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Roundwood & District News 13th of December 2023

Photo courtesy of Darren Fynn Photography


The Roundwood & District Athletic Club cookbook – which was launched last Friday December 8 in order to raise much-needed funds towards the completion of the local clubhouse and track – is full of favourite family recipes of the club’s members as well as recipes from Olympians Fionnuala McCormack, Catherina McKiernan, Derval O’Rourke and the club’s very own Tarja Owens. Wicklow’s finest Catherine Fulvio also features in the cookbook as does the nutritionist to Leinster Rugby and Dublin GAA star Daniel Davey. From yummy chocolate brownies to chicken and broccoli pie to homemade muesli to cinnamon and apple muffins and so much more, whatever your taste, this cookbook has something for you. Full of photos of Roundwood runners throughout the years, as well as being a fantastic cookbook, it is an invaluable snapshot of local history. Priced at €20, the cookbook is for sale in the Roundwood Pharmacy, the Roundwood Inn, Keeleys Hardware, Keith Grant butchers and Roundwood Stores. All funds raised go directly towards the club and its clubhouse so that local kids can keep running, fit and fulfill their dreams.


Calary Church will hold its traditional candlelight Carol Service at 7 pm on Wednesday 20th December, which will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Church Room. As usual, it will be an evening of lessons and carols for everyone to enjoy and take part in and we look forward to welcoming all of our friends and neighbours. Also the star is once again shining from Calary Church tower to lighten the darkness and bring some festive cheer to the area. A collection for local charities will be held on the night.


The following are the results from the Roundwood Sheepdog Trials from the 1st November.

Open Class 1st Paddy Fanning 2nd John Driver 3rd Paul O’Donnell 4th C. Byrne 5th Mick Burke 6th Alish Dixon.  Wicklow Class 1st Paddy Fanning 2nd John Driver 3rd Paul O’Donnell 4th Mick Burke. Novice Class 1st John Driver 2nd Mick Burke 3rd Leah Moran. Intermediate Class 1st John Driver 2nd Mick Burke 3rd Leah Moran. Special thanks to the judge on the day Matt Murphy. The committee would like to thank sponsors and competitors. A total of 54 dogs took part in the competition. All donations have been kindly received by local charities.


Results of the draw held on Sunday 10th December.  There was no jackpot winner, the numbers drawn were 4, 7, 9 & 12. There were nine match three winners. Marie Kennedy, Jean Shannon, Maureen Connaughton, Michael Kenna, Tommy McCormack, Lei McCabe, C.R.R Neary, Mark Burke and Jason Priestley.  Next week’s jackpot will be €15,400.


Friday, 1 December 2023, 3 tables. N/S Monica Brady and Catherine McGillycuddy. E/W Elizabeth Belton and Phil Kenna. Monday, 11 December 2023, 4 tables N/S 1st Rory Egan and Seamus Kennedy 2nd Monica Brady and Marie Kavanagh. E/W 1st Teresa Leahy and Brid Clancy. 2nd Kay Plunkett and Catherine McGillycuddy. Bridge is played in the community centre on Monday evenings at 19:30 and on Friday mornings at 10:00


The Roundwood Creative Hub crafter’s retail space in the Roundwood Parish Hall takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 11 am until 4 pm. There are over 20 craft stalls to browse and refreshments available. Follow Roundwood Creative Hub on Facebook for latest updates


Results of whist held on Wednesday 6th December. Top Score: Patricia Byrne. First Gent: Margaret Kennedy and Jimmy Molloy shared. First Lady: Marie Magee. Second Lady: Mary Pierce. First Half: Maura McHugh. Second Half: Mick Whelan. Lowest Score: May Kenna. Longest Sitting: Tiny Shortt. Raffle Prizes: Margaret Kennedy, Catherine Doyle, Mick Whelan and Kay Plunkett. Next Whist Wednesday January 10th 2024 at 8pm in the parish hall.


