Friday, October 20, 2017

Donations for auction coming in

Pictured are just a small selection of the items submitted tonight for the Teach na nDaoine Charity auction, writes Noel Clare.

Items can still be dropped in to CPC Assembly Hall from 9.30 tomorrow morning. Viewing is available from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday.

The auction starts at 2.15pm.

Kilcullen at new Osprey Hotel restaurant launch

Kilcullen's style and fashion guru Gail Murphy was one of the local people at last night's launch of the new Herald and Devoy restaurant at the Osprey Hotel in Naas, writes Brian Byrne.

She's pictured here with Head Chef at the hotel Noel Walsh, who laid on an excellent tasting dinner for more than 100 guests at the launch. The new menu has been designed in conjunction with the Hugo Arnold hospitality consultancy.

The completely refurbished restaurant was designed by Hugh Wallace and his team.

Entertainment at the event, which was completely managed by O'Brien PR, was provided by the Riff Shop DJ/Sax duo.

Heydon chasing more family resource centre funds

The needs for County Kildare with its increased population 'will be considered' by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone when decisions are being made about allocation of additional Family Resource Centre funds, writes Brian Byrne.

The acknowledgement of the strong demand for services in the county was made in a reply to recent parliamentary questions from Deputy Martin Heydon on the issue. Deputy Heydon had raised the need for more Family Resource Centres in Kildare.

"For our growing population we are severely under-represented in terms of the number of family resource centres," he says, "with only two in the whole county — in Newbridge and the Curragh — when others such as Donegal and Kerry have nine and 12 respectively. We are playing catch up here and I have been stressing this point to the Minister."

Deputy Heydon says he will fight for resources to be provided to facilities such as Teach Dara in Kildare Town, and for the case to be progressed for family resource centres in towns like Athy, Castledermot and Rathangan.

CPC students, staff, parents bag-packing today

CPC TY students, members of staff, members of the parents association and kind parents who volunteered their time, will be bag-packing in Dunne’s Stores in Newbridge today Friday and tomorrow Saturday 20/21 October, writes Chloe O'Connell.

They will be helping fundraise for the school from 12pm-6pm each day. The funds raised over the two days will be put towards improvements in the school building with special focus towards improving the school bathrooms.

Any donations will be welcome and met with huge thanks.

Weekend events for ReUse Month

Public discussions on local sustainable actions to help deal with global climate change are being held across Kildare this weekend, writes Brian Byrne.

They are part of ReUse month and feature speakers from Shamrock Spring Deirdre Lane and Evonne Boland, as well as artist Martina Shannon and Kildare Yarnbomber Angela Lane.

They will offer advice on how to reduce household waste, reduce greenhouse gases, and reuse materials otherwise destined for landfill.

Today's event is in Newbridge Library from 10am-4pm; tomorrow's at Monasterevin Community Centre from 1pm-6pm; and on Sunday the group will be in Celbridge Community Centre from 10am-4pm.

The events are free and are being supported by Kildare County Council.

Old Time Music for Maintain Hope — TONIGHT

A reminder that there will be an Old Time Music Concert in Kilcullen Town Hall tonight, Friday 20 October, in aid of Maintain Hope, writes Brian Byrne.

It is billed as a 'feast of entertainment featuring local performers', and being a Frank Morrow/Joe Kelly production, you can take that as gospel.

Performers include Terry McNally, Niamh Murray, Mary Murray, the Landers School of Irish Dancing, Marie Shanahan, Francie O'Brien, EilĂ­s Phillips, Fergal Sloan. Maurice O'Mahoney and special guests. (You can pick them out yourself in the pic above — that's clearly Gerry O'Donoghue on the left.)

Tickets are €10 and can be booked at Berneys Chemists in Kilcullen.

BTW: If you haven't already voted for Kilcullen's Market Square project in the Kildare Business Awards, do so by clicking the image below. LAST DAY.

New Storytelling group starting up

A new story-telling group is being established in Kilcullen with its first meeting in An Tearmann on Thursday 26 October, writes Tim Ditchburn.

