KILCULLEN

Seniors party goes with a swing

Seniors party goes with a swing

The annual and highly anticipated senior citizen’s Christmas party organised by the Kilcullen scout group was yet again a resounding success. Held in the Toughers restaurant, more than 130 local senior ladies and gentlemen came along to enjoy a three course meal, entertainment from scouts and music from John Kelly and Terry McNally, raffles and gifts all donated and managed by the scout group.

Kitty Reade yet again sitting at the helm of the event ensured that invites were sent out to all the right people and that no one should be forgotten, and oversaw every detail of the evening. Kitty’s right hand woman Suzanne Kinsella worked tirelessly to ensure that each and every attendee received a Christmas gift and that every section knew what was required of them.

The ventures and senior scouts attended to greet and entertain the guests and the remaining scouts, beaver and cub sections and all of the leaders cooked Christmas puds and donated spot prizes for the event.

There was also the very welcome support this year from Marks and Spencer’s whose very generous help meant that each and every attendee received a spot prize, really adding to the festive cheer.

Pilates classes in Community centre

Pilates classes are now being held in Kilcullen Community Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays, under the direction of Amy Fitzgerald.
At 8pm on the Tuesdays and 10am on the Fridays, the cost is E12.50 a lesson or E20 for two taken in the same week. Sessions run in 6-week blocks and can be paid for in full at E70 for six weeks. Further information from 086 0707114

Job seekers

Naas Local Employment Service offers a free service to job seekers who are unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment, one parent families, early school leavers, Woman Returnee, people finishing a CE scheme and dependent spouses.

Training courses and employment initiatives are available. One-to-One Adult Career Guidance Counselling, interview skills, and CV preparation is also available. Contact Eugene (Employment Information Officer) at Unit 5, Rathasker Square, Kilcullen Road, Naas phone 045 895555 or just call in!

If you are not eligible, you can still call to us, where we can provide information, referrals and you can use our job seeking services.

More exploring of local heritage

After last week’s very successful journey by the younger classes from St Joseph’s NS to Kilcullen’s camphill farm trail and riverside walk this week it was the turn of 4th, 5th and 6th class.

Mrs Sherlock, class teacher and school principal along with Mary Dominican accompanied the children to a private tour of Castlemartin stud, guided by our local historian Nessa Dunlea. The students were shown round the private church and cemetery, stables and grounds and even got to see the ice house.

Ventures appoint PRO

Kilcullen Venture scouts have appointed their own in-house Public relations officer, Thomas Procter. “The Ventures felt that as the smallest section within the Kilcullen group, sometimes their events and exploits were overshadowed by the bigger sections,” said Thomas.

“So we decided that one of us (me) would take on the role of ensuring that everyone knows what we get up to and what we’re achieving. For instance we’re part of the working group helping to organise Kilcullen’s Gathering and St Patrick’s day parade next year and we’re really helping to move things forward there.

“We’re also all working towards different challenges that will see us pushing ourselves physically and mentally in different areas from travelling to different countries to help poorer communities to running the Dublin marathon in 2013. The hope is that although there’s only a few of us now, as scouts and other people our age read and hear about what we’re doing, they’ll want to get involved too.”

Miscellany Sunday

Local people will be aware that Phena Bermingham has hosted an annual fundraiser for most of the past 12 years at the family home in Mooretown, Kilcullen. The format is that local musicians, singers, poets, play-actors, writers etc. perform their party pieces for the throngs of local people who come and traipse through the Bermingham’s home, while eating mince pies, and drinking tea and mulled wine!

Phena Bermingham has this year decided to support her son’s work in a tangible way by holding this year’s Miscellany Sunday as a fundraiser for the Mission in Mozambique. Fr. John Bermingham is a Redemptorist Priest, and son of Phena, and the late Tom Bermingham. In May of this year he returned to Mozambique to begin the new Redemptorist Mission in that country.

The Redemptorists are committed to working through a model of perpetual partnership with the people of Africa and are helping to meet the needs of the poorest people in Mozambique through its much admired Water for All project and various other pastoral initiatives.

So, please put it in your diary and come along to Bermingham’s, Mooretown, Kilcullen on Sunday December 2nd from 2pm to 6pm for an afternoon of eclectic entertainment in a most relaxed atmosphere, and support the continuing efforts of the Bermingham family to make a difference. More details from Phena, herself, at 045 485232.