Dunlavin notes week October 16th

St. Nicholas’ Church Celebrations

Dunlavin celebrations – 200th Anniversary and Harvest Festival Service is being celebrated in St Nicholas’ Church Dunlavin on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 3 p.m. Refreshments afterwards in parish hall.  All welcome.


Restart a Heart – In conjunction with the annual European Restart a Heart initiative, a CPR training morning will take place on Saturday, 21st October in the Imaal Hall starting at 10am. Training is free but you are asked to pre-register by emailing dunlavincfr@gmail.com or by contacting 086-8346170.


The Dunlavin Residents Association – are collecting old and new photos for their annual Christmas Calendar, they are asking that you share your fond memories with the community far and wide. Please pass on your pictures to Orna in the ‘Parish Centre’ or any of the Residents Association Committee Please note all original pics will be returned as soon as possible once copied. All pictures are to be submitted by the end of October, Many thanks!


Living with Loss – An information evening for the public about bereavement will take place on Thursday, 2nd November 5:30-8pm at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2. Further details are available on the Church notice board.


A Church Gate Collection – will be held by the Asthma Society of Ireland next weekend October 21st & 22nd. Your support will be appreciated.


The Church Gate Collection – last week raised €411.10 which goes towards the upgrade of the Christmas Lights. Dunlavin Forum greatly appreciates your support.



Draw 5 winners : 1st prize €200 Roisin Allen 2nd prize €75 Brigid Downes 3rd prize €50 Mervyn O’Neill 4th prize €20 Breda Walsh 5th prize €20 Sinead Doyle 6th Prize €20 David Barrett. Thanks for the continued support



Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal – if anyone would like to fill a shoebox for children in need you can drop them into the Parish Office, Scoil Niocláis Naofa or contact Shona on 087-6884879. Further details are on the Church notice board. Thank you in advance


PJ O’ Conner Radio Story Winner

Congratulations to Robert Barrett, Crehelp on winning 1st PRIZE -in the P J O’ Conners Radio Awards for  K.L.O. for the Doggy .

For the three jury members coming from Switzerland, Norway and Denmark, the comedy “K.L.O. for the Doggy” was a very wonderful and indeed very Irish piece. In a rural setting, it tells the story of Jude who is building a love nest with his new girlfriend but gets disturbed by an old man, known to Jude as Uncle Batty. However, Jude discovers that Uncle Batty holds the key to a small fortune. The story then takes a crazy and unexpected turn: Jude’s plans for the future cloud over as an unexpected and unwelcome character appears. Meanwhile Uncle Batty finds a lover and will marry.  The jury loved the language, the humour and the absurdity of this Irish rural comedy.


Race Night

Dunlavin & District Forum presents a Race Night to take place on October 21st in Burkes Bar starting at 9pm in aid of the Christmas Lights upgrade. €10/ horse available from any committee member or in Ed’s Fruit & Veg. Come along for a great nights entertainment and fun.


Cycle for Cancer Fundraiser.


James Whelan and James Kelly and friends will undertake to cycle

 from Eyre Square Galway city to the picturesque village of Dunlavin Co. Wicklow  on Saturday October 28th 2017.. It is a 184k cycle undertaken in one day all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society who do amazing work. He is currently looking for more Cyclists and Volunteers.

Anybody who would like to cycle or volunteer please contact James at vgwhelan@gmail.com.

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on Wednesday  25 October   8pm (sharp)

‘Negotiating Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: the case of Carlow Lunatic Asylum and the south-east’   by Catherine Cox .

Catherine Cox is a lecturer in the School of History at UCD and is Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine of Ireland.  The topic of her talk to the WWHS is the subject of her 2012 book, Negotiating insanity in the southeast of Ireland, 1820-1900.  Dr. Cox has jointly edited several books and published numerous articles in the area of Irish medical history.  Her current research project, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, is ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’.

Venue: Timmins Bar (upstairs), Baltinglass

Cover charge: €5 – includes tea / coffee


Dyslexia Association of Ireland – On Wednesday, 18th October a talk detailing the structure of the DAI workshop will be given by coordinator Richelle Lyons. Venue: Scoil Niocláis Naofa, Dunlavin. Time: 7:30pm All are welcome!


