Happy New Year to you all. What a start to 2010! It started to snow as soon as we got to Punchestown Races on New Year’s Eve. Still we had a great day. My fellow punters brother Mick and Wicklow Joe and myself were well anaesthetised by the time that racing finally finished and someone came to bring us home. Dick O’Sullivan himself was handing out hot punch on the way in and was looking forward (already) to a bumper festival or maybe it was a festival bumper! Other hardy folk were Tom Nugent, Dan Byrne, Tony (Hop-a-long) Hanlon, and a rake of Murphys, Aileen, John, Rena and loads more that I didn’t meet up with. We were talking to both Ollie Brady, who still recalls some of the Breener’s high jinks, and Willie Mullins who gave us a winner for the future. More of that in a month or two.
Staying with racing the weather wreaked havoc with all the decent meetings over the holiday period. I wouldn’t put a huge amount of store in any results as the conditions were so horrible, the one exception though was Kauto. Ruby is blessed with such a choice on both sides of the pond but it would be hard to pass a jaunt on him. People talk about “Desert Orchid” but I think this fella is streets ahead.
We travelled south to Colette’s sister for Christmas. The roads of Limerick were in a dreadful condition. They must have been the first local authority to run out of salt. Coming back home on St. Stephen’s day was a bit easier. It must be only a short time before we see normal trading on Christmas Day. The advent of St. Stephen’s day opening in the bigger stores, bring it ever closer.
As we turn into 2010, the Bugle is in a reasonable state. We lost money last year, a combination of a drop in sales and the difficulty in getting money in. We will be reducing our print runs in the new year and trying to tighten costs. The cover price of 1.50 will stay the same for this year. Any “specials” we have like at Punchestown & Christmas will also stay at the regular cover price. My thanks to co-editor Rose, our wonderful printer Frances, our contributors, advertisers, folding crew, subscribers and you, our loyal readers.
I am grateful to local people who contribute photographs at various times during the year. These are a welcome edition to the Bugle and make true the saying of a picture being worth etc. Thank you all.
Naas Credit Union opening Hours:
Monday 09:30 to 17:00Tuesday 09:30 to 17:00Wednesday 11:00 to 17:00Thursday 09:30 to 17:00Friday 09:30 to 17:00Saturday 09:30 to 17:00
Our sub office in Ballymore Eustace opens on Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:30.
Joining Naas Credit Union is simple. To become a member simply call into any of our offices and complete a membership application with a member of staff. You will need the following three documents:
Photo ID, e.g. Passport, Drivers License
Verification of Address e.g. ESB Bill, Utility Bill, Bank Statement
PPS Number or Tax Identification Number (on an official document/card).
· Minors (under 16) can open accounts with Naas Credit Union. We will require the same identification as for an adult member.
· Minors under the age of 7 years can have an account opened on their behalf by a Parent / Guardian or Third Party. The minor must live within the common bond with either the Parent / Guardian. Until the Minor reaches their 7th Birthday the nominated Parent / Guardian named is the only person permitted to operate the account. Information required
· · Birth Certificate of Child. · Passport or Parent/Guardian who is named the Nominee. · Household bill or Bank Statement ( where minor resides in Parent/Guardians name) · Documentation of Minors PPS number.