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Uncertainty is surrounding the future of services at a leading centre for people with special needs in Co Kildare. Management at St John of God in Celbridge are due to hold urgent talks with Kildare County Council representatives in Naas before the end of the month. There are mounting concerns that the planned closure of Choices, a daycentre for adults at St John of God in Celbridge, will leave 32 people with nowhere to go. It is anticipated that the opening of a new primary school on the grounds of where Choices is located, could lead to the closure of the adult day centre. Parents are threatening to picket if their adult children are moved from the facility and moved out in the community, as proposed. Pat Behan has a 38-year-

old son who has been attending Choices for the past 27 years. Mr Behan feels that there is adequate space for the new school and has called for Choices to remain. Mr Behan said: “My son would be devastated if he had to leave Choices.” Up to 20 worried parents, of children ranging from children to adults with special needs, recently met with Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan, Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy, Fianna Fáil TD Frank O’Rourke, Sinn Féin Cllr Ide Cussen and Independent Cllr Brendan Young. One of the worried parents, Aisling McNiffe, is parent to young son Jack, who suffers from Down Syndrome and and a rare disorder called CINCA. She is deeply concerned about the future of facilities at St John of God when Jack becomes an adult. Ms McNiffe said: “There are no straight answers, parents are wondering what will be there at all.”


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11am to 5pm. It will be styled as a pop-up boutique, with clothing from high street labels, clothing retailers, designer labels and of course, footwear and winter clothing such as coats and jackets. Roisin said: “We’ve all seen the horrific and continued trauma that Syrian family endure but we can all support Trócaire’s work in Syria and help these displaced and distraught people”. There are currently 1.75m Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan and 2.7m

refugees in Turkey. For five years, Syrians have been forced to flee their war torn county with European countries taking some of the exodus. To date, over 7m Syrians have fled their country with 5m seeking shelter in neighbouring and European countries and sadly, a high number of casualties dying in desperate modes of transport, many at sea. Roisin added: “Most families leave with nothing but hope, having paid whatever they can to secure escape through ruthless people traf-

fickers and then, have to live for years in basic accommodation shelters with little or no luxuries. “You can contact me at 086 190 4771 to organise delivery. But please note, we want good quality items – items in condition you’d buy yourself and monies raised will go to Trócaire Syrian Project”. Alternatively, people can send a private message and contact number to Roisín on her Facebook page, Roisin O’Rourke or see Something Old, Something New also on Facebook.

crimebriefs Switch on lights to discourage new spate of early evening burglaries Gardaí in Co Kildare are

warning homeowners to switch on lights due to a sharp rise in burglaries while away at work. According to Sgt Mary Mulroe, Kilcullen Garda Station, a large majority of burglaries in the county are now taking place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. With the onset of dark evenings, Sgt Mulroe is urging people to leave a light on, in order to deter criminals. This warning follows in the wake of several robberies, in the past week, between the times of 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The latest was at Hazelmere, Naas, when the front window of the house was smashed, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Noone was in the house at the time. At Gleann na Rí, Naas, a window was forced open, earlier this week. In another incident, the front door of a house at Rathmore, Naas, was kicked in. Also at Green Avenue, Naas, a house was broken into, earlier this week, between

5.30pm and 6.30pm, while the owners were away.

Door forced open at Co Kildare home At Killinane, Kilcullen, a

door was forced, earlier this week, between 8.15am and 5.15pm. Gardaí in Kilcullen are appealing for information. The house was unoccupied at the time.

Naas men are being warned not to walk alone Men walking home after a

night socialising in Naas are being warned not to be alone. The warning is now being extended to men, along with women, due to the increasing prevalence of men in Naas being accosted while returning home from a night out, in the early hours of the morning. Sgt Mary Mulroe said: “There are incidents of lone men being approached by two to three men, in the Naas area. “They are getting property off them, such as money and mobile phones. We are saying, don’t walk home alone at anytime. If coming home from a niteclub, be with someone else.”





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No bus for Co Kildare man with Autism

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A single North Kildare mother of an adult son with Autism is being forced to provide transport despite a bus passing their place of residence. Outraged Helen Kenny, mother to 20-year-old Shane, is being forced to drive her son from Leixlip every day to Moyglare, Maynooth, where he attends St John of God day services. Ms Kenny then has to travel from Maynooth to Dunboyne where she works as a home-help. According to Ms Kenny, there are several other parents, who are being forced to transport their special needs children, in Leixlip. Ms Kenny is forced to juggle work with the added pressures of transporting Shane. Distressed Ms Kenny, said: “Sometimes I am driving behind the bus going into Maynooth. There are lots of parents like me, since the transports costs for people with special needs were cut. If I had a bus collect Shane, it would be like someone handing me the Lottery. I can’t start work until 10am.â€? In 2013, the government decided to close mobility allowance and motorised transport schemes to new applicants, citing legal, ďŹ nancial and

practical issues. Ms Kenny says that while her son is ‘able-bodied’, he is ‘too vulnerable’ to take public transport on his own. She is desperately appealing for transport to be provided for adults with special needs throughout the county. Ms Kenny said: “It is draining, humiliating.â€? Sinn FĂŠin Cllr RĂŠada Cronin slammed the latest budget’s lack of allocation for transport provisions for people with special needs. She said: “The Minister fell asleep

Rebel TD to face judge in Naas next week

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Politician Clare Daly was arrested by appointment this week by Dublin gardai executing a bench warrant against her. The Independents 4 Change TD appeared before Swords District Court in relation to a speeding charge in Newbridge. Ms Daly met with gardaĂ­ by arrangement in the vicinity of Swords District Court and was then taken before the judge to execute the warrant. Last Thursday, Judge Desmond Zaidan in Naas issued a bench warrant for the TD’s arrest after she failed to remain in court for a speeding charge. Ms Daly signed a bail bond in court on Tuesday, committing to her appearance in Naas District court next Wednesday. Last week Judge Zaidan labelled the Dublin North TD ‘disrespectful’ after she left Naas District Court before her case had been heard. She was the last on a list of 188 cases, of which more than 120 were for speeding. Ms Daly, originally from Newbridge but with an address in Swords, is charged with travelling at 59kph in a 50kph zone at Ballymany, Newbridge, on New Year’s Day.

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the popular esteem they enjoyed. This Pharisee’s prayer could be described as a commercial for the movement, except for one omission and one wrong attitude. The omission is any reference to the Paharisee’s zeal for studying the Law. He has been blessed with a temperament that finds observance of the Law easy. If this catalogue of his good deeds in a fair measure, he is a most observant Jew. Fasting was common in the Pharisee movement and they extended the laws on tithing (setting apart for the temple one tenth of a crop) to things the law had not mentioned. “Tax collectors, or publicans, were at the other end of the social ladder. They bought the rights to collect the taxes of their own people from the occupying power. If this were not bad enough, they added a percentage for themselves. The Gospels always present tax collectors as outsiders, so that ‘tax collector’ and ‘sinner’ effectively means the same thing. One might imagine the audience of the parable waiting to hear how such a person would pray. The surprise of the parable is that it is this person rather than the dedicated religious professional who knows instinctively how to pray properly. He is not there to overwhelm God with a catalogue of good deeds. His demeanour at prayer speaks of a humble heart:

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he stands barely inside the area of the temple reserved for prayer, he keeps his eyes down cast, he strikes his breast as a sign of penitence and pleads for mercy. After his prayers, he returns home ‘at rights with God.’ “The Pharisee’s prayer was a failure because he made the fatal mistake of comparing himself with others, and assuming God would not hear the prayer of the tax collector. In other words, he was playing God. Luke rounds off the parable with yet another reference to what has been a favourite theme since Mary first mentioned it in the Magnificat: ‘everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.’”

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Co Kildare properties go under the hammer at online auction By Patrick Ward

Nine Co Kildare properties are included in the Allsop online auction for November as buyers get ready to cast their eye on over 130 commercial and residential properties around the country. The properties have a total reserve of over €20m and are going under the virtual hammer on Thursday November 3. Bidding will open at 8am and a lot will close every three minutes until 5pm.

On the commercial side in Kildare, highlights include two retail investments in Athy to be sold as one lot. The first unit is occupied by Boylesports and provides a retail unit on Stanhope Street while the second unit was previously occupied by XtraVision and provides a dual fronted corner unit at the junction of Leinster Street and Stanhope Street. The property has an annual rent of €21,000 which is due to rise to €30,000 once a new lease is executed with Boylesports. The reserve range on this property is €290,000 - €310,000.

The commercial offering also features a restaurant investment in Newbridge with an annual rent of €16,800 which is reserved at €175,000 - €185,000. Residential highlights include a range of three bedroom family homes across the county including a semidetached house in Leixlip with a reserve range of €240,000 - €250,000; a semi-detached house in Celbridge with a reserve range of €215,000 €225,000; and a semi-detached house in Rathangan with a reserve range of €160,000 €170,000.

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TD calls for special fund to market Irish products post-Brexit Local Kildare TD, Frank O’Rourke, has called on the Minister for Enterprise Jobs and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland to allocate a special fund for marketing Irish Food products, given the challenge presented by the UK voting to exit the EU. “We have seen in recent months that the devaluation of the sterling and the potential for a hard border between UK and Ireland has the potential to negatively affect Irish food exporting companies. These companies are now vulnerable given their heavy reliance on the UK market. Over 40% of the Irish Food exports are exported to the UK,” said Deputy O’Rourke. “The Irish Food product is a quality brand that has potential in many markets outside of the UK. While the UK will remain an important market for us, we need to put in place a marketing strategy that promotes our food products more globally.” Deputy O’Rourke says he

has mentioned such a fund while on duty in the Oireachtas, “As I have mentioned in the Dail on a number of occasions, Naas and the surrounding area is home to many Food related companies, which have strong brands. Examples include, Kerry Food, Dawn Farm Food, Queally Group, Tara Vale Foods, Green Isle, Brady Farm Food located in Timahoe, and Ballymooney Foods located in Clane.” “I have seen at first hand the investment that these companies, have made, and continue to make, in terms of product development, technology, human resources and infrastructure. The agri-food sector is Irelandís largest indigenous industry which employs over 175,000 people with a turnover of €11bn last year. We must support this Industry given the challenges presented by Brexit.” concluded Deputy O’Rourke after raising the matter in the Dail.





The Zip Yard in Newbridge helps raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital The Zip Yard in Newbridge will be raising funds on Saturday for Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. The business in the Courtyard Shopping Centre beside Whitewater Shopping Centre will donate 50% of total turnover to Temple Street on that day. The funds raised will go to support a range of kids’ entertainment activities in Temple Street, to create joy and laughter to the wards. On Saturday, Zip Yard seamstresses will act as 'surgeons' for the day to repair beloved teddy bears of young patients. Jennifer Wallace, owner of The Zip Yard Newbridge said: “We are delighted to support this great cause and we hope to both give joy to the chil-

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Naas photographer raising funds for children’s hospital

A NAAS photographer is holding an exhibition and the sale of some photographs will raise money for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Michael Linehan lives in Naas and is a member of Celbridge Camera Club. The exhibition will open in Inniscara Gallery,

Main Street, Rathcoole on Sunday November 6th at 3pm and will then run for two weeks. All framed photographs are for sale. The exhibition costs are fully covered, so 100% of the money raised will be donated to the hospital. The collection is mostly of nature images taken locally and nationally.

Naas insurance firm aiming to find best business in Chamber Awards A NAAS-based insurance and financial services company is sponsoring the award for the ‘Overall Business of the Year, ‘in the prestigious, North Kildare Chamber Business Awards. The award was won last year by Kildare Village. Tim Dooley, the managing Director of the Dooley Insurance Group said: “We are delighted to sponsor The Overall Business of the Year Award. “We were established over 58 years ago by my father, Eamonn (Ned) Dooley and since that time we have grown our business exponentially. “We firmly believe in putting people first, that is the true measure of excellence in business. These awards recognise the great and the good in our business community and it’s important to recognise the efforts of these hard working talented people. “These are the people and the companies who provide employment and support families. These are the ones that essentially allow our communities to grow and prosper. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees in this year’s North Kildare Chamber Awards and wish each and every one of them the best of luck.” This year’s glitzy, black tie gala dinner and awards cer-

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Kildare has a must-see Halloween event this year - Zombiegeddon 2016! Kildare’s newest scare attraction will be open in time for Halloween later this month. Redhills Adventure, an events based activity business located 5kms outside of Kildare Town, is running Zombiegeddon 2016. Following last year’s sold out event, the Redhills team have added extra capacity for Zombie Slay this year for the October Bank Holiday weekend (28th and 29th) and added two brand new attractions, Screamfields Haunted Field of the Dead and Zombie Splat for the younger ones which takes place during the midterm break. Can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse and slay the meanest of Zombies

or make it through our brand new attraction "Screamfields Haunted Field" in one piece? This event promises to be the perfect mix of adrenalin fuelled fun and the right amount of scare and is not to be missed! Paul and Owen Murphy who run Redhills, explained:ìThe story is that the world is on a knife edge as an outbreak of an untraceable virus is threatening to exterminate all of mankind. "In small groups, you will be escorted through the infected compound with a mission to find the antidote and save the world! "Either equipped with a Zombie Blaster you will slay your way through

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Other Side of the Coin Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

Have a pain free life with Acupuncture At some point in life, everyone experiences pain: headache, joint pain, low back pain, neck pain, TMJ, etc. Pain is the most common complaint physician’s see in their practices. Besides experiencing pain, most people have also taken a wide range of pain medications, from over-thecounter medicine like aspirin to stronger prescription drugs; and we are aware (as our doctors are) that these medications can have unpleasant and unwanted side effects. Would so many of us continue to take these synthetic Western drugs if we knew about other options that are timetested, safe, natural and effective? I don’t think so! Acupuncture is a natural and effective pain killer for many many ailments and as you’re about to read it is indeed amazing how it works, it is the greatest natural pain killer in the world without a doubt.

Acupuncture, Effective Treatment for Pain

I have successfully treated hundreds of patients for pain since I started my practice. It is gratifying to see people being relieved of all kinds of pain after struggling for many years with their back pain, migraines, joint pain, or whatever. Most people who come to my clinic for pain relief have a long history of struggling with pain. Acupuncture has become

a real alternative for the treatment of pain. It is widely accepted by more and more people for pain reduction. Both ancient wisdom and modern scientific research reveal that acupuncture really works -- it is not just a matter of belief. Some vets specialise in using acupuncture for animals, many people become convinced that it is not about belief or faith when they see their cats or dogs get better after having acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is very good at

clearing pain that may be in the body or a body part for many years from an old injury, this is easily diagnosed because the pain is very sharp, but not there all the time and it has a fixed location.

Mind/Body Connection

Pain can sometimes just be a symptom of other things going on at a deeper level, either emotional or physical. This is why when cameras go down into stomachs etc at hospi-

the neck to someone, or is someone a pain in the neck to you? Is someone giving you the cold shoulder? Are you giving someone the cold shoulder?, try and track the mind body connection the next time you get a pain in a certain area of your body. Are you very rigid in your view, and because of this are your joints becoming stiff?

tals that doctors sometimes cannot find anything physical going on even though the patient still has the pain. This is because the pain has not yet manifested anything physical yet like a lump or an ulcer. Acupuncture deals with pain at an energetic level long before it becomes a chronic problem and even if and when it might become chronic acupuncture will reduce any lumps cysts or ulcers anywhere in the body. The mind/ body connection can be very interesting as regarding pain. Usually pain at a certain body sites can indicate certain repressions in the emotional body/mind matrix, for instance back pain usually hits people who are always putting things behind them, putting things off till tomorrow, not addressing the happenings in the present. This weakens the area and then just lifting something heavy can easily injure the back, this weakening at a deep cellular level upsets the muscle balance in the back. Neck pain can indicate a bad connection between body and mind, not listening to the inner self, the neck is the bridge between the head and the body between the physical and the mental and pain here can indicate an inner conflict between what the mind is telling you to do and what you are actually doing physically in your life as opposed to what you should be doing and changing to create harmony and balance. Are you a pain in

Experience Acupuncture; Enjoy Its Benefits

Should you try acupuncture for your pain? Yes, but more importantly the diagnostic tools of acupuncture are far superior to Western medicine when it comes to finding out the underlying cause of the pain. I really encourage you to give it a try. For acute pain, you may just need one to a six treatments. For chronic conditions, a course of twelve treatments or more is recommended, by which time you should be able to tell what sort of a response you have to acupuncture. Some people notice relief right away; some need a few more treatments to notice the change. After six sessions, the practitioner typically reviews your case and discusses your progress with you. For the commonest health problem in the world – pain – Chinese medicine is second to none and truly worth investigating.


