|NEWSLETTER NO. 348 Volume 11||
(November) Samhain 2005
|November: Believed to derive from ‘novem’ which is the Latin for the number ‘nine’. In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March. As part of the seasonal calendar November is the time of the ‘Snow Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Falling Leaves’ by Black Elk. The Anglo-Saxons called November ‘Windmonath’ or ‘Wind-month’.|
If there’s ice in November to bear a duck
There’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.
|St. Begnet - Patron Saint of Dalkey|
|Saint Begnet's Day is the 12th November. An ecumenical service will be held in the ruins of St. Begnet's Church beside the Heritage Centre on Sunday 13th November at 1.15pm. Refreshments will be served in the Heritage Centre after the ceremony|
The monthly meeting of DCC took place on Monday
3rd October in OLH.
As there was no further business the meeting ended.
A stroll down memory lane - “Step it out”
Behind the gates on Victoria Hill, secluded and added
onto the still standing “keep” stood a tea rooms and
later a dance hall.
Dalkey Tidy Towns – Second Round Adjudication:
Last month, the tiny Tidy Towns Committee breathed a sigh of relief. Dalkey had increased its score in the 2005 competition. It had taken a lot of hard work from fundraising to clean up days to endless meetings with council officials. Does anyone in Dalkey care? How many people know who erected the new granite “Welcome to Dalkey” signs, who organised the flowers that made Dalkey look so lovely all summer, who is behind the charming Christmas pageant?
All this work is done by volunteers who feel that they can do something for the community contributing to the community is a vital part of belonging to a community. It is this very community that makes Dalkey such a lovely town to live in.
However the community needs to do more – whether it is the business community doing their part in the commercial life of the town, schoolchildren taking pride in where they live, householders contributing to the life of the community. Look at the black spots in Dalkey – the rubbish at the back of the Eurospar, the graffiti down all the lanes, the litter strewn around the public areas.
As the saying goes – A lot done – more to do. If anyone
is interested in doing a little the Tidy Towns Committee would
love to hear from you. Please check out our notice board in the
Credit Union or
WINTER IS HERE - IT'S A TIME TO HIBERNATE
Welcome in the new and prepare yourselves for a fresh chapter
in your life, there are no limits to what you can do only those
you place on yourself and why entertain that? Winter for many is
a season dreaded because of the short days and cooler weather.
This year way not approach the season with a fresh outlook, think
of all the great nights you can have sitting beside an open log
fire, wearing cosy woolly jumpers and preparing hot drinks. The
season can bring you magic, watch out for it!
Until next time
Native to North America these squirrels
no natural predators here and a very diverse diet. They cause a
damage to young trees and when they move into areas frequented
by Red Squirrels it inevitably results in the extinction of the
carry a virus called Parapox to which they are relatively immune
Ten years ago there were Red Squirrels in Cabinteely Park but now they’re gone and the place is full of greys. Grey Squirrels have been seen on Cunningham Road and near the Killiney Golf Course and it will be a sad day when they arrive on the hill. The only way to counter the threat is to actively trap the greys which has been done in some areas of Britain and I hope the council will give some thought to protecting the Reds in one of their last strongholds.
Events through the Month
The play tells the story of Miss Jean Brodie a rather unconventional teacher who incurs the wrath of her headmistress and the disapproval of her colleagues. Scandals increase chiefly involving the art teacher and the music teacher. The part of Miss Brodie will be played by Clare Cresswell. The play is directed by Killian McCrea
Families feature strongly in this latest production of St Patricks. Clare Cresswell is joined on stage by her daughter Amy who plays one of the schoolgirls and by grand uncle John a veteran of so many memorable roles for St.Patricks who plays the gardener. Mother and daughter Hilda and Wendy Grace and sisters Sharon and Samantha Smith also feature on stage.
The Dalkey Goat
Sharing a Culture Festival 23rd -25th Sept 2005
Dalkey & Isle of Anglesey
The Welsh Dragon
For further information phone Dalkey Library at 285 5277
#Free Internet training is available in Dalkey Library every Wednesday
11am to 1pm until 23rd November.
