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Amy Mullen with Mark and Lauren Harwood at the Wicklow Swimming Club Races in Wicklow Harbour

Mobile Library
A mobile comes to Laragh every second Thursday from 12.15 to 12.50 p.m. and parks at the back of Lynhams Hotel. Phone at 087 9135229 or email
For people who have difficulty accessing their nearest public library, the Mobile Library Service gives them the opportunity to avail of a public library facility. The mobile library carries approximately 2,500 items with free access to many online resources including downloadable audio books, newspapers and more.
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Yoga Classes With Louise
Chair/Seated Yoga: This is suitable for those who find a regular yoga class too strenuous, are recovering from injury or illness or are generally less active and mobile. Classes from 11.30 to 12.30 p.m.
About Vinyasa Yoga: The practice will provide gentle stretching, improved strength and flexibility, as well as help students to find balance and calm in everyday life. Classes from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Classes are starting back on September 15 Call Louise at 087 6032202. Booking is essential.
Bright Stars
The Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh are re-launching the baby and toddler group on Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. to midday Come and check out our new group – Wednesday, August 31, 10.30 a.m. New equipment, activities and talks for an autumn splash.
Elevation School of Performing Arts
With years of professional experience and teacher training, Kate O’Connor established Elevation School of Performing Arts in 2005 to train students to the highest of standards.
Training focuses on performance and the option to take part in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Grade exams, as well as Drama exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. With a team of qualified, experienced and professional teachers ESPA aims to create well rounded, versatile performers. Offering the very best in Jazz, Modern Theatre dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Drama and Musical Theatre classes to students from three years to adults. Training focuses on performance and optional ISTD and IBSD Grade exams, creating well rounded, versatile performers.
Registrations officially opened on Monday, August 15. Classse are starting back on September 12 Email to register your interest in classes. Classes at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Laragh Badminton Club
Badminton classes are in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh with Monday evenings: Mondays fourth, fifth and sixth class at 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Thursdays first, second and third year Secondary 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and fourth, fifth, sixth year secondary 7.30-8.30. Adults 8.30 onwards.
Contact Phil Curley 0404 45175/087 2067607 or Gosia Ward 087 0638898. Small club fee for the year applies for participation. This term registration will be on the night your group is due to attend. Classes are starting back on September 12.
Pilates Classes in Laragh
Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves muscle control, flexibility, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing. Zara Elkinson has trained and qualified through the STOTT Pilates Method of Movement. This method combines modern theories of exercise science with spinal rehabilitation, which gives a safe and effective exercise that sees results and is accessible to all. Offering STOTT Pilates Matwork Classes based in Co.Wicklow. Both group and private classes available, Beginners and Improvers welcome. Like on Facebook @Pilates
WithZara. Contact Zara at 087 9367474. Classes are on Monday eve at 7 p.m. Classes are starting back on September 5.
Avondale GAA club news
Club lotto results for August 23: numbers drawn were 4, 7, 12 and 26. No jackpot winner. Five match-three winners: Tara Barrett c/o Catherine; Mary Heffernan c/o Eugene Heffernan; Séamus Shaughnessy c/o Séamus Shaughnessy; Anthony Byrne c/o Online; Marguerite Sillery c/o online. Next draw was on Tuesday, August 30. Thanks for your continued support.
For all up coming fixtures check the sports section of the Wicklow People newspaper for times and dates and venues for the matches.
Avondale junior footballers made it three wins out of three after playing Hollywood team in Avondale on Thursday night In the Philip Doyle Junior B Football Championship at 1/2 time Avondale were down by two points on a scoreline of Avondale 0.03 to Hollywood 0.05.
Then at full time Avondale won on a score line of Avondale 0.12 Hollywood 0.10
Coffee morning.
The Carter family and staff from Avon Motors Rathdrum will be hosting a Bewleys coffee morning at Avonmotors Rathdrum on September 22 in aid of the Wicklow Hospice.
Congratulations to John Dixie Porter and Susie Yorke, both from Rathdrum, who were recently married Best of luck for the future to you both.
McGrath Flood School Of Dancing.
The new term of Irish Dancing stars back in September Boys and girls aged 3+are welcome Dances classes will take place in Rathdrum contact Eimear at 085 7180926, Cian 086 1293807 and Aoife at 085 5737833 for more information.
Cross Country Running
The Cross Country Running will take place on Sunday, September 4, at Rathdrum Rugby club at 10 a.m.
Hazardous Waste Collection
There will be a Hazardous Waste Collection at the following centres: August 27 in Bray recycling centre; September 3 in Arklow recycling centre; September 10 Rampere Baltinglass.
Glen to Glen Hike
The sixth Glen to Glen walk organised by Fabian and Ursula Doyle from Wicklow takes place on Sunday, September 11. Registration is taking place for the gorgeous 12km looped guided hike from Glendalough through Glendassan and back to Glendalough. This fundraiser has raised €90,000 foe the wicklow hospice foundation. Visit more information
Your news
Any group or organisations that want notes put in the Rathdrum Notes please email them to me on before 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Results of the draw held on Sunday, August 28. There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 4, 21, 25 and 29. There were four match-three winners, Karen Byrne, Mick Timmons, Liz Kenny and Emma Biero. Next week’s jackpot will be €20,800.
Music in Calary
In September, there are two concerts: On Thursday, September 15, Dianne Marshall (harp), Mia Cooper and Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke (violins), Beth McNinch (viola) and Katie Tertell (cello) from Musici Ireland will play pieces by Jessie Montgomery, Siobhán Cleary, Arnold Bax, Rebecca Clarke, Valentin Silvestrov and Andre Caplet.
