As plans for the proposed renovation works to the library and courthouse in Baltinglass are on public display in the library, people are being urged to drop in to view the plans and to make their own submissions to the County Council by noon on Wednesday, November 3.
The proposed works involve re-planning the courtroom for use as a public library with galleries for access to adjacent rooms, places to study, book stacks, and access to the children’s library on the entrance floor to the west of the library. Reroofing the building, including a new pitched slate roof with dormer windows over the existing flat roof of the courthouse, forming a new plate glass lantern on top of the slate roof, admitting daylight to the library and attic floors. Re-planning the Heritage Centre including entrance hall, new facilities, plant, room for public meetings, a small cinema for video projection of the existing exhibition material, café, and conservation works to the ground floor prison cells, all opening on to a memorial garden in the former Bridewell yard. Forming new bay windows to reading rooms on the South façade. Taking sand cement plaster off the external walls and replacing it with lime render, replacing sash windows with new ones including plate glass to the west façade. A new lift, a means of escape, circulation to the new attic floor, a public room and observatory of the town, the medieval and prehistory monuments, the hills and river valley. Adding a new disabled access lift, a stone and glass structure from the ground to the first floor entrance porch of the library.
Submissions can be made in writing to the Administrative Officer, Planning Section, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow. Submissions or observations should be clearly marked BALTINGLASS LIBRARY Part 8. Submissions may also be made by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information generally is available by contacting the Corporate Affairs Section Wicklow County Council, directly on 0404 20120. Details of the Part 8 process will be available on www.wicklow.ie.
The Gardai in Baltinglass have begun a community consultation process about the proposal for a CCTV system installed in the town similar to the one installed in Blessington. Superintendent Anthony Farrell said any CCTV scheme would be intended for “crime prevention, crime detection and to prevent anti-social behaviour.”
If you have any views on this matter, they would be most welcome. Please contact Eimear in Baltinglass Garda Station at 059 6482617.
The Parents Association of Bigstone NS is hosting their annual sponsored walk/run on October 24 at 12 noon. The 6km loop starts outside Bigstone Community Hall. Please come along and support the school as all proceeds go into activity, transport and supplies for the children. Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Hall. Thank you for the support from the Bigstone Parents Association.
GAA Club Development Draw
Tickets are now on sale for the Baltinglass GAA Club Development Draw. First prize is the super prize of a new Kia Picanto car supplied by Fergus Kenny Autos, 2nd prize is €1,000 and there are 13 other great prizes. Tickets are priced at €50 each.
You can purchase a ticket from any committee member and also this year you now can purchase your ticket online on the website baltinglassgaa.wicklow.gaa.ie.
TG4 Player of the Year Awards
Congratulations to Marie Kealy from Baltinglass GAA Club on her nomination for TG4’s Player of the Year Awards in the junior grade. She is up against Clíodhna Ní Shé from Carlow and Antrim’s Gráinne McLaughlin.
The winners will be announced at the 2021 TG4 All-Star Awards Banquet, in association with Lidl, which will be held at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel on Saturday, November 13.
Farm & Country Auction
Great news from St. Peter’s Parish, Kiltegan, the Farm & Country Produce Auction is back and will take place at the Parish Centre on Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. with everything from livestock, firewood, antiques and home bakes on sale.
Christmas Tractor Run
The community of Kiltegan is running a Christmas Tractor Run on Saturday, December 4 2021 in aid of Baltinglass Hospital and The Lalor Centre. They invite everyone to decorate their tractor, truck or vehicle of choice with festive lights and light up the countryside for Christmas. Check out the Kiltegan Christmas Tractor Run Facebook page for more details.
Update on ABO Wind Farm Proposal
An Bord Pleanála has once again delayed their decision regarding the planning appeal of ABO Wind against Wicklow County Council’s rejection of their planning application to develop a wind farm on the ancient site of Kilranelagh Hill, part of the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex.
The notification from An Bord Pleanála has removed any proposed deadline date for a decision on the Kilranelagh appeal and replaced the date with the word “priority”. West Wicklow Wind Action Group (WWWAG) posted on their facebook page: “These delays will not dispirit us. We will continue our work to ensure the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex remains untouched and gets the funding it deserves for both preservation and restoration. The West Wicklow Wind Action Group & Save Wicklow’s Ancient East will not stop until this unique Neolithic landscape is totally protected for future generations.”
Thanks to the great generosity of the people of Baltinglass, both young and old, Baltinglass Welcomes has now raised a staggering €9,264.21. This means that they have only €735.79 more to collect in order to reach their target of €10,000 needed to bring a refugee family from a camp in the Lebanon directly to Baltinglass.
There will be a bucket collection at McAllister on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hope of raising the remainder of the funds required. They are confident that with the generosity of people in the community so far, they can achieve their aim. Those who would prefer to contribute online, the group have a Go fund me page. The link is: https://gf.me/u/y358f7.
Spooky Colouring Competition
Don’t forget to enter for the McGreal’s Halloween Colouring Competition. The deadline is this coming Friday. Drop in and pick up your template to colour and you could be in with a chance to win.
Baltinglass Library invites children aged 6-10 years to dress up in costume and on Friday, October 29 for a reading of Spooky Tales between 4-5 p.m. in the Library. Phone 059 6482300 or email email@example.com to book your place.
Baltinglass Tidy Towns are asking for help from the people of Baltinglass to raise the issue of the health and safety hazard of the Dutchman’s pub, with Wicklow County Councillors. Pictures of the building on their facebook page show slates loose and about to fall onto the footpath. They are asking everyone in the town and environs to take their own photos of the building and send it with a letter to all the Councillors for the Baltinglass Electoral district: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Tidy Towns themselves have taken action by raising the issue with Wicklow County Council with no response coming from the Council. They believe that if everyone pulls together and shows their concern that something will be done.
The Balto Lotto Jackpot last week was €6,400 and the numbers drawn were 4, 10, 27 & 29. There were no match 4 winners or a Jackpot winner, and one lucky player, Eamonn Dunne, matched 3 numbers to win €300. The Jackpot now stands at €6,600.
Save the Date
Baltinglass Fairtrade Group is holding a ‘Fairly Traded Christmas Market’ on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Courthouse, Baltinglass. Fairly traded crafts, demonstrations on wreath making, sustainable gift wrapping and tips to avoid food waste will be some of the attractions, all accompanied by a warm, and free, Fairtrade tea and coffee.
Weekly town clean-up
Baltinglass Tidy Towns will be out and about in town on Saturday mornings doing litter picks, weeding, sweeping etc. commencing next Saturday October 9 at 10 a.m.
The mid-week work has now ceased, and they are hoping for a few more volunteers to join them on Saturdays. Gaisce students will be volunteering with them on Saturdays. If you can, please give an hour of your time, even if it’s only one Saturday a month.
Pure Mile clean-up
The Clough/Irongrange Pure Mile are organising a Clean-up day for this coming Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. for those in the area who can spare an hour. Meet at Clough Cross at 9.45 a.m.
Creative writing workshop
Baltinglass Library will host a creative writing workshop on Saturday, November 6 from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon. To book your place phone 059 6482300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited places are available, so book early to avoid disappointment.