Dunlavin notes May 11

Arts Festival
This years 33rd Arts Festivals takes place on June 19th,20th and 21st 2015. A meeting will be held in Dunlavin Inn on Saturday May 16th at 11.30am.

Dunlavin Tidy Towns
We had a very successful clean up last Thursday evening, with the help of the Dunlavin Scout Troop along with Fás personnel and committee members. Dozens of bags of rubbish were gathered and the Tidy Towns would like to express their gratitude to all the hard working team of litter pickers.

Our annual draw is commencing now and lines will be on sale in the coming weeks. We would urge you to support us by taking part in this draw which is our only fundraiser every year.

The Tidy Towns campaign against Dog fouling is definitely showing signs of being effective, there was definitely not as much evidence of dog dirt in the village since residents were encouraged to clean up after their pets. The solution to dog dirt is simple; if you are walking your dog in a public place, remember your legal and even more importantly, your social obligation to your community and clean up the poop! Love your dog but love Dunlavin too!

Tidy Towns is about keeping our town tidy and attractive. It means working together as a community to make Dunlavin a pleasant town to live in, be educated in, work in and run a business in. The Tidy Towns national competition is commencing now, with judging taking place randomly in June. Residents and business premises can help a great deal by keeping the area around their own place clean and tidy and weed free.

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Set Dance Ceili
The annual Maureen Dennis Memorial Set Dance Ceili will take place on June 19th 2015 in the Imaal Hall . Dancing 9.30pm til late. Music by Syl and Liz. Proceeds to St. Brigid’s Hospice.

Craft Fair
The festival of arts annual craft fair will take place in The Imaal Hall on Sunday June 21st from 12noon until 6pm. Enquiries to 0879693960

Donoughmore Drama Group
Donoughmore Drama Group will stage the Michael Cooney comedy “Cash on Delivery” on Thursday May 14th Friday 15th and Saturday 16th 2015 . The play will be staged in Donoughmore Hall at 8pm and tickets are €10. To book telephone 0868203621 between 2pm and 7pm.

WWHS Journal 2015: call for papers
We hope to publish the next West Wicklow Historical Society journal later in 2015. Co-editors Donal McDonnell and Chris Lawlor are currently accepting contributions for the forthcoming volume. Essays, articles, illustrations including drawings, maps and photographs will all be considered. Any material on the archaeological or historical past of west Wicklow and/or neighbouring areas of counties Dublin, Kildare and Carlow may be suitable for publication. The deadline for submissions is the end of July and articles in past journals have varied from less than a thousand words to nearly ten thousand, so there is much scope for authors. Illustrations without accompanying articles may be published with a caption or a brief explanatory paragraph, and all illustrations are particularly welcome. Potential contributors may contact the editors at lawlordunlavin@eircom.net or lawlorcm@hotmail

St Nicholas Ladies GAA and Donard Glen Camogie club have teamed up to hold a bumper raffle on June 1st 2015.Prize fund €3,000 and tickets €20 from any club members.

Line Dancing
Line dancing takes place in the Imaal Hall every Wednesday night at 8pm. €6 per night.

Baltinglass and District Country Market
Spaces available for home bakers, (non commercial) who bake brown bread, scones, tarts, sponges. For further information contact Rosella on 086 6025033 or Anne on 059/6481575.

Trip to Lourdes
It is hoped to organise a parish trip to Lourdes for September 22nd 2015. Cost €729. Anyone interested should contact the parish office. 045/401871

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

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.

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
They meet every Tuesday from 10am-2pm and Thursday nights 7.30pm to 9.30pm. in Murtagh’s. If anyone has tools or timber that they could donate to the shed it would be greatly appreciated. All welcome.

Friendship Club
The friendship club takes 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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