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Laragh Glendalough notes week April 6th

Stations of the Cross in the Valley 

Due to the restrictions around Covid-19 the annual Stations of the Cross will not take place in Glendalough Valley on 10th April.

Baptism 

Welcome to Aria Marie Elizabeth, daughter of Eve and Argiriu, who was baptised in St. Kevin’s Church on 7th March. 

Citizens Information

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Citizens Information Centres are offering an email and telephone service only. If you would like to request a phone call from an Information Officer please email covid19@citinfo.ie and include your phone number. An Information Officer will then give you a call. Alternatively, you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 076-1074000. Covid-19 Online Information The website www.citizensinformation.ie provides information on a huge number of topics relating to Covid-19 (coronavirus).

The Brockagh Resource Centre 

Closure of Playground and Centre

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Brockagh Centre is closed to the public (as is the playground). For further information, or to share advice, email brockaghresourcecentre@gmail.com, consult the Brockagh Resource Centre Facebook page or visit www.brockaghresourcecentre.ie 

Clothes Bank 

The clothes bank is being emptied when it is full. 

Scrap Metal Collection 

Although we are unable to hold the scrap metal day on the last weekend in March, we will advertise a new date as soon as we can commit. In the meantime, please continue to gather your metal for this fundraiser in aid of the Centre. 

Laragh and Glendalough Tidy Towns

National Tree Week

 As part of National Tree Week, John, Noel and Finian planted twenty native trees. Fifteen alder, birch and oak were planted on the Pattern Bank in Glendalough and the remainder were planted in the biodiversity area beside the community garden. 

Area Clean-up 

We hope to be out on a litter-pick on the first Saturday in April. The PURE truck is operating as usual and will collect all the litter. Remember to keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others. The current advice (as of 25th March) is that gatherings outside should be of no more than four people. For these reasons, we will not put a time on it, just try and get out when it suits you. However, please keep up with the news and obey any further restrictions that may be put in place.

Award for Tidy Main Street

We received €500 from Wicklow Co. Co. recently in recognition of our efforts in keeping the Main Street in the village tidy. Well done to all.

St. Kevin’s Parish 

Cancelled Masses

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) has decided that Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday mornings will be cancelled. This is to comply with the measures to delay the spread of the coronavirus which were announced by the government on 12th March and which have since been extended to 19th April. These measures will also affect the Easter Ceremonies. Weekday Masses continue as normal. The situation will be kept under review by the PPC. 

Blessing of Graves

 In the event that restrictions are lifted, Glendalough cemetery will be blessed on Saturday May 16th at 8 pm while Brockagh cemetery will be blessed on Saturday May 23rd after 7 pm Mass. 

Laragh GFC

Offer of Assistance during Covid-19 Emergency 

Laragh GFC would like to help anyone in our community (especially the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating) who might need help in any way during the current unprecedented emergency. Our players and members are available to collect from the shop and drop it to your doorstep with minimal contact. We are also willing to help with anything else that is required. Please pass on this information to your family, friends and neighbours. Contact details for some club members are given below but, if you prefer, you can contact any of our players and members. Fergal: 087-2107876 Liam: 086-0688909 Philip: 086-8443840 Derek: 087-9184690 Damien: 086-3423561 

Lotto 

Our lotto has been a great success to date. We appreciate the support of both buyers and sellers. 

Community Energy Survey 

The COVID-19 emergency has superseded the other two major global emergencies for the moment but the issues around climate change and the loss of biodiversity will still be with us long after it has gone.

With the climate emergency in mind, the Laragh/Glendalough Sustainable Energy Community, in consultation with the 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), is undertaking a survey of local energy use.

The survey will gather information about our domestic and non-domestic buildings, our modes of transport, etc. and will cover the following townlands/areas (please pass on the word to those who may not see this newsletter). Laragh Village Laragh East Laragh West Brockagh Camaderry Derrybawn Clara More Trooperstown Glebe Carrigeenshinnagh Carrigeenduff Cloghoge Cullentragh Big Ballard Park Ballard Cullentragh Little Ballylug Ballylusk Clarabeg North Lugduff Clarabeg South Knockrath Big

We would be most grateful if you would log on to https://www.surveymonkey.com/R/WXQG7Y2 and complete the domestic energy survey or https://www.surveymonkey.com/R/7XZSB9S to complete the non-domestic survey. Please phone 0404-45167 or 086-3112835 if you would like a hard/paper copy of the survey.

The survey, for the most part, is very straightforward and will not take you long to complete even if the area of the windows will take a little while to work out! If you have any queries with regard to filling out the survey, please phone Noel on 086-3112835.

By completing and returning the survey you will be entered into a draw for a home energy monitor from MiHome which will be installed free of charge in your home.

In compliance with GDPR, 3CEA will process all information in a manner that ensures appropriate security, integrity and confidentiality of your personal data.

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