Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The passing of David Forrestail

The Diary has learnd of the death of David Forrestail, Chapelview, Gormanstown, and late of Sheridan Place, Dublin.

Deeply mourned by his daughter, nieces, family and friends, he will be reposing at Stafford’s Funeral Home, North Strand Road, Dublin on Wednesday from 3pm-7.30pm. Removal will take place on Thursday morning to St Saviour's Church, Dominick Street, for 10am Requiem Mass with Burial afterwards in Glasnevin Cemetery, St. Paul's Section.

May he rest in peace.

Parish Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn on the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 were 6, 17, 23 and 29. There was no Jackpot winner and next week’s main prize will be €8,200.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were John Hunt (Promoter Vivian Clarke), Miriam McDonnell (Miriam McDonnell) and Peter Dunne (Mick Dunne). The winners of the Promoters Draw were PJ Lydon and Kilcullen Credit Union, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Leanne Clifford.

The Parish thanks those who support the Lotto.

Holding her breath for a miracle

We read a lot about modern medical miracle work, especially what can be done for babies born with serious problems, writes Brian Byrne.

It truly is amazing what can be done these days for children with the most extreme health difficulties. And it’s getting better all the time.

But for the parents, especially the mother, it’s the most traumatic experience they are likely to have. Local writer Louise O’Gorman has put that feeling into perspective in a piece just published on The M Word blog.

Holding My Breath: My ECMO Baby And Me is very well worth reading. Really worth while.

Positive Tidy Towns adjudication

Although an improvement of just four points in our Tidy Towns performance for 2016 might seem small, it continues the local effort in the right direction, writes Brian Byrne. Indeed, the tone and comment in the Adjudication Report is very positive, and the extra points maybe don't adequately reflect that.

On Community Involvement & Planning, one of the areas where Kilcullen picked up a point, the Report notes some success in gaining new membership to KCA/Tidy Towns, and the 'engaging well' with local schools. The 3-year plan that sets out short, medium and long-term goals is also commended.

The adjudicators say it was lovely to see so many small, independent retailers along Main Street, and also write positively about the new sculpture to KDA, 'made even more special' by the fact that it is celebrating previous community work and volunteerism. This is all in relation to the Built Environment and Streetscape section, where special appreciation is also expressed about the An Tearmann Coffee Shop. The sound of the organ being played while the 'beautifully maintained' church grounds were being viewed brought the adjudicators inside to admire the 'stunning' interior.

'Good strides' have been made in the Landscaping & Open Spaces category, with the Convent Garden improvements getting particularly good mention for the 'significant time and effort' which has been put into the project.

The 'wild' grasses area of Nicholastown Green attract pleased attention in the Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities section, with the thought given to providing more wildflowers and native species particularly for pollinators being noted. The town is 'extremely fortunate' to have the Camphill Farm in the centre of town, particularly the enjoyable Nature Trail, gardens, and the explanatory signage.

The initiatives undertaken under the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management section are highlighted, in particular the 'Taste it, don't Waste it' initiative, the composting, and the Scoil Bhride involvement in the Green Flag, especially their recent achievement of the Travel Flag. The adjudicators wonder if there's any Grow It Yourself group in the community growing edibles, apart from Camphill?

The old bugbear of litter seemed to be in 'fairly good control' on the day of the adjudication visit. Other aspects under Tidiness & Litter Control weren't quite so positive, with 'wire clutter' on street premises noted, and a 'somewhat untidy' Church Car Park.

The standard of presentation in Residential Streets & Housing Areas is described as 'high', with the stone facade on riverside apartments helping them to blend in 'well' with surroundings noted. 'Excellent' planting in and around Castlemartin and the entrance to Cnoc na Greine are highlighted, as is the 'lovely mix' of planting in Liu na Greine.

The Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes are given a good bill of health, notably the signage on approach roads and the 'nicely presented' verges at the Naas Road end.

The Community and Tidy Towns Awards organised by KCA are commended a number of times as encouraging businesses and estates to be involved in the whole tidy towns effort, all helping to the concluding remark that 'Kilcullen has come a long way' in recent years. In all, they say, 'a fine entry'.

Aunty Anne sponsors U11 Girls jerseys

Kilcullen GAA U11 girls team have been sponsored by Auntie Ann’s Country Creche for a new set of jerseys, writes Nicholas Egan.

They were presented with the gear in advance of their game last week against St Laurence’s.

Kilcullen beat St Laurence's on the night to make it a winning start for the new kit. Many thanks to Anne and Regina for the sponsorship.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kilcullen moves up in Tidy Towns

Kilcullen has gained four points over its 2015 performance in the 2016 National Tidy Towns competition, writes Brian Byrne. It also topped its category over Sallins and Monasterevin, while Straffan was the overall county winner.

Kilcullen gained its points in Community Involvement & Planning; Built Environment & Streetscape; Wildlife Habitats & Natural Amenities; and Sustainable Waste & Resource Management.

The 292 points total was from a possible 450. The National Winner 2016 was Skerries, Co Dublin, which achieved 327 points and also took the Tidiest Large Town title. The Tidiest Village winner was Birdhill, Co Tipperary with 326 points; and Listowel, Co Kerry, won the Tidiest Small Town accolade with 325 points. Ennis, Co Clare, won the Tidiest Large Urban Centre with 326 points.

We'll provide an extended report on the adjudication later.

Aisling brings All-Ireland cup to Brannoxtown

There was great excitement this afternoon at Brannoxtown NS when the whole Kildare Ladies All-Ireland winning team arrived at the school to show off the cup they won yesterday in Croke Park, writes Brian Byrne.

Led in by their captain Aisling Holton, a teacher at the school, the team got a rousing welcome from pupils, parents and staff.

It was the first All-Ireland cup to come to Kildare since 1965, when the county u21s brought home the silver.

All the pictures from today are here.

TD hosting tea morning for suicide service

As part of the Suicide or Survive National Tea Break Campaign, local TD Martin Heydon is hosting a coffee morning in his office in Newbridge next Friday 30 September from 10am-12pm, writes Brian Byrne. Everybody is welcome.

The mission of SOS is to get the nation talking about their mental health.

At each Tea Break, the organisation is asking supporters to discuss mental health and wellness in a relaxed atmosphere.

SOS was founded by Caroline McGuigan, who attempted suicide herself and is very au fait with the limited services available for people in that situation. She is now a trained counsellor and has put together a very strong team of professionals to provide services.

The organisation runs a series of programmes and workshops on wellness and other areas associated with suicide prevention and mental health.

Cross and Passion College 'Open Evening'

We look forward to welcoming parents and students, particularly those in 5th and 6th class in Primary School, to visit the College on Thursday next, 29th September, from 7-9pm, writes Catherine Moynihan, Principal of Cross & Passion College.

Our students, staff and members of our parents’ association will be available on the night to offer you a flavour of the spirit of the College.

We hope that the evening will be both informative and enjoyable for us all.