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The re­main­ing Christ­mas Craft Fairs take place at the Brock­agh Cen­tre on Sun­day De­cem­ber 7 and 14. There is a huge va­ri­ety of gifts avail­able (over 40 stalls) - many are hand­made and great value for money!

Teas, cof­fees, veg­gie wraps, soup, cakes and desserts are also avail­able for those who want to spend a bit of time brows­ing. Don’t for­get well known artist Lance Neal will be ex­hibit­ing his paint­ings on the 14th De­cem­ber.

Christ­mas trees will be avail­able on De­cem­ber 7 and 14 and Santa will be arriving by horse and car­riage on Sun­day 14 De­cem­ber-so plenty to suit every­one. Free Park­ing and Free Ad­mis­sion. Call Co­lette on 0404 45600.


There will be an ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings by well-known lo­cal artist Lance Neal in the Brock­agh Cen­tre on Sun­day 30 Novem­ber and Sun­day De­cem­ber 14 (dur­ing Christ­mas Craft Fairs).

Born in the U.S. in 1944, Lance be­gan to draw and paint when he was very young and sold his first paint­ing when he was 14 years old. Lance came to Ire­land in 1966 and has lived in Wick­low since.

He draws his in­spi­ra­tion from the beauty and har­mony of na­ture. His in­sights en­able him to cap­ture the char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity of his sub­jects. In land­scape and seascapes he cap­tures the tran­quil­lity, seren­ity or tur­moil of the scene.

Al­though he has painted some 1,400 oil paint­ings, in his long ca­reer, most of his work is un­known. Like most artists their great works end up in some pri­vate col­lec­tion seen & ap­pre­ci­ated only by a few. Lance feels, great art of any kind is never exclusive, it binds peo­ple to­gether in shared ex­pe­ri­ence.

All prints are in­di­vid­u­ally signed by the au­thor. Con­tact the Brock­agh Cen­tre (0404) 45600.


On Sun­day 14th De­cem­ber Santa will leave Lyn­ham’s Car Park at 12 noon and make his way to the Brock­agh Cen­tre, in horse drawn car­riage, where he will stay un­til about 3pm (Christ­mas Craft Fair).


Our new ladies soc­cer team has been a great suc­cess so if you are in­ter­ested in get­ting fit, hav­ing a bit of fun and learn­ing a new skill then call 0861225786 as we are al­ways looking for new mem­bers. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening at 7.50pm in the foot­ball field. Our first match will be played be­fore Christ­mas - dates next week.


Tues­day night is dance night at the Brock­agh Cen­tre from 10 pm till late with the Wick­low Man.


Mu­si­cal The­atre/Singing Work­shops for kids will be held at the Brock­agh Cen­tre each Satur­day in De­cem­ber from 2 to 5 pm; classes will be di­vided by age. So if you want to have fun and en­joy singing, from chart songs to great mu­si­cals, look no fur­ther!

The work­shops will be fa­cil­i­tated by Les­lie Dow­dall and Honor Hef­fer­nan, both of whom are well known in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Les­lie and Honor have been singing since the cra­dle, and it has al­ways been a source of great joy for them both.

It is with this in mind that they have put to­gether this se­ries of work­shops for chil­dren. Their aim is to help the stu­dents get the best out of their voices, and have the en­joy­ment of singing well and learn­ing new songs.

Both Honor and Les­lie have been work­ing in­de­pen­dently with chil­dren for the past num­ber of years, Honor as the voice coach in The Ir­ish Academy of Dra­matic Art and Les­lie through her own com­pany, Mu­s­i­craft. For more in­for­ma­tion call 086-3378473.


The mo­bile li­brary will be in Laragh on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 4th from 10am un­til 12 noon.


County Wick­low Adult Guid­ance Ser­vice will be in the Brock­agh Cen­tre on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 1 from 11 am un­til 1 pm. This ca­reers/ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice is free, friendly, con­fi­den­tial, sup­port­ive and avail­able to all adults over 18 years of age. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book an ap­point­ment con­tact Irene Hay­den on 086-8061569.


Laragh IT are now tak­ing names for a pos­si­ble JEB to run next year. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Co­lette

on 0404 45600.


Win­ter Ram­ble or­gan­ised by Wick­low Moun­tain Na­tional Park on Satur­day De­cem­ber 13. There’s more to see in win­ter than one might imag­ine.

Take a break from the Christ­mas shop­ping for a day, and join us on a stroll of one to two hours in Glendalough.

Par­tic­i­pants should wear suit­able footwear for ven­tur­ing off track. Book­ing is es­sen­tial. Book­ings taken from Satur­day 29th Novem­ber only. To book, phone 0404 45656 or 0404 45425.


The Com­mit­tee of the An­nual Church of Ire­land Parish Sup­per Dance for Laragh and Rath­drum would like to thank every­one who at­tended the event on Nov. 21. A spe­cial thanks to all who do­nated raf­fle prizes, made desserts and helped out in any way. Thanks to the man­age­ment and staff of Lyn­ham’s Ho­tel for a great night and to John Flood for the en­ter­tain­ment. Thank you all for at­tend­ing and sup­port­ing this great event.


There will be a Christ­mas Party in the Brock­agh Cen­tre on Tues­day 16th De­cem­ber with danc­ing from 9.30 til 12. Mu­sic by the Wick­low Man ˆ adm •10. Spot Prizes, Food & Fun. The Wick­low Man will be back on the 23rd and 30th De­cem­ber.


It’s that time of year again Santa’s on the way, the hus­tle and bus­tle of Christ­mas shop­ping and all the eat­ing and drink­ing too much is start­ing to take it’s toll.

So why not get away from the Christ­mas mad­ness for a few hours and un­wind with a walk in Wick­low. A guided walk of Scar and Lough Dan will take place on Sun­day 21 De­cem­ber.

With it be­ing Christ­mas time we will have a fes­tive theme on this walk, mulled wine and minced pies to help you on your way. Hope­fully the mulled wine will be warm by the time we get to drink it.

This will be a 3-4 hr moderate walk. The price for this walk will be just €25 and it’s im­por­tant to book early as places will be lim­ited.

Please ring Terry on 087-7849599, email Terry@hill­top­ or visit www.hill­top­ for more in­for­ma­tion. Terry will be back in the New Year at the Brock­agh Cen­tre with his Yoga and Walks


The 3rd an­nual Christ­mas Walk in Glendalough in aid of Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren takes place on Sun­day 28th De­cem­ber. Hike or walk via one of three routes through Glendalough and then re­turn for Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Hot Chocolate and Tra­di­tional Mu­sic at the Glendalough Ho­tel.

Walks start from 11am, re­turn­ing to the ho­tel by 4pm for some well earned Christ­mas cheer. Route 1 is a 14km chal­leng­ing hike start­ing at 11am. Route 2 is a 10km in­ter­me­di­ate hike start­ing at 12 noon and Route 3 is a 3km fam­ily walk which is suit­able for chil­dren and bug­gies which starts at 2 pm. For fur­ther de­tails and spon­sor­ship forms con­tact Jean on 086 0601418 or Robert on 087 9769772 or email js­tacey­otoole@ya­

Par­ents and chil­dren from St. Fer­gals Ju­nior School re­cently with their presents which have gone to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries as part of Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child.

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