Monthly Archives: January 2016

No election posters ~ thank you!


Roundwood Tidy Towns group has again requested candidates in the upcoming General Election to refrain from erecting posters within the 50km zone of the village. The group has wrote to or emailed all the would be TD’s in the Wicklow and Carlow East constituency today to ensure the message gets to them before Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces the date for the election. The group made this appeal in previous election years and Terry Kavanagh, Chairperson was delighted with the results, with the majority of candidates respecting the appeal from the group. Most candidates are extremely careful when erecting their posters  but inevitably some posters come a cropper to the wind and rain in Wicklow’s highest village. The posters always come down within the time allocated but those dreaded cable ties often linger on poles for years and years. So if you see any of our local politicians (unlikely!) or their helpers erecting campaign posters in the coming weeks, please ask them politely to check with HQ to see if they received the correspondence from the Roundwood Tidy Towns group.

Best of luck to all the Wicklow and Carlow East candidates on the campaign trail ~ Roundwood, Moneystown & its hinterland are looking forward to your support in the new Dáil!

Operation Transformation ~ Roundwood NS Active School


active schDid you spot the great Roundwood Operation Transformation group on TV last Wednesday night?  Operation Transformation continues every Saturday morning at Roundwood National School. The weigh in for adults is at 9am and then the gang take off for the walk, run or jog at 9:30am at your own pace. Over 70 men, ladies and children are exercising each Saturday – so come along – it’s never too late to begin – as the saying goes ‘just do it!’ Liz Belton also leads a group on Wednesday mornings from the Parish Hall starting at 9:30am. All are welcome.

Roundwood National School are aiming to achieve a ‘Blue Flag’ which is the sign of an active school. Part of their efforts include doing a community activity such as Operation Transformation. They also include dance, laps, active Archie, be active homework nights in the pro-active efforts to becoming a fit and active school and community. Healthy lunches and snacks are encouraged at all times & as we all know, the best drinks are milk and water. The final day of Operation Transformation is Saturday March 5th – its looking good, Roundwood – so watch this space!!



Roundwood Notes


Roundwood Variety Group are pleased to announce their Panto for 2016, The Pied Piper which takes place in the Brockagh Resource Centre Laragh on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th at 8pm, and Matinee on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st at 3pm   Starring the evil Pied Pier, the wicked Rat Queen and her rat filled sewers alongside the handsome hero Hans and his hilarious mother Frau Kinderflapping (the dame!). The witty script promises to have the entire family splitting their sides with laughter from start to finish so don’t miss out.  Tickets €15, available online NOW at  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For further details please call Ann at 086 6036631  We look forward to seeing you all there and we hope you enjoy the show!


A part-time caretaker (five hours per week) is required for St. Laurence OToole, National School, Roundwood, Bray, Co. Wicklow.  Please apply in writing on or before Friday 5th February, 2016 and references are required.


Luke & Shane would like to thank all who contributed to the Jack and Jill charity match. This year €3,200 was raised and the total to date over the last three by the community of Roundwood helped raise €9100.  A big thank you to:our main sponsors JJ Jewellers, Terry & Niall in the Coach House & Enniskerry youth club for the use of their pitch


Fun Bingo will take place on in the Parish Hall on Sunday 7th February from 3pm.  Family members and friends are more than welcome to attend.  €5 per book and great raffle prizes.  Come along and enjoy


A reminder that the Active Retirement Lunch club will take place on Friday 19th February in Byrne and Woods, Roundwood at 1.30.


Wicklow Active Retirement has invited the Roundwood Active Retirement group to their Sunday Valentine Tea Party on February 14th at 3 o’clock in St. Patricks GAA Hall.  Please give names to Betty or Molly if interested


A Fund Raiser Bridge morning will take place in Roundwood Community hall on Friday 5th February in aid of Roundwood National  Schools  6th Class  trip to Delphi. Cost £10 to include raffle, tea coffee and treats. No Partner required play starts at 9.45am


Paddy Halligan is hosting a Progressive 45 Card Game in The Roundwood Parish Hall on Sunday 7th February starting at 7.30pm sharp to raise funds for The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue, everyone welcome.  Excellent Prize Money.  Tea/Coffee Sandwiches & Cakes served at the interval


St. Laurence O’Toole National School, Roundwood is currently in the process of finalising enrolments for September 2016.  Should you wish to enrol you child, please telephone the school at 01 2818399 before the end of January.


The new walk at the Upper Vartry Reservoir is a big hit with locals and visitors alike.  Uunfortunately, some mindless vandals recently decided to wreak havoc by cutting the wire and netting that protects walkers from stray paintball bullets from the adjacent Special Op’s.  This action causes a danger to the users of the trail and is an affront to the support of the landowner who allowed access and to the funders of the work, Wicklow Co Council and Co Wicklow Partnership. The incident is being investigated by the local Gardai so if you have any information on who may have done this please call Roundwood Garda Station on 01 2818142


Bethany Special Mass for the Sick – If you, your family, a relative or friend or neighbour are suffering from an illness, or are troubled in mind or body, we invite you to join us at our Special Mass on Thursday February 11th at 7pm in Roundwood Church (World Day of the Sick).  At this Mass we will have special prayers for the sick, and for those wishing to avail of it, there will be anointing with oils.