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Kildare Post Restaurant Review

Le Pain Quotidien - Kildare's best kept secret. Try it and tell your friends!  Chicken Caesar Brioche Bun

Le Pain Quotidien exterior

Chilli Sin Carne

Foodie friends had raved about Le Pain Quotidien in Kildare Village for several months but I had never been until last Saturday.  The European cuisine restaurant was bustling with afternoon shoppers and casual diners looking for the lovingly produced organic food the venue is famous for.  Le Pain Quotidien (The Daily Bread)  is a Belgian bakery and restaurant offering simple and wholesome food, made with organic and local ingredients. More than 150 ingredients on the restaurant's menus are sourced from local Irish producers. There are  over 200 restaurants Pavlova with fresh fruit

around the world, and one restaurant in Ireland to date. The restaurant boasts a 190-seat restaurant and a 50-seat outdoor terrace section for al fresco dining.   And it's right on our doorstep  in  the Kildare Village  Outlet  where Le Pain Quotidien will be celebrating its first birthday on October 27 when customers will be treated to €1.00 hot beverages all day.   A varied daily menu at LPQ includes hot breakfasts,  signature tartines, salads, frittatas and sharing platters. Customer favourites are the wholesome Irish beef stew, juicy rump steak, sea

bass and for dessert - organic ice cream. There is the option of a 2 course set menu for €14.95 which offers great value. A jazz singer every Thursday has become a regular event for new and existing customers.   For my starter I chose Serrano Ham and Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella tartine which was served with sun dried tomatoes and basil oil on organic sourdough wheat bread.    My companion went for a more seasonal option and opted for the Organic Soup of the Day which was a steamy blend of Carrot,  Honey  and Thyme served

with a slice of sourdough bread & a slice of crusty baguette.  For the Main Course I plumped for the Chicken Caesar Brioche Bun made of Irish Chicken, Parmesan, aioli and home pickled red onion served in an organic brioche bun with fresh seasonal slaw.    My dining partner ordered the  vegan Chilli Sin Carne made from soybean, onion, chilli and served with fresh guacamole, soya sour cream, diced tomatoes and spring onions. 

  With still some room for dessert, we opted to share Pavlova which was topped with organic cream, strawberries, blackberries & blueberries. We ordered a fresh strawberry tart from the dessert counter to take away. Two Americanos served in LPQ's signature bowls rounded off a very pleasant dining experience.  LPQ may be Kildare's best-kept secret but some things in life are too good to keep to yourself!

Fact Panel Every month Le Pain Quotidien hosts numerous events including Supper Clubs, Baking Classes & Demonstrations. The next Baking class is Wednesday 2nd November. The theme of November supper club is “Winter Feast” on Thursday 3rd November. All enquiries at 045 499190 or events@ LPQ has late opening hours until 7pm and 8pm in the evening and will soon have extended Christmas hours too.

A private dining area upstairs is currently available for hire for business events or family celebrations such as Holy Communions, Confirmations or small weddings. The restaurant has also developed a catering menu for external clients featuring an attractive range of mini baguettes, tartines and pastries to offer local businesses when hosting meetings and product launches.


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The Money Trail By Murdock

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That The Sun May Continue To Shine! The Budget for 2017, introduced last week, by the Government went through without much ado. The contents were pretty much known beforehand and there was muted grumbling from the opposition. That is because the Independent Alliance had, by Shane Ross’s accounts, received what they wanted. The overall budget of €1.3 billion, which is €100 million higher than originally anticipated, on the surface looks like it is very good for the country.

Taxes were kept to a minimum with the only major tax really being the 50 cents on the packet of 20 cigarettes. However the budget is predicated largely on the growth rate of GDP, a lot of this has to do with foreign direct investment. There are, however, real fears that because of the unknown quantity of a Brexit that the GDP could fall sooner rather than later and the foreign direct investment, subject to elections in America in particular, could change dramatically in the not

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too distant future. Ireland has no control over this whole area as we are an open economy. The fundamentals for setting the Budget were based on a growth rate where Sterling was stronger than it is now. In fairness estimates and assumptions must be made but who will take the hit if these are wrong? Nevertheless the Government in all of its shape and form must be given some credit for introducing a spend budget for a change. Although not

widely watched by the mass populists because it looked like a boring budget it has certain gems in it. The Affordable Childcare Scheme for instance will be worth €20 a week to most households who take it. To allow more people into the work place will entitle the Government to get more PAYE/ PRSI. The home carer’s credit is to be increased by €100. The Tax free threshold for Inheritance Tax goes up by €30,000 to €310,000. This will help for transfers of properties in the richer areas for sure. However the rate of Capital Acquisition Tax wasn’t really tackled nor indeed was the rate of Capital Gains Tax generally speaking. Sure the Capital Gains Tax has brought down to 10% on €1 million entrepreneurial allowances for sale of businesses but the general Capital Gains Tax rate at ,33%, is draconian. A sum of €9.5 million is to be spent on education which includes 400 new teachers. The third level sections get €36.5 million which was often forgotten about in the past and that has to be welcomed. We need our children to be well educated going forward; we need our grandchildren equally to be totally well educated and to be up to date on IT because they are the future. A €500 million annual cost of education allowance will be made available to back to education allowance participants. The pensioners got a €5 increase. It is a token payment put helps to beat inflation. This is on the backdrop of a 5% increase for elected TD’s. They had to withdraw on their great plans but they have caused a political fall as a result of what they did. The biggest item on the agenda during the budget was Minister Pascal Donohoe’s roll-out of €1.2billion for housing for 2017. This includes 47,000 social houses. It is expected at 21,000 applicants for social housing will have their housing needs met next year. The budget for housing assistance is €105 million. The buy-to-let will be backdated to

July the 19th and this will be based on a new system of up to €20,000 grant for first time buyers only. They missed the boat in this one in that it is only first time buyers and they are missing a substantial amount of young people who want to trade up and are living in apartments. It should have been for first time buyers of houses. The grant is a PAYE rebate of the last four years Tax paid. This might suit certain people but not everybody. Watch that space later as it is not as brilliant as it first looks. The other problem of course is that builders and developers naturally have increased the price of houses already. In my book the Government should have kicked ass with the Central Bank to change rules and regulations there because unless there is something really rotten in this state with the banks, and I believe there is, it should have been coming from more lending from that source rather than a Government support that can create inflation. Nonetheless builders and developers have to welcome it. A total of 4,500 jobs are to be introduced to include 2,400 teachers, 1,000 new nurses and 800 new Gardaí. The Brexit is a big issue and they say they are tackling it but I think they are a bit lame on this one. They said there is additional funding for IDA and from The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland and the Local Enterprises Board. The roll out of support monies from this bank will be for agriculture and business. However I believe that subsidies should have been given or some grant aid to foreign exporters who are on the brink. They are going to suffer really badly and they have a lot of employment with up to 40% of our exports going through Britain, including services, and €1.2 billion per week going in and out there. There are fears on the cross border areas, as a result. This is for a separate discussion but it is a serious issue. Universal Social Charge which was the jewel in the crown for

the election process and was meant to be gone! The tokenism on this one is sickening in that it is a .5% reduction of the lower three levels. It does help the lower ended players but it was meant to apply across the board. This is a fall back by Government elective because of the opposition. This is politics winning over practical common sense. It is a bad tax and should have gone long ago. It should be introduced only for specific purpose in 2010 and looks where it is at now. This budget should be about taking Taxes down not about the Government clapping themselves on the back because they didn’t increase them. We should be on a downward spiral and less Tax means more spending, means more domestic Taxes being obtained. Rural Ireland is to receive a €15 million under national broadband plan and formerly for town and village renewal. Health is to receive a huge budget which wasn’t heavily talked about just yet. A sum of €14.6 billion is the total there; €50 billion to tackle hospital waiting lists which is a great idea and get people moving and to make use of these new nurses with the private nursing Fair Deal scheme. As has being evident the public nursing home costs are prohibitive at tax payers cost compared to private nursing facilities. Defence spending will be €16million with 800 new Gardaí and this is welcomed. Agriculture has a few gems in that. Farmers who went through a bad patch in the last year and perhaps next year coming can opt out of the five year rolled out averaging scheme for one year because of a poor result. There are also support grants for environmental friendly schemes and €150 million will be part funded by the EU to support a lot of this. There will be €44 million package for flood relief schemes. In all a spend budget but a real lost opportunity on Tax reduction.


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Kildare business man is genial jester at the heart of Kildare run charity

Ryan Tubridy on a visit to No Bucks Cafe

By Rose B O’Donoghue There are those of you reading this article who will recognise Aubrey McCarthy as one of the McCarthy brothers of The Elms. Director of AMC Removals and Storage, he can haggle over an order of storage boxes or packaging to shave a few euro, but will be decent in negotiating a fair price for a family going through the trauma of a house move. Along with younger brother Fergal, the pair run the successful furniture, house and home business at Watch House Cross (established by their late parents Geraldine and Denis McCarthy). Added to that, Aubrey is a qualified auctioneer with the brothers being renowned for their knowledge of antiques, whilst Fergal and his wife Esther run the Hampton Garden Collection. Then there’s the Elms Café… It’s not his business acumen we’re focusing on here but Aubrey Joseph’s reputation and his ability to spot a useful contact and unwanted goods have proved invaluable in his work with Tiglin. What, you may well ask is Tiglin? Tiglin offers rehabilitation services for persons trying to cast off the grip of addiction and that’s everything from alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed drugs, gambling, cross addictions, etc. For many years, a centre with 8 beds was located at Shecham House, Newbridge which catered for female participants on the programme. I had the pleasure to meet women who were going through various stages of the programme. Their stories tugged at the heart strings, they were not born to addiction, some were cherished children and others were doomed through abusive parents or lack of care to fall into the clutches of addiction. Over the years, I met these women again. Not the shy awkward, embarrassed women I’d first met but articulate, warm and witty people who’d come full

circle, and in many cases, reunited with family and their own children. They were now fully functioning citizens, contributing to society and to the rehabilitation programme itself.

“Addiction is an illness”

“Addiction is an affliction that few Irish families mange to escape. It's an illness that huge stigma is attached to. It is like no other disease and its grip takes down even those with the strongest will power. Seeing its ravages affect many of those around me and witnessing the needless suffering of those doubly disadvantaged who are addicted and without a home motivated me to attempt to reach into this arena and try to provide a solution” said Aubrey, whose work has thus been recognised at this year’s Kildare Person of the Year Award where he will join 9 others up for the overall title. Voluntary work with the Salvation Army led Aubrey to travel to Scotland and view a similar rehab programme. Together with Newbridge man, Philip Thompson the pair set about purchasing the old Tiglin mountaineering centre in Ashford which opened in 2008 and two years later incredibly, they further bought the adjacent hostel property initially for a larger female centre.

Kildare’s Generosity

Aubrey and Philip were an integral part of driving this start up. The generosity of donors and volunteers was awesome. Through his business connections, Aubrey simply asked tradesman if they would give their skills to the project for a few hours. Supporters rallied en masse; companies upgrading or downgrading offered office furniture, computers, gym owners offered redundant equipment and their services. Across the board, furnishings and furniture were offered, flooring, builder’s providers contacted to offer end of line electrical goods, and before

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you could blink, both a male and female rehab centre were up and running and fully functioning. Aubrey would say that this was due to the incredible drive and generosity of their core and ever expanding group, which mainly hails from Co Kildare. “We now have a 30 bed campus for men based at Tiglin with a 12 bed facility for women relocated at Brittas Bay. As well as services such counselling, psychological intervention etc. Tiglin Residential Rehabilitation has the uniqueness of: fully equipped IT suite; third level courses; on-site dentistry, sports facilities; Community Employment Scheme along with providing 4 bed re-integration housing for the next phase of the programme which serves 21 participants. Every week, you’ll see the genial giant in Dublin City Centre with Kildare volunteers feeding and chatting to the homeless who come to the Homeless Outreach - No Bucks Café, another service of Tiglin. Aubrey Joseph states the purpose is not only to hand out hot and cold snacks and clothing but to offer a friendly ear, a kind word to those who have little or nothing. During a recent visit, I met with volunteers from Naas, Newbridge, Ballymore Eustace, Brannoxtown and Mullacash. Once Aubrey has made the contact, you’re not likely to evade his call!

Task Force

Aside from his busy work at AMC and The Elms, he is Chair of Tiglin Rehabilitation Centre, Vice chair of ECRDATF (East Coast Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force); Chair of ECRDATF T&R (Treatment and Rehabilitation) committee and DCM Board along with operating the Homeless service "The Lighthouse Restaurant” and weekly driving with No Buck’s Café. Space here prevents me from categorising the suc-

Ronan Keating centre with Aubrey, Philip and Kildare volunteers at Christmas last year offering festive food and song to the homeless

cesses and individual cases of Tiglin but I can confirm it has a success record of 78% of residents exiting the programme. That’s 78% who stay sober, stay clean, 78% who have found themselves again, found a purpose, found themselves.

78% success rate

“They are either working, in education, on CE schemes, raising families, but more importantly, they are alive and experiencing a good life”. Aubrey has not minced his words either with regard to housing the homeless. The Government can talk about providing housing units for homeless addicts but what they need first and foremost is more investment in residential rehabilitation care, detox programmes and support service. “Giving a home to an addict is hopeless, you address the addiction and then house the recovered addict”.

Aubrey addressing the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness in May this year.

The Jester in no fool!

Aubrey Joseph McCarthy masks the seriousness of his commitment and dedication to Tiglin with raucous laughter and comic jesting but the Jester is no fool and this shrewd business man is one of the core Kildare team at the heart of Tiglin’s success. The Kildare People of the Year Gala Ball will be held on Friday, November 4 at The Keadeen Hotel with Marie Kelly, Kevin Barrett, John Joe Walshe, Jim Clarke, Joann Keenahan, Paddy Price, John Jack Dunne, St John’s Ambulance Service and Paralympian supremo, Patrick Pa Monaghan. A posthumous award in memory of the late Michael Fitzpatrick, TD will be made on the night. For tickets or enquiries, contact Matt Browne at 087 265 45 82.

Uachtarain na hEireann Michael D Higgins officially opened Tiglin's second centre in 2012

Aubrey, left with Niall Quinn and right, Philip Thompson on the opening of Tiglin's new sport field at Tiglin

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IT Carlow opens new design hub to help firms innovate Reaching for the Stars!

An exciting new opportunity for developing businesses in the engineering, ICT & software and biosciences sectors was officially opened on Friday at the Institute of Technology, Carlow with the formal opening of the new Design+ Gateway. Funded by Enterprise Ireland, the PEM Technology Gateway was launched by the Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. Business leaders, government agencies, politicians and academics gathered at Institute of Technology Carlow’s Haughton Building for the launch of Design+, an interdisciplinary Technology Gateway which will apply industrial design capabilities to developing companies in the engineering, ICT & software and bioscience sectors.   Based at Institute of Technology Carlow’s Dargan Centre, the Gateway aims to give companies based in the southeast, midlands and beyond an opportunity to develop their business through innovative collaborative research and development while networking with industry across the regions. Design+ forms parts of a 15-strong Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway Network across the country. The gateways are located in 11 Institutes of Technology (IoTs) with a proven record in working with Irish industry. The gateway network leverages the industry focused expertise within IoTs, acting as open access points to deliver nearto-market solutions for Irish

industry. Speaking at Friday’s official launch in Carlow IT, Minister Breen said: “I am delighted to launch the Design + Gateway at Carlow Institute of Technology. This is the latest Gateway to join the national network of 15 Technology Gateways supported by Enterprise Ireland. These Technology Gateways offer specialist knowledge and design solutions for industry across a wide range of areas. I know the Gateways have already proven valuable in providing access for companies and entrepreneurs to the expertise of over 300 researchers and to the specialised equipment and facilities available in our Institutes of Technology. The Design + Gateway will benefit not only companies based in the midlands and southeast but will provide solutions for companies all over Ireland, increasing their competitiveness and facilitating the further development of new product ranges.

