Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Donard, Dunlavin, Hollywood and Tinahely

Aoibheann Bailey, Juliette Gough, Kayleigh O’Neill, Kayleigh McGuire and Bryana Reid relaxing at the Blessington GAA juvenile girls awards presentation night
Aoibheann Bailey, Juliette Gough, Kayleigh O’Neill, Kayleigh McGuire and Bryana Reid relaxing at the Blessington GAA juvenile girls awards presentation night

Donard - Christmas Market: Donoughmore and Donard Christmas Market takes place on Saturday, December 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Donoughmore Hall. You can visit all the usual stalls: Cakes, toys, bric-à-brac. Tea and mince pies hot chocolate etc. Admission Free.

CCE Concert

The 60 first annual Ceoltas Concert will take place in Donard Hall on Sunday, December 2, from 8.10 p.m. A great night of music, song and dance is guaranteed. Admission, including tea, cost €5.

Football Club Notes

The football Club AGM will be held on Friday next in Donard Hall at 7.30 p.m. If you feel like taking on an official position in the club now is your chance. A lot of us are there a long time and some new faces might help start winning a championship or two. It is 14 years since we won one, too long for a club that has six senior championships under its belt. See you there.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Juann Lennon, Tinnode, Colm O'Reilly, Brenda Daly and Ann Hynes matched three and won €40 each. The lotto now stands at €7,200.


Best of Luck

Best wishes to Christian and family with their new venture An Lar (Meitheal) a vegan/vegetarian cafe. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will open at weekends in 2019. Free WiFi. Great selection of Wholefoods on sale. Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. The new year will see workshops on Fermenting food, raw food and growing Wheatgrass.


A whist drive will take place on Thursday, December 6, at 8.30 p.m. in the Jonathan.

Swift hall: Christmas cards

This year's Christmas cards for Friedreich's Ataxia research have just gone on sale. There are lots of new designs and hopefully there should be something to suit all tastes. They are great value at 15 Irish made cards for €8 of which €5 goes directly to the charity. They are available at all the following outlets. Dunlavin: Centra, Whelan's Pharmacy, Dunlavin Health Centre and the Parish Centre.

Donard: John OKeeffe and Cafe. Baltinglass: Murphy Sherrin Vetionary. Kilcullen: Berney's Pharmacy. Blessington: McGreal's Pharmacy.

The Friedreich's Ataxia organisation (www, has supported two different research projects during 2018 to the tune of €14,000. They are hoping that with your support they may be able to co-fund a further project before the end of the year. Cards can also be got directly by emailing

Turning on the lights

Dunlavin and District Forum invites everyone to come along to the 2018 Dunlavin Christmas Lights Switch On event on December 1 Meeting at 5.45 p.m. at Market House. Join us for some Carol Singing followed by a mince pie and mulled wine reception afterwards in the Market House. The Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday, December 2, at midday to 4 p.m. Santa arrives at 3 p.m. To book a stall contact Bernie at 086 2872619.

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. Would make a great little Christmas present for a loved one.

Culture Bus

The Culture Bus will travel to Dublin on December 16 leaving Dunlavin at 11 a.m. and leaving Dublin at 6 p.m. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with Vladamir's Viennese Christmas in the Concert Hall at 3 p.m. A very nice Art Exhibition running in the Chester Beatty Library (Free) To book a seat on the bus for the trip telephone 097 9693960. People wishing to go to the concert must purchase their own tickets.

Friendship Club

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

The Folk Group

We're at midday Mass on the second Sunday of the month and 10 a.m. Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month. We're always open to new members We practice after Mass, you don't need to be able to read music to join in the singing and there's no pressure to attend every time.

We enjoy singing uplifting modern hymns as well as a few of the beautiful traditional ones. If you're interested in joining us, contact Suzanne at 087 2977794 or speak to one of us after Mass.


Shoe Box Appeal

Please note the following regarding the No Name Club 2018 Shoe Box Appeal for Inner City Helping the Homeless.

Cover the shoe box with Christmas Paper, but do not close it. Any of the following items can be put into the shoe box. Hats, Scarves, gloves, socks, Thermal underwear, Roll on Deodorants, Small shampoo, wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, chocolate bars, soap, sweets, vouchers for McDonalds/Burger King, Christmas Card. We are also looking for donations of Sleeping Bags and Warm Clothes.

Please drop the Shoe Boxes into the Hollywood Centre to any member of staff or drop it to the No Name Club on Wednesday Nights 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. or give it to any member of the No Name Club on or before December 16.

Sincere sympathy

Sincere sympathy to the McGrath and Comerford Families on the sad passing of Mickey. rest in peace.

