Comhair Linn Mobile App

Comhair Linn has been publicising their new Mobile App on Facebook. In case any of you are interested I thought I’d give you the link.

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I haven’t tried it yet although it claims to have made it easier to manage money ‘on the go’ and in a way that is convenient. All you need to do is download the Mobile App to securely check balances, pay bills and internally and externally transfer funds.

We might hear more at next meeting!

SUMMER 2019 GET TOGETHER

Good turn out in Killashee for the Summer meeting of Kildare retirees on Wednesday 26th June.

Fidelma’s ‘Minutes of last meeting’ earned the highest praise from Billy – almost making his report redundant. Well done Fidelma!!!

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Praise to Fidelma again for her careful handling of finances for our 360 members- it meets the new criteria for the increase of €5 per member to €20 established by 2018 review – prudent spending on the membership needs and yet accountable and transparent: raffle and subsidy for today’s lunch form part of the budget.

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Raymond King gave a great account of the Wednesday Dancing Class – which has more than doubled in size: he lauded Maestro /Múinteoir  Brian’s singing as well as dancing talents – “when he can’t get the didgeridoo for music going for a dance he  belts out a song for us to waltz around to”. Good stuff Brian! Classes will resume in September.

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Rena gave a short account of the Slovenian trip – and there’s a reunion of the travelers for a morning coffee/ lunch planned for September.

 

 

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The golf outing usually held in May was deferred to September. A SCRAMBLE will be held in Cill Dara Golf Club on the 2nd September – if you know any new retirees who might be desperately seeking an outdoor activity to replace yard duty!!!!! please let them know!!!!!

Billy’s address was of course informative – he emphasised that while our pensions are increasing slightly, they are ACTUALLY only being restored to 2012 rates. If you had retired pre Feb 2012 on the top of the scale with a B post, your pension would have been €34636; in September it will be €34130 rising to €34897 in October 2020. The exemption threshold for Pension Levy is now €39k since January and will go up to €54k in 2020 – so another few disposable bob!!!

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Some other interesting changes: the 35/55 rule is gone since 2004; 65 is now the standard retiring age for all public servants; teachers starting their teaching careers since Jan 2013 will now have a pension based on career average.

Billy was asked about the Alliance of Public Servants – it’s not as strong as it was, as its original objective has been achieved (removal of pension levy), leaving only guards and teachers awaiting full removal – smaller numbers means less clout! However he advised watching “this space” as parity has only been preserved till 2020 and we may need the pressure of an Alliance after that: the Government does not negotiate with Pensioners and so we are dependent on INTO or Alliance-like bodies.

 

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Finally the Tom Quinlan, founder of ALH (Affordable Live-in Care) addressed the meeting on the provision of care in the home versus Nursing Home care and the difference in prices and service between his agency and other providers. Follow the link to see the service that ALH provide as well as many testimonials by their customers.

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After the raffle, (congrats to the MANY winners) we adjourned to the dining room for Lunch and a catch up chat.

Enjoy the Summer!!!

 

Whats happening in Kildare?

Kilteel St. Brigids Art Festival hosts a wide range of activities over the first week in February: art exhibition, workshops, trad session, hill walking, drama, stalls, cafe. A full list of activities can be found on Kilteel St Brigid’s Arts Weekend.

I also noticed on Facebook that Burtown House and Garden near Athy

reopens on Feb 3rd. The gardens at Burtown are unusual in that they were worked by three generations of the family; the late Wendy Walsh, one of Ireland’s finest botanical artists; Wendy’s daughter the painter Lesley Fennell, and her son James, a professional photographer.

If you love food, if you love colour and want to spend a tranquil few hours come to The Green Barn at Burtown, open from Wed to Sunday for Brunch and Lunch.

Families of all ages are welcome and believe it or not, the dog can come too. Take a healthy walk in the gardens, view the garden art and breathe fresh air tinted with the wholesome herbs from the kitchen gardens. What an absolute pleasure.

 

To a Snowdrop by William Wordworth

Hard to believe, but on this last day of 2018, there’s a tiny little clump of  snowdrops already blooming in my garden. So I thought it would be fitting to include Wordsworth’s poem about these tiny white flowers.

TO A SNOWDROP

Lone flower, hemmed in with snows, and white as they

But hardier far, once more I see thee bend

Thy forehead as if fearful to offend,

Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day

Storms sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay

The rising sun, and on the plains descend;

Yet art though welcome, welcome as a friend

Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May

Shall soon behold this border thickly set

With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing

On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;

Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,

Chaste snowdrop, venturous harbinger of spring,

And pensive monitor of fleeting years.

 

And with thoughts of January 1st and as gifs and wishes ping on my phone: Athbhliain shona díobh go léir!

Happy New Year 2019m

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COMHNASC. WINTER 2018

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  1. It’s always great to get our Cónasc in advance of Billy’s visit. We can then raise issues or concerns brought up by publication.

The historical article by Niamh Puirséil about pensions (or lack of) in the 1800’s made for a good read.

I’m sure those of you doing a bit of subbing (I believe you’re in great demand with the current teacher shortage) have taken note of the changes to INTO Substitute Membership.