Dunlavin notes October 27


Health & Safety

A free information and training night on safety in the home will take place on November 4th 2014 in the Imaal Hall. Time 8-10pm. Topics being dealt with are First aid, Fire Safety and Health & Safety. All are welcome.

Halloween Party

The residents association will hold their annual Halloween Party in the Imaal Hall on Friday October 31st from 2-4.30pm. Children up to primary school age are invited to attend. Cost €4 per child. The “Reptile Village” will be in attendance. Children must be supervised.


The residents association are in the process of putting together their 2015 calender and are seeking old photographs. Photgraphs may be dropped into the parish office. All original photographs will be returned.


Children with Arthritis Fundraiser

An epic and memorable day, our Fundraiser Rideout for Children with Arthritis was a huge success with over 120 horses and some walkers striding and galloping their way around the Wicklow hills all with good will in mind, to help raise awareness that children too can suffer the agony of arthritis and most of them will be burdened with it right through for the remainder of their lives.

Our rideout saw young and old, fit and unfit, novice and professional gallop and canter over some spectacular countryside in Donard and make their way over some beautifully constructed jumps kindly built by close friends to add that extra edge and excitement to our days riding. The crack was ninety. The walk also catered for young and old and even some kids ventured on their bicycles to lessen the load of their 8km hike.

Altogether approx € 2,000 was raised and this money will go directly to fund the Juvenile Arthritis Road Trip. This event happens yearly and it brings teenagers who suffer from arthritis away together and allows them the opportunity to meet like affected teenagers, discuss the impact of the disease, medications, coping mechanisms etc. This time spent together for the teenagers is invaluable as they don’t feel alone and they understand that there are other kids that feel the same way. As one teenager describes their experience “It’s amazing that it takes going away with thirty people who feel the same way you do to forget how you’re feeling”.

Our Sponsors are too numerous to mention but many thanks to businesses in Dunlavin/Donard and surrounding areas for their very generous donations towards our day.
The event was kindly hosted by Donard Glen Equestrian Club on behalf of Arthritis Ireland.
Strictly Come Dancing

Tickets are now on sale for the popular strictly come dancing fundraiser on November 8th in St. Laurences GAA clubhouse.
The proceeds will be used to complete the newly developed playground The Green Hollow.


Dunlavin GAA will hold their annual auction on November 1st 2014 at 9.30pm in the Dunlavin Inn. Anyone wishing to donate can contact any committee member.

Advent Fair

Camphill Community Grangebeg are hosting an Advent Fair on
Sat 29 November 2014.
For stalls & information please contact
Jeannie 085 216 1804


A Unislim class has commenced in the parish centre Dunlavin on Tuesday mornings 11am to 12 noon. A great opportunity to shed those unwanted pounds before Christmas.
Craft & Food

St.Laurence’s Food art & craft fair in aid of KARE & St. Laurence’s will take place on Saturday November 22nd 7pm-10pm & Sunday November 23rd 12pm-6pm.

As always we will have free parking, free admission, and complimentary mulled wine on arrival! We are taking bookings now and expect the stalls to fill up fast.

Each year we have wonderful array of arts and crafts from near & far. With in excess of 50 stands last year our fair is growing bigger & better every year.

Come along and soak up the festive atmosphere and get ahead with some early Christmas shopping. You’ll not only be supporting local enterprise and charities but also getting an opportunity to purchase original once off crafts.Don’t miss this great weekend of Festive fun.

All are welcome, even if you don’t want to shop it’s worth a visit just to soak up the athmosphere. Anyone interested in booking a stall please contact Sheila 085 1385133 after 7pm or by email [email protected]


Westside Community Games are appealing for help to prevent the club from disbanding. If anyone can help keep the club going please contact Loretta Wright, Linda Darker, Vera Reid or Marie Corrigan.

Remembrance Mass

This years remembrance Mass will take place on November 11th at 8pm. The Mass will remember all family and friends who passed away during the year.


CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement running free not for profit coding clubs (Dojos). At a Dojo, young people between the age of 7-15 years learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programmes and games. Are you interested in seeing a Dojo established in Dunlavin- whether you are interested as a parent of a participant, a mentor or someone who could assist with organisation and administration, please email [email protected]
Folk Group
The folk group have restarted after the summer break. They sing at 10am Mass on Sundays every two weeks. Singers and musicians welcome to join in. Contact Suzanne on 087/2977794.

Parent and Toddler Group

Dunlavin Community Playschool’s Parent & Toddler group meet every Wednesday from 10am-12noon in the Jonathan Swift Hall behind the playschool. Cost is €3 per adult. More details contact 045/406866.

Men’s Shed
The Dunlavin Men’s Shed is now open, and meeting every Tuesday from 10am-2pm in Murtagh’s.

Senior Citizen Christmas Party
Anyone willing to make puddings / trifles or brown bread for the senior citizen’s Christmas party on November 30th please contact Pauline in the parish office.

Faulty Towers
The hilarious Basil and cast of the faulty towers show returns to Rathsallagh House on October 30th 2014 Dinner and show €55, contact Rathsallagh House for reservations. 045 403112.

Friendship Club
The friendship club has restarted every Friday at 3pm in the parish centre. New members welcome.

Anyone wishing to join walking group meet at Imaal Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9.30am.

New Running Club

We walk / jog or run Monday / Wednesday and Friday nights at 7pm outside St.Kevins School in Dunlavin. This club is completely free. People can just turn up on the night and join people either doing a “Couch to 5K” or walk, jog or run.
We are on Facebook under “Dunlavin Running Club.”

Community Text Alert

Thanks to everyone who supported the recent fundraiser which raised €750 . This money will be used to erect signs over the coming weeks. Coming into the winter evenings people are asked to check in on elderly neighbours.
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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