Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Plans for parking, market square entrance

Kildare County Council is to contact business owners in Kilcullen's Lower Main Street to get their views on a draft parking layout, which includes a Disability Parking Bay, writes Brian Byrne.

The proposed layout includes a marked parallel parking space outside the Powder Room.

Some pavement improvements are also set from River Cafe to the Market Square area, which inter alia would stop traffic sweeping into the square area at high speed.

Cllr Sorcha O'Neill is also meeting with the town engineer to discuss costings for traffic calming options for Kilcullen, using LPT funds for 2018.

The proposals follow Cllr O'Neill raising the matters at the Naas MD of Kildare County Council.

Carols by Candlelight tickets on sale

Tickets are available for the Carols by Candlelight concert in Kilcullen Parish Church on Wednesday 13 December, writes Brian Byrne.

They can be purchased at €10 each from Hair by Eilis in The Mall, Kilcullen; by phoning Lorna on 087 2741701; or from any member of the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

The concert features Brendan Keeley, the Scoil Bhride Choir, the Kilcullen Gospel Choir, and Lorraine and Jade Nolan.

Proceeds are in aid of the Market Square project.

Draft parking layouts to be shown to councillors

The matter of parking regulation across from the Kilcullen Heritage Centre is the subject of a report which is to be furnished to councillors in the Naas Municipal District, writes Brian Byrne.

Councillors were told at the latest meeting that the Parking Enforcement Officer is examining the matter, and that a review of the area is currently 'being finalised'.

A draft drawing of the proposals will be made available to the councillors at the November meeting of the MD.

At the same meeting they will be given a draft drawing for a wheelchair-friendly parking space currently under consideration for Bishop Rogan Park.

The passing of Vincent Darby

The Diary has learned of the death of Vincent Darby, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and late of Kilcullen.

Vincent died as the result of a car crash on Wednesday of last week. He was General Manager of Regal Auctions Ltd in Calgary.

While living in Kilcullen in 1978, Vincent worked as an auctioneer and was one of the successful contestants in the series of 'Lord Mayor' competitions run by the Kilcullen Community Council to raise funds for the development of the Valley Park. He raised £16,000 during his campaign, and took over the 'mayorship' from the first to hold the 'office', Michael Lambe.

Deceased the age of 64 years. Vincent will be lovingly remembered by his brothers Brendan and Declan, sister Fiona, sisters-in-law Marian, Paula and Maryann, brother-in-law Paddy, nieces Emma and Saoirse, nephews Mark, Steven and Cathal, neighbours and friends, as well as all at Regal Auctions. He was predeceased by his father Liam, mother Maureen, brother Kevin and niece Niamh.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 100 Street SE, Calgary) on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10am. Condolences may be expressed here.

May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw were 10, 22, 24 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner, and next week's main prize will be €12,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Joe O'Connor (Promoter Kay Dixon), Gillian Kelly (Vanessa Clarke), and Brian Fallon (PJ Lydon).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Berneys Chemist and Adrienne Byrne and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Vivienne Clifford.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Kicullen Ladies hoping for a Southwest win

It has been an exciting fortnight for KBC with one semi-final, one play off for a place in the other side of said semi-final and one final still to come, writes Tara O'Neill.

Our Grade 3 Men (B) had drawn on points with Ballinabranna leading to a play off for a place in the Southwest Men’s League semi finals. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they lost the match by just one set. Our other Grade 3 Men (A) team went ahead and flew the flag for Kilcullen in their semi final but were also unlucky, and lost to strong Kildare side. Hard luck lads.

Some more Dublin District Cup games also got underway with Division 6 Men’s facing Eire Friends. It was not to be their night as they came away with a 0-3 loss. Our Division 3 Ladies also bowed out of the Cup this week with a loss to a strong Kilmessan team.

Our Grade 3 Mixed team got the Southwest Mixed League underway this week also with a 3-5 loss to Carlow YM. The eight-person team were unlucky not to get a draw with it all coming down to the last mixed of the night. Grade 2 Men’s played alongside their clubmates on Carlow YM’s other court but also suffered a defeat to a strong Carlow YM team.

Division 4 Men got their Dublin League off to a good start with a clean sheet over Mount Pleasant while Division 2 Mixed faced Boyne and came away with a 2-2 draw.

Well done everybody and best of luck to our Grade 3 Ladies in their final of the Southwest Leinster competition this coming Friday 24 November.

Figure dancing classes

A new Irish Figure Dancing Class has been started in Kilcullen, for both children and adults, writes Brian Byrne.

The first class has already been held in the Community Centre. The initiative is the work of a couple of people who emphasise it is a not for profit endeavour.

The class is scheduled for every Monday evening between 7-8pm and costs just €4 per session.

The age range is four to 30, and further information is available by calling Sue on 087 1653187 or Charlene on 085 8430185.

Upcoming events

They're not in Kilcullen but are within striking distance, so it's no harm to mention a few events upcoming in Suncroft, the Curragh and Booleigh, writes Brian Byrne.

The Suncroft Winter Craft Fair will be held in the village's Community Centre on Saturday 26 November, from 10am-4pm. All welcome to come and suss out something different in the Christmas present or decorations space.

A charity Auction will be held in Conlans of Booleigh on Friday 4 December, starting at 8pm. It's in aid of the Friends of St Luke cancer care organisation, and among the more than 200 items for auction are a number which have been collected from generous Kilcullen people.

The Joseph M Martin Cantata, 'Let there be Christmas', will be performed in the Garrison Church on The Curragh on Sunday 10 December, featuring the Blessington Millenium Choir. It starts at 7pm, and will include other joyful festive music. Entrance is by donation of €10 and includes refreshments. Children will be admitted free.

We'll update with more local events as we get news of them.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The passing of Peter Murray-Heyden

​The Diary has learned of the death, peacefully at his home, of Peter Murray-Hayden, of Gormanstown Stud, Kilcullen.

Peter was the beloved husband of Angela (Binchy), father of Katie (Legge), Edie and Emma, and much loved grandfather to Oscar, Sam, Lucy and Rosie. He will be sadly missed by his family, son-in-law Gus, Emma's partner Glen, sister Rosemary, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Peter will be reposing at his home on Tuesday, 21 November, from 4pm until 7pm. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday in the Church of St Joseph, Gormanstown, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

House private on the day of the funeral please. May he rest in peace.

Photography Club meeting

The next meeting of the Kilcullen Photography Club will take place in Fallons on Thursday 7 December.

It begins at 7.30pm, and everyone interested in photography is welcome.

All levels of photographic ability catered for.