Thursday 17 October 2019

Around the districts: Annacurra, Donard, Hollywood, Tinahely

Ben Lennon, Valerie Byrne and Fergus Kenny at the variety show in Tinahely Community Centre in aid of St Vincent de Paul
Ben Lennon, Valerie Byrne and Fergus Kenny at the variety show in Tinahely Community Centre in aid of St Vincent de Paul

Annacurra: GAA lotto. On March 4 numbers were 8: 14: 15: 18 No jackpot winner. Two match-three winners share €100: Ciaran Doyle c/o Ann Byrne, Ging Doyle c/o Gerry. Next Week's jackpot: €5,400.

45 Card Game

There is a 45 Card game on Friday, March 15, in the Saltee, starting at 9 p.m.

Taekwondo for children

Taekwon Do is renowned for developing focus, co-ordination, physical strength, self confidence, agility, balance, discipline and respect.

There is a class every Wednesday at Annacurra Community Hall from 5 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. Cost: €25 per month (monthly fees only). Age group: 5-12. For further information or to book a place in class, please contact Doreen at 086 1631271. There is also potential, if enough interest is shown, for an teenager and adult class to follow so watch this space.

Tai chi/qi gong

Tai Chi and Qi Gong helps to relieve stress, increase stamina, improve balance and prevent falls. It also helps to increases flexibility and mobility and has many other health benefits. Learn gentle flowing healing movements that help to relieve stress, improve flexibility and mobility at Annacurra Community Hall. Age group: Adults of all ages. Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to midday. Cost: €80 per eight-week block. For further information or to book a place in class, please contact Ann at 087 6081219. Email or visit

Zumba class for children

Zumba is a fun and energetic class combining both Latin and popular music. The movement of Zumba is a great way for children to exercise and have fun at the same time.

Every Monday there is a class at Annacurra Community Hall, for age group 5-12. Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: €25 per four-week block (minimum numbers of block booked payments will need to be reached before class can proceed) We need a few more numbers to get the Monday 4.00 to 5.00 slot going for the local kids, so watch this space for update.

If you are interested and want to book a place in class, please contact Hannah, as soon as possible, at 087 2908700. There is also potential, if enough interest is shown, for an adult class to follow in late Spring/early summer, so watch this space.

Community Games

Well done to all our badminton and chess ♟ players who traveled in the cold and snowy weather today. Congratulations to the under-15 boys and girls badminton who are the County Wicklow champions and will travel to Dublin to compete in the first round of Leinster. To our chess team first time competing you were great and lost to an experienced team. Thank you to our parents coaches and volunteers for their support.


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


The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place Community Café will celebrate its third birthday next weekend (St Patrick's). Please drop in on either Friday the 15th. or Saturday. 16th. to celebrate with us and have some birthday cake.

All thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Without them there would be no café. New volunteers are always welcome. Come and join us if you have a spare hour or two.

Soup Lunch

Donoughmore and Donard Parish is hosting a Soup Lunch in aid of Focus Ireland on Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in Donard Community Hall. Donation box at the door. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Community Forum AGM

Hollywood Community Forum hosted their annual general meeting in the Hollywood Community Centre on Tuesday, March 5. The following officers were elected. Chair. : Kay Hogan. Vice-chairperson: Mary O'Callaghan. Secretary: Aideen Klauer (Assistant Ann Halpin). Treasurers: Richard Burke, Claire Burke and Tommy Tutty. Public Relations Office: Ann Halpin.

The Hollywood Community Forum expressed their appreciation to the outgoing chairman councillor Jim Ruttle for all his wonderful contribution in guiding tthe forum through its informative years. Cllr Ruttle stated, he was delighted to have supported the forum, the associated groups and the people of Hollywood.

He also stated; the forum had an enormous amount of engagement with the county Council, Co Wicklow Partnership and Rural Recreation regarding the Hollywood Footpath, St Kevin's Way, and the reduction of the speed limit on the N81. All of these projects are in an advanced stage of progress and the forum is very optimist regarding the outcomes.

Following on from the very positive feedback on the Hollywood Community Directory it was proposed it should be updated and reprinted later on in the year. The community of Hollywood has attracted a number of new families and business who would benefit from this directory. Notice will be publicized if you would like to be included in the directory.

The Forum is currently involved with the development of the St Kevin's Way Trail. St Kevin's Way is a unique pilgrim path which requires improvement and maintenance work to enhance the route to Glendalough. The Hollywood forum was teamed up with the friends of St Kevin's Way and the Co Wicklow Partnership rural recreation office Bryan Fennel to progress matters. We are delighted that Bryan's application has been successful and work will commence this summer.

Hollywood Footpath and N81 update: Our application for the 'Town and Village Renewal Grant' was successful last year we received €29,757. The Forum submission focused on the need to link the footpath from the village to Daly's garage/shop. This is an ongoing project at the moment.

