Thursday, September 21, 2017

Text alert on red van

A Kilcullen Garda District Text Alert has been issued in relation to a red 06 D van, the movements of which raised some concern in the area this afternoon.

The vehicle had two occupants, and was seen leaving a cul de sac in Knockbounce 'in a hurry', at around 12.45pm.

It was driven to the motorway and headed south, according to the Alert. Any further sightings of concern should be notified to the Text Alert number at 045 481212.

Fiona moves Nutterly Nutritious into The Link

Fiona demonstrating her products at Supervalu, Newbridge.
Local food entrepreneur Fiona Maher has taken a unit in the Link Business Park to underpin the growth of her Nutterly Nutritious range of spreads, writes Brian Byrne.

In recent times she has been operating the production side of the business from MDA in Mountmellick, but had always had her sights set on returning to County Kildare for a permanent home for her business.

"I was lucky to have a chance meeting one morning with the owner of the unit in Link Business Park and things pretty much rolled from there," she says. "I do believe in timing and this is a natural progression for the business. It's so rewarding knowing how far we have come in 12 months."

Fiona will also be employing local people as she upscales production of her spreads, for both the retail and food services sectors. She is currently working on new product development, and a new variety — Hazelnut & Cocoa — has just been added to the range. The business is focused on gaining more national outlets, and Fiona says things are looking very bright.

"We have received a huge amount of local support and are so happy to be stocked in such great stores like Nolan's of Kilcullen; Swan's on The Green, Naas; Supervalu stores Cross's in Newbridge, Rushe's Naas, Reilly's Sallins, Condron's Clane, McConville's Monasterevin and the Nally (Casey) Group Celbridge, Maynooth and Kilcock."

Other stockists nationwide including Ardkeen Stores in Waterford, Avoca, Fresh Supermarkets in Dublin, Lotts & Co. and Supervalu stores in Dublin, Wicklow & Meath and its growing week by week.

Positive Ageing Week coffee morning to emphasise security

A Coffee Morning in Bank of Ireland Newbridge will be the local event in the national Positive Ageing Week which runs from 20 September to 1 October, writes Brian Byrne.

The event on Wednesday 27 September begins at 11am and will include guest speakers Gda George Doherty, Kildare's Crime Prevention Officer; and Bank of Ireland 'Digi Arrow' Gary Maher who will talk about staying safe online. There will also be spot prizes on the day.

Positive Ageing Week is an initiative of Age Action Ireland, whose Justin Moran says it is about celebrating older people's huge contribution to families and our communities.

"We want to banish the outdated stereotypes about older people in Ireland. They’re workers and business owners. They’re Skypers and Facebookers. They play sports and run marathons. They look after their grandchildren and they share their wisdom with the next generation.

"We’re very proud to be teaming up again with Bank of Ireland to support the older people who are showing every day that they’re not letting their age hold them back.”

Honor Heffernan is Dorothy Parker at The Moat

The acclaimed Irish duo of singer and actress Honor Heffernan and composer/keyboard player Trevor Knight bring their new
cabaret-speakeasy show, 'The Whistling Girl', to The Moat Theatre on 28 September, writes the theatre's Manager, Kathleen Smith. Trevor Knight has transformed the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart-rending lyrics which are uniquely interpreted by Honor Heffernan.

Parker, founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War, had a truly unique ‘voice’ and a tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity. Honor brings her words to life on stage.

With this production they hope that Dorothy Parker’s poetry and prose will be opened to a wide audience through exciting musical idioms that will breathe new life into the work of this great American literary icon.

Honor Heffernan is an internationally acclaimed jazz singer has been performing as both a singer and actress for over 30 years. She has been both critically and publicly acclaimed as a singer whose versatility and superior vocal ability means she is comfortable singing anything from Jazz and Blues to Rock and Folk.

As an actress she has appeared in Neil Jordan's ‘Angel’ and Lennie Abrahmson’s ‘Prosperity’. She starred in Ireland’s favourite soap ‘Fair City’, and rural soap opera ‘Glenroe’, as well as RTE‘s ‘Live Mike’ with Mike Murphy and in Roddy Doyle's ‘Family’.

We at The Moat Theatre recommend this show highly. Honor is incredible on stage, and fans of musicals will love her performance. Book today.

