Saturday 19 October 2019

Around the districts: Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy, Roundwood

Newcastle. Yoga with Angelika. Yoga Classes have started back on Thursdays from10.30 a.m. to midday in the new Newcastle Parish Hall. These classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced students alike. Everyone is welcome. Cost: €130/€125 for nine weeks or €16 drop in. Special rates are offered for anyone recovering or suffering from an illness. For more information and to book please contact Angelika at 087 2176068.

Community centre news

Work has commenced on the disabled toilets in the community centre. This will open the centre up to more users and give the toilets a much needed facelift.

Pals programme

Following the success of the go for life games held in the community centre, a six-week activity programme has started. It will focus on physical actuivity sessions that suit the more vintage among the community. Classes are on Mondays at 10.30 a.m. in the community centre and continue for six weeks.

Yoga Wednesdays

There will be a yoga class this Wednesday, April 10, in the community centre 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. - cost is only €3.

Chocolate workshop

Susan Behan presents a 2-hour chocolate workshop, were children will turn into budding chocolatiers. Each child will learbn a brief history of chocolate and create their own unique easter egg and lollipop. class size is limited and ideally suits 1o-12-year-olds, cost is €25 per child.It takes place Friday, April 19, at midday in the community centre.

Postman Retires

Postman Ben Hayden would like to thank all Newcastle Residents for their support throughout the years and their kind word on his retirement recently.

East Coast coffee morning

The East Coast FM coffee morning will take place on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. till 12.30 in the castle inn lounge. There will be a raffle on the morning all proceeds go directly to your local Cancer support services which help thousands of people each year with cancer and their families.

Community Centre table quiz

There will be a fun table quiz on Friday, April 12, in the Castle Inn lounge, starting at 8 p.m. Entry is €10 per person and there will also be a raffle during the quiz.

Model Box Drama

Model Box productions present 'Breezeblock park' (An Adult Comedy) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 10, to April 13 at 8 p.m. upstairs in the Castle Inn. Tickets are €10 per person and you can purchase tickets in the castle inn 01 2819232 or call Claire at 086 8609236. There will be special two course and three course menus available before the show.So why not come down and make a night of it.

Tidy towns

After a very successful Tidy Towns entry last year, we're kicking off this year's campaign on April 27 with our first Village Clean Up Day. Thanks to all who have contributed already this year, and we look forward to seeing more new faces to help keep Newcastle beautiful on the 27th.

Quiz night - Put your mind to the test on April 12 at the Quiz Night in aid of the community centre, happening in the Castle Inn.

We had a fantastic morning at Racefield and the community centre on March 9 for Newcastle's first Tree Planting Day, with over 500 trees planted and more than 150 given to the children of the village to plant at home. Thank you to everyone who came to help and to Minister for Forestry Andrew Doyle for joining us for the planting. 'The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today' We're planning a bulb planting event for the autumn - watch this space.



As you may know Mrs Dempsey will retire as our school's principal this month. Friday, April 12, will be her last day with us in Newtown Primary.

A whole School Assembly will be held in St Joseph's Church on Friday the 12th, time TBC to mark the end of term and of course Mrs Dempsey's Retirement.

After 25 years in Newtownmountkennedy it would be wonderful if as many people as possible could come along and give Mrs Dempsey a big send off.

GAA club news

A fantastic day yesterday as the nursery under-sevens and under-nines got their training under way in the morning. The nursery is open to boys and girls aged 3-7 every Saturday morning at 11.30 a.m. Contact Ciaran McGuirl for further information.

Following training we had our juvenile presentation in the community centre for all our younger teams. Well done to our under-8, 10, 12, 14 girls' teams and to our under-9s, 11s, 13s, 15s boys' teams for a fantastic 2018.

Special thanks on the day to Loretto Martin for organising the awards and to all the managers for their hard work last year. We'd ask that anyone who can help in some way for their child's team to contact Ciarán McGuirl 086 3028349. Big thanks to Shane 'County' Mooney and Mark Fitzsimons our two Wicklow GAA representatives for presenting the medals. Also a big thank you Henry and Rose, Newtown for their kind food and drink sponsorship for the kids - and some adults too.

