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Last Updated October 17, 2008

Feile na Samhna Poster

Saturday November 1st at The Ryston Social Club
Celebrate your community and raise your spirits. Beat the world crisis blues. Taste, smell, hear and see Newbridge in a new light. Sow some seeds for your community in a fun, positive way. Gather ideas, information. Be creative. Jam packed, family friendly fun



Children’s Entertainment


Armagh Rhymers


The Armagh Rhymers are one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles. They have delighted audiences all over the world with their unique blend of music, drama, song and dance. Performing “The Enormous Turnip”
Time 1.30 – 2.30            Admission free


Puppet show  “Helena’s Friends” Eileen Kennedy


Time 4.30 –5.30                   Admission free


Under 6 safe play area with story teling, simple crafts and fun






Armagh Rhymers   Age 6 up  


As part of The Enormous Turnip the Armagh Rhymers run a preparatory drama and mask making workshop where the participants learn the history of  folk theatre and prepare to participate in the play.


 Mask Making      Price €5            Time 11.00 – 12.00


 Drama                   Price €5          Time 12.00 – 1.00


Wormery  in a Bottle Age 6 up


Meet squiggly worms close up and make your own wormery from a 2l plastic bottle, paper, muck, apple cores and of course lovely worms go into this recycled home. Price €5  Times     12.30-1.00/ 1.00-1.30/1.30- 2.00


Willow Weaving   Age 6 up


Make individual willow art pieces using organic locally grown willow    


Price  €9    Times   12.00 – 1.00/ 1.30 –2.30


Windmill Pea Frame Age 8 up


Make your own brightly coloured windmill that is also a pea frame for growing your peas and beans up, all made from natural and recycled materials.
Time   11.0 –12.00      Price €10



Workshops General


Jabba Jabba Jembe Drumming


Suits all ages


 Time     11.00-12.00            Price €10



Felt making workshop


Beginners Workshop, a basic intro to felt making
Using natural Irish and Australian wool. It’s simply magic.
Open to all ages, under 7 needs to be accompanied


Willow Wonder   


Suitable for adult beginners and refreshers


Learn to make a basket step by step  from beginning to end. Bring home a completed basket. Promise. Round work base will be provided


Pre booking essential ph. Beth087 6462528


 Price  €25   Times   12.00  –2.00





Archery - All day


Re-enactment demonstration and
 Instruction in making arrows


Heritage oral histories exhibition


Colaiste Gael Students present


How it was to live in Newbridge in the 30’s and 40’s





 Spinning, Bead making, Hair wraps




Windows of Opportunity



Talks 11.00 – 2.15


Brian Kaller - Peak Oil  - 11.00


Theresa Carter - Transition Towns - 12.00


David Philip - Community Powerdown toolkit - 12.30


Eleanor Sutherland - Herbal healing from the hedgerows 1.30



World Café 2.30 – 4.30


Facilitated discussion forum inviting  you to consider


“What could be the seeds from which positive change for Newbridge will grow? “


Hosted by





Culture Factory Film Exhibition 2.30 – 8.00



Food 11.00- 6.00


Dine at the Holographic Cafe on the Big Blue Bus organic Pizzas, burgers, etc


Sup at the Windows of opportunity Café serving fair-trade coffee, tea and refreshments



Abundant Gardens Section


Future Forests stall


Healing Herb Plants stall


Gardening information and resources stall


Seed Savers info stand


South Kildare Bee Keeping



Stands/Stalls 11.00 – 4.30


Crann, Carlow/Kilkenny Energy Agency, Change,


FADA, Kildare CoCo Environmental Dept.


Kildare Steiner School, Culture Factory   + more


Walnut Books, recycled jewellery, craft supplies, soaps + more





Pumpkin Carving, Fancy dress


Entries close by 2.00



The Culture Factory


Is Proud To Present


Go Funk yourself


Cutting off Kids
Band on an Island
Main Hall


A collection of films from young filmakers including:
Culture Factory Dream
Love & Adventure
The Affected
Upstairs 2 – 5
Find out more about us from 2-4 at our information stall


All Welcome



Kildare Youth Theatre
Performing short devised pieces 7-10pm


Last Updated October 13, 2008

Feile na Samhna

For hundreds of years, harvest festivals have brought neighbours together as a community, to talk, trade and celebrate the plentiful food before the beginning of the long nights of winter. We need to bring back just that kind of community network, traditional skills and local food that festivals used to celebrate, and so FADA and several other community groups are hosting a Halloween Festival, Feile na Samhna, at the Ryston Social Club in Newbridge Saturday, Nov. 1.


