Wednesday, January 17, 2018

School times past ... any names?

Another one for our 'photo detectives' as Mary Orford calls them ... this picture from a friend of hers needs names.

Mary thinks it is dated from the 1930s, and it probably depicts a class from the Girls National School. Boys studied with the Girls until 2nd Class year, when they went to the Boys NS School, now the Library, established in 1925.

It's a long shot, but some family faces may be familiar.

Workshop for parents of children with disabilities

A workshop on techniques to help children and adolescents with disabilities to be more independent will be held in Newbridge Library on Tuesday 6 February, writes Brian Byrne.

The event, titled 'Let me do it by myself', is for parents of such children and will be conducted by speech and language therapist Catriona Campbell.

She will show participants how to use visuals and objects to support their children's independence in daily routines. Among the aids discussed will be visual schedules, job lists, and communications cards.

The workshop is part of a series organised by the Kildare Library Service under its Toys, Technology & Training programme.

Participants will qualify for Continuous Professional Development Certificates of Attendance.

More information from 045 448353 and

Kildare Bathroom Company top rated on specialist home service platform

Ger Dooley's Kildare Bathroom Company has achieved a 5-star rating on the website, which provides a one-stop-shop online for people who want high-quality professionals for work in their homes.

Listing on is by invitation only, and the platform only invites the best Architects, Builders, Carpenters, Interior Designers and other home service professionals to participate.

The site rates those it invites on over 80 elements which include legal status, years in business, qualifications, memberships, and completed projects among others.

In addition to more than 50 architects, currently lists 163 home service professional companies and individuals under a variety of relevant areas, including Commercial & Industrial, Community Work, Conservation Work, House Extension Design, House Renovation Design, One-Off Housing Design, and Public Work.

The platform says it plans to change the way home owners choose professionals to provide the services they need, and promises a number of innovative features towards achieving this over coming months.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on 16 January 2018 were 7, 12, 18 and 19. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €14,200.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Lisa and Paddy O'Rourke (Promoter Mag O'Connell), Siobhan Murphy (Mag O'Connell), and the Staff at Curragh Lawns (Miriam McDonnell).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Nessa Dunlea and the Abbey Bridge Club and the winner of the Draw in the Parish Centre on the night was Fr Martin Harte.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Scam +252 call doing the rounds

A couple of people locally have got this missed call this morning, writes Brian Byrne.

It rings for just a couple of seconds then stops. If you call back, you'll be charged a premium rate for as long as you stay on.

The scam surfaces periodically in different countries and usually runs for a few days. It appears to originate in Africa.

Just delete the call notification.

Concerns about children's mental health highlighted

Nearly a third of respondents to a survey of parents' needs in Kildare said they had ongoing worries about their children's mental health, writes Brian Byrne.

In particular they were worried about negative and damaging influences their children might face on a daily basis.

The main influences noted included the potential of bullying as the most significant single issue. Other influences of concern included drug or alcohol use. Concerns about access to social media was linked both with bullying and the use of drugs and alcohol.

A typical responses noted the need to keep children safe 'and protect them from the ills of the internet and social media'.

Getting help for pre-teens and teenagers in the aftermath of a situation like online bullying was also an issue.

A final report on the survey can be sourced by emailing A pdf version can be downloaded here.

Defibrillator meeting in Calverstown

The provision of a community first aid defibrillator will be discussed at a meeting in Calverstown on Wednesday night, writes Brian Byrne.

The public meeting is being held at The Stream Lounge, beginning at 8.30pm.

Training in the use of the unit will also be discussed.

All welcome.

'Eyes on fly-tippers' scheme mooted

A 'Litter Alert' scheme is being considered by Kilcullen Tidy Towns, writes Brian Byrne. The idea is to combat the increasing instances of fly-tipping of rubbish.

The scheme would operate in a similar way to the Community Text Alert system, with instances of littering being quickly reported to the Tidy Towns Group by 'eyes' in different parts of town.

