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Around the Districts: Laragh-Glendalough and Rathdrum


Rose Kinsella, Fiadh and Lucia O'Donavan out and about in Wicklow town.

Rose Kinsella, Fiadh and Lucia O'Donavan out and about in Wicklow town.

Rose Kinsella, Fiadh and Lucia O'Donavan out and about in Wicklow town.



Opening of the new Brockagh Digital Hub

The Brockagh Resource Centre invites you to the launch of the new Brockagh Hub on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP to brockaghoffice@gmail.com by May 19

This exciting new venture is funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development and will be open as a shared work space with high speed broadband connection.

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Tidy Towns news

Opening of Ballard Walk and Brockagh Trails – Laragh/Glendalough Tidy Towns invite you to the official opening of the Neighbourhood Facilities and Enhancement Project in Ballard on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. This will be followed by the Official Opening of the Brockagh Trails at 3.30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 4 p.m.

Junior Tidy Towns – Junior TT cleared Brockagh Trail of rubbish on Sunday, May 17. They collected six sacks of rubbish, working hard to clear the forest. Well done to them for all their hard work. A big thank you to the Wicklow Heather, Glendalough Hotel for providing workers with refreshments over recent weeks and McCoys XL shop for rewarding Junior TT with ice cream after their great work.

Brockagh Market and Car Boot

The Brockagh Market and Car Boot is once a month on the second Sunday (except Jan/Feb) – next date June 12. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tea, coffee and food snacks are available. Indoor and outdoor stalls with a variety of items for sale with plenty of bargains from gifts, clothes, plants, books, toys, aloe vera products, artwork, tools, household items etc. Free parking and customer toilet facilities.

The barrier will be locked from 6 p.m. Saturday evening till 8 a.m. Sunday morning. You can contact us by phone 0404 45600 (Wed-Friday a.m. $3 to 2 p.m.) or email car bootbrockagh@gmail.com.

Walking group in the Brockagh

On Monday mornings weekly at 10 a.m. 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.

Active Retirement

AR meet every Tuesday morning from 10.45 a.m. midday in the Brockagh Centre. 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. The members enjoyed a day trip to Leighlinbridge last Tuesday, a great day was had by all. We have a candle workshop this week for our members.

We would like to encourage anyone who loves arts and crafts or any other hobby, maybe you have learned new skills over the Covid break and would like the space to practice and share your skills with other members if so come along and join us.

Members of the group would like to thank the Local Link bus for bringing them to the centre on a Tuesday morning and also for their Friday shopping bus. They were a lifeline for some members during Covid.

If anyone would like to offer their services or share their skills with the group please contact the centre. For more information call Denise at 0404 45600, email brockaghoffice@gmail.com or drop in to the centre.

Yoga Tree Ireland

Yoga Tree is back at the Brockagh centre this summer. Do you have aches and pains or stiffness in your body? Are you stressed and struggle to relax? How is your energy? Do you jump out of bed full of the joys of summer or do you drag yourself into the new day? Hildi can help ease your body and mind with expertly taught yoga. She’s highly qualified with decades of experience.

Join her on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. for yoga (all abilities welcome) and Fridays at 10 a.m. for remedial/restorative yoga. Classes are also offered at Glenealy hall and online. Many options to choose from. Booking is essential. WhatsApp 087 2536475. Email info@yogatree.ie.

Comedy fundraiser in aid of school

Come along for a fun night out in aid of Schoil Chaoimhín Naofa on Friday, May 27, in Lynhams of Laragh. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. with show starting sharp at 8 p.m. On Stage for the ultimate entertainment will be Danny O’Brien (Comedy Centralm RTÉ), Paul Marsh (winner of Ireland’s Funniest joke) and music by the Flamin Mongrels. Tickets can be purchased by contacting 086 1942546, 087 2822490, 086 2228188. Book early to avoid disappointment. Limited seating.


