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the Centra in Johnstown on Friday last. They threatened staff and grabbed two tills from the premises. They made off in a getaway car - a bright red Ford saloon which was driven by a third man. One man was wearing a light grey hoodie while his accomplice had dark grey trousers and a dark top. Gardaí area examining CCTV footage from the area to help their investigation.

Robbery in Celbridge fuel station A lone male raided the Topaz filling station on the Clane Road

in Celbridge on Saturday. The man was wearing a white mask synonymous with V for Vendetta movie or Anonymous group. He was wearing dark clothes and white runners. He put the money he took into a green plastic Tesco bag. Gardaí in Celbridge are investigating and appealing for witnesses or any information from the public.

Renewed appeal over attack on Maynooth student Gardai at Leixlip have renewed their appeal for information on vicious assault on young woman in Maynooth. Kym Owens (18) was attacked at the entrance to Moyglare Abbey Estate at around 8.30pm on November 20. The Maynooth University student had just alighted from a bus from Castleblayney. Last Sunday, a week after the attack, Gardaí spoke to motorists and pedestrians in and around the estate to encourage people to provide any information they might have. Gardaí have stressed that the incident was a rare occurrence and that extra Gardai have been drafted into Maynooth.

Two arrested after Newbridge robbery Two men were arrested in Newbridge on Tuesday night in

Clodagh Greham, Karie McCabe and Georgia Mai Murphy enjoying the atomsphere at Palmerstown House Estate - see further coverage on pages 62 and 63. Photo Aishling Conway. RIGHT: Cassie and Layla Molloy also at Palmestown

connection with the alleged proceeds of a robbery. A member of the public alerted Gardaí to suspicious activity outside the Applegreen Service Station at 9pm. Gardaí attended the scene and detained one man leaving the property after he threatened staff with a piece of glass. A second man fled and was arrested following a chase on foot a short distance away. Two men, in their their 30s, were questioned at Newbridge Garda Station overnight and were due in court yesterday. Gardaí thanked a woman who alerted them about the incident in progress.


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Naas girl doctors said would never walk scoops gymnastics gold by Louise McCarthy A young Naas child whose parents were warned that she would not ever walk, crawl or run has just scooped a gold medal in gymnastics along with a bronze in karate. Seven-year-old Brooke Taafe, Monread, Naas, had to be resuscitated at birth. She has two hearing aids and won national bronze and gold medals in Dublin within the past week. Her mother, Julie O’Hagan said:” I had a placental eruption. It was a bleak outlook, we were told to prepare for the worst. She was on a ventilator for 72 hours to keep her alive. Then she started having seizures, then she got palsy. We were told she she might never crawl, walk or run. It is like a miracle “ However, Brooke defied the odds. She started gymnastics in Naas a few years ago and is now a part of the Phoenix Gym Club in Tallaght. Earlier this week, she scooped gold in a national event for under 8s, with 118 competing. A week later, she won bronze in karate, a sport she just started this year. Brooke also plays hockey and tennis. Her mother said: “I just remember thinking

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Parents Julie O’Hagan with Brooke and Brian Taafe

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which has been running for 16 years is hosting a Bake Sale and Raffle this Sunday 4 December, in the Sallins Community Hall, after each mass. Donations of cakes or baked goods welcome including cookies, savouries, etc. There has been great support from local businesses but the centre badly needs toys, baby equipment, First Aid and safety equipment, along with rent and insurance costs. “We meet on Mondays from 10am - 12pm at the Community Centre” said Pam Ward. “It is a positive support network for parents, and many life long friends have been made through its existence. It is also a positive learning through play experience for toddlers, a major stepping stone in preparing them for pre school. We got no grant this year because this group was closed from April, but under new volunteers Jess Hay, Lynne Buckley, Lisa Lancaster and I, we are fighting to keep it open. Contact Pam at 086 850 9663.

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with a total of 125 students from across Ireland receiving their scholarship certificate. JP McManus has contributed €32m to fund the provision of

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with Sound Seekers Specsavers Naas and Newbridge stores are proud to announce that both stores will be fundraising in aid of the charity ‘Sound Seekers’. Fundraising activities are running until Monday next, 5 December, with the store aiming to raise €500 in aid of this worthwhile cause. This is the first time both stores will be working with Sound Seekers, an international development charity that helps deaf and hearing impaired people in some of the poorest communities in the world. The teams at Specsavers Naas and Newbridge are urging locals to donate their old, unwanted hearing aids, as a means of helping to improve the hearing health of those less fortunate. Old hearing aids that are donated by cus-

tomers will be refurbished and used to help patients in Africa. The store is aiming to collect 20 pairs of hearing aids during this time so they can be sent to those less privileged before Christmas. Throughout the fundraising drive, both stores will be donating the sales of hearing and optical accessories to Sound Seekers, together with donations raised from repairs. With the help of vital funds, Sound Seekers can continue to reach isolated communities in Africa where hearing loss is more prevalent. Hearing loss has a much greater impact on lives in the developing world, affecting children’s ability to stay in school, as well as impacting an adult’s likelihood of securing employment. Audiologist at Specsavers Naas and

Newbridge, Carol O’Neill commented: ‘In Ireland, we have access to excellent hear care but most people in Africa are not as lucky, making it vital that we do all we can to improve their hearing health services.’ In an effort to support Sound Seekers, both Specsavers Naas and Newbridge are holding a raffle in store, with a hamper comprising designer frames and other goodies, worth €200, up for grabs. Simply pop in store to purchase a raffle ticket for just €2 with all proceeds going directly to Sound Seekers. For further information on the services available simply drop in to chat with the team in Specsavers Newbridge (045) 437 090 or Specsavers Naas at (045) 856 566. All support appreciated!

Audiologist at Specsavers Naas and Newbridge, Carol O’Neill displaying the fabulous hamper on display

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Athy’s Picture This launch 2017 Tour By Kildare Post Reporter

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Picture This tour of Ireland and the UK and tens of thousands were snapped up by fans within minutes. The band, consisting of Athy duo Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford, have pencilled in eight dates

in May and June 2017, including three nights in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. There are also concerts at the Waterfront in Belfast, a date at Live at the Marquee in Cork and gigs across the water in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. With their debut EP still riding high in the charts, the band have signed a major record deal with Republic

Records – the biggest record label in the world - rubbing shoulder with the likes of The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Drake. The band will be on the bill at the 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of the ISPCC in the 3 Arena in Dublin on Saturday next, December 3 having performed in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, Dublin and Cork in recent weeks.

Athy duo Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford of Picture This: 2017 Tour dates now selling

Aishling in Winning Form

Kildare captain Aishling Holton proves she’s still in winning form as she looks fab at Joe Mallon Motors Litd 30th Anniversary celebrations last week. At the weekend, Aishilng was also part of the winning Johnstownbridge side which claimed the Junior AllIreland Ladies Championship title over Scariff/ Ogonnelloe in Birr. See further coverage on Joe Mallon Motors’ celebrations on pages 65 and 66.


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Newbridge family renew appeal to find missing daughter by Louise McCarthy The parents of missing teenager Deirdre Jacob say that after 18 years since her disappearance, ‘time has not healed.’ Just weeks before Christmas and with the annual National Missing Persons Day at Farmleigh House on December 7, Bernadette and Michael Jacob are renewing an appeal for information on their daughter’s disappearance. On July 28, 1998, Ms Jacob left her home at about noon and walked into Newbridge to visit her grandmother. She then went to the local AIB to get a bank draft for her student accommodation in Twickenham, UK where she was training to be a teacher. Ms Jacob then went to the Post Office and returned to her grandmother before setting out on the walk home (which would take 25 minutes). Deirdre was last seen at approx 3.30pm at the gateway to her family house in Roseberry. She never made it to the doorway and there have been no sightings of her since. The Jacobs are at a loss to understand what happened to their daughter. Mr Jacob said: “There were no complications in her life. Everything was running smoothly, her studies going according to plan. It is on our mind all the time, sometimes it hits in a severe way. It is not just birthdays or at Christmas, it is everyday that she is missing. Time does not heal at all, we are reminded all the time.” Newbridge Lions Club have joined with the Jacob family to launch a new poster campaign in a bid to ap-

Bernadette and Michael Jacob - Parents of Missing girl Deidre Jacob

peal for information. Mr Jacob said: “Our whole life changed on that day. Everyone is at a loss. At least one person knows what happened. We hope that they are in a position to come forward, they should not be afraid.” Sgt Séamus Rothwell recalls how he was based in Newbridge when Deirdre’s disappearance took place

18 years ago. Now based in Bray, Sgt Rothwell has never given up on the case. “It was a huge shock to the whole community. The case is still open and being investigated. From time to time, we get bits of information, and we check everything out. We are continually going back to people, it is an ongoing situation.”

Other Kildare Missing Persons

Meanwhile, appeals are in place for a number of other people, who have disappeared in Co Kildare. Former Athy Town Cllr Tony Egan vanished on September 19, 2016, last from his home in Portarlington. He studied Politics in Maynooth University and

went on to become a Labour Town Councillor on Athy Town Council having been co-opted onto the body in 2008. He is described as being 5 ft 11in height, weighing 11 stone. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black tracksuit bottoms and white runners. Naas man Trevor Deeley was last seen at the age of 22, in the early hours of December 8, 2000. His disappearance in Dublin shortly before Christmas became the subject of possibly the highest-profile search for a missing person in recent years. Since he walked away from a CCTV camera on Baggot Street Bridge that night, nobody has been able to establish what happened to him. The camera recorded him passing by at 4.14am, heading towards Haddington Road. This year marks 21 years since Jo Jo Dullard was reported missing. Ms Dullard was making her way from Dublin back home to Callan, Co Kilkenny the night she disappeared. She made a phone-call from a phonebox in Moone village. A short time later a woman answering her description was seen in the back of a dark coloured Toyota Carina type car. There were further sightings of a woman similar to Jo Jo in Castledermot, around mid night. The driver or occupants of this Toyota Carina type car have never been traced. That was the last that anyone has heard from her. Martin Doyle disappeared from outside his home in Suncroft at around 11.30am on October 4, 2004. He was last seen wearing navy tracksuit bottoms and a navy top with a white stripe down the side of it. All families describe the ‘not knowing’ as devastating.

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Kildare families urged to join Faith matters the #lovearealtree campaign N By Kildare Post Reporter

The Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association (ICTGA) is appealing to Kildare people to buy a real Irish Christmas tree this year, and to support local jobs and the economy in the process. According to Kildare Christmas tree grower, Martin Kelleher whose family business is located between Ballymore Eustace and Brannockstown, there is no comparison between a real Irish tree and a plastic, fake one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By buying a real Irish tree, Kildare people are supporting jobs and investing in something that is natural, sustainable, recyclable and will beautifully enhance their home for the entire festive season.â&#x20AC;? Martin has been in the Christmas tree business for 35 years. He cultivates 60 acres and sells 5,000 trees every year in the business which was started by his father. He supplies outlets in the south, and garden centres in the north, but there is an increase in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;choose and cutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service, which sees families making a day out of going to the farm, picking their tree, and watching it being cut down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want to know they are getting a fresh tree, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Model and nutritionist Rosanna Davison with the help of Kevin Kelleher from Ballymore Eustace launches the #lovearealtree campaign. Picture:Brian McEvoy

why the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;choose and cutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service is increasing in popularity. The fresh aroma of the tree will last the entire Christmas seasonâ&#x20AC;? added Martin, whose family are avid GAA supporters, with his sons all GAA players with BME GFC. He advises people to shop around to get the freshest tree possible and once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the house to keep the tree watered so the scent lasts longer. The association has launched a #lovearealtree

campaign to highlight the merits of a real Irish tree, and to remind people of the joys of a traditional Christmas. A survey on behalf of the ICTGA reveals that 44% of consumers will likely opt for a real tree this year, with the average spend per tree about â&#x201A;Ź43*. Families are being encouraged to choose an Irish-grown tree by looking for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love A Real Treeâ&#x20AC;? label which prvoes the tree was grown by a member of the ICTGA.

ext Sunday 4 December is the second Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading from St Matthew relates to John the Baptist who preached about the coming of the Messiah and baptised the people in the water of the River Jordan. John the Baptist practiced what he preached. He lived a harsh existence in the desert. To quote St Matthew â&#x20AC;&#x153;This man John wore a garment made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.â&#x20AC;? St John preached repentance. He invited the people to do penance and he baptised them in the water of the River Jordan to symbolise the washing away of their sins. We too are called as part of our preparation for Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming to do penance. It is important then to choose some form of mortiďŹ cation during these short weeks of Advent. Our celebration of Christmas will be all the more enjoyable and enriching if we have made an effort to prepare in the right spirit. St John the Baptist told his listeners:â&#x20AC;&#x153;I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows is more powerful than I am, and I am not ďŹ t to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and ďŹ re.â&#x20AC;?

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Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park presents the magic of Christmas! Santa arrived in Lullymore on Saturday last, 26 November and will be in situ until December 23 when he heads back to the North Pole. This is the eleventh year for the centre to present its traditional and mesmerising Christmas themed event. A magical experience for both young and old is guaranteed as the park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of family

fun with some very special guests to entertain you along the way! Your 2016 Christmas visit will include: a visit to Santa to receive a gift from the Elves in their workshop; a trip on the Festive Road Train which will carry you on a magical trip through ancient woodlands, glassy lakes and a beautiful peatland landscape. You’ll also spot Elf Hologram

Santa meets Rían (age 3) and Kaiden Crosbie (age 4) from Cappanargid at Lullymore last weekend. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Santa meets Jack Mullane (age 6) at Lullymore Heritage &Discovery Park, Rathangan. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

in New Stone Age House in woodland, a Christmas Fairy Hologram in an old style thatched cottage, an Illuminated walkway through the woods or visit the Crib scene in another old style thatched cottage. Animals such as donkeys, goats and miniature horses will be in paddocks beside centre. There’s an illuminated Fairy Bower, and of course, with every visit, Santa and his help-

CHRISTMAS IN ROBERTSTOWN

Sunday 4th December

SANTA arrives at 6pm • Visit him @ Mulanneys Robertstown

Turning on of the Christmas lights & Blessing of the Crib @ 5.30pm Carrols by the children of Robertstown National School at The Christmas Crib

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Unveilling of 1916 Proclamation Stone and Memorial Bench at 5pm

Floating Candles

On the Grand Canal to remember those that are not with us this year On sale in Mullaney’s, Welds & the Post Office €3.00 Each

Come and enjoy the festivities in Robertstown

ers arrive by Lullymore’s Road Train or you can play with in the Funky Forest which is now transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Why not have fun with the elves in the Funky Forest Indoor Centre and make sure to post your letter to Santa. No booking required for families. Santa arrives at 10am on weekends and 2pm from Wednesday to Friday. Note, we are closed Mondays and

Tuesdays. Late Openings 7/, 14/15 and 21/22 December from 2 pm – 8.30pm. Santa photos not supplied but visitors welcome to bring their own cameras. **Adults Free on weekdays (1 adult free with 1 child admission); save up to 20%** by visiting Wednesday – Friday including late opening nights** (based on 2 adults and 2 children). Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Tubas perform in aid of Sensational Kids An exciting new Christmas tradition is being launched this year on Dublin’s Grafton Street when a group of tuba players from all over the country will perform Christmas music in aid of Kildare’s Sensational Kids. The event will be hosted on Saturday week, December 10 featuring tuba players from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Tipperary, Wicklow, Offaly, Kildare, Meath, Louth and more, this being the first such event in Ireland. Christmas Tubas promises to be a visual and musical spectacular with different size tubas played by musicians who will be festively dressed for the occasion. All donations from the Christmas Tubas Spectacular will go to the award winning Sensational Kids Charity to support its subsidised assessment and intervention services for children of all abilities. The festivities take place from 2pm-3pm on Grafton Street on Saturday 10.


