Dunlavin notes week October 12th

Library Service

Wicklow County Council Library Service are making Lexia and TTRS or  Touch , Type, Read and Spell available to all schools  in County Wicklow for the coming school year.

These online literacy supports are designed especially for  children up to Leaving Certificate who are struggling with their reading and spelling or who may have a diagnosis indicating that they are dyslexic.

Teachers are asked to email mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie or call 01 2866566 to access these free  licences for their school.


The death took place of Susan Fisher, daughter of the late Harold and Anne formerly of Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow. Peacefully in the wonderful care of the staff at St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh surrounded by her loving family. Sadly missed by her loving sister Anne Marie, brothers Harry, David, Tommy, Robbie and John, sisters in law Catherine and Bridget, brother in law Paul, nieces, nephews, extended family, her wonderful colleagues at Naas hospital, neighbours and friends.

Susan’s burial  took place in Dunlavin. May she rest in peace.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week – Have you ever thought you would like to read the Bible from start to finish?

Well, you can listen to it in its entirety over the course of 80 hours. David Suchet, the actor best known for his role as screen detective, Hercule Poirot, was raised without religion.  At the age of 40, following a religious conversion, he embarked on making an audio recording of the whole Bible.  This marvellous resource can be accessed at: www.newpilgrimpath.ie

Credit Union Draw


Baltinglass Credit Union had 10 winners in two recent Cash Draws over the past number of weeks.  For just €40 per year, Members of Baltinglass Credit Union can join this not-for-profit Car/Cash Draw! €40 per year!  That’s only 77cents per week! As the saying goes, ‘If you’re not in you can’t win!’

The lucky winners were:

€5,000 – Margaret O Neill, Stratford on Slaney

€5,000 – Mary Brown, Grangecon

€2,000 – William Salmon, Grangecon

€2,000 – Anthony Donovan, Stratford on Slaney

€1,000 – Merita Ferizi, Baltinglass

€1,000 – John Behan, Castledermot

€1,000 – Teresa Mullen, Baltinglass

€1,000 – Rita & Neville Fisher, Baltinglass

€1,000 – Graham Rothwell, Donard

€500 – Pamela Nicholson, Stratford on Slaney

€500 – John Rossiter, Baltinglass

Dunlavin Residents Assocation

 – are calling on the local community to once again kindly share your happy memories on the ‘Dunlavin 2021 Calendar’.  If you have any pictures that will put a smile on everyone’s faces recalling the good times well then please share with us all. 

Pictures will be returned promptly, please get in touch with any of the following committee members if you have pictures – Lisa Cashin, Paul O’Toole, Jammie Travers, Michelle Deering, Sarah Cashin, Willie McCann, Lisa Swayne and Elizabeth Swaine. Scanned versions of pictures can be emailed to dunlavinresidentsassociation@gmail.com or phone 089 4559642. This is a fantastic tradition that we would hope to continue.  Thank you.

Trip to Knock

A two night trip to Knock will take place on October 25th to 27th 2020. Leaving Baltinglass at 8am on Sunday 25th returning Tuesday evening. Cost €280 full board. To book a place contact Josie on 0872543235.

Rathsallagh House

Raathsallagh House are back serving their wonderful Sunday lunch. To book telephone 045/403112. Dinner on weekend nights. Rathsallagh Golf Club serving Sunday Lunch. Telephone 045 403316.

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.

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 Winner of First Goal Competition last week was Jammie Travers. Well Done. Tickets available in Niamh;s shop. €2. Last weeks winner was Breda Walsh

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.

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

Mobile Recycling

Mobile Recycling has recommenced.  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.

Panic Buttons

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

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


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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