Friday, January 13, 2017

A lot happening in Kilcullen

A number of upcoming events in Kilcullen and the locality will keep the community quite busy as the month progresses, writes Brian Byrne.

Training sessions for the Fun Run in aid of Halverstown NS and St Anne's School on The Curragh began on Tuesday last. The Run itself will be held on Sunday 5 March, but in the meantime those who want to gradually get over any excesses of Christmas can do so on the training nights, starting from the astroturf pitch at the Community Centre from 7.30pm.

Meantime, the new term of Speech & Drama classes at Drama Dynamics for children between 6-18 years begins on 16 January. There’s a very limited number of places available.

A one-night screening of a film in the Riverbank Arts Centre will deal with the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues. The film, ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ will be presented on 18 January at the Centre and the night will include a post-show discussion on the issues raised.

A presentation of ‘Cinderella’ in the Moat Theatre Naas will raise funds for Cross & Passion College in Kilcullen. The show, by Newbridge-based Panto Club’s Teen Theatre, is being presented from Friday 20 January to the Sunday of the weekend. Those on stage are 13-15 year-olds, participants in the Panto Club set up to give children a way of expressing themselves on and off stage.

The St Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin class which began there in 1978 are holding a reunion in The Crookstown Inn on 21 January. Meet old friends and maybe an old flame or two. There will be guest appearances on the night, with finger food and music from 8pm till late.

The inaugural Kilcullen GAA 5K Road Race on Sunday 22 January is open to all runners, joggers and walkers, and could well become a January annual restorative event. Under the direction of current local GAA chairman Albert Keenan, it is certainly going to be run effectively and efficiently, as well as being a great social occasion. Albert has been showing us all over the last few years that there’s no age limits to being fit and competitive.

The 49th Annual General Meeting of Kildare Credit Union Ltd, with which Kilcullen CU merged during 2016, will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 25th January 2017 in the Kildare House Hotel, Kildare Town. Notice of the meeting and the annual accounts will be sent to all members in mid January.

In the weeks leading to St Bridget’s Day, Eoin Houlihan is prepared to give some free lessons in making St Bridget’s crosses. If you are interested in joining a group, please text or phone him on 087 9307688.