Men’s Group

Men’s Group

If you are interested in joining a Mens Group in Teach Dara Community & Family Centre in Kildare Town, Please join us for a Coffee Morning on Tuesday 23rd Octobera at 11am or if you wish you can contact 045522128.

Kildare Town Bowls

Practice every Monday and Thursday at 7pm in the CMWS. Beginners welcome.

Storytime with Carmel

AT Kildare town library every Friday at 11 – 11.30 am we have story time with Carmel. Carmel reads stories to 0 – 5yrs olds. Everyone is welcome. Winter Wonderland

Kildare Parish Pastoral Council and Kildare Derby Festival are hosting a Winter Wonderland Craft Fair & Santa’s Grotto on Saturday 8th December 2012 from 12pm to 6pm in the CMWS Hall & Aras Bhride Kildare Town. Entry to Craft Fair is Free. We will have 2 special visitors. Entry to see Santa is €5.00 with discounts for families with 3 or more children.Booking is essential at or phone 045 521000.

Cill Dara Bridge

Results of competition 5th November.

1st Nett - Elizabeth Connelly and Mary Kirby.

1st Gross - Phyllis Mullowney and Anne O’Sullivan

2nd Nett - Ena Carter and Hazel Pearson

3rd Nett - Marie Donnelly and Ger Ryan


The frightening statistics that 1 in 3 Irish people are likely to develop caner was a focus of the opening speech at Kildare Toastmasters after a 3 week gap (due to five Tuesdays in October) .

Margaret Smyth’s harrowing personal account of cancer figures in Ireland where an average of 30,000 newly registered cases per year which is projected to rise to 40,000 sufferers by 2020. With a family history of sufferers of the disease Margaret told of her own BRCA2 testing.

She told of her fear that she might have the gene and pass it onto her kids but also that she had a gut feeling that she would be ok. The speech ended on a light and bright note when the results were negative and she was joking told that maybe she had the mad cow gene as she said her gut feeling all along was that she would be ok and how she sang loudly to her favourite CD all the way home.

By complete contrast Bernie O Donovan’s speech ‘The Cocobolo Trophy’ told all about the wood of Cocobolo trees which grow to 24 metres high in Central America. Bernie’s husband and friend plays an annual golf game for a euro which is mounted in a Cocobolo wood which they call The Cocobolo Trophy.

Both speeches of the evening were level seven whose purpose was to show evidence of research.

Club matriarch and word master for the night Eilis McCormack gave a really challenging word for the evening for members to try to use; “Scotosis”:a hardening of the mind against unwanted insights.

Area governor Joseph Brady was a welcome guest at the meeting where he was doing a club review and gave an inspiring talk at the end and was thanked by Toastmaster for the evening Mary Rose Finan and club president Mary Reynolds.

Harry Doyle gave a talk on mentoring new members and making them welcome. Eilis McCormack gave a great reading.

After the break James Dunny, who is becoming an expert on Table Topics got everyone involved with a wide range of questions as Topics master.

Questions included ‘ if you could go back and give yourself advice aged 10, what would it be? Kildare Toastmasters is now on Twitter @kildaretoasties and on Facebook at

Next meeting is Tuesday 27th November, 8pm Silken Thomas, Kildare.