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The Best Free Read In Kildare November, 2011

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Kildare House Prices Fall By 16.7% As per latest data compiled by property website, the average house price in Kildare is €200,694. This represents a Year-onyear change of -16.7% and Quarter-on-quarter change of -3.7% up to September 31st, 2011. The change in asking prices from the peak market in 2007, is down by 47.9%. Asking prices for residential property around the country fell by an average of 3.5% between June and September. This compares to a fall of just over 5% between March and June. The average asking price is now just under €195,000, compared to €366,000 at the 2007 peak. In Dublin, asking prices fell by an average of 4.5% over the past 3 months, with prices now 55% below the peak in some parts of the city. Asking prices in Cork and Waterford cities fell by up to 5%. In Limerick city, which has seen some of the smallest falls from the peak,

prices fell by over 8% in three months. In contrast, asking prices in Galway city actually rose by just over 1% over the summer, although they are still 18% lower than a year ago. Outside the main cities, asking prices also rose noticeably in Carlow and in Monaghan, but on average fell by just under 3% between June and September. Ronan Lyons, economist with said: "Conditions in the property market remain weak. When prices started to fall, there were two issues the market had to deal with from the boom-time, over-construction and correcting the relationship between house prices and rents. A third issue has now arisen - the lack of credit. Without a change in strategy by the banks, the outlook for house prices remains tough for the rest of the year, with a market of many sellers but few buyers able to borrow." The House Price

Report, now in its 44th edition, is based on an analysis of the full database of properties posted for advertisement on up to 30th September 2011, including the 30,000 posted in the third quarter of 2011. This figure represents a large percentage of the available properties for sale in the country and therefore gives a very accurate and timely reflection of what is actually happening in the Irish property market. Figures are calculated from econometric regressions using standard methods. Properties classed as sold are those that are no longer listed in which were marked as sale agreed before coming off the site. Kildare town Auctioneer, Michael McWey is slightly optimistic regards to the property market in Kildare. “There has been a very small increase in activity in the market over the past few weeks, and there is definitely great value for money for potential buyers out there right now”, said Michael.

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Deirdre Creed & Nicola Hughes at the official launch of the new gym in the Leixlip Amenities Sports Centre “The big problem at present is the level of debt some sellers have, which is affecting their ability to set market value asking prices”. Sherry Fitzgerald economist, Marian Finnegan feels

that true stability in the market, however, will really only occur when we see enhanced consumer confidence and a ready availability of finance. “The residential market now represents

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value for money, we just need consumers to regain confidence in both the economy and the banking sector for them to begin to realise this. “ said Ms. Finnegan.

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“Girlie Gardening” comes to Kildare

Last year two energetic gardening girls called Helen James and Cathy Caudwell from England designed garden accessories, clothing and a host of other outdoor goods which are bright, brash and very feminine. They have worked tirelessly to come up with a brand of goods that is fun, useful and versatile. This niche business is not only designed to get women everywhere into the garden, but is also the trendiest party plan company

on the block. All the products are sold via home parties, just like Virgin Vie and Ann Summers. The entrepreneurial pair have recruited agents around the UK and have plans to expand to around 1000 agents in the UK and have just recruited their first Irish Agent, Terri Coonan in Clane, Co Kildare. Terri is hoping to get new agents in Kildare and beyond in the coming weeks.

Terri saw the girls and the products on the Alan Titchmarsh programme on UTV a few weeks ago and decided to contact them with a view to bringing the fabulous and fun products to the Republic of Ireland. Three days later Terri became the first Irish agent for GIRLIE GARDENING products.

Terri Coonan with some items from the “Girlie Gardening” selection The product range is continually expanding and includes many quirky features such as the wellie warmers which have a great pocket especially for girlie gardeners to put their lip balm...all girlie gardeners want soft and kissable

lips!!! Girlie gardening is committed to providing more fun and joviality in the garden - with a bit of glamour thrown in!

For all the information and help for your new business just call Terri on: 045 861036 or e mail

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Guardian Safety offers a range of courses that can

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* Improve your career prospects * Improve staff morale * Improve health and safety in your organisation We are FETAC approved and provide night and daytime courses to suit your schedule. The following is a list of our FETAC courses Course Title * Door Supervisor Skills * Basic Guarding Skills * Health and Safety * Food Safety and Hygiene * Occupational first Aid * Manual Handling Instructor

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We also run Fire Safety courses, for which a Guardian Safety Certificate will be provided. Course Title * Fire Extinguisher Training * Fire Warden Training * Fire manager Training

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All of our courses can be tailored to suit individual or organisational needs and can be run on your premises or in our training centre.

As part of the celebration for European Year of the Volunteer, Kildare Volunteer Centre invites all community and voluntary organisations operating in County Kildare to take a stand at our volunteering showcase in The Osprey Hotel, Naas on Thursday 24th November. The event, as well as providing an occasion for organisations to showcase their work will also provide an opportunity to network with similar groups. Guest speakers will provide an insight into the various ways in which volunteers contribute to our Society. Time: Date: Venue:

7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Thursday 24th, November Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare

To book a stand, please contact Kildare Volunteer Centre on 045-449156 or As spaces are limited, allocations will be made on a first come basis.

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Kilcock Business Association Free Business Seminar The KBA will host a free business seminar on Thursday 10th November at the Kilcock GAA. Doors open at 7.30pm and the first presentation at 8pm is on ‘The importance of having a web presence and getting Kilcock online’. This will be followed by a demonstration on ’How to use Youtube to promote your business’ Keynote speaker for the evening is Bernie Tracey of Beacon Coaching Consultancy, based in Johnstown near Naas. Ms Tracey, has mentored many Kildare businesses through work with the Kildare County Enterprise Board and conducted workshops with the North Kildare Chamber of Commerce. She will speak on the 5 Key Skills on Effective Selling, Exploring how to run your business in changing market situations, Long term survival and the 3 Top Tips on closing a sale with more confidence. She has also launched a book called ‘The Cheese Mall, Key Marketing Skills for Budding Entrepreneurs’. The evening will also feature the launch of the Kilcock Community Calendar, kindly sponsored by The Sammon

Group and local advertisers. The CEO Miceál Sammon is the main calendar sponsor. The Sammon Group was one of the finalists of the International category of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award on 20th October. The Sammon Group, whose headquarters are in Kilcock, employ 3500 people worldwide. The calendar features photographs of Kilcock that have been chosen through a competition run by the KBA and will be on sale around Kilcock for only €5. All funds raised from the sales will all be used by the Kilcock Business Association to enhance the town and also for funding of the business and community events that they run including the Kilcock Canal Festival. The seminar promises to be a great evening and it is open to all with free admission, so come along, enjoy the speakers and bring business cards for the networking opportunities afterwards. For more information see Kilcock Business Association on Facebook or email Enquiries to: Tara Lane 087 9789318


Tractor Run Raises over €10,000 for St.Lukes Hospital Over 53 tractors, Honda’s and vintage cars took part in a fundraising Tractor Run for St Lukes Hospital. The event was organised by local man Vinny Heslin and the Castle Inn Committee. The run started at the Castle Inn Carbury and set off towards Brady’s pub in Timahoe and returned back again to Carbury. Liverpool legend, John Aldridge lent his support to the event which raised over €10,000 on the day.

Oxegen Festival to stay in Kildare OXEGEN HAS DENIED a newspaper report that the music festival is moving to the Phoenix Park. The Irish Daily Mirror had reported that the festival would be moving from its Punchestown venue in Co Kildare to Dublin’s main public park. It also reported that the camping aspect of the festival would be scrapped and capacity reduced from 80,000 to 50,000. However promoters MCD issued a statement today saying: Following unconfirmed speculation in a morning newspaper, Oxegen promoters can confirm that Oxegen is not moving to Phoenix Park. Details of Oxegen 2012 will be announced at a later date. It is also understood that contrary to what was reported in the Irish Daily Mirror there will be camping at the festival this year as

there has been every year since its debut in 2004. The yearly festival has become a very important source of revenue for businesses in Naas and the surrounding areas and the loss of the festival to Kildare would have a significant effect on the many retailers in the area who continue to hang on to their businesses in these challenging times. Last month, the promoters of Oxegen, MCD, donated €70,000 to local charities. Over the past three years, the promoters have donated a total of €400,000 to charities, community groups and sports clubs in the area. The line up for the 2012 festival will be announced shortly.

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Catherine Ardagh is the principal of Ardagh Solicitors. Catherine is a former barrister with litigation experience in commercial, employment and contract matters. Catherine has worked on cases involving large corporate transactions as well as a range of private client matters. This broad experience and understanding is the basis of Ardagh Solicitors. Together with her team, Catherine will bring your legal challenges through to a satisfactory conclusion. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of London and a Masters of Law (LLM) from Trinity College Dublin. She is an Accredited Mediator and Commissioner for Oaths. What We Do: We help individuals ensure that they are adequately compensated for any personal injury they may have sustained. Ardagh Solicitors supports clients when writing their wills to ensure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes. Ardagh Solicitors will also help you if you are buying a new home or selling your old home. If you feel like you have been unfairly dismissed Ardagh Solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim and presenting it to the relevant tribunal.

Ardagh Solicitors can be called upon for expert advice for all your legal needs. We help businesses large and small to put together commercial agreements, manage bad debt, deal with employment related matters, business restructuring

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Young People Of Kildare Have Their Say Kildare’s County Youth Council (Comhairle na nÓg) in partnership with Kildare Youth Services, Kildare County Council and Kildare County Development Board hosted 115 young people from schools, youth clubs and youth projects from all over County Kildare on 19th October 2011 at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane for the Annual General Meeting of the County Kildare Comhairle na nÓg. The youth council are aged between 12 and 18 years and have been meeting for the last year to progress actions around Student Travel and the SPHE programme on behalf of young people in the county.

Welcome to the lastest edition of the Kildare Echo ! .

