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August 31, 2007

Computers for the Terrified!


Naas Adult Basic Education is running Community Education courses on Computers for the Terrified!

This is a relaxed course to help the total beginner gain confidence using the computer. 

Learn to use the mouse and become familiar with the popular word processing program Microsoft Word.

The total number of classes in the course is 9 and the cost of the course is 90 euro. For more information download the Autumn Brochure of courses from 

Adult Basic and Community Education Centre Autumn Brochure


The Adult Basic and Community Education Centre in Naas provides a facility for adults who wish to return to education. They offer a wide variety of courses in an informal and friendly environment. If you wish to take one of the many courses on offer you will experience learning in an adult, student-centred environment.

The Adult Basic and Community Education Centre has launched its Autumn Brochuren which includes courses on Basic English for Speakers of other languages, Basic Maths, Spelling Course, Understanding Local Government etc.

To download the brochure go to





Plus 100’s of other discounts! Student TravelCard is Ireland’s Leading Student Discount Card. September brings in a new year for the student travelcard with even more discounts.

The new 2007/2008 application form is now available in Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre. We electronically send the details along with a digital photo and the card will be sent directly in two working days.

Cost of the Card is €12 plus €3 for photo.

Please contact KYS for further details, Phone 045 897893, e-mail: or call into the Centre to pick up an application form.


KYS are Flying the Coop


Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre, now have in stock the new edition of Flying the Coop. Specially designed for students leaving home and going to college.

It covers Accommodation, Tenants Rights, Cost & Budgeting, Health & Safety and Helpful Contacts and lots more. Costing only  €1.

Please contact KYS on 045 879893 or call in to our Youth Information Centre, Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas.

Irish Centre for Integrated Medicine Change address


The Irish Centre for Integrated Medicine has a new address and contact details:

St. Johnsgrove
Co Kildare
Tel/Fax: (00353) 045-844819/045-844823

For more inormation on the Centre visit

Local History Talks resume in Naas and Kildare Town


Naas Local History Group

Monday3rd September Naas Library - 7.45 p.m.

Cill Dara Historical Society,Kildare Town's Local History Group

Sean Byrne
Wednesday 5th September
8 p.m. Kildare Education Centre (Old Parochial House)
Friary Road, Kildare Town
[supplied by Joe Connelly]

For updates on material relating to the history, archaeology and heritage of Co. Kildare, visit

Heritage Centre welcomes visitors


Kildare Town Heritage Centre is an exciting  visitor attraction situated in the picturesque town of Kildare. Located in the restored 18th century market house is a multi media exhibition centre telling the story of Kildare past and present. Your host Cogitosus, a 7th century monk, will take you on a fascinating journey through time - an audio visual presentation of the town from when St. Brigid established her church in 480ad, to later centuries when Kildare was raided by Vikings and later ruled by Normans.

Kildare Town Heritage Centre is the ideal starting point for a tour of Kildare Town. An integral part of the story of Kildare is to visit the Historical sites after visiting the centre.

You can also find out more about the centre and the local historical sites by visiting the centre's website at Using the website you can follow Kildare's Heritage Trail online or do some research before visiting the town in person.


May - September Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm

October - April Mon - Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm


Kildare Town Heritage Centre in the beautifully restored 18th century Market House. - photo Mario Corrigan

August 30, 2007

New CD from Kildare Artist Luka Bloom


Tribe, by Luka BloomRenowned singer/songwriter, Luka Bloom launches his new album titled TRIBE at Rathangan Community Centre on September 6.

"...full of reflective tunes where Bloom's lyrical abilities shine. Normally a one-man music machine (writing lyrics, composing, and playing), Bloom shares credit for Tribe with producer and co-writer Simon O'Reilly.

Stacy Towar-Fogarty, Epoch Times  

Tickets cost 20 euro. Book early as there is only a limited supply.

Phone 086 8945357 for further details.

August 29, 2007

Free Introductory Computer Classes For Over 55s


Naas Community Library are set to hold free introductory computer classes for over 55s.

A free course in the basics of computers will start on October 3rd and run for 6 weeks. These classes are in association with Age Action Ireland.

For more information contact the library at 045 879111 or email


81 Jobs Lost in Newbridge


Following on last weeks announcement of 41 jobs lost  after the closure of the Quinn Package Plant in Newbridge, Oral B has announced plans to lay off another 40 workers at its Newbridge plant.

The company has announced that it has negotiated 40 voluntary redundancies to come into effect before the end of 2007.

Some of the jobs are said to have been outsourced to Mexico.




August 27, 2007

New Opportunities for Volunteers in Co. Kildare

Kildare Volunteer Bureau have announced the following opportunities with Samaritans, Teach Tearmainn and People in Need Trust:

The Samaritans are holding information nights on: September 4th and 6th:
at 8.00 p.m.
At the Samaritan Centre, 3 McElwain Tce., Newbridge.


Teach Tearmainn
Women’s Refuge Project - aims to support Women and their children who are experiencing abuse in their relationships.

