Roundwood Notes 13th of August


Roundwood is proud to host 34 musicians, singers and dancers from our twin village Spezet in Brittany from the 16th to the 23rd of August. The group is members of the award-winning Bagad Osismi Speied and are staying with local families in the area. The Roundwood and District Community Council have pulled out all the stops to ensure the group have a week to remember in the Garden County as they have organised the Bagad to perform in various locations during their week’s stay. The fun begins on Saturday 16th at 8pm with the official welcome night in Roundwood’s Coach House to which the whole community are invited. Our visitors will join with local band ‘Coddle’ to entertain the crowd on the night.  The Spezet group will see some of the tourist highlights of Wicklow as they perform across the county during their stay, including the Hollywood Fair, Bray Promenade, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and Glendalough.  The local pubs will also host members of the group as they join in with the Roundwood Sessions on Sunday the 17th in Byrne and Woods and step out with the set dancers in Kavanagh’s Vartry House on Thursday the 21st at 8:30pm. The grand finale will take place in the form of a community BBQ and session with local musicians in Roundwood Parish Hall on Friday 22nd at 6:30pm. All members of the community are welcome to attend and if you can play an instrument or do a few steps you will be especially welcome. So please give our visitors a great welcome should you meet them about the town and come out and support their performances in Roundwood and beyond.


Well done to the Irish ladies who travelled to Belfast at the weekend to compete in the United Kingdom Championships.  The team was made up of ladies from Offaly’s Boyneside Club,Galway’s Kittevna Club and Wicklow’s Ballinastoe club.  They pulled in three competitions and won silver medals in both the 540kg and mixed 600kg,  narrowly missed out on the gold to the English champions, Bedford Ladies.  Our Ballinastoe ladies who competed were:- Claire McMillan, Mary Catherine Murphy; Cathy O’Toole and Rita O’Toole.  Well done to our coach Ed Fox who cached the Irish Ladies 540kg team.


We wish to thank all those who attended the blessing of the graves in Roundwood cemetery on Sunday 27th July.  To Sean who provided the sound, Mary and her choir, Betty and Sara who assisted Father Pter, all readers, the stewards who once again did an excellent job, the hall committee who provided some very welcome refreshments afterwards and last bu certainly not least the Gardai who took control of the traffic, both to and from the cemetery.  Go raibh mile, maith agaibh go leir.


The next concert in CalaryChurch will be on Thursday 21 August at 8.00pm, when Musici Ireland, made up of Beth McNinch (viola), Vourneen Ryan (flute) & Diane Marshall (harp) will play works by Bax, Debussy, Dubois,  Ravel and John Buckley.  As the last concert played to a full house, it is essential that you book tickets before the night to avoid being disappointed. The price of tickets is €15 and €12 for concessions. They can be booked by emailing or ringing (01) 2818118. Please note the change of telephone number for bookings for this concert.



Best of luck to Kieran and Alan Byrne of Raheen in the All Ireland Community Games finals in Athlone on Sat16th Aug. Both brothers are competing in the cycling on grass, Ciaran is Under 14 and Alan Under12.  We also send  best wishes to Lorcan Smith of Tomdarragh who is representing  Wicklow in the swimming All Ireland Finals. Lorcan is doing the back-stroke. All three boys have put in a lot of practice over the summer months. Best of luck boys and enjoy the experience.



Community volunteers are now delivering information and sign up forms to all houses in the Roundwood Garda District. Those volunteers will be calling back over the coming weeks to collect the forms and subscription monies. Many of the volunteers are distributing within their own areas and should be known to you. An official receipt will be given for all money collected.  If you have any concern regarding the person calling for money, please telephone 087 9040470 for verification.



Come join Tony Davitt for Music & Dancing at 9.30pm on the 15th of August in the Parish Hall. Refreshments and raffle on the night.  Admission €8



Roundwood Parish Hall is holding a Bric-a-Brac Sale on Sunday the 24th of August.   Donations of any unwanted household items would be gratefully received during Parish Office Hours. No clothes or soft toys and electrical items only if boxed and in working order. Don’t Bin it – Donate it!



Second Hand Books now on sale in the Parish Hall. All proceeds go towards the Parish Hall Fund.  Huge variety available.  We will gratefully accept all donations of books to help our cause


The new purpose built Parish Hall in Roundwood is now available for all social events, meetings, parties, christenings, workshops, training courses. These great facilities are now available. For more information contact us on 087-9627527 , 087-3932730 or



There was no winner of last week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 16 & 24.  There were five match three winners, Mary Marah, Breda Connolly, Breda Daly, Trisha Chadwick & Janette Langrell.  Next week’s jackpot will be €10,700.


Set dancing in Kavanagh’s lounge every Thursday night with music this month by the O’Kane family. Session from 9pm until 11.  Ellie Brady memorial night is on Friday 29th august so please come along on Thursday nights to brush up on and learn the new set dances.  Love if you could join us on the dance floor for a night of fun and lively banter.



The results of the whist are as follows:- Top Score: Ann Wolohan; Top Gent: Jimmy Molloy; Second Gent: Lucy Molloy; Top Lady: Kitty Kennedy; Second Lady: Molly Byrne & Maureen Gaffney (shared); First Half: Tom McHugh; Second Half: Mary Murphy; Lowest Score: Maura McHugh & Longest Sitting: Paddy O’Brien.  Raffle prizes were won by Lucy Molloy, Ann Gaffney, Tiney Shortt, Molly Byrne & Pat Fisher.  The next whist will be on Wednesday 20th August in the Parish Centre.



Roundwood Home Producers Market continues in Roundwood Parish Hall on Sundays from 12noon – 5p.m every Sunday. Come for your home baking, jams, crafts, vegetables, plants, etc. New members always welcome.



We will be taking a break for the summer finishing on Monday the 28th of July and starting back again Monday the 8th of September in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm. I would like to thank everyone who came along and hope you have a wonderful break. Looking forward to seeing you all again in September.



Pilgrimage To Medjugorje October 15th for one week. Cost €619.00. Price includes Aer Lingus flights, insurance, half Board accommodation in house opposite the Church and transfers to & from Medjugorje. For more information & booking contact Mary King on 087 2185067


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


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