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Donal and Mary O’Kelly enjoying the production of ‘Footloose’ at St David’s Greystones

Donal and Mary O’Kelly enjoying the production of ‘Footloose’ at St David’s Greystones

Donal and Mary O’Kelly enjoying the production of ‘Footloose’ at St David’s Greystones

Aughrim: Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes - Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes are ongoing on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm - Beginners welcome. Learn gentle flowing healing movements that help to relieve stress, improve flexibility and mobility.

Ann is delighted to offer a brand new class in Aughrim - Qi Gong (Specific) which incorporates the beautiful Crane Method and the Taoist Yoga System starting on Tuesday, February 11, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a powerfully healing practice which helps to relieve stress from the nervous system and enhance the health of the whole body and develops your being. Venue: Aughrim Sports and Leisure Centre. The cost is €80 for a block of eight classes.

For enquiries or to book a place call Ann Martin 087 6081219. Email solarsoundhealingwicklow@gmail.com. Ann is a registered instructor with the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi and Qi Gong jadesuntaichi.com and also a registered practitioner of Solar Sound Healing jadesunschool.com.

Tidy Towns EGM

The members of the Aughrim Tidy Towns will hold an EGM on Thursday, February 20, at 8 p.m. in the Pavilion, Rednagh Road, Aughrim. The agenda of the meeting is to elect a new board and committee. All members are requested to attend.

Community Games

It's a new Community Games Year and we would like to start by thanking you the parents and guardians and local schools for your continued support. Without this ongoing help and the support of the Principals and teachers, organising these events would not be possible.

The following are some of the events that will be run over the next few weeks in the schools. Art Competition from under-eight to under-16, Handwriting under-10 and under-12, table quiz under-14, Talent Competition which includes Solo Music, dance, singing and Recitation, Group Music, dance and singing - under-12 to under-16.

As you can see from the above list the Community Games is not all about sport and it's not all about winning either. There are in fact over 40 different events in the Community Games for under-16s to participate in and if you need any other information you can check out the website communitygames.ie.

Additional events such as Athletics, Field events, Long Puck, Swimming are run through the local clubs. Please note that the local area athletics competition will take place on April 27 in Aughrim Community field. We hope to have tag rugby and Soccer as an event too.

The County Blitz team event takes place on Sunday, March 1, in Dunlavin community school. This will host badminton chess, basketball indoor soccer and draughts. Debating and any other team events that are competing. please let us know your interest ASAP County Athletics Finals in Shillelagh on June 13.

County Cross Country in Avondale on March 29. The under-14 County Quiz is held in Aughrim NS on March 28 the County Art. Handwriting and model making is in Dunlavin on Saturday, April 18. The Talent county event is held in Glenealy on April 19 the Gymnastics County event is held in Arklow and the coordinator is Michael Kenny of Arklow Gymnastics Club. For anyone who wants to take part we can forward you his details. Date to be confirmed. The swimming county event takes place in Arklow on the afternoon of March 28 in Coral Leisure Centre. Please let me know interest by March 1.

Of course there are rules and regulations for all these events and they are available on the Community Games website, from the schools or Fiona Shannon at 087 3812537. Additional information can be found on our own Facebook page Aughrim/Annacurra Community Games. So let's make it a good year for all the children no matter what activity they wish to follow.

Active Retirement

Our general meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30 a.m. in Aughrim Sports Complex, and new members are always welcome. We have a pottery course starting on Monday, February 24, in Aughrim Pottery, and it will continue for six weeks till March 30 from 11 a.m. to midday. The cost for materials - a one off payment, is approx. €30, payable on first day. We continue to meet every Monday at 10.30 a.m. for a walk and coffee. All very welcome.

Physical Therapist

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.

Lotto

The numbers 8, 16, 22 and 28 were drawn in this week's Aughrim Sports club lotto January 27 the jackpot was not won. There was one match winner: Johnny Dunne. The jackpot is €4650. The weekly lotto supports Aughrim camogie club, Aughrim GAA club, Aughrim Rangers Soccer club and Aughrim sports complex. People, who support the weekly lotto are lending support to the local sports clubs who are very much part of the community.

Town & Country Market

Aughrim Town and country market are back in action after the Christmas break. The market is open from 10 - two in the Pavilion, Rednagh Road. 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.

Sports Complex AGM

The AGM of Aughrim Community Sports and Leisure association will be held in the Aughrim Sports Complex on Thursday, February 13, at 8.30 p.m.

