Cake sale

Cake sale

There will be a fund-raising Cake Sale in aid of the Castledermot GAA Feile U/14 team on Saturday next May 19 at10.30am in the Clubhouse. Please support. There will also be U6 & U8 league matches under way on that morning with visiting teams from Athy GAA.

Tug of war

Any men wishing to join a Castledermot TUG-OF-WAR team newly formed can do so by calling 087 2108318. Training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Its a great sport to take up and good way to get involved in a team. All men are welcome, no experience is necessary to join team as professional trainers are involved in forming the team.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the pupils from Scoil Diarmada who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday last May 12 in the Church of the Assumption, Castledermot.

Tidy towns

Tidy towns are holding the garden competition again this year. Entry forms can be picked up at the post office.

Prizes awarded in the usual categories - Best large garden Best small garden - Best kept business premises and most improved area/housing estate. Entry fee is €5.00 and completed entry forms can be left in to the post office by June 8th. So get cracking with your window boxes and hanging baskets and support your local tidy towns.

The next tidy towns meeting is on Tuesday 15th May at 8pm in community centre, and new members always welcome.

Pilgrimage to knock

On Sunday May 20th a bus will be leaving Castledermot Church yard at 7.30am to visit Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock, Co. Mayo. The fare is €20. A three course evening meal will cost an extra €14.95. Deposit and enquiries to Kathleen Moran - 059 9144278, Adrian Lawler - 059 91 45174.

Castle Villa - Lotto

Last weeks Castle Villa - Lotto jackpot of €12,500 was not won. Numbers drawn were 13/20/21/24. There were two match three winners of €100 each - Liz Larkin, c/o John Byrne and Liam Murphy, Kilkea. Next Lotto Jackpot is €12,700 and the venue is Doyle’s Pub.

Fun day

Scoil Diarmada Annual Fun Day will take place this year on the Sunday 27th May at 2pm in the school grounds. All our usual stalls, wheel of fortune, cake stall, bric-a-brac, bouncy castles, splat the rat, bottle stall and much more will be there together with some new and fun stalls. So don’t forget to keep the afternoon free, all are welcome, there’s something there for everyone with wonderful displays of Irish Dancing and Kempo throughout the day.

Meggar club news

The Mark Brennan Shield was played in William Pearse Terrace Sports Field on wednesday last May 9th. The Winners were Mick Doherty, Rathangan, and Frank Kirwan, Castledermot The runners up were Joe McDermott, Kilberry, and Dave Doherty, Castedermot. The Loser Group were Stephenn Bolger, Castledermot and Joe Martin, Rathangan. Runners Up Peter Browne, Churchtown and Derek Donoghue, KIlberry.

The First Round of the League will be played in The Sports Field in William Pearse Terrace on Friday May 18.

Dinner dance

Jackie Whelan PRO reports The Annual Dinner Dance of Castledermot GAA took place in the Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow on Saturday 28th April. The evening was enjoyed by a large number of guests. Special invited guests for the evening were the Kildare County Board Chairman John McMahon and his wife and the Reverend Father Paul O’Driscoll from Castledermot. The awards table was full this year with presentations going to the under 16 team from 2010, the minor team of 2011, the under 21 team of 2011 and the Senior B team of 2011. Chairman Dan O’Keeffe in his address welcomed everyone to the evening and congratulated the club teams on their achievements in the year gone by. Damien Hendy presented the 2010 under 16 team with their league and championship medals. John McMahon made the presentation of the league medals to the minor team and also congratulated them on reaching the final of the A championship.

The Club President Eamon Kane presented the under 21 team with their medals and Fr. Paul O’Driscoll made the presentation to the Senior B team of 2011. The club award for the year were presented by County Board Chairman John McMahon and were as follows: Senior Player of the Year: Anthony Lawler, Junior Player of the Year: Bryan Nolan, Young Player of the Year: Emmett O’Keeffe, Club person of the Year: John Phelan and Hall of Fame: Har Wall.

The club would like to thank all the sponsors who supported them throughout the year and thank them for their continued support in 2012.

New Foróige club

Levitstown new Foroige club continues each 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. All welcome.

GAA -lotto

There was no winner in the lotto held on Tuesday 8th May. Numbers were 12, 15, 21 and 28. Winners of €50 were Mick Breslin Jnr, Hallahoise, Seller - Micky Byrne, Lill Kenny, 1646 WPT, Seller - Har Wall. Damo, Athy Post Office, Seller - Gun Club. Tom McGuane, Kilkea, Seller - Har Wall. Next draw will take place on 15th May in the Granite House. Jackpot €6,800.

Mens football

The intermediates are currently preparing for the first round of the championship on Sunday 20th May in Kilcullen at 3pm against Ballyteague.

