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Terri piles on the pressure and sheds another 5 pounds

Terri piles on the pressure and sheds another 5 pounds

Terri Reade, our local operation transformation celebrity is showing us all that the hard work is paying off, as in under 3 weeks she’s dropped 12 and a half pounds. On Saturday Terri set off leading the regular Saturday Kilcullen walks, and yet again even in the pouring rain, more than 50 people turned up to support Terri. The walk is aimed at all levels of fitness and abilities and is a circular route around the town. Anyone can come and join in, just meet in the Spar car park at 3pm on Saturdays and follow the route with Terri at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. Terri says the plan is to keep the same route for a few weeks and then as people improve their fitness and stamina the route can be extended, but people can already speed walk it or jog it if they want. Both Terri and her husband Pabo have now signed up for the 5km run in Phoenix park at the end of February so don’t forget to cheer them on when you see them walking in and around Kilcullen.

Brigid’s crosses link the community,

For the second year in a row the children from St Joseph’s NS Halverstown have held a St Brigids cross master class. The children having collected the reeds to make the crosses invited TY students and locals from all around Kilcullen to come into the Parish centre, have a cup of tea and try their hand at making the famous Brigid’s cross. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Parish centre as the young NS pupils gradually gained their confidence and started helping the 4th year students and many senior citizens to create a cross. Linda Norton became queen of the teapot and kept everyone topped up with a warm cuppa whilst Fiona Dempsey along with fellow mums Jan Coyne, Collette Cole and Louise McGough ensured that the preceding’s ran smoothly. The rain had kept people away this year but having forged essential new alliances with the Cross and Passion School and members of the community this is definitely a tradition that’s here to stay.

Grandparent’s day

Marion Sherlock always has a wry smile on her face on the few days building upto Grandparent’s day, and that’s because as principal of St Joseph’s NS she gets to go into all the classes and on this week in particular there’s always plenty of excitement. The children this year have been learning some old favourites such as Black velvet band and ring of roses, to sing on Grandparent’s day. This year almost 40 grandparents came to the school and showed the children skills that they learnt when they were at school such as planting, baking and knitting. The day was yet again a phenomenal success.

Monkey business,

The older sections from the Kilcullen scout group were out in Dublin Zoo this weekend meeting up with other ventures from around the county. The ventures in Kilcullen needed a day of fun after a few weeks of non-stop planning. This year not only is the group heavily involved in the inaugural St Patrick’s Day parade but there also planning to climb Carrauntuohil and have a camping expedition in the UK.

Beavers take heart,

The Kilcullen beavers have decided to help fundraise for Ollie’s little hearts appeal. Ollie O’Connell is a little boy from Kilcullen who was born last March with Down’s Sydrome and a complex congenital heart defect. Since his birth he has had 11 heart surgeries in Crumlin and may face yet more. His family are raising money under Ollie’s Little Heart Appeal which you can check out on facebook and all the money is going to the new cardiac unit in Crumlin hospital. The Beavers in Kilcullen have organised a Valentine’s themed bake sale and are busy planning their delicious cakes and biscuits with a heart theme. The Bake Sale will take place on Sunday 10th February in the Kilcullen Parish Centre starting at 12 noon. Come along, enjoy a delicious cake or two and help the beavers help Ollie!

Last chance to join Kilcullen’s parade plans,

The plans for Kilcullen’s first St Patrick’s day parade and celebrations for over 30 years are well underway.

Many groups, clubs and businesses have come on board to make what sounds like it’ll be a fabulous day. The parade will pass through the town and really showcase all the great things about Kilcullen and in addition to this there’ll be music and entertainment in the square. Get behind your town and join in the fun, you can follow the progress on facebook “st Patricks day parade kilcullen”. If your club or business hasn’t signed up yet then don’t delay give Emma a call today on 085 1547552.

Kilcullen community games,

Try to encourage children in our area, between the ages of 6 and 15 to participate in a wide range of activities. There’s a whole host of activities on offer from art, handwriting, talent competition, swimming, gymnastics and duathlons. To find out more details and to get involved call Ann on 087 7733576, or email and check out the facebook page too

Request for volunteers

Kilcullen parish youth club or KiYC need volunteers in order to have Easter and Summer Camps training is provided. So if you are interested or know of someone 18+ who would be willing to help, please contact us on 0894484114.

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