There are still some places available on a 5-week Interior Design Course which will start in the Aspire Design Studio in the Main Street on February 5 between 7 and 9pm. This course is packed full of helpful tips to help give your home that special touch. Topics will include: colour schemes and the psychology of colour, creating focal points, room layout and how to maximise your space, mood lighting, etc. The course may also include guest speakers whom are highly experienced in their fields of expertise. Maximum 8 students per class. Cost €95 for the course, including refreshments, materials and notes. Tel: 01 6275050 or Mob: 086 3999926 for additional information.


The Celbridge Youth Council Youth Entrepreneur Fund will have its official launch in Celbridge Library on January 31 at 7.30pm. Guest speakers will include, Eilish Quinlan, Tom Hayes, Nessa Childers MEP Mark Fielding and Micheál Sammon.


Celbridge Historical Society meets on the first Monday of each month.

The next lecture is at 8pm on Monday February 4. Eoghan Corry will present ‘Fire, Water, Snow and Mud’, an exploration of Celbridge’s History through the weather.


The third lecture in the Castletown Winter Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday February 6 at 8pm. The talk entitled ‘From Holbein to hamburgers: Castle Howard and the historic house in the modern world’ will be given by Professor Christopher Ridgway, curator of Castle Howard in Yorkshire the well- known location of the TV series Brideshead Revisited.

The areas covered will include: How does a historic house survive in the 21st century? How does it balance that age-old equation between continuity and change? Drawing on his experience at Castle Howard Christopher Ridgway will show how historic houses in England and Ireland try to meet the challenges of the contemporary age, when there are so many competing demands from visitors, maintenance and conservation needs, commercial activity and the bottom line, climate change, and preserving the integrity of a historic house and its collections.
The lecture will be held in the Stable Wing, no booking is required but seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission fee €5 payable at the door.


The Insight Theatre Group has just finished casting for their new production of Translations by Brian Friel. Rehearsals will commence shortly. The play will be staged in April.


With the poor weather and the still gloomy evenings the best place to keep up your fitness regime is indoors for the time being, at least. The Sports Centre at the Mill Community Centre has a range of activities to suit most lifestyles and levels of fitness. There is an Early Bird Fitness Class which is ideal for teachers and shift workers. It started on January 28 and will run until March 11, so there is still plenty of time to join up. The class take place each Monday from 4.30pm. If you would like to harness some punching power, try Boxfit on Thursdays at 7pm with a once-off per class fee of €6 for Sports Centre members and €8 for non-members. For something a little gentler a 6 week Pilates or Yoga Courses for Beginners and Improvers is now available.

Young people can enjoy Junior Basketball at the centre every Monday from 4-5pm and there is Mini Soccer is on Tuesdays at 4pm in the Main Hall for 5 – 9year olds.

For times and dates and additional information, contact reception at 01 6288556


St Raphael’s North Kildare Services on the Clane Road provides education, training and work opportunities for people with a learning disability. There is a regular bingo session in St. Raphael’s Main Hall every Saturday night beginning at 8.30pm. It is one of the longest running Bingo sessions in the country and is a great night out. All the proceeds go to supporting the work of St. Raphael’s.


The Community Council’s fund raising Annual Golf Classic at the K-Club is scheduled for Friday April 26 on the Smurfit Course. The fee is €320 for a team of four. This includes dinner on the day. The organisers would also welcome sponsorship from local businesses. The event will raise funds for Celbridge Care for the Aged. For more details contact Maureen at 086-3165870.


The Celbridge Tidy Town Association will hold its AGM in the Kildrought Lounge at 8pm on Tuesday, February 5.


A new Parent and Baby/Toddler group meets in the St Eustace Centre each Wednesday from 10-15am-12.15pm. This provides opportunities for support, fun, sharing and the exchange of useful information. If interested, please contact Christina Malone, the Parish Pastoral Worker, at 085-8519110. This group has proved very popular with the local community and there are plans to organise a second session.

Celbridge Mill Parent and Toddler Group returns on Tuesday 29 at 10am at the Mill. Kathryn O`Toole is now organising the group, but additional volunteers are still required.

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