Saturday 20 July 2019

Around the districts: Kilmacanogue, Laragh-Glendalough

Some of the participants in the Newcastle Parish Colour Run
Some of the participants in the Newcastle Parish Colour Run

Kilmacanogue: Eileen Fitzgerald r.i.p. - Last week was a tough one in the area as we lost three dearest ladies that formed a big part of our community. The first of those deaths was Eileen Fitzgerald (née Jocelyn) of Glencormac, who passed away on June 12. Eileen died peacefully in the care of the staff of St Vincent's University Hospital following a recent hip operation.

She was the beloved wife (and number one fan when he played the Mona Lisa on the mouth organ) of the late Matthew (Matt) Fitzgerald. She will be deeply regretted by her loving sons Paul, Chris and Liam and daughter Bernice, daughter-in-law Sheila, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Eileen reposed at her home on Thursday evening where many called to 'The Cottage' to pay their respects to a lovely woman and her Funeral Mass took place on Friday morning in St Mochonog's Church, Kilmacanogue followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Eileen, who were a truly lovely person but the greatest comfort we can all have is knowing your reunited with 'Mattie' and back by his side as you were for all your married life together. Rest in peace Eileen, heaven has gained a good one.

Elsie Hopkins r.i.p.

More sad news was to follow when a close neighbour of Eileen, the famous Elsie Hopkins of Glencormac, slipped away peacefully on June 13 in the loving care of the staff at St Vincent's University Hospital.

Elsie was in her 89th year and beloved daughter of the late Peter and Mary, sister of the late Jim, Vera, Patricia and Al. She will be sadly missed by her loving nephews John and Alan, niece Helen and their spouses Isobel, Nuala and Vivian, grandnephews Scott, Garry, Timothy and Christopher, grandnieces Barbara and Sarah, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Elsie reposed at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home on Sunday evening and her Funeral Mass took place on Monday in St Mochonog's Church followed by interment in the Old Cemetery in Kilmacanogue.

Elsie was one of the great characters in Kilmacanogue, who we all knew. A very tall lady, I recall many former colleagues saying she used to do the work of two men when she worked in Solus for many years. In the later years, she cared for her sister (Patty) and loved the Kilmacanogue senior citizens group and outings where she was always at the soul of the party.

The 'Kilmacanogue Diary' has also lost one of its biggest fans and according to her loving nephew John, Elsie loved to see her photo featured in it. Well today Elsie, we are happy to feature you for one last time in memory, Rest in peace.

Lily Kavanagh r.i.p.

The sad news kept continuing when the community heard of the passing of Lily Kavanagh (née Mulvey) Kilmolin in Enniskerry but well known to us all in Kilmacanogue. Lily was in her 92nd year and died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, in the loving care of the doctors, nurses and staff of St Vincent's University Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert and sister of the late Jennie. Lily will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her devoted children Richard, Margaret, James, Robby, Noel, Jane, Paul, Rosemary, Brendan and Gary, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew, extended family, neighbours and all those who touched Lily's life through her involvement in the community.

She reposed at her home on Friday and Saturday. Her removal took place on Sunday from her home, walking to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Enniskerry for her Funeral Mass followed by interment in St Mochonog's Cemetery, Kilmacanogue where large crowds gathered to say one final farewell to this legend.

Lily dedicated a lot of her time to the Community Games and as Kilmacanogue is so closely linked to Enniskerry for this event, she was well known to many in Kilmacanogue. She also organised the pilgrimage in August of each year and people dared not be late to miss Lily's pick up time in Kilmacanogue for that event.

Lily, we know your family will miss you greatly but so too will the entire community where you gave so much. You can rest in peace now but no doubt you will be looking to get on some committee up above.

Horse Show date

The annual Kilmacanogue Horse Show will take place on Saturday, July 27, so please mark it in your Diaries. It is always a great family day out so please try and attend and support this great show which benefits numerous local charities.

Music in Calary

The following are the programmes for June 2019 in Calary Church (Eircode A98 H766)

Up first this Friday (21st), Musici Ireland with Lance Coburn (piano) Miriam Roycroft (cello) and Beth McNinch (viola) will perform Beethoven's Eyeglass Duo, Schumann's Marchenbilder, Da Falla's Suite Popular Española, Carl Vine's five Bagatelles and Brahms's Piano Trio in A minor Op. 114.

On Tuesday, June 25, Ellen Jansson (piano) will perform Beethoven's Sonata in A-flat Op. 26, Debussy's Feux d'artifice, Alexina Louie's 'Warrior' from Scenes from a Jade Terrace, Bach's Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue and Liszt's Ballade No two. Local artist, Declan Cooke (piano) will perform Edvard Greig's 'Wedding Day at Troldhaugen'.

