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School news

Sandra Byrne, Principal of Scoil Naomh Lorcain, Levitstown, reports: “The pupils and staff of Scoil Naomh Lorcáin, Levitstown are delighted to congratulate Louise Dunne a pupil in 5th Class who was awarded a Cecil Day Lewis Literary Award in Athy Community Arts Centre on May 31. Louise came 1st in the Senior Primary Story Writing section. Her winning book, “Trouble” tells the story of a young girl dealing with a difficult situation at school. Another child is continuously causing trouble and the heroine is unfortunately getting the blame both at home and at school. Louise took great care in writing, typing and presenting her book. Her artistically designed cover caught the crowd’s eye during the winners display. Niamh Boyce who is the Hennessy Literary New Irish Writer 2012 judged the competition and presented Louise with her first place trophy, certificate and book voucher. Congratulations Louise!

“Scoil Naomh Lorcáin, Levitstown are proud to have been awarded a Discovery Primary Science and Maths award for Excellence. The award acknowledges the efforts of our children and teachers who have shown an increased knowledge of science and its many applications. Our award will be officially presented to the school on Friday June 22. The children and teachers completed many science experiments and logged all their results. Thank you to Ms McCarthy who coordinated our application.

“Our school Credit Union Savings scheme is now up and running every Friday at 9.20am. New members always welcome

“The sacrament of First Holy Communion took place on Saturday the 19th of May at 11 o’clock in the Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole, Levitstown. Congratulations to Brandon Nolan, Caroline O’ Connor, Yasmin Fox, Ben Slattery, Pierce Phelan and Colin Phelan from Scoil Naomh Lorcáin who all received their First Holy Communion and to Jade Faulkner who received her Second Holy Communion that day. Thank you to all the children who sang in the choir and to the parents who provided the refreshments and goodie bags in the hall afterwards.

“Seven children from our school received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, the 10th of June, in the Church of the Assumption, Castledermot. Best wishes to Glen Dunne, Kirsty Donovan, Neasa Dooley, Tara Swayne, Chantel Smith, Skye Ham and Treasa Hayden for a prayerful celebration and a very special day.

“Our entire school walked to the church on May 29 following the statue of Our Lady for our May Procession. We were very lucky to have our local Gardaí ensuring the road was safe for us. At the church we sang hymns to Mary and prayed a decade of the Holy Rosary. Several parents and grandparents joined our celebrations. Ms Costigan’s class said a special prayer that they had learned off by heart. Sr Pauline helped us to prepare for our May procession and gave the children rosary beads to help them pray. The children who had just received First Holy Communion led our procession in their beautiful outfits. It was a lovely day.

“Ms Costigan’s room recently celebrated the fine weather with a lovely Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Levitstown Hall. The children were thoroughly delighted to share this special outing with their favourite teddy bear.

“Thanks to Mary Minahan who has taken 2nd class for cookery sessions in the staff room over the past six weeks. Mary has shown them how to make a range of goods, from tasty sweet treats and chocolate cakes to salad sandwiches, pasta and garlic bread, vegetable soup and fruit smoothies. In the process the children were learning valuable life skills such as how to wash and dry dishes, lay the table, prepare food hygienically and how to have fun in the process.

“Our new Junior Infants and their parents were made very welcome when they visited the school recently. Ms Costigan gave a presentation to the parents while the children completed a special book for their first day in Levitstown. They had a tour of the school and got to see where they would line up for school when they start “big” school. Hopefully it was the start of many happy school memories for them. Thank you to the Parent’s Association who made tea and coffee for the new parents.

“Our school has been involved with the Incredible Edibles programme for the last two months. We have been growing carrots, strawberries, potatoes, lettuce and turnips. They have been coming up very nicely. The Incredible Edibles is designed to encourage children to grow and eat fruit and vegetables. With this project children in our school are learning how to grow these plants. They also get to taste the fruits of their efforts. We had a great harvest of lettuce last week which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

“We are looking forward to our Sports Day on June 22, particularly to the parent versus 6th class basketball game in the afternoon. It promises to be an exciting event.”

