Saturday, December 10, 2016

St Joseph's NS score in debating festival

This is the St Joseph's NS debating team went through to the second round of the Kildare Primary Debating Festival, after defeating Kildare Town Educate Together NS in the first round.

They opposed the motion 'Children Shouldn't have a TV in their bedrooms'. They then debated with Sallins NS later in the day in the next round of the festival, opposing the motion 'Climate Change can't be Stopped'.

They won that round too.

New officers, committee for St Bridget's

The following officers were elected at the recent AGM of St Bridget's Pitch & Putt Club.

Chairman: Paddy Doyle; Vice Chairman: Frank Connolly; Secretary: Breda Brophy; Treasurer: John Sweeney; Registrar: Gabrielle Sweeney; PRO: Marian Courtney; Competition Secretary: Christy Sweeney; Lady Captain: Anne Sweeney; Gents Captain: Sean Crowe.

The Committee for the next year comprise Betty Barker, Liam & Mary Sherry, Margaret Keogh, Tara Dillon, Paddy & Bernie Dunne.

New knitting group forms

A new knitting group will be starting in Kilcullen on Tuesday morning next.

Organised by Clare Boyce, the group will meet upstairs at An Tearmann, from 10.30am.

The group already has a Facebook page where more information can be seen, at Kilcullen Knitters.

All abilities catered for.

GAA Christmas Hamper Raffle

The Kilcullen GAA Christmas Hamper Raffle is now in its 42nd year and tickets are available outside Nolans Butchers and Eurospar.

The Raffle is an important fundraiser for the Club and the members, mentors and players all take turns to do selling duty.

It's a good cause, with a great prize, so buy a ticket if you're in town.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Grade Two Final a cracker in Carlow.

Thursday December 9 turned out to be a great night for KBC and the Grade 2 Men captained by Eoin Bourke, writes Enda O'Neill, PRO of Kilcullen Badminton Club. Eoin and the lads had taken their place in the final after beating Johnswell on Monday 5 December in Johnswell's back yard. Carlow Lawn Tennis Club was the venue and the opposition were Carlow YM.

Carlow were unbeaten on their route to the South West League Mens Final only dropping a handful of sets on the way and had inflicted a 6-0 defeat in the group stages on the Kilcullen Men. To say Carlow were the favourites would probably be the understatement of the year. KBC were of course without regular Gar Hogan and in stepped the very capable Mick Cass who along with partner Eoin won the first game in three sets stunning the Carlow outfit with some fantastic play. David Jackson and Murt “Mandwich” Dunne were out next and lost their game in three sets leaving the final tied going into the third game. In the third game Murt and Eoin won in an epic game of badminton, it was now 2-1 to “the Rags”. David and Mick went out in the fourth game, and to watch Mick on court was like looking at a man in his twenties with the amount of court he covered, this along with some of Davids’ defence play which was just pure magic, David and Mick won the game in three hard sets. Carlow YM just couldn’t recover from being 3-1 down and captain Eoin and David stood up to the mark and won their game fairly comfortably in turn beating Carlow YM 4-1 in a great final for the KBC men.
A massive congrats to Eoin, Murt, David and sub of the season Mick on a great night, well done guys you showed great fight and determination in a fantastic match. So far Kilcullen teams have played in four SWL Mens and Ladies finals and have won three, Jens Ladies being the Grade 4 Champions and Owens Men the Grade 3 Mens Champions, roll on the SWL Mix where hopefully we can add a few more trophies to the already filling cabinet.

In other news Jennifer Monaghan's Grade 4 Mix opened their SWL mix League with an impressive 6-2 victory over Portlaoise last Tuesday 6 December, a good start for Jen, Kathrin Logan, Mari Gallagher, Sarah Walshe, Barry O’Neill, Enda O’Neill, Oisin Egan and Kasi Va.
In the Dublin District Cup Tara O’Neill, Chelsey Cox, John Mullen and Vincent Coller our Division 5 Mix B progressed to the next round of the Cup after beating St. Brigids of Dublin in a very close match 3-2. Tara's team were also out the following night against Rathmore and came away with a great 4-0 win. Also well done to Kath Logan who subbed in for the Rathmore match.

Sinead Kelly and her Division 2 Ladies travelled to Ailesbury on Saturday December 3 and secured a impressive 2-2 draw in a tough match. Well done Sinead and her team.

Don't forget you can check Kilcullen Badminton Club on or on our Facebook page Kilcullen Badminton Club for all our news and upcoming fixtures.

Pictured are Eoin Bourke Murt Dunne, David Jackson and Mick Cass Grade 2 Mens SWL Champions.

Pictures from Carols by Candlelight

Though the Diary wasn't able to attend, we understand that last night's Concert in the Parish Church was a performance that was appreciated by all. Our pictures are courtesy of Fr Mackey and Noel Clare.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Carols by Candlelight tonight

The Kilcullen Lions Club Meals on Wheels service will benefit from the Carols by Candlelight concert in Kilcullen Parish Church tonight, Thursday 8 December.

Award-winning tenor Patrick Hyland (right) will join the Cross & Passion College Choir, and the Kilcullen Gospel Choir (above) for the event. Patrick was awarded the best Irish singer at the prestigious Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in 2016. He has performed at the Wexford Festival Opera, RTE CO, Lyric Opera and the Cork Opera House. He is a recipient of a bursary from the Count John McCormack Society and is a former Opera Theatre Young Associate Artist.

Tickets at €10 are available from Berneys Chemist, Hair by Eilis, The Mall or any Gospel Choir Member. Or just turn up at the door.