The one-day, family-friendly event will feature traditional hand crafts and skills, informative talks on sustainable living, facilitated discussion forums, low-tech kids entertainment, a heritage exhibition compiled by local students, local artists, dancers, performers and musicians.


Adults can sign up for workshops where they can learn how to make felt out of wool, how to make a basket out of willow branches, how to use a bow and arrow and how to drum. The workshop will host several workshops for children at a cost of around five euros each, where they can learn about worms and how to make a wormery; how to make their own small windmills; learn how to weave willow together to make baskets, and how make their own masks. After the workshops, they can also enjoy theatre, storytelling and puppetry.


Several regional organizations will have booths at the festival on subjects like gardening, seed saving, bee keeping and forests, while Colaiste Gaol students will offer an exhibition on what County Kildare was like in the early 20th century, based on their interviews with elderly residents.


Several local experts will give talks on why such a festival, and the skills it teaches, are important. Theresa Carter, of FADA and Kildare Transition Town, will talk about the Transition Town movement, which is moving hundreds of communities away from fossil fuel dependence. Davie Philip, of the Dublin organization Cultivate, will speak about the methods communities are using to do this. Eleanor Sutherland will talk about using hedgerow plants to stay healthy, and Brian Kaller – me – will talk about peak oil and the world’s future. After the talks, Gay Brabazon of VOICE  will lead people in a group discussion of where Newbridge can go from here.


The event is entirely organized by local volunteers and using local talent and resources, and means to encourage people in County Kildare to meet their neighbours, understand the broader issues that affect the county, and re-learn old-fashioned skills.  Events like these help remind us that our prosperity was not always tied to the fortunes of Wall Street gamblers, and do not need to be tied to them in the future – if we know how to support ourselves, and work together.


For more information contact FADA, a local voluntary organization seeking local solutions to global problems. For more information visit or attend one of our twice-monthly meetings in the Bridge centre,

Charlotte Street
, Newbridge. For information about the group you can also contact Brian Kaller at 087-299-4552 or at 





Public talks for Feile na Samhna will be:

Brian Kaller on Peak Oil

Former reporter, editor and radio host Brian Kaller was born in the United States and worked for several newspapers there. He has written several major magazine articles about peak oil -- the point when petroleum supplies reach a limit and decline -- as well as the future of society. He writes a regular column for the Kildare Nationalist, and gives public talks on peak oil and climate change. He lives in Clane.

Theresa Carter on Transition Towns   12.00pm – 12.25pm

Bio- Theresa Carter has been involved in voluntary community development for more than 30 years. She is a member of FADA, trained in creating Transition Towns and helped found Transition Town Kildare. She is a mother of four and a half with a major interest in their future. She can be reached at or 086 159052.

The transition initiatives currently in progress in the UK and Ireland represent the most promising way of engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions that are required to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

The Transition Model is a loose set of real world principles and practices that have been built up over time though experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to build local resilience and reduce carbon emissions.

We demonstrated phenomenal levels of ingenuity, intelligence and adaptability as we raced up the energy curve over the last 150 years, and there's no reason why we can't use those qualities, and more, as we negotiate our way down from the peak of the energy mountain
If we plan and act early enough, and use our creativity and cooperation to unleash the genius within our local communities, then we can build a future that could be far more fulfilling, more connected and more gentle on the earth than the dominant lifestyles we have today.

Davie Philip  on the Community Powerdown Toolkit

Bio -  David Philip is currently the Education Manager at the Cultivate Centre for sustainable living and learning in Dublin. He was a founding member of both FEASTA: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and Sustainable Projects Ireland LTD the company behind the sustainable community project in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary.

David has ten years of experience of managing events and projects in the ‘sustainability’ sector in Ireland.  In May 2006 he was an NGO adviser to the Irish government at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development conference in New York. David has produced a number of educational programmes including, ‘Tipping the Balance’ a CD ROM learning resource exploring the UN Millennium Development Goals and ‘The Little Earth Show’ a four-part radio drama. He is currently developing a 10-week course designed to help citizens respond to oil depletion and climate change

Inspired by the book "Powerdown" by Richard Heinberg, Powerdown Community is a network of community groups around Ireland who aim to find creative, pro-active responses to the immanent peak in world oil and gas supplies. The current globalised economic system will not be able to continue without abundant liquid transport fuels and we will instead have to relocalise our lives, meeting much of our basic needs from within our region once again.

