Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pinkeen Stream to be cleaned up

Kildare County Council is to remove rubbish from the seriously polluted Pinkeen Stream, writes Brian Byrne, and will make a skip available for a day as part of the work to encourage discarding of material which might otherwise end up in the stream.

The most recent meeting of Kilcullen Community Action heard a report on the pollution in the stream from Tony Gahan, and it was decided that a review of the water flow and the vegetation in and around the stream would be undertaken.

Kilcullen resident and freshwater biologist Dr Jan Baars will undertake the survey with Noel Clare of KCA. It is anticipated that a programme to encourage native flowering plants along the stream will be devised.

Accumulated rubbish in the stream has contributed to a number of rodent infestations in recent years.

Dumping of rubbish in the stream has been a major issue for some two decades. Voluntary clearance days have been organised by local volunteers on a number of occasions.

Survey for rural transport local links

The Kildare-South Dublin Local Link transport service is conducting a public survey to get user views input to a new strategic plan for the period 2017-2021, writes Brian Byrne.

They're doing an online version using surveymonkey, with 28 brief questions which will only take two minutes to answer.

The results will inform decisions the the development of existing and new Rural Transport Local Link Services.

The Unit, based in Kildare County Council's HQ in Naas, currently delivers open public transport services along with demand responsive door to door services, using 28 local private operators, allowing access to a fleet of vehicles ranging in size from 14 to 53 seats including accessible vehicles.

Over 100,000 passenger journeys were recorded in 2016.

'Kilcullen in Bloom' 2017 in train

The annual summer flowers project has been renamed 'Kilcullen in Bloom', and preparations are already under way to have a further enhanced spectacle from early summer, writes Brian Byrne.

At the meeting of Kilcullen Community Action earlier this week, James Byrne presented a mock-up of a brochure on the project which will be distributed to attract attention to and support for the scheme.

There will be an official launch night of the programme on a date yet to be decided, which would help to publicise the work and the support involved in the scheme.

KCA has decided that flowers should be in place by 3 May this year. A colour scheme and planting key for the 2017 flowers is being developed, and tenders will shortly be sent out for installation and securing the window boxes.

This year the scheme will be extended with hanging baskets on Hillside buildings.

A suggestion that there could be a Best Garden Competition run in conjunction with 'Kilcullen in Bloom' was deferred for further discussion.

Our pictures show some of the work and some of the results of previous summer flowers.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Text Alert for Gilltown

A notice about a car seen in the Gilltown area of Kilcullen has been distributed through the Kilcullen Garda District Text Alert service.

It relates to a silver Opel Astra car with an 04 TN part registration.

If anyone has concerns about this or other vehicles' activity in the area, contact Text Alert.

KCA Table Quiz date set

The Kilcullen Community Action annual Table Quiz will be held in Fallon on Friday 7 April.

It’s always a great craic night, so be sure to work up a team for it.

The usual Ts&Cs. More info closer to the night.

Heydon on Europe, Asia, US TV programme today

Our local TD Martin Heydon will appear on a major international TV channel broadcast across Europe, Asia and America today, writes Brian Byrne.

The CNBC 'Squawkbox' programme this week is focused on Ireland, and includes interviews with the head of the IDA and the CEO of Bank of Ireland.

Martin Heydon was interviewed by Gemma Acton to give an overview from a political aspect. As FG parliamentary party chairman, he speaks on the position of the party as seen in recent polls — 'when you're in Government you don't expect to be popular all the time, and if you're doing your job properly there can be short term negativity. Polls are only a snapshot in time, important in terms of an election, and there's no election on the horizon'.

He also talks about Brexit — 'we'll be actively seeking to engage with business leaders to sell the story of what Ireland has to offer and to particularly sell the message that Ireland is very much open for business despite Brexit and all of the threats that that brings around'.

Asked about the Taoiseach's trip to meet President Trump on St Patrick's Day, Deputy Heydon said it was 'crucial' to Ireland's extraordinary access to the US, regardless of who was Taoiseach. "It's an opportunity for the leader of a European country to put forth a case for both the country and the EU," he says. "It's more important now than ever that we keep the dialogue open."

CNBC is an American cable, internet and satellite business news television channel that is owned by NBCUniversal News Group.

Clips from the interview can be viewed here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Learn to dance for the Teach

An eight-week programme of dance lessons as a fundraiser for Teach na nDaoine will begin on Monday 6 March, writes Jacinta Sully.

The classes will include lessons in Old Style, Jive, Modern, and Cha Cha.

They will be held on Monday evenings in the CPC Assembly Hall between 8.30-10pm. The lessons are suitable for all ages.

Learn to dance or dance better. For further information contact Jacinta Sully 087 6689028 or Albert Keenan 087 2168045.

Tree down at Carnalway

There are reports of a tree down at Carnalway Church and travellers are asked to exercise caution, writes Brian Byrne.

This also applies to roads across the county where many trees are down in the wake of storm Doris, which has also caused power outages across the country, including parts of Naas and Donadea.

The strong winds are expected to ease later this morning, but heavy rain will continue to impact on road conditions.

Be careful.

Job vacancies at Bridge Camphill

There are two job vacancies in the Bridge Community, for a Social Care Assistant and a Land Workshop Assistant.

Applicants should be highly motivated people with good communications skills and the ability to motivate a team.

The Social Care Assistant will be female and is a full-time permanent post of 35-40 hours a week.

The Land Workshop Assistant includes working in both the Garden and the Farm on the campus, and is a part-time permanent post with 21 hours a week.

Both posts offer a remuneration of €12.50 an hour.

Closing Date for applications will be 5pm on Thursday 2 March 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification on 3 March for interviews being held between the 6-10 March 2017.

Please direct all enquiries to Ben Gamble at 045 481597. Full Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for all roles are available on request, or attached to online listings (links below).

Applications will only be accepted by email to with letter of application and CV attached.

Pending Garda vetting times, it is hoped that the positions will start by end April 2017.

Vacancies Advert.

Application Form.

Land Workshop Assistant.

Care Assistant.