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Hollywood school are quiz champions!

Hollywood school are quiz champions!

Team Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa Are All-Ireland Quiz Champs!

Sunday, April 1 may have been April Fool’s Day but there were no fools on the Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa quiz team competing in the Credit Union All-Ireland Championship! The Hollywood team of Eoin Clarke, Robert Coyne, Finn Harney and Dubhaltach McSweeney finished as All-Ireland Champions in the CU quiz finals and since then, have featured on RTÉ news2day. Their journey began in January when they were selected to represent the school in the local branch competition hosted by Blessington Credit Union. Here the four boys won the competition and progressed to the regional final in Tougher’s, Naas where they faced competition from schools in Kildare, Wicklow, Laois and Carlow. The team won this section by a substantial seven points, thus qualifying for the prestigious All-Ireland final along with Kilcullen NS.

The day itself began at 10.30am with registration, followed by photographs before the teams took to their seats at 1.30pm, when they were greeted by CU President, Jimmy Johnstone. Mr Johnstone reminded all present that the final 100 teams were the ‘cream of the crop’ remaining from the 25,000 children who started out in the quiz competition, with teams from every county taking part.

Popular Marty Whelan delivered questions ranging from the number of spikes on the crown of the Statue of Liberty to naming the Irish band member from band One Direction. At the half way point, Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa laid in third position and with three rounds to go, occupied the same spot. The last rounds proved crucial however, as the team managed to move up to second and then joint first position. After10 rounds, the team was joined by long time leaders St. Helen’s National School, Portmarnock on 50 points.

Dramatically, a tie-breaker round was called with each team given three questions. At the end of the round, both teams were still equal on points! The President and Chief Adjudicator conferred and it was decided the teams be declared joint All-Ireland winners with no team deserving to lose. The boys collected their prizes, joined by their proud teacher John Behan with parents and family members present to celebrate with them. The school received a generous cheque as well as a cup and each member received a Silver Salver, a Sony Reader and National Certificates. Blessington Credit Union members Con Flynn, Madge Tyrell and Breda Brophy were especially thrilled with the result. For the school, it will go down as an achievement that will long be remembered - well done to all!

Stewart Tops Again

Stewart Byrne was voted Best Boxer of the night at the Ballymore Hollywood Boxing Tournament held recently in Avon Rí.

This is Stewart’s second time to be chosen as top boxer at competitive level in an event which saw special guest stars include Dublin’s GAA player, Conal Keaney, leading Irish female soccer ace, Louise Quinn and Pat Phelan, European and World Champion weight lifter (bench press). The host club won 8 out of 12 bouts, having boxed against clubs from Laois, Offaly and Kildare. John Doyle notched the first win for the BME HW side, followed by Conor Davis, Liam Horan, David McAtamney, Daniel Murphy, Tom Murphy, Conor Darker and Stewart Byrne, all of whom recorded wins.

Brian Crowe represented the local side in an underage exhibition match against Sean Davey of Ryston. Owen Curley, Mark Barrett, Aaron Deegan and Declan Davis were beaten by the narrowest of margins and gave excellent displays of boxing in the ring. Many thanks to referee Peter Clifford, the judging panel and club sponsors.

National First For Ballymore

Ballymore Eustace GAA are the first GAA club in Ireland to launch a new venture, an outdoor exercise area specifically designated for senior citizens.

In association with BME Senior Citizens Association and Punchestown / MCD / Oxegen Community Donations, they are proud to present this outdoor exercise area, with grateful thanks also to Hudson’s, for discounted cost of concrete supplies.

This is the first such installation at a GAA grounds in the country and the club hopes to have an open day soon to promote the use of the outdoor exercise area and other facilities. BME GFC boasts a tennis and basketball court and a walking track, along with core GAA activities including underage boys and girls football, hurling, mens and ladies football. The club is now introducing “Mothers and Others GAA” following on from the very successful Mammy Mayhem match last year!

