Monday, July 23, 2018

Country and Irish night for Relay for Life

Kilcullen Team Relay For Life are holding a Country and Irish night in McTernans on Saturday 25 August as a fundraiser in the run up to the Kildare Relay For Life on 15/16 September, writes Sabina Reddy.

Pat and John Kelly will be singing all the favourites so come along and support. There's no cover charge but donations will be appreciated and the Relay For Life Candle Bags will be for sale on the night.

Relay For Life is a weekend to celebrate people who have survived cancer, to acknowledge the fight people are going through with treatment, and to hope for a cure. It is a 24-hour fun packed, family friendly, entertaining weekend with the main event being the Candle of Hope ceremony on the Saturday night.

Anyone who is going through or has survived cancer and would like to get involved please get in touch with any of us, we have a facebook page Kilcullen Team Relay For Life.

Last year, the Kilcullen Relay for Life Team, some of whom are pictured above with Deputy Martin Heydon at the Punchestown event, raised €4,210.

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An hour or so with 'The Breadwinner' is worth a trip to Kilkenny

Pic: Cartoon Saloon.
If your schoolchildren home during the holidays are of an artistic bent, then I'd recommend bringing them for a morning or afternoon this week to the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, writes Brian Byrne.

There's an exhibition in the Gallery, in the basement of Kilkenny Castle, about 'The Breadwinner', the Oscar-nominated animated feature film produced by locally-based Cartoon Saloon.

The three-room exhibition explains the background to the animated adaptation of the 2000 book of the same name by Deborah Ellis, about young girl living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to be able to work to help feed her family.

The displays not only provide a very easy to understand explanation of the techniques of producing animated films with modern technology, but also give an excellent backgrounder to Afghanistan and the disruption to normal life which the Taliban inflicted on people who are, well, just like you and me and our children and grandchildren.

And there's an interactive element on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons with an artist-in-residence, where visiting youngsters can try their hand at elements of building storyboards and character and location designs.

The exhibition is free. But it ends next Sunday. Since it opened in May, more than 18,000 have visited.

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Premiere School of Dancing autumn term date

The autumn term of the Premiere School of Dancing will start on 8 September, and bookings are open now, writes Brian Byrne.

Joy Cullen offers tuition for all ages, including Ballet & Tap from three and a half to 5-year-old beginners or 'late starters' from seven years plus. There are also dance classes for teen, mums, and seniors.

The school specialises in small classes, and Joy also offers private lessons. Enquiries 045 485369 or 086 4116266.

(File picture above from performance at the Bank of Ireland 'Expo' 2016.)

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

The passing of Margaret Lynch

The Diary has learned with sadness of the death of Margaret Lynch, nee O'Neill, formerly of Nicholastown and lately of Park House Nursing Home, Kilcock.

Margaret was the loving wife of the late Timmy Lynch, and she is survived by her sisters Sheila and Maureen. She was predeceased by her brother Liam and sister Anne.

Margaret will be reposing in Doyle's Funeral Home in Kilgowan from Wednesday morning. Removal from there that evening to arrive in Kilcullen Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Her requiem mass will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday, and her funeral will be in St Brigid's Cemetery afterwards.

May she rest in peace.

(Funeral arrangements by PJ Willis Undertakers.)

Cycle for Crumlin 2018 exceeds target

Yesterday's Cycle for Crumlin raised more than €20,000 for CMRF Crumlin, the fundraising body for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and The National Children's Research Centre, according to organisers Murphy Surveys, writes Brian Byrne.

As well as individuals, there was strong participation from cycling clubs in the region, with representatives from Kilcullen, No 1 Fitness, Naas, Donadea, Caragh, Newbridge, Cut Bush, Wicklow, and Dublin groups among those wheeling out.

This was the fifth year of the event, and with previous years' funds totalling €45,500, the organisers have surpassed their ambition for this year to bring that total to €60,000.

