Wednesday 22 May 2019

Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Newtownmountkennedy

Kaila and Grainne Macklin with Theresa O’Neill at the official opening of Knockrobin Hill Care Home
Kaila and Grainne Macklin with Theresa O’Neill at the official opening of Knockrobin Hill Care Home
Floral designer Adrienn Eber of Floral Art Greystones, who shared her expertise at a floral demonstration at Flanagan Kerins, Bray Retail Park

Laragh-Glendalough: Solar Sound Healing - Learn how to open your energy gates and release stress and how to use two Sound Healing Techniques to release congested energies supporting your own healing.

The workshop will be held in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, on Monday, December 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a demonstration of Solar Sound Healing. Booking is essential. For More Information or to book a place please phone Ann Martin at 087 6081219 or email at Ann is a Registered Solar Sound Healing Practitioner with

Active Retirement

AR Christmas lunch is on December 11 in Lynhams. AR will be having their Christmas party at Kilashee Hotel on Wednesday, December 12. They will be starting back mid January (weather permitting). For more information call Denise at 0404 45600 or drop in to the centre.

Active Retirement group meet every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in the Brockagh Centre and they have a great line up of activities each week. So if you fancy a chat, a cuppa and some light exercise, bowls, dancing and music come along on Tuesdays. The group meet for lunch once a month at various local venues (new members welcome).

Heritage Interpretation Seminar

You are invited to attend this free half day public information seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. This event follows on from previous Our Wicklow Heritage seminars on the themes of 'Community Archaeology' and 'Making Local History'.

This year's theme explores creative means of communicating heritage information, with a focus on community based actions for interpreting our towns, villages and places.

The event will be of interest to all those actively involved in promoting the natural, built and cultural heritage of their local area, including tourism businesses, members of heritage groups, Tidy Towns, Pure Mile groups and volunteer recorders. The organisers especially welcome existing and new contributors to Our Wicklow Heritage, the online community heritage archive for county Wicklow.

Booking is essential. Please contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer on T: 0404 20100, email, Catherine Wright, archives, for bookings and queries. More details at or

This event is organised by the Wicklow Heritage Forum part of the implementation of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan 2017-22, seeking to support and animate community led heritage activity in County Wicklow and promoting Wicklow's Creative Ireland programme.

Supper Dance

The 30th annual Supper Dance in aid of St John's Church, Laragh will take place 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.

Christmas Fair

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.

We Love Art

Art and crafts classes for children of primary school age take place on Monday afternoons. Classes cover a wide range of art and craft techniques and processes, giving kids an outlet for creative self-expression while learning new skills. Classes are small and places must be reserved in advance, the first class is free for new students. Almha Roche is a professional artist and an experienced and qualified art teacher. See Facebook: weloveartcrafts. To book, or for further information, please contact Almha at 086 3897732.

Adult Art Classes

Wednesday morning drawing and painting classes are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced painters. Students choose the medium (s) with which they wish to work, and develop their interests and personal style with Almha's advice and guidance. If you are thinking of getting back into your art, or trying something new to explore your creative side, now is a good time. Classes are from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, commencing on September 19 To book, or for further information, please contact Almha at 086 3897732.

Drama School

Drama classes are a fantastic way of developing confidence and encouraging creativity and imagination. Drama modules will incorporate improvisation, mime, script work, vocal training and acting skills. Students will also learn from the Irish Board of Speech and Drama syllabus and be afforded opportunities to take graded examinations under a fully qualified teacher. Elevation holds a 100% pass rate in IBSD examinations. Elevation Drama Junior (5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m.) at the Brockagh Centre. Contact Kate at 086 8256775.

Elevation Dance School

Our Modern Dance classes focus on Jazz, Lyrical, and Commercial styles as well as ISTD syllabus work giving a well-rounded understanding of the Modern Theatre style. Go to. com or contact Kate at 086 8256775 to find out more about her dance class held in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh. Class times and ages are as follows: Elevation Dance-Mod/Theatre Primary Grade one (4 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.), Grade 2/3 (4.45-5.45).


Bray Lakers quiz

Table quiz in aid of Bray Lakers will be held this Thursday, November 22, at 8.30. Table of four €40. Raffle and spot prizes. Come along and help us raise some much needed money for Bray Lakers after their horrendous fire and get them back on their feet. Please Support.

Newtown Juniors FC

Very heavy rain put paid to games involving our Academy and under-eight teams. There were games however. Our under-nines travelled to take on Arklow Town and granted they found the going tough but they kept plugging away. On the day best for Newtown was Felix Geoghegan and Jack Barlow.

Due to the rain the under-10s had to revert to Plan B and play their game with Arklow Town White indoors (Futsal). After a great mornings football among those who starred for Newtown were Sebastian Anton, Ryan Collins, Pat Carey and Aidan Heffernan.

Our 11's were back on song away to the WDSL Academy by coming out on top on a 3-1 scoreline. In an excellent team display Cormac Chance scored a superb hat trick.

Our 12's were away to Glencormac Utd in a rain soaked game. Iggy Szpilka scored the Newtown goal while among the star performers were Hannah Martin and Jack Coughlan.

The following are the fixtures for this week: Development Squad Practise every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - (Indoors); Academy Team away to Roundwood FC ko to be confirmed; under-eights away to Roundwood FC ko to be confirmed; under-nines away to Ashford Rovers ko to be confirmed; under-10s at home to Carnew FC ko Saturday at 11.45 a.m.; under-11s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-12s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-14s away to Wicklow Rovers 'B' ko Sunday to be confirmed (fixtures and ko times are subject to change).

Our ever-popular Development Squad has started back and will continue every weekend from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. and new players are welcome. The cost is €3 per head. From Saturday, November 10, we will be indoors with the group (same times). Due to the lack of space in the surrounds of the Sports Hall it may not be possible for all parents to view training inside the playing area. Also due to the large numbers attending any players failing to attend for a number of weeks may have to wait till spaces in the Squad become available.

At the moment we have a large number of boys and girls attending each week and thankfully at the moment we have the required coaches needed but we wouldn't say no to a few more volunteer coaches. If you think you can give an hour or two each week please contact our secretary at the contact details below.

Everyone at Newtown Juniors FC would like to congratulate ex-junior Becky Cassin of Wexford Youths after she and her teammates secured the Women's FAI Cup after they beat Peamount United 1-0 in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Commiserations to Peamount's Áine O'Gorman, who has been a good friend to our club over the years.

On the same day Newtowner Fran Martin received the Referee's Society's award for 2018. Fran was one of a number of top referees from Newtown, who have officiated in the county for many years. Congratulations Fran on your award from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

We have three players from the club celebrating a birthday in the coming week.

And they are Timothy Mariyasingarayan and Michael Lowe from the Development Squad and Adon Thampi from the under-eights. Happy birthday to all three from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC.

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

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