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PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTRES FOR KILDARE The HSE has announced the provision of a number of new Primary Care Centres throughout Kildare as part of their Service Plan for the Dublin Mid Leinster Region. The plan was recently reveled to South Kildare T.D., Seán Ó Fearghaíl, when he asked the Minister Of Health & Children to clarify reports that the HSE is to close a number of local Health Centres throughout the County. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl was informed that as part of the capital development plan for Kildare West Wicklow, a number of new Primary Care Centres are being developed in line with the Primary Care Strategy. There are plans for the development of new Primary Care Centres in Newbridge, Celbridge, Kildare town, Clane, Rathangan and Kilcock. There is a possibility of future development of Primary Care Centres in Athy, Leixlip and Kilcullen. Primary Care Services that are presently being delivered from Health Centres in these areas will be delivered from the new Primary Care Centres. According to the plan stated Deputy Stagg it is hoped to deliver the Primary Care Centre in Clane in the latter part of 2013 through a lease agreement. Primary Care Centres will be the first point of contact for people who need to access health services in the years ahead. In a developed Primary Care system, as

envisaged by the Government, up to 95% of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be provided in a community setting. Primary Care services mean all of the health or social care services that you can find in your community, outside of the hospital setting. North Kildare T.D., Emmet Stag has welcomed the plan. “These developments when completed”, stated Deputy Stagg, “ will change the nature of the delivery of Health Services for the good of the people. Primary Care includes GPs, Public Health Nurses and a range of other services provided through your Local Health Office such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Home Help Support Staff. The Primary Care Team members also link with other community-based disciplines to ensure all health and social needs are provided for. These include Speech and Language Therapy, Dieticians, Mental Health Services. Social Work, Podiatry, Dental Services and Opthalmic Services”. There has been recent concerns in some communities on the future of some of the present local Health Centres. However, the HSE has clarified to the Kildare Echo that “they have no plans to close any local Health Centres at this time.

Network Ireland Kildare Celebrate International Womans Day

Network Kildare presenting Rainbows Kildare with a cheque for €17,000 to help in its counselling services to children on International Women's Day at Silver Restaurant, Newbridge. L-R: Barbara Hennessy (Network Ireland Kildare), Joan Conlan (Rainbows Ireland Kildare), Suzanne Healy (Network Ireland Kildare President), Jean O'Neill (Rainbows Ireland Kildare) and Yvonne Malone (Network Ireland Kildare EXOfficio) See P2. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

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KildareEcho Network Ireland Kildare The Kildare Echo is published on the FIRST Wednesday of each month. We print and distribute 5,000 copies throughout Kildare. In addition to our print edition, we distribute over 3,000 copies of our paper every month electronically to our ever increasing database of online subscribers. The Kildare Echo is available FREE at many pick up points throughout the County, including most TESCO, SUPERVALUE and DUNNES supermarkets..

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(From Page 1) Celebrating 30yrs established in Ireland, members and guests of Network Ireland gathered in the Silver Restaurant, Newbridge on Friday last. International Women’s Day is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world, women from all continents, despite being divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, language, cultural, economic and political differences. Current Network Ireland Kildare President, Suzanne Healy of FuzeHR addressed the gathering, “Traditionally women were the home-keepers, the mothers, the carers, nowadays the social roles have shifted and women are a dynamic force in the workplace, on the political front and in society generally. Yet, while we find ourselves with more equal opportunities than previous generations, unfortunately many women can still recount tales of struggles for equality within society and indeed sometimes within themselves. Suzanne presented

Network Ireland Kildare Branch 2013/14 Committee at International Women's Day Dinner in Silver Restaurant, Newbridge Photo:Michael Donnelly. RainbowsKildare, the designated charity in 2012, with a cheque for €17,000 to help in its counselling services to children, accepting on behalf of Rainbows, Registered Director Joan Conlon stated, “The money that has been raised by Network Ireland will go towards initial costs of setting up new sights, training new facilitators, supplies and materials, these funds

will be well used and stretched a long way. It couldn’t have come at a better time as grants have been reduced nationally by 12%. With 21 centres locally spanning the county from north Kildare to the Dublin border to Edenderry, all the facilitators work on a voluntary basis, with three quarters of our resources counselling children from

families following separation or divorce and a quarter counselling children following bereavement.” Guests included Julia Lynes, National President of Network Ireland, Dee Lynam on behalf of the EU Commission, Jill Kerby, Author & Financial Journalist, Jean O’Neill and Joan Conlon of Rainbows. For more information, see:

Win A Trip Home To The Gathering At Punchestown Contact Us: (046) 955 2467 ADVERTISERS PLEASE NOTE: The Kildare Echo does not accept liability for any loss or damage caused by any error or inaccuracy in the printing of any advertisement. We reserve the right to refuse or amend any advertisement, notwithstanding where, when or by whom accepted for publication, moreover we reserve the right to discontinue with the publication of any advertisement previously published. Please note further that we cannot accept responsibility for one or more incorrect insertion and that no re-publication will be granted in the case of typographical or minor changes which do not detract from the value of the advertisements. KILDARE ECHO

Punchestown racecourse will celebrate the 2013 Gathering by flying one lucky Irish person who is now living overseas home this April as a prize in the Bring Them Home to Punchestown competition. The Punchestown Gathering event will take place on the opening day of the 2013 Irish National Hunt festival, Tuesday 23rd April. As part of the celebrations the winner of the Bring Them Home competition along with family and friends will be the guests of honour in the Gathering Pavilion. All qualified entrants will receive a complimentary ticket for the Gathering at Punchestown. To be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize simply visit and click the Gathering icon on the home page. All entrants must complete a brief application form and most importantly tell them why Punchestown should fly them home?

