Saturday, August 30, 2014

Armed robbery at Burkes Pharmacy, two men sought

A sum of money and some drugs were stolen this morning in an armed robbery at Burkes Pharmacy on Hillcrest, writes Brian Byrne.

The robbery happened at around 10.30am, and involved two armed men. Afterwards they escaped in a black Passat, which was sighted a number of times afterwards on the road towards Naas.

Nobody was hurt in the incident. The Garda are at the scene at the moment.

Billy's Bazaar opens on Monday

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Billy and friends at last year's Bazaar.

Billy Redmond is operating his annual Bazaar next week, from Monday 1 September through 3 September, writes Brian Byrne.

Once again the location is the Kilcullen Heritage Centre, with opening hours 10am-5pm.

The proceeds go to Friends of Naas Hospital.

Available for purchase will be unwanted gifts, books, furniture, bicycles, and there's even a vintage Hohner button accordion.

Further information 087 6311177.


Internet scam warning

A scam where phone callers pretend to be Eircom representatives and gain access to people's computers is currently in play in the Kilcullen area, writes Brian Byrne.

Those who are caught by it have lost money from their credit card accounts, and also had their computers and emails compromised, often involving expense to have the equipment restored to normal safe use.

It's a variation on the old 'I'm calling from Microsoft, about a problem we've noticed with your computer' scam. In the current one, the perpetrators are piggybacking on the arrival of eFibre to the area. Their victims have already probably received letters and fliers from Eircom about the upgraded service.

The scammer on the phone offers to 'do' the actual upgrade on the spot for a fee, typically €21. In fact, the job can't be done with a phone call, but requires the installation of a new modem on the premises by an Eircom engineer.

In addition to getting the victim's credit card details, he gets the victim to log onto a fake site, and encourages the downloading of a piece of software. That software is in fact 'malware', probably with keystroke tracking which can give away usernames and passwords and other information.

At least one person has been caught out in Kilcullen recently by this scam, so this is a general warning to all locals not to respond to any such solicitations by phone, and never, ever, give out credit card details to somebody who calls them out of the blue. Equally, don't be manipulated into clicking onto links and sites, or into downloading stuff that likely is intended to do you and your device harm.

Caveat. Caveat.

UPDATE: A reader has added his warning, about somebody purporting on the phone to be from Bank of Ireland, 'very convincing', he says. Another reader asks me to remind that these scam callers offer names and 'identification' details. Always best to say you'll call back through the HQ organisation. Bottom line, there's a lot of it about.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Rally against closure of men's shelter

A public rally against the closure of the homeless shelter Michael Garry House will take place outside the Newbridge premises this evening at 6.30pm, writes Brian Byrne.

The shelter has been closed by the St Vincent de Paul Society, which is negotiating with Kildare County Council to have it taken over by the Council as a shelter for women and women with children.

It was originally a shelter for men from the time it was opened by the local SVP Conference in 1997, and has been supported for many years by Kilcullen people who contributed to the annual 'Miscellany on Sunday' held at the Bermingham family home on Mooretown.

Vintage Harvest Rally this weekend

A Vintage Harvest Rally is taking place in Suncroft on Sunday August 31 in aid of the Howe Family Cottage Restoration Fund, writes Brian Byrne.

There will be on exhibit vintage tractors, combine harvesters, steam engines, military vehicles and equipment, stationary engines, as well as tractor pulling and live music.

A blacksmith will be showing his trade, as will a thatcher, and there will be butter making and flour making.

The road run element of the Rally will leave Martinstown at 12 noon, and entry is by donation.

More information is available at 086 2561824 or 087 2511665.

Relay for Life meeting tonight

Just a reminder that there's a Relay for Life meeting in The Hideout this evening at 9.30, for all who want to get involved with the Kilcullen camp at the event on 6/7 September, writes Sabina Reddy.

The Relay for Life is 24 hours of celebration and recognition of people who have gone through the journey of cancer. The 24 hours is packed with activities and each camp will run novelty and fundraising events. Kilcullen camp are running a cake and bun sale.

We would also encourage everyone to call to The Curragh Racecourse over the 6th/7th to enjoy and participate.

The Kilcullen Relay for Life team would like to thank everyone for their support in buying the Candle for Life bags at the River Festival, where €870 was raised.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nicholastown Nature Evening

As part of Heritage Week and the Estates 75th Anniversary, we are holding a Nature evening in the Estate this Friday 29th August from 6.30–7.30pm, writes Ray Kelly of Nicholastown Residents.

The evening will consist of a talk on Composting – the Green has a communal composting bin; a walk and talk on the mature trees on the Green – there are 65 trees on the Green; and finally a Nature treasure hunt for the all those who attend.

The invitation is open to all and would be great if families came along to partake in the activities and treasure hunt. Refreshments will be served.

Crash on bridge

There was serious damage done to a flowers standard and two bollards sometime early this morning, when a car crossed the road and ran into them on the bridge, writes Brian Byrne.

The debris left behind indicates a BMW which was built in 2013.

An investigation is under way.

Felt workshop

A Felt-making Workshop in The Cottonwood Tree on Saturday 6 September will show participants how to make their own Felt Bag.

The event is from 10-30am-4pm, and costs €60 including materials.

For further information, or to book a place, contact Katrina on 087 7473233 or Rose (pictured with a sample of the finished product) on 045 484482.

Youth Theatre performances tonight, tomorrow

Just a reminder again that Kilcullen Drama Youth Theatre is presenting two one-act plays tonight and tomorrow night (28/29 August) in the Town Hall Theatre, writes Brian Byrne.

They are 'Family Affair' by Lisa Sherin and 'The Essay' by Ronan Carr. The pictures above and here are from the rehearsal of 'The Essay'.

Tickets available from Berneys Chemists or phone 045 481497, Adults €10 Children €5.

Well worth an evening, for this very accomplished young group.

Camphill bell and lyre concert

The Camphill Bell & Lyre Orchestra will combine with the Dara String Quartet this weekend for a concert in Naas.

The performance will take place at the McAuley Place Centre, and begins at 7pm on Saturday, August 30.

Donations may be made at the door.

Christy Moore sings for Gaza kids

Christy Moore will play a benefit concert for the children of Gaza in Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday 12 October.

The proceeds of the concert will go directly to the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) which helps children to overcome the trauma they have experienced from the successive military assaults and occupation of Gaza by Israeli forces over recent years.

For over 20 years, MECA (www.mecaforpeace.org) has provided direct support for treatment clinics for traumatised children as well as medical aid, counselling programmes, play centres and libraries.

Christy Moore will be accompanied by Declan Sinnott at the ‘Gig for the Children of Gaza’ in Vicar Street.

Tickets at €40 are available from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie. For further information contact 01 858 8217.