Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 were 1, 19, 21 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and next week’s main prize will be €5,000.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Rita Thorpe (Promoter Vivienne Clifford), Dennis Dalton (PJ Lydon) and Kathleen Enright (Leanne Clifford). The winners of the Promoters Draw were Miriam McDonnell and Ger’s Fruit & Veg, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Anne Corrigan.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

'Lamping' in Kilgowan

Two vehicles have been observed in the Kilgowan area tonight whose occupants have been ‘lamping’.

They are a silver Toyota Hiace with an 02 WW registration, and another vehicle with an 05 MN registration.

Anyone who might see any further activity of concern should inform the Garda through the Text Alert scheme.

Choices from Woodbine Books

How Champions Think - Dr Bob Rotella

America’s preeminent sports psychologist delivers a groundbreaking guide to success in all aspects of life — not just sports — from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety. It explores how to keep the mind from holding you back, whatever your physical gifts or other talents. It’s about how to make a commitment, how to persevere, how to deal with failure—and how to train your mind to create a self-image that promotes confidence and accomplishment. Acclaimed sports psychologist Bob Rotella has advised everyone from professional golfers to NBA superstars to business executives on how to flourish under pressure and overcome challenges. Now, for the first time, he’s distilled his decades of in-depth research and practical experience into a potential-unlocking guide for everyone.

A Line Made By Walking - Sara Baume

The author of the award-winning Spill Simmer Falter Wither returns with a stunning new novel about a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland.

Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here-her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school-and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life. As Frankie picks up photography once more, closely examining the natural world around her, she reconsiders seminal works of art and their relevance.

With "prose that makes sure we look and listen," Sara Baume has written an elegant novel that is as much an exploration of wildness, the art world, mental illness, and community as it is a profoundly beautiful and powerful meditation on life.

Zinn And The Art Of Road Bike Maintenance - Leonard Zinn

This is the world's best-selling guide to bicycle repair and maintenance. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Lennard Zinn's clearly illustrated guide makes every bicycle repair and maintenance job easy for everyone.

Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. His friendly step-by-step guide explains the tools you'll need and how to know you've done the job right. The book's two-colour interior is easy to read even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead you through every bicycle repair task.

Here at Woodbine Books, this is the only guide that we use and have ever needed for maintaining our own bikes - it's a must have for all bike owners who want to keep their bikes in top condition. No matter what your skill level, you will find this book useful and educational.

Engineering Workshop for children during Easter hols

A ‘Young Engineers Easter Workshop’ to be held in Kilcullen during the Easter holidays will give primary school children the chance to do some cool hands-on experiments that will accelerate their interest in engineering and science, writes Brian Byrne.

The sessions will be held in Kilcullen Community Centre between 18-21 April inclusive, the first two days aimed at 3rd-6th Class pupils, the other two for 1st and 2nd Class children.

They are presented by Scott and Edwina Ziglinski of Elementary Engineering, which has been operating in Ireland since Scott came to this country in 2006.

The Diary reported his complete story in July 2016, which can be read here.

Participants are limited to 15 in each of the two groups, and among the challenges they will solve are designing and building a 5-track roller-coaster with one loop, a 7-part ‘chain reaction’ machine, and a go-cart that goes up and over a hill?

The whole workshop week is predicated on challenging fun during which the youngsters will absorb lessons in engineering and physics, the building blocks of almost everything man-made we use today.

To learn more about the programme, you can visit the website Elementary Engineering, Facebook page Elementary Engineering, and/or twitter account @Elementary_Eng.

NOTE: A similar workshop scheduled for the Christmas holidays had to be cancelled due to a family bereavement.

Call for Leader grant applications

The County Kildare Leader Partnership is seeking applications for grant support from community groups and private enterprises involved in Rural Tourism.

The grants are under the Rural Development Leader Programme 2014-2020.

Expression of Interest forms must be submitted to CKLP by 31 March 2017.

Forms and further information are available by phoning 045 895450, emailing leader@countykildarelp.ie or by download from www.countykildarelp.ie.

Information sessions on this call will be held on Wednesday 1 March at 7pm in Derrinturn Community Hall; on Thursday 2 March at 8pm in Teach Diarmada, Castledermot; on Thursday 2 March at 8pm in the Acre Project Centre, Celbridge; and on Tuesday 7 March at 8pm in McAuley Place, Naas.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spout night for Shauntelle Tynan

A local fundraising night towards the campaign to send Carlow teenager Shauntelle Tynan to Texas for lifesaving treatment will be held in The Spout on Friday night, writes Brian Byrne.

The evening will feature live music from Badge, Beefy and Eoghain, Flock of Budgies, Black Pearl and DJ Dilly in the beer garden. Tickets are available at €5 from Handcraft Jewellers Newbridge, The Spout, Berneys Chemist and Michelle Wall.

In three days, more than €700,000 was donated across the internet to the fund, in a Youtube campaign that went viral.

The 18-year-old now has the funds to support specialist treatment in Texas Children’s Hospital for her rare cancer, multi-system Langheran’s cell histiocytosis.