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Young people attending the AGM heard how young people during 2011 have influenced decision makers on a range of issues at local, regional and national level including youth premises, mental health, student travel cards and the SPHE programme. Voted for 2 recommendations which will influence the youth agenda for Kildare in 2012. They are:

* To have a counselling service for under 18’s without the need for parental consent. Working with counselling services to do this and to increase advertisement of their services. (046) 955 2467 Kildare Echo Reg. No. 440943

Mick Donlon –Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer Shane Hogan -Youth County Panel member Tommy Lavelle- Acting Regional Director of Kildare Youth Services Emer Loughrey – Co-ordinator of the HALO Project for adolescents with substance misuse difficulties Mr Brendan Doris- the Peoples Convention Michael Mcloughlin - Director of Central Services at Youth Work Ireland The Kildare Comhairle na nÓg Youth County Panel will be presenting it findings and recommendations from the AGM to the Kildare County Council meeting in November and to the Kildare Children’s Services Committee. Comhairle na nÓg was originally launched by the Taoiseach in 2000 as part of the National Children’s Strategy and has been active in Kildare since 2003. Kildare Youth Services (KYS) delivers the Comhairle na nÓg programme for and with young people in County Kildare in partnership with the Kildare County Council and County Development Board.

They nominated 27 local representatives from all over the county as members of Kildare county youth panel for 2012 and heard who the County Kildare Delegates are for Dáil na nÓg (the national youth parliament) which takes place in Croke Park on November 18th 2011. Those Delegates are:

KYS’s youth work team, working in locations throughout the county, uses a non-formal, youth work approach to engage young people in the Comhairle na nÓg programme which ensures it is youth lead and relevant to their lives. KYS is a member organisation of Youth Work Ireland

Asha Doris (Leixlip) Aaron Nolan (Leixllip) Sarah O Neill (Naas)

The Comhairle na nÓg programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Kildare County Council.

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The day concluded with a lively question and answer session where young people had a chance to put queries to an influential panel about issues of importance to them. Sitting on the panel was:

* More drugs and alcohol awareness in schools. 6th Class - 1st year is seen as crucial period and this should be delivered by young people who have completed the appropriate training.

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Darragh Newman (Celbridge) Cheyene Keeley (Newbridge) Conor Reddington (Celbridge)

with Brenda Drumm Recently I recorded a piece by Blessed John Henry Newman for use on Religion Matters, the weekly Religion, Reflection and Social issues programme which I produce and present on Kildare’s KFM radio station each Sunday morning. The piece is ‘God has a plan for my life’ and it reminds us that when it comes to our lives and how we live them, God

has a plan for each and every one of us. ‘God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.’ This is a difficult notion to grasp in this world of ours where people have to be in control all the time. Blessed Newman continues: ‘I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth….’

We hear talk all the time about new books and new codes to live by. We hear endless conversation about what we are worth and how our worth is calculated. In this very simple but powerful reflection Blessed John Henry Newman reminds us that God loves us for who we are and not for what we have or where we live, how we dress, how we speak, how many cars we have – now that is a powerful code to live by, but then as Newman says ‘He [God] knows what He is about!” Brenda Drumm lives in Newbridge in Co Kildare with her husband and two children. She works as

Communications Officer for the Irish Bishops’ and she presents a weekly religion, reflection and social issues programme on KFM radio – 97.3 & 97.6FM – at 8am on Sunday mornings. Brenda loves social media and all the opportunities it offers for faith and religion and for conversation. Follow her on Facebook at Brenda Drumm and on Twitter@BrendaDrumm

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Creative Arts Centre Maynooth The Creative Arts Centre is located in the heart of Maynooth Village. Their aim is to provide an intimate space for artists, musicians, theatre makers, comedians and audiences to share. Through the spaces versatility and openness we aim to create an artistic and cultural hub within Maynooth for the surrounding area. As a community project, the Creative Arts Centre encourages people to get involved in whatever way they can. All suggestions and ideas for events, groups, clubs, classes is always welcome.

doubles as a gallery and a cafe during the day, it has two smaller rooms that function as classrooms and as additional gallery space. The coffee shop is open from 11:00 to 3:00, and they provide Dance, Drama, Art and Music classes during the day. In the evenings the space can function as a gallery for exhibitions, a performance space, film screenings, or as an intimate venue for live bands.




The space consists of a 50 seater capacity venue which

(bring your own beer) as they do not have an alcohol Licence, though they do offer table service and keep our patron's bottles of wine or cans of beers cold in our fridge so our patrons can remain seated. This service can also be provided during exhibition launches and other events.

The cafe is fully staffed and open from 11am to 3pm and 9pm to 12pm and provides coffee, teas, smoothies, soft drinks, snacks and sandwiches. Most gigs are BYOB

The gallery is open from 10am-3pm every day and entrance is free. The Creative Arts Centre aims to support local artists by providing a comfortable and easily accessible space in which they can exhibit their art. It also gives locals a chance to come in and browse the work of the

artists in the area. COATE’S LANE DRAMA SCHOOL

There is Drama for all ages and abilities taught by qualified, experienced and friendly teachers. These classes can help students develop their communication skills, gain confidence and have fun. It's a great way for children and teenagers to fully express themselves in an open and supportive environment. At the end of each year, the students will have the option of taking part in a large production, which the families and friends can all attend. Group classes are recommended for most as the interaction with other stu-

dents is such a big a part of the experience. Individual classes for students working on a particular piece or for exams/auditions are also available. Classes grouped by age and experience - from age 4 to adult, all levels of experience catered for. Grades with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (or other body of the students choice, if preferred) are catered for.

Admission is only €3. Dance classes are available in Hip Hop, Salsa, Swing and Cha-Cha.

OTHER ACTIVITIES Many other activities take place in the centre. The Film Club show films weekly and General


The Creative Arts Centre is located on Coates Lane just off the main street in Maynooth between Supermacs and the Permanent TSB. Phone: (01) 505 4744

HOPE (D) Wins Kildare People Of The Year Award 2011 Congratulations to Newbridge based charity, HOPE(D) who have won the 2011 Kildare People Of The Year Award. H.O.P.E. is a voluntary organisation and was founded in 2003 after the sudden and tragic death of a family member by suicide. The organisation was formed to help raise awareness and provide advice and information regarding suicide and other mental health issues. Since its inception it has gone on to provide support and funding to other voluntary groups and statutory organisations. H.O.P.E. is an acronym and stands for "Help Other People Endure" and the 'D' in brackets stands for depression. Put simply its about a group of people coming together to share their experiences and help those in society who may be struggling to deal with life's ups and downs. Over the years the organisation has grown considerably and has a diverse group of people who come together to organise and plan various fundraising events. These events help raise awareness about mental health and provide funding for other small voluntary organisations. H.O.P.E. depends entirely on

the goodwill and generosity of ordinary people to carry out its work. The organisation actively encourages and welcomes people from all walks of life to share in and contribute to the ethos of the group. As an organisation we firmly believe that small positive steps taken together can make a difference and help reduce the stigma that still exists in Ireland today regarding mental health and in particular suicide.

About Depression Currently there are 300,000 Irish people, or 1 in every 14, who have depression. In the course of the average lifetime, there is a one in three chance of having a full-blown depressive episode and a further third will have lesser degrees of depression. So depression is common. Depression affects a person's thinking, feeling and behaviour. It is an illness in the sense that it is disabling and beyond the person's coping ability. For most who experience it, they describe it as one of the worst things that ever happened to them. For some, as they grapple to find words to convey the horror they have been through, it seems more devastating than losing a close fami-

ly member or of facing death with cancer. Depression is frequently preceded by a set back in life, such as bereavement, relationship or financial difficulties, problems at work/school or medical illness. We all react to loss with a sense of disappointment, which can vary from mild to severe. An inherited tendency towards depression is an important factor in determining how depressed a person will become following a loss.

How common is it? About 7% of the population have clinical depression at any one point in time. Women are three to four times more likely than men to have depression. Surveys show that depression occurs more frequently during the teenage years and in old age. These stages of life after childbirth are times of major change in levels of sex hormones and in relationships, expectations, and outlooks. While 70% of women will have a mild short-lived or 'normal' shift in mood following the birth of a baby, 5% to 10% of women will have disabling post-natal depression. There is evidence to suggest

that the mild to moderate forms of depression are on the increase, but the more severe biological depression, also known as bipolar disorder, have not altered in frequency over the years. Depression is one of the most under diagnosed and under treated illnesses. Of every four people with depression in the community, only two will seek help and of those, only one will get adequate treatment.



Depression is an extremely treatable illness with some 80% of people responding to counselling or anti-depressant medication within a matter of weeks. The most common reasons for treatment failure are poor compliance with treatment and incorrect diagnosis. Experiencing the support and understanding of fellow suffers is invaluable, it frees the person to face the future and helps them realise that there is life after mood disorder.

If you need support with depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem or anger issues please ring their qualified counsellors for an appointment at (087) 1513535 or email All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

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St Marys (Edenderry) TY Students Set Up DVD Production Company

Gavin O'Neill, Luke Tai, David Hennessy and Ben Phelan at the SEVEN DAYS gig..

A group of students from St Marys Secondary School in Edenderry have set up a DVD production company as part of their TY Enterprise project. Katie McLoughlin, Olga Zippa, Louise Melia & Emma Hurst are the people behind the new ‘MiniCompany’, K.O.L.E. Productions. They make educational DVDs and personalised DVDs and have a number of DVDs that teach children basic English, Irish and French. There will be a range of Educational DVDs which will include titles such as 'ABCs & Alphabet', 'Numbers' and many other titles. As well as language

DVDs, they will also have a range of 'How to...' DVDs including how to cook things. They also do personalized DVDs for anyone (it could be for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentines Day, Christmas etc. Anything you want!) The cost of personalised

DVDs -€6 - €12. Educational DVDs- €6. K.O.L.E. Productions will officially launch their products shortly. For more information, contact: or visit their Facebook page. Enjoying the SEVEN DAYS underage gig in Judge Roy Beans, Newbridge.

