Monday, August 07, 2017

Do you remember? Kilcullen this week, seven years ago

Seven years ago we opened the week with a report that Armelle Siomboing was going to open a shop on Main Street, as demand for her sweet treats had outstripped her production capability from home, writes Brian Byrne.

It's coincidental that last week we reported on her move to a new, larger premises, because demand for the sweet treats that she, Kenny and Jane supply outstripped their production capability from the first shop. Plus ├ža change ...

We also pictured Tom O'Connell from the Brannockstown Village Festival, where he had displayed a number of his woodwork creations.

Preparations were well under way for Kilcullen's first River Festival, and though its success was an unknown quantity, everyone on the organising committee was enthusiastic and optimistic. "The day will be fantastic fun," committee member Geri Dineen said. "But its success will rely very much on local participation."

Kilcullen Credit Union was appealing to its members to join a lobbying process to public representatives to prevent proposed measures that would add red tape and costs to the operation of credit unions. That lobbying eventually failed.

It was wasp season, and we featured a classy-looking 'wasp-catcher' which Rose Doherty was selling in her lovely knitting crafts shop, The Cottonwood Tree.

St Bridget's Pitch & Putt Club had hosted 24 youngsters at a recent Summer Camp under the auspices of the Pitch & Putt Union of Ireland. The participants ranged in age from 8-13 and the week was supervised by Pauric Buggy, Course Development officer of the PPUI, along with local club members Liam and Mary Sherry, Dave Hanlon and Eddie Carey.

Bardons Pub customers ran a special soccer match in aid of Barretstown, which proved to be arguably more entertaining than the most of the recent World Cup encounters. It seemed also a lot of fun for the participants. But they were putting about some serious skills, too, although some of them looked like it was quite a while since they might have played before. Aoife Whelan, the only woman who turned out in the two teams, won the 'Man of the Match' accolade.

And we also pictured some of the group who had participated in the Kilcullen pilgrimage to Knock. The trip was led by pastoral worker Hannah Evans.

All just a taste of Kilcullen this week, seven years ago.