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‘Newbridge 200’ Festival seeks local talent

‘Newbridge 200’ Festival seeks local talent

Are you in a band, choir, dance, or drama group or have a performing group based in Kildare and looking for a stage to showcase your talent? If so the Newbridge 200 festival might be the platform for you.

The Newbridge 200 Festival, which takes place from 6 to 16 September this year, is looking for local talent from County Kildare to participate in the bicentennial celebrations of the town. This is a great opportunity to showcase the considerable local talent of the town and the county and give local groups an audience for those talents. The stage will run for the two weekends of the festival and will, it is expected, provide an eclectic schedule of entertainment free to the public. Interested individuals and groups wishing to participate in the festival can register on the festival’s website, where further information.

St Conleth’s Community Games activity

Community Games activity in St.Conleth area has been running at a very high level in recent weeks with Swimming, Gymnastics, and Leinster team events.

The County Swimming turned out to be a great success for the area with 3 Gold medals and qualifiers for the All Ireland Finals in August. The Gold medals came from Mathew Gardiner in the Boys U12 Freestyle who was very impressive, Mark Glynn in the Boys U14 Freestyle and Aoibheann Conlan in the Girls U16 Freestyle. In addition there was a Bronze medal for Beth Gardiner in the Girls U10 Freestyle and a 4th place medal for Aaron Kennedy in Boys U12 Breaststroke.

This was indeed a great return for the St. Conleth’s winners and congratulations to all competitors and parents.

The County Gymnastics were held in Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany and here Patrick McGrath was 1st in the Boys U8 and will now represent Kildare in the All Irelands. Caelan Power took home a Silver medal in the U10 section and was only pipped.

The St. Conleth’s U14 Tag Rugby team travelled to St. Jude’s in Dublin and came away winners on a 14 to 5 score line and now go to the Leinster Finals in Carlow 7th July.

This was followed by the U16 Skittles team who were also up against Dublin opposition and once again were successful on a score line of 179 to 116, and also go to the Leinster Finals.

The remaining teams are the Boys U16 Basketball and Boys U13 Futsal who are in action this weekend.

Finally it is important to point out that the County Athletics - Track and Field events take place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, this Wednesday, and Thursday 27 and 28 June, commencing at 6pm each evening. Please contact Peter O Neill at 087 2422380 with any queries.

Kids reading challenge

Newbridge Library is holding a reading challenge this summer-loads of fun and games for children. Visit the Story Lab website and come down to the library to collect your pack free. . Story Lab is an amazing hi-tech place where children can invent and swap stories, and have plenty of fun. Children who sign up to Story Lab receive their own 3D lab model where they can keep track of their progress. As they read they collect stickers to give them a real sense of achievement as they work their way through the stages.

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Good to see that at long last the library is finally getting a fresh coat of paint which will enhance its appearance and give it the finished look it has lacked.

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The sterling efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee and the wonderful voluntary work being done by the many local residents associations of the town’s estates in attempting to present our town in the best possible light, is being spoilt by the proverbial ‘Halfpenny worth of tar!’

What would it cost to pull the weeds from the footpaths on our main street and match the grass cutting of public areas with that being done by private interests?

And finally, the byelaws must be implemented to ensure that business premises, in particular, fast food outlets do a spot check outside their premises every hour and pick up discarded litter emanating from their customers.

Camp Liveworks is back

Camp Liveworks 2012 is back! - Dates: Monday 9 - Friday 13 July. Venue: Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Ages: 4-13 years. The summer camp includes a wide range of sports, music, and fun activities. Please contact Sinead 086 1062101 or John 0868233064 for further details.

Flanagan’s Bar Newbridge welcomes Barry Gruff

The ‘Barry Gruff Presents’ series returns to Flanagan’s Bar, Newbridge on Saturday, June 30. The series has already witnessed special performances from some of Ireland’s brightest emerging talents.

The next show is set to be no different with the very talented Trap Door, Nathan Conway, Ciaran Lenehan all playing live, followed by DJ sets till 2am from Cormac Brady (Super Extra Bonus Party) and Barry Gruff. Dublin trio Trap Door have been getting rave reviews for their live shows and combine a rich mix of punk, folk, ska, and hip-hop with insightful flowing and streetwise lyrics.

