Sunday 16 June 2019

Around the districts: Glenealy, Kilmacanogue, Roundwood

Colm Moules looking refreshed at the St Stephen’s Day swim in
Colm Moules looking refreshed at the St Stephen’s Day swim in Arklow
Aoife and Niamh Clarke enjoying their day out at the Christmas Market in the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow

Glenealy: Card Drive - Whist partner card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night, January 3. 45 card drive will be the following Thursday night January 10, both nights at 8.30pm. 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.

GAA Bingo

The next Glenealy GAA bingo will be in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, January 6, at 3 p.m. Great cash prizes to be won. Hope to see you there and bring a Friend. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all our bingo players.


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 arre 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 played in Glenealy Village Hall every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. just drop in any Wedsnesday night if you would like to start playing. 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.

Pilates classes

There is a pilates class 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 morning at 11 a.m. in Glenealy Village Hall. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from six months to 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 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 Playgroup

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.

Glenealy 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

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.


Darts raises over €1,000

Well done to James McDonald, Arthur Smith and Paddy Harvey Snr, who organised the annual Kilmac darts competition which took place over December.

32 entrants started out and the semi-finals and final took place on Saturday night in a packed bar in Plucks. First up was Trevor Carr and James McDonald with Trevor winning a tight affair. Then Philip Boyd took on Peter McKeown with Philip coming out the winner.

It turned out to be a bad old few days for the Manchester City supporter Phil, who saw City lose two games over Christmas and was beaten 4-0 in the final by a dominant Trevor Carr, who was presented with the trophy afterwards.

The whole competition was played in great spirit with lots of fun along the way but the real winners were the Kilmacanogue senior citizens, who were presented with €1,025 following the event and raffle, well done to everyone involved.

'Carols on the Green'

Once again, our very own Clare Stephens hosted the annual 'Carols on the Green' in Kilmacanogue.

It took place on Saturday (22nd) evening and thankfully the weather was dry and mild and everyone had a great evening, well done to all.

Christmas engagement

Congratulations to David 'Chucky' Brady, who got engaged to Angela McMahon on Christmas Day.

Santy was not the only one delivering presents in the early hours of Christmas morning as Peadar Smyth collected David and the ring and they made the journey up to Monaghan before David got down on the bended knee and thankfully, Angela said yes. Best wishes to you both for a long and happy Life together from your many friends in the village of Kilmacanogue.


Advance notice that the Kilmacanogue GAA Club AGM will take place on 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.

Charity soccer matches

The annual Glencormac United Christmas charity matches took place last Thursday, December 27.

First up was the Joe Molloy Memorial Shield between the Coaches and Karl Bradshaws under-14 Squad. This was a super game of football which the coaches edged 2-1. Mary Molloy and her family, presented the shield to the winning coaches captain Liam Finnerty after the match but the talking point will be Andrew Molloys cracking strike on the day. It was about 20 yards out but by the time the evening had finished in Plucks, it was hit from the top of the Sugarloaf.

Then it was the Benny Finnerty Cup where the present team faced the Ex Glencormac Squad. Bray Wanderers legend Kieran 'Tarzan' O'Brien managed the ex-glens squad along with club stalwart Trevor Carr. This was the most competitive game in years and finished up 3-3 after 90 minutes, James Delahunty scoring twice for the present team along with Nay Watters with Gavan Barton, a super strike by Ciaran Ryan and Paul Molloy equalised for the ex-glens late on and so it went to penalties.

Damian Johnston had the opportunity to win it for the older Glens at 4-3 but missed and then in sudden death, nerves got to Alan Prendergast, who was like a rabbit caught in a headlight and fluffed his penalty kick while Nay Watters slotted home spot kick number six and the present team took the honours.

Thank you to the Molloy and Finnerty family for their support each year and well done to everyone who supported the two matches. All money raised are split between the Irish Heart Foundation and Bray Cancer Support Group (Purple House)

Thank you

As your local correspondent, I would like to thank each and every one of you in the community for your constant provision of notes each week.

Sadly, for some in our community, this Christmas was a lonely one as we lost some wonderful people in 2018 whom we will always remember fondly in our hearts.

But we also had many happy occasions in 2018 which I was delighted to report about and I am genuinely amazed at the number of wonderful volunteers we have in our village who so willingly give up their time for the benefit of both young and old.

I would like to thank you all for your support and wish both you and your families a very Happy New Year.

Diary notes

If you want an item of local interest to appear in the Kilmacanogue notes please contact Colm Mulligan at 086 8522653 or email by midday on Sunday.


Diamond Bridge Club

The final competition of 2018 saw Monica Brady and Brid Clancy take first place for North/South, second Margaret Byrne and Kay Plunkett, third Declan O'Brien and Gaye McGettigan and fourth Judy Skates and Maria Magee.

First pair for East/West were Ger Lenihan and Rowena Brady second Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy, third John Loscher and Claire O'Connor and fourth Maura Gaskin and Pamela Byrne.

Congratulations and thank you to all who played throughout the season and the first five were Brid Clancy, Phil Power, Bridie Nolan Paddy O'Brien and Maria Magee.

Gaye and Triona would like to thank everyone for their continued support and lovely presents received. We hope all had a lovely Christmas and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Healthy New Year. First game of 2019 will be on Monday, January 14.

Whist results

The results of the recent whist are as follows: Top Score: Kitty Kennedy, First Gent: Mick Whelan; Second Gent: Monica Brady; First Lady: Marie Magee and Nan Wolohan (shared); First Half: Mary Murphy; Second Half: Richie Cullen, Longest Sitting: Tiney Shortt and Lowest Score: Molly Byrne. Raffle prizes were won by Ann Gaffney, Kitty Kennedy, Pat Fisher, Shay Brady and Mick Whelan. Next whist is on Wednesday, January 16, in the Parish Centre.


There will be a five-day trip to Slovenia on April 4 to April 9 at a cost of €699 per person sharing. As there are limited places a deposit of €200 is required asap.

There will be a tour of Scotland in August/September dates to be decided and a Westport country music break in October 2019 which includes some day trips.

For more details please contact Susan at 087 6273032.


A pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaves on October 9 for one week. Cost €679 fully inclusive. Accompanied by Spiritual Director and staying in house beside Church For more details and booking please contact Mary King at 087 2185067.

Moneystown 45

A 45 Card Game takes place every Tuesday in Moneystown Community Centre at 8 p.m.

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