Intel Ireland last week played host to the first ever CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project Awards’. The event brought together dojos from across the country who presented 20 different unique and innovative projects in a bid to win the top prize. A team of judges, which was led by CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton, spent the afternoon reviewing the impressive projects before selecting a winner – 15 year old Maciej Goszczycki from Newtown in Co. Wicklow.
Goszczycki, who was presented with a prize of a brand new Ultrabook won the award for creating his own software language that he calls ODA.
Mass of Farewell
Fr. Ngussa will leave the parish at the end of November to return to Tanzania after completing his doctorate and his 7 years of service to Leixlip parish. A Mass of Farewell will be celebrated on Friday November 16 at 7.30pm and will be followed by a Reception in the Parish Centre. All parishioners are invited to join with this celebration. If you would like to contribute to a small presentation to be made to Fr. Ngussa, please leave your donation into the Parish Office before November 16. The parish would also greatly appreciate donations of cakes etc. for this occasion. Please contact the Parish Office at 6243673.
Joint Policing Committee
A meeting of the Leixlip Town Council Joint Policing Committee will be held on Monday November 19 in Newtown House, Captain’s Hill, Leixlip, at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to be present. Questions for the JPC must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. For further information please contact: Leixlip Town Council, Newtown House, Captain’s Hill, Leixlip, 01 – 6245777.
The Town Council Art Competition Prizegiving will take place in the Leixlip Youth Premises, Newtown House, on Friday November 16 from 4-6pm.
Asperger’s Syndrome and Girls
Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist, will give a presentation entitled “Asperger’s and Girls” in the Library on Thursday November 29 at 7pm.
The ratio of male to females with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome is approximately 10:1, however many experts in the field argue that the ratio may actually be 4:1 as many of these girls go undiagnosed due to their different presentation from boys. This can lead to years of confusion and misunderstanding for them. This talk is aimed at parents, carers and teachers of female children and teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome.
Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a degree and a Masters and is currently studying towards a PhD in the area of dyspraxia. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway.
Booking is essential for this presentation. Contact Library Reception.
Leixlip GAA Club is inviting card players to take part in 25 Card Game (SINGLE) Nights that will take place each Thursday Night in the clubhouse during the month of November. Games begin at 9.15pm and entry fee is €10 per player. This is an opportunity for club members and friends to get together in a social setting. All proceeds from the card nights will be passed on to the Underage Section of the Club.
The Testimony of Leixlip
The Leixlip History Club will hold its AGM in the Library on Thursday November 15 at 7.15pm. The meeting will also include a talk by Desmond Guinness entitled “The Testimony of Leixlip and other North Salt Folk after the Rebellion of 1641.” Existing members and potential new members are welcome.
The Annual Parish Table Quiz will take place on Friday November 30 at 8.30pm in St. Mary’s GAA Club. This will be a fun night for both young and old. Last year’s event was, as usual a great success and this promises to be another great night. If you would like to sponsor a round or donate a spot prize please call into or phone the Parish Office at 6243673. Our Quiz Master will be the one and only – Don McCarthy.
There will be a meeting on Thursday November 15 at 9:15pm in the NUIM Barnhall Rugby Club to discuss the details of the forthcoming trip to Argentina in 2013. The tour is open to all club members and friends. More details are on the club website at www.nuimbarnhall.com
The Parish Cell groups will resume meetings on the following dates: November 13, 14, 20 & 27 (Combined Cell Meeting) at 8.30 at all usual venues. For further information see the Parish website: www.leixlipparishcells.com
Nutrition and Special Needs
Rina Whyte, Nutritionist, will give a talk on Nutrition for Children with Special Needs on Thursday November 22 in the Library at 7pm.
This seminar looks at food as more than ‘fuel’ and the proven benefits of nutrition on attention span, concentration, emotional response and mood. The seminar will look at foods that are particularly beneficial and there will be space for public and private questions afterwards so that specific questions can be answered. Advanced booking is required to attend.
First Time Mothers
This group next meets on Tuesday November 20 at 2pm in the Library. Hosted by Lauren Burke, Public Health Nurse with the HSE. The First Time Mothers’ Support Group provides support, information and an opportunity to meet with other first time mothers. New members can come along on the day.