Congratulations to Suzanne Doyle


We would like to congratulate Suzanne Doyle on her election win last weekend. Well done Suzanne!

June Events at Kildare Library


June Events at Kildare Library

All of our events are free of charge and open to everyone

For further information contact:

Ph: 045 520235


Wi-Fi Now available in Kildare Town Library

Have a laptop, smart phone or tablet?

Kildare Town Library is pleased to announce that free wi-fi is now available in the library.


Art Exhibition –  Rath Studios

Tuesday 3rd June – Saturday 28th June Time – Opening hours.

Artists from Rath Studios will be returning to Kildare Town Library to exhibit their new summer collection.

Everyone welcome to view this exhibition.

No booking necessary.  Everyone welcome.


Carmel’s Storytime

Friday,  June  6th, 13th 20th & 27th   Time -11am

Carmel will hold a children’s storytelling session in Kildare Town Library. Suitable for 0 – 5 years. No booking necessary

Family event   – Everyone welcome.


Citizens Information

Friday,   June 6th   Time 10am – 12noon

Citizen’s Information Service (CIS) provides a face-to-face service to the public; giving free, impartial and confidential information relating to social services.

No booking required.

Everyone welcome.


‘Think Tank’ Adult Discussion Group

Friday, June 13th Time 6.30pm

Do you have an opinion and are willing to share it?

Join men and women from all walks of life who are interested in promoting good conversation and debate by interpreting world issues in the neutral, welcoming space of your local library.

New members welcome.

Wordsmiths Writers Group

Saturday,  June 14th Time 11am – 12.30pm

Kildare Town Library’s creative writing group will meet on Saturday June 14th at 11am – 12.30pm. New members welcome.


Kildare Derby Festival ‘Primary Schools Art Competition’

‘A Day at the Derby’

Children are invited to paint a picture or write an account of a memorable day at the Derby. Great prizes sponsored by The Curragh Racecourse for four outright winners and eight runners-up. Presentation of prizes will be at the Family Race Day, June 29th 2014 as part of the Dubai Irish Derby Festival. Winning entries will also appear in the race card on the day. All winners will receive tickets for Family Fun Day. Competition sponsored by Kildare Derby Festival, Curragh Racecourse and Kildare Library & Arts Service. Competition will run through Primary Schools. Closing date for entries is June 6th 2014.


Kildare Derby Festival


A Contribution to the history of Kildare Town

Compiled and Edited by Mario Corrigan & Ger Kelly

Tuesday June  24th  to  Saturday June 28th – Open door time

‘Church of the Oak’ was published by The Grey Abbey Conservation Project, in December 2006, The Church of the Oak was the first comprehensive contribution to the history of Kildare Town in over 50 years. It physically ran to 240 Pages with some 200 captioned photographs of over 1500 people, at numerous social, sporting and workplace events and venues. Well researched articles on a wide range of subjects were augmented by more than seventy interesting articles from the Kildare Observer and the Leinster Leader from 1880 – 1979, items that made the headlines in Kildare Town over a period of 100 years. The purpose of the book was to promote the work of the group, a subsidiary of the local history group, Cill Dara Historical Society and all proceeds went towards raising awareness of the abbey and to promote and preserve the history and heritage of the town. It paved the way for a number of well-received local history publications in the town.  As part of Kildare  Derby Festival, Kildare Town Library will run a slideshow of photos from ‘CHURCH OF THE OAK’.

Everyone welcome.


Kildare Derby Festival

Thursday, June 26th Time 7pm

Derby Festival Miscellany presents author Mae Leonard & singer Kelly Birmingham in Kildare Town Library.

Family event.

Everyone welcome.


Book clubs in Kildare Town Library

There are several book clubs in Kildare Town Library. Each club meets once a month to discuss a book they are reading. There are places available.


Book club 1.  ‘A Novel Bunch’  adult book club ‘A Novel Bunch’.

Wednesday,  June 4th Time 11am – 12noon.

Book club 2. Margaret’s children’s book club ‘Ham Sandwich Book Club’.

Wednesday,   June 4th Time 3.30pm – 4pm.

