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Gardaí in Co Kildare are appealing for information following a spate of burglaries throughout the county over a 24 hour period. A Garda spokesperson described the break-ins as a ‘circuit of Co Kildare.’ At Mooretown, Celbridge, three motorbikes were stolen from a shed during the night of Wednesday, March 7. Separately in Clane, a lady is reported to have left her home for about 10 minutes to do some shopping. She returned to find her home had been ransacked, albeit nothing was reported stolen. On the same day, March 7, at Esmondale, Naas, between 4pm to 6pm, the homeowner left for a short time and returned to find that the back door had been broken, and several items reported stolen. Again on March 7, a shed was broken into at Red Hills, Kildare town with a power-washer reported stolen from a shed. Also between Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, a car was broken into at Parsons Hall, Maynooth. It is understood that a woman was carrying in her shopping from the car to the house, when her handbag was stolen from the car. Due to the spate of burglaries around the county, Gardaí are advising people to follow simple steps to protect property. Gardaí are advising people to secure all doors and windows, light up the home, use timer switches when out, store keys safely and away from

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In this week’s Kildarepost • Page 7 Gail’s Rails to host major fashion event in aid of charities • Page 8 Dunlavin man wins IFTA award for special effects • Page 10 Planning Briefs; Page 20 Council Briefs

Kildare-born uilleann piper Liam Óg O’Flynn died after an illness. He was well known as a member of the traditional group Planxty with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny. O’Flynn also played on a number of best-selling records, including the Brendan Voyage and Grainne Mhaol. He was regarded as a master piper and a global ambassador for traditional Irish music.

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Clane girl wins Best Actor

• ConďŹ rmation Day at schools across the county • Pages 34, 35 PJ Day at Chuckles Creche, Rathangan • Pages 48-49 Round Towers GAA Dinner Dance – more photos next week

Commercial features: Health and Safety in the Workplace; St Patrick’s Day Parades in Clane, Athy, and Monastervin; Property and lots more!

Stylicious, Cinema Review, Travel, Cookery, Motors, Health, etc.


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A fundraising cycle race has been launched in Finlay Motors, Naas to support a special school in Kill. The Tour de Foothills event in association with Naas Cycling Club - taking place next month on Sunday 15th April - will support the work of the Saplings School for Children with Autism. Saplings Special School, Kill, is a co-educational, autism special special school, providing high quality education for pupils with autism and complex needs. The school offers a range of child- centred, autism speciďŹ c education which draws on a range of evidence based interventions.



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CRIMEBRIEFS Bunches of flowers stolen Gardaí are investigating the theft of five bouquets of flowers from a van in Naas on the eve of Mother's Day last weekend. The incident happened on the Main Street of the town between 8pm and 10pm on Saturday. Anybody with information is asked to contact Naas Gardaí.

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Gardai are investigating an armed robbery of the Topaz filling station in Kill at 10pm on Monday. One man stood guard at the entrance with a hurley stick while another man went inside with a hammer in his hand. The till was robbed and the man left with a quantity of cash. Another man was waiting in a silver coloured Toyota Avensis car with the registration number 07 D.

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Seanie Drea and Yvonne Gibbons with baby Seoidin and daughter Alisha photographed at St Conleth's on Sunday last. Poor Seoidin has divided loyalties to both Kildare and Mayo! Photo Pat Tinsley.

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Gardaí are investigating an incident in Naas in which a number of men were seen interfering with an ATM machine. Suspicious activity was reported by a member of the public and arrests were made. Gardaí warned the public to be vigilant while using ATMs and to cover their PINs at all times.

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As Newbridge goes green this Saturday, March 17, make this St Patrick’s Day a family day out to remember. The annual St. Patrick’s day parade will make its way down main street passing Whitewater Shopping Centre, between 12 noon and 2pm. Whitewater will be providing lots of free entertainments on the day. Balloons and Free facepainting will be available on the ground floor before the parade, from 10am12pm and immediately afterwards. When the parade has finished, the party atmosphere will continue at Whitewater; why not try hot chocolates in the Food Hall, or enjoy family meals together… Nandos, Chopped and Milano are amongst the restaurants there. Customers are invited to enjoy an Irish dancing showcase by local dancers after 2pm. In advance of Lá le Phádraig, Whitewater; Ireland’s largest regional shopping centre, has everything you need from cards to decorations as well as the latest fashions and delectable treats for entertaining on the day.

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Network Ire Kildare re-schedule sales event for Tues next

Network Ireland Kildare Branch has re-scheduled an event with Jo Collins of Sales Performance for Tuesday 20 March next. The event will be hosted at Killashee House Hotel at 7.30pm, having been another casualty of the snow. Jo has a wealth of experience in Sales and Sales Management having worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years and she will share lots of techniques and tips on how to improve your sales pitch and increase conversion to a completed sale. “Sell to your customers the way they want to buy” This workshop is all about how customers buy today. The same approach to all customers will hinder your success and Jo will explain how to recognise different people’s styles and how to adapt your approach to get a better result. Jo believes that sales is the oxygen for every business and the key to sales growth and success is to learn how to sell to customers the way they want to buy. Anyone in business will have different relationships with their customers and there are some we all get on very well with and others that are challenging. Jo will look at how and why that happens. Also



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in for the cancelled event, places need to be rebooked so the venue can cater for the correct number of attendees, as spaces are limited. Booking is essential through http:// events/branch/kildare/ The evening is kindly sup-

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Jo Collins guest speaker at Killashee House Hotel next Tues for Network Ireland Kildare event

people buy differently and expect different things and as sales professionals we need to recognise that and adapt our approach. Network Kildare events are attended by women from a vast variety of businesses but the common thread amongst everyone is the need to sell our products or services. Whether you run your own business or are an employee, you will still gain practical sales skills, hints and tips to improve techniques and also have the opportunity to

Guest speaker Brent Pope joined TV personality Anna Geary and ex GAA football star Oisin McConville at the County Kildare Chamber Healthy Ireland week event in the Keadeen Hotel Newbridge on Tuesday evening (more photos next week). Other events are taking place this week such as a luncheon in the Clanard Hotel, Athy today [Thursday] with guest speaker, local boxing star Eric Donovan. Photo: Pat Tinsley.




network and meet with an group of welcoming, inspirational women. This Network Ireland Kildare Branch event is open to all and is free to Network Ireland members with the small fee of €10 plus booking free to non-members. If you booked









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Gail’s Rails hosting fab charity event at The Osprey, Naas also be donated to Dress for Success”. Pop up shops include Chi Fit Tea, Desert Diamonds and

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A glamorous location, a glamorous event – and hosted by a glam lady – and all in aid of women’s charities! The Osprey Hotel / PREM Group are sponsoring an afternoon of fun, fashion and bubbles in the Osprey Hotel  in Naas on Sunday, 25 March from 2-6pm. Gail Murphy of  Gail’s  Rails, one of Ireland's leading fashion bloggers, is managing and organising the event. All proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to Women’s Aid . Not surprisingly, the 170 tickets sold out within 45 minutes via Gail’s Rails blog, so popular is the Kildare fashion blogger.

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“As the event is happening in March, following International Women’s Day, we have chosen two very worthy femaleoriented charities to help this year”. “Women’s Aid is a leading national organisation in Ireland that aims to stop domestic violence against women and ensure that every woman and child feel safe. They offer help, support and give muchneeded hope to countless victims and survivors. They have vast experience and a wealth

Photos by Aishling Conway Gail Murphy of Gail’s Rails,

Karen Geraghty (Sales and Marketing Manager Osprey Hotel), Gail Murphy (Fashion Blogger / Image Consultant/Gails Rails) and Therese Mullane (Property Manager of Prem Group)

“The second charity Dress for Success will benefit with attendees being asked to donate, where possible, one suitable outfit to this fantastic charity” said Gail. “Monies raised from the raffle, auction and a percentage of the Pop up shop sales on the day will

of knowledge to draw on, having been doing fantastic work in communities around Ireland since their foundation in 1974” continued Gail “All of their services are free of charge and available 24 hours a day. All monies raised on the day from ticket sales, raffle and donation boxes will be donated to Women’s Aid.” She added: “The second charity we are supporting is Dress For Success Dublin. They aim to promote the financial independence of women by providing career development tools and a support network to help along the way. They offer women professional styling and workwear, CV and job interview prep with experienced

HR professionals and focused mentoring with professionals in their specific field. We are asking attendees and sponsors to donate suitable workwear which will be passed on to Dress For Success. Women’s Aid Freephone 1800 341 900, available 24 hours a day. Contact Dress for Success at 01 640 0001. For all other enquiries or to make a donation, please contact Therese Mullane in Premier Business centres @ PREM Group company on 1 639 2939 or email March 25 at the Osprey Hotel, women supporting women with gorgeous Gail at the helm!


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Dunlavin man scoops IFTA award for special effects work

By Kim O’Leary An Irish special effects and make-up company scooped an IFTA award for best special effects for their fantastic work on the Irish gothic horror film ‘The Lodgersʼ. Ben O’Connor from Dunlavin is the co-owner and director of Bowsie Workshop, which creates life-like special effects and props for Irish films and television shows. Ben studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology for three years before he and Aoife Noonan founded Bowsie Workshop in 2011. Since then the company continues to thrive with several national and international accolades already under their belt. Last month, Bowsie Workshop attended the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards in Dublin, winning the IFTA in the VFX category for their work on ‘The Lodgers’, a film made by Tailored Films. Speaking to The Kildare Post about their extraordinary win, Ben explained: “It was a great ceremony with lots of people there; actors, directors, screenwriters, it was amazing. We were absolutely delighted to win for best special effects against Game Of Thrones which is huge, since they have a much larger budget and more staff than we do for their special effects, it was just great for us to take the award home.” ‘The Lodgers’ is an Irish gothic drama which tells

Ben O'Connor working on animal sculptures designed for Google new building in Dublin. Ben accepting the IFTA Award for Special Effects.

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the haunting tale of a pair of twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) who reside in a haunted home which hides sinister secrets just below the surface. The film was written by David Turpin and directed by Brian O’Malley, it stars Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Deirdre

O’Kane, Eugene Simon, David Bradley, and Moe Dunford. Work on the film was finished in May 2017 and the post production took over six months to complete. ‘The Lodgers’ had its world premiere at The Toronto Film Festival back in August to much acclaim, and the film is

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now being featured at 16 cinemas across the country. Ben and his team put in a lot of work and effort to make the special effects for the film to look as realistic as possible. Ben said: “For ‘The Lodgers’ we did things like a stabbed hand, bits of the set, and a lot of water work in terms of the make up and digital effects to make the scenes look as realistic as possible without overdoing it.” “We worked on the film for well over a year with shooting at the end of 2016 and finishing in the Summer with post-production, we worked a lot with the actors and the camera crews to get the shots needed. It was a great experience and we’re really pleased that it’s doing well with audi-

ences,” said Ben. At the moment there is a fairly small number of staff working at Bowsie Workshop, although Ben has confirmed that they are seeking to hire more special effects artists and they have also worked closely with artists including Aidan Rafferty for The Lodgers as well as Rory Thompson for the short film “A Terrible Hullabaloo” which was written by Aoife Noonan and directed by Ben O’Connor. Ben said: “We have also created our own films like “A Terrible Hullabaloo” which tells the story of 14 year old boy fighting in the 1916 Rising and it was part of a programme of short films which were commissioned to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

For the film we set about making our own minature set and we used puppets.” Bowsie Workshop also designed hand-crafted animal statues for Google’s new building which recently opened in Dublin City Centre. “We created dogs, bulls, horses and birds. The statues were created using designing software like Adobe Dimension and they were cnc machined in polystyrene and hand finished, coated in styrospray and painted,” explained Ben who is currently writing a script for a science fiction short film, and he added the company is looking forward to doing more directing and film making. 2018 is set to be a busy year ahead for Bowsie Workshop.


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Maynooth bar planning restaurant A well-known bar in Maynooth is planning major changes. O'Neill's Bar & Steak House wants to convert its Lounge into a Restaurant. The premises on the corner of Main Street and Kelly's Lane is also proposing a new en-

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No Scoot for Killashee students as campaign for new footpath continues

Parents and students at Killashee National School continue their campaign to have a footpath inserted from Piper's Hill and nearby estates to the school. Parents are forced to drive their children to the school, increasing traffic congestion at peak times, when a footpath would allow their children to safely walk to the school premises

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This week is Green Schools National Scoot to School Week, with ‘National Scoot’ to be held across the country on Wednesday 14. But whilst the Government and the HSE constantly promote walk and cycle campaigns in support of better physical health for children, for children attending primary school at Killashee, there will be no scooting this week! Despite their proximity to Killashee

School, student living in Piper’s Hill, Naas and in nearby estates just don’t have a footpath to walk or cycle and instead, parents find themselves ridiculously driving the short distance to the school, increasing traffic congestion and motor pollution! This has been an ongoing issue for parents and students since the development of Piper’s Hill Campus as an education hub, and with the number of faculties located there, traffic is heavy at peak collection/ delivery times. Deputy Frank O’Rourke of Kildare North says whilst there in no official

start date for work to install a pathway, it will go ahead and is to be completed in 2 phases. The TD has been working on behalf of the group and says the introduction of a footway is urgently needed and will alleviate the congestion and parking issues at the school during peak times. A spokesperson for the group Katie Keating said “We all want our kids to be active and cycling or walking to school is a great start to a kid’s day. The children in Piper’s Hill and other estates nearby would love to scoot or cycle to school like many other students around the country this

week but it is simply too dangerous. We believe progress is being made on the matter but we want to keep pressure on the Council to actually start the job.” School Principal Maura Scully is also eager to see the footpath built. “The safety of our children is of paramount importance and until a footpath is built to the school, we cannot promote initiatives like Scoot on Wednesday. We will have the children use their scooters in the playground on Wednesday and hope that work on the footpath will start very soon.”

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Kilcullen Photography Club officially launched an exhibition of work at An Tearmann, Kilcullen on March 8 last week. The exhibition combines a diverse range of images of different topics and locations, picked by our members offering a unique view of the life and topography inside and outside Ireland. Pictures from all around the country, different perspectives and styles make this a compelling insight into their endeavours. Pictures are for sale with commission going to An Tearmann.  Kilcullen Photograpy Club was formed in May 2017 and has been on an upward trend ever since. Various outings, discussions and some technical advice combined with an informal and easygoing attitude make for a welcoming atmosphere. “We are currently looking for new members to join us, no previous experience required, a camera phone will do if you have nothing else and it is a good way to meet new people, explore interesting places and learn along the way” said Conor Williams photographer. “You can get in touch through  Facebook or Instagram at 'Kilcullen Photography Club' but be sure to drop in and view the works at An Tearmann over the coming weeks”.



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COURTBRIEFS Acid splash threats

‘Speedy Gonzales’

A midlands man who allegedly told his wife 'be careful' as ' someone could splash acid' on her face appeared before Naas District Court. Evidence was heard how his wife, residing in the Midlands, agreed to meet him at Costa Coffee, in the Monread Shopping Centre, Naas, in September 27, 2017. A barring order had been imposed against the accused at the time. He was on bail for charges in relation to breaching a barring order, when the allegations arose that he threatened to have acid 'splashed' in his wife's face. At Naas District Court, last Thursday, his wife outlined to the court that she was 'in fear' of her husband. She said: "You never know what he can do, he is very aggressive." Defence Solicitor, Timmy Kennelly, said: "I would put it to you that he was not aggressive." Defence denied that the accused threatened to throw acid in his wife's face. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that that the accused undertake a programme for 12 weeks that examines aspects of domestic violence and an understanding of its impact on the victim. The Judge ordered that the accused appear before Naas District Court on July 5, for a Probation Report.

A Co Kildare Judge referred jokingly to a woman with a previous conviction for speeding before Naas District Court as 'Speedy Gonzales.' The court heard how the woman was caught driving at a speed of 59km/hr in a 50km zone, Naas District Court heard. Evidence was given that the woman had a previous conviction for speeding in 2013. In court, the accused said that she did not pay the fixed penalty notice as she did not receive the fine. The Judge explained that because the speeding offence took place before June 2017, then he would give her the benefit of the doubt. Since June 2017, anyone with a speeding fine gets three chances to pay their speeding fine, before coming before the court. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the Probation Act Section (1) was imposed.

Too late to pay fine

A man caught speeding while driving his mother's car appeared before Naas District Court. The court heard how the accused was driving his mother's car but left it too late to pay the fixed penalty notice. Evidence was given that the accused was driving at

a speed of 112km/hr in a 100km zone. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the speeding charge was struck out.

Wife puts ‘foot on accelerator’

A man before Naas District Court outlined how his wife 'had her foot on the accelerator'. The court heard how the accused was found driving at a speed of 68km/hr in a 50km zone. He told the court that while the car was registered in his name, it was his wife who was driving the car. Defence Séamus Doyle said that couple have had 'five to six different postmen over the last number of years' and did not receive the fixed penalty notice. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the Probation Act Section 1(1) was imposed.

Assault charges for midlands teenager

A midlands teenager who is bringing assault charges against her former boyfriend says 'part of me wants to die so that I don't have to live with the memories.' It is alleged that on June 19, 2017, in a Co Kildare town, a 15-year-old boy assaulted his teenage girlfriend. In a victim impact statement given to Judge Des-

mond Zaidan, at Naas Juvenile Court, yesterday, she claims that she spent seven days in hospital after the attack. In her statement, she claims that the accused 'smashed' her phone against the wall. She claims that he dragged her along glass on the ground. In the victim impact statement she said: "My leg was bleeding. He kicked my backside, he said, 'do you want more.'" She claims that the accused hit her head against the wall. In the statement, read to the court by Judge Zaidan, she said: "Part of me wants to die so that I do not have to live with the memory." Judge said that the victim impact statement was one of the most shocking that he has come across. He said: "This is not a minor allegation." Judge Zaidan said that he was not aware of all the details and did not know the injured party spent seven days in hospital. He ordered the accused to appear again before Naas District Court on April 5, next.

‘Genuinely sorry’ for stealing towel

A man wept before Naas District Court facing charges for stealing a towel. The 61-year-old man faced charges for the theft of a

towel to the value of €10.99 from TK Maxx, Newbridge, on May 22, 2017. Garda evidence outlined that the man attempted to leave with a bathroom towel. The court heard that he had no previous convictions. Defence Solicitor, David Powderly said: "He is genuinely sorry." In court, the accused said: "I am old and stupid. I am losing my memory. Sometimes I can't manage normal life on my own." The court heard how the accused left his native Poland some years ago in search of employment but had been dismissed when he began to have memory problems. Judge Desmond Zaidan struck the charges out.

‘Turn the other way’ says Judge

A Judge warned a man before Naas District Court to 'turn the other way' if he sees his neighbour. The accused is facing charges of assault causing harm. Evidence was given that the accused was out socialising when it is alleged that he punched another man, causing a broken jaw. Defence said that the accused lives four doors down from the alleged injured party and might find it difficult to obey by the order to stay away from him.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "Turn and go the other way, if you see the injured party, go the other way." Judge Zaidan warned the accused that if an alibi forms any part of his defence, then he has 14 days to provide this. He has been ordered to appear before Naas Circuit Criminal Court.

