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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:

Please click here to see the June issue of Chéile

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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    Le Chéile May 2014 – now available online

    The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

    Please click here to see the May issue of Chéile

    The May issue features updates and articles on:

    • Clane Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
    • Clane Men’s Shed
    • The Evergreens
    • Clane Tennis Club
    • Clane Local History Group
    • Park View Residents
    • Collection for the Poor of Uganda
    • Clane ICA
    • Clane Toastmasters
    • Clane GAA
    • Fr John Sullivan S.J.
    • Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games
    • Kildare and 1916
    • The Boy’s Old School
    • Charity Trip to Costa Rica
    • Official Opening of the Community Centre (from our archives)

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      Le Chéile April 2014 – now available online

      The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

      Please click here to see the April issue of Chéile

      The April issue features updates and articles on:

      • Clane Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
      • Plain Speakers, Naas
      • Clane Local History Group
      • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2014
      • Clane ICA
      • Clane Mens’ Golf Club
      • The Evergreens
      • Clane GAA
      • Thank you to a Local Hero
      • The Boys Old School
      • Clane Community Council from 1973 – 2013

      Please note too that bookings are now being taken for adult education classes in Scoil Mhuire Clane. Please click here for a summary of the classes available. Classes can be booked online at http://www.clanesm.com.

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        Clane Community Council AGM

        CCC LogoClane Community Council held its annual AGM on January 27th.

        Chairman John Kennedy addressed the audience, providing a status of all various aspects of the council, and an update on its plans. He called out some of the key achievements in 2013, the 40th of the Council, in which much effort was put into Celebrating Community. He referred to the updated Constitution, the relaunched website, the Community Celebration in the Abbey, the launch of the Claonadh award, the unveiling of the new honour boards in the Abbey and the big switch-on of the Christmas lights and Abbey Tower lighting.

        The financial supporters of the Council were all thanked, including Kildare County Council,
        The Heritage Council, Clane Project Centre, Intel Ireland, County Kildare Leader Partnership, contributors to our church-gate collections, participants and sponsors of our annual Golf Classic, and all those who made additional donations in support of Community Council activities. The Power and Drumm families were also thanked for their very generous donation to the community of the new external lights to the Abbey. The hard work of all the members of the Council was also acknowledged.

        Looking to the future, the re-roofing of the Abbey’s Evergreen room,  the transition of Le Chéile to a more sustainable model and the strengthening of membership of the Council itself were all highlighted as areas to be tackled.

        Secretary Paul Carroll then presented the Secretary’s Report summarising the activity of the Council and its subcommittees since the last AGM. The wonderful successes of the Community Games and Tidy Towns committees were called out, as was the great progress achieved by the other Community Council subcommittees.

        In his capacity as acting-Treasurer Paul Carroll then presented the Treasurer’s Report on behalf of Nick Fitzgerald, providing a comprehensive update on the Council’s financial position. Expenditure was up on previous years, the additional outlay for the various Celebration of Community activities being a major factor. In parallel, income was down – rental of the Abbey tower mast coming to an end and bookings of the hall remaining low pending roof repairs.

        Executive officers for 2014 were nominated, seconded, and elected as follows:

        • Chairman: John Kennedy
        • Vice-Chairman: John Power
        • Treasurer: Paul Carroll
        • Asst. Treasurer: Anne Noonan
        • Secretary: Nick Fitzgerald
        • Asst. Secretary: Des Drumm
        • PRO: Tony McEvoy
        • Asst. PRO: Marion Doolan

        2013 was busy but very enjoyable year, with many events arranged to celebrate community as part of our 40th Anniversary. In this coming year we wish to build on the momentum and reinforce the Council and the community facilities it manages for the benefit of all. We look forward to working with you, and appreciates your continued support.

        For more information on the night including a summary presentation please see here.

        “It takes a village to raise a child”

        Clane Community Booklet Cover

        Clane Community Council would like to encourage all members of the community – whether they have lived here for a lifetime or for a few weeks – to get involved in their community.

        As part of this effort, and to help mark our 40th Anniversary, a booklet has been produced introducing just some of the wonderful community groups in Clane.

        Keep an eye our for it coming through your letter box. If it doesn’t arrive, please contact us for a copy. Alternatively you can download the booklet by clicking on the cover page here:


        Community Council – Nominations Open

        As you may know Clane Community Council is made up of volunteers from the community and members are nominated every two years. The current Council is drawing to a close – and nominations are now being sought for the new Council spanning 2014 to 2015.