Wicklow County Council are advising that roadworks will be taking place on the R756 (Glendalough to Laragh) and the R755 (Laragh to Annamoe) between Monday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 25.

Traffic management and a stop/go system will be in place with road users likely to experience delays. Please use alternative routes if possible.

The works are necessary to carry out road resurfacing works. Wicklow County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

Hermitage Centre celebrates 21 years

Archbishop Dermot Farrell will launch the celebrations with Mass this Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in St Kevin’s Church, Laragh. On Friday, June 3, there will be a concert in St Kevin’s at 8 p.m.

All are welcome to visit the Hermitages at the open days on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day. Pilgrim Walks have been arranged for Saturday, June 4, A ritual with Deirdre Ni Chinneide will take place in the meditation garden at St Kevin’s on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, from 2.30 p.m. till 3.30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert and information about the walks are available by phoning 087 9356696 or by emailing failte@glendaloughhermitage.ie.


GAA Club lotto

Avondale GAA Club lotto results for Tuesday, May 17: No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 7, 8, 11 and 26. Four match-three winners: Buddy Kinsell c/o Jacobs; Denise Dunne c/o online; Anthony Byrne c/o online; Dean Dickenson c/o online. Thanks for all your continued support.

Next draw will be on Tuesday, May 24, with the jackpot standing at €1,600. All tickets can be purchased at all business in Rathdrum and also they can be purchased online through the club force app online which you can download on to your mobile phone.

Go Game Referee Course

Go games referee course will be taken place on Saturday the 28th may at 11.30 a.m. in the Wicklow GAA centre of excellence in Rathdrum. Participants must be16 years and over can do the course for registration you can contact Darren Hayden at 08 six 1450150 or email Darren at darren.hayden.gda.wicklow@gaa.ie for more information


Condolences to Caitriona and Peter Merrigan and extended family on the sad passing of baby Archie Merrigan. May he rest in peace.

Condolences to the O’Reilly family and extended family from Avoca on the sad passing of Séamus O’Reilly. May he rest in peace amen.

Parish Church Notes

Important notice – Due to unforeseeable circumstance the dates for the blessing of the graves had to be changed apologies to all the following dates Greenane Cemetery is Sunday, July 3, at 3 p.m. and Rathdrum Cemetery is Sunday, July 3, at 3 p.m.

Rosary – The rosary will be recited for the month of may at the grotto in Rathdrum each evening at 7 p.m. Also the rosary will take place at Greenane grotto at 7.30 p.m. each Monday evening and all so at 7.30 p.m. at the Clara Vale school house gardens.

Prayer service for exams – A special prayer service for all student sitting the leaving cert and the junior cert exams in June will take place in Rathdrum parish church on Monday, May 30, at 7.30 p.m. All students and families are invited to attend.

Mass Times – Monday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. in the Rathdrum parish church.

Tuesday: Eucharisty service at 9 p.m. in Rathdrum Parish church. Saturday 6 p.m. in Rathdrum parish church. Sunday: 9 a.m. in Clara Vale church (first and third week only). Sunday: 10.15 a.m. Greenane (2nd and fourth week only)

Sunday 11.30 a.m. in Rathdrum parish church. Public Holidays: at 11 a.m. in Rathdrum parish church.

Rathdrum Tidy Towns

Rathdrum Tidy Towns are having a community clean-up on Monday, May 30 at 6.30 p.m. meeting in the market square This is a great way for people to get involved in the community while also keeping the town clean and tidy. All help is great;y appreciated the sixth WWW Rathdrum scouts are joining us on the night they have always taken part in these clean-up down through the years and we are delighted to welcome them back refreshments will be provided on the night which is sponsored by Robert Casey.


Thanks to Bernie Byrne and all the staff at Country Life Rathdrum (Glanbia) who organised a lovely native bee talk with Dermott Fanning from Wicklow bees in conjunctions with nation biodiversity week and thanks to Trasa from Wicklow flower’s who done a wildflower display and chatted about bee friendly flowers.

