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Celebrate Biodiversity Week in Kildare…

Saturday May 20th marks the launch to Kildare’s biodiversity Week with free guided walks, talks organised all around the County.

For all the details download the Kildare Biodiversity Week 2017 Brochure.

Clane is hosting one of these events, a “Wild About Clane” nature walk by the Liffey. Meeting at 3pm on Saturday May 28th in the Abbeylands Shopping Centre Car Park. All are welcome – see you there!!

 

Clane Opens Its Doors!

With the Irish Open 2016 coming to the K Club, Clane is one of the localities selected by Kildare County Council to get involved in an event which will see some of the world’s finest golfers play here in Kildare, including Rory McIlroy and recent Masters winner Danny Willett. Clane has declared itself Open for the period of the Irish Open, May 19th to 22nd and is looking forward to welcoming visitors to this vibrant community with its fascinating history and buzzing array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

The centrepiece of Clane Open is the Friday night, 20th May, which will feature a FREE concert in the Main Street. It will commence at 6.45 pm with Clondalkin Youth Marching Band marching from McKennas along the Main Street to the church and followed with a concert in the Church grounds at 7pm featuring singer/songwriter Mick Dunne, acclaimed fiddler Margaret Doherty and the Angela Brien school of Dancing as well as face-painting for children. There will be music in all the pubs that night too and shops will be open late- so do come along and enjoy the hospitality of this attractive and friendly village.

On Saturday 21st May there will be a Clane History Walk, also free of charge, meeting at Manzor’s Village Inn car park at 11am, with four guides taking different topics such as Clane’s role in 1798, the little known tale of Mathilda Tone, visiting Clane’s oldest man-made object and the “Garden of the Angels” to mention just a few stories in this hour long journey into the past. Craft beer is big news at the moment and Clane’s own Kelly’s Mountain Brew will be open between 12 noon and 3pm in Clane Business Park if you want to call by and learn all about brewing!

Other events to be held during the week include a shop window competition, children’s involvement through a golf-themed colouring competition, with prizes awarded at the concert, as well as a visit to the schools by a golfing pro “ambassador” from the Open. No less than two of Clane’s own Opens will be held in Millicent Golf Club, one for Seniors on Tuesday 17th May and a general one on Wednesday 18th May.  All this adds up to a lot of reasons to include a visit to Clane in your plans for Open week!

 

 

Le Chéile September 2015 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane Community Council Nominations
  • Clane Musical & Dramatic Society
  • Works undertaken by Clane Community Council in the past 42 years
  • County Community Games
  • Clane Men’s Shed
  • Parkview Residents
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2016
  • Clane Local History Group
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Clane Tennis Club
  • I.C.A.
  • National Community Games Finals in Swimming and Team Sports
  • The Village Green
  • The Irish Gazetteer (from Le Chéile Feb 1981)

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Clane’s Tidy Towns campaign in full swing!

Clane Tidy Towns Logo - 2013Clane’s Tidy Towns campaign for 2015 is now in full swing. Volunteers gather every Tuesday at 7:30pm outside the Abbey. In recent weeks the Kildare 13th Beavers, the Staff of SuperValu Clane, the pupils of Scoil Phádraig and several of the businesses on Main Street have made wonderful contributions. Would you or your organisation like to get involved? Just drop down some Tuesday you have an hour or two free or contact us at ClaneTidyTowns@gmail.com

Tidy Towns tackling the Ballynagappagh Road with the help of SuperValu Clane

Tidying up the Ballynagappagh Road with the help of SuperValu Clane

13th Kildare Beavers after a big clean-up of Nancy's Lane

13th Kildare Beavers after a big clean-up of Nancy’s Lane

13th Kildare Beavers after litter picking the Liffey Walk

13th Kildare Beavers after litter picking the Liffey Walk

 

 

 

 

Le Chéile June 2015 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games
  • Mainham Cemetery Committee
  • Clane Local History Group
  • Maria Dunn and the O’Neills of Clane
  • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2016
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Clane Musical and Dramatic Society
  • The Evergreens
  • ICA
  • Clane GAA Notes
  • First Ever Athletic Meeting in Clane
  • The Principal Achievements of Tommy Conneff

