PPN community meeting
A meeting by the Baltinglass Municipal District group in association with Wicklow County Council took place last Monday night in Baltinglass Parish Centre. Grainne Quinn from County Wicklow PPN was co-ordinating, and facilitators also included Helen, Deirdre and Emma.
‘Let’s Develop our Vision for our Baltinglass Municipal District Community’ was the theme of the night and representatives of community groups from all around West Wicklow came along to participate and have their voices heard. The Baltinglass & District Forum, Tearmann Garden, The Community Tea Room, The Lalor Centre, Community Cafés in Kiltegan and Stratford, Baltinglass Tidy Towns, the Baltinglass Christmas Lights group, Rathdangan Community Council, and other groups from Donard and Dunlavin, were all in attendance.
This was a workshop format under the topics of Environment & Sustainability, Health, Participation, Democracy & Good Governance, and Social Enterprise with each grouping of people moved from one topic table to another for discussions and to input their views onto chart paper. Issues such as a lack of TD representation of West Wicklow in the Dáil, littering, access to services in the Primary Care Centre, the lack of a proper Bus Service, the lack of bottle banks in Baltinglass, community cafés being asked to supervise CE workers and much more, were expressed and discussed by those present.
The input received will help to inform the development of the new Co. Wicklow Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP). This is a six-year plan containing objectives and actions to: Promote and support economic development, and promote and support local and community development in Co. Wicklow both by Wicklow County Council itself and in partnership with other economic and community development stakeholders. The input will also help towards preparing the new Co. Wicklow PPN Vision for Community Wellbeing Statement.
County Wicklow PPN is a non-party political and non-sectarian representative organisation that acts as a voice for all community and voluntary organisations in County Wicklow. The PPN’s purpose is to provide an inclusive and independent structure that enables community consultation and participation in policy and decision making so as to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people in the county.
There is another opportunity to have your voice heard on Wednesday of this week, May 25 with an online meeting between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Log on to Eventbrite and search for ‘Lets Develop our Vision’ to register and you will be sent a link to the meeting.
Family Carers Ireland is holding a Carer’s Clinic in the meeting room in Baltinglass Library on Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone who cares for a family member, neighbour or friend is invited to drop in, meet the Carer Support Manager, Sarah and discuss any issues they may be facing. For more information call Sarah at 086 0213749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grangecon NS open evening
Grangecon N.S. will hold its annual Open Evening on Thursday June 2, from 6-8 p.m. Prospective students, their parents and all members of the community are welcome to attend to help celebrate our student’s wonderful work and view our extensive school grounds.
A book fair will also take place on the night, with a great selection of books to enjoy. An ice-cream truck will be on site to supply everyone with delicious treats and a group of talented parents will provide face painting. A fun evening is ensured so why not join us for some light refreshments? We look forward to welcoming you all.
The dates of the Cemetery masses taking place in the parish over the summer are: Rathbran Cemetery, Friday June, 24 at 7.30 p.m. Knockpatrick Cemetery, Friday, July 1 at 7.30 p.m., Baltinglass Cemetery, Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m., Grotto/Nuns’ Cemetery, Monday, August 15 at 11 a.m.
Cruinnú na nÓg
Cruinnú na nÓg is the annual celebration of arts and culture for children and young people in County Wicklow and it is back this year after a 2-year break. It takes place on Saturday, June 11 with an exciting array of activities for young people.
Tearmann Community Garden will the central focus of the celebrations with Catherine Fulvio giving an Interactive Cookery Demonstration for 5-15 year-olds on Saturday, June 11 from 2 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. (to book, log on to Eventbrite and search for Interactive Cookery Demonstration) Karen Ryan Alison is also giving a candle-making workshop for 5-13 year-olds throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m (Book by calling 087 275 0873).
‘The Lonely Beast’ Story Trail takes place from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 0-12 year-olds (register on eventbrite, search for The Lonely Beast). Wild Art: Forest School Activities with The Natural School of Art for 5-8 year-olds takes place from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Other events include Baltinglass POUND Workshop (a drumming workshop) for 0-13+ year-olds – Indoors from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in the Parish Centre (no booking required. 1st come 1st served). Relove Fashion. Upcycling to create a new fashion look also takes place in the Parish Centre on Wednesday, June 8, 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. for ages 13+ (Book today by emailing email@example.com). Willow Weaving on the Green at Rathcoran Housing Estate from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and again from 3-6 p.m. for ages 5-13+ (this runs from Thursday, June 2). To book contact: 087 2766213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome to come along and join in the fun on the day of June 11 in Tearmann Community Gardens. Remember to book for any of the events beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Award for the Lord’s Wood
Baltinglass Tidy Towns is delighted to announce that The Lord’s Wood has won the 2022 Community Woodlands Award at this year’s RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Lord’s Wood owned by Coillte and developed by Baltinglass and District Forum Walkways Group achieved the outright winner award in a category that included such walks as Kylemore Gardens and Tintern Abbey.
Minister of State Pippa Hackett resided over the presentations. Judges Henry Phillips, Tony Mannion and Jim Reidy visited forests and woodlands in all four provinces before choosing the award winners in three categories – community, production and farm forestry. Henry Phillips is quoted as saying at the Award ceremony, “The Lord’s Wood provides a recreational resource for both locals and visitors alike, with a noticeable increase in numbers since pathways have been established. Like many other amenity woodlands, it came into its own during Covid-19.”
Free Diabetes screening
The Lions Club will be holding a Free Diabetes Screening in Kevin Carey’s pharmacy, Baltinglass Main Street, next Saturday, May 28 from 11- 2 p.m.
Many thanks to the nurses from Baltinglass who will be carrying out the screening on the day. All welcome to come along.
Talbotstown National School in Kiltegan are holding their run for Lucy next Sunday, May 29. Registration is from 10 a.m. at the school and the Run/Walk starts at 11.30 a.m. There are two distances of 4k and 7k. Entry is €10 for adults, €2 for children and €20 for a family. A donation will be made to The Irish Cancer Society from the proceeds.
The late Peter O’Connor RIP
We express our sympathy to the family of Peter O’Connor of Rathmoon, Bawnogues, who passed away last Thursday, May 19. He will be sadly missed by his wife Yvonne and daughters Teresa, Sharon and Margaret and his son Peter and all his extended family, relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.