Monday 22 April 2019

Around the districts: Enniskerry, Newtownmountkennedy, Roundwood

Enniskerry. Big darts win. Powerscourt Arms darts team had a great victory to reach the semi-finals of the cup - a 5-1 win over Goldsmiths.

Footballers defeated

Enniskerry GAA footballers had their first defeat of the season when they lost to St Patrick's. The next game is a home against Hollywood.


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

Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - The third Sunday in Lent: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Morning Prayer Two and Holy Baptism.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - The third Sunday in Lent: 10 a.m. - Morning Prayer Two and Holy Baptism.

Scripture and Prayer Series for Lent: Wilderness: A Spiritual Journey through Lent: A series of four sessions, with presentations by Rev Cathy Hallissey, the new Rector of Powerscourt, and Fr Bernard Kennedy, takes place on Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Powerscourt Village Hall, which began last Wednesday continues tonight (Wednesday) - 'The Wilderness Within' - parish priest Fr Bernard Kennedy; next week: Week three - 'Temptation' and week four - 'Transformation'.

St Mary's Church

Home Visitation: Fr Bernard or a Minister of the Eucharist visit the sick and housebound on the First Friday of the month. If you, or a relative or friend would like a visit on the First Friday of each month, please contact the parish office.

Parish Finance Committee: Archbishops House require each parish to have a finance committee. Its purpose is 'to advise and support the parish priest in financial accounts and Planning.' The 2019 committee are obliged to meet five times yearly; Accounts are audited by Archbishops House end of each year by their accountants; and has oversight of accounts of parish of Enniskerry - Kilmacanogue ((including Glencree and Curtlestown). Fr Bernard Kennedy (president), Gerry Callinan, chairman - Kilmacanogue; Breda Tuite - Enniskerry;John O'Leary - Enniskerry; David Flynn - Curtlestown; Gary King - Kilmacanogue; and Carolyn Roe - Enniskerry.

History Society

Last Thursday night Frank Tracy was the guest speaker for the March meeting of the Enniskerry History Society at 8.30 p.m. in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, at which he presented his lecture 'Killarney - the Royal Visit of 1861 that put Killarney on the Tourist Map'. in which he revealed how a royal visit dramatically improved the fortune of this famous Co. Kerry town which has never looked back since.

This was the last meeting of the Enniskerry History Society Spring programme and meetings will resume in October when the autumn programme will commence. John Callan wishes to thank all those who presented lectures to the society during the Spring programme, especially the management and staff of the Powerscourt Arms and Country House for their assistance with hosting meetings, and the members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society for their regular support.

In the meantime other events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 8 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody on 'The Houses of Dún Laoghaire' in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire - all welcome, admission €3; tomorrow's (Thursday) 8 p.m. 'Genealogy Workshop' by the Bray Cualann Historical Society in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow, at which Mark Murphy and Dave Murphy will speak on 'Worldwide Search Using DNA'; John Brazil on 'Searching Brazil's'; and Brian White on 'Tips for Local Research'. All welcome - admission €5; Saturdays Dublin City Library and Archive 2019 Local History Society Day in 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin two, which has the following programme - 9.45 a.m. - Registration; 10 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction; 10.05 a.m. - 'Theft and Pawnbroking of Clothing in 19th Century Ireland', Ellie Cullen (Liberties Cultural Association); 10.35 a.m. - 'The Donnybrook Millrace', Michael Pegum (Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society); 11.05 a.m. - 'Sarah Cecilia Harrison', Thomas Burke (Local History Alumni Group); 11.35 a.m. - 'The Loss of 'The Edmond' off the Clare Coast in 1850', Tommy McGrath (Kilkee Historical Society); 12.05 p.m. - Tea or coffee; 12.30 p.m. - 'The Dublin Butcher in the 20th Century', Sylvester Byrne (Kilmacud/Stillorgan History Society); 1 p.m. - 'Dublin's Fruit and Vegetable Market', John Conroy (Local History Alumni Group); 1.30 p.m. - 'Josephine Heffernan, a World War One Nurse', Brian White (Bray Cualann Historical Society); 2 p.m. - 'Captain Flora Sandes: An Irishwoman in the Serbian Army in World War One', Bryan MacMahon (Old Dublin Society); 2.30 p.m. - 'If Unsure - Ask: a Brief History of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) 1876 - 1958', James Scannell (Old Bray Society); 3 p.m. - Finish. All welcome - admission free; and next Wednesday night's 6 p.m. lecture by Rosemary Raughter on 'Home Rule is Casting many a Shadow Now: Southern Women and the Ulster Declaration of 1912' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin two - all welcome, admission free. Members and supporters are asked to note that the March issue of An Cosantoir magazine is a special one devoted to the War of Independence and copies can be ordered through newsagents. Further information on the Enniskerry History Society available from John Callan at 01 2867853.