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With Ben Doyle

Whats next for the ‘Soldiers Of Destiny’ As we all know by now, the last general election was a disaster for Fianna Fail and was unprecedented in the history of what was for a long time, the largest political party in the country. A lot of analysis has been done in the meantime, and I don’t intend going over what has already been discussed in detail. However, now that we are all exhausted by the recent presidential campaign, it is worth noting some facts. Micheál Martin and his National Executive decided to sit this one out, concentrate on rebuilding the party for the 2014 local elections and spend quality time fighting the Dublin West by-election. Given Presidential candidate, Sean Gallagher’s past association with Fianna Fail, many members thought that he was being somewhat opportunistic by distancing himself from the party. However, written off early on by the media, Sean Gallaghers positive message was resonating with independent voters. He started his campaign early in the year and spent a lot of time speaking to the many small businesses all over the country. Since election day, RTE have been smugly acting as ‘King Maker’ because of the infamous Frontline debate. But when one looks at RTE’s own exit poll on the day, the Martin McGuinness encounter alone was not responsible for the sudden drop in Sean Gallaghers support. Only 21% of those who switched their support from Gallagher to Higgins said they switched because of the Frontline programme. Despite Pat Kennys disgraceful behaviour in reading out what is now proven to be a false Twitter message from “Sinn Fein”, and Mr. Guinness’ attack on Sean Gallagher, the programme was not the “game changer” RTE has hyped it up to be. But that event did mobilise a positive response from the Fianna Fail grass roots, who were incensed by the hypocrisy of Martin McGuinness’ attack on Gallagher and the soft ride he got from the majority of the media. Despite the lack of a political party machine behind him,

Sean Gallagher was the big story of the campaign and he obviously struck a cord with a lot of people all over the country. It is my belief that Mr. Gallagher represented a face for the future. Despite the claim that he was a major player in Fianna Fail, his role on the partys’ National Executive was not on par with the roles of the likes of Bertie Ahearn, Noel Dempsey, Brian Cowan or Dermot Ahearn. After the rejection of Fianna Fail, (by a lot of traditional Fianna Fail supporters too !!) people were looking for fresh blood and the excuse to vote Fianna Fail again. Granted Gallagher was an Independent candidate, he provided a home for the Fianna Fail vote who just could not bring themselves to vote for either Higgins or Mitchell. While all of this was happening, Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness was fighting a decent campaign in the Dublin West by-election, with a goal to secure Fianna Fail’s only Dublin seat in the Dial, following the death of Brian Lenihan. Fianna Fail polled a lot better then predicted (by the usual media commentators who spend far too much time all clumped together in Donaghy & Nesbitt’s) and have given the party some kind of hope for the future. Some of the younger TD’s now remaining in the party are showing promise and are not tainted by the past mistakes of their predecessors. Which brings me to Micheál Martin. Can the party rebuild with a leader who served at senior level positions within a sometimes incompetent government? There is no doubt that Micheál Martin is a decent man and showed the courage to lead when the time might not have been right, but is he the face for the future? What’s worrying is Mr Martins consistant statements that our “tax base was allowed to shrink too much” during the Celtic Tiger years. I would like to hear more about the wastage in the public sector and Fianna Fails plans to reform it and make it more accountable. Fianna Fail needs to stand up for small business owners who are the biggest providers of jobs in the Irish economy. They

Micheál Martin has his work cut out in rebuilding Fianna Fail should not be afraid to pick a fight with the many special interests who have gotten away with too much for too long in this country. If quangos are abolished and the public sector becomes more efficient, taxes need not rise. And it’s not all about the economy....we are financially bankrupt. But whats more concerning is that we are becoming socially bankrupt too. Our huge social welfare machine awards the irresponsible and that is the root to many of our problems.

Farewell Mary ......

It’s time to reclaim our flag and restore a sense of citizenship What is it with the Irish and our reluctance to fly our national flag? Unlike many other countries, we seem to have some kind of phobia in flying our tricolour iwith pride. Up until big Jack Charlton took us to the world cup, many people associated the flying of the flag with hard core republican views. Our qualification to the World Cup, the success of Riverdance and the emergence of the Celtic Tiger gave us all a sudden gush of Irish pride and the feeling that we were invincible. Here we are now, about to enter 2012, with a busted economy and the Celtic Tiger seems a far distant memory. What better time than now

to reflect on the direction our nation is taking and restore a sense of confidence and pride. Many would say that the Americans take their flag waving to the extremes but we should learn a thing or two from them and not subject ourselves to flying the flag at rugby and soccer games only. Appreciation of our flag should start firstly in our schools. Unfortunately, there are more ‘Green Flags’ flying over our primary schools than the tricolour but maybe this might have something to do with our flag protocol. The rules and guidelines for flying the Irish flag is set out by the protocol office of Department of the

Taoiseach. Unlike the US flag, which can be flown at night as long as a bright light is cast upon it, our flag can only be flown between sunrise and sunset. The daily raising and lowering of the flag might be of some inconvenience to schools. However, would this daily

ritual not be a good idea to grow a sense of citizenship into our children? For far too long we have neglected our great flag and given the economic woes we are now in, what a perfect time for reflection on what kind of nation we want to be in the future.

This month sees the exit of Mary McAleese from Áras an Uachtaráin after fourteen years. The bar has certainly been raised for the next President and she will be badly missed by all. Her tenacious work in mending bridges in Northern Ireland contributed immensely to the lasting peace on our Ireland and who could not have been so proud of her during the Queen and President Obama’s visit. But I will always remember her passionate and dignified speech to Ireland in the aftermath of 9/11, that was filled with empathy and expressed exactly what we are all feeling at that time.

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Welcome to Garden Angel. This is a good time of year to dig up and divide your old over grown Rhubarb plants. Cut them with the spade into 2 or 3 pieces with shoots and roots on each piece and replant. Add plenty of well rotted manure and compost and you will have several new plants in Spring!

LEAFBLOWERS should be banned! Are they the MOST UNESSESSARY invention EVER? All they do is make loud noises while Nature blows the leaves into nooks and crannies for free! NO CARBON FOOTPRINT! What Do You Think? Self sown saplings of trees and shrubs can be dug up and moved to other locations if they are not in a desirable location. If the weather has been dry, water them well to get them established.

Beech mast

Garden Angel LEAVES When raking up fallen leaves in Autumn, put them into black plastic bags, poke a few holes in them and tuck them out of sight behind the shed where you can forget about them over the winter. Don’t leave them on the lawn as they will rot the grass underneath and you will have bald patchs come next Spring! In the following Spring they will have changed into Leaf mold, a crumbly brown earthy material which makes an excellent Mulch. Mulch is a ground cover which retains moisture, kills weeds, and adds food to the soil. A leafmold mulch is ideal around your trees and shrubs. Water the ground very well before you put it on. Make sure not to place the mulch up against the bark of the tree or shrub, about 2 inches away should do the trick. This will save you time, money and effort in lots of ways: * You wont have to water as much in dry weather as there will be less evaporation. * You will use less fertilizer as the mulch will break down and feeds the plant with the help of the Earthworms! * You will have less weeding to do, and have no need to buy weed killers. * You can even reuse the same bags for next year!

Continue collecting seeds. Place them in brown paper bags and label them. Store in a cool dry place. An old fridge or unheated shed is ideal, but put them into a tin to prevent mice eating them. Some seeds from trees need to “overwinter”. This means they need to go through a dormant period, caused by the frosts of winter. You can trick these seeds by putting them into a container and leaving them in the freezer for a couple of weeks. This is called Stratification. Sow the seeds as normal. If they don’t germinate, don’t discard them as some tree and shrub seeds need to overwinter for 2 winters! Just lable them well, don’t let them dry out and they will reward you next year with some lovely new PLANTS FOR FREE!

Line a rigid bin with a plastic bag. Lay on side to fill from ground or keep upright to collect debris from mower. When almost full, remove bag from bin,tie top,poke several holes in it for aeration and put it out of sight. Makes great Mulch/leafmould next Spring!

Leaf mould applied around trees and shrubs.

Mulch made from leaves and grass clippings is applied to veg beds.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy birdbaths. Recycle an old frying pan by removing the handle, putting a rock in it to weigh it down, half fill it with water and put it in an open area where the birds can see approaching cats. I put mine onto an old tree stump with Ivy growing up it and it is unique and so much better than anything you could buy in the shops!


Then simply empty it into your compost bin along with the grass clippings or tip it into black plastic bags to decompose over the winter into Mulch. Because the leaves have been chopped up they will decompose more quickly than if left whole! And because you have mixed Green Matter (Grass) with Brown (Leaves), this mulch can be used on your flowerbeds and vegetable beds and not just around your shrubs and trees!


With all the talk about “carbon footprints” and being “environmentally friendly” the single most important thing you can do to make a difference is to use a compost bin! You will have less rubbish to throw out! You will make free fertilizer for your garden! You will cut down on fossil fuels being used to transport the waste to Dumps and Landfills. You wont be depleting our bogs by buying peat based products (or have to recycle the plastic bag it came in! And all these things can save you money too! Sometimes people worry about attracting rats to their compost bins but if you are careful to stick to the “DO” list you should not have a problem. You could also put wire mesh under your bin before you start to fill it which should deter them. Newspapers were once thought to be O.K. to put into your compost but recently it was discovered that the residue from the inks that are used were contaminating food products like cereals when they are packaged in recycled paper, so I wouldn't recommend using them in your compost. Compost Bins can be purchased from D.I.Y. stores, or your local Council. These tend to be quite expensive and must have a huge Carbon Footprint already through their manufacture and transport costs! Or you can make a simple one using 4 upright stakes secured into the ground with wire mesh around them to contain the compost. If you can aerate (dig it over so air can get into it) your pile it will decompose faster but if like me you think that sounds like too much hard work, it will take about a year for your waste to turn into black crumbly compost. Cover it with some old carpet so the rain doesn't wash away all the nutrients. Urine is a good acelerator in breaking down the compost Layer the compost alternating green and brown. If it originally came from a tree or a bush (paper, cardboard, leaves, twigs, teabags) IT IS BROWN, and if it once was part of a green plant ( grass clippings, vegetable waste from the kitchen, weeds ) then IT IS GREEN. Its best if it is sited on bare soil as earthworms will wriggle into it and speed up the process by eating the waste and aerating it. They can be added to your vegetable plot along with the compost!

