27 Jun 2022

Maynooth news

University of the Third Age

University of the Third Age

The local University of the Third Age (U3A) has recently celebrated six years promoting social, cultural and educational activities for the over 50s in the Maynooth area. Membership has increased during that time as have the range of interests and activities available. The programme has included trips to UK and various parts of Ireland and the group has participated in local festivals and in annual carol singing for charity. U3A book club meetings take place every month in the Library.

The group has a formal meeting on the first Friday of each month, with the remaining Friday mornings devoted to a variety of activities. The next meeting is on Friday July 6 in the Glenroyal Hotel. Further information on all of the above is available from Bernadette Duffy (Chairperson) at 01 6016179.

Reading challenge

Maynooth Community Library presents the Summer Reading Challenge, commencing in July 2012. This summer children aged 4 to 11 years are invited to read six books over the course of the summer holiday period. They can join the library to get their summer reading challenge pack that gets them started. There are also loads of stickers and rewards to collect along the way.

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children of all reading abilities. They can read any books they like - kids’ fiction or non-fiction and audio books. DVDs will not count.

All books to be read must be borrowed from the library. Further details are available at the library desk. Phone Maynooth Library 01-6285530.

After the crash

With the support of An Foras Feasa, the Department of English NUI Maynooth is organising a Symposium on the subject of “Irish Studies: Ideas and Institutions After the Crash”. This will take place on the Iontas Lecture Theatre, North Campus on Friday June 22, beginning at 9.30am.

Speakers will include Joe Cleary, Seamus Deane, Luke Gibbons, Tom Inglis, Margaret Kelleher, Declan Kiberd, Heather Laird, Susan McKay, Chris Morash, Diane Negra, Emer Nolan, Lionel Pilkington and Shaun Richards. Please reserve your place in advance by emailing Registration fee (payable on the day): €10 (waged), €5 (student / unwaged).

New Women’s Group

Are you interested in joining a women’s group? The first meeting of a new group will take place in Maynooth Community Library on Saturday June 30 from 10.30 am to 12.30pm. Meetings will be scheduled for every second Saturday morning.

The aim of the group is to offer support, share information and to have fun in a safe and creative environment. Further details are available at the library desk. 01-6285530 email

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 2012. AIB are now the sponsors of all network mornings that the Chamber provides in Kildare.

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 and to check meeting dates. There is no limit on how many of the same profession attend.

Maynooth Musical Society

The Society’s AGM will be at 8pm in the Creative Arts Centre, Coates Lane on Friday June 22.

Band on the run

The St Mary’s Brass and Reed Band have a busy schedule these days. After delighting the audience at the Night at the Castle event on June 12, it was off the following evening to play at the Eucharistic Congress at the RDS. A little known fact is that Maynooth’s St Mary’s Brass and Reed Band also played at the 1932 Eucharistic Congress.

If you would like more information about the band or would like to join this enthusiastic group of musicians, then call Catherine, the Band Secretary, at 087-9008554.

Summer bridge

Maynooth Bridge Club meets on Tuesday nights in ACOL House Maynooth. The club is open all year round. Guests are welcome with members during the season (September to end of May). During the summer, the club is open to visitors. Refreshments (tea or coffee) are available.


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

Help Maynooth look its best

If you would like to lend a hand and help keep Maynooth looking its best this summer, please contact the Tidy Town Group at 087-3153189. Even an hour or two of your time is welcome.

Join the choir

The Ladychapel Choir would welcome new members, both male and especially female. If you are interested in joining, please contact Rachel (086 8236433) or any member of the choir. You can also come along to the practice, which is held every Wednesday night in Ladychapel church at 8:00pm.

Fun cycle

As part of Bike Week, which runs from 16-24 June, there will be a Family Cycle on Sunday June 24. It will start out from the car-park opposite the RC Church at 2.30pm and head off for a relaxed spin to Clonfert Farm Petting Farm near Kilcock. There is free admission for cyclists.

Creative arts

The Creative Arts Centre is located Coates Lane in the heart of Maynooth. It aims to provide an intimate space for artists, musicians, theatre makers, comedians and audiences to share. Through the space’s versatility and openness it aims to create an artistic and cultural hub for Maynooth and the surrounding area. For future events, check out the website at

Flower and garden demo

The Maynooth Flower and Garden Club will hold its next meeting on June 19 at 8pm in the Glenroyal Hotel. The demonstrator on this occasion will be Bernadette Scanlon. All are welcome, but there is a E5 charge for non-members. Tea and coffee will be served.

New members wanted

North Kildare Tennis Club is always looking for new members at both senior and junior level. For adults there are Club Mornings on Thursdays from 10am

Club evenings are on Tuesdays from 8pm. Special summer events include American Tournaments, Club Evenings and a Ladies Championship. The courts are in the North Kildare Club at the Maws, between Maynooth and Kilcock.

For further information, contact Una Holton on 0872850374. For junior section activities please contact Anne Goodwin at 087-8201456.

Blessing of the graves

The Annual Mass and Blessing of Graves at Laraghbryan Cemetery will take place on Sunday June 24 at 3pm.

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