Monday, May 02, 2016

Community Games county swimming

The Community Games county swimming finals took place over the weekend in K Leisure Athy, writes Papillon Rabbitte. The girls' events were held on Saturday and the boys were up on Sunday.

Swimming is probably one of the Community Games largest single sporting event, and judging by the calibre of those competing at county level is highly competitive.

Our own representatives did very well in their respective events with a few being very unlucky to not collect a medal.

Nadya Dunne competed in the U12 Freestyle and swam a smashing final taking home the gold medal and securing her place at the National finals.

In the Boys U8 Freestyle Sean Hoey and Tiernan Donnelly took the gold and silver in another exciting race.

Well done to all the competitors and best of luck to Sean and Nadya at the Nationals.

Entertainment at The Moat this week

The Moat Theatre in Naas has another busy week upcoming, offering a variety of attractions from comedy to hypnotism to classical music.

Spike Milligan’s ‘Puckoon’ is being presented on Wednesday 4 May by the Northern Ireland-based Big Telly Theatre Company, and in its current travels has received epithets such as ‘rip-roaring’, ‘highly entertaining’ and ‘League of Gentlemen meets Monty Python’. The story revolves around Ireland in 1922, and the Ulster Boundary Commission has drawn the new border straight through the small town of Puckoon. With the church separated from its own graveyard and drink now 30 percent cheaper in one corner of the pub, life in the newly divided village will never be the same again.

Hypnotist Adrian Knight brings to Naas his ‘You’re Back on the Stage’ tour on Thursday 5 May, with the theatre promising that you’ll rethink hypnotism after seeing the show. Knight has more than 15 years’ experience as a comedy hypnotist and his stage show can last for up to two hours of entertainment, fast-moving stories and audience participation.

And on Sunday 8 May, violinist Vladimir Jablokov presents his ‘One Night in Vienna’ performance, easing the way to the end of the weekend. From Slovakia, he has made Ireland his home and from beginnings of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street he has established himself as one of the brightest young stars on the Irish classical scene, with concerts and recordings that show his love of Viennese music, contemporary pop and crossover, and the great heritage of Russian and Eastern European classical composers.

All bookings can be made by calling the box office on 045 5883030.

Just four weeks to Yarn Bomb month

The ICA Kildare Yarn Bomb project is click-clacketing away at very high speeds, and is inundated with pieces for the event in June, writes Brian Byrne.

The project now has some 600 schoolchildren also involved, from a number of schools in the area, with all possible colours, all levels of the craft.

The organisers have targeted 41 trees in the region to add rainbow hues to, and are particularly looking for people to knit some extra birds for this.

Call Annie 086 2254213 for information.

Time to register for Murphy Surveys Crumlin Cycle

If you've been back on your bike for a while, have you signed up for the Murphy Surveys Crumlin Charity Cycle?, writes Brian Byrne.

The event last year raised €10,865 and this year the target is to bring in much more. The Cycle is scheduled for Saturday 23 July.

A new 100K route has been added for those who like to work a bit harder for their charity rides.

Donations and support make a difference to lives of patients, parents and hospital staff every day. From big renovation projects or builds to a small gift to a child on their birthday or even a visit from Santa at Christmas you help to make a difference to everyone in Crumlin hospital.

You can read more on the projects they are currently funding by visiting Online registration can be done via the Murphy Surveys website, just look for the Cycle Button at the top of the page,  or register via the event page.

Registration on the day takes place from 9:30am and participants are welcome at the company's Head Office in Kilcullen for food and refreshments after the event from 1-3pm.

There are fantastic prizes to be raffled for those who have participated, including dinner vouchers, hotel stays, gym memberships, and more.

The registration fee of €25 will be donated to the Charity. Contact Caitriona on for sponsorship cards.

Established in 1983, Murphy Surveys provides world-class survey solutions cost-effectively, through a combination of highly qualified personnel and latest technologies.

Great Punchestown result for kidney charity

The 27th running of the hugely successful Punchestown Charity Race saw one of the closest finishes to the Punchestown National Hunt Racing Festival ever.

Michael O’Connor and Pires got up on the line to beat former Wexford Footballer Redmond Barry and Mr Steadfast into second place, and Chapter Seven with Kerri Lyons, daughter of Race Horse Trainer Ger Lyons into third.

It really was the perfect finale as the rain stopped, the sun came out and the crowds stayed on in their thousands to support the 25 brave amateurs who took part in this 1 mile and 7 furlongs flat race.

Charity Race Organiser James Nolan was thrilled with the day which will see €150,000 donated to a new Renal Ward for Temple Street Children’s Hospital along with the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund supporting other several other kidney related projects.

The Punchestown Charity Race which he started back in 1990 has raised over €1.3 million to date and the request was very clear yesterday: please carry an Organ Donor.

The years 2015 & 2016 are very important for the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund, which has committed to invest over €275,000 in various kidney related projects:

€150,000 committed to support a new renal unit at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.
€100,000 committed to support two kidney related research projects under the guidance of the Irish Nephrology Society.
€20,000 committed to continue our Art Therapy programmes for Dialysis Patients in Tallaght & Waterford Dialysis Units.
€3,000 committed to our Sports Programme for Dialysis & Transplant Patients.
€5,000 committed to a new Patient to Patient support service.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Darkness Into Light vigil

Kilcullen Parish Church will be open from 4pm until midnight on Friday 6 May for a community vigil in support of the Darkness Into Light walk weekend in aid of Pieta House.

It is hoped the church will be illuminated with tea lights for the occasion, and everyone in the community is invited to come and light one of them and spend a quiet moment in reflection on those lost and those battling with depression.

Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the Darkness Into Light annual 5km walk/run, will celebrate its eighth year on Saturday, 7 May 2016, at over 100 venues across Ireland and beyond.

Registrations and donations directly to the cause can be made at the special Darkness Into Light website.

The County Kildare venue is again at Naas Racecourse, details here.

How not to waste food evening

An evening to learn how not to waste food will be held at the Kalbarri Cookery School, Carnalway, on Monday 16 May, writes Brian Byrne.

The event — ‘Taste it, don’t Waste it’ — has been organised in conjunction with Kilcullen Tidy Towns (KCA) to raise awareness in the community about the issue of food waste.

Almost a third of food bought in Ireland ends up in the bin, and KCA has decided to highlight positive actions that can be taken on an individual level to tackle the problem.

Siobhain Murphy from Kalbarri Cookery School will have some useful hints available on the night that will help reduce food waste and show you possible ways to re-taste food and save money.

The evening will run from 7.30-9.30pm, and attendance costs just €5. There’s a limit of 40 participants. Booking is essential: text requests to 087 1732287.

Damian's bog oak pieces catching on

Anyone who stopped at local jewellery maker Damian Dunne’s stand at the Enterprise Town Expos last weekend might have spotted a new line there, writes Brian Byrne.

They are pendants of pieces of bog oak into which he inserts some of his beautifully crafted jewellery pieces.

“I just tried a couple on a whim, and they are going really well,” he told the Diary. “They are quite unusual, and very individual, and that seems to be the attraction.”

Damian has been making jewellery for 40 years, and has a shop/workshop in Newbridge, beside Specsavers.

He lives in Kilcullen, having moved from Tallaght to Kildare nearly a dozen years ago.