Celbridge news

Tennis marathon

Tennis marathon

Playing tennis for an hour or two can be a challenge, but Larry De Larrard hopes to play tennis for a solid 24 hours in the Celbridge Tennis Club, starting on July 7 at 3pm and stopping on July 8 at 3pm. This will set what could be an Irish record.

Larry is raising much needed funds for St Joseph’s Centre in Clonsilla, home to over 120 elderly ladies with varying degrees of intellectual disability, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The funds raised from this novel event will go directly towards a re-housing building Project for the ladies of St Joseph’s.

The plan is that the ladies will now live in purpose built bungalows with individual rooms in a community setting within the grounds of St Joseph’s.

Drop down to the tennis club on the Hazelhatch Road on July 8 to cheer Larry on to the finish of his 24 hour marathon.

As part of the event, a Family Fun day is being organized along with a Bar-B-Q, free tennis coaching for beginners, Bouncy Castle, face painters, great raffle prizes - and you might get your car washed, as well.

All donations will be welcome on the day and, if you would like further information, please contact Rhoda 087-6368985 or email Rhoda.judge@gmail.com.

Restoration project

The Parish Priest, Father Taylor, has conveyed his thanks to the members of the local community for the generous way in which they have supported restoration work on the Parochial House and Parish Centre.

Many parishioners have advanced E500 loans under a special funding scheme which has enabled work to be undertaken without the Parish having to resort to the banks for loans. Work is going well at present. Remedial work has now been carried out on the garage, which was in danger of collapse because a tree was growing through the wall!

Fete donations wanted

The ever popular St Raphael’s Garden Fete is scheduled for Sunday July 1 from 1-6pm.The organizers gratefully accept donations of good quality clothing, bric a brac, books and furniture. Donations can be dropped to St. Raphael’s on the Clane Road from Monday - Friday 7pm to 9pm and 11am - 6pm Saturdays.

Contact: 01 6288161 - office hours. With everyone’s help this year’s Fete will be a great day out for all the family.

Don’t forget that passport

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, has urged people to ensure that their passport is valid and in date before organising any travel plans this summer.

In the course of his work he has encountered too many people who discover a day or two before they travel that their passport has expired.

It is impossible for the Passport Office, despite their best efforts, to accommodate such applicants at late notice. It can take some time to get a passport, especially at this time of the year.

The Passport Office offers a number of options for applicants, the quickest route being the Passport Express service (available through the local post office) which assures a 10 working day turnaround.

A Public Counter Urgent route is available when proof of travel arrangements are presented at the Passport Office. However, the turnaround is five working days for such applications. Further information can be found on http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=83416.

Tidy Towns

In March the Celbridge Tidy Towns volunteers numbered 71 in all, but more would be welcome to make sure the town maintains its best appearance this summer. If you would like to help contact 086-2200678 or email: tt-ctt@CelbridgeTidyTowns.com

Photo club outings

The popular Celbridge Camera Club has held its annual exhibition in Castletown House during the last few weeks and has now got into summer mode.

There are no indoor meetings during the (hopefully) better weather. Instead, the club meets at the Slip Hall each Monday night at 7.30 and sets off on a photo expedition.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. Two recent local excursions in search of the perfect image were to Dun Laoghaire and Carton house. Trips further a-field are also possible during the next two months.

For further detail of outings and club activities check the website at www.celbridgecameraclub.net.

Library events

There will be Children’s Folk Songs with Uncle Dan from the Twitters on Wednesday June 20 from 11am - 12pm.

There is a storytelling session with Niall de Burca on Thursday June 21 from 3.30 - 4.30pm.

Finally, there is storytelling and singing with Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery on Saturday June 23 from 2.30 - 4pm. No reservations are required for these events, and all are welcome.

Boxing club

The Celbridge Boxing Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-9.30pm and on Sundays from 1-3pm in the Mill Community Centre, Beginners from 10 year and upwards are always welcome. Contact John O’Neill at 086-8744070 for more information.

Dyslexia workshop

The Dyslexia Workshop in Celbridge is now taking enrolments for September 2012. Places are open to children from Kildare and the greater area.

The workshop runs on a Wednesday from 4.30-6.30 for two terms. The workshop can offer great assistance to children diagnosed with dyslexia and aged eight and over. For further information please contact DAI-Celbridge@email.com or Niamh on 087-6913757

Fun family cycle

A Family Cycle, aimed at cyclists of all ages, will start out from Castletown Gates at 11am on June 24 and make its leisurely way to Kimacredock, near Leixlip. This event is part of activities for Bike Week, which takes place from June 16-24.

Cycling is a fun, healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly and low cost way to make those shorter journeys. Nearly everyone has cycled at some stage – but so many lose the habit. Bike week is meant to boost you enthusiasm and get you back on the bike.

Country market

The next Country Market and Craft Fair at Castletown House will be on June 24 from 11am-5pm.

In conjunction with the market there will be Midday Music with Noreen O’Sullivan from 12 noon to 1pm. Later in the afternoon, from 2-4pm, Tiarna will entertain with traditional Irish music.

If you are interested in taking part in the markets/craft fair as a seller, please e-mail the Events Officer: caoilfhionn.murphy@opw.ie or telephone 01 628 8252 for more information.

Summer camps

The Sports Centre at the Mill Community Centre is offering three summer camps for children this year during July and August. The dates are July 9-13, July 23-27 and August 13-17. The camps run from 10am - 2.30pm from Monday to Friday inclusive.

These camps are designed as camp a non-competitive and enjoyable time for your child. Some of the many activities on offer are soccer, karate, tennis, rounders, quiz and arts and crafts.

These camps are indoors, so our variable Irish Summer weather does not affect them. Activities are organised by qualified sports/leisure graduates and a qualified arts and crafts teacher.

Kids are requested to bring suitable clothing (old clothes for arts and crafts) and a nutritional lunch. The fee is only E50 per child per week.

Call the Mill Community Centre at 01- 6288556 to put your son/daughter’s name down. Spaces will be limited for these popular camps so don’t delay!