Sunday 24 March 2019

Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough, Rathdrum, Roundwood

Laragh-Glendalough: Tidy Towns AGM will be held in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 6. The group is working in unison with Wicklow Country Council, applying for funding to make necessary improvements in the area. We welcome anyone in the community to come along on the night or if you want to be actively involved please contact us or join WhatsApp to keep up to date on news.


Pilates classes start back in the Brockagh Centre Laragh next Monday evening, February 25, at 7 p.m. and Thursday morning, February 28, at 10 a.m. Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. To book your place contact Zara Elkinson at 087 9367474. For more info and to keep up to date like on Facebook at pilates with Zara.

Car boot sale

Join fellow shoppers for the first car boot of the year on Sunday, March 3, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early to find your 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 laraghit@eircom.netif you wish to book an indoor space or if you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.

Go4Life Games Day

Wicklow Local Sports Partnership invite you and three others or individually from your group to attend a Go4Life Games Day Wednesday, February 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newcastle Community Centre. Tea, coffee and Registration 10.30 a.m., light lunch 1 p.m. Out of the games day four players from each of 10 groups will play three different games with a view to forming a County Team to attend the National Games Day Saturday, June 8, in DCU RSVP Contact Denise at Wicklow Local Sports Partnership at 0404 20100 or text Valerie 087 6319667 before Thursday, February 21.


The AGM of Glendalough and District Development will be held in the Brockagh Resource Centre on March 4 at 8 p.m. Everyone welcome.

We Love Art

Art and crafts classes for children of primary school age take place on Monday afternoons. To book, or for further information, please contact Almha at 086 3897732.

Adult Art Classes

Classes are at 11 p.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

Elevation Drama Junior (5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m.) is held at the Brockagh Centre. Contact Kate at 086 8256775.

Elevation Dance School

Class times and ages are as follows: Pre-pri ballet (3.15 p.m.), Pre-Pri Ballet (3.15 p.m.), Gr1 Ballet-New: Mini Starts Performance (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Gr 2 and three (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Mod: Gr5 (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Adv. Contemporary-Senior Drama (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.).


Recent deaths

The RDA wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Eddie Murphy, Brewery Place, who died on February 12. The Murphy family are well known in Rathdrum and has been involved in so many organisations in the town. Eddie's wife Bridget is one of the greatest supporters of the weekly bingo. The RDA expresses its sympathy to Bridget, Geraldine, John and extended family.

The committee also wish to extend sincere condolences to Liam Gahan's family - Betty, Pamela, Paul and all his extended family. Liam and his family are also familiar to everyone in the locality. Liam fought a brave fight over the past few years, but unfortunately died on February 10. May he rest in peace.


Bingo continues as always every Friday night at 8.30 p.m. in the RDA Hall with great prizes.


Calling on people of all ages including those who are still very young at heart (but may be slightly older in other areas) to come join us for this year's Rathdrum St Patrick's Day parade. We know there are those of you who may have commitments on the day to the various clubs and societies you are a part of, and we appreciate that and look forward to seeing you out there and taking part, but for those of you who perhaps look on each year in admiration and wish you too could be apart of the great festivities or indeed know of someone who would love to strut their stuff down main street, then here is your chance to get involved.

We are asking you to dig deep in your closet, dust off the old costumes that may not have seen the light of day in years, get the kiddies dressed up again in their favourite cartoon or superhero costumes and come join us for this year's St Patrick's Day parade.

In-keeping with 'Cartoons' and with what our festival is all about, we would love to have you on board with us, dressed up as your favourite cartoon or comic superhero character. There will be a prize on the day for the best-dressed character. If you are interested in joining us on March 17, then please email or Call/Text: 086 0532614.


Pilates classes start back in St Saviour's NS, Rathdrum next Wednesday evening February 27. Running from 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m (beginners/improvers) and 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (intermediate) all ages welcome. seven weeks for €70 or drop-in-rate €12. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. To book your place contact Zara Elkinson at 087 9367474. For more info and to keep up to date like on Facebook at pilates with Zara.