Top Jockeys Robert ‘Puppy’ Power, Andy McNamara, Ruby Walsh, Danny Mullins, Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden and Sean McDermott with packed bag and passports ready for the Gathering at Punchestown They are looking for the most interesting story about an Irish person now living overseas who would really appreciate the chance to be flown home for free this

April. If there is a connection to Punchestown, horse racing or county Kildare please include that in the story. This is a great opportunity for those living

abroad or those who have loved ones living abroad to avail of a free return flights to Ireland for the gathering 2013. The winner will be announced on March 22nd.



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Sallins Lady Helps To Build Homes In Kenya Finnella Naughton a local woman from Sallins has been a volunteer with The Niall Mellon Township Trust for the past five years. She is having a Cake Sale on Mothers Day 10th March in Sallins Community Centre from 10am – 1pm. Please come along and buy some delicious homemade cakes and support this very worthy cause. The Niall Mellon Township Trust has a new focus on education for their annual building blitz in Kenya. Renowned for its achievements in house building the charity is moving to a new challenge as the South African Government is now providing the full housing subsidy. To date 350 volunteers have signed up for the ambitious school building programme which will take place outside Nairobi. Niall Mellon said “The time has come after 10 years to move from Cape

Town with a twinge of sadness at leaving such a beautiful city but with great joy in the knowledge that President Zuma’s Government is continuing on building homes for the people of the townships there. Now we must focus on a different sector, one of equal importance and which will make a valuable difference to the young children of Kenya. At present, many schools throughout the country are quite literally falling down. This means many children are being denied the education they need to realise their full potential in life. We are delighted and encouraged that already 350 volunteers have signed up for our 2013 building blitz. This marks a new beginning in a new country with a new mission to build schools and I am looking forward to forging ahead along with our wonderful volunteers in making a very


Finnella Naughton pictured here with Niall Mellon positive impact on childrens education in Africa over the next 10 years” Finnella Naughton said “To volunteer with The Niall Mellon Township Trust is a life changing experience and one I would recommend to anyone. It

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Naas Lions Support Local SVP Naas Lions Club wishes to thank the local community for their generosity during the recent Christmas Food Appeal campaign. Once again the Naas and Sallins residents plus local businesses dipped deep into their pockets and ensured many less fortunate local families did not go hungry during this particularly difficult period.

Naas Lions Club President, Muiris Murphy, thanked shoppers for their support and stated “A sincere thank you once again for your consistent awareness of the need to support the more needy in your community. Don’t forget that every single cent donated was passed onto local families via the SVP. It literally all goes back to your less for-

tunate neighbours!” Naas Lions Club has been supporting worthy local causes for many years. Apart from the SVP, recent beneficiaries included the local Samaritans branch, Naas Care of the Aged, Hoped (depression and suicide support), Naas Special Olympics plus Debra Naas. Follow Naas Lions Club on Facebook.

(Above) Pictured at the presentation of a cheque to Naas St. Vincent de Paul from Naas Lions from the proceeds of their Christmas Food Appeal, 2012 (l-r) Marie O'Neill, Naas Lions; Pat Dowling and John Miley, Naas St. Vincent de Paul; Muiris Murphy, President Naas Lions; and Kathleen Corley, Naas St.Vincent de Paul. (Right) Pictured at the presentation of a cheque to Sallins St. Vincent de Paul from Naas Lions from the proceeds of their Christmas Food Appeal, 2012 (l-r) Marie O'Neill, Naas Lions; Seamus Ennis and Fiona Sutton, Sallins, St. Vincent de Paul; Muiris Murphy, President Naas Lions; and Ray O'Connor, Sallins St.Vincent de Paul.

An Taoiseach Launches the Newbridge Grassroots Festival

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Clinics in Naas, Dubin & Carlow An Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the Newbridge Grassroots Festival at the Curragh Racecourse on March 1st . Last year’s extremely successful Newbridge 200 celebrations was led by Newbridge Chamber in September. The Festival will now be a feature of the

Newbridge community calendar. The Newbridge Grassroots Festival will have a different theme each year, commencing with 'The Gathering' for 2013, 'Dan Donnelly' for 2014, 'The Horse' for 2015 and 'The Soldier' in 2016. It will be a four-day event from 12th - 15th September

2013. An Taoiseach complimented the voluntary committee which is already working hard to deliver an action packed programme, saying it provides another great reason to gather in County Kildare this year!

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Community Alert and Garda Clinics Agreed at Meetings Two public meetings were held in Kill in recent weeks, following the Garda station closure there, and positive outcomes have now been achieved. The meetings were organised by Fianna Fáil’s Naas Area Representative, James Lawless, to allow the community discuss the issues and explore the options. “We have made some progress” said James “amidst concern and alarm at the outset when the village was left exposed, we have now taken steps as a community to advance measures of self-help”. “Any doubts about the strength of local concerns were dispelled when we collected over 400 signatures on a petition in the space of a few days” said James. “However these closures are a government decision and whilst we oppose them, they remain outside our control –how we respond to them however is in our control and I am satisfied we have made positive progress in playing the hand we’ve been dealt”. The first of the two meetings saw Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesman Niall

Collins TD outline party protest to the closures nationally and the second public meeting saw Superintendent Pat Mangan from Naas Station offer Garda guidance on the new arrangements. “The Superintendent outlined measures which he will oversee to ensure a continued policing presence in the area and I want to thank him for his attendance on the night and engagement with the community” said James. “I would also like to thank Fr. Willie and Kill parish for very kindly making available a location where we have organised a weekly Garda clinic which will be held for people to get forms signed or have access to a local Garda on a scheduled basis”. A community alert is now being established and a committee will begin the work of setting up the scheme. The committee will be seeking input from each of the estates and townlands to achieve coverage across the village so as to maximise efficiency of the scheme. Any interested parties are invited to contact James Lawless on 086 834 8869.