Job : To design and produce 2/3 newsletters around the work of Teach Tearmainn and domestic violence.
Skills : Experience in the layout and design of a newsletter


People In Need Trust
People in Need is a Fundraising Trust established in 1988 to raise funds for small and local charities nationwide. Using the Telethon campaign as its principle fundraiser People in Need fundraises on a county by county basis and reinvests those funds back into charities from the county from where the money was raised.

Job : Office Assistant – answer phones and log registrations on a Computer form.
Skills : Mature, friendly and convey enthusiasm to potential fundraisers. Also have basic computer knowledge.

Visit the Kildare Volunteer Bureau Website

Down Syndrome Ireland Internet & E-mail course

Down syndrome Ireland has launched a series of interactive lessons is designed specifically for teenagers with Down Syndrome to help them learn about and use the Internet easily and safely.

The Internet & E-mail course is broken down into lessons - or modules - providing short and exciting learning content. Each interactive module contains a mix of explanatory audio-visual animations as well as practical exercises.

Each module is designed to be used as a 'stand-alone' lesson, but it is also recommended to follow them in sequential order .

The lessons can be downloaded from the Down Syndrome Ireland Website


MS READaTHON 2007 - The Need to Read!

ms-readathon.jpg MS Ireland’s reading superhero RED is asking children to sign up for this year’s MS READaTHON campaign. 2007 is the chance to be part of the 20th birthday of this annual sponsored read!

By joining in, not only will children all over the country be reading their favourite books in the space of a month (19th October –19th November) but they’ll also be raising money for the 7,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland.

Last year, more than 30,000 school children from 6 – 16 years old read a staggering 500,000 books and raised  €1.2 million for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland…an outstanding achievement! The organisers hope this year will be the biggest and best ever for the MS READaTHON, in celebration of Ireland’s 20th year taking part in this global initiative!

Since the MS READaTHON started in Ireland in 1988, an average of 25,000 children and 710 schools have taken part each and every year, raising an amazing and much-needed €10 million for people living with MS.

The MS READaTHON is supported by lots of famous authors and sports personalities, like Gordon D’Arcy, Darren Shan, Jacqueline Wilson, Oisín McGann, Laura Woods and Cecelia Ahern.

Children can sign up individually to take part, and/or schoolteachers can sign their classes up.  All children participating will receive an exciting thank you gift and Certificate of Appreciation, and will also have the chance to win hundreds of major prizes including a computer, a trip for two to see Manchester Utd play at Old Trafford, a portable DVD player and a road & track bicycle. 

Schools can compete for the Winning Schools Trophies and for thousands of euros worth of books with which to update their school libraries. There are prizes for teachers and librarians too. In addition, ten per cent of the money raised in each school can be kept to buy books or reading aids for the school.  A new prize this year is the chance for a school to win a brand new top of the range computer plus a digital camera.


The sign up period begins on 10th September. Schools can sign up by filling out the entry forms that they will all receive in September. Individuals can pick up entry forms from their local library or bookshop.

For more information visit or phone 1850 650 950.

August 24, 2007

Online Application Available for DCU Technology Courses

Oscail, DCU's National Distance Education Centre provide adults with access to third level education, with distance learning courses. Oscail courses include:

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)/Diploma in Information Technology
  • MSc in Information Systems for Managers
  • MSc in Internet Systems
  • MSc in Management of Operations

As well as providing courses in Information Technology, students studying Oscail courses submit their course work online, and application for Oscail courses can also be made online.

For more information, visit the Oscail website.


KCC announces two education bursary schemes

Council announces two education bursary schemes
The William G. Carroll Education Bursary for the Community
Kildare Education Bursary for People with Disabilities.

Kildare County Council is awarding two bursaries, which are designed to provide an opportunity to study at third level to persons who may not be in a position to undertake a course of study, because of serious disadvantage or disability.   These Bursaries are as follows:

1. The William G. Carroll Bursary is mainly, but not exclusively, for third level courses in the field of community development.
2.  The Kildare Education Bursary for People with Disabilities is for any third level course.

Applications are invited from persons living in County Kildare who wish to undertake a degree course at a recognised third level institution in Ireland. The course applied for must be at undergraduate level. 
Bursaries are not normally available for PLC courses or Post-graduate courses, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Qualifying for a Higher Education Grant will not serve to act as a bar to the award of a bursary.

Further information in relation to the bursaries and application forms may be obtained from the Community & Enterprise Department, Kildare County Council, 045 980535 or downloaded from the website at 

Application forms should be submitted to: -
Maria Allison, Community & Enterprise Section, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas. 
Tel: 045 980535.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17September 2007.

Monasterevin Online Seeks Contributors


Monasterevin Online at is a site that was originally set up by Monasterevin Community Council. The site is hosted on and is mantained by a blogging system.

Monasterevin Online has information on a range of topics and events relating to Monasterevin. The site also has a collection of photographs of the town.

Monasterevin Online is looking for people interested in contributing to the site. Contribution is made on a voluntary basis. This would involve gathering information relevant to the town of Monasterevin and uploading this information to the site.

All you need is access to a computer and the internet to upload information to the site. So if you are interested in getting involved email

Student Grants Information Evening

STUDENT GRANTS INFORMATION drop-in EVENING on Tuesday August 28th from 7.30pm to 9pm at Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas.

