AROUND THE DISTRICTS
Bingo is played every Wednesday night in Avoca Community Hallat8.30p.m.
AVOCA GAA LOTTO
On June 2 the winning numbers were 1, 12, 19 and 28. No jackpot winner. One match-three winner: Jack Doyle, who received €100. Seller’s prize: Mary Bolger. The next draw takes place on July 10 where the jackpot will be €1,500.
Avoca Active Retirement are having a tea dance on Sunday, July 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Hall Avoca. Music by the Wicklow Man. Admission €5. Join us for a lovely afternoon of music and dancing. Everyone welcome.
ST PAT’S 50/50 DRAW
Results for July 1. First – €80 Leonora Hogan c/o Finns; second – €50 Doreen Doyle and John Cullen Avoca; third – €30 Seán Warde Avoca. Seller’s prize: Ben Tuke. Next Draw in Fitzgeralds.
Castletown BLESSING OF THE GRAVES
Blessing of the graves takes place in Castletown on Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. Little bottles of Holy Water will be available at the entrance.
Our annual Fun Day field day takes place on Sunday, August 4, at 2 p.m. and we appeal for your support as this is the main yearly fundraiser for our parish.
Raffle tickets will be available shortly and we hope you are in a position to support. All of the money raised goes to fund the running of our church. On the day, there will be all the usual events and we ask our team of ever reliable volunteers to be at the ready.
CoolgreanyJohnstown VINTAGE CLUB
Preparations are progressing nicely for our second vintage day which will be held on Sunday, September 8, in Coolgreany. It was decided at a recent meeting that the club would support St Aidan’s Day Care Centre, Gorey and some of our local community groups. Arklow Golden Circle
The Golden Circle Social Club are running the following events. Our next trip to the Country Music Festival in Gowran Park, Kilkenny on July 14. Cost of bus is €15 and event tickets are available on the gate at €25. Trip to Copper Face Jacks, the musical, in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on July 27. Cost of bus plus ticket: €60. A visit to the Quaker House at Ballymurrin and the Gardens at Kilmacurragh is scheduled for August 19.
A four night holiday is being organised for October 6 to October 10 next, staying in Sligo. Deposits now being taken. For more information and to book please contact, Gertie at 083 4042746. Our holiday to Sligo on October 6 to 10. Contact Gertie at 083 4042746 to book.
COOLGREANY TIDY TOWNS
Do you have an hour to spare some evening? It is that time of year again when adjudication of the Tidy Towns competition is about to begin and the local committee are appealing for the support of as many as possible to help with the cleaning up of all the roads around the village and in the village itself to help improve the area. Don’t forget this is Tidy Towns Month, and any support would be appreciated by the committee.
Birthday greetings to Joe
Hughes, Coolgreany Demesne, who celebrated his fourth birthday on last Saturday, July 6.
The club is appealing to the community for support for their weekly lotto which has changed slightly due to the closure of the local post office.
All contributors to our local notes, please be aware that all notes must be with me by 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the very latest for publication the following Tuesday. Phone 087 4605166.
LaraghGlendalough VISITOR ACCESS
A meeting of Wicklow County Council was held on Monday, July 1. It was agreed by a margin of 30 votes for and two not present, that the council proceed with the development of the scheme as set out in the Chief Executive’s report dated June 27. It ended in accordance with the map circulated to the elected members at the council meeting.
WICKLOW MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Events are currently published on a month-by-month basis. If you wish to receive notifications by email of upcoming events, email us at wickloweducationcen[email protected] All our events are free of charge, but there is a parking charge at the Upper Lake car park. Please leave your dogs at home.
JULY BAT WALK
Meet at the Information Office at 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, to watch hundreds of bats emerge from their roost before following them through the woodlands and listening to them with bat detectors. Bring a torch and midge repellent. This is a great evening for all ages. Booking for this event is not required.
COUNTRY MARKET AND CAR BOOT SALES
Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables and crafts. Our next event will be on Sunday, July 14, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains on practically anything from household items to garden additions, crafts and vintage or antique treasures. Vans must be booked in. Please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, email brockaghcar[email protected] or brockaghof[email protected] if you wish to book an indoor space. If you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.
