The Morpeth Roll is a large roll of paper containing approximately 160,000 signatures. Lord Morpeth received this as a gift from supporters and admirers in Ireland when he stepped down from the position of Chief Secretary in 1841. The Morpeth Roll was like a very large and unusual “sorry you’re leaving”, card nineteenth century style. It is of particular interest to historians, but it can also be seen as a snapshot census dating from before the Famine. The160, 000 signatures represent around 3-4% of the population of Ireland at that time, which was 8.2 million. The Morpeth Roll is on display in the John Paul 11 Library North Campus NUI Maynooth until April 12. More details and library opening hours are available on the website


Fossetts Circus is back in town. They will be setting up the big top in the Harbour Field from Wednesday March 20 until Sunday 24. There will be a range of performances. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings there will be a show at 7.30pm On Friday there is a choice of two performances, one at 4.30pm and the other at 7.30pm. On Saturday and Sunday the performances are at 3pm and 6pm. Tickets are available on site or you can book at


The Department of Early Irish at NUI Maynooth is hosting a symposium on 
“Charms and Magic in Medieval and Modern Ireland” It’s in the Iontas Building on the North Campus on Saturday April 6 and runs from 9.30am-6pm.

Please indicate your intention if you wish come at
The registration fee of € 20 (students € 10,) is to be paid at the registration.


Maynooth Musical Society will be staging “Songs of Stage and Screen” in the Glenroyal Hotel on April 6 and 7. The Show starts at 7.30pm on both nights. Tickets, which can be bought at the door, cost €5 for Children, €8 for adults and there is a €20 family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children. The Society guarantees an evening of pure entertainment from some of the most talented performers in the locality.

The Society had to cancel a major production of Calamity Jane, due to financial constraints, but is hoping to stage a full-scale production next year, with the continued support of the local community.


There are classes in Taekwon-Do for all age groups every Tuesday in the Presentation Girls’ School. Children are welcome between 6.30 and 7.30pm while a class for teenagers and adults take place from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Teenagers and adults are also welcome to attend a class in St Mary’s Boys’ National School on Friday evenings between 8.30 and 7.30pm. For more details call Stephen at 087-6986491.


Once again the Carton House Hotel will be hosting the Most Stylish Lady competition at the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse this Easter Monday April 1 “Purple Reign” will be the theme this year Rosanna Davison, Brendan Courtney and Bairbre Power will take to the track as this year’s judges in search of the most inspirational use of the colour purple in the winning outfit.
The lucky winner of Carton House Most Stylish Lady will receive an overall prize package to the value of €8,000 from Carton House


Maynooth GAA has announced its Easter Camps for 2013. They will run for 4 days from March 25-28 at a cost of €25. Camps will cater for hurling/camogie and football and are suitable for boys and girls aged 5-12. Camps will run from 10am - 2pm each day. Children will need to bring lunch, drink, boots and runners, rain jacket, plus the obligatory Gum Shield. Contact:

The Boy’s National School is organising an Easter Camp this year between March 25 and 28 for boys and girls from 1st - 5th class. Each child will be placed in an age appropriate group. Children will participate in a variety of sports and activity based

games. They will also have the opportunity to express themselves creatively

through arts and crafts. All activities will be under the supervision of qualified

teachers. Further enquiries to: Owen Creevey, Maynooth BNS, Maynooth, Tel: 6293021or Brendan Keogh: 087 9604739. An application form is available on the website at www. The fee for the camp is €60, with a €20 deposit.


The Maynooth-Galway cycle organised by students of NUI Maynooth will take place on March 23-25. Last year, they raised over €150,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland and over the past 25 years over €880,000 has been raised for a number of charities. This year’s charity is the Jack and Jill Foundation. The cycle sets of from Maynooth at 12 midday on Friday 22. The Mandatory Open Meeting for participants will take place next Tuesday March 19 at 7pm in Callan Hall on South Campus NUI Maynooth. Officials will be there from 6.30pm to process registrants.


All of the tutors from the ‘Ceardlann Earraigh Workshops’ will perform in the Ceardlann Earraigh Grand Concert in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth at 8pm on Saturday March 23, following the workshops, which will take place in Scoil na Mainistreach in Celbridge earlier in the day.