On top of the team awards we also had the individual awards for Player of the Year and Most Improved Player. Most Improved Player Awards - under-11 boys Dylan Dunleavy ; under-12 girls Tara Carey; under-13 boys Marcel Kodjaca; under-14 girls Una Power; under-15 boys Michael Byrne. Player of the Year awards - PJ Duffy under-11 boys; Anna Faye Hanley under-12 girls; Ryan Clarke under-13 boys; Alyssia Larkin under-14s girls; Josh Odlum under-15s boys

These children are the future so let's give them the best we can, Well done and thanks to all involved and let's make 2019 a bigger and better year #magpies #blackandwhite

It was a great start to the league for the under-11s away in Kilcoole. It was a good even game all through with each side on top for different spells with good scoring from each team in the terrible conditions. Newtown made the slightly better use of their chances which along with some great defending made the difference in the end. A great display from all Newtown players and well done to all players who turned out on such a very cold, windy and wet night. Newtown 4-8 Kilcoole 3-5. Team: Aaron Garrett, Sam Fenelon, Noah Flannery, Scott McKenna, Ryan McDonald, Mike Synnott, Luke Turley (1-1), John Turley (1-2), Nathan McMahon, Aidan Heffernan (0-4), Dylan Dunleavy (1-0), Oisin Duffy (1-1),

Great win for the senior men's Wednesday against Carnew, final score was 4-8 to 0-7. Scorers were Ross 2-2, Seán Gregory 0-2, Conor Odlum 1-1, Karl Carthy 0-1, Neil Martin 0-1, Seán Heffernan 0-1, Cathal McNicholas 1-0

Sunday the ladies' team had a team bonding morning as they climbed the Sugar Loaf.

Junior men's played St Pat's in a friendly Tuesday and play An Tochar this Thursday as they prepare for the start of the league on April 18. New players always welcome.

Lotto rolls over yet again to a lovely €5,600, tickets are only €2 and help support the club so please buy a ticket to be in with a chance to win. Numbers drawn last week were 1, 13, 17 and 25.

Newtown Juniors FC

Plenty of on field action last weekend. Only our under-10s were inactive as their opponents couldn't play. Our under-8s hosted a well drilled Arklow Town Black team and after a tough series of games Arkow edged the games. On the day best for Newtown were Tommie Ryan, Jack Gavin, Leon White and Noah Sinnott-Elliott.

Our under-9s travelled to take on Rathnew and after an exciting series of games there was just a couple of goals in the difference. Best for Newtown on the day were Bobby Spillane (who was unlucky not to score with a bicycle kick), Hugo Clayton and Nathan Donohoe.

Our under-11s (kindly sponsored by Real Debt Solutions) came out on top in a very one sided game against Sporting Greystones White. Luke Turley scored a hat trick while Ryan Collins, Max Roche, William Valentine, Mikey Synnott and David Mackey also hit the net in a good team display.

A late own goal was enough to get the under-12s on the winning trail in the Plate competition to see off Wicklow Rovers 'B' on a 3-2 scoreline. Brooklyn Doyle and Cathal O'Toole scored the other Newtown goals, who had trailed 2-1 at one stage.

Our 13's went down to defeat away to Shillelagh Utd where Aaron Cawley got on the scoresheet for Newtown. The team was well in the game till the home side scored a couple of quickfire goals and then a couple of heads went down.

Can we just remind all parents that all our coaches etc are volunteers who give up their own free time and for a variety of reasons including their love of the game they deserve a lot of plaudits. It can happen from time to time that players can be unavailable to train or play matches but certainly not on a regular basis and certainly not without informing the respective team's coaches. This shows a lack of respect for the teams coaches and also to the players who are putting the commitment in. Also when you sign up for a team/club you must be committed to playing matches both home and away. Can we please bear this in mind going forward,

The following are the fixtures for the Week Satirday to Tuesday, April 6, to April 9: under-8s away to Wicklow Rovers Green ko Sunday at 10 a.m.; under-9s away to Ashford Rovers ko Saturday at 10 a.m.; under-10s at home to Roundwood FC ko Saturday at 11 a.m.; under-11s away to Sporting Greystones Black ko to be confirmed; under-12s at home to Greystones 'C' ko Saturday at 12.30 p.m.; under-13s at home to Avonmore 'B' ko Saturday at 11 a.m.; under-13s at home to Sporting Greystones 'A' ko Tuesday at 6.45 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 and are now back outdoors from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. A deposit of all players membership was due by Sunday, March 31. The balance of all membership fees are due to be paid by Sunday, April 28.

