Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cóisir Daidí na Nollag

Anyone who would like to bring their child to an Irish speaking Santa can do so on Saturday next at the Gaelscoil in Naas between 12 noon and 2pm.

The event is open to anyone with a cúpla focal, is free of charge and there will be games, face painting, balloon animals and refreshments.

It's a lovely opportunity to meet other parents with young children with an interest in the Irish language. Further information is available from 085 1207345 or email nollaignas18@gmail.com.

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From Miscellany on Sunday 2018

The Diary was only able to stay a short time at the Miscellany on Sunday event this year, so didn't get to hear all the performers. Here's a short clip from the occasion.

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Twinning presentation to councillors next week

Members of the Twinning Group with officials in Saint Contest.
The Kilcullen Twinning Group will make a presentation to the councillors of the Naas Municipal District at the MD's meeting next Tuesday, writes Brian Byrne.

The presentation is scheduled for immediately after the adoption of the previous minutes, at the meeting which will begin at 3.30pm in the council chamber at Áras Chill Dara.

All twinnings between towns and villages in County Kildare must be organised through the Council.

Members of the Twinning Group visited Saint Contest, near the city of Caen in Normandy, in September to explore the possibilities of Kilcullen twinning with the town.

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Plaque unveiling in The Valley

There will be a short unveiling of this new plaque in The Valley at 10am on Wednesday morning, writes Noel Clare.

The plaque commemorates the work of Gerry Tyrrell who did the stonework around The Spout and is also in memory of his late son Mark.

Anyone who might be around on Wednesday morning is welcome to drop down to The Valley. The plaque was organised by the late Jim Collins, shortly before he died. Jim was also responsible for the restoration of The Spout in 2000.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

The passing of Aiden Quinn

The Diary has learned of the death of Aiden Quinn, of Castleknock, Dublin 15 and late of Kilcullen.

Beloved husband of Laura and dear father of Niall, Aiden, Stephen and Barry, he is sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, grandchildren, brother Peter, sister Helen, relatives and friends.

Aiden will be reposing at Cunningham's Funeral Home, Clonsilla Village, on Wednesday between 6pm-8pm. Removal will take place on Thursday at 9.30am, arriving at the Church of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Castleknock, for Requiem Mass at 10am.

Burial will be afterwards in New Abbey Cemetery, Kilcullen, arriving at approximately 12.30pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Simon Community.

May he rest in peace.

Meeting on St Patrick's Day Parade tomorrow evening

An information meeting on proposals for a multinational St Patrick's Day Parade next year will be held tomorrow night, 11 December, writes Brian Byrne.

The venue is the Town Hall and the meeting will begin at 7.30pm. The proposal is part of the Kilcullen 700 celebrations next year to mark the anniversary of the fist bridge at Kilcullen.

The organisers have translated a flyer for the meeting into five languages, inviting all nationalities living in the area to participate.

Further information is available from Ray DeCourcy 086 8361294, Noel Clare 087 6497619, JJ Warren 087 7558896, or Steve Kinneavy 087 8128764.

Anyone who can't attend the meeting is welcome to provide expressions of interest in the project by contacting any of the above.

A dedicated email address for th parade can also be used, kilcullenparade@gmail.com.

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Tired of commenting ...

We're not going to make any comment on these any more. Pictures say it all. (Pic sent in by reader, as was the one below.)

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Kilcullen Badminton Club week

A great week for the club and especially the ladies with our Grade 2 and Grade 6 'Ragettes' competing in their South West Ladies Finals, writes Match Secretary Enda O’Neill.

First out were the Grade 2 Ladies  (above) captained by Lynsey Walsh. Lysney and her team have dominated the Grade 2 League and remained undefeated all season and were determined to keep their one hundred per cent record. Their final was played in Carlow LTC on Tuesday 4th December against Carlow YM, who were determined to put a stop to the Kilcullen girls success. The Ragettes started strong with Lynsey and Tara winning their game in two sets, Siobhan Willis and Sinead Kelly followed suit in second ladies also winning it in two sets and leaving Lynsey and Siobhan needing only to win a set in the third game to be crowned champions. Lynsey and Siobhan weren’t going to let the side down, keeping their cool to win that set giving the Kilcullen girls a fantastic win and KBC’s first trophy of the season. Well done to Lynsey, Siobhan, tara and Sinead on a fantastic win and being crowned the SWL Grade 2 champions.

Friday the 7th of December our Grade 6 Ladies travelled to Athy to face a strong Portlaoise side. Captain Teresa McGlynn and her team have had a tough run to the final after finishing joint second in their group stages. This meant the KBC Ladies had to play an extra match to secure a semi final spot and after beating Mountmellick. Kilcullen and Portlaoise have been great rivals this season, with Kilcullen loosing one match and drawing one match previously in the group stages. This was going to be a close final. After the first two games it was honours even. Portlaoise won the third but had a set in hand. KBC needed to win the last game in two sets to bring it to points countback and have a chance of winning the match, unfortunately the girls lost a set in that game handing the trophy to Port. Hard luck to Teresa, Orla Brophy, Lynda Murtagh and Maeve Valroy on a great season.

In other news Kilcullen's Grade 2 and Grade 3 Mix teams got their South West League competitions underway and again with mixed outcomes. Martin Dunne and the grade 2 Mix travelled to Baltinglass on Monday 3rd December and came away with a respectable 4-4 draw. Thursday 6th December Jennifer Costello hosted their Baltinglass Grade 3 counterparts but were defeated 5-3 in a highly entertaining match.In the Dublin District League Jennifer and her Div 5 Mix team played away to St Brigid's and secured a 2-2 draw bouncing back from being 2-0 down after the mens and ladies games only to win their two mix games to secure a draw.

Ross Coles Division 7 Men hosted Baldoyle District in the 2nd round of the Dublin District Cup and won it comprehensively 3-0 putting them into the Quarter Final. A fine display of badminton from Ross, Kasi, Keith and super sub Rahm.

Best of luck to our teams in the next round of matches.

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Generous response to Miscellany

Yesterday's Miscellany on Sunday raised a very generous €3,600 for Fr John Bermingham's mission in Mozambique, writes Brian Byrne.

The Bermingham home was literally packed with performers and those who came along to enjoy the occasion, which for many represents the official start to Christmas in Kilcullen.

"How privileged we are to live amidst such talent, generosity and good-humoured support," Phena Bermingham said last evening.

The Diary could only stay a short time, so the photos are not truly representative of all that was going on. But well done to all concerned.

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Ryan Tubridy meets Kilcullen

Two local people, Marc and Sean Behan, met up with radio and TV presenter Ryan Tubridy in Arnotts in Dublin today. It's understood that the presenter was suitably impressed with meeting celebrities from Kilcullen ...

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A great Christmas buzz at Scoil Bhride Fair

For anyone who wasn't there today, the Scoil Bhride Christmas Fair was absolutely jammers, writes Brian Byrne.

The background music throughout was a great promotion for the school's 'Merry Christmas' CD, recently released and involving every pupil in the school in the singing.

Liam and Alice met Santa.
Santa was there, of course, and was giving a lot of concentrated attention to the requests from the long line of children who came along to see him and remind him of their requests.

The Christmas buzz is growing apace.

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