Sunday 26 May 2019

Around the districts: Donard, Enniskerry and Hollywood

Ann Cripps and Maureen Phibbs at the heritage exhibition in Manor Kilbride Community Centre as part of the Vales Around Cloughlea Festival
Ann Cripps and Maureen Phibbs at the heritage exhibition in Manor Kilbride Community Centre as part of the Vales Around Cloughlea Festival

Donard - Christmas Craft Fayre: The Donard Christmas craft fayre takes place on Sunday, November 18, from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. in two venues, Donard Hall and Moate Farm Hall. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus. Browse beautiful handcrafts and try your luck in a monster raffle.

Parish Draw

Winners for October: John Eager, Kelshamore; Róisín Toomey, Donard; Eamonn Lennon, Davidstown; Gerry McGrath, Palladius Park; Ted Flynn, Donard; Mike Cummins, Donard; Kevin Kearney, Knockanarrigan; Shane O'Neill, Hillview, Stratford; Bill Kearney, Malahide; Miriam and Lara Manifold, Donard. Promoter's prize, Anne O'Reilly.

Football club notes

Our county under-16 footballers had a good run in the Father Manning Cup that was played in Longford last week. They beat Louth, Roscommon and Laois in the league section and lost to Sligo in the final. Jack grace and Shane Daly were our players on the panel and they both gave a good account of themselves.

The under-20 championship started in Donard on November 1 on a cold frosty night when they had a big win over Clanna Gael. They lost to Arklow/Ballymoney in the second round and were fixed to play Rathnew away on Sunday, November 11, James and Shane Eager are our players so far on this team.

There were two match three in the lotto last week. James Corrigan and Clare Byrne got €100 each. The jackpot is now €6,600.



Enniskerry Boxers are recruiting every session from the locals annd it working out very well.


The next sscheduled Saturday walk is on November 17, leaving from Windsors Spar at 1.30 p.m., meeting opposite Town Clock.


There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner held in Powerscourt Arms Hotel. American Leggion Post IR 63 is the host. Contact Liam at for more information.


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

Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - second Sunday before Advent: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 10 a.m. - Buggy and Toddler Church in School Hall; 11.30 a.m. - Sunday School in School Hall and Holy Communion Two in the church; 1 p.m. - Church Lunch in the Powerscourt Arms Hotel.

Mothers' Union: The AGM will take place next Wednesday (November 21) in the hall at 80 p.m. at which we will review the activities of the past year and discuss plans for the coming sessions.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - second Sunday before Advent: 10 a.m. - Holy Communion One.

Kilbride Vestry: The next meeting of Kilbride Vestry takes place tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. in the Parish Room.

Powerscourt National School: This year's musical is 'The Snow Queen' and we look forward to performing it in December. All the senior pupils have been cast and we are beginning to learn lines and songs. This musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale about Gerda's quest to save her brother from the Snow Queen.

Missionary Sale: Takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

St Mary's Church

Only six Days to Go: The Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue Parish Assembly will take place next Tuesday night at 7.30 p.m. in the Summerhill Hotel. Help to forge new paths ahead. Invite relatives and friends. Enjoy an evening of facilitated conversation, refreshments and chat, as we seek new ways forward for our parish. Young people especially welcome. We really want to hear your voice. Facilitated by Donal Harrington, author of 'Tomorrow's Parish: a Vision and a Path'. Your Parish Pastoral Council is: Fr Bernard Kennedy (president), John Welsby (Chair), Celia Flynn, Herman Van den Bergh, Tom Coleman, Carmel McElroy, Sally Phalan, Mairead Murphy, Kathleen Manning and Ottalie Dwyer.

Christmas Concert: We are delighted to hear that world-renowned soprano Niamh Murray and Concert Choir will return for another wonderful concert series in St Mary's on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, The concerts were completely sold out last year, so to secure your tickets early this year you can call Margaret or Joyce in the parish offices Enniskerry 01 276 0030/Kilmacanogue 01 202 1882.

Classical Concert

This Saturday join us for a wonderful evening of classical music by candlelight in the intimate setting of St Patrick's Church, Curtlestown. With very special thanks to Catherina Lemoni - piano, David O'Doherty - violin, Moya O'Grady - cello, Julie Maisel - flute, and with very special guests St Patrick's National School Choir. Proudly presented by Curtlestown parents' association.

