Kilcullen Diary: It Says in The Bridge: October 2022


This month’s issue has a strong focus on making plans, plans that will improve Kilcullen in many ways when they come to fruition, writing Brian Byrne. The main story concerns the recent third and final local public consultation on Kilcullen’s design statement, titled ‘on track for delivery’ by late autumn.

The other plan extends the color center, the highly publicized “Field of Dreams” that Kilcullen GAA is preparing. The story provides details that were showcased during a reveal at the recently refreshed clubhouse, along with photos of many of the event’s attendees. In the “Talking Point” commentary, we emphasize that the common denominator of all plans are the people who dream them up, design them, and implement them, in these particular cases for the good of all in the community.

Plans hatched by a pair of local entrepreneurs continue to turn into fruition, referenced in an article on, founded by James Byrne and Eoin Houlihan, winning the overall award at the recent Irish eCommerce Awards 2022. line has just started and has been running for two years and provides many other small, environmentally friendly businesses in Ireland with an important space to raise awareness and sell the products.

The continued success of the Mac & Norman Vintage Run is also highlighted – and if you want to be part of tonight’s presentation of the final check to the Irish Cancer Society, it’s at Walls of Kilgowan from 8pm, with music and a raffle for those who want to give last minute support.

Part two of Olympian Brendan O’Connell’s “Road to Munich” is told this month by Noel Clare, where we see how difficult the road to the Olympics was already in 1972. And we see that for Marking the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that unfolded for the Israeli team that year, Brendan returned there last month.

Some upcoming local travel to raise funds for Keeping Up Hope is given an information handout – the climb to the top of Lugnaquilla mountain in Wicklow takes place next month. Out and Away from Kilcullen this month visits Shankhill Castle in Paulstown in County Kilkenny where Noel Clare chatted with the owners of the Cope family and toured the grounds and gardens.

In his new monthly ‘One Word’, Father Gary thinks God finds it very difficult to ‘give God’ and his gifts of love, compassion and hospitality at a time when religion is seen as laws, regulations and homework. Julie Felsbergs regular spiritual offering reflects on the lessons for all of us from a recent observed encounter between her dog and a frog.

In other regular slots, Cliona Kelliher’s efforts to make us live more sustainably prompt us to do so this month in terms of the Halloween party. Cliona is also co-author of another article, with Sandra Santos, on the demand to “rethink” autism and ADHD. There’s a lot of positivity in something that’s usually considered negative, they suggest.

Billy Redmond hits the headlines on some of his favorite books and he has some retrospective words on the legacy of the late Fidel Castro – that he should have spent more time making things better for his people than trying to export its ideology to distant places.

Mary Orford’s interest this month is very close to her own home, giving us some details about the noble family record of her Rogan connections, itself a story of distant places traveled by several clerics, including a bishop , of this family. John Duffey also reflects on a religious man, Cardinal Paul Cullen and his local connections, including laying the foundation stone for Kilcullen Parish Church which celebrates its 150th anniversary next month.

Sean Landers is also on the memory trail, this time with the first of two articles based on a conversation with Maurice Baxter. One for real people’s heritage interest.

Schools are out in force, including the Great Egg Drop Experiment (is it an Eggsperiment?) at Brannoxtown CNS, success in the football leagues by pupils of Scoil Bhride and some tasty science projects from St Joseph’s Halverstown.

There’s more, of course, but go spend that €2 and find out for yourself.

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