Thursday, May 25, 2017

Phone found, is it yours?

A Samsung phone has been found in Kilcullen.

It's locked, so the finder can't contact the owner.

If you think it is yours, call 087 4349067.

(Phone shown is for illustration only, not necessarily the actual model.)

Garda warning on burglaries

Kilcullen gardai have asked local people to be vigilant about suspicious behaviour, writes Brian Byrne.

This follows an increase recently in burglaries in the Naas Garda District.

The Garda have issued the request through the Kilcullen Text Alert system.

KCCEC is hiring

Staff numbers at the Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre are being expanded and the Centre is advertising for two positions under the Community Employment Scheme.

The positions are Assistant Childcare Support Worker, and Cook.

As all training and support will be provided, this will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable qualifications and experience while earning.

Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form,

Both positions are available to view on the website (reference numbers 2027704 and 2034649 respectively).

Meanwhile, the AGM of the KCCEC Board of Directors will take place at 7pm Thursday 24 June 2017

Service users and interested members of the wider community are invited to the meeting where the audited accounts will be presented, and the the many highlights of the past year will be reviewed.

The Board for the coming year will be elected at the meeting.

Another Tennis Club registration day

Another registration day for new members of Kilcullen Tennis Club will take place next Saturday between 11am-3pm.

The Club says last Saturday's first such event was 'very successful', and that membership is building at a fast rate.

It is hoped the Club will be open for play from 3 June, and memberships will be valid from that date.

Membership fees are Senior €170; Junior U10 €45, U16 €55, U18 €65; Student €65; and Family €340.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Help sought to tidy up derelict building

Kilcullen Community Action Tidy Towns is looking for a sponsor or sponsors to renovate the derelict house at Hillside featured in our top photo, writes Brian Byrne.

The voluntary group estimates that the work to make it no longer an eyesore would cost just €600 and would be a huge improvement to that part of town.

"Donations of even €5 towards the project would be welcome and if there were enough, it would fund it," says the group's Noel Clare. "It would also be useful if there were people to help fit the mock windows and to paint the building and provide paint."

Noel points out that the owners of the former Ruby Shoes have already been working on improving their premises (bottom left), and there are also discussions taking place with the owners of the building (bottom right) next to Kilcullen Credit Union, to bring about improvements there.

With the 'Kilcullen in Bloom' flowers soon to make the town look very summery, cleaning up the derelict buildings would help make the town look even better.

Scoil Bhride pupils learn about '98 at battle site

Sixth class students with their teachers and helpers from Scoil Bhride spent the morning learning about Old Kilcullen in 1798 and visited the site to mark the anniversary of the battle, writes Gerry O'Donoghue.

They explored the churchyard and laid flowers at the grave of 'Patrick Cullen, who departed this life on the 24th May 1798'.

Any information on Patrick Cullen would really appreciated.

Great birdwatch evening

A great time was had by all who attended the Kilcullen Tidy Towns Birdwatch evening yesterday as part of the Kildare Biodiversity week, writes Ray Kelly.

The talk in O'Connells Bar was presented by Neil Bourke and Paddy Kennedy of Birdwatch Ireland's Kildare branch. The large attendance were given a snapshot of the over 40-plus species (yes, 40+) of birds identified in the area between the Valley Park and the Bridge Community River walk.

Neil gave us valuable information on how to recognise various bird calls, where certain birds live and how common or in some cases how rare some birds are.

The talk was followed by a walking tour that commenced at the rear of the Heritage Centre. Just then a large swan appeared magically through the centre arch of the Bridge to create a spectacular start to the walk. The group then traversed both sides of the river for more adventures.

Ducks, wagtails, swifts, swallows, warblers, pigeons, doves, and crows were some of the birds we got to see and hear.

Overall it was a very informative and enjoyable evening, and thanks to Neil and Paddy for the information and their time.

Thanks also to the Bridge Community and Kilcullen Town for what are two fantastic amenities — the Nature Trail and the Valley Park, which are accessible to all residents and visitors to enjoy. Real gems.

Business award for Kilcullen resident scientist

Kilcullen resident Deirdre Kelly was awarded the Emerging Business Woman of the Year accolade by Network Kildare last weekend, writes Brian Byrne.