Phone 045 883030 or go to

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Parish art exhibition

Kilcullen Parish is organising a Family Art exhibition in association with the World Meeting of Families taking place next year in Ireland, writes Brian Byrne.

The initiative invites families and individuals to come up with art pieces based on the theme of Family Life in Ireland, which will be used in a parish exhibition.

The pieces will then be digitised and submitted for display at the WMF event next August.

Prizes will be offered in age categories: 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-18 years and there's an Adult category too.

The submissions can be drawn or painted on any material, using any medium. They shouldn't be smaller than A4 or larger than A2. Names and ages need to be put on the back, and pieces must be submitted on the flat. A box at the back of the church will be in place, beside the notice board, where the art pieces can be left.

The closing date is 5pm on 24 October.

Pic by Denise Husted.

'Issues' to be addressed before estates taken in charge

'Outstanding issues' need to be addressed in two Kilcullen housing estates before they can be taken in charge, writes Brian Byrne.

Members of the Naas Municipal District were told that the issues in Cnoc na Greine and Cnoc na Greine Woods would have to be dealt with before seeking the approval of Irish Water to take them in charge.

The two estates were among a batch of six which are on a priority list and include Glendara in Kill; and in Naas, Ban na Greinne and Sli Chluain Aoibhinn, The Maudlings, and Racecourse Gate.

The matter had been raised by Cllr Fintan Brett, who had asked for an update on when they would be taken in charge.

No plan for market square until after public consultation

The organisers of the public consultation event on the market square planned for 30 September want to emphasise that no plan has yet been made for its redevelopment, writes Brian Byrne.

There will be on view a number of plans of the square and the town as it is, including current use plans, and a 3D map modelled by Murphy Surveys Ltd.

"Before any plan is worked on, we want to have the public consultation so that residents and businesses don't feel decisions about the future of market square are by a few people on a committee," says Antoinette Buckley, chair of the KCA sub-committee working on the re-development proposal. "We will gather all the information from the public consultation and then Laura Bowen will work on a plan."

The committee hopes to have a plan ready for planning application by Christmas, and in January or February they will also sublit it with an application for funding under the Town & Village Renewal grant scheme.

The 30 September event will also be a big family day, with music, entertainment and food available between 11am and 4pm on the day.

Credit Union warning on 'phishing' scam

Kildare Credit Union has warned members to be aware of a 'phishing' email scam that is designed to get their bank details and other information, writes Brian Byrne.

The scam is country wide, and is centred around an email to credit union members from '' or similar, noting a 'Payment Confirmation'.

The email asks the recipient to access a file from the WeTransfer  download site.

Anyone getting such emails should delete them. If in doubt, call 045 521928.

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 19 September 2017 were 1, 5, 21 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €11,000.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Ann Keenan (Promoter Ger's Fruit & Veg), Betty O'Neill (Wednesday Bridge Club), and Painter Pete (Miriam McDonnell).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Vivienne Clifford and Ger's Fruit & Veg and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Josie Connolly.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Great weekend Shuttlefest

It was a successful weekend over all for Kilcullen Badminton Club as they took part in the South West Leinster Badminton League and Cup’s annual ‘Shuttlefest’ tournament in Kilcullen Community Centre, writes Tara O'Neill.

The hall was a hive of activity from the Friday night when volunteers from the club itself and various other clubs had the arduous task of laying the ‘green mats’ in preparation for the weekend of badminton ahead. There was an enthusiastic, light-hearted and fun atmosphere about the place from the moment the first entrants arrived for registration on the Saturday morning, as players looked forward to what was to be for many, their first competitive games of the new badminton season.

Saturday saw the Grade 4,5 and 6 Ladies, Mixed and Men’s events take place with Kilcullen members coming away with plenty of prizes. Kat Logan and Enda O’Neill were the first up to the podium when they beat a pair from Athy to secure the Grade 4 Mixed title and the first Kilcullen title of the day. The men’s event saw a host of Kilcullen players give their all in some magnificent games of badminton. Vincent Coller and John Mullen claimed the Grade 4 title while Fintan Phelan and his partner Keith O’Neill made their debut as a pairing and came runners up in the Grade 5 event.

