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PENSIONERS UNDER ATTACK IN RURAL KILDARE by Louise McCarthy Shockwaves were felt in rural Co Kildare with another pensioner attacked this week after two pensioners had been subjected to terrifying robberies. Just days after an elderly man was threatened by men armed with screwdrivers in his Donadea home, a 82 year-old was at her home in Kinneagh Cross home at The Curragh, when raiders entered. It is understood that they ransacked the woman's home but did not steal anything. This latest attack on the elderly is reported to have happened on Tuesday afternoon at 12.30pm. About 30 minutes before the raiders entered the pensioner's home, a neighbour spotted two individuals creeping along his back garden. When they became aware that they were seen, they fled the scene. The community at Kin-

neagh Cross now have over 30 households in a crime text alert in a WhatsApp group, in a bid to fight crime. Gardaí are still searching for a two armed men, who pushed their way into the Donadea home of a man in his seventies, just days before The Curragh raid. A small amount of cash was taken before the burglars fled. Both men are described as being 5' 9" or 10" in height, of thin build, and wearing dark clothing. Sergeant Paul Reilly of Clane Garda Station said the pensioner became suspicious when a car drove into his backyard with no lights on at 7pm. Gardaí remind Co Kildare residents to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours especially in rural areas and to report suspicious vehicles to their local Garda Station. Also to post suspicious sightings on their area Community Text Alerts which has proven to be very affective in recent years.

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NEWS crimebriefs Naas Gardaí scoop Rock smashes illegal drugs in window The county was hit by a routine check spate of burglaries this Gardaí seized €325,000

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LEFT: Mary O'Neill, Helena Kelly and Linda O'Neill at last weekend's John O'Neill Soccer Memorial Challenge. The event is organised by the late John's parents, Mary and Pat O'Neill and family. Photos Aishling Conway.

worth of illegal drugs and €19,000 of Zanax in Co Kildare this week. The car was being stopped for having no tax and insurance in a routine operation and when searched the drugs were discovered. Gardaí from Naas Traffic Corps were conducting an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) checkpoint at Curragh Farm, Kildare Town, yesterday evening. Upon searching the car, Gardaí discovered 6.5kg of MDMA (pending analysis) with an estimated street value of €325,000 and a large quantity of Zanax tablets with an estimated value of €19,000 (pending analysis). A man in his late 30s and a woman in her early 30s were arrested in the Naas area.

week. A rock was used to smash the window of a home at BrockWood, Monasterevin, on Tuesday night between 9pm to 9.30pm. Nothing was reported stolen. Also at Woodside, Maryville, a front window was broken. Two men were seen by a witness and again, nothing was reported stolen. At Roseberry, Newbridge, a bedroom window was entered. The home was ransacked, between 10.30pm to 7.15pm.

Rathangan garage broken into A Co Kildare garage has

been broken into. Finlay's Garage, Rathangan, was broken into earlier this week. The garage was entered between 5pm to 7.40pm. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kildare Garda Division.

Daylight robberies rising Burglaries in Co Kildare

over this week is spurring appeals for Gardaí to be aware that there is a pattern of daylight robberies. Sgt Mary Mulroe is warning that there is an increasing spate of robberies taking place during between the hours of 12noon to 6pm. A house was broken into at Gilltown Cross, near Kilcullen at 3.40pm, earlier in the week. Also last Sunday, a house at Broadleas, Ballymore Eustace, was broken into at 12 noon. The house was ransacked. Sgt Mulroe is appealing for people to secure windows and doors, and warning that burglars often target houses at weekends, especially from 12-6pm when they know families may be out during the afternoon.

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NEWS Cyclist killed in Co Kildare collision laid to rest

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The late Tonya McEvoy, who was laid to rest on Wednesday. Photo Orwell Wheelers Club.

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are with Tonya's family and friends." The young childcare worker was part of a cycling group on a leisure trip when the accident happened on the outskirts of Rathcoffey, Co Kildare on Sunday morning. Ms McEvoy, who was in her mid-30s and from Rathfarnham, south Dublin, was understood to be at the back of the group when the accident occurred on the R408 from Rathcoffey to Maynooth. The Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club is a popular Dublinbased club with more than 600 members who regularly cycle in Co Kildare. The victim's body was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital. The male driver, who is in his late 20s, was the sole occupant and was uninjured in the crash

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By Kildare Post Reporter Gardaí seized €325,000 worth of illegal drugs and €19,000 of Zanax in Co Kildare this week. The car was being stopped for having no tax and insurance in a routine operation and when searched, the drugs were discovered. Gardaí from Naas Traffic Corps were conducting an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) checkpoint at Curragh Farm near Kildare Town, yesterday evening when the drugs were found. Upon searching the car, Gardaí discovered 6.5kg of MDMA (pending analysis) with an estimated street value of €325,000 and a large quantity of Zanax tablets with an estimated value of €19,000 (pending analysis). A man in his late 30s and a woman in her early 30s were arrested today in the Naas area and detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Naas

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An engaged Co Kildare woman and her fiance received a blessing on St Valentine's Day in a Dublin church with direct links to the patron saint of lovers. Kilcock native, Carol Dignam and Dubliner Tim Boylan took part in the ceremony in Whitefriar Street Church on Tuesday. Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, Dr Denis Nulty officiated at the event at the Shrine of Saint Valentine. Carol works for Deloitte in Learning & Professional Education and Tim is a restaurant manager in Dun Laoghaire. The couple met in Bundaberg when they were both travelling around Australia and are planning to marry in 2018 in St Coca’s Church, Kilcock, in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Holy relics of Saint Valentine are interred in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar Street, Dublin. Saint Valentine, a priest in ancient Rome, is regarded as the patron saint of couples in love, preparing for marriage and of married life. Photo John McElroy.


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Free public Wi-fi launches in Kildare Town Free public WiFi has become available on the streets of Kildare Town – recently voted Ireland’s Cleanest Town. Virgin Media announced that the bustling Market Square area would be boosted free access to the internet. Hundreds of Kildare residents, businesses, students, shoppers and tourists will be

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Centra Store of the Year goes to Kildare retailer By Kildare Post Reporter Brett’s Centre, Kildare Town were delighted to receive a coveted accolade at the Centra National Conference which was held in Killarney recently. The team from Brett’s Centra were presented with their award by Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra, Ian Allen, Centra Sales Director and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business (competition sponsors). The Centra ‘Store of the Year’ Award is bestowed upon the store which give a true reflection of excellence across every retail aspect. In a double success on the night, Brett’s also scooped the Convenience Store of the Year. Centra stores throughout Ireland are audited by retail consultant, Alan Collins for the award. The audit focuses on range, quality, customer service, hygiene, service offering and local community involvement. On receipt of the award, store owner, John Brett paid tribute to the team and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and constant dedication was pivotal to winning the award. He said: “I would particularly like to thank the team back in the shop; they are a super team of people who strive to deliver the best customer experience in store, every day. “We are all focused on providing the absolute best service, product offering and value for our custom- this award. I invested in a complete ers. redesign of the store last year and 1 22/04/2014 16:37 “We arebretts_hpc.pdf absolutely thrilled with

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COURT NEWS Man could choke on ‘own vomit’ warns Judge A separated man whose

two children moved abroad in search of work has been ordered to undertake the probation act after being found injured and extremely drunk. Inspector John Costello outlined to Kilcock District Court how the 64-year-old man on March 27, 2016, was found down on the ground in Monasterevin, with a gash on his forehead. Evidence was given that an ambulance was called, Inspector Costello said that he was a ‘danger to himself and others.’ The Court heard how the accused had four previous convictions for Section 4 Public Order. One of the convictions dated back to 2003, with the most recent in 2016. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “He has a very serious problem with alcohol. You could have choked in your own vomit and died.” Defence Solicitor, Tony Hanohoe, outlined that the accused has suffered family bereavements. Judge Zaidan ordered that he is referred to the Probation Team with a report due for May 25.

Hit and run suspect facing drink driving charges A 50 year-old man charged

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ing drink driving charges. The man, who is not originally from Ireland, is charged with dangerous driving, a hit and run, at Milltown, Newbridge, on November 27, 2015, along with exceeding the alcohol limit at Boston Hill, Rathangan, on the same date. The case is being adjourned for DPP directions. The accused, living in Kerdiffstown, has been ordered to appear at Naas District Court on September 7 next, for hearing.

suffering from a ‘dissociative episode’ at the time. Ms Hartigan outlined that the accused is attending counselling. The Court heard how the accused has paid €330 in funding towards the three slashed tyres. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the accused is remanded on continuing bail to undertake a probation report and appear at Kilcock District Court on May 16, next. He has been ordered to stay away from the areas of Straffan Avenue and Meadowbrook.

Intimidating a witness lands man Judge accused inA court North Kildare man ap- man of helping peared in court on charges of intimidating a witness. ‘underworld’ Inspector John Costello outA Newbridge man has been lined how it seems that the 58 year-old accused, with an address at Maynooth, called to the home of a man who was making charges against him and slashed three tyres on his car. Evidence was given that the man, with no previous convictions, was charged with intimidating a man on August 24, 2016, and again on August 2 to 3, 2016, along with damaging a car at The Avenue, Straffan Road, Maynooth, on July 2, 2016, and July 24, 2016. Barrister Áine Hartigan told the Court how her client suffers from Bipolar and minor atrophy of the brain. The man, who has one child, and whose wife attended Court, with him, is understood to have been

ordered to pay €800 to a local charity after being found in possession of cannabis worth €100. The 32 year-old is charged with the unlawful possession of drugs at Greenmount Park, Kildare, on March 26, 2016. Defence Solicitor, Tony Hanahoe, outlined that the accused’s wife has given him a ‘very serious earful’ on this matter. Mr Hanahoe said that he would be happy if he could end up without a court conviction. Addressing the accused, Judge Desmond Zaidan, said: “You are only helping the criminal underworld.” Judge Zaidan ordered that the accused pay €800 to Hive in Kildare town.

Newbridge men face robbery charges A man who is facing charges

of being armed with a shard of glass at a Newbridge robbery has been ordered to appear at Naas Circuit Court later this month. The 34 year-old, of no fixed abode, is charged with being armed with a shard of glass, and robbing €425 from Applegreen, Milltown, Newbridge, on November 11, 2016. A 35 year-old Newbridge man is also charged with robbing the store of €425, on the same date, it is understood that he was not armed. The two men were granted bail and have been ordered to reappear at Naas District Court on February 21.

cording to Defence, the accused and his wife, were being harassed by his former drinking buddies. Ms Murphy said: “They did not want him in his sober lifestyle. He was depressed and vulnerable, he needed help. He felt that he had no other option.” Judge Desmond Zaidan asked why the accused did not contact the Gardaí. Judge Zaidan outlined how this offence carries a 12months prison sentence and a €5,000 fine. The accused was convicted on possession for one of the three guns, he was fined €400, with six months to pay. Other charges were taken into consideration. The guns have been forfeited to the state.

Customs and Gardaí Judge says no option but call child to Court seize firearms A Co Kildare Judge says he A man appeared at Naas

District Court today after Customs Officials and Gardaí joined forces to seize stun guns in Kildare. Garda Paul Feeley gave evidence of how a joint operation with Customs on June 4, 2015, resulted in the seizure of three stun guns, that were disguised as torches, with taser effects. The Garda outlined how the accused had purchased the guns on a website. Customs officials became alerted to the suspicious packages that were addressed to the accused residing in Suncroft. He was charged with being in possession of firearms. Garda Feeley outlined that each stun gun costs about €20. The accused, a 34-yearold man, pleaded guilty to the offence. Evidence was given that he had no previous convictions. Defence Barrister, Aisling Murphy, outlined that the accused has had ‘previous difficulties with alcohol.’ Ac-

is left with no option but call a child to Court due to sparring parents. Parents of a child and adult appeared at Kilcock Family Law Court, in dispute about weekend access, maintenance payments and also payments that the mother claimed were owed to her for putting their child , now in her early twenties, through third level education. The mother, represented by Solicitor David Powderly, claimed that €2,600 is owed by the father for third level expenses incurred by his child. At Kilcock Court, the father appeared, applying for a safety order. He claims that he is being harassed by his ex-wife. According to the father, he is getting 3,000 texts messages per year from his ex-wife. The father outlined to the court how he also gets letters, given to his daughter, from his wife, with insulting names on the envelope. He said: “I get personal let-

ters from her, calling me names. She says that I turned my back on the kids. She said that I am an asshole, a liar, a failure and a deadbeat. I have seen scumbag written on the envelope.” The Court heard that the exwife has written to his elderly mother and upset her. He said: “I am an easy-going sort of person, psychologically it is effecting me, she has no regard for what happens in the court.” In 2015 and 2016, the couple appeared in Court, in relation to access issues. The most recent court appearance related to a dispute about the child attending GAA or Irish dancing classes. Evidence was given that the mother wants to alter the access while the father is concerned his ex-wife will not bring their daughter to GAA training. The Court heard how the father is receiving social welfare and how his ex-wife is understood to have made a complaint to the Social Welfare Office, claiming that he is working, this was investigated and a fuel allowance of €22 was cut. The father is residing with his elderly mother and is understood to not have realised he is not entitled to that payment. Judge Desmond Zaidan said that he is left with no option but hear what the child wants to do in relation to access. He ordered that the payment of €50 per week remains, until his financial circumstances improve. Judge Zaidan ordered that €1,300 is to be paid within six months, as arrears for third level education costs. A cross party safety order was imposed with Judge Zaidan stating that there are ‘issues on both sides.’ The child is being requested to attend Court, with just the Judge and court clerk present, on February 21, and after that a decision on access will be made.

BOI sponsor Provincial Towns Cup

Pictured presenting the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup match balls to Paul O’Brien, President of Naas Rugby Club is Clodagh Hughes, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, and Pat Barrett, Head of Business Kildare. This is BOI third year to sponsor the Provincial Town Cup and is the 92nd renewal of one of the most prestigious competitions in Irish rugby. The twelve first round ties were played on Sunday 29 January . The popular knockout tournament will culminate on Easter Sunday 16 April. Photo:Michael Donnelly.


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Pressure mounts for new school in Monasterevin By Kildare Post reporter The proposed new St Paul’s School in Monasterevin must proceed without delay, local cross-party politicians have urged. Hundreds of people including students, parents, teachers and politicians took part in a large protest march on the issue in the town last week. The existing St Paul’s School currently features several prefab classrooms which are unfit as permanent accommodation for students or teachers. Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley said “The people of Monasterevin have been waiting for this new school for over 15 years and the time for talking is over. “This project was to proceed to construction in 2016 and parents are still waiting for work to start. “The existing school consists of 11 prefabs on a restricted site and is falling apart.” He added: “I have raised this directly with the Management of Kildare County Council and the Department of Education and urged that there are no further delays in commencing construction of the school.”

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The Herb Shop, Newbridge for advice on your health and well-being By Rose B O’Donoghue

Paul O’Connor is a Naturopath and Herbalist whose iconic corner shop at Eyre Street, Newbridge offers a comprehensive stock of natural remedies, supplements and tonics.

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Paul who is a native of Newbridge, trained as a herbalist in Ireland and the UK, it was always his wish to open a well-being centre in his home town. “I would describe my operation as a Herbal Dispensary rather than a shop, where I prepare bespoke herbal remedies to suit the individual requirements of customers. Stress, financial pressures, family problems and our damp Irish weather can often affect our health and well-being.

Sometimes it is just a tonic or a boost people need; I would heartily recommend our Chi Tonic, that’s specificially an energy tonic, a special blend of herbs which help to increase energy and vitality. Many years ago, Paul and his family sought the help of Sean Boylan, former Meath GAA manager and probably Ireland’s best known herbalist. “It was meeting Sean that sparked my initial interest in herbal medicine” said Paul. “And, after seeing the success a family member experienced, I investigated the area further and decided to pursue a career in herbalism and natural medicines myself”.

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After 20 years in business, it is clear Paul found his niche and his level of expertise has been appreciated by many a Kildare client, and from further afield. Paul advises people who’ve had no relief or improvements despite having tried other treatments or therapies, and feels glad that he has been able to improve their condition over a short period of time. For sensible advice on supplements and tonics to support your health and well-being, drop into Paul O’Connor, at the The Herb Shop, Lr Eyre Street, Newbridge. Contact 045 435 422


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COMMENT

The Money Trail By Murdock

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

IT Scare North Kildare! The announcement last week by HP Inc, American owned company, which has over 30 years involvement in Leixlip, that it will close their facility was met with shock. About 500 people will be laid off from July next to January 2017. To the extent of which it was declared ‘a shock’ surprises me because for some time now, rumbles in the jungle regarding where this company were ongoing. It admits it wasn’t up to date on its research and development, and was losing major ground because PC sales are being replaced by constant new products and much cheaper. It is my understanding the inkjets that we are using were more costly than what could be bought out in the open market for other printers, etc. In other words, technology beat them and they have themselves to blame. Although 500 people will be laid off, there is no major worries there because they will receive a very good redundancy package and nobody will be starving for a couple of years. However, the wider implications are for them are that job permanency, stability, family incomes will all be affected. To the extent of which the employees are all Irish begs a question as somewhere foreign employees who, although added to the PAYE/ PRSI payroll for the Govern-

No more Troikas, please! "The last thing we need is another Troika, especially as we are supposed to be in a ‘flying’ economy. There is a suggestion of a 5% GDP - where this came from again is a mystery because until recently, we were told there was going to be a reexpectation of less than 3%. Do they make it up as they go along?" - Murdock

ment and rents in an area, are not by definition loss of jobs for Irish GDP.

