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The St Vincent de Paul Charity Shop at the Greenfield Shopping Centre has issued an urgent appeal for first communion and confirmation outfits. The exceptional needs grants, which helped families with very modest means to prepare their children for these ceremonies, have recently been cut, so the St Vincent de Paul are promoting a low cost option. However, donations are needed now. These can include suits, dresses, veils, shoes, handbags, tiaras and other accessories. Please bring your donations to the shop during opening hours 10-5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Call Bernie at 087-2941526.


The members of Lions Clubs are women and men who endeavour to create a difference in their local, national and international communities universally. The next meeting of the Maynooth/Kilcock Lions Club will be in the Carton House Hotel on Wednesday February 15 at 8.30pm. Monthly meetings are on held on the second Wednesday of each month. Contact Pauline at 0861683748 for more information about the Lions Club or see the website at


Scientists from NUI Maynooth’s Department of Biology have developed a model to identify influenza strains through analysis of their evolutionary histories. The new system will help to quickly identify certain mutations of a strain of influenza – known as reassortments - allowing for more rapid identification and preparedness for variant strains. The research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).


There are classes in Taekwon-Do for all age groups every Tuesday in the Presentation Girls’ School. Children are welcome between 6.30 and 7.30pm while a class for teenagers and adults take place from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Teenagers and adults are also welcome to attend a class in St Mary’s Boys’ National School on Friday evenings between 8.30 and 7.30pm. For more details call Stephen at 087-6986491.


There will be a War and Security Studies Seminar on Tuesday February 19 from 6.30-8pm in JHL7 (John Hume Building, North Campus) NUI Maynooth. Dr. Niall Barr (King’s College London) will lecture on ‘The Battle of El Alamein 70 years on’. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


There is still time to enter your Club / Organisation or Commercial Float in this year’s Maynooth St Patrick’s Day Parade. A wide range of trophies will be available this year including Best Club and Best Commercial floats, Best Band and Best School. There will also be trophies for the Best Portrayal of Irish Culture and the Best Portrayal of Environmental Awareness.

Applications, with entry fee, should be sent to Community Council Office Unit 5, Tesco Shopping Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare by Friday March 1 at latest. Phone (office hours - 6285922 or 6285053) or John McGinley 01-6285293 or 087-9890645 for further details.

The Maynooth St Patrick’s Day Parade website has a link at from which you can download an application form. The fees are €50 for a commercial float and €20 for a club or organisation. Bands can join the parade free of charge.


The Maynooth Senior Citizens group will be holding their Valentine’s Tea Dance on Sunday February 17 from 3-6pm in the GAA Club on the Moyglare Road. Lots of prizes will be available including flowers, chocolates and a bottle of whiskey for the most romantic couple. All retired people from Maynooth and the local area are welcome to attend. Admission is €5. Maynooth Senior Citizens hold a regular Tea Dance on the third Sunday of each month.


North Kildare Chamber will have their next Women in Business Monthly Network Evenings in Maynooth on Tuesday February 19 in the Glenroyal Hotel from 6-7pm. These evenings are a new venture for North Kildare Chamber, who now, in addition to providing over one hundred and twenty network mornings throughout the year, is now providing additional monthly network evenings specifically for women in business.


Maynooth has a new Men’s Shed group which meets in the Community Council Office, beside the Post Office, each Wednesday morning at 11am. A Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all adult males. The primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men. The main objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men. For more information about the Maynooth group, call John Fleming at 087-2041334.


This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6.00 pm to 7.45 pm in the Library. Places are available and the next meeting is March 5. Note: Beginner writers are welcome, but commitment to attend every month is required.

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