Monday, September 28, 2020

Asthma and College — learn how to manage

An Instagram Live will be hosted on Wednesday by the Asthma Society of Ireland for young people to familiarise themselves with the basics of asthma management and having an Asthma Action Plan in place, as they start or return to college.

The event will be at 4pm on @AsthmaSocietyOfIreland and will be led by respiratory specialist nurse Ruth Morrow. A focus will be on the importance of taking asthma medication as prescribed.

The Society is is appealing to young people to put extra protections in place to help manage their condition amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Students are also encouraged to make use of the resources available and encouraged to reach out to the Asthma Society’s Sláintecare funded Asthma and COPD WhatsApp messaging service with any concerns or questions. Just send a text via WhatsApp message to 086 059 0132 for one to one support with an asthma or COPD nurse.

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Employment vacancies at Dunlavin Nursing Home

Vacancies are available at Dunlavin Nursing Home for Full Time and Part Time Health Care Assistants.

Daytime and Night time Positions available.

Please send CV to or phone 045 406628.

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Mattress Recycling Day this week

A reminder that there's an opportunity this week to get rid of old mattresses free courtesy of Kildare County Council.

The Council is holding a free mattress recycling day on Wednesday 30 September at the Silliot Hill Recycling Centre, between 9am and 3pm.

Only three mattresses per vehicle will be accepted.

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Apple tarts on the way ...

A very nice autumnal thought from somebody in Nicholastown, sharing their nature's bounty on the Green.

Even providing bags for those who take up the invitation. Lovely.

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Weatherday: Il Papa del Sorriso

Dull and damp start. Some light rain and drizzle possible. Brighter with sunny spells in the afternoon.

Highest temperatures of 14deg in southerly light breezes shifting westerly.

On this day in 1978, Pope John Paul I died after just 33 days in office, the shortest reign in the history of the Papacy. 

(Headline: John Paul I was known as The Smiling Pope.)

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Podcast: The Perfect Pint?

In these days of carefully metered and chilled beers, a pint of Guinness is a scientifically consistent joy for those who favour the black stuff. But it wasn't always that way. Produced by Brian Byrne.

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County Kildare Social Inclusion Week webinars

A series of webinars will be hosted by Kildare County Council groups and others during the coming days as part of County Kildare Social Inclusion Week, writes Brian Byrne. All are free but require registration for partipants.

On Monday 28 September at 11am the launch of the Kildare Ability Programme 'Connected-Respected-Included' can be viewed live on the County Kildare Leader Partnership Facebook Page. This does not require registration.

A webinar 'Championing' Older LBGTQI+ People is hosted on Tuesday from 2pm-4pm, registration by email to

Understanding Cultural Adaptation & Intercultural Communication is the subject of an event on Wednesday at 2pm, registration at

An Garda Siochána Covid 19 Community Response in Kildare at 3.30pm on Wednesday can be joined by contacting

A workshop Introduction to Anti-Racism & Cultural Awareness is being held on Thursday 1 October at 2pm, take part by registering with

Autism Friendly Town is a webinar also on Thursday, from 6.30pm-7.15pm, registration at

To take part in County Kildare Leader Partnership Community Call Response during Lockdown, on Friday 2 October, contact The event is from 10am-11.45pm.

The final event of the week is also on Friday, Migrant Political Participation Workshop, at 2pm. Registration at

More details of each event are available here.  

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Free online events for expectant and new mothers

A series of free online wellness events for expectant and new mothers in Kildare and West Wicklow is being held in the week beginning 19 October, writes Brian Byrne.

Under the banner 'Minding Me', the subjects will include prenatal and postnatal yoga, hypnobirthing, mental health, and the joys and challenges of becoming a mother. The full list and timings are available here

More details can be found by searching the Eventbrite site for Minding Me and the title of the event.

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Over 30 stalls booked for Christmas Market

It's a little way off, but time moves quickly and 5 December is worth a note in your calendar.

More than 30 stalls have now been booked for the Christmas Market which will be held at the back of the Heritage Centre.

Producers and crafters include Jane Russell's handmade sausages, Fallons, Nolans, Armelle's Kitchen, Kelly's Ice Cream, as well as clothing, paper goods, decorations, cakes and more.

