Saturday, November 22, 2014

Childcare Centre is opened

A large and happy turnout this morning celebrated the official opening of the Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre, writes Brian Byrne.

The ribbon was cut by Sr Carmel Miley, representing the Cross & Passion Sisters who have contributed so much to making possible many of the facilities in and around the Kilcullen Community Centre.

On behalf of the Childcare Centre Committee and Management Board, Iseult O'Donoghue thanked all who had been involved in achieving the provision of the Centre, especially those volunteers who had worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring the project to fruition.

Among the attendance were public representatives and people representing funding sources which had helped make the project possible.

A full set of pictures from the morning can be viewed here.

Badminton Club in League finals

Good luck to Kilcullen Badminton Club's, Ladies 2 and Mens 2 who play in the Grade 4 South West League ladies and mens doubles finals tonight, at Carlow Lawn Tennis Club at 8 pm.

Up the RAGs!!

Vintage Shop in Fallons next week

A popup vintage shop will, well, pop up, in Fallons next Thursday, from 2-10pm.

The operator, Geraldine, used to have a shop in Naas but closed it in favour of going online earlier this year.

She comes to Lawlors of Naas with a popup shop once a month to keep in touch with her customers, and because a number of them are from Kilcullen it was suggested that she do something similar here.

Trading under the name Vintage Touch Fashion, Geraldine provides a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories, which can be seen at vintagetouchfashion.tictail.com.

Those who attended the Hollywood Fair this year will have seen many people dressed in vintage and period outfits. These were all supplied by Vintage Touch Fashion, and certainly added a very charming element to the whole event.

Childcare Centre official opening today

The official opening of the Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre takes place this morning at 11am.

Children who attend the Centre will entertain guests, and all in the community are welcome to the event.

The Kilcullen Community Childcare Committee was presented with a KCA Community Award last month (above) for the effort made over more than a decade to provide the Centre.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Steve swings into retirement mode

As we post this, Steve Kinneavy's retirement party in Fallons is getting into full swing, now that the speeches are over. We'll have a full report later, but you can see the rest of our pictures here.

St Josephs pupils funds for Make A Wish

Yesterday we had our annual charity breakfast morning in aid of Make A Wish Foundation, writes Marion Sherlock of Halverstown NS.

Fifth and Sixth class pupils organised the event. They sourced and cooked breakfast for 130 people including parents grandparents and siblings. Breakfast was cooked by pupils under the direction of parents. Fourth class pupils waited on the tables. All other pupils teachers and participants met at the Round Tower in Old Kilcullen at 9am.

Nessa Dunlea and Mary Orford delivered a short talk on the history of the tower before the walk back to school commenced. Escorted by Gardai on a very foggy morning, the group walked down old Kilcullen and down the main road back to school. The smell of cooked sausages and rashers was very welcome on arrival.

€200 has been received so far in donations. Congratulations to all pupils on such a wonderful achievement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Call to camogie friends of Louise Brennan

Friends of the late Louise Brennan are trying to contact all the girls with whom Louise played camogie in her youth, both with CPC and Kildare teams, writes Brian Byrne.

For further information, or if you can help with contacts, call Sue Goulding on 087 6564090, or simply turn up in the Parish Church area at around 12.45pm on Saturday next.

The Memorial Mass for Louise starts at 1pm on Saturday.

Drama Dynamics students presentations

The Drama Dynamics Teen Theatre students will be doing something a little different this year, writes Brian Byrne.

Instead of a play, they each have been asked to come up with a 7-minute presentation, which they will read at an evening event on 24 November, for parents and friends.

It will be the first public presentation in Evelyn O'Sullivan's new studio on Hillcrest, a place which the drama teacher says has totally changed her life since she moved her business in there. "Now I can lock the door at the end of the day and go home, knowing that all our stuff can stay in place," she told the Diary recently. "I don't have to be clearing up everything and moving out of a room rented for the evening."

The facility has also made it easier to conduct acting and speech workshops, for children, teens and adults. Recently Evelyn did a commissioned special workshop on Romeo & Juliet for the Junior Certificate pupils of CPC. Her Teen Theatre Group presented their version of the Shakespeare play earlier this year in the College's Assembly Hall.