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Roundwood Festival Fun Family Challenge

It’s time to start pulling together your team of 4 for the fun family challenge taking place in Áras an Tochar on Thursday August 1st at 6.30pm. A  team should consists of at least 1 adult & 3 kids (aged 8 or over) or 2 adults & 2 kids. What family will take home the coveted Fun Family Challenge Trophy this year? Will it be taken to distant shores or stay closer to home? Many thanks to Johnny & all at Roundwood Pharmacy who are kindly sponsoring the prizes this year.


After the Family Challenge  there’s set dancing with Sheila and friends in Kavanagh’s Vartry House from 8:30pm with live music. Beginners are most welcome as all the dances are called out so no excuses!

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!