Her business, Kelly Scientific, compiles specialist market analysis reports for the pharma and biotechnology industries. Clients include many top global companies in those areas as well as academic institutions and state agencies. Among them are Pfizer, Bayer, Sony, Merck, Abbott, J&J, P&G, Beckman Coulter, Amgen and the World Health Organization.

Deirdre's market analyses cover such subjects as Personalized Medicine, Targeted Therapeutics and Companion Diagnostics; Cancer Biomarkers; Cancer Immunotherapeutics; Cosmetic Surgery Products & Services; and Pharma Industry reports on China and India.

Deirdre has a PhD in Medicine, Genetics, Immunology (RCSI); an MSc in Biotechnology (NUIG); and a BA(Mod) in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin. Originally from Castledermot, she has lived in Dublin and Cork, and moved to Kilcullen two years ago with her husband Ger and two small children.

Before she founded Kelly Scientific, she worked as a research scientist and lecturer in Trinity College, UCC and Teagasc. In parallel she was a scientific writer with New York-based TriMark Publications, and established Kelly Scientific after noticing an unmet need for specific market analysis projects within her areas of interest. She had always had a keen interest in industry, which prompted her to explore the healthcare business space further.

Funding support was provided by the Kildare Local Enterprise Office, and through them and Network Kildare, Deirdre was able to access mentors with expertise in marketing and business development. She has used internet and digital marketing very successfully to advance her business.

The awards ceremony was at the Palmerstown House Estate in Naas on Friday 19 May and guests included the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Ivan Keatley; Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Jacqui McNabb, Head of Enterprise at County Kildare LEO; TDs Martin Heydon, Bernard Durkan, Fiona O’Loughlin, and James Lawless; and Allan Shine, CEO of Kildare Chamber.

Deirdre is pictured above (right) receiving her award from Minister Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, with Pauline Forde, President of Network Kildare.

St Vincent's charity auction a success

The recent charity auction in aid of St Vincent's Hospital in Athy raised almost €10,300, writes Brian Byrne.

Director of Nursing at the Hospital Helen Dreelan told the Diary that they are 'absolutely delighted' with the outcome and she wishes to thank auctioneer Leon Kenny and Athy GAA Club, and the many volunteers which made it possible.

Kilcullen has a long history of supporting St Vincent's. Pictured above are Josie Connelly with Helen and Kilcullen friends on their annual fundraising walk for the hospital.

Helen adds a special word of thanks to all who donated items, and those who came and 'spent lots of money on the day'.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Acoustic Picnic 3 open for booking

Conor Mahony and Peter Byrne for Acoustic Picnic 3
Tickets are now on sale for the third Acoustic Picnic Concert, to be held in Kilcullen Town Hall on Friday 16 June, writes Brian Byrne.

Organised by Roy Thompson and friends, the event is again in aid of the Maintain Hope charity in Kenya, founded by Gerry O'Donoghue.

Those taking part will include Conor Mahony and Peter Byrne, Alan Fitzgerald, Frankie Lane, and the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

Tickets are €10 and available from Berneys Chemists at 045 481497 and Hair by Eilis at 045 482996.

Permission granted for housing development

Planning permission has been granted for a 15-house development at New Abbey Road in Kilcullen, writes Brian Byrne.

The permission, for the field beside the church car park, was granted to Scotpark Ltd on 17 May 2017.

The development will include changes to the access to the church car park, which will have a new entrance through the development instead of its current accessibility directly onto the New Abbey Road. This will retain the situation of having only one exit onto the road from both development and car park.

The grant of permission is subject to 32 Conditions.

The original application was for 16 dwellings, but was revised following a request from Kildare County Council for significant further information.

Drama Dynamics end of year

The Drama Dynamics End of Year presentations take place next week in The Studio on Hillcrest, writes Brian Byrne.

All parents, grandparents and friends of students are welcome to attend the performance, which will be a small improvisation followed by the presentation of certificates.

The events will be during class times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 29-31 May.

Meanwhile, the Summer Stage summer camp organised by Evelyn O'Sullivan, owner of Drama Dynamics, will take place this year between 24-28 July, with sessions from 10am-2pm daily.

A €50 gift voucher will be presented to the student or parent whose suggestion of a play or musical is decided on for the camp.