Roundwood Notes ~ 18th of July 2016


Try your hand at country butter making at the Roundwood Festival in the Parish Hall on Sunday 31st of July


The festivities start with Roundwood Fun Family challenge on Thursday 28th of July, followed by set dancing in Kavanagh’s Pub. Tickets for the Church concert on Friday 29th are selling well in local outlets. Saturday is the activity day with teddy bears picnic for the kids and hill and historical walks for the adults. The canoe race on the Vartry Reservoir is at 4:30pm on Saturday evening. Sunday’s activities will be kicked off at 2pm by the Parnell Memorial Pipe Band and a full day of events and attractions throughout the village. Please see posters on display locally for further information or check out the website or Facebook page.


Roundwood Parish Cemetery Sunday/Pattern Sunday – will take place on Sunday 24th July.  Please note the 11.30 am Mass will be celebrated in Roundwood Cemetery & NOT in the Church.  This Mass will be offered for all interred in the Cemetery and will include a Blessing of the Graves  (People are welcome to bring their own folding/portable chairs)  As this is the Sunday Mass there will be one Collection BEFORE Mass.  Our collectors will be at the Cemetery Gates on your way in.  As always, your contribution is much appreciated.   The stewards earnestly appeal to the good nature of all those attending the ceremony and request them not to park any vehicles on the Oldtown Road between Vartry House and the cemetery.  All those who are able to park in the village and walk up are asked to do so, in order to allow room for the less able-bodied Parishioners to be driven to the Cemetery


The Wicklow Man will play in Moneystown community centre on Friday 12 August from 9.30 pm till 12.   Teas served, refreshments also available, door prizes.  Come along and enjoy a night of waltzing, jive, linedancing etc


Calary Church will be the venue for Wicklow Proms production of Derby Browne’s “Pigalle” – Édith Piaf and Le Chat Noir – the world of love and loss as reflected in les chansons des rues de Paris. This will be presented by Derby Browne (chanteuse), David Way (clavier) and Derek McKenna (accordéon). Réalisation by George Fleeton. The show will begin at 8 pm on Thursday 28 July. This show recently performed to a sell out crowd at Loughcrew and promises to be a special event. Tickets, which are €25, can be booked by ringing John on (01) 2818146 or emailing


Learn to make herbal vinegars, mascerated oils, salves, pesto and kimchi, and how to use herbs daily in your diet.  Workshop in Roundwood Parish Hall on Thursday 4th August from 7.30 – 9.30.  Fee – €50.  To secure a place contact Isobel Keeling, Herbalist on 086 8837564


Roundwood AFC are holding their AGM on Wednesday 27th of July in Parish Hall Roundwood at 8pm.  All motions and nominations to be sent to the Club Secretary in writing prior to the AGM. All new members very welcome


There will be set dancing in Roundwood parish hall on Sunday afternoon the 7th August from 4pm to 7-30pm, in aid of Roundwood and large first responders and friends of Wicklow community services. Music by the Avonmore  Ceili band. Refreshments served, all welcome


In order to ensure public safety during the soap box derby and street party which forms part of the 2016 Roundwood Festival a road closure permit has been granted by Wicklow Co Council for the section of road from Kavanagh’s Pub to Keeley’s Corner from 4pm on Sunday 31st of July until 4am Monday 1st of August. Diversion signs will be in place. Apologies for an inconvenience caused.


The very popular Roundwood Family Fun Challenge will take place at 6.30pm at Arás and Tóchar on Thursday the 28th of July. This event will kick off the Festival this year and. as always is free! So grab four members of your family (there must be one adult, one male, one female and at least two kids aged 8 or more) and see how you fare on the whacky obstacle course custom designed by Team Janine! Race against another local family to see who will make the grand final. Who will be taking home the perpetual trophy this year? Also on the night there is youth and adult chin up challenge and the adult arm wrestling competition. Come along and join the fun!


Another free event being organised for the kids as part of the Roundwood Festival.  Pack up your picnic goodies, bring along the kids and their favourite teddy bear(s) to Aras an Tochar (Roundwood GAA Club) at 10:30am on Saturday 30th of July. Lots of fun and games are guaranteed for teddies & their owners. Parent or guardian must remain with children at all times


Enter your family scarecrow in the scarecrow competition which will be judged on Roundwood Street Festival Day on Sunday 31st of July.  Please phone John on 086-8225705 if you need straw to make your scarecrow.  John has some of the 2015 entries in storage. So if you want to remodel your 2015 creation give him a call! Bring your scarecrow into the village on Sunday and display it. Get there early to get a good spot!


A variety concert will take place in the beautiful surroundings of St Laurence O’Toole’s Church on Friday the 29th of July at 7:30pm. A fantastic line up of talent including Jack Byrne, Female Barbershop Quartet, Will Fitzpatrick, Brendan Kennedy, McGrath Flood Irish Dancers, Joe McKenna, Bronagh McLaughlin & Special Guests! Light refreshments will served afterwards in Roundwood Parish Hall. Tickets are on sale at €10 for adults (children free when accompanied by an adult) in Roundwood Parish office, Roundwood Veterinary and Roundwood Post Office.


John Flood will play in Roundwood Parish Hall on Friday July 15th – 9.30 p.m. ‘til 12.   Come along and enjoy a night of waltzing, jiving etc


A reminder that the Active Retirement Lunch club will take place on Friday 29th July in Byrne & Woods, Roundwood at 1.30.



Next whist will be on Wednesday 20th July in The Parish Centre.


The Midsummer Barn Dance and Barbecue will take place on Saturday 23rd July from 8pm till late. Music by the Three Bob from 10pm – 12pm and the Roamin Cadillacs. from 12pm – 2am. Food will be served from 8pm – 11pm. Fully licensed. Super Raffle on the night also.  Tickets €20 to book please phone 086 1504221


Bowls every Tuesday night at 8pm.  We welcome new members anytime.  Tennis every Saturday from 2 to 5.   Tennis court is available for booking.


A day Pilgrimage to Our Lady Island on Sunday 21st August Leaving Roundwood at 10am. Tea, Scones, Dinner & Bus €60 per person, Money before the 1st August to Susan at 087 6273032


Takes place every Wednesday in the Wicklow Mountains National Park 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children learn how to identify and appreciate the natural world and is aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years. This is an outdoor programme, and most activities will take place off track. Please dress accordingly. There is a different theme each week as outlined below. Booking is essential. Sessions can fill up extremely quickly. In order to make it fair for all, bookings will be taken from 9 a.m. one week prior to each Nature Explorers day.  On Wednesday 27th July it Trees with bookings taken from Wednesday 20th July & on 3rd August its bugs with bookings taken from Wednesday 27th July Watch the notes for the further dates which include bugs, badgers and birds up to the 24th August  To book, please phone 0404 45656 (Mon to Fri). The large National Park sign in the corner of the Upper Lake Car Park, Glendalough is the meeting point every week. Adults and children are welcome. Please note that an adult must stay with their children, and be prepared to help! No dogs. This event is free of charge, but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Council) has a €4 charge. For further information on the 2016 events programme please see


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


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.


Pilgrimage To Medjugorje October 5th for a week. Places available.  Cost € 649.00 which includes flights (Aer Lingus) Insurance half board in house beside Church.  Accompanied by Spiritual Director.  For more information / booking.  Contact Mary King on 087 2185067


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