The attendance at last weeks meeting to co-ordinate events for Rathdrum Gathering Festival was most encouraging. Many of the local clubs were represented and some interesting proposals were discussed.
This includes a number of regular events such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Synge Summer School, Recital by the Garda Band in the Memorial Park, Fireworks Display, Rose of Avondale Festival, Parnell Summer School, special events by Avondale G.A.A. club and Rathdrum Acorn Group and the Boy Scouts. A Photographic Exhibition was also discussed plus the possibility to encourage the local schools to have a re-union of former students and teachers.
The Gathering Ireland is not one single event but is an exciting year long celebration connecting both the people at home and abroad. It is designed that anyone who has links with the area to come and enjoy at least some of the events throughout 2013.
Rathdrum Group will meet again on Wednesday February 20th at 8.00 p.m. in the R.D.A. Hall when all activities will be ready for print. If there are any other organisations who would like to be involved they will be very welcome.
The annual general meeting of Rathdrum Historical Society will take place on Monday 4th February at 8.00 p.m. The venue for the meeting is Avondale Community College. Everyone interested in local history are welcome to come along.
Don't forget you can make contact on facebook w.w.w.faceboook.com/rathdrumhistoricalsociety. This is an opportunity for anyone in the area particularly for people who have come recently to become actively involved in discovering our rich history.
The participants in Rathdrum Operation Transformation have made steady progress over the past few weeks. The group have a collective weight loss of 9 stone eleven pounds. This is a good achievement in a short time.
There is a special speaker at Avondale Community College on Wednesday evenings before activities commence on subjects relevant to weight loss. There is also a big turnout on Saturday mornings in Parnell Memorial Park and anyone wishing to join the group only for a walk are welcome to do so.
The times are 7.00 p.m. on Wednesdays in Avondale Community College and 11.00 a.m. on Saturdays in Parnell Memorial Park.
The Boys School will hold their Annual Book Fair in the School from 4th February to 8th February from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. daily and all day on Wednesday 6th February until 7.00 p.m. All are welcome.
PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
A meeting of St. Patrick's Day Parade committee will take place in the Tourist Office, Market Square on Monday 4th February at 7.00 p.m. The committee would like to see a good attendance from the community as the Parade is one of the first Gathering events in Rathdrum.
Last year's parade was difficult with some nasty showers but nevertheless the spectators braved the conditions. The parade is a valuable source of revenue to Rathdrum for almost a quarter of a century.
Rathdrum Cancer Support Group are most grateful to the wide variety of groups who have contributed to their funds throughout the year. The Group recently received a substantial subscription from Avoca Re-cycling and Wicklow Co. Council which was the proceeds of Clothes Re-cycling.
They also express their appreciation to Albert Webster, Ballinaclash for his donation from his Sponsored Horse Riding event and to Kathleen Connolly, Ballyteigue for her generous support.
The Support Group would also like to acknowledge the assistance of all who contributed in any way.
47TH BINGO ANNIVERSARY
Last Friday night Rathdrum Bingo celebrated its 47th year. Started in Barry's Hall it has continued without a break. To mark the occasion last week anyone who checked on the number 47 got an additional €47 on that game which was actually won on the night.
This Friday the total prize-money will be €2,000 which will include a Special Raffle and the Lucky Lotto.
The results of the Christmas Raffle held in Rathdrum for The Children's Medical & Research Foundation of Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin were as follows: 1st €200 Teresa Porter, Parnell Park; 2nd Framed Print Marie Dickenson; 3rd €100 Kieran McGrath, Rathdrum; 4th Framed Print Richie Griffin, Wicklow Town; 5th 20 Bales Briquettes Chris, Hillview, Wicklow; 6th Christmas Pudding & Cake Joy Keppel, Avoca; 7th Bed-Side Locker Emma Fogarty, Cunniamstown, Rathdrum; 8th €50 D. Coppola, Broom Hall Glen, Rathnew; 9th Framed Picture Rebecca Murphy, Mountain View, Wicklow; 10th Bedspread S. Whoristey, Wicklow;
11th Picture C. Marah, Woodside, Rathnew; 12th Log Basket John McGrath, Copse Road, Rathdrum; 13th Digital Audio Player Holly & Eoghan Byrne, Annacurra; 14th Bottle of Spirits Aisling Daly, Wicklow; 15th Set of Delph Lucy Toomey, Glenmalure, Rathdrum; 16th 5 Prints Niamh Kinlan, Laragh; 17th Weighing Scales Cecil Hughes, Inch; 18th Gift Set Declan & Elena, Roundwood; 19th Voucher Bernie Butler, Wicklow; 20th Bottle of Spirits Emma Farrell, Wicklow;
21st 2 Bottles of Wine Tracy Doyle, Arklow; 22nd Bottle of Wine & Pudding Ken Hodgkin, Darragh Park, Wicklow; 23rd Gift Set & Ear Rings Shauna Mulhall, Aughrim; 24th Child Cycling Helmet & Money Box Donnelly Girls, Rathdrum; 25th Gift Set & Bottle of Wine Danielle Byrne, Hacketstown; 26th €20 Voucher M. Kendhul, Wicklow; 27th Gift Set Maura O'Brien, Wicklow; 28th Bottle of Wine & Chocolates Peggy Reynolds, Woodside, Rathnew; 29th Bottle of Wine Alex & Elsie Rowley, Rathdrum; 30th 2 Bottles of Wine Ms. O'Neill, Darragh Park, Wicklow. The organising committee would like to thank all who supported this very worthy cause.