Suicide statistics

Suicide statistics

The statistics on suicide in Ireland do not represent the reality in certain communities, according to Felicia Garcia, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at NUI Maynooth.

In particular, in the Irish traveller community, instances of suicide among men are nine times more than for women, compared to the national average of four male to every female suicide.

Ms Garcia was speaking at a recent conference at the university which highlighted gender roles in Irish society as a contributing factor to the over-representation of suicide among young men in predominantly working-class communities. Ms Garcia’s current research focuses on Suicide and Self-destructive practices among men in Irish society, particularly in working class communities.

Buskers dream of stardom

Maynooth Film for All’s next screening on Wednesday April 4 at 8.00pm is the 2010 documentary, Benda Billili!

Benda Bilili are a group of Congolese buskers who gather beneath the Acacia trees in Kinshasa Zoo, where they dream of stardom and a mattress to call their own. This amiable documentary shows how they get there, trailing a ramshackle alliance of middle-aged paraplegics and street kids as they wend their way from African slum to European concert hall.

The music itself plays out as an exuberant blend of blues and African rumba. It’s the noise of the discarded: picked up, brushed down and made precious again.

Winner of the audience award at the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, this French documentary brings street cred to the phrase “crowd- pleaser”.

The film will be screened in the Iontas Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth.

Tickets are on sale from 7.30pm. Guest and on the night membership costs just €6.00. Credit card facilities will be available on the night.

Students pay €2.00 at the door. Please arrive early to minimise delays. The full programme starts with a short film at 7.45pm followed by an introduction from Denis Condon, Lecturer at NUI Maynooth. Car parking is available to the rear of The Iontas Building and is FREE of charge. Please contact Brenda Brady Tel: 045 448328, Email: with any queries.

Spring Show

Maynooth Flower and Garden Club is hosting its annual Spring Show on Saturday April 14 in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. It is open to the public from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Admission is €4.

Census figures

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office last week, the Maynooth electoral district has seen a population increase of more than 18.4 per cent in the period between the census in 2006 and 2011. The population recorded in the 2011 Census is now 13,617, an overall increase of 2,117 since the last Census. Other towns in the area have seen only modest increases in population. Celbridge and Leixlip Electoral Districts had an increase of 2.6 and 5.2 per cent respectively.

Toastmasters Competition

The Area Final of the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation Contest took place in the Glenroyal Hotel Maynooth last week, on March 26. The Area Final included the clubs from Athy, Kildare Naas and Maynooth. It was a very closely fought Contest in both categories.

The winners of the Evaluation Contest were: 1st Maureen Mc Cowan, Kildare, and 2nd David Cullinane Naas. The winners of the Speech Contest were: 1st Janet Lennon, Athy with her presentation “The King of the Castle” and 2nd Brian McLoughlin from Maynooth with” The Spud”.

The next stage for the Winners is the Division finals in Carlow on April 22, then the District finals which take place in Wexford on May 12 and finally on to International level in Los Angeles. The final winners will have beaten over 25,000 entrants from all around the world. Maynooth Toastmasters meets in the Glenroyal Hotel on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7.45pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Walk in the woods

The Maynooth Hillwalking Club is organizing one of its popular introductory walks from Tibradden to Kilmashogue Wood on Sunday April 15. The first meeting point is

At the Bottle Bank Car Park, Maynooth at 9am, the second is at Kilmashogue Wood Car Park at 10am. If you would like to join this walk, please log on to the website at and download the visitors’ rules.

GAA Coaches wanted

Maynooth GAA club is seeking experienced and enthusiastic coaches to assist with its schools and ummer camp programmes. The schools programme involves visiting local schools and delivering a programme of Gaelic games coaching in the schools. It involves promoting sport as a way to fitness, fun and health as well as promoting the benefits of CLG Má Nuad membership.

This programme is intended to cover all codes including Hurling, Football, Ladies Football and Camogie. CLG Má Nuad will be seeking to put together a team of coaches to address the various codes.

The club will also be seeking coaches and assistant coaches for its club camps this summer. Club Football starts on July 2 and the Hurling Camp begins on August 20.

For more details please contact Barry Feeney at 087 6286133.

Library resource

Recently retired? Extra leisure time? Don’t forget your local library is there for you.

They have books, DVDs, cds, talking books, e-books, magazines and the daily papers available to our members. It costs €2.50 for a three year membership if you are retired and you can also get free internet access daily.

The Library hosts talks and workshops, film clubs and book clubs, so why not join today? All you need to do is bring proof of your address. For more information phone 6285530 or email

Jam Night

Tune up your instruments and stretch those vocal chords and come along to the weekly jam night at the Creative Arts Centre in Coates Lane. Every and any instrument level is welcome. Some Instruments are provided, e.g. acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and piano, but any new, interesting or different instruments are welcomed with open arms. So come down, meet other musicians, watch the jam or join in. Doors are open at 9pm, admission is €4 and as per usual this event is B.Y.O.B

Mature students

The National University of Ireland, Maynooth welcomes mature student applicants and encourages their pursuit of study at the University.

The university appreciates that many people might have left school early, and may not have achieved their full potential in previous examinations due to financial, social or family pressures.

Over the intervening years circumstances can change and the opportunity to return to study may now present itself. NUIM believes that the particular contribution of mature students to the academic and social environment of the University is a valuable and beneficial asset.

A substantial number are accepted each year. If you would like to know more, email (, telephone (01-7083822) or visit the Admissions Office, Humanity House, NUI Maynooth.

Bridge Club

Maynooth Bridge Club meets on Tuesday nights in ACOL House Maynooth. The club is open all year round. Guests are welcome with members during the season (September to end of May). During the summer the club is open to visitors.

Refreshments (tea or coffee) are available. More details and directions to the club are available on the website at