Kilcullen Diary: September 2022

This month’s headline provides a headline for the celebrations to be held in two months for the parish church’s 150th anniversary, writing Brian Byrne.

The story refers to a time long before that, the day the cornerstone was laid by the man who would then return to dedicate the finished building – Cardinal Paul Cullen – with a silver trowel now in the possession of the parish.

The center aired this month is very much this year, with photos and words from the recent picnic on the green at Old Kilcullen. A day with fun and heritage all together and some interesting visitors.

Among the other files of this week, let us quote that on an unfortunate recent inheritance, of industrial type. A member of the Ballyshannon action group writes that “there is no safety” in taking a middle-of-the-road attitude to expanding careers in Kildare.

Not far from these businesses, Dun Ailinne has also made headlines, being accepted onto the Tentative List for World Heritage consideration – there is a report on the recent open day at the excavations with the archaeologists. Out and Away from Kilcullen this month celebrates Avondale in County Wicklow, in particular the new Beyond the Trees attraction, a real family treat.

Mary Orford’s theme for September is a reflection on ancient remedies for various ailments, with the very specific advice “don’t try any of these remedies at home”. The house is also the subject of an article about one of Kilcullen’s wild geese, in this case Derek Baxter back for a visit to New Zealand…where ‘the trout are much bigger’.

The Spirit in the Bridge this month is ‘The Teaspoon Prayer’, defined by Julie Felsbergs as a way of saying ‘Thank you’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘Please’. It is worth pondering. We also have a new column from our new parish priest, Father Gary Darby…in ‘A Word’ this month he introduces himself. There is also a priest in John Duffey’s play, about Father Laurence Stafford, former PP of Narraghmore. A “surely distinguished” career ranged from supporting the feeding of schoolchildren during the Dublin lockdown to chaplaincy in Gallipoli, Serbia, Egypt, Salonika, France and Italy. And also on the subject of priests is Sean Landers, whose contribution this month concerns the late Canon Furlong and his dog Bruno.

Billy Redmond reflects on his recent temporary return to carry out much-needed maintenance work on the parish grounds – parts of the impenetrable “jungle”, he says – and the need for someone to organize for the do it regularly…not himself.

The Munich Massacre of 50 years ago, recalled by Kilcullen Olympian Brendan O’Connell, is the start of a short series on Noel Clare’s Brendan, while a unique piece is the Tales from an ancient cemetery report based on the recent walk and discussion from Kilcullen Library to New Abbey.

In a very current way, Cliona Kelliher Living sustainably This month’s page is about saving energy at home.

No news from schools this month as they are only back after the summer but in sport we have pictures of a recent South Kildare Shamrocks U12 side, the first from a regular field of dreams column of the GAA, and the usual reliable score of the Pitch & Putt Club.

Another September bridge, and autumn has arrived.

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