Kildare Youth Services would like to send a message of support and congratulations to all those who received their Leaving Cert. results.  They also want to let young people know that they are welcome to visit, email ( or call (045 897 893) the Youth Information Centre on Basin Street, Naas from August 27th onwards for any information they may need or to use internet access facilities, which are free to 18s and under. 

Their Information staff can also offer advice around career and study information or help with formulating a C.V.

In addition, the KYS Information Centre is running a STUDENT GRANTS INFORMATION drop-in EVENING on August 28th at 8pm for students and their parents.  There will be personnel from the VEC Adult Ed. guidance service and the KYS Information Centre on hand to assist with queries. 

For more information please call us on 045 897 893 or visit the KYS website at

August 22, 2007

Newbridge Samaritans Information Evenings


The Newbridge & Kildare Branch of the Samaritans are holding two Information Evenings at 8pm on 4th and 6th of September for anybody interested in joining with us to make our community a more caring place.

We would be more than happy to welcome anybody who is interested in finding out more about the Samaritans at 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge

Telephone 086 0855785

August 21, 2007

New Season, New You?!


The friendly club is open to everyone from League players to beginners.The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9pm to 11pm at the Kilcullen Community Complex on the Newbridge road.


For more details call 087 2628305, email, or visit the club’s website

All welcome - we look forward to seeing you!

The Basics of Badminton

The rules of badminton are very simple. Badminton is played with either 2 people (singles) or 4 people (doubles).The object of the game is to win as many points as you can. This is usually 15 for men and 11 for women.

It is played on a badminton court, and is played by hitting a shuttlecock over the net to your opponent, using a badminton racket. The badminton court is rectangular in shape, and has different dimensions for singles and doubles.

Badminton is the fastest racket sport.

Related Links:
Leinster Badminton -
Badminton Ireland -

August 17, 2007

Summer finally arrives to Whitewater SC


Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge
Get your hands on the voucher booklet and you can avail of great offers in over 25 stores throughout Whitewater for the whole month of August. These fantastic discounts, including up to 20% off purchases and free gift bags, are valid throughout August every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is also an opportunity to enter the competition to win a €500 shopping spree.

Whitewater Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre outside of Dublin, and home to over 60 leading retailers, including anchor tenants Debenhams, M&S and H&M. Daily parking is only €4 and the comfortable airy food court caters for 650 people. Everything you need in one handy location.

Thousands of shoppers have already taken advantage of these great discounts, and enjoyed some fantastic entertainment over the bank holiday weekend, but don't worry its not too late. The Summer Lovin' discount voucher booklets are still available from the Customer Service Desk, so be sure to get down to Whitewater and bag yours, then enjoy a month of great value shopping.

Miss it, miss out!

For more information visit

Sallins Photographer in Dublin Exhibition


"Sacred Spaces & Quiet Beauty on The Green" at The People’s Photography Exhibition

Sacred Spaces and Quiet Beauty Sallins Photographer, Daria Marie Walsh, will take part in the open-air, group photography show, The People’s Photography Exhibition. The exhibition, on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, takes place Saturday and Sunday, 25th & 26th August, from 10am to 5pm. Daria will be showing “Sacred Spaces & Quiet Beauty on The Green” as part of The People’s Photography Exhibition.

The open-air group show will be located around the perimeter of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Daria’s exhibition space, #109, is located on the North Side of St. Stephen’s Green, directly across from The Shelbourne Hotel and Kildare Street.

This showing will focus on the extended theme of ‘the green’. The hectic pace of life dictates a need for the serene and calming effect of ‘the green’. There is a need to preserve and incorporate our natural surroundings into our daily lives, to bring a balance back with nature.

The pieces, some incorporated from her first two shows, were photographed in Ireland and the U.S. and will be made available in a variety of sizes framed or mounted and signed. The photographs, black & white and colour, are landscape, nature, wildlife and architectural. The sacred beauty of nature is a profound gift not to be dismissed. “Sacred Spaces & Quiet Beauty on The Green” at The People’s Photography Exhibition is Daria’s third showing this year. 

Daria has been practising photography and writing for approximately twenty years. She earned her University degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Ms. Walsh was a Semi-Finalist for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in 1985, selected as ‘A Best New Poet’ by the American Poetry Association in 1988, and published in “Dyandra’s Crystal Sands” in 1996.

Daria is a member of the Gallery of Photography, Dublin. Her photography has appeared in newspapers, brochures and posters in both America and Ireland; and The Princes Street Art and Craft Fair in Cork City. Darias’ first solo exhibition, “Sacred Spaces and Quiet Beauty”, was held in Naas, County Kildare in March of this year. Her second solo exhibition, “Sacred Spaces & Quiet Beauty II” was shown as part of Listowel Writer’s Week, County Kerry. Among her Photographic influences she lists Dorothea Lange, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams and Anton Corbijn. Her Writing influences include, W.B. Yeats, William Blake, Edna O’Brien, John Steinbeck and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Daria takes great joy in the photographers’ ability to capture a single moment in time. She loves that, as an art form, it is unique in its ability to commit to memory every detail of a second in life, as it never was before and never will be again.

