Regional News

Kfm Radio12 hours ago

Celbridge Resident Killed In Collision In Australia

A young man, who emigrated to Australia from Kildare, has been killed in a road collision in Melbourne The Journal.ie reports that Seamie Mulhern, originally from Attymass in Mayo, but who'd lived in Celbirdge for 6 years before going to Australia, was hit by a car and was pronounced dead at the... Read More

Kfm Radio13 hours ago

Punchestown 2014 To Generate €64m For Kildare Economy.

The 2014 Punchestown Festival will generate €64 million for the Kildare economy. It begins on April 29th, running until May 3rd. It is expected to attract 110,000 people, 20% of whom will travel to Kildare from abroad 726 national, international and local businesses are involved in the... Read More

Kfm Radio13 hours ago

ETBI Defends Minister's Reform Plans

The head of ETBI is defending the strategy employed by the Minister for Education in announcing change in the further education sectors. Ruairi Quinn revealed his plans in an address to the ASTI's annual conference, having not mentioned them before He is proposing year-round provision of... Read More

Kfm Radio16 hours ago

121 Without Electricity In Baltinglass

121 customers in the wider Baltinglass/East Kildare area are without electricity this lunchtime. The outage, which began at 12.02pm this afternoon, is a planned one to allow maintenance works to take place. ESB Networks says supply should be restored by 4pm.... Read More

Kfm Radio16 hours ago

ETBI Welcomes Planned Training Reform

The head of ETBI is welcoming radical proposals for changes in the further education and training sector announced by the Minister for Education yesterday Education and Training Boards Ireland is headquartered in Piper's Hill in Naas, and Solas, the new organisation replacing Fás, falls under... Read More

Kfm Radio16 hours ago

Kildare Animal Foundation Urgently Appeals For Donations

The Kildare Animal Foundation has run out of money. It says it has been unable to pay its bills for the last seven weeks and as a result, electricity supply is described as "tenuous" It says it needs to raise €8,000 to discharge bills owing. The situation has arisen because of increase in... Read More

Kfm Radio17 hours ago

More Info. Requested On Kildare Youth Hub Plan

More detailed information has been requested on plans to deliver a youth hub to Kildare town In December, the Minister for Children allocated €50,000 to the project, describing it as a "flagship project for Co. Kildare" A planning application was lodged earlier this year, seeking to change the... Read More

Kfm Radio17 hours ago

13 On Trolleys At Naas General

There are 13 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept. That is up from 11, yesterday. Nationwide, there are 243 patients on trolleys at the country's other main... Read More

Kfm Radio17 hours ago

Electricity Out In Baltinglass

23 customers were without electricity in Baltinglass. The outage is a planned one, and ESB Networks says supply should be restored by 12pm this afternoon.... Read More

Kfm Radio18 hours ago

Coilte Begins Work On Mullaghcreelan Woods Today

Its been confirmed that work has begun this morning to enable the re-opening to the public of Mullaghcreelan Woods. Extensive damage caused by Storm Darwin on February 12th meant Coilte, which manages the forest, had no option but to close it. Fianna Fáil Athy Cllr., Martin Miley, has... Read More

Kfm Radio18 hours ago

Leixlip Civic Awards Take Place Tonight

The annual civic awards take place in Leixlip tonight. These will be the last ever awards hosted by Leixlip Town Council. The event, which recognises the contribution of individuals and groups to life in the town, takes place in the Leixlip House Hotel this evening at 8... Read More

Garda concern over Mantra Nightclub incidents, court hears

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Garda concern over Mantra Nightclub incidents, court hears

An application for a dance licence at the Mantra night club in Maynooth has been adjourned to 3 December following Garda concerns over theft issues at the venue. During an application for a dance lience at Kilcock District Court on 17 September, Garda Inspector Paul Dolan said the Gardai were... Read More

Progress on text plan for Maynooth urban areas

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Progress on text plan for Maynooth urban areas

Plans are in train for a new community text scheme in Maynooth. At the Glenroyal Hotel hotel on 10 September, a public meeting, the second on the plan, took place to explain thescheme.Organiser, Naoise O’Cearuil, a Fianna Fail election candidate, said the the aim was to make Maynooth safer and... Read More

