Boys and girls from St. Patrick’s Primary School, Hazelhatch are participating in a Litter Buster Mural Project along with an artist from Down to Earth Theatre Company. Down to Earth Theatre aims to develop environmental and social awareness through the medium of theatre performance and workshops. Last year a new schools programme was launched in conjunction with Kildare County Council. Children have been learning the three Rs in class - Reduce, Reuse, Recyle! The artist works with the children to create an eye-catching mural with a strong anti-litter message. It depicts Recycling Superhero Respect and his dog Spot and is a bright and colourful addition to this lovely school.


The Celbridge Business Association has announced that there will be free parking in Celbridge from December 18 to December 26. Initially, Kildare Co Council objected to this proposal, but following representations by Cllr. Frank O’Rourke (FF) on behalf of the CBA, Celbridge residents and visitors will be able to shop local this Christmas without the added expense of parking fees.


The Celbridge Mill Community Centre the Sports Centre has none of the frills of the average training facility. What they do offer is friendliness and commitment. From the moment you enter The Mill you will receive a level of personal service that no other facility can offer. You are much than just a number, so the focus is on you the individual, to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle mass or train for a specific sport or event, the people at the Community Centre will help.

There are individually tailored training programmes, Sauna and Steam Rooms, Nutritional advice, supervised workouts Personal Training Extensive Olympic Free Weights, Dumb-bells Machines Classes: Pilates, Yoga, Circuit Training, Teachers Classes, Step and Fit-ball classes as well as Indoor Sports.

Fees range from €5 to €199 to suit your pocket. Drop into the Mill Community Centre for all the details.


The Sinn Fein Tom Kealy commemoration and the launch of the new North Kildare Cumann was planned for Saturday November 3. Unfortunately, the Rising Phoenix Flute Band which was central to the event was unable to fulfil their commitment at short notice. In light of this the organisers decided to postpone the planned event and reschedule for February 9, 2013.


There will be a Craft Fair in Celbridge Library on Friday December 7. Crafts on display will include jewellery, knitting, crochet, candles, Christmas decorations and cards. All are welcome.

Local author of “In a Moment” Caroline Finnerty will visit the library on Friday 7th December at 11am. All welcome.

The library holds various workshops and clubs for teenagers on Saturday afternoons. If you are interested in art, creative writing or book and film clubs why not drop in or email the branch during November to enrol. Numbers are limited so get in early!

Vacancies exist in the Library’s morning Book Club, please contact Marianne at 01 6272207 or e-mail celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie


The Wellsprings Centre on the Main Street is hosting an event called Waiting with Mary on Tuesday November 27. This is a session of reflection and quiet prayer focused on the season of Advent. It begins at 10.45am and will last about an hour. Call 01-6288267 for further details.


Don’t forget that and ideal present for Celbridge people at home or abroad is Tony Doohan’s new DVD, A History of Celbridge. Please note the DVD is “Region Free”, which means it can be shown in any country in the world. It is available in all local shops and pharmacies price €12.


The call has gone out for all budding bands, singers, comedians and dancers to show off their talent at the George McMahon Academy Talent Show auditions. These will be held on December 1 at the Mill Community Centre. The main event is scheduled for January 25, 2013 in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, with a top prize of €1000. For all the details, log on to www.georgemcmahon.com


There will be a Christmas Fair in aid of the ACRE Project on Saturday/Sunday 15–16 December from 1 to 5pm in the Salesian College. Come and enjoy Christmas fare, baby booties, baby quilts, bags, breads, cakes, designer clothes, Christmas gifts, designer jewellery, gifts, handbags, handmade fabrics, hats, knitwear, Christmas items, ladies and kiddies tights, lingerie, paintings, prints, scarves, seasonal flowers plants. To add to the atmosphere a gospel choir will perform and there will be lots of Christmas music. Tea and coffee will be served,

The organisers are appealing for items for sale at the volunteer stalls such as books, CDs, bric-a-brac, spot prizes for raffle, etc. These can be left at the Salesian College during school hours. Volunteers are needed to help out on one or both days. Contact Michael Leyden 086 608 9652 or email leydenm@gmail.com


On Monday December 3 at 8pm, the Celbridge Camera Club will be hosting a presentation by Photojournalist Mark Condron.Regular club meetings are in the Slip Hall, near Castletown Gates, at 8pm each Monday.

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