Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Swimming lessons for community games

Kilcullen Community Games swimming lessons are available in the Curragh Camp pool on Friday nights from 8pm-8.45pm.

Participants must live in the Kilcullen Community Games area, must be able to swim a length of the pool unassisted and in the deep end of pool (no flotation devices allowed), and must intend competing in the Kilcullen Community Games swim gala

The cost is €3 per child or €5 per family (2 or more children). If interested please contact Donna, Alma or Jean by message on the Kilcullen Community Games Facebook page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Text Alert on blue Ford Focus

A warning has been issued by the Kilcullen Garda District Text Alert about a blue Ford Focus, with a 05 LS registration.

The alert says the car’s occupants may have been checking out houses in the Kilcullen and Brannockstown areas.

Anybody with concerns about similar sightings should contact the Garda at Kilcullen or Naas, call 045 481212.

A week of Guided Prayer

A week of Guided Prayer will be held in Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish between 29 January and 4 February, writes Adrienne Byrne.This is an exciting opportunity on offer for you. Through the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism we have a number of Prayer Guides available to us who will facilitate a week of guided prayer in our Parish Grouping.

What is guided prayer?
This is a retreat with a difference — sometimes called a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, or a ‘Busy Person’s Retreat’, as you don’t have to go away to a quiet, beautiful place to find God. It is a way of making a retreat in the midst of daily living, as by taking some quiet time each day on your own you are enabled to find God in your everyday life, in all its ups and downs.

Participants are invited to do two things every day for the week. Firstly, to spend half an hour in personal prayer at home and secondly, to meet with a prayer guide for half an hour at an agreed time. The prayer guides will accompany you and guide you each day with short texts from the scriptures. You do not need to have any previous knowledge. There is a group session for all participants and prayer guides on the Sunday at the beginning of the week and on the Saturday at the end of the week. If you wish to sign up leaflets are available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Centre

Who are the prayer guides?
The guides are lay men and women, religious sisters, brothers and priests who are trained and qualified in spiritual guidance and experienced at helping people in their prayer life.

Mixed fortunes for Kilcullen CC at Stormont

Stormont was resplendent yesterday with Edward Carson overlooking proceedings on a beautiful day with a lovely course and great racing, writes Liam Walker.

First off was John Walker who performed better than in last weeks Championships. He finished at about the three-quarter mark on the muddy course, which was technical, hilly and finished on the main road leading to the historic castle.

In the A race we had two riders, Kenny Buck and JB Murphy (pictured). Before racing got underway, Kenny damaged one of his bikes when he bent his rear gear hanger which left his gears off calibration. Starting on his spare bike things didn’t get better when his brakes seized and we saw Kenny retire.
JB started well and was in fourth place when some course marking tape got entangled with his rear gears and he had to run about a third of a lap to get his spare bike from the pits. He resumed racing and finished tenth overall and winning the Junior race.

This race brought the Cyclocross season to an end as Cycling Ireland have decided not to send a team to the World Championships.

So next week will see us back on the road preparing for the new season. Is anybody interested in a spin next Sunday at 10am.

The curiosity of Curious Quirkes

It’s often the case that a new business can start almost by accident, writes Brian Byrne, and that could truly be said of a young Kilcullen woman’s craft venture, Curious Quirkes.

And no, that’s not a typo … the spelling of ‘Quirkes’ is deliberate, a quirky take on ‘quirk’ which represents the underlying ethos of Niamh O’Connor’s enterprise.

The products of Curios Quirkes are artistic, and crafty, underpinned by an interest in art which Niamh showed early on, and which was initially nurtured by the late Brenda Scullion, a teacher of art at Cross & Passion College. “She held art classes as well at her home, and I attended those,” Niamh recalls fondly.

That was later the impetus for her studying TV and Media in Carlow IT, and subsequently completing a course in animation at Ballyfermot College.

“I decided then that I wanted to continue with animation at my own pace, so that’s why I haven’t at this point headed for a career there,” she says.

But in the meantime, a living has to be made, and the commission of a caricature by a friend as a present about a year ago tripped off what has become a new small business. The emphasis at the moment is on ‘small’, but there’s opportunity for growth which Niamh is just about to tap with the launch of a dedicated website to her works for sale and commission, curiousquirkes.com.

