Monday, October 23, 2017

Storm damage to Teach build to be fixed this week

With weather conditions a little easier following storms Ophelia and Brian, the people behind the Teach na nDaoine project are hoping to repair damage to the building this week, writes Brian Byrne.

At the height of Ophelia, two freshly built concrete block gables came down in different parts of the new build, fortunately without causing injury or external damage.

"It was unfortunate, because we were just about to tie them in with roofing trusses, which would have held them," says TnD committee member Albert Keenan. "This has set us back a little, but we hope to have the block-layer back this week."

The overall project is going well, though somewhat behind the original hoped-for schedule because of lengthy permit applications. The heating and plumbing in the main old dispensary building has been completed, and once the roof is on the rest of the project can be continued under cover.

The project committee have prepared a brochure on the progress and future of Teach na nDaoine, which will detail funding raised and spent to date, and what is still required.

Yesterday's Monster Auction was the latest in a series of successful fundraisers, and one in the planning stage just now is a New Year's Eve Gala event in Fallons, the proceeds of which will go to the funds.

Mass to celebrate life of Eddie O'Neill

A Mass to mark the life of Eddie O'Neill, our late teacher, colleague and friend, will be celebrated this Monday evening at 7pm in the Parish Church, writes Catherine Moynihan, Principal of Cross & Passion College.

All are most welcome to join us.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Auction going along well

This afternoon's auction was tripping along very fast when the Diary visited, writes Brian Byrne, and should raise a decent amount of money for the Teach na nDaoine project.

Auctioneer Leon Kenny wasn't wasting any time disposing of lots, many of which certainly looked like bargains for those who got them.

We'll update you on the result later.

Harry the heron

Just thought you'd like a few views of our resident heron, always a nice reason to stop as we cross over the bridge.

Big variety of bargain lots at today's Monster Auction

There are almost 330 lots for sale today at the big fundraising auction in aid of the Teach na nDaoine building fund, writes Brian Byrne.

They will all go under the hammer this afternoon in the CPC Hall, starting from 2.15pm.

The event has been set up for the Teach organising committee by Leon Kenny from Athy, who will also be the auctioneer this afternoon.

Our pictures below show just a few of the many bargains to be had for canny buyers. There's something for everyone there.

Members of the Teach na nDaoine project committee Noel Clare, Liz Maloney, Jacinta Sully and Albert Keenan this morning in advance of the auction.

Employment vacancies at Bridge Community

The Bridge Community has a number vacancies in various areas of its operation, writes Brian Byrne.

They include a part-time permanent Social Care Worker to provide residential, job coaching and lifestyle supports to adults with special needs as part of a team of co-workers, volunteers and employees. The position pays €14 per hour for between 20-30 hours per week.

There is also a vacancy for a Social Worker, a permanent position which will involve engaging directly with residents and day attendees, helping to guide life choices and identify aims and goals, finding creative solutions to overcoming barriers and facilitating people in finding their own solutions.

A part-time permanent position for a Social Care House Coordinator will involve 30-35 hours per week and pays €16.50 per hour.

There are two Homemaker/Special Needs Job Coach positions needed for 15 hours a week on mornings Monday-Friday, paying €12.50 per hour

Please direct all enquiries to Ben Gamble at 045-481597. Full Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for all roles are available on request, or attached to online listings.

Application forms will only be accepted by email to with letter of application and CV attached.

Closing Date for applications will be noon on Monday the 30th October 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification by the 01st November 2017 for interviews being held between the dates 6th November and 10th November 2017.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Catfish Keith in the BAG

I first saw Catfish Keith in Ballymore in the mid-2000s, and I was blown away, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs. I still am.

He's right up there with my favourite performers; whether it's his foot-stomping, driving Delta Blues, or his softer, down-tempo Country Blues numbers, his mastery of the National guitar is to the fore.

Add in great stage presence, and those sharp suits, and Catfish Keith is the real deal; the whole nine yards! Just be there; you don't want to miss this!

Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Monday 23 October; Doors 8:30pm; Admission: €12.

Coming next: No gig on Monday 30 October Bank Holiday; See November's listing with the full Autumn Schedule.

Yoga course starting

A five-week yoga class is starting on Thursday 2 November in Kilcullen Parish Centre.

Sessions will begin at 8pm and the cost for the course is €50.

Contact Rory for more details on 087 1370338.