Monday 23 September 2019

Around the districts: Annacurra, Avoca, Coolgreany-Johnstown, Glenealy, Rathdrum

John Maher, Joanne Maher and Sahoko Blake keeping warm at the Wicklow Swimming Club races
John Maher, Joanne Maher and Sahoko Blake keeping warm at the Wicklow Swimming Club races

Annacurra: Collection. The annual Irish Pilgrimage Trust, church gate collection will take at the three Masses in Annacurra next Weekend. Your support will be greatly appreciated as this organisation brings children with special needs to lourdes every year.

Whist drive

whist drive on in Annacurra Community Hall on next Saturday night, September 7, starting at 9 p.m.

Lotto Results

Results for August 26 - No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 5, 8, 15 and 23. Match-three winners Alan Nolan, Kilballyowen ; Killian Rheinisch, Tinahely and Billy Moules, Aughrim, jackpot next €3.600. Draw held in Saltee on Monday night.

Lego Club

Afterschool Lego club is back this term on Mondays in Annacurra Community hall, with a five-week term commencing on Monday, September 9. Cost €30. Times: Junior and senior infants from 1.40 p.m. to 2.40 p.m. First to Sixth class time from 2.40 p.m. to 3.40 p.m. For more information, or to book a place, please text or phone 086 0647911.

Halloween camp

The Brickx Club and Krafty Kidz Art Club are now taking bookings for a Halloween camp in Annacurra Community Hall. Book now to secure a place over midterm. Dates: Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Cost €50. Ages three to 12 years. A fun filled week of Lego building fun, games, disco fancy dress, arts and crafts, spooky treasure hunts and much more. For more information, or to book a place, please text or phone 086 0647911.


Class starts back on Wednesday, September 11, in Annacurra Community Hall from 4.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. Cost: €25 per month (monthly fees only). Age group: five to 12 years. Taekwon Do is renowned for developing focus, coordination, physical strength, self confidence, agility, balance, discipline and respect. For further information or to book a place in class, please contact Doreen at 086 1631271.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Beginners' class is starting on Wednesday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to midday in Annacurra Community Hall. Cost €80 for eight-week block. Class suitable for adults of all ages.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong helps to relieve stress, increase stamina, improve balance and prevent falls. It also helps to increase flexibility and mobility and has many other health benefits. For further information or book a place please contact Ann at 087 6081219. Email Ann Martin is a Registered Instructor with the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi and Qi Gong


Items to be included in Annacurra notes can be emailed to by 9 p.m. on Sunday evening or phone 083 3136925.



Bingo is played every Wednesday night in Avoca Community Hall at 8.30 p.m.

Avoca GAA lotto

On August 28 the winning numbers were 3, 6, 9 and 13; no jackpot winner; eight match-three winners - Joanne Kavanagh, Mary Reid, Lily Bolger, The Fluskey Boys, Pauline Kennedy, Moira Mann, Lorraine Hayes c/o Mary Bolger and Catherine Kennedy and Shauna Dickenson, who received €15. Seller's prize: Phillip O'Neill. The next draw takes place on September 4 when the jackpot will be €2,300.

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners for August 26. First €80: Liam Lott, Avoca. Second €50: John Kinsella, Avoca. Third €30: Ava Doyle, Avoca wood. Seller's prize: Gerry Harper. Next Draw in Fitzgerald's.

Avoca annual Trip 2020.

Next year's trip is to Killarney from July 5 to July 9. Deposits must be paid by Friday, September 6, to secure your place. Please get in touch with Mary at Avoca PO or call 0402 35211 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Sister Ann's Mission to Haiti

Another successful year of fundraising has been completed. Thanks to Louise, The Chair Yoga Group, Cora Jones from O'Domhaill Rua, Redcross, An Garda Síochána and a private donator. One couple also sponsored a child for one year in school. This year two houses will be built. Remaining funds will be used for schooling and other necessary needs.

Active Retirement

Members - great exercise, join the Saturday morning strollers, lovely walks and great social gathering. Meet in the car park, Avoca at 11 a.m. We hope to see more members joining us.

Yoga resumes after the summer break on Thursday, September 19, at 10 a.m., a few place still available for more details call 087 1334590.

Conary Parish Church

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be in St Bartholomew's Church, Conary on September 15 at 7.30 p.m. Music is by the Four Hims. All are very welcome.

Blessing of the graves

The Avoca Mass and Blessing of the Graves will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m in the Kilmagig graveyard. All are wellcome to attend.


