Our Cookie Policy

Our Cookie Policy

It’s all official and everything. So if you are looking for technical cookies  you have come to the right place. If you need a chocolate chip cookie . . . Sorry we don’t bake any.

Cookie Policy

You might need to make yourself a cup of tea before starting to read this one.

Have a cup of tea
Tea Time in Celbridge

This website uses cookies. We do not collect or store any of your personal data. 

This website uses cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

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By contacting us you agree to us holding your information to do business with you. This is permissible under General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not hold your information, sell your personal information or pass your information on to third parties.

We promise not to send you any newsletters, adverts or unsolicited garbage.

You can check out the legal stuff by reading our Cookie Policy which relates to this website and also browsers that you use to look at this website.

All this is based on a series of talks on GDPR at the WordPress Dublin Wordcamp. Your information is important to us. That’s why we don’t store it.

Hopefully this post has clarified the fact that we are a small independant café and not a sinister multinational data processing monolith.

If you are still reading this page you should probably put your phone down right now and find another hobby. There’s nothing to see here.

Enjoy your day. Contact Us.

Compostable Cups

Reduce reuse recycle

100% Compostable Cups

After over a year of research, designing and testing we have now launched our compostable takeaway cups.

We can also promise to compost your cups if you bring them back to us.

Enjoy a takeaway coffee safe in the knowledge that you are looking after the environment as well.

 

 

A New Bridge Over The Liffey in Celbridge

A New Bridge for Celbridge

We have the design for the New bridge over the Liffey in Celbridge. After an extensive consultation and design process we believe this is the ideal solution to the traffic problems in Celbridge.

We have had constructive meetings with planners, engineers, and lollipop ladies. All are in agreement with the design and new traffic flows.

Liffey bridge for Celbridge County Kildare
New six lane bridge over the Liffey with twin pedestrian walkways to ease traffic flows in Celbridge

This design means that pedestrians can take the overhead route avoiding vehicular traffic on the roadway.

The six lanes means that cars from Ardclough Road can take the left hand lane and turn left onto the Clane Road.

Cars from Dublin can take the right hand lane and turn right up Main Street.

Cars from the Newcastle Road can take the middle lane and drive straight ahead via the new Inner Relief Road.

This does mean that The Village Inn and half of St. Patrick’s Park will be demolished to make way for the new road.

This may inconvenience a small minority of people but it will speed many peoples journey home of an evening.

A consultation process conducted entirely on Facebook has given the project overwhelming support. This is democracy at work.

We look forward to the Grand Opening in May 2120.

Bread! And What To Do With It After Storm Emma

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Stuff to do with stale bread after Storm Emma

This is not a recipe book. Just a few ideas to use up any bread you might have hanging around after the storm.

Quick and easy stuff to do. Flavoursome and filling. You have loads of snow to be clearing. You need to stock up on some calories to fuel that hard work.

Recipes to use up stale bread

French toast – Eggy bread

3 eggs
Splash of milk
Salt
Bread cut into triangles
Oil for frying

Heat frying pan with a little oil
Whisk up eggs, milk, salt
Dip both sides of bread to soak up the egg.
Fry both sides

Serve with sweet or savoury accompaniments.
Maple syrup, honey, rashers, mixed berries . . .

Bread and butter pudding
Eggs, cream, milk, sultanas, butter, sugar.
Later buttered bread and sultanas
Make a custard
Pour over, leave for 10 minutes. Bake

Summer pudding
Bread
Frozen summer fruit
Sugar

Stuffing
Using your nutri- bullet, blender, food processor
Rip up the bread into small pieces, blend/grind into bread crumbs.
Melt butter in a pan
Add crumbs, herbs, salt, pepper
Mix together store in fridge for later

If you want to make bread crumbs for breading or coating you can dry out the bread in a low oven. Grind into fine breadcrumbs.

As mentioned this isn’t a recipe book. Just a few ideas. If you are interested in any of these dishes you can always Google them!

See you all on Monday 

 

Busy Doing Nothing

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Busy Doing Nothing

If you want something done ask a busy man.