Foreign Direct Investment

All of this points out to the fact that we are very vulnerable to foreign direct investment (FDI). Although there are no initial suggestions that this is to do with the Trump campaign to keep America great and hold onto companies back in America, it nonetheless signals what can happen if we are not careful about our FDI here to date.

Exposed Economy

We are a very exposed economy and a very open economy which has to be lauded

but at the same time while we are going on and bickering in Dáil Éireann and making great wages demands in the public sector level these macro issues could scuttle us. It is high time to look at the overall plan for the business of the country and although housing and social housing needs are very important in the general plan, the economic plan must be very definitive prudent and adhered to.

is a mystery because until recently, we were told there was going to be a re-expectation of less than 3%. Do they make it up as they go along? The Industrial Development Authority of Ireland needs all the help they can get to continue boosting the business for Ireland and in the re-direction of where we may need to go. Alternative’s must be looked at sooner rather than later so as to keep this economy on a strong footing and prepared for any later downturns. In the meantime, the prestige facility at Leixlip right on the M50 near the airport won’t be long in changing hands to another suitable candidate. We look forward to that.

Clane Lawn Tennis Club launch major development plans

No more Troikas, please!

The last thing you want is another Troika, especially as we are supposed to be in a ‘flying’ economy. There is a suggestion of a 5% GDP where this came from again

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‘Reeling In the Showband Years’ returns to The Westgrove The Ronan Collins Showband Show “Reeling In the Showband Years” has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and we are delighted to say it returns once again to The Westgrove Hotel, Clane, after a sell out show last year, on Friday 24 February. And this year is already hailed as the Best Ever Line-up yet! RTE’s Ronan Collins will host the event, with Red Hurley, one of Ireland’s greatest voices, Gina from The Champions, Gregory from The Cadets, Keith and Lorraine

McDonald, the Conquerors, and Ronan Collins himself amongst the line-up. MC Ronan Collins will perform tributes to the great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock, along with his renowned Eurovision medley. Gregory from The Cadets - Gregory has been living in Canada for many years now and has had a great musical career there. His version of “The Laughing Policeman” brings the house down. Also his smash hit “More Than Yesterday” is played on radio all the time. Brother and sister combi-

nation Keith and Lorraine McDonald hail from one of Ireland’s oldest running entertainment families. Their father, Frankie was trumpet player with Joe Dolan for many years. The Conquerors Showband are surely one of the greatest Showbands of them all and still packing them in everywhere they go. The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era. All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years! Bringing you back in time

to this magical musical period. It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Tickets are now on sale at the hotel 045 909 900 and on line at HYPERLINK "http:// www.ticketmaster.ie" www. ticketmaster.ie The show was a complete sell out last year right around the country and here. Booking will be heavy, so get your tickets fast!

Which end am I?

The Play about the Baby! At Prosperous Theatre, Feb 24-26. Prosperous Dramatic Society is delighted to present their 2017 three act circuit play ‘The Play about the Baby’. Written by Edward Albee and directed by Lurlene Duggan, this witty, cryptic, part puzzle play, part vaudeville is compelling and entertaining. It is ‘essential Albee’, and shows the major American

dramatist (now deceased) at his best. This funny, harrowing dramatic fable, which features a four-member ensemble, is as explicit and concise a statement of what Mr Albee believes as he is ever likely to deliver. It is presented in ‘cosmic vaudeville’, in which two old pros teach a pair of young adults just how bleak and dangerous the universe can be. Before heading out on the

Fiona Leamy and Meg O'Callaghan refused to reveal which of them was the horse's rear end at St Conleth's recent presentation of Peter Pan Panto. Photo Pat Tinsley

circuit, there will be 3 nights at home in Prosperous Theatre: February 24, 25 and 26 February 2017 at 8.30pm. To book TEXT 085 161 9950. The Druids in Johnstown Irish folk band, The Druids are playing in the Hamlet Court Hotel on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 in aid of Johnstown

Bridge Community Men’s Shed. Doors open 9pm, tickets €5, available on the door or from local retailers.

Supporting the John O'Neill Soccer Memorial in aid of Pieta House Tom O'Rourke, Jacinta O'Rourke, Mary Horan and Deirdre Keogh braved the poor weather last Saturday to support a fundraiser dedicated to the late John O'Neill. Photo Aishling Conway

Inside Story by Sheena Quigley When it comes to fabric and wallpaper there is only one company that is always on the cutting edge. Season after season bringing us the latest and greatest In fabric and wallpaper designs and that is Harlequin. There iconic momentum range is literally idolised by designers and savvy decorators alike. For spring/summer we have been treated once again to the latest offering from Harlequins designers, Momentum volumes 7 & 8. Harlequin's momentum range has literally

become like a sub brand in its own right with a cult following of loyal Momentumites. Over the last number of years the name momentum has become synomous with contemporary design, originality and beautiful quality. Momentum 7 & 8 is unmistakeable modern and understatedly glamorous. Inspired by architecture and abstract interpretations of organic forms, this is a very design lead collection. It masterfully

combines Matt and shine along with texture and tone, to create a range of fabrics with depth and interest. With a beautiful colour palette ranging from fashion led hues like ochre and ink to classic neutrals like porcelains, jute and dove. This range captures the essence of sophisticated international boutique hotels and is perfect for injecting some of this sophistication into your home. To complement the beauti-

ful momentum 7 & 8 fabric ranges harlequin has also launched the stunning momentum 4 wallpaper range. Giving you the perfect wallpaper back drops for your new scheme. They have also launched their first ever momentum velvet range. With dual purpose these sumptuous velvets can also be used for upholstery, giving you infinite options on how to add some momentum elegance to your home.


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SOCIAL Out and About

Squire Gannon’s, Silken Thomas in Kildare Town Brian and Mary Barlow

Jon Ryan and Phiip Clarges

Local Acoustic Act - The Two Steve's

Jamie O'Rourke, Cathal Murtagh, Megan Goode, Pablo Puyol, Alan Tiernan, Serena Mazza, Reamonn McDonnell, Helena Downey and Aaron Bermingham

Rob Bayliss and Nicola Allison

Ciaran McCormack and Nicky Brennan

Derek Farrell and Gordon Butler

Lisa Keogh and Gary Murray

Eddie Wilson and Robert Smith (out without the wives)

Dave Flynn, Valarie Flynn, Judy Merrins, Mag McCormack, Brian Merrins and Martin McCormack

Margaret and Luke Kelly

Jason Forsyth and Perttt Leppala

Aishling Conlan and Katea Bulat

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RESTAURANT REVIEW The Gallops restaurant at Kildare House Hotel

The Gallops restaurant in Kildare Town is a runaway success The new-look Kildare House Hotel and its fantastic restaurant, The Gallops is the perfect place to relax and dine after a day’s shopping at nearby Kildare Village outlet. And with the Curragh Racecourse being redeveloped and expanded, racegoers will have the ideal venue for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay. With two unique party venues: The Saddle Bar can cater for up to 120 guests while the Ballroom can cater up to 200 guests. With so many options for diners in Kildare Town, The Gallops stands on its own for the quality and value for money of its extensive menu. The Gallops serves fine food 7 days a week, with breakfast from 7.30am, lunch from 12 noon and dinner from 5pm. The new-look interior has a warm and inviting decor and the horseracing-themed framed photos and artwork on the walls will make many feel at home. The lavender sprigs sitting in vintage milk bottles on the candle-lit tables created a intimate touch for diners. My choice for Starter was the delicious Wild Mushroom Ri-

sotto which was bursting with flavour and came served with truffle foam and pea sprouts. Chef Martin Hayes told me that the delicately cooked dish contained no less than four varieties of mushrooms. My companion was very impressed by the Salt and Chilli Squid which arrived with Mediterranean-inspired Red Pepper Aioli. For my Mains, I chose the succulent Pan Roast Monkfish which was served with cauliflower fritters, broad beans and pea stew. My companion opted for the mouth-watering slow-cooked Daube of Beef which was accompanied by butternut squash puree and celeriac fondant. Very impressive throughout was the freshness of the locall y -

sourced ingredients and the care with they were cooked and creatively presented on the plate. With our appetites sated thanks to the generous portions, we shared a Dessert Winter Berry Eton Mess which was beautifully served in a large cocktail glass. An exotic variety of cocktails are also available to diners such as Chocolate Chip Cookie & Baileys Milkshake as well as the old favourite Strawberry Daiquiri. Check out Kildare House Hotel on Facebook for all the venue’s latest upcoming events. Pan Roast Monkfish

Winter Berry Eton Mess

Salt and Chilli Squid with Red Pepper Aioli

Mike

Denver

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in concert

Wild Mushroom Risotto

with Special Guests Ray Lynam & Philomena Degley KEADEEN HOTEL NEWBRIDGE SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

Tickets €30 at both Hotel Tel: 045 431 666 and Ticketmaster.ie


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St Conleth’s & St Mary’s pupils take on the 10@10 OT Challenge!

Pupils from St. Conleth and Mary's primary school in Newbridge take park in the Operation Transformation 10@10 trial

Teachers and students at St. Conleth and Mary's primary school

Teachers Rita Nugent, Melissa Leahy, Conor Dooley and Emma Gleeson

Teachers Edel Dempsey, Megan Gill, Aifric Nugent and Sheila O'Neill

Pupils from St. Conleth and Mary's primary school in Newbridge take park in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challange


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St Conleth’s & St Mary’s pupils take on the 10@10 OT Challenge!

Pupils from St. Conleth and Mary's primary school in Newbridge take park in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challange

MOVIE OF THE

WEEK By Rory Mooney

Director: James Foley Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnston, Rita Ora Genre: Drama Run Time: 112 minutes Release Date: February 10

FIFTY SHADES DARKER Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that

grossed more than $560 million globally, the new instalment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker. When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.


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Scoil Mhuire Junior School take on the 10@10 OT Challenge! Teacher Siofra Dempsey taking part in the 10@10 Challenge at Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Newbridge

Students from Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Newbridge took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge

Miss Dempey with Aejay and James

Students from Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Newbridge took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge

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The of the Treating stomach ulcers and heartburn with acupuncture Peptic ulcers are open sores or erosions in the lining of either the duodenum - these are called duodenal ulcers or in the stomach (gastric ulcers). The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine just after it leaves the stomach. Ulcers are caused by stress which leads to Helicobacter pylori infection. When the stomach’s natural protections from the effects of digestive juices (including acid and pepsin [an enzyme that helps breakdown protein]) stop working or the acid production is too overwhelming for these protective defences to work properly, these acids can burn the stomach lining and you can get an ulcer. There are a few different ways this happens. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterial organism, are responsible for most ulcers. This organism weakens the protective coating of the stomach and duodenum and allows the digestive juices to irritate the sensitive lining below.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY MEDICINE The ongoing use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is the second most common cause of ulcers.

It has been known for some people to even have part of their stomachs removed as a result of the over use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Some of the most common symptoms of ulcers are-abdominal pain with a burning or gnawing sensation, pain two to three hours after eating, pain that is often aggravated by an empty stomach; night time pain is common, heartburn indigestion (dyspepsia), belching, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite and weight loss. Excessive alcohol intake can also overheat the liver causing over acidity to the stomach lining plus eating over acidic soda breads and confectionaries and all the usual junk foods or too much fried foods.

A NATURAL REMEDY Try and start every single day with a glass of lemon juice in lukewarm water preferably mineral water not fluoride infested tap water! Seemingly acidic fruits such as lemons and limes are acidic in their basic state, but once metabolised by the body have an alkalising effect on the stomach.

The high alkaline mineral content of these lemons and limes means that once consumed and metabolised they increase the alkalinity of the cells of the body. A lot of alkaline elements are found in the lemon. Vitamin C is found in abundant amounts in the fresh juice of lemons. If left exposed to the air for long periods of time, most of the valuable vitamin C in the juice is lost - for this reason, fresh juice should be preferred. Important nutrients such as the element potassium and the vitamin B1 are also found in high amounts in the lemon. Make sure you REALLY wash the lemons if they are not organic

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

because the pesticides and chemicals could leach out of the rind and into your water if they are left soaking for too long. Given the choice organic lemons is the way to go, or just peel the non organic ones. Another good way to alkalise the stomach is by taking some bicarbonate of soda, usually a teaspoonful in a half a glass of water and stir till clear. Sodium bicarbonate is a natural substance that will not harm us, because is it not a chemical compound. Baking soda is actually a compound that is found throughout nature, in the ocean, in the soil, in our foods, and in our bodies. Baking soda is a neutraliser of many other compounds, which makes it extremely helpful as a medicine in this age of toxicity. T o avoid the possibility of forming kidney stones avoid calcium-rich foods and beverages for two hours prior and one hour after taking a dose of baking soda for stomach acid. For great info on baking soda just Google- “collective evolution baking soda”

CHINESE MEDICINE According to Traditional Chinese Medicine stomach ulcers are

classified as stomach heat, how does this heat occur? Well as I stated earlier the root cause of all stomach upsets is usually stress related. In Chinese medicine stress creates heat in the liver; this excessive heat then rises upwards and invades the stomach causing heartburn and various other digestive upsets. Acupuncture points to eradicate this liver heat are used in conjunction with cooling and calming herbs as well as using cooling foods. In my own clinics I use two very important acupuncture points on the feet in the treatment of all ulcers; these points are specifically indicated to drain excessive heat from the stomach and they also calm the heat coming up from the liver, I once cured a patient with these points who had ulcers for over 15 years, he had tried all western drugs available at the time for his condition but none worked, after about 12 acupuncture and herbal treatments all his pain and symptoms disappeared and then he had a further endoscopy (an endoscopy, is when a narrow, flexible tube with a fibre-optic light and camera at the end, is put down the throat and into the stomach to have a look for the presence of ulcers) to confirm if the ulcers had healed or not. To the surprise of the surgeon the test confirmed that the ulcers had indeed been healed.

Kim-Dip.Ac. Lic.Ac. C.Ac. China MQP is a registered licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Treatments are VHi, LAYA healthcare (forerally Quinn), Hibernian Health (Vivas) and HSF Healthplan approved. E mail kim@naturalhealthireland.com or write to the Natural Health Centre, Millfield, Buncrana, Tel. 074/9362606, From North 00353749362606 or to the The Traditional Chinese Medical Practice, 5 Academy Court, Oliver Plunkett Rd., Letterkenny, Tel. 0863981882, from North 00353863981882. Visit the Website www.naturalhealthireland.com


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SOCIAL Out and About

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Scoil Mhuire Junior School take on the 10@10 OT Challenge!

Students from Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Newbridge took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge

Lexi, Kyrstal, Hannah, Ella and Irisha

Students from Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Newbridge took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge

Ezekiel, Josh and Artjoms

Callum, Cian and Tadhg

Home & Away with Robert Walshe

Holiday Hotspot – Penang Malaysia

A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. Incorporated with Singapore and Malacca, Penang was the seat of the Straits Settlements, an extension of the British Raj, which in 1867 became a crown colony. Colonial Penang thrived. Trade in pepper, spices, Indian piece goods, betel nuts, tin, opium and rice was bountiful. While Singapore later came to prominence, owing to its better position and ability to service

Clovehall Residence Penang Malaysia.

