Passers-by at Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich on the Celbridge Road will have been surprised

to see what looks like a very large salmon out of water just to the right of the school

entrance. This is the latest creation of Celbridge sculptor Joe Butler and it is a special

commission for the school. The fish, which is several tons in weight, has been created

from a wide selection of metal pieces welded together. This spectacular creation has

certainly been a talking point for both children and parents since it arrived last week.

The school pupils, who selected Joe’s design from a number of ideas submitted, have

now been set the task of finding a suitable name for their unusual sculpture.


NUI Maynooth is hosting a University Day on Saturday April 27 from 10.30am to

3pm. This is an information day, which will take place in the John Hume Building,

North Campus. Information will be available on all courses offered by the university

and about how to apply for admission. There will be advice for mature students, those

with disabilities and for those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

seeking third-level education. The event will be of interest to anyone considering

going to university and in particular second level students and their parents. It will

also be of value to teachers and guidance counsellors.


The St Vincent de Paul Shop at the Greenfield Shopping Centre and other shops now

have a good selection of communion dresses and accessories available. With the

withdrawal of state funding for first communion expenses, the St Vincent de Paul

shops are trying to ease the impact for many families, so it’s worth looking at what

is in stock. The Greenfield shop is open from 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday

inclusive. Contact Bernie at 01-6289643.

All the St Vincent de Paul shops rely on the efforts of volunteers to provide a service

to the community. If you have some time on your hands, even four hours per week,

your help would be very greatly appreciated.


Gary Hurley, one of the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholars at NUI Maynooth captured

the highly regarded R&A Scholars Bursary Tournament recently at St. Andrews in

Scotland. Hurley clinched the men’s event after winning the first hole of a sudden

death play-off against Craig Howie from the University of Stirling. The 20 year-old

from NUI Maynooth calmly rolled in a five-foot par putt on the first hole of the Old

Course and watched as Howie failed to hole his slightly shorter putt.

The tournament win means that the Golf Scholar has secured his place in the Palmer

Cup team to play the USA. Gary Hurley will now represent Team Europe against the

leading US college based players on June 7-9 at Wilmington Country Club, Delaware,



There will be a Poetry Reading with Paula Meehan in the John Hume Building North

Campus NUI Maynooth on Wednesday April 17 at 6.30pm. Paula Meehan is one of

Ireland’s leading contemporary poets. Her six collections include: The Man Who Was

Marked by Winter (1991), Dharmakaya (2000) and Making Rain (2009). Mysteries

of the Home, a selection of her early poetry, was recently re-issued by Dedalus press.

Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome.


Fresh from their recent success with their latest show, Songs of Stage and Screen, the

Maynooth Musical Society is planning their next production. It is called The Last Five

Years and will run from June 28 -31. The auditions will be on May 6 and 7.

The group is now looking for production talent! Budding directors, musical directors,

stage managers, producers or even a ready-made team if there is one out there are

welcome to make contact. Anyone who is interested in taking part in the production

side of the show please contact by April 23.

The script is also available for perusal from this email address.


There is another great film coming up on the Maynooth Film for All programme.

It’s the Bollywood film “Ek Tha Tiger” most of which was shot in Dublin. It’s

showing on Wednesday April 17 at 8pm. The film will be screened in the Aontas

Building on the NUI Maynooth North Campus.

Look out for lots of Dublin locations used for spectacular dance sequences and stunts,

including Trinity College, IMMA, the Quays, South King Street, Mount Street, the

Shelbourne Hotel, Temple Bar and St Stephen’s Green, to name but a few. Again,

admission is €6.00 / €4.00. Tickets for both screenings are available at the door on the



The Maynooth Youth Café is open for first year students every Thursday from 7.30-

9pm in the Community Space at the Manor Mills Shopping Centre. There is Xbox,

pool, music and lots more available.

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