This is the first of what may turn into a daily post on this website. This due to the downgrading of business posts on Facebook. You may be missing out on our daily blackboard signs in future.

I have also had a request to start a blog on another website. And update two other social media accounts. And start posting more stuff on Instagram . . .

Lots of Blogging

You might think that a café owner is not your standard issue blogger. Know nothing about make up. Know nothing about fashion. Know a bit about travel.

So we will have to suck it and see. If you like what you read, tell your friends. If you don’t . . . Well you can stick to Bookface.

Mark Zuckerberg

Hopefully you will take a look at our website for your daily dose of blackboard instead of looking at that one owned by Mark Zuckerberg.

Busy

So, you might remember the song. But do you remember the movie?

A few clues – Bing (or Google) and a King . . .

Busy Celbridge Cafe
Busy doing nothing working the whole day through trying to find lots of things not to do . . . We’d like to be unhappy but, we never do have the time. 

Christmas 2017 A Time for Family

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Christmas Time For Family

Christmas is all about family. As you are our Halo Café family we thought we would let you know about our plans for this year.

Closing Date

We are closing for Christmas on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm.

That means we are not opening on Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December. Because we don’t open on Sundays. So we won’t be open. And we won’t be open on the 25th or the 26th because we don’t open on bank holidays. Can you see a pattern developing here?

Helpline

We are aware that this may have a deep psychological and emotional effect on some of you. A helpline will be set up to help you talk through any issues you may be experiencing.

Please share with your friends, family and neighbours that may not be online.

Brown Bread for Christmas

We will be baking all day on Saturday 23rd December. If you need our homemade brown bread for your celebration dinner, please let us know. You can collect your bread right up until 6pm.

Once your bread has cooled down, wrap in cling film and enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Serving Suggestions

Lightly toasting under the grill accentuates the malty flavour. With real butter and scrambled eggs – perfect.

If smoked salmon is your starter of choice be sure to add a tub of cream cheese to your shopping list. Add a thick layer of cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon. Depending on your preference you can garnish with dill herb or capers.

If soup is your thing you just need bread with lashings of real butter. Job done.

Stephen’s Day or Stephenses Day or Boxing Day or the day after the night before . . . Cold cuts, ballymaloe relish, cheeses, brown bread. If you’re into pâté slap a thick layer on brown bread.

 

Opening times closing times Christmas 2017
Christmas 2017

Thank you.

Internet and reaching your people

Internet, Facebook and finding stuff!

The internet charges to reach your followers
Who owns your information?

Who owns your information on the internet?

Have you had difficulty getting your stuff on the internet. I have recently been telling people about the importance of OWNING your OWN information. Thanks to www.theoatmeal.com for explaining how Facebook are now charging to contact your followers.

The cartoon sums up the visibility of Halo Café on Facebook. Gradually declining until you cough up some cash. This is one of the reasons why you can keep up to date with Halo Café on a whole host of platforms.

Facebook/Instagram

We are on Instagram but, as that is owned by Facebook, we may have to think about this one. If you want to keep seeing our posts you will have to start sharing a whole more. SHARE PEOPLE!

Twitter

We have been on Twitter for the longest time. If you follow us on Twitter you could also follow realDonaldTrump. If you really want to. At the moment you can choose what you want to see on Twitter.

Google it!

We occasionally post stuff directly to Google. So you could just Google search – Halo Café Celbridge and click on images. Google are quite a friendly bunch. They call occasionally and check if our listing is up to date. They also let me know the other day that one of our web links was not working. Which was nice.

YouTuber!

A recent addition is YouTube with a few collections of chalkboards and signs. You can find details of our channel here. It is early days for the channel so subscribe and you can be first to see what’s happening.

Blog/Blogging/Bloggers

If you read blogs you could add www.halocafe.ie/news to your follow list and catch up with us there. I use Feedly to keep track of a few bloggers that I like to read. When I have time to read.

Snapchat

I have been informed that I am waaaaay too old to be on Snapchat! We will keep this one under review . . .

And in conclusion

If you are on Facebook please remember – Facebook OWNS you.

