Maynooth pictures wanted

Maynooth pictures wanted

The Community Council is in search of photographs or negatives featuring Maynooth and its people in the first half of the 1900s.

These will be displayed at the planned Maynooth Harvest Festival scheduled for early October. If you have pictures that may be of interest, you can leave them in the Maynooth Community Office, beside the Post Office at the Tesco car park. The greatest care will be taken of the photographs, which will be copied and the originals returned to their owners within a few days.

Only the copies will go on display. Make sure to give some information about the pictures you submit, year, people shown, places and events. Contact the Community Council Office for more information about this photo appeal.

Jobs galore

Last year’s graduates from NUI Maynooth’s School of Business MSc programmes enjoyed a nearly 100% success rate in finding full-time employment, according to a recent survey. Maynooth’s School of Business offers a range of business masters programmes for both business and non-business graduates.

The survey, carried out by the School of Business, received a 100% response rate from students. Of the 52 graduates, only one was currently out of employment. Most of the respondents are employed in international companies and national concerns, with many of them employed in management and executive roles.

Learn self-defence

There are classes in the useful martial art of Wing Tsun in the Maynooth Community Space at Manor Mills each Wednesday from 8-10pm. The next available class is on May 30. The first class you attend is free. Discounts are available for students and unwaged. Contact Barry Smith at 087-6033571.

Business Network

North Kildare Chamber of Commerce holds weekly business networking mornings in Maynooth from 7.30-9am on Tuesday mornings. The objective of the weekly meeting is to give Chamber Members an opportunity to network, share ideas, leads and contacts with each other. This is a great way to meet fellow Members and hopefully to do more business in 2011. The next meeting is on Tuesday May 29. These meetings are open to all Chamber Members and non- members are always welcome to attend. The venue is Riverstown Lodge and Hall, South Campus, NUI Maynooth. Please contact Alan at 087-2944333 or the Chamber office at 045 894074 for directions. There is no limit on how many of the same profession attend.

The great flu epidemic

Maynooth Local History Group is presenting a talk entitled “1918-19 Flu – a North Kildare perspective” in the Glenroyal Hotel at 8pm on May 24. The speaker will be Ida Milne.

In this presentation, Ida Milne, one of three Irish experts on the pandemic, will talk about the effects of the flu in Ireland and in particular North Kildare.

Ida was awarded a Ph.D from TCD in 2011 for her work on the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, focusing on Leinster.

Over 55s

The University of the Third Age strives to meet the social, educational and cultural needs of the over 55s. The group has meetings in the Maynooth Community Space at the front of the Manor Mills Shopping Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays. New members are always very welcome. Contact Bernadette at 01 6289131 for meeting times.

Newman Lecture

The Annual Cardinal Newman Maynooth Lecture 2012 will be given at 7.30pm on May 23 in the Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The presentation is entitled: “John Henry Newman and the Church Fathers: Writing Church History in the First Person” The speaker is the Rev Dr Benjamin J King, Assistant Professor of Church History, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. All are welcome to attend.

History in the papers

The Irish Newspaper Archive - the world’s largest online database of Irish Newspapers - is now available in Maynooth Community Library.

Search, retrieve and view Ireland’s past exactly as it was originally published. With many of Ireland’s leading national, regional and out of print titles, this website is a wonderful resource for novice historians and academic institutes.

The archive ranges from the 1700’s to present - it takes in many of the seminal moments in the development of New World countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, to name but a few.

The national newspapers give a unique perspective on national and international events through the Irish news press, whilst the local titles are a wonderful resource for all those interested in genealogical research and local history investigations.

This database is only available in the specified branches and is not available to library members logging on from home.

Introductory walk

Maynooth Hillwalkers is organising an Introductory Walk on May 27 from Burrow Beach, Portrane round the coast to Donabate and back via the inland route. This will include as stop off midway in the Waterside Hotel Donabate for Soup and Sandwiches (€6.95). The distance is around 9km and should take about 2.5 hours, plus break. The first meeting point is at the Bottle Bank car park in Maynooth at 10am. The second meeting point is at Portrane Green at 11am

If you would like to join this walk, please log on to the website at and download the visitors’ rules. Here you can get more details about the Hillwalkers Club and how to join.

Surprise film

Decadent Hollywood comes to the library with a surprise film screening at 11am on May 31 as part of the Bealtaine Festival. There will also be a special guest - The Singing Butler! Book for this event at Library Reception.

Blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be accepting donations at their mobile unit based the Glenroyal Hotel on May 28 and 29 from 5-8.30pm each evening.

You are recommended to have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks before attending. Allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic, from registration to refreshments.

The best of Hendrix

The Little Jimis will be playing the best of Jimmy Hendrix in the Creative Arts Centre, Coates Lane, at 9pm on Thursday may 24. Admission is E5.