Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Enniskerry and Newtownmountkennedy

Pippa Cresswell, Cerys Cresswell, Alanna Synnott and Ryan Synnott having a good time at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Greystones
Pippa Cresswell, Cerys Cresswell, Alanna Synnott and Ryan Synnott having a good time at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Greystones

Santa: Santa will arrive in Enniskerry Village at the Town Clock at 2 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a chance for young children to visit Santa's Grotto and of course the Christmas Tree at the Town Clock will have lights galore on it.

Art and Crafts

There are fantastic local crafts on sale in the Parish Hall for the next four Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6, 00 p.m. A visit is a must to see and buy wonderful work by local Enniskerry people. Admission is free.


Enniskerry Walkers willtake in the Sugarloaf Walk on December 8. Meet at Windsors Spar at 1 p.m. or Kilmac car park at 1.30 p.m.

Children's Crafts

Children's Craft sessions are on in the village - call Silvia at 086 2376862 for more details.


Powerscourt Arms Darts team have hit a purple patch and hoped to continue it last night in Ashford against leaders.


Powerscourt Tomorrow (Thursday): 10 a.m. - Holy Communion in Powerscourt Church.

Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Holy Communion Two; 11.30 a.m. - Sunday School.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 10 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Powerscourt National School: This year's musical is 'The Snow Queen' and we look forward to performing it in December. All the senior pupils have been cast and we are beginning to learn lines and songs. This musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale about Gerda's quest to save her brother from the Snow Queen.

St Mary's Church

St Kevin's Church, Glencree, Enniskerry: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the Healing Of All Generations on this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Parish Assembly Report: A wonderful gathering of parishioners took place, last Tuesday week evening in the Summerhill Hotel, when we came together for our Parish Assembly. Our agenda was to look at new ways forward for us as a parish community. All four church communities, Enniskerry, Kilmacanogue, Curtlestown and Glencree, were well represented. We began with a relaxed chat over tea and biscuits, generously provided by our hosts, the Summerhill Hotel, who made us feel very welcome. The formal session began with a few words from Fr Bernard, who set the spiritual tone for the evening, Then John Welsby (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council) welcomed our facilitator, Donal Harrington (author of 'Tomorrow's Parish: a Vision and a Path'). Ottalie Dwyer, PPC, gave a clear explanation of the beautiful visual display, created by Mairead Murphy, PPC, which pictured the role of the Parish Pastoral Council in symbolic form. This was followed by a meditation read by Sally Phalan, PPC, then Donal began the workshop session with a prayer. The main part of the evening was skilfully facilitated by Donal. He created a space for us to listen to one another and kept us all on task. We engaged in a series of exercises, working in small groups. First we listened, in silence, to a series of questions being read aloud. We had time to write down our thoughts individually, and then we shared them and discussed them in our small groups. This was followed by a whole group session allowing the small groups to feed their main points back to everyone, and lively discussion followed. At the conclusion of the evening, everyone was invited to fill in a Contact Information Form in order to receive feedback from the Parish Assembly, and notice of future parish events. Great thanks to all who were involved in making our Parish Assembly so successful.

Follow on from Assembly - Invitation to all Parishioners: While we were happy with the turnout, we know that many parishioners who would have liked to come were unable to attend for various reasons. We are therefore extending an invitation to all parishioners to participate, even at this stage, by making the questions available and inviting everyone to submit their answers. We really want to hear as many voices as possible as we seek new ways forward as a parish. Parish Assembly Questions forms and Contact Information forms are available in the churches for the coming week, and those who give us their contact details will receive full feedback from the Parish Assembly as well as being kept in touch with various exciting innovations that we hope to offer our parish in the coming months. Your Parish Pastoral Council: Fr Bernard Kennedy (president), John Welsby (Chair), Celia Flynn, Herman Van den Bergh, Tom Coleman, Carmel McElroy, Sally Phalan, Mairead Murphy, Kathleen Manning and Ottalie Dwyer.

St Mochonog's: Calling All Volunteers. We would like to provide tea or coffee and refreshments after Mass in Kilmacanogue on certain Sundays and special occasions. We are looking for volunteers to be part of our hospitality team. If you are interested in helping out please contact the parish office at 01 202 1882. Thank you.

Christmas Concert: We are delighted to hear that world-renowned soprano Niamh Murray and Concert Choir will return for another wonderful concert series in St Mary's on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, The concerts were completely sold out last year, so to secure your tickets early this year you can call Margaret or Joyce in the parish offices Enniskerry 01 276 0030/Kilmacanogue 01 202 1882.

Legion of Mary - Kilmacanogue Presidium: Meet at 11.30 a.m. every Tuesday in the sacristy of St Mochonog's. Group recite the Rosary on the first Saturday of each month at midday at the Grotto in the church grounds. Click on the link to view website.

History Society

The next meeting of the Enniskerry History Society will take place at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel at which Carmel Cullen will present her lecture 'The History of Delia Murphy' - all welcome, admission €5.

Until then events which may of interest to members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are tonight's 6 p.m. meeting of the Old Dublin Society in Dublin City Library and Archive, Dublin two, at which Ken Finlay will present his lecture 'Charles Cameron - Saving the City' The AGM will follow this lecture; tomorrow's (Thursday) 6.30 p.m. lecture by Professor David Dickson on 'The History of Dublin (1818) by James Whitelaw and his collaborators' in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free. Places allocated on a first-come basis. All welcome - admission free; and the 7.30 p.m. lecture by Dr Judith Hill, Architectural Historian, on 'A taste for Gothic' to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland in the Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free.