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Mothercare Newbridge for expertise in all mother and baby care Shopping for a new baby can be one of the most exciting and overwhelming things you will ever do. There is so much choice when it comes to picking a car seat, planning the nursery and most of us don’t know a travel system from a stroller. It all becomes very real, very quick the first time you step into a Mothercare store as there is so much choice. Lesson number one, according to Newbridge store manager Sandra McGuiness is do not let yourself get overwhelmed by all the choice. You can do all the research you want in advance but there are some very basic questions you need to ask to ensure you get not only the best of everything, but also the best choice for your child, you and your lifestyle.

We are here to help!

“When it comes to selecting a car seat for your car, it’s imperative that you get assistance in store,” says Sandra McGuiness, Mothercare Newbridge Store Manager. “All our staff are fully trained car seat experts across a huge variety of ISOFIX and non-ISOFIX infant carriers, car seats and booster seats from Maxi Cosi, Britax, Graco, Mothercare own

brand and many more. As you can see in store, there are a lot of car seats on display for you to look at, hold and get fitted on rigs in store or in your car. “You can also get bogged down in the jargon so let a Mothercare expert advise you on what’s best for your car and for your child, based on their weight. We can also not only show you how to fit your car seat, but actually fit it for you. Our experts also carry out regular check it fits roadshows and will check any car seat that we stock is fitted correctly in a car, regardless of whether it was bought in Mothercare. Safety is paramount.”

Travel Systems

Travel Systems are another area that confuse people as there are so many designer buggies, celebrity endorsements and a vast difference in the price range. Sandra continues “When selecting a travel system we tend to focus on the lifestyle of the parents. We ask what sort of terrain they will be using it on, as this helps us determine whether they require a four or three-wheel chassis. We also ask whether they will be travelling mostly by bus or car so we can determine if weight and size is an issue. Some people are

really influenced by brands or recommendations from family and friends, and we have a huge variety of pushchairs and travel systems from all the main suppliers; iCandy, Silvercross, Phil and Ted and Cosatto, as well as the Mothercare own brands, including the best-selling Roam. We can guide parents through every step of this process but they’ll have to decide the colour pack themselves!”

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But it’s not just travel that the experts at Mothercare can help with. They have toy experts that can take you through the Early Learning Centre (ELC) range and explain how learning through play can help your baby develop even from a very young age.

Bra Fitting Experts

Bra fitting experts can help mums through changes during and after pregnancy as they may need up to four different fittings and adjustments made to bras. Finally, when it comes to planning a nursery, it is imperative that you consult a sleep safety expert at Mothercare. Sandra continues “we can guide you through the fun process of planning your baby’s room while ensuring they are sleeping in the safest possible environment.”

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All cuts of BEEF, PORK and LAMB available We also have a vast selection of Home Produce and advise Customers to order EARLY to ensure availability t Home Baked Hams t Home Cooked Roast Beef t Home Cooked Spiced Beef t Nolan’s Gold Medal Homemade Sausages & Puddings t Nolan’s Festive Cranberry Black Pudding and Cranberry Sausages t Nolan’s Homemade Sausage Meat & Homemade Stuffing t Nolan’s Homemade Sausage Rolls t Nolan’s Homemade reduced Fat Sausages & homemade turkey sausages t Nolan’s Home Cured Low Salt Rashers t Fresh Fish & Smoked Salmon t Irish & Continental Cheeses t Fine Wines from around the world t Homemade Preserves & Fruit Juices t Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

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The O Holy Night annual concert at St Conleth’s, Newbridge Sunday 18 December sees the return of the annual O Holy Night Concert at St Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge. Presented by St Conleth’s Parish and well known singer, conductor and composer Owen C Lynch, O

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Holy Night is now in its 17th year and is eagerly awaited by audiences throughout Co Kildare and further afield. Joining Owen and his spectacular choir, The Owen C Lynch Vocal Ensemble on the night are soprano soloists: Kay Lynch and Sharon Lyons, tenor Dave Maguire and the Newbridge Vocal Academy Ensemble, a choir of students from Owens’ singing school. The beautiful 20 piece O Holy Night Orchestra will accompany and once again create their magic in a programme to include ‘Angels we have heard on high’, In the bleak mid winter, What a wonderful world, The skaters waltz, Winter Wonderland, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Ring Christmas Bells, Silent Night, O Holy Night and many more festive favourites. Audiences will also have the chance to raise their voices and join the choirs and orchestra for a rousing grand finale of familiar carols. Due to the popularity of this concert, early booking is strongly advised. Admission is €20 and tickets are available from Newbridge Parish Centre (045 43121) or from Veronica (087 794 0850). Owen and his choir recently received glowing reviews for their performance in ‘Mise Eire – 1916 Remembered’ in the Town Hall Naas and at Naas GAA.

Owen Lynch Tenor

Sharon Lyons Soprano

Kay Lynch Soprano

Owen and Dave Maguire performing

Whitewater WOW Event

Tracey Martin Cadogan with Mary Duffin at Whitewater WOW Event last weekend. Photo Pat Tinsley

The Doyle family securing a few Royal bargains at Whitewater’s WOW Event last week. Photo Pat Tinsley


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Nolan’s Butchers, sallins

Photos: Aishling Conway

Nolan’s Butchers Sallins for prime Irish meats and poultry Prime Irish meats – indeed, all sourced in Co Kildare is what you’ll get in Nolan’s Butchers, Sallins with fresh fish delivered twice weekly from McKenna’s in Dublin. You can’t get much fresher than that! The business is run by Peter Nolan who has over 20 years experience as a butcher and hails from the famous bloodlines of the Nolan family who have award-winning outlets in Kilcullen and Naas. Joined by two qualified and experienced butchers, Patrick and Andreas, Peter insists that all meats are sourced as locally as possible, with O’Gorman’s of Casteldermot supplying them with all beef and pork products and all farm fresh turkeys and chickens sourced from Billy Gray’s Feighcullen Farm, both renowned Kildare suppliers. “We believe in supporting Kildare industry as much as possible” said Peter “And thereby, keeping other Kildare companies in business whilst supporting the local economy”.

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Each guest will bring ingredients of their choosing, the chefs will have 30mins per guest to think up and prepare a meal for you using just those ingredients, watch how the chefs mind works when put under pressure! 6 guests x 30mins = 6 dishes for you to learn.

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Learn the art of sourdough, regional breads such as focaccia, naan, classic French baguette, brioche & more

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24/04 | 6.30 - 9.30pm | Hands On CHOCOLATE & DESSERTS

Chocolate & desserts, says it all! Chocolate tart, fondant, mousse, just a few of the chocolatey delights we will show you in this class.

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08/05 | 6.30 - 9.30pm | Demo HEALTHY EATING

Excellent healthy recipes using superfoods like lentils, salmon, quinoa, wholefoods, low GI carbs, and we explain the difference between good fats and bad fats & where to avoid them on the supermarket shelf.

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My name is Timmy Conway & I am dyslexic • Timmy fails the Intermediate and Leaving Certificate • Timmy packs Maltesers in England • Timmy repeats and passes the Leaving Certificate • Timmy encounters various characters in Kildare County Council

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FROM A BOY IN A DESK OF HIS OWN TO ADVISING THE O’CONOR DON( THE LAST HIGH KING OF IRELAND) ON HIS STUDENTS AT CLONGOWES FROM A NOBODY IN ENGLAND, TO MAYOR OF NAAS AND SENATOR & FREEMAN OF OMAHA

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NEWS

Finally, the door closes on Two Mile House Post Office By Rose Barrett O’Donoghue Yesterday, Wednesday 30 saw the end of an era for Two Mile House and indeed, the broader community. Abina and Jim Valentine have finally and irrefutably retired. The key was firmly turned in the front door last night and Valentine’s shop and Post Office is officially closed. Not only will local residents miss the affable couple behind the counter but passing motorists, Gardai on duty and indeed, the post men will all miss the banter and chat of this pair, never mind the fact you never had to worry about parking! For over 50 years Jim ran the Post Office, following the career path of his later mother Kathleen who was post-mistress before him. With his young bride, Abina the pair extended the premises where they raised their daughter Jennifer and three sons John, Trevor and Alan. Generations of children from the area trotted into Valentine’s for school snacks, whilst adults picked up their daily newspaper, bread and milk or a packet of cigarettes. And in the days when Christmas hams and meats were posted abroad, Abina firstly washed the bacon cloths, and hung them outside on a rack to dry. The recycled sack cloth was then used for wrapping chickens, geese and turkeys and using greaseproof paper and the sack cloth, she stitched the fowl gift ready for ‘air mail’! A whole other era. With a regime of rising at 6am in the morning, the couple are now planning on visiting their children and grandchildren with Jennifer in Australia and Alan in the UK, Trevor in Celbridge (John, Mary and family are only next door!). Local business man Eugene Brennan of the Brown Bear says the couple will be sadly missed

Abina and Jim Valentine with John Valentine, Mary Valentine, Jean Turner, Mary Faherty andf Joan Shirran

and the Valentine’s 80 plus years in business in the locality is a remarkable achievement. “The community of Two Mile House will sorely miss the pair of them” he said. Joyce Richardson nee Anderson of Mullacash noted how she had gone into the shop as a child along with her late mother Bridget and father Dennis, Bridget for the milk and bread but mainly for the chat and Dennis for the cigarettes and paper, and the banter with Jim. “We are so sad to see the shop closed. Locals will miss the convenience of the Post Office and the shop but mostly we will miss the catch up and

banter. My son Harry, now 12, loved going in there and he always referred to Jim as ‘The Ice Cream’ man. It was also the first shop he went into with his own money to choose a treat”. Next Sunday after 11am mass in St Peter’s Church in Two Mile House, the community is hosting a fond farewell for the retired couple at the national school, with confectionery and snacks. Mark O’Sullivan, post man to the area is devastated at the closure, delighted for Jim and Abina who’ve worked so hard but says he will their great hospitality and wit. Abina and Jim admitted they will miss their old clients be-

cause for many years, the older generation were dependant on the mail services to communicate with family abroad. “Christmas was so busy back then” said Abina. “Post was the only communication tool to family abroad or down the country. We’d lay out all the cards and letters on the kitchen table and sort them, county by county – that was the sorting office years ago!” It really is the end of an era but for Abina and Jim, new adventures and freedom to spend time with family for a well-earned retirement. We, at the Kildare Post wish them all the best.

Abina and Jim Valentine with Judy Maloney

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NEWS

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McAuley Place win national Pride of Place award

Woman fined for raising monies for non-existent charity A woman caught raising

money in Newbridge for a non-existent charity was fined at Naas District Court last week. The Co Laois mother was charged with giving misleading information at Eyre St, Newbridge, on June 26, 2015. She was also charged with failing to produce an authorised ID and refusing to give a name and address. In court, Detective Séamus Doyle outlined how the accused was seen collecting for Cuisle, a suicide prevention charity. The court was told there is a cancer support centre in Portlaoise but not a Cuisle suicide prevention charity. Ninety euro was found in the bucket and seized. Evidence was heard how the accused had 8 previous convictions, including one for Section 4 assault. Defence Solicitor, Conal Boyce, said the accused has three children, receives an income of €173 pw and was “in dire straits”. Judge Zaidan imposed a fine of €200 on each of the charges with €90 to be donated to Cuisle in Portlaoise.

At the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on Saturday last, McAuley Place, Naas, was presented with one of the top awards in the competition. It took top place in Category 6, which is for Age Friendly Community Initiatives. Remarking on McAuley Place, the judges said “This is a unique and heart-warming entry in the Age Friendly category. What has been created here in this non-profit organisation is an intergenerational and creative model of living for older people. Consisting of apartments, a community centre, an arts and cultural centre, a profit making tea room and a volunteer hub, it promotes a lifestyle for the elderly that is truly inclusive within the locality”. The Kildare Post sends our heartiest congratulations to all at McAuley Place Naas on their deserving win. Photo Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Volunteers and supporters of McAuley Place proudly display the National Pride of Place Award at the centre’s Christmas Fair last weekend. Photo Paul O’Rourke.

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newsbriefs KWWSPCA CHRISTMAS FAIR If you haven’t been to the

KWWSPCA Shelter, this is a great opportunity to visit and see the dogs in our care. Santa will be calling and there will be stalls selling Christmas gifts, KWWSPCA Christmas cards and calendars, cakes, decorations and other interesting items. Light refreshments will be available. This is largely an outside event, so warm clothes essential! If anyone would like to bake some cakes, mince pies, biscuits, etc., or donate unwanted presents and/or Christmas decorations, that would be very much appreciated. Sat 3 and Sun 4, 11am-3pm – see you there.

SUNDAY OPENING FOR NOAH’S ARK Noah’s Ark, the KWWSPCA’s Charity Shop on Cutlery Road will be opening every Sunday before Christmas from 2-5pm. Almost opposite the side entrance to Whitewater Shopping Centre, it is a treasure trove of Christmas gifts and goods. KWWSPCA Christmas cards and KWWSPCA/ISPCA calendars are also on sale there.

KILDARE & WEST WICKLOW SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS The Kildare & West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KWWSPCA) is a Registered Charity (Number CHY 6280) that investigates and deals with reports of cruelty and neglect to animals of all sorts; family pets, wild animals and birds, farm animals, horses, ponies and donkeys, throughout County Kildare and West Wicklow. It is a voluntary organisation with no paid employees.

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FOSTERING HELP

Could you be a foster carer for one of the dogs or cats in the care of the KWWSPCA? This is very rewarding work and enables the Society to care for a lot more animals than would otherwise be the case. The KWWSPCA pays all the veterinary and feed costs while the dog, puppy, cat or kitten is in the foster home, while the foster home offers shelter, love and initial training. Some animals do so much better when they are in a home situation, especially if they are very young, needing veterinary care or would be rather nervous and uneasy in the

Because of his energy, he would not suit a home with very young children, but he would be fine with older children. Rocky has been microchipped, vaccinated and neutered. At the moment he is in a home in Naas, Co. Kildare, so if you would like to meet him, an appointment would have to be made by calling 087 6887136. We ask for a rehoming fee of €100 when we rehome a dog to partly cover their veterinary and other costs and a home check is needed.

USEFUL NUMBERS

Animal Shelter. If you would be interested in finding out more about foster caring,please phone the KWWSPCA Helpline numbe 087 127 9835 or the KWWSPCA Animal Welfre Officer 087 913 3923.

DOG OF THE WEEK – ROCKY

Rocky is looking for a new home. Rocky was rehomed in the summer, but due to unforeseen circumstances, his

owners are no longer able to keep him. We think Rocky may be a dachshund cross. He looks a bit like a dachshund but he has longer legs and is a bit bigger, but he is still quite a small dog. He is very active and loves his walks and his games, so would need to go to an active household. He is house trained, loves human company and affection and is good with other dogs.

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THURSDAY 01 DECEMBER 2016

News

Old faces at the New-look Bridgewater Inn! Official launch of the newly refurbished premises A great pint, tantalising food, good music and plenty of craic you can always expect at the Bridgewater Inn, Sallins. The service too is renowned so you’ll be even more pleased to learn that Martin Finn, who worked there for 8 years under previous management is now the lease owner and manager. Joining him are former Bridgewater staff, Craig Hughes and John Mulcahy, Floor Supervisor of the waiting staff.