Naas councillor stands down

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Naas councillor stands down

Naas town councillor Alan O’Kelly has stood down. The Fine Gael councillor was first elected in the 2009 Local Elections to Naas Town Council.He told a Naas Town Council meeting on September 17 he is opting out because of family and business reasons.“Having discussed this with family and friends I... Read More

Bord na Mona seeks wind monitoring mast near Timahoe

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Bord na Mona seeks wind monitoring mast near Timahoe

Bord Na Mona has lodged an application for a 100m wind monitoring mast at Timahoe South Bog, Coolcarrigan, to assess the suitability for wind farm development. Submissions will be accepted on their application up to October 10.The company which is in the process of building an enormous wind farm in... Read More

Naas bans parking charges on Saturdays from October

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Naas bans parking charges on Saturdays from October

Free parking is to be introduced for all visitors to Naas every Saturday from October 5. Members of Naas Town Council unanimously agreeed at a meeting on September 17 to approve free parking on Saturdays.Effectively, it will be possible to park from 6pm on Friday evening until 9am the following... Read More

Unique Donadea family saga behind very special Gathering

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Unique Donadea family saga behind very special Gathering

While many of the ‘Gatherings’ happening around Kildare and the rest of the country have sought to celebrate grand themes, such as towns, clubs, industries and the like, one Donadea family decided to hold a much smaller - but just as important - reunion. Gemma O’Toole, originally a Condron, fostered... Read More

Fears new road will make Carbury a cul de sac

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Fears new road will make Carbury a cul de sac

Carbury locals are annoyed that the new R402 road between Enfield and Edenderry could cut off the village of Carbury. Local councillor Brendan Weld went so far as to say that there was a danger of “killing the village.“It’s appalling,” he told a meeting of Clane Area Committee meeting last Tuesday,... Read More

Athy remain favs to lift SFC

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Athy remain favs to lift SFC

Athy remain the layers favourites to win the Joe Mallon Renault SFC following the draw for the semi finals last weekend. The draw paired Athy with Moorefield; while Sarsfields will play the surprise packets of this year’s championship, Naas, in the other semi. Both games will be played on the... Read More

Newbridge College open new hockey pitch

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge College open new hockey pitch

This coming Sunday, 22 September, sees Newbridge College officially open their new top of the range astro turf hockey pitch. To mark the occasion a hockey game between past and present Newbridge College pupils will be held and after-match refreshments will be served.A great opportunity for past and... Read More

Public briefing on wind farm plans in West Kildare

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Public briefing on wind farm plans in West Kildare

One of the companies behind the midlands’ proposed 2,000 wind turbines is holding a public briefing in Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly tomorrow. Mainstream’s first information day on the Energy Bridge project will be held in Clonbullogue Hall on September 18, from 11.30am onwards.It is not clear how many... Read More

Kilcock pollution still a mystery to Council

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kilcock pollution still a mystery to Council

Council officials have said they have not identified the source of the pollution in the canal harbour at Kilcock. But they say they are confident of finding the source of the pollution.Speaking at a meeting of Clane Area Comittee last Tuesday, September 10, Cllr. Padraig McEvoy asked for an update... Read More

Kildare Derby Person of the Year nominees honoured

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare Derby Person of the Year nominees honoured

Sally Purcell was crowned Kildare Derby Festival Person of the Year at a special ceremony on September 10. The nominees for the title were also honoured at Tigerlilies.Paddy Phelan, Ann O Neill, Margie Sheridan, Kim Kelly, Amanda McCannon, Mary Kavanagh, Fred Archibold, Sr. Brid Kenny, Josie Farrell,... Read More

Line Dancing record and Luka’s new song at the Newbridge Grassroots Festival

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Line Dancing record and Luka’s new song at the Newbridge Grassroots Festival

The sun came out through the clouds, a new line dancing record was set and our very own Luka Bloom penned a new song for the first Newbridge Grassroots Festival held at the weekend. “There was a great turnout,” said Breda McHale of the committee.“The rain stopped just in time and a great crowd... Read More

