Car Treasure Hunt in aid of Kildare Boxing Club


Car Treasure Hunt

Sunday, 4th January 2015

The Square, Kildare Town

12 noon, Cars leaving between 12pm and 2pm

€10.00 per entrant and €30.00 maximum per car

Suzanne Doyle would appreciate your support for the following event in aid of the Boxing Club in Kildare Town.

If you are unable to participate please promote with friends, family and Facebook. It’s a great day out for family and friends. Exercise the grey matter after Christmas with funny and taxing clues that will bring you around the highways and byways of our town.

All support welcome for this very good cause.

Thank you in advance for your support

Irish Champions Weekend Racing at the Curragh Racecourse


World Class racing and spectacular entertainment set for Irish Champions Weekend

Irish Champions Weekend Sunday, September 14th at the Curragh, a unique racing event which sees two racecourses joining forces to stage the highest concentration of Flat racing ever seen in Ireland. A total prize-fund of €3.73m has attracted many of the best racehorses from around the world. It will be an amazing sporting and social event combining history, spectacle, glamour, excitement and prestige. The Weekend will be action packed with the focus on showcasing Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.

Sunday 14th September at the Curragh will feature three Group one races, including the 100th running of the Irish St Leger. Victoria Smurfit, Ambassador to Irish Champions Weekend, will have an extra interest in the Irish St. Leger Legends presentation to honour the 100th running of the iconic race this year. Owned by her uncle, Dr Michael Smurfit, the career of Vintage Crop who died earlier this year will be marked as the greatest ever Irish St. Leger winner.
In addition there will be an exciting variety of entertainment throughout the day.
The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, sponsored by Dublin Coach, will take place during the morning of 14th, September, offering the opportunity to visit some of the top trainers and have a unique chance to see behind the scenes. Johnny Murtagh, Dessie Hughes, Michael Halford, John Oxx and Paul Deegan are some of the leading trainers taking part, while the world famous Irish National Stud, Kildangan Stud and the Racing Academy and Centre for Education are some of the other locations which can be visited.
Places for the Trails will be limited and should be reserved by booking on line at All proceeds from the Thoroughbred Trail will be donated to horse racing charities.
Kildare Village will offer the winner of the best dressed/style award a 3k shopping spree and Palmerstown House Estate, sponsor of the Irish St Leger, will give the winner a VIP stay for the winner and 19 friends in their magnificent manor house. The five fashion finalists from the Curragh’s style competition will be entered into a draw to drive away in a brand new Jaguar XF, which will be theirs to drive for one year. The multi-award winning Jaguar XF combines sports car performance with outstanding luxury saloon comfort. The draw will take place after the feature race at the Curragh on Sunday, September 14th.
Throughout the afternoon the attractions will include a Parade of Champions featuring four Champion Hurdlers – Hurricane Fly, Jezki, Binocular and Hardy Eustace, while Quevega and the legendary Moscow Flyer will also be part of the parade. The Moyglare Stud Kids Zone will provide a variety of exciting free entertainment throughout the day for younger race goers with shows featuring well known Disney and Star Wars characters, while a performance by the world renowned Celtic Tenors will bring the raceday to a spectacular close.
The Curragh is delighted to welcome charity partner, Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Light it Up Gold fund raising initiative at the races on 14th – to create awareness for Childhood cancer. This campaign will see buildings and famous landmarks throughout Ireland Light Up Gold during September, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. September 2013 saw buildings across the country shine gold for childhood cancer including Belfast City Hall, the O2, the Mansion House, Trim Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship and many more. Childhood Cancer Foundation is working to improve the services for children and families affected by childhood cancer.

As many as 20,000 visitors are expected to attend both racecourses over the weekend with many thousands due to visit from the UK and overseas. Tickets can be purchased from the Irish Champions Weekend website with weekend tickets priced at €30 – Follow Irish Champions Weekend on Twitter @IrishChampsWknd and on Facebook

Dunmurry Springs Golf Club
Its the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh Racecourse, so why not get in a round of Golf as well at Dunmurry Springs Golf Club

Special Offer for Irish Champions Weekend
18 holes of golf and lunch
Friday 12th September €30.00 per person
Saturday 13th September, €40.00 per person
Conditions apply: Offer is available for the Irish Champions Weekend only.

