Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Burglaries in Brannockstown, Ballymore today

Burglaries have been perpetrated today in the Brannockstown and Ballymore areas, writes Brian Byrne.

The one in Brannockstown occurred in a short time window between 2-2.30pm.

In a text alert this evening, the Garda have urged people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious cars or other vehicles, to Kilcullen gardai, phone 045 481212.

Survey of children's needs in Kildare, West Wicklow

Kildare Children & Young People’s Service Committee (CYPSC) and Kildare/West Wicklow Parenting Forum are looking for feedback about the concerns and needs of parents of 6-12 year olds in Co Kildare, writes CYPSC coordinator Emma Berney. The closing date for this survey is 7 April 2017.

This feedback will be used to try and improve services and supports for parents in Co Kildare. A link to the online version of this brief survey (it takes 10-15 minutes) is

If you are a parent of a 6-12 year old and live in Co Kildare, please complete the survey yourself.

Please circulate the survey to work colleagues, family and friends.

Please share the link on websites and social media sites

This survey is strictly confidential — no answers are linked to names.

This is a valuable opportunity for parents to share their concerns and experiences, so we are encouraging as many parents as possible to participate.

Many thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.

Children's dance classes starting

A children’s dance school branch in Kilcullen is being opened by Dance Republic Carlow, beginning 22 April.

The location will be the Community Centre and sessions will be between 11am-12 noon.

The lessons will cater for competitive dance, in styles which include Freestyle, Slowdance, Lyrical (similar to TVs Dance Moms), Hip Hop, Acro, and Musical Theatre.

The classes cater for pupils aged 5-16, and fees are €6 per class.

Text to 0879486518 to register or visit the Facebook page FreestyleForever Kilcullen.

Choices from Woodbine Books

The Baby Sleep Solution (Lucy Wolfe)

Lucy Wolfe, Ireland’s leading sleep expert, introduces the stay-and-support method for parents who want to help their babies sleep through the night. With sleep-shaping supports for newborns, top tips for toddlers, and advice for older children up to the age of six, Lucy’s approach provides a gentle and emotionally considerate way to get your little one to sleep – without leaving them alone to cry, ensuring they feel loved, safe and secure at all times. To date, this 98% effective method has helped over 4,000 parents, with most reporting improvements within the first seven days of introducing the recommendations.

Hillbilly Elegy (J D Vance)

This is a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group has been reported on with growing frequency but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J D Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J D’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels for those who chase the ever more elusive American dream.

The Swimming Pool (Louise Candlish)

It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele - wife, mother, teacher - it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn't know she'd been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away. But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

Intercept (Gordon Corera)

From Bletchley Park to cyber-attacks in the twenty-first century, this is the untold story of computers and spies: past, present and future INTERCEPT is the previously untold - and previously highly classified - story of the melding of technology and espionage. Gordon Corera's compelling narrative, rich with historical details and characters, takes us from the Second World War to the internet age, with astonishing revelations about espionage carried out today.

Artists do well in Community Games

As always, the County Kildare Community Games Art Competition attracted a large number of budding artists to the Patrician NS, Newbridge, writes Papillon Rabbitte.

This year the children of Kilcullen broke last year's record haul and brought home an incredible nine county medals, including three gold, three silver and three bronze.

The competitors, aged between 6 and 15, had three hours to complete their masterpieces based on Community Games themes. Popular depictions included Futsal, Badminton, Swimming, Cycling, and Athletics.

Well done to all the young artists who performed brilliantly on the day. Super work and a great job by all who represented Kilcullen!

Under 8 Girls: 1st Keely O'Sullivan, 2nd Gaia Stempien and 3rd Sarah Cole; Under 8 Boys: 2nd Elliot Corrigan; Under 10 Girls: 1st Anna Williams; Under 12 Girls: 1st Ella Cullen, 3rd Della Cowper-Gray; Under 12 Boys: 2nd Christopher Norris; Under 16 Girls: 3rd Roisin McGrath.

Keely O'Sullivan, Ella Cullen and Anna Williams now go forward to the Community Games National Finals in Abbotstown this August.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 21 March 2017 were 12, 17, 21 and 28.

