Roundwood Notes ~ 24th of September

Roundwood & District Community Council with the support of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board are organising two digital camera courses starting in Roundwood Village in early October. There is beginners and advanced course. The cost will be €45 or €15. For further information please call 086 8055040 or email

Roundwood Variety Group will hold auditions for their upcoming Panto which will take place the end of January. Auditions will commence on Wednesday the 2nd of October in the Old School Roundwood. Times for the Auditions are as follows: Primary school Kids from age 8+ @7pm until 8pm. Teenagers and adults @ 8.15pm. Any queries contact the Variety Group phone on 086 245 1829

Round 1 of the Short Cross Country League will take place next Friday 27th September in Rathdrum, at their rugby grounds near the mill bridge (HiddenValleyCaravanPark). SO NO TRAINING in Roundwood next week as you will all be going to this event. Please be there by 6:15pm to warm up. Also it is important to let Aileen Leacy or Anne Marah know before next Friday if you are going. The following are the distances for Round 1: Toddlers 150m, U/ 8 300M, U/10 600M, U/12 1200M, U/14 1800, U/15 1800. There is a race for everyone so some of you will be running up an age. As usual, our club kindly pay the entry fee. Please bring a drink of water and warm clothes. Have your singlet and shorts on for running your race. If any of you would like to purchase a white long-sleeve top with the club crest on it please give your name to Gráinne or Brendan at training or let Anne and Aileen know. Cost of child’s top is €11 and the adult sizes cost €14.


The next lunch for the Active retired will be on Friday 27th September, 2013 at 1.30pm in Jacobs, Rathdrum.The Active Retirement group wish to thank Avonmore Gun Club for their generous donation.


Our 6.30pm mass on Saturday 5th October in St Laurence O’Toole Church will be a special Mass of Remembrance. This Mass is for parents and families of babies who died before birth, at birth or in infancy and those who died in early childhood, youth and young adulthood, either recently or in the past. We extend a very warm welcome to all parishioners and as in former years warmly welcome anybody from outside the parish who wishes to attend.


Autumn Art Classes begin on Friday 11th October from 10 am – 12 noon in Roundwood Parish Hall & Centre – Drawing and Painting. Beginners and improvers Welcome. Individual attention given. For more information contact Janet on 086 3042030


An Art Exhibition will take place in Calary from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October finishing with the Annual Harvest thanksgiving Service at 3pm on the Sunday. The Exhibition will open at 7.30pm on Friday 11th with music by Traditional Musicians. On Saturday 12th it will be open for viewing from 11am – 6pm when there will be country produce on sale. On Sunday 13th the viewing is from 12noon to 2.30pm and at 3pm all are welcome to the Harvest Thanksgiving service which will be followed by the usual Harvest Tea. Details of how to enter paintings in the Exhibition are available from Gay Nuttall – 2818112 or 086 0605268. Entries must be received by Friday 4th October to be included in the catalogue.


Our next Christmas Sale of Work committee meeting will be held on Friday 27th in the Parish Centre at 8pm.
Bridie Nolan and Monica Brady played their cards right for North/South on Monday 16th September Ger Lenihan and Rowena Brady were 2nd whilst Declan O Brien and Triona Woodroofe were 3rd. 1st for East/West were Phil Power and Catherine Halligan, 2nd Pamela Byrne and Clare Sally and 3rd Nancy O Brien and Brid Clancy.
Rowena Brady and her Partner Jim McNamara took 1st place for North/South on Friday morning 20th September, June Digby and Monica Brady were 2nd and new members Noeleen Redmond and Margaret Bolger were 3rd. East/West victors were Elizabeth Belton and Teresa Leahy, Margaret Byrne and Molly Byrne were 2nd and 3rd place went to Nancy O Brien and Catherine McGillycuddy.


There will be dancing in The Community Centre in Roundwood on October 18th music will be by The Wicklow Man and on 15th November music is by Tony Davitt. All are welcome.