L-R: Cllr Willie Callaghan, FF Area Representative James Lawless, FF Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD and Local Security Expert Jim Brady

STUDYING FOR EXAMS Get to grips with time management Sitting exams can be stressful but with early preparation and effective studying results will dramatically improve. Many students do poorly in exams and sometimes it is not through lack of effort but through a poor understanding of what is required to succeed in exams. EXAM FAILURE is a result of students unable to do the Exam Questions to a proper standard and / or Poor Time Management in the exam. With just one month to the exams we will show how a student should prepare in advance for the exams next month Top Tips for Preparation


5 Weeks to the Exams: * Get the past papers of the subjects you are sitting and READ CAREFULLY the format of each paper noting which questions are compulsory and those which are optional. Get familiar with the format of the exams you are doing at this early stage. * Draft up a weekly study

timetable and stick to it. Get into a routine early making time for each subject each week. * Take a topic on the syllabus and attempt at least 56 previous exam questions on this topic. For example in maths select Algebra and attempt the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 papers. Ideally each question should be completed in 25 minutes * Compare your solutions to the recommended solutions and see how far off you are. Go and repeat the process of doing these questions and see if you have improved on your first attempt. Remember you only need 40% to pass the paper You should go through at least 6 previous exam papers prior to the exams for all subjects you are sitting. Time Management This is very important for anybody doing any examination. You must manage time in the exam. Junior & Leaving cert exams require 40% to pass. This is on the assumption

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Brand New showhome open at Broadfield Manor, Rathcoole, County Dublin Cavan Developments are opening a new, modern, spacious family showhome, this weekend at Broadfield Manor, Rathcoole Village, South County, Dublin. These expert builders have a great reputation for quality and excellent finish and celebrate 35 years of building quality homes this year. A mark of confidence in the company’s strength is the fact that they have provided homes for the same purchasers over the years and finished all their developments to a very high standard. Cavan Developments admit that this new showhome is the best house they have ever built. As three and four bedroom homes go it is very large 1,850 square feet or 172 square metres. All the rooms and living areas are large and well proportioned. Solar panels are standard and all the homes have an A energy rating, which reduces heat-

ing bills considerably. The kitchens are very well equipped and come with all appliances as standard, including American style fridge/freezer and double eye level oven. There is a wide choice of kitchens available. The master bedroom is very spacious and comes with bathroom and walk in dressing room, a ladies favourite, in walnut oak. Kitchen, bathroom, ensuite walls and floors all have extensive tiling with very good quality porcelain ceramic tiles and these come as standard. High quality wardrobes and fireplaces, heated towel rails in bathrooms, corner bath and large showers, to name but a few features, all come as standard. Windows and facia boards are pvc and walls are brick and dry dashed giving a maintenance free exterior. All houses have rear gardens and front gardens which are walled with cob-

blelock driveways which can accommodate three cars. No expense has been spared by Cavan Developments, in the construction of these new 3 and 4 bedroom homes. Cavan Developments have a tradition for quality and expertise and have been building new homes for over 35 years. Rathcoole is a friendly, traditional, country village situated on the N7 and just minutes from the Red Cow and M50. Commuting to Dublin couldn’t be easier by car, bus, or with the new Luas line being constructed at City West. It’s the perfect village by the City. Primary and Secondary Schools catering for boys and girls are only a short walk (200 metres) . Cavan Developments have had a very positive response and huge interest in these new homes. With only twelve of these new homes on offer and five

already sold off the plans, Cavan Developments feel some of the reasons behind this are:It is a brand new development of concrete built, modern 3 and 4 bedroom family homes which is a low density development and is family orientated, beside schools etc. A place where people want to live. Of course this house is 1,850 square feet, along

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The homes at Broadfield Manor are of excellent quality and very good value. Prices from €279,000. Loans can be arranged. Showhomes are on view this Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm or by appointment. Phone Cavan Developments 045 878108. Visit their website at www.cavandevelopments.c om

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Adaptation Grants Independent TD Catherine Murphy has highlighted the discrepancies in the system of home adaptation grants awarded to elderly and disabled people through their local authorities. In a response to a parliamentary question posed by Deputy Murphy, The Minister of State in the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan confirmed that she is undertaking a review of the various grant measures and also provided a breakdown of figures for the grant across all local authorities. “Some local authorities are in greater need than others, as evidenced by the fact that some overspent on their budget while others came nowhere near reaching their allowance. Each authority has to find 20% of the grant costs from their own resources if they are to avail of the matching 80% from the exchequer. Local Authorities that do not have this 20% available are unable to provide maximum grant assistance.”

Meetings On Property Tax Kildare Sinn Féin began a succession of meetings on the Property Tax over the past few weeks. Meetings were held in the Townhouse Hotel, Naas, and were followed by meetings in Athy, Newbridge and Celbridge. Senator David Cullinane told the meetings that “The Property Tax as the government deemed to call it was in fact a tax on the Family Home” Kildare Sinn Féin said they intend to be out and about in the towns and villages of Kildare over the coming months urging local people to join with them and express their opposition to this tax by signing this petition. Sinn Féin will be tabling a Repeal Bill in the Dáil to abolish the tax.

