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The Best Free Read In Kildare April, 2012

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KILDARE READY FOR PUNCHESTOWN Guys and Dolls at the Moat p11

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From the 24th April almost 100,000 people will descend on Punchestown and the surrounding areas to attend the highlight of the Irish sporting calendar. An intensive marketing campaign, created in co–operation with County Kildare Fáilte, is being implemented and will include signage, advertising, parade ring interviews and announcements. The extended partnership with County Kildare Fáilte reinforces the current “Into Kildare – It’s All Here” campaign, which is now getting significant recognition both nationally and internationally. Earlier this year Punchestown published a report detailing the economic contribution of the 2011 Festival. The key findings included an amazing spend of €24.8 million outside the racecourse on accommodation, food, drink and entertainment. Perhaps one of the most interesting figures was the phenomenal €7 million that is spent on fashion for the festival. In addition 20% of those in attendance are overseas visitors who require accommodation and entertainment for the duration of their visit. Average visits are two or three days and nights. During festival week just under 100,000 people are in the Naas area. Details for the festival can be obtained from:

All Ireland Gael Linn Victory for Maynooth Post Primary

Mr. Johnny Nevin, Principal, Deirdre Ní Chearúil, Éirin Ní Chearúil, Niamh Ní Mhuirí, Íde Ní Uallacháin, Deputy Principal. (See P2)

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All Ireland Gael Linn victory for Maynooth Post Primary Maynooth Post Primary has won the Gael Linn All –Ireland Irish Debating competition, “Comórtas an Phiarsaigh” which sees students debating completely through Irish. The finals were held on Thursday 29th March, in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise and three Transition Year students, Éirinn Ní Chearúil (Captain), Deirdre Ní Chearúil and Niamh Ní Mhuirí were victorious on behalf of their school. This win came at the end of a challenging year of debating in various different rounds. The three other schools competing in the final were Coláiste Íde agus Iosef from Abbeyfeale,

Limerick, Meánscoil Loreto from Clonmel in Tipperary and Pobalscoil Ghort Inse Guaire in Gort Co. Galway. The motion being debated was that Ireland still deserves the title “Island of Saints and Scholars” (Tá an teideal “Oilean na Naomh agus na nOllamh” tuillte go fóill ag Éirinn) and this was hotly debated on all sides. The judges complimented the idealism, understanding, and awareness of all these young people who showed a great grasp of the history of the title, a sense of political awareness and a critical understanding of moral values which the judges found refreshing in

the light of recent scandals and commissions! This win brings to four the number of All-Ireland Gael Linn titles (three Senior and one Junior) in debating for Maynooth Post Primary in the last five years. The school’s deputy principal, Íde Ní Uallachain, who coached the team in their preparations throughout the year, said that debating was a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop their skills at public speaking, and that they would carry this skill with them, confidently, throughout their lives. “Táim iontach bródúil astu – d’oibrigh siad go dian agus chreid siad ann” a

dúirt sí. The school principal, Mr. Johnny Nevin, said that this was a wonderful achievement for these girls and for the school, especially as the school is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “This win really emphasises the standard of Irish teaching at all levels and the emphasis that Maynooth Post Primary puts on the language. We offer our students lots of opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including ‘díospóireacht’. We are extremely proud of the team, it’s a great win and a wonderful accolade for our school.”

Lawless elected to Fianna Fáil Executive Local activist, James Lawless, was successful in his bid for a seat on the Fianna Fáil party’s central ruling body, the Ard Chomhairle (national executive). It is the only election in which the candidates are selected by direct election across the party’s national membership and candidates must draw support from across the country to get elected. Competition was especially tight this year with over 50 candidates seeking votes from 4,000 delegates as the party renewal steps up a gear.

James exceeded the quota on first preferences and was elected on the first count. James attributed his success to engagement with the members around the country as well as a reputation for driving change across the party. He thanked the local Kildare organisation for the huge support they gave him in the run up to, and on the weekend of the Ard Fheis. James is a trainee Barrister and was recently appointed to the new Fianna Fáil Justice Policy committee. He is also a co-founder and editor of the new party members’ magazine Cuisle.

James lives in Sallins where he is involved in several local community projects and he is expected to

contest Kildare County Council elections in 2014.


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Amy Harte from Newbridge through to RTE talent show final Amy Harte, a pupil in The Patrician Primary, Newbridge, is through to the final of RTE’s “Show off or get off”. Amy auditioned for the show last September and successfully made her way through the first round of voting, a semi-final and then a “head to head” vote which landed her a place in the final. Amy has been singing and dancing since she was four and attends the Lea Moran Stage School in Newbridge. Multi-talanted Amy is a member of her school’s brass pipe band, plays guitar and has recently taken up piano. She has also played the parts of Sandy in “Grease” and Tallulah “Bugsy Malone” in local drama productions. No stranger to sport too, Amy plays for her local U12 team at Moorefield. The filming for the final takes place on 18 April and will be screened on RTE2’s

Liam Holton, Punchestown Marketing Director and Councillor Willie Callaghan, Mayor of Naas announcing a thoroughbred partnership between Naas Town and Punchestown Racecourse for the festival.

Amy Harte pictured recently playing Tallulah in “Bugsy Malone”. Elev8 programme at 4pm on Friday 20th, April in the segment called “Show off or Get off”. Online voting will open directly after screening and will be open until midnight on 26th April. You can vote from 20th to

26th April on the programmes website: off. The prize is to perform at The Helix in Dublin and to guest on the show.

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New President appointed at Newbridge Chamber Of Commerce AGM Newbridge Chamber's outgoing President David Wright was smiling as he handed over the chain of office to Con McNamara and one suspects he was handing over a busy workload into the bargain! Con commenced his voluntary role in the hot seat as Newbridge Chamber President for 2012 with immediate effect. The 44th Chamber AGM took place at the Newbridge Credit Union premises, where David thanked his employer Horse Racing Ireland, his hard working committee and all Chamber members large and small throughout Newbridge and district for their support over the past two years, while he was leading this active business group. David numbered among his highlights the establishment of Newbridge's own B2B - a fortnightly business networking group without any of the high costs often associated with such groups. He wished Con well with his plans for the year ahead. Con is a retired army officer and now runs his own business 'Effects Based Communication & Recruitment' in Newbridge, where he is in much demand from young and old seeking help and confidence in any field. He outlined his main ambitions for the Chamber while he is at the helm during 2012 to the gathered members as twofold: Firstly he looks forward to the organisation leading the successful roll out of large scale Newbridge 200 celebrations, which should deliver commercial benefit to the town of tens of millions of Euro and also build on the existing civic and community pride in Newbridge for all the town's residents and workers. Secondly, after many months of painstaking background work, Con hopes 2012 will finally see the relocation of Chamber's offices to a new venue in the Newbridge Industrial estate, while simultaneously establishing much needed incubator units and training facilities at the new site.

