Saturday, March 17, 2018

Daffodil Day next week

Daffodil Day is next Friday 23 March, writes Brian Byrne.

Last year's collection for the Day, which supports the work of the Irish Cancer Society, raised €5,314 in Kilcullen.

Trish Dowling has been in touch with the usual team of collectors for next week, but would love to hear from anyone else who wants to help.

You can get in touch with her by emailing

'Chicago' was an exercise in theatrical excellence

The Diary went along for the first half of last evening's final performance of 'Chicago' by the CPC Transition Year students, and found a production that was equal to anything from a professional musical presentation, writes Brian Byrne.

There are many in the cast who could have futures in the theatre and musical world if that is their wish, but what was more important was the dedication to excellence which showed throughout, in every part of the evening from front of house all the way through the music, the singing and dancing, and the superb set and backstage work. That was already evident from the rehearsal session we went to last week.

We're not going to single out any individuals, but merely say that for all who went along to support it — it was full houses all three nights — they had a super musical theatre experience.

Well done to all concerned.

More pictures from rehearsal and show here.

Open or closed St Patrick's Day

Because the public holiday part of St Patrick's Day is being celebrated on Monday, we have been asked about opening and closing times for local businesses today. These are the few that we know of.

Nolans Butchers is open this St Patrick's Day from 8am-3pm. They will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Eurospar is open today until later.

Woodbine Books is open 9am-6pm today, closed Sunday and Monday.

Secret Kloset Boutique is closed until Tuesday.

Burkes Pharmacy is open 9.30am-6pm today, closed Sunday and Monday.

Berneys Chemist is closed until Tuesday.

The River Cafe is open today as normal, closed on Sunday and Monday.

Hair by Eilish is closed today, open again on Tuesday.

The Bridge Barber is closed for St Patrick's Day. Open on Sunday/Monday 10am-2pm.

There is no parade in Kilcullen this year.

All pubs will be open (and packed and noisy from 2.45pm!).

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bus Eireann loses Kilcullen service

Bus Eireann has lost the tender to operate the 130 bus service it currently provides through Kilcullen, writes Brian Byrne.

The service operates four times a day south from Dublin to Athy and three services a day northbound.

UK-based firm Go-Ahead won the tender, and is expected to take over the service towards the end of this year or early next year.

Other companies which failed to get the route included Transdev City Connect, First Group plc, and Synergy.

Bus Eireann lost five other services through Kildare in the process, 120, 120C, 123, 124, and 126.

Dawn and Aidan delighted with Irish Indie Bookshop win

Aidan Cunnane and Dawn Behan and everybody involved in Woodbine Books are over the moon with winning the title of Irish Indie Bookshop of the Year 2018, writes Brian Byrne.

The award was made by the Booksellers Association, and Woodbine won the Irish Region title, which puts them in the running for the Best Bookshop in the UK and Ireland title to be announced in May.

With a big 'thank you' to everybody who supported them by leaving comments about the shop on the Booksellers Association website, Aidan and Dawn believe part of the reason for their win is that this showed how much Woodbine had become part of the community in Kilcullen.

Working alongside Dawn and Aidan are Seoirse Behan, Deborah Behan, Paula Kavanagh and Ann Cramer.

The word has spread, and already today they've had people coming in to congratulate them. They have also seen new customers as a result.

Storytelling in An Tearmann next Tuesday

The Kilcullen story-telling group ‘Triple Spiral Storytellers' are holding an open event in An Tearmann on Tuesday 20 March at 7:30pm, writes Tim Ditchburn. Everyone is welcome.

That day is ‘World Storytelling Day’ and to mark the occasion there will be two guest Storytellers, Simone Schuemmelfeder and her husband Michael Phelan. Both are well known exponents of the art of oral Storytelling and run workshops across our region, most recently at the Riverbank Arts Centre. Simone was with us back in January and enthralled everyone with stories from around the world.

Why not pop in to hear stories from these remarkable Storytellers. A €5 donation will be collected at the door. Tea and cakes will be provided by Jo from An Tearmann, an added treat.

Phone 087 2767669 or email for further information.

County success for Kilcullen Community Games Art

Kilcullen participants took ten medals in the Community Games County Art Final, writes Papillon Rabbitte.

