Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Local cyclist for world championships

Kilcullen Cycling Club member JB Murphy will be Ireland's only rider in the World Cyclocross Championship in Bieles, Luxembourg.

In the event on next Saturday morning, JB will be riding the Junior race over a very testing course that is mainly in a gravel pit and a park in Belval University. The race starts at 11am local time.

JB is a member of the Murphy Surveys Cycling Squad and is very grateful for all their help over the past three years. Now comes the problems of transport and making sure that all his equipment is in top shape. John Walker will be looking after the mechanical side of things with the help of his dad Liam.

Also on the team travelling will be JB's dad Brian who is driving the camper van, assisted by his brother Damien. They will travel on Wednesday night on Landbridge and expect to be at the course in time to get a few laps done so as to learn the different parts of the circuit.

Cyclocross is an extremely difficult sport where riders cycle over a rough terrain and at times have to dismount and carry their bike over various obstacles and even run up some steps.

The race will be about an hour in duration and the weather can play a big part as to how the course holds up with mud, sand and even snow being some of the problems that will face the field of about 80 riders.

JB is ranked 33rd in the world and can improve his ranking with a good result.

In the photo, courtesy Hollywood Pictures, JB is wearing his national jersey as Junior Champion in a recent race in Stormont.

Monday, January 23, 2017

KCA meeting tomorrow night

The first Kilcullen Community Action meeting of 2017 will review the Tidy Towns Plan for the coming year, writes Brian Byrne.

The meeting, which will be held upstairs in O'Connells at 8.30pm on Tuesday 24 January (tomorrow), will also discuss a prioritisation plan for items raised at last year's public meeting with local political representatives.

A number of these items have already been dealt with, including the footpaths at Hillside and the new footpath to Lui na Greine.

A major cleanup of the town is to be undertaken in advance of the Spring Clean Week, and the regular Litter Picks will be resumed following the Christmas break.

The Committee will also discuss a range of current items, such as involving more people, getting clubs and associations involved in KCA activities, policy on bins and more.

Updates on the Valley Park and street signage will also be part of the meeting.

All interested in becoming part of the KCA/Tidy Towns work are welcome to the meetings.

CPC U16 Girls are All Ireland Basketball Champs

The Cross & Passion College U16 Girls Basketball team are the Subway Schools All-Ireland winners in their division, writes Brian Byrne.

They beat Colaiste Oirall from Monaghan in the Cup Final at the National Basketball Arena Tallaght this afternoon, with a score of 56-45.

The team have also qualified for the semi-finals of the All-Ireland League.

The Basketball Ireland stream of the game can be viewed below.

TD using Facebook for real-time Q&A

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon will be holding a live Q&A session on his Facebook page tomorrow evening, Tuesday, at 6.30pm, writes Brian Byrne.

In a novel way of dealing directly with constituents' queries, the Deputy is asking anyone with a question to post it on the comments section of his page, and he will engage in dialogue with the questioner during the session.

"People have changed how they receive updates and information and we, as public representatives need to adapt to ensure that we are available and accessible in a manner that suits our audience," he says. "The more traditional means of communication such as clinics in my office and around the constituency, email, phone calls and calling to my office are still in place and suit many people, but I want to make sure that I am as available as possible."

Using Facebook Live in this way allows people to ask a question and receive a response straight away. Deputy Heydon says the questions can be on any issue, local or national.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Big turnout for GAA 5K Race

There was a very enthusiastic turnout of 289 registered participants in the inaugural Kilcullen GAA 5K Road Race, writes Brian Byrne. Of the total, 150 were women, and a group of those from Kilcullen GAA itself are pictured above.

James Nolan, in the Senior Men grade, was first home, with a chip time of 0:16:09, and the first woman back was Ruth O'Loughlin in the Senior Women grade, with a time of 0:19:04.

The other grade winners were Jean McEvoy, Female 40 (0:20:06); Molly Aspell, Junior Female (0:22:22); Eddie Allen, Junior Male (0:18:25); Cyril Cuddy, Male 40 (0:16:16); Damian Strain, Male 50 (0:21:56); and Eddie Walsh, Male 60 (0:18:51).

All timings and results, and the picture above, courtesy Pop Up Races, whose other pictures from the race can be seen here.