Auditions for Show Boat

Auditions for Show Boat

Cap’n Andy’s “ Cotton Blossom” will be steaming into Dunlavin for the 30th Annual Dunlavin Festival of Arts this year. The musical Show Boat will be produced by Andrew Deering of Glad Productions, in association with The Milltown Singers and Dunlavin Festival of Arts.

Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 11. Based on Edna Ferber’s best selling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom- a Mississippi River show boat – over a span of nearly fifty years. From 1880 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as Ol’ Man River , Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man to popular culture.

The auditions will take place on Thursday April 12th at 7pm in Scoil Nioclais Naofa, Dunlavin. All acting and singing types are welcome to fill the main parts and the chorus ( please note that those interested must be 16 and over to take part). Do come along and try out. Call 0868568769 for more information.

Two Guys Live

There will be a benefit night in Laurence’s Community complex on Easter Sunday night April 8th at 8pm in aid of the Jonathon Mulhall Trust Fund. This promises to be a good night with live music by “Two Guys Live” followed by a disco. These lads played at the club dinner dance and were very good. Please come along and support this worthy cause. Admission is €10 or tickets may be purchased at the local post offices or at the complex.


Congratulations to Amy Barrett, Crehelp on coming 2nd in her inaugural under 12 Feis Girls Solo singing competition. Amy who is the eldest daughter of Dave and Antoinette is a student of Kilcullen music teacher Philomena Breslin. Well done Amy.

Flower Club

The next meeting of the flower club will take place on April 11th at 8pm.in the Jonathan Swift Hall.

Donard/Glen Camogie Quiz

Donard/ Glen Camogie club wish to thank all who supported their recent table quiz in the Dunlavin Inn. The winning team were Brian McDonald, Shane Daniels, Colette Walsh and Billy Walsh, runners up were Amanda Butler, Brendan Hickey, Brendan O’ Donnell and Albert Dillon. A special thanks to Ed Butterfield for compiling and asking the questions. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Peace Commissioner

Congratulations to Declan Murray, Toolstown, Dunlavin on being appointed as a Peace Commissioner for the area.

Dunlavin 3 In One

Why not drop into Dunlavin’s new eatery Dunlavin 3 in one for fresh homemade chips, pizza or Kebab. Opening hours 5pm to midnight. Takeaway orders to 045/404698.

Shave or Dye

Meitheal is hosting a shave or dye fundraiser on April 27th at 3pm in aid of cancer research. Anyone who sponsors Lisa can vote on the colour she dyes her hair, while Jeannie will go for the full shave. Please drop in and support this good cause.

Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting--- parenting from inside out.

April workshop: How to communicate effectively with your children, birth to teenage years.Wednesday April 18th at 8pm at Punchestown AMI School, Baltreacy, Naas, Co. Kildare. Cost € 20. If you would like a workshop /course given at your school or in a local premises on any parenting issue please contact Gaye Mullen for details.045/874175.or email gma.mullen@hotmail.com.


A whist drive will take place in Donoughmore Hall on March 30th at 8.30pm. All Welcome.

Zumba Fitness

A Zumba fitness class takes place in the Imaal Hall every Wednesday night at 8pm. The Latin inspired , easy to follow calorie burning, dance fitness party. Come along and feel the music and let loose.

Indoor Bowling

Indoor Bowling now takes place on Monday nights in the Imaal Hall at 8pm, an activity aimed at the young at heart in the community. Do drop in and have a go, great social night.

Golf Society

Dunlavin Inn Golf Society next outing on March 31st to Bunclody. New Members welcome. Great to see so many young budding Rory McElroys on last outing.

Fetac Level 5

Enrolments are now being taken for a Fetac Level 5 in Business and office Administration for September 2012. The course is full time, however it may be possible to facilitate those applying who may wish to complete it in 2 years.Student Grants available. For further information telephon 045/406000 or email info@colaistepc.ie

Cake Sale

Dunlavin GAA club will be holding a cake sale after 10am Mass on April 1st. Your support would be appreciated.

Scoil Nicholas Naofa

Enrolments are now being taken for the school year 2012/2013.Enrolment form and information booklets are available from the school office. For further information please contact 045/401495.

St. Kevin’s Community College

Transition year students in St. Kevin’s Community College are offering free, one to one computer training for those over 65 and over. The user-friendly classes will take place on 5 consecutive Thursday afternoons, 2.45-3.45pm commencing on April 19th.2012. Closing date for applications is March 23rd. Contact the college on 045 406000. This course has proved a great success for the past few years allowing many people to keep in contact with family members that have emigrated to find work. Well worth signing up.

Short Story Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Festival of Arts Annual Short Story competition. The closing date is April 1

st. Maximun word count 2000 per story. Entry fee €5 per story. Name and address on separate sheet. Entries to Florence Grace, Rathsallagh, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow.

Midlands Support Group

Midlands Support Group-For Family and Friends Affected by Suicide. Our confidential support group, recently established in conjunction with HOPE(D) welcomes people from all areas in Kildare/ West Wicklow. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at Aras Building (beside Fas) Main Street Newbridge at 8pm.Our aim is to connect with people where members can share experiences, advice or just listen providing sympathetic understanding towards one another. For people who have lost a loved one to suicide and would like to connect with others who have gone through the same experience please feel free to come along. Please do not hesitate to contact Jacinta on 0872229695 should you require more information.

“ Those who have known the hurt can best help to heal”

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.