Dunlavin notes week September 7th


Sympathy to Una Deering and family on the death of Una’s brother  Michael Mahon.

Michael passed away in Melbourne, Australia following a log illness. May Michael rest in peace.

Westport Trip

A trip is being organised by Duffy Coaches in Baltinglass to

 Westport , Co Mayo from September 20th   for 5 nights.

Contact Josie or Ger on 0872543235.

ALONE – manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who may have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am – 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Dunlavin AFC – Want to join a fun club playing football in the Kildare and District League? The club is looking for boys and girls Under 10, 12 and 14 age groups. Also people interested in coaching and volunteers. For further details contact Ger on 087-7466187, email dunlavinafcjuniors@gmail.com

Credit Union News

Smiles all round for Niamh Ryan (Hacketstown) & Ryan Flatt (Moone, Athy) who were the lucky winners of our bursary draw which took place on Friday, 28th August 2020. Niamh won €750 while Ryan took home €250. a great help i’m sure, with back to school & college expenses. this draw is open to all 6th class & 6th year students.

We received a huge amount of entries, so thank you to each and every one for taking the time to enter & congratulations to both winners.


Local man Chris Lawlor is researching the 1900-25 period in the Dunlavin area for a new book. If anyone has memorabilia (photos, medals, documents etc.) that they would like included in the book, Chris can photograph them for illustrations, which will be credited to the owners.

Anything relating to village life, the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Labour movement, Home Rule, the Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, World War One, the 1916 Rising, the 1918 general election, local elections, the War of Independence and the Civil War would be very welcome, as would photos taken in later life of people who lived through the time. Any local stories about the period would also be of interest, and duly credited.

Chris will not share any of this material with third parties, nor will he publish it in the book without the consent of the owners.

Chris may be emailed at lawlorcm@hotmail.com or telephoned on 0879321737. You can also call in person to ‘Hillside’, Sparrow Road Dunlavin, W91 T9W0. Social distancing and face coverings will be respected for all person-to-person meetings etc.


The death has taken place of Charlie McHugh, Grangebeg following a short illness. Charlie is mourned by his wife Anne, daughter Caroline ,son Cathal, sisters Lil, Annamay and Frances, brothers James and John and many relatives and friends. Charlie’s funeral took place in Gormanstown on Thursday August 27th. May Charlie rest in peace.

Credit Union

Baltinglass Credit Union supports local and hopes the locals support them.

During a crisis or a pandemic, it is so important to acknowledge the businesses that could stay open and did support their local communities and we hope our members seen that here at Baltinglass Credit Union. We have been ever so busy and we cannot thank you enough.  From opening a new account to borrowing that Home Improvement Loan, you are helping by supporting local.

Open 6 days a week! If you would like to get in touch please call us on 059 64 81071 or email info@baltinglasscu.ie


Sympathy is extended to Teresa Byrne and family on the death of Teresa’s dad Mick Kavanagh. Mick’s funeral

 Mass took place in Baltinglass with burial in Moone. May Mick rest in peace.

New Venture

Congratulations to Niamh Deegan on her new adventure Value Vault which opened at the weekend. The shop is situated next door to Centra and has all the little cheap ad cheerful accessories we all need. Niamh has a photocopying service. Best of luck and please support local.

Plants for Sale Locally – Lots of plants for sale as well as potted planters suitablefor your front garden or for your family graves, SunFlowers and hanging baskets. Also, I have a selectioncottage garden and perennials which come back every year.Very reasonable prices!!Contact Pauline Allen at 087 618390

“Totus Tuus” – is a beautiful, colourful Catholic magazine dedicated to Our Lady, published every 2 months. It is traditional in faith, contemporary in presentation and relevant for all ages. Fr Marius O’Reilly, a young priest in Cork, is the editor. You can now get Totus Tuus delivered to your door for a €20 annual subscription (6 issues).  Debit/credit cards and cheques accepted. Call Fiona on +353 (86) 876 0058.