Daria shares her Sallins home with husband of three years, Paul H. Tubb; a Children’s Comic Poet and Songwriter. Daria is the daughter of the late Dr. James P. Walsh and Alice and John Baran of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

CONTACT INFO: 087-742-7342

14th International COSAC Computer Security Symposium


Killashee House HotelThe World's Premier Information Security and  Risk Forum takes place this year at the Kilashee House Hotel in Naas.

The 14th International COSAC will run from Sunday 23rd through Thursday 27th September 2007.

Delegates come from across Europe, UK & Ireland, Australia, Asia, Africa and North America. Numbers are limited in order to maintain high levels of personal attention, peer interaction and networking, and to maximise access to fellow experts.

Participants typically hold senior influential positions, and have more than 15 years of experience each in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management, IT Management or Audit.

COSAC is run by volunteers, not by a profit-seeking conference company. For similar registration fees to leading 2-day international events held in London, COSAC provides, in addition to a panel of world respected presenters and facilitators, 3or 4 days of conference activities, luxury accommodation, superb evening meals, full breakfasts and lunches, receptions every evening and networking events - it even includes collection from Dublin airport.

For more information visit the COSAC website.

Financial Support for Students from South Kildare

Kildare Community Partnership The Kildare Community Partnership, the local development agency based at Jigginstown, Naas will administer the Millennium Partnership Fund providing support for 3rd Level students who are from South County Kildare and who are eligible under on or more of the following headings:

  • Mature students re-entering education 
  • Disadvantaged third level rural students
  • Disadvantaged third level students
  • Students who are independent parents
  • Students with disabilities

The supports may cover accommodation/ rent, transport, childcare and books. 

For details on eligibility and application form please phone The Kildare Community Partnership on 045 895450, email or visit our website

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th October 2007.  

The Millennium Partnership Fund 2007-2008 is funded by the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan 2007-2013, with assistance from the European Social Fund.

Last year over 30 students from South County Kildare were supported by the Millennium Partnership Fund.  All of the students supported were extremely positive about the impact the awards had made to their educational progress.

For further details please contact Dolores McCarthy 087 2310094


August 16, 2007

Maynooth Film Club Commencing Oct 2007

Maynooth Film Club October 2007


Maynooth Community Library is delighted to announce that the Maynooth Film Club will commence in October 2007. This year the Film Club will be run in conjunction with KLAS and NUIM and the films will be screened in NUIM movie theatre.

To join the film club you will have to be a member of Maynooth Community Library.

Please contact Maynooth Community Library for more information and membership fees.


Kildare Student Achieves Nine A1s


Fergus Denman, an 18-year-old student from Maynooth in County Kildare, is the only student in Ireland to achieve the maximum possible 900 points in the Leaving Cert exams. Fergus was awarded nine A1 results in honours subjects.

Fergus will be taking time out from studying for a year while considering his options, and thinks he may eventually go in for studying social science subjects.

County Kildare students have a good track record with leaving cert results. In 2006, the only student in the country to get nine A1s was a student of the Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge.

Heritage Week Programme of Events

Heritage Week Art Competition
Athy Heritage Centre is hosting a  ‘Heritage Week Art Competition’ open to both children and adults. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Nimrod Expedition’.

Children’s Categories are 4-7, 8-13, 14-18. Please write your name, date of birth and phone number on your entry. CLOSING DATE for entries is Wednesday 15th August 2007 before 5p.m.

Venue:     Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact    Margaret Walsh
Tel:          0598633075

 Athy Heritage Centre - Museum Exhibitions
The Heritage Centre-Museum houses exhibitions and audio visuals which focus on Ernest Shackleton, Gordan Bennett Race, WW1, Canals among others. 25% off admission prices during Heritage Week.

Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075

 Tours of St Mary's Church of Ireland, Leixlip. "A place of worship for over 800 years'.
Adult and Child friendly tours of the oldest public building in Leixlip still in regular use. Tours running from 25/08/2007 - 02/09/2007 Times: 9.30am - 3.00pm 

Venue:  St Mary's Church of Ireland, Main Street, Leixlip, Co Kildare, Kildare
Contact:    Helen Ryan
Telephone:    01 6240976
Fax:     01 6240846

 Removal of Invasive Species – Bog of Allen Nature Centre (IPCC)
Removal of invasive species and coppicing of Birch trees to manage Lullymore West cutaway bog for butterflies, mainly the rare Marsh Fritillary Butterfly. Running from August 27th to September 1st, the main day takes place on Saturday 1st of September

Venue: The Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Contact: Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)
Telephone: 045 – 860133
Fax: 045 – 860481



 History of Leixlip GAA Exhibition
An exhibition tracing the history of the GAA in Leixlip through photographs, newspaper articles and other local history sources running throughout Heritage Week.

Venue:    Leixlip Library
Contact:   Kevin Murphy
Tel.:    01 6060050

 Art Exhibition at Castletown House
Exhibition by local artists in all mediums. For further information please contact organiser directly.