Sunday’s participants were not to be outshined by Saturday’s successful day, and saw a number of Kilcullen members once again earn themselves some titles. Mick Cass and his partner David Casey were runners up in the Grade 3 men’s while David Jackson and Murt Dunne put up a tough fight against a tough Eire Friends pair and also ‘bagged’ themselves a runners up prize in the Grade 2 event.

Our ‘Tuck shop’ was a great success, raising much needed funds for the club. A big thank you to all who donated food and gave up their free time to run the shop. Special thanks to Ciaran and Cian who volunteered their services, little legends!

Finally, I would like to say one massive ‘well done’ to all of our members who took part in the tournament over the weekend. It was great to see KBC so well represented and the high standard to which every single one of our players played. Well done all!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monster Auction for Teach na nDaoine build

A Monster Charity Auction will be held in aid of the Teach na nDaoine Building Fund on Sunday 22 October, writes Brian Byrne.

The Auction will be held in the Cross & Passion College Hall at 2.15pm. There will be an opportunity to view the items on sale from 11am.

Donations of saleable items would be greatly appreciated by the organisers. These can include furniture, household items, vouchers, bottles, and bric a brac.

Please do NOT bring beds, sitting room suites, clothes or food.

Donated items may be left in the Hall on Friday 20 October from 6.30pm to 9pm and on Saturday 21 October from 9am-12 noon. Contact John Brady on 087 1345919, Noel Clare on 087 6497619, Albert Keenan on 087 2168045 or Steve Kinneavey on 087 8128764 for further information.

Hideout sets the date, nearly

Well, it's official, the Hideout Pub will reopen in 'around a month's time', writes Brian Byrne.

The pub, currently undergoing a complete redesign and refurbishment for new owner Jonathan Keogh, has announced that via the opening of a Facebook page and Twitter account - TheHideoutKilcullen and @HideoutCillDar respectively.

It will be managed by Martin Lambe, who worked in the pub in an early part of his career in the licensed trade and the security industry. The new operation will serve food seven days a week from noon until 9pm, and there will be DJ music on Fridays and Saturdays, with a live band on Sundays.

This latest regeneration of the business opens a new chapter in a very interesting history of the premises at the crossroads in Kilcullen.

There's an unconfirmed reference to the building being operated as the Magnolia Hotel, from around 1855 when it is thought to have been built on the site of a yard with outhouses as seen on the 1846 Ordnance Survey maps.

One Edward Leigh, first referenced as the owner in 1881, was the licensee up to June 1901, when the business was transferred to Mary Anne Murphy. In 1903, the property was acquired by grocer and wine merchant Patrick Flanagan of Naas, possibly through marriage to Mary Anne Murphy. He renamed it as Flanagan's Motor Bar in time to capitalise on the running of the international Gordon Bennett Race in the summer of that year. A contemporary photograph shows the French team in their cars parked on the road outside the bar. They had been staying in Bardons Hotel for the duration of the race.

The business was taken over by Mrs Alice Moylan in September 1924, and she continued it under The Motor Bar name.

In December 1925, James J Byrne, a local businessesman whose own father had operated a bar and grocery in Kilcullen from the mid-1800s (where Eurospar is today), bought the business from Mrs Moylan and reopened it as Byrnes Hotel, assigning the licence tenancy to his older sister Annie. He began trading on Christmas Eve of that year, and there's family lore that the takings on the first day were £17, when a bottle of stout cost 6d. There's no record of it being run as a hotel, as he and his family lived above the public house part of the premises.

The eldest son James Jr, 'Jim', took over the business in 1950 and turned it into a themed pub with log interior walls, which soon became repositories of an eclectic collection of memorabilia and eccentric artefacts. What was to become the most famous of these was the mummified right arm of the 19th century pugilist Dan Donnelly. Down the years, the pub gathered a reputation that went global, without the aid of the as yet to be invented internet.

Following Jim Byrne's passing in the early 1980s, the Hideout went into the ownership of his son, the late Des, and his wife Josephine. Des had already been managing the business since 1977. In the mid-90s, Des retired from the business and it was sold. Since then it has had a number of owners. It had been closed for some time before being bought by local businessman Jonathan Keogh late last year.

The project to bring it back from 'darkness' is being filmed as an episode in the next series of 'At Your Service' on RTE TV, featuring Francis and John Brennan.