Dunlavin notes week November 19th

Christmas Cards

This year’s Christmas cards for Friedreich’s Ataxia research have just gone on sale.

There are lots of new designs and hopefully there should be something to suit all tastes.

They are great value at 15 Irish made cards for €8 of which €5 goes directly to the charity. They are available at all the following outlets:

Dunlavin: Centra, Whelan’s Pharmacy,  Dunlavin Health Centre and the Parish Centre

Donard: John OKeeffe & Cafe;

Baltinglass: Murphy Sherrin Vetionary,

Kilcullen: Berney’s Pharmacy,

Blessington: McGreal’s Pharmacy. The Friedreich’s Ataxia organisation (www,faraireland.ie) has supported two different research projects during 2018 to the tune of €14,000. They are hoping that with your support they may be able to co-fund a further project before the end of the year. Cards can also be got directly by emailing marykearney@gmail.com


Social Care opportunities

Grangebeg Camphill is a small rural community that has a strong family atmosphere. We provide a home to 10 residents. Merged with a day services and transitional training opportunities within the context of our farm, garden and every day community life.

We are a HIQA monitored social care community where our residents and day attendees are supported to live high quality lives by staff and volunteers. We are a community in transition integrating employed Social Care staff with short-term life sharing volunteers all committed to the values and ethos of Camphill. We are also integrating with our local community as neighbours, friends and colleagues.

We are looking for dynamic, flexible people to join our team, who are committed to a person-centred approach to working with adults with intellectual disabilities. Who are willing to work within a 7 day roster both within the residential centre and day services.


  • Social Care workers Full time /part time (€14.42/hr)

Social care Degree Level 7 and over one years’ experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities

  • Social Care Assistants (€13.00/hr)

Minimum qualification of QQI Level 5 and 2 years’ experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities



If you have any queries, do contact Andrea or Aine on 045 406050


  • Applications by email or post by 26th November 5pm
  • Interviews scheduled for 28th November, subject to change



West Wicklow Historical Society

Upcoming lecture

Preaching the suffrage gospel in Co Wicklow: a local perspective on the women’s suffrage campaign, 1908-1918

A lecture by Rosemary Raughter, independent scholar specialising in women’s & local history


Wed. 28 Nov.  @ 8pm  marking the centenary of Women’s Suffrage


Venue: St. Peter’s Parish Centre (beside St. Peter’s Church), Kiltegan

Cover charge: €5 – includes tea / coffee



Turning on the lights

Dunlavin & District Forum invites everyone to come along to the 2018 Dunlavin Christmas Lights Switch On event on December 1st. Meeting at 5:45pm at Market House. Join us for some Carol Singing followed by a mince pie and mulled wine reception afterwards in the Market House. The Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday December 2nd at 12pm to 4pm. Santa arrives at 3pm. To book a stall contact Bernie on 086-2872619.



Sympathy is extended to the Deering family, Milltown, on the recent death of Moira Deering, widow of the late George Deering. Moira is mourned by her sons Norman and Marcus, daughter Orla. Moira’s funeral took place in Dublin. May she rest in peace.

The death also took place last week of Jerry Whelan, Knocksters Hil, Five Cross Roads, Jerry’ s funeral took place in Monasterevin, may he rest in peace.



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 Nioclais Naofa or contact Shona on 087-6884879.


Dunlavin Parish History Book – A new book by Chris Lawlor entitled ‘With Much Quiet Fervour’ on the history of Dunlavin Catholic Parish and St. Nicholas of Myra Church was launched at the harvest festival. The book is now on sale in the Parish office, at the back of the Church, Ed’s Fruit & Veg and Whelan’s Pharmacy. The 80 paged book costs €5.00 and would be of interest to people both within and beyond the parish. It would also make a very nice gift to send to locals who are living abroad. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the parish. Would make a great little Christmas present for a loved one.


Culture  Bus

the Culture Bus will  travel to Dublin on December 16th leaving Dunlavin at 11am and leaving Dublin at 6pm. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with  Vladamir’s Viennese Christmas in the Concert Hall at 3pm. To book a seat on the bus for either trips telephone 0979693960. People wishing to go to the concert must purchase their own tickets.



Save The Date – Dunlavin’s Senior Citizen Christmas Party will be held in the Imaal Hall on Sunday, 25th November. Invites will be sent out in the coming weeks.


Affordable 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 Tom today on 087 9916791. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie


Community Games

Looking for people from Donard, Donoughmore, Dunlavin and Stratford to join committee we can check that you are in Westside area, for your area and children to be part of Community Games


Any questions contact our Facebook page or Mary Brett +353 (86) 3047659

Please spread the word


Christmas Loan

The Christmas period will be upon us in no time.  Baltinglass Credit Union want to be there for their Members. Offering competitive Christmas Loan Rates. Multiple opportunities to apply online, over the phone or better still, drop into any of our 6 offices. Loan Officers available 6 days a week.

W: baltinglasscu.ie   E: loans@baltinglasscu.ie   P: 059 64 81071


Friendship Club

The friendship club is meeting every Friday from 3 to 5 pm in the Parish centre. New members always welcome.


Dunlavin Nursing Home – have full time positions available in the following areas: Kitchen Assistants, Housekeeping/Cleaning and Health Care Assistants. Further details are available on the Church notice board.

Please forward your CV to sbeirne@silverstream.ie


The Folk Group –  We’re at noon mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month & 10am mass on the 4th Sunday of the month. We’re always open to new members We practice after mass, you don’t need to be able to read music to join in the singing and there’s no pressure to attend every time.

We enjoy singing uplifting modern hymns as well as a few of the beautiful traditional ones. If you’re interested in joining us, contact Suzanne on 0872977794 or speak to one of us after mass



Music Lessons

Music lessons are back in the Donard National school every week at 8pm. Beginners welcome of all ages both adults & children. Enquries to 086-0645291


A Prayer Meeting – is held every Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock in the Parish Centre, Kilcullen. All are welcome.


Credit Union

Are you looking to renovate your home?  Baltinglass Credit Union have a sum of €500,000 which they are willing to lend at a Reduced Loan Interest Rate…. Loans can be any amount up to €50,000 per member! So why not apply today before the funds are gone! This is a once off Special Rate for a limited amount of time so be quick! Visit baltinglasscu.ie for details or call 059 64 81071.


Offices in Baltinglass, Knockananna, Castledermot, Hacketstown, Tinahely & Dunlavin.



Check out Dunlavin.ie for all the updates in your local village.



Rathsallagh Golf Club

Treat yourself to lunch in Rathsallagh Golf club or book a venue for your special occasion. Parties/ weddings catered for. Telephone 045 403316. Special Membership offer now.



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 Parish office at very competitive prices.


Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages 2018 7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle service from €279 per person. Book any flight – any time and we provide

guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01-4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com.

                                                                                                        Dunlavin Breastfeeding Support Group

This group meet in Seomra in the Imaal Hall every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon. Details from Alice on 0851699425.


Seomra – An exciting new Community Space “Seomra” has been developed by the Dunlavin Parents Group in the Imaal Hall.  These rooms are available to be used for a variety of purposes.   Enquiries please to dunlavinonline@gmail.com




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.



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.


Register of Elections

Anyone who has turned 18 or moved to the area and wishes to register to vote in Dunlavin please contact 0879693960


Library Opening Hours

Exciting new books in the local library.

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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