Roundwood notes week May 1st

roundwood local notes



There will be a talk on the Holy Wells  of Wicklow in the Annamoe centre on Monday the 15th May at 8  30 oclock   It will be hosted by Rosaleen Durkin & Jack Byrne  This will be very interesting The main focus will be on the  Annamoe Glendalough and Roundwood area.  For More details phone 087 6168460   It is on the same night as our History evening.  

The Annamoe Tennis Court is available on hourly basics If you would like to book to play.  Please contact Christine on 086 8057431


The Blessing of graves will take place in Glendalough on Saturday 13th May at 8pm & in Brockagh on 20th May after 7pm mass


Now with the longer evenings the Wednesday evenings walks can take to the countryside! The walks will leave from the Coach House car park on Wednesdays at 7pm to take in some of the great walks around the Vartry Reservoirs. Do come along & bring a friend.


Please come along and enjoy a cuppa and some home baking at Roundwood Parish Hall next Saturday morning 13th May, 10am till 12.30pm all in aid of The Martin Family Trust. There will be a cake sale and a raffle with many great prizes on the morning. For further information contact Val Halligan 086 107 0380 or Sue Gaskin at 087 675 7147.

There will be a Country music break to Westport from the 22nd to the 27th October with day trips on some of the days.  It will be five night, six day tour with dinner, bus from Roundwood and back, dinner, bed and breakfast in the 3* The Westport Woods Hotel and music every night with acts such as T.R. Dallas, & Mike Denver and many more.  Day trips to Achill Island, Wild Atlantic Way to a pint in Matt Molloys bar.  The price will be €399 per person sharing with a €90 single room supplement.  A €200 deposit is required before 15th May.  Please contact Susan on 087 6273032 for more details.  All moniey to be paid before 1st August, 2017.


Progressive 45 card game on Sunday 14th May at 7.30pm sharp in the Roundwood Parish Hall, Excellent prize money with refreshments at the break. In aid of The Under 17 An Tochar GAA Team.


Music in Calary
After a wonderful concert played by local musicians in Calary Church on Easter Monday, our next event is at 8 pm on Thursday 11 May when John Feeley (guitar), David O’Doherty (violin) and Moya O’Grady (cello) will play pieces by Vivaldi, Paganini, Albeniz, Piazzola. Tickets are €18 and €15 for concessions. For further information or to book places on the seating list for this concert, please ring John at (01) 2818146 or email derekneilson@eircom.net. Those of you on facebook can now follow us at Music in Calary Church.
Table quiz in aid of school upgrade for Avondale Community College is taking place in Jacobs Well on the 12th of May, starting at 8pm. €40 for a table of four contact Sinead on 0879874556 to book a table. Great raffle prizes on the night and fun spot prizes..please come along and have a laugh while raising funds for your local secondary school.


Save Water

One of the categories in the Tidy Towns competition is resource management & this year the Roundwood Tidy Towns group in association with Wicklow Co Council’s Local Agenda 21 are encouraging residents to install a water butt to conserve water. If you would like further information on this initiative, or assistance with buying or installing a water butt please call 086 8055040


Local Survey

If you haven’t done so already please complete the Roundwood & District Community Council’s local needs survey which can be accessed through this linkhttp://www.roundwood.ie/activities/community-survey-2017/ . The results of the survey, where practical,  will help guide the work of the RDCC in the coming years. It is pretty short & will only take you a few minutes to complete. Thank you


Roundwood Whizzers Walking Group

Get Roundwood walking is still on the go on Wednesday evenings. The group are now leaving from the Coach House car park at 7pm & heading off towards the Vartry Reservoirs for an hours walk. All welcome to come along to walk at your own pace



Our next talk in the 2017 Series will take place on TuesdayMay 9th at 20.00 in the Roundwood Parish Hall.  The talk is entitled ‘The Fenians in Context’ and will be presented by Author and Historian, Liz Gillis.  Liz Gillis has a degree in Irish history and is the author of five books on the Irish Revolution.   Formerly a curatorial assistant with RTÉ, Liz has worked as a curator on numerous publications and has participated in many conferences and lectures on the subject of the Irish Revolution. Born in the Liberties in Dublin, Liz also conducts a walking tour of the Liberties, concentrating on the revolutionary history of the area. She is also co-organiser of the annual conference on the Burning of the Custom House in 1921.  The word ‘Fenian’ conjures up powerful images in Irish history; of dynamite plots, clandestine meetings of secret cells plotting revolution in Ireland from both sides of the Atlantic. Bishop Moriarty of Kerry famously declared that ‘hell was not hot enough’ for the Fenians.  As 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising of 1867 this talk will be of great interest and we look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday 9th May.  Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The entrance fee for members is €3 and for non-members is €5 – payable at the door.



A bus will leave Roundwood for a pilgrimage to Our Ladys Island on Sunday 20th August.  Cost is €60 per person which includes scones & tea and dinner in the Riverside Park Hotel.  Names and money before 1st June, 2017 to Susan at 087 6273032.

