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Members continue to enjoy art classes on Mondays, short mat bowling on Tuesdays and bingo on Thursdays.

The coffee mornings are currently scheduled for the following Fridays: January 28, February 25 and March 25.

GARA’s committee said the dates and times of further activities would be advised in the coming weeks.

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GARA office hours are Tuesdays between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

New members are very welcome to join.

Members are requested to bring their membership cards to all activities and gatherings.

Market

North Wicklow Country Market is on every Saturday morning from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre, Newcastle.

The market includes fresh, locally grown vegetables, bread, cakes, and all sorts of baking, savouries, jams marmalade, cordials, 3Qs Relish and ketchup, eggs (hen and duck), plants, fresh cut garden flowers, wooden planters, crafts, and wooden lamps and boards made from locally sourced wood.

Coffee and tea are also being served inside, following Government guidelines.

Meals on Wheels

Greystones Meals on Wheels operates its service two days a week.

The long-running service provides people with delicious and healthy meals delivered to their doors by friendly helpers.

Those who require the services can call 01 2877311. Volunteers are also invited to get in touch.

Cancer support

Greystones Cancer Support’s offices are closed, but the organisation can be contacted at info@greystonescancersupport.com or 01 2871601 for further information on supports and online classes.

The group’s hypnotherapist, Eymer Nolan, is running online classes for members on the first Saturday of each month.

The singing group continues every Monday evening on Zoom.

The writing group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

An online mindfulness class takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.; and online chair yoga takes place on Thursdays from 12.30 p.m. to 1.15 p.m.

Resource centre

Greystones Family Resource Centre (GFRC) Reaches Out would like to reach out to families who need extra support.

GFRC can link to the families themselves or put them in contact with organisations who help.

The centre also has a focus on domestic violence, while a new outreach clinic with Bray Women’s Refuge will be held once a month in Greystones FRC.

Additionally, Bray Women’s Refuge offers supports to the Greystones community, including safety planning and court accompaniment. Their 24-7 helpline is 01 2866163.

GFRC is located at 28 Burnaby Court and can be contacted on 01 2557528.

Tributes to the deceased

This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.

Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or is something you would like to do to honour the memory of your loved one who has recently passed away.

Food market

NeighbourFood Glenroe has opened at Glenroe Farm.

The weekly market is open for orders. Buyers can join at neighbourfood.ie/glenroe and order online before the market closes at midnight on Tuesdays.

Producers then prepare the orders and deliver them to the collection point at Glenroe Farm. Collection is between 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays.

The fresh produce is provided by local businesses.

Toastmasters

Toastmasters Greystones meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.

Meetings are currently being held on Zoom.

Email greystonestoastmasters@gmail.com to sign up.

Library

Greystones Library is open to the public for visiting and borrowing.

Meanwhile, online resources continue to include ebooks and audiobooks, courses, magazines, language learning and more.

Local branch contact details are available at wicklow.ie.

Cliff walk

The Cliff Walk remains partially closed.

The council said it is safe to walk from Greystones as far as the barriers at the southern end. Directional signage has been put in place to facilitate walkers while the route is shut.

Walkers can walk from Bray as far as the Windgates steps where they can then take the alternative route or return along the Cliff Walk to Bray. Wicklow County Council advised that the Bray Head Looped Trail includes challenging and rough terrain.

The local authority added that co-operation and patience of the public is requested and appreciated during this temporary closure in the interests of health and safety.

The council is assessing the issue and pursuing solutions to the problem.

Temporary closure

Wicklow County Council wish to advise the public that the planned temporary closure of the access from Applewood Heights onto L1027 Chapel Road is now in place.

Access is being restricted for cars, vans and trucks, Pedestrians and cyclists and motorcyclists can still access the route.

An alternative route to the L1027/Chapel Road is available via the L1026/Blacklion Road by Lidl. Access to Applewood Heights will be maintained via the junction with the R761.

The council said this is a temporary closure for six months to assess the merits of this measure in terms of improving the road safety for residents of Applewood Heights.

Open mic poetry

An open mic poetry reading event for Greystones and the surrounding areas takes place on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The reading evenings will happen in person when a venue becomes feasible.

Host Sarah Joy Thompson will lead poets and poetry lovers and give everyone the chance to read some work.

Admission is free and the link to access the call is us04web.zoom.us.

Jigsaw

Jigsaw Wicklow can be contacted on 01 5240796 or wicklow@jigsaw.ie.

The service is based in Bray and is for young people aged 12 to 25 who live, work or go to school in Wicklow.

Any young person going through a difficult time, or someone concerned about them, can get in touch.

Resources, articles and direct support are available on jigsawonline.ie.

Online talks

Wicklow County Library Services are hosting a series of free online workshops about family history.

Using Wicklow-based records and examples, the workshops will demonstrate how different sources can be used to provide vital clues to a family’s past and help understand the family’s story.

The workshops will run every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. via Zoom for five weeks, beginning on January 26.

The workshops will cover the following topics: Week 1: Introduction to County Wicklow family history sources; Week 2: Church/Parish records; Week 3- Printed sources; Week 4: Land Records; and Week 5: Estate Records.

The session will consist of a 45-minute workshop followed by a 30-minute question and answer session where experts will be on hand to answer questions from participants.

The workshops are sure to appeal to anyone who is starting to explore their family’s history. 

To book tickets or for information, visit eventbrite.ie/e/wicklow-family-history-research-workshops-5-weeks-5-topics-tickets.

5k walks

Éire Óg Healthy Club is among the local clubs participating in Ireland Lights Up walking campaign, in partnership with RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ and the GAA.

All are welcome to join for a 5k walk on Tuesdays from 6.30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 p.m.

Advance registration is required to join the walk at https://tinyurl.com/ybp37x37.

Please note that dogs are not permitted on the walk. 

Other local GAA clubs in Wicklow are also participating in the initiative.

For more information, see getirelandwalking.ie/GAAClubListing.

Meditation Monday

Aisling Leonard is leading a meditation on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. at the Cove.

‘Together we Rise’ is a 30-minuted guided morning meditation to refocus, refresh and reset, allowing participants to greet the week with clarity, acceptance and intention.

Both in-person and Zoom tickets are available.

The event is limited to 15 people. Aisling is asking for €10 during these times. Once restrictions are lifted, the regular community price will be €5. If any meditation session is cancelled due to rain, she will refund the fees.

For a link to purchase tickets, email hello@aislingleonard.com.


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