Monday 22 July 2019

Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Newtownmountkennedy

Avoca Valley Singers performing in ‘A Celebration of Song’ at St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow town
Avoca Valley Singers performing in ‘A Celebration of Song’ at St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow town

Laragh-Glendalough: Elevation Dance and Drama - Summer camps in Laragh from July 8 to July 15 from 10am to 2pm each day.

Acro, dance, Musical theatre, Drama, arts and crafts and so much more. Call Kate at 086 8256775 to secure a place now.

Country Market/Car boot

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, July 14, 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, emailbrockaghcarboot@gmail or 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.

Access To the Green Road

Notice has been given by Derrybawn House that Derrybawn Bridge remains open to all light traffic and pedestrians. It has been advised that restricted vehicle traffic to that of not more than five ton gross weight and 10kmh. This means that cars and vans under this weight have unrestricted access to the Bridge. Pedestrians are not affected by this limitation and have full access to the Green Road at all times. We have regrettably had to place bollards at the entrance to the Bridge to ensure that this limit is adhered to and thereby ensure that one and all are able to enjoy this historical structure in safety.

We appreciate that this is the height of the tourist season but we are unfortunately subject to the depth and flow of the river which is at its lowest at this time of the year. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope that the bridge will soon be restored to a safe and original condition. If any further information is required please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone at 087 4861683.

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information Centre at the Brockagh Resource Centre is open for information relating to your rights and entitlements from 10 a.m. till midday on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The next clinics will take place on Tuesdays two nd and July 16. No appointment is necessary for this free and confidential service.

Tidy Towns

The panel for the biodiversity area has arrived and will be erected very shortly. The next Tidy Towns clean-up will take place on Tuesday, July 2 (meet at 7 p.m. outside Lynhams). Judging will be ongoing over the next two months, so it is important everyone makes a special effort to keep the Laragh-Glendalough area looking clean and tidy.

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Events are currently published on a month-by-month basis. If you wish to receive notifications by email of upcoming events, email us at All our events are free of charge, but there is a parking charge at the Upper Lake car park. Please leave your dogs at home.

Bumblebees Ireland has 21 species of bumblebee. Learn all about them during a talk and walk starting at 11 a.m. in the Education Centre on Sunday, July 7. Booking is essential (0404 45425).

Summer class schedules

Badminton, Irish Dancing, art with Almha, Elevation Dance and Drama (except dance team), Happy Days (Parent/Toddler group) and Active Retirement Group are now finished till Sept. Continuing through most the summer will be Louise (floor and chair yoga 087 6032202) and Pilates (Contact Zara at 087 9367474) but they may take some weeks off so please check with the tutor. Taekwon-Do, AA, Citizens Advice and Monday walking group will all continue during the holidays.



Another accolade for Ross Lawless from Church Road, who was named the winner in the best start-up category in the regional Best Young Entrepreneurs awards. He will now compete to be named Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' (IBYE) in the upcoming national final.

Ross is co-founder of CALT (Computer Aided Life Technology) Dynamics. They develop and design technologies like 3D printers, vertical farming systems and communication technologies. Well done Ross and best wishes for the upcoming finals.

GAA Club notes

All roads lead to Aughrim this coming weekend for Newtown's first 2019 senior championship game, the men take on Rathnew, throw in is scheduled for 6.45 p.m., however please check fixtures. Support at the games has been excellent recently so please keep it up and give the team all the backing and encouragement possible. Good luck all.

A sum of money was found on Newtown pitch during a game on June 11, please contact chairman Seán Tiernan.

The under-11 boys won against Avondale (2-10) to 3-17 last Wednesday evening in ideal conditions with some excellent scores and overall tally from both sides. They followed up this win with a draw against Avoca for their second game in three days. It was a much tighter game this time, Newtown built up a good lead 0-6 to 0-2 with the aid of a breeze in the first half, however they struggled to gain possession in the second half and Avoca came back strong and actually nudged ahead with a goal late in the game but credit to Newtown, who battled back to goal themselves right at the very end to force the draw which was a fair result on the night. Well done, all. Team for the two games: Luke Turley, Noah Flannery, Sam Fenelon, Dylan Dunleavy, Pat Carey, John Turley, Cathal O'Toole, Aidan Heffernan, Mike Synnott, Ryan McDonald, Max Roche, Oisin Duffy,

The lotto rolled over again and now sits at €3,200, numbers drawn were 17, 21, 24 and 27.


We are currently on our holidays but are thinking of the bowling new year starting September 2. We are a thriving club taking part in competitions throughout the year. We meet twice a week Mondays and Wednesday in the community centre. We always welcome new members. If you would like any further information contact Jim at 086 4017218.

