Thursday, September 15, 2016

A very busy Kilcullen weekend

A very hectic extended weekend of activities in Kilcullen kicks off this evening with what promises to be a fascinating event in the Community Library, writes Brian Byrne.

Portrait of Memories: Kilcullen 1916-2016 is the launch of a series of interviews with local people that record links to WW1 and the 1916 Rising as well as involvement in community activities in more recent times. The evening will be launched by Mayor of Kildare Cllr Ivan Keatley, beginning at 7.30pm, and Naas writer Mae Leonard will be there.

Tomorrow night, Friday, a presentation of a cheque to Pieta House by the organisers of the Dawn Walk earlier this year will take place in O’Connells Bar at 7pm, an opportunity for everybody to celebrate yet another part of the generosity of local people to important causes.

And back up in The Spout tomorrow night there’s a fundraiser for another of those very important causes, the annual gig organised by Jimmy Aspell and friends for the Irish Cancer Society. Famed rocker and soul man Brush Shiels is the headliner for a lineup that will also include top local musicians like Shane McGrath of Harlequin, and Shindig. A parallel DJ gig with Dilly will run in the Beer Garden, there will be volunteers taking part in a sponsored ‘Shave or Dye’, including local mum Riggy Reid who is having her hair shaved off for the cause. It all starts at 8pm, and tickets are on sale at €5.

On Saturday night there’s a rocking gig in The Mill Bar in Mile Mill, with a top Elvis tribute performer ‘Rocking for the Teach’. Tickets are €10 and proceeds go to the Teach na nDaoine project.

That same Teach project will benefit, along with the Camphill Community, from a Vintage Garden Tea Party on Sunday which is being organised by Kilcullen Lions Club, in Wellfield House, Ballymore. Afternoon tea, vintage cars and music from the local brass band will entertain, from 2-5pm. There’ll be a donation box for contributions.

Kilcullen, always a hard place to stop in to catch your breath ...