Dunlavin Notebook – October 14th


Sympathy is extended to the Whelan family, Ballylaffin on the death of their sister Maureen Dennis. Maureen who passed away at the Hermitage Medical Centre following a short illness is mourned by her husband Davy, brothers James, Willie, Gerry, Pat, Larry and Eddie, sisters Lucy Mooney, Margaret Lynott, Breda Walsh, Majella O’ Malley and Colette Byrne and her aunt Sr. Margaret Whelan, nieces , nephews and many relatives and friends. Funeral took place in Dunlavin on Sunday October 13th 2013.

Celebrants at the funeral were Rev Fr. Larkin, Suncroft, Rev Douglas Malone, Dunlavin and Rev Fr Prenderville, Hollywood. May Maureen rest in peace.
Evening of Fashion and Fun

A colour me beautiful evening with Lys Jeffares takes place at Rathsallagh Golf Club on Friday 8th November at 8 pm. Welcome drink from 7 30pm. A night of fun and fashion in aid of St Nicholas parish. The night includes raffle, spot prizes and fun. Tickets from Meg at086/2413770,or Dawn at 086/3148093.

Dunlavin Inn Golf Society

The winners of the recent Captain’s day competition were 1st Shane Kelly, 2nd Christy Owens, 3rd Peter O’ Connor (Senior) Front 9 A. Heffernan, Back 9 N Dunne. Next Outing Sunday October 27th Druids Heath Tee off 11.45am. €30 includes prizes.
Christmas Work

Young people looking to earn some extra cash over Christmas should look west this festive season.

Rathwood retail centre on the Carlow/Wicklow border is looking to hire 100 seasonal staff for its new Christmas outlet.

The centre wants to hire 100 “elves” to work on its Christmas family experience, which includes a Santa’s Train. The Christmas experience will begin in mid-November and run seven days a week until Christmas Eve.

Tickets have been on sale since September 1 and are priced at €15 per child and €10 per adult. Almost 30,000 tickets have been sold for this year’s experience.

“We are looking to recruit fun, enthusiastic and outgoing Santa’s elves to ‘The Elf Academy’ to help Santa and Mrs. Claus meet and greet all the children who will visit. Successful elf-licants will be trained in the ELF to Z of Christmas magic as they will need to ensure a magical Christmas experience for children, each of whom will receive their own special gift from Santa,” says James Keogh, managing director of Rathwood.
Library Closure

Dunlavin Library will be closed from October 8th to 19th inclusive. Re-opening on October 22nd. The closure is to facilitate repair work. Apologies for an inconvenience caused.

Irish Dancing

Irish Dancing Class in Imaal Hall, Dunlavin every Wednesday evening commencing at 3.15 p.m. (hall open from 3.00 p.m.).
Strictly Come Dancing

The final of strictly come dancing will take place in St. Laurence’s GAA Hall, Narraghmore on November 9th 2013. Tickets are available at the Post Office. €15. Proceeds to the Playground Fund
Christmas Party Nights in Wall’s Kilgowan

29 November 2013 – Sister Act
30 November 2013 – Cripple Creek
6 December 2013 – 20/20
7 December 2013 – Hillybilly Porter
13 December 2013 – Sister Act
14 December 2013 – Sister Act.

You and your colleagues can enjoy a fun filled night with mulled wine reception on arrival, one of our popular live house bands and a fantastic festive menu.
Irish Dancing

There are Irish Dancing Classes in St. Nicholas Naofa National School every Wednesday at 3pm. All grades are catered for from 3 years upwards. Class teacher is Mary Byrne. TCRG-ADCRG.

Friendship Club

The friendship club has resumed on Fridays at 3pm in the Parish Centre. New members and helpers welcome.


Cello lessons for children will be restarting in Dunlavin on 17th September. They take place on Tuesday afternoons. Price is €12 per half hour private lesson payable in advance in two installments. It is also possible to rent cello. Contact Lisa at lisabyrne1964@gmail.com or on087-6301997 after 2.30pm only
Shuriken Jutsu Martial Arts Classes

Shuriken Jutsu classes starting in the Imaal hall, 6:45p.m – 8:15p.m from the 13th of September and every Friday thereafter.

The classes will cover street/self defence, weapons, blocks and locks and will help towards improving fitness, losing weight, boosting confidence and self discipline. Students welcome from 5 years and up. All levels of fitness and experience also welcome. Please contact Sensei Paul Starrs for any further information on 089-4375897

Calander 2014

Following the success of the Dunlavin Residents Association calendar for 2013, the Residents Association are asking all residents if they have any old photos for 2014’s calendar. We will be collecting them over the coming months. If you have any photos please drop into Lisa Cashin (post office) or any of the committee members. Many thanks for your support in buying last years calendar ”
Childcare Programme.

Free Childcare Programme – Parents & Childminders

The Childminders Advisory Service H.S.E.in conjunction with Wicklow County Childcare Committee will host a free introductory childcare programme in Dunlavin Community Playschool on Saturdays November 9th and 16th (2 day course) 9.30 am – 4.30 p.m. This programme covers all aspects of setting up childminding from home including the voluntary notification system, tax exemption and childminder’s grant scheme. It will also be of benefit to parents .Advance booking to: Bridie Clancy, Childminders Advisory Service, Phone: 01.6106147 Email: bridie.clancy@hse.ie or to Wicklow County Childcare Committee Tel: 0404 64455
Craft and Food Fair

A craft and food fair will take place in Camphill community hall Grange beg, Dunlavin on Saturday November 30th from 2-5pm. If you are interested in taking a stall please contact Jeannie on 0852161804 or Viccky on 0879286652
Urgent Appeal for Blood

If you are a blood donor your donation is required urgently as there is a severe shortage of blood at this time.

Saturday Dine Out

Why not try Chomp for a coffee or lunch on Saturdays. Chomp is open now from 10am to 2pm every Saturday in the former bakery at Murtagh’s. Some really nice breads to take home also.

Used Postage Stamps

Please keep you used postage stamps for St Patrick’s Missions Kiltegan who can use them to fundraise. Used stamps can be dropped into the parish office anytime. Thanks to all who have donated stamps over the past years.

Photocopying Service

A photocopying service is available in the Parish Centre, telephone 045/401871 for details.
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 €1200. The funds raised by the Bingo goes towards the upkeep of the Imaal Hall and well worth supporting.
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