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News for 24th September to 30th September 2018

If you have any news or upcoming events you would like included in this section please contact one of the addresses below:

Website: info@clonegalkildavin.ie
Secretary: secretary@clonegalkildavin.ie


The Defibrillator for the Clonegal area is Located at:

John Dunne
Public House
Main Street
(Right of the Entrance)

The Code is:

2 2 2 2

then press









Clonegal Video

A video of Clonegal has been produced by Ellard Browne Limited directed by the late Hugh Browne and music is by Jason Culleton.

Masses for the coming week please click here

Tidy Towns Results

Congratulations to Clonegal Tidy Village Association who have retained the Gold Medal in the Tidy Towns Competition 2018 for the 9th successive year. Clonegal was also awarded the County Award having achieved the highest points in County Carlow. In the “Can It” Competition; Clonegal was runner up for the presentation at the recycle centre using cans. It is obvious fantastic work has been done in Clonegal village over the season and great praise is due to all concerned.
To view/download the Clonegal Tidy Towns 2018 Report please click here.

Congratulations to Kildavin Development Association on their achievement in the Tidy Towns Competition 2018 by increasing their points by 4. It is very evident a lot of work was carried out in order to achieve this increase. Great praise is due to all who helped out in any way.
To view/download the Kildavin Tidy Towns 2018 Report please click here.

Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards competition aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. Clonegal entered this competition. Three judges arrived in Clonegal at 9.00am on Thursday 23rd August 2018 and spent the following 4 hours gathering information and viewing the village.

To view a selection of photos of the day please click on the image below. All the photographs are courtesy of Tony Jackson.

IPB Pride of Place Judging Day
The Judging Day took place on Thursday 26th July 2018. The judges arrived at 10.00am and were greeted by a very large crowd. The judging took several hours and they were entertained along the way with Irish dancing and music by local children. They were reminded along the route of the history of Clonegal with several people dressed up as key people from history. The day concluded with a BBQ in Huntington Castle.
It was a great day of celebration for the village of Clonegal which was very much enjoyed by a very large number of locals and visitors.

Many thanks to all who helped in any way in making the day a great success. Very special thanks to the Community Section of Carlow County Council; to all the committees / organizations that gathered information and prepared displays for the day. To the National School and both Churches, thank you. Many thanks to all the children who entertained the crowd along the route and in Huntington Castle. Thanks to the actors along the route who brought alive the history of the village. Many thanks to Huntington Castle for the very warm welcome and hospitality that everyone received.

To view a selection of photos of the day please click on the image below. All the photographs are courtesy of Tony Jackson.

Lotto Results for 16th September 2018
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 02 - 04 - 11 - 18
Jackpot Result: Angela Kavanagh, Lackabeg, Kildavin
Match 3 winners
Nathan O'Leary, c/o Tossie
Amy Murphy, c/o Sadie Lennon
Farrah Ryan, Fennagh
Pat Keogh, Tinahealy
Madge Kirwan, Kilcarry
Nigel Moran X 2
Caoimhe & Lochlann c/o C. Moran
Conor Byrne, Crowsgrove
Fiona Doyle Byrne, Crowsgrove
John O'Leary, Bunclody
B. Murphy, Monaughrim
Minie Roberts, Orchard
John Byrne, Bunclody
Megan & Cathal, c/o C. Moran
P.J. Keogh, Monaughrim
Sellers Prize €50: Tommy Moran
Jackpot: €5,800
Next draw will be held in Moss House Sunday 30th September 2018 at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

Play Lotto Online
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Survey for Clonegal Tidy Village Association

Tidy Village has uploaded an online survey on Clonegal’s involvement in Tidy Towns Competition and on waste. The survey will take about 2 minutes of your time. Please log on to the link below to complete the survey.

Amount Raised at Ben Mulhall Park Cabaret
The Ben Mulhall Park Committee would like to express their gratitude to all who supported the “Reformation of the Ben Mulhall Park” Cabaret held in July. The total amount raised for the Ben Mulhall Park was €1,715. The cabaret was a great success and enjoyed by all.


Table Quiz

The Ben Mulhall Park Committee will be hosting a Table Quiz in Osborne Lounge, Clonegal on Friday, 28th September at 8.00pm in aid of the Ben Mulhall Park Funds. Raffle prizes on the night. Table of four only €20.



An Invitation from Bishop Denis
In appreciation of your contribution to the World Meeting of Families 2018, Bishop Denis warmly invites you to join him for a Mass of thanksgiving in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow on Friday 28th September at 7.30pm. Light refreshments afterwards in the Cathedral Parish Centre.