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Fundraising Hunt For St Kevins GAA “Hunt of the year” was what participants said on leaving St. Kevin’s GFC Jack Casey Memorial Park. An absolutely fantastic day was had by all at the hunt organised by North Kildare Farmers in aid of the juvenile section of St. Kevin’s GFC. Over 200 horses and riders attended the event around the village of Staplestown and it’s beautiful countryside. Seasoned hunt revelers described the course as “wonderful horse-riding and brilliant jumps”. There was also an auction, raffle, food and music to enjoy. A great event to give a financial boost to the juvenile section of St. Kevin’s. A special thanks went to Joe Burns, Stephen Burns, Peter Drennan and Declan Cullen for doing a fantastic job in organising the event. The organisers want to

thank all the landowners for their generous cooperation, without them the hunt would not have been possible. Sincere thanks to all the volunteers on the day. Especially the caterers,

stewards, bar staff and auction and raffle organisers. Also to those volunteers who worked tirelessly days beforehand in preparing the jumps and the course. With this event being such

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Athy's Gathering Launch Athy's programme of festivals and events for the Gathering 2013 was officially launched by local ambassadors Anna May McHugh and Frank O'Brien on Thursday last in the Athy Heritage Centre Museum. Over the coming months, the South Kildare town will welcome thousands of national and international visitors as it hosts an array of events - including the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Waterways Festival, Tri Athy Triathlon, Bluegrass Festival, Kildare County Show and Shackleton Autumn School. In addition, a selection of the newer events continue to be developed by local organisers and will include the Trad Athy Music Festival, Dragon Boat Regatta, Stone Mad Ultra (Multi Stage Marathon) and Christmas Streets & Treats Festival in December. Events and listings are updated on the town's new portal website As part of the launch, the Athy Town Promoters Group has developed an

L-R: Councillor Mark Wall, Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council; Joanna & James Fennell, Burtown House & Gardens; Anna May McHugh, National Ploughing Association & Kildare County Show; and Brian O'Gorman, Athy Town Clerk. (Photo: Peader Doogue) attractive series of 4 post- group is asking everyone edge the following for kind cards. Each postcard with a local connection to permission to use photos depicts photographs from share the 'Celebrate Athy' and imagery: recent festivals in Athy and theme to friends and famiGordon Thomson, Robert are available free from the lies at home and abroad. Redmond, Colm Walsh, following locations: Athy The postcards were spon- Athy Photographic Society, Heritage Centre Museum, sored by Athy Town the Kildare Nationalist, Emily Square; Athy Council and printed locally Kildare County Show, the Library, Emily Square; and by Leinster Leader, Athy Town Council, The Town Promoters, Shay Rathstewart, Athy. The Group wish to acknowl- Curran and

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Athy's St. Patrick's Day Parade Athy's St. Patrick's Day Parade will be bigger and brighter than ever, with 2 Pipe Bands confirming their participation. The Athy Town Promoters Group are bringing together a large cohort of community, sporting and cultural organisations in the town and surrounding areas to join them to help showcase the best South Kildare has to offer for this special homecoming year (The Gathering 2013). In addition, many local businesses are taking part in the now annual parade, which attracts thousands of visitors for one of the region's best family events. The parade commences at 3pm from the Athy Business Campus (Kilkenny Road) with a route along William Street, Duke Street and ending at top of Leinster Street (where the Reviewing Stand has been relocated). The Athy Town Promoters Group was formed in 2009 and is committed to proactively promoting the 'Celebrate Athy' theme through festivals and events in the town. The group is comprised of representatives of Athy Chamber, Shop Athy, Athy Town Council, Athy Tidy Towns, Athy Young At Heart , Brand Athy, Outdoor Tourism Interreg Project and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum. The organisers acknowledge the grateful assistance of the Kildare County Show Committee, Athy Gardai, Civil Defence and the Order of Malta. Main Sponsor: Athy Town Council. Associate Sponsors: Athy International Concentrates, AIB Bank, Clancy's of Athy and Shaw's Department Stores. For further information, contact Margaret Walsh at the Athy Heritage Centre Museum (Tel.: 059 8633075/ email:



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Naas Camogie Feile Team received a Civic Award from Naas UDC for their achievement in winning the 2012 All Ireland Camogie Feile na nGael

The Derrinturn Womans Group at the VEC Adult Learners Festival

Joanne Pender (Left) from the Campaign Against Home & Water Taxes, puts letter of protest against austerity into Kildare South TD’s, Jack Wall’s constituency office post box.

Celbridge Camera Club members celebrate sucess at the All Ireland Visual Competition. L-R: Johnny Cuddihy, President of the Irish Photographic Federation, Margaret Finlay, Brendan O’Sullivan, Lilian Webb & Michael Linehan, Chairperson of Celbridge Camera Club. William Hendy (Left) and Adam Maher (Right) from Timolin NS, Moone, with their project ' Can Planet Mars support life?' at the RDS Primary Science Fair

Presentation of proceeds of Tony Smith Memorial Walk. (L-R) Mrs. Ellen Leavy (Highest Sponsored Walker), Fr David Halpin, Josie Moore, Deputy Emmet Stagg and Rev Fr Liam Rigney PP, Maynooth.

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Daniel O’Donnell To Headline Leinster Entertainment Awards

A brand new Award’s Night with a difference was launched in April 2011 at Killashee House Hotel & Spa, Naas. The night itself was a great success for both the charities and also the

award winners. The Leinster Entertainment Awards 2013 will now take place on 8th May 2013 in The Killashee House Hotel & Spa. Top of the bill will be Daniel O'Donnell who

has the unique distinction of becoming the first artist to have an album in the UK charts every year for the last 25 consecutive years. Also appearing will be Mary Duff, Maria Butterly

and Vicky Kenny, Karen & The Dolans, Liam Mannering and Tara Shamrock also Jimmy Aspell and many more great artists including Gerry Guthrie from Ballina. This event is also a fundraiser for local charities and those to benefit are Rehab and the Kildare Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. “We want to honour some of the top acts in Ireland. We have some fabulous talented performers who have been travelling around the country entertaining people for years and it’s important that we recognise their achievements. We also want to acknowledge up and coming acts,” said event organisers, Dymphna Murphy, Matt Browne and Liam Kett. For further information, contact Dymphna Murphy on (085) 747 7055.

