The next meeting of the Castledermot History Group takes place to-night Tuesday October 30th in the Community Centre at 8pm. Speaker is Damian Shiels, Military Historian. Entry €2, members free. Everyone welcome. The Castledermot Local History Group are looking for copies of vintage photographs from around Castledermot and its surrounding town-lands. We are looking for images of farming such as harvesting, thrashing and especially The Fair Days in Castledermot. Other images that we are looking for include sporting, religious and school days. We would be grateful for any copies that can be sent to the History Group. These copies can be sent to or brought to our next meeting in September. These photos will help the History Group to build up a record of life in the town and town-lands for our project for the Teach Diarmada Centre. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on the e-mail address given.


Strictly Come Dancing Launch Night took place in the Dales last Friday night October 19. Watch out in next week’s notes to see who is dancing with whom on the 24th November in the Dolmen Hotel Carlow. Competitors taking part are Fr Paul O’Driscoll, Cathy Balogh, Margaret Somers O’Brien, Karen Casserly, Michelle Farrell, Dick Caplice, Siobhan Harte, Colm Heslin, James O’Gorman, Nicella O’Gorman, Wendy Butler, John Phelan, Eoin Kirk, Terence Hayden, Tracy McKenna Rea, Philippa Cosgrave, Angela Smyth, Margaret Ruth, David Greene, Anne Cope, Declan Byrne, Ailise Doyle, Siobhan Byrne, Barry Whelan, Amanda Gately, Emma O’Neill, Justin Byrne, Seamie Dowling and Seamie Doyle. We would like to thank them all for participating and putting in so many hours practice each week. We would also like to thank their trainer Helen Dunne from Castledermot Academy of Dance for all her effort to date and our event co-ordinator Kevin Rowe from Kevin Rowe Events.


Castledermot Ladies Football Club will host a kiddies fancy dress Halloween disco on Friday next 26th October in the GAA club. Admission is €5 for one child or €7 for two children and is for ages 5-12. Prizes for the best costume and also a prize for the best parent costume. Refreshments will be available for sale on the night. Strict supervision on the night.


Jan Maher, Libraian reminds us “As part of Children’s Book Festival month, we are happy to welcome all toddlers to our Musical Tots event on Wednesday October 31st at 2pm- even if you don’t think your own particular tot is very musical, bring them along, you may be pleasantly surprised- and even if not, we guarantee they will enjoy themselves !


The Library will close from Wednesday October 17th - Saturday October 27th inclusive, but please note that we WILL open as usual on Saturday October 20th for our Story time with Julie, so if you would like to change your books or DVDs, it will be an opportunity to do so- though if you prefer the Library to be quiet, you may like to come before 3, or wait till after 4!”


Marie Corcoran PRO reminds us that Rathvilly Garden and Flower Club will meet on Wednesday 31st., October at 8pm in St Patrick’s Sports and Community Centre Rathvilly, with Guest Paul Cutler Head Gardner at Altamont Gardens giving a demonstration on Troughs making and a talk on Alpine Plants. Talk will be followed by the usual cup of tea and chat, all are very welcome. Admission €5


Castledermot Community Employment Scheme - Open position for an Office Assistant to cover maternity leave in the Parish Office. For further information on eligibility and application details please contact the Parish Office in person or phone 059 9144888.


Tir na nÓg parent and toddler group Castledermot run every Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.45am in Scoil Diarmada. All parents/grandparents and child minders with pre-school children are welcome for tea/coffee and a chat while the children play. The kiddies will be having their Halloween Fancy Dress Party to-morrow, and no doubt they will enjoy a great time.The cost is €2 per family.


There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of €12,500 and the numbers drawn were 3/10/12/30. Three match three winners of €70 each - Maureen Cullen,

c/o Brertons, X 2 and Oisin Haughney, Hamilton Road. Next week’s jackpot is €12,500. Tickets available from any committee member and in all business premises in village.


Up-date on Christmas Fair “We are on the count down to Christmas and what better way to get a head start on your Christmas Shopping, than by coming to our Christmas Fair on Sunday 2nd December in the Lalor Centre, Baltinglass.

As this is a fundraiser, your support would be greatly appreciated. Spaces are available for exhibitors for the amazing price of €15.

This is on a first come first served basis. Teresa Horan or Catherine Curry will be delighted to take your call on 059-6481711.

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