Thursday 23 May 2019

Around the districts: Kilcoole, Kilmacanogue and Laragh-Glendalough

Kilcoole - Win a Kool house: The deadline for purchasing tickets has now been extended till June 30 and includes further prizes including a Royal Caribbean Cruise. The final draw will take place on July 6 at 7.30 p.m. at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. For further information email

Community policing clinic

The Clinic takes place every Wednesday from 6.00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kilcoole Community Centre. Services include crime prevention advice and stamping forms as well as most other Garda services. Contact Garda Molly Corbett or Garda Alan Thompson

Indoor bowls

Bowls has now returned on Tuesday evenings as well as Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in St Patrick's/Forrester's Hall. New members are welcome.


Come join us for Monday Night Bingo in St Patrick's Hall, Kilcoole. First game at 8 p.m. €10 per book (to include loose sheet and jackpot game). Extra loose sheet €1. Raffle Tickets on sale on the night. All welcome to attend.

Community centre

The centre is available for bookings (e.g. classes, meetings, birthday parties). Bookings can be made via email or by phone 01 2872017. The office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed for lunch between 12.30 p.m and 1.15 p.m.

Parent/toddler group

All are welcome to come along to the parent and toddler group at the community centre from 10.30 p.m. to midday every Wednesday. €2 per child.


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Eoin is Irish dancing World Champion

Members of our local Irish Dance School Celtic Academy flew to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, to take part in this year's 'WIDA World and International Championships' under the guidance of their Lead Teacher Tracy Carrick.

The championships were held over four days and seven of our dancers took to the stage and brought home a fantastic haul of 10 Medals, five Recall Plaques and of course the ultimate prize of a first place globe. Eoin O'Toole Carrick has been dancing since the age of five and has been placed on the podium four times previously, but never managed to scoop the top prize, till now.

Eoin is a great example of how with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their dream. What a lot of people do not realise is that just over two years ago, this young man was very ill in hospital due to damage done by a viral infection previously. Instead of been able to get 100% better, Eoin was then admitted to the Rehabilitation unit in Harold's Cross Hospice and there with daily physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy, they helped Eoin to learn to deal with the pain rather than cure it. After just one day there, Eoin was diagnosed with Pain Amplification Syndrome and to overcome this, Eoin had to stick to a very light and slow exercise program. This was to retrain the brain and 'turn down the volume' of the pain.

He could only do training little and often and had to avoid pushing himself through the pain barrier, as this could reset the brain back to be sensitized. This was difficult as Eoin has always pushed himself to be the best at everything he does but things started to look up. He still has a day here and there were he is in pain but works around it so as you can see, to come back and go win a World Championship really does show you what real champions are made off so Eoin and his family (and off course his fellow dancers in Celtic Academy) can be very proud of this wonderful achievement.

Eoin now hopes to inspire the younger dancers in the class to push themselves to be the best that they can be. Now that they are all home safe, Celtic Academy returns to normal this week after the Easter break, with classes every Wednesday in the Kilmacanogue Parish Hall at 2.10 p.m. and 3.10 p.m. Congratulations to Tracy and all her dancers. Not everyone can be a champion but everyone can aim and dream to be a champion.

Happy 40th Liz

Congratulations to Liz Driver, who turned 40 years young over the weekend. Liz celebrated with a party for family over the weekend hosted by husband Mark and her two little princesses Megan and Rebecca. A 'Happy 40th Wish' also Liz from all your work colleagues in Fragrances of Ireland.