“Good design immediately transforms good technology into valuable products. Design has been the poor relation of the research and innovation agenda in Ireland for too long and we need to do something about it. My Department and Enterprise Ireland is currently looking at the issues that need to be addressed to transform the design agenda in Ireland. In short, we need more companies investing more in design on a more continuous basis. Initiatives like the Carlow Gateway will focus on that objective in a practical way.” Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager Research & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland said: “Since its formation, the Enterprise Ireland Gateway Network has linked 15 industry focused programmes located in 11 Institutes of Technology with Irish based industry. The Design + Gateway now established in Carlow IT is a significant addition to this Network, delivering access to critical industrial

design capabilities in engineering, bio life sciences and the ICT and software sector. The Gateways have a proven track record of successfully working with companies of all sizes, particularly start-ups and SME’s. In particular the Design + Gateway will facilitate businesses to access key skills that can help them turn their potential for growth into performance fuelled by design.” The Design+ Gateway at Institute of Technology Carlow is led by Ailish Delaney, a business development graduate with over ten years’ experience in enterprise support and mentoring. Several industry-focused academic researchers from Institute of Technology Carlow’s various faculties and Centres for Research and Enterprise (CORE) will work alongside Ailish Delaney, including: Mr Colin Deevy and Dr. PJ White from designCORE; Dr. David Dowling and Dr. Thomae Kakouli-Duarte from enviroCORE; Dr. Donnacha Lowney and Dr Dean Callaghan from engCORE; Mr Joseph Kehoe and Dr. Daire O’Broin from gameCORE. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, said the new gateway “reflects the Institute’s pedigree and expertise in design and represents a milestone in delivering near-to-market innovative solutions to companies in the engineering, ICT and software and bioscience sectors throughout the southeast and further afield. It will be an engine of

growth for the region and provide further job opportunities for graduates”. Design+ is receiving almost €250,000 over a two-year period from Enterprise Ireland, by which time it anticipates it will have supported 55 companies. Businesses assisted to date include: Magnetar Medical Devices, providers of an electrical drug delivery patch; Hamstring Solo, a fitness and testing apparatus for professional sports teams;  The Wholesome Irish Biltong Company, providers of high protein health snacks. Since their inception in 2013, the Gateways have delivered more than 1,500 projects to industry with a value of over €15million. The launch event was also attended by the other Technology Gateways, including: Applied Polymer Technologies (APT, Athlone); Engineering Material Technologies (SEAM, Waterford); Coating Innovations (CREST, Waterford) and Precision Engineering & Manufacturing (PEM, Sligo). Pictured at the Launch are L-R: Mr. John Moore, Chairman, IT Carlow, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President, IT Carlow, Pat Breen, Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Ailish Delaney, Design+ Gateway Manager, Michael Hughes, Enterprise Ireland,  Mike Kelly, Chairman of the Design+technology gateway steering committee, Mr. Declan Doyle, Vice President Development and Research, IT Carlow

Promising singer Hayley Keogh (12) has made it into the grand final of the Ireland Talent Search event in the Hilton Hotel in November. Hayley has just begun rehearsal for Bugsy Malone in the National Concert Hall which takes place in December and January.  She is a member of the Vicky Barry Stage School in Kildare.

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Creative Kids in Athy values each child and allows them to reach their potential in a fun environment Creative Kids Creche and Preschool owned by Mr Aidan Corless is located in the Dunbrinn estate in Athy Co Kildare and caters for children from age one. It first opened on October 19th, 2015 and now caters for up to 70 children at any one time. Our opening hours are 7:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday. We offer the following schemes: CCS, ECCE, CECPS and CETS. We are also registered with Tusla and Early Childhood Ireland. Ternuco Ltd. t/a Creative Kids are committed to providing the highest quality childcare for all our families. Continually striving to help nurture, challenge and foster independence in all the children . Providing a safe, warm, stimulating age appropriate environment, where all children are encouraged to learn, grow and actively explore. Developing strong partnerships with our parents, committing to working together to build a foundation that nurtures each child’s self-esteem and confidence. The ethos of Creative Kids is to treat each child with the utmost re-

spect. Each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach his/her own maximum potential at his/her own pace. The facility consists of five large rooms: • Green room for 1-2 year olds • Yellow room for 2-3 year olds • Red room for full day care ECCE children • Blue room 3yrs plus & including ECCE chidren • Purple room – Sessional ECCE classes from 9:30-12:30 and 1-4pm We have a fully equipped kitchen where fresh meals are prepared on site daily by our chef. Creative kids is led by our entrepreneurial owner Aidan who asks us on each visit, to describe the talents of each child. He says he has employees in their 30s who never learnt what their talents were. He says we all have talent and sometimes its easier for others to recognise it, so its our job to spot it, encourage it, and compliment and praise these children daily. This gives them the confidence to use their talents and that will stay wilh

Yellow room for 2-3 year olds -Rose, Abby, Libby, Amelia, Harry and Madison with their teachers Megan Aldridge and Sharon Delaney

Deirdre Mulhall, Liz Genockey and Manager Elaine Collins McGuirk with James, Andrew, Poppy and Zoe

them for life. Today we told him about our singers Carly, Ariannah, Aoife, Xenia, Masie, Azka, our leaders Henry who looks after Rose and Sam who is big brother to Zoe. Our artists Petra, Ryan, Emma, Thomas and Amanda. Our dancers Amy, Daniel, Brendan, Jack, Mary, Mohammed, Filip. Ema, Keelin and Phoebe. Our painters Abi, Amelia, Madison, Libby, Harry our story teller Mary Mc, and our sportsmen Gerry, Conor, Eoin, Kayden, Tyler and Harry. James and Andrew like to get their hands dirty, and then we have Scott and Diego the characters. Aidan says this along with the love we show our kids, is what makes Creative Kids the best place for your children and the best place to work.

Spaces for 2017

We have limited spaces available for Ecce scheme commencing January 2017, for children who turn three before 31st December 2016. Call in today for more information, phone us on 0598633631 or email:

Megan Aldridge, Elaine Collins McGuirke (Manager), Aidan Corless (Owner), Joanne Barry and Deirdre Mulhall Blue Room for 3 plus agesTeachers Alice Mulhall and Edwina Hyland with Amanda, Ryan, Emma, Petra, Keelin, Daniel, Phoebe, Amy, Jack and Emma

Red Room for 3 plus ages - Teacher Linda Burke with Scott, Henry, Aska, Carly, Arianna, Dylan, Diego, Aoife, Sam, Xenia and Masie

Creative Kids Limited spaces for ECCE for January 2017 available

PURPLE ROOM with teachers Jennifer Flynn and Joanne Barry

Contact: Elaine Phone No.: 0598633631

Opening hours 7:30-6:30

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Fashion can be unpredictable and sometimes leave us stumped but there’s one thing that is certain at time of year – and that is that leopard print will be in vogue once more.

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This print made its mark once more on the A/W 2016 catwalks this year, with every fashion house from Prada to Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino featuring every woman’s statement print again this year. Chances are you already have some leopard print in the wardrobe at home but if you’re in the mood for something new, Primark and Penneys both do a great coat in this print almost every year. On payday, treat yourself to this statement coat from Preen/EDITION which will be all you’ll want to wear this winter. Update workwear with a simple leopard blouse, A-Line or midi skirt, while shoes and accessories in this print will help you leave your mark. We love these boots from Office, which will look great mixed and matched with other statement prints or with a simple pair of jeans. Meanwhile, leopard is the perfect print for a night at the club. Pick this Miss Selfridge dress for a look that works whether you’re in your twenties or your forties. Wear with a blazer to cover up or show off the one-shoulder detail to your heart’s content. If you love leopard print but are looking for some more eye-catching separates, add this crimson-hued duo to your wardrobe to bring your clothes up to speed in the colour of the season this autumn.

Primark Leopard Print Coat, €35 £25

Office Angle Leopard Print Point Heeled Ankle Boots, €90.66 - £68 Dorothy Perkins Leopard Print Maxi Skirt, €41.60 - £32

Preen Leopard Print Coat, €240 - £160 at Debenhams

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There’s usually at least one shade of red that is big news this time of year. Burgundy, scarlet or tomato, nails and lips everywhere feature this colour to welcome the onset of wintry weather and add some drama to the season.

This year, red is back, but not in the way you expect. Red eyes are now de rigeur and were seen all over the catwalks and in one landmark Chanel beauty collection that saw Kristen Stewart with rubyred eyes.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in Candeur et Experience €49.50 - £40

We might be used to playing it safe with the nude or rose hues in your favourite palettes but it’s time to branch out because red is the new neutral this season. This shade goes with a lot more than you think and better yet, you won’t need to play up any other area of your face with these eyes. Red is warm and neutral and works with all eye colours due to the wide shade of tones to choose from. If you love your smoky eyes, choose MAC

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Iridescent Red, €21 - £16

MAC Eyeshadow in Coppering €17 - £13

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil €9.40 - £8.08 Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow €19.20 £16.49

YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect in Burgundy, €32.50 - £25

MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry €17 - £13

Coppering to create a sultry look. Those who are handy with their liquid eyeliner can turn heads with the Iridescent Red shade in everyone’s favour Aqua Liner from Make Up For Ever. To test the waters, try out an eyeliner in a red tone such as YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect in Burgundy. If you want to treat yourself and go to the root of the trend, pick up a Candeur et Experience palette from Chanel as a payday treat.

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Marathon Week




After this weekend your last long run should be finished so you will now be into the tapering phase of your programme. During this phase you will be reducing your energy output and trying to conserve your energy. As your nerves and excitement increase you will be tempted to train hard this week and will second guess whether you have done enough but it is imperative that you avoid this urge and trust in your training programme. To keep your body and mind fresh we programme gentle resistance training sessions and short runs this week for our clients but avoid anything overly strenuous.


During the tapering phase the advice is to focus more on recovery work than training during the final week. We encourage our FIT+ clients to spend 20 – 30 minutes

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By Alan Browne With roughly ten days to go until the Dublin City Marathon we want to share with you the same tips that we give our FIT+ clients who are taking part. These tips are focused on storing energy and getting your body in the best shape possible to ensure you have a great Marathon experience.


every day stretching and foam rolling. This can be done either in the gym or at home while watching television or listening to music so it doesn’t need to intrude on your already busy schedule. Another strategy you can use to ensure you have the best possible Marathon experience is to soak your muscles in a warm Epsom salt bath to top up your magnesium levels. To take it a step further you could get a sports massage or book in with your physio for a check up to make sure your muscles are in peak condition but aim to keep deep tissue massages no closer than 7 days before your event.

may need to take on extra fuel during the race. This is best done with simply digesting a source of carbs such as a sports drink or carb gel so it is vital that you trial this approach before using it on the day. Along with topping up your glycogen supplies there are other nutrients that can aid you during a long run. Dark chocolate and beetroot both contain nutrients which help to open up your blood vessels and so transport blood to your muscles quicker. For this reason we encourage our clients to consume both of these in the days before the race as well as on the morning of if possible.

Most people will use carbohydrates as their main fuel source during the Marathon with fat also being burned at certain points. We can store roughly 2,000 – 2,500 calories of carbohydrates in our muscles in a form called glycogen. This is enough fuel to get the average person through about 15 – 20 miles so make sure that you consume extra carbohydrates in the three days before your race to keep this fuel source full up. To avoid depleting your stores, or ‘hitting the wall’ as it is anecdotally known, you

The morning of the run you will feel both nerves and excitement but it is very important that you eat and adequately hydrate your body. Following the strategy below will allow you to fuel up while also limiting feelings of fullness and bloating: 4 hours before – 1 litre of water with added electrolytes 3 hours before – Large bowl of porridge with fruit and honey 2 hours before – beetroot juice and 4 squares of dark chocolate 1 hour before – ½ litre of water


Marathon Day Breakfast

with added electrolytes ½ hour before – caffeine drink (coffee etc.) and 1 banana If we can help you in any way to prepare for your Marathon, be it

a recovery session or a nutrition strategy please get in touch with us on 045-888745 or drop in to us on Corbans Lane Naas.

Ouija: Origin of Evil In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.

When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

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Judge hits out at mobile phone use by drivers A judge has slammed the number of drivers using mobile phones as 'blatant'. Judge Desmond  Zaidan  was speaking out after he fined a female motorist for texting while driving.  He said: "You see it everywhere out there. It's so blatant. So many people are doing it, at traffic lights, on the motorways, going around roundabouts." Road safety campagners have called for more enforcement of the offence by gardai and bigger fines to act as a stiffer deterrend. 

Woman’s ex stands outside her house to take photos

A woman seeking court protection from her ex husband claimed he stands outside her home to take photos. She told the Naas Family Law Court said he moved around the corner from her with his new partner to intimidate her.  He also refers to her new boyfriend as 'Wimpy Boy' in texts.  She also claimed that he puts her down in front of their children.  Judge Desmond  Zaidan  granted an interim protection order and fixed a full hearing date for both parties in early December. 

Woman locks herself in bathroom to escape violent ex

A woman claimed that she had to lock herself and her children in a bathroom to escape from her violent husband brandishing a crow bar. She described the man as an alcoholic who had mental health issues. He had also attended anger management classes in the past. She told Naas Family Law Court that he was a nice man when he was sober. "The first time he hit me was on our honeymoon," she told Judge Desmond Zaidan.

Motorist knocked cyclists off their bikes

A man who knocked two cyclists off their bikes was fined for careless driving at Naas District Court. 

The incident happened on the Sallins Road in Naas in May last year.  The court heard that the motorist overtook the cyclists but suddenly cut across them when he spotted a parking space.  The cyclists suffered minor injuries and there was a little damage to the bikes.  The motorist was fined €750 for careless driving and €750 for having no insurance and disqualified for two years.

Motorist fights fine return by Garda office

A female motorist who paid a fine on time claimed in Naas District Court that it was returned as being too late.  The defendant was clocked driving at 73km per hour in a 60km per hour zone and given a €80 fine.  It had to be paid on or before the 16th day of the following month and she duly posted the form on the 15th.  However the Garda Fines Office in Thurles returned the documentation the following day claiming that payment was too late.  Judge Desmond  Zaidan  ruled that the defendant had paid the fine on the final day and he struck out the charge. 

Elderly motorist gets off lightly by judge

A 77-year-old man who was never in trouble before escaped a conviction for a speeding fine.  The elderly motorist was clocked driving at 82 km per hour in a 60 km per hour zone. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "You've done well to get to 77 without any convictions" and he applied the Probation Act which means no conviction will be recorded.

Man had €20 cannabis in car

A man was fined for having €20 worth of cannabis in his car when stopped by gardai, Naas District Court heard.  Judge Desmond Zaidan said to the defendant: "Do you think it's cool to smoke dope?"

He added: "Cannabis destroys lives. If it wasn't for people like you who buy it there would be no godfathers fighting for control in the streets." "It's people like you that appear before me in court - it's never the godfathers."

He said he didn't want to got to prison because he wouldn't be able to hold his baby son - only see him through a glass screen.  Judge Desmond  Zaidan  remanded the defendant in custody to appear in Naas later this month. 

Motorist who suffers from MS escapes driving ban

Took clothes from breast cancer charity bin

A motorist who said he suffers from MS escaped a driving ban after he was convicted of having no insurance.  The driver told Naas District Court that he depended on his vehicle for getting around.  He said: "I have MS. Last year was a bad year for me but all my affairs are in order now.  "I'm depending on my car for my mobility." Judge Desmond Zaidan said he has discretion not to disqualify after a first offence for not having insurance.  He fined the defendant €400.

Woman forgot fine due to knee op

A woman appeared before Naas District Court because she forgot to pay a speeding fine as she had a knee operation.  She was clocked driving at 76km per hour in a 60km per hour zone.  She said she had been waiting for five years for the total knee replacement surgery.  Judge Desmond Zaidan imposed a fine and allowed her to pay in regular instalments.

Man failed to turn up in court 13 times

A man who failed to turn up in court 13 times in the past year appeared in Naas District Court. Judges had issued bench warrants for his arrest in locations such as Kilcock, Tallaght, Dublin City, Navan, Blanchardstown and Waterford.  The married father of one child claimed he had more than one address during the period and he also mixed up the times and places.  

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A man was jailed for taking clothes out of a charity bin raising funds for breast cancer awareness.  The incident happened in 2012 but was only coming to Naas District Court today. Gardai said that the defendant was found with clothes to the value of €200 which people had donated to the bin.  The married father of four (34) had no previous convictions, Judge Desmond  Zaidan heard.  The defendant claimed that a man had showed him an official charity badge and asked him to help him collect the clothes into his van. But Judge Zaidan claimed this excuse was pathetic. He added: "Does he think we're all Leprechauns with that daft excuse? "You knew exactly what you were doing and you wanted to make a commercial gain out of items donated by people in good faith to help raise funds for cancer research." He imposed a nine months jail term for the theft offence. 

Couldn’t appear in court ue to car crash

A man couldn't appear in court because he was in a car accident, Naas District Court heard. Evidence was given that the defendant broke his eye sociket and part of his hip in the collision.  In his absence, Judge Desmond Zaidan had ordered Gardai to arrest him.  However Judge Zaidan said that in light of the new circumstances, he would cancel the bench warrant for his arrest.

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Man in court over wheel brace attack A man armed with a wheel brace at a robbery in Co Kildare has been ordered to appear at Naas District Court this November. The accused is to be sent for trial and has been ordered to appear at Naas Court on November 15 to await a book of evidence. Evidence was given that the accused was armed with a wheel brace. Judge Desmond Zaidan warned the man that he can't say he was suffering a mental illness at the time of the incident.

