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.
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.
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 tommyfleming.net 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.baltinglasspianoacademy.com.
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