History Society

Last Thursday night James Scannell from the Bray Cualann Historical Society was the guest speaker for the November meeting of the Enniskerry History Society in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, at which presented his lecture on 'The Torpedoing of the RMS Leinster - October 10, 1918, and Some Wicklow Connections' which recalled the sinking of this mailboat off the South Dublin/North Wicklow with the loss of 564+ passengers and crew. All those at the lecture receive a commemorative An Post postcard feature the commemorative stamp issued by An Post courtesy of the Dun Laoghaire Tourist Information Office. James' lecture is available for presentation to schools and community organisations - contact 01 2823135 for further information.

The next meeting of the Enniskerry History Society will take place at 8.30 p.m. in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel at which Carmel Cullen will present her lecture 'The History of Delia Murphy' - all welcome, admission €5.

Until then events which may of interest to members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society include tonight's (Wednesday) 6 p.m. lecture by Emmet Oliver looking at 'The Business of Dublin in the early 20th Century: an overview of the retail and financial sector' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2; the 7.45 p.m. lecture by Liz Gillis discussing 'Commemorating 1919 and the momentous issues leading up to it' to the Knocklyon History Society in the Iona Centre, Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin 16. All welcome - admission charge; tomorrow (Thursday) night's 8 p.m. Brian White lecture recalling 'The Brabazon's links to Bray and the families who worked on the estate' to the Bray Cualann Historical Society in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €5; and next Mondays Seminar in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two, at 6 p.m. on 'Oral History: Let's Hear for the Projects' chaired by Dr Catherine O'Connor, at which three graduates of the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History will each give a 10-minute presentation about their own unique oral history project while two guest speakers will discuss two community based oral history projects funded by Dublin City Council - the Coolock Artane Oral History project and the 'In Our Own Words' training project developed by the North Inner City Folklore Project. The five presentations will be followed by a discussion on the value of oral history as a research methodology and the wealth of recorded oral narrative sources which exist in Ireland. All welcome - admission free. Seats allocated on a first-come basis.

Members and Supporters of the Enniskerry Society are also reminded that the Old Bray Society has published a special limited issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from the county who took part in this conflict. Over the counter copies available 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.

Table quiz

A table quiz in aid of Enniskerry YC will take place this Friday at 8.30 p.m. in the Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel.


Collection thanks

The church gate collection for the Asthma Society of Ireland held weekend of October 20/21 realised €360. Sincere thanks to all who donated.

Remembrance Mass

A Remembrance Mass takes place on Wednesday, November 14, at 7.30 p.m. in Hollywood Church.

Christmas Fayre

Sincere and grateful thanks to all who helped set up and those who supported our fundraiser for our senior citizens Christmas party. To our excellent Entertainers: The Hollywood Trad Group, David Clarke, The Willoughby Family. Raffle Winners: Lucy Mooney, Anne McGuigan, The Rafter Girls, Michael Farrington, Linda and Friend, Caroline Tutty.

Senior citizens Party

Senior citizens Christmas party will be on Thursday, December 13, in the Hollywood Inn. More details nearer the date.


There will be a social in the Hollywood Centre this Saturday, November 17, in aid of Down Syndrome Kildare Branch serving West Wicklow. Music will be by Brian McDermott. Admission €10 Students €5. Refreshments served and are included in admission. This is last social till Easter. Thank you for your support for past number of Months it is greatly appreciated.

Hollywood Tidy Towns

Our Halloween cake sale and raffle on the weekend of 28/October 29 was a great success, and we would like to thank everyone for their very generous support. 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.

Friendship Club

Meet every Wednesday from 2.15 to 4.15 p.m. in the Hollywood Centre. New members most welcome. Contact Marie Tutty at 085 1072356 or 045 864289.

Kidz in Theatre

Kidz in Theatre are in the Hollywood Centre every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Classes are delivered by a working actor. Guaranteed fun for all. Now accepting new members. Ph - Text 085 8356865 - Email


Juvenile Badminton classes are back running 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.

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.

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.

Pilates Classes

Pilates classes have started on Tuesday mornings from 9.45 to 10.45 in the Hollywood Centre. Six Week Course - €60 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

Hollywood GAA lotto: The next draw will be held in the Hollywood Inn on November 15 for a jackpot of €7,200. 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

The club dinner dance will be held in Tulfarris on Saturday, November 17. Tickets are €35 and are available from Séamus Tutty, Paul Wilson, Liam Mooney, Kevin Traynor, Susan Wilson, John Clarke, PJ O'Keeffe, Mikey Healy, Keith Burke and Eoin Burke.

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

Congratulations to the winner of the €5,000 jackpot. Bingo takes place in the Hollywood Centre every Thursday night at 8.30 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 All notes must be in the Hollywood Centre before 11 a.m. on Friday for the following week.

Wicklow People