Free Books for Children

Free Books for Children

Newbridge Library has received a large delivery of New Children’s Books. Everyone is welcome to go down and see the new titles. Membership for children is free and they can take up to 10 items on loan at a time.

Twinning Renewal Major Success

Last Monday 19 March a very weary group of visitors left Keadeen Hotel on their way back to Bad Lippspringe, having experienced a hectic but most enjoyable weekend in Newbridge, according to PRO Peter O’Neill. Their visit began on Friday 16 in Liffey Studios where they were given a demonstration on Irish coffee making by Albert Ostoff, and needless to say this went down a treat. On Friday night in McDonnell’s, Bad Lippspringe singer, Heike Bailey, put on a stunning performance and brought the house down, with many requests for a repeat performance. This was followed by a virtuoso show by local man ‘Bro’. Derek Conroy. Saturday, St. Patricks Day, most of the group attended the very special Irish Mass in Cill Mhuire, where they were made especially welcome by Fr. Ruairi. At the parade which followed, Twinning was one of the largest groups and they were delighted to welcome German Ambassador, Mr. Peter Zingraf, and two colleagues from the Foreign Office in Berlin to Newbridge. The highlight of the weekend was the unveiling of’ Bad Lippspringe Way’ starting from the bridge towards the strand. The park looked resplendent thanks to the sterling efforts of the Tidy Town’s Committee. The unveiling was carried out by the Ambassador assisted by Mayor Damian Molyneaux, Burgermeister Andreas Bee, Twinning Chairperson Claire Doyle, and DIPI chairperson Eddie Leigh. A reception followed in Ryston Social Club and Mr. Zingraf and his group were also taken on a visit to Newbridge Silverware. The Sunday activity was a little bit more relaxing with a visit to the excellent Military Museum in the Curragh, which was most informative. The farewell function took place in O’ Rourke’s with refreshments by Willie Crowley and music by Peter Nolan and friends and with assistance from Heike Bailey and Jocchen Raschke from Bad Lippspringe. Not to be outdone Murty Aspell also did local talent proud with his rousing performance on the ‘Murty Box’. The weekend finished with the usual committee meeting and indeed it can be announced now that the official visit next year will also be for St. Patrick’s weekend and it is anticipated that there will be an even bigger group travelling. The group managed to do a lot of shopping in Silverware, Whitewater and many other shops and establishments where they were made welcome. All in all a great success for Twinning and Newbridge and certainly the bar has been raised again for the whole concept of Twinning and the revenue it is producing annually. The committee would like to thank all those who helped to make all the visitors welcome over the weekend and attention is now turning to the trip to Bad Lippspringe from 12 to 16 October. There is still plenty of time to book for this trip which takes in their Stadfest. Flights are still lower than previous years so book now if you intend travelling. For further information, contact Peter O Neill 087 2422380 or Willie Crowley 087 6929212.


 Beauty and the Beast

Newbridge musical Society are staging “Beauty and the Beast” this Easter in Newbridge College Theatre from Sunday 8 April with a matinee performance at 2.30pm, and then from Monday 9 April to Saturday 14 April with performances each night at 8pm, Set in a small French town, the musical’s heroine, Belle, must give up her freedom to save her father from a disgruntled beast. Audiences will watch as Belle finds a soft spot for the Beast, eventually teaching him to be good and transforming him into a handsome prince. This show is both musically and visually stunning, a show not to be missed. Directed by Sharon McNamara, Owen C. Lynch as musical director and Julianne McNamara as choreographer an all local production team, the cast is: Belle, Lucy Phibbs, Beast Martin Hennessey, Mrs Potts, Gill O’Brien, Cogsworth, Padraigh Munnelly, Lumiere, Philip Emmett, Wardrobe, Deirdre Carter, Babbette, Louise O’Reilly Maurice, Mick Malone, Gaston, Mark Trundle, LeFou, Phil Jennings. The show features classic tunes as “Tale as Old as Time”, “Be Our Guest” “Gaston” “Belle.” This Easter why not give a gift of a show ticket instead of an Easter egg; tickets are €15 and €45 for Family Tickets. Concession tickets are €10.