”We hope everyone, young and old, will get to benefit from these facilities” said Natasha Graham Halpin, Club PRO. “The club operates an ‘open gate’ policy whereby patrons can use the GAA facilities any time during the day and for a few hours at night with lighting provided. It costs money to maintain the facilities so we ask that all users of the grounds become BME GAA members. This will also afford everyone concerned the appropriate insurance”.

Volunteers for Raceweek

The club is purchasing a further 4.5 acres to facilitate the growing number of teams and is now looking for stewards to volunteer at Punchestown during raceweek (as a substitute for the loss of Oxegen).

This will entail stewarding at a gate or door during racing - a job for which the club gets reimbursed and monies go into the pitch purchase fund. The fund now stands at €30,000 but this is only a small part of the overall amount required. Please contact any committee member to help – your support will be most appreciated!.

Vintage Day at Country Market

Don’t forget, Naas Country Market is hosting a Vintage Day on April 13, as part of their 60th Anniversary Celebrations. Amongst them is Cathy Fisher of Elverstown, who has been a member for the past 46 years, along with locals Hilary Pallister, Frances Greene, Trudy Barrett, Bridie Loughlin and Rhoda Fitzpatrick of Brannoxtown.

The ladies will be sporting tweed skirts and cardies, pinnies and ‘50’s gear on the day and hoping that customers will dress similarly. Do go along and join them; there will be a mini vintage display of cars and farm machinery, with music from that era and traditional recipes on offer. Singer Karen Plewman will entertain and you can watch a demonstration in making griddle cakes. Friday, April 13, Vintage Day at Naas Country Market.

Children’s nature skills

If you’re looking to give children an innovative Easter experience over the holidays, then see what Nature Connection and Survival Skills has to offer. Ciara Hinksman is owner and mentor of Earth Force Education and lives in neighbouring Hollywood.

As an environmental educator, she teaches children and adults to re-connect with nature, how to identify the tell tale signs of animals and fauna all around us and some basic survival skills.

So get the kiddies away from TV and the X Box over the holidays and get them outside.

A consultant educator with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ciara was filmed by RTÉ 2 recently, working with primary schools, teaching ways to save energy.

Check out

Next events will be held on Tues 10, Weds 11 and Sat 14 April. Places must be pre-booked, ages 8 years and over, parents are encouraged to participate also – contact 086 31 99 515 for more information.

Ballymore Bugle

The deadline for April edition is this Wednesday, April 11. Reminders please, that as this is a pre-raceweek edition, space will be tight so earliest submission secures. Email: or

Social Media Skills in library

Tomas Vircik will give a free presentation on Social Media in the library from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, 21 April. Tomas will advise on how best to utilise social media as a business and marketing tool. See or phone 085 100 4297.

Upcoming Ballymore Gigs

Mick Murphy’s is the venue, 9pm start for Ballymore Gigs’ April line-up. On Monday April 16, Paddy Nash (NI), an emerging Derry singer/songwriter will perform. Admission €12. Monday, April 23 sees Pat Coldrick, Irish virtuoso classical guitarist perform. Pat is accomplished in his playing, having studied classical guitar and plays a varied repertoire of original pieces, interpretations of well known songs and classical standards, admission €12.

Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart (USA) take centre stage on Monday, April 30. Both former ‘Dukes’ (Steve Earle & The Dukes), this husband and wife duo are as Americana as it gets, playing a blend of blues, folk, roots, country, rock in smooth vocal harmonies, admission tbc.

Adult Drawing Workshop

A drawing workshop for adults will be held in the Resource Centre on the second Saturday of every month from 11am to 13.30pm on the following dates: April 14, May 12and June 9.

Price €20 per person, materials provided for an extra cost of €5 or you can supply your own which must include smooth cartridge paper A3 (or larger), rough sketching paper, charcoal stick, putty rubber and a selection of softer grade Pencils (2B-8B).

