Sunday 21 July 2019

Around the districts: Ashford, Glenealy, Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy

Jack Higgins and Oisín Donnellan were outplaying in the snow at the upper dam at the Vartry Reservoir
Jack Higgins and Oisín Donnellan were outplaying in the snow at the upper dam at the Vartry Reservoir

Ashford - Community Games: Ashford and Glenealy Community Games are up and running for 2019. Anyone wishing to come on board to help with our games contact Shelia at 086 8683395 Phyllis 086 8532573 or any committee member.

With such a varied program of events there is an event for all children to take part in friendly rivalry, in a fun and healthy way. The program of events for the coming year have been sent to the schools and and the children are getting involved in events especially art and Handwriting which has area closing date of Friday, February 15.


Card Drive

45 card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, February 7. Whist partner card drive will be the following Thursday night February 14, both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome.

GAA bingo

The next GAA bingo is in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m. Great cash prizes to be won, hope to see u there.

School enrolment

Enrolment for pupils starting junior infants in St Joseph's NS will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13, and 14. Forms may be collected from Anne in the office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls is in Glenealy Village Hall every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. just drop in any Wednesday night if you would like to start playing In door bowls great hobby for the winter nights. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Community Games

Ashford and Glenealy Community Games are up and running for 2019. Anyone wishing to come on board to help with our games contact Shelia at 086 8683395 Phyllis 086 8532573 or any committee member.

With such a varied program of events there is an event for all children to take part in friendly rivalry, in a fun and healthy way. The program of events for the coming year have been sent to the schools and and the children are getting involved in events especially art and Handwriting which has area closing date of Friday, February 15.

Cottage Market

The cottage market, located in the Glenealy Garden Centre, takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. The market features local and organic vegetables, freshly baked breads, cakes and savouries, as well as jams, chutneys and tarts. Locally produced wild honey is on offer as are healthy Aloe products. Beautiful wood turned pieces, artisan gifts such as delicate dried flower crafts, tea, coffee and healthy snacks are also available. So come along, support local Wicklow producers and enjoy the atmosphere in our little cottage market. New stall holders are always.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes are now running in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. Drop-in-rate €12, block rate also available. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. To book your place contact Zara Elkinson at 087 9367474. For more information and to keep up to date like on Face book at pilates with Zara.


Gymboree play and music classes continue every Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in Glenealy Village Hall. suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from six months - four years. Teach your child a love of music through songs, dance, movement fun and musical instruments, exploring various different music styles. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Rachel at 086 8330212 for more information and to book your place.

Saturdays playgroup

The Saturdays playgroup is back in Glenealy village on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midday. Fun play for pre-school children and up. Cost is €3 per family.

Toddlers Haven

Just to bring to your attention registration is on going for 2019,2020. New ECCE start date is two years and eight months, morning and afternoon sessions available, contact Sheena at 086 4066308 for more information.

Foroige youth club

Glenealy Foróige youth club is in Glenealy Village hall every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for youths aged 12 years to 18 years. Anyone interested can come along any Friday night for more information contact 0404 44040.

Astro turf

Our state-of-the-art astroturf pitch is available. We are taking bookings for morning, afternoon or evening times at very competitive rates. Please contact us at 0404 44040 for more information.

Village hall

Glenealy village hall is now available for corporate and social events, meetings, party's, workshops etc. with great facilities and keen rates. Mornings, afternoons and evening times are now available. For more information contact us at 0404 44040 or e. mail us

Glenealy IT centre

Enrolment is now taking place for the following courses: ECDL, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word and Excel Advanced, Bookkeeping/Accounts Sageline 50. Contact 0404 44980.


Community policing clinic

The Clinic takes place every Wednesday from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. in Kilcoole Community Centre. Services include crime prevention advice and stamping forms as well as most other Garda services. Contact Garda Molly Corbett or Garda Alan Thompson

Indoor bowls

Bowls has now returned on Tuesday evenings as well as Thursday evenings at 8.00 p.m. in St. Patrick's/Forrester's Hall. New members are welcome.

Win a Kool house

St. Anthony's Football Club and St. Patrick's GAA Club have joined fund-raising forces and will raffle a new house in Kilcoole worth €400,000. Tickets are available online and cost €105 each.


Come join us for Monday Night Bingo in St. Patrick's Hall, Kilcoole. First game at 8.00 p.m. sharp. €10 per book (to include loose sheet and jackpot game). Extra loose sheet €1. Raffle Tickets on sale on the night. All welcome to attend.

Community centre

The Centre is available for bookings (e.g. classes, meetings, birthday parties). Bookings can be made via email or by phone 01-2872017. The office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and is closed for lunch between 12.30 p.m and 1.15 p.m.

Parent/toddler group

All are welcome to come along to the Parent and Toddler group at the Community Centre from 10.30 p.m. to 12.00 noon every Wednesday. €2 per child.