The Roundwood & Moneystown Parish Sale of Work was a fantastic success last Sunday. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to a very enjoyable community day. The winners of the Grand Raffle prizes were:- 1st Prize €1000 – Colm Christian, 2nd Prize Price’s Garage Service – Rosie McAulay, 3rd Prize Wicklow Heather voucher – Kathleen Vickers, 4th Prize Butcher Ready Lamb – Grace Donoghue, 5th Prize KSE Ltd Firewood Voucher – Marion Devitt,6 th Prize Roundwood Stores Voucher – Marcin Jagiello, 7th Prize Keith Grant Master Butcher voucher –  Sinead Byrne, 8th Prize An Tochar Boiler Service – Roz Walshe, 9th Prize Mountain Breeze voucher – Michelle Walsh, 10th Prize Smelly Nelly Hamper – Ellen Price, 11th Prize Wicklow Way Christmas Tree – Sarah Kavanagh, 12th Prize Sugar Mountain Voucher – Gertie Fee, 13th Prize Centra Voucher – Margaret Malone,14 th Prize Wok-U-Like Voucher – Sally O’Toole, 15 th Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Voucher – Eithne Dawson, 16th Prize Keeley’s

Hardware Hamper – Teresa Leahy, 17 th Prize HD Hair Design – Ann Kennedy, Shramore, 18th

Prize Ashley’s Barber Shop voucher – Aidan Brosnan, 19 th Prize Roundwood Pharmacy Hamper – Thomas Carroll, 20 th Prize Adriano’s voucher – Tracey Byrne, 21 st Prize Roundwood

Veterinary Practise Voucher – Ami Louise & Harper Price and 22 nd Prize Bottle of Whiskey – Kevin O’Kelly. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Colm on the winning of the top prize. A big thanks to our local businesses and individuals who donated prizes or gave money towards the cash prize and the cost of the printing of the tickets. The winners of the smaller raffles were as follows – Igloo Chocolate Biscuit Christmas Cake – Eavan Cullen, €75 cash – Juddy Shema, Turkey Voucher – Finn O’Shaughnessy, Ham Voucher– Jane Cronin, Dunnes voucher – Michael Connolly & Guess the Weight of the Cake (11lb 7½ oz) – Mary Doyle. The fabulous Moneystown hampers were won by Dean Price and Diarmuid O’Brien. The winner of the Roundwood National School Hotel Voucher – Marie Kavanagh. Flower Arrangement prize winners – 1st Eugene & 2nd Mr Flood.

There is no final tally on the amount fundraised as yet but an update will follow in the coming weeks. To the people of Roundwood, Moneystown and beyond, you never cease to amaze, thank you for your generosity and continued support.


It was a perfect evening Saturday night for the great crowds who hit the streets of Roundwood to witness the turning on of the Christmas tree lights. Many thanks and well done to Joe Synnott Roofing and team for the sponsorship and erection of the fantastic Roundwood

Village Christmas tree. Thanks to Robert Power Electrician & his staff for doing the needful on the Christmas lights all around the village. It looks amazing. A big, big thanks to the winning U18 An Tochar GAA team who had the mighty task to officially turn on the Christmas tree lights. Thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to come to Roundwood to see the children and last but not least many thanks to the great carol singers from the cast of Roundwood Variety Group who got us all into the festive spirit. The work on the Christmas lights in the village is coordinated and funded through the Roundwood & District Community Council with some very welcome financial support this year from Wicklow Co Council. The village looks absolutely fantastic – well done to all. Let the festivities begin.


Carols by Candlelight: St. Kevin’s Church, Laragh. Tuesday 19th December at 8 pm. Followed by tea and mince pies.


Holistic Healing & Wellness. New Weekly Meditation Classes in Roundwood PH & Centre. Thursdays evenings from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Morning Meditations Wednesdays from 10:00am – 11:00am. No experience necessary you’ll be guided all the way! 1:1 Reiki appointments available for new clients. For bookings or more information please contact Sue 087 2750335


Wicklow County Council Mobile Library will be in Roundwood Village on Thursday  14th December 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.


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