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Eamonn Heffernan at the Cruthú and Glen Art Group’s exhibition in Horan’s Baltinglass.

Eamonn Heffernan at the Cruthú and Glen Art Group’s exhibition in Horan’s Baltinglass.

Action from the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp at Stratford/Grangecon GAA grounds.

Action from the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp at Stratford/Grangecon GAA grounds.

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Eamonn Heffernan at the Cruthú and Glen Art Group’s exhibition in Horan’s Baltinglass.

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Historical Walk

The West Wicklow Historical Society hosted an ‘evening stroll’ event in Dunlavin on Wednesday, July 27.

The society’s chairman, Chris Lawlor, led the walk around the village, providing historical information at various stopping points. The weather was kind and over forty people were in attendance, including some who had travelled from counties Dublin, Kildare and Carlow, as well as those from many parts of West Wicklow.

Numerous topics were covered including (among others) the Cromwellian land settlement and the foundation of Dunlavin village, eighteenth-century improvements including the construction of the fine market house, the 1798 massacre on the fair green, the nineteenth-century construction of the village churches, the role of the National Foresters in building the old Imaal Hall and activity in Dunlavin during the Irish Revolution of 1916-23.

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The large attendance reflected the great interest in the local history of West Wicklow, and augers well for future events hosted by the society, which will resume its lecture programme in the autumn..

Draw for Tullow Show

Baltinglass Credit Union have been kindly gifted 4 free passes for the Tullow Agricultural Show to give away to members. The date of the show is August 21. The last date for entries is this coming Friday, August 5.

This is a great family day out with lots to see and experience, and a special day following its absence for the past 2 years. The draw will take place on Friday, August 15 in the Baltinglass Credit Union, main office in Baltinglass. More information can be found at www.tullowagriculturalshow.com.

Community Employment

West Wicklow Community Employment have a vacancy for an Environmental Worker: Ref: #CES-2336096. The location is Baltinglass Tidy Towns. To apply please contact your local Intreo Office or West Wicklow CE Scheme. The hours are 19.5 hours per week. This vacancy can only be filled by persons who are 21 years and over. Contact details for WWCE are: The Green, Kiltegan Office: 059 64 73 330 Mobile: 087 449 7731 / 087 140 4580 Email: westwicklowce@outlook.com

Date for your Diary

A 10k and 5k Run/Walk will be held in Rathdangan on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4. All proceeds will go to Baltinglass Hospital. Watch this space for more details closer to the time.

New opening times

Erin, Stephen and Emma from Hangry for Hotdogs would like to make people aware of their new opening times. Starting this week, Tuesday, August 2 they will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support.

Thank you

Michael Hopkins from Friends of Calcutta wishes to thank everyone on behalf of the charity for supporting their recent clothes collection. It far exceeded his expectations.

A message from Tidy Towns

If you intend spending time at the Weir this Summer, please ensure any rubbish you may have is placed in the bins provided. If bins are full, please take your rubbish home. Should you see any dangerous or intimidating behaviour near the river please contact the Gardaí immediately. We ask all businesses to continue to sweep and litter pick in front of their shop/ business. Thank you for your support to date.

Would anyone like to volunteer to help us water flowers, planters and trees please? Contact any member of the Tidy Towns committee for further details. We meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the McAllister monument. If you can, spare an hour a week to help Baltinglass look its best.

Tree Grants

Grants of up to €500 are on offer by Wicklow County Council for the planting of native trees and hedgerows by communities to encourage an increase in the amount of trees in our public spaces. Any community group, school, youth club, sports club can apply for the grant. The grant will cover 75% of the cost of buying trees, stakes and ties up to a maximum of €500. To apply, groups need to identify a site suitable for planting and have a quote from a supplier for trees, outlining the type of trees and their cost. A sketch map should be included with the application form to show where it is proposed to plant the trees.

Groups should ensure that they have the support of their local community including a local residents association or Tidy Town when planning on public green space. The deadline for applications is September 2 and it is expected that all trees will be planted out during the months of October to December. Participants can purchase trees once Wicklow County Council gives approval for the application. The grant is paid out once a receipt is then submitted.

Anyone interested in making an application should contact the Environmental Awareness Office to request an application using the email address eao@wicklowcoco.ie. People can also contact the office on the same address with any questions about the grant.

Craft Fair

Talbotstown National School Parent’s Association is bringing a Christmas Craft Fair to Baltinglass in December and is putting a call out to all local traders and crafters to book a stall. It will take place on Sunday, December 4 in Germaines. Please contact Talbotstownpa@gmail.com if you wish to secure a space or PM Suzanne Finn on facebook.

Musical Workshops

Lights Drama Action Stage School have new dates for their Musical workshops. They will take place in Fatima Hall in Baltinglass on August 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The workshops will suit 8-12 year-olds for the musical Matilda and 13-17 year-olds for Hairspray. The cost of admission is €25. Message them on Lights Drama Action on facebook to show your interest.

Darkness into Light

The DIL committee wish to inform the community that the Darkness into Light walk in Baltinglass raised €10,857.99. Many thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and walkers.

All proceeds from the walk will go towards Pieta House who help people in suicidal distress or who are engaging in self-harm.

Baltinglass Classic Run

The Baltinglass Classic Run 2022 is taking place on Sunday, August 7, organised by the West Wicklow Classic and Vintage Vehicle Club (WWCVVC). All proceeds from the event will go towards Baltinglass Day Care Centre and Scoil Naomh Íosaf’s new Special Class for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The organisers hope to fill the streets on the day. Come along and drop into registration if you would like to donate.

This year the main feature will be the classic Fiat with prizes given in various categories for classic Fiats (pre 2002). Make sure to pre-register your Fiat to receive a gift on the day. Contact 087 359 5469 or 089 216 0673. As usual the event will take place from Germaine’s Inisfail, Baltinglass. Registration is from 11 a.m. to depart at 2 p.m. This is a family day which will include an artwork competition for children to involve them in the day with lots of prizes.

Community Garden

Lettuce, scallions, cabbage, radishes, gooseberries, herbs, and lots more for sale this week at Tearmann Community Garden. All picked fresh on the day and organic. Come along Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and take your pick of the freshest of vegetables straight from the ground to your table.

Kiltegan Women’s Shed

If you would like to go along and join the new Women’s Shed in Kiltegan, they meet every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m to 12.30 in the Talk of the Town, Kiltegan. All are very welcome.

Sad passing

We express our sympathy to the Clarke family on the passing away of David Clarke (Snr) from Parkmore, Baltinglass. David was originally from Moynalty, Co. Meath. He was a familiar face around the town and will be greatly missed by his wife Angela and his children Anthony, David (Jnr), Wayne and Chris and all his grandchildren, extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


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