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Around the districts: Donard, Dunlavin, Hollywood


Aisling Flanagan, Kate Loughman, Sarah Murphy, Alannah Carroll, Niamh Kinsella and Orlaith Behan enjoying their night out at the Blessington GAA social night in The Avon

Aisling Flanagan, Kate Loughman, Sarah Murphy, Alannah Carroll, Niamh Kinsella and Orlaith Behan enjoying their night out at the Blessington GAA social night in The Avon

Aisling Flanagan, Kate Loughman, Sarah Murphy, Alannah Carroll, Niamh Kinsella and Orlaith Behan enjoying their night out at the Blessington GAA social night in The Avon

Donard: Set dance Ceili - The annual ceili in aid of Baltinglass Day Care, Alzheimer's Unit and Patient Comfort Fund will take place in Donard Hall on Friday, February 14, 2,020 (Valentine's Night) starting at 9pm.

Music is by Liz and Syl. Subscription €10 including supper. Donations for the raffle would be much appreciated. Further information can be had from 086 0645291.

Tidy Towns AGM

The AGM of Donard Tidy Towns will be held in Donard Hall on Friday, February 7, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Football Club notes

There was a cold wind blowing across the valley last Friday night when the parish under-13 team played 'Mount Leinster Rangers' in a cross border four county league. Our lads were well down at half time but a few changes in the second half worked a charm and we eventually won by a point.

There was no lotto jackpot winner last week. Eimer Morrin and Sue Eager matched three and won €100 each. The winning numbers were 3, 21, 22 and 28. Amanda Butler won the seller's prize. The jackpot is now €3,300.

ICA Guild

Last Sunday up to 80 local people sat down to lunch as guests of Donard ICA in Donard Hall. The meal was followed by entertainment with all local talent.

The members would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped in any way to make the afternoon such a success.


Flower and Garden Club

'Grasses Wild Flowers and Fruit Trees' In conversation with Tony Harte on Wednesday, February 12, at 8 p.m. in the Jonathan Swift School Hall.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

If anyone is interested in a Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes for five nights, staying in the hotel La Solitude, on September 3 or September 19 please contact the Parish Centre at 045 401871. Please let us know which date is most suitable.


Donard Glen camogie club are currently enrolling players for the 2020 season. Our club caters for players of all ages from the very young to adult. We are currently Wicklow Senior camogie Champions for 2019. We welcome all girls and cater for new players. Our registration day is on Saturday, February 8, from 10.30 a.m. to midday in our club rooms in St Kevin's Community College Dunlavin. Registration fee is €30 for underage players. If you are unable to attend on the day contact the number below and a registration form can be sent to you. Come along and give it a try it could be your sport. Further details 086 3598866.

GAA dinner dance

Polish up the dancing shoes for February 15 when Dunlavin GAA will hold their dinner dance in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy. Tickets €40 includes a three course meal and music by 'Flog the Dog' Contact Siobhán at 086 4415547 or any club member for tickets.

Panic Buttons

Anyone, who is over the age of 65 may apply for a Panic Button. If you are interested, or know of someone who may require one, the necessary application form can be accessed by calling 086 1020303.


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.


Enrolments are now being taken for the junior infants class for school year in September 2020. Forms available from the school office or online at snndunlavin.com.

Baby and Toddler Group

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

Hive project

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 or for example. Meeting room facilities are also available for hire.

Please contact coworkingdunlavin@gmail.com or Aisling 087 9627389 if you would like to view the space or have any queries.

Friendship Club

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


Check out Dunlavin.ie for all the updates in your local village.


Whist results

Whist results January 27 - Top score: Pat Hanbidge. Other winners: Freda Allen, Nora Kelly, Margaret Brennan, Margaret Clarke, Ger Tyrrell, Jim Flaming, John Hanbidge, Kathleen Hanlon, Rose Zeller, Ruth Fisher, Mary McCormick.

Friendship Club

A table quiz will take place this Friday, February 7, in Tutty's Lounge Hollywood At 9 p.m. All proceeds towards senior citizens summer Outing. Quiz Master Supreme... Pat O'Neill.

Friendship club meet every Wednesday afternoon from 2.15 p.m. to four. 15 p.m. New members always welcome. Save the Date Hollywood are Celebrating their 50th Sports and field day on Sunday, July 12.

Congratulations to Hollywood ICA who are celebrating 50 years early February. These ladies have been a wonderful asset to the community and the county and further afield. Well done, ladies. Enjoy your Celebrations.

Gardening talk

Join Patrick Hunt in 2020 when he will be presenting a series of monthly environmentally friendly gardening talks entitled 'food growing in the home garden'' the talks are suited to those wishing to start a garden or would like to have better success and will cover what vegetables; fruit and flowers to grow each month following the yearly garden cycle while increasing wildlife benefit at the same time.

