Monthly Archives: July 2019

Mural Project Celebration

A well deserved celebration took place in Roundwood Parish Hall on the evening of Saturday July 13th to mark the completion of the Roundwood Mural Project.

The mural project was organised by Roundwood Tidy Towns/Community Council with funding through the Community Education Service of KWETB. Local resident, Kevin Merrigan kindly allowed his side wall to become the wonderful canvas for the mural in an ideal location opposite Roundwood Parish Hall. Local artist and craft worker, Aoife Patterson, working with nine local volunteer artists captured the ideas of the group and created the concept for the mural. The local artists got painting every Friday morning and have produced this wonderful vista which depicts some of the iconic scenes of the Roundwood area. The mural features wonderful man-made structures from the Vartry Reservoir Water Tower and cup marked stones to nature features of the area including trees, fields,  Sugarloaf Mountain and plenty more. It really brightens up this area of the village and is a credit to all involved.

Early days

Great progress

Family Fun Events Roundwood Festival 2019

The Roundwood Festival returns this August Bank Holiday weekend starting on Wednesday 31st of July. The firm favourites are  back with live music & dancing in the streets,  vintage vehicle parade, canoe fun on the Vartry Reservoir, novelty races, teddy bear picnic, scarecrow competition, hill and historical walks and craft displays. Keep an eye out for posters around the area or check out on Facebook

Thursday 1st of August

Fun Team Challenge

Free fun team-based obstacle challenge at GAA Centre at 6.30pm. Team of 4 to include max 2 adults over 18 years and up to three children. Children must 8 years or older.

Friday 2nd of August

Irish Ceilí

Family Ceilí/ set dancing event will take place in Roundwood Parish Hall at 7:30pm. No dancing experience necessary as the fantastic Sheila Kavanagh and McGrath Flood School for Irish Dancing will be on hand to sort out your 123’s from your 7’s!! Suitable for all age groups. Adults €5 Children free.

Saturday 4th of August

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Teddy bears are VIP’s at the Free Teddy Bear Picnic at the GAA centre at 11am. Games and entertainment for kids provided. Just bring your picnic mat, picnic & Teddy!

Fun Canoe Experience & Canoe Races

For just €5 why not try canoeing on the Upper Vartry Reservoir or for the more competitive enter a canoe race on  Saturday evening from 4:00pm. All the necessary equipment is provided and the competition is open to swimmers aged 13 year and over.  There is ample parking available at Roundwood AFC’s Vartry Grounds (on Bray road) from where you can walk safely to the Upper Reservoir Dam. If you don’t fancy taking to the water there is great entertainment to be had by viewing the proceedings from the Upper Reservoir Dam

Street Festival Day – Sunday 4th of August 2pm til late

The Festivities will be launched by the Post 21 IUCNVA Colour Party followed by a vintage car parade at 2pm. A fantastic day for all the family with face painting, bottle fishing, bungee trampolines, castles, Power Ball and much more for the children. The adults are well catered for too with a craft exhibition in Roundwood Parish Hall, singing and dancing, horseshoe throwing, sheaf pitching, tug of war, nappy hanging & all the fun of the fair! When you get hungry there’s the BBQ outside An Tochar House which makes a great pit stop to recharge before the next event.  The Down Hill Ball Race will take place at Roundwood Bank followed by the ever popular street party with entertainment provided Captain & the Smoking Guns, Citizen J & guests till late outside Vartry House and Byrne & Woods ‘til late. Do come along & join the fun!

Roundwood Notes 22nd of July 2019

The Roundwood Festival Hillwalk this year takes in the beautiful Luggala Mountain and the Sally Gap – one not to be missed!


The Roundwood Festival returns this August Bank Holiday weekend starting on Wednesday 31st of July, The firm favourites are  back with live music & dancing in the streets,  vintage vehicle parade, canoe fun on the Vartry Reservoir, novelty races, teddy bear picnic, hill and historical walks and craft displays. Keep an eye out for posters around the area or check out or on Facebook


The Roundwood Active Retirement will travel to The Mount Errigal in Letterkenny for their annual holiday from the 16th to the 20th September.  The cost is €310 per person sharing or €360 for single supplement.  This cost covers your transport, accommodation, meals & tours for the week.  Please give your names to Betty before or on the day of the lunch  in The Coach House to secure your place.


On Thursday 25 July at 8 pm in Calary Church (Eircode A98 H766), Lynda O’Connor (violin) and Ailbhe McDonagh (cello) will perform Jean Baptiste Breval’s violin cello duo no 3 in D major, Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello op.7, Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, Halvorsen’s Pasacaglia and the world premiere of a composition by Ailbhe McDonagh Tickets are €18 and €15 for concessions and, for further information or to book tickets, please ring John at (01) 2818146 or email


The Tidy Towns judges will be paying their annual visit shortly. If you have a bit of time to do some kerbside weeding, litter picking or to put a splash of paint on that wall or fence it would help greatly. Many thanks


The next Roundwood Car Boot sale is this Sunday 28th July and the fourth Sunday of the month thereafter. Set up of stalls from 9a.m. Cars €10, Jeep/Van €15.


There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 15 & 18. There were five match three winners: Lucy Molloy, Pat Byrne, S McNally, Leanne & Paddy and Ben Murphy. Next week’s jackpot will be €11,800.


The SHED meets every Tuesday from 10 to 12 a.m. over at Pat Carr’s place in Knockraheen – just up the road from Special Ops. You will be assured of a very warm welcome if you drop in for a cuppa and a chat. 086 8650588 for further information.


Roundwood Market continues with the usual great local produce. Now open every Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. New members welcome. Contact Jacinta 0860722851


Our weekly set dancing sessions continue in Kavanagh’s Lounge All are always welcome – whether you have ever or never danced before…. Session starts at 8.30 til 10.30 and cost is still only €5 for a good night of exercise.


A pilgrimage to Our Lady’s island will take place eon the Sunday 18th August leaving Roundwood Parish Hall at 10a.m via Ashford. Tea, scone and evening meal and bus will cost €65. All monies to be paid by the 1st August to Susan at 087 6273032 . The Westport Country six day break takes place from 20th to 25th October with Robert Mizzell, Stuart Moyles, Declan Nerny among others performing. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in Westport Woods and daily coach tours with on day at your leisure. Cost €425 with a deposit of €200 to be paid before the end of July to 087 6273032


The Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group will meet on Wednesday 24th of July at 6:50pm in the Coach House car park or at 7pm at the Upper Vartry Reservoir Dam Gates on the Newtown Road. Everyone welcome to walk at your own pace for approximately one hour. The group are then taking a well deserved rest  until September. Happy walking folks!


The Roundwood Cancer Support centre is now up and running and is open in the Parish Centre on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10a.m until 1pm. Please feel free to pop in for a chat we will be happy to help. If anyone needs to make any enquiries outside these hours please telephone our confidential phone number 087 6062072