Monday, May 22, 2017

CPC Ten to receive Gaisce Awards

Ten CPC students from Kilcullen are receiving their Gaisce medals and certificates at the TY Graduation Ceremony tomorrow, writes Brian Byrne.

They are Ciaran Connolly, Liam Connolly, Anna Hourihan, Ameilia Hennigan, Marykate Langan, Kean McNamara, Orla Murphy, Danny O’Grady, Nina Rogerson, and Hannah Talt.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme which encourages young people to find their passion, get active and make a difference in their community. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to Dream Big and realise their potential.

The Award has three levels of achievement, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with four key challenge areas — Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation, and an Adventure Journey.

The CPC Ten have worked for their Bronze Awards and a number will continue on to gain their Silvers.

Their effort included a 25-kilometre hike across the Sliabh Bloom Mountains, followed by evening team games including archery, a caving maze, and other games. The following day they competed in teams in Canadian canoes on the River Brosna from Tipperary into Offaly.

A hugely enjoyable experience for students with new friendships forged and memories made that will last a life time.

Reiteration of Crayfish Plague warning

All water users are being urged by the EPA Catchment Unit to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.

It comes after large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported on the river earlier this month. DNA analysis has now confirmed that the cause of death was crayfish plague.

Anyone using the river is being urged to observe the ‘Check, Clean and Dry’ protocol once they leave the river and before using it again.

This means that all wet gear (boats, clothing and equipment) should be checked for any silt or mud, plant material or animals before being cleaned and finally dried. Disinfectant or hot water (over 40 degrees Celsius) should be used to clean all equipment and this should be followed by a 24 hour drying period.

The drying period is especially important in ensuring that all equipment is clear of infectious organism, including the removal of any water inside the boat. The crayfish plague organism can be carried on wet equipment to new sites and containment of the outbreak is essential to prevent spread to other unaffected populations in Ireland.

(ED NOTE: This is especially of interest to Kilcullen, as we have a very healthy crayfish population, shown by last Saturday's demonstration and talk on Life in the Liffey given by Dr Jan Baars. Users of varied waterways should comply with the directions to make sure the Plague doesn't spread to here. )

What's on this week

Some reminders of things that are on this week, writes Brian Byrne.

For music lovers, Tim Grimm and his Family Band are in Mick Murphy's of Ballymore tonight, playing the BAG, very well worth the trip and with doors opening at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday 23 May, there's the second Kilcullen event of National Biodiversity Week, a Dusk Chorus Walk meeting up in O'Connell's Bar upstairs at 6.45pm. In conjunction with Kildare BirdWatch, it will begin with a presentation on the birds of the area including their songs and calls, followed by the Dusk Chorus walk in the locality (NOTE change of meeting up venue).

The Kilcullen Community Action Tidy Towns AGM will be held on Wednesday evening in the Heritage Centre, all welcome to the event which begins at 8pm.

The Kilcullen Badminton Club Summer Club is in full swing, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at €7 a night. There's a 9pm start and everybody is welcome.

Tai Chi classes have resumed in Kilcullen Parish Centre on Wednesdays, the general class starting at 10am, and a Gentle Tai Chi for people with arthritis or other disabilities from 11.30am.

And our own Evelyn O'Sullivan is taking part in the Likely Story production of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit', playing in the Moat Theatre on 24/25 May and 7/8/9 June. Booking at 045 883030.

So, lots to keep you all occupied …

Padraig wins cycle gold

Kilcullen's Padraig Moloney represented Ireland at the German National Sports Championships in Leipzig on Friday and Saturday, writes James Nolan.

He won the gold medal in his category of the 20K cycle road race on the Sunday.

The German National Sports Championships are for both Dialysis and Transplant patients and are a wonderful celebration of Life through Sport.

Padraig flew over from Kilcullen on Thursday and started at 5.30 on Friday morning with a trip to a Leipzig Hospital for five hours on dialysis. He then went straight to the Leipzig Golf and Country Club to compete in the Golf event.

On Saturday he took part in the 20K cycle road race and won his category. This really was a wonderful achievement for Padraig as he was trying to juggle his demanding and essential dialysis around competing in his selected sports.

Despite extremely hot weather conditions of 27 degrees, Padraig was limited to the amount of fluid he could drink as he has to closely monitor the fluids he drinks as he has a fluid restriction as part of the daily demands of his dialysis. This makes his participation even more amazing — so well done, Padraig.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The passing of James Bagnall

The Diary has learned of the death of James Bagnall, of Leinster Gardens, London, and late of Gilbinstown, Dunlavin.

He died on 7 May 2017, peacefully in the wonderful care of Nazareth House Nursing Home, Hammersmith, London. James is sadly missed by his relatives, friends and neighbours.

His burial will take place in Gormanstown Church Cemetery, Kilcullen, on Wednesday 24 May, at approximately 1pm, arriving via Kilgowan.

May he rest in peace.

Places available for music summer school

'Early Bird' places are still available for the Dublin Choral Foundation's summer school for choir and organ, 'Orlandus 2017', writes Brian Byrne.

