Wednesday 24 April 2019

Around the districts: Ashford, Rathdrum, Roundwood, Rathnew

Ashford. Community games. On Friday, April 12, our indoor under-13 boys soccer team are hosts to St Brigid's of Kildare in the second round of Leinster, the game will be played in Rathnew soccer club at 8 p.m. Good luck to the boys and manager Phillip.

Congratulations to all the children who took part and won medals last weekend at Swimming, Cross country and well done to the quiz team who put up a great performance at the county final.


Tidy Towns

Rathdrum Tidy Towns will hold its AGM on Wednesday, April 10, in the RDA Annex at 7.30 p.m. The committee would like as many of the local community as possible in attendance.

Congratulations from Rathdrum Tidy Towns to Mick Byrne on winning gold in Poland. Well done Mick and the other team members.


Congratulations to Mick Byrne on yet another Gold Medal - the Pride of the Parnell's.

Our many juveniles hoping to follow in his footsteps took part in the first county indoor competition, a group of 25 athletes travelled to Abbotstown with Emma Byrne taking First in under-10 in 500m, Second in 60m and also second in long jump. Ella Breen placing First - 60m, second in 500m and first in Long jump. Elizabeth Leschenko third in long jumpU13 Ciara Colohan - First in the 500m, and first in 60m.

Great running from all the boys and girls from aged under seven up to under 14. It was great to gain the experience of running indoors. A big thank you to Theresa and Noreen for organising the event and of course thank you to the parents for a great day.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage will take place from August 22 to August 29, seven nights, at a cost of €715 For more information please contact Mick and Maura Heffernan at 0404 46583.

Lough Derg

A weekend in Donegal from September 14 to September 15. Leaving Rathdrum on Saturday the 14th, staying overnight in Central Hotel Donegal. One day retreat on Sunday the 15th to the Island of Lough Derg. For further information telephone Mary at 0404 45119, Celia 086 0652805 or Breda at 0402 39043.

Dominic Ryan remembered

As it approaches Dominic's first year anniversary the town will honour his memory on Sunday, April 14. Starting at 2.30 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Park, a short ceremony will take place in which the RDA will unveil a fitting memorial to Dominic.

After this from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a celebration of Dominic's endless commitment to a long list of organisations in the town at Jacob's Well. Come along and share your memories with Dominic's family. Some of Dominic's close friends in the St Vincent de Paul, the Walkers group and others will pay tribute to Dominic.

Mass will be celeberated on April 17 in the church at St Colman's Hospital at 6.30 p.m.

Annual Fireworks

The RDA have scheduled the annual Fireworks Display for Thursday, August 8 - more information will follow during the summer months.

Thursday Walks

The 2019 summer season of walks commences this Thursday, April 11. We will begin with a short walk around the Slate Quarry in Kilmacrea. Usual meeting times apply. It will be good to get back out and renew old acquaintances and hopefully meet some new ones. Hope to see you all there.


East Coast coffee morning

Don't forget the East Coast fm Wicklow wide coffee morning takes place on this Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vartry House Roundwood (Kavanaghs).

Special guests this year are Leslie Dowdall and Jim O'Neill. Proceeds from all the coffee mornings around Wicklow will go to the seven Cancer support centres in the county and also to Wicklow Hospice.

There will be lots of prizes on the day and refreshments also.


St Laurence O'Toole National School in Roundwood is open for enrolments for pupils starting school in September, 2019. Please contact the office at 01 2818399 for an enrolment form.

Car boot sale

The Roundwood car boot sale returns on Sunday, May 26, and every fourth Sunday of the month thereafter. Set up of stalls from 9 a.m. Cars €10, Jeep/Van €15.

Vintage tractor car run

Annamoe centre will hold their vintage tractor car run will be on April 14 at midday - looking forward to a great day.

Progressive 45

There will be a progressive 45 card game on Sunday, April 14, in Roundwood Parish Hall at 7 p.m. excellent prize money, raffle and refreshments at the break.


There will be an auction of household furniture on Sunday, April 14, in the Parish Centre after 11.30 a.m. Mass. Viewing from midday, auction at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Roundwood Cancer Support Group.

Lunch club

The next Active Retirement lunch will be held in the Roundwood Inn on Friday, April 26, at 1.30 p.m.

Diamond bridge club

Mary Pierce and Pamela Byrne were certainly not April Fools on Monday, April 1, they took first place for North/South second Phil Power and Gertie Fee, third Margaret Bolger and Ger Lenihan and fourth Séamus Kennedy and Gaye McGettigan. First for East/West were Brid Clancy and Bridie Nolan, second Marion Davis and Teresa Leahy, third Monica Brady and Nancy O'Brien and fourth Judy Skates and Maria Magee.

