Thursday 21 November 2019

Around the districts: Donard, Dunlavin

Donard: Walkers. The local Wednesday evening walk from the community hall in Donard starts at 7.30 p.m. Anyone who would like to walk for approximately an hour is very welcome to come along.

Concert in aid of Restoration Fund

TR Dallas will be in concert in Inisfail, Germaine's, Baltinglass on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 8.30 p.m. Tickets €10 each. This is a

fundraiser for Davidstown/Donard Church Restoration Fund and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information or tickets please contact 087 2977037.


The AGM of Ceoltas Ceoilteoiri Eireann will take place in Donard Community Hall on Monday, November 11, at 7.30 p.m. Everybody is welcome to come along and new members are always welcome.

Mobile Library

Have you paid a visit to the brand-new Mobile Library which comes to Donard every second Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 3.40 p.m. approximately? This coincides with school closing time so is ideal for the children to exchange books. The staff, Karen and Peter, are very friendly and helpful if you have difficulty in choosing or finding a book. If it is out of stock, they gladly order it for you. The library is due in Donard again on Wednesday, November 6.

Football Notes

All is quiet on the football front. The ladies team has a Senior Championship to celebrate and the intermediate men's team will celebrate winning a cup and medals. Tickets for this event can be purchased in Toomey's Bar.

It is table quiz time again and the football club will be first up. The time and venue will be known next week.

There was no lotto winner last week. Anne Hynes, Love Joy and TJ and Robbie Harney matched three and won €67 each. The jackpot now stands at €12,000.



Sympathy is extended to the Miley Family, Tober on the death of their mother Annie. Annie, who was predeceased by her husband William and son-in-law Dennis O'Gorman, is mourned by her daughter Ann, sons Michael, Kevin, Billy and Seán and many relatives and friends. Annie's funeral took place in Dunlavin on Tuesday, October 29. May Annie rest in peace.

First Aid Course

A first aid course will commence in Seomra (Imaal Hall) on Wednesday, November 6, for three Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Anyone who is interested, please contact Breda at 086 3598866 to book a place.

Culture Bus

The culture bus will leave Dunlavin on December 12 at 5.30 p.m. to travel to the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny for the Vladimir's Viennese Christmas Gala. Telephone 087 9693960 if interested.

Save the Date

Dunlavin's senior citizens party will take place in the Imaal Hall on Sunday, November 24. Invites will be issued soon.

Remembrance Mass

This year's Remembrance Mass will take place on Tuesday, November 19, at 8 p.m. Please tell family and friends.

Shoebox Appeal

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal - if anyone would like to fill a shoebox for children in need you can drop them into the parish office, Scoil Nioclais Naofa or contact Shona at 087 6884879. Wallets for your €4 donation and a list of suitable items are available in the parish office.


Sympathy to the family of John Ryan, Grangebeg Dunlavin, Co. Kildare. John, who was predeceased wife Margaret, is mourned by his son Michael, daughters Paula and Arlene. daughter-in-law Fiona, son-in-law Robert, granddaughter Kate, sister Mary, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends. John's funeral took place in Gormanstown on Tuesday, October 15. May John rest in peace.


Every Thursday morning, we meet in An LAR to draw mandalas, paint tiles or create patterns. We use pencils, paints, markers, compasses all under the guidance of Bernie Sheridan from Wexford. She supplies the materials. We chat and have fun and have coffee afterwards. Fee for the classes from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. is €10. Drop in and try it. Contact Bernie at 086 0782563 or Florence 087 1205497.

Trad Music Session

A trad music session takes place on the first Tuesday of every month in An Lar Cafe. Whether you play or just want to listen it is well worth popping in to it. Free of charge and child- friendly. Cosy fire. Next night will be November 5.

Trad session every Wednesday night in Burkes Pub from 9.30 p.m.


Why join a meeting?

Whether you are diagnosed with mental health illness, you just simply feel you cannot cope with what life throws at you or know someone you'd like to help, our local groups are there for you. If you feel you need support and would like help to move forward.

The group meetings are anonymous, you don't even need to register, and no introduction is needed, just come along.

Local meeting is every Wednesday night at 7.30 p.m. at Camphill, Grangebeg, Dunlavin. Over-18s only.

Dunlavin Residents' Association

Dunlavin Residents' Association are looking for old pics for the 'Dunlavin Calendar 2020'. Please contact any of the following committee members if you would like to share great memories: Jammie Travers, Paul O'Toole, Lisa Cashin, Sarah Cashin, Michelle Deering, Willie Mccann, Natasha Gleeson, Lisa Swayne or call 089 4559642.

