Tidy Towns crisis

Tidy Towns crisis

The Maynooth Tidy Towns committee has seen a major drop in the numbers of volunteers available to undertake projects around the town. Currently, only six regulars are now involved. According to Richard Farrell, PRO for the Tidy Town group, the lack of regular volunteers is threatening the town’s participation in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition. Even if Maynooth is an entry this year, he says, there is a great danger that points will be dropped because projects may not be completed on time. Maynooth has never seen a drop in overall points since 1993.

The judging of the competition takes place between June and August.

Richard is urgently seeking volunteers who will commit to working for a least an hour each week to help with litter control, planting and painting. Please call him at 087-3153189.

Talk on Flu pandemic

Maynooth Local History Group is presenting a talk entitled “1918-19 Flu – a North Kildare perspective” in the Glenroyal Hotel at 8pm on May 24. The speaker will be Ida Milne.

In the summer of 1918, a war-weary world found itself involved in yet another crisis, this time one which impacted directly on the homes of people worldwide. This most awesome of flu pandemics killed more than 40m people and infected more than fifth of the world population.

In this presentation, Ida Milne, one of three Irish experts on the pandemic, will talk about the effects of the flu in Ireland and in particular North Kildare.

Ida was awarded a Ph.D from TCD in 2011 for her work on the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, focusing on Leinster. Before returning to education, Ida worked for 20 years in the newspaper industry.

Men’s Sheds

It is proposed to start a branch of Men’s Sheds in Maynooth. This is a community based non-commercial organisation which is open to all men. The primary activity is the provision of a relaxed friendly environment where men can chill out over a cuppa, exchange stories, play cards or identify a project that will benefit the local community. The uniting bond is, that all members have time on their hands and are looking for something to occupy that time.

If you have a skill or are handy in any way, you will have the opportunity to share this with others.

The motto of Men’s Sheds is: Men don’t talk face to face. They talk shoulder to shoulder. As a rule men don’t talk about feelings and emotions. They are not encouraged to take an interest in their health. As a result problems are swept under the carpet. Men’s Sheds aim to change those attitudes.

If you would like to be part of this organisation why not contact John Fleming at

Ghost bus

Everyone knows what a ghost estate is, a housing development which is not competed because the developer is out of money. Have you ever heard of a ghost bus route? Well, that is a bus route which has had the infrastructure installed i.e. the bus stops, but no bus ever runs. Maynooth has one of these.

Some time ago Dublin Bus came up with a plan to extend the 66 service into Newtown and got as far as getting the bus stops in place – but that was it. You can wait at a nice new bus stop in Newtown for as long as you like but no bus will arrive. However, there is good news.

The Chief Executive of Dublin Bus has recently informed Emmet Stagg TD (Lab) that Dublin Bus is currently in talks with Kildare County Council regarding the proposed extension of the route 66 to Newtown Road and this has progressed to the application for planning permission stage. He also stated that for a number of reasons, including operating costs, there is no plan to extend the 67 route to Moyglare at this time.

Open Day

The Department of Adult and Community Education at NUI Maynooth is holding an Open Day from 5-8pm on May 17 in Education House on the North Campus. At this event you can find out about what part- time certificate courses are available in interesting areas such as Addiction Studies, Creative Writing, Local Studies or Adult and Community Education. If you would like to try something more challenging you can also find out how you can build a degree that is designed to meet your needs and your timetable. For more information, call Kay at 01-7086062.

Challenge race

The Maynooth Post Primary Parent-Teacher Association is planning a 10k Challenge to take place on Sunday May 20, starting at 10.30am. This will be run over a route taking in the historic grounds of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth town and the majestic grounds of Carton Hotel/ Estate. All proceeds will go towards the development of playing pitches, running and walking track in association with the GAA at Moyglare Road, Maynooth. These proposed new facilities will be of benefit to the whole community. Entry fee is E20 up to May 1. Thereafter the late fee is E25. You can download and application form at

Rusty Fixtures gig

The Rusty Fixtures and guests will be making an appearance at the Creative Arts Centre in Coates Lane on May 17. The Rusty Fixtures are a 5 piece band based in Wexford. The band formed in mid-2010 and began gigging in early 2011. In mid-2011 their focus firmly shifted towards original music. The band consists of Brian (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Mary (Vocals, Keys), John (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Rory (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Kyle (Drums, Backing Vocals). Their sound has been described as Folk, with strong Reggae and Alternative influences.

Admission to the Maynooth gig is E5 and doors are open at 9pm.

Coastal walk

Maynooth Hillwalkers is a locally based group which encourages members to explore the great outdoors in the company of other enthusiastic walkers. The group organises frequent outing to Wicklow, although they also go further afield. The next outing is an Introductory Walk from Burrow Beach, Portrane round the coast to Donabate and back via the inland route. This will include as stop off midway in the Waterside Hotel Donabate for Soup and Sandwiches (€6.95). The distance is around 9km and should take about 2.5 hours, plus break. The first meeting point is at the Bottle Bank car park in Maynooth at 10am. The second meeting point is at Portrane Green at 11am.

If you would like to join this walk, please log on to the website at and download the visitors’ rules. Here you can get more details about the Hillwalkers Club and how to join.

Summer Soccer School

There will be an eFlow Summer Soccer School based in Maynooth Town’s grounds on the Rathcoffey Road this year from August 13-17. There is an early booking fee of E89. Included in the cost is a free kit, backpack and soccer ball. Booking links are on the club website at