Shoe Box Appeal

Baltinglass Credit Union are currently running a “Christmas ShoeBox Appeal”.  This is where a shoe box is filled with selected items and is then shipped to countries in need, for children to open on Christmas morning. If you would like to fill a shoe box – please do call into any of our offices and pick up a leaflet and specialised envelope.


How it works –

Choose an age group & whether it’s for a boy/girl, wrap a shoe box in Christmas paper (wrap lid separately), fill it with items of need such as toothpaste, tooth brush, hair comb, hair bands, underwear, socks, a little toy/colouring pencils and the required €4, place an elastic band around it (needs to be checked in airport customs) & drop it into one of our 6 offices. (Full list & special envelopes available in all our offices). 


Our closing day is 10th November 2017.  It is a great cause and we want to give something back. 


Farm Shop

Cinderella Camphill Farm-shop – will now be open every Thursday 1-5.30pm, situated in the Barn on the Park Lane, Grangebeg. All Welcome.

Teen Scene

Dunlavin Teen Scene – will recommence on Friday 29th September in the Parish Centre from 7-9pm and will continue every Friday during school term for the year. We are affiliated with Foroige and offer young people in our community a safe place to socialise, try new things and develop their confidence. The group is open to teenagers age 12-18 and allows young people to make friends and memories. Feel free to drop in any Friday evening and see what is involved. Annual registration fee is €20 and weekly fee is €2. If you would like to volunteer as an adult/youth leader contact Michelle Brewster 086-8346170.


Job Opportunity

Stratford/Grangecon Local Development Company – has vacancies on their Community Employment Scheme for the following positions: Gardening, Cafe Assistant, Landscaping, General Maintenance. These positions offer training opportunities and are located in Stratford/Dunlavin/Donard & Grangecon. To qualify for any of the above positions you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for 12 months and be over 21 years of age. For further details contact Tom Whittle on 087 9227051 or email your CV to stratfordce@gmail.com

Dun Luain Foods

Dun Luain Foods , Church Road, Dunlavin have extended their shop opening hours, Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm Fridays 9am to 6.30pm. You can click and collect on www.dunluainfoods.ie


Dunlavin Friendship Club

The friendship club meet in the Parish Centre on Fridays from  3-5pm. All new members welcome. If you have a neighbour or relative that might benefit from the club please bring them along.


Music Lessons

Music lessons in Donard National school on Thurs at 8pm – tin whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, concertina, accordion. Beginners welcome





Post Leaving Certificate Courses 2017/2018

Business & IT Administration and Medical & Office Administration

Both one year courses will run for four mornings and three afternoons per week. Young and mature students are welcome to apply. Part-time learners will be facilitated.


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent

Applicants will be invited to attend a short interview

Adult learners are welcome to apply and may attend part-time



FETAC Level 5 Award in Office Administration

(Business Studies/Medical Secretary)

ECDL Certificate



VTOS, BTE and 3rd level grants available

Apply by telephone 045 40600 or email stkevinscc@kwetb.ie


Traditional Music Sessions

Slow Trad Music Session will take place in Meitheal Cafe on Wednesday October 4 th

 7 to 8.30pm. All welcome.


Credit Union Loans

Baltinglass Credit Union are now offering a Reduced Student Loan Rate for any parent or student looking for some help this coming school year. T&C’s & normal lending criteria will apply. If you wish to find our more, you can contact us by phone on 059 64 81071 or email us at loans@baltinglasscu.ie.

Dunlavin Credit Union opening hours Thursday and Saturday 11am to 12 noon, Friday 5pm to 8pm.


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!



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.


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.


Get Fit

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



We all know you can borrow books but did you know that as a member of Dunlavin Library you can also get access to FREE resources.

*ENewspapers local, National and worldwide newspapers.

*Free Magizines online

*Audio Books

*E-Learning courses

*E-Language Learning

Just click and register your Library Card to access

Free Internet and Wifi, Printing, comfortable seating to relax .

Also running Be a Summer Star for kids. Keep them reading over the summer.


Opening hours

Tues: 6.30-8.30

Wed: 3-5 & 6.30-8.30

Fri: 10.30-1 & 3-5

Sat: 11-1- closed Saturdays of bank holidays




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