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.

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.

Celbridge The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East – Tourist Information

Information for a tourist visiting Celbridge

There are only two vital pieces of Celbridge tourist information that you need when visiting The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East.

Celbridge tourist information - the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East
Tourist Information in Celbridge

The first item that you really need to know about when visiting Celbridge is where to find refreshment. Halo Café is located just off the Maynooth Road right beside the front door of Tesco. Established in 2009 it has a history of mildly amusing blackboard signs and providing great homemade food and fantastic scones.

Parking in Celbridge

Please be aware that parking in Celbridge can be expensive if you ignore the obscure signs, odd timings and efficient traffic wardens.

The simple alternative is to park beside Halo Café. You are then free to pick up a picnic and explore the Celbridge tourist trail at your leisure.

Celbridge tourist trail and Arthur’s Way

You may like to follow this link to a Walking Tour of Celbridge. It features some of the places of historical interest in Celbridge.

Arthur’s Way is a longer trail that may require some extra planning. It is 16km in length and is probably best carried out by bicycle.

Picnic time

If you are planning a visit to Celbridge we are more than happy to arrange picnics for your party. Please call us on 0035316276686. 

If you wish to use Halo Café as a meeting place after your tour you are most welcome. We have real Italian coffee and homemade scones.

Meeting Point

We have found, over the years, that Celbridge is an ideal meeting point for tourists. Fly into Dublin Airport, pick up your hire car, and head to Celbridge.

We recently hosted a breakfast where friends from New York, Florida, Birmingham (the English one) all met up in Halo. The were heading off to Mayo to a rented holiday home.

We are in a really handy location. You can get your breakfast at Halo Café. Pick up sunscreen and insect repellent at Walsh’s Pharmacy and a rain jacket in Tesco.

If you are heading to The Wild Atlantic Way you will need these items for sure. Experiencing four seasons in one day is a definite possibility.

Enjoy your stay in Ireland and keep following Halo Café for travel advice, pearls of wisdom and general lunacy .  .  .

For a full look at what to do, where to stay and where to eat in Celbridge click on this link for Discover Celbridge

Resolution month is over. Get on with breakfast and February.

New year’s resolution? Did it work?

If you made a resolution this year you should be well over that by now. That is, if you even succeeded in keeping it more than a few days.

Remember the birthday party you had to go to on the second day of January? The leaving party drinks you had after work one day. That Christening where everyone had to raise a glass to the sleeping babe and the glowing parents.

Resolution at Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
January

So if it really was “Dry January”, congratulations. If you took our advice and walked that extra mile, then even better, well done. You’re looking shocking well.

It is now back to reality. Well sort of. There is the little subject of Valentine’s Day coming up. Spring is in the air and there’s nothing half so sweet in life as love’s young dream.

First Dates Café

Halo Café has quite often been the location of first dates. There are no airs and graces here. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and there are no long words on the menu.

There are plenty of choices on the menu but you won’t find oysters or asparagus. We have plenty of chocolate treats available if you are looking for an aphrodisiac.

How do you like your eggs?

If you can’t decide what to have then the answer is simple. Breakfast is the food of love. Just make sure you tell us how you like your eggs, your toast and your coffee.

Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
February

If you are planning a romantic get together at Halo Café there is no need to worry about embarrassing silences. We have a scrolling collection of our blackboard signs that will keep you amused and give you some talking points.

And if you are keeping up with the walking there is no better place than a stroll along the Liffey and Castletown House. Get out there and enjoy the walks, the fresh air and the scenery.

Heritage Week in Celbridge

Celbridge Food

Heritage Week in Celbridge for history, activities and good Irish food

Looking forward to Heritage Week in Celbridge.

We have a couple of lectures on our post-graduate program relating to Blackboard Studies.

  1. Calcium Carbonate (chalk) – 90 million years BC to the present day. 3 years of study and a dissertation.
  2. Halo Café Blackboards 2009 to the present day. About 25 minutes over a mug of coffee and a scone.

Choose the course that suits your own time frame. . .

Heritage week and Celbridge Food
Heritage Week including Irish Food week

Here are some other activities to enjoy during Heritage Week 2017. 

Grammar Police called to Celbridge Cafe

Fun with grammar and coffee

Grammar halo cafe celbridge funny signs blackboards chalkboards
Quality coffee off beat grammar

Words don’t come easy

If you walk past Halo Café you can read some funny signs on most days of the week. This one is in celebration of the awful spelling and grammar that can be seen on Facebook. Enjoy the fun spellings, smile and walk on by.

Only last week someone pointed out an incorrect spelling. Only thing is, it was deliberate, done on purpose . . . Just to mess with your head, just a little bit.

Our Quality Coffee

Our coffee is roasted in Italy where espresso was invented. We discovered Mokaflor 8 years ago and enjoyed the smokey flavour and rich crema of the espresso. When milk is added to create your preferred beverage it’s coffee perfection.

So now you know that Coca Cola had it wrong all these years:

Have a Coffee and a Smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East

A visit to the Eastern Counties of Ireland is going to be packed with a host of historic houses, towns and villages to visit.

Celbridge is just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and is packed with historic houses and buildings. Castletown House in Celbridge was the life’s work of generations of the Connolly family and is now owned by the People of Ireland.

Celbridge is a Georgian town built largely in the 18th Century in conjunction with Castletown House. The town is aligned with the tree lined avenue to the House.

Whether you are staying in Celbridge or just passing through, you can be assured of a warm welcome at Halo Café.

We are located just opposite the ancient famine graveyard and workhouse. There are 250 free parking spaces – no worries there then.

We look forward to welcoming you to Celbridge and hope you enjoy your stay.

#irelandsancienteast

 

The Best Scones in Ireland Halo Café nomination

Halo Cafe was recently nominated for The Best Scones in Ireland.

Matthew, Clare and Catherine would like to thank everyone who voted for us, supported and encouraged us.

Because of our fans from Celbridge, Maynooth, Leixlip, Lucan and further afield who nominated us in the first place we received A great media response.

Scones to takeaway

Call in now and pick up your supply

Here is some of the press coverage:
Leinster Leader

Thank you! And keep buying the scones.

Best scones in Ireland
Afternoon tea

And we came top in Leinster!

Halo Café

Homemade brown bread with smoked salmon is Irish luxury

Homemade brown bread recipe from Castletown House Celbridge

Halo Cafe Homemade Brown Bread

We bake our homemade brown bread fresh everyday and is available to buy or you can order in advance.

The recipe is based on one that was used in Castletown House in Celbridge. Over the first few years of Halo Café we would make a couple of loaves everyday to accompany our homemade soup. We tested and tasted the recipe and made a few changes including adding pumpkin seeds for a bit of extra crunch.

Once people had tasted the bread they started asking if they could buy a loaf to take away. This grew and grew and so we now have a regular group of customers who call in for their daily loaf.

Every Christmas Eve we prepare 10 times the number of loaves. Our customers can enjoy a slice of with their soup of smoked salmon on Christmas Day.

When we provide soup and sandwiches for our catering events the brown bread is always a popular addition. It also appears on our canapé selection.