Anti-social behaviour study

Anti-social behaviour study

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at NUI Maynooth have shown, for the first time, that group-based parenting programmes are more effective and cost efficient in reducing childhood conduct problems and antisocial behaviour.

The study involved a comprehensive appraisal of over 16,000 articles gathered from studies of parenting programmes around the world. The review highlighted the significant financial benefit to the State of early parenting programmes, with the cost of delivering parenting programmes in a group setting far outweighing the cost of long-term antisocial behaviour.

According to Dr Sinéad McGilloway of the Department of Psychology at NUI Maynooth, the results are of particular significance for parents, practitioners and policymakers in informing future decision-making on service planning, and early intervention leading to the prevention and treatment of childhood conduct problems and antisocial behaviour.

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

Steam train outing

If you fancy the chance to see a steam train passing through Maynooth this weekend, then look out for the Garret FitzGerald Commemorative steam train outing which will be making a return trip to Mullingar. The train will leave Dublin at 11.30am on Saturday May 5 and arrive back at 7.30pm. The veteran engine at the head of the train will be No. 461, built in Manchester in 1922. Until it was withdrawn in 1965, this steam engine saw many years of service with CIE, hauling both freight and passenger traffic. If you would like to on the train rather than watch it chug by, then log on to to book your ticket.

Jam Session

Tune up your instruments and stretch those vocal chords at the jam session each Wednesday evening in the Creative Arts Centre, Coates Lane. Every and any instrument level welcome. Some Instruments are provided, e.g. acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and piano, but any new, interesting or different instruments are welcomed with open arms. So drop down to the Centre, meet other musicians, watch the jam or join in. Doors open at 9pm, admission is €4 and as per usual it is B.Y.O.B

Mystery screening!

Maynooth Film for All, Film Club’s final presentation of the season on Wednesday May 2 will be a mystery screening! The title will not be revealed until the opening credits roll at 8pm! Don’t drive yourself mad trying to guess what it’s going to be - speculation is futile, just come along and enjoy!

Films are screened in the Iontas Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth. Tickets are on sale from 7.30pm. Guest and on the night membership costs just €6.00. Students pay €2.00 at the door. The full programme starts with a short film at 7.45pm approximately. Denis Condon Lecturer NUIM will facilitate a short discussion following the feature. Car parking is available to the rear of The Iontas Building and is FREE of charge. Light snacks are available from Bewleys Coffee shop in the Arts Building. The club then takes a break until Culture Night on Friday September 21 when it will launch the new 2012 / 2013 programme.

Maynooth Cycling

Maynooth Cycling Group (MCG), formerly known as the Maynooth Cycling Campaign, is a non-party political cycling advocacy group.

Its aims are to promote cycling as a healthy leisure pursuit and as a safe, enjoyable and efficient mode of transport for everyone in the Maynooth area. The group has an interesting website at

Tidy Towns

Regular clean ups take place each Saturday throughout the Maynooth area. If you would like to volunteer call 087-3153189.

Classic Directors

The Classic Director Series of screenings and workshops are well under way in Maynooth Library. On May 12 there will be a screening and workshop based on the films of Douglas Sirk, On June 9 it’s the turn of Sam Peckinpah to come under the spotlight, while the films of Martin Scorsese will be the subject of the final workshop on July 7.

Places are free of charge, but limited. If you are interested in signing up for the workshops, please email, telephone 01-6285530 or drop into the library.

Summer Soccer School

There will be an eFlow Summer Soccer School based in Maynooth Town’s grounds on the Rathcoffey Road this year from August 13-17. There is an early booking fee of E89. Included in the cost is a free kit, backpack and soccer ball. Booking links are on the club website at

Bealtine Festival films

The Community Library will screen “My House in Umbria” (2003) on May 1 at 11am as part of its programme for the Bealtine Festival. Based on the novella by William Trevor, My House in Umbria is set in the sprawling Italian countryside. After a tragic train accident, four survivors find solace in the villa of an English writer, Mrs. Delahunty (Maggie Smith).

On May 15 at twelve noon there will be a special showing of “An American in Paris” (1951). This is perhaps one of the best ever dance musicals. Gene Kelly stars as the young artist who finds love in the French capital. Featuring many famous Gershwin numbers the film deservedly won six academy awards, including Best Picture.

Admission is free, but booking is essential. Call the Community Library at 01 6285530 or email:

Wicklow walk

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. The group is organising a moderate hike at Ballylow Woods on Sunday May 12. The distance will be 11km with a height gain of 280m. The meeting point is 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.

Cricket training

Junior cricket training will commence on Tuesday May 1 at the North Kildare Club, at the Maws, between Maynooth and Kilcock from 7pm to 8.30pm. The first session will be registration and a fun training session. Junior training is open to all boys and girls aged 4 - 15. Please contact Anne O’Meara ( for further information.

Learn to speak in public

Maynooth Toastmasters holds meetings in the Glenroyal Hotel on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm. Toastmasters is an ideal way for people to gain experience with public speaking, improve communication skills and polish up on how they deliver presentations. The Maynooth branch has over 40 members of all ages and anyone is welcome to join, no matter what their background or experience public speaking.