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Around the districts: Annacurra, Aughrim, Avoca and Carnew


Tom Glynn and Andrea Walker with Una and Andy Doyle at the Avoca GAA/Camogie Club dinner dance

Tom Glynn and Andrea Walker with Una and Andy Doyle at the Avoca GAA/Camogie Club dinner dance

Tom Glynn and Andrea Walker with Una and Andy Doyle at the Avoca GAA/Camogie Club dinner dance


Annacurra - Community Games: Next Saturday, December 1, our area will attend the National Area and Media Awards in Cavan Crystal hotel for the best area in County Wicklow. A great achievement. On Monday, December 3, there will be no athletics training as our coaches have a training night themselves to update their skills and to help improve coaching in the club. Monday, December 10, will be our last night before Christmas.

GAA lotto

Numbers drawn on November 19 were 6, 17, 21 and 26. No jackpot winner. Match-three winners - €35 each: Sandra Maher, Ballinglen; Billy Cuddihy and Claire Byrne, Kilpipe; Sarah Doyle, Tinakilly. Next Week's jackpot, €3,450.00

St Vincent de Paul

The annual Christmas St Vincent de Paul Appeal is due to take place across churches on the weekend of December 1/. Your support is sought.


There will be a whist drive in Annacurra Community hall on Saturday night next December 1, starting at 9 p.m.

45 Card Game

45 Card game on November 30 starting at 9 p.m. in the Saltee.


Items for Annacurra notes can be emailed to annacurra@gmail.com or phoned to 083 3136925 by 8 p.m. on Sunday evening.


Town/Country Market

Anyone hoping to get an early start on getting Christmas orders or Christmas gift shopping will be happy to know that all the Saturdays from now on are Christmas Markets and they are likely to find that unusual something for that someone special in their life, without the stress and pressure associated with this time of year.

Do yourself a favour and visit the committed crafts people and food producers for a welcome country style shopping experience. Relax over a freshly brewed McCabe organic coffee and choose a tasty from the Menu at the open fire at the Pavilion Café. Enjoy a preview taste by looking and liking at the Aughrim Town and Country Facebook page. The market is held every Saturday in the Pavilion, Rednagh Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All enquiries to Caroline 086 0865838.

Active Retirement

Our Christmas party is in Hunters Hotel on Thursday, December 6, Total cost for the meal and transport is €35. Please drop payment in an envelope with your name into Margaret or Anne before November 30 Bus will leave Lawless' at 1.30 p.m. Don't forget your Kris kindle. The trip to Newbridge is on tomorrow Thursday next 29th. Bus will leave Lawless' at 9.30 a.m. and the cost is €15. Please have the exact amount in an envelope with your name on the day.

Community Games

Next Saturday, December 1, our area will attend the National Area and Media Awards in Cavan Crystal hotel for the best area in County Wicklow. A great achievement. On Monday, December 3, there will be no athletics training as our coaches have a training night themselves to update their skills and to help improve coaching in the club. Monday, December 10, will be our last night before Christmas.

Anne Devlin CCE

The annual general meeting of Anne Devlin branch CCE will be held in the Old School Aughrim on Friday, November 30, at 8.45 p.m. All are welcome.

Christmas Fair

Next Sunday, December 2, the Aughrim Fair takes place in the function room of Lawless' Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over the years the Aughrim Fair, organised by the Aughrim Business Association has proven to be a source of high quality arts and crafts, cakes, plants, health products and much more, all presented by local businesses.

The local restaurant the Stonecutter has a wide range of breads, cakes and other tasteful products on offer. Tasteful lunches are available all day in the lounge of the hotel.

At 1.15 the local Anne Devlin music group will give an entertaining performance and at 2.30 Santa will arrive with enough sweets for all. There is a treasure hunt for children with fun prizes.

All these activities and the admission are free, so no excuse to miss a wonderful opportunity to get your presents organised. For more info contact Christien Van Bussel, mob: 086 8597267, email vanbussel.c@gmail.com.


The numbers: 7, 14, 22 and 27 were drawn in the sports club lotto on Monday last, November 19, The jackpot was not won. Match-three winners were Kieran O'Shea, Anne Newsome and Bobby Newsome. The jackpot is €4,050.

Notes Deadline

Items to be included in the Aughrim notes should be emailed to aughrimnotes@eircom.net before 8 p.m. on Sundays. Do not send attachments.


Avoca Courthouse

A beautiful selection of Christmas Cards with lovely scenes of Avoca in the Snow are for sale in Avoca Community Heritage Centre, Avoca post office and Avoca Pharmacy - all proceeds go to Avoca Tidy Towns and Community Courthouse. Avoca Community Courthouse Open from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday Friday.

Avoca GAA lotto

On November 21 the winning numbers were 2, 23, 26 and 27. No jackpot winner. No match-three winner. Seller's prize: Serena Moore. The next draw takes place on November 28 where the jackpot will be €1,100.

Avoca senior citizens

The Avoca senior citizens extend their sincere thanks to Myles Doyle and the staff at the Avoca Recycling Centre for all their generous donations to our senior citizen fund from the proceeds of the Clothes Recycling scheme. This scheme is supporting many local charities so please think of them when clearing out your hot press and wardrobes.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who contribute and collect for our local senior citizens, especially at this time of year. Please give a thought to our senior citizens buckets to be found in these local shops: Avoca post office. Avoca Chemist. Henley's shop and Café. Kelly's Bar. PG Rowley's Rathdrum. Leo's Bar, Conary. The Meetings, Avoca. Farriers In, White Bridge. Delaney's Shop, Woodenbridge.

