Monday, October 16, 2017

Scoil Bhride PA AGM postponed

Due to current weather conditions we feel it’s best for all parents/guardians of children at Scoil Bhride Kilcullen that we cancel the AGM of the Parents Association scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 7pm, writes Joan O'Byrne.

We will reschedule and advise of a new date ASAP.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Schools to remain closed tomorrow

All schools in the country are to remain closed tomorrow.

This was decided by the National Emergency Coordination Group, 'following careful consideration' of the situation in association with the Department of Education and Skills.

Ophelia strips church slates

The winds from Ophelia have badly damaged the roof of Kilcullen Parish Church, writes Brian Byrne.

The damage is in two sections where slates have been stripped off.

Some were caught on gutters, but others fell on the area in front of the church, and one slate sailed all the way across to the wall surrounding the Library.

Meantime, the rest of the town seems to have escaped with minor issues, mainly a lot of tree debris on the footpaths, and a few small trees down around the Community Centre area.

November Remembrance Mass

The November Remembrance Mass will be held on Friday 3 November at 7.30p.m. in the Parish Church, writes Mary Dillon. We remember all who have died and in a special way those from the Parish who have died during the past year.

Families who have suffered a bereavement during the past year will be contacted by Nessa and Mary, members of the Bethany and Funeral Teams.

The Mass is open to all parishioners. Loss and grief do not have a time limit. There will be an opportunity after the Remembrance Mass and during the following week for parishioners to remember loved ones by placing their names on the Remembrance Tree.

Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre after the Mass to allow friends and neighbours to meet and have a chat. All are most welcome.

The passing of Breda O'Toole

The Diary has learned of the death of Brigid (Breda) O'Toole of Nicholastown.

Beloved wife of the late Michael, her passing is deeply regretted by her loving son Anthony, daughters Helen, Marion and Rosie and the late Ann, brother, sisters, sons-in-law, grandchildren Owen, Mark, Joanne, Naomi, Darren and Lindsay, great-grandchildren Aria, Hailey, Ciara and Mia, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.

Breda will be reposing at her daughter Rosie's residence in Avondale Drive from 3pm on Tuesday with prayers at 8pm. Removal from there will take place on Wednesday morning at 10.30am to The Church of The Sacred Heart and St Brigid, arriving for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial will take place afterwards in St Brigid's Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.

Closing date for CPC 2018 applications looms

The closing date for applications for a place in 1st Year in CPC in September 2018 is Friday next 20 October 2017 at 4pm.

The College is asking parents to ensure that fully completed applications are in before this deadline.

For any questions please contact the school office at (045)481524 or

Fr Niall improves Columbus Marathon performance

Fr Niall Mackey completed the 2017 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half-Marathon in Ohio, USA, on Sunday, writes Brian Byrne

He finished in a time of 3:19:27, averaging 15.14 minutes per mile. That was a better result than his performance last year.

More than 100,000 spectators and 80 entertainers lined the route. There is a limit of 6,000 participants.

The Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon are the largest in Ohio.

Most businesses closed in Kilcullen due to weather warning

Eurospar is closed from 11am until tomorrow, due to the weather warning.

A number of other businesses in Kilcullen are also closed, including cafes, hair salons, and Ger's Fruit & Veg, and Kilcullen Carryout.

Nolans are closing at 1pm, and Steve's Daybreak also. The good news for those who need a little liquid courage is that The Spout Bar is open as we write. "It has been a little busier than the normal Monday," Tommy Dignam told the Diary.

Kildare County Council emergency numbers

Bank closed today

Due to safety concerns for customers and staff in light of the worsening weather conditions BoI will not be opening branches in Leinster, Munster and Connaught/Ulster at all today.

This obviously includes Kilcullen.

Some branches will open for a time in Dublin but this will be under review throughout the morning. Full updates will be available on the website.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kilcullen schools closed tomorrow

Due to the current weather alert the Department of Education and Skills has publicly informed all schools that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October.

Accordingly, CPC and Scoil Bhríde will not be open for school tomorrow. The Principals ask all students and their families to be careful during the day and to follow the directions of Met Eireann throughout.

The Kilcullen Community Childcare Centre will also be closed tomorrow, as will Auntie Anne's Country Creche.