Congratulations to Pat Byrne of Borris on becoming the VOICE OF IRELAND on Sunday April 29th on RTE. Pat’s grandparents Simon and Maura Byrne, aunts, uncles cousins and extended family and friends have backed him all the way through, and wish him all the best for the future. Looking forward to seeing Pat again in Castledermot. Well done Pat.


Helen Dunne who runs Modern/Jazz and Tap dancing classes in Scoil Diarmada every friday and caters for ages three years and upwards tells me “her pupils are performing in CELEBRATION in Colaiste Lorcain on Friday May 18th commencing at 7pm. Celebration shows a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap dancing. Tickets from Helen, contact her on 085 8179291 or on the door on the night.

COLAISTE LORCAIN SCHOOL NEWS - Legal Eagles Reach Semi Final

Following their hugely enjoyable Public Access to Law Module, Coláiste Lorcáin’s TY group headed to Loughrea Court House on Monday 26th March to participate in the Public Access to Law Ireland West Mock Trials.

The team, made up of two barristers, Mairead Redmond and Chloe Wilkinson, along with solicitors Thomas Butler and Danielle Van Niekert, and four witnesses, Eoin O’Neill, Daniel Mackey, Jennifer Downey and Suzi Higgins, performed the ‘Frankie Huntington’ trial and scored top marks against schools from around the country including Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington, Coláiste Mhuire, Ennistymon,Presentation College, Athenry,St. Mogues, Cavan ,Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, andDún Iascaigh, Cahir.

The team returned to participate in the Semi Final that Friday, March 30th and narrowly lost to Grange Community School, Dublin. The students were highly commended by James Fahy, Barrister at Law and their teacher Ms. Anna Wafer, for their huge success in reaching the Semi Final. Mairead Redmond won the prize of ‘Speaker of the tournament’.


On Sunday April 22nd a panel of 14 players travelled from Castledermot to St. Pat’s Classical School in Navan to participate in the Basketball’s Schools League quarter final playoff tournament. The boys team were one of four teams in their section and played 3 other schools. The boys acquitted admirably in all three games and in many ways were unfortunate. The first game was against St. Kierans of Kells. They led for much of this game with outstanding play from Dylan Moore, Jamie Cullen and Ryan Byrne. They were pipped by a point in the last moments of the game.

Their next game was against Galway Community School. In this game we lost by a basket after some great defensive play by Austin Tracey, Alfie Dunne and Simon Wieczorek. Despite losses in the previous two games the third game was by far the best game of the day. The team showed great heart and spirit and really showed the Glenties Donegal that Kildare have strong basketball in them. The coaches Ms. McFarland and Ms O’Halloran could not have asked more of the boys on the day. It was great so many parents were able to travel to support the boys.

Team: Ryan Byrne (captain), Alfie Dunne (vice-captain), Jamie Cullen, Austin Tracey, Paul Huntington, Cian Moody, Dylan Moore, Simon Wieczorek, Ryan Connolly, Alan Staunton, Leon Cahill, Lewis O’Mahoney, Shane Moloney, Brian Hickey.


Mairead Redmond, a 16 year old student in Transition Year in Colaiste Lorcain, had her short story ‘Forgotten’ published in the Fighting Words Supplement of ‘The Irish Times’ yesterday, May 2nd. Described by her English Teacher, Ms. Anna Wafer as a ‘huge talent for the future’, Mairead, who recently won ‘Best Overall Speaker’ in the Public Access to Law West Competition, hopes to pursue a career in Law after her Leaving Cert. We wish her every success.


Ryan Donoghue , a 5th year art student in Colaiste Lorcain, has just learned his work will be on public display at Éigse Festival this June. Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst officials and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested, reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

The origins of graffiti go back to the beginnings of human, societal living. Graffiti has been found on uncovered, ancient, Egyptian monuments, and graffiti even was preserved on walls in Pompeii.

Amongst the students in Coláiste Lorcáin is an art student who has developed a talent for graffiti art. Ryan Donoghue was inspired at a young age by the art seen in Dublin city. Ryan has developed his art form and sees it not merely as an illicit intrusion on private/public property, but as a personal expression in art form. Come and see his work at Éigse Festival this June!!


2nd Year Science students once again participated in a very successful SciFest held in IT Carlow last Thursday April 26th. The students presented many interesting and varied projects under the guidance of Ms. Geraldine Waldron and Ms. Sarah Thompson. Last month our 1st Year Science students were included in an Irish Independent Supplement on the same theme.


Last week our Transition Year Students braved the inclement weather conditions to hike over three days in Wicklow as part of their Gaisce challenge. The students succeeded in their endeavors and will be awarded a Bronze medal for their efforts.


TYs had a very enjoyable trip to Manchester last week. It was action packed and students thanked the staff who accompanied them, Mr. Cawley and Ms. Thompson.


Pat Byrne, winner of The Voice of Ireland, surprised the students of Colaiste Lorcain with a visit to the school recently. The students, who knew nothing about the surprise, welcomed having last class off to hear the dulcet tones of Pat who sang a medley of Bruce Springsteen songs. The school wishes to extend their congratulations to Pat on his fantastic win!


On Sunday May 20th a bus will be leaving Castledermot Church yard at 7.30am to visit Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock, Co. Mayo. The fare is €20. A three course evening meal will cost an extra €14.95. Deposit and enquiries to Kathleen Moran - 059 9144278, Adrian Lawler - 059 91 45174.


Scoil Diarmada Annual Fun Day will take place this year on the Sunday 27th May at 2pm in the school grounds. All our usual stalls, wheel of fortune, cake stall, bric-a-brac, bouncy castles, splat the rat, bottle stall and much more will be there together with some new and fun stalls. So don’t forget to keep the afternoon free, all are welcome, there’s something there for everyone with wonderful displays of Irish Dancing and Kempo throughout the day.


