Laragh & Glendalough News
Saint Kevin's Parish
‘Seek The Lord While He May Be Found’, a series of Lenten reflections on prayer and justice, will take place at 8 pm on Wednesday nights in the Coach house behind the presbytery in Laragh. Tea and coffee will be available at 7.45 pm and it is anticipated that the reflections will be finished by 9.15 pm. All are most welcome.
· 28th February God in the Bits and Pieces of Everyday Life - Lily Delamere
· 7th March Prayer in The Celtic Tradition - Sr. Genevieve Mooney OP
· 14th March The Gospel in Everyday Life - Sr. Mary McKeever RSM
· 21st March Justice in the Scriptures - A Call To Right Relationship - Fr. Kevin Doran
· 28th March Building on Gospel Values - Three insights from India and Africa - Catherine Devitt, Stuart McGovern and A.N. Other
· 4th April Our Best Kept Secret: The Social Teaching of the Church - Fr. Kevin Doran

Many Thanks
Breda and Terry Cunnington would like to very sincerely thank all their kind friends and neighbours who helped them so much during Terry’s recent long spell in hospital.
A special word of thanks goes to the wonderful people who were so generous in giving their time to provide transport - Jimmy Cullen, Pat O’Donovan, John Kenny, Gerry Patterson and Diane and Willie McCoy.
Your help and friendship is much appreciated and will never be forgotten. True is the proverb “A friend in need is a friend indeed”.

Update on Twinning Proposal
Fancy a trip to the Czech Republic in early summer? Why not combine a trip to Prague with a few days in the unspoilt and spectacular Czech countryside as guests of our twinning partners in Otracineves? Our Czech friends are anxious to progress the twinning project. With this in mind they have extended an invitation to a group (up to 10/12) from the Laragh & Glendalough area to visit them in May for a few days. Czech hospitality is renowned and is equal to anything we Irish can offer. The success of the twinning project depends on establishing a routine of cultural exchanges. The plan for this visit is to take in the beautiful countryside with walks and visits to local beauty spots. All are welcome to apply. If interested please contact Pat at 45493, Lucy at 45130, Clare at 45417, Gerry at 45197 or Nuala at 45167. We would like to be able to confirm dates and numbers by mid-March so don’t just think about it – lift that phone now and get your name on the list. Successful twinning depends on you.

Bring & Buy Sale
A ‘Bring & Buy’ sale in aid of St. John’s Church will be held in the Brockagh Centre at 2 pm on Saturday 3rd March. Come along and check out our many stalls which will include cakes, household, bric-a-brac, etc. All are welcome.

We welcome into our community baby Ben Michael, son of Yvonne Brennan and Cormac Farrell and baby Jacob Tim Delamere, son of Lily and Tim Delamere. We would also like to welcome Ella Marie, daughter of Marie and Paul Cranley and Gavin James Cullen, son of Richard and Sharon Cullen. Congratulations to all.

Tidy Towns
The first clean-up of the year will take place on Saturday, 31st March. Meet on the Green outside Lynhams at 11 am. The assistance of all members of the community would be much appreciated.

Free and Confidential Advice
Have your queries on entitlements answered on the first and third Tuesday of each month (10 am to noon) by calling in or phoning 0404-45611 to speak to one of the trained information-givers on duty at the Brockagh Centre. The clinics this month will be held on Tuesdays 6th and 20th March.

Building and Maintenance
Contact Finbarr Fahy, Laragh, on 086-8888394 for all your building and maintenance requirements.

From the Shoulders Down
Barren Rock Productions present ‘From the Shoulders Down’, a One Man Show written and performed by Richard Lynch, on Friday 2nd March at 8 pm at The Brockagh Centre.
P.J. Mulpeter begins his final working day as a builder’s labourer having soldiered for fifty years with the same ‘outfit’. In a reflective mood, he casts a backward glance at the highlights of his ignominious career. Lynch, with plenty of humour, interweaves P.J.’s story with a gentle outline of a social history of Ireland. We join him as he is paid in the pub on a Saturday afternoon; at the pictures; and encounters the girl of his dreams while dancing to Eileen Reid and the Cadets.
As one critic put it “if you see the show advertised for a hall near you, don’t miss it!” Admission is €10 and concessions are €8.

Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa
Book Week
Book Week was launched on 12th February by the arrival of the Scholastic Book Fair to the school hall. Activities throughout the week promoted enjoyment of reading.
Pupils from First to Sixth Classes took part in a book quiz. All teams scored highly across the board. Our top book worms were Leeanne Birro, Luke Power, Keane Murphy, Janet McGarry, Natasha Byrne and Evan Hawkins.
Fairytale and fantasy came to life as children, dressed as book characters, took to the catwalk for a fashion show. Great effort and imagination were put into the costumes. Well done to the commentators, Conor Moss, Jessica McDonald and Natasha McCoy, who entertained us throughout the show and of course to all the creative models.
Fire Safety
Third and Fourth Classes attended a fire safety information day with the fire service. They are looking forward to the next training day - a hands-on lesson with a fire engine - after which they will be certified official fire safety deputies!
Wicklow Mountains National Park Visit
Mark, Kathy, Peter, Eleanor and Ann-Marie from the Wicklow Mountains National Park visited our school as part of their Schools’ programme. The children enjoyed learning about mini-beasts and habitats from the experts.
Third and Fourth Class children took part in a seven-a-side GAA competition. The children played very well and won a match. Keane Murphy was our man of the match.
Work Experience
Three second-level students, Ann Nolan, Samantha McCoy and Clara Miley joined us during February for work experience. Their help and efforts were much appreciated and we hope that they found their time in the school to be beneficial.

Community Gardening Workshops
Are you interested in gardening? Do you want to contribute something positive to your community? Are you worried about the future of the environment and quality of our food?
Wicklow Community Gardening Group is running a number of workshop days on community gardening which are open to interested community members. No further commitment is necessary - just come along and discover what it's all about. Lunch and starter seed packs from the Organic Centre, Co Leitrim are included. The cost is €20 (waged) and €10 (unwaged).
The final workshop will take place on Saturday, March 3rd and is open to all. The morning session will take place in An Tairseach, Dominican Ecology Centre, Wicklow Town (10 am to 1.30pm) where the presentation will cover topics such as funding, vandalism, benefits and how to get started. The afternoon session (1.30 pm to 4.10 pm) will feature a tour of Baltinglass Community Garden (a bus will be provided).
To book or to find out more phone 086-8069289 or email

Laragh Studio - Easter Courses for Kids
Christien Van Bussel is running a number of Easter courses in both pottery-making and woodturning at her studio at the Brockagh Centre. Pottery courses are open to children aged from 4 to 13 years old and the wood-turning courses are for children aged 9 to 15 years old. For further information call Christien on 086-8597267.
v Pottery: From Monday 2nd April to Thursday 5th April (10.30 am to 1 pm each day).
v Woodturning: Monday 2nd April and Tuesday 3rd April from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Mobile Library
The mobile library will visit Laragh on Thursdays 1st, 15th and 29th March from 10 am until 12 noon.

Sponsor an issue - contact Nuala at 0404-45167.

Childcare courses
Wicklow County Childcare Committee is running the following Saturday courses in the Brockagh Centre (10 am to 4 pm). Contact the WCCC office on 0404-64455 for further information.
· Special Needs Awareness - March 24th
· Provider’s Fun Day - March 31st

The Brockagh Resource Centre
Car Boot Sale
The car boot sale will be back in its normal slot on Sunday 4th March and will continue as usual on the first Sunday of every month. So de-clutter your house, shed or attic and come along. For further information contact 0404-45600.
Market and Craft Fair
The Glendalough Market and Craft Fair will be back on Sunday 11th March from 11 am to 4 pm. New stall-holders are always welcome (€30 per stall). Parking and admission are free and all are welcome. As well as old favourites there will be many new stalls. Refreshments will also be available. To book a stall phone 0404-45600.
Gardening Classes
A new course of gardening classes will begin shortly on Tuesday nights. Classes will include sessions on cutting-back, dividing, feeding, planting, transplanting, composting and basic gardening skills. To book your place call Orla Mullan on 087-9001868.
N.B. If you are interested in a daytime course on Tuesdays please let Orla know or call the Brockagh Centre on 0404-45600.
New Course in Ashtanga Yoga
A new course of Ashtanga Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy will start on Wednesday 14th March. These courses will run for 4 weeks until Easter. The pregnancy yoga class will take place from 6.30pm until 7.45 pm and the Ashtanga class from 8 pm until 9.15 pm. The cost is €50 for four weeks or €15 per class. For details call Rachel on 087-9891091 or the Brockagh Centre on 0404-45600.
Daytime Ashtanga Yoga
If anyone is interested in a daytime Ashtanga Yoga class please contact Rachel on 087-9891091 or the Brockagh Centre on 0404-45600.
Yoga Especially For Kids
Children’s yoga recommences on Thursday 1st March. Newcomers are particularly welcome. Yoga Bugs is at 1.45 pm (aged 2 to 7 years); Yoga’d Up is at 2.45 pm (aged 8 to 12 years). These classes are designed to stimulate children’s power of imagination, teach self-expression, boost confidence and self-esteem and maintain children’s natural flexibility. Enquiries to Hilde on: 0404-40000 or 0404-45600.
Yoga for Men (and Women)
Adult yoga restarts on Thursday 1st March and a particular invitation is extended to all the male members of the community! Rest assured that you will never be the only man in the class – the current group is approximately 50% male.
St. Patrick’s Night Dance
The ever-popular Tommy Carroll will be in the Brockagh Centre on St. Patrick’s night Saturday 17th March (starts 9.30 pm). Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s night with friends - plenty of dancing and craic is guaranteed.
The Wicklow Man
The Wicklow Man will be back on Saturday 31st March (starts 9.30 pm) for a great evening of dancing and good fun.
Kids’ Mini Easter Camp
The camp will take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April and is suitable for children aged 6 to 10 years. Activities include model-making, papercraft, making your own toys and games, collage and using computers to make cards and books. For further details call 0404-45600.
Frances Black
Frances Black will be performing in the Centre on Thursday, April 19th. Tickets are €30 each. This was a sell-out performance last year and tickets are limited so make sure to buy yours as soon as possible. Tickets are available from 0404-45600.
Create the Life you Want
This powerful weekend workshop (Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April) will make your dreams a reality. Maximise your potential; learn how you limit yourself; improve your finances, relationships, health and happiness. Contact Erica at 0402-36899 or the Centre at 0404-45600.

