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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.

Kildare Biodiversity Week 17th – 26th May

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Biodiversity Week Kildare Event Guide 2024

Last year I missed the little biodiversity event guide  published by the Local Authority Biodiversity Officer detailing local events and so missed some of them. The book is now available in the Library (in Naas) and if you follow the link you will find venues, times and booking details.

I think some events may already be booked out  so register for your favourites quickly!!!






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.


We’re making great efforts to organise some events for Kildare RTAI – Suggestions, help and support much appreciated.

Please pass the word around to sign up for blog or to contact Secretary Anne Rogan for text updates 0834298713


I’m delighted to hear that the short walks have restarted. Today (5th April) was first one –  from Ardclough (meeting at 11 oclock), along the canal to Hazelhatch, returning by Lyons Estate for coffee, about 9km.

Special thanks to Maura McAuliff for organising the walks – put the first Friday each month into your “WALKING DIARY” – venues will be notified closer to time. Hopefully we might get some pics – until then all I can offer is me completing the Camino – two beautiful sunny days then three of driving rain and sleet … but I made it!


Breda Fay on the Camino de Compostela


Forward your name and mobile number to Ted Roony 086 1545031 if you are interested in Golf outings planned for Athy, Naas and Mullingar – dates and details will be arranged later.

Mullingar 17th June Inter Branch Golf – we can enter 2 teams – Ted will have details in April.


Our summer together is in Killashee on Tuesday 18th June. General Secretary, John O’Brien will attend.


Dancing resumes after Easter Break on Wednesday 10th April and continues every second Wednesday in The Town House Naas. Cuppa to start us off at 10.00, followed by dancing, then lunch. All welcome!



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