Everest Challenge success

Everest Challenge success

Maynooth Scouts had a fundraising success with their unique Everest Challenge held on St Patrick’s Day. Members of the public joined the scouts in scaling a specially prepared climbing wall which was set up in the Square. The idea was to get a climbing total which would be the equivalent of an Everest expedition.

Every section from the scout group took part including the beavers, cubs, scouts, venturers and rovers. Many of them completing multiple climbs, including beavers! Two scouts climbed 120 times each - which is 2,730 feet or 9.5% of the total height of Everest. One energetic Cub Scout scaled the wall 52 times – and that’s almost 1,200 feet.

The scouts have raised over €600 on the day and many sponsorship cards have yet to come in. Funds raised are going to support the new Den project. You can see photos of the day’s Everest Challenge on the Maynooth Scouts website at

Film for All

Maynooth Film for All’s next screening on Wednesday April 4 at 8.00pm is the 2010 documentary, Benda Billili! Films are screened in the Iontas Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth

Salamanca goes green

A student from NUI Maynooth, Ben Finnegan, has been adding some extra-curricular activities to his time as an Erasmus student at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He managed to persuade the local authorities in the city to make their own contribution to the world-wide celebration of St Patrick’s Day. At Ben’s suggestion, the Mayor of the city agreed to illuminate the famous Plaza Mayor green on the day. The plaza is the most important of public spaces in the heart of the city of Salamanca.

Originally from Maynooth, Ben is spending his 3rd year abroad in Spain as part of the Erasmus programme which facilitates NUI Maynooth students to spend one year of their degree in one of over 85 Partner universities with whom NUI Maynooth offers exchange programmes in Europe.

The event attracted much media attention in Ireland and Spain, featuring on RTE radio and Spanish television. Almost 1,000 people attended the “greening” of the Plaza on March 17. It has been declared a complete success, with the Mayor of Salamanca assuring Ben that the Plaza Mayor will now be illuminated green annually for Saint Patrick’s Day.


Maynooth Tidy Towns are holding a fund raising Table Quiz in Brady’s Clockhouse at 8.30pm on Friday March 30. The subscription is E10.

Toastmasters competition

The Area Finals of the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation took place in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on Monday March 26. The finalists from both the Speech competition and Evaluation competition will be competing for a place in the Division finals which will take place` in Carlow in May. There are 4 Clubs involved in the Area Finals, Athy Naas Kildare and Maynooth. There is a very active local Toastmasters group which meets in the Glenroyal Hotel on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7.45pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Theatre Workshop

To celebrate the 2012 launch of their Masters in Theatre, The Gaiety School of Acting (The National Theatre School of Ireland) and the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth are holding an open day for prospective students on Saturday 31 March from 2-5pm.

The day’s activities, which are based in Essex Street West, Temple Bar, includes a workshop, and a discussion led by course directors Professor Chris Morash Head of the School of English Theatre and Medial Studies at NUI Maynooth and Patrick Sutton, Director of The Gaiety School.

The open day will include be a tour of the Smock Alley Theatre. Built in 1662, Smock Alley was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in substantially the same form, making it one of the most important sites in European theatre history.

For more information about the course or to book your place contact Tracy O’Flaherty at 01 -7083667 or email:

No cash available

There is currently no money available from Council sources for the implementation of improvements along the Moyglare Road. This has emerged following a request from Cllr John Mc Ginley (Lab) that the Council take measures to reduce traffic speed and improve public safety along the Moyglare road as far as Moyglare Hall. In Cllr Mc Ginley’s view, this is much needed with the new GAA pitches on the right hand side of the road and the immanent construction of two new secondary schools with 1000 pupils each at the entrance to Moyglare Hall.