A selection of Hugh Doran photographs, are currently on display in the ‘Ironing Room’ of the West Wing/Kitchen Wing at Castletown House. Admission to the exhibition is free and it is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm until Sunday 3rd March 2013.

Hugh Doran (1926-2004) photographed many of the grandest of Ireland’s buildings, following a request from Desmond Guinness to photograph Irish country houses – specifically those with curved wings – for an Irish Georgian Society exhibition. He persuaded owners to let him photograph not only the stately exteriors but also the fully furnished interiors. His photographs now form part of the Irish Architectural Archive. The Hugh Doran Collection is considered to be one of the single most important acquisitions of photographs in the Archive’s thirty year-history.


A Meet and Walk Group is to be set up at the Mill Community Centre Sports Department on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am. . Volunteers are required to help set it up. Tea and coffee available afterwards. If you are interested in participating or helping please contact the Centre Manager.

Adult Morning Indoor Soccer scheduled for Thursdays at 11am is starting soon. This session is for anyone wishing to play for fun, on shift work, students, or those with spare time in the mornings. Great for fitness and as part of your training regime.

The Parent and Toddler Group returns on Tuesdays 10am –12noon. Volunteers to help out with the service are especially welcome.

Easter Sports and Art Activity Camps are scheduled for the Centre during the Easter Break. These will be ideal for boys and girls 5-13 years and will operate from 10am – 2pm over 4 days. The fee is only €50 per participant or €90 for attendance over 2 weeks. Contact the Centre at 01 6288556 for additional details.


Celbridge GAA Club has made new club appointments for the coming year. They are Club Secretary Jim O’Shea; Senior Hurling Manager, Noel McMahon with Peter Beirne and Stephen McNamara; Senior Camogie, Dave Murphy and John Matthews; Second Team Football John Fitzgerald, Shay Cummins and Jim King;

Third Team Football, Noel Browne; U-21 Football Trevor O’Sullivan, Paraic Carthy, Robbie Hannon, Mick Mullen and Seamus Matthews.


The Celbridge Camera Club meets each Monday in the Slip Hall (beside Castletown Gates) at 8pm. In early March, fashion photographer Agata Stoinska will be showing some of her work at the club. Agata is a Polish photographer who is making quite a name for herself since arriving in Ireland in 2003. Originally an architect by profession, her fashion photography appears in many Irish magazines and fashion store brochures. She also works as a still photographer in the Polish film industry. If you would like to join the Camera Club, where new members are always welcome, check the website at www.celbridgecameraclub.net


The Wellsprings Centre invites you to come and join in the celebration of this year of faith, on Tuesday Nights during Lent. Each of the five one-hour sessions of this course will explore a different aspect of the experience of faith. The course starts on February 19 at Wellsprings Centre, Main Street, Celbridge at 7.45pm.The full course is €20, or €5 per night. For further details see www.wellspringscelbridge.com or phone 086 6647608.


The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates has announced that the Eleventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference will take place on May 9 and 10 at Castletown House. The first day will be devoted to Castletown and the Conollys with some fresh perspectives, while the second will concentrate on country houses collections. There will be a conference dinner at Castletown on the evening of May 9.Details are due to be finalised by early March.


“Important Tips and Strategies for You and Your Business” is the theme of a presentation to be hosted by the Celbridge Business Association in the Courtyard, Jasmine Lodge (corner of Main Street and the Maynooth Road). Peter Reilly, Financial Planner PRFPS will be talking about how to maximize your money while Kieran Hogan, Senior Account HTH will give a talk on managing your business cash flow. This event will take place on Tuesday February 26 from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. The Association is a group of local entrepreneurs whose objective is to help businesses in the town to grow. If you would like to know more, or join the Celbridge Business Association, check the website at www.celbridgebusinessassociation.com


The St. Wolstan’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul, Celbridge/ Straffan visits parishioners and Celbridge residents on request. The group provides advice, counselling, a sympathetic ear and financial assistance to those in need of help. Contact: 01 8550022.