County Kildare Orchestra County Kildare Orchestra (CKO) is an amateur orchestra, based in Kildare. Founded in 1998 CKO is committed to developing and promoting a love of classical music whilst aspiring to an excellence in performance. Their mission is to bring classical music to as wide an audience as possible. The orchestra's repertoire spans the great musical eras, from the Baroque (Bach and Handel), the Classical (Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven), to the Romantics (Sibilius, Rachmaniov, Schumann, Bruch and Elgar). Occasionally their works take us right up to the present day, as they perform Copland and well known Morricone film themes. Whatever they perform, they are always dedicated to musicality of the highest degree, and ensure that everyone leaves their performances with a smile on their face! They have played internationally (Karvina in the Czech Republic) as well as nationally (Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Meath) but are particularly committed to

Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards 2013 Entries are invited from all primary and secondary schools in County Kildare to enter the Annual Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards . The competition consists of students entering under the various sections :- Short Story, Poetry and ( One Act Play for secondary schools). Students can submit one entry under each section if they wish.. The competition, organised by Athy Heritage CentreMuseum , celebrates the connection between the celebrated poet and the South Kildare area. C.D Lewis was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1951-1956. A talented and humorous man, he wrote in An Italian Visit, parodies on poets ranging from Hardy to Dylan Thomas. His autobiography was published in 1960 and in 1966, he was awarded Poet Laureate. Trophies, Book tokens and Certificates are given to 1st 2nd & 3rd in each category. We also award Highly Commended Certificates. Closing date for entry is no later than Friday 19th April 2013. This years award ceremony will take place Thursday evening 23rd May 2013. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website or contact Margaret Walsh, Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare. Phone 059 8633075

Me and My Girl Naas Musical Society is performing a classic off their wish list this year! Me and My Girl is a show the society have wanted to bring to the stage for many years. With many well- known tunes like Me & My Girl, Leaning on a Lamppost and of course that rousing number The Lambeth Walk, this one will have you all tapping your feet and playing the spoons! With a cast of well- known locals and some new additions, this is definitely one show to put in your diaries! Directed by Arthur McGauran, with David McGauran waving the musical baton and Deirdre Browne keeping all those feet in time, the group have been hard at work to produce a top class show to help you forget the doom and gloom of today and transport you to a place where “The Sun has got its Hat on”! Me and My Girl is at The Moat Theatre, Naas on Sunday 10th March to Saturday 16th March. Tickets: €20. Mon/Tues €20/15. Mon/Tues Family Ticket €50 2 Adults 2 Children under 16. See:

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bringing the orchestra to the optimum venues around Kildare. Since 1999 CKO has been under the baton of Ite O’Donovan. Ite is currently on sabbatical to finish her PHD and they currently have Lorcan Daly at the helm. With Lorcan’s leadership and vision, the orchestra is taking on more challenging works and is currently

working on Beethoven’s 7th Symphony which will be performed in The Riverbank Theatre on May 18th, along with some concertos featuring soloists from the orchestra. CKO always welcome new players, whether currently playing with another group or a lapsed player. If you are interested in joining this friendly group, see more info on their web-

site, for details and to get in touch. CKO are sponsored by Kildare County Council and the Arts Office and are especially grateful for the strong support from Arts Officer, Lucina Russell .

It is twenty years since Liam Lawton began composing and performing. Since then he has found a niche with his own brand of sacred and inspirational music, which has become repertoire for Choirs and Individuals throughout the world. He has recorded 14 collections to date with a number of them achieving Platinum status. A number of artists at home and abroad have recorded his material and his liturgical works have translated into many languages including Swedish, French, German and Irish. Liam publishes with one of the major Liturgical Publishers – GIA Music in Chicago. His music has been performed for many State occasions in Ireland and also in the UK and the USA. Liam Lawton is at the Moat Theatre on Tuesday 23rd of April at 8 pm. Tickets €20/ Concessions: €16.

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Focus On.....Martin Heydon TD By David Fleming

Over the next few months, the Kildare Echo plans to meet up with some of our public representatives to discuss the various topics of the day affecting the County. This month we meet Martin Heydon, who is a Fine Gael TD for Kildare South. Having sat on Kildare council since 2009 he was elected to government in 2011. Martin is engaged to Kildare county footballer and pharmacist, Brianne Leahy, and they are due to get married in May of this year. The Echo caught up with Martin to hear his thoughts on his first two years in government. Garda station closures? What’s the logic behind it considering the rise in crime in rural areas? Could the money have been saved in other ways? M: The closure of Garda stations is not a money saving exercise and is not designed to be that. It is for operational reasons. The previous government entered into a very detailed plan with the Troika, part of which was that on the justice end of things that we would see a reduction in Garda numbers from 14,500 to 12,000. When we came into power there was 703 Garda stations around the country, the exact same amount of Garda stations that we inherited from the British when we set up the freestate in the 1920's. Some of them are there for historic reasons. There has never been any reform of that.

The previous government agreed in the reduction in numbers in Gardai but never made any provision for how operationally we would deal with less Gardai. Obviously through Croke Park there has been a change in the roster system. A huge amount of inefficiencies were found in back office, so there are more civilians doing jobs that traditionally Gardai used to do. But you’re right, there's huge concern about crime, particularly rural crime at present and that's all the more reason why. Ballymore is my local Garda station so it's very difficult for me to see that closing. The people in Ballynore Eustace have a really close connection with the Gardai that were there and I totally understand how frustrated they are, but I am far more interested in personnel and in the Gardai themselves and people, than I am in buildings. And if we push for a Garda station to remain open and one Garda ends up sitting there and may not even have a car, how are they best placed to serve that community? If there is an incident they need to go out and visit. If as maybe the case in Barrymore Eustace those two Gardai are based in Kilcullen and they then have a free reign to cover Barrymore Eustace. I do not believe that service to Barrymore will be any worse off and yet in some ways it will be enhanced. If you look at the community policing aspect there will still be clinics in those areas. If we were starting from scratch setting up this country, the idea of individual

