Thursday, November 23, 2017

St Bridget's Pitch & Putt AGM

Yesterday's rain has the grounds very wet. Pic ex Facebook.
The AGM of St Bridget's Pitch & Putt Club yesterday evening re-elected Liam Sherry as chairman, with John Delaney as Secretary and Johnny Sweeney as Treasurer.

Christy Sweemey is Committee Secretary and Gabrielle Sweeney is Registrar. Mary Sherry continues in her three-year term as President, while Paul McAllen is now Gents Captain and Catherine Smith is Ladies Captain.

The Committee comprises Anne Sweeney, Dina Dillon, Betty Barker, Joe Mallon and Theresa Whelan. Jack Lambe joined Christy Sweeney and Liam Sherry as the new Trustee.

Concluding proceedings, the Chairman thanked all for what had been a constructive and good-humoured meeting. Theresa Whelan won a year's free membership.

Halverstown pupils raise €400 for Temple Street

The children of St Joseph's NS raised €400 for the Temple Street Children's Hospital with their recent annual Breakfast Morning.

The event was organised by the pupils of 5th and 6th classes, who prepared the breakfast while the other pupils went on their walk to Old Kilcullen.

At Old Kilcullen, Mrs Brown went through the history of the tower and the children walked back to school through a beautiful foggy morning.

The School has expressed its thanks to the local shops for giving food donations and to the parents of the school pupils for offering cooking equipment and amazing home baking.

Secret Kloset Christmas night

Secret Kloset Boutique on Hillcrest is hosting a Christmas Customer Night on 30 November.

There will be lots of special offers and discounts on the night.

Also goodie bags and some prosecco …

New data regulations affect every business and organisation

Elaine Dempsey, BofI Kilcullen; Roisin Crotty, BofI; Nial Rooney, GDPR consultant; Alison Redmond, Kildare Chamber; and Joe Madigan, BofI.
New regulations on data protection have the potential to close the doors of some businesses who don't become compliant with them, writes Brian Byrne

This was a fundamental warning at a breakfast briefing on the General Data Protection Regulations, due to come into force on 25 May 2018. The event in Keadeen Hotel was organised by County Kildare Chamber, and hosted by Bank of Ireland.

The GDPR regime will replace all current EU data protection regulations and includes 80 new requirements for both businesses and non-profit organisations who process personal data.

Joe Madigan, Head of Customer Data & Retail Analysis with BofI noted that new penalties under GDPR could range up to €10m for a first time breach, and fines based on a percentage of turnover were available for continuing non-compliance. He suggested that up to 18pc of SMEs fined could become insolvent as a result.

He outlined how BofI had worked on the issue internally since GDPR came into effect last year, and emphasised that organisations which worked on what he called the 'gold' level of preparation would not just be compliant, but would gain competitive advantage.

He provided guidelines of approach which apply to every affected business or organisation regardless of their size. In essence the headings were to establish the current position in relation to data protection, appoint the mandatory Data Protection Officer, create a plan, and formulate a 'defensible position' against any potential challenge.

The complexities of today's data-rich environment are illustrated by the fact that all the devices we use now collect data all the time. These range from smartphones to sophisticated traffic-tracking equipment and much in between.

"We're all data controllers," Niall Rooney of FP Logue Solicitors told the attendance. "Processing involves almost everything you can do with personal data — whether it is collecting the registration numbers of vehicles in a car park, the use of facial recognition software, a taxi that uses a camera to monitor passenger behaviour, business that compile customer lists, a book club that uses a data list to issue notices to members. It's an extremely broad thing."

A key element of the new regulation is that every individual will have the right to be provided with all data held by any organisation, without having to pay any fee and regardless of the motive for the request. Niall Rooney said large organisations like BofI and Tesco, for instance, will have all that covered simply by providing a button on their website, which will send the information. "But for many SMEs this will be difficult. And in my view there is going to be a huge increase in people looking for their information."

The new regime will give much more extensive powers to the Data Commissioner, including making companies cease data processing if not compliant. "Most companies, if told to cease processing even for a short period, would have to close their doors," Niall Rooney noted.

Any data held by a business or organisation must be shown to have been given permission for its retention by the person concerned, and that permission may be withdrawn at any time under the new regulation.

Alan Shine of County Kildare Chamber outlined how his organisation — which has 280 members, employing some 47,000 people — is going about its GDPR preparation. "We're starting from scratch, stripping out everyone from our lists, to the point of making sure that everyone on our magazine mailing list, for instance, is a member who has given us permission to be on the list."

County Kildare Chamber has appointed Alison Redmond as its Data Protection Officer. She is currently on a course at DCU on the matter, and Alan Shine said she will become the 'go-to' person in the organisation for members seeking advice. "We will be the first business organisation in the country to appoint a DPO. This concerns every single business, and every not-for-profit charity."

He noted also that apart from financial penalties, there would be a 'huge' reputational risk for organisations that are found to be non-compliant.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Plans for parking, market square entrance

Kildare County Council is to contact business owners in Kilcullen's Lower Main Street to get their views on a draft parking layout, which includes a Disability Parking Bay, writes Brian Byrne.

The proposed layout includes a marked parallel parking space outside the Powder Room.

Some pavement improvements are also set from River Cafe to the Market Square area, which inter alia would stop traffic sweeping into the square area at high speed.

