Thursday, February 22, 2018

Concert tomorrow for Dunshane literacy project

A reminder that a concert to raise funds for a 'Literacy and Learning Room' at Camphill Dunshane will take place in the Moat Hall, Naas, tomorrow 23 February, writes Brian Byrne.

It will be headlined by Paddy Casey, with support from Saoirse Casey, Gar Tiernan, and the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

The new special purpose room will be used to promote literacy skills among the residents of Dunshane, so they'll have better opportunities for employment.

It is hope to give them access to educational materials in the room, and help them to engage with new communications tools such as Skype.

Dunshane was founded in 1985 and is located near Carnalway. There are currently 26 residents, as well as five adults with disabilities who access day services at the community.

"Camphill Dunshane works off the idea that every individual, no matter their disability, have a valued role to play in community life," a spokesperson for the facility says. "Currently in Dunshane we offer a number of workshops that adults living here can avail of, including Pottery, Basketry, Cooking, Gardening, Farming, Candle Making and Craft Skills. In recent years Dunshane has expanded our 'Community Inclusion'."

This last involves facilitating people with special needs to access the wider community in Naas, Kilcullen and Newbridge to do ordinary everyday things such as education courses, building relationships with community members, participating and becoming part of the wider community.

Ticket information for the concert is available at or Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483628.

For donations or spot prizes please contact: Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483 628 or Keith Hayes on 085 7191303.

Castlemartin Lodge AGM date

Photo: Google.
The Castlelemartin Lodge Residents Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 10 April.

The location is O'Connells Bar and it will start at 8pm.

All members of the Association are urged to attend.

Keeping your teeth right, with PRSI

If you are self-employed or employed, recent changes to the PRSI scheme allow a free exam and contribute to a cleaning, writes Deirdre White of Kilcullen Dental. Self-employed previously did not get any benefits. To check if you are covered, contact your practice, give them your PPS number and they will check online and let you know if you qualify.

An exam and routine cleaning is now €15 for those qualifying under PRSI. If a more extensive clean is needed, your PRSI will also cover a portion of the cost.

How do I know if I need a clean?

It may be very obvious as you will clearly see stain. Healthy gums will be pink, firm to touch and won’t bleed on brushing. Brushing your teeth should not cause them to bleed, this bleeding is caused by bacteria in the soft sticky substance plaque. Swollen gums, otherwise known as gingivitis, is the start of gum disease and often is your first indicator that you have a problem. Just like a cut on your hand, your gums will be tender and bleed easily. In this case go back to the area and carefully brush again, aiming the bristles down into the gum. The area should clear up in 3-5 days.

If your gums are not responding you may need a mouth wash. Just like TCP it will speed up the healing process. Corsodyl works well but will stain if used for more than two weeks. Perio Kin shouldn’t stain and a good home remedy is hot salty mouth wash.

If you can see hard build up and stain down at your gum line then you will not be able to remove this yourself and you need to attend the dentist or hygienist. Once it has been removed then you will be aiming to stop it reforming.

Your Dentist or Hygienist can help with any discomfort or pain anticipated by you when this build up is being removed. For mild sensitivity tooth mousse can be applied, for heavy tartar the area can be numbed with anaesthetic. Bring your earplugs to your appointment if you wish, whatever makes you more at ease in the chair.

Untreated gum disease leads to loss of the bone supporting the teeth and ultimately loss of the teeth. Many years ago it was called pyorrhoea, a term often used by grandparents.

Prevention is better than the cure. Ideally a check-up and clean visit once a year. Many patients will attend the hygienist on a 6-monthly basis and some 3-monthly as this is best to keep their mouth clean and healthy. Your dentist or hygienist will advise each person individually.

Back to Basics

1. Brush twice a day not twice a week for two minutes, firm not scrubbing;
2. Use a soft or medium toothbrush, a small plain flat head is perfect;
3. A pea size amount of adult toothpaste for everyone over the age of two;
4. Spit out the toothpaste and don’t rinse with water;
5. Use floss or interdental brushes to clean between teeth;
6. If you smoke cut down and aim to quit. Smokers need to attend more frequently as smoking makes gum disease worse.

Don’t ignore any bleeding in your mouth, it’s your body's way of telling you something is not quite right. Take charge, make your appointment.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Zumba classes in Parish Centre

Pic courtesy Arwen Sheridan.
Zumba classes in Kilcullen Parish Centre are held on Monday and Thursday nights, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm respectively.

They are run by Kilcullen resident Arwen Sheridan, on a pay as you go basis at €8 a session.

The classes are suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.

More information from Arwen at 087 6701647 or her Facebook page.

Lions Coffee Morning

A reminder that Kilcullen Lions Club are holding a Coffee Morning this Saturday 24 February.

