Athy news

Fianna Fáil Frank English Cumann

Fianna Fáil Frank English Cumann

Athy’s Frank English FF Cumann was well represented at the AGM of the Kildare South constituency, which saw the Cumann’s Frank O’Brien elected as an honorary President of the constituency group and also saw Eugene Doyle elected as the constituency delegate on the Fianna Fáil National Executive.

Matters discussed of concern to the Athy Cumann included concerns that the water to be abstracted from the R. Barrow will be hard water which will seriously damage household appliances if a softener system is not put in at source.

Kildare Co. Council has no plans for this at present. Another major issue was the announcement of change to constituency boundaries which will see Kilberry, Kildangan, Churchtown and Castlemitchell moved to the new Laois constituency.

Rowing and Kayaking Club

Plans are afoot to establish a new club in Athy which will cater for both Rowing and Kayaking enthusiasts. A meeting for those interested will be held in Frank O’Brien’s, Emily sq on Thursday 28th at 8.30pm. For more information, contact Cliff Reid on 087-2061999 or email

Little Way Cancer Support

Little Way Cancer Support meets on Tuesdays from 11am to 12.30pm at the Church of Ireland Parish Centre, Carlow Road, Athy. For further information, contact 087-2983140.

Household and septic tank charges

Kildare campaign against household and septic tank charges are holding a public information meeting in the Art’s Community Centre Woodstock street Athy on Tuesday July 3 at 8pm. Speaker’s Clare Daly TD and Gregor Kerr. Please come along and get involved. Enquires to 086-2656897.

Athy Bingo

Bingo takes place every Sunday at 3pm in Athy GAA Hall. Everyone is welcome for a fun activity on a Sunday afternoon.

Athy Age Action

Athy Age Action will hold a day trip to Glendalough on Saturday June 30. Leaving Emily Square at 9.30am, the cost per person is €10. If you are interested in going on the trip please contact Caroline on 085-8357783.

Athy Age Action will hold their first ever Night-Away, when they pay a visit to the Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford on Friday July 20. At a cost per person of €60 with a single supplement of €15, the one night bed and Breakfast will include tea/soup and sandwiches on arrival. Entertainment is in the bar on Friday night. The trip will depart Athy train station on Friday 20 at 12.23pm, arriving in Waterford at 1.55pm, returning on Saturday from Waterford at 3pm to arrive in Athy at 4.35pm.

All attending must be pre-booked and paid in full by June 30, Contact Caroline on 085-8357783. Athy Age Action want to send a big thank you to all who walked the ladies mini marathon on behalf of the group, the committee would also like to thank all those who took sponsorship cards and most importantly sponsored the group.

The Committee would also like to thank Athy Model School who had a fundraiser on behalf of the group and also to Martina Black who recently ran a number of Bingo nights in aid of Athy Age Action.

Lions Club Bookshop

Athy Lions Club are pleased to announce that in response to public demand the Lions Club Book shop at Duke Street, Athy will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week. Donations of books and CDs are welcome. Proceeds to local charities.

Community Games

The Athy community games mini rugby were away to Skerries in the first round of the leinsters on Wednesday 20th June with a win 9-2 under their belt the Athy boys qualify for the Leinster semi finals in Carlow on July 7. A big thank you goes to all the children, their coaches and parents, best wishes go to all for July.

Happy Days

Happy Days Community Childcare service is now enrolling for September 2012. Call Debbie on 059 8630110 for more information or call in to Woodstock Street.

Fitness class

Brand new fitness class coming to Athy ARCH community centre every Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm. Class price is €7 and you can pay on the morning. To book your place, text your name to 086-2635460. You can also check out

Frank English Fianna Fáil Cumann

The Frank English Fianna Fáil Cumann is organising its 2nd annual golf classic for Saturday July 14 from 10am to 6pm at Cardenton’s Par 3 golf course. Proceeds from same to go to the local St. Vincent de Paul. Prize-giving and social on the Saturday night in Purcell’s, The Bridge House. For tee times, contact Shane on 086 885 7516 or Conor on 087 245 0485

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The St Michaels Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes is on from June 30 to July 6. For further details and payments, please contact Maureen Ryan at 6 William Street Athy

Churchtown walk

The Community Committee are holding a sponsored walk on Friday June 29 in aid of the proposed playground at Churhtown Old School. The walk will depart at 6pm from the Community Hall to Kellyville Lake.

Athy Community First Responder

Athy Community First Responder is setting up in Athy and we need your help to help those close to you. Community First Responder Volunteers will be fully trained to perform CPR, to use an AED (Defibrillator) and perform Oxygen therapy. First Responders work in conjunction with the HSE to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. How you can help – become a volunteer, come along to one of our training nights or support our fundraising efforts. For more information, contact Caitriona 085 1479500 or Paul 085 2289264.

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market takes place every Sunday in Emily Square Athy from 10am till 2pm. This is the perfect event to purchase the very best of locally produce products.

Diversion on R418

The Traffic Diversion on the R418, due to watermain laying from Athy to Old Kilcullen, has being changed. The Diversion will be moved north to Hacklow Cross and traffic will be diverted via Calverstown Village. Works are ongoing at Ballyshannon Crossroads at Dowling’s Pub today. The section from Ballyshannon Cross to Rathsillagh/Seven Stars Crossroads has re-opened. The new diversion will be in operation for approximately 4 weeks, and further diversions will follow on from this.