Recycle It!

Remove leaves from your lawn by mowing over it with the mower bag attached.

This is a lot easier than raking up all the leaves!

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WILDLIFE CORNER Feed the Birds. You can purchase birdseed in DIY stores and Supermarkets. And please leave berries on shrubs, rosebushes and ivy. Don’t trim them until Spring. Throw some apples on the ground Add a few logs in a quiet corner and leave a some leaves under shrubs so there are areas for them to forage for insects. In other words don't be TOO tidy!

Commercial Plastic Bins

D.I.Y. Post and Wire bin

Do Compost

Don’t Compost

Vegetable peelings Cardboard- egg boxes, toilet roll holders Paper Natural fabrics- cotton, wool, silk Leaves Grass clippings Hedge trimmings or prunings Old used compost Wood, Turf, or Briquette Ashes Manure from vegetarian animals Hamsters, Rabbits, Horses, Cows Chickens, Budgies, etc. Weeds that have NOT set seed Urine Coffee grounds and tea bags Apple butts, banana skins Hair Contents of your vacuum bag Egg shells

Meat Dairy products - cheese, milk, yogurt Glossy magazines Plastic Tinfoil, tin cans, metal Nappies Bread Cooked food Coal ashes Cat or Dog feces Dead animals Weed seeds

Rotating type of bin, aerates compost easily.


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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul: Working for Social Justice and Fairness in Society The Regional Office is based in Naas and looks after the counties of Kildare, Laois and Carlow. Calls to the Regional Office and the majority of our Conferences are up by 50% this year. Utility bills are high and disconnections are happening regularly. If households could make contact with us before they get disconnected we could try and intervene with the energy provider and see if we can come to some kind of financial arrangement that suits everyone. If the household gets disconnected there is the terrible inconvenience of a family with no electricity and there is also an added cost for reconnection.

such an event within the workplace. Many businesses in our area get involved in toy collections and various other activities within their workplaces. These toys/items are distributed to families in the area they are collected.

With Christmas just around the corner, it can indeed be a very stressful time for families. We would ask people to make contact with us, we can't always help but we will do our best. All contact with The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is confidential.

Demands on our volunteers at times can be intense, particularly around certain times of the year such as back to school and Christmas. We are always looking for new volunteers to assist us in our work. If you have a few hours per week to give we would love to hear from you. You make great friends in SVP and a great many of our volunteers have many years of service.

All of this of course costs money and the general public have and continue to be brilliant. Our volunteers are fantastic organising fundraising events such as golf classics, table quizzes, church gate collections, fashion shows the list goes on and on. Our shops are also a great source of income and we are always looking for good quality clothing and furniture. Companies /businesses in the Laois, Kildare and Carlow areas have also been fantastic. Recycling days in companies and businesses are also very successful and we will assist any business/company who would like to organise

Anyone seeking assistance can contact the Regional Office and we will put you in contact with your local area. Donations are always gratefully received and rest assured that what is collected locally stays locally.

News in brief Poetry book launch Kate Dempsey will launch her new book, ‘Some Poems’, at the Maynooth Arts Centre on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm. A quality stocking stuffer for Christmas, Kate’s book can be purchased online for €4 including post.

Art Exhibition at Leixlip Library Ann McKenna will exhibit her paintings in the library from Nov 1st to Nov 22nd during our new open door times. Everyone is welcome. ' This exhibition comprises of work based on familiar fairy stories. - Tales that deal with good, evil, magic and beauty. These in my opinion, are the genesis of all stories where drama abounds. I feel the library is an ideal place to exhibit my work which deals with the narrative. I studied painting in NCAD Dublin and have worked fulltime as an artist from my home in Kildare for the past few years.'.

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Budget 2012 Must Close the Deficit While Supporting Growth More Than 80% of Businesses Believe That Budget Adjustments Should Be Achieved Through Cuts North Kildare Chamber has said that the core focus of Budget 2012 must be to secure economic recovery, restore confidence and enhance competitiveness in order to support jobs and enterprises. Allan Shine, North Kildare Chamber CEO, “Ireland is currently demonstrating the economic truism that small open economies are hit earliest and hardest in recessionary times but that they can emerge quicker and stronger than their larger, more closed economic counterparts. To support our return to growth we must enhance flexibility, support adaptability and close the gap in the national finances as soon as possible.” “In order to tackle the budget deficit, any adjustment must be at least 75% derived from cuts rather

than tax increases. This is supported by a recent survey of Chamber Members nationwide where 81% of respondents signalled that budget adjustments should be achieved through cuts. Those cuts that must be made and should happen now if we are to achieve financial sustainability and confidence within the wider economy. If tax increases are unavoidable then they must be the result of broadening the tax base to avoid doing more damage to the currently challenged domestic economy.” “The Government faces a twin challenge of maintaining growth while also working towards achieving balance in the national accounts. Restoring the national finances will deliver enhanced confidence and greater levels of economic

activity. This in turn will speed up the velocity of money, increase the Government’s tax take and drive growth. All of these requirements will arrive sooner if we can close the deficit in a timely manner.” “There is still a lot that the Government can do to support businesses. These include: No VAT Increase: This will help to support the struggling retail sector and jobs and enable retailers to restock and expand. Implement Recommendations of LGERG: The recommendations of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group (LGERG) should be implemented immediately and the savings achieved should be passed back to the business community in an appropri-

ately targeted way; Simplify the Seed Capital Scheme: The Seed Capital Scheme (tax relief scheme) is not promoted enough to potential entrepreneurs and the qualification criteria should be simplified in order to help more people start their own business; Labour Market Reforms: The labour market reforms outlined by Minister Bruton during the summer must now be fast-tracked in order to help prevent further unemployment and ultimately create favourable conditions for job creation in impacted sectors; and Reduce Employers PRSI: Proactive measures must be taken to support and incentivise employers to take on new staff. This could be achieved through a further reduction in the current rate of

Aileen O'Brien, Hilary Cahill and Edel Ryan at the North Kildare Chamber Conference Employers PRSI and the expansion of the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme to include all new employment created for a period of two years instead of the current twelve months. “Finally, the Government’s decision to publish the key budget figures in advance of Budget 2012 may help to provide consumers with the

confidence and certainty needed in the lead up to Christmas – the busiest period for Irish retailers,”. North Kildare Chamber have continually called for a detailed 3 year plan by Government and we welcome the decision to publish the key budget figures in advance of Budget 2012, Shine concluded.

Newbridge Chamber 'Friday Fortnightly' B2B Network This new initiative for Newbridge Chamber members was successfully launched in June 2011. The next dates of the ‘Friday Fortnightly’ B2B Networking Meeting are 11th & 25th November in the Keadeen Hotel from 7.00a.m. to 8.30a.m. They continue every second Friday thereafter. It is part of your membership benefits so apart from €5 per meeting to cover the refreshments there is no additional charge!

Not a member of Newbridge Chamber? For more information, contact the Chamber Office between 9.30a.m. and 12.30p.m. daily at Canning Place, Newbridge on 045 438296 / 087 0509 486 or by email us

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Kildare entrepreneur to top Dragon’s Den International Success League The most successful ever Irish Dragons’ Den investment is now set to be the biggest worldwide Dragons’ success story, with the launch this week of the latest unique new Irish beauty brand, OilArganic. In March 2010, Kildare beauty therapist Noelle O’Connor launched TanOrganic, her own 100% natural tanning lotion, on RTE’s Dragon’s Den programme, securing the backing of media mogul Gavin Duffy. Three months later, TanOrganic had notched up €1m in sales, and, in its first year, the innovative natural tanning product secured distribution in Kuwait, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and across Europe, including the prestigious Urban Retreat Spa at Harrods in London. With the launch this week of OilArganic, O’Connor’s unique multi-purpose dry oil spray, the Kildare beauty entrepreneur is poised to break the company’s €5m turnover target within the next 12 months. O’Connor’s lucrative beauty business, Beauty Results Limited, now has production and distribution premises in both Kildare and in Cork and employs ten people. This latest Irish business development, and the worldwide market, will see Beauty Results Limited become the world's most successful investment in a Dragons’ Den enterprise, toppling Levi Roots’

spicy Reggae Reggae Sauce, which was backed by U.K dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh, and went on to be stocked by Sainsbury’s and also by a number of Irish supermarkets. €200,000 Research Investment OilArganic is a cleverly formulated dry oil spray with an all-over hydrating and moisturising effect, drying instantly, and leaving skin silky smooth. A unique cocktail of eight plant oils, with a rose fragrance, OilArganic is a multi-purpose formula, acting on skin, hair and nails, as well as improving stretch marks and scars. Noelle O’Connor invested €100,000 researching and developing her exclusive TanOrganic formula in the U.S in 2009, with a similar investment this year in the development of the latest OilArganic product, a nourishing blend of plant oils, principally Argan oil. Boasting unique skin protection, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, sunprotection and moisturising properties, the multi-purpose beauty product will retail at €24.99 for a 100ml spray bottle. All natural beauty products, TanOrganic’s main ingredient is pure organic aloe vera juice, and it also contains vitamins A, C and E, and hyaluronic acid, the skin’s own natural moisturising agent. The innovative organic tanning