ACCESS TO THE GREEN ROAD
Notice has been given by Derrybawn House that Derrybawn Bridge remains open to all light traffic and pedestrians. It has been advised that restricted vehicle traffic to that of not more than five ton gross weight and 10kmh. This means that cars and vans under this weight have unrestricted access to the Bridge. Pedestrians are not affected by this limitation and have full access to the Green Road at all times. We have regrettably had to place bollards at the entrance to the Bridge to ensure that this limit is adhered to and thereby ensure that one and all are able to enjoy this historical structure in safety. We appreciate that this is the height of the tourist season but we are unfortunately subject to the depth and flow of the river which is at its lowest at this time of the year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that the bridge will soon be restored to a safe and original condition. If any further information is required, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at derrybawnes[email protected]hoo.com or phone at 087 4861683.
Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night all year round.
MORNING YOGA WITH LOUISE
Louise’s yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. This is a gently paced class where students learn how to align, open and strengthen the body gradually while stabilising the platforms of the feet and ankles, hips and pelvis and shoulder girdle. The class begins with general and targeted warm-up sequences followed by postures (Asanas) and Vinyasa (breath-connected) sequences before final relaxation in Savasana. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).
Our very popular chair yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Chair yoga is suitable for almost everyone and helps students find balance and calm in everyday life. The class takes students through centering and breath-work, followed by postures that let the joints move through their range of movement while seated or through use of the chair while standing. Call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).
The mobile library visits Lynhams car park every second Thursday from 12.15 p.m. to 12.50 p.m. The next visit will take place on July 18.
TAEKWON-DO FOR CHILDREN
Children will enjoy Taekwon-Do, a Korean art of self-defence. Benefits include improving confidence, respect, discipline, awareness, concentration, channeling aggression, balance, coordination, speed, reactions, fitness and health. Call master Kenneth Wheatley on 087 2547347 for further information. Classes are on Tuesdays at 6-6.45pm (4-7yrs), 6.45-7.45pm (8-12yrs) in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.
Results of the last whist – Top Score – L Melia and M Cowman; second place – J Vickers and P. O’Flaherty; third place – M Flood and B Kennedy and fourth place – N Vickers and C Driver. Raffle winners were L Melia, M Whelan and S Brady.
The next whist drive will be held tonight (Wednesday, July 10) at 8.30 p.m. in the Anne Devlin Annex, RDA Hall.
At the recent RDA Meeting the committee progressed plans for the upcoming Fireworks Display which will be held on Thursday, August 8. Music in the Market Square from 9 p.m. by the Bandits from Wicklow Town. The Bandits are now a regular fixture on Fireworks night and are a popular choice.
The Fireworks display will take place as usual in the Parnell Memorial Park, after 10 p.m. Exact time will be decided closer to the date when we can estimate darkness but will be no later than 10.20 p.m. It is hoped that a large crowd will visit Rathdrum for what is now an important date in the calendar.
Bingo continues as usual very Friday night at 8.30 p.m. in the RDA Hall with great cash prizes.
The Blood Clinic will be held on Thursday, July 18, in the RDA Hall from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. All over-18s are invited to attendand donate blood. For more information see giveblood.ie.
Slimming World Rathdrum is held every Thursday in the Anne Devlin Annex, RDA at 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Pop in or contact Caroline Delahunt at 087 7853600.
Another lovely evening for last week’s walk on Old Downs Hill near Kilpedder. Thirty one participants enjoyed the stunning views over Dublin Bay and the city to the north, the Wicklow mountains to the west and the east coast down to Wicklow Head.
This week the walk will be the always popular trek up Croghan Kinsella on the Wicklow/Wexford border. Meet as usual in Parnell Memorial Park for 7 p.m., Woodenbridge 7.15 and the usual start point at the White Heaps gate for 7.25.
PARNELL ATHLETIC CLUB
With a small group of athletes we travelled to Bray to take part in the Bray Open Track & Field Event.At U11 Emma Byrne took first in the 300m and 2nd in the 80m, U13 Ciara Colohan 1st in 600m and 2nd in 100m with Maria Zakharenko 3rd in the 600m. Super running from Will Phelan, Elizabeth Laschenko, Ava O’connor and Amber Carey.
Parnell A.C. are holding a coaching course for Javelin, Shot Putt, Discus, Hammer and mini-javelin on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Rugby grounds. All Juveniles welcome.
Sharon and Ryan Byrne, Seonag Kelly, Lea Byrne, Jacinta Kelly and Declan Byrne taking shelter during their Hansom Cab Ride at the Clash Fest at Ballinaclash.