Dunlavin notes week June 12th


35th Dunlavin Festival of Arts

Friday June 16th to 18th 2017

Friday 16th.

6.30 Exhibitions open

 7.30pm Official opening of Art exhibitions by  Brian Hayes MEP followed by live music by Cora Venus Lunny and friend in Market House

9.30pm Set Dance Céilí in the Imaal Hall.  Refreshments served

Proceeds to St. Brigid’s Hospice

Music entertainment in the pubs

Saturday June 17th

10am Farmers Market : Outside Meitheal

11am- All exhibitions open

11am -1pm Sound Workshop.-Jonathan Swift Hall

2pm-4pm Sound Workshop No 2-Jonathan Swift Hall

11am- All exhibitions open

 12.30pm Puppet Show Imaal Hall

2pm Bottle Painting Workshop.. Imaal Hall

3.15pm Repeat of Puppet Show.

4.00pm Camphill Theatre Group Imaal Hall

8 pm  Swift in Dunlavin . St Nicholas Church .of Ireland

9pm Bingo in the Imaal Hall

9.30pm Two Guys Live. Burke’s Lounge.

10pm Music in the pubs

Sunday June 18th.

12 noon all exhibitions open

12 noon Craft Fair in the Imaal Hall

12 Noon Food Stalls  in Street.

12 noon – 5pm BBQ-Jonathan Swift School

2pm Drumming Workshop-The Green

2pm Dog Show on Cow Green

2pm Family Fun Day on Dunlavin Green 

2pm Cartoon Character Show- Dunlavin Green

2.30pm. Pottery Workshop.  Upstairs in Imaal Hall.

3pm -Tumble Circus. Trapeze Act

3pm Street Music, Street Entertainment, Teddy Bears Picnic The Green

3pm- Second dance Workshop- Squash Court

3pm Yoga with Patricia Spellman.  Upstairs Imaal Hall

3.30 Cartoon Character Show- Dunlavin Green.

4.30.  Dunlavin and Ulysses.. Market House

4.30pm Drumming Workshop- The Green.

5.00pm Historical Talk around the village. Meet in the park.

5-7pm First Authors. Dunlavin Inn. 

6pm Over 50.s Walking Soccer.

10pm Music in pubs

GALLERY SPACE: Market House – Professional Artists

Old Schoolhouse – Emerging Artists

Blue Door (Garda Station) – Shay O’ Byrne Solo  Exhibition

Lite Door Gallery – Students’ Photographic/Craft Exhibition

White Door Gallery-Signature –  Red Line Group.

Signature Gallery   Beta Bajgart Exhibition.

The Unhinged Gallery – James Kirwan.

Murtaghs’ – Dunlavin Photography Group Exhibition.

Meitheal Upstairs Camphill Exhibition.

Bacon Factory  Michael Anderton   Photographic Exhibition.

 AIB Bank House-Exhibition by Blessington Art Group- Cruthu .


5K Loop

The annual Geraldine Deay Crookstown 5k loop will take place on Friday 23 June at 7pm . Run or walk for cancer research. Event will commence and end at the Crookstown Business Park.  Food and refreshments afterwards, € 10 per adult , family of 4 €25. 


Parish Fundraiser

The farmers market will take place on June 17th at 10am. The parish will have a stall and would like people to bake for the stall. Baking can be left into parish centre on the Friday or to the stall on Saturday morning.



Sympathy to the family of Pat Farrell, Moorhill who passed away last week. Pat is mourned by his wife Rosie, daughter Alice , sons William and Pat, brother  Dinny. and all his relatives and friends. Pats burial took place in Gomanstown Graveyard On Monday June 5th  May Pat rest in peace


Dog Show

The Annual Dog Show will take place on June 18th at 2pm on The Cow Green, Dunlavin. For Categories check out Festival Website



Jonathan Swift National School are celebrating 125 years . To celebrate this they have published a fine book full of memories and photographs of past pupils. Book on sale at the school for €20


Mid Summer Melodies

Mid-Summer melodies takes place in La Touche Cottage , Brannockstown on Saturday June 17th 2-5pm. This is a fundraiser for World Vision. For information contact 045 483800 or 0867281811.


Swift In Dunlavin

Dunlavin Arts Festival presents Swift in Dunlavin, an evening of poetry, prose and song to celebrate the life and works of Jonathan Swift. 2017 marks the 350th anniversary of Swift’s birth and in 2016 St Nicholas Church, of which Swift was once Prebendary, enjoyed 200 years since the current church was built. Join us as local and professional talent come together to entertain you with highlights from Swift’s writings and music from the period.


Swift in Dunlavin

Saturday 17th June 2017 at 8pm

St Nicholas Church of Ireland, Church St, Dunlavin

Tickets €15 from Roche’s Pharmacy Dunlavin on 045 401319 or www.eventbrite.ie

Ticket price includes a wine reception after the performance.



The annual Maureen Dennis memorial set dance ceili will take place on June 16th in the Imaal Hall, music by Syl and Liz, proceeds to St Brigids Hospice on the Curragh. Dancing 9.30 to 12.30. Subscription € 10 includes supper.


Track & Field Athletics – Training will now begin in Donard GAA on Tuesdays at 3:15 for all children who want to train. We also need boys for U12 relay, and girls & boys for U14 and U16 relay teams. Please contact Loretta Wright 085-7219111 or Maeve Miley 087-9933849 as soon as possible. €3 per family.


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.


Line Dancing

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! 


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.


Farmers Market

Following the great success of the  Farmers Market in Dunlavin the next   one will take place on Saturday June 17th  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..


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 any time. Thank you to all who have donated stamps throughout the past year.


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


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


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.


Dunlavin’s Friendship Club – meet 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.


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