OVERGROWTH AND UNDERGROWTH
Just a reminder now that we are heading into the winter, please cut back any over and undergrowth, which may be blocking the pathway and prevent any unfortunate accidents
|Dalkey Ladies Club - 45 years.|
In 1960 the then Dalkey Arts and Crafts Club opened in the kitchen
of the Coliemore Hotel (later the Dalkey Island Hotel and now apartments)
as Detta Cullen, one of the founders of the Club, owned the hotel
and lived there with her family.
|Dalkey Pageant - comments from school children|
| Loreto Primary
1 had a really good time doing the pageant through Dalkey town. Everything and everyonewas so full of energy. I was one of the dancers and had a great time learning my dance. The goat,1 think looked brilliant. Everyone took a lot of time and effort to make the pageant. And I think it certainly paid off. It was a great and fun experience and I'd love to do it again!"
" The Dalkey Pageant was a great day for everyone involved. There was a big goat (to represent Dalkey) and a big dragon (to represent Anglesey in Wales) .We danced up and down the main street in Dalkey.Afterthat we all went down to Cuala G.A.A. club and got to look at little stalls in a medieval village and watched a falconry display!"
" I remember at one time I looked all around me and saw everyone smiling and laughing and enjoying themselves. It really was an unforgettable experience."
" I had a great time! Learning the dance moves was fun but performing them was even better! The costumes were really good and the goat was excellent! There were lots of people there and the music was brilliant! I had a fantastic time and I hope we do it again!"
On the day of the pageant, we dressed up as the sea blue, green and white t-shirts and put crepe paper in our hair. Then we danced through Castle Street with the goat behind us. Several times we shouted out' Is mise an gamhar , ó Deilginis' .
" The water slaves from Dalkey spotted the fire people from Wales and danced down the street to meet with them. The people from Dalkey had a goat, and the people from Wales had a dragon. The goat and dragon fought but the dragon won. The water people walked back to the castle, frightened. Then the King of Dalkey appeared and said, 'we are all friends do not fight and we will have a party' , so they all went down to Cuala and had a big party ! "
" I was involved in the first ever Dalkey Pageant. I had a great time. We were supposed to be the waves in the sea. We did a dance that made us look like waves; we all went in twos to Harold Boys School. After we met up at the Heritage Centre. When we got there we put on our t-shirts and got our faces painted and hair done. Then we practiced our dance. After that we made our way through Dalkey town doing our dance. At the end there was a fun day at Cuala Park so we all went there. That was the day of the first of many pageants to come (hopefully !)" .
Harold Boys School "The first Dalkey Pageant yesterday was great! It was a really sunny day but every now and then there were a few drops of rain that cooled us down. We wore fire hats and fire t-shirts and we had some cool instruments. After the pageant we went to Cuala and there were lots of fun things to do there. My favourite things were the arching, the bird show and the rat catcher"
" I saw the goat walking on the road yesterday. The dragon was walking on the road too. We had to play instruments while we were walking down the street. We had to get our face painted in Harold Boys School. As we were walking by we saw the King of Dalkey up on a big... big castle. We had to wear hats on our heads. We had to paint our arms and we pretended it was the flames of the dragon. When we stopped down the field there was a bow and arrow thing there. When the Dalkey Pageant was over we all got lollipops and our teachers took pictures of us beside the dragon."
Link and the Festival
A Personal Account by Maeve O'Connor
|On the 3rd of September last, about twenty people from Dalkey and
environs travelled by boat from Dun Laoghaire to Anglesey for a
two day visit. Ireland and Anglesey share an ancient culture as
far back as the third millennium B.C. We both had similar passage
graves, ours at New Grange, Knowth and Dowth and Bryn Celli DdU
in Anglesey with the same style of architecture and decoration.
Later in the middle ages Cistercian Monks founded castles and a
church here in Dalkey while over in Penmon there was an important
religious centre that adopted the Augustinian rule. We had an
absorbing two days with tip-top organisation and a one-night stay
in a luxury hotel. This was the last of the visits arranged from
Dalkey to Anglesey during 2004 and 2005 to promote our shared culture.
The grand finale was a "Sharing a Culture" festival here in Dalkey from 23rd-25th September and many travelled over from Anglesey for the weekend. It was great fun and I shall only highlight some of it.