These monthly talks are being held in the Hollywood centre on the following dates. Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on January 21, February 18, March 10, April 21 and May 19. Cost is €100. Taking bookings now call Patrick hunt 087 6982201.

Community Forum meeting

Hollywood Community Forum has hosted its first by-monthly meeting this January for 2020 in the Hollywood Community Centre.

The meeting was well attended and several local matters were discussed regarding the community which were raised by those present. We host an open meeting and everyone is welcome. There are several projects at an advanced stage of progress and the forum is very optimistic regarding the outcomes.

The Forum continues to engagement with Wicklow County Council and in 2019 attended several Municipal District meeting in Blessington where two representatives from the forum voiced the need to reduce the speed limit on the N81 at Hollywood and a bus stop, path and lighting for Hollywood. Two members attended the Baltinglass Municipal District Policing Plan Committee evening and put in submissions. Co Wicklow Partnership and Rural Recreation is another group linked with the forum, focused on the upgrading the St Kevin's Way pilgrim path and re-routing sections to off road paths on safety grounds. We have two members sitting on a couple of committees such as Public Participation Network representatives, the West Wicklow Environment Network and the Joint Policing SPC.

We were delighted to announce our Community Directory and Information Booklet in conjunction with the parish office which is being distributed at the moment to Hollywood village and hinterlands. This is the second addition and hosts a section on the activities in Hollywood along with local service providers and community groups, a must have in every home. Please take note; the St Vincent de Paul society phone number has changed to 086 2506009.

The Hollywood Walking Club will be holding a meeting soon to kick start the new season, everyone really enjoyed the walk evenings so we will be posting further information shortly. We are delighted to meet any group in Hollywood, who might need guidance and assistance in seeking information, grants and filling out applications. We also have a printer which we will make available to any group wishing to print out applications etc free of charge.

The schedule of forum meetings will take place on a bi-monthly base. They will be held at 8 p.m. in the Hollywood Community Centre on the second Monday of the month.

Our AGM will be held on March 9, if you are interest in getting involved or have an query, issue or suggestion please contact us at the following contacts.

Hollywood Community Forum: hollywoodcommunityforum1@gmail.com. Kay Hogan: Mobile. 087 6477578 Email kay.hogan001@gmail.com. Aideen Klauer: Mobile. 089 4415644 Email aideen.klauer@gmail.com. Ann Halpin: Mobile. 087 6690222 Email annhalpin@ymail.com.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes continue every Tuesday mornings from 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. in the Hollywood Centre. Six Week Course - €55 or €10 per class. Please contact Simone Crowley at 087 6165072.

Acorns Pre-School

Acorns Pre-School are in the Hollywood Centre every morning from 9 a.m to midday - full and part time places are available. Contact Sonia and Jane at 087 4528855 to secure your place.

Hillbillies Football

Football is on every Monday night in the Hollywood Centre from 8.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. For further information contact Paul Clarke at 083 1522272.

Hollywood Bowls

The club bowl every Tuesday and Friday nights in the Hollywood Centre between 8.10 p.m. New Members' are always welcome, so come along and see what it is all about, it is a great way to spend the winter nights.

Music Under the Mountain

Traditional Music Classes for children take place in the Hollywood Centre every Saturday from 10.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. For further information contact Eric Greaves at 087 2248509 or 045867380.

Dance School

The Hip Hop Dance Classes are on every Friday with a new timetable 3-6 years 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 7-10 years 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and new class 11 years up 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. contact Sinéad for details at 087 2924559.


Juvenile Badminton classes are on Mondays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. nights. Places still available for Monday nights for second and third class. Please contact Chloe Clarke for more details at 087 0613292.

Adult Badminton takes place every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Hollywood Centre. For further details contact Deirdre Keogh at 087 6193509.

Hollywood GAA

Club lotto draw results January 29 - The number drawn were 4, 13, 17 and 18. There was no winner of the jackpot. The seller's prizes went to Breda O'Keeffe 106. The €50 winners were Suzanne Tutty 180, Jimmy Wilson 274, Farrington Family 690. The next draw for a jackpot of €13,600 will be held in the Hollywood Inn on February 12. Tickets can be bought online at hollywoodgaa.com and from the usual local outlets. Thanks for your continued support and good luck.

Following our AGM on Sunday, Paul Wilson remains as chairman, Lucy Mooney remains as secretary, Tommy Tutty is the new treasurer. Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM Good luck to everyone in the club in the coming year.

Birthday parties

The Hollywood Centre is available for your child's special day. 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 - €3,800 and €5,000 to play for each week.

Doctor's Clinic

The Doctor's Clinic will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.


To book the Hollywood Centre, or place a notice in the district section of the Wicklow People please contact the centre at 045 864979 or email info@hollywoodcentre.ie. All notes must be in the Hollywood Centre before 11 a.m. on Friday for the following week.

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