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It’s now firmly established as THE place to go if you want that really special Christmas Gift, and it’s right on your doorsteps, at St. Laurence’s Community Complex.

The Fair takes place this weekend, Saturday, 17 and Sunday 18 November. You can visit on Saturday from 7 – 10p.m. and on Sunday there’s a lovely long afternoon from 12noon until 6p.m.

Over 50 stands, including wood turning, stained glass, crochet, jewellery, bags, candles , soap , dress making, pottery, cakes, toys, ice cream, pyrography and much more. If you’re a “crafty” person yourself, you might consider taking a stand to display and sell your wares; this will cost you a very modest €40 for the two days.

Free entry for the buyers, free parking without any of the hassle you encounter in the major shopping centres. There’s also mulled wine before you start to browse!

If you’re starting to panic about those Christmas gifts I can guarantee you will pick up something unique at St. Laurence’s and, at the same time, support all those talented people as well as the wonderful KARE organisation and our own club.

If you need more information contact Sheila Whelan at 085/1385133 or email


Following the visit of Henry Healy to Molly O’Looneys on Thursday 25 October, a follow up meeting was held on 4 November when a great interest was shown in local history, old photos of the parish and surrounding areas.  Interest was also shown in getting this information about Narraghmore parish and surrounding areas on Ireland Reaching Out website up and running.

It is hoped that getting this website up and running will increase the social and economic prosperity to areas.  If anyone is interested in taking on another ‘parish’ site is also welcome to the next meeting.  It was decided to hold meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Molly O’Looneys Narraghmore at 8pm.

Thanks to local organizer, Anne Gaynor, for all that information. and Anne also tells us that Ire


The Booleigh Buzz this week is all about baby Anna Colette Philomena, who made her entry into the world on her Grandad John’s birthday, 25 October, ensuring the two of them will always have an extra special bond!

Anna was born to Jason and Elaine(nee Collins) McGuirk at Holles Street Hospital, Dublin, weighing in at 5 lbs. 3 ozs.

Congratulations to the happy family, including grandparents John and Colette and Phil and Henry, and welcome to our community baby Anna.


Our special girl this week is Maureen Kidd, one of the stalwarts of Fontstown ICA, who, for many years, sent me news of all the happenings in that busy guild.

All your friends send you best wishes Maureen, and hope you enjoyed your special day.


A good start to the Christmas shopping fund for Matt Bell, who won €64 in the Moate View Lotto.

Congratulations Matt, and a reminder to everyone to keep Sunday, 9 Decembewr, free for the Moate View Residents’ Christmas Party at Conlan’s, Booleigh.


Last Saturday saw the final of the skills competitions and the end of year party for all ages U5’s to U12’s.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out especially the senior players who gave their time for the skills competition and the volunteers inside who helped with the food and refreshments.

Skills results as follows :U5/6’s: Darragh Conway,Dylan O Dwyer,Sean Killeen,Fionn Lenihan (captain),Ian Ananthargh,Ronan Mc Parland.

U7/8’s: Jonathan Llanes,Oisin Grufferty,Aiden Mc Mahon (captain)
Patrick O Brien,Tom Dooley, Adrian Casey Grey.
U9/10’s: Jack Whelan,Luke Gorman,Rory Kerins (captain),Jordan Hertridge,Ian Fleming,Cian Miley.
U11/12’s: Alex Dalton (captain),Niall Flood,Nick Jackman,Kevin Maher,Robert Allen,Oisin Halpin,Sean mc Mullen.

The U15’s continue in their league and the Larries Div 6 team were at home V Maynooth on Sunday afternoon 4th November. With Maynooth getting off to a great start scoring a goal in the first 3 minutes, following by a point from the kickout. The Larries fought back with great passing from Ciaran Bowes to Jack Dargan, nice pass to Tom Glynn who saw Brian Mackey had lost his marker, passed it to him and goal for Larries! From the kick out Jacob Tallon passed to Jack who put it over the bar, now the teams were level. Some great defending by Ryan Cullen kept Maynooth at bay. Luke Keirns was fouled by the Maynooth backs and scored the resulting penalty himself! Great passing by Eric and Gary saw the ball to Tom who put it over the bar. This was followed by a goal and a point for Maynooth, Larries scored another goal before the half time whistle. Maynooth started strong again in the second half with 3 quick points, Jack Dargan blocked a sure fourth point, Gary Lamb picked up the ball, found Brian Mackey and another goal for Larries. Maynooth were still attacking and some great blocking by Eoin Fox, followed by a great save by Eric. Larries finished off with points from Tom, Gary and Luke to put Larries up by a point and win the match.


Rehearsals continue at Athy Arts Centre. Under the direction of David Walsh, members of Athy Musical and Dramatic Society have been in rehearsal since early September for a production which opens in the Arts Centre on Woodstock Street, Athy on Monday 19 November and continues for five nights.

Seating at the Arts Centre is limited, so patrons are advised to purchase tickets early.

Tickets are on sale this week in The Gem and Winkles in Athy.


This year, Mass in Kilmeade will be celebrated on Tuesday, 20 November, at St. Ita’s Church at 8p.m and at the Church of Sts. Mary and Laurence, Crookstown on Wednesday, 21 November, also at 8p.m..


There’s a real treat in store when, on Friday, November 23rd St. Laurences Camogie Club is holding a Mini Fashion Show in the Lounge of the Community Complex at 8pm. Tickets €10

The evening will commence with a Make Up Demonstration: Beauty by Laura. With Autumn / Winter Collection from Buy Design Crookstown, Hand made collection from Made by Sinead and Collection of Ruw Bags from Sandra. Compere is Edel Kearney,

For further information contact Patricia 086-8175992

Tickets available from Liz 086- 8263819, Bernie 087-7957306 or Marcella at St. Laurence’s Club Reception  059-8636769


Many of you will be aware that Phena Bermingham has hosted an annual fundraiser for most of the past twelve years at the family home in Mooretown, Kilcullen.

The format is that local musicians, singers, poets, actors and writers perform their party pieces for the throngs of local people in the Bermingham’s home. The beneficiary on each previous occasion has been the Michael Garry House Hostel for the Homeless in Newbridge. Fr. John Bermingham is a Redemptorist Priest, and son of Phena, and the late Tom Bermingham. In May of this year he returned, along with Fr. Brian Holmes from Cork, to Mozambique to begin the new Redemptorist Mission in that country.

Phena has decided to support her son’s work in a tangible way by holding this year’s “Miscellany Sunday” as a fundraiser for the Mission.

So, please put it in your diary and come along to Bermingham’s, Mooretown, Kilcullen on Sunday 2 December, from 2pm to 6pm. More details from Phena, herself, at 045 485232.


Since Jonathan Mulhall’s accident last January the community has rallied round with a great diversity of fundraising and, on Saturday, 29 December, the final one for 2012 will take place.

A Supper Dance will be held at St. Laurence’s Community Complex. Further details in the coming weeks. Music on 29 December will be by Fergie and Richie, a band that always gets toes tapping!

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