Our Last Man Standing competition was back this week. Going into the Monday night game we had just lost four players from the 76 players still standing. Week 5 will be for the fixtures Fri.12th-Mon. April 15. Fixtures for week 5 will be sent out to all players still standing on Sunday, April 7, and all selections will need to be in on or before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Only one player from the club is celebrating a birthday this coming week and he is Jamie Fitzgerald from the under-13s. Happy birthday Jamie from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

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.

Mindfulness for health and Wellbeing

This six Week Course starts on Monday, April 8, from 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. in the Space in Newtownmountkennedy. Cost: €75 for six QWeeks 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

Yoga classes continue on Wednesdays 6 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 €65 for six weeks or €15 drop in. Booking essential Contact Angelika at 087 2176068.

District Forum

Newtownmountkennedy District Forum meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 30. Forum meetings are open for anyone to attend - New members are always welcome.

For more information or meeting minutes follow us on Facebook - Newtownmountkennedy District Forum'.


East coast coffee morning

Don't forget the East Coast fm Wicklow wide coffee morning takes place on this Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vartry House Roundwood (Kavanaghs).

Special guests this year are Leslie Dowdall and Jim O'Neill. Proceeds from all the coffee mornings around Wicklow will go to the seven Cancer support centres in the county and also to Wicklow Hospice.

There will be lots of prizes on the day and refreshments also.


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.

Car boot sale

The Roundwood car boot sale returns on Sunday, May 26, and every fourth Sunday of the month thereafter. Set up of stalls from 9 a.m. Cars €10, Jeep/Van €15.

Vintage tractor car run

Annamoe centre will hold their vintage tractor car run will be on April 14 at midday - looking forward to a great day.

Progressive 45

There will be a progressive 45 card game on Sunday, April 14, in Roundwood Parish Hall at 7 p.m. excellent prize money, raffle and refreshments at the break.


There will be an auction of household furniture on Sunday, April 14, in the Parish Centre after 11.30 a.m. Mass. Viewing from midday, auction at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Roundwood Cancer Support Group.

Lunch club

The next Active Retirement lunch will be held in the Roundwood Inn on Friday, April 26, at 1.30 p.m.

Diamond bridge club

Mary Pierce and Pamela Byrne were certainly not April Fools on Monday, April 1, they took first place for North/South second Phil Power and Gertie Fee, third Margaret Bolger and Ger Lenihan and fourth Séamus Kennedy and Gaye McGettigan. First for East/West were Brid Clancy and Bridie Nolan, second Marion Davis and Teresa Leahy, third Monica Brady and Nancy O'Brien and fourth Judy Skates and Maria Magee.

002 bridge club

Monica Brady and June Digby played their cards right on Friday, April 5, and took first place for North/South, second Liz Belton and Phil Kenna and third Margaret Byrne and Triona Woodroofe. Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy took first place for East/West, second Kitty Heslin and Miriam Coyle and third Gertie Fee and Jane Cronin.

Men's Shed

The Shed continues every Tuesday between 10am and 12 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.

Market re-opening

Roundwood Market has reopened. With the usual produce and new hours. Now open every Sunday from midday till 4 p.m. New members welcome. Contact Jacinta at 086 0722851.

Set dancing

Our weekly set dancing sessions continue in Kavanagh's Lounge. Session starts at 8.30 running till 10.30 and cost is still only €5


There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, April 27, leaving Laragh at 7.45 a.m. and at Roundwood 8 a.m. The cost is €65 per person and includes, bus, breakfast and dinner. All money to be paid by April 1 to Susan at 087 6273032.

There will be a trip to Lourdes from May 27 to May 31 and three seats left for May 20 to May 24. Six places from 19th - July 26 for seven days full board, no single supplement at a cost of €585 and transport from airport to Lourdes. Own insurance, baggage of 10kg included. A €150 deposit to Susan O'Neill at 087 6273032 as soon as possible.

There will be a tour of Scotland from July 26 to July 31 for six days. Included are the Highlands of Scotland and the Orkney Isles, Perth, Thurso, Inverness, Lock Lomond, Lock Ness and Glencoe and many more places at a cost of €750 per person all in. A deposit of €200 is required on or before April 1 with single supplement of €100 to Susan at 087 6273032.

The Westport Country break takes place from October 20 to October 25 at a cost of €425. All trips to Susan 087 6273032.

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