The Tommy O’Connell Cup (Singles) was played at Rathangan, and the Winner was Mick Doherty (Rathangan), Runner-up was Mick Bolger (Rathangan). In the Loser group the winner was Stephen Lawler (Churchtown) and the Runner-up was David Doherty (Castledermot).

On Wednesday May 9 the Ger Brennan Shield will be played in the William Pearse Terrace Sports field.

The County Board and players wish to extend sympathy to the family and friends of the late John Hayes. May he rest in Peace.


Levitstown new Foroige club continues each Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm in Levitstown Community Centre. The club is open to all Young People from twelve to eighteen years of age from the Levitstown, Ballyroe, Kilkee, Castledermot, Moone, Timolin and surrounding areas. All welcome.


There was no winner in the lotto held on Tuesday 1st May. Numbers were 11,18, 25 and 28. Winners of €50 were Damien Patterson, Seller - Seamus Dowling, Mary Reddy, c/o Sue Ryder’s Carlow. Seller - Castle Inn, P. S Dowling, Castleroe West. Seller - Seamus Dowling and Clare Ralph, Idrone Pk, Carlow. Seller - Gun club. Next draw will take place to-night 8th May in the Dales. Jackpot €6,600.


The intermediates had the narrowest of victories over Eadestown winning out on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-12. This was a very tight game and Castledermot were leading 0-8 to 0-4 at half time after playing with a strong wind. Eadestown came back strong but Castledermot held onto the margin. Best for Castledermot were Emmet O’ Keeffe and Dean Farrell. Paddy Mahon excelled on free taking duties.

Next up for the lads is a home game against Suncroft on Sunday 13th May at 3pm.

The juniors had a good win over Kilcullen and won out on a scoreline of 1-18 to 2-8. Scorers for the juniors were Murt Farrell 1-4, David Byrne 0-4, Mikey Wall 0-3, Mark Quigley 0-2, Paul Lawler 0-2, Aidan Murphy, Damien Whelan, Mark Kirwan and Stephen O’Brien 0-1 each.

Next up for the lads is Rathangan away on Monday 14th May.


The U/12 raining has moved to Monday nights at 7pm. U11 training is on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. Under 10,9,8,7 & 6 training is on a Saturday morning at 10.30.


The GAA are organising a monster field day this year on Sunday 15th July. Mark the date in your diary. It is the Sunday between the Leinster Hurling Final and the Leinster Football Final. Watch this space for the events.


The ladies have been going from strength to strength in their 2012 league campaign. Their most recent win was against Kildangan Nurney and the girls won out on a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-4. Best on the night were Siobhan Byrne in goals, Laura Byrne, Shauna Doyle and Betsy Kwiatkowski. Scores came from Shauna Doyle 1-4, Sinead Deering 2-0, Jackie Whelan 0-1 and Betsy Kwiatkowski 0-1. This win puts the girls top of the table and next up is an away game against Rathangan on Tuesday 8th May.


The Local History Group ‘s next meeting is on the Tuesday 29th of May in the Community Centre at 8pm, and will be on the excavations of Ardreigh, just outside Athy. All are welcome to attend and we hope you see you there.


The next meeting of the local Guild of the ICA is on thursday next May 10th at 8pm in the Community Centre. New members most welcome.


Sat May 12 7:00pm Timolin Hall – Youth worship nite

Sun MAY 13 10:00am Timolin MP followed by tea

11:30am Castledermot HC

Sun May 20 9:00am Narraghmore HC

10:10am Kinneagh family service followed by tea

11:30am Timolin HC

Sun May 27 10:00am Narraghmore Pentecost Service followed by tea

11:30am Timolin Pentecost service

11:30am Castledermot Pentecost service.


Last weeks jackpot of €12,300 was not won. Numbers drawn were 3/14/27/30. The four Lucky Dip winners of €50 were Mary Hennessy Snr., c/o E. Hennessy, Darragh Morgan, Castleroe, Bernadette Murphy, Kilkea and Kate Lacey, Barnhill. Next Lotto Jackpot is €12,500 and the venue is The Granite House.


This fantastic event is again being held in Castle Villa’s Mullarney Park this year, with confirmed dates of July 16th to 20th. Check out our page on facebook for more information.


Castle Villa’s new website is now live. We hope that this will become an invaluable tool for results, fixtures, news etc. The members and committee of the club would like to give huge thanks to Anna O’Connell, who spent many hours planning and developing the site. Check it out at

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30 in Mullarney Park, and all players, old and new are welcome. First team manager Liam Murphy, can be contacted on 086-8186350, and Reserve Team and over-35 team manager Damien Byrne can be contacted on 086-0888756.


Levitstown Ladies have resumed their Monday night meetings in Levitstown Hall and they are commencing sessions of one night activities. Each session will last for two hours. Classes on Monday May 14 Air Drying Clay and Monday May 31st Conversational Irish. These activities are open to members and non members, all welcome.


We would like to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in the Book Club, which we are hoping to relaunch soon, so if it’s something that would interest you, call into the library during opening hours or you can ring 0599144483 at any time and leave a message on the voicemail leaving your name and contact number, and we’ll get back to you.


Lots of new stock in Season, the Tidy Towns Shop and If you are looking for an outfit, why not come in and browse, you will be surprised what you may find on the rails. If you would like to work in the shop voluntarily, please call in during opening hours - thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.


So successful are these nightly Classes running in the GAA Club, they are now commencing with Classes in the mornings. Bootcamp runs for 8 weeks and includes 24 classes. The cost is €96 plus €12 for bootcamp T.Shirt. You may also pay weekly - for further enquiries contact Andrea on 086 3646269