Parish fund raising is going well. So far €30,000 has been given to the parish to help with the cost of the refurbishment of the Eustace Centre and the Parochial House. Work is progressing well. The Parish Priest, Fr. Paul Taylor has thanked all those parishioners made donations and who were able to lend €500 to the parish for the next two years as part of the fund raising project. If you would like to make a donation, offer a loan or to help in the current fund raising, please make contact with the Parish Office.

Cooking with Confidence

Would you like to bring your cooking skills up a level and cook with confidence?

If you are just a little bit passionate about food, or if you find cooking meals for your family and friends functional or boring, ignite your passion try a new course starting shortly. “Summer Food” will run over 4 evenings in May in Celbridge. The cost will be €75 or €70 if you book with a friend. Contact Ingrid at Cooking with Confidence at 086 735 9190 or email cookingwithconfidencecelbridge @gmail.com.

Household Charge

The Campaign against the Household Charge will be holding a Public Meeting on the theme: Axe the Household Tax - keep up the boycott! on April 26 at 8pm in the Kildrought Lounge. Call Brendan Young 085 713 1903 for details.

Boot Sale at the Mill

There will be a Traditional Car Boot at the Mill Centre car park on Sat May 5 from 9.30am – 4pm. The subscription is €15 per car or €20 for a small van. No commercial sellers, please. So get your bits and pieces organised, start spring cleaning, clear out the garage or roof space and earn some extra cash. Contact Reception at the Mill Community Centre for details.

Yoga for harmony

Yoga is a wonderful practice for body and mind. Its brings body, mind and spirit into harmony. Yoga means to “unite”. It has been practised for thousands of years and it has been proven to keep the body healthy and the mind calm, so that contentment, balance and harmony can be brought into our daily lives. Yoga revitalizes the body, calms the mind and can deepen self-awareness. A new Hatha Yoga class is starting in the Church of Ireland Hall at the Slip on April 25 at 10.15am Call Sony at 086-8474944 for the details.

Craft sellers wanted

The Manager at the Mill Centre is inviting sellers who can add some craft stands to the Fresh Food and Craft Market each Saturday morning. He is also looking for Gluten free products vegetable and poultry suppliers etc. If interested please ring John at 01- 6288556.

Restoration project fundraiser

This year there will be a series of Car Boot Sales in Straffan in aid of a refurbishment programme for the community hall and the restoration of the local Church of Ireland. The next sale is on April 21 in the church grounds. It is planned to have one car boot sale each month. The fundraising group are also planning a scrap Saturday event and a barbecue in the Steam Museum during July.

Drive for cancer care

Care to Drive is a volunteer transport programme run by the Irish Cancer Society. They recruit and train volunteers to drive patients to and from their hospital appointments. The programme is currently looking for people in the Celbridge area to drive patients to and from Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, the Mater and/or St. James’ Hospital. The service is free to both the hospital and the patient, with the Irish Cancer Society incurring all costs. Volunteers are paid for all their fuel expenses. Volunteers are asked to commit to driving 2 days a month (Mon-Fri). For more information call Gail on 01 2310 566 or email gflinter@irishcancer.ie.

Breakfast for business

Local entrepreneurs and business people are being invited to a breakfast meeting at 7am on Monday April 23 in the Halo Café. The ideas is to provide a relaxed forum at which people can get to know one another and help generate new business for the town. For more details, call Mathew Black at 01- 6276686 or email info@halocafe.ie

Golf Classic

Celbridge Community Council is planning its first Annual Golf Classic in aid of Care for the Aged in Celbridge, Ardclough and Straffan. Players will tee off at the Smurfit Course in the K-Club on April 27. Entry fee is E320 which will include the green fees and dinner. There is still time to register a team. For registration and times phone Maureen Abbott at 01-6288894 or 086-3165870.

Parenting Teenagers

Parenting is not a one-size-fits-all activity and there are often no quick answers to problems encountered in bringing up children. When young people reach their ‘teens there can be challenging times. However, understanding the changes teenagers experience and finding better ways to communicate can be a great help in guiding parents who want to effectively support their teenager on the way to adulthood. There is a new 6-week workshop style course, which may be of help, beginning on Thursday April 26 in the Mill Community Centre at 7.30pm. This will focus on helping parents discover new ways of relating to their teenager. The cost is E60. Call Clare at 086-1627606 for booking details.

Organise for Culture Night

Culture Night 2012 will be held on Friday September 21. Arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to open their doors until late with free events, tours, talks and performances for family and friends to enjoy.

This year, organizations can hold their event on Friday 21, or over the weekend 21 -23. Why not consider a dawn event, a breakfast morning – the possibilities are endless!! Kildare County Council will supply and design the posters, programmes, balloons and advertising for newspapers and local radio to help promote the events.

Participants are strongly encouraged to advertise their event locally by putting up posters, leaving programmes in their local shops, placing a notice in the community notes section of their local paper and using their databases to inform as many people as possible about Culture Night. A small stipend may be made available to participating groups for expenses.

If you would like to organize something in the Celbridge area why not give yourself a head start and contact Bridin Fogarty, Culture Night Programme Co-ordinator at 087 7653643 or email, culturenightkildare@gmail.com.

Past Pupils Road Race

The Salesian Past Pupils’ Union is currently organising a Road Race for Saturday, May 19. The Road Race will start and finish in the Salesian College grounds on the Maynooth Road and will take the route of the Fr. Archer Memorial Race.

This year the Road Race will be a joint fundraiser for the both the ACRE Project and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

The main organiser this year of the Road Race is Damien Donegan who can be contacted at damiendonegan82@yahoo.ie.

Blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board’s mobile unit team will be receiving donations at St. Raphael’s, Clane Road, Celbridge on Wednesday May 9 from 5.00pm to 8.30pm.

Some 3000 units (pints) of blood are needed overall each week to cater for emergency and routine cases requiring transfusions of blood and blood products in hospitals all over the country. If you want any further information about giving blood you can contact the donor services department in advance of this visit by the mobile unit at 1 850 731 137 or log on to the IBTS Web site www.giveblood.ie .


Boys aged 7-9 can improve their basketball skills at the Liffey Celtics Basketball Club which meets in Scoil na Mainistreach each Saturday from 2.30pm. New players are welcome at any time. Contact Siobhan at 087633563.