Saturday 17 August 2019

Around the districts: Donard, Dunlavin, Hollywood

Donard: Donoughmore Fête and Sports - The annual Donoughmore Fête and Sports will take place at Donoughmore Hall and grounds on Bank Holiday Monday, August 5, starting at 1pm.

There are lots of new ideas together with some old ones. Kids' football will kick off at 1.30 p.m. with the sports back again this year at 2 p.m. There will also be a carriage driving competition at 2 p.m.

Cakes, toys, books, plants, Hoopla and Kildare Crafters will be open for business along with a bouncing castle and refreshments. New this year is a community corner with the ICA Pure Mile, History Group, First Responders, GAA, etc.

This is always a great family day out so come along and enjoy.

Fr Willie Walk

The 35th annual Fr Willie Walk will take place on Sunday, August 18. More details later.

Football Notes

Our second last league game against Stratford was one of those games where everyone got a run. We had more than the required number but the locals were short a few players. It was a good session in preparation for our last and deciding game against Hollywood at home next Thursday. Our players on the night were: Enda Walshe, Dean Flynn, Rory Hankin, Ronan Conron, Colm Toomey, Dean Mann, Rory Toomey, Pat Flynn, James Eager, Tommy Dwyer, Nikki Donovan, Colm O'Neill, Ed Flynn, Colm O'Neill, Ed. Flynn, Kevin Mills, Gerard O'Halloran and Bill Flynn.

On Saturday next in Aughrim, our intermediate team will play Kilcoole in the second game of the championship. This game is at 3 p.m.

There was no winner of the lotto last week. The jackpot is now worth €7,800. Last week, Amy Conroy matched three and won €200. Colm O'Neill won the seller's prize.



Sympathy is extended to the Grace family on the death of their cousin Brendan. Brendan's funeral took place in Dublin. May he rest in peace.

RHSI Garden Show

RHSI Garden Show takes place in Russborough House on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attractions include plant stalls, artisan produce, speaker tent with Irish and international horticulture and gardening experts. GLDA design clinics, workshops, garden tour, music by the wonderful Ballymore-Eustace Concert Band. Not to be missed. €10. Concessions available. Book on

Sports Day

Annual Donoughmore Fête and Sports, Bank holiday Monday, August 5, starting at 1 p.m.

The following are a list of events taking place at it: children's football, races, bouncy castle, horse and carriage competition, all the usual stalls, Kildare Crafters, tea, mini auction, monster raffle,

Free parking, Admission: €3; children free. A fun day for all the family.

Culture Bus

The culture bus will leave Dunlavin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, to visit Johnstown Castle, Museum and Gardens, Wexford. Entrance and tour of house: €10. Telephone 087 9693960 if you wish to travel. Please tell your friends.


Sympathy is extended to the Keogh Family on the death of Maurice Keogh, Leitrim, Glen of Imaal. Maurice's funeral took place in the Glen of Imaal on Sunday, July 7. May he rest in peace.

Graveyard Mass

Dunlavin's Graveyard Mass will be held on Sunday, August 18, at 7 p.m. Please let family and friends know. Thank you.

Clothes Collection

Thanks to everyone who supported the Friends of Calcutta clothes collection. A great response. Please visit their site 'Rajiv 19' on YouTube. All enquiries to Michael at 087 9073074.

Bike Scheme

KCC are now working with Rotary International and the Prison Services to take old bikes, repair them and send them to Gambia so that schoolkids that have a journey of 5km or more can get to school more easily.

We are looking for repairable bikes to be brought to Silliot Hill, Kilcullen, where we have a designated container.

Course in Leadership Skills

KWETB Community Education Course in Leadership Skills. We are hoping to run this course in West Wicklow area this autumn.

Are you a currently a leader in a Community Group or hoping to become one?

Would you like practical support with developing leadership skills to help sustain your community group, manage difficulties within a group and learn how to motivate and inspire others.

There will be no cost involved for participants.

Duration is two hours for four weeks (location, day and time to be confirmed depending on interest)

Please reply by email to Fiona Tuite to express your interest by giving your name, telephone number and email address.

Preference given to volunteers. Email:; Call: 0404 64050 Mobile: 086 04 99 149.

Outreach Service

There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women's refuge in Tallaght. We can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community, including court accompaniment. The drop-in clinics areas follows: 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 a.m. to 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.

Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course

This course is now open for booking. A place for choirs and young people to experience a week of music, friendship and community from August 11 to August 17. More information is available on our Facebook, Instragram and Twitter @KnockadoonML or on our website


Healing Mandala - always wanted to try your hand at painting a healing mandala? Now is your chance. Pranic healer Bernie Sheridan is hosting classes in An Lár Market Square, Dunlavin on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Price is €10 and materials will be supplied. The only skill required is the ability to have fun. She will also hold healing sessions in the afternoon at €30 a session. For further details, please contact Florence at 087 1205497.

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 days, 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

Affordable Live-in Homecare

Affordable Live-in Homecare 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 today at 087 9916791. Our website is

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

TD John Brady

He 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.


Check out for all the updates in your local village.

Rathsallagh Golf Club

Parties/weddings catered for. Telephone 045 403316. Special membership offer now on. Good deals on membership at the moment. Now serving breakfast and Sunday lunch.

Dunlavin Breastfeeding Support Group

This 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


Important notice for everyone using Dunlavin GAA grounds. A life-saving defibrillator has now been erected outside dressing room No 1.

