Monday 22 July 2019

Wicklow & District Noticeboard

Car boot sale - A car boot sale takes place at East Glendalough School, Station Road, Wicklow town on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is €10 for cars and €15 for vans, otherwise it is free.

Tea coffee and toilet facilities available.

Proceeds to Wicklow parish church restoration fund.

Enquiries to Peter 087 2706616 or Lesley 087 6091945.

Online booking only

Gymnastic camps

Gymnastics or trampoline summer camps start in Wicklow town on July 15.

Some spaces still available, book online now to secure a space.

The camps are suitable to all from absolute beginner to very aspiring gymnasts. It will be a great introduction/try out for what is one of the most popular sports in Ireland and growing dramatically. Most important it is GREAT FUN and the Wicklow Gym Club coaches are just superb, love what they do and are all current or ex gymnasts who have come up through the club which promotes a great fun filled training program for gymnastics and trampoline.

The camps are licensed by Gymnastics Ireland the national governing body for Gymnastics in Ireland and all gymnasts are registered with them for the camps.

To book click on the Pay now section on

It should be noted that the Wicklow camp starting on August 12 will be a three-day camp due to school works.

Any questions call Becky at 085 7538733.

Tennis Club

Wicklow Tennis club's eight-week junior summer programme started this week. There are scheduled activities each day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for ages four to 18 for all the junior members. Details of the daily schedule and the summer camps are on the website

For information on membership or any other tennis matters please contact club administrator Sinéad Nolan at 085 1156051 or email

Active Retirement

The highlight of the season so far for Wicklow Active Retirement Association (WARA) is the annual Spring Holiday. Organised by Rita McAulay, the group set off for West Cork. Here is Rita's account of the visit.

'The staff of the Clonakilty Park Hotel made us very welcome on arrival. We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and nightly entertainment to which we contributed in no small measure.

During our stay we visited Spike Island, a relatively new tourist attraction. We had perfect weather for the boat trip and a very entertaining guide made it an excellent day out.

We also visited Bantry House and Gardens, with lovely views over Bantry Bay. That day also included a visit to the Famine Museum in/Skibbereen, the guide was so informative in a relaxed easy manner, we were reluctant to leave.

The last day was spent in Collins country, hearing about the big man and being regaled with stories from the Seanachai. This was followed by time spent in Clonakilty, a trip to the model village and even a train ride for some. We were fortunate to have good weather, so altogether an enjoyable trip.'

Over the past few weeks, the WARA Tuesday meetings have been stimulated by some excellent visiting speakers, organised by chairman, Godfrey O'Byrne.

Colm Vickers of Wicklow Fire Station gave an illustrated talk on the hazards of fires in the home and some simple but effective precautions one can take to avoid and prevent a possible incident.

Honorary treasurer, Pauline Flanagan, can always be relied upon to produce the monthly quiz, designed to keep the grey matter ticking over. These are non-competitive and always great fun.

The association had a most informative and amusing morning last Tuesday when the speaker was Brian McDonnell, Proprietor of Old McDonnell's Farm, based in the Glen of the Downs. All his produce can be purchased in Wicklow SuperValu.

Go For Life exercises continue at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, under the guidance of Joan McIlhenny and Barbara O'Mahony. Line Dancing follows the meetings at midday with Molly Duffy.

Forthcoming events include: Members summer Lunch in the Pastoral Centre on Tuesday, July 9; A concert by the Milwaukee Youth Orchestra in the NCH on Monday, July 22, and the annual Mystery Tour on Thursday, July 25.

WARA meet every Tuesday morning at 10.45 a.m. and new members are always sure of a warm welcome.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Wicklow and Rathnew pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from August 30 to September 4 and its spiritual director will be Fr Donal Roche.

Everyone will be staying in the four-star Hotel La Solitude and the cost of the trip is €745, including a €200 deposit per person.

There is a supplement of €180 per person for a single room.

The price includes return transfer to Dublin Airport, return flights from Dublin to Lourdes and five nights' accommodation in the Hotel La Solitude based on sharing a twin room with facilities.

The price will also include all meals for the duration of the stay, free comprehensive insurance, airport taxes, full assistance of a Pilgrimages Abroad rep and a full religious programme while in Lourdes.

All cheques must be made payable to Pilgrimages Abroad.

Personal alarm scheme

The Roundwood and District Community Council are registered to administer the senior alert scheme that provides grants to elderly people towards the provision of personal alarms.

The personal alarm offers reassurance to allow independent living, safe in the knowledge that you can quickly be in contact with a family member or neighbour in the event of any emergency you may have to deal with.

For more information, contact 086 8055040.

Pilates class in Glenealy

Pilates classes are now running in Glenealy Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beginners/improvers and all ages are welcome.

The cost for seven weeks is €70 or a drop-in-rate of €12. Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, co-ordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing.

Rathdrum Tidy Towns

All team members of Rathdrum Tidy Towns and volunteers meet in the Market Square, Rathdrum every Monday evening at 7 p.m. Anyone, who wishes to join in or help in any way is very welcome. Rathdrum reached a good standard last year and the local Tidy Towns aim to keep up the good work and do even better this year.

Free digital skills course

An ongoing free five-week digital skills computer course is due to take place at the Brockagh Resource Centre, which is currently taking names for the next course (depending on numbers) due to commence in the summer. It usually takes place on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics covered include online banking, apps, online government services, email, shopping online, online TV players, podcasts, photographs, security and much more.

This course is for complete beginners or someone who is rarely online and wants to upskill. You will need to bring your own laptop/tablet to the course. Call the Brockagh Resource Centre at 0404 45600 or email

Roundwood trip

There will be a trip to Scotland from Roundwood leaving on July 26 for six days till July 31. Part of the trip will include the Highlands of Scotland and the Orkney Isles, Perth, Thurso, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Glencoe and many more places at a cost of €750 per person all in.

A deposit of €200 is required as soon as possible with a single supplement of €100. Contact Susan at 087 6273032.

The Westport Country six-day break takes place from October 20 to October 25 at a cost of €425.

Acts performing will include Robert Mizzell, Stuart Moyles and Declan Nerny among others. Dinner, bed and breakfast at Westport Woods Hotel and daily coach tours with one day off.

Deposit of €200 to be paid before the end of July. Contact Susan at 087 6273032.


Gymboree play and music classes are on every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in Glenealy Village Hall. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from six months to four years.

Teach your child a love of music through song, dance, movement fun and musical instruments, exploring various different music styles.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Rachel at 086 8330212 for more information and to book your place.

Youth club meetings

Glenealy Foróige youth club is in Glenealy Village hall every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for youths aged 12 years to 18 years.

Anyone interested can come along any Friday night. For more information, contact 0404 44040.

Country market

The next Glendalough Country Market ad car boot sale takes place on Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please pre-book indoor spaces early.

Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, emailbrockaghcarboot@gmail or if you wish to book an indoor space.

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