Around the Districts: Carnew, Coolboy, Kiltegan, Knockananna, Shillelagh and Tinahely



Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Maureen Kennedy née Ronan, Kilrush, who died recently and was buried on Thursday in Kilrush cemetery.

Indoor bowls

Over-50s indoor bowls is starting soon in Askamore hall. Anyone interested in joining please contact 085 2156848.

The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast is back. Come along to Le Cheile Park, Askamore on Sunday morning August 28. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Playground and Back Alley Development

Our annual Big Breakfast fundraiser will be on Sunday, August 21, at noon in the Back Alley. Looking forward to seeing you all again and some news faces.

This is always a great time to catch up with your family and friends in the community. Thank you for your continued support.

Split the Pot – The winner of the Back Alley Split the Pot draw was Vincent Hall, well done, only a few weeks remaining so get your envelope in Victors, Centra, Candys, the Enterprise Centre, the butchers, thanks to everyone for their support to date it is greatly appreciated.

Cool Camping

Carnew ladies’ club are holding a Cool Camping club on Saturday, August 27, in Carnew GAA grounds, family camping with fun and games and barbecue, fittest family and more, to enter contact Aoife at 087 7944543, €40 per tent, all welcome .

Monster Bingo

Ballyconnell/Coolkenno are holding a monster bingo in the Big Top in Rathwood on Monday, August 22, at 8 pm, 10 games one line €50, two lines €80, full house 120. Blue sheet €80, €120 and €500 , yellow sheet €80, €120 and €1,000. Double book and double sheets €25, double book and single sheet €20, single book and single sheet €15, single book €10, baby book €5, sheets €3 or two for €5.

Tinahely Craft Market

The Tinahely Craft market is now open on Friday as well as Saturdays, opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm There is a great selection of beautifully crafted pieces which make ideal gifts, so please come along and support your local artisans.

As it is National Craft month we will be having free hour long tutorials every Saturday for the month. Check social media for details.

Race night

There will be a race night on Saturday, August 27, at 9 pm in Jim Byrne’s for Lord Mayor campaign Bert Cogley, horses are on sale from the committee or Carnew Training and Development center. All proceeds towards Carnew Community Care and the Back Alley Development fund. All support greatly appreciated.

Wicklow Scor

Wicklow Scor will be held on Friday, September 30, in St Bridget’s Hall, Carnew with solo singing, recitation, figure dancing, set dancing, ballad group, instrumental music, novelty act and question time, to enter contact Irishculturalofficer.wicklow @gaa. ie or

Heritage Day

Carnew Heritage club are holding their annual heritage day on Sunday, September 18.

Brideswell Cartridge

The Brideswell patron will take place on Friday, August 19, at 7 pm

Coollattin Famine summer school

This year is the 175th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine which saw thousands of men, women and children avail of assisted emigration from Earl Fitzwilliam. Join us at our commemorative summer School in Coollattin House from September 1 to September 4.

To find out more and to book your place at some or all of the events go to. or phone 086 3971922. It promises to be a wonderful weekend of history, heritage, craic and good food.


Christmas Lights AGM

Coolboy Christmas Lights are holding their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 28th August in The Little Moon at 8.00 pm We need the Community to attend to voice their opinions, comments, solutions or improvements for Santa’s arrival and the Lighting of the big tree going forward.


Kiltegan Women’s Shed

If you would like to go along and join the Women’s Shed in Kiltegan, they meet every Tuesday morning from 10 am to 12.30 in the Talk of the Town, Kiltegan. All are very welcome.

And if you have any spare wool or yarn hanging around, donations are gratefully accepted to keep fingers busy on Tuesdays.

Junior Byrnes

Many will be aware that the landmark pub of Rathdangan, Junior Byrnes is up for sale. Rathdangan Community Council posted an emotional tribute to the Byrne family on July 28:

“The welcome is always warm, Service with a smile, The wit is always quick and a twinkle in the eye. The laughter loud and hearty often teary eyes, The music filled the air as people came from far and near, As the saying goes “craic was mighty”, For many a “home from home”, Historic reminders of days gone by, Generations past and present forever here now memories enshrined, A place where old friends met and strangers became friends as they watched the pint froth reach the very end. So many magic moments in this country pub created by the magicians we all have come to love.

