AROUND THE DISTRICTS
Laragh Glendalough IRISH DANCING
Irish Dancing to start on Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Classes are for beginners and is for age three years up. Registered members of An Comhdhail, fully Garda Vetted and insured. Contact details for enquiries are Cian Flood TCRG (086 1293807), Eimear McGrath TCRG (085 7180926), email firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook.com/mgfschool or search ‘McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing’.
A calendar of events for Positive Aging Week 2017, starting on September 30 to October 15 can be found now on the notice board in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE
There will be a pre-Christmas tea dance coming up this year, with a date to be confirmed but we will keep you posted, all groups must book in advance with the Brockagh Centre by calling us at 0404 45600. A reminder that new members are always welcome to the Active Retirement Group in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh, come along on a Tuesday morning to the Brockagh Centre from 11 a.m. 12.15 p.m. for some exercise and social gatherings.
Join author and Irish Wildlife Trust Campaigns Officer Padraic Fogarty for a talk about his landmark book Whittled Away on Thursday, September 14, 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. This is a free event hosted by Laragh Tidy Towns, all our welcome. The book charts the grim decline of nature in the Irish Landscape, but it also reveals possibilities for the future, showing a path to recovery for nature and wildlife. In particular, Padraic will discuss how we can better manage our uplands a topic relevant to the area.
The Glendalough Trail race, in aid of ‘Fighting Blindness’, will now take place on Saturday, November 18, with registration and refreshments at the Brockagh Centre. It will be a fantastic, fun, running experience over a 15.5km route that is scenic, challenging and safe. For more details see glendaloughtrail.com or contact Paul at email@example.com/086 3503994. To find out more about the work of ‘Fighting Blindness’ or for tips and assistance on fundraising, contact Amanda at 01 6789004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUN THE RIDGE
On October 14 you will have a chance to run the majestic Derrybawn Ridge while supporting local sports teams Glendalough AC and Laragh GFC. The race begins in the scenic grounds of Laragh GFC before taking runners on a 20km adventure on the local trails and hills. A short- er 8km option is also available. The courses are fully marked, and a mighty spread of cakes and tea will be on offer for the post-race celebrations. For full details and bookings please go to runtheridge.ie.
Calling all little ghouls and spooks. Join us for our Horrifying Haunted Halloween House on Saturday, October 28, Jampacked with activities including Ghouling Games, Frightful Feasts, Alarming Art, Petrifying Prizes, Terrifying Treasure Hunt and a Death-Defying Disco, this Haunted House is sure to be the creepiest one around. For more information on how to book a place for this Eerie Event, please contact the Bone-Chilling Brockagh Centre at 040445600. See you there .... If you Dare.
This full day, traditional basket-making workshop will teach you basic basketry techniques. Taught in a relaxed learning environment, you will bring home your own completed small round willow basket (a skib). The workshops will take place in the Brockagh Centre from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 17 and 23, of October 7 and 21. Classes are small with five participants. Garden workshop also available on request. Visit wicklowwillow.ie, phone Aoife at 087 9773622 or email email@example.com.
Marie Noonan’s class will be back at the Brockagh on Monday, September 18. Marie is a qualified Pilate’s teacher and has been teaching for the last 17 years and works full time as a movement therapist for rehabilitation, health and longevity. The duration of the class is six weeks and will start at 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. And another class at and 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. Please text Marie at 087 1953072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit noonanpilates.ie for more information.
Louise’s yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 to 11.15 a.m. This is a gently paced class where students learn how to align, open and strengthen the body gradually while stabilising the platforms of the feet and ankles, hips and pelvis and shoulder girdle. The class begins with general and targeted warm-up sequences followed by postures (Asanas) and Vinyasa (breath-connected) sequences before final relaxation in Savasana. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).
Our very popular Chair Yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. Chair Yoga is suitable for almost everyone and helps students find balance and calm in everyday life. The class takes students through centering and breathwork, followed by postures that let the joints move through their range of movement while seated or through use of the chair while standing. Call Louise at 087 6032202. (booking is essential).
Wicklow Man (David Bury 087 2723962) is on every Tuesday night at the Brockagh Centre at 9 p.m. for a few hours of dancing and socialising.
Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night.
