The Millicent Singers Christmas Concert

The Millicent Singers Christmas Concert

The Millicent Singers were very pleased to raise €850 for the Kildare Suicide Bereavement Support Group. The charity was nominated by Choir person of the Year for 2011, Ava Mangan who presented the cheque to Margaret O’Sullivan and Ciaran McCarthy from the Kildare Suicide Bereavement Support Group, following the success of our Summer Concert which took place in Caragh Church with a full house! The Millicent singers meet every Monday night to rehearse. We travelled to Sligo earlier this month to the International Choral Festival and finished third placed Irish choir in the Light Music Competition with The Curragh of Kildare, arranged by Mark Sirett and Play with your Food, composed by Paul Carey - both living composers who have been monitoring our progress and seem to be happy enough that the choir are doing justice to their wonderful work!!! We were also presented with a Certificate of Distinction for our participation at the festival. Check out Our Christmas Concert, Carols by Candlelight, takes place on Friday 7th December at 8pm in Clongowes Wood College - The Boys Chapel. Tickets are €15 and are available from McKenna’s Hardware, Hughes Pharmacy and Marron’s Pharmacy, Clane or just call 086 8338626 to book.

A Date for your Diary

Come along and join in the Christmas Cheer Indoor market with numerous stalls for seasonal fare complimented with Entertainment, Kids play area, Special Guests and ‘Santa’ popping in to say Hello. Join in the Carol singing and relax with a cuppa. Sunday 9th December 2012. 1.30pm – 5.30pm. Westgrove Hotel, Clane. We look forward to your support at what will be a wonderful day out for the community of Clane and surrounding area. For more information and please contact Clane Project Centre 045 861500. Proceeds : Mens Shed. See you there!

Clane Local History Group

On Wednesday 21 November next, Dr Ciarán Reilly will present his talk entitled ‘Tommy Conneff – a Clane legend’. Ciarán’s talk is perfectly timed since Clane-born Tommy Conneff passed away exactly one hundred years ago last month. U.S. military records show that his remains were tragically found in the Pasig River in the Philippines on 10 October 1912. At the time he was serving in administration with the 7th Cavalry at this distant location and the details of how this excellent swimmer met his untimely death have never been fully established. From his entry into the world of athletics in the mid 1880s until his unexpected death in 1912 Tommy Conneff’s record breaking performances made him a household name throughout the world of athletics. A further noteworthy aspect of the talk is the fact that it will be delivered in Clane’s GAA centre - named to commemorate this sometimes forgotten world champion who was always proud of his Clane origins. Our speaker, Dr Reilly is a native of Edenderry and a postdoctoral research fellow in history at NUI Maynooth while he and his wife now reside in Clane. Ciarán has numerous publications to his name and has recently released his latest work on John Plunket Joly and the Great Famine in King’s county. This publication is based on the diary of a member of the gentry whose life at that time contrasts so vividly with the contemporary experiences of the ordinary citizens of the village where he resided. For this important commemorative talk Ciarán presents a vivid account of the life of Tommy Conneff - a remarkable Irishman of an era when athletics were still an integral part of the newly established GAA and its activities. His talk will illuminate many forgotten aspects of the illustrious career of this world renowned athlete and certainly should not be missed by anyone interested in Kildare’s heritage and its illustrious sports personalities. The talk, which is open to all, will be held in the GAA’s Conneff Centre, Prosperous Road, Clane, on Wednesday 21 November next at 8:00pm. Be sure to come along and enjoy another great evening of local heritage – all are very welcome!

Night Vigil - Bus To Knock

7th of December 2012; Newbridge at 6.10pm, Naas at 6.25pm, Sallins at 6.40pm, Clane at 6.50pm. All seats to be booked. Contact: Fosters 045-525432