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Murphy condemns government over ‘Grossly unfair’ household charges Deputy Catherine Murphy (Independent – Kildare North) today criticised the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan over the “debacle” that has been the introduction of the Household Charge. To date just over 420,000 households have paid the charge, approximately one quarter of the 1.8 million households in the State. “The failure to comply with the Household Charge has been characterised by some in Government as irresponsible. It’s clear to me that the numbers who are not going to pay – more than a million households across all spectrums of Irish society – demonstrate that opposition to the charge is rooted in a principled objection to both the ill designed and terribly regressive nature of the charge and the notion that closing the budget deficit overrides all concerns of fairness and equity in our taxation system. It also has given voice to the strong feeling amongst people that there is no end to the amounts they are being asked to pay while many of the architects of our economic collapse have

received unlimited state assistance. “For me, all direct taxation must be as fair and progressive as possible in its design. The Household Charge takes no account of ability to pay, contains very restrictive exemption clauses, and fails to adequately address the fact that very many people paid large sums in stamp duty in recent years. “To implement a voluntary regressive charge on a population who have already borne four years of austerity shows a particularly profound lack of political judgement on the part of the Government. Minister Hogan and Fine Gael say that the EU/IMF are insisting upon a property tax – yet campaigned in the 2011 election, after the EU/IMF deal had been agreed, clearly stating that an annual, recurring residential property tax would be “unfair”. It’s clear that in the face of this dishonesty, people are taking back power en mass. I hope that the Government will listen to the people on this and fulfil the pledges they gave to the electorate at the last election.”

10 North Kildare Schools Benefit From Building Programme

Eilis Quinlan is new President of North Kildare Chamber

Fine Gael TD, for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor warmly welcomes the announcement that 10 schools in the constituency are to be included in a €1.5 billion Five Year Building Programme announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn. “Before 2016, six new schools will be built in Kildare North, two primary – St. Davids’ NS, Piper’s Hill Naas & Scoil Naomh Padraig, Celbridge – and four post primary – two for Maynooth, one for Naas & one for Celbridge. Four primary schools will also benefit from the programme through extensions – St. Joseph’s Boys NS, Kilcock, St. Patrick’s Boys NS, Clane, Scoil Naisiunta Bhride, Clane and North Kildare Educate Together, Celbridge. These new schools and extensions will ease the overcrowding situation in many schools throughout the constituency and will be welcomed by pupils, teacher and parents alike.” From a national perspective, this major schools capital investment will pro-

Eilis Quinlan from Quinlan & Co Accountants recently took over as President of the North Kildare Chamber. Also elected at the Chamber’s AGM were: Len Regan (Kildare TV) Vice President, Sean Murray (Naas Credit Union) Chamber Secretary, Mark Graham (Graham & Co Accountants) Chamber Treasurer. Committee: Edel McCabe (Naas Racecourse), Gerry O’Hagan (Bord na Mona), Anthony O’Dea (Green IT), Corena O’Brien (Gardner HRM), Noel Dempsey (Dooley Insurances), Deirdre Roche (Bank of Ireland).

vide approximately 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the next five years. Of the 275 major projects included in the programme, 106 new schools at primary level and 43 new schools at second level will be built before end of 2016. Between now and 2017 the Department of Education is expecting approximately 45,000 extra pupils in our primary and 25,000 extra pupils in post primary schools there is now an urgency in providing extra accommodation in our schools. “This major announcement today comes on the back of the recent commitment by the Department of Education to provide €35 million to deal with temporary prefab accommodation in so many of our schools. I am delighted that the schools, students and construction industry of Kildare North are to benefit from their inclusion in such large scale investments” concluded Anthony Lawlor TD.

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The Prosperous Music Festival will be a three day event running on Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August 2012. Categories of music will include local musicians, unsigned and signed artists from around Ireland. Some of the names involved were Donal Lunny, Christy Moore, Members of The Dubliners, The Furey's and their father Ted, Liam Og O'Flynn and many more. The Festival will promote music, song and dance by local and national artists. It is also a chance for business's to promote and advertise there own activities. If you want to play or volunteer at the Festival please see our submission forms. Visit for more details or join the facebook page.

Prosperous Music Festival kicked off with their first fundraising event of the year with live music in Dowlings, Larry's and Christy's. The Cedar Sound, Saoirse, Darren Brereton, Chris Brosnan, Mick Dunne, Ger Loughlin, John Burke, Andy Murphy and many more rocked the venue's and if this is a sign of things to come, the festival will be great and a welcome addition to the village of Prosperous.

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Coast to sponsor ‘BEST DRESSED LADY’ at Punchestown racing festival Most Stylish Lady and her friend will Win Jet-Set Shopping Spree to 3 International Coast locations; New York, Coast Madrid and Coast London Utimate occasionwear specialists Coast have announced their sponsorship of the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition at the Punchestown Racing Festival. The social and sporting highlight of the Irish racing calendar takes place from Tuesday 24th April to Saturday 28th April 2012. The fantastic prize for the overall winner of ‘Fashion On The Field: Coast Best Dressed Lady’ is an amazing jet-set international shopping spree to three flagship Coast stores around the world, for herself and a friend! The lucky winner and a friend will enjoy a 2 day stay at each location, in New York, Madrid and Spain; have personal ‘Coast by Appointment’ style consultations, with prize vouchers of €1,000 to be

spent in each Coast store. All flights and hotel expenses will be paid, so the focus is on enjoying the ultimate shopping experience in some of the world’s most stylish cities. The search for ‘Fashion On the Field: Coast Best Dressed Lady’ will be held over the first four days of the festival, with the judges being tasked with finding the Most Stylish Lady in attendance. Not to be forgotten, daily winners will be announced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday who will each win a personal ‘Coast by Appointment’ style session and a €1,000 Coast voucher. Each of the daily finalists will also receive a fabulous Coast goody bag. Margaret McDonald, Managing Director, Coast, commented, ‘We are thrilled to come on board as sponsors of the Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown Racing Festival which is absolutely one of the most stylish and prestigious racing events of

Charity concert in Athy huge success A charity concert was recently held in the Clanard Hotel in Athy. Organised by local singer songwriter, Suzanne Carroll, it resulted in a proud showcase of talent from in and around the County. Among those taking part were: Robert Chanders (Barleywine), The Midland Suzuki Violin Group, The Amadeus Gospel Choir, Sean Loughman, the Dara Quartet, trad singer Ambrose Dunne, poet/storyteller Jim Kearny, Margaret Brennan singer/songwriter, comedian Dinny Donohue and the Shakers School of Dance hip hop. Guest star on the night was well known Irish singer/songwriter, Leslie Dowdall. Leslie joined Suzanne in singing her composition, “Let the Children Be”. This song will be shortly be available to download and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to charity. All proceeds from the concert went to the Laura Lynn House Children's Hospice Foundation, Barnardos and the NCBI shop in Athy.

