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Re­sults of the last whist drive: Top Score – N Vick­ers and C Driver; sec­ond place – M Whe­lan and S Brady; third place – M Haughton and B Kelly; fourth place – J Vick­ers and P O’Flaherty. Raf­fle win­ners were J Olo­han and E O’Neill. Next whist drive will be the Christ­mas spe­cial on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12, at 8.30 p.m. in the Anne Devlin An­nex of the RDA Hall.


Bingo con­tin­ues ev­ery Fri­day night at 8.30 p.m. There will be ex­tra prizes from now till Christ­mas so come along and try your luck.


It’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas. There was a great turn out last Satur­day evening for the of­fi­cial launch of Christ­mas in the town. The crowd were en­ter­tained by the Schools choirs and the Avon­dale Singers be­fore the Par­nell Me­mo­rial Pipe Band pa­raded Santa Claus up to the Mar­ket Square. The lights of the town were switched on by the win­ner of the Art Com­pe­ti­tion Iwin Abra­ham, who was as­sisted by Jimmy Olo­han.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the raf­fle win­ners and to all the girls and boys who took part in the Art Com­pe­ti­tion. Thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the raf­fle and to our gen­er­ous spon­sors. The town is lit up with new lights and looks amaz­ing.

Thanks also to Mick Byrne, who took cen­tre stage wear­ing his gold medal won at the five Na­tions Cross Coun­try in Wales re­cently. Thanks to the com­mit­tee and all who helped set up the lights and or­gan­ise the evening for all the girls and boys.


The Tidy Towns com­mit­tee is de­lighted with the an­nounce­ment of fund­ing for a foot­bridge across the Avon­more River con­nect­ing the Ju­bilee Walk to Croney­byrne Wood.

The ori­gins of this pro­ject were ini­ti­ated by Rath­drum Tidy Towns a num­ber of years ago. Meet­ings were held with Coillte, OPW and Scher­ing-Plough on site, and Pádraig Smith drew a de­sign for the pro­ject. Un­for­tu­nately a down­turn in the econ­omy came and it did not pro­ceed.

We are de­lighted that it is now set to pro­ceed and it will be a huge ben­e­fit to Rath­drum. We as a com­mit­tee feel that the way for­ward for Rath­drum is through tourism and this pro­ject is an im­por­tant and mas­sive step in that di­rec­tion.


Our Lady’s Na­tional School, Rath­drum will hold its an­nual Christ­mas Craft Fair and cof­fee morn­ing at 9 a.m. on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, in the RDA hall. There will be lots of fab­u­lous dec­o­ra­tions, trin­kets, jew­ellery home baked good­ies on sale as well as Christ­mas crafts, logs, wreaths etc. Please come along, sup­port this event and pick up some nice gifts for Christ­mas. There will also be a raf­fle on the day.

All money raised goes to­wards the School Sports Hall Build­ing Fund. Your sup­port would be very wel­come.


The Avoca Val­ley Singers’ Christ­mas Con­cert, con­ducted by Tony Nor­ton will be held in St Mary’s and St Pa­trick’s Church Avoca at 8 p.m. on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. Free Ad­mis­sion. Do­na­tions only – all pro­ceeds to Avoca St Vin­cent de Paul.


The an­nual Clara Vale Church com­mit­tee din­ner dance will take place in the Glen­dalough Ho­tel on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, at 8.30 p.m. Mu­sic by the Wick­low Man. Tick­ets €25 avail­able from any Com­mit­tee Mem­ber.


Christ­mas Car­ols will be sung in the Par­ish Church at 4 p.m. on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16. Ev­ery­one wel­come.

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