Called the 'Triple Spiral Storytellers', the inaugural session starts at 7:30pm. It will be an evening of oral storytelling told from the floor, with a guest Storyteller, the Dublin-based French Storyteller, Fiona Dowling.

Come along to hear tales from around the world under the theme 'Wonderous Tales'. Or why not come and tell a short tale yourself?

The event is open to everyone, and a €5 donation will be collected at the door. Tea and cakes will be provided by Jo from An Tearmann.

Phone 087 2767669 or email for further information.

Teachers Golf Championship

An inaugural Irish Teachers Golf Championship in Co Kildare is offering competitors a chance to win prizes worth a total of €1,000 for their schools, writes Brian Byrne.

The event at Dunmurry Hills Golf Club is due to take place on Wednesday 1 November, during the mid-term break. It is sponsored by the Examcraft Group, the mock examination providers.

Dunmurry Hills GC is located outside Kildare Town on the Rathangan Road.

The entry fee is €100 per 4-person team, which includes a goody bag for each golfer, and there is a shotgun start at 11am. There are golfer prizes totalling €500.

Bookings and further information from 045 531400 or email for more information.

Halverstown School Duck Race

Halverstown School is holding its annual Duck Race this Sunday 22 October.

The ducks will be released by Mary at 11am at the Canoe Club, and this will be followed by the river walk and then back to the Town Hall for tea and cakes and the results of the race.

Hopefully the weather will be favourable and we will all have the enjoyable day.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Councillors told Thompson's Cross issues 'resolved'

Kildare County Council says that four issues related to works at Thompson's Cross in 2016 'were resolved' during recent completed works, writes Brian Byrne.

This was the response to a request by Cllr Sorcha O'Neill that the Municipal District Engineer and safety audit personnel should meet at Thompson's Cross 'to discuss the recent improvements'.

The Report to the Naas MD meeting this week noted that the issues had been resolved following a Safety Audit of the Low Cost Safety Improvement Scheme carried out in 2016.

Another call for Community Awards nominations

Kilcullen's annual KCA/Tidy Towns and Community Awards will be presented at our Awards Night on Thursday 2 November in Kilcullen Town Hall and Heritage Centre at 8pm, writes KCA Chairman Ray Kelly.

On the night local KCA/Tidy Towns winners will be recognised for their work during the year. As well as the Tidy Towns awards, the Community awards will be announced.

The Kilcullen Community Awards are focused on people or groups in the Kilcullen Community area whose voluntary work has significantly enhanced the lives of those in the following sectors: Environmental and Local Community; Children and Youth; Sport; People with disabilities; Older people; Education; and Other.

The awards committee will look at how the nominees have gone beyond their expected role and how their work improves Kilcullen.

This year we are including a contribution of a Business to Community Life award.

If you feel someone in your group fits the attached criteria or has excelled beyond what would be expected or contribute to improving people's lives in Kilcullen, please forward a nomination with the reason for the nomination to, or by post to Ray Kelly, 1060 Nicholastown, Kilcullen.

Damien's screenplay wins major US award

Kilcullen screenwriter Damien Aulsberry has won the prestigious Neo-Noir Screenplay Award at the 2017 Bogart Film Noir Shorts competition in Florida, writes Brian Byrne.

The screenplay for 'Sons & Broken Noses' had previously won in the Wexford Film Festival, and is currently in pre-production stage for filming before the end of this year.

The Florida competition was held at locations in Miami and Key Largo, and Damien's entry was up against well-established screenwriters from the US.

"It's great news," he told the Diary last night. "I didn't really expect to win, as the other contestants were of seriously good calibre, and I wasn't even at the event. Out of the four competitions I entered it for this year, this was the one I really wanted to win."

'Sons & Broken Noses' is an Irish based, contemporary western and will be co-directed by Colin Fleming and Nigel O'Brien.

Eric Lalor and Jason Byrne play Jake and Sean, two down on their luck bank robbers whose day is about to get a whole lot worse.

This dark comedic tale includes Frank O'Sullivan as underworld kingpin Mick Ronan, and his son Gabriel played by Emmet Byrne.

NOTE: Voting for the Kilcullen Market Square Project in the Kildare Business Awards ends tomorrow. If you haven't already voted, click the image below to get to the voting site.