Heartbreak for U21 hurlers

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Heartbreak for U21 hurlers

Moorefield booked their place in the last four of the Joe Mallon Renault SFC with an excellent win over Clane in the quarter final replay played at Hawkfield on Friday night (13 September). Meanwhile in the Tom Cross JFC quarter finals there were wins for Milltown and Straffan.All Ireland U21 ‘B’... Read More

More support for free parking in Naas

Leinster Leader7 months ago

More support for free parking in Naas

Fianna Fail representative James Lawless has lent his weight to the campaign for free parking in Naas. Most traders in the town support the notion of two hours of free parking in the town centre in a bid to bring more business in.“It’s obvious that something has to be urgently done to bring business... Read More

Championship draws this Sunday

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Championship draws this Sunday

The draw for the semi finals of the Joe Mallon Renault SFC; the Joe Fox Tool & Plant Hire IFC and the Tom Cross Junior Football Championship, along with the Minor A, B & C Football Championships will take place in St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, on Sunday evening at 6.30 approx. The draws will be... Read More

Newbridge Grassroots Festival full programme of events

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge Grassroots Festival full programme of events

Newbridge Grassroots Festival has lined up a number of exciting events for its four day run from yesterday, September 12, until next Sunday, September 15. Highlights will include a concert with Caragh soprano Celine Byrne, a community fun run, a taste of Newbridge and a free grand finale concert... Read More

Mayor of Kildare to launch St. Brigid Gathering Festival

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Mayor of Kildare to launch St. Brigid Gathering Festival

Mayor of Kildare, Mark Wall will officially launch the first ever St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival in Kildare town this Sunday September 15 at 2pm. The launch takes place at Market Square. The Mayor is expected to welcome overseas visitors, visitors from around the country and residents of... Read More

Lilies U21 hurlers unchanged for final clash

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Lilies U21 hurlers unchanged for final clash

Kildare team management have named an unchanged side for Saturday’s All Ireland U21 ‘B’ hurling fial against Kerry in Thurles, throw-in 3 pm. The Lilies disposed of Roscommon in the semi final by a single point (2-11 to 2-10) after a great second half performance.Kerry have reached the final without... Read More

Maynooth man’s Melbourne death

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Maynooth man’s Melbourne death

A Kildare man died in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia earlier today after sustaining head injuries on Saturday. Eoin Murray, 30, a past pupil of Maynooth Post Primary school, was found at around 6.00am last Saturday by a passerby injured on Nicholson Street in Fitzroy area of Melbourne,... Read More

Rugby: much to look forward to in new season

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Rugby: much to look forward to in new season

The rugby season is back and there is much to look forward to including Joe Schmidt’s tenure as Ireland head coach with the visit of New Zealand and Australia in November followed by the Six Nations in the spring, the possibility of the last Heineken Cup in its current 24-team format while the local... Read More

Kildare town racing academy plans Gathering this weekend

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare town racing academy plans Gathering this weekend

Hundreds of graduates of RACE, the racing academy in Kildare town, are expected back this weekend for a reunion to celebrate its 40th anniversary. A special exhibition is being mounted to showcase the history of RACE and the achievements of its graduates.Some of the major trophies won by graduates... Read More

First Jack & Jill charity shop opens in Newbridge

Leinster Leader7 months ago

First Jack & Jill charity shop opens in Newbridge

The first Jack & Jill charity shop opened in Newbridge last Wednesday September 4, to help fund nursing care for sick children in Kildare and beyond. The shop,located on Charlotte Street, is a first for this local based children’s charity, which was set up in 1997 to provide home nursing care to... Read More

Newbridge College Concern Debate winners visit Concern projects in Ethopia

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge College Concern Debate winners visit Concern projects in Ethopia

Newbridge College winners of the 2013 Concern National debating competition spent a week in July visiting Concern projects in Ethiopia. Ciara Maher, Jeffery Hovenden-Keane, Chloe O’Reilly and Grainne Carr along with their debate mentors Catherine Kelly and Deirdre Murphy saw at first hand the work... Read More