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Le Chéile May 2015 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games
  • “New” Abbey Graveyard Committee completing 10 Years
  • Fr. John Sullivan S.J.
  • Clane Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
  • John Sullivan Resource Centre
  • Clane Local History Group
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Parkview Residents Association
  • Clane Golf Club
  • The Evergreens
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival
  • Clane Tennis News
  • What’s in a Name?
  • Clane Man Killed in First World War
  • Know Your Clane
  • Tidy Towns

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National Clean-up in Clane 2015

A big thanks to everyone who helped in the National Clean-Up day event held on March 21st last. The enthusiastic volunteers tackled several areas including:

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An empty skip at the start of the day

  • The River Liffey – thanks to Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association
  • The old entrance to Abbeylands
  • The field beside Lidl
  • The Celbridge Road
  • Parts of Capdoo Lane
  • The Ballynagappagh Road
  • Loughanure Commons
  • Nancy’s Lane

Between them they managed to fill a full roll-on skip of rubbish kindly hosted for us by Joe Campbell. Other trailer loads of rubbish were collected from the ditches of Clane and deposited in large skips in Rathcoffey.

It is disappointing that this volume of rubbish is still being dumped in and around our village, but our sincere thanks to everyone who helped tackle this issue on the day, and to the Tir na Mona network for a delicious lunch and for coordinating the broader countryside clean-up in this part of County Kildare.

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Cleaning up the Old Abbeylands Entrance

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Cllr Padraig McEvoy with the rubbish collected from Nancy’s Lane

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Clane Trout and Salmon Angler’s Association collected this material from the Liffey

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Some of the rubbish collected by the end of the day

AGM of Clane Community Council

The 41st AGM of Clane Community Council will be held in the Abbey at 8pm this coming Monday January 19th.

The vision of the Community Council is to achieve a shared sense of place, purpose and community in Clane.Highlights of 2014 include

  • professionally stabilising the Friary walls, allowing the fencing to be removed
  • delivering the new Heritage and Information signage
  • organising free Heritage Week, Culture Night and Christmas Light-up events
  • running Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games
  • transitioning Le Chéile to online publication
  • presenting Frida Lowry with the Claonadh Award in appreciation of her valuable contributions to our community
  • receiving the Bronze medal in the National Tidy Towns competition – Clane’s first medal in over 40 years of participation.

Pleases attend our AGM to find out more and help shape our plans and priorities. All are welcome.

Le Chéile January 2015 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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The January issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane Community Council
  • The Evergreens
  • Clongowes Cemetery
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Of Tramps, Journeymen and The Gopan
  • Clane Local History Group
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Park View Residents
  • Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games
  • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2015
  • Clane Tennis News
  • Clane Musical & Dramatic Society

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The Claonadh Award 2014

Clane has in its midst some amazing people and organisations who go above and beyond in their contributions of time and energy for the good of the community.

Throughout its history Clane Community Council has attempted to acknowledge such generosity by presenting Community Awards. Last year, in 2013, this format was reorganised a little with the launch of The Claonadh Award. The Claonadh Award is our community’s way of thanking an individual – or possibly a group – for making a particularly significant contribution to our community.

For her tireless efforts on behalf of those in our community with intellectual disabilities, for her championing of those living with physical challenges, and for helping to improve the quality of life for all of us in Clane, the Claonadh Award 2014 has been presented to Frida Lowry.

Over 28 years ago Maurice Shortt encouraged Frida, a new resident of Clane, to spend some time with KARE, a group that promotes inclusion for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Frida became so dedicated to this cause that she rose to board level of the organisation, and has continued to this day to tackle the needs of some of the more vulnerable in our community, through KARE, and through other complementary initiatives.

Back in 1992 Frida founded The Hang Out Club – a social club for teenagers with an intellectual disability in the greater Clane area. With the help of people like Teresa Killick and many volunteers, it now provides a wonderful social outlet for over 25 teenage members and a similar number of helpers.

With the establishment of Clane Access Group, Frida has also created a voice for those of us with physical challenges. Consulting closely with experts in the field, with local property owners and with Kildare County Council, Clane Access Group has helped make Clane a significantly more accessible village than it used to be. This has genuinely transformed the quality of life for many in our community. It has made it possible for more people in our community to enjoy access to the basic facilities that many of us take for granted.

John Kennedy, Chairman of Clane Community Council, was honoured to present The Claonadh Award to Frida at the Christmas celebration held in the Abbey Community Centre on Sunday December 7th last.

