Roundwood Notes ~ April 18th 2016


Fountain at the Vartry Waterworks


Moneystown National School are holding their annual coffee morning and cake sale on Friday the 29th of April from 9-2.30.  Please come along and support our school. All welcome


The Wicklow Man will play in Moneystown Community Centre on Friday 13th May from 9.30pm till 12.  Teas served, refreshments also available, door prizes  Come along and enjoy a night of waltzing, jive, etc. There will be no dance in June. We will be back dancing on 8 July.


The first concert of the 2016 Music in Calary series will be in Calary Church at 8 pm on Thursday May 5 when the Esposito Quartet, made up of Mia Cooper and Joanna Quigley (violins), William Butt (cello) and Joachim Roewer (viola), will perform Haydn’s String Quartet opus 76 number 1, Michele Esposito’s String Quarter opus 60 and Schubert’s ”Death and the Maiden”. Tickets, which are €18 and €15 for concessions can be booked by ringing John at (01) 2818146 or by email to .


The Great Roundwood & Moneystown Rubbish Round up takes place on Saturday 30th of April as part of the nationwide Spring Clean campaign. Lots of folk from Knockraheen, Sleamaine, Tomriland,  Ballinastoe to Raheen have risen to the challenge. Now is a good time as the roadside vegetation is low and rubbish embedded in the ditches for years is very visible.  There are a limited number of litter pickers but plenty of refuse sacks/recycling bags available for volunteers. If you are new to the area it’s a great way to meet the neighbours!  You can do your clean up at anytime if the 30th does not suit. If possible please separate plastic bottles,  cabs and glass for recycling. For litter pickers, bags or to make arrangements to collect rubbush bags if the need arises please call 087 2551579.


On Monday  the 25th of April 2016 in the Parish Hall, Roundwood Professor Eoin Bourke, Emeritus Professor , National University, Galway, will talk on his book “Poor Green Erin”; German Travel Writers’ Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to  after the Great Famine “.  The book presents the travel accounts of 29 Germans authors who visited Ireland from the 1780s to the 1860s and details many  of the trips they made in Ireland, including Dublin, Wicklow and many other counties.  They describe in detail the conditions of much of the population and the extreme poverty and deprivation encountered, together with a very  descriptive passage when one of the authors visited Daniel O’Connell at his home in Derrynane.  The talk will be very interesting and all are invited to attend


A reminder that the Active Retirement Lunch club will take place on Friday 22nd April in The Roundwood Inn, Roundwood at 1.30.


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


There was no jackpot winner in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were 19, 22, 26 & 30.  There were two match three winners, Dessie & Andy and Gretta Keogh.  Next weeks jackpot will be €19,400.


Home Instead Senior CareAre actively looking for carers to care for people in their own homes in the Roundwood and surrounding areas.  Hours are Flexible, Part-Time, Evening and Weekend Work, Training & Experience preferred but not necessary. If you are seeking employment have a passion for people and would like to care for the elderly in your community.  Please give Home Instead a call at 01 2768122


Joan Shortt and Judy Skates took 1st place for North/South on Monday 11th April, 2nd Monica Brady and Brid Clancy, 3rd Nancy O Brien and Bridie Nolan and 4th Kay Plunkett and Clare Sally.   Ger Lenihan with his partner Margaret Bolger tied for 1st place for East/West with Pamela Byrne and Margaret Byrne, Phil Power and Maura Gaskin were 3rd and 4th place went to Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy.   Triona,  Gaye and all the club would like to offer their sincere condolences to Catherine McGillycuddy on the passing of her sister Monica R.I.P.


Birthday Boy Ger Lenihan  took 1st place  once again with Margaret Bolger in the Howell competition on Friday 18th April, 2nd Rowena Brady and Maria Magee , joint 3rd/4th Liz Belton, Phil Kenna and Gail Weldon and Margaret Byrne


The results of the whist are as follows:- Top Score: Pat Fisher; Top Gent: Margaret Kennedy; Second Gent; Monica Brady; Top Lady: Mary Cullen; Second Lady: Maura McHugh; First Half: Jimmy Molloy; Second Half: Mary Pierce; Lowest Score: Mary Murphy & Longest Sitting: Ann Pierce.  Raffle prizes were won by Ann Gaffney, Lucy Molloy, Pat Fisher, Jimmy Molloy & Patricia Byrne.  Next whist will be Wednesday 27th April in The Parish Centre.


We have secured a slot in Wicklow Swimming Pool on Friday evenings beginning 22nd April from 8:00pm to 9:00pm with the local qualifiers on Friday 6th May. The pool is booked for 9 weeks in total.  Further details from Seamus (086 8557962).  The only requirement to participate in any activities in Roundwood area Community Games is to have an address in Laragh/Moneystown or Roundwood. You don’t need to be a member of any club or society and we are eager to include all children between the ages of 5 and 16 years


Set Dancing continues every Thursday night in Kavanagh’s Lounge from 9pm til 11pm with music this month by the O’Kane family.  Come along and join us for a night of good fun, great exercise and a very social night out.  Newcomers always welcome and great way to meet some locals.  Cost for night of dancing and entertainment is still only €5.



A grant for the provision of a personal alarm is available to eligible applicants through the Senior Alert Scheme. The scheme aims to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities. It provides grant assistance towards the purchase and installation of monitored personal alarms to enable older persons continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. The scheme is operated through Pobal via community organisations. The Roundwood and District Community Council is registered to administer this scheme in the area. The personal alarm offers reassurance to allow independent living, safe in the knowledge that you can quickly be in contact with a family member or a neighbour in the event of an emergency. If you would like more information please contact Monica on 086 8055040, Betty on 01 2818703 or email


A date for the diaries! The Moneystown Annual Barn Dance will take place on Saturday 23 July


October 5th 2016 for a week. Cost €645.00 per person sharing. Discount of €100.00 off price if paid in full by December 11th.  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


Roundwood Home Producers Market re-opened on Sunday 20th March.  Our opening times will be 12noon to 5pm.  Please come for your home baking, jams, vegetables, crafts, plants, and much more.  New members are always welcome..  We look forward to seeing you there




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