lotion has sold more than 100,000 units in Ireland alone, in salons and pharmacists countrywide, and TanOrganic also sells online at €34.99 for a 240ml bottle, Building on the product’s popularity, a new 100ml TanOrganic lotion, suitable for carrying in handbags, was launched this year also and is available at €19.99. TanOrganic achieved the highest unit sales of any beauty product across the entire Aer Lingus inflight shopping service so far this year, which has resulted in talks this month for both TanOrganic and OilArganic to be listed with 160 airlines and 54 duty free shops worldwide. Winner of ‘Best Self-Tan’ in the 2011 Help My Style Awards, TanOrganic was also voted Best Tan and Best Value Tan in a summer 2011 poll in The Irish Times. Rated against Dove, Saint Tropez, Garnier, and Ambre Solaire, TanOrganic was the only tan in the poll awarded 5 stars, with a panel verdict of ‘home-grown and excellent'. Readers of also voted TanOrganic ‘best tan’ in a recent poll. Ethical Accreditation TanOrganic is accredited by the Vegan Society, The Ethical Company Organisation, on account of its 100% natural ingredients and the fact that it is free from

parabens, artificial colours and preservatives, harsh chemicals and no animal based products. The product is also in the process of being certified by Ecocert, Organic Trust, The Soil Association and others, all of which are some of the largest certifying organisations in the world. TanOrganic is manufactured in a facility certified by USDA Organic and is part of the National Organic Programme. Both OilArganic and TanOrganic use natural packaging, as well as

natural ingredients. The glass packaging is 100% recyclable and biodegradable, and is deliberately chosen over plastic packaging, which can cause a chemical reaction with a product. Information on the bottles is screen printed, instead of using unnecessary paper labels. Noelle O’Connor is a trained beauty therapist, who established her company Beauty Results Limited in 2010. As well as creating TanOrganic and OilArganic, Noelle also runs a

distribution business for beauty brands, and has an online beauty consultancy for industry professionals. A valued member of North Kildare Chamber, business ambitions include developing a complete range of high quality, highly effective natural beauty products, and extending her market worldwide. A mum of two young boys, Noelle lives in The Curragh in County Kildare.

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Country Life Mushroom magic on Lodge CAP Proposal is a Bog, Co. Kildare mixed bag for Irish Farmers The Irish Peatland Conservation Council were delighted to welcome a mushroom expert to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. LeslieJo Meyerhoff came all the way from Wisconsin, USA and has over 15 years experience in mushroom identification. During her two days volunteering with the IPCC she identified 8 mushrooms in the bog which will contribute to the Bog Woodland Survey undertaken this year on Lodge Bog. Mushrooms are rather mysterious as are bogs so when seeking mystery on holiday LeslieJo chose to seek mushrooms at the Bog of Allen. “Several familiar mushrooms were encountered. The Birch Bolete, which is edible was well represented as were Laccaria laccata.

Young farmers & small farmers to benefit but "greening" and direct payment models are potentially troublesome Also found was Turkey Tail a recognised medicinal mushroom. Waxy caps and the diminutive Leotia lubrica or ‘jelly baby’ rounded out a splendid experience” says LeslieJo Meyerhoff. “I really enjoyed my time volunteering with the IPCC and to find so many mushrooms rounded out a splendid experience” she added. LeslieJo is continuing her

stay in Ireland and is taking time out to write her book on mushrooms. When she returns to the USA she will be presenting a talk on mushrooms encountered in the Bog of Allen at the 2012 Telluride Mushroom Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

National Dairy Conference 2011 Rochestown Park Hotel, Co. Cork, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 Farmers are already gearing up for significant expansion as the end of the EU Milk Quota regime beckons. With this in mind, the theme of this year’s Conference is ‘The Irish Dairy Industry: To 2015 and Beyond’. Planning for the future is an underlying theme and those attending the conferences will be urged to start planning immediately. Decisions made now will impact on the performance of farm busi-

nesses in years to come. Cash flow between now and 2015 will be of critical importance so the Conference will focus on this as well as the important areas of business planning and selecting the right business structure for your dairy business. A number of papers will deal with key technologies and practices relevant in a post-quota environment at farm level. The time has arrived for farmers

to ‘manage the transition’ to the abolition of quotas; this time can be used wisely to plan for a profitable and sustainable future in dairying. Attending this Conference is an essential first step in that process. Contact Catriona @ 022 21936 at the Teagasc office in Cork for more information.

Commenting after the presentation of the European Commission's legislative package to the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee in Brussels today Liam Aylward MEP and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has reacted with caution to Commissioner Ciolos' long awaited legislative proposal on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Speaking from Brussels the Ireland East MEP stated: "It is clear that we need to ensure food security for European citizens and it is also clear that we need to ensure that European farmers get a fair and equitable return for their work" "European agriculture needs a policy that will deliver a more competitive and sustainable sector. My initial view is that this Proposal

will not give farmers the tools to deliver on the significant demands placed on them."

the intervening period is uncertain and likely to be the source of significant worry and concern."

"For Irish farmers, the devil will be in the detail and there will be an awful amount of uncertainty about reference years, greening and defining "active" farmers after today's announcement and heading into the long negotiation process."

"Under the Lisbon Treaty the European Parliament Agriculture Committee , of which I am a Member, has equal say on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy. The influence of MEPs on the future shape of this Report will be essential for addressing farmers concerns and creating a CAP that will work at the farm level for Irish farmers."

"The proposals for supporting young farmers, small farmers, research and innovation in agriculture, cutting red tape and simplification are welcome and have much potential." "However I have serious concerns about the impact of compulsory greening measures and the problems that will certainly arise from the transition from historic payments to area based payments. The effect that this will have on Irish farmers in

"There is a long road of negotiations ahead for the CAP but in the interests of Irish farmers we must get to work on the details at all levels of the negotiation without delay."

Kilcock County Market Business Association for putting this together. And a big thanks to Noel Lyons (SunArt) for coming to the KBA with the idea and persisting with it. Want to take part in the Market? Please email and they will send you an

The Curragh Tipperary Crystal Leading Riding and Training Performance Winners, jockey Joseph O’Brien and trainer Vincent Ward.

The Kilcock Country Market held is held in the Square, Kilcock, every saturday between 9.30am and 2pm. There’s a big variety of produce and wares on sale – from veggies, cakes, fudge and boerwors sausages to knitted crafts, wooden tables sets and so much more! The market continues to grow – with more people

coming down to shop and new vendors coming on board each week. If you haven’t already, please do come down and take a look at the Kilcock Country Market – and make sure you also have a look around Kilcock’s established businesses. This little town has a lot to offer after all. Well done to the Kilcock

application form or drop into BuySAfrica shop on New Lane for a form. There is a cost to have a stall and all applications are reviewed before permission is granted.


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Are You Experiencing Problems with Back Pain ? Most people experience neck pain at some stage during their lives and the common response is to take a pill to cover up the problem and ease the pain. They turn to aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, muscle relaxants, analgesics and so on. Most people’s response to pain is to take drugs and when the pain goes away they forget that the problem ever existed. Other’s who suffer from pain regularly take painkillers until they becomes a way of life. Patients often tell us that they had a ‘minor’ car accident years ago but don’t think their neck pain is anything to do with that as they weren’t even driving! Whiplash, however minor, can be the cause of numerous problems such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Have you ever seen one

of those films with crash test dummies where they reenact an accident? Those dummies always seem to do the same thing where their heads are thrown back and forward at a frightening pace even when the collision takes place at a low speed. It is extremely rare that a person involved in such an incident escapes without some kind of injury which is why problems that occur months or even years later can be traced back to a whiplash injury. Very often the spinal joints have been jolted and if left uncorrected, scar tissue can form leaving the sufferer with abnormal function in their neck. This can lead to headaches, tension, blurred vision, dizziness, shoulder pain, reduced motion to the neck muscles and pins and needles in the hands. It is so important with any health problem to pinpoint the underlying cause. Our approach at Clane

Chiropractic would be to take a full case history and conduct a thorough examination, possibly including xrays, paying particular attention to the structure and function of the spine and it’s effects on the nervous system. We would then present a full report of our findings and if we determine that chiropractic can help we will suggest a schedule of care to restore you back to optimum health. Our success rate with neck pain is remarkably high. This is because with improved structure and function neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears without the use of pain killing drugs.


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Tributes continue for the late Michael Fitzpatrick TRIBUTES continue to be been paid following the death of former Fianna Fáil TD Michael Fitzpatrick, who represented Kildare North in the last Dáil. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he had been deeply saddened to learn of the death of his friend and former colleague. “Michael was a true gentleman. He never took for granted the honour of being a member of Dáil Éireann. His honesty and generosity of spirit earned him the respect of all sides of the House. He will be sadly missed.” A former adviser and constituency manager for Charlie McCreevy, he was elected to Kildare County Council in 1999 and became mayor of Kildare in 2003. He was also a former member of Fianna Fáil’s national executive. Unlike many senior Fianna Fáil TDs, he contested the last general election. He lost his seat, along with party colleague Áine Brady. In August 2010, Mr Fitzpatrick spoke about his diagnosis of motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition affecting the central nervous system, in an interview with

“JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills. The scheme will also give people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives.

The Irish Times. “I know this condition is incurable and terminal, but I think of living all the time, not dying . . . I’m not scared of death per se. I’m a practising Catholic. I attend Mass at least once a week, I pray and I have faith. My faith is what is keeping me going as well as everything else,” he said. In the course of the interview, Mr Fitzpatrick revealed he had “compared notes” with Brian

Lenihan. “We are both on a journey. We talk and chat to one another about our illnesses,” he said. Mr Lenihan died in June, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of the previous year.

The scheme will provide for up to 5,000 work experience placements in the private, public and voluntary sectors. This will be a time-limited scheme. Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the internship.” For more information, contact:

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Focus On: Celbridge bakers, weavers, carpenters, dairy maids, stable boys, gardeners, coachmen and masons. The butlers were paid £13 per year, cooks £12, coachmen £11, gardeners £10, kitchen maids £3 and cowkeepers £3.

