Congratulations to Michelle Driver and Stephen Kenna who were married in St Columba’s Church, Greenane, recently. Celebrant was Rathdrum parish priest Fr Derek Doyle. The bride and groom are native children who were born and reared in Ballinaclash. Best Man was David Kenna. Bridesmaids were Laura Smith, Tracey Travers and Edel Mullen. Groomsmen were Michael Carroll and Brendan Dunne. Flower Girl was Lucy Travers and music was provided by Rachel Reid. Very best wishes are extended to Michelle and Stephen for a long and happy life together.
1916 MEMORIAL GARDEN
Rathdrum Parnell Memorial Park was further enhanced last week with the installation of the 1916 Commemoration Garden by Wicklow County Council. The garden consists of a very attractive granite stone with the engraved epitaph of the Irish Proclamation surrounded by a number of hardwood trees and a flag pole. The RDA committee are planning to do more landscape on the area and make it a fitting memorial to the people who gave their lives for Irish freedom.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE
A weekend pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place from Rathdrum on Saturday, August 27. Overnight stay in Central Hotel, Donegal, and going on to the Island on Sunday the 28th. For more information phone Breda Fitzgerald at 0402 29043 or 086 3073060 or Mary at 0404 45119 or 087 4164888.
Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and many friends of Ellen Byrne, Moneystown, who passed away recently. Nellie, as she was affectionately known, was a most venerable lady who was in her 96th year. A most kind, generous person she passed on many of her fine qualities to the members of her family. She was laid to rest in Greenane cemetery after Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Moneystown, on Tuesday, April 26. May she rest in peace.
The life of Padraig H. Pearse will be the subject of a Talk to be given by retired civil servant Seadna Mac Seoin to Rathdrum Historical Society on Monday next, May 9, in Avondale Community College at 8 p.m. The title of the Talk is ‘Padraig H. Pearse, Talents, Traits, Qualities and Personality’. Seadna who now resides in Aughrim is a fluent Irish speaker and is currently a member of the board of management of Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain and has completed a Master’s in Scriobh agus Cumarsaid na Gaeilge. You do not have to be a member of the society to attend. All are welcome and you can follow the Society on Facebook at facebook.com/rathdrumhistoricalsociety.
The pleasant weather enhanced the scenery for Rathdrum Walkers last Thursday as they strolled the romantic trails of Glendason and Glendalough. This week the route is another favourite through BallinderryBallintombay where the views on a clear evening will include the Hills of Wales. Starting at Paddy O’Dea’s entrance at 7.15 p.m. and members of the group will also meet in Parnell Memorial Park at 7 p.m.
ADOPT A MONUMENT
In conjunction with the National Heritage Council Adopt a Monument Project an Evening of Story-Telling and Memories of Glenmalure Valley and in particular the Barravore area which is the site of the Old Chrusher House building will be held in Kirikee Hall on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free. The Glenmalure Adopt a Monument Project was one of five chosen by the Heritage Council from an entry of 90 applications nation-wide. The work by the local committee will be to re-store the Chrusher House building where the material from the mining in the area was processed. The building which is in relatively good condition was hidden away for many years by the tall forest but has become visible since the area was cleared and felled. Coillte has indicated that they it be supporting this unique project.
A number of artists took part in the Music Session last week in the ‘Coffin House’ (Cartoon Inn), Rathdrum. A young, very talented group from Arklow ‘Small Town Crisis’ went down very well with the audience and received several encores. Barry Jay Hughes, a singer-songwriter from Monaghan, also performed with some of his own material but also done a wonderful version of the Michael Jackson number ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. The Sessions take place on the last Thursday of each month and are organised by two local artistes Michael Jordan and Jacinta Busher.
Parnell AC were treble winners recently with Junior Boys, Senior Men and Women being successful in the County Road Championships. Junior Boys were Tony Mooney, second Derek Crammon, third Ben Kinsella. Senior Men Clive Quinn, Damien Lawless, Alan Dalton and Mick Finnan. Ladies Ann-Marie Kenny, Aisling Kiirwan, Niamh Ni Ceallaigh, Sile O’Byrne. Clive Quinn got first in the O-35, Damien Lawless second in O-40, Alan Dalton third. Ladies: Ann-Marie Kenny second O-40. Aisling Kirwin third O-40. BB Duffy first in O-55. Bill Porter second O-50. M.J. Bolton second O-55.
If you are free this afternoon May 4 you are welcome to attend a talk in St Colman’s Care Centre on the 1916 Rising. The Talk will be given by Colin Galligan, whose father fought at the GPO in 1916 and will take place in the Big Room at 2.30 p.m. under-11s won two big games at home during the past week.
