Kilcock on The Royal Canal Greenway Update

The completion of the Royal Canal Greenway delivers a wonderful amenity for locals and tourists alike as well a massive opportunity for Kilcock’s business community.

To date most of the 84km route along the Royal Canal from Maynooth to Athlone is now fully accessible with the exception of a small section of the Greenway around Ferrans Lock (due to commence construction in the Spring).

Some bank widening on the section from spin bridge kilcock to ferns lock.

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From Dublin Docks to Blanchardstown the Greenway is now complete with the addition of lights and CCTV installed. The whole 26km of towpath from Maynooth to Dublin should have been complete by year end but some delays have arisen around the construction of the Greenway from Clonsilla to Leixlip. New planning is early stages here as there were concerns around the impact to bird life.

A promotional video has been released and shows some of the highlights of the Royal Canal Greenway so far.

Part of European Wide Network of Cycling Routes

The Royal Canal Greenway is part of European wide network of cycling routes. In the near future it is expected to extend further with a route from Athlone to Galway linking Dublin and Galway in a true Coast to Coast route for cyclists and walkers. The initiative is part of the greater Trans-European cycle route “EuroVelo 2” – a network of 15 long distance cycle routes connecting and uniting the whole European continent.

International Standard signage has been adopted for this Greenway European wide and can already be seen in Mullingar. Similar signage will be erected in the Kilcock area and will promote and illustrate local amenities, places of interest and local restaurants.

Some bank widening on the section from spin bridge kilcock to ferns lock.

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Canal Wardens

Whilst no there is no definitive date for the official opening of the Greenway the KBA understands that we should expect it to happen by the end of 2018. Canal wardens are now been appointed and will oversee control of the cycling and pedestrian bi-laws, vandalism and dog litter and some fishing regulations.

Putting Kilcock on the Map

Irelands Ancient East have recommended to us that the town of Kilcock be mentioned on the I.A.E.map as Kilcock is midway between Trim Castle and Castletown estate. The KBA intend to pursue this further as the inclusion on such a map would greatly improve the visibility of Kilcock as part of the tourist trail.

There is little doubt that the new Greenway will allow for the development of new opportunities for those willing to expand an existing business or perhaps develop a something completely new. Bike hire shop… Anyone?

Thanks to Ger McGreeney for his assistance in putting together this article.

Reference sites

  • http://www.eurovelo.com/en/cycling-in/ireland
  • https://www.galwaytodublincycleway.ie/
  • https://www.waterwaysireland.org/
  • https://royalcanalgreenway.ie/

Kilcock is Open for Business – KBA Launches Promotional Video

The Kilcock Business Association has commissioned the first in a series of promotional videos showcasing Kilcock as a vibrant and growing community. With our rapidly growing population Kilcock is just the sort of place where you might want to setup or expand a business!

In the video a variety of local business owners talk about why they chose Kilcock to start their new business. Members also talk about how KBA has helped them establish a larger network of customers and business contacts. Barry Prendergast, Treasurer of the KBA:

KBA has in excess of a 100 members from all different types of businesses, from retail to within the town to every type of tradesperson to every kind of business.

Maria Mallon of Studio M spoke about why she joined the KBA:

When I setup Studio M a couple of years ago I thought it was really important to get involved with the Kilcock Business Association mainly because I think everyone needs help initially when they setup in a small town. Yes I know a lot of local people but new businesses come in all the time and they don’t necessarily. So I think it’s important because it’s a network of people there to help you when you don’t have all the answers all the time.

Why Choose Kilcock?

Our investigations into approved planing permission applications indicate a conservative estimate of a 41% increase of the population of Kilcock over the next few years. The establishment of larger businesses such as Aldi, Tesco, SuperValu and Costa in recent years reflect the positive growth potential of our town – not to mention the reinvestment in existing, family fun businesses and the development of new restaurants, services and other small businesses. Kilcock is open for business!

Kyle Delavari opened the doors to his new business venture Fitness Journey Kilcock in January this year and had this to say in the video:

I chose Kilcock for a number of reasons… I’ve lived here the last 5 years and have always been fond of the community. It’s great to get involved in the town as there’s a lot of great businesses…”

The KBA would like to thank all the businesses involved in the video for taking the time to help us make this video. They include: Rye River Cafe, Config.ie, Vivify Multimedia, Fitness Journey Kilcock, Studio M, John Ryan Butchers,   Especially we would like to to thank Stephen for his hard work the production.

The video was shot and produced by Stephen McDonagh of Vivify Multimedia along with the help and support of the Kilcock Business Association.

Cardiac Defibrillators in the Kilcock

The KBA would like to inform all its readers of the locations of Cardiac Defibrillators in the Kilcock area.
 
  • North Kildare Club, The Maws – Club opening times only
  • Kilcock Church, Church Street – Church opening times only
  • Dental Surgery, Courtown bridge – 24hrs availability
  • Kilcock GAA Club, Royal Meadows – Club opening times only
  • Kilcock Credit Union, The Square – Office times only
  • Musgraves Distribution, High road – Opening times awaiting confirmation
  • Kilcock Primary Healthcare, The Bawnouges – To be installed in the coming months.

De-Fib & CPR Training

The KBA will shortly announce a free training session in using the Defibrillators and include basic CPR.  Please subscribe to our newsletter or Like our Facebook to stay informed about our the training session.

Free Defibrillator & CPR Training to be provided to members by the KBA

Primary Care Centre Set for Opening in March 2018

The new Primary Care Centre in Kilcock is due to be officially opened in March 2018. Construction on the state of the art health facility started in June 2016.

A statement issued on Emmet Stagg’s website on the 3rd of February 2018:

Emmet Stagg has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that the construction of the Kilcock Primary Care Centre has been completed and that the Building has been handed over to the HSE.

Mr. Stagg stated that services will commence from the Primary Care Centre next week on a phased basis.

Services to be provided by the Kilcock Primary Care Centre

  • GP Out of Hours Service
  • Public Health and Community Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work – Primary Care
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Home Help
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health Day Hospital Services
  • Clinical Nutrition and Dietician Services
  • Psychology and Counselling Services.