Le Chéile June 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • The Shady Road to Clane
  • Clane Community Council Nominations Open in October
  • Sustainable Clane Judicial Review
  • Clane Community Council Established 1973

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Sustainable Clane Judicial Review

An Bord Pleanála has recently destroyed Clane’s sustainable Local Area Plan by adding huge “Strategic Housing Developments” on top of the hundreds of permissions that have already been granted.

These 1200 permissions in total since 2017 will result in a 50% rise in population, 1500 additional cars on our roads, and an almost 50% rise in congestion.

This unplanned building explosion will impact everyone: school-place shortages, after-school activity waiting lists, chronic traffic congestion, pressure on all local services and local amenities.

Our legal advice is that An Bord Pleanála acted incorrectly and illegally and Clane Community Council and concerned residents have decided to organise an urgent legal challenge to save Clane from this massive over-development.

Unfortunately, this €40,000 Sustainable Clane Judicial Review is our last opportunity to protect a sustainable Clane, but we are encouraged by the fact that 85% of Judicial Reviews of Strategic Housing Developments have succeeded due to An Bord Pleanála acting outside the law.

We must act together and fast.

For more information, to register your support, and to contribute to this campaign for Clane, please visit our fundraising webpage: https://www.ifundraise.ie/6288_SustainableClane.html

Thank you in advance for any support you can give, and please share this message.

Adopt a Kilometre of Road and make it Green!

In recent months volunteers have stepped forward to help litter pick in and around Clane. Groups of volunteers have been out at weekends to collect litter and have it removed with the assistance of Kildare County Council.
However, there is more to the initiative than just picking litter. It also involves
learning about the heritage of our countryside and the flora and fauna to be seen
there. It is gathering momentum and Kildare County Council have launched a green-kilometer initiative to support these efforts. If you are interested in participating please get in touch!

From the Kildare County Council website…

Kildare Green Kilometre Scheme
When it comes to communities looking after their area to deal with littering and dumping, Kildare is well served with a network of Tidy Towns groups in almost every town and village in the county. But Kildare County Council is aware that there are groups and individuals in rural areas who would like to become involved in looking after their own locality. With over 2,500 kilometres of roads in the county, it is hoped that these communities will work to improve these targeted areas.

So rather than just asking people to pick up litter, we are asking groups and individuals to choose a kilometre of road in their area- preferably a quiet, local road in terms of safety. The group would then commit to maintain the chosen kilometre over the course of a year. Each Green Kilometre will be looked at twice in the year- not to judge, but to offer advice in terms of litter, hedge maintenance, care of heritage features etc.

Small prizes of some native trees and shrubs are on offer for all projects submitted. More importantly, it is an opportunity for your community to work together on a project that benefits everybody.

The following examples are some of the activities that can be included:
• Removing litter
• Managing hedgerows and verges
• Restoring heritage features such as old farm gates or walls.
Permission from landowners should be obtained first and protected structures should only be maintained following professional advice.

Please remember that the cutting of hedges is banned from March 1st to September 1st

Applications can be submitted at any time of the year.
The council looks forward to seeing many green kilometres around the
county in 2021 and beyond!…….

If you are interested in participating please make contact with Clane Community Council and Clane Tidy Towns by emailing ClaneCommunityCouncil@gmail.com. Indicate where you live and that you want to help with the Green Kilometre initiative. We can assist you in having your group registered with Kildare county Council.

In related news Loughanure Area Text Alert Scheme undertook a litter picking day on Saturday 24/04/2021 and many helped to clean up the roads in our area approx. 10Km. A big Thank You to all who took part especially the young environmentalists.

Le Chéile May 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • The Down Survey
  • The name Clane and related issues

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Le Chéile April 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • The Unfortunate Death of Jack Lattin
  • Energetic Clean-up of the Countryside

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Clane’s Biodiversity Action Plan Published

A detailed biodiversity action plan has been created by a cross-community group including Clane Tidy Towns, Clane Parish, local schools, residents’ associations, GreenPine Consultants and Kildare County Council.

As well as various action points the community can take in the coming years, the document also includes helpful practical advice on how to plan, plant, and manage biodiversity friendly areas in our community.

Find out more, download the document and get involved at our Biodiversity Action Plan page.

Le Chéile March 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Works undertaken by Clane Community Council since 1973
  • Recent initiatives by Clane Tidy Towns and Friends
  • Place Names of Clane

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Clane Autism Friendly Town Online Training Available

Free Online Training is now available that supports the Clane Autism Friendly Town initiative.

It explains some practical ways in which we can make Clane Autism Friendly, and the benefits that this gives to the whole community. Everyone is invited to view the material at https://www.olivecontoso.com/Autism-Friendly-Towns-Training-V4.0/.

The team has also produced the following 3 minute video which introduces the initiative:

If you have any questions or would like to get involved see the team’s contact details at https://clanecommunity.ie/claneautismfriendlytown/.

Le Chéile February 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clane Community Council AGM 2021
  • St Brigid’s Chair, Table and Thimble
  • The Pale
  • The Giant Irish Elk found at Clongowes

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Le Chéile January 2021 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Clongowes Cemetery
  • The Abbey Cemetery (on Sallins Road)

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Clane Community Council AGM

CCC Logo

All are invited to the 47th Annual General Meeting of Clane Community Council which this year will be held online via Zoom on Monday, January 25th, 2021 at 8pm.

