Plaque for Salmon Leap Bridge

Plaque for Salmon Leap Bridge

On Tuesday May 15, the Parish Team and Pastoral Council are inviting all parishioners to the unveiling of a Plaque to commemorate those who died on June 27, 1932, in a traffic accident on the Salmon Leap Bridge, as they were returning home from the Eucharistic Congress. The ceremony will commence in the church of Our Lady’s Nativity at 6.45pm and will process with the 2012 Congress Bell via the Main Street to the bridge for the unveiling of the Plaque.

This will be followed by a reception in the Parish Centre. There will be Eucharistic Adoration in the church all day to accompany the Eucharistic Congress Bell which is on a brief visit to the parish.

Traditional music

Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann, Leixlip Branch, will host a Music Recital on Wednesday May 16 at 8pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. Admission is €10 with a concession of €5. A group of Cape Breton Musicians will also perform at this event.

Table Quiz

The Leixlip Parish Cells group, supporting Pieta House, will hold a Table Quiz on Friday May 18 in the GAA Hall Green Lane Leixlip at 8.30pm. The subscription is E5 per person with tables of four. 

New poetry by Leixlip man

Catherine Murphy TD will launch a new poetry collection “Rus in Urbe” by Leixlip resident James Lawless in the Sarsfield Room of the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip on Tuesday, May 22 at 7.30pm. Admission is free. All are welcome and refreshments will be supplied.

The collection is divided into two halves: country poems (rus) and urban poems (in urbe). The reason for the city/country division in the poems in “Rus in Urbe” is that James describes himself as a product of the city who has spent a great part of many years in County Kildare and West Cork - an urban man with a rustic interior. James is a widely published author in both poetry and prose. The book will be available at the launch for E10 and also in local bookshops for E12.

For more information about James (with samples of his poems) log on to his website at www.jameslawless.net

Annual mass for exam students

The Annual Mass for those doing Exams will take place on Sunday May 20 at 7.30pm in conjunction with the Youth Mass. All exam students and everyone who wishes to pray for and support them are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre after the Mass.

Bealtaine Festival

In this European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the question is ‘What kind of old do you want to be?’ Do you want to be a dancer? A painter? An artist? A story-teller? Get started during Bealtaine, no matter what age you are; there’s hardly a moment to lose. Re-ignite the flame of creativity and unlock hidden talents!

Kildare Library and Arts Service has organised an exciting programme of free workshops and performances in libraries throughout the county during Bealtaine for our older citizens. Dance, craft, story-telling and visual art workshops, plus theatre performances and film screenings. There’s something for everyone. Events and workshops may require advance booking as places are limited

Art exhibition

An Art Exhibition by Natalya Boyko will be on display in the Library until Saturday 19. Natalya, who is originally from the Ukraine, took up painting when she moved to Germany. She paints on silk and also creates batiks. She moved to Ireland ten years ago. Her Exhibition, which will contain over twenty works, is free to view during library Open Door time.

Dublin long ago

On May 17, at 7pm, Brendan Twomey, banker by day, historian by night will give a talk in the Library entitled “Dublin in 1707”, the subject of his latest book. Leixlip and Celbridge were the places where the Dublin glitterati of the time had their country seats. This event is hosted by the Leixlip history Club. Everyone is welcome and no booking is necessary.

A stitch in time

There will be a Stitch-O-Rama workshop in the Library on Wednesday May 23 from 9.30am-12.30pm. During this fun stitch-in with artist Niamh White, participants can create a hoop piece to capture a memory or sentiment which could become a family heirloom. All materials are supplied and no drawing or stitch skills are required.

Laban Dance Workshop

Patti Abozaglo will host a dance workshop for adults in the Library on Saturday May 26 from 3-4.30pm. This workshop offers you an opportunity to develop your dance skills, enjoy a session in creative dance and dance just for the fun of it! The workshop is based on Rudolf Laban’s fundamentals. One of the founders of modern dance, Laban evolved an exciting new approach to dance and movement. Previous experience of dance is not required to enjoy this session and beginners are welcome.

Please book in advance as places are limited.

Story telling

On May 28, at twelve noon, join Niall de Burca, one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers, for story sharing in the Library. This will be a highly engaging story telling workshop in which participants are invited to share memories, experiences and local history through story and song.

Patchwork workshop

On Wednesday May 30, from 11am-1pm, Sheila Travers will demonstrate for beginners how to work with patchwork. All materials will be provided.

First Time Mothers

Hosted by Lauran Burke Public Health Nurse with the HSE the First Time Mothers’ Group offers support, information and an opportunity to meet with other first time mothers. The dates for this month are Tuesdays 15 and 29 from 2-3pm in the Library. New members can come along on the day.

Diabetes course

The 6 Week X-PERT programme outlines how to manage Type 2 Diabetes, giving guidelines on how to manage weight, supermarket shopping, possible complications with diabetes and how to prevent them, plus the importance of lifestyle, diet and exercise.  The course is FREE and is suitable for anyone with Type 2 Diabetes. The next course will be running in Leixlip GAA from May 15 - June 19 (Every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks: 7pm-9.30pm) Fiona Moloney, HSE Senior Community Dietitian is the facilitator. For further information or to book a place, contact Fiona on 01-6106144 (Leave a message if there’s no reply).

Black Tie Ball

The Leixlip Arch Club has organised a Black Tie Ball for the May 25 for members in the Spa Hotel Lucan to celebrate the Club’s 25th anniversary. Festivities will commence at 6pm with a four-course meal, followed by music from the band ‘Backstage’. Dancing will continue long into the night. If you would like to enquire about the Leixlip Arch Club and its work for those with special needs, please contact Jonathan on 086 3547104.


Leixlip Library Knitting Club, “The Purls of Wisdom” meets every Tuesday morning at 11am – 12.30pm. Knitters of all abilities including beginners are welcome. Come and share your skills and patterns and stay for a cuppa and a chat.

Parent and Toddler Group

Come along with your babies and toddlers. A safe place for them to play with toys and listen to a story or two. A chance for you to meet other parents and have a coffee and a chat. The group meets every fortnight and new members are always welcome. The next date is May 18 in the Library, from 10.30am-12.30pm.