Hand over of ‘Shelia’s shop’ after 25 years in Roseberry

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Hand over of ‘Shelia’s shop’ after 25 years in Roseberry

Newbridge Mayor, Mick Deely cut the ribbon at the official launch of Roseberry Stores, which passed from one generation to another, last Thursday. For the past 25 years, Sheila and Ollie Delaney, have dutifully served the people of Newbridge with a warm smile and welcome. Affectionately known in the... Read More

Second Kildare councillor to resign from Labour Party

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Second Kildare councillor to resign from Labour Party

Newbridge Town Councillor Damian Molyneaux will resign from the Labour Party this evening due to a self-confessed disillusionment with the party’s politics. His decison to leave has been slammed as “disappointing” by a Labour spokesperson who went on to suggest that Cllr Molyneaux no longer has the... Read More

Landmark Naas pub, Ivy Inn, to open for first time since March 2012

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Landmark Naas pub, Ivy Inn, to open for first time since March 2012

The refurbishment of the landmark Naas licenced premises the Ivy Inn is almost completed and it’s set to open next month. According to the new owner John Healy, who owns a plant hire business outside Blessington, the premises may open at the end of this month although mid to late October, possibly... Read More

Naas students blamed for flower pots damage

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Naas students blamed for flower pots damage

Students celebrating the Junior Cert results have been blamed for damage to flower pots at Poplar Square, Naas, overnight. A total of three 4-tiered flower pots were overturned and Tidy Towns committee member and local councillor Seamie Moore believes that students out on the town were to blame.The... Read More

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Video: Job loss fears at Newbridge Credit Union, meeting hears

Fears that 37 members of staff at Newbridge Credit Union could use lose their jobs in the event of an amalgamation with Naas Credit Union were expressed at a meeting on Tuesday night. The meeting of Naas Credit Union members, chaired by Donal Higgins, attracted about 70 people to the Town House... Read More

New Kildare politcal group to launch in Celbridge

Leinster Leader7 months ago

New Kildare politcal group to launch in Celbridge

A new political group, Community Solidarity, is being launched in Celbridge. A meeting will take place at 8pm on Wednesday night, September 18, in the Kildrought Lounge.The group says it will campaign for a change in political direction – in which people are invited to get involved.A second meeting... Read More

Athy councillor Thomas Redmond joins Sinn Fein

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Athy councillor Thomas Redmond joins Sinn Fein

Cllr Thomas Redmond, the chairperson of Athy Town Council who announced his decision to leave the Labour Party last Monday night, has joined Sinn Fein. His decision was welcomed by Sinn Fein whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD on Thursday.“This latest development is a clear sign of the growing appeal of Sinn... Read More

Kevins brush Croft aside in relegation semi

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kevins brush Croft aside in relegation semi

St. Kevin’s guaranteed their senior status for the 2014 season when comfortably dismissing the challenge of Suncroft in the Joe Mallon Renault SFC relegation semi final at Hawkfield last night (Tuesday 10 September). It was indeed an impressive display from the boys in red and black, stating their... Read More

Element Power rejects criticism

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Element Power rejects criticism

Element Power has denied claims that wind turbines may have negative effects on livestock. It pointed out that Professor Alun Evans from Queen’s University told last week’s ITBA meeing there was a lack of studies on the effects on horses.“That’s the very point, there is no credible research to this... Read More

Fears turbines may destroy livelihoods in Kildare horse industry

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Fears turbines may destroy livelihoods in Kildare horse industry

There are fears Kildare’s thoroughbred horse industry may be under threat due to the construction of 2,000 wind turbines across the midlands. Element Power plan to build 750 turbines - some in west Kildare. Two other companies are also examining options to build a further 1,250 in the region... Read More

Kildare group call for independent wind farm study

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare group call for independent wind farm study

A Kildare anti-wind farm group is calling for a moratorium on large wind farms pending an independent study into the possible affects of turbines. South Kildare Against Spin (SKAS) was formed at a meeting in Kildangan last Wednesday, September 4.“An attendance of circa 100 people, including public... Read More

Carers Association 10K attracts great crowd in Newbridge

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Carers Association 10K attracts great crowd in Newbridge