Bench warrant for arrest of outspoken Dail TD Clare Daly

A bench warrant  has just been  issued at Naas District Court  for the arrest of TD Clare Daly. On this New Year's Day, at Newbridge, Independent 4 Change TD, Clare Daly, with an address at  Swords,  was caught driving at a speed of 59km/hr in a 50km/hr zone at Ballymany, Newbridge. Inspector Mel Smyth outlined that Deputy Daly, originally from Newbridge,   has no previous convictions. Defence solicitor, Cairbre Finan, told the court that Deputy Daly is not present, but had come into court to instruct him to plead guilty on her behalf. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "She came into the court like everyone else, she saw how busy we were. A member of the Oireachtas came in and left, what kind of respect is that?" The defence solicitor argued that Deputy Daly did not mean any disrespect to the court, and that because it is the first day of hearing, he requested one week's adjournment. Judge Zaidan refused an adjournment and ordered a bench- warrant with discretion.

Delivery man needed pepper spray for protection

A Newbridge based Chinese takeaway delivery man who was caught in possession of pepper spray has been fined at Naas District Court. Defence Solicitor, Arthur Hennessy, outlined that the accused, who works as a part -time takeaway delivery man, was carrying pepperspray out of fear. The court heard how the 50 year-old man became fearful due to a spate of anti-social behaviour in Newbridge and had the pepper spray, which he got from a friend, for protection. Evidence was given that the accused, who Mr Hennessy, described as a 'gentleman' , had one previous conviction for drink- driving in 2001. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "There is nothing to say that he was under threat. Anti-social events can't mean that everyone can walk around with pepper spray. He should have at least given the Gardaí a chance to protect him." The accused was convicted and fined €400, he paid by lump sum.

Jail for man who broke into school in Newbridge

A 30-year-old man who entered the staff room of Leinster Senior College, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison. The man, with a Dublin address, is charged with entering the staff room of Leinster Senior College, The Courtyard, Newbridge, on April 18, 2016. Inspector Mel Smyth outlined how the accused took a phone from the staff-room and put it in his jacket. Evidence was given that the man, with 84 previous convictions,  was

later identified in Newbridge Train Station. Barrister Dan Walsh said that his client did not damage any property and has confessed to the crime. Mr Walsh outlined to the court that the accused has a young child and is now taking part in a drug counselling project. The court heard how the accused had a heroin addiction. Judge Desmond Zaidan sentenced the man  to 10 months in prison, in the event of appeal, recognisances has been set at €500.

Man caught with €9,000 worth of cannabis

A bench- warrant was ordered at Naas District Court for the arrest of a  man caught in possession of €9,000 worth of drugs Evidence was given in court that the accused is currently in Latvia,with charges of having cannabis for sale or supply. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "The Gardaí gave him bail. His passport was not taken from him. Now he is in Latvia." A bench- warrant was ordered for his arrest.

Charges of stealing from the Department of Social Welfare

An Athy man is facing allegations of taking €69,000 from the Department of Social Welfare. Evidence was given that the man in his sixties, is charged with inducing money from the Department of Social Protection, by way of a widower’s pension. Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the accused, appear at Naas District Court, on November 17, for a book of evidence. He is released on bail.

Motorsport: Naas man Paul O’Brien captured the Legends Championship at Mondello Park recently. Meanwhile the action continues at Mondello this weekend with the Irish Rallycross Championships.

Man ordered by Naas judge to stay away from children

A South Kildare man in his midthirties has been ordered to stay away from children. Evidence was given that the man, residing in Athgarvan, is facing charges of being in possession of two USB sticks containing images of child sex abuse and a laptop, at a Newbridge address, on January 23, 2013. Defence Solicitor, Conal Boyce, outlined how the accused is on bail, and last appeared in court on July 7. Garda evidence outlined at Naas District Court how the accused allegedly   had 18 images of 'young children in penetrative sexual acts'. Judge Desmond Zaidan made some changes to the terms and conditions, as had been imposed under Judge John Coughlan in July. Judge Zaidan is ordering that the accused is not have any porn of adults or children, or both. He has been ordered not to photograph any children under 18, in any circumstances, and abstain from alcohol, where Judge Coughlan had ordered, he was not to photograph, without the consent of parents or guardians. The accused has been ordered not have any contact 'directly or indirectly' with children under 18. He has been ordered not to loiter anywhere near places that children under 18 are, with no exceptions. The accused has been ordered not to loiter near pre-schools, playgrounds and primary schools. Judge Zaidan released him on his own bond of €700 and ordered him to sign on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 9am to 9pm. The accused was warned that an alibi of suffering from mental health is not to form a part of his defence.

He is to return to Naas Court on November 15 next for an application to go forward for trial.

Man charged with rape appears in Naas District Court

A man charged with the rape of a woman in Co Kildare told Naas Court today that he understands 'certainly'  that he can't use mental health issues as an alibi, when he goes forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court. The 44- year-old is facing rape charges in Co Kildare on April 22 to 23, 2015. Sarah Connolly BL outlined that her client, has not applied for bail, while a book of evidence has been prepared. Judge Desmond Zaidan asked the accused if he understands he is going forward to the Circuit Criminal Court with alleged charges for the rape of a woman. The accused, in court, said, "Yes Sir." Judge Zaidan said :" You are not to allege that you are suffering from mental illness." The accused said, "It is clear, certainly." He is being remanded in custody, to await trial.

Jockey had ride in Punchestown

Naas District Court heard today that a jockey facing charges couldn't attend court because he was riding at Punchestown. The defendant is accused of holding a mobile phone while driving. Defending solicitor Conal Boyce told Judge Desmond Zaidan that his client had a ride at Punchestown today and was unable to appear. The case was adjourned to a date in January.

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Robbie’s Butchers, 25 Years of Excellence in Newbridge In a small town such as Newbridge it’s fair to say that everyone knows everyone else and everyone has shopped in every business at some point or another. Whether it’s a branch of large national chain store or one of the local businesses it’s what’s helped keep the

town prosperous throughout its 200 years. One such local business is Robbie’s Butchers. It’s a name many residents in Newbridge will be very familiar with. Robbie Murphy has lived in Newbridge his entire life and first began working as an apprentice butcher under

Seamus Buckley in Harnott’s of Newbridge 35 years ago. Since then he has become a recognised business figure in the town and Co Kildare. Here’s how he went from an apprentice to running his own business with two stores bearing his name. Following his apprentice-

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Gardai will be conducting checkpoints supported by the Road Safety Authority between 7am tomorrow [Friday] and 7am on Saturday in a major effort to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim of "Slow Down” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. Although 2015 saw a very welcome reduction in road deaths, resulting in 162 road deaths, the joint lowest on record, there has been a marked increase in road deaths in 2016. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions during that time. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will

bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety. The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities to include all 1,031 speed enforcement zones, as well as promoting a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media. All primary schools have been notified of a competition to win a visit by the Garda band by creating their own road safety poster, poem or song. In addition, Garda personnel will man display stands in key venues to provide road safety advice and distribute road safety leaflets. Government Departments, local authorities, public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to "Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions. Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Garda National Traffic Bureau said:-

"There has been a significant increase in road deaths this year compared to 2015, which was the joint safest on record. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road crashes. This is not just a catch phrase, this is a stark fact, proven by the analysis of 4 years of fatal collision reports. The higher the speed, the greater the risk and the greater the injury if there is a collision. Please recognise this fact and protect not only yourself, but all other road users sharing the road with you.” The senior officer added: "Road safety is not just a job for the Gardaí or the Road Safety Authority, it is everyone’s responsibility to act and be safe on our roads. It is every road user’s right to be safe and slowing down reduces risk. “Please play your part and reduce your speed, not just on Slow Down day, but every day. Every primary school has been invited to take part, by creating a road safety poster, song or poem – with the winning entry’s school getting a unique visit from the Garda band. So, with the help of even our youngest road users, the message is, slow down to save lives.”

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Newbridge-Kildare Lions Club Annual Sponsored Schools Health Walk in The Curragh

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■ Emmet, Alma and Saoirse Carroll

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■ Ciara and Miriam Hughes ■ Members of Newbridge Kildare Lions Club - Donal Shannon, Jenny Habenicht, Paula Keegan and Frank Burns

■ Club President Morgan McCabe and Greg Connolly

■ Colleen and Ellie Breen

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Suffering from hair loss through illness, Chemotherapy, Alopecia or other conditions? Karma Hair Solutions has the answer! “HAVING lost my own hair in 2005, I understand how difficult this time can be and strive to offer my clients a comfortable, confidential consultation, tailored to each of their individual needs,” explains proprietor, Carmel Byrne. ‘Here at KHS we are now stocking Trendco, Amore, Ellen Willie, Racquel Welsh, Gyselle Meyer and Belle Madame wigs, pieces and related products. All of these products come in a wide range of colours and styles. If you are a medical card holder you may be entitled to a free hair piece. As well as two easily accessible locations we can also arrange a house/hospital/nursing home visit if you have mobility issues. We stock a wide range of custom made scarves, turbans and hats to suit your needs. If you require a specific colour or design we can accommodate this and all of these products come available in a variety of fabrics.’ Consultations should be made by appointment. Contact Karma Hair Solutions on 045 522 634/087 41 66 025 for a consultation.

The basics: how to manage your health Any health professional will tell you that many of us ignore our bodies and the warning signs they give us when there’s something not quite right. We all know that it’s much better to catch a niggling health problem before it develops into something worse. Men in particular are guilty of ignoring warning signs and avoiding their GPs until the last minute. However, there are many basic health checks we should all be performing to make sure our bodies are in tip-top shape, no matter what age you are. Your checklist on your regular health NCTs

should include assessing your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, especially if you are at risk due to smoking or weight problems.

Health screening

As you age, it can be worthwhile to attend a full health screening to identify any issues and reduce or remove health risks. Health screening can identify future potential problems so that you can keep an eye on the issues that may give you bother as you age. At a full health screening, you can expect your glucose levels to be checked as well as liver and kidney function, measurement of haemoglobin

and iron levels, full blood count and a screen for gout and haeochromatosis. Your tests will be fully analysed and explained to you after completion, while your current lifestyle will also be assessed. A full health screening may seem expensive but shop around to find great deals and remember, prevention is better than cure.

Visit your GP

Most people wait to visit their GP when they are sick but as you age, it’s a good idea to pop in and avail of the health checks your doctor can provide. CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

Suffering from hair loss FAIRGREEN HOLISTIC CLINIC through illness, Chemotherapy, Alopecia or other conditions? Karma Hair Solutions has the answer! •Acupuncture •Shiatsu •Allergy Testing •TCM •Angel Card Reading •Yoga Therapy •Aromatherapy MASSAGE •Bowen Therapy •Deep Tissue, •Counselling •Indian Head •Craniosacral Therapy •Swedish •Hopi Ear Candle GIFT SHOP “HAVING lost my own hair in 2005, I under•Hypnotherapy •Cards •Crystals •CDs & stand how difficult this time can be and •LifetoCoaching Gift Vouchers for sale strive offer my clients a comfortable, confidential consultation, tailored to each •Polarity Therapy CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: of their individual needs,” explains proprietor, Carmel Byrne. •Orthotic Assessment •Mindfulness & ‘Here at KHS we are now stocking Trendco, (fitting check up) Relaxation Amore, Ellen& Willie, Racquel Welsh, Gyselle Meyer and Belle Madame wigs, pieces •Osteopathy •Pilates and related products. All of these products come in a wide range of colours and •Reflexology •Pilates for Pregnancy styles. •Reiki •Yoga If you are a medical card holder you may

be entitled to a free hair piece. As well as two easily accessible locations we can also arrange a house/hospital/nursing home visit if you have mobility issues. We stock a wideHOLISTIC range of custom made FAIRGREEN CLINIC scarves, turbans and hats to suit your Proprietor: Pauline Caffrey needs. If you require a specific colour or 33 South Street, Naas. design we canMain accommodate this and all of these products come available in a variety (7 Treatment rooms above The Ivy Inn) of fabrics.’ For enquiries, (045) 898243 Consultations shouldTel be made by appointment. Contact Karma Hair Solutions on 045 email: 522 634/087 41 66 025 for a consultation.

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

Our infertility clinic (Clane Fertility Clinic) has been granted a licence for egg freezing using the process of Vitrification. Clane Fertility Clinic will be the first clinic in Ireland to offer egg freezing for social as well as medical reasons. For further information please contact 045/989500 or visit the website The Hospital operates a direct settlement system with VHI, LAYA, GloHealth, Aviva Health, ESB Medical Provident Fund and St., Pauls Garda Medical Aid Society, Defence Forces and Prison Officers Medical Aid Society for inpatient activity. We provide free car parking for our patients. For further information on any of our services available Telephone – 045 982 300 Or visit our website at –

SERVICES AVAILABLE AT CLANE GENERAL HOSPITAL New direct referral Minor Op Procedure Service • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Anaesthetics & Pain Management Cardiology Dental Dermatology Endocrinology ENT Gastroenterology (including Open Access Endoscopy) General Surgery Gynaecology Ophthalmology Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Physiotherapy Radiology Respiratory Medicine Rheumatology Urology Vascular Surgery Psychology

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CONTINUED FROMO PAGE 48 Your GP knows your background and can be the best person to discuss your personal and family medical history as well as perform blood pressure checks, bloody sugar tests, and prostate and testicular examination. The doctor may also check your eyes, ears and throat and also deal with any specific worries you have. This can be a great resource if you have a history in your family of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or an underactive thyroid in your immediate family.

Pop into the pharmacy

You might rely on your pharmacy for filling your prescriptions but as the ads remind us, your pharmacist

is a trained health professional who can offer services and advice. Pharmacies have private consultation rooms, where they can provide a cost-effective process to check for anything from your blood pressure, to testing for menopause. You can also avail of services such as a PSA check, a cholesterol level check or evaluate your glucose levels for a small fee of around â‚Ź25 as well as services that are tailored specifically to men or women. Early detection is so important for treating many illnesses, so screening for a specific issue will give you peace of mind if you are concerned about specific areas. There are many targeted screening programmes available nationwide, both provided by the HSE and avail-

able privately. Women between the ages of 50 and 64 are eligible for routine mammograms under the National Breast Check Programme for free. If you’re outside this age bracket, there’s also the option to go private in locations nationwide. Remember that if you have private health insurance, you may be entitled to claim back some of the cost. Skin cancer is very common in Ireland with about one in six people developing it at some stage in life. This is why it’s a good idea to practice mole mapping at a private clinic. Costs vary widely, so shop around for the best deal.

Stop the silent killer

The Irish Heart Foundation launched a year-round national mo-

bile health service in August, which provides free blood pressure checks delivered by nurses to prevent stroke and heart attack in Ireland. Early detection is a powerful tool in the fight against high blood pressure which is the leading cause of stroke and for that reason is recommending that from that from the age of 30 years everyone should be aware of their blood pressure and have it checked as a preventative step. High blood pressure is a silent, stealthy and symptomless killer and is a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, premature death and disability in Ireland today, with almost one million people suffering from it. A simple blood pressure check is all it takes to detect high blood pressure, which can then be effectively

managed through lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, being active and consuming less salt, fatty foods and alcohol. In some cases doctors recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to manage blood pressure and protect against strokes. Those at risk of developing high blood pressure are aged 45 years or over, while over 6 in 10 of over 50s have high blood pressure. Over 4 in 10 of those living with high blood pressure are not taking adequate medication. Even young people can develop high blood pressure but the only way to know is to get checked in one of the free clinics in communities nationwide at the Mobile Health Unit.

How Buteyko can help you Buteyko Breathing Technique Course Newbridge: Course commencing Saturday 29th October at 1.30pm to 3.30pm for 3 weeks, 1 afternoon per week in The Keadeen Hotel Newbridge

QualiďŹ ed Buteyko practitioner Daniel Cremin offers advice on this doctordeveloped all-natural approach. Asthma should no longer control you.

Naas: Course commencing Saturday 29th October at 5.30pm to 7.30pm for 3 weeks, 1 afternoon per week in The Naas Arts & Culture Centre, Sallins rd, Naas.          

*Reverse: *Stops: *Improves: *Eliminates: *Re-train: *Return:

Asthma, Rhinitis, Hayfever, Phlegm. Snoring, Sleep Apneoa, Insomnia, Coughing and Wheezing. Ability to perform in sports and handle stress / anxiety. Breathe shock when exercising. Those who are not breathing correctly. To correct sleep pattern.

To book your place on the course


Phone Daniel Cremin Dip BBT MBPI 087 2888840

BUTEYKO has received a category ‘A’ rating for the treatment of asthma by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Buteyko is a doctor-developed all natural approach. Buteyko uses no medication, supplements or devices, no drugs just breathing exercises. Hyperventilation or over-breathing is linked with asthma, anxiety, allergies, snoring, sleep apnoea, high mucus levels, phlegm and other respiratory


Imagine the life possibilities with fewer asthma attacks.