Free Kids Workshop in Performing Arts

Newbridge Library are organising a Musical Theatre and Performance Workshops in Newbridge Library with Katie Carpenter on April 2, 3 and 4 from 10.30am to 12.30pm Booking Essential as Places are Limited Phone: 045- 448353. This is a three-day course for children aged 7-12 combining all aspects of performing arts. The aim of these workshops is to encourage creativity while developing theatrical skills. Over the three days, participants will learn the basics in singing, dancing and acting. On the final day of the workshops (Wednesday 4 April) at 12pm, participants will get to showcase their skills and talents with a small performance in the library for friends and family. Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear (runners/pumps) No Boots! Also please bring with you a drink, a pen, and a folder.

Newbridge Athletic Club

Eleven senior athletes took part in the AAI Senior County Championships Road Race, which was held in Leixlip on Sunday 18 March. Newbridge AC figured prominently in this event winning both the senior women’s and the senior men’s races. The full results of our club members are as follows: Senior Woman -1 Michelle Cox, 9 Claire Brady, 14 Pauline McDonnell and 15 Laura Gillen. Senior Men -1 John Canning, 3 David Keenan, 5 Sebastian Balant, 8 Eoin Brett, 11 Justin Delmer,

16 Paul Diver, and 17 was Pedro Lopez. The Senior Men were the first team home and the Senior Women were the second team home. If you would like to join Newbridge Athletic Club please contact Michelle on 0879851526 or Seamus on 0872325423.

Flora Mini Marathon

Why not remember your loved one’s lost to suicide or for those suffering depression by taking part in The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 4 June 2012 and help raise sponsorship for our counselling services. HOPE(D) provide qualified counsellors for people who may be suffering from, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and more. Should you wish to run for HOPE(D) please don’t hesitate to contact Sean on 087 7708921.

Curragh Walk

Join Arthritis Ireland’s Walking Leaders for a Walk on the Curragh. The Group will visit the Curragh Military Museum and hear about the history of the Curragh on the day with Reggie Darling. They will meet at Lumville House, The Curragh, on Tues 27 March AT 10.30am. For more information,contact Claire at 087 6977350 or Marie at 085 1124744. Leaders will meet every Tuesday at 10.30am in preparation for “Get your Joints in Motion Walk” in the Phoenix Park on Sat May 5. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring rainproof gear!

Parish Golf

Parish Golf Classic will take place on 11 June 2012 in the Curragh Golf Club. For details contact Johnny Tierney on 086 6086910

Week’s Bouquet

Is there any harder working council employee that Newbridge man, Chelsea Phillips? The popular member of the cleaning and maintenance team, who fights an uphill battle every week to keep a good appearance on the town-always does so with diligence and good cheer.

Week’s Boo

This goes to those who decided to sell those horrible spray cans of ticker streamers which kids used all over the St Patrick’s weekend to deface shops and footpaths.

Happy Faces Days

This takes place from Saturday 31 March to Saturday 7 April. – For a donation of €25 to the Kildare based Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation you will receive the gift of an individual portrait mini-session and a desk-size portrait. The Jack & Jill foundation is currently supporting 14 County Kildare families and all proceeds raised locally stay locally. For more information, please contact Kieran Galvin (Galvin Photography) on 045 434156 or 087 7427549.

Bogus Collector

It has been brought to our notice that over the last couple of weeks a collector has called to housing estates in Newbridge pretending to be collecting on behalf of Trocáire and the Parish. The Parishioners of St. Conleth’s Parish, Newbridge are asked to note that neither organisation have no association with this collector what so ever and if you are approached by this person please make contact with Newbridge Garda Station on 045 431212.

Cystic Fibrosis Polish Walk

The “Cystic Fibrosis” 2012 International Walk takes place in beautiful Southern Poland with a wealth of history and beautiful scenery, departing on September 23 next for 9 days. Why not join in on this wonderful lifetime experience whilst raising much needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis. For more info please contact Bernie Murphy on 0872353319 or Eufemia Solinas at CF Ireland on Lo-call 1850 311211