Sunday 19 January 2020

Kilmacanogue Diary

Noel Carey RIP - Kilmacanogue lost another of its famous sons on December 30 with the passing of Noel Carey.

Noel slipped away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the care of the staff of St Anne's Ward at St Vincent's University Hospital. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his partner Jane, son Graham, daughters Margaret and Avril, daughter-in-law Sharon, grandchildren, brother-in-law Ned, extended family, neighbours and friends.

A large crowd attended his funeral Mass to say a final farewell which took place last Thursday in St Mochonog's Church followed by interment in adjoining cemetery.

Hollywood have 'The Terminator' but in Kilmacanogue, Noel was 'The Alternator' as he was the man to visit to repair batteries and alternators and in his spare time, he was also some dancer. He fought a brave battle with illness for many years but that did not stop him from living life to the full. Deepest sympathy to all his beloved family, neighbours and friends from us all in the community of Kilmacanogue. Farewell Noel, rest in peace.

GAA club AGM

The annual general meeting of Kilmacanogue GAA Club will take place this Thursday (ninth) at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend this very important meeting.

50th birthdays

There were great celebrations in Sugarloaf Crescent last weekend as neighbours Keith McDonald and Theresa Griffin celebrated turning 50 years young. Keith was whisked off to the Shelbourne Hotel for a romantic evening with his lovely wife Nuala and a very special birthday wish for a wonderful father comes from son Adam and three daughters Alex, Anna and Chloe and everyone in Kilmacanogue (including the Man United fans Keith).

Then on Saturday, Theresa Griffin celebrated her 50th with a surprise party in her house organised by her daughter Casey. She is pictured with her three daughters and some of her nieces and nephews (we would want two pages to get all in) and a great evening was had by all. A special word of congratulations comes from that fantastic husband of yours Damien (well that's what he said anyway), and three lovely daughters Casey, Rachel and Amy, the extended Griffin and Molloy families and us all in the village. Here's to the next 50 Theresa and Keith.

Darts competition

The annual Kilmac Darts Competition drew to a close over the Christmas and was a great success once again. James McDonald has tried (and failed) over the past few years but finally got victory this year to become the 2019 Champion. It was a fitting end to efforts and he moves to Galway completely in the new year.

While great fun in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the competition also raised over €500 for our senior citizens and Breda Connolly is pictured receiving same on behalf of all the Dart players. Well done to James, Arthur Smith, Thorsten Farber, Paddy and Patrick Harvey and everyone involved in this great competition and well done James on your success, you have played the Bridesmaid part long enough, finally became the bride.

History Society

The members of the Kilmacanogue History Society are eagerly looking forward to their first lecture of 2020 which will take place on Tuesday, January 14, at 8 p.m. in the Glenview Hotel. Marc McMenamin is the guest speaker and the title of his talk is, The Codebreaker.

This fascinating story outlines how a gifted polymath and cryptographer, was drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of a prolific Nazi spy, Hermann Görtz. It set in motion one of the most remarkable episodes in Irish history. What followed was a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that would wind its way through the capital and its suburbs, reverberate through the corridors of power, test the sympathies of those in high society, and even expand to jeopardise the Allied war effort.

Codebreaker is a riveting and deeply researched account of an extraordinary period of history - when Dublin became a hotbed of Nazi intrigue and the fate of an independent Ireland settled on the shoulders of an unassuming employee of the National Library. The speaker himself, Marc McMenamin is a journalist and documentary maker. A specialist in exploring uncharted corners of Irish history, he is the maker of several acclaimed radio documentaries, including Good Cop/Bad Cop, exploring the life of controversial former NYPD officer Peter Daly, and Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker.

This presentation will take you back to the secret world of espionage in Ireland during World War II and is a fascinating opener to our 2020 season. Looking forward to seeing all our members and friends on the night.

Bray People