Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wicklow & District Noticeboard

Grand Slam - If you are going to finish with a grand final night of the Bridge season you have to do it well. Last Wednesday saw our club celebrate the end of a most enjoyable season of 42 weeks in style.

The party night was fun and the food on the tables was just amazing. So many players contributed to the variety and tempting treats. The fine white wines just held out as did the non-alcoholic beverages.

Grand Slam Bridge Club members cannot thank the Dominican Sisters in An Tairseach enough for allowing us to have the use of their conference room every Wednesday evening even when there are residential delegates in residence for retreats or seminars.

Grateful thanks also to the loyal ladies who help each week to set up the tables and chairs ready for the members and visitors to arrive and play all evening. The club knows how lucky we are to enjoy such a suitable and comfortable venue and have helping hands. That also applies to those who come early and assist the novice tuition hour prior to the main competition each night. A big thank you to all of them.

Last week saw some hard fought deals and in both the seated pairs section and the moving pairs were won by non-members. The North/South stationary section was won by Statia Hagan and Joan Madden by a margin of 48 clear points ahead of the second pair home who were Evelyn Hastie and Susie Byrne. In third place were Maura Kavanagh and Joan Darcy. The winners of the moving pairs won their section by an equally wide margin. Dorothy and Eric Levingstone were 35 points ahead of their nearest rivals Gwen Teevan and Mairead Fallon. Close behind in third spot were Eithne Smith and Catherine King. The club takes a two month break for the summer and will be back in business on the first Wednesday of September that being the fourth.

Blessing of the graves

Roundwood Parish Cemetery Sunday/Pattern Sunday will take place on Sunday, July 21.

Please note the 11.30 a.m. Mass will be Celebrated in Roundwood Cemetery NOT in the church on that particular day, weather permitting. This Mass will be offered for all interred in the cemetery and will include a blessing of the graves.

Car boot sale

The next Roundwood car boot sale will be on Sunday, July 28, and every fourth Sunday of the month thereafter. Set up of stalls from 9 a.m., Cars €10, Jeep/Van €15.


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, five nights accommodation in the four star Hotel Solitude based on sharing a twin room with facilities, 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.

Humpty Dumpty

Cuidiú North Wicklow Humpty Dumpty playgroup operates each Wednesday morning, 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in Roundwood Parish Hall, during term time.

Parents, grandparents and minders with babies though to preschool kids all welcome. €2 for Cuidiú members and €4.50 for non-members. Find them on Facebook or Contact Melissa at 086 4034230.

Personal alarm scheme

The Roundwood and District Community Council are registered to administer the senior alert scheme which 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 an emergency.

For more information contact 086 8055040.


A pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaves on October 10 for a week Accompanied by Spiritual Directors Fr Pat Madden and Deacon Pat 0'Connell Cost €669. Price includes Flights (Aer Lingus). Insurance, Half Board in house beside Church Transfers to and from Medjugorje. Local guides all English speaking headed up by Philip Ryan from Dublin.

For more information/booking Contact Mary King at 087 2185067.

Active Retired holiday

The Roundwood Active Retirement are organising a trip to the Mount Errigal in Letterkenny for their annual five-day holiday from the September 16 to September 20.

The cost is €310 per person sharing or €360 for single supplement.

This cost covers your transport, accommodation, meals and tours for the week.

Please give your name to Berry if you are interested in being part of the trip.


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

Beginners/improvers and all ages welcome.

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

Country Market

The Country Market and car boot sale in Glendalough have now moved to the second Sunday of the month. Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc.

The next event will be on Sunday, July 14, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains on practically anything from household items to garden additions, and even vintage or antique treasures. Vans must be booked in.

Please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, emailbrockaghcarboot@gmail or if you wish to book an indoor space or if you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.

Historical Society

Wicklow Historical Society Journal is now available in the shops and is a 132 page bumper package filled with very interesting articles and photographs.

It is still priced at just €5 so that all can avail of the journal and is a deliberate policy of the society.

John Finlay examines life in Wicklow Town and district 100 years ago. John Alvey outlines his first trip to the seaside with an interesting portrayal of his father who served in World War two.

Ben Fagan continues his look at events in the troubled times 1916-1922. There is an old essay included which was written by a National School pupil, Thomas Kilcoyne in 1911 on good citizenship. The men of Wicklow Parish, who took part in the Great War of 1914-1918 are outlined by John Goodman.

Stan J. O'Reilly takes a look at the Wicklow Town poisoning case of 1874. John Finlay then outlines a list of whose who of local personalities who took part in the period 1916 to 1923. Vincent O'Reilly looks at the Edwards family of Oldcourt, Bray and Knockrobbin, Wicklow. The final article is Wicklow in Antiquity and Folklore.

Stan O'Reilly looks at pre-christian Wicklow and the coming of Palladius, Patrick and Mhantain to the area. Pick up your copy of this quality production today.

Summer 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 all current or ex gymnasts who have come up through the ranks of 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.

Visit to book a place.

Please note the due to school works the Wicklow camp starting on August 12 is a three-day camp.

Wicklow Tennis Club

The eight-week daily activity programme for junior members got under way last week with plenty of tennis on offer for ages four to 16 each day. Coach John Brady is running camps for the month of July and members can contact John at 086 2596965 to register their child.

Thanks to all the members who participated in the recent Sunday summer Doubles Tournament for the month of June and congratulations to the winning teams - The Sports Room, The Aces and the Tennis Troopers.

Construction on the clubhouse is progressing well with windows and drainage the main focus this week.

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


Fun Bingo will take place on in the Annamoe Centre on Sunday, July 14, from 3 p.m.

€5 per book and great raffle prizes.

Wicklow People