WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
BOOK LAUNCH AND LECTURE
Greystones Library 7 p.m.
Charles Egan will launch ‘Gold is the Dawn’, the final part of his historical fiction trilogy. The book follows a group of characters fighting for survival, both at home in famine-hit Ireland and as they tried to eek out a new life in England or America. Charles will present a short talk on the history of the famine in Wicklow, followed by a reading and book signing. Admission is free but places must be booked: call the library on 01 2873548.
‘WHITTLED AWAY’ TALK
Brockagh Resource Centre 7.30 p.m.
Join Irish Wildlife Trust Campaigns Officer Padraic Fogarty for a talk about his book ‘Whittled Away’. The book charts the decline of nature in the Irish countryside but also reveals the possibilities for the future which could lead us on a path to recovery for nature and wildlife in particular. Hosted by Laragh Tidy Towns, the talk will be followed by a discussion and is free to attend.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
REGGIE CORRIGAN GOLF CLASSIC
Bray Golf Club 2 p.m.
The 13th annual Reggie Corrigan Open Door Golf Classic will yet again raise vital funds for Open Door in Bray. For more information on participating or sponsorship, email email@example.com or call Suzanne on 01 2867123. Entry for a team of four is €100.
VOICE OF THE WEST
Glending Estate, Blessington 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glending Residents Association invite local people to come along and take part in community discussion groups and browse the service information stands. A service directory for the wester corridor of Wicklow will also be launched. The winner of the kids logo design competition for Glending will also be announced. This free event will also feature entertainment in the marquee.
MEMORIAL AND WALK
Market Square, Tinahely 6.30 p.m.
The community of Tinahely will gather to remember and unveil a memorial to its late, dear friend Tom Doran. At 7 p.m., the group will walk from the square to the Railway Walk car park and to Tomnafinnoge before returning to O’Connors for refreshments. Donations to Pieta House will be welcome .
ARKLOW CHAMBER BALL
Arklow Bay Hotel 7.15 p.m.
Both members and non-members of the Arklow and District Chamber are welcome at this evening, which celebrates the best of local business. The evening will begin with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm. followed by dinner at 8.15 p.m. and then the awards. Tickets are available from the Arklow Chamber office by calling 0402 26909 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENING OF GLITZ AND GLAM
Whale Theatre, Greystones 8 p.m.
This night of glitz and glamour in aid of Tiglin will showcase the autumn/winter collections from a number of top Irish designers as well as the best that Greystones boutiques have to offer. Guests will be treated to performances by Luan Parle, pop/rock band ‘Taken’ and 98fm DJ Steven Cooper, while MC Tracy Piggott keeps the whole event ticking over. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets, which are available from eventbrite.ie, cost €40.
Parkview Hotel, Newtown 8 p.m.
The Fureys bring their show to town as part of a fundraiser for Newtownmountkennedy GAA Club. Tickets cost €25 and are available from hotel reception or any committee member. Doors open 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
DYING COW 200
Bray Wheelers Clubhouse 8 a.m.
Starting out from Bray, the group will travel towards Laragh, over the hills of Greenane, through Ballinaclash and onto Aughrim. From there, the hills get a bit bigger as they cross west towards Hacketstown before taking on the steep climb by the Dying Cow pub. After this its onto Shillelagh, Coolboy, an accent into the Wicklow Gap, then Arklow, Rathdrum and Rathnew before heading back to Bray. Entry is now closed but or more information, visit audaxireland.org.
RNLI FUNDRAISING GOLF
Potters Point Golf Club, Brittas Bay From 8.30 a.m.
The golf clubs are being hauled out for the Bridge Hotel Golf Society annual fundraising outing in aid of Arklow RNLI. A time sheet will be in operation from 8.30 a.m. until 2.30 p.m. and ladies’, men’s and mixed teams are welcome. The cost of entering a team of four is €100. There will be a prize-giving in the Bridge Hotel, Arklow, from 5 p.m. For more information or to enter a team, call Jimmy on 087 6249583.
RED KITE RELAY
Avoca Community Hall 5 p.m.
Take on a few laps of the Red Kite Walk while raising funds for Avoca Tidy Towns and the Avoca Courthouse Heritage Centre. Individual runners can take on a 6k challenge (three laps of the Red Kite Walk) or teams of four can do the 8k relay race, which is four laps of the walking trail. Registration is open online at eventbrite.ie or people can do it in person at Avoca Courthouse. The entry fee for relay teams of four adults or juniors (aged 12 to 17) is €40, for adults doing the 6km is €15 and for juniors doing the 6k is €5.
IRISH NIGHT AND SET DANCING
Kavanagh’s Lounge, Roundwood 8.30 p.m.
Richie Cullen is kicking off his Strictly for An Tochar fundraising campaign with this Irish night and set dancing. There will also be a raffle on the night. Admission is €5.
SPONSORED BEARD SHAVE
Horan’s, Baltinglass 9 p.m.