Sexual assault charge

A man appeared before Naas District Court on a single charge of sexual assault. The young man has been ordered to appear before Wicklow Circuit Court. The midlands man is facing charges in relation to the sexual assault of a woman at his home address in 2017. At an earlier sitting of Naas District Court, it had been heard how they had met on a 'dating website.' At the time Judge Desmond Zaidan had said that he was not comfortable dealing with the case in the District Court and wanted the DPP to see if the case needs to be tried by a Jury. Judge Zaidan said that he wanted to know that the DPP are sure that it is to be tried before the District Court and not under trial by Jury. The DPP has made the decision to bring the charges before Wicklow Circuit Criminal Court, sitting in Bray.



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Councillor Joanne Pender has called on Kildare Co Council to consider an overhaul of a short-cut route in Kildare Town. The politician said that the minor local road (L7022) from the Melitta Road leaving Kildare Town cuts across the Plains to the R445 Dublin Road. Cllr Pender said the road is a regular short-cut for motorists trying to avoid town centre traffic. She explained: "Due to the heavy traffic in the town and lack of a traffic management plan, this road is increasingly being used to avoid congestion during peak times but is in very poor condition for the volume of traffic that uses it." The issue will be raise at the next local municipal meeting.

Cllr wants Government funds to boost Council budget

Cllr Mark Lynch called for the Government to top up Kildare Co Council’s budget following extra spending due to Storm Emma. The politician said: “Following the great work done by Council staff over the snow period, how has this affected the budget?” “If it is significantly reduced, we call on central government to make funds available to address any shortage that now arises in our capital or municipal budget.”

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Council asked to re-think 6 month closure of busy road Kildare Co Council has been asked to reconsider closing the R415 Kilmeague Village to Allenwood Cross Roads under the Roads Act, 1993. The route will be shut to the public from Tuesday 27 March until Thursday 27 September to facilitate the laying of a new watermain pipeline. Diversions will be in place as agreed with the Council and An Garda Síochána and emergency access and pedestrian access will be maintained. However local councillors said the road closure will be a major inconvenience for residents and local businesses. Councillor Murty Aspell asked that the Council to begin a local consultation process in Allenwood and Kilmeague in relation to the road closure as it will be a “very disruptive time” for both residents and businesses. Councillor Mark Stafford requested that the municipal district office explore with Irish Water an alternative to closing the R415. He suggested that a traffic management plan be devised that would limit the disruption to 140 residents and businesses located on the road. Councillor Morgan McCabe

called on the Council to organise a public meeting with Irish Water and council officials in Allen Hall, to discuss the upcoming water works. He wants a discussion of the short term consequences and long term benefits for the local residents and businesses so that a mutually beneficial strategy can be arranged to move forward with the difficult process. Councillor Suzanne Doyle asked that the road closure be used to facilitate a number of outstanding projects in the area. The politician name-checked road resurfacing from Allenwood to the Travellers Rest pub, footpath restoration at Kilmeague, resurfacing of the area to the rear of shops in Kilmeague and any other scheduled works in the area.


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Clane girl wins prestigious Best Actor Award at LA film festival By Kim O'Leary A talented young actress from Co Kildare has scooped a prestigious award for her portrayal in a short film after attending the First Glance Film Festival in Los Angeles which took place over the weekend. Isabel Connolly (9) who attends drama, singing and dancing lessons with Vicky Barry, performs in the short film "A Timely Gift" directed by Paraic Keane which tells the tale of a troubled artist suffering from long-term amnesia who receives a mysterious gift from her Grandfather long since passed. For her performance in the film Isabel was nominated for and won the Best Young Actor award which was presented to her on Sunday evening at the First Glance Film Festival in sunny Los Angeles, with Isabel and her very proud family attending the ceremony. Isabel, who many will know as having featured in the advert for Bus Eireann's Expressway last year, lives with her younger sister Ruby and parents Mandy and Peter on Kilcock Road in

Clane and Isabel has been attending Vicky's classes since she was 4. This is the latest success story for Barry Talent Agency which is based in Kildare. It was set up in 2014 to allow for students of Vicky Barry's School of Dance to showcase their talents on the stage through acting and dance. FirstGlance Film festivals is now in its 21st year and began in 1996 in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. It started as a small theatre company in Philadelphia that wanted to help fellow filmmakers get their projects shown in a public venue for others to enjoy. Its mission was a one time weekend to show projects that might otherwise not be seen by moviegoers in the Philadelphia area. FirstGlance decided to move forward with film festivals and make its event annual. With filmmaker interest, their sister festival opened in Burbank California in 2000 to a similar audience in a 35 seat screening room and has also become a growing annual event. To date, FirstGlance has produced thirty two film festivals,

shown over 2000 award winning films to over 150,000 attendees and over 300,000 online viewers of the Short Online Contest in its 14th incarnation in 2015. FirstGlance Film Fests have grown to 250 seat venues with state of the art digital projection capabilities, including 3D film with Dolby Surround sound or better! In addition to producing their award winning bi-coastal film festivals, FirstGlance has year round activities that include Online Short Film Competitions, Show Us Ur Shorts Screenings, Web Series Playoffs, Short Film Productions, and Online Distribution. It look's like this promising young actress will continue to make her home county proud.

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Little Isabel Connolly who won Best Actor Award at a recent film festival in LA









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Budget Sources! If you remember I wrote on February 5, about the ‘Real Economy’, an article regarding Ireland’s budgets and their expectations from same. A recent report by the European Commission has warned that the majority of Revenue based measures, introduced in the budget 2018 here in Ireland, are biased towards uncertain Tax basis. Now on the one hand, Ireland has every right to do what they can regarding Tax and how we secure same but on the other hand, we are overstating our projected budget based on proposed earnings from these sources.

They are at risk because of the European Union’s insistence on a change to the Tax regime. We all know how Foreign Direct Investment is a major player in this country and long may it continue. Leaving aside other concerns about what is happening in the United States of America which will affect it, to overstate however our “taxable receipts” based on Corporation Tax Returns, which have gone up from 10% to 16% of total take, is dangerous. As I stated before, the push from 2% to 6% stamp duty was a smart ass act and hurriedly completed as part of

the budget in terms of the rate of increase. Everybody knew it was coming but going from 2% to 6% was a stroke by the Department of Finance. These one-off tricks as the Commission points out, are aggressive and a risk factor because they won’t happen on a forever basis. We all know by now that about 40% of Corporation Tax comes from circa ten large multinationals and in there lies the risk and rewards of same. Whilst the Americans may push for lower Tax rates and pull their companies back in and re-educate their younger people we cannot consistently rely on this

"Ireland is caught up in a global economy... from which it gains but it also makes us vulnerable. Experience from talking to people regarding Brexit is that nothing

has been done here and it is still very much ‘a wait and see game’. Quantum effects are already being felt by export companies, border based companies and

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source as being part of our budgets for Current account spending. It’s back to the discussion regarding Minister Paschal O’ Donohoe. He is concerned about the reputation of Ireland whereas I would be more concerned about the budget for Ireland in terms of our planning going forward. Now is a prime time for Ireland to tighten the hatches and start reducing debt and building up some sinking fund. A recent report from the Europeans suggested that a European Monetary Fund would be set up which would

help distress countryies if matters hit the fan, and it is maintained they will, in the not too distant future. If Ireland has a similar fund put together outside of its current needs and infrastructural spending, it would be a wise thing to do right now. Irish GDP is rising by 7.4% year on year in Ireland which is outside of the European norm and goes to show that as an open economy we can really punch it. However, if as was seen, Tax receipts embedded into this are coming from sources which will not continue for the foreseeable future then I rest my case.

Ireland is caught up in a global economy and it is as good as it gains from this, it is also very vulnerable. Experience from talking to people regarding Brexit is that nothing has been done here and it is still very much ‘a wait and see game’. The quantum effects that are already being felt by export companies, border based companies and import companies rely heavily on UK imports. It is apparently hurting the UK economy in particular and no matter what we say about looking outside of the UK for markets, they are our nearest - and dearest - partners.


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Glendeer Pet Farm re-opens this weekend, on Saturday March 17 Glendeer Pet Farm is reopening on Saturday, 17 March for the Summer Season and will remain open until the end of September. Over the Easter weekend, Glendeer will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt, on Easter Saturday, 31 March, Sunday 1 April and Monday, 2 April @ 3pm each day. Glendeer Pet Farm, which is conveniently located near Athlone off the M6 at Exit 13 (follow signs for Drum) is a fun, interactive experience for all the family. People can feed, pet and even hold some of the animals, which include deer, kune-kune pigs, llamas, alpaca, emu, goats, donkeys, sheep, jersey cow, two cheeky monkeys, Honey the raccoon and much more. And of course, there are new babies arriving every day, including kid goats, baby llama, rabbits, lambs and puppies. You might even get to hear Rio the parrot's new words if he's not too shy!

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The Annual Egg Hunts provide great ‘eggcitement’ and entertainment for kiddies of all ages. There is a separate egg hunt for children under four to make sure everyone gets a chance to collect some chocolate treats.

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While visiting the farm you can also stretch your legs along the unspoiled nature walk/fairy trail where children love to find all the fairy doors, toadstools and they may even see a fairy if they are lucky. The children will also get a bag of food each to feed the animals & after they can play on the slide, swings, seesaws, obstacle course, maze and very popular glider swing, while adults enjoy fresh coffee/tea and home-made treats.

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Liam’s memory recall of former Newbridge times is well received Newbridge native Liam Phelan in conjunction with Newbridge History Group presented a humorous illustrated talk recently at Ryston Sports and Social Club. Liam recounted many memories, thoughts, musings and funny incidents of olden times and characters in Newbridge, which were well received by a very attentive Johnny O'Connor with Liam whose animated talk was most appreciated by the audience. attendance. Photos: Pat Tinsley

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BELOW: Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Most Reverend Denis Nulty with the students of St.Laurence NS, Sallins

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Show must go on for Scoil Mhuire Clane Despite having to be postponed for a week due to Storm Emma, the 5th year students of Scoil Mhuire, Clane, put on a brilliant production of John B. Keane's play "Sive" last Thursday and Friday. Many hours of rehearsals and preparation went into staging this show and huge congratulations must go to the cast, crew and staff, with a special mention to Louise Callanan and Hazel Mulligan who produced the play. Sive was written in March 1959. Set in rural Kerry in the 1960's, the story is centred around a young girl Sive (Jennifer Robertson) who lives with her uncle Mike (Kallum Linnie), his wife Mena (Hannah Doherty-Greene) & Nanna (Noreen Buzenschi). The local matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua (Cian McKeown) decides she should marry an old man, Seán Dota (Aaron Hackett), however, Sive is in love with a young man, Liam Scoob (Luke McIntyre). Two local tinkers Pats Bocock (Dylan Yearlsey) and Cartalawn (Katie-Ann Smith) connive together and decide to help her escape from Séan Dota and marry Liam, leading to tragedy. Photos by Barbra Hackett.


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Faith matters takes this reflection from Fa- tion of the destiny to which every inhabitant of ther Brian Grogan’s book “Finding God in our tiny planet is called – we are made for the All Things”. In the face of so much human enjoyment of divine company and boundless suffering and conflict, we need the reassur - happiness together. The Three Divine Persons ance and comfort of the wonderful reality of invest themselves totally in the achievement of our existence. this project. They work at it all the time. DeFather Brian writes:termined to succeed in it, they are undaunted “’God loved the world so much that he gave by the difficulties and resistances which we his only Son, so that everyone who believes in can place in their way. him may not be lost but may have eternal life’ “Secular history is caught up into sacred his(Jn 3:16). tory by the incarnation of God in Jesus. Not “There are two wonderful pieces of good only does God wish the world well, but the news in this short statement. The first tells Son has radically redeemed it and set it on its us what God is like – he is the person who homeward course. There is nothing profane loves the people of this world so much that about it: none of it is irrelevant to God. Therehe gives over his only Son for our sakes. The fore we can find God everywhere in the world. Son, of course, is not a passive victim as the True, the world is full of famines and disasters, child Isaac was in the Genesis story: rather, murders, violence and terrorism, but it is also we should think of the Son as totally agreeing full of surprises and goodness. Awe, wonder, with the Father’s desire to save the world, and reverence and excitement should characteras giving himself over freely and lovingly for ise all our dealings with it because the deep O L L E G E down mystery of the world is that it is infinitely E our sakes. “The second piece of good news is a revela- loved.”



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Other Side of the Coin

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

Acupuncture a great treatment for stress Stress and anxiety are now very common ailments in today’s overly fast moving world. There is a very large gap between what’s expected from you from society and what you really want to do and be. In today’s failing monetary system we have financial pressures, the like that we have never seen before in the past , and the various TV media, whose only interest is in making money and pushing political agendas , no matter what the cost, unfortunately dictate and push today’s fast way of life where everything is a commodity and everything is disposable. The continual bombardment of our senses to make money and look after number one and to succeed at all costs creates an inner conflict planting the seeds of discontentment; this mind-set is what leads to the rapidly rising suicide rates all over the world. Panic and depression set in whenever a person cannot measure up to a perceived sense of worth and achievement. This illusion of happiness which a lot of people cannot achieve but continue to strive for does not come from within ourselves but rather is dic-

tated to us by society through television and advertising, they want us all to look the same, its called fashion and behave in a certain way, as a form of control. If it were true that wealth could solve all the world’s problems then there surely is enough in the world to make this happen and there certainly would not be any stress at all. So the real truth about yourself should come within yourself and not from the box on the wall or some magazine, this is why acupuncture, yoga ,Tai Chi, meditation, Qi Qong, and herbal medicine would all be good systems to get into in order to get in touch with and find the real inner self, where true happiness resides.

Chinese Medicine and Stress

So what can we do? The answer lies in the age-old wisdom that is “Chinese medicine”. When stress strikes, the body’s energy flow what the Chinese call “chi” (Qi) is impeded. Acupuncture is based on the concept of maintaining balance and harmony within the body by facilitating the flow of life energy in it. When chi/Qi (life energy) in-

side the body becomes stagnant and congested all kinds of mental and physical illness will follow. In order to restore chi distribution, fine painless needles are inserted into acupoints along the meridians (energy pathways) of the body. According to the science of acupuncture there are more than 350 acupoints on the meridians of the body. Stress and depression is

one of the most common factors involved in blocking this energy flow leading to most diseases including cancer. Its always a good policy to have regular acupuncture treatments in order to keep you healthy and stress free.

Restoring the Balance in the Mind

Constant stress causes the disruption of the body’s energy flow causing all sorts of

disorders like high blood pressure, migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, palpitations, insomnia, ibs, thyroid problems, etc etc, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can and will restore this energy flow taking away the dreaded down feelings associated with the stress and depression. Prolonged chronic stress and depression unchecked for many years could lead to more serious diseases like cancer and heart disease and chronic insomnia. Much back and shoulder pain and stiffness can also be coming from stress because if the bodys energy is not flowing at its optimal then joint pain and stifness can be the result. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can provide a safe and effective tool for stress and depression as well as all associated aches and pains like headaches. The Chinese herbal formula Xiao Yao Wan is an excellent formula for relieving stress when combined with regular acupuncture treatments. It will not, of course, change the circumstances of a person’s life but it will induce a deep and profound relaxation which gets to the very core of

their being producing a very strong feeling of well-being lifting the panic and stressful feelings. The practitioner can help restore balance and thus protect health by identifying each individual’s unique energy profile to see where the weak spots are and where support is needed to restore balance. Acupuncture for stress can and will open a window of opportunity. As the heavy feelings of stress are relieved, a person feels more confidence in his/ her ability to cope with the unpleasant aspects of his/her life situation and should then maybe be in a place to make the necessary changes. It’s very hard to make lifestyle changes while in the throes of a stressful downward spiral.

Important and effective

Acupuncture is a very important and effective first step on the road to recovering from stress. But above all else acupuncture is a tried and tested natural form of medicine, free from the ghastly side effects associated with Western medicine and drugs.

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This young lurcher has been named Albert. He was found during the very snowy weather and looked after for a few days by the finders until they could get him to the vets. The vets think he has snow burns from being out in the snow during the worst of the weather and this led to an infection which is now being treated. He was also very underweight and had been much neglected. But he is likely to make a full recovery and hopefully his fur will grow back soon. Albert is very affectionate and is loving the care and attention, the food and the

warm bed that he now has. We would like to thank the White family from Newbridge who looked after him and covered his initial veterinary costs and who ensured he got the best of care, until he came into the care of the KWWSPCA.



These two little dogs are Ace and Colt, 4 month old collie crosses, who are looking for homes. They are very friendly and get on very well with other dogs. As they are still puppies, they will need house training but we are sure

they will learn quickly as collies are intelligent dogs; they are already getting lead training and are responding well. They are both microchipped and vaccinated and the cost of their neutering, which is mandatory at 6 months, is covered by the KWWSPCA. We ask for a minimum donation is €130 when we rehome a dog to partly offset veterinary

and other costs, a dog licence and collar tag are required, and a home visit is necessary to complete an adoption. If you would like to meet Ace and Colt, they are currently living at the KWWSPCA Animal Shelter outside Athgarvan, and you can express an interest by contacting 087 127 9835 or via email to


The Annual KWWSPCA Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Walk will take place again this year on Good Friday, 30 March, 2018. We meet just inside the main entrance to Punchestown Racecourse and everyone is welcome, with or without a dog. The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2pm and will continue until about 3.30pm with the Dog Walk to start at 3pm and will last about an hour. Dogs need to be kept on leads. For more information please call/text 087 680 3295 or look at the KWWSPCA website or Facebook page.

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Stefane Greisbach’s fish is always wonderful but until now you could only get it in Galway. Now he is delivering fresh fish nationwide via www.eatmorefish. ie. I think this is a fantastic idea. This recipe uses delicious Irish Haddock which has been filleted and sent up to their man in Achill Island for smoking. It’s perfect comfort food for cold weather and you know the fish is top quality. You can also search on Facebook for Gannet Fishmongers. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 500g Natural Smoked Haddock 1/2 Pint of Cream 1/2 Pint of Milk 2-3 Garlic Cloves A Few Sprigs of Rosemary & Thyme 600g Potatoes Salt & Pepper Butter Baby Spinach and/or Frozen Peas (optional)

METHOD t In a saucepan bring to a simmer a half pint of milk and a half a pint of cream with some chopped garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt (just a pinch) & pepper. Do not let it boil. t Thinly slice roughly 600g of potatoes and blanch them in salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. t You can leave the skin on if you like. t Break up 500g of skinless smoked haddock into small chunks and set aside.

t Grease a baking dish with butter and then begin to layer the thinly sliced potato, pieces of smoked haddock and spoon over some of the garlic cream. t Repeat the process until finished and press firmly with your hands down on the final layer. Any extra cream can be poured on top. t Finish with a few knobs of butter and some grated parmesan cheese. t Bake for about 20 minutes at 180c until golden and bubbly.

