Intel promotion

Intel promotion

Intel has announced the promotion of Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe and Senior Principal Engineer, to Vice President of Intel Corporation. The promotion recognises outstanding performance.

As Director of Intel Labs Europe, Martin is responsible for the company’s network of more than 25 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spanning the European region.

Martin is a native of Dublin and has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Creative Writing for Adults

Leixlip Library has put the call out for emerging writers who are interested in joining a writing group to learn about and improve their writing technique together. Participants should be willing to attend all workshops and meetings in Leixlip Library on the last Saturday morning of each month.

Four facilitated workshops with published writers are initially planned to get the group up and running and then the group will get an opportunity to work on their writing together.

The first workshop to be attended by a published writer is on May 26 from 10.45am-12.45pm. This workshop will be entitled “Starting Out” and it will be addressed by Martina O’ Reilly. Martina is a journalist, and author of Young Adult and Women’s Fiction. She is also known as Martina Murphy. Her latest book is “A Moment Like Forever”.

Other writers scheduled to visit the workshops during the rest of the year are, John Mc Kenna, who will give tips on short story writing on June 30. Novel writing will be explored with Colm Liddy on July 28. Finally, May Leonard will be discussing her approach to poetry during her visit on August 25.

Places are limited so please contact the library to join the group Ph: 01 6060050 Email:leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Grow your own

Kildare Co. Council is making a number of allotments available for rent at the Wonderful Barn in Leixlip. There are three size on offer 100sq.m, 150sq.m and 200sq.m with rental fees from E150 to E250, depending on the area required. Only residents in the Celbridge Electoral Area, which includes Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth and surrounding areas, are eligible to apply. Contact Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, at 045-980539 for details or email swallace@kildarecoco.ie

Carers Group meeting

The next meeting is on Friday April 27 from 10am to 12.15pm at the Leixlip Parish Centre.

Catherine Murphy, TD. and member of the Dail Technical Group will be present to answer concerns about the reviews of Domiciliary Care Allowance currently taking place and the large amount of families who are having this payment cut off.

Cool Cúl Camps

The Kelloggs GAA Cul Camps will be returning to Leixlip GAA from July 2-6 this year. Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Activities are game based with a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition.

They are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to optimising learning, enhancing friendships, improving physical and psychological well-being and promoting school and club links. Cúl Camps - are run from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm. Attendance is open to all primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. The Leixlip GAA camps cater for Football, Hurling, Ladies Football and Camogie.

The Camp Coordinator for this year is Catherina Smyth who can be contacted at 086-3761390. Online booking is now available at http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/camp-venues/county/15/camp/360/

Festival volunteers needed

The Leixlip Festival will take place from June 1- 4 this year. As with all such events there is a need for volunteers. If you would like to offer your services as a volunteer steward, and help make the Festival a success, please contact Bernard at 086-2130138.

Study skills for young people

Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children and teenagers with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia in the Library at 7pm on April 26. It will cover issues such as: things that can make study difficult, practical strategies to improve study habits and skills and technology that can assist.

Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a degree and a Masters and is currently studying towards a PhD in the area of dyspraxia. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway. The lecture is free of charge and open to everyone.

Creative writing

The Library is currently taking names for a new adult creative writing group that will meet in Leixlip Library on the last Saturday of every month.

The group will start on Saturday May 29 at 11am and anyone interested in taking part should register with the library in advance. Places are limited so book early.


There will be a fundraising Table Quiz in aid of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association on April 27 in St Mary’s GAA Club. It starts at 9pm.

Comedy Night

Enjoy a Comedy Night Out in the Laughter Lounge at 8 Eden Quay (near O’ Connell Bridge) in aid of Colaiste Chiarain’s Action Zambia Campaign on Thursday April 26. This adult event will start with free cocktails between 7 and 7.30pm. Four great comedians will entertain, with a late bar and DJ. Tickets are limited. Contact Mary at 087-6541273 to book

Parish Cell Groups

The next Parish Cell Group meetings will be on April 30 and on May 1 and 2. Young adults meet at 8pm on the Monday night. On Tuesday, the meetings are at 8 and 8.30pm, and on Wednesday at 10 and 11am. Full details are on the website at www.leixlipparishcells.com

Garda Band Concert

There will be an opportunity to enjoy the music of the Garda Band in the Church of St Charles Boromeo on May 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets are E10.

Outreach information

The North Kildare Citizens’ Information Service provides an Outreach Service in the Leixlip Parish Centre, every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 1.00pm. This is a free, confidential and independent information, advice and advocacy service.  Volunteers provide up to date information and advice on a wide range of services and entitlements.  This is a walk in service, no appointment necessary.

A FLAC Service (Free Legal Advice) is also available during this time.  Please note this legal service is by appointment only.  Phone the Maynooth office on 0761 078100 for an appointment.’

Autism support

The Kildare Support Group for parents and carers of those with autism meets in the Riverforest Hotel on the last Wednesday of each month at 8.30pm. For information, please come along to a meeting or call John at 087-2621309.