Fashion show

A fashion show in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy on Friday, March 1, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is €10 and there will be a prosecco reception for only €3 per glass.

Tickets can be purchased from the post office or Ann Duffy Flowers. A great night is promised with all money going to a very worthy cause.

Ploughing match

Roundwood Ploughing Society are holding their annual ploughing match on Saturday, February 23, at midday in Glasnamullen. Sincere thanks to Richard Turner for providing the site. Conventional, vintage, Classic Tractor and Horse Classes will be catered for on Lea ground. Could all competitors please have their names registered before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, with Brendan Power at 087 2420204.

Spectators young and old, as always, are very welcome and a chip van will be on site for the day.

002 Bridge Club

Friday, February 8, saw Molly Byrne and Rachel Judd take first place for North/South, second were John Loscher and Ger Lenihan and third Monica Brady and June Digby. Securing first place for East/West were Maura Gaskin and Bridie Nolan, second Noeleen Redmond and Margaret Bolger and third Teresa Leahy and Marion Davis.

Taking first place on Friday the 15th for North/South were Maria McGee and Rowena Brady, John Loscher was second once again this time with partner Gaye McGettigan and third Liz Belton and Philomena Kenna. First, second and third place for East West were exactly a repeat of last week Maura Gaskin and Bridie Nolan first, Noeleen Redmond and Margaret Bolger second and Teresa Leahy and Marion Davis third.

Diamond Bridge Club

Ger Lenihan was still on a winning streak on Monday the 11th taking first place for North/South with Margaret Bolger, second Gertie Fee and Phil Power third Margaret Byrne and Kay Plunkett and fourth Marie Kavanagh and Monica Brady. Judy Skates and Maria Magee were first for East/West second Rowena Brady and Catherine Halligan, third Pamela Byrne and Maura Gaskin and fourth Molly Byrne and Rachel Judd.


There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday April 27 leaving Laragh at 7.45 a.m. and at Roundwood 8 a.m. The cost is €65 per person and includes, bus, breakfast and dinner. All money to be paid by April 1 to Susan at 087 6273032. There are three places for May 20 to May 24 for five days and four nights at a cos of €385 per person and also two plkaces for seven days July 8 to July 15 at a cost of €585 per person. Own insurance, baggage, 10kg included. Six places from 19th - July 26 for seven days full board, no single supplement at a cost of €585 and transport from airport to Lourdes. A €150 depost to Susan O'Neill at 087 6273032 as soon as possible.

There will be a tour of Scotland from the 26th to July 31 for six days. Included are the Highlands of Scotland and the Orkley Isles, Perth, Thurso, Inverness, Lock Lomond, Lock Ness and Glencoe and many more places at a cost of €750 per person all in. A depost of €200 is required on or before April 1 with single supplement of €100 to Susan at 087 6273032. The Westport Country break takes place at the end of October 2019, more details to follow.

There will be a five-day trip to Slovenia on April 4 to April 9 at a cost of €699 per person sharing. As there are limited places a deposit of €200 is required asap.

There will be a tour of Scotland in August/September dates to be decided and a Westport country music break in October 2019 which includes some day trips. For more details please contact Susan at 087 6273032.

Mass of Remembrance

The annual Mass of remembrance for parishioners and family members of parishioners, who died since March last year, and whose funerals took place outside the parish, will take place on Saturday, February 23, at 6 p.m. There is be a box in the church porch for the names of loved ones. These names will be placed on the Altar during the Mass.

Computer coding club

CoderDojo is a global volunteer led community of free programming clubs for young people. Young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. The first session this term starts on February 23 in Roundwood NS at 1.30 p.m. For further information and registration please see Booking is essential.

Lunch club

The next active retirement lunch takes place on Friday, February 22, in the Coach House at 1.30 p.m.

Roundwood Cancer Support

The Roundwood Cancer Support centre is now up and running and is open in the Parish Centre on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Please feel free to pop in for a chat we will be happy to help. If anyone needs to make any enquiries outside these hours please telephone our confidential phone number 087 6062072.