Thanks to Oran O’Sullivan and Deirdre Burns, who lead a group of people out on a walk around Rathdrum to observe swifts in flight in conjunction with national Biodiversity week.

Ballinacor GFC

The club will be holding a race night on Friday, June 3, in Phelan’s pub in Ballinaclash, starting at 8.30 p.m.

Camogie Club news

Rathdrum, who were on the junior county camogie panel that played in the junior county camogie final last weekend. Wicklow won and were crowned leinster junior camogie champions 2022 so well done to you Emma and Thea and all your teammates. Also on the day the Avondale under-10 camogie team played in the mini games at half time in the leinster camogie finals.

Youth club Ukraine fundraiser

Ballinaclash Foróige (youth club) are hosting a coffee morning in aid of the Ukraine Appeal on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. at Ballinaclash community centre Contact Ann McGee for more information.

Historical Society

Rathdrum Historical Society has organised a walk around Wicklow town based on the Robert Halpin trail on Monday, May 30, at 6.30 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend should meet at Parnell Park Rathdrum at 6 p.m. we can travel from there to Wicklow.

Wicklow Rose Selection 2022.

Caitlin Byrne from Rathdrum is one of a number of women entering the Wicklow Rose Selection 2022 this year If crowned the Wicklow Rose 2022 she will be going to Tralee for the International Rose of Tralee Festival.

The Wicklow Rose selection will take place on June 5 in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The doors will be opened at 6.15 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

If you want to attend the event you can contact Caitlin or Kathy Byrne for tickets. Caitlin is sponsored for the night by Robert and Jackie Casey from Centra Rathdrum.

Avondale Community College

Congratulations to the under-16 football team who had a great win over Pres-Bray to win the county junior plate championship well done to all involved.

Also congratulation to Maria Zakharenko, who has qualified in the 800m for the all-Ireland schools finals in June Well done Maria.

Rathdrum Market

Rathdrum Market makes a return to Parnell Memorial Park Rathdrum this Friday, May 27, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. For more information contact Margaret Nolan on the Rathdrum Market Facebook page.

St Colman’s Residential Centre

This year St Colman’s Residential Centre is holding a fun run walk to fundraise for completion of the 12 Sheltered Houses refurbishment. Stage one is now successfully completed with beautiful new PVC windows and doors. This is down to the generosity of all who supported last year’s’ event – the Walk to Vancouver. The next phase is to fit the new showers, new vanity units, tile and redecorate.

This year’s event will take place over the week Monday, June 27, to Sunday, July 3, culminating in a barbecue on Sunday, July 3, from 2 p.m. on site, post run, walk or stroll when medals shall be presented. The target is set at 1,000km per house, that is a staggering 12,000km.

Walk sponsorship cards are available from St Colman’s Residential Centre, Avondale Sports and staff connected to St Colman’s. The Patient’s Benefit Fund are supporting this effort and have been active in achieving progress so far.

Thank you to all who continue to support St/Colman’s and improvements to the lives of those who reside in it.

Weekly Bingo

Bingo continues on Friday nights at 8.30 p.m. at the RDA Hall Next Friday sees the return of the ‘jackpot’ Sheet – a firm favourite among bingo players. Although the jackpot prize won’t be as big as pre-Covid it is still worth a punt and in time it is hoped to reinstate the prize money. For those that don’t know the bingo is presented every Friday night by a very small group of volunteers and there is always the need for extra help, so if anyone is interested in helping out in any way it would be most appreciated.

RDA Hall

The RDA Hall is in constant demand so if anyone is looking to book it please try give as much notice as possible as it is very busy.

Items for the notes

if any group or organisation want notes put in to the Rathdrum notes can they forward the information to me via email sandyshaugh44@gmail.com before 7 p.m. on a Sunday evening.