Salesians Charity Race

Salesians Charity Race

The Salesian Past Pupils’ Union of the Salesian College Celbridge is currently organising a Road Race for Saturday, May 19. The Road Race will start and finish in the Salesian College grounds on the Maynooth Road and will take the route of the Fr. Archer Memorial Race.

This year the Road Race will be a joint fundraiser for the both the ACRE Project and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

The Road Race affords the new Acre Project with an ideal opportunity to establish a Past Pupil network of support. However, the race is not confined just to Past Pupils. All who wish to join in and run or jog in support of these two great charities are more than welcome.

The main organiser this year of the Road Race is Damien Donegan who can be contacted at damiendonegan82@yahoo.ie

Natureafrica Quiz

There will be a Table Quiz in aid of Natureafrica in the Kildrought Lounge on Thursday April 19 at 8.30pm. The subscription is E40 for a table of four.

Long jump champion

The Celbridge Athletic Club has been celebrating a spectacular win by one of its club members at the recent All- Ireland Indoor Championships held in Nenagh. Ikenna Ezeugo-Klucaenko won the u16 long jump event with a jump measuring 6.14 metres, a clear 30cm ahead of the second- best competitor. Ikenna also competed in the 60m the day before. Jonathan Landy, competing in his first National competition, also competed in the boys u14 high jump, and finished 6th. Christine Campion competed in the girls’ u17 hurdles.

Business space available

Business units and office space are available to rent or lease at the Mill Community Centre or the Camelton Industrial Estate near Tesco’s. Large spaces up to 2000sq feet are currently vacant. Call the Community Centre manager at 01-6276259 for more details.

Steam power

The age of team has now gone, but those with an interest in steam power will certainly enjoy a visit to the Stem Museum in Straffan.

In the Model Hall the Collection consists of Early Inventor’s models, Scientific Engineering Models, and Historic Works of Mechanical Art.

The Power Hall displays six huge nineteenth century Stationary Engines running in steam on occasions.Demonstrations are included of steam powered electric lighting, and of equipment removed froma Dublin laundry driven through its original belt and line shafting to an early prime mover. A Cornish boiler and several small engines are on show.

Portraits of the Great Inventor’s and Engineers of the Steam Age are also on display.

The Halpin Collection has samples from the first transatlantic cable laid between Valencia Island and Newfoundland.

The Entrance Shop sells items of steam and garden interest, and the Steaming Kettle

Teahouse can provide coffee/tea and a light lunch if booked in advance.

The Steam Museum is open for visits by groups from May. Call 01-6288412 or 01-6273155.

Business networking

Local entrepreneurs and business people are being invited to a breakfast meeting at 7am on Monday April 23 in the Halo Café. The ideas is to provide a relaxed forum at which people can get to know one another and help generate new business for the town. For more details, call Mathew Black at 01- 6276686 or email info@halocafe.ie

Give Bat a hand for charity

Local fundraiser extraordinaire, Bat Murphy, is seeking volunteers to help him run his two charity shops on the Celbridge - Clane Road (on the Clane side of Barberstown Cross) One of the shops is a general charity shop and the other sells all items at less than a Euro. Bart plans to raise over E100, 000 this year for cancer charities, such as St. Brigid’s Hospice and the Little Way in Clane. If you can give three hours or more per week to help run Bart’s shops, call him at 086-0312772.

Fundraisers in Straffan

This year there will be a series of Car Boot Sales in Straffan in aid of a refurbishment programme for the community hall and the restoration of the local Church of Ireland. The next sale is on April 21 in the church grounds. It is planned to have one car boot sale each month. The fundraising group are also planning a scrap Saturday event and a barbecue in the Steam Museum during July.

Library closure

Due to building maintenance, Celbridge library will be closed on Monday 14 and Tuesday May 15. It will reopen on Wednesday May 16 at 2pm. The Library staff apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Charity shop

The local NCBI charity shop (formerly known as Ms Quin’s) is on the Main Street just facing the Mill Community Centre. Drop in between 10am and 5pm and pick up a bargain in clothes, books, bric-a-brac, DVDs, household equipment and small pieces of furniture. The shop also accepts donations of items in good condition for display and sale in the shop. Bring your donations along during opening hours. Please do not leave bags on the pavement outside the premises.

The Little Way

Ladies! It’s that time of year again! If you would like to Walk, Run or Jog for The Little Way Cancer Support Centre, Clane at the Mini-Marathon on June 4, please contact 045 90 2996/0872983140 for your Mini-Marathon package

Witty Knitters

The local knitting club, “Witty Knitters” meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month upstairs in the Mucky Duck at 7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact Caroline at 086-3380746 for more details.

Golf Classic

Celbridge Community Council is planning its first Annual Golf Classic in aid of Care for the Aged in Celbridge, Ardclough and Straffan. Players will tee off at the Smurfit Course in the K-Club on April 27. Entry fee is E320 which will include the green fees and dinner. For registration and times phone Maureen Abbott at 01-6288894 or 086-3165870.

Market traders

The Castletown Markets and Craft Fairs will take place in the recently restored Stable Wing and Courtyard on the last Sunday of the Month between May and October from 11am-5pm. The first market will be on Sunday May 27.

If you are interested in taking a stall in the markets/craft fairs, please e-mail the Castletown events officer: caoilfhionn.murphy@opw.ie or telephone 01 628 8252 for more information.

Day care activities

The Celbridge Day-care Club for senior citizens is open on Tuesdays 2-5pm and Thursdays 10am-1pm in the Kate Walsh House in the Mill Community Centre. Come along for light exercise, music sessions, indoor bowls, bingo, card games, spring planting plus arts and crafts. There are also outings and other fun activities. Other services provided include chiropody and information mornings. A taxi service is available when required Light refreshments are served. For further information call 01-6275518


Boys aged 7-9 can improve their basketball skills at the Liffey Celtics Basketball Club which meets in Scoil na Mainistreach each Saturday from 2.30pm. New players are welcome at any time. Contact Siobhan at 087633563.