07 Jul 2022

Kilmeade news

Big bake day at Scoil Ide Naofa

Big bake day at Scoil Ide Naofa

Outside the rain fell for the entire day, but inside, on Thursday, June 7, was the sound of happy children as teacher, Joan O’Connor and her Fifth Class pupils worked from 10am until 3pm selling the most delicious treats, and all in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund.

Tables groaned under the weight of a myriad of wonderful baking, fruit cakes, fresh cream sponges, banana and walnut cakes, queen cakes, muffins, cupcakes, apple tarts, breads and lots more; the choice was endless.

The pupils took on the task of selling in a most professional manner, armed with ready smiles and plastic gloves! No need for a maths class that day as they readily added the totals and worked out the change required for the customers, all the time being very friendly and thanking us for our custom. An invaluable experience for the boys and girls, in the presence of their teacher, Joan O’Connor, who kept a watchful eye on all the proceedings.

Well done to everyone involved and to all the parents and members of the community for the wonderful goodies.

And what did all that mixing, kneading, rolling, baking and selling achieve? The grand total raised for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund is €1,250.30, a remarkable achievement.

Library events

Always telling readers there’s more to Athy library than just books and the exciting programme, as follows, proves that:

Musical Theatre and Performance Workshop with Katie Carpenter (7-12 years) starting at 10.30am next Monday 25 June, and continuing on 2, 16, and 23 July. All aspects of performing arts – includes script reading, sheet music, production , movement and costume.

Songwriting Workshops (12 -18 years). Each workshop running for 2 hours, with an extra 45mins added on to 23 July for showcase, includes style, structure, lyrics, melody, productions and performance

Harry Potter Competition 26 June - 31 July. Are you Harry Potter’s biggest fan? Write a letter explaining why you’re his biggest fan. Competition to find Ireland and the UK’s biggest fan – local prize also

Family Week: This week, starting on Wednesday 20 June 11am – 12.30pm (open to all the family). Playing to Reach the Stars. Clown and Puppet Picture Book Show. Thursday 21 June 3pm – 4.30pm (open to all the family). Brewery of Eggshells on the Road. Storytelling/song with Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery. Friday 22 June 11am – 12pm (open to all the family). Uncle Dan from The Twitters, singing Children’s Folk Songs.

Launching in July is the Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4 – 12 years. Read six books of your choice over July and August – chart your progress , receive certification when complete and enjoy party for those who complete the challenge.

I.C.A. news

Stephanie Cronan writes: ”The Fontstown ICA ladies found themselves getting crafty with their hands while enjoying a candle making evening during their June gathering in Molly O’Looneys in Narraghmore last Thursday. Experimenting with colours and scents, the end results turned out to be a huge success.

“The ladies meet on the second Thursday of every month at 8pm and welcome new members to join them. Newest member Stephanie was given such a warm welcome and made feel part of the group immediately, “enjoying the banter while making candles made the evening so worthwhile and was a great couple of hours away from the house!” she said.

“A recent charity event saw almost fifty ladies of all ages and stages don their walking shoes and meet up on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning for some walking and talking (pushing buggies for some) while raising money for a great cause - multi tasking at it’s best! With over €700 euro raised the proceeds going to St. Bridgid’s Hospice in the Curragh and Little Way Cancer Support Unit in Athy.

“Their annual outing will take place on Tuesday 26 June departing from the Clanard Court hotel; this year they will be going to Johnstown Garden Centre before stopping for lunch in Avoca, followed by a tour of Russborough House, then finishing up with dinner back at the Clanard.

“If you would like to find out more about the Fontstown ICA then pop along to their next meeting, the door is always open.”

Thanks to Stephanie, who in Lil Kelly’s absence took pen in hand to write the report, and did a very good job.

Flying feet

Set dancing at St. Laurence’s took on a real international flavour recently with dancers from California, Mexico and Chicago joining the regular Wednesday evening crowd. They got a great welcome, as they always do, from Betty Davis, “Set Dancing Mama” and Syl Bell who calls the sets.

The verdict? Brilliant!

The most recent studies are revealing that set dancing, when practised by people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, has a very beneficial effect. Set dancing is also great for the bones, being a weight bearing exercise, and it also delivers the “feel good” factor, so plenty of reasons for taking part at St. Laurence’s GFC on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 10.30p.m.

Larries lore

St Laurences U/11s played a challenge game against St Josephs Ballyadams on Saturday 9 June. A lovely evening for football and a great game of skilful football by both sides. Thank you to St Josephs for hosting the game and looking after our lads so well.

No rest for the Larries on Sunday either as the underage teams played against visiting teams as part of the annual Field Day. The sun shone on the Larries that day as well and lots of fun and games for old and young alike.

Speaking of Fun…St Laurences Summer Camp will take place from Monday 9 to Friday July 13, 10am to 2.30pm. Always a great week of fun and activity and since we have five years of success under our belt we aim that it will be even more successful this year. Book your places now! Prices are unbeatable at €45 for the first child and €40 for each subsequent child in a family. This includes a St Laurences kit – you can’t go wrong! Registration forms are available from Anna Fleming on 087 2064677 or, any committee member or in the clubhouse.

Full details are on the website Special thanks to our sponsors Vista Primary care and Crookstown N9 Service Station.

St Laurences U6/7s and 8s have matches against Milltown (last Saturday) and Moorefield (on 23rd). Best of luck to all the boys and girls!

