Maynooth Local History Group has organised a showing of three short films, courtesy of Radharc Films (The Radharc Trust) on Wednesday, 25 April at 8pm in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth. Entry is free and all are welcome

The films consist of a docudrama, ‘The Late Dr Plunkett’ (1975) – In 1681, the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Oliver Plunkett, was martyred at Tyburn. Leading Irish actors and actresses, headed by Hilton Edwards, as the Lord Chief Justice, build up a revealing yet historically accurate picture of one of Ireland’s most recent saints.

This will be followed by ‘The Year of the Congress’ (1982) – The 1932 Eucharistic Congress was not only the greatest manifestation of religious fervour seen in Ireland since the coming of Christianity; it was also a significant event in the history of the new Irish State and its national broadcasting service. The commentary is given by people who were at the Congress and recall what it was like to be there.

Inwood has been called the last of the Irish Ghettos. It is situated on the northwest tip of Manhattan Island. Visit Inwood and you might think you were in an Irish city. The accents can be heard and advertisements for Irish games and functions are on display. There are Irish newspapers for sale. But it looks as though the Irish way of life in Inwood will end with the arrival of other ethnic groups into the district. In “Goodbye to Glocamorra (Inwood)” produced in 1968 we are looking at the final days of the last Irish ghetto.

Radioactive Grandma

The Radioactive Grandma (Johno Leader, Peter Donohue and Ben McCarthy) are an original new-wave indie acoustic rock band from Co. Cavan, - members originally hailing from Peterborough, (Cambridgeshire) UK, and Dublin. They have their own style of original energetic acoustic driven alternative pop/rock music using nothing more than 2 guitars and a box. You can hear them at the Creative Arts Centre Coates Lane with guests, The Rusty Fixtures, at 9pm on this Thursday April 19. Admission is a modest E5.

Appeal for Trocaire boxes

Maynooth charity, Trocaire, is making a call out to Co. Kildare for Trocaire boxes to be returned from this weekend (21st/22nd April 2012). The charity’s annual Lenten campaign ended on Easter Sunday. Trocaire has thanked the people of Co. Kildare for generously supporting the Lenten Campaign again this year through its Trócaire boxes.

Spring Clean

As part of the National Spring Clean scheduled for this month, Maynooth Tidy Towns will organise the local Clean Up on Saturday April 21. Regular clean ups will take place each Saturday after Easter throughout the Maynooth area. If you would like to volunteer call 087-3153189.

Challenge race

The Maynooth Post Primary Parent-Teacher Association is planning a 10k Challenge to take place on Sunday May 20, starting at 10.30am. This will be run over a route taking in the historic grounds of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth town and the majestic grounds of Carton Hotel/ Estate. All proceeds will go towards the development of playing pitches, running and walking track in association with the GAA at Moyglare Road, Maynooth. These proposed new facilities will be of benefit to the whole community. Entry fee is E20 up to May 1. Thereafter the late fee is E25. You can download and application form at


The Girl Guides meet every Tuesday evening in Maynooth. Contact Jackie at 085-1413787 for further details or check the website at

Summer camp coaches

Maynooth GAA Club is seeking experienced and enthusiastic coaches and assistant coaches for its club camps this summer. Club Football starts on July 2 and the Hurling Camp begins on August 20. For more details please contact Barry Feeney at 087 6286133.

New film archive in Maynooth

The Irish Film Institute, together with NUI Maynooth and key funding partners the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, recently announced plans for the establishment of a new Film Preservation and Research Centre at NUI Maynooth.

According to Eve-Anne Cullinan, Chairperson of the IFI, this project will not only provide a secure home for the IFI Irish Film Archive collections ensuring their safety for the future, but crucially will facilitate research into ways in which digital technology can ensure the collections are widely accessible for many years to come by people in Ireland and internationally.

The IFI Irish Film Archive is one of Ireland’s most remarkable resources – our nation’s film. The IFI collection spans over one hundred years of stories from everyday life to the great achievements of Ireland’s filmmakers on the global stage. Collectively this material tells Ireland’s artistic, social and political story over the last century.

Take to the hills

Maynooth Hillwalkers is a locally based group which encourages members to explore the great outdoors in the company of other enthusiastic walkers. The group organises frequent outing to Wicklow, although they also go further afield. Experienced hikers can tackle the next Maynooth Hillwalkers event at Slievenabawnoge seehan ballinascorney on April 22. The distance is 10km with a height gain of 160m. It should take about 4 hours. The meeting point for this walk is at the Blessington Monument at 9.30am

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

Learn about Dramatherapy

If you wish to learn more about and explore the potential of Dramatherapy as a therapeutic intervention and / or you are considering applying to the Dramatherapy MA Programme at NUI Maynooth for the new intake in September 2012 come and take part in a one-day introductory workshop. This will take place in the Arts building, North Campus between 10am and 5pm on Saturday April 28. Call the Dramatherapy Office on 01-7084699 for further details. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The fee is E65.

Free legal aid

NUIM Free Legal Advice Centre is a student society which runs free legal advice clinics for both students and members of the community under the supervision of a qualified solicitor. FLAC clinics are held at 7pm at the Iontas Building on North Campus. The last clinic date for this year is 26 April.

Join the Parish Choir

The Parish Choir provide music and hymns at the 11:30 a.m. celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday morning and at other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. New members male and female are always welcome. At present the Choir has its practice each Wednesday night between 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Parish Church. For more information on the Parish Choir please contact the Parish Office Tel: 01-6293018.