Classic Directors

Classic Directors

Leixlip Library is showing a special collection of films during the coming months at their new film club. The Classic Directors series was conceived to afford film enthusiasts the opportunity to see some of the more marginalised, underrated or forgotten films by some of Hollywood’s greatest and most revered directors. These are films which aren’t widely seen on television or have somehow become lost among the more celebrated releases of their respective director. The club will concentrate on the works of such cinematic luminaries as the 1950s Master of Melodrama, Douglas Sirk as well as maverick New Hollywood directors William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese and Sam Peckinpah.

After each film screening there is a 90-minute workshop, half of which is dedicated to critical analysis of the respective film just screened and the second half is given over to the career overview and discussion of that particular director.

Call Leixlip Library at 01 6060050 for the dates of film showings.

Bradán on tour

Local theatre group Bradán Players has been touring the country with Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen as part of the annual All-Ireland Drama Festival. The group has picked up awards for costumes, stage settings and décor. Actress Jenny Ní Lucais came second in the Best Actress Category at the Bradan performance in Ballyshannon on March 11. Bradán will be staging their last festival performance in Scarrif on March 31.

Traditional music practice

The local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann organises Adult Slow Sessions for those learning traditional music every second Wednesday in the function room of the Ryevale Tavern. Improvers start at 8.30pm and players of Intermediate standard at 9pm. Check the website at www.cceleixlip.ie

Handball winners

Congratulations to Scoil Bhríde, Leixlip, who were drawn out of the hat at GAA Handball National Congress in Carrick-on-Shannon to win a new One Wall Court and special GAA Handball Pack for their school. The competition was launched in the GAA Handball Show in January.


The Leixlip Carers’ Group will meet in the Parish Centre from 10am-12 noon on Friday March 30.

Cell Groups.

The parish cell groups will meet on April 3, 4, and 5 in the Parish Centre. Meetings are held on Mondays 8pm (young adult group), Tuesdays 8pm and 8.30pm and Wednesdays 10am and 11am. All are welcome to attend. For further information log onto www.leixlipparishcells.com or call Clare at 086 0761687

GAA Fashion

“Goin’ Outa Fashion” is the title of an amusing fundraiser which is being organised by Leixlip GAA on Saturday March 31 at 8pm. Direct from the corner flag to the catwalk, you are invited to see how well the club’s players scrub up! Tickets are E15. More information is available at 01-6245607.

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. This year, Autism Awareness Day is April 2.

Beading Workshop

On Wednesday April 4 from 2.30 – 4pm there is a Beading Workshop with Lauren for boys and girls ages 7 – 12 years in the Library. All materials supplied. Booking is essential.

Parking problem

The Parish would like to point out that the grounds at the Church of Our Lady’s Nativity for disabled parking & staff parking only. Disabled parking should only be in the designated spaces. It has been noted that because of unauthorised indiscriminate parking, the safety of parishioners walking in the church grounds is being compromised.

Easter Camp

The Leixlip Amenities Centre is organizing a children’s Easter Camp from Monday April 2- Thursday April 5. The camp runs from 10am-2pm each day. Booking forms are available from the Reception in the Centre. The cost is E50.

Training course

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day intensive interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognise risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, ambulance staff, clergy, community volunteers and any person who is interested in learning intervention skills.

This training course will take place in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth on March 28 and 29. Training is Free of Charge, however prior registration is essential. Please phone: 01-6060858 or E-mail: marie@breakingthrough.org Website: www.breakingthrough.org

Improve your Irish

Want to practise your Irish? Informal conversational classes are available in the Leixlip Parish Centre from 10.30-11.30am each Thursday. All levels of competence are welcome to attend these friendly sessions. Contact Treasa at 087-975869 for more details.

Musical Theatre Workshop

Do you love to sing, dance and perform? If so the Community Library has just the workshop for you! Katie Carpenter will facilitate workshops each day from Tuesday April 10th to Friday April 13th from 12.45pm - 3pm each day. You must be aged between 8-12 years and be willing to practice each day at the times specified. You will perform for your parents on the Friday at 3pm. So what are you waiting for, join up now! Places are limited so early booking is essential. Contact the Library at 01 6060050.

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.’

Musical Tots

Come along to sing, dance and have fun to celebrate Easter at the Musical Tots event with Karen Donnellan in the Library on Thursday April 5 at 11.30am..

This is suitable for ages 2 – 6 years. Booking is essential