Underage bag-packing on Friday and Saturday 29 and 30 June in Dunnes Stores Newbridge. Katherine Kavanagh would love to hear from anyone who can give some of their time on either day, many hands make light work as they say and your help is very much appreciated.

Don’t forget that a full range of training gear is available in Buy Design Crookstown.

Big cleanup

Saturday next, June 23, from 11am, is big clean up time for Moate View and New Line Grove aera. Volunteers are asked to assemble at the playground area in Moate View.

The latest Lotto winner is Rosemary Berry, who won €53. Congratulations Rosemary.

Best wishes

He is sorely missed and we send good wishes to Fr. Colm O’Siochru for a return to good health as we express our gratitude to Fr. Frank McEvoy who is looking after the entire parish of Narraghmore at present.

Green flag two

The second Green Flag will be hoisted at Scoil Ide Naofa this Friday, 22 June, so a great end to the school year.

Well done to the Green Flag Committee and to everyone at the school who are so committed to our environment.

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars Athy Stage School is proud to announce the upcoming show ‘Alice and her Musical Adventure’ which has been adapted by Isobel Brady(the founder of the Stage School) from the story of Alice in Wonderland. After falling down the rabbit hole, Alice sets off on a journey to find the White Rabbit, but on the way she meets some well known characters who she hopes can also help her find her way home.

With a stage full of children from the age of 3yrs to 16yrs, ‘Alice and her Musical Adventure’ is full of well know musical and popular songs that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Tickets are available at The Gem Athy and cost €25 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children), €10 for an adult, €5 for a child and under 3s are free.

It will be staged in Ard Scoil Na Trionoide on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June at 7.30pm.


The wet weather, combined with annual Summer holidays has meant a serious shortage of blood donations. Please log on to to find out your nearest donation point.

Jackie’s art

Last week we asked you to make a note of Friday, June 29, and to keep the evening free for Jackie Nolan’s Art Exhibition. Kilmeadeites will remember Jackie for the many years she spent in our local FAS office, doing great work, and endearing herself to everyone with her ready smile and willingness to help in any way she could.

It is with the intention of raising funds for Cancer Research that Jackie, from Crookstown Lower, has decided to launch an Art Exhibition (a first) of her own work in Ballytore Library and Museum on Friday 29 June at 7.30pm.

Jackie is a self taught artist who found that after giving up her career to help her family to care for her late mother, Bridie Nolan, she had a little more time on her hands to start painting again, after a lot of dust had gathered on the old easel! After doing a number of paintings she decided that she would try and put them to some good by holding an exhibition to raise much needed funds for Cancer Research.

Jackie stresses that she has no aspirations to becoming a “famous artist” and the paintings which she will have on display are only a small part of getting family, friends and the community together for a social evening, to remember those we have lost through cancer, other illnesses or accidents.

The exhibition is to highlight how wonderful it is to live in a community where everyone supports each other in times of tragedy. Jackie says she has been humbled and amazed at the support she received from every single local business in the area who wanted to be part of this event.

Having lost her mother last year she points out that it is not only her own family that has been affected by this awful illness but so many other families and friends in our community who have suffered in the same way. Almost everyone has known someone, be it family, friend or neighbour who has been touched by this illness.

The evening will be a way of gathering together to remember our friends and loved ones and to hopefully raise a few euro for this very worthy cause.

The exhibition will open on Friday 29 June and run for two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome to drop in at any stage during Library/Museum opening times to visit and there will be lots of ways to donate for those who do not wish to purchase a painting.

Full house

During these recessionary times many charities have noticed a depletion in their funds, but Barry from the Hunting Ground, just down the road from Kilmeade, is doing his bit to reverse this trend.

He runs Charity Bingo every Monday night at 8.30p.m. and the current charity is Athy Age Action. Currently there are two jackpots of €400 and €500 and if you want to play a book will cost you €4. New players very welcome.

Barry also runs a Car Boot Sale in the extensive area of the Hunting Ground every Saturday from 7am until 2pm.

It’s a great venue for both buyers and sellers with a wonderful selection of clothing, furniture and bric a brac, with recession friendly prices and an opportunity to offload your unwanted goods or to pick up a brilliant bargain.

Kare races

An evening at the Races in aid of KARE, takes place at the Curragh Race Course on Saturday July 21. Tickets are €15 and €10 from every ticket sold in advance goes directly to KARE to help them to continue to do the wonderful work they carry out all across Kildare, East Offaly and West Wicklow.

It’s a great opportunity for a relaxed and enjoyable day out while helping support a wonderful local charity. Tickets can be bought on or by calling 045 448700.

On yer bike!

The Leinster Loop takes place, once again this year, on August 19 and the national launch is planned for this Wednesday June 20 at Government Buildings and Esther Tallon is delighted to report that Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and two legendary Tour de France winners, Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado will be in attendance.

Further details and registration are available on

From last Saturday, 16 June until Sunday, 24 June, is National Bike Week, so maybe now is the time to get out that bike you’ve always threatened to ride again, polish it up and start training for the Leinster Loop; you have two full months!


The tradition of celebrating Masses in our graveyards has long been cherished by members of our community, and this year, weather permitting, the custom will continue as follows:

Fontstown: Tuesday, 10 July, 7.30pm.

Glassealy: Wednesday, 11 July, 7.30pm.

Kilmeade: Sunday, 15 July, 10.30am.

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