Friday, January 20, 2017

Swing Cats jazz in to the Moat

The Story of Swing, performed by The Swing Cats comes to The Moat Theatre Naas on 4 February, writes Celine Garvey of the Moat. A musical timeline of swing classics from the 1920s to the modern day featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bobby Darin, The Rat Pack, Michael Buble, Paolo Nutini and more. It’s a theatrical and energetic show performed by a band that’s in demand.

They are a live Swing band with a difference; their set list is made up of the more uptempo hits from the swing dance era. While still immersed in the music of Luis Prima, The Ratpack and Luis Jordan as their main influences, The Swing Cats have put their own unique contemporary twist on this music which has given them a unique brand of high energy swing dance music that gets all ages moving.

Lead by charismatic front man Luke Thomas on lead vocals, the mildly eccentric Charco Bernard on piano, Steady Simon Mc Veigh on the double bass, Dennis Skully on Saxophone, Eoghan Cooke on Trumpet and Dave Ringo Keegan on the big bass drum.

They have entertained at the Presidentail Garden Party and if Michael D Higgins enjoys a bit of The Swing Cats, we feel you might too!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BAG spring schedule set

The BAG Spring 2017 gig schedule is now fully booked, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs. It starts with a bang, in the form of John Spillane on Monday, 6 February.

All dates are Monday nights and start at 9pm, with doors open at 8:30pm. Admission to each gig is €12 unless otherwise noted.

The descriptions included in the schedule are a guide to the type of music each artist plays. Descriptions are subjective, and can mean different things to different people, so for a real flavour of the music, follow each individual links to artist websites, where you'll find samples of what you can expect.

Suffice to say: it's all good!

Country Sunday returns next month

Just a heads-up that the Country Sunday music series in The Spout returns on 19 February, writes Brian Byrne.

We'll give you a reminder closer to the event, organised as usual by James Aspell and playing with him will be CS regulars Bernie Heaney and CC Cooper, but in the meantime mark it in your music diary.

Again, there will be a Hamper Raffle, and winter blues antidote music through the evening 8-10pm.

Yoga in Kilcullen

Yoga classes will be starting in the Kilcullen Parish Centre on 26 January.

Operated by Rory O'Toole, they are suitable for all levels, and sessions will be at 8pm.

Contact Rory on 087 1270338 for more details. (Pic courtesy Pexels.Com.)

Dyslexia Group in Kilcullen

A Dyslexia Group for Primary School children is now operating in the Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre.

The Group operates on Fridays between 4.30pm-6.30pm and costs €30 per week.

The sessions are aimed at developing reading, writing and mind-mapping skills while making friends on a fun environment.

The sessions are operated by tutors trained by Pat Devenney, registered Educational Psychologist.

Details and booking from Marcia on 086 8755444.

'Another TD' possible for Kildare — Heydon

Kildare could get an extra TD if the possibilities of changes to the national electoral areas tilt in a particular direction, writes Brian Byrne.

According to Deputy Martin Heydon, FG representative for Kildare South, the national population increase in the preliminary census results means that the Constituency Commission has the potential to increase the number of Dail seats by one or two to 159 or 160. "If they chose to increase by two, there is a possibility of an increased seat in Kildare due to our growing population," he said.

The deputy has made a submission to the Commission which is reviewing constituency boundaries for the purposes of Dail elections. He is specifically seeking a return of the six electoral divisions of Kildare South which were moved to the Laois Constituency.

“Following the last Dail Boundary review in 2012, the voting districts of Monasterevin, Churchtown, Kildangan, Kilberry, Harristown and Ballybracken were moved to the Laois constituency for Dail voting purposes. This meant that 7,186 voters from these areas voted for Laois candidates in the last General Election."

He claims many of these voters say they have a 'huge sense of anger and frustration' at being moved to Laois to vote for candidates who may not be known to them. "Many now outside of the constituency still engage with me and my Kildare South colleagues on issues that affect them."

