Castledermot Vintage Club host their annual Cowboy Night in the Dales Pub on Easter Sunday, from 9pm. Get your cowboy hats on for a Wild West themed Fancy Dress night, with live music, rodeo bull, and lots of fun. There will be prizes for best Fancy Dress. Admission is only €5. All proceeds towards Castledermot Vintage Day, 23rd September 2012.


Jan Maher, Local Librarian reminds us If you’re looking for a good summer read now that the good weather is here, you could do a lot worse than to call into the library, where we have lots of new bestsellers for all the family. Check out the new titles from Sarah Webb, Joanna Trollope and Sheila O’Flanagan, or if you’re into crime, how about the latest from Dean Koontz, Martina Cole, or Kathy Reichs ? For the younger members of the family, Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry is sure to please, and we also have a good selection of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books, as well as the ever-popular Harry Potter series. Of course, by the time you read this, we could be plunged back into the depths of winter – in which case, turn off the TV, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy a cosy evening’s reading !

We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in the Book Club, which we are hoping to relaunch soon, so if it’s something that would interest you, call into the library during opening hours , or you can ring 0599144483 at any time and leave a message on the voicemail leaving your name and contact number, and we’ll get back

to you.

We will be closed on Friday 6th ,Saturday 7th and Wednesday 11th April for the Easter holidays, and will re-open on Friday 13th.


Dumping is still a major problem at the Sports field in WPT, people are continuing to dump rubbish at the bottom of the Sports field where a lot of very young children play on a daily basis. Dumping of rubbish brings rats to the area and a grave to the children playing there. Notices have been erected now and anyone caught dumping their names will be passed on to the Litter Warden and the fine for this offence is €4,000, so remember we are watching those responsible.


The Club held their AGM recently in O’Brien’s in Athy. The officers elected elected - President Tom Farrell, Rathangan, Chairman - Joe McDermott, Kilberry, Vice Chairperson - Joe Martin, Rathangan, Secretary - Mick Bolger Rathangan, Treasurer Milo Canna, Knockananna, and assistant treasurer - Patsy Treacy, Knockananna.


The first game in the League will be played in William Pearse Sports Field on Friday April 18 with a 7pm start.


There was a great turn out at the fundraising Table Quiz on Saturday March 24 in aid of local man Stephen Redmond who is hoping to become the first man in the World to swim the seven oceans. At present he has completed six oceans, and we hope to bring you the good news when his mission is complete. Best of luck Stephen from all in Castledermot.


Kevin Berney, PRO would like to thank everybody for the fantastic turn out on Tuesday night 27th for the talk on the excavations along Main Street in Castledermot. A special thank you to Jacinta Kiely who travelled from Cork to give the talk on the night. It was very interesting to find out that Castledermot had a pottery industry and was producing Castledermot wares. So far the kiln has not been located, so if anybody knows of any story of such a kiln in the area come along to our next meeting, we’d love to hear from you.


Spy Wednesday 4th April - Mass & Penitential Service - Castledermot 7pm

Holy Thursday 5th April - Solemn Mass of the Lords Supper - Castledermot 8pm

Watch & Pray until Midnight.

Good Friday 6th April - Stations of the Cross : Castledermot - 12 noon,

Solemn Celebrations of the Lords Passion - Levitstown 3pm : Castledermot 8pm.

Holy Saturday 7th April - Easter Vigil and Mass - Castledermot 9pm.

Easter Sunday Mass 8th April - Levitstown 9.30am - Castledermot 11am.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - After ceremonies each evening - and 12.00 to 13.00 on Holy Saturday in Castledermot.


A reminder that the closing date for submission of tenders for the renovation of Teach Diarmada, Community Centre building (Diseart Diarmada old National School) is Wednesday April 11. The website to visit is for tender and the notice number is MAR320395. Once the tender process is complete the application to leader can be completed for funding.


If you are struggling with using your home computer or would like to take your home computing to the next level then pick one to one training from Krijus Training. Rather than be a number in a classroom get trained in the comfort of your own home at the computer you will be using. Krijus classes are tailored to meet your specific requirements. Email, Skype, Internet, Digital Photo Management and many other classes offered. Enquiries 086 811 7347.


5th April 8:00pm Timolin HC Service of Wholeness and Healing

6th April. 3:00pm Castledermot Good Friday service

8:00pm Narraghmore Good Friday service

7th April 8:00pm Kinneagh Easter Vigil with HC

8th April 6:30am Mullamast Ecumenical Sonrise Service

followed by breakfast in Crookstown NS

9:00am Narraghmore HC

10:10am Timolin HC

11:30am Castledermot HC


A Foróige club has been recently set up in Levitstown, the club which will hold a registration evening for Young People and Parents on Friday 13th of April from 7.30 to 9pm in Levitstown Community Centre.

