Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Great result from Damien's 'Spout' fundraiser

The money raised in last weekend's fundraiser for Damien Aulsberry's 'Sons & Broken Noses' film was €1,342, writes Brian Byrne.

Describing it as a 'staggering' result, Damien has expressed his thanks to all who helped, especially Tommy Dignam and staff of The Spout, and the two bands — Unorthodox Behaviour (above) and Moonlight Drive.

"Thanks to everyone who helped out on the night, Derek O'Leary, Fogi Fogi, Brigitte Reissig, Marian O'Leary, Sean Hayes, Sean Aulsberry, Fergal Sloan, and Eilis Phillips," he posted on his Facebook page. "You have made my dream come true!"

High third level figures for CPC

Nine out of ten students who graduated from Cross & Passion College over the last ten years have gone on to third level education, writes Brian Byrne.

That's according to figures on an interactive map of 'feeder schools' around the country as published by the Irish Times this week.

Some 40pc of graduating students chose universities for third level over the decade, and within that cohort, almost a third (29.7pc) went to Maynooth University, with 23.2pc opting for UCD, 15.3pc for DCU and 12.1pc for TCD. Other universities to which CPC students went include University of Limerick, NUI Galway and UCC.

The non-university third level choices cover a very wide range of locations which include ITs in Carlow, Dublin, Blanchardstown, Cork, Dundalk, Sligo and Letterkenny.

The current CPC enrolment total is given as 762 pupils, with the gender balance being 383 boys and 379 girls.

Founded in 1887, by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, the school was originally a boarding school for girls. Since 1986 it has been a co-educational voluntary secondary school. In 2009, the Cross and Passion College joined the Le Chéile Schools Trust, committed to Catholic Post-Primary education.

Carols by Candlelight tonight

A reminder that the Carols by Candlelight concert takes place in Kilcullen Parish Church tonight, Wednesday 13 December, writes Brian Byrne.

Tickets are available at €10 each from Hair by Eilis in The Mall, Kilcullen; by phoning Lorna on 087 2741701; or from any member of the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

The concert features Brendan Keeley, the Scoil Bhride Choir, the Kilcullen Gospel Choir, and Lorraine and Jade Nolan.

Proceeds are in aid of the Market Square project.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 12 December 2017 were 7, 20, 28, and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €13,400.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Sandra Wixted (Promoter Ger’s Fruit & Veg), Eunice O’Connell (Mag O’Connell), and David, Jack and Ruaidhe (Mary Phelan).

The winners of the Promoters Draws were Breda McCormack and Vanessa Clarke, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Adrienne Byrne.

The final Kilcullen and Gormanstown Parish Lotto for 2017 will take place on Tuesday December. We would like to welcome you all back for a New Year and our first draw on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

We would like to wish all our Promoters, Ticket Buyers and all our Community a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year. Thank you for your continued support.

Co Housing Group plans second meeting

A second meeting of the Kilcullen Co Housing Group will be held in Fallons of Kilcullen on Thursday 18 January in Fallons, writes Brian Byrne.

The event will begin at 7.30pm and will take more information from potential buyers in a proposed 10-house project in the area.

Representatives of the O Chulann Housing Alliance will attend the meeting to answer any questions on their cooperative housing model.

The first meeting of the Kilcullen Co Housing Group was held last month and attracted considerable interest in the concept.

Digital device tuition from CPC TY students

Transition Year students at CPC will be offering one-to-one training to local people in how to work their digital devices and computers, writes Sophie Byrne.

The sessions will be on Tuesday mornings between 9.45am-11am, beginning 9 January and running until 20 February. They are suitable for any age.

The tuition includes how to use apps and take videos with smartphones, how to send emails, how to connect to wifi, and any other questions that people may have.

To find out more about the free sessions, contact the School Office on 045 481524 and leave a message for Ms Groome, or email

Monday, December 11, 2017

Big Christmas at the Moat

Three Tenors Ireland.
Although many of the shows over the Christmas season at the Moat Theatre in Naas are already sold out, there are still events you can book for, writes Celine Garvey.

The Christmas Crackers show is packed with festive favourites and the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Staged in the delightful style of Andy Williams Christmas Shows, this production comes complete with décor to get you in the spirit, on Friday 15 December for one night only, tickets €22.

