Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sports & Community Expo a great success

Well, part two of Kilcullen Enterprise Town's showcase weekend certainly turned out to be as good as the organisers hoped, writes Brian Byrne.

Things got under way with music from CPC teacher Eoghan O'Toole, after a big buzz for the Sports & Community Expo and a lot of work going on right up to a few minutes before opening.

Broadcaster sports journalist and sports editor of The Bridge Killian Whelan interviewed racing expert Noel O'Brien and our own Jamie Berney, where Jamie reiterated the very sound maxim that a successful family business is all about top quality and consistently top work.

There was lots of info available from all the clubs, like the GAA above.

Lots of local entertainment like from these young dancers of the Jenny Landers School of Irish Dancing.

And you could help support the Murphy Surveys sponsored Cycle for Crumlin Hospital which takes place later this summer.

This is the team of CPC students who were semifinalists in the recent Bank of Ireland sponsored national competition, Junk Kouture. A seriously interesting creation.

Our local restauranteur Brian Fallon interviewed TV chef and cookery teacher Rachel Allen about her life and love of food, and there was great interaction with the audience. A question from the floor about cooking quail's eggs really piqued her interest, and she paid particular attention to the young exhibitor (below) who asked it later on. Our picture was taken as Rachel was told an old school friend, Amanda Bohan, was in the hall.

There was lots of interest from young readers in the Library stand set up by Julie O'Donoghue, who has, as always, time for everybody in the Library.

And our equally patient dentist Gary Collins and his wife Deirdre were flying the flag for Kilcullen Dental ... something to smile about.

On the stand beside the Diary's this morning, Marion Sherlock was kept very busy answering enquiries about the quite wonderful St Joseph's NS in Halverstown.

And for something completely different, this is the crew from the Mandy McLoughlin Dance School for Adults just before they gathered a large audience for their turn on stage.

This was a display of a photographic project by the Transition Training Group at the Bridge Camphill. They've been photographing business premises and speaking to their owners for the project.

And there was so much more, including the presentation of a cheque to the Teach Na nDaoine project from Bank of Ireland, accepted by Noel Clare on behalf of the project.

Rachel Allen presented prizes to several Scoil Bhride enterprise groups.

Lots more pictures here.

And the two Expo sets clickable below.