Around districts: Annacurra, Aughrim, Coolgreany and Laragh-Glendalough




The patrons of our two cemeteries will proceed as follows. Preban: Friday August 27 at 7:30 p.m. Annacurra: Sunday August 29 at 11 a.m.

Weather permitting, Mass at Annacurra will take place outside. The blessing of the graves will take place immediately after. Please wear masks and respect social distancing.

GAA Loto

August 16 results. No jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 7, 12, 14 and 23. Winners of match three: Richie Doyle, Killacloran: Jennifer Tuke, Conary and Patrica Fitzgerald, Tomcoyle jackpot € 6,600. The draw takes place on Monday evening.

Preban cemetery

A small number of copies of the book remain on the Preban cemetery. It contains a brief history of the cemetery and a photographic record of the tombstones and is available at € 10 per copy. For more details, contact Yvonne Whitty 087 2111153 or Jack Lynch 087 9417642.


Items to be included in Annacurra Notes can be emailed to [email protected] before 9 p.m. Sunday evening or by phone on 083 3136925.


Aughrim Community Group

At the recent Aughrim Community Group meeting, it was stated that the committee had received a grant of € 4,000.00, funded by the Ministry of Rural and Community Development under the Community Strengthening Program. This grant is conditional on the grant being used before December 31st.

In addition, it was stated that a grant of € 400 had been awarded by Wicklow County Council under the Council’s Community Grants program, which is conditional on the use of the grant by 31 January 2022. The notification of these grants was warmly welcomed by the committee. .

There is a large group of volunteers working every week, as you may have noticed, but more is needed. So if you would like to join this group, it would be appreciated as the necessary work will need to be done on the above dates in order to use this funding for the Aughrim community. Please help if you can.


The numbers 2, 4, 16 and 21 were drawn in the Aughrim Sports Club lottery on Monday August 16. The jackpot has not been won. There were two Match 3 winners: Margaret Stapleton and Emma O’Loughlin (online) The jackpot on Monday 23 August will be € 2,600.

People now have the option of doing the Aughrim Sports Club Lotto online. Just go to Aughrim Sports club lotto and take it from there.

The weekly lotto supports Aughrim Camogie Club, Aughrim GAA Club, Aughrim Rangers Football Club and Aughrim Sports Complex. The people who support the weekly lotto give their support to the local sports clubs which are an integral part of the community.

Outdoor pilates

New outdoor pilates classes have started for the summer in a lovely private garden based at the Aughrim sports complex. Classes take place the next few weeks on Tuesdays at 5.15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6.15 p.m.

These lessons depend on the weather and cost 10 € paid as you go. Open to beginners and advanced. For more information contact Martina on 086 8729391 or DM @martinabyrnepilateswicklow or email [email protected]

Town and country market

The town and country market of Aughrim is delighted to find our wonderful artisans at the market, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We offer beautiful handmade jewelry, cute baby knitwear, incredibly beautiful soft furniture such as cushions, sofa and bed throws in the finest recycled fabrics, recycled shopping bags, and more. Hand painted house signs for the home and garden. Gifts for your four-legged friends and heaven-sent perfumes and candles. Organic fruits and vegetables, Happy Hens eggs, delicious traditional homemade pastry, delicious cookies and sourdough and rye breads, etc. Marmalade and jams.

All are welcome at the park lodge and enjoy healthy snacks and organic coffee / tea from the Lean Green machine overlooking the lake. Please continue to respect that masks are mandatory and social distancing of two meters to comply with Covid 19 regulations. Info: Caroline 086 0865838.

Sheep exhibition and sale

The Aughrim sheep farmers will be holding their annual show and sale on Friday September 3 at Carnew Mart. Sheep will be herded and sold in the usual classroom format. For registration forms or more information contact Alan Kinsella on 087 2792157/[email protected] or Carnew Mart on 053 9426234.

Remarks Deadline

Please note the change of email address. Items to be included in Aughrim Notes should be emailed to [email protected] or 087 9059594 before 8 p.m. on Sunday. Do not send attachments.


Ballyfad Race

A road race will take place in Ballyfad (eircode Y25 375 €) on Sunday 5th September. Registration is at noon and the journey begins at 1:00 p.m. be served on site the same day.

