Kildare town showcases its spirit, talent, and heritage

Breda Dowling, Colin O'Neill, Brendan Magee, and young members of the Round Towers GAA Club pictured with Pride of Place judges William Beattie and Blaise Treacy (centre) on their visit to Kildare Town last week.               Photo Tony Keane.
Unity of spirit was evident in Kildare town last week as voluntary groups and clubs lined out to showcase the best the town has to offer.

Unity of spirit was evident in Kildare town last week as voluntary groups and clubs lined out to showcase the best the town has to offer.

Judges, William Beattie and Blaise Treacey, arrived on Tuesday August 13 as part of the national Pride of Place competition.

Kildare is the only town in the county that has been entered.

“It went really well. They seemed very positive,” explained committee member, Tom McCutcheon.

The visitors were shown a slideshow, especially put together for the occasion, with a voice over from Liam Quinlivan. The aim was to give the judges a flavour of the town.

The judges visited the Cathedral, the Day Care Centre, the Grandparents Club, the Men’s Shed, the National Stud, the community garden, and met with Eve Harvest staff and members, Scoil Rince Cill Dara, the boxing club, the soccer club, RACE, Derby Festival members, Foroige, Bishopsland Community Group and KARE Special Olympics participants to name but a few.

See the Kildare Community notes for full report from Donna Hill on pg 27.