The calendars are a great keepsake and a way for us to remember the good times. They are posted as far as Australia each year and we would love to continue with this tradition. This is only possible by the community giving their pictures. All pictures are scanned and returned without delay. Thank you.

Baby and Toddler Group

A free Baby and Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday 9.30 a.m. to midday in Seomra (Imaal Hall). For more information contact the Dunlavin Parents Group page on Facebook.

Forum News

Dunlavin's Christmas Fair will take place on December 1. Bookings are now being taken for stalls. Contact Linda at 087 2178843.

Dunlavin and District Forum are proud to present Hive.

This project was undertaken to support employment opportunities for community members, to breathe life into our village, support environmental sustainability and stimulate our local economy. This fresh new coworking facility is ideal for anyone who works alone, remote employees, business start-ups or freelancers, for example. Meeting room facilities are also available for hire. Please contact or Aisling 087 9627389 if you would like to view the space or have any queries.

Dunlavin Friendship Club meets in Dunlavin Parish Centre every Friday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. New members are most welcome.

Register of Electors

If you will be 18 before February 15 or you have moved into the area or maybe never registered and would like to register now, please contact Pauline at 087 6183903 for Donard, Donaghmore and Stratford Polling Stations or Margaret at 087 9693960 for the Dunlavin Polling Station.

Volunteers wanted

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have two free days a month (Monday to Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura at 01 2310 594, email or go to for more information.

Green View Bar and Restaurant

Green View Bar and Restaurant is now open at Rathsallagh Golf Club. Opening Hours: Wednesday and Thursday midday to 8 p.m., Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday lunch served 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parties for all occasions will be catered for.

Book Club

A Book Club has started in Kilcullen Parish Centre, running every third Friday of the month. The evening book club will be held at 7.30 p.m. for ages 20-39 and the morning book club will be held at 11 a.m. for an open age group. The aim of both is to explore the inner life through books. Contact Suzanne at 087 2977794 or Niamh at 086 1758458.


St Vincent de Paul urgently need volunteers in the areas of Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare to work in assistance with individuals and families for just once a week. This will be for about three hours, day or night (whatever suits you best). Full training and support provided, for more information, call 018198405 or visit

Outreach Service

There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women's refuge in Tallaght. It can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community, including Court Accompaniment. The drop-in clinics areas are: every Monday 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Blessington Library, every Wednesday afternoon 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Seomra, Imaal Hall, Dunlavin and every Friday 9: 30-11.30 a.m. The equestrian/The Lawlor centre, Baltinglass. Call 085 2710378 for an appointment.


Dunlavin and District Forum are delighted to partner with Dunlavin Friendship Club in availing of a scheme being rolled out by Muintir na Tire.

This scheme allows for the provision of carbon monoxide alarms in houses that don't already have them. Alarms will be provided and installed free of charge with a maximum of two per household.

This Muintir na Tire programme is aimed at persons who do not have existing alarms and do not have the resources to install alarms themselves. We would particularly invite those over 65 to avail of the scheme.

If you would like to avail of the scheme please contact Aisling at 087 9627389 or Antoinette at 087 6793588.

Credit Union

Are you a member of Baltinglass Credit Union? If so, have you got access to your account online? You can view and transact on your account 24 hours a day, seven days a week by registering for a pin number. Once you Register and all the details are correct, you will receive your unique pin number in the post within three working days. It's that simple. Register at

TD John Brady

TD John Brady will hold a clinic in Dunlavin Parish Centre on the second Monday of each month from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. All welcome to drop in.

Affordable Live-in Homecare

They provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Tom at 087 9916791. The website is

Dunlavin Nursing Home vacancies

Dunlavin Nursing Home have full time positions available in the following areas: kitchen assistants, housekeeping/cleaning and health care assistants. Further details are available on the church notice board.

Please forward your CV to


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Postage Stamps

Please keep your used postage stamps for St Patrick's Missions, Kiltegan who can use them to fundraise. Used stamps can be dropped into the parish office any time. Thank you to all who have donated stamps throughout the past year.

Library Opening Hours

Exciting new books in the local library. Opening hours: Tuesday: 6.30-8.30 p.m. Wednesday: 3-5 p.m. and 6.30-8.30 p.m. Friday: 10.30-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Saturday: 11-1 p.m. Closed Saturdays of bank holidays.

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