Dunlavin notes week March 20th

Culture Bus

The culture bus will visit  Mount Congreve Gardens, Waterford on April 16th leaving Dunlavin at 11am. The gardens consist of “70 acres of beautiful gardens 10 minutes from Waterford City, featuring one of the largest plant collections in Ireland. There are 16 km of walking paths to explore and enjoy. Mount Congreve Gardens offers a wonderful day out for all of the family. There is a Cafe and shop on site with lots of outdoor seating at the Garden . Please telephone 0879693960.


Donard / Dunlavin Meals and Wheels will host a fundraising Concert on Easter Sunday April 9th at 7pm in St Nicholas of Myra Church. The Celtic Brothers (Willoughby’s) will perform. Tickets will be on sale over the next few weeks at € 25. Your support would be appreciated. Enquiries to parish office 045 401871 or 0879693960.

The Trees Restaurant

The Trees Restaurant in Rathsallagh Golf Club is open now . We wish Louise and Morgan every success with their new venture. Menu looks very appetising. Why not try it out. 045/403316

Grangecon National School Open Evening

All the wider community, including past and future pupils of Grangecon National School are welcome to join us for our annual Open Evening on Thursday 30th March from 6pm. Meet the experienced teachers and the wonderful pupils on the night. There will be a book fair, face painting, some light refreshments and even some ice cream!!!

So spread the word and we look forward to meeting you all on the night!!

Honorary Conference

The WWHS One-Day Conference in Honour of the late Donal McDonnell takes place on Saturday 22 April. We would like to introduce you to the speaker, MARGARET MURPHY, PhD

Margaret grew up in Baltinglass where her parents ran the Post Office for many years. She completed her BA and PhD in Trinity College Dublin in the Department of Medieval History. She worked in the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research for a decade, returning to Ireland to take up a position in The Discovery Programme, Dublin. She is currently Assistant Registrar in Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, and lectures on the MA in Irish Regional History. She has published widely on her research areas which include medieval settlement, agriculture and links between towns and countryside.

Her topic at our conference is “The Baltinglass area in the Medieval Period c. 400AD to 1580”. She will cover settlement, religion, politics and economy across this period.

The Conference will be held at Scoil Naoimh Iósaf, Kiltegan Road, Baltinglass. It runs from 9.45 to 5.30, with five lectures and two Q&A sessions. Early bird registration will open during the coming week. There are different rates for 2023 members and non-members.

Sons of St Nicholas.

Many years ago, this fantastic book was written, produced & printed within our club. About our club.

If you are one of the few to be in possession of the book, you will understand it’s importance to our club, our heritage, and our history.

And the importance of continuing to capture our history on paper for the generations to come.

Almost 40 years on, as a club, we have decided it is time to write the next chapter!

We have developed a subcommittee, our club history group, who are tasked with compiling, writing, developing, printing & publishing the next volume of “Sons of St Nicholas”, which will cover the history of gaa sports in Dunlavin from 1984 to present day.

We hope to capture all strands of the Gaa within Dunlavin, Camogie, Hurling, Handball, Football & Rounders from juveniles to adult level in all & including our primary & secondary schools’ history also.

Work has already begun, and as part of our research, we are asking for help from all within our club & community, & our friends near & far!

If you or anyone you know may have submissions such as photos, newspaper articles, agm reports, match reports, fixture lists, related documents etc from 1984 onwards which could be used in the book, we would be delighted to include them. We welcome all support in order to help us gather as much information as possible.

If you wish to submit anything in person, copies only please, call or text Dorrie Clarke 086 4024539 or Eddie Whelan 087 2917987, we can copy the items for you or alternatively items can be emailed to Pro.dunlavin.wicklow@gaa.ie.

All help with this project is greatly appreciated & hopefully, the end result will be a treasure trove of information & history, never to be forgotten, for generations to come.

Dunlavin Gaa Club History Group.

