Thursday, October 19, 2017

Damien's screenplay wins major US award

Kilcullen screenwriter Damien Aulsberry has won the prestigious Neo-Noir Screenplay Award at the 2017 Bogart Film Noir Shorts competition in Florida, writes Brian Byrne.

The screenplay for 'Sons & Broken Noses' had previously won in the Wexford Film Festival, and is currently in pre-production stage for filming before the end of this year.

The Florida competition was held at locations in Miami and Key Largo, and Damien's entry was up against well-established screenwriters from the US.

"It's great news," he told the Diary last night. "I didn't really expect to win, as the other contestants were of seriously good calibre, and I wasn't even at the event. Out of the four competitions I entered it for this year, this was the one I really wanted to win."

'Sons & Broken Noses' is an Irish based, contemporary western and will be co-directed by Colin Fleming and Nigel O'Brien.

Eric Lalor and Jason Byrne play Jake and Sean, two down on their luck bank robbers whose day is about to get a whole lot worse.

This dark comedic tale includes Frank O'Sullivan as underworld kingpin Mick Ronan, and his son Gabriel played by Emmet Byrne.

NOTE: Voting for the Kilcullen Market Square Project in the Kildare Business Awards ends tomorrow. If you haven't already voted, click the image below to get to the voting site.

Author talk on 'Balfour Declaration' book

David Cronin, an Irish journalist based in Brussels and author of 'Balfour’s Shadow – A century of British support for Zionism and Israel’, will give a talk in Newbridge Library on Wednesday 25 October at 7.30pm, writes Orla O'Neill.

The event is free and all are welcome. It is organised in association with the Kildare Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

November 2017 marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration which began one hundred years of conflict with the Palestinian people. Cronin’s book traces the story of the rhetorical and practical assistance that Britain has given the Zionist movement and the state of Israel since that day. Balfour penned the letter to Lord Rothschild declaring how the British government viewed 'with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people'.

The author will also explore many connections between the British soldiers and diplomats who were based in Ireland during the War of Independence and then sent to Palestine to use their experience in Ireland to quell ‘disturbances’ in Palestine during the 1920s and 1930s.

Arthur James Balfour, who served as Chief Secretary of Ireland, was staunchly Unionist and an opponent of Home Rule. He was best known for ordering police to open fire on an 1887 land reform protest in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, resulting in three deaths, an incident which earned him the sobriquet Bloody Balfour.

Cronin’s book also reveals how a ‘picked force of white gendarmerie’ sent by Winston Churchill to Palestine included many Black and Tans and Auxiliaries whose presence was no longer required in Ireland. This force brought all their Irish experience to bear in Palestine, an experience which was considered to have given the force 'a military efficiency, combined with a certain ruthlessness'.

Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event and the author will be happy to sign them after his talk.

Storm-postponed art classes in Brannockstown will now start next Monday.

The ten-week course by visual artist Paul Flynn due to start last Monday 16 October, was postponed until Monday of next week, due to storm Ophelia, writes Audrey Moore.

The sessions will take place from 7pm-9pm in the Baptist Church Hall in Brannockstown. The class caters for all levels in a friendly, relaxed and enjoyable environment.

The classes are ideal for beginners, improvers and seasoned artist alike. You will be guided to ensure you are working to your full potential so you can enjoy being artistically creative and to improve your understanding of technique, composition and aesthetics.

All students must bring their own material, whatever mediums they prefer — oil, watercolour, acrylic, chalk pastels and so on.

The first class is colour theory and some drawing so there's no need to bring fancy materials, a few sheets of A4 copier paper and a pencil is all that is needed on the first night.

The class is filling up fast, with only a few places left. Please email Paul if you are interested.

The cost of the ten week course is €185. This is to be paid in full, you can pay through Paypal  or contact Paul on You can view Paul’s work on

BTW: If you haven't already voted for Kilcullen's Market Square project in the Kildare Business Awards, do so by clicking the image below.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Donations of auction items for Teach na nDaoine

The organisers of next Sunday's Auction in aid of the Teach na nDaoine project would appreciate any donation of items for the sale, writes Brian Byrne.