The Carers Association 10k mini marathon took place in Newbridge on Sunday to a blaze of sunshine. The event, described as a ‘one size fits all’, attracted hundreds of runners, joggers, and walkers who left Ryston Sports and Social CIub at 12 noon for the scenic 10k route along the Curragh.“We’re... Read More

Surplus to requirements

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Surplus to requirements

The vibes had been getting stronger and stronger but few really thought that when push came to shove the recommendation of the Executive of the Co. Board would not get its wish to re-appoint Kieran McGeeney. But at the end of the day the difference was that those who wished for change, those who... Read More

Champonship fixtures

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Champonship fixtures

The Joe Mallon Renault SFC relegation semi final is down for decision tonight (Tuesday 10 September) in Hawkfield with a 7.45 throw-in. Meanwhile Moorefield and Clane will meet again on Friday following their drawn match on Sunday in the SFC quarter final. Hawkfield is again the venue with the game... Read More

Athy councillor Redmond resigns from Labour

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Athy councillor Redmond resigns from Labour

Cllr. Thomas Redmond, a young Athy Town Councillor, has resigned from the Labour Party. In a statement issued last night, Monday, September 9, he said he believed the party had lost its way and “the seed it sowed in mas a young politician has died because of a lack of credibility”.He cautioned that... Read More

Newbridge Credit Union accounts reveal repayments collapse

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge Credit Union accounts reveal repayments collapse

Newbridge Credit Union suffered a catastrophic collapse in loan and interest repayments between 2007 and 2011. Figures seen in the past few days by the Leinster Leader reveal that repayment of loans in 2011 was less than half what they were four years previously.In 2007, loan repayments were... Read More

Old lady robbed in Newbridge while shopping

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Old lady robbed in Newbridge while shopping

Newbridge Gardai are looking for anyone with any information on an incident that saw a theft of a sum of money from an elderly lady at a shopping centre in Newbridge. The lady was out shopping on Friday, September 6 in the Whitewater Shopping Centre when she was approached by a young man who engaged... Read More

Leixlip considers community council option

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Leixlip considers community council option

LEIXLIP Town Council moved towards the creation of a community council which would follow their abolition next year, writes Henry Bauress. Last week, they were told that so far at least five other towns with town councils are considering a community council.Town Councillors are very unhappy with... Read More

Parents concerned over mast near school rooms

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Parents concerned over mast near school rooms

A Leixlip parents remains concerned over class sizes in Scoil San Carlo in Leixlip has kept his young son out of Scoil San Carlo junior school out of concern for the effects of nearby communications masts. Aidan Jordan, who has a number of children at the school, has been campaigning to over high... Read More

Young swan savaged by uncontrolled dogs

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Young swan savaged by uncontrolled dogs

Early morning walkers looked on helplessly as a young swan was attacked and killed by two dogs, apparently allowed loose without supervision. The attack happened around 9am on Monday of last week in the lakes area close to Naas General Hospital.There were a number of people in the area at the time.... Read More

Sally crowned Kildare Festival person of the year

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Sally crowned Kildare Festival person of the year

Sally Purcell has been crowned the Kildare Derby Festival Person of the Year taking over from Paddy Phelan of St. Brigid’s Boxing Club. Sally has been an active member of the festival committee for many years and is heavily involved in the local community. She is also a key player in the local... Read More

Pipe bomb found at Queen’s visit

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Pipe bomb found at Queen’s visit

A pipe bomb was found on a bus in Maynooth during the Queen’s historical visit to Kildare in April 2011. That’s one of a number of revelations relating to her visit in a new book by political commentator Pat Leahy.‘The Price of Power,’ which is out this week, also reveals that even as she was in the... Read More

Man killed, two injured on Clane to Kilcock road

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Man killed, two injured on Clane to Kilcock road

A road traffic accident on the Clane to Kilcock Road earlier today left one man dead and two more in hospital. The single vehicle collision occurred at approximately 9.25 am about four miles outside Clane.The driver of the car, a 35 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to the... Read More

Sash by a point in a thriller

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Sash by a point in a thriller

