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Around the Districts: Carnew, Donard, Dunlavin, Hollywood and Shillelagh


Sophie Fagan out and about on her scooter in Blessington.

Sophie Fagan out and about on her scooter in Blessington.

Sophie Fagan out and about on her scooter in Blessington.



Coláiste Bhríde split-the-pot

Congratulations to this week’s split-the-pot winner, Raymond Lancaster from Craanford. who won €370 in this week’s draw. The seller’s prize of €20 went to Amber Walsh, three Elm.

Each student receives their envelopes on Monday which must be returned by Thursday. Enter as many times as you like and offer friends and family the chance to win. Extra envelopes are available at reception or from any member of the parents’ council. Thank you for your continued support.

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Scoil Aodán Naofa Carnew is now accepting enrolments for the junior infant class 2022/23. See details on school website carnewns.ie or ring the school office at 053 9426315.


Congratulations to this week’s split-the-pot winners of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew jackpot €265 goes to Steph and David Nolan. Seller’s prize winners Tomás Darcy €10 voucher for Victors and Jake Harris lucky dip. Thank you for our continued support. Our next draw takes place Friday, January 21.

Thank You

The family of the late John McEvoy would like to thank everyone for their messages of sympathy, help and support following his death in October. Special thanks to Fr Casey, McCrea’s Funeral Directors and Breda O’Sullivan.


The recycling centre is open every Saturday morning at Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. where you can recycle cardboard, newspapers, bottles, milk cans, tins, small electrical items. Thanks to all who available of this service.

Tinahely Craft Market

Local crafters are starting a weekly sraft market on Saturday January 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The venue is the Pop up shop, Main Street, Tinahely. We will have craft tutorials featuring a different skill every week. There is a wide range of crafts available, so please come along and support your local community.


Vigil for Ashling

Like so many communities all over the country, the people of Donard wished to express their sympathy and support for the family, relatives and all who mourn the tragic and untimely death of Ashling Murphy. They gathered around the statue of Our Lady in the village, on Friday night, to hold a silent candlelit vigil. Afterwards, many did a lap of the walking track around the football pitch in Ashling’s memory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Football Club Notes

There was no winner of the jackpot last week. Shane Butler, James Loughlin, W Cleary, 19 Árd Glass, John Dawson and Eddie Farrell matched three and won €40 each. The next draw will be in Davidstown on Monday, January 17.


Dunlavin Library

Dunlavin Library’s opening hours are now as follows: Tuesday 5-8pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm and Saturday 11am-1 pm.

Your Library card gives you free access to books and audio materials as well as access to online materials and resources including magazines, courses and Find My Past which will allow you to discover your family history. Printing and photocopying service also available. Joining is free and no late fees are chargeable on overdue items.

Church contributions

Minimum Contribution: €250 per annum or €21 per month - As you may be aware, tax relief exists whereby those who contribute €250 or more to a charity in any tax year can allow the charity to draw down an additional sum (equal to almost 45% of the donation) from the Revenue Commissioners, which is sent directly to the parish. It is important to say that there is no loss or cost incurred by any taxpayer who is willing to be part of this system and that confidentiality will be assured in all aspects of this process.

For a person who contributes exactly €250 in any tax year – it is possible for the Parish to receive an additional €112.32 from the Revenue Commissioners. If the amount donated to the Church is more than €250, then this figure will increase


If you are eligible for the scheme e.g. your contribution is €250 or more and you are a tax payer, the Parish Office will send you a form to be completed and signed. It makes a huge difference to the Parish.

Historical Society Journal

The 11th Journal of West Wicklow Historical Society is available to purchase at: Burke’s, Main Street, Baltinglass; Dermot Hughes’s, Dunlavin; Crafty Craic, Knockanarrigan. This is a great little read with many local contributors. Make a great stocking filler at €15.

St. Vincent De Paul

Dunlavin St. Vincent De Paul would be delighted to welcome new members to their committee. If you wish to give back to your local area and assist this wonderful charity, please contact 085 1923152. Also, if you require assistance from St. Vincent De Paul please contact the same number.

