Stamp it out
A huge collection of stamps for Kildare water safety was put together by the Kilcullen scouts this week. The Kilcullen scouts who have been participating in a programme of water safety as part of their emergency skills badge. Saturday morning’s they’ve been off to the swimming pool to learn life saving techniques in the pool and open water, and on their meeting night they’ve been practising basic first aid including CPR. Leo one of the instructors who has dedicated a lot of time to helping the scouts asked them to bring in any postage stamps from letters they’d received – these stamps he said would be put together in small collections and sold to raise money for the Kildare Water Safety group. Well the shoe box size box that was put out to receive the stamps was swamped when scouts pulled out all the stops and arrived with black bin bags full of used stamps. Adam Price a scout and one of the key contributors said his mum Elaine, had been collecting avidly and was delighted to give the huge sack of stamps to such a worthy cause.
Heritage trail continues
After last week’s very successful journey by junior and senior infants from St Joseph’s NS to Kilcullen’s camphill farm trail, this week it was the turn of 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. Miss McInerney class teacher, along with Mary Dominican and parents from the class, guided the pupils along the Liffey river trail and again through the camphill grounds. Marion Sherlock said “it’s such a fantastic facility to have right on our doorstep; you could take each class many times in the year and be guaranteed to see a completely different landscape each time. The Camphill community’s farm trail is fabulous and at no cost it really makes a lovely and easy way for everyone locally to come and spend a short time strolling and viewing the gardens, animals and river!”
Come on Terri!
One of Kilcullen’s beaver leaders, Terri Reade is down to the final 19 for this year’s operation transformation programme. This week all of Kilcullen will have their ear’s glues to RTE 1 radio to hear if Terri has been chosen for the final 5 to appear in the popular TV show that helps individuals and the rest of the nation lose weight and live a healthier life style. Each morning this week they’ll be announcing one finalist as they TV camera’s turn up without warning at the winners homes or places of work. The 19 have already spent a gruelling day of workshops, assessments and challenges to see how they’ll cope under pressure and with the eyes of the world watching as they shed their pounds. The 19 have set up a secret facebook page already to help give each other support and ensure they all reach their final goals. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for you Terri.
Band play on
The Wolftone Brass and Reed band were playing at Punchestown this weekend in support of the Ballymore Eustace GAA Christmas Fair. Entertaining the festive shoppers with a selections of Christmas Carols, Film scores and traditional music. The band who consist of players from 7 to 70 years of age meet weekly to practise and learn new pieces and have been playing concerts and venues throughout the year. Find out more about them by visiting their facebook page.
A date for your diary, 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.
Music and Musings
A welcome repeat performance, on the 19th December this year will see music and musings again in St. Mary’s Church, Castlemartin, located in the broad Kilcullen, is the first medieval church in Ireland to have been restored to full working order. The small stone Roman Catholic church, with accompanying burial ground, lies within Castlemartin Estate. This Church is not often seen by the public, but just like last year it will be a glorious venue for the night of music and musings in December that will raise funds for the Maintain Hope charity which brings direct aid to children in Kenya.
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