Dunlavin notes week December 5

A General Maintenance Caretaker – is required for the Imaal Hall, Dunlavin.  To qualify for this position, you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for a least a year and be over 25 years of age. For further details contact Elaine on 0876293923 or Tom Whittle on 0879227051 / email stratfordce@gmail.com


St. Vincent de Paul – will hold their annual Church collection next weekend December 10th & 11th, this will replace the usual share collection. Your support will be gratefully accepted.


Active Retirement Christmas Party – A sincere thank you to all who helped in any way to make this event such a great success.  A special mention for Arthur Cragie, Dermot Hughes, Adrian & Margaret Deering, Martin & Carmel Caplis, Grace’s Pub Naas who donated towards the dinner, St. Kevin’s Community College for making and donating the Christmas Cake, the Chef’s Margaret O’Rourke and Lisa Travers, and the volunteers who helped on the day. To all the local businesses who donated items for the raffle, which raised a total of €828.75 (there is a list of prize winners on the Church notice board), and a special mention to Michael & Sandra Cleary who donated 12 bags of coal that was given out in a free draw between all the guests, we say thank you very much. And last but not least a huge thanks to all the committee who give freely their time to make the Christmas Party So Special.

The Lighthouse Homeless Shoebox Appeal – if anyone would like to fill a shoebox, handbag or backpack for a homeless man, woman or child this Christmas you can drop them into the parish centre or contact Adrienne on 085-1363858 before December 16th. A list of items you can include is available on the Church notice board. Thank you! 


Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are on sale at present for Friedrich’s Ataxia research Alliance (FARA) Ireland. As you know they are an excellent way of spreading awareness for Friedrich’s ataxia as it one of 5,000 a rare illnesses. At least 6-8% of the Irish population is affected by a rare disease but the figure could be as high as 11%. Some rare diseases are more serious than others.  FARA Ireland have been running the Christmas card fundraiser over the last 10 years and have seen the benefits of it as promoting awareness at first hand.  Friedreich’s Ataxia usually presents those in their early teens, a time in their lives when it is difficult for them to accept any illness. This makes the need for awareness all the more important as they try to tell people they meet that they have Friedreich’s Ataxia.


This year the card selection includes a picture of the GPO and Spire (alternatively titles the Monument of Light) in the Dublin selection, Blarney Castle and Patrick st., Cork as we as several Christmas scenes. Over the last few years the Ataxia Charity shop in Bandon, Co Cork has raised €20,000 annually for Friedrich Ataxia research so FARA Ireland are delighted to include a Cork selection into the cards this year.  Pack of 15 Christmas cards costs €8 of which €5 goes directly to the Charity



The cards can be purchased in Dunlavin at the Health Centre, Centra and Parish Centre; Donard-  OKeefe’s Country Store ; Hollywood – Dalys’ Service Station; Baltinglass – Murphy Sherrin Veterinary; Blessington – McGreal’s Pharmacy and The Office Shop; Kilcullen – Berney’s Pharmacy;  Newbridge Bergin’s Pharmacy.  FARA Ireland are indebted to all these outlets for their help in promoting this fundraiser.


Culture Bus

The culture bus will travel to  Dublin on December 18th ,  it will depart Dunlavin at 11am and return at 7pm. If you  want to  shop, attend a show or visit a gallery or meet up  with friends or just get into the festive spirit without the hassle of parking or driving call 0879693960.


Advent Fare

The annual Grangebeg Camphill advent fare will take place on December 11th 2016 2pm to 5pm. All are welcome. Stalls €20.


West Wicklow Fitness -now open in Dunlavin GAA grounds. Contact 0879549077 to plan your fitness programme. westwicklowfitness@gmail.com

Dunlavin’s Friendship Club – is back on Fridays at 2.30pm. Please tell family and friends. New members welcome. If you have a neighbour that might like to attend maybe offer to drive them in.



Register of Elections

Anyone who has turned 18 or moved to the area and wishes to register to vote in Dunlavin please contact 0879693960



ALHomecare – Live in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Mary or Tom today on 087 9916791. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie


Silver Stream Nursing Home

Best wishes to all at Silverstream Nursing Home which opened  last week. For info Email sbeirne@silverstream.ie 


Cancer Support

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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