        To nominate yourself or someone else please fill out the nomination form below, also available in Londis on Main Street and in Le Chéile. Please pop the form into the nomination box in Londis.

        Nominations close at 6pm on Friday 29th November.

        Nominees should be 18 years of age or older and resident within the area of Clane highlighted in the Constitution of Clane Community Council. Nominated persons will be contacted to confirm their consent.

        Clane Community Council

        Electoral Term 2013-2015

        Nomination Paper


        I _______________________________________________
        the above named, wish to nominate:

        Above write the name of person being nominated.

        Nominated person’s address (and telephone number)

        as a candidate in the Community Council Election.

        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!



        Christmas Market and Festival – calling all local businesses and crafts people…

        Following the great success of last years ‘Christmas Festival & Market’ Clane Project Centre will be running the event again this year.

        On Sunday 8th December 2013  at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane from 1.30 – 5.30pm
        Like last year there will be numerous stalls for seasonal fare complimented with Entertainment, a Kids playarea and a visit from ‘Santa’.
        Clane Project Centre are looking for local Crafts people, Bakers, Businesses, Designers, Artists and everyone in between!
        If you would like the opportunity to display and sell your wares they would be delighted to hear from you.Raffle Proceeds are to the ‘Little Way Cancer Support Centre’ Clane, Co. Kildare.

        The Stall will consist of 6ft table with white table cloth. €30 cost of a stall for the day.

        If you require any further information and if you would like to take part please do not hesitate to contact Marie Sheehy or Ted Murray at CPC Office on 045 861500.

        Clane Poet publishes in aid of St. Brigid’s Hospice

        David Joseph Cribbin is a poet who was born and grew up in Clane. He has published poetry in many poetry magazine and has had two of his collections published. When his father, Thomas J. Cribbin, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, in June of this year, he decided to donate the proceeds of his latest collection Father Crow and Other Poems to the St. Brigid’s Hospice in the Curragh after seeing what a wonderful job they do out there.

        Thomas Cribbin

        Thomas Cribbin, RIP

        David said, “Dad himself had a way with words , he used to call his beloved GAA, ‘Nothing but 30 men in a field chasing a bag of wind.’ I’ve always loved that phrase ‘bag of wind’ instead of the prosaic – ball.”

        Thomas passed away in August and David wrote the eulogy for his father and included the poem Return, which he wrote for him while he was being cared for in St. Brigid’s Hospice


        You’re going home,
        returning never to
        be turned away again,
        returning never to
        return to away again.

        You’re returning home.

        Your sheep are there –
        their sleet fleece begging
        to be sheared,
        echoing the Sun’s heat
        in a shining peal reply,
        grazing in unconscious
        contentment on dew
        covered pastures,
        luminous jade in
        an eternal spring morning.

        You’re returning home.

        Your dog Shep is there,
        his coal and milk pelt
        wind tossed in the warm
        breeze, doppelgänger
        for the sea of
        honey meadow grass
        waving welcomingly
        to you, beckoning you
        to come and join Shep
        bobbing in and out
        of joyful reveal
        and conceal.

        You’re returning home.

        Your water cart is there,
        remade as you first
        made it, fitted out with
        its baker’s drums to
        draw the rain clear water,
        to thirsty mouthed cattle
        on a gentle glide

        You’re returning home –
        returning never to
        be turned away again,
        returning never to
        return to away again.

        David Joseph Cribbin

        If anyone wishes to donate by buying the book, it is available here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Father-Other-Poems-Joseph-Cribbin/dp/1490913726/

        Rescued from a Wine-bottle…

        When Clane Tidy Towns were cleaning up a local stream they found something unexpected inside a wine bottle…when they cracked open the wine bottle see what they found for yourself below!

        This is a White-Clawed Freshwater Crayfish, a protected species in Ireland.

        It appears to have crawled into the bottle when it was smaller, moulted into a larger size, and got trapped.

        Please don’t litter.


        Mixed Under-10s Gaelic Football team make it to the All Ireland Finals!

        Congratulations to the Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Mixed Under-10 Gaelic Football team that recently won the Leinster finals of their competition. Next stop the Athlone Institute of Technology for the Community Games National Finals. The best of luck to our young athletes who will be representing Clane and Rathcoffey on the big day.


