Sunday, May 24, 2015

'Thank you' from the Bake Sale

We made €755 at the Bake Sale and Raffle yesterday, writes Maeve O'Reilly. Quite amazing as has it is only two weeks since it was just a thought in my head. The Community really came together and this is the outcome.

Eda is very well known and loved in the town so I knew people would get behind this idea, but I was overwhelmed at just how much they gave of their time and the wonderful baking that came flooding in on Friday and yesterday. Eda is very far away from her family in Malaysia and so it is so important for her to know that she is loved and supported by her community and 'family' here.

I got great help from a number of women in the town who advertised and got raffle prizes and sold on the day. It was a great turnout and the outcome is amazing on many levels.

Thank you to all who helped and supported us.

A taste of last night's gospel concert

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great Gospel Choir finale concert ('til September)

It was always going to be a great night, so it sold out a week or more before the event, but for those lucky enough to get to the Kilcullen Gospel Choir's end of year show, it was better than great, writes Brian Byrne.

The guest performer was Rob Strong, a really terrific catch for the group to have with them. Though it's arguable that on their own they had enough choral and solo talents to keep all in the CPC Assembly Hall in very swinging form indeed.

Musical Director Phionagh Gibson wasn't letting it all flow one way, though. She called on the audience to take their part, and when Phionagh calls, you get to it.

As far as the Gospel Choir itself goes, it seems so extraordinary that they are just 13 months beyond the time they got together for their first rehearsal, in the Camphill Community Hall. From an initial 18, there are now 38, mostly from Kilcullen but with members also from Blessington, Ballymore, Newbridge and Milltown.

For some reason, it's very hard to get men involved in most musical enterprises, and the Kilcullen GC is no different ... so there are just four male voices among the membership. More will be very much welcomed.

The Gospel Choir has performed regularly at the Vigil Mass in Kilcullen Parish Church, at events around town including the switching on of the Christmas lights in December, and any other chance they get.

They're finished now until September, but certainly closed their first full season with a bang.

Ducks on the river 2015

It's nice to see our ducks back on the river for the summer, writes Brian Byrne.

This is the first chance I got to try for a few (photo) shots. I'll be keeping an eye out for more.

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Summer Camps in Kilcullen 2015

It's summer camps time again, and we've got some updated info on those that are happening in Kilcullen, writes Brian Byrne. We'll freshen this page each time we get wind of another one.

The Drama Dynamics Summer Camp for 2015 will be based on the show 'Aladdin'. The Camp will run from 6-10 July, from 10am-2pm daily. All campers get their very own role and at the end of the week everyone is invited free of charge to the Kilcullen Town Hall Heritage Centre for a performance. Summer Stage is now in it's 10th year. For further details, contact Evelyn O'Sullivan on 087 6441504, or visit

The regular Summer Art Camp in Kilcullen Community Centre takes place this year in two separate week-long modules, from 6-10 July and from 20-24 July. It's aimed at 5-12 year-olds and is under the direction of a qualified artist. There are morning (10am-12 noon) and longer (10am-2pm) session options. It's a chance for boys and girls to nurture their artistic creativity and have fun. All materials supplied, and activities include painting, drawing, clay modelling, printing and collage. Phone 087 9729611 for info and bookings. or

The Starcamp musical summer camp is operating in Kilcullen Community Centre between 4-8 August and is open to all boys and girls aged 4-13. With trained coaches, participants can get involved in singing, dancing, acting, arts and crafts, and team games of many kinds. The concept is an excellent one to help a child build self-esteem and hone artistic and social skills. The fee for the week is €90, and there are discounts for siblings attending. Bookings online at, or phone 021 4377900 for further information.

Yum ... Bake Sale in full swing

It's now underway, and all those with a sweeth tooth who want to help Maeve O'Reilly's friend and neighbour get home to see her father in Malaysia can get down to Main Street and pick up some really nice home-baked goodies.

There's also a raffle with really great prizes (see earlier post below). The Bake Sale is in the vacant shop beside the Vincent's Shop. Maeve and friends/helpers pictured above.

For all interested in the history of Kilcullen

Although Wexford got all the historical publicity, it was here at Old Kilcullen that the rebels scored a notable victory in one of the early engagements of the 1798 uprising, writes Sabina Reddy.

Some 300 rebels assembled here on 24 May and used the walls of the graveyard to defend themselves when they were charged by a force of British cavalry. It is said that the round tower suffered extensive damage during this skirmish. The rebels were defeated in a subsequent battle and surrendered just a few days later.

