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GAA draw

This year, Balt­in­glass GAA Club is run­ning a devel­op­ment draw. Tick­ets are €50 each and the draw takes place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, in Ho­rans. Fan­tas­tic prizes are on of­fer, with the first prize be­ing a brand new Da­cia San­dero Car.

All funds from this draw will go to­wards the devel­op­ment and up­keep of the club’s fa­cil­i­ties and this will be the main fundrais­ing event this year. Each house­hold in the club is be­ing asked to buy one ticket to sup­port the draw.

Tick­ets are avail­able from any mem­ber of the club com­mit­tee or the man­ager of any team. We thank you for your con­tin­u­ous sup­port.

Waste Col­lec­tion

There will be a House­hold Haz­ardous Waste Col­lec­tion at Ram­pere next Saturday, Oc­to­ber 14, from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Items that can be brought in­clude oil-based paints and thin­ners, aerosols, clean­ing agents and bleaches, waste en­gine oil, oil weed killer and other pes­ti­cides, all types of bat­ter­ies and flu­o­res­cent light tubes.

Best of luck!

Carmel’s Hair Sa­lon on Balt­in­glass Main Street will be get­ting a facelift this week. After 27 years in busi­ness Carmel has passed the sa­lon on to Nora, who worked with Carmel for eight years. The best of luck to Nora and her sis­ter-in-law, Merita on their new ven­ture.

We would also like to wish the best of luck to an­other rel­a­tively new health and beauty busi­ness in town – Cathri­ona’s Nat­u­ral Health and Beauty Ther­apy sa­lon on Weaver’s Square, which has been open since Au­gust.

Tommy Flem­ing

Tick­ets are now on sale for the Tommy Flem­ing con­cert in St Joseph’s Church, Balt­in­glass, on Thursday, Novem­ber 30, at 8 p.m. Tick­ets are €30 each and seat­ing is un­re­served.

Tick­ets are avail­able from the par­ish of­fice, O’Reilly’s, Burkes Newsagents and Cen­tra. Doors open at 7 p.m. Log on to tom­myflem­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

News from Rath­dan­gan

The next Adult So­cial Dance in O’Toole Me­mo­rial Hall in Rath­dan­gan will be on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 14.

Cather­ine and the Im­ages will per­form the mu­sic. The next Ram­blers seisun takes place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 – a date for the di­ary, as it is al­ways a fun-filled night of tra­di­tional Ir­ish wit, mu­sic, dance and laugh­ter.

Rath­dan­gan drama group would like to see a few new faces again this year to help out on or off stage. For more de­tails phone Micheál after 6 p.m. at 087 7949321.

It is over three years since the Village Pantry in Rath­dan­gan opened. Dur­ing that time the same vol­un­teers have been man­ag­ing it. As you can imag­ine, this con­sumes a lot of their own per­sonal time. The vol­un­teers would like to see new blood take it on and to come up with fresh ideas that will en­hance its pres­ence in Rath­dan­gan. Why not give it a go? It’s a great so­cial out­let. If you would like to put your name for­ward phone Tess at 087 6173879 or con­tact any com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­ber.

Shoe box ap­peal

Balt­in­glass Credit Union is cur­rently run­ning a ‘Christ­mas Shoe Box Ap­peal’.

A shoe box is filled with se­lected items and is then shipped to coun­tries where there are chil­dren in need, for them to open on Christ­mas morn­ing.

Any­one who would like to fill a shoe­box is asked to call into any of the credit union’s of­fices and pick up a leaflet and spe­cialised en­ve­lope.

How it works is: choose an age group, and whether it is for a boy or girl, wrap a shoe box in Christ­mas pa­per (wrap lid sep­a­rately), fill it with es­sen­tial items such as tooth­paste, a tooth­brush, socks, a hair comb, hair bands, un­der­wear, a lit­tle toy or colour­ing pen­cils and the re­quired €4. Place an elas­tic band around it (as it needs to be checked in air­port cus­toms) and drop it into one of the credit union of­fices.

More in­for­ma­tion and spe­cial en­velopes are avail­able in all credit union of­fices. The clos­ing date for re­ceiv­ing boxes is Novem­ber 10.

Clothes col­lec­tion

A re­cy­cling clothes col­lec­tion will take place at Big­stone Hall on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, and Saturday, Oc­to­ber 14.

Bring along clean un­wanted clothes, linen, cur­tains, belts, hand­bags and shoes in pairs. Funds raised will be of great ben­e­fit to Big­stone Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and the National Coun­cil for the Blind.

Big­stone Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is avail­able if you wish to run an in­door ac­tiv­ity over the com­ing months. Please con­tact Mary at 086 0842143 for de­tails.

Com­mu­nity ac­tion group

The Balt­in­glass Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported its monthly sing-along in the Tea Room on Main Street.

From July 2016 to July 2017 the com­mu­nity group has do­nated €500 to Balt­in­glass Hos­pi­tal, €200 to the so­ci­ety of St Vin­cent de Paul, €200 to St Brigid’s Hos­pice, €200 to the Lalor Cen­tre, €100 to the Com­mu­nity Shop Christ­mas Fund, €50 to the Balt­in­glass Scouts Group and €50 to Sui­cide Aware­ness.

The sing-along will com­mence again on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24, for the so­ci­ety of St Vin­cent de Paul Christ­mas fund. The fol­low­ing month it will take place on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28, for the same cause, and on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 19, a Christ­mas party night. All are welcome to come along, and sing along.

Day care cen­tre

The West Wick­low Vol­un­tary Day­care Com­mit­tee monthly meet­ing will take place in the Day Hos­pi­tal, Balt­in­glass at 8.30 p.m. this Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 12. New mem­bers are very welcome.

Ac­tive re­tired

Balt­in­glass and Dis­trict Ac­tive Re­tired will hold their weekly cof­fee morn­ing for Oc­to­ber in Bia Blasta, each Fri­day at 11 a.m.

There will be a cake sale in aid of St Brigid’s Hos­pice, Kil­dare on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20, from 10.30 a.m. to mid­day in the Par­ish Cen­tre. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are welcome to at­tend. Con­tri­bu­tions of buns or cakes from mem­bers of the Ac­tive Re­tired Group would be grate­fully re­ceived. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from Mary at 087 6913257.

An out­ing to see ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ at the Ge­orge Bernard Shaw Theatre, Car­low, is be­ing or­gan­ised for Thursday, Oc­to­ber 26. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from Mary at 087 2999571.

Cior­cal Cainte

The Ir­ish speak­ing cir­cle, Cior­cal Cainte, has re­sumed in St Te­gan’s Hall, Kil­te­gan ev­ery sec­ond Mon­day from 11 a.m. to mid­day. The next date is Oc­to­ber 16. Phone 087 9902218 for more in­for­ma­tion.


McGreal’s an­nual chil­dren’s Hal­loween colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion is un­der way. There will be lots of prizes so pick up a sheet for your child in Balt­in­glass Phar­macy. The clos­ing date is Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 25. You can drop it back to Balt­in­glass Phar­macy or McGre­als in Bless­ing­ton.

Learn piano

Balt­in­glass Piano Academy is still en­rolling for the au­tumn/win­ter term. Places are scarce. All ages and abil­i­ties welcome. Con­tact 087 6726436 or visit www.balt­in­glasspi­anoa­

READY TO HIT THE ROAD A group of cy­clists line up ahead of the start of the Tour of the Fall­ing Leaves in Balt­in­glass.

Conor Hur­ley get­ting ready for the start of the race. TOUR OF THE FALL­ING LEAVES

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