Imagine the life possibilities when you can handle stress/ anxiety better. Imagine the life possibilities if you get a great night’s sleep and wake up fully rested. Life without asthma is within your reach, through practising the clinically proven Buteyko Technique you are equipped for life.

Allergies, snoring and sleep apnoea lead to poor quality life and lifestyle. When you learn the Buteyko Technique you experience immediate results quantiďŹ ed by the level of breath capacity. Breath capacity increased by Buteyko Technique is clinically proven to be the instrument that you require. When practised at your own time, you continue to manage your health issues in a manner that ďŹ ts easily into your daily routine. Buteyko technique empowers you to overcome and manage your asthma anxiety allergies snoring sleep apnoea and any other respiratory conditions. As with all medical conditions proper diagnosis of your illness, together with clinically proven Buteyko Technique will lead you to the healthier being that you have dreamt of. Clinics are held with limited participating group numbers.

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Weekend Hotspot The Whistledown Hotel Warrenpoint

The Mourne’s is home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain peak Slieve Donard and is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia, whereas the landscape of the Ring of Gullion and its ancient Ring Dyke makes it officially listed as a unique area of special interest, rich in culture, heritage and mythology. In summer at least (winters can be surprisingly harsh), there are plenty of straightforward hikes in the Mournes that require no spe-

Whistledown Hotel Warrenpoint Co Down

cial equipment, with obvious tracks to many of the more scenic parts. There are also more serious climbs and courses in the Mournes are run by the Tollymore National Outdoor

Mourne Mountains

Centre in Bryansford. Both areas are unique in themselves, an adventurer’s paradise which offer a unique experience. Nearby Carlingford is a small and medieval village where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. With tourism as the main source of employment the region is ideal for hill walkers, golfers, sailing, fishing & other water sports. The annual Carlingford Oyster Festival usually held in late summer attracts thousands of visitors from all corners. Newry City has been a place of continuous human settlement since way back in 4,000 BC, so it’s no surprise that it enjoys a rich and colourful heritage. Sitting handsomely among modern structures are elegant 18th-century Georgian townhouses and a lovely mid-19th-century courthouse. Down by the quays, brick canal buildings with attractive terracotta façades are still in place with their original features. A former sugar mill, once occupied by American soldiers during World War II, has been converted into a textile design business with an art gallery and café, while a flax and spinning mill on Cornmarket has been restored and is now used by community groups. Outside of Belfast, Newry is by far Northern Ireland’s finest location for shopping. The town boasts two shopping centre’s (The Quays and The Buttercrane) as well as an impressive out-of-town shopping complex

The Quay’s Shopping Centre Newry City

at Five Way’s. The Quays also has a 9 screen cinema, showing the latest blockbuster movies. There are also facilities for playing soccer, bowls and tennis. Newry also has a number of public parks and is surrounded by beautiful towns such as Warrenpoint & Rostrevor where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains. Kilfeaghan Dolmen, situated approximately three miles on the Kilkeel road, is a Neolithic portal tomb, approximately 5,000 years old. It is well worth a visit because of the massive capstone, which is estimated to weigh 35 tons, believed to be one of the biggest in Ireland. The Whistledown Hotel near the beach in Warrenpoint provides luxurious accommodation with a full range of services including free Wi-Fi, a bar and an elegant restaurant. All guest rooms have en suite bathroom facilities with a bath or shower, with

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NEWS Kildare student Don’t let noisy bangers and fireworks ruin your dog’s Halloween gets McDonald’s Scholarship WITH Hallowe'en fast approaching, Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity have put together some advice for dog owners to help reduce the effects on pets from noisy bangers and fireworks. If a dog hasn’t been safely exposed to many different experiences, including loud noises, during their essential socialisation period, they can find it difficult to cope with novel sounds like fireworks. Certain breeds of dogs can be more sensitive to noise than others, and dogs that are generally anxious or nervous might also find it harder to cope. Here are some things that might help; ThunderShirts – a calming vest that applies gentle, constant pressure that may help your dog feel safe and secure (available in some pet shops and online). Adaptil spray, collar or plug in diffuser – releases dog appeasing pheromones that help calm your dog. Pet Remedy – a blend of essential oils that can help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets (available online). Keep your dog busy with interactive toys such as those that can be stuffed with tasty treats or even make your own by making plaits from old towels and adding treats as you plait. Maybe even consider asking a friend or relative who lives in a rural area that will have little or no fireworks on Halloween night if your dog can sleep over. At very noisy times around Hallowe'en, provide your dog with a safe hiding place (a suitably sized cardboard box would do) in his favourite room of the house and close the curtains.� If it is not possible to black out your windows, consider taping black bags to them. Also turn up the volume of your television or radio to drown out the firework noises. Remember not to shut any internal doors, as he may feel

Kildare student Alice Egan has been awarded a prize as part of the McDonald’s Scholarship Programme. The awards were presented by the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen at an event in Dublin’s Croke. The 2016 Scholarship theme was ‘Making a difference in your McDonald’s Community.’ Alice was one of fifteen McDonald’s employees from restaurants around the country who were presented with their awards. The McDonald’s Scholarship Programme is an initiative which celebrates the

trapped and panic. Don’t leave your dog alone in the house, as he may panic and injure himself. A stodgy high-carbohydrate meal (e.g. with well-cooked rice or pasta) in the late afternoon may help make your dog feel more sleepy and calm during the evening. Also make sure he goes out for a walk and toilets before it gets dark and the fireworks start. Visit the Dogs Trust website and use the ‘Sounds Scary’ programme, which is not only backed by years of clinical experience, it is also scientifically proven to be safe, effective and easy to use. Please do consult your vet if you think your pet will really struggle this Hallowe’en with fireworks as there are now several drugs available which reduce anxiety levels for dogs.

hard work and dedication of McDonald’s employees, who are completing college and further education studies. Alice, who works at McDonald’s Naas, under Owner Operator Sean Quirke, is studying

Environmental Health at Dublin institute of Technology. Pictured are: L-R) McDonald’s Manager Theresa Savage with McDonald’s Scholarship winner Alice Egan and McDonald’s Owner Operator Sean Quirke.

Kildare Credit Union winners ■ Kildare Credit Union recently handed over the keys to two Seat Ibiza cars to two draw winners. The lucky winners were Aaron Kane and Derek Farrell - pictured receiving their prizes from Kildare Credit Union staff.


Encouraging exercise


A study found that dog owners who walked their dog were more likely to achieve 150 minutes of physical activity a week than owners who didn't walk with their dog. Older people who regularly walk their dogs walk faster and for longer periods, and have better mobility in their homes.

Providing emotional support

The Kildare & West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KWWSPCA) is a Registered Charity (Number CHY 6280) that investigates and deals with reports of cruelty and neglect to animals of all sorts; family pets, wild animals and birds, farm animals, horses, ponies and donkeys, throughout County Kildare and West Wicklow. It is a voluntary organisation with no paid employ-



(What many pet owners already know) From the RSPCA Website.

Boosting your immune system

Children brought up with pets have more stable immune systems. A survey found that dog and cat

Pets can be a great source of companionship. Growing up with pets may improve children’s social skills and encourages childhood responsibility. Pets can also encourage children to develop compassion, understanding and respect for living things. Pets can act as ‘social catalysts’, by providing opportunities for social interactions. For example, dogs can help to initiate conversations between strangers. People with more social relationships are less likely to suffer from feelings of loneliness or social isolation.


Everyone welcome. Full details in next week’s issue of The Kildare Post.

Cassie is one of three female collies that were surrendered into the care of the KWWSPCA recently as their owner no longer wanted them and threatened to shoot them. We originally thought they were from the same litter, but Cassie is a little bigger and more confident than the other two, so she may be from a previous litter. Cassie is not much more than a year or a year and a half old. When the three collies first arrived, they were very nervous and had obviously not been used to being handled. Cassie was the first to accept her new situation and was soon running to the gate of her run to greet whoever had come to see her. All three have gained

their confidence and are now well used to human contact and affection. Cassie is good on the lead and loves her walks. She will need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation in her new home and someone who will spend time on her training. But she is a very intelligent dog, so she will soon become a very loyal and loving companion in the right home. She has been used to being with other dogs, so a home with another dog would be an advantage, but not essential if her owner is at home with her for a good part of the day. Cassie has been microchipped and vaccinated and will be neutered before going to her new home. If you would like to meet Cassie, and her sisters, Cinders and Candy, they are at the KWWSPCA Animal Shelter in Athgarvan which is open every day, apart from Sundays, from 2.00 - 4.00, or at other times by appointment by calling 087 2517381. We ask for a rehoming fee of €100 when we rehome a dog to partly cover their veterinary and other costs, and a home check is needed.


KWWSPCA HELPLINE - 087 1279835 KWWSPCA Animal Welfare Officer - 087 6887136 KWWSPCA Dog Rehoming Officer - 087 9133923 Email: - Website: -

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Tigerlily nightclub launches its €1,000 cash giveaway for best Halloween Costume Toy Soldiers

Halloween weekend has become a major event in Tigerlily nightclub in Kildare Town. Nightclub boss Richard Wyman said: “Over the last five years we have seen a steady increase in demand for our Halloween weekend. “Sometimes it has outperformed traditional busy nights like Stephen’s Night. The standard of costumes is incredibly high and some of the make-up is like something you would see in a horror movie.” Tigerlily is now offering a €1,000 prize for the best Halloween costume competition. A shortlist of best dressed goes

live on the Tigerlily Facebook page on the bank holiday Monday and then it goes to public vote. A valid vote needs to be a Facebook like and comment. The overall winner will be announced on Monday November 7th. This year Tigerlily has adopted a Day of the Dead theme for the weekend which takes place on Friday October 28th, Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th. Once you’re in fancy dress and caught on camera you can enter the competition. For more details on the event nightclub or check out


Out and AboutSOCIAL

Naas Musical Society Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser

Photos Aishling Conway

Tina O’Kelly as Kate Bush

Maria Fowler, Charlene Masterson and Sue Kelly

Jamie Place and Stephen Fagan

Victoria Guthrie, Miriam Fagan and Eugenie Hopkins

Lorna Burke, Patricia Cribbin and Suzanne Munro

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Golfers in Co Kildare have a range of world class courses to choose from Actor Bill Murray loves golf. And he loves golf in Ireland:”My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland. It’s the most beautiful country to play golf in. And when you come as a guest, you’re treated like a king.”

Homegrown heroes

Follow in Rory McIlroy’s footsteps at Royal Portrush in Antrim or his home course of Holywood in Down. County Louth Golf Club is where 2015 WGC Bridgestone Champion-Shane Lowry won his first Irish Open. The 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley, struck his first ball at the Grange in County Dublin. Still in Dublin, Stackstown Golf Club is where three-time major winner, Pádraig Harrington, goes to tee off. European Ryder Cup Captain for 2016, Darren Clarke was a junior member of Dungannon, County Tyrone, while Graeme McDowell walked the fairways of Rathmore Golf Club as a youngster. Touch the greens in these places, and perhaps some of their skill will rub off on your game?


The late US Open and US PGA Champion Payne Stewart felt right at home when he visited the 19th hole in Waterville – The Butler Arms Hotel: “We get into the pub and get around a piano,” said Stewart of his post-round routine. “I bring out my harmonica

and the next thing you know it’s about 4am!” You see, finishing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Round here we always carry on to the 19th.

Invest in a caddy!

Even Rory McIlroy knows that his caddy, JP Fitzgerald, could prove crucial to his game. If you’re going to be playing on some of the island’s famous championship courses, get a caddy. They know the fairways best, save you plenty of shots, and will probably be the best four hours' conversation you’ll ever have on a golf course! Oh, and you never know what future super star you might meet…

Golf by Design

Golf’s big names have designed in Ireland. Take County Clare’s Trump Doonbeg International Golf Links: Greg Norman was a brave man to have challenged his skill to create such a prized course just minutes from the Dr Alister MacKenzie-built Lahinch. Then there’s Jack Nicklaus’ Kilkenny parkland, Mount Juliet, a constantly ranked must-play. Nick Faldo achieved drama on Fermanagh’s serene Lough Erne; while The Palmer Ryder Cup course in The K Club, Kildare, and Tralee, County Kerry, both enjoy that extra special Arnold Palmertouch. Carne, Connemara, Dooks, Enniscrone, Murvagh

andWaterville: Eddie Hackett, Ireland’s ‘Golfing Saint’ turned these greens to golfing gold. And not forgetting Rosapenna and Royal County Down – the legendary Scot, Old Tom Morris embraced the lie of the land and, over a century later, golfers still can’t resist the challenge…

The Beauties

“WOW,” was all Tiger Woods could say as the early morning fog cleared to reveal the challenge of the 15th tee

at The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork (the southernmost point of the Wild Atlantic Way – and just one of Ireland’s many golfing ‘beauties’). He has a point: humpback whales splashing in the swirling waters, swooping seabirds and scampering hares – you’re at one with nature’s immense power on Ireland’s links. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the ball…

Championship courses

First up has to be Royal County Down, where the Irish Open 2015 was

played, and where Rory McIlroy noted: “The more you play it, the more you recognise it for the class place it is.”  Dublin’s Portmarnock, Kildare’s Carton House, Wicklow’s Druids Glen Golf Resort, Killarney Golf Club, County Kerry, Kilkenny’sMount Juliet, and Cork’s Fota Island are other Irish Open hosts to note if you’re looking for a challenging golfing itinerary. And then there’s the exquisite Royal Portrush: touted as the possible future venue for The Open 2019.

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Beginner's Guide to Golf To some taking up golf seems like a daunting task. The quirky characteristics and lingo that go alongside the game itself can often seem a little over-whelming at the beginning. But fear not, it’s not rocket science. Below is a list of phrases that will ensure you sound like you know what you’re talking about when you step on the course. Albatross: This is also known as a double eagle and means that the player has a score of three under par on an individual hole. Back Nine: This refers to the last nine holes of an 18-hole course. Birdie: This is when you score one under par on an individual hole. Bo Derek: This is a score of ten on any given hole. The term originates from the movie 10, in which Bo Derek was the object of Dudley Moore's desire. Bogey: a score of one over par on any individual hole.

Caddie: This is a person whose job it is to carry a player’s golf bag. Caddies for professional players will also assist with club selection and strategy. Drive: This is the stroke used on the fi rst shot of the hole. It is more often than not played with a ‘driver’ and is taken from a ball sitting on a tee. The driver is designed to hit the ball further than any other club. Divot: This is the chunk of turf taken up by a golf shot. Eagle: This is a score of two under par on an individual hole. Fairway: This is the neat area that runs from the tee box to the putting green. Four Ball: This is a match between two teams of two players. Each person plays a ball. Foursomes: This is a match between two teams of two players. The players on each team play alternate shots of the same ball. The Green: This is the

final part of the hole, where the flag and the hole are located. Golf Tee: This is a little piece of equipment that raises the golf ball off the ground on the tee box. Green Fee: This is the fee charged by golf clubs for non-members to play on its course. Handicap: This is a number that represents a golfer’s ability. A golfer with a handicap of 5 is better than a golfer with a handicap of 22. A hole in one: This means that a golfer gets his ball from the tee box into the hole with just one stroke of the ball. Par: This is the expected number of strokes it should take a professional golfer to complete the hole. The higher the par, the more difficult the hole. Rough: The areas on a golf course outside the fairways. Characteristically they have longer grass that is unkempt looking

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Money raised for local schools with Lions Club Health Walk THIS year’s Newbridge Kildare Lions Club Annual Sponsored Schools Health Walk attracted large crowds of schoolchildren as well as their parents and teachers. The event on Sunday raised funds for both the Lions Club and schools as 70% of money raised will be returned to participating schools. The event took place in the

Curragh Racecourse walking circuit. Eleven schools from the area took part and completed more than 1,700 sponsor cards issued. The Lions Club thanked the Civil Defence, the Order of Malta, the Gardaí, the Army and the Curragh racecourse for their assistance with the event.

■ Founding Member Donal Shannon

■ Morgan McCabe - Club President

■ Edward Darcy, Niamh Murphy, Niall Murphy, Max Gibney, Jack Gibney, Grace Gibney, Bernard Gibney and Max

■ Paula and Ella Cashman

■ Greg Connolly

■ Ram, Josh and Arian Hooda

■ Photos: Aishling Conway

■ Order of Malta Newbridge - Casey Teevan, Edward Whitty, Mary Kavanagh, Morgan McCabe (President of Newbridge Kildare Lions Club), Sabrina Dunne and Paul Murphy

Killeen Golf Club Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland Phone: +353 45 893 279 E-mail:

Open for new members Societies + Green Fees welcome 7 days a week Special 4 Ball Winter Rate Mon & Fri (Nov - Dec) Special 4 Ball Winter Rate Mon & Fri Normally €80

Now €60 Driving Range open 7 days a week Late night Wednesday night under lights. For Membership Details or more information contact the Club house on 045 893 279 or email

Kill, Co Kildare.

