Dunlavin notes week December 6th

GAA Annual General Meeting

Executive Committee 2021/2022   Chairperson: Darragh Figgis Vice Chair: James Whelan Secretary: Siobhàn Figgis  Ass. Secretary: Lyndsey Walsh Treasurer: Conor Miley Ass. Treasurer: James Kelly PRO: Dorrie Clarke Ass. PRO: Aislinn Whelan Coaching Co-Ordinator: Gavin Walshe Co Board Delegates: Jimmy Whittle, James Whelan Child welfare officer: Tbc   Committee Members: Thomas Kelly, Annie Davis, Shane O Rourke, Shane Birchall, Juanita Mahon, Steve Clifford, Louise Allen, Alan Deering, Avril Cronin, Daniel Dawson, Eoin Murtagh, Margaret Healy, Mark O Sullivan, Paul O Toole, Niamh Dunne, Phillip Deering, Sean Phelan, Tom Davis, Tom Harney, Vera Reid   A huge thank you and well done to all our outgoing officers for their hard work and dedication these past few years. Our club has gone from strength to strength and we look forward to building on the previous work put in and ensure lots more success in the years to come!   We had a very important motion put through this year at our AGM, our club curator, Mr Jimmy Whittle was nominated to join our honorary president list, and there was nobody in the room who disagreed.  Jimmy, the memory man, is a hive of knowledge on all things Dunlavin Gaa and anything he doesn’t know about the club, isn’t worth knowing!  Jimmy received a well deserved award at our dinner dance in 2020 for his long term and ongoing dedication and commitment to the club, he works tirelessly behind the scenes to push the success of our club and we are truly blessed to have him as part of our club and it is a huge honour for us to name him as an honorary president of Dunlavin Gaa.

St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Dunlavin.

Christmas Timetable 2021.

Monday 13th       December: 10.00am

Tuesday 14th       December:  8.00pm St. Jude            

Thursday 16th      December: 10.00am

Friday 17th          December: 10.00am

Saturday 18th      December: 8.00pm

Sunday 19th         December: 10.00am & 12.00 Noon

Monday 20th       December: 10.00am                                           

Tuesday 21st        December: 8.00pm St. Jude

Thursday 23rd     December:  10.00am

Friday 24th          December: – Christmas Eve

Mass:                   10.00pm – Vigil Mass

Saturday 25th      December: – Christmas Day

Masses:                10.00am & 12.00 Noon

Sunday 26th         December: – St. Stephen’s Day

Masses:                10.00am & 12.00 Noon     



Fr Douglas and the parish team wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.

St. Vincent de Paul – will hold their annual collection next weekend, December 11th & 12th. Your support for our local community will be gratefully accepted.

GAA Car Wash

Dunlavin GAA are holding a fundraising car was day on December 11th from 9am-4pm. All donations will go towards Dunlavin GAA coaching fund.

Westside Community Game

Westside Community Games is in danger of disappearing if we cannot form a committee within the next week.

Throughout the years, hundreds of children from the area have taken part, many even doing us proud at national finals. Children from local areas have had great fun and made new friends over the years and it would be a huge loss to the area if we cannot find the support to keep it going!

What can you do to help?

We need a committee to be formed to be registered as a local group. This involves meetings 4-5 evenings a year, helping to run 3-4 events a year, being at county finals to help support our athletes and attending the area meetings every few months. Realistically, many hands make light work and we will all work together, play to our strengths and keep this fantastic resource for the local children running!

In order to continue we need

1) A chairperson to keep a general eye on things, to post updates on our Facebook page and to notify local schools of upcoming events

2) A secretary to keep brief minutes of meetings, receive the correspondence from the national and area teams and to input children’s details onto the database for insurance purposes.

3) A treasurer to keep track of the money coming in and out of the group. No fundraising is needed as part of this role, it’s simply to keep track of the small entry fees charged and to update our annual account statement.

4) A child protection officer to make sure all child protection procedures are followed and Garda vetting of every volunteer is up to date.

West Wicklow Journal.

The 11th Journal of West Wicklow Historical Society was

 Launched on 11th  November 2021 at Baltinglass Golf Club.

The journal is available to purchase at:

Burke’s, Main Street, Baltinglass

Dermot Hughes’s, Dunlavin

Crafty Craic, Knockanarrigan

and online at:


This is a great little read with many local contributors. Make a great stocking filler at €15.

Collection For Homeless

Adrienne Smart Muldowney will be collecting for the Peter McVerry Trust Newbridge for the homeless. Items can be Toiletries, new warm clothes, new children’s toys, non perishable food, gift cards. Contact Adrienne on 0851363858. Due to covid second hand items cannot be taken.