Our thanks also go to Mary O'Toole for the generous donation to our funds of €120 which was gratefully received.

Our Avoca senior citizens next New Year Party is be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the Woodenbridge Hotel, and we are looking forward to meeting all our members both old and new there.


Avoca NS is taking enrolments coming academic year. The school has single-stream classes and there are spaces in all classes. We also offer a wide range of after-school clubs. If you would like to have, your child enrolled, please call the office at 0402 35331 or email us at avocans@hotmail.com. Forms can be downloaded and printed off from our website;avocaschool.ie. We will be having an Open Morning on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. to midday.

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners on November 19 were: 1st €80 - Olga Waldron c/o Finns; 2nd €50 - Dinny Moore, Ballykeane; 3rd €30 - Anne Máire Burke, Beech Road. Seller's prize: Ben Tuke. Next Draw in Fitzgeralds.

Active Retirement

Christmas Dinner in Fitzgeralds Avoca, Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Please book with Joan 087 2260968, Colette 087 6635508.

Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning and cake sale in the Hartin Hall on Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in aid of Castlemacadam Church Funds.

Avoca Valley Singers

Avoca Valley Singers will perform a Christmas Concert, conducted by Tony Norton in St Mary's and St Patrick's Church, Avoca on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. Free Admission. Donations only - all proceeds to Avoca St Vincent de Paul.


Tomacork cabaret

The committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported and attended the annual Cabaret on Friday, November 16, to John Flood for the music and the golf club for the use of the venue.


Congratulations to Eugene and Coleen Clune on the birth of their son recently.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of John Byrne, Emmet Place, Carnew, who died on Monday following an accident, his remains were removed to Carnew on Thursday for 2 p.m. Mass, followed by burial in Tomacork cemetry.

To the family and relatives of Sarah Stacey, Ballyshancarragh, Kildavin and formely of Deerpark, who died during the week and was buried on Friday following 2 p.m. service.

To the family and relatives of Cathrine (Kitty) Murphy, née Kavanagh, Kiltilahane, who died on Wednesday, her remains were removed to Askamore on Saturday for 11 a.m. Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard.

Split the pot

The winner of Scoil Aodan Naofa, Carnew split-the-pot of November 16 was Adam Kavanagh winning €238, tickets on sale from the school or local shops.

Get well

Get well wishes go to Willie Walsh, Donishal. Paul Little, Donishal. Nellie Lennon, Hillbrook.

Heritage club presentation

Carnew Heritage club held their presentation night on Friday, November 9, at 8.30 p.m. in Kenny's Pint Depot, proceeds from the annual Road run, the Garden County Country Fest and the working day were presented to Sister Josephine from Carnew Community Care receiving €750, Tony Buttle and Linda Dunne from South East Cancer Trust received €4,500. Margaret Cooper and Betty Finn for Talk to Tom received €4,500 and Mary O'Rourke and Clare Doyle from friends of Local People with MS received €4,500. Carnew GAA Club benefit from the proceeds of the Saturday night and the Heritage club from the working day.

The group has raised over €100,000 for local charities since it first began in 2005. A sincere thank you to everyone involved on a very successful weekend, especially the land owners, sponsors, exhibitors and many volunteers who helped make everything possible on the day.

Colaiste Bhride Strictly

Well done to all who took part in the Strictly Come Dancing last week in Gorey, good luck to all in the final on Sunday, December 2, in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey against Creagh College, tickets available from the schools or the dancers. In the final are Molly Rose McDermot and Killian McDonald, Laura Doran and Conor Hughes, Ciaran O'Keeffe and Kate McConnell. Kevin Morris and Áine Teeran, Aidan Douglas and Michaela Smyth.


The next bingo is on Sunday, December 2, and 16 at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew, all welcome.

Tinahely walking club

Details of Tinahely Walking Club Sunday walks for the next two weeks - December 2: Glen of Imaal, B, 13km, four hours. Meeting Tinahely 10.00, Fenton's Pub at 10.30 a.m. December 9: Askamore, B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meeting Askamore Church 10.30 a.m. As usual, please ensure to wear proper walking boots, to bring adequate food and drink and to pack (or wear) rain gear.

Show Society AGM

Carnew and District Agricultural Show Society will hold their annual general meeting on Monday, December 3, at 8.30 p.m. in Kenny's Lounge, Corner House, Carnew.

Ballyellis NS

Enda Morris, Principal of Ballyellis National School, Askamore was taken by surprise on Wednesday morning last when Alan Corcoran, South East Radio, awarded him Outstanding achievement for the Month for November on behalf of the school. He was nominated for this award by Mick and Mairéad Kinsella, Pat and Ann Butler and James and Margaret Tomkins for his quick thinking and caring response after an unfortunate accident near the school involving their children, Aoife, Kate and Karen, past pupils of the school.

It is a great testament to the school's caring ethos, that the former students and parents felt able to seek help from the local school. It was because of Mr. Morris and his staff's prompt and appropriate response to the incident that they were nominated for this well deserved reward. Well done and Congratulations to Mr Enda Morris and all the staff in Ballyellis.

The Friday, November 23 winner of Ballyellis NS split-the-pot was Paula Buttle, Donishall - winning €165. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Masses in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.