Category Archives: Event

Local and European Elections 2019

Local and European Elections are to be held Friday May 24th 2019. Please see below for a list of all candidates, and for details of the Clane Poster-Free Zone.

Local Election Candidates – Clane Local Electoral Area

Farrelly Aidan Social Democrats
Fitzpatrick Darragh Fianna Fáil
Gibbs Marc Sinn Féin
Hallissey Eoin Green Party
Hogan Thomas Independent
Keenan Daniel Fianna Fáil
Langan Seamus Fine Gael
McEvoy Pádraig Independent
O’Connor Una Aontú
Ó Riain Séamus Renua
Weld Brendan Fine Gael
Wyse Brendan Fine Gael

European Election Candidates – Midlands North-West Constituency

Brennan Cyril People Before Profit
Carthy Matt Sinn Féin
Casey Peter Independent
Flanagan Luke ‘Ming’ Independent
Greene Patrick Direct Democracy Ireland
Hannigan Dominic Labour
Healy Eames Fidelma Independent
Mahapatra Dilip Independent
McGuinness Mairead Fine Gael
McHugh Saoirse Green Party
Miller James Independent
Mulcahy Diarmaid Independent
O’Connor Olive Independent
O’Dowd Michael Renua
Rabbitte Anne Fianna Fáil
Smith Brendan Fianna Fáil
Walsh Maria Fine Gael

Clane Poster-Free Zone

Clane Community Council, in association with its subcommittee Clane Tidy Towns, have proposed that parts of Clane be declared a Poster-Free Zone for election campaigns, as illustrated in the map below.

This voluntary initiative is based on feedback from residents, businesses and the recent Clane Public-Realm Planning initiative public meetings, and has received the support of Kildare County Council.

Clane Poster-Free Zone. Underlying map © OpenStreetMap Contributors

Our sincere thanks to those candidates that are supporting this initiative.

For information on all candidates, and our poster-free zone initiative, please see the community notice board on Main Street, and our website

Please advise of any errors or omissions.


Celebrating Heritage Week in Clane

The heritage of Clane is rich and varied and this Heritage Week there are several special events arranged to help everyone discover and celebrate it…

  • On Saturday starting 3pm in ALDI car park, Clane Local History Group have organised a Heritage Walk to introduce you to some of the historic built heritage of the village.
  • On Sunday starting 8pm in Westgrove Shopping Centre car park, a Wild About Clane…at Sunset nature walk will be lead with experts from Kildare Bat Group,  Kildare branch of Birdwatch Ireland and GROWing Gardens.
  • On Tuesday at 8pm in Clane Library Clane Local History Group will present a talk on “Some Forgotten Clane Residences“.

For details of other heritage week events in and around the area why not check out





Clane Men’s Shed Draw – the results are in!

The results are in for the Clane Men’s Shed Super Draw:

  • First Prize: Beautifully restored Clinker Built Lake Boat plus Trailer
    Winner: Mr. Michael Kelleher, Mainham, Clane
  • Second Prize: 2 nights Bed & Breakfast for two people sharing at The Castlerosse Hotel & Golf Resort, Killarney
    Winner: Mr. Denis Connell, Millicent, Clane
  • Third Prize: 2 nights Bed & Breakfast midweek break for two people sharing at The Gresham Hotel, Dublin
    Winner: Mr. Robert Fitzpatrick, Baybush, Straffan

Congratulations to all the winners  and a sincere Thank You to all who supported the Super Draw.

All Proceeds from the Draw went to the Clane Men’s Shed

Celebrating Clane’s 10th St. Patrick’s Day Parade…

The Abbey - in a new light!

The Abbey – in a new light!

Clane was alive with people on Monday March 17th, all there to celebrate Clane’s 10th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The highlight of a busy schedule of events, Main Street and beyond were lined several deep with residents and visitors enjoying the 43 or so floats that participated in the parade.

