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Around the districts: Glenealy, Kilmacanogue, Laragh-Glendalough, Knockananna

Glenealy. Card drive. Whist partner Card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, April 11. 45 card drive will be on the following Thursday night, April 18, Both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome.


There will be a concert in Glenealy village hall on Saturday, April 13, as part of St Joseph's church 150th Anniversary celebration with the Wicklow male voice choir, American college students, St Joseph's school band and Doey Walsh. MC on the night will be Mr Paul Sharkey, commencing 7.30 p.m. Tickets €10 and admission by ticket only. To book tickets PHONE.

Thomas 087 1266624, Pat 086 2582240 or Mary at 0404 44040 or call to village Hall 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday or Thursday evenings 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

East Coast coffee morning

The East Coast FM cancer coffee morning will be in Glenealy Village hall on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to midday. Lots of home baking, Monster raffle, music and lots more. please put in your diary and support such a great cause. Hope to see you all on the day.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls is in Glenealy Village Hall every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. just drop in any Wednesday night if you would like to start playing in door bowls. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes now running in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Running from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. seven weeks 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. For more info and to keep up to date like on Facebook 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.

Saturdays playgroup

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

Community games

On Friday, April 12, our indoor under-13 boys soccer team are hosts to St Brigid's of Kildare in the second round of Leinster, the game will be played in Rathnew soccer club at 8 p.m. Good luck to the boys and manager Phillip.

Congratulations to all the children who took part and won medals last weekend at Swimming, Cross country and well done to the quiz team who put up a great performance at the county final.

Toddlers haven

Just to bring to your attention registration is on going for 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 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 @glenealyvillagehall@eircom.net.

Glenealy IT centre

ORGANIC HORTICULTURE - BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT QQI L5 Part time fully funded training course - two and a half days per week. Commences May 2019. Ideal opportunity of a funded training programme aimed at individuals with an interest in gaining a recognised qualification and employment in Organic Horticulture.

The course will include knowledge of organic principals and practices, environmental assessment and management and a broad range of horticulture skills. Contact 0404 44980.


The late Annie Conroy r.i.p.

Many people in our little community were saddened to hear of the passing of Annie Conroy (née Moran) of Stilebawn, who passed away peacefully at her home in her 94th year on Wednesday, April 3.

Annie was the beloved wife of the late Jimmy and loving mother of Shay, Gerry, Alan, Kieran, Seán and the late baby Ann and she will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters-in-law Fionnuala, Margaret, Jeanne, Tamara and Paula, grandchildren, extended family and many friends.

Her removal took place from Collier's to St Mochonog's Church on Friday evening and her Requiem Mass was Saturday morning followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery where a large crowd gathered to say a last farewell to a lady that was loved in the community.

Annie was born and reared on the Old Long Hill where she ran the family farm and B&B after her dad died when she was just 16. After World War two ended, a handsome man named Jimmy Conroy came from Galway to work on the farm and love blossomed. A decade later they got married and had six children, sadly losing little baby Ann and reared their five boys on the new farm in Stilebawn.

It was back then in the late 50's they planted their first crop of raspberries and right up to this very day, Conroys Raspberries are as famous as ever. It was lovely to see so many people that recalled picking these raspberries over the years at the funeral there to say a last goodbye to a lady that they all loved.

In later years, Annie was an active member of the Kilmacanogue senior citizens and she loved all the gatherings they organised where you would always see Annie with her life long friend Theresa Lawless and Kathleen Higgins and Sadie Stephens. Annie drove to most of these events up to her 90s and many recall her been one of the first woman drivers in the area.

She adored her grandchildren and was very kind to all children in the area and everyone will have such happy memories of a lovely lady who lived a long and healthy life up to recent times. Rest in Peace Annie, you are now reunited with your beloved Jimmy and just perhaps, in charge of that raspberry crop in the sky, Farewell Annie.

Easter Mass Times

The Easter Mass Times have been announced and are as follows: Holy Thursday (18th) The Mass of the Lords Supper will be at 7.30 p.m. On Good Friday (19th) The Stations of the Cross will be midday and led by Legion of Mary and choir. On Easter Sunday (21st), the Mass is at the normal time of 10 a.m.

The Mile Clean Up

Residents of Glencormac are organising a clean-up of the road and ditches for this Saturday, April 13. Volunteers are meeting at Glencormac Green at 10 a.m. Gloves, litter pickers and bags will be provided and it would be nice to see as many residents, including children take part. This is being organised as part of the Pure Mile initiative and will be an on-going project to keep our road clean and free of litter and fly tipping.

Soccer action

The seniors travelled to Carnew for the quarter final of the Wicklow Cup and advanced to the semi's for a second year in a row after a hard earned 2-1 victory. Nay Watters hit the net in the first half but Carnew equalised with 20 minutes to go after the Glens just could not take their chances. It looked like extra time was on the cards before Stephen Kirwan rose highest at the back post to head home with three minutes left and the glens held out. This was a fantastic effort by all the players but a special mention to Cian McGoldrick who had to step into goals yesterday and done very well.

The under-15s drew 1-1 with Ashford Rovers in their Premier Division Plate Group B clash, Bradley Cullen with the goal. The Glens started poorly in the first half and just couldn't get going and went in at half time level 0-0. The second half, saw a different Glens team who were much better and took the lead through Bradley Cullen and then missed numerous chances before they paid the price and Ashford equalised with the very last kick of the game and both had a point to start the plate off.

The 14s were beaten 4-2 away to Arklow United. Kieron Griffith and Ryan Clarke got the goals with Mickey Doyle having a great game for the Glens.

The under-12s lost 5-0 away to St Anthony's but played a lot better than the score line suggests and Alan Condon was delighted with their efforts.

