Symposium for Newbridge Clubs and Voluntary Groups

Symposium for Newbridge Clubs and Voluntary Groups

Newbridge Bad Lippspringe Twinning in conjunction with Newbridge Credit Union are hosting an open Community Symposium in the Credit Union on Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm.

It is titled OUR TOWN--OUR VISION and members of all clubs, societies, organisations, and voluntary bodies are invited to attend.

The recently produced Newbridge Promotional DVD will be shown and an open discussion and comments will follow.

Every group in the town is urged to encourage their members to attend and support this evening, as it provides a great opportunity for members to meet and greet with members from other groups and possibly see areas of co-operation. Admission is free to all,  refreshments will be served, and copies of the DVD will be on sale at €5.00 per copy.

Organisations that will be represented are asked to or text 087-6929212 to facilitate preparations. Refreshments will be served.

St Conleth’s Community Games

The St. Conleth’s competitors have had mixed luck in the county team competitions to date.

The Girls U16 Basketball went down 39 to 31 to a strong Monasterevin squad. The girls produced a great second half performance but could not close the gap and can be proud of their performance. Team members: Anna Lawless, Jessica Nolan, Aoibheann Conlan, Gemma Harnett, Megan Fisher, Lena Kadri, Shauna Kendrick, Orla Judge, Sinead Kinsella, and Katie English.

The Boys U12 Soccer team under manager Phillip Wolfe came up against a strong Maynooth team and in a tough encounter had to give way on a narrow 2-1 score.

The Girls U14 Gaelic team also came out second best to Maynooth in their semi final.

The Boys U16 Basketball under manager Joe O ‘Connor were too strong for Kill and have qualified to meet neighbours St. Brigid’s in the Final.

The second team to qualify for their county final was the U14 Tag Rugby who were up against a strong Kilcullen outfit. However St Conleth’s proved too strong and ran out 15-7winners and now meet St. Brigid’s in the final. Team members: Molly Price, Aimee McGrath, Daniel Anderson, Evan Foley, Niall O Connor, Mark Glynn, Brian McDonnell, Colm Harnett, Darragh Ryan, Kevin Kyne, Mark Dempsey, and Maedh Whelan.

All St. Conleth’s parents and children are reminded that the area swimming is being held in the Curragh pool on Friday 18 May with assembly at 6.30 at the pool. This competition is being held in conjunction with St. Brigid’s area and thanks are due to the Curragh Training Camp for the use of the Pool. For any further information on these events please contact Peter O Neill at 087 2422380

School Places Available in the Curragh Camp

Places are still available for September 2012 at Scoil Phádraig BNS, Curragh Camp. Those interested should contact the school secretary for enrolment forms, by telephone on 045 441482

Kildare Youth Dance

An exciting new development has begun with Kildare Youth Dance Company along with Cathy O’Kennedy of Fluxus Dance Company. There are 10 places available in the young company, which meets Saturdays 1 pm to 2.15pm in the studio (for the moment).

They would like ideally to have 50% male and 50% female participation. Those wishing to try it out should come along on Saturday next to the Liffey Studios (overhead Liffey Arms in Newbridge). You will need to have some experience or strong interest in, dance (it is not necessary to have done classes before). It will cost €2 for the workshop and if you join it will be €50 for the year (payable in stages if you wish).

Holy Family court success

The Annual Mock Trials final at the Criminal Court of Justice took place on Saturday last in Dublin. The schools competition, organised by the group Public Access to Law (PAL), brought teams of students before real judges to play the parts of barristers, solicitors, jurors, witnesses, gardaí, court registrars and court reporters in fictional cases. First time finalists the Holy Family Secondary School from Newbridge, Co Kildare won against previous champions Our Lady’s Secondary School, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Holy Family were represented by Katie Clooney-Gainey and Roisin O’Donnell. Ms Clooney-Gainey and Ms O’Donnell both said they would be interested in getting into the legal profession after the experience. Other competition winners included local participant, Sian Fox of Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen for photography.

Update Your Club, says local councillor

When you log on to Newbridge Town Council’s website and click on the link to Community groups you are likely to encounter a few surprises according to Cllr Murty Aspell. Many of the contact names and addresses are very much out of date, and indeed in a few cases the persons listed as being the contact are ‘no longer with us!’

Cllr Aspell is calling on all voluntary groups to update their details so that a proper log can be maintained of the various voluntary groups and organisations that are active in the town. Up to date details of activities and contacts should be emailed to

Newbridge Musical Society thanks

The society would like to thank everyone who came to see ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ They were delighted with such great houses and the fantastic reaction from all who attended.

They wish to say a big thank you also to all the Sponsors and Patrons.

The winners from the grand prize draw, were 1st prize (sponsored by Newbridge Credit Union) -Pat Phibbs, 2nd prize- Peter O’Byrne, 3rd prize- Veronica Murphy, 4th prize- May Gannon. 

Date for your Diary the AGM is on Thurs 7 June in Johnsons Bar at 8pm.

(Note only fully paid up members may attend and vote).

Annual Henry Flanagan Memorial Concert

The annual Henry Flanagan OP, Memorial Concert takes place in the Dominican College Church, Newbridge, on Wednesday, 30 May at 8 pm.

Five choirs will take part: These are The Aquinas Singers, Newbridge Chamber Choir, St Brigid’s Cathedral Choir, In Caelo Choir, and Nas na Ri Singers. The organist will be Prof. Gerard Gillen.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Boxing Legends Visit Newbridge

Customers in McDonnell’s Bar, Newbridge received an unexpected treat last week when they were joined by Irish Olympic champions Michael Carruth and Kenny Egan who casually dropped in to say hello to proprietor and boxing aficionado, Eric McDonnell. The duo were on a private community-related charitable mission and took time off to chat to customers and to display their respective gold and silver Olympic medals. Local legend, Jim O’Sullivan, now approaching his 90th year, and who won a national juvenile boxing title in the 1937 championships held in Clonmel, quipped to Mr Carruth that it was a Newbridge man, Tom Tobin from Pairc Mhuire and Ryston who inflicted a rare defeat on the gold medal winner-a comment which brought a wry smile to Mr Carruth and an even broader one to those members of Ryston boxing club who were present!

Gig Guide

Those fancying a night out this weekend in Newbridge can chose from the following venues and entertainers: McDonnell’s -Saturday 19- Colm Cahill and Bro. Conroy; Sunday 20- Conor and Goss . Swifts – Saturday 19: Transmitter; Sunday 20-Pierce and Shane; The Granary, Sunday 20 - Dem ‘2’; Johnsons Liffey Arms- Friday 18-Live Music from 9.30; Saturday 19-Heineken Cup party with DJ until late; Sunday 20- Gordon Turner. Riverbank: Join star of RTE’s Meet the Neighbours, PJ Gallagher, with his much loved comedy ‘Raging’ live at Riverbank Arts Centre on Saturday May 19 2012 at 8pm.

Dance Workshop

A Free Body Movement and Laban Dance Workshop will take place in Newbridge Library on Saturday 26 May, from 11am to 12.30pm The Laban Dance and Movement session is open to all irrespective of level of mobility. Everyone moves and explores at their own level of mobility. All adults are welcome to attend and participate at a level appropriate for themselves. No dance or movement experience is necessary. We will each work at a level of exertion that suits ourselves! It promises to be a relaxing, warm, and liberating movement experience. Just bring an open mind and some loose fitting clothes. Booking Essential as Places Limited Phone: 045-448353