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“The Best Free Read In Kildare” September, 2012

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Lone Parent Households up by 21% in Kildare Inside.....

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New census data has revealed that the number of lone parent households in Co. Kildare has increased by 21% since 2006. Co. Kildare LEADER Partnership has been analysing the information recently made available from the CSO Census 2011 data for the County in order to develop its programme for social inclusion. At national level, census 2011 has shown that one in four lone parents are unemployed. The number of lone parent households for the County has increased from 6,740 in 2006 to 8,139 in 2011, with the majority (86%) being lone mothers. The electoral districts with the highest percentage of households headed by a lone parent are Athy West Urban (16.85%), Skerries (16.44%) and Ballitore (15.26%). However, the areas with the greatest numbers of households headed by lone parents are the Electoral Districts of Naas (597) and Morristownbiller (502). According to Pat Leogue, Social Inclusion Manager with CKLP, this local information is essential in developing supports for people parenting alone. “Our current initiatives are designed to combat disadvantage experienced by lone parents by bringing them closer to the labour market and helping them to access essential services. Having a strong evidence base at local level allows us to target limited resources where they are needed the most.” Helen Mulhall, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer with CKLP stated that this new data will be complimented by the availability of Small Area Population Statistics and new mapping tools developed by the CSO and NUI Maynooth which show census data on a much smaller scale for groupings of 85 – 100 households. (More on P2)

Jack L to headline free festival concert in Newbridge

Jack L has been confirmed as the headline act for the Newbridge 200 concert on Sunday 16 September taking place in the car park of St. Conleth’s Park. The day will be made up of three elements, an exhibition match, the concert and a dramatic fireworks display. Best of all, the concert and fireworks are absolutely free and will be a great day for all of the family. “As a Kildare man myself, Jack said, I am delighted to be performing at Newbridge 200 and am really looking forward to the gig.”

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Lone Parent households up by 21% in Kildare (Continued from front page) County Kildare LEADER Partnership are currently developing a training programme for people parenting alone to develop new skills and prepare for employment which will be launched this Autumn. CKLP are currently analysing the CSO Small Area Population Statistics from Census 2011 and will have more updates in the coming weeks. Having the right data to pinpoint much needed services is deserving but other organisations are concerned about the growing rate of one parent families, especially where there seems to be an absence of a father’s participation in the raising of the child. David Quinn from the Iona Institute feels that both society and the state need to encourage both mothers and fathers to raise their children together. “The number of children being raised by lone parents in Ireland is now around 22pc.

That’s higher than in a lot of other European countries. But compared with other parts of Ireland, the figure for Kildare is actually fairly low. There are parts of Dublin where it is half or more. “However, this isn’t a reason for complacency. Most people will agree that ideally as many children as possible should be raised by a mother and father together, assuming they are fit parents, and too many Irish children today

don’t have the benefit of a father who is involved in their life on a day-to-day basis and who is living in the same house as them”, David Quinn told the Kildare Echo. “Both society and the State need to encourage both mothers and fathers to raise their children together. One way to do that is to promote and encourage marriage, something we’ve become very reluctant to do in case we appear ‘judg-

mental’. But by promoting marriage, everyone wins. The child wins because he or she will have the involvement of both parents. The father wins because he automatically becomes the legal guardian of his child and the mother wins because she doesn’t have to face the challenge of raising a child on her own. This is just common sense really,” David concluded.

New Property Tax proposal could cost Kildare homeowners €375 per year GOVERNMENT plans to introduce a "value-based" property tax have been attacked by leading figures across the political and economic spectrum, who warn of a looming "fiasco". Under the plan, the new property tax regime would see the owner of an average four bed semi-detached house in Dublin paying €897 a year while the owner of an equivalent house in the midlands would pay just €375. The Government plans to introduce the tax in December's Budget, according to a submission to the EU/IMF/ECB troika, which was posted on the Department of Finance's website on Friday. The tax will be "valuebased", rather than based on the square footage of a property. The Government's agreement with the troika was announced in a week in which the full scale of the country's mortgage-arrears

crisis was revealed. New figures from the Central Bank show that 168,637 homeowners -- one in five - are now struggling to meet their mortgage repayments. According to the figures, which were released on Thursday, 128,416 borrowers were in arrears at the end of June. A further 40,221 had to have their monthly repayments lowered with the agreement of the lender. Leading property economist, Ronan Lyons, of, recently voiced his reservations that the introduction of a valuationbased property tax could prove to be a blunt instrument, with insufficient attention paid to the range of factors that go to making up the value of a home. He said: "The full value of the property you live in depends not just on site size and nearby amenities, but also on dozens of other mostly difficult-to-measure

factors, such as building size, the number and size of bedrooms, of bathrooms and other rooms, ratio of front garden to back garden and energy efficiency. "The value of all of these things may also vary by property type, by region and over time. And when someone does something useful -- like insulate their homes, convert their attic

or extend into the back garden -- they are then landed with a larger property tax bill. "Do we really want to tax people for making their homes more energy-efficient?" A spokesman from the Department of Finance said yesterday that a decision on the form the tax would take had yet to be made.


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Frantic Jack hit the road again to promote new release David Fleming Frantic Jack, a five piece band with a broad musical style, are one of Irelands most successful emerging talents. Consisting of vocalists/guitarists Darragh Fitzgerald and Mark Kelly, bass player Pauric Hurst, drummer Ricky Byrne and keyboard player James Kearney they have created their own unique sound which has struck a chord with audiences both home and abroad. The band’s debut album “Independence” was subject to praise from Irish musics’ landmark Hotpress magazine amongst others and was tipped to be one of Irelands best records of 2010 shortly after its release. “Independence” boasts two top 20 singles in “Firefly” and “Free” as well as the bands’ first top 10 hit “Hold On” which charted at number 9 on its

first week of release. Chart positions are not the only measure of success for the band as keyboard player James Kearney explains “what we realized from the last album is that you can't judge the success of an album or singles off a position in the charts. The charts become completely irrelevant if you get to No 1 and then do nothing afterwards. The more consistent success you have even though that may not seem to have as big an impact the better off we think we'll be”. The band released their second album “Last One to Leave” on the 31st of August this year and have planned to mirror the success of their last six week 25 date tour which saw them play some of the best venues in the country such as the Olympia Theatre and the RDS and support some of Irelands most well loved

bands including the Saw Doctors and Ash. James describes the new album as “a mix of acoustic based rock and power ballads to a funkier pop side on other tracks. Being branded as a certain style limits you to writing songs in that style rather than just writing and recording songs because their good songs. We'll let the people who buy it be the judge of that”. Catch Frantic Jack at the Village Pump in Rathangan on the 16th of September. For more information on the band and tour dates go to: or FranticJackMusic.


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Charity Dogshow

5 new Special Needs classrooms for Kildare

A Fun Dogshow as part of the Maynooth Canal Festival takes place on Sunday 16 Sept. The Harbour Maynooth at 2pm. €2 per category per dog with all proceeds going to Kildare Animal Foundation Rosettes galore!! Other attractions; Vintage Car Display, Craft Demo, Royal Canal Barge, Home-baking. All welcome.

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has warmly welcomed the announcement by the National Council for Special Education that 5 new classrooms for children with special needs will be opened this September throughout Kildare North. The primary and secondary schools granted these new classrooms are – Kilcock BNS; Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Prosperous; Scoil na Mainistreach, Celbridge; Scoil Bhride, Naas; and St. Farnans VEC, Prosperous. “These special classes provide excellent teaching support to children with significant needs who cannot be educated in a mainstream class setting. Intensive teaching is undertaken between teacher and students as the classes have lower pupil-teacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for eleven pupils. I am grateful that the Government continues to prioritise and invest in assisting children with special needs.”