Eleanor Sutherland  on Herbal Healing from the hedgerows
1.30 pm. - 2.15pm
Bio - Eleanor Sutherland is a qualified homeopath and experienced herbalist living in Wicklow with a passion and wealth of knowledge in wild foods and their healing properties

Promises to be a highly informative talk after which you will never look at the hedgerows in the same way again, no more 40 shades of green but a wealth of food and health.

Facilitated Discussion Forum –
World Café

“What could be the seeds from which positive change for Newbridge will grow? “
Hosted by
Facilitated by Chris Chapman


The World Café global network of practitioners, have devised seven principles of World Café, which set out the process very clearly.
Set the context – A well-prepared event – Topic – questions to be explored, who to invite and what outcomes we hope from the event
Create a hospitable space
Explore questions that matter
Encourage everyone’s contribution
Connect diverse perspectives
Listen together and notice patterns
Share collective discoveries

Information Stands

CRANN  -                                                
works to make people aware of our trees, hedgerows and woodlands
promoting sustainable and biodiverse woodlands and encouraging the development of a vibrant Irish wood culture.
Change is working with families across Ireland, showing them how to save on energy bills, while doing their bit for the environment

The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency
CKEA was established by the Carlow and Kilkenny Local Authorities to provide sustainable energy information and services to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to local businesses and community groups and to the Local Authorities.
The Agency can be contacted for impartial information, advice and support by anyone considering energy management or renewable energy projects in Carlow or Kilkenny.

FADA is a voluntary organisation based in Newbridge that was established in 2006. It is part of a rapidly emerging international grass-roots response to the most pressing challenges our globe faces today, namely: the End of the Era of Cheap Oil and Climate Change.

Abundant Gardens’ Section

Resource Stall  

 Gardening Advice and resource information on where to do course     Selection of produce available at the Newbridge Farmers Market

Tips on growing food                                                                                                                                                               

South Kildare Bee Keepers Association,

Future Forests 

Dragon Herbs
Eleanor Sutherland – Range of herbs food medicinal and dye plants for sale along with locally produced ointments and salves

Kildare Steiner School
Walnut Books

Kids Free Fun Entertainment

THE ARMAGH RHYMERS 1.30pm – 2.30pm

“This show is the real thing—a glorious example of Irish Heritage, a heritage under threat from modern trivialities.  As someone who has been bringing groups to Ireland for over 10 years, I know that visitors want to escape the garish, pop culture and find a real Ireland of tradition and gentle folkways.  In times in what it is increasingly difficult to engage the genuine, the Armagh Rhymers are a rarity and must be treasured and fostered and encouraged.”
John Gleeson, Director Irish Studies--University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Armagh Rhymers are one of Northern Ireland’s most colourful cultural traditions groups.  They are musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, providing interactive drama in such a way that leaves the audience (and the participants) laughing in hysterics!  In contrast, they can also present a more serious show of non-stop poetry and music featuring a variety of Ireland’s poets and writers.  For over 30 years they have performed locally and internationally to audiences of all ages and abilities—theatres, festivals, schools and hospitals throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, South Korea, the International Children’s Festival in Canada (“The audience could have stayed and sung and stomped their feet all day!” Toronto Times), the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and in 2007 helped represent Northern Ireland in the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C.  They are a respected and professional group of entertainers, comprised of Dara Vallely, Peter Shortall and Brendan Bailey.

Puppet Show
Eileen Kennedy’
“Helena’s Friends”

This original and locally produced piece will enthral youngsters and is sure to raise the roof.
Eileen Kennedy is an experienced puppet artist and dancer.

 ITFAS or The Irish Traditional Field Archery Society

History and Aims
The Culture Factory group was born of the frustration and anger at the lack of facilities for the young people of Newbridge and it was quickly agreed that that something must be done to tackle the chronic shortage of services. We aim to provide a suitable space that will promote the creative collaboration between artists & young people, many of who, are excluded from what is traditionally regarded as the ‘arts sector’.

This space will be open to all young persons regardless of race, religion, sex etc. Ideally, it will be situated in the Oscar Cinema. This old building is up for sale, although other buildings may also fit the bill.

In this building we will provide facilities for: Live music, rehearsals, recording studio,
dance, filmmaking, playing pool, artistic teaching zones, cafe, and meetings.

If you would like to help, get involved or have suggestion about what you would like to see in 'Culture Factory', just get in touch with us!