002 bridge club

Monica Brady and June Digby played their cards right on Friday, April 5, and took first place for North/South, second Liz Belton and Phil Kenna and third Margaret Byrne and Triona Woodroofe. Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy took first place for East/West, second Kitty Heslin and Miriam Coyle and third Gertie Fee and Jane Cronin.

Mural art project

Roundwood and District Community Council with the support of Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board are running an eight-week mural art project for adults in Roundwood starting in late March.

If you are interested or would like further information please call 0404 64050 or 086 0499149. If necessary leave a message referring to the mural art project in Roundwood.

Angel healing

A place of peace, relaxation, stillness and spiritual healing is what you will enjoy every Monday evenings (except bank holidays) at 7.30 in the Parish Hall Roundwood Village. For more information contact Mary at 087 9819420.

Mens shed

The Shed continues every Tuesday between 10 and 12 in our Shed within a Shed at Pat Carr's place in Knockraheen. The topics are wide and varied and we continue to participate in a growing list of activities.

Market re-opening

Roundwood Market has reopened. With the usual produce and new hours. Now open every Sunday from midday till 4 p.m. New members welcome. Contact Jacinta at 086 0722851.

Set dancing

Our weekly set dancing sessions continue in Kavanagh's Lounge All are always welcome - whether you have ever or never danced before. Session starts at 8.30 running till 10.30 and cost is still only €5 for a good night of exercise.


There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, April 27, leaving Laragh at 7.45 a.m. and at Roundwood 8 a.m. The cost is €65 per person and includes, bus, breakfast and dinner. All money to be paid by April 1 to Susan at 087 6273032.

There will be a trip to Lourdes from May 27 to May 31 and three seats left for May 20 to May 24. Six places from 19th - July 26 for seven days full board, no single supplement at a cost of €585 and transport from airport to Lourdes. Own insurance, baggage of 10kg included. A €150 deposit to Susan O'Neill at 087 6273032 as soon as possible.

There will be a tour of Scotland from July 26 to July 31 for six days. Included are the Highlands of Scotland and the Orkney Isles, Perth, Thurso, Inverness, Lock Lomond, Lock Ness and Glencoe and many more places at a cost of €750 per person all in. A deposit of €200 is required on or before April 1 with single supplement of €100 to Susan at 087 6273032.

The Westport Country break takes place from October 20 to October 25 at a cost of €425. All trips to Susan 087 6273032.

Computer coding club

Coder Dojo is a global volunteer led community of free programming clubs for young people. Young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. The first session this term started on March 30 in Roundwood NS at 1.30 p.m. For further information and registration please see Booking is essential.

Unwanted laptops

Coder Dojo Roundwood are looking for any unwanted laptops for use in our local Dojo (computer club). Any laptops donated, no matter what make or age, will be wiped clean of any data thereon and will be reprogrammed to allow children who may not have access to a laptop learn a new skill in this fun environment. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. For further information please see

Cancer support

The Roundwood Cancer Support centre is now up and running and is open in the Parish Centre on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Please feel free to pop in for a chat we will be happy to help. If anyone needs to make any enquiries outside these hours please telephone our confidential phone number 087 6062072.


Next whist is on this Wednesday, April 10, in the Parish Centre.

Roundwood dance

The monthly dance will take place in Roundwood Parish Centre on Friday, April 19, with music by Jimmy Hogan.


A pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaves on October 10 for a week, For more information/ booking Contact Mary King at 087 2185067.

Set dancing

Set dancing in Kavanagh's every Thursday from 9-11 p.m.


Badminton continues on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 p.m.

Roundwood Whizzers

Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group are back in action meeting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Coach House car park. All welcome to walk at your own pace for approximately one hour.


Community Centre

Upcoming events/activities at Rathnew Community Centre..

East Coast FM Wicklow Wide coffee morning - Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. Come along for a cuppa and a chat. Cake donations and raffle prize sponsors are very welcome.

Tai Chi and Kenpo Karate: for adults teens and kids, mid term camp and women's self defence classes. Phone 089 4567533.

Wicklow Karate Easter Camp: April 15 to April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone 089 4567533.

Crochet Classes: Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Women's Group: Tuesdays 10.30 a.m. to 1 a.m. For info call 089 2411420.

Yoga: Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. For info call 086 0596235.

Indoor Bowls: Thursdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Meditation and Relaxation: Every second Sunday next session April 14. For Info Call 086 0596235.

Bingo: Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

'Forever Friends' Pre-School Phone 087 4104121.

For additional activities at the centre contact Mary from Croi Rath Naoi at 087 6440693.

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