Castletown Gates

The old Irish name for Celbridge was Kildrought or Kildroighid. This was an anglicised version of the original Gaelic name Cill Droichid, the church of the bridge, which was the ancient church of St. Mochua. The name was changed to Celbridge following the Williamite conquests. George Finey - a staunch supporter of King William, on his arrival in Kildrought built a house on the Main Street between 1724 and 1728. He had three stone tablets, which can still be seen inserted in the street front. The centre tablet is inscribed "Celbridge, Anno 1724" and is of particular interest at it confirms that it was in this period that the old Irish name was changed to Celbridge.

itor in 1685 and later as a barrister. He became rich by acting as solicitor for landlords who sold and bought lands after the Williamite wars. As he was an Irishman and a Protestant, many families chose to sell to him in preference to English landlords. He came to Celbridge in 1709 where he purchased 1,730 acres of land. His tenants lived in thatched cabins and he complained that they were all beggars.

Castletown gates stand at one end of the Main Street of Celbridge. They were built in 1783 by Lady Louisa Conolly at a cost of £17. On top of each magnificent pier rests the statue of a sphinx - a figure with the body of a lion and the face of a human. Inside the gates is a splendid avenue of lime trees which leads to Castletown House.

Castletown House

of Commons, was born in Donegal in 1662. He had a yearly income of £25,000 and owned huge estates in about ten counties of Ireland. He would have required 240 horses to bring his half year's rent from his house in Dublin to Castletown and three cellars for storage. He became so popular and famous that many parents named their children after him. William qualified as a solic

In 1722 Speaker Conolly started building Castletown House which is Ireland's largest eighteenth century country mansion. It contains one hundred magnificent rooms with 229 windows. As the estate was self supporting it required brewers,

The period after 1814 was one of great poverty among large sections of the Irish people. Many were reduced to a bare existence and depended on what could be produced from a small patch of land

The Obelisk

The earliest reference to a mill in Celbridge was in 1217, which was to be the

Castletown House

He insisted that in future they would build houses of stone with chimneys and windows

Celbridge Workhouse

The Mill

William Conolly William Conolly, who was Speaker of the Irish House

1939 by Irish Gowns. Navan Carpets acquired the premises in 1858 and its now owned by the Celbridge Community Council.

Manor Mill of Kildrought. It was a corn and tuck mill which continued as such in different buildings until 1805. In that year a firm from Yorkshire came to Celbridge to open the largest woollen fabrics factory in Ireland. About 600 people were employed there which included many children, who were paid 16p per week. The factory closed in 1837 but was reopened again in

The Mill

which was often used solely for the growing of potatoes. If they couldn't pay the rent to the Landlord they were evicted, which resulted in many families travelling the roads depending on the charity of others. In 1838 the Government decided to provide some help for the most destitute. They divided the country into "Unions" and built a workhouse in each union. The Celbridge Workhouse (now Colortrend paint factory) opened in 1841 at a cost of £6800 to house 519 inmates. It was the policy of the governors of the Workhouse that a standard of living higher than that enjoyed by the poorest people outside should not be provided. Workhouses were places of despair and hopelessness and people entered only as a last resort. The able bodied earned their daily bread by breaking stones and the women through spinning, sewing and knitting. On entering the workhouse families were broken up, with men, women and children being referred to their different sections. The workhouse was often overcrowded and disease

and fever were rampant. Half of the children who were admitted died within a short period of time. Close by the workhouse was the fever hospital and the graveyard where the inmates were all buried together in unmarked graves. In Celbridge hundreds of people were buried in the famine graveyard adjoining the workhouse. A single cross was subsequently erected in memory of those who died during those tragic years. The inscription reads: "Pray for the souls of the poor and afflicted whose bodies have been laid in this cemetery since 1846, R.I.P.".

employed as a land steward by Archbishop Arthur Price of Oakley Park estate. One of his duties was to supervise the brewing of beer for the workers on the estate. In that same year Dr. Price took over James Carberry's brewery (now Norris's Bar) having been inspired to do so by the ability of his servant Richard Guinness "to make a brew of a very palatable nature". It is assumed that this was the first house of the Guinness family in Celbridge. His son, the famous Arthur Guinness, was born in Celbridge in 1725.

Celbridge Abbey

The Obelisk The Obelisk or "Conolly's Folly" was erected by the widow of Speaker Conolly to adorn her estate and to honour her husband. It was built in 1739, after a severe winter of famine and frost, to provide employment for the poor of Celbridge. The workers were paid 1/2d per day and it cost £400 to complete. This unusual structure stands at a height of 140 feet and has been described as "the one piece of architecture in all of Ireland".

Arthur Guinness Richard Guinness arrived in Celbridge in 1722 and was

He was named after the Archbishop who left both father and son £100 in his will. Four years later, at the age of 31, Arthur had a small brewery in Leixlip. In 1759 he arrived at St. James' Gate, where he established the solid foundations of one of the world's most famous breweries.

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Hello again and I hope you enjoy some of these ideas. FOOD FOR FREE this month includes Apples, Sloes, Rosehips and Horseradish which are abundant in the Hedgerows at this time of year. Enjoy!


Celery and Apple Salad This is a lovely refreshing winter salad. Toss with some Romaine Lettuce and baby Spinach leaves. 1 head celery 4 sweet red apples 2 tblsp French dressing 3 rounded tblsp mayonaise 2oz shelled walnuts Wash and finely chop the celery. Wash, core and chop the apples. Mix them immediatly with the dressing and mayonaise to prevent the apples browning. Refridgerate for at least an hour. Just before serving roughly chop the walnuts and mix into salad.

Sloe Gin 900g /2lb sloes 350g /120z sugar 1 ½ bottles gin 700ml size a few drops almond essence Collect the sloes after the first frost. If you pick them before the first frost you can store them in the freezer until you wish to use them. This is a traditional Tipple in our house during Christmas Holidays. Remove the stalks and prick them all over with a sterialised needle. Put them into a wide necked jar (coffee jar is ideal) with a lid. Add the sugar, gin and almond essence. Leave to macerate for 2/ 4 months in a dark cupboard. Swirl the contents around every now and again. The liquid will gradually turn a lovely purple colour. Strain into a pretty bottle and store in a dark place to retain the colour. Drink in small amounts as a liqour. A Sherry or Port glass is ideal to serve it in.

Carmel’s Kitchen


Beef Stew When making a stew or casserole and you are adding a purchased stock cube, try to use organic as at least there will be less chemicals in the final dish. Who knows what scraps go into the process! As more people are demanding organic, more companies are making them and supermarkets are stocking them, so you don't have to go to a health food shop to purchase them! 2lb round steak, trimmed and cut into inch cubes 2 onions roughly cut 4 crushed cloves garlic 1 punnet mushrooms wiped clean 4 carrots 2 parsnips 2 stalks celery 2 leeks salt and black pepper 2 tsp herbes de provence small bunch parsley finely chopped 2 tblsp olive oil knob of butter 1 ½ pint organic beef stock In a large pot, fry the onions until just soft in a little butter. Add the beef, garlic, salt and pepper. Brown the meat on all sides. Add the oil and mushrooms and sautee until slightly cooked. Add the beef stock and rest of vegetables and herbs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Horseradish Sauce Locate the plant in the summer. It grows freely in the wild. They look like dock leaves but if you pull off a leaf and crush it and it gives off a pungent horseradish smell, then you've found one! Mark its location to go back to dig it up when its leaves have died back or you won't be able to find it. Dig up the root, wash and peel. It looks like a large parsnip. Grate it in the food processor as it will make your eyes water if you do it by hand. Add 2 tblsp of grated horseradish to 6tblsp of sour cream or creme fraiche, a little lemon juice and salt and pepper. It will keep for about a week in the fridge so make it in small batchs as you want it. Delicious with Roast Beef or Steak!

Carrot Cake Cake 150ml / ¼ pint sunflower oil 225g / 8oz caster sugar 3 egg yolks and 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 2 carrots (approx 175g / 6oz) finely grated 50g / 2oz dessicated coconut 50g / 2oz sultanas 225g / 8oz self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1 egg white, whisked stiff Preheat oven to 170C/gas mark 3. Line and grease a 900g / 2lb cake tin. Beat the oil and the sugar, then add the 3 beaten egg yolks and 2 whites. Add the grated carrots, coconuts and sultanas. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Gently fold in the stiffly beaten egg white. Pour into tin and bake for about 45 mins until brown. Turn out to cool on a wire rack.

Icing 225g / 8oz cream cheese 50g / 2oz softened butter 50g / 2oz icing sugar 2 tblsp maple syrup 50g / 2oz chopped walnuts or pecans Beat the cream cheese, with the butter, icing sugar and maple syrup until smooth. Refridgerate until cake is cool enough to ice. Spread icing over cake and sprinkle nuts on top.

TIP Add extra root veg like Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips into the stew pot. Just before serving, remove them and liquidise. Add them back into the stewpot where it will thicken the brooth. The kids won’t even notice that they are eating extra veg! And the flavour will be sweeter so they might even admit that they like it!

TIP Replant part of the root in a large container in your garden, as it will regrow for next year. It is quite an invasive plant so by containing and eating it, you are preventing it from taking over your garden while still getting some ”FOOD FOR FREE”!

Apple, Sloe and Rosehip Jelly 1kg/ 2 ¼ lb cooking apples or crab apples 200g / 7oz sloes 200g / 7oz rosehips sugar juice 1 lemon 2.5 ltrs / 4 ½ pints approx water Chop the apples roughly, prick the sloes all over with a sterialised needle and top and tail the hips. Put all the fruit in a large pot with the water and simmer gently for about an hour until hips are tender. Strain the contents overnight through a jelly bag. Measure the liquid. For every 500ml /16 floz add 350g / 12oz sugar. Add the lemon juice and dissolve sugar over a gentle heat stirring constantly. Raise heat and boil mixture until setting point is reached (about 20 minutes). To check if setting point has been reached put a saucer into the freezer, spoon a little jelly onto it, and run your finger through it. If it stays apart its done, if not continue cooking another few minutes. Pour into 3 or 4 sterialised jam jars and lable. Store in a dark cupboard.