On Culture Night – Friday, September 23 – Annette Cleary (cello), David O’Doherty (violin) and John Feeley (guitar) will play the Trio for violin, cello and guitar Opus 18 No. One by Francois De Fossa and the Terzetto for violin, cello and guitar by Niccolo Paganini.
For more information or to book tickets, which are €18 and €15 for concessions, please ring John at 01 2818146 or email Both concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Table Tennis
We are back at the parish hall from September 5 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for table tennis. We will be having an ‘open night ‘on the fifth for new members to try out for the night – all levels catered for. A fun way to keep fit. €5 per night. Contact Brian Higgins 085 1185635.
Roundwood AFC AGM
Roundwood AFC are having their AGM on Monday, September 12, in the clubhouse, Varty Grounds at 8 p.m. All motions and nominations to be sent to the club secretary, Ken Greene, Roundwood AFC, Vartry Grounds, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow in writing prior to the AGM All new members are very welcome.
Men’s Shed
Roundwood and District Men’s Shed: The Shed continues to meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 12 at Pat Carr’s place in Knockraheen. We listen and care and share and tell stories to beat the band. There is always a supply of calorie free cake and biscuits and there is no ration on the tea bags.
Recently we engaged in a series of breathing and physical gentle exercises and the members really enjoyed the activity. We plan to have a further series of gentle exercises beginning in early September so watch this space for further details.
We are also planning to plant some more native Irish trees along the Vartry Trail so new blood is badly needed to dig the holes and erect stakes and protective wire to protect the saplings. Some of us are still in recovery mode from the ‘gentle exercises’. Ph 086 8650588 for any further information.
The mobile number is a reminder that we are regularly helping each other in the Shed on how to use the mobile devices which have changed the world. There may be someone out there who would be willing to come along and give us a bit of guidance. With so much activity ‘online’ at the moment most of us would be lost without a little help. We engaged in ‘one to one’ tuition with transition year students in the past and we plan to explore this possibility again in September when the schools reopen.
Social Whist
Results of whist held Wednesday, August 24, Top Score: Margaret Kennedy, First Gent: Richie Cullen, Second Gent: Martin Byrne, First Lady: Monica Brady, Second Lady: Patrica Byrne and Mollie Byrne (shared), First Half: Kay Plunkett, Second Half: Jimmy Molloy, Longest Sitting: Anne Wolohan, Lowest Score: Tiny Shortt and May Kenna (shared).
Raffle prizes won by Monica Brady, Kay Plunkett, Patrica Byrne, Mollie Byrne, Anne Wolohan and Martin Byrne Next Whist will be held on Wednesday, September 1, at 8 p.m. in the new parish hall come along and enjoy a night of cards with us.
Shamanic Drumming
Join the Shamanic Drumming Circle from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Turquoise Café, A98 W5C3 on the first Thursday of every month.
A shamanic drumming circle is a place to come with friends, catch up over a cuppa and then connect in an authentic way. This is a particular type of drumming, using a shamanic drum.
A steady 4-7 beats per second, will induce theta brain waves to enable us to journey into non-ordinary states to retrieve healing, insights and wisdom for ourselves and our community. All welcome, no experience in shamanic journeying or drumming is necessary.
If you have a shamanic drum I welcome you to bring it along. You would need to bring a pillow and blanket. This is a non-profit event, costs are to cover venue and refreshments. If you would like to know more about shamanic drumming, or if have any questions, just drop Fiona a line on or call 087 2989801.
Set dancing
Roundwood set dancing has resumed on Thursday nights in the parish hall starting at 9 p.m. We look forward to welcoming back our usual dancers and also any new comers if they would like to join us, are always welcome. Admission €5.
45 Card Game
45 Card Game every Tuesday night in Moneystown Community Centre starting at 8 p.m. Tea served.
Mobile Library
Wicklow County Council Mobile Library will be in Roundwood Village on Thursday, September 8, from 10 a.m. till 11.15 a.m. and also from 2.10 p.m. till 4.30 p.m. Come along and join the library. It’s a free service and is a fantastic way to pick up any book that suits your reading interests.
Annamoe Centre
Bingo recommenced after summer break the next active retirement bingo will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 3 p.m. in the Annamoe Centre. All welcome.
Bowling – The new season starts weekly from Tuesday, September 6, at 8 p.m. in the Annamoe Centre. New members are always welcome. A great way to meet new people and participate in leagues.
Storytelling Evenings – A firm favourite. Great stories, poems and music followed by tea and scones and a raffle. Friday, September 16, in the centre at 8 p.m. All welcome to listen or join in with their own stories etc.
Tennis – The tennis court is available to rent for singles play at €5 and doubles play at €8 per hour. Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m. is reserved for adult players wishing to join a group. Bookings and enquiries by text to 086 8057431.
Kinesiology – Available at the centre or 087 2195931.Nutritional and Educational Kinesiology for children and adults. Assists with: digestive issues, skin conditions, low energy levels, sleeping issues, anxiety and stress management, AD/HD and dyslexia.
Physical Therapy – Available at the centre Louis 087 9158180. Occupational and sports injury treatment, sports massage and dry needling.
Rooms and Sports Hall For Hire – Our sports hall has available slots for use from September for keep fit, yoga, dance etc. There is one office with broadband (suitable for remote working one person) and two available meeting rooms which can also be hired on an hourly basis. Enquiries to New committee members most welcome.
If you have an item or news that you would like to include in the Roundwood Notes contact Margaret Bolger the email address is

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