Kilcock News – 2nd May 2010

(Many thanks to the Liffey Champion, Leinster Leader and Irishtimes.com and their reporters for providing us with these local stories)

Meet the Cluckers

By Sylvia Thompson (The Irish Times, May 1, 2010)

The Complete Poultry and Vegetable Show will be held in Larchill Arcadian Garden, Kilcock, Co Kildare, next Saturday, May 8th, from 11am to 5pm. Experts will give advice on breeding and rearing chickens, and there will be chances to buy and sell hens, geese, ducks and other more exotic fowl. There will also be opportunities to find out about bee-keeping and growing your own vegetables, and to buy tools, trendy chicken houses, herbs and fruit trees.

Admission is €7 (children free), which includes entrance to the beautiful gardens, with their exotic collection of fowl, emus and llamas. See larchill.ie or telephone 01-6287354.

New beginnings at Kilcock Art Gallery for artist Trevor Geoghegan

By Kim Mullahey (Liffey Champion, page 18)

Prolific artist Trevor Geoghegan returned to his roots last Sunday week (18th April) with the launch of a new exhibition of his most recent work at Kilcock Art Gallery. Known since 1978 in the School Street gallery for his still life and landscapes primarily in acrylic, Mr Geoghegan has broken with tradition in this new exhibition in colour palate and media.

“There was a plateau in my work and I am getting back into it,” said Trevor Geoghegan. “I made a conscious decision in change of colour; and I am back into drawing and maybe more so in the future”. Mr Geoghegan has moved to brighter colours in oil on canvas and panel in his vividly expressed landscapes and still life studies.

However; the former National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCADD) teacher marks a return to the basics of art in exhibits of compressed charcoal drawings and mixed media on different weights of cartridge and watercolour paper. “It gives you a basis for working out your intensions which can totally lead to something else,” Mr Geoghegan explained.

Trevor Geoghegan’s price guide of between €750 and €4,000 defines not only his rich and productive career spanning over 30 years with his art in private and public collections around the globe; his long-standing association with gallery Directors, Breda and Carina Smyth also has been joint creative venture.

“Trevor was one of the first artists to show with me,” said Breda Smyth of Kilcock Art Gallery. “He was teaching at the NCADD and was one of the first to exhibit for me.” Selected works by Trevor Geoghegan can be viewed on the Kilcock Art Gallery website at www.kilcockartgallery.com.

Email the gallery at info@kilcockartgallery.ie, or contact Directors Breda and Carina Smyth on 086-2578283. The exhibition by Trevor Geoghegan extends until Saturday, 8th May.

Historic step sees NUI Maynooth moving into primary teacher training

By Peter Kelly (Liffey Champion, page 3)

In a first for an Irish university, the National University of Ireland, NUI Maynooth, is to offer the full range of teacher training courses within three years. NUI Maynooth and Froebel College of Education have announced plans to establish a Froebel Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education.

The teacher education college will transfer to NUI Maynooth in September 2013 with all student teachers from Froebel College moving to the north Kildare university campus. The move will result in NUI Maynooth being the only Irish university offering the full spectrum of teacher education on campus, from primary and secondary through to adult and community.

Announcing the move, the President of NUI Maynooth, Professor John Hughes said he was delighted Froebel College would be joining the university. “It is an ideal match. Froebel has developed and an outstanding reputation for its unique, high quality approach to teacher education over the last 67 years,” said Professor Hughes.

“NUI Maynooth is also renowned for excellence in this area and Froebel will compliment and enhance the full teacher education facility we offer.” The President of Froebel College of Education, Marie McLoughlin said the move represented an exciting new departure for the college.

Ms McLoughlin said: “This will be the first occasion in which primary teacher education will be entirely carried out on a university campus. “This initiative establishes a new model of primary education, which combines the rich tradition of Froebel with the multi-disciplinary opportunities which can only be obtained on a university campus.

“Furthermore, students will gain a greatly enriched academic and social experience on a campus of 8,000 students, whilst retaining their identity within a newly designated Froebel Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education.”

NUI Maynooth Vice President for External Affairs, Professor Tom Collins, said the mix of university campus life with primary teacher education would be a unique offering for students. “This places early childhood and primary teaching right at the heart of the university education agenda and is an extremely significant announcement for both institutions, given our long, proud histories in the provision of teacher education, added Mr Collins.

A dedicated Froebel Centre is to be built at the university and it is envisaged that students will share many modules with other education and arts students. All Froebel College employees will transfer to NUI Maynooth.

The students applying to Froebel College this year; to start in September; will be the first group who, on the completion of their degrees, will be NUI Maynooth graduates. This year’s applicants will undertake their first three years of study in Blackrock before moving into their fourth year on campus at NUI Maynooth. Those affected will be advised of the plans in writing this week.

Therese Brady is a local aspiring writer and writes mainly about food, fiction – novels and short stories, restaurant, movie and book reviews and I have my own website www.theresebrady.com and blog called Writer’s Cramp. This is where I keep my creative juices flowing during those down moments of writer’s block. I’ve completed one novel and am currently working on the second. Find me on Twitter.

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