YouTube is launched on HaloCafe.ie

YouTube video Celbridge

Halo Café has just been launched on YouTube

After a weekend spent at web community conference the results are now available on YouTube.

Word Camp Dublin 2017 brought together over 200 web designers, developers, seo practitioners, a harp teacher, and a random . . . ummm . . . café owner.

Webmaster

As well as being a café owner, baker, barista, washer upper, party planner, logistics manager, purchasing manager, customer relations manager, sales manager, I am also “The Webmaster”!

Trying to schedule a full weekend conference into the commitments of busy café and catering company was not an easy task. It required planning, rostering, and a really early start. Scones don’t bake themselves, don’t you know.

Techno Dope

The conference was designed for tech heads and techno dopes. It was a chance to learn some techie stuff and some business stuff. One of the first presentations was by an Irish harp teacher from Galway, Una ní Fhlannagáin –  TheHarpTeacher.com

One unique feature of her talk was that she was able to use her website and YouTube to teach her students at a faster rate than weekly lessons and practice at home. It worked so well that her ensemble performed at The Royal Albert Hall.

YouTube Hero!

A ten minute chat with Una during the lunch break led to downloading an app, editing a video, adding a soundtrack and uploading a video to YouTube. Ten minutes we’ll spent.

The YouTube channel had been set up over four years ago. I didn’t think I would ever get to use it. It has been a slow start but there are now a couple of videos for you to enjoy.

Halo Café Celbridge YouTube video
Halo Café YouTube Channel

You can find the Halo Café YouTube Channel here.

All you need to do now is subscribe to the channel. It’s free!

At the end of the conference we were asked to set three goals. First was my ambition to start a travel blog. (Sorry I don’t get out much). Secondly create and publish some videos for your amusement and delight . . .

Thirdly . . . Well, you will just have to wait and see . . .

Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

My new travel blog . . .

As travel blogs are the new thing we thought that we would add another string to our bow with our very first travel blog.

I recently travelled around one third of the M50 recently. It was early in the morning so traffic was fairly light.

Liffey Valley

It is worth mentioning that Gatso vans usually make an appearance on the N4. If you travel at or below the speed limit it gives you the chance to view the scenic approaches to Liffey Valley.

Phoenix Park

In the distance you can see the trees of the Phoenix Park. Do not linger on the view too long as you may miss the transition lane onto the M50.

The journey is a fairly hassle free experience with the highlights being the Blanchardstown interchange crossed by the railway line, canal, N3 and of course the “poo pipe”. Apparently it is the “busiest” interchange in Europe.

The horizon at Finglas is dominated by the electric substation and water tower. Make sure you are in the right lane for your exit at this stage.

One thought that crosses the mind . . . Does anyone miss the Ballymun Towers?

Arriving near my destination the next question is where is DCU? There is one small brown sign pointing to the Helix and is easily missed.

And where exactly is DCU? Is it Ballymun? Finglas? Or is it Glasnevin?

Dublin City University

The Campus extends along the Collins Avenue Extention. A mainly urban tree lined environment with a selection of traffic light and feeder lane intersections.

Parking at DCU is right at the front of the campus and is very handy for the business school.

DCU business school itself falls victim to most post-modernist architecture in that it has no discernible front entrance.

The upper floors are, however, graced with two protruding glass faced fire exits that work really well when observed from the inside.

For travelers on a budget DCU offers well priced accommodation which is plentiful during college vacations.

https://www.dcurooms.com

The return journey can also include a slight detour to Ikea on the way back to Celbridge.

Disclaimer

This news and blog section contains occasional articles that may be of interest to our customers and readers

No payment, goods or services have been provided in return for favourable reviews and/or mentions.

Opinions are that of the author. No responsibility for errors or omissions can be taken or inferred.

This blog is for entertainment only. Any information herewith contained should be treated witha seriously large pinch of salt. Persons with a salt allergy or high blood pressure should cease reading this immediately and seek professional advice.

The author reserves the rights to all material published on this blog and website. Copyright Halo Café 2009-2017.