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Worn by Audrey Hebpurn in Funny Face and borrowed by Givenchy for his 2016 Exhibition in the Hague

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Worn by Grace Kelly as Princess of Monaco on her state visit to Ireland and later that year, to the White House

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Exit Hubert de Givenchy, Maker of Stye Icons

French designer leaves his mark on the fashion world and Newbridge Silverware The aristocratic French designer and maker of style icons, Hubert de Givenchy’s death was announced earlier this week, leaving an indelible mark on the world of fashion. The designer was long associated with the actress Audrey Hepburn, a lifelong client who famously said, “Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality.” Indeed, the actress had a clause written into her contract that only Givenchy could dress her for her movies. In December 2006, William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware went to an auction at Christie’s in London, hoping to purchase some of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic movie garments for Newbridge based ‘Museum of Style Icons’. Amongst the most favours was

the floor-length sleeveless, black Givenchy dress worn by Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’. William Doyle got into a bidding war but was outbid by an anonymous French telephone bidderc – who was later confirmed as Givenchy himself who wanted the dress - at any cost. Givenchy paid a staggering €607,000 for the gown as he knew well the historical importance of the piece. William Doyle, however, did not go home empty handed and purchased a black evening dress worn by Hepburn in the movie, ‘Charade’ where she starred opposite Cary Grant. This garment was the first piece in the Museum of Style Icons and started the now renowned collection. The team at Newbridge

Silverware have since snapped up some of Givenchy’s most incredible pieces including the yellow floral dress Hepburn wore in the movie ‘Funny Face’ (1957), three garments from Charade’ (1963) plus and a green dress and matching bolero worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, another famous client of Givenchy’s. Audrey Hepburn and her style had started something special in Newbridge and although William Doyle did not manage to buy that iconic black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, he did eventually purchase a beautiful pink dress, which Givenchy created for the same film. The Givenchy collection at the Museum of Style Icons now boasts 7 amazing items and is regarded as one of the greatest collections of Givenchy garments in the world.

After that memorable auction in Christie’s, Givenchy enquired who the under bidder was, and learnt it was William Doyle. The pair developed a fashion friendship and when Givenchy was holding his 2016 fashion exhibition ‘To Audrey with Love’ at The Hague, he knew just where to go to borrow some pieces! Newbridge Silverware loaned Givenchy three key garments for his exhibition, the yellow floral dress from ‘Funny Face’, the mustard coloured coat from ‘Charade’ and a green twopiece suit worn by Grace Kelly in 1961 on her state visit to Ireland, and later to the White House. Speaking on the death of Monsieur de Givenchy, Mr Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware said, “We were saddened to hear of his death. Newbridge

Hubert de Givenchy with William and Maedbh Doyle at the Hague Exhibition in November 2016

Silverware has important links and ties with the eponymous designer our museum is called the Museum of Style Icons and Givenchy himself was regarded as the ‘Maker of Style Icons.’ A charming person and a giant in the fashion world, he has left a remarkable fashion story behind and his designs remain utterly timeless.” The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware is located in Newbridge; open 7 days a week, the museum also features garments and artefacts from several Hollywood stars, musicians, and celebrities. See www. or call (045) 431301.


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ADDICTED TO LOVE and the problem of co-dependency If you were to look in the window of a home where alcoholism was a problem and observe the dynamics between the various members of the family, you might find it hard to decide which family member was 'the problem' because they'd probably all look a bit crazy to you. Living with alcoholism is a chaotic life and it's not unusual for someone to try and impose some order on the chaos. This can take the form of trying to control the external environment (for example; obsessively searching for hidden alcohol around the house and pouring it away in an attempt to stop the alcoholic drinking). People living with alcoholism often become codependents. They become enmeshed with the alcoholic and lose sight of their own needs and even of their own feelings. They find themselves insecure and swept along by whatever crisis the alcoholic causes. While the alcoholic struggles with the over-whelming compulsion to drink, the co-dependent person experiences the compulsion to control them. This compulsion is very strong, but it is ultimately fruitless because alcoholism

is always going to be stronger than even the strongest of us. Recovery begins with turning the focus off the alcoholic and back on yourself. While you are focussed/obsessed with them and their behaviour you are keeping yourself busy with things over which you have no control. Here's the thing: YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALCOHOLIC OR FOR THEIR BEHAVIOUR. You are only responsible for yourself and for any minor children in your care. Think about it; if you always make sure your partner gets up for work then they never have to take responsibility for doing so. If they sleep in one morning because they’re hungover then it's your fault not theirs (in their mind anyway). So

you’ll make sure it doesn't happen again by staying awake yourself or by getting up in the middle of the night to collect them or driving them to work because they’re still over the limit etc. This will solve the immediate problem of getting them to work but it won’t make them any more responsible, in fact it does the opposite because it teaches them to sit around passively and wait for you to sort out their problems and while you're busy sorting them out they have no need to try and sort themselves out. If you stop taking responsibility for them one of two things will happen; either they will step up and start taking responsibility or they won't. But, if they are never left to face the consequences of their actions then they will never learn that their actions have consequences and by shielding them, you are preventing them from getting to a point where recovery is the least painful option. For you to recover, you need to begin to look honestly at yourself. You can do this in one-to-one counselling and/or in group work such as with Alanon. It can be very hard to realise

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Improving Your Running



By Alan Browne In FIT+, we work with people who have very varied goals. One which gets presented to us on a regular basis is people who want to improve at running and we love working with this goal. Although our sessions are short and based predominantly on weight training we fi nd that many of our techniques translate over to better running. In this article we would like to focus on four ways that the FIT+ coaches can help you to improve your running; posture, speed, endurance and injury prevention.

Core Strength for Posture

If you observe a runner on their first kilometre of a race and again on their final kilometre the main differences can be seen in their posture. They start out tall, with everything in line, but finish up slightly stooped over, almost dragging themselves along. The reason for this is inadequate core strength to maintain their posture. Without good posture the runner will slow down significantly and the risk of injury rises dramatically. In FIT+ we focus

every week on developing core strength in our members and for runners this translates into faster, safer and more efficient running.

Strength Training for Speed Improvements

Speed is dictated by how much force you can generate against the ground. The main way to increase this is to improve the strength in your full body. People may have expected us to advocate improving the power in just your legs but effective running is a full body exercise with your upper body and core doing a significant amount of work. Evidence of this can be seen in the muscular physiques of sprinters such as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. In FIT+ we focus a lot on improving full body strength and incorporate exercises such as squats, pull ups, push ups, deadlifts, lunges and planks into our weekly programming. This results in you getting stronger and can transfer over to improved running speed.

Heart Rate Training for Endurance

One reason that athletes incorporate interval train-

ing into their routines is that they can get used to working at a higher than normal heart rate. This means that when they work at a lower heart rate it then becomes more manageable and they can maintain this for longer. To put this into practice, in FIT+ we incorporate high intensity exercises such as kettle bell swings and boxing for short periods of time which allows you to experience working at your sprinting heart rate. When you then drop back down to your regular running heart rate it will seem easier than before.

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Exciting times ahead for Buy Design, Crookstown Rose B O’Donoghue

Running a fashion outlet seems a million miles away from running a public house but for Belinda O’Brien Mara, fashion is her passion and a great way to relax away from the business of being a landlady! Along with her husband Martin, the couple have been running a pub in Ballymurphy, Co Carlow. “Where does my interest in fashion come from – that’s just it, I love fashion, I’m interested in the whole sphere of style!” said Belinda. “We are regular race-goers, real turf followers. Whilst I love the style and high fashions, I don’t go all for all the big events, but have won the Best Dressed in Gowran, and was runner up at their last meeting”.

“Ironically, it was through my late mother, Cathy O’Brien that I got to know Buy Design. I hail originally from the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Mam was ill for three years prior to her death last November but we always make a point of coming over to the outlet on the days of her hospital visits”. “Whilst I loved shopping, Mam wasn’t that keen but she didn’t mind a stop at Buy Design because they had a bit of everything. I might find an outfit for the next race meeting or event and Mam would buy a set of pearls or fashion accessory”. And that’s the formula Belinda wants to see continue at Buy Design. Fashions yes, but accessorised with fine footwear, jewellery, head pieces, fascinators and bags. All tastes and budgets catered for!

Gillian Kinsella and Greta Dwan

New to Buy Design

“We have new Atir Shapewear as designed by Irish woman, Rita Mylett, very comfortable and clever shapewear to accentuate the curves but hide the bumps!” said Belinda. “We’ve introduced a mix of casuals and formal wear. There’s Rant ‘n Rave brand jeans; Diesel sportswear for the gym enthusiasts upstairs; Closet London occasion wear – divine clothing plus a French label which is proving very popular with customers and well-priced too.”

Bigger and Better

Sizes at the moment range from 6-16 but Belinda is adamant that over the coming months, she is going to introduce plus sizes with the summer and autumn ranges.

Sarah and Olwyn Goodwin

Crowning Glory

Already Buy Design has an extensive range of headwear and fascinators in, aimed at the racing set. As Naas Racecourse prepares to launch the flat season, Punchestown is in full preparations for the National Hunt Festival at the end of April. “We had Tracey Piggott in last week seeking a few bits for Cheltenham” commented Belinda. “We currently have head pieces ideal for Aintree (mid April) and for Punchestown (late April). But there’s new stock coming in every two weeks, so something to appeal to everyone”. Open 7 Days a week, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12-6pm and from 2-6pm on Bank Holiday Mondays. Buy Design, Crookstown – designer wear at affordable prices, now under the ownership of Belinda O’Brien Mara.

New Owner of Buy Design, Belinda O'Brien Mara

Blaithin Flanagan and Elizabeth Bailey

Georgina Maher, Karen Kavanagh and Suzanne Kelly

Jane Walsh, Kay O'Neill, Belinda O'Brien Maher(Owner), Mary Hennessy, Jodie Black and Mary Hennessy

Margaret Egan and Karen Lawler

Josephine Nolan, Annie Kinsella and Maria Nolan


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Buy Design relaunches under new owner

Marclella O'Reilly and Marietta Doran (Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant & Personal Shopper)

ABOVE LEFT Anne Bradley from Buy Design modelling one of their outfits ABOVE MIDDLE: Nicole Murphy models an beautiful outfit from Buy Design ABOVE: Kate O'Reilly models an beautiful dress from Buy Design

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Marietta Doran (Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant & Personal Shopper) with Kathleen O'Neill and Jane Walsh

New Owner of Buy Design, Belinda O'Brien Mara

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Network Ireland Kildare Branch hosts International Women's Day event at Newbridge Silverware

EVENTS Photos: Michael Donnelly

Jess Colivet, Cancer Survivor and Alannah Bernie from Dancing with the Stars and former Britain's Next Top Model star with Pianoman John Forde

Alannah Bernie from Dancing with the Stars and former Britain's Next Top Model star with her mother and grandmother, Ayda Murphy and Kayla Murphy

Helen Nugent (Nugent Manufacturing) and Mary Carter (Nugent Manufacturing)

Denise O'Connor(AECE) and Kay O'Connor

Sheila Colbert (TwoMileHouse), Maeve Jacob(TwoMileHouse) and Margaret O'Donnell (Naas)

Vivienne Tierney(AIB Relationship Manager), Grainne Slattery(Network Kildare President/Optiweb) and Anna Fortune(Kildare Post Commercial Manager)

Amy Clarke (Osprey Hotel) and Jennifer Adamson (Michael Murphys)

Barbara Hennessy (The Style Counsel), Sheena Meagher (Artist) and Mags Conlan

Maria O'Dwyer, Mary McCann, Cathy D'Arcy and Mary Fehily Hobbs(Hobbs Financial) from Athgarvan

Tara Lane(Network Kildare PRO/Centrepiece Rosettes), Ena Gill(EDS Trainning), Linda Ryan(EDS Trainning) and Emma Murphy(Network Kildare New Membership Co-Ordinator)

Jackie O'Brien(Naas), Stella Johnson(Network Kildare Awards Coordinator/Ted Johnsons) and Fiona Johnson(Naas)

Margaret O'Gorman(Network Kildare Treasurer/Ambit Financial Services), Michelle Furey(Conor Furey & Assoc.) and Terry Hanan(Newbridge)


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Specsavers and NCBI raise awareness of preventable blindness   To coincide with World Glaucoma Week, 11 – 17 March, Specsavers and National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) are highlighting  the importance of regular eye tests in helping to reduce preventable sight loss. ALMOST all (91%) adults living in Ireland would rank sight as the sense they would least like to lose, yet shockingly only 49% prioritise their eye health by getting their eyes tested every two years, according to research recently commissioned by Specsavers Glaucoma – an eye condition that causes permanent and irreversible damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain – is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in Ireland. Glaucoma is one of many conditions that can be picked up by opticians and successfully

treated if detected early. While generally symptomless during its early stages, it slowly destroys eyesight

through raised pressure within the eyeball. The increase in pressure is caused when the fluid, called aque-

ous humour, is unable to drain away properly or too much is produced. Most people affected experience no discomfort, which means that significant and lasting damage can occur before they notice any difference. In fact, 40% of optic nerve damage can occur before it is possible to notice any loss of vision. Kerril Hickey, Specsavers Ireland Chairperson said: ‘Because glaucoma is a painless disease and does not cause symptoms until it is quite advanced, early detection through regular and thorough eye examinations is the key to protecting your eyes.’ ‘With the recent changes to PRSI optical benefits, available to both employed and self-employed workers, there is no reason why all adults should not prioritise their eye health for their future. Under the new PRSI treatment ben-

efit, anyone who has been employed or self-employed in Ireland for two years, is now entitled to a free eye test as well as a free pair of glasses or contribution to a pair of glasses at Specsavers. It is particularly important for atrisk groups, those over 40 or anyone with a family history of glaucoma, to have their eyes checked regularly.’ There are currently 54,000 people living with blindness and vision impairment in Ireland. Early detection is vital in the fight against preventable sight loss. Specsavers Naas and Newbridge are committed to providing the highest quality of optical care and there has been significant investment in the latest optical technology, which can detect symptoms in health problems such as diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

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HSE running free Diabetes course in Kildare and Blessington A free award-winning education course for adults with Type 2 Diabetes will be running in Kildare Town and Blessington in April. The X-PERT Course is facilitated by Laura McNamara , HSE Senior Community Diabetes Dietitian. X-PERT is a free 6 week course and provides you with the skills to learn about diet, exercise, medications and other lifestyle factors to help you manage your diabetes. Courses are running in Kildare Town Library starting on Monday 9th April 10am – 12.30pm and Blessington Primary Care Centre on Wednesday 11th April 10am – 12.30pm. Places are limited and you must register to attend. If you want to know more and register for this course or any other XPERT course running in Kildare call Laura McNamara at (01) 9214056.


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Don't risk costly fines or prison terms The HSE will enforce health and safety laws The Health and Safety Authority is responsible for enforcing and promoting safety and health at work. For the most part, HSA Inspectors give advice and information during the course of an inspection. However, they have a wide range of enforcement powers that are used in appropriate circumstances. An inspector may serve a direction for an improvement plan requiring the submission, within one month, of an improvement plan setting out the proposed remedial action for dealing with a specified risk. Enforcement notices may be served to deal with a failure to comply with the law. An Improvement Notice gives a period of time for the matter to be remedied, while a Prohibition Notice requires the immediate cessation of the activity that has created the risk. The Authority may also apply to the High Court for an order prohibiting or restricting the use of a place of work. Following prosecution, the Courts may impose fines or prison sentences (or both), depending on the seriousness of the offence. Most offences, including any breaches of Regulations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 may be tried either in the District Court, where the maximum penalty is €3,000 per charge and/or up to six months imprisonment, or

on indictment in the Circuit Court where the maximum penalty is €3,000,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years The Authority also has the right to publish the names and addresses of those subjected to a prohibition notice, High Court order or a penalty following a court conviction. The 2005 Act provides for the specification in Regulations of “Onthe Spot” fines of up to €1,000 for certain offences to be prescribed in the Regulations. Directors and senior managers carry particular responsibilities under the 2005 Act if it can be shown that an offence committed by their undertaking was attributable to neglect, connivance, consent or authorisation on their part


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Health and safety guidelines now underpinned by robust laws

The main legislation providing for the health and safety of people in the workplace in Ireland are the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts 2005 and 2010. They apply to all employers, employees (including fixed-term and temporary employees) and self-employed people in their workplaces. The Acts set out the rights and obligations of both employers and employees and provides for substantial fines and penalties for breaches of the health and safety legislation.

Employer’s duties

Under Section 8 of the Act the employer has a duty to ensure the employees’ safety, health and welfare at work as far as is reasonably practicable. In order to prevent workplace injuries and ill health the employer is required, among other things, to: • Provide and maintain a safe workplace which uses safe plant and equipment • Prevent risks from use of any article or substance and

from exposure to physical agents, noise and vibration • Prevent any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk • Provide instruction and training to employees on health and safety • Provide protective clothing and equipment to employees • Appointing a competent person as the organisation’s Safety Officer

Employees’ duties

The duties of employees while at work are set out in Section 13 of the Act. These include the following: • To take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of themselves and of other people in the workplace • Not to engage in improper behaviour that will endanger themselves or others • Not to be under the influence of drink or drugs in the workplace • To undergo any reasonable medical or other assess-

ment if requested to do so by the employer • To report any defects in the place of work or equipment which might be a danger to health and safety

Risk assessment and safety statement

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 every employer is required to carry out a risk assessment for the workplace which should identify any hazards present in the workplace, assess the risks arising from such hazards and identify the steps to be taken to deal with any risks. The employer must also prepare a safety statement which is based on the risk assessment. The statement should also contain the details of people in the workforce who are responsible for safety issues. Employees should be given access to this statement and employers should review it on a regular basis.

Protective equipment and measures

The employer should tell employees about any risks that require the wearing of protective equipment. The employer should provide protective equipment (such as protective clothing, headgear, footwear, eyewear, gloves) together with training on how to use it, where necessary. An employee is under a duty to take reasonable care for his/her own safety and to use any protective equipment supplied. The protect i v e equipment should b e

provided free of charge to employees if it is intended for use at the workplace only. Usually, employees should be provided with their own personal equipment. There is a range of measures that employers must take in regard to visual display units (VDUs). These include examining the reflection and glare, the operator's position in f r o n t of the VDU, t h e key-

board and the software used. Operators must be given adequate breaks from the VDU. In addition, employers must arrange for eye tests and, if required, make a contribution towards the purchase of prescription eyeglasses.

Reporting accidents

All accidents in the workplace should be reported to the employer, who should record the details of the incident. Reporting the accident will help to safeguard social welfare and other rights which may arise as a result of an occupational accident. An employer is obliged to report any accident that results in an employee missing 3 consecutive days at work (not including the day of the accident) to the Health and Safety Authority.

