Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 25th November 2014 were 20, 26, 27 and 29.

There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €6,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Bernadette O’Brien (Promoter Vivienne Clifford), Jim Kelly (Vivian Clarke), and Damien Kirby (Bernie Kirby).

The winners of the Promoters Draws were Trish Byrne and Vanessa Clarke, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Martina Clifford.

The priests of the Parish thank everybody for their continued support.

Beaver Scouts invested

The 9th Kildare Kilcullen Scouts welcomed their latest batch of recruits when we invested 17 Beaver Scouts in the Town Hall on 23 November 2014, writes Aidan Murphy.

We also invested four new adult Scouters into the group. The investiture was a very simple ceremony where the boys and girls took their promise to live by the Scout law and help their community, followed by a little party and a cup of tea for the proud families of the Beavers.

Barbara and Sharon explained that many of the newly invested members had already got brothers and sisters in the group and indeed that the group had a great family atmosphere. We truly hope that this is the start of a great adventure for the boys and girls.

A big thank you to the parents of the Beavers for turning out such smartly dressed boys and girls and also the Scouters who attended offering their support. A special welcome to Aidan, Gabby, Caitriona and Rani who have already given so much of their time to the Beaver Colony.

Pictured above at the investiture are (front) Aaron Malone, Oisin Leighton, Aoife Moran, Aoibhe Murphy, Jake Ross, Will Kavanagh, Lorna Manley, Conor O'Brien; (second row) Adam Byrne, Eoin Smith, Eimear Flood, Mia Larrigan, Kianna Brophy- Grenelle, Molly Ross, Jack Delahunt, Ben Malone; (third row) Corey Delahunt, Charlie Morrisey, Lennon Wilson, Matthew Gervin, Emily Larrigan, Patrick Kennedy; (back) Sharon Byrne, Gabby Delahunt, Barbara Kavanagh, Aidan Murphy, Caitriona Ross, Rani Grenelle.

Hazel lands third book deal

Local author Hazel Gaynor has landed a third book deal with her publisher HarperCollins, writes Brian Byrne.

Hazel's first book, The Girl Who Came Home, reached the best seller lists in the New York Times and USA Today.

Her second novel is being published in the spring of 2015, and she's now working on the third for which she recently signed a contract.

The full story is on the Kilcullen page of today's Kildare Nationalist.

Great presentations from Teen Theatre group

If anyone doubted the abilities of today's young people to communicate, those doubts would have been completely erased at the Drama Dynamics Studio on Hillcrest last night, writes Brian Byrne.

In a change from their usual mid-term show, some members of the Teen Theatre group gave 3-minute presentations on subjects of their choice to parents and friends, and showed how to communicate their themes to an audience in short order, invariably enthralling their listeners.

Those presenting were Melissa Byrne, Bonnie O’Halloran, Kia O’Brien, Cathal McMahon, and Alice O’Toole. Their themes ranged from the very serious topic of homophobia, through personal passion, music, foreign culture, and an hilarious piece on shoplifting ('how to avoid ridiculous prices'), which won Melissa Byrne the prize for best presentation.

"It's much more difficult to stand up and give a presentation like this on your own," Evelyn O'Sullivan of Drama Dynamics noted. "When you appear on a stage you're acting a part from a script, and you have a team behind you. With something like this, you're out there on your own. It can be a tough place."

The five young people who entered that tough place last night (for one, in advance, it was her 'worst nightmare' ... but she came through it) are great examples of the clever and articulate cohort who will go on as adults to help build the future of Kilcullen and the country. Well done, all.

Pictured above are Teen Theatre presenters Melissa Byrne, Bonnie O’Halloran, Kia O’Brien, Cathal McMahon, and Alice O’Toole; Judges Peter O'Sullivan and Siobhan Tutty-Bardon with John Martin of Kilcullen Drama Group; and Evelyn O'Sullivan (second from right) with some of the parents and friends who were included in the audience.

Growing entertainment lineup for 'Miscellany'

The lineup of entertainment for this year's Miscellany on Sunday, hosted in the Bermingham home at Mooretown, is building fast, writes Brian Byrne.

Once again the event is a fundraiser for Fr John Bermingham's mission in Mozambique, and the afternoon will see a host of local people coming to say hello, enjoy some mulled wine and other refreshments, and donate to the cause.

Already committed to the music and musings are Philomena Breslin, the Cross & Passion College Singers, Steve Nugent, Keelin Nugent, Laoise Nugent, Monica Martin, Majella Hickey, Vincent Nolan, Martin Heydon, Ivan Keatley, Phil O’Donnell, Lugaidh Moran, Paddy Clarke, Michael Sammon, Rosemary Heydon, Noel O’Brien, Angie Escarson, and Hannah Bermingham.

Among the musicians will be Billy Redmond, Stephen Clare, Stephen Ryan, Charles Aniagyei, Eoghan O'Toole, Zi Yan and Deirdre Spillane.

There will be readings from John Martin, Fr Martin Harte, Julie Dunlop, Raphael Ryan, Liam Phelan, and Roy Thompson, while the drama will come from those old stagers of the Kilcullen Drama Group, Bernard Berney, Dick Dunphy, Vivian Clarke, and James Healy.

And there'll be more. If you want further information, or to gig, contact 045 485232 or 087 9767531. 

The pictures from last year's Miscellany are here.

KBC are SWL Champions

Tuesday 18 November saw Darren's Grade 1 Men host table-toppers and group favourites Carlow YM at the complex, writes Enda O'Neill, PRO of Kilcullen Badminton Club. In this clash Darren's team needed a draw to secure themselves a semi final spot in the League but alas it was not to be and the lads went down 3-1. You cannot take away from the quality of this Carlow team. Darren, Gareth, Dave and Murt should be proud of their performance over the whole tournament and finishing third in the group is a massive achievement for the lads who made their debut season in Grade 1.

Carlow LTC hosted the Grade 4 Men’s and Ladies Doubles Finals on Saturday 22 November and Kilcullen Badminton Club were proud to have both Men's and Ladies teams in the finals. Helen's Ladies team were on court playing Athy and this turned out to be a close and hard fought final. This final went down to the wire KBC were 2-1 down going into the final set and it was up to Helen and Chelsey to win their set by 2 sets to nil to clinch the final. After winning the first set they lost the second and now needed the third set to take the match to points difference. Helen and Chelsey obliged but after a count back of points. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be KBC’s night and the girls lost by a margin of five points a truly heartbreaking way to loose the match.Well done to Helen, Chelsey, Rachel and Sarah in going so far in the competition.

On court 1 in the final were Enda and the Grade 4 Men's team and they played their old rivals St Laurences. Enda and the lads wanted to keep their unbeaten record in the competition and after the first three games KBC were 2-1 up with Sean and Vincent winning a massive 3 set third game 25-23, 23-25, 21-19. If Enda and Fintan could win their fourth game then the league would come back to Kilcullen. In a tense and close game the lads won the game 22-20 and 21-19, taking another title for our little club. Well done to Vincent, Fintan, Sean and yours truly on a great league win and a great league campaign and you know yourself it always great when the Rags get one over on Larries!

Pictured are the Ladies Grade 4 runners-up and the Men's Grade 4 league champions.

The passing of Eileen Cawley

The Diary has learned of the death of Eileen Cawley nee Archibold, Cannycourt.

Her removal will take place from from Dunnes Funeral Home, Baltinglass on Wednesday morning at 10.15am. The funeral will arrive at St Joseph's Church, Gormanstown, for mass at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

May she rest in peace.

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.