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Described as “Ordinary Heroes”, Daffodil Day this Friday couldn’t happen without the volunteers, and, if you have time to spare this week, you, too, could become one of them.

The beautiful Daffodil is the flower of hope and the emblem of this very important day and, once again, with your help, you can to make the twenty sixth year a success, in the knowledge that monies raised locally will be used in Co. Kildare.

Almost 1,000 Co. Kildare residents were diagnosed with various forms of cancer in 2010, among a total of 26,255 people nationwide. This stark statistic is the most recent available from the national cancer registry.

Anyone interested in helping out on this Friday, 22 March, or finding out more, can contact the society’s callsave number 1850606060 or go online to

Locally, Bridie Corrigan would be delighted to hear from you, whether you wish to volunteer to sell daffodils, to supply daffodils, to bunch them, to organise a local coffee morning or event, to allow volunteers on to your business premises or, just to buy.

Every family has been affected by cancer and your help would be greatly appreciated, so phone Bridie on 0879081422.


No longer the dark box and the priest sliding back the grill, as described so well in Frank O’Connor’s wonderful story “My First Confession”; nowadays the children are accompanied to the altar by their parents who, at St. Ita’s Church, on Wednesday 13 March, waited as each child talked to Fr. Frank, a figure very familiar to them.

Thanks to their monthly preparation Masses, the church is also a place the boys and girls preparing for First Holy Communion know very well so their First Confession didn’t faze them one bit!

Next big occasion is First Holy Communion Day on Sunday, 19 May, at 10.30a.m.


Already the thoughts of the Moate View Residents’ Association are turning to Easter as they busy themselves preparing for the Easter Party on Sunday next, 24 March. The venue is Conlan’s, Booleigh, where the buzz will be mighty from 2 – 5p.m. with lots of Easter Eggs.

The party is free, thanks to the Moate View savings pot which accumulates every week from their Lotto.

Latest Lotto winner is Trish Chekker who won €30. Congratulations Trish.


St. Laurence’s brought their Novelty Act, “The Gathering” to the Downs GAA Centre in Co. Westmeath on Saturday, 9 March, to compete in the Leinster Scor Sinsear Semi Final. They were pitted against Longford, Louth and Westmeath but, unfortunately, didn’t get through to the Leinster Final which takes place in Ballymore, Co. Westmeath on Easter Sunday at 3p.m.

Nevertheless the St. Laurence’s gang had great fun and, who knows, maybe there might be a local performance some time in 2013.

Thanks to mentor Joan O’Connor for her wonderful support to the group.

Congratulations to the Allenwood team who won the Trath na gCeisteanna, Question Time, and now go through to the Leinster Final, so good luck to them.


This will be held in Leixlip on Sunday 28 April next.. Various cultural events will take place for Fleadh Cheoil Chill Dara including a Traditional Music Recital with Paul McGrattan (Flute) and Paul O’Shaughnessy (Fiddle). See for full details. All entries for Kildare Co. Fleadh Cheoil must reach Co. Secretary, Nuala Keane no later than this Friday 22nd March 2013. Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted. Entries received after the closing date will be returned.

D. Carroll Cathaoirleach, (086) 0695859,

N. Keane Runaí, (086) 8422437,

Bord Chill Dara, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann


Our special girl this week is Patti Ging, the Moate View dynamo, who celebrates her birthday next Sunday, 24 March. No doubt Patti will be in the thick of it, working away as she always does at the Easter Party in Booleigh, so she definitely deserves a really big Easter Egg!

Happy birthday Patti.


He’s celebrating the milestone thirtieth this week, so best wishes to Niall Grufferty, Ballindrum who will have plenty of help blowing out all these candles from his wife, Siobhan, and children Lucy and Harry.

Happy birthday Niall.


Have you seen the new walking track down at St. Laurence’s? It runs to .8 of a kilometer so six laps will clock up 5k on your shoes!

It’s just another wonderful facility at Oldgrange and, next week, I hope to let you know more about this completely voluntary achievement, both work and materials, which made the walking track possible. Well done to all those involved.


Choir practice for the Adult Choir tonight, Tuesday, 7.30p.m. at the choir gallery, St. Ita’s Church, in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. All choir members are asked to attend.


Busy time for Joy Cullen and her pupils over the St. Patrick’s weekend. First they marched in the parade on Sunday, and then yesterday they all took part in “A Baker’s Dozen” at the Kilcullen Town Hall where, Mums, Dads, family and friends came along to see them perform their ballet and tap dancing.

We will tell you all about it next week.

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