Monday 16 September 2019

Around the districts: Newtownmountkennedy, Roundwood

Sharon and Jack Byrne at the Wicklow Regatta variety show in Fatima Hall
Sharon and Jack Byrne at the Wicklow Regatta variety show in Fatima Hall

Newtownmountkennedy: Newtown Juniors FC - Our under-12s were the first of our teams back in action after the break. On Tuesday evening, they travelled to Tullylusk in Rathdrum to play Avonmore in the Plate semi-final.

Though the final score was 4-0 to the home side, it was not a fair reflection of our team's efforts. The main difference on the night was they took their chances and we didn't. On Saturday morning in the opening game of the shield the 12's got their campaign off to a winning start with a 4-1 home win over St Anthony's. The goals were scored by Cormac Chance (2), PJ Duffy and Brooklyn Doyle. In an evenly contested game Scott McKenna, Rose Kelly Tynan and Cillaun Coffey were among Newtown's best players.

The following are the fixtures for the week Saturday/Sunday, August 10/11: under-eights at home to St Anthony's Yellow ko Saturday at 10 a.m.; under-nines away to Greystones Red ko to be confirmed; under-10s away to Avonmore Black ko to be confirmed; under-11s at home to Shillelagh Navy ko Saturday at 11.15 a.m.; under-12s at home to Wicklow Rovers B ko Saturday at 12.30 p.m.; under-13s - Fixture to be confirmed (Fixtures and KO Times are subject to change)

Last week the club hosted an FAI Camp for the first time in years. We are glad to report that the camp was full to capacity for the whole week and in the main the weather was kind to us though the rain on Friday tried its best to get the better of us. Well done to all the participants and their parents and well done to all the coaches. We hope everyone had an enjoyable week.

The Newtownmountkennedy Area group 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. The Fun Day will run from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. in the Community Grounds and there will be something for everyone. As part of the event we will be running our annual Mini World Cup, with all finals taking place on the day of the Fun Day. Competition details are as follows:

Mini World Cup (Kindly sponsored by Greystones Credit Union) Date: Friday, August 16, to Sunday, August 18. Age Groups: under-sevens (players born 2012-2014/15); under-eights and 9's (players born 2010 and 2011); under-10s and 11's (players born in 2008 and 2009) under-12s and 13's (players born 2006 and 2007);● €5 per player to participate. Tiny Tots game children for three-year-olds and under

Registration: Any members interested in playing let your coach or any committee member know. Non-members interested in playing must register by contacting secretary at 087 6987653 (Hughie) for competition registration time/day. Deadline has been extended for all players to register is 6 p.m. on Monday, August 12. The committee will make all decisions relating to the Mini World Cup and all decisions will be final.

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.

Community fun day

Newtownmountkennedy Community Fun Day will take place Sunday, August 18, at the Community Grounds. Join us for a fun filled day for everyone with a barbecue, Competitions, Face Painting, Tug of War, RSA Shuttle, Card Readings and lots more. If you have an hour or two to spare, volunteers are always appreciated.

NTMK women's basketball

Calling all basketball players - a group of women meet every Friday evening to play five aside basketball. We have a team of five players but need five more people to join. Playing Friday nights 7.30 to 8.30 Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre. No experience necessary. For more information contact Grace On 087 1477507. To get fit, have fun and the opportunity to link up with women in the community.


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.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Society

We meet every Friday at 11 a.m. in the Parkview Hotel Newtownmountkennedy. It is an opportunity for family members and carers to bring their loved ones for a coffee and a chat.



The next bingo will take place in Annamoe Centre on Sunday, August 11, at 3 p.m.

Lunch Club

The active retirement lunch club will not take place in August but will resume in September.

Whist results

The results of the whist are as follows: Top Score: Jimmy Molloy; Top Gent: Pat Fisher and Shay Brady (shared) Top Lady: Mary Pierce Marie Magee (shared); First Half: Patrica Byrne; Second Half: Mick Whelan; Longest Sitting: Catherine Doyle and Lowest Score: Margaret Kennedy. Raffle prizes were won by Margaret Kennedy, Maura McHugh, Catherine Doyle, May Kenna and Anne Pierce. The next whist is on Wednesday, August 14, in the Parish Centre.

Historical outing

Roundwood and District Historical and Folklore Society will have their summer Outing to Kilkenny on Saturday, August 10.

We will have a guided tour of this Medieval City including the Mile Museum, Parliament Street, Grace's Castle, Roth House, Black Abbey, St Candice's Cathedral and St France Abbey. An optional tour of Kilkenny Castle is available in the afternoon. We depart Roundwood at 8.30 a.m. Open to members and non-members. Cost approx. €35 including transport but excluding meals. There are a number of places available. Contact if you would like to join this outing.

Moneystown dance

The Wicklow man will play in Moneystown Community centre on Friday, August 9, from 9.30 p.m. till 12. Tea served and refreshments also available. Door prizes. Come along and enjoy a night of waltzing, jive, linedancing, etc.

Mens shed

The SHED meets every Tuesday from 10 to midnight over at Pat Carr's place in Knockraheen just up the road from Special Ops. You will be assured of a very warm welcome if you drop in for a cuppa and a chat. 086 8650588 for further information.


Roundwood Market continues with the usual produce and new hours. Now open every Sunday from midday till 4 p.m. New members welcome. Contact Jacinta at 086 0722851.

Roundwood dance

There will be a dance in Roundwood Parish Centre on Friday, August 16, with music by John Flood. All are welcome.

Set dancing

Our weekly set dancing sessions continue in Kavanagh's Lounge All are always welcome - whether you have ever or never danced before. Session starts at 8.30 till 10.30 and cost is still only €5 for a good night of exercise.

Walking group

The Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group meet every Wednesday evening at 6.50 p.m. in the Coach House car park or at 7 p.m. at the Upper Vartry Reservoir Dam Gates on the Newtown Road. Everyone welcome to walk at your own pace for approximately one hour. If you require further information please call 086 8055040.

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.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Muintir na Tíre has been allocated funding by the Department of Rural and Community Development to install Carbon Monoxide alarms in the homes of elderly and vulnerable persons. This programme is aimed at persons who do not have existing alarms and do not have the resources to install alarms themselves. The Roundwood and District Community are putting in an application under the scheme which will allow residents of the area to apply for alarms. The group can assist in installing the alarms if the need arises. The alarms are battery powered so installation is straightforward. If you are elderly, have a disability or are unemployed and do not have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home and wish to apply for one please call 086 8055040.

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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