Venue:    Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Contact:    Bea O'Connell
Tel:     01 6271275

 Exhibition of Memorabilia relating to Kildare Poet and Literary Nationalist Teresa Brayton

Venue:    Maynooth Community Library, Mainstreet, Maynooth
Time:      during normal opening hours
Contact:    Bernadette Gilligan
Tel:     01 6285530

 Variety of Events at Maynooth Castle
Maynooth Castle will host a variety of events throughout Heritage Week (musical performances, living history exhibitions and GAA related events).
There will also be free guided tours of this 13th century castle, stronghold of the great Earl of Kildare, Garret Mor Fitzgerald

Venue:    Maynooth Castle, Maynooth Co. Kildare
Contact:   Donna O'Connor
Tel:     01 6286744

 Irish National Stud 2 for the price of 1
2 for the price of 1 on production of the Heritage Week Booklet. Includes a guided tour of the stud, visit to the Japanese Gardens, the Horse Museum and St. Fiachra's Garden

Venue:    Irish National Stud, Tully Kildare Town, Co. Kildare
Contact:    Frieda O'Connell
Tel:     045 521617

 Free Entry to Kildare Town Heritage Centre with Fascinating Video
During Heritage week there is free entry to Kildare Town Heritage Centre where you can view a fascinating video on the history and heritage of Kildare Town.

Venue:    Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare.
Contact:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tel:    045 530672

 National Science Museum
The museum has the finest collection of historic scientific instruments on public display in Ireland. Contains original apparatus of Nicholas Callan. Tuesday and Thursday 2-4p.m., Sunday 2-6p.m.

Venue:    Museum, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Kildare
Contact:    Niall McKeith
Tel:     01 7083780

 "Your Time – Your Place" Radio Talks – KFM
The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups will be organising radio talks each morning on KFM from Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July on aspects of Kildare’s heritage, both built and natural. Narrated by local poet, writer and broadcaster Mae Leonard.

Venue:     KFM
Contact:   Larry Breen 

 Presentation of prizes for Heritage Week Art Competition
Heritage week starts with the presentation of both children and adults art competitions at 3.30pm on Friday the 24th. The theme for this year’s competition is the "Nimrod Expedition". The winning entries will be on display for the duration of heritage week and during the Ernest Shackelton Autumn School which is held on the October bank holiday

Venue:                  Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact                Margaret Walsh
Tel:                        0598633075

 Guided Historic Town Walks – Kildare Town
Walks take about an hour and depart from outside the Heritage Centre on Market Square at the following times:
Saturday 25th Aug – 11am, Sunday 26th Aug – 1pm, Monday 27th Aug – 11am, Saturday 1st Sep – 11am, Sunday 2nd Sept – 1pm, Monday 3rd Sept – 11am

Venue:    Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare.
Contact:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tel:    045 530672

 Ordnance Survey – Demonstration of Online Mapping – Historical 19th Century Series
A must for all local history researchers and enthusiasts in Naas Library on Thursday 23rd August at 3pm and 7pm

Venue:    Naas Library, Naas, Co. Kildare
Contact:   Naas Library
Tel:    045 879111

 Military Medal Fair
Saturday 25th August from 11a.m. to 5p.m.

Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075

 "The Forgotten Heritage of County Kildare" Bus Trip to South County Kildare led by Ger McCarthy
Bus trip to south Kildare based on Ger McCarthy's book, "the forgotten heritage of county Kildare". Organised by Naas Local History Group, departing from the church of the Irish Martyrs at 11am on Saturday the 25th and returning at approximately 5pm. picnic lunch must be brought; cost is 12.50 payable to Ronnie Kinane.

Venue:    Naas church of the Irish Martyrs
Contact:    Ronnie Kinane
Tel:     045 876254

 Curragh Local History Group Open Day
In Conjunction with Heritage Week in County Kildare, the Curragh Local History Group is having an open day at their premises at McSweeney Road, Curragh on Saturday 25th August from 10.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.

Venue: Curragh Local History Group, McSweeney Road, Curragh 
Contact:   Oliver Mc Crossan   

 Royal Canal Amenity Group Heritage Walk
The Maynooth branch of the royal canal amenity group is organising a walk from Dukes Harbour (Maynooth) to the 14th lock at Jackson’s Bridge (the Kilcock side) on Saturday 25th august at 3.30pm

Venue:    Dukes Harbour, Royal Canal    
Contact:   Declan O’Connor



Guided Tour of Grounds and Chapel of St Patrick’s College with optional visit to the National Science Museum
Sunday 26 august 2007 2.00pm at main gate of St Patrick’s College (near Maynooth Castle)

Venue:    St. Patrick’s College
Contact:   Rita Edwards
Tel.:    01 6016332



Donadea Forest Park
Tir na Mona are hosting a talk, followed by a walk in Donadea Forest Park on Sunday 26th August.  This talk will be presented by James Reid.

Venue:  Meeting at the Castle in Donadea
Time:    3pm



 Ballynafagh Lake Walk
Tir na Mona is hosting a walk and talk in Ballynafagh Lake on Monday 27th August. This is a chance to learn about this wonderful biodiversity area and its place in local history. This talk will be lead by Sean Flannery.

