Dunlavin notes week May 8th


Thanks to Rita and Alan Craigie for their generous offer of opening their garden last weekend in aid of Donard /Dunlavin Meals on Wheels. 4310.50 was raised on this beautiful day. Thanks to all who supported.


Day Trip

A little bit of Heaven was visited on Saturday by members of the Dunlavin Flower Club and their friends.  A trip to Macreddin Village for morning coffee was followed by a stroll along the brook to the delightful church and grounds of the beautiful hotel.

The tour went on to the Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh, Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow.  Their guide Philip Quested gave them a detailed history of the gardens designed and developed by the Acton Family. Philip explained about the garden’s horticultural importance, due to the rare species of plants and also of the record breaking size of the plants (some are the largest in Europe)

This garden was lost to a jungle of weeds, brambles and over grown laurels and common native trees until only in recent years it was patiently and lovingly reclaimed by a handful of staff from the Office of Public Works, headed by their Head Gardner Seamus O’Brien.

The gardens are in full bloom from the minute you arrive at the entrance gates. The gigantic rhodedandrons, enormous azaleas, and towering pieris, greet you along the avenue up to the court yard.  From the back of the courtyard the herbaceous beds flow along the side of the walled garden.  The path leads down to the pond which is reached by bridges over little streams. The pond was once a trout farm for the monastery on which the gardens sit.

From all angles right, left, up and down it is a riot of colour.    The melodic birdsong and the hum of the bees accompanies you along the main walkway littered with confetti-like flower petals from the over-hanging shrubbery.

The perfume from the plants is quite delightful.

The food in the cafe was delicious with a huge variety of sweet and savoury platters to suit everyone’s needs.  The array of wholesome food came in generous proportions too.

The Kilmacurragh Gardens are free to visit and free parking too. 

The gardens are still a work in progress and Seamus has a vision of repairing the main house to complete the overall restoration of Wicklow’s hidden gem. 

 A great day was had by all and comes hugely recommended by the Dunlavin Flower Club.


Baltinglass Branch Irish Red Cross Church Gate Collection – will take place on the May 13th & 14th. The purpose of this fund raising is to purchase much needed ambulance equipment.This is the first public fundraiser taken by the Baltinglass Branch of the Irish Red Cross since 2003 and all contributions would be very much appreciated.


Yoga – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. If interested please contact Kate on 0872762319 or katebullman@gmail.com


Dunlavin Inn Golf Society

The winners of the recent outing to Rathsallagh Golf Club were 1sy Johnny Willis, 2nd Ken Johnson, F 9 David Corrigan, B 9 Peter O’Connor


Arts Festival

The next Arts Festival meeting will take place in Rathsallagh Golf Club on Saturday May 20th at 2pm. All welcome to attend.


Car Boot Sale

will be held in the Imaal Hall on Sunday,4th June from 9:30am to 2:00pm (Table must be set up by 9am). A table will be supplied at a cost of €15, to book your table please contact 045-403319 or 087-6293923. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the hall.


Dunlavin Community Playschool

 Enrolment places for September are filling up fast so if you know of anybody with a child due to start playschool in September 2017, January or April 2018 can you ask them to contact the playschool on 045-406866 or call in to complete an enrolment form so they can be added to the list.


Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Fatima – will take place 14th – 19th June 2017. €659pps (Single room supplement €150) includes 5 nights in Hotel Recinto with breakfast, lunch & dinner. Further details are available on the Church notice board


Line Dancing – continues in the Imaal Hal on Wednesdays from 8pm-10pm at a cost of only €6. New beginners are welcome, so come along learn a new skill and join the craic! 


Drama Production

Donoughmore and Donard Amateur Drama Society will stage “Cupid Wore Skirts” in Donoughmore Hall on May 13th and 14th at 8pm. Ticket Only costing €10. Bookings 0873588583. Donations from the performance will go towards St Brigid’s Hospice, Donard /Dunlavin Meals on Wheels and Donard and Donoughmore National Schools. Your support will be appreciated.


Use Your Local Library

Join your local library and avail of the many free services there. E-Books and E Audio books are available, you can read Digital Magazines and the  newspapers for free. Great selection of children’s books. Opening times in Dunlavin Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm., Wednesday 3-5pm and 6.30-8.30pm, Friday 10.30-1pm and 3pm-5pm, and Saturday 11am-1pm. Closed on Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends.



John Brady TD will hold a clinic in Dunlavin parish centre on the 2nd Monday of each month from 11.30am to 12.30pm. All welcome to drop in.


Yarn Bombing.

 Dressing trees up in yarn, knitted, crocheted or pompoms. Not a fundraising event. A COMMUNITY event. So as many people as possible. The aim of this community project is to decorate the town for  the week of the Arts Festival. Google ICA yarn bombing Newbridge. If  people  are interested there will be a community knitting session in Meitheal on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12 noon and also on Thursdays 3pm to 5pm. All welcome.


Farmers Market

Following the great success of the  Farmers Market in Dunlavin the next   one will take place on Saturday June 3rd 10am to 2pm outside Meitheal Coffee Shop.  No trading allowed, only own grown, own made items. Get sowing and growing, baking and making if you would like to be part of this event.


Church Shop – We now have a lovely selection of items in stock including Confirmation and Communion cards, rosettes, rosary beads, necklaces and pins. All items are available from the Church and the parish office at very competitive prices..


Donard Comhaltas – hold music lessons every Thursday at 8pm in Donard National School. Beginners tin whistle, banjo, concertina, flute, fiddle, accordian, guitar, bodhrán. €5 per lesson. New members always welcome



To book a court contact the hall caretaker any evening after 7pm in the hall.


Used Postage Stamps 

Please keep your used postage stamps for St. Patrick’s Missions, Kiltegan who can use them to fundraise. Used stamps can be dropped into the parish office anytime. Thank you to all who have donated stamps throughout the past year.


1916 DVD

Dunlavin Remembers 1916 DVD – is now on sale for €6 each. It looks back at the highlights of a fantastic day in our village. Contact Antoinette on 087-6793588 or Jimmy on 087-2730238 to order. A limited number are available. Great present for loved ones living abroad


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


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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