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ConďŹ rmation Day at St Corban's Boys National School, Naas

Brian O'Connor and Sean Kelleher

Aaron, Tara and Rio Wickham

Tom and Marese Kelly

Blathnaid Egan, Christine Egan, Harry Hughes, Darragh O'Sullivan and Tiarnan O'Sullivan

Leon, Aisleen, Dillon and Taylor Travers

Aaron, Ryan and Luke Lowry

Adomas Kreivenas and Family

Darren, Brian and Lorraine O'Connor with Paddy Cahill

Sean and Kim Kelleher

Eric Bernardin, Dillon Byrne, Sam Henderson, Alexander Byrne and Oisin Byrne

Sean Kelleher with his family Adam, Alex, Kim and John

PICS 59 ConďŹ rmation Day at Scoil Bhride, Kilcullen

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EVENTS Photos: Aishling Conway

Jenna, Aisling and Godfrey Hegarty

Kaelah, Claire and Dominic Taaffe

Ian Burke with Sarah and Emma Kenny

Paddy Taylor, Darragh Coughlan, Eddie O'Loughlan, Niall Howard and Daniel Baars

Seamus, Matthew, Molly and Maurice Gervin

Becky Byrne with Brian, Alannah and Joe O'Rourke

Ciaran, Cathal, Molly and Melody Furlong

Michael, Rebecca, Odhran, Rhiannon and Daniel Kelly

Jack Doyle with his family Levi, Linda and Deon

Rebecca McCaffrey with her family

Ciara, Darragh, John and Margaret Lambe


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Streets of Naas inaugural race to honour Sheena Rose B O’Donoghue

Naas Athletic Club, in association with Grant Thornton, are proud to host the inaugural Streets of Naas 5km road race on Easter Sunday, April 1 at 1pm. The race will be dedicated to the late Sheen Walsh of Ashgrove, a very active and well known member of Down Syndrome Kildare Branch, plus a supporter of all things happening in Naas. “We are honoured to remember Sheena Walsh at this year’s race, a wonderful and much missed member of our community. A specially commissioned prize will be presented to the race’s winner” said a spokesperson for the club. A daughter of Mary and Vinny Walsh, the family with Sheena first in the door were great supporters of all fundraisers in Naas, musical events, drama, trad nights and of course, at National Hunt Festival, the first face you’d meet in Naas Trader’s Tent was the late Sheena.

Race Details

The AAI measured and permitted route takes you through the town’s main street and surrounds. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome. Individual on line entry is €15 or €20 on the day if not sold out. Social and Club team prizes are up for grabs Team

Fondly remembered and honoured this month at the inaugral Naas Easter 5km Race

RIGHT: Buddies, a hug from the late Cllr Willie Callaghan at his daughter Lorraine's wedding.

Entry is €50 for a team of 4 – on line entry only. Online entry through myrunresults. com Number collection will take place from 11 – 12:30pm at The Town Hall with the race start time 1pm sharp from Poplar Square.

Cash Prizes

Cash prizes for top 3 male and female, and the following age categories (outside the top 3) O40, O50, O60 . There are also Social Team and Club Team prizes with a technical running t-shirt and water bottle for all. Refreshments and prize presentations will be made at the Town Hall after the race’s completion (fol-

lowed by the Naas Easter Parade at 3 pm). All funds are going towards upgrading the track facilities at Naas Athletic Club. With a limited field of 300, don’t delay to register. So go on! Earn that Easter egg and join Naas AFC for what will undoubtedly be a great addition to the running calendar – and no doubt Sheena will be looking down, wishing she was in the thick of it.

Photos: Aishling Conway The late Sheena with her mother Mary


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Clane to celebrate with mega St Patrick Festival!

Photos Aishling Conway from the 2017 parade

Clane Parade and festivities will go ahead from 2pm Cute and colourful Rebecca, Simrraan and Mehar enjoying the parade last year

Despite having to cancel their launch and table quiz last week, the committee organising St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade in Clane are going full steam ahead to present the best and biggest festival to date! The launch went ahead last Thursday with fundraising quiz also at Manzor’s of Clane. Despite clashing with the Six Nations Ireland v England clash, Mary Dunne, founding member of the 14 year old Clane festival, says the committee can’t defer the starting time of festivities or the parade, which is scheduled to start at 3pm, with street entertainers booked to perform at 2pm. Miss Dunne said: "There is nothing that we can do, people have suggested we cancel, but we can’t”. Notably, this year, Clane Parade will start from a different route, beginning from the Business Park on the Kilcock Road for vehicles and for all walking groups, starting from Dental Options Car Park behind Centra of Clane. The theme for the Clane Parade on St Patrick's Day is the Swinging 60s. Millie, Conor, Reilly and Darragh Hamilton with Cara and Sean O'Toole

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Clane to celebrate with mega St Patrick Festival!

Snow, Rugby nor Six Nations wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the fun! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the horrendous impact of the snow and cold havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dampened our spiritsâ&#x20AC;? said Mary Dunne, Chairperson of Clane Festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are ploughing ahead with the programme and have a brilliant and entertaining week of events planned. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sixtiesâ&#x20AC;? and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see current and former generations of locals come and join in the festivitiesâ&#x20AC;?.. Mary said she was delighted with the variety and appeal of events planned. Last Sunday saw the Vicky Barry Performing Arts Show staged at Supervalu, Abbeylands Shopping Centre. On Sunday 11, the Westgrove Hotel played host to an Afternoon Tea Party, with Music by Mick Dunne

and special guest, Mary Byrne. This week, she notes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a full programme of events leading up to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the big eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the parade on St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with an Awards and 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reunion Night at the Westgrove on Sunday 18 March to ofďŹ cially close the festival. Local music legend, Des Hopkins will be Grand Marshall of the parade. Des, who was part of the renowned Hopkins Brothers, an ace wedding and event band who featured at many a leading racing ďŹ xture, was deeply honoured to be chosen as Grand Marshall for the event. After the parade, there will be a four piece band entertaining in the Westgrove Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oak Bar from 5-7pm, so be

sure to drop in and enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missing!â&#x20AC;? This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events have already included Techcreate Workshops in Clane Business Park plus a Family Fun Afternoon at the Westgrove Hotel; Storytelling, along with a harpist and Guest Speaker, Dr Sarah Gerber and much more. Alas, the Beast from The East did impact on one aspect of festival plans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the heavy snowfall has rendered the ground unsuitable to accommodate Fossettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circus which was due to arrive this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both Fossettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the committee are disappointed but alas, this was out of both our handsâ&#x20AC;?. Ms Dunne added Clane will look forward to a visit from Fossettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s later this year.

Photos Aishling Conway from the 2017 parade

St Patrick's Day Parade, Clane last year RIGHT: Kildare Rose Meadhbh O'Sullivan with Deputy James Lawless and Dessie Marron, Grand Marshall

On the parade podium back row, elected representatives Cllr Brendan Weld, Deputies Bernard Durkan, Catherine Murphy and Frank O'Rourke





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Clane to celebrate with mega St Patrick Festival!

Weekend events to pack the rafters:

Photos Aishling Conway from the 2017 parade

Mega Céilí, Pulsating Parade and 60’s Reunion Night

Matt Browne, never short of a few words on the podium last year,

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Gillian, Brian and Jack Devane at last year's parade

Alicja Stasila in festive greens

On Friday, 16 March, it’s expected an event at Clane GAA will pack the hall out. Starting at 9pm, the Kilfenora Ceilí Band will perform, throw off the wellies and get out the dancing shoes for a Mega Céilí, admission €12. St Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17 with the parade planned for 3pm. It’s not too late for your company, club or service to participate – contact Kate Horrigan at 097 8230 728 and return the forms to Kate at 16 Hillview Heights, Clane. Sunday 18 will see the closing event of the 2018 festival with an Awards and 60's Reunion Night at the Westgrove Hotel, starting at 7.30pm, admission only €5. “Again, this is in keeping with our ‘Swinging Sixties’ theme; we’d love to see people who live or lived in Clane and the surrounding townslands especially former members of Clane Youth Club. Back in the day, Clane YC catered for youth from Straffan, Prosperous, Sallins and from the smaller townslands”. Music with Radio Presenter Keith Shanley, tickets available from Bob & Kate’s. See for full details of the event, or email


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Athy to host spectacular St Patrick’s Day

Bigger and better parade than ever! “Athy's 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade will be bigger and brighter than ever” so says a member of the organising group, Athy Town Promoters. The parade commences on Saturday, March 17 at 1.45 pm from the Athy Business Campus (Kilkenny Road) with route along William Street, Duke Street and ending at top of Leinster Street (where the Review Stand will be located). All Marshals to assemble at Athy Enterprise Centre

Kilkenny Road 12. 30pm for briefing”. Please note there will be diversions in place on the day with traffic delays expected during and after the parade. The parade will be officially launched and viewed the The Caothairleach of Athy Municipal District, Cllr Ivan Keatley who is also Chair of Athy Town Promoters. We are encouraging as many as possible to come out and celebrate with us on St Patrick’s Day; this is one

of the highlights of our calendar in Athy and the immense community spirit and pride present in OUR TOWN is always on displa!” said Patricia Berry. “We’d also like to acknowledge the huge support of the Civic Defence, Kildare Co Show, Athy Tidy Town, Athy Enterprise Centre and all who are helping as voluntary stewards on the day, all help is appreciated”. For more details or any other information please contact Patricia at 086 847 0232.

Photos Aishling Conway from the 2017 parade

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Athy to host spectacular St Patrick’s Day

Athy Parade opts for earlier start time to accommodate Six Nations game

Organisers of this Saturday's long anticipated St Patrick's Day Parade in Athy have willingly 'sacrificed the start time’ says the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Martin Miley, in order to allow rugby followers to view Ireland v England at Twickenham for the decider of the Triple Crown. Joe Schmidt's side clinched a third Six Nations title with last Saturday's 28-8 victory against Scotland . Mayor Miley Cllr Martin Miley Junior, will be attending the festive parade in New York whilst Cllr Ivan Keatly, Chair of Athy MD will oversee the parade from the viewing podium. Also in the podium will be well known interna-

tional boxers, Eric Donovan and Roy Sheahan, Ireland’s Last Man Standing along with local dignitaries and public representatives.

“We’ll aso have the Order of Malta, Fire Services, National Ambulance Service and Athy Community First Responder’s group”.

Will the Cow jump over the Moon?

Entertainers and Marching band

Patricia Berry tells spectators to keep a keen eye out for a spectacular Half Moon Float – and who knows, she adds, a cow might just over the moon! You can expect to see lots of vintage cars, walking clubs, residents’ associations, sports clubs, Athy Scouts, O.N.E. (army display); business floats including Athy Boat Tours and joining the parade for the first time, Athy Golf Club.

CK performers entailing jugglers and stilt walkers, along with Disney’s Mickey Mouse and others will be there to entertain the kiddies and spectators, with two marching bands St Brigid’s Curragh Band and Athy & District Band. You won’t be bored, starting from 1.45 pm from the Athy Business Campus (Kilkenny Road) – St Patrick himself will be there in person!

Photos Aishling Conway from the 2017 parade


Wishing all in Athy Happy St. Patricks Day at the Athy Parade


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16 Walshestown Abbey, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached on c. 1 acre site

5 bed detached





62 Old Connell Weir, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 4 bed detached



Rathbride Road, Milltown, Co. Kildare

Courtwood Lodge, Duneaney, Kildare, Co. Kildare

Dunmurry, Kildare, Co. Kildare

The Demense, Kildoon, Nurney, Co. Kildare

5 bed detached on c. 1 acre site

5 bed detached on c. 0.5 acre site

6 bed detached on 0.75 acre site

Annagh Lodge, Tully East, Kildare, Co. Kildare

Hillview, Naas Road, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached on c. 0.75 acres

4 bed detached on c. 0.75 acres




125 Allenview Heights, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 4 bed detached

4 bed detached bungalow






3 bed semi detached


1638 Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

3 bed semi detached

3 bed mid terrace

3 bed semi detached

3 bed semi detached



4 bed mid terrace

4 Rowan Terrace, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

53 North Glebe, Kildare, Co. Kildare



6 bed detached bungalow on c. 0.75 acres

4 bed semi detached

52 Ballymany Manor, Newbridge, Co. Kildare


4 bed dormer bungalow

Allenwood South, Naas, Co. Kildare

17 Roseberry Court, Newbridge, Co. Kildare



Tierhogar, Kilenard, Co. Laois



26 Corbans Place, Naas, Co. Kildare





723 Rowanville, Kildare, Co. Kildare








Licence No. 002937-005563




4 Butterstream Drive, Clane, Co. Kildare 3 bed semi detached




5 Ard Evin Rise, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

1595 Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

61 Loughminane Green, Kildare, Co. Kildare

3 bed semi detached

3 bed semi detached

2 bed end of terrace

Properties urgently required in all areas



Standhouse Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 3 bed detached



10 Magee Terrace, Kildare, Co. Kildare 2 bed terrace

For professional advice that delivers real results Contact: Maura Donohoe/Leona Donohoe Auctioneers - Estate Agents - Valuers Phone: 045 449688 Fax: 045 430068


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Maura Donohoe Auctioneers Estate Agents - Valuers 30 Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 045 449688

Properties For Sale



Liffey Glade, Kinneagh, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

5 bed detached on c. 0.75 acres Guide Price: €385,000

5 bed detached on c. 2 acres Guide Price: €495,000



5 Athgarvan Heights, Athgarvan, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached bungalow Guide Price: €390,000


4 bed semi detached Guide Price: €275,000


Fuinseog, Grangeclare West, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached bungalow on c. 1 acre Guide Price: €320,000

4 bed detached Guide Price: €420,000


1 The Park, College Farm, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 4 bed semi detached Guide Price: €285,000

Coolagh Road, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare

3 bed bungalow on c. 1 acre Guide Price: €270,000

2 bed apartment Guide Price: €150,000

Littletown, Allenwood, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached on c. 0.4 acres Guide Price: €345,000

1 bed apartment Guide Price: €160,000

Laurel Lodge, Newtown, Kildare, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached on c.0.6 acres Guide Price: €390,000

61 College Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

5 bed semi detached Guide Price: €255,000

Allenwood, Naas, Co. Kildare

3 bed detached on c. 0.5 acres Guide Price: €310,000

3 bed semi detached Guide Price: €140,000

4 Canning Place, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

3 bed bungalow Guide Price: €230,000

fire damaged property Guide Price: €185,000

Grangehiggin, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare

4 bed detached on c. 0.6 acres Guide Price: €290,000

119 Loughminane Green, Kildare, Co. Kildare 3 bed detached Guide Price: €280,000


156 Roseberry Hill, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 2 bed Townhouse Guide Price: €220,000


Idlewild, Russellstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

5 bed detached on c. 0.66 acres Guide Price: €370,000



17 Mell Street, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Birch House, Hawkfield, Newbridge, Co. Kildare




30 Sli na Riogh, Naas, Co. Kildare





44 Capella Court, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

5 bed semi detached Guide Price: €320,000



17 Eascanrath Brook, Suncroft, Co. Kildare

22 Kilbelin Close, Newbridge, Co. Kildare



66 Beechmount, Green Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare



The Heathers” Duneaney, Kildare, Co. Kildare

Licence No. 002937-005563

4 Ryston View, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 2 bed Apartment Guide Price: €220,000


Eascanrath Brook, Suncroft, Co. Kildare

New Development - 4 bed detached homes Guide Price: €395,000

“Lis na Dara”, Ballyfair, Cut Bush, The Curragh, Co. Kildare development site with full planning permission - Guide Price: €400,000

Properties urgently required in all areas

For professional advice that delivers real results Contact: Maura Donohoe/Leona Donohoe Auctioneers - Estate Agents - Valuers

Phone: 045 449688 Fax: 045 430068




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Louise Higgins

Painting the

Duvet cover picture from architectural digest

In honour of St Patrick, I thought it would be nice to show you some beautiful inspiring interiors which have one thing in common…the colour ‘Green’. So, whether you want to paint your entire walls in green or simply add a scatter cushion, you should find some inspiration in this column. Remember there are many wonderful shades of green from mint green to moss green so take your time choosing the right colour for your home and enjoy creating rooms that will have all your friends ‘Green with Envy’. Floreale Maize Rug from Aspire Design


If you love wallpaper you could add a feature wall using a stunning floral wallpaper like the Floris wallpaper in peacock with its wistful blossoming branches reminiscent of a Japanese garden appear handpainted on a subtly textured ground that has the appearance of a refined hand-made paper. A delicate pearlescent finish adds a soft iridescence and luxurious quality to this beautiful wallpaper.


Consider dark moody paints like ‘Christmas Wreath’ from colourtrends historic collection to add depth to a feature wall.


Alternatively, if you want to add some green to your bedroom then you could consider a stunning bed or headboard like this fabulous York bed in colour olive from our Aspire Design studio.


To make a bold statement in your living room, you could consider upholstering your existing sofa in a beautiful rich green velvet for an opulent look.

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Town Green! Rug

Another way to inject some green into your interior is by using a simple rug like our floreale rug pictured here. A rug will add extra warmth to your home in addition to instantly updating a tired interior.

Scatter Cushions

If you’d rather a subtler approach, then you could consider smaller items like scatter cushions or throws. If you are updating a bedroom, then you could also try a funky green duvet like the one pictured in the image here from Architectural Digest.

I hope this column has you feeling extra patriotic this St Patrick’s Day…get ready to paint the town green…and your home too with these helpful tips and inspirational colour schemes. Be brave and take the plunge to turn your home green for more than just one day in the year!! Thanks for taking the time to

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read my column and I hope you all have a wonderful time this St. Patrick’s weekend. Remember if there is a topic that you would like covered in 2018 then please drop me a line. Thanks - Louise, Winner of TV3’s Showhouse Showdown, 086 399 9926 louise@ or

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Fabulous home in Donadea with gym and paddock could be yours for €650k

Athy 3 bed bungalow with gardens and workshop on the market for €185k

By Kim O’Leary

By Kim O’Leary This lovely property in Donadea is likely to prove popular with potential buyers with young families due to its prime location and superb amenities. It boasts a gym/ games room, pony paddock, and a mini football-field to the rear of the property with an asking price of €650,000. Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty is delighted to present to the market “Lau-

rel Grove” Ballagh, Donadea, Co Kildare, and this detached home offers extensive and bright living space with stunning views of the Kildare countryside with large gardens and plenty of space for children to enjoy the outdoors. “Laurel Grove” is situated on c.1.4 acres of private grounds with wonderful landscaped gardens to the front and back, and it is adjacent to the fantastic c.650 acre Donadea Forest Park which provides a

great day out for families and those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Inside the property consists of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms(including en suite), entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, family/TV room, Gym/Games room, office, and a utility room. Meanwhile, outside this two storey detached property benefits from a tarmacadam driveway with plenty of room for cars, with well-maintained land-


scaped gardens to the front and back, a pony paddock, and a mini foot-ball field for football enthusiasts to enjoy with the potential for expansion. The property is located in an ideal setting with access to plenty of excellent local amenities with the towns of Clane and Kilcock only being a short distance away. Early viewing of this property is highly recommended, for more information and 23 images visit

This bungalow in Athy has just recently entered the market and with a little care and patience, it could make a wonderful home as it provides mature grounds and a workshop/outbuilding to the back of the property with an asking price of €185,0000. Fingleton Auctioneers are pleased to present to the market "8 Grayslands”, Athy, Co Kildare, and this 3 bedroom property provides potential buyers with an opportunity to make their own mark for those seeking a project. The property consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, kitchen/dining area, and sitting room, but its large gar-

dens with side gates and a workshop/outbuilding to the rear of the property provide the perfect opportunity for expansion. The property is also located in an ideal location in a corner site in a highly soughtafter area close to Athy town centre and all of its local amenities with easy access to the train station in Athy.. “8 Grayslands” is situated in a very tranquil and peaceful area and this home would be ideal for those seeking a new project to renovate and refurbish to their tastes as the property is in need of upgrading with the potential to become a truly fantastic home. For more information and 22 images visit

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Celbridge home with conservatory and garage for €399k - Room for expansion!