Laragh IT
No Experience Required
This course is ideal for people who have absolutely no previous knowledge of computers. The classes are small, informal and most of all fun. The Thursday evening class (7 pm to 9 pm) starts on 15th March so book your place now. Call Laragh IT on 0404-45600 for further information.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of baby Calvin Murnane.

Yin Yang Yoga Weekend
The Yin Yang yoga workshop is specifically designed to release the freedom and flow of the body’s natural energies and takes place in the Brockagh Centre over the weekend of 10th and 11th March. While this weekend is suitable for yoga practitioners of any level it is also an ideal introduction to yoga and a wonderful opportunity to unwind and relax and restore vital energy. Regi Kerschbaumer is coming from London to share her expertise and insight. For further information call 0404-40000 or 087-2436475 or email

Hugh Leonard’s ‘Da’
The Kirikee Drama Group is proud to present ‘Da’, a Tony-award winning play by Hugh Leonard, at 8pm sharp on Friday 30th March and Sunday 1st April in the Brockagh Centre (no performance on Saturday 31st March). Tickets cost €10.
After Da’s funeral, Charlie returns to his childhood home only to find his father’s ghost stubbornly unwilling to leave the house or his son’s mind. As the events of Charlie’s youth are replayed, we discover the darkly comic, bittersweet relationship that existed between father and son.
Among the cast are Liam Farrington as Da, John Coleman as Charlie, Maura Heffernan as Mother and Eamonn Stakem as young Charlie. Larry Roe directs.

Counselling Service
José Ettema-O’Connor is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and offers sessions at a sliding scale fee. For further details contact José at 086-3582192 or the Brockagh Centre at 0404-45600.

Digital Photography
Information and Registration Evening
If you are interested in learning more about your digital camera and digital photography come along to the Brockagh Centre on Thursday 22nd March where an open evening will be held from 7 to 8 pm. Dave McKane will advise you on the different courses that are on offer from total beginners to improvers and advanced. There will also be a presentation on the uses of different buttons on your digital camera. For more information contact the Brockagh Centre on 0404-45600.
Beginner’s Digital Photogaphy Course
This beginner’s course is aimed at both the complete novice who uses their camera mainly on auto (i.e. most of us) and at those who want to deepen their basic knowledge of photography. The course takes place over two Saturdays (24th and 31st March) from 10 am until 6 pm each day. At the end of the course you will be able to understand and use all the extra buttons on your camera while also being able to take better shots, even in dark, tricky situations like night time and low light. You will also learn how to edit your images. For further information contact 0404-45600 or visit The cost is €250 for two days which includes free software, colour notes, light lunch and refreshments.

Laragh GFC
Having won last year's Junior B Football Championship, we now play in the Junior A Championship and Division 3 of the Football League. Good luck to all the players as they step up to this level.
Good luck also to Craig McCoy and James Cullen who play in the Leinster semi-final this Saturday when Avondale C.C. take on the Longford champions at Portarlington.

Community Alert
Personal Alarms
Hello everyone - we're back again after a few months of silence. But we have been busy. Anyone who applied for a Personal Alarm in 2006 should have had it fitted by now. These alarms are not only for those living alone or who are ill - anyone over 65 should have one before they need it, before the emergency occurs! A Personal Alarm can help to save a life in an emergency and can give you a great sense of security in your own home. If you, or a relative, friend or neighbour, would benefit from having such an alarm please contact Denise at 0404-45272.
Lunch in Glenmalure Lodge
On Thursday 15th March, we are invited to join Rathdrum Senior Citizens for lunch in The Glenmalure Lodge. All those interested in attending should sign their names on the list in the P.O. before Monday 12th March and indicate whether they require transport or not. We look forward to seeing all our usual friends there.

Please leave articles for the next issue into W. McCoy’s by 20th March or alternatively email them to

This Newsletter is produced by the Parish Development & Renewal Group
06 Mar 2007 by administrator