Official Launch Night

Next Saturday, Martin will launch the recently refurbished lounge and interiors with a night of live entertainment, free nibbles and dibbles. “We’ll have young Jack Cur-

ran and his band entertain from 9pm with Finbarr Cody playing from 10.30pm” said Martin. “ The celebrations kick off from 9pm with free sparkling wine on arrival to guests. And if the lads don’t fancy the wine, they’ll be offered an alternative. Finger food and canapés will be served courtesy of Brian at the Boathouse Bistro which has the franchise for food here and they’re really making a name for themselves!” There’s no admission charge and you’ll be entered into a mega Raffle on Saturday night also.

Function Room and Party Venue

“I’d like to invite everyone along to our official launch

next Saturday in Sallins, and also to view our Function Room which is ideal for family, office or club celebrations from christenings to staff gettogethers or championship wins – whatever the occasion, whatever the budget, talk to me about our range of options” said Martin. The Bridgewater Inn, the ideal spot to ring in the New Year or to celebrate those special occasions all year round. The punter can also enjoy a game of darts, pool or view all major sporting events on their cinema sized screen or any one of their six TV screens. Open daily from 12 noon 7 days, drop in anytime or contact Martin at 045 850 001 for all your party enquiries.

Owner/Manager of the Bridgewater Inn Martin Finn

Craig Hughes (Bar Manager), Brian McEvoy (Head Chef), Claire Malone (Waitress), Martin Finn (Owner/Manager) and John Mulcahy (Floor Supervisor)


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THURSDAY 01 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

You could have Osteoporosis: a simple test could let you know Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland can advise you

Osteoporosis is a silent disease affecting 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 in Ireland, although all age groups can be affected. Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable at all stages therefore it is important to address your bone health especially if it is hereditary. There are usually no warning signs, an individual has developed osteoporosis and it’s often only diagnosed when a bone is  fractured after  even minor falls. Loss of bone-building materials

can occur as the body ages, and is particularly prevalent among post-menopausal women.

During your consultation at our clinic:

Karen Byrne: Registered General Nurse (RGN) will review and explain your DEXA scan and provide an ultrasound bone density scan to monitor your progress with our program. Susan Boland: Nutritional Therapist (NT) will assess

you to develop personalised nutrition to meet your specific bone health needs. Our Chartered Physiotherapists use specific exercises aimed to increase your bone density. Each client is monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis, with an individual program developed according to your lifestyle and level of activity. Follow up clinics are held 3 monthly to review our client’s progress and update their individual protocols. Susan & Karen use the most

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Gillian and Ava Dowling from Naas at the Born Fashion and Interior Black Friday VIP Night, Monread Shopping Centre, Naas. Photo Michael Donnelly.

up to date research in the development of their program and we look forward to engaging with you on your journey to improving your bone health.

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Monday 5 December, Beaumont, Dublin 9. Tuesday 6 December, Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Contact Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland, Susan: 086-858 0500 or Karen: 087-236 0877 E: info@osteoporosisclinicireland.com Web: www. osteoporosisclinicireland. com

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restaurant review: Lemongrass

Lemongrass in Naas continues to satisfy the taste buds and is ideal for Christmas parties By Senan Hogan Lemongrass in Naas has one of the most extensive menus of any restaurant in Ireland - and is perfectly designed to cater for every taste and mood.  The easygoing ambience would make you feel like you could stay for hours and the always pleasant decor was jazzed up by tasteful Christmas decorations.  The open kitchen with busy Asian chefs is also a pleasing sight as we watched our food being cooked.  When we visited ‪at 8pm on Sunday evening‬, there were still families

finishing their meals at tables while there were also couples dining in intimate corners. A ‘birthday girl’ and her pals were having a lively time in the corner. Of course all food is handprepared on site by Asian chefs using all natural ingredients. The restaurant - including its sister outlet in Citywest - doesn’t use MSG, preservatives or artificial colourings. To begin, I ordered a bottle of Singha beer which is brewed in Thailand while my companion opted for a bottle of non-alcoholic wine - and it’s encouraging that this option is offered - so well done Lemongrass! A full cocktail m e n u featuring festive favourites is also available from the wellstocked bar.  As we waited for our Starters, we picked at a platter

of Crab Claws  cooked in ginger butter soy served with freshly-baked naan bread. I opted for the  Asian Broth  starter which was delivered promptly by the effortlessly friendly and efficient waiting staff. 

Did You Know: • The Sunday Menu (12.20pm-10pm) offers 2 Courses for €20 or 3 Courses for €24.50. • The Early Bird Menu offers 2 Courses for €19 and 3 Courses for €23.50. • The Children’s Menu features a Main Course, Drink and Dessert and costs €9.

A couple of piping hot coffees rounded off a very enjoyable evening and I will certainly be back in coming weeks for Christmas drinks and food - with a gang of pals or with office colleagues.


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THURSDAY 01 DECEMBER 2016

COOKERY

Home Cooking

By Barbara Collins

CLEMENTINE ROAST CHICKEN TRAY BAKE You’ve heard of Duck a l’Orange. This version from Marks and Spencer’s uses citrus with chicken. It is so delicious. I was a bit dubious until I tried it. It is altogether special enough for an occasion, but I will be making it much more often than that. If you can’t get a fennel bulb, you can leave it out. INGREDIENTS n thighs 1 pack chicke lb 1 fennel bu 1 red onion 3 garlic cloves sprigs thyme n or 150ml chicke k oc st e bl ta ge ve en peas 1 Handful froz es 4 clementin l 3 tbsp olive oi rd ta us m n ijo D 1 tbsp 1 lemon juice

Thinly slice the fennel bulb and red onions. Crush the garlic cloves. Heat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5. Combine the marinade ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. Add the chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly.Leave to marinate for 30 minutes, if you have time. Place the fennel, onion, garlic and thyme in a roasting dish with the chicken and

marinade, then add the stock. Roast for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Gently mix in the peas, then return to the oven and cook for another 3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan to hot and quickly press the clementine discs on to the surface for ½-1 minute until they caramelise on one side. Add a squeeze of lemon and serve

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The Money Trail By Murdock

Send your queries and comments to: k.p.murdock@hotmail.com

Tail Wagging the Dog! Finally the penny has dropped with the Central Bank of Ireland and it has loosened its lending restrictions for mortgage lending. First time buyers will now be able to borrow any amount with a full deposit of 10% only. It makes perfect sense. Prior to this borrowers could borrow up to 10% on a figure of up to €220,000 but then they needed a 20% deposit for amounts over that. Complicated! On top of this the Government, post-election, decided to introduce a new scheme whereby the 20% could be obtained from Tax refunds. This hasn’t been fully rolled out yet and there was always going to be a difficulty about the amount or the quantum of Tax relief that would be made available from Tax returns over the previous four years. It could be as high as €15,000 on a €300,000 mortgage or up to €20,000 on mortgages all between €400,000 and €600,000. This was rolled out in October last with the Budget.

Spot the Dog?

It is getting complicated. The tail is wagging the dog. I don’t know in this case who the dog is. The Central Bank was meant to be an independent body, not taken in by Government influence,

and on the other hand, the Government is meant to influence Central Bank’s thinking! But it is all done and dusted now so it’s too late to go back. We are heading for another ‘Bubble’ if supply does not immediately increase.

New Stig on the Block

Although this loosens the mortgage lending criteria for young people, and this is wonderful, it does nothing for the second time buyer or people who want to trade up especially if they are stuck in apartments with one or two children. I fail to understand why this is not being addressed consistently by either the Government or the Central Bank. They are higher earners, they are capable of making better repayments and they are deprived of an opportunity to move on especially those who have been caught in negativity equity on their properties within the last ten years. These are the new makers and shapers of the country. The younger people will come in their own time.

Horse-Camel?

All in all, a horse is being turned into a camel on this one. There was no need for the Government to introduce their rolled out proposals if they knew what Central Bank were doing or what was coming down

“All in all, a horse is being turned into a camel on this one. There was no need for the Govt to introduce their rolled-out proposals if they knew what the Central Bank was doing or what was coming down the tracks”.

the tracks. Although welcomed at the time, Central Bank now bringing in their side of it makes for complicated loose lending. It would be far, far better if the Central Bank brought in their regulations in the first place as an independent body which would better control the money market than Government jockeying for the popular vote. The Central Bank said they would keep a tight eye on their lending and if they saw house prices accelerating at a pace that they were not comfortable with they would change the rules. The problem with that is that by the time they change the rules the damage has been done. The only way property will regulate, in my view, is that the Tax rate on the build should not

be as high as 13½%. It should be around 9% like the catering and leisure sector. More employment would be created and the ultimate borrower i.e. the first time buyer would have a lighter load to carry. Furthermore, the supply of property would selfregulate if County Council’s barcoded the planning applications to know the numbers and this referenced to the central register with the Department of Housing. Then they could close the tap when it is getting too complicated. This would not be overt Government interference but simply a regulation. If they then allow Central Bank get on with their job as they have more macro issues to deal with as well. That is lending strategy, not housing strategy! That’s just my view.

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Mayor of Naas officially lights up Naas Town!

Mayor of Naas, Cllr Fintan Brett officially lights up the town!

Soprano Celine Byrne wows the crowd with a festive song.

Chris and Paige Maher,Erica Mulreid and Martina Maher.

Josiah and Katrina Zerate.

Boutique owner Catriona Byrne and Solicitor Rioghnagh Bracken

Joe and Hugh McGrath

Jenny and Sam Cahill.

Roisin and Aoife Finn.

Steve and Jacob Cassidy.

Pictures: Pat Tinsley

Darragh O’Toole

Billy Fitzgerald, Eadestown.

Aurelia Cadogan, Newbridge, dancing to a Paddy Casey tune.

Rhys O’Brien-Moran with Santa’s lovely helper, Carol Walsh.

Paddy Casey getting into the mood with a festive number.


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News

20 new jobs created at Whitewater SC By Kildare Post Reporter

The Chopped chain of healthy food outlets has opened its latest premises in Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge. The business run by entrepreneurs Brian Lee and Andy Chen already has 14 stores in Dublin including on Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. All the outlet’s salads, wraps, sandwiches are freshly made and chopped to order and the extensive menu also includes a wide range of smoothies. A total of 20 new jobs have been created with the opening in Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge. More jobs could be on the way as the owners confirmed further recruitment is planned in the coming months. Brian Lee, co-founder and managing director said: “We are extremely excited to be expanding our Chopped brand outside of Dublin and into the heart of Kildare. It is clear that more and more Irish consumers want affordable healthy food options

Kidlare player Darryl Flynn, with Andy Chan, Lil Courtney, Brian Lee and Gary White

and that is exactly what our unique Chopped experience will be providing to the people of Newbridge.” He said the stores cater for a diverse range of people from students to busy professionals. “I am looking forward to opening more and more Chopped outlets across Ire-

land and hopefully a few more in Kildare,” he added. Located in the food court at the shopping centre, it is the fifteenth Chopped store in Ireland. Celebrating the official opening were Chopped founders Brian Lee and Andy Chen, TD’s for South Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin, and Martin Heydon, Kildare footballers Daryl

Flynn and Gary White, Dublin footballer Paddy Andrews as well as many local business people and shoppers. Chopped was born through a love of fitness and the lack of healthy food available to peo-

ple wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. Brian and Andy saw a gap in the food market for ‘healthy fast food’, food out-

lets where people could go to find the exact food and meal plans they needed to fuel their training. Chopped offers customers lettuce selections, garden fresh vegetables, salad dressings, and more than 30 ingredients are ‘chopped’ and freshly dressed into your salad bowl or savoury wrap. To make it more interesting, you can ‘create your own salad’ and choose from some very special dressings, all of which are gluten and dairy free.


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Fantastic display of Christmas Lights and Santa in Naas Town

Will Richards and daughter Amber.

Stunning lighting display at the Moat Shopping Centre, Naas

Fantastic spectacle of Christmas Lights in Naas Town

Caolan and Eimear Ni Chinneide.

Krystle Foley with Marshin, Leon and Oscar Przybylska.

Amber Richards

Soprano star Celine Byrne,Santa Claus,Mayor of Naas Fintan Brett and Rioghnagh Bracken on the steps of the Town Hall counting down to the turning on of the Naas Christmas lights


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News

Kildare Winners of White Flag National Quality Standard Awards Double Gold for K Leisure and Newbridge Sports & Leisure

This year’s Ireland Active Conference and White Flag National Quality Standard Awards took place at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone recently with Gold awards for both K Leisure, Naas and Newbridge Sports & Leisure. And it was Double Gold for each centre with a win in te Leisure and Accessibility categories. The White Flag National Quality Standard, grades facilities’ operational standards, similar to the Blue Flag award which classifies Ireland’s beaches, and it is the most sought after accolade in the leisure and fitness industry. It is the only industry specific award for the Irish leisure and fitness sector and this year saw over 100 entrants for the Awards. The ceremony in Athone awarded a number of leisure facilities for their remarkable standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources. Fitness entrepreneur and Dublin GAA All Star, Philly

we wish to congratulate the winners on the high standards that are being reached by leisure, hotel and fitness centres throughout the country. Our members are continually striving to improve quality in our industry.”

Leisure Awards – Gold

• K Leisure Naas • Newbridge Sports & Leisure Centre   Receiving their Gold Award: Laura Mooney (K-Leisure), Maura Noone (Newbridge Sports & Leisure), Susan Grady (CEO of the K-Leisure group) Barry Walsh (President of Ireland Active) and Avril Moran (Business Services Manager), Noel Murphy (GM K-Leisure) and Helena Vaz (K-Leisure)

McMahon, Dublin GAA High Performance Manager, Dr. Bryan Cullen, Team Ireland nutritionist Sharon Madigan and Cork Camogie legend and host of Ireland’s Fittest Family, Anna Geary, were among the list of impressive speakers at the conference discussing topics such as nutrition,

industry insights and health and physical activity. Speaking at the conference, four-time Camogie All Star Anna Geary said: “I am delighted to be chairing the Ireland Active Conference as physical activity has played a key role in my life throughout the years and has

remained a huge passion following my retirement from inter-county sport. I always say to people that the thinking about something is always worse than actually going and doing it. You will never regret going to the gym or going to do exercise but you could feel guilty if you don’t afterwards.

Why take the risk? Just go!” Conn McCluskey, CEO of Ireland Active said; With such high calibre entries for the White Flag National Quality Standard Awards, each of the categories were keenly fought. We were delighted with the scale and range of the entries and

Accessibility Awards Gold

• K Leisure Naas • Newbridge Sports & Leisure Centre

Enjoy festive family fun at Kildare Village

Launching the Christmas family photography activation at Kildare Village in aid of Sensational Kids is Leonor Faria, Martha Faria and Aoibhín Boyle

Christmas time is in the air again and this season will see Kildare Village host an impressive itinerary of festive animations and entertainment for all the family throughout December. The Village, which has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland for Christmas, will see a stunning variety of events, including choral and dance performances, family photography activation on Kildare Village’s famous Christmas sleigh in aid of local charity,

Sensational Kids, and a snow machine for real winter fun. Explore the Village, to the sounds of Vicky Barry’s School of Dance as they perform on Saturday, 3 and Sunday December at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm while simultaneously embracing snow fall for a truly magical Christmas atmosphere.

