Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas Fairs for Kilcullen

A series of Kilcullen Christmas Fairs is being planned for the weekends in December prior to Christmas itself, writes Brian Byrne.

The initiative is being promoted by Antoinette Buckley and Noel O'Connell, who plan a 'retail regeneration' in Kilcullen that is hoped to make the town a 'destination' for focussed retail in mid-Kildare.

The Christmas Fairs will be held in the downtown area, around the River Cafe, and will involve appropriate stallholders from within and outside Kilcullen.

"We're hoping to have a Retail Committee in the town soon, with the aim of building up the Kilcullen offer to attract people in to shop," says Antoinette, who has a strong background in retail in Kildare and Dublin.

In advance of the Christmas Fairs, a Fashion Show is planned for November in Kilcullen's Town Hall, to raise funds which can be used for the provision of suitable tented stalls for the season.

"We're looking further down the line to having enough funds from the Christmas Fairs to provide for more seasonal lights and other things to attract retail customers to Kilcullen," she says.

Footpath repairs 'awaiting landowner permissions'

Kildare County Council is waiting for permissions from the various landowners through which a footpath passes before repairing it, Naas MD councillors were told yesterday afternoon, writes Brian Byrne.

That was the response from the Council to a motion by Cllr Billy Hillis asking if the 'very important' footpath through the Sports Centre campus could be repaired.

The response noted that councillors and local representatives had met with the District Engineer on the site, and that development levies which have been paid in relation to the extension to Scoil Bhride may facilitate 'some' of these works.

Council to recommence taking in charge

Kildare County Council is planning to recommence the taking in charge of estates from 1 November 2014, writes Brian Byrne.

The matter will apply to estates where a majority or residents have requested taking in charge, and where there are no implications from any related bonds.

The Council says it will begin the process even if the Irish Water protocols are not in place, and will be restricted to those elements of infrastructure to which the authority is still empowered to take in charge.

The matter was raised by Cllr Billy Hillis, who requested by motion that the Hillcrest and Cnoc na Greine estates in Kilcullen be taken in charge due to 'ongoing issues' and the non-working public lights.

(Lights in the Cnoc na Greine estates were repaired last week following pressure from councillors led by Cllr Rob Power.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 21 October 2014 were 2, 3, 22, and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and next week’s main prize will be €5,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Trish Byrne (Promoter Trish Byrne), Kathy Flynn (Kilcullen Fruit & Veg) and Mya Martin (Vanessa Clarke).

The winners of the Promoters Draws were Domnic Farrell and Bernie Kirby and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Vivian Clarke.

'Substantial' number of bus shelter applications

A request for a bus shelter in Kilcullen can be included in an application to the National Transport Authority, Naas MD councillors have been told, writes Brian Byrne.

But they were also informed that the current number of such requests countrywide is 'substantial', and that alternatively it's open to bus operators to apply for planning permission to put up their own shelters.

The response was to a motion from Cllr Sorcha O'Neill seeking the provision of a shelter.

Currently a group in the Bridge Camphill Community is gathering a petition to have the Council provide the shelter.

The passing of David McCarton

The Diary has learned with sadness of the death of David McCarton, Conroy Park.

David will be reposing at his residence from 2pm today, with Rosary at 8pm this evening.

Removal will take place on Wednesday morning at 10.30 to Kilcullen Parish Church, arriving for Requiem Mass at 11. The funeral will take place immediately afterwards to St Brigid's Cemetery.

Family flowers only, please. Donations if desired can be made to St Brigid's Hospice, for which purpose there will be a donation box in the church.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kilcullen Garda Community Text Alert meeting

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 November at 9pm in Brennans of Old Kilcullen, writes Sabina Reddy.

If anyone would like to have information or would like to join the scheme you would be most welcome to call in.

Talk on the history of the Curragh area

So many people in Kilcullen have links to the Curragh area, writes Mary Orford — Athgarvan, Ballysax, Martinstown, Suncroft, Brownstown and many more townlands.

They may be interested in a talk about the history of the area. Please come along to the talk on Tuesday 28th, in the Old Band Hall, Curragh Camp, and hear some familiar and unfamiliar family names, tall tales, history, old cures written down by local children in the 1930s.

The Old Band Hall is opposite the Post Office, and the event starts at 8pm.

Acting workshop for teens at Drama Dynamics

The Drama Dynamics Studio is hosting a special acting workshop by the Louise Kiely acting agency on 22 November, writes Brian Byrne.

The event is for 14-17 year-olds who want to learn techniques for audition and camera technique.

It will run from 2-5pm on the day, a Saturday. Contact Evelyn at Drama Dynamics for more information.

Sinn Fein superhero night

Fancy yourself as a superhero? Well, then join Sinn Fein. Join them on Friday 31 October for a Halloween Party in O’Connells.

There are prizes for the best costume, but it’s a superheroes-only theme, so you need to pick out something a little more exotic than Superman, Superwoman, or even Spidey … anti-hero characters, obviously, shouldn’t come.

It’s a fundraiser for the party, with a €5 entry. You can book in advance by calling 086 6004004.

Upcycling Hillcrest

It started as a 'pop-up' shop during the Kilcullen River Festival Weekend, but such was the response from customers that the 'Shabby Chic Junkies' are now in the process of opening a longer lived emporium of vintage and up-cycled furniture and crafts, writes Brian Byrne.

Antoinette Buckley and Jennifer Monaghan are the latest entrepreneurs to bring some life back to the struggling Hillcrest end of Kilcullen's retail scene, following Evelyn O'Sullivan's recent opening of her Drama Dynamics studio there.

"It's a short term effort at the moment, but we hope it could become permanent," Antoinette told the Diary on Saturday during one of the upcycling courses which evolved out of the River Festival initiative. "It's also trying to do something to regenerate and expand the retail offering in Kilcullen."

Under the name J & A Shabby Chic, the enterprise will essentially be a 'living showroom' for 'vintage collection' local crafts, with regular workshops for those wishing to learn more about decoupage, chalk painting, and related skills for up-cycling, which in its own way offers a new life to furniture and other items that might otherwise be consigned to an end-of-life dump.

The new shop should be fully ready for business in the next week or so.