Roundwood Notes Week 14th Jan 2018


A new local history book has just been published entitled “Aghowle- Where The Divil Ate The Tinker by local woman Margaret Connolly.  This book tells the history of the townland of Aghowle which lies about 4 miles from Ashford on the slopes of Carrick Mountain, and is where Margaret grew up during the 1960s and 1970s. The book records the story of the close- knit farming community that lived in the townland for centuries right up until the early 1970s.  Margaret is launching her book on tonight Wednesday 17th January in Chester Beatty’s Ashford at 8pm and all are welcome. There will be readings from the book at the launch.  “Aghowle-Where The Divil Ate The Tinker” is currently available from Ann Duffy’s Florist shop in Newtownmountkennedy, Bridge Street Books in Wicklow town, McCoy’s shop in Laragh, and Avondale Sports shop Main St. Rathdrum & The Green Room Florists in Roundwood. Margaret can be contacted on 087 2392313 or at


Congratulations to Leo & Lilly Kavanagh who scooped the jackpot of €19,000 in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 20 & 28.  There were seven  match three winners, Seaghan MacCorac, Tina Kavanagh, Cathy Farrar, Kieran Molloy, Marian Molloy, Brendan Conroy & Centra.  Next weeks jackpot will be €10,000


Yoga classes will resume in Roundwood Parish Centre on Thursday 25th January, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Class will include: Asana – physical stretches for flexibility.  Yoga Nidra- deep relaxation. Pranayama- breathing exercises leading to- Meditation-  calming the mind.  Cost : Euro10 per class with a commitment of Euro 50 due on first night.  Contact Anne Marie on 086 8367578 or Louise on. 086 3872949


Come along to Annamoe Centre for a Valentine Story /Rambling House on Valentines night  Wednesday the 14th February at 8 o’clock.  All are welcome.


Pilgrimage To Medjugorje October 10th for seven nights.  Cost €669.00 which includes Flights ( Aer Lingus) Insurance, Half Board in house beside 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 who has spent many years in Medjugorje.  Pilgrimage accompanied by Spiritual Directors Fr Pat Madden and Deacon Pat O’Connell Early booking offer of € 100.00 off price if booked and paid in full by December 8th For more information / booking contact Mary King on 087 2185067


A reminder that the Active Retirement Lunch club will take place on Friday 26th January in The Roundwood Inn at 1.30.  Please note that membership fees are now due


Roundwood Community Games AGM will take place Monday 22nd January in Kavanagh’s Lounge @ 9 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  We will be planning out this years activities so anyone with a particular area of interest or would like to give some time please come along to the meeting.  Our annual fundraising bag pack which took place on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th of December in Dunnes Stores, Newtown was a great success with a grand total of €1080 been raised. A big thank you to all parents who gave up there time to help your support is much appreciated.  Contact: Seamus Doyle 086 8557962, Brenda Fox 086 8521507.


Roundwood and District Community Council with the support of the Community Education Service of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board are running a 10 week art class in Roundwood Parish Hall starting Monday 22nd of January. There are a limited number of places available. Places must be booked in advance. If you are interested please call Fiona on 086 0499149 or 0404 64050. If necessary please leave a message referring to the art class in Roundwood


Roundwood Variety Group presents Beauty and the Beast on the Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January, 2018.  Shows will be at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday night with a 3pm matinee on the Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are on sale for Beauty and the Beast & can be ordered from  Book early to avoid disappointment.  Limited tickets on the door.


The AGM of the Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society will take place on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 20.00 in the Parish Hall, Roundwood.  Any amendments or resolutions should be submitted to the Hon. Sec of the Society – contact details below – no later than Tues, 30th Jan for consideration for inclusion at the AGM.  Please note that only paid-up members of the Society, on the day of the AGM are eligible to vote at the AGM


Would you like a career in Early Education/Childcare?  Are you over 21 years, long term unemployed and in receipt of benefit?  Early Years Service  has a vacancy for a trainee Early Educator as part of a Community Employment Scheme.  On the job experience together with fully paid college course provided.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate, who would achieve an accredited Early Childhood Care and Education qualification by end of contract.  Further information from:0879837648


In the first competition for 2018 Molly Byrne , Rachel Judd, Brid Clancy and Monica Brady shared 1st/2nd for North/South, and 3rd place went to Judy Skates and Rowena Brady.  East West winners were Teresa Brady and Marion Davies 2nd Bridie Nolan and Nancy O Brien and 3rd Paddy O Brien and Rory Egan. Top 5 places in final league of 2017 were Nancy OBrien, Paddy O Brien, Maura Gaskin, Brid Clancy and Bridie Nolan respectively.


Maria Magee and Rowena Brady got 2018 off to a good start by taking 1st place for North/South joint 2nd/3rd were Catherine McGillycuddy, Nancy O Brien, Molly Byrne and Rachel Judd.   Teresa Leahy and Marion Davis continued their winning  streak by taking 1st place once again for East/West and joint 2nd/3rd were Kitty Heslin and John Loscher and Bridie Nolan and Maura Gaskin.  Paddy O Brien, June Digby, Liz Belton Ger Lenihan and Kitty Heslin were the top 5 in our final league of 2017


Next Roundwood Parish Hall Dance is on Friday 19th of January from 9pm till midnight.  Refreshments on the night.  Music by John Flood


There will be a pilgrimage to Lourdes from Roundwood in September, 2018.  Names and €200 deposit before 15thJanuary, 2018 to Susan at 087 6273032.  A pilgrimage to Knock will be on Divine Mercy Sunday 8th April, 2018.  More on both pilgrimages at a later date.


 The members of the SHED are participating in a MARATHON and this is a marathon which is measured in years and not kilometers. Our most mature Shedder is on the go for over 80 years and  the rest of us are not all that far behind. But we will never overtake him, although hopefully we will be able to clock up that mileage eventually. There are lots of stops along the way for hip and knee replacements, battery replacements for heart pacemakers, and dentures, spectacles and hearing aids are in regular need of attention. One of the problems though is that if we are ever tested for drugs we will all fail the test. Sure it’s the drugs which keep us going and for the most part these are supplied by the local pharmacy.  We have a lovely couch with matching armchairs in the Shed but they are taking up too much room . So they are there for the taking. Talk to one of the Shedders or call 086 8650588 if you are interested.  One of our Shedders is working on a Facebook page for the Roundwood Men’s Shed. So if you click in you may see some photographs which he has posted.  Best wishes to all our Shedders and their families the New Year


Adult ceili dancing classes are held every Wednesday night in the parish hall from 8 to 9pm. Learn to solo dance and also group dances under the tuition of Aoife, Cian and Eimear and have great fun learning.


Moneystown Community Centre Cards will continue as usual on Tuesday nights at 8 pm while our Moneystown Dance will return on Friday 9th March


Tuesday morning badminton continues from 9.30am – beginners always welcome. Some rackets are available.


Rebecca Delamere will be running Maths classes for Secondary School students in Roundwood Parish Hall.  Classes will be available for 1st to 6th year students and are designed to focus on common areas that students struggle with.  Guaranteed small class sizes and places are limited.  For further information, please contact Rebecca on 0860650129 or


The Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group are back in action every Wednesday evening meeting at 7pm at the Coach House car park. Everyone welcome to walk at your own pace for approximately 1 hour in and around Roundwood village


Next whist will be on tonight Wednesday 17th January   in the Parish Centre.


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 pm for the winter.  Teas served. All are welcome.


Set dancing continues on Thursday nights in KAVANAGH’s lounge with an addition of giving jive lessons at 8.15pm before our weekly session at no additional cost.

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