Junction 7 off the M7

“Quality Golf Course - Excellent Drainage – Great Atmosphere – Family Friendly”


From Oct ‘16 - Jan ‘18 Special Offer: 15 months for the price of 12 on all of the above

Transition €210 (19-24yrs.) Intermediate €510 (25-29yrs.) 5-Day €610 (Mon-Fri) Full Membership €1,010 * incl. €50 Bar Levy Free Junior with Full Member Reciprocal Golf at our partner clubs: Dundrum Golf Resort & Tullamore For more information please contact Brian Cosgrove on 045 866 003 or email

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Rathsallagh Country Club Rathsallagh Country Club, boasting one of Ireland’s finest golf courses, reopened in June and is inviting new membership from now on. The course has been restored to its former splendour over a twelve month period since it was acquired by its new owner, Robert Neill. The rolling parkland golf course looks it best at this time of year as the autumn colours unfold in its mature woodland from the many specimen trees planted nearly 200 years ago. The course was designed by the late Christy O'Connor Jnr and Peter McEvoy and is lovingly tended by Course Superintendent Bobby Fisher and his team of Green Keepers. The club house is open 7 days a week and its bar and restaurant, run by Darren O’Reilly, offers a comfortable ambiance where you can relax in the big sofas by the open fire and catch up with friends or enjoy a wholesome Sunday lunch with the family. Darren has just introduced a completely new menu this week running Thursday to Sunday. PGA Professional Mick O'Shea is on site for lessons and helpful advice and has a well-stocked shop for those seeking ideas for presents. He runs an Open singles every Tuesday for €20 with buggies, rental clubs and electric trol-

Robert Neill

leys and pull carts also available. Robert Neill has spent the last year restoring and consolidating the course. He sees it very much as a local amenity open to all from Dunlavin and beyond who want to enjoy its friendly environment and magnificent outlook over the woods and hills beyond. He sees it as a country club which will offer a range of family friendly activities in its woodlands and, on a neighbouring Grangecon estate, fishing, archery and clay pigeon shooting. The function room in the clubhouse is available for weddings and functions as well as for corporate events and small

conferences. Rathsallagh is sometimes described as “Augusta without the azaleas”, but one could be forgiven for thinking the trees and views exceed any US venue! Web:


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Cill Dara Golf Club Tastes All-Ireland Success

Cill Dara’s Jimmy Bruen winning team

A new chapter in the long history of Cill Dara Golf Club was opened on Saturday last in Carton House when they defeated Athenry Golf Club to win a coveted All Ireland pennant and the Jimmy Bruen shield. Their campaign began in June when the Curragh based club hosted the qualifying round of the competition. One of sixteen qualifying venues in Leinster alone, Cill Dara emerged from a field of local clubs including Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Royal Curragh, The Heath, Dunmurry Springs and Portlaoise. They then defeated Borris in a play off before facing Black Bush in the Leinster quarter Final in Trim. Having won that match the team under Ger Hall began to prepare for the Leinster semi finals and final which were to be held in Howth. Cill Dara defeated Greenore in the semi final and Elm Park in the

David Callen (left) and Ger Hall celebrate Cill Dar’s historic win

final to win a Leinster pennant for the first time in this competition. At all venues and in all the matches Cill Dara players were treated with dignity and respect. Still they continued to prepare and practice and it was announced that their All Ireland semi finals would

be Munster champions, Muskerry. The great Irish amateur golfer Jimmy Bruen, in whose memory the annual competition is held, was a member of Muskerry and the Cork club felt it more than appropriate that they should play for the shield at Irish golf’s top table, Carton House. Cill Dara were

not for giving in, however, and defeated the Corkonians 3 ½ to 1 ½ on Friday afternoon. The final was to be held the following morning against Athenry Golf Club and the Cill Dara management team of Ger Hall, David Callan and Liam Quinlivan made one change to the team, bringing in top upcoming young golfer David Kelly and veteran Dessie Scahill to strengthen a team which must have been feeling the effects of such a long campaign. Along with Scahill and Kelly, the team included: Ray Mackey & Kit Harhen, James Sonny Dunne & Ciaran Ryan, Declan Plunkett & David Fox and Pat Hopkins & Christy Roche. The format of the competition is foursomes, which means each player takes alternate shots with his partner. Regarded as a difficult format, it requires a high level of understanding between

partners. Conditions were ideal for the highly anticipated match and it proved to be spellbinding. Tied at two games each, the final pairing of Pat Hopkins & Christy Roche were Christy Ro level with their oppoche (left nents Ciaran Coughlan Hopkins discuss ) and Pat the line Quin& Seamus Burke after livan. 18 holes. On the first conplay-off hole, however, their H e par beat the opponent’s bogey firmed that Cill Dara Golf Club, to secure the match and the which was founded in 1920, is tournament to the delight of currently seeking new memCill Dara’s large group of sup- bers and that enquiries regarding membership or casual porters. Speaking afterwards the Cill golf were most welcome 0on Dara Club Captain thanked 045 521295 or through the Athenry Golf Club for the club’s website HYPERLINK sporting manner in which the “http://www.cilldaragolfclub. match was played between two com” www.cilldaragolfclub. very evenly matched teams. com. Celebrations continued in He congratulated the team manager Ger Hall and his as- the Cill Dara Clubhouse to a sistants David Callan and Liam late hour on on Saturday.

6 reasons to join Cill Dara Golf Club 1. We’re All Ireland Champions.

More than a few eyebrows were raised in Carton House last month when Cill Dara Golf Club, a little known 9 hole course which had never been at the finals before, walked away with the prestigious Jimmy Bruen shield. Not only did they defeat much larger clubs like Muskerry from Cork and Galway’s Athenry, but they did it in style, even conceding a tricky putt on the 18th green in the deciding match. The team spirit was obvious, Cill Dara were golf’s David against more than one Goliath, having beaten Black Bush, Greenore and Elm Park golf clubs along the way. Cill Dara has consistently punched above its weight in interclub matches, having won the Cullen Trophy in 2003, the Barton Cup in 2004 and the Provincial Towns Trophy in 2014. This latest victory, however, has put the Curragh based club on the map in golfing terms and has attracted a lot of interest from casual golfers

and potential members.

2. We have a very strong Ladies’ section.

Cill Dara ladies club has grown considerably over the last number of years. Arising from the ‘Get into Golf’ programme, over twenty new members have joined, bringing the total ladies’ membership to 119. The course suits the lady golfer, providing a challenge without being too difficult, and the social aspect is thriving. Other activities such as flower arranging, yoga and cards are also enjoyed.

3. Our course is much improved

In 2014 the club enlisted the services of GCMS, now known as Carr Golf, to maintain and develop the golf course. The fruits of that partnership are now to be seen, with excellent greens, lush fairways and meticulously designed holes. There is a different layout for the back nine, ensuring eighteen different holes are played during a round

and the men’s’ course measures a creditable 6,576 yards from the back tees. The course uses the natural terrain of the Curragh and the native vegetation, including grasses which provide the ideal surface for golf, has been preserved. Indeed there is evidence of prehistoric dwellings around our first and second greens. While predominantly playing on a level surface, golfers can enjoy the unspoilt flora and fauna of one of Europe’s oldest and largest areas of semi-natural grassland.

4. Families are welcome.

The nine hole format is ideal for the beginning golfer – allowing a shorter contact time and more opportunities to experience the pleasure of the game. The club also provides tuition for its younger members and offers membership deals for families joining together. With the advent of golf on to the Olympic stage the profile of the game has been raised and Cill Dara

provides an easily accessible and welcoming atmosphere for families who wish to play together.

5. Our clubhouse is great

The restaurant has attained a reputation for excellent food at reasonable prices in a pleasant atmosphere. Highly trained and motivated staff look after members and visitors alike. There is a fully stocked bar and a selection of teas and coffees available. The locker rooms, where members may store their equipment, are modern and well equipped.

6. Our rates are very reasonable. We offer full membership for €500 p.a. plus some levies. This may be paid in instalments. Contact us on 045 521295 or visit our website www.cilldaragolfclub. com to arrange membership for yourself or as a present for someone else. Cill Dara offers a change in lifestyle for about €10 per week.

Join Cill Dara Golf Club. Little Curragh, Kildare and… t play links style golf on the beautiful Curragh plains. t enjoy our course, which has been extensively upgraded over the past 18 months. t experience our new lay out which extends to 6578 yards, featuring the finest greens in the region, lush fairways, soft deep bunkers and manicured tee boxes. t view our trophies—Cill Dara won the Barton Cup in 2004, the Provincial Towns Cup in 2014, and were J.B. Carr finalists in 2015 and won the Jimmy Bruen All-Ireland Shield in 2016. t relax with the famous Cill Dara welcome in our excellent bar and restaurant. t sign up for full membership for only €500 p.a. Alternatively we are open daily for green fees. t bring the family! Ladies, gents welcome. Junior membership only €75 p.a. Tuition provided. t enquire about ladies’ “Get into Golf” Visit our website: Find us on Facebook Email: Phone: 045 521295

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New Land Rover unveiled amid fanfare at Paris Motor Show Land Rover unveiled the Discovery with the help of the world’s largest ever Lego model at the Paris Motor Show recently. The lego model featured a recreation of London’s Tower Bridge made from 5,805,846 individual bricks. This smashed the previous Guinness World Record (a Lego Star Wars X-Wing Fighter) by 470,646 pieces. Laid end to end, it is said that the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles, or from Tower Bridge in London to Paris. The build was led by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only Lego Certified Professional, and took five months to construct. It was erected in the grounds of Packington Hall, Warwickshire, which is close to the Solihull plant where the Discovery will be built. Not content with just the giant Lego structure, Land Rover enlisted the help of British adventurer Bear Grylls, who abseiled from the top of the Tower Bridge installation, through the open drawbridge and on to

the stage beside the New Discovery. This was followed by Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie driving his sailing team through 900mmdeep water (the wading depth of the new Discovery), towing a Lego replica of the Land Rover BAR America's Cup boat, made of 186,500 bricks. Gerry McGovern’s design team at Land Rover has given the new edition of the 26-year-old model a more sophisticated, softer-edged look that moves it away from the blunt styling that’s gone before and brings it into line with the Discovery Sport. This risks alienating existing long-term Discovery enthusiasts, who may consider the new car too upmarket for daily abuse like towing horseboxes and caravans. However, the latest Disco leaves room in the Land Rover range for a more rugged seven-seat model that’s likely to form part of the reborn Defender family, due to start arriving before the end of the decade. And in

any case, Land Rover points out that the new car’s towing capacity is still a hefty 3,500kg.

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Gary McNally sings to Sue Kelly as the Village People look on

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Chairperson Tina O’Kelly and Secretary Dominic Reid present a trophy to the Winners of the Lip Sync Battle - Gemm Lehane, Lorraine Bolton and SIobhan Clifford AKA Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Arianna Grande

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Many Irish motorists say self-driving cars scare them ONE in four Irish motorists say they have serious concerns in relation to the advent of selfdriving cars with 15 percent saying that the scares them, while 11 percent suggested people are becoming too reliant on technology. One half of respondents to the Continental Tyres survey on autonomous driving say that they would feel unsafe in a self-driving car due to not being in control of the vehicle. In a similar vein, some 36 percent expressed concerns with the technology underpinning an autonomous driving vehicle. The research was carried out as part of the company's ‘Vision Zero’, a long-term commitment to reduce accidents through innovative tyre technologies and automotive systems. Continental is also partner to the Global NCAP #STOPTHECRASH campaign, a coordinated grouping of companies and automotive bodies in a shared commitment to promote advanced

vehicle safety technologies as a means to improving road safety across the globe. Notwithstanding the very real safety concerns, respondents to the survey highlighted some of the many benefits that autonomous driving can bring including the opportunity for drivers to spend their time more productively and for a small number of respondents (8 percent), autonomous driving, if implemented properly, could deliver the holy grail of ‘accident free’ driving. The survey also showed a certain level of cynicism in relation to the claims of automotive companies. 35 percent of respondents were of the opinion that some car manufacturers have exaggerated what is possible with autonomous driving but they admit that there is potential for significant safety and efficiency benefits. Commenting on the survey results, Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland said: “Automated driving will surely be the biggest change

to motoring over the next 20 years and it is clear from our survey that Irish motorists have some serious concerns in relation to this development. "Nevertheless, as a company that is both an expert provider of safety technologies for the automotive industry and a systems manufacturer at the forefront of autonomous driving developments, at Continental, we are in a unique position to expertly understand the complete car. “We are confident that the advent of autonomous driving will bring huge benefits for road safety, in particular, in developed countries where vehicles will be able to interact with each other and with the built environment - the challenge will be to replicate these advances in developing countries and as a fully committed member of the #STOPTHECRASH campaign, Continental will fully play its part in ensuring that the technological benefits of autonomous driving are spread as

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Six ways to help prevent a breakdown on the roads this winter GIVE GIVE your your car car aa thorough thorough check check every every few few weeks weeks and and you you may may spot spot problems problems bebefore fore they they cause cause aa breakdown. breakdown. The AA says that there are The AA says that there are six six key key areas areas to to keep keep on on top top of: of: fuel, fuel, lights, lights, oil, oil, water, water, electrics electrics and and rubber. rubber. When When it it comes comes to to remembering remembering them, them, just just think: think: F.L.O.W.E.R! F.L.O.W.E.R!

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Gathering of Ireland East midlands Branch of Parkinson’s Association of Ireland

Irene Treacy(Smovey Trainer) from Waterford and Linda Dungan(Personal Trainer/Smovey Coach) from Meath at the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland East Midlands Branch Patients Conference in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co, Kildare. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

RTE Newscaster and presenter Eileen Dunne speaking at the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland East Midlands Branch Patients Conference in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co, Kildare. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

Paula Gilmore(CEO of Parkinsons Assoc. of Ireland), Nuala Carey(AbbVie), Brian Magennis(Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist at the Matter Hospital) and Dee Daly(Humanistic Intergrative Psychotherapist) The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland East Midlands Branch 2016 Comittee

Walled City Winter Escape Visit Ireland’s only completely Walled City & submerge yourself in a destination full of character and history. Savour the delights of a stay in an opulent, exclusive suite overlooking the city skyline and stunning River Foyle. Our Collection floor was designed to celebrate the city being the inaugural UK City of Culture. Greeting you on check-in will be a selection of our homemade shortbread and truffles.

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Ms. Marion Slattery, Occupational Therapist from Tipperary speaking at the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland East Midlands Branch Patients Conference in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co, Kildare. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

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Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don’t get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now. There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months: 1. Check your tyres…they are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions. 2. Use your lights. As we come into the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order. 3. Understand your brakes. Check your car manual and find out if your vehicle has safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Learn how these technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions. 4. Safe Distance. It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front. 5. Make sure you can clearly see. All too often motorists do not de-fog or de-ice windows and mirrors which can compromise visibility. This winter ensure windows

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Kildare winners at BLAS NA hEIREANN Irish Food Awards RYE River Brewing Company from Kildare has taken two Gold awards at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle, Kerry with a stout and an ale they make for Lidl under the Crafty Brewing Company label. Rye River also won Best in County. Other award winners at Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest blind-tasted food awards included Silver for Himalayan Salted Activated Almonds from Nutmost in Moone, Silver for Naas-based Meat and Moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dunnes Stores Cook at Home Apricot & Raisin Stuffed Chicken Crown with a Roast Chicken Gravy and Silver for Dairygold Butter Sticks from Kerry Foods, also in Naas. They also took a Bronze for their Dunnes Stores Sage & Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breasts Topped with Garlic Butter. Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baked Ham from Timahoe, Naas won a Bronze award as did Aedamar's Lime Curd from Newbridge. There was a Best in Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Award for Gibneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Jams. Pictured are: L-R Michael Henderson from Henderson Food Service Machinery with Declan Doyle from Meat and More and Artie Clifford, Chairperson of the Irish Food Awards.