Many businesses supported the event with services and gifts and prizes for those taking part included No1 Fitness Kilcullen, Fulfil Nutrition, Burkes Pharmacy Kilcullen, Apache Pizza, Briqo Catering, Lawlors of Naas, Fallons of Kilcullen, K-Leisure Naas, 3Arena, Kildare Flowers, and Dunnes Stores.

All the Diary's pictures here.

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CPC Class of '85 reunion

The Class of 1985 of CPC are planning a reunion in September.

The date is Saturday 22 September, in Fallons, with things kicking off at 7pm.

Olwyn Owens is organising it, and all members of the class are asked to spread the word amongst any class contacts they may have.

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Church roof design

The church roof has now been repaired following the damage inflicted by storm Ophelia last November, writes Brian Byrne.

It is an opportunity to observe the design of the slating on the roof of the construction from the late 19th century.

There are not just two different styles of slate used, but also two different colours, something not always obvious in the weathered and uncleaned originals.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Refurbishment of Garda Station an asset to the streetscape

It has to be said that Kilcullen's Garda Station is now looking really well, following an extensive external refurbishment and repainting, writes Brian Byrne.

It had become somewhat unloved in appearance, but now is a quite beautiful element of the town's streetscape.

The works were carried out as part of the Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021.

Kilcullen Garda Station is a fine representative of a series of rural stations built by the Free State government in the 1920s and 1930s. The style is attributed to T F Rippingham, who worked as an architect with the Ministry of Finance, Northern Ireland and the Office of Works in London, prior to the Treaty that established the Irish Free State in 1922.

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Christy Ring Cup coming to Kilcullen

Pic: GAA.
The Christy Ring Cup won by Kildare this year will be brought to Kilcullen GAA Clubhouse on Monday night next, and will be on display after the Camogie and Hurling training that runs from 7pm-8pm.

The trophy will be carried by Jack Sheridan, the Naas and Kildare Senior hurler.

Christy Ring was an Irish hurler whose league and championship career with the Cork senior team spanned twenty-four years to 1963. He established many championship records, including career appearances (65), scoring tally (33-208) and number of All-Ireland medals won (8) for his time.

The Christy Ring Cup was introduced in 2005 and replaced the All-Ireland B Hurling Championship (1974-2004). Between 2005 and 2017 the Christy Ring Cup was the second tier hurling championship.

At present, Down, Kildare and Wicklow hold the longest tenures in the Christy Ring Cup. They have appeared in every season of the cup.

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KCA presentation to retiring members

Presentations made last night to Kieran and Joan Forde marked not just their retirement from Kilcullen Community Action but also 31 years of involvement in the group, writes Brian Byrne.

The dinner event in Crean's Place was also a reflection of how much KCA has grown in recent years, the group's chairman Ray Kelly said. "It's the first time we have done anything like this, a few years ago we just wouldn't have had the numbers."

He noted that it was 14 years since Kieran first said he was going to step down on health grounds, but it was only now he was actually doing so. He recalled some of the various ways Kieran had worked with the Tidy Towns group as it developed into KCA, as chair, secretary and treasurer. "He was there to help with the big decisions," Ray said, such as the development of the Dun Ailinne Interpretive Park.

Kieran thanked everyone for their contributions given over the years to making Kilcullen a nicer place, and said it had also been an enjoyable social activity. "Unfortunately my health doesn't allow me to do the things I'd like to still be doing, but I'll be cheering you on anyway."

On behalf of all present, Ray Kelly thanked Crean's Place for the excellent meal, and KCA member Ann Cashman for organising it. (Note: KCA is a limited company with charitable status, and all present at the event paid their own way.)

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Cycle for Crumlin 2018

Well, at this stage of the exercise, the annual Cycle for Crumlin runs like ... well, like a well-oiled bicycle, writes Brian Byrne.

And in this morning's perfect conditions for cycling, there was again a large contingent of wheelers from all over the region out in support of the Murphy Surveys-organised event.

We don't yet have numbers, but there were a lot. And it seemed to me that there were more taking on the long route than the shorter one.

The pictures tell the story so far, and there are more of them here.

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