Dunlavin, Wicklow

Picture Book Workshop

Picture Book Workshop

Would you like your child to illustrate their very own picture book? A picture book workshop will commence in Blessington Bookstore on May 12th and will run for six weeks until June 16th 2012 from 10am-12 noon. To book telephone 045/857730 or www.blessingtonbookstore.ie

The course will be facilitated by Dunlavin practising illustrator & Children’s Book Maker Sarah Whelan.

Badminton Winners

Congratulations to St. Laurence’s badminton club who became Leinster champions at grade 5 recently. They also won the south west Leinster cup a few weeks ago. The team are as follows, Oscar Malone (Captain) Clive Thomas, Paudraic Downey, Sean Conroy, Nicola Walsh Nolan, Alison Walsh Carty, Karina Walsh, Carol Walsh. Senior badminton takes place on Tuesday and Friday nights 8-10pm and junior badminton on Saturday mornings 10-12. New members welcome.

Simon Open Door

Why not improve your home and tackle homelessness in Ireland with a visit to Marvin Architectural, Stephen Street on May 12th or 13th. Architect Patrick Lennon will be on site to offer advice to anyone who may be considering new build, replacement or upgrading. Project Architects specialize in sustainability and offer a whole house assessment on how to maximise your insulation and cut down on energy costs. To book a consultation phone 045/40100 or log on to www.simonopendoor.ie

Consultation for one hour for a €50 donation to Simon. While you are visiting Marvin complimentary tea/coffee and cakes from local Meitheal restaurant and coffee shop.


To celebrate the 30th Festival of Arts this June The Milltown singers and friends are hosting Showboat on the river in Milltown. To fund the production of this musical a raffle will take place on May 11th in Rathsallagh Golf Club.Prizes for the raffle are 1st A painting by local artist Shay O’ Byrne, 2nd A painting by Geraldine Donohoe, 3rd Sunday Lunch in Rathsallagh House for 4, 4thHamper of local produce, 5th OPW Heritage Card, 6th 4 Green Fees for Rathsallagh Golf club. Many more prizes. Lines €2, your support would be appreciated.

Breastfeeding Support

The group meets in the Parish Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you are a new mother and would like to come along for a cuppa and a chat you are more than welcome. Contact Caroline for more information 087-7519425


Sympathy is extended to the family of Kit Daynes, Rathsallagh who died in Baltinglass Hospital last week. Kit who was 88 is mourned by brother Tom (Canada) sisters in law Kay (Canada) Bridget (Dunlavin) and many nieces and nephews. Kit who was a former district nurse wan buried in Dunlavin following 11am Mass on Tuesday April 24th. Celebrant was Rev Douglas Malone. May she rest in peace.

Tidy Towns

The following committee were elected at the recent Tidy tows AGM: Chairperson: Rita Craigie, Vice-Chairperson :Maura Greene, Secretary: Sadie Wright, Treasurer : Michelle Brewster, Assistant Treasurer : Margaret Birchall, Pro: Carmel Murray, Committee members: Patricia Harney, Tommy Roche, Jimmy Whittle, Ger Byrne, Mary Grace, Pat Lambe and Dawn Fetherston.

As part of this year’s “Spring Clean “ the committee are organising the cleaning of several areas in the town on Saturday May 19th 2012 from9.30am to 11.30am.If you are aware of any particular area that requires attention please contact some of the committee. The committee are inviting residents to give an hour or two to help in this voluntary effort to make the town look its best. Gloves and rubbish bags will be provided on the day. Meeting point will be the monument on the Fair Green.

The annual raffle will take place on Saturday June 2nd in the Imaal Hall. There will be 10 prizes of €150, €75, and €50. your support would be appreciated. All funds raised will go back into improving our town.

Local History

If you are interested in researching your local history you may be interested in attending a course to help you go about it. County Wicklow Partnership are offering a free course to help you with your research. The Course entitled “ Researching your local area” will take place in Aughrim on Wednesday evenings and Annamoe on Saturday mornings. For information please contact info@wicklowpartnership.ie or telephone 040220955.


The death took place last week of Rosaleen Quinn (Nee Dunne Merginstown) .Rosaleen died suddenly in Portmarnock. Sympathy is extended to her family, may she rest in peace.

Jonathan Swift National School

A big welcome to Rev. Olive Henderson who has taken up the role as rector for the parish.

A car boot sale will take place in the school grounds during the Festival of Arts on Sunday June 17th from 12noon to 6pm. Cars €10, Vans €15. Set up from 11am.

On June 29th Rathsallagh Golf Club are hosting a major fundraiser for the Jonathan Swift school. Please support this fun golf event followed by BBQ and music. Golfers :4 ball plus BBQ €50. BBQ €25. Golf 12-6pm. BBQ 6pm till late. Enquiries and booking to golf club 045/403316. ( BBQ enquiries to 045/601611)

Used Postage Stamps

Please keep you used postage stamps from your Christmas cards for St Patrick’s Missions Kiltegan who can use them to fundraise. Used stamps can be dropped into the parish office anytime. Thanks to all who have donated stamps over the past years.

Photocopying Service

A photocopying service is available in the Parish Centre, telephone 045/401871 for details.

St Vincent de Paul Group

The telephone contact number for the local branch is 0857274194.and the contact number for the Samaritans 1850-60-90-90


Check out the Dunlavin and District Forum’s website at www.ddf.ie.


Bingo takes place in the Imaal Hall every Saturday night at 9pm. The funds raised by the Bingo goes towards the upkeep of the Imaal Hall and well worth supporting.

Library Opening Hours

Dunlavin library opening hours are as follows Tuesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 3pm – 5pm and 6.30 –8.30pm, Friday 11am –1pm and 3pm to 5pm, Saturday 11am -1pm. Closed on the Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends.