Wednesday 24 April 2019

Around the districts: Aughrim, Avoca, Carnew, Coolgreany-Johnstown, Rathdrum

Will Phelan makes a break during the blitz at Rathdrum Rugby Club
Will Phelan makes a break during the blitz at Rathdrum Rugby Club

Aughrim: Yoga Classes. Mixed level yoga classes in Aughrim (suitable for beginners). Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. Mondays 9.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. €60 for a six-week course or €13 for drop in. Please text/call me at 087 6778733 if you've any queries or would like to book a space.

GAA News

The club would like to thank most sincerely Paul Phelan from the Meath Arms for his generous sponsorship of a set of jerseys for our adult football team. The Phelan family have long been associated with the club and currently Patrick and Conor feature on our adult team. Congratulations to Sam Carroll, Alex Kavanagh and Dermot Twomey, who represented the club on the Wicklow schools under-14 hurling team last Thursday.

Our next outing for the adult team in Division 3 of the league is against Ashford next Saturday, March 16, at home at 4 p.m. Please come along and support the team and hopefully we will get back to winning ways.

Thanks to all our club members who attended the Wicklow GAA Stewards course held last Saturday.

Active Retirement

For the St Patrick's Day parade, we meet at 11.15 a.m. outside the Church of the Sacred Heart. Please support and promote Active Retirement by coming along.

Chair yoga continues on Tuesday, March 11.

Our break away to the Royal Marine Hotel is on 19th - March 22 inclusive.

Our thought for this month is the biggest lie I tell myself - 'I don't need to write it down, I'll remember it.'.


The numbers 16, 22, 23 and 25 were drawn in this week's Aughrim Sports club lotto March 4 There was one match-three winner: Eilish Byrne. The jackpot now is €6,150.

Community Games

Well done to all our badminton and chess players who travelled 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.

The County Wicklow Community Games Cross Country takes place on Sunday, March 31, in Avondale Park with registration a 10.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. start. It is for all children attending under-six to under-16.

Please let your coach and Fiona Shannon know that you are interested in entering as we need to register every child online. There is a €2 entry fee per child to be given to a coach that morning. Fiona Shannon needs to know by Friday, March 22, call her at 087 2218366.

Cross Country/Mixed distances

Under six. 200m under-eights 300m under-10s 400m under-12s 600m under-13s 1200m under-14s 800m.

Under-16s 1600m then the marathon 2km is ‪on March 31‬ in Avondale too.

Town and Country Market

A warm welcome to all at Aughrim Town and Country Market, Rednagh Road, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy the buzz in the Pavilion Cafe as you catch up with friends over coffee and treats. Delicious brunches and light lunches are also on offer. Fresh local produce available, including organic fruit and vegetables, locally produced meat, eggs, preserves and fresh home baked bread and cakes. You may even find that special gift from our craft stalls. Please contact Caroline at 086 0865838 for further information.

St Patrick's Day parade

Now it is time to book you place in the St Patrick's Day parade in Aughrim starting from Tinakilly Bridge at 11.15 on Sunday, March 17, The parade is open to floats, walking groups, vintage cars and vintage tractors, there are prizes for the best entries.

The theme of the parade is the Four Seasons to give a suggestion for original outfits and displays. Shop owners are encouraged to decorate their shop fronts to create festive surroundings and win the Best Shop front prize. Application forms for the parade are available from the Pharmacy, telephone 0402 36655.

On Friday, March 15, a pub quiz in aid of the Aughrim Parade will take place in O'Toole's Pub at 8.30 p.m. For more info please contact Neil Gallagher at 0402 36655 or Arie van der Wel at 087 9202751.

Physical Therapist Clinic

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.

Notes Deadline

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


GAA lotto

On March 6 the winning numbers were 11, 13, 21 and 22; no jackpot winner; one match-three winner, David Massey (Limerick) who received €100. Seller's prize: Kathleen Keogh. The next draw takes place on March 13 when the jackpot will be €1,100.

Avoca Bingo

Bingo is played every Wednesday Evening at 8.30 p.m.

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners for March 4: 1st €80 - Cillian Grant c/o Joe Gilvarry; 2nd €50 - Aaron Tuke c/o Ben; 3rd €30 - Beth Bury, Conary. Seller's prize: Gerry Harper. Next Draw in Fitzgeralds.

Sister Ann's Mission to Haiti

Tonight Wednesday, March 13, is concert night in the Woodenbridge Hotel at 8 p.m. Tickets €10, they can be purchased on the door. Please come and support our local artists who are so generous with their time and talents. More importantly help raise funds for Sister Ann's work in Haiti for the poorest of the poor.

Ballycoog National School

All are welcome to an Easter Family Fun and open day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Ballycoog National School. It's the perfect opportunity for prospective students and parents to come along to see our school Enrolment forms will be available on the day.

It's also a chance for us to enjoy some fun Easter activities with our students, their families and members of the wider community. Our newly renovated junior classroom will be open to visitors.


Split the pot

The winner of last week's split-the-pot of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew was won by Shem Levingstone, who won €203. Congratulations. The seller's prize was won by Karen O'Brien, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Ciara Edwards. Next draw is on Thursday, March 14. Thanks for your support.