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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

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

Kildare Town Library


Books at Kildare Town Library




The new Library offers a bright airy space in a central location. A unique feature is a specially commissioned glass art work entitled “Light on Literature” by artist Elke Westen and is on permanent display in theLlibrary.


Kildare Town Centre

Claregate St

Co Kildare

045 520235

Tuesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Thursday 1.00pm-8.00pm

Friday 9.30am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm

The library has the following facilities:

  • Adult, young adult and children’s lending areas
  • Study area
  • 8 public access computers.
  • Local and national newspapers.
  • Adult and children’s literacy collections.
  • Large print and audio Books.
  • DVDs Console games CD’s and CD listening station
  • Language learning packs
  • Local Studies / Irish Collection
  • Block loans for schools – please enquire Bibliotherapy collection
  • Community meeting room
  • Community Information
  • Adult, children and outreach Book Clubs.
  • Storytelling sessions

March Events at Kildare Library

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

‘The Way We See It’ – Art Exhibition

Monday March 1st – Saturday March 31st Time – Opening hours.

Artists from Rath Studios exhibit their work ‘The Way We See It’

 in Kildare Town Library during opening hours.

Everyone welcome to view this exhibition.



Video Games Workshop

Saturday March 1st Time – 2pm – 4pm

Joe Murphy’s   ‘Video Games Workshop’ in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for over 15years.


 Programme for Secondary Schools

Video Games Workshop

Wednesday March 5th, 12th 19th and 26th. Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Joe Murphy will facilitate video games workshops in the Curragh Post Primary School (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Thursday, March 6th Time 10.30am

Déardain , 6    Márta –

“Bígí ag damhsa”

Beidh ceol, damhsa agus craic ag St. Anne’s School, Curragh agus An Gaelscoil,

Cill Dara le Vicky Barry School of Dance.

(Schools only)


World Book Day   

Thursday, March 6th Time Open Door

Check out a book!    See library recommendations for a really good read!

Share a book!           Share your favourite titles with fellow-borrowers!

Request a book!       We’ll borrow or buy it for you!

Review a book!         Tell us what you thought and we’ll tell everyone else!


Aontas: Adult Learners Festival ‘Social Media for Silver Surfers’

Thursday, March 6th, 13th, & 20th Time 1pm – 2.30pm

Clodagh Maher will hold computer classes aimed at library members 55+ which will explore online services such as booking flights / paying motor tax etc. and social media such as facebook / twitter / skype.

There is currently a waiting list for these classes, but please contact Kildare Town Library to add your name to the waiting list.


Carmel’s Storytime

Friday, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Time -11am

Carmel will host a children’s storytelling session in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for 0 – 5 years

No booking necessary

Family event   – Everyone welcome.



Citizens Information

Friday, March 7th 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


Wordsmiths Writers Group

Saturday, March 8th & 29th                Time 11am – 12.30pm

Kildare Town Library’s creative writing group will meet on Saturday March 29th  at 11am – 12.30pm. New members welcome.



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Dé Céadaoin 12ú   Márta

 Wednesday  12th  March, Time 11.30am – 12.30pm

Scéalaíocht le h-aghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Beidh scríbhneoir agus file Gabriel Rosenstock I láthair ó 11.30am – 12.30pm,

12ú Márta.


Storytelling to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Writer and poet Gabriel Rosenstock will be in library from 11.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday 12th March.







Programme for Secondary Schools

Film Studies

Wednesday March 12th, 19th and 26th.     Time 1.50pm – 3.50pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Wayne Byrne will host 3 Film Studies Workshops for transition year students in St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin.   (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Primary Inter-School Debating  Final

Thursday March 13th,        Time 11.30am

St. Brigid’s  N. S. Kildare Town V Scoil Bhríde, N. S. Athgarvan


Adult Felting Workshop

Thursday March 13th            Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Miriam Brady will give an adult felting workshop in Kildare Town Library.

