November  2016


Kinvara Community Council 

The next Community Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 23rd November at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome.



KAM: Kinvara Area Music                                                                                                      

The Whileaways play Kinvara!                                                                        

The Whileaways see three distinct voices combining to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. They play their first Kinvara concert on Saturday 12th November in The Gig Room at Kinvara Community Centre, promoted by Kinvara Area Music. The Gig Room has the feel of a performing arts facility, but with a warm, inviting ambience that works well for intimate listening concerts.

Doors: 8 p.m.    Admission: €12/€10 (conc.). Tickets are available at the door.

For a taste of the Whileaways see:

For further info: Contact KAM co-producers:

Eilish O’Connor (087-6992882) or Josephine Boland (087-2314813)

Details of other KAM events:


St. Coman’s Church 

A public meeting is being held on Monday 14th November 2016, 8pm at the Courthouse to inform Kinvara Community on the current situation of St Coman’s Church, often referred to as Kinvara’s ‘hidden’ church. This meeting will have guest speakers, Marion Coady, St Coman’s Mapping Project, Anne Carey, Archaeologist and John Britton, Civil and Structural Engineer. All persons interested in St Coman’s are invited to attend. Tea & biscuits provided.

Following on from the successful mapping project of St Coman’s by Marian Coady 2004-2007, an updated ‘Structural Conservation Engineering Report’ has been voluntarily prepared by John Britton on behalf of the Community Councils heritage subgroup. This report has highlighted some serious concerns regarding the condition of this medieval ‘hidden’ church and raises issues surrounding its collapse if neglected. A call to attend the public meeting is intended to give everyone a chance to understand the significance of this early medieval church, recollect those buried in the graveyard around its walls and decide if this is worth saving for future generations. Please attend this meeting on Monday 14th November at 8pm, Kinvara Courthouse.

Kinvara’s hilltop church is traditionally identified with St. Coman (or Caimin), a saint who is said to have flourished in the mid-7th century. St. Coman’s Church, Kinvara’s ‘hidden’ church, is closely linked to the history and development of the town and its graveyard contain the graves of at least 53 Kinvara families.

Marian Coady with an earlier group successfully received funding from the Heritage Council in 2005 to map the Graveyard and record the graves.

Over the last 2 years the Community Council has set up a Heritage subgroup to focus on saving St. Coman’s church. John Britton Engineering surveyed and prepared a written report on the present state of the church of St. Coman’s which is a designated Monument with all 4 walls standing but is roofless for hundreds of years.

We have now received John’s report which he spent many hours on voluntarily and which we are indebted to him for.

The report is very detailed and has been read by some of the members of this group. The report states that the East Wall of the church is in immediate danger of collapse.

We would like to get started on putting an application together for a project to conserve this ancient building which apart from its historical and archaeological interest is also of potential economic and tourism value to Kinvara situated as we are on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Heritage group is a subgroup of Kinvara Community Council and welcomes new members.



TyreAware would like to offer the community a free tyre safety check and an alignment check, the work has a value of €20 (mainly the diagnostics on the alignment machine), this might be appropriate as the winter weather is starting to set in. This is valid until 30th November, 2016.

Phone: 087 3522920         E-mail:


Kinvara Christmas Fair

This year the fair will take place over 2 weekends – 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th December from 11am-6pm in the Community Centre. As usual there will be a wide range of local crafts, hot food, mulled wine and mince pies, baking and music. If you’re looking to spend some time in good company while doing your Christmas shopping, drop in and see us. You’ll be very welcome!


Doorus Community Montessori

We are having a New and Used Clothing Collection on Wednesday, November 30th. Items for Recycling: New & Used Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, Ties, Linens, Household Textiles, Stuffed Toys, etc.

Laptops (must be intact with lead) Mobile Phones (under 4 years old)

(Please keep separate for collection)

Proceeds will go to improving the outdoor play area at the Montessori. Contact: 091 638927


Christmas Lights Event

Christmas Lights Event will take place this year at 6pm on Saturday 3rd December. Lots of new lighting as well as old favourites performing. Fun for all the family.




Last December KAVA celebrated its new home, the Courthouse, with a Postcard Exhibition. It was highly successful and enjoyable and KAVA members exhibited postcard size work which was sold anonymously and all at the one price. To coincide with the Kinvara Christmas Craft Fair and the turning on of the Christmas lights at the pier the exhibition will be officially opened on Friday evening the 2nd December and will be open all day Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th.


Tommy Baker, storyteller will host another evening of storytelling on 17th November from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Courthouse.  The evening is really fun and enjoyable something different! If you feel like listening to a good story or indeed telling one come along.


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