Sunday, April 19, 2015

Love Street concert cancelled

The Love Street Folk/Rock Band due to perform in Kilcullen Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday 21 April, in aid of the Camphill Community, has unfortunately been cancelled, writes Brian Byrne.

The cancellation is due to unforseen transport difficulties encountered by the band in the UK, making it impossible for them to get to Kilcullen.

Tickets will be refunded.

Good fun at canoe race this afternoon

It was a fine day to watch the finish of the annual Ballymore to Kilcullen canoe race organised by Kilcullen Canoe Club, writes Brian Byrne.

The Juniors, who started from Carnalway, finished around 12.30pm, while the Seniors got to Kilcullen from around 1.15pm.

We'll post the results when they come to hand. Meantime, there are more pictures here.

Kilcullen at Kildare Association Dinner in NY

There was a good Kilcullen connection at last night's annual Dinner Dance of the County Kildare Association in New York, writes Brian Byrne.

Attending were your editor's son Carl Byrne, Donal 'The Saint' St Leger, and Kevin Nugent.

They're pictured above with Kildare GAA legend Johnny Doyle (centre) and John Duggan from Coill Dubh (left) who now lives in Nelsonville NY, close to Carl's home in Cold Spring NY.

The event was held at the Dunwoodie Golf Club in Yonkers NY.

The Kildare Association was the first organisation of its kind to register as a benevolent association in New York, at the end of the 19th century. In addition to the Dinner Dance, it holds a Christmas Party for members, and takes part in the St Patrick's Day Parade — for the most recent one the organisation hosted the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin. The Association has commissioned a statue of John Devoy which will be erected later this year in Poplar Square, Naas.

Johnny Doyle, who was guest of honour at last night's event, played his club football with his home club in Allenwood. He retired from inter-county football in 2014 after having been a key player for the Lily Whites for 15 years. From his championship debut against Louth in 2000, he started every single Kildare championship game — 64 in total — until his final championship game with the county in 2013 against Tyrone.

€10,000 for Scoil Bhride

A cheque for €10,000 was recently presented to Scoil Bhride by the school's Parents Association, the proceeds of fundraising efforts.

"Their efforts are truly appreciated by all in the school," Principal Anne Flanagan said. "We are so fortunate to have such a hardworking and dedicated group of parents."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Presentation to Sean

After the final curtain tonight of 'Caught in the Net' there was a special presentation made to Sean Crowe by the Kilcullen Drama Group, to mark all the help he had given them down through the years, writes Brian Byrne.

The presentation was made by Bernard Berney, who noted that not only had Sean been associated with the Town Hall Theatre since it was opened in 2000, but he had also been involved in the building of it.

An always willing helping hand to everybody and every group that has used the Town Hall/Heritage Centre, Sean retired recently. His nature was to work quietly in the background, especially at the high-visibility events, and he was notoriously camera-shy.

"You finally got one," he grinned, as we recorded the presentation.

Castlemartin residents AGM

Castlemartin Residents Association are holding their AGM on 22 April, at 8pm in O'Connells.

Anyone with issues to raise, or who are interested in getting involved in the committee, are asked to contact a committee member well in advance.

The current committee comprises Wally Cummins 086 04072291-49 and representing 50-66 Newberry; Barry Griffith 087 41818179-18 and 54-85 Sunnyhill; Steve Douglas 087 2595260 and 1-9 Sunnyhill; Louise Stone 086 3518085 9-18 and 54-85 Sunnyhill; Anthony Howell 087 7940230 1-8 and 19-53 Sunnyhill, and 67-84 Newberry; Val Ryan 087 2324498 and 1-23 New Abbey; and Liam Raftery 086 7844843 and 1-23 New Abbey.

Example important to children road safety

Most parents talk to their children about safe behaviour on the road, but only half of them practice safe road crossing themselves, writes Brian Byrne.

That’s one conclusion from research by the Road Safety Authority which involved a detailed survey of more than 400 ... MORE

Screen-free week

It had to happen — there's now an International Screen-Free Week (well, actually it has been around since 1994) for those who want to swap the digital life for something other than pixels.

This year it takes place between 4-10 May, and while it doesn't make any sense for the Diary to be promoting it, the period is an opportunity for children (and their parents) to lift their heads and smell the roses. Maybe even talk instead of texting?

Anyone who wants further information can check it out on Note that the initiative is presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and it's all American.

Meanwhile, closer to home, a survey is being undertaken by Early Childhood Ireland on how children are using technology in their homes, places of care, and education.

ECI is especially interested in the views of parents of young children, and is inviting the completion of a short survey here.

'Odd Couple' in Kilcullen next week

The Drama Dynamics Teen Theatre will present 'The Odd Couple', by Neil Simon, at The Studio on Hillcrest on April 24.

The evening kicks off at 8pm and the sub of €10 includes a glass of wine to help all get in the mood for a hilarious comedy that later became a hit TV series and a movie.

There will also be presentations on the night from the Adult Acting Group currently training with Drama Dynamics.

Date for River Festival

The date has been set for this year's Kilcullen River Festival, writes Brian Byrne.

It will be held on Sunday 23 August. Details will be posted as they come available during the summer.