In a similar approach of one Jamie T, Trap Door take the listener rumbustuous rattle through urban life, something borne out on their critically acclaimed debut EP, Lata Town.

With songs of lyrical depth, plenty of youthful lairiness and rebelliousness; Trap Door are a band to contend with. Accompanying them on the bill are Nathan Conway and Ciaran Lenehan. Since releasing his first album with The Bottlestoppers in 2011, Nathan Conway has been back in the studio developing an ever more sophisticated Soul and Country Music sound.

Meanwhile Dublin folk rocker Ciaran Lenehan has played with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Frank Turner and Wallis Bird, brings his engaging and eloquent songs to Newbridge once again.

Entry is free as always and the show starts at 9 pm until 2 am in Flanagan’s, Newbridge on Saturday, June 30.

One-day cookery workshops for kids

Newbridge Cooking Academy will hold a series of one day workshop for children under 12 on Thursdays July 19 and 26 and on Saturdays, July 21 and 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.

It will consist of home baking, preparing healthy lunch boxes, BBQ delights, delicious desserts and much more. Advance booking is essential and the price of €35 includes lunch, tutorial, and all ingredients.

Participants will be permitted to take home the fruits of their work to appreciative parents! Contact or text 087-6929212 for further details and to reserve a place.

Updating Newbridge Clubs and Organisations

As pointed out last week the Town Council’s web site is very much out of date in it’s listing of contact details for many local organisations, clubs, and community groups, etc.

The organisers of ‘Newbridge 200’ festival are asking all such groups to register on their web site www.Newbridge to ensure maximum participation in the many events that are being planned, and in return they have undertaken to submit an updated list to the Council from details they receive, so that a proper record will exist.

The Council will also add any updated details and amend incorrect ones, provided they are notified directly of same.

Warhammer Exhibition

An exhibition and demonstration of Warhammer will be happening in Newbridge Library. On Tuesday 26 from 1-4pm and on Wednesday from 10-1pm. Beginners and Experienced Gamers are welcome. Bring any models you have. Admission is free.

KARE Race Day

An evening at the Races in Aid of KARE, takes place at the Curragh Race Course on Saturday 21 July 2012. Tickets are €15 each and from every ticket sold in advance, €10 goes directly to KARE to help them to continue to do the wonderful work they carry out all across Kildare, East Offaly, and West Wicklow.

It’s a great opportunity for a relaxed and enjoyable day out while helping support a wonderful local charity. Tickets can be bought on or by calling 045 448700.

Patrician Primary School enrolment

Patrician Primary School, Chapel Lane, Newbridge, Co Kildare is now accepting New Enrolments for September 2012 for 2nd to 6th classes. Contact them at 045-432174 or email

Children aim to make Kildare’s largest print

This July, Riverbank Arts Centre will attempt to make Kildare’s Largest Print Ever and they need your help. On Saturday July 7, Print Block collective will come together with budding young artists in an attempt to making the largest print in Kildare.

It will take a great deal of help and hands, so they are calling on all Kildare Families to call to the centre and join in the fun, to help achieve this once in a life time piece of art work for the town.

Print Block Workshop takes place in McKenna Gallery. Time: Children’s workshop aged 7upwards, from 11 am-12.30 (booking essential) Price: €15

Anyone for tennis at the Riverbank?

Riverbank is staging ‘Love All’- A comedy about love, murder, and tennis directed by Donal Gallagher on Friday, July 13. The show starts at 8 pm and from 7 pm onwards patrons will be treated with servings of strawberries and sparkling wine to celebrate all that is Wimbledon. O’Brien’s of Newbridge have kindly sponsored Rosé and Sparkling Wine which will be served from 7pm, while CaToCa will be serving strawberries and cream.

From the Wimbledon finals to the hangman’s noose, this is the terrible and true(ish) tale of Irish sporting legend Vere St. Ledger Goold and his mercenary wife Marie Violet - an extraordinary globe-trotting journey from the heady heights of sporting stardom to complete catastrophe.