All profits will be shared between “Heart in Hand” and local needs. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Marie on 087 2223230. Everyone is welcome.


Congratulations and best wishes to Sophie Breslin, Kilahurler, who will be celebrating her 8th birthday on Saturday August 28th. Good day Sophie.

Vintage day

The third annual Vintages Day will be held at Coolgreany on Sunday September 12, subject to government guidelines, all vintages and autos are welcome, more details later.

Castletown Liam Mellows GAA

It’s a hive of activity on our fields in Castletown and Coolgreany up to the minute with our senior and minor football, women’s football, hurling and camogie now booming.

Castletown Liam Mellows Healthy Club is looking for expressions of interest in the following areas: Social Rounders, GAA for Boys and Dads, GAA for Mothers and more.

Please contact or text your name and number to Liz: 086 3879321, Sandra: 087 6207200, Catherine: 087 2067685, Caroline: 087 2049802, Outdoor Circuit Training every Saturday morning, 10:11 p.m. 5 € without appointment. All of the above are open to club and non-club members.

EC scheme

There is a vacancy in the village of Coolgreany for an employee of CE, working 19½ hours per week. The candidate must have a full driver’s license. Please phone Siobhán on 087 1145021 for more details if you are interested.

News from tidy cities

The Tidy Towns are looking for a photo of the drapery shop on the Green in Knockgreany, originally owned by Ms Kelly. It would be great for Heritage Week if we could get one, so please check your old photos.

As the auction for the Tidy Towns competition is ongoing, as much help as possible is needed in the village, please come and lend a hand.

golden circle

Our trip to Killarney is going well and, subject to government restrictions on the number of buses allowed, will go as planned. The final cost will be € 410 per person sharing and a supplement of € 80 for a single room,

Full payment to be with Gertie by August 13 The price includes the bus, round-trip meals, four-night dinner in bed and breakfast and two day trips,

As per government guidelines you will need your Covid vaccination certificate with you, some will receive it by post others by email, we suggest you print it out and take it with you on the trip.

Local Notes

Remember to send me all the notes before 8 p.m. Thursday evening so that they can be included in the journal for the following week. Dan phone: 087 4605166. E-mail [email protected]


New Facebook page on local wildflowers

The community of Laragh and Glendalough is home to a beautiful variety of wildflowers which bloom during the summer months. Although they often go unnoticed, these wildflowers are an important food source for our pollinators. A new Facebook page has been created to document, using photos, the wildflowers growing in the area and to provide information on their names and distribution. The page is available on: Facebook.

Sustainable energy community

The names of everyone who completed our 2020 Home Energy Survey were entered into the draw for a MiHome Home Energy Monitor Kit. Kudos to Michael Cullen, who was the winner of the kit. We wish Michael all the best in monitoring and improving the energy consumption in his home.

The Energy Survey was conducted as part of our SEAI funding to explore options for improving energy efficiency in the community. We recently received a report based on the results of the Three County Energy Agency survey, and are now planning next steps based on the feedback.

The UN Climate Change Report (released August 9) clearly sets out the challenge ahead, even for small rural communities such as Laragh / Glendalough. Climate degradation is now “widespread, rapid and escalating” and the window to prevent catastrophic change is closing rapidly. The report also warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and floods, and a key temperature limit passed in just over a decade.

Improving energy efficiency in our communities is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and breaking our dependence on fossil fuels. We all have a role to play and government support will be essential in helping the rapid transition to a clean and sustainable future.

Inner and summer songs by the sea

The weather could not cool the mood of the spectators of the concert last Saturday. We thank all the organizers and artists (Hothouse Flowers, Leslie Dowdall, Mark Caplice and Mobile Music Machine) who brought the Valley into musical bliss with energy and talent to please a very grateful audience in 2021.

The quaking bog

We’re excited to announce our 2021 dates – September 10-12 as we bring our writers, artists, performers and creative audiences back to our beautiful home in Wicklow.

The Glencree Valley will once again be brought to life by a host of renowned writers, artists and nature experts for a dense program of events.

So please jot down the dates in your diaries, get your rubber boots ready and make plans to join us for a dynamic blend of artistic engagement and nature immersion. For more information, check out our website or follow us @theshakingbog on social media. To become a friend of the festival, see our website for more information.

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