
Stall Holders

Carman Fair is back – on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July

To secure your stall, contact Reka @ 045 864665
Liam 087 786 2969 or Morgan 087 927 0390


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