Leixlip Tidy Town Association invites current and past Leixlip tidy-towners to join in celebrating 50 years of volunteering in Leixlip Parish Centre, Station Road/Old Hill, on Saturday April 14 at 11am. Refreshments will be served. The Association’s memorabilia and photographic material will be on display.

The Association was set up to conform with the aims and ideals of Bord Failte, which established an innovative national scheme of tidy-towning which has continued to the present day, now under the auspices of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

The Association has entered every annual, national tidy-town competition since its inception. It won an award in its first entry, as the ‘best new entry’ but alas, none since.

Speakers at the function will include Conor O’Brien, President of the Association and a retired National School Vice-Principal who is the longest serving active member of the Association and the Hon. Desmond Guinness, historic buildings conservationist, Leixlip Castle.

Author visit to Leixlip library

Well-known author, Roisin Meaney will be making a visit to Leixlip Library on Thursday April 26 at 10.15pm. Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, County Kerry and today lives in Limerick. A former teacher, to date she’s written a number of novels for adults, as well as two children’s books. Three of her novels have made the top five in the Irish bestseller list, and her writing has been translated into German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Roisin will be visiting Leixlip Library to discuss her latest book “One Summer” which is in the shops in April. Everyone is welcome – come along for a chat and a cuppa.

GAA Academy

The GAA Academy for young players will not take place on Saturday April 14 due to Easter Holidays. The Academy will return on Saturday April 21 as normal.

Our House Musical

Leixlip Musical and Variety group will be bringing back “Our House – the Madness Musical” in Green Lane Leixlip on from April 11-14 at 8pm each evening. Tickets are E10. To Book call the Box Office at 087-163-2268 - If you saw it before you will definitely want to see it again and if you missed it don’t make the same mistake - that would be madness!

Gardening with Jody Price

You are are specially invited to join Jody Price and Guests for an evening of discussion and tips on all matters relating to you and your garden on Friday April 13 in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm. There will be a vast array of items for sale on the night, plus refreshments and of course the customary raffle. All proceeds are very kindly being donated to the Parish Twinning Fund and will bring the target of €30,000 that little bit closer. The Parish has raised €22,000 to date.

Titanic Anniversary

To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, Leixlip Library will be holding screenings of fascinating documentaries on the topic throughout the month of April. Please contact the library at 01 606005 for further details.

Women in history talk

Mary Cullen is a distinguished retired NUI Maynooth history lecturer, with a special interest in women in history. Mary will give a talk on “The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement” in the Library on Thursday April 19 at 7.30pm. This talk is presented by the Leixlip History Group. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be accepting blood donations at San Carlo Senior School, Confey on April 16 from 5-8.30pm.

Study skills for young people

Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children and teenagers with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia in the Library at 7pm on April 26. It will cover issues such as: things that can make study difficult,

practical strategies to improve study habits and skills and technology that can assist.

Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with 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.

Musical Theatre Workshop

Do you love to sing, dance and perform? If so the Community Library has just the workshop for you! Katie Carpenter will facilitate workshops each day from Tuesday April 10 to Friday April 13 from 12.45pm - 3pm each day. You must be aged between 8-12 years and be willing to practice each day at the times specified. You will perform for your parents on the Friday at 3pm. So what are you waiting for, join up now! Places are limited so early booking is essential. Contact the Library at 01- 6060050.

Creative writing

The Library is currently taking names for a new adult creative writing group that will meet in Leixlip Library on the last Saturday of every month.

The group will start on Saturday May 29 at 11am and anyone interested in taking part should register with the library in advance. Places are limited so book early.

Learn English

English Language Classes for parents of children attending Scoil San Carlos Primary School, Leixlip facilitated by Co. Kildare VEC Adult Education Service

take place in the Library on Tuesday April 17 and 24 from 9.15 – 11.15am. There is no class on Tuesday 10. For further information please contact Anne Comerford 01 6246254

First Time Mothers Group

Hosted by Michelle Kelleher and Niamh Callan, Public Health Nurses with the HSE, this group provides support, information and an opportunity to meet with other first time mothers. New members can come along on the day. The group will meet in the Library on Tuesday April 17 from 2-3pm.

Green Waste

There will be a Green Waste Day on Saturday April 21 organised by Leixlip Town Council at The Wonderful Barn between 12.00pm and 4pm

A shredder will be on site. Please note Commercial material will not be accepted

The Italian Job

The Library DVD Club meets on Tuesday April 10 from 6.30 – 7.30pm. This month the club will discuss “The Italian Job”. Michael Caine and his gang of crooks star in the ultimate British caper movie packed with fast cars (including the iconic Mini), beautiful girls and swinging ‘60s action.

Purls of Wisdom

The local knitting club meets every Tuesday morning in the Library from 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. Dates for April are Tuesday 17 and 24. There is no meeting on Tuesday April 10.

Parent and Toddler Group

Come along to the Library 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 session for this month is on Friday 20 from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Action Zambia cake sale

A Cake Sale in aid of Action Zambia will will take place in the Parish Centre on Sunday next April 15. This is being organised by pupils of Colaiste Chiarain.

Autism support

The Kildare Support Group for parents and carers of those with autism meets in the Riverforest Hotel on the last Wednesday of each month at 8.30pm. For information, please come along to a meeting or call John at 087-2621309.