Friday, July 03, 2020

Kilcullen local services during Covid-19

This is an ongoing listing of local matters and available services relating to the Covid-19 situation, updated by the Diary as information comes in, writes Brian Byrne. Anyone with an update can email kilcullendiary@gmail.com or text 086 8267104.



(NOTE on 26 MAY: This listing will no longer be updated on a daily basis, as most Covid-related news and services are now well known. The link to the page will remain on the Diary for anyone who wants to check lists or numbers. I hope it has been of help. )

7 AUGUST

Kilcullen Community Centre
will be closed from midnight tonight as a result of the new restrictions in County Kildare.

There's been confirmation of earlier reports that new lockdown measures are to be imposed in Kildare, Laois and Offaly from midnight.

Following an increase in the numbers of Covid-19 cases in Kildare, Laois and Offaly over the last 14 days, special advice for those living in the counties has been issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

3 JULY

Kilcullen Parish Church has been marked out for social distancing, in advance of the first public masses since the coronavirus lockdown, to be celebrated this weekend.

Bardons, Fallons, and The River Cafe have reopened for food service indoors, with restrictions on numbers and spacing. Best of luck to the local restaurant and bar trade. It has been tough, and it's not going to be easy to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, there are updates on the daily and weekend takeaway food options from The River CafeFallons Gourmet GarageArmelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardonsAlkebabishCrean's Place, and the Brown Bear. And Rea's Takeaway is open for collection and delivery 045 480537. Jane Russell's Handmade Sausages can be ordered online.


21 JUNE

Bardon's Restaurant will be reopening on Monday 29 June, with limits on numbers and other restrictions in line with the guidelines. Bookings only, 045 482286. Other local businesses reopening include Fallons Restaurant, on Tuesday 30 June. By booking only, 045 481260. As previously posted, a number of hair and beauty businesses will be reopening their doors to clients from 29 June.

6 JUNE

Shirley Kavanagh Hallion talks about the reopening of her Secret Kloset ladies boutique next Monday, and how she coped during the Covid-19 closure.

Kilcullen Community Centre staff have been busy preparing for the re-opening of Kilcullen Community Centre and All Weather Pitch.

Ger Dooley's Kildare Bathroom Company will be open for business from Monday, preferably by appointment for those wishing to view in the showroom.

KEY NUMBERS
Kilcullen Garda Station 045 481212, or 086 8582822 for help with food or medicine deliveries.
Kilcullen Family Practice 045 481818.
Kilcullen Medical Centre 045 481411.
Kilcullen Physiotherapy Clinic 086 3554767.
Berney's Chemists 045 481497 or 085 8140168 or berneyschemist@gmail.com.
Burke Pharmacy 045 897489; Fax 045 874435; Kilcullenpharmacy@burkespharmacy.ie.
Nichola Kennedy Optometrist is closed, but for emergency eye problems or an eyewear crisis phone 045 484643 and leave a message.

Kildare Covid-19 Community Response Forum 045 980202 (Only for vulnerable groups).

TAKEAWAY FOOD 
(variable days and times, phone for orders where applicable)
Bardons Thu/Fri ordering from 1pm-8pm 045 482286.
Kalbarri Cookery School Saturdays 087 2932501.
Brown Bear Restaurant Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 045 883561.
Rea's Takeaway 045 480537.
Crean's Place Sat/Sun 087 1940078.
Armelle's Kitchen 045 480697.
River Cafe 10am-2pm.
Alkebabish Kilcullen, details here.

FOOD/BEVERAGE
Eurospar delivery for vulnerable Wed/Thu/Fri 087 4623539.
Nolans Butchers 8am-4pm.
Ger's Fruit & Veg 10am-4pm and delivery available 087 9028050.
Cross's Centra 045 484663.
Daybreak Kilcullen open every day.
CarryOut 10am-8pm.

OTHER SERVICES
Kildare Credit Union Kilcullen 9am-1pm Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat. 045 521928 9am-5pm.
Animals First Veterinary Hospital revised opening hours for emergency, urgent and potentially urgent cases, phone 045 480478.
Valu€Zone 10am-2pm, hand sanitiser and surgical masks in stock.
H and H Motors emergency for urgent repairs 087 2203510.
Dunlea's Garage open for repairs and fuel 045 481299.
Applegreen Service Station open for fuel and convenience items.

