Around the districts: Laragh-Glendalough and Rathdrum


Christmas tea dance

Come and watch the annual Christmas Tea Dance on Sunday November 20 from 3-6pm at the Brockagh Resource Center with music from The Wicklow Man and hosted by Laragh Active Retirement.

Laragh GAA

We would like to congratulate our men’s team who won the Junior A Football Championship Blessington 0-09 Laragh 1-10,

What an absolutely wonderful day. The team was managed by John Nolan and managed by Paddy Molloy and his selectors John Begley and Fergal Olohan.

Yoga class with Louise

Chair/seated yoga is suitable for those who find a regular yoga class too tiring, who are recovering from injury or illness, or who are generally less active and mobile. Classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vinyasa Yoga: The practice will provide gentle stretching, improve strength and flexibility, and help students find balance and calm in everyday life. Classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Call Louise at 087-6032202. Reservation is essential.

Wicklow National Park

Unfortunately the weather conditions were not favorable at the beginning of October for our Star Gazing event and we had to reschedule to a later date to try and get clear night skies. The date will be announced 1 day in advance. Email [email protected] and we’ll let you know when a date has been confirmed. Irish Astronomical Society Dark Sky Ireland.

Laragh Badminton Club

Badminton lessons take place at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh with Monday evenings: Mondays 4th, 5th and 6th lessons from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Thursdays 1st, 2nd and 3rd secondary 6.30-7.30pm and 4th, 5th, 6th secondary 7.30-8.30pm. Adults from 8:30 a.m.

Contact Phil Curley 0404 45175/087 2067607 Or Gosia Ward 087 063 8898. A small club fee for the year applies to attendance. Everyone is welcome.

A.A. meetings

Closed AA meetings are held at the Brockagh Resource Center at 8:30 p.m. every Monday evening.

Holistic self-defense course

A self-defense class led by Dara Clear, who has practiced martial arts for 30 years, will start at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on October 25, November 1, 8 and 15 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Practical and holistic approaches to self-protection will be taught throughout the 4 night course. No prior experience necessary. Book early as places are limited.

To book, contact Dara on 089 226 8851 (deposit required).

Christmas market

Our hugely popular and successful Christmas Market is back on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, there will be a great selection of gifts, crafts, baking, jewelry, art and beauty products, and more. Make your Christmas shopping experience a pleasure. Traders are now asked to contact Michelle at [email protected] for a booking form or for more information telephone 0404 45600,

active retirement

Active Retirement Group meets every Tuesday from 10.45am to 12pm at the Brockagh Centre. So if you fancy a chat, a cup of tea, and some light exercise, dancing, and music, come on Tuesday mornings. Our monthly lunches are also back every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

We would like to encourage anyone who enjoys arts and crafts or any other hobby, maybe you have learned new skills and want a space to practice and share your skills with other members, come and join us rejoin. We are always welcoming new members to join our group. We are already busy planning upcoming activities, Christmas shopping and even our Christmas party.

If anyone would like to volunteer their services or share their skills with the group, please contact the center. For more information call Denise on 0404 45600, email [email protected] or drop by the centre.

Brockagh Digital Hub

Join us at our co-working center in the beautiful Laragh Valley and Glendalough with free parking, window views surrounding your workspace and tea/coffee making facilities.

We have a mix of shared offices, dedicated offices (weekly/monthly), pods and meeting rooms available with a high-speed broadband connection. Sign up now as a member on our site.

The second phase of the National Voucher Scheme should be launched at the end of September. You must register as a member on the Connected Hubs site to benefit from these free vouchers when they launch. All bookings must be made through

Brockagh Hub is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. For more information or inquiries please email [email protected] or if you would like to speak to a member of staff call us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0404 45600.


cancer support group

The Rathdrum Cancer Support Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. at RDA Hall, Rathdrum.

School registrations

Applications for infants of boys at Rathdrum Boys’ National School and girls at Our Lady’s School Rathdrum for September 2023 will be accepted at the school during school hours of the week beginning October 10 – please bring your child’s PPS number and a copy of their birth certificate.

Junior Infants application for September 2023 will be accepted at St Savior’s Rathdrum National School from Monday 17th October to Monday 8th November. Any family who has completed a Notification of Intent to Apply form will receive an admissions form beginning the week of October 17. Please email the office at [email protected] for more information.

Lotto Avondale GAA

Tuesday, October 4 lotto draw results: No jackpot winners. the numbers drawn were 15, 16, 26 and 28. There were three winners: Owen Doyle c/o online; Paul Whelan c/o Owen Doyle; David O’Neill c/o Tracey Kinsella. Thank you for your continued support. The next draw will take place on Tuesday, October 11. The jackpot is €1,100. Tickets can be purchased online by downloading the clubforce app and can be purchased until 9 p.m. on Tuesday night of the draw. Tickets can also be purchased from local shops in Rathdrum.