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is known for its well-preserved colonial core, considered one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia, with original shop houses dating from the 19th century to the 1930s still surviving, together with their trades of old.Street markets and hawkers continue to be a part of daily life, and the atmosphere is often likened to that of Singapore back in the 1960s and 1970s. Penang has one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the whole island’s Northeastern coast. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its scrumptious cuisines. Kebaya restaurant at the gorgeous Seven Terraces Hotel offers diners a true taste of Award winning cusine at Peranakan food withKebaya Penang Malaysia. out having to go too far out of town. It has developed an excellent reputation for refined Baba-Nyonya food (with the kitchen placing strong emphasis on seasonal ingredients in its cooking), as well as its delightful décor and impeccable service. www.7terraces.com Clove Hall is a small boutique hotel in the centre of Georgetown.

steamships, Penang remained one of the most important ports; most notably for China, India, Siam, Sumatra, Java and Britain. Like most Malaysian cities George Town is a patch quilt, multicultural hotspot comprising mainly of Malays, ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indians. The city seems quite relaxed, as restaurants, small shops, and mall shops don’t fully open until around noon. If you’re waking up early, be sure to look for Chinese Dim Sum stalls as they are only available in the morning. Today, the town

Historic Georgetown Penang Malaysia

For years it is considered one of the most beautiful places to stay on the island, and it has been rewarded with the Trip advisor Traveler’s Choice award several times. The beautiful Edwardian AngloMalay bungalow was thoroughly renovated before it became a hotel and everything was restored to its original state. There is a lovely colonial atmosphere about it. The house is immaculately decorated with beautiful tiled floors, dark wood antique furnishings and interesting artworks adorning the walls. There are six rooms in total, each with a grand colonial design each room named after a well known spice. Breakfast is also excellent. The day before you can indicate your preferences. There is a real home from home feel here, with owners Jim and Jo Lim on hand to recommend the best local restau-

rants or book you a taxi into town. www.clovehall.com Air Asia or Malaysian Airlines offer connections to Penang via Kuala Lumpur. www. airasia.com. Turkish airlines offer super connections from Dublin via Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. On long-haul flights, first, business & economy class passenger’s feast on authentic Turkish and international dishes and the “in flight” experience leaves other carriers trailing far behind. The CIPR business lounge for passengers connecting at Istanbul to KL will leave you breathless and for me is the finest of its kind in the world. For best fares visit www.turkishairlines.com Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland. He is also Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland. www.robertwalshe.com


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COMMENT NEWS

Newbridge pupils take on the 10@10 Challenge!

Faith matters

LEFT: Pupils from St Conleth and Mary's National School, Newbridge take part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 Challenge last week. Photos Aishling Conway.

BELOW: Students from Scoil Mhuire Junior School giving it socks at last week's 10@10 Challange

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he gospel for next Sunday 19 February is from St Matthew. It is Jesus spelling out for his followers the full meaning of the Beatitudes and above all the demands of true love. He contrasts his new understanding of love with what they had learned under the old law. It is very appropriate, indeed opportune, for today’s world when there is so much controversy about the issue of immigration. ‘Faith matters’ quotes an extract from the reflection in Reality, the Redemptorist publication. “The community to which Matthew addressed his Gospel probably found Jesus’ words about enemy love as demanding as we do. “To his picture of an indiscriminately good God showering his favours on humans regardless of their moral state, Jesus adds some fur-

ther telling strokes. “It is easy to love those who love us. Tax collectors were held in low esteem by most Jews at the time of Jesus. “They looked on them as collaborators who fleeced their own people. It is inevitable that they felt more at home among people like themselves. “While Galilee in Jesus’ time was mainly Jewish territory, it did contain large pockets of Gentiles especially in new cities like Sepphoris or Tiberias. “Everything about them, including their language (Greek) and the food they ate, marked them out as different, so it is not difficult to see how they appeared as outsiders. Jesus challenges his hearers to strive for the kind of love that does not recognised barriers of this kind.”

KILDARE & WEST WICKLOW SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS The Kildare & West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KWWSPCA) is a Registered Charity (Number CHY 6280) that investigates and deals with reports of cruelty and neglect to animals of all sorts; family pets, wild animals and birds, farm animals and horses, ponies and donkeys, throughout County Kildare and West Wicklow

CAN YOU MAKE A SMALL DONATION TO HELP THE KWWSPCA IMPROVE THE FACILITIES AT ITS ANIMAL SHELTER NEAR ATHGARVAN?

The large agricultural shed containing the stables in which our rescue

dogs are kept at night, and where the veterinary unit and the isolation units are situated, is in need of a major refurbishment to insulate its roof and walls and resurface its floors. This will greatly improve the living conditions of the rescue dogs by making it warmer, dryer and without draughts. It will also reduce noise levels and make the cleaning of the kennels much easier and more efficient. Any amount you could donate towards this refurbishment would be greatly appreciated, however small. Cheques and postal orders should be made out to KWWSPCA and posted to KWWSPCA Hon. Treasurer, 34 Cluain Aoibhinn, Naas, Co. Kildare, or, if you would like to go to our website, www. Sansa & Blaise

kwwspca.ie you can pay by credit card or by PayPal. We also have an appeal on our Facebook page. If you would like to pay directly into the KWWSPCA bank account, the details are Ulster Bank, Naas, IBAN Number IE28ULSB98619010280147 and BIC Code ULSBIE2D. Donations can also be handed into Noah’s Ark, the KWWSPCA Charity Shop in Newbridge, or to the Shelter itself.

Spencer

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS SANSA AND BLAISE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU DOG OF THE WEEK – SPENCER

We have featured Spencer on this page before and we cannot understand why he has not been adopted yet. Spencer came into the care of the KWWSPCA from the Kildare Dog Pound. He is a young dog, perhaps only a year old, and we think he is possibly a Labrador/staffie cross. He is a friendly dog who loves human company and really enjoys snuggling up on a sofa with his human friends. He also loves his walks. He is very excitable as he is still a young dog and can appear to be quite aggressive towards some other dogs. He is also very strong on the lead and he is easily distracted if he sees another dog. His new owner would need to be prepared to give him behavioral training and to get him more used to other dogs. But Spencer is an in-

telligent dog and it would not take him long to get used to walking well on the lead and learning the house rules. We think he would do best in a home where there are no other dogs and no young children and he would also need someone to be at home with him for a good part of the day as he craves human companionship. Spencer is at the KWWSPCA Shelter in Athgarvan so if you would like to meet him, the Shelter is open every day, apart from Sundays, from 2 – 4, or at other times by appointment by calling 087 2517381. We ask for a minimum rehoming fee of €100 when we

rehome a dog to partly cover their veterinary and other costs, and a home check is needed. Spencer has been fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. For more information about Spencer, please call 087 2517381. USEFUL NUMBERS KWWSPCA HELPLINE - 087 1279835 KWWSPCA ANIMAL SHELTER - 087 2517381 Email:- kwwspca@gmail.com Website: -www.kwwspca.ie FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK


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“So many positives for Naas Town” – NK Chamber CEO “Naas Racecourse will comAlan Shine, CEO Kildare the Capri is going to open an North Chamber of Com- Italian restaurant at Poplar mence its development plans in March with upgrades to merce, deplores the nega- Square. Both Lawlor’s Hotel and the the Grandstand, sports bar, tivity associated with Naas Town in recent weeks and Osprey have applied for fur- Owners & Members Bar, respoints to the many positive ther development and if both taurant and improvements to advances and developments succeed, this will bring an the parade ring and winners coming down the line for the accommodation capacity for enclosure. “The National Hunt Festi500 people per week to the county town. “There are so many positive town. The spin off the local val is only a couple of weeks away which will bring over a things happening in the vi- economy will be massive. 100,000 visitors to the cinity. Firstly, the larglocality”. est capital expenditure Charity shops and by Government will be pop up shops have evidenced shortly with also opened in the the road widening of town with Littlehills the motorway, the Salthe most recent in the lins bypass and new Moat Shopping Mall, motorway interchange and regularly visited by into Millennium Park. charity patron, Pauline This will lead to further McLynn. job opportunities for Rumours have the area, and in turn, a abounded in recent bigger spend locally. weeks that the former “We hear about small Superquinn site has enterprises closing been purchased by a which is sad for the local interest/stakeowners but look at all holder. So whilst much the new shops and comfocus is placed on panies opening. FBD shops closing, there Insurance are opening doesn’t seem to be as new offices on the Salmuch hype about the lins Road, Meadow’s & ones opening, for exByrne opened at Naas ample Lips & P which Town Shopping Centre has recently opened on on the Dublin Road and North Main Street. there are many new paints a different picrestaurants opening in ture of businesses in the town. Naas. Da Vinci’s on South Allan Shine, CEO North Kildare Chamber “Naas Town is going Main Street will soon welcomes the many positive developments forward all the time open, with the Canupcoming for Naas, and new businesses and continues to be died Walnut recently recently, and soon to open. a town noted for its launched. I’ve heard

restaurants and high-end fashion boutiques. Like all urban town close to Dublin, Naas has to compete with Dundrum, Liffey Valley and Kildare Outlet Village, along with online competition” added Allan. “But overall, the prognosis for Naas is good with so many new businesses opening and so many positive developments coming downstream, not forgetting the well established shops and services still thriving here”. Swan Dowlings Pub, Naas

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Vista Primary Care – Healing Begins Here are beauty salon services with Sarah Gill “ Sarah’s Nail and beauty”.

Ireland’s largest primary care and health service facility is just one ongoing Naas success story continuing to evolve. It’s unique business location on the Ballymore Road in the town offers ‘One stop, total health’ for public and private clients – whilst offering positive knock on effects to local employment.

Child & Family Solutions

A new service available from this week is Child and Family Solutions a specialist service for parents, adoptive/ foster parents and their children offering advanced consultations along with court directed custody and access assessments.

150 Employed at Vista Naas

This is the brainchild of Ger Roche originally from Milltown, Co. Kildare and has been ten years in the making. Vista Complex now employs 150 people on a weekly basis with a further 50 jobs on line to join the campus in the next three months as services continue to expand. According to Ger “From day one, we committed to offering something different that would make a difference – as a local family, we feel that we have been able to do this– we are always meeting new specialists and service providers that fit with Vista’s Vision of Total Health under one roof – easily accessed by all who need it. “It’s very important to myself, Annette and the family that we keep sourcing new partners offering a broad range of services that people need. Vista might be local but what we offer is very unique it’s good for Naas and Naas town has been 100% behind everything we do – Naas is the ideal location we have some great support from all our clients” adds Ger.

Supporting the local community

A generous supporter of all things local, Ger is keen to see Naas back

Pharmacy Services

on track as a vibrant and bustling retail destination recalling the town slogan that Naas “ is a great place to shop” he continues to support quietly sponsoring local initiatives and events including local rugby, GAA and golf clubs within the locality. Vista Primary Care has the complete input of the Roche Family and they are an integral part of the now well accepted reputation that Vista has earned. It is a centralized point of contact of local hospitals, GP’s,

schools and business

Proprietors Annette and Ger Roche

Medical Services

The complex now offers medical solutions ranging from K-Doc, Affidea, HSE offering a wide range of services. Services provided by St. John of God’s, Vista Family Practice with Dr. Aoife Kavanagh and her team. Whilst within the complex other specialities include Gastroenterol-

ogy, D e r matology, Audiology, Dental, Psychotherapy, Opthalmology, Gynaecology, Speech Therapy and motivation weight management. Plus an in-house pharmacy that is open from 8am to Midnight 7 days per week Also in-house

A valuable part of Vista’s service to the community is the inhouse pharmacy partnered recently with the Allcare Group. The team of highly trained experienced pharmacists, technicians and customer service staff make it their business to be at the fore front of the community offering a range of health tests, consultation, screening, weight management and delivery services for OAP’s expanding now into e-script services from GP’s making it the busiest pharmacy around – and long may this continue. For more information on Vista Primary Care – contact Ger Roche direct at Vista Primary Care 087 243 4054.

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Vista Primary Care Campus, Ballymore Eustace Road, Naas, Co. Kildare

Allcare Pharmacy

Tel: 045 881146

Ireland's Largest Primary Care Facility The Vista Primary Care Campus is conveniently located on the Ballymore Eustace Road, Naas, Co. Kildare & provides a comprehensive range of medical services to both public and private patients. • Vista Pharmacy • Vista Eye Clinic • Affidea Vista

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Vista Cafe is now located on the ground floor of Vista Primary Care and offers a fresh selection of foods and drinks from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.


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Exciting times ahead for Naas Racecourse By Rose B O'Donoghue Developments at Naas Racecourse for 2017 promise even more comfort and entertainment for the discerning Kildare punter. “We are focusing on improving the customer experience this year” said Manager Tom Ryan. “Works in recent years has focused on improvement to the racing circuit and adjoining racing facilities. New developments include a refurbishment of the main grandstand, relocation and upgrade of the Carvery Restaurant along with the development of a modern curved building to incorporate a ground floor public sports bar. “This will also accommodate a first floor Owners, Trainers and Members Bar and restaurant with balcony viewing. Our parade ring and winners enclosure will also be re-developed”. So good news all round for racing punters! The first Grade 1fixture was hosted on January 8 with the hosting of Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle and fierce competition in the Hugh Statham Winter Ladies’ Day. The restaurant was fully booked on the day with outdoor live music and lots of food vendors to cater for punters of all ages.

Ongoing developments at Naas Racecourse

17 Racing Days in 2017

With 17 racing days on this year’s calendar, 15 still to

come, including the Paddy Power Cheltenham Trials Day (Sun 26 February), Leinster National Day on Sunday, 12 March

Naas Racecourse on your doorstep Racing all year round Flat & Jump Racing Private Suite overlooking the Racecourse

Panoramic Restaurant Seats 280 customers Something for everyone

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RACE DAYS & EVENTS Sun 26th Feb Sun 12th Mar Sun 26th Mar Sun 9th April Mon 1st May(BH) Sun 21st May Wed 28th June (e)

Festival Trails Day & Cheltenham Preview Leinster Grand National Opening of Flat Season Easter Family Fun Day Health & Fitness Day Spring Summers Ladies Day Summer BBQ &Live Music

Sat 8th July Wed 26th July (e) Sun 24th Sep Wed 4th Oct Sun 15th Oct Sun 5th Nov Sat 11th Nov

Food &Family Festival Summer BBQ & Live Music Family Fun Day Student Race Day Celebration of Flat Racing Irish Flat Season Finale Winter Jump Racing

Naas Racecourse, Tipper Road, Naas Visit naasracecourse.com or call 045 897 391

and the Group 3 EBF Park Express fixture to open the Irish Flat Season on March 26, Naas Racecourse is set to have one of its busiest seasons yet! This is the first time for the Naas venue to host the opening and closing of the Irish Flat season (Sunday, 5 November). Judges Bairbre Power, Glenda Gilson, Jennifer Stevens and Anna Fortune alongside It really is a Sponsor Hugh Statham. Pic by Aishling Conway people friendly venue, comand will be completed within social ambience is mighty! pact, ‘bijou’ with all areas ac“Naas Racecourse is a bou- a year. Works will be staged cessible from the racetrack tique style racecourse; the and will not affect our racing finish. The Royal Ascot Trials friendly, compact, accessible season. We will launch it alongday in Ireland on Sunday, 21 nature of the racecourse is like side a complete new brand for May and its Summer BBQ eve- no other” said Catherine Mur- Naas” concluded Catherine. nings are great fun, the racing ray, PR & Marketing Manager. See www.naasracecourse. is one thing, but the craic and Redevelopment will commence com or contact (045) 897 391 in March next for further enquiries.

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Kate Brophy, Emma McAleenan, Cliona Lenehan, Aoibhin Lenehan, Lara McAleenan, Anna Brophy and Grace Brophy. Pic by Aishling Conway


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Naas Stop and Shop Special

Pictures: Aishling Conway

Martina Phipps who has been trading for 32 years at Tuckmill Gallery, Naas.

Jam Music Shop, Naas Jam Music Shop provides a music focal point in the heart of Naas, offering expert advice from professional musicians with all instruments and equipment supplied, tried and trusted by Jam staff and students. Our services include guitar repairs and custom services, a large range of musical instruments, books and equipment, ticketmaster and local ticket sales.

Expert Tuition

The Jam Music Schools in

Naas and Newbridge provide expert tuition to students of all ages and levels in a fun and relaxed environment. We offer students the option of sitting exams with the RIAM, RGT and Rockschool Exam Boards as well as learning for fun.

Courses and Camps

Our teachers are professional musicians with a wealth of experience, we run courses and camps throughout the year on the following subjects:

Band rehearsal / performance / recording, sound engineering, song writing, kids music camps, classical string emsemble, leaving and junior cert exam prep, entrance exam prep for 3rd level music courses.

Instruments we teach:

Guitar - Drums - Piano - bass - singing - saxophone - flute - banjo - cajon - mandolin bodhran - ukulele - keyboard and lots more! Contact (045) 883 788 for all your musical enquiries.

Eibhlin Ni Chearbhaill of Alice's Restaurant at the Moat Mall, Naas.

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Pictures: Aishling Conway James Kirwan and Gareth McGrattan (Owner) of EAST COAST SEAFOOD, Friary Road, Naas.