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TRADES & SERVICES Kildare County Council Orla Travers intends to apply for full planning permission for a development at Curryhills, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. The development consists of constructing a change of house type to that previously granted in planning file reference number 15/679 to a revised bungalow type, revised site boundaries to that previously granted, 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 We, Kelby Developments Ltd. intend to apply for planning permission for a development on this site at Whitethorn Park, Allenwood Middle, Allenwood, Naas, Co. Kildare. The development consists of (A) Completion of unfinished estate at Whitethorn Park, previously granted permission under file ref no.05/133 & 10/847 (B) construction of 3 no. two storey 3 bedroom semi-detached houses (C) construction of 7 no. two storey 2 bedroom terraced houses (D) construction of 1 no. two storey 2 bedroom semi-detached house (E) Steel cladded storage shed in the rear gardens and all associated site development works. That the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not

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houses in three blocks (Block A1), 2 no. 4 bedroom three storey town houses and 6 no. three bedroom two storey town houses in two blocks (Block A2), 36 no. 3 bedroom two storey semi-detached houses in eighteen blocks (Block B1), 4 no. 2 bedroom two storey town houses in one block (Block C1), 8 no. 3 bedroom two storey town houses in two blocks (Block D1), 8 no. 2 bedroom two storey apartments in two blocks (Block E1), (b) erection of single storey crèche, (c) erection of single storey scouts den, (d) all site development works associated with the erection of these 76 residential units, crèche and scouts den, to include footpaths, access roads, car parking, bicycle parking, bin storage areas, boundary walls, chain link fencing, all associated landscaping areas and public lighting, (e) construction of four metre wide combined cycle way/ footpath at south west end of site, (f) provision of new connecting footpaths, new foul sewer drains and water mains through the public open space of Old Bridge Housing Scheme to the west of the following house numbers 214,234,259 to 266, (g) the vehicular and pedestrian access to this proposed new development shall be through the existing Old Bridge Housing Estate, (h) the granting of

planning permission for this development will involve a variation to condition 1 of planning file reference 14/165. All development to take place on lands adjoining and to the west and north of the Old Bridge Housing Scheme, Osberstown, Naas. 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 observations 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. SPRINGWOOD LIMITED ___________________________ Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one (mention here). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken Heart where your father sees it. Then, in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days and promise publication . It will never fail. I.O.C ___________________________

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Hidden Cyclone blows competitors away in Punchestown once more Hidden Cyclone might be 11 now but it seems age is just a number to Shark Hanlon’s stable star as he registered win number 16 of his career at Punchestown on Wednesday.  The Galway Hurdle runner-up went off at odds of 7-2 for the Free Racehorse Ownership With The Coral Champions Club Rated Hurdle and he was sent straight into a huge early lead by Danny Mullins. He looked a sitting duck for The Game Changer and Rashaan on the home turn but he found another gear and won eased down by two and a quarter lengths from the latter. Bookmakers may have been bombarded with bets on Willie Mullins to be champion trainer in Ireland once again this season, but Gordon Elliott extended his lead at the top

of the trainers’ championship with a fantastic 453-1 fourtimer. The Longwood trainer got his Wednesday off to the best possible start when 20-1 outsider Zanjabeel landed the Best Price 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle under Cleariestown rider Mikey Fogarty.  Fire In His Eyes was next to hit the target as the 13-8 second favourite won the Bet 5euro Get 20euro in Free Bets Maiden Hurdle in the hands of David Mullins. Jamie Codd was on board 5-6 favourite Baby Twig who stormed away with the Weatherbys Ireland Mares INH Flat Race, winning by a massive 16 lengths. The four-timer was completed by Cecil Corbett who won the Download The App Handicap Chase under Davy Russell. He was returned the 7-2 favourite.

Brilliant Ruby adds American National to CV The brilliant Ruby Walsh added another sparkle to his already glittering jockey career last night when he captured the American Grand National in New Jersey last night. The Kill native has already got the exclusive set of wins in the English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish Grand Nationals, while he has also won the Australian equivalent too. Last night in New Jersey he partnered Rawnaq to victory in the feature race at Far Hills, further emphasising the fact that he is one of the greatest to ever take the reins of a horse. Trained by Cyril Murphy, Rawnaq is usually ridden by Jack Doyle, but he suffered an injury in the last number of weeks that meant Walsh could step in and take to the saddle of the odds-on favourite. He won comfortably, and Walsh was delighted to secure a big payday. Walsh said: “It went really well, unfortunately his usual jockey Jack Doyle suffered some bad injuries a few weeks ago and that’s why I’m here. “I was the lucky guy who got to ride him today. He’d run over fences in Ireland and I was confident in his ability to jump, and jump racing is about being able to jump. Thank you to Mr Naylor for bringing me over and it’s great to be here. “The race unfolded beautifully, he jumped the first

couple really well. It was an honest pace all the way, and when the English horses slackened off he outstayed them from there. The hill was quite testing, but he was in unbelievable shape. “I saw too much of Rawnaq the other day, but I learnt that day he is a really strong stayer, Jack rode him and we couldn’t get by him and he showed that again today the way he battled from the last fence. “I didn’t need to be asked twice to come, I thought he was the best steeplechase horse in America. It was a no brainer, and it’s a huge purse. I was always going to come. “What will spur Jack on in the next couple of months of his recovery would be riding this horse at Cheltenham.” Walsh was not staying around for too long in the American state to celebrate as he hopped straight on a plane to return to Ireland for a meeting at Cork on Sunday where he was pencilled in for four rides. Amazingly, Walsh won two of his rides on Sunday afternoon, the first of which came just six hours after he hopped off the plane from America. “I landed ten minutes early this morning, at 8.20am, dropped Gillian (wife) home and headed here,” he said straight after leading The Fitz Lady to victory in the third race on the card.

Hidden Cyclone and Danny Mullins jumping ahead of The Game Changer (Cian Collins) and Rashaan (Sean Flanagan) on their way to winning “The Rated Hurdle” at Punchestown - Alain Barr - 12.10.2016

Keane lands 87-1 treble at Naas Sir Michael Stoute made the trip across the Irish Sea a winning one as Intimation landed the Clodovil European Breeders Fund Garnet Stakes at Naas on Sunday in the hands of Colin Keane. The Trim jockey never really had to worry on the British challenger as she travelled supremely well throughout the one mile contest. It was Keane’s first ever ride for the legendary trainer. It proved to be the middle leg of a treble for Keane. There a few more admirable types in training than Waterford trainer John Kiely’s Toe The Line, and the seven-yearold put her best foot forward to take the Bluebell Stakes. Toe The Line was gaining a first success since April but the win wasn’t coming out of turn as she has run some big races in defeat of late. She was returned at odds of 9-2, completing an 87-1 treble on the day for Keane following on from earlier successes aboard Wayside Flower. Trainer John Kiely said immediately after the race: “I’m delighted. I thought it might be a bit short for her. “She was third in it last year. I thought she’d need further but the little bit of a cut in the ground helped her at the end. She stays. “She’s a very, very useful mare to have and I’m thrilled for the owners (the Lillingston Family). I don’t know where we’ll go now and I might give her a holiday.” The At The Races European

Breeders Fund Birdcatcher Premier Nursery went the way of 10-1 shot Childhood for Willie McCreery and Wayne Lordan. There was no easier winner on the card than the Willie Mullins-trained R e n neti who stormed to a 14-length triumph in the Profile Systems Naas October Handicap under C h r i s H a y e s . Hayes was full of admiration Childhood (Wayne Lordan) wins the At The Races EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Naas for Mullins Photo: Patrick McCann 16.10.2016 following the line. Thankfully it was after going so steady, but I heard race, brandnothing. I gave him a couple ing the Champion Trainer a the line he did it. “I was getting it so easy in of flicks and then looked up genius. “That’s the great thing front and I couldn’t believe at the screen. I’ve won far about riding for  Willie Mul- how handy they were letting too far - I’d say I could be in lins. I rang him and said I me have it. I just keep filling trouble! “He is (Mullins) a genius to had a gameplan and he said him up and filling him up. “He told me to stay on the ride for. All his horses are so do your own thing. You saw yourself he’s a bit quirky. bridle as long as I can so I straightforward and try so I won a bit too far so he de- kept squeezing him. I thought hard.” cided to drop me after the they were coming at me, after

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SPORTS Kildare Minor A Football Championship final

Lethal Naas attack denies Clane the honours once again Photos: Pat Tinsley

By Patrick Ward Reporter





A stunning attacking display from a highly talented Naas forward unit helped the County Town to secure the Minor A Championship title in a hugely entertaining final. Their full-forward line of Luke Griffin, Ciaran Doyle and Daragh Kirwan contributed nine points from play on the day, with the latter bagging five of those in a Man of the Match display. They also defended stoutly throughout, and had it not been for the fine efforts of county minor star Ciaran Kelly, Clane would have really struggled to get within four points of their opponents. It was hard luck on Clane, who, short of county minor captain Brian McLoughlin, endured defeat in the decider for a second year in a row. But there could be few doubts about who deserved the win in this game, and it should bode well for the future of Naas GAA club that such a strong batch of minors are coming through. Naas, buoyed by a rather strong wind at their backs in the first half, began brightly as they attacked towards the Town End of St Conleth’s Park. They would have been hopeful of building up some sort of significant lead while they had the backing of the wind, and they did just that by producing a very entertaining display of free-flowing football in the

■ Naas celebrate their first Minor A title since 1983 opening half. In saying that, the first nine minutes of the game produced little in the way of enthralling football, and save for a couple of Darragh Merriman points from frees, the umpires at either end were largely untroubled. Ciaran Kelly eventually settled Clane into the tie with a fabulous score off the outside of his left foot from the terrace side of the field, but they failed to score for a 14-minute spell following that. Naas were superb during this spell, registering five unanswered points -four of which came from play- as they ramped up the intensity all over the park. Shane Ryan began the purple patch with a fine run and score, before Merriman added another free and the influential Daragh Kirwan landed his first effort of the day.

A point from the lively Luke Griffin was then followed by the score of the half, as captain Ciaran Doyle bet two men and looped a fantastic effort over from 35 metres despite being under fierce pressure. A free from Kelly eventually brought an end to the Naas siege, and Clane then got their big break in the game when a goal arrived in the 23rd minute. A poorly struck Colm O’Sullivan shot fell straight into the arms of Kelly, who turned and angled a brilliant finish into the bottom left corner of Luke Mullins’ net. That brought the men in white back to within two points, but Naas responded brilliantly to the setback and began to raise their game once again. Kirwan was particularly influential during that phase, and he kicked two brilliant points either side of a fine effort from Doyle to completely cancel

out Kelly’s goal just three minutes earlier. A point at either end from Merriman and Sam McCormack meant that Naas went into the break with a 0-11 to 1-3 lead. Clane would have been looking forward to having the wind at their backs for the second half, but by the time the second half began at 2.20pm, the wind had become more of a gentle breeze. Naas began the second half on the front foot, and they could have really given Clane a mountain to climb had they bagged a goal when they had their opportunity in the first minute of the new half, but Clane ‘keeper Harry Kelly made a tremendous save on Naas corner-back Cathal Daly, while Kirwan’s follow up was blocked on the line. It looked as if Naas may rue that missed opportunity when Kelly and Shane O’Sullivan

pointed at the opposite end, but another fine curling effort from the right wing by Kirwan yielded his fourth of the day and Naas’ first of the second half. Both sides went blow for blow for the next number of minutes as a couple of Kelly frees sandwiched a free from Colm Joyce, but Naas then took over once again. Kirwan opened up his sizable bag of tricks to dummy hop the ball between two Clane defenders before splitting the posts from 40 metres out, and another score from Shane Ryan widened the gap to five points once again. Clane moved midfielder Caolan Smith into full-forward to try and mix their attacks up a bit, and it paid immediate dividends as he won a high ball before blazing an effort over the bar from close range. Naas -as they had done throughout

the game- responded in emphatic fashion by getting on the scoreboard once again through Ryan, and they would have had a goal soon after were it not for another brilliant save from Harry Kelly, this time denying Griffin from eight metres out. Naas played out the game in relatively comfortable fashion, winding down the clock and looking supremely composed in every action they made. Clane tried to reel their opponents in, but they remained too reliant on Kelly for their scores. He kicked three points in the closing stages that narrowed the gap to just one score, which resulted in a nervy finish for the County Town side, but Colm Joyce’s late free proved to be the insurance score as Naas steamed towards the honours. Scorers for Clane: C Kelly 1-8(5f), Sam McCormack, C Smith and S O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Scorers for Naas: D Kirwan 0-5, D Merriman 0-4f, S Ryan 0-3, L Griffin, C Doyle and C Joyce(2f) 0-2 each. Clane H Kelly; M Brien, B Giffney, D Reilly; T Montgomery(M Hannon 43mins), B Corbett, N Wyer; C O’Sullivan, C Smith; S Callan, M Culhane(E Maguire 46mins), Sam McCormack; C Kelly, S O’Sullivan, Shane McCormack. Naas L Mullins; C Daly, C McCarthy, B Stynes; D Merriman, D Shaw, A Cronin(S Lacey 63mins); B Blackburne(DGallagher60mins), J Burke; C Joyce(D O’Brien 63mins), S Ryan(P McDermott 56mins), M Kenny; L Griffin, D Kirwan, C Doyle.

Kildare GAA fixtures Fri 21 Oct 2016 Fr Manning Cup Venue Hawkfield, Kildare U16 V Meath U16 20.00, Ref TBC 2016 Reserve D Championship FINAL Venue: Raheens, Sarsfields V Straffan 20:00, Ref: Seamus Mc Kiernan Sat 22 Oct 2016 Leinster Junior Football Championship Venue Newbridge, Kilcullen V St Patricks (Tullow) 13.30, Ref TBC 2016 Intermediate Football Championship Final Replay Venue: Newbridge, Round Towers V Two Mile House 15:15, Ref: Brendan Cawley (ET 2 x 10 mins if required) 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 1 Section A Venue: Celbridge,

Celbridge V Clane 16:45, Ref: Fergus Devereux Jnr Venue: Carbury, Carbury V Kilcock 16:45, Ref: John Enright 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 1 Section B Venue: Balyna, Balyna V Sarsfields 16:45, Ref: Alan Smullen Venue: Naas, Naas V Moorefield 16:45, Ref: Declan Jacob 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 2 Venue: Maynooth, Maynooth V Aylmer Gaels 16:45, Ref: Eamonn Kelly Venue: Sallins, Sallins V Eadestown 16:45, Ref: John McLoughlin 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 3 Section A Venue: Suncroft, Suncroft V Rheban 16:45, Ref: Martin Tobin Venue: Murphy Memorial Park, Grangenolvan V Castledermot 16:45, Ref: Owen Murphy

2016 Under 17 Football League Div 3 Section B Venue: St.Columba, St.Columba V Raheens 16:45, Ref: Tim O Sullivan Venue: TBC, Newtown Gaels V Milltown 16:45, Ref: Peter Farrell 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 4 Venue: TBC, Abbey Rangers V Castlemitchell 16:45, Ref: David Houlihan Venue: TBC, Killard V Ellistown 16:45, Ref: Liam Whelan Sun 23 Oct 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 2 Venue: Ballymore Eustace, Ballymore Eustace V Two Mile House 16:45, Ref: Anthony Herbert Tony O Donoughue Under 21 A Football Championship Venue: Moorefield, Moorefield V Celbridge 15:00,

Ref: David Coady Venue: Sarsfields, Sarsfields V Maynooth 15:00, Ref: Henry Barrett Venue: Naas, Naas V Athy 15:00, Ref: Liam Herbert Venue: Conneff Park, Clane V Kilcock 15:00, Ref: Billy O Connell Tony O Donoughue Under 21 B Football Championship Venue: Leixlip, Leixlip V St Laurence’s 15:00, Ref: Tim O Sullivan Venue: Raheens, Raheens V Eadestown 15:00, Ref: Niall Colgan Venue: Monasterevan, Monasterevan V St Kevin’s 15:00, Ref: Seamus Mc Kiernan Tony O Donoughue Under 21 C Football Championship Venue: Sallins, Sallins V Carbury 15:00, Ref: Jack O Connell Venue: Suncroft, Suncroft V Rheban 15:00, Ref: Frank

Delaney Venue: Castledermot, Castledermot V Rathangan 15:00, Ref: Brendan Hickey Tony O Donoughue Under 21 D Football Championship Venue: Miltown, Milltown V St Edwards 15:00, Ref: Fintan Barrett Venue: Ellistown, Ellistown V Newtown Gaels 15:00, Ref: Damien Reilly Venue: Ardclough, Ardclough V Grangenolvan 15:00, Ref: Larry Heeney Venue: TBC, Abbey Rangers V Kill 15:00, Ref: Anthony Lawler Tue 25 Oct 2016 Under 17 Football League Div 2 Venue: St Laurence’s, St Laurence’s V Round Towers 20:00, Ref: Kieran Harris

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‘Parental’ guidance the cornerstone of Sash success- Crofton Photos: Pat Tinsley

By Patrick Ward Reporter

It was a second county final win in a row for Sarsfields on Sunday afternoon when they gunned down their Newbridge rivals Moorefield in St Conleth’s Park, and it also marked John Crofton’s third win as manager since his appointment in 2011, but the Sash supremo explained how the building blocks for their recent success has been underpinned by the ethos of the club. Speaking straight after witnessing his side beat their crosstown neighbours on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-14, the former Kildare manager was an exuberant figure as he explained how he promotes younger players into the senior side. In what was a fascinating insight into how the club generates talent through the underage ranks, Crofton outlined how ‘parental’ guidance is the cornerstone of their ethos. “I think a lot of it is parental. A lot of the guys that are involved with us, their parents are involved within the club as officers. They’re all very bright, their easy to coach, they’re really committed and they’re all athletes as well. They really want to work. I’d like to think that we have an ethos around the club, and I definitely would talk some ownership of that,” explained Crofton. He went on to portray how getting into the players’ heads at the age of 16 or 17 makes all the difference and helps to stop them from drifting away from the club.

