Next Saturday evening, l December, St. Laurence’s Community Complex will be the musical hub of Co. Kildare, when the very talented, Joseph Gorman, will launch “Candle On The Water”, his charity CD, in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. The event, which is open to everyone, is free, and, as well as great entertainment you can enjoy finger food with the music! Joseph Gorman won the first ever “Laurence’s Got Talent” some years ago and then went on to win “Midlands Got Talent” at the Moat Theatre in Naas, last year. A former Scoil Ide Naofa pupil, Joseph is now a student at Ardscoil na Trionoide. While at Scoil Ide Naofa he was a member of the Children’s Choir and is currently a member of the Kilmeade Youth Choir.

Many Kilmeadeites will recall his tour de force performance in “Oliver” with the Athy Musical and Dramatic Society, where he shared the lead role on alternate nights. Now Joseph’s career is taking a step forward with the launch of “Candle On The Water” and, having had the privilege of hearing it, I can confidently recommend it as a unique and very acceptable Christmas gift.

The cost of the CD is a recession friendly €10, and great credit to Joseph for his generous gesture in donating the proceeds to the Trust Fund for the Gorman’s great friend and neighbour, Jonathan. So, why not start the month of December by heading down to St. Laurence’s next Saturday for the 8p.m. launch; you definitely don’t want to miss it!


Kildare Scór na nÓg Final [under 17 ] will be held in Allenwood GAA next Sunday 2 December at 2.30p.m. All GAA clubs have been asked to promote participation in Scór Competitions. There are two divisions in Scór; Scór na nÓg [under 17 ] which will begin on Sunday  and Scór Sinsear [over 17 ] which will be held in February. The purpose of Scór is to promote Irish culture within GAA clubs. The 8 competitions are; CEILÍ DANCING, SOLOSINGING, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. RECITATION/STORY TELLING, QUESTION TIME,

BALLAD GROUP, NOVELTY ACT, SET DANCING. Our own club, St. Laurence’s will be taking part, so good luck to all of you. 


The powerhouse that is Phena Bermingham reminds us that, ALSO, next Sunday 2 December, at, your family and friends, are invited to a fundraiser, in aid of Fr.John Bermingham’s mission work in Mozambique. John is a Redemptorist priest ,from Mooretown. Working with Fr. Brian Holmes ,from Cork ,they are starting a mission in Mozambique. John’s family is hosting an evening of music, drama, readings and dance at his home. Mulled wine, mince pies, tea, coffee and minerals are on offer. There is no admission charge. A Donation Box is available; ‘every little helps’. and donors can be assured that all contributions will go directly to where the need is great.
The venue, Phena bermingham’s home, is on the Athy/Kilcullen road, three miles from Kilcullen.ten miles from Athy and four miles from Kilmeade, so look out for the signs and balloons. Parking inside.
Enquiries :Phena [045]485232 or[ 087]9767531


This is the occasional slot in the Kilmeade Notes devoted to the writings of the young people in our community and, this week, our guest contributor is twelve years old Ciara Taylor, daughter of Terry and Deirdre and big sister to Aine! Ciara is a Sixth Class pupil at Scoil Ide Naofa, and she writes as follows:


On Wednesday 7 November, Mr. Kirwan, School Principal of Scoil Ide Naofa, Ms. Byrne and four of the students were delighted to attend the launch of The National Consultation, “Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland”. The students were Caolan Fox, Adam Griffith, Sinead Ryan and Ciara Taylor. The launch took place in Scoil Chaitriona, Baggot St.,Dublin.

Two years ago, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs invited some primary and secondary schools nationally to participate in their research. Scoil Ide Naofa was chosen and two students from each class,3rd to 6th were picked to attend. The students were asked their views on

What’s the BEST thing about being a child in Ireland?,

What’s the WORST thing about being a child in Ireland?

And What one thing would you CHANGE in Ireland for children to be happy?

Since then 66,705 children and young people from every part of Ireland took part by answering the survey questionnaire applicable to their age group, which was 38% nationally.

The Minister Frances Fitzgerald spoke about her delight with the response from so many young people of Ireland.

The Department of Youth Affairs will use the information from the consultation to help them develop plans for children and young people over the next five years.

The students of Scoil Ide Naofa had a wonderful day. Thank you to Mr. Kirwan for making it extra special with treats on the way home.

Thanks to Ciara for reporting for the Kilmeade Notes. I can bet that two people will be very happy to read what she has written, her grandparents, Sean and Margaret Hempenstall.

Well done Ciara.


Excitement is building up now in anticipation of the Moat View Residents Association Christmas Party which is now only a few weeks away! It will be held in Conlan’s, Booleigh on Sunday, 9 December, and we will have the arrangements for you next week.

Meanwhile Martin Berry can start his Christmas shopping any day now as he just won €65 in the latest Moate View lotto.

Congratulations Martin.

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