Due to the huge amount of interest for the Rathdrum Vocational School (Rathdrum Tech) reunion, ALL students and teachers who attended R.V.S at any stage are welcome to come along to the reunion on October 5th, 2013 at 8PM at Lynham’s of Laragh as part of the Gathering 2013.Please contact any of the following for more information or to book tickets. Mary- 0872789773, Bernie- 0868309794 or Ann- 0861705238.Come along and enjoy a great night of nostalgia, music and craic!!


Roundwood Parish Hall & Centre Bric a Brac Sale – Following on from the success of the last two Sales, there will be another one on Sunday September 29th from 12 – 5pm. Donations are being accepted on an ongoing basis into the Parish Hall any morning. Don’t Bin it Donate it!. Donations are being accepted on an ongoing basis into the Parish Hall any morning. Don’t Bin it… Donate it!


There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 11, 22, 26 & 30. There was one match three winner Judy Scott. Next weeks jackpot will be €12,500.


A trip to Killarney to The Gleneagle Hotel from the 24th to the 28th October. Music, dancing and sightseeing to Muckross House and gardens and The Ring of Kerry all included. All in at a price of €299 per person sharing. Single supplement €25 per person. For more details please contact Susan at 0404 45276. To secure your place a deposit of €100 is required before 15th September.


RoundwoodAFCAcademy training every Saturday. All new players welcome Mondays 6-7 – under 9 & under 10, Wednesday 6-7pm – under 11, 6.30-8pm.Monday & Thursday – under 12, 7-8pm.Wednesday 8-9 under 13 Under 14 – TBC.All registration & fees for players to be done by 27th August. Players registered before this date will be in a free draw to win tickets to watch Ireland play in the World Cup qualifiers. Astro pitch available to rent €35 per hour Contact 086 3841027


The Roundwood & District Community Council is now registered to administer the Seniors Alert Scheme. The Scheme aims to encourage community support for vulnerable people in our communities, provides grant assistance towards the purchase and installation of monitored personal alarms to enable older persons to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. If you know someone who would benefit from one of these alarms or would like further information please contact  086 8055040 or 01 2818703.


45 Card game every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at 8.45pm.Teas served. All are welcome.


Roundwood Home Producers Market continues on Sundays from 12 – 5pm. Come and enjoy our home baking, crafts, jams, marmalade, plants, etc. New Members welcome.

Looking for something different to do on a Tuesday morning after you have dropped the children to school? Why not come and join us for an hour of Badminton in Aras An Tochar from 9.30am starting back on Tuesday 1st October 2013. All are welcome including Total beginners – no need to go out and purchase a racket as there are a few available to try out.


Our next event on Monday 30th Sept relates to 1913 Lockout Centenary, when Labour Historian , Francis Devine will deliver a talk on Wicklow & the Trade Union Movement at 8.30pm, The Old School House, Roundwood. Francis Devine is Honorary President, Irish Labour History Society and editor of Saothar. He is a member of the Government Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations and a member of the Executive of the Musicians’Union of Ireland. His publications include James Connolly Labour College, 1919-1921, Organising History, A Centenary of SIPTU, two collections of poetry, and, with Manus O’Riordan, James Connolly, Liberty Hall and the 1916 Rising, with Fintan Lane and Niamh Puirséil, Essays in Irish Labour History.


Calling all would be, could be and should be SET DANCERS. We have been plodding away at our weekly set dancing sessions every Thursday night in Kavanagh’s Lounge but we now need your help. Thanks to the loyal support of our musicians, we still have live music every night with the exception of one night per month. However due to fall in numbers, we cannot continue without your support. If you think you would like to try this we are giving lessons from 8.30pm before the session starts at 9pm so please feel free to join us. We do not charge extra for the lessons – the entry fee is €5 for almost 3 hours of dancing! Set Dancing is great from both a social and an exercise point of view – you’ll get a better work out than in a gym and you’ll meet lots of new people. Also it is worth noting that recent studies by an Italian doctor shows than Parkinson’s patients can benefit from set dancing! I personally find that even when I’m feeling poorly, a dance session will lift the spirits – so that can’t be a bad thing. This may be the final call for Set Dancing in Roundwood and it would be a great loss. It is one of the few set dance sessions in the county that still have live music for their weekly sessions. So come along and give it a go, what have you got to lose?


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