        Celebrating Community in Clane – a special day

        bbey and the Village Green - Celebrating CommunityCommunity was Celebrated in some style on Sunday the 23rd of June last when Clane Community Council held a special Celebration of Community in the Abbey on Main Street. Festooned with bunting and banners, and with the Tricolour proudly flying on the newly commissioned flagpole, the Abbey was alive with dignitaries, special guests, displays from local voluntary groups, entertainment and a wonderful buzz of community.

        Proceedings began at 3pm with the arrival of special guests the Mayor of Kildare Cllr. Micheál Spike Nolan, the President of Muintir na Tíre Mr. John Hogan and his wife Kay, and the Lord Mayor of Clane Mr. Des Marron. All were welcomed to the village green and given a tour of the Abbey and the various community groups that had set up their wonderful displays. These included the Scouts, the Red Cross, Clane Lawn Tennis Club, Clane Project Centre, The Evergreen’s, Clane Local History Group, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Clane Musical Society and Clane Community Council itself with its various subcommittees including Clane Tidy Towns, Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games and Clane Friary and Abbey Cemetery committee. The local branch of Comhaltas provided wonderful entertainment as people enjoyed the banter, renewed friendships and learned something new at the various stands they visited.

        Master of Ceremonies Des Drumm then invited the Chairman of the Community Council, John Kennedy, to introduce our three special guests. The Mayor of Kildare, President of Muintir na Tire and Lord Mayor of Clane all addressed the crowd, as did the Chairman, all pointing out the wonderful achievements of the Community in Clane over the last 40 years and more. That the community had converted a roofless ruin of a building into the fine Community Centre that is now the Abbey was just one example highlighting what the community in Clane has been able to achieve.

        The Chairman then announced the launch of a new Community award for a person, people or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to the community of Clane. It was the chairman’s honour to reveal that this award, the Claonadh Award, was indeed to be awarded that very day and a very surprised Mr. Tony McEvoy was announced as the inaugural recipient, to rapturous and sustained applause.

        The presentation of the Claonadh Award was followed by the unveiling of a new plaque on the Village Green dedicated to Celebrating Community. This was followed by a wonderful spread of food and refreshments kindly donated by restaurants and shops in the Community. Larchfield Park Nursing Home also provided generous financial sponsorship to support the entire event.

        After several months of planning, and indeed over 40 years of hard work by many community groups, everyone went home with a smile on their face. A sincere thank you to all who helped organize the celebration, all who contributed to it, all who participated, and all who attended.

        We can all now see what the community can accomplish when it works together for the common good – imagine what achievements we will be celebrating in the years to come.








        Celebrate Community in Clane this Sunday 23rd

        The Abbey on Main Street Clane is the venue for a special celebration this coming Sunday June 23rd. As part of its own 40th anniversary, the voluntary Clane Community Council is organising a celebration of all things Community. With something for all the family, everyone is invited. Come along and meet some of the characters and some of the huge range of groups that contribute so much to the community of Clane.
        Invitation - poster
        Some wonderful achievements by the community will be marked, and wonderful contributors in the community will be celebrated. We will also look to the future, and encourage your ideas to help our growing community thrive even more in the years to come.

        Clane Community Council look forward to seeing you there!


        Launching “Coiseanna” … Volume 2

        On Wednesday 17th April 2013, the 2nd volume of “Coiseanna”, published by Clane Local History Group, was launched by Mr. Des Marron, Mayor of Clane, in a crowded GAA Centre. This year’s volume runs to 124 pages and is chock-a-block with local historical information of great interest to all  residents of Clane.

        Clane Local History Group would like to thank the huge crowd who attended the launch; the GAA authorities for the use of their premises and the shopkeepers in Clane who are kind enough to sell the journal for us.

        “Coiseanna” (named after Coiseanna Hill on College Road) costs only 5 Euro per copy and can be purchased at the following outlets in the Village: The Parish Shop; Marron’s Chemist; Hughes’ Chemist; Given’s Optician; Country Blossoms; Clancy’s Chemist.

        The journal makes an ideal present for those Clane people who have had to emigrate in recent years.

        We hope you enjoy the read.

        Spring Clean 2013 – Thank You!!

        Saturday April 6th was Spring Clean 2013 and it was great to see volunteers from Clane Tidy Towns, Tír na Móna and many Residents’ Associations all out on the day giving Clane and it’s environs a thorough clean-up.

