Aughrim notes August 11


 Photo Appeal

Aughrim Business Association is looking for your photos! The closing date is Monday September 1st, so time is ticking for both locals and visitors to capture pictures of the award village of Aughrim and its environs. A new initiative this year will be the opportunity for competitors to enter either by email [email protected] or print form with 8″ × 10 prints.  

The competition is open to adults (over 18) The association is looking for photos that depict the award winning town in all its glory, from landscapes, to streetscapes, portraits, festivals, sporting events and everything in between.

The pleasant task of judging the entries this year falls to actor Pat Nolan a resident of nearby Conary and local photographer Ann Egan (Wicklow Times).

The work of the overall winner together with that of the eleven runners up will feature in the 2015 Aughrim Business Association Calendar.  Prizes include 1st place €350.00, 2nd place €100.00, 3rd place €50.00.  The 2015 calendar will be launched at a prize giving reception in early October which will include a photo exhibition of all the entries. Details and entry forms can be found on or local or local retail outlets

Macreddin Pure Mile

Judging of the 2014 pure mile competition begins around the County on Mon next 18th August
The Pure Mile committee in Macreddin have been working hard on their nominated mile in the last few weeks hoping to have everything in pristine condition by the time the Judges hit the road.

Last year the committee made a permanent record of field names and land marks by erecting inscribed stone markers at each point of interest. This year they have gone to a new level with the fitting of Q. R bar coding in the vicinity of the land marks. Anyone on a walk to Macreddin will encounter the first of these at Nolan’s bank about a mile from Aughrim.

If you don’t already have the Q. R reader on your smart phone you download the free App Scanlife. Take a photo of the landmark code and you can now read the background to the name. You can also read of all wild life native to the area and an illustrated list of all Wild foods in the Hedge rows where you are walking.  When you are making your way through Macreddin you can rest awhile on a newly erected seat.  

A real gem in our local heritage the seat was the Hearth stone of the Macreddin National School  which closed in the late 1800’s

Woodturning Demo

On Friday August 15th local artist Christien Van Bussel will demonstrate woodturning in the Tourist Office Aughrim. There are ongoing demonstrations between 10- 4pm. Work from Christien and other woodturners is on display and for sale. Information on pottery and woodturning courses available in the Tourist Office. Please call in and see how local timber is changed into pieces of art! For information contact Christien at 086 8597267, email: [email protected],


The numbers: 11, 21, 25 and 26 were drawn in the Aughrim sports club lotto on Tuesday August 4th.  The jackpot was not won and there were no three winners. The jackpot is €12,000.

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