Roundwood Notes Week 25th Feb 2018


Wicklow Hospice in conjunction with Roundwood District Community Council, are hosting a Moonlight 6km Walk on Saturday 3rd March, Vartry Reservoir.  Registration from 6:30pm at Kavanagh’s Pub for a 7pm Start.  Please see or for futher information.  It is a great walk for a great cause.  Don’t forget your torch!


The next Roundwood Tidy Towns Clean-up will take place on Saturday the 3rd of March. Feel free to clean up along your road or estate or if you would like some company join the volunteers at the Old School from 8am. A limited number of litter pickers, gloves, etc. are available by calling 086 8055040. All willing hands welcome!


The next talk in the Roundwood Historical Society’s 2018 Series will take place on Tuesday, March 13th at 20.00pm in the Roundwood Parish Hall.  The title of the talk is “The Famine Roads” and will be given by author and historian Charles Egan. Charles has a strong interest in the Great Irish Famine and is author of the The Killing Snows, The Exile Breed and Cold is the Dawn.   Charles has used his extensive knowledge of Mayo, the catastrophic effect of the Great Hunger in the West and family documents to back up his story telling with a strong grasp of the statistics behind the trauma of the 1840’s. Famine roads were built as a result of forced labour of the Irish peasantry who were made to work for food during the Great Famine.  These roads remain as visible marks in the Irish countryside. He will also include comparisons between Mayo and the Famine in Wicklow.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm. The entrance fee for members is €3 and for non-members is €5 – payable at the door.


Roundwood Ploughing Society held their annual ploughing match last Saturday the 24th special thanks is extended to Mr John Donoghue for providing the site, the Judges, Competitors and our many sponsors without whom we could not run this event and to whom we are grateful for their continued support.  The results are as follows:  Champion Class: 1st Liam Hamilton, 2nd Richard Keegan and 3rdRobert Roe.  2 Furrow Reversible:  1st Tom Donnely.3 Furrow:   1stEric Bradshaw.  Vintage 2 Furrow:  1st Sean Boland, 2nd Willy Carney.  Trailer Plough:  1st Tommy Pierce, 2nd Robert Mitchell.  Horse Ploughing:  1st Gerry King, 2nd Kevin Doran, 3rd Leslie Hanbridge Loy Ploughing:  1st Jim Hennigan, 2nd Jane Stephens, 3rdEugene Stephens. A word of thanks to Joe Kavanagh and all the staff of Vartry House for facilitating all our meetings and looking after the Judges on the day, also Jurgen Schwalm and the staff of the Roundwood Inn who provided a beautiful meal for all those who ploughed on the day.


CoderDojo in Roundwood starts back on Saturday 24th February in Roundwood School. CoderDojo is a global volunteer led community of free computer programming clubs for young people. These young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. For further information and to register your child (age 7 to 13) please check out . Fancy becoming a mentor at the Dojo? Email for details


Monica Brady and Catherine McGillycuddy were the winners for North/South on Monday 19th February,  2nd/3rd places were shared by Pauric Gleeson, Seamus Kennedy, John Loscher and Bridie Nolan and 4th place went to Nancy O Brien and Phil Power.  1st place for East/West were Ger Lenihan and Paddy OBrien, 2nd Maura Gaskin and Kay Plunkett, 3rd Margaret Byrne and Clare Sally and 4th Marian Davis and Teresa Leahy.


There was no jackpot winner in last weeks draw.  The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 16 & 30.  There were nine match three winners, Eleanor Little, Barry Byrne, M. Byrne, Paudie Murphy, B.L., Elaine & Sharon, John O’Donoghue, Claire Meaney & Donal.  Next weeks jackpot will be €11,800.


Friday 23rd February saw Monica Brady and June Digby take 1st place for North/ South just ahead of 2nd place couple Judy Skates and Rowena Brady , in 3rd place were Molly Byrne and Rachel Judd and 4th Maria Magee and Triona Woodroofe.  1st for East/West once again were Noeleen Redmond and Margaret Bolger, 2nd Jim McNamara and Seamus Kennedy, 3rd Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien and 4th Teresa Leahy and Marian Davis.


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


Deep Relaxation, Peace, Angelic Guidance and Hands on Energy Healing is what you will experience on Monday evenings in the Parish Hall Roundwood at 7.30. So make that decision to look after yourself, your well being and join us there. Looking forward to welcoming you.  For more information contact Mary 0879819420.


There will be a pilgrimage to Lourdes from the 12th to the 17th September, 2018 for five nights full board at a 4 star hotel.  The price will be €649 per person sharing.  If you pay deposit of €100 before 1st February you get a €50 reduction and the price will be €599.  More information in the church porch.  Please contact Susan as soon as possible for booking forms at 087 6273032


There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 8th April, 2018 for Divine Mercy Sunday.  Bus willleave Laragh 7.45am and Roundwood at 8a.m  Price of €65 includes breakfast, dinner & bus.  Please contact Susan at 087 6273032 to book a seat.  Money in full before 15th March, 2018.


Next Roundwood Parish Hall Dance is on Friday 23rd March from 9pm till midnight.  Refreshments on the night.  Music by The Wicklow Man


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


Roundwood Men’s Shed: Following our most recent series of digital lessons one of our SHEDDERS has decided to take his fully charged mobile with him when he completes the life marathon which we have referred to in the past. The phone will be taken with him to the grave and when he gets to the ‘other side’ he will be able to communicate with the SHEDDERS down on earth and fill them in on the good life up above. “That is not going to happen”, one of the SHED wits commented,” because with the phone melting in the flames, there’ll be no signal coming from where you’re going”.  As well as the tea and cake and biscuits, there is regular banter in the SHED at the gatherings on Tuesdays between 10 and 12. You will be assured of a warm welcome if you come along.


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


Progressive 45 card game Sunday 25th February at 7pm in Roundwood Parish Hall, refreshments & raffle at the break excellent prize money everyone welcome


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 6thyear 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


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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