Facebook Competition Winner


Congratulations to Jackie Denver, the winner of our gift voucher for Harte’s Bar & Grill. Please send us an email to to claim your prize.

The Cloak on Dragons’ Den on Easter Sunday


Producer and director of ‘The Cloak’to face the Dragons’ Den
RTÉ One at 9.30pm, Sunday, 20th April, 2014.

First up in the Den this week, we see two entrepreneurs employ some very unique and attention grabbing tactics when they deliver a theatrical pitch for their production The Cloak, an Irish musical based on the story of St. Brigid’s life. With 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, working in television, theatre and film, Padraig J. Dunne and his business partner, Anne Brain are looking for an investment of €100,000 for 10%. They arrive to the Den with members of The Cloak cast who provide an atmospheric and haunting background performance throughout their pitch. Described by Padraig as the ‘truly gritty story’ of St. Brigid’s life, The Cloak documents the pain, oppression and abuse endured by St. Brigid throughout her life. Padraig tells his potential investors that the show has been met with great enthusiasm by the public, receiving standing ovations on each night of its performance … The only question is, do they have what it takes to make the Dragons stand up and take notice?

Face the Dragons’ Den
RTÉ One at 9.30pm Sunday 20th April , 2014.

The Cloak on RTE One's Dragons' Den

The Cloak on RTE One’s Dragons’ Den

The Cloak on RTE One's Dragons' Den

The Cloak on RTE One’s Dragons’ Den

What is there to do in Kildare Town for young people?


Kildare Town Football Club Public Meeting

Wednesday 9th April at 7.15pm upstairs Silken Thomas

We’ve heard it too many times – “there are not enough things to do for young people in our town.” Kildare Town Football Club have asked me to let you know that they are holding a public meeting at 7.15pm, upstairs in the Silken Thomas, on Wednesday, 9th of April. With everyone’s support, they are considering an information day out at their grounds on derby day for all organisations that are involved with youths to give them a chance to display their services, activities, club etc. This is super way for the community to come together and let the young people know what’s there for them in Kildare Town. Please pass this on to as many contacts involved with young people in Kildare Town or to new services out there also. All welcome on the night.

Kildare Village Facebook Competition Winner


Congratulations to Marian Barber on winning the 100 Euro voucher for Kildare Village. Please send us an email to to claim your prize. Happy shopping!
Details of our new Facebook competition will be announced shortly.

The Cloak Press Launch

The Cloak

The Cloak



Anne and Andrew Brain – Producers

Padraig J. Dunne – Writer/Director


The 2014 Tour of the stage production “The Cloak” was officially launched at the Celbridge Manor Hotel on Friday the 21st February last with over 200 guests in attendance.

“The Cloak”, a truly Irish story, brings to reality the epic life journey of the legendary St. Brigid and her mother Broicseach, showcasing singing, Irish dancing, a choir, a full orchestra and film, shot on location, highlighting Ireland’s unique landscape.

The Celbridge Manor Hotel has become the official “Home of the Cloak” and as such, are thrilled to be linked to such a talented show “Simply super launch night at the Manor enjoyed by all” explained Geraldine McGilvery, on behalf of Jeffrey C Leo, Managing Director of the Celbridge Manor Hotel.

The Cloak debuted in September 2013 in Kildare Cathedral, a four night sell out season that no doubt pleased the Producers Anne Marie and Andrew Brain and Director/Writer Padraig J. Dunne who have been on a whirlwind adventure since starting this project less than a year ago.

Andrew Brain, Producer said “The launch was a resounding success, “The Cloak” worked its magic again, this is not just another stage production but a phenomenon that is gathering its own momentum, the emotion of the evening was palpable, you could feel it in the air. The extracts from the production gave the invited guests a glimpse of what is to come, as one lady said “The tingles and tears are starting all over again”.

Andrew added “We thank Jeffrey C Leo and Bernard Brogan for their support, their team must be congratulated on the presentation of the Garden Room, the service and the refreshments supplied which reflected the quality and glamour of the evening”.