5 bed property in Ballymore Eustace – from €335,000 This property comes to the market with extensive garden and patio area, garage and shed, with five bedrooms, kitchen come living room, plus a large living and dining room opening onto the patio. One bedroom ensuite, upstairs bathroom and downstairs toilet, etc.

Located at Mullaboden, Coughlanstown, Ballymore Eustace on the Ballymore to Naas R411 road. Contact Padraig Broe, Sales Negotiator with Sherry Fitzgerald O’Reilly, Naas at 045 866 466 or mobile 086 260 2136. €335,000 - Asking Price5 Bedrooms, 140 sqm approx

By Kim O’Leary This lovely property in Celbridge is likely to prove popular with potential buyers due to its prime location and it also boasts a sun-lit conservatory as well as an attached garage which could be converted if desired with an asking price of €399,000. Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty are delighted to present to the market “156

The Grove”, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and this detached property offers extensive living space with stunning views of the Kildare countryside with large gardens and plenty of space for car parking. Inside the property consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (including en suite), a bright entrance hallway, a spacious kitchen, and 3 reception rooms including a living room, dining room,

kitchen/breakfast area and a conservatory which makes the most of the Irish sunshine especially during the Summer months. Meanwhile, outside the property benefits from a tarmacadam driveway with plenty of room for cars, with well-maintained spacious gardens to the front and back and the house also occupies possibly the best site in the housing estate as it is in a corner with plenty of

space for expansion and it also overlooks a green area which is perfect for a game of football. The property is located in an ideal setting just off the Ardclough Road within easy walking distance of all amenities including Hazelhatch Rail Station and this unique property provides potential buyers with a great opportunity in a top class location. For more information and 12 images



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Caring for your Spring lawn While the weather outside is still a bit nippy and the soil is still wet it is starting to improve and so we can start to think about getting bit jobs done in the garden. One of the first big jobs I want to tackle in my own garden this year is getting my lawn under control and in better condition for summer. The most important thing though is to not start doing anything with your lawn until it has fully died out as if you start working it too soon it can quickly turn to mud and you could end up doing more damage than good. But once the soil is dry you are safe to start walking on it and getting it back in tip top shape. One of the most common problems every gardener has with their lawns is moss and then trying to get rid of it. Moss can be cause by shade,

wet weather, mowing too close to the ground or just poor maintenance. Luckily it is relatively easy to treat it. Traditionally many gardeners would treat moss by applying sulphate of iron in spring or early autumn. This kills off the moss and is very visible in the garden as it turns all the moss black. You then have to go out with a spring-tine rake and scarify the lawn. This basically means raking up all the dead moss and removing it from the garden. As you can see this method has two short comings. Firstly the lawn is left rather unsightly for a few weeks as the sulphate of iron kills off the moss. And secondly it is a relatively big workout to scarify the lawn afterwards. Even if you have a small enough lawn it does take a good bit of elbow grease to get all the

moss raked up. Luckily in the past few years there is a new range of products on the market now that are taking most of the hard work away for gardeners. MO Bacter is an organic fertiliser that also controls moss. The product has live bacteria mixed through it which destroys the moss in your lawns. In simple terms the bacteria digests the moss which means it does not leave any debris behind. So there is no need to scarify your lawn after treating it. No matter what mosskiller product you use to treat your lawn it is important to note that this will only be temporary unless the conditions that caused moss are improved. This means looking at improving the lawns drainage, cutting height or light levels on the lawn.

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Photos: Pat Tinsley

SOCIAL 75 Round Towers GAA Club holds Annual Dinner Dance in Keadeen Hotel

Gavin and Claire Byrne. Frank McMahon,David Cullagh,Mella Morey,Hannah Mulcahy,Rebecca Carroll and Eddie McDonnell.

Dublin goalkeeping star Ciara Trant, Glen Ryan and Ladies Captain Mella Morey.

Elaine Brady and David Cullagh.

Ciaran Lee and Laura Heffernan.

Round Towers Chairman Frank McMahon with Dublin Ladies goalkeeping star Ciara Trant.

Suzanne and Ken Morley. The Round Towers ladies panel were honoured for their 2017 double victory in Junior C Championship and Div.4 League.

Laura McMahon and Orla McGee.

James Dunne,Gemma Hurley, Nicole Ho, Tanya Rengasami and Brian English.




EVENTS Photos: Aishling Conway

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Naas Musical Society present 'Curtains' - a welcome distraction after the Beast from the East!

Annemarie and Annie McMahon Members of Newbridge Musical Society Deirdre Carter, Ann Ryan, Aine Kilduff, Susan McGrath and Shirley Campbell

Kevin Reade and Ellen Stapleton


President of A.I.M.S Seamus Power and Rosemarie O'Dowd (Chairperson Naas Musical Society)

Declan and Evelyn Donnelly with Nicola Murray and Emma Murphy

Susan Fahey and Marilyn Billings

A Away

with Robert Walshe

Holiday Hotspot – Hampi India In the state of Karnataka, in Southern India, lies the sacred village of Hampi, a hidden gem of ancient India. Hampi is home to many prehistoric Hindu temples that were discovered around 1800. Although Hampi is not as well

Shivavilas Palace Hampi.

known as other famous archaeological sites, its ruins make it the biggest open air archaeological museum in the world and it has been classed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2008. Each temple tells its own story through its majestic ar-

chitecture and delicate rock carvings which enthrall tourists who come here from several parts of the world. Some temples are greater and more historically recognised than others, but don’t disregard the smaller and less outwardly decorated ones. If you enter the complex from the South-West corner, then the Queen’s Bath is the first of the ruins that you would visit. Hazra Rama Temple complex is known for its frescoes from the Hindu religion. It has over a thousand carvings and inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana while Virupaksha Temple contains shrines of Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa. Gagan Mahal or the old palace is a place of great importance soaked in legends and history. This yellow coloured palace consists of beautifully decorated windows and four spectacular towers. Instead of staying in Hampi itself, it’s a much better idea to get a room in Sandur, an hour’s drive away, where you’ll find Shivavilas Palace. The former seat of the local Royal family is a pretty spectacular building. The native structure was thoughtfully reinstated in 1941 with-

Hampi Temples India.

out causing any harm to the old architecture. It then started operating as a WelcomHeritage Hotel in 2012. The hotel has twelve air-conditioned rooms, of which the Maharani Suite is perhaps the pick of the bunch, closely followed by the Maharaja Suite, though the 10 deluxe rooms are all comfortable complete with huge bathrooms and dressing rooms. At the end of either sides of the entrance of the palace, lie temples of Lord Subramanya and Malahari

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Marthanda. Every morning and evening, the royal musicians call for prayers as the priest starts the longstanding tradition of daily invocation. Despite the grandeur of property, including the dining room, the food is truly authentic focusessing on simple, quality cooking. In the billiard room you’ll find a full-size billiards table whilst outside you’ll struggle to resist the lovely swimming The best time to visit Hampi is from August to March. The weather during this time stays pleasant and makes it easy for the travelers to explore Hampi. British Airways operate an award winning daily service from London Heathrow to Bangalore via Belfast or Dublin.


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Suzuki Swift remains top of the class in city car market Patrick Ward

The fact that Suzuki used football star Cristiano Ronaldo as their poster boy for the Swift when they were establishing the car as a mainstay in the British and Irish markets looks somewhat poignant today. Young, stylish and with a hint of fearlessness and unpredictability - you could be describing either the car or Ronaldo there. Over the years the sponsor has parted ways from the superstar, but both remain impeccably pristine in their looks, while adding substance to their relative games in the time since. The latest edition of the Suzuki Swift is yet another example of smaller things packing a big punch. This car has all the style – perhaps more – than any of its competitors in what is a relatively small market, competing with Mini and the likes of Fiat for the best smaller, glossy urban car. It was nominated for the Urban World Car of the Year this year, a category which features vehicles less than four metres in length, and this is perhaps the perfect city car.

Style and comfort

This is one thing that Suzuki have really hit the spot with,

creating an eminently fashionable looking car without ever ripping off any of their competitors. It is nice and low to the ground, and Suzuki have reduced the weight of the car by 120kg, which they say has made it 19 per cent more powerful and eight per cent more fuel efficient. If there is one grievance with the Swift, it is the front end that looks rather chunky compared to the rest of the car, but the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that…. The Swift comes in 10 different colours, many of which will make it stand out on the street in comparison to other cars. Inside, the seats are all

comfortable and everything is where it should be, so no qualms here.


This is the hook that really catches you on the Suzuki Swift, as, despite always being a well-regarded ride over the years, it continues to be surprisingly more impressive. The engine suits the size of the car perfectly, and the shaved off 120kg means that it is slightly quicker than previous versions of the car. The take-off speed is rapid, and thanks to the 109bhp engine in this model it wasn’t found lacking for a bit of oomph on the road. As ever, the handling on the

swift was smooth and the cornering exact, making this a really enjoyable ride overall.

Interior and styling

The inside of the car is nice and straightforward, and for this review the 111PS 1.0-litre SHVS model had a colourful 7” touchscreen radio that was convenient to use. That said, some improvement could be made on the air conditioning systems as you have to flick through modes before finding the one you want, without there being a simple way of getting to that destination. You can hook your smartphone or iPhone up to the entertainment system with the

Apple Car Play feature, something that is in most new cars nowadays as an added extra. There is a lack of an armrest however, which when consider that this is a city car is slightly annoying. The Swift actually makes the most out of what little space it has, with a decent amount of room for backseat passengers and more than enough for the two front seats, but that takes away from the overall boot space. The easily foldable backseats give you all the room you need to extend the boot, however.


For a powerful petrol car this was surprisingly economical on fuel. Again, the reduction in weight has a factor in that. The small displacement, high torque turbocharger in the Boosterjet engine was developed to aid fuel economy, which is 61.4 mpg in the 1.0 litre engine. According to Suzuki, the newly designed engine employs six-hole fuel injectors and high tumble port technologies to inject fuel with a high combustion efficiency to provide greater fuel economy and improved power output.


I was really blown away with how comfortable and enjoyable the new Suzuki Swift was to drive. For such a small car it packs a mighty punch, and there were no blotches on its copybook when it came to fuel economy. It’s hard to find any glaring faults with this car.

Fact Box • Prices for the Suzuki Swift start from €14,995 for the SZ3 model • The SZ5 model, which was featured in this review starts from €18,995 and is available with a hybrid option • This is the Third new model utilising Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 890kg for SZ3 model. • Global Swift sales of 5.4 million units since 2005 • The Suzuki Swift has been nominated as the World Car of the Year in the Urban category

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35,000mls Silver........................ €14,900 15,800mls Blue.......................... €15,500 63,300mls Black ........................ €12,950 26,900mls Silver........................ €12,950 34,600mls Gunmetal................ €12,500 54,750mls White ....................... €19,450 19,800mls Grey .................... €14,500(K) 47,000mls Silver................... €12,950(K) 29,900mls Silver........................ €15,950 48,000mls Silver........................ €12,450 47,200mls Red ...................... €11,450(K) 70,000mls Black .......................... €9,950 68,000mls Blue.......................... €10,950 60,700mls Silver.......................... €9,500 99,700mls Silver.......................... €9,500 124,000mls Black ........................ €7,750

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CROSS-OVERS, 4X4, 4X2 SUV 17 X-Trail SV 1.6TD, 5-dr 17 Ranger Limited 2.2TD, 4-dr 17 Sportage Platinum 1.7TD, 5-dr 17 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 17 Kuga ST-Line 1.5TD, 5-dr 16 X-Trail SV 1.6TD, 5-dr 16 Sorento Platinum 4x4 2.2TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EX 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Sportage EXS 1.7TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga Titanium 2.0TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga Titanium 2.0TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga Titanium 2.0TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga Titanium 2.0TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga Titanium 2.0TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga 4-seat Comm 1.5TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga 4-seat Comm 1.5TD, 5-dr 16 Navara SVE 2.3TD, Crewcab, 5-dr

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VANS (INC VAT) 17 Ranger Limited 2.2TD, 4-dr 16 Sorento Ex Comm 2.2TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga 4-seat Comm 1.5TD, 5-dr 16 Kuga 4-seat Comm 1.5TD, 5-dr 16 Navara SVE 2.3TD, Crewcab, 5-dr 16 Partner Van 1.6TD, 5-dr 16 VW Golf Van 1.6TD, 3-dr 16 Connect Trend 1.6TD, 4-dr 15 Ranger Limited 2.2TD, Crewcab 4-dr 15 Cutom Trend 290 2.0TD, 5-dr 14 Connect LWB 3-Seat 1.6TD, 5-dr 12 Berlingo Van 1.6TD, 5-dr 11 Transit 260 SWB 2.2TD, 5-dr

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Peugeot 5008 7-Seat SUV – Motion & Emotion by Breda Corrigan With car buyers throughout Europe increasingly opting for stylish SUV’s instead of practical multi-purpose vehicles (MPV’s), Peugeot’s recently launched 5008 combines the best of both worlds. The new Peugeot 5008 has undergone a complete transformation and is almost unrecognisable from the previous model.

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The new model is better than ever, thanks to an excellent interior layout, comfortable seating and efficient engines, along with outstanding driving dynamics. It will come as no surprise that the new Peugeot 5008 shares many features with the French manufacturer’s latest 3008 (Irish Car of the Year 2018), with the obvious difference being that the larger 5008 has a third row of seats in the back. These can be folded down to free up extra boot space when the need arises, with an impressive 952-litres of space available when in 5-seater mode. However, fold the middle row seats and this cargo-capacity increases to a huge 2,150-litres, making it one of the roomiest cars in its class. Thanks to a wheelbase of 2,840mm, there is ample room in the front and middle rows for tall occupants, with the rearmost seats being ideally suited

to the smaller members of the family (as is the norm in this market segment). At 4,641mm long, the new Peugeot 5008 is a big car and strikes a dashing pose thanks to its distinctive design. Exterior Highlights The long bonnet, upright grille and sharp-looking lights are the exterior highlights, but the inside has seen dramatic changes too. High-quality materials are used all around and this helps the cabin feel very upmarket. Build quality is top class too – so much so that the cabin of the new 5008 is a serene place to be, even at speed. The new 5008’s engine range is carried over from the 3008, which uses the same platform. Petrol power comes courtesy of a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, PureTech engine with 130 bhp and a 1.6litre THP turbo-charged engine with 165bhp. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel (BlueHDi) engine is available with either 100bhp or 120bhp depending on the model chosen, while a 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine comes with either 150bhp or 180bhp. Opt for the BlueHDi engine with 100bhp and it will be fitted with a

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TRADES & SERVICES • EMPLOYMENT • PUBLIC NOTICES KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL We, Amy Gavin and Christina Procter, intend to apply for planning permission to construct proposed single storey private residence, install proposed wastewater treatment system and percolation area, use existing private entrance to serve proposed site and residence, including all ancillary site works at: Carbury, Co. Kildare. 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. Signed: James Shanley & Associates, M.I.E.I./M.C.A.B.E. (046) 9031737. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I, Frank Byrne, intend to apply for retention permission for development at Unit 6, The Ideal Shopping Centre, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. The proposed development will consist of the retention of existing previously approved fast-food takeaway with all associated signage, extractor fans, roller shutters and all other associated facilities and site works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding thereasonable 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 authority of the application. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL We, Patrick Murphy & Deirdre Murphy intend to apply for retention permission for development at this site at 23, Standhouse Rise, Morristownbiller, Newbridge, Co. Kildare The development consists of: The retention of modifications to a single storey as constructed extension to the side and rear of the existing semi detached bungalow, previously granted permission under planning register reference number 05/3017. Modifications to the previously permitted extension include: Internally: - The omission of the walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom to the side of the house to serve bedroom no. 1 , -The construction of a new ensuite and conversion of a cloakroom area to walk inwardrobe to serve bedroom no. 2, - Existing bathroom enlarged, - The incorporation of the rear hallway into the kitchen, Externally: - The relocation of 3 no. windows to the side elevation, - The relocation of the velux window from the side elevation to the rear elevation,

- The relocation of 2 no. windows and patio door to the rear elevation, - The removal of the rear external door which served the rear hallway which was incorporated into the kitchen, - The reduction in roof height, - The change of roof style, - The omission of the gable end to the rear elevation. These works result in a reduction in area from 59.91m2 (permitted) to the as constructed area of 52.0m2 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. This application was prepared by O’Flynn Architects, Lower Eyre Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. (045) 433400. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Application is being made for RETENTION PLANNING PERMISSION for the following; Retention of modification to front of House Type C on site 7, from previously permitted hip roof design to gable roof design as constructed. All at Rathbride Road, Kildare Town, County Kildare For Sonlee Properties Limited 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. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL A new planning application has been lodged with Kildare county council to extend and renovate an existing single storey family home. Margaret and Vincent Burke are seeking permission to extend and renovate their current family home at Rathlucan, Balkinstown, Nurney. Works include a storey and half extension to the rear of the property, additional half storey above part of the existing to include additional living and dining space, first-floor bedroom, studio and bathroom, Alterations to the ground floor layout of the property and new external insulation and render is proposed for the existing building. Retention planning permission is also being sought for the existing garage to the rear of

the property. 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. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Maurice O`Connor intends to apply for Permission for a development at Hacklow, Old Kilcullen, Co Kildare. The development consists of the construction of a single storey dwelling, foul water to on site effluent treatment system & percolation area, surface water to soakaways, recessed vehicular entrance, landscape screening 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. Agent O`Loughlin Architects Ltd 087 9858836 _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Ardclough Village Centre Ltd., intend to apply for full planning permission of extension/ renovations to the existing Ardclough Village Community Centre at Ardclough, Co. Kildare. The development will consist of the following works: 1. Proposed new vehicle entrance and modified carpark layout; 2. Demolition of existing single storey flat roof entrance porch and gable wall to existing store room and removal of 5 no. windows on the rear elevation; 3. The construction of a new fully serviced single storey extension to accommodate an Entrance Reception/Arts and Crafts Display Area (30 sq.m); 4. The construction of a new fully serviced single storey extension to accommodate a Café (25 sq.m) with associated external patio terrace; 5. Internal modifications within the existing building to accommodate a Heritage Centre and ancillary accommodation; 6. Connection to existing public mains water services and onsite sewerage treatment plant together with 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 house 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 five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Contact: 045 408 200 _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I, Natalie Danagher, intend to apply for permission for development at this site Timahoe East, Co. Kildare. The development will consist/ consists of (a) Erection of a dormer type house; (b) Garage/ fuel store for domestic use; (c) The installation of septic tank & treatment system (d) All associated site works at Timahoe East, Co. Kildare. 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. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Application is being made for FULL PLANNING PERMISSION for the following; Modifications & extensions to previously approved houses permitted under Pl ref No. 09/1020 (a) Habitable floor area as previously indicated within attic space complete with 3no. velux roof lights to rear and 1no. velux roof light to front of House Type C on sites 2 – 6 inclusive (b) Habitable floor area as previously indicated within attic space complete with 3no. velux roof lights to rear and 1no. velux roof light to front of House Type A on site 1. (c) All associated development works. All at Walshestown, Newbridge, County Kildare For Walshestown Meadows Limited 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. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I, Jim Sexton, intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site, at Nurney Bog, Nurney, Co. Kildare. The development will consist of the construction of single storey extensions to front, sides and rear of existing dwelling, conversion of first floor attic space to habitable space over original dwelling and proposed side elevation, minor alterations to existing elevations, velux rooflights to existing rear roof 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. Signed on behalf of the applicant by DalyHudson Building Surveying & Architecture 045530766 _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Leslie Broughall intends to apply for Planning Permission for a development at Walterstown, Nurney, Co. Kildare. Permission is sought for a single storey extension to an existing cottage, associated alterations to all elevations, demolition of existing attached and detached out buildings, proposed detached garage, on site effluent treatment system and percolation area to replace existing septic tank 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 We, Frank, Siobhan and Michael O’Shea, intend to apply for permission for development at Nicholastown, Kilcock, Co. Kildare. The proposed development will consist of the erection of a slatted cattle shed with all associated facilities and 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 authority of the application. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Catriona Gleeson intends to apply for Permission for a development in the grounds of Ellistown GFC, Ellistown, Kildare, Co. Kildare. The development consists of replacing the existing detached Montessori building with a single storey, detached, permanent, Montessori building of circa 90sq.m, foul water

to existing on site effluent treatment system, surface water to existing 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. Agent O`Loughlin Architects Ltd 087 9858836 _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Application is being made for FULL PLANNING PERMISSION for the following; 4no. two storey detached houses with optional attic habitable space on sites 10 -13 inclusive, connection to mains sewer, and all associated site development works All at Rathbride Road, Kildare Town, County Kildare For Sonlee Properties Limited 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. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL We, Gerard and Jo Anne Ennis are applying to the above mentioned for Retention Planning Permission for a pitched roof light at roof level of existing two storey dwelling at Curryhills, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. 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 planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by the planning authority. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: PDS - Planning & Design Solutions. www. _______ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Ardclough Village Centre Ltd., intend to apply for full planning permission of extension/ renovations to the existing Ardclough Village Community Centre at Ardclough, Co. Kildare. The development will consist of the following works: 1. Proposed new vehicle entrance and modified carpark layout; 2. Demolition of existing single storey flat roof entrance porch and gable wall to existing store