More than 28,000 people donated to the campaign. Shauntelle will have to live for 12 months in Houston, Texas, during the course of the treatment.

Blood Clinic next week

The next Blood Donation Clinic in Kilcullen will be held on Wednesday 1 March, in Scoil Bhride, writes Brian Byrne.

This represents a change of location of the Clinic, which will be between 5pm-8.30pm.

Current hospital requirements of blood are running at 3,000 units a week, and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service says it is having difficulty meeting the demand.

"Patients always need out blood, and this need never stops regardless of what else is going on in the world," says IBTS Area Manager Miriam O'Neill. "Please help us to make the difference."

At some point in their lives, one in four people will need donated blood, but only one in 33 donate it.

Garda warning on burglaries

Gardai have urged people in the Kilcullen and Ballymore areas to be vigilant about any behaviour that might be suspicious or of concern, writes Brian Byrne.

This follows that they describe as 'a number of burglaries' in the area in recent days.

The warning was issued across the Kilcullen Garda District Text Alert system.

Entries open for Kilcullen St Patrick's Day Parade 2017

Kilcullen will have its fourth St Patrick’s Day Parade next month, writes Noel Clare, and we are currently inviting all business, clubs, groups, schools etc, to consider putting a float into the parade and to help make it just as good a day as it was last year.

It is planned that the parade will pass the viewing stand, situated in the Square, at 12 noon. Floats will gather at the starting point at Bishop Rogan/Kaymed from 10.30 in the morning.

While the parade is covered by insurance, one of the conditions of this insurance is that each participating group must also have its own insurance and this must be confirmed at time of entry.

If you would like to participate please fill in the downloadable entry form here.

For queries or further information contact JJ on 087 7558896; Steve on 087 8128764; Noel on 087 6497619; or email kilcullenparade@gmail.com. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page.

Pictures from last year’s parade can be seen here.

Bealtaine Festival 2017

Event registration for Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival is now open, writes Brian Byrne.

It’s 22 years since Ireland’s national festival of creativity for older people was established, and last year more than 3,000 events were held nationally in association with it.

The Festival celebrates people of every age in coming together each May to underline the importance of creativity throughout our lives.

Organisers throughout the country can register their events online. The deadline for inclusion in the listings of the Bealtaine print brochure is 24 February 2017. It will be possible to continue to upload events for Bealtaine’s online listings right up until mid-April.

This year the Bealtaine Festival theme is Altogether Now!, to celebrate the contribution of older people in Ireland to the concept of ‘people power’, the collective, civic engagement and protest, as well as empathy — the sentiment that generally creates these movements.

The 2017 programme of events already includes new choral works composed by Sean O Doherty of Paula Meehan’s poetry; a public conversation on activism and social justice with a renowned panel of activists; visual arts residencies in Kilkenny and Wexford with artists Vivienne Dick, Kathy Prendergast and Kevin Gaffney, and more.

But it is the local events and local involvement which will underpin the whole national festival.

Fun Run getting closer

Less than two weeks now until the annual Kilcullen Family Fun Run in aid of Halverstown NS and St Anne’s School on the Curragh.

Worth noting in your diary, the run starts at 2.30pm. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights from the astro-turf pitch, from 7.30pm.

Online registrations with popup.ie can still be made for €15. The organisers say a special thank you to all who have helped with sponsorship.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A night of memory and trad

Family, friends, and aficionados of trad — in most cases all epithets interchangeable — were in Fallons back room last evening, writes Brian Byrne, for the Kildare launch of a trad album recorded by Michael Landers and friends Mike Butler on the accordion and Aidan McMahon playing the fiddle.

The event for ‘Yield up the Night Time’ was very much a coming home for Michael, who has lived for many years in South Clare, immersed in the traditional music ethos of that area.

He recalled how important the space they played in last night was to him musically while growing up in the Landers family home just across the lane from Fallons, then Berneys pub.

“We knew this as the Gig Room, where we could come to listen to the likes of Christy Moore, Freddy White, Jimmy Crowley and Bagatelle,” he said. “And believe it or not, you could come to hear Christy Moore for £2, but sometimes I wouldn’t have the £2 and I’d lie in bed with my window open, and I could everything anyhow.”

While Michael, a singer and a guitarist of high skill, has only been playing with Mike and Aidan for just over a year and a half, he said they knew pretty quickly that they were a very good match. “We liked each others’ music, we liked the tempo, we liked the style, and I’m delighted that we made this recording.”

The evening was a most enjoyable mix of vocals and traditional instrumental pieces. Particularly special was Michael’s rendition of ‘John O’Dreams’, a chorus line from which the title of the album comes — ‘Yield up the night time to old John O’Dreams’.

“I learned that from a Christy Moore album about 40 years ago,” he recalled. “And I remember singing it at a ‘Capers’ party around then, when the Town had won.”

(The Capers is its own story, but there were those last night who remembered … and here's a link to the radio documentary I made of the last Capers. It won't stream, you need to download it and play it.)

If you weren’t able to get there last night but would like to get a copy of the album, you can buy it online here.