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And the Claonadh Award 2018 goes to…

Sadie O’Reilly being presented with the Claonadh Award 2018 by Chairman Paul Carroll

Clane Community Council is delighted to reveal that the 2018 winner of the Claonadh Award is Sadie O’Reilly. Sadie was one of the founding members of Clane Musical and Dramatic Society back in 1983 and has been one of the main driving forces behind this highly successful, award-winning group throughout its 35 years of existence. She has held many committee posts including, notably, Chairperson and PRO and, in more recent years, has directed several plays. She directed her first musical, “Carousel”, in 2017. She is a great fund-raiser and is continually searching for new ways both to make money to keep the Society going, and to encourage new members from all age groups.

Sadie was presented with a framed print of the Abbey, the building in which so many of the CMDS shows have been performed, on our Community Awards celebration where we switched on the Christmas Lights. Our special thanks to the wonderful Clane Parish Choir for their selection of carols, and to Doolan’s and AnTea-Que Cafe for providing the refreshments.

A safe and happy Christmas to all from Clane Community Council.


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.

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.

Community Games – Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the winners of the recent Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games track and field and swimming events. They were recently presented with their medals in an awards ceremony in the Abbey Community Centre.

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Prize Winners 2014

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Prize Winners 2014

The listings of the winners in the swimming competition can be found in the March Le Chéile and the winners of the track and field competition in the June Le Chéile.

A big thank you to the hard-working committee led by Martina Healy that managed the events, to all the local schools for helping spread the word and facilitating the games, to Clane Athletic Club for assisting with the Long Jump, and to everyone else who helped make the events such a success.

Best of luck to those young athletes who will go on to represent Clane and Rathcoffey in the County finals…and indeed beyond!






Tidy Towns Awards…Drumroll Please…

Monday 21st October was the occasion of the Clane Tidy Towns Awards night where all of the hard work of residents associations, local businesses and the Tidy Towns committee was celebrated. Our new All-Ireland Champions – the wonderful Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Mixed Under 10 Gaelic Football team – were also honoured…

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games

Clane’s Community Games endeavours lasted all the way to the national finals in Athlone this year as our Mixed Under 10 Gaelic Football team made it all the way to the finals…and won…becoming All Ireland Champions!

Most of the winning panel made it to the award ceremony and were presented with a little memento of the occasion. The full panel included Ronan Murphy, Dean Cumiskey, Oisin O’Sullivan, Seán Sheridan, Micheál O’Connor, Ben Kirwan, Matthew Walsh-Hussey, Ethan Farrell, Holly Farrell, Leah Feane, Patrick McNally, Rebecca Lynch, Rosemary Ennis, Daire Doherty, James Ball, Christopher Part, Laoise Gillman, Sean Finnerty and Sean Tighe.

The squad were carefully and expertly coached and managed by a team consisting of Ray Kiernan, John Doherty, David Farrell and Jill Gillman, all of whom were thanked for the time and effort they put into the panel.

Of course the team could not have progressed without physically getting to the various matches, and so for their generous financial support which enabled coach hire, local businesses P.D.M., Cooney Electronics, XL Tools Leixlip, David Lowe and Co. Ltd. – Greg Hopkins, Paul McCormack – McCormack Hooper Dolan, and Robert Massey – Bostik Ltd. were all thanked.

A special presentation was also made to the wonderful Martina Healy for her leadership and dedication to Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games. So many of the children of Clane have enjoyed Community Games over the years thanks to her hard work, and the work of her enthusiastic committee.

Congratulations to all involved and here’s looking forward to our All Ireland champions achieving even greater successes in the years to come.

Clane Tidy Towns

Clane Tidy Towns achievements were also celebrated on the evening. The chairman of Clane Community Council, John Kennedy, thanked the residents, the businesses, the churches, the schools, the scouts, the individuals and in particular the hardworking Committee of Clane Tidy Towns for helping Clane look so well this year, progressing even further in the national Tidy Towns competition than before, this year reaching top of it’s class in Kildare.

Matt Hayes from the Tidy Towns Committee then thanked the various sponsors of the night all of the contributors to the activities during the year before finally the moment of truth: the results of the best kept estates and best kept premises were announced. With prizes sponsored by Clane Project Centre, the winners were:

Small Estates

  1. Awarded jointly to Mainham Wood and College Grove
  2. Butterstream Drive and Lawn

Medium Estates

  1. Park View
  2. Oatfield Park

Large Estates:

  1. Abbey Park
  2. Central Park and Churchfield
  3. Loughbollard

Best Presented Premises

  1. Manzor’s – The Village Inn

Although not every estate could receive an award, no estate went home empty handed as Clane Tidy Towns had organised for a Nest Box and a bag of spring bulbs to be presented to each estate as a thank you for participating the competition. The Tidy Towns committee passed on a sincere thank you to everyone who helped out in Clane Tidy Towns activities in 2013 in any way – and encouraged anyone with any suggestions for improvements in 2014 to get in touch with any of them at any time.

Indeed – there is a great opportunity coming up this November 8th to meet with the Tidy Towns team: they are hosting a table quiz in Manzor’s on Friday evening in support of Clane Tidy Towns activities. Tables of four costing €40 with kick off at 9pm. Why not enter a team and help close off the Tidy Towns year with some fun!



All-Ireland recogniton for Clane Musical Society

Clane Musical Society has outdone itself this year in the All Ireland AIMS/HB awards held recently in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. With four nominations the society returned to Clane with a tremendous hoard of sliverware…

Congratulations to:

  • Helena Reynolds-Begley who won Best Actress
  • Rory Dunne who won Best Male Singer
  • Dave McGauran who won Best Musical Director
  • and the entire cast and crew of Clane Musical Society for coming third in Best Overall Show

Well done to all who participate in and support Clane Musical Society in any way. In this their 30th year they have done their community very proud. Here’s to their next 30 years!


Clane Musical Society – drum roll please…

Clane Musical Society Logo

Clane Musical Society‘s production of Sweeney Todd has received national recognition, featuring strongly in the list of nominations announced at the AIMS New Ross choral festival on 19th May.  Helena Begley was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of the part of Mrs Lovette.  Rory Dunne was nominated as best male singer for his part of Sweeney Todd.  Dave McGauran was nominated for best musical director and Sweeney Todd was nominated for best overall show.

The winners will be announced at the AIMS/HB awards banquet which will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Saturday 15th June. We wish the nominees all the best and CMS would like to thank all those who supported their production of Sweeney Todd.

Clane Musical Society’s 30th Musical production will be Little Shop of Horrors which will be staged in the Abbey from 19th – 23rd November.  There will be audition rehearsals on Thursday 20th June and Wednesday 2nd July in preparation for the auditions which will be held on Sunday 7th July. Anyone interested in becoming involved is encouraged to email clanemusicalsociety@gmail.com or phone CMS PRO Michele Kelly on 087-9716402.

The play readings continue each month in Manzors. The next play reading is on Wednesday 26th June and the play to be read that night will be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. If you are interested in reading the play or just listening to the play why not join them in Manzors at 8pm.