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Around the Districts: Annacurra, Aughrim, Avoca, Coolgreany, Laragh-Glendalough and Rathdrum


Andreina O'Brien, Aine Darcy and Aine McDonald out and about in Arklow.

Andreina O'Brien, Aine Darcy and Aine McDonald out and about in Arklow.

Andreina O'Brien, Aine Darcy and Aine McDonald out and about in Arklow.



Thank you from Richie

I wish to thank each and every one of you for your donations. This fundraiser has meant so much to me and I am literally gobsmacked at how much has been raised by the Sheep Sale in Carnew Mart. I Want thank the mart and all its staff on the day for the huge effort they put in, each and every farmer who donated sheep, private donations and the Gofundme account. Thank you to the other Marts for their donations. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

All of the money are going directly to the St James’s Hospital’s Lymphoma and Haematology Unit. It will help them in furthering improvements in treatment for their patients and in research for new drugs to fight cancer in all.

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The total raised is in excess of €73,000. The Gofundme account will be closing shortly.

Words cannot express my gratitude and the thanks from my wider family, neighbours and friends. Thank you all so very much.


Annacurra Badminton Club is back in action (hopefully and subject to COVID guidelines). Adults can start next Wednesday, October 27, and have the use of Annacurra Communiy Hall on Monday and Wednesday evenings. From November, juveniles of secondary school ages can play in Aughrim sports hall on Fridays 9.10 p.m. and primary school (third – six th class ages) on Saturday in Aughrim 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beginners and newcomers welcome. Any questions call Sarah Walsh 087 2356977.

Parish Journal 2017-2021.

We are currently compiling the latest Parish Journal. We are looking for old photos of events took place over the last few years and also old photos that might be used in the journal. If you have any please get in touch with one of the committee members. Kathleen McAllister – Mary O’Neill – Marguerite Shannon – Pádraig Healy Fr Sheridan.

GAA lotto

Results for October 11: no jackpot or match-three winners; numbers drawn were 17, 19, 25 and 27; jackpot now €1,950. Draw held on Monday night.


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


Town and Country Market

Come and support your local producers at Aughrim Market running every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion, Rednagh Road, Aughrim. There you will find freshly baked bread, tasty cakes and biscuits, fresh eggs, local honey plus delicious pestos and relishes. There are also lots of local crafts, jewellery and skin care products. Come along and see for yourself. Enquiries contact Louise at louiseandeoin@hotmail.com.


The numbers 3, 15, 16 and 24 were drawn in the Aughrim Sports Club lotto on Monday, October 4, The jackpot was not won. There were no match-three winners. The jackpot for Monday, October 18, will be €3,800.

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.


Community Hall Bingo

The Community Hall will continue its online bingo this Wednesday, October 20, broadcast from 7.30 p.m. with ‘Eyes Down’ promptly at 8 p.m. Entries for bingo close the same day at midday. To enter, please visit our Avoca Hall Facebook page for more details. Contact Brigid at 087 2418898 or Alice 086 0551762 or email avocahallbingo@gmail.com for assistance.

We have been running since April 21. We would appreciate your feedback with regard to staying online or going back to the hall.

Active Retirement

We are delighted to welcome back our members to some activities. All members must have vaccination certificate and observe all health protocols to ensure the ongoing safety of members and staff.Best wishes to you all for a safe return and looking forward to seeing you all.

GAA lotto

There was no jackpot winner in the last lotto draw. The lotto numbers were 18, 20, 26 and 27. There was no jackpot winner. There was 1 (Match 3) winner, Maria Wolohan who won €100. Seller’s prize this week goes to the Avoca Chemist who won €25. Congratulations everyone. The next draw takes place on Wednesday, October 20, when the jackpot will be €8,500. Thank you for your support.

Your News

Contact us at Avocacourthouse@gmail.com if you have any events or news you want to add to the notes.


Old Kilnenor Historical Society

Notice of AGM: Our AGM will take place on Thursday, November 4, at 7.30 p.m. in May Byrne Trust House in Coolgreany. Meeting held in line with Covid regulations.

Coolgreany Drama

Coolgreany Drama will shortly present the premiere of a new play by local author, Carl Nuzum. A Night Without Stars will be presented at St Mogue’s Hall, Inch at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20; Thursday, October 21; Wednesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 28.

The production is the launch pad for a major drive by the drama group to encourage and develop new writing. Carl Nuzum’s play is a powerful drama that focuses on life, relationships and memory. It centres on the main character attending a funeral. The author plays the main role and it also features Éadaoin Ní Lionáin, Eamonn O’Sheil and Norah Finn.

The shows will be followed by a Q & A session with the writer, who will answer questions from the audience about the play and the playwriting process.

Coolgreany Drama is also undertaking an initiative to encourage new playwriting, and is setting up a new playwriting group to encourage new writers to develop their skills.