The gardens at

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Shockingly good value from KBC Karen was so mesmerised by KBC’s Mortgage rates that she missed her mouth completely

The KBC Mortgage. One of the lowest rates* on the market with a KBC Current Account. That’s shockingly good value from KBC Naas. Contact your local Mortgage Executive, Samantha McCarthy QFA. Drop into 33 North Main Street, Naas 01 513 1080

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WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP YOUR REPAYMENTS YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE REPAYMENTS ON YOUR LOAN, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL GO INTO ARREARS. THIS MAY AFFECT YOUR CREDIT RATING WHICH MAY LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO ACCESS CREDIT IN THE FUTURE. Lending criteria, underwriting, terms and conditions apply. The property is mortgaged to secure the loan. Life and home insurance are required. The maximum loan amount will typically not exceed 3.5 times an individual’s gross annual income. Information correct as at 05th January 2017. The maximum mortgage is 90% of the property value. As a general rule, loan amounts are subject to monthly repayments of a maximum of 50% of disposable income and will vary according to individual circumstances. Rates may vary over the term of a mortgage. *To avail of the 0.2% discounted rate, you must mandate your salary and pay your new KBC mortgage by Direct debit from your Current Account. Offer excludes Buy to Let Mortgages. KBC Bank Ireland plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. KBC Mortgages Kildare Post Naas.indd 1

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Naas Stop and Shop Special

Kildare County Counci's role is to encourage, facilitate and support economic development and local enterprise. The Council carries out this role by; engaging in forward planning, providing enabling infrastructure and (through the Business Support Unit and the Local Enterprise Office) providing a suite of financial supports and business mentoring, training and advice. As the county town, Naas has always been the focus of investment but more recently, there have been a number of roads projects which resulted in an investment of â‚Ź4 million. Amongst those have been the upgrade of the Kilcullen Road, upgrade and landscaping at the Monread roundabout, along with the modernisation and electrification of the Bus Stop in Naas Town Centre.

Ongoing Projects

Cllr Robert Power and James Lewless, now a TD for North Kildare at the unveiling ceremony. Photo Anthony Daly

Naas Roads and Transport Steering Group consists of representatives of all the service areas in Kildare County Council e.g. Roads, Planning, Heritage, Environment, Traffic/Community Wardens, etc. The Group, which formed 6 months ago and purposely selected Naas as the pilot town and agreed a number of issues that needed attention in the town, amongst them parking,

A proud moment for then Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Brendan Weld as he officially unveils the statue of John Devoy at Poplar Square, one of the first Decade of Commemoration ceremonies held in October 2015. Photo Anthony Daly

signage and roundabouts. Parking: KCC have plans to modernise the look and feel of the Car Parks. For the coming months, KCC will introduce extra public lighting and CCTV to Heddermans Car Park, where the intention is make this car park attractive to the commuter and longstay parker. It is particularly suited to meeting the parking requirements of employees in the vicinity of Naas Town Centre. By encouraging such parkers away from the Main Street, KCC will free up spaces for people wishing to do business in the Town. Signage: KCC has carried out an audit of all regulatory signs

in Naas Town and are now preparing a tender for works including the removal of obsolete and out-dated signage, replacement and modernisation of signage. The introduction of parking signage will begin at the extremities of the town with VMS signs outlining the number of spaces available in each car park, thus clearly leading the motorist by clear signage to each of the car parks, and thereby improving the motorists experience of Naas, particularly visitors to the town. Roundabouts: KCC are also focusing on the 18 roundabouts in and around Naas, with major landscaping and signage plans in

focus. Naas Inner Relief Road: KCC have applied for funding to complete the Naas Inner Relief Road, connecting the Blessington Road to the Dublin Road with funding expected to be announced on/or before 31 March next. In advance of funding announcements, KCC are proceeding with the route analysis and design stage, commencing within the next few weeks. This project will not only alleviate traffic congestion, but will also allow for the construction of 1,500 residential units in Naas, thereby increasing the population, and spending power, of Naas Town.


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Other Projects:

Tenders for construction of the M7 Widening, Osberstown Interchange and Sallins Bypass are due before May 11 (final design to be completed by October, construction to start in November, 2017). The estimated completion date is December 2019; the completion of the Osberstown Interchange and re-engineering of the Naas South and Newbridge Off Ramp will result in alleviation of traffic congestion and most importantly, make Naas an even more attractive place to locate business and employment opportunities, thereby boosting the local economy.

Cycleways:

KCC has an objective to provide for alternative users of our road network and to encourage the use of cycling and walking. Various economic analysis have demonstrated how lucrative the Cycling Tourist is for the local economy. Funding has been allocated by the NTA for the installation of cycleways through Naas. Currently, KCC are examining the Part 8 submissions from the public re the cycleways and will endeavour to minimise the impact the cycle lanes might have on parking spaces.

Dublin Road and Poplar Square Upgrade/ Improvement

This project will provide a tremendous uplift to the look and feel of Naas. The objective is to enhance a major entry route to Naas, leading to a modern, vibrant public realm space that the people of Naas can be proud of. The vast majority of the residents of Naas agree that Naas needs to look more attractive and become the modern, progressive town its strategic location deserves. The detailed design process has commenced and public consultations sessions are now being planned as it is vital that the people of Naas are involved in one of the most important projects ever to be developed in the town. Once again, KCC are very much aware that careful planning of major construction projects is necessary to ensure that daily economic life is minimally affected. We are also very conscious that parking spaces will be reduced in Poplar Square and we are currently working with the design consultants to provide alternative parking options, so as to minimise the impact on economic activity in Naas.

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Parking Bye Laws and the issue of weekend parking:

KCC are currently reviewing the Naas Parking Bye Laws with submissions closing last week. One of the objectives of the Review is to reintroduce Saturday parking charges in Naas. The retailers and the public have consistently informed KCC that it is impossible to secure a parking space in the town on a Saturday and consequently, trade is af-

fected.

Weekend car parking

The main reason being that some members of the public can park free of charge on the Main Street on a Friday night and not have to collect them until Sunday night/early Monday morning. In addition, the first people to arrive in Naas on a Saturday morning are employees in the businesses in the Main Street. The combination of these factors is that the parking spaces are ‘blocked’

for the weekend. Although nobody welcomes parking charges, it is internationally recognised as a vital tool in ensuring a constant turnover of parking spaces, thereby enhancing the experience of people wishing to do business in a town. The review of the Naas Bye Laws should have a dramatic affect on the shopping experience in Naas at the Weekend. Park by Text: We are also working towards the introduction of "park by text" and "pay

Kildare’s Best Young Entrepreneur Awards 2016, (seated) Melissa Doody, of Gastro Life, Naas; Niamh McGuckian of The Bridal Lodge and Niamh Corazon, Kilkee; Mary O’Sullivan, Beara Bitters, Naas; Overall Winner, Eoin Mulvey of Lab Cup, Naas; Jenny Reynolds of Topper Technology Ltd, Naas; Iona Daly of Cydonia EOP Irl., Monasterevin; (standing) Fionnuala Bourke, of Fionnuala Bourke Design, The Mill Celbridge; George O’Neill, of Elite Maintenance, Ladytown Business Park; Steven Crosse of Crosse Design, Athy; Andrew Wynne of Nutmost, Belan, Moone; Stephen Lawlor and Katie Swayne of Brilliant Birds, Monasterevin. Photo Tony Keane

by debit card schemes" which again are aimed at improving the experience of visitors and shoppers in the town, by providing convenient flexible methods of payment. Pilot projects are already underway throughout the County.

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Jenny Reynolds of Topper Technology Ltd, Naas, pictured at Kildare’s Best Young Entrepreneur Awards 2016 hosted in Áras Chill Dara. Photo Tony Keane.

KCC officials are working non-stop with a clear focus on facilitating appropriate development on the site in question. It is widely known that NAMA has a controlling interest in this site, and KCC officials meet with their counterparts in NAMA regularly with the sole objective of encouraging NAMA to sell the site, thereby allowing a new owner to work in partnership with KCC to

deliver a development that will enhance the Town and its local economy. A decision in regard to the sale of the site is imminent. KCC has made it clear that there is no impediment to selling the site; there is no impediment for a new owner to seek an appropriate planning permission for the development of the site and for the subsequent development of the site.

Shop Front Enhancement Scheme

A Shop Front/Town Centre Improvement Scheme was introduced in 2016 with €70,000 allocated to the Naas Municipal District Area to provide financial support to independent business owners so that they could improve the appearance

of their premises The Council was also successful in securing funding for a European (URBACT) project for Naas. This project has meant that a group of key stakeholders has been brought together to formulate an Action Plan for the Town. This work is ongoing.

Supporting Community, Arts and Culture

In the Community & Culture area the Council has, over the years, supported the Moat Theatre, Naas Sports Centre and K-Leisure, a variety of community, culture and sporting groups, Naas Tidy Towns and many residents associations. Our Pride of Place is one of the most popular presentation nights on the KCC calendar.


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NAAS STOP AND SHOP SPECIAL

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Celebrating 18 years in Naas

Get into McDonald’s for Free Breakfast Friday, Feb 17! McDonald’s restaurants across Ireland are dishing out over 100,000 free Egg McMuffins this Free Breakfast Friday. All 91 McDonald’s restaurants including Naas, Newbridge and Maynooth will

participate in the giveaway, whereby customers can exchange vouchers for either a free Bacon & Egg McMuffin or a Free Sausage & Egg McMuffin until 10am. Every year, McDonald’s Ireland serves over 2 million free range Irish eggs, sourced from and Irish supplier. McDonald’s Ireland MD Adrian Crean, said: “As a company, we are committed to both our local suppliers and our customers so I’m delighted that Free

Breakfast Friday has become such a hugely popular event that is enjoyed all around the country. This year we’re aiming to give away 100,000 free McMuffins at our 91 restaurants as a token of our appreciation to our loyal customers.” So whether you plan to grab and go, catch up with a colleague or blag a freebie with a friend, make it a date for Free Breakfast Friday this February 17!

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‘Simply Naas’ by Cllr Seamie Moore An historic town, Naas of the Kings has gone through many changes, mcuh upheaval, sackings and burnings, and many upsets before it arrived at its position as the capital town and administrative centre of modern Co Kildare. Its vast experiences of change would not see the perceived changes of today as anything except the reforming and re-energising of the retail and trading element of the main street. The main street was probably no more than 200 metres long, centred around the present day site of the town hall clock, with two run-in roads from the north side and two runout roads to the south. Today, the street is over 2000 metres long. Many towns would be delighted to identify with a town of 21,000 people and a 2000 metre long main street. Unfortunately that could be one of the present day problems for Naas. It has stretched far too long, too quickly, instead of a more modern build up and build out. In fact there is no build out! The back streets and side streets are not yet developed to add muscle to the arm’s length core centre street. The future of the status and importance of Naas as a town, is not in any doubt. It has been designated by official National and Regional Regulations to be the capital town and the major growth town for the future County Kildare. These empty back and side areas offer great opportuni-

ties to property owners and town developers to be part of that growth, with a population reaching to a possible 50,000 people over a small number of development plans. A goods and services trading town, captured as an enclave within that population will have more than ample opportunity to develop successfully. Of course we want it today! A weakened base of shopping choices is probably the one amenity/facility that falls short of ‘being better than other towns’. Most other amenities/facilities have proven to be more than successful in Naas and local community groups are thriving with membership levels and activities. Time stood still for most of Ireland over the past 8-10 years. If you had it (whatever ‘it’ was) before 2008, you have had the advantage of eight years of sustaining it’s existence. If you didn’t have it, you can only commence your effort to get it correct now. The ‘it’ in Naas was a new modern shopping centre, right smack in the middle of the busiest trading area of the town. It would have delivered 780 car spaces and a large variety (48) other smaller shop outlets. It WILL still happen and we may be nearer to a decision on re-starting the unfinished project than most people realise. We have an abundance of schools spread around Naas, with a variety of new schools at Pipers Hill Campus, an age range

extension at Ballycane school, a new school at Craddockstown, upgrading of the former convent school, a new Millennium Park second level school and further lands zoned elsewhere for future sites. The Millennium Park and Southern Ring Roads, facilitate all town points accessibility and ease of traffic whilst beneath their surfaces lie broadband and water connections for new developments along those routes. The new by-pass of Sallins, inter connecting with the new, third Naas interchange to the M7 Motorway at the Kerry Global Centre will relieve much of the existing traffic problems from off the Monread Road. Admittedly we would be delighted if Government Funding from The Housing Development Fund to complete the last leg of the Southern Ring Road system to access the Dublin Road interchange was sanctioned. It would take present and future Blessington Road traffic away from centre town contact. In line with those capital investments our local Municipal needs to lower speed limits from within outer roundabouts to 30 kph and ban the throughput of HGVs. This will facilitate the creation of safer cycling lanes for other road users within the town. As a commuter town, with many key household members working two jobs to pay for mortgages and young family demands, it has become vital to

have a second car to allow parents to meet work schedules and mix shopping trips with school deliveries/collections, doctor visits, sports time tables and many other ‘fit-in’ family requirements. In almost all of these needs for the use of a car, some form of parking or drop-off is available but it has become almost impossible to find suitable car-parking at destination shopping sites within the town to fit the demands of limited mid-week shopping time. Naas currently needs more ‘Pocket Parking’ Sites around the town to facilitate short term shopping trips. Until the Shopping Centre is completed that overall picture will remain and in my opinion it is premature to consider the removal of existing parking sites until then or until alternative parking is available. There are obvious shortcomings in Naas to make the centre town more attractive and welcoming to shoppers and tourists but the town offers many many other advantages. Naas has now won recognition for its appearance through the great co-operative work between Naas Tidy Towns, community volunteers and the Local Authority services, particularly the former Naas Town Council. Gold medal awards have now come for each of the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, to add to the National Pride of Place Outright Winner award in 2006. Naas Race Course is a fine ex-

ample of a boutique events business centre offering horse racing and other entertainment occasions in conjunction with some great hotels in the town like Lawlors, The Osprey, Killashee House, Maudlings and a number of smaller hotels and accommodations. Those business successes have invested their monies and confidences in Naas as have The Kerry Group, The Queally Group, Millennium Park investors and many more successful development, manufacturing and distribution businesses. There are many success stories from Naas but it is difficult to ignore the most regularly successful. The drama and musical groups of the Moat Theatre and Naas Musical Society have been winning the top national awards for many years. The sporting achievements of all our local clubs, GAA, Rugby,

Soccer and Athletics, coupled with those of individual national heroes in sport and music, like Jamie Heaslip, Fionnula Sherry and Celine Byrne make Naas a town to be proud of. Naas Town will continue to change with the times. It needs a new ‘Promotion Naas’ group to be established to market the positives of the town and to bring about changes that will help. Such a group will need support from KCC and other Irish and EU agencies to take cognizance of Naas needs. The town will continue to have a new and vibrant population that needs to be harnessed behind the ‘Naas Promotion Group’ and behind the town they have chosen for their future lives. That can be done because so many people chose to stay here and live live, with their children, in the ‘town of kings’.


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ENTERTAINMENT

Drama and Music at The Moat! Extra Dates For God of Carnage at The Moat Theatre Starring All-Ireland winning Actors Padraig Broe, Anne Delaney, Sarah Gallagher and Conor O’Connell

God of Carnage: The hilarious comedy will indulge the audience with some smugly wicked fun?

Due to phenomenal demand, extra nights have been added for the God of Carnage run in the Moat Theatre! The play will continue this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the extra dates are Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February. You can get your tickets from the Moat Theatre box office by calling 045 88 30 30 or see moattheatre.com. Be warned though, this show will sell out! so don’t miss your chance to see this play before it ventures onto the All Ireland Drama Circuit!

Eugene Delaney and starring four All Ireland winning Moat Club actors Padraig Broe, Anne Delaney, Sarah Gallagher and Conor O’Connell. Two married couples meet to discuss a brawl between their sons. One child has hurt the other in a public park. What starts as a civil discussion between the parents becomes increasingly puerile and irrational, resulting in the evening degenerating into chaos.

Exciting Spring Programme

And if that isn’t enough, The Moat has an exciting line up of

music and musicals. On Sunday 19 February, direct from the USA, The Man in Black – the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute in America returns for one night only. Sugarman (Johnny’s booking agent said: “Terry had it down, the moves, the sound, the look, everything. But above all he relates to Johnny’s music like no other I have heard. It’s impossible to tell them apart”. Naas Musical Society returns from the 4th to the 10th of March bringing with them another top quality show! Sugar is the musical based on the movie Some Like it Hot. Catchy

Enjoy two hours of the greatest songs in The Beatles handbook, performed with perfection and affection - The Evening Herald

recipe for an enjoyable night out with the award winning Naas Musical Society.

The Beatles are Back!

On Sunday, 12 March The Classic Beatles are back. Following a hugely successfully

25th Anniversary tour in 2016, the stars of the ‘Get Back’ show are coming to The Moat. ‘Enjoy two hours of the greatest songs in The Beatles handbook, performed with perfection and affection’ – Evening herald.

tunes, lively dancing, sparkly costumes, a live orchestra and a talented cast – the perfect

Four All Ireland actors

God of Carnage. a play by Yasmina Reza, directed by

Moat Club's next full length drama production "God of Carnage"

The Moat Theatre Naas, Co. Kildare Booking: 045 88 30 30

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Back by popular demand!

