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Works on forest walk to get under way - For those who are regulars of the forest walk, past the golf club entrance on the Dublin Road, there may be some disruption to the facility as work will be commencing on two looped walks through the forest in the coming weeks.

After a number of delays to this project it now looks like it will get under way in mid-February.

A new car park on the drive up to the golf links is also in the plan, along with some very unique and unusual seating arrangements which are being sculpted at the moment. Keep an eye on developments on your way past in the car or watch this space.

News from Rathdangan

Due to the up-and-coming Elections, the Rathdangan Social Dance, previously advertised for Saturday, February 8, in O'Toole Hall has been cancelled.

The defibrillator has now been installed outside O'Toole Memorial Hall for anyone who might be in need of it. Let's hope it will not be required.

Kiltegan Drama

The Kiltegan Drama group is getting ready to perform their new drama, a play written by one of their own members, Jack Phelan.

It is called 'Ghosts in the Summertime', in three acts and directed by Michael Healy.

The dates of the performances are: Friday and Saturday, 21 and February 22; Friday and Saturday, 28 and February 29; Friday and Saturday, six and March 7.

Tickets are €10 and can be booked through their Facebook page 'Kiltegan Drama' or from any of the cast members. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Baltinglass Mart

Entries are invited to the show and Sales of Heifers and Cows in Baltinglass Mart on Wednesday, February 5. Contact Tom at 086 4532030 or Joe at 086 2557809.

'25' Card Night

Baltinglass Golf Club will be holding a '25' Card Night every Thursday evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the club house. Entry is €5. Everyone is welcome, including non-members.

Historical Society anniversary

The first of the West Wicklow Historical Society 40th anniversary events takes place on Wednesday, February 19, at 8 p.m. in the Lalor Centre (near St Joseph's Church).

Speaker Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich will speak on the topic of 'Some Aspects of Surnames and Personal Names in Wicklow as found in sixteenth century Fiants'.

Kiltegan ICA Guild

The next meeting of the Kiltegan ICA will take place this Wednesday, February 5, at 8 p.m. in St Peter's Hall, Kiltegan. People from surrounding districts, who may be interested in joining, are welcome to attend the meeting.

New Credit Union opening hours

New opening hours for Baltinglass Credit Union were implemented from last Saturday, February 1. The new hours are: 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. They will continue to open throughout lunchtime.

Knockananna Credit Union will be open on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Blood donation clinic

The Irish Blood Transfusion Blood Donation Clinic will be in Inisfail, Germaines this Thursday, February 6, from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information you can phone 1850 731 137.

They recommend that you have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks before donating. Allow an hour and a half to go through the process at the clinic, from registration to refreshments.

Community Alert news

All households in the Community Alert area will receive information regarding partaking in the community alert scheme over the next few days.

Thanks to the many volunteers who have agreed to distribute the information and to our Garda Liaison officer, Brendan, who is assisting us in the setting up and running of this alert.

In order to participate in the scheme households must complete the form received and return it, accompanied by an initial contribution of €10 (annual charge per phone number registered) in order to cover the cost of establishing and maintaining this scheme in Baltinglass.

West Wicklow Wind Action Group

This week there was a public meeting to discuss the opposition and outrage at the proposed installation of nine 165m wind turbines for Kilranelagh, Co. Wicklow.

The meeting took place at St Peter's Parish Centre in Kiltegan on Tuesday and was open to everyone. The group is looking for local support to oppose the installations and had a number of environmental speakers talking about the detrimental impact the proposed wind turbines will have on the area.

If you could not make the meeting check out a recent interview on East Coast FM on YouTube between Declan Meehan and Paul Carbery. Search for 'Kilranelagh East Coast FM'.

If you would like to support the campaign please sign the petition to stop the development of the wind farm at Kilranelagh on this website address: my.uplift.ie/petitions/save-kilranelagh-from-environmental-disaster.

Find out more about this campaign by logging onto their Facebook page 'WWWAG West Wicklow Wind Action Group'.

St Valentine's Day cake sale

Scoil Naomh Iosaf in Baltinglass will hold a coffee morning and cake sale on Friday, February 14, at 9.30 a.m. till 12.30 a.m. in the school hall.

They are looking for donations of ladies handbags and adult books as there will also be other things on sale. Please support. Everyone welcome.

Valentine's set dance party

Donard-Glen Community will hold a set dance Party on Valentine's night, Friday, February 14, in Donard Hall starting at 9 p.m. The music will be provided by Liz and Syl and there is a voluntary donation set at €10 which will include supper.

All proceeds from the night will go towards the Patient Comfort Fund and Alzheimers Unit of Baltinglass Hospital. All are very welcome.

Active Retired

The Baltinglass Active Retired group has been planning their activities for the coming year. To date they are as follows.

The venue for the Baltinglass Active Retired coffee mornings in January is the Golf Club. Every Friday at 11 a.m.

There will be an outing by bus on Thursday, February 13, to Mill Theatre, Dundrum to see a play by Arthur Miller, called 'All My Sons'. The play is being performed by the Rathmines and Rathgar Society, starting at 8 p.m. Further details are available from Mary at 087 2999571.

Bookings are being taken up now for a musical drama called 'Who Dares to Dream', written by Michael English and Tommy Marren. The venue is Wexford Opera House, and it takes place on Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are €30. Transport by bus will be extra. Further details are available from Mary at 087 2999571.

Recreational activities are up and running again, and members are invited to join in the fun: Bowling: on Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in Fatima Hall; Bridge: Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. - 12 md in the Parish Centre. Art Classes will resume on Monday, February 17, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for six weeks.

Baltinglass Fairtrade Fortnight

With Fairtrade Fortnight coming up from February 24 to March 3, the Baltinglass Fairtrade+ group is looking for volunteers to join them to help out at events and to promote Fairtrade products.

Baltinglass has been a Fairtrade town since February 2008 when Baltinglass met the criteria for Fairtrade Town status.

This means that local shops stock a selection of Fairtrade products, local catering outlets offer Fairtrade tea and coffee as part of their menus, and that the school communities are looking towards making their schools Fairtrade Town Schools.

Grangecon National School achieved Fairtrade School status in 2019 and this year another school will be coming on board as a Fairtrade School (watch this space).

The group would love more willing pairs of hands to promote FT products, thereby showing solidarity to FT farmers and their communities. If you are interested they would love to talk to you. Contact Annette Mangan at 087 0644241 or Therese Doyle at 087 8505718.

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