Thursday 23 May 2019

Around the districts: Aughrim, Glenealy and Rathdrum

Sorcha and Naoise Hodgins with guide dogs Elle and Reilly at the All About Animals event at Sharpeshill Sanctuary in Rathdrum
Sorcha and Naoise Hodgins with guide dogs Elle and Reilly at the All About Animals event at Sharpeshill Sanctuary in Rathdrum

Aughrim - Family Fun Run/Walk: Aughrim GAA and Luke O'Toole's under-14 Féile teams are holding a family fun run/walk on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. along the beautiful Ciaran Shannon walk. It starts and finishes at the Aughrim sports complex where there will be refreshments served after. Entry fee is adults €5 and children €3. All support for this great bunch of lads will be very much appreciated.

Yoga Classes

New Wednesday Evening six wk course started on May 1 €60 for six-week course in the Sports complex. Classes continue on Monday Mornings 9.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. Drop in rate €13. Please text/call Yvonne at 087 6778733 if you've any queries or would like to book a space. You can follow on Facebook or Instagram yvonnedoyleyoga.

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.

Vintage Tractor and Car Run

Wicklow Vintage Club is holding their annual Vintage Tractor and Car Run on Sunday, May 12, at midday from St Kevin's Hall Ballycoog. All are most welcome to attend and homemade refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

Active Retirement

Our next yoga class will commence on May 14 for three weeks. €15 on the day in an envelope with your name please. Our Spa Day takes place on May 23. We are planning a day's outing for June 28 to the Auberitum in Leighlim Bridge and a visit to the Royal Oak Distillery near by. Details at a future date.

Charity Walk

The annual Jimmy Cullen, 4A's Hillwalking Club Sponsored Walk in aid of the children of Chernoybl Foundation (Arklow Gorey Group) takes place on Sunday, May 12, There will be three walks, 10K, 5K and the Ciaran Shannon Route. Runners are most welcome. Registration is €10 on the day and the event start will be at the Playground End of Annacurra Church car park. Registration opens at 09.30 and event starts at 10 a.m. Event is an unsupported one but all routes will be well marked. Pre-registration and sponsorship cards are available by contacting Jane Cullen at 087 2703498.

Castlemacadam Parish Sale

The annual Castlemacadam Parish Sale on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the Hartin Hall, cake stall, Vegetable Stall, and many more please come along bring a friend and have a cup of tea and chat. Many thanks Hazel.


The numbers 6, 8, 14 and 16 were drawn in this week's Aughrim Sports club lotto April 29 the jackpot was not won. There were no match-three winners. The jackpot is €2,100.

County Fleadh

This year Anne Devlin CCE will host the Wicklow County Fleadh on this Saturday, May 11, in the Sacred Heart National School Aughrim starting at 10 a.m. This County Fleadh is a celebration of Traditional Music, song, dance and Comhrá Gaeilge, with competitions in all age groups, celebrating our national culture. Everyone is welcome to join us and enjoy the day, Admission at the Door.

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.

Community Games

Congratulations to all our boys and girls who participated in the County Wicklow Art and Handwriting Final Results. A special well done to Sean Byrne in the U12 handwriting who now goes on to represent County Wicklow in the National Finals in UL Limerick in May.

Art-U8: 4th Jamie O'Connor, 4th Sarah Nolan; U14: 2nd James Lambert, 4th Emma Keenan, 4th Elliot O'Driscoll ,4th Jessica Healy

Handwriting-U10: 4th Hugh Sheehan, 2nd Emily Alexander; U12: 1st Sean Byrne , 3rd Cormac Kavanagh

Well done to our u15 Boys Badminton team who reached the Leinsters. Daniel. Padraig. Oliver and Joshua. They played a great game but unfortunately they were beaten by Kilcormac Killoughey from Offaly.

Reminder - Our area athletic finals take place on Monday, May 13, in the community-field and all qualifiers go forward to the County Wicklow track and field finals in Shillelagh on Saturday, June 15, registration from 6 p.m. All children welcome from Tots to U16. A fun filled evening.

GAA News

Our next adult match in the league is against Hollywood at home next Sunday morning, May 12. Please come along and support the lads. Reminder of our coffee and cake morning fundraiser for Luke O'Tooles under-14 Féile Team on Friday, May 10, in Murphy's Hotel from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come along for a cuppa and chat. The boys from Tinahely and Aughrim are representing their county at the all-Ireland Hurling Féile competition in Cork. All support is very much appreciated.