What to do with Leftovers Make more stew than you need and freeze the leftovers in a suitable container. This will save you time the next time you decide to have stew, as all you have to do is defrost it overnight in the fridge and re heat it! Alternatively if there isn’t enough left for a full meal, liquidise it and it becomes a wholesome Beef Vegatable Soup. Freeze this in individual portions for a healthy lunch. It can be thinned by adding more stock or thickened by adding mashed potatoes.

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Charts from the past NOVEMER 1991 1 DIZZY Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff 2 GET READY FOR THIS Unlimited 3 RHYTHM IS A MYSTERY K-Klass 4 IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW Kylie Minogue and Keith Washington 5 THE FLY U2 6 I DO IT FOR YOU Bryan Adams 7 WORLD IN UNION Kiri Te Kanawa 8 IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE Bassheads 9 SON OF MINE Genesis 10 IT'S GRIM UP NORTH Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu

NOVEMBER  1986 1 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC Police 2 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Altered Images 3 WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL Four Tops 4 LABELLED WITH LOVE Squeeze 5 JOAN OF ARC Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark 6 IT'S MY PARTY Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin 7 BEGIN THE BEGUINE Julio Iglesias 8 UNDER PRESSURE Queen & David Bowie 9 FAVOURITE SHIRTS Haircut 100 10 TONIGHT I'M YOURS Rod Stewart NOVEMBER  1972 1 IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW Chicago 2 MISSISSIPPI Pussycat 3 YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING Leo Sayer 4 DON'T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC Tavares 5 WHEN FOREVER HAS GONE Demis Roussos 6 HURT Manhattans 7 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 8 HOWZAT Sherbet 9 SUMMER OF MY LIFE Simon May 10 LOVE & AFFECTION Joan Armatrading

Prosperous Dramatic Society is currently preparing to stage its One Act Festival. The event will take place over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11, 12 and 13.

Applications came from amateur drama groups all over the country to take part in the festival which will take place at the drama hall in Prosperous, beside the church. On the Friday night, fol-

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lowing the opening, the Martello group will produce 'Sequence of Events', followed by Insight's 'The Collection' and 'Chatroom' by Bradán Óg. Saturday will see 'The Bespoke Overcoat' from Carlow, 'The Wooden Pear' from Gorey Drama Group and 'Pictures' by New Heritage. On the final night, Athlone Little Theatre will present 'Two' and a group from Camross will produce 'Semper Fidelis'. Plays start at 8pm each night, except for Saturday which will be delayed until 8.30pm to allow for mass traffic. Each night the adjudicator, Paula Dempsey, will give a

live critique on each performance, with the official winners announced on the Sunday night awards ceremony. Meanwhile Prosperous Dramatic Society is on the festival circuit with their one-act play 'The Man who Climbed Pecan Trees'. And never likely to be caught resting on their laurels, the group is also preparing their forthcoming panto, Rapunzel! Tickets, which will include a complementary glass of wine, cup of tea or coffee are €15. To book, ring: 0851615590.

Coming Soon To The Moat Theatre ROMEO & JULIET

had a big hit recently with Mama Courtney a semi autobiographical song, based on his early life in Louisiana. Robert first settled in Naas when he arrived in Ireland from USA, 15 years ago. He has a wide circle of old

Following on from last year’s hugely successful production of The Merchant of Venice ‘stimulating and provocative’ (Irish Theatre Magazine) – devise+conquer theatre company return to The Moat Theatre with Shakespeare’s classic tale of young lovers and feuding families, ROMEO & JULIET. While the matinee performances are all sold out, there are a few tickets still available for Wednesday & Thursday 9th & 10th November at 7.30 pm. Box Office: 045 88 30 30 or online:

COUNTRY MUSIC On Wednesday 16th November Robert Mizzell brings his brand new show home to Naas with Lisa McHugh and The Country Kings. Robert is a huge name on the country and concert circuit at the moment, both in Ireland and in Europe. He

friends in the Naas area, from his years living here. He is a dynamic and exciting performer, right at the top of his game and pulling great crowds everywhere he appears. Also on the bill is Lisa McHugh, a new star - a terrific performer with a great personality and a tremendous singing voice. Concert goers are in for a real treat when she takes the stage as one of Robert’s special guests on the night. The Country Kings, Robert Mizzell’s backing band, are a group of all star musicians

who can hold their own with any of the top session players anywhere in the world, including Nashville.

REDEMPTION SONG A not to be missed evening of first class entertainment! Mend & Makedo Theatre Co REDEMPTION SONG Written by John MacKenna, Directed by Marian Brophy Comes to The Moat Theatre on Thursday November 17th at 8 pm. Joe is a small-time builder whose marriage to Mary has broken up. Their son has been executed. Work is Joe’s answer to every problem. Then one evening, two men call to his door with stunning news - they've given a lift to a hitch-hiker and they swear the man is Joe’s dead son. Everything changes - "If a man has hope, he has something," Joe says. John MacKenna's new oneman play is a warm, moving, often funny and sometimes terrifyingly sad story of Joe, Mary and their son. It's a powerful and gripping contemporary retelling of an old story. " at its most intimate and challenging......" Tickets from €12 from the box office: 045 88 30 30 or online:

CRYSTAL SWING The Family Group from Cork who are a sensation around the world, number one with The Hucklebuck and He Drinks Tequila, rarely off our TV screens and never out of the press – THE CRYSTAL SWING SHOW – DEREK, DERVLA & MARY – plays The Moat Theatre on Saturday 19th November at 8 pm. Tickets only €15.

Sharing the bill with Derek, Dervla and Mary will be the hilarious comedian from Newry Big O. Definitely one of the funniest guys in the country, and The Voice, Dave Lawlor (he had a massive No. One Hit with Showbands on Parade) who belts out everything from Sinatra to Elvis to Joe Dolan. Don’t miss this great fun show from these great entertainers – It’s gonna be the happiest show around!

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John Spillane & Ger Wolfe at the Riverbank

Twice winner of the Meteor Award in the best folk/trad category, John Spillane has been described as ‘one of the truest Irish voices of his generation’ by Irish Music Magazine, Spillane truly embodies the Celtic spirit. ‘The Dance of the Cherry Trees’ and ‘Dunnes Stores Girl’ to ‘The Gaelic Hit Factory’ and ‘Irish songs we learned at school’. Featured in John Spillane’s well-known song Magic Night in the Lobby Bar.

It’s Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul… In the midst of this eerie, darkly humorous tale, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson celebrates the tender story of a family and examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption. So, pull up a chair alongside Sharky, Nicky, Ivan and co and enjoy a great story, well told. “The Seafarer” has wowed audiences’ internationally winning Oliver and Tony awards

Ger Wolfe is an outstanding singer-songwriter who brought us gems such as ‘The Curra Road’, ‘The Lark of Mayfield’, ‘No Bird Sang’, and many more. Ger will take an audience away on an unforgettable musical adventure, touching on his myriad influences from folk to blues, country and pop, An unforgettable gig is guaranteed and audiences can expect a magic night as these two outstanding Cork singers share a stage.

John and Ger will appear at the Riverbank on Saturday 10th at 8pm. Tickets are €15.

and voted one of the top plays of the last decade in the Sunday Times Critics Choice. This funny, moving and chilling play is returning to Ireland in an exciting new production by the award winning Nomad Theatre Network and Decadent Theatre. The Seafarer By Conor McPherson at the Riverbank arts centre from 24th Nov to 26th Nov at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased directly at the book office or online at

Aoife Fennell, Sorcha Lavelle Walsh and Jessica Devlin at the SEVEN DAYS underage gig in Judge Roy Beans, Newbridge

Dec 3rd Four Sons Edenderry

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MYSTERY- WORD Can you enter the words correctly into the grid below? The letters in the shaded boxes will spell out the name of the mystery word. 3 letters SEA 4 letters POND POOL SURF WAVE 5 letters CANAL CREEK OASIS OCEAN RIVER

6 letters LAGOON PUDDLE 7 letters CHANNEL 8 letters FOUNTAIN

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Across 1. Long-standing and recurrent 5. Panacea 6. Pear-shaped tropical fruit 7. Beam Down 1. Mythical half man, half horse 2. React 3. Paradise 4. Write music


Down 1. Prevaricate (3) Across 2. Fiend (4) 1. Reluctant (5) 3. Change (5) 6. Ice hut (5) 4. Work hard (4) 7. Giddiness (7) 5. Domestic swine (3) 9. Playing card (3) 7. Porch (7) 11. Snakelike fish (3) 8. Large flightless bird (7) 12. Body of water (3) 9. Coral reef surrounding a lagoon 15. Open pastry (4) (5) 17. Male deer (4) 10. Small boat (5) 18. Live broadcasting sign (2,3) 13. Avid (5) 19. Waive (5) 14. Torment (5) 20. Solitary (4) 16. Neckwear (3) 22. Security interest (4) 17. Roman counterpart of Greek 23. Guided (3) Helios (3) 24. Strike (3) 21. Accumulated water in a ship (5) 26. Weep (3) 24. Sharpen (4) 27. Do away with (7) 25. Bound or secured (4) 30. Theatrical production backer (5) 28. Prohibition (3) 31. Indigent (5) 29. Cunning (3)

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Newbridge Family Resource Centre aims to provide a wide variety of quality services within family support, community development and childcare. Our services include:

Parent & Toddler Group

The Parent and Toddler Group currently meet each Thursday morning. It offers a space for parents to meet and get to know each other, and where their children can play in a relaxed friendly environment. It offers a variety of activities such as play dough, painting and water play.


Newbridge Family Resource Centre's aim is to provide a quality, affordable, accessible and safe childcare service to the community of Newbridge, particularly those at risk of exclusion. We create an environment that is safe and which will support each child's individual needs, cultures and differences and we allow them to express themselves freely and encourage them to learn through play. We believe that each child is an individual who should be given the chance to express themselves freely. We create an environment that allows each child to develop at their own pace. We look at each child in a holistic way and allow them to develop through the medium of play. We believe that a relaxed happy environment creates a relaxed happy child. The preschool operates on a sessional basis and runs four sessions a day, for children aged from 2 years & 4 months. It caters for 60 children and operates the ECCE scheme (free childcare places). To register your child please call into the centre and speak to Suzi.

