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Castledermot has recently become a member of the Irish Walled Town Network and a Heritage Council grant is funding a report on the Conservation and Interpretation of the medieval core of the town. This will include suggestions about how we can present our rich and interesting heritage to the public and to tourists.

A heritage walk around part of the town walls is included in this. Your location on the town wall circuit means that we would particularly value your views on proposed routes and how they might impact on you or your property.

The conservation architects from Howley Hayes & Associates will hold a Public Consultation Meeting on tonight Tuesday 20th November at 7pm in the Community Centre to present a draft plan. This is an opportunity to discuss their suggestions and highlight any problems.

If you cannot make it to the Public Consultation Meeting, please either send someone on your behalf or contact us beforehand to let us know of any concerns you might have. Contact Colm Heslin 085 8134997.


The time has come, the shoes are shining, the music is primed and the routines have been rehearsed. After hundreds of hours of trodden toes, ankles in agony and gyrating grooves, the dancers are ready - but they need an audience.

The dancers have focused on the 24th November in the Dolmen for weeks on end, but they are also focused on the future that an all-weather pitch in Scoil Diarmada will bring.

Many people have already bought their tickets for the event but if you are still considering buying a ticket we ask you to be part of the united community prioritising the future welfare of the children and wider community of Castledermot.

The dancers and organisers would like to thank, before the event, the choreographer Helen Dunne, of Castledermot Academy of Dance & Portlaoise Academy of Dance. A big thank you also to Kate, Bethany, Eoghan and Joe Farrell who gave up freely of their time to share their expertise with the stars of the night. Don’t miss the event of 2012 for Castledermot.

For tickets - the Post Office, O’Gorman’s Farm Shop, Scoil Diarmada and any committee member or direct from Sharon Hennessy 086-2523268 or Siobhan Phelan 087-9677469.


Kevin Berney PRO reminds us “that on Tuesday the 27th of November at the Memories and Memorabilia night, The Castledermot Local History Group will be revealing the history information panels which our members have prepared for the Teach Diarmada project. A major thank you goes to those who worked tirelessly on the project either gathering information, writing, proof-reading and printing the panels. Also thank you to The Heritage Council for their support and funding for our project. This will be a great opportunity of the community to see the history and stories from around the town and the town-lands. Also on the night there will be a raffle and a book stall where a bargain or that early Christmas present can be found! Thank you to Kay Byrne for her support during 2012.


Diseart Diarmada Young at Heart host their annual General Meeting on Monday November 26th in the Community Centre at 2pm. The group meet every Monday and thursday in the Community Centre from 1 - 4pm. Everyone welcome to join this group.


Castledermot Community Services are hosting their annual Christmas Lunch on Sunday November 25th in The Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow at 1pm. For those interested a bus will leave the Square at 12.30pm. Invitations are out and you are asked to reply by Saturday November 17th. If you have not received your invitation please contact Maura - 9144330, or Lynn 9144343.


Ruth Kelly, PRO Bigstone Karate Club tells us “Members of Bigstone Karate Club travelled to the National Karate Championships at The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin on Sunday 28th October. Sensai Noel Amond brought 8 students aged 8 - 16 from his Bigstone Club and together they proudly brought back a total of 13 medals including 7 National Titles.

A massive congratulations to Noel and indeed each of his students who took part, Dylan Kirwan, Fionn Morrissey, Oisin Morrissey, Luke Morrissey, Jack Hawkins, Abbie Kelly, Adam Lawler and J.P. Nolan. The sheer dedication and commitment by Noel and his students was evident during the entire event and they were delighted to add so many medals to their club’s name. Well done to all!


25th November

10am Narraghmore MP (traditional) followed by tea.

11.30am Timolin MP

11.30am Castledermot HC


There was no winner in the lotto held on Tuesday November 13th. Numbers drawn were 13/17/25/28. The E50 winners were Kathleen Phelan, Woodlands, Seller John Phelan, David Burke, Main Street, Seller - Meggars, Brendan Dunne, Scoil Diarmada, Seller - John Phelan and Eddie Martin, c/o Declan O’Neill, Seller - Gun Club. Next draw will take place on 20th November in the Dales. Jackpot E1200. Tickets on sale from any club member or in all the local shops.

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