There was no jackpot winner in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were 25, 28, 29 & 30.  There was one match three winner, Claire Fogarty.  Next weeks jackpot will be €19,400.


CoderDojo is a free, volunteer-led, community based programming club for young people. At a Dojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self-led learning. It is our intention to bring this CoderDojo environment to Roundwood in Feb/Mar of 2016. To facilitate this, more mentors are required. The more diverse the capabilities of the mentors, such as programming, HTML/CSS, Robotics, etc… the greater the range of experience and skills we can share. While it is preferable for attendees to bring their own laptops, to ensure access for all, additional laptops may be required. If you have any old, unused laptops that you no longer require please consider donating them to support this great initiative. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor or donating an old laptop please email For further information please feel free to visit


Our Mass of Remembrance will take place on Saturday 27th February at 6.30pm.  This mass is for parishioners and family members of parishioners whose funerals have taken place outside the parish since February of last year.


The results of the whist is as follows:- Top Score: Shay Brady; Top Gent: Tom McHugh; Second Gent: Pat Fisher; Top Lady: Mary Murphy; Second Lady: Ann Wolohan; First Half: Richie Cullen; Second Half: Jimmy Molloy, Lowest Score: Paddy Halligan & Longest Sitting: Tiny Shortt.  Raffle prizes were won by May Kenna, Tiny Shortt, Paddy Halligan, Mary Cullen & Tom McHugh.  Next whist will be on Wednesday 3rd February.


18th January saw Monica Brady and Catherine McGillycuddy take 1st place for North/South. Nancy O’Brien, Gertie Fee, Mary Pierce and Margaret Byrne shared 3rd/4th and Seamus Kennedy and Rachel Judd were 4th.   Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien kept the flag flying for the men taking 1st place once again for East/West, joint 2nd/3rd were Clare Sally, Maura Gaskin, Brid Clancy and Catherine McGillycuddy while Phil Power and Bridie Nolan were 4th.


Once again Paddy O Brien and Ger Lenihan proved their skill at cards by taking  1st place for North/South on Friday 22nd January, Catherine McGillycuddy and Nancy O Brien were 2nd whilst regular winners Noeleen Redmond and Margaret Bolger had to settle for joint 3rd/4th with Molly Byrne and Rachel Judd.  Rowena Brady and Maria Magee were resounding winners for East/West, 2nd Jim McNamara and Seamus Kennedy, 3rd Teresa Leahy and Marian Davis and 4th Philomena Kenna and Liz Belton.  Calling all bridge players a Fund Raiser Bridge morning will take place in Roundwood Community hall on Friday 5th February in aid of Roundwood National  Schools  6th Class  trip to Delphi. Cost £10 to include raffle, tea coffee and treats.  No Partner required play starts at 9.45am


Bowls every Tueday night at 8pm.  Handball every Monday for Adults at 8 o’clock. Handball every Wednesday night for juniors. Go to Facebook for more info.  Womens/Men Shed starts back on Wednesday the 27th Jan at 10.30am. It Includes Bowls, Cards and much more. You are all welcome and bring more ideas to this social morning.  The Historical Group are in the process of  getting a memorial to Robert Barton and Erskine Childers.  If anyone would like to donate to this project it would be appreciated. Some funding is available towards this project but not enough to fund it all.  There is dancersize on Mondays and Thursdays if you need to lose a few pounds, come along at 7 o’clock.


Roundwood and District Historical Society  has prepared its 1916 Commemoration Centenary Programme, part of which will include a Seminar on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February in Roundwood Parish Hall & Centre, at which 5 prominent historians and writers will give lectures on different aspects of the events of the 1916 Rising. Those speaking will be Professor Kevin Whelan, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Professor Eunan O’Halpin and Padraig Yeates. This will be followed by a History Ireland Hedge School which will also include Robert Ballagh. A limited number of tickets have been issued for this event and before these go on general sale, they are now available to local people. Tickets cost €20.00 for the full event and are available from Derek Neilson (01) 2818118, Colm Galligan (01) 2818136, Monica Farrell and


Jenny’s Pre-School – enrolments are now being taken for 2016/2017. Limited places are available due to the second ECCE year. Places are secured when application forms have been returned. Children can avail of the free ECCE year from 3 years of age. For more details please contact Jenny on 0868766301 or email


Set dancing in Kavanagh’s lounge every Thursday night with music this month by Michael and Brian. Love if you could join us on the dance floor for a night of fun and lively banter


October 5th 2016 for a week. Cost €645.00 per person sharing. Discount of €100.00 off price if paid in full by December 11 th.  Price includes Flights ( Aer Lingus) Insurance , Half Board  Accommodation in House beside Church, Transfers to and from Medjugorje.  For more information / booking contact Mary King on 087 2185067