Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Glenealy and Kilmacanogue

Martina Cullen and Talei Landeryou at the market that took place in the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow town, before Christmas
Martina Cullen and Talei Landeryou at the market that took place in the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow town, before Christmas

Glenealy - Card Drive: 45 card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, January 10. Whist partner card drive will be the following Thursday night January 17, both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome. We would like to wish all our card players a very happy New Year. Thank you all for your support in 2018.

ICA Wicklow Drama Festival

Enjoy a wealth of drama at the ICA Wicklow Federation 64th Drama Festival from Friday, January 18, to Sunday, January 20, in Glenealy Village Hall. Curtain up each night at 7.30 p.m. This is an open festival with six One-act Plays and eight Sketches/Short plays over three nights. Admission is €10 including programme and tea or coffee at interval. Tickets at the door or contact 087 9833935.


The successful and long-established Stagebratz starz are excited to bring their well-renowned theatre classes to Glenealy Village Hall. Offering jam-packed weekly classes of singing, dancing, Acting and musical Theatre for four - 17 years, there is something to appeal to everyone. With shows, Performances and competitions each year, we focus on bringing out the confidence and love of the stage in every little star.

Classes are on Tuesdays from 4.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. For more details or to book your place, please contact Parice or Kerry at 083 1563897.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls is back in Glenealy Village Hall every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. just drop in any Wednesday night if you would like to start playing In door bowls great Hobbie for the winter nights. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Cottage market

The cottage market, located in the Glenealy Garden Centre, takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. The market features local and organic vegetables, freshly baked breads, cakes and savouries, as well as jams, chutneys and tarts. Locally produced wild honey is on offer as are healthy Aloe products. Beautiful wood turned pieces, artisan gifts such as delicate dried flower crafts, tea, coffee and healthy snacks are also available. So come along, support local Wicklow producers and enjoy the atmosphere in our little cottage market.

Pilates classes

There is pilates classes in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. Seven classes for €70 or drop-in-rate €12. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. To book your place contact Zara Elkinson at 087 9367474. Like on Facebook to keep up to date at pilates with Zara.


Gymboree play and music classes continue every Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in Glenealy Village Hall. suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from six months - four years. Teach your child a love of music through songs, dance, movement fun and musical instruments, exploring various different music styles. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Rachel at 086 8330212 for more information and to book your place.

Saturday's playgroup

The Saturday's playgroup meet in Glenealy village on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midday. Fun play for pre-school children and up. Cost is €3 per family.

Toddlers Haven

Just to bring to your attention registration is on going for 2018,2019,2020. New ECCE start date is two years and eight months, morning and afternoon sessions available, contact Sheena at 086 4066308 for more information.

Foroige Youth Club

Glenealy Foróige youth club is back in Glenealy Village hall every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for youths aged 12 years to 18 years. Anyone interested can come along any Friday night for more information contact 0404 44040.

Astro turf

Our state-of-the-art astroturf pitch is available. We are taking bookings for morning, afternoon or evening times at very competitive rates. Please contact us at 0404 44040 for more information.

VILLAGE HALL Glenealy village hall is now available for corporate and social events, meetings, parties, workshops etc.with great facilities and keen rates. Mornings, afternoons and evening times are now available. For more information contact us at 0404 44040 or e. mail us at

Glenealy IT centre

Enrolment is now taking place for the following courses: ECDL, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word and Excel Advanced, Bookkeeping/Accounts Sageline 50.Contact 0404 44980.


The late Bridie Brady R.I.P.

The Quill Road lost one of its finest ladies on December 30 when Bridie Brady slipped away peacefully in the care of the staff of St Vincent's University Hospital.

Bridie was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Bridget Brady and sister of the late Lar and she will be sadly missed by her brothers Seán and Vincent, sisters-in-law Anne and Philomena, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In Kilmacanogue of course, we all remember Bridie as the bubbly shop assistant in the Old Kempton's Shop in the village and of latter years, in the Silverwell Stores in the Rocky Valley where she worked with Grania O'Brien.

Her Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday (January 2) at 11 in St Mochonog's Church where a large crowd gathered to bid a final farewell to a true lady. Rest in Peace Bridie.

The late Jen Bouman R.I.P.

Another sad passing took place when Jenneke (Jen) Bouman of Stilebawn, Glencormac died on January 2 aged 92 in the care of staff at St Vincent's University Hospital, following a brief illness.

Jen will be fondly remembered not only by all her family and friends in her birthplace of the Netherlands but her many friends in Ireland where she has lived since the 70s, and particularly all her neighbours in Stilebawn that knew this wonderful character that was always so 'Happy-go-lucky'.

A celebration of Jen's life will be held in Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray this Thursday (January 10) at 11.30 a.m. if you would like to attend as the cremation afterwards is private.

The late Ted Gunning R.I.P.

Another man with close Kilmacanogue connections passed away peacefully late on New Year's Eve. Teddy Gunning, late of Bray slipped away peacefully at the home of his Granddaughter in Carnew where he has resided since 2016.

He was the dearly loved husband of the late Maisie (Kearney from Stilebawn) and loving father of the late Valerie (O' Sullivan) and will be very sadly missed by his daughters Angela and Carol, sons Paul and Ken, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Ronnie, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Teddy was a regular visitor to Kilmacanogue, a place he held dear and most weekends came up to Stilebawn with Maisie to visit her sister Connie.

His removal took place in St Mochonog's Church on Saturday morning (fifth) for Funeral Mass followed by Interment in adjoining cemetery. Rest in Peace Teddy.

History Society lecture

The opening lecture of the Kilmacanogue History Society took place recently in the Glenview Hotel. Titled 'The Redmonds - A political dynasty 1891 - 1952' it was presented by Patrick McCarthy PhD.

In his talk, Dr Patrick McCarthy posed and answered many questions such as: how did Redmond, a quiet reserved landowner who lived in County Wicklow, form an electoral bond with the working class in Waterford city despite the opposition of the Catholic Church?

How did he build on his initial success and how did he serve his loyal followers? Why did this bond persist after his death, resulting in the return of his son, William, to parliament against the Sinn Fein electoral tidal wave in 1918? How did it come to pass on William's passing in 1932 that his young widow, Bridget, represented Waterford till her death in 1952, bringing to an end a remarkable political dynasty?

Pat's talk also illustrated, in passing, the muscular nature of some election contests in that era - contests that were accompanied by a frightening level of street violence.

Patrick himself proved a most interesting presenter. He graduated with a doctorate in Chemistry at UCD, and pursued a professional career in the Irish Pharmaceutical Industry. He has also published articles on Irish military history in the Irish Sword, the journal of the Military History Society of Ireland; he is currently Hon. Correspondence secretary of that society. The society have more interesting lecturers lined up for the 2019, next up will take place on Tuesday, February 5, at 8 p.m. in the Glenview Hotel. All are welcome with entrance for new members just €4.


Advance notice that the Kilmacanogue GAA Club AGM will take place this Thursday (January 10) at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend this important meeting and reflect on what has been a great year for the club and exciting times ahead for 2019.


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