Sensational Kids Sleigh

Kildare Village is proud to partner with local charity Sen-

sational Kids this Christmas and for €5, guests can take home a festive photo memory from the Village sleigh, on Saturday, 10 and Sunday 11 December from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, with all proceeds going to this worthy cause. Browse the ample selection of Christmas gift ideas for him, her and the little ones throughout the Village’s 90 boutiques, including the newly opened Escada, with leading international designer labels and Irish crafts


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Imgae Credit: Monsoon By Eimear McGovern

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STYLICIOUS : Your weekly Fashion and Beauty News f ix! For PR or general enquiries, contact us at eimear@rivermedia.ie and put as the subject header : Stylicious

Naomi Feather Jacket, Monsoon €230 - £119

Abby Velvet Jacket, Monsoon €120 £79

Joss Sequin Jacket, Monsoon €199 - £89

Long Warner Jacquard Dress, Oasis €76 - £58

Cortez Dress, Monsoon €155 £79

Black Velvet Chain Shoulder Bag, New Look €22.99 - £17.99

Kimla Leather Panel Embellished Dress, Ted Baker €310 - £259

Red Velvet Clutch, New Look €14.99 £12.99

Black Carbon Glitter Sandals, Dorothy Perkins €39 - £22.50 Sanke Print Heeled T-Bar Sandal, Wallis €49 - £35

Alana Peeptoe Heel, Oasis €52 - £40


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STYLICIOUS : Your weekly Fashion and Beauty News f ix! For PR or general enquiries, contact us at eimear@rivermedia.ie and put as the subject header : Stylicious

Fall in love with

By Eimear McGovern eimear@rivermedia.ie

Weddings were once an affair that took place in summer only, when you could pray for good weather and bare your shoulders in a floral gown while quaffing champagne on the lawn. In the last couple of years, a trend has emerged for winter weddings, making for a whole other set of dilemmas when it comes to dress shopping. A winter wedding guest may have rain, ice or even

at a winter wedding

snow to contend with, but they can also enjoy a hot whiskey, a warm fire and a roast dinner to enjoy at the reception. No wonder winter weddings are becoming so popular, with their festive atmosphere. Picking a gown for a wedding can be a nightmare no matter what the season. But celebrating at a winter wedding offers an opportunity to embrace romantic jewel tones, longer sleeves, velvet and silk, and opulence you just can’t achieve with chiffon.

In winter, there’s no need to catch a chill while sitting in church or shiver while having your photo taken. Now is the opportunity to embrace the festive season and wear everything that would have you sweltering at a July wedding. Fur stoles, glittering jewellery and shoe boots are all considered acceptable when the weather is in minus degrees. Glamour is more than achievable with our selection of gowns and accessories.

Velvet Suit Jacket, Topshop €103 - £75 Crystal Trail Hair Vine, Accessorize €25.90 - £19

Black Faux Fur Tippet Scarf, River Island €33 - £22

Rinascimento Flared Lace Dress, McEhinneys €229 - £190.83.

Signature Pointed Court Shoes, Next €72 - £55

Oralia Boots in Pewter, Dune €155 £115

Green Glitter Double Layer Turtle Neck Scallop Dress, Quiz €38.99 - £29.99

Shimmering Feathers Stud Earrings, Pandora €59 - £50


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STYLICIOUS… Burberry at LDN Fashion week

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Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in Metallic Navy, €32 - £24

Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Yellow Gold, €6.99 £4.59 Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Crimson, €6.99 - £4.59

MAC Glitter, €22 - £16

Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Gold Irisdescent, €6.99 - £4.59

You’d never guess from the cool, calm and polished exterior we present to the outside world, but most of us are concealing an inner magpie that will do anything to incorporate a bit of glitter into our makeup routine. Although glitter might be a bit full-on for your 9-5 at the office, we are now entering the season where it’s expected that you ditch the safer shades of beige we wear throughout the year in favour of something vibrant and shiny, with a touch

of sparkle. On a night out with friends or even at your office Christmas party, now is the time to branch out and make your eyes dazzle, taking inspiration from the looks we saw on the Burberry catwalk this season. The good news is that this is a trend almost impossible to get wrong, whether you opt for a few particles or as much glitter as possible. Not matter what your taste, you’ll impress with some sparkle around your eyes.

Apply as eyeliner, dust some glitter in the corners of your eyes or even pack a punch with a full glitter eye, you’ll be delighted with the result that will have heads turning. You might think that glitter is something best left to schoolgirls and Disney princesses, but glitter is back again and can add a really cool element to your look. Whether you go for full on dazzle dust or a touch of glittery eyeshadow, this look is suitable for any age and flattering for all.

Hourglass

Scrolling through Instagram, Ambient Lighting Palette €67 - £59 watching bloggers on Snapchat or even flicking through the pages of a magazine, you can get the impression that everyone around you is spending hundreds on their beauty products every month. We don’t all have the budgets of celebrities but nowadays, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate just as good a look at a fraction of the price. Whether you covet the perfect shade of lipstick or want luminous radiance that only a good highlighter can give, you can pick up copies of the most coveted palettes, lipsticks and blushers at a fraction of the price. Makeup Revolution Radiance palette €10.35 and the Hourglass Isa Dora Ambient Lighting Palette €67 - Light Touch £59 The Hourglass Ambient Lighting €18.41 Palette is coveted by many but is £11.93 affordable for very few. Thank God for Makeup Revolution, who have made selfie-ready skin affordable for those who can’t afford to shell out for the pricier palette. Isa Dora Light Touch €18.41 - £11.93 and the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter, €35 - £25 One YSL Touche Eclat is sold around the world every ten seconds and has certainly attained the status of cult favourite. However, you can get a similar effect with the Isa Dora Light Touch alternative, one of several brands attempting to imitate YSL’s success with their highlighter pen. Wet n Wild 'Bare It All' €2.99 £1.59 and MAC Lipstick Velvet Teddy, €20 - £13.95 Probably one of the most worthy dupes on the list, this Wet n Wild lipstick perfectly mimics the shade, consistency and longevity of the famous Velvet Teddy. Side by side, even a beauty expert would be hardpushed to tell these two apart. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani Luminous €45 - £33.50 and Revlon Silk Foundation, Photoready Foundation €18.99 €45 - £33.50 £12.99 The Armani foundation is a favourite of celebs including Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham and is the perfect pick for any selfie queens, but if you can’t afford to shell out a fifty on your foundation, choose Revlon to give an affordable glow to skin. Bourjois ‘Rose D'Or’ Little Round Pot Blusher €9.99 £7.99 and NARS ‘Orgasm’ Blusher €27 - £23 This blusher is so famous that NARS have built an entire collection around it. Lucky for us, that means that dupes are springing up in most makeup collections, including Bourjois 'Rose Bourjois. This is probably our D'Or' Little favourite copy of Orgasm because Round Pot it contains similar gold flecks in Blusher €9.99 the formula. - £7.99

Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette €10.35 - £8

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter, €35 - £25

Revlon Photoready Foundation, €18.99 £12.99

MAC Lipstick 'Velvet Teddy' €20 - £13.95

NARS 'Orgasm' Blusher €27 £23

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How Boxing can complement your Training

PERSONAL TRAINING + NUTRITION

= LONG TERM RESULTS

This can help you to correct and improve on any muscle imbalances that you may have developed from your sport or from general day to day living. The benefit to this is that you will become stronger overall and will greatly reduce your risk of injury.

of this was that they could get fit without stressing the muscles and joints that they would need to be fresh later in their season.

Boxing Work out

Set a time for 30 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest. Perform the following routine and try to get as high as possible in the 30 seconds: Aim for 5 – 10 rounds depending on your fitness level. • 1 punch 1 squat • 2 punches 2 squats • 3 punches 3 squats...

Muscle Balance

Do you always lift your shopping with the same arm? Don’t worry, you are not alone in sharing this habit. Many people develop muscle imbalances over time due to repeating movement patterns, such as lifting, on a consistent basis. A further example of this would be a golfer who hits the ball with the same side every time they play or a footballer who uses their stronger foot more often. If this imbalance is not rectified it can lead to injuries and discomfort. Boxing is a two handed sport and one which we use our weaker hand a lot more.

Core Strength

A good boxing coach will teach you how to use your full body with each punch and this will help you to develop impressive core strength and rotational power which transfers very well to sports such as golf, hurling and rugby. Furthermore, in our FIT+

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If fat loss and strength improvements are a goal for a client of ours, we in FIT+ favour the inclusion of short high intensity cardio over longer slower sessions for them. Along with kettle-bell swings and sprints, boxing also fits into this category. In this article we would like to demonstrate how you can use boxing workouts in your training to attain muscle balancing, increased core strength and fat loss.

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Boxing Classes and sessions we include a wide variety of interesting core work which will help you to strengthen and tone your midsection. Fat Loss Boxers normally display the lean physique of toned arms and visible abdominals that most fitness enthusiasts crave. The reason for this is that boxing strengthens all

of these muscles while also burning a large amount of calories per workout. The combination of stimulating your cardio system and muscular system leads to a high degree of fat burning over time.

same benefit. For athletes, such as runners or footballers, adding boxing workouts into your weekly routine can give you great benefits when you go to back to your own sport.

The fitness of boxers is well documented and you only need to hit a bag for 60 seconds to realise how difficult it is. The reason for their fitness is that they repeatedly work at a high intensity and only have a short amount of time to recover. We use this same principle in our FIT+ sessions to help give you the

We were fortunate to work with the Two Mile House Senior Football team here in FIT+ for their pre-season work. For this we combined boxing sessions with strength and mobility work to help them to prepare for their pitch work. The benefit

Cardio Improvements

For Sports Teams and Athletes in Winter.

Berry Smoothie

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk • 1/2 cup water 1 cup frozen mixed berries • 1 scoop whey protein powder • 1 tablespoon flaxseed • 1 teaspoon chia seeds • 1 handful of spinach and kale. If you would like to try a boxing class with us or if we can aid your team in anyway please call us on 045-888745 or drop in to FIT+ on Corbans Lane, Naas to view our facilities.

Pop Up Gallery and more shops Pop Ups in Naas! By Kildare Post Reporter Wednesday last saw the launch of Art Hub’s new concept of bringing Art to the local Community in the form of a Pop-Up Gallery & Shop entitled ‘Metamorphosis’, an Exhibition of Diverse Artworks from Ireland. The first Pop-Up of many to come will be located in the Moat Mall, Naas from Thursday 1-31 December. The Pop Up will feature many talented artists and craftspeople from all over Ireland in an exhibition celebrating their inspirations. Present at the launch were local Artists Sean Curran (Painter, Naas), Aisling Mahon

(Jewellery Designer, Newbridge), Laura Jordan (Textile Artist, Newbridge), Laura Seed (Graphic Designer, Clane, Originally from Liverpool), and Vincent Devine (Painter) and Patrick Rabbette, (Painter, Illustrator) both from Clara, Co. Offaly Other artists and craftspeople involved in the Pop Up include Linda Anderson, Rosemary Durr, Claire Molloy, Jacqui Kelly, Gemma O’Leary, Ciaran Duffy, Brian Larke, Tony O’Connor, Lorraine Fletcher, Eoin O’Connor, Avril Nolan, Sean Curran, Fergus A Ryan, Roisin Duffy, Morgan Gibbs, Maureen Butler, Patrick Rabbette, Peter O’Connor, Maura

McCarthy, Emer Kelly, Laura Jordan, Fergus A Ryan, Mary Wiklie, Molly Ellis, John Geoghegan, Ciaran Dunleavy and Maria Johnston. Littlehills Animals next door! Another pop-up charity shop has opened next door, run by Susan Anderson of Littlehills Animal Sanctuary. The rescue centre which currently houses horses, ponies, pigs, pet sheep and dozens of dogs seeking homes is located between Ballymore Eustace and Dunlavin with the charity’s patron none other than comedienne come actress Paaline McGlynn of Fr Ted and Shameless. An avid knitter, Miss McGlynn shares patterns for tiny jump-

Kelly Anderson (Art Hub Manager) and Krystle Foley (Art Hub Project Manager) with local artists Patrick Rabbette, (Painter, Illustrator), Laura Seed (Graphic Designer, Clane) Laura Jordan (Textile Artist, Newbridge), local artist Sean Curran (Painter, Naas), Vincent Devine (Painter, Aisling Mahon (Jewellery Designer, Newbridge). Photo:Michael Donnelly.

ers for rescued hens including designs such as ‘Little Red Hen’, ‘Hennis the Menace’ and ‘Orange is the new Black!’ The knitted body-warmers have holes for the chicken’s wings to help keep out the chill until their feathers grow back after being cooped up for years

in battery laying farms. When they’re rescued, their wings have been clipped, have very little feather coverage and find the cold unbearable. Littlehills have lots of other giftware including Miss McGlynn’s knitted tea cosies, calendars, and lots of novelties for

animal lovers. All dogs seeking forever homes are neutered, wormed and treated for fleas. Log onto LittleHills Rescue and Animal Sanctuary on Facebook or send Susan a private message. Littllehills will run its next Chicken Run on December 27 and 28.

Big Birthday Celebrations for Denis!

Denis Rowan celebrating his 60th birthday party on Saturday last in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy. Denis with his niece Celina Regan and nephew Edmond Loughman.


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Pictures: Aishling Conway

Santa’s House Express in Palmerstown House Estate, Naas

Santas Elves Snowflake and Twinkle

Lucie, Cailim and Lauren Grant

Sidney Moorehouse

Santa’s House Express in Palmerstown House Estate

Shauna Sweeney, Alex Lennon and Michael Lennon

Damian and Chloe Ward

Daniel Wynne, Kevin McIntyre and Lucy McIntyre

Elizabeth, Grace, Sarah, Carolann and Madrtin Downes

Erin, Keeva, Sarah, Darragh, David and Peppina McLoughlin


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Santa’s House Express in Palmerstown House Estate, Naas

Santas Elves Snowflake and Twinkle with Lucy, Jenny and Emma Brady

Palmerstown House

Santa’s House Express in Palmerstown House Estate

Leon McDonagh

Brendan, Sophia and Sinead Fox

Daniella, Gina, Lauren and Natasha Scappaticci with Leon, Jake and Alex O’Hanlon

Robert, Aiden, Olga and Anna Byrne

Sarah and Emma McNamara

Sadhbh, Reykl, Fiona and Shereen

Ella, Cara and Sean Fagan with Sophia Shaaban

Aisling McCarthy, Jennifer McCarthy, Caitlin Flood, Ciaran Flood, Daniel Flood and Sean Lee with Santas Elves Snowflake and Twinkle

Cayla, Carla and Corey McGrane with Santa and his Elf Susie Snowball


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Grey Trousers €39.95, Rose Dawn Top €39.99, Cardigan €39.99

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Whitewater SC hosts mega ‘WOW’ event for seasonal shoppers

Sheelagh Pentony and Gail Murphy (Gail’s Rails)

Adam,Aaron and Amber Lawlor with Sandra Humphries(Marks & Spencers)

Rebecca Swords and J.J. Monahan

Niamh Gaynor, Emma James and Barbara Lumsden of Neeba

Newbridge Gospel Choir bring festive harmony to the event

Killian O’Brien and Aoibhín Fitzsimons

Rose Duggan with her mother, Rose Kelly

The Charlie O’Connor Allstars

The O’Farrell family

Emer Stirrat and Tracy Owens

Juliette and Billy Dowling

Chloe,Nicole and Jenny Percival and Kevin O’Keeffe


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Santa arrives at Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

Santa meeting the excited children

The train is coming

Some snow magic by Santas elf

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Santa with Helen Gorey and Benny the elf

Santa and the elves arrive

Santa meets Jane, Jack and Daniel Mullane

Benny the elf and Ronan the elf

Santa meets Tara and Adam Richards from Derrinturn

Santa meets Ciara McKenna (age14), John Mackeneivers (age7), Roisin Mackeneivers (age8) and Caoimhe Mackeneivers (age10) from Leixlip


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Court news A man who gave finger gesture to judge pinned to floor by Gardaí

A man gave a two-fingered gesture to a judge and then tried to head butt a Garda in Naas court. The defendant, who was in handcuffs, had to be wrestled to the ground by three Gardaí and restrained before being taken out of the courtroom. Members of the public were shocked by the incident as well as Transition Year secondary school students who were attending the court. The incident began when the defendant said to Judge Desmond Zaidan: ‘Judge, I have just one thing to say to you’ and then made the twofingered gesture. A Garda immediately approached him but the defendant tried to head butt him. Two other Gardaí including one officer in an anti-stab vest rushed to help restrain the man. They wrestled him to the ground and transferred the handcuffs from in front of him to behind his back. The three officers then forcibly removed him from the courtroom as another Garda held the door open. Judge Zaidan had retreated to his chambers while the incident was occurring. When he returned to his bench he apologised to the public for the disturbance. He said to the Transition Year Students: “You really have had a baptism of fire here today. It is not normally like this.”

