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Around the Districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood


Local Notes

Local Notes

Local Notes



Brockagh Christmas Market 2021

Our very popular Christmas Market is back on Sunday, November 28th from 10am to 3pm. As always, there will be a great selection of gifts, with many handmade items, perfect for that unusual Christmas present. Why not treat yourself to a coffee and a mince pie while you are browsing for the perfect gift while supporting local traders. If you have any questions or would like a trader booking form, contact Michelle on 0404 45600 or Email brockaghoffice@gmail.com.

Trail Closure

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Please be advised that the Lower Lake Boardwalk, Glendalough will be closed from Monday 15th November 2021, to allow for the removal of non-native trees. We estimate that the Lower Lake Boardwalk will remain closed for a period of two weeks. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages and our website for updates regarding re-opening.

For visitors planning to walk the Green Road Walk (Green Route) or the Woodland Walk (Silver Route), please be advised to use the Green Road for the duration of the Lower Lake Boardwalk closure.

The National Park Information Point is open daily from 9:30am to 16:30pm. The guide on duty will be happy to answer any queries you may have about any of our walking trails. Free copies of the Walking Trails of Glendalough map are also available here. Or call us on 0404 45425 during opening hours. We thank you for your cooperation.

Christmas Lights event

Following a lot of discussion and in light of the increase in Covid cases and public health advice we are disappointed to say we will not be going ahead with the planned Christmas event on the green.

Santa is still very keen to see all our Christmas Lights and he will turn them on at 6 o’clock on Saturday 27th from a secret location and he will then drive through the village. People are welcome to stand across our community while adhering to social distancing to give Santa a wave. We will update you this week with his route via FB.

We feel this is the safest decision as the safety and well being of all our community is the most important thing in the lead up to Christmas.

Walking group in the Brockagh

On Monday mornings weekly at 10am join the Laragh walking group at the Brockagh Resource Centre for a walk around the Glendalough area for approximately one hour. No need to book, just show up on the day.

YogaTree Ireland

Yoga Tree classes on Friday mornings and Thursday evenings at the Brockagh Resource Centre with Hilde Eiselen. Join our expertly taught yoga classes, suitable for all abilities & ages: from complete beginner to advanced practitioners. Relaxing, dynamic, energising, enjoyable, beneficial and fun yoga for everyone. Emerge strong and calm, ready for anything! For more information about the schedule phone 0404 40000 or email info@yogatree.ie.


Local notes

If you have news or an item to be added to the Newtownmountkennedy Notes, please email Ciara Martin Perks at ciaraperks87@gmail.com or call 087 6380155.

Public defibrillator

The defibrillator is located at Henry and Rose, Main Street, Newtownmountkennedy. In any emergency dial 999/112, don’t assume somebody else has.

Newtownmountkennedy lights up for Christmas

To keep our Community Safe this Christmas there will be no in person event liked we had hoped for this year.

People are welcome to stand across our community while adhering to social distancing to give Santa a wave, switch on your own Christmas Lights at 5 p.m. or light a candle in your window to keep our community connected this festive season.

Santa is so excited to see our lights. He is going to light up Newtownmountkennedy from a Top Secret location and will then drive through the town with he’s trusted helpers. Thanks to Coillte and Kavanagh Christmas Trees for supply the Christmas trees in the town and also massive thanks to out many sponsors who without them none of this would be possible.

GAA club notes

Well done to our under-16 Wicklow representatives on another impressive win at the weekend, this time to a strong Mayo team, Darragh, Shane and Ryan flying the black and white flag and doing the whole club proud.

Well done to the under-11s who wrapped up their Super Games on Friday last.

Congratulations to our GPO Jackie Kinch and her teammates on winning their first game in the Leinster Senior Ladies Championship v St Conthlet’s.

Lotto – The jackpot was not won last week, the numbers were 4, 7, 18 and 28. Three match-three winners. This week’s jackpot is €11,800. The Newtown GAA lotto draw is held every Monday evening at 8 p.m., tickets are only €2. The next lotto draw will be Monday, November 22. Tickets are available to buy in most local outlets including Newtown Credit Union, Nolan’s post office, Druids well, Eugene’s food store, Marios, Pat Toolan Bookmakers, Ultima oil, Ann Duffys flower shop, The Mountkennedy Inn. The lotto numbers are between 1 and 30.

Newtown and Newcastle Men’s Shed

Another project just coming out of our workshop awaits it’s final inspection before it will be happily presented to the Newtown Primary school classes for Children with autism, is a sturdy Buddy Bench, which comes with lots of goodwill from members who were yet again only too willing to spread a little sunshine within our community.

Plans are now being made ready to prepare ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ for the great man’s journeys come Christmas Eve, this will be our shed’s fifth year helping out Santa’s overworked elves, a task we always look forward to, details in next post. As this evil scourge COVID, is hell-bent on ruining our whole way of life, yet again we ask all out there to be extra careful in your daily routine, continuing to follow the healthcare instructions, and help each other to be safe.

Community Forum

Thanks to members of the community for attending this month’s Forum meeting, minutes will be posted on the group’s Facebook page. There will be no meeting in December and look forward to seeing you all in the new year. We would encourage everyone to support our local businesses and shop local where you can. By keeping it local we are supporting our community to get back on it’s feet and continue to flourish.


Tirmor Forest Garden Allotments are pleased to announce applicants for 2022 allotment gardens.

Spaces from 32m2 to large plots of 300m2. Contract Huw at 087 8041636 or email tirmor@hub13.ie


Just a reminder with the clocks changing the playground will close from 6 p.m. every night. Opening times remain the same with 9 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who give up their time and best efforts to keep the place clean and secure.