Clane Community Council and Clane Tidy Towns were delighted to be part of the occasion, with members of the community young and old all dressed up for the Big Celebration. And they did not come empty handed – a great big ‘cake’ was prepared to mark the 10th Birthday of the Parade, the 40th of the Council, the 80th of our Lord Mayor Dessie Marron, the 150th of the Alexandra Bridge over the Liffey, and many more other celebrations of the community besides.

With the newly commissioned flagpole and lighting, for the first time the Council also marked the occasion at the Abbey with a tricolour proudly flying from the tower, and the tower washed in green by night. At the invitation of Fr. Paul, we were also delighted to bathe the Church of St. Patrick and St. Brigid in warm green glow.

Congratulations to the hardworking St. Patrick’s Festival committee for organising a wonderful programme of events, and to all those that helped and supported the festival in any way.

Church of St. Patrick and St. Brigid ... with a hint of green

Church of St. Patrick and St. Brigid … with a hint of green

Proceedings come to a close on Thursday at 8pm in the Westgrove. See you there!








Clane Project Centre – Christmas Festival & Market

Sunday the 9th of December is the date for the Clane Project Centre Christmas Festival & Market. An indoor market with plenty to see and do, there will be stalls by local business, designers, artists and craftspeople and special entertainment for children.

From Christmas Carols to Bouncy Castles, and face painting to a relaxing cuppa, there will be something for everybody – indeed rumour has it a particular VIP is making special plans to attend.

Doors open in the Westgrove Hotel at 1.30pm on Sunday December 9th and the event runs to 5.30pm. Entry €5 per family. Proceeds go to the Mens Shed.

For more information on the event, or indeed to arrange a stand at the fair, contact Clane Project Centre at 045 861500.

Clane & Rathcoffey Parish Road Race and Fun Run…

Clane & Rathcoffey Parish are inviting everyone to join them for their inaugural 10k road race and 5k family fun run/walk on Sunday 21st October.

Both routes will be on tarmac road and will start and finish at the Parish Centre on the Main Street.

The event is suitable for runners, joggers and walkers. The race will be timing chipped and prizes will be awarded.

You can find out all the details and register on the Clane and Rathcoffey Parish website.

Celebrate Heritage Week … in Clane

The week starting August 18th is National Heritage Week and this year we are delighted to announce it can be celebrated in Clane.

On Sunday 19th Clane Community Council has arranged a Wild About Clane Nature Walk by the Liffey, with experts from Birdwatch Ireland and Kildare Bat Group. The walk starts at 8pm in the Abbbeylands Shopping Centre Car Park.

On Tuesday 21st August starting at 8pm in the Library, Clane Local History Group are presenting a talk where local history experts will present on the topic Main Street Clane: Its Buildings and People.

Why not come out and enjoy your local heritage at one or both of these events…all are welcome and they are free of change. We look forward to seeing you there.

Clane Community Council Golf Classic – August 17th

Clane Community Council is delighted to announce preparations are well underway
for our annual Golf Classic to be held on Friday August 17th in Knockanally Golf Club. Teams of 3  will cost €150 and Timesheets are available in Des Marron’s Pharmacy on Main Street. There is an opportunity for local businesses to sponser holes for €100. Please contact Des Drumm or anyone on the Committee to find out more. Email enquiries can be sent to

Community Games 2012 – and the winners are:

A big crowd gathered in the Abbey on the evening of June 6th for a special occassion: the prize-giving ceremony for the Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games 2012. Dozens of young men and women were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals by the Community Games organising committee and there were smiles all around.

A packed house in the Abbey

In a few short weeks we are going to be cheering on men and women wearing the Irish colours on an international stage. Perhaps in a few short years we will be cheering on some of the wonderful young athletes photographed below.

Well done to everyone who participated. A special thanks to all the Mums and Dads and Guardians that supported their children in the games, and to the hard-working Community Games sub-committee that organised and ran the event.

Best of luck to those that will represent Clane and Rathcoffey in the Kildare county finals.

Community Games 2012 – a big success…

There was a big turnout in the grounds of Scoil Mhuire Clane on Tuesday May 29th for the Track and Field events of Clane and Rathcoffey’s Community Games 2012. This year the competition was blessed with perfect weather, and the hardworking organisers managed to get through all of the events in the one evening with some daylight to spare.

