Sunday 20 October 2019

Community news: Baltinglass Jotter

Orla O'Sullivan

Fair Trade+ to hold info event: Confused about what can go in your recycle bin? Unsure of what items are accepted for free at Rampere Landfill and Recycling Centre? Wondering how to reduce waste? Don't worry, you are not alone. But help is at hand. Baltinglass Fair Trade+ continues its 'Stand4fairness-4-the-environment' campaign with a quirky little event next Saturday, December 1.

With the new bin collection charges now implemented, it is important to recycle but it is even better to reduce our waste. There is a danger too of increased illegal dumping, damaging the good work done by the many Pure Mile teams in the locality. Now more than ever there is a need for information on how to tackle waste, on our doorstep and globally.

So, drop into G2 (Main Street/Church Lane corner) in Baltinglass next Saturday, any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

With Christmas now less than a month away you may like to discuss ideas about more environment-friendly Christmas gifts and less environment-damaging gift wrapping. You may want to ask questions or give feedback on the new Fair Trade+ information boards. Or you may like to talk to people about the local Pure Mile initiatives and how the and Conscious Cup projects are spreading awareness and giving pause for thought. You might even like to have a hot Fairtrade cuppa while you circulate. You will be very welcome.

Music evening

A fundraiser Blue Grass Music Night in aid of Wicklow Hospice Foundation will take place on Friday, November 30, at 9 p.m. in Horans.

Tickets cost €5 and are available from Ellen at 085 7612378 and Horans, contact 059 6481733.

Active retirement

Next meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 28, at 3 p.m. in Germaines. New members are very welcome. Members kindly return Babushka Boxes at this meeting as there will not be any meeting in December. Coffee mornings for December will be held in Bia Blasta each Friday at 11 a.m.

Baltinglass Active Retirement is hosting a Christmas party for senior citizens and Active Retired members on Tuesday, December 4, in Germaines. Please arrive at 12.30 p.m. for the meal at 1 p.m. Tickets cost €15 and are available from committee members, or by contacting Mary at 086 0629435. Music will be performed by Jackie Byrne.

A Christmas outing is being planned to visit Newbridge Silverware on Monday, December 10. Further information is available from Mary at 087 2999571.

An Art Class will commence in early New Year. Further information from Maura, at 087 2674994.

Ballynure & District Bazaar

Following a very successful Ballynure and District Bazaar again this year, the winners of the raffle are as follows:

First prize, Noel Ovington (€200); second Bridie Keogh (Connolly Red Mills); third Marian Phelan (SuperValu Hamper); fourth Suzanne Whelan (Quinns Hamper); fifth Michael Keogh (meal in Horans); sixth Olive Manley (Lloyds Hamper); seventh Janette Carpenter (bottle of Brandy); eighth Gillis Family (McG reals Hamper); ninth Vera Finlay (Slaney Veterinary).

Winners of the Art Competition: Well done to Conor Eames (first), Megan Haylock (second) and Ava Fagan and Sarah Rafferty (Highly Commended) in the art competition for five to eight years 'Christmas Tree Decoration'. Also, congratulations to Andrew Tutty (first), Jack Condell (second) and Ben Landon (Highly Commended) in the 5-8 years category for 'Fruit and Vegetable Weird Animal'. Well done to Adam Bourne (first), Tessa Fox (second) and Angelina Frakagh (Highly Commended) in the 9-12 years category 'Sleigh for Father Christmas'. In the 'Snow Collage' for nine to 12 years well done to Emma Tutty (first), Aimee Curran (second), and Colm Nolan (Highly Commended). Well done to everyone who took part.

Winners of the Bake Off: Well done to Nicola Shortt (first), Emma Blake Hopkins (second), and Andrew Tutty (Highly Commended) in the Bake off for Rocky Roads (5-8 years); To Jack Condell (first), Ciara Moody (second), Emma Whittle and Sophie Tutty (Highly Commended) for their Rice Krispies in the same age category.

Well done also to Adam Bourne (first) and Ciara Carmody (second) and Amber Hopkins (Highly Commended) in the category of Chocolate Brownies (9-12 years).

