Join artist Niamh White for a fun stitch session in Newbridge library on Tuesday 15th May from 9.30 to 12.30 as part of Bealtaine 2012. Niamh will work with participants to create a hoop piece to capture a memory or sentiment which could become a family heirloom. 

Niamh will supply all materials but you are welcome to bring your own needles or threads if you have favourites. Over the course of the workshop participants will go from ideas and memories, to motifs and drawings and eventually to stitches. No drawing or stitch skills required. Willow Weaving Workshop, takes place on Saturday, 19 May 10.30am - 12.30pm. Materials Provided. Summer Flower Workshop, takes place on Friday 25 May10.30 - 12.30pm. Materials Provided, early booking is essential as places are limited. All events at Newbridge library are free of charge.

Run Kildare

The third annual Run Kildare event, comprising of a 10k, a half marathon and a full marathon

will take place this year on Sunday, 13 May, 2012. Please note the following race start

times: Full Marathon at 9 am and Half Marathon 11.45am and 10K at 12.45pm. You can still sign up online at and for more information check out our FAQ page.

Newbridge Drama Group woo Audiences

Amateur drama in Kildare is going through a rich vein at present with talented performances from the many groups throughout the county. Last week Newbridge audiences were treated to another uplifting performance, this time from Newbridge Drama Group’s production of ‘My Son is Crazy but Promising.’ The play which was directed by Justin Brady featured stunning performances from an all-star cast comprising Sean McIllroy, Noreen Donnelly, Mary Doyle, Colm Feeney, Mary Walsh, Jo McMahon, Cormac Brady, Conor Byrne, Brid Hernon-Hoey, Esther Crilly, Frank Gregg, Aoife Byrne, Brid Leddy, and the irrepressible Mick Malone. A side-splitting, fast moving farce-this was just the remedy to help us forget about austerity.

Maintain Hope

Table Quiz

Flanagan’s Bar in Eyre Street is the venue for a table quiz in aid of the Kenya Project. There are some very exciting prizes on offer, and these include a €50 voucher for each member of the winning team plus wine; a silver watch for each member of the runners-up and chocolates and wine for those placed third. In addition there are some fabulous spot prizes including 6 months Gym membership, beauty hampers, dinner vouchers and many more. Teams of 4 cost €40 and proceedings get underway at 8 pm.


We are asked to remind anyone who has not yet returned a Trócaire box to the local Churches to please leave them into the Parish Office as soon as possible. The Parish thanks all those who supported this cause.

Gerry O’Donoghue retires

Mr Gerry O’Donoghue, who is School Principal at Athgarvan, is to retire after 18 years. The parents of past and present pupils of Scoil Bhride, Athgarvan are invited to attend a presentation night to Mr O ‘Donoghue. The event shall take place in Scoil Bhride on Friday 11 May 2012 at 7.30pm.

Likes of the Week

Dominick’s Park Estate, Newbridge, is always beautifully maintained by the residents. Individual gardens display a sense of pride and the public areas are for the most time litter free. A credit to all concerned. Yes, there are other estates worthy of mention and they will be covered in due course. How about someone sponsoring a prize for the overall winner as adjudicated by an appropriate body?

The initiative undertaken by Roseberry residents who embarked on a cleanup of their own local area last week of the roadside and hedgerows which lead out to the bog is also worthy of a mention. This is a popular route for many walkers and it is a shame that the beautiful surroundings are sometimes defiled by unscrupulous dumping.

Like Nots!

Postal stamp vending machines which are all too frequently out of order! Can it be that difficult to ensure they are promptly repaired so we don’t have to join long queues to purchase a stamp?

Banks who allow receptacles for discarded paper receipts to overflow at ATM machines and publicans who do likewise with containers for discarded cigarette ends

Arthritis Exercise Classes

Beginners seated exercise class for people with arthritis in Parish Centre Kilcullen every Tuesday at 10.30am and every Monday in Newbridge Day-care Centre at 11am. Admission is €5. This programme is organised by Kildare Branch of Arthritis Ireland and is suitable for older people and people of all ages with arthritis. Tutor: Eva Doran at 087 6321833 or Phone Claire at 433803 Arthritis Ireland Helpline can be reached at LoCall 1890 252 846

Summer Garden

Newbridge Flower and Garden Club will hold its next meeting in the Parish Centre on Monday, 14 May, at 8pm. Siobhan Ryan, Horticulturist with Atlantic Homecare in Newbridge, will give a talk on the “Summer Garden” with plenty of  tips on how to keep your hanging baskets, patio tubs and garden blooming throughout the Summer months. Everyone is welcome. Admission €6

St Brigid’s Swimming Events

St Brigid’s Community Games will hold their Swimming events in The Curragh Pool on Friday 18 May. Events are for under 8yrs to under 16 yrs.

Entry forms are available at the schools or contact Teresa Harrison 087 6505516or email to before 14 May.