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Sophia Siklody, Saoirse Goff, Lauren O’Brien, Abbie Cooke and Conor Keddy at the Jack & Jill Celebration Day at Little Green Giants creche in Kilcoole

Sophia Siklody, Saoirse Goff, Lauren O’Brien, Abbie Cooke and Conor Keddy at the Jack & Jill Celebration Day at Little Green Giants creche in Kilcoole

Sophia Siklody, Saoirse Goff, Lauren O’Brien, Abbie Cooke and Conor Keddy at the Jack & Jill Celebration Day at Little Green Giants creche in Kilcoole

Glenealy - Card drive: 45 Card drive will be on in Glenealy Village Hall this Thursday night May 2; whist partner card drive will be the following Thursday night May 9; both nights at 8.30 p.m. New players always welcome.


The next auction will be in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. More information to follow.

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 Wednesday night if you would like to start playing in door bowls. For more information contact 0404 44040.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes are 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 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

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.

Community games

Last Sunday our area children competed in art, handwriting and model making in Dunlavin, which is the last competition before the first national finals in UL Limerick on the weekend of May 24-26.

Training for the children who will represent County Wicklow Community Games in Cross country in Limerick continues every Thursday night in the Rugby Club Rathdrum, under trainer Bill Porter, starting at 6.40 p.m.

Tea dance

The next Tea Dance will be in Glenealy Village Hall on Sunday, May 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Music by the Wicklow Man, great afternoon of music and dancing.

Foróige 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 email us at 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.


Scrap metal day

Thank you to anyone in the community who got rid of their unwanted scrap in our recent fundraiser for the Brockagh Resource Centre, we raised €1,145.

Older Person's AGM

A date for your diary, join us for the County Wicklow Older Person's Council AGM, taking place on May 31. Great speakers followed by lunch and a tea dance. No admission fee. New Local Link Bus Glendalough/Wicklow.

A new 183 bus service operating at regular times each day from Glendalough to Wicklow and returning has started. Pick up and drop at Glendalough Visitor Centre, Laragh (Great Gas), Annamoe (Family Fishing Centre), Roundwood (Wood's Bistro), Ashford, Rathnew then several stops in Wicklow Town.

Tidy Towns

A clean-up around the area will be on May 7 and we welcome any helpers to meet opposite Lynhams at 7 p.m. The group is encouraging biodiversity in the area. Native trees were planted by the students of Tiny Feet in front of the Brockagh Resource Centre last week. For more information on how you can make a difference by choosing plants, flowers and trees that aid species, animals and habitats native to the valley go to pollinators.ie.

Country Market/Car boot sales

We have now moved to the second Sunday of the month. Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc. Our next event will be on Sunday, May 12, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains on practically 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 or email laraghit@eircom.net 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.

Development Plans on display

The Wicklow County Council, Laragh and Glendalough Infrastructure Improvements will be on display in the Brockagh Resource Centre lobby for public viewing.

Angelic Workshops 2019

The last workshop for this season in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh will be on May 19 (A Rainbow Day with the Angels). For information or to book a place call 087 9048146.

Store Tent Show

Tent show on Bank Holiday Monday, 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.

Free Computer Course

A free five-week digital skills computer course are run thoughout the year, two hours one day a week. Topics covered include online banking, apps, online government services, email, shopping online, photographs, podcasts, TV players, social media and much more. This course is for beginners or someone who is rarely online and wants to up skill. Call the Brockagh Resource Centre at 0404 45600 or email laraghit@eircom.net.


Alzheimer's tea day

Our annual tea day takes place on Thursday, May 2 in the community centre Newtownmountkennedy from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop in for a cuppa and help raise much needed funds for our local Alzheimer group who support people living with dementia and all the people around them that love them. Please Support. Thank you.

