Tuesday March 22
Ardclough families remember the rising
Local people talk about their family involvement
GAA Centre Ardclough 8pm
Starting Tuesday 5th April ‘16
Ardclough Village Centre
The classes allow you to explore different areas of gardening. Topics include herb growing, the basics in creating a vegetable patch and seasonal tasks. Learn how to improve your lawn and creative ways of adding a splash of colour to your garden using containers.The course will include many practical demos and a field trip. It is ideal for everyone who loves beautiful gardens.
The class structure will be as follows:
Cultivation of plants. sowing seeds, taking cuttings and plant division.
Herbs. Bouquet garni box. Containers and pots for colour.
Plants and shrubs. Selection of some useful and fool proof plants.
Lawns, maintenance and feeding.Reseeding,weed control and laying turf.
Vegetable growing. Preparing the soil and crop rotation.
A garden visit to the instructors own garden
Six week course costs €60
To book a place or for any enquiries please contact:
Jer Moore: 087 2394619
Ardclough achieves a record 300 points in the 2015 Tidy Towns competition
Ardclough’s score was a record 300 points (maximum points 450) in the Tidy Towns competition to finish ninth in Kildare. Ardclough maintained a record of having increased its score every year since first entering in 2007 when it was awarded 219 points.
The adjudicators were very complementary about our entry and said that it was close to perfect. They were impressed with the Ardclough Village Centre, Scoil Aine Naofa, the GAA Grounds and the church. They were also very complementary of the new Tree of Life on display outside of the village Centre (“What a lovely idea”). The final remarks of the adjudicator were very positive “What a great entry this year! You are moving steadily toward the very highest levels of the competition. Very impressive stuff indeed.”
1 Straffan 317, 2 Naas 314, 3 Kill 310, 4 Rathangan 309, 5 Ballymore Eustace 306, 6 Broadford 305, 7 Maynooth 305, 8 Newbridge 302, 9 Ardclough 300, 10 Leixlip 296, 11 Celbridge 295.
Award for Wheatfield Estate
At a 2015 Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony held in Maynooth College, Wheatfield Estate was judged the best estate in Co. Kildare in the Under 40 houses category. This was the fifth year in a row that Wheatfield Estate won this award. Many congratulations on the award which was very well deserved.
We would also like to congratulate Michelle Brogan, who won a Youth Endeavour Award for her contribution in maintaining Wheatfield Estate and promoting environmental awareness among young people.
Refurbishment of Ardclough Village Centre
Plans for the refurbishment of the Ardclough Village Centre are continuing. Plans have been prepared by Architect Grace Counihan. These were presented to Kildare County Council at a pre-planning meeting in September and to a public meeting at the Village Centre in October. The plans were very well received on both occasions. The next step will be to submit an application to LEADER for funding under the Rural Development Programme when the new programme comes into being in early 2016.
In the meantime, activities are continuing at the Village Centre. During 2016, we hope to run a new gardening course. The Bridge group meets every Monday night. In addition, there will be a course for senior citizens in the spring of 2016. If you are interested in participating in any of these or the other activities taking place at the Village Centre or if you would like to book the Village Centre for an activity or event, please contact Fergus Maughan (087 9676159) or Pauline Johnson (085 7107931).
News from St. Anne’s National School
This year, 2015, has brought many changes to St Anne’s. Mrs King and Mrs Hegarty both retired this year and Ms. Manley took over as principal in September. A community celebration was held for Mrs King and Ms. Hegarty in June. Everyone in St Anne’s wishes them a happy and relaxing retirement and we know that they will continue to visit us and see how we are getting on.
Children in 4th, 5th and 6th classes took part in the Intel Mini-scientist Competition this year. There was a wide range of very interesting projects undertaken and these were showcased in the school hall for all to see. Well done all!
We continue to be involved in many sports events in the school, including hurling, football and camogie and we will be linking with the local club next term for in-school training for teams. Children in 3rd and 4th have completed their cycling safety course.
Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation is well underway this year with children taking part in parish masses and the programmes for the sacraments. We welcome Fr Matt to the school regularly and work with Jean Moroney and the team of parents to prepare for the special masses.
We welcomed author Jackie Burke to the school earlier in the term. Children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th had an opportunity to read her book about Gringlewood and to ask her questions about her writing. Of course we have our own authors, Jack and James, who produce a weekly magazine called ‘The Weekly Buzz’. They are raising money for charity and for the school with this.
The Department of Education and Skills carried out a whole-school evaluation in St Anne’s recently. We received a very positive report and children were complemented highly! A new Board of Management has been elected for the school. We thank all who have been involved in the previous Board. We look forward to working with the new Board, as well as with the wonderful members of the Parents Support Group, in continuing to provide as many opportunities as possible for our children.
Now that the festive season has arrived we are busy to say the least! Lots of lovely art work is being produced for Christmas. We welcomed Santa (and his elves) to the school on Thursday 17th. We will come together as a school to celebrate Christmas with a carol service on Monday 21st in the church. The school choir will be central to this as well as preparing for their performances as part of the Peace Proms 2016.
School holidays will begin at 12.30 on Tuesday December 22nd. We wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas!
We would like to congratulate the hurlers of Ardclough on reaching the Senior County Final. It was a tremendous acheivement and hopefully they can go one better next year.
You may have noticed the new pathway linking Lishandra and the Thirteenth Lock Lane on the Ardclough Celbridge road. The Community Council together with local residents has been pressing the County Council to build this pathway for a number of years as that part of the road was very dangerous for pedestrians. The completion of the path means that there is now a circular walk around Ardclough village. Unfortunately, a problem was encountered during the building of the path with some of the trees encroaching on to the path. A temporary solution was found by inserting gravel on this section of the path but we hope that a permanent solution will be found and that this very valuable amenity can be completed as soon as possible. We would like to thank the local representatives for their support with this project and other projects throughout the year.
The Community Text Alert was on hold for a period of time until the new Superintendent, Declan McCarthy, moved to Naas. It is now up and running again and subscribers should be receiving texts via their mobile phone or by the PinPoint alerts app if they have it downloaded onto their phone. Please note you will not receive both. If you have the PinPoint alerts app installed on your phone, the alerts will be sent to the app. If you wish to receive the alerts through text messages, you must logout of the app and remove it from your phone.
Ardclough Community Council website
We encourage you to visit the ACC website at https://ardclough.wordpress.com/. It contains a lot of interesting information, particularly on the history of Ardclough
The Community Council would like to wish everyone in our community a merry Christmas and peaceful new year. We would like to thank you for your support in 2015.