Bill Cullen to be guest speaker

Bill Cullen to be guest speaker

The Celbridge Business Association is planning its launch ceremony for Thursday May 17 in the Celbridge GAA Club at 7pm. The special guest speaker at the event will be Bill Cullen, entrepreneur and host of the Apprentice.

Places at this event will be limited and priority will be given to Celbridge businesses. All Celbridge Business Association members will have free entry to this event.

There will be a small charge payable by non members (to be confirmed) which will be donated to a charity of Bill Cullen’s Choice.

Celbridge Business Association is made up of a number of local business owners who have come together to help promote all Celbridge businesses to both residents and visitors to the town.

To book your attendance, email info@celbridgebusinesassociation.com with your name, business name and contact telephone number or contact any committee member.

Golf Classic

Celbridge Community Council is planning its first Annual Golf Classic in aid of Care for the Aged in Celbridge, Ardclough and Straffan. Players will tee off at the Smurfit Course in the K-Club on April 27. Entry fee is E320 which will include the green fees and dinner. There is still time to register a team. For registration and times phone Maureen Abbott at 01-6288894 or 086-3165870.

Summer Food

Most of us have to eat three times a day, so if you are the one responsible for cooking meals in your home you need to check this out. Would you like to discover new summer recipes and ideas to cook for family and friends? Would you like to bring your cooking skills up a level and cook with confidence? A new four-week starts in Celbridge on Wednesday May 2 from 8-10pm each evening. Its theme is “Summer Food”.

Recipes will include dishes such as Chicken with leek and tarragon stuffing, Herb Lamb, Sweet chilli Jam, Coconut & Pecan Pie and a new twist on some of our favourite BBQ and salads dishes. Cost of 4 classes in May will be €75 or €70 if you book with a friend. If you are tempted by any of the above, please contact Ingrid at Cooking with Confidence - 086 735 9190 or email cooking withconfidencecelbridge@gmail.com.

Meter muddle

Although parking restrictions in Celbridge have been relaxed for some time no one bothered to adjust the parking meters. Pay parking is from 10am-4pm from Monday to Friday, but until recently, the ticket machines would happily take your money and dispense a ticket outside of these hours. The Council has now put things right by readjusting the meters.

No need for frustration or further confusion!

Free day at Castletown

Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) has recently announced the continuation of the “Free Access to OPW Heritage Sites on the first Wednesday of every month” for 2012. The next OPW ‘Free Day’ at Castletown House is May 2. Please note: The free day is aimed at the independent traveller and does not apply to group bookings. Visitors who wish to avail of the ‘Free Day’ are advised to collect their ticket at the visitor reception for their tour once they arrive at the house to avoid disappointment, as there is a maximum of 20 people per tour.

Household and Water Charges

The Campaign against the Household Charge will be holding a Public Meeting on the theme: Axe the Household Tax - keep up the boycott! on April 26 at 8pm in the Kildrought Lounge. Local speakers will address the meeting, which will also deal with the issue of the upcoming water charges. Call Brendan Young 085 713 1903 for details.

Book club

The Pageturners Bookclub will meet in the Community Library on Friday May 4 at 11.00am to discuss “The Forgotten Waltz”. This book, by Booker prizewinner Anne Enright, is set in the extravagant Ireland the Celtic Tiger boom. It has been described as “a tender exploration of family, marriage and the price of passion”.

Sport for all at the Mill

The Sports Centre is located on the second level of the Mill Community Centre, beside the main reception, and has a 2000 sq. ft. gym, sauna, steam room and changing facilities. There is a 4000sq. ft. sports hall for a variety of indoor sports including basketball, badminton, football and occasionally serves as a function centre.

Pilates, Callanetics, Bootcamp , Yoga, Mini Soccer, Junior Basketball, Circuit Training, Step Aerobics, Boxfit, Birthday Parties , Free Crèche, Summer Sports Camp as well as the regular Car Boot Sale, Food Market are now all available at the Centre. If you would like to organise your own sports activity, the sports hall is available for hire only €40 for adults & €20 for children.

The Manager, John Kenny is always ready to hear your ideas for new activities at the Sports Centre. Contact him at 01 6288556 / 01 6276259

Come and See Programme

The Parish of Celbridge and Straffan is hosting a “Come and See” programme each Monday night for five weeks in Scoil Brid from 8-9.30pm. Its purpose is to explore faith and life today.

On April 30, the guest speaker will be Fr. Michael Hurley.

In the early 1990s Fr. Hurley with some of his parishioners were looking for ways to make faith more meaningful and relevant. They put together “Come and See”, a series of talks which allow people to come together to share their faith experience.

More recently, Fr. Hurley is well known for establishing parish cells locally, as Parish Priest of Leixlip.

The speaker on May 14 will be columnist John Waters. John’s book, “Lapsed Agnostic” recalls his own journey from believer, to convinced unbeliever, to radical faith in Jesus Christ.

Yoga for harmony

Yoga is a wonderful practice for body and mind. Its brings body, mind and spirit into harmony. Yoga means to “unite”. It has been practised for thousands of years and it has been proven to keep the body healthy and the mind calm, so that contentment, balance and harmony can be brought into our daily lives. Yoga revitalizes the body, calms the mind and can deepen self-awareness. A new Hatha Yoga class is starting in the Church of Ireland Hall at the Slip on April 25 at 10.15am Call Sony at 086-8474944 for the details.

Traditional Car Boot Sale

There will be a Traditional Car Boot at the Mill Centre car park on Sat May 5 from 9.30am – 4pm. The subscription is €15 per car or €20 for a small van. No commercial sellers, please. So get your bits and pieces organised, start spring cleaning, clear out the garage or roof space and earn some extra cash. Contact Reception at the Mill Community Centre for details.

Blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board’s mobile unit team will be receiving donations at St. Raphael’s, Clane Road, Celbridge on Wednesday May 9 from 5.00pm to 8.30pm.

New course for parents

There is a new 6-week workshop style course on parenting teenagers which begins on Thursday April 26 in the Mill Community Centre at 7.30pm. This will focus on helping parents discover new ways of relating to their teenager. The cost is E60. Call Clare at 086-1627606 for booking details.