A point in the 62 minute by wing back Conor Tiernan saw Sarsfields get the better of Confey in a brilliant SFC quarter final game at St. Conleth’s Park at noon today (Sunday 8 September). Last evening. Saturday, Athy won by the same margin, defeating Celbridge in a wet and miserable evening.Weekend... Read More

Tight but Athy book semi spot

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Tight but Athy book semi spot

Athy are the first team through to the SFC quarter final after a one point win over Celbridge on a miserable evening in Newbrige. It took a 45m free from Darroch Mulhall to secure the win. Weekend results to date:Joe Mallon Renault SFC:Athy 0-10 Celbridge 1-6.Confey 0-00 Sarsfields 0-00.Moorefield... Read More

Eadestown burglars flee

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Eadestown burglars flee

Gardai are investigating a burlgary at Eadestown, near Naas. An 18 year old girl, who was in the house at time, surprised 3 intruders who fled the house, on the Blessington Road, between Eadestown church and the cemetery.The incident took place between 8.15am and 9.15am on September 5.- Paul O’Meara.... Read More

Naas Credit Union row over merger

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Naas Credit Union row over merger

A public meeting will take place in Naas next week to discuss the planned merger of the Credit Union with the troubled Newbridge Credit Union. Donal Higgins of the Naas Credit Union Action Group said there is “considerable unease in Naas and anger in Newbridge” over the proposal.He pointed out that... Read More

Leixlip Town Council hears of new text alert scheme

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Leixlip Town Council hears of new text alert scheme

A new community text scheme could be announced shortly. Speaking at the 3 September meeting of Leixlip Town Council, James O’Neill, Director of Services at Muintir na Tire, said he hoped that proposal for a nationwide scheme for crime fighting community text schemes would be announced on 24... Read More

Council looks set to permit limited free parking in Naas town centre

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Council looks set to permit limited free parking in Naas town centre

Claims that the local authority is “trigger happy” when it comes to issuing parking tickets to errant motorists have been refuted. This follows a call by the North Kildare Chamber, which represents businesses, for parking charges to be banned until 11am from Monday to Saturday.NKC made the case for... Read More

Monster open day as Newbridge RFC welcomes new members

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Monster open day as Newbridge RFC welcomes new members

Newbridge Rugby Club is planning a monster open day at its Rosetown grounds this Saturday, September 7, in order to welcome new members to the club. The free event will tak place between 2pm and 5.30pm at its Rosetown Clubhouse and pitches, which are located just outside Athgarvan village.There will... Read More

Newbridge man Niall always has his camera at the ready

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge man Niall always has his camera at the ready

An amateur photographer from Newbridge is making a name for himself in the world of theatre, landscape, architectural and urban exploration photography. Niall Moore, who describes his passion for photography as ‘mainly a hobby’, says he never leaves home without it.“A lot of my stuff is of old... Read More

New website to address Newbridge Credit Union members’ concerns

Leinster Leader7 months ago

New website to address Newbridge Credit Union members’ concerns

A new website addressing the concerns for the future of Newbridge Credit Union has been set up by four concerned members. The website, www.whyisthishappening.net, was formed last week by CU members Ian Hennessy, Des Swan, John Munnelly and Alan O’Neill.It maps out a series of sections including... Read More

Naas soccer side in first league outing

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Naas soccer side in first league outing

The Naas AFC under 12 side have just embarked on their first competitive series of games in the Kildare and District Underage League. As part of their preparation the team, most of whom have been playing together since they were 7, participated in the Kells Blackwater Tournament - an under 11... Read More

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Players demand McGeeney be reinstated

Following a long meeting last night, the Kildare Senior Football Panel wishes to express its extreme frustration and disappointment at the sacking of our manager Kieran McGeeney on Tuesday night, ending a 6 year term that brought Kildare from rank outsiders to a consistent top 8 team in the country.... Read More

Newbridge Credit Union group call for special manager’s immediate removal

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Newbridge Credit Union group call for special manager’s immediate removal

The Newbridge Credit Union Action Group has called for the immediate removal of the special manager from Newbridge Credit Union in the wake of meetings with Michael Martin, TD and leader of Fianna Fail and Pierse Doherty, TD, Sinn Fein, this week. The Chairman, Willie Crowley, said that following... Read More