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TRADES & SERVICES • EMPLOYMENT • PUBLIC NOTICES room and removal of 5 no. windows on the rear elevation; 3. The construction of a new fully serviced single storey extension to accommodate an Entrance Reception/Arts and Crafts Display Area (30 sq.m); 4. The construction of a new fully serviced single storey extension to accommodate a Café (25 sq.m) with associated external patio terrace; 5. Internal modifications within the existing building to accommodate a Heritage Centre and ancillary accommodation; 6. Connection to existing public mains water services and onsite sewerage treatment plant together with 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 house 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 five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. _______ KILDARE CO. COUNCIL I, Anthony Doyle intend to apply for planning permission for a development on this site at Lullymore East, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) single storey extension to side (east) & rear (south) elevations of existing single storey house to form self-contained family flat linked to main residence (B) single

storey extension to rear (south) & side (west) elevations of existing single storey house. (C) installation of proprietary waste water treatment system & soil polishing filter percolation area. 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. _______ KILDARE CO. COUNCIL I, Eamonn Carty intend to apply for Retention Permission for a development on this site at Coolree, Robertstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) retention permission for roofed structure open sided storage shed for temporary housing of cattle and the storage of baled hay in existing farm yard, (B) retention permission for enclosed steel cladded shed for the temporary housing of cattle in existing farm yard. 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 CO. COUNCIL I, Paul Mooney intend to apply for Planning Permission for a development on this site at Kealtstown, Ladychapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) continuance of use of existing agricultural buildings for the holding and processing of surplus landscape materials into compost mulch and for the spreading of such processed compost over existing agricultural land holding previously granted permission under file ref no: 06/974 (B) continuance of use of existing concrete base for the holding and processing of surplus landscape materials into compost mulch previously granted permission under file ref no: 08/493 and all associated site works. 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


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Fab 5 for Mullins in Gowran Park Willie Mullins was responsible for five of the eight winners at Gowran Park on Saturday and he shared four of them with Paul Townend who was riding for the first since his fall from Killultagh Vic at the Dublin Racing Festival at the beginning of last month. The pair won the opening four-year-old maiden hurdle with 2/5 favourite Saglawy and followed up straight away when 3/1 chance Epicurus won the 2m maiden hurdle. Pairofbrowneyes, having his first start for Mullins, landed the €100,000 Toals. com Bookmakers Leinster National while 1/5 favourite Up For Review took the beginners chase to give Townend the fifth four-timer of his career. “It's a nice day for Paul. We'll probably look at around that trip for him again and we might look at Fairyhouse,” said Mullins. “He goes through that ground but I think he'll handle better ground as well. With his style of running he'd handle better ground and probably a longer trip. “It's nice to see the horses running like that and the two guys are back now full of confidence. What more could we ask for.” Mullins went one better when taking the bumper with 1/2 favourite Derby which was ridden by his son Patrick. Shannon, County Clare, trainer Michael McDonagh teamed up with Cathal Landers to win the 2m4f handicap hurdle with 13/2 chance Spancil Hill while Seamus Spillane, from Conna, County Cork and Donie McIn-

Pairofbrowneyes and Paul Townend win the Leinster National Handicap Chase at Gowran Park

Newbridge man Shaw appointed Senior National Hunt Handicapper Newbridge native Andrew Shaw has been appointed to the role of Senior National Hunt Handicapper with the IHRB. Andrew has a wealth of experience in racing having previously been part of the National Hunt handicapping team with the late Noel O’Brien. He joined the Turf Club in 1995 as a handicapper. Prior to joining the Turf Club, Andrew was a graduate of the Irish National Stud Course and has previous experience in the racing and breeding industries in the U.S.A. and Ireland. He was a stallion groom in Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky where he was responsible for the care of leading stallions such as Seattle Slew, Affirmed, J O Tobin and Raise a Native and then returned to Ireland to manage Brownstown Stud on The Curragh. Commenting on his appointment, Andrew, said; “I am delighted to accept the role of Senior National Hunt Handicapper, although not in the circumstances I would have wished following the untimely departure of my late colleague and close friend Noel O’Brien. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders within the racing industry at home and overseas and to the challenge of continuing the good work performed by my predecessor.”

erney won the 2m2f handicap chase with 9/1 chance Gou-

Jezki back to winning ways for Harrington in Cheltenham Jezki, winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2014, recorded a 16th career success when landing the 2m2f hurdle at Leopardstown last Friday. Ridden by Barry Geraghty, the easyto-back 11/10 favourite was the first of two winners for Jessica Harrington who also took the bumper with newcomer Sizing Pottsie which won the bumper at odds of 11/4 under Kate Harrington. "It's great to see him back although he did his best to capsize at the last,” said Harrington following the win for Jezki. “Barry said he was very long but he quickened up well after it. I'm delighted with him and it's great to win another race with him. "The race was almost written with him in mind. "He may go to Aintree or may go to Punchestown. It will depend on the ground. He will go to one of those


two." Also in double form was Goresbridge trainer Tom Mullins who took the 2m handicap hurdle with the Bryan Cooper-ridden 5/1 chance Grand Partner and the 2m5f handicap chase with 7/2 favourite Spider Web which was ridden by Mark Enright. The festivals at Fairyhouse and Punchestown are on the agenda for Pallasator which ran out an impressive winner of the 2m4f maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell. The novice chase went the way of 10/1 chance Crosshue Boy for County Wexford’s Sean Doyle and JJ Slevin while the 12-year-old Witness Of Fashion won the opportunity handicap chase for Oldtown, County Dublin trainer Paddy Rooney and Trevor Ryan. Martin Brassil and Mark Walsh took the beginners’ chase with 3/1 favourite Artic Pearl.

lane Chosen. The Tetratema Cup Hunters Chase was won

by the Declan Queally-trained Fenno’s Storm. His son and

namesake was on board the well-supported 3/1 chance.

Mendelssohn heading for Dubai after Dundalk success The Aidan O'Brien-trained Mendelssohn will run in Dubai before a tilt at the Kentucky Derby after his cosy success in the Listed 32Red Patton Stakes at Dundalk on Friday night. A 76th winner in Ireland for Ryan Moore, the even-money favourite led home a 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle with Threeandfourpence and Seahenge chasing him home. The victorious rider has now ridden Irish winners at Leopardstown, the Curragh, Navan, Naas and Dundalk. Wayne Lordan continued his fine run of form at Dundalk since the turn of the year and he weighed in with a double. He got the session off to a flying start when taking the 5f handicap on 5/2 shot Plough Boy for Garristown trainer Garvan Donnelly and made it two wins

when winning the 7f handicap on the Joseph O'Brientrained 3/1 shot Highly Approved. Kilcock apprentice Robbie Downey is another on a good run and he partnered Rivellino, trained by Ado McGuinness, to win the 6f claiming race at odds of 4/11 favourite. "He was the classiest horse in the race and had run very good solid races here in handicap company," said McGuinness after that race. "His last couple of runs were rock solid and he was entitled to win it. "He's there to be claimed. He's a good rock solid horse, and I wouldn't want to lose him as he's won three times for me, but if he is he is and that's why we put him in it. "He was a classy horse in his day but he's slipped

down the ratings a bit. He was a better horse than most of them there." McGuinness doubled up and gave 21-year-old amateur rider Nathan Condron, from Donnycarney, his first winner when 25/1 chance Pivot Bridge won the concluding 2m handicap. Pat Smullen and Tracey Collins won the 7f fillies’ race with 7/2 chance Nivvo while over the same distance, 5/1 chance Mr Ormsby won the handicap for Sheila Lavery and Gary Carroll. Sharjah gave Andrew Slattery his first winner at Dundalk in December and the young apprentice rider gained his second career success when partnering the eight-year-old, trained by his father Andy, to win the 12f handicap at odds of 9/1.

Vroum Vroum Mag retired to stud Star mare Vroum Vroum Mag, the winner of 14 of her 21 races, has been retired. The versatile nine-yearold's name was missing from the list of acceptors for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at this week’s Cheltenham Festival and the champion trainer explained early last week, “Vroum Vroum Mag hadn't been working well. She worked poorly on Tuesday and we've taken the decision to retire her.” Sporting the colours of Susannah and Rich Ricci, Vroum Vroum Mag won 12 races, beginning with a beginners’ chase at Wexford in late 2014. She landed the Grade 1 Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham two years ago and finished second to Apple's Jade in the same contest last March. Her other Grade 1 victories were achieved in Punchestown's Champion Hurdle in 2016 and the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, also in 2016. Vroum Vroum Mag will now start a new career as a broodmare.


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Sizing John pulled from Gold Cup defence

Our Duke will carry the hopes of Jessica Harrington’s stable in tomorrow’s Cheltenham Gold Cup after last year’s winner, Sizing John, had to be withdrawn due to a hairline fracture in his pelvis. With just five days to go to the start of the festival when the injury was confirmed, it was a cruel blow for Kildare trainer Harrington, who was bidding to win back to back Gold Cups in Cheltenham after winning her first race ever there last year. It also puts Sizing John's participation in the Punchestown Gold Cup in serious doubt with just over six weeks to go to the festival. Speaking to Unibet, Harrington confirmed the injury; "It is with a heavy heart I

Our Duke is Jessica Harrington's sole representative in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

have to report that Sizing John will miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He cantered as normal this morning at Commonstown and during routine checks this afternoon was found to be sore behind. "I have had our vet Mark McRedmond come and check him over. He has found a hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis. He will have box rest for two weeks and then be rescanned with a view of starting walking exercise . This is a massive blow for the Potts family and for all our team here at Commonstown." It means that Noel Fehily will no longer be on Our Duke, who he was booked to ride, as Robbie Power gets the nod having initially been pencilled in to partner Sizing John.

Samcro shines to prove his class Patrick Ward

Samcro lived up to his billing as the banker of the week on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday afternoon as the Gordon Elliott-trained superstar maintained his unbeaten status over hurdles. It was an intriguing Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the famed English venue, which saw Tom George’s Black Op run well under Noel Fehily, while Duc Des Genievres set the early pace. Ruby Walsh was on board Next Destination, an emphatic winner of the Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle in Naas back in Jan-

uary, but he never made a substantial move and eventually finished almost eight lengths behind the winner in third. It was the first win of the festival for Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy, who handled the six-yearold superbly by tracking the leaders and eventually making his move with two fences to jump. Once he hit the front there was no question of who was going to win, though Black Op did finish well to come in second, just under three lengths behind the Gigginstown star. "It's a big team effort from everyone at home, and it worked out great today,” said Elliott after the race. "There was a lot of pres-

sure, for Jack, for me - for everyone, the whole team. "I'm delighted, it's brilliant." Jack Kennedy, who claims that Samcro is the best horse he has ever mounted, later said; "That was unreal. He's just a class horse. I was there way too soon on him, but he kept going. "The horse is very good. I wasn't happy with the position I had during the race, but he's such a good horse that he got me through." Presenting Percy, trained by Galway handler Patrick Kelly, won the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in superb style as the Davy Russell-mounted horse finished strongly to beat Monalee.

Walsh suffers potential broken leg Patrick Ward

Ruby Walsh was stood down after the second race on day two of Cheltenham as he was brought to hospital with a suspected broken leg following a fall in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase. The Kill jockey had already

ran in the opening race of the day on board Next Destination, but he suffered the injury when falling from Al Boum Photo in the second race. He was brought to hospital with a suspected broken leg and was due to undergo x-rays at the time of writing. It meant that Walsh was unable to partner Douvan in the Queen Mother Champion

Chase, while also putting his participation at the rest of the festival and next month’s Punchestown Festival in doubt. It also allowed a window of opportunity for Clane jockey Mark Walsh as he stepped in for the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle and mounted Bleu Berry, whom he led home in first for Willie Mullins at odds of 20/1.

Walsh records double on day one of Cheltenham Patrick Ward

It was just Ruby Walsh’s fifth race since returning from a five-month layoff through injury, but the Kildare jockey was to the fore as he landed the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase in some style with Footpad on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. It was the first of a double for the Kill man who returned from injury last week in Thurles after breaking his leg last November when falling from Let’s Dance in Punchestown. Walsh doubled up with Willie Mullins when he also won the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle with Benie Des Deiux, while the trainer recorded three victories to ease any nerves he would have had on the opening day. Last year it took Mullins until Thursday to get off the mark, but this year he has set his stall out early in search of another leading trainer’s title. Mullins and Walsh didn’t get the start that they were expecting however, with hotly fancied Getabird running poor race and finishing ninth, while Summerville Boy finished superbly under Noel Fehily to pip Kalashnikov in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Then it was the turn of Footpad, one of the supposed bankers of the week who went up against Saint Calvados, a horse that was backed heavily on Tuesday morning. Walsh managed the race superbly, holding Footpad back before making his move to overtake Petit Mouchoir and eventually finish an impressive 14 lengths ahead of Brain Power. “Going past the stands the first time, the horse was off the bridle and looking at the big screens - when he made that bad mistake, I thought it was over,” said Mullins afterwards. “He was off the bridle the whole way down the back, but Ruby just sat and sat and knew the ones in front were going too fast. We know he stays. It's a surprise to us that he's able to win an Arkle. We had him down as our two-and-a-halfmile horse for this year, JLT or possibly RSA, but then when he came out and did what he did in his first two races we said we were in the wrong division and should go back for the Arkle, and he's done that now. “I doubt I've had one improve so much from hurdles to fences. His jumping has just brought him up another gear. He could be a Gold Cup horse. Lots of Gold Cup horses have

won the Arkle and this fellow is much more laid back than some. I think we will have a good chat with connections and see if they would like to go in that direction. He has plenty of stamina.” Faugheen failed to recapture his best form in the Champion Hurdle, with Buveur D’air proving his class despite being pushed all the way in a thrilling encounter with Melon, who was saddled by Paul Townend. Apple’s Jade ran a disappointing race for Gordon Elliott in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, which was captured by Benie Des Deiux who was a half length winner over Midnight Tour for Mullins and Walsh. Mullins completed the treble when his son Patrick won the Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Chase with Rathvinden, who finished half a length ahead of Ms Parfois. The final race of the day went to trainer Mick Channon as Mister Whittaker won the Novices’ Handicap Chase. It was a bad first day for trainer Gordon Elliott who finished as the Leading Trainer last year, with no wins recorded despite decent showings from Mick Jazz and Mengli Khan, both of whom finished in third.


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Coill Dubh Back On Track With Victory Over Blessington

Kildare GAA RESULTs KWETB U14 Feile A Football Group 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Raheens, (Round 1), Raheens 7-5 Clane 5-2 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Maynooth, (Round 1), Maynooth 4-14 Celbridge 0-5 KWETB U14 Feile A Football Group 2 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Balyna, (Round 1), Balyna 2-15 Sarsfields 3-8 KWETB U14 Feile B Football Group 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Leixlip, (Round 1), St Laurence's 3-4 Leixlip 2-2 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Moorefield, (Round 1), Moorefield 3-7 Athy 2-7 KWETB U14 Feile B Football Group 2 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Kilcock Main Pitch, (Round 1), Kilcock 7-5 Rathangan 4-8 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Round Towers GFC, (Round 1), Round Towers 4-20 Sallins 1-8 KWETB U14 Feile D Footall Group 2 Mon, 12 Mar, Venue: Ellistown, (Round 1), Castlemitchell 0-9 Ellistown 0-5 KWETB U14 Feile D Football Group 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Aylmer Gaels, (Round 1), Fr.Prendegast Gaels 4-8 Aylmer Gaels 1-5 KWETB U14 Feile E Football Group 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Naas, (Round 1), Celbridge W/O Naas -

Joe Butler (Coil Dubh) in the recent Div.2 bowling league agaianst Blessington

Coill Dubh had the privilege of home advantage in this Division 2 bowling league game Rd.12 against Blessington played on 19th February in the Coill Dubh Community Hall. Having been surprisingly beaten by Rathcoffey in their last home game they would be very anxious to get back to winning ways especially in their own back yard. They certainly will have learned a lesson not to be caught napping again as they did on that previous occasion. Dropping the five points caused them to slip from the top three down the scale a couple of notches, so a backlash is expected. Five points here would bring them right back into contention again. Blessington coming into this game are at the other end of the spectrum, now lying second from the bottom of the table. Five points would lift them a couple of places upwards, but one feels if they succeed in securing a couple of points at this venue they would be doing very well. This is a big

Donnie McEvoy, Tony Campbell (Blessington) watching the outcome in their match against Coil Dubh

task indeed, as the feeling is that the hosts won’t be in a generous mood.