“Junior, Teresa and Co. We are so sad to see you go. We thank you for your patience with us over the years, For always being there to listen to all our hopes and fears, Helping us to forget while we drank a few beers, While for so many this feels like an ending for you it’s a new beginning. We hope that soon you will be home in a new rhythm and as you step onto new ground your eyes will feel young again with energy and dreams, As a path of plentitude opens before you. Now is the time to enjoy your hearts desires, To live the dreams you have waited for, To awaken the depths beyond your work. Thank you to The Byrne Family for being the light and beating heart of Rathdangan for so many generations.

We wish you many years of great health and happiness as you start the next chapter of your lives.”

Community Employment

West Wicklow Community Employment based in The Green, Kiltegan have a vacancy for an Environmental Worker: Ref: #CES-2336096 for Baltinglass Tidy Towns, County Wicklow. To apply please contact your local Intreo Office or West Wicklow CE Scheme. 19.5 hours per week. Salary–Community Employment Rates This vacancy can only be filled by persons who are 21 years and over. For more information contact: 059 64 73 330 Mobile: 087 449 7731 / 087 140 4580 Email:

Fundraising Run/Walk

Rathdangan Community Council will hold a 10k and 5k Run/Walk on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4. All proceeds will go to Baltinglass Hospital. Watch this space for more details.


Clothes Collection

A final reminder of our clothes collection – you still have time to have a clear out and get bags clothes, shoes and handbags to the Community Hall by Saturday, August 28. Hall is open every Saturday from 10.11 am or contact 087 6267521 if you need to drop off bags outside these times. Please do not bring duvets or pillows as they will not be accepted. All proceeds to the camogie club. Thank you for your continued support.

Sensory and Community Garden

Our gardens beside the community hall are open to the public during daylight hours. The fresh fruit and vegetables growing in the tunnel and raised beds can be taken for use by the public. The sensory garden is a lovely place to sit and relax so please make the most of this facility especially during the fine weather.

The Tidy Towns group meets every Monday and Thursday evening in the village so please come along to give a hand watering and looking after our beautiful village. Thank you to Patsy Treacy for continuing to look after the hanging baskets around the village.

GAA lottery

Congratulations to Kevin Kennedy, winner of the recent lotto jackpot who was presented with his check of €14,450 at the weekend. This week the numbers drawn were 1, 5, 10 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and one match three Angela Keogh. Seller’s prize Amanda Byrne. Next week the jackpot is €14,750.


Tinahely Craft Market

The Tinahely Craft market is now open on Friday as well as Saturdays, opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm There is a great selection of beautifully crafted pieces which make ideal gifts, so please come along and support your local artisans.

As it is National Craft month we will be having free hour long tutorials every Saturday for the month. Check social media for details.


Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Committee would like to Thank Everyone, who came out in their numbers, to support our coffee morning fundraiser on Saturday, July 30. If you missed our event, there is still time to donate via our go fund me page /c14df2dd.

We especially would like to thank the Courthouse Arts Center and all the team, who helped us host our event there, and also to everyone who helped with the planning and preparations and who helped out on the day itself, to make it a wonderful success. We would like to thank all our sponsors.

The money raised will go back into the community to further improve the appearance and presentation of our town, through planting and displaying flowers and plants, the maintenance and upkeep of the green spaces, the playground, picnic areas and approach roads.

The 2022 Tinahely Tidy Towns committee officers are: Anthony Murphy (chairperson), Jim Coogan (vice-chairperson), Lucy Moller (secretary), Betty Hedderman (treasurer), Lorraine Fox (PRO) Mark Hetherington (PRO)

Please check us out on Facebook, Instagram and If you would like to help out or get involved, please message us on Facebook or send an email to

Men’s Shed

We are now open and look forward to welcoming new members from Tinahely, and all surrounding areas. Hopefully make new friends and have a cuppa. We are open Tuesday and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm For further info call 086 1040008 or email

Dog Owners

To those who walk their pets on a leash, a big thank you. To those who don’t please be aware you are endangering the future of the walks for the wider community.

The Railway Walk and extension have a strict rule that dogs must be on a leash and no dogs are permitted on any of the looped walks.

Please remember to bring a bag to pick up the poop.

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