Aughrim Notebook – May 12

Annacurra Community Hall 

The committee of Annacurra Community Hall would like to say a big thanks to everyone involved in the very successful variety show held on 26th and 28th April. To all who took part on the night in any way. The children and their parents, the organisers and the actors and actresses. Also, great credit to those who collected money, made tea, worked in the shop and put up the sound system. Thanks to those who sponsored raffle prizes on the night. It is impossible to thank everyone and apologies if anyone has been forgotten. Well done to all on the production of a great night. 

Scrap Metal Collection Day

A scrap metal collection day in aid of Sacred Heart National School, Aughrim will be held on this Saturday May 17th.  The location is Herbst Yard, Rednagh Road, from 9am- 1.  No electrical goods please. All monies raised from this event will go towards purchasing a stage for the school.  Any queries contact – Sean Keenan 086 173 4559  Stephen Wilson – 087 636 8168, Declan O’Brien – 086 821 9901

“New to You” Charity Shop

All children’s clothes half price in the shop from Tuesday May 13th until Friday May 16th. Like us on Facebook (New to You Charity Shop) for further information and pictures of some sale items.

Active Retirement

We are presently enjoying line dancing at the Monday coffee mornings why not join us and start the week the fun and healthy way?    We are looking forward to the dawn chorus in Baltinglass on Sunday May 25th meeting at Lawless’ Hotel at 7am.  Panning for gold is on June 19th.and a tour of Avondale house is planned for Tuesday July 1st. We send get well wishes to Pattie Ryan .

Juvenile GAA

Last weekend the U8 and U10 footballers travelled to Shillelagh for their football blitz, two U8 teams and one U10 team played against the hosts, Coolkenno and AGB and all were successful in their games. We would like to thank the Shillelagh club for a well organised blitz.  


The U12’s had two games last week and came away with two wins, First up was Eire Og in hurling where the lads but in a good effort to win on a score-line of 9-5 to 1-6, with John Toomey being top scorer with 5-1 followed by Oisin Dillon 1-3, Adam Keegan 1-1, Dara O’ Shea 1-0 and Philip Toomey 1-0, Our U10 player Alex Kavanagh had a great game in goals, while Dylan Byrne , Oisin Dunne and Sean Campbell played well in defence to keep Eire Og shooting from distance.


The U12 footballers followed the hurlers with a good win over Rathnew on a score-line of 5-7 to 1-6, this win was sealed in the first half where Aughrim put in a strong performance to go 4-1 to 0-4 up against a very strong breeze. The backs played some tremendous football throughout to keep Rathnew at bay, but all in all it was a very good team performance, where all 16 players contributed to the win. The scores came from John Toomey 2-2, Ciaran Byrne Thayer 1-0, Adam Keegan 1-1, Oisin Dillon 1-1, Dara O’ Shea, Oisin Coogan and Dermot Toomey 0-1 each, but it was a man of the match performance by Philip Toomey in the back line that caught they eye on the night. Well done lads and keep up the good work.
Football and hurling training continues on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 – 8.00 for U8 to U12 players and we always welcome new kids.  Our next U8s/U10s Blitz is this Friday May 16th in Kiltegan please be there for 6.15pm  Host Club; Kiltegan Teams Attending; Aughrim, Glenealy, Carnew and Arklow Rocks. Hope to see you all there.

The Club would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to the Mc Gough and Yorke Families.

Run the Rock

Registration for ‘Run The Rock 11K Challenge’ is now open on and on Run Ireland website.

This fundraising event is organised by Aughrim GAA Club committee and was a great success last year with great reviews afterwards.

This trail run starts and finishes at the Brooklodge Hotel and is open to both runners and walkers.
The first 3K is a formidable climb to the top of Cushbawn mountain. From here on its downhill to lap the Sean Linehan Walk and then back up to the Brooklodge  Hotel  finish line for well earned refreshments.
There is also a shorter 3.5K loop to cater for families and kids.

Entry: Individual €20 online, Team of four €60 online, Individual On the day €25.   Family 3.5k €10. For any further information contact any member of Aughrim GAA Club committee.

Tourist Office – Volunteers Needed

The Tourist Office, run by Aughrim Business Association will reopen for the summer season on Saturday 31st May.  Last year was the inaugural year of the tourist office, which proved to be a wonderful resource for visitors to the village.  Over 400 visitors were assisted by volunteers at the office.  The office is run entirely on a voluntary basis and cannot function without the assistance of local volunteers.  If you or anyone you know has a few hours to spare over the summer months please contact Deirdre Fox on 0402 36955 or email:

Photo Competition

Aughrim Business Association is looking for your photos!  The Association has just launched details of its popular Calendar Photo Competition.  The closing date is Monday September 1st, so there is plenty of time for both locals and visitors to capture pictures of the award-winning Tidy Town. A new initiative this year will be the opportunity for competitors to enter either by email at or in print form with 8 x 10 prints.  The competition is open to amateurs (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 Aughrim 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, 2nd Place – €100 and 3rd Place – €50.  The 2015 Aughrim Business Association 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 retail outlets in the town and at various points through the County or by contacting Deirdre Fox at or 0402 36955.


The numbers: 2, 11, 22 and 24 were drawn in the Aughrim sports club lotto on Monday May 5th.  Match three winners were : Josephine Murphy, Avoca and Joan McGuinness, Arklow. The jackpot was not won. The jackpot is €10350.


Aughrim Town & Country Market continues every Saturday morning, from 10am to 2pm. If you have not visited before you will be pleasantly surprised, we have a butcher, some bakers, even a candlestick maker! with talented craftspeople providing woollens, jewellery, jams, preserves and prints. The Pavilion, Rednagh Road, on Saturday morning. For more information contact 0860865838.

Notes Deadline
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