On the anniversary tomorrow, Sunday 24th May at 3pm at the site of Old Kilcullen, Gerry O'Donoghue will recreate this event through his own colourful way of storytelling. Everyone is invited to attend to picture the site of this battle of the rebellion, so please come along.

Invitation for FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2015

There are less than two weeks to go before the deadline for entry by local young farmers to the 17th FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition, writes Aoife Helly of Macra na Feirme.

Young farmers in Kildare who are actively involved in the running of a farm, full or part time, are invited to apply.

There are prizes for all farm sectors as well as a top prize of a travel bursary and title of FBD Young Farmer of the Year. County finalists in all sectors will compete to represent their sector at the All-Ireland event in September.

This year, a representative from each sector will be chosen in every county and they will benefit from a targeted regional technical day. There, they will develop their specific skills and compete against their counterparts from other counties. That means more than one young farmer from Kildare could be in the final six.

Entrants are judged according to criteria which include farm business initiative and innovation, levels of farm efficiency and enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness, and agricultural knowledge and community involvement.

Forms are available from Macra na Feirme national office by phoning 01-426 8900, from your local IFA or FBD offices and for download on You can also apply online on The closing date for applications and nominations is the 5th June 2015.

Pictured at the competition launch are Brian Scully, FBD; Nyall Glynn, Kildare FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2014; Thomas O’ Conner, Chairman of South Kildare Macra; and Eugene Lawlor, IFA.

Bake Sale this morning

A Bake Sale and Raffle in Kilcullen this morning is aimed at raising funds to help a local Malaysian woman and her family to get home to see her dad, writes Brian Byrne.

Friends and neighbours of Maeve O'Reilly are rallying to help out Maeve's friend Eda, and there will be delicious home baked treats and the chance to win one of many raffle prizes.

The cakes and other goodies will be sold in the vacant shop beside the Vincent's shop, starting at 10am.

The raffle prizes include a 3-month gym membership for the Osprey Hotel; a voucher for a Rasul Mud Bath for two people at the Osprey Spa; a handmade Tea Cosie from BenĂ³g Handmade Crafts; a Mini Photo Session and Print from Saol Nua Photography; a voucher for a Wash, Cut and Blowdry at The Hair Emporium; a Pixy Gift Set from Berneys Chemist; lunch for two at the River Cafe; a voucher for two hours' house cleaning from 'Done and Dusted'; a Kilcullen Mom's Bourguignon pour six; a Gift Set from Burkes Pharmacy; a voucher for a file and paint at The Powder Room; and a bottle of Wine from Eurospar.

The event is scheduled to end at 2pm, but the best of the fare is likely to sell out long before that.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Council Tenant Purchase Scheme on the way

Details of a new Tenant Purchase Scheme for Kildare County Council tenants are expected to be finalised shortly.

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Kildare South TD Martin Heydon, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey TD confirmed necessary regulations would be completed as soon as possible.

The scheme was provided for under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. In addition, the Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020 included a commitment to make the Regulations necessary for its introduction, which will set out the full details of the new scheme, in the second quarter of 2015.

Deputy Heydon says the Minister has confirmed that, subject to his prior approval, local authorities may use monies from the tenant purchasers for the provision, refurbishment or maintenance of housing or related projects.

CPC South East Loopers take their ease

The CPC parents group cycling to raise funds for the school Library should have arrived in Waterford by now, writes Brian Byrne.

But we do know that they got as far as Mullinavat, as this pic sent by Ronan Murphy indicates. The caption was 'Picnic in Mullinavat'. Nice day for it.

Tomorrow it's off to Bunclody, and the next day the run back home. Expect them around 3.30pm.

Steady Kilcullen referendum turnout

In what is being described as a 'steady' poll, the voter turnout in the Polling Station at Scoil Bhride in Kilcullen had reached 15.5% at midday.

Voters have until 10pm to cast their votes for the two proposed amendments to the Constitution, on marriage equality and the age of eligibility to run for the office of Uachtarain na hEireann.

Around 3.2m people are entitled to vote

CPC South East Loopers ride out

Well, they got on their way OK ... the CPC parents doing a cycling South East Loop over the weekend to raise funds for the school Library. Waterford is first stop this afternoon, then to Bunclody tomorrow, and back home mid-afternoon on Sunday, shadows of their former selves!