Venue:  Meeting at the car of Ballynafagh Lake car park.
Time:    7.30pm



"It was all for the Craic"
A reflection on the Capers and their importance to Kilcullen through the 70s and 80's. With guests, performances and clips from the past. Wednesday 29th August starting at 8.00pm

Venue:    Kilcullen Heritage Centre, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
Contact:   Nessa Dunlea
Tel:     0872339610



 Official Opening of Jacinta Crowley-Long’s Art Exhibition "Lost and Found" Thursday 30th August – Friday September 14th. Official opening at 7p.m. on Thursday 30th

Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075



"Roads, Resolution and Research" - NRA on Archaeological Finds on Road Schemes
The National Roads Authority are holding a seminar at the Gresham Hotel on August 30th admission is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance! Registration on the day is at 9.30 am

Venue:    Gresham Hotel
Contact:   Lillian Butler
Tel.:    01 6602511



"Leixlip in Maps" Talk
An illustrated talk on the greater Leixlip area in maps, including the Dublin to Mullingar toll or turnpike road given by local historian John Colgan on the 30th August at 7.30pm

Venue:    Leixlip Library
Contact:   Kevin Murphy
Tel.:    01 6060050



Exhibition and Talk on Kildare Poet and Literary Nationalist Teresa Brayton
Exhibition of memorabilia during heritage week and talk starting at 7.30pm Friday 31st August in Maynooth Library followed by traditional Irish Music, Poetry and song.

Venue:    Maynooth Community Library
Contact:   Bernadette Gilligan
Tel.:    01 6285530



Guided Walking Tour of Johnstown's Historical Sites
Local Historian Brian McCabe will lead a walking tour to the many historically significant buildings and sites in and around the village on Saturday 1st of September at 11 am

Venue:    Meet outside MyNu/Kildare Kitchen 11am sharp
Contact:    Johnstown Combined Residents' Association



Walk and Talk – The History of Transport Systems Serving Kilcock from the 18th to 20th Centuries
Talk given by historian Jim Rochfort, starting from Shaw Bridge at 3pm on Sunday September 2nd.

Venue:    Meet at Shaw Bridge
Contact:   Bernadette Gilligan, Maynooth Community Library 
Tel.:    087 – 7603346 


Heritage Walk to Rathcoffey Castle and Barbeque
Family Day organised by Rathcoffey Historical Group begins with the Annual Heritage day walk to Rathcoffey Castle followed by a barbeque in the grounds of Rathcoffey GAA centre on Sunday 2nd September. Meet outside the school at 3.45pm


Venue:    Rathcoffey Hill/Rathcoffey GAA centre
Contact:   Seamus Cullen



Illustrated Lecture on Grey Abbey, Kildare
Archaeologist Ms Emer Dennehy will talk about excavation work at the 13th Century Franciscan site at Grey Abbey, burial grounds of the Earls of Kildare at 3.00pm at Kildare Shopping Village Sunday 2nd September.

Venue:  Kildare Shopping Village, Meet at entrance near Le Creuset shop, Kildare
Contact:    Mary Glennon
Tel:      045 876243



 Desperate Housewives of the 19th Century
Lecture given by Dr. Maebh O’Regan in Celbridge Library on Monday 3rd September at 8pm

Venue:    Celbridge Community Library   
Contact:   Marianne, Celbridge Community Library 
Tel.:    01-6272207



 Bat Walk and Talk in Ballymore Eustace
Conor Kelleher for Bat Conservation Ireland will give a presentation on these fascinating creatures and then lead a walk about town to find them on Tuesday 4th September. Sponsored by Kildare County Council. Starting at 7p.m. Bring suitable rain gear and a torch. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Venue:    Parish Centre, Ballymore Eustace
Time:    7p.m. Tuesday 4th September



Women's Integrate Network Craft Exhibition
Friday 14th September 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Venue:                  Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact                Margaret Walsh
Tel:                        0598633075

Heritage Week Begins 25th August

Nearly thirty events have been planned through out the county to celebrate Heritage Week in Kildare. This is a great opportunity to discover Kildare’s unique and varied heritage.

Heritage week in 2007 takes place from Sat 26th August to Sun 2nd September and is part of a European Wide initiative with the express aims of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation, increasing interest in our shared heritage.

Heritage Officer Bridget LoughlinThroughout Kildare, there are a wide variety of events this year and Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer urges people to come along and take part.

"Many of these events are organised by Local Groups and reflect a growing interest in local history and heritage", explains Bridget. These events include a series of talks on KFM entitled “Your Time – Your Place”, given by The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups, Celbridge Library will host a talk “Desperate Housewives” by Dr. Maebh O’Regan and archaeologist Emer Dennehy will give a presentation on the 13th Century Franciscan site at Grey Abbey and an illustrated talk on the greater Leixlip area in maps, including the Dublin to Mullingar toll or turnpike road will be given by local historian John Colgan in Leixlip library.

For the more active, IPCC are looking for volunteers to assist in the removal of invasive species at Lullymore West Cutaway bog as part of its conservation management

A number of exhibitions will be held throughout the county including the History of Leixlip GAA in Leixlip library and a demonstration of online mapping – Historical 19th Century Series will be given by the Ordnance survey of Ireland in Naas Library.

