Saturday, November 14, 2015

That was the Week

It has been yet another busy week in Kilcullen, and we know that not everyone gets to read the Diary every day, writes Brian Byrne. So here's a kind of resumé for catchup.

Last weekend kicked off with a full report on the Kilcullen Community Awards Night, which once again highlighted people and organisations who make Kilcullen a better place in which to live.

Then we reported that the Eve Productions presentation of 'Shirley Valentine', which had so wowed those who saw it in Kilcullen, is to get a performance in Naas in the New Year.

There were a couple of financial stories during the week, the first a Viewpoint opinion piece on the latest across the counter restrictions for BofI customers, the second a related story about the Credit Union movement, and how Central Bank restrictions are hampering them in their efforts to offer the range of services that would enable them to compete with the banks.

Some Kilcullen young people who won 'High Achiever' awards from the RIAM were highlighted, illustrating again the high levels of young talent in the community.

Still on talent, and music, Kilcullen Gospel Choir outlined its programme of public concerts between now and Christmas, one of which will feature a former Irish Eurovision star.

The generosity of Kilcullen's ordinary people towards the Christmas Lights appeal was recorded, while at the same time really good response was being achieved in canvassing the business community towards helping fund the project.

We reported on a growing frustration with the HSE over the efforts of a community group to gain the use of the defunct old Dispensary, for use as a daytime social centre, particularly for the elderly and those living alone.

With the winter drawing in fast, there were a number of Text Alerts passed on through the Diary, along with an appeal for more volunteers to hold the phone for the local system. We also provided a Garda information notice on how to secure against burglars.

Local jewellery craftsman Damian Dunne held an Open Night in his Newbridge shop, to showcase his distinctive offers for Christmas gifts.

We also reported news of a new fitness centre, which opens in Kilcullen today, Saturday. More on that later.

The week ended on Friday with an informal commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Donnelly-Cooper pugilistic fight at Donnelly's Hollow. We previewed it, and reported from it.

That's only a flavour of a lot of what went on in Kilcullen during the last week, just some of what we wrote about, and there were a lot of things that we didn't get to, but we hope this piece helps those who may have missed tuning in for some of the time.