West Wicklow Historical Society


We hope to publish volume 12 of the ‘Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society’ sometime in the autumn this year, 2023. As you may already know, in addition to Wicklow material, our journal also accepts articles regarding neighbouring parts of counties Kildare, Carlow and Dublin, particularly if the subject matter impinges into West Wicklow.

If you would like to contribute a paper, have students who might like to submit a suitable essay or know of anyone who would like to contribute an article, please let us know. The deadline for submissions will be the end of July. If you would like to contribute this year, please email your piece or any queries you may have to lawlorcm@hotmail.com.

Please feel free to spread the word far and wide among any and all prospective authors. Thank you

Arts Festival

The 40th Annual Festival of Arts will take place from Thursday June 15th to Sunday June 18th inclusive.2023.

The committee are delighted to welcome Gloria Clyne’s nephew Chris Jaffer from USA to officially open this years festival. The late Gloria was the founder of the festival in 1983 which has grown from strength to strength for the last 39 years. Anyone who would like to get involved in any way in this years festival please telephone 0879693960.

Culture Bus

The culture bus will leave Dunlavin to travel to Dublin on April 22nd at 11am, some people are going to Bord Gais Theatre for the Four Seasons concert with Vladmir Jablokov and  45 piece orchestra at 3pm. Please book your own tickets if you wish to attend the concert, otherwise just book to travel on the bus. 0879693960.

Easter Catholic Festival

Arise Catholic Family Festival 2023 – Calling families to come and join the festival in Tramore, Co. Waterford as we celebrate Easter together in the Sunny southeast. Make new friends with other families, share in wonderful celebrations of Holy Mass, and experience great teaching and seminars. Age-appropriate content is offered across the age groups. Dates April 10th – 13th 2023. This is an initiative of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore and the Tine Network. There is also a programme for young adults. On the 11th April, there is an open evening ladies’ conference with Guest Speaker Jackie Ascough, and on the 12th there is an open men’s evening with our guest speaker, Deacon Zoltan. It’s also possible to join with a day pass. For more details go to www.arisefamilyfestival.ie

Date for your Diary

Dunlavin Graveyard Mass – will take place on Sunday, August 13th at 7pm. Please let family and friends know. Thank you.

Scoil Nioclais Naofa – are seeking a temporary care-taker (with the possibility of something longer term) 3 days a week. Duties will include maintenance of school grounds and buildings and other duties as the need arises. Contact Michael Moran on snndunlavin@gmail.com or 045401495 if interested.

Knock Pilgrimage

Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage – which will be led by Archbishop Farrell, will take place on Saturday, April 29th. Please email knockpilgrimage@dublindiocese.ie if you have

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 2023

A fully escorted  pilgrimage will take place from April 4th to 11th 2023. Direct return flights from Dublin.€755. A deposit of €100 secures a place.

To book a place contact Josie Duffy on 0872543235. The trip is being organised by the Marian Pilgrimages.

AFC Scratch

Recent winner the soccer first score scratch cards was Niamh Deegan, Sheilagh McNamara, Denise Fagan and Mary Murphy, The Green and Ger Byrne.Thanks to everyone who supports this fundraiser each week.

Baby and Toddler Group

Dunlavin Baby and Toddler Group – is back in Seomra (Imaal Hall) on Wednesdays from 9:30am-12noon. Please come along for a play and a cuppa. All welcome

Dunlavin Friendship Club

Great news that the Friendship club will be meeting every  Friday  at 3pm. All are welcome! Check if a neighbour needs a lift.

Dunlavin Library

Dunlavin Library’s opening hours are now as follows: Tuesday 5-8 , Wednesday and Friday 10-1 and 2-5 and Saturday 11-1 pm. 
Your Library card gives you free access to books and audio materials as well as access to online materials and resources including magazines, courses and Find My Past which will allow you to discover your family history. Printing and photocopying service also available. Joining is free and no late fees are chargeable on overdue items. Great selection of new films in stock for young and old.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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