Is Proud To Present
Go Funk yourself
Cutting off Kids
Band on an Island
Main Hall
Saturday November 1st 7-10pm

A collection of films from young filmakers including:
Culture Factory Dream
Love & Adventure
The Affected
Saturday November 1st Upstairs 2 – 5
Find out more about us from 2-4 at our information stall

All Welcome


 KYT Presents short devised drama pieces 7pm – 10pm

Last Updated May 15, 2008


FADA's Blog:

Find out what is happening in the group with our regular Blog update!

Also, check out FADA's furl site to see the latest articles uploaded by our members!

Chocolate maker's grand plan to save energy

An inspiring article published by the Leinster Leader on the steps Lily O'Briens are taking to make their business more energy efficient with the help of The Ecology Foundation.

Department of Energy announces new Energy Saving Scheme and Electricity Microgeneration Programme

The DCENR has announced two upcoming schemes to help homeowners (and other energy users) conserve energy and install sutainable electricity systems. Access the press release for the Energy Saving Scheme here and the press release for the Electricity Microgeneration Programme here (details to be announced in the coming months).

Is your grocery bill going up? You're not alone

From rice in Peru to miso in Japan, food prices are rising all over the world. This is an interesting and worrying article on increasing food costs in 32 countries.

Kinsale Spring Fair - Saturday 29th March 2008

Transition Town Kinsale, in association with Kinsale Tidy Towns, is organising a Spring Fair for a whole day in March. This fun and information packed event will include:Spring_Festival_Poster2.JPG

  • Eco-Market - Short Quay 10am - 4pm
  • Car Boot Sale – Further Education College Carpark 10am – 2pm
  • Transition TV and Fair Trade Café – Temperance Hall 10am – 4pm
  • Workshops – Temperance Hall and FE College 10am-7pm
  • Kinsale Community Powerdown Launch – Temperance Hall 2pm
  • Street Entertainment all day in town
  • Evening Concert with music, comedy, drama at Further Education College Amphitheatre 7.30 – 10.30pm

Six Degrees... The carbon footprint of cheeseburgers

Check out this video on Britcove tv

Why the price of 'peak oil' is famine

This very interesting article was written by Ambrose Evans and published in the Guardian on 9 February 2007. It discusses why vulnerable regions of the world face the risk of famine over the next three years as rising energy costs spill over into a food crunch.

Gardening Couse at Cultivate

"Wake Up It's Spring! Start Planting!"- Cultivate are offering a one day gardening course for begginers on Saturday the 16th of February from 12 to 3. The course costs €30.

The course will include "A basic introduction for beginners to get started on an organic garden for 2008. Learn about the entire cycle from planting seed, transplanting, propogation, pest management and the basic principles of permaculture. "

For bookings contact Kathleen:               01 674 5773        or kathleen[at]


The Great Fuel Folly-

Oil firms' output is down, yet profits skyrocket. It all points to the crisis predicted by the peakists.

A very interesting article written by Jeremy Leggett. It was published in the Guardian on 5 February 2008.

Sound the Alarm for Action on Climate Change!

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition is organising several events for Saturday, the 8th December to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate Change. These include a puclic parade in Dublin (starts at 1pm at Dublic Civic Offices and ends at Custom House). As part of the campaign, the bells of churches around the country (including Newbridge) will ring out to signal that the world must warm by no more than two degrees centigrade if mankind is to continue to live here with any level of comfort and safety.  

If you want more information or if you are interested in joining this worthwile campaign, click here.

Has Oil Already Peaked?

There is a new report from The German-based Energy Watch Group supporting a growing concern that the world reached Peak Oil in 2006.  The whole report is available here while an executive summary can be found here. There are a lot more articles regarding this concern on the Energy Bulliten website. These include an enlightening interview with Robert Hirsch about various decline scenarios and mitigation strategies (available on podcast here). A note of positive thinking from Rob Hopkins can be found here while an article on the subject published in the Guardian on the 21st of October can be found here.

FADA on "The Green Light" series!

FADA was featured in the latest episode of "The Green Light"! The episode, that was broadcast on Thursday the 11th of October, was called Transition Towns. Apart from FADA, the show also featured Rob Hopkins, Rebecca Hosking from Devon and representatives from Kinsale.

You can listen to the show by clicking here.