Tidy Towns

Joan Horan, PRO is delighted to report that “The tidy towns have been very busy lately planting up the containers on main street the square and the bridge with summer bedding The proceeds from our fund raising shop ‘Seasons’ has helped us to purchase four new containers for upper Main Street and Skenagun. and the summer bedding plants for all the containers. The proceeds have also helped us purchase a stone feature for the peace garden which is open to the public and is a nice place to sit and enjoy the garden and peacefulness. We hope it will be used during the summer months the gate is always open.

“We are tackling the derelict site on upper Main Street which will be sown with grass and wild flower seeds shortly, and we hope to replace the existing fence with a timber one.

“We would like to thank Christy Mulhall for work carried out to this site and at Cottages on Keanan’s Lane. Repairs to the wall at the little bridge over the stream on the Carlow Road have been completed thanks to Tony Proctor for a great job done.

“We want to thank our two TUS workers Paul and Vinny for all the mowing, strimming, painting, and litter picking they have helped us with throughout the year.

“Not forgetting our own volunteers who continue to give their time to help with the ongoing attempt in cleaning up and improving the appearance of the town. Thank you from the committee to all who support our shop ‘Seasons’ and those who volunteer to give a few hours to run the sho.

“It is great to see business premises get a fresh coat of paint. We hope to do well this year in the National Tidy Towns competition as a lot of effort by a small group of people has been put into gaining extra marks. We need more people to get involved in the Tidy Towns so if you have a few hours to spare to help with the planting or volunteer to help in the shop we would appreciate any offer of help.”

“Seasons is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm and we are currently looking for donations of clothes, bric a brac, jewellery, shoes, bags, and textiles. They can be dropped into the shop.

“Once again we want to thank all who support the shop by helping us to continue with our effort to improve the appearance and encourage tourist into our town. Our next meeting is on Wednesday June 20 at 8pm in Community Center - all welcome.”

Summer outing

This year Community Services are visiting the Dublin Zoo for their annual outing on Wednesday July 4, and back to The Seven Oaks for their evening meal and social evening. For anyone wishing to go on the trip, there will be a cost of €15 to cover bus fare and entrance to Zoo. For those going to the evening only a bus will leave the Square at 5.30pm for dinner at 6pm. Invitations have been issued and you are asked to RSVP Maura at 9144330, Lynn 9144343 by June 19. For those travelling to Dublin the coach will leave the Square at 11.30am.

Community Services

Castledermot Community Services annual four monthly draw, the first of which will take place on Tuesday June 19 in the Community Centre. Tickets cost €5 per month or €20 for the four months and can be obtained from any committee member. There will be a prize for all paid members at the July meeting. All support very much appreciated.

Exam success

The entire staff and student body at Colaiste Lorcain would like to extend their every good wish to all our examination students in this year’s state exams in June. You have worked hard and deserve much success. Good luck!

Table quiz and auction

On Friday night, June 15th, the Active Retired Annual Table Quiz will be held in O’Brien’s Lounge, Timolin at 8.30 p.m. It is conjunction with The Moone Kilomarathon and both events combine in aid of Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital. Table of 4 is €40 on the night. There will be cash prizes for winners and runners-up, a raffle for a host of prizes and an Auction including an Oil Painting, Sheep or Cattle Drench, Lady’s Handbag, Car Seat Covers, Tool Bag and Various Vouchers. Donations for the auction which are still coming in. So if you would like to donate there is still time, contact Tony on 0872645882. Alternatively leave your gifts in to Paddy O’Brien’s or Moone Post Office. This Active Retired Association covers South Kildare from Kilcullen to Castledermot and ‘all stations in between’.

The next meeting will be in Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore on Thursday June 28 (the last Thursday of the month) at 8pm.

Meggar Club

Har Wall PRO for the Meggar Club tells us that after three rounds of the Kildare League, Churchtown have a 7 point lead.

Table - Churchtown 32 points, Castledermot 25 points, Kilberry 15, Knockananna 11 and Rathangan 07.

The Churchtown Team - Allen Harris, Tom Harris, Billy Harris, Seamus Murphy, Vincent Murphy, Stephen Lawler and Peter Brown.

