URGENT MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY MARY: “It has come to my attention that some members did not receive the text about the Xmas meeting My sincere apologies for this I can assure you all that they WERE sent however our phone wasn’t working properly.
So we have acquired a new phone with the same number 083 4298713

Meeting is in Killashee Hotel Naas on Wed 6th Dec
Tea and coffee 10.30am
Meeting 11.00am
Lunch 12.30 pm
Cost of lunch €20
Please text by 6pm tomorrow Sunday 3rd if you intend staying for lunch
Many Thanks
Mary Kennedy

PS from Breda Fay: guess where I am?? Hope I’m not snowed in 



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Hallowe’en Monaster-evin


Con Murphy Photography


Here’s news of another Kildare town that has put tremendous effort into Hallowe’en spooktacular celebrations – Monasterevin.



Con Murphy Photography

Their Tidy Towns committee has a decorated trail through the town. Check out Con Murphy Photography for some amazing photos of Monasterevin Trail. Well done to all involved! If you’re nearby, you should definitely make a visit.


Follow link to see the many Hallowe’en events planned for Co Kildare.




Hi Breda,

Our season is in full swing, and our packed programme continues in the coming weeks with amazing events including CINEMA, THEATRE, COMEDY, VISUAL ARTS, MUSIC, FAMILY EVENTS and more!

We’ve put together a selection of events happening over the coming weeks – get your tickets while you still can! – as well as some exciting upcoming highlights. Visit to view all of our upcoming events.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Riverbank Arts Centre Team


Birth of a Nation in the Riverbank



County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee presents Birth of a Nation on Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 7pm.

The Birth of a Nation concert features songs and music from the period. It was a time of significant change, which impacted the lives of people throughout the country from all walks of life, a period of rebellion, war, emigration, and political and social upheaval. A marvellous, sometimes whimsical, but often tragic journey, guaranteed to move and entertain. Featuring tenor Paul Linehan with Ann Cullen on piano and violin. Songs include: The West’s Asleep, The Minstrel Boy, Boolavogue, Danny Boy, A Nation Once Again, Oró, Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile, and The Foggy Dew. Script and narration by Mario Corrigan.

The Birth of a Nation was performed in Lexington, Kentucky in 2018 to great acclaim and in the hallowed halls of Leinster House on Culture Night 2022. This event offers a last opportunity to mark the end of the commemoration period by reflecting on what passed 100 years ago.

The evening will start with refreshments and the launch of A Nation is Born: Ireland in Colour 1923 – 1938 by Rathangan man, John O’Byrne and Michael B. Barry, followed by the concert The Birth of a Nation, as well a slideshow highlighting many of the events which have taken place throughout the Decade of Centenaries.

On the night, the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee will offer thanks to the many artists, performers, individuals and communities who have made the decade such a success in Kildare and provided a legacy of work for future generations. Please come and allow County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee to thank you as the curtain comes down on a remarkable programme of events and creativity, a programme of solemn reflection, commemoration, and celebration of this nation’s journey toward nationhood.

Running Order
7pm – Launch A Nation is Born: Ireland in Colour 1923-1938 (Foyer)
7:30pm – Birth of a Nation Concert (Auditorium)


Please note that this is a FREE EVENT  but tickets must be booked for the Concert.





I attended my first ARTI dance class last Wednesday. It was great fun, lots of exercise, and I learned 4 dances – The Pride of Eireann, The St Bernard Waltz, The Sweetheart Waltz and the Gay Gordons. I actually thought there were two waltzes – a slow and a Viennese – but there are lots of them.
Initially I got around the floor thanks to the patience of my partners and of course Brian’s clear demos and tuition. The proof of the pudding of course will be on the 4th October, the next class when I’ll see how many steps I’ll remember. I loved the cuppa before we started, the rests when head and body required them and the lunch at the end.




Singers wanted

We are a Dublin based musical society and our membership is open to primary and secondary school teachers, 3rd level educators and retired members of these professions. We are getting in touch to tell you about our 2024 production and we hope that you can share some information with your members about the show itself and our upcoming auditions which may be of interest to some of them.

This year’s production is the Dublin premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame which runs from March 12th – 16th 2024 in DCU St Patricks Campus, Drumcondra. Tickets are not on sale yet but we would be delighted to see some of your members in the audience. You might keep us in mind if you are organising any social events for your members as this is a great way to support a teacher special interest group and enjoy a night at the theatre!

In addition, some of your members may be interested in joining us so I have attached information below. Our auditions are on october 12th and we are holding an info night on September 28th in Club Na Muinteoiri, Parnell Square at 7.30pm. I have included all the details below and hope you can share with your members.

Many thanks,
Ruth Slattery
Teachers’ Musical Society

Some September news

RTA Dance Class resumes on Wednesday 20th September at 10.30am Town House Hotel Naas

Great way to get fit with added bonus of improving coordination and learning new skill. Having lots of fun at the same time. Bring a friend!

This Sunday 17th September, 3.30pm the 800th anniversary of St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare will be celebrated with a special service of Harvest Thanksgiving. The stone building that exists today was first built in 1223 AD by Bishop Ralph of Bristol. Music will be provided by the Kildare Cathedral Choir and the preacher will be the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, Rt Rev Adrian Wilkinson. All are warmly invited to attend, Rev Philip McKinley

Naas active Retirement Group have some seats available for Backstage Tour of Abbey Theatre followed by dinner in Wynns Hotel on 26th September. Bus leaving Ballycane Church at 10.30am
€60 to be paid before 19th September to guarantee place. (Revolut to Breda Fay)


Learn about Ogham Writing
Naas Library
2.00 – 4.00pm
Wednesday 13th September 2023