Garda Youth Awards

Application forms are out now for nominations for the Wicklow Garda Youth Awards 2018. Check out the Facebook page 'Wicklow Garda Youth Awards' for the application form and send the completed nomination form back to

If you require a printed form posted to you send an email to or contact your local garda Station.


The Roundwood and District Community Council are registered to administer the senior alert scheme which provides grants to elderly people towards the provision of personal alarms. The personal alarm offers reassurance to allow independent living, safe in the knowledge that you can quickly be in contact with a family member or neighbour in the event of an emergency. It provides security and peace of mind. If you would like more information, please call 086 8055040.

Whist results

The results of the whist are as follows:

Top Score: Monica Brady; Top Gent: Jimmy Molloy' Second Gent: Mick Whelan and Martin Byrne (shared); Top Lady: May Kenna; Second Lady: Catherine Doyle and Magdalen Kennedy (shared); First Half: Tiney Shortt; Second Half: Richie Cullen; Longest Sitting: Nan Wolohan and Lowest Score: Ann Pierce. Raffle prizes were won by Monica Brady, Molly Byrne, Marie Magee, Ann Pierce and Catherine Doyle.

Next whist is on Wednesday, February 27, in the Parish Centre.

Historical society

The first talk in the Roundwood Historical Society's 2019 Series will take place on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in Roundwood Parish Hall. The topic is the 100th Anniversary of the First Dail and will be given by Éamon Ó Cuív, TD.

Éamon Ó Cuív has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency since the 1992 general election. He previously served as Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil from 2011 to 2012, Minister for the Environment, community and Local Government and Minister for Defence January 2011 to March 2011, Minister for Social Protection from 2010 to 2011, Minister for community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2002 to 2010, Minister of State at the Department of arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands from 2001 to 2002 and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development from 1997 to 2002. He served as a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel from 1989 to 1992.

The 'First Dáil' of 1919 was an assembly established by Sinn Féin MPs elected to the house of Commons of the United Kingdom in the 1918 United Kingdom general election. Upon winning a majority of Irish seats in the election, Sinn Féin MPs refused to recognise the United Kingdom parliament and instead convened as the First Dáil Éireann the first Irish parliament to exist since 1801.

The first meeting of Dáil Éireann occurred on January 21, 1919, in the Round Room of the Mansion House: the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Being the first and highly symbolic meeting, the proceedings of the Dáil were conducted for the only time entirely in the Irish language.

The Dáil elected Cathal Brugha as its Ceann Comhairle (chairman). A number of short documents were then adopted, this included the Declaration of Independence that asserted that the Dáil was the parliament of a sovereign state called the 'Irish Republic'.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. The entrance fee for members is €3 and for non-members is €5 - payable at the door.

Roundwood dance

The monthly dance will take place in Roundwood Parish Centre on Friday, March 22, with music by the Wicklow Man.


A pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaves on October 9 for one week. Cost €679 fully inclusive. Accompanied by Spiritual Director and staying in house beside Church For more details and booking please contact Mary King at 087 2185067.

Lotto results

There was no jackpot winner in last week's draw the numbers drawn were 2, 9, 18 and 29 There were five match-three winners, Wilna McKenna, Amy Hamilton, O'Healy, John Doyle and Paddy Halligan Next week's jackpot will be €25,900.

Set dancing

Set dancing in Kavanagh's every Thursday night from 9.11 p.m.


Morning badminton has resumed on Tuesday morning from 9.30 p.m.

Secondary School badminton

Badminton for Secondary school children continues every Monday from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. We have a small supply of racquets available. Come along and bring your friends. Beginners particularly welcome.

Roundwood Whizzers

Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group are back in action meeting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Coach House car park. All welcome to walk at your own pace for approximately one hour.

Angel healing

Angel Healing and Angelic Guidance is back tomorrow evening, Monday, September 3, in the Parish Hall Roundwood at 7.30.

So if you would enjoy an evening of peace relaxation and hands on energy healing join us for a wonderful new experience.

Moneystown 45

A 45 Card Game takes place every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at 8 p.m. Tea served.

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