Despite the chill in the air now in the evenings, a string of volunteers – including Rev Mairt Hanley – have put their names forward for this fundraising beard shave in aid of the Chernobyl Foundation of Ireland. A raffle will be held on the night.
BRAY SINGERS’ CIRCLE
County Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club 9 p.m.
Singers and listeners are welcome along to this wonderful night of song, where every style is welcome, either unaccompanied or with acoustic self-accompaniment. Entry is €3.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Bray wheelers clubhouse 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Bray train and model fair is ideal for anyone interested in buying, selling or swapping items or who are sourcing parts, restoring models or just looking to like-minded people. The admission charge of €1 will go to charity.
PARTY IN THE PARK
Ashford Park Noon to 3 p.m.
To celebrate Ashford Park’s third birthday, Ashford Tidy Towns is inviting locals to come along to a special party in the park. There will be free burgers for Ashford residents and treats for children – email email@example.com for vouchers.
GARDEN OPEN DAY
Patthana Garden, Kiltegan Noon to 6 p.m.
Patthana Garden will open its gates to the public for the last time as part of this year’s Carlow Garden Festival. The garden is set on may levels, consisting of mixed borders with many unusual plants. There will be two talks during the day, one at 2 p.m. and another at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
REMEMBERING KYNOCH’S CONCERT
Ss Mary and Peter’s Church, Arklow 7.30 p.m.
Arklow Music and Arts group will host this centenary concert remembering one of Arklow’s major employers (and landmarks) of the past. The concert has a long list of participants, including St Mary’s Orchestra, the Frances Ryan School of Dance, Leslie Dowdall, Tony Norton, Arklow Shipping Silver Band, Naoimh Penston, Inver Ladies Choir and special guests Kitty Brennan, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Power, Jim Rees and MC Jim Furlong. Tickets cost €15.
Tramway Theatre 8 p.m
Blessington Muscial and Dramatic Society brings this wonderful show about following your dreams to the stage. Tickets cost €10 and are available from The Office Shop and Next Door Off-licence.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
FULL LISTINGS NEXT WEEK
Tramway Theatre 8 p.m.
Tickets for this Blessington Muscial and Dramatic Society show cost €10 and are available from The Office Shop and Next Door Off-licence.
LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE
Grand Hotel, Wicklow 8.30 p.m
The great singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will be celebrated at this special night in aid of Wicklow Cancer Support and Wicklow RNLI. Singers and musicians from around the county will perform songs from Cohen’s extensive catalogue, and explain why. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, costing €10, are available from the hotel, Halpin’s Bridge Cafe, Track One Music Store and Wings and Things.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
ORIGINAL GARDEN OF IRELAND RUN
Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca 9 a.m.
Cars from all over Ireland are expected to take part in Bray Vintage Car Club’s ninth Original Garden of Ireland Run. Day one of the two-day weekend involves the actual run, which will begin and end at the Woodenbridge Hotel. For more information, call Daphne on 086 1650353 or John on 086 2259215.
BIODIVERSITY WALK AND TALK
Vartry Reservoir 10 a.m.
Learn about the flora and fauna around the Vartry Reservoir walks during this family-friendly event featuring guest speakers and refreshments afterwards. This event is being organised by Valerie Halligan and Karina Pierce as part of their fundraising campaigns for Strictly An Tochar.
FUN DAY AND KICK FADA
Bray Emmet’s GAA CLub 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Members and non-members are welcome along to Bray Emmets GAA Club for this day of celebrations, which will feature the 18th annual All-Ireland Kick Fada competition from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of games, stalls and food stalls to keep young and old entertained. Entry is free.
Tramway Theatre 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The talented performers of Blessington Muscial and Dramatic Society bring this wonderful show about following your dreams to the stage. Tickets cost €10 and are available from The Office Shop and Next Door Off-licence.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
BREAK FOR THE BORDER
St Joseph’s NS, Hacketstown 11 a.m.
The 10km and 5km dash from Carlow to Wicklow is back! Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are invited to take on this flat run over the border from Carlow to Wicklow. Registration takes place at St Joseph’s NS from 9.30 a.m.
GLENCREE PEACE WALK
Bonaralty Bridge near Glencullen Noon to 5 p.m.
To mark the International Day of Peace, a group will walk from Glencullen to Glencree while raising funds to support the peace-buiding efforts of Glencreee Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The walk cover a 10km stretch of the Wicklow Way, with a bus transfer at the end to the Glencree centre for refreshments and drop-off back to Glencullen. Anyone would would like to take part in the walk should email peacewalk@ glencree.ie or visit ‘The Glencree Peace Walk’ on Facebook.
ORIGINAL GARDEN OF IRELAND RUN STATIC SHOW
Coffee Delights, Bray Noon
Day two of this vintage weekend will see Bray Vintage Car Club host the show section in its hometown of Bray. The show will feature all sorts of vehicles, including those with original Wicklow (NI) registrations. For more information, call Daphne on 086 1650353 or John on 086 2259215.