Defibrillators can also be located in the following locations throughout the town: outside Centra; Scoil Niocláis Naofa; St Kevin's Community College; Dunlavin Health Centre; Dunlavin Bacon Factory; Dunlavin First Responders; Dunlavin GAA. Please treat the machines with respect.

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.

Register of Elections

Anyone who has turned 18 or moved to the area and wishes to register to vote in Dunlavin, please contact 087 9693960.

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 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - closed Saturdays of bank holidays.


Social Dance

Social dance Saturday, July 20, in the Hollywood Community Centre. The dance will be in conjunction with Hollywood Fair. Meal and dance: €20, Students: €10. Music by The Wicklow Man. Meal served at 8 p.m. Dancing till 12.30 a.m. It's the senior citizens/Friendship Club's contribution to the fair. Your support is appreciated. A great night is assured. The launch of the Hollywood Fair Book will take place on the night.

Hollywood Fair 2019

The Hollywood Fair will kick-off with a set-dancing/Céili evening on Thursday, August 8, at 9 p.m. in the GAA Club grounds. Admission is €10 and includes refreshments and a great night is guaranteed. Spread the word and come along on August 8.

Hollywood annual Sports Day

The Hollywood Annual Sports Day is on Sunday, July 14 (49th year) in Hollywood GAA Grounds with athletic events, dog show, side shows, produce stall, raffle, fun and games for all. Juvenile match at midday. Athletic events from tiny tots to veterans, Mile Race (for our fit enthusiasts) dog show (all dogs on leash), bottle stall, home produce, Wheel of Fortune, Feed the Clowns, Pillow Fight, Clock Golf and many more side shows. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Hollywood Walking and Trails Group

The Hollywood Walking and Trails Group meet every Tuesday evening in the village of Hollywood at 7 p.m. outside Tutty's Pub. Our regular walks include the Hollywood Forest, White Bog and the Hollywood Loop talking in part of St Kevin's Way to Church Mt. We also have Wellness Walks for those who like a level steady pace. These walks include the Hollywood Glen, part of the Forest walk and the Hollywood Heritage Trail. Ideal walks for beginners and those who are building their fitness levels, or for people who simply want to walk for an hour and enjoy the flora and fauna along with the companionship of other walkers. Weekend walks take place once a month, the date and venue is confirmed by the team leaders in advance at our Tuesday walks. We are very fortunate to have four experienced team leaders available to guide our walks. Alan and Trina Burke and John and Ann Fitzgerald are very familiar with the trails and hills around Wicklow. The Hollywood Walking and Trails Group welcomes all age groups interested in walking. Our philosophy is 'We don't stop walking because we are grow old; we grow old because we stop walking'. We also encourage families to come on our walks, children and teenagers less than 18 years under parent supervision and any organisations and clubs who would enjoy an evening out walking. Currently we don't have a joining fee so come along and enjoy the benefits of walking. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact us at Hollywood Community Forum: Kay Hogan at 087 6477578; email Aideen Klauer at 089 4415644; email Ann Halpin at 087 6690222; email

Pilates Classes

Pilates classes are every Tuesday morning from 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. in the Hollywood Centre. A six-week course is €6O. Please contact Simone Crowley at 087 6165072.

Acorn's Pre-School Hollywood

Acorn's Pre-School are on their summer holidays and will return on September 2 in the Hollywood Centre every morning from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. Full and part-time places are available. Contact Sonia and Jane at 087 4528855 to secure your place.

Sinéad O'Brien Dance School

The Hip Hop Dance Classes are on their summer break and will resume in September. Contact Sinéad for details at 087 2924559.

Adult Badminton

We are taking a break for the summer and will be back in September. For further details contact Deirdre Keogh at 087 6193509.

Friendship Club

The Friendship Club are taking a break for the summer but will be back in September. We wish all our friends a happy and peaceful Holiday. Contact Marie Tutty at 085 1072356 or 045 864289.

Hollywood GAA

The Hollywood GAA Club lotto draw results for July 10. There was no winner of the jackpot. The seller's prize went to Mary Clarke 419. The €50 winners were Paul Kearney 252, Conor Manning online 34, and Maeve Wilson 279. The next draw for a jackpot of €10,800 will be held in the Hollywood Inn on Wednesday, July 24. Tickets are available online at or from local businesses and club members. Thanks for your continued support and good luck. Please return all tickets by 7.30 p.m.

The Junior A team will play their first championship match on Friday, July 19, at 7.30 p.m. against Blessington. Venue to be announced.

Birthday Parties

The Hollywood Centre is available for your child's special day. We cater for all types of birthday parties. Call the centre at 045 864979 for details.

Hollywood Bingo

Bingo takes place in the Hollywood Centre every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. We have two jackpots - €3,000 and €4,350 - to play for each week.

Doctor's Clinic

The Doctor's Clinic will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Neighbourhood Alertness

Care of the elderly: anyone over aged 65 and in need of advice/obtaining a phone security system contact Marie at 085 1072356 This also applies to smoke alarms. Dark evenings are fast approaching. Be a good neighbour and call regularly for a friendly chat and make sure everything is ok. You can call the Garda Crime Unit in an emergency on 045 865202 or 999/112. Please be careful as to whom you allow into your home. Be alert at all times. If in doubt, contact the guards in Blessington at 045 865202.

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