Garden Party

The local Conference of St Vincent de Paul which caters for Roundwood, Moneystown, Kilquade, Kilcoole, Newtownmountkennedy, Delgany and Newcastle are having a Garden Party in Trudder Grange, Newtownmountkennedy on Sunday, July 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds raised going to the Conference's work in these areas. It promises to be a lovely afternoon with scrumptious treats, raffle prizes face painting and much more. Admission €10 per adult. Thank you all for your support during the year without which we would not be able to function. Looking forward to seeing you.

Newtown Juniors FC

Our 2018 Presentation Day took place last Saturday. Our Development Squad, who have been on the go since last September had their last training session till September 2019. As usual all the kids were put through their paces by Lauren, Geraldine, Grace, Dean, Nathan and Seán and we thank them all for all their time and commitment to the Squad throughout the year. Dave Moran from Newtown United came along and presented all the kids with their medals and certs along with some goodies which went down a treat.

From there it was onto the community centre where the Presentation for all the teams for Academy through to under-14s received their awards for the season. Kenneth Turner and current Wicklow Player of the Year PJ Dowling from Newtown United came along to present all the awards and they brought along the three trophies United won this season i.e. Tommy Heffernan Shield, Charlie Bishop Cup and the Andy McEvoy Premier League cup. The following were awards that were presented.

Medals were presented to our Academy, under-eight and under-nines squads. Super Savers Certs were presented to Nichita Neaga (10's), PJ Duffy (11's) and Aaron Hackett (12's). Hat Trick Certs were presented to under-10 players Aidan Heffernan and Ryan Collins (four HT), William Valentine and Max Roche (2) and Pat Carey and Sebastian Anton (1). Hat Trick Certs were presented to under-11 players, Jake Robertson (5), Brooklyn Doyle (3), Cathal O'Toole and Cormac Chance (2) and Matthew Doyle and Naoise Lowe (1). Hat Trick Certs were presented to under-12 players Pádraig Gammell and Aaron Cawley (1). Hat Trick Certs were presented to under-14 players Jason Carthy (3), Bobby Dowling and Martin Kelly (2) and Charlie Sullivan and Shane Dunleavy (1).

Medals were presented to the following players who represented the club at county level and they were as follows. Under-11 girls - Kacey Kelly; under-11 boys - Patrick Martin and Brooklyn Doyle; under-12 girls - Keira Farrelly, Rose Kelly Tynan and Hannah Martin; under-12 boys - Aaron Hackett, Aaron Cawley and Jack Coughlan; under-13 boys - Martin Kelly and Shane Synnott.

The main team awards were presented as follows: Player of the Year - Aaron Roy (under-10), Jake Robertson (under-11), Hannah Martin (under-12) and Laragh Davis (under-14). Most Improved Player - William Valentine (under-10), Cillian Coffey (under-11), Ignacy Szpilka (under-12) and Marcel Kocajda (under-14). Top Goalscorers - Ryan Collins (under-10), Jake Robertson (under-11), Patrick Martin (under-12) and Charlie Sullivan (under-14).

The clubperson of the Year award went to Vicki O'Toole for all her hard work since getting involved in the club starting with the Development Squad to currently working with our under-eights team. Our prestigious Darren Magee Perpetual Cup award went to a very deserving winner in Lauren Nolan. Lauren currently coaches our under-11s team and does trojan work with the Development Squad. Lauren has played with the club since six years of age and is giving back to the youngsters in the area a lot of what she received when she was a kid.

Congratulations Vicki and Lauren, very worthy recipients of these awards. Many thanks to Newtown United for organising Dave, Kenneth and PJ in presenting all the awards. Many thanks to Willie Gregory for the use of the community centre to host the awards.

All our teams will now take a short break. All SSG, from under-eight through to under-11s will return with fixtures on the weekend of August 10/11 2019. These age groups will all be regraded for when we return. The league will also look at running a cup competition for under-11s and maybe something similar for the under-10s. Under-12s are provisionally back on the weekend of July 20/21 2019 while the under-13s will be back on the weekend of July 27/28 (further details as we get them).

The club is hosting an FAI summer Soccer Camp this summer. The dates for the camp are Monday July 15 to Friday, July 19. The cost for the camp for the week is €70. There are reductions for more than one child from the same family. The camp is open to boys and girls aged 6-14 years. All participants will receive a full playing kit, football and gear bag. Book online to get 20% discount at Sports stores. All bookings can be made by logging onto or by phone to 1890 653 653. At the time of going to press it's looking like this camp will be full to capacity. If so, no walk-on;s will be allowed on the camp. For further details ring Vicki at 087 9972234 or by email to after 6 p.m.

The Newtownmountkennedy area is hosting a Community Fun Day for Sunday, August 18, where all clubs and organisations in the area are invited to take part with some form of activity or event. We as a club will be organising something that will involve all the kids of the area and we will have further details in next week's notes.

We only have one player from the club celebrating her birthday in the coming week and she is Keira Farrelly, who plays on both our under-12 and 13 teams. Happy birthday Keira 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.

Wicklow People