Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Weatherday: Cleared for landing

Probably dry with good sunny spells through the morning. Showers likely in the mid to late afternoon, some of which could be heavy bursts with the possibility of thunderstorms.

Highest temperatures around 13deg in light variable breezes.

On this day in 1939, an Irish Air Corps Avro Anson A43 was the first aircraft to land at the new international airport at Rineanna in Co Clare, later to become Shannon Airport.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Kilcullen Community Action AGM on Thursday

The Annual General Meeting of Kilcullen Community Action is taking place this Thursday, 20 May, at 8pm.

Due to pandemic restrictions still in place, the meeting will be online, via Microsoft Teams. Any member of the public who wishes to attend can email Kilcullencommunityaction@gmail.com for a link.

The Agenda is — 1. Appointment of Chairperson; 2. Constitution Quorum; 3. Minutes of Last Meeting; 4. Auditors Report; 5. Annual Financial Statement; 6. Review by Members of the Company Affairs; 7. Appointment and Remuneration of Auditors; 8. AOB.

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It's all 'Howya' again at Woodbine Books

It was all buzz today in Woodbine Books with customers in to browse and buy, something they haven't been able to do since Christmas, writes Brian Byrne.

In particular there were a number of children in this afternoon with their parents, eager to get stuck into some new reading.

Proprietor Dawn Behan (back) is pictured with one of them, and he's wearing an entirely appropriate mask.

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Sewer problem being dealt with in Kilcullen

It's a busy roadworks day in Kilcullen this afternoon, writes Brian Byrne.

Irish Water is dealing with a major sewer problem halfway down the hill which has been causing significant problems. It has to be said that the repair crew are managing traffic very well in a very difficult situation.

Meanwhile, Kildare County Council has removed the damaged bollards on the bridge which were recently knocked by a vehicle.

So, if you were slowed down passing through the town today, it was unavoidable ... and all for the good in the end.

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Catriona's Boutique reopens

After five months, Catriona’s Boutique in Naas has finally reopened and is looking forward to welcoming back customers both old and new.

While in lockdown the interior has had a very pleasant makeover and Catriona's is now selling very well-known designer brands such as SeaSalt, Robbel, and White Stuff.

So do drop in and say hello. Opening hours 10-6 Monday to Saturday.

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New Kilsaran application means 'more worry' - Action Group

A proposed extension to sand and gravel extraction at Ballysax Hills by Kilsaran Concrete is, according to the Ballyshannon Action Group, proof that the company plans to open more and more quarries in the Kilcullen vicinity, writes Brian Byrne.

A planning application lodged on 7 May with Kildare County Council seeks an extension of 11.4 hectares to the existing permitted working area at the site, bringing the total area to 39.5 hectares.

The application envisages an operational life of eight years, with a further two years to enable restoration of the site to agricultural and nature conservation use.

The company is also seeking permission to continue processing sand and gravel processing at Ballysax Hills, and of the readymix concrete batching plant. This follows a granting of permission in July 2019 of a 6.1 hectares extension to the working area at the site.

This morning, a spokesperson for the Ballyshannon Action group, which is awaiting a much-delayed Bord Pleanala decision on a refused application for a new quarry at Racefield, said the latest move represents 'even more a worry' for the people of Ballysax, Whitehall, and Kilcullen.

She also referenced the nearby Dun Ailinne archaeological site — currently the subject of a survey aimed at having it listed by USESCO as one of the five Royal Sites — saying further development would be 'a terrible shame' ... "especially considering the information we have from experts that there is certainly more there to be discovered." 

The action group also notes that a Neolithic village was discovered previously at the Kilsaran site in Corbally, Kilcullen. 

Submissions to the latest application must be lodged by 10 June 2021. The planning reference is 21618.

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The Daily Cast: A War of Independence Timeline in Kildare

The Daily Cast on Kilcullen Diary, a podcast to start Kilcullen's day on Monday the 17th of May 2021.

Today's Person of Interest is Maureen O'Sullivan, a Boyle-born actor famous for her Tarzan movies. Our Feature of the Day is a talk with Mario Corrigan, co-author of A Timeline of the War of Independence in County Kildare, 1919-1922. We also nod to the stories of the day in our local and national online news outlets.

Produced by Brian Byrne.

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Weatherday: Slaughter on the streets

It will be dry this morning with sunny spells. Scattered showers will develop through the afternoon, but there will be plenty of sunshine too.

Temperatures up to 15deg in light westerly breezes.

On this day in 1974, UVF car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan killed 34 people and injured around 300.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

New War of Independence publication about Kildare 'ideal for school projects'

A new publication from the Kildare Library Service on Ireland's War of Independence will be very useful for second level students in Kildare who want to produce special history projects on the conflict, writes Brian Byrne.

One of the authors of A Timeline of the War of Independence in County Kildare, 1919-1922, Mario Corrigan, (listen to the clip above), says the project has been in train for the last two years, with key research by Kevin O'Kelly, who delved into historical books on the War of Independence as well as painstakingly going through the archives of Ireland's newspapers of the time.

Co-authors with Mario Corrigan and Kevin O'Kelly were historian James Durney, with input from Kevin Murphy and Karel Kiely.

The 128-page booklet is published as part of the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme for 2021 and is available online from Kildare Library Service. From the end of this week, printed copies will be distributed through the Kildare Library system.

A full interview with Mario Corrigan will feature on tomorrow morning's The Daily Cast, available on Kilcullen Diary from 9am. 

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Birdsong and Bluebells in Killinthomas Wood


A quiet interlude in Killinthomas Wood, Rathangan, in mid-May. Produced by Brian Byrne.

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Weatherday: The 9.05 to Dublin is delayed by media attention

A mix of sun and cloud through the day. Some showers expected through lunchtime and early afternoon.

A temperature high of 14deg in light northerly breezes.

On this day in 2002, the first woman train driver in Iarnr√≥d √Čireann, Teresa Carey, took the controls of a passenger service from Cork to Dublin.

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