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Around the Districts: Annacurra, Aughrim, Avoca, Coolgreany and Shillelagh


Ava, Ali and Eimear Burke from Avoca with their cuddly octopi after visiting Seaworld in Bray.

Ava, Ali and Eimear Burke from Avoca with their cuddly octopi after visiting Seaworld in Bray.

Ava, Ali and Eimear Burke from Avoca with their cuddly octopi after visiting Seaworld in Bray.



Summer Festival

Annacurra Summer Festival and field day are looking for items for the stalls for the field day. Plants/ cakes/ bric-a-brac/ White elephant/Bottles/books. Raffle Tickets on sale soon. All donations gratefully accepted. Field date June 19.

Annacurra National School

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Please support the children of Annacurra National School by donating items for our clothing collection fundraiser on 8th, 9th and 10th of June.

Accepted items for donating are: wearable items of clothing, paired shoes, handbags, belts, towels, curtains and blankets. (No duvets or No pillows).

Maybe you might look at sorting out your wardrobe / hotpress to see if you have any items you can donate?. Every bag of items you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Donated bagged items can be dropped off at the school hall doors between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th or Friday 10th of June.

For more information, or to arrange a drop off, please contact the school office on 0402 36669.

Many thanks in advance for any support you can provide as money raised from this clothing collection will go towards activities for the children.

Tinahely Craft Market

The craft market will now be open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The venue is the old Pop up shop opposite the butchers. A wide range of locally made crafts are available, so please come along and support your local community.

On June 10 we are hosting a crochet workshop. Contact 087 2281999 for more info.

Annacurra Bowls Club.

We extend our sympathy to our colleague Nancy Linehan on the passing of her brother Liam Carroll RIP.

We also extend our sympathy to Anne Byrne on the deaths of her sister Patricia Miller and brother Paddy Mulhall who bought died on the same day RIP.

GAA club news

Lotto - Results Monday 30th May. Numbers were 1–8–15–24. No Jackpot Winner. 2 Match 3 winners (share €200) John Sweeney, Annacurra John O’Neill, Kilpipe. Next weeks jackpot €6,900.

Congratulations to the intermediate and junior teams who had great wins over Shillelagh-Coolboy and Avoca in their respective leagues.

Best wishes to Liam Molloy, Cian Delaney, Shay Killoran, TJ Hynes and Jack Wolohan and the Garden County Academy under 14 team who play in the Jim Power tournament this weekend.

Fixtures this week, Juniors v Tinahely tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 in Annacurra. Intermediate v Ballymanus on Saturday in Annacurra at 7pm. The club would like to wish Pat O’Neill all the best on his recovery.

Finally, after a very difficult week, the club sends its condolences to Anne Byrne and her family on the very sad passing of her sister Patricia and brother Paddy. A guard of honour was provided in Bray last Saturday morning by the club at the funeral service for Paddy Mulhall. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamach

Kilcommon BBQ

The Kilcommon BBQ is back on Sunday 12th June. Gourmet burger and delicious salads and dessert will be served from 1-3 pm. COst €20 Kid meals €5. All are welcome. Tickets available at the gate.


Items to be included in annacurra notes can be emailed to annacurra@gmail.com by 9pm on Sunday evening or phone 083 3136925,


Mass of the Angels

Mass of the Angels will be celebrated on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in church of the Most Sacred Heart Aughrim. This special celebration of Mass will be offered for all families in our locality who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, lost a baby around the time of birth or who have lost a child who died in infancy. Hymns during Mass will be sung by the Avondale Voices Choir. All are welcome to attend this special Mass.

Yoga with Yvonne

Mixed level classes on Mondays at 9.30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and yoga for Beginner/Improvers on Wednesdays at 6.50 p.m. All classes are live-streamed for those who wish to practice from home.

For details of the full schedule go to yvonnedoyle.com or contact Yvonne at 087 6778733 if you’ve questioned or would like to book. Follow yvonnedoyleyoga on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with latest offerings.

Cemetery Masses

The following are the times for cemetery Masses in the parish: Rosahane cemetery, Sunday, July 3, at 2 p.m. Macreddin Cemetery Lower, Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. Macreddin Cemetery Upper Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m.

Town and Country Market

Aughrim Town and Country market is back in full swing. The market takes place in the Pavilion, Rednagh Road, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is a great selection of fresh vegetables, floral arrangements, free range eggs, honey, freshly baked cakes and treats, plus wooden products, clothing, jewellery and also Richard’s range of delicious take away eats.

Hoping to see all our customers back again on Saturday. If you need more info phone Dave at 083 0349577 or check out @aughrimtownandcountry

GAA news

Congratulations to Aughrim clubman John Keenan, who had an outstanding performance as referee in the Munster Hurling Final. This was one of the most entertaining finals ever and John’s contribution played a huge part in this hurling classic. John certainly on this performance must be a strong contender for to referee the hurling all-Ireland final this year.