garda stations is probably far removed form the modern way to police a state. For example, I believe all of the metropolitan police in Manchester are all based in the one station. Property tax? Due to all the cutbacks we are facing, is this the right time to be bringing in a property tax? M: First of all this should have been brought in before we had a building boom. It is a bad time to have to bring this in but 40% of income to local authorities is from commercial rates and 60% is from direct government subvention. The basic point is we cannot continue to keep funding local authorities in that way. What we have set about putting in place is a system where the money is generated locally. However it's not fully spent locally because there's a lot of roads in Donegal that need to be tarred and just because they have a very low population doesn't mean that we shouldn't do that, but by and large we need to get to a point where the money that is raised locally is spent locally through property tax and that will be replacing the local government fund which presently funds this. The rate of property tax will be a decision for each local authority and people will elect councillors on that mandate and they will have to be very upfront about that. It's about empowering local authorities, giving power back to the local people so that they feel the connection again between the money that is collected and the money that is spent by local authorities.

Job creation. What can you do in the next couple of years of this government to create more jobs for Kildare? Jobs are the key to growth nationally and key to how we get out of this mess and it's key that we get those who are unemployed back to work. What we are seeing at the moment is huge transition. Funnily enough, people might not realise we created a huge amount of jobs in this country last year. The difficulty was we were losing a lot out of the old traditional sectors. We are seeing a move away from traditional jobs particularly construction, banking and the public sector. On the flipside of that is the private sector and the unemployment rate appears to have stabilised. What we have done is stopped the increase in the amount of job losses and now we are looking to retract that. We are creating a lot of jobs in the area of enterprise, innovation and the exporting sector is booming at present. If you look at the IT sector, the pharmaceutical sector and the food and drink industry. The food and drink industry recorded 9 billion euro export figures and that is impacted locally when you see the likes of Kerry Group and the great news it was getting them into Naas. That was a win for the whole county. On a local level I work very closely with Enterprise Ireland, the local Chambers of Commerce here in Newbridge and Athy, and we are doing a lot of work in examining ways we can make sure that Kildare, as a destination, is very attractive to industries. County Enterprise Boards? There's a feeling that if they where brought under the umbrella of Kildare County Council that they wouldn't have the expertise to deal with it, can you explain the logic behind this? M: We have to ensure that whatever money that's set aside for start ups or small businesses that need assistance, that money goes to them as much as possible. The work the County Enterprise Boards do is fantastic, but around the country some work better than others. The idea, as phrased in our manifesto before the election, is that

we needed to get to a point where we have a one stop shop, where people who are both in business and/or want to set up a business are all in under the one roof. It's about being more of a combined effort rather than having these different groups that are doing good work in their own right working independently of one another. A big issue at the moment is the reform of local government and abolition of town councils? M: First of all there will be significant savings in the abolition of town councils but this is much more than just a cost saving exercise, this is about changing the dynamic. There is something very wrong with the fact that Leixlip has a town council and Celbridge has nothing. The basis of our town councils and burroughs is something we inherited from the British and it's totally antiquated and even within the county we have four councils. Two that are districts Athy and Naas, which means they are rate collecting councils. Newbridge and Leixlip are town commissions which means they don't have that same level. Newbridge which has an annual budget of 200,000 euro a year, you found that many town councillors resorted to calling on the county council to produce reports on x y and z but didn't have the same power as the likes of rate collection estates. What we are looking to move to are municipal districts more along the lines of mainland Europe which I think is a really good move because at present you have a lot of duplication in back

office. What this measure will do is streamline the system a lot more. It will also see more power being granted to the municipal districts. If there was a reshuffle and Kildare got a minister what would you like? M: My background is agriculture. I was a farmer by trade. I'm chairperson of an internal committee on agriculture and it would be an area I would have a good knowledge of. Obviously if you get involved in politics you want to make a difference. I got on the county council and really appreciated the learning curve that it was and really enjoyed my time there. When the opportunity came to go for the Dail I realised the higher up the chain you are, the more you can achieve. So I went for it and was very lucky to get there and you realise if you become a minister you can impact change more, so you would have that ambition and Kildare is a very big county not to have even a junior minister if not a senior minister. Agriculture is an area I would have proficiency in but there are a lot of areas I'd like to be involved in. Martin holds clinics throughout his constituency of Kildare South. His Constituency Office is located on Morefield Rd, Newbridge. The number is: (045) 487 624.



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Michelin Puts Kildare Dealer On The Map Like the Michelin Star Awards that restaurants value so highly, the grant of Michelin Certified Centre status on Naas Tyre & Auto Services has put the outlet on the Michelin map of Europe’s top tyre fitters. One of eleven outlets in Ireland to be granted Michelin Certified Centre status and have their level of service recognised by the world leading tyre maker, Naas Tyre & Auto Services was founded just two years ago and has a staff of four persons. Pictured at a seminar where their appointment was announced is Robert Ferguson of Naas Tyre & Auto Services with Michelin’s Tom Dennigan (left).


