Roundwood Notes ~ 26th of September 2016



Workshop/auditions for Roundwood Variety Group’s  upcoming panto “Snow White and Babes In The Wood” will take place on Sunday 2nd and 9th October in Roundwood Parish Hall & Centre. Primary school children (8 years upwards) will be from 5 to 6pm. Teens/adults from 6 to 7pm. Rehearsals will start on Oct 11th  (Tues and Thurs evenings onwards).  If anyone has any Roundwood Variety Group costumes could they please contact Maria on 087 2060369.


Takes place in the Glenealo Valley in Glendalough from 11am to 4pm Saturday 8th of October. Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive at this time of year when they ‘rut’. Wicklow Mountains National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail where all are welcome to stop by, view the deer through the telescopes and discuss the deer and their ecology. To reach the telescopes please follow the Spinc walking trail (white arrows) in Glendalough. Participants are advised to visit to the Information Office (Upper Lake, Glendalough) to get directions before setting out. Please note that the Spinc trail takes 3 hours and that participants will not be escorted on the hike. All are welcome, although the hike may be too long for young children. Hiking boots and rain gear are recommended. Do bring  binoculars if you have them. All dogs must be kept on leads. This event is free of charge, but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Co.) has a €4 charge. Booking is not necessary. For more information, please phone 0404 45656 (Monday to Friday) or 0404 45425 (weekends).


CoderDojo is a global volunteer led community of free programming clubs for young people. At the club young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. Registration is now open for Coderdojo in Roundwood for the first 4 week session starting on Saturday the 1st of October in Roundwood NS from 1:30pm to 3.15pm. For further information and registration please see


Fresh from their recent, strong performance on Culture Night in the Dominican Convent, the members of Avondale Voices Community Choir are excited about starting a whole new repertoire for the coming year.  This is a great time to join up, if you are not a member already!   Come, sing, relax and have fun with us. Membership is open to all and the choir always welcomes new people. Rehearsals are held in Ballinatone Hall, near Ballinaclash from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. on Wednesdays.   There is no audition required.  Anyone interested in joining the choir can ring Nicola on 086 8260919.


Another clothes recycle will take place on Friday the 7th of October, the following will be excepted  Clothes/bed linen/ towels/ shoes  There will be a drop off on Thursday the 6th of October at the school between 6-8pm please contact Joanne @ 0879389894 if you have any questions!


Monday 19th September saw Monica Brady and Marie Kavanagh take 1st place for North/South, 2nd Barbara Donnelly and Gaye McGettigan, 3rd Pamela Byrne and Kay Plunkett.    Playing their cards right for East/West were Gertie Fee and Nancy  O Brien, 2nd Pat Rushe and Miriam Coyle and joint 3rd Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien and Teresa Leahy and Marian Davis


Taking 1st place for North/South on Friday 23rd September were Monica Brady and June Digby,  2nd Margaret Bolger and Noeleen Redmond and 3rd Seamus Kennedy and Jim McNamara.    1st place for East/West were Mary Murphy and Kay Plunkett, 2nd Ger lenihan and Paddy O Brien and 3rd Miriam Coyle and Gertie Fee.


The Roundwood and District Historical Society will hold a number of talks starting on Tuesday Oct 4th at. entitled ‘Walter de Ridelesford: the background to  the ‘Strongbow’ grant of AD 1173′.The talk will discuss the period prior to  and after King Henry’s return to  Britan  from Ireland. Strongbow had been granted large tracts of lands along the east of the country and as Lord of Leinster divided the lands of the Leinster Irish  among his leading followers.  In Wicklow the main beneficiary of Strongbow’s largesse was his companion Walter De Riddlesford who acquired substantial lands in the borderlands of western Wicklow stretching from Hacketstown into Imaal as well as the large manor of Bray.  The talk will be given by David McIlreavy who  graduated from Queens University, Belfast in 2000 in History and Social Anthropology and an MA in Irish  History  in 2001.  David McIlreavy has over 10 years experience in both private and public sector archaeology, having worked for the Archaeological Services Unit (University  College Cork) and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (QUB) Davids research interests include the history  and archaeology of the Earldom of Ulster and the medieval manor of Bray.  Admission €3.00 Our Society  welcomes new  members . Then on Tuesday Nov 1st at 20.00 with Speaker – Dr Neil Carlin talking on ‘People, Places and Things: the life stories of Beaker polypod bowls in Ireland’  We look forward to seeing you at the first talk on Tues 4th Oct, which will provide a fascinating historical insight into how the town of Bray and it’s surrounding estates came about.  It is our intention to arrange further talks for early 2017 and once speakers are confirmed we will forward dates and details to you.  All talks take place in the Parish Hall and commence at 8pm.  We have also provisionally arranged our annual Christmas dinner to take place in the Roundwood Inn on Friday, December 9th – more details later.


Bowls every Tuesday night at 8pm, new members welcome.   Women’s/Men’s Shed started back on Wednesday the 15th September at 10:30am. Why not come along for a chat and much more


Is there an area near you which could do with a bit of a tidy up? The Tidy Towns group are appealing to residents throughout the Parish to adopt even a small area with a view to maintaining it – even for just one year. If you can identify a spot & have some ideas on how to improve it, please contact Terry on 087 2551579 or email where necessary support will be given if required. Every little helps!


Are you interested in helping to set up a youth club for young people in the area? Youth leaders are required to enable a club to be formed. Free training will be provided in child protection and other related areas to all volunteers. For further information please email


Rebecca Delamere will be teaching group Maths lessons on a weekly basis in the Parish Hall in Roundwood for secondary school students.  Class sizes will be very small and there will be classes at different levels.  These lessons provide support for students who may be struggling with Maths in school, support for students who are aiming for high grades and also prepare students for their Maths exams.  To reserve a space of for further information, please contact Rebecca on 086 0650129 or


An Tóchar GAA is getting to the end of its building project. In 2017 we plan to open a GYM which will be for the use of everyone in the community. This year we are selling ‘bricks’ to minimise the debt on the club.  Bricks cost from €50 to €1000 . Full details on , If you can help us please contact any parent or player at the club. Please support us as we try improve facilities for the whole community.


Our Annual Mass of Remembrance will be on Saturday 1st October at 6.30 p.m in Roundwood Church.  This special Mass will be for the parents and families of babies who died before birth, at birth, or in infancy, and for those who died in early childhood, youth and young adulthood either in recent years or in the past. We extend a very warm welcome to all parents, families, relatives and friends who have suffered such a loss


There was no winner yet again of the jackpot last weekend.  The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 13 & 20 There were nine match three winners, Aileen Power, John Keogh, CO’Byrne McCann, P Fanning, Billy Connolly, Teresa Smith, Ray Carroll, John Fagan & John Cullen.  Next weeks jackpot stays at €19,400


A 45 Card Game takes place every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at 8.45pm. Teas served. All are welcome.


The next whist will be on tonight 28th September in The Parish Centre.


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.  Also we will be giving jiving lessons starting on Thurs 29th September at 8.30pm before our weekly set dancing session. All are welcome to these lessons.Newcomers always welcome and great way to meet some locals.  Cost for night of dancing and entertainment is still only €5.



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