“People who saw that first caricature liked it, and I was asked for more, and it simply grew like that. I took a stand at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo in Kilcullen in April, and that led both to more exposure and new orders.”

The ‘Quirkes’ are not just caricatures, but pithy one-liner comic scenes, such as how a conversation by two men hard of hearing in a pub might quickly come to mean something quite different. There are also artistic collages of nature scenes, and in recent months Niamh has branched out into designing bespoke seasonal and family event cards, which have become popular. “I really had a lot of interest in the Christmas cards in December.”

Niamh spends most of her day devising and making the ‘Quirkes’, with inspiration coming from a variety of sources, often just an observation of an everyday situation.

While most of the custom to date has come from the Kildare area, the vast bulk of it by word of mouth, Niamh hopes the new website — designed by her boyfriend — will extend both the reach and the variety of her opportunity.

There are, for instance, directions in corporate gifts, and events such as weddings, where the ‘Quirkes’ and her talents can be offered. If it all continues to grow, there will have to be thought as to how to meet a larger demand. Collaboration with other artists and craftspeople may well be part of the development.

But in the meantime, Niamh is just keeping her head down to the work. It will be interesting to see how one of the latest embryo businesses in Kilcullen moves on through 2017.

This article was first published on the Kilcullen page of the Kildare Nationalist.

1916 badges available from Library

A 1916 Commemoration badge designed by a 9-year-old pupil of St Brigid's NS in Ballysax is available free from Libraries throughout the county, writes Brian Byrne.

The badge commemorates all those from Kildare who took part in the 1916 Rising, and apart from the many families still living here who have an interest in the matter, it would also be of particular interest to relevant family members living abroad.

"Kilcullen's 1916 connections are strong," says local Librarian Julie O'Donoghue, who has stocks of the badges for distribution. "I think there could be descendants of involved families who might like to have such a souvenir."

Julie is inviting those abroad to contact her, or friends and family here, if they'd like the keepsake.

Designer Luke Hand is in fourth class and he won a prize of €100 for his work, chosen by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee. The centrepiece of his badge is a St Brigid's Cross, representing Kildare.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Knitters and Ladies Book Club on Tuesday morning

The Kilcullen Knitters will meet on Tuesday morning upstairs in An Tearmann, from 10.30. All interested in knitting and crochet are welcome to come along.

From 12.30pm, the space is reserved for the Kilcullen Ladies Book Club.

"Everybody is welcome to stay on and join that too," says Clare Boyce, who is the organiser of both groups.

St Joseph's NS taking enrolment applications

St Joseph’s NS in Halverstown is now taking applications for enrolment for September 2017, writes the school’s Principal, Barry Whelan.

Application forms are available by contacting the school at 045 485374 or emailing halverstownschool@gmail.com.

Any parents interested in enrolling their child in Halverstown are more than welcome to make an appointment with me to see the school in advance of making an application.

More information is available from our website halverstownschool.eu and our Facebook page St Joseph’s National School, Halverstown.

We have a very broad range of activities for pupils. As shown in the picture collage above, these include participation in the Algebra Project, working as historians using the Bronze Age Handling Box, availability of our own school Library, an after-school ‘Hour of Code’, and art and writing activities, to mention just a few. We have also achieved the Active School flag.

The passing of Prudence McGlinchey

The Diary has learned of the death of Prudence McGlinchey (nee Fetherstonhaugh), of Gilltown, Kilcullen, on 13 January 2017, peacefully at her residence.

In her 90th year, Prudence was the beloved wife of the late Johnny. She is sadly missed by her loving son Michael, daughter Mary, son-in-law Henry, daughter-in-law Caroline, grandchildren Amy, Aisling, Caroline, Lauren, Chris, Emily and Ethan, great-grandchild Jacob, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.

Prudence is reposing at her residencem from where the removal will take place today, Sunday, at 1.30pm to St. Joseph's Church, Gormanstown, arriving for 2pm Requiem Mass. Interment will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private please.

May she rest in peace