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ly exciting feature of what is widely considered one of the social and sporting highlights of the year. We look forward to quality and excitement that Coast will bring to the competition.’ The Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday April 24th to Saturday April 28th with the Coast Best Dressed Lady Competition taking place over the first four days of the event. Daily winners from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be invited to be part of the final on Friday. Tickets for the Festival start from €19pp and Corporate Hospitality packages are from €129pp – so there really isn’t a better time to attend the largest social event in Ireland! For further information log on to or give the team a call on (045) 897704. Prize terms and conditions apply.

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Garden Angel

Welcome again to Garden Angel. I hope you will find some useful TIPS or hints about what to do now, in your garden.

When selecting plants for your beds or planters don’t mix too many colours as they could clash. Use two or three which ‘Go Together’, like Purple and Pink, or Yellow, Orange and Red, or Blue and Red, or Yellow , Blue and Purple. Clumps of ‘Trailing Lobelia’ planted around the edges complement most colour schemes and their tiny delicate leaves and flowers soften the edges and contrast with the larger, more vibrant blooms! Or if you want to go for a 'wow factor' some Trailing Nasturtium are the business!

After such a dry March, everything in the garden and vegetable plot is crying out for some water. If you are careful to only water exactly where you want the water to go, not only will you save water but you will cut down on weeds popping up as they will die from lack of water. Even though this might take a little more time than just whacking on the sprinkler, it will save you more time and effort in the long run as you won’t have as much weeding to do! Collecting rainwater (when it does fall!) from your gutters and mulching around your plants will also help to conserve water. There are some great new devices on the market in your DIY stores or check out the County Council where you can buy one on line for 45 euro. Deadhead any bulbs that have finished flowering (cut off the part where the flower was) and apply a slow release fertilizer. DO NOT CUT THEIR LEAVES. They need them to make energy for the bulbs to flower next year. Plait the leaves of daffodils to make them look neater if you really think they look untidy. Their leaves should not be cut until they go brown.

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TIP Collect Rainwater! Raise your rain barrel or rain butt up on some concrete blocks. This way you can fit a watering can under the tap for small watering jobs without having to drag out the hose.

TIP If you have an old tree stump or pile of rubble that you are not able to remove because of access or cost or perhaps its not really 'in the way' as its in a corner, try disguising it by growing a climbing Rose and Clematis over it. You could make a feature of it by adding a small statue on top. Turns an eyesore into an attractive feature!

Ideal when diluting your Comfrey or Nettle Tea! Resist the urge to plant out your Summer Bedding Plants , e.g. Geraniums, Impatiens, Lobelias, Petunias etc.

A late frost will kill them. If they are getting too big for their pots you can re-pot them into bigger pots so they will continue to grow. They can be hardened off (put outside) during the daytime but be sure to bring them in at night in case it freezes. Wait until late May or June before leaving them to the mercy of our unpredictable weather!


TIP If you don’t like to use gloves while in the garden, ( though if you are handling garden soil I recommend wearing them) try scraping a bar of soap with your nails, packing it under them before you start. This will stop dirt getting under Your nails and they will be so much easier to clean when you wash up afterwards.

Perennial plants (plants which come back every year) like Hosta, Aquilegia, Delphinium,etc. can be dug up and divided and replanted giving you more plants for free! These will be exactly the same as the parent plant, unlike plants grown from seed which will have variations of size, colour and form. Plant them in groups of 3, 5, 7, etc. as this looks more natural than planting them singly or in pairs.

Follow the instructions on seed packets EXACTLY, those seed companies spend a lot of money WILDLIFE CORNER on research! Some seeds need light to be excluded to germinate while others just need to be sprinkled on top of the compost. Some need to be soaked overnight, while others need to have a tiny cut made to their skin or they might even ask you to put them into the fridge for 24 hrs! Whatever the requirements are, they are just mimicking whatever conditions the seed would experience if it were in its own natural habitat and not on your kitchen table or greenhouse. So for best results, do exactly what it says on the package!

With all the dry weather the birds will need some help to find fresh water to drink. Fill your birdbaths on a daily basis if possible, and even put out some extra temporary ones in discrete places. If you have a pond keep that topped up too. The water from your rain barrel is best for this as there are things like chlorine in tap water. If you haven’t collected any rain yet, fill some containers with the tap water and let them sit outside for 24 hrs. The chlorine will evaporate and the ‘new’ water will be a similar Temp. as that in the pond so its better for wildlife as they won’t be shocked by a drastic change in temperature.


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“Guys and Dolls’’ by Naas Musical Society at The Moat Photos by Aishling Conway

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Launch of Clane Local History Group's New Journal The new publication will be launched at the GAA centre on the Prosperous Road on Wednesday 18th April, by Mario Corrigan of Kildare County Council’s Art and Heritage services. The journal is called Coiseanna in remembrance of Clane’s bloody battle of 1798 which was fought on the edge of Capdoo commons. The objective of the journal is to keep alive, communicate and share the rich evidence of Clane’s heritage which is to be found in our historic surroundings. The evening will be chaired by our Chairman, John Noonan, while the journal will be introduced by its editor, Jim Heffernan. In view of the proximity of the centenary date of the Titanic disaster, Pat Given will give a short talk on Clane’s link with that tragic event before Mario Corrigan officially declares the journal launched. The very comprehensive contents list of the first edition of the journal contains many articles embracing novel accounts of people, places and events with Clane connections. The launch of the journal in this particular year was entirely coincidental, yet in the process of editing submitted articles, we were surprised to learn that this year marks an auspicious centenary anniversary for no less than two of the subjects covered in the contents. Currently the sad events surrounding the Titanic disaster are an everyday news item but for Clane residents a new interest in this tragedy will be awakened by the article on one of our early dispensary doctors who lost his life in the cold Atlantic waters exactly one hundred years ago. In October 1912, again one hundred years ago, the great Tommy Conneff was drowned in the Pasig River in the Philippines. There are numerous other items of major local interest such as the fascinating life-story of a World War 1 hero, the gifted genealogy of the Griffith family and the politics behind the building of Clane’s numerous Parnell cottages. Among other articles is an account of the local folklore concerning strange happenings around Clane and the journal even provides directions on accessing a previously unrecorded list of Clane’s Catholic parishioners in 1880. Mark the date in your diaries now and be sure not to miss a really historic occasion.

