Dunlavin notes November 24


Advent Fair

Dunlavin Advent Fair takes place in the Imaal Hall on Sunday December 7th from 10am to 4pm. Santa will arrive at 2pm. Stalls €25 each, details from Bernie at 0862872619.

Whist Drive

Donoughmore whist drive
on Friday 28th Nov at 8:30 pm in Donoughmore hall.
Our Christmas one is Friday December 19th 8:30pm. This promises to be a great night . Great prizes and a super raffle .
Blessington Library Celebrates College Awareness Week

College Awareness Week takes place from November 24th to November 30th. This campaign aims to promote the benefits of going to college and to encourage students to be ‘college ready’. Blessington Library focusing on the younger members of our community is playing its part by hosting a story-time on Saturday 29th November at 11.30. Children of all ages are invited to come along and hear all about the adventures of ‘Trinity Teddy’ as he heads off to college.

College Awareness Week is a very exciting initiative and the library is delighted be involved with it, the campaign is about getting people talking about 3rd level education and highlighting the opportunities that are out there. Further details available at www.collegeaware.ie and Blessington Library 891740.


Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Christy Walsh , Oldcourt who died last week. Christy is mourned by his wife Maisie, daughter Mary, son Gerard, sister Teresa, daughter in law Carmel, son in law Gabriel, grandchildren Conor, Kate , Ellen, Lorna and Colm. Christy funeral took place in Dunlavin on Wednesday November 19th 2014. Mass was celebrated by Rev Douglas Malone and Rev Jimmy Doyle. May Christy rest in peace.

A Christmas Concert will take place in St Nicholas of Myra Church on December 18th at 7.30pm. The students from Scoil Nicholas Naofa will perform on the night.

Sympathy is extended to the Byrne Family, Church Hill on the death of their niece Sandra O’ Brien.
Sandra died in Sallins after an illness. May she rest in peace.

Table Quiz
Donard/Glen will hold a table quiz in Toomeys Pub , Donard on December 5th at 9pm. Support would be appreciated.

Christmas cards

This year Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance have yet another array of lovely cards with something for everyone. They are sold in pack of 12 for €7 with over 60% or €4.30 going to research for every pack sold. Due to the generosity of local shops, they are available in Parish Office, Dunlavin, OKeeffe’s Donard ,Daly’s Hollywood, The Post Office, Centra, Roches Pharmacy and the Health Centre in Dunlavin, Berney’s Pharmacy Kilcullen, McGreal’s pharmacy and the Office Shop, Blessington, Murphy Sheerin Veterinary & Patterson’s Baltinglass. More shops are coming on stream all the time so watch this space

The charity has a small amount of cookery books written by Catherine Fulvio – a beautiful hard back edition, illustrated, easy to make cakes and ingredients are all ready available for sale a special price of €5 which would make a lovely Christmas present. Book available at the Office Shop, Blessington

Scoil Nicolas Naofa News

Congratulations to our indoor boys and girls hurling teams who have qualified for the next round of the West Wicklow indoor games. Thanks to the parents who drove last week.
Our sincere thanks to WWCVVC for their contribution of €1,700 to Solas following their car rally which was held last August. Solas has ongoing costs and this will be of great help to reduce the extra cost for this year.
Many thanks to Sandra Cleary who has sorted out our transport issue for Santa.
From Monday 24th to Friday 28th November donations of dog food, dog nuts or old blankets for bedding are being accepted as Carmel Spillane is doing a collection for West Wicklow SPCA.

The 5th and 6th classes will be very busy over the next few weeks with two rehearsals in Greystones taking place before their performance in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Sunday November 23rd. Best of luck to them.


Anyone interested in taking Yoga lessons should contact Kate on 087-2762319. She will conduct small classes starting this Wednesday November 5th.

Social Badminton
Badminton for fun takes place every Thursday night in the Imaal Hall at 8.30pm. All welcome.

Olde Chair
Looking for a nice piece of furniture or some Bric-A-Brac why not drop into the newly opened shop The Olde Chair on Stephen’s Street, Dunlavin (beside Rose’s Cafe). Great bargains to be got.

Culture Bus

The culture bus will travel to the National Concert Hall on December 6th for the annual Glasnevin Singers Christmas Concert. Bus will leave Dunlavin at 11am, concert at 3pm. Details from 0879693960.


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.

Advent Fair

Camphill Community Grangebeg are hosting an Advent Fair on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 2pm to 5pm. Lots of Christmas Fare on display.


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.
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 and Thursday nights 7.30pm to 9.30pm. in Murtagh’s. All welcome. Some interesting projects lined up for Christmas.

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.

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.

Community Text Alert

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 €2000. The funds raised by the Bingo goes towards the upkeep of the Imaal Hall and well worth supporting.

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