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Kildare > Newsletters > Issue 10 - December 2000

Issue 10 - December 2000

K i l d a r e . i e NEWSLETTER
Issue: 10
Subject: Kildare Community Network update 10
Date: 21/12/2000

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our subscribers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year from everyone at the Kildare Community Network

This year has been the most successful to date with half a million visitors requesting 1.6 million pages from the network's server. Next year should see these figures increase further and, with your support and input, the network will continue to grow and represent the many different communities of County Kildare.

Should you wish to have a Kildare related site on our network, just email me at
If you wish to be linked from our site in our Best of Irish Section, you can send your suggestion to
Should you have a suggestion for our Kildare Links section, email us at

This e-mail newsletter will keep you informed of developments on the County Kildare Community Network.
Ask your friends to subscribe by submitting their email address on our front page. Enjoy!

Kildare County Development Board
Community Audit and Kildare Audit of Services

The Kildare County Development Board is undertaking an Audit of Services and an Audit of Community Activity, in order to research current services and developments within Kildare.

Kildare Audit of Services
Kildare County Development Board is carrying out an Audit of Services provided in Co. Kildare. This Audit forms a central part of the groundwork for the Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development which will be developed over the next 14 months. If you are a Public, Private or Voluntary Agency or Organisation which provides a service to the general public or a specific target group, just download the Kildare Audit of Services database and Guidance Notes and return it by email to

Kildare Community Audit
As part of the groundwork for the Strategy and to assist in the development of the Kildare Community & Voluntary Forum, they are also carrying out an Audit of Community Activities in the County. This Audit will give them a snapshot of community and voluntary activity within Kildare. If you are a Community Group or Voluntary Association working for the development of your local area, just download the Kildare Community Audit database and Guidance Notes and return it by email to

County Kildare Tourism Task Force

The Co. Kildare Tourism Task Force is currently examining tourism policy & development in the County for the period 2000 - 2006. You are invited to make a submission.

It is expected that the Tourism Task Force will report in late Spring 2001 and its conclusions will guide decisions on Tourism policy and development in County Kildare up to the year 2006.

Organisations/individuals interested in making submissions to the Tourism Task Force on any aspect of tourism in Kildare are invited to do so by the end of January 2001.

You may respond by letter to the Secretary: Mr. William G. Carroll, Secretary, County Kildare Tourism Task Force, C/o. Kildare County Council, St. Mary's, Naas, Co. Kildare. or by fax to (045) 876875 or by e-mail to


Dublin-Kildare Area Outreach Services Providing Non-judgmental Advice on Drugs Use and Safer Sex

Outreach was started in Ireland in the 1970's by a staff member of the Anna Liffey Drugs Project to befriend drug users on O' Connell Street. The Eastern Health Board (E.R.H.A) commenced outreach in 1988 in the HIV/AIDS Service operating from Baggot Street Clinic which was known then as the AIDS Resource Centre. Later as the Drug epidemic spread and the problems with drug users not availing of services became apparent, it was decided to target this group.

The role of the Outreach includes promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Sexual Health through education and information, supporting local communities and individuals who are not currently in contact with services, providing a wide variety of detoxification options as alternatives to methadone.

Outreach provide Information and education on the following:
Drugs/Drug Treatment
Safer injecting techniques
Safer Sex
Sexually Transmitted Infections

Check out this website for more information.

Community Network Statistics
The Kildare Community Network recent statistics are its best yet, with November 2000 been its busiest month to date.

November 2000
Page Requests: 164,639
Visits: 50,597

Kildare County Council Website

New additions to the site include:
The recently adopted Waste Management Plan for the county
Town Development Plans for Castledermot, Kilcock, Clane, Kill, and Maynooth
Minutes for Kildare County Council Meetings

Feel free to contact the web team at with any suggestions or comments.

Empower Initiative
Kildare County Enterprise Board is an e-based initiative for small businesses to be delivered by City and County Enterprise Boards on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Government has allocated a budget of £3 million to the initiative.

The Enterprise Boards will provide e-business services and incentives to micro businesses including:- An awareness campaign, Technical assistance grants, Grant assistance towards the development of a website, Mentoring (one to one expert assistance will be provided to help selected companies develop fully integrated I.T. plans and strategies) and Training (short intensive group training programmes will be delivered over the next twelve months).

For more information, check out the following websites:
Kildare County Enterprise Board:

Or contact

The Kildare County Enterprise Board at Kildare CEB, The Woods, Clane, Co. Kildare
Tel. 045-861707 Fax. 045-861712 E-mail:

Millennium Park, Naas

The Millennium Park near Naas has just been launched. It is a huge development, costing about £400 million pounds, and will eventually comprise over 2.5 million sq. ft of high quality office accommodation. It will have the potential to employ over 10,000 people or more when it is fully developed. The first of the new offices will be available for letting mid 2001, and the first office is already prelet as the Headquarters for the Health Authority.

For more information contact Michael Mullally, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Park, Leinster Mills, Osberstown, Naas, Co.Kildare, Ireland. Tel: 353-45-896788 Fax: 353-45-896790 Visit their site for more information.

Kildare Horse Development

The Kildare Horse Development Company produces a newsletter every two months describing all recent equestrian activities in the county. With information on the success of Kildare's Ted & Ruby Walsh in the Grand National at Aintree and the Irish National, and Johnny Murtagh and John Oxx in the English and Irish Derbys and The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, this newsletter and site are well worth visiting.

As always, we are happy to receive comments and suggestions for inclusion of information in both this Newsletter and in the pages of the Co. Kildare Community Network.

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