A large crowd gathered for Community Games 2012

It was wonderful to see so many young athletes enjoying the fresh air and doing so well: a big congratulations to all those who participated in the races. A special thanks too to the Mums, Dads and Guardians that supported their children, Scoil Mhuire for making their grounds available, and all the volunteers on the Community Games sub-committee that helped make the day run so smoothly.

Some of the organising committee and helpers on the day

Prizes for the various races will be presented in the Abbey on Tuesday the 5th of June at 7pm. All are welcome to this celebration – we hope to see you there.

Clane Community Council delighted to receive Intel Matching Grant…

Clane Community Council is delighted to have received a valuable donation from Intel Ireland as part of their matching grant scheme for approved charities. In a celebration on the Intel campus on May 29th our Chairman John Kennedy, Assistant Secretary Des Drumm and Council Member Peter Kirwan were presented with the cheque by Minister Phil Hogan and General Manager of Intel Ireland, Eamonn Sinnott.

Clane Community Council being presented with our Intel matching grant

Clane Community Council being presented with our Intel matching grant by Minister Phil Hogan and General Manager of Intel Ireland Eamonn Sinnott

Intel’s donation was based on the total amount of hours that Intel employees have volunteered towards Clane Community Council activities in 2011. John Kennedy, Chairman of Clane Community Council and himself an Intel employee was “doubly thrilled to see not only Intel employees donating their time to important community initiatives such as Community Games, Tidy Towns, and our heritage and environmental projects, but the Intel company itself reinforcing these employee efforts with valuable matching grants.”

A sincere thank you to Intel and Intel volunteers for their generous support.

GAA Scrap Week Fundraiser

Clane GAA have organised a scrap metal collection from May 28th to June 2nd to raise funds for their under age teams. Please drop off any scrap metal to O’Connell’s Yard, Millicent Road, Clane this week. For all the details including a list of the types of items accepted please see the Scrap Week Fundraiser Details. Why not take a quick look in the back garden, attic or shed and see if you can de-clutter and support our under age GAA teams at the same time?

Keep a date – for the annual Parish Fête

The Clane Union of Parishes has announced the annual Parish Fête will be held in the grounds of the Hewetson School, Millicent, on Sunday May 13th. The fun (and, for the first time, live music) kicks off at 1pm when special guest 9 year old singer/songwriter Ashley Tubridy will open the event. For more details please see the dedicated Facebook page.

Tír na nÓg – A Celebration of Music

The Clane St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee have organised a concert of the talented local musicians that came together to produce the Tír na nÓg CD earlier this year. The concert is being held in the Moat Theatre, Naas on Friday 11th May at 8pm. Tickets available in the Parish Shop, Clane, or online direct from the Moat Theatre. For all the details see the event poster.

Spring Clean 2012 – thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out today and in previous days to help clean up the countryside around Clane. With the initiative coordinated by Tír na Móna, and with support from An Taisce, AES and Kildare County Council, the local effort was spearheaded by Cllr Pádraig McEvoy. Members of Clane Tidy Towns and Clane Community Council organised teams of volunteers of all ages, and spread out around the local roads. A phenomenal amount of rubbish was removed, some of it with a JCB, and Clane’s Main Street also received a thorough spring clean.

Many residents’ associations took the opportunity to clear up their public spaces, and this waste was removed also.

To help sustain energy levels throughout the day a wonderful cup of tea and lunch were provided by the volunteers in St. Kevin’s GAA, Staplestown.

To minimise landfill, the rubbish collected was segregated, and the various piles of green waste, general waste, electrical appliances, metal, tyres and litter (collected on an ongoing basis) can be seen in the accompanying photos.

All who helped out can sleep easy that this volume of rubbish has been cleared from our environs. If you spot dumping appearing from now on, please inform Clane Tidy Towns or the Kildare Litter Warden hotline at 1800 243 143.