The drama group will shortly be hosting a new writers’ workshop, which will be led by well-known director, actor and playwright Padraic McIntyre. The workshops will be held between November and February. Further details to follow. To book tickets for A Night Without Stars phone 087 7725641. Tickets are €10, including refreshments after the show.

Thomastown CE Scheme

There are two vacancies on the CE Scheme, with one vacancy in Johnstown-Thomastown and also another one in the Coolgreany area for CE workers, 19 and a half hrs a week, must have a full driving licence. Please phone Siobhán at 087 1145021 for further details if you are interested.

May Byrne House.

The Community House is open again for meetings and gatherings, with the Coffee Shop open every Friday morning from 10 till 12, with homemade cakes and tarts you can social distance in the yard where a nice flower bed is being replanted, bring a friend for coffee and cake. The Community House is also available to rent for meetings.

Arklow Positive Ageing

The group is doing a trip to Drogheda on Saturday, October 23, the cost is €20 per person, please contact us at 089 2555884 for further information.

Local Notes

Please remember to forward all notes to me by 8 p.m. on Thursday evening for inclusion in the following week’s paper. Phone Dan: 087 4605166. Email danken9@gmail.com.


Laragh Active Retirement

Active Retirement Group will be resuming their weekly Tuesday morning meetings on the 26th October for Tea/Coffee, light exercise and a catch up from 11am to 12pm at the Brockagh Centre.

The group meets every Tuesday morning in the Brockagh Centre and they have a great lineup of activities each week. So if you fancy a chat, a cuppa and some light exercise, dancing and music come along on Tuesdays. We always welcome new members to join our group. If anyone would like to offer their services or share their skills with the group please contact the centre. For more information call Denise on 0404 45600, email brockaghoffice@gmail.com or drop in to the centre.

Kali Rise Wellness Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa is a style of yoga where poses are strung together to form one fluid sequence of movement. The benefits are great on the physical body and the mind. Why not join Mairead for her new class at the Brockagh Resource Centre. You can contact her at 086 0450227 or view online at www.kalirisewellness.com.

Pilates Classes in Laragh

Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. Zara Elkinson has trained and qualified through the STOTT Pilates Method of Movement. This method combines modern theories of exercise science with spinal rehabilitation, which gives a safe and effective exercise that sees results and is accessible to all.

Offering STOTT Pilates Matwork Classes based in Co.Wicklow. Both group and private classes available, Beginners and Improvers welcome! Like on Facebook @PilatesWithZara. Contact Zara on 0879367474. Classes are on Mon eve at 7pm.

Elevation School of Performing Arts

Classes available in Modern, Ballet, Acro & Aerial and Drama at the Brockagh Resource Centre, as well as squad and team classes for children who wish to take their training to the next level!

We offer graded examinations, performances and workshops in a safe and encouraging environment with fully qualified teachers. Email elevationdance@gmail.com to register for classes or text 0868256775."--

Important information for venue bookings

It is the responsibility of the group organiser to ensure all the attendees to your event/workshop or class is covid compliant and social distancing/sanitizing/masks wearing adhered to while on the Brockagh Resource Centre premises.


Parnell AC

Our County Cross Country Races started Sunday, October 3, with great results as follows.

Boys - under-8, 1st Devin Sheehan, leading from start to finish; under-12, 11th Harry Killeen; under-14, Odhran O’Reilly was 16th in his first race.

Girls - under-12, Ella Breen coming 3rd overall (leading her team of Skye McConnon, Emma Driver), 12th Ava O’Connor, 12th Lily Belton, Sarah Brennan (third team); Under-14, 9th Lara Buck; Under-16, 5th Maria Zakharenka; Under-15, 1st Laura Ivers.

All the boys and girls have qualified to run for the county. Also great running from Ellie Killeen, Maoive and Molly O’Toole, Michael Lashchenka and Nelly McDonald.

Halloween Playfest

There is great fun in store for the Halloween weekend, October 30 and 31 at the Parnell Memorial Park, presented by Wicklow County Council in cooperation with the RDA and the Playground Committee.

There will be a programme packed full of play outdoors for all ages. All events are free of charge but might need booking depending on the event. There will be outdoor giant games in the park throughout the day, demonstrations, music by Amy Barrett, Feel the Pinch, Perfect Friction and East Coast Jazz.

There will be security and stewards on duty throughout the weekend and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. There will be a ‘leave no trace’ policy in the park for the duration so please ensure that all litter etc is removed from the park and discarded appropriately. The car park at the park will be closed for the two days.


The RDA are aware that our bingo patrons are patiently awaiting news on the Rathdrum Bingo. While the RDA know that other bingos have already recommenced we are still assessing the situation and as soon as we have positive news we will let you all know. Thank you for your patience, we will only restart bingo when we know it is safe to do so and in line with all health guidelines.

Give Rugby a try!

Rathdrum rugby club is recruiting for all ages, adult and youth. Get in touch and give it a try. Contact Morgan at 087 7557458.