A new highly-praised and thought-provoking novel, “Knowing Women”, by award-

winning writer and Leixlip resident James Lawless is now out now in paperback. It

is also available for only €2 on Amazon Kindle, for limited time. ‘James Lawless has

a mighty thoughtful and penetrating capacity to make you gasp and rage and then

burst out laughing.ʼ says novelist Jennifer Johnston. You can find out more about this

author and his work at www.jameslawless.net


The Leixlip history Club will be hosting a presentation by Suzanne Pegley in Our

Lady’s Nativity Parish Centre on Tuesday April 23 at 8pm. Suzannes’s talk is entitled

“Holy Wells and Thermal Springs of Counties Kildare and Meath”. The health and

healing histories of holy wells and the relationships with local cultural practices are

important in understanding the social history of Ireland.


The Leixlip Library Knitting Club meets every Tuesday morning from 11am –

12.30pm. Knitters of all abilities including beginners are welcome. Come and share

your skills and patterns and stay for a cuppa and a chat.


A clean-up of the grounds at the Church of Our Lady’s Nativity will take place

on Saturday April 27 between 1pm and 5pm. Please come along and bring your

gardening gloves, gardening tools, and some black refuse sacks and enjoy the

afternoon with fellow volunteers and local representatives of the Tidy Towns



Leixlip Youth and Community Centre at Newtown House, Captains Hill, Leixlip has

a hall and rooms for rent at very reasonable rates. Contact Tel No 6247435 or email



There will be a Creative Writing Workshop for Young Adults with author Debbie

Thomas starting on Saturday June 8 at 11.30am in Leixlip Library and running for

four weeks. This is aimed at teens and young people aged 11 – 15 years. Debbie will

be exploring what makes a good story. Is it a knotty plot, a strange setting, a good

baddie … or even a bad goodie?

Explore the magical world of stories with author Debbie Thomas. Through fun, games

and a hearty dose of imagination, young writers will create their own stories and

learn about plot and pacing, writing lively scenes and creating vivid characters, not to

mention living happily ever after ... or not.

This will be a popular series of workshops so early booking is essential. Contact the

library at 01 6060050 to book your place.


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be receiving donations at San Carlo Senior

School, Confey on April 16 from 5-8.30pm.


Help raise funds for National Breast Cancer Research Institute. Three local amateur

cyclists are planning Race the Rás in aid of this worthwhile charity. Ronan Killeen,

Michael Doherty and Damien Clarke will be undertaking the epic 8 day challenge.

The An Post Rás is an annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland. The race is

Ireland’s number one cycling event and will take place from May 19 - 26, 2013.

The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite,

international calendar.

A Table Quiz to raise funds takes place on Wednesday April 17 at 8.30pm in St.

Mary’s GAA with the legendary Don McCarthy. The subscription is €10 per head. If

you can’t make it you can donate direct at www.mycharity.ie/event/leixlip cyclists.


East Coast Flight Training and Skywest are holding a free information open night

for everyone who has ever wanted to learn how to fly (helicopter and aircraft). Come

along to the Spa Hotel on Thursday April 18 at 7pm and get all the information you

need to get off the ground!

Professional instructors will be on hand for any questions that might come to mind.

There is no set Q&A time so you can feel free to come and go as you please.

Some past and current students will also be there to share their training stories and

experiences over some refreshments.

If you are serious about flying or you are looking into a career in the aviation industry

feel free to come along ask questions - and maybe meet your future instructors!

Contact numbers are 01 615 5878 / 087 966 1542.


Fleadh Cheoil Chill Dara 2013 will take place in Leixlip this year from April 24-28,

inclusive. The Fleadh is being hosted by the local Comhaltas Branch, Craobh Bheartla

Uí Fhlatharta. More details about all events are available at www.comhaltas.ie or



The Parish Cell groups will meet on the following dates: April 23, and 24 at

8.30pm at all usual venues.

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