On Sunday 17 December Rudolph saves Christmas is back by popular demand. This show is ideal for little ones aged three to seven; however, it’s suitable for families and children of all ages.

The Three Tenors Ireland come back to Naas on Saturday 16 December, with music from Sinatra, the Dubliners, Pavarotti and more, they do have a habit of filling the house every year.

Tenor Patrick Hyland will be back with yet another stunning performance on Wednesday 20 December.

And Ceola’s Christmas Concert will have choral classics and special guest, the amazing tenor, Eoin Hynes, that will bring you back to your childhood the way only music can.

Niall Delamere has sold out on 27 December but he is back in January for one night. Check him out on Wednesday 24.

With Christmas movies too (Miracle on 34th Street) and the return of Smash & Grab, with their own special take on Aladdin & The Flying Carpet, opening on 28 December,  staying local has never been easier.

Brannockstown live Nativity this weekend

All is ready for the Live Nativity which will be held in Brannockstown on Saturday next, 16 December, writes Brian Byrne.

With local actors, a craft fair, carols and refreshment, the event from 3-5pm will feature a recreation of Bethlehem's bazaar.

It is being hosted at the Baptist Church, and donations will be accepted in aid of Barretstown.

Cllr seeks 'nice toilets'

Local councillor Ivan Keatley is on the hunt for a way to provide more public toilet facilities in Kildare, writes Brian Byrne. But without the Council having to build and maintain them.

His model is one that works in Germany and does so very well. It's called the Nette Toilette (Nice Toilet) scheme, and involves the local authorities paying businesses like hotels and pubs a fee to allow their facilities be used by the general public, not just their customers.

The scheme was launched in 2000 and now more than 200 cities in Germany and Switzerland are using the scheme.

The fee involved there ranges from €30-€100 a month to the businesses, depending on size. In return, they display a provided sign on the outside of their premises which indicates to people that they have facilities available.

The scheme means people caught short don't have to suffer the embarrassment of pretending to be a customer, or don't have to buy anything, to be able to use the toilets.

The idea makes a lot of sense for local authorities, as they don't have to invest big capital in building facilities that then need a lot of maintenance.

As an example, the city of Bremen estimates that a network which would have cost it €1.1m to provide is available for the fees totalling €150,000 a year.

Cllr Keatley recently raised the matter by way of motion to the Council, seeking a scheme similar to the 'shop front renovation scheme' to fund the idea. The officials raised concerns of how it might be policed, and generally were cool to the idea.

But Cllr Keatley says he will push the matter on, and plans to specifically use the Nette Toilette scheme as a proposed model.

Funeral of Noel Brady: arrangements update

Noel Brady, who recently died at his home in Norwood MA in the US, will be brought back to Kilcullen this week for funeral and burial.

Noel will be reposing at his parents John & Anna May's family home at Mile Mill, Kilcullen on Wednesday with prayers at 8pm. Removal from there will be on Thursday morning at 10.15am to the Church of the Sacred Heart & St Brigid, Kilcullen, via Knockbounce and Lough Wee, arriving for Requiem Mass at 11.Burial thereafter in St Brigid's Cemetery, Kilcullen.

Donations if desired may be made to St Brigid's Hospice, the Curragh, for which purpose there will be a donation box in church..

We reproduce below the Obituary Notice from the website of the Gillooly Funeral Home in Norwood.

May he rest in peace.

BRADY, Noel J. 42, of Norwood, peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Thursday December 7. Beloved husband of Eleanor (Taylor), and devoted father of Patrick Brady. Born in Dublin, Ireland he was the son of John and Anna May (Tierney) Brady, brother of James Brady, nephew of Ellen Brady, uncle of Jacob and Saoirse Brady all of Kilcullen, Ireland, and many nieces and nephews, here in the United States.

Noel earned his Technology degree from RTC Cork, prior to emigrating to the United States. He worked nights for many years for UPS in Norwood, which enabled him to be a stay-at–home Dad during the day for Patrick. Noel enjoyed gardening, and was an accomplished boxer.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday December 10 from 2 – 6 in the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St. (Rt. 1A), NORWOOD. Funeral services and interment will take place in Ireland.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Noel's memory to the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation P.O. Box 421 Norwood, MA 02062, or visit