Monday 16 December 2019

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

David Molloy, Cian Molloy, David Guilfoyle and Siobhan McGreevy-Guilfoyle at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Arklow
David Molloy, Cian Molloy, David Guilfoyle and Siobhan McGreevy-Guilfoyle at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Arklow

Glenealy: Christmas Fair - The Christmas Fair is in Glenealy Village Hall is on this Sunday, December 1, at midday to 4pm. Great family day out. Santa arriving at 2pm. There is lots of fantastic craft, jewellery and Home baking stalls plus lots more.

Card Drive

45 card drive Card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, November 28. Whist partner card drive will be on the following Thursday night December 5 - both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players are always welcome.

Indoor Bowls

Indoor bowls is played 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. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Foroige Youth Club

Glenealy Foróige Youth club meets in Glenealy Village Hall every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for youths aged from 12 years to 18 years. For more information contact the club phone number at 087 0973519.


Gymboree Play and music classes are on every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in Glenealy village hall. Suitable for babies, toddlers and Pre-Schoolers from six months - four years. Contact Rachel at 086 830212 for more information.

Saturdays Playgroup

The Saturdays playgroup is in Glenealy Village Hall every Saturday morning for Pre - School children from 10 a.m. to midday. Cost is just €3 per family. Just drop in any Saturday morning.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes continue in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings 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.

Toddlers Haven playgroup

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.

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 email us at


History Society

It was a wonderful year indeed for the Kilmacanogue History Society and it is hard to believe that the final lecture of 2019 will take place on Tuesday, December 3, in the Glenview Hotel at 8 p.m. The speaker will be Dr Breda Cunningham and her talk will be 'The Irish Pub, A social and Cultural History'.

Breda will focus on the social role of the public house in Irish society. A role which, over time has determined our drinking habits and practices. Breda Cunningham studied for her PhD in Maynooth University. Her research concentrated on the Cultural, Economic and Political aspects of Social Drinking in Ireland 2000 - 2005.

This will round up the season lecture series for the current year but the programme for 2020 is almost complete and hopefully ready for distribution on December 3 the committee are looking forward to seeing all their members and friends on the night and a reminder that these lectures are open to everyone so please come along on the night.

Star Christmas Festival

Some of our local residents as we know, attend Powerscourt School and church and they have a big day coming up this Saturday. A Craft and Foods Stalls will take place between midday and 6 p.m. on the 30th with Christmas Trees, Elves Workshop, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine plus numerous fun and games. At 4.30 p.m., follow Mary, Joseph and Donkey on a journey from St Mary's Church and join them through the village of Enniskerry as they knock on the Inns and make their way up the hill towards to a live crib at Powerscourt Church. It all sounds magical so please put it in your Diaries.

RNLI coffee morning

A fundraising coffee morning will be held in the Kingfisher Kitchen in Enniskerry on Friday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to midday in aid of the Lifeboats. There will also be a raffle and RNLI Christmas cards on sale. Your support would be gratefully received.

Plucks golf outing

Another great golfing year for the members of Plucks Golf Society draws to a close on Saturday (December 7) with the 'Turkey Shoot'. This was due to take place in Powerscourt last Saturday but the weather put an end to that and it is now rescheduled for December. Some members could not play last Saturday but possibly available for the seventh so get your name down by this Sunday when the draw will take place for tee times.

Soccer presentation

No action on the playing fields last weekend but some very important presentations took place in the Parkview on Saturday as the junior teams attended for their end of season presentations. The parents have asked me to thank all the coaches for their dedication and efforts over 2019.

Glencormac United Christmas draw

The annual Glencormac United Christmas Draw will take place on Saturday, December 7, in Plucks. First Prize is €2,000, second is €1,000 and third is €500 with seven prizes of €100 on offer and Tickets are priced at €20. Thankfully, there is a huge response again this year which the club is so grateful for, please get yours before the night to avoid disappointment to this limited draw.


