Monday, May 30, 2016

Good news for Kilcullen residents groups

When the vote in the Naas MD on Residential Association grants was passed today, it was good news for Kilcullen RAs thanks to FG’s Cllr Fintan Brett, writes Brian Byrne.

It was the second go at the grants allocation. When they came up for consideration at the April meeting, Cllr Brett disagreed with the allocation of the grants and requested that they be redistributed, as estates outside Naas with the same number of houses or more were not receiving the same amount of a grant as those in Naas town.

Councillor Moore stated that what the Naas town residents associations get goes back to Naas Town Council time and that this money comes from the rate payers in the town and other funds. A discussion took place between the members. The Mayor put it to the members that they vote on the issue and as suggested by Councillor Scully that the Environment Department draw up criteria for the issuing of the grants

The members voted against the grants as submitted and voted in favour of the grants being referred back to the Environment Department to draw up new criteria on how the grants would be distributed.

The actual vote was six members for the grants to be re-considered, while two councillors voted against and one abstained.

The vote on the revised disbursements took place this morning, and for Kilcullen, Cnoc na Greine was awarded almost €4,000, compared to €2,200 last year. Hillcrest will get €1,200 for 2016 compared to just €600 last year.

"The revised figures approved today ensures all resident associations are treated equally," the councillor told the Diary.

Great St Bridget's performance at Masters

Members of St Bridget's Pitch & Putt Club had a very successful weekend at the inaugural Kildare Masters event hosted by the Kildare Pitch & Putt County Board.

Chrissie Byrne won the Gross Ladies grade, with Tara Dillon second and Marian Courtney coming in the last 18.

In the Nett Ladies competition, Anne Sweeney made the last 18. Derek Courtney came second in the Gross Gents competition, and Christy Sweeney came second in the Nett Gents.

Ian Dillon won the Course Prize Gross.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stray dog found

A dog has been found in the Ballymount area.

He’s an old pointer cross, ginger brown and white.

He has no collar. Please contact 087 7666487 if it might be yours, or if you know the owner.

Stations, kneelers, acquired for Gormanstown Church

A set of Stations of the Cross snd other church furniture has been acquired for Gormanstown Church, writes Brian Byrne.

The Stations and a number of chairs and kneelers are coming from the chapel in the Sisters of Charity Convent in Gardiner St, Dublin.

They were acquired following discussions by Peter Moloney, and John Dunne of Gormanstown Church Committee, with Sr Therese Gillis, Superior of the Convent.

A sanctuary lamp which is earmarked for the Sacred Space in CPC is also part of the deal.

After hearing that the items were available, Peter Moloney realised that there was a Kilcullen connection to the Convent that involved his own family.

His grand-aunt Eileen Berney, who was also an aunt of Bernard Berney, was a Sister of Charity there, under the name Sr Frances Borgia.

"When I mentioned her to Sr Therese, she was very well remembered," Peter told the Diary. "She died in 1970, but during her time she was responsible for training all the nurses in St Vincent's Hospital."

(Pictures by Peter Moloney of one of the Stations and the kneelers, which will be delivered in the coming weeks.)

KCA to survey sustainable energy opportunities

Kilcullen Community Action is to appoint a project manager to identify areas where the town can benefit from renewable energy programmes, writes Brian Byrne.

This was decided at a recent meeting of KCA, the umbrella group for Tidy Towns and other community initiatives.

It follows a call by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for community groups to join its dedicated Sustainable Energy Communities network.

An SEC can comprise all the different energy users in the community including homes, sports clubs, community centres, churches and businesses.

Being part of the SEC network provides groups with the opportunity to share knowledge and insight and to meet with other members who are carrying out a diversity of energy efficiency projects

Is operated by 'Champions' from SECs who set up special events and programmes, and membership also enables groups to access relevant technical supports and funding through SEAI.

KCA will undertake the survey in tandem with other works under the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management element of its Tidy Towns Action Plan.

Reminder: Three Little Pigs in Kilcullen today

The Panto Club Summer Show is presenting ‘The Three Little Pigs’ in the Town Hall Theatre today Sunday 29 May. There will be two shows, at 2pm and 5pm.

Tickets €10 are available from Mary (087 2198989) or Colleen (087 7149760), or just come along.