Autumn/Winter Fashion Show 4th October 2018 at 8.30pm

Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow
Host: Faith Amond
Tickets: €10
Featuring Local Boutiques. Fantastic Prizes to be won on the night
Proceeds to Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow
Further Information from: IWA Carlow 059 9140983 Email: carlow@iwa.ie

GAA Get Together
Past & Current Players & Supporters
in Conways Friday October 19th at 8.00pm
Meal Served and All are Welcome
Meet Old Friends & Make New
Cost €20
Contact: Christy O'Neill 087 1378569; George Coleman 087 2501105; Tom Doyle 087 9110555

‘ The Monday Club’

St Mary’s Day Centre, Ryland Road
Come and join us and brighten up your Monday mornings 10.00 am to 2.00pm

Mon 24th Sept: Arts and Crafts. Cards, Darts, Bingo and lots more.
Mon 1st Oct: Monthly Quiz
Mon 8th Oct: Arts & Crafts – Projects for Christmas
Mon 15th Oct: Questions & Answers Session on Money Matters given by Joseph Kinsella Chartered Accountant
Mon 22nd Oct: Make your Credit Union work for you! With Eugene McDonough

New Members Always Welcome
Throughout the year we will have information sharing, entertainment, Arts & crafts, guest speakers and many more topics.
This Club would suit 60+ age group
Entrance Fee: €4 which includes Tea & Light Lunch.

Carlow County Museum Special Exhibition
St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg and his County Carlow Connections. Discover Carlow's impact on the heart of Medieval Europe! The exhibition continues until 31st October 2018
Free Admission. Carlow County Museum is located on College St. Carlow Town, and is open Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm Fully Wheelchair Accessible.

Pope Francis in Ireland
A full colour commemorative publication containing pictures of the events and transcripts of all Pope Francis' homilies, speeches and addresses during his visit to Ireland is available in all Veritas stores and online for €4.99.

A Robot for Clonegal

The picturesque village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow has a new resident - one who has a very distinct look. Its arms are conveyor rollers from a quarry; its feet are the bucket teeth from a digger. It has bolts for fingers and an engine for a stomach. Its eyebrows are wire brushes, its hair comprises motorbike chains and its cheery smile is thanks to the roller from a conveyor belt.
This smiling metal man, who carries a suitcase, is completely made from recycled scrap parts and was created by Liam Birmingham, a second-year mechanical engineering student from Institute of Technology Carlow. And on Wednesday 13th June Liam, alongside his engineering lecturers Dr. Anthony Nolan and Dr. Cathal Nolan, presented the smiling ‘Tin Man’ to the Clonegal Tidy Towns committee. He will reside in the square opposite the church in Clonegal village where his suitcase will store used batteries as part of Clonegal’s ongoing efforts to “reduce, reuse and recycle”.

Pictured above L to R: Marie Byrne, Tony Jackson, Liam Birmingham Carlow IT (creator of the robot), Dr. Anthony Nolan Carlow IT,
Dr. Cathal Nolan Carlow IT, Kay Jackson, Margo Corbally and Johnny Dunne.

To download the full Press Release please click here

To view a selection of photos please click here

Waste Prevention & Recycling

Tricks & Tips
To prevent waste and conserve
natural resources please use these
helpful tips in your home.

To view / download the brochure please click here or on the image




300th Anniversary of the Birth of Nano Nagle

In that context the Presentation Sisters share with you a brochure which invites enquiries from those interested in living in the spirit of Nano Nagle today.
If you wish to find out more; invite a speaker or receive further literature, the contact information below or on the brochure may be used.

Vocation Link Sister

Presentation Sisters, Acorn Centre, Warrenmount
28 Blackpitts, Dublin D08 W2X8
Mobile - 087 203 3006
Email - enquiry@presprone.com
To view / download the brochure please click on the image



Parkrun Tullow
This FREE event continues every Saturday morning at 9:30 in Rathwood. Just register for free on www.parkrun.ie and print your barcode. You can run, jog, walk or stroll. Check out our facebook page for more information.

Kildavin Clonegal GAA

You can buy your Kildavin Clonegal Kidavin GAA Gift Vouchers now from the club. You can give your friends the gift of gym membership, club membership or room hire

“For The Honour of The Little Village”
Clonegal Kildavin Veteran Players book “For The Honour of The Little Village” is selling out fast. The books features the stories and opinions of twelve well known retired GAA Players from Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow with hundreds more mentioned, retailing at only €10 ideal for the GAA addicts among your friends and family.

