Kilcullen

Cubs hit new heights

Cubs hit new heights

Kilcullen cub scouts were not to be left in the wake of their bigger siblings in the scouts this weekend and decided that they too would conquer a mountain so off they went to Glendalough in Wicklow and marched up and over the Spinc.

The Spinc, well known to walkers and climbers for its sharp assent and beautiful views was no mean feat (as some scout leaders will tell you it’s literally breath taking!)

Well done to those 12 cubs who made the fabulous climb and to the leaders Danielle, Elaine, Richard and Suzanne and scout Adam Price who hiked them safely up and back down again.

St Joseph’s get sporty

Friday was the pinnacle of St Joseph’s N.S’s active school’s week. The week had been jam packed with activities including canoeing, orienteering, swimming and bowling, but Friday was to be the highlight.

Each year the Halverstown school tries to host a sports day in June, but rain has stopped play for the past two years and so a May date was set for this year.

Well like they say the sun shines on the righteous, and it surely shone brightly on Friday. Ice cold drinks and plenty of sun block ensured that every pupil enjoyed the sunshine and the fun races set up at the school.

Parents, grandparents and next year’s junior infants all came to join the students and teachers for fun and games which culminated in a fabulous Bar BQ, organized and fired up by the McGrath family.

Medals all round were provided by the Dempsey family and our thanks to parents, staff and friends of the school who always pull together to make these days superb.

Bright stars at Cross and Passion

The Cross and Passion school were the first in the country to have awards presented to their students for their exceptional performance in recent interviews.

The interviews were carried out in the school by Oxigen Environmental and all the fifth years took part. The purpose was not only to give them training for future but to see who stood out as “students who are likely to be going places in the future.” Three students were awarded the Bright star ward, David Nolan, Gerard Conway and Ischa Lynch.

Kilcullen river festival

A date for your diary; Sunday 26th August for the rapidly growing and hugely successful Kilcullen river festival.

This year there are plans to have even more activities for all the family, including Zorba water balls, a Zip line, live music and karaoke, a Pubs Fancy Dress Ramble.

As with previous years the best of local foods will be there to be sampled and the popular river obstacle course event and the display of Army weapons and equipment on the bridge will again feature, with the road through Kilcullen closed from midday to 7pm.

Fitness class

Brand new fitness class coming to Kilcullen community centre every Monday morning from 10am -11am. Body conditioning class focused on women and men who want to shed those excess pounds while toning and improving their fitness levels. Class suitable for all levels of fitness. Class run by fully certified NCEHS Level 4 Personal trainer and advanced fitness instructor, Yvonne Kelly. Class price is €7 and you can pay on the morning. To book your place text your name to 086-2635460.

Traffic chaos

Traffic chaos, is how they diversion from the Athy road is being described by locals. The current road-works on the old N78 Kilcullen to Athy road are causing sections of the road to be closed to traffic whilst the work is being carried out.

This week the Hacklow cross area has been closed meaning that all traffic coming from Athy to Kilcullen is being diverted through Calverstown and over to the old Carlow road and traffic coming from Kilcullen for Ballyshannon, Calverstown etc. is being sent down the old Carlow road.

As these roads are not designed for large trucks and Lorries and the volume of traffic on these windy roads is now increased tenfold it’s causing delays, stress as motorists get lost on the back roads and adding considerable time to people’s journeys.

There appears little that can be done whilst the road-works are going on, so take care, don’t speed on these minor roads – you never know what’s round the corner and allow a little extra time for your journey.