        A JCB and tractor and trailer were again hired this year to help out, and over the course of the day the areas tackled included:

        • The yard and ditches by the Health and Leisure Centre (Behan’s Yard)
        • The “Capdoo Business Park” site beside Lidl
        • The ditch on the Celbridge Road opposite Lidl
        • Nancy’s Lane
        • The ditches from Betaghstown Cross to Boherhole Cross
        • A corner of the green near The Orchard, Loughbollard
        • The Ballinagappa Road

        Many Residents’ Associations also took advantage of the fine weather to tackle their estates, and several trailer loads of clippings and litter were gathered and removed.

        Whilst more than two large skip-fulls of rubbish were collected in this year’s event, it was heartening to note that areas receiving deep-cleans last year did not need serious attention this year. Perhaps an increasing awareness of recycling opportunities, a growing intolerance towards pollution in our countryside and a string of successful prosecutions for illegal dumping are beginning to pay dividends. However we must continue to be vigilent. Please report any dumping to Clane Tidy Towns or the Kildare Litter Warden hotline at 1800 243 143.

        A big thank-you to all who contributed to the event, and especially to Cllr Padraig McEvoy for coordinating the activities in Clane.

        Clane Tidy Towns announces Community Tree-Planting Scheme

        Clane Tidy Towns LogoClane Tidy Towns is delighted to launch a community tree-planting scheme to help mark 40 Years of Community in Clane. It is hoped to plant up to 40 trees in and around the community. All residents’ associations and owners of publically accessible land are invited to apply for some of these trees. Maybe an existing tree needs to be replaced, or maybe a few new trees would sit nicely in some corner. Professionals have kindly volunteered to work with the successful applicants to help identify suitable species, sizes and quantities of trees for each site.

        Please see our dedicated Communty Tree-Planting project page for all the details, and the application form.

        New-look ClaneCommunity.ie Unveiled

        Clane Community CouncilThe result of several months of behind the scenes work, the reorganised and refreshed ClaneCommunity.ie website was unveiled at this year’s AGM of Clane Community Council.

        As well as sporting a new look and feel, the website now includes several features designed to make the website even more useful for the broader community.

        Perhaps the most significant feature is the ability for community groups to requst their own web page. Voluntary groups that may not yet have any web presence may appreciate having a simple page on the internet that introduces themselves to the online world. All they need do is fill out the straight-forward form on the website to have their own page on ClaneCommunity.ie.

        New articles for publishing on the website can now be submitted directly on the website by community groups. New events for the Community Calendar can also be directly submitted.

        The website also includes new sections on Maps and Amenities in Clane. The Tidy Towns, Nature and Heritage sections have also all been expanded.

        The updated website, and these new features, is one way in which Clane Community Council is marking its 40th Anniversary – celebrating 40 years of Community in Clane. We hope that this website will continue to evolve and become an important platform for the entire community in the months and years to come. If you can think of other ways in which it can be improved, please let us know.

        Annual Clane Community Council AGM held

        Clane Community CouncilClane Community Council held its annual AGM on January 28th. 

        Chairman John Kennedy addressed the audience, providing a status of all the various aspects of the council, and an update on its plans. He also sincerely thanked all the supporters of the Council, as he did all members of the Council for their hard work during 2012. The Secretary’s Report prepared by our Secretary Nick Fitzgerald was presented by our Assistant Secretary Des Drumm. It detailed the activities of the Council and its subcommittees during 2012. Treasurer Paul Carroll provided a comprehensive update on the Council’s financial position.

        The reorganised and refreshed ClaneCommunity.ie website was unveiled during the night. It includes many new features and now boasts the possibility for all community groups to have their own web-page…something that all community groups are encouraged to set up via the simple group page request form on ClaneCommunity.ie.

        A motion was passed, adopting the new Constitution prepared carefully over the last year.

        Executive officers for 2013 were also nominated, seconded, and elected:

        • Chairman: John Kennedy
        • Vice-Chairman: John Power
        • Treasurer: Nick Fitzgerald
        • Asst. Treasurer: Anne Noonan
        • Secretary: Paul Carroll
        • Asst. Secretary: Des Drumm
        • PRO: Tony McEvoy
        • Asst. PRO: Marion Doolan

        For more information on the night please see here.

        This coming year, our 40th, promises to be a busy but exciting year for the Council. We look forward to celebrating ’40 years of Community in Clane’ with everybody through all our various activities in the coming weeks and months.