Thursday 23 May 2019

Community news: Baltinglass Jotter

Town and Village Renewal Scheme: The town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2019 is now open for expressions of interest. Details in relation to the application process together with scheme criteria and all related documentation will be on (under 'Living' and then 'News/Events'). The closing date for Expressions of Interest is midday on Friday, May 24.

The scheme supports the rejuvenation of rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 people through projects that will have a viable, long-term benefit.

For 2019, the town and Village Renewal Scheme will support projects which enhance the town or village centre environment. Building on the pilot scheme launched by Minister Ring in October 2018, it will also place a focus on initiatives which encourage increased residential occupancy in town centres.

The town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and is part of a range of measures to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland under the Government's Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

Launching the 2019 scheme, Minister Ring said: 'The town and Village Renewal Scheme has become an integral part of the Government's drive to support rural Ireland. It provides funding of up to €200,000 for projects that make our towns more attractive places in which to live and work.

Applications will be administered through the community, Cultural and Social Development Section, Wicklow County Council.

Forum meeting

The next meeting of the Baltinglass and District Forum will take place on Monday, May 13, at 8 p.m. in Timmins, upstairs. This is a good opportunity to go along and discuss the Renewal Scheme with other members of the community.

Darkness into Light walk

Next Saturday, May 11, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will get together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.

In Baltinglass we are now down to the final few days before the Darkness into Light Walk at 4.15 a.m. next Saturday night. The committee are busy with signage, banners, litter picking, equipment for the event, collecting sponsorship and helping people to register.

We will be doing a litter pick-up on the route next Wednesday from 7 p.m. Your assistance would be welcome. This year as with previous years we will have the assistance of the Gardaí, Fire Brigade, Scouts and Civil Defense. This is very much appreciated.

If you see us setting up next Friday and can lend a hand for an hour we would welcome it.

The deadline for receiving your T-shirt in time for the walk on May 11 has passed but we would encourage all to register online at before the event.

Venues in Baltinglass are opening early to let walkers get a coffee or have breakfast after the event. Many shops and businesses have donated water, fruit, rubbish bags, lights, power and other essential items to help the event to run smoothly. This year we will also have a Memories and Messages box which will be interred in the Tearmann Community Garden on Tuesday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at their launch event. This is a lovely addition to the now familiar Banner of Hope.

Volunteer stewards are asked to assemble at the stage in Weaver Square at 3 a.m. You can phone Mags at 089 9798484 to let us know if you are available. We are quite short of stewards and would welcome any assistance. We hope to see you all at Weaver Square at around 4 a.m. to enjoy the warm-up courtesy of Ruth Kavanagh and to sign the Banner of Hope.

Community Garden

Tearmann Garden is pleased to announce the Official Opening of their new Dementia and Disability Garden on Tuesday, May 14, at 11 a.m. The committee are sincerely grateful to all those who donated so generously and hope to welcome all to the garden on the Opening Day. This event is open to all the community and your support would be greatly appreciated. There will also be music and light refreshments served at this event.

Grangecon NS open evening

Grangecon National School will hold its annual open evening on Thursday, May 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prospective students, their parents and members of the community are all welcome to attend to help celebrate our student's wonderful work. Parents and staff will be on hand on the night, so why not join us for some light refreshments.

Day Care Centre

The next meeting of the Baltinglass Day Care Committee will take place at the Center on Wednesday, May 8, at 8 p.m.

The annual collection for the Baltinglass Day Care Center will be held on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 26. Your continued support is so much appreciated.

Jumble sale

A Trócaire Jumble Sale organised by two fifth classes from Scoil Naomh Iósaf and their teachers Eimer Casey and John O'Connor raised €1,390 all of which went to Trócaire.

The school welcomed a representative from Trócaire last Thursday and gave a presentation on Trócaire's work. They were subsequently presented with the cheque for the funds raised. The children also received certificates and badges.

The children sold preloved toys, games, books, cakes, and organised activities like pictures quizzes, penalties, golf, target games, an obstacle course, music requests, games, and a raffle. School staff are delighted with the effort the children put in and the amount raised for such a worthy cause, this year, in aid of land rights around the developing world.

Scoil Chonglais basketball champions

On Tuesday, April 30, the second year girls basketball team became all-Ireland champions at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

This amazing Scoil Chonglais team was undefeated throughout the year in the league, and this led them to Tallaght to compete in the semi-final where they won against St Louis Monaghan and secured their place in the final.

In a thrilling final against Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Scoil Chonglais emerged the Champions, making history for the school.

The Scoil Chonglais Team were made up of: Cadla Moran (Captain), Shauna Cahoon, Siofra Adams, Jayah Malone, Ciara Jeaney, Ava Foley, Megan Monaghan, Lia Arnold O'Reilly, Sarah O'Donnell, Yvonne Sheehy Curtis, Lauren Whealan, Kaci Begley.

Well done to the team and their coach Ms Morrissey.

School End of Year Show

Scoil Chonglais present their annual 'End of Year Show' in Fatima Hall on Wednesday and Thursday this week, May 8 and nine. The show theme this year is 90's Popstars and it promises to be a fun-filled night of reminiscing back to the 90's.

Doors open at 7 p.m with the show kicking off at 7.30 p.m.

Town Sweeping

This week a new initiative to deliver a more effective use of the Sweeper Lorry has started. It is a trial for the next three bank holiday weekends. It will involve no parking on particular sides of the streets where the bollards are placed.

Many thanks to BALTO 2025 for linking in with the local Wicklow County Council Overseer and Operatives. You can support BALTO 2025 by contributing to split-the-pot for only €2 per entry. Boxes are available in outlets around the town.

This is an initiate through Baltinglass and District Forum. New members are welcome for any of our workgroups. The next meeting is on Monday, May 13, in Timmins (upstairs) at 8 p.m.

Split-the-pot winners last week were: First Prize: €100 - Michelle Bermingham; second prize: €50 - Ann Lawler; third Prize: €25 - Bridget Halpin; fourth prize: €25 - Nancy Doody.

Town Park Initiative

A fresh approach to getting Baltinglass 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.

Social dancing

The Stratford Arms in Stratford-on-Slaney are holding social dancing every Sunday night during May. This next session takes place on Sunday, May 12. Beginning at 9.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Admission is €8 including tea and light refreshments. For enquiries contact 087 6787509.

Active Retired

The Active Retired weekly coffee morning venue for May will be Bia Blasta, on Fridays at 11 a.m.

The Bealtaine event this year will feature a visit to the patients of Baltinglass Hospital, on Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m.

Buy a Brick

Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire in Stratford-on-Slaney is asking the community to dig deep and buy a brick for their new school, for €25. The opportunity to be a part of this new build will last till Friday, May 31, so if you would like to support the initiative, don't leave it too late. You can contribute online through or contact any one of the committee: Lena Byrne at 087 6207572 or Mary O'Keeffe at 087 6305574 or any other members involved Hilary Cronin, Caroline Kelly, Richard Whittle, Juanita Nolan.

Family Fun Day

The St Joseph's Parish will hold a family fun day on the first Sunday of July (July 7). If anyone is interested in helping out at the event, please come to a meeting in the Parish Centre on Thursday, May 9, at 7..30 p.m.

Wicklow People