An enjoyable night of music and song is promised at the launch of Tony Doohan’s new film, which is based on his book A History of Celbridge. Proceeds from sale of DVD will go towards Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. The new production will be launched by Olympian Mark Kenneally in Scoil Mochua at 8pm on Thursday November 22. All are invited to attend. The Board of Management would appreciate community support before and after the event to help promote sales.

The DVD costs €12 and will be an ideal Christmas gift for Celbridge people living at home or abroad this Christmas. Please note the DVD is “Region Free”, which means it can be shown in any country in the world. Tony Doohan’s book, A History of Celbridge, published last year, is still available in local shops. For further information about the book or DVD, contact Tony Doohan at 01 6272761 or 085 7394636.


The call has gone out for all budding bands, singers, comedians and dancers to show off their talent at the George McMahon Academy Talent Show auditions. These will be held on December 1 at the Mill Community Centre. The main event is scheduled for January 25, 2013 in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, with a top prize of €1,000. For all the details, log on to www.georgemcmahon.com


The Council had finally installed a traffic light controlled crossing on the Hazelhatch Road at the entrance to the GAA grounds. This was a particularly dangerous crossing point for the children attending the St Patrick’s School, which is situated in the grounds of the GAA Club. The creation of the new crossing follows a sustained campaign by the school board of management, the parents and local councillor Frank O’ Rourke to have something done to improve safety. The Hazelhatch Road is an area where traffic is frequently moving fast on the approach the town.


Insight Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Play’ took first place at the one-act festival in Palmerstown and was placed second in Dundrum. The play is directed by

Joe Canavan. The cast includes Vini Casey, Gayle Thompson and Michelle Reade with production crew Breda Donnellan and Frances Galligan. The next outing on the one-act circuit is to Prosperous on November 22.


There will be a Christmas Fair in aid of the ACRE Project on Saturday/Sunday 15–16 December from 1 to 5pm in the Salesian College. Come and enjoy Christmas fare, baby booties, baby quilts, bags, breads, cakes, designer clothes, Christmas gifts, designer jewellery, gifts, handbags, handmade fabrics, hats, knitwear, Christmas items, ladies and kiddies tights, lingerie, paintings, prints, scarves, seasonal flowers plants. To add to the atmosphere a gospel choir will perform and there will be lots of Christmas music. Tea and coffee will be served,

The organisers are appealing for items for sale at the volunteer stalls such as books, CDs, bric-a-brac, spot prizes for raffle, etc. These can be left at the Salesian College during school hours. Volunteers are needed to help out on one or both days. Contact Michael Leyden 086 608 9652 or email leydenm@gmail.com


Liz Wall, National President of the Irish Country Women’s Association will launch Celbridge ICA’s new book “Celbridge ICA 1962-2012” on Thursday November 29 at 7pm in the Library. There will be a wine and cheese reception afterwards and all are welcome.


The locally produced Celbridge Christmas Card has proved so popular that the first print run of 1000 copies, sponsored by Cllr O’Rourke (FF), has sold out. The card features an attractive snow scene at Castletown Gates. However, you can place an order and, given sufficient demand, there will be a new print run. Cards cost €1 each and all proceeds go to Community Projects such as the community notice board it is hoped to erect in the town. The production of these cards is organised in conjunction with the Celbridge Community Forum under the auspices of the Community Council. You can order your cards by contacting Frank at 087 2555257 or Breda at 087-9630719.


On Wednesday December 5 Emer Cooke, (National University of Ireland Maynooth) will give a talk entitled “The public... has only the vaguest notions of what it is desirable to preserve”: The OPW and the Big House 1930-1960. This will be hosted by The Centre for the Study of Historic Houses and Estates in association with the Office of Public Works, in the beautifully restored Hunting Room in the Stable Wing at Castletown.

There is a €5 Admission fee, which is payable at the door. Patrons are requested to be seated for the lecture by 7.50pm with seats available on a first come basis. There is a complimentary cup of tea/coffee after the lectures. Contact the CSHIHE either by E-mail: cshihe@nuim.ie or Telephone: +353 1 7086706.


A remembrance service and carol singing will take place at St Patrick’s Church on December 9. This is the “Remembering a Loved One at Christmas” event which has been very successful over the last three years. Just place the name of your deceased loved one in an envelope with a 5 euro offering, mark the envelope “Remembering a Loved One at Christmas” and put it in the drop box at Celbridge Credit Union or in the collection basket in the church. Your offering will sponsor a Christmas tree light and will then go to support the work of St Brigid’s Hospice. More details are available at 087-9903884.


An exhibition of works by Philip Mc Carty will be on view from November 23 to November 29 in Celbridge library. Spontaneous and compulsive are the words best used to describe his work. Drawn towards colour he utilises every inch of the canvas, with his intricate use of shape to shape drawing. With varied subject matter Philip expresses mood through colour and tone, while exploring form through texture. “Canvas To Canvas” is a collection of Philip’s most treasured paintings which he has created over the past year, with the aid of his art facilitator Linda Byrne.

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