Monday 23 September 2019

Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Newtown-Mountkennedy

Laragh-Glendalough: Community Education Programme. The Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) will be running a community education programme in the Brockagh Resource Centre over a four-week period starting on Tuesday, September 10. Sessions will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. The programme is open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning how to run effective meetings. Places are limited. To book, or to obtain more information, please contact Finian at 086 2476822.

Tidy Towns news

Area Clean-up - Our next clean-up evening will be on Tuesday, September 3. We meet outside Lynhams at 7 p.m. We would like to thank all those who gave up their time this summer to keep our village clean and maintained. Hopefully our score in the Tidy Towns competition will reflect our efforts.

NeighbourWood - The association is developing a Mindfulness Walk in Ballard wood under the NeighbourWood scheme. The location is excellent; it is close to Laragh village and will have wheelchair access. Our community and its many visitors will be able to avail of this new facility once it is complete.

Garden Competition - The judging in the garden competition is ongoing. Country Life, Ashford is kindly sponsoring the prizes this year. Winners will be announced in the near future.

Happy Days

Tuesdays mornings 10.30 - midday at the Brockagh Centre, parents, babies and toddlers get together, have lots of fun weeks with art and crafts and make new friends. It is also a great way to meet and socialize with parents, especially if you are new to the area. Contact us at 0404 45600 at the centre for more information. The group is back on September 17 with new parents and toddlers always welcome.

Tae kwon-Do

Call Master Kenneth Wheatley at 087 2547347 for further information. Classes are on Tuesdays at 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. (seniors and teens) in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Children's classes are on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. (4-7 years), 6.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. (8-12 years)

Mobile Library

The mobile library visits Lynhams car park every second Thursday from 12.15 noon to 12.50 p.m. The next visit will take place on September 12 and 26.

Active Retirement Group

The group meet most Tuesdays, so if you fancy a chat, a cuppa and some light exercise, bowls, music come along on at 11 a.m., they welcome any newcomer. The group meet for lunch once a month at various venues. For further information, call Denise at the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600 or drop in. The group is back after the summer break on September 17.

The Hardy annuals Walk

Sponsored challenge walk for the over seventies in Glendalough on Thursday, September 26. Choice of distances are available. All proceeds go to Partnership America Latina. Visit for more details. To register email Tom Milligan at

Annick Garnier Exhibition

We are delighted to be hosting French artist Annick Garnier at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Sunday, September 8, in the Willow Room. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annick trained in Ecles de Beaux Arts Caen and has been exhibiting in France since 1997 receiving various prestigious awards in Caen and Normandy.

Community Employment

St Kevin's Parish is seeking someone to work on a Community Employment scheme (applicants must be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment). Duties will include grass cutting and general maintenance of the church and parochial house grounds. For further information, please phone Marie in the parish office at 0404 45777.

Footfalls Walking Festival

Footfalls Walking Festival will be based in the Brockagh Resource Centre from Friday, September 25, to Monday, September 28, with many of the walks taking us through Wicklow Mountains National Park. All walks are led by experienced walking leaders who will enhance your day with information on local history flora and fauna. The weekend offers a selection of walking choices such as Lugnaquilla (925 m), a night walk, moderate to easy walks throughout the weekend. Please note: Walks may be changed on the day depending on weather conditions or the fitness level of the group at the leader's discretion. Contact info at 0404 45152,,

Country Market/Car boot sales

Recycle and Re-use locally. Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc. Our next event will be on Sunday, September 8 (2nd Sun of the month), open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains on practically anything from household items to garden additions, and even vintage or antique treasures. We are also delighted to be hosting talented French artist Annick Garnier in the Willow Room.

Vans must be booked in. Please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, email brockaghcarboot@gmail if you wish to book an indoor space or if you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.

Make videos using your Smartphone.

The classes will run over three weekday nights from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. starting on September 18. To book or to get further information see or contact Robert at 087 7683472. Booking is essential.

PPN Training Fair 2019.

The Training Fair is held on Saturday, September 21, in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh. Morning workshops include Funding your group, Getting the most out of social media, Charitable Status and the Governance Code, Running Effective Meetings, Mental Health and Wellbeing in the community. Afternoon Workshops include GDPr, Good Governance (where to start), spotlight on PPN member group, health and safety for your group, Attracting Volunteers. Booking is essential by phone 087 1895145 or 086 0487434 alternatively email

Morning Yoga

Louise's yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 to 11.15 a.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).

Chair Yoga

Our very popular Chair Yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre. Call Louise at 087 6032202. (booking is essential).



Newtown Guild of the ICA will hold their annual cake sale outside the hardware on Sunday, September 8, from 10.30 a.m. We look forward to your support. Newtown ICA meet on the first Monday of each month in room six of the community centre, Newtown. New members are always welcome.


Congratulations to the members of Swift Kick Martial Arts Academy that returned from the WAKO European Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Their journey began at the beginning of the year with getting ready for the National Championships which is the qualifiers to represent Ireland at the European Championships. They set out with a target in mind and smashed it.

Over the two days at nationals they competed in 20 Divisions and came away with 15 Junior National Titles, 6 silver medals and 2 bronze Medals. With 8 of the 9 members qualifying for the Junior Irish National Team to represent Ireland in Hungary at the WAKO European Championships.

