Roundwood Notes ~ 3rd of October 2016



Get Ireland Walking aims to promote, encourage and support people to get walking while unifying the efforts of all recreation, sporting and health promotion agencies and associations interested in promoting walking. It is funded by the Irish Sports Council and the HSE, and supported by the Irish Heart Foundation, Mountaineering Ireland, Age and Opportunity, GAA, Arthritis Ireland and others. In association with Get Ireland Walking, Wicklow Local Sports Partnership and Roundwood & District Community Council are organising leisurely weekly walks in the area starting on the 12th of October at 7pm from Aras an Tochar. Everyone is welcome to come along to walk at their own pace for less than one hour. These walks provide the opportunity to get some exercise and are also a social event with a cuppa afterwards in the complex.  If there is enough interest a morning walk will also be organised starting from the village. For those interested walk leader training can be provided at a later stage.  So do come along to the first night on October 12th 7pm at An Tochar GAA. All ages and abilities are welcome.


Workshop/auditions for Roundwood Variety Group’s  upcoming panto “Snow White and Babes In The Wood” will take place on Sunday 9th October in the Parish Centre, Roundwood. 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.


On October 21st John Flood will play in Roundwood Parish Centre.


Roundwood & District AC will host Strictly Come Dancing in the GAA Complex on Sat Oct 22nd.  Tickets for the show are on sale from Saturday 1st Oct, from Lucy 0868343286 Ellen 0868343286 or Roundwood Post Office.  All of the participants are from Roundwood and surrounding areas and have been working hard for the past four weeks.


Monday 26th September saw Barbara Donnelly and Gaye McGettigan take 1st place for North/South, 2nd Clare Sally and  Kay Plunkett, 3rd Phil Power and Brid Clancy and 4th Catherine Halligan and Nancy O’Brien.   In 1st place for East /West were Margaret Byrne  and Triona Woodroofe, 2nd Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien, 3rd Marion Davis and Teresa Leahy and 4th Pat Rushe and Miriam Coyle.


Friday 30th September saw Phil Kenna and Liz B elton take 1st place for North/South , 2nd Catherine McGillycuddy and  Nancy O Brien, 3rd Jim McNamara and John Loscher.      1st place for East/West were Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien , 2nd Alice Chadwick and Gayle Weldon, 3rd Miriam Coyle  and Marion Davis.


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).


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!


The Wicklow Man will play in Moneystown Community Centre on Friday 14 October from 9.30pm till 12.   Teas served,  refreshments also available, door prizes.   Come along and enjoy a night of waltzing, jive, etc.


The Roundwood and District Historical Society will hold a on Tuesday Nov 1st 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.  Admission €3  The talk will 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.


There was no winner yet again of the jackpot last weekend.  The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 13 & 25. There were seven match three winners, Bernadette Kennedy, Kit Quinn, Chris, B Massey, James Brady, Noelie Kavanagh & Sheila Byrne.  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  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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