Kildare Echo, April, 2012

Blackboard sign controversy in Athy

News in brief

Cllr Thomas Redmond has slammed the decision by Athy town council to demand a charge of hundreds euros from a family food business in Athy for a blackboard sign outside his shop. Redmond who was contacted this weekend by a person ,was made aware of one business on Leinster Street whom the council have taken issue with his small blackboard on his building. I was infuriated to hear this and when I contacted the restraunt owner whom was at the receiving end of the letter demanding he takes down the blackboard and apply for planning permission I have to say I saw red. On one hand we are lucky we have a business open paying rates , a man who employs some people and on the other we have time to waste sending this man crazy letters demanding he takes down the sign apply for planning permission , then to cap it all off the council I am a member of asks the man for a donation of 650 euros to find out where the bad smell is coming from. We need to get a grip down there. I am going to be demanding that the town manager steps in now because it seems to be a few people always getting the worst brunt of the stick. When there is a quiz , information night etc etc. in Athy I will not be expecting anyone to write to Athy town council to pay for signs , it's really big brother gone mad. I would hope the town clerk travels to Carlow where they piloted a number of fee paying sign sites that are not only smart in appearance but bring in revenue that is badly needed.

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DanceTones Fundraiser

The DanceTones Supporters Club are holding a fundraising Variety Show on Saturday 28th April. There are still a couple of slots open, so if you can sing or play in a band, contact the Brian (087 223 6230) or Tracey (087 259 ) to book a place. The Supporters Club raises funds for the DanceTones students to travel to the UK, to represent Ireland in Ballroom, Latin and Hip Hop competitions.

Johnny Lamb Memorial Run

The Johnny Lamb memorial run will take place on 6th May. Meeting outside Gregory’s pub for registration at 11am, cost is €10 per bike. All proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland & Irish Autism. For further information, contact: (086) 394 1810.

Social Dancing returns to Prosperous

Two energetic local ladies are responsible for the recent reintroduction of Social Dancing in the area. Dymphna Murphy and Carmel Aspell have secured the revamped hall at Dowlings in Prosperous for Social Dancing on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s from 9.30pm. Great music will be provided and admission is only €7. A reduced rate has been negotiated with the various bands and all excess proceeds will go to Rehab.

Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan at the Athy Community Arts Centre

Singer songwriter LESLIE DOWDALL and former member of Stocktons Wing MIKE HANRAHAN will be appearing at Athy Community Arts Centre on Saturday 14th of April at 8pm. Tickets €16/€14 are available from The Gem & The Heritage Centre Athy, or call our box office on 087 2761156.

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Celbridge Camera Club member achieves 3rd place at the National Nature competition

Celbridge Camera Club member, Kieran Phelan, came third in the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) National Nature competition which was held in Westport, Co. Mayo on Sunday March 11th. The competition was judged by renowned wildlife and natural

history cinematographer Colin Stafford-Johnson. Kieran achieved third place in the projected images section with his photograph "Sparring Egrets" (above). The photograph shows two egrets fighting for dominance over a lake in Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka, and was taken

last autumn while Kieran was on holiday. The club meets on Monday evenings in the Slip Hall in Celbridge see for the schedule of upcoming events. The club is always open to new members.

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Carmel’s Kitchen

Wild Garlic Bread

Hello and welcome to Carmel’s Kitchen. This month our Food For Free recipes focus on Wild Garlic. The seasonal vegetables are Rhubarb and Asparagus, which are almost free as once you plant them they keep coming up year after year . Unfortunately you must not harvest them for the first 3 years until they become established but as they are plentiful in the shops at the moment it makes it a little easier to wait for your own harvest! I always think that planting Perennial Veg or Flowers (and especially a Tree) is a testament to your belief in the future and is such a positive thing to do. The Cycle of Nature will continue no matter what we Humans do to it........T.G!

Carmel Rhubarb Crumble. Rhubarb is a veg not a fruit, even though we think of it as a fruit because we eat it as a desert. It is quite bitter so we tend to sweeten it in sugary dishes like Crumbles. Served with Vanilla icecream and/or whipped cream it is delicious! Filling 750grms/ 1 1/2lb / 4 cups Rhubarb 120ml / 4fl oz/ 1/2 cup orange juice Topping 125g/ 4oz/ 1cup flour 60g / 2oz / 1/4cup sugar 60g / 20z / 4 Tblsp butter pinch cinnamon

300g/10oz strong white bread flour 100g/ 3 1/2oz wholewheat flour 100g/3 1/2oz rye flour ( or use 200g/ 7oz wholewheat and omit the rye flour) 2 tblsp bran 2 tsp salt 1 packet fast action yeast (7g/ 1/4oz) 2/3 tblsp finely chopped fresh wild Garlic 300ml/10floz lukewarm water 2tblsp olive oil

Spinach, Asparagus and Goats Cheese with Wild Garlic Bread 500g(1lb 2oz) spinach, washed with stalks removed 1 tbls olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 16 spears fresh asparagus 70g(2 ½ oz) grated goats cheese 2 baguettes sliced some wild garlic butter

If you like mushroom, a more substantial variation of this dish would be to put a teaspoon of cream cheese into 8 large flat mushrooms topped with a little garlic and the spinach, asparagus and goats cheese. Place in a warm oven on middle shelf until cheese has melted and mushrooms are cooked. The garlic bread can be toasted on the top shelf turning once to evenly cook.

Cream of Asparagus Soup 3 tbls olive oil 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped 450g(1lb) asparagus, cleaned and chopped 750ml(1 ¼ pints) veg or chicken stock 100ml(3 ½ fl oz) double cream Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Rub butter and flour together into crumbs. Mix in sugar and cinnamon

You can add other fruit to the Rhubarb like Apple, Pears or Peaches for variety or try a little ginger or mixed spice.

Put the flours, bran, salt, yeast and herbs into a bowl. Mix. Add the water and olive oil and work up to a firm, not too sticky dough. If the dough is too dry add a little more water; if too wet add sprinkles of flour. Knead throughly. Leave to rise in the bowl to double its size, 1 to 2 hours depending on room temperature. Knock the dough down and flatten it. Roll it up into a large sausage the length of your loaf pan. Oil the pan and put the dough in. Press it down firmly. Leave it to rise to the top of the pan, about another 30 mins. Heat the oven 220C/ 425F/ Gas 7 and bake it for about 30mins until well risen and golden – green. Turn it out onto rack to cool.