Hollywood Fair AGM

The Hollywood Fair AGM takes place on Friday night, November 30, in the Hollywood Centre at 8 p.m. Everyone most welcome to attend.

Christmas Social Night

There will be music and dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday night, December 1, 9 p.m. to midnight. Music by 'The Wicklow Man' Admission €10. Students €5 Refreshments served.

Comhaltas Ceoilteori concert

The 61st annual Donard Comhaltas Ceoilteori concert is on Sunday, December 2, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission €5 which includes tea. Everybody welcome.

Friendship Club

The Friendship Club are visiting Newbridge Silverware on December 5 where they will as always do their Christmas Shopping and finish off with Afternoon Tea. There will be no Friendship Club at the centre on December 5. we will meet on December 12 as usual 2.15 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. and we take our Christmas Holidays till Wednesday, January 9.

We wish all our members a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Senior citizens Party

The senior citizens Christmas party will be on Thursday, December 13, in the Hollywood Inn. Meal at 3 p.m. Song and dance till 8 p.m. We wish all 95 members an enjoyable evening.

Christmas Raffle

The Parish Christmas Raffle will be held after evening Mass on Saturday, December 15. Boys and Girls Santa may call by on a brief visit... so we await in anticipation.


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 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.

Hillbillies Football

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

Tidy Towns

Our calendar and Christmas cards proved very popular, they are now on sale in the Hollywood Café, the Hollywood Inn, Tutty's pub and Breda's Hair Salon. Please like and share our Facebook page to keep updated on our progress and what's going on.

Our work mornings continue every Sat meeting at 10 a.m., new faces are always welcome.

Dance School

The Hip Hop Dance Classes are in the Hollywood Centre Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. New Dancers are more than welcome, contact Sinéad for details at 087 2924559.

Pilates Classes

Pilates classes have started on Tuesday mornings from 9.45 to 10.45 in the Hollywood Centre. Six Week Course - €6O Limited Places. Please contact Simone Crowley at 087 6165072.

Acorns Pre-School

Acorns Pre-School are in the Hollywood Centre every morning from 9.00 till 12.00 full and part time places are available. Contact Sonia and Jane at 087 4528855 to secure your place.

Hollywood GAA

Club lotto draw: The next draw for a jackpot of €7,400 will be held this Thursday in Tutty's Pub November 29 Please return all tickets by 7.30 p.m. Good luck to everyone and thank you to all sellers and buyers of tickets throughout the year. Your continued support is much appreciated. You can purchase lotto tickets locally from club members and local businesses and online at

Hollywood GAA Club will hold its AGM on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse. Nomination forms will be available shortly.

Hollywood Bingo

Bingo takes place in the Hollywood Centre every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. We have two jackpots €2,200 and €3,500 to play for each week.


Walking club

Details of Tinahely Walking Club Sunday walks for the next two weeks: December 2: Glen of Imaal, B, 13km, four hours. Meeting Tinahely 10.00, Fenton's Pub at 10.30. December 9: Askamore, B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meeting Askamore Church 10.30. As usual, please ensure to wear proper walking boots, to bring adequate food and drink and to pack (or wear) rain gear.

Crossbridge Christmas fest

This year's Christmas Fest will take place on Sunday, December 2, in Crossbridge Hall. This annual church fundraiser will kick off at 2 p.m. with the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus. An array of exciting christmas crafts, games, facepainting and much more will follow. Why not join us for a fantastic family day?.

Ladies Club AGM

The Tinahely Ladies' Club AGM is on this Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. in Clubhouse. Please come along and support, Everyone welcome, why not come along and get involved, always looking for a helping hand and new members. If not just to see what the club has achieved in the last year and looking forward to 2019.

Christmas Illumination

This year's illumination ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 9, at 4.30 p.m. on the market square. The courthouse Arts Center will host light refreshments after the main event, where the kids can visit Santa Clause. Don't forget to wear your Santa hat.

Christmas craft/gift fair

Tinahely Indoor Christmas Craft and Gift Fair takes place in O'Connor's Bar and Lounge Marquee on Sunday, December 2, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gifts, Homemade Crafts, Toys, Books, raffle, Baked Goods, Jewellery plus much more. Inquiries to 087 7641275 or 0402 38115.

Coláiste Eoin parents' association

Coláiste Eoin parents' association is proud to announce that Billy Redmond, from Learning House will give a talk on 'Tips and Tools for Supporting Teenagers into higher education or the world of work' in Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown on Tuesday, November 27, at 8 p.m. This talk is of benefit to any adult supporting teenagers in navigating their journey through school and in assisting with planning for their progression to higher education or the world or work. We encourage as many parents and members of the community to attend.

The annual general meeting of Coláiste Eoin parents' association will take place in Coláiste Eoin after the event.

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