Thanks to Galway Cyclists

Thanks to Galway Cyclists

Pat Clarke, the Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland has thanked those who took part in the recent Galway Cycle organised by NUI Maynooth students.

Over 200 cyclists and another 100 volunteers departed NUI Maynooth’s Student Union at dawn on the morning of Friday March 25th to cycle the 400km round trip from Maynooth to Galway.

The event raised over €122,000. The money will be used by Down Syndrome Ireland to roll out an early development program across the country. This has already been piloted successfully in Kildare.

Pat Clarke noted that “These are difficult economic times for every family, particularly those who have a child with a disability. With ever more cuts in services, our 3,000 members are increasingly reliant on Down Syndrome Ireland to give them the vital services and supports they may not be receiving. 0n their behalf, I’d like to thank the organisers of this event and the enthusiastic and generous volunteers who took part in the cycle”.

Gael Linn winners

Congratulations to Maynooth Post Primary’s senior Gael Linn Debating team who won the All-Ireland senior debating at the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on March 29. Sisters Deirdre and Éirin Ní Chearúil with Niam Ní Mhuiri saw off the opposition from Limerick’s Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in a debate which questioned whether or not Ireland still merited the title “The Island of Saints and Scholars”. This is the second All- Ireland win in a row for Maynooth Post Primary.

Spring Show

Maynooth Flower and Garden Club is hosting its annual Spring Show on Saturday April 14 in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. It is open to the public from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Admission is E4.

Easter Bonnet Competition

Maynooth Senior Citizens are organising and Easter Bonnet Competition at their Tea Dance on Sunday April 15 at 3pm in the GAA Club on the Moyglare Road.

Business Network

North Kildare Chamber of Commerce holds weekly business networking mornings in Maynooth from 7.30-9am on Tuesday mornings. The objective of the weekly meeting is to give Chamber Members an opportunity to network, share ideas, leads and contacts with each other. This is a great way to meet fellow Members and hopefully to do more business in 2011. These meetings are open to all Chamber Members and non- members are always welcome to attend. The venue is Riverstown Lodge and Hall, South Campus, NUI Maynooth. Please contact Alan at 087-2944333 or the Chamber office at 045 894074 for directions. There is no limit on how many of the same profession attend.

Teen Space

There is a regular Youth Club for the third to sixth year age group in the Community Space beside Manor Mills. Teen Space organises activities on Fridays 2-5pm and Mondays 7.30-9pm.

10k challenge race in May

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

University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age holds regular weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Maynooth Community Space beside Manor Mills Shopping Centre. For details and times call Bernadette at 01-6289131.

Art exhibition

Maynooth’s artists will have their latest works on show at the Castle Keep Art Group exhibition in Maynooth Post Primary School on Saturday and Sunday April 14 and 15. The exhibition will be open from 12 midday until 6pm each day. Admission is free of charge.

ICA meetings

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association meets on every first Monday of the month at 8pm in the ICA Hall at the Harbour. There is also a Crafts Session every Monday night at 8pm.

Learn public speaking

Maynooth Toastmasters meets in the Glenroyal Hotel on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7.45pm. Visitors are always welcome. When you join Maynooth Toastmasters club, you will learn how to prepare and practice your speaking skills in a supportive atmosphere.

You will receive a variety of manuals and resources to help you. Members also have access to other books as well as audio and video cassettes on speaking and leading.

They also receive the award-winning The Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques. Toastmasters has helped many members in their community service activities.

Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, people have become more active in business, churches, and service and charity organizations. Toastmasters members are able to organize activities, conduct meetings, and speak in public as their organization’s representative.

Some even become active in local, or national government. Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation.

Clean up

As part of the National Spring Clean scheduled for this month, Maynooth Tidy Towns will organise the local Clean Up on Saturday April 21. Regular clean ups will take place each Saturday after Easter throughout the Maynooth area. If you would like to volunteer call 087-3153189.

Boots on

The Maynooth Hillwalking Club is organizing one of its popular introductory walks from Tibradden to Kilmashogue Wood on Sunday April 15. The first meeting point is at the Bottle Bank Car Park, Maynooth at 9am, the second is at Kilmashogue Wood Car Park at 10am.

More experienced hikers can take tackle in a more challenging event at Slievenabawnoge seehan ballinascorney on April 22. The distance in this case is 10km with a height gain of 160m. It should take about 4 hours. The meeting point for this walk is at the Blessington Monument at 9.30am

If you would like to join either of these walks, please log on to the website at and download the visitors’ rules.

Girl Guides

The Girl Guides meet every Tuesday evening in Maynooth. Contact Jackie at 085-1413787 for further details or check the website at

Summer camp coaches

Maynooth GAA Club is seeking experienced and enthusiastic coaches and assistant coaches for its club camps this summer. Club Football starts on July 2 and the Hurling Camp begins on August 20. For more details please contact Barry Feeney at 087 6286133.