Friday 24 May 2019

Around the districts: Annacurra, Aughrim, Coolgreany-Johnstown, Avoca

Brian and Senan Whelan ready to take part in the 5 Bounds Challenge in Annacurra
Brian and Senan Whelan ready to take part in the 5 Bounds Challenge in Annacurra
Robbie Fowler and Peter Roche at the annual tournament hosted by Arklow Boxing Club in the Arklow Bay Hotel

Annacurra: Indoor Bowls - Please take note of new time schedule. Bowls will start every Sunday and Thursday nights from now on at the earlier time at 7 p.m. Our Christmas Turkey Competition has commenced, we will be doing the mixed doubles draw for the Stapleton Cup in the near future.

GAA lotto

Numbers drawn on November 12 were 1, 11, 15 and 24. No jackpot winner. Match-three winners - €75 each: John Sweeney, Annacurra; Aimee Barnes, Aughrim; Mary Carty, Preban; John O'Neill, Kilpipe Lodge. Next Week's jackpot, €3,300.

45 Card Game

There is a 45 Card game on November 23 starting at 8.30 p.m. in the Community Hall, Annacurra. Top score €100

Community Games

Last Monday at Wicklow Community Games Agm in the Glendalough Hotel we were named best area in the county. This is all due to the hard work of our volunteers and the support we receive from the local schools and clubs.

And we will be honoured along with our Steps to Health Silver Award at the National Area, Media and Volunteer Awards in Cavan Crystal Hotel at the end of the month. Well done to our great little area and here's to 2019.


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


Yoga Classes

Yoga in Aughrim. Mixed level classes (beginners welcome) at Aughrim Community Sports Complex. Mondays 9.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. and Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. A new four-week course commences on November 19 for the Monday class. Cost €40 or €13 drop in rate. Places are limited so please text/call Yvonne at 087 6778733 to book or for more details. Follow on Facebook yvonnedoyleyoga.

Town and 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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All enquiries to Caroline 086 0865838.

Active Retirement

The trip to Newbridge is on Thursday, November 29, Active retirement members will get 20% discount on all silverware products. The bus will leave Lawless' Hotel at 9.30 a.m. and the cost is €15. Please have the amount due in an envelope with your name on the day. On Friday, November 30, the Network for older people seminar takes place in the Glendalough Hotel. Please register before 10.45 a.m. Cost €5 which includes lunch. Yoga continues next Tuesday the 21st 10.30 a.m. Our final magazine for the moment, issue 20, is now available.

Community Games

On Monday, November 12, at Wicklow Community Games AGM in the Glendalough Hotel we were named best area in the county. This is all due to the hard work of our volunteers and the support we receive from the local schools and clubs. We will be honoured along with our Steps to Health Silver Award at the National Area, Media and Volunteer Awards in Cavan Crystal Hotel at the end of the month. Well done to our great little area and here's to 2019.

GAA news

A big thanks to all who supported our race night fundraiser in Joe O'Toole's recently. To all those who sponsored races, bought horses and attended on the night, all your support is very much appreciated. Our AGM is scheduled for Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m., all interested are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your local GAA club.

Meditation/Healing Course

Learn how to Care for and connect with your body. Release tension and fatigue. Harmonise and ground your energy. Stillness meditation. Integrate three key aspects of your Self: Mind Heart and Body. Improve concentration and focus. Open to the power of life. Explore the healing power of the deeper self: moving from mindfulness to heartfulness.

Venue: Lawless Hotel Aughrim. Dates: November 24/25. January 25/26 (10 p.m. to 5 p.m.) each day. Fee: €75 for each one day module. There are four modules in total. Ann is certified by the Jade Sun School to facilitate this Program. She is also a registered Solar Sound Healing Practitioner and Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor.