The talented cast performed three snippets from the show, Irish and contempory dance performed by dancers led by Kevin Lyster (playing the role of St. Patrick). Also sharing the stage was Nicola Gainey (new to the cast singing & playing the role of Broicseach) and the four lead singers Dawn Broughan, Therese Lynch, Orla Colleton and Niamh Curley performing the stunning song The Cloak and the beautiful new song The Moment, with guest  experiencing firsthand the magic that makes this production unique.

Lisa Nagle, Musical Director explains “The music within “The Cloak” is such an important aspect of the show. It’s about creating a connection between the story of St Brigid’s cloak and the emotions behind each one of the characters. It is simply stunning!”

Padraig Meredith, Composer of the original scores of “The Cloak” soundtrack explains “The press launch was our first chance to share one of the new songs from the show called The Moment. We look forward to sharing “The Cloak” with audiences throughout Ireland” Padraig added “It was also amazing to see the launch party silenced by the emotion within Nicola Gainey’s voice”.

The talented Nichola Kavanagh dances the role of St. Brigid and has captivated the audience with her energy and grace.  “I am delighted to accept the challenge of choreographing our sequences to a new original score of music and welcome our expanding troupe of experienced dancers, stunning vocalists and hard working crew. I am excited to be involved in such an electric fusion of talent in “The Cloak” 2014”

The production combines three main elements, film, dance and song which has never been done before and is an original idea from the talented Padraig J. Dunne   “A truly international audience observed the spreading of “The Cloak” tonight.  The emotion was obvious as the cast performed The Moment”.

Padraig added “We are heading into a busy week of filming, we have hardly time to breathe, 3 months of intensive rehearsals ahead is exhausting to imagine, but the blood is up and we will embrace the challenge, to make “The Cloak” the amazing show we know it is.

Filming will commence on Saturday the 1st March in Wexford Heritage Park, Sunday the 2nd March in Rathangan Wood and Friday the 7th March in NMCI Cork

“The Cloak” 2014 Tour starts with two special performances at the Celbridge Manor Hotel on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April 2014. Seats are limited to just 200 per performance and tickets are available from hotel reception Tel: 01 6013700 or

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Andrew and Anne Brain (producers), Padraig Dunne (writer and director).

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Andrew and Anne Brain (producers), Padraig Dunne (writer and director).

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Paul and Pauline Lenehan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Paul and Pauline Lenehan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Emer and Brian Flanagan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Emer and Brian Flanagan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Dawn Bronelan, Teresa Lynch, and Tom Dunne.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Dawn Bronelan, Teresa Lynch, and Tom Dunne.






















May Tour dates are as follows:

Iontas Castleblaney:

Performance:- Thursday 1st May 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014


TLT Drogheda:

Performance:- Saturday 10th May 2014


Dunamaise Theatre Portlaoise:

Performance:-Friday 16th May and Saturday the 17th May 2014


Mullingar Arts Centre:

Performance:- Friday 23rd May and Saturday the 24th May 2014


Opera House in Wexford:

Performance:- Saturday the 31st May 2014

Tickets €25.00


Audrey Moore,

Director of Publicity,

The Cloak


Tel: 0877537629

Feile Bride 2014 – Kindling Sparks of Hope


Feile Bride – January 31st – February 9th

Programme of Events

Friday, January 31st
Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
An opportunity to learn the skill of weaving a St. Brigid’s cross.
Venue:            Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:              2.00—4.30 pm

Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well 
A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m.
If you wish bring a light/lantern

Saturday, February 1st –  Lá Fhéile Bhríde –  St. Brigid’s Day
A Walk in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
Assemble in the Market Square at St. Brigid’s Flame for a
guided walk, revisiting the ancient monastic sites of Kildare Town.
Time:     11.00 a.m.

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
A weaving workshop where participants will have the
opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross
Venue:  Kildare Town Library
Time:  11.00 a.m. – 12.30 pm

Craft Exhibition
Venue:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:      1.00 – 5.00  pm

Unveiling of Sculpture of St. Brigid
A beautiful new sculpture of St. Brigid will be unveiled at the site of the new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare.
Car Parking:  Japanese Gardens car park.
Time:  3.00 p.m.