23 MAY

Five hundred 'comfort parcels' were assembled in Kilcullen Community Centre today by members of the County Kildare Red Cross Community Support Unit, for distribution to people who are isolated at home during the coronavirus.

The Kildare Sports Partnership, in association with Sport Ireland, is conducting a survey to see how the Covid pandemic has affected people's physical activity levels.

Kildare County Council invites applications for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s Re-Start Fund – a fund to reconnect small and micro businesses with their employees and customers.

22 MAY

There are updates on the daily and weekend takeaway meals options from Fallons Gourmet GarageArmelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardons RestaurantAlkebabishCrean's Place, and the Brown Bear. Also The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week 10am-2.30pm - coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes. And Rea's Takeaway is open for collection and delivery 045 480537. Jane Russell's Handmade Sausages can be ordered online.

Any other food provider in the Kilcullen area can be on this list by emailing details to kilcullendiary@gmail.com.

21 MAY

Kilcullen Family Practice is open for business but the work of the practice has changed greatly and will remain that way for some time to come.

A project to record Kildare people's experiences during the Covid-19 situation has been set up by the Kildare Library and Arts Service.

Kildare County Council has announced that meetings of Kildare County Council, including Municipal District meetingswill resume soon.

20 MAY

Leo Chen's Tech Services on Main Street is now reopened.

19 MAY

Following the rapid filling of places in a Health & Safety Workshop for Re-opening Your Business after Covid 19, the Kildare Local Enterprise Office has allocated two more dates for the free event.

18 MAY

A regular provision of meals to older and vulnerable people in Kilcullen who have been cocooning has now ended, but volunteers are still available to collect and deliver takeaway meals from local food outlets for anyone who has difficulty in getting out.

16 MAY

There are updates on the daily and weekend takeaway meals options from Armelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardons RestaurantAlkebabishCrean's Place, and the Brown Bear. Also The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week 10am-2.30pm - coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes. And Rea's Takeaway open for collection and delivery 045 480537. Jane Russell's Handmade Sausages are also now orderable online.




15 MAY

Kilcullen Community Action is asking that people might restrict their walks in The Valley Park, leaving it open for cocooners between 1.30pm-3.30pm.


Essentials available in Burkes Pharmacy Kilcullen including hand sanitiser, gloves and antibacterial wipes.

Ecokem have a range of cleaning products for use in the Covid-19 situation.


A very personal account from Nichola Kennedy of how the Coronavirus situation has affected a business and a family in Kilcullen.








14 MAY

On the assumption that Optometrists will indeed be re-opening on Monday next, pending confirmation from the Government on Friday, Nichola Kennedy Optometrist has been preparing in many ways.

There was a very positive response to Cllr Tracey O'Dwyer's appeal on behalf of the local Community Red Cross for donations to help local families.

The Kalbarri Cookery School takeaway family meal for five this Saturday 16 May, will be Beef Lasagne with Kalbarri Potato Salad, Cheesecake Crumble with Rhubarb and Raspberry compote.

There are updates on the daily and weekend takeaway meals options from Armelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardons RestaurantAlkebabishCrean's Place, and the Brown Bear. Also The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week 10am-2.30pm - coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes. And Rea's Takeaway open for collection and delivery 045 480537. Jane Russell's Handmade Sausages are also now orderable online.9 MAY

The need for some maintenance work on the Valley Park was raised at Thursday night's meeting of Kilcullen Community Action, with reference to the current coronavirus protocols.

Some new books have arrived at Woodbine Books and are available online at their website, pending reopening the shop premises hopefully in early June.

12 MAY

Kilcullen Tennis Club in Logstown are delighted to be re-opening the courts on the 18th May and look forward to starting the new tennis season.

From 18 May, Re-Vamps home restoration and repair service will be able to undertake outside work again.

Kilcullen Bouncy Castles will be available for hire again from 18 May.

An Online Open Day will be held by the Kildare Steiner Secondary School on Saturday 30 May.

