Laragh Glendalough notes week December 9th

Glendalough Christmas Market

This year’s Brockagh Resource Centre popular Christmas Market is on Sun, 15th of December.

Santa has confirmed his arrival for the 15th of Dec and with a small entrance fee he can be visited in his grotto from 1pm.

There are over 50 Stalls and entertainment from carol singers, making it the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping.

Stallholders will be selling homemade baking, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, pure honey, jams, selection of candles, knits, knitted toys, woodcrafts, photography, ceramics, aromatherapy jewellery, artwork,  clothes, Christmas wreaths, natural body care products, you’re guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones.

With so many local makers and designers showcasing their gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place and feel reassured that you’re supporting your local community. A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at our Glendalough Christmas Market.  

Parking and entry to market is free. Contact Michelle on 0404 45600 or email for further enquiries.

The Brockagh Resource Centre

The Brockagh Resource Centre wishes to thank everyone who has supported it over the past year. We wish you and your families a very happy, peaceful and joyous 2020. The Centre will close on Friday 20th December and will re-open at 9 am on Monday 6th January 2020. For details of our ongoing activities see You can also ‘friend’ us on Facebook or Twitter. To add your name to our database and be kept informed about events, phone us on 0404-45600 or email

Wicklow Willow
Our spring courses begin in February and are suitable for both beginners and improvers.

All courses are full-day (9 am to 5 pm) and take place in the Brockagh Centre.

They include materials, tuition, tea/coffee and lunch (with cake)! You will make and bring home your own basket on the day. Courses cost €85 and booking is essential (vouchers are available and make a wonderful Christmas or birthday present). A deposit of €50 is required to ensure a place.

Places are limited, so please book early to get the dates you want.

Courses are available on the following dates but extra dates may be added if there is enough demand: Saturday February 15th , Sunday February 23rd , Sunday March 1 st , Wednesday March 25th and Sunday April 12th .

For more information, contact local basket maker and artist, Aoife Patterson, on 087-9773622, email or visit

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) in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.

Tae kwon-Do for Children         

Children 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 6-6.45pm (4-7yrs), 6.45-7.45pm (8-12yrs) in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. 

St. Kevin’s Parish

Christmas Services

Triduum of Masses

Wednesday 18th December at 9 am, Thursday 19th December at 9 am, Friday 20th December at 9 am

Christmas Triduum cards cost €3 and are available from the parish office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9 am to 2 pm) or after Masses.


Saturday 21st December at 11 am and from 6.30 pm (before and after 7 pm Mass)

Christmas Masses

Tuesday 24th December – Vigil Mass 9 pm (with carol service beforehand at 8.30 pm sharp), Wednesday 25th December – 10.30 am

In Memory of Loved Ones

We will decorate the Christmas tree in the church with stars again this year. They will be available in the sacristy and the parish office; on the back you can write the name of a loved one who you would like to remember. All names on the tree will be remembered at the two Christmas Masses. We ask for a small donation towards church expenses.

Parish Food Appeal

The Parish Food Appeal will take place on the first two weekends in December. Donations of non-perishable food stuffs, cleaning items and new toys would be greatly appreciated. All items will be given to the local conference of the St. Vincent de Paul (SVP). Items should not be gift wrapped as SVP will need to see each one. A box will be left on the altar for the donations. The SVP would like to thank everyone for their generosity last year. If you know someone local who would benefit from a SVP donation, please contact Fr Crotty.

St. John’s Church

Christmas Services

Sunday 22nd December

A service of lessons and carols will take place in St. Saviour’s, Rathdrum at 7 pm.

Christmas Eve, 24th December

A crib service will take place in St. Saviour’s Church at 6.30 pm.

Christmas Day

St. John’s, Laragh: 9 am. St. Saviour’s, Rathdrum: 10.15 am. Glenealy Parish Church: 11.30 am.

