Sunday 21 July 2019

Community news: Baltinglass Jotter

Michael English in concert: Remember to book your tickets to Michael English and his band before they sell out. The concert is in aid of St Joseph's and St Mary's Parishes, and takes place on Thursday, February 28, at 8 p.m. in St Joseph's Church.

Tickets are €25 and are on sale and available from: Horans, Centra in Castledermot, The parish office, Moore's in Grangecon, Patterson's Butchers and O'Reilly Stores. You can also contact Fiona at 087 6864596, Mick at 087 2875011, Avril at 087 4119214, or Ashling at 085 7679973.

'Try Anything Twice'

Rathdangan Drama Group will take to the stage with their production of 'Try anything Twice' by William Roche. This is a comedy that promises to offer a barrel of laughs. It will hit the stage on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February, 22, 23, 24, also on the following weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1, 2, three.

Tickets are €10 for adults, €5 per child under-12 and are available from the Village Pantry or phone Séamus at 086 3443805 or Filie at 085 1009244. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Kiltegan Drama

Kiltegan Drama will present 'Happy Birthday Dear Alice' by Bernard Farrell in St Tegan's Hall, Kiltegan over two weekends. The opening performance will take place this Friday, February 8, with all proceeds from that night being divided between Scoil Naomh Brid, Talbotstown and Tynock National School. Tickets are available from the schools or from parents.

The proceeds from the performance on the Saturday, February 9, will go towards Kiltegan National School, and tickets are available from the Hub, or Charlotte at 085 1615689, or Kiltegan School.

Other performance proceeds will go towards Kiltegan Hall, the drama group and Beaumont Hospital and it is not necessary to book tickets, as you can pay at the door.

This production is by Juliana Garahy. This is a very topical story focusing on the efforts of a dispersed, dysfunctional suburban family to commit their ageing, gentle, yet resilient mother to the uncertain fate of a nursing home.

Active retired

The Active Retired would like to remind members that the annual Fees are now due.

The summer holiday break is being organised at present. This year's venue is Dunblane, Scotland from Sunday, June 2, for four nights. Interested members can contact Mary at 087 2999571.

Bridge and Rummikub continues on Wednesdays from 10.30 a.m. to 12md in the Parish Centre. Beginners are very welcome.

Bowling continues on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fatima Hall. Beginners also welcome. During February, members are invited to drop in, free of charge, to see the Bowling Team in action.

February coffee mornings are being held in the Community Tea Rooms each Friday at 11 a.m.

Bigstone NS open evening

Bigstone National School open evening takes place this Thursday, February 7, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Prospective parents are invited to come along to see our school, meet our teachers. If you wish to enrol your child and cannot attend, contact the school at 059 9161171 or email

St Brigid's Cross

Many women in the parish have been making St Brigid's Crosses for the past few weeks. These are on sale from last weekend at the church doors for €2.

All proceeds will go the Peter McVerry Homeless Trust. The practice of placing a Brigid's Cross in the home has been traditionally understood as a protection against fire, sickness and danger.

Yoga with Katie

Yoga classes have started at the Tea Room every Sunday at 10 a.m. This is part of their 'Self Care Sunday' at the Tea Room. Spaces are limited so be sure to book a place ahead of each Sunday by phoning Katie at 083 0554610. Admission is €10.

Community Garden

Work has begun since the middle of last month on Tearmann Community Garden with workmen from Newtown Saunders arriving with diggers to carve out the paths that will, in time, be wheelchair friendly.

During last week the committee welcomed Sinéad Brennan CEO of Engaging Dementia (formerly Sonas apc) who specialises in training for those who care for people with dementia.

Another visitor was Caitríona Kelly, Horticultural Therapist with GIY (Grow it Yourself Organisation). She will provide information on suitable plants for the new dementia-friendly garden. Both enjoyed a walk in this wonderful garden and were very impressed with the future plans.

Both Sinéad and Caitriona will be welcomed back to the garden again when works are completed.

Red Cross appeal

The Irish Red Cross, Wicklow area, is currently looking to recruit volunteers for Units in both Baltinglass and Greystones.

The Unit structure provides Ambulance and First Aid cover throughout the county at various community, sporting and other events on a regular basis.

No experience is required and full training will be provided.

For further details contact Mark O'Keeffe at 087 9276491 or email

Scoil Naomh Brid open night

Scoil Naomh Bríd in Talbotstown is holding an open night on Thursday, February 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for current and prospective parents.

Enrolment forms for the September 2019 intake will be available on the night.

The staff and management hope this will be an opportunity for parents to visit the school to see the hard working and caring environment that exists here and to give you an opportunity to meet the staff of the school.

Rambler's Seisun

The next Ramblers Seisun takes place in O'Toole Memorial Hall, Rathdangan on Friday, February 15.

This is a great night of song, music, stories and laughter.

Operation Transformation

Baltinglass GAA Club will be continuing to 'light up' for Operation Transformation 2019 every Thursday night till February 21.

The main pitch floodlights and back pitch lights will be lit up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in order to facilitate this.

Walkers are required to register each Thursday night in the clubhouse before they begin walking.

Please make sure to have your walking gear with bright hi-viz vest/clothing at all times.

This is an initiative between the GAA, RTÉ's Operation Transformation 2019 and 'Get Ireland Walking' who seek to bring together communities across the 32 counties to enjoy healthy walks in the safe, bright, environs of their local GAA clubs.

'Ireland Lights Up' recommends that each participant has in place their own personal insurance cover when participating in 'Ireland Lights Up'.

All participants must accept they are participating at their own risk.

Participants and walk leaders irrespective of membership status are not covered by the GAA Injury Fund.


The Tea Room on Baltinglass Main Street have a Sing-Along every month with proceeds going to various worthy causes.

The next Sing-Along is on Tuesday, February 26, and the proceeds will go to St Bridget's Hospice. Last year proceeds went to St Vincent de Paul (€450), Baltinglass Hospital, Patient Comfort Fund (€400), friends of the Lalor Centre (€200) and Sofia Counselling Service (€200).

The proceeds from the following, March Sing-Along, on Tuesday, March 26, will go towards the Sofia Counselling Service.

Wicklow People