Sunday 16 June 2019

Around the districts: Donard, Dunlavin, Enniskerry, Laragh-Glendalough

Isabella, Sienna, Noah, Alyssa and Ameira Duggan with Mrs Claus in Santa’s Grotto in Blessington
Isabella, Sienna, Noah, Alyssa and Ameira Duggan with Mrs Claus in Santa’s Grotto in Blessington

Donard: Football club Notes - The annual Rounders Competition was held on St Stephen's Day at the usual time in the usual place. Two very fit and skilful teams played two full rounds.

The team managed by Phil Matuschka beat the Eoin Kelly managed team by 21 runs to 17. If there is any team out there who would like to give us a game please contact Paddy Toomey at 087 2732265.

There was no jackpot or match-three winners in the Christmas Eve draw. There were four lucky dips of €50 each: John Dowling, Eddie Dwyer, Esther Curran and Mary Dunne. The jackpot is now €8,700. Jerome Kelly won the seller's prize.



Sympathy to the Slevin family on the recent death of Séamus. Séamus, who was predeceased by his daughter Marie, is mourned his wife Mary, sons Denis and James, daughters Catherine, Orla and Siobhán, sisters Francis, Ursla and Phyllis, brothers Donal and Brendan and many relatives and friends. Séamus' funeral took place in Dunlavin on Thursday, December 27, 2018. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is also extended to the Kehoe family, Crosskeys on the death of Bernie, who died in St Brigid's Hospice after a long illness. Bernie was predeceased by her sister Maureen O'Gorman and brother Michael Ryan. She is mourned by her husband Liam, sons Aidan and David, daughter Emer, sister Angela, brother Pat and many relatives and friends. Bernie's funeral took place in Dunlavin. May she rest in peace.

Parish History Book

A new book by Chris Lawlor entitled 'With Much Quiet Fervour' on the history of Dunlavin Catholic Parish and St Nicholas of Myra Church was launched at the harvest festival. The book is now on sale in the parish office, at the back of the church, Ed's Fruit and Veg and Whelan's Pharmacy.

The 80 paged book costs €5 and would be of interest to people both within and beyond the parish. It would also make a very nice gift to send to locals who are living abroad. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the parish.

Friendship Club

The friendship club meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parish centre. New members always welcome.


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Breastfeeding Support

Dunlavin Breastfeeding Support Group meet in Seomra in the Imaal Hall every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to midday. Details from Alice at 085 1699425.


An exciting new Community Space 'Seomra' has been developed by the Dunlavin Parents Group in the Imaal Hall. These rooms are available to be used for a variety of purposes. Enquiries please to


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.

Used 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.



Powerscourt Church Tomorrow (Thursday): 10 a.m. - Holy Communion.

Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - The Epiphany - The baptism of Jesus: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - The Epiphany - The baptism of Jesus: 10 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

St Mary's Church

God's Housekeepers: Please think about helping us to clean St Mary's. We really need help to keep the church looking as good as it is at the moment. Your help would be much appreciated. Cleaning takes place after 10.15 a.m. Mass on Monday mornings for approximately one hour.

Parish Of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Enniskerry, Kilmacanogue, Curtlestown and Glencree: We're updating Our Parish Website. We are designing a simpler yet feature rich website for our parish that is relevant, simple to use and which reaches out to communicate with you, our parish community.

St Mochonog's: Calling All Volunteers. We would like to provide tea or coffee and refreshments after Mass in Kilmacanogue on certain Sundays and special occasions. We are looking for volunteers to be part of our hospitality team. If you are interested in helping out please contact the parish office at 01 202 1882. Thank you.

Legion of Mary - Kilmacanogue Presidium: Meet at 11.30 a.m. every Tuesday in the sacristy of St Mochonog's. New members are most welcome. Group recite the Rosary on the first Saturday of each month at midday at the Grotto in the church grounds. Click on the link to view website.

History Society

Meeting of the Enniskerry History Society will resume in the New Year - dates will be announced shortly as work on the Spring 2019 programme is still currently in progress.

In the meantime three events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are the 8 p.m. Thursday, January 3, lecture by David Crawford to the Mount Merrion Historical Society recalling 'Stanley Woods: The World's first motorcycling superstar' in the the community centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €4/Students €2; the 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, lecture by Brendan Twomey to the Tallaght Historical Society on 'Swift and Money' in the County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Admission free - all welcome, and 8 p.m. meeting of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, at which Nicola Morris will speak on 'The Chief secretary's Office Registered Papers' - all welcome - €3 donation.

Members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are asked to note that January 10 is the last date to obtain a copy of the Old Bray Society's has published a special issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from county Wicklow, who took part in this conflict from the Town Hall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray.

Further information on the Enniskerry History Society available from John Callan, at 01 2867853.

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours for the library located on Church Road, Enniskerry, are - Tuesday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New members to the library are always very welcome. Please phone 01 2864339 for further information or to renew books. Due to the Christmas break the library is closed today (Wednesday) and will re-open this Friday.

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels service operates in Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue and delivers hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to older people in their homes. It's an opportunity to connect with the community and provide a hot meal and social contact call to older people in the area.

We are looking for volunteer drivers who can give up two or three hours twice a month to facilitate this much needed service. Interested volunteers should contact Maoiliosa Kelly at 086 8322466 for further information.

Senior citizens party

The Old ICA senior citizens Christmas party will be held on Saturday, January 12, in the Parochial Hall (beside Poppies) at 3 p.m. Please contact Rosemary at 087 2608933.


Pilates Classes

Evening Pilates classes will begin on Mondays at 7 p.m., starting on January 7 in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Thursday mornings classes will continue for now at 10 a.m.

Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. Zara Elkinson has trained and qualified through the STOTT Pilates Method of Movement. This method combines modern theories of exercise science with spinal rehabilitation, which gives a safe and effective exercise that sees results and is accessible to all. Contact Zara at 087 9367474 for more information.

Brockagh opening hours

The Brockagh Resource Centre will re-open at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 7, which is also the week all our regular classes will be returning except for the Active Retirement, who will be back on Tuesday, January 15. For details of our ongoing activities see You can also 'friend' us on Facebook or Twitter. To add your name to our database and be kept informed about events, phone us at 0404 45600 or email

Roundwood Variety Show

The Brockagh Resource Centre will be hosting the ever entertaining and talented Roundwood Variety Show performers again next year at the end of January 2019. Details will be posted on our Facebook pages and on our website at www.

Sustainable Energy Communities

A number of people from the Laragh/Glendalough area have come together to consider setting up a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC). SECs enter into partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who will provide a range of supports, including financial aid, for energy-related projects in Laragh and the surrounding area.

The SEC programme is an integrated community approach which brings public, private and community sectors together to work towards the common goal of switching from our current unsustainable use of fossil fuels to a low carbon, low energy system while at the same time improving the comfort of our homes, work places and public buildings.

Working together as a community will enable us to achieve much more than would be possible at an individual level. The recent IPCC report warns we have just 12 years to act on climate change before the planet reaches a tipping point that would see irreversible global temperature rises in excess of 1.5 degrees C. So, if you wish to join us on this interesting and important journey to a more sustainable future, contact Finian McEvoy (086 2476822) or Noel Quinn (086 3112835).

Free Computer Course

A free five-week digital skills computer course will be coming soon (depending on numbers). Topics covered include online banking, apps, online government services, email, shopping online, online TV players, podcasts, photographs, security and much more. This course is for beginners or someone who is rarely online and wants to up skill. Call the Brockagh Resource Centre at 0404 45600 or email

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