Dunlavin notes week May 16

1916 Commemorations on May 8th

Dunlavin & District Forum would like to thank everyone who took part in our 1916 Commemorations on May 8th. We could not have predicted the huge success this project has been.

The Parade from Station road involving 27 local clubs was magic. Participation was unprecedented and everyone paraded to Dunlavin Green where a very poignant (non-political) ceremony took place.

A key attraction was the Photographic & Artefacts Exhibition in the Imaal Hall. Dunlavin Camera Club managed this item and displayed old photos of Dunlavin & its people down through the years beautifully in the Hall. Along with that local collectors displayed items such as old bottles, old invoices/ receipts from circa 1900s, matchboxes from local businesses over the years etc.

The local Fire Brigade displayed old fire equipment and fire uniforms from over the decades, the local Gun Club displayed old gun models and other items from the 1916 era, several people from Dunlavin displayed medals from their grandparents who took part in 1916 Rising and the War of Independence.

Due to the phenomenal success and repeated requests the sub-committee had to extend this exhibition for an extra week (last week). The benefits of this event to the town of Dunlavin is immeasurable. The sense of pride, community spirit and the bringing of people from all backgrounds together is too great to quantify on paper. This one event has enabled us to achieve that. Almost everyone embraced the 1916 dress code and it created a sense that we’re all in this together.

Many Dunlavin natives now living away returned for this special occasion and those who couldn’t followed it on line. To put it plainly, the village is alive after Sunday May 8th. It will be a day people will remember forever more. And for the kids we have succeeded in passing on some of the old traditions, the old ways of doing things from times long gone.

In organising such an event for the first time it couldn’t have gone any better and we only have positive feedback from people. A special thank you goes to all those who helped out.

Dunlavin & District Forum AGM will be held on Wednesday May 18th at 8pm in Scoil Niocláis Naofa. We welcome anyone interested in helping to improve our community to attend. Dunlavin & District Forum does immense work for our town with the main objective to create a better place for us all to live in. It is there to support all groups within our community should the need arise for assistance throughout the year.

Arts Festival – This year’s festival takes place on June 17th, 18th and 19th 2016. Dunlavin Festival of Arts Craft Fair, Sunday 19th June at 12-6. Spaces available at €25 per table. Contact Mary on 0879029608 or hillfarmhouse@gmail.com for more information or to book a space

 

Set Dance Ceili – The Annual Maureen Dennis Memorial set Dance Ceili takes place on June 17th in the Imaal Hall, Dunlavin. Dancing 9.20pm till late. Music by Syl and Liz. Refreshments. All proceeds to St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.

 

Funlavin is BackAnd it’s better than ever!! Funlavin’s 5km, 10km races and 5km family walk will take place on Sunday, June 26th from 10am. There will be medals for the 5/10km races and kids on the family walk. Also a free Tech T-shirts for the first 100 to enter the races at www.popupraces.ie. All monies raised will be donated to our local St. Vincent de Paul and other Dunlavin causes (to be confirmed). Further details to follow.

 

Dunlavin’s Text Alert – AGM will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm in Scoil Niocláis Naofa. All are welcome.

 

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association – Eibhlin Bracken is hosting a ‘Drink Tea for MND’ to raise funds on June 24th. This event will take place from 10am – 12 noon in the Dunlavin Parish Centre. Any assistance or support that you can give would be greatly appreciated.

 

West Wicklow Cancer Support Group – Thursday 26th May at 7:30pm Coimin Centre, Blessington. Speaker: Helen Daly – Spiritual Teacher and Healer for the past 17 years.  She comes from a background in Nursing, Counselling, Philosophy, Theology and Energy Healing. Theme: Healing For Difficult Times. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend.

 

Dunlavin Community Play School – are now taking enrolments for September 2016. They will hold our Enrolment Night on Wednesday 18th May at 8.30pm in the play school. Information on the ‘Free Pre-School Year (ECCE)’ and general information about the play school will be provided. If you know of any parents who are thinking of starting their children in the play school, please let them know about this night. Refreshments will be served.

 

Dunlavin GAA U8/U10 Football Training – is back on Mondays at 7pm in the GAA field. U8/U10 HURLING training is back on Tuesdays at 6.30pm. U6 Nursery for both Hurling & Football is on Mondays at 7pm. Please check Dunlavin GAA facebook page for U12 Football updates. Membership must be paid up (€20 for the year) for kids to participate in 2016.

 

Geraldine Deay Memorial Crookstown 5k Loop – The Crookstown 5k Loop will take place on Friday June 17th 2016. Registration at 6pm in the Crookstown Business Park , race commences at 7pm. The event will be followed by a BBQ. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research.

 

The Irish Cancer Society’s – is currently seeking volunteer drivers from Co. Wicklow to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Dublin hospitals. Driver expenses are paid. If you’re interested, please telephone Rebecca on 01 2316642 or email transport@irishcancer.ie

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