Butter the bread on both sides with the wild garlic butter. Line your grill with a sheet of tinfoil. Place bread on low grill and toast lightly on both sides. Meanwhile steam spinach lightly in steamer then drain. Combine spinach, olive oil and seasoning and chop finely. Steam asparagus until just soft. Spoon spinach onto 4 warm plates, top with asparagus sprinkled with goats cheese. Serve with toasted wild garlic bread.

Remove leaves ( poisonous to humans) and any end parts that are not reddish. Roughly chop and put into a small pot with orange juice to simmer for 5 mins until Rhubarb is tender but not mushy. Pour into an ovenproof dish

Sprinkle over fruit. Bake in preheated oven 180c / 350 f / Gas Mark 4 for 30 mins or until top is golden brown.

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FOOD FOR FREE! Wild Garlic Butter Put a handful of wild garlic leaves in the food processor and chop very finely. Add 150g (5oz) butter, and the juice of ½ a lemon. Put it into a suitable lidded container and refrigerate. The longer it is left the better the flavour and it will keep like normal butter. It can be used on bread, in pasta, on boiled baby potatoes etc. Anywhere you would normally use a savoury butter.

Heat oil in saucepan Add onions and cook until soft. Add stock, asparagus and seasoning to taste. Gradually bring to boiling point, immediately reduce heat and simmer for about 5 mins until asparagus are slightly soft. Remove from heat and carfully liquidise until smooth with a hand blender being careful not to splash the hot liquid. Slowly add the cream stirring constantly. Serve immediately in warm bowls.


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Maynooth Post Primary student shines at science bootcamp

MOAT THEATRE presents: EASTER 1917 - Written and directed by Gerard O'Shea

Daniel Hobbs (17) from Maynooth Post Primary in Maynooth, Co Kildare was recognised as the best individual student at the 2012 BT Young Scientist Bootcamp and has won a summer placement at a prestigious university. The bootcamp which was held at Nova UCD last week was run to encourage and foster future young scientists. Daniel had previously come third in the senior individual chemical, physical and mathematical sciences category of the BT Young Scientist competition with his project entitled ‘Crystal Whiskers, their piezoelectric properties’.

One year after the dramatic, but failed, Dublin Rising of 1916, the residents of the tiny Irish village of Kilfeckert take up arms once more against the British Army. The rebels occupy key buildings in the village and prepare to go to war to defend the new Republic they have declared. As they wait and ultimately go to war, leading figures from the literary revival have begun to dramatise their exploits for the stage, under the watchful eye of the parish priest. And watching all of this unfold is an embedded TV crew, filming a news documentary on the dramatic events. 'Easter 1917' is a wild and hilarious ride through an alternative view of Irish history. A laugh-out-loud comedy featuring run-ins with cans of beans, attempted communications with the Kaiser's Germany, makeshift weapons, rebel in-fighting, knowing injokes and all the drama,

The students themselves were selected from January's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for having demonstrated an understanding of commercially viable opportunities, business acumen and innovative flair. Shay Walsh, Managing Director Business at BT Ireland, said that the bootcamp aimed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the boardroom, with the purpose of embedding an ethos of entrepreneurship and innovation in talented second-level students who are inspired by science and engineering.

Book Sale In Naas Library Naas Library are holding a large book sale of old, damaged and withdrawn stock in the coming weeks. This annual book sale will feature a large selection of books covering all subject areas, all at bargain prices! The sale begins on Friday 30th March and will continue until Friday 13th April 2012.

suspense and comedy of a David versus Goliath clash with a few surprising plot twists. It is Irish history in all its glory and failure - political, military, religious, artistic, sporting - as you've never quite seen it before. A large cast of new and familiar Moat Club actors bring to life the rebels and writers, poets and priests, hurlers and cricketers, soldiers and reporters that inhabit the crazy, comic world of Kilfeckert at Easter 1917. In recent times Gerard O'Shea has directed 'The Playboy of the Western World', 'The Seagull' and 'This Lime Tree Bower' at the Moat Club. As a writer, his short play 'Revolver' appeared at the Moat in 2007, and 'Skullduggery' has been toured on three occasions by devise+conquer theatre company in 2010/11, including a twoweek run at Bewleys Café Theatre.

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Mahon Report is damning and FF will take serious action – Ó Fearghaíl

Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl has welcomed the publication of the final report of the Mahon Tribunal, describing it as “extremely serious and damning”. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said: “I welcome the publication of the report and fully accept the conclusions and findings of the report. The findings are extremely serious for all who care about public life and the report has wide implications. “Fianna Fáil and our party leader Micheál Martin made it very clear that serious action would be taken on foot of serious findings in the report. The process is already underway. At a meeting of the Officer Board it was decided that motions of expulsion will be put to a special meeting of the Ard Comhairle (National Executive) as well as proposals for wholesale restructuring of the

Community Education Group “Older Voices Kildare” meet Minister Ciaran Cannon at the launch of position paper on Community Education. Dublin Central Fianna Fáil organisation”, said Deputy Ó Fearghaíl. “I fully support the action being taken by Micheál Martin and the recommendation of the Party’s Officer Board and I know the local Fianna Fáil organisation in Kildare is just as devastated and disappointed by the conclusions of the Tribunal. The rank and file grassroots members of Fianna Fáil have been let down by a small number of

individuals in whom they had placed great trust. We are taking the most serious action we can in the party to ensure this can never happen again. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl concluded: “It is extremely important that all people in public life take the Tribunal Report seriously and work to renew and rebuild public confidence in public life and political representation.”

Stagg welcomes €30m sports capital programme Deputy Emmet Stagg has welcomed the allocation of €30 million in the Sports Capital Programme launched by Minister for Sports Michael Ring TD. Any club in Kildare can apply for this funding to develop facilities and provide equipment. This stated Deputy Stagg is the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encourage more people to take part in sport. The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland. The scheme will also be open to far more clubs and groups than ever before,

because a strict requirement on landownership has been relaxed. In the past, all applicants had to own their land or have it on a long lease stated Deputy Stagg. “I am delighted the Minister has allocated this funding for sporting projects. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the sporting organisations that play such a vital role in our communities. The funding will also have a positive impact on job creation in the local areas. “It is important to note that the level of funding sporting clubs and organisations will have to match has been halved from previous programmes. Sporting Clubs and Organisations in Kildare will only have to raise 15%

of the project cost instead of 30% previously. This will further reduce the financial burden on sporting organisations. “I would urge any clubs in Kildare interested in applying for funding to do so. Application forms and information about how to apply is available on the website: The deadline for applications made online and those made in Irish (and hard copy of the signed application form and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 1st June 2012. Paper based applications (and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2012.”