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Weatherday: The iron way

Another cold but bright sunny start to the day. Mostly bright through, with cloud moving in from teatime.

Southerly breezes light. Highest temperatures expected to reach 12deg locally. Monday outlook wet.

On this day in 1825, George Stephenson's 'Locomotion No. 1' became the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

The passing of Noel Sherry

The Diary has learned of the death of Noel Sherry, Nicholastown, on September 26th 2020, at Naas Hospital.

Beloved husband of Breda and loving father of Sandra and Lorraine, and brother of the late Liam and Patsy, he is sadly missed by his brother Owen, sister-in-law Mary, sons-in-law Liam and John, grandchildren Dean, Kyran, Aaron, Caoimhe and Jamie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Noel will be reposing at his residence from 2pm on Monday 28th with prayers scheduled at 8 o'clock. Removal will be from there on Tuesday 29th to the Church of The Sacred Heart and St Brigid, Kilcullen, arriving for 11.30am requiem Mass. Funeral will be afterwards to New Abbey Cemetery, Kilcullen.

Due to current guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on

May he rest in peace.

'Drive-by' Coffee Morning raised €640 for Hospice

A 'drive-by' Coffee Morning held in Cnoc na Greine this morning raised €640 for St Brigid's Hospice on The Curragh, writes Brian Byrne.

Organised by Ruth Brand from Ruths HomeBaked Kitchen as part of the Bewleys-supported Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, it worked by having pre-packed boxes available with coffee, tea or herbal tea and box of home baked goodies. The coffee and tea would be made at home, for safety reasons for the drivers.

Supporters didn't have to leave their cars. They drove up and Ruth and her helpers distributed the boxes and took the donations in envelopes. The helpers were Audrey Burdis, Evey Grace, and First Year students in CPC Sarah and Clodagh.

"The result is amazing," Ruth told the Diary, thanking all who supported.

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National Walking Day tomorrow

Tomorrow, Sunday 27 September, is National Walking Day, writes Brian Byrne.

The day is celebrated as part of the European Week of Sport, and everybody is encouraged to get out on their two feet and walk, individually or together in line with current local covid guidelines.

The day is supported by the Kildare Sports Partnership. Participants are asked to share photos of their walk on any or all of the following twitter feeds. #BeActive & #NationalWalkingDay, @sportireland, @GetIreWalking, @HealthyIreland.

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Kilcullen Ladies in Final today

Pic from Kilcullen GAA Facebook.
After roundly beating Balyna last week and gaining a place in the Ladies Intermediate Final, the Kilcullen Senior girls are all set for today's challenge against Maynooth, writes Brian Byrne.

The flags and bunting are visible around town.

The game will start at 1.30pm at the Manguard Plus GAA Centre of Excellence in Hawkfield, Newbridge. Limited numbers can go, due to Covid restrictions, and a bit of local support would be appreciated. But cheer them on in your hearts even if you can't be at the pitch.

(NOTE: It seems I had been mistaken about this being a Semi Final. Corrected.)

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Irish Makers Markets in Kilcullen today

It's a grand crisp healthy morning, ideal for a shopping browse in the open air. The Irish Makers Markets returns to the Leinster Marts Car Park in Kilcullen today, writes Brian Byrne.

Running from 10am-1pm, the producers at the market include Cullen's Organic Veg - in season organic veg; Croft's Treats - cakes and sweets; Leopard's Kitchen - salsa and couscous; Loughlins of Borahard - milk and eggs; Gibney's Garden Preserves - pesto, chutneys, hot sauces and jams; Crean's Place - breads, rolls, sweet cakes; Ger Bloomfield Cheese - cheeses, butter, honey; Bend in the Barrow - Soap, Hand Balm, Massage oil, Shaving Soap; Justin's Woodcrafts - Wood Crafts with Conor Lane Bog Oak Crafts; and Beeswax Wraps by Tracie - Beeswax Wrap.

In the interests of sustainability and the environment, customers are asked to bring their own bags and containers.

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Weatherday: Come Together

The cool bright start is an indicator of what's likely the whole day. Mostly sunny with some cloudy spells.

The below zero temperature of overnight will lift to no more than 11deg. Light breezes from the north. Another cold night in prospect.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released their Abbey Road album.

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