New Celbridge leisure amenity

A new leisure centre with a bowling alley is due to open shortly in Celbridge.

A new leisure centre with a bowling alley is due to open shortly in Celbridge.

Straffan based developers, Lar and Dave McKenna of Castlekeel Ltd are planning to open a lesiure centre at Mooretown, Celbridge in early December.

Work is taking place on the premises at the M4 Interchange Park, just up the road from Salesian College towards Maynooth.

The company said this week it will employ over fifty people and there have been forty working on the construction.

Lar McKenna said the building was granted a commercial permission but received a change of use from Kildare County Council.

There is a lot of space on the site and Mr. McKenna said he would not rule out building a swimming pool there, despite the costs involved

Under the name of Base Entertainment Centre, the company said it has invested €3.5 and it will be the first in the country to have space bumpers, laser, ten pin bowling, children’s soft play area and a range of table games all under one roof.

A press release also said it will have three food outlets.

Lisa Stackpool, who will manague the complex, said they are very excited about the development, which can be seen from the M4 motorway.

Ms. Stackpool said the fifty jobs will be a mix of full time and part time. “We are actively recruiting for staff, including party hosts, coffee shop and waiting staff,” she said.

She said those seeking work could e-mail their CV’s to

Castlekeel Ltd is a construction company which was founded by the McKenna family forty years ago and company developments include The Beeches in Straffan and Straffan Way in Sallins.