Man (81) charged with dangerous driving

A 81-year-old motorist appeared in Naas District Court charged with drink-driving in Robertstown. The alleged offences happened at Mylerstown Cross on December 30 last. The court heard that there was another charge of dangerous driving at the same location on the same date.

Men charged with stealing copper wiring from former Kildare hotel

Two Romanian nationals appeared in Naas District Court charged with stealing copper wiring from The Red House Hotel near Tougher’s at Newhall, Naas. Gardai gave evidence that the defendants were allegedly found at 1.35am on Monday last with a hacksaw, a Stanley blade and a head torch. The court heard that a stack of copper wiring removed from the premises was also found at the scene. The case was adjourned to a later date by Judge Desmond Zaidan. The Red House Country Hotel was famous as a wedding venue but was damaged in a large fire in 2005. A number of projects have been proposed for the facility in recent years such as a filming location.

Man accused of beating his step-son in Naas Court

A woman applied for a Protection Order against her former partner who was beating her son. The applicant said

the man had been physically abusing the boy - who is his stepson - for several years. She said in evidence to Judge Desmond Zaidan during the Family Law case: “He has a very bad temper.” “I would try to intervene and he would shout at me.” Judge Zaidan granted an interim Protection Order pending a hearing involving both parties in January.

Newbridge man found with burglary tool in Naas

A man with an address in Newbridge appeared in Naas Court charged with a burglary offence. The court heard the 40-year-old defendant was allegedly found with a modified plastic bottle - commonly used to swipe open locks in doors. The case was adjourned to a later date. Man charged with stealing tools from Kildare business A man appeared in Naas District Court charged with stealing a generator and other tools

from a Sallins business four years ago. The 28-year-old defendant from Co Waterford is alleged to have committed the offence in July 2012.

Woman charged with begging without a licence

A woman with no fixed abode appeared in Naas District Court for begging in the town. The court heard that the 39-year-old woman was arrested at South Main Street on July 30 last. Judge Desmond heard that the defendant had no licence to beg.

Man gets 10 months in prison for whiskey bottle stolen

A Co Kildare man got 10 months in prison at Naas District Court in relation to the theft of a whiskey bottle while threatening a staff member. Inspector Mel Smyth outlined in court how the accused went to the till at Carry Out Off-License at Kildare town, on March 12, 2016. The court

how the accused went to the till with a bottle of whiskey valued at €17, but left without paying. Inspector Smyth told the court how the male shop assistant attempted to stop him, but the accused used some force and the staff member sustained a cut to the elbow. Evidence was heard how the accused had a number of previous convictions including failing to appear, misuse of drugs act and public order. Defence David Gibbons outlined how the accused has no previous for robbery. The court heard how the 29-year-old man has been remanded in custody at the Midlands Prison since October 24. Mr Gibbons outlined how the accused is receiving counselling. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the accused serve 10 months in prison, dating back to October 24. He said: “There are no previous of this nature. He is making an effort in the Midlands Prison.”

Two years driving ban for man with serious injuries

A man who spent five days in a coma following a car crash has been banned for two years from driving following an appearance at Naas District Court earlier this week. Inspector Mel Smyth outlined how the accused on March 26, 2016, is understood to have driven from a major road on to a minor road, at Halverstown Cross, Co Kildare.

Defence Solicitor David Powderly told the court how the accused was five days in a coma, and sustained injuries to the pelvis area. He spent three months in hospital. Mr Powderly outlined how the accused has plates inserted and is now receiving disability allowance. Inspector Smyth told the court how there was €10,000 worth of damage caused to the injured party’s car. However, no injuries were sustained. Mr Powderly said: “It was an error of judgement.” Meanwhile, the accused also appeared in court today facing public order charges. Evidence was given that three charges of domestic violence were withdrawn by his expartner. Inspector Mel Smyth told the court how at 9.45pm, on October 2016, at Main St, Newbridge, the accused had no shirt on and was abusive to Gardaí. The court heard how the accused has no previous convictions. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and the public order charge. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “He has suffered the ultimate, five days in a coma, three months in hospital. He is very fortunate to be alive. He should be thankful to the third party for not pressing dangerous driving charges. I am taking this as a first time offence.” The accused was banned from driving for two years with a fine of €750. He was given eight months to pay. The public order charge was taken into consideration.

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Court news Newbridge pensioner facing theft charges

A South Kildare pensioner appeared at Naas District Court today earlier this week with 14 charges of stealing thousands of euros from Bank of Ireland in Newbridge. Evidence was given how the 66 year-old man from Newbridge is charged with stealing cash from Bank of Ireland Newbridge during the month of July in 2013. Garda John Butler outlined to the court how the accused was arrested this morning and ‘made no reply.’ The court heard how he is alleged to have stolen €6,000 by withdrawing with a bank card. Garda Butler said: “The accused was given permission to carry out one transaction, the other person, is saying that he did not have permission to carry out the other withdrawals. It was from an account that was not used often and was not noticed.” In court, Garda Butler asked that the accused hand over his passport and that he undertakes not to apply for a passport. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the accused reappear at Naas District Court on February 23, 2017, on his own bond of €2,000.

Teacher gets probation act at Naas Court

A 38- year-old teacher was handed the probation act at Naas District Court. The single mother of three children was charged with theft on October 19, 2016, at Marks and Spencer, Whitewater Shopping Centre. Inspector Mel Smyth outlined

how the accused was caught stealing €150 worth of jewellery and clothes. Defence Solicitor Tim Kennelly said: “She does not fit the bill. She has never been in trouble before.” The court heard how this was a ‘moment of madness’ for the accused who teaches Communications to adults who are trying to return to the workplace. The court also heard how the accused volunteers to assist refugees in Calais. Evidence was given that she had no previous convictions. Judge Desmond Zaidan said that as the items were returned in a saleable condition, then the probation act would be imposed.

how the accused has ‘addiction issues.’ She said: “He left Ireland for 18 months, he was living and working in the UK, to get away from those influencing him, to get away from the downward spiral he was involved in.” Defence told the court that she believes her client is now a ‘genuinely different person.’ She said: “He is clear and coherent; he was paranoid, nervous, stupified by the continuous

abuse of cannabis.” Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “I have taken on board his guilty plea, there are mitigating personal circumstances.” He ordered that the accused was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

Co Kildare teenager gets Probation Act

A teenager charged with a spate of thefts at business premises in Co Kildare was given the probation act at Naas District Court. The 17 year-old

was charged with a series of criminal damage on February 7, 2015, including Gemini Hair Salon, Prosperous and Callaghy’s Chemist, Main St, Kilcock. The Court heard how the accused is currently diagnosed with depression. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “Depression can be managed if you are willing to submit to treatment and counselling. You can beat this.” The accused’s mother out-

lined to the court how her son is now actively seeking employment and wants to join the gym. Judge Zaidan: “If you are willing to show that you can make an effort and better your life. You will be under the supervision of the probation team.” The accused is remanded on continuing bail and has been ordered to undertake the probation act. He is ordered to appear in court on February 16, 2017.

Athy man is sentenced after drugs seizure

An Athy man has been sentenced to 11 months in prison after several thousand euros worth of cannabis was seized at his home. The 28-year-old man was charged with possession of cannabis for sale and supply on May 15, 2015 and on July 24, 2014, possession with the intent to supply and cultivation without a licence. Garda James Young and Detective Séamus Doyle outlined how he arrested the accused this week following over €2,000 of cannabis herb and resin being found over two separate occasions. The court heard how the accused pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis. Evidence was given that the accused had six previous convictions, two under the misuse of drugs act. Barrister Sarah Connolly outlined to the court

High Fives for Santa in Lullymore Santa gets high fives from children at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Rathangan. Photo:Michael Donnelly - see further coverage with this edition.


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TigerLily’s host Urban Cookies Collective, 90’s throwback night!

Kelly Flynn, Sara Elattari and Sophia Drazi.

Becky Lynch and Katie Collins.

Rachel Kelly, Lauren Heffernan, Eeadaoin Connolly, Sarah Doyle and Michelle Healy.

Urban Cookie’s Danielle with Dean Kelly.

Urban Cookie’s Danielle with Becky Lynch,Kelsey Marah and Stacey Monahan.

Urban Cookie’s Danielle with Cian Costigan.

Shauna McCormack cebrating her 19th birthday.

Home & Away with Robert Walshe

Weekend Hotspot – Galgorm Resort & Thermal Spa Village Co Antrim Galgorm Resort & Spa outside Ballymena in Co Antrim continues to pull in the crowds, whether to celebrate a wedding, hold a business conference or luxuriate in its internationally acclaimed spa. Over £13m has been spent in recent years, transforming this former gentleman’s residence into an opulent 74 bedroom Resort & Spa complex. August 2015 saw the completion of a

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£10m new bedroom & leisure wing, adding on 45 Deluxe Guestrooms & 3 Signature Suites with floor-toceiling windows, panoramic views and terraces. The Signature Suite is the ultimate resort guestroom in terms of space and in-room facilities. Boasting 122m² of pure luxury with show stopping feature terrace complete with outdoor soft seating area and a private hot tub overlooking the River Maine. A separate living and dining area with folding patio doors opening onto the terrace creates a fabulous indoor/ outdoor space, allowing for private in-room dining for six guests. This

stunning new facility includes the creation of the unique Thermal Spa Village offering 75,000 square feet of Spa experiences, the first of its kind in the UK & Ireland, use of which is complimentary to all guests staying within the hotel. Set in picturesque woodland, with rolling, lush green lawns and dramatic views of the River Maine, Galgorm boasts a truly idyllic setting. The actual hotel is a fine blend of traditional and modern. Some of the décor is inspired. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, modern and quiet. As a wedding location, Galgorm ticks every box and the new Four Seasons suite is New York chic! The “River Room” restaurant has built up a reputation for delivering outstanding, high end, locally sourced dishes. It has also been catapulted into the spotlight by stints on the BBC’s Great British Menu. The River Room is fast becoming a destination restaurant for foodies and the offering here ranks as one of my favourite Northern Ireland dining experiences to date. With Live music, Gillies bar comes alive at weekends opening up its trendy beer garden for BBQs and outdoor dining in spring/summer. Slemish Mountain, the legendary first known Irish home of Saint Patrick, is located nearby in Ballymena. Slemish Mountain is open all year-round, and on Saint Patrick’s

Galgorm Resort at Christmas

Day large crowds hike to the top. www.causewaycoastandglens.com The Junction One Retail and Leisure Park is on the edge of Antrim town and just off the M2 Motorway featuring over 70 retailers including high end designer’s perfect for your Christmas shopping. www.junctionone.co.uk Belfast is also only a short hop away from Galgorm. The City Hall provides a wonderful backdrop for the annual Christmas Market, situated right in the heart of the city centre and its wider retail shopping areas. The market is situated directly alongside the central Bus link and taxi station so transport and travel are never far away. The main city attraction is “Titanic” featuring numerous interactive galleries across 12,000 square metres of floor space telling the story of the construction and doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic. The inter-

pretation also explores the history of ship making at Harland & Wolff. www.titanicbelfast.com The festive season is a truly magical time at the Galgorm resort. Enjoy a two night retreat package including overnight in a superior guestroom with hot chocolate and mince pies at turndown on your first evening, seasonal afternoon tea, three course meal in any of the resort restaurants , bed and breakfast on both morning’s and use of the thermal spa village throughout your stay. Prices from £169.00 per person (2 people sharing) Sunday to Thursday during December. www.galgorm.com Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio Network and Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland. www.robertwalshe.com


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TigerLily’s host Urban Cookies Collective, 90’s throwback night!

Tony Murray and Branch Farrell.

Niamh Boland and Alannah King.

Hazel McGann, Deborah Halligan and April Kennedy.

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Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney Run Time: 96 minutes Release Date: December 2

Leah and Caroline Cleary.

Alison Fullam,Kevin Mulpeter and Ciara Doherty.

SULLLY On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. Clint Eastwood is very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen.

Zoe Gorry and Ryan Kelly.

Urban Cookie’s Danielle doing her thing on the dance floor.


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BORN Naas host Fashion and Interiors VIP Night

Inga Birsan and Vasile Birsan from Naas

Oskar Szlufik, Aneta Szlufik and Nicoden Szlufik from Naas

Kate Kinsella and Saoirse Shannon from Blessington

Evie Higgins and Roisin Higgins from Kill

Aoibhin Fitzsimons, Ciara O,Connor, Tamara Latham, Niamh Winder, Dominika Zielinska and Elane Casserly

Rowly Duggan and Susan Duggan from Kill

Louis Lavin and Nelly Hennessy from Kill

Tony Campbell and Laura Campbell from Ballymore Eustace

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Vanessa Lynch and Isabelle Lynch from Naas

Niamh Winder(Born staff), Megan Duggan(Kill) and Caoimhe Convey(Born staff)

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Christmas Events in Clane Senior Citizen’s Party

Clane ICA are hosting the annual Senior Citizens Party in Clanee GAA Hal on Sunday 11 December at 1pm. Contact Eileen on 086 344 7803 or Eileen 2 on 045 861 908.

Christmas Concert

A Classical Christmas Concert takes place on deember 4 at the Church of

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Our Lady & St Joseph. Tickets are €15 and in aid of the Homeless services. Available from the Parish Office and also from Lorna Butler. Guests include Helen Hutchinson, Paul Linehan,Eoin Hynes and Siobhan Kilkelly, pianist Ruby Boland, members of St Farnan’s and Prosperous national school choirs.

Why not support our local SVP by taking a tag from our Advent Giving Tree in Clane Church and leave back a gift during advent which will be distributed by the SVP. All support appreciated!

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CLANE GENERAL HOSPITAL Prosperous Road, Clane, Co. Kildare Clane General Hospital has been providing patient focused and quality care to the community in Kildare and its catchment area for the past twenty-eight years. At Clane Hospital, we build our reputation on our ability to provide the service you want and need, resulting in excellent medical treatment you can rely on and personal care you’ll appreciate. We strive for integrity, credibility and respect for the individual. In an effort to support and to be responsive to the changes in the healthcare environment we introduced our Open Access Endoscopy service for patients and GPs, this will not only save patients both time and money but also potentially save lives, given the length of waiting lists in public hospitals at present. For further information on this service please contact Jane at 045/ 989 704 or email: jane@clanehospital.ie

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Inside Story by Sheena Quigley If there is one song that is playing on repeat in my head this week it is “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” and while the thought of a return to snow and ice is more a thing of nightmares than Christmas fairy tales, this song does however sum up one of the hottest Christmas decorating trend … Winter wonderland! If you want to add a little modern elegant sparkle to home this Christmas, that screams contemporary luxury, then you need just two colours, white and silver. Have your home coated in frosted glittering glamour. Think enchanted sparkling white frosted coated interiors that just sparkle with luxury and festive beauty. The great thing about this Christmas decorating colour scheme is that it complements and enhances any colour scheme in any room in

your home and has a wonderful festive feel. The key to this look is creating a silver frosted feel. Adorn your tree with white ribbons, sparkling silver baubles and silver beading. add a little sparkle to every surface with silver candles, reindeer, stars and lanterns. For your festive feast cover the table with a white cloth, use simple sophisticated white table ware, then add sparkle with silver edged glass ware, candle stick holders and napkin holders. Use a simple modern centre piece like a large piece of silver glass ware or a large bowl filled with silver baubles or decorations. Lighting is very important to this scheme to give it that shimmer winter wonderland feel so don’t skimp on the fairy lights, cover the tree in them, put them through garlands over the fireplace, through the banisters on the stairs and through the reef on the door. Then add more sparkle with lots of candles and lanterns, to give that real glistening appearance. So get ready for a white Christmas by spreading a little frosted sparkle around your home.

