The local Campaign against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT group) which mounted a large scale campaign against the household charge in 2012 has promised to organise people in North Kildare to fight the new property tax. The campaign has organised a series of public information meetings where the tax itself will be discussed in detail as well as the plans to resist it. The meetings will be an opportunity for anyone opposing the government’s agenda of cutbacks and austerity to come together and discuss a plan of action in the locality.

The group will be holding a meeting in the Springfield Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday March 20 to discuss the Property Tax. All the local TD’s have been invited to the meetings to allow them to explain their views on this issue.


A new charity shop has recently opened in Leixlip. Selling new and second-hand goods including clothing, bric-a-brac, book, videos and household items, all proceeds will go to the fund the work of St Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh. The shop, which now occupies what was formerly the Castle Décor premises, is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6pm. Donations of suitable sale items are always welcome during opening hours


Intel Ireland has partnered with BizWorld Ireland to pilot an exciting new entrepreneurship program for 5th and 6th class primary school students.

The program, entitled ‘Sowing the seeds of Entrepreneurship and Money Management’, which was launched recently at Scoil Mhuire in Leixlip, aims to educate children in the art of entrepreneurship, critical thinking, innovation, teamwork skills, leadership and the management of money.

The program will take place at a number of schools over the coming weeks including Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire and Scoil Eoin Phoil in Leixlip, Gaelscoil Ui Fhiaich in Maynooth and Scoil Naomh Brid in Celbridge


The Parishes of Leixlip, Confey and Maynooth - have organised a pilgrimage to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow on Sunday June 29. The pilgrimage is under the spiritual direction of Fr. Michael Rogers and includes prayer, guided walk and Mass, centred on “God’s Cottage”, and the lakes. Refreshments and lunch at Glendalough Hotel. Bus departs Leixlip Parish Car Park at 9 a.m. and leaves Glendalough at 4 p.m. The total cost is €25. In interested in travelling please call into or phone the Parish Office Leixlip at 6243673. Booking Deposit €10 required on booking.


Local drama group Bradan Players recently swept the boards at the Enniskillen Drama Festival with wins in five categories. These were, Overall Winner, Winner Open Section, Best Director, Pat Dwyer, Best Actress Jenny Ni Lucais, and Best Lighting. Their next outing with their latest production “How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel is to the Rahangan Drama Festival on March 20.


The next Masses in this year’s Do This in Memory Programme takes place on Palm Sunday, March 24. The 9.45a.m. Mass is for the children and their families of Second Class Scoil Bhríde/Scoil Eóin Phóil. The 11.00 a.m. is for the children and their families of Second Class Scoil Uí Dhálaigh and the 12.15p.m. Mass will be for the children and their families of the Second Classes in Scoil Mhuire. This is a parish based programme for First Eucharist


Support your local secondary school and clear your house out at the same time! All clothes, shoes, household textiles, stuffed toys and old mobile phones are very welcome. They can be in any condition but all goods must be clean. (No school books, magazines or diaries) Bags can be dropped in Coláiste Chiaráin on Wednesday March 20 from 7pm - 8.30pm and Thursday 8am - 9.30pm


On March 21 at 7.15pm in the Library there will be a presentation about the renowned artist, sculptor, painter and coin designer, Gabriel Hayes, who lived in Newbridge Lodge, Celbridge. She is probably best known for designing the bronze coins that were used when decimal currency was introduced in 1971. She also carved the stone Madonna on the front of the Church in 1954.  The talk will be presented by her daughter-in-law, Roisín O’Riordan.


There will be an Eighties Benefit Night in aid of St. Raphael’s Parents And Friends Association in The Ryevale Tavern, Leixlip on Friday April 5 at 9pm. Tickets are available from Mark Ward at 086 8420512. The Association raises funds to support people with Special Needs in the North Kildare, West Dublin and South Meath areas, who attend St. Raphael’s in Celbridge. Tickets are €10 each.


All parish cell groups will meet on Tuesday March 19 at 8.30pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. The theme of the meeting will be ‘The Year of Faith’ and Fr. John will give the teaching. This is an ideal opportunity to take a little time out to reflect on this important theme and pray for each other and the parish. All parishioners are warmly invited. Refreshments will be available afterwards.


Daffodil Day is on Friday March 22. If you would like to help out with the collection for a few hours, please contact Carmel on 087 9541278 or 6245520.

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