Table Quiz

Aughrim community group are holding a table quiz in O'Toole's Pub on this Friday May 10 starting at 9 p.m. Your support would be much appreciated.

Notes Deadline

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


Card drive

Whist partner Card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, May 9. 45 card drive will be the following Thursday night May 16 - both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players are always welcome.


The next auction will be in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. More information to follow.

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. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes now running in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Running from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. seven weeks for €70 or drop-in-rate €12. 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 info and to keep up to date like on Facebook at pilates with Zara.


Gymboree play and music classes continues 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.

Community Games

Congratulations to the children who won medals last weekend at the art and Handwriting finals in Dunlavin.

The Track and Field Finals will be held in Shillelagh Saturday, June 15 - children interested in taking part should contact Andrea at 086 494774 Ann Marie 083 1522627.

Training for the children who will represent County Wicklow Community Games in Cross Country in Limerick continues every Thursday night in Rugby Club Rathdrum under trainer Bill Porter starting at 6.40 p.m.

Saturday 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

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.

Tea dance

The next Tea Dance will be in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, May 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Music by the Wicklow Man, great afternoon of music and dancing.

Foróige 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, parties, 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

ORGANIC HORTICULTURE - BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT QQI L5 Pat time fully funded training course - two and a half days per week. Commences May 2019. Ideal opportunity of a funded training programme aimed at individuals with an interest in gaining a recognised qualification and employment in Organic Horticulture. The course will include knowledge of organic principals and practices, environmental assessment and management and a broad range of horticulture skills. Contact 0404 44980.



Results of the last whist drive are: Top Score - M Murphy and G Curran; second place - J Vickers and P. O'Flaherty; third place - C Doyle and B Burke and fourth place - N Vickers and C Driver. Raffle winners were M Rattray, M Haughton and J Olohan. Next whist drive will be held on Wednesday, May 15, at 8.30 p.m. in the Anne Devlin Annex, RDA.


Bingo as usual on Friday night at 8.30 p.m. in the RDA Hall, all welcome.

Tidy Towns

Starting from Monday, May 13, and every Monday thereafter, Rathdrum Tidy Towns will meet in the Market Square, Rathdrum at 7 p.m. to tidy up, pick litter and do the other normal jobs. Please come and join us, everyone is welcome, your help would be much appreciated.

The Tidy Towns Committee would like to wish Pat Kennedy and Jimmy O'Shaughnessy well in the local elections.

Thursday walks

Last week reverted to more normal weather than the previous week and 34 walkers turned up in Clara Vale on a bright evening. The were ably led round by guest leader for the week, Ned Kelly. A big thanks to Ned for stepping into the breach.

This week we head to Ballinderry with usual meeting time of 7 p.m. in Parnell Memorial Park and 7.15 at the start point.

Historical talk

Carmen Cullen, the niece of Delia Murphy the ballad singer of 'The Spinning Wheel' fame will give a talk to the society on Monday, May 13, in the RDA Annex entitled 'Hello Delia Murphy'. Interwoven with family reminiscences and photographs, as well as commentary on Delia's life and songs, Carmen will sing a selection of her aunt's songs. She will be accompanied by guitarist Gerry Anderson from Ashford. The talk will take place at 8 p.m. and all are welcome. Admission is €3.

The Famine Graveyard

Thank you to everyone who attend the unveiling of the information panel at the Famine Graveyard. Cllr Pat Kennedy opened the event by welcoming everyone and thanking Kevin Byrne for being there to unveil the panel, Kevin's book 'Time did not stand still, ;The history of St Colman's Hospital' is the source of most of the information on the panel. He also thanked Catherine Wright and Sarah Kinsella from Wicklow County Council for all their help.

Pat acknowledged the support from the playground committee, John Porter construction and Wicklow County Council ensuring that this special area was not forgotten. He paid special thanks and appreciation to Mary Doyle and her team of volunteers for their dedication to maintaining the graveyard.

Catherine Wright said it was a great honour to attend this event and noted it was a place where so many people had been buried in unmarked graves that is was so important to remember them. She thanked Kevin for his work and research into this area, Catherine finished by reading an extract from Kevin's book. Rev O'Reilly finished proceedings with a prayer and blessing.

We would like to thank Kevin Byrne and his family for attending the event, it was fitting that Kevin should unveil this panel.

Wicklow People