The under-10s also played St Anthony's and shared a 6-6 thriller. The Glens goals were shared by Ben Merrigan, Darragh Murray and Killian Kearns and the standout players were Darragh Murray and Luke Dunne. The under-eights were also away to St Anthony's where there were lots of goals with Eoin Devlin and Ethan Rooney scoring a few for the Glens.

GAA club news

The senior team travelled to Dunlavin on Sunday last for week five of the Division 1 league. It was a tight first half and Kilmacanogue went in at the break trailing by two points, 05 points to 03 points. However, in the second half Dunlavin got two goals and eventually won by 2-11 to 1-05.

The under-11s travelled to Blessington last week and had a great 27 points to 13 points victory while the under-sevens and under-nines had some great games in Rathnew last Friday night despite the wet weather.

There was a huge crowd in Kilmacanogue for the local derby when the under-12 girls Clan na Gael faced An Tochar. This was a great effort from both teams but it was Clan na Gael that came out on top by 5-05 to 1-01 with Hazel Prendergast player of the match.

Plucks Golf Society

The second outing for Plucks Golf Society will take place in Arklow Golf Club this Saturday at 11 a.m. The draw was made on Sunday night and is as follows.

(1) Tom Creavin, Graham Tighe, Kevin Molloy, Robert Moore; (2) Paul Murphy, Paul Dunne, Eddie Byrne, Colm Griffith; (3) Ray Lyster, Anthony McGrath, Jim McGrath, Mick Holly; (4) Ed Mulligan, Peter McKeown, Mark Quinn, Shay Quinn; (5) Louis Nally, John Lyster, Brendan Finnerty and Trevor Carr; (6) Ian Devlin, Colm Mulligan, Jim Messitt, Tom Byrne; (7) Ray Nally, Shay Keane, Cian Bermingham, Gerry Tuohy; (8) Paddy Byrne, Greg O'Donnell, Bob O'Donnell, Tommy Kinsella. The presentation of prizes will take place in Plucks Bar at 8 p.m. Good luck to all the golfers.


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Store Tent Show

There is a tent show on Bank Holiday Monay, May 6 in the Brockagh Resource Centre. Big discounts on big brand tents. Check out Store. Adventure.ie, now open Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Environmental Talks

Talks on Improving Recycling in the Home by Jim Callery and Understanding Climate Change by Catherine Devitt. On April 11, Laragh Tidy Towns will host a workshop on how to reduce waste and improve recycling in the home. The talk will take place in the Brockagh Resource Centre, starting at 7.30 p.m. The workshop will be followed by a short talk on climate change. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Elevation Mini Easter Camp

Three jam packed days of dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Acro, Games, arts and crafts and much more. There will be fun for all ages from four years upwards.

The camp will be from Monday, April 15, to Wednesday, April 17, at the Brockagh Resource Centre, 9.30 to 1.30 p.m. each day. To book your place, simply call or text us at 086 8256775 or email elevationdance@gmail.com.

Talk with Eanna ni Lamnha

Join Eanna ni Lamhna for an entertaining evening in conversation with broadcaster Martin King. Eanna will be chatting to Martin about wildlife, her book and top five favourite reads.

Eanna is a renowned author and wildlife expert and is known for ther passion for her field and work in conservation. She has a witty character and is larger than life in conversation. Martin King is a broadcaster with Virgin Media he hosts the Six o'clock show weekdays and also has a mid morning slot on Q102.

Temple na Skellig

Glendalough Heritage Forum (GHF) invites you to a public lecture, Temple na Skellig: new understandings of Francoise Henry's 1950s' excavations which will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in the Brockagh Resource Centre. The talk will highlight the results of a new project which finally publishes Henry's excavations and will also offer very brief news of the ongoing GHF/UCD excavations at Glendalough. In addition, it is planned to ask for help in identifying members of the local workforce who staffed her excavations and who appear in many of the photographs of the site.

Admission is free and all are very welcome. For further information, please contact glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com.

Mobile Library

The mobile library visits Lynhams car park every second Thursday from midday to 12.50 p.m. The next visits will take place on April 11 and 25.

Morning Yoga with Louise

Louise's yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 to 11.15 a.m. This is a gently paced class where students learn how to align, open and strengthen the body gradually while stabilising the platforms of the feet and ankles, hips and pelvis and shoulder girdle. The class begins with general and targeted warm-up sequences followed by postures (Asanas) and Vinyasa (breath-connected) sequences before final relaxation in Savasana. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).

Chair Yoga

Our very popular Chair Yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. Chair Yoga is suitable for almost everyone and helps students find balance and calm in everyday life. Call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classes cater for any age over three years and all levels including absolute beginners. Registered members of An Comhdhail, fully Garda Vetted and insured. Contact details for enquiries are Cian Flood TCRG (086 1293807), Eimear McGrath TCRG (085 7180926), email mcgrathfloodschool@gmail.com, facebook.com/mgfschool or search 'McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing'.

AA Meetings

Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night all year round. Just come along everyone welcome.


Badminton classes are on Monday evenings in the Brockagh Centre at 7 p.m. (junior fourth class up) with seniors from 8 p.m. and on Thursday evenings with a repeat of the same classes. Contact Finian at 086 2476822.


Eastere fancy dress 5k walk

Knockananna camogie club are doing an 'Easter Fancy Dress 5km Walk' on Easter Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Meeting point is at the pitch in Knockananna at 10.30 a.m. There will be music, face painting and refreshments with an 'Easter Egg' prize for the best dressed child and a hamper for the best dressed family.

For details contact 087 6244386. Please support this fun event. Sponsor cards are available in local shops and from players or make a donation on the morning of the walk.

Darkness into light

A Darkness into Light walk in aid of Pieta House will take place in Tinahely on Saturday, May 11, at 4.15 a.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause. Route plan and further information available later.

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