If you would like to have a notice included in the Kilcoole Notes please email


School news

NEW PRINCIPAL: Congratulations to Deirdre Lennon on her appointment as school principal, with effect from April 29.

OPEN DAY: This is on Wednesday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for families who are new to the area and would like to visit re facilities, programmes, after school etc.

PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG POSTER COMPETITION: All the children are busy colouring and designing Posters to raise awareness of the importance of the importance of responsible behaviour around Dog Poo on our pavements, hedgerows, streets etc. Closing Date for the Poster Competition is Friday, February 8, at 2.30 p.m.

ALDI SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS: We are registered for this competition so would be grateful for Stickers etc currently available in Aldi Stores.

Breakfast club

The Breakfast Club is open to all children attending Newtownmountkennedy Primary School. Monday to Friday 7.30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in room six of the community centre.

Parents, who are commuting early mornings drop their children in and children can avail of breakfast before school starts. Junior block students will be escorted over to their lines for 9 a.m. and senior block students will be escorted through car park to make their way up to their lines. We have a selection of toys, games and puzzles to occupy children after breakfast and before school starts. For more information about it contact the community centre or call 086 3224443.

District Forum

Thank you to eveeyone who attended our January meeting, minutes are available on our Facebook page - Newtownmountkennedy District Forum.

The Forum meet the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre. Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 26. Everyone is welcome.

Newtown Juniors FC

Our under-11s played a friendly last Friday evening in Ashford against the local side and we thank them and Paul Conyard for organising the game. Our 12's and 13's were due to play friendlies on Sunday morning but unfortunately a frozen pitch put paid to that.

Last week we reported about changes the WDSL were making with regards both the SSG and the 11-a-side games but after the delegates meeting last week there has been a couple of changes. The small-sided game format will be up and running on the weekend of February 23/24 for the under-9's and 11's with 8's and 10's starting back the following weekend of March 2/3 2019. All these age groups will be playing every weekend.

Regards the 12's they will start on the weekend of March 2/3 while the under-13s will be back the previous weekend of February 23/24. For the first few weeks these teams will play on alternate weekends but we have been assured by the executive of the WDSL that they will be playing every weekend soon after the start of the season.

Our under-eights, under-10 Red and Academy teams were in Futsal action last weekend and all three teams were in superb form.

The Academy team travelled to Allen Park in Aughrim where they played against their counterparts from Arklow Town, Aughrim Rangers, Coolboy Rangers and St Patrick's. Plenty of good football was played and all players receive a medal for their participation on the day. Our under-eights were in Newtown and they came out on top of their three games against Enniskerry Red and White and St Patrick's.

The 8's squad included Bobby Spillane, Tyler Doyle, Nathan Donohoe, Aaron Nolan, Gerry Hoban and David McCormack. Likewise the under-10 Red team came out on top in their three games against WDSL Girls, Enniskerry and Arklow United.

The 10's squad included Nikita Neaga, Dylan Dunleavy, David Mackey, Aidan Heffernan, William Valentine, Pat Carey, Sebastian Anton and Ryan Collins.

Regards the Futsal the upcoming times, dates and venues for our teams as follows. Saturday, February 9 - Venue: Aughrim - under-nines - vs St Pat's Yellow, Coolboy and Shillelagh from midday to 2 p.m. Sat. February 9 - Venue: Newtown - under-eights - vs Enniskerry, Arklow Utd Stars and St Pat's Black at midday to 2 p.m. under-10 Red and Black - vs each other, Enniskerry, Arklow Utd Black at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. February 16 - Venues: Aughrim and Newtown for players born in 2006 (last year's under-12s)

Our teams are all starting to get back to training for the new season from this week and new players are always very welcome to join our club. We will be fielding teams from under-eights up to under-13s and although it looks more than likely that we won't have any older teams at the moment, as usual if the demand is there and players are prepared to commit to training and matches then nothing is impossible. Last seasons Academy team will now become this seasons under-eights team, though some of these players will be playing at the under-eights age group for two more years.

Our Development Squad practise every Saturday morning in the community centre Sports Hall from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. All of our teams are now back in pre-season training. For all matters relating to training times etc for all our teams please contact our secretary Hughie at the contact details below.

We have four players from the club celebrating their birthdays in the coming week and they are Nathan Donohoe and Gerry Hoban from the under-nines and under-12s duo Dayle Carthy and Cillian Coffey. Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

Our second Last Man Standing competition of the season will start back on Tuesday, February 26/Wednesday, February 27, so if you would like to take part please let any of our committee members or coaches know and they will fill you in with all the information you require.

The club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Teresa Keane (née Martin) of Springfield Heights, who sadly passed away last week. May she rest in peace.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors FC please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wicklow People