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Fantastic display of Christmas Lights and Santa in Naas Town

Mayore of Naas, Cllr Fintan Brett with Rioghnagh Bracken, Soprano Celine Byrne, Kim Kelleher (Jingles) and Catriona Byrne, boutique owner, Naas.

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Treating headaches with Acupuncture - part one Migraine is defined as a complex constellation of symptoms effecting the nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and vascular systems. The highly debilitating nature of recurrent migraine attacks and the limited effectiveness of medications, all of which give rise to unpleasant side effects, bring many patients to acupuncture for treatment. A recent article reported that Migraine is the 6th most common condition presenting to acupuncturists. In a study of student doctors in Norway, 63% said they would refer patients with migraine for acupuncture. Thus both public and professionals are becoming aware of the benefits of this form of treatment. Western Medical Diagnosis Migraine is the most frequent cause of recurrent headaches. It consists in an initial constriction of the head arteries followed by vasodilatation and distension of the vessels which causes a throbbing pain. The main symptoms are a severe and throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, aversion to bright lights (photophobia), nausea and possibly vomiting. The attacks usually follow stress,

eating cheese, chocolate, drinking red wine and using the contraceptive pill. Chinese Medical Diagnosis In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are different types of headache, external wind-cold or wind-heat both cause headaches but are not classified as migraine. In Chinese medicine headaches are rarely given one name or label to describe a type of headache, the word migraine as we know it does not exist in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Western medicine a disease is conveniently given a label or name and all people presenting with a persisting headache which is considered by the doctor not to be life threatening are usually diagnosed as having migraine. In Chinese medicine people presenting with so called migraine symptoms would be categorised under four or more patterns of disharmony. We will discuss the two main patterns for migraine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Liver Yang Rising- This is probably the most common of all interior headaches. It arises when the Yang or posi-

tive energy of the liver rises upward creating an excess of energy in the head. It is natural for the liver energy to flow freely but in diseased circumstances this movement can become excessive and give rise to headaches. The most frequent cause of this type of headache is emotional. Emotions of anger (whether it is manifested or repressed), frustration or resentment

over a long period of time can cause the excessive rising of Liver-Yang. The liver is connected to the emotion of anger, a good example of this would be when someone consumes too much alcohol they get angry and lash out, simply because alcohol irritates the liver triggering the emotion of anger. The liver yang rising type of migraine headache is often seen in high blood

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine pressure sufferers. The syndrome of liver-yang rising can be caused by (a) liver-blood deficiency (b) liver-yin deficiency (c) liver/kidney-yin and kidney-yang deficiency and would have to be further diagnosed and sub divided into a,b,c, to find the root cause of why the liver energy is rising. Once this is established only then can a proper treatment plan and prescription of acupuncture points and herbs be chosen. In Chinese medicine when we talk about the liver we are not referring to the liver organ, but instead the subtle energy state of that organ. Stasis of Blood- This type of pattern is seen only in very chronic headaches. In the case of headaches stasis of blood in the head may be caused by trauma. This may be due to an old fall or accident, often one which the person has forgotten about. If a headache always occurs on the same spot without fail, stasis of blood from trauma should be suspected. Headache from stasis of blood is very severe and intense. It is stabbing or boring in character and patients will often describe it as a “nail being driven into the head”

The pain is fixed in its location. This type of headache is more common in old people or in women associated with blood deficiency and dryness.

What to expect with a Treatment

The first visit to an acupuncturist is a consultation, you may or may not get treatment on that first visit. The initial consultation is most important to enable the practitioner to gather all the information and collate it with the tongue and pulse diagnosis. This is followed by an electronic measuring of the energy in the meridian channels called Acugraph. This test is to access the strength or weakness in the body and also to find out if there are any split left to right imbalances between the channels. You may even be perfectly healthy except for the headaches, but the Acugraph may detect any underlying imbalances that have yet not materalised into a disorder. More on Acugraph here- http://www. naturalhealthireland.com/ acugraph-can-you-see-thechi/

Kim - Dip.Ac. Lic.Ac. C.Ac. China MQP is a registered licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Treatments are VHi, LAYA healthcare (formally Quinn), Hibernian Health (Vivas) and HSF Healthplan approved. E mail: kim@naturalhealthireland.com Tel. 074/9362606 Tel. 0863981882.Visit the Website www.naturalhealthireland.com


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News

Maynooth joins in fundraiser for Kym By Louise McCarthy

A carpenter working in Maynooth could not sleep the night he heard that an 18 -year-old student had been viciously attacked. Arts student, Kym Owens, suffered horrific injuries including a broken jaw and broken eye socket during the attack at Moyglare Abbey estate. A search is now underway to find her attacker. Forty two year old year-old carpenter Ian Martin, who has never met the victim, said he has been ‘sickened’ by the attack on Ms Owens. In a bid to assist the victim and

her family, Mr Martin has set up a fundraising page, which has already collected almost €5,000. He said: “My daughter is 12, I look at these young girls going to college, they are so young looking, in a few years my daughter will be the same age. I could not sleep after I heard what happened.” Meanwhile, a fundraiser at popular Maynooth pub The Roost raised almost €9,000 last week. The Roost pub and restaurant in Maynooth wished the first year arts student a speedy recovery as they shared the fundraising plans on social media.

Kim Owens, the young Arts student recently attacked in Maynooth.

20 housing units for Kilcock

Brendan Corbett and Patrick Kerrigan of Kercon Construction, Co. Meath; Deputy Mayor of Kildare Cllr Billy Hillis; Mayor of the Maynooth Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Weld and KCC CEO Pater Carey, pictured on Monday, last at Áras Chill Dara, Naas for the signing of the contract for the construction of 20 houses at Highfield, Kilcock. Photo Tony Keane.

Kildare County Council signed a contract with Kercon Construction of Donaghpatrick based in Co Meath for the construction of 20 houses at Kilcock, Co Kildare. The contract duration is expected to be 11 months, with works to commence on site prior to Christmas with a contract value of €3m (incl VAT). The scheme will complete the final phase of development at the Highfield estate. Welcoming the scheme, Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Ivan Keatley stated “Today sees the signing of the first contract for construction of Council houses in a number of years. Pillar 2 of the Governments Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness specifically deals with accelerating the delivery of social housing. I look forward to other signings for more schemes throughout the

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhlían faoi Mhaise duit.

County in the next number of months” KCC CEO Mr Peter Carey, pointed out that Kildare had been active in other facets of the provision of social housing in the last year, including acquisition of houses and the successful roll-out of the Housing Assistance Programme (HAP). It was, he noted, “great to look forward to seeing the building and completion of new Council homes” The Mayor of the Maynooth Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Weld commented that while welcoming the signing of the contract today, he was also looking forward to other developments in the Municipal District, including the advancing of the Anne Street, Prosperous scheme, which is currently proceeding through the Part VIII planning process.


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Joe Mallon Motors Ltd celebrates 30 years in business The Naas based dealership marked thirty years in the car business with a day of celebrations on Friday last, November 25. The Happy Pear gave a lunchtime talk to 60 local schoolchildren on the benefits of healthy eating, followed by a cookery demo in the showroom. Later that evening, the showroom was transformed into a glossy venue to host the fashion themed event ‘Style Wars’ which saw members of both the male and female Kildare senior football teams modelling designs from local boutiques.

Renault Style Ambassadors

Renault style ambassadors Lorraine Keane and Darren Kennedy hosted the glitzy fashion show, which saw the duo compete for the title of best stylist. The male models included Peter Kelly, Daniel Flynn and Cian Forde who modelled clothes from local boutiques in Naas whilst Lorraine Keane styled players from the women’s team. These included Ellen Dowling, Rachel Cribbin and Eadaoin Connolly who looked

The Happy Pear give a cookery demo to local schoolchildren at lunchtime in Joe Mallon Motors showrooms at Sallins Road, Naas.

(L-R) Ethna Mallon O’Brien, Darren Kennedy, Lorraine Keane with Philip and Anthony Mallon at Joe Mallon Motors Ltd events last weekend to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in the motoring industry

stunning in clothes from Naas boutiques such as Aria and Couture.

Family Run

Originally from Kildare, Joe Mallon has been satisfying his customer’s motoring needs since opening in 1986, when he took over the former Smiths showroom that year. He has been in the car business since he was 17 years and has recently passed the mantle over to his sons Philip

and Anthony and daughter Ethna who all play key roles in the company. Currently, Joe Mallon Motors employs 35 people in both sales and mechanical roles at the Sallins Road branch alone. There is a second outlet in Portlaoise which employs 15 people in similar roles. Joe Mallon said: “I am thrilled to be ringing in our 30th year in business. I feel a lot of our customers have trust in us because of the family aspect to

the business, which is fantastic. We live nearby too so the business is very much part of the local community. We get a lot of returning custom be it with trade-ins or for servicing, which we are truly grateful for.”

Supporting the GAA

Joe Mallon Motors have long standing sponsorships of Cappagh GAA, Allenwood GAA and the Kildare GAA Development squad. Paddy

Magee, Country Operations Manager for Renault Ireland, congratulated Joe Mallon Motors on their thirty year milestone: “In Kildare, the Mallon name is synonymous with exemplary customer service and the highest of standards in the motor industry. Kildare is a very important catchment area for Renault and Mallon’s marking their 30th anniversary shows how successful they have been. Joe Mallon and his family are a credit to the Renault name and we look forward to their next thirty years in business”. Since opening the doors to the Naas showroom in 1986, Joe Mallon Motors has sold 25,000 Renaults, and serviced over 144,000 cars. Joe Mallon Motors can offer consum-

ers the choice of 27 different models of Renault and Dacia passenger cars and commercials, with exceptional finance offers across the range.

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Unprecedented collaboration of leading automakers for ultra-fast, high-powered motors! MW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick build-up of a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption. The projected ultra-fast highpowered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refuelling at conventional gas stations. The network will be based on Combined Charging System (CCS) standard technology. The planned charging infrastructure expands the existing technical standard for AC- and

underscoring each company’s belief in the future of electric mobility. While the founding partners – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and

DC charging of electric vehicles to the next level of capacity for DC fast charging with up to 350 kW. BEVs that are engineered to accept this full power of the charge stations can recharge brand-independently in a fraction of the time of today’s BEVs. The network is intended to serve all CCS equipped vehicles to facilitate the BEV adoption in Europe.

BMW Group

“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards electric mobility”, says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW Group has initiated numerous public charging infrastructure projects over the last years. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp-up e-mobility.”

Daimler AG

“The breakthrough of emobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. With our new brand EQ, we are launching our electric product offensive: by 2025, our portfolio will include more than ten fully electric passenger cars. Together with our partners, we are now installing the highestpowered charging infrastructure in Europe”, says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance e-mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle.”

Ford Motor Company

“A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for

mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving”, says Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Ford is committed to developing vehicles and technologies that make people’s lives better, and this charging network will make it easier and more practical for customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.”

AUDI AG

“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”, says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “Reliable fast charging services are a key factor for drivers to choose an electric vehicle. With this cooperation we want to boost a broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift towards emission-free driving.”

Porsche AG

“There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations at the right positions”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Together, these two factors enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car as in a conventional combustion engine vehicle. As automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.” The automobile manufacturers intend to make substantial investments to create the network,

Volkswagen Group – will be equal partners in the Joint Venture, other automobile manufacturers will be encouraged to participate in the network to help establish convenient charging solutions for BEV customers. The Joint Venture formation is subject to execution of definitive agreements and merger control approval in various jurisdictions. Contact Finlay Ford Motors, N Conlan & Son’s BMW Dealers, Sheehy’s Naas Audi Centre, Sheehy’s Volkswagen Dealers and Fitxpatricks Mercedes Benz for further details.


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Cycle Against Suicide concludes 2016 Campaign in Co Kildare By Kildare Post Reporter

A very successful Cycle against Suicide fun ride was held between Naas and Curragh Camp last weekend. This was the final spin-off event on the calendar of the Cycle against Suicide series and it certainly finished the year’s activities on a high as 300 enthusiastic cyclists assembled in Naas GAA Club before setting out. Taking part were local participants and those from outside the county including Co Wexford and Fermanagh. Representatives from Teen-Line Ireland and The Samaritans were there to promote their very worthwhile role in the promotion of mental health awareness in our community which is the main focus of

Cycle against Suicide also. Broadcaster Colm Hayes, an ambassador of Cycle against Suicide’ addressed the cyclists which included all ages from sixteen years upwards. There was a large representation from St Mary’s College Naas while students from Naas CBS and Patrician College Newbridge also participated. Others who attended included Fintan Brett, Lord Mayor of Naas and member of Kildare County Council , also representing Ivan Keatley , Mayor of Kildare who was unable to attend due to a family bereavement. Lorna Doherty, the co-ordinator of the Spinoff Committee and a member of Staff in St Mary’s College also thanked all the participants for their support and encouraged everyone

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trades & Services Kildare Co. Council Edel & John Murphy intend to apply for full planning permission for a development at Loughanure Commons/Firmount West, Clane. The development consists of alterations to previously approved design for the sensitive restoration of a derelict traditional vernacular cottage, construction of a single storey extension to the side, detached domestic garage, connection to public foul sewer, & all ancillary siteworks, as approved in planning file reference numbers 15/508 and 16/467. The proposed alterations to design will include: (a) increase of floor area to proposed side extension, (b) minor alterations to proposed elevations, (c) alterations to proposed internal layout, (d) re-locating proposed domestic garage to an alternative location, and all ancillary site-works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. _______________________________________________ Kildare Co. Council I, Sandra Raleigh intend to apply for Planning Permission for a development on this site at the Inn at Milltown, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) Planning permission for change of use of self contained apartment previously granted Planning permission under file ref no16/69 to a Tea Room / Restaurant. (B) Planning Permission for the relocation of staff facilities, toilets, and store. That the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. This planning application was prepared and submitted by CROSS Architect & Chartered Building Surveyor 11 An Croís, Allenwood, Naas, Co.Kildare. Tel. 045 - 860284 _______________________________________________

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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL We MICHAEL & MARGARET KEANE intend to apply for PERMISSION for development at this site At 108 SALLINS BRIDGE, SALLINS, CO. KILDARE. The development will consist/consists of: PERMISSION TO CONSTRUCT TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION TO EXISTING SEMI-DETACHED TWO STOREY HOUE, PERMISSION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION AND PERMISSION FOR VELUX ROOF LIGHTS TO FRONT ROOF FAÇADE, MINOR INTERNAL ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING HOUSE TO ACCOMMODATE PROPOSED EXTENSION AND ALL ASSOCIATED SITE WORKS. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Prepared by DEREK WHYTE planning/engineering / architecture 0866001194 _______________________________________________ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I DAMIEN FARRELL intend to apply for PERMISSION for development at this site At 620 ST. PATRICKS PARK, CELBRIDGE, CO. KILDARE. The development will consist/consists of: PERMISSION TO PARTIALLY REMOVE AND BLOCK UP EXISTING ENTRANCE AND CONSTRUCT NEW WIDER ENTRANCE TO ACCOMMODATE CAMPERVAN AND HOBBY RACING CARS, PERMISSION TO REMOVE EXISTING ROOF’S OF EXISTING PERMITTED DOMESTIC GARAGES (2 No) AND CONSTRUCT ONE NEW ROOF WITH HIGHER RIDGE HEIGHT TO ACCOMMODATE CAMPERVAN AND HOBBY RACING CARS AND ALL ASSOCIATED SITE WORKS. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Prepared by DEREK WHYTE planning/engineering /architecture 0866001194 _______________________________________________ Kildare Co. Council I, Linda Delaney intend to apply for Retention Permission for a development on this site at Allenwood North, Allenwood, Naas, Co. Kildare. The development consists of the retention of existing garage / fuel store for domestic use.