Frida Lowry being presented with the Claonadh Award 2014 by John Kennedy, Chairman, Clane Community Council

Frida Lowry being presented with The Claonadh Award 2014 by John Kennedy, the Chairman of Clane Community Council

 

 

Le Chéile December 2014 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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The December issue features updates and articles on:

  • A New Saint for North Kildare
  • Mainham Cemetery Committee
  • Clane Musical & Dramatic Society
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Parish history
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 2015
  • Parkview Residents Association
  • The Evergreens
  • Clane Tennis Club
  • McCracken’s Woolen Mill in Clane

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Le Chéile November 2014 – now available online

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The November issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane Tidy Towns Best Kept Estates and Premises Awards
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Clane Musical & Dramatic Society – Godspell
  • Parkview Estate
  • Clane Golf Club
  • The Evergreens
  • Your dog didn’t do this
  • Clane GAA Notes
  • Clane Tennis Club
  • Clane’s Strictly Come Dancing
  • Fr John Sullivan S.J.
  • The Fr. John Sullivan Memorial Garden on the Village Green in Clane
  • Know your Townsland: Moortown by Seamus Cullen

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Clane Tidy Towns Award Night

Clane Tidy Towns Logo - 2013Clane Tidy Towns held their annual awards night on Friday 17th October last where the winners of their Best Kept Estates and Best Presented Premises competitions – generously sponsored by Clane Project Centre – were unveiled.

Clane Tidy Towns founding member Tony McEvoy compered the evening. John Kennedy, Chairman of Clane Community Council, congratulated the Tidy Towns team and everyone that contributed to their efforts on a wonderful year. It was a remarkable year for Clane took home its first medal in the National Tidy Towns competition, a bronze, a wonderful achievement for which everyone should be proud.

Tony then listed some of the local businesses, organisations, clubs and individuals that had contributed to this years success. This assistance was supplemented by the great work of the residents and their residents’ associations, as visible through their efforts in the Best Kept Estate competition.

The prizewinners were announced by Tidy Towns team member Jeanette Drumm, and presented by Ted Murray of Clane Project Centre, the generous sponsors of the competition.

The winners of the Best Kept Estates competition 2014 are:

Small Estates:
1 – College Grove
2 – Mainham Wood

Medium Sized Estates:
1 – Park View
2 – Otomy Estate

Large Estates:
1 – Central Park & Churchfield
2 – Abbey Park
3 – Joint winners Alexandra Walk & Park and Brooklands

The winner of the 2014 Clane Best Presented Premises competition is

KARE Centre on the Celbridge Road

A sincere thank you to all the estates that participated in the competition, and to everyone that has contributed in any way to Clane’s Tidy Towns efforts.

Le Chéile October 2014 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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The October issue features updates and articles on:

  • Tidy Towns Adjudicators Report 2014
  • Plain Speakers Toastmasters
  • Mainham Cemetery Committee
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Clane Tennis Club
  • The Evergreens
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Clane Musical & Dramatic Society
  • Godspell
  • Clane’s Strictly Come Dancing
  • Clane GAA
  • Know your Townsland – Moortown

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Clane takes the Bronze in Tidy Towns 2014!

Clane Tidy Towns Logo - 2013Every resident, business, club and organisation that contributed to Clane Tidy Towns activities in 2014 can take a bow: for the first time in its 40 years of participation, Clane was awarded a Bronze Medal in the national Tidy Towns competition 2014.

With a maximum score being 450 points, for our size of village Clane was just 9 points behind Silver medalists Buncrana and Youghal and 23 away from a Gold which was earned by Westport, Skerries and Carrickmacross.

Tidy towns has evolved significantly over the recent years and is no longer just about tidiness. The total of 450 points are available from the following categories:

  • Community Involvement & Planning (60)
  • Built Environment and Streetscape (50)
  • Landscaping and Open Spaces (50)
  • Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities (50)
  • Sustainable Waste and Resource Management (50)
  • Tidiness and Litter Control (90)
  • Residential Streets & Housing Areas (50)
  • Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes (50)

The commitment of the volunteers on the Clane Tidy Towns team, together with the wonderful contributions of the many Resident’s Associations, Businesses, Schools and Community Groups in Clane were all noticed and commended by the adjudicator.