Garda Commissioner refuses to meet TD’s to discuss Garda numbers

Celbridge Camera Club Celbridge Camera Club, established in 1985, resumes its indoor programme on Monday, 10th September, in the Slip Hall, behind the Church of Ireland church at Castletown gates at 8 p.m. An exciting programme has been planned for each Monday up to the end of the year including lectures by visiting photographers, talks by members of the club, workshops and competitions both internally and externally. The club has a large membership drawn from a wide area, and has done very well nationally and internationally, both as a club and for individual members. It is affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation, and many of its members have successfully gained their photographic distinctions from the I.P.F. A series of classes will also be held for those wishing to learn more about all aspects of photography. New members are always welcome. See the camera club website for more details -

Kildare’s Captain Mick Purcell lifts the cup after winning the U21 Hurling Championship against Meath Photo: Michael Anderson

Deputy Catherine Murphy has expressed her disappointment that repeated requests made by her, including the most recent one made along with all seven Kildare TDs, for a meeting with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to discuss the Garda staffing provision in Kildare have so far met with no success. "Some months ago I undertook research to establish the ratio of Garda staff per head of population and was dismayed to discover that Kildare has the worst such ratio in the country at 665 persons per Garda. This compares to a ratio of 318 persons per Garda in Sligo/Leitrim - which has less than half the population of Kildare. Crime rates alone cannot account for such a wild variance across counties. "The Commissioner, to his credit, did arrange for a briefing to be made by an Assistant Commissioner, however at this meeting it became clear to all participants that the problem can only be properly addressed at a higher level. Regrettably, repeated requests to discuss the situation directly with the Commissioner have so far been met with a lacklustre response, which is surprising considering the extent of the problem in Kildare."

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Free Enterprise Expo to be held in Newbridge

“Rabbitte abortion intervention unhelpful and intolerant” James Lawless FF

The Ready Steady Go Enterprise Expo will take place at the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge on Wednesday 3rd October. The event will be free to attend. Newbridge Chamber is the driving force behind this exciting initiative, with the assistance of their colleagues in North Kildare Chamber, Kildare Enterprise, Enterprise Ireland, Kildare Leader Partnership and Kildare County Council. The objective of this enterprise event is to provide a one stop shop for anyone who is hoping to start, develop or grow their business, with the event allowing attendees to explore business opportunities, learn the latest market trends, establish important contacts through networking. Attendees will be able to enjoy inspirational talks by leading business leaders who will share their knowledge about starting up and running successful enterprises.

Speaking in the wake of Pat Rabbitte’s call for the church to play no part in the abortion debate, James Lawless, Fianna Fáil’s Naas Area Representative, has said the Minister’s intervention is untimely, intolerant and unhelpful. “Thankfully we live in a society premised on free speech” said James. “It is the right of any individual or group to make their views known and to engage in public discourse” claimed James. “These rights are fundamental in democratic society in fact they are protected by the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights” according to James. “Minister Rabbitte appears to believe the right to speak only applies to those that agree with him. This kind of faux-liberalism which preaches respect but actually shows no tolerance is completely out of place in a Minister of government. Thankfully we are past the days of shouting anyone down or dictating who does and who does not have the right to speak” continued James. “Let’s respect all views and welcome them to what is sure to be a contentious debate. Civic society and the church have every right to be involved in these debates and the wider a viewpoint is heard the better in my view. Minister Rabbitte would do well to practice some tolerance himself” concluded James.

There will be an extensive exhibition area where up to 25 agencies and business groups will be in attendance to outline the full range of business supports available, while experienced business mentors will be available to give confidential 'one on one' business advice. Leading entrepreneur and former 'Dragon' Sean Gallagher will make the key note address at the event - "I'm delighted to play my part in encouraging the start up of new enterprises and the growth of existing small businesses. The Expo will offer the entrepreneur five services: 1 Exhibition of the main State Support Agencies 2 Workshops led by existing Entrepreneurs 3 One to One Mentoring (must be pre booked) 4 Enterprise Competition 5 Networking. David Wright, Chairperson of the organising committee said “This is a terrific opportunity for those considering starting

or expanding their business. I hope there will be an chance to address the elephant in the room, that is, finance, which is the life blood of all organisations, especially start ups." The event will precede the final presentations and awards ceremony in the Newbridge 200 Business Start up Competition, at the same venue. Sean

Gallagher is also one of the judging panel. The Competition is already well underway with entrepreneurs from around County Kildare taking part. The winner will receive a business support package worth €50,000 sponsored by O’Kelly Sutton and AIB. For information and registration please see

Athy Joint Policing Committee The next meeting of the Policing Committee will take place on Tuesday 18th September at 9am in the Town Council Chamber. All meetings are open to the public.

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Newbridge 200 confirms acts for festival stages

Excitement is building as the Newbridge 200 festival nears. With four stages running throughout the ten day festival there is no shortage of musical talent performing in September, much of it from the town itself. The Whitewater stage runs on Friday 7th and 14th from 4pm to 9pm, located on The Avenue adjacent to Whitewater Shopping Centre, it will host a plethora of performers including; Wayfarer, Dave Nolan, Tristan Carroll, Stax, Band on an Island, Atilogwu, Orla Culleton, Jasmine and many others. Many of these performers are from Newbridge itself and will display an eclectic range of the breadth and depth of talent in Newbridge and its surrounding areas. The Nua feile by the river taking place along the Linear Park on Saturday 15th from 12 noon to 9pm will be a taste of the Electric picnic with the Trenchtown Caribbean village serving up food and

entertainment. There will be workshops, storytelling, outdoor entertainers and an ecological stage hosting bands including Papashebo, Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees, Wyvern Kings, The Eskies, the Stoney Brokes and the Cold 100 as well as special guests. Jack L is of course headlining the closing concert in the GAA car park in St. Conleths on Sunday 16th and will be ably supported

by King Modo and Sal Vitro. The concert takes place from 4pm and follows an exhibition GAA match between local rivals Sarsfield and Moorefield with players from past and

present battling it out for the Newbridge 200 title. This was previously advertised as having a ticket price of €5 for over 16s but the organisers are delighted to announce that like all of the staged music events this will be absolutely free to everyone. The concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm, to close the festival while the match will kick off at 2pm. Motorists should note that there will be no access to the GAA car park on Sunday 16th and should ensure their vehicles are removed in advance, normal parking will resume on Monday morning. Full details of the Newbridge 200 festival events can be seen on

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Only 6% Of Kildare Septic Tank Owners Have Registered 30,000 of the country's estimated 500,000 septic tank and other waste-water treatment system owners, have registered their tanks. There are just under 14,000 septic tank owners in Kildare, an estimated 840 of whom have registered. There's less than a month to go until the €5 fee is upped to €50 for their mandatory registration. The charge is part of the scheme introduced by the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan ahead of inspections, which could see many householders forced to carry out upgrades to their systems. From September 28th, those who haven't already registered will have to fork out a €50 fee instead of the current €5.

September Events at Leixlip Library The Library will hold a Culture Night on Friday 21st September. There will be free evening of entertainment suitable for all the family with refreshments served . PUPPET SHOW – Cliona de Bri 6.15- 7pm The Lost Principe..the story of George versus the Dragon Suitable for all the family, places limited so book early to avoid disappointment. VISUAL ART – Siobhan Doyle 7 – 7.45pm Artist Siobhan Doyle will set up a mini-studio in the gallery space to show her techniques and discuss how she works. LIVE MUSIC – Fiddler’s Green Irish Folk Group 7.45 – 9.15pm. Come along a lively and entertaining evening of quality Irish folk music. Contact the library in advance to book your place. All events are free of charge and open to everyone. To book your place in advance contact the library. Ph: 01 6060050 or email:

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HSE cuts ‘shocking and counterproductive’ Murphy Independent Deputy for North Kildare, Catherine Murphy cried foul on the Government’s extra round of “shocking” HSE cuts. “These cuts directly contradict the two Government parties’ aims of making sure the most vulnerable in society would be protected from the worst of the budget cutbacks and a promise to bring about proper structural reform in the Health Service to reduce administrative and acute-treatment costs. “The announcement directly targets two of our most vulnerable groups – the elderly and people with disabilities – and will only lead to longer stays in acute beds, many of which are already being closed across the country. We need to see some political responsibility from both Minister Reilly and from the Labour Party immediately to have these particularly harsh and counterproductive cuts reversed, and an alternative, fairer approach adopted. Amongst €130m in fresh HSE cuts announced : * €10.8m cut in funding for Home Help * Elimination of 200 monthly Home Care Packages * €10m cut in funding for Personal Assistant hours for people with disabilities.

