Monday 15 July 2019

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

Hannah Litheko and Aisha Khambula enjoying Africa Day Arklow 2019
Hannah Litheko and Aisha Khambula enjoying Africa Day Arklow 2019

Aughrim Community Games - County Wicklow Track and Field finals will take place next Saturday, June 15, in Shillelagh. Please gather for the parade from 9am, collecting singlet and label off your coaches. Please wear white t shirt with dark shorts. Bring plenty of water, sun cream (we hope) and a picnic.

Active Retirement

Yoga is over for now but will resume in the autumn. Our outing to the Royal Oak Distillery and the Arboretum on June 28 has been arranged. The bus will depart from Lawless' at 9.30 a.m. We will have a break for coffee on the way to the distillery. Lunch will be around 2 p.m. The cost for the tour and bus, excluding lunch, is €30. Summer Fest is on June 25 in the Brockagh Centre. This is a free fun day out. Everyone is welcome.

Corpus Christi Procession

All First Holy Communion children are invited to the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 23, at the Mass.

Cemetery Mass

The annual Cemetery Mass and blessing of the graves in Askinagap will take place on Sunday, June 23, at

Aughrim Rangers

Aughrim Rangers send their congratulations to the Aughrim camogie under-14 team for winning the all-Ireland Shield in the national feile held in Cork over the last weekend.

Clothes Collection

Aughrim Rangers Youths Football Club is holding a Fundraising Clothes Collection on Saturday, June 15, at Aughrim Community Field. Please drop off your bags from - and all support will be very much appreciated.

Tidy Towns - Friday Night 'Freshin Up'

A big thank you to the 15 strong group who turned out on Friday night to lend a hand. Great progress was made as the old Tinakilly Bridge area was tidied. 18 bags of garden waste were gathered by young and old alike. On Thursday afternoon, a group a volunteers planted the containers on the bridge with flowers kindly sponsored by Woodfab. On Sunday afternoon a group of 'Junior Aughrim Tidy Towners' met at the community field and litter picked along Jim's Way and the Renagh Road Despite torrential rain two green sacks of rubbish were collected. Well done to all.

We are now in the official adjudication period and we appeal to everyone to keep their areas tidy. We will meet again this Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the monument to continue to clean the town. Please bring along some tools and a friend as every little helps. Don't forget to like and share Aughrim Tidy Towns Facebook page to keep up to date on our latest projects.

Cemetery Masses

The annual Cemetery Masses and blessing of the graves will take place as follows: Rosahane Cemetery, Sunday, July 14, at Upper Macreddin Cemetery Monday, July 15, at Lower Macreddin Cemetery Monday, July 22, at


The numbers 3, 10, 17 and 23 were drawn in this week's Aughrim Sports club lotto June 3 the jackpot was not won. Match-three winners were MJ Evesson, Dominic, Sophie and Charlotte O'Loughlin, Templelusk and Eric and Christy, Rednagh Hill. The jackpot is €2,850.

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.

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 played every Wednesday evening at 8.30 p.m.

GAA lotto

On June 5 winning numbers were 1, 4, 8 and 13; no jackpot winner; one match-three winner: Bebe Kinsella, who received €100. Seller's prize: Mary Bolger. The next draw takes place on June 12 where the jackpot will be €1,100.

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners for June 4: First - €80 Jonathon Poole c/o Hendleys; second - €50 Megan, Aimee and Lexie c/o Gavin Wolohan; third - €30 Eimear Gaffney, Avoca. Seller's prize: Hendleys Shop. Next Draw in Fitzgeralds.

Sister Anne's Mission To Haiti

Preparations are in progress for the coffee morning on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at Hillbreeze Barniskey. The plan is to raise €5,000 to provide a house for a widow and her children who live in abject poverty, so far a total of €3,395 has been reached. Over the years sister has had nearly 300 houses built to protect the poor or handicapped people. In doing so she keeps a group of men employed who in turn are enable to feed and school their own children.

Once again sister Anne depends on our generosity as she works in the name of christ and on our behalf to bring hope, love and dignity to the poorest of the poor. We ask you again to be with us by your presence or by donating to our fund. Thank you.



Sincere sympathy is extended to Deirdre Collins, Coves Brook her family and relatives on the death of her mother Helen O'Neill, Bunclody recently.

21st birthday

Happy 21st birthday to Eabha Barnes, New line.

Agricultural Show

2019 Carnew Agricultural Show schedule will be available shortly. To receive a digital copy please email carnewagrishow@gmail.comor text your name and address to 087 1429325 for postal copy.

Tinahely Walking Club

The following are the upcoming walks for Tinahely Walking Club. June 16: Croghan. Level B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meet the Gap 10 a.m. June 23: Art's Cross. Level B+, 15km, six hours. Meet Tinahely 9.45 a.m. or Turlough Hill car park 10.45 a.m.

As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink.

