Local Notes - LEIXLIP



Bradán Players, the Leixlip drama group, will soon be getting down to rehearsals in preparation for this year’s drama festivals. The group will be reviving “How I learned to drive” by Paula Vogel in February for local performance - prior to embarking on the festival circuit. The play concerns a strained relationship between a young girl and her uncle. It is a celebrated drama, presented in an unusual format, for which the playwright received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Leixlip cast will include George Hogan, Jenny Ni Lucais. Dave Miller, Joanne Logue and Helena Stout. Pat Dwyer will direct.
There will be a special performance at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum on Thursday February 14 and two performances at the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February.


Leixlip Golden Years/Active Retirement Group has re-opened after the Christmas Break in Our Lady’s Parish Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12. They have a large range of activities and new members are most welcome.


Scoil Bhríde presents ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ on Thursday February 7 and Friday 8 at 7.30pm in the School Hall. Tickets are now on sale in the school. Admission for adults is €10 and children €5.


Intel has recently announced that their community involvement programme in 2012 clocked up more than 50,000 volunteer hours at the Leixlip campus alone.

The involvement of their employees in their local communities has clearly made a significant impact on local organisations, clubs and schools. Activities ranged from planting trees in nearby schools to participating in the annual charity cycle Intel supported two site signature charities in 2012, MS Ireland and Pieta House and all funds raised from events were distributed equally amongst the two charities.


Leixlip Town Council has announced the date for an Electrical Recycling day in Leixlip. It’s on Saturday February 2. The venue has now been changed from the San Carlos Senior School playground (as previously advertised) to Confey GAA Club’s Creighton Park from 10am-3pm.


There are free beginners’ Computer Classes, for adults commencing on Wednesday January 30, in Coláiste Chiaráin. These will run from from 11.30am to 12.30pm, for six weeks. To book your place please phone: 01-6243226.


The Leixlip Town Twinning group’s Cluichí Speisialta, (LTCS) will host an international weekend of Special Games in Leixlip in August 2013 for people with disabilities. The group urgently needs volunteers for refereeing, time keeping, catering, general security, designing posters, IT assistance stewarding and fund raising etc. All volunteers will be Garda vetted.

While the main emphasis will be on sport there will also be social and cultural events. The sporting activities will take place in Confey GAA and Leixlip Amenities Centre. Please support this Leixlip Town event by volunteering at LTCS.volunteer@yahoo.ie or call Mark on Mobile 0876799925.

This is a major undertaking and requires urgent financial support so there is an urgent need for the Leixlip community to support fundraising events in the coming months.


Dorothy Armstrong will give a presentation entitled “Transitioning to Main Stream Secondary School” on Thursday February 7 from 7-8.30pm in the Library. This will be specifically for parents and teachers and those who work with children who have special needs.

It is designed to show adults how to help primary school children with issues such as Dyspraxia, Asperger’s, ADHD / ADD prepare to transition to secondary school.

Admission is free of charge.


Aware’s Kildare support group for individuals with experience of depression, meets every Monday at 8pm (excl. Bank Holidays), at Scoil San Carlo (behind Confey Church), Captain’s Hill, Leixlip. The group offers separate groups for relatives and young people as well. Aware support groups are free of charge, and can help attendees to learn more about depression as well as coping skills to help minimise its impact on their life. For more information call Katy on 087 646 2079 or see www. aware.ie.


The Library’s “Whodunit” Book Club meets on Tuesday January 29 at 6.30pm to discuss “Naughty in Nice”. This one of the Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen. Lady Georgiana Rannoch sets off to the South of France to recover the Queen’s stolen snuff box. The Library has four Book Clubs for adults catering for a range of reading interests.

If you would like to encourage your child’s interest in reading why not consider the Library Children’s Book Club. It meets one Friday a month at 3.30pm for 30 minutes. New members welcome, ages 10 – 12yrs. Call 01 6060050 for details.


NUIM Barnhall Rugby Club is organising a “Girls Night Out” as a fundraiser for their forthcoming Wildgeese tour of Argentina. The event will be in the Glenroyal Hotel on Friday, February 1. Starting at 7.30pm, its ladies only until 12am, followed by free admission to the Glenroyal night club.


Irish language users and enthusiasts might like to know that there is a mass in Irish in the Church of Our Lady’s Nativity every third Sunday of the month at 11am.