Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More than 100 participated in ET

There was a total 105 participants over the two days of Kilcullen Enterprise Town’s Expos last weekend, representing enterprises, community, sports and social groups in the town, writes Brian Byrne.

Some 71 of those who took stands or provided entertainment in the Bank of Ireland sponsored free event were businesses, spread across sectors which included Arts & Craft, Childcare, Construction and Home, Fitness, Food, Health & Care, Print & Publishing, Property, Retail, and a variety of Services.

There were 17 Community & Service stands ranging from An Garda Siochana through Kilcullen Lions Club to Kilcullen Heritage Group, while the local schools and their pupils were responsible for nine presentations.

Seven sports organisations took part, including Athletics, Community Games, Cycling, GAA, Tennis, Soccer and Pitch & Putt.

Prizes were presented to enterprise teams from Scoil Bhride’s Fifth Class who participated in the Bizworld Competition — Super Sprayers and Blue Shoes.

Cross & Passion College Transition Year Mini Company groups also received prizes — Creatively Prepared Cards, Pow Pack, All Boxed Up, and Crann de Dhearadh

A prize was also presented to the team who reached the semi-finals in the Bank of Ireland sponsored Junk Kouture Competition.

The full list of participants were:

Business/Arts & Crafts: Curious Quirkes, Sandra Petit Frere, An Original, Artastic, Ceramic Art, Conor Williams Photography, Curragh Pens, Drama Dynamics, Geraldine School of Dancing, Handcraft Jewellers, Hens.Love.Dance, Jenny Landers School of Dancing, Joe O Connor Engraving, Kings & Clowns Drama School, Purity Belle Candles, The Premiere School of Dancing, and The Signmaker.

Business/Childcare: Auntie Annes Country Creche, Kidz Academy Creche, Kilcullen Community Childcare, and Toddlers & Wobblers.

Business/Construction & Home: Bneatstairs, Ecokem Ltd, Firechief Fire & Safety, Kildare Bathroom Company, McDonald Window Cleaning, Murphy Design &Build, Murphy Surveys, OB Lawnmowers, Ultra House Cleaning, Woodlock Plumbing and Heating, and Your Gardening Needs Sorted.

Business/Fitness: No. 1 Fitness Kilcullen, and Kilcullen Taekwon-Do Club.

Business/Food: Francis Southern, Aedamars Curds, Armelle's Kitchen, Caroline Liston, Fallons, Foxhill Quail Eggs, Kalbarri Cookery School, Rachel Allen, and Traditional Smokehouse.

Business/Healthcare: Curragh Lawn Nursing Home, Pamela Harpur Yoga, Home Instead Senior Care, Kilcullen Dental & Orthodontics, Kilcullen Holistic Beauty, and Nichola Kennedy Optometrist.

Business/Print & Publishing: Clare Print, and Whelan Byrne Associates.

Business/Property: Appleton Property, and Dowling Properties.

Business/Retail: Eurospar, Avril’s Flowers, Berney Bros, Dunleas of Kilcullen, Karen O'Connor Forever Living, Kilcullen Carry Out, Pretty Little Things, Secret Kloset, Shabby Chic J&A, The Brickx Club, Value Zone, and Vincents.

Business/Services: H.S.F. Ltd Kildare Cleaning, Gordon Machinery Repair, Kilcullen Bouncy Castles, Kilcullen Parish Centre, Paul Aspell Guidance Counselling, and Robert Coonan Solicitor.

Community/Services: An Garda Siochana, Arthritis Ireland Kildare Branch, KARE, Kilcullen Community Action, Kilcullen Community Library, Kilcullen Carer & Toddler, Kilcullen Lions Club, Kilcullen Team Relay for Life, Kilcullen Text Alert, Kildare & Wicklow Education+Training Board, KYC Kilcullen Parish Youth Club, National Learning Network, Teach na nDaoine, The Bridge Camphill, The Bridge Magazine, Gormanstown Chapel (Music), and Kilcullen Heritage Group.

Schools: All Boxed Up (TY), Brannockstown NS, Crann De Dhearagh (TY), Creatively Prepared Cards (TY), Junk Kouture, Kildare Steiner School, Pow Pack (TY), Scoil Bhride, and St Josephs NS Halverstown.

Sports: Crookstown Millview Athletics Club, Kilcullen Community Games, Kilcullen Cycling Club, Kilcullen GAA, Kilcullen Tennis Club, Soccer Club, and St Bridget’s Pitch & Putt.

(And some people say there's nothing in small towns ...)