Roundwood Notes week 7th 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 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. Margaret can be contacted on 087 23922313 or at


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


Fun Bingo will take place on in the Annamoe Centre on Sunday 14th January from 3pm.  Family members and friends are more than welcome to attend.  €5 per book and great raffle prizes.  Come along and enjoy


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


The Roundwood Historical Society’s first talk in the 2018 Series will take place on Tuesday, January 16th at 20.00pm in the Vartry House (Kavanagh’s) and will be given by Peter Farrell, Vice Chairperson of the RDHFS. The title of the talk is “Charlotte Despard: Forgotten Anglo-Irish Radical.  Charlotte Despard (nee French) was an Anglo-Irish Suffragist, novelist, Sinn Fein Activist, vegetarian and anti-vivisection advocate who published seven novels, was a founding member of the Irish Women’s Franchise League, the Women’s Prisoner’s Defence League and a member of Cumann na mBan.  Born in England in 1844, Charlotte moved to Ireland after World War I having spent a lot of time in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon where her father was born.  Our thanks to Peter for starting off our 2018 series of talks with this intriguing topic on a lady who is rarely acknowledged in Irish History.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 16th January at 8pm. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The entrance fee for members is €3 and for non-members is €5 – payable at the door.


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.


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


There was no jackpot winner in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 27 & 30.  there were four match three winners, E Murray, C McCormack, Kim Carr & M Wogan.  Next weeks jackpot will be €19,000


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 8thApril, 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


There are a few places left on the 3 star Algarve Coast & Country trip will take place on the 27th February, 2018 for seven nights which will include visits to Silves, Lagos, Sagres & Faro.  The cost will be €429 per person sharing.  This will include breakfast and dinner in the Hotel Da Aldeia, Albufeira and day excursions and a one 10kg bag.  All monies to be paid ten weeks prior to departure.  For further information you can contact 087 6273032


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 is back on Tuesday 2nd January 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


The results of the whist are as follows:- Top score: Anne Wolohan; Top Gent: Jimmy Molloy; Second Gent: Tom McHugh; Top Lady: Mary Pierce; Second Lady: Patricia Byrne; First Half: Margaret Kennedy; Second Half: Monica Brady; Longest Sitting: Mary Murphy & Lowest Score: Molly Byrne.  Raffle prizes were won by Jimmy Molloy, Martin Byrne, Patricia Byrne & Molly Byrne.  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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