Avoca Notebook – April 21

St. Pat’s Avoca Weekly 50/50 Draw for 14th April 2014

First Prize €80: Allie Gilvarry c/o Joey 2nd Prize €50: Maria Wolohan, Avoca 3rd Prize €30: Mary Crean, Avoca Sellers prize €15: Gerry Harper. 

Next Draw in Fitzgeralds

Avoca Community Play Group

Mothers & Toddlers every Friday from 10am to 12noon

€3 per adult which includes coffee & biscuits 

Avoca Bingo

Bingo is held weekly in Avoca Community Hall on Wednesday evenings from 8.30pm. All are welcome!

Avoca Active Retirement

Avoca Active Retirement are having a guided walk in Kilmacurragh gardens on Thursday 24th April at 3p.m. Meet in the car park in Avoca at 2 30p.m. Crochet classes continue on Wednesdays at 11a.m. All our usual activities continue. Art, Bowls, French, Line Dancing, Social Morning on Sundays, Book Club. Next Tea Dance Sunday27th April from 3 to 6 p.m. Music by the Wicklow Man. New members welcome. Details 087 1334590.

Conary Community Arts

Conary Community Arts presents ‘Hairy Jasus’ a play written and performed by Donal O’Kelly at Conary Community Hall, Avoca on Friday April 25th at 8pm. Tickets €12/€10

Avoca Courthouse Heritage Centre

PLEASE HELP. The Old Courthouse in Avoca is now operating as a community-led heritage centre. We have recently received a generous donation of display cases and cabinets that will allow safe and secure exhibition of all artefacts and items on loan to the centre. Items that showcase Avoca’s heritage are not of much use to anyone if they are hidden away in the dust and darkness of drawers, cupboards, sheds, attics and outhouses. Why not bring them into the light of day? Let’s show them off in the Courthouse for all to admire. We would be delighted to receive and exhibit your items while at the same time guaranteeing safe and secure storage. All items will remain your property and will be carefully catalogued and conserved. Items on display or in storage can be reclaimed by the owner at any time and will remain your property unless agreed otherwise.  Why not add things you might have to the heritage of the area and rekindle the ould times in Avoca? The times when the Avoca Mines were in full swing, when the rhythm of the hand looms echoed from the Weavers, the days when holiday makers spilled from the train onto the platform in Avoca and the Sea Breeze train whistled by. Old Photographs are always welcome for our year round exhibition, we will copy and return the original to you. Why not have a look, see what you have and loan it to the Heritage centre for all to see and make us proud of our heritage? Material might not seem that important or interesting to you but it could be of great interest to visitors and the community alike. So please, bring anything you might have to the Old Courthouse. Larger items can be collected: contact the centre at 0402 35022.Opening hours are 9-5, Monday to Friday.

RED KITE WALK Official Opening.

We are delighted to announce that the walk is now complete inspected & passed by National Tracks & Trails. Its been a well worth the effort with Avoca now listed on the National Trails website. See http://www.irishtrails.ie/trail/Avoca-Red-Kite-Loop/694/  for trail details & map Official opening on Wednesday 7th May at 2pm Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD will officiate at the opening of the Loop & the Avoca Sli na Slainte.  All Welcome. 


 Thanks to our CE workers who are busy as bees weeding painting, cleaning & the village flower beds are well prepared for planting.  Details of our Best Garden Competition will be announced shortly

Performance of Handel’s Messiah in Castlemacadam church, Avoca, Co Wicklow

The Messiah is being performed in Castlemacadam church, Avoca, Co Wicklow Saturday 26 th April at 7pm. (That’s the Saturday after Easter)The funds raised will go towards Castlemacadam organ fund and the building fund for St Saviour’s National School, Rathdrum. They are very lucky to have a founding member of the “The 3 Irish Tenors” Antony Norton as a parent at the school. Antony will be performing with friends Franzita Whelan, Dara McMahon, & Rory Musgrave. These professional soloists have performed all over the world at the highest level and this will be a great opportunity to see a world class performance locally. The choir is the Occasional Singers conducted by Robin Moore. The Occasional Singers are a 40 voice choir made up of members from the elite choirs of Dublin. All the performers are giving their time and talent for free. Tickets are available for €20 and are selling fast. Tickets include a wine reception. Tickets available from Centra, Rathdrum and Hendley’s, Store Avoca. To avoid disappointment on the night please book your seats: Email to [email protected] Phone  083 1383 9 10 Or collect tickets from Centra, Rathdrum or Hendley’s, Avoca


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