Community Games

Best wishes to all local athletes due to participate in the upcoming Wicklow Community Games County Athletics Finals on Saturday, June 15, on the Shillelagh Fairgreen, 09 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission/parking €5 per adult (includes program) children under-17 go free. Gates open from 7 a.m. For full details find us on Facebook as 'Shillelagh Comm-Games'. See you there. Shillelagh Area CG Committee.


The following are some of the courses available in Carnew Training and Development centre.

Basic First Aid: Saturday, June 22, to June 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Manual Handling: Wednesday, June 5, to June 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Three Day PHECC: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday July 29 to July 31. Tuesdays September 3, 10 and 17.

Security: Monday and Tuesdays July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.

Establishing Trees and Shrubs - QQI Level 4 Tuesdays third, September 10, 17 and 24 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Hand Held Pesticide QQI Level 5 - Wednesdays June 5, 12 and 19.

Safepass: Saturdays June 8 and June 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information email or phone 053 9426555.

Golf Classic

Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, are holding their annual golf classic on June 14 in Coollattin golf club, special prizes for teams, €200 per team by booking online at or 087 4168831.


The next bingo is on Sunday, June 16, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew, all welcome. This is the second last Bingo before the summer break. The final Bingo is Sunday June 30, also at 2.30 p.m.

Hollywood Comes to Askamore

These are some of the events organised by the groups who are taking part in Hollywood comes to Askamore, a table quiz on Friday the 14th, tractor run on Sunday the 16th, Mrs Doyle's tea party on Sunday the 30th, all support welcome, see all calendar of events on The Oscars awards will be held on Saturday, October 26, in the Amber Springs Hotel Gorey.


The annual pilgrimage to knock from Askamore is on July 1 to July 2, places are filling up fast, contact Mary Kenny at 086 1541948.

Split the Pot

The lucky winner of €201 in our split-the-pot draw of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew was Hazel Bollard. Congratulations. The seller's prize was won by Laoise Doran, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Holly Bollard.

Next draw is on Friday, June 14. Thanks for your support.

Ballyellis NS Split the Pot

Friday, June 7, winner of split-the-pot is Thomas and Kate Doran, Burrow, Ballyellis - winning €120. 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.



The annual Gymkhana will be held in Coolgreany on Sunday, July 7, in Coolgreany, and plans are advancing favourably for that day, this is always a very worth - while with some lovely Trophies and Cups to be won in all of the different horse and pony events, and also some great jumping in all of the Children's jumping classes. In conjunction with the Gymkhana there will be a Monster Raffle, with tickets on sale at present. The prize money here is first prize of €500, second prize of €200, and three other prizes of €100 each. Tickets are €2 each or book of three tickets is €5. Draw will take place on day of Gymkhana. All proceeds will go to St David's Church Funds. Everyone welcome.

Tidy Towns

It is that time of year again when adjudication of the Tidy Towns Competition is about to begin, and the local committee are appealing for the support of as many as possible to help with the cleaning up of all the roads around the village and in the village itself to help improve the area.


The local barbecue will be held on Saturday, June 22, on the Main Street opposite O'Rafferty's Pub, which is usually a very enjoyable night.

On the night there will be a Book Stall Sale where a very large variety of Books will be on sale which may be of great interest to many people, so why not come along and enjoy some nice food and get some good value in reading material.

Vintage Club

A meeting of Coolgreany Vintage Club Members will take place in the Coolgreany Inn on this Wednesday at 8.30 p.m., to start preparations for our vintage day on September 8.


Birthday greetings to Darragh Boland Knockgreany, who celebrates his 17th birthday on June 15, also good wishes to Lucia Merrigan, who celebrates her 19th birthday on June 17. 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.


The club is appealing to the community for support for their weekly lotto which has changed slightly due to the closure of the local post office.

Local Notes

All contributors to our Local Coolgreany Notes, please be aware that all notes must be with me by 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the very latest for publication in the Guardian News Paper for the following Tuesday: Phone 087 4605166.


Thursday Walks

Another fine dry evening last week for the 37 participants to enjoy the delights of the Brag/Whitewashed Gables Circuit. There were greats views over the Upper Glenmalure Valley, Table Track and Carrawaystick Waterfall. Despite the dry evening, no one escaped without getting their footwear mucky when the group encountered a section where tree felling was in progress. Great amusement followed.

This week takes us to the Spinc in Glendalough, meeting as usual in Parnell Memorial Park for 7 p.m. and the Royal Hotel car park for 7.20.

Blessing of Graves

Blessing of graves will take place over the summer as follows: Rathdrum Cemetery Sunday, June 16, 3.00 p.m (including Mass) Greenane Cemetery Sunday, June 30, 3 p.m. (including Mass) Famine Graveyard Wednesday, June 26, at 7.30 p.m. (including Mass) Whaley Abbey Wednesday, July 24, at 7.30 p.m. Prayer Service and blessing of the graves.

Blood Clinic

Next clinic will be held on Thursday, July 18, in the RDA Hall.

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