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A re­minder that the Clothes col­lec­tion bank is lo­cated at the car park at Ja­cobs or if you pre­fer, items can be dropped into to Bill Porter at Avondale Sports. We thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port with this fundraiser, which helps Rath­drum Can­cer Sup­port, Avoca se­nior cit­i­zens and Wick­low Hos­pice.


We re­cently took part in the Le­in­ster Cross Coun­try took place in Na­van re­cently with Emma Byrne and He­len Win­ter­bot­tom win­ning medals in the un­der-10 with Leah Bar­ret closely fol­low­ing be­hind. Well done to Ellen Keaney on hav­ing a great race in the un­der-16 event.

Our next league out­ing is the Un­even ages on Novem­ber 16 at the Bray Em­mets GAA grounds. Good luck to all run­ners.


Fol­low­ing 9 a.m. Mass on Sun­day, the com­mu­nity of Clara Vale re­mem­bered all the brave men from the Val­ley that were lost in the Great War. Many of their rel­a­tives were in at­ten­dance. Wreaths were placed at the Com­mer­a­tive Stone in the church Yard. The church Bell was rung by Séa­mus O’Brien, at 10 a.m. to co­in­cide with bell ring­ing all over Eu­rope.


A re­minder that the RDA AGM will take place on Tues­day, Novem­ber 20, at 8 p.m. in the Anne Devlin An­nex, RDA Hall. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend. Mem­ber­ship sub­scrip­tions will be taken on the night.


Last Sun­day saw many com­mem­o­ra­tions to the Ar­mistice Day/End of the Great War all over the world. Ac­cord­ing to Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment ar­chives, nearly 80,000 men en­listed into the Bri­tish Army dur­ing the first 12 months of the war, join­ing 50,000 Ir­ish­men, who were al­ready serv­ing in the army.

Al­though the ex­act num­ber re­mains un­clear it is re­ported that tens of thou­sands Ir­ish­men died while fight­ing in World War one be­tween 1914 and 1918. At least 51 of those men were from Rath­drum. These men are com­mem­o­rated at the WW1 Me­mo­rial at Wood­en­bridge.

A cer­e­mony will take place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, at the Wood­en­bridge WW1 Me­mo­rial Park at 2 p.m. Key­note speaker will be John Bru­ton, For­mer Taoiseach.


Back in Au­gust two judges from the Na­tional Pride of Place com­pe­ti­tion vis­ited Rath­drum. They re­ceived a pre­sen­ta­tion, that in­cluded a video with lo­cal vol­un­teers talk­ing about the show­cases ar­eas, along with drone footage of Rath­drum. Af­ter this they vis­ited the Mar­ket Square statue, The Famine Grave­yard, Par­nell Me­mo­rial Park, play­ground and Gym. The judg­ing fin­ished in Avondale House where they were able to meet more of our vol­un­teers. Feed­back on the day was very pos­i­tive.

The Awards are tak­ing place this Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, and we re­ally hope that all the vol­un­teers and work that has hap­pened in our town will be rec-

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