September Events / Workshops in Maynooth Community Library Everyday Healthy Eating: Presented by Rina Whyte. BDes, Dip Nutritional Therapy. Saturday, September 8th at 2:30 pm. Booking Essential Maynooth Harvest Festival Photograph Exhibition: Places and People in Maynooth from times past: Monday 10th to Saturday 15th September. Maynooth Harvest Festival Choir Recital: Maynooth U3A Choir will perform in the library. Thursday 13th September from 6.30 - 7.30pm. Mini Masters Art Exhibition with Tiddlywinks and Scallywags: In celebration of Culture Night, Maynooth Library will hold a Mini Masters Art Exhibition in the library from Saturday 22nd to Saturday 29th September. Adapted Physical Activity Class for Positive Ageing Week: Participants will be seated for most of the class although some exercises may be done standing up. Friday, 28th September, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Phone: 01 6285530 or email:

Kilcock Musical & Dramatic Society Kilcock Musical & Dramatic Society will hold a Table Quiz fundraiser on Friday 14th September. The quiz will take place in The Gregory Tavern Kilcock, with first questions called at 8pm. Tables of 4 €40, with any extra team members at €10 each. To keep the fun going, the quiz will be followed by Karaoke! So get your team ready! Come along and join us - All welcome. All proceeds go towards this years productions. KMDS will stage Joseph O'Connor's 'Red Roses & Petrol' from 17th - 20th of October 2012 in St. Josephs Hall Kilcock, nightly at 8pm. The production will be directed by Marie Kelly. KMDS will stage the Karl Harpur pantomime 'Jack & The Beanstalk' in January 2013. Registration and induction for junior chorus will take place on Sunday 9th September from 3-5pm approx. in St. Josephs Hall, Kilcock. The production team will be in attendance to discuss plans for the day and the panto. There will be a registration fee of €5 which is deductable from membership. We request parent(s) (of juniors registering) to be in attendance for this important event. Further details are available on

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Nova increase audience in Kildare by 20% Radio Nova, has increased its audience by 20% in the latest JNLR radio ratings. The figures, which cover the 12-month period up to the end of June, now give the station 30,000 * listeners in North Kildare, cementing its reputation as the fastest growing radio station in Kildare. The results come as the station prepares to celebrate its 2nd birthday next month. “We’re very excited by this latest set of results”, said CEO Kevin Branigan. “Not only do they show an extremely strong overall result, we have achieved huge growth across all of the key demographics in Kildare, clearly showing that Nova continues on a strong upward trajectory”. In addition to his 30,000 listeners in North Kildare, Branigan also points out that the station now has 140,000** listeners across the Dublin commuter belt, including Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, an increase of 19% from this time last year, showing that

the station has a unique cross-generational appeal. He also points out that 28% of 15-34 year olds and 25% of 20-44 year olds in Kildare now listen to the station, evidence that Nova has brought something new to what was previously considered to be a saturated market. “In 2010 our goal was to bring something different

to listeners. We’ve managed to entice listeners away from other stations by providing a unique mix of music, featuring the greatest-selling artists of all time, along with credible presenters – and it’s clear that this has proven immensely popular”, he said. Nova launched in September 2010, into the

height of recession and in what was considered to be an already saturated market. The station has experienced strong ratings growth to date, having exceeded its own listenership projections by 20% and being unique amongst radio startups in being on target with its business plan.

Kenneth Egan’s denim jacket auctioned for charity in Naas Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan had the last laugh today as he handed over his beloved stonewashed denim jacket to Foley’s Antiques in Naas for a staggering €5,000 donation to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The jacket, which made its first public appearance when the sports star appeared as a commentator on the RTE panel for Paddy Barnes, has taken on a life of its own across Twitter and Facebook in recent weeks, leading to ‘the Kenny Egan jacket appreciation page’ being set up – who knew a jacket could speak? The unofficial page, which now has in excess of 10,000 likes, laments its life as a jacket, its feelings about being auctioned, and its joy at raising €5,000 for Temple Street. Speaking about the novel fundraising initiative, Roisin O’Connor, Fundraising Manager for Temple Street Children’s University said: “We

Alan Redmond (Foley’s Antiques-Naas), Roisin O’Connor (Fundraising Hospital), Brenda Donohue (RTE presenter from the Mooney Show) and Kenneth Egan (Olympic Boxing Medalist). Photo:Michael Donnelly. would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Kenneth for coming up with the idea to auction his distinctive jacket for the hospital €5,000 is a fantastic result.

He has been hugely supportive throughout, encouraging the bidding and giving of his time promoting his endeavours. We would also like to thank all our

supporters, especially Foley’s in Naas for their winning bid and Image Depot, Skerries, for offering to frame the jacket free of charge”.


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Kildare Echo Wrong time to be discussing new ‘Property Tax’ Talk of the introduction of a Property Tax in a week in which the full scale of the country's mortgagearrears crisis was revealed, is just crazy. As new figures from the Central Bank show that 168,637 homeowners -- one in five -- are now struggling to meet their mortgage repayments. According to the figures, which were released on Thursday, 128,416 borrowers were in arrears at the end of June. The fact that the Government would go ahead and make such an agreement (with the troika) in a week when the full scale of the mortgage arrears crisis was revealed -- and at a time when no one in the country can say with any confidence how much their property is worth -- speaks volumes about how disconnected they have become in a very short period of time.

Proposed HSE cuts will only hit the most vulnerable The Minister for Health James Reilly must explain how he can stand by targeted cuts to homecare services for older patients and people with severe disabilities. Last week’s announcement of €130 million in extra health cuts has caused genuine distress in communities across the country, and particularly to high-dependency patients who need home help. He has approved a slash and burn of homecare supports that will hit thousands of highly dependent older and disabled patients across the country. This is from a man who said he would resign rather than cut services without something in their place to replace them. He cannot and must not be allowed to hide from the effects of his Homecare cuts.

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Over 1,700 people in Kildare have no Formal Education According to recent census data, 1,755 people living in Co. Kildare have indicated that they have no formal education. This represents an increase of 197% since the 2006 Census. The number of people aged 15 years or more with no formal education in the County has increased from 590 in 2006 to 1,755 in 2011, which is in stark contrast of the rise in the number of people being educated to degree (+5%) and post-graduate level (+1.5%). Within the county four electoral districts: Celbridge, Newbridge Urban, Monasterevin and Morristownbiller have over 100 people over the age of 15 who have no formal education. These startling statistics indicate that while the numbers of young people completing second level education and pursuing third

level education continues to increase, a separate trend has emerged of increasing numbers of adults living in County Kildare who have no formal education. County Kildare LEADER Partnership has been analyzing the information recently made available from the CSO Census 2011 data for the County in order to develop its programme for social inclusion. According to Pat Leogue, Social Inclusion Manager with CKLP, it is clear that while there is a perception that County Kildare is an affluent county with a highly skilled population there are also a growing number of people residing in the county who have low levels of education and who need additional support in order to compete in the labour market. “While many people are attracted to County Kildare for highly skilled employment we also have a grow-

ing number of people who were employed in unskilled employment with low levels of education.” Mr. Leogue added that given the link between low levels of educational attainment and long term unemployment the Census information highlighted a worrying trend that needed to be tackled on an inter agency basis. Helen Mulhall, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer with CKLP stated that this new data is used to inform CKLP programmes aimed as helping people to access formal and informal educational opportunities

in their own communities. She said that while there is an increasing trend for those who can access third level education to study for longer, at the other end of the spectrum, the number of people leaving school after secondary school was still above the national average. County Kildare LEADER Partnership are currently offering a number of programmes for people who are long term unemployed to increase their skills and explore career options. For further information contact (045) 895450

Anùna to play very special concert in St Conleth’s Church To celebrate the closing weekend of Newbridge 200, Anúna will perform at St Conleth’s Church, Newbridge. The concert is a true “show”, a combination of movement, elegant costume, candles and ethereal and haunting music sung in a unique way. Dispelling any pre-conceived ideas about Irish music and choral music performance, Anùna has earned a justified reputation for the quality of the singers’ natural voices. With relaxed introductions by the director and other singers, Anúna’s style of presentation allows anyone of any musical persuasion to appreciate their performance despite the esoteric nature of their material. Closely associated with the Riverdance phenomenon from 1994 until 1996, giving the first performance of the piece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994. Anúna sang the opening choral section entitled "Cloudsong". They won an Irish National Entertainment

Award for Classical music in 1994, and were nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2000. The group have recorded ten albums and been signed to many major record labels.

Riverbank Arts Centre & Newbridge 200 presents Anùna for one very special night of music and song at the impressive location of St Conleth’s Church, Newbridge, on Saturday 15th September.

