The newly established, Derrinturn Community Development Group held their meeting last week at The Turn Inn. They discussed the future development of the village as outlined in the County Kildare Development Plan 2012 – 2017.Cllr. Seamus Langan was in attendance and told the meeting that he had proposed at a recent meeting of Kildare County Council, that a Community Centre be built in Derrinturn. This motion was passed by all the members of the Council.Derrinturn Foroige Youth Group has also submitted plans to the Council and they have sought the provision of a Community Centre with the following facilities; Internet Café, computer room, kitchen, indoor sports hall, astro-turf playing pitches, crèche, library, arts and crafts room, FÁS office and conference room.The Community Group has also highlighted the installation of Traffic Lights at Derrinturn School and also at the Church.

On the night, it was decided to re-establish a Community Alert Scheme for the Carbury Area. It is hoped that this Programme will be set-up as a matter of urgency due to the rise in crime levels in the vicinity.

First CommunioThe pupils from the four schools in the parish have been very busy recently in preparation for their First Holy Communion.The pupils from Ticknevin & Killina Schools will receive their First Communion on Saturday next, 28th April at 11am; while the pupils from Kilshanroe Primary School will be making their First Communion on Saturday, 5th May at 11am;

Because of the large number of pupils from Derrinturn National School, First Communion will be held on two dates; Saturday, 19th May at 11am and also on Saturday, 26th May at 11am.

Marian O’Rourke raising funds for the Alzheimer Society

Marian O’Rourke will be hosting her 6th Annual Tea Day on Tuesday, 3rd May in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Marian would like to invite everyone to come along to support this worthy cause at her home in Killina.

A warm welcome is guaranteed along with a nice cup of tea and a chat.

All money raised is used by The Alzheimer Society to support patients and carers in this area.

All-Ireland Feile

Carbury Ladies GAA are looking for a number of host families for the upcoming All-Ireland Feile which takes place on 22nd 23rd & 24th June. For more information please contact 087-6670457.

Cancer Support Centre

Little Way Cancer Support Service is looking for Ladies to take part in this years Mini-Marathon. Ladies it’s that time of the year again! If you would you like to Walk, Run and Support The Little Way Cancer Support Centre, Clane. Mini-Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June then please contact 045-902996 or 087-2983140.

Carers Association

Carbury Carers Association are looking for women to run in the Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday 4th June on their behalf of the Carers.

For further information please contact Ann Dempsey on 085-7677652 or Mary Daly on 085-1081021.

Parish Field Day

The organising committee on the Carbury Parish Field Day held a meeting last week to lay out the plans for this year’s event.

The Newbridge Town Band has kindly offered their services once again to lead the Parade from the Community Centre to the Parish Field.

The committee are inviting all the local clubs and organisations to participate in the parade.

This year the committee are adding new events and they are expecting a huge crowd on the day.

Some of the events will be Wheel of Fortune, Bouncing Castles, Cake Stall, Book Stall, Shop, Ice Cream Van, Athletics, Tug o War, Music by Sean Norman, Dunne school of dance, Cora Cadwell school of dance,

baby show, dog show, mouse bingo, hang the clothes of the line, guess the weight of the lamb, how many sweets in the jar, name the doll, weight of the cake, darts, bric-a-brac, tea stall etc.

The day will start off with Mass at Holy Trinity Well at 11am. The Field Day will commence with a parade stating at the Parish Hall at 1.30pm.

The organising committee will be holding meetings every Monday evening in the Church Sacristy at 8pm. If anyone would like to get involved they are more than welcome to attend.

Cemetery message

Derrinturn Cemetery Committee would like to ask drivers who enter the cemetery to please STOP driving on the grass verges. There are unmarked graves and surrounds of marked graves being damaged by cars driving over them. They also wish to remind people that the Light Green Bins are for cardboard and plastics and the Dark Green Bins are for flowers and wreaths.

Gates closed

The gates to Kilshanroe Cemetery will be closed every evening as a result to damage being done to graves.


The Fourth National Collection for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will take place on the first weekend in May. We thank you for your generous support to date and we ask you to give what you can to assist the hosting of the Eucharistic Congress in June.

Lotto Results

The following numbers were drawn in the recent Lotto Draw; 11, 13, 14, 28, the bonus number was 15. Pat Hanniffy successfully matched 3 numbers and received €200.

Next week’s prizes are; match four plus bonus to win or share €12,350; match first four numbers drawn to win or share €6,000.

Cake Sale

Kilshanroe National School Parents Association are having a cake sale on Sunday, 29th April after 11am Mass. All donations welcome. Your support would be appreciated.

Community Garden

Are you are interested in gardening and have some spare time to offer? Kilshanroe National School has begun a Community Garden and are looking for volunteer parents and grandparents to help out. If you are interested please contact the school office at 046-9541612.

Summer Camp:

Thomas Fox has two camps running this year. The first camp runs from 23rd to 27th July, the second camp runs from 20th to 24th August from 10am to 2.30pm (9.30am on the first day) daily at Carbury GAA Grounds. Activities includes; gaelic, soccer, athletics, treasure hunt, Kickboxing, rounders, no man’s land, and much more. Cost for one child is €55, second child €100, third child €145, and family of four for €190. All staff are fully qualified. For more details or to book contact Thomas on 085-7284795.

Charity Shop

Bart Murphy Cancer Charity Shop now open in Derrinturn opposite the Church. The shop is open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

All donations welcome, household goods, bric-a-brac, jewellery. They are the first charity shop in Ireland to work on a one-to-one basis with cancer patients, including home visits: transport to hospital and help with MRI scans. Volunteers always welcome contact Bart on 086-0312772.


Carbury parish will travel to the Eucharistic Congress with our diocese on Tuesday 12th June. The RDS will be transformed into a Eucharistic Village, a festival of faith and culture where the Eucharist will be celebrated (in the liturgy), adored (in the Prayer Space) and lived (in the experience of EACH pilgrim). The festival consists of a wide range of activities, movies, choirs, cultural exhibitions, gospel music, liturgical dance and loads more. There will be an indoor exhibition area hosting over 100 stands as well as other exhibition areas around the RDS. Right at the heart of the festival is the Prayer Space of the Congress, a peaceful space, a mixture of silent adoration, guided prayer, scripture mediation, silence, music: a place of presence. Confessions will be available throughout the day. We will have Mass in the afternoon with choirs from all round our Diocese.

This promises to be a very special day for our Parish and our Diocese.To be part of this great event please contact Fidelma on 086-2603421 or Una on 087-1650561.