Reading week

Reading week

St Joseph’s N.S had a fun packed week this week when poet’s and story tellers came to the school to read to the children. Local author Mae Leonard, read from her book of poems “I shouldn’t be telling you this” she had the children enthralled with her action filled poem the Wiggly Wiggler (a poem about a worm) and her heart felt tale of murder in her flower bed, where she became the killer of the king of the slugs! The middle room of the school was also the scene of a frenzy of reading when a mothers and fathers from the school came in and read to the students from a selection of different books. From Grumpy rhino’s to enormous turnips and even a tale about a pig who took a swim. The class was filled with smiley faces and attentive ears, what a lovely way to while a few hours!

Woman with Altitude

The girl scouts from Kilcullen are showing what they’re made of and have joined a monthly mountain and hill walking group called Woman with Altitude. This weekend the 7 female scouts and leaders went off to explore the Galtees, starting in the tri-county (Cork, Limerick and Tipperary) meeting point of Kilbehenny they set off to learn and improve their map and compass skills as well as see the beautiful countryside and mountains of the Galtees.

Scouting Ireland recently adopted the Mountaineering Ireland initiate called ‘Women with Altitude’ to encourage more participation from females in hill walking. Deirdre and Aisling Kelly whom lead the walk at the weekend are actively encouraging females in the scout association to get out, use their knowledge and enjoy the mountains and hills around them. The Kilcullen scouts who have always actively sort to utilise the amenities around them have enjoyed improving their outdoor skills and have now entered a team for the Mountain Pursuits Challenge next month.

Blowing in the Wind

Punchestown has seen the worst of weather this week, from hail to gales but didn’t stop the Ballymore Eustace Brass and reed band entertaining the crowds. The band known as the Wolftones, who have been in existence since the end of the 1800’s, have been a regular feature at Punchestown playing race days and charity fares. Players from all over have begun to join the group who meet in their fabulous purpose built band hall in Ballymore on a Friday evening to rehearse, as well as occasional Sundays and performances. The group who are looking to expand are currently recruiting new members - Brass and Woodwind players with some experience preferable, instruments provided, contact us for further details or you can call Tom Headon, chairman on 0879888859. Flute players needed urgently!

Good Luck Monkeys and Hornets

The Kilcullen scout group would like to wish the two patrols Monkeys and Hornets the very best of luck in the forthcoming Shield camping competition. The two patrols who having been working very hard to design and build their campsites will be put to the test over the 4 day camping competition where their camping, cooking, first aid, pioneering, team spirit and scouting skills will be scrutinized. “They’re two great patrols who work very well together, I’m particularly proud of the Hornets, our novice patrol who’ve never done anything like this before, they’ve really pulled together and have learnt so much, I know they’ll do well but most importantly they’ll have fun too!” said Michelle, Kilcullen scout leader.

CPC Golf Classic

A fundraising Golf Classic is being held on Friday May 11th in Palmerstown House Golf Club, Excellent Prizes including Perpetual Trophy., organised by the Parents Association of Cross & Passion College. The cost for a team of four is €200, with refreshments provided. Entry forms are available from the college website at, or from any school student or you can contact Derek Phelan, Davidstown, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Phone: 087-8094900. The Parents Association are currently raising funds to compensate for grants lost in the recent Budget. The recent Car Boot Sale was very well supported and will be repeated on the first Sunday of each month.

Mini Marathon

Staff and parents from Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche in Nicholastown, Kilcullen will yet again be taking part in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, on Monday 4th June. They have completed in the marathon for the past three years in aid of ‘Make a Wish’ - a charity that grants wishes to children aged between 2 - 8yrs living with a life threatening condition. Imelda who is now an expert in organising participants for this event is opening up to others around the town to join them on the day for this worthwhile cause. Contact Imelda at 045 481918.