Members of the Hollywood Community Forum attended the following meetings during the year: Public Participation Network, these meetings are designed to encourage groups to actively give their voice to the future planning in Wicklow, training in grant applications and networking with over 200 groups and organisation in Wicklow. The Uplands Committee AGM, The friends of the St Kevin's Way, Co Wicklow Tourism AGM, The Cultural Renewal Event, The Vision for Community Wellbeing Strategy, Joint Policing Committee, Tackling Rural Crime Sub-committee and Wicklow County Council Meetings. When representing the community we tried to convey the views, needs and concerns noted in Hollywood.

The Forum has maintained a positive and constructive presence county wide. We are recognized as an umbrella group for the Hollywood community, this is based on our ethics and enthusiasm at these meeting to promote Hollywood. We also have been contacted by several local and countywide groups over the year to support them in their project.

We are delighted to meet any group in Hollywood, who might need guidance and assistance in seeking information, grants and filling out applications. We also have a printer which we will make available to any group wishing to print out applications etc free of charge.

The schedule of forum meetings will take place on a bi-monthly base. They will be held at 8 p.m. in the Hollywood Community Centre on the second Monday of the month. The schedule is as follows. 2019: May 13, July 8, September 9, November 11, January 13, 2020: March 9 AGM. In the unlikely case where the second Monday is not possible the third Monday of the month will be used.

If you would like to contact the Hollywood Community Forum on any issue, concerns or suggestions you may do so at the following numbers and email addresses. Hollywood Community Forum: Aideen Klauer: Mobile 089 4415644 Email Ann Halpin: Mobile 087 6690222 Email Kay Hogan: Mobile. 087 6477578 Email

Growing food in the Home and garden.

Patrick Hunt is a keen gardener living in West Wicklow. His next series of monthly talks on growing food for the home and garden in the Hollywood Centre. Tuesday, March 19, from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Cost is €15 per talk. To book contact Patrick at 087 6982201 or email

Sinéad O'Brien Dance School

The Hip Hop Dance Classes are in the Hollywood Centre Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. New Dancers are more than welcome, contact Sinéad for details at 087 2924559.

Hillbillies Football

Football is on every Monday night in the Hollywood Centre from 8.15 - to 9.15 p.m. For further information contact Paul Clarke at 083 1522272.

Pilates Classes

Pilates classes take place on Tuesday mornings from 9.45 to 10.45 in the Hollywood Centre. Six Week Course - €6O Limited Places. Please contact Simone Crowley at 087 6165072.

Acorns Pre-School

Acorns Pre-School are in the Hollywood Centre every morning from 9.00 till 12.00 full and part time places are available. Contact Sonia and Jane at 087 4528855 to secure your place.

Hollywood GAA

Lotto draw results for March 7: The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 20 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot. The seller's prize went to Kevin Traynor (261). The €50 winners were Kate Nolan (830), Barney Keogh (10), Adam Burke (707). The lotto is now moving to a Wednesday Night for future draws. The next draw for a jackpot of €9,000 will be held in Tutty's Bar on Wednesday, March 20. Please return all tickets by 7.30 p.m. Good luck to everyone and thank you to all sellers and buyers of tickets throughout the year. Your continued support is much appreciated. You can purchase lotto tickets locally from club members and local businesses and online at

Only two weeks to our Style Social fundraiser on Saturday, March 23... it promises to be another super event and a great excuse for a ladies' night out. Tickets €20 are on sale from Gary Tutty, Eoin Burke, Lesley Tutty, Sandra Burke, Sue Wilson or through the Style Social - ladies' night page.

Club membership is now due. Payable to Mikey Healy, Kevin Murphy a committee member or online at

Neighbourhood Alertness

Care of the Elderly: Anyone over aged 65 and are in need of advice/obtaining a Phone Security System contact Marie at 085 1072356. This also applies to Smoke Alarms.

Be a good neighbour and call regularly for a friendly chat and making sure everything is ok. You can call Garda Crime Unit in emergency 045 865202 or 999/112.

Please be careful as to whom you allow into your home as there are Conmen and Women calling to houses in the locality. Be alert at all times, if in doubt contact the Guards in Blessington 045 865202. Also it is important to look out for each other in our Neighbour Hoods and be vigilant at all times.

Hollywood Bingo

Bingo takes place in the Hollywood Centre every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. We have two jackpots - €2,950 and €3,500 to play for each week.

Doctor's Clinic

The Doctor's Clinic will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.


To book the Hollywood Centre, or place a notice in the district section of the Wicklow People or the Leinster Leader please contact the centre at 045 864979 or email All notes must be in the Hollywood Centre before 11 a.m. on Friday for the following week.


Tinahely walking club

The following are the walks for next two weeks. March 17: Mangans Loop, Level B, 8km, two hours. Meet Tinahely GAA car park 10 a.m. March 24: Lugduff-Spinc, Level B, 14km, 4.5 hours. Meet Tinahely 9.15 a.m. or Glendalough (upper car park) 9.45 a.m. As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink.

Darkness into light

A Darkness into Light walk in aid of Pieta House will take place in Tinahely on Saturday, May 11, at 4.15 a.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause. Route plan and further information available later or check Pieta House website.

Wicklow People