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News in brief The Titanic Disaster, "The Local Connection" In Naas Library

Naas Local History Group are commemorating the centenary anniversary since the tragic sinking of the Titanic on Saturday 14th April. This seminar will feature a talk and display of newspaper reports, pictures and film from Ireland, United Kingdom & the U.S.A by group members. This free seminar is taking place from 3-5PM.

Open University Information Evening

The Open University are holding an information evening in Naas Library on Thursday 12th April 2012, from 5PM. A representative from the Open University will attend the information stand and will provide further information on the huge range of courses offered by the Open University

Are you interested in being part of a creative writing group?

Leixlip Library are currently taking names for a new adult creative writing group that will meet in the library on the last Saturday of every month. The group will start on Saturday 26th May at 11am and anyone interested in taking part should register with the library in advance. Places are limited so book early to take part.

Some of the cast and crew from Newbridge Musical Society during rehearsals of their production of “Beauty and the Beast”. This fantastic photo was taken by Aishling Conway.

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Study Skills for children and teenagers with Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia Thursday April 26th 7pm Leixlip Library, Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with this population to improve study habits and skills & technology that can assist. Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a degree and a Masters and is currently studying towards a PhD in the area of dyspraxia. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway. Lecture is free of charge and open to everyone

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Community Games Echo Sport Three Titles for Kildare in Leinster Finals


Three Kildare teams won Gold in Table Tennis, Handball and Indoor Soccer at the weekend's Leinster Finals in Carlow. The teams from TwoMileHouse, Leixlip and Newbridge St Brigid's will be heading to the HSE Community Games National Finals in May to represent Kildare. The three TwoMileHouse lads Jack Carroll, Brian Collins and Jack Collins played out of their skins to record a hard fought victory over an experienced Ballyroan (Laois) team in Boys Under 13 Table Tennis . Both teams had won their Semi-Final very easy without conceding a match and the stage was set for an intriguing Final. With the final tied at 2 matches each Brian and Jack Collins were growing in confidence and outplayed their opponents to win both their matches to send the U3 Table Tennis title back to Kildare. Andrew Lyons and David Broe played their part in a very fine team performance Newbridge St Brigid's recorded another Leinster Indoor Soccer title for themselves with an polished performance against Enniscorthy (Laois) winning 2-0 in the Boys U13 Final. The Newbridge lads survived a penalty shoot-out in their

Semi-Final against Killoe (Wexford) to progress to the Final. In an evenly matched contest Daniel Madaghjian seemed to have scored the winner when he got the breakthrough late in the game. The lead lasted less than a minute as Killoe equalised to send the game to penalties. Goalkeeper Adam Meehan played a captains role to take the final and decisive penalty to put St Brigid's in the Final. The experience stood to the Newbridge Lads as goals in each half by Gary Redmond and Jack Hannon gave them the Leinster Title and their ticket to the National Finals in May Team: Cormac Kelly, Gary Redmond, Evan O'Brien, Cian McHugh, Daniel Madaghjian, Jack Hannon, Adam Meehan, Oisin Sherlock Leixlip's Girls Under 13 Handball team had qualified for the final without competition but the still much too strong for Glynn/Barntown (Wexford) in the Final. The Wexford girls had beaten Birr (Offaly) 105 - 54 in their Semi-Final but had no answer to the Leixlip Girls who conceded only 14 points to win the title for Kildare Leixlip team: Leah Doyle, Sorcha Tiernan, Niamh

Masterson and Molly Doyle The Newbridge St Conleth's and Dromcondrath (Meath) played out a very close U15 Indoor Soccer Semi-Final. Both teams struggled to find a way past their opponents rearguard. However, it was Droncondrath who got the decisive goal with time running out. St Conleth's team Niamh Hannon, Orlaith Taylor, Kellie Fisher, Molly Price, Caitlin Rowe, Ashleigh Ward, Sinead Freeman and Emma O'Brien TwoMileHouse and Milltown represented Kildare in Under 10 and U14 Draughts. Milltown and Duleek (Meath) were tied after 10 Games in the Semi-Final of the U14 contest but the Meath side won 4-1 in the extra round. while TwoMileHouse wend down 6-4 in their Semi-Final to Clonard (Meath) Teams TwoMileHouse: Daire O'Brien, Tom Hennebry, Laura Carroll, Billy O'Sullivan, Conor O'Brien. Milltown: Amy O'Neill, Lara Curran, Morgan Owens, Stephen Mulpeter, Cian Buckley, James McCormack, Sean Tierney

Kildare Community Games Teams Selected for National Finals The County Kildare teams to represent Kildare at HSE Community Games Finals in Athlone in May were selected at various venues recently. Teams were selected in Choir, Quiiz and Cross Country to join the three teams qualified through Leinster in Table Tennis, Handball and Indoor Soccer. St Brigid's will represent Kildare in both Under 16 and Under 13 Choirs, The Under 16 Choir gave good

renditions of "Sound of Music" , "Dance with me Tonight" and "Use Somebody" to outpoint a good Monastrevin team. U16 Choir: Chloe Clifford, Emma Looney, Amy Conlon, Caitlyn Williamson, Shauna Walsh, Doireann O'Donovan, Kym Kearney, Kelly Tyrell, Courtney Christie, Holly Hughes, Fiona Leamy, Katie Collins, Sophie Donohoe, Niamh Carey, Kristen O'Connor, Alanna

McKeever, Alice Murphy, Sarah Harris The Cross Country Teams to Represent Kildare at National Finals were selected at the County Cross Country event in the Curragh Sports Complex. Teams were selected for the U12 Mixed Distance Relay and the U13 Cross Country Team. The U12 relay is run over different distances of 400 and 600m legs while the U13 Event is a mixed team event run over 1200

metres Teams U12 Girls Relay Team Molly Aspell (Kilcullen), Laoiose Lenehan (Kill), Kate Grant (Two Mile House), Abigail Dunne (Naas West), Hannah Rasmussen (St Brigids) and Caragh Hayes (Leixlip) U12 Boys Relay Team: John Lawlor (Eadestown), Tom Martin (Suncroft), Cian Butler (St Brigid's), Diarmuid Kilgallen (Eadestown), Cormac Slattery (Confey) and