Music in Calary

Following on from the Bank Holiday weekend concert, the next concert in the 'Music in Calary Series' will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. This concert will be performed by Deirdre Moynihan and the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet and will feature a special concert to mark the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth including the premiere of a new arrangement of Clara Schumann's '6 Lieder, Op. 13' for soprano and string quartet. In addition, they will play works by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Karl Weigl's Wartime Song Cycle. The concert is titled 'Sounds Secretly Coming to Life'. Tickets for this concert are €18 and €15 for concessions and, for further information or to book tickets, please ring John at 01 2818146 or email

History Lecture

Our local Kilmacanogue History Society group hosted a talk on 'Irish Bank Notes - an Inside Story' in the Glenview Hotel this week. The guest speaker was Louis O'Byrne, a former Head of the Irish Banknote Printing Works and Mint. Louis was centrally involved in the changeover to the Euro and is currently Chair of the Central Bank of Ireland's Numismatic Advisory Committee. Although we use our banknotes on a daily basis, very few of us have actually looked at them closely. But if we examine them in more detail, they reveal a surprisingly broad and rich tapestry of our history and culture. The talk covered our history from this very different perspective and was enjoyed by all present.

GAA action

The senior team faced Avondale in the league at home last week. Kilmacanogue have a lot of injuries at the moment and the final score was 4-12 to nine points to Avondale. The Kilmacanogue scorers were Niall Meldon (two points), Sam O'Callaghan (five points), Josh O'Callaghan (one point) and Adam McDonald (one point). Well done to Adam on getting your first senior point, the first of many we are sure. The Junior B team travelled to Annacurra on Thursday night and suffered defeat. Some reporters are saying that Wicklow People Sports reporter Daniel Gorman will want to improve his half back performances or his weekly blog on the life of a Junior B Footballer will be written 100% from the side-lines but 'Our Danny' is blaming a sore shoulder.

The under-15s made the long trip south to take on Shillelagh/Coolboy last Friday. The hosts deserved their 4-point lead at half time but the Kilmac boys dug deep and stormed back in the second half and showed what they are capable of stringing together some great moves resulting in crucial scores. Kilmacanogue eventually came out on top of an entertaining match on a score of 8-08 to 7-06. The club wishes popular player Jamie Buckley a speedy recovery from an injury he picked up on the night.

Finally, hard luck to panel members Stephen Flynn and Ethan O'Mahony, who were on the Presentation College team that faced Scoil Chonglais in the Wicklow Schools A final on May 2 in Aughrim and lost out by the narrowest of margins on the day despite a great late rally.

Soccer action

The Glencormac United under-12s get top billing this week after their fantastic 2-0m win over Rathnew. Seán Mooney and Luke Honan got the goals in a great team display and manager Alan Condon was thrilled with everyone on the panel.

The Glencormac under-14s had a friendly with Ardmore and came back twice to draw 2-2. Kieran Griffith got both goals in a good team display.

The under-10s drew a great game 4-4 on Sunday morning in a cracking game of football. Ben Merrigan was the hero with a great late equaliser to complete his hattrick while Darragh Murray got the other goal. The goal scorers were the best players in a great team performance.

The seniors got a walkover last Sunday from Arklow United but face St Peter's again this Thursday night (May 9) in the Vevay Sports field at 7 p.m.


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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 €1,145.00.

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.

2019 American Celebration of music

Southeastern University, Florida, the SEU Chamber Singers and Women's Choir featuring.

Victoria Keller, accompanist, with Dr Daniel Gordon, director, will be giving a free performance in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Tuesday, May 14. Show starting at 11.30 a.m. in St Kevin's church Laragh.

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

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 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.

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.

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

Happy Days

Tuesdays mornings 10.30 - midday at the Brockagh Centre, parents, babies and toddlers get together, have lots of fun weeks with art and crafts and make new friends. It is also a great way to meet and socialize with parents, especially if you are new to the area. Contact us at 0404 45600 at the centre for more information.

Tae kwon-Do

Children, teens and adults will enjoy Taekwon-Do, a Korean art of self-defence. Benefits include improving confidence, respect, discipline, awareness, concentration, channeling aggression, balance, coordination, speed, reactions, fitness and health. Call Master Kenneth Wheatley at 087 2547347 for further information. Classes are on Tuesdays at 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. (seniors and teens). Children's classes are on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. (4-7 years), 6.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. (8-12 years).

Go For Life

The group meet most Tuesdays, so if you fancy a chat, a cuppa and some light exercise, bowls, music come along on at 11 a.m., they welcome any newcomer. The group meet for lunch once a month at various venues. For further information, call Denise at the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600 or drop in.

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