Attendees will learn of what the Community Council and its subcommittees have worked on in 2020, and opportunities to contribute to the community of Clane in 2021 will be discussed.

This meeting will be held using Zoom. To receive the zoom details please register your interest to attend below.

We look forward to seeing you!

If there are any comments you wish to make please add them here:

Le Chéile December 2020 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Mick Sammon – the last man standing in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, 1920, by Seamus Cullen

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Christmas Lights in Clane – Thank you!

Clane Community Council is delighted to announce that as of this evening… Clane’s Christmas Lights are on!!

Please note that this wonderful display would not be possible without the just as wonderful support we received from across the community:

  • the businesses, community groups and parish of Clane that donate the power to the lights, the aerial platform for installation and the year-round storage of our (growing!) collection of lights
  • the fantastic financial support of residents, businesses and organisations through donations privately and via the GoFundMe page (which we will keep open for the moment)
  • a generous grant from Kildare County Council (the LPT fund)
  • the commitment and hard work of the teams of volunteers that donated their time so generously to the installation of the display   

Our sincere thanks to everyone that contributed in any way towards this project, but, taking a little step back, a big thank you too to everyone that supports in any way any of the community groups, organizations and initiatives in Clane that enrich our lives and our village in so many ways.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Christmas,

Clane Community Council

Christmas Lights in Clane

Christmas Lights in Clane

Clane Community Council is preparing for this year’s Christmas Lights around the village centre to conclude the programme of voluntary work for 2020.

Christmas Lights in Clane has been developed as a collaborative effort for the benefit of people living and visiting Clane since 2016.

This year we would really welcome additional donations from people with any links to Clane.

Contributions will go some way to match the funding provided by local businesses and Kildare County Council towards maintaining the low-energy LED lights.

Our GoFundMe page is https://www.gofundme.com/f/clane-community-council-christmas-lights.

Many thanks for your support

Le Chéile November 2020 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • “Autumn” by Jim Canning
  • North Kildare Meals on Wheels
  • The Irish Gazetteer
  • The Big Snow of 1933
  • Clane Past”
  • Halloween
  • Medieval Records of Clane

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Le Chéile October 2020 – now available online

The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Saint Ailbe and Clane Abbey
  • A Blessing of the Graves in the Graveyard attached to the old Church of Saint Michael off the green
  • Saint Ailbe
  • Know your Clane
  • Maria Dunn and the O’Neills of Clane

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The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

This issue features updates and articles on:

  • Saint Ailbe and Clane Abbey
  • Rev. Matthew West, Vicar of Clane 1785-1813

If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Community Biodiversity Workshops for Clane

Clane Tidy Towns is delighted to invite you to a set of three practical workshops dedicated to protecting and encouraging Biodiversity in Clane. In addition, with the generous support of Clane Project Centre, we have some exciting ideas about showcasing any measures in public spaces you might decide to take…

Community Workshops

Clane is one of ten communities participating in a Community Biodiversity Workshop initiative in County Kildare in 2020. Three online workshops have now been announced to share practical ways in which our biodiversity can be protected and enhanced for future generations, and help apply these techniques to locations in and around Clane. Residents, Residents Associations, and all organisations maintaining property in Clane are encouraged to attend.

  • Introductory Biodiversity Workshop Tuesday 1st Sept 7-9pm on Zoom. This webinar is open to all and will cover general habitat types typically found in most community spaces and explain how to create and manage them. Communities from around Kildare are invited to this training programme. 
  • Clane Training Session 1: Saturday Sept 26th (9.30am-12.30pm). A half day webinar focused on Clane. This will focus on some of the spaces and features in our community and identify specific opportunities for enhancing biodiversity.
  • Clane Training Session 2: Tuesday Oct 6th (6.30-9pm) on Zoom. A final webinar dedicated to Clane where we will finalise actions and other details to be included in the local Action Plans specific to Clane.

To participate in this series of free events, please fill out the form below (ideally before 1pm on Monday August 31st) and we will get you registered with Brian at Green Pine consultants who are delivering the training.

If there are any comments you wish to make please add them here:

Showing off your work!

To highlight the biodiversity-enhancing measures that you may choose to take, Clane Tidy Towns are delighted to announce that they will work with the various local projects in Clane to help promote them with the help of funding generously provided by Clane Project Centre. Exact details will depend on the number and the nature of the locations in Clane, but we think a coordinated set of discrete signage might be a delightful addition to the community. Perhaps something like these…

Please sign up to workshops using the form above to register your interest.

Clane Sustainable Energy Community Online Webinar

Residents, Organisations and Businesses in Clane are invited to attend a webinar on an energy master plan for Clane organised by the Clane Sustainable Energy Community team. It will be held on Zoom on Thusday August 6th at 7:30pm.

Supported by SEAI, and presented by ORS, the webinar will kick-off an Energy Master-Plan initiative for Clane designed to help connect and support sustainable energy, local economic development and public well-being in and around our village.

Attendees can register at https://bit.ly/ClaneSEC-Webinar.