Intel grants distributed

Intel grants distributed

Local electronics giant, Intel, has recently donated E372,000 to 150 community organizations, charities and schools across Ireland as part of its Matching Grant Programme.

The Intel Involved Matching Grant Programme aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism by supporting employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profit organisations and schools. After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or ‘match’ will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. Grants are then paid out at $10 for every hour volunteered by an Intel employee.

In the past 4 years Intel Ireland has donated a total of E1,343,410.51 to non-profit organisations across the country.

Wild Water Canoeists

Bearach O’Casaide, Donal Devenney, Fiachra Devenney and Jack O Hagan all live locally and are members of Salmon Leap Canoe Club. They will be travelling to Solkan in Slovenia to represent Ireland at the European Under-18 Wild Water Canoeing Championships which run from August 30 to September 2 this year.

To help raise funds for the trip, a table quiz is taking place at St Mary’s GAA Club on Friday June 8 at 8.30 p.m. All are very welcome to come along for what should be an enjoyable night and lend your support.

Soccer Trials

Leixlip United Soccer Club is holding trials for their under 10 and under 11 schoolboy teams at the Amenities Centre at 6pm on June 5. The Soccer Club has a number of teams of varying standards in each of these age groups.

The trials are for young players who are of a high standard and would be able to play in the first teams in each group. Both of these teams play in the top league of the Dublin District Schoolboy League. Trials for other teams, some suitable for beginners, will take place later in the year.

Family Fun Day

Coláiste Chiaráin and Action Zambia will be holding a Family Fun Day with Soccer Blitz on Saturday, June 9 in Barnhall Rugby Club and on the soccer pitches at Hewlett Packard.

The fun will start at midday and there will be entertainment for the whole family with activities, games, bouncy castle, cake sale, barbeque and more!

The soccer blitz is for 16 years and over, with ten players per team (minimum of two ladies per team) and at a subscription of E10 per person.

All proceeds from the day’s events will go directly to helping pay for the roof of a hostel in Kalomo. The hostel is for vulnerable girls from extremely impoverished areas who are trying to stay in education. More details in relation to this event can be found on www.actionzambia.com.

Parish Cell Group meetings

The parish cell groups will meet on June 11, 12, and 13. There will be a combined Cell meeting in the Parish Centre on June 26. Meetings are held on Mondays 8pm (young adult group), Tuesdays 8pm and 8.30pm and Wednesdays 10am and 11am. July and August meetings will be held in the Parish Centre.

At the invitation of the Leixlip Parish Cell Groups, the well-known healer Eddie Stones will visit Leixlip on June 8. His visit will begin the Church of Our Lady’s Nativity at 7pm.

All are welcome to attend. For further information see Parish website: www.leixlipparishcells.com.

Clothes recycling

The Green Lane Schools PTA is having a clothes recycling day on Thursday June 7. They can accept clothes, curtains, towels, sheets, blankets, soft toys, belts and shoes (in pairs.) Bags can be left at the door of any of the schools before 3pm.

Social night out

St Mary’s GAA will host a parents and mentors Social Night in the clubhouse on Saturday June 9 at 8.30pm. The parents/guardians of all underage players are invited to attend this informal evening. There will be a Guest Speaker, Music and Finger Food on the night. There is no cover charge. Please see leixlipgaa.ie for further details.

World Knit in Public Day

Join the Purls of Wisdom Knitting Club and knitters from throughout the county of Kildare to celebrate World Knit in Public Day at Leixlip Library on Wednesday June 13 from 10.30am - 4pm. Come and share ideas, skills and patterns as well as promoting the tradition of knitting to those who have never tried.

There will be a display of work and everyone is invited to bring along their own work to display.

The theme this year is an intergenerational one: “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”. Adults will be on hand to teach children the craft of knitting – wool, needles and patterns will be available.

Everyone is welcome to come along, get involved and try knitting and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Art Exhibition

Eilbhe Donovan will be showing her work at the art exhibition in the Library from Monday June 11 until June 25. The exhibition is free to view during library Open Door time.

Sensory Processing Disorder

There will be a free talk for parents, teachers and professionals focusing on Sensory Processing Disorder on Thursday June 14 in the Library.

A sensory processing disorder refers to a problem with processing sensory information. It is common for people on the autistic spectrum to have difficulties in this area. For example: smells other people don’t find a problem make the person feel sick, finding the noise of a hoover or hand-dryer painful, needing to move or fidget constantly or becoming anxious or aggressive with light or unexpected touch

Occupational Therapist, Dorothy Armstrong will explain Sensory Processing Disorder and what strategies there are to help children with problems in this area. She will also introduce some of the toys from the Libraries Toys, Technology and Training collection that are of use to children with these issues.

Dorothy has a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a degree and a Masters and is currently studying towards a PhD in the area of dyspraxia. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway.

The lecture is free of charge and open to everyone.

Maverick Directors

Leixlip Library has been celebrating Maverick Directors and their seminal works in a new Film Club. The last workshop of The Classic Directors Series with Wayne Byrne takes place on Tuesday June 5 at 6.30pm when this month’s film directed by Martin Scorsese will be discussed. Anyone interested is very welcome to come along on the evening.

First Time Mothers’ Support Group

This group meets in the Library on June 5 and 19 from 2-3pm. It is hosted by Lauren Burke, Public Health Nurse with the HSE. It provides support, information and an opportunity to meet with other first time mothers. New members can come along on the day. The group will take a break for July and August but will be back in early September.

Quiet study time for students

Getting some peace and quiet, free from distraction, can be a problem as exam time approaches. However, if you live close by, there is quiet study time available for 2nd and 3rd level students on Saturday mornings in the library during Scheduled Time 9.30am – 1pm during the month of June. Please contact the library to book in advance as places are limited.

DVD Club Meeting

The DVD Club meets in the Library on Tuesday June 12 from 6.30 – 7.30pm. This month the club will discuss “Forgiven”. All men need redemption, some just want revenge!