"The Green Light" environmental series on RTE Radio

The Green Light is a new series which takes an in-depth look at what we can all do to help reduce our impact on the environment and asks how we can make sense of the differing opinions which make up the environmental debate. Presenter Ella McSweeney meets people from around Ireland and abroad who are making some inspiring changes for a more sustainable future. Some of the topics to be explored include recycling in Ireland, alternative energy sources such as wind, wave and nuclear, how we build our homes, the impact of industry on the environment and whether organic is the way to go.

The series is broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on Thursday evenings at 8pm. The following is a link for podcasts of all the previous episodes:

You can also subscribe to the series by clicking here.

Future Shock: End of the Oil Age

This is an excellent documentary by RTÉ's Chief Economic Correspondent, George Lee. It explores the implications of peak oil specifically for Ireland. You can view the documentary by clicking here.


The 2004 documentary, "End Of Suburbia", produced and edited by Barry Silverthorn and written and directed by Greg Greene, was a stunning and chilling cinematic landmark which placed the issue of Peak Oil and its consequences squarely on the world stage and connected the dots between the unsustainable suburban lifestyle and perilous issues of the twenty-first century such as food production, population die-off, and economic meltdown. Recently, Greene and producer, Dara Rowland, have released the sequel, "Escape From Suburbia" which examines the journeys of several individuals who have fled or are in the process of fleeing from civilization. It highlights how they are building new lives and new subcultures which offer the possibilities of deepened humanity and sustainability. Unlike "End Of Suburbia", "Escape" spends less time interviewing the usual Peak Oil experts and follows the escape routes of ordinary people who are passionate about removing themselves from a culture of over-consumption and extinction.

For the complete review see:  









Whitewater Farmer's Market (Newbridge)

Situated in the centre of Newbridge, Co kildare, Whitewater Farmer's Market on the Avenue has over twenty five stalls offering fresh, local and seasonal produce direct from the producer. The stalls offer a wide range of produce including cheese, organic fruit, vegetables & herbs, juices, breads, organic & free range eggs, olives, organic meats, locally designed crafts and many more. The Market is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10 a.m.till 4 p.m.

Jeremy Leggett - Peak oil meets climate change

Jeremy Leggett has been described by Time Magazine as 'one of the key players in putting the climate issue on the world agenda.' He was an award-winning scientist, oil-industry consultant, and Greenpeace campaigner before setting up 'solarcentury', the UK's largest independent solar electric solutions company, one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies, and winner of the FT-Treasury Inner City 100 Greenest Company award. His first book "The Carbon War" has been described by the Sunday Times as "the best book yet on the politics of global warming." and his second book "Half Gone - OIL, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis" focuses on two related dangers: how we'll run out of oil far sooner than we think and how burning what's left of it will warm our planet to a catastrophic level.

has been described by Time Magazine as 'one of the key players in putting the climate issue on the world agenda.' He was an award-winning scientist, oil-industry consultant, and Greenpeace campaigner before setting up 'solarcentury', the UK's largest independent solar electric solutions company, one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies, and winner of the FT-Treasury Inner City 100 Greenest Company award. His first book "The Carbon War" has been described by the Sunday Times as "the best book yet on the politics of global warming." and his second book "Half Gone - OIL, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis" focuses on two related dangers: how we'll run out of oil far sooner than we think and how burning what's left of it will warm our planet to a catastrophic level.

Watch this talk by clicking on:

Blackle - new energy saving alternative to the Google search engine

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." See:  










An article by Goerge Monbiot from the guardian Newspaper (UK) on how green consumerism will not save the biosphere.

Energy: the new cold war' by shadow conservative MP Liam Fox

England under water: scientists confirm global warming link to increased rain

It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change, a major new scientific study will reveal this week, as the country reels from summer downpours of unprecedented ferocity.

Solar panels and rapeseed oil now provide a chunk of Newbridge Silverware's energy requirements

Organic Food and Vegetable Growing as a National Policy: The Cuban Story
A very interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring article about the way Cuba coped with the abrupt fuel cut it experienced after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
John Bruton: An EU plea to cooperate on warming
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger describes the fight against climate change as our "race to the moon," and it captures well the enormous challenge we now face. The good news is that this is a race we can win: The problem is largely man-made; the solution technically lies in our own hands.
CERA Peak Oil Study Confirms Urgency of Mitigation

An article about how the CERA report stared the American Congress 

FADA submits plan to Kildare County Council for the "Draft Newbridhe Town Centre Action Area Plan 2007": Click here if you would like to read a copy of FADA's submission