Reminder to all that our brand new gym will open to all from 8th May. The gym manage, Alex Grey, PSquared Performance, will hold an open evening from 6.30pm on Friday 5th May to explain classes and take bookings. Andrew Doyle will also be there to officially open the fantastic facility.   The qualifier rounds of our Indoor Soccer Tournament in aid of the Martin Family trust have taken place over the last two weekends and we now have our six finalists.  Stephen Fox, Ross Brown, Bill Halligan, John Brady, Gary Mc and Damo Gaffney will spend this week prepping their men for next Saturday, May 6th at 7 pm.  Very little actual work will be done this week as these very competitive players will be flat out upping their water intake, loading with carbs and resting up for the big games.  We look forward to seeing you all.  the Finals will be followed by food, Music and Presentations in the Club Bar.  Please see Facebook.com/AnTocharGAA for further details. Coffee Morning & Cake Sale – Fundraiser for the Martin Family Trust.  Saturday May 13th10am to 12.30pm in Roundwood Parish Hall & Centre. – Please come along and enjoy some time with family and friends and by doing so support these two little boys and their family.  All donations will be gratefully received.    GAA Cul Camps – the An Tochar Cul Camp will run from July 10th – 14th.  Further information/booking available on www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie


Diamond Bridge Club

Annual Fundraising Bridge night for Roundwood Community Hall will be held on Monday 8th May in the Hall starting at 7.45pm, all standards welcome,  table money £10 per person, no partner required, raffle  and supper on night   Results for  Monday  24th April are North/South 1st Rory Egan and Gaye McGettigan, 2nd Catherine McGillycuddy and Nancy O Brien, 3rd Monica Brady and Phil Power and 4th Margaret Byrne and Kay Plunkett.   1st place for East/West were Gertie Fee and Brid Clancy, 2nd Pamela Byrne and Maura Gaskin, 3rd Clare Sally and Mary Pierce and 4th John Loscher and Ann Kennedy


002 Bridge Club

Results for Friday  28th April were North/South 1st Ger Lenihan and Paddy O Brien, 2nd June Digby and Monica Brady, 3rd Catherine McGillycuddy and Nancy O Brien.    1st for East/West were Seamus Kennedy and John Loscher, 2nd Teresa Leahy and Marian Davies and 3rd Elizabeth Belton and Philomena Kenna.

 Pat Carr’s place in Knockraheen every Tuesday between 10 and 12 and new members are very welcome.

Recently some of our members attended a Cluster Meeting in Blessington where they listened and learned and shared with other SHEDS from around the county. This was a really worthwhile experience.

We are very proud of one of our members who ‘shed’ his beard at a recent charity event. The beard has been ‘preserved’ and is in safe keeping before a final decision is made as to its future use.

For further information re the ROUNDWOOD SHED feel free to call 086 8650588.


There was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto draw.  The numbers drawn were. 4, 10, 11, & 28. There were eight match three winners, T Lennox, Mary Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, M.M.K., Pharmacy Staff, Sinead B, Noel Doran &  F Fee. Next week’s jackpot will be €14,500 



Any adults interesting in reliving their youth when we all learned to Ceili dance? There are Ceili dancing lessons in the Parish Hall in Roundwood on Wednesday nights starting at 8pm for an hour.  It’s learning to ceili dance in a fun and friendly manner (solo and group dances).  Just come along on the night

The results of the whist are as follows:- Top Score: Pat Fisher; Top Gent: Tiny Shortt; Second Gent: Martin Byrne; Top Lady & second Lady (shared) Molly Byrne, Mary Pierce & Maura McHugh; First Half: Ann Wolohan; Second Half: Tom McHugh; Lowest Score: Ann Pierce & Longest Sitting: Monica Brady.  Raffle prizes were won by Mary Murphy, Paddy O’Brien, Mary Pierce & Martin Byrne.   Next whist will be on Wednesday 10th May in the Parish Centre.

The next dance in Roundwood Community Centre is on Friday 19th May from 9pm 12 midnight with music by The Wicklow Man. All are welcome


A 45 Card Game takes place every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at a new time of 8.30pm. Teas served. All are welcome.


Roundwood Set Dancing continues every Thursday night from 9pm til 11pm in Kavanagh’s Lounge, Roundwood.  Music this month is CD’s and we will have the O’Kane Family back playing for us again in March and then live music for the remainder of the year.    Admission remains at €5.  Beginners are always welcome along with anyone looking for a bit of exercise and a fun night out.


We’re back! Roundwood Home Producers Market re-opened on Sunday 19th March at 12 noon until 5 pm. Come for all your fresh bread, home baking, jams etc.  There will also be pictures, home crafts, plants and more. We look forward to seeing you all. New members always welcome.

Why not take 2 hours out of your week just for you and join us on a Monday evening at 7.30 in the Parish Hall, Roundwood.  Here you will be part of a group who know that looking after their well being is so important.  You will learn how to meditate and be still. To connect to your Angels and be supported by the wonderful people who have attended this group in Roundwood for 13 years.  So if you would like more information you can contact me Mary Stacey on 0879819420 or just come along on the night


Pilgrimage To Medjugorje October 11th 2017 for  a week.  Cost €669.00 per person sharing.  Single Room extra. €200.00 deposit secures place balance to be paid twelve weeks prior to departure.  Price includes flights ( Aer Lingus) Insurance, Half Board accommodation in House beside the Church.  Transfers to and from Medjugorje.  Local Guides throughout the week all English speaking, headed up by Senior Guide Philip Ryan from Dublin.  Philip is a very experienced guide having spent over twenty five years in Medjugorje.  Accompanied by Spiritual Director.  For more information / booking  Contact Mary King on 087 2185067


Home Instead Senior Care –  Are actively looking for carers in the Roundwood and surrounding areas to care for people in their own homes. Hours are Flexible, Part-Time, Evening and Weekend Work, Training & Experience preferred but not essential. If you are seeking employment, have a passion for people and would like to care for the elderly in your community.  Please give Home Instead a call at 01 2768122

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