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LAUNCH OF ACORN TO OAK, KILDARE TOWN.

Launch of Acorn to Oak. Presentation Convent and Schools. Kildare Town 1830-2010.

The Presentation Sisters in Kildare Town must have left the Infant de Praque statue out the night before because on Presentation Day, Sunday 21 November 2010, in glorious sunshine, hundreds of people - some travelling long distances - responded to the 'all are welcome' invitation by turning up for the launch of Acorn to Oak. Presentation Convent and Schools. Kildare Town 1830-2010. The book, compiled and edited by Joseph Connelly and published by Cill Dara Historical Society, was officially launched by the Provincial of the Presentation Sisters of Ireland (Northern Province), Sister Elizabeth Maxwell. The celebrations began with mass at 11 o'clock in St. Brigid's Parish Church, beautifully celebrated by Father Adrian Carbery and accompanied by the Parish Choir, with the Choirs of Scoil Bhride Naofa and the Presentation Secondary School Choir. Former Presentation pupil, Mary Sheridan de Bruin, sang Panis Angelicus and nine year old Ellen Heffernan, a Scoil Bhride Naofa pupil, sang liam Lawton's Hiding Place.


The joyful athmosphere at the launch in the Assembly Hall of Scoil Bhride Naofa made this a most memorable occasion, with contributions from Cill Dara Society members Mary D'Arcy (President), Mario Corrigan and Joseph Connelly, Paula Watters (Principal, Scoil Bhride Naofa); Herbie Wilkins (Principal, Presentation Secondary School, Kildare), and Sr. Cecilia, (Presentation Sisters, Kildare). Hundreds of past and present pupils, teachers and staff attended the very successful event and an excellant hot and cold buffet was provided for all by the Presentation Sisters and served by the Silken Thomas staff.

An ideal Christmas present Acorn to Oak is on sale at 26.99 in Malone's, Southwells, Rowanville Stores, The Heritage Centre and Aras Bhride (Parish Centre) in Kildare Town; Farrell and Nephew in Newbridge; and Barker and Jones in Naas.

A reminder that the Cill Dara Historical Society's December Talk '1910 and 1960. What it said in the papers,' with Mario and Joe, which was postponed due to the weather takes place in the Education Centre on this Wednesday 15th December at 8pm. All are welcome.

On Sunday 21 November 2010 hundreds of local people turned up for the launch of Acorn to Oak. Presentation Convent and Schools. Kildare Town 1830-2010.


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