Dunlavin notes – June 30


Arts Festival

The sun really shone on the 32nd Dunlavin Festival of arts which took place June 20th to 22nd. The festival  was officially opened by local  award winning artist   Shay O’ Byrne. There were thirteen different art and photographic exhibitions over the weekend which had sales in excess of €10,000. The festival  was a great family occasion with activities for everyone over the weekend. The set dance ceili on Friday night raised €2,600 for St Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh. The Imaal Hall was packed to capacity for this set dance ceili which was held in the memory of the late Maureen Dennis who has run the ceili for the past 30 years and raising thousands of euro for the hospice foundation. The children’s parade on Saturday was a colourful event with the local fire brigade joining in the fun. The local writers group launched their anthology “Off the Beaten Track” which sold out on the night. The Milltown Singers were in fine voice on Friday night when they gave a very nice recital in Meitheal Coffee shop this was preceded by an open air concert by Dorly O’ Sullivan and Phil Callery. The fun continued over the weekend with a family fun day on Dunlavin Green with the proceeds going towards the Senior Citizens Christmas party. There was a karate display, pony and dog shows, vintage car display, bar- b- ques , wonderful display of over 30 crafts in the Imaal Hall.

There was a great community effort in making the festival such a success. Well done to all involved.

West Wicklow Day Care

Thanks to all who supported the recent church gate collection in aid of Baltinglass Day Care centre which raised €457.50. It is very much appreciated.

Donard/Glen Fundraiser

Donard Glen Daycare are holding a cabaret and auction fundraiser on Sat 5th July in The Imaal Bar Fentons ,Music by Switch.

Some of the Items included in the auction : Web Design , a 3 day course in web design or 3 days help setting up a web site .

Fencing stakes,

A Hotel stay

A large Balmoral Rug

One hour hedge cutting

A Rocking chair .

 Our sponsors include Fentons Glen of Imaal, The Glenmalure Lodge ,Rathsallagh, John’s Shop Donard, Selco Hygiene supplies, Deering Interiors, SuperValu Baltinglass, Edel Kelly Beauty Therapy, Sinead Lynch Weight management & personal trainer, Versara Estilo  body and Beauty, doyles butchers, M Grace Sawmills, W Hanbidge Agriculture contractor. Gaming permit granted by the Superintendent Baltinglass Garda Station.

 Jonathan Swift NS news

The school has won a merit award in the recent department of education  ‘Decade of Centenaries’ history Competition. The project was titled ‘ Murder in Milltown, Dunlavin’.

The school also won an award for excellence in science and maths for the 8th time from Discover Primary Science.

We say goodbye and good luck to our two sixth class pupils: Molly Toomey and Shane Harney Keogh who both move onto St Kevin’s Community College in September. Molly also won the student of the year award.

Presentations from the school were also made to Rev Olive Henderson, Eileen Dawson and Teresa Whelan who are all retiring. We thank them for their work and wish them well.

Meals on Wheels

 Donard /Dunlavin meals on wheels would like to acknowledge €500 from the recent  Donard/Glen Tractor Run. The funds will be put to  very good use.

Book Launch

Dunlavin Writers’ Group launched the first anthology of their work ” Off the Beaten Track” – a collection of poetry prose and memories – on Friday the 20th of June at 8.30 pm in Meitheal Coffee Shop Dunlavin .The book was launched by local author and historian Chris Lawlor in conjunction with Dunlavin Festival of Arts. The book has sold out and we await the reprint.

Set Dance Ceili

The Maureen Dennis Memorial Set Dance Ceili which took place on June 20th in the Imaal Hall raised €2,600 in aid of St Brigid;s Hospice, The Curragh. Well done and thanks to all who supported and helped on the night

Trip to Knock

Annual trip to knock takes place on July 20th for three days. This outing is supported by the active retirement group in Baltinglass. Deposits to Baltinglass Credit Union on or before 20th April. For more details contact Bridy on 0868881850

Community Text Alert

Community text alert has been launched in the Dunlavin area. Residents can sign up for €10. Forms are in Ed’s Veg shop. People are urged to be vigilant at all times and contact the Gardai if the spot anything suspicious in the area.


Why not drop into the newly refurbished library in the Market House. Great selection  of new books especially for children. Membership is free, free WI-Fi and internet access. The daily and local newspapers are available to read. Opening hours Tuesday 6.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday  3pm-5pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm.Friday 10.30am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. Saturday 11am-1pm. Closed Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends.                                                                                     

St Vincent de Paul Group

The telephone contact number for the local branch is 0857274194.and the contact number for the Samaritans 1850-60-90-90


Bingo takes place in the Imaal Hall every Saturday night at 9pm.Jackpot waiting to be won now stands at €1600. The funds raised by the Bingo goes towards the upkeep of the Imaal Hall and well worth supporting.

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