Homework Club

The Homework Club runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for children from third, fourth fifth and sixth class. The club offers support to children who may have some difficulties completing homework for school. It is run in co-operation with the Home school liaison team in Scoil Mhuire National School. The club offers a friendly supportive environment for young people to develop a positive attitude towards learning and school as well as nurture a positive attitude towards homework.

Youth Club

The Youth Club is currently held on Thursday evenings at the centre, catering for young people between the ages of ten and fourteen. The group carries out a wide variety of activities throughout the year which develop social skills and build confidence.

Adult Education

Adult Education courses are run in the centre day and evening. Many of these classes are funded by the VEC.

Monday Club

The over 55's age group currently meet on Monday mornings. The group undertake a variety of activities such as a healthy eating course, beauty treatments and arts and crafts. The group have held coffee mornings for the Alzheimer's Society and hosted a whist drive for Positive Ageing Week.

Golden Girls Women's Group

The Golden Girls Women's Group meets on Wednesday mornings. The group have undertaken a variety of activities since they formed. They have undertaken courses in creative writing, computers, dancing as well as a variety of other activities.


The Listening Ear counselling service is a confidential service which is available by appointment. There are three fully trained counsellors working at the centre. For further information, or to make an appointment, please call the Centre at (045) 438173.

AA Meetings

AA meetings are held at the centre every Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm.

For more information: Phone: (045) 438173 Email:


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SERVICES INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE. Kildare based interior designer available for home consultation, one or two rooms or complete interiors revamp. Service available to suit all budgets. See or contact David Dempsey @ 087 7571262.



PILATES - 6 wk beginner and improver courses starting Monday 7th & Wednesday 9th November in Fairgreen Holistic Clinic Naas. Morning and evening classes. Contact Grainne Dempsey 087 6374030 Experienced Instructor NCEF NCEHS. Welcome to Kildare Echo’s new Classified section. All Private and Non-Commercial classifed ads are FREE. (Excluding Motors & Property). All FREE ads will only be accepted online through the CLASSIFIED section of our website,

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THIS CHRISTMAS LET SANTA BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE RED Naas Credit Union urges a common-sense approach to spending this festive season and warns against door to door money lending. With Christmas 2011 set to be the year that delivers Irish families and individuals some of their toughest financial challenges yet and another sobering Budget on the horizon, Credit Unions are launching a nationwide campaign offering tips and advice on minimising debt this festive season. As part of the awareness campaign and in line with their financial education ethos a new budgeting app will be launched in December to help members and non members alike to budget, keep track of their income and outgoings in order to help them plan for their future. The app which is suitable for iphone and android smart phone users is available to download for free from the Apple Store, Android Market and Naas Credit Union will be at the Tesco Monread Community Fair on the 5th of November distributing a leaflet to members, urging them to seek advice on budgeting and offering practical tips including: The 12 ways of Christmas; Budget, Budget, Budget. Plan how much you’re going to spend - and stick to it. Make a list. Decide what you're going to buy in

advance. Decide in the store and you'll spend more! Pay with cash where possible. Avoid ‘expensive money’ via store cards, credit cards, catalogues and money lenders – they’ll cost you more If you borrow be sensible. Borrow where the interest is right.....not on your doorstep! Compare prices. Before you buy, compare online and between shops. You’ll be amazed at the difference. Use trustworthy vendors. Buy from reputable websites and check they guarantee delivery before Christmas. Check for sales. Many shops will have sales before Christmas. Ask around, and maybe you could get those presents for even less! Interest free deals. Look for interest free deals when buying furniture or electrical goods - but make sure to compare prices. Christmas clubs. Joining a Christmas club or buying a few savings stamps will help you now - it will also get you into the habit for next year. Read the small print. If you borrow or enter into a buynow-pay-later deal, be careful. Some lenders will penalise you for paying it back early or, if you do not pay it within the interest free period, you could be subject to hefty interest payments. Under pressure? Talk to us first. Suffering from debt stress? Already owe money lenders? Call into your local

credit union to discuss your options. Friends and family are priceless. It's easy to say but it's still true - the best gift at Christmas is being together - and that costs nothing. Many families do Kris Kringle or Secret Santa gifts. Some families only give gifts to children. There are many ways of saving money without taking away the magic. Commenting on the launch of the Christmas tips booklet, Sean Murray, General Manager of Naas Credit Union, said “It doesn’t bear repeating that 2011 has been a tough year for the Irish population. This Christmas we want to communicate to our members and non members that Christmas need not mean unnecessary stress and debt and to remind consumers that our door is open to those seeking information on budgeting for the New Year.”

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Coill Dubh AFC......Lumsden Cup Winners 2011

Colm Mullins from Kilcullen, who was 4th in Modified B final, at the recent Rallycross Championship in Mondello (photos: Michael Anderson)

Celbridge Boxing Club

Naas United U18’s

Trevor McDonald with Graham O Sulllivan and Mickey Moran with the Lumsden Cup

Padraig Leeson from Naas in a Vauxhall Corsa was 2nd in Modified B final. (Photos:Michael Anderson)

Robert Emmets Ladies GAA Champions 2011

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All Star for Athy man Mick Foley KILDARE full back Michael Foley (seen here in action recently against Dublin) was the recipient of the GAA’s national All-Star award. The Athy man was the only Kildare player to receive the award. Dublin players received six awards and Alan Brogan picked up ‘Footballer of the Year’ Award. Michael Foley is taking a well deserved rest from the game until he returns to the county team in January.

“Does your club have photos, match reports or other news you’d like to share? We want to hear from YOU !!” email us:

Sarsfields Academy 2011

Frank Smyth of Clane, who finished 3rd over all in his class which is the Bridgestone Superbike Cup on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 at the Masters Series from Mondello Park.(photo: Michael Anderson)

Robert Emmets Win U13 Final Against Athgarvan Robert Emmets 5-2 Athgarvan 1-4 Robert Emmets played Athgarvan in St Laurences in a great and very sporting under 13 Final. The conditions were ideal and there was plenty of support for the girls . The game kicked off and the first attack was led by Athgarvan but a fine save by keeper Katie Hughes denied them the opening score. The ball went down the pitch and a free taken by Jenny Cullen found Aine Conway waiting and she had no problem putting it in the back of the net for Emmets opening score. Within minutes Jodi Trayner kicked a long ball in which also landed in the net to settle any early nerves for Emmets.

The next 10 minutes saw both teams defend well. Then Athgarvan scored their first point . This followed another good pass in from Jenny Cullen to Aine Conway who scored a point. Athgarvan then scored a point from a 45 . Emmets then strung a few good passes together to see Laura Power score a goal . Just on half time Athgarvan got another 45 and full back for Emmets Ciara Robtham got her finger tips to it to put it over the cross bar in what was a sure goal chance. The second half saw Robert Emmets kick on to win this match . A very good interception by Roisin Mc Connon in mid field who passed the ball into Aine Conway who found Laura Power waiting to score another goal. Athgarvan were not giving up and scored a goal to try and get themselves back into contention.

And the next 10 minutes saw Emmets with all the possession but failed to convert due to some good defending by Athgarvan. Then Alanagh Keegan who had just come on as a sub for Emmets scored a goal. Robert Emmets gave all their subs a run in to experience the final few minutes. They ran out winners on a score line of Robert Emmets 5 g and 2 p s to Athgarvan 1 g and 4 p s. Over all it was a very good team performance by Robert Emmets and the likes of Sinead Robotham, Ciara Robotham and Roisin Mc Connon were super in defence and worked hard for the team. Amy Byrne, Christine Mulligan, Nicole Gorey and Jodi Trayner all deserve a special mention too. Well Done to all the girls and their trainers and mentors! Match Reports: Anne Bagnall

Naas Rugby Club Organize “Scrap Saturday” This Is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items for free and in the process support Naas Rugby Club, larger items such as cars can be collected (free of charge) from your home. Please bring all items to the club grounds , Forenaughts, Naas, Co.Kildare. It will be running every Saturday from 19 Nov to 17 Dec. For more details contact : Gary 087-9861600 David 087-9667516 Donal 087-9023509 Andy 0868541041 John 087-9944058 Brian 087-2133568 Some players from Maynooth Town FC’s Under 9 Squad

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Echo Sport

St Kevins GAA Girls Make History

Carbury Martial Arts sends its Hurricane Elite Team to the Flanders Cup in Belgium

St Kevins Gfc are so proud of the u13 girls team that won their final. This is the FIRST Girls team in the club that have won a final. The team is together just over 2 years and have worked so hard for this. Well done to the Girls and the Mentors who worked with them throughout the year. The Score was Kevins 7-08 v Rathcoffey 4-01. Great WIN!

11 of Carbury Martial Arts Elite Team travelled to Belgium to compete against the worlds’ top athletes, but it was the Irish team from Carbury that hauled the medals and trophies home. Despite injury, Kyle Field Moore, Karl Wilson and Niall Carroll fought the finals with courage and determination, Kyle bringing home Gold, with Niall and Karl bringing in silver, Luke Hensey brought home a bronze and two gold’s, he fought his individual section, winning it with pure class, and then fought in the Team Event along side Sophie Larkin, and Luke Menton. And in an unbelievably electric match, the Carbury Team bring home Gold.

It is the first time in 9 years an Irish team have won a junior team event. Other outstanding individual performances who took silver were Orla Mc Cann and Luke Menton and the bronze medallists were Liam Kelly, Niall Carroll, Nathan Tait, and Brandon Tait and Luke Mc Cann. Jay Daniels, club sensei took bronze in the men’s team event alongside teammate Liam Kelly, in a gripping semi final match. The athletes were excellently prepared by Jay Daniels, their coach and mentor and by Stuart Hensey, assistant coach. The pride the coaches feel today are well justified

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