All So Easy

Mat 1 on the first couple of ends it was ‘nip and tuck’ as both sides started of well, but it all changed from thereon as Coill Dubh completely dominated the exchanges and scored at will. Even though on the seventh end the scoreboard read 8/3 in favour of the hosts, not an unsurmountable lead by any means, but the visitors were just not playing good enough to trouble their opponents. It was all so easy for the home team as they just strolled through the game, and by the eleventh end their lead had increased to a whopping score line of 20/3. In fairness to Blessington they made a mini revival on the next three ends to reduce the score and make it a little more respectable at 20/11. Whether it was the visitors that found their touch or the hosts eased off the throttle

it is hard to say. Coill Dubh put paid to that revival by recording a score of one on the last end. Final score: Coill Dubh 21, Blessington 11. Coill Dubh: Michael Hogan, Tomas Baker, Joe Butler, Joss Gordon and sub John Moran. Blessington: Tom O’Neill, John Bohan and Willie Donoghue.

Much Better

This was a much better display from Blessington on Mat2 as they made Coill Dubh fight for three quarters of the game. The home team led from the beginning and were always holding a lead of four or five scores and looked comfortable at all times. Blessington were always playing catch up and never looked like they could close the gap to threaten their opponents. But they were still in with a chance if the home team were to make any mistakes, Coill Dubh were not accommodating in that regard and in the last three ends put the game to bed with a flurry of scores to coast to victory on a

finishing score line of 21/9. This victory brings Coill Dubh back into the top three while Blessington remain in the same position. Coill Dubh: Mary Hogan, Albert Perris, Jody Gordon and Thomas Hogan. Blessington: Liam Houston, Rita Nugent, Tony Campbell and Donie McEvoy. Mary Hogan and Albert Perris were to the fore for the home team while for the visitors Donie McEvoy had an outstanding game.

Recent League Results (home team first)

Div.1: Brownstown 0, Hollywood 5; Castlemitchell 3, Caragh 2; Caragh 5, Rathmore 0; Kildangan 5, Ardclough 0. Div.2: Balyna 5, Coill Dubh 0; Blessington 0, Baltinglass/Kiltegan 5; Rathmore 5 Athy 0; Prosperous 3, Rathcoffey 2. Div.3: Caragh 5, Straffan 0; Kilcullen 3, Naas 2. Div.4: Kilcullen 0, Kill 5. Div.5: Balyna 3, Abbey Bowls 2.


Hogan’s WBO eliminator to be streamed for free worldwide Kildare boxer Dennis Hogan will return to the ring on April 7 for his eagerly anticipated world title eliminator, and it was revealed earlier this week that the bout will be free to stream across the world. The Kilcullen native, who currently resides in Australia and has been boxing out of Brisbane for seven years, will take on Manchester boxer Jimmy Kelly for a shot at the WBO world title in the Light Middleweight division. Hogan has enjoyed a stellar career down under, winning 26 of 28 fights and only suffering one

defeat along the way, which was a loss to German Jack Culcay in a world title bout in 2016. He pits his wits against Kelly, who has family connections in Carlow and Kilkenny, at the Brisbane Convention Centre for a shot at taking on either Liam Smith or Sadam Ali for the world title. 33-year-old Hogan is currently ranked fourth in the division across the world, and his latest victory of Japanese boxer Yuki Nonaka propelled him into this title eliminator. His promoter, Paul Keegan, ex-

plained the decision to stream the fight live to earlier this week. “We want to make this the most fan friendly boxing event we can which is why we have decided to stream it for free,” Keegan said. “We are paying for a full TV production so for fans tuning in you will think it is a full TV experience. “Another part of it is we want Irish fight fans to tune in to see who many believe to be the next Irish world champion, unless of course if TJ [Doheny] wins it first.

“The hardest thing for Irish fighters not in Ireland or the UK is building a profile back home. By doing this we want people who have never seen Dennis fight to tune in and see what all the hype is about. “If you have an internet connection then you have access to this event whether that be on your phone, on your iPad, on your computer, or on your smart TV. “I know some pubs at home are putting it on the big screens so it should be great fun to be in Ireland for this fight."

KWETB U14 Feile F Football Group 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Naas, (Round 1), Naas W/O Clane - Aldridge Cup Section A Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: St Laurence's, (Round 3), St Laurence's 0-16 Leixlip 1-6 Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Castledermot, (Round 3), Castledermot 0-6 Round Towers 0-6 Aldridge Cup Section C Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Celbridge, (Round 3), Sarsfields 0-10 Celbridge 1-3 Aldridge Cup Section D Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Athy, (Round 3), Athy 1-15 Kilcock 1-9 Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Naas, (Round 3), Naas W/O Confey GAA -  2018 Dowling Cup Section C Fri, 09 Mar, Venue: St Laurence's, (Round 3), Naas 2-16 St Laurence's 1-4 Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Celbridge, (Round 3), Round Towers W/O Celbridge -  Keogh Cup Section A Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Ballymore Eustace, (Round 3), Ballymore Eustace 0-16 Rathangan 2-6 Keogh Cup Section B Sat, 10 Mar, Venue: Clogherinkoe, (Round 3), Clogherinkoe 1-9 Moorefield 1-8 Minor Football League Div 1 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Moorefield, (Round 3), Aylmer Gaels 3-14 Moorefield 1-9 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Sarsfields GAA Club, (Round 3), Maynooth 3-12 Sarsfields 1-11 Minor Football League Div 2 Mon, 12 Mar, Venue: St Laurence's, (Round 3), St Laurence's 1-10 Round Towers 2-7 Minor Football League Div 3 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Raheens, (Round 3), Raheens 1-11 Ballymore Eustace 0-5 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Leixlip, (Round 3), Leixlip 6-6 Fr.Prendegast Gaels 1-5 Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: TMH GAA Grounds, (Round 3), Two Mile House 0-0 Newtown Gaels 0-0 Minor Football League Div 4B Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Moorefield, (Round 3), Naas W/O Moorefield -  Sun, 11 Mar, Venue: Miltown, (Round 3), Miltown 4-8 St Kevin's 0-5


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Photos: Gerard Byrne

Naas scholars pass Marist assignment to make history Naas CBS


Marist College


Jack Sargent was superb for Naas CBS at centreback on Saturday

the 56th minute after receiving a second yellow card, making Naas’ task even greater as they looked to hold onto their lead. Marist were guilty of wasting a couple of opportunities to eat into the Naas lead, but the defensive solidity that the Kildare showed in the final minutes was absolutely immense as they saw out the game with great composure to seal a famous win. Scorers for Naas CBS: D Kirwan 0-3, C Joyce 0-2f, L Griffin, R Boran, K Thompson and A Deegan 0-1 each. Scorers for Marist College: J Beaumont(1f), S Cunnane(2f) and K Colclough(1f) 0-2 each, C Sugrue 0-1.

Br Bosco Cup Leinster A Schools' Football final Patrick Ward

Naas CBS held on in a nail-biting finish to become Leinster A champions for the first time in their history in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon. It was a performance built upon the resoluteness of their defence and the composure of their forwards at crucial times, and despite the game being far from a free-flowing spectacle it won’t matter to Naas who edged to a two-point win despite finishing the game with 14 men. No Kildare team had competed in the A final of a Leinster competition since 1923, but Naas made the rare appearance count as they condemned Marist College to a third final defeat in the space of five years. Despite never playing in a game of this magnitude before, Naas showed very little nerves in the opening quarter as they spread the ball excellently and looked utterly composed in possession. The full-forward line of Colm Joyce, Luke Griffin and Darragh Kirwan looked very prominent early on, and with Cathal Daly, Barry Kehoe and Jack Sargent letting the ball in

Naas CBS

Naas CBS celebrate with the Br Bosco Cup

early they were able to give the opposition defence plenty to think about. There was only two minutes on the clock when the Kildare school got the game’s first score when Cathal Daly picked out Colm Joyce with a superb crossfield ball and he supplied Kirwan who knocked it over from close range. Joyce almost had a goal soon after when the ball fell to him in the square, but his shot on the turn was brilliantly blocked by Stephen McMonagle. Marist eventually got off the mark in the eighth minute when Kieran Colclough pointed a free, but the Athlone school were poor with their shooting as they clocked up six wides and dropped numerous shots short in the first half. Naas managed three points in succession after that score from Colclough, the most eyecatching of which was a beau-

tiful effort off the outside of the boot from Killian Thompson on the right wing. Joyce then angled over his first free of the day in the 11th minute, before the energetic Rian Boran split the posts from close range following a superb move from defence by Ronan Joyce’s side. There was a notable drop in standards for the second quarter as the sides traded two points each, with Marist getting the first couple through the lively Ciaran Surgue and a free from Shane Cunnane. Naas CBS would go into the break with a well-deserved three-point lead however, as Joyce slotted over another free and the hard working Griffin slotted over a point after turning Keelan Connor superbly. Naas had showed huge resilience in defence as the likes of Eoghan Prizeman and Jack Sargent particularly promi-

nent, while Rian Boran was immense from midfield in the opening half, helping the Kildare side into a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead. Even with a relatively low scoring first half, there was still room for the scoring rate to dip alarmingly as Naas struggled to make the most of the few opportunities they created in the third quarter, while Marist started to gain more of a stranglehold around the middle. Substitute Josh Beaumont was superb for the Athlone school upon his introduction at the break, but it was their vice-captain Kieran Colclough who got their first point of the second half directly from the throw-in following a powerful burst. Naas squandered some early chances in the second half before Kirwan eventually got them back up and running when he sold an excel-

lent dummy to his man before curling over beautifully from the left wing. Marist took control of the game in the minutes preceding that, and three points in a row helped them to level the tie for the first time since the early stages. Beaumont slotted over a cool free before Cunnane added another from a placed ball, and Beaumont soon levelled matters when he punished Naas for some sloppy play as they tried to exit their danger area. Naas looked rattled, but substitute Aaron Deegan came into the fray to make a solid impact as he sent them back in front with a close range score after Thompson had laid on the assist. Kirwan then doubled their lead with a point having initially been blocked down, and Naas carried the two-point lead into stoppage time. Rian Boran was sent off in

David Morrissey; Eoghan Prizeman, Conall O’Gallchobhair, Jack Hamill; Cathal Daly, Jack Sargent, Brian Stynes; Ian Blackburne, Rian Boran; Barry Kehoe, Tony O’Connor, Killian Thompson; Colm Joyce, Luke Griffin, Darragh Kirwan. Subs used: Stephen Davis for O’Gallchobhair inj 26mins, Aaron Deegan for Kehoe 49mins, Liam Broderick for Blackburne 53mins, Harry Carroll for O'Connor

Marist College

Cathal Dolan; Stephen McGonagle, Pearse Frost, Keelan Connor; Ian O’Rourke, Eoin Mulvihill, Patrick McGettigan; Kieran Colclough, Shane Cunnane; Fred Kelleher, Shane Allen, Sean Dowd; Tom O’Carroll, Eoghan Derwin, Ciaran Surgue. Subs used: Josh Beaumont for Kelleher HT, Cian McBrearty for Derwin 45mins, Dylan Prendergast for Dowd 56mins.


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SPORTBRIEFS Photos: Gerard Byrne


TAKE FIVE Man of the match Eoghan Prizeman

Cathal Daly received the official award, but Prizeman was the constant brick wall in the Naas defence throughout their stubborn display. He dealt well with the lively Ciaran Surgue, and he put in at least three fine blocks at crucial times to keep the opposition from landing scores. A fine overall performance which gave Naas the foundations of their win.

Score of the game

Daragh Kirwan and Rian Boran both pointed lovely efforts in either half, but the game’s best score came after just two minutes when Cathal Daly broke clear of defence and angled a superb bass across to Colm Joyce. The vice-captain shovelled it into space for Kirwan to supply a composed finish to open the scoring.

Rian Boran goes on the charge for Naas CBS

Turning point

When Josh Beaumont levelled the scores with 10 minutes to go after a Naas error, it looked like Marist were primed to push on. However, substitute Aaron Deegan made an immediate impact from the bench as he burst through to blaze over a point and give Naas a lead they would not lose.

Darragh Kirwan spins around a Marist College defender

Ref watch

Colm Joyce takes on Stephen McGonagle of Marist College

Joyce hails hard work of entire panel Patrick Ward

Naas CBS manager Ronan Joyce hailed the collective mental strength of his side and the work ethic of the team following their narrow win over Marist College on Saturday. It was an incredibly rare appearance for a Kildare school in a Leinster final, and the first time Naas CBS had ever competed in the ‘A’ final, but they made the most of the opportunity as they landed the big prize in composed fashion. Joyce never doubted the ability of his charges, citing the ferocious work that they have put in from the

start of the school year as the building blocks for success. “They are a great bunch of lads. The work they have put in since the start of the year has been incredible and I am only delighted they have got their reward,” he said. “Our backs were to the wall for the last few minutes, no doubt about that, but from the very first game we played against Good Counsel there is very little between these teams; we played to the last minute then and we did it again today and I am delighted for them. “Conditions were heavy and lads were finding it very difficult especially when

looking for scores, they were getting stuck in the ground but we got there in the end that is all that matters.” Naas went into the halftime break with a 0-6 to 0-3 lead following a dominant first half performance, and that pleased the management who were keen to establish some sort of foothold in the game by that point. “Yes, we were happy at half-time but one thing we have learned this year is that these games are not over until the final whistle; every team and every school in this competition have panels of players and they all have lads coming off the line that can make huge

differences, and, as you saw there today, it is never over until the very end.” There was a stage in the second half when Naas looked troubled as Marist pulled the game level at 0-7 apiece, but the Kildare side settled themselves to score the final two points of the game even when they were reduced to 14 men. Joyce was never worried however, due to past experiences with this team. “No, our lads have been showing tremendous heart and endeavour throughout the year; we were seven points up against Good Counsel with a few minutes to go and while they came back to level we learned a lot from that game, holding

on to get the draw; every game went to the wire. Having achieved something historical by reaching the Leinster final and ultimately winning it, the Naas CBS players have etched their names into the annals of Kildare GAA. Asked if he thought it was possible when they began the journey at the start of the year, Joyce said; “We sat down at the start of year and looked to see what those lads were capable of doing; they bought into everything we were doing but we knew from the start we had the players capable of winning and then the players bought into our plans and they got their rewards.”

Seamus Mulhare was painfully stringent in his officiating of this game, never allowing it to fully take flight as he consistently blew for fouls which appeared very soft. His one saving grace was the fact that he didn’t do any harm to either side more than the other, though the two yellow cards he showed Rian Boran were questionable.

What next?

Naas CBS come up against Mayo school Rice College in the semi-final of the Hogan Cup on Saturday March 24. The Westport side beat St Attracta’s of Sligo in the Connacht final last Saturday.


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Sorry league campaign for hurlers ends in relegation London




Allianz NHL Division 2A

Kildare will play their hurling in Division 2B of the Allianz National Hurling League in 2019 after they suffered a heavy defeat to London in a relegation shootout on Saturday afternoon. Going over to McGovern Park it was a simple goal set out for Kildare - win and retain their Division 2A status, lose and they would tumble down to the fourth tier of National League hurling for the first time since 2015. With both teams sitting at the bottom

of the table having suffered four wins in succession, neither side would have gone into this meeting with any huge amount of confidence, but Kildare were at least able to welcome back the likes of James Burke, Paul Divilly and Mark Grace from injury for the crucial game. Joe Quaid's side had suffered defeats to Meath, Westmeath, Kerry and Carlow to leave themselves in a shootout with the Exiles, who, despite also losing every game themselves, are always an unpredictable proposition in Ruislip. Kildare got off the mark through James Burke in the opening minute, but their game fell to pieces after that as London powered into a 1-4 to 0-1 after just 10 minutes. Kildare regrouped somewhat

as Burke, Martin Fitzgerald and Kevin Whelan all landed scores, but the home side took a real stranglehold of the game as Kevin Reid, Richie Murphy and Henry Vaughan all hit the target in a scoring spree that saw London breeze into a 1-13 to 0-7 half-time lead. Kildare remained a long distance off their hosts for the remainder of the game, and though they managed a further eight points in the second half as Burke, Fitzgerald, Mark Delaney and Brian Byrne all raised white flags, the gap was too big to make up and London retained their Division 2A status with relative ease.


J Barrett; L Murphy, B Regan, C Hickey; C McAlinden (0-1),

K Reid (0-1), K Burke (0-1); A O'Leary, O Sheil (0-1); H Vaughan (0-1), R Murphy (0-11), M Duggan; D Roberts (0-1), C Nelson (1-1), S Lawless (0-1). Subs: M Ivors for S Lawless, K O'Loughlin for M Duggan, A Sheehan for C Nelson, A Griffiths for O Sheil, C Lordan for D Roberts.


P Dermody; C Forde, J Doran, P Sullivan; N O Muineachain, M Moloney, M Grace; M Fitzgerald (0-3), B Byrne (0-1); J Burke (0-6), P Divilly, K Whelan (0-1); M Delaney (0-2), E O'Neill (0-1), C Bonus (0-1). Subs: S Ryan for P Divilly, J Sheridan for C Bonus, P McKenna for P Dermody, D Cahill for N O Muineachain, C Dowling for K Whelan.


Lethal Lilies too hot for Longford to handle

Kildare GAA Fixtures Thu 15 Mar 2018 Aldridge Cup Section A Venue: Round Towers GFC, Round Towers V Leixlip 20:00, Ref: Lee Moore 2018 Keogh Cup Section B Venue: Ballyteague, Ballyteague V Monasterevan 20:00, Ref: Thomas Smyth 2018 Under 20 Football Competition Div. 1 Semi Final Venue: Hawkfield, Maynooth V Sarsfields 20:00, Ref: Sham Moran Sat 17 Mar 2018 Aldridge Cup Section D Venue: Confey, Confey GAA V Kilcock 11:00, Ref: Thomas Smyth Sun 18 Mar Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div. 1 Venue: Aylmer Gaels, Aylmer Gaels V Sarsfields 12:00, Ref: John Cribben Venue: Carbury, Carbury V Moorefield 12:00, Ref: Declan Jacob Venue: Conneff Park, Clane V Naas 12:00, Ref: Fintan Barrett Venue: Maynooth, Maynooth V Eadestown 12:00, Ref: Eamonn Kelly Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div. 2 Venue: Balyna, Balyna V Celbridge 12:00, Ref: Damien Reilly Venue: Kilcock Main Pitch, Kilcock V Sallins 12:00, Ref: Peter Farrell Venue: Round Towers GFC, Round Towers V Kilcullen 12:00, Ref: Lee Moore Venue: Athy, Athy V St Laurence's 12:00, Ref: David Houlihan

The Kildare minor ladies panel ahead of their championship opener against Longford





Leinster LGFA Minor Football Championship preliminary round By Donal Fitzpatrick

Kildare were far too strong for a gallant Longford side on the opening weekend of this year's Leinster LGFA minor championship. Longford Slashers GAA club hosted the game and it was played in front of a reasonable crowd. Kildare dominated the game from start to finish and were relentless with attack after at-

tack. First half goals from the boot of Lauren Murtagh and Neasa Dooley were added to with points from Aisling Dooley and Nanci Murphy, polishing off a fine first half display to see Kildare into a commanding lead at the break going in at half-time with a 2-8 to 0-1 lead. Kildare didn't let up in the second half and kept the scoreboard ticking over with some well-taken points. The introduction of substitutions and even to have two players yellow carded for persistent fouling and spending time in the sin bin didn't weaken the team in any way.  Longford, to their Credit, kept battling and were rewarded with a penalty late on which Karen Shannon neatly dispatched to the net and it was Shannon who finished the game’s scoring as she slotted over  a late pointed free to see the Longford at least make some mark on the score-

board. Kildare were well served with good defensive displays from Lara Gilbert and Lauren Murtagh. Lara Curran produced a masterclass in midfield, while up front Neasa Dooley and Aislinn Dooley were on top throughout the game. Longford can take positives from the game, and while the scoreboard doesn't reflect it, they played themselves into good scoring positions only for shots to go agonisingly wide where on other occasions they would have gone over.  Kildare now will regroup happy with today's performance and head back to training on Wednesday night to prepare for the visit of Westmeath to Hawkfield next weekend where a Leinster semi-final place is up for grabs to the winner.