Congratulations also to Aoife Moody, who came both first and second with her Cup Cakes in the same age category, and to Isla Case, who was Highly Commended for her entry. Well done to Aoife O'Neill (first) and Zara Hopkins (second) for their Victoria Sponge (9-12 years). Well done to all the young people who took part.

Art competition winners

The launch of the Review 2018 took place in the Parish Centre, Baltinglass last Friday, November 23.

The Communications Group expressed their thanks to all who contributed in any way to making this bumper edition of the Review possible. The Review 2018 will go on sale at weekend Masses on Saturday and Sunday next. The price this year is €7.

On the evening, the results of the art competition were announced.

The competition was run in all the national schools over the past few weeks. Thanks to the schools for all their help, to the judges of the art and to all who participated.

The results of the art competition with the theme 'Sport' are as follows Junior/Senior and first Class: First: Derikas Stankevicius, Stratford on Slaney; second: Conall Murphy, Scoil Naomh Iosaf; third: Megan Haylock Stratford Lodge.

Second/third and fourth Class: First: Aimee O'Reilly, Scoil Naomh Iosaf; second: Max Moran, Scoil Naomh Iosaf; third: Cara Fleming, Scoil Naomh Iosaf.

Fifth and sixth Class: First: Emma Heavey, Stratford on Slaney; second: Oisin McGough, Scoil Naomh Iosaf; third: Christian Ross, Stratford Lodge.

Eighties disco

Baltinglass Community Development group (formerly the Christmas Lights Committee) will hold an 80s Disco night this Friday, November 30, starting at 8.30 p.m. in Inisfail, Germaines. There will be prizes for Best 80s outfit, a door prize and spot prizes throughout the night. Tickets cost €10 and are available from Fulvios, The Hair Hive and from any of the committee members. Contact Tom at 087 6472652 or Suse at 085 161. 5536.

News from Rathdangan

Time to turn on the Christmas lights, wrap up well and come along on Friday, November 30, at 7 p.m. to the Grotto in Rathdangan and sing along with the children of Rathcoyle NS as they lead us in Christmas carols. Tea will be served afterwards in O'Toole Hall. There might be a special guest on the night too, so you had better be good.

'Heather, Hills and Hearths' is a book about the local history of Rathdangan. It has been four years in the making and contains a wealth of information and photographs. It is a great read. All are welcome to attend the official launch which takes place on Friday, December 7, at 7.30 p.m. in O'Toole Memorial Hall. The book will be available to purchase on the night or thereafter.

Drama 2019: Rathdangan Drama Group are currently very busy getting ready for next year's' drama which is will be 'Try anything twice' by William Rocke. The dates for performances are Febuary 15/16/17 and also February 22/23/24.

The teenage Christmas disco takes place in O'Toole Memorial Hall on Friday, December 14. Tickets are €10 and available on the door on the night. All money raised will go to the Sophia Counselling Centre. The disco will be fully supervised from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to most festive outfits.

Get fit in 2019 in O'Toole Memorial Hall: have you an interest in any of the following classes, yoga boxcercise/comfit, circuit training/cross fit style, self defence/KRAV Maga, pregnancy yoga, baby massage, Weight loss club, better health program six-week nutrition exercise lifestyle program. Classes and times will be decided according to demand for them.

These classes will be given by tutors with over 24 years in the health and fitness industry and who, between them, hold numerous qualifications including nutritional therapy, strength conditioning, yoga meditation, neuromuscular therapy.

If you want more information or want to express your interest in any of the above classes please text Sarah at 087 0627563.

Comhaltas concert

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will hold its 61st annual Christmas concert in the Donard Community Hall this coming Sunday, December 2.

There will be a variety of music song and dance to keep you entertained, and of course there will be the usual cuppa on offer.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and goes on till 10 p.m.

Traditional music concert

A traditional night of music is planned to take place in St Patrick's Parish Church, Rathvilly next Friday, November 30, at 7.30 p.m. Guests will include Dave Sheridan and friends, Paul Bradley, Martin Quinn and Eimear Casey, Charlie Solan (Baritone), and Ann Donohue and friends.

Proceeds from the night will go towards the Rathvilly National School, music programme. Tickets are €10 and on sale in the school, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from board of management committee members.

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