Members and Supporters of the Enniskerry Society are also reminded that the Old Bray Society has published a special limited issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from the county who took part in this conflict. Over the counter copies available from the Town Hall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray.

Further information on the Enniskerry History Society available from John Callan at 01 2867853.

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours for the library located on Church Road, Enniskerry, are - Tuesday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New members to the library are always very welcome. Please phone 01 2864339 for further information or to renew books.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels operates in Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue and delivers hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to older people in their homes. It's an opportunity to connect with the community and provide a hot meal and social contact call to older people in the area. We are looking for volunteer drivers who can give up two or three hours twice a month to facilitate this much needed service. Interested volunteers should contact Maoiliosa Kelly at 086 8322466 for further information.


Newtown Juniors FC

Our under-10s were to play last weekend against Wicklow Rovers but for the second weekend out of the last four Plan B had to be put into operation and the two teams played indoor (Futsal). For over an hour both teams played some lovely passing football and while we may have won the game Rovers took some reward when winning the penalty shoot out. In saying that David Mackey from the Newtown team took the prize for 'cheekiest peno of the day' when he made the keeper dive to the right before calmly putting the ball to the keeper's left... a different gravy. On the day best for Newtown were Luke Turley, Sebastian Anton, Pat Carey and William Valentine.

Our only teams in action next weekend are the 8's and 9's who both are playing WDSL Futsal in Aughrim (details below).They and our 10's and 11's will be playing Futsal on the dates below before Christmas.

Last Sunday in the Parkview Hotel the WDSL held their annual Awards Presentation Day where players from under-eight to under-16 received their awards for their endeavors during the season. We had a large number of players and coaches in attendance on the day but unfortunately there were a number of players who were unable to attend for a variety of reasons. They will however receive their awards in due course. Well done to all the teams under-eight, under-nine, under-10, under-11, under-12 and under-14s for their efforts during the season and a bit. Some of our girls who are part of the WDSL Girls Academy also received awards on the day which were presented to them by Irish international centurian Áine O'Gorman. Those girls were Kacey Kelly, Rose Kelly Tynan, Keira Farrelly and Hannah Martin. Our own club presentation day will take place in January (date TBC) as will our AGM. (date TBC)

Some of our teams have entered the WDSL Futsal competitions which will take place over the weekends of December 8/9 and December 15/16. There will also be Futsal days in January and February 2019. The following are the details on the Futsal we have at present….Session/Slots will take no more than two hourS. Under-eights/under-nines Players Born 2010/2009: under-eight team - Sun. December 2. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Aughrim and Saturday, December 15. 2-4 in Newtown. under-nine team - Sun. December 2.12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Aughrim and Sat. December 15.12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Newtown. under-10s Players Born 2008 - Black team - Sat. December 8.10 a.m. to midday in Aughrim and Sun. December Aughrim 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. under-10 Red team - Saturday, December 8.12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Newtown and Sun. December 16.2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Aughrim. under-11s Players Born 2007 - Sat. December 8. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Newtown and Sun. December 16.2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Newtown (Dates and KO Times are subject to change)

Our ever-popular Development Squad has started back and will continue every weekend from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. (Indoors) and new players are always welcome. The cost is €3 per head. Due to the lack of space in the surrounds of the Sports Hall it may not be possible for all parents to view training inside the playing area. Also due to the large numbers attending any players failing to attend for a number of weeks without communicating with the coaches may have to wait till spaces in the Squad become available again. At the moment we have a large number of boys and girls attending each week and thankfully at the moment we have the required coaches needed but we wouldn't say no to a few more volunteer coaches. If you think you can give an hour or two each week please contact our secretary at the contact details below.

Three players from the club will celebrate a birthday in the coming week and they are JV Kelly from the under-nines, Rose Kelly Tynan from the under-11s and Luke Breen from the under-14s. Happy birthday to all three from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

Our Last Man Standing competition will go into a eighth week after an eventful week seven as five of our remaining seven players exited the competition. Those five players went after Manchester United, Southampton and Wolves all failed to win. Everton did the business for Marie McGuirk and Peter Heffernan but it wasn't plain sailing for the Toffees but they are both through to week eight nonetheless. Fixtures for week eight will be for the weekend of Fri. November 30-Sun. December 2. Fixtures for week eight will be sent to all remaining players on Monday, November 26. The Prize Pot for the competition is €550. The very best of luck to our remaining seven players. All selections must be in by 9 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the weekend's games. Thank you everyone for your continued support. You can keep updated with the progress of our competition and the rules on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors FC please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to

GAA Club notes

The annual general meeting of Newtown GAA club will be held this year at our club house at Ballinahinch on Wednesday, December 5, at 7.30 p.m. All nomination and motion forms (available in post office or on website) must be returned to the secretary at post office Newtown by Friday, November 30, by midnight. No forms will be accepted after that time and unless signed by a member, proposed by that member and seconded by another member. Please also ensure that a person nominated has been approached before nomination to enquire as to whether he/she is interested in the post for which he/she is being nominated.

The treasurers' and secretarys' report will be available from any committee member or from Robert Nolan. Copies will also be available at the AGM. (together with the nominations and motions submitted prior to Friday, November 30.

The massive Newtown lotto jackpot of €12k was won, congratulations to the lucky winner. The lotto kicks off again this week at €2,000, please buy a ticket and help support the club.

Bray People