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Chambers Business Breakfast Huge Success County Kildare Chambers hosted a Taoiseach's Breakfast last Friday morning 1st March at The Silver Restaurant, Newbridge. Guest speaker An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was updated on the North Kildare Chamber Strategic Plan which the Taoiseach himself launched last year in Punchestown Racecourse. The Presidents of both Chambers updated the packed room on the strategic plan and its recent successes. Businesses in attendance included Kildare Village, Tesco Ireland and Punchestown Racecourse. Local TD’s and officials from Kildare County Council and several representatives from all sectors of business filled the restaurant. The room was also updated on the news that both Newbridge and North Kildare Chambers have been exploring the concept of creating a County

Kildare Chamber and last Wednesday a motion was passed by both Chambers at their respective AGMs that the officers could actively move forward on progressing to this new model of Chamber. This news was warmly received by the various businesses in attendance and all were informed that the main attraction of partnering with County Kildare Chamber would be the opportunity to grow their businesses through structured networking, educational opportunities for workforce development and potential to reach new audiences and markets for their products. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny endorsed the work being carried out in the North Kildare Chamber Strategic Plan and welcomed the fact the several new and innovative projects are being carried out by the Chamber. The breakfast was kindly sponsored by The Curragh Racecourse.

graphics of 15-34 and 2044. This is a clear win for us and demonstrates the growing audience that Nova has throughout North and mid-Kildare”. The station now has 60% of the 15-34s and 59% of the 20-44s of KFM, as well as more than the more than half the 20-44s of 2FM, in Kildare. “These latest figures demonstrate without a doubt that Nova’s popularity is growing steadily throughout Kildare; not only are we clearly striking a chord with listeners

Destination Kildare Town went live in early December, an initiative of the Kildare Chamber of Commerce. The website was of fundamental importance to highlight and showcase Kildare Town’s heritage, tourist sites, business, community groups and services and to promote Kildare Town as Irelands No.1 day trip destination. “We are delighted with the enthusiasm expressed for the website, the response from tourist operators, business and community groups is very positive” said Brian Flanagan, President of Kildare Chamber of Commerce. He added “the comments received from all stake holders are that the site is amazing, and they are very proud and happy to have their own Kildare Town website. We are confident that the site will be a tremendous success in bringing tourist to Kildare town and will be another tool to promote local business and assist community groups” The Kildare Chamber of Commerce received funding from the County Kildare Leader Partnership under the Rural Development Programme. The funding covered a web designer, a professional photographer and a pr marketing business that facilitated and managed the project through to the launch of During the short time of operation, the new website has already had visitors from Germany, Australia, Dublin, Kildare and Athy. The official launch of took place on Monday last in Teach Dara, Academy Street, Kildare Town.

Radio Nova Consolidates Radio Ratings In Kildare Radio Nova has secured significant gains in Co. Kildare in the latest JNLR radio ratings. The latest figures, which cover the period January to December 2012, show that the radio station now commands 16% of radio listenership in the county and has gained significantly against rivals KFM, 2FM and Today FM. CEO Kevin Branigan said, “We’re very happy with this latest set of results; we’ve seen our market position grow, particularly in the key audience demo-

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More than one in three Europeans would spend more to buy an environmentally friendly car, even though 71 per cent say they have reduced overall spending as a result of the economic recession, a Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll shows. The survey also showed 53 per cent consider climate change to be the world’s biggest issue and 57 per cent would prefer to lead a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. ´7KHVXUYH\VKRZVWKDWHYHQLQHFRQRPLFDOO\GLIĂ€FXOW times, there is a clear desire for vehicles that are more environmentally friendly,â€? said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Ford is extremely focused on meeting this demand now and in the future, and this goes hand-in-hand with delivering products that help reduce running costs.â€? Ford commissioned the survey, which was conducted by ‘The Futures Company’, a leading consultancy, to better understand the opinions and attitudes of Europeans across a range of mobility issues – from car sharing to green driving to the future of the internal combustion engine.

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The Ford Focus retained its title as Ireland’s top selling car in 2012, accordLQJWRĂ€JXUHVUHOHDVHGE\WKH6RFLHW\ of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). The Focus joined Ford’s C-MAX and Galaxy as top sellers in their respective segments. Focus sold a total of 3,738 units during the year to top the sales chart, placing the nameplate 382 units ahead of its nearest competitor, the VW Golf. The Fiesta also retained its place as one of Ireland’s favourites by selling 2,151 units, a level of sales that guaranteed it a top ten spot at seventh place. “In a tough year for car sales, with the market down some 12 per cent, we are delighted that Focus was again the number one choice for Irish motorists. Its great mix of stylish design and cutting-edge technologies continues to keep Focus at the top of motorists’ wish-lists. “We would expect 2013 to be another


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Newbridge St Brigid's U12 Draughts team Silver Medalists Community Games

Leon Cullen (Kilcullen) won gold in U12 with his footballer

Monasterevin U12 Draughts team Shannon Byrne, Kate O'Brien, Naoimi Daniyu, Abby Talbot, Martha O'Reilly, Amy Lacey, Amy Connolly LEFT: Confey Community Games Table Tennis team Hannah Dormer, Kate O'Brien and Sarah Cahill

Gary Redmond Bursts clear to Score for St Brigid's

Patrick Donoghue (Carbury) will represent Kildare in U14 Model Making at HSE Community Games Finals in Athlone

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Leixlip Kickboxing Club In Fundrasing Drive BMA (Bushido Martial Arts) Kickboxing Club in Leixlip are raising funds to send their junior team to National and International tournaments over the coming 12 months. Members of the team represent Ireland as part of Kickboxing Ireland and all are dedicated to achieve the highest level in their sport The five lads in the photo are Ross Brennan, Ronan Smith, Robert Hurley, Philip Smith and Alex Pedreschi. They travelled to the WAKO Junior World Championships in September 2012 and all brought back medals. They helped Ireland reach their highest medal count ranking 6th. Friends and family help fundraise towards the fighting suits, team tracksuits, flights and accommodation. A fundraising website page has been set up and they are looking for donations to help with the cost


Attention All Sports Clubs In Kildare The Kildare Echo’s brand new website is now up and running and we want to hear from you. Updated daily, we want your pics, match reports, club notes and stories. We want to hear from soccer, GAA, rugby, boxing or any other clubs based in Kildare. Log onto or contact us directly at:

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of their travel expenses to various National and International tournamanents over the coming 12 months. Any donation, small or large, would be

gratefully appreciated. The club is also on the look out for any personal or corporate sponsorship. For further information about the club check out the web-

