Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Greystones

Christmas market: The Greystones Tidy Towns Greystones Art and Photography exhibition (GRAPE) Christmas Market is coming to the Boatyard beside the Beach House at the harbour. The market will commence on the weekend of December 1 and 2 and run for each weekend until Christmas.

The market is a major fundraiser for Greystones Tidy Towns, and all the proceeds are funnelled back into the town on projects, equipment and ongoing programmes to enhance and make the town a better environment.

'The success we achieved in this years Tidy Towns competition is has spurned us on to a different level and there are many exciting projects we hope to roll out in the New Year,' said a spokesman. 'The market has also been a significant fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul, last year we raised €1,700 and we hope to increase on this significantly this year.'

Men's shed

Greystones Men's Shed is seeking new members. They open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have new programmes starting in 2019.

Their project for December is 'Get Ireland Walking'. They aim to gather at the men's shed in Greystones and walk for about 30 minutes around the harbour. All new members will receive a hat and hi-vis jacket.

Active Retirement

Greystones Active Retirement Association has a number of events planned for the coming weeks.

On Friday, November 30 at 10.30 a.m. it's the monthly coffee morning at Kilian House family Centre, including a Christmas flower arranging demonstration and a raffle. This is the final coffee morning of 2018.

On Wednesday, December 5, there will be a Christmas shopping trip to the Arboretum, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow. The bus will leave the Holy Rosary Church car park at 9.30 a.m. and the cost is €15. To book, contact Elsie at 087 7468426.

GARA's Christmas lunch will take place at the Parkview Hotel in Newtown on Thursday, December 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are €25. The event will include a four-course lunch, music and dancing with Liam Garret and raffle with great prizes.

The booking office is open each Tuesday morning at Kilian House Family Centre, from 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, for membership renewal, information, and payments for outings.

Coffee morning

Stephen Donnelly will host a coffee morning in aid of Greystones Cancer Support on Friday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year the Fianna Fáil Deputy runs a charity coffee morning, in his constituency office on the Mill Road in Greystones, beside the Railway Station.

This year's coffee morning will be in aid of Greystones Cancer Support. The event will include tea and coffee, home-baking and plenty of chat with all donations very welcome.

Film club

Greystones Film Club continues on Sunday, December 2, with an afternoon Raymond Briggs double-bill of The Snowman and Father Christmas,

To book tickets go to

Dementia Friends

Greystones Dementia Friends is a local group for those caring for someone with dementia.

The group meets every Friday morning in the St Patrick's Parish Hall at 11 a.m.

The group would love to welcome anyone caring for those with dementia.

For more information contact Elaine on 086 8270105 or Fiona on 086 8455256.


Bray Greystones badminton club welcomes new players every Thursday night at eight o'clock in BIFE Novara Road Bray.

Beginners and back to badminton players welcome.

Family badminton takes place every Sunday from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. Adults and children welcome.

If interested please contact Mary on 0894132070

Storytime at the library

The popular children's storytime has moved to the slightly later time of 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings at Greystones Library.

The session is suitable for babies up to children aged six years.

All are welcome to come along for some super stories as well as the chance to meet other parents and carers. No booking is required for the event.

Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Choir needs new members.

The choir sings at 6 p.m. Mass in the Holy Rosary Church on the first and third Saturday of the month.

For more information call 085 8801466.

Parish social

Holy Rosary parish social, hobby and craft afternoon will and take place on the first Sunday of each month.

The event will take place at Kilian House Family Centre from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. each month.

Refreshments are available at €1.50.

The event is for people aged 18 and older. For more information go to

Language groups

A German conversation group meets each week in Greystones.

The group meets at the library on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m.

A French conversational group meets on Thursday mornings, also at the library, at 11 a.m.

Policing clinic

Kilcoole policing clinic takes place each Wednesday evening at Kilcoole Community Centre, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Garda Corbet and/or Garda Thompson will be in attendance.

Drop in for crime prevention advice, get a form stamped, and most other garda station services.

Bereaved support group

Greystones Cancer Support will hold its bereaved group meeting on November 28, at 3.15 p.m.

This group is for those bereaved in the past few years.

Grieving is an ongoing process. Sharing with others has proven to help.

The meetings are professionally facilitated by Liz Gleeson.

Craft fair

St David's school is inviting stall holders to take part in this year's craft fair.

The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost for one day is €45 for a single table or €70 for a double.

For two days it's €80 for a single table or €120 for a double.

To participate in the fair, email

Christmas lunch outing

Greystones Cancer Support's Christmas Lunch will take place at the Parkview Hotel in Newtown on Sunday, December 2, at 12 midday.

There will be Christmas singing led by Canadh Le Chéile, and a special free raffle for all who attend.

The GCS Christmas cards and Wicklow Calendars 2019 will be on sale.

They are asking for a donation of €10 towards the lunch. Bookings can be made before November 28 by calling 01 2871601, or email

Course for development

A free course entitled 'A Creative Approach to Personal and Social Development', continues on Wednesdays at the Charlesland Community Centre.

The course is run by Greystones Family Resource Centre and Bray Area Partnership.

Sessions during the course will begin with a guided relaxation/meditation.

They will include creative activities such as the making of vision boards and life books.

For details, call Greystones Family Resource Centre on 01 2557528.

Soup and sandwiches

Holy Rosary soup and sandwiches will take place at Kilian House Family Centre on Wednesday, November 28.

The lunch will be served from 12.15 p.m. to 2 p.m. and will include tea or coffee and cake.

A suggested donation of €5 will go to local charities.

Gospel choir performance

Unity Gospel Choir will perform for Tiglin on Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m. at Hillside Evangelical Church.

Tiglin provides treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

Admission to the concert is €15 for adults or €5 for children.

Exercise for over 50s

Exercise programmes for the over 50s take place each Wednesday at Shoreline Leisure at 12.30 p.m.

The sessions help with flexibility, strength, confidence, balance, coordination and mobility. Admission is €5 per session and all are welcome.

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