Roundwood Notes 01.08.2017

The 2017 Roundwood Festival will take place from Wednesday, 2nd August to Sunday 6th August with plenty of activities of interest for young and old alike.  Copies of the Festival programme are available at the Parish Hall, Terry Kavanagh’s Butchers and in the noticeboard at Centra.   The programme is also available on the website and facebook pages.

As part of Roundwood Festival 2017, a concert will take place in St Laurence O’Toole Church on Friday, 4th August at7:30pm featuring Classic Harmony (from Ashford) Joe McKenna & Friends, Gráinne Medlycott, and Bryony & Ciara Conalty.  The Roundwood & District Historical Society will present a brief history of the church.  Tickets are now on sale in Terry Kavanagh’s Butchers, Post Office and Parish Office (at Parish Hall).  Adult tickets will be €10 with free entry to children (children must be accompanied). Please join us for a unique event in a wonderful location. Light refreshments will be provided after the concert in Roundwood Parish Hall.

 Our annual barbeque will take place at 1 pm on 26th August. Last year’s event was really successful and we expect it to be equally as good this year, so make sure to join us! You can sample the various activities that take place in the centre while you are enjoying the food. Tickets are available in advance from the committee or you can just come along on the day. Cost on the day is €10 euro per adult or €25 Euro for family of 2, 3, or 4  children under 12.  Contact Christine on 086 8057431 Or any member of the committee.  Bowls Play takes place from 8 pm on Tuesday nights. New members are welcome. Tennis The tennis court is available for hire – why not enjoy your birthday parties, etc. there? For further information please contact Christine on 086-8057431.  Family Fun Bingo Our next Bingo session takes place on the second Sunday in October. Put the date for this fun event in your diary now..


Book a personal nature walk for yourself and your friends. You choose the theme, the date and the time (Monday to Friday in July and August subject to staff availability). Possible themes include birds, wildflowers, trees, mammals, butterfly and bug recording, geology and mining, responsible dog walking and a general nature walk (or you may have ideas of your own). The walks are suitable for adults and teenagers only and the maximum group size is 10 people. Please do not bring your dog, unless you are booked for ‘responsible dog walking’. Booking is essential; please phone 0404-45656 (Monday to Friday). These walks are free of charge but you may have to pay for car parking.

Nature Explorers is an outdoor programme organised by the Wicklow Mountains National Park Guides aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years. Each week the focus is on a different aspect of the natural world such as bugs, flowers, badgers and birds. The sessions continue every Wednesday until 23rd August (2 to 4 pm), starting from the Upper Lake car park. Most activities will take place off track, so please dress accordingly. No dogs are allowed. Note that an adult must stay with the children, and be prepared to help! Booking is essential and will be taken from 9 am one week prior to each session on 0404-45656 (Monday to Friday).This activity is free but you may have to pay for car parking.

Have you ever wondered what fern that is? If so, join the Wicklow Mountains National Park Guides at 11am on Sunday 13th August as they investigate the ferns of Glendalough. The day starts with a short slide show in the National Park Education Centre, followed by an ID walk. This event is suitable for adults and teenagers only. Please do not bring your dog. This is a free event but you may have to pay for car parking. Booking is essential and will be taken on 0404-45425 from 30th July.

This evening starts at 7.30pm on 17th August with a talk about bats at the Wicklow Mountains National Park Education Centre on the Miner’s Road in Glendalough. Please come early if you want to get a seat as this event can be very popular. At dusk (8.30 pm), the group will head over to the Information Office to watch the bats emerge from their roost before taking a stroll through the woods with bat detectors. Please bring a torch and insect repellent (the midges can be bad). Visitors of all ages are welcome to attend either event, or both. . This is a free event but you may have to pay for car parking. Booking is not required. For more information, please phone 0404-45425.

We welcome Duo Chagall (Arun Rao, cello and Gillian Williams, violin) together with Lance Coburn, piano, to Calary Church at 8 pm on Friday 4th August. They will perform Schumann’s Piano trio in G Minor, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and Brahms’ Piano Trio in B . The next concert in Calary takes place at 8 pm on Friday Aug 11th when The Watterton Piano Trio, which consists of Simon Watterton, (piano), Anna Cashell, (violin) and Aoife Nic Athlaoich (cello), will perform Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Caesar Franck’s Violin Sonata together with pieces by Debussy, Saint Saens and De Falla.  Tickets, which are €18 and €15 for concessions for each of these concerts, can be booked by ringing John at (01) 2818146 or emailing

Roundwood Men’s Shed: Our activities continue every Tuesday from 10 onwards and age, class, colour or creed will never be an issue regarding joining the group. ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’ would be an apt motto for our SHED and the hundreds of other SHEDS throughout the country. Whatever about some of the aching ailing bodies, the storytelling, the problem solving and the near thousand years of life’s experience around the table certainly enriches the mind. Call 086 8650588 for any information at any time.