There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €5,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draw were Vanessa Clarke (Promoter Vanessa Clarke), Margaret Byrne (Leanne Clifford) and Anne & George Fitzpatrick (Anne Fitzpatrick).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Mag O’Connell and Vivian Clarke and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Sarah Duffy.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Waste dumping dilemma for Kilcullen Tidy Towns

Following recent issues in Kilcullen regarding dumping of household waste at the Bottle Bank and in the bins in our playground, we encountered a dilemma, writes Ray Kelly, chairman of Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns Group.

When the waste from the Bottle Bank was examined, some personal details were found, including a local address and a name from a letter and more — likely identifying where the waste came from. Nothing in the evidence gave any details of the type of person or their private or personal circumstances.

However, when the waste from the playground was examined, there was a lot more personal detail. The owner’s name and address, email and phone number. A Christmas card to a young child, a notebook with a lot of family detail. Further items indicated medical issues which the person may have had, while another letter contained confidential financial details.

The dilemma was whether to report the details of the playground waste to the relevant authority to process and perhaps issue fines? Would a fine have the same impact on each of the probable owners? Could a fine push a person with a serious medical issue over the edge? Although the dumping of domestic litter in general bins is not allowed, it is not major crime …

In the end no action regarding the playground waste was or will be taken. However, it is the policy of Kilcullen Tidy Towns to hand over such evidence in normal circumstances to Kildare County Council’s Environment Department.

The other lesson to take from this story is that, even when disposing of waste properly, people should be careful about how they dispose of very personal and sensitive correspondence.

(Note: Bag shown above is for illustrative purposes only, not one of those mentioned.)

Easter Camp at KCCEC

An Easter Camp for pre-school and after-school children will be run by Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre.

The Camp will operate from Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April, and activities will include a farm trip, cinema trip, a trip to a local cafe, face painting, arts & crafts, a giant Easter Egg Hunt, and more.

The schedule includes two options for time periods. The 9am-1pm period costs €15/day or €60/week, while the 9am-3pm period costs €20/day or €80/week. A 10pc discount applies for two children from the same family.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch with them each day and a spare set of clothes.

Please Call 087 2178217 to book your places now.

Equinox gathering next Saturday

The annual Spring Equinox officially happened on Monday morning last but the related annual KCA gathering at the Dun Ailinne Interpretive Park takes place on Saturday next from 6.30am, writes Brian Byrne.

The gathering, to which everybody is welcome, will be followed by the usual sausages and brown bread at 1060 Nicholastown, courtesy of Ray and Fiona Kelly.

Weather conditions this year have so far made it impossible to view the Equinox rising sun through the spear monument at the Park, but there is a window of several days on either side of the event when it can be seen, weather permitting.

The picture above was taken by your editor last year.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Five fixtures this week for KBC

There are five fixtures to report on this week for Kilcullen Badminton Club, writes Club PRO Enda O'Neill, the first played on Tuesday 14 April.

Maeve Valroy and the Divisions 8 Ladies were hoping to bulid on their draw the previous week againist St Raphael's when they hosted St Brigids. Before this match Maeves team sat with seven points chasing St Pauls who had 11 points with the same amount of matches played. Maeve and the ladies needed a big win to keep them in the hunt and did so with a fantastic 4-0 win over their counterparts St Brigids. The Kilcullen ladies now have 11 points with one match left to play againist rivals St Paul's. This crucial match will be played in the complex on March 28 and a home win would almost certainly get our cup finalists into the league knockout stages. Good luck to Meave, Orla Brophy, Grace Elliot and Emer Flynn in their last match.

Also playing at home on the same night was Tara O’Neill and her Division 4 Ladies. The “Ragettes” have been cruising in this division, stamping their authority in every match so far and on this night things weren’t going to be any different as they hosted Rathfarnham. Our Division 4 Ladies Cup Champions again were straight out of the blocks holding nothing back and thrashed the Rathfarnham ladies 4-0. This keeps the KBC sides 100 percent record in the League intact and are looking like the team to beat. Well done to Tara and her team, Siobhan Willis, Karen O’Neill and Bernie Smyth on a great win. The ladies face Old School on March 31 at home and good luck to our Cup Champions.