Ronan Downey (Two Mile House) U13 Cross Country Team Girls Grace Dervan (Eadestown), Kate Nurse (Suncroft/Curragh), Lucy McCann (Clane), Éaibhín Grimes (Confey), Emma Ginty (Staplestown) Boys: Jack Doyle (Suncroft), Mark Barrett (Ballymore Eustace), Derry Lennon (Kill), Aaron Deegan (Ballymore Eustace), Cian Prendergast (Suncroft). Kilcock came out tops in

the Under 14 Quiz event held in Sarsfield Gaa. They outscored Milltown in the final round to win by 2pts with Eadestown in third place. The Kilcock team will take their place in the National Finals in Athlone over weekend of 26/27th May Team Cormac Divilly, Aiden Chan, Timothy McCarthy and Connor Geraghty

Further All-Ireland Success for Kildare Handball

Maynooth Town FC U9s in SEMI-FINAL of NDSL Cup Back: Tadhg O'Muircheartaigh, Evan Duff, David Byrne, Matthew Lowen, Ciaran Flanaghan, PJ Heslin Front: Darragh Brilly, Mark Gillen, Alex Keogh, Sam Cuthbert, Killian Bracken, Sean Hever

Saturday, March 31st provided another milestone success for Leixlip Handball Club with the victory of Paul Moran and Niall O’Connor in the Junior All-Ireland Doubles Final over Ulster champions, Terry Kiernan and James Gavaghan of Monaghan. A first ever for the club at this level, this victory is noteworthy too in that it recalls the club’s very first All-Ireland success which was achieved, also at the Kells venue, by the Club Junior B team against Rossa of Antrim in December, 1989. Saturday’s win was particularly satisfying not only in that it represented another major threshold crossed, but also in the manner of its achievement. Here we had two of the young stars of the new handballing generation in

Leixlip achieving top national honours at adult level and doing so with considerable skill and style. Both players have already made their mark in individual competition over the years but on this occasion it was their ability to combine those undoubted talents which was most impressive. Niall’s wonderful array of skills and in particular his precise killing and deceptively powerful passing shots were perfectly complemented by the calm assurance and excellent shot selection of his partner and it was becoming evident from early in the game that this combined firepower was likely to prove too much for the Monaghan pairing. Following the initial skirmishing, during which scores were evenly exhanged, the Leixlip lads

surged confidently ahead and though their steady scoring rate stalled for a period at 19-5, they eased out on a comfortable 21- 9 scoreline. The second game followed a broadly similar pattern with the likely outcome becoming predictable well before the referee’s final match call at 21-5. To their credit, the Ulstermen gave it their all from start to finish and can take some consolation in the fact that they lost out to a pairing who were really on their game on the day. A memorable day for Leixlip handball – Well done to Niall and Paul. Tá an gaisce déanta.


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TwoMile House Table Tennis Presentation: Leinster Table Champs (lr) Andrew Lyons , David Broe, Demis Sherry (Co-Ordinator) Jack Carroll, Jack Collins, Brian Collins

Newbridge St Brigid's U16 Choir to represent Kildare at National Community Games Finals in May

Brian Collins (Twomilehouse) in action in Under 13 Table Tennis Final

U12 Boys Relay team : U12 Cross Country Team to represent Kildare. Cormac Slattery (Confey) Diarmuid Kilgallon (Eadestown), Cian Butler (St Brigid's), Tom Martin (Subcroft) and John Lawlor (Eadestown) Caitlin Rowe (St Conleth's ) on the ball in Leinster Community Games Indoor Soccer versus Dromcondrath (Meath)

Leixlip team of Leah Doyle, Sorcha Tiernan, Niamh Masterson and Molly Doyle. Leinster Community Games U13 Handball Champs

Kilcock Quiz: Connor Geraghty, Timothy McCarthy, Aiden Chan, Cormac Divilly

Newbridge St Brigid's U13 Indoor Soccer Champs. Cormac Kelly, Gary Redmond, Evan O'Brien, Cian McHugh, Daniel Madaghjian, Jack Hannon, Adam Meehan, Oisin Sherlock

Grace Dervan (Eadestown) leads the field in County Kildare Community Games U13 Cross Country trials at Curragh Sports complex

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Kildare camogs ensure qualification National Camogie League Armagh 1-2 Kildare 4-10 With both teams already qualified for the Final of Div 3 of the National Camogie League in two weeks time some shadow boxing might have been expected, with Armagh better equipped to do so as they knew for some time that they were through. Kildare on the other hand had been preparing to win this tie to ensure qualification and only learned of the late change of emphasis brought about on Saturday night when the Westmeath/Roscommon tie brought forward from the Sunday resulted in a draw which meant that Kildare were then sure of qualification. In the event the Kildare girls Easter Sunday trip to

Cullaville resulted in an easy 4-10 to 1-2 victory during which Manager Tom O Mahony could afford the luxury of being able to empty the bench and give some match time to all of his squad. In truth the result was in little doubt at half time when Kildare led by 4-5 to 0-1, with both Siobhan Hurley and Roisin O Connell notching up a duo of goals each. Louise Walsh scored two nice points from play while Susie O Carroll contributed two points from frees and a point from play to complete Kildare's half time tally. Armagh's only response was a point from Colette Mc Sorley. Kildare were understandingly less prolific in the second half as the game became a bit scrappy but with Kildare always on top. A Hurley point straight

after the break ensured that Armagh would not get off to a good start. Points from Walsh, Elaine Mc Namara, Louise Keatley and Clionadh Mc Sweeney completed Kildare's scoring as they coasted to victory. Not even a goal by Kate O Brien could lift the Armagh challenge and a penalty save by the Kildare keeper Brid Byrnes in the dying minutes denied Armagh a consolation goal. Manager Tom O Mahoney while glad to be qualified for another final was under no illusions about the challenge that Armagh will pose in that final. '' Today we got the goals early which put the tie to bed and we were very good defensively, tight and disciplined, but this was an under strength Armagh side missing some potentially influential players.

Its great to be preparing for a Final but we will have to raise our game for the next day if we are to come through that with a win. However with the spirit and determination that the girls have I have no doubt they will rise to the greater challenge. Our fate is in our own hands now. ''The Final is to be played on Sunday 22 April. Kildare, Brid Byrnes, Niamh Breen, Aoife Trant, Niamh Concannon, Jane O Donoghue, Carol Nolan, Clodagh Flanagan, Orla Bambury, , Louise Walsh(0-3), Fiona Trant , Ciara Tallon, Susie O Carroll (0-3),Siobhan Hurley (2-1), Roisin O Connell (2-0), Clodagh Farrell , Sinead Halstead, Elaine McNamara (0-1), Clionadh Mc Sweeney(01), Louise Keatley (0-1), Amy O Hara, Angela Lyons

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Bolton hopes for Johnston resolution Emmet Bolton would welcome Seanie Johnston to Kildare "with open arms". The former Cavan sharpshooter's proposed switch to the Lilywhites is back on the agenda after the player last week resubmitted his transfer request to move from Cavan Gaels to St Kevin's. One of the longest-running transfer sagas in recent GAA history is set to come to a close one way or another very soon and wing back Bolton has conceded that Johnston would be a welcome addition to the Kildare panel: "Obviously I would love to see him playing for Kildare because he's a quality player and I would welcome him with open arms. Hopefully his transfer will go ahead now. "But he knows himself he would have to work very hard to get into this Kildare team because we have a strong panel and there's a lot of competition for places.

