Summer Music Camp

Summer Music Camp

Herbert Lodge Arts Centre, the Curragh is holding its annual Music Summer School from Monday 9 to Friday 13 and Monday 16 to-Friday 20 July 2012. The camps are for ages 4 -15 years, and run from 9.30 am to 1 pm daily. Children will experience playing and performing on a variety of instruments including violin, cello, piano, guitar, percussion, singing, and kindermusic. This year we will be adding an art element, as the children create their own range of percussion instruments. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Russian cellist Tatiana Guldan, who is travelling to give tuition in cello. For more information or to book a place, please contact Alison Behan: 086 3546519 /

Athletics success

The AAI Leinster Relays were held on Sunday 27 May in Tullamore Harriers. Newbridge had two teams competing, girls u12 and boys u14. The girls’ u12 qualified from their heat and in a very close finish in the final they just missed out on a medal position finishing in 5th place. The boy’s u14 was a straight final and the Newbridge team of Tom Cole, Kevin Kyne, Jack Fitzgerald, and Luke Morris powered home with a 20m margin and a new Leinster record to take the Leinster title. They now go on to the All Ireland finals which will be held on 29 July in Tullamore.

A welcome oasis

This newly opened cafe in George’s street, ‘The Desert Rose’ is a welcome addition to the town’s amenities. Apart from the fact that it serves seriously good coffee and lovely healthy food options, it is good to see new business premises opening - a change from the depressing recent trends. George’s Street, potentially one of the most attractive locations in the town has suffered its fair share under the downturn, along with Eyre Street, both of which house some of the longest established business in Newbridge. Now if only the Courthouse was reinstated!

Newbridge in Bloom and the Lilywhites

Most of us agree that if resilience, dedication, hard work and an unflappable spirit in the face of adversity and downright bad luck count for anything ,then the Lilywhites footballers are overdue a championship title. It would be a welcome boost to the town and county if this is the year when they reach full bloom. Those who attended the launch of ‘Newbridge in Bloom’ by the Tidy Towns Committee at Newbridge Credit Union last week shared the exact same sentiment as the followers of the Lilywhites, when they evidenced the enormous effort of a few dedicated volunteers intent on bringing success and honour to their town and its people despite the thoughtlessness and selfish behaviour of a minority to thwart their efforts.

Thanks to the hard work of this small group the town looks magnificent and we all hope they will receive their just rewards when the judges visit Newbridge over the summer. In the meantime, if you are passing by and see a discarded paper bag, can, or other debris in your path, do your bit, pick it up, and bin it. Together is feidir linn.

Reminder Parish Golf

The Parish Golf Classic will take place on Monday 11 June 2012 in the Curragh Golf Club. Team of 4 is €250 including dinner. Cost for Hole Sponsorship is €100. Special corporate cost of €300 for Team and Hole Sponsorship. For details contact Johnny Tierney on 086 6086910 or email:

Annual senior citizens evening

The annual Senior Citizens evening will take place on Saturday, 9 June in Newbridge Golf Club at 6.45pm. Proceedings will start with Mass, followed by tea and sandwiches, and an opportunityto chat, have a sing-song, and catch up on local news and gossip over the past year. All Senior Citizens living in the district, or from the district, are most welcome. Any help and assistance from the not-so-senior members of the community would also be appreciated and are welcome to join us for the evening.

Trip to Bad Lippspringe

To date over 50 residents of Newbridge and surrounding areas have booked on the annual Twinning trip to Bad Lippspringe in Germany for the Stadfest which takes place in October. The official party departs on Friday, October 12 from Dublin on the Aer Lingus morning flight EI 692 arriving in Dusseldorf at 9 am. The return flight EI 698 departs Dusseldorf 9 pm on Monday 15 and arrives Dublin at 10 pm. The twinning committee point out that all flights are booked by the individuals themselves who are travelling. The current return fare is approx. €100 including taxes though this is always subject to fluctuation. The respective twinning committees arrange all internal transport for those going with the official party. Those who wish to prolong their stay by travelling on earlier dates and/or returning later should make their own transfer arrangements from the respective airports. There is an excellent rail link from Dusseldorf to Bad Lippspringe. Efforts are currently underway to include a team representing Ryston Boxing Club to compete against a German selection in various weight divisions as part of this year’s programme of events. This year also, a number of local musicians will be making the trip for the first time. Information on accommodation costs, festival events or any other matters of interest can be had from PRO Peter O’Neill, 087-2422380, Chairperson Claire Doyle on 087-6792270 any committee member, or from the secretary on 0876929212; email:

Ryston Bowlers Day Trip

Ryston Bowling Club are organising a day trip to Belfast on Wednesday 13 June, which will include a tour of the city taking in the Titanic Exhibition, City Hall, Odyssey Centre, Falls road and also includes time for shopping. Mid morning refreshments and evening dinner at the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk. Pick up at Ryston at 9.00am. For further information, please contact Ann at 087 9938320.

Class of ’92 Reunion

The Holy Family Secondary School Class of “92” takes place on 23 June in the Curragh Inn, Main Street, Newbridge. For more details, please contact Sharon on 086 0743500.

