Monday 20 May 2019

Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Newcastle and Rathdrum

Noel Kenna with his daughter Suzy at the cabaret night in aid of the local senior citizens Christmas party at Glendalough
Noel Kenna with his daughter Suzy at the cabaret night in aid of the local senior citizens Christmas party at Glendalough

Laragh-Glendalough - 30th annual Supper Dance: In aid of St John's Church, Laragh on Friday, November 23, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Lynham's Hotel, Laragh. Music by John Flood. Tickets cost €22.50, including a draw for a hamper.

Historical Lecture

Rathdrum Historical Society to host a lecture from Chris Corlett and will take place on Monday, December 3, in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh at 8 p.m., followed by tea or coffee and festive mince pies.

Chris will discuss the monastic settlement at Glendalough. The talk will take you on a tour of the majestic valley of Glendalough, exploring the monuments, legends and history that make this one of the best preserved early Christian church sites anywhere in the world.

An archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Chris has written, compiled and edited many books with subject matters ranging from archaeology, history, folklore and early photography. A prolific writer, Chris' books include the beautifully produced Wicklow's Traditional Farmhouses, Here Lyeth, The 18th Century Headstones of Wicklow and his latest book Glendalough.

He is also a very frequent contributor to the quarterly magazine Archaeology Ireland as well as a variety of national and local journals. Please note the change from the Society's usual Rathdrum venue. There will be a charge of €3 at the door and all are welcome to what should be a most informative and entertaining lecture by a leading expert on Glendalough.

Reindeer-making Workshop

Throughout the year are full-day basket making workshop where participants will learn to make a traditional willow basket. The workshops are relaxed and enjoyable with a focus on traditional Irish basket-making techniques. Saturday and Sunday, November 24, and 25, is a two-day Reindeer-making Workshop. Saturday, December 1, is a full day basket-making. All events by local basket maker and artist, Aoife Patterson. Call Aoife at 087 9773622 or email to find out more about her autumn workshops in 2018.

Afternoon Tea Dance

A pre-Christmas afternoon tea dance will take place in the Brockagh Centre from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. Music will be by the Wicklow Man. All are welcome but groups must book in advance by calling the centre at 0404 45600. There will be a small charge to cover refreshments. Donations of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

Christmas Fair 2018

Once again we see the return of our very popular and successful Christmas Fair at the Brockagh Resource Centre, laragh, Glendalough. A terrific selection of unusual gifts, with many handmade items, giving you some great ideas for your Christmas shopping. Do all your Christmas shopping, under one roof with free parking and free admission. Come along on Sunday, December 9, making it a day out for all the family. Contact Michelle at 0404 45600 or email if you have any questions or would like a trader booking form.

Morning Yoga

Louise's yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. This is a gently paced class where students learn how to align, open and strengthen the body gradually while stabilising the platforms of the feet and ankles, hips and pelvis and shoulder girdle. The class begins with general and targeted warm-up sequences followed by postures (Asanas) and Vinyasa (breath-connected) sequences before final relaxation in Savasana. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).

Chair Yoga

Our very popular Chair Yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. Chair Yoga is suitable for almost everyone and helps students find balance and calm in everyday life. The class takes students through centering and breath-work, followed by postures that let the joints move through their range of movement while seated or through use of the chair while standing. Call Louise at 087 6032202. (booking is essential).

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classes cater for any age over three years and all levels including absolute beginners. Registered members of An Comhdhail, fully Garda Vetted and insured. Contact details for enquiries are Cian Flood TCRG (086 1293807), Eimear McGrath TCRG (085 7180926), email, or search 'McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing'.

AA Meetings

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


Newcastle AGMs

Newcastle Community Centre and Newcastle residents' association are holding their AGMs this Wednesday, November 14, in.

Newcastle Community Centre. Times: Newcastle Community Centre 8-8.30 p.m. Newcastle residents' association 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join us to support to these committees and ensure that your village and its future development are protected and enhanced.

Best ever score in Tidy Towns

We're thrilled to have achieved our highest score EVER in the SuperValu Ireland Tidy Towns 2018 competition. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the village look beautiful throughout the summer, and those who do all the often invisible work throughout the year to keep the village looking its best. We look forward to building on the success of this year's result for next year.


Clothes collection

A reminder that the Clothes collection bank is located at the car park at Jacobs or if you prefer, items can be dropped into to Bill Porter at Avondale Sports.We thank you for your continued support with this fundraiser, which helps Rathdrum Cancer Support, Avoca senior citizens and Wicklow Hospice.

Parnell Athletic Club

We recently took part in the Leinster Cross Country took place in Navan recently with Emma Byrne and Helen Winterbottom winning medals in the under-10 with Leah Barret closely following behind. Well done to Ellen Keaney on having a great race in the under-16 event.

Our next league outing is the Uneven ages on November 16 at the Bray Emmets GAA grounds. Good luck to all runners.

Clara Vale Remembers

Following 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, the community of Clara Vale remembered all the brave men from the Valley that were lost in the Great War. Many of their relatives were in attendance. Wreaths were placed at the Commerative Stone in the church Yard. The church Bell was rung by Séamus O'Brien, at 10 a.m. to coincide with bell ringing all over Europe.


A reminder that the RDA AGM will take place on Tuesday, November 20, at 8 p.m. in the Anne Devlin Annex, RDA Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Membership subscriptions will be taken on the night.

Armistice Day

Last Sunday saw many commemorations to the Armistice Day/End of the Great War all over the world. According to Irish Government archives, nearly 80,000 men enlisted into the British Army during the first 12 months of the war, joining 50,000 Irishmen, who were already serving in the army.

Although the exact number remains unclear it is reported that tens of thousands Irishmen died while fighting in World War one between 1914 and 1918. At least 51 of those men were from Rathdrum. These men are commemorated at the WW1 Memorial at Woodenbridge.

A ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 18, at the Woodenbridge WW1 Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Keynote speaker will be John Bruton, Former Taoiseach.

Pride of Place Awards

Back in August two judges from the National Pride of Place competition visited Rathdrum. They received a presentation, that included a video with local volunteers talking about the showcases areas, along with drone footage of Rathdrum. After this they visited the Market Square statue, The Famine Graveyard, Parnell Memorial Park, playground and Gym. The judging finished in Avondale House where they were able to meet more of our volunteers. Feedback on the day was very positive.

The Awards are taking place this Saturday, November 17, and we really hope that all the volunteers and work that has happened in our town will be recognized.

Wicklow People