Notes deadline

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

Glenealy

Card Drive

45 card drive will be on this Thursday night, February 6, at 8.30 p.m. Whist partner card drive will be on the following Thursday night, February 13, at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome.

St Joseph's NS enrolment

Enrolment for junior infants 2020 will take place on Monday and Tuesday, February 10, and 11, from 9.20 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.

GAA Bingo

The next GAA bingo will be in Glenealy Village hall on Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. Great cash prizes to be won. Bring a friend.

St Joseph's Church 150th

The St Joseph's church Glenealy celebration book is on sale at €5 per copy in Earls Newsagents Wicklow, The Village Store Glenealy and at Glenealy hall.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls is played 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.

Foroige Youth Club

Glenealy Foróige Youth club meet in Glenealy Village Hall every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for youths aged from 12 years to 18 years. For more information contact the club phone number at 087 0973519.

Gymboree

Gymboree Play and music classes are on every Tuesday morning 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 meets in Glenealy Village Hall every Saturday morning for Pre - School children from 10 a.m. to midday. Cost is just €3 per family. Just drop in any Saturday morning.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes continue in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings 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.

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 email us at glenealyvillagehall@eircom.net.

Kilmacanogue

New parish committee

At Fr Hyacinth's request, a new Parish Committee has been formed in St Mochonog's Church and it met for the first time recently. The purpose of this group is to take care of parish affairs specific to St Mochonog's Parish. The inaugural members of the committee are: Fr Hyacinth, Breda Connolly, Ottalie Dwyer, Celia Flynn, Mary King, Mairead Murphy, Anne O'Grady, Joyce Townsend, Séamus Walsh and John Welsby.

The next meeting of the committee is planned this Friday, February 7, at 10.30 a.m. in St Mochonog's church and if you would like to join the committee or if you would like to have any matters raised at the next meeting, please contact any of the mentioned committee members.

Pilates classes commence

Pilates Classes have started up every Wednesday in the Parish Hall. The classes are just €10 and they will work on a pay-as-you-go basis. To sign up, just come along on the evening or contact our own Nellie King at 086 0844614 for details.

CFR table quiz

A great fun and entertaining quiz night is promised in Pluck's of Kilmacanogue on Monday, February 24, at 8 p.m. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the night with some great prizes promised.

Those of you who have attended this fundraiser before with Quiz Master 'Winker Watson' and his team, will know it is a great social and well attended evening, so arriving early is advised. The evening will raise much needed funds to help maintain our public access defibrillator scheme, and also purchase equipment and consumables needed by our Kilmac CFR group over this coming year. Each pre-booked team of four will cost €40 and to book yours, please contact Sharon Carey at 087 4161706 if you would like to show your support either by donating a prize and/or by entering a team.

A big and much appreciated thanks to everyone who have supported our community public access defibrillator scheme and our Kilmac CFR Group over the years, you really are a fantastic community.

On a separate note, Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at kilmaccfr? If so, come along on the night and introduce yourself or contact the committee via Facebook and Twitter.

History Society lecture

The February lecture for the Kilmacanogue History Society took place this week. Titled 'Irish Arctic Explorers' it was presented by someone who has very personal experience of the Arctic and mountaineering in the most hostile environments in the world.

Frank Nugent is an experienced mountaineer, explorer and expedition leader. Among his many accomplishments, he was deputy leader of the first successful Irish Everest Expedition. In 1997, he followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across the Island of South Georgia. He published 'Seek the Frozen Lands - Irish Polar Explorers 1740 - 1922' in 2003.

Lectures take place in the Glenview Hotel on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. and everyone is welcome so please come along in March.

Soccer action

Glencormac United travelled to Carnew on Sunday to take on the home side and came away with a fantastic 4-2 win. The Glens started off well in this one but went 1-0 down and it took two late first half goals by the Goal Machine himself Nay Watters to give the Glens a 2-1 lead at the break. Josh O'Callaghan is also a top striker in great form and he added two second half goals before Carnew pulled a late goal back to see it end 4-2 to the Glens.

Very unfair to single any player out here in a great team display but a massive effort was shown by Stephen Kirwan to get off a flight and head straight from the airport to Carnew to be a substitute instead of hitting the bed. It's players like Stephen that make a club.

Well done to all the panel on a great win. The Glens must keep up the good form at home to Ashford Rovers this Sunday, kick off 2 p.m. and support welcome.

The junior teams are making their way back to training this week, fantastic talent in the club to look forward to.

Notes

If you want an item of local interest to appear in the Kilmacanogue notes please email colmulligan@eircom.net by midday on Sunday.

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