The mobile library visits Lynhams car park in Laragh every second Thursday from midday to 12.50 p.m. The next visits will take place on September 14 and September 28.
Tai Chi and QiGong classes are very powerful tools which help to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To learn more about the classes contact Ann Martin 087 6081219 (email@example.com). Classes are held on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. in the Brockagh Centre, call Ann to book in.
Newtownmountkennedy PARK FEST
The committee of ParkFest would like to sincerely thank all the village people who came together to help make this years Parkfest a great success.
What a superb weekend, great work to all. Special thanks to Ruth Ian, Linda Willlie, Robert, Tim, Paul, Jo’s Dad and all others who made the weekend possible; The Mens shed, The Newtown Garda, All on the organising committee, all our sponsors, all who came and supported and anyone we have left out.
The music was amazing and we are so delighted to have all you musicians come and play here for this festival. Spread the word, next year will be even better.
Many thanks to those involved in the inaugural Heritage week of August 19 to August 27, proudly supported by Newtownmountkennedy and District Tidy Towns.
It was a great success and we hope that all in the village and beyond who attended really enjoyed themselves. Many hands and minds took great effort to bring that week together and make it a success.
Nature, storytelling, history, conservation, bees, food, life and kids all helped to understand what a great village, landscape and environment here in Newtownmountkennedy.
Next year will be even better. Please contact Newtownmountkennedy and District Tidy Townsnewtowntidytown@gmail.com.
GAA CLUB NOTES
Newtown GAA are holding a very important meeting of all club members tonight Wednesday the 13th at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse and anybody with the interest of Newtown GAA at heart should attend.
As last Saturday was the under-seven and under-nine last blitz of the season we will now take a break from activity. We will have a presentation day in a few weeks’ time and will let you know when we have a date arranged.
Since we started training back in February we have had a steady high attendance of kids at training, our sincere thanks to both parents, families and the wider community for helping to make this happen. Thanks for all the communication regarding attendance which makes everything easier to organise.
We hope everyone will continue their involvement when we resume for our next season and hope to see you all then. Massive thanks to the coaches Peter, Ruairi, Luke, Paul and Alun.
The under-12 girls next match is in the shield final against St Pat’s on Sunday the 17th with no time fixed yet. training continues every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m.
The under-14 girls created a little bit of history last Sunday when they became the first juvenile girls to bring home silverware from the top flight of girls’ football, the girls put in a magnificent performance to win the A shield in some style. On a miserable day for football the girls were a delight to watch, captain Laura Murphy accepted the trophy on behalf of her teammates who all played their part in a game where we outplayed our opponents all over the pitch. The panel of girls on the day was Grace Murphy, Katie Smith, Cora Heffernan, Doireann Smyth, Alyssia Larkin, Laura Murphy, Katelyn O’Toole, Yasmin O’Connor Phipps, Aleesha McMahon, Rebecca Gillan, Laragh Davis, Zara di Tofano, Una Power, Sophie O’Reilly and Alicia Farrell. Well done girls and management of Shayne, Shay, Kirsty and Bernie.
The under-16 girls played AGB last week in their final group game of the championship, the girls were beaten on the night but were presented with the div two cup after the matchnext match is the A shield final on Sunday the 17th in Ballinakill but our opponents are not known yet.
There is a good stock of club gear now available to buy for any enquiries regarding club gear please contact Amy at 086 3332195.
Our next fundraising event takes place this Friday in the Parkview, we are pleased to announce that the Fureys are playing and tickets cost €25. Tickets are available from the hotel reception or contact any committee member, it promises to be a great night so get your tickets early as they are limited.
The draw for the football tickets will be on Thursday the 14th in the clubhouse and tickets cost €5 to enter, the draw is open to all members.
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This week’s jackpot raised to €6,200 as it rolled over on numbers 4, 18, 22 and 23. There were six match-three numbers who won €35 each
Mindfulness classes will start again Monday, September 11, 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. in the Corner House. Classes are suitable for anyone completely new to the practice as well as experienced practitioners. Mindfulness can help with managing stress, reduce anxiety and find more ease in daily life. Cost: €60 for six weeks or €13 drop in. Contact Angelika 087 2176068.
Naoise O’Brien, Cormac O’Driscoll, Leah O’Sullivan and Aisling Dennis enjoying the Park Fest in Newtownmountkennedy.