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A team of NUI Maynooth biological scientists, led by Dr Davide Pisani has made a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the origins of sight in all animals, including humans.

They have traced the common genetic links behind vision to a relatively short period of time around 700 million years ago – a much earlier and concentrated point in evolutionary history than previously understood and shown that man shares the same molecular building blocks enabling vision with the simplest organisms that can detect light.

President of NUI Maynooth, Professor Philip Nolan said the global recognition of the work of the research team underlined the world-class research being carried out at the university.

Household and Water Charges

The Maynooth Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, which covers Maynooth, Leixlip and Kilcock, is holding a Public Meeting on Wednesday November 14 in Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth at 8pm. County Councils nationwide have sent out demand letters to tens of thousands of non-payers. If you have received a letter from Kildare County Council you are invited to bring the letter along to the meeting for advice. The speaker will be Cllr Gino Kenny (People Before Profit).

This local group is also joining the nationwide campaign in a Pre-Budget Protest Demonstration on Saturday November 24 in Dublin, meeting at Garden of Remembrance at 1pm.

Historical Group

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

GAA Mass

The Annual GAA Mass for deceased members will take place in the G.A.A. Clubhouse on Saturday November 17 at 8pm.

Carol Service

The NUI Maynooth Alumni Office has a limited number of tickets for this year’s Carol Service 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.

To apply for tickets, alumni must register first with the Maynooth Alumni Association Online Community at The closing date for registration is December 1.

Global Challenges

Interested in the planet? Interested in the future? Come along to Maynooth Community Library on November 15 at 7pm for a lecture on “Innovative Engineering Projects for Global Challenges”. This will be presented by Paul MacDonald, Executive Engineer, National Roads Design Office.

Paul will talk about the following: Energy Resource and Development needs as we strive to build new cities for 2 billion people. Engineering Projects / Business Opportunities - a review of new energy, transport, urban development and environmental projects. The positive future for Ireland and Europe if we ensure that an adequate number of graduates and workers in the required career fields come through to work in these sectors.

This lecture is Free of Charge and open to Adults and Students and is is part of Science Week 2012 in Maynooth Library.

Support Day

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 day will assist in preparation for Leaving Certificate R.E Examination 2013.

Students will have a chance to meet professional theologians, supportive academic staff and to encounter new insights and fresh ideas. The fee is E30 and Coffee and Lunch are provided. Details and an application form are available at

Sale of Work

The annual Sale of Work organised by Maynooth Senior Citizens’ Group will take place on Sun. November 18 from 3pm – 6pm in the Aula Maxima in Maynooth College. This is the group’s main fundraising event of the year. All monies raised are used for fuel, social events, safety and security etc. for older people in the local community.

Living with disability

Among the thousand or so postgraduate students who received their degrees recently at NUI Maynooth was Anna-Louise Coonan, who has Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus. She recently completed her Masters in Sociology and intends to take up a PhD in the area of disability. Anna-Louise’s thesis explored ‘What is it Like to Live with a Disability in 21st Century Ireland?’ and featured qualitative research with members of the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Association of Ireland.

Health Entitlements

The Citizens’ Information Services will give a talk in Maynooth Community Library on Health Entitlements and the Fair Deal Scheme for Nursing Home Care. This will be presented by Sheila Hayes on Saturday, November 17 from 2.30-4.30pm.

Gala Night

The Maynooth Flower and Garden Club are planning to hold their Christmas Gala Night on November 15 in the Glenroyal Hotel. The event will begin at 8pm and the demonstrator will be Ann Traynor. Tickets are E15 at the door.

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