Ballyellis NS

Ballyellis National School Enrolment Forms for September 2019 Enrolment forms are now available for those wishing to enrol in September 2019. If you know of anyone wishing to have a child enrolled in Ballyellis please inform them that these forms are now available. Please contact the office at 053 9426159 or email the school at if you wish to have an enrolment form sent out or call into the school to collect form.

Split-the-pot winners for Friday, March 8, were Donnachadh and Fiachra Kearney, Ballycadden Lane, Bolinrush, Bunclody winning €141. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Mass in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Gardening course

A series of five Gardening for Biodiversity evening classes continue on Wednesday evenings in Carnew Training and Development Centre.

Wednesday, March 13 - Gardening For Pollinators and Wednesday the 20th - Creating and Managing Wildflower Areas. Time 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. €5 each or €20 for all five. Contact Sarah at 087 4199417 for more details.

Tinahely walking club

The following are the walks for Tinahely walking club. 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.

St Patrick's Day parade

Carnew are holding their St Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m., entry forms available from Carnew Training and Development Centre, Victor Young's, Michael Kinsella (Kinsella Estates), Mick Kelly (Candys), Gavin Nolan (South East Security). Lorna Doran McEvoy (Scoil Aodan Naofa), entries must be in by Thursday, March 14.


The next bingo is on Sunday, March 31, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew all welcome.

GAA lotto

Carnew GAA lotto was not won numbers were 12, 13, 23 and 28. Lucky dips were Katie Wafer, c/o Maurice. Michael O'Sullivan. Shauna Keogh. Paul Whelan c/o W Collins. The next draw is Tuesday, March 19, in the Lodge and the jackpot is €4,200. Tickets on sale from club members or local shops, your support is greatly appreciated.

Car and tractor run

The Gap Vintage club are holding their annual car and tractor run on Sunday, March 24, in aid of Talk to Tom. Meeting at the Gap pub Ballythomas for registration between 11.30-12.00, run starts at 12.30, no registration fee, donation on the day. Soup and sandwiches served on return, spot prizes on the day.

Yoga classes

CHAIR YOGA - eight classes from Tuesday, March 26, in Carnew Community Care, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a gentle exercise class for seniors aiming to improve flexibility, strength and mobility. Chair yoga can also help promote balance, co-ordination and improve overall health and well-being. €8 per class or €60 for eight.

GENTLE YOGA CLASS - eight classes from Tuesday, March 26, in Carnew Community Care, 11.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. This class comprises of gentle yoga stretching movements synchronised with the breath which promotes mindful awareness and reduces stress. The pace is gentle and postures are modified. Gentle yoga increases flexibility and strengthens muscles and bones while improving posture. €8 per class.

For more information on either of the above or to book a place, please contact Siobhán Rice at 086 8199498.


St Patrick's Day parade

The March 17 will see Coolgreany 11th St Patrick's Day parade take to the street. The parade will start at 12.30 and entrants are asked to meet in the Lower Street, Coolgreany from midnight the early start is as usual to accommodate other local parade timetables.

Every year so far has been a great success and a fun day for all. We hope that local business people, voluntary organisations and clubs will go all out again this year to continue that success.

There are six categories this year: best float. best vintage display. best vintage vehicle. best marching entry, most original. best children's entry and best overall. We hope everyone will come out and support us on the big day. All enquiries to Jack at 086 8517618.

45 Card Drive

A very successful 45 Card Drive is ongoing in the Coolgreany Inn on 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. So please join us if you enjoy a game of 45.

School Enrolment

Coolgreany National School is now taking enrolment for September 2019. If you wish to enrol your child, please contact the school office for an Application Form at 0402 37246 or call into the office during school hours.

Bearne Chlé PA

The parents' association of St Patrick's NS, Bearna Chlé are delighted to inform the community that a Defibrillator has recently been installed on the school grounds. It is located outside the front door of the school therefore it is always accessible to the local community.


The winner of our Wednesday, February 20, draw was Arihanna Pollard: winning €76. Congratulations to her. Our sincere thanks to everyone for your continued support. Our next draw will be on Thursday, March 14. €2 entry envelopes available in Jim Shorts, O'Rafferty's, Coolgreany Inn, Martina Bolger, Canavan's Londis and Coolgreany NS.


Congratulations to Doireann Malone, Askinch, who celebrated her ninth birthday on March 3; also Amy Condren, Johnstown, whose 11th birthday was on March 4; Sophie Hughes, Ballylacey, whose seventh birthday was on March 7; Tara Malone, Askinch celebrated her fifth birthday on March 10; and Micky Carter, Croghan View will celebrate his 13th birthday on March 14.


Clara Ladies fundraiser

Clara Ladies will be holding a fundraiser in Lynams Hotel Laragh on March 15. Kick off the St Patrick's weekend with live music by Contraband (formally Beatclub) Doors open 8.30 p.m. Entrance €5, this is an over-18s event. Drink Promotions and excellent raffle prizes on the night, all proceeds go to Clara Ladies LGFA Club.

Wicklow People