GORTA thanks

On behalf of Gorta, Ann Byron Murphy would like to thank all the parishioners in Newbridge for their very generous support towards their church Gate Collection last weekend. The amount raised was an impressive €1,121.

Senior citizens evening at Golf Club

The annual Senior Citizens evening will take place on this Saturday, 9 June in Newbridge Golf Club commencing at 6.45pm. Proceedings will start with Mass, followed by tea and sandwiches. There will be an opportunity to chat, have a sing-song, and catch up on local news and gossip over the past year. All Senior Citizens living in the district, or from the district, are most welcome. Any help and assistance from the not-so-senior members of the community would also be appreciated and all are welcome to join us for the evening.

Fun Table Quiz

On Friday 8 June the Parent Teacher Association of Scoil na Naomh Uilig, have organised a fun quiz night and mega raffle for 8.15pm in Sarsfields GAA club. All are welcome. It is E40 per table of four. All monies raised will go towards new sports equipment for the gym and a new gym for children with special needs. Come along on the night or pre-book a table by contacting the PTA Chairperson Vinny Thorpe on 0872663414.


Noel Eccles will be giving a workshop for children at Riverbank prior to CAN Percussion playing on Thursday, 14 June. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the leading men in music. There are limited places, so book now at 045 448327.

Voodoo, Exorcism and Witchcraft are all part of a new musical event coming to Riverbank on Thursday, 7 June. Fitzrovia Radio Hour is on stage on Friday, 15 June. This theatre piece recreates the unique spirit of 1940’s radio plays. They also have a special guest, Trisha Deery, Illustrator and Author. The day will start with a very special story time session for younger children, where Trisha will introduce her charming new character, Miss Rosie Red, as she tries to decide what to wear to her friend’s party. An astronaut? A fairy? A dinosaur? Come along and join in the dressing-up fun! Later, Trisha will show budding artists some of the techniques she has developed in making greeting-cards. Workshops are from 2.30pm-3.30pm for 6-8yrs and cost €6. Book your tickt at the Box Office to at 045 448327 or log onto

Saint Conleth’s Community Games

The Area Athletics took place last week on Newbridge Athletic Club track with the largest entries for some time. There were some top class performances in both Boys and Girls events and medal presentations were made by Mayor Damian Molyneaux. The results were as follows: Girls U8 60m 1st Nina Anyanwu, 2nd Sorcha Bruce, 3rd Siofra Galvin. U8 80m: 1st Leanne Connors, 2nd Elena Kendrick 3rd, Sophie Fee. U10 100m: 1st Omason Ayavovo, 2nd Victory Ulamen, 3rd Eve Rowe. U10 200m: 1st Peace Etiofa, 2nd Phillipa, Kave 3rd Fernanda Kenny. U12 100m: 1st Sarah Murray, 2nd Tricia Kave, 3rd Karla Hyland. U12 600m: 1st Michelle Ilie, 2nd Dayna Carternewe, 3rd Ally Collins. U14 100m: 1st Molly Price, 2nd Juliet Odife, 3rd Precious Ola. U14 800m: 1st Aimee McGrath, 2nd Precious Oladimeji, 3rd Molly Nolan. U 14 Long Jump: 1st Rebecca Glynn. U16 100m: 1st Shauna Kendrick 2nd Jessica Nolan. Boys-U8 60m: 1st Jason Alade, 2nd Oisin Fagan, 3rd Dennis Kave. U8 80m: 1st Timothy Ulamen, 2nd Brandon Kane, 3rd Conor Speight. U10 100m: 1st Prosper Eshilama, 2nd Cormac Bruce, 3rd Runo Ayavovo. U10 200m: 1st Nathan Anyanwu, 2nd Stephen Sheridan, 3rd Rory Scanlon. U12 100m: 1st George Odife, 2nd Kevin Ajibola, 3rd Eliashe Eze. U12 600m: 1st Fiachra Galvin, 2nd Sean Murray, 3rd Fergal Bradley. U14 100m: 1st Kevin Kyne, 2nd Mark Dempsey, 3rd Shane Higgins. U24 800m: 1st Mark Glynn, 2nd Graham Donoghue, 3rd Adam Donoghue. U14 Long Jump: 1st Sean Sheridan, 2nd Trust Oriakhi, 3rd Michael Ugochukwu. U 14 Shot Putt: 1st Mark Freeman. U16 100m: 1st Aaron Doyle. The St. Conleth’s committee would like to thank Newbridge Community College, Pat Kyne, and Newbridge Athletic Club for the use of the track. The week came to an end with the Area Gymnastics competition and the results here were as follows: BOYS U8: 1st Patrick McGrath. U10: 1st Caolan Power, 2nd Liam O Connor. GIRLS-U10: 1st Clodagh Murphy, 2nd Shauna Hamilton, 3rd Lily Connolly. U 12: 1st Jenny Dillon. All of these children have now qualified to represent St. Conleth’s in the County Finals. The Athletics Finals will be held this year in Clongowes Wood College in Cane 27 and 28 June and a date is awaited for Gymnastics. Congratulations to all involved.