Vintage day

Preparations are progressing nicely for our 2nd Vintage day which will be held on Sunday 8th September in Coolgreany, with the event starting at 6.30 pm on Saturday evening with a Parade of Vintage Steam Engines and Tractors etc which will be led off by local piper Ray Finn, and then to the Coolgreany Inn with a great night of entertainment and music by John Rushe It was decided at a recent meeting, that the Club would support St Aidan's Day Care Centre Gorey, and some of our local Community Groups. An extra number of new events will be included this year, including Basket Making Exhibition, also Butter Making. The Vintage area will include Steam Engines, Vintage Tractors & Cars, Classical Cars, Threshing, Forging, Pet Farm, Dog Show, Bouncy Castle etc among a number of other events. A Great Family Day is promised, with music by Stacey Breen & also Hardy Bucks through the afternoon. Also included is a Monster Raffle with some very valuable prizes with tickets on sale at present. Come along for a great day of entertainment guaranteed.


The local Community extend their deepest sympathy to Rita Canavan on the death of her brother Andy whose burial took place in Tara Hill on Thursday 29th September.

Positive Ageing Tours

The groups four-day holiday to Westport leaves on Sunday 15th. September please contact Maria on 086 0817534 for more details. All trips are fully insured and please contact number: 086 0817534 or 089 4443588.

Birthday Greetings

Congratulations to Darby Guilfoyle, Askinch who celebrates his 10th birthday on Wednesday 4th September.

Coolgreany Tidy Towns

The Keep Wexford Beautiful Competition is on at present and also the Housing Estates Competition. Our Committee are looking for all the help they can get together, and if any residents have a bit of spare time. Our chief gardener is out sick at present and we would all like to wish her a speedy recovery to full health immediately as she is sorely missed.

Adjudication of the Tidy Towns Competition is ongoing and the local Committee are appealing for the support of as many as possible to help with the cleaning up of all the roads around the village and in the village itself to help improve the area.

Arklow Golden Circle

At the request of some members of the group a trip to the National Ploughing Championship has been arranged for Wednesday 18th of September at a cost of €20. Bus only, admission for the event payable on the gate on the day. Contact Gertie on 083 4042746.

Local Notes.

All contributors to the local notes, please be aware that all notes must be in by 8 pm on Thursday evening at the very latest for publication in the newspapers the following week. Phone 087-4605166.



45 Card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, September 5. Whist partner card drive will be the following Thursday night September 12 - both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome.


Gymboree Play and music classes starting back on September 17 every Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in Glenealy village hall. Suitable for babies, toddlers and Pre-Schoolers from six months - four years. Teach your child a love of music through songs, dance, movement fun and musical instrumnets, exploring various different music styles. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Rachel at 086 830212 for more information and to book your place.


Pilates classes now running in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. seven weeks for €70 or drop-in-rate €12. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. To book your place contact Zara Elkinson at 087 9367474. For more info and to keep up to date like on Facebook at pilates with Zara.


Just to bring to your attention registration is on going for 2019,2020. New ECCE start date is two years and eight months, morning and afternoon sessions available, contact Sheena at 086 4066308 for more information.


Our state-of-the-art astroturf pitch is available. We are taking bookings for morning, afternoon or evening times at very competitive rates. Please contact us at 0404 44040 for more information.


Glenealy village hall is now available for corporate and social events, meetings, parties, workshops etc. with great facilities and keen rates. Mornings, afternoons and evening times are now available. For more information contact us at 0404 44040 or e. mail us


NETA update

work is progressing well in preparation of judging day on September 30. We are putting together a video to show the judges, so footage and interviews with local businesses are being gather along with aspects of our community groups. Thank you to all the sports clubs who gathered in the memorial park last Saturday.

Our next networking event is Tuesday, September 10, in Jacobs Well Hotel at 7 p.m. The event titled 'Regeneration of Rathdrum' will include guest speakers; Simon Wall, architect with Mayo County Council, Deborah Meghen, Coillte and John Webb O'Rourke, Zest Heath care. It promises to be a very interesting evening. If you are interested in attending please email

Parnell Athletics Club

Well done to rising star in the club, Will Phelan on taking fifth place in the under-8 80m final in the all-Ireland Community Games final. Congratulations also to Lacy Shannon.

Next up is the Cross Country Season - training every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the rugby pitch - new members welcome.

Thursday Walks

And so we have come to the end of another successful walking season. Thirty participants attended our final walk for 2019 on the traditional Whaley Abbey circuit. Yet another fine evening greeted the walkers and all were treated to a final night cuppa at walks end before we went our seperate ways for the winter. A big thank you Ann Savage for hosting the walkers and to all who brought goodies to go with the cuppa.

The collection on the last night for a local charity has so far raised €330.A big thank to all who hosted a cuppa, did guest leader but most of all to everyone who turned out to walk.

We look forward to seeing you all again in April 2020 when we commence our 18th walking season.

Bray People