Foróige clubs provide a safe and learning environment for Young People from twelve to eighteen years to hang out, meet new friends and have a voice. What makes a Foróige club different to other youth clubs is that it is run by the Young People themselves!

The club will run on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm in Levitstown Community Centre. The club is open to all Young People from twelve to eighteen years of age from the Levitstown, Ballyroe, Kilkee, Castledermot, Moone, Timolin and surrounding areas. Any Young People interested in joining the club need to attend on the night with parent or guardian to register. For more information contact Úna Daly Development Officer with Volunteer Led Services Kildare by phone on 0866384199 or email on or check out


“Tir na nÓg Parent and Toddler Group, Castledermot are closed for Easter during the first two weeks in April and will be re-opening Wednesday 18th of April at 9.30am to 11.45am and every Wednesday. Only €2 per family and all welcome.”


April is Spring-clean month for Tidy Towns groups and we are encouraging the residents of the housing estates to get involved. Every Saturday during the month of April we will be out collecting bags of rubbish from around the town and its environs. We will provide interested groups with black sacks and gloves and Kildare County Council will collect the bags of rubbish. Contact Noeleen Keatley at 059 9144139 for further information. Dates for the clean-ups will appear in the coming weeks.


During tree planting week which was in the month of March Tidy Towns would like to thank those who planted the trees in St John’s, Abbeylands, Barnhill, Ard a Laoi and William Pierce Terrace. We would also like to thank Coillte and Kildare County Council for distributing them to us.


The Carlow Farmers Hunt will take place on Sunday April 8 at Borris House/ The first race is at 2pm. This promises to be a great family day out with plenty of entertainment for the children including face painting and bouncy Castle. Price for the most appropriately dressed lady sponsored by Amber Sky. Admission is €10 and children are free.


The feile committee have been given the car wash in Behans for Easter Saturday April 7 from 9am - 6pm to raise funds to travel to Feile. Make sure and come along to get your car washed!


There was no winner in the lotto held on Tuesday 27th March. Numbers were 5, 17, 21 and 25. Winners of €50 were D. Cardiff, Athy Post Office (Seller - Gun Club), Bill Kenny, c/o Doyles pub, Jackie Deering, c/o Doyles pub and Cian Murphy, Abbeylands (Seller - Aaron Murphy). Next draw will take place on 3rd April in the Castle Inn. Jackpot €5,600.


Castledermot kicked off their league campaign with a great win over Kilcullen on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-7. The lads take on Caragh at home on Saturday 7th April at 3pm.

The juniors next game is away to Athgarvan on Tuesday 10th April at 7pm

U/14 FEILE GROUP C QUARTER FINAL Castledermot 5-15 Kilcullen 3-10

This Feile C quarter final saw the home team Castledermot up against the black and white of Kilcullen. These teams have always been close throughout the underage clashes and this game was not going to be any different. Kilcullen took the first score with a point from their number 11. Castledermot’s cente half forward Jack O’Neill levelled the game and both sides continued to exchange scores throughout the first half. At half time Castledermot held the narrowest of leads with the score 0-8 to 0-7. The second half started with Jack O’Neill scorng a great point from play, which was sunsequently cancelled out by his opposite number on the Kilcullen side. Castledermot then settled well and played some great football two goals coming from Dan Gray and Ryan Byrne. Castledermot seemed to have a controlling lead with the scoreboard showing 2-10 to 0-8 but the visitors were in Castledermot to play football and drew level at 2-10 a piece. Castledermot scored 3 unanswered points from Jack O’Neill and Mikey Pender, but Kilcullen drew level again with another goal. With 5 minutes remaining in the game the sides were level at 2-13 to 3-10 but Castledermot dug deep and worked hard as a team to pull away from the opposition. Mikey Pender scored a great goal to start the scoring blitz of the final few minutes which was closely followed by a goal from mid fielder Ryan Byrne. Dan Gray and Jack O’Neill added a point a piece before Jack O’Neill again found the net to finish the score at Castledermot 5-15 Kilcullen 3-10. In these final few minutes Castledermot keeper Shane Nolan pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny the visitors a chance of a comeback. In a game where the whole team put in a great performance it is difficult to pick out players over others for mention but Mikey Pender, Brian Byrne, Ryan Byrne, Jack O’Neill and Dylan Walsh were best for Castledermot. Scorers for Castledermot were Jack O’Neill 1-11, Dan Gray 1-02, Brian Byrne 0-01, Ryan Byrne 2-00, Mikey Pender 1-01


U/6, U/7 and U/8 training on Saturday mornings from 10.30-11.30. Due to recent cold and wet weather can parents of U/6 players please ensure children have runners as well as boots as training may be held indoors. U/9 and U/10 training takes place on Saturday mornings at 11.45-12.45pm. Any player born 2003 can play U/9 and 2002 can play U/10. U/11 training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5.30-6.30pm. U/12 training takes place on Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm. U/14 training takes place each Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm and Friday evenings 5.45-6.45pm.