Carols by Candlelight in Glendalough(Note: Date change)

This event is now on Tues 17th December at 7.30 pm for a unique Christmas celebration in one of the most evocative settings in Co. Wicklow. We will begin with a candlelit procession through the monastic gates of Glendalough and proceed to the ruins of the cathedral for an evening of traditional carol singing in the monastic style. Some of our most familiar carols would have been sung here by the monks of Glendalough themselves in the 8th and 9th centuries. This event is free and open to everyone; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tea and coffee will be provided afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel, courtesy of Pat Casey. Assemble in the Glendalough Hotel car park at 7.15 pm. Wrap up warmly and bring your own lantern/torch and singing voice.

Laragh GFC

Christmas Parties and Greetings

We will hold our senior Christmas party in The Glendalough Hotel on Saturday 14th December, kicking off at 8 pm. There will be a DJ and finger food, a sponsored wax and a 1 cent draw on the night. Sponsorship cards and raffle tickets are available from any committee member or player. As this is in aid of our pitch development plan, we ask for your support.

Our juvenile Christmas party takes place in The Glendalough Hotel from 6 to 8 pm on Friday 13th December; we plan to have a DJ, refreshments and surprises on the night. Make sure to get all the kids out for what will be a great evening.

We wish all our members players and coaches a happy Christmas and New Year, and hope you will all be fresh and ready to go next season.


We send a special thanks to all who have purchased lotto tickets, etc. and donated towards our club in 2019; this does not go unnoticed and is much appreciated by all.


Well done to Mia Kenna Gilmore who recently represented our club in Wicklow Scór. Mia was excellent on the day and did herself, her family and her club proud!


All in the club send their deepest sympathies to the Byrne Family of Tomriland, Roundwood on the sudden passing of Willie.

Mobile Library

The mobile library visits the area every second Thursday. It is in Annamoe between 11.30 am and 12 noon and in Lynhams car park in Laragh from 12.15 to 12.50 pm. The next visit will take place on Thursdays 19th December while the first visits of the New Year will be on Thursdays 2nd and 16th January. For more information, please phone 087-9135229 or email

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Join us for a gentle stroll of one to one and a half hours at 11 am on Sunday 22nd December and explore the symbols of Christmas, from robins and wrens, to holly and ivy and the tradition of the Christmas tree. You will also learn some tales of Christmas past in Glendalough! Meet at the Information Office (Eircode A98R221), Upper Lake, Glendalough. Booking is essential. To book and for more information, please phone the National Park Information Office on 0404-45425.

Irish Dancing Classes (Back 11th Jan)

This week is the last class for 2019. Irish Dancing on Saturday mornings 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:, or search “McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing”. 

AA Meetings (Ongoing through holidays)         

Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night all year round.

Laragh Badminton Club (Back in 2020 wk of 13th Jan)

Badminton classes are in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh with Monday evenings: Juniors 7-8pm (1st yr secondary students), 8-9pm (5th  & 6th Class-national school) on Thurs evenings:  6.45-7.45pm(4th class national school), 7.15-8.15pm (teenagers secondary school), Adults 8-9pm. Contact Phil Curley 0404 45175 or 087 2067607. Small club fee for the year applies for participation.

Morning Yoga with Louise (Back 9th Jan 2020)

This week is the last class for 2019. Louise’s yoga class will be held every Thursday from 10 to 11.15 am in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.. This is a gently-paced class where students learn how to align, open and strengthen the body gradually while stabilizing the platforms of the feet and ankles, hips and pelvis and shoulder girdle. The class begins with general and targeted warm-up sequences followed by postures (Asanas) and Vinyasa (breath-connected) sequences before final relaxation in Savasana. To find out more, call Louise on 087-6032202 (booking is essential).

Chair Yoga  (Back 9th Jan 2020)      

This week is the last class for 2019. Our very popular Chair Yoga class will take place on Thursdays from 11.30 am to 12.45 pm in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. Chair Yoga is suitable for almost everyone and helps students find balance and calm in everyday life. The class takes students through centering and breath-work, followed by postures that let the joints move through their range of movement whilst seated or through use of the chair whilst standing. Call Louise on 087-6032202. (booking is essential).

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