Of the 8 qualifying members 6 would travel to represent Ireland those six were Heidi Mc Loughlin, Jake Carroll, Amy Ledwidge, Leah Kiernan, Sarah Cassidy and Max Miller. They put in tremendous hard work to get ready for the Europeans and undergone numerous national training sessions with the National Forms & Weapons Coach Jessica Grant who is also an instructor at Swift Kick with her brother Ferdia Grant. As National Coach Jessica was away in Hungary with the National team keeping them focused and prepared for when it was their time to shine.

They were competing in four different divisions such as Creative Forms (CF), Musical Forms (MF), Creative Weapons (CW) & Musical Weapons (MW). As with Nationals they once again smashed it at the Europeans coming away with a total of 6 European Champion Titles, 7 Silver Medals & 5 Bronze Medals. Doing themselves, their country, their club and families proud. The individual results were; Heidi; 1st CF, 1st CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF. Jake; 2nd CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF, 3rd CF. Amy; 1st CF, 1st MF. Leah; 1st CF, 2nd MW, 2nd CW. Sarah; 2nd MF. Max; 1st CW, 2nd MW, 3rd MF, 3rd CF.


This four Week Course will start on Monday, September 9, 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. in the Space in Newtownmountkennedy. Cost: €40 for four Weeks or €15 drop in. These classes are suitable for anyone completely new to the practice as well as for anyone with some previous experience and would like to continue. Mindfulness is particularly helpful for Stress management, Anxiety, Insomnia, reducing Pain and when recovering from ill health. Everyone is welcome. Booking is essential. Please contact Angelika at 087 2176068 for more details.


Yoga classes commence on Wednesday, September 11, 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in the Space - Newtownmountkennedy. All classes are suitable for beginners and anyone with previous experience. Cost €75 for six weeks or €15 drop in. Booking essential Contact Angelika at 087 2176068.


All of our teams were in action last weekend and though they all may not have won, their performances which are the most important thing were in the main not bad.

Our under-eights made the short trip to Kilcoole to take on St Anthony's and after a very good series of games the home side just edged out our team. On the day best for Newtown were Cian Foley and Tommie Ryan.

Our under-nines travelled to Avoca to take on St Patrick's and they played very well to edge out the home side. On the day Nathan Donohoe, Elliott Garrett,

The under-10s lost narrowly in a high scoring game away to Arklow Town White. Leon O'Connor scored a fine hat trick and Lucas Dowdall added the other. On the day our guys played their part in a very good game.

Our under-11s made the long trek to Ballard Park to take on Shillelagh Navy and despite a much improved display they went down on a 3-1 scoreline. Mikey Synnott scored the Newtown goal while on the day William Valentine, Daniel Eager, Pat Carey and Sebastian Anton were among the star players. Mikey went on to captain the WDSL Academy team in a football blitz in Drogheda on Sunday where they reached the final but unfortunately they finished runners-up to Wexford. Well done, Mikey.

Our under-12s played well but suffered a 3-1 defeat in the league away to Avonmore. On the day the team played reasonably well and Cathal O'Toole scored the Newtown goal. Our 13's exited the cup after a second leg defeat away to Carnew. They started brightly and took the lead through Max Synnott but a couple of quick goals from the home side seemed to knock the wind from the sails of our team and Carnew ran out winners. Good luck to Carnew in the rest of the competition. On a negative the official referee failed to show up to do the game and after an agreement from both sides a Carnew official did the necessary. This is the third time this has happened this season and it's just not good enough.

Just a little note to all parents of kids in the club. We have always took players of all ability levels and among the few things we ask of everybody is that once you sign for a team, please turn up for your training and matches. Though we could do with a couple of extra players at the older age groups, we are well stocked with players at all the younger age groups. When you sign your child to play on any team you must (1) practise and (2) turn up for your team's matches and not just home games. It is not on to go AWOL for weeks and then turn up at a game and have a moan when your child doesn't start the game. For example, if you join a swimming club and don't turn up to practise you would not be entered to take part in competitive competition. At a couple of age groups we are not far off having to enter another team as the numbers are there to enter a second team but come match day those numbers don't materialise. Happy to say this practise is in the minority and most of the players on all teams are regulars at training and matches and the odd time they are missing they do let our coaches know in plenty of time.

The following are the fixtures for the weekend Sat/Sunday, September 7/8. under-eights home to Avonmore ko Saturday at 11 a.m.; under-nines home to Avonmore Black ko Saturday at 10 a.m.; under-10s home to Roundwood ko Sunday at 11 a.m.; under-11s at home to Greystones Green ko Saturday at 12.15 p.m.; under-12s away to Avonmore FC ko (Midweek) to be confirmed; under-12s away to Wicklow Rovers B ko Sunday at 10 a.m.; under-13s home to Arklow United A ko Saturday at 10.30 a.m. (Fixtures and KO Times are subject to change)

Our ever popular fundraiser 'Last Man Standing' will get its first outing this season. The start date is the weekend of Saturday the 28th-Monday, September 30. The cost is €10 per head and all money raised go towards the youth of the area. If interested in participating please let any of our coaches and committee members know and they will put you in.

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.


WE are back since September 2. We are a thriving club taking part in competitions throughout the year. We meet twice a week Mondays and Wednesday in the community centre. We always welcome new members. If you would like any further information contact Jim at 086 4017218.


We meet every Friday at 11 a.m. in the Parkview Hotel Newtownmountkennedy. It is an opportunity for family members and carers to bring their loved ones for a coffee and a chat.

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