Saturday 20 July 2019

Baltinglass Jotter

WWCVVC trip to Wales - West Wicklow Classic Club had a very successful trip to Wales over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Early on Friday morning we travelled to Rosslare Harbour where we were joined by members of Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club before embarking on the ferry for Fishguard.

On Friday afternoon we took a very scenic tour of the south Wales coastline taking in Britain's smallest city, St David's and then travelled on to Tenby before proceeding to our hotel for dinner and meeting some local classic car enthusiasts.

The main event on Saturday was the Celtic Charity Classic Tour. This was a run on some very scenic rural roads through scenic Welsh countryside. Over 70 cars participated with a good proportion of these being from Ireland. The cause supported by the event this year was to buy a mountain eTrike for 11-year-old Logan Dagnall from Carmarthen, who has Cerebral Palsy and Mitochondrial Disease, so that he can explore outdoors. After the Run we returned to the hotel for refreshments and Logan was presented with £700 raised on the day.

On Sunday, we took part in the annual Pembrokeshire Classic Car Show in Scolton Manor. A huge number of local cars were on display as well as our own group from West Wicklow Classic Club and Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club and a number of other Irish enthusiasts who joined us. One of the highlights of the day was Paul Brennan winning the prize for the best Irish entry in the show with his Toyota Starlet GT Turbo.

All returned safely on Monday without a single mishap or break down.

Cemetery masses

The dates for the Cemetery Masses in Baltinglass and District are as follows: Rathbran Cemetery - Friday, June 28, at 7.30 p.m. Knockpatrick Cemetery - Friday, July 5, at 7.30 p.m. Baltinglass Cemetery - Sunday, August 4, at 3 p.m. Grotto/Nuns' Cemetery - Thursday, August 15, at 11 a.m.

Active Retired

The venue for the Baltinglass and District Active Retirement monthly coffee mornings for June is Horans on Fridays at 11 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 25, members of the Active Retired hope to attend the summer Fest at Brockagh Centre, Laragh. This event starts at 11 a.m. Further details are available from Rose at 087 2648471.

The committee is also hosting a summer Tea Party for senior citizens and Active Retirement Members on Tuesday, July 2, in Baltinglass Golf Club at 4 p.m. Further information from Rose at 087 2648471.

Family fun day

The second year of Baltinglass Parish Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday, July 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Parish Centre grounds. Watch this space for more information closer to the day.

Eamonn Murray Walk

A charity walk will take place on Sunday, June 23, in aid of St Brigid's Hospice, The Curragh and Eist Cancer Support Service, Carlow. The walk will be a hike up Lugnaquilla, starting from Fenton's Pub at 2 p.m. and there will be refreshments after the walk in the pub. All are welcome to come along.

Kiltegan Drama Group

A new one-act play by Kiltegan Drama Group will be performing in St Tegan's Hall in Kiltegan on Friday, July 5, and Friday, July 12, at 8 p.m. The title of the play is 'Weighing In' and was written by Ger Gallagher. The proceeds from the play will go towards a Cinema Room in Baltinglass Hospital. Tickets are €10 and tickets must be purchased beforehand. To book, call 086 3782104.

Kiltegan summer barbecue

The annual summer barbecue hosted by St Peter's Parish Centre, Kiltegan takes place next Saturday, June 15, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is €15 for adults and €5 for children from age 12 and over. Come and join the feast.

Féile Disco

Baltinglass GAA are hosting a Disco 'summer Sounds' for 13- to 16-year-olds on Friday, June 14, in Germaines (Inisfail). The proceeds of the disco will go towards the under-14 Féile Fundraiser.

Music is by DJ Mackey from Carlow Foundary from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is €8 and the night will be fully supervised.

Day Care Centre committee meeting

The next meeting of the Baltinglass Day Care committee meeting is on Wednesday, June 13, at 8.30 p.m. at the centre.

Also huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the annual collection and also all who supported it. Your help and continued support is so much appreciated.

Town sweeping

The new initiative to deliver a more effective use of the Sweeper Lorry continues. Please adhere to the no parking signs where they are placed.

Many thanks to BALTO 2025 for linking in with the local Wicklow County Council Overseer and Operatives. Voluntary sweeping takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Your involvement would be much appreciated.

You can support BALTO 2025 by contributing to split-the-pot available at outlets throughout the town for only €2 per entry.

This is an initiative through Baltinglass and District Forum. New members are welcome for our next 12 months projects.

Town Park Initiative

A fresh approach to getting our Town Park fully repaired and correctly maintained has started. Concerned people are forming a workgroup to engage with Wicklow County Council. Are you interested in having the Town Park repaired?

Your involvement would be welcomed. Contact Pauline by text at 087 6732156. This is an initiative through your local Baltinglass and District Forum.

Community leadership training

Are you a currently a leader in a Community Group or hoping to become one?

Would you like Practical Support with: Developing Leadership Skills to help sustain your community group; Managing difficulties within a group; How to Motivate and Inspire others.

Are you interested in attending an introductory course in Community Group Leadership in West Wicklow in autumn 2019 with an experienced facilitator?

There will be no cost involved for participants.

The duration is four weeks for two hours per week (location, day and time to be confirmed later, depending on interest)

Please reply by email to Fiona Tuite to express your interest by Friday, July 5. Give your name, telephone number and email address.

Preference will be given to volunteers. Please pass on to anyone who you think may be interested.

Dunlavin Arts Festival

Dunlavin Arts Festival gets under way on Friday, June 21 with plenty of activities planned for all the family over the weekend.

The Festival will be officially opened on Friday at 7.30 p.m. by local award winning writer Robert Barrett followed by live music by Dorly O'Sullivan and Phil Callery in Market House.

At 9.30 p.m. there will be a Set Dance Ceili in the Imaal Hall with refreshments. Proceeds to St. Brigid's Hospice.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday there will be lots of entertainment and events to participate in, including a 'Runlavin' at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a short film showing in the Squash Court, exhibitions, a Puppet Show, a Concert in St. Nicholas church with St. Agnes' Chamber Orchestra.

On Sunday there will be a Vintage Tractor Run, a Circus, a Drumming Workshop on the Green as well as a Dog Show and a Cartoon Character Show.

Lots more will be on offer, so make sure not to miss all the excitement. For more information about the Festival log on to

Wicklow People