If you want an item of local interest to appear in the Kilmacanogue notes please email by midday on Sunday


Historical Talk

Rathdrum Historical Society will host a talk on the houses in the Laragh and Glendalough will be given by John Medlycot in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Monday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the event. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Carols by Candlelight

We invite you to join us on Thursday, December 19, at 7.30 p.m. for a unique event to celebrate Christmas. Beginning with a candlelit procession through the monastic gates we will proceed to the ruins of the candlelit Cathedral for an evening of traditional carol singing in the monastic style. Some of our most familiar carols would have been sung here by the monks of Glendalough themselves in the eighth and ninth centuries. Tea and coffee will be provided afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel courtesy of Pat Casey. This a free event and open to everyone, including children, which must be accompanied by an adult. Assemble in the Glendalough Hotel car park at 7.15 p.m. Wrap up warm and bring your own lantern/torch and singing voice.

Christmas Lights switch-on

The big switch on for Laragh Christmas Lights will be on Sunday, December 1, at 6 p.m. with Santa coming to the green in front of Lynhams Hotel. Music by Aidan Kelly and Stage Bratz followed by mulled wine, mince pies with festive celebrations in Lynhams of Laragh. Thank you for all the community support given this year to continue this fun, festive annual event.

Snow White and the Eight Dwarves

Come along at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, for a magical Christmas evening of panto in the Brockagh Centre. Stagebratz Starz Academy is excited to present Snow White and the eight Dwarves (yes, you read that correctly). With toe-tapping family favourite songs, plenty of laughs and fabulous high-energy dance routines, it is the perfect family evening out during the festive period. Tickets cost €12 and €8 and can be purchased now by calling 083 1563897.

Laragh GFC Party Night

Join us for an action packed night out on December 14 at 8.30 p.m. in the Glendalough Hotel Bar and Lounge. This will be a party night with a wax fundraiser, DJ, finger food and CENT draw in aid of the pitch upgrade.

Car boot sales

Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc. Our next event will be on Sunday, December 8, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas themed with anything from household items to garden additions, and even vintage or antique treasures. Vans must be booked in. Please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, email if you wish to book an indoor space or if you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.

Walking Group

On Monday mornings weekly at 10 a.m. join the Laragh walking group at the Brockagh Resource Centre for a walk around Glendalough area for approximately one hour.

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information Centre at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh is open for information relating to your rights and entitlements from 10 a.m. till midday on the first and third Tuesday of each month. No appointment is necessary for this free and confidential service.

'Curvy Whirlies'

Sunshine Fitness is now at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh for 'Curvy Whirlies' plus-sized ladies only. This low-impact and fun exercise class will focus on strength building using a mixture of gentle movement, weights and stretching. No skinny-minnies allowed. Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., first class free and €5 drop-in thereafter. Please call Caitriona at 087 6035780 or PM the page for more information.

Christmas Market

This year's Brockagh Resource Centre popular Christmas Market is on Sunday, December 15. Santa has confirmed his arrival for December 15 and with a small entrance fee he can be visited in his grotto from 1 p.m. There are over 50 Stalls, making it the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. Stallholders will be selling homemade baking, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, pure honey, jams, selection of candles, knits, knitted toys, woodcrafts, photography, ceramics, aromatherapy jewellery, artwork, clothes, Christmas wreaths, natural body care products, you're guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones.

With so many local makers and designers showcasing their gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place and feel reassured that you're supporting your local community. Throughout the Market, you'll find tasty foods to satisfy any appetite. A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there's always something new to discover at our Glendalough Christmas Market. Parking and entry to market is free. Contact Michelle at 0404 45600 or email for further enquiries.


Historical Society

Rathdrum Historical Society will host a talk on the houses in the Laragh and Glendalough are, to be given by John Medlycot in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Monday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the event.

Parnell Athletic Club

Well done to the under-11 girls' team, who travelled to the Leinster Cross Country in Ferbane, Co. Offaly. The girls, Emma Byrne, Helen Winterbotham, Ella Breen, Ava O'Connor and Amber Lily Carey done the county and Club proud. Emma, Helen and Ella qualified for the all-Ireland's in Dunboyne on December 15. We wish them the best of luck.

Also well done to Ciara Winterbotham (under-9) on her 13th place, just missing out on a Leinster medal.

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