On Thursday, June 27, The Janet Ashe Memorial Concert: Adam Heron (piano) will perform Bach's French Suite No. Three in B-minor BWV 814, Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 16 in A-minor D. 845, Albéniz's Iberia, Cuaderno one and Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. Two 'Moonlight'. Local artist, Jack Lawlor (piano), will play Chopin's Nocturne in Eb major, Debussy's Clair de Lune and Debussy's La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and tickets, which are €18 and €15 for concessions, are available from John 01 2818146 or be emailing

Vintage day

The garden of Ireland Vintage Car Club will host the Tom Kennedy Vintage and Classic Car Show at Kilmacanogue GAA Club on Sunday, July 14, from midday. All Vintage and Classic Cars, Trucks and Motor Cycles are welcome and entry is by a donation at the gate on the day.

All proceeds will go to St Anne's Oncology Ward in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

Plucks Golf Society

This Saturday (22nd), the members of Plucks Golf Society travel to Kilkea Castle GC to play for the prestigious Paddy Mulligan Cup. Tee off time is 11-50 and the draw is as follows

Group 1; Tom Creavin, Brian Morgan, Colm Griffith (2) Liam Finnerty, John Lyster and Jim Messitt; (3) Mark Quinn, Ed Mulligan and Mick Holly; (4) Ray Nally, Paddy O'Donnell, Eddie Byrne and Cian Bermingham; (5) Graham Tighe, Paddy Byrne Snr, Kevin Molloy and Anthony McGrath; (6) Louis Nally, Brendan Finnerty, Damian Whelan and Trevor Carr; (7) Greg O'Donnell, Emmet Kinsella, Shay Kane and Alan O'Neill; (8) Tom Byrne, Danny Nolan, Peter McKeown and Ian Devlin.

The presentation of prizes will be in Plucks on Saturday evening at 8.30 p.m. Good luck to all the golfers.

Soccer Summer Camp

The Glencormac United annual summer Camp for children aged from four to 14 will once again take place from Monday, July 1, to Friday, July 5, at Ryders Field. The cost is €60 for first child and €90 for two and €120 for a family of three or more. The Camp will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The club need to get an idea of attendees so can you please book your children in in the comments section.

County Soccer Awards

The annual Wicklow Football League end of season awards took place on Saturday night in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown.

Glencormac United were chosen in three categories for awards. Sam O'Callaghan and Euan Van De Berg were nominated in the 'Young Player of the Year Award' with Sam actually winning it.

The prolific Nattan Watters was up for best overall Senior Player of the Year but he was pipped by Newtown United's legend PJ Dowling.

Damien Griffin and Colm Mulligan were nominated for the 'Overall Manager of the Year Award' and won it also and accepted this on behalf of the players and all associated with the club, a nice one to win but managers can only work with the quality of players they have and the support of everyone in the club and thankfully, all are lucky on that scale.

Well done Glens, enjoy your summer break because everyone will be looking to take your scalp next year.


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Annual Pioneer Vigil

The Wicklow Deanery Pioneer vigil is in St Kevin's Church Laragh on Friday, June 28. Mass is at 7 p.m. finishing with benediction at 8.15 p.m.

The Hardy Annuals Walk

Sponsored challenge walk for the over seventies in Glendalough on Thursday, September 26. Choice of distances are available. All proceeds go to Partnership America Latina. Visit for more details. To register email Tom Milligan at

Badminton/Irish Dancing

Both regular classes are finished for the summer months but will be back in September. Go to, join our Facebook pages or email us at to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up to date on start back dates for our regular classes that take a break during the summer.

Summer Festival

We are delighted to host this year's summer festival for older people on June 25 at the Brockagh Resource Centre. Everyone is welcome.

If you are interested in attending save the date in your diary. More details to follow at or you can phone a staff member at 0404 45600 in June when we have more details.

Elevation School of Performing Arts

Teachers Katie Charles, Kerry Smith and Principal Kate O'Connor were thrilled by their students progress and audiences were also entertained by the Elevation Dance Team, who performed a range of routines from their repertoire. The dance team is an intensively trained group of dancers from eight to 20 years who compete at National Level and hold many titles. On June 1 the team are hosting an incredible workshop with West.

End star Adam Garcia and this August, the dance team will travel to Disneyland Paris to perform in their very own show on a Disney stage, a most prestigious opportunity.

Audition dates for new members of the team will be announced in September for anyone wishing to join this dedicated group, while weekly ESPA classes will return in September offering Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, Speech seven Drama and Acro. Please contact Kate at 086 825 - 6775 for more details on classes, summer camps, team auditions and workshops.

Summer camps - There will be summer camps in Laragh, Brockagh Resource Centre from July 8 to July 12, also in Aughrim Sports Complex from July 15 to July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp are for ages four + yrs with all levels and abilities. Dance and musical, modern and ballet, arts and crafts, street dance and acro, games, costume and prop making and much more. Contact information: 086 825 - 6775 or 085 1417398, email

Pilates Classes

Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. Zara Elkinson has trained and qualified through the STOTT Pilates Method of Movement. This method combines modern theories of exercise science with spinal rehabilitation, which gives a safe and effective exercise that sees results and is accessible to all.

Contact Zara at 087 9367474 for more information. Classes are on Monday eve 7 p.m. and Thursday morn at 10 a.m.

AA Meetings

Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night all year round just drop in.

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