The venue is Kilcullen Heritage Centre and things munch off at 10.30am, until 1pm.

It is a 'bring and buy' cakes event and there will also be a raffle. All welcome.

Second Pilates Class for Community Centre

Due to the success of the Thursday night beginners Pilates Class a second night of Pilates will be run commencing Monday 26 February upstairs in the Community Centre, from 8-9pm.

This class will be for intermediate level participants and familiarity with pilates would be essential.

The course duration is seven weeks long and members can 'bring a buddy' for a free session on week 1 to try out the class for themselves. Course price is €70 per person. Please email or contact yumandfit on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 20 February were 2, 15, 19 and 28. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €15,200.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Josephine Kelly (Promoter John Archbold), Ted Rooney (Wednesday Bridge Club), and Eva Mullooly (Wednesday Bridge Club).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Eithne Dempsey and Friday Bridge Club, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Margaret Talbot.

The Parish thanks all who support the Lotto.

New speed limits for two estates

Special 30km/h speed limits will come into effect in two Kilcullen estates from Monday 12 March, writes Brian Byrne.

They are Laurel Wood Estate and Castlemartin Estate, and the new limits follow the adoption by Kildare County Council of Road Traffic (Special Speed Limit) (County of Kildare) Bye-Laws 2018. The purpose of the Bye-Laws is to provide for special speed limits on designated sections of roads in selected Housing Estates throughout the County of Kildare, in the interests of prudent traffic management and road safety.

They relate to all roads within the estates, inclusive of any loop roads, cul-de-sac side roads and laneways within the estate (those other than private access roadways/driveways, within the curtilage of each dwelling)

These Bye-Laws together with accompanying maps are available for inspection by members of the public on the Council’s website.

Teach na nDaoine progress report

The Teach na nDaoine project has so far raised around a third of the anticipated €190,000 cost of converting the old Dispensary into a Community and Senior Citizens Centre, writes Brian Byrne.

The funds gathered so far total €65,000, including €45,000 from the National Lottery. The balance raised has come from a range of small and large events organised in the community, as well as private donations.

Among these, the recent New Year's Eve Gala raised €1,210, last year's Monster Auction netted €3,460, a Tea Party organised by Kilcullen Lions brought in €800, and a Kilcullen Drama Group Gala Night at 'The Quare Land' resulted in €1,000 for the project.

The project was initiated in 2015, and is now at the construction stage, including a large extension which will allow a range of facilities to be provided, such as activity areas, kitchen facilities, a lounge, coffee dock and dining room, and a community garden.

Planning permission was granted in late 2016, and statutory certifications from various organisations including the county Fire Service were completed last August.

In December last, the organising committee of the project produced a booklet detailing the progress so far and the plans for the facility, with a detailed breakdown of costs under 13 headings. A copy of this can be had from any member of the committee, which comprises Martin Heydon TD, Albert Keenan, Liz Maloney, Noel Clare, Steve Kinneavy, Jacinta Sully and John Brady. The booklet is also available from Kilcullen Community Library.

In response to a Letter to the Editor in the February Bridge Magazine, the Teach na nDaoine Committee have issued a statement on the organisation's structure.

It is a non-profit, voluntary, unincorporated body, with a constitution, and has tax clearance with Revenue. In November 2017 a decision was made to change the structure to a company limited by guarantee, a process which is currently under way.

"Since the beginning, we have been registered with The Wheel, the support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland," the statement adds. "We are also in the process of registering with the Charity Regulator."

The Committee say they will be making no further comment on the matter pending the completion of these structural changes.

Co Housing Group's 'frustration'

All state departments are being asked to look at their land holdings in the Kilcullen area to see if they have a suitable location for a co-housing initiative, writes Brian Byrne.

Two sites which the Kilcullen Co Housing Group had hoped might be available were subsequently found not to be so — a site at Mountain View in Athgarvan had adjoining land issues, and one at Avondale in Kilcullen is currently under lease to a local club.

The Group has had discussions recently with Deputy Martin Heydon and Cllr Ivan Keatley, who are both 'exhausting different avenues' and asking all state departments for possible land availability in the area.

"We are playing a waiting game at the moment in terms of identifying a site," the Group says in a Facebook update. "Kildare County Council simply do not have anything to give to us at the moment we are told, any lands they do have will be used to clear their own housing list, which is understandable. Cllr Joanne Pender is in the process of obtaining the list of all lands owned by KCC for us to have a look at."

The Group says it is a 'very frustrating situation' but will 'plough on', and has expressed appreciation for the help and support of the local representatives.

The Group has had a number of meetings already, which were well attended. In addition to assessing the level of interest in an initiative, the participants were given information from a similar and successful initiative in Dublin.