Sunday, February 25, 2018

The passing of Margaret O'Brien

The Diary has learned of the death of Margaret O'Brien (nee McEvoy), late of Basin Street, Naas; Coneybouragh, Athy and Kilcullen, on 24 February 2018, peacefully at Silver Stream Nursing Home, Dunlavin.

Her passing is deeply regretted by her loving husband James, brothers-in-law Peter and Martin, sisters-in-law Gabrielle and Maisie, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Margaret is reposing at Doyle's Funeral Home, Ballymount, from 6pm this evening, Sunday, with prayers at 8pm. Removal from there will be on Monday evening at 7pm to The Church of The Sacred Heart and St Brigid, Kilcullen, arriving for 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11am. Margaret's funeral will take place afterwards to St Brigid's Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.

Annual CPC walk to Old Kilcullen

We were blessed with a beautifully bright, if freezing cold day as we undertook our annual walk to the Round Tower, in Old Kilcullen, writes Catherine Moynihan, Principal of Cross & Passion College.

On arrival, Sr Máire, Sr Carmel and our students led us in a short service of music and story. Together, students, staff and the sisters celebrated the history and heritage of Kilcullen, the legacy of the Cross and Passion Sisters and the link between ourselves in CPC and Lima in Peru.

Sr Clare Dawson, a past pupil of the College and a Cross and Passion Sister, works in the Santa Rosa Medical Centre in Lima, desperately in need of funding for the simplest of provisions. We were all shocked and humbled to realise that the €1,000 we can send to Sr Clare as a result of our walk, can do so much in a place so poor and so far away.

We hope that the proceeds from our sponsored walk will make some small difference to quality of lives of the people in Santa Rosa.

(Pics courtesy CPC.)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Kilcullen sunset

This beautiful sunset was caught this evening by Phil Cummins. A super photo for a super event.

Parish art heritage noted in '2018 and Beyond' document

The William Pearse main altar.
Did you know that all the altars in Kilcullen Parish Church were made by the renowned church sculptor William Pearse, father of the 1916 Rising leader Padraig Pearse? writes Brian Byrne.

Or that all but one of the stained glass windows in the church were made by the father of the very famous stained glass artist Harry Clarke, Joshua Clarke?

Windows by artist Joshua Clarke.
These are but two elements of Kilcullen's very fine church art heritage noted in a document presented to the Parish Pastoral Council recently by one of its members, Peter Moloney.

'Kilcullen Parish, going forward 2018 & Beyond' is an outline proposal covering a range of issues relating mainly to physical, archaeological, artistic and musical matters of the Parish. But it also looks towards a future of fewer or even no priests and how that concern might be addressed.

It details possibilities of how to find funds for urgent repairs and maintenance to the parish church and the parochial house, development of the choirs and the restoration of the organ, and work which needs to be carried out in the Parish's other church at Gormanstown.

The John White organ.
A view of current discussions between the Diocese and the developer of the adjacent land is also given, relating to the Church Car Park and the possibility of a new house for a priest, and provision of services to the Parish property.

'Kilcullen Parish, going forward 2018 & Beyond' will be published in its entirety in the upcoming March issue of 'The Bridge'.

The Fr Egan altar.

The art and artefacts of the Parish Church were catalogued by the Diocese in 2001, and a similar survey of Gormanstown Church was carried out in 2005.

Easter Market spaces almost gone

There are still a couple of spaces left for local crafters who might want to be part of the Easter Market planned for the market square on Saturday 24 March, writes Brian Byrne.

Signage will be put in place next week at the town entrances and on the bridge, to highlight the Market to local people and to those passing through from outside.

The event will run from 9am-4pm, and stalls already booked will offer breads, pastries, and hot food, as well as crafts, jewellery and flowers.

There will be music, face-painting and and story-telling for children, and a children's art competition in the Heritage Centre.

A raffle to help defray the costs of removing dangerous trees in the Valley will also be held.

Anyone interested in taking the remaining spaces can phone Antoinette on 086 3702554.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Displays mark 88 years of Kilcullen Drama Group

Two display boards have been installed in the Kilcullen Heritage Centre to mark the plays performed by the Kilcullen Drama Group since it was founded in 1930, writes Brian Byrne.

In all, some 146 productions are recorded, of which 15 were performed in the 'Carlow Stables', a former coach and horses stopping point where Nicholastown Green is now.

"My Uncle Michael was in the first of those, the play 'Uncle Pat'," says Nessa Dunlea of Kilcullen Drama Group, who organised the displays. Other plays in that space included 'The Colleeen Bawn', 'Drama at Innis', and 'Grogan and the Ferrett'.

The first play in the New Town Hall in 1935 was 'Autumn Fire', and the production was the official opening of the facility. After a number of crisis periods and reincarnations, one for a long time as a cinema, the theatre was refurbished in 1996, and the Heritage Centre was added and the Volvo leather seats installed in 2000.

Some of the classic old and modern plays in the theatre down the decades included 'Shadow of a Gunman', 'Many Young Men of Twenty', 'The Last of the Red Hot Lovers', 'Da', 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane', and 'The Plough and the Stars'.

The research for the project was greatly helped by John Martin's booklet to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kilcullen Drama Group, Nessa says. The production of the displays was by The Signmaker, located in the Link Business Park.

Crean's Place opening in evenings

Crean's Place, which up to now has been only opening in daytime as a cafe and restaurant, will start evening service tonight, writes Brian Byrne.

Chef David Byrne will offer a number of signature dishes on an a la carte basis, between 6pm-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

"I'm keeping it simple at the moment, but I'll soon also be offering a 6-course taster menu," he says, adding that the business has a full wine and beer licence, with the latter emphasis on craft beers from a Clane brewery.

Manager needed by Kilcullen GAA

Kilcullen GAA are currently seeking a second team manager for the upcoming season. Their league is due to start at the beginning of April.

The second team is an integral part of the club as it gives many younger players, transitioning from Minor to Senior level, the chance to play at senior level with experienced players. It is a vital stepping stone to the first team, and as such would require a good working relationship with Senior manager Jarlath Gilroy, and also Minor manager Mickey Behan. The group of players are a fantastic group of lads who are eager to get going for 2018, and hope to replicate their championship winning season of 2016.

If you are interested, or know anyone that may be interested in the role, please contact Vice-Chairman Trevor Howard on 087 9748056.