Aughrim notes week October 8th

Aughrim Community First Responders

Over 13 years ago a small group of people had an idea to create a group called Aughrim Community First Responders. The purpose of this group was to provide life saving first response to the community of Aughrim, responding to emergencies within our community.

One person who was instrumental in the formation of this group was Sharon Keogh. Sharon stepped up and has been a key figure in getting the group to where it is today. She goes above and beyond for the group and covers more than her fair share of days/nights on call. Sharon also put herself forward for additional training to become the group instructor, keeping the groups skills fresh and keeping the group in order too.

As well as teaching the Aughrim group Sharon was also an instructor and committee member for the county group that oversees the majority of the CFR groups in Wicklow. I think it’s fair to say and nobody could disagree with me that Sharon took being a First Responder and Instructor to heart and truly gave more than was expected to the Aughrim community and other communities within Wicklow.

In the early days there were some challenges that faced the group, but through Sharon’s leadership and determination the group thrives and would not be here today if it wasn’t for her. Sharon like all our Responders has entered people’s homes within our community at some of their darkest times and provided lifesaving treatment and comfort to members of our community. Sometimes the outcome was not what the families wanted, but rest assured that everything that could be done was done.

There are many people walking around Aughrim today that are still here because of the interventions of Sharon and the Responders and the Training that the Responders received from Sharon.

Just over 1 year ago Sharon handed over her reins to Philip O’Dwyer. However Sharon has stayed on as a Responder and continued to cover shifts.

Philip personally would like to thank Sharon for putting her faith in him to take over from her and help run and instruct in the group that she has spent so much time building. Sharon has decided to depart from our group to set off on a new adventure and take some well deserved time off. We will miss her and what she brings to the group, however nobody will ever forget Sharon’s contribution to the group and what the Group has contributed to the community.

We wish Sharon, Jim and family all the best for what the future holds. Hopefully someday you will come back to us but until then farewell and bon voyage.

Bus Escort

Annacurra National School are looking for a reliable person as a bus escort.  15 hours per week. 1 hour in the morning for pick up and 2 hours in the afternoon for drop off.  If interested please contact Annacurra N.S on 0402 36669 or by email at

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes 
Learn gentle flowing healing movements that relieve stress, improve flexibility and mobility. Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 pm @ Aughrim Sports & Leisure Complex.  Cost € 80 for a block of 8 classes. New block commencing Wednesday September 5th – beginners Welcome.  For enquiries or to book a place call Ann Martin 087/6081219. Email:  Ann is a registered instructor with the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong. She is also a registered practitioner of Solar Sound Healing. See

Community Games AGM

That time of the year again. Our AGM takes place on Tuesday October 16th at 8.30 in the Aughrim Community Sports & Leisure Association Complex.  Please come along even to listen to what community games is about and to offer an opinion. All very welcome.  A great first night back with over 60 children taking part in athletics last Monday evening. A big thank you to all our coaches and volunteers️who contributed to a successful session. Training continues every Monday night at 7pm all school going children very welcome

Active Retirement

We will be back for yoga on Tuesday October 16th for 3weeks. Payment is due in advance. We have our Spa day on Thursday October 18th. Treatments start at 10am. The National Concert Hall is booked for Saturday November17th, for the Musical Carousel. Bus will be leaving at 10.30 am from Lawless’ Hotel. Payment is due at November meeting.

Old time Threshing and Vintage Day.

The annual Old time Threshing and Vintage Day will be held on Terence  Dunne’s farm in Muskeagh Tinahely on Sunday 14th October 14th at 2pm. All  proceeds go to South Wicklow Hospice Homecare. A great family day out, fun  for all. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Physical Therapy

John Murphy MIAPT Physical Therapist  clinic is in Aughrim Community Complex on  Thursday’s from 4 – 7pm.  For appointments phone 040466168 / 0868545157  / 0851620301


The numbers: 9, 11, 23 and 27 were drawn in the sports club lotto on Monday last October 1st.  The jackpot was not won. Match three winner was: Breda Hughes.  The jackpot is €3000.


Aughrim Town & Country Market at the Pavilion every Saturday from 10am – 2pm. Enjoy a relaxing sociable morning, catching up with friends and neighbours over a tasty breakfast/brunch or delicious home bakes with a choice of organic barista-style coffees.

You will find a great selection of local organic fruit & vegetables, fresh farm eggs, jams, chutneys, home baked breads & cakes, fresh meat and lots more including aran knits and handcrafts.

Visit the thrift shop, playground or enjoy a leisurely walk around the fishing lake….you may even catch a glimpse of the bowlers on the bowling green.   For further details please contact Caroline 086 0865838.

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