"But he'd be a massive addition to us and hopefully he will get his transfer approved. He's still only 27 or 28 and he has a lot of years left playing football, so we'd be delighted to have him", Bolton concluded.

Seanie Johnston spotted recently watching St Kevins. (Pic: Michael Anderson)

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Kildare ladies football: U16 Leinster Championship

Launch of senior ladies leagues

Wexford 3-6 Kildare 2-14 Not to be outdone by their U14 county team, the Kildare U16s also secured a fine win over Wexford in Marshalstown on Easter Saturday. The home side opened their scoring with the opening minutes with a goal. Three minutes later, Kildare had worked the ball back up the field and captain Mikaela McKenna blasted a ball past Katie Lawlor to equalise the sides. Wexford continues to pile on the pressure and found themselves in on goal with four minutes gone but Kildare keeper Rochelle Kane came to the rescue pulling off an excellent save. This spurted on Kildare and they added three unanswered points through Rebecca Houlihane (0-1) and McKenna (02). Wexford were not phased by Kildares dominance and with 19 minutes played, Chloe Fox scored Wexfords second goal to equalise the sides. Mikaela McKenna was in fine form for the lilywhites and caused the Wexford defence a lot of damage. She added two further points for her side before Ellen Dowling finished the scoring of the half with a well taken point. Half time score Wexford 2-1 Kildare 1-6. Wexford opened the scoring of the half with a minute of play. This was quickly followed with an Ellen Dowling point. Nine minutes into the second half, Wexford were awarded a penalty following a foot block. Chloe Fox gave the keeper no chance and scored a great goal from the spot. This put Wexford 2 points ahead and Aoife Ryan stretched that to 3 points a minute later. Houlihane narrowed the gap back to 2 points with ten minutes played.

The home side were now starting to show great confidence and with 18 minutes played had stretched their lead back to 3 points. McKenna led the way for Kildare in the closing stages of the game and contributed a great supply of ball to the Kildare forwards. Kildares second goal came from Rebecca Houlihane following a rebound from the crossbar from a McKenna shot. Kildare ran out five point winners in the end. Best for Kildare were Grainne Lyons who covered every blade of grass, Daire Smyth battled hard in the wing back position and Emma Wheeler worked tirelessly. Mikaela McKenna and Rebecca Houlihane had their best game as a unit to date and contributed a total of 2-10 between them. The Kildare team was Rochelle Kane (St Laurences), Niamh Flynn (Celbridge), Niamh Lawlor (St Laurences), Grainne Lyons (Leixlip), Jessica Nolan (Sarsfields), Sarah O Neill (St Laurences), Daire Smyth (Kilcullen), Tara Hallinan (Leixlip), Chanice Corcoran (Celbridge), Emma Wheeler (St Laurences), Kayleigh Farrell (Leixlip) 0-1, Ellen Dowling (Suncroft) 0-2, Mikaela McKenna (Na Fianna) 1-6 (1 f), Shauna Kendrick (Sarsfields) 0-1, Rebecca Houlihane (Sarsfields) 1-4. Subs - Gemma Hartnett (Sarsfields), Aine Dunne (St Laurences), Niamh Mulhall (Athy), Emma Lyons (Sarsfields), Rachel Cribben (Balyna), Laura Hannon (Moorefield), Rachel Reidy (Na Fianna), Ailish Heavey (Ballykelly).

Padraig Leeson Naas was 2nd to Kieran Curran Naas (1st) in the Modified B-final at the Irish Rallycross Championship 2011/12 at Mondello. (pic: Michael Anderson)

Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at Rathsallagh Golf Club: (L to R) Oliver Murphy, MD Newbridge Metal, Matt Owens, Captain Rathsallagh Golf Club, Kevin Cunningham, Enda Furey.

Kildare ladies football launched their 2012 senior ladies leagues in Hawkfield on Good Friday. Club captains were there to represent their clubs which added great colour and anticipation for the upcoming season. This year 32 clubs will take part in the leagues. There will be 5 divisions of ladies football. Balyna, Confey, Eadestown, Grange, Leixlip and the newly promoted St Laurences will battle it out for the Division 1 title. In Division 2, Sarsfields, Maynooth, Naas, Carbury,

Castlemitchell and Ballykelly will fight for the title. Division 3 features Kilcock, Kilcullen, Clane, Na Fianna, Suncroft and newly promoted Robert Emmets. Eight teams will battle it out for the Division 4 title â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Moorefield, Ballymore, Celbridge, Rheban, Round Towers, Athgarvan, Athy and Monasterevin. Division 5 features Rathangan, Castledermot, Kill, Milltown, Kildangan Nurney and Prosperous. Round 1 of the senior leagues kick off Tuesday 10th April.

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McGeeney will take promotion, but he thinks it's over-rated... Speaking to the press after the Galway game, the Kildare boss points out that it wouldn't have been the end of the world had his Lilywhites missed out and remained in Division Two: "Even when Kildare came down to the division, it was 1B. And then it was 1A and 1B. I know there are a few managers who think you have to be in Division One to push on. I am not so sure. "Take the top three teams out of it and there are eight or nine then who, depending on the day and confidence and form, are all at the same level. "It is nice, like. It is great to get another day and it is a big distance between now and the championship against Offaly. And Offaly have started to get their ship in order too so that game will be a big help to us." The Kildare boss also feels that the key role played by wing back Emmet Bolton as an attacking force on Sunday is indicative of how the game is evolving:

"The game is changing, contrary to some of our past greats who think it hasn't been any good since they retired: that is what it is. "I think our full-back line scored nine points in the championship last year. You look at the likes of Marc Ó Sé and Kieran McGrath - those type of players are the way the game is played whether people like it or not. "They are class acts, hard to stop, keep possession, are very fast, they are good on the ball. So everyone has to be able to play everywhere. See [Pádraic] Joyce comes on at number 11, ends up at 14 and ends up in the half back [line]. Every player has to be able to accommodate himself in every position."

Galway's Paul Conroy looks to break through the challenges of Kidare's Hugh McGrillen and Peter Kelly in Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

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