27 Jun 2022

Celbridge news

Olympian visits Scoil Mochua

Olympian visits Scoil Mochua

Celbridge Olympian and past pupil of Scoil Mochua Mark Kenneally got a great welcome when visited his old school on recently. Mark attended Scoil Mochua from 1986 to 1994 and is the only Irish entrant to have qualified for the men’s marathon at this summer’s London Olympics.

He took some time off from his busy training schedule to attend an assembly hosted by the children from 5th and 6th classes.

To mark the occasion of Mark’s visit, Scoil Mochua organised a “marathon euro trail” with families contributing €1 and €2 coins which were then arranged around the outline of the Olympic rings in the school yard. A cheque of €500 was presented to Mark by members of the School’s Santry Sports Athletics team at the end of the assembly.

The money will go towards defraying some of Mark’s training expenses in preparation for the Olympics.

Mark gave a very informative account of his school memories, early career and Olympic preparations to a rapt audience.

All eyes at Scoil Mochua and in Celbridge will be on Mark when he competes in the marathon, this year’s Olympics final event, in London on August 12.

Medals for Celbridge club

Celbridge Athletic Club hosted its first ever Leinster Competition at their track in Celbridge on the weekend before last.

A total of 117 teams from all over the province took part in the team event, which was held in ideal conditions.

Celbridge fielded 13 teams, three of which took home medals. Silver medals went to the boys’ under-10 team (Sam McElligott, Fionn Reilly Alex Shanley and Ryan Gardiner with sub. Sean Mc Givern) and the girl’s under-11 team (Rebecca Carroll, Laoise Lenehan, Sarah Rose Merrick and Ciara Gallagher) won bronze medals. The boy’s under- 13 team also took bronze in the relay.

Dyslexia Workshop

The Dyslexia Workshop in Celbridge is now taking enrolments for September 2012. Places are open to children from Kildare and the greater area. The workshop runs on a Wednesday from 4.30-6.30 for two terms.

The workshop can offer great assistance to children diagnosed with dyslexia and aged eight and over. For further information please contact or Niamh on 087-6913757

On your bikes!

Bike Week 2012 takes place from June 16 to 24, with cycling events all over the country, organized by local authorities, community groups, charities and cycling groups.

Cycling is a fun, healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly and low cost way to make those shorter journeys. Nearly everyone has cycled at some stage – but so many lose the habit. Bike week is meant to boost you enthusiasm and get you back on the bike.

There will be a Heritage Cycle to Straffan Steam Museum from Celbridge and Maynooth, in partnership with the local cycling group and cycling campaign group, on Sunday June 17 at 2.30pm. Start points are at the Square, Maynooth and Aghards Car Park, Celbridge. This event is aimed at adult cyclists.

A Family Cycle, aimed at cyclists of all ages, will start out from Castletown Gates at 11am on June 24 and make its leisurely way to Kimacredock, near Leixlip.

Suzuki Concert

The Celbridge Suzuki Group will hold its Summer Concert on Saturday June 16 at 7.30pm. The event will be held in Christchurch at the gates of Castletown, by kind permission of the Rector, the Reverend Sandra Hales and the Select Vestry. The concert will feature young violinists in a performance of the Suzuki repertoire, which includes many favourite classical works. Call 087-2922587 for ticket enquiries.

Family events at the library

Now that summer is here why not make a trip to Celbridge library with your family and find out what’s on offer. Family week from June 18 is an ideal opportunity for families to kick start their summer, with a series of cultural events that will appeal to all ages.

Library Book Clubs close for the summer in June and will recommence in September. Anyone wishing to be part of the general book clubs or Murder Mystery club can put their name down now for September.

During the summer the Library organises a Summer Reading Challenge to keep up children’s interest in reading during the school holidays. You can contact the Library at 01 6272207 or email

Music for classical guitar

The spiritual home of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival, Castletown House is the stunning setting for an alluring recital by Chinese guitar sensation Xuefei Yang and the Elias Quartet. This event, on Sunday June 17 in the Long Gallery at 3pm, will include works for solo guitar by Rodrigo and the JS Bach Concerto in A minor for Guitar and String Quartet as well as music by Boccherini and Dvorak.

Booking and other information is available at

Or you can call 01 664 2822 or email

Your ideas wanted for Culture Night

Culture Night 2011 was a great success in County Kildare last year. Events catered for young and old and covered all interests from music to history, film to nature, visual art to informative lectures, bus tours, walks and picnics.

Culture Night 2012 will be held on Friday September 21, but events can take place over the weekend. Arts and cultural organisations are encouraged to open their doors until late with free events, tours, talks and performances for family and friends to enjoy. Why not consider a dawn event, a breakfast morning – the possibilities are endless!

Kildare County Council will supply and design the posters, programmes, balloons and advertising for newspapers and local radio to help promote the events. A small stipend may be made available to participating groups for expenses.

The deadline for applications to signal participation in Culture Night is June 13, so if you have something at planning stage contact Bridin Fogarty, Culture Night Programme Co-ordinator right away at 087 7653643 or email

English Classes

English classes are continuing each Wednesday in Celbridge Library at 9.30am.

Country Market at Castletown

The next Country Market and Craft Fair at Castletown House will be on June 24 from 11am-5pm. In conjunction with the market there will be Midday Music with Noreen O’Sullivan from 12 noon to 1pm. Later in the afternoon, from 2-4pm, Tiarna will entertain with traditional Irish music.

Photo Exhibition

Celbridge Camera Club will be holding its annual exhibition 2012 in Castletown House in Celbridge until June 15. The exhibition will be open to the public between 11am and 4pm on weekdays and 11am and 5pm on weekends and the bank holiday Monday. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Story time

There is Storytelling every Friday at 10am in Celbridge Library.

Come with your pre-school children and enjoy the stories, singing and fun with Meabh and Sal. New members are always welcome.

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