The juniors had a good win over Monasterevin on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-8. Scores came from Martin Farrell 1-4, Gary Mulhall 1-2, Aidan Murphy 0-2, Dan O Keeffe 0-1, Barry Nolan 0-1 and David Byrne 0-1. Best on the night were Brian Nolan, Niall Dooley and Paul Lawler and player of the game goes to James O Reilly


Well done to the minor team who created history by winning the division 2 league title for the third year running. Leixlip were first on the score board with a point from Robert Tone. Castledermot replied with a 45 from Aaron Murphy and a well taken point from Eugene Mahon. Leixlip dominated the first 15 minutes and added another 6 unanswered points to lead 0-8 to 0-2. Castledermot came to life and kicked 5 points(one from Murphy and four from Mahon) to go in at the break 0-9 to 0-7 down.

The start of the second half saw both teams exchange points. Dave Dooley in the Castledermot goal had a busy afternoon making a string of terrific saves, but there was nothing he could do when the Leixlip full forward burst through and found the back of the net to stretch the lead 1-10 to 0-8. It wasn’t looking good for Castledermot at this stage,but our lads didn’t read the script. Slowly but surely they got themselves back into it with 3 points from Eugene Mahon and a point from John Joe Mahon to bring them to within a point. When Eoghan Farrell won the ball in the middle of the pitch there was only one place it was going, he sent a great ball into the path of Aaron Murphy,who turned his marker and rattled the back of the net. Castledermot dominated the rest of the game with points from Mahon, Murphy and Adrian Kelly and were 7 points up going into injury time when the ref awarded a questionable penalty to Leixlip. Dooley was unlucky,he went the right way but the ball rebounded off the post and the Leixlip man made no mistake.

Credit to Leixlip, they never gave up and won the ball on the kick out, put a few passes together and once again left Dooley with no chance. Castledermot stood up to the challenge and ran out deserved winners on a scoreline of 1-18 to 3-11. Well done to all the lads and well done to mentor Tony Gray and selectors Ollie Murphy and Keith Murphy. Best of luck to the lads as they prepare for the minor A championship.


The ladies had a comprehensive win over St. Annes Tullow in a challenge game at home last weekend with two thirds of the team getting on the score board.Scores came from Niamh Byrne 2-4, Sinead O’Reilly 2-1, Jackie Whelan 0-6, Roisin Kelly 1-2, Leah Byrne 1-1, Deirdre Buggy 1-1, Laura Byrne 1-1, Betsy 1-0, Catherine Horan 0-2, Louise Kirwan 0-1.

Castledermot Ladies had a great win over Rathangan in the toughest league game to date. Castledermot got off to the better start with a point each from Niamh Byrne and Shauna Doyle which were answered quickly by Rathangan who scored 2 points and then a goal. Rathangan led for most of the rest of the game but the girls in blue never gave up and came back from a 7 point defecit with 2 points in succession from Shauna Doyle followed by 2 goals from Catherine Horan. The ladies eventually won the game by 1 point. Scorers for Castledermot were Catherine Horan 3-0, Shauna Doyle 0-3, Leah Byrne 1-0, Michaela Nolan 0-2, Niamh Byrne 0-1, Sinead Deering 0-1. Final score 4-7 to 3-9. Well done to all 20 players and mentors Debbie and Lisa.

The club would like to congratulate Michaela Nolan on being part of the Kildare minor team who recently beat Laois in the Leinster final. Also congrats to Louise Kirwan who has made it on to the Kildare senior second team.


The U/12 raining has moved to Monday nights at 7pm. U11 training is on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. Under 10,9,8,7 & 6 training is on a Saturday morning at 10.30.


The GAA are organising a monster field day this year on Sunday 15th July. 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.


Sun May 20 9:00am Narraghmore HC

10:10am Kinneagh family service followed by tea

11:30am Timolin HC

Sun May 27 10:00am Narraghmore Pentecost Service followed by tea

11:30am Timolin Pentecost service

11:30am Castledermot Pentecost service.


We would 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.


Lots of new stock in Season, the Tidy Towns Shop and If you are looking for an outfit, why not come in and browse, you will be surprised what you may find on the rails. If you would like to work in the shop voluntarily, please call in during opening hours - thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.


Levitstown Ladies meet every Monday night in Levitstown Hall at 8pm and they welcome new members.


The Local History Group ‘s next meeting is on the Tuesday 29th of May in the Community Centre at 8pm, and will be on the excavations of Ardreigh, just outside Athy. All are welcome to attend and we hope you see you there.


Diseart Diarmada Young at Hearts Club meet every Monday and thursday from 2pm to 4pm in the Community Centre. All welcome to come along along and enjoy a chat, a cup of tea, and a game of bingo.


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