This will be a truly magical and unforgettable evening-book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €15 and are available at the Riverbank Arts Centre (045) 448327 or


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HSE Community Games 2012 Team Kildare Special


Medals Galore for Team Kildare in Athlone

Eadestown's Under 15 Mixe d Relay Kevin Dunphy, Caoimhe Jameson, Ciaran Woods and Anna Harney

MEDAL WINNERS: Gold: U10 Gymnastics Cian Leahy (Newbridge St Brigid's) U12 Gymnastics Paddy Marron (Caragh) U14 Gymnastics Tadgh Murtagh (Kildare Town) U16 Backstroke Claire Diffley (Celbridge) U13 Hardcourt Tennis (Two Mile House) U12 Boys Relay Eadestown U13 Girls Basketball Leixlip U14 Mixed Tag Rugby Newbridge St Conleth's

Silver U8 Aislinn

Gymnastics Murtagh

(Kildare Town) U8 Gymnastics Patrick McGrath (St Conleths), U16 Gymnastics Evin Rennick (Nurney) U12 Breaststroke Orla Tallon (Clebridge South) U16 Girls Pitch and Putt (Kill) U16 Boys Pitch and Putt (Newbridge St Brigid's) U16 Boys Volleyball (Newbridge St Brigid's) U16 Girls Volleyball (Two Mile House) U16 Variety (Newbridge St rigid's) U8 Boys 80 Metres Ikye Dalton - Athy U14 Boys 100 Metres Jonathan Deane Eadestown U10 Girls 100 Metres Omasan Ayavoro N e w b r i d g e

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No 9 Ikye Dalton (Athy) closly attended by No10 Matthew Harding (Tipperary) in U8 80Metres

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4th Pl U12 Soccer (Maynooth East) U16 Girls 100 Metres Ciara Gallagher - Naas West U13 Mixed Relay Milltown U11 Mini Rugby Athy

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Full Kildare Team reports from final

Kildare's Sprint Medal Winners : Jonathan Deane (Eadestown) silver medal in U14 100 Metres and Ciara Galllagher (Naas) 4th in U16 100 Metres

Cian Scanlon takes over from Shane Smyth in Under 16 Relay

Caoimhe Jameson (Eadestown) Runs 1st leg of U15 Mixed 4x 100m Relay

Kildare plundered the HSE Community Games medal chest over the last two weekends in August, winning a medal in Twenty-Nine events. (17 Individual and 12 Team events). On the first weekend Kildare took Gold in Swimming ,Gymnastics and Hardcourt Tennis and added Gold in Athletics, Basketball and Tag Rugby the following weekend.

Conleth's put on excellent shows as did all the teams involved. The large Kildare following gave great support to both teams but Gold went to Bree from Wexford with St Brigid's tying with Carrickmacross (Monaghan) for Silver. St Conleth's was just over a point away in third with Sixmilehouse placed fourth. St Brigids (Paddy Durney, Graham Butler Breen, Kellie Tyrell, Shauna Walsh, Kasey Harpur, Alanna McKeever, Sophie Donaghue, Katie Collins, Sarah Harris, Fiona Leamy, Kym Kearney, Kirsten O'Connor, Niamh Carey) St Conleths (Fearghal Bradley, Tomas Bradley, Jack Monahan, Aishling Dempsey, Sean Dempsey, Lauren Crowe, Stacey Monahan, Ciara Taheny, Gemma Harnett, Demi Casey, Molly Herrity, Rebecca Lynch, Elliot Nolan, Kirsten Mccormack)

After Maynooth's U12 Soccer team's heroics in the Leinster Final they found the opposition much stronger in Athlone. They lost their Semi-Final to Castlebar (Mayo) by 2-0 before Letterkenny (Donegal) won Bronze by same 20 score line ensuring Maynooth went home with fourth place medals. Maynooth E (Fionan Walsh, David Bonass, Cian Herbert, Tom Hannigan, Derek Dunne, Ross Banahan, Conchur O/Grollain, Thomas Jones, Cathal Quinn, Ross Donovan, Adam Mccall, James Heever, Enea Hoxha, Ciaran Casey, Barry Kinirons)

The Swimming Finals took place in the Regional Sports centre where Celbridge swimmer Claire Diffley once again struck Gold for Kildare, this time in the Under 16 Backstroke. Orla Tallon completed Kildare's swimming haul by winning Silver in the U12 Breaststroke final. Kildare have had great success in Gymnastics in recent years with four Gold and a fourth in 2011. This year the Gymnastics team went home with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze. Cian Leahy (St Brigid's) , Tadgh Murtagh (Kildare Town) and Paddy Marron all won Gold at U10, U12 and U14 while Aislinn Murtagh (Kildare Town) and Patrick Leahy (St Conleth's) both won silver in the Under 8 section. Eadaoin Murtagh (Kildare Town) added a bronze to her growing collection of National Medals in the U10 Event.

The second weekend saw Kildare win three Events for Gold and were runners up in another four events while picking up Bronze twice. Kildare also collected Fourth Place medals in three Events.

Twomilehouse were representing Kildare in Hardcourt Tennis U13 for a third year in succession and won Gold for second time defeating both Quay (Mayo) and Cashel (Tipperary) 2 - 1. Two Mile House (Jack Collins, Brian Collins, Jack Carroll, David Broe, Andrew Lyons, Maura Dore, Becky Coonan, Julianne Flynn, Laura Carroll, Grace Maloney) Kildare were once again represented by St Brigid's (Boys) and TwoMileHouse (Girls) in Under 16 Volleyball and once again, like last year both teams came home with Silver. The Girls got revenge on Loughrea (Galway) winning 2-1 but it was Doora (Clare) who came out best in the final beating Twomilehouse 2-0. The St Brigid's Team beat Quin (Clare) 2-0 to set up a final match against Loughrea (Galway) but alas, had to settle for Silver as Loughrea won both sets to claim Gold St Brigids (Shane Smyth, Gary Maguire, Romario, Ian Meehan, Caomhan Doolan, David Herd, Cian Scanlon, Paul Romero, Steven Creighton) Two Mile House (Rachel Collins, Cora Moloney, Sarah Behan-Cahill, Katie Behan-Cahill, Katie Valentine, Katie Dore, Eva Cole, Lauren Mullins, Sabrina Keane, Orla Valentine, Aisling Clancy) For the first time Kildare were allowed to enter two variety teams in the National Finals and both St Brigid's and St

Both of Kildare's Pitch and Putt teams had a a very good day with each winning Silver. Kill's Girls Pitch and Putt team had a very good score of 211 behind a very good team from St John's Ennis (Clare) with Sligo back in third. The boys team from Newbridge St Brigid's scored 175 to take Silver. Adare (Limerick were first with Castleblayney (Monaghan) third. Kill : Claudine James, Nicole O'Hagan, Clodagh Walsh, Cliona Kenehan, Lauren Walsh St Brigids: Lee Burrell, Ryan Brady, Danny Leahy, Charlie Lakes, Ross O'Toole.

Leixlip gave Kildare back to back Under 13 Girls Basketball Titles with impressive displays of skill and precise scoring to first beat Kiltimagh 41 - 28 in semi before outclassing a good Castleisland (Kerry) team 42-26 to win Gold. Team Leixlip (Ciara Bracken, Niamh Masterson, Sorcha Tiernan, Meadhbh Hanlon, Mariah Stewart, Emma Browne, Ellen Devine, Suzie Walsh)

Emma Keane (Kilcullen) won Silver in U12 Ball Throw

The Newbridge St Conleth's Under 14 Tag Rugby team were equally impressive in winning both their matches without too much fuss. Ballymote (Sligo) tried to match the Kildare side but found the Kildare defence hard to break down and were unable to cope with the speed of the counter attack. The Newbridge lads ran out 13-7 winners. The Final against Quin/Clooney (Clare) was much of the same with the Kildare side outscoring the Clare team 12 - 8 top take Gold. Team St Conleths (Daniel Anderson, Evan Foley, Niall O'Connor, Mark Glynn, Brian McDonnell, Colm Hartnett, Darragh Ryan, Kevin Kyne, Mark Dempsey, Meadbh Whelan, Molly Price, Aimee McGrath)


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Kevin Kyne (St Conleth's) avoids the Ballymote challenges in U14 Tag Rugby Eadestown have dominated the U12 Boys Relay at the National Finals in recent years taking Gold for last two years. This year's team survived a scare in the heat finishing second after dropping a baton.. They comfortably qualified for the final behind Kenmare (Kerry) before blitzing the same opposition to take the Gold Medals. Team Eadestown (Aidan Cassidy, Shane Sargent, Diarmuid Kilgallan, Eoin Conneff, John Lawlor, Adam Croke) Emma Keane (Kilcullen) gave Kildare its first Medal of the weekend in the Under 12 Ball Throw with a throw that was only bettered by Laura Shinners (Tipperary). Ikye Dalton Athy had finished in front of Galway's Charlie Naughton in the semi-Final of U8 60 Metres but had to settle for Silver in the Final behind his Galway rival.