There are updates on the weekend takeaway meals options from Armelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardons RestaurantAlkebabishCrean's Place, and the Brown Bear.

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week. 10am-2.30pm. Coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes.

11 MAY

Nearly €3,000 was raised last weekend for Naas Hospital by No 1 Fitness participants in a Mallorca Virtual Challenge for Kids and Adults.

County Kildare Chamber has asked that businesses in the county should relay any views they have on the new National 'Return to Work Safely' Protocol to the Chamber by close of business today.

St Bridget's Pitch & Putt Club has appealed to people not to use the club's course during the current coronavirus situation.8 MAY

An appeal for help in providing Red Cross parcels has been made by local councillor Tracey O'Dwyer.

For people who are short of garden essentials in this exceptionally good gardening weather, a Narraghmore company will deliver safely to your door.

7 MAY

There are updates on the weekend takeaway meals options from Armelle's KitchenKalbarri Cookery SchoolBardons RestaurantAlkebabish, and the Brown Bear.

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week. 10am-2.30pm. Coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes.

Crean's Place is open for take-away this weekend from 9:30am to 1:30pm, for coffees, sourdoughs and pastries.

In an atmosphere of fear during the coronavirus situation, we can forget that a simple smile doesn't transmit the virus.

Kilcullen Trout & Salmon Anglers Association are trying to finalise the reopening of waters to fishing.

3 MAY

Appleton Property have an update on their Facebook page about how the company is working by remote at the moment.

2 MAY

Nichola Kennedy Optometrist will be open again on 18 May, as opticians are in the first phase of the lifting of restrictions. As social distancing restrictions will still be in place, she is awaiting clarification from the Opticians Association of Ireland as to what level of service will be possible. Keep an eye on her Facebook page. 

Crean's Place is open for take-away today and tomorrow from 9:30am to 1:30pm, for coffees, sourdoughs and pastries.

It's a great weekend to spend some time in the garden, and there's a whole range of lovely bedding plants now on sale at Ger's Fruit & Veg.

1 MAY

Burke's Pharmacy, Kilcullen May Bank Holiday opening hours are Friday 9.30am-8pm, Saturday 9.30am-6pm, Sunday and Monday closed, Tuesday 9.30am-8pm.

Jane Russell's Handmade Sausages has an Online Shop accessible from the Kilcullen food producer's website.

County Kildare Chamber Webinar highlighted Kildare business concerns for post-Covid future.

Bardons Takeaway Service is open Friday through Sunday, phone 045 482286 between 1pm-8pm, collections 4pm-8.30pm.

Armelle's Kitchen has a range of savoury and sweet offers for takeaway every weekday. Call 045 480697 or email armelleskitchen@live.ie or text message. Meats and veg are from Nolan’s Butcher, Ger’s Fruit & Veg shop and Jane Russell.

The Brown Bear has a full takeaway menu through to Sunday, opening times for no contact collection from 4pm to 8pm. Please call 045-883561 if you would like to place an order.

Berney Chemists suggest texting them for whatever you need, as their phone is kept very busy these days. Text 085 8140168.

30 APRIL

Henry Talt car sales and service is currently operating services only for essential workers who need routine maintenance to keep motoring during the lockdown.

29 APRIL

The Kalbarri Cookery School family takeaway dinner special for the May bank holiday is Chicken Curry with Rice, Roast Root Vegetable Salad with Walnut and Chili Salsa and Lemon Feta.

Local restaurants and other food businesses offering meal takeaway services this weekend include Armelle's KitchenCrean's PlaceKalbarri Cookery SchoolThe Brown Bear, and Bardons. Click for details.

A Networking Webinar hosted by County Kildare Chamber on Friday morning next 1 May will feature guest speaker Martin Heydon TD.

County Kildare is in fourth place in terms of recorded Covid-19 cases as a percentage of population.

Kitchen World is offering a full design service for kitchens, wardrobes, and related appliances via phone, email, and video calls.

28 APRIL

Crean's Place has published their takeaway menu for the coming Bank Holiday Weekend.

27 APRIL

As a response to increased quantities of domestic waste at this time, Kildare County Council and AES have agreed to extend opening hours for the two Civic Amenity Sites.