According to Kilcullen organ music enthusiast Peter Moloney, a number of local people are considering attending the event in August, with Kilcullen's organ scholar Ella Fallon already committed.

Ella, a former student of CPC, is currently studying Music in Dublin Institute of Technology.

Orlandus 2017 is taking place in St Kevin's Church Hall on Harrington St, SCR, Dublin, from August 10-13, under the supervision of the Director of the Orlandus Choir, Dr Ite O'Donovan.

Participants will be aged between 14-26, and will be able to further their interest and skills in singing, playing the organ, and conducting an orchestra.

The course fee is €150, but bookings made by 31 May will be discounted to €110.

Anyone interested in taking part in a pretty special occasion should email or call Peter Moloney at 087 8172989.

Tim Grimm and family in the BAG

Tim Grimm returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday 22 May, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs. This time, though, he does so as 'Tim Grimm and The Family Band', supported ably by sons Jackson (guitars, banjo, octave, mandolin and backing vocals) and Connor (bass), and wife Jan Lucas (harmonica, and backing vocals).

Touring their new record, 'A Stranger In Time', they come to us at the end of a European Tour in support of the CD.

Those of you who caught Tim on his previous visits with us, will know that this will be a great night. The musicianship of his sons, Jackson and Connor; beautiful backing vocals by his wife, Jan; and Tim's trademark richly evocative songwriting all guarantee it.

Doors open at 8:30pm; Admission: €12.

Coming next:
May 29th - Roy Thompson.
July 24th - Buddy Mondlock, with Mike Lindauer (USA).
Sept 4th - The 4 Of Us.

GAA U/16s beat Sallins

The Kilcullen GAA U/16s won the Kildare Division 2 championship yesterday in a great game against Sallins, end scoreline 2-9 to 1-14 in Hawkefield.

Pictured is team captain Jamie Buckley after receiving the cup from Gerry Moran.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fascinating 'Life in the Liffey' afternoon

There was a very good turnout of children and their parents at today's National Biodiversity Week event in Kilcullen, as which the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Ivan Keatley, officially opened the county's schedule of events for the week, writes Brian Byrne.

The talk and demonstration of the 'Life in the Liffey' was given by Dr Jan Baars of UCD, a local resident and expert in river biology. It is the third year he has given this talk, in association with Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns.

Cllr Keatley, who was introduced by County Kildare Heritage Officer Bridget Loughlin, noted that Kildare has a rich and diverse national heritage with a wide variety of wildlife habitats, including peatlands, grassland, woodland, hedgerows, rivers and canals.

"Even urban areas have wildlife in parks and green spaces, stone walls and bridges," he added, "and this week is a chance to explore it all, with a little help from experts such as Dr Baars."

He thanked KCA/Tidy Towns for organising the event, and noted the efforts of the group through the year in keeping the town looking well.

Dr Baars said it was great to see how many had turned out, especially the children. He had earlier provided worksheets so that they could identify the various examples of river insect life which had been caught and placed in trays around the riverside nature trail point at Bridge Camphill.

"We're very lucky to have such a big river in such good condition, teeming with life," he told his audience, adding that the good state of the river was down to 'unseen' hard work by a number of state bodies and landowners whoe property bordered the waterway.

For the next hour or so, those present were able to get up close and personal with white-clawed crayfish — 'a protected species in Ireland, and if we protect them, we are protecting a lot of other things'.

Other specimens temporarily lifted from the river included baby salmon, trout, and minnows. As part of the demonstration, the children were shown what the fish had eaten in the last while, and could see the links between the insect life they had seen earlier and what the fish fed on.

Ray Kelly, chairman of KCA/Tidy Towns, reminded people of the second Kilcullen event of National Biodiversity Week, on Tuesday 23 May — a Dusk Chorus Walk setting out from the Town Hall at 6.45pm.

In conjunction with Kildare BirdWatch, it will begin with a presentation on the birds of the area including their songs and calls, followed by the Dusk Chorus walk in the locality.

The talk will be presented by Neil Bourke and Tom McCormack, Chairman of BirdWatch Kildare.

All the Diary's pictures of this afternoon can be seen here.

Gospel Choir Summer Concert in early June

Kilcullen Gospel Choir will stage their Summer Concert in the Cross & Passion College Hall on Friday 2 June, writes Brian Byrne.

The Concert will feature special guest Joey Lee Lawlor of the Johnny Cash Tribute Show, and will begin at 8pm.

Tickets at €10 are available from any member of the Gospel Choir, or from Hair by Eilis in The Mall, Kilcullen.

This will be a quick sellout … get booking.

(Pic shows some of the 50-strong Choir performing at the recent Enterprise Town Expo in Scoil Bhride.)

Lions Summer Party for Seniors

It was a full house of chat, fun and music in the Parish Centre last evening for the annual Summer Party for Seniors, organised by Kilcullen Lions and supported by Kildare Credit Union Kilcullen, writes Brian Byrne. The Diary couldn't stay for it all, but we got most of those there.