Kildare addiction studies course

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare addiction studies course

County Kildare Leader Partnership plan to deliver a FETAC Level 5 Community Addiction Studies Course in Athy starting on Wednesday September 11. This is a part-time course - 100 hours over 20 weeks (3 hours per week). The purpose of the Community Addiction Studies Course is to enable people to:... Read More

Light up the skies of Kildare

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Light up the skies of Kildare

Hope(d), a charity which helps prevent suicide and combat depression, has organised its third annual Light up the Skies event. Due to insurance reasons, the lanterns will be replaced by biodegradeable balloons. The event takes place on Tuesday September 10 at the Greyhound Track, Newbridge at 8pm.... Read More

FA Cup visits the K Club

Leinster Leader7 months ago

FA Cup visits the K Club

The FA Cup was welcomed to the K Club in Straffan last Sunday afternoon, September 1. The Chairman of holders Wigan Athletic Football Club, and some members of the club’s board, were greeted by children from Straffan AFC Soccer Club. The youngsters formed a guard of honour at the main entrance of... Read More

Maynooth students raise €151,007 for Jack and Jill Foundation

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Maynooth students raise €151,007 for Jack and Jill Foundation

Maynooth Students for Charity have presented the Jack and Jill Foundation with a chequee for more than €151,000. For the 26th year in a row, the big hearted students have, through the Galway Cycle, raised vitally needed funds for a good cause.This, the 26th edition of the legendary Galway Cycle... Read More

Electoral register campaign by Kildare County Council

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Electoral register campaign by Kildare County Council

“Your Vote is Your Voice” - that’s the message from Kildare County Council. “Work is underway on the information campaign for preparation of the Register of Electors 2014/15,” said the council.“An information leaflet targeting our campaign message “Your Vote is Your Voice” was delivered to almost... Read More

HGV torment for Kildare town locals

Leinster Leader7 months ago

HGV torment for Kildare town locals

Residents living near the Kildare Enterprise Centre are being plagued by HGVs running their engines into the early hours of the morning. One Melitta Park resident declared; “I have no problem with businesses operating from the Enterprise Centre and I would like to see them do well, but I do have a... Read More

Junction 14 appeal development levies

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Junction 14 appeal development levies

The Junction 14 Motorway Service Station has appealed the development levies charged by Kildare County Council to An Bord Pleanala. The council had granted permission for the expansion of the facility and applied levies of over €180,000.However, Lidon Ltd, has queried the financial contribution and... Read More

Monasterevin protest called off as talks begin

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Monasterevin protest called off as talks begin

A second protest, over employee contracts, was called off at a Monasterevin pharmacy last Friday as both parties prepared to enter talks. SIPTU welcomed the decision of the management of O’Rourke’s Pharmacy to attend proximity talks with union reps at the Labour Relations Commission on September 10.... Read More

Kildare players to meet tonight

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare players to meet tonight

Kildare senior players are to meet tonight (Wednesday 4 September) to look at their options following the rejection of the proposal to reappoint Kieran McGeeney at last night’s (Tuesday 3 September) Co. Board meeting. The players released the following statement earlier today: “In light of the... Read More

Rumours of plan for Naas M & S site unfounded

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Rumours of plan for Naas M & S site unfounded

Speculation that a supermarket is about to open in the shopping centre at Dublin Road/Wolfe Tone Street has been quashed. There were rumours that Musgraves, which owns a number of supermarket brands including Super Valu, was to open a new store in the units occupied until recently by Marks and... Read More

McGeeney’s 
future to be decided 
tonight

Leinster Leader7 months ago

McGeeney’s future to be decided tonight

The future of Kildare senior football manager, Kieran McGeeney, is expected to be decided tonight (Tuesday 3 September) when club delegates meet at St. Conleth’s Park, for a scheduled monthly meeting but with McGeeney’s future high on the agenda. It is understood that the Co. Executive have decided... Read More

Kildare GAA weekend fixtures

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Kildare GAA weekend fixtures