You can read all the details for yourself in the two-page Adjudicator Report for Clane. Please take a look and see how we were judged. If you have any suggestions for how Clane can do even better in future years we would love to hear from you. You can email ClaneTidyTowns@gmail.com, come along to any of our meetings in the Community Calendar, or talk to any of the Tidy Towns team in person.

One great opportunity to meet the team will be our annual awards night which will be held later in October. This will be a special night to celebrate all the hard work of the community. We will publish more details on ClaneCommunity.ie as we get closer to the time…if you haven’t joined the Community Council mailing list already you can click here to stay informed.

Clane Community Council receives generous donation from Intel

Clane Community Council is delighted to have received $2810  – over €2100 – from Intel Ireland this year as part of their Intel Involved community outreach programme.

Clane Community Council Intel Involved 2014

Martine Grogan, Rita Mahon, Tony McEvoy and John Kennedy, all members of Clane Community Council, delighted to receive the donation from Intel

Intel distributes an amount based on the number of hours its employees volunteer with each approved charity. 2013 was a particularly busy year for the Community Council and with several Intel employees contributing substantial personal time the grant received reflected this.

John Kennedy, Chairman of Clane Community Council and himself an Intel employee, thanked Intel for their generous support of the Community Council.  The money will be used to support the numerous initiatives it continues to run on behalf of the community including Clane Tidy Towns, Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games, Clane Frairy and Abbey Graveyard, and Lé Cheile.

If you or people you know happen to work in Intel – please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about the scheme.

Announcing the Annual Golf Classic – Friday August 15th

Clane Community Council

2014 Golf Classic

Friday August 15th 2014 at Millicent Golf Club, Clane

Sponsored by Larchfield Park Nursing Home

The Clane Community Council Golf Classic is now an eagerly awaited annual event, made possible in recent years by the generous support of Nellie Dillon-Ford on behalf of Larchfield Park Nursing Home, celebrating 25 years of excellence in nursing care for the elderly. The Golf Classic represents the main source of funding for the voluntary Community Council and the money raised supports the voluntary work that the Council does in the village, including the need this year, again, for extensive work on the fabric of the Abbey, the symbol of Clane. The Council, besides providing a forum for discussion of local issues and representation of the Community’s interests, is an umbrella organisation for many projects, including:

  • Tidy Towns
  • Community Games
  • The Abbey Community Centre
  • The Abbey Garden of Remembrance
  • Friary and Abbey Graveyard on the Sallins Road
  • Liffeyside Nature Park
  • The Stream Park in the village centre, now the playground
  • Clane Heritage Project

We hope that you will be able to support our Golf Classic at Millicent Golf Club, Clane on Friday August 15th with tee-times between 1.30pm and 4pm, although those who wish to play at other times will be accommodated.

  • Three person team, including a curry dinner, is €160
  • Sponsorship of a hole is also available for €75

The time sheet is in Marron’s Pharmacy. Your support is very much appreciated and will be acknowledged through Le Chéile, local newspapers and prominent signs at the golf course on the day.

Contact Des Marron ( 045-868112 ) or Des Drumm ( 086 2241761) for tee-times or other members of the Golf Classic Sub-committee: Nellie Dillon-Ford (045 892721), Tom Cleary (087 8273918) or Jack Kinsella (086 2630520).

Best-Kept Estate Competition – now open for entries!

Clane Tidy Towns Logo - 2013Clane Tidy Towns are delighted to again hold our popular Best Kept Estates competition thanks to the continued generous sponsorship by Clane Project Centre.

This year there are some changes to the competition format. Rather than score an estate under various categories based on one visit, this year the judges will be asked to consider each estate from a broader point of view, and to make any comments they deem appropriate rather than give scores based on just one visit. They will take into account any initiatives since the last competition that they are made aware of in the entry form.

More information on the competition is available here and all housing estates are encouraged to enter. Paper forms have been distributed but estates can alternatively fill out the online entry form here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the Tidy Towns team or email ClaneTidyTowns@gmail.com.

Our residential areas have helped Clane make great progress in the National Tidy Towns competitions in recent years. We look forward to seeing you at our awards night later in the year to help celebrate everyone’s contributions this year. Thank you for you continued support.

Le Chéile June 2014 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

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The June issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane Musical Society
  • Clane Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  • The Evergreens
  • Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games
  • Clane Tennis Club
  • Clane Toastmasters
  • Clane Golf Club (Men’s Club)
  • Know your Townsland by Seamus Cullen
  • “What’s in a name?”

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