THE MAN IN BLACK Sunday 19th February 8pm Tickets: €22 Concessions: €20 DIRECT FROM THE U.S.A., the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute in America The Man in Black returns to Ireland for a short tour.

The Moat Club presents

GOD OF CARNAGE

Wednesday 22nd - Friday 24th March Tickets: €15 Concessions: €12

A hilarious comedy!

CLASSIC BEATLES Sunday 12th March 8pm Tickets: €22 Concessions: €20 Following a hugely successful 25th anniversary tour in 2016 the stars of the ‘Get Back’ show are coming to The Moat Theatre for a night of classic hits and nostalgia.


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Snuggle up in a comfortable parka

By Eimear McGovern eimear@rivermedia.ie

They are one of the comfiest coats around, but a parka is for more than walking the dog this season. The cold weather is here for the foreseeable future, and there’s nothing better than a quilted and cosy parka to brave those early mornings and winter nights this February. You might even catch the tail-end of the January sales, with some of our favourite parkas reduced as the spring clothing enters the shops. There might be warm weather on the catwalk, but it’s time for us to consider the true reality of an Irish February, when you’re more likely to be colder

than ever rather than baring your shoulders. This year, parkas are cool worn with eye-catching and fashionable prints, with jeans and boots, or to warm up a skirt and top combo. Choose a furry hood to feel like you never left your bed or a cotton version that’s perfect for layering over what’s sure to be a wet spring. Offerings from M&S and Topshop are fashion-forward for their lightweight appearance, short sleeves and long lines. Go for a parka from H&M to embrace autumnal tones, or choose a padded parka from H&M that will also encompass the puffa trend. Whatever your choice, the parka is the coat that will keep loving you back for winters to come.

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Colour matters You might be a shade of deep mahogany during the summer but the secret to a plausible winter tan is a sunkissed glow, not a shade of orange. Pick a tan lighter than what you’d usually go for, which has the added bonus of being easier to maintain. Think radiant, not bronzed. Bellamianta Self Tanning Tinted Lotion €19.99 - £16.99

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HEALTH PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

PERSONAL TRAINING + NUTRITION = LONG TERM RESULTS

Fat Loss

Fat Loss not Weight Loss

The first step to achievement is to become clear on exactly what you want. People come in on a weekly basis thinking that they want to be 9 stone or 14 stone or any other number they have in their mind. The truth is that they don’t. They want to look and feel like they are that weight. Ask yourself this, would you rather be your imagined ideal weight but not be able to fit into your favourite clothes because your physique is not what you want or would you rather look stunning

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in (and out) of all your clothes regardless of what the scales say? Set your priorities as fat loss is different than weight loss.

What gets Measured gets Done

As mentioned above, we don’t believe that weight is the most important measure but we do believe in tracking progress in other ways. Using a tape measure around your waist or having a qualified coach measure your body fat levels can help you to stay on the path to your goals but possibly the most underrated measure is how your clothes are fitting. Furthermore each member is currently using an app, a diary or a calendar to track their food and calorie intake and this is a non-negotiable facet to large progress. If you are not tracking you will miss out on areas

which might be holding you back. This does not mean that you have to weight every gram of food for the rest of your life but one week of this practice will teach you valuable lessons in nutrition which you can then practice for life.

Health First

The first priority for our coaches is to help each member to achieve great health firstly as we believe that fat loss will become easier from this platform. Getting the basis right such as sleeping, drinking water and improving their gut health were the first steps that lead to the underrated success of each person feeling better and these are areas which you can work on today. Once you get these basics right our coaches can then manipulate and tweak a few areas which will help you to achieve lower levels of body fat.

Treats and

Flexibility

We have built a program which fits around people’s busy lives rather than people having to live their lives restricted by rules as too much restriction is simply not sustainable. Each week we built in a window where people can enjoy their favourite foods and drinks and still make progress. Live is to be lived and there is no point achieving a great physique if you feel miserable. Rather a few small weekly treats programmed smartly can help you to not only achieve a great physique but also maintain it for life. If you are interested in improving your health and physique we would be delighted to help you. Call in to us in FIT+, Corbans Lane, Naas or you can call us on 045-888745 to discuss how we can help you with your fat loss goals

Tasty Breakfast Option Check out this tasty breakfast idea from one of our great clients on the Fit Plus 8 week fat loss programme. Full of nutrients and perfect when on the go. • • • • • • • • •

Quinoa 2 table spoons Chia seeds 1 table spoon Flaxseeds 1 table spoon Small amount of lecithin granules Almond milk 200ml Water 200ml ½ banana Spinach 1 handful 1 scoop of fit plus protein

Home Cooking

By Barbara Collins

Prosecco Risotto This week we’re all about the love. Risotto is so creamy and comforting. Spend the time stirring the rice to lose yourself in a fig of garlic and fizz. I call it mindful cooking. Feel free to add whatever extra ingredients you fancy. The most important thing is to make it with love. Ingredients oil 4 tbsp rapeseed ed sh cru c, rli ga s ve 2 clo ced ½ a leek, finely sli io) rbor 3 oz risotto rice (A icken ch 8oz stock (Good lift y all re ll wi ck sto this dish) 8oz prosecco ful of Parmesan nd ha A ee ch se, grated ack Freshly ground bl pepper

Heat the oil on low and fry the garlic and leeks for 6 minutes. Add the rice, coating each grain and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Add half the stock and stir from time to time. Add the rest when almost fully absorbed. Add the prosecco and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle with the cheese and black pepper. Serve with crusty bread.

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Wedding Special – Say it with Flowers ceiling height of the venue can have a massive effect on whether your flowers will be picture perfect or look completely out of place. Don’t forget to ask whether the florist includes decorations such as candles, lighting and linens and whether these additions will impact the final cost.

As one of the most eye-catching aspects of your wedding day, flowers are the perfect way to reflect your personality and taste as a new couple. Whether it’s a favourite bloom, the perfect colour or a meaningful symbol you choose, flowers can really say it all. Choosing flowers can be a daunting task – you will work with a florist for what might be the first time and consider aspects from venue, colour, season and size. Rest assured that any florist will be your guide to the perfect blooms for you.

Time of the year

Consider whether you have chosen flowers that are likely to wilt over a four-hour ceremony, and whether the florist can guarantee that the flowers will be fresh and arrive on time. All florists agree that it pays to use flowers that are in season on the day of your wedding. Here are a few examples of flowers that are in season at different times of the year.

Size and price

At a minimum, the average couple will need a bridal bouquet, as well as bouquets for your attendants, boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen and fathers and corsages for the mothers – and that’s before you even consider flowers for the ceremony and the venue of the reception. Be prepared for the florist to ask for your budget. Expect to add about 3% of your total wedding budget to your flowers and décor. Don’t worry that you don’t have enough to spend. Most florists are well used to this scenario and will suggest ways to reduce the cost while still making the flowers look beautiful.

Winter

French tulip, amaryllis, hypericum, protea, quince

Autumn

A florist will also need to know your headcount. He or she will want to know how many bouquets to provide, and will also use the number of guests to estimate how many flowers are needed at the reception.

Your vision

Your first step is to pick a florist who understands your

vision of how you would like your flowers to look. Compare style and price to choose the best florist for you. If in doubt, the hotel you choose can recommend a florist they are familiar with. They often have photos to show you so you can see the effect of the flowers in the venue.

Have your style locked down before you visit your chosen florist. Is your wedding romantic or modern, lavish or simple? It can help to have pictures of what type of flowers you like or arrangements that appealed to you before. Have a colour scheme in mind to help you along.

Florist Appointment

For your appointments with the florist, bring a swatch of a bridesmaid’s dress to ensure accurate colour matches, a mood board or idea file if you have one, a photo of your wedding dress and photographs or brochures of your venue. Things like dress colour and

Calla lily, dahlia, bittersweet, celosia, mum, scabiosa, pomegranate, cranberry.

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Will you take His name along with ‘For Better, For Worse’? It’s a romantic idea as old as time, but did you know how much of a hassle it can be to change your name after you get married? This tradition is not as popular as it once was, but a new bride often opts to go by the same name as her husband. In Ireland, you can begin to use your married name as soon as you like and earn your name by ‘use and repute’. However, to change your name on official documentation such as bank accounts, your driving license and passport, there’s more work involved. If you want to take part in this longstanding tradition, there are a few things you should know.

Cover all your bases by sending a copy of your marriage certificate, passport and Deed Poll, if you have one. Change your name on a photo ID such as a passport or a driving license first, because this type of photo documentation is often required to change your name on other documents.

Who should you notify?

Doing the Deed

To use a double-barrelled surname or to swap your maiden name for something new, apply to change your name by Deed Poll. A Deed Poll is a form that states you want to change your name, including changing your own to a doublebarrelled name, taking an entirely new surname or using your maiden surname as your new middle name.

How to go about it

An execution of a Deed Poll will confirm a change of name. You can complete this step by enrolling the Deed Poll in the central office of the High Court. This is the quickest and easiest way to legally change your name and it’s only a nominal feel. The Deed Poll will be filed along with your birth

certificate and your name will be registered. Head to the Judgements section in the Four Courts and ask to be provided with the necessary documents. It’s important to remember that the form can’t be downloaded online and must be delivered in person while accompanied by an Attesting Witness, whose affidavit will

be lodged with the Deed Poll.

Be prepared

A top tip is to make sure you have plenty of copies of your marriage certificate all ready to be sent off to the variety of places that will need documentation of your name change. Try to send as much information as you can when you are applying for a name change.

Motor Taxation Office If you already have a driving permit on which you want to change your name, file a full application or a learner’s permit application along with a copy of your marriage certificate and two passport photos. Passport Office It’s best to be strategic when applying to change your passport to your married name. Allow plenty of time if you want to see your married name when heading on your honeymoon!

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NEWS

For those who like it Hot - Naas Musical Society stage Sugar! Naas Musical Society returns to The Moat Theatre from the March 4-10, bringing with them another top quality show! Sugar is the musical based on the movie Some Like it Hot made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Full of comedy capers, Romance and Bromance, men disguised as women to get away from gormless gangsters and understandable confusion. How does a man tell a woman he loves her when she thinks HE is a SHE??? Add to that some catchy tunes and lively dancing, sparkly costumes, a live orchestra and a talented cast, the perfect recipe for an enjoyable night out with the award winning Naas Musical Society. There will be a special family performance on Sunday 5 at 6.30pm; a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is only €40. Concessions night is Tuesday 7. With a brand New line up this year, we promise you won’t be disappointed. Our dynamic trio Michael Fay (MD), Deirdre Browne (Choreographer) and Director Philippa Alford have been putting the cast through their paces since November to ensure every laugh in the script is realised! Starring Siohbán Clifford as Sugar Kane, Martin Fahy as Gerry/Daphne, Stephen Fagan as Joe/Josephine, Shane Byrne

Naas Musical Society Cast and Crew 2017 Photo Aishling Conway

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Photos Aishling Conway and Chris Dennison

The John O’Neill Soccer Memorial Challenge for Pieta House

Brothers of the late John O'Neill, Richie (left) and Billy O'Neill home from the Isle of Man with with referee Sean Deegan (centre)

Pat Flynn, Pat O'Neill, Ryan O'Neill, Tony Rooney and Alan Rooney

Paul Clarke, Aaron Rooney, Rebecca Hartigan, Amanda Tracey and Michelle Kearney

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Richie's Team trained by Christy Browne. Photo C Dennison.

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Celine O'Neill and Isabel Keenaghan

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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017

Kildare Village was delighted to welcome the Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in Ireland, Yue Xiaoyong recently as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year celebrations. An exhibition ‘Past and Present’ by Korean Chinese visual artist, Jin Yong, was on display. 2017 celebrates The Year of the Rooster and as a devoted sponsor of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival for the past

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Photos Kieran Harnett

8 years, Kildare Village is currently hosting the exhibition in a space next to Le Pain Quotidien, throughout the Chinese New Year period. A celebration of Irish icons - Past and Present portrays some of the great influential Irish icons leading in their respective fields globally, including Arthur Guinness, Katie Taylor, Phil Lynott and Conor McGregor to name but a few.

Tadgh McDonnell, Sonya Kavanagh and Paddy Kennedy

Gillian Walsh and Jin Yong at the launch of A celebration of Irish icons

Julia Wilks, HE Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland and Jin Yong

Gisele Mansfield and Julia Wilks

H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland

Yvonne Kennedy at the launch of A celebration of Irish icons

Pauline Forde at the launch of A celebration of Irish icons

Tina Lee and Andrew Marshall

Sean Dunne, Maureen Bergin and Vivian Cummins

Melanie An, Penny Pu and Cindy Guoat

Tom McCutcheon and Maureen Bergin

Tony and Denise Murray at the launch of A celebration of Irish icons

Zoe Wong and Cathy O'Connor at the launch of A celebration of Irish icon...

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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017

MOTORS

FORD launches sporty new range of attractive new ST-Lines Ford launches new ST-Line range of models inspired by Ford Performance vehicles and featuring bold styling, sporty driving dynamics and great value. Four models launched in Ireland this week: Fiesta ST-Line; Focus ST-Line; Mondeo ST-Line; and Kuga ST-Line all with sport suspension, unique body kits and alloy wheel designs; sport seats, steering wheel and interior details.

Engine Options

Powerful engine options include multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost with up to 125PS for Fiesta ST-Line; 2.0litre TDCi with up to 180PS for Kuga ST-Line

Bold Interior and Exteriors

Delivering bold exterior and interior designs inspired by Ford’s acclaimed Fiesta ST and Focus ST performance models, the new ST-Line range is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s ST models – but do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies. The ST-Line range is offered with a range of powerful engines including Ford’s multi-awardwinning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine; sport suspension and body styling; unique alloy wheel designs; and sport seats, sport steering wheel and alloy pedals for the interior.

Dynamic Driving

“With our new ST-Line range even more customers can experience sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, Fiesta ST200 and Ford GT supercar” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “With its sporty looks, extra powered engines and good value, I am sure our new ST-Line range will appeal to a broad range of buyers.”

Powerful engines

The new Ford ST-Line models are available only with high-power engine derivatives that complement the enhanced driving dynamics

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New Kuga ST-Line

delivered by sport suspension. For example, the Fiesta STLine model boasts Ford’s award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine with higher power outputs of 100PS and 125PS. For the Focus STLine, diesel powertrains on offer include a 120PS 1.5 litre TDCi or a 2.0 litre 150PS option. “The new ST-Line range will offer customers a chance to enjoy the famous fun-to-drive characteristics and great looks of Ford’s performance models in an exciting and affordable package with a broad range of petrol and diesel engines,” concluded McMahon.

Specs and Price

Ford Performance car cues abound in the ST-Line speci-

2017 Fiesta Focus ST-Line

fication including exclusive rock alloy wheels; body-coloured styling kit; sports suspension; sports-style seats; black headliner; sports pedals and ambient lighting.

Ford Fiesta ST-Line:

• 5-door 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol 100PS 99g/km starts from €21,350

Ford Focus ST-Line:

• 5-door 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol 125PS 108g/km starts from €24,875 • 5-door 1.5 TDCi 120PS 98g/km starts from €25,920 • 5-door 2.0 TDCi 150PS 105g/km starts from €27,370 • Ford Mondeo ST-Line: • 5-door 2.0 TDCi 150PS 112g/km starts from

€34,295 • 5-door 2.0 TDCi 180PS 117g/km starts from €36,845 • Estate 2.0 TDCi 150PS 119g/km starts from €35,495

Ford Kuga ST-Line:

• 5-door 1.5 litre TDCi 120PS 115g/km starts from €36,145 • 5-door 2.0 litre TDCi 150PS 122g/km starts from €38,725 • 5-door 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol 150PS 143g/km starts from €40,500 Contact Finlay Ford Naas at M7 Motor Park, (Exit 10 M7), Newhall, Naas Phone: (045) 431 725 or view the the full ST-Line range on ford.ie.


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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017

MOTORS

AUDI UNVEILS NEW RS3 SPORTBACK Audi, has revealed its new Audi RS 3 Sportback* as the latest model offering in its compact segment. Following the world premiere of the RS 3 Sedan* at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the RS 3 Sportback now stands poised to make its entry at the Geneva International Motor Show. With the most powerful production five-cylinder in the world, outstanding dynamism and an even sharper look, the RS 3 Sportback offers a truly emotive driving experience. The Audi RS3 Sportback will be available in Ireland from Q3 2017 under the “Audi Sport” label.

