Avoca notes week May 1st

St Pat’s Weekly Draw 24th April 2017


1st Prize  –  €80 Henry Jackson, Conary

2nd Prize  –  €50 John Kinsella, Woodview Pk, Avoca

3rd Prize  –  €30, Jenny Fox, Templerainey

Sellers Prize:  Ben Tuke

Next Draw:  Fitzgerads



Every Wednesday evening @ 8.30pm

Jackpot now €5925 All are Welcome



Avoca Courthouse is open MondayFriday 9am – 5pm. Open through lunch.


Red Kite Relay Race 2017 – date for your Dairy
Our 2nd Annual 10k & Relay Race will take place on Friday 15th July – more details about on line registration available soon



Avoca national school is taking enrolments coming academic year. The school has places in all classes. If you would like to have, your child enrolled, please call the office on 0402-35331 or email us at avocans@hotmail.com. All pupils welcome.



Next trip to Dublin Wednesday 3rd May including guided tour of little museum of Dublin, Stephens Green. Bus leaving car park at 9am price €20 approx. Please book with Joan 0872260968 by 17th April. All member’s are invited to sing with us in The Dawn chorus Sunday 7th May at 7am in the park in Avoca. Our A.G.M Thursday 18th May at 2pm in the hall. All members please try to attend this meeting if possible.



Avoca ICA and friends wish to thank all those who so generously donated to their recent fundraiser in aid of the Haiti Earthquake victims. Your support is very much appreciated.  Fundraising is ongoing for this worthy cause



The Annual Blessing of the Graves in Newbridge Graveyard in Avoca village will take place on Saturday the 20th of May at 2.30pm. Newbridge Graveyard is one of the oldest graveyards in the area. All are welcome. There will be refreshments in the Community Hall afterwards.



Avoca National School held a fundraising Bingo in Avoca Community Hall on Sunday, April 2nd. The sum of 3,200 euros was raised. This will go toward creating an all-weather playing space for the children. The Board of Management would like to thank the Hall Committee and the Bingo Team for their help in organising this event. Many thanks to the local businesses and parents that sponsored this event and to the people who came to play Bingo on the day



We were saddened to hear of the death of Kenneth Browne, journalist and industrial archaeologist who specialized in the field of Cornish steam engine houses. The Mine Heritage Committee of Avoca records its sympathy on his death and remembers him for his willingness to give his time and expertise freely to the committee. He will be missed by many in the Avoca area because whenever he came to Ireland he always called to Avoca. He left us with invaluable knowledge of the Cornish technology on the Avoca mine heritage site.

Irish Mine Heritage has lost a great friend.



The community group Team Avoca have been highlighting to fellow community groups to support Avoca Post Office. This comes in the context of the media coverage over proposed closures of Post Offices in rural towns. There is a petition book in Avoca Post Office that people are asked to sign and there are petition sheets being given out to the different community groups in the area.


Our current Post Mistress of Avoca Post Office, Mary Bolger, provides a wide range of services which include the payments of Pensions, Children Allowance and Job-Seekers, Bill payments including Property Tax, ESB, Phone, Oxendales and Littlewoods, Banking (A.I.B Lodgments and Withdrawals) and Ulster Bank, 1 for all Gift Vouchers, Lotto and Scratch Cards. Our Post Mistress Mary Bolger is currently visiting community groups to highlight the services that Avoca Post Office provides. Our motto is: ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’.




Following the launch of Avoca Men’s Shed last year the members have been devising their programme for the next few months. Woodenbridge Golf Club has kindly given permission to the group to hold their meetings in the old railway station beside the club. This iconic local building, which holds many fond memories for local people, has fallen into disrepair since the closure of the station, but it is the aim of the men’s shed group to undertake as much repair work as they can reasonably do to secure the fabric of the building and to allow its preservation into the future.


It has been agreed to devote two days a week to the preservation work – Wednesdays and Thursdays for the moment. Mondays and Fridays will be for individual members to pursue their own projects or undertake small tasks for the broader community. Already a bench has been made for the Gaelscoil and some screening will soon be completed for Avoca Tidy Towns.


Tuesday has been designated a social day when members will meet at the station at 10.00am (or earlier if outings are taking place) to chat, have a cup of tea, play pool or cards and maybe have the occasional lunch.


It is hoped that by structuring the week in this fashion new (and old) members can choose activities that might appeal. If anyone is interested in finding out more they should come down any Tuesday. Remember the shed is primarily a social network for men. The work is an incidental icebreaker and no skill is necessary.


Contact Noel Fallon on 089 453 9860 for more information.


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