Castledermot Ladies Football team are back training for the new season every Wednesday from 7-8 in Castledermot GAA Hall and they are always looking for new players to join the tea. If you’d like to join you can either come to the GAA Hall every Wednesday at 7 or call Chairperson Debbie Greene on 087 2372572 for information.


There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €11,300 and the numbers drawn were 3/10/18/24. The three match winners were Kay Holloway, Abbeylands, Des Scally, c/o E. Hennessy and Maureen Cullen c/o Breretons, and their rize was €70 each. Next Lotto Jackpot draw in The Dales and the Jackpot is €11,500.

RESERVES RESULT: Castle Villa 9 – Sallins 2

Villa started their first game in Div 3 at a very high tempo and were rewarded on 14 minutes, when a free from Malcolm Kirwan was finished to the net by Paul Murphy.Villa went 2 up on 25 minutes, when Jordan Harmon was taken down for a penalty, which was converted by Malcolm Kirwan. Villa went 3 up after 32 minutes when Jordan Harmon scored after a neat one-two with Malcolm Kirwan. We made it 4 -0 two minutes later when Gary Mulhall got on the end of Jordan Harmon free kick to slot the ball home.Sallins pulled one back on 44 minutes with a goal from a penalty. Villa started the 2nd half at the same high tempo, and made it 5-1 after 64 minutes with a cracking free kick from Jordan Harmon. Colm Kelly made it 6-1 in the 73rd minute after good work from Paul Lawler and Jordan Harmon. We were in seventh heaven on 78 minutes when Jordan Harmon latched on to a great through ball from Paul Murphy to complete his hat trick. Our 8th goal of a great day came from Paul Lawler before Colm Kelly got his second with 4 minutes remaining. Sallins got their second of the game with 2 minutes left from another penalty to finish the scoring. This was a fantastic team performance from Castle Villa, who had best performers in Malcolm Kirwan, Joe Kennedy and Man of the Match Jordan Harmon.

SENIOR TEAM RESULT: Castle Villa 1 - Woodstock Celts 2

A very disappointing start to the season saw the first team lose out to Woodstock Celts. Saying that, the Woodstock keeper was man of the match, and made some fantastic stops. If we had taken our chances in the first half we could have been leading by 2 or 3 at the break. Getting Stevie MacDonald on at half time and playing the ball through midfield bringing Roy Byrne and Mark Kavanagh more into the game allowed us to dominate the second half. We peppered their goal with some terrific crosses from our wide players. When Stevie made it all square with 20 mins to go we expected to take all 3 points. It wasn’t to be and maybe we were a bit too eager with a couple of minutes remaining to go in search of a winner which left us exposed at the back. The winner came from Woodstock with a piledriver of a shot from the left edge of Alan Proctor’s penalty area. So all in all if we play all our games with the spirit and determination that we showed in the second half and be more positive infront of goal we can expect to have a very good season.


Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30 in Mullarney Park, and all players, old and new are welcome. First team manager Liam Murphy, can be contacted on 086-8186350, and Reserve Team and over-35 team manager Damien Byrne can be contacted on 086-0888756.


Cllr.Martin Miley reminds us “The Sports Capital Programme Application forms are now available for all sporting organisations to apply for funding under the 2012 allocation. I would advise any sporting organisation that are planning on any development going forward to make an application under this programme.”


Seasons are looking for donations of ladies, men’s and children’s clothes (in good condition please) for our shop. Spring is in the air so clear out the wardrobes . All proceeds go towards Tidy Town projects where we endeavor to improve the appearance of the town. The shop is entirely voluntary run and if you have a few hours to spare in the morning or afternoon we would appreciate any support you can give.’ You can contact Joan Horan on 086 1565131 if you would like to volunteer a few hours. Donations of clothes or bric a brac may be left into the shop. We are open from 10am - 4.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Diseart Diarmada Young at Hearts Club are presently on their Easter break for two weeks.