Ciara Farrell, Ciara Regan, Lara Gilbert, Emily Birch, Lauren Murtagh(1-0),

Ciara Downey, Ali Cullen, Hazel McLoughlin, Aislinn Dooley(0-4),Claire Nugent, Lara Curran(0-3,1f),Molly Aspell(0-1)Neasa Dooley (1-4,1f), Nanci Murphy(0-2), Leah Hayes(0-1) Subs used: Leah McCoack (0-2) for Nugent,Joanne Deay for Cullen,Eve Keohe for McLoughlin, Mikaela Burke for A Dooley, Laoise Dunne for N Dooley.


Riane McGrath, ZoeGallagher, Sarah Horan, Rebecca O’Kane, Tamara Lee, Muireann Cleffes, Orla Farrell, Aisling McCormack, Caoimhe Hoban, Kiara Shannon(12,1f), Derbhla Rooney, Niamh Brady, Julie Ann Moran, Eve Nerney Subs used: Cliona Allen for Julie Ann Moran,Imeya Collins for Zoe Gallagher,Niamh Darcy for Orla Farrell.

Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div. 3 Venue: Ballymore Eustace, Ballymore Eustace V Two Mile House 12:00, Ref: John Knight Venue: Castledermot, Castledermot V Raheens 12:00, Ref: Owen Murphy Venue: TBC, Newtown Gaels V Leixlip 12:00, Ref: John Mc Loughlin Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div. 4A Venue: TBC, Abbey Rangers V Ellistown 12:00, Ref: Kieran Harris Venue: Rheban, Rheban V St Edwards 12:00, Ref: David Coady Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div. 4B Venue: Naas, Naas V Milltown 12:00, Ref: Peter Horan Venue: Athgarvan GAA Pitch, Athgarvan V Moorefield 12:00, Ref: TBC Venue: St Kevin's, St Kevin's V Killard 12:00, Ref: John Enright Mon 19 Mar

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“This will be the biggest challenge for us as a group” O’Neill facing difficult task to pick players up following losing streak Patrick Ward

By the time this weekend concludes it will be a full nine months since a piping hot afternoon in Tullamore when Kildare produced a scintillating display to cut Meath to shreds in the Leinster Championship. Few would have thought back then that the Lilywhites would embark on a dismal run of results, losing twice in the championship, three times in the O’Byrne Cup and five times in this year’s National League. Performances have been promising at times, but the second half display against Mayo on Sunday was one that hinted at a team that is struggling for confidence right now and had already made their peace with relegation to Division 2. Being relegated is no disaster, but going down without a win in seven games would leave Kildare bereft of momentum heading into the Leinster Championship this year. Manager Cian O’Neill has consistently said that morale remains high in the panel in spite of the succession of defeats, but on Sunday he was a little more resigned after the loss to Mayo, particularly because of the performance. “Things have been going well and we haven’t been that far away in those matches,” he said. “There was huge disappointment but it wasn’t an issue. Today is a different type of performance and different type of defeat, and I said that to them on the pitch afterwards. This will be the biggest challenge for us as a group, coming back from a collapse in the second half if you want to call it that. “That’s going to test us, it’s

Niall Kelly goes on the attack as Mayo's Eoin O'Donoghue watches on

going to test myself, Enda and Roli and the management. It’s going to test the group of players as well because we’ve no bad luck story to fall onto here. No what ifs. We were comprehensively beaten all over the pitch by a better team. We didn’t fight to the end, and that’s the bigger disappointment. But that’s team sport, you either get up and fight or you feel sorry for yourself and we’re definitely not doing the latter.” The Lilywhites travel to Killarney this Sunday for their next game in the league, and they will encounter a Kerry side that have relegation

worries of their own after losing three games in a row, the latest of which was a 13point drubbing at the hands of Dublin. The Kingdom welcomed back David Moran last week and are sure to put out their strongest possible side as they seek a much-needed win, so Kildare are walking into a diffi cult arena once again. O’Neill might see this as an opportunity to change things around with his team and test some players out in different positions. Kevin Flynn has stepped up well in the past two games, and there are plenty more who are

surely gunning for a chance to impress. There will not be wholesale changes however, with the Kildare manager stating that starting places will only be given on merit. “We’ve looked at every week as it stands,” said O’Neill. “There were three changes today, which is 20 per cent of the team. We’ll look at options. Kevin Flynn got an opportunity against D o n egal

Moorefield trio added to Kildare panel Patrick Ward

Cian O'Neill has called in three players from Moorefield's Leinster Championship winning side to his Kildare panel ahead of the final two rounds of the National League. With Kildare as good as relegated with two games to go against Kerry and Galway, O'Neill has some scope for experimentation and is likely to change his team around in the final games ahead of the

Leinster Championship. Defenders Mark Dempsey and James Murray have been added to the panel, along with current Club Footballer of the Year Eanna O'Connor. Speaking after the defeat to Mayo on Sunday, O'Neill said; "They came in Tuesday and they have two sessions under their belt already. We’ll be travelling down next weekend to Kerry as a full group and we’ll have a match on Saturday and another session on

Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to integrate them fully because obviously there is a difference between your league and championship panels. "Each of the lads are in on merit, they’ve had fantastic seasons with their club. They’re looking forward to the step up, because obviously it’s significant from club to county. We’re excited to have them in and challenging for the team because it can only be good."

Cian O'Neill returns to Kerry for the first time as Kildare manager on Saturday

and was picked for today based on that. We were very unlucky to have to take him off because he got a yellow card and then a tick. “To be honest, it was an example of good offi ciating where by the referee got word to the linesman who got word to me that ‘one more and he’s gone’.” There is sure to be a raucous atmosphere in Kerry on Saturday given that it is St Patrick’s Day and Ireland

are playing for a Grand Slam in the rugby, so it at least presents a good opportunity for a weekend away, even if it is a bit of a dead rubber from a Kildare point of view.

Groundsmen deserve great credit By Patrick Ward Speaking to one of the Mayo players shortly before the game on Sunday, he remarked on how the pitch was in ‘great nick’ ahead of the 2pm throw-in. This was a million miles away from the scenes of just seven days beforehand when St Conleth’s Park looked more like a scene from the Winter Olympics in South Korea rather than a National Football League venue in Newbridge. Great credit must go to the grounds staff for their efforts during the week in making sure that the pitch was in good shape after the snow melted in the days before the game, while some heavy rain last week also made the situation a little more difficult. The company who look after the pitch are Sports Ground Solutions, and the duo of Patsy Power and Tom Carew were instrumental in making sure that St Conleth’s Park was in pristine condition for Sunday.


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Mayo hit form to send Kildare

Niall Kelly goes on the attack as Mayo's Eoin O'Donoghue watches on

Kevin Feely and Tommy Moolick compete with Aidan O'Shea for possession





Allianz NFL Division 1 Patrick Ward

Mayo hammered the final nail into the coffin of Kildare’s Division 1 campaign as they produced a fine attacking display to easily account for the Lilywhites on Sunday. Barring an extremely unlikely set of results in the final two rounds of games, Kildare will be relegated and playing their football in Division 2 next spring. It was perhaps the most disappointing performance from the Lilywhites in their season to date, as they performed relatively well for the first 25 minutes before being outscored 1-15 to 0-8 after Daniel Flynn’s 22nd minute goal. It eased Mayo’s relegation fears at the same time, with last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists now moving on to four points and battling it out with Donegal for survival in the division. The home side's defence was turned inside out by a vibrant Mayo attack time and again, with the visitors amassing 1-13 from play after having only averaged 12.5 points per game in their first four outings to date. The conditions allowed for a free flowing game of football as the sun bet down on St Conleth’s Park, a world away from the snow sunk surface of the Newbridge venue just seven

days previous. It allowed Kildare to start in smart fashion, but their shooting in the opening 10 minutes was wayward, with Daniel Flynn, Kevin Feely and Cian O’Donoghue all squandering chances to get Kildare’s first score. That allowed Mayo to build up a three-point lead early on as Cillian O’Connor opened the scoring from a free, before Footballer of the Year, Andy Moran, beat Eoin Doyle to a ball on the left wing, sold a dummy to David Hyland and then delicately clipped it over from a tight angle. A massive free from goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly finished their scoring burst, before Kildare eventually responded with a point from a free through Feely. That seemed to settle the nerves of Cian O’Neill’s men, and a quite brilliant flowing move that involved neat handpasses between Feely, Daniel Flynn and Niall Kelly was finished off with a tidy score from Kevin Flynn on his first league start for the county. The home side almost hit the front when Daniel Flynn found space on the right wing and picked out Niall Kelly with a stunning Crossfield pass, but the Athy man’s shot was straight at Rob Hennelly who arried the ball comfortably. Mayo hit back with a couple of scores as O’Connor nailed a free, before some lapse concentration on Kildare’s part allowed Mayo to break up the field when Aidan O’Shea won a throw-up on his own 21 metre line, and Diarmuid O’Connor finished the move with a point. Kildare enjoyed their best spell of the half after that as they surged into the lead by hitting

1-2 in two minutes, with a Feely free starting the purple patch. Paddy Brophy followed that up with a stunning point from the left wing to cut the gap to just one. Daniel Flynn, who was given Ger Cafferkey all sorts of bother, found the net in the 22nd minute when he won a ball on the left of the square, meandered across the 13 metre line and then angled a low shot into the bottom corner of Hennelly’s net to put Kildare into a 1-4 to 0-5 lead. Mayo responded with the composure of an experienced team however, and they scored 1-4 without response to turn the game on its head before half-time. Cillian O’Connor nailed two points in a row, the second of which was a monstrous effort from 50 metres, before Adam Gallagher levelled the game on 35 minutes. From the resultant kickout Feely and Moolick jumped together, allowing Mayo to win the break and for Lee Keegan to surge up the wing. He played it into Moran, who fired it back to the Westport man, and as he ran down the end line he picked out Aidan O'Shea once again to palm to the net. Another good score from Diarmuid O’Connor left Kildare trailing by 1-9 to 1-4 at the break. Wind assisted, Kildare settled into the second half with a pointed free from Feely, but Mayo were purring once again and looked dangerous every time they went forward. Gallagher slotted his second point before Moran turned Peter Kelly inside out and slotted over from range. Stephen Rochford’s men could have finished the game

off as a contest when Cillian O’Connor broke through on goal, but Mark Donnellan got down to his right to produce a good save. Kildare threatened a comeback briefly as Conway scored a superb point from distance under pressure and Kelly knocked over a tidy effort from a tight angle, but Mayo upped the ante once again and their class told in the final 25 minutes. Rob Hennelly kicked his second free of the day before Aidan O’Shea burst through to blaze over his solitary score of the day. Mark Donnellan was arguably Kildare’s best player on the day, and he kept the score down with a couple of fine saves on Seamus O’Shea and Jason Doherty in the third quarter. Ben McCormack came off the bench to kick a good point for the hosts, but again the Westerners responded as Conor Loftus, Eoin O’Donoghue and Kevin McLoughlin all raised white flags. The game’s intensity dropped drastically in the final 15 minutes as the result was pretty much beyond doubt, and save for some fine scores from Kevin Flynn, Feely and Fionn Dowling, there was little to shout about. Dowling actually made an exceptional goalline clearance after Donnellan had blocked a Lee Keegan shot late on, but the Lilywhites were never getting back into the game at that point. Scorers for Kildare: K Feely 0-5(4f),

Kevin Flynn impressed for Kildare on his first ever league start

D Flynn 1-0, K Flynn and N Kelly 0-2 each, B McCormack, F Dowling and F Conway 0-1 each. Scorers for Mayo: A O'Shea 1-1, C O’Connor 0-4(3f), A Moran 0-3, D O’Connor, A Gallagher, R Hennelly(2f) and C Loftus(1f) 0-2 each, K McLoughlin, J Doherty and E O’Donoghue 0-1 each.


Mark Donnellan; Eoin Doyle, David Hyland, Mick O'Grady; Peter Kelly, Keith Cribbin, Cian O’Donoghue; Tommy Moolick, Kevin Feely; Fergal Conway, Niall Kelly, Kevin Flynn; Paddy Brophy, Daniel Flynn, David Slattery. Subs used: Ben McCormack for Slattery

Mick O'Grady comes under pressure from Mayo's Cillian O'Connor

45mins, Johnny Byrne for Cribbin 47mins, Paul Cribbin for Brophy 51mins, Fionn Dowling for Moolick 53mins, Chris Healy for Conway 55mins, Jimmy Hyland for K Flynn 59mins,


Rob Hennelly; Caolon Crowe, Get Cafferkey, Eoin O'Donoghue; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen; Tom Parsons, Aidan O'Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Adam Gallagher, Diarmuid O’Connor; Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran, Jason Doherty. Subs used: Seamus O’Shea for Parsons 47mins, Conor Loftus for Gallagher 51mins, Fergal Boland for Doherty 64mins, David Drake for D O’Connor 70mins, Barry Moran for C O’Connor 70mins.


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towards second tier

TAKE FIVE MAN OF THE MATCH JASON DOHERTY The Burishoole man is one of the game’s most underrated forwards, but he was once again prominent for Mayo on Sunday. He won dirty ball around the middle, ran menacingly at the Kildare defence and then clipped over a superb point to round off his performance. Mark Donnellan was Kildare’s best player, while Kevin Flynn was impressive on his first league start.


There were some exceptional scores taken by both sides during the 70-plus minutes, but Mayo displayed counter-attacking prowess in the 17th minute when Aidan O’Shea beat Kevin Feely for a throw ball on the Mayo 21, drove into space before the ball was work to Diarmuid O’Connor to angle over the score.


No one major turning point, but once Daniel Flynn hit the net for Kildare in the 22nd minute it was all downhill from there. Mayo responded to the setback by scoring 1-4 without response, and they never took their foot off the pedal from there on.


Cian O’Neill actually praised referee Martin McNally and his fellow officials for the way in which they communicated with the management teams during the game. The Monaghan whistleblower had a fine game and it’s hard to think of any decision he may have got wrong.


If Kildare are feeling demoralised after five defeats on the spin, Kerry must be feeling something similar after shipping a 13point hammering against Dublin on Sunday evening. The Lilywhites travel to Killarney on Saturday for a St Patrick’s Day clash, with Kerry looking to steer clear of the relegation zone.

Daniel Flynn rifles home Kildare's first half goal

“We didn’t fight to the very end” Patrick Ward

The fear was that Mayo would really turn it on when they had to on Sunday. The Connacht outfit, who lost last year’s AllIreland final to Dublin, are in relegation trouble of their own and needed a win badly when they pitched up to St Conleth’s Park on Sunday. They have made a habit of digging themselves a hole in the early rounds of the league in recent years, but they’ve become adept at furrowing a way out by any means. On Sunday they were brilliant, producing an exciting brand of football that left Kildare with little chance, thus emphasising the gap between the teams. Kildare manager Cian O’Neill acknowledged the gulf in class, but also bemoaned the lack of fight his players displayed and the decision making on show. “I thought we handled the first quarter quite well after a sloppy start – we had a couple of chances early on that we didn’t take, but we started to get into our own rhythm for the first 15 or 20 minutes,” began O’Neill. “Once we scored that goal they changed their setup, cut off the spaces and got 13 men inside. We struggled with that, which is disappointing because we played against teams in the last few matches

that had 13 or 14 men behind the ball, and then they counter-attacked at speed with very good efficiency and ruthlessness. That second quarter and that last five minutes [before half-time] that really caught us and we couldn’t get a handle on the game again.” One of the disappointing aspects of Kildare’s performance was the decision making and the shot selection, which severely hampered their cause in the first half when they were in the game. The Lilywhites hit seven wides in that period, missed a goal chance and also ballooned a couple of shots high and short. “Were very composed and went 1-4 to 0-5 up because it was an open game and it really suited us, but once they changed mid-game we didn’t adapt and weren’t as agile as they were,” remarked O’Neill. “They’ve been playing that way for quite some time, and they have an excellent team with excellent players. “I think you’ll find with a lot of the kicks they weren’t under huge pressure. In some cases it might have been selection – like that last chance from the terrace sideline, that’s never on. There was a couple of those that we shouldn’t have tried, but there were a lot of them that were very kickable. It was execution; we cut it along the ground or dropped it into the keeper’s hands. The lads don’t need me to say it;

they’ll be disappointed with that themselves. But it was a core factor in the ascent and then trying to stay in touch with them, it cost us.” While O’Neill is disappointed with the result, condemning Kildare to the second tier unless something remarkable happens, he was most dissatisfied with the performance. In other games Kildare have remained competitive until the end, but on Sunday the game looked over within a few minutes of the start of the second half, and the Lilywhites never looked likely to come back. “It’s not about the table for us, especially at this stage, it’s all about the performances,” he continued. “Probably the most disappointing thing about today is that in the four matches to date, with the exception of a 15-minute systems failure against Dublin, we were competitive, we were fighting for every ball. I’d say for myself, and I speak on behalf of the players, we gave up the battle halfway through the second half. It looked that way anyways. We didn’t fight to the very end, and we still had chances to tack over a few scores and that’s the disappointing thing. We have to look at this from a performance perspective with the championship only around the corner, and we’ll just continue looking at it one match at a time.”



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Patrick Ward

It has been a bleak year for Kildare GAA at senior level so far; there is no denying that. The senior footballers will crash down to Division 2 as quickly as they soared up towards it unless an extremely unlikely set of results come to pass in the next couple of weekends. Kildare will need to beat Kerry in Tralee this weekend, hope the Kingdom lose their final game against Tyrone, and for Donegal to lose both of their remaining games against Mayo and Monaghan. Last Sunday’s defeat to Mayo was by far the most disappointing so far in a season where there have been some glimpses of positivity across many games, but ultimately the cut-throat nature of Division 1 football has left Kildare struggling to keep the pace. The Kildare hurlers have

been miles off the level required for Division 2A, with their relegation confirmed after they shipped a heavy defeat to London in Ruislip last Saturday. Joe Quaid’s side finished bottom of the pile in the third tier after losing five games out of five, and their points difference of -58 is by far the lowest of any team in all five divisions of the National Hurling League. There was some uplifting news for the county on Saturday however, as Naas CBS won the Leinster A Senior Football title for the first time in their history by beating Marist College of Athlone. The panel, managed by Ronan Joyce, Shane McGuinness, Alan Cullagh and Cormac Kirwan was made up by players from nine different clubs that even stretched into Wicklow. They will play Rice College of Westport in the Hogan Cup semi-final on Saturday March 24.


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