Faye Dervin passes to Paddy Brady (Eadestown) in U10 Mixed Relay

Jonathan Deane came up against Noah Sanni (Donegal) in both Semi Final and Final of U14 100m finishing second each time while Omasan Ayavoro (Newbridge St.Conleths) won her U10 100 metre Semi-Final before finishing second to Niamh Conlon (Clare) in the Final. Eoin Conneff got an individual Bronze Medal in U12 100 Metres to add to his Relay Gold. Bronze also went to Nina Anyanwu (Newbridge St.Brigid's) in the Under 8 80m, Nina had run extremely well in winning her heat and qualified for the final in second place. she was thrilled going home with an National Medal. Fourth Place Medals went to Ciara Gallagher (Naas West) in Under 16 100 Metres while the Millltown U13 Mixed

Relay team of (Aaron Jacob, Jake Banahan, Mary Hamilton, Lisa Byrne, Lara Curran, Sean Tiernan) also got Fourth Place Medals. The Mini Rugby team from Athy found Ballinasloe (Galway) tough to handle in their semi - Final losing 5-3 and then Tullycorbet (Monaghan ) outplayed them to win 6-3. All the medal winners were proud of their National Medal and every competitor will treasure the memories.

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Team Kildare for HSE National Finals Variety St Brigids

Paddy Durney, Graham Butler Breen, Kellie Tyrell, Shauna Walsh, Kasey Harpur, Alanna Mckeever, Sophie Donaghue, Katie Collins, Sarah Harris, Fiona Leamy, Kym Kearney, Kirsten O'Connor, Niamh Carey

U16 Volleyball Boys

St Brigids (Shane Smyth, Gary Maguire, Romario, Ian Meehan, Caomhan Doolan, David Herd, Cian Scanlon, Paul Romero, Steven Creighton)

U16 Volleyball Girls

Two Mile House (Rachel Collins, Cora Moloney, Sarah Behan-Cahill, Katie Behan-Cahill, Katie Valentine, Katie Dore, Eva Cole, Lauren Mullins, Sabrina Keane, Orla Valentine, Aisling Clancy)

U13 Hardcourt Tennis

Bronze Medallist Nina Anyanwu (Newbridge St Brigid's) was third in U8 80 Metres

Swimming Girls

Freestyle U8 Amy Kennedy (Clane) Freestyle U10 Haley McCormack (Sallins) Freestyle U12 Kate Murphy (Caragh) Freestyle U14 Labhaoise Collins (Leixlip) Freestyle U16 Aoibhinn Conlan (St Conleths) Backstroke U10 Alannah Watkins (Celbridge S) Backstroke U12 Erin Dunne (Leixlip) Backstroke U14 Collette Murtagh (Maynooth E) Backstroke U16 Claire Diffley (Celbridge N) Breastroke U12 Orla Tallon (Celbridge S) Breastroke U14 Cliona Nic Shuibhne (Leixlip) Butterfly U14 Lauren Dooley (Leixlip) Butterfly U16 Siobhan McLoughlin (Leixlip)

Two Mile House (Jack Collins, Brian Collins, Jack Carroll, David Broe, Andrew Lyons, Maura Dore, Becky Coonan, Julianne Flynn, Laura Carroll, Grace Maloney)

U12 Soccer Boys

Maynooth E (Fionan Walsh, David Bonass, Cian Herbert, Tom Hannigan, Derek Dunne, Ross Banahan, Conchur O/Grollain, Thomas Jones, Cathal Quinn, Ross Donovan, Adam Mccall, James Heever, Enea Hoxha, Ciaran Casey, Barry Kinirons)

Swimming Boys

Freestyle U8 Jack McGann (Celbridge S) Freestyle U10 Michael Spillane (Athy) Freestyle U12 Matthew Gardiner (St Conleths) Freestyle U14 Mark Glynn (St Conleths) Freestyle U16 Enda O'Connell (Clane) Backstroke U10 Daniel Burke (Celbridge S) Backstroke U12 Cian Comerford (St Brigids) Backstroke U14 Thomas Grant (Two Mile House) Breastroke U12 David McKeown (Leixlip) Breastroke U14 Calum Sourke (St Brigids) Butterfly U14 Conor Lynch (Maynooth E) Butterfly U16 Joseph Millett (Maynooth E)

Squads Girls

U16 Squad, Leixlip (Labhaoise Collins, Cliona Nic Shuibhne, Lauren Dooley, Siobhan McLoughlin, Megan Farrell) U13 Squad, Celbridge S (Alannah Watkins, Orla Tallon, Alma Deane, Tara McCourt, Lauren Burke)

Squads Boys

Boys U13 Squad, St Brigids (Cian Comerford, Calum Sourke, Ethan Comerford, JB Murphy, Alan Sourke)

Gymnastics Girls

U8 Aishlinn Murtagh (Kildare Town) U10 Eadaoin Murtagh (Kildare Town) U12 Naoise McBride (St Brigids) U14 Robyn Kennedy (St Brigids)

Gymnastics Boys

U8 Patrick McGrath (St Conleths) U10 Cian Leahy (St Brigids) U12 Paddy Marron (Caragh) U14 Tadhg Murtagh (Kildare Town) U16 Evan Rennick (Nurney)

Variety St Conleths

Fearghal Bradley, Tomas Bradley, Jack Monahan, Aishling Dempsey, Sean Dempsey, Lauren Crowe, Stacey Monahan, Ciara Taheny, Gemma Harnett, Demi Casey, Molly Herrity, Rebecca Lynch, Elliot Nolan, Kirsten Mccormack

Boys Athletics

U8 60M Cian Boran (Naas West) U8 80M Ikye Dalton (Athy) U10 100M Runo Ayavoro (St Conleths) U10 200M Tadhg Donohue (Kill) U10 60M Hurdles Eoin McConnon (Sallins) U12 100M Eoin Conneff (Eadestown) U12 600M John Lawlor (Eadestown) U14 100M Jonathan Deane (Eadestown) U14 800M Cathal Dervan (Eadestown) U14 80M Hurdles Evin Magee (Eadestown) U16 100M Cian Scanlon (St Brigids) U16 1500M Conal Hayes (Leixlip) U16 7k Marathon James Condon (Milltown) U16 7k Marathon Shaun Lloyd (Caragh) U12 Ball Throw Conor McCabe (Eadestown) U12 Long Puck Jack Hannon (St Brigids) U14 Shot Putt Ciaran Kellegher (Ballymore) U14 Long Jump Calum McGrath (Kildare Town) U16 Javelin Shane Hurst (Carbury)

Relay teams

Mixed U10 Relay, Eadestown (Cian Doyle, Paddy Brady, Faye Dervin, Ben Fitzsimons, Sarah Carroll, Ruth Sargent) Girls U12 Relay, Eadestown (Orla Lane, Jessica Harney, Keela Magee, Alannah Kelly, Maria Lee, Hazel McLoughlin) Boys U12 Relay, Eadestown (Aidan Cassidy, Shane Sargent, Diarmuid Kilgallan, Eoin, Conneff, John Lawlor, Adam Croke) Mixed U13 Relay, Milltown (Aaron Jacob, Jake Banahan, Mary Hamilton, Lisa Byrne, Lara Curran, Sean Tiernan) Girls U14 Relay, St Conleths (Molly Nolan, Molly Price, Ava Doyle, Precious Oladimeji, Aimee McGrath, Juliet Odife) Boys U14 Relay, Eadestown (Jonathon Deane, Cathal Dervan, Jack Sargent, Harry Carroll, Eoin Doyle, Evin Magee) Mixed U15 Relay, Eadestown (Ciaran Woods, Anna Harney, Caoimhe Jameson, Kevin Dunphy, Fiona Jacob) Girls U16 Relay, Kill (Eimear Broderick, Megan O'Neill, Emma O'Neill, Caroline Behan) Boys U16 Relay, St Brigids (Steven Creighton, Ian Meehan, Colm Lavelle, Shane Smyth, Cian Scanlon)

U13 Girls Basketball James Condon (Milltown) and Shaun Lloyd (Caragh)represented Kildare in U16 7k Marathon

Leixlip (Ciara Bracken, Niamh Masterson, Sorcha Tiernan, Meadhbh Hanlon, Mariah Stewart, Emma Browne, Ellen Devine, Suzie Walsh)

U11 Mini Rugby

Kill (Claudine James, Nicole O'Hagan, Clodagh Walsh, Cliona Kenehan, Lauren Walsh)

Athy (Jamie Burns, Cameron Byrne, Gearoid Considine, Joshua Coyle, Shane Fata, Liam Lynch, Nicole Murphy, Edward Owens, Hugh Perry, Christopher Reynolds, Aaron Rowan, Michael Spillane)