DISTINCTIVE RS DESIGN

On the exterior, the RS 3 Sportback shows off its power in the form of a striking Singleframe with a gloss black honeycomb grille, large air inlets and angular sill trims. The redesigned blade in the bumper gives the front end an even wider look. LED headlights with their distinctive lighting

signature are standard, and Audi offers matrix LED headlights as an option. In the rear, a stylish RS roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert and the RS exhaust system’s large oval tailpipes are sure to turn heads everywhere.

From 0-100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds

Behind the impressive performance of the Audi RS 3 Sportback is the world’s most powerful production five-cylinder engine – the 2.5 TFSI. It delivers 294 kW (400 hp) of output – 33 hp more than the predecessor engine – and is 26 kilograms (57.3 lb) lighter thanks to its aluminium crankcase, among other features. Its maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available at engine speeds as low as 1,700 rpm and remains constant up to 5,850 rpm. That’s how the RS 3 Sportback is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds. The effect of this extraordi-

nary tractive power is intensified by the five-cylinder’s unmistakable sound, which comes from having the ignition alternate between directly adjacent cylinders and widely spaced ones. On request, Audi will increase the electronically limited top speed from 250 km/h (155.3 mph) to 280 km/h (174.0 mph). For better mixture preparation, the new 2.5 TFSI engine employs dual injection into the intake manifold and into the combustion chambers. On the exhaust side, the Audi valve lift system controls the duration of valve opening depending on the throttle and engine speed – for moderate fuel consumption at low and partial load as well as more spontaneous throt-

tle response and a high level of tractive power at full load. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) the RS 3 Sportback uses 8.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (28.3 US mpg), which equates to 189 grams of CO2 per km (304.2 g/mi).

Quattro Drive

The S tronic seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfers the power of the five cylinders to the road. And the electro-hydraulic, multi-plate clutch distributes the drive torque variably between the axles. The sportier the driving, the faster and more often a large share of the torque reaches the rear axle. Quattro management is integrated as a standard fea-

ture in the dynamic handling system Audi drive select, as are the steering, S tronic, the engine management, the adjustable exhaust flaps, and the optional RS sport suspension with adaptive damper control. The driver can individually vary the operation of these components between three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic. Handling is perfected using the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with wheelselective torque control and the sport mode specially tuned for the RS.

Track & Sporty Suspension Setup

Together with progressive steering, the four-link rear axle, and the tight suspension setup lowered by 25 millime-

tres (1.0 in) relative to the A3, the RS 3 Sportback combines fascinating dynamism with superior stability. Compared to that production model, the track at the front axle of the RS 3 Sportback is wider by 20 millimetres (0.8 in) – and the wheel arches are accordingly flared wider. As standard, Audi includes 19-inch cast wheels and 235/35 tires, and brake disks with a diameter of 310 millimetres (12.2 in). Alternatively, Audi customers will be able to choose carbonfiber ceramic disks in front. At the rear axle, brake disks with a diameter of 310 millimetres (12.2 in) are used. Contact Audi Naas, located at Newbridge Rd, Jigginstown 045) 906 666 for all your Audi queries.

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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017

MOTORING

Qashqai’s 10 year birthday celebrated with another solid edition It’s 10 years since Nissan took a relative gamble by doing away with their Almera model, going against the conventional and popular motoring ethos at the time, and bringing the Qashqai to the market. Before then there was a clear distinction between jeeps and cars. Jeeps were for those involved in farming or those with plenty of money who wanted to ride higher than others on the road, while the more common hatchback was for everyone else. Along came the Qashqai, the first crossover SUV. Seen as somewhat of a gamble back in 2007, it has almost defined the current Nissan brand and is probably the best vehicle they have in their range. It hits all the right notes when you look at the common factors for what makes a good small family SUV. It’s stylish looking, spacious, comfortable and it drives pretty well too. There are numerous engine options to choose from, starting with the 1.2 petrol and going up to the 1.6 petrol model, while the engine size for the diesel models is

1.5 and 1.6. The 1.2 petrol is perfect for those short everyday journeys, whether it be the school run or a short commute to work, while the 1.6 diesel model is perfect for everything else. It was the diesel model that was tested here, and it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable drive. 130bhp ensures that there is more than adequate power, though you have to give it a little time for that to fully kick in. It’s incredibly smooth on the road however, and you won’t be hampered by any loud engine noises that can sometimes be the hallmark of compact SUVs. It handles very well on any type of road, something that plenty of the Qashqai’s competitors can’t attest to, and it is a very economical vehicle on fuel, with the 1.6 diesel version going through just 4.4 litres of fuel per 100km. As with plenty of other compact SUVs, you can change the drive setting between normal and sport, depending on what kind of driver you are. The technology on board is as you would expect for a modern car, with a large 5”

colour screen radio the centre piece of the XE model. Upgrade to the SV model –the premium model- and your radio will be turned into a 7” touchscreen with built in sat nav and a reversing camera that is of considerable quality. Standard technology in the Qashqai is Bluetooth, USB connection and cruise control, while the handbrake is an electric switch rather than the usual lever. For an extra €600 you can add the safety pack on the XE m o d e l , w h i c h includes traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and forward emergency breaking, while there are also front and rear parking sensors.

When you go towards the back of the Qashqai there is a well thought out method of getting the most space available from the vehicle. The back seats are eas-

ily collapsible, meaning you can configure them in up to 16 different ways to get the most from the storage space towards the rear. Prices for the Qashqai start from

€27,225 for the 1.2 petrol XE model, while the 1.6 diesel model begins at €30,625. A five year/150,000km extended warranty is also available on all Nissan vehicles.


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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017

MOTORS

ŠKODA IRELAND UNVEIL THE NEW OCTAVIA LINE-UP and a new reversing camera now as standard. The top Style trimline will now benefit from a new front grill and chrome detailing in addition to the impressive 9.2” Columbus Navigation and Infotainment system which comes as standard on the Style model.

Smartlink+

Earlier this month, ŠKODA Ireland have today announced pricing for the new Octavia, which has received a facelift and will go on sale here in Ireland this March. Since the arrival of the first generation Octavia in 1996, the Czech car manufacturer has produced more than five million units with almost 55,000 new Octavia models sold in Ireland since its induction here in 1998. The Octavia is ŠKODA’s top performing model in the Irish market and has been in the top four Irish selling car models for the past two years running.

Exterior Styling

The new Octavia sees a number of exterior styling changes that encompass the new ŠKODA design language. These include the new front-end radiator grille, which has been expanded with the introduction of additional headlights with a crystalline look, and wider air inlets with a honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumper for a more dynamic look. Speaking at the launch, Cathal Kealey, PR Manager at ŠKODA Ireland, commented: “The Octavia has always been the heart and soul of ŠKODA

in Ireland. It embodies all the brand strengths such as interior space, practicality, design quality, simply clever features and above all, value for money and the new Octavia is no different. Feedback to date has been extremely positive and customers are excited for the fresh styling and enhanced features of the new Octavia.“

New Features

The new Octavia will continue with the same trimline structure of Active, Ambition and Style specification levels with the Ambition model gaining new LED taillights, electric folding mirrors

The new Octavia comes with an abundance of Connectivity features as standard such as Smartlink+. This smartphone integration system containing Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto is now available as standard from the Ambition trimline. The Columbus Navigation & Infotainment system which is standard on the Style trimline also comes with an additional 4G LTE SIM card slot to enable a high speed Wi-Fi hotspot within the car (data plans sold separately) and a host of additional connected services from ŠKODA Connect. ŠKODA Connect: Mobile Online Services offers enhanced real time route planning, real time parking and petrol prices in the locality, customisable newsfeed, weather, customisable points of interest, in addition to other online services.

ŠKODA Connect Mobile App

A second and optional ŠKODA Connect solution offers additional functionality like remote access to the vehicle via the new ŠKODA Connect Mobile App in addition to a number of additional driver assistance solutions. One such driver assistance feature is the Emergency Call (e-Call) function which will automatically call the emergency services once an airbag is activated to further improve occupant safety.

ŠKODA OCTAVIA

The new generation of electronic assistance systems makes driving the upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA even safer and more comfortable. There are a wide range of optional new features available such as Trailer Assist, the Predictive Pedestrian Protection function, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. Park Assist also comes in a new enhanced configuration. Irish Pricing has today been announced and charts the following structure with the Octavia Combi model available for an additional €1,000 over the hatchback version outlined below. Contact ŠKODA Naas to test drive now! Located at Newbridge Road, Naas, contact 045 906 600.

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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL The Roche Group intend to apply for Permission for a development at the Vista Medical Centre, Ballymore Road, Naas, Co Kildare. The development consists a single storey extension to the front of the existing main Vista building incorporating additional foyer, seating & waiting area, associated alterations to the front & side elevations 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 ofďŹ ces 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

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receipt by the planning Authority of the application. Agent O`Loughlin Architects Ltd 087 9858836 ___________________________ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Kevin Fahey intends to apply for Retention Permission for a development at No 673 Ballymany, Standhouse Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare. The development consists a single storey extension to the rear of a detached bungalow, alterations to side & rear elevations 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 ofďŹ ces 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

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TRADES & SERVICES Kildare County Council Padraig Nolan, Principal intends to apply for planning permission for a development at Scoil Mhuire, Community School, Clane, Co. Kildare. The development consists of constructing a six lane running track with straight sprinting lanes and all ancillary site-works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council William & Susanne Quinn intends to apply for planning permission for a development at Broadfield Stud, Broadfield, Naas, Co. Kildare. The development consists of change of house type from a two-storey over basement house with garage and courtyard previously granted under planning file 11/415 & 16/920 to a single storey house at a new location on the stud farm, EPS Bison treatment system and all ancillary site-works. The development includes the demolition of existing bungalow as per planning permission 11/415 &16/920. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council Gavin & Aishling Coyle intends to apply for planning permission for a development at 39 Primrose Hill, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The development consists of change of two-storey detached house type to that granted under planning file 12/583 and all ancillary site-works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on

the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council Sallins GAA Club intend to apply for planning permission to erect a hurling wall including fenced enclosure and associated site works at Sallins GAA Grounds, Chapel Lane, Sallins 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 Frances Dunne intends to apply for retention planning permission and full planning permission for a development at Curryhills, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) Retaining and completing a twostorey house as constructed (previous planning file ref. no. 07/1048), (B) Retaining a detached domestic garage as constructed, (C) Retaining a connection to public foul sewer system, (D) Full planning permission is sought to remove condition 2 of planning file 07/1048 relating to first occupation of the relevant house, and all associated ancillary siteworks. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council Significant Further Information / Revised Plans. Michelle Grogan development on this site at Knocknally, Donadea, Co. Kildare. planning register number 16/840. That Significant Further Information has been submitted The development applied for (a) Erection of dormer type house, (b) Garage/fuel store for domestic use and (c) The installation of proprietary wastewater treatment plant with percolation area and all associated site works Significant changes proposed consist of Proposed to provide a bored well

on site instead of connecting to mains water supply That significant further information / revised plans are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during public opening hours of the Planning Department. That a submission or observation in relation to the revised plans may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee within two weeks from receipt of new notices by the Planning Authority. (this fee is not applicable to persons who made original observations/ submissions). ___________________________ Kildare County Council I, Robert Frayne intend to apply for Permission for a development on this site at Crockaun Commons, Prosperous Road, Clane, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) removal of condition no.2 attached to file ref no 88/544 (B) part change of use from residential use to veterinary clinic, (C) permission to form new entrance door to proposed veterinary clinic, (D) new signage facing onto public road with new front boundary wall and vehicular entrance and (E) erection of extension to rear of house (south) elevation for residential use 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 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, James Newman intend to apply for Retention Permission for a development on this site at 5 The Range, Dunmurraghill, Donadea, Co. Kildare. The development consists of the retention of a single storey extension to the rear (south) elevation of existing house; protected structure NIAH ref. 11900904 and Kildare County Council ref. B0907. That the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. This planning application was prepared and submitted by CROSS Architect & Chartered Building Surveyor 11 An Croís, Allenwood, Naas, Co.Kildare. Tel. 045 - 860284 ___________________________

Kildare County Council I, Jonathan Keogh, am applying to the above mentioned for planning permission to construct a single storey extension to the rear of existing single storey cottage, minor alterations to existing front façade and roof design, new bored well, waste water treatment system, widening of existing entrance, a single storey double garage to the rear and all associated site works at Crophill, Castledermot, 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. Signed: PDS - Planning & Design Solutions. www.pdscarlow.ie ___________________________ Kildare County Council We, St. Laurences GAA Club, are applying to the above referenced for planning permission to extend existing ball stop wall by 13m at 2.5m high and all associated site works St. Laurences GAA Club, Old Grange, Narraghmore, Athy, 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.pdscarlow.ie ___________________________ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I KENNETH KING intend to apply for PERMISSION for development at this site At BETAGHSTOWN,CLANE, CO. KILDARE. The development will consist/ consists of: CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY BUNGALOW, SINGLE STOREY DOMESTIC GARAGE, CONSTRUCTION OF A BUILDING CONSISTING 4 STABLES, 1 TACK ROOM , 1 OFFICE WITH W/C AND A DOMESTIC GARAGE, HORSE WALKER, SEPTIC TANK AND PERCOLATION AREA AND ALL ASSOCIATED SITE WORKS. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Prepared by DEREK WHYTE planning/engineering / architecture 0866001194 ___________________________

KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL I NOEL DAVIS intend to apply for PERMISSION for development at this site At 7 THE VIEW, WOLSTAN HAVEN, CELBRIDGE, CO. KILDARE. The development will consist/ consists of: DEMOLITION OF EXTSITING SINGLE STOREY GARAGE WITH CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLCEMENT SINGLE STOREY GARAGE TO STORE FAMILY CAMPERVAN AND ALL ASSOCIATED SITE WORKS. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Prepared by DEREK WHYTE planning/engineering / architecture 0866001194 ___________________________ KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL John Neenan c/o Straffan GAA intends to apply for permission for development at Straffan GAA, Lodgepark, Straffan, Co. Kildare for replacement of juvenile pitch (granted under planning ref. 11/1230) to all weather pitch with perimeter fencing 1.2m and 2.4m high, 4no. flood lights 15.24m high, internal vehicular access gate at dressing rooms with pedestrian crossing to pitch together with ancillary site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council I, TOM CAHALAN, INTEND TO APPLY TO THE ABOVE FOR PLANNING PERMISSION FOR DEVELOPMENT AT MOAT COMMONS, CLANE, Co. KILDARE. THE DEVELOPMENT WILL CONSIST OF THE MODIFICTIONS AND EXTENSION TO EXISITNG SUNROOM TO THE SIDE OF EXISTING DWELLING ALONG WITH ALL ASSOCIATED SITE DEVELOPMENT WORKS. RETENTION PERMISSION IS ALSO SOUGHT FOR 2 no. GABLE ROOFS OVER EXISTING BAY WINDOWS AS CONSTRUCTED. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in

writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. ___________________________ Kildare County Council We Casey Quickstop Newbridge Ltd, intend to apply for permission for development at, Londis Newbridge, Moorefield Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare. The development will consist of: • Demolition of existing toilet block/office unit. • Permission to carry out alterations and extension to existing Centra shop to include new build extension (78 Sq.m) to provide 100 Sq.m of retail space, 99 Sq.m of deli seating space with ancillary off licence use (Total Unit 297 Sq.m). • New building signage, elevational changes, extension to existing forecourt canopy and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. ___________________________ Kildare County Council We Ravengrange Ltd, intend to apply for permission for development of this c. 0.48ha site zoned for New Residential development, bounded by Millfield Manor Road and Moore Avenue in the townland of Moorefield, Newbridge, Co Kildare. The development will consist of the demolition of two derelict sheds (c.74 m2), construction of 19 No. dwellings consisting of 6 No. 2-storey 2 bedroom dwellings, 13 No. 2- storey 3 bedroom dwellings, bin stores to the front of the mid terraced units, car parking, landscaping and associated site works above and below ground. Vehicular access from Millfield Development (granted permission under planning register reference number 04/2148). 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. ___________________________


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Naas Juvenile Hurling Awards

Photos Jim Sheridan, Senior Club PRO

Naas Nursery Hurlers with Guest of Honor, Ronan Maher Tipperary Centre Back. U14 Feile All Ireland Division 1 Shield Champions Management Team of Paul Whelan, Mark Jones, Des O Neill, Eoin Stapleton, Tommy Conway with Ronan Maher

Naas U13 Team Kildare League Winners

U16 Kilkenny League Winners Management Sean Tobin Austin Bergin and Declan O Reilly

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Rugby Fans brave the weather at Naas Court Hotel Fan Zone

Johnny Fahey and Kieran O'Brien

Rugby Fan Zone at the Court Hotel, Naas

BBQ Time at Half Time with Brid Higgins, Barry Hayes and Sarah Daly

Judy and Peter Ridge

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Harrington lands Gold Cup win with Sizing John in race debut Sizing John, a first runner in the race for Kildare trainer Jessica Harrington, landed a thrilling renewal of the Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday. The wellsupported 100/30 chance held off the late run of Empire Of Dirt to win by three quarters of a length and was also giving successful rider Robbie Power his first success in the Grade 1 event. He has a number of options at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Gold Cup itself. “Robert said they went very steady and he was a bit keen over the first three fences and he kept wanting to go,” said Harrington after the race. “He said it was a good thing he made a mistake at the second last first time around as he sort of spat it out after that. He

was just brilliant. He was still cantering turning in, as far as I could see, and when he asked him he quickened up. “I know he didn’t win very far but he still won and he wasn’t stopping. I have no idea of the plan and I have to talk to Alan and Ann. It makes for a nice decision. It’s my first runner in the Irish Gold Cup and my first winner. It’s very exciting. “He looks like a three-mile chaser rather than a twomiler. Seven times he’s been beaten by Douvan, second five times and third twice. If he had won all those races he’d have started favourite for this race. “Everyone was doubting that he would stay and I got a bit more worried when the ground got soft, as I think he’s a horse that’s probably better

on slightly better ground. “He’s in all three races at Cheltenham so we’ll see what happens. He’ll be coming out of the Champion Chase though! They were all good Grade 1 horses so it was a fair test.” Sean Flanagan landed the first Grade 1 success of his career when he partnered the Noel Meade-trained Disko to win the Flogas Novice Chase. He is another with more than one option at Cheltenham but the Triumph Hurdle is the confirmed target for Mega Fortune who was successful in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell at odds of 9/2. Willie Mullins ran six in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle and landed the spoils with 12/1 shot Bacardys who was giv-

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ing champion amateur rider Patrick Mullins his first Grade 1 win over hurdles. Foxrock is not eligible for the hunters’ chase at the Cheltenham Festival but he beat reigning champion On The Fringe to land the Leopardstown Inn Hunters Chase for Ted and Katie Walsh at odds of 2/5 favourite.

