Friday, May 14, 2021

Food for the Weekend: Bardons


The Bardons main dishes for takeaway this weekend include Baked Fillet of Hake €17; Thai Chicken Curry €15; Beef and Wild Mushroom Casserole €16; and Mexican Chicken Burger €15.

Call 045 482286 to order.

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Food for the Weekend: Fallons


The specials for takeaway at Fallons this Saturday are Panzanella with Basil Chicken €8; Lamb Tagine, Moroccan rice, burnt lemon yoghurt €10; and Filet of Seabass, crushed baby potatoes and olives, tender stem broccoli, bok choy €11; Chargrilled vegetables with rocket pesto €2.50.

Order on email info@fallonb.ie. 

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Food for the Weekend: The River Cafe


The usual wide selection of fresh coffee, cakes, wraps, and lunchtime savouries for takeaway are available from the River Cafe through the morning and afternoon.

Menu items can be modified to suit the preferences of customers.

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Food for the weekend: Crean's Place


Crean's Place Artisan Bakery
outlet at the Kilcullen Garden Centre premises is now open on Fridays from 11.30am-2.30pm.  
All the usual fare — sourdoughs, soda breads, pastries, take-away coffees and loose teas. 
Please bring your bread bag, container and coffee cup or borrow (and return!) one of their fab Returnr cups. The shop will be open as usual tomorrow, Saturday.

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Seedling and Seed Swap tomorrow

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels.

A reminder that a Seedling and Seed Swap event will be held in Kilcullen tomorrow, Saturday morning, writes Brian Byrne.

The initiative by Kilcullen Community 4 Climate Action will be located at the old Cross and Passion gates at the crossroads and will run from 10am-2pm.

Everybody interested in gardening is invited to take part, both in bringing spare seeds and seedlings and taking others home for planting.

It's a free event.

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The Daily Cast: Apparitions and Miracles at Knock



The Daily Cast on Kilcullen Diary, a podcast to start Kilcullen's day on Friday the 14th of May 2021.

Today's Person of Interest is Richard Cantillon, an Irish-born banker who made a killing in the 18th century on a speculative investment 'bubble', and later disappeared. Our Feature of the Day is again with the late Canon James Horan, this time his thoughts on the apparent apparitions and miracles underpinning the Marian shrine. 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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Progress on Cnoc na Greine TIC

Pic: Cnoc na Greine Residents Association.

The taking in charge of the Cnoc na Greine estate by the end of 2022 is 'achievable', according to Cllr Tracey O'Dwyer, who visited the estate on Thursday to give the residents an update, writes Brian Byrne.

This timeline is contingent on there being no issues reported from a CCTV inspection of the drainage in Cnoc na Greine. The councillor noted that €50,000 has been allocated to this, and tender documents are being prepared for the survey.

Issues with the lighting in the estate have already been completed at a cost of €50,000.

In other items, the residents were assured that the proposed pedestrian crossing for Pinkeen Stream is at the forefront of the Council's plans. Footpath repairs and designation of more off-street car parking spaces were also discussed.

Cllr O'Dwyer is pictured with Mark Phelan, chairman of Cnoc na Greine Residents Association.

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Weatherday: Explosion


Fog will clear to give a day of sunny spells. Showers possible for a time in the late afternoon, possibly thundery.

Highest temperature around 14deg in light to moderate variable breezes.

On this day in 1920, Maynooth Town Hall and Courthouse were blown up, in an incident of the War of Independence.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Vincents shop getting ready to reopen

File photo by Gareth Landy.

A heads-up that the Vincents charity shop will be reopening next week, writes Brian Byrne.

Closed since last December because of pandemic restrictions, a water leak caused significant damage over the new year period.

Full repairs  have since been completed, and a total refurbishment and re-stocking is currently under way.

The likely reopening day is Wednesday, but we'll keep you posted as that firms up.

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Photography Club clicks shutter for restart


Kilcullen Photography Club will have its first get-together of the year on Thursday 27 May, writes Brian Byrne.

The meet-up will be at 7.15pm at the beginning of the Fairy Trail in The Valley Park, opposite Bardons.

The objectives are to get the existing members together again and also to welcome new members to the club. "At this meeting we will outline our activities and invite ideas from those attending what the club would like to achieve this year," says Niamh O'Connor. 

Covid in 2020 and in the early months of 2021 had stopped all activities but things are now starting up again. With Level 5 regulations being relaxed, there are plans for a full programme of activities from now until the end of the year.

Check out the club's Facebook page ‘Kilcullen Photography Club’ for more information and photos and the  Instagram account @kilcullenphotogroup. "We look forward to seeing some new members!" 

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Video and interview at Little Shop of Horrors filming


Some of the work during filming of Little Shop of Horrors on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre, with the CPC Transition Year students and their musical's director, Phionagh Gibson.

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Places available in Brannoxtown CNS pre-school


Pre-school places are available from September at Brannoxtown CNS at the new facility managed by Busy Fingers Creche.

Participation in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme is free for all children from two years and 8 months to five years and six months.

The service will operate from 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. To apply, email a completed Application Form by Friday, May 28th.

Full details here

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The Daily Cast: I Came to Knock



The Daily Cast on Kilcullen Diary, a podcast to start Kilcullen's day, on Thursday the 13th of May 2021.

Today's Person of Interest is Arthur Sullivan, Victorian composer and collaborator in producing the most enduring comic operas. Our Feature of the Day is the late Canon James Horan reflecting on the building of the Basilica at Knock. 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: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta


Mist and fog this morning will clear later. It will be a dry day with sunny spells from mid-morning.

Temperatures up to 14deg in light breezes from the west.

On this day in 1917, three children reported having seen the Virgin Mary near Fatima in Portugal.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Éanna Ní Lamhna Zoom evening upcoming


A discussion with naturalist Éanna Ní Lamhna about her new book is an online event hosted by Woodbine Books and their partners in the A Tale of Three Indies bookshop group, writes Brian Byrne.

The book is Our Wild World and the event is on Thursday 20 May, beginning at 8pm. The latest publication deals with subjects ranging from birds and bees to Ireland's boglands and the globe's ice caps.

There's a fee of €5 for the Zoom evening, for which tickets are bookable at Eventbrite. Other ticket prices include the book, and the book + postage. 

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CPC TY show filmed last evening


Because the pandemic restrictions meant that there couldn't be public performances of the annual CPC Transition Year Musical last March, a video is being prepared of the sequences which had been rehearsed, writes Brian Byrne.

Filming of excerpts from Little Shop of Horrors, this year's musical choice, took place last evening at the back of the Community Centre.


Director Phionagh Gibson told the Diary that the video will be circulated to parents when completed. "It means that all the work put into the show before the schools were closed doesn't go to waste," she said. "All the music and singing was prerecorded last week by the students, and this evening they are miming to that for the video."

More than 40 TY students participated in the overall show.

An audio compilation from the filming can be heard on today's Daily Cast podcast.  All the photos taken by the Diary can be viewed here







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The Daily Cast: OK, reset, let's do it again!


The Daily Cast on Kilcullen Diary, a podcast to start Kilcullen's day, on Wednesday the 12th of May 2021.

Today's Person of Interest is Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a trained profession. Our Feature of the Day is on the Cross & Passion TY year musical presentation, Little Shop of Horrors. 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: The Lady with the Lamp


A bright start will give way to cloud and showers, some heavy, with possibility of hail and scattered thunderstorms.

A high of 12deg in variable light breezes.

The woman who was to make nursing a profession, Florence Nightingale, was born on this day in 1820. 

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