Rathdrum Market

The Rathdrum Market Extravaganza will take place on Sunday November 13 at the Avondale GAA Sports Complex in Rathdrum. There will be craft stalls, a Christmas gift stall and a delicious food stall on the day.

Avon Motors Open Weekend

Key hyundai dealerships at Avonmotors Rathdrum Wicklow will have an open weekend on October 15 and 16, displaying the full range of Hyundai opening hours for both days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Avondale Camo

Congratulations to the Avondale Under-16 camogie team for their great victory against Kilcoole last Wednesday night. They qualify for the semi-final next week – details to be confirmed

Cooley Christmas Tractor Race

The Cooley Christmas Tractor Race will be held on Sunday December 4th in memory of Katriona Rowan. Entrance to the event 25 €. All proceeds will go to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Arrival of tractors at Cooley Farm (A67VE42) from 3.30 p.m. for a 4 p.m. departure.

Benefit Concert

A fundraising concert will take place at St Savior Rathdrum Church on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. The singers of the evening are James Kinsella and Deirdre Ni Chinneide, Liam Kinsella John Nolan, Claire Sherry, Dennis Nolan and John Brady. All proceeds will go to the Rathdrum Cancer Support Group in Rathdrum.

Tierneys Pharmacy

The Tierneys Early Bird Giveaway Event will take place on Thursday, October 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a customer raffle overnight for a €50 gift voucher – don’t forget to add your name to the list.


Sincere condolences to John and Sinéad and Susanne as well as the grandchildren and extended family on the sad passing of their mother and grandmother Joan. May she rest in peace.

Community First Responders

Rathdrum Community First Responders will be hosting a CPR Demonstration on Sunday, October 16 (World Restart a Heart Day) from noon to 3 p.m. at Casey’s Centra Rathdrum. You can also find out how to become a Community First Responder at Rathdrum www,

Rathdrum Historical Society

it was poetry, music and history on Monday evening, October 3, at the monthly meeting of the Rathdrum Historical Society.

Siobhán Baker gave a very informative talk on the ladies’ land league and the deep involvement of the Parnell sisters Anna and Fannie Parnell. This was complemented by Marion McEvoy’s beautiful rendition of songs she composed about the Parnell sisters. Marion also recited a poem which had been written by Anna Parnell herself.

A lecture on Michael Davitt will be the subject of the November meeting organized by the Rathdrum Historical Society.

Parnell AC

Congratulations and well done to all the athletes who competed in the Wicklow Intermediate Cross Country last Sunday at Avondale. Brilliant results for all with men’s and women’s teams winning team gold.

Beyond the Avondale Trees

Congratulations to the Beyond the Trees Avondale team who won Tourism and Hospitality Project of the Year at the Irish Building and Design Awards.

Rosary in Greenane

The rosary will be recited in the church of Greenane every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October.

Parish Notes

Masses – Monday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday: 9pm at Rathdrum Parish Church. Tuesday: Eucharistic celebration at 9 p.m. in the parish church of Rathdrum. Saturday: 6 p.m. at Rathdrum Parish Church. Sunday 9 a.m. at Clara Vale Church (alternate weeks). Sunday: 10:15 a.m. at Greenane Parish Church (alternating weeks); 11.30am at Rathdrum Parish Church each week. Public Holidays: 11am at Rathdrum Parish Church.

Confessions: will be heard before Vigil Mass on Saturday evening or ask Father Derek Doyle.

Prayers for Vocations – After Mass on a Wednesday morning.

Eucharistic Adoration – Every Wednesday after Mass

Rosary and prayer group – after 9 a.m. Mass on Monday and Wednesday and Thursday after Eucharistic service on Tuesday and before Mass on Friday. Rosary at the Famine Cemetery 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

Opening hours of the parish secretariat – Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Telephone 040446517. Email [email protected] Fr Derek Doyle 0404 46517. website. Stream live at or

Dates for your diary

The Annual Remembrance Mass will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 6 p.m. at Rathdrum Parish Church.

The Christmas Craft Fair will be held in the RDA Rathdrum Hall on Sunday, November 27 from 1-5 p.m.

Talk care of the earth will take place in the RDA Rathdrum room on November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

A meeting of the pastoral council will be held at the parish house on Monday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

Social Justice and Climate Group.

The next meeting of the social and justice and climate change group will take place at the parish house on Wednesday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Notes for the paper

If any club or organization would like to put notes in the Rathdrum notes in the Wicklow People newspaper, please forward the information to me before 1pm on Sunday.

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