Places Limited

Booking essential.



‘Think Tank’  Adult Discussion Group

Friday March 14th     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.

This month’s topic? ‘Religion and its role in world conflict’

Dr. Patrick Claffey, Assistant Adjunct Professor of World Religions, Trinity College Dublin will give a power-point presentation and lecture. Dr Claffey’s areas of speciality are in World Christianities and in Asian Religions. He is currently President of the Irish Society for the Academy Study of Religions (ISASR).

No booking necessary

Everyone welcome.



Talk on ‘Study Skills for Teens with Dyslexia’

Thursday, March 20th        Time 7pm

Occupational therapist Dorothy Armstrong is hosting an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and teenagers themselves. This event is free.

It will cover the following issues

·         Understanding how dyslexia can impact studying

·         Preparing to study

·         Using your own language style

·         How to read to understand

·         How to take notes

·         Memory strategies


No booking necessary

Everyone welcome



World Poetry Day

Friday, March 21st

Exhibition of poetry from Kildare based Wordsmiths Writers Group in Kildare Town Library. Open invitation to library borrowers to submit a poem for inclusion in the exhibition. For further information please contact Kildare Town Library


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.  Claire’s  adult book club ‘A Novel Bunch’.

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 11am – 12noon.

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

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 3.30pm – 4pm

Book club 3. Anna’s adult book club.

Saturday, 8th March, Time 11am – 12noon


For more information
please contact Kildare Town Library
Tele: 045 530235
or just ask at the desk.


Kildare Business Listings





Main Street, Kildare
Telephone: 045 521780


A classical example of what the customer should find in a traditional Irish Pub.


Dates for upcoming gigs, we’re calling it “Up Close & Personal”

Friday 12th The Roadhouse Doors….Tickets €10….Doors 8.30pm
Friday 3rd October Paddy Casey…..Tickets €18….. Doors 8.30pm
Friday 17th October Declan O’Rourke…..Tickets €20…..Doors 8.30pm
Friday 7th November Liam O’ Maonlai…..Tickets €12….. Doors 8.30pm
Friday 6th December Bunnscionn…..Tickets €10….. Doors 8.30pm

Keep posted for details on our Emerging Artists FREE gigs which will be held once a month Upstairs @ Cunninghams!!


The exterior is bright and inviting with a well maintained shop front enhanced by original signage and well tended flower boxes for extra life and colour. Although the windows are dressed with Victorian stained glass screens enough is left to view the old world charm that exudes from within.

Inside the pub is testament to all that is unique in an Irish pub. It is dimly lit with a large open fire and full of nooks and crannys where intimate conversations may be held in private. Indeed “Guinness and Co” recognised this special atmosphere when choosing Cunninghams as their location for their “Christmas 2005″ poster campaign.

As one reporter summed it up “Cunningham’s is the type of place where you go to meet family and friends when you return to the old sod for your Christmas Holidays“. Indeed our greatest accolade to date has to be our exclusive award for “Local Bar of the year” atThe Licensing World Bar Awards.

Our extensive “Thairish” Irish and Thai menues have been carefully created by our in house Thai and Irish Chefs led by Head Chef Damain Doyle who has many years of creating food delights under his belt, so if you are looking for hearty comfort food to be enjoyed by the fire or want to go further afield and sample Thai cuisine at its best, Cunningham’s is the spot. We look forward to welcoming you and yours to our wonderful pub!













Take a walk through the historic Kildare Town where you will discover a friendly place, still retaining it’s feeling of community, with sights to see and things to do all within walking distance.

Kildare Town offers a wide selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants and boasts the world famous Kildare Village  Outlet Shopping where you can purchase many designer brands, at very friendly prices!

For an evening’s entertainment, Kildare Town has plenty to offer, live music in one of the eleven pubs almost every night of the week and good food at sensible prices available every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are many, fetes, fairs and, festivals throughout the year none more famous than the Derby Week Festival, which is the highlight of the racing calendar at the famous Curragh Racecourse.

Discover…             Experience…        Return…






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