Dunlavin Notebook – April 7

Dunlavin Playground Committee

Dunlavin Playground Committee are delighted to announce that work will begin on the toddler and junior playground, sensory garden, outdoor toning area and MUGA this week. This will be a wonderful amenity for our village and we are thrilled to see work begin. We have signed a lease for the site with Mr Francis Corrigan and the contract for this development has been awarded to Clearwater Landscapes, Grangecon following the tender process.


As a group we are in awe of the support we have received from the community to date to help us progress the project thus far. However, we need your support now more than ever. Funlavin – our 10K and 5K walk and run is coming up and we’ll need to see out on June 29th 2014 for what promises to be a great day out. Voluntary labour is a key part of our grant application and if you are in a position to donate a few hours voluntary labour we would be extremely grateful. We are looking for all forms of help – stone masons, brick layers, carpenters, painters and gardeners among others – every skill is required. Nobody will be overloaded but any amount of help no matter how big or small would be appreciated. If you are available to help in any way please contact Aisling Grace on 087-9627389.

Dunlavin Tidy Towns Spring Clean up

Dunlavin Tidy Towns committee invite all local groups and residents associations as well as individuals to take part in the National ‘Spring Clean up’ on Thursday 10thth of April, meeting on the Green at 5p.m where bags, pickers and gloves will be available.  The clean-up is part of Ireland’s biggest anti-litter initiative and everyone is encouraged to take pride in their local environment.

Spanish Visitors to Jonathan Swift School


A group of 13 (9 children, 2 teachers and 2 parents) are coming to stay with host families in the parish and attend school. Their school in Milagros (1 hr north of Madrid) is twinned with Jonathan Swift . There will be various events during the week.

On Monday 7th Simon Harris TD will give a talk in the School  at 12 noon. All very welcome and encouraged to attend. We have trips organised to Glendalough and Donard/Glen of Imaal and Russborough.  On Friday they will visit the library at 10am where George Coleborn will give a history talk. All welcome.

Joe and Sarah O’ Flynn are very kindly holding a farewell reception on Friday evening for the Spanish visitors and host families. The group will visit Dublin on Saturday and travel home on Sunday.
A group from the Jonathan Swift School hope to make a return visit to Milagros in early October.
This endeavour is to maintain and enhance the teaching of Spanish in our school , to swop educational projects online and to give opportunities to travel to learn.


 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



Meditation and Movement


Meditation and Movement Workshop. Sat. 5th April.  9.30am-1pm. Crehelp, Dunlavin and cost is €30

Margot Ussher 087 2362955


Flora Mini Marathon


“A really enjoyable day out while doing a good deed for your community –

Anyone interested in doing the Flora Ladies Mini Marathon on Monday 2nd June 2014 in aid of Sophia Counselling Centre, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, please contact Annette McDonnell on 0877726399.   Enteries for marathon are now open atwww.florawomensmimimarathon.ie ”

 Horse riding and walking through the countryside

Organised by Donard Glen Equestrian Club and the Irish Long Distance Riding Association (www.enduranceireland.ie),  this event is open to all riders. The 12 mile pleasure ride starts from 10- 12pm on May 4th. If desired teams of 3 can be formed on the day to compete for the Lugatrina perpetual team trophy courtesy of Billy Kelly. There is a 10 mile race ride for the  “Helen Kearney Cup” It starts at 12.30. Helen will present the cup to the winner in the early afternoon during the barbeque which is open to all to attend and support. The race ride promises to be a fun event. As is usual in such races, horse will present to the “vet” at the end of the race and their heart beat will be monitored to make sure it is at the required level. For more details see www.endurance Ireland.ie


There will be hill walking to suit the all abilities starting from Donard school which will start at10am for the more strenuous and 11.30 for others.


Entry fee €20 -(which includes barbeque) reduced rates for families and under 18years who will be entered into raffle for hamper worth €100


Culture Bus

The culture bus will travel to Arthurs Pub in Thomas Street , Dublin on Wednesday April 9th to a GLAD production of Angela The Musical. This is a tribute play to Dame Angela Lansbury which was written by Andrew

Deering  and promises to be very entertaining. Bus will leave Dunlavin at 6.30pmsharp.


The bus will also travel see War Horse in the Bord Gais Theatre on Saturday April 26th. Bus will leave Dunlavin at 11am and return at 7pm.

Enquiries to 0879693960.


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. Since it was set up locals have received alerts from the Gardai about 3 robberies in the area, all during the day time. People are urged to be vigilant at all times and contact the Gardai if the spot anything suspicious in the area.


Sunday Mass Times

The Sunday Mass time for the month of April will be at 10am in the Church of Ireland Church while St Nicholas of Myra Church is under repair.


Scoil Nichlos Naofa News

The date for Confirmation will take place on Friday May 9th 2014 at 11am.

First Penance will take place on Monday March 31st 2014 at 7pm in the Church of Ireland.

We hope to start work in our school garden over the coming weeks. If anyone has trowels, forks or spades etc in their garden sheds that they no longer have a need for we would gladly accept them.


Dunlavin Inn Golf Society

The winners of the outing to the K Club were 1st Keith Willis, 2nd Dave Corrigan, Front 9 M Rigney, Back 9 PJ Harte.

The next outing takes place on April 26th to Newbridge at 9.10am. Membership €35. New members welcome.



Craft Fair

A  Craft Fair will take place in the Imaal Hall, Dunlavin on June 22nd 2014 from 12pm to 6pm. Enquiries to 0879693960



Local Election

If you want your say in the upcoming local elections make sure you are on the register of elections. Telephone 0879693960 for application form.



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.


Flower Club

The April  meeting of Dunlavin Flower and Garden Club will take place on April 9 th

2014 at 8pm in the Jonathan Swift Hall. It will be a delightful colourful demonstration by award winning arranger Richard Delmer. Richard has won many international awards and top prizes at bloom. Not to be missed. All proceeds will go to St Brigids Hospice on the Curragh. Your support would be appreciated.



Community First Responders

The community first responders have installed a public access defibrillator on the wall outside Centra Foodstore. Anyone who would like training on this should contact any of the committee. This does not affect the 24/7 cover being given by the local responders.


St Vincent de Paul Group

The telephone contact number for the local branch is 0857274194.and the contact number for the Samaritans1850-60-90-90



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.


If anyone has a notice for the Dunlavin Notes please email dunlavinnotes@hotmail.com



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