Tea and coffee provided; must be pre-booked, contact Fiona on 087 633 3406 or view

Kilcullen Drama Group

Kilcullen Drama Group are presenting Les Miserables, the play, by Victor Hugo, from 13 - 21 April.  Directed by Mischa Fekete with a cast of 30 members, nightly performances are at 8 pm sharp.  

Tickets 045 481 497 - book early to avoid disappointment

Ballyknockan’s Bands Festival

Ballyknockan, on the banks of Blessington lakes, will host an unique music event over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

The ‘Band Fest’ will consist solely of musicians and bands formed by musicians who originate in the area, from the parish of Valleymount and surrounds.

There will be around fourteen bands, some of whom are starting out with up to six or seven well established band such as Glyder and After Dark, who are known the length and breadth of Ireland.

Rock bands, heavy metal, middle of the road bands and traditional musicians are all included.

The weekend is being run in conjunction with The Hillbilly Tractor Run organisers who, this year will be raising funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and some local causes. 

They will be selecting their Hillbilly Festival Queen on the Sunday night and she will preside over the preparations for the Hillbilly Festival which takes place on the last Sunday of the month, June 24.

This is the first time that efforts have been made to gather the vast wealth of musical talent in the area and local publican Liz Cullen who, with her brother John is very excited about the prospects of  this mini-festival.

“I went to school with most of them” says Liz, but then again, Liz knows everyone!

Les Miserables

The Gala night of Kilcullen Drama Group’s production of Les Miserables, the play based on the novel by Victor Hugo, will take place on Friday, 13th April with a wine reception included. The evening costs €15 and begins at 7.30pm. The show runs April 14th -21st nightly with performances beginning at 8pm sharp. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday 15th April at 3pm. Tickets available on 045 481497. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cubs go all out at Forest Farm

Congratulations to the Kilcullen Cub scouts who created “Tent city” at forest Farm last weekend. The cubs who’ve been itching to get out and about this year had a perfect weekend at Forest farm where they camped, cooked, hiked and had fun. “I had a great weekend with the cubs and fellow cub leaders of Kilcullen scouts. Nothing beats the laughs, giggles, smiles and stories of cubs around the campfire...the marshmallows and hot chocolate always helps too...thanks cubs and all for a great time” said Elaine one of the scouters.

CPC Golf Classic

A fundraising Golf Classic is being held on Friday May 11th in Palmerstown House Golf Club, Excellent Prizes including Perpetual Trophy., organised by the Parents Association of Cross & Passion College. The cost for a team of four is €200, with refreshments provided. Entry forms are available from the college website at, or from any school student or you can contact Derek Phelan, Davidstown, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Phone: 087-8094900.

The Parents Association are currently raising funds to compensate for grants lost in the recent Budget. The recent Car Boot Sale was very well supported and will be repeated on the first Sunday of each month.

Easter Fun

St Joseph’s N.S made the most of the unseasonably good weather and had families out and about in Kilcullen searching for clues in order to solve the Easter puzzle. The community centre was the base for this hive of springtime fervour and families and individuals enjoyed the home-baking, exceptionally high quality bric a brac and of course the Draw that has caused a buzz in the town.

First prize of 2 nights Band B and an evening meal for two at the renowned Trident hotel in Kinsale County Cork went to Cecile Bellamy from Hillcrest, Kilcullen and our heartiest congratulations go to her. A further selection of hampers and gifts – all packaged up beautifully by Fiona Dempsey, went to many others in the community.

St Joseph’s N.S would like to thank everyone who helped this event to be a success in particular friends and family from the school who turned out and supported us on the day by volunteering, baking and selling. This event really showed that by everyone doing their little bit we can make a big difference.

Toddlers & Wobblers

Crèche, Staff and parents from Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche in Nicholastown, Kilcullen will yet again be taking part in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, on Monday 4th June. They have completed in the marathon for the past three years in aid of ‘Make a Wish’. Imelda who is now an expert in organising participants for this event is opening up to others around the town to join them on the day for this worthwhile cause. Contact Imelda at Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche - 045 481918.