The Kilcullen conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society are there to support if at all possible. Call 087 1506099.


25 APRIL

The Kilcullen conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society are there to support if at all possible. Call 087 1506099.

Local restaurants and other food businesses offering meal takeaway services this weekend include Armelle's KitchenCrean's PlaceKalbarri Cookery SchoolThe Brown Bear, and Bardons. Click for details.

22 APRIL

As a response to increased quantities of domestic waste at this time, Kildare County Council and AES have agreed to extend opening hours for the two Civic Amenity Sites.

Nichola Kennedy Optometrist is working from behind closed doors. Don't forget she can still talk through and advise on eye issues on the phone, organise spectacles emergency repairs, and deliver eye medical needs such as hay fever relief preparations.

Secret Kloset's online Boutique is open for businessDon't let coronavirus crimp your fashion.

Harristown House Language School will remain closed until further notice. But classes are available online. Details here.

Drama Dynamics Classes are online and continuing as 'normal'.

Local restaurants and other food businesses offering meal takeaway services this weekend include Armelle's KitchenCrean's PlaceKalbarri Cookery SchoolThe Brown Bear, and Bardons. Click for details.

21 APRIL

Sunny Dry Cleaners is reopening its Kilcullen premises for two days a week from today, 21 April. Opening hours are Tuesday and Friday, 11am-5pm. Full details here.

Two companies based in the Kilcullen Industrial Estate behind Kaymed have joined forces to make reusable protective masks for those in the healthcare front line. You can hear how it happened here.

Local cleaning supplies company Ecokem now has a range of hygiene and sanitary products available which are specifically useful during the coronavirus situation.

20 APRIL

Kalbarri Cookery School has posted its Family Takeaway offer for collection next Saturday 25 April. It's marinated Striploin Steaks with veg and Dessert. More details 087 2932501 or on Facebook page. 

The Kildare Local Enterprise Office has added a second series of business training workshops on Cash Management in a Crisis - A Vital Approach for SMEs during COVID 19.

19 APRIL

Fundraising at the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation has been devastated by Covid19, closing the Foundation's nine charity shops and cancelling most of its fundraising events. The charity is urging the public to donate €4 by texting the words 'We Care' to 50300 or to give what they can through www.jackandjill.ie.

Bardons is open for takeaway this evening. Click for details

18 APRIL

Eurospar Kilcullen has Growise garden compost in stock today, 50L bags.

Local restaurants and other food businesses offering meal takeaway services this weekend include Armelle's KitchenCrean's PlaceKalbarri Cookery SchoolThe Brown Bear, and Bardons. Click for details.

Fountain Takeaway will be doing deliveries today from 5pm-10.30pm. Phone 045 481625.

Kilcullen-based councillor Tracey O'Dwyer has put out a call for Personal Protective Equipment, in particular masks and long-sleeved gowns. If any local business has some PPE that they can donate for local use she would appreciate a call 087 6533706 or Facebook message.

In association with Siel Bleu Ireland, Kildare Libraries are running a series of five weekly online exercise sessions via Zoom, starting on Tuesday 21 April at 1pm.



17 APRIL

Alkebabish Kilcullen is open for collection of food ordered by phone or online. Card payment where possible and only one person will be allowed in at a time for collection. Customers will be phoned when their order is ready.

As the fine weather continues and those who can are getting out for their walks, runs, cycles or whatever for exercise, do you know what's a 2km distance from home?

Brennan's Hardware has asked people to be patient if trying to get through on the phone to make delivery or collection orders.

16 APRIL

Local restaurants and other food businesses offering meal takeaway services this weekend include Armelle's KitchenCrean's PlaceKalbarri Cookery SchoolThe Brown Bear, and Bardons. Click for details.

In the absence of being able to gather people together for conferences and workshops, the County Kildare Chamber has organised a number of online webinars where they can be 'attended' online.

Local nursing home Curragh Lawns has expressed its thanks to all those who are helping to keep residents and staff safe and comfortable during the coronavirus situation.

special website set up by the Irish Government offers advice and tips on how to look after mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 situation.