“In the world we’re living in, in my strong opinion, and this is nothing to do with burnout, it’s the opposite of that, if you can’t engage a young fella that has a real talent at 16 or 17 and sow the seeds of them wanting to be on that senior team, when they go to college and they’re not engaged, it’s very hard to get it after that.” “We’ve had lads in at 17. Say Shea Ryan, this is his third year being in a county final dressing room. I firmly believe that at every level, whether it’s junior, intermediate or senior, the way the world is now, young fellas at 17 or 18, if they’re not engaged and buying into the ethos in the club, it’s very hard to get it back into them. At 19 or 20 they’re gone different roads.” Crofton’s methods have clearly rubbed off on the likes of Ryan and his county minor teammate from last year, Conor Hartley, who both made the step up to become regular starters for the club en route to securing backto-back county titles for the first time in 25 years. Their manager was full of praise for the youthful duo, who along with the likes of Ben McCormack and Con Kavanagh, will provide the backbone of this Sarsfields team for many years to come. “Shea Ryan was a minor last year. Himself and Conor Hartley were minors last year, and they went straight from being minors straight into the first 15 on the county U21 team. Both of them done their leaving cert, both of them are high achievers. They got se-

rious points in their leaving cert and they are absolutely a joy to coach. “In Shea’s case, he was a very reluctant full-back, but as I say we were down four defenders from last year. We had to find within them the ability to step up, to be senior footballers at this level as 19year-olds. And Shea, he’s the real deal isn’t he?” remarked Crofton. The Sash had lost five finals to their bitter rivals since 2002, and while they managed to secure three county titles in the intervening years, there was always a doubt as to whether or not they could shake Moorefield off in a county final. They inflicted an eight-point defeat on Moorefield at the third round stage last season, and that was a major boost to the psyche of the team according to Crofton. “The county final thing has been a monkey on the back. But look at last year, we hockeyed them here and ran them ragged. Unlike last year, we didn’t come out of the traps today. They’re a very experienced outfit, and we allowed them to have the upperhand, but that goal before half-time gave us something to chew on and gave us a real chance of coming back. It would have been more difficult to be four down against that diagonal wind. “A couple of our marquee forwards didn’t have some of their better days. But what did we score? 2-13, and we certainly were anything but clinical on front of goal. I knew there was scores in us. I knew we would keep battling

n John Crofton led Sarsfields to a second county final win in a row

until the end,” he said. Crofton and his players will be back to try and win the Dermot Bourke Cup for a third successive season in 2017, something they haven’t managed to do since 1950-52, but Crofton’s immediate attention turns to enjoying

the celebrations and then focusing on the Leinster Club Championship. “We’re not going to be looking at four before we look at three. We’re now playing in next year’s championship, so like everybody else we’ll be looking to win it. Before that, I don’t even know who we’ll be playing, or when, in the Leinster Club Championship, but we’ll be looking to celebrate for a few days and

then make a fist of that,” he said. For what it’s worth, Sarsfields will meet either Sean O’Mahony’s of Louth or Baltinglass of Wicklow in the Leinster Championship quarter-final. The good news is that it won’t be played until November 13, which should allow Crofton and his band of merry men to celebrate their county title win in some style.

Intermediate final replay the headline act this weekend

n Sarsfields supporter Darragh Murphy and Kildare GAA PRO Christine Murray after Sunday's game

Round Towers and Two Mile House will go to battle once again this weekend in the replay of the Intermediate Football Championship final. The first instalment produced a thrilling finale as Neil Scanlon landing two frees in injury time to wipe out Two Mile House’s lead and leave the sides level at 0-14 to 1-11 by the final whistle, and this game is likely to be just as close. Glenn Ryan’s Round Towers side were lucky to get out of jail last time out, and their manager said that neither side would be carrying any momentum into this weekend’s game. “The game is finished and it’s

over and there’s no momentum between now and next week. We have to get back to a level where we can start playing the football we want to play, which I don’t think we did today. Before that game throws in, Kilcullen will be in Leinster Championship action as they take on St Patrick’s of Carlow at the quarter-final stage. They defeated Amsterdam in Maastricht a fortnight ago, and they will look to build on their impressive county title win and progress further along the provincial route. Both games take place in Newbridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Two in a row for super Sash as they break By Patrick Ward

Moorefield..............0-15 Sarsfields ..............2-13

Joe Mallon SFC final

Sarsfields landed their second Kildare SFC title on the trot, and broke the hoodoo that Moorefield hold over them in county finals the process, as the meeting of the 2014 and the 2015 county champions ended with the Sash claiming a four-point win. While Sarsfields have won three county titles since 2002, they had not beaten their bitter rivals in a final during that period, but had lost on the five occasions both teams met in the decider since then. The main talking points that will surround this game, and were ultimately deciding factors, were two refereeing decisions. The first of which was the awarding of a penalty to Sarsfields in the dying embers of the first half when they were trailing by four points, and looking well off the pace. Ray Cahill’s conversion of that placed ball gave them a real lifeline going into the break, as the 2015 champions had looked well off the pace up until that point. The second major incident came with 10 minutes to go as Moorefield stalwart- and now Kildare selector- Ronan Sweeney, was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident. Those were just two of the major talking points in a game that largely lived up to its billing and provided a massive crowd in St Conleth’s Park with some enthralling en-

Take five

Photos: Pat Tinsley

Man of the match

Shea Ryan- Goalkeeper Andy O’Brien, wing-back Ciaran McInerney Aspell and sharpshooter Ray Cahill were all contenders for the gong, but the 19-year-old Sarsfields defender oozed class and showed a physical edge as he dominated Jason Philips throughout, eventually leading to the full-forward’s withdrawal.

Score of the game

Ray Cahill’s point into the Kilcullen End in the 58th minute was a thing of beauty. He shimmied the ball onto his right handside, drawing his man with him, before swivelling back onto his ‘weaker’ left foot and piercing the posts with a curling effort from 40 metres out. Alan Smith’s goal was also an example of a fabulously executed team move.

Talking point

Plenty of talking points from this one. Sarsfields finally get the better of Moorefield in the final; that debatable penalty decision in the first half; new blood make their mark for Sarsfields; was that Roli Sweeney’s last appearance in a Moorefield jersey now that he is a Kildare selector? Plenty to ponder over a pint.

Ref Watch

Referee Fergal Barry had a lot less to deal with than many would have predicted before the game. There were no instances of handbags, and no noticeable incidents off the ball. He still managed to hit the headlines however by awarding a controversial first half penalty to the Sash, and then sending off Moorefield’s Ronan Sweeney with 10 minutes to go.

Perfect programmes

The county board -and PRO Christine Murray in particular- must be complimented for the superb programmes that were on sale on match day. Packed with detailed information and insightful interviews, the 64-page spread was really a fine piece of work. tertainment. As is so often the case in county finals, this game was a slow burner and both sides appeared to be feeling each other out for the opening quarter of an hour before the game eventually opened up a little bit more. The fact that there was only a solitary point

scored from play in the first 15 minutes was rather indicative of the early proceedings. The first score of the match arrived in the third minute through Roli Sweeney, with the veteran tapping over a close range free to settle his side into the tie. Adam Tyrrell followed up with a free of his

Sash forward Ben McCormack looks to evade the challenge of Moorefield defender Anthony Durney

Ciaran Kelly takes a shot as Sarsfields defender Conor Hartley dives on his boot

own soon after, but that was quickly cancelled out by an effort from Ray Cahill at the other end. Cahill followed that score up with the first point from play in the eighth minute as he turned on a six-pence 45 metres from goal and split the posts with a fabulous curling effort. Moorefield assumed control for a spell straight after that score though, and they could have had a goal when Adam Tyrrell got on the end of a free-flowing move, but his shot was superbly saved  by Sarsfields goalkeeper Andy O’Brien, who then scrambled to block Ciaran Kelly’s follow up. A free from Sweeney arrived shortly afterwards, before Eanna O’Connor got their first score from play of the afternoon by landing a beautiful point from the left wing. Ciaran Kelly has been a goal

machine for Moorefield all season, and you would have put your mortgage on him to find the net from close range after Jason Philips knocked O’Connor’s long ball into his path, but the Moorefield captain blazed wide with the goal at his mercy. The Sash responded well though, and a superb point from Caoimghin McDonnell was followed by a Dan Nea free to level matters up. Moorefield reeled off the next four scores however, with David Whyte raising a white flag with a tidy point from the right of the posts, before Tyrrell chipped in with his second point of the day from a free. A point from Philips and a monstrous effort from Kelly looked to have put Moorefield in a great position as half-time approached, but a controversial penalty awarded

Sarsfields a way back into the game. Ben McCormack’s poorly struck effort from distance blazed well wide of the goal, but referee Fergal Barry indicated that  there was pulling and dragging going on in the square during the play, and he raised his arms to signal a penalty. Cahill stepped up to rifle the ball to the roof of Tom Kinsella’s net, which left the half-time score at 0-8 to 1-4. John Crofton introduced Sarsfields captain from 2014, Conor Tiernan, at the break, and his impact was immediate as he floated over a superb point from the left wing to raise a massive roar from the Sash support. Cahill followed up with a pointed free to send his side into the lead for the first time in the game. It really began to open up from that point onwards, and the game was much the better for it. Kelly got Moorefield’s first score of the second half with a stunning long range effort on the turn, before Tyrrell angled over his first score from play. Sarsfields responded well to those two points though, and they found the back of the net for the second time as an intricate moved finished with Nea offloading the ball to Alan Smith, and the Kildare star found the bottom corner of Kinsella’s goal from close range. Nea and Sweeney swapped scores soon after, before both teams exchanged quickfire doubles once again, with Sweeney and O’Connor getting Moorefield’s points, while

Roli Sweeney looks up to the heavens following his 51st minute dismissal

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final hoodoo with Moorefield Cahill and Ciaran McInerney Aspell raised white flags for the Sash. Sweeney then saw red in the 51st minute for an incident that occurred off the ball which left Gary White in a heap on the ground, and that seemed to signal the end for Moorefield. Tiernan immediately capitalised with another fine point, pushing the Sarsfields lead out to three points with eight minutes left on the clock. When Ray Cahill landed the point of the game with an exquisite effort off his left foot from way out on the right wing, it was clear that it was going to Sarsfields’ day. Adam Tyrrell managed to claw back two points from the Sash lead, but they finished the game in the style of true champions, with Ronan Fitzgibbon and Dan Nea kicking the insurance scores to make sure the Dermot Bourke Cup stays in the Sarsfields area of Newbridge for another year. Scorers for Moorefield:  R Sweeney(4f) and A Tyrrell(3f) 0-5 each, C Kelly and E O’Connor 0-2 each, J Philips and D Whyte 0-1 each. Scorers for Sarsfields:  R Cahill 1-5(3f), D Nea 0-3(1f), A Smith 1-0, C Tiernan 0-2, C McInerney Aspell, R Fitzgibbon and C McLoughlin 0-1 each.

KILDARE GAA RESULTS 2016 Senior Football Championship Final Sun, 16 Oct, Venue: Newbridge, (2016 Senior Football Championship FINAL ), Sarsfields 2-13 Moorefield 0-15

Photos: Pat Tinsley

2016 Reserve C Championship Fri, 14 Oct, Venue: Hawkfield , (Final), Naas 1-13 Sallins 0-8 Tony O Donoughue Under 21 B Hurling Championship  Fri, 14 Oct, Venue: Kilcock Main Pitch, (Semi final ), Éire Óg/Corrachoill 6-15 Maynooth 1-7 Sat, 15 Oct, Venue: Celbridge, (Semi final ), St. Columba W/O St Brendans -  U15 Football League Division 1 Sun, 16 Oct, Venue: Conneff Park, (Round 2), Clane 4-17 Leixlip 3-5 Sun, 16 Oct, Venue: Balyna, (Round 2), Athy 4-11 Balyna 4-9 U15 Football League Division 4 Group 1 Sun, 16 Oct, Venue: TBC, (Round 2), Killard 2-11 Rheban 0-5 U15 Football League Division 4 Group 2 Sun, 16 Oct, Venue: St Kevin’s, (Round 2), Castledermot 4-14 St Kevin’s 0-4 Ray Cahill slams home a vital penalty at the end of the first half for Sarsfields

Moorefield T Kinsella; L Callaghan, N Galvin, L Healy; R Houlihan, P O’Flynn, A Durney(D Flynn 62mins); D Whyte, K Murnaghan; E O’Connor, R Sweeney,

A Tyrrell(C Barrett 63mins); C Kelly(I Meehan 58mins), J Philips(N Hurley Lynch 49mins), J Murray. Sarsfields A O’Brien; C Duffy(J Healy 42mins),

S Ryan, C Hartley; B Coffey(C Tiernan ht), G White, D McDonnell; C McDonnell, C Kavanagh; B McCormack, R Cahill, C McInerney Aspell; D Nea, R Fitzgibbon, A Smith.

Ryan hails winning mentality of teammates after capturing second title It has been a whirlwind couple of seasons for 19-year-old Sarsfields defender Shea Ryan. In 2015 he captained the Kildare minors to a Leinster title, before making numerous appearances off the bench for the Sarsfields senior team as they landed the Kildare Senior Championship title. The 2016 season saw Ryan continue his role as a centre-back in Kildare colours, this time at the U21 grade, and he also made the step up to become a regular starter at senior level for his club. Ryan wasn’t just a regular starter for the Sash this term; he became one of their most important players in the absence of some of their more experienced stars  such as Sean Campbell, Conor Tiernan and Alan Scully, who were all mainstays of the defence last term. Ryan was in a reflective mood following the full-time whistle on Sunday afternoon, as he claimed the Man of the Match award on his way to a second senior title as his side narrowly beat Moorefield in a tense county final. The step up to the senior side has been quick, but according to Ryan, it wasn’t too difficult thanks to the mentality of his older teammates. “It’s some team in fairness. It’s great to come onto this team, there’s such a winning mentality that it’s great to come in and you’re straight into the thick of it. It’s just great to win championships,” beamed Ryan. Having just completed his leaving certificate this year, which outlines just how remarkable his performances have been, Ryan faced the sizable task of trying to keep Moorefield’s physical full-forward, Jason Philips, quiet, and he did so with aplomb, restricting the 6’5” powerhouse to one point and winning his fair share of ball in an absorbing

personal battle. “We knew coming in that Moorefield would target him. He’s been playing really well all year, and we knew he was going to be a big threat of theirs. He’s a big man and he can field the ball really well, so I just had to try to disrupt him and get the ball away as quick as I could,” he said about marking the experienced forward. You would think that Ryan has played as a full-back countless times before by the evidence of his display against their Newbridge rivals, but it was only against Maynooth in the second round of this year’s championship that he began to play in one of the most demanding positions on the pitch. Sarsfields were without their captain from last year, Sean Campbell, and someone needed to take the place of the full-back. “I went there this year. I played there a couple of years ago, but with Sean Campbell -our captain from last year- missing, it was just a hole that needed to be filled. With Sarsfields you just fit in wherever you can and try to contribute to the team. Thankfully we came out on top in the county final without Sean, so it just shows how strong the team is.” What made Sunday’s victory all the sweeter was the fact that they beat their biggest rivals on the big day, something they haven’t managed to do on a consistent basis in the last number of years. “It’s always brilliant, it’s even better. They’re our nearest rivals, they’re always tight matches. They seemed to have had our number in the last few finals, so it’s always good to get one over them on the big day,” remarked the full-back. A clash with either Sean O’Mahony’s of Louth or Baltinglass of Wicklow awaits the Sash in the Leinster quarter-final, and Ryan says that they will be looking to go a long way in that competition, but they’re focusing on celebrating their

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Sarsfields retain county title by defeating Newbridge rivals Moorefield By Patrick Ward


It was a final that was fitting of the occasion, as Sarsfields finally ended the stranglehold that Moorefield held over them in recent county finals by defeating their crosstown rivals by 2-13 to 0-14 in an enthralling match.

Moorefield led for large parts of the game, but the younger legs of Sarsfields and their superior fitness ultimately made the difference as they hit the front early in the second half and never relinquished their lead. Moorefield weren’t helped by the loss of stalwart Ronan Sweeney to a straight red in the 51st minute,

but they can have few qualms about a result that Sarsfields well and truly earned. It’s the first time in 25 years that the Sash have landed back-to-back titles, and their attention will now turn to the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship before they aim to defend the Dermot Bourke Cup in 2017.

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