On Tuesday evening they were on fire in securing an 8-3 win over Aughrim Rangers. Darragh Heffernan and Mason Melia both helped themselves to hat tricks, Marcel Kocajda scored a cracking free kick and the total was completed by an own goal.
They followed that up on Saturday with a narrow home win over Wicklow Rovers in a ninegoal thriller. Newtown goals were scored by Darragh Heffernan, Martin Kelly, Ryan Clarke, Mason Melia and Marcel Kocajda.
The under-12s won a tight Shield game at home to Arklow Town ‘B’ by 2-1. Charlie Sullivan and Fionn O’Reilly scored the all-important goals.
The under-14s travelled to Arklow to take on Town’s B team and they came home with all three points after a 4-3 win. Ryan Smillie scored twice and there were singles for Ross Quinn and Andrew McMahon (pen). They were also meant to play Ashford Rovers on Tuesday evening but unfortunately Ashford couldn’t field.
Our under-15 girls won 3-1 at home to Sacred Heart thanks to a first-half Aoife Murtagh treble. On the night Kaitlyn Butler, Ava McGlynn and goalscorer Murtagh were among the players who starred.
We then travelled to Clonee to take on the local side on Sunday and after a super team performance from all the players we came home with a share of the spoils in a three-all draw thanks to a superb hat trick from Sinéad McGettigan.
What made the result all the more remarkable was the fact that due to a number of reasons we only had nine players available to us and the home side played their full 11, which they are entitled to do. Well done, everybody.
The ladies’ team are counting down the days to their final but getting game time is a problem as in the past week we have been awarded two walkovers from games home and away to Dundrum FC. Anyway, we live in hope!
The fixtures are as follows for the period Wednesday fourthd – Sunday, May 8; Under-12s away to Arklow Town ‘B’ on Wednesday the fourth at 6.45 p.m.
Under-14s at home to Wicklow Rovers under-13s on Thursday the fifth at 6.45 p.m.
Under-15 Girls away to St Catherine’s on Friday the sixth at 6.45 p.m.
Under-10s at home to St Anthony’s Yellow on Saturday – to be confirmed; Under-11s away to Rathnew time to be confirmed; Under-12s weekend fixture to be confirmed; Under-14s weekend fixture to be confirmed; Under-15 Girls at home to Clonee Utd on Sunday to be confirmed; Ladies’ team at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on Sunday to be confirmed
Our recent ‘Golden Goal’ competition recently for the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United produced the following results, €60 34th Minute Jamie Snell; €20 33rd Minute Gillian Browne; €20 35th Minute Liam McCann. Thank you everyone for your support.
We have competitions coming up for both the FA Cup Final and the Champions League Final and tickets can be purchased from any committee member. Please support. We will also be running a Last Man Standing competition for the Euros and we will have further details in the coming weeks.
Training for the Development Squad continuous every Saturday from 11 a.m. till midday and we are outdoors. All sessions are €2 per head. New players (boys and girls) are always welcome and you can contact the secretary for further details at 087 6987653.
We have five players from the club celebrating birthdays in the coming week and they are Ryan McDonald (Development Squad), Patrick Martin (under-10s), Sean Douglas (under-14s) and the ladies’ team duo of Katie Mullally and Emily Jennings. Happy birthday to all from everyone at Newtown Juniors FC
For all matters regards the club you can contact the secretary Hughie at 087 6987653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What with ‘Eastenders, Captain Monteith’ a cooking course and now Willie’s chickens overdue once again, sure it’s no wonder we are all a tizzie at the shed lately, you also have lads measuring their onion stalks, straightening their cabbage leaves, talking to their strawberry plants, (and cursing at those belonging to other lads) other wee tricks to stunt the growth include lacing water sources with washing up liquid, such is the competition for best-in-shed veggies, but I must assure all worried wives if your hubby is leaving his marital bed in the middle of the night of late and he is a shedder, chances are he will be found on guard in his allotment ready to club slugs, snails, or sleveens damaging his produce.
We are yet again indebted to all you good people of our community for your overwhelming generosity, and your extremely good will towards our venture of a Men’s Shed in your midst, it was very evident In an excellent response to our fundraising flag day, the final amount raised came to, €1,933. We can now book that holiday to Thailand for the lads (I jest!). Thank you.
To all those unfortunately ill in our community, we wish them comfort and wellness, to those who are unemployed, lonely, and longing for a cuppa or just in need of some oul banter, our door is never closed, ah! sure come on drop in. Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. it’s a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills, and develop new friendships. New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone
TEA DAY FOR ALZHEIMERS
A note for your diary: Thursday, May 5, annual Alzheimers Tea Day, Community Centre, Newtown, from 9.30 to 2 p.m. Drop in and support this cause.