Have you concerns about how to explain to your young children the issues of coronavirus and its effects on family and community, and on children themselves? This story booklet My Hero is You might be of help.

15 APRIL

Kilcullen's Gda Jon Brien is one of a group of gardai from around the county who are planning to shave or dye their hair, or wear a wig for a week, to raise funds for staff at Naas and Athy Hospitals.

Ger's Fruit & Veg  is open 10am-4pm and delivery available, 087 9028050.

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week. 10am-2.30pm. Coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes.

Armelle's Kitchen remains open for takeaway sweet and savoury dishes. See their Facebook page for daily details.

Noel O'Connell Plumbsource & Bathhaus is open between 9am-11am for emergency supplies. Strict hygiene and physical distance protocols.

14 APRIL

An electronic version of The Bridge is published today. The print magazine will resume again at the end of coronavirus.

Brennans Hardware is reopening for phoned orders to either be delivered or collected at the back gate.

Woodbine Books is open for online orders from today, Tuesday 14 April. This follows the issuing of new guidelines from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Shirley Kavanagh Hallion's Secret Kloset Boutique has launched a website and online shop.

12 APRIL

Bardons Takeaway Service is open again today, with orders from 1pm-8pm, and collection slots between 5pm-8.30pm. Full details on their Facebook page.

11 APRIL

Karen Cradock of Kilcullen-based Heart2Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy is offering two free sessions of cardiovascular exercise online, on 21 and 28 April.

The team at Nolan’s of Kilcullen would like to thank all our customers for their incredible patience and understanding during these very challenging times.

10 APRIL

Most businesses in County Kildare that have closed due to the coronavirus expect the closure to last 12 weeks.

Armelle's Kitchen will have fresh-made hot cross buns later today.

A Stations of the Cross video for children has been put together in Kilcullen with simple readings and prayers. It will be available today, Good Friday, 10th April, to view on Kilcullen Diary, on Kilcullen Parish website, on Kilcullen Facebook page and on YouTube.

Kildare County Council is asking the public to 𝗡𝗢𝗧 use the recycling banks for glass and cans this weekend, but instead to hold onto the glass until next week.

Beware the Covid-19 Text Scam, one of the increasing number of Covid-19 scamsin this instance highlighted by RTE's Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers. Others include 'Netflix' phishing emails asking for account details to be updated.

9 APRIL

The Brown Bear takeaway menus from Thursday 9 April is now available on the restaurant's Facebook page. Opening times for no contact collection are now from 4pm to 8pm from Thursday to Sunday. Call 045 883561.

Though there will be no public Easter ceremonies in the Parish this weekend, a Vigil opportunity is being organised for Saturday night, where people can leave lighted candles at the main door of the Parish Church. 

Nolan's Butchers opening times for the rest of the week are 8am-4pm, with the 8.30-9.30am slot reserved for older and more vulnerable people. Spring Lamb is now in stock, ring 045 481229 to place orders for the Easter weekend.

Ger's Fruit & Veg  is open 10am-4pm and delivery available, 087 9028050.

The River Cafe Kilcullen is again selling through the door this week. 10am-2.30pm. Coffees, fresh baking, breakfast baps, tray bakes.

Armelle's Kitchen remains open for takeaway sweet and savoury dishes. See their Facebook page for daily details.

Noel O'Connell Plumbsource & Bathhaus is open between 9am-11am for emergency supplies. Strict hygiene and physical distance protocols.

Crean's Place will again be providing food for delivery and collection next Friday and Saturday respectively.  Their menus are published on their Facebook page.

Bardons will be open for takeaways again next Friday. Phone 045 482286.

8 APRIL

In the absence of public Masses, the normal Easter Week ceremonies will be streamed on the Parish CCTV and can be heard on 107FM.

A reminder that all the pitches around the Community Centre and Kilcullen GAA Club are not open at the moment has been issued by Kilcullen Gardai.

From today, Gardaí now have the power to arrest and detain those who breach the Covid-19 restrictions. This includes those found exercising beyond 2km from their homes or those traveling for non-essential reasons. Convictions will result in a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of up to €2,500. Gardaí will also have the power to assist the HSE in detaining someone judged to be at risk of spreading the virus who refuses to self isolate.


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