Three-in-a-Row for Droichead Nua Players

Three-in-a-Row for Droichead Nua Players

Local Theatre Group Droichead Nua Players have once again qualified for the All-Ireland Drama Finals, their third successive year in doing so.

The finals will take place this year in Shercock, Co Cavan from 20 to 28 April. Their production of ‘The Good Father’ drew lavish praise from the adjudicators as did the performances of Dolores Mulligan and Alan Clarke.

The Director and Assistant Director John Bowdren and Bill Mahon respectively also received commendations from the adjudicator who also praised the set design by Arthur Carr and the stage lighting and sound effects of Paul Winters.

The stage coordinator was Kevin Lawlor-Fitzpatrick. Local theatregoers will have an opportunity to see the performance on April 19 in Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge when they will appear for one night only. Advance booking can be made at the ticket office. Admission is €15 and concessions €13.

Looking for a Job?

Employ Ability Service is in Newbridge Library every Friday 10am - 12. No Appointment Necessary. If you have been out of work through illness, injury or disability and you are looking to get back to work, they may be able to help you. Call in and meet one of the Job Coach Team. This is a Free Service.

Newbridge CYMS Snooker Club

Congratulations to CYMS player Josh Boileau who won the National u/19 snooker championships held in the Douglas snooker club in Cork last week.

In the final he beat Irish number one ranked player Ryan Cronin from Cork by three frames to one.

The standard of the competition was very high with Josh also taking the prize for the highest break with a superb 123 in the semi final.

The new club individual snooker leagues start this week with three divisions of eight players with promotion and relegation from each division.

The leagues will be used as a guide to selecting the club teams for next season. Members are asked to check the club notice board for their fixtures.

Easter Flower Demonstration

Newbridge Flower and Garden Club will hold its next meeting in the Parish Centre on Monday, 2 April, at 8pm. The Easter demonstration will be given by Anne Fleming from the Flower Shop in Naas. Everyone is welcome. Admission is €6

Allenwood Scouts Are Good Eggs for Michael Garry House

The 8th Kildare Allenwood Beaver Scouts (age 6-9 years) will present the Easter Eggs which they have collected to Michael Garry House, Homeless Shelter, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The eggs will be presented to the Manager of Michael Garry House to-morrow, Tuesday, 27 March, at 6.30pm in Allenwood GAA Hall.

This is the second year that the Beavers have collected Eggs for the residents of Michael Garry House and they have also run a shoebox appeal for the residents for the last two Christmasses.

Ghost Estates set for Newbridge 

Dublin 5 piece  band, Ghost Estates made quite an impression on the Irish music scene in the past 12 months.

A number stellar singles and storming live shows, including Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes, earmarked them as definite ‘one’s to watch’.

They are currently readying their debut album for release in June and the band brings their delectably tight indie sound to Newbridge for the first time. 

The headline show takes place in Flanagan’s, Newbridge on Easter Sunday, April 8, as part of the regular ‘Barrygruff Presents’ series, showcasing some of Ireland brightest emerging musical talents.

Accompanying them on the bill is Thomastown band Neon Wolf, whose own unbridled feel-good indie-pop has caused more than their fair share of a stir.

Entry is FREE and the show starts at 8.30pm, Easter Sunday, April 8. For more info see:

Week’s Bouquet

This week we commend those business proprietors who each morning are seen cleaning up the discarded cigarette ends and other debris from outside their premises.

They lead by example and show a professional attitude to promoting their business premises and a pride in their appearance.

KARE Open Golf

Want to spend some of the Easter weekend playing one of Ireland greatest courses for a knockdown fee while supporting a great local charity? KARE Open Golf Competition will take place in the Curragh Golf Club on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April. The price is €10 for members of the Curragh and €15 for visitors. All proceeds in aid of KARE. To book a tee time, please visit

Spring Clean

Now is the time to galvanise your neighbours in support of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean which takes place throughout the month of April. Organise a clean-up of any local litter spot/eyesore then register the event online. If you ring 01-4002220 they will even send you a free clean-up kit or visit

2,000 in Support of Skateboard Lobby

Youth Action Newbridge (YAN)want to see action from politicians and local representatives on the following aims:Theywant to create a social environment in Newbridge that promotes healthy and safe activities for young people.They want to see genuine alternatives to the drink and drugs culture which stems from a lack of facilities for teenagers.YAN has handed over 2,000 signatures to the Mayor of Newbridge petitioning for a skatepark.

Confidential suicide support group

Midlands Support Group - For Family and Friends Affected by Suicide. Our confidential support group, recently established in conjunction with HOPE(D) welcomes people from all areas in Kildare. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Aras Building (beside Fas) Main Street, Newbridge at 8pm. Our aim is to connect with people where members can share experiences, advice or just listen providing sympathetic understanding towards one another. For people who have lost a loved one to suicide and would like to connect with others who have gone through the same experience please feel free to come along. Please do not hesitate to contact Jacinta on 087 2229695 should you require more information.