Deputy Heydon says the breaching of county boundaries is one of the biggest issues facing the Constituency Commission. "Under their terms of reference the Commission are advised to avoid the breaching of County boundaries as far as practicable. I continue to fight for a reunited Kildare South for future elections."

Community Games rugby

The Kilcullen Community Games U11 Rugby Blitz will be held this Saturday 21 January.

It will take place in Cill Dara RFC, beginning at 11am.

Participants are asked to be at the Club at 10.30am, and Kilcullen GAA jerseys are to be used.

Any queries can be addressed to Neil on the Kilcullen Community Games Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Badminton update

Our Dublin District League campaign got off to a bad start this week when Olivier P Valroy and his Division 9 Mix team travelled to play Bray/Greystones in a very tough Dublin District League match on Sunday 15 January, writes Kilcullen Badminton Club PRO Enda O'Neill.

Sunday wasn’t to be their day however, losing 3-1 to a very experienced Bray/Greystones side. The team got off to a promising start with Olivier and Sean “Slippers” McGrath winning the mens doubles in three sets this after loosing the first set 21-11. Maeve P Valroy and Thersea McGlynn lost in two and even though the first mix went to three close sets, Maeve and Sean lost in a hard fought game. Hard luck to Olivier and his team but any point away from home is a good point.

Martin and his Division 4 men didn’t fare any better when they travelled to Eire Friends on Monday 13 January in their Cup Quarter Final. The lads were on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat in a cracking match where Vincent Coller was called into action as regular team mate Barry O’Neill was unavailible. Hard luck to Martin, Owen Wallace, Mick Cass and sub Vincent on a great effort against the cup favourites. Martin and the team's next outing is away on Wednesday 18 January against Titans.

On Tuesday 17 January Maeve P Valroy and the Division 8 Ladies travelled to Danum in the Dublion District League. Maeve and the girls were delighted to report a fantastic 3-1 victory over their counterparts. Maeve will visit Clontarf Parish in their next match, well done to Maeve and her team mates on a great away victory.

In the Southwest League this week Owen Wallace and the Grade 3 Mix team visited a competitive Bough in Wicklow. In a hard fought match Owens eight person team came away with a 4-4 draw. A good result when added to their other two results beating Bough 6-2 at home and also beating Johnswell 6-2 in their away fixture. This result gives Owen a semi final spot in the Grade 3 South West Mix League, well done Owen, Tara O’Neill, Bernie Smith, Barbara Coffey, John Mullen, Mick Cass, Ray Dalton and super sub Siobhan Willis.

Kilcullen Badminton Clubs Juvenile Club is now again recruiting new players all levels are more than welcome and the only condition is you are under 18. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact Trina Walsh on 087 2288104.

Finally more KBC players have made it into the Southwest Championship finals with a BIG shout out to Debbie Mangan and her partner Rodha Griffith making it to the Grade 3 Mix Ladies Final, problem is she will be playing against fellow KBC pair Siobhan Willis and Tara O’Neill. Also getting a mention and not letting the lads down is Mick Cass and Owen Wallace who have made it to the Grade 3 Mens Final but will face some stiff opposition from the Baltinglass pair of Colm Cooney and Jimmy Germaine, well done to the KBC lads.

Dont forget you can check Kilcullen Badminton Club on or on our Facebook page Kilcullen Badminton Club for all our news and upcoming fixtures.

Pictured top are are Debbie Mangan (left) and her partner Rodha Griffith, Grade 3 South West Championship Ladies Finalist, and (below) Sarah Walshe in action.

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 17 January 2017 were 8, 13, 17 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €4,000.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Matthew McGuirk (Promoter Leanne Clifford), Marie Clifford (Kilcullen Credit Union) and Mick Meredith (Vivian Clarke).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Miriam McDonnell and Mick Dunne and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Fr Niall Mackey.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.