Sunday, 29 March 2015

'Beating the Bounds' on Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday we always 'Beat the Bounds' at The Bridge. This year was no exception. Despite a fairly cold a windy morning we followed the bread cockerels to each corner of our land and sang a song. Great fun!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Bridge St Patrick's Day snake rides again

Although the Kilcullen St Patrick's Day was sadly cancelled this year, the Community got together during the evening to mark the day with a meal, followed by music and a quiz. We also gave our famous St Patrick's Day snake a little outing:

Sunday, 8 March 2015

2 internships in An Tearmann coffee shop / bakery

We are advertising 2 Internships for Coffee Shop / Bakery assistants via 'Job Bridge' Ireland and would love to hear from you if you think you or a friend fit the bill. Check out:
If you enter 'Kildare' under location and then 'Hotel and Catering' under Categories, you should find the details

Coffeeshop/Bakery Assistant
Ref. INTE-916115

The intern will gain practical experience in cooking, waitressing, stock taking, ordering supplies, Haccp, and food preparation. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following, Manual Handling, food preparation to Haccp standards and customer service. Safeguarding for Adults with special needs and any other relevant training necessary. On completion the intern will have attained skills in customer service, food hygiene and preparation, and working alongside adults with special needs. 

Skills Requirements
An awareness and interest in disability issues. The ability to work alongside adults with special needs, and volunteers while meeting the agreed developmental goals. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity. Be highly flexible, honest and trustworthy. Excellent people, communication and problem solving skills. 

Please Note:
This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.


The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.

Duration.                         9 Months 
Number of Positions.    2
Contract Type.               Other
Days, Hours & Start Date.  Days per week: To be Advised 

Hours per day: Not specified
Hours per week: 30
Start Date: TBC 
Experience Required:         No Experience Required

Education Requirements:  Intermediate Certificate - None required

How to Apply
Email - Cv and letter of motivation to the Ben Gamble at the Bridge Community email address: 
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact.

Bridge Camphill Community
The Bridge Camphill
Main Street
Co Kildare

Phone.  045 481597

Friday, 6 March 2015

Dissapointing News: A Kilcullen Diary: No St Patrick's Day Parade this year

A Kilcullen Diary: No St Patrick's Day Parade this year:

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

No St Patrick's Day Parade this year  ;-(

It looks like there won't be any St Patrick's Day Parade in Kilcullen this year, as Kilcullen Scouts have no plans to organise it, writes Brian Byrne.

The Scouts inaugurated and have run the very successful parade for the last two years, but have opted out this year because they're not in a position to handle it.

"It's very disappointing," says Mischa Fekete of the Bridge Camphill Community, whose St Patrick and an accompanying 'snake' have been a popular feature among the many local business and clubs floats which entertained hundreds of Kilcullen people and visitors on each of the previous two parades.

"We had just started practicing a new drums performance to add something different to the event, but now we'll have to rethink. It would be great if another organisation or club in the town would take over the parade's operation."

Both recent parades attracted a very strong support from all clubs and other groups in Kilcullen, and last year ended with music from local bands and outside musical groups.

A plan to provide a topical film show for children after this year's parade was also in train. That may still go ahead anyhow. But there's no doubt that there will be disappointment that such a promising annual event might disappear so soon after its beginning.

"It'd be a pity for the town if it slips away," one local publican told theDiary today. "It brings people around."

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Kilcullen Diary: Get the boots out, for Camphill

A Kilcullen Diary: Get the boots out, for Camphill:
Right, it's the beginning of March and winter hibernation is officially over, writes Brian Byrne, and maybe it's time to polish up the walking boots again.

And a couple of walks that might be worth considering to help fundraise for Camphill Communities of Ireland are available.

The first, and closest to home, is trek along The Wicklow Way, either 10km or 17km depending on how you figure you might more easily manage. It's on 19 April, and the cost is €100.

The CCoI is also working up a trek along part of the Camino De Santiago to take place in October. If you're interested in either event, email Joe Lynch or call 045-483735. A sign-up page for the Wicklow Way Challenge will shortly be available on

In Kilcullen we're very aware of the very good work that the Camphill organisation does for people with special needs. Across the country in 17 locations, that work is replicated for some 275 people in a range of ages.

It's work that requires funding, despite the very high volunteer element of the Camphill model.

So, have a think about one or other of the above. Both promise to be fun events too.