Roundwood Notes ~ 20th of July



Lots of talented local people will be showing off their beautiful handmade produce at the Parish Hall on Sunday 2nd of August as Roundwood Festival hosts its first craft fair. There will a great range including hand knitting, paintings, decoupage, handmade cards and toys, lip balm, lotions, olive oil and oil olive products, jewellery, wood turning and much more. It will also be possible for the children to turn their hand at pottery. It’s all starting at 2pm folks – don’t miss it!


The Roundwood Festival will feature three walks again this year on Saturday August 1st. The hill walk will head to Glendalough for a 4 hour hike. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment by emailing Roundwood’s wonderful local history and folklore will be unveiled on the historical walk led by Martin Timmons meeting at Kavanagh’s pub at 10.30am.  For the younger folk, a teddy bear, picnic mat and some goodies are essential to take part in the teddy bear’s picnic meeting at 11am at the Roundwood AFC Vartry grounds. Fun and games are the order of the day. Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.  For further information on these walks or any other festival event please email


Tidy Towns Clean-up Will take place on Wednesday 22nd of July at 7pm meeting at Roundwood Old School. All helpers very welcome. Bring gloves and your favourite clean up tools!


Our annual ceremony in Roundwood cemetery where we gather each year to remember and pray for our departed loved ones, will take place next Sunday 26th July (Sunday week) at 7pm.


A reminder that the Active Retirement Lunch club will take place on Friday 31st July in The Glendalough Hotel at 1.30.


As part of the Roundwood Festival, the Historical Society will have an exhibition on Saturday the 1st of August 2015 in the Parish Hall , commencing at noon. The exhibition will consist of photographs, articles of local historical interest,old postcards,information on Vartry Reservoir, old farm implements which would have been used.. We look forward to seeing you in Roundwood Parish Hall on the 1st of August. We are seeking any additional items which some people may have at home – an old photograph, books, newspapers etc. for use in the exhibition. All of which will be looked after carefully. If you have any items you would like to donate for the exhibition, please contact Chairman Derek Neilson at 2818118 or Monica Farrell Secretary at 2818194


The Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board are currently advertising funding support towards classes in the local community. Some previous courses organised by the Roundwood & District Community Council with their support included beginners digital camera, flower arranging and cookery. If you are interested in taking part in such classes or others such as basket making, painting, etc. please call 086 8055040 or email


The Roundwood and District Community Council are organising a school re-union for anyone who went to Roundwood Old School on August 1st which forms part of the Roundwood Festival.  Some folks are very shy about telling us about their school days! So we urgently need help please. Can you be a reporter to ask your Mummy, Daddy, Granny, Granddad, Aunty, Uncle, family friend or great grandparents some questions about where they went to school? If it’s not Roundwood Old School it doesn’t matter. You can write out their answers or record their answers on video or audio! Make sure you explain what you are doing and ask their permission please (you can show them this notice). We might display or play some of your reports at the Old School reunion in August. We may put some of your reports into the Time Capsule which will be placed at the Old School in Roundwood after the reunion which will be opened in 100 years’ time. We might also pass on the reports to the Roundwood & District Historical and Folklore Society as they are really interested in this information. You will be a historian – recording local history that the people will be looking at or listening to in hundreds of years. There are some sample questions on but you can ask some of your own if you like. Please drop your report in whatever format into the box in the foyer of the Roundwood Parish Hall by Monday 27th of July. Everyone who puts in a report will be entered into a draw for a prize. Thank you.



The Roundwood & District Community Council are organising a Reunion at the Roundwood Old School on Saturday 1st August from 7.30pm.  This is the last chance for all former pupils and teachers of the Old School to come and have a look around the school, which has recently been sold.  In particular, we would like to welcome any past pupils and their families who are now living abroad to come back and share in this occasion, which will coincide with the Roundwood  Festival (31st July to 2ndAugust). It promises to be a great social weekend in Roundwood village.  If you attended the Old School in Roundwood, please consider contributing a short account (just a page or two) about your time at the school. We are gathering photos and other mementos from life at the old school so if you have any that we can borrow, scan and return for the occasion, it will be much appreciated.  Please include your name and the start and end years from your time at school (or the decade if you prefer!).  You can email your short account to or please place handwritten accounts in an envelope and leave in to Maureen in the Parish Office. We plan to display the written accounts from teachers and pupils at the reunion on 1st August and during the ‘open school day’ on Sunday, 2nd August from 2pm – 5pm.  Also, some or all of the documents will be included in a time capsule, along with other materials, which will be placed in the grounds of the school sometime after the reunion. We hope you can come from near and far to join us for this occasion.  Please spread the word as we are eager to ensure all former pupils and teachers know of the event. Thank you


Judging of the Pure Mile from Sinnott’s Corner to Watter’s Bridge and on to the Slí na Sláinte will take place in early August so there is still time for all the residents to finish painting those walls, weeding, litter picking, etc. All help will be much appreciated


Wicklow Proms’ will present The Maria Callas Songbook in Calary Church at 8pm on Friday 31 July. The concert will feature soprano solos from 19th century Italian and French operas, with a particular focus on the music of Verdi and Puccini. These will be sung by Mairéad Buike with Anthony Byrne on the piano and will be interleaved with some rare film clips of Callas in concert – all linked together with informative comment on the music by George Fleeton.  Tickets, which are €25 and €20 for concessions can be booked by emailing or ringing John at (01) 2818146


Moneystown midsummer barn dance and BBQ will take place on Saturday 25th of July from 8pm till late with live music, including the Country Boys and the Roamin Cadillacs and the famous Mickey Joe Harte who will make a guest appearance and perform on the night. BBQ on the night and a super raffle also.   All proceeds will go to Moneystown Community Centre. Tickets can be obtained by contacting 086 8378304 or from any committee members.  The centre’s August dance will take place on Friday 14 August


A pilgrimage to Our Ladys Island will take place on Saturday 15th August leaving Roundwood Parish Hall at 10a.m.  Tea and scones on the way and dinner in the evening.  Total cost €60 per person.  For further information please contact Susan on 0404 45276 after 8pm.


Roundwood Festival 2015 takes place on the August bank holiday weekend. On Sunday the extremely busy Street Festival will take place. This provides an opportunity to showcase our local talent. So would you like to do a short performance, be it singing, dancing, juggling, unicycle, musical assemble or anything in between? For further information or to add your name to the line-up please call Janine on 087 2841604.


The next whist will be on this Wednesday the 22nd July in the Parish Centre.


Roundwood Home Producers Market continues in the Parish Hall, Roundwood.  Times 12 noon to 5pm.  We will have home baking, jams, vegetables, crafts, plants and much more.  New members always welcome


If you wish to get the basic lessons on how to play tennis come along on Saturday mornings to The New Tennis Court at Annamoe from 11 to 1 oclock and join in the fun.


Set Dancing on Thursday nights in Kavanagh’s Lounge from 9pm til 11am with live music Beginners and visitors to the area are always welcome.  Great social night for €5!  Fun family Ceili for all ages in Annamoe centre at 8pm next Friday evening 29th May. Start your bank holiday weekend with some exercise and fun!


Angel Healing takes place every Monday night at 7.30 in the Parish Centre, Roundwood Village. It is non denominational. Come along, to a night of Meditation ,Relaxation and Spiritual connection, . For more information contact Mary 087 9819420


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


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

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