Naas Race Course

Naas Racecourse - Top Class Horse Racing in Co. Kildare

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Sunday 19th May

The Royal Ascot Trials Day at Naas Racecourse is one of the flagship meetings in the Irish and Naas Racing calendar with over €300,000 in prize money, especially for those preparing for Royal Ascot glory.

This year everyone is invited to come racing for FREE and join in the festivities at a special Centenary Raceday as we commemorate Naas Racecourse’s 100 years of racing heritage.

Royal Ascot Trials Day is Naas Racecourse’s pinnacle flat card of the season, boasting two Group Three races, the Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) and the Coolmore Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes (Group 3). There are also competitive Listed races with the Owenstown Stud Stakes and Sole Power Sprint Stakes.

Free entry to Naas Races on Sunday: people asked to dress in 1920’s gear to mark 100th anniversary

Lots of action on track with Ascot Trials

To honour the racetrack’s illustrious past, amateur drama groups from around the country will be in attendance on the day and stepping back in time to embrace the glamour of the 1920s by showcasing vintage attire reminiscent of the era. Racegoers are encouraged to do the same. The best 1920s inspired outfit on the day will be treated to a VIP Day at Naas races along with an overnight stay and dinner at Lawlor’s of Naas Hotel.

Along with an eight-race card, attendees will be treated to an array of entertainment on the day, including live music, kids’ entertainment, sizzling BBQ’s and discounted hospitality packages.

(Photo & article credit to Naas Race Course blog & Kildare Now)
Follow link to register for free entry

Jam Music Company Summer Student Showcase

Message from Mary Kennedy:

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We are delighted to welcome Jam Music Company back to the Moat Theatre for their Summer Student Showcase.
Join them for an evening of wonderful music that promises to have something for everyone. From pop and rock to jazz and classical there will be something for anyone to enjoy.
They will have a series of solo student performances followed by a selection of student bands performing short sets honouring the music of Tina Turner and Fleetwood Mac. They can’t wait to celebrate all the hard work their students have put in during the year and for them to have this incredible performance opportunity in their local theatre.


Special thanks to Maura McAuliffe for organising our monthly flat walks. We enjoyed our first walk on Friday, 5th April from Ardclough to Hazelhatch, returning by Lyons Estate for refreshments.
Next walk Friday 3rd May, Naas to Sallins (cafe in Sallins) and return, approx. 9km in total, on good surface.  Meet Naas Harbour at 11am (former location of Naas library). Try to travel with a friend/friends to assist parking in Naas. Maura recommends: Best parking in Naas is Hedermans car park, €3 for the day. Parking near the harbour/on Main Street is 2 hours max. Otherwise multistory car park at €4:50 per day. Walk will take longer than 2 hours. Wear good, comfortable walking shoes. See you there for exercise and chat. Ella Fitzpatrick will lead this walk. 087 6984593 Please text her also for this walk if you are attending (numbers for the cafe) as Maura will be away.
Maura is setting up a WhatsApp group for the walkers.  Please forward your name and number to her if you wish to join this group  087-2389290
“KART” A reminder to forward your name to Ted Rooney 086-1545031 if you are interested in the Golf events. Thank you, Ted, for organising a great day in Athy Golf Club recently Monday 15th April. Further outings are planned for Naas etc. The RTAI Golf Classic takes place Monday 17th June in Mullingar Golf Club. We can enter two teams from our branch
Dancing continues with Brian Keyes every second Wednesday in The Town House, Naas, starting with tea/ chat at 10.00.


Kildare Branch RTAI next meeting Tuesday 18th June 2024 in Killashee Hotel, Naas. John O’Brien, General Secretary, to attend. More details nearer the date


Cill Dara Historical Society

Dr. David Caron, Editor of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass
on Wednesday 1 May
From Kildare Town Footprints Facebook page
Kildare Education Centre
County Kildare’s Stained Glass Heritage
The images below are from the Harry Clarke Stduios and are in Carnalway Church – provided by Dr. Caron who has been doing some extra local research ahead of his talk so we are eargerly looking forward to this talk.
Míle buíochas Mary for keeping me up to date with local events – Kildare Town Footprints is a great Facebook page to follow for what’s happening her in Kildare.


I’m always delighted when called to sub at ARTI meetings – it’s a great opportunity to meet up with retired colleagues, many of them who were fellow INTO campaigners. It’s also great to see Croke Park from a different vantage – my usual is Hill 16.

The Annual Congress on Tues 12 was particularly interesting. Following welcome from outgoing President, Mary McCarthy, we were addressed by inspirational speaker, Nuala Moore. Nuala is one of the most recognised swimmers in the cold water world, rather than racking up records, however, she viewed the swimming journey as a constant building of character and exploration. She attributes her spirit of courage and adventure to the freedom of her childhood

INTO Vice President, Carmel Browne (previously CEC rep of our District) assured us of continued INTO support particularly in pension parity.

RTAI member, Ursula Knox and her husband whose organisation Opportunity Knox  has forged links with the village of Tiira in Busia, Eastern Uganda. There, they work with families to relieve poverty and provide education to the poorest children.

