Our thanks to our great team of volunteers working at the Hay Festival Kells this weekend. View the volunteers' timetable and rota for Saturday July 5th here.
The rota for Sunday July 6th is here.
IMAGINE THE WORLD
SAMHLAIGH AN DOMHAN
Hay Festival Kells returns for a second edition July 2-6 2014.
Following a hugely successful and award-winning inaugural event last summer, the Hay Festival Kells is back with an even bigger and more ambitious programme.
Festival highlights for 2014 include Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans, Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, poet Rosita Boland, andAnthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, co-authors of the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden.
Young audiences will enjoy writers Darren Shan and Judi Curtin and the animated film Moon Man. And there are many other fantastic events including playwright Deirdre Kinahan, sportsman Sean Boylan, Professor David Reynolds on WWI, and Senator Susan O'Keeffe. View the full programme and buy tickets online here. Tickets are also available from Kells Chamber Office (046 924 0055) or Antonia's Bookshop in Trim on 046 943 7532.
Are you interested in supporting us by becoming a Friend of Hay? Young Friends (Under 18s) Membership is €10, Single Membership is €25 and it's €40 for Joint Friends Membership. Benefits include: Friends Entrance to All Festival Venues, Reserved Seating, Membership Card, Friends Promotions around Kells during the Festival, Priority Booking, Exclusive Offers for Intimate Events and Regular Newsletters. Pick up a membership form in the Chamber Office - or download it here.
Here are the shortlisted finalists for the Kells Chamber Business Awards, which will be presented at the President's Ball in the Headfort Arms on Saturday February 22nd. The finalists in the Best Retail Outlet category are: Dunnes The Premier House, Kells Bookshop, Carrs Centra, Lynch's Pharmacy and Making Your Wine. The Best Business for Business in Kells Award is in line with the Chamber’s ‘Keep It Kells’ campaign and will go to the business judged to be the best supporter of fellow businesses in Kells. Up for this award are Fit Factory, Muldoon’s Pub and Cooper Insulation. The shortlist for the Business Putting Kells on the Map includes the Hay Festival Kells, Gary O'Meara of Kells Enterprise & Technology Centre, Kilbeg Dairies and Bank of Ireland, Kells. This award will go to a business that has been successful on a national or international level and has raised the profile of Kells at home and abroad. The Best Marketing Promotion award nominees are Tommy Dowd Oil, Headfort Golf Club and ifindparts.com This category aims to acknowledge a business that is particularly creative and innovative when it comes to marketing, public relations and social media. Well done to all and the best of luck. Read the Meath Chronicle article here.
The Kells & District Chamber President's Ball & Business Awards will take place on Saturday February 22nd in the Headfort Arms Hotel. Our special guest on the night will be Mr. Eddie Downey - newly elected President of the Irish Farmers’ Association. We are also holding our biennial Business Awards on the night. There are four award categories to choose from: Best Retail Outlet, Best Business for Business in Kells, The Business That Is Putting Kells on the Map and a Marketing & Promotion Award. All businesses are welcome to enter - please contact the Chamber Office for an application form or download it here Tickets for the black-tie event - including a four-course dinner, wine and live music are priced at €65 each. Book your tickets now with the Chamber office – phone 046 924 0055. View the poster here.
The heritage town of Kells is a wonderful place to work, live or visit. Its rich Monastic legacy makes it quite unique and it is part of the 'Boyne Valley Region' - one of the Top 10 Destinations in Ireland, as marketed by Fáilte Ireland abroad. It boasts two world-class golf courses in Headfort Golf Club, alongside the imposing Headfort House and the Blackwater River. We are an outstanding location for business and we have a state of the art Business Park with broadband and Bord Gais pipeline. Kells is an excellent location for tourists: we are only 45 minutes from Dublin and offer a great central base for touring County Meath. Need more convincing? Here are some more good reasons to choose Kells as a place to live, work or visit.