U16 Pitch and Putt Boys

U14 Tag Rugby

U16 Pitch and Putt Girls

St Brigids (Lee Burrell, Ryan Brady, Danny Leahy, Charlie Lakes, Ross O'Toole)

Girls Athletics

U8 60M Bernadette Harney (Eadestown) U8 80M Nina Anyanwu (St Brigids) U10 100M Omasan Ayavoran (St Conleths) U10 200M Rebecca Travers (Clane) U10 60M Hurdles Ruth Sargent (Eadestown) U12 100M Grace O'Toole (Kilcullen) U12 600M Hazel McLoughlin (Eadestown) U14 100M Ellie O'Toole (Kilcullen) U14 800M Grace Dervan (St Conleths) U14 80M Hurdles Juliet Odife (St Conleths) U16 100M Ciara Gallagher (Naas West) U16 1500M Cliodhna O'Connor (Kilcullen) U12 Ball Throw Emma Keane (Kilcullen) U14 Long Puck Leona Kennedy (Carbury) U14 Shot Putt Nicole Dooley (Suncroft) U14 Long Jump Nicole Dunne (Naas West) U16 High Jump Caroline Behan (Kill) U16 Discus Rosin McConnon (Sallins) U16 Javelin Grace Casey (Caragh)

St Conleths (Daniel Anderson, Evan Foley, Niall O'Connor, Mark Glynn, Brian McDonnell, Colm Hartnett, Darragh Ryan, Kevin Kyne, Mark Dempsey, Meadbh Whelan, Molly Price, Aimee McGrath

Nicole Dooley (Suncroft) competed in U14 Shot Putt


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Kildare Youth Theatre travel to Greece

The Kildare Youth Theatre have just returned from a visit to Greece and the ancient site of Assini in the Peloponnese to collaborate on a theatre project with Greek arts and cultural agency Osmosis. 10 young people, aged 18 and over, worked with 10 Greek actors and theatre artists, to make a new piece of theatre at the ancient site. The focus of the work was Irish-Greek culture, looking at Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy and other work connecting the two countries. The group explored how young Irish and young Greek people are dealing with the austerity which faces each country, and how they can make use of their acting skills to create non-theatre employment opportunities for themselves. The young Irish people are a mixture of unemployed young people and thirdlevel theatre students. The project is part-funded through the EU Youth in Action programme and the Greek national Agency for YIA. The Irish group has fundraised extensively to

come up with their matching costs for the project. This project, called ‘Acting for Austerity’ is led by Peter Hussey (Crooked House) and Christina Zoniou (Osmosis). It is one of 5 summer exchange and international projects that different groups of young people in Kildare Youth Theatre have developed and taken part in this summer. The group have just returned from Norway, where they represented Ireland at the International Festival of Youth Theatres. At the Festival, they presented a piece called 'Sacremongering' featuring Amy Monahan, Mary Kiely, Aoife Carew, Hayley Duggan, Caolan Dundon, Paul Miller, Jack Higgins, Conor Burke and Ian Armstrong. Directed by Peter Hussey, the performers relate short stories about fearful situations, almost all based on their own experiences, moving from genre-typical tales to personal accounts of deeply held fears. Local audiences can see, for free, some of this work when it is shown during Newbridge 200 on Friday 21st September, 8pm in

Riverbank Arts Centre. The Kildare Youth Theatre (KYT) which was established in 1995, and is now a multi-award-winning, internationally recognized theatre project which has produced actors, directors, film-makers and writers for the national and interna-

tional performance industries. It is part of the Kildare Young People’s Arts Programme and is a voluntary, not-for-profit project established by Crooked House Theatre Company in Newbridge. It is for young people aged 14 to 22 who would like to

get involved in theatre, music, film and dance. Each of the four art-forms is managed by a professional artist: Peter Hussey (Theatre), Dance (Cathy O’ Kennedy), Music (Mick O’ Brien) and Film (Mostafa Khaddem). Young people can become

involved in as many of the strands as they wish, starting in September of each year. For more information, phone (045) 44661, email t or find them on useTheatre.

Rathangan Scouts host Tree Sitting event

Left to right in photo of Tree Sitters: Vanya Shinners, Liam Nielsen, Martina Scully, Aisling Scully, Jason Kelly, Claire Byrne, Brian Nolan, Carol Byrne, James Kelly, Darragh Gyves, Alan O Rourke, Conor O Reilly-Byrne, David Byrne, on ground John Mack

By Sheila Knightly On Friday afternoon 26th August, there was a definite buzz at the Rath in Rathangan. Ropes were being secured into trees, tents were being pitched and scouts of all ages worked at setting up camp. For the first time ever in Ireland, the 7th Kildare

Rathangan Scouts were hosting the first annual Tree Sitting event. The goal - to remain in your tree from 8pm Friday until 1pm Sunday with the least amount of gear, a maximum weight of 40kg per person being allowed. At 8pm the Tree Sitters began their ascent into the majestic beech trees. Their kit had been weighed with weights varying from 2.5kg to 22kg.

The less brought up, the better chance of winning as this was taken into account on the overall score! 16 sitters went into the trees representing various companies who very generously sponsored a tree. And then the real fun started as the 16 sitters settled into their new homes, giving real meaning to the term leafy suburbs. Camp fire was lit, tents glowed and the Rath

became a base for the troops yet again. As the night wore on, some of the sitters came out for their trees for various reasons and were therefore disqualified. Points were also lost for toilet breaks which were all timed. By Sunday at 1pm, we had 5 valiant Tree Sitters still in place. The gathered crowd of spectators counted down to 1pm and the competition was over. 5 weary, cold, hungry, elated sitters climbed down from their lofty perches. We had one clear winner, James Kelly representing D&R Electric who had brought up 2.5kg and was thrilled to claim the beautiful trophy. Martina Scully

representing Troytown Equine Hospital was very chuffed with 2nd place. A fantastic first ever Tree Sitting event had come to a successful conclusion. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated money over the weekend and also the following people without whom the weekend might not have been the success it was Joe Cross for the Rath, Aidan Connell for the beautiful trophy, Aideen & Fergal Behan for supplying power, Mrs Birch and the School House for bathroom facilities, Eamonn & Rob who assisted with getting the sitters into the trees securely, to Edenderry Civil Defence/Scout Troop who provided First Aid and

more besides, to Kevin Forde for the camp fire songs and banter, to all our generous sponsors: Bord na Mona, Leo Conway, D&R Electric, Courtyard Hotel, Doggett Print & Design, Dunnes Stores, Hibernian Health, Cill Dara Scout County, Chapter 7 Credit Union, Enviritech, Murlock, Bartlett Tree Experts, Noones Engineering, Rebate Financial Solutions, Troytown Equine Hospital, Andrew Donegan, Electric Ireland and Merrimack Automation and last but not least to the fantastic tree sitters. A great weekend had by all!

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Legendary Brendan Bowyer to play Moat Theatre Direct from Las Vegas: The Legendary Brendan Bowyer and his Band will perform all of his many Hits in this Concert Show of pure nostalgia. Brendan, today, has the same high energy he was renowned for in the exciting days of The Royal Showband and The Big Eight. He will be joined on stage by his daughter Aisling as Special Guest, fresh from her own highly rated show in Las Vegas. The Beatles played support when The Royal Showband toured Britain having been voted Britain's Most Outstanding Dance Band on BBC Television's "Come Dancing" in 1962. The Royal Showband's Documentary Movie The One Nighters received a Special Award at The Cork Film Festival in 1963. The Hucklebuck, which was the biggest of his Six No 1 Hits, went Platinum

The Kildare Echo & Laois Press announce joint venture The Kildare Echo and free newspaper, the Laois Press, have joined forces to offer businesses in the region the opportunity to advertise in both counties. With a combined readership of over 64,000 readers per month, advertisers will now have the option of running their ads in both Kildare and Laois publications. For further information, call the Kildare Echo at (046) 955 2467 or email:

Local talent come together for ‘September Songs’

Brendan will be joined on stage with his daughter Aisling internationally. His Come-Back album Follow On was Record of the month in Hot Press (2001) Brendan is an enduring Legend and some of his

most cherished memories are the glory days of Dancing with The Royal Showband. This is a concert not to be missed. Early Booking advisable.

‘An Evening of Nostalgia with Brendan Bowyer’ show takes place at the Moat on Friday 2nd November 8 pm. Tickets: €25.