First Responders open evening

Tonight (Wednesday) Kilmac CFR would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about life saving skills from paediatric to adult and the importance of knowing your Eircode (help available) to an open evening at 8 p.m. in the Glenview Hotel. Do you know your eircode: Feel Free to bring a friend and book your place (s) by texting OPEN EVENING to 0878-206038.


St Patrick's Day

Many thanks to all who took part in our parade this year. Thanks for coming out to support your local village. A great display of colour and floats. Thanks again.

School news

Aldi SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS - We are registered for this competition so would be grateful for Stickers etc currently available in Aldi Stores. We have one chart full and have started to complete a second one.

SPRINGTIME DRAW - Congratulations to the winners in Draws 1, 2, 3 and four. Over 260 tickets in the draw with sincere thanks to the local community for support.

WALK ON WEDNESDAY - Children will walk to school on Wednesdays. Caution needed re Traffic etc on roads leading to school.

CLOTHES COLLECTION - Another Clothing Collection coming up with bags4school. Bags available in school office. Collection will take place on Wednesday, April 3.

ICA news

Newtownmountkennedy Guild of the ICA hold their meetings on the first Monday of each month in the community centre, Newtown at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome.

District forum

Newtownmountkennedy District Forum meet the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre. Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 26. Everyone is welcome. For more information or meeting minutes follow us on Facebook.

GAA club notes

Congratulations to Newtown gent Jim O'Riordan, who received the Pat Trainer Lifetime Achievement and commitment to the promotion of Gaelic games in our primary schools at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol National Awards Night in Sligo on Friday, March 8. Well done Jim on a well deserved award. Congratulations also to Kilcoole Primary School, who picked up two awards on the night.

Newtown senior men had a disappointing result against Avondale on Friday night last in a match marked by Newtown errors. Newtown have a young team who have been training well at each training session and we hope to reap the rewards of our training on the pitch in future games.,

Under-11 boys training continues on the pitch on Wednesday night at 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Old and new players always welcome, players must be born in either 2008 or 2009. Any inquiries re under-11s please contact Peter at 087 7633089 or Ruari 087 9517531.

Newtown's very successful nursery will be starting back every Saturday morning from April. This will be an hour long fun packed programme for children from aged three that helps them learn the fundamental movements and basic GAA skills.

The Seán McShane memorial golf classic is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, proceeds will be split between Newtown GAA and Newtown centre for autism. Year on year this is a hugely popular and great day out so get your name in early, €400 for team of four or tee sponsorship at €100. Contact Dominic Leech, Ally Taylor or John McShane.

Weekly lotto takes place every Monday evening, tickets can be purchased from any committee member or from local shops at cost of €2 each, all proceeds go to support the club. There was no winner last week which means this week's jackpot is an even €5k, numbers drawn were 10, 15, 23 and 24. One lucky winner took home €200 after matching three numbers.

Newtown juniors FC

No games last weekend due to the Bank Holiday weekend but the club did take part in the St Patrick's Day parade where we were joined by Jim, Wickla, Charlie Snr, Charlie Jnr and Tommy for their first ever parade in Newtown. Well done to everybody who marched with the club especially the girls and boys who play for the club and who provided loads of colour and made lots of noise.

The following are the fixtures for the weekending Saturday/Sunday, March 23/24: under-eights at home to Avonmore ko Sunday at 11 a.m.; under-nines at home to St Anthony's Green ko Saturday at 10 a.m.; under-10s away to St Anthony's Yellow ko to be confirmed; under-11s at home to Ashford Rovers ko Saturday at 12.30 p.m.; under-12s at home to Avonmore ko Saturday at 11.15 a.m.; under-13s at home to Aughrim Rangers ko Saturday at 12.30 p.m. (Fixtures and KO Times are subject to change)

All our teams are back in action and we are still looking for new players for a couple of our teams so if you are interested please contact our club secretary. Our Development Squad practise every Saturday morning in the community centre Sports Hall from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. For all matters relating to training times etc for all our teams please contact our secretary Hughie at the contact details below.

