Monday, November 24, 2014

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum Christmas Draw

The Friends of Athy Heritage Centre-Museum are holding their Annual Christmas Hamper Draw in the Centre on Friday 12 December, writes Brian Byrne.

Tickets are on sale in the office of Shaw’s Department Store, Duke St, and and in the Centre, €2 each of three for €5.

The prize Christmas Hamper is currently on display in Shaw's Department Store window.

Drama Dynamics students presentations this evening

Just a reminder that the Drama Dynamics Teen Theatre students are doing presentations they have put together themselves, tonight in the first public event in Evelyn O'Sullivan's studio, writes Brian Byrne.

Instead of a play, they each have been asked to come up with a 7-minute presentation, which they will read this evening, for parents and friends.

Evelyn says the new studio on Hillcrest has totally changed her life since she moved her business in there. "Now I can lock the door at the end of the day and go home, knowing that all our stuff can stay in place," she told the Diary recently. "I don't have to be clearing up everything and moving out of a room rented for the evening."

The facility has also made it easier to conduct acting and speech workshops, for children, teens and adults. Recently Evelyn did a commissioned special workshop on Romeo & Juliet for the Junior Certificate pupils of CPC. Her Teen Theatre Group presented their version of the Shakespeare play earlier this year in the College's Assembly Hall.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


The following officers were elected for 2015 at the AGM of Kilcullen GAA held on Friday.

Patron, Dr Tony O’Reilly; Trustees: Martin Whyte, Christy Howard, Billy Aspell. Presidents Billy Aspell, Pat Lynch, Tom O’Connell, Martin Whyte, Christy Howard; Vice Presidents Jim Barker, Paddy Aspell, JJ Whelan, John Coughlan, Steve Schwer, Brian Fox, John Martin, Tommy Howard, John Goulding, Sue Goulding, John O’Brien, Michael 'Porky' Lambe, John Mulhall, Peter O'Toole, Jack Kelly.

Committee Chairman Jim Buckley, Vice Chairman Des O'Brien, Secretary Jennifer Shortt, Assistant Secretary Fran Kenny, Treasurer Albert Keenan, Assistant Treasurer Jacinta Sully, PRO & Website Admin TBC, Club Registrar Claire McDonnell, County Board Delegates Jennifer Shortt, Jim Buckley, Ladies County Board Delegates TBC. Sub-Committee members TBC.

Good result from Canoe Club poker

The Poker Classic held by the Kilcullen Canoe Club was a big success, writes Brian Byrne.

Despite a number of competing community events last evening, more than 30 people took part in the competition, which raised more than €500 for the Club funds.

The Club recently added equipment to the new Gym in the extension over the boat store.

Mary Coughlan in the BAG

It's been some years since Mary Coughlan played Ballymore Eustace, but that's about to be put to rights, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs. Mary makes her triumphant return to Mick Murphy's Bar, on Monday next, 24 November. Doors open 8.30pm; Gig 9.30pm sharp. Admission €15 at the door.

Mary Coughlan's songs remain a testament to her seemingly timeless and endless talent. Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets; this is Mary’s talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved.

Throughout the over 25 years of her quite extraordinary recording career Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes; Billie Holiday’s grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails, the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf. All are present and correct in her delivery. Even so, Mary, with her naked honesty makes every song her own; they belong to her and nobody else.

Mary will be joined, on piano, by James Delaney. Put simply, James is perhaps the finest keysman on the Irish music scene, and the perfect sideman for Mary Couglan's Jazz/Blues/Soul set list.

This will be a memorable show in the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's, so come early, bring a friend, and enjoy one of the greatest female singers that Ireland has to offer.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dan wins Spider Award

Congratulations to Dan Kenny who received an Eircom Spider Award in the Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday night at the Eircom Awards.

Dan won his award for 'Life After Us: Fading Light', in the Digital Game Category.

He is pictured here with the award and his girlfriend Niamh O'Connor. You can visit his website here.

Childcare Centre is opened

A large and happy turnout this morning celebrated the official opening of the Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre, writes Brian Byrne.

The ribbon was cut by Sr Carmel Miley, representing the Cross & Passion Sisters who have contributed so much to making possible many of the facilities in and around the Kilcullen Community Centre.

On behalf of the Childcare Centre Committee and Management Board, Iseult O'Donoghue thanked all who had been involved in achieving the provision of the Centre, especially those volunteers who had worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring the project to fruition.

Among the attendance were public representatives and people representing funding sources which had helped make the Centre possible.

A full set of pictures from the morning can be viewed here.

Badminton Club in League finals

Good luck to Kilcullen Badminton Club's, Ladies 2 and Mens 2 who play in the Grade 4 South West League ladies and mens doubles finals tonight, at Carlow Lawn Tennis Club at 8 pm.

Up the RAGs!!

Vintage Shop in Fallons next week

A popup vintage shop will, well, pop up, in Fallons next Thursday, from 2-10pm.

The operator, Geraldine, used to have a shop in Naas but closed it in favour of going online earlier this year.

She comes to Lawlors of Naas with a popup shop once a month to keep in touch with her customers, and because a number of them are from Kilcullen it was suggested that she do something similar here.

Trading under the name Vintage Touch Fashion, Geraldine provides a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories, which can be seen at

Those who attended the Hollywood Fair this year will have seen many people dressed in vintage and period outfits. These were all supplied by Vintage Touch Fashion, and certainly added a very charming element to the whole event.

Childcare Centre official opening today

The official opening of the Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre takes place this morning at 11am.

Children who attend the Centre will entertain guests, and all in the community are welcome to the event.

The Kilcullen Community Childcare Committee was presented with a KCA Community Award last month (above) for the effort made over more than a decade to provide the Centre.