Many local history groups will be hosting events such as a bus trip around Kildare exploring “The Forgotten Heritage of County Kildare" led by Ger McCarthy of Naas Local History group, a guided tour of Johnstown’s Historical Sites by Brian McCabe of Johnstown Local History Group and Kilcullen Heritage Centre will host a reflection on the Capers and their importance to Kilcullen through the 70s and 80's.

Heritage sites within the county, such as the Athy and Kildare Heritage Centres, The National Stud and Maynooth Castle have free admission or special concessions during the week.

Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County, which is also available in all local libraries.

To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties go to or call 1850 200878

August 15, 2007

Jap Fest debuts for Custom Van and Cyber EVO IX


Mondello Park LogoThe line up for Irelands first Jap-Fest, on September 9th at Mondello Park, continues to grow with the announcement of two more firsts. Not only will the show feature the best of Irish Jap cars but it will now also include the first ever appearance in this country of a Japanese Custom Van and the the first ever overseas competitor in an Irish Time Attack event.

The feature Time Attack car will be brought to Ireland by the UK's leading Japanese Performance specialists parts suppliers, GT Culture. The 450+ bhp Mitsubishi Evo IX was built in Japan and following some strong performances in testing it is set to make a big impression on the UK Time Attack scene. GT Culture will bring the car to Mondello for the first time and it will take pride of place among the paddock displays as well as taking on the local competitors on track in the Time Attack sessions.

The latest Japanese customising craze takes humble Japanese vans and "pimps" them with wildest body kits, paint jobs and interiors, that have to be seen to be believed. Jap-Fest will showcase the first of these uniquely styled vans to be seen in Ireland and the vans outrageous body kit and interior is bound to make a big impression.

The unique Jap-Fest format has proved to be a major attraction for Irish car clubs with the Subaru owners club being the first to commit to having their annual get together at the event. Jap-Fest will therefore be a must for fans of the highly popular japanese make as the club will put on a display of over fifty cars making this the biggest ever gathering of Subaru's at an Irish show.

A show and shine competition has also been added to the line-up and entries for this are available through the Mondello Park offices or on the Mondello Park web site. Further show announcements are expected over the coming weeks.

August 14, 2007

The Newly Refurbished Castletown House Is Now Open

Castletown House is newly refurbished and also has a new look website at The well known house reopened to the public on Sunday 22 July following an extensive restoration programme carried out by the Office of Public Works. The intention is to raise visitor numbers from 10,000 in a year to 200,000 a year.

In the interest of proper traffic management and public safety, it is intended that all vehicular access to Castletown House will be from the M4 motorway sliproad and that car and coach parking will be provided on that side of the house.

All of the gates into Castletown will open on a dawn to dusk policy  in line with other parks in the care of the OPW.  Acknowledging local traditions one pedestrian gate at the Celbridge Entrance Gate will allow pedestrian access outside of these hours.

A new Exhibition space has been created in the Main Block of Castletown for temporary exhibitions and will open in July with a prestigious exhibition called Art of the State – Journeys -  with artworks drawn from the OPW’s State Art Collection and the Dept. of  Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland’s Art Collection.

A new Café/Restaurant will open in the West Wing of Castletown and be managed by Claire Hanley Catering.

There are new Visitor Service facilities for visitors to include a new Reception and Ticket Office, space to leave buggies, coats, bags  etc.

Castletown House, Celbridge T: 01 6288252



Monday – Sunday until mid November – Adults: €4 senior citizens, students & children aged 5 and over: €2

Family: €10

Groups: Groups of 20 and over: €3 each

School tours are free.

Opening times:  10am-6pm

(last admission 4.45pm)

Donadea Running Club welcomes all newcomers.

 Donadea Running Club welcomes all newcomers. We are a new club based in St. Kevin's GAA, Donadea, situated close to Clane and Maynooth. Everyone welcome. e-mail for more info.

Membership costs only €60 per year.


August 13, 2007

Training Support Fund for Childminders


Childminders can apply to the Kildare County Childcare Committee
for a subsidy for training costs in the following instances:

• If the training course is relevant to your childminding profession and
childminding business
• If the training cost is towards an accredited training course
• Where the course has not already been funded by KCCC
• If you are currently actively childminding
• If your training commenced in 2007

Applications for the Training Support Fund will be handled on a first come,
first served basis. KCCC will only be able to accept a limited number of applications.
Applications can be applied for in advance of training or retrospectively.
Applications must be completed on the relevant application form,
available from KCCC on 045


Childminders Training Courses

Starts 24th September in the Maudlins Hotel, Naas. Information Session will be held on 10th September from 8.00—10.00PM In The Maudlins Hotel, Naas

Details to be confirmed

To be held in Athy in October 2007
Further details to be confirmed

For more information on any of these courses, please call
Bridie Clancy, Childminders Advisor on 045 907330 or

Parent's Workshop


kccc-logo.jpg David Coleman, Psychologist and presenter of RTE’s “Families in Trouble” programme, will be speaking and delivering workshops at the Co. Kildare Childcare Committee  Parent’s Conference on Sunday 8th September in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth.

For more information, see the Kildare County Childcare Committee Website.