Cllr Sorcha O'Neill is also meeting with the town engineer to discuss costings for traffic calming options for Kilcullen, using LPT funds for 2018.

The proposals follow Cllr O'Neill raising the matters at the Naas MD of Kildare County Council.

Carols by Candlelight tickets on sale

Tickets are available for the Carols by Candlelight concert in Kilcullen Parish Church on Wednesday 13 December, writes Brian Byrne.

They can be purchased at €10 each from Hair by Eilis in The Mall, Kilcullen; by phoning Lorna on 087 2741701; or from any member of the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

The concert features Brendan Keeley, the Scoil Bhride Choir, the Kilcullen Gospel Choir, and Lorraine and Jade Nolan.

Proceeds are in aid of the Market Square project.

Draft parking layouts to be shown to councillors

The matter of parking regulation across from the Kilcullen Heritage Centre is the subject of a report which is to be furnished to councillors in the Naas Municipal District, writes Brian Byrne.

Councillors were told at the latest meeting that the Parking Enforcement Officer is examining the matter, and that a review of the area is currently 'being finalised'.

A draft drawing of the proposals will be made available to the councillors at the November meeting of the MD.

At the same meeting they will be given a draft drawing for a wheelchair-friendly parking space currently under consideration for Bishop Rogan Park.

The passing of Vincent Darby

The Diary has learned of the death of Vincent Darby, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and late of Kilcullen.

Vincent died as the result of a car crash on Wednesday of last week. He was General Manager of Regal Auctions Ltd in Calgary.

While living in Kilcullen in 1978, Vincent worked as an auctioneer and was one of the successful contestants in the series of 'Lord Mayor' competitions run by the Kilcullen Community Council to raise funds for the development of the Valley Park. He raised £16,000 during his campaign, and took over the 'mayorship' from the first to hold the 'office', Michael Lambe.

Deceased the age of 64 years. Vincent will be lovingly remembered by his brothers Brendan and Declan, sister Fiona, sisters-in-law Marian, Paula and Maryann, brother-in-law Paddy, nieces Emma and Saoirse, nephews Mark, Steven and Cathal, neighbours and friends, as well as all at Regal Auctions. He was predeceased by his father Liam, mother Maureen, brother Kevin and niece Niamh.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 100 Street SE, Calgary) on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10am. Condolences may be expressed here.

May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw were 10, 22, 24 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner, and next week's main prize will be €12,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Joe O'Connor (Promoter Kay Dixon), Gillian Kelly (Vanessa Clarke), and Brian Fallon (PJ Lydon).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Berneys Chemist and Adrienne Byrne and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Vivienne Clifford.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Kicullen Ladies hoping for a Southwest win

It has been an exciting fortnight for KBC with one semi-final, one play off for a place in the other side of said semi-final and one final still to come, writes Tara O'Neill.

Our Grade 3 Men (B) had drawn on points with Ballinabranna leading to a play off for a place in the Southwest Men’s League semi finals. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they lost the match by just one set. Our other Grade 3 Men (A) team went ahead and flew the flag for Kilcullen in their semi final but were also unlucky, and lost to strong Kildare side. Hard luck lads.

Some more Dublin District Cup games also got underway with Division 6 Men’s facing Eire Friends. It was not to be their night as they came away with a 0-3 loss. Our Division 3 Ladies also bowed out of the Cup this week with a loss to a strong Kilmessan team.

Our Grade 3 Mixed team got the Southwest Mixed League underway this week also with a 3-5 loss to Carlow YM. The eight-person team were unlucky not to get a draw with it all coming down to the last mixed of the night. Grade 2 Men’s played alongside their clubmates on Carlow YM’s other court but also suffered a defeat to a strong Carlow YM team.

Division 4 Men got their Dublin League off to a good start with a clean sheet over Mount Pleasant while Division 2 Mixed faced Boyne and came away with a 2-2 draw.

Well done everybody and best of luck to our Grade 3 Ladies in their final of the Southwest Leinster competition this coming Friday 24 November.

Figure dancing classes

A new Irish Figure Dancing Class has been started in Kilcullen, for both children and adults, writes Brian Byrne.

The first class has already been held in the Community Centre. The initiative is the work of a couple of people who emphasise it is a not for profit endeavour.

The class is scheduled for every Monday evening between 7-8pm and costs just €4 per session.

The age range is four to 30, and further information is available by calling Sue on 087 1653187 or Charlene on 085 8430185.

Upcoming events

They're not in Kilcullen but are within striking distance, so it's no harm to mention a few events upcoming in Suncroft, the Curragh and Booleigh, writes Brian Byrne.

The Suncroft Winter Craft Fair will be held in the village's Community Centre on Saturday 26 November, from 10am-4pm. All welcome to come and suss out something different in the Christmas present or decorations space.

A charity Auction will be held in Conlans of Booleigh on Friday 4 December, starting at 8pm. It's in aid of the Friends of St Luke cancer care organisation, and among the more than 200 items for auction are a number which have been collected from generous Kilcullen people.

The Joseph M Martin Cantata, 'Let there be Christmas', will be performed in the Garrison Church on The Curragh on Sunday 10 December, featuring the Blessington Millenium Choir. It starts at 7pm, and will include other joyful festive music. Entrance is by donation of €10 and includes refreshments. Children will be admitted free.

We'll update with more local events as we get news of them.