The senior and intermediate championships, along with two SHC are down for decision this weekend this weekend. The full list of fixtures are as follows:Saturday 7 September:At Hawkfield: IFC q/f Ellistown v Ballyteague 18.00;At Hawkfield: IFC q/f Kilcock v Round Towers 19.30.At Allenwood: IFC q/f... Read More

Championship updates:
results and draws

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Championship updates: results and draws

Round 3 of the senior, intermediate and junior championship got under way on Friday, continuing on Saturday and Sunday. The semi finals of the IFC were also down for decision this weekend. In the opening game in the SFC it was Naas who booked their place in the quarter finals while in the IFC Round... Read More

Leinster Leader7 months ago

Championships: last chance saloon

Seconds out, Round 3. And this time there are no second chances. It’s do or die; sink or swim as the final round of the senior and intermediate football championships are down for decision. With four sides already through to the quarters, Athy, Moorefield, Confey and Maynooth, there are four other... Read More

We lost momentum when we got level

Leinster Leader8 months ago

We lost momentum when we got level

It was a familiar scene. Up in the main stand Cork captain,Ruairí Deane was accepting the congratulations (and the cup) while Kildare players, mentors and fans looked on glumly. The Lilies, outsiders with the layers for this one, looked down and out at the break but on the resumption with a change... Read More

The big debate

Leinster Leader8 months ago

The big debate

With six years under his belt at the helm of Kildare GAA the time is fast approaching when a decision on the future of Kieran McGeeney in Lilywhite land is surely upon us. Depending how one measures it an argument can be made that the Armagh man’s tenure has been a success or a disappointment.No... Read More

Roli Sweeney joins Niall Carew in Waterford

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Roli Sweeney joins Niall Carew in Waterford

Roli Sweeney, who announced his retirement from inter county football following Kildare’s exit from this year’s All Ireland qualifiers, has been appointed as assistent manager to Niall Carew in Waterford. The Moorefield man brought an end to his 14 year career following Tyrone’s win over Kildare... Read More

Junior team annouonced to take on Cork

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Junior team annouonced to take on Cork

The Kildare Junior management team to face Cork in Saturday’s All Ireland final has been named, The team shows one change with Ciaran Fitzpatrick returning at centre back, The team lines out as follows:1 Ciaran Heneghan2 James O’Connor3 William Burke4 Peter Warren5 Darren Barker6 Ciaran Fitzpatrick7... Read More

Championship fixtures announced

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Championship fixtures announced

The fixtures for Round 3 of the SFC and the IFC, along with Round 5 of the JFC have been announced and are as follows, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN. Friday 30 AugustJoe Fox Tool & Plant Hire Ifc Round 3:At Hawkfield: Eadestown v Round Towers 7.30pm.Joe Mallon Motors RENAULT SFC Round 3At Celbridge:... Read More

Kildare name U21 side for All Ireland semi

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Kildare name U21 side for All Ireland semi

Kildare hurling management have named their team for Saturday’s All Ireland U.21 ‘A’ semi final v Roscommon in Ballinasloe which has a 2pm throw-in. The full team is:1. Paddy McKenna Clane; Shane O’Flynn Celbridge, 3. Cian Farrell Coill Dubh, 4. Conor Gordon Coill Dubh; 5. Kevin Murphy Celbridge, 6.... Read More

Club Kildare annual fund-raiser draw results

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Club Kildare annual fund-raiser draw results

Mark Buckley from Newtown, Maynooth, won the top prize in the annual Club Kildare draw which was held in Hawkfield Centre of Excellence last evening (Tuesday 20 August) writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN. The winning ticket, sold by top seller Ann Ennis, sees Mark Buckley take ownership of a 3-year old unraced... Read More

Kildare’s gold medallist Gary is a national boxing hero

Leinster Leader8 months ago

Kildare’s gold medallist Gary is a national boxing hero

He has been a hero of residents of Sarto Road in Naas for a number of years but now he is a hero, not only of Kildare folk but of the entire country. Gary Cully, the not yet 18-year-old, hit the boxing headlines on Saturday last when winning the gold medal in the 52kg class at the European Youth... Read More