Maynooth

New ranking for NUI

New ranking for NUI

NUI Maynooth has been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked 64th in the new Times Higher Education top hundred universities under fifty years old. The university is also the highest placed Irish university in these rankings.

The ranking aims to show which countries are challenging the US and UK as the next education powerhouses.

Universities are ranked according to a range of criteria including research income achieved, reputation for teaching, numbers of PhDs awarded, the number and quality of scholarly papers and citations from staff and numbers of international staff and students.

The top-ranked new university is Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, while institutions from Asia, Australia and the UK perform well.

NUI Maynooth was established as an autonomous university in 1997, arising from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth which had been established in 1795. It has grown considerably in recent years, doubling its student body to more than 8,000 students since 2004.

Baby bargain market

The Baby Bay Market is one place where you can find quality second hand baby clothes and equipment at bargain prices. Stock up on furniture, prams, equipment, toys, clothes, books, anything baby related.

It’s mums selling to mums, a fun way to meet other mums in your area.

You can book a stall and make some cash by clearing out the baby stuff you no longer need.

Save some money and get some amazing bargains while recycling at the same time. The first Baby Bay Market will take place in the Glenroyal Hotel on Sunday June 10 from 11am-1pm. Admission is E3 with E1 donated to Bernardos. If you would like to book a stall check the website at www.babybaymarket.ie.

NUI student heads for Washington DC

Philip O’Callaghan, a Graduate student of Education at NUI Maynooth, has been selected from more than 350 Irish applicants to participate in the Washington Ireland Program (WIP).

WIP awards 30 students from Northern Ireland and the Republic a prestigious 2-month internship, ranging from placements on Capitol Hill to government agencies, entrepreneurial businesses and the not-for-profit sector.

Philip, who is a PDE student of Music and Geography at NUI Maynooth, will join this prestigious network, building on his leadership skills in Washington DC.

“I am really honoured and privileged to be chosen for the Washington Ireland Program. Working in Washington with other leaders is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m determined to make the most of it,” he says.

Maynooth Musical Society

Maynooth Musical Society this year won the Best Runner Up award in the AIMS Waterford International Festival of Light Opera with their production of “Rent”. T

hey also received nominations in a total of ten other categories including Emma Stack for Best Female Vocal, Karl Sheridan for Best male Vocal and for the production team.

The Society is holding its first joint fundraiser in conjunction with local drama group An Nuadha Players. It will be a themed 80’s night, on June 9 at 8.30pm upstairs in Brady’s pub. Tickets are E10, it’s fancy dress (optional) and will be a celebration of all things 80’s - Hula Hoops, Rubix cubes and 80’s tunes to name but a few!

The Society’s AGM will be at 8pm in the Creative Arts Centre, Coates Lane on Friday June 22.

Make-a-Wish fundraiser

In what is probably a first for Maynooth, the GAA and Maynooth Town Soccer Club are getting together to organise a major fund raising weekend for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

On Friday June 8, around 6.30pm, the event kicks off at the Moyglare GAA Club with a compromise rules Soccer/ GAA match for kids and a Kick Fada competition. You are invited to sponsor a young person from Maynooth for the Kick Fada or Keepy Up competitions. The plan is to find local champions in these two events.

The entertainment will continue with a penalty kick competition for GAA and Soccer managers.

On Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10 at the Soccer Club’s Rathcoffey Road Clubhouse there will be all day soccer blitzes for 7-15 year olds, plus a Keepy Up competition and a Soccer AM competition. Activities will run from 10.30am to 6pm.

Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children aged between 3 and 18 living with life threatening medical conditions.

Each year, children around Ireland bravely struggle with life-threatening medical conditions and emotions such as anxiety, despair and an uncertain future.

Having their wish granted to be a fire fighter or a ballerina for a day or meet their favourite sporting celebrity boosts their strength and outlook on life, in addition to providing joy to the families that witness their special day.

If you would like to donate to this fundraiser, you can log onto http://www.mycharity.ie/event/mtfc_blitz. Call Paul at 086-8322225 for more details.

Maynooth Library Classic Directors

The Classic Director Series is a celebration of the work of some of the most revered yet controversial of Hollywood filmmakers.

On Saturday June 9 at 2.30pm the Library will be screening the work of director Sam Peckinpah. This will be followed by a lecture and workshop which will celebrate the highs and lows of the director’s career and his place within the history of the American film industry. Participants will have the opportunity to critically analyze the film and its individual scenes in the company of film critic Wayne Byrne.

To book your place at this screening and the final one in July, please contact Maynooth Community Library phone 01 6285530 or email maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie.

Summer Bridge

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 which runs from September to the end of May. During the summer, the club is open to visitors.

Refreshments (tea or coffee) are available.

Family Week

Maynooth Library is planning a series of special items for its Family Week from June 18 – 23. Events will include theatre with Theatre Rua, storytelling with Niall de Burca, singing with Brewery of Eggshells plus puppetry and lots of other family focused events.

Call into the Library or contact the branch staff at 01 6285530 for details and to book your place.

Learn self-defence

There are classes in the useful martial art of Wing Tsun in the Maynooth Community Space at Manor Mills each Wednesday from 8-10pm. The first class you attend is free. Discounts are available for students and unwaged. Contact Barry Smith at 087-6033571.

Citizens’ Advice

The Maynooth Citizens Information Centre is at Deroon House, Dublin Road, only a few steps beyond the end of the Main Street on the right-hand side of the road. The phone number is 01 6285477/6285065. It is open Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5pm.

The service is run by team of well-trained volunteers and is free and confidential. Comprehensive information on rights and entitlements, social welfare payments and all other subjects is available.

The service can also assist clients with filling in application forms, and can contact relevant departments etc. on their behalf. Once a month a barrister attends the office to offer free legal advice.

Guides

The Girl Guides meet every Tuesday evening in Maynooth. Contact Jackie at 085-1413787 for further details or check the website at www.irishgirlguides.ie

Choir sings at St. Mary’s

The Maynooth Gospel Choir sings at Mass on the first Sunday of every month at 6p.m in St Mary’s church. Come along,