The Liam Cusack-trained Who’s That won the opening mares’ handicap hurdle for the third successive year when seeing off 5/2 favourite Toe The Line by a neck under Rachael Blackmore at odds of 9/2. Blackmore, the season’s leading conditional rider with 23 winners, had her

claim reduced to 3lbs as a result. Tom Mullins combined with his nephew Danny to win the 2m handicap hurdle with 14/1 shot Grand Partner while an easier winner to find was Someday who won the bumper for Jessica Harrington and her daughter Kate at odds of 3/1.

O’Brien and Walsh land double in Naas

Horse Racing Ireland has further enhanced its involvement in the Business In The Community Ireland Partnership Business Action on Education Programme, which partners schools with businesses to empower young students. A record 16 fifth year students from the Curragh Post Primary School are taking part in the Student Mentoring Programme for the 2016 to 2018 academic years. Students meet with their HRI mentor once every three weeks during the school term to discuss life, school, careers, ambitions and interests. The programme strives to encourage students to stay in school, increase their selfesteem and develop an awareness of the workplace over the course of their senior cycle. HRI also runs the BITCI Skills at Work Programme with the fifth year class at the Curragh Post Primary School.  This involves CV and interview preparation, mock interviews and time spent with HRI employees, who answer the student’s questions about their own careers, how they became involved in their line of work, how they progressed through education and what they enjoy most about their jobs.  The aim of this programme is to broaden the horizon for the students and help them identify options in terms of education and careers.  Last week, the students had the chance to learn more about the horse racing industry with a trip to Rangers Lodge, located on the Curragh.

Sizing John wins the Irish Gold Cup for trainer Jessica Harrington

Yaha Fizz was the led to victory by jockey Mark Walsh in Naas

Joseph O'Brien added to his double at Dundalk on Friday evening when winning the featured Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas on Saturday. Mark Walsh, himself a winner at Thurles on Thursday, brought the 9/4 chance from well off the pace to win the listed event from Solita. The pair had earlier combined to take the opening maiden hurdle with 8/15 favourite Outspoken while another successful market leader was 7/4 chance Yaha

Fizz who made it three wins in a row when easily taking the rated novice hurdle for Laytown trainer Eamonn Delaney and Ryan Treacy. Alan Delany was delighted with the win, stating afterwards that he would keep Yaha Fizz to hurdles for the remainder of this season “He did it well. We thought he had improved from the last day,” said Delany. “We work him on his own at home, because he can get a bit

revved up. Physically he looked to have improved but there is only one way to find out - and thankfully we found out. “We’ll see what the handicapper does and review where we go again. He’ll stay over hurdles this season anyway.” Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell won the 2m3f maiden hurdle with 15/8 favourite Midnight Escape and 7/2 favourite Dylrow landed a gamble when taking the opportunity handicap hurdle for Ratoath-based

Robbie Hennessy and Eamonn O’Connell. The Willie Mullinstrained Carter McKay jumped to the head of the betting for the Cheltenham bumper with an impressive success in the bumper for Willie Mullins and his son Patrick. The 8/13 favourite easily beat West Coast Time to add to his earlier win at Leopardstown. Dermot McLoughlin and Conor Maxwell were responsible for the longest-priced winner of the day when 20/1 chance West-

erners Son took the handicap chase. “It was a good performance and Conor (Maxwell) said he loved the ground,” remarked McLoughlin following the win. “He got kicked at the start at Leopardstown and was a bit sore and we put the blinkers back on today and they obviously worked and he got his own way in front. “I don’t know where we’ll go now but that was a nice pot to win.”


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Photos: Yazz Coyle

Late surge seals bonus point as Naas climb to third Naas........................30 Dolphin......................8

Ulster Bank AIL Division 1B round 12 By Mark Herbert A devastating last five minutes saw Naas continue their push for promotion from Division 1B by defeating Dolphin at home last Saturday. The visitors had inflicted one of only four defeats on Naas so far this season, and still had a chance of repeating the feat until a power packed finish not only secured victory, but a bonus point as well for the home side. This was a game played in dreadful conditions, it was bitterly cold and the non stop rain made life difficult for both teams. To their credit they both endeavoured to play open rugby and succeeded in greatly entertaining their freezing supporters. In their previous meeting at Musgrave Park last November, Dolphin won the forward battle, but there was a complete reversal this time round as the Naas pack, particularly in the scrum dominated. A fired up home side got off to a great start as after only four minutes they took the lead. Naas won a line-out 30 yards out, they quickly transferred the ball into midfield, where Johne Murphy sliced through the Dolphin defence to score. Peter Osborne successfully added the conversion.

On a number of occasions Naas have conceded scores straight away after scoring themselves and it happened again here. They made a hash of dealing with the Dolphin restart and in the process they conceded a penalty which Barry Keeshan slotted over. On 19 minutes the visitors took the lead. Dolphin won a five yard line-out, and from this they powered over the Naas line for a try which Rob O'Herlihy was credited with. Although Keeshan missed the conversion Dolphin led 8-7. They maintained that lead until the 31st minute when Naas struck for their second try. From a five yard scrum, Peter Osborne was stopped just short of the line. The ball was quickly recycled and moved out the backline to Michael Skelton who ran in unopposed to score. This was the final score of the half leaving Naas 12-8 ahead at the break. If anything the weather worsened in the second half making handling for the players extremely difficult. Not surprisingly defences were on top and a Peter Osborne penalty on 63 minutes was the only further score as the game entered the closing stages. Then just as everyone thought the scoring was finished the game exploded into life. Referee Dermot Blake gave three players yellow cards - to Dolphin's Rob O'Herlihy and Cian McGovern and Ben Swindlehurst of Naas. Suddenly there was more space available on the

pitch and with the visitors tiring Naas exploited it to the full. It all started from a Dolphin scrum in their own 22, but Naas pushed them off it and quickly moved the ball to Fionn Carr who brushed aside a couple of defenders to score. Straight from the restart Naas stormed back down the pitch, Carr made a half break before finding captain Will O'Brien who got over for the all important fourth try. There was still time for Naas to add a fifth. The brave Dolphin resistence was now broken, Peter Howard ran clean through their defence and when he was tackled just short of the line he passed to the supporting Peter Osborne who finished the scoring with another try. It was certainly an amazing finish by Naas and one that has lifted them into third place in the table. Favourites for relegation at the start of the season, they are now just one point behind second place U.L. Bohemians, and with six games to go promotion now looks a realistic prospect. The games keep coming thick and fast and next up for Naas is a trip to Cork next Saturday and a meeting with U.C.C. with a 2.30pm kick-off.

Naas

Michael Skelton, Jeff Delaney, Fionn Carr, Johne Murphy, Peter Howard, Ben Swindlehurst, Peter

Peter Osborne slots over a penalty for Naas

Osborne, Adam Coyle,  Graham Reynolds,  Jason Harney,  Paul Monahan,  David Benn,  Andrew Kearney,  Will O'Brien,  Paulie Tolofua. Replacements: Warren Larkin, Dan O'Byrne,  Eoin

Walsh, David Barron, Johnny Delaney.

Young Kildare runner lands huge victory in New York The Millrose Games in New York have long been in the Irish sporting spectrum thanks to the success of the likes of Ronnie Delaney and Eamonn Coghlan, but there could be a new superstar on the horizon after an eight-year-old athlete from Kilcullen beat some of America's finest youngsters in one of the meeting's main events. Bernard Ibirogba, the son of Nigerian refugees to Ireland, won the 55 metre race at the Millrose Games, beating his closest rival by one-hundreth of a second to land gold. It was the first time that an Irish athlete had won an event at the games since Mark Carroll did so back in 2000, highlighting the feat that the young runner

has reached. Bernard's opportunity came when he was spotted at an Ireland's Fastest Kid event in Clane, something organised by Dermot McDermott to identify some of the fastest young people around Ireland. He was selected along with 23 others to go to Athlone IT in December to identify who was the quickest of the lot, and Bernard's performance left the coaches astonished. Bernard's school, Scoil Naomh Padraig in the Curragh, helped to raise funds to send him over to the games, and their investment paid off as he secured a superb win that will mark him out as one to watch in Irish athletics over the next decade.

Dolphin

Cillian Monahan, Tim Phelan, Cian McGovern, Ian O'Donoghue, Gerry

The Naas pack look to get a decent shove on despite the slippery conditions

Ryan, Barry Keeshan, Daryl Foley,  Liam Walsh,  Dave Byrne,  James Rochford,  Rob O'Herlihy, David O'Mahony,  Barry Fitzgerald,  Kevin Allen,  Ryan Murphy.


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Photos: Pat Tinsley

Orchard cut down by late Sheridan goal Armagh................. 1-15 Kildare.................. 1-18

Allianz NHL Division 2A It was the late late show in the

Athletic Grounds in Armagh as Kildare came from behind to secure a vital opening day win against a committed Armagh side on their home patch. A fiercely contested game could have gone either way, but in the end it was a goal from Jack Sheridan that proved the difference as Kildare ran out three-point winners. Kildare began the game well with a couple of points from David Reidy, but Armagh's Nathan  Curry offered a decent response with his first score of the game. The visitors took control of the tie after that however, and a couple of scores from Jack Sheridan, aided by points from Dinny Stapelton  and John Mulhall put Kildare into

an 0-8 to 0-2 lead with just 13 minutes played. Armagh surged back into the contest however, and over the next 10 minutes they turned the game on its head by reeling of 1-5 without reply. The pivotal score was Danny Magee's 23rd minute goal that put them into the lead for the first time, and the Orchard County men entered the dressing room with a 1-7 to 0-9 lead at the break. The second half was an intensely even affair as both sides went blow for blow throughout the second 35 minutes, with David Reidy scoring a stunning point and John Mulhall landing a couple of efforts, bringing his tally to four for the day. Magee continued to be a thorn in Kildare's side however as he kept the scoreboard ticking over, but the visitors eventually found a route to victory when they scored a goal in injury time to take the lead. David Reidy sent a long ball into the Kildare full-forward line, and it was Naas man Jack Sheridan who crashed

the ball to the net to put Kildare back into the lead for the first time in almost 57 minutes, and they managed to hold on to that lead to see out the win. They host Westmeath in their first home league game this Sunday, and they will go into that looking to consolidate their position in the division with another win.

Venue: Robertstown, Caragh V Robertstown19:45, Ref: Declan Peppard

2017 Keogh Cup Group B Venue: Ballyteague, Ballyteague V Nurney20:00, Ref: Peter Farrell

Sat 18 Feb 2017 Aldridge Cup Group B Venue: Carbury, Carbury V Confey14:00, Ref: Fintan Barrett Venue: Naas, Naas V Round Towers14:00, Ref: Anthony Herbert

Venue: Castledermot, Castledermot V Moorefield14:00, Ref: John Knight

2017 Dowling Cup Group A Venue: Ballymore Eustace, Ballymore Eustace V Cappagh14:00, Ref: Sham Moran Venue: More O Ferrall Park, Kildangan V Rheban14:00, Ref: Noel Mc Kenna

2017 Dowling Cup Group C Venue: Miltown, Miltown V Rathcoffey14:00, Ref: Frank Delaney

P Dermody; C Forde, J Doran, M Reidy; S Gainey, M Moloney, N O Muineachain; R Bergin, D Stapleton (0-1); C Bonus, P Moran (0-1), D Reidy (0-6); J Sheridan (1-2), B Byrne (0-2), J Mulhall (0-6). Subs: M Purcell for P Moran, R Ryan for C Bonus, G Johnston for D Stapleton.

2017 Keogh Cup Group A Venue: Castlemitchell GFC, Castlemitchell V Clogherinkoe14:00, Ref: Niall Colgan Venue: Raheens, Raheens V St Kevin's14:00, Ref: Liam Herbert

2017 Keogh Cup Group B Venue: Sallins, Sallins V Straffan14:00, Ref: John Enright

2017 Keogh Cup Group C Venue: Kilcock Main Pitch, Kilcock V Kill14:00, Ref: Conor Daly Venue Rathangan, Rathangan V Manor Kilbride Ref David Coady

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Quaid. “He’s teaching up in Monasterevin and he just wanted to play. We brought him in for a trial, and look, he has been very committed since so we said we’d bring him onto the panel. We haven’t been actively going after anybody as such. Timmy Hammersley came for a few nights but it just didn’t work. Commitment wise, he wasn’t able to give it and he understood what was needed.” “We have what we have now. We have a very tight bunch, a very committed bunch.” Asked

2017 Dowling Cup Group B

2017 Aldridge Cup Group D

2017 Keogh Cup Group D Venue: Ellistown, Ellistown V Kilcullen14:00, Ref: Thomas Smyth Venue: Monasterevan, Monasterevan V Suncroft14:00, Ref: David Houlihan

2017 Senior A Cup Group A Venue: Naas, Moorefield V Naas12:00, Ref: Anthony Lawler

2017 Senior A Cup Group B John Mulhall scored 0-6 for Kildare on his league debut

whether or not any of the players who have decided to step away from the county setup might be coming back, the Limerick native explained that the door is open for them but they must be coming in with a decent level of fitness. “They’ve given indications that they’re interested but we haven’t seen them back yet. Anybody that will be coming in now will have to be coming in fit and ready to go.” Ahead of Sunday Quaid has two main injury worries, with Mark Delaney probably out once again due to a hand injury, while David Reidy suffered a blow to his shin in the win over Armagh that still needs to be assessed. Paul Divily will also be available as he returns from a one-game suspension that he picked up after being sent off in the Christy Ring Cup defeat to Meath last summer.