Cuan, a play based in 1922, involving young people in Dalkey and Killiney, featured ghosts from the past who sent shivers down my spine. It was so lovely and so sad. 'Music and Words' was held in the Heritage Centre on Friday night in which Welsh and Irish shared music, poetry, dancing and drama - Delightful!
Cor ABC was an award winning Welsh choir and I cannot give enough praise to their wonderful performances. I was very happy to see and hear Richard Burton in 'Under Milk Wood' at the film showing of under Milk Wood at IN. It is only in the last few years that I discovered this Welsh gem.
The Choral Concert in the Town Hall (which was sold out) was indeed a sharing of Celtic sounds. I doubly enjoyed seeing Ffidl Ffadl a traditional folk group having been introduced to their dancing in Anglesey.
A Welsh dragon and a Dalkey goat and others who were dramatic and gorgeous led the Arts Pageant, which progressed from the Heritage Centre to the Cuala GAA Club in Hyde Park. We were introduced to many who practiced skills of long ago, such as a barber-surgeon, a coiner, a rat catcher, a medicine woman and a falconry display. Altogether a great success! They were three days out of time, somehow magical , carefree and happy. Thank you.
|Wildlife - Dates to note|
|Tuesday 1st November 2005
Wexford Birds -an illustrated talk by Alyn Walsh of the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, 8:00pm.
Sunday 6th November 2005
Coach trip to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. The reserve attracts great flocks of wintering birds, including almost half the world population of Greenland White-fronted Geese, together with Whooper & Bewicks Swan, several species of Duck and other kinds of Geese. In previous years the species list for the trip has approached 90 for the day!
The coach will leave Rathfarnham Shopping Centre at 8.30 AM sharp and proceed via Taney Church, Goatstown, Foster Ave, Blackrock (Bus stop at Blackrock Park, opposite Mount MerrionAve), Deans Grange, Cornelscourt to the NIl picking up passengers on route. The coach will arrive back in Rathfarnham between 7.30 and 8.30pm. Bring warm, weatherproof gear & a pack lunch.
Fares: Full:25.00, Concession:20.00 Bookings:
To book, please call Aileen Prole at (01) 2889565 (7:00-9:00pm)
|Retirement of Sergeant Joe Keane|
On Oct 5th 2005 Sergeant Joe Keane signed the Daily Occurrence
Book at Dalkey Garda Station for the final time. It was a moment
of reflection after 34 years of diligent service to An Garda Siochana.
his career on the 16th June 1971 where he was allocated Cabinteely
Garda Station after training. He served there as a Garda until he
was promoted to sergeant in 1986. On promotion the force felt that
his skills could be utilised in the border area. He was duly transferred
to border duty at Carrigans Garda Station shortly after. However
Joe's heart was in the local area of Dalkey and he applied for and
was granted a transfer to Dalkey Garda Station in 1987.
FROM AN GARDA SIOCHANA
|Draig Werdd -the Welsh Society in Ireland|
|On behalf of Draig Werdd
-the Welsh Society in Ireland, I would like to express our gratitude
and admiration for the "Sharing a Culture" festival which
you, along with Oriel Ynys Mon in Anglesey, organised in Dalkey over
last weekend, and to congratulate you on the success of this outstanding
venture. As a Welshman living in Dublin, it was particularly pleasing
to see and hear Welsh performers of such a high calibre, and to have
the opportunity of socialising with them -Cor ABC , Ffidl Ffadl and
in particular some of the best and most entertaining poets in Wales,
all winners of the crown or chair in the National Eisteddfod. This
was a real feast which rivalled anything on display in the Eisteddfod
itself. I believe that through these activities and the socialising
that surrounded them (late into the night, in many cases) much has
been done in Dalkey and further afield to raise awareness of the
real Wales and of our culture and traditions, and I sincerely hope
that such a venture may become a regular feature of cultural exchanges
between our two countries. I can only add that our society is more
than willing to assist in promoting such events, in whatever way
we can. For the time being, a brief report and photos of the festival
may be found on our website at www .draigwerdd
Unwaith eto, diolch o galon am eich hymdrechion a llongyfarchiadau ar eich llwyddiant. Geraint Waters Chairperson -Draig Werdd -the Welsh Society in Ireland
|LINK TO : November Diary Events|
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