They can be anything — a voucher, a bottle of wine or spirit, small furniture, cakes, books, even a donation of time would be very welcome.

Donations can be dropped in to the CPC Assembly Hall on FRiday from 6.30pm-9.30pm, or on Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. Pickups can be arranged.

Viewing opens at 11am on Sunday, and the autcion proper will begin in the early afternoon.

Poker Classic for Hospice

A Poker Classic will be run in Markeys of The Mill on Friday 3 November, in aid of St Brigid's Hospice & Homecare Services.

It begins at 8.30pm, and tickets are €20 per entry.

There will be refreshments and a raffle on the night, and the organisers would be very appreciative of any donations of raffle prizes.

Contact Anna May Brady 045 481020 or Jacinta Sully 087 6689028 for tickets.

Fr Niall improves Columbus Marathon performance

Fr Niall Mackey completed the 2017 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half-Marathon in Ohio, USA, on Sunday, writes Brian Byrne

He finished in a time of 3:19:27, averaging 15.14 minutes per mile. That was a better result than his performance last year.

More than 100,000 spectators and 80 entertainers lined the route. There is a limit of 6,000 participants.

The Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon are the largest in Ohio.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Parish Lotto Draw results

The numbers drawn in the Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish Lotto Draw held on Tuesday 17 October 2017 were 4, 24, 26 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and next week's main prize will be €11,800.

The winners of the €50 Open Draws were Miriam McDonnell (Promoter Miriam McDonnell), Susan Kelly (New Abbey Bridge Club) and Maura Domican (Nancy Fitzpatrick).

The winners of the Promoters Draw were Nessa Dunlea and Miriam McDonnell, and the winner of the Draw for those in the Parish Centre on the night was Leah O'Sullivan.

The Parish thanks all those who support the Lotto.

Tennis Club Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will be held in Fallons on Friday 3 November in aid of the Kilcullen Tennis Club development fund.

The event begins at 8pm. Tickets are €10 a head or €40 per team of four.

There will be a raffle for lots of prizes during the interval, tickets ten for €5.

Please support your local club on what will be a fun night.

Badminton Club’s new season well underway

Kilcullen had a total of three team’s out and about this week with yet another team making their first debut of the new season, writes Tara O'Neill. That team was Lynsey Walsh’s and her Grade 1 ladies of Lynsey, Gillian, Sinead and Tara. Lynsey and Gillian showed a promising start to the night in the First Ladies, bringing a strong Portarlington partnership to three sets, but were unlucky to lose the game in the third set. It wasn’t to be the Kilcullen ladies night as Portarlington went on to win overall.

Also looking promising that night were Vincent’s Grade 3 Men’s team who had a return fixture against Kildare to play, this time on home territory. Following their frustrating defeat to said team last week, Vincent and his men were determined to get revenge and come away with a win. The men certainly proved just how much they wanted to win in some very close fought games (of which included some three-setters and even a thirty-pointer!) but were very unlucky to come out on the wrong end of the scoreboard, also suffering a defeat.

It seems Thursday was the night for matches, as a third match was also played some couple of miles away in Portarlington, as Mick Cass’ Grade 2 Mens team travelled to Port. Mick and his men were determined not to walk away empty-handed and came away with a very respectable 2-2 draw.

Well done to all those who played games last week and best of luck to those teams who have matches this week!

November Remembrance Mass

The November Remembrance Mass will be held on Friday 3 November at 7.30p.m. in the Parish Church, writes Mary Dillon. We remember all who have died and in a special way those from the Parish who have died during the past year.

Families who have suffered a bereavement during the past year will be contacted by Nessa and Mary, members of the Bethany and Funeral Teams.

The Mass is open to all parishioners. Loss and grief do not have a time limit. There will be an opportunity after the Remembrance Mass and during the following week for parishioners to remember loved ones by placing their names on the Remembrance Tree.

Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre after the Mass to allow friends and neighbours to meet and have a chat. All are most welcome.