Venue: St Laurence's, St Laurence's V Round Towers12:00, Ref: Martin Tobin

Sun 19 Feb 2017 Aldridge Cup Group C Venue: Johnstownbridge, Johnstownbridge V Maynooth11:00, Ref: Damien Reilly

2017 Minor Football League Div 1 Venue: Naas, Naas V Maynooth12:00, Ref: Noel Mc Kenna Venue: Moorefield, Moorefield V Carbury12:00, Ref: David Houlihan Venue: Kilcock Main Pitch, Kilcock V Sarsfields12:00, Ref: Larry Heeney Venue: Celbridge, Celbridge V Clane12:00, Ref: Peter Farrell

2017 Minor Football League Div 2 Venue: St Laurence's, St Laurence's V Rathangan12:00, Ref: Kieran Harris Venue: St Edwards, St Edwards V Aylmer Gaels12:00, Ref: Michael Malone Venue: Eadestown, Eadestown V Two Mile House12:00, Ref: Alan Archbold Venue: Ballymore Eustace, Ballymore Eustace V Balyna 12:00, Ref: Henry Barrett

2017 Minor Football League Div 3 Venue: Sallins, Sallins V Raheens12:00, Ref: Eamonn Kelly Venue: Round Towers GFC, Round Towers V Athy12:00, Ref: Anthony Lawler Venue: TBC, Newtown Gaels V St. Columba12:00, Ref: Anthony Herbert Venue: Kilcullen, Kilcullen V Miltown12:00, Ref: Jack Doyle

2017 Minor Football League Div 4A Venue: TBC, Killard V Ellistown12:00, Ref: Jack O Connell Venue: St Kevin's, St Kevin's V Naas12:00, Ref: Thomas Smyth Venue: Castledermot, Castledermot V Suncroft12:00, Ref: TBC

2017 Minor Football League Div 4B Venue: TBC, Fr.Prendegast Gaels V Castlemitchell12:00, Ref: TBC Venue: Moorefield, Moorefield V Grangenolvan12:00, Ref: TBC Venue: TBC, Abbey Rangers V Rheban12:00, Ref: TBC

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Kildare manager Joe Quaid was pleased with the bottle and heart that his players showed in their opening round league win over Armagh on Sunday, and he was also slightly relieved to get two points on board at such an early stage. Kildare had to beat Derry in a final round game last year to keep their place in Division 2A after a poor start to the league, but a win this early on in the year bodes well for what is to come. “A good start, but hard earned,” Quaid told the Kildare Post. “I questioned them if they had the bottle and the stomach to win a tight game, to be fair they answered it and showed they had. That was a huge positive to take from it. “We targeted this game from a long way out, but so did Armagh. It was good to come out with a victory, two points in the bag.” A meeting with Westmeath is next on the agenda for the Lilywhites, and the Lake County men began their campaign in inauspicious style as they suffered defeat to Carlow away from home. Quaid is hoping that Kildare supporters flock to St Conleth’s Park

on Sunday at 2pm, and despite the contrasting fortunes of the teams on the opening day, the Kildare boss thinks that the pressure will be on Westmeath. “To be fair to anybody that was in Armagh, they saw a team that was playing for their county. “At the moment, with them being the only Liam McCarthy team in Division 2A the pressure will probably be on them.” Quaid also revealed that he has added a fifth outside player to his county panel, with Thurles Sarsfields forward Padráic Crone taking part in training in recent weeks. His intercounty transfer has yet to be ratified, but he should see some involvement in the coming weeks. “We have Padráic Crone from Thurles Sarsfields, he’s coming in,” revealed

Venue: St Laurence's, St Laurence's V Allenwood20:00, Ref: Owen Murphy Venue: Athy, Athy V Eadestown20:00, Ref: Fergal Barry

Venue: Celbridge, Celbridge V Clane14:00, Ref: Eamonn Kelly

Quaid content following opening day win, while another player is added to Kildare panel By Patrick Ward

Fri 17 Feb 2017 Aldridge Cup Group A

2017 Aldridge Cup Group C

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S Doherty; C Clifford, A McGuinness, D Bridges; J Corvan, S Gaffney, T Nevin; N Curry (0-3), S Renaghan; P McKearney, C Corvan (0-3), D Carvill (0-2); D Magee (1-5), R Gaffney (0-1), C Carvill (0-1). Sub: C Gorman for D Magee. Referee - J Keane.

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Proud O’Neill lauds maturing Kildare side after gunning down Rebels

Cian O'Neill gives his thoughts to his players following the win over Cork

Patrick Ward A win over Cork is welcome in any circumstances, but Kildare's victory over the Rebels on Sunday afternoon felt like somewhat of a watershed moment. Last year there were plenty of times when the Lilywhites surrendered winning positions and let the opposition back in, with opponents much weaker than Cork taking advantage of a perceived lack of mental strength and composure from within the Kildare ranks. Manager Cian O'Neill had pointed to that as one of the key things he had to address if Kildare were to enjoy a prosperous 2017, and on

the evidence of the first two games of the National League they have done just that. They led by seven points midway through the second half, and when Cork eventually enjoyed a purple patch and cut the deficit to just a couple of points, supporters started to shuffle uneasily in their seats. The home side never panicked though, and they went on to kick five of the last six scores to earn a rather comfortable six-point win, and the mettle they showed in the face of Cork momentum was the most pleasing thing for O'Neill. "It was a really good win, a very important win for us," began O'Neill. "I suppose there was a lot of doubt about this group of

players. Certainly not from within, but from outside the setup which is just noise to us, but it's inevitable that it creeps in. I heard a quote this week that Kildare don't have a good record in St Conleth's Park, which to me was quite shocking considering it's our home ground. A lot of stuff comes within earshot when you're in Kildare. "So it was important to put two wins back to back, whether it's in St Conleth's or not. I thought the lads worked incredibly hard -particularly in the second half- to make that happen. Because if it didn't work for us today it would have been the usual 'ah yeah Kildare were very good last week and now they're back to

Cork selector cedes that Kildare were the better team By Patrick Ward Cork selector Eoin O’Neill is refusing to believe that the county’s prospects of gaining promotion straight back into Division 1 of the National League have evaporated after just two games, despite the Rebels failing to win either. Division 2 always looked to be finely balanced on paper, and with six teams sitting within two points of each other from second to seventh, it is proving that way thus far. Cork’s loss to Kildare on Sunday was somewhat of a

shock, albeit a deserved on as they scored just 1-4 from play during 77 minutes of football and stayed behind from the time Ben McCormack kicked the home side into an early lead. O’Neill conceded that they were beaten by a much better team. “The better team won,” he told the GAAnalyst. “Kildare took their chances and were very strong around the middle third of the field, they brought a lot of intensity to the middle third. They got a lot of the breaking ball; I think their stats will be a lot higher in that regard. They did the business and they

built a platform from there and that was it.” Cork host Fermanagh in their next game on Sunday week, and O’Neill is adamant that the Leesiders can still gain promotion back to the top tier. “No, I don’t think so,” was his response when asked if Cork’s promotion hopes were gone. “I think other teams will take points from each other in this group, I said that from the outset. Obviously Kildare are in a very strong position now after their first two games played, so we’ll see what happens.”

themselves'. "So I think we proved a lot of doubters wrong, but I think the most important thing is that we proved to ourselves that we're moving in the right direction. It's still only another two points, it's only step two of seven, but they just showed something different this week." While the victory over Meath was quite impressive, especially when you consider that they dismantled Derry by 3-15 to 0-9 on Sunday afternoon, the triumph over Cork proved to their manager that there was a real steel and togetherness about the side that he hadn't really seen before. "Meath had a bit of a run on us last week but never got past five, so we were reasonably happy with that, but this week we were really tested. We lost two kickouts in a row, which rarely happens, and they got that goal. It really was a mo-

ment where leaders had to step up and stand up. I think we did that, it was crucial we win the next kickout and we did that, launched an attack and tagged over a point. That was really pleasing," he said. Having put in two impressive performances back to back, O’Neill was questioned on how they have achieved such a fine start to the league and why it seems that they have more composure when the finishing line is in sight. He pointed to two main factors when it came to the upturn in performances, highlighting a growing maturity within the group and the availability of the county’s main players. “There's a greater maturity within the group- the majority of our squad is 24 and younger. I think last year all the trials and tribulations stood a lot to that. We have a core group of about 10 players from the starting 15 that

Cork midfielder Ian Maguire is bottled up by Kevin Feely and Tommy Moolick

are in that age bracket. “Lads are just stepping up. I think a lot that was overlooked, I've said it before last year, is that we're playing matches with central figures like Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, Kevin Feely, Niall Kelly and Keith Cribbin. They weren't there last year, we didn't have them, so when you have guys with that quality back in with the group that was there last year, it's a massive boost.” Asked if there were any main positives to take away from the win over Cork that weren’t evident in the win over Meath, O’Neill pointed to the defensive resilience of his Kildare team as the improvement from seven days previous. “Last week we produced some fantastic attacking football, but lets be honest, Meath were poor. So I think defensively we didn't look too much into that because they didn't turn up themselves. But we played really good offensively. This week, what we're really pleased about is that we dug in, we got stuck in. Conditions were tough and there was 15 bodies flying around there and when our mettle was tested we came up good, and that's the most pleasing thing from today.” “Meath and Cork are probably two of the top three along with Galway that would be fancied to go up. Today was a big one for us, because you have a team that's just come up from Division 3 to 2 against a team that has gone down from Division 1, so I think that was a statement from our perspective in so far as that we shouldn't fear anyone, we should just go out and play and perform. As I said, it was different to last week, but it was a real gutsy performance and we'll take that.”


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Cool, composed and clinical as Kildare Kildare.................. 1-14 Cork....................... 1-8

Allianz NFL Division 2Patrick round two Ward It was a display of composure, class and cunning as Cian O'Neill's Kildare side put in a solid 70 minute display to record a six-point win over promotion favourites Cork to move top of Division 2 of the National Football League. They had to weather a second half fightback from the visiting Rebels, but they were full value for their comfortable win as a fine defensive effort was backed up by some solid displays from the likes of Neill Flynn and Ben McCormack up front. It was evident from an early stage that Cork were setting out a defensive stall as they pushed Ruari Deane back into a sweeper role, leaving just Paul Kerrigan and Colm O'Neill as their loan attackers. It seemed to unsettle Kildare initially as they looked slightly ponderous in possession, but once they hit their stride from the tenth minute onwards they began to turn the screw on their opponents. Daniel Flynn almost found the net in the second minute when he went on a typical burst through the Cork defence before rifling an effort towards goal, but Ryan Price managed to palm the ball over the bar. Cork responded through converted frees from Luke Connolly and Colm O'Neill, but their lack of bite in attack let them down as a

Take five The main man- Eoin Doyle

Kevin Feely, the Cribbin brothers and Ben McCormack were all contenders, but Doyle played a captains role when the going got tough in the second half. He put excellent pressure on a Cork forward to force him into screwing a shot wide when the gap between the sides was just two points, and he prevented the Rebels powerful runners from breaking down the middle for the most part.

Talking point

Kildare are one of only three teams in the country to have won their first two games in the league, and the Lilywhites now sit at the top of Division 2. Tough assignments lie ahead however, with a long trip to Derry in 10 days’ time next on the agenda.

Haven’t seen that before

Daniel Flynn pumped his fist, Kildare supporters rejoiced and the scoreboard

Kildare's Kevin Feely starred once again at midfield

more enthusiastic looking Kildare took control. Ben McCormack levelled matters when he struck over a close range point after a good burst up the middle from captain Eoin Doyle, before the the Sarsfields man sent Kildare into the lead with a wonderfully struck curling effort from

long range. The impressive Kevin Feely, who recorded two fine marks in quick succession, doubled the home side's advantage when he exchanged a neat one-two with Neill Flynn before striking it over the bar. The Athy midfielder followed

that up with a sumptuous long range effort straight after, and when Neill Flynn added a couple of points from frees to extend the Kildare lead to five points, the Leinster side looked in rude health. Cork began to get a grip on the game at that stage how-

counted the Johnstownbridge man’s second half goal, but referee Cormac Reilly ruled the effort out even after Ryan Price had taken his kickout. Apparently linesman Maurice Deegan was in his ear to disallow the goal as Flynn had hopped it twice in the build-up. Cian O’Neill was shocked by the decision, while the entirety of the crowd were confused as to why it was ruled out.

Ref watch

In fairness, the call on Flynn’s goal was correct and Cormac Reilly rarely put a foot wrong all day. He allowed plenty of physicality in the tackle, something that was of benefit to the home side as they fought hard for every ball. Black cards were shown to Kildare’s Kevin Feely and Cork’s John O’Rourke, but both were justified.

Where to now?

Kildare travel to Derry on Sunday February 26 for their next league fixture. The Oak Leaf County have had a dismal start to their league campaign as an opening round draw with Clare was followed by a 3-15 to 0-9 defeat to Meath on Sunday.

Ben McCormack pulls the trigger as he nets the only goal of the game

ever, but their bluntness in attack was preventing them from making any real headway on the scoreboard. A point from Luke Connolly was the best they could muster before the end of the half, though Ian Maguire should have netted when he got in behind the

Kildare defence, but the St Finbarr's midfielder shot narrowly wide to the left of Mark Donnelan's post. Kildare finished the half the better as Paul Cribbin knocked over a tidy effort from 40 metres out to see them into the break with a lead of 0-8 to 0-3.


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top the class after two rounds

Kildare's Fergal Conway attempts to get by the challenge of Conor Dorman

Cork came out with a more offensive mindset at the beginning of the second half, and the introduction of John O'Rourke at half-time certainly made a difference. They finally landed their first point from play in the 41st minute when Paul Kerrigan dissected the posts with a superb effort from the right wing, and Aidan Walsh followed that up two minutes later with an impressive score of his own. It looked as if Kildare had issued an emphatic response when Daniel Flynn ran 50 metres with the ball before finding the bottom corner, but referee Cormac Reilly ruled his effort out as he double-hopped the ball during his run. They did increase their lead through a Tommy Moolick point however, and when McCormack found the net after picking up the scraps from a Paul Cribbin shot that had dropped short, Kildare looked destined for victory as they lead 1-9 to 0-5. Cork showed some good fight however, and a Tomas Clancy point at least raised a bit of a roar from the travelling support, before the Lilywhites' goal was breached for the first time in 2017. Luke Connolly dropped a speculative shot short, and with Mark Donnellan's line of sight obstructed by the jumping Donncha O'Connor, the ball whistled into the top corner. Another point from substitute Barry O'Driscoll narrowed the gap to two points as Cork continued to gather momentum, but Kildare put the shoulder to the wheel once again and settled back to their task by fir-

ing over the next three scores, with Neill Flynn effectively taking hold of the contest by himself. The Maynooth forward fired over a free before piercing the posts at the Kilcullen end after being set up by a fabulous pass from McCormack, and he sent the home side five clear in the 68th minute with another score from play. The final few seven minutes of the game petered out in a fashion that would have been pleasing for Cian O’Neill as Kildare sapped the life from the game, though Kevin Feely received a black card late on, while Cork’s John O’Rourke also suffered the same fate. Further points from Chris Healy and Paul Cribbin put the gloss on the win as Kildare sauntered towards victory and to the top of Division 2. Scorers for Kildare: N Flynn 0-6(3f), B McCormack 1-2, K Feely 0-2, T Moolick, C Healy, P Cribbin and D Flynn 0-1 each. Scorers for Cork:  L Connolly 1-3(2f, 1'45), C O'Neill, A Walsh, B O'Driscoll, P Kerrigan and Tomas Clancy 0-1 each.

Kildare

M Donnellan; M O'Grady, D Hyland, O Lyons; J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely(S Ryan 70mins bc), T Moolick(C McNally 58mins); F Conway(C Healy 63mins), N Kelly(P Kelly 70mins), P Cribbin; N Flynn(C Hartley 72mins), D Flynn, B McCormack(D Slattery 67mins).

Cork

R Price; J McLoughlin, Tom Clancy, K Crowley(J Mullins 53mins); C Dorman(Barry

O'Driscoll 51mins), J Loughrey, Tomas Clancy; A Walsh, I Maguire(D Óg Hodnett 60mins); R Deane, S Powter(J O'Rourke ht), M Collins(D O'Connor 51mins); C O'Neill(N Coakley 63mins), L Connolly, P Kerrigan.

Cork's Mark Collins is surrounded by Neill Flynn and Niall Kelly

Early season training paying off for Doyle and Kelly Patrick Ward Kildare manager Cian O’Neill was delighted with the defensive effort his side put in against Cork on Sunday afternoon as the Lilywhites restricted the visiting attack to just 1-4 from play. A major part of their solidity in the backline came from a storming performance from captain Eoin Doyle as he held his central position superbly and foiled numerous Cork attacks when the Rebels looked to find a way back into the game. One such instance was when John O’Rourke came within 10 metres of goal and looked to have a simple chance to place the ball over the bar, but Doyle exerted enough pressure to make the Cork attacker screw his effort miles wide of the upright. With Cork having scoring 1-2 in quick succession and trailing by just two points at that stage, the Naas man’s intervention was crucial. “It just kept them at arm's distance,” noted O’Neill. “Eoin did that a couple of times today, he broke from

the centre, he had a great block there from the two spot. I can't remember who it was, but he just got around his man, he came from six and just got the block. He's showing that leadership as a captain should, but also as a player he's just developing into a huge leader for us.” Doyle missed all of last year’s National League campaign as he rehabbed a long term groin problem, while Niall Kelly struggled throughout 2016 with a troublesome calf injury. Both players managed to get a full pre season under their belts this year, and their form proves that it has paid off. “Eoin and Niall have probably benefited from that. They were both with us last year but had a lot of injuries and never did pre season. They did this year and I thought they did well. I thought Niall was fantastic today considering Cork put so much pressure on him after his performance last week, but he still brought other players into the game as great players do,” said O’Neill.

Niall Kelly is benefiting from being injury-free this year.


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