This year's Community Games County Art Final saw over 300 children from all over Kildare descend on the Patrician Primary School in Newbridge.

Kilcullen had 18 boys and girls participating across the different age groups. Over the last couple of years, the Kilcullen children have done exceptionally well at this level of the competition. The U12 Girls category alone saw Kilcullen take home the county gold, silver and bronze.

Our total haul of ten county medals is itself a fantastic achievement. Credit is due to all the creative and talented children who put in such great effort to produce some incredible artworks over the three hours of the competition.

Congratulations to all the children on their success. The medal winners are U8 Girls - 4th Maya Tyrrell; U10 Girls - 1st Mae Cowper-Gray; U12 Girls - 1st Ella Cullen, 2nd Della Cowper-Gray, 3rd Leah Keogh; U14 Girls - 3rd Abbey McNamara; U8 Boys - 3rd James Keogh, 4th Darragh; U12 Boys - 2nd Tom Aspell.

Ella Cullen (gold U12) and Mae Cowper-Gray (gold U10) will now represent Kildare at the National Finals in the University of Limerick in May. We wish them both the best of luck!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The passing of Jim Kelly

The Diary has learned with personal sadness of the death of Jim Kelly, of Ballymore Eustace and originally from Nicholastown.

Husband of the late Judy and loving father of Brian, Martine and Denise, Jim will be dearly missed by his family, daughter-in-law Paula, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Debie, Adam, Max and Amelia, brother Jack, sisters Martha, Judy and Margo, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives and friends.

Jim will be reposing at his home on Saturday 2pm-8pm. House private on Sunday morning. Removal Sunday morning to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymore Eustace arriving for 11.30 Funeral Mass followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery.

Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Barretstown, for which purpose there will be a donation box at the Church.

May he rest in peace.

Logstown lad with the Taoiseach in Washington

Kilcullen gets everywhere!

Pictured above, third from the left, is Garry Duffy, son of Tom and Dolores Duffy of Logstown. He is with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at a Science Foundation Ireland function in Washington as part of the St Patrick's Day celebration.

Garry is Personal Professor of Anatomy at NUIG. Thanks to Esther Moore for the picture.

Dun Ailinne and the Clann March

For those who weren't at the special event for the dedication of the Dun Ailinne Interpretive Park a decade ago, you can hear a clip from the evening with Liam O'Flynn playing the piece especially commissioned by Kilcullen Community Action and sponsored by Sir Anthony O'Reilly.

The clip begins with Kieran Forde introducing Liam. Thanks to KCA for providing this memory.

Valley trees being felled today

The Valley is closed today for tree-felling, writes Brian Byrne.

The trees that you see in the picture below, on the bank, are a danger to river users and to the property on the other side.

Taking them down will also open up the Valley Park as a more open place to walk in.

Woodbine wins Irish Region of Bookseller Competition

Woodbine Books has won the Irish Region in the Indie Bookshop of the Year 2018 competition organised by the Booksellers Association, writes Brian Byrne.

Dawn and Aidan's brave and very popular enterprise was one of two from the Ireland region to make the grade for the final choices in the competition.

The regional results were announced a day early, and Dawn and Aidan are very grateful to all those who left comments on the Bookseller website in support of their nomination.

Now they are in the running for the overall Best Indie Bookshop in the UK and Ireland.

Planning permission extension sought on Main Street development

The relevant properties at the time of the original application in 2007.
An application for an extension of duration of planning permission has been lodged in respect of a Main Street development first proposed in 2007, writes Brian Byrne.

The application, by Mark Dyer and Drinda Jones, relates to a 2-acre riverside site and two former private residences, Liffey Bank House and Liffey View House.

The development as granted in April 2008 was for a mixed use scheme comprising retail, residential, commercial, cafe/restaurant, associated facilities and publicly accessible landscaped areas.

The original permission granted to Arquette Limited on the property, then owned by Sir Anthony O'Reilly of Castlemartin, was granted an extension of duration in 2013, again under the application of Arquette Limited.

Around that time the property, which had become derelict, had been externally refurbished as part of a KCA-promoted visual improvement scheme.

The latest application for extension of the permission was lodged on 12 March 2018 with Kildare County Council. Any submissions on the application, file number 18260, must be lodged by 15 April 2018.