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April 30, 2007



The final phase of Mondello Park’s 2007 upgrade programme has taken place with last week’s completion of the circuit’s latest resurfacing work. Competitors will now benefit from better levels of grip along with a smoother surface, which has ironed out many of the remaining bumpy areas.

With the British Superbike Championship set to return to Mondello in June some of the areas which particularly affected motorcycle competitors have been brought to the top of the list. Beginning on the main straight the new surface commences at the pit lane exit and continues all the way down to turn one.

From the main straight the improvements to the surface continue around to the exit of turn two. Most of the remainder of the National circuit has been resurfaced in recent years, but additional work has been carried out to repair problem spots, particularly on the exit of turn three.

Out on the International circuit the major bump on the exit of the fastest corner on the circuit, ‘Lola’, is a thing of the past and all other corners not attended to over the past couple of seasons have now been improved. New surface also extends from the braking area for Turn 7A & 7B to well beyond the exit of these two right handers. Birranes Bends have also benefited from the works and the new tarmac covers all of the area where competitors are tuning through this tricky right left complex.

Speaking on the completion of this latest Mondello Park circuit up-grade, Managing Director John Morris said.
“Our main concern was to remove the last of the major bumps and to that end we’re delighted with the result. The bump under the bridge is gone and the run into turn 1 is now smooth and consistent. In addition, over the last couple of years we’d seen a depression develop in the track at turn 2 and we’ve taken the opportunity to repair this before overlaying with the new surface. Out on the International loop competitors will benefit mostly from the works at turns 7a & 7b and through Birranes bends. It represents another stage in the continual development of the circuit that will next see the run off at turn 7b extended, as the earth bank is scheduled to be moved back”

The first opportunity for competitors to test the new surface was at last weekend’s championship car races on April 22nd. There was universal praise from competitors for the new surface and the improved drainage on a day that saw mixed weather conditions. Motorcycle competitors will not have the chance to sample the new smoother Mondello until May 20th, but the feedback from recent motorcycle track days has been excellent.

April 24, 2007

Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara Overall Winners of Scléip! 2007

The finals took place on Saturday, 21st April in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Twelve Irish-medium post-primary schools and 70 acts took part in the competition during March and April of this year and ten of these schools had acts that reached the final.

This is the second year of the competition, organised by Gaelscoileanna Teo.
This year the aim was to increase cooperation with other organisations and the Leinster heat was organised in conjunction with Fiontar in DCU.
There were seven categories:
Pop/Rock music, individual singer/musician, traditional groups, creative dance (individual), creative dance (groups), on-stage show and miscellaneous.
The Adjudicators were Méabh Ní Fhallúin, Raidió na Life; Daracha Nic Philibín, Musician; Éimear Nic Eanraí, Writer and Director.

A design competition was organised in conjunction with N.C.A.D. to commission an artist to design and make a trophy and 10 plaques for the competition. A design by Annika Berglund, a Swedish artist, of an electric guitar made of porcelain and silver strings on a Birr wood stand was the winning design.

Competition Winners

Bruscar (Rubbish), Gael-choláiste Chill Dara, Co. Kildare: Main Competition Prize, newly designed Scléip! Trophy.

Bruscar (Rubbish), Gael-choláiste Chill Dara, Co. Kildare: Category F, On-Stage Show.

Scléip! 2007 encourages young Gaelic talent.
Gaelscoileanna Teo is the national co-ordinating body for schools teaching through the medium of Irish.
There are 163 primary schools and 38 secondary schools currently providing education through the medium of Irish.

April 23, 2007

Barretstown Serious Fun Day - May 12th

Barretstown Serious Fun Day

May 12th

May 12 is this year's Serious Fun Day.

Serious Fun Day is all about raising funds for Barretstown and having fun in the process! We're aiming to raise €100,000 to bring more kids with cancer and other serious illness to Barretstown. But we can't do it without your help.

This year we have introduced the Barretstown Bandana! Our bandanas will be on sale in Smyths Toystores around Ireland from April 28 for €2. So please buy one. They can be worn on the head, wrist and any which way you like!

Visit the Barretstown website for more information on serious Fun Day, and find out how you can help raise funds for sick children.

April 17, 2007

Women Creating Successful Businesses: Sun May 13th 2007

Conference and Exhibition
Sunday 13th May 2007
Marriott Johnstown House Hotel
Enfield, Co. Meath
2.00pm - 6.00pm

Official Opening by Sheila O'Flanagan
Bestselling Author

  • Guest Speakers
  • Case Histories
  • Networking
  • Workshops
  • Coaching
  • Business Exhibitions
  • Information
  • Refreshments

Early booking is advisable

All welcome
No charge

Sponsored by
Kildare & Meath County Enterprise Boards

Kildare County Enterprise Board
The Woods
Co. Kildare

Tel: 045 861707
Fax: 045 861712



Meath County Enterprise Board
Navan Enterprise Centre
Trim Road, Navan
Co. Meath

Tel: 046 9078400
Fax: 046 9027356



April 03, 2007

Kildare Town Farmers Market

Market Square 
Kildare Town
(Outside Heritage Centre/Tourist Office)
Every Friday 10am - 2pm


For a delicious range of:

  • bread,

  • cakes,

  • meat,

  • organic,

  • cheese,

  • vegetables,

  • chutneys,

  • pies etc.

Contact Ray Dunne 086 8331006