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Erin Byrne helping out with weeding at Tearmann Community Garden recently.

Erin Byrne helping out with weeding at Tearmann Community Garden recently.

The June winner of the Baltinglass Tidy Towns competition generously donated their winnings to Ukrainian women living in Baltinglass.

The June winner of the Baltinglass Tidy Towns competition generously donated their winnings to Ukrainian women living in Baltinglass.


Erin Byrne helping out with weeding at Tearmann Community Garden recently.


Community Employment vacancies

Community Employment (CE) positions open for applications are as follows: Cleaning Operative (Ref: #CES-2227210) in Kiltegan; Environmental Worker (Ref: #CES-2227209) in High Park, Kiltegan;

Environmental Worker (Ref: #CES-2231855–two positions) in Knockananna; Sports Grounds Worker (Ref: #CES-2227205) in Baltinglass GAA; Tea Room Waitress/ Assistant (Ref: #CES-2232114) in the Tea Room, Baltinglass; Environmental Worker (Ref: #CES-2232116) in Rathdangan and Kiltegan; Environmental Worker (Ref: #CES-2227206) in Kiltegan.

All positions are 19.5 hours a week at Community Employments rates. Ask at your local Intreo office quoting the above reference numbers, or contact West Wicklow Community Employment CLG, The Green, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

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Mobile: 087 4497731| or 0871404580 Office: 059 6473330. You can also email westwicklowce@outlook.com for more information.

Help with weeding

Tearmann Community Garden is looking for help with weeding. If anyone would like to spend some time helping out in the garden, the best times are Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon when there will be people in the garden who can show you where help is needed. Bring a trowel or fork, or just turn up to pull weeds by hand. Weeds are loving the rain and sun and are thriving in the gardens at the moment. Remember weeding can be a mindful, outdoors activity.

Fresh vegetables

Fresh vegetables are for sale in Tearmann Community Garden. All picked fresh on the day. Come along Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and take your pick of the freshest of vegetable straight from the ground to your table.

New release from Cappy

Local Singer/Song-writer, Mark Caplice (Cappy) recently released his own original song ‘All in Your Head’ recorded in the legendary Windmill Lane and Abbey Lane studios. The song is inspired by Mark’s determination to live life to the full in the knowledge that we can be taken from this life at any time. This is a song with a big sound and a catchy refrain that will put a pep in your step.

The track features drummer and founding member of “Elbow” Rick Jupp on percussion, members of The “Booka Brass Band” on Horns, Scott Halidae on Bass and all other instruments played by Mark Caplice. The song was produced as a collaborative effort by Mark Caplice, Scott Halidae and Kieran Lane.

Adventure Challenge

The Wild Wicklow Adventure Challenge (Sprint and Endurance Races) includes kayaking, trekking, cycling and orienteering and takes place from Baltinglass Outdoor Adventure Centre on Saturday, July 23. This is a two-team event and is suitable for first-time team adventure racers.

Johan Muller and David Bawden are hosting the Wild Wicklow Adventure Challenge and are happy to answer any questions. Register and find out more information on adventureracing.ie.

Art exhibition in Horans

Don’t forget to pop along to the new collaborative art exhibition opening this Wednesday, July 6 in Horans Bar and Restaurant, Baltinglass. The launch of the exhibition is at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will include a “reading” by Aisling Creegan of her new book “I am Someone”.

Two local Art Groups, Cruthú Art Group and The Glen Art Group have come together to present this exhibition. All the artists taking part in this show are living and working in the locality.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday, July 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will be open again from Thursday, July 7 to Saturday, July 9 from 12 noon – 7 p.m.

The art on display, will feature painting, mixed media, photography, and jewellery from ten local artists. All art will be diverse and interesting as these artists excel when working in their own particular medium, and style, showing their unique talent. Everyone is invited to come along and support your local artists.

Kayak Club

Stand-up paddle board sessions have started at the Weir with Balto Kayak Club. Every Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each Monday will be open to 9 people at a cost of €10. Come and join us for a relaxing session on the river Slaney. All equipment is provided and run by qualified instructors. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, old trainers and a winning smile. To book your slot log on to Eventbrite and search for ‘Balto kc’.

Active Retired

During the Summer months a dedicated team of knitters will meet weekly in Bia Blasta on Tuesdays at 2.30 p.m. The schedule for Coffee Mornings will be: Germaines in the month of June and July in Horan’s–every Friday at 11 a.m. The next monthly meeting will be held on August 31.

Cemetery Masses

The dates of the remaining cemetery masses taking place in the parish over the summer are: Baltinglass Cemetery, Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m.; Grotto/Nuns’ Cemetery, Monday, August 15 at 11 a.m.

Bobalicious closes

It is very sad to see a popular business in the town closing its doors. Bobalicious posted on facebook last Thursday: “We regret to inform our Friends, Family and Customers on Sunday July 3rd due to personal reasons we will be closing the shop and our doors for the last time. We would like to thank everyone for their Support and love over the past year! It wouldn’t have been possible without you all. We ask all customers to use any vouchers this week. Thank you again- Bobalicuous Bubble Tea Staff x”

Bobalicious opened last June 2021 and as well as offering a unique and delicious service to the community, had often sponsored the Baltinglass Tidy Towns competition and also was involved in the ‘Darkness into Light’ event. There were lots of people expressing their shock and disappointment at the closure online. You will be missed in the community Sidita and we wish you the very best.

Tidy Towns competition

July’s Tidy Towns litter-pick-up competition is sponsored by Baltinglass Community Shop. You can enter by sending your photos to Baltinglass Tidy Town’s Instagram or facebook page.

June’s competition winner sponsored by Bobalicious is a lovely story showing the generosity of people. The person wanted their winning prize to go to the Ukrainian refugees. Well done to them for their kind donation.

Recent deaths

We were very sad to hear of the sudden death of Mag Byrne (née O’Reilly) from Tuckmill, Baltinglass last Saturday, July 2. We pass on our sympathy to her family who were with her in Naas Hospital when she died. Mag was very involved as a volunteer when the Kosovo refugees arrived in Ireland back in 1999. In more recent times she was a Sacristan in St. Joseph’s Church.

She will be greatly missed by her children Eddie, Ann, Bernie, Frances, Angela, Stephanie, Fiona and Trish, her sisters Mary and Kathleen, all her 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and her extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours.

We also express our sympathy to the Deering family at the passing away of Liz Deering of Ballybit Little, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow last Tuesday. Liz was a service user of the Lalor Centre in Baltinglass and was a member of the Kare choir there. She will be greatly missed by her sisters Mary and Brid and her brother Pat and all her extended family, relatives and many friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam dílis.