Fake 'Sensodyne' Toothpaste

The Department of Health and Children recently advised the public that fake toothpaste has been identified in one outlet in Ireland.

The fake toothpaste, is falsely packaged and labelled as ‘Sensodyne’ and is contained in cartons labelled in both English and Arabic script. This fake product contains diethylene glycol which is toxic if ingested: However, as toothpaste would only be ingested in small quantities – if at all – there is no significant risk to public health.

The product has now been withdrawn but anyone who has purchased the fake product should discard it. Toothpaste purchased in Ireland which is labelled in English only is genuine.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website

August 10, 2007

National Day of Volunteering - Sept 26th


National Day of Volunteering Give It A Swirl Day, Sept 26th 2007,  is a day to encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life - individuals, families, community groups and businesses - to get involved for just a few hours in a hands-on volunteer project in their local community.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer on Give It A Swirl Day please:


If you are an organisation or group who would like to host a project or a business who would like to involve your employees in a project, please contact Volunteer Centres Ireland at or call (01) 799 4519 to discuss your interest. Thanks for volunteering and enjoy the day!

If you are not available to volunteer on Give It A Swirl Day but would like to enquire about volunteering other times please visit the website


Council Invite Submissions for Housing Developments


Kildare County Council is inviting submissions from developers for the provision of "Turnkey" housing developments at various locations throughout the county.

Submissions should include copy of site layout map, house design, copy planning permission (if relevant) and asking price per unit.

For further details/discussions please contact:
Mary Dalton, Administrative Officer, Housing Department, Kildare County Council  

email   or  045-980703

August 08, 2007

Rain brings Jack Back indoors!

Jack L

The award winning, platinum selling Jack L returns to Riverbank Newbridge, on Saturday 18 of August, for one electrifying and long awaited return visit.

This show features extracts from all the shows he’s toured so successfully, over the last couple of years and tracks from his first studio album in over 5 years, “BROKEN SONGS”.

The new album has made a huge impact achieving Double Platinum status within 3 months of release and now gone triple Platinum. 

Jack has been a very special “live” performer since he burst on to the music scene with his first album 7 years ago.

He has been compared to and inspired by Scott Walker, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Tom Waits. He is, however, at the end of the day, very much his own man and his unmistakable and remarkable voice, bursts through the airwaves whenever he is played.

Jack is currently the toast of London after performing in June for his 3rd sell-out night at the famous “Pigalle Club”.

Critics have been ecstatic about his performance there and it looks like the world is cottoning on AT LAST, to the National Treasure that is Jack L!

This was originally planned as an outdoor gig to take advantage of what was predicted to be the hottest summer on record. Sadly, no weather forecast mentioned the unpredictable rainfall! So in an effort to maximise enjoyment and minimise washout experiences we’ve brought the gig back indoors. Unfortunately this means that there are fewer tickets for this great return gig. And they’re booking fast!

So book by phone or book online for … The indoor, out-of-the-rain event of the season!

Bookings on 045 448333 or

Jack L and His band

Saturday 18th August

Admission €25

August 07, 2007

Paul H. Tubb @ Sallins Community Festival


Paul H. Tubb The fun packed, 4th Annual, Community Event runs from Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August. One of the many activities is the Sallins Tour Bus on Sunday. The bus will leave from the GAA Pitch and tour around Sallins. Paul will be aboard entertaining the children with a variety of stories and songs.

Paul is a Children’s Poet and Singer/Songwriter. He has performed at many festivals and events, including The Children’s Book Festival 2005 and 2006 in both Counties Cork and for DunLaogharie/Rathdown Council; World Book Week 2005 in Cork City Libraries, Listowel Writers Week 2006, Roahl Dahl Day 2006, a special Christmas Reading for the children at Temple Street Children’s Hospital and most recently he brought out his guitar for The Waterways Get to Know Your Neighbor Picnic Party.

The Sallins Community Festival will be a great event of Community Spirit. Posters and brochures are now available, with additional information on the website

August 01, 2007

Castlefarm Shop Website goes live

castlefarm-shop-large.jpg Castlefarm Shop, the100 acre dairy farm and shop, near Athy, Co Kildare recently launched their website

The farm and farm shop are owned and run by Peter and Jenny Young. Castlefarm Shop specialises in natural, delicious, homemade and home-grown food, much of which is sourced directly from the farm itself. The Castlefarm Shop website contains many images of the farm so that people can visit the farm online before they visit it in person. The website also has a map with directions to the farm and monthly newsletters from the farm with latest news and upcoming events at the farm and recipes by Jenny Young.

Almost There: Leaving Cert Results

Results of the 2007 Leaving Certificate Examination will be in schools on Wednesday 15th August 2007. They will also be available on at 12 noon on that date. Students have until the 5th September to send in result appeal applications.

Results are also forwarded to the CAO and students will recieve offers for third level courses within a few days of recieving their leaving cert results. Almost 62,000 students applied for college courses through the CAO in Feburary 2007, with Arts and Social Science courses having the largest number of applicants.

County Kildare students have a good track record with leaving cert results. In 2006, the only student in the country to get nine A1s was a student of the Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge.