Monday, April 06, 2020

Is this your key?

This key was found in Yellow Bog yesterday. The owner can collect it in Kilcullen Garda Station.

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Spring Lamb available to order at Nolan's

Nolan's Butchers opening times for the rest of the week will be 8am-4pm, with the 8.30-9.30am slot reserved for older and more vulnerable people.

James Nolan would like to say thanks to all the shop's customers for their patience and understanding in these difficult times, and very special thanks to all the team at Nolan's for their very hard work under challenging conditions.

Customers are asked not to bring children into the shop if at all possible, and to use contactless payment systems. The physical distancing measures in place must be adhered to.

Spring Lamb is now in stock and customers are advised to ring 045 481229 to place orders for the Easter weekend.

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Making Easter Bunnies, from KCCEC

Eilish from the Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre, helped by Annabel and Juliet, are doing daily videos to keep the youngsters busy during the closure period.

Today on Facebook they are doing some Easter Arts & Crafts, in particular showing how to make Easter Bunnies.

You can see the video here.

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Roy Thompson on vegetable gardens, and post-coronavirus Ireland

The coronavirus situation offers society the option to re-boot to an earlier and arguably better way of life, according to Kilcullen's Roy Thompson, writes Brian Byrne. But only if we are willing to take that opportunity.

A conservation officer in the National Parks and Wildlife Service by profession, a very talented singer-songwriter for the love of it, Roy has been confined to his own home for three weeks. First by a chest infection, then by the current coronavirus restrictions which require people to work from home if they can.

Roy has always loved nature, and used the good weather opportunity this past weekend to finally get stuck into a gardening project on the three-quarters of an acre where he and his wife Siobhan live. He posted regular pictures on Facebook as he went, which attracted a lot of attention.

I spoke this morning to Roy at length on the phone, and the link here is to an edited version of his side of that conversation, where he first talks about the garden project, and then where coronavirus might take us.



It's well worth a listen, because as well as his other talents and interests, Roy makes real sense in times that often seem to be without it.

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No Bluebells and Buskers this year, but the bluebells will grow



The annual BlueBells and Buskers celebration in Killinthomas Wood in Rathangan will not take place this year due to the Covid-19 situation, writes Brian Byrne.

Though on the other side of the county, it has been a popular day out for many Kilcullen people on the first Sunday in May, in the process helping Rathangan's RYARC Community Centre and the community organisations that make use of it.

I've put up a selection of my pictures from the 2017 event with Kevin McLeod's Maple Leaf Rag underpinning, as a reminded that it is getting to that lovely time of year anyhow and maybe to bring a spring smile to people.

It's also a congratulations to the former TD for Kildare South Fiona O'Loughlin, whose family are among the organisers of Bluebells and Buskers, for her achievement in winning a seat in Seanad √Čireann.

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River Cafe takeaway coffee, sandwiches and snacks

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this morning.

Lovely coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps. Sandwich Special today is ham, brie cheese, tomato and Ballymaloe in a grilled ciabatta.

Keep your distance in the queue.

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New day, new week, colour smiles

A little splash of true spring colour, this pot of primulas smile cheekily at the new day, the new week, and all that other good stuff.

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Kalbarri Easter lunch for takeaway Saturday

The Kalbarri Easter takeaway family lunch on Saturday 11 April will be Chicken Prosecco with Champ, and Rhubarb plum and fresh Berry Crumble with Creme Anglaise, cost €65. Feeds five.

The vegetarian option is Roast Root Vegetable Salad with Walnut and Chili Salsa and Feta cheese, for €10.

Lunch offer of Kalbarri Soup and white soda bread, €10.

To place an order text Siobhan on 087 2932501. Stress free collection details 11am-2pm — drive into car park, you will be directed to the Cookery School yard; open car boot, get back into car and food will be placed in your car boot.

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Weatherday: Shave no more

Beautiful bright blue start to the day, and the beech hedge will have shrugged off its winter coat totally in another week.

Sunny spells most of the time, maybe a shower in early evening. Westerly winds beginning moderate will ease to gentle. Highest temperatures 12deg, if you find a sunny corner out of the wind it will feel much closer to summer.

On this day in 1722, Tsar of Russia Peter the Great ended a tax on men with beards.

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Kilcullen local services in Covid-19 situation

This is an ongoing listing of local matters and available services relating to the Covid-19 situation, updated by the Diary as information comes in, writes Brian Byrne. Anyone with an update can email kilcullendiary@gmail.com or text 086 8267104. (The listings we have been running since this began had become unwieldy so we're starting again. The earlier listings can be accessed at the link below.)

6 APRIL

Nolan's Butchers opening times for the rest of the week will be 8am-4pm, with the 8.30-9.30am slot reserved for older and more vulnerable people. Spring Lamb is now in stock, ring 045 481229 to place orders for the Easter weekend.

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this morning. Lovely coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps.

Noel O'Connell Plumbsource & Bathhaus will open again this week between 9am-11am for emergency supplies. Strict hygiene and physical distance protocols.

Crean's Place will again be providing food for delivery and collection next Friday and Saturday respectively.  Their menus will be published later in the week.

Bardons says thanks for the support last weekend and they'll be open for takeaways again next Friday.


KEY NUMBERS
Kilcullen Garda Station 045 481212, or 086 8582822 for help with food or medicine deliveries.
Kilcullen Family Practice 045 481818.
Kilcullen Medical Centre 045 481411.
Kilcullen Physiotherapy Clinic 086 3554767.
Berney's Chemists 045 481497 or 085 8140168 or berneyschemist@gmail.com.
Burke Pharmacy 045 897489; Fax 045 874435; Kilcullenpharmacy@burkespharmacy.ie.
Nichola Kennedy Optometrist is closed, but for emergency eye problems or an eyewear crisis phone 045 484643 and leave a message.

Kildare Covid-19 Community Response Forum 045 980202 (Only for vulnerable groups).

TAKEAWAY FOOD 
(variable days and times, phone for orders where applicable)
Bardons Thu/Fri ordering from 1pm-8pm 045 482286.
Kalbarri Cookery School Saturdays 087 2932501.
Brown Bear Restaurant Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 045 883561.
Rea's Takeaway 045 480537.
Crean's Place Sat/Sun 087 1940078.
Armelle's Kitchen 045 480697.
River Cafe 10am-2pm.

FOOD/BEVERAGE
Eurospar delivery for vulnerable Wed/Thu/Fri 087 4623539.
Nolans Butchers 8am-4pm.
Ger's Fruit & Veg 10am-4pm and delivery available 087 9028050.
Cross's Centra 045 484663.
Daybreak Kilcullen open every day.
CarryOut 10am-8pm.

OTHER SERVICES
Kildare Credit Union Kilcullen 9am-1pm Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat. 045 521928 9am-5pm.
Animals First Veterinary Hospital revised opening hours for emergency, urgent and potentially urgent cases, phone 045 480478.
Valu€Zone 10am-2pm, hand sanitiser and surgical masks in stock.
H and H Motors emergency for urgent repairs 087 2203510.
Dunlea's Garage open for repairs and fuel 045 481299.
Applegreen Service Station open for fuel and convenience items.

5 APRIL

The Brown Bear Restaurant Sunday roast for collection on 5 April is a large Free Range Feighcullen Chicken with Honey Roast Root Vegetables, Duck Fat Potatoes, Thyme and Onion Stuffing, Roast Chicken Gravy and Caesar Salad. Call 045-883561 to pre order. Collection time will be 2.30pm. The meal should feed 4-6 people and the cost is €60.

4 APRIL

On today's savoury takeaway menu from Armelle's Kitchen, available from midday, Moroccan lamb stew with choice of couscous, saut√© potatoes or mash potatoes €9. Side order alone €3.

Kilbarri Cookery School today has a stir-fry beef with spicy potatoes, tossed green salad with pickled red onion, pizza bread and profiteroles. The meal will feed five and the cost is €65. A lunch option is Vegetable Soup for four with brown bread for €10. Collection is available 11 am-2 pm. Order with Siobhan on 087 2932501.

3 APRIL

Bardons Takeaway Service will again be in operation this Friday and Saturday. Ordering from 1pm-8pm daily, 045 482286, with collection available 5pm-9pm.


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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Stations of the Cross for children, online on Friday


We begin Holy Week 2020 and it is different to any we have ever before experienced, writes Esther Reddy. We didn’t bring home blessed palm from Palm Sunday Mass, we won’t gather on Thursday to remember the Last Supper, or on Friday to journey with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross.

Easter Sunday will come, and we will stay at home. But thankfully, through the use of the airwaves and modern technology, we will be able to tune into the ceremonies of Holy Week. We have a wonderful webcam service in Kilcullen Church through mcmedia.tv/camera/kilcullen/ and through the broadcast mass radio frequency 107 FM.

To find out the times of the Easter ceremonies that can be watched online or listened to by radio, check out the Kilcullen Parish website.

There has been a tradition in Kilcullen for quite a number of years, to observe the Stations of the Cross in a special way for children on Good Friday at 12 noon. This year, due to restrictions, this cannot be held in our parish church. However, a video of the Stations of the Cross for children has been put together with simple readings and prayers. It is hoped to put this video out on Good Friday, 10th April, and it will be available to view on A Kilcullen Diary, on Kilcullen Parish website, on Kilcullen Facebook page and on YouTube.

Through these Stations of the Cross, the children in our parish are invited to take a little time on Good Friday to think about the difficult journey Jesus made on the first Good Friday, to show us how much He loves us.

Though the Stations show the suffering Jesus endured, we remind our children that Jesus rose in glory on Easter Sunday. In these difficult and strange times, we all look forward to the promise of Easter and to better times ahead.

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Beep-Beep! Happy Birthday!

A member of Kilcullen Photography Club took this lovely photo of a family out for a walk near Moanbane today, with the self-explanatory sign held by one of the girls.

The photographer got permission to send the photo for publication on the Diary, but he forgot to get a name or contact details from the family.

He'd like to contact them, so he'd be obliged if they'd call on 086 8379805.

Oh, and Happy Birthday (Beep!).

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Kilcullen public defibrillators

Kilcullen Community First Responders has issued a list of public access defibrillators (AEDs) in Kilcullen.

They are located at Kilcullen Community Centre, Eurospar on Main Street, and at Kilcullen Credit Union

They all look very different and all open in different ways. "The AEDs also look different but they all work in the same way," says Nichola Kennedy of KCFR. Just follow the instructions the machine gives you when turned on.

"Stay safe everyone, hopefully the AEDs won’t be needed but no harm to be aware and be familiar with them."

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Teddy gives children the distance message

A Cnoc na Greine mother is using a Teddy Bear in her window to remind children to keep their distance from other people, writes Brian Byrne.

Anne-Marie Masterson's bear says it clearly: Remember, keep 4 big Daddy Bear steps away from other people.

She is also showing the #TeddyBearHunt trender which encourages people to put Teddy Bears in their windows so children out walking with their families in estates have something to entertain them.

The idea was highlighted on RTE which featured residents of Stoneybatter in Dublin doing just this. Some 100 local residents there now have teddies in their windows.

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Palm Sunday decoration

Here are some examples of how parishioners decorated their doors for Palm Sunday.

They were sent to the Diary by Robert Jordan.

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End of a millennium — were you there?

On New Year's Eve 1999, Kilcullen held a Town Party to bring in the new Millennium with a bang, writes Brian Byrne.

The images posted here were provided by Nessa Dunlea, and include part of the script with which she narrated a pageant in the newly-refurbished Town Hall commemorating national and international events of the previous 100 years.

There were theatrical events on the street, and very many townspeople dressed up in the way of different eras during that period.

Organisations involved included the GAA, Soccer Club, Credit Union, the Tracey Martin Dancers, Kilcullen Scouts, the Grennell School of Drama, Kilcullen Parish Choir, the Lions Club, the Potato Pickers, Rugby Club, Camphill, Kilcullen Set Dancers, Pitch & Putt Club, the Landers School of Dancing, and many more.

The Potato Pickers? Maybe someone can enlighten me ... memory fails, though I was certainly there.

Tableaux and presentations at various locations around the town included a commemoration of the Easter Rising at An Tearmann, a pageant of The Great War at the Credit Union, a Scout Camp in the CU's garden area, and Free State sentry posts on the bridge itself.

There was 'cross-roads dancing' in the Square with barbecue and mulled wine, a Literary Festival in what was then Berney's Bar along with staged 'Tribunals'.

A traditional Travellers Camp was located in the parking area beside Bank of Ireland with a representation of an 1940s Farmhouse nearby. A Shebeen was to be found in the 'new' Town Hall (today the Heritage Centre), and a 1950s Schoolhouse exhibition was also set up.

The stage pageant going through the century depicted the Black Bottom and Charleston dancing for the 1920s, a recollection of WW2, highlights of the 1960s in music of The Beatles and Elvis as well as remembering JFK and Martin Luther King, the Abba songs and dance of the 1970s, and zipping through the 1990s with Boyzone, The Spice Girls, and 'Fashions of the Century'.

At 11.30pm, everybody went outdoors to the plaza area behind the Town Hall, and onto the bridge, to bring in the New Year and New Millennium with a brilliant display of fireworks organised by the late Pat Dunlea — there was talk of a van having been sent to the UK in previous week to bring back the necessary.

Those were the days, my friend.


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