Dunlavin notes week March 22nd

Library Service

The pandemic restrictions have not prevented the Wicklow County Council library service from seeking safe ways of continuing to serve the community, especially families concerned about their children’s reading progress.

They are making two proven online supports available to parents who want to help their child improve their reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. These supports are TTRS or Touch, Type, Read and Spell and  Lexia. TTRS is a multi-sensory typing programme that teaches typing, reading and spelling. Lexia is a reading programme that creates a blended learning programme personalised to individual student requirements

Both programmes are recommended by educational psychologists as valued resources for children who may be struggling with literacy.

These resources are available through County Wicklow schools at no cost and also accessible directly from the library to children who have not been given access through school.  Please email mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie  for further information.

Dunlavin GAA news.

Many thanks for volunteering to become a team leader for the upcoming walkathon. Our goal is to raise at least €24 k, which will enable us to complete the much-needed surfacing works to the entrance of the football field. The surfacing works will include an asphalt finished roadway complete with drainage and speed ramps along with a pedestrian footpath the length of the laneway which will link the public footpath on the road with the GAA grounds.

These works will provide safe access to the grounds for all the community as Dunlavin GAA strives to provide its community with a facility that everyone can enjoy.

To help you with your task of organising your team please see the information pack attached and please if you have any questions or concerns just give me a call on 085 127 4139.

Some of the ways that you may decide to raise funds could be through small fundraising such as raffles, car washes, bake sales, or small electronic donations from family and friends both near and far, among many other ways.

We appreciate that the target of one thousand euro per team is a big task, but if we all raise our target we can complete the works in the coming weeks in time for Summer.

Credit Union News

Baltinglass Credit Union wishes to thank their members for tuning in to their very first Virtual AGM which was held using the Zoom platform on Wednesday the 24th February @ 7pm.  It was a great success.  Members could vote where necessary, submit questions & propose/second the reports all by keeping safe in the comfort of their own homes.  In December 2020, the government published the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020, which enables Credit Unions to convene wholly or partially their AGMs virtually, so Baltinglass Credit Union took on the challenge of hosting it virtually, and without fault.

Some of the items mentioned at the AGM was the recent launch of  ‘Sign For Your Loan At Home’.  This is a great addition to the services of Baltinglass Credit Union.   Members can complete the full loan process (apply, submit documentation, sigh forms and have the funds sent directly to their bank account) all while staying safe at home. This is not a limited service but an additional one that we hope Members will use and benefit from.  If you need to get in touch, please do call 059 64 81071 or email: info@baltinglasscu.ie.


Scoil Nioclais Naofa are now accepting enrolments for Junior Infants for 2021/2022 . Closing date  for  applications is  January 31st 2021. Applications can be made online on the website or by form which is available from school office.

Soccer Winners

Last Weeks winners were Eamonn Mahon and Billy Walsh.. Sellers Mag Lynott and Colette Walsh. Cards on sale every week. Thanks to all . who support this fundraiser.

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

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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