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Concert in Germaine's

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A concert in aid of the association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (UK), Benevolent Fund is coming up on April 20 in Inisfail, Germaine's. This is a concert not to be missed as it features the very popular country rock singer, Sina Theil, originally from Germany but now living in Naas.

To date, Sina's songs have been played on many Irish radio stations including C103, Clare FM, Midwest Radio, Midlands 103, KFM Radio, Ocean FM, Galway Bay Radio, LMFM, Tipp FM, WLR, RTÉ RnaG, and many more. She has been awarded 'Song of the week' on KFM and other stations. Her debut album 'Under Cover' was voted as one of 2018's top albums by listeners of K Country on Kildare's Kfm.

Tickets are currently on sale and you can purchase them by calling into Germaine's or by phoning Michael Germaine at 087 6865800. Tickets cost €15. You can also book online at downdaroad.com. Purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Earth Day

Baltinglass Fair Trade Plus Group will be holding a 'Baltinglass Earth Day' on April 13. This day will feature local groups and businesses involved in environmental and biodiversity issues such as Pure Mile, Go Greener with Grangecon, Waterhouse Distribution, Rubalcava Heritage Services, Pat Lee, National Irish Honey Bee Association, with more groups still to confirm.

There will also be information on the Conscious Cup and Refill.ie. It will take place from midday to 3 p.m. at the McAllister Monument. If you are interested in taking part in this campaign please email Gorry@indigo.ie. or ring 087 6659999.

New dementia/disability garden

Tearmann Community Garden are now in the process of upgrading their garden to incorporate a Dementia and Disability area to enable all age groups including people with varying degrees of physical and mental challenges to access and enjoy the garden. We hope it will then be a more valuable asset to all our community and people from the wider area.

We are presently fundraising to meet the shortfall of 25% of construction costs which our leader grant does not cover. We would greatly appreciate contributions from the public to meet this shortfall. Donations can be handed in to the parish office or to the committee members or by phoning Mary at 087 6913257 or Patricia at 086 3783168. We would like to express our grateful appreciation to those who have already donated.

On Sunday, April 14, at midday a fundraising coffee morning and cake sale will be held in the Parish Centre. Donations of cakes will be gratefully received from 10.30 a.m. at the Parish Centre. We invite all in the community to come and support us in this venture.

Credit Union online

Are you a member of Baltinglass Credit Union? If so, have you got access to your account online? You can view and transact on your account 24 hours a day, seven days a week by registering for a Pin Number.

Once you register and all the details are correct, you will receive your Unique Pin Number in the post within three working days. It is that simple. Register at baltinglasscu.ie.

Kayak Club

Baltinglass Kayak Club are running an introduction course to kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding from Tuesday, April 16, to Friday, April 19, from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Equipment will be provided and the courses are run by qualified Canoeing Ireland instructors.

The cost is €75 for under-18s and students and €100 for over-18s. This cost includes membership of the club for one year and an opportunity to paddle weekly and progress to take part in weekend trips.

Contact 083 3417063 for more details. You can also follow us on Facebook at balto kayak club.

Darkness into Light

The Baltinglass Darkness into Light committee is starting their preparations for the fourth Walk for Pieta House in Baltinglass on the May 11.

All money raised is used by Pietas local services and helps run counselling services as well as the 24-hour helpline 1800 247 247. Over 60 individuals have been directly assisted with the fundraising efforts over the past three years.

The committee operates from St Patrick's Day till about the week after the event with loads of jobs, big and small, to be carried out to make the event successful. If you would like to volunteer for any of these jobs, please get in touch.

We are on Facebook - Darkness into Light Baltinglass. For local queries contact 089 9798484. Register on darknessintolight.ie to take part.

Sound Bath

Rathdangan Serenity Sound will host a relaxing healing sound bath with meditation on Friday, April 12, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in O'Toole Hall. In a world full of stress and rushing it's nice to just take time out to unwind and relax.

All you need to bring is a mat, a blanket and comfy warm socks. For more information, or to book a place at €17 please ring/text Tess at 087 6173879.

Day Care Centre

The next meeting of the Baltinglass Day Care Centre committee will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. at the Center.

Active Retirement

At the annual general meeting of the Baltinglass and District Active Retirement group, held in Germaines last Wednesday, the following officers were re-elected: chairperson: Mary Hayes; Vice-chairperson: Mary Vernon; secretary: Maura O'Halloran; Assistant secretary: Rose Lawlor; treasurer: M Doran: Assistant treasurer: L Byrne; PRO: Mary Hickson.

The weekly coffee mornings during April will be held in Germaines, each Friday at 11 a.m. An outing is planned for this Thursday, April 4, to Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens. The bus departs Weaver's Square at 10.30 a.m. Interested members can contact Mary at 087 2999571.

The Dawn Chorus meet up will be on Sunday, May 5, at 8 a.m. in Tearmann Gardens. The Bridge Club is happy to invite new members, particularly absolute beginners. They meet each Wednesday in the Parish Centre from 10.30 a.m. to 12md.

Thank You

The Cozy Corner Crafters would like to thank members of the community for your generous support to our Fundraising coffee morning in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People in Dublin. We are delighted to have raised €632.30 which will be forwarded to Bro. Kevin Crowley, who runs the centre.

Cabaret night

The Baltinglass Bulldogs Basketball team is holding a cabaret night in Germaines on Friday, April 12, from 9 p.m. (doors open at 8.30 p.m.).

The night will feature N & M with Noel 'The Voice' Arnold and a variety of other music.

This is a ticket-only event, costing €10 and available from Germaines or by contacting 087 9299151, or email baltobulldogs@gmail.com.

Patchwork Quilt Class in Rathvilly

A six-week class for beginners in patchwork quilt-making will be taking place on Tuesday nights beginning on April 23 at 7 p.m. Come along to Slaney Quilting Studio in Rathvilly where a wide selection of cotton fabrics, tools and other materials await your very own creation.

Complete beginners are very welcome. For more information or to book a place, contact Tomomi at 085 7749774 or email info@slaneyquiltingstudio.com.

Quinns Superstore re-launch

Quinns Superstore, Mill Street are having a re-launch event this Saturday, April 6 from midday to 2 p.m. All are welcome

Stop Food Waste Challenge

Do you want to know great ways to use up all your food, reduce waste and save up to €60 per month? The free course in the Community Tea Room in Baltinglass given by Jim Callery from Wicklow County Council is coming to an end on Wednesday, April 10, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Come along on this final night to take part.