There will be an Easter Fair in the Moat Theatre, Naas, on Holy Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Easter Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Goodies on sale include jewellery, cakes, jams and chutneys, bog oak sculpture, gourmet popcorn, organic skincare, knitwear, homemade soaps, photographs, headgear, candles, children’s wool craft, antiques and collectibles. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Don’t miss the Naas Easter Parade which takes place on Easter Sunday.
Starting from the Blessington Road at 2.45pm, the parade comes up past the old Tesco store, turns left and up through the town. The review stand will be at the Court House and the prize giving ceremony will take place after the parade in the Osprey Hotel. There will be lots of fun for all the family including four marching bands, displays from community groups, sport groups, local business, Irish dancers, gymnastics, vintage cars, and steam engines. The annual parade is usually watched by thousands of people and is a great family occasion.
Youth Cafe seeks adult volunteers
Naas Youth Cafe meets in the Town Hall every Wednesday from 7 – 9.30pm. The young people at Naas Youth Cafe invite the adults in our community to stop by for a cuppa any Wednesday over the next few weeks. They really need some more adult volunteers to help out each week. This would involve putting your name on the ‘Leaders Roster’ once a month. The young people look after the running of the Cafe including planning weekly fun activities and taking care of the premises, cleaning up etc. But they desperately need more parents or interested adults to be around in a supportive capacity. The young people are making a huge effort but can’t do it on their own!
Volunteers will be provided with free Leadership Training and will also be provided with Child Protection Training. Garda Vetting is required. A few of the young people have completed their leadership training and really want our cafe to be a great place to drop into every week. They have a few important rules so that everyone feels respected and valued. It helps when adults take part each week and provide support and backup when they need it. Can you help? Please drop in for a cuppa to see if you would like to be part of Naas Youth Cafe – you’d be very welcome.
Naas Opera Series
On Thursday evening, March 29 , in Naas Library the Mayor of Kildare, Mr. Michael Nolan, welcomed a number of Italian visitors who travelled from Naas’ twin town of Casalattico, Italy to Naas especially to attend the opening of the Cav. Barbato Borza Memorial Opera Series.
Entitled “The Golden Age of Italian Opera: from Rossini to Puccini”, the series given by Dr. Annina Ahola aims to bring people on a musical journey through the most exciting and memorable operas of Italy’s Romantic period.
Cav. Barbato Borza was an icon within the Italian community, who fostered and encouraged young Irish singers by giving them a platform both in Ireland and in Italy. Sadly, Barbato Borza died in 2007. As a lover of Italian Opera, and a man of Casalattico which is twinned with Naas, it is fitting that the lecture series is presented to his memory.
The Opera Lectures which started on 29 March, is taking place in Naas Library and continues at 8pm each evening on Thursdays April 26; May 10, 17, 24 and 31; and June 7.
They are presented by Kildare County Council Library and Arts Services in association with Herbert Lodge Arts Centre (K.I.S.E.Y.M.). There is no admission charge.
KARE to golf?
Want to spend some of the Easter weekend playing one of Ireland greatest courses for a knockdown fee while supporting a great local charity? KARE Open Golf Competition will take place in the Curragh Golf Club on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8. The price is E10 for members of the Curragh and E15 for visitors. All proceeds in aid of KARE. To book a tee time visit www.curraghgolf.com.
The results of the Naas whist competition held on March 25 were as follows: Josephine Enright (top score); Carmel Rowley, Ann McLoughlin and Bridie McLoughlin (top lady shared); Rose McKiverigan (top gent); first half, Ann Dowling; second half, Tom Brien; first quarter Lily Mahon; second quarter, Gina Hildebrand; third quarter, Jean Whelan; fourth quarter, Gaye Moore; longest sitting, Mary Lenehan. Lowest score, Ann Kelly.
Whist takes place every Sunday night in the Care of the Aged Centre at 9pm for people of all ages. Please support.
Friends of Naas Hospital
The annual general meeting of the Friends of Naas Hospital will take place in the hospital on Wednesday April 4 at 5pm. New members would be very welcome.
Naas Local History Group’s illustrated talk on “The History of Irish Botany” by keen photography enthusiast and botanist Fr Jackie O’Connell takes place in Naas Community Library tonight, Tuesday April 3, at 7.45pm. All welcome.
Easter arts and crafts workshop
Naas Community Library is holding an Easter arts and crafts workshop in Naas Community Library on Thursday April 5. The first session (10-11am) is for children aged 5-7years. The second session (11.30am-12.30pm) is for children aged 8-12 years. Please note that both workshops are by reservation only. Please contact Naas Library (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tel: 045-879111) to reserve a place.
Open University Information Evening
The Open University are holding an information evening in Naas Library on Thursday April 12, from 5pm. A representative from the Open University will attend the information stand and will provide further information on the huge range of courses offered by the Open University.
Titanic Disaster ‘The Local Connection’
Did you know that some of the carpets on the Titanic were made in Naas? There are lots of local links with the famous vessel.
Naas Local History Group are commemorating the centenary anniversary since the tragic sinking of the Titanic on Saturday April 14.
This seminar will feature a talk and display of newspaper reports, pictures and film from Ireland, United Kingdom and the U.S.A by group members. This free seminar is taking place from 3-5pm.
Easter GAA Camp
The Naas GAA Juvenile Hurling Club will hold an Easter Coaching Camp in the GAA centre on Sallins Road from Tuesday 10 to Friday13 April, running from 10.30am to 2pm daily. The camp is for ages 5 to 14 years and costs E50 per child plus E30 for each subsequent family member.