Sunday, February 2nd
Craft Exhibition
Venue:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:      1.00 – 5.00  pm

Women making their Mark on The Curragh
(1.30pm – 5.00 pm)
A glimpse into the lives of women who work on or near Brigid’s pastures!
Suitable footwear essential.
Assemble:       1.30 p.m. in the Market Square.
Cost:               €10.00 includes ticket for bus.
Booking essential: Tickets available through the Heritage Centre
045 530672 Email:

Monday, February 3rd
An evening of music with Luka Bloom
Venue:                        Heritage Centre
Time:              8.00 pm
Booking essential: Tickets, €25, available through the Heritage Centre
Ph: 045 530672 Email:
Limited number of tickets available.
Proceeds to Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages Building Fund.

Tuesday, February 3rd
Quiet Reflection & Meditation
An hour of quiet and relaxation.
Venue:            Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:              11.00 am

Brigid, Bees & Brewing
Venue:            Boyle’s Pub
Time:              7.30 pm

Admission:      €8.00
Booking essential through Boyle’s or Judy at 086 8418909
Wednesday, February 5th
Creative Movement
An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.
Venue:                        Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:                          11.00 am

Annual Celtic Lecture
“The Spiritual Legacy of Patrick Kavanagh”
Lecture by Una Agnew ssl
Venue:            Kildare Education Centre
Time:             8.00 p.m.
Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre

Thursday, February 6th
“Brigid’s Spring Awakening” – a literary celebration with music in Kildare Town Library
Venue:            Kildare Town Library
Time:              7.30 pm
Hosted by Kildare Library

Saturday February 8th
2014 Afri Justice and Peace Conference 
Full details available on or email
Venue: Osborne Centre, Irish National Stud

Sunday February 9th
Mass at St. Brigid’s Well 
Time:              10.30 a.m.
Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in the Parish Centre.

“To Celebrate Sparks of Hope”
A morning of music, song and story
Music, by “Highly Strung”
Venue:          Aras Bhride, Kildare Town
Time:              12.00-1.30 p.m.
Admission:     €10.00   Concessions: €8.00

Break a Leg Silken Thomas Players


Best wishes from Kildare Town Chamber of Commerce to The Silken Thomas Players who are off to compete in the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival on Friday 10th May with their production of  Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur.  The Festival starts on Thursday 2nd May.



Break a leg!

Launch of Destination Kildare Town Website Monday the 4th March at Teach Dara


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  • Ger Conway, Mary Bennet, Ernie Bennet and Michael
  • Anne Brain and Andrew Brain
  • Sister Mary Minehan Brigidine Sisters and John Calvey Bank of Ireland Kildare branch Manager

  • Anne Brain and Brian Flanagan
  • Fran Mccormack and Joe Flanagan Silkin Thomas
  • Sinead Smyth and Audrey Levins from Sandina Market
  • Mary Keane from County Kildare Leader Partnership

  • TG Waters and Brian Flanagan
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The launch of the new website,” destinationkildaretown” took place on Monday the 4th of March in Teach Dara Kildare Town, hosted by the Kildare Chamber of Commerce. The Mayor of Kildare Michael Nolan officially launched the website announcing that kildare people should ‘make use’ of the site as it has so much to offer.

Brian Flanagan, President of the Chamber said “we are confident that the site will be a tremendous success in bringing tourists to Kildare Town and will be another tool to promote local business and assist community groups” . Destination Kildare Town went live in early December as an initiative of the Kildare Chamber of Commerce to highlight Kildare Town as Ireland’s no 1 day trip destination and was jointly funded by the Kildare Chamber of Commerce and the County Kildare Leader Partnership under the Rural Development Programme.

Mary Keane of the Leader Partnership attended on the night and was a key speaker on how important the site was in promoting local business. Fran McCormack, who designed the website was on hand to answer questions about the website and how user friendly and easily accessible it is.

The site is fundamental in showcasing Kildare Town’s heritage, tourist sites, business, community groups and services. Anne Brain, Executive of the Chamber of Commerce said “we are extremely pleased with the launch and turnout, we have had such positive feedback and comments and invite you to make use of the new website” The project was facilitated by Anne Brain of Fit Marketing for more information we invite you to visit the site fill in the contact us form or email


© Copyright 2016 Destination Kildare Town - facilitated by Kildare Town Chamber of Commerce.