Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mac & Norman Vintage Drive soon

The Mac and Norman Vintage Drive will take place this year on Sunday 14 August, starting out at 1pm in Brannockstown.

The event is now in its 14th year and has raised almost €383,000 for the Irish Cancer Society over that time.

Full details of the event, and information on taking part, can be had by contacting Pete and Ann Scully at 087 9810555.

The Diary’s pictures from last year’s Drive can be seen here.


An Open Day for the Kildare West Wicklow SPCA will be held at the Athgarvan Animal Shelter on Sunday 21 August.

The event will celebrate the completion of the ‘Wall of the Five Freedoms’ at the Shelter, and will also offer an opportunity for all those who have supported the ‘Noah’s Ark’ shop in Newbridge are helping animals in need.

There will be stalls, amusements, and light refreshments available, and it’s also a chance to meet some of the KWWSPCA rescued dogs that are looking for new homes.

Entry is free and there is ample parking. However, please do NOT bring your own dogs. Call 087 2517381 for more information.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 26 July 2016 were 5, 13, 21 and 25. There was no Jackpot winner and next week’s main prize will be €6,400.

The winners of the €50 open draws were Anthony Talt (Promoter PJ Lydon), Amy and Holly Egan (Breda McCormack), and Joe & Angela McGrath (Breda McCormack).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Mag O’Connell and Bernie Kirby and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Ger Kelly.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Alert for car in Baronsland, Gormanstown

There has been a Garda Text Alert in relation to a car observed in the Baronsland and Gormanstown areas outside Kilcullen.

The alert asks people to keep a lookout for silver Ford Focus, with a partial registration 11 WW.

Sightings should be notified to the Text Alert number.

Hectic evening for Martin in Philadelphia

Despite having had a long day of travelling to Philadelphia, Kildare South Deputy Martin Heydon was plunged straight into a hectic schedule of events at the Democratic National Convention last evening, writes Brian Byrne.

As the Chairman of the FG parliamentary party, Martin is one of 400 international guests of the National Democratic Institute at their International Leaders Forum which is part of the overall convention.

The NDI describe themselves as a nonprofit, non partisan organisation working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, open and accountable Government.

His first event last evening was a reception in the Rosenbach Museum hosted by Madeline Albright, chair of the NDI and former US Secretary of State. This was followed by an event organised by the Irish Embassy, addressed by An Tainaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, then the Irish group moved on to the convention centre itself to hear the First Lady, Michelle Obama, open the Convention.

The Irish group includes An Tanaiste, Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer, and Meath TD Thomas Byrne attending on behalf of Fianna Fáil.

Rockin' for the Hospice on Saturday

A Rock Night in aid of St Brigid’s Hospice is being held in O’Connells Bar this weekend.

Featuring Blackthorn and The Brackets, it rocks off at 8.30pm in the upstairs lounge on Saturday night.

A very worthy cause for a service which most families have cause to use at some stage, so do support it.

Kilcullen canoeists in British National Championships

A Kilcullen Canoe Club duo performed very well in the weekend’s British National Championships.

Aaron Thorpe and Ronan Foley came fourth in the U16 Mens K2, and Ronan came second in the U16 Mens K1.

The races were held in Reading, UK, hosted by Reading Canoe Club.

(Photos from KCC Facebook.)

Blood donation clinic on Thursday

The next blood donation clinic in Kilcullen will be held on Thursday next 28 July.

It will be held in the Kilcullen Community Centre, operating from 5pm-8.30pm.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service says it is experiencing difficulty in collecting enough voluntary donations to meet hospital requirements of 3,000 units per week.

All regular donors are asked to attend. More information from