Dunlavin notes week December 7th


Sympathy to Margaret  Lawlor and family  Sparrow Road on the death of her brother John Mooney. John’s funeral took place in Eadestown, Naas on Monday December 7th 20020. May he rest in peace.

Friedreich’s  Ataxia Research

In the middle of October -just as we were all worrying about increasing COVID numbers in the 2nd wave of COVID, the preliminary results of a randomised clinical trial in Freidreich’s Ataxia, carried out in the USA, using the drug omaxolovane were released.

It was a 48 week study and it showed that omaxolovane did halt the progression of Friedreich ataxia.

The full details of the trial have not yet been released, a bit like the full results of the COVID trial have not been released.

The devil is in the detail. Nevertheless it is a positive sign

Christmas cards on sale – new varieties have been added this year Dunlavin: Whelan’s Pharmacy and Dunlavin Health Centre; Donard – OKeeffe’s Family Store; Hollywood – Daly’s shop; Blessington – The Office Shop; Baltinglass – Murphy Sherrin Vetionary. 

They are Irish made, 15 cards for €10. For every pack sold, €7 goes to research. Other outlets hope to be able to sell them after 1st December.

The Kearney Family Dunlavin would really appreciate your support. 

Window Opportunity

Thanks to some local business people Dunlavin Festival of Arts have been offered window space to local artists and craft workers  to display their wares in the run up to Christmas. If interested call 087.9693960

The window will be up and running next week and will be next door to Centra.

Soccer Winners

Last Weeks winner was Ciaran Thackaberry. Cards on sale every week. Thanks to all who support this fundraiser.


Congratulations to John Fitzgerald on winning the Volunteer Ireland award of the year in Safety & Emergency Services for his work throughout Ireland for the CFR’s

Trojan work done by John in setting up new groups all over Ireland.

Well deserved.


Dunlavin-based author and historian, Chris Lawlor has just brought out a new book entitled Dunlavin Diversions.

The book, which costs €20, is on sale locally in Dermot Hughes’ shop in Dunlavin, and is available from the author’s website (chrislawlor.ie).

There can be no formal book launch or signing in these unusual times, but anyone wishing to buy the book can call Chris on 0879321737 and can collect copies from the author’s house on Sparrow Road [Eircode W91T9W0], where signed copies with personalised messages can be obtained.

Chris can also deliver signed, inscribed copies to purchasers within a 5km radius of Dunlavin.

In mid-March 2020 at the onset of the national lockdown, Chris decided to post a series of regular articles on social media as a diversion from all the Covid-19 related news. The author drew on sources from far and wide, republishing some pieces (the oldest dates from 1984) and combining them with many new pieces which are published for the first time in this collection. The complete series contains a hundred separate diversions, and these are now being published together as an anthology in book format.

The diversions contained in this book focus mostly on aspects of the local history of the Dunlavin region of West Wicklow. Though local history predominates, there are also articles on Irish national history, some prose essays, short stories and even a couple of poems. The topics covered are also diverse. They include the onset of the ‘Great Panic’ in Dunlavin in 1832; the life and times of Countess Constance Markievicz; the commemoration of the R.I.C. in today’s Ireland, a century on from the Anglo-Irish War; a short story about an eventful class outing; an observation on the cartoons that children watch on television… and much more. This book truly contains a quirky, eclectic mix! Visit chrislawlor.ie for details of this and his previous books, many of which are also on sale on the website.

This book would make an ideal Christmas gift for a loved one who cannot get home for Christmas

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

Library Service

Literacy and Numeracy Supports for County Wicklow Schools from Wicklow County Council Library Service

Wicklow County Council Library Service continues to give access to literacy supports for children and young people attending school in County Wicklow. The literacy resources are provided free of charge to every school in the county and include Lexia and TTRS, both of which are hugely beneficial to young people struggling with reading, spelling, grammar and other components of  literacy and are often recommended by educational psychologists. Schools may contact the library service by calling 01 2866566 or emailing mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie.

This year the library service is also making Mathletics which is an online numeracy support available to all schools in the county.  This resource allows the student to take their learning of mathematics into their own hands, develop problem solving skills and the ability to work independently. Schools interested in Mathletics may contact Treasa at TAOBrien@wicklowcoco.ie to find out about accessing licences.

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

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.

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.

 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. If banks are full please do not leave glass on the ground, this creates a danger for others.

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. If you 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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