Christmas Cards

Support for the Christmas cards has never been more important. They are on sale in Dunlavin: Whelan’s Pharmacy and Dunlavin Health Centre; Donard – OKeeffe’s Family Store; Hollywood – Daly’s shop; Blessington – The Office Shop & McGreal’s Pharmacy; Baltinglass – Murphy Sherrin Veterinary –Crookstown Motors.  They are Irish made, 15 cards for €10. For every pack sold, €7 goes to research.  The Kearney Family Dunlavin would really appreciate your support for this fundraiser  

Dunlavins St. Vincent De Paul – would be delighted to welcome new members to their committee. If you wish to give back to your local area and assist this wonderful charity, please contact 085-1923152.  Also, if you require assistance from St. Vincent De Paul please contact the same number.

Volunteers Required

Dunlavin Scouts are in need of volunteer leaders for their group starting back in January.

If anyone is interested please contact any of the troup.

Soccer First Score Cards

The recent winners were Rose Halpin and John O’ Reilly.Seller Mag Lynott . Thanks to all who support every week.

Folk Group is coming back! – New and old members are welcome!  Folk group will be at 12 noon mass on Sunday, 24th October. After that Folk group will be at 12 noon mass every 2nd Sunday and 10am mass every 4th Sunday of the month. Practice is 30 minutes before mass, and 30 minutes after mass. Enquiries to Suzanne after mass or on mobile: 0872977794

Adoration – of the Blessèd Sacrament takes place in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Dunlavin, on Thursday evenings from 8pm-9pm.  All are welcome!

Free Valuation – Sandra Kiuchi from GS Properties is kindly offering a FREE valuation service and advice for senior citizens for Local Property Tax Revaluation. Please call 045-916000 for an appointment.

St Kevin’s Community College

Details of our admissions process are now available on our new College Website. Unfortunately we aren’t in a position to hold an open night this year click below for full details


#StartHereGoAnywhere #StrivingTogetherForExcellence

Kildare and Wicklow ETB Wicklow People EAST COAST FM Dunlavin & District Forum Dunlavin Community Diary

Rathsallagh Golf Club

Food being served in the golf club Saturday and Sunday. Mini breakfast Sunday Morning for €10

Booking at 045 403316. Open to non members. Check out the menu on their website.

NEW- Affinity Plus Home Support – is a community-based service offering; Senior Care, Mother Care, Recovery Care and a unique Concierge Service. We can assist with personal care, domestic tasks, meal preparation and assistance to and from appointments. Please contact us on 045-916060 or visit our website on www.affinityplus.ie to find out more.

Baltinglass Credit Union

Opening Hours

Monday -Thursday          9.30am -4.30pm

Friday                      9.30am – 7pm (open through lunch each day)

Saturday           9.30am – 1pm

Dunlavin Opening Hours

Thursday 10am-12 noon

Saturday 10am -12 noon.

Back to School  and College Lending!

Baltinglass Credit Union are now actively issuing Education/Student Loans & at a low rate of 6.5% (6.71% APR).

An example of a €3,000 Education Loan over a 2 year period (104 weekly repayments of €30.78) would cost the member €200.49 in interest, therefore, the total amount repayable would be €3200.49. Terms & Conditions & normal lending criteria apply.

To enquire about a loan, contact 059 64 81071 (Dial 2) or Email – loans@baltinglasscu.ie. We are here to help our community.

Sub Offices: Knockananna | Castledermot | Hacketstown | Tinahely | Dunlavin

Teen Scene

After a very challenging year Teen Scene Dunlavin are looking forward to opening it’s doors again in September. They are currently looking to recruit new leaders. If this is something you might be interested in plz contact Michelle on 0868346170 or Adrienne on 0851363858. Also keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on registration and new members. Thank you!

Praying the Rosary – has returned  in St Nicholas  of Myra Church on Wednesday mornings at 10am. All are welcome!

Plants for Sale – Bedding Plants & Cottage Garden plants along with some Silk Flower arrangements – Contact Pauline Allen 087-6183903. Reasonable Prices!!!!

I can fill your hanging baskets, window boxes and potted arrangements for your patio or Family Grave. Also available are small Garden Signs and Wine bottles with lights suitable for late nights on the Patio.

Mobile Recycling has Recommenced – Dunlavin 2nd Saturday outside Church of Ireland 10-12. Blessington 1st Saturday, outside Secondary School (Naas Road) 10-12. Hollywood 3rd Saturday outside the National school 10-12.

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 and is living in the Dunlavin area, the necessary application form can be accessed by calling 086-1020303. 

Used Postage Stamps – Please keep your used postage stamps for St. Patrick’s Missions, Kiltegan who use them to fundraise. Stamps can be dropped into the Parish office any time. Thank you to all who have donated in the past.

Library Service

Libraries have re-opened . Lots of exciting books in store, especially for children.

Great way to introduce young children to reading.

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

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


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