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That the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. This planning application was prepared and submitted by CROSS Architect & Chartered Building Surveyor 11 An Croís, Allenwood, Naas, Co.Kildare. Tel. 045 - 860284 _______________________________________________ Kildare County Council Alison Brereton intends to apply for Planning Permission for a development at Cappanargid, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. Permission is sought for the construction of a detached bungalow, foul water to on site effluent treatment system and percolation area, surface water to soakaways and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning Authority of the application. O`Loughlin Architects Ltd 087 9858836 _______________________________________________ Kildare County Council Anne Marie Miller intends to apply for Planning Permission for a development at Derryoughter West, Kildangan, Co. Kildare. Permission is sought for the construction of a detached two storey dwelling, detached garage, foul water to on site effluent treatment system and percolation area, surface water to soakaways, recessed vehicular entrance and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning Authority of the application. O`Loughlin Architects Ltd 087 9858836 _______________________________________________ Kildare County Council Significant Further Information Solas Éireann Development Limited applied to Kildare County Council on the 11th August 2016, as registered under planning application reference 16/848 for permission for the development of a solar PV panel array with an export capacity of 10MW comprising approximately 38,600 photovoltaic panels on ground mounted frames within a site area of 16.91 hectares, 7no. single storey MV substations, 1no. single storey DSO substation, 1no. single storey customer substation, 1no. single storey spares building, 1no. communications pole, boundary security fencing, CCTV, associated electrical cabling and ducting, alteration to existing entrance to include access gates and all associated ancillary development works on land south

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of the L1015 road at Confey, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Significant further information has been submitted to the planning authority in connection with the application which includes; • Submission of a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) • Submission of Road Safety Audit (RSA), Swept Path Analysis and Visibility Splay Drawings • Revised location of a communications pole as shown on the revised Customer Building Drawing • Revised DSO and MV Building Drawings • Revised Site Layout Drawings • Revised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Report The significant further information may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 2 weeks (within 5 weeks if the application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement) beginning on the date of receipt of the new notices by the Planning Authority (this fee is not applicable to persons who made original observations/submissions), and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. _______________________________________________ Kildare Co. Council John Cribbin intends to apply for full planning permission for a development at Mainham, Clane. The development consists of sensitively restoring a derelict traditional vernacular cottage, constructing a single storey extension to the rear, detached domestic garage, effluent treatment system, and all ancillary site-works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. _______________________________________________ Kildare County Council. I Liam Duggan intend to apply for planning permission for a development at Ballyfair, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare. The application is to include the following. A) new three-bedroom single storey dwelling, B) single storey domestic garage, C)alterations to existing recessed entrance to provide double recessed entrance , along with all facilitating and associated site development works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. The application was prepared and submitted by: David Higgins Dip Arch Tech, DHArchitectural & Planning Services 045-434763 / 087-6740531

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RACING ROUND-UP Elliot makes history in Navan with amazing six-timer Three Swallowsnick ridden by Jamie Codd completes a six timer for Gordon Elliott on the card when winning the Coolmore N.H. EBF Mares Flat Race (Listed) Navan. Photo: Patrick McCann 27.11.2016

Gordon Elliott enjoyed one of those never-to-be-forgotten racing days when he sent out six winners on a high-class card at Navan on Sunday. It is believed that he is the first trainer in modern times to train six winners at the same meeting although a number, including Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger, Aidan

O’Brien and Willie Mullins, have won five races. The incredible achievement could have been backed at odds of 41,276/1 at the beginning of the day, which outlines how huge a feat it was to dominate the race card in such a way. He shared two winners with Jack Kennedy who rode

recorded his first success since returning from injury when Brelade won the 2m maiden hurdle at odds of 11/1. Kennedy enjoyed a far easier success on 5/1 jointfavourite Jury Duty in the 2m6f handicap hurdle. Bryan Cooper partnered three of the sextet, beginning with the impressive 11/10 favour-

ite Death Duty in the Grade 3 Monksfield Hurdle. Elliot was impressed with that performance, and he indicated that there could be a big future in store for Death Duty. “He’s a big chaser in the making, and will be a nice horse next year jumping fences. He’ll keep to hurdles

Mullins and Ruby on the double at fog disrupted Gowran Park

this year,” said Elliott. “He probably won’t go back in trip, and will definitely stay further. I’d say he will stay any trip in time.” Bull Ride, a 7/1 chance, followed up immediately in the 2m handicap hurdle while 12/1 shot Empire Of Dirt gave Cooper his third winner of the afternoon in the featured Troytown Chase. It was Elliott’s third successive victory in the historic race and he rounded off a remarkable day on a high when taking the bumper with the Jamie Codd-ridden 13/8 chance Three Swallowsnick. “It’s a joy to be working for such a man. He’s come a long way in a short space of time,” said Codd following the race. “They’re a young team and they’re just going forward.

Ten years ago in a point-topoint in Kirkistown I think I rode my first winner for him,” further reflected Codd after his three length win on 13/8 second favourite Three Swallowsnick. “I’ve been with him that long and I have to thank him for putting up with me that long! “His mind never stops thinking — he’s just a very very good trainer and he’s got the fire-power there now to really push on. “This filly was just a 600 Euro foal so she’s been a real fairy-tale story.” Willie Mullins sent out the only other winner of the day when Min landed the beginners’ chase under Ruby Walsh. The impressive 10 length winner was returned at odds of 1/3 favourite.

Racing education day held at Naas racecourse ZABANA RIDDEN BY DAVY RUSSELL, WINNER, JUMPING THE LAST FENCE ON THE FIRST CIRCUIT IN THE GOWRAN PARK THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS IN 2016 STEEPLECHASE FROM CHAMPAGNE WEST RIDDEN BY DAVID MULLINS. PICTURE: CAROLINE NORRIS

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh shared two winners at Gowran Park on Saturday where proceedings came to an early close due to a heavy fog that blighted the meeting. The pair scored with odds-on favourites Invitation Only and Bellshill who both had little difficulty in justifying odds of 1/4 and 2/5 in the maiden hurdle and the beginners’ chase respectively.

“That was a good jumping performance, and we’ll look for a novice now around Christmas,” remarked Mullins following victory for Invitation Only. “He’ll have no problem going up in trip and we think he stays all day, and I was also delighted to see him show that turn of foot. Kildinan, County Cork trainer

Jonathan Sweeney and conditional rider Ambrose McCurtin took the opening three-yearold maiden hurdle with 10/1 shot Champagne Pat and another claiming rider to visit the winners’ enclosure was Adam Shortt who partnered the Tom Mullins-trained 5/4 favourite Catcheragain to her second success in three days in the mares’ handicap hurdle.

Two more senior riders won the remaining races on the card with Robbie Power teaming up with Jessica Harrington to land the novice hurdle with 16/1 chance Light That and Davy Russell partnering the smart Zabana to success in the conditions’ chase at odds of 11/8 favourite for Dunsany, County Meath trainer Andy Lynch.

Horse Racing Ireland, in association with the further education authority, SOLAS, held a Careers and Racing Education Day at Naas Racecourse on Wednesday, November 23rd. The day was part of a larger nationwide initiative, College Awareness Week, which ran last week. A number of different organisations across the country held local events to inform students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan; inspiring them to pursue

the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university course. Fourth, fifth and sixth year students from surrounding secondary schools were invited to attend the event and explore the various career opportunities in racing. The day entailed talks from leading industry representatives and a chance to meet with various institutions offering further education programmes.


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Photos: Pat Tinsley

Late drop-goal from Murphy keeps Naas flying high Naas........................13 UL Bohemians..........10

Ulster Bank League Division 1B round 8 A successful drop goal two

minutes from time courtesy of Johne Murphy ensured Naas kept their momentum up and remained in the top half of the second tier of club rugby in Ireland as they edged out a brave UL Bohemians side in a hard fought encounter at Forenaughts. This promised to be a stern challenge for Naas as the visitors had played some sparkling rugby this season to lie second in the table. So despite many counter attractions a large crowd turned up at the venue to see how Naas would cope. In the early stages the answer was that they would not cope well at all. Bohs started brightly and within four minutes they had the opening score. After Naas failed to find touch with a penalty, the

visitors attacked at pace and some sublime handling put Finbar Aherne through and he scored under the posts. The conversion was a formality for Rick McKenna and Bohs led 7-0. Naas though soon settled down, gaining a foothold in the Bohs’ half, but spurned two glorious chances for scores in the space of a couple of minutes. On 11 minutes Henry Bryce made a great break before finding Ben Swindlehurst who off-loaded to Fionn Carr. The latter chipped the ball forward and Bohs were forced to concede a line-out five yards out. However Naas proceeded to lose the line-out and the visitors cleared. Then Rob O’Connor was pulled back off the ball. With the angle for the penalty extremely difficult Peter Osborne kicked into the corner. This time Naas did manage to win the line-out, and quickly moved the ball out to the backs. The Bohs’ backline were penalised for offside but on this occasion the normally very reliable Peter Osborne was narrowly wide with his

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kick at goal. On 34 minutes Naas finally got on the scoreboard with a superb try, when following a lovely break in midfield by Osborne, the ball was transferred to Fionn Carr who dived over in the corner. Although the conversion was missed Naas were right back in the game. But teams can be vulnerable just after scoring and this was proven again here. Naas failed to deal with the restart and ended up giving away a penalty for handling in the subsequent ruck. Rick McKenna made no mistake with the penalty to give Bohs a 10-5 half-time lead. Those who went for refreshments at the break may have missed the opening score of the second half as the home side struck within seconds of the restart. The Naas backs quickly moved the ball wide, Henry Bryce made a half break and found Rob O’Connor who scored in the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed but Naas were now on level terms. The story of the rest of the game is easily told. Naas

Paulie Tolofua attempts to fend off the challenge of two Bohs defenders

completely dominated both possession and territory, but despite their best endeavours could not get the leading score. With 13 minutes to go, good carries by Eoin Walsh and David Benn took play up to the Bohs’ line where they conceded a penalty. This infringement led to the visitors captain Ian Condell receiving a yellow card, but even with the extra man Naas still could not score. Great credit for this must go to the Bohs defence as on numerous occasions they looked like being breached but they bravely held on. As they match entered injury time and a draw looking a certainty Naas had one last attack. Their forwards drove at Bohs who were penalised by referee Richard Kerr at

a ruck. Naas took full use of the advantage played as the ball was moved to Johne Murphy. He took a drop at goal from 35 yards out. As soon as he struck it his arm went up in delight as he knew it was going over, and it duly sailed through the posts to give Naas a 13-10 victory. All in all, despite the narrow margin Naas totally deserved this victory. They dominated for long spells and only some stubborn defence kept them at bay. To play like this against one of the top teams in the league was highly impressive and must give them great hope for the future. Naas are back in action next Friday when they face Old Wesley at Donnybrook with a 8pm kick-off.

U.L.Bohemian

Joe Conway, David Rowsome, Mike Lynch, Ed Kelly, Darragh Frawley, Noel Kinane, Ian Condell,  Brian Walsh, James Lennon, Robert Bourke, Cian Aherne, Rick McKenna, Finbar Ahern, Jamie McNamara,  Joe Murray. Replacements: Peter King, Craig Trimble, James Ryan, Harry Fleming,  Colin Ryan.

Naas duo called into 7s squad Naas fliers Jimmy O’Brien and Fionn Carr have been called

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Invitational tournament that begins this weekend.

2016 Under 17 Div 4 Football League Fri, 25 Nov, Venue: Hawkfield , (2016 Under 17 Div 4 Football League Final ), Killard 2-14 St Kevin’s 2-3

U15 Football League Division 1 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Naas, (Semi Final), Naas 2-14 Athy 2-11 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Conneff Park, (Semi Final), Leixlip 6-17 Clane 1-9

U15 Football League Division 2 Wed, 23 Nov, Venue: Hawkfield , (Play Off), Rathangan 4-9 Sallins 3-9

U15 Football League Division 5 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Moorefield, Moorefield 1-10 Naas 2-6 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Celbridge, (Semi Final), Celbridge 3-15 Maynooth 1-4

U15 Football Leauge Division 3 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Aylmer Gaels, (Semi Final), Aylmer Gaels 6-12 Raheens 2-8 Sun, 27 Nov, Venue: Kilcullen, (Semi Final), Kilcullen 3-10 Carbury 0-6

Naas

Peter Osborne, Fionn Carr, Johne Murphy, Henry Bryce, Rob O’Connor, Ben Swindlehurst, David Barron, Jordan Duggan,  Graham Reynolds, Adam Coyle,  Paul Monahan,  David Benn, Andrew Kearney,  Will O’Brien, Paulie Tolofua. Replacements: Conor Johnson,  Jason Harney,  Eoin Walsh,  Michael Skelton, Andrew Shanahan.

Fionn Carr takes the ball into contact against UL Bohemians on Saturday

Both players will be involved with the national team in the 7s side for the first time when they take the trip to the Middle East where they will take on Zambia, Georgia and a German development side before the playoffs, if they make it that far. O’Brien played with the Irish U20 team this year as they made the U20 Rugby World Cup final before losing to England, and he is part of the Leinster academy at present. Carr recently returned to action with Naas following a professional career where he made 110 appearances for Connacht either side of a stint with Leinster. The 30-year-old has been in sterling form for Naas this year in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank AIL, and he featured for his hometown side in their 13-10 win over UL Bohemians last weekend.


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Photos: Pat Tinsley

Dominate display takes Kildare top Near neighbours Kildare Town bowling club and Brownstown bowling club always produce a great sporting rivalry anytime they clash in any fixture, let it be in league or championship. This Division 1 league fixture on the November 21 played in the Educate Together School, Melitta Road Kildare was no exception, especially on one mat where we witnessed a fabulous game of bowls between to evenly matched sides.

Brilliant Contest

Mat 1: After the first couple of ends it was obvious that there was going to be very little separating the sides at the finish. On the first end the home team were first to set the pace by recording a score of two. But on the next end Brownstown got off the mark with a score of one, and on the third end had the sides level at two scores apiece. We were now seeing the best from both camps as would be expected from players of this calibre. On the next few ends the visitors had moved ahead by three, under normal circumstances it would seem a reasonable advantage, but in a match such as this there were no sure bets on this one. The home team once more fought back and within a few ends had not alone reined in their opponents but went ahead by the minimum of margins. Brownstown again met the challenge head-on and within two ends had restored their lead of three. What a contest for mere mental strength and concentration and ‘top drawer’ bowling from both teams. The question now was could the visitors hold on to their advantage this time? Kildare had other ideas and on the next two ends had levelled the game for the second time. Second last end the home side were back in the lead, but only by one score.