A gentle reminder that this space is for children up to 12 years of age and adult supervision of children is required at all times.

Newtown Juniors FC

The following are the fixtures for our teams for the week Saturday/Sunday, November 27/28: under-8s away to Coolboy Rangers ko TBC; under-9s at home to Wicklow Rovers White ko Saturday at 10.15 a.m.; under-10 Black versus under-10 Red ko Sunday at 11 a.m. ; under-10 Red versus under-10 Black ko Sunday at 11 a.m.; under-11s home to Aughrim Rangers ko Saturday at 11.30 a.m.; under-12s Fixture TBC; under-13s home to Mullingar Athletic ko Saturday at 12.30 p.m.; under-14s No Fixture; under-15s No Fixture (Fixtures and ko times are subject to change)

We are now coming into the last few weeks of the WDSL season with some important fixtures still to play. The proposed WDSL Presentation Day that was set for the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, December 4/5 has had to be postponed due to the latest Covid restrictions and will be deferred till the new year. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.Winners for the Golden Goals from the game between Liverpool & Arsenal were as follows. Yellow Set: 39th Min - €60 Ross McCormack c/o Domo; 38th Min - €20 Tommy Ryan c/o self; 40th Min - €20 Vincent McCormack c/o Domo. Grey Set: 39th Min - €60 Millie Dowling c/o Lisa; 38th Min - €20 Katie Gammell c/o Lisa; 40th Min - €20 John O’Connor c/o Pauline.

Next game on our list is the Super Sunday game between Chelsea and Manchester United. Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and of course to all our ticket sellers. Thanks for your continued support.

Many thanks to Gavin Duffy c/o Ann Duffy Flowers who sponsored LED Lights to the club for use towards outdoor training for our teams.

Our Last Man Standing competition will enter Round 8 this coming weekend. Three players are still standing after we unfortunately we lost one player who had picked Manchester United. Those three players picks will come from the fixtures down for the week ending Sat.27th/Sun.28thNovember 2021. Many thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Two players from the club celebrate a birthday in the coming week and they are Aaron O’Connor from the Under 8’s and JV McCullagh Kelly from the Under 12 team. Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C. Also, all in the club would like to extend birthday greetings to Development Squad coach & head of fundraising Stephen Nolan an Under 15’s coach Rory Hackett who both celebrated their birthdays recently. Happy birthday lads.

On a sadder note, Newtown Juniors F.C. would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family & friends of Jean Kelly (Sallynoggin) and Robert Scott (Roundwood/Harolds Cross) May they both rest in peace.


Christmas Raffle

Roundwood and Moneystown Parish Christmas Raffle 2021: The sale of work will not take place this year, but the raffle is going ahead. The draw will take place following the turning on of the Christmas Lights on December 4, in the Parish Hall. Most households will have received their tickets by now. Tickets, and money, can be returned in a sealed envelope to the Roundwood lotto Box above the ATM in Centra Roundwood, the collection baskets in the Parish Churches at weekend Masses, and the parish office during opening times (Mon – Thursday 8.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.)

Historical Journal

The 2021 Roundwood and District Historical Journal is for sale in the following places. Roundwood: post office, Keeleys Hardware, Grants Butchers, Centra, Sugar Mountain Cafe and Roundwood Stores. Laragh: McCoys. Newtownmountkennedy: Fishers, post office and Eugene’s. Wicklow Town: Bridge St Book’s. Price €10.

Roundwood NS

St Laurence O’Toole’s National School are seeking expressions of interest from individuals willing to serve as a community representative on the board of management of the school. Interested persons should email roundwoodns@gmail.com for further information.


Results of the draw held on Sunday, November 21.There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 3, 15, 21 and 23. There were 10 match winners. Joe Turner, Jimmy, Millie and Kevin, Patrick Tyndell, Jade Scott, Kitty Heslin, Gerry Carroll, John Martin, Esther Breslin and Suzanne Kavanagh. Next week’s jackpot will be €13,300.

Walking Group

The Roundwood Whizzers are back walking every Wednesday leaving from outside Roundwood Parish Hall at 7 p.m. All fitness levels welcome to walk for up to one hour at your own pace on the footpaths under the street lights in the village. Bring a torch and a hi vis top if you have one.

Indoor Bowls

Indoor Bowls has resumed in Annamoe Centre on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. We are looking for new members to come along and enjoy the game. Bowls is social and a great way to meet new people. Covid rules are fully adhered to.

Badminton Club

Roundwood Badminton Club is delighted to announce that we are open again for all badminton enthusiasts or newcomers in the local and surrounding areas, in An Tóchar GAA Club Hall. We are open for all adult members Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. under the following Covid regulations: 1) You must hold a valid Covid vaccination/immunity certificate 2) Masks must be worn when entering the hall and while not on court playing. Our juvenile club is open for all secondary school students on Mondays from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Tuesday Badminton

Tuesday morning badminton is also back from 9.30 a.m. till 11 a.m. No Racquet required. We look forward to seeing you there. Covid regulations: 1) You must hold a valid Covid vaccination/immunity certificate 2) Masks must be worn when entering the hall and while not on court playing.

Cancer Support

Our centre is now open. Hospital transport is being provided as per usual. Counselling for cancer sufferers and their family is available. Reflexology, massage and other therapies are available also. If you would like any further information regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at 086 1534011 or call into the office for a chat.

Local notes

If you have an item or news that you would like to include in the Roundwood Notes contact Margaret Bolger the email address is mgtbolger@gmail.com.