Central Bank figures confirm lack of bank lending to SME sector North Kildare Chamber has called on the government to immediately demand full and complete disclosure from the bailed out banks on lending to SMEs. The announcement from the central bank, once again confirms what the Chamber has continually been stating, that access to bank finance is being denied to viable but vulnerable businesses. According to the Chamber President Eilis Quinlan “The report also highlights that we have some of the harshest lending conditions in the Eurozone. Now is the time for the Government to agree its line on lending conditions and ensure that all banks follow suit. The Government needs to set the standard for lending through the terms of its Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme which must be


implemented without further delay. The SME sector, by its very nature, is more labour intensive then other sectors, and hence has always been the biggest job creating, and wealth creating, part of our economy. “The Government must take a more hands on approach, and while the system is broken, insist on opening credit lines, servicing SME customers and play their part in economic recovery. Otherwise business will stagnate, employment will reduce even further, and the economy will suffer for a generation. We continue to see our unemployment rate close to 15%, coupled with mass immigration. This government is now 18 months in office and action needs to take place urgently”. While Irish banks have

been recapitalised with enormous fiscal injections, the truth of the matter is that these Irish banks STILL refuse to lend to viable small and medium enterprises”. “The reality is that banks are performing at a very limited capacity in ensuring the payments system and ATMs are functioning, however when it comes to assisting the SME sector to grow, the bailed-out banks

are continuing to refuse SMEs access to finance, thereby hindering any chance our economy has to recover.” North Kildare Chamber demands that this Government insist on the two bailed out banks hitting their target of €7 billion in ‘new and increased facilities to SMEs’ and not accept distorted figures from the banks, Quinlan concluded.

Some the best talent in Naas has come together to delight audiences this September. In a return of the special evening of music and drama first produced two years ago, September Songs takes to the stage from 17th to 20th September. Anyone who attended in 2010 will remember just how impressive was the talent on show. Mona Conroy directs an evening packed with musical favourites performed by her group of talented kids, Mona’s Minors, adult singers from the musical societies in the vicinity and members of the Moat Club. Musical numbers from The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me Kate, The Student Prince, Legally Blonde, rock and roll songs from the 1950s and favourite tunes from Percy French, Elton John, Barry Manilow, and the wonderful music of the operetta, The Merry Widow, will make up the programme. Well-known faces from the Moat Club will add their acting talent to the musical corps with comic sketches which will intersperse the musical numbers. So when the drama of back-to-school is over, September Songs is a terrific night out. Tickets are just €15 (€12 for concessions) and are available from the box office on 045 883030 and bookable online at

Athy Business and Enterprise Training The Athy Investment, Development & Employment Forum, in association with the Athy Community Enterprise Centre, has announced details of a wide range of enterprise focused training courses to take place this autumn. All courses are open to the general public and will be offered over a 4 to 8 week period (1 morning/ evening per week). Courses will commence in early October. Early booking is advised, as places are limited. 1. Start Your Own Business- General 2. Start Your Own Artisan / Food Production Business 3. Mompreneurs- Combining life as a Mum and an Enterpreneur. 4. Start Your Own Business – Ethnic Enterpreneurs 5. Getting Your Business Online 6. Social Media for Business 7. Genealogy as a Business Opportunity 8. Becoming a Tour Guide 9. Exploring Crafts as a Business Opportunity 10. Manual Handling Nominal fees will apply and reduced rates are available for persons in receipt of specified Social Welfare payments. For further details on all programmes and to apply, please telephone Patricia at 086 8470232 (email or visit Phone: (046) 955 2467

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Hi There and Welcome to another page from Garden Angel, filled with Tips and Ideas for‘What to do Now’. September is a busy month in the garden so I hope you find it helpful! We’d love to hear from you with your own advice for your fellow gardeners!

Garden Angel Once all leaves have dropped off shrubs towards late September, they can be dug up and moved if they are not in a good position. Replant them to the same level they were originally at making sure their roots are well covered from the frost. Water them if its dry and apply a mulch of leaf mold which will give them extra protection and nutrients as it breaks down.

Some shrubs are grown for their lovely coloured bark and not just their flowers or foliage like this Red Dogwood.

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Strawberry plants can be planted out in Strawberry beds to get a head start on plants sown in Spring. They will yield a good crop next June. Use the ones you potted up from your runners last month. You just can't beat, 'PLANTS FOR FREE'!.

Plants For Free! Now is a good time to dig up your overcrowded Daffodil Bulbs, thin them out and re plant. You will discover several different sizes of Bulbs; large (about the size of a hen egg) , medium (some of these will look like 'half' bulbs, joined to another; separate them gently.) and some tiny little 'Bulb-lets'. Dig a nice big hole about 6 inches deep. Add some slow release fertiliser into the hole and re plant a few of each size giving them all a bit of space to grow into . The remaining Bulbs can be re planted in another area of your garden or if you don't have any more space give them to friends, family or the local Green School Committee. The children can plant them in the school or distribute them to plant in their own gardens!

Plant out your Fruit bushes, Raspberries, Blackberries, Gooseberries, Currant's etc. Top up the soil with a good layer of compost and well rotted manure. The Earthworms will have until it gets frosty to break it down and when the plants wake up in Spring there will be a good supply of nutrients to get them off to a good start.

ROSES Late September prune Rosebushes back hard to the lowest outward facing bud. In Spring new growth will form on these buds.


Be brave. It might seem like you are massacring the Paths can become slippery plant but it is really the if fallen leaves are not most healthy thing you removed from them. Mow over them with the could do for it. bag attached to the mower and empty into your com- Mulch around the base with post bin to save your back some soil if it looks a bit from raking them all up bare but hold off feeding it until it is Spring. and bagging them. Layer them with grass You want it to go dormant clippings or vegetable for the winter and not think waste from the kitchen. Spring has arrived early They will turn into good compost for use on your with a spell of warm weather. veg beds next Spring.

TOP TIP When replanting your Daffodil bulbs, go inside your house and look out of your kitchen window to where you would usually look out while washing the dishes or eating your breakfast. THATS where to plant those extra bulbs! After a long dull Winter they will be sure to lift up your spirits with their lovely yellow blooms! If you only have space for a window box, plant it up with ‘Tete a Tete’ bulbs. These are minature Daffodils and will look great up close just outside your window!

PLANTS FOR FREE! Start Hardwood cuttings of Native Plants beneficial to Wildlife such as Honeysuckle, Holly, Heather and Ivy. Garden Shrubs you are fond of can be multiplied by this method and be given away to friends next year once they have rooted.

TOP TIP! To keep your tools in tip top shape, get a bucket of sand and pour in some oil. When you have finished using the tools, rinse them off, shake dry and plunge them into the bucket 2 or 3 times. The sand cleans off any minuscule particles (germs) while the oil coats the tool, protecting the metal from corrosion (rust). If you have an established tree in your garden you may find that it is very bare underneath as grass doesn’t grow there. Now is a good time to plant some Snowdrop,Daffodil, Bluebell, or Grape Hyacinth bulbs which will have flowered in Spring and died down before the leaves grow back on the tree to shade them. Woodland plants like Viola, Perennial Geranium, Cyclamen, and Foxglove would also be a good choice, while a Groundcover like Periwinkle would also be lovely! You may have to add some soil to plant them if the roots of the tree are visible, just keep it away from the bark. Add leafmold on top. It will act as a mulch for the tree, retaining moisture, adding nutrients and keeping down weeds!


This is a perfect time to dig up your Perennial flowers and divide them up giving you lots more of exactly the same plant. Replant them in groups of 3,5, or 7 depending on space (they look more natural in uneven numbers!) or pot them up and give them to family and friends.

You could put several different pots into a Gift Basket which would be lovely as a House Warming Gift or as a Gift for a Newly Wed Couple. Just label them well and include instructions where to plant them, i.e. SUN or SHADE. And remember the rule of ‘Tall ones at the Back' like in a photo!

Put up Nest boxes for the birds now for next spring as they need to overwinter so the birds will be familiar with them,and they will be ‘weathered’.

Try putting bird netting on your pond surface when leaves start to fall as it will make collecting and removing them much easier.

If you already have some its a good idea to clean them out now so the frost can kill any germs or disease so the new hatchlings will be in a healthy environment.

It is important to remove the leaves as they use up the oxygen in the water as they decompose and turn the water acidic.

Don't use any strong Chemicals, water,washing up liquid, elbow grease and a stiff brush should do the trick!

This causes Algae to grow which kills all other wildlife in your pond.