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Congratulations to our members who won National Marathon Series titles in 2012. Mary Fitzgerald won the women's GP class for the second year in a row, a young talented up and coming paddler Tori Keogh won girls U15 GP class and Lar O'Brien wining in the Men's K1 Division 4 after a year of consistent performances. Training continues down at the club, training times are; Ladies circuit training – every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm in the club Pool sessions – every Saturday from 2 to 3pm in the Curragh swimming pool Junior circuit training from 6 - 7pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday upstairs in the club Senior circuit training from 7 - 8pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday also upstairs in the club The club's 4th annual race night is on 19th April at 9pm in The Spout, Kilcullen. For more info contact 085 1100222. For more information on Kilcullen Canoe Club, check out, Facebook and Flickr (Kilcullen Canoe Club) or contact Diane by email to

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Kildare Squeeze Past Kerry

Alan Smith (Left) and Tomas O’Connor (Above) in action against Kerry. (Photos: Michael Anderson)

Kildare 2-08 Kerry 0-12 Kerry’s losing run in the Allianz Football League continued in Newbridge this afternoon as Kildare recorded a 2-08 to 0-12 victory over the Kingdom. Early goalscorer Seanie Johnston provided the quality in a first half blighted by missed chances. Kerry free-taker James O’Donoghue landed his fourth point to leave it 1-05 to 0-05 at half-time. A Johnny Doyle goal boosted Kildare further, but Kerry launched a late rally and the hosts needed a fine save from Shane Connolly to make sure of the result. Morgan O’Flaherty was a late change for the Lilywhites, coming in for centre back Hugh Lynch who failed a fitness test. Kerry also had to restructure their attack, as Darran O’Sullivan was withdrawn from the team beforehand, with Michael O’Donoghue promoted from the bench. Johnny Buckley, one of the returning Dr Crokes players, made early headway to set up James O’Donoghue for the game’s opening point from a free. Buckley linked up at midfield with Kieran Donaghy who saw a lot of early possession. Kildare, moving well off the ball, missed kickable chances through Tomás O'Connor and Doyle. A terrific effort from distance from Buckley doubled Kerry’s lead but Kildare hit back with a well-executed 11th-minute goal that exposed the visitors’ loose marking. Johnston started the move, winning the ball 45 metres out from goal. An accurate long ball in from Niall Kelly was gathered under pressure by O’Connor who held it up and offloaded for Johnston to flick a clever shot beyond Brendan Kealy and into the net.

Padraig O’Neill, on captaincy duty, struck Kildare’s fourth wide soon after and Kerry were level by the quarter hour when James O’Donoghue slotted over his second free. Johnston drew a foul from overworked marker Shane Enright who picked up a yellow card, and the resulting free was clipped over by Doyle. The former Cavan forward curled a shot wide after a jinking run, but Kildare were back on target when O’Neill teed up Kelly for a point from play. Despite an increasing wides tally, a Doyle free put three points between the sides before James O’Donoghue sent over his third pointed free. Johnston took an ideal delivery from Morgan O’Flaherty before sweeping over his first point of the day, an eyecatching run from Daniel Flynn helping Kildare to maintain their momentum with Brian Flanagan gobbling up some key breaking balls. O’Donoghue’s frees were keeping the Kingdom in the contest, but he fluffed his lines from close-in and Johnston, continuing to impress in the hosts’ forward line, lobbed over off his left for a 1-05 to 0-04 scoreline. Eoin Brosnan nicked a shot wide and Kerry then pounced on a poor kickout from Connolly in injury-time, with O’Donoghue reducing the margin back to three. Kildare made a blistering start to the second half, Flynn charging through from the throw-in and Johnston was on hand to take his personal tally to 1-03. Lacklustre Kerry had opportunities to respond but they struck four early wides, adding to eight from the opening 35 minutes. The fit-again Donnchadh Walsh and Darran O’Sullivan, who came on for Michael O’Donoghue, were growing in influence though and a 45-metre effort from Buckley made it 1-06 to 0-06 Jonathan Lyne then made up for an earlier miss with a right-footed score but Kerry’s resurgence was

spoiled by a superb goal from Doyle. Mikey Conway showed great vision to pick out the Allenwood clubman, who created enough space to drive a powerful shot into the top left corner of the net. Bolton got on the scoresheet in another fast-paced move from Kieran McGeeney’s men. However, Kerry remained in the hunt through points from Tomás Ó Sé and Lyne. Donaghy’s switch into the edge of the square caused problems for the Kildare defence and the Lilywhites could have done with Doyle finding the net from a 56th minute penalty. Instead, his rising shot was well saved by Kealy. Two pointed frees from Buckley, one of Kerry’s better performers, suddenly whittled the gap down to 2-07 to 011. As Kildare came under further pressure, their goalkeeper Connolly reacted swiftly as his point blank save with an outstretched leg denied Brosnan. Conway then came to the hosts’ rescue, clearing a dipping ‘45’ from Buckley off the goalline, only for substitute Peter Crowley to follow up with Kerry’s fifth successive point. The tension for the home supporters was lifted by substitute Paddy Brophy’s late point, set up by Peter Kelly, as Kildare held on to make it three Division 1 wins on the bounce ahead of next weekend’s meeting with table toppers Dublin. KILDARE: Kildare - S Connolly; E Doyle, M Foley, H McGrillen; P Kelly, M Conway, E Bolton (0-1); D Flynn, P O'Neill; B Flanagan, N Kelly (0-1), M O'Flaherty; S Johnston (1-3), T O'Connor, J Doyle (1-2, 2f). Subs: A Smith for O'Flaherty, P Brophy (0-1) for N Kelly, O Lyons for Bolton, C McNally for Flanagan, E O'Flaherty for Johnston.

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