Mobile Recycling

Mobile Recycling will recommence in July. Blessington first Saturday ,outside Secondary School.(Naas Road) 10-12.

Dunlavin 2nd Saturday outside Church of Ireland 10-12.

Hollywood 3rd Saturday outside the National school 10-12.

Thursday & Saturday 10am – 12pm

 GAA Grounds

Dunlavin GAA grounds have now reopened the gates to allow people use the walkway around the pitch. No dogs allowed.

The bottle banks are also re-opened.

Little Brew Cafe

Best wishes to the owners of the new Little Brew Cafe which opened its doors on Saturday last. Lots of nice treats available, so pop in and support local business. Lovely selection of cheeses and chutneys available. Open8am to 3pm Wednesday to Sunday . Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Coombe Hat Appeal.

Calling all knitters! We know it is a bit early to start talking about Christmas, but we need your help.

Such was the success of our Family Christmas Tree last year, we plan to create another tree this year AND sell hats for people to place on their own trees at home in honour of all of the children who have come into our lives.

If you would like to help us raise much needed funds by knitting small baby hat Christmas Tree decorations, you can download the pattern here. https://bit.ly/3fHw2gb

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels continue to deliver meals on Wednesdays in the area. If anyone would like a hot dinner delivered to their home please telephone 0879693960.


Sympathy is extended to Patti Masterson on the death of her mother Cathy Mulhall. Cathy’s funeral took place in Crookstown. May Cathy rest in peace.

St. Nicholas of Myra:

 ALL Masses (including morning Masses) are now resuming  The Parish Centre will be open  every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings   if you would like to get in contact please call 045 401871 . Normal Mass times at the weekend Saturday 8pm, Sunday 10am and 12 noon. Places limited to 100.  Please share and let family & friends know.  Morning

 Masses Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am and St. Jude Tuesday at 8pm.

Panic Buttons

Anyone who is over the age of 65 may apply for a Panic Button. If you are interested, or know of someone who may require one, the necessary application form can be accessed by calling 086-1020303.


Enrolments are now being taken for the Junior infants class for school year in September 2020.  Forms available from the school office or online at www.snndunlavin.com

Family Carers Ireland 

Family  Carers Ireland are seeking volunteers in Dunlavin and the surrounding area to give 1 o 2 hours a week to visit an elderly person in their own home who are experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Full training will be provided.

A simple gift of time can make a huge difference i a persons life. For more information contact Maggie on 086-0213749. or mlally@familycarers.ie

The Irish Cancer Society – is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have 2 free days a month (Monday – Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura on 01 2310 594, email transport@irishcancer.ie or go to www.cancer.ie for more information.

Outreach Service

“There is a new domestic violence outreach service in West Wicklow provided by Saoirse Women’s refuge in Tallaght. We can offer confidential appointments providing support to women suffering from domestic violence in the community, including Court Accompaniment.

The drop in clinics areas follows:

Every Monday 9:30am-11:30am Blessington Library, Every Wednesday afternoon 2:30pm-4:30pm Seomra Imaal Hall Dunlavin and Every Friday 9:30-11:30am The equestrian/The Lawlor centre Baltinglass. Call 085-2710378 for an Appointment.”

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

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

Dunlavin Library

Dunlavin Branch Library has returned to pre-lockdown hours. Maura Greene, the librarian is delighted to note that there has been some slight adjustment to the opening times which will make the library more family friendly.  

The library will now be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2- 4pm, making it  easier for parents to borrow and return materials when they are collecting children from school. Dunlavin Library has an amazing collection of children’s picture books that are suitable for all ages as well as all the best chapter books for the older child. Membership is entirely free, and fines are no longer charged on overdue items.  

Please be reassured that all precautions have been taken to ensure the library is functioning within Covid guidelines.  

All items being returned are quarantined for a period of 72 hours when checked in. The opening hours are as follows – Tuesday 6-8pm, Wednesday 2- 4pm and 6-8 pm, Friday – 10.30- 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm and Saturday 11-1 pm.


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

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.

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