Scouts seeking volunteers

Dunlavin Scouts are in need of volunteer leaders for their group starting back in January. If anyone is interested please contact any of the troup.

Soccer First Score Cards

The recent winner were Garrett Conroy jnr and Lee Swaine. Sellers Lisa Swaine and Mag Lynott. Thanks to all who support every week.

Parish notes

Folk Group is back – The Folk group will be at midday Mass every second Sunday and 10 a.m. Mass every fourth Sunday of the month. Practice is 30 minutes before Mass, and 30 minutes after Mass. New and old members are welcome. Enquiries to Suzanne after Mass or on mobile: 087 2977794.

Adoration – of the Blessèd Sacrament takes place in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Dunlavin, on Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Praying the Rosary – has returned in St Nicholas of Myra Church on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

St Kevin’s Community College

Details of our admissions process are now available on our new College Website. Unfortunately we aren’t in a position to hold an open night this year, Visit stkevinsdunlavin.ie for more info.

Teen Scene

After a very challenging year Teen Scene Dunlavin are looking forward to opening it’s doors again in September. They are currently looking to recruit new leaders. If this is something you might be interested in please contact Michelle at 086 8346170 or Adrienne at 085 1363858. Also keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on registration and new members. Thank you.

Mobile recycling

Mobile Recycling has Recommenced – Dunlavin second Saturday outside church of Ireland 10 a.m. to midday. Blessington first Saturday, outside Secondary School (Naas Road) 10 a.m. to midday. Hollywood third Saturday outside the National school 10 a.m. to midday.

Panic Buttons

Anyone, who is over the age of 65 may apply for a Panic Button. If you are interested, or know of someone who may require one and is living in the Dunlavin area, the necessary application form can be accessed by calling 086 1020303.

Used Postage Stamps

Please keep your used postage stamps for St Patrick’s Missions, Kiltegan, who use them to fundraise. Stamps can be dropped into the parish office any time. Thank you to all who have donated in the past.


Check out Dunlavin.ie for all the updates in your local village.


Hollywood Pre-School

Hollywood pre-school are in the centre every morning from 9 a.m. to midday For further information contact Barbara at 083 3376499.

Hollywood Bingo

Bingo is taking a break and will be back on January 20. It takes place in the Hollywood Centre every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. masked and social distance required.

Sinéad O’Brien Dance School

Hip Hop classes for children are in the centre every Friday, there timetable is 3-6 years from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., seven to 10 years 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 years up 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. contact Sinéad for details at 087 2924559.

Hillbillies Football

Football is on every Monday night in the Hollywood Centre from 8.15 – to 9.15 p.m. For further information contact Paul Clarke at 083 1522272.


Adult badminton takes place every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the hollywood centre. For further details contact Deirdre Keogh at 087 6193509.

Juvenile badminton classes are on Monday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. nights. Please contact Chloe Clarke for more details at 087 0613292.

Hollywood GAA

Hollywood GAA Club lotto draw results December 29. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 15 and 19. There was no winner of the jackpot. The seller’s prize of €20 went to Bridie Wilson. The €50 winners were Tom Kelly Merginstown online 26, Deirdre Carroll online 120, John Lynham 604.

The next draw will take place in the club house on January 19 for a jackpot of €19,400. Good luck to everyone and thank you to all sellers and buyers of tickets throughout the year. Your continued support is much appreciated.

You can purchase lotto tickets locally from club members and local businesses and online at hollywoodgaa.com.


To book the Hollywood Centre, or place a notice in the district section of the Wicklow People or the Leinster Leader please contact the centre at 045 864979 or email info@hollywoodcentre.ie. All notes must be in the Hollywood Centre before 11 a.m. on Friday for the following week.


Tinahely Craft Market

Local crafters are starting a weekly sraft market on Saturday January 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The venue is the Pop up shop, Main Street, Tinahely. We will have craft tutorials featuring a different skill every week. There is a wide range of crafts available, so please come along and support your local community.