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HELLO AGAIN, and welcome to Carmel’s Kitchen. This month I have featured some recipes for Tomatoes for all you gardeners out there, some comfort food as the weather gets chillier and some encouragement for the foragers of us scouring the hedgerows for some Blackberries! The kids are sick of seeing those dreaded B*** T* S***** ADDS everywhere so I am going to save some ‘Great Ideas for Lunches’ for next issue..... just when you need them before everyone gets bored with the ‘same old same old!’ Carmel

Carmel’s Kitchen

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PIZZA PARTY This is great for young peoples parties or sleepovers when its hard to suit everyone's tastebuds. You can have the toppings already prepared if they are very young or if they are teenagers they can do all the prep themselves! If you premake the sauce and the bases there will Italian Meatballs be less mess, so cleanup will be easier!

Chicken in Mushroom Sauce

This is mushroom season but unless you are very sure of which mushrooms growing wild are not deadly (yes,deadly!) stick to those commercially available. There are lots of different types in shops so experiment. As you will be using all of the chicken to 2lbs / 1kg round steak mince make the stock, try to use an Tomatoe Sauce Pizza Base 2 onions finely chopped organic or free range bird. 4 cloves crushed garlic They are now widely available in 1kg ripe tomatoes cut in half 700g self - raising flour sea salt and crushed black pepper most shops. 2-3 cloves garlic crushed 375ml warm water 2 tsp dried Herbs de Provence 1 Chicken (large or small 2 tblsp olive oil 1tsp sea salt olive oil depending on how many are eatsalt and fresh ground black pepper 1tsp sugar tomatoe sauce (see recipe under ing) Chopped herbs like Basil, 50ml olive oil Pizza ) 2 onions Oregano, Coriander, Thyme to Chopped herbs like Wild Garlic, or 2 jars of tomatoe sauce, if you 2 sticks celery flavour. Oregano etc if desired. are pressed for time organic chicken stock cube spaghetti boiling water Arrange the tomatoes tightly Mix the flour, salt and sugar 1½oz butter packed in an ovenproof dish. together in a large bowl. In a large bowl, put mince, salt and black pepper Mix the olive oil with the garlic Drizzle in the oil and add herbs if onions, garlic, salt pepper and 1 bay leaf and drizzle over the tomatoes. using. Stir gently. herbs. Mix well with clean hands. 1 punnet button mushrooms Season with salt and pepper. Add warm water and mix it Tomatoe Chutney To make the meat go further you a few drops Worcestershire sauce Roast in a preheated oven together. This is a great way to use up a could add some breadcrumbs, 1 tblsp flour 180C/350F gas mark 4 for 45 Leave the dough to rest, covered glut of Tomatoes when they all tomatoe puree, and a beaten egg 2½ fl oz double cream mins until tomatoes are soft and for 20mins. seem to ripen at the same time. to bind it together. Finely chop the onions and celpulpy and slightly charred. Lightly oil the bottom of a flat You can even use unripened Shape the mix into ball shapes ery and fry them in 1oz butter Rub tomatoes through a sieve, oven tray. Green tomatoes but the resulting approx 1 inch diameter. until soft in a large pot. discarding the seeds and skins. Split the dough into 4 and roll out chutney will not be as sweet as Pour some olive oil into a large Put chicken into pot and just (Compost Bin!) flat to fit the oven tray. Prick it all with the ripe ones. pan to cover base. cover with boiling water. Bring Add chopped herbs to taste. over with a fork. To skin a tomatoe simply put it Heat to med high and place to the boil and add stock cube, This sauce can be frozen for Cook in a pre-heated oven at into boiling water for 1 minute meatballs into hot pan. salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cover future use. 240C/475F gas mark 9 for 5and peel off the skin. Cook on all sides turning as they and simmer for 1½ hours. 6mins. 3kg / 6lb tomatoes brown. Pour the sauce over balls Remove chicken and keep hot A ready made pasta sauce can be Top base with sauce and sprinkle 225g / ½lb onions and heat til bubbling. and strain liquid and keep to one with grated mozzarella cheese. used instead if you are pressed for 4 level tsp whole allspice Reduce heat slightly to heat side. time! 1 level tsp cayenne pepper through. Wipe mushrooms and thinly 1 tblsp sea salt Simmer for 45mins to 1 hour. slice. 300ml / ½ pint vinegar Serve with spaghetti and garlic Fry the mushrooms in remaining 350g / ¾lb soft brown sugar bread. butter. Skin and quarter the tomatoes Add Worcestershire sauce and and put them into a large pot, with sprinkle with flour. the finely chopped onions. Cook stirring continuously until Add the cayenne and salt. the butter has been absorbed into Tie the allspice in a muslin bag the flour. Gradually stir in ¼ pint and put into pot. Toppings of the strained liquid until it is a With all the free fruit growing in Cook over gentle heat until it is These can be as many or as few as you like depending on what your smooth sauce. the hedgerows it would be a pulpy and add the rest of ingredigourmets choose or your budget allows!. Slice the toppings very thinly Slowly add the cream stirring shame not to make some jam. A ents. so they will cook quickly or you could precook ingredients like constantly product called Jam Sugar takes all Simmer until thick. Mushrooms, Garlic, Peppers and Onions to enhance their flavours. the mystery out of making jam by Remove skin and bones from Pot into sterilised jars and label. adding apple pectin into the sugar. chicken and arrange in a shallow Store in a cool dark place. Here are some suggestions; Pectin is what causes the jam to dish. Pour sauce over it and serve What to do with Leftovers! Mushrooms, Ham, Pepperoni, Peppers, Olives, Anchovies, Onions, set so its very hard to mess up with steamed seasonal vegetables Pineapple, Salami, Brie, Garlic, or indeed whatever else takes your and rice or boiled potatoes. your jam as they even give fancy. Leftover Meatballs can be recipes on the package with very Seasonal Vegetables reheated and sliced onto bagettes clear instructions. So get out there Once they have made their selections, pop the pizza Carrots with the sauce covering them. and pick some Blackberries. Beetroot back into the hot oven for another 4-5 mins or until the Top with mozzarella cheese and The rule is pick them high up, try Broccoli place into a warm oven until the cheese is melted. avoid roadsides, and always ask Celery cheese melts. the owners permission if you spot Courjettes These are known as Meatball AND ENJOY..... Because they have made them themselves they will some in a field. Cucumber Heros and taste even better than tend to eat them all up, so there will be very little waste! Gloves, long sleves, containers Cauliflower the originals! and a walking stick should be all Green Beans Any left over ingredients can be refrigerated and used in an omelette for you need. Leeks Leftovers from the Chicken in lunch next day! Lettuces Mushroom Sauce ( including the GREAT IDEA! Wild Mushrooms leftover cooking liquid and vegOnions Use large Cookie Cutters to cut out shapes for etables and potatoes or rice) can Peppers be blended together into a delimini pizzas like HEARTS, STARS, CROWNS, Potatoes cious Creamy Chicken Soup. GINGERBREAD MEN and WOMEN or CIRCLES Spinach Great as an after school snack! that they can decorate as funny faces! Tomatoes



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How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter E. Can you find a 9-letter word and at least 20 other words of five letters or more avoiding proper nouns?

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Earley considers future with the Lilywhites Dermot Earley has refused to rule out the possibility of him lining out for Kildare in 2013. The two-time All Star midfielder, who made his inter-county debut in 1997, battled back from two cruciate ligament injuries to make substitute appearances in Kildare's championship games against Meath, Cavan, Sligo and Cork this year, and is considering giving it another year, despite his injury problems and the manner of the Lilywhites' championship exit at the hands of Cork. "I'd love to keep going with Kildare for another year," he said. "But it's not a decision I will rush into and I'll wait until the club championship is over before deciding what I'll do next year. After having two cruciate operations, I'm delighted I got back playing inter-county football again, but I have to be realistic about it. "There's a bit of discomfort in my knee, and you'd get over something like this much easier when you're 24 instead of 33."

Calls for St Conleth's Park upgrade Kildare chairman John McMahon admits that St Conleth's Park needs to be upgraded in order for the venue to host county matches.

stands or rebuilding terraces but there is a lot of work that we can do and intend to do but again, it comes back to finance," McMahon said at the meeting.

The Lilywhites lost out on host an All-Ireland qualifier against Limerick last year due to St Conleth's Park's capacity being reduced to 7,000 after a health and safety audit last year.

"It is going to cost money but we are working towards phasing this work over maybe three phases.

McMahon stressed at the August meeting of the county board that scenario could not happen again and some work would have to take place on the grounds. "It is not going to get to a situation where we are knocking

We have to plan, we have to get into a situation where we will be able to accommodate the division 1 teams that will be coming to visit in 2013 because we have to make a stand. Our home games have to be played in Newbridge in 2013."


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