The annual Pattern Day Walk from Moneystown Community Centre to Lady’s Well Ballymanus Upper on Carrick Mountain will take place on Sunday 13th August, leaving Moneystown at 6 pm.  The route is five and a half miles in total (good walking shoes recommended and no dogs allowed!).  Suitable for older children accompanied by adults.  The route is along the road and then on Coillte roads.  Lady’s well is an ancient holy well that is marked on the Neville Maps of 1760 as an important site.  The well was rediscovered in 2013 and there has been a walk every year on or close to the original pattern day – August 15th.  There will be a short talk on the history and traditions of the holy wells and also relevant local history.  If you want to play music, read a poem or sing a song feel free to join in as singing, dancing etc were all part of the traditions of pattern days and visits to the well.  Refreshments after the walk in Moneystown Community Centre.  Any queries please contact Rosaleen at Facebook page:  Wicklow Wells

A day trip to Johnston Castle and Wexford town will take place on the 26th August which includes scones, tea and dinner.  Leaving Roundwood Parish Hall at 9a.m.  Cost is €70 per person.  All monies to be in before 1st August.  For further information please contact Susan on 087 6273032.

There was no jackpot winner in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were:-. 3, 7, 11  29.  There were thirteen match three winners,. Noel Pat Carr, Paul O’Connor, Anne Cullen, C. Campion, Mary Power, Timmons, Conor Lenehan, Lei, Bridie & P.J., C & A & O., Michael Kenna, Sheila Keane & Michael Hayes Next weeks jackpot will be €12,700

The next whist will be on tonight Wednesday the 2nd August in the Parish Centre.

Our August dance is on Friday 11th and our September dance will be held on the 8th September.

The next dance in Roundwood Parish Centre will be on Friday 18th August with dancing by Tony Davitt.  All are welcome.

Alex Grey, PSquared Performance, is on hand to guide you through your fitness programme in the An Tóchar Fitness Centre.  Call up or ring Alex to join any of the classes or to discuss personal training.

A 45 Card Game takes place every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at a new time of 8.30pm. Teas served. All are welcome.

Roundwood Set Dancing continues every Thursday night from 9pm til 11pm in Kavanagh’s Lounge, Roundwood.  Music this month with The O’Kane family. Admission remains at €5.  Beginners are always welcome along with anyone looking for a bit of exercise and a fun night out.

Roundwood Home Producers Market is open every Sunday from 12 noon until 5 pm in The Parish Centre. Come for all your fresh bread, home baking, jams etc.  There will also be pictures, home crafts, plants and more. We look forward to seeing you all. New members always welcome

Why not take 2 hours out of your week just for you and join us on a Monday evening at 7.30 in the Parish Hall, Roundwood.  Here you will be part of a group who know that looking after their well being is so important.  You will learn how to meditate and be still. To connect to your Angels and be supported by the wonderful people who have attended this group in Roundwood for 13 years.  So if you would like more information you can contact me Mary Stacey on 0879819420 or just come along on the night

Pilgrimage To Medjugorje October 11th 2017 for  a week.  Cost €669.00 per person sharing.  Single Room extra. €200.00 deposit secures place balance to be paid twelve weeks prior to departure.  Price includes flights ( Aer Lingus) Insurance, Half Board accommodation in House beside the Church.  Transfers to and from Medjugorje.  Local Guides throughout the week all English speaking, headed up by Senior Guide Philip Ryan from Dublin.  Philip is a very experienced guide having spent over twenty five years in Medjugorje.  Accompanied by Spiritual Director.  For more information / booking  Contact Mary King on 087 2185067

Home Instead Senior Care –  Are actively looking for carers in the Roundwood and surrounding areas to care for people in their own homes.  Hours are Flexible, Part-Time, Evening and Weekend Work, Training & Experience preferred but not essential. 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

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