RTAI General Secretary Designate Appointed | RTAI Ireland

After coffee break, General Secretary, John O’Brien addressed the meeting with the Public Sector Pay Talks central to his presentation. If supported by unions there will be 2.25% increase to salaries backdated to Jan ’24, June and Oct 1% increase and two further increases in Feb and June 2025. Most importantly pension parity wull be maintained. Everyone at meeting acknowledged that while inflation has been reduced, there is still a wide gap between money in and money out!

A variety of motions were proposed and debated. All of them wete adapted and will probably be listed (and explained) in next Comhnasc:

  1. Statutory bodies should continue to accept cheque/cash
  2. Increase in substitute payment rate
  3. Training for Branch Secretaries
  4. Inter-branch Networking
  5. Changes in rates and age thresholds for ARFs
  6. Increase to Branch funding
  7. Review of Life Cover benefits
  8. New Head Office post responsible for data base, web campaigns, benefits, social media platforms, training, payment in line with C Service grades


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Charlotte Maye was installed as our new President, with Maire Ní Chuinneagáin Vice President  for 2024/25



Panto Season still here!


A trip to Kill to see their 2024 Pantomime would be worthwhile this week – you might spot a few retirees/múinteoirí scortha among the waves.


Event: Kill Musical and Dramatic Society – The Little Mermaid

Venue: St. Brigid`s Church, Kill, Co. Kildare.

Date(s): 30/01/2024 – 03/02/2024

Time:  Tuesday 30th to Friday 2nd February Nightly at 8pm
Saturday 3rd February Matinee at 1pm.

Tickets: €15
€50 Family (2+2)

Kill Musical and Dramatic Society – The Little Mermaid
A Family Pantomime by Warren McWilliams

Director: Tom McCarthy,
Choreographer: Imelda Winters
Musical Director: Emer Hartnett
Assistant Director: Laura Sheehan


Le gach dea-ghuí

don Nollag agus

don Athbhliain duit!

Tá súil agam go mbeidh go leor nuachta faoi gníomhaíochtaí sa bhliain nua!!!!

Ach anois, lean an nasc seo agus bain taitneamh as:

Coinnle na nAingeal

Carúl Nollag | A Christmas Carol

Le coinnle na n-aingeal tá an spéir amuigh breactha,
Tá fiacail an tseaca sa ghaoth ón gcnoc;
Adaigh an tine is téigh chun na leapa:
Luífidh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.

Fág an doras ar leathadh ina coinne,
An Mhaighdean a thiocfaidh is a Naí ar a hucht;
Deonaigh do shuaimhneas a ligean, a Mhuire,
Luífidh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.

Bhí soilse ar lasadh i dteach sin na haíochta,
Cóiriú gan chaoile, bia agus deoch,
Do cheannaithe olla, do cheannaithe síoda,
Ach luífidh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.


Great gathering (60+ members) took place in Killashee House Hotel on Wednesday 6th December. After a welcoming cup of coffee and chat we got down to business.

Chair, Carmel Gleeson welcomed us all, particularly the many new retirees who have joined our ranks.

Fidelma Farrell read the minutes of the last meeting and also the financial report.

1. Correspondence:
– A letter of resignation from secretary Mary Kennedy was read and Carmel thanked Mary on behalf of all the members for her many years of Trojan work on our behalf. Anne Rogan was proposed and seconded as new Secretary. Fidelma Farrell will continue to keep an eye on our finances – many thanks ladies

– Máire Ní Chuinneagáin looking for our Branch endorsement for her campaign for Vice President of ARTI in 2024. Carmel informed us that Retired Teacher branches are organised according to county boundaries; also we are District 6 (As INTO members we were District 7).

– Request for nominees to attend 2024 Congress and branch nominees for vacant positions on ARTI Committee.

– Request For Motions for Congress

2. Noeleen Rooney (Longford), our branch representative addressed the meeting on Current Issues. Many items are dealt with more comprehensively in Conasc but here’s a short summary:
A. Convention 2024: Venue- Croke Park March 12th; Theme: CARE CONNECT COMMUNICATE
B. New Database: Current system outdated. Need for Records to be updated – request for information on newly retired/new members to be sent to branches; request of changes to addresses, emails to be sent from branch to NEC
Kildare is one of very few branches that update committee list and meeting dates on ARTI webpage.
C. Branch Subvention: Kildare Branch is very healthy financially but new Guidelines on NEC sanction, date of Payments are being reviewed.
D. General Updates
INTO: Current pay talks in initial stages (Building Momentum expires in December 2023), hope for ballot in New Year
ICTU Retired Workers Committee – also working on our behalf
Teaching in Retirement – acknowledge how vital Retired Teachers are at the moment for the operation of schools – Current daily rate €235.95 excluding all statutory deductions. Be aware of the limit on number of days (50) that can be worked before pension reduction or abatement. INTO will be pushing for this to continue into 2024. Retired Teachers please be aware of importance to maintain TC registration if they want to sub. Also advised to join INTO.

3. AOB
Fidemlma cautioned us to be aware that there are plans afoot to review criteria for driver licenses for over 70’s
Speaker from Age Friendly will be invited to speak at next meeting.
Reminder to register with WhatsApp group – Breda Fay 0872417226 and also to keep an eye on Web page/Blog as there are plans for activities – walking, golf, holidays, culture and coffee mornings in the pipeline.

4. Meeting concluded with Wine Raffle – well done to organisers

5. Lovely lunch subsidised by branch followed meeting.