Our adult hurling team had a comfortable win over Knockananna last week and are away this Wednesday, June 8, against St Pat’s. Please try and get along to support. Our Junior C football team got a walkover against Coolkenno last week. Well done to Alex Kavanagh, who was on the Wicklow minor hurling team who played Laois in the Celtic Cup Final last week.

A big thank you to everyone who organised, sponsored, or walked and contributed in anyway to make our annual Walkathon fundraiser, it was such a great success again. This fundraiser is the brainchild of Donal Linehan and we thank him in particular. The club would like to thank the whole Aughrim community for their continued support for this event.


The numbers drawn in Aughrim Sports Club lotto on Monday, May 30, were 4, 5, 9 and 16 the jackpot was not won. There were two match winners: Josie O’Byrne and Doireann O’Brien (online). The jackpot for June 6 is €8,750.

People now have the facility to do the Aughrim Sports Club lotto online. Just go to clubforce.com Aughrim Sports club lotto and take it from there.

The weekly lotto supports Aughrim camogie club, Aughrim GAA club, Aughrim Rangers Soccer club and Aughrim sports complex. People, who support the weekly lotto are lending support to the local sports clubs who are very much part of the community.

Notes Deadline

Please note change of email address. Items to be included in the Aughrim notes should be emailed to aughrimnotes@gmail.com or 087 9059594 before 8 p.m. on Sundays. Do not send attachments.


St Pat’s club development draw

Results for Monday May 30: 1st prize €200 Riley Doyle, Whitebridge; 2nd prize €100 Henry Alexander, Knockenree; 3rd prize €50 Sheila Keane, Avoca. Sellers prize €20 Nicole Murray. Congratulations to everyone. Our next draw is Monday 13th June. Tickets on sale from local businesses and club members.

Community Employment

Avoca Community Employment have the following vacancies in Avoca.

Castlemacadam Church and Graveyard: Maintenance Operative. Three Graveyards Avoca: Maintenance Operative. Community and Heritage Centre: Admin Assistant. Arklow Rugby Football Club: Maintenance Operative.

Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for one year or more or in receipt of PUP payment. Please contact Supervisor on telephone 0402 30549 Mobile 089 2047069 or email ann@avocace.com for further information.

Community Hall Bingo

Online bingo continues every Wednesday night. Contact Avoca Hall Committee at 0402 30549 for further information.

Notes contact

Notes should be emailed to avocacourthouse@gmail.com by 4 p.m. on Friday.


Fun Day

A Fun Day will be held at Tara, Ballyfad (Y25 CX52) on Saturday, June 11, between midday and 4 p.m. The entertainment will include barbecue, bake stall, lucky dip, bottle stall, children’s games, face painting etc. Subscriptions: Adults €10 including barbecue, coffee and cake, Children €5 including barbecue, juice and cake. All proceeds in aid of Inch Parish Church.


Congratulations and birthday wishes to Caoimhe Brennan, Thomastown, who celebrates her sixth birthday on June 9.

Exam time

We send good wishes to all of the students who are sitting their Leaving and junior exams in the coming weeks, we hope they all do very well and have a great future in their further education as they move on.

Tidy Towns.

Coolgreany Village is getting ready for the Tidy Towns competition which takes place in June, we are working through the flower beds and getting some painting done, we could do with a few more volunteers to help out in each area please.

In and around Coolgreany village, the volunteers that came out have picked over 30 bags of litter and this week we will be out again so if you have a free hour please join us. Bags and gloves can be collected at Vera’s.

Community Employment

Two Fás worker are badly needed for the village, please call Siobhán at 087 1145021. volunteers are needed to pick more litter and we are looking for a few people on each road to help out with flower beds and tidy grass verges, please don’t leave it all to the grannies and great grans.


The local community extend their deepest sympathy to the Hannon and McGuire families on the sad passing of Jacinta Hannon, Johnstown, whose burial took place in St Gabriel’s Cemetery, Arklow last Friday.

Local notes

Please remember to forward all notes to me by 6 p.m. on Sunday evening for inclusion in the following week’s paper. Phone Dan: 087 4605166.


Community Games

Shillelagh Community Games athletics for 5 to 15 year-olds is now taking place on the Shillelagh Fairgreen every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. New members and volunteers are very welcome to join us. For further details find us Facebook or contact 087 6207193.

Shillelagh Community Alert

People who are over 65 can apply through Shillelagh Community Alert for funding for social monitored alarms. Please contact 087 6028614 if you are eligible.

Tinahely Craft Market

The craft market will now be open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The venue is the old Pop up shop opposite the butchers. A wide range of locally made crafts are available.

On June 10 we are hosting a crochet workshop. Contact 087 2281999 for more info.