Husband and wife John and Anne Gleeson (Kildare) in recent Div. 1 bowling league against Brownstown

So now the die was cast for a thrilling last end. Sadly for Brownstown the home side finished as they started and recorded a score of two and there ended a brilliant contest.

Final score: Kildare 15 Brownstown 12.

Kildare: Anne Gleeson, Jim

Condron, Richie Baker and John Gleeson. Brownstown: Eilish Vardy, Martin Sinnott, Moira Behan and Antoinette Doyle.

Devastating Form

Mat 2: Apart from the first couple of ends this game completely ended up really as nothing more than a practice match for Kildare. I have

Jim Condron (Kildare) in the recent Div. 1 bowling league game against Brownstown

never seen a Brownstown team so completely and more surprisingly ‘out of sorts’ as in this game. Try as they might, they never got into the game at all. With Kildare in such devastating form and their opponents hitting one of those nights that is every player’s nightmare on those rare oc-

casions, it was a foregone conclusion as to the result of this one. Kildare: Margaret Gorry, Eddie Heffernan, Frank Connolly, Mark Caldwell and sub E. Hennessy. Brownstown:  Lily Higgins, Joe Martin, Mary Stynes and Michael McMahon. With Kildare taking all five

points it propels them to the top of the table.

Recent League Results (home team first)

Div. 1: Allen 2 Kill CBC 3, Kildare 5, Brownstown 0 Div. 2: Rathmore 3 Balyna 2, Rathangan 3 Castlemitchell 2 Div. 3:  Kill 3 Rathmore 2, Straffan 2.5 Kilcullen 2.5

Celbridge prepare for Leinster final against star-studded Carrickshock Leinster IHC final Celbridge v Carrickshock (Kilkenny), venue: Newbridge 2pm Saturday

It’s a massive day for Celbridge GAA club on Saturday as they lock horns with a Carrickshock side littered with players who have won All-

Ireland Senior hurling medals with Kilkenny over the years. There are no less than 15 All-Ireland medals scattered within the ranks of the Kilkenny intermediate champion’s side through the likes of John Tennyson, Michael Rice, Richie Power and his younger brother John. Having competed in a Kilkenny Senior final as recently as 2013, this Carrickshock

side are a fine team to be plying their trade at this grade, but recent history suggests that Celbridge could put it up to them. In their last appearance in a Leinster final in 2011, Celbridge came within one score of Carlow side Mount Leinster Rangers who would go on to reach an All-Ireland Senior Club final in 2014. It shows that the men from the north of the county can

Ballymore braced for exciting boxing tournament Ballymore Hollywood Boxing Club are gearing up to host an exciting tournament in Poulaphouca House next weekend as some of Leinster’s finest come to the area for a fantastic night of action. “First bout is at 7:30pm and

this night will showcase our boxers in top form as they prepare for the major championships” said Club PRO Alan Gilroy. “We are excited that we have some of the best talent in Leinster travelling to box

against our local Leinster champ, Michael Andrews, and other Kildare champions”. Tickets for the event, which is on Saturday December 5, are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for juveniles.

compete with the best, and Saturday’s encounter should prove a stern test of their credentials. A lot will rest on the shoulders of their defence, who will need to shut down the considerable threat of the Power brothers, Michael Rice and Mark O’Dwyer. Up front, Celbridge will again look to the physical presence of Mark Moloney to provide a target at the edge of the square, and Gerry Keegan’s influence between the ‘65’s will be absolutely vital to their prospects. The Leinster Council are due to hear an appeal from Fergal Conway over his red card in the Leinster semi-final win over Bray Emmets at the time of printing(Wednesday night), and his expected availability would give a big boost to a midfield that has operated well all year.

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Brilliant ‘Bridge edge thriller to Johnstownbridge... 1-10

Louise Codd lets fly with a long range effort on goal

Scariff/Ogonnelloe.. 1-9

All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Championship final By James Donoghue They won almost every ruck, every break and every 50/50 ball, and it proved to be the platform for a simply brilliant Johnstownbridge camogie side who have now won back-toback All-Ireland titles. On a cold Sunday afternoon in Birr it was the commitment and energy of the Kildare side that warmed the hearts of their supporters, and though the Scariff/ Ogonnelloe side were almost every built as skillful and organised, it was the experience and hard work that won the day for the ‘Bridge. As Louise Codd excellently said after the game, “it wasn’t a day for fancy hurling, it was a day for heart on sleeve hurling.” Siobhán Hurley top-scored for Johnstownbridge with a fine haul of eight points, while the brilliant Mairéad Scanlan can count herself desperately unlucky to end up on the losing side after finishing the game with a stunning haul of 1-9. The opening 10 minutes were

what you may expect from a match of this magnitude, with either team striking just one point each, while possession remained between the two 45 metre lines for the most part as both sides battled tooth and nail for the sliotar every time it went to ground. The margins were tight, and it was a 22nd minute Roisin O’Connell goal that proved the difference at the halfway point as Johnstownbridge went into the break with a 1-6 to 0-6 lead. A frantic opening 10 minutes, which was largely dominated by the half-back lines on either side, were rather enthralling despite the low scoring. A fine long range effort from Mairéad Scanlon opened the scoring with less than 60 seconds played, and it took Johnstownbridge over seven minutes to issue a response as O’Connell angled over a point from close range. It could have been better for the Kildare side as Jenna Murphy found Aisling Holton with a superb ball, and the Kildare ladies football captain bore down on goal unopposed. Her shot was firm and true, but Scariff goalkeeper Aisling Corbett stuck out a hurl to deny her a goal. When Scanlan fired over a fabulous point from 60 metres in the 11th minute, it seemed to signal the spark that the game needed as both teams began to express themselves more. Siobhán Hurley smashed over a brilliant long range point in response, before she then

Heroic Hurley- ‘It’s everything you dream of’ By James Donoghue

While Johnstownbridge was undoubtedly heaving on Sunday night with the celebrations of the town’s camogie team’s achievement, it was likely a quiet place that afternoon. It seemed as if nearly every member of the community had made their way south to Birr to cheer on a superb team that was aiming to win back-to-back All-Ireland camogie titles, with green and blue beanie hats populating the vast majority of the stand. That support has helped them on a fabulous run over the last two years,  with the ladies from west Kildare hav-

ing not lost a championship match since 2014. The level of interest in a sport that so often falls down the agenda of the average sports fan has shot up in the area over the last two years, and it was fully evident as a large gathering of people filed into St Brendan’s Park to will their side on against Scariff/ Ogonnelloe of Clare. The level of support they receive is not lost on Siobhán Hurley, who couldn’t hide her excitement as she embraced her young son Óran after the full time whistle. “The support we get from Johnstown and everything, the community and the kids are all out at our training ses-

FIXTURES Sat 03 Dec 2016 Leinster Intermediate Club Hurling Final Venue Newbridge Celbridge V Carrickshock (Kilkenny) 14.00 Ref TBC

Sun 04 Dec 2016 Under 17 Football Div 2 League Final Venue: Newbridge, Maynooth V Ballymore Eustace12:30, Ref: Anthony Herbert

Tony O Donohue Under 21 B Football Championship Final Venue: Newbridge, Monasterevan V St Laurence’s14:15, Ref: Kieran Harris

Jack Higgins Cup Final Venue: Naas, Kilcullen V Moorefield14:00, Ref: Alan Archbold

sions. Camogie is cool again and it’s just brilliant to see the effect that it has on the community, but on a personal level it’s absolutely amazing. It’s everything you dream of,” she told KildareNow. It was a fabulous team performance, with everyone putting their shoulder to the wheel to seal the title, but Hurley was a cut above most of her teammates. She score all but 1-2 of her side’s tally, and it was her shot that led to Roisin O’Connell’s all important goal, while she also laid on the pass to set up her cousin Claire for a point. An extremely modest Hurley opted to heap the praise on her colleagues however. “Most of them were from frees, and the girls out the pitch did humongous work to actually get those frees,” she said of her eight-point haul. “It’s easy for the free-taker to take all the credit when they just have to tap over balls that others have fought for, but I think it was a brilliant team performance today. The backs were immense, they just held them. That team scored 6-22 last time out, and this week I don’t know what they scored but it wasn’t even close. It was just brilliant to put in a great team performance in the final.”

It looked like Johnstownbridge were home and hosed when their sharp shooting centre-forward pushed them four points clear as the game ticked towards injury time, but her counterpart, Mairéad Scanlan, scored a late goal to ensure a frenetic finish. “To be honest with you, I was worried, but this team I have so much trust in. I never get the feeling that we’re going to lose, like I’m always afraid that we’re going to lose; we’re never complacent. But I just trust every girl so much, like the block Eimear got in at the end was unreal, that’s what Johnstown is made of,” exclaimed Hurley. Having secured two All-Ireland titles in a row at the junior grade, Johnstownbridge will now compete in the Intermediate Championship. The step up should prove to be a significant challenge for the six-in-a-row county champions, but it’s a challenge to be excited about, not feared according to Hurley. “I’m really looking forward to it because Myshall beat us in the Leinster final three or four years ago and they won the Leinster Intermediate Championship this year so it’ll be great to get to test ourselves against them once again,” she concluded.

stroked over a free from the middle of the park to give Johnstownbridge the lead for the first time. Scariff regained the initiative with a couple of points from Scanlan and Sarah O’Donnell, but the Kildare champions soon got the break that helped them to seize control of the tie. Hurley’s long range shot was heading over the bar, and although Corbett prevented the point by knocking the ball down, Roisin O’Connell followed the flight of the sliotar and stroked in the rebound from close range. That goal provided a much needed boost for the ladies from the west of Kildare, and two more points from placed balls through Hurley helped

Jenna Murphy struggles to retain possession under pressure

Siobhan Hurley struck 0-8 for Johnstownbridge in a brilliant display

them into 1-5 to 0-4 lead. Scariff -who hadn’t scored in 13 minutes- were in need of a score before the break to keep their challenge alive, and they managed two, with the unerringly accurate Scanlan stroking over a couple of frees. Siobhán Hurley ensured that Johnstownbridge went into the halftime break with a goal between the sides as she knocked over her fifth point of the afternoon. Johnstownbridge, as is customary with them, stayed on the pitch during the break, and that seemed to help them start quickly as they struck the opening score of the new half within 60 seconds through another Hurley free. The composed Scanlan once again re-


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seal successive All-Ireland titles

Family and friends celebrate with the Johnstownbridge panel after the game

sponded, but two more points from Johnstownbridge looked to have put the reigning champions in rude health. The first was an excellent scooped effort from Hurley following a penetrating run, and she turned provider soon after as she set up her cousin Claire, who fired over confidently from 30 metres out. They looked to be in complete control of proceedings at that stage, leading by five points, but Scariff -and Scanlan- were not finished yet. The Clare scoring star knocked over her seventh point from a free, before showing good skill to shorten the grip on her hurl when under pressure and splitting the posts from close range. Neither team troubled the scorekeeper for the next 13 minutes as the game became somewhat fractured, but Johnstownbridge produced some brilliant defensive plays during

this period to keep their opponents at bay. They needed a settling score badly however, and it was the imperious Siobhán Hurley who provided it with a fine effort after being played in by the hard-working Clodagh Flanagan. Four points down, and with injury time approaching, Scariff threw everything they had at Johnstownbridge. The Kildare side held firm for the most part, but a late goal from Scanlan closed the gap to one point with two minutes of injury time left to play. Bodies were thrown on the line in a bid to deny the Munster champions an equaliser, and a superb block by full-back Eimear Hurley on a Scanlan shot was indicative of their commitment in defence, and it proved crucial as they held on for victory. One has to feel sympathy for Scanlan, who after scoring all but one of her side’s points,

struck an effort narrowly wide with one of the last plays of the game to leave their comeback just a small bit short. Scorers for Johnstownbridge: S Hurley 0-8(5f), R O’Connell 1-1, C Hurley 0-1. Scorers for Scariff/Ogonnelloe:  M Scanlan 1-8(5f), S O’Donnell 0-1.

Johnstownbridge

T Johnson; E McEvoy, E Hurley, E Farrell; C Farrell(S Morrin 54mins), A Trant, J O’Donoghue(E Morgan 49mins); L Codd, C Flanagan; C Hurley, S Hurley, J Murphy; R O’Connell, M Murphy, A Holton.

Scariff/Ogonnelloe

A Corbett; S Skelly(C Madden ht), M O’Brien, L Horan; A Madden, A Barrett, S Daly(S McNamara ht); R O’Brien, H McGee; R Moloney, M Scanlan, A Power; R Minogue, D Sheedy, S O’Donnell.

Johnstownbridge star Aisling Holton battles for possession

Eimear Hurley dedicates victory to manager Flanagan YOU never forget the first but second time around was even better as far as Eimear Hurley was concerned. Official player of the match in the AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Sunday, the full-back was in resolute form as Johnstownbridge made it two-in-a-row in a dramatic decider. They were made to sweat by a valiant Scariff/Ogonnelloe outfit however, with the Bannerwomen desperate to get over the line having fallen short in 2013. Being forced to dig so deep

gave this success even more value according to the beaming Hurley. “This one’s even better” said Hurley.                                                                  “We really, really had to work so hard. We were always a little bit ahead last year, we had a little bit of a cushion but there was never any rest there. There was never any sense that we had it in the bag. “They just played so well and obviously were trying to get back from three years ago so it took everything we had to win that.” Hurley faced a stiff task in attempting to deny the towering Rachel Minogue possession and as the bombs landed around the danger zone, she

was resolute throughout. She was quick to point to the work done by others to ensure that perhaps the quality of delivery was not as Minogue and her fellow inside forwards might have desired. “The girl I was marking was quite tall. I’m tall and she was a head taller than me so I suppose that was their tactic there. The girls out the field were cutting off any good supply coming in so they weren’t able to hit it exactly as they wanted and that helped hugely.” Mairéad Scanlan’s goal with 30 seconds of normal time remaining caused many frayed nerves but the defence held firm and Johnstownbridge continued their remarkable

success story of recent years. And there was one man that has driven them forward more than any other, as they rose through the ranks in Kildare to get to the point where they have won the last two All-Irelands, after losing to the

eventual champions in the three campaigns prior to that (Myshall 2012, 2013, Kilmessan 2014). “I’m playing 22 years! That gang of girls a couple of years younger than me won Féile and we managed to keep that

core bunch together. There’s serious community spirit. Everyone wants to do it for each other and for (manager) Dick Flanagan. He’s the main man. He’s been there through every single victory. He’s just inspirational.”

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Never a ‘Bridge too far for brilliant ladies

Johnstownbridge camogie heroes All-Ireland titles are not all too common in Kildare, successive titles are an even rarer entity. But this Johnstownbridge side are something special, and they etched their names in history on Sunday afternoon by landing their second AllIreland Junior Camogie Championship in ‘nervewracking’ fashion with a 1-10 to 1-9 win over Scariff Ogonnelloe in Birr. Player of the Match, Eimear Hurley, was relieved after

the final whistle of a frantic game where a late Mairead Scanlan goal narrowed the gap to one point as the game ticked into injury time. “It’s just about digging deep and winning dirty,” remarked Hurley. “We never got the breathing space. We knew it was gonna be tight. The clock was stuck on 30 minutes there forever. It was nerve-wracking.” Full report and reaction inside…

Jenna Murphy lifts the trophy as Johnstownbridge recaptured the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship title on Sunday Eimear Hurley rejoices at the full-time whistle


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