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.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING FESTIVAL
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.
RATHDRUM TIDY TOWNS
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
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.
CLARA VALE DINNER
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.