GAA club notes

Newtown senior men continue their winning performance with a third win in a row in a measured performance against Bray in Newtown last Friday. Newtown played into almost gale conditions in the first half but with some excellent defending managed to keep the opposition to just three points at half time. Newtown made better use of the wind in the second half finishing comfortable winners in the end despite Brays late goal. Well done to management and the team, keep up the good work. The lads take on Éire Óg on Wednesday (tonight) at home, please lend your support.

Congratulations to Newtowns Megan Quigley and Robyn Evans on being a part of the Wicklow Ladies' Football Minor Squad, who took on Louth in the Leinster semi-final last Sunday. Well done, girls.

This week both our 15's playing with Ashford and our 17's with Pearse Gaels got wins under their belts. Six of our under-15s played in a good win over Clann na Gael winning 5-8 v 3-8

Pearse Gaels have now played three games and have improved with each game as they come together as a team narrowly losing the AGB before comfortably beating Clann Na Gael 5-13 v 4-3

Membership is now due. Fees for the year are - Adults Playing and working €75; Non-playing Adults €50; Students and Unemployed players €50; Juveniles €40 and Nursery €20.

We're delighted to announce we had a winner of last week's club lotto a lovely jackpot of €6k, congratulations to Lauren Ryan enjoy your winnings. Numbers drawn were 6, 11, 13 and 23, next week's jackpot is €2k, please buy a ticket and help support the club, next week it could be you.

Newtown Juniors FC

Our 13's had no game last weekend due to a referee's seminar, while our under-11s game was switched to Tuesday, April 30. However, the rest of our teams did seaction and as usual there were plenty of goals in all the games bar one where the defenders were on top on the day.

Our under-8s hosted Arklow Town White in a very even series of games. On the day Kaitlyn Mullen, JP Dunleavy and Jake Fitzsimons-O' Brien were among the star players on the day.

The under-9s hosted St Anthony's Green and their games were very much nip and tuck. On the day Tyler Doyle, Gerry Hoban, David McCormack and Nathan Donohoe were among the star players on the day.

The under-10s enjoyed a good result at home to St Anthony's Yellow where Jack Barlow and Lucas Dowdall both scored hat tricks. JV Kelly, Leon O'Connor and John Turley also scored while Jayden Doyle, Albie Chance and Ryan McDonald all had good games.

In a top of the table game in Whitegates both our 12's and Wicklow Rovers B had to settle for a share of the spoils after a goalless draw. On the day it was a good defensive display from both teams.

All our teams are back in action and we are still on the lookout for a couple of new players for a couple of our teams so if you are interested please contact our club secretary at the contact details at the end of these notes.

The following are the fixtures for the Weekending Saturday/Sunday May 4/5: under-8s away to Coolboy Rangers ko to be confirmed; under-9s away to St Patrick's ko to be confirmed; under-10s away to Arklow United Stripes ko to be confirmed; under-11s at home to Ashford Rovers ko to be confirmed; under-12s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-13s away to Sporting Greystones 'A' ko to be confirmed (Fixtures and KO Times are subject to change)

A reminder that the balance of all membership fees is now overdue.

Our Last Man Standing competition will be heading into week eight next weekend. If Week 6 was a pivotal week in the competition then week 7 seems to have put a spanner in the works because after the dust settle a further nine players went out after all their selections failed to win. That leaves us with two players i.e. Riain Dunning, whose selection Liverpool easily dispatched of Huddersfield Town on Friday night, while Martin 'Red' Hamilton had Sergio Aguero to thank for his safe passage in Manchester City's win over Burnley. Week 8 will be for the fixtures Friday May 3 to Monday May 6. All selections will need to be in on or before 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. Good luck to Riain and Red in week eight of the competition. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Three players from the club will be celebrating a birthday in the coming week and they are Ryan McDonald and John Turley from the under-10s and Patrick Martin from the under-13s. Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

Well done to Development Squad coach Grace Kelly, who successfully completed her PDP Coaching course recently.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors FC please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to hughienolan@gmail.com and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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