NUI Maynooth will have two Open Days on Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24. There will be a wide range of presentations and lectures on the subject areas offered by the university with opportunities to meet staff and current students. There will also be information available for students with disabilities (DARE Scheme) and for students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (HEAR Scheme)


Based in J4 Maynooth Business Campus at the M4 roundabout, the National Learning Network is providing funded training for 18 – 65 year-olds who are in recovery from mental health difficulties. They may be unemployed, struggling with daily living and perhaps require a stepping-stone before they return to work/further education. Current students come from Maynooth, Kilcock, Celbridge, Leixlip, Lucan and surrounding areas. Personal and Interpersonal/Social Skills, Self-Awareness, Team building, Relaxation/stress Management, Self and Mental Health Management, creative and Life Skills, Health Education, assertiveness Training, Interview Preparation, Job-Seeking Skills, Work Experience are just some of the modules delivered on the Choices Programme which is enrolling on a continuous basis and provides a training allowance. Contact Robert/Liz for the details at 01 6510329.


The North Kildare Tennis Club, at the Maws, between Celbridge and Kilcock, will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar Night on December 6, starting at 8pm. There will be a Christmas Finger Food demonstration at 8.30 and 9.30pm and a Christmas Flower Arranging demonstration at 9pm. There will be wine tasting and a raffle with attractive prizes. Tickets at €10 include finger food and a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the Tennis Club Committee including Edel 087-6228517 and Amanda 087-2076159.


The Maynooth Local History Group’s first talk of the new season will take place on Tuesday November 20 at 8pm in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth. The title of the talk is “Queen Elizabeth II – Kildare Ancestors”. The speaker is Seamus Cullen.


The Faculty of Theology, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth is offering a Support Day for Students of Leaving Certificate Religious Education on Saturday, November 24 in the College (Loftus Halls, South Campus). The fee is €30 and Coffee and Lunch are provided.


The Maynooth/Kilcock Lions Club hosts a Dinner and Select Art Auction at Barberstown Castle on Friday 23 November at 8pm. Tickets are €40 each, which includes wine. A unique treasured drawing of Arkle, Pat Taffe and Tom Dreaper will be auctioned at the Dinner. Contact Farrell O’Boy to book your ticket. Phone 087 258 5890 or email

Maynooth/Kilcock Lions Club are anxious to recruit new members. Anybody interested in joining the club would be very welcome. The group holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday at 8:30pm in the Golf Clubhouse, Carton Hotel.


After 16 years of running the Mill Wine Cellar, Jimmy and Berna Hatton have finally decided the time has come to retire from the Wine Shop and to concentrate on their family business and new Bistro at Hatton’s Pub at Garadice, Kilcock, Co. Meath. They have thanked their customers for their custom and loyalty since they opened in 1996. The shop closed last Saturday.


The enrolment period for new pupils at Maynooth Post Primary School extends from November 21 to December 7 this year. Application to enrol forms are available from the school reception or call (01) 628 60 60 from Wednesday November 21. Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed forms is Friday, December 7.


Come and enjoy ‘Memories of Rathcoffey and North Kildare’, a film by Dessie Boland. Everybody is welcome and admission is free. The screening is at Rathcoffey GAA on Wednesday 21 November at 8 pm. Further information, Mairead Byrne Tel 087-2239410


The NUI Maynooth Alumni Office has a limited number of tickets for this year’s Carol Service, which will be held on December 10 in the College Chapel. Alumni are welcome to apply for these tickets, which will be allocated in pairs on a lottery basis.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies in Renehan Hall after the Service.

In order to apply for these tickets, alumni must register first with the Maynooth Alumni Association Online Community through the website at The closing date for registration is December 1.


A special conference entitled “The Gathering: local history, heritage and diaspora” will take place in the Renehan Hall NUI Maynooth (South Campus) on Saturday November 24 from 9.30am-4pm. This is being organised by the Department of History, NUIM.

This conference will be of interest to local historians, librarians, heritage officers, genealogists, and all with an interest in studying and or researching Irish emigration. The registration fee is €25 (light lunch, tea and coffee included), and advance booking is recommended. For further information, contact the History Department, NUI Maynooth log on to or telephone 01-7083729.


The Maynooth Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, which covers Maynooth, Leixlip and Kilcock, is joining the nationwide campaign along with other groups and trade unions in a Pre-Budget Protest Demonstration on Saturday November 24 in Dublin, meeting at Garden of Remembrance at 1pm.

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