Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Last minute checks complete, lights ... action!

After a trojan effort by members of Kilcullen Community Action and the business community, Kilcullen is going to have a much brighter Christmas this year, writes Brian Byrne.

The big switch-on happens at 6.30pm on Friday in a gala event with Santa, goodies for the children from the Kalbarri Cookery School, tree decorations courtesy of the children from the Kilcullen Community Childcare Centre, and entertainment from the children from the Scoil Bhride School Choir, members of the Kilcullen Gospel Choir, students of Drama Dynamics, and residents of Bridge Camphill.

There are brand new lights adding to the overall Christmas ambience, thanks to very generous donations from individuals and the business community, along with a sizeable grant from Kildare County Council.

As can be seen from the work in progress pictures above, it has been a really busy week for all concerned. They deserve a big high-five from everyone in the community.

Childcare Table Quiz

Some photos from the recent Table Quiz in Bardons in aid of the Kilcullen Childcare facility. (Courtesy of Noel Clare/The Bridge.)

Soccer Club presenting 'Elf' for children

Kilcullen AFC is organising a seasonal movie night for children, on 19 December.

The film is 'Elf' and the presentation starts at 8pm on the night.

Admission is €6, but there's a reduction for children wearing a Christmas jumper.

There will also be prizes for the best two jumpers on the night.

CPC remembers Holocaust survivor

A group of students and their teachers recently unveiled a memorial to one of the last Irish Survivors of the Holocaust Zoltan Zinn-Collis, writes Noel Clare.

Zoltan was a regular visitor to the school up to the time of his death in December 2012 and he is fondly remembered by the many students that he spoke to over the years about the holocaust and his time in Bergen Beltzen concentration camp as a child.

Zoltan's wife and three of his daughters attended the memorial service which included the planting of a tree and the unveiling of a specially commissioned plaque.

Richie Kelly retirement

Friends of recently retired Garda Richie Kelly gathered last week in The Mill to make a special presentation to mark his retirement. (Pictures courtesy Noel Clare/The Bridge.)

Christmas tree raised

Well done to the brave souls who turned out on what was probably the worst morning of the winter so far to help put up the Christmas tree in the square on Saturday last, writes Noel Clare.

Don't forget that the switch on takes place on Friday next December 4th at 6.30pm at the Town Hall.

Monday, November 30, 2015

'Claim tax refunds on senior care fees'

The local Home Instead Senior Care office is reminding those who avail of home care to be sure they apply for any tax refunds due on the fees.

Owner of Kildare Home Instead franchise Amanda Bohan notes that there's a four-year time limit for reclaiming such refunds, so anyone with unclaimed rebates for as far back as 2011 must be applied for before 31 December 2015.

“Being a carer can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers often feel overwhelmed by the work and the demands of those receiving their care," Amanda Bohan says. "It is therefore important for family carers to be aware of relevant allowances and entitlements to support them in making home care available for loved ones."

It was announced in Budget 2016 that the Home Carer's Tax Credit will increase from €810 to €1,000 in 2016. The home carer’s income threshold will also increase from €5,080 to €7,200.

For information and advice on home care visit HomeInstead.ie.

Gospel Choir Christmas concerts

The first of two Kilcullen Gospel Choir concerts over the Christmas period takes place this Thursday, writes Brian Byrne.

With Niamh Kavanagh as special guest, 'Carols by Candlelight', in Kilcullen Parish Church on Thursday 3 December, starts at 7.30pm.

The show will also feature the Scoil Bhride Choir, and the Cross & Passion College Choir.

All proceeds will go to the Teach Na nDaoine project and St Vincent de Paul. Tickets at €10 are available in Berneys Chemist and the Parish Centre.

The second concert is the Kilcullen Gospel Choir Christmas Show in CPC, on Saturday 12 December.

Tickets are now on sale at €10 each from 'Hair by Eilis' or from any Choir member. The doors open at 7.15pm on the night, and the show will start promptly at 7.30pm.