Fianna Fáil April meeting report

Fianna Fáil April meeting report

The April meeting of the Frank English Fianna Fáil Cumann held recently, discussed quite a number of matters of local interest. The Cumann whose membership includes quite a number of individuals involved in pre-school and primary education as well as members with young children, welcomed Cllr. Mark Dalton’s and Cllr. John Lawler’s motion at the April meeting of Athy Town Council, that the council apply for funding from the recently announced Sports Capital Grants Scheme to improve the playground facilities in the People’s Park. This facility is the only free facility for young families in Athy and it should be brought up to the standard of similar facilities in surrounding towns.

Dragon boat challenge

Will your club or friends take the challenge?

For last June’s Dragon Boat competition in Carlow a group of Athy ladies formed the Barrow Line Babes Team. After three heats they qualified for the semi finals and unfortunately missed the final by 1.6 seconds. After having a fun day at this event they decided to enter the next event. Here they were all supported by partners and boyfriends who after seeing the event in Carlow wanted to join in the fun and accused the ladies of being sexist. The ladies bowed under pressure but held the majority of the seats and hence the name change from Babes to Bandits.

The next event was in September on the Grand Canal Docks where twenty teams attended. Here the Barrow Line Bandits proved themselves invincible, winning all three heats.

The opposition in the semi finals looked stronger and worried Athy, but they had no reason to worry as from the start all they saw of Athy was their backs. The finals were no different as half way down the course Athy put their backs into it and put a boats length between them and the nearest of the opposition. This was a great success for Athy as only six of the team had ever experienced water sports before. If you are interested in a new challenge all you need to test your strength and endurance against the mighty Bandits is 17 team members and to be available on the 6th of May, River Barrow, Emily Square, Athy. If you are interested in taking part email or call 059 916 1685/ 085 7422902.

Raft Race

The annual Bertie Kiernan memorial raft race will take place on Sunday 13th May at 12pm. The race will start at the boat slip and head down river to finish under the Cromaboo Bridge. The event takes place as part of the annual Athy Water festival. Teams consist of four members per raft and all participants must wear a lifejacket. For more information, contact Jimmy on 087- 6236515 or Barry on 087-6258232

Athy Rugby Club Lotto Results

The results of the draw held on the April 17th are as follows: Numbers: 5,6,8,25. Jackpot: €17,400- No Winner. Match 3 winners @ €50 Joe Mooney, Joan Meredith. €20 draw winners: Triona Sourke, Brendan Sourke, Stephen & Brian Meredith, Averil O’Donnell. The seller’s prize went to Kathleen Brophy.

The next draw is on 24/04/12 and the Jackpot will be €17,600. You can now ensure that you never miss a draw again by completing a Standing Order Form for €8.67 per month. Forms can be downloaded from

Inland Waterways Association rally

The IWAI will hold a boat rally on the river barrow the weekend of May 11th 12th and 13th. Friday 11th at 4pm – Registration,  8pm – BBQ, 9.30pm - Entertainment: The Bridge House. Saturday 12th at 10am - Boat & Chandlery Sale, 11am - Lock usage demo at lock 26th , 11.30am - Flotilla to the Jetty, 12.30pm - Ecumenical Service, 1pm and 3pm – Historical Lectures on Irelands Waterways System, 2pm - Best Dressed Boat Competition, Athy Scouts Demo, River Pitch and Putt, Barrow Cot on Display, Water safety Demo by Civil Defence, 7pm - Dick Warner talk, 9pm - Entertainment: Clancy’s. Sunday 13th 10am - Rowing Demo, 11am - Introduction to Fishing , 11am - Athy Triathlon Club Demo, 11.30am - Churchtown Pipe Band, 12noon - The Annual Bertie Kernan Raft Race, 10am - 2pm Farmers Market, 11am to 4pm - Vintage Fire Engine Display. If you are interested in helping with the organisation or taking part in some of the many events such as the raft race, please contact Kathleen Cross on 086-8979632 or myself on the above number. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 25th at 8pm. All are welcome.

Athy Community First Responder

Athy Community First Responder is setting up in Athy and we need your help to help those close to you. Community First Responder Volunteers will be fully trained to perform CPR, to use an AED (Defibrillator) and perform Oxygen therapy. First Responders work in conjunction with the HSE to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. How you can help – become a volunteer, come along to one of our training nights or support our fundraising efforts. For more information, contact Caitriona 085 1479500 or Paul 085 2289264.

Athy Bingo

Bingo takes place every Sunday at 3pm in Athy GAA Hall. Everyone is welcome for a fun activity on a Sunday afternoon

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market takes place every Sunday in Emily Square Athy from 10am till 2pm. This is the perfect event to purchase the very best of locally produce products.

Athy Musical & Dramatic Society

Athy Musical & Dramatic Society is presently in rehearsal for Hello Dolly. This popular Musical will be directed by Don O’Connor, Kilkenny with Vincent Crowley, Athy as Musical Director and Marie Cashin, Carlow as Choreographer. Hello Dolly will be staged Tuesday May 1st to Saturday May 5th in Ardscoile Na Trionaide at 8 pm each night. Tickets at €12 and Concessions at €10 are available from Winkles, The Gem and a limited supply on the Door each night. Book early to avoid disappointment. A great night’s entertainment, fun and laughter is guaranteed. Hello Dolly is an irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and loving scenes and alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters, “Dolly Gallagher Levi”. Classic musical numbers include, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before The Parade Passes By, Elegance It Only Takes A Moment, So Long Dearie and the most famous of all, Hello Dolly.

Cookery Course

A 6 week Cookery and Healthy Eating course is been run by County Kildare Leader Partnership in Athy CDP, Woodstock Street. This course is due to start on Monday 14th May.  This course is free and is open to both men and women. Enrolment is essential as places are limited.