Roundwood & District News 15th of August 2023


As the dust settles on the Roundwood Festival 2023 a big shout out to all the Roundwood Festival committee for pulling it together and ensuring that this annual event stays on our social calendar. The Street Festival was a most enjoyable day with sincere thanks to An Tochar GAA Club for the use of their facilities which proved an excellent location. These events cannot happen without the support of all the wonderful volunteers who help prepare for the festival events the days before the festival, the day of the festival and most importantly, after the event. A huge thank you to all the people who forfeited their enjoyment of the day to volunteer as stewards or help on the various stands and attractions for many long hours on Festival Day. The many craft stalls added great colour and interest to the day. What super talented people we have living in the midst, especially the young crafters. The ball race and the raffle raises a large amount of the funding towards the festival so a sincere thanks to the businesses who generously donated the various prizes and also thanks to those businesses that gave financial donations towards the running costs.

Most importantly thanks to the communities of Roundwood, Moneystown, Laragh and beyond who came out in their droves to support, spectate and take part in the various events, raffles, races, nappy hanging, tug of war and more. The purpose of this festival is not to make millions but to give everyone the opportunity to get out and meet the friends and neighbours – super fun was had and great memories made. Roll on Roundwood Festival 2024!

The following were the Roundwood Festival prize winners: Scarecrow competition winner – Mary Poppins by the Carpenter family. Guess the weight of the Lamb 42 kilos – Tiernan Kavanagh, Hang Tough 4 minutes 01 seconds – Jamie McCarthy. Tug of War – winners Fanning’s Tochar House with Byrne & Woods – runners up. Bar person’s race – Niall Gaffney representing Fanning’s An Tochar House with Zane Snepste from Byrne & Woods a close second. Nappy Hanging – David Cullen. It’s a Load of Balls Race winners – 1 st  Beyond the Pale Festival Family Pass- Liz Byrne, 2 nd  €100 – Bernie Smith, 3 rd  €50 – Joshua Joyce.

Festival Raffle winner were: €250 Wicklow Heather voucher – Sean, Max & Theo, Family Pass to Kaleidoscope – Pauline Heatly, €180 voucher Price’s Garage – Niamh Carpenter, €150 voucher Keith Grant Master Butcher – Kim Turner, €150 voucher for Roundwood Stores – Áine Doyle, Meal for two with wine at the Glendalough Hotel – Agatha Mansfield, €100 Centra voucher – Amanda Ward, €100 voucher for Frewen & Alyward Menswear – Michael Fanning, €250 voucher for Special Op’s – Cara Sharkey, €50 Mountain Breeze voucher – Tom Brady, €50 Sugar Mountain voucher – Irene Manley, €50 Ashley’s Barbers voucher – Indie Meaney, Wicklow Wolf 4 x vouchers for brewery tour & beer tasting – Stephen Byrne, Keeley’s Hardware Hamper – Patricia Collier, €50 Adriano’s voucher – Lizzie Davis, Wok-U-Like voucher – Christy O’Reilly, Roundwood Pharmacy Hamper – Geraldine Shanahan, €50 voucher for the Green Room Florist – John & Noelle O’Dea, Roundwood Veterinary cat/dog vaccination & health check voucher – Margaret Kennedy, Baltynanima, Voucher for wash, cut & blow dry in HD Hair Design – Mary & April Regan.


Calary Church will be open between 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 19 August as part of Heritage Week. There will be guided tours which will take in the founding of the parish and the church together with the history of the graveyard.


Music in Calary is delighted to welcome the Birds and the Bees quartet from Chamber Choir Ireland who will perform an exciting programme of works at 8pm on Thursday 24th August in Calary Church. To book tickets for the concert, please email or ring (01) 2818118.



Esther Ní Seoighe entered Roundwood Tidy Towns and Men’s Shed for an award on the Benecol Instagram page for a competition that they were hosting. The result being they won a free Heart Day for the public in Roundwoood! So  Benecol, together with heart charity, Croí, will be visiting the village of Roundwood on the 17th of August to host a free Heart Day which will be open to the public. The day will be held in Roundwood Parish Centre and doors will open at 10am where there will be free cholesterol tests, Heart Talks from experts at Croí and even a lunch and learn, all courtesy of Benecol. The full programme for the day is as follows

Starts 10am  to 1.30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Heart Talks open to the public at 10.30am and 11.30am and then a Lunch and learn where there will be free food and an opportunity to ‘speak to the experts’ at Croí. Free cholesterol test will be available throughout the day.

For further information please contact Laura O’Connell, Benecol Ireland Marketing Manager on is a great opportunity for the community to get their cholesterol checked on their doorstep. Well done and many thanks to Esther for entering the competition and nominating our groups.


Congratulations to Evaine Healy on her success in winning the champion young handler at Tullamore Show


Results of the draw held on Sunday 13th August. Next There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 13 & 19. There were two match three winners, Joe O’Reilly and E. Kavanagh. Next week’s jackpot is €10, 600.



Results of the whist held on August 2nd. Top Score: Maura McHugh. First Gent: Richie Cullen. Second Gent: Ann Pierce. First Lady: May Kenna. Second Lady: Monica Brady. First Half: Tiny Shortt. Second Half: Patrica Byrne. Longest Sitting: Margaret Kennedy. Lowest Score: Marie Magee. Raffle Prizes won by Monica Brady, Mary Pierce and Margaret Kennedy. Next whist will be held on Wednesday August 16th at 8pm in the Parish Hall.


Weekend in Donegal. Mike Denver music. Weekend from 2nd to 5th November 2023. Bus from and back to Roundwood leaving Roundwood at 9am. 3 nights’ Dinner, B&B in Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny. All in Price €450.00pps, €90.00 Single Extra. Names and €200.00 deposit before 1st September 2023 to Susan at 087 6273032


Next Bingo will be held on Sunday August 20th at 3pm in Annamoe Centre.  All welcome.

Wicklow County Council Mobile Library will be in Roundwood Village on Thursday 24th August from 10am until 11.15am and also from 2.10pm until 4.30pm. Come along and join the library. It’s a free service and is a fantastic way to pick up any book that suits your reading interests.


Pilgrimage Medjugorje October 4th 2023 for a week. Accompanied by Spiritual Director. Cost of both dates is € 799.00. Insurance is optional. For more information and booking: Contact Group Leader – Mary King on 087 2185067


45 Card Game every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at 8pm. Teas served.  All are welcome.


If you have an item or news that you would like to include in the Roundwood Notes contact Margaret Bolger the email address is Items for the notes must be emailed by Sunday night to be in time for the paper.


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