Tara was out again with the Division 5 Mix 5 on Wednesday March 15 as they visited PBAI. Tara and her team have been holding their own in this tough group and were third in the table. St Killian's sit top of the group with 12 points and PBAI hold second with 10 points, so this was a must win match for the team. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be their night and the Kilcullen crowd couldn’t get themselves over the line on this occasion with a strong PBAI winning 3-1. All is not lost however, for Tara's side and they are still in with a shot with three to play. Tara's next outing is away to Sheriff Street on March 21 and good luck to Tara, Chelsey Cox, John Mullen and Vincent Coller in their next match.

Sinead Kellys Division 2 Ladies travelled to KADKA on Thursday 16 March in a one sided game of badminton. Kilcullen's Division 2 Cup champions sit proudly top of their group with 22 points with eight matches played. Kilcullen left the Division 2 strugglers back yard with a great 4-0 victory. Sinead and the ladies are now guaranteed a final spot in this division and it's looking likely that Ailesbury will be their challengers. Sinead and the team have one more match to play however, again to KADKA (if my memory serves me correctly!). Good luck to Sinead, Lynsey Walsh, Debbie Mangan and Gillian K Smith in their last League match.

Kilcullen's Division 2 Men are finishing their group stage on a high and after a season hampered with injuries Eoin Bourke and the lads hosted Mount Pleasant on Thursday 16 March. Mount Pleasant arrived 20 minutes late but this didn’t disrupt the Kilcullen lads focus. In a tight first game the KBC lads lost in 3 sets, David Jackson and Murt Dunne took the second mens leaving it finely poised at 1-1 going into the third. Eoin and Murt went out in the third and got a great victory after a tense 3 setter with the lads coming back from 20-17 down to win the third set in a tie break 23-21. Dave Jackson and Michael Manning went out in the fourth men and wrapped it up with another great performance giving the “Rags” a well deserved 3-1 win. The victory doesn’t effect the outcome of the group but it gives the lads a great base to build on. Well done Eoin, Micheal, David and the ever vocal Murt on a well deserved victory.

The South West League Knock out Cup now starts this week and good luck to all the teams involved.

In this week's photograph are the Division 8 Ladies, Mari Gallagher, Captain Maeve Valroy, Grace Elliot and Emer Flynn.

Burtown House on The Atlantic Magazine

A short movie about Burtown House, south of Kilcullen near Athy, has the Fennell family telling about how they turned the family home since the 1700s into a fine dining restaurant, writes Brian Byrne.

The video is featured on the online version of The Atlantic Magazine. It is well worth viewing and you can do so here.

The movie was produced by The Perennial Plate blog, owned by chef and activist Daniel Klein and filmmaker Mirra Fine, who are traveling the world exploring the wonders, complexities and stories behind the ever more connected global food system.

JB to ride for Ireland again

Kilcullen Cycling Club member JB Murphy is pictured here with the Tommy Sheehan trophy that he won on St Patrick’s day in Carrick-on-Suir, writes Liam Walker.

JB is off to Ghent in Belgium next Sunday to represent Ireland in The Nations Cup race. Friday’s win comes on the back of his win in the Cycleways cup in Navan and his second place in the Newbridge Grand Prix two weeks ago.

This Junior rider is showing some great form and is looking forward to riding in the Irish colours next week. JB would like to thank all his sponsors for all their help in reaching his goals.

Brannoxtown NS Table Quiz

A Table Quiz in aid of Brannoxtown NS will be held in The Mill pub on Friday 31 March.

It will start at 8.30pm, and there will be prizes for first and second place tables as well as spot prizes.

Table for four €40. All welcome.

The passing of Bernie Nolan

The Diary has learned of the death has occurred of Sarah Bernadette (Bernie) Nolan (née O'Malley) of Carrighill Lower, Calverstown, and formerly of Louisburgh and Ballinrobe.

Sarah passed away at Craddockstown House Nursing Home and Care Centre, after an illness in the presence of her loving husband Tom, children Ray, Tom and Sinead and grandchildren Sarah, Ross, Jake Hannah, TJ and Grace. She was predeceased by her brothers Myles and Tony, and is sadly missed by her brother Frank, sisters Mary and Christina, daughters-in-law Caroline and Aisling, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Sarah is reposing at Joyce's Funeral Home, Borris, Co Carlow on Monday, 20 March, from 4.30pm with removal to the nearby Sacred Heart Parish Church, Borris at 6.30pm. Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 2 March at 11am followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium.

Family flowers only. May she rest in peace.