The scheme would involve volunteers in areas of Kilcullen being the points of contact for fly-tipping reports in their street, estate or district, and who would pass on details to Kilcullen Tidy Towns. It would be particularly important to involve people in the outlying areas around Kilcullen where dumping of rubbish is lately almost epidemic.

It's hoped the existence of the scheme would make residents more aware of suspicious activity that leads to dumping.

Publication and promotion of the scheme could also help to deter fly-tippers, whether from the locality or those coming in from outside the town.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Co Housing Group meeting this week

The Kilcullen Co Housing Group is holding its next meeting on Thursday, 18 January, writes Brian Byrne.

It is again being held in Fallons, beginning at 7.30pm.

The meeting is aimed at getting more information from potential buyers and to update people on the potential 10-house project.

Representatives of the O Chulann Housing Alliance in Dublin will be present to answer questions on the co housing model.

The Kilcullen group was formed to help middle income earners get on the property ladder in a fair and affordable way.

The group had its inaugural meeting in November. New members are welcome.

Plan a visit to The Cool Planet Experience

Pic: Cool Planet Experience.
If you want your children — or yourself — to understand a bit more about climate change and its effects, a new attraction due to open in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, might be well worth putting on your calendar, writes Brian Byrne.

The Cool Planet Experience is the world’s first permanent visitor centre dedicated to climate change and connects science, engineering, gaming and drama to present the story of climate change in a new way. Opening to the public in mid-February, it is the first of ten that are planned to open around the world in the next three years.

It's aimed at people aged from 7 through adulthood, takes about an hour to complete, and is full of interesting facts and games centred around climate change. It personalises the story to you — at the start you receive a wristband that you tag on, and enter simple information about your day-to-day life. This is then collated to tell you your carbon footprint (demonstrated by the amount of trees it is equivalent to!).

As you go through the centre, you tag on to different interactions or games, culminating at the end with an opportunity to make a pledge, such as cycling to school rather than being driven. Simplifying the message for our younger generations, this is a fantastic opportunity for children and adults alike to have a real understanding of climate change issues facing Ireland. More than that, it provides visitors with an opportunity to have a better understanding of their own personal impact and the magnitude of the global challenge ahead.

It's not all bad news, the Experience also showcases technologies and techniques already here or on the way which can help to mitigate the effects of change.

The Cool Planet Experience will be a fantastic day out for everyone, and it's only an hour from Kilcullen. The operators are particularly focusing on school groups, so make sure if you have children in primary or secondary that you start spreading the word to those who organise school trips. Coupled with Powerscourt gardens it could be a great excursion day for the family.

(Information courtesy of the EPA Catchments Unit.)

The week ahead in Kilcullen

A series of Children's Art Classes are getting under way in the Community Centre from today, with a set of five classes for children running through to 12 February, and these will be followed by a second set on Tuesdays from 16 February. The time slots for both sets are 3.15pm-4.30pm, and an early drop-off for children is available. The cost is €50, with all art materials supplied. For further information and booking contact Sinead on 087 2384779.

Looking through the week, this evening at 7pm there's an Information event in the Gael Scoil Nás na Ríogh at Piper's Hill for anyone thinking of enrolling their child for September.

On Wednesday night it's the new year concert in aid of Maintain Hope, always lots of good music and chat, in the Town Hall Theatre. A few tickets left in Berneys Chemists.

Also on Wednesday evening is the first session of the January 'Improve Your Photography' course run by Conor Williams. The course runs on three successive Wednesdays from 7-9pm for €75.  Call 086 8721707.

On Thursday evening Kilcullen AFC training for the Senior team gets under way at 8pm on the Astro pitch.

Next Saturday is the next Book Sale in aid of the KWWSPCA in Kilcullen Heritage Centre.

There's an Adult Baking class in Kalbarri also on the Saturday (and a Children's one on Monday 29 January).