New to You thrift shop

We are appealing for donations of saleable goods - bric-à-brac, clothing, small pieces of furniture toys etc. If you have something that you have no further use for but feel it would suit someone else please donate. The sale of the goods goes towards the upkeep of the Pavilion, Fishing Park and the village of Aughrim. Our opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Thank you. Aughrim Tidy Towns. See us on Facebook 'Aughrim New to You Thrift Shop'.

Clean Up and Paint

Clean Up and paint sessions take place every Saturday and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Tinakilly Bridge. The project is to be completed by November 28.

Physical Therapy

John Murphy MIAPT Physical Therapist clinic is in Aughrim Community Complex on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For appointments phone 040466168/086 8545157/085 1620301.

Christmas Fair

On Sunday, December 2, the well established Christmas Fair organised by the Aughrim Business Association will take place in Lawless' Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many small local businesses present their crafts and services and attract a lot of customers. If you are interested to take a stall please contact Christien Van Bussel at 086 8597267 for more details.(email


The numbers 10, 16, 17 and 27 were drawn in the sports club lotto on Monday last, November 12, The jackpot was not won. There were no match-three winners. The jackpot is €3,900.

Christmas Sale

New to you thrift shop will hold a special Christmas sale on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come along and browse our selection of gifts, decorations and fab fashions.

Notes deadline

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


Avoca Bingo

Bingo is on every Wednesday evening at 8.30 p.m.

Avoca GAA lotto

results for November 14 - Winning numbers were 11, 14, 15 and 21. No jackpot winner. One match-three winner: Linda Bolger (Knockananna) who received €100. Seller's prize: Fitzgeralds Pub. The next draw takes place on November 21 where the jackpot will be €1,000.


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 Forms can be downloaded and printed off from our website; We will be having an Open Morning on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. to midday - Fundraising Concert

Avoca NS is holding a fundraising variety concert on Saturday, November 24, in Avoca Community Hall at 8 p.m. Come along and hear a great variety of choirs, singers and instrumentalists. Tickets are €15 and include entry to a draw for a door prize. Tickets can be bought by calling Avoca National School at 0402 35331 or emailing

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners for November 12: 1st €80 - Willie Browne, Conary; 2nd €50 - Michael 'Lofty' Doyle, Avoca; 3rd €30 - Breda Hughes, Woodview. Seller's prize: Ben Tuke. Next Draw in Finns.

Active Retirement

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

Conary annual sale

Conary Parish Church are holding a sale on Saturday, November 24, from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Conary Church Hall. There will be an array of homemade cakes, jams, vegetables for sale. Also tea and other stalls. And on the day a raffle will take place with a number of prizes to be won.


45 Card Drive

A very successful 45 Card Drive is ongoing in the Coolgreany Inn each Friday night at 8.30 p.m. Everyone is very welcome to come along for a good night of craic at the cards, and some lovely finger food thrown in for good measure.

Coolgreany Tidy Towns

Congratulations to the residents of Croghan View and Croghan Close, who picked up a prestigious award in the Talbot Hotel on last Friday night for having the whole estate looking so well, clean and litter-free. A few extra hands would make a huge difference, best wishes to all those involved.

Coolgreany Tidy Towns have a vacancy for a community worker in the village at present, working 19.5 hours per week. Call 087 2819882 during office hours.


Congratulations and good wishes to Aibhe Whelan Knockgreany, who celebrated her 14th birthday on Sunday, November 18.

Community Alert

The local Community Group are reminding all members of our community to look out for all senior members of our community who may be living alone and might need some one to help with getting their every day need, or a small but of company for a while during the day. A small bit of concern for others goes a long way to help take away the stress and worries of many people who feel they are left alone in life.

St David's Church Johnstown

It is with great joy that we welcome back Canon John Piert CC to celebrate Saturday evening Mass (6.30) in Johnstown Church, after his recent absence through illness.

Camogie AGM

The Castletown Liam Mellows camogie AGM is on Tuesday, November 20, at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse in Coolgreany.

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