Austerity Treaty debate

Austerity Treaty debate

“The Austerity Treaty, a mandate for more hardship” is the theme of a debate to be held in the Kildrought Lounge on Thursday May 24 at 8pm. Speaking will be Cllr Frank O’Rourke for a ‘Yes’ vote’, and Cllr. Matt Waine for the ‘No’ side of the argument’.

Opponents of the Household Tax and the Austerity Treaty will hold a protest march in Celbridge on Saturday, May 26. The assembly time is at 12 noon at the Tesco car park, Maynooth Rd, Celbridge.


The AGM of the North Kildare branch of RNLI Ireland takes place on Tuesday May 22 in the Castletown Inn (back room), Celbridge, Co. Kildare, starting at 8.00pm. All are welcome. For further information contact the Secretary on 086 822 9824

Photo Exhibition

Celbridge Camera Club will be holding its annual exhibition 2012 in Castletown House in Celbridge from Saturday June 2 to Friday June 15 inclusive.

The exhibition will be open to the public between 11am and 4pm on weekdays and 11am and 5pm on weekends and the bank holiday Monday. Entry to the exhibition is free.

The Celbridge Camera Club meets every Monday night at 8pm at the Slip Hall. The activities vary from talks, demonstrations, competitions and workshops. During the summer months, the Club meets at 7:30pm at the Castletown Gates and visits a location to take photographs. The club has an interesting website at www.celbridgecameraclub.net

North Star anniversary

This year the North Star Swimming Club looks forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary. The club organises swimming sessions for children and adults with disabilities at the pool in St Raphael’s on most Sundays. Swimmers attend the club from a North Kildare, West Dublin and as far south as Newbridge. Club organiser Valerie Haugh would like to reach out to the many members and volunteers past and present and ask them to make contact in this anniversary year.

“The club, its members and volunteers has changed a lot over the years”, she says, “and as a result contact with many people has been lost. There is a real need to raise the profile of the club in order to attract more volunteers, because without them the club would not still be running”.

If you would like to make contact, or become a new volunteer please contact Valerie at northstarswimmingclub@gmail.com

Corpus Christi Procession

To mark the beginning of the Eucharistic Congress the parish will hold the annual Corpus Christi Procession on June 9 starting from the church in St Raphael’s on the Clane Road at 5.30pm.

After prayers, the procession will make its way to the parish church for mass and the beginning of forty hours adoration.

The parish is seeking around 20 volunteers to help with stewarding and other practical matters. Please leave your name at the Parish Office if you would like to help make the Corpus Christi procession a safe and worthy parish event.

Community Centre opportunities

Anyone can book the indoor Sports hall at the Mill Community Centre for Pre-Season Training, Club training, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton or Basketball. A number of peak hours are still available from Monday – Friday.

Car boot sale

A Traditional Car Boot sale will take place at the Community Centre Centre car Park on Saturday August 4 from 9am – 4pm. €15 per car, Small Vans €20. No commercial sellers, please. So get your bits and pieces organised, get summer cleaning and earn some extra cash. Contact reception for details or call 01 6288556

Feile fundraiser

Congratulations to Celbridge GAA’s Under14 Féile hurling team on winning the Kildare Féile. They now go forward as Kildare’s representatives to the national Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. The team is running a table quiz in Celbridge GAA on Saturday 26 May at 8.30pm to raise funds for the Féile weekend. Please support.

Tours at Castletown House

Tours of Castletown House are available Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays between 10am and 5pm, until the end of October. The Castletown parklands are open to enjoy and explore during daylight hours throughout the year.

To celebrate Bealtaine, Senior Citizens are welcome to enjoy a free tour of Castletown House on any Friday throughout May.

May market

This year’s Castletown Markets and Craft Fairs will take place in the recently restored Stable Wing and Courtyard on the last Sunday of the month between May and October. The first market will open for business on Sunday May 27 from 11am-5pm

If you are interested in taking part in a Castletown markets/craft fair, please e-mail the events officer: caoilfhionn.murphy@opw.ie or telephone 01 628 8252 for more information.

Parish Art Competition

As part of the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress, the Parish hopes to build on the talents of local young artists by holding an art competition on the theme of “sharing the bread and wine as celebrated during Mass”. The celebration can be from any time in history or any occasion which the artist will always remember. There are three judging categories, under 7, 8 to 12 years and 13 to 18. The final date for submission is June 4. Prize-winners will be notified by June 8 and prizes will be awarded at a time to be arranged. Entries for the competition will be displayed in both parish churches and subsequently returned to the artist. For more information call 087-6799104.

Summer camps

The Sports Centre at the Mill Community Centre is offering three summer camps for children this year during July and August. The dates are July 9-13, July 23-27 and August 13-17. The camps run from 10am - 2.30pm from Monday to Friday inclusive.

Call the Mill Community Centre at 01- 6288556 to put your son/daughter’s name down. Spaces will be limited for these popular camps so don’t delay!

Boxing Club

The Celbridge Boxing Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-9.30pm and on Sundays from 1-3pm in the Mill Community Centre, Beginners from 10 year and upwards are always welcome. Contact John O’Neill at 086-8744070 for more information.