Laragh Glendalough notes week June 19th

Laragh Glendalough

Marigold Festival (Celebrating Healthy & Active Aging)

There was a great turn out for this year’s Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) Eastern Region South Marigold Festival in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh for the first time. Coaches full of festival goers laughed, danced, ate, were entertained by host Finbar Coady, the Rams(Rathfarmham), Jimmy Coogan(singer), and the Bright Side Of Life(Clondalkin). The fun didn’t stop there! Pickleball & Kubb Demos, Boules,   Zumba Dancing, fish and chips, ice cream in the luncheon area outside. Talks on the main stage with holiday reps, stallholders selling clothes, bags, jams, jewellery, etc., along with Homestead Care set up in and around the building selling items and answering any questions about care in the home. Thank you to all who organized and participated in this wonderful event.


STARZ OF WICKLOW 2017 TALENT COMPETITION! Calling all Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Poets and Performers between 5-18years! Trophies, Big Cash Prizes, Celebrity Judges, Media Advertisement and a warm, encouraging, fun environment are waiting for you! If you would like to enter and showcase your talents we would love to hear from you! Our competition is open to young people of all levels- no stage experience necessary. The event is in Lynhams Hotel, Laragh on Sunday 25th June. To register please text your name and act to 0831563897 or email stagebratzstarzacademy@yahoo.com.  It’s YOUR time to shine!


“Let’s Talk about Community Development”

As part of our Let’s Talk about information and community engagement series, Co. Wicklow PPN is inviting community groups to find out about community development structures, plans and processes that can impact on their areas and way of life. Join us at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Monday 26th June at 7pm. We want to hear your thoughts and in so doing ensure that the PPN continues to be an effective and accessible voice for community groups throughout Co. Wicklow. To find out more or to book a place at this event email, countywicklowppn@gmail.com or phone Helen on 087 189 5145.


Tai Chi and QiGong Starting 11th of July                                                                                                                                

 The end of this term is June 20th with a new block of classes starting on the 11th of July. Tai Chi and QiGong classes are very powerful tools which help to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Go to http://jadesuntaichi.com/neal-traynor.html to learn more about the classes and tutor Neal Traynor (087 9085684). Classes are held on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Brockagh Centre, call Neal to book in. 


Traditional Basket-making Workshop

This full day, traditional basket-making workshop will teach you basic basketry techniques. Taught in a relaxed learning environment, you will bring home your own completed small round willow basket (a skib). The workshops will take place in the Brockagh Centre from 9-5 pm on June 24th, July 16th and August 8th, 2017. Classes are small with 5 participants. Garden workshop   also available on request. Visit www.wicklowwillow.ie, phone Aoife on 087-9773622 or email info@wicklowwillow.ie.


McGrath-Flood School of Irish Dancing Coming to Brockagh Centre/Laragh

Irish Dancing to start on Saturday 16th Sept from  9am-10am. Classes cater for any age over 3yrs and all levels including absolute beginners.  Registered members of An Comhdhail,  fully Garda Vetted and insured.  Contact details for enquiries are Cian Flood TCRG (086-1293807), Eimear McGrath TCRG (085-7180926), email: mcgrathfloodschool@gmail.com, Facebook.com/mgfschool or search “McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing”. 


Free Digital Skills Computer Course                                                                                                         

A free 5-week digital skills computer course is commencing shortly. Topics covered include digital photography, online banking, online government services, email, shopping online and much more. Call the Brockagh Resource Centre on 0404 45600 or email laraghit@eircom.net.


Tae kwon-Do for Youths and Adults                                                                                      

Teens and adults will enjoy Taekwon-Do, a Korean art of self-defence. Benefits include improving confidence, respect, discipline, awareness, concentration, channeling aggression, balance, coordination, speed, reactions, fitness and health. Call Master Kenneth Wheatley on 087-2547347 for further information. Classes are on Tuesdays at 7.45-8.45pm (Seniors & Teens).


Tuesday night dance

New Summer Time for The Wicklow Man

Wicklow Man(David Bury 087 272 3962) is on every Tuesday night in the Brockagh Centre at the new time of 9 p.m.  for a few hours of dancing and socialising.There will be no dance on the 27th of June, 2017.


Community Archaeology Opportunities at Glendalough

Tues 8th – Fri 18th August: Volunteers are welcome to participate in the excavation. Sat 12th Aug: Excavation  for 13-17 yr olds (if accompanied by adults: tbc). Sat 19th Aug: “Big Dig” for children 12 yrs, Open Day at exacavation. Sat 26th: ‘Food and Resources  in the Past’: Open Day at excavations with family activities exploring use of natural resources in the past. Mon 21st – Fri 25th August: Daily tours of the excavations; Graveyard Survey and Graveyard Tours; Art and Atmosphere exhibition. No experience required but for some events registration is.  For further information contact:

glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com  or see Glendalough Heritage Forum on social media.


Lough Derg 2017 – Pilgrimage Season

Come walk in the spiritual footsteps of your family, parents, grandparents and ancestors. Reconnect with their prayer for their family and future family – today you are that family. Retreat to Lough Derg on 2nd to 3rd of September, 2017. Overnight stay in Central Hotel, Donegal. Departing from Rathdrum Memorial Park at 10.30-11am. Contact Mary on 0404 45119 for further information. Organisers are Mary Turner and Breda Fitzgerald 0402 39043 or 086 307 3060.

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