Membership fees have to be collected as well and our fees for the 2019 season are as follows, one Player - €70, two Players (family) - €120 and three Players (family) - €150. A deposit of €25 per player will be required by Sunday, March 31, with the balance paid by Sunday, April 28. Membership forms have been distributed to all players and must be returned by the deadline along with deposit. Anyone, who didn't get a membership form please make contact with any committee member and they will get one to you. The next stage of the FAInet process is to get all the parents and players to sign the relevant forms and this part of the process is almost complete.

Our Last Man Standing competition is having a bit of a break at the moment. Due to the FA Cup and International fixtures our remaining 76 players can have an extra week or two to study the form guide. Week four fixtures will be for the weekend of Sat. March 30-Mon. April 1. Fixtures for week four will be sent to all remaining players on Monday, March 24. All selections for week four must be in on or before 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. All money we take in go towards the youth of the area. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

We have four players from the club celebrating their birthdays in the coming week and they are Erik Lis and Alex Mackey from the under-nines, Oisin Duffy from the under-10s and Ignacy Szpilka from the under-13s. Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

On a sadder note we extend our condolences to the family and friiends of Ian Sullivan (Killadreenan) who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors FC please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.



St Laurence O'Toole National School in Roundwood is open for enrolments for pupils starting school in September, 2019. Please contact the office at 01 2818399 for an enrolment form.

Vintage tractor car run

Annamoe centre will hold their vintage tractor car run will be on April 14 at 12 o'clock looking forward to a great day.

Spring clean

The Roundwood and District Community Council are organising a parish wide clean-up this year on April 6. If you would like to get involved this year please email, leave a message on the Facebook page or telephone 087 2551579. There are a limited number of litter pickers but plenty of refuse sacks/recycling bags available. If you are new to the area or would like to tackle a litter black spot do get in contact ~ it's a great way to meet the neighbours too.

Community games

Wicklow Community Games Cross Country will be heldin Avondale on Sunday, March 31, assembling at 10.30 a.m. Races over the following distances Under 6: 200m, under-eight: 300m, under-10: 400m, under-12: 600m, under-13: 1200m, under-14: 800m, under-16: 1600m and Marathon 2km. Contact Séamus Doyle at 086 8557962 before March 23 if you wish to compete. Charge of €3/per entry collected before races.

Diamond Bridge Club

Birthday Boy Paddy O'Brien secured first place for North/South with partner Rowena Brady, second Monica Brady and Bridie Nolan, third Brid Clancy and Margaret Byrne and fourth Catherine McGillycuddy and Gertie Fee. First place for East/West was won by Maria Magee and Judy Skates, second Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy, and joint third/fourth John Losher and Marie Kavanagh and Séamus Kennedy and Triona Woodroofe.

Mural art project

Roundwood and District Community Council with the support of Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board are running an eight-week mural art project for adults in Roundwood starting in late March. If you are interested or would like further information please call 0404 64050 or 086 0499149. If necessary leave a message referring to the mural art project in Roundwood.

Lotto results

There was no jackpot winner in last week's draw. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 9 and 17. There were 10 match-three winners, J Waters, N Lyons, C Dunleavy, D Carstairs, K Hannon, S McCormack, P Devine, C & T, R Cullen and J Lowe. Next week's jackpot will be €10,900.

Men's shed

The Shed continues every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and midday in our Shed within a Shed at Pat Carr's place in Knockraheen. The topics are wide and varied and we continue to participate in a growing list of activities.

Set dancing

Our weekly set dancing sessions continue in Kavanagh's Lounge with the O'Kane family returning for the month of March. All are always welcome - whether you have ever or never danced before. Session starts at 8.30 till 10.30 and cost is still only €5 for a good night of exercise.

Cancer support

The Roundwood Cancer Support centre is now up and running and is open in the Parish Centre on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Please feel free to pop in for a chat we will be happy to help. If anyone needs to make any enquiries outside these hours please telephone our confidential phone number 087 6062072.

Whist results

The results of the whist is as follows: Top Score: Tiny Shortt; Top Gent: Monica Brady; Second Gent: Margaret Kennedy and Jimmy Molloy (shared); Top Lady: Catherine Doyle; Second Lady: Maura McHugh; First Half: Mary Murphy; Second Half: Molly Byrne; Longest Sitting: Kitty Kennedy and Lowest Score: Mary Pierce. Raffle prizes were won by Monica Brady, Richie Cullen, Maura McHugh, Tiney Shortt and Mick Whelan. Next whist is on this Wednesday, March 27, in the Parish Centre.

Roundwood dance

The monthly dance will take place in Roundwood Parish Centre on Friday, March 22, with music by the Wicklow Man.

Bray People