The Ringers Competition will take place in Kilberry on to-morrow June 13 and the Paul Competition in Castledermot 0n Saturday June 16.

Youth cafe

Castledermot Youth cafe meet on Friday nights for 6th class National school students from 6 to 7.45pm and for secondary school students from 8 to 9.45pm.

Anyone wishing to join can come along at these times on a Friday night and join. Volunteers welcome as well. Merchandise also available for youth cafe and can be purchased in youth cafe.

Fitness army bootcamp

So successful are these nightly Classes running in the GAA Club, they are now commencing with Classes in the mornings. Bootcamp runs for 8 weeks and includes 24 classes. The cost is €96 plus €12 for bootcamp T.Shirt. You may also pay weekly - for further enquiries contact Andrea on 086 3646269.

GAA Underage football

The U14s had a great win over St Edwards 10-16 to 2-8, well done to Paul Kelly and all the lads. The team are now top of the Division 4 league.

We are running a car wash in Horan’s Maxol on Saturday June 16 in aid of the Under 14 Feile Team. All support would be welcome.


There was no winner in the lotto held on Tuesday 5th June. Numbers drawn were 3, 7, 25 and 28. The winners of €50 were Mary Hayes, Castleroe West, Seller - Seamie Dowling. Christy Byrne, Crophill, Seller - Micky Byrne. Josh and Jamie, c/o Collette, Seller - Collette Doyle. Ellen O’Neill, C/o Collette Doyle, Seller - Collette Doyle. Next draw will take place on 12th June in The Granite House and the Jackpot is €7,600.

Field day

The GAA are organising a monster field day this year on Sunday July 15. Mark the date in your diary. It is the Sunday between the Leinster Hurling Final and the Leinster Football Final. Watch this space for the events.

Castlevilla Lotto

Last weeks jackpot of €12,500 was not won. Numbers drawn were 13, 16, 22 and 25. Thee were two match three winners - Camillus Sidney Fly, c/o P. Core and Garry Mulhall, William Pearse Terrace. The next Lotto Jackpot is €12,500 and the venue is Doyle’s Pub.

Cul Camp 2012

Cul Camp 2012 in Castledermot GAA will be held from July 23 - 27. Contact Aisling Thompson 0858429318.

Church services

Wednesday June 13 11am Timolin HC with prayers for Healing. Sunday June 17 9am Narraghmore HC. 10.10am Kinneagh Family Service. 11.30am Timolin HC. Wednesday June 20 7.30pm Bolton Abbey, Moone Inter Church Couples Services. Sunday June 24 10am Castledermot HC 11.30am Timolin Blessing of Pets Service. Friday June 29 10.30am Timolin National School End of School Year Service.

Inter church couple services

An ecumenical service for inter church couples services will take place in Bolton Abbey on Wednesday June 20 at 7:30pm. This service is primarily for inter church couples but everyone is most welcome to attend.

Table quiz

Castledermot and Kinneagh parish are organising a Table Quiz on July 13 in the Castle Inn pub, in Castledermot at 9pm. Why not organise a table of family and friends, a table of four will cost forty euro. There will be a raffle on the night. If you require further information or have items to donate as prizes for the raffle please get in touch with Hazel Colbourne.

Playball camps

Playball Summer Camps are back in Presentation College Askea, Carlow this Summer for boys and girls from aged 4-13. Multi-Sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, gaelic football, rugby, cricket, golf, netball and volleyball), adventure games, athletic events, mini-matches, obstacle course, treasure hunt, water games, art and drama, zorbing and much more. Make new friends, have fun in a non-competitive environment and learn new life and sports skills.

The dates are 2nd-6th July 2-6, and 16-20, and August 20-24. The first 50 children signed up for each week will receive a special Playball prize. There are also reductions for two or more children from one family and if children attend 2 camps, third camp is half price.

Application forms can be downloaded at Please post applications forms to Playball Carlow, 13 Tanner Hall, Athy Road, Carlow or apply online at Please contact Joe Byrne 087-7749598 or email