Stay in shape, Join that Gym
Sumer is coming to an end, kids are back to school and the evenings are drawing in. Christmas is not far away now. Keep in shape. Join Kildavin Clonegal GAA Gym Membership only €20 per month for an individual, €30 per month for a household. Minimum period of membership only one month. Cash payments are accepted. There are discounts for longer periods of membership or for groups. Facilities are open 8am to 10pm seven days per week. The indoor sports hall is available for rent for €30 per hour. Demand during the winter months is high and advanced booking is necessary. Please contact the club if you or your group feel any of our facilities may be of value to you. Phone Luke @ 0876430352

Weavers' Cottages Museum

Come and visit the Weavers' Cottages Museum which were once the home of local weavers dating back to the 17th century and now houses many artefacts of the cottage weaving industry. See our newly restrung loom (photo left)

Opening Times:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm - Friday: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday & Sunday - Please phone 053 9376749

Visit the Weavers' Cottages website please click here

Bunclody Parent and Toddler Group
Bunclody Parent and Toddler Group takes place every Wednesday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon in St. Aidan's Hall, Irish Street. Admission €3.00. A place to meet other parents in a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Free Internet and Email Courses for Beginners

Free Internet and Email Courses for Beginners – on Computer, Smartphones or Tablets.
Courses currently being organised in various locations around the county, if you are interested in enrolling yourself or arranging some FREE training for a group
you are involved with, please contact Andrea Dalton in St Catherine’s Community Services Centre on 059 9138706 or email andread@catherines.ie

Bunclody Country Market
Bunclody Country Market opens every Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm in St.Aidans Hall, Irish Street, Bunclody.
We will have a selection of home made tarts, buns, cakes, scones and breads along with a wide range of handmade crafts. Tea/coffee and treats available for €3, so why not come along.
New members always welcome, for more information contact Grace on 087 654 6660

Do you want to dispose of unwanted Items?
If you want to dispose of unwanted items, you can do so free of charge on the following websites: www.freetradeireland.ie and
www.jumbletown.ie Further details on our "Links" page. Please click here

South Leinster Way Mapboard at Kildavin


To view/download the map please click here or on the image (1.6MB download)



Bunclody Library Events for September 2018

NB: Booking advisable for all events. Bunclody Library 053 9375466.

ARTBANK Exhibition
The Art Bank will exhibit a new selection of paintings in Bunclody Library during September. Always worth a visit!

Free Digital Skills Course
If you are interested in gaining confidence and skills to participate in today's digital world this course is for you.
Course is delivered over 5 sessions 2 hours per week.
Introduction to Internet, Internet Safety & Security, Email, Social Media, Online Banking and Security, • Online Government Services, Shopping Online.
Course 2: Commences Monday 22nd October 10.30am - 12.30pm

Places limited, booking essential at 053 9375466.

Thursday 27th September 7.00pm. Wexford Walking Trail Talk with Ann Murphy. A selection of beautiful walks awaits you in Wexford: wooded, historic, coastal and mountain trails. Choose a different walk each day. Ranging from long sandy beaches in the east to the wild Hook Peninsula in the south-west. Walk through bird-rich polders beside Wexford town. Traverse the slopes of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountains in the west. Come along to this talk and find out more about new and existing trails in the area.

Saturday 29th September 2.00 - 4.30pm. Talking and Telling Oral History Network Ireland with Adrian Roche and Dr Ida Milne. These free regional networking events are open to both members and non-members. The events are designed for anyone who is interested in oral history to meet in an informal setting and get to know other people in the region involved in oral history. They are also an opportunity to learn about the work of OHNI and decide if you would like to be involved.

Regular Adult Events

Bunclody Knitting Club
Wednesday mornings at 10.30am. All Welcome Free Event

Regular Children’s Events:

Toddler Story Time Join us on Friday mornings at 11.00am. Come along with your toddler or preschooler for stories, rhymes and songs.

Bunclody Library branch is a wonderful – and free – resource for families. Check out what we are reading this week! Not to be missed.
Free Event. All Welcome.
Booking essential for all events. Tel: 053 9375466
For a full listing of events see Bunclody Library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BunclodyLibrary/events where you can sign up for our monthly what’s on e-newsletter. Also see our website: http://www.wexford.ie/wex/Departments/Library/WhatsOn/

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Teresa's Conference, Bunclody

St. Vincent de Paul Society Confidential Help Line - 087 3696883.
Please note: Recycling facilities for newspapers are in place at Supervalu Bunclody; by using this facility you are helping St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The Samaritans - Free Number to Call
The Samaritans have launched a new free to call number - 116 123 - for people who are struggling to cope. The number will make it possible for people to access the service round the clock, every single day of the year, free of charge.
The new free to call number has been made possible by a partnership between Samaritans and the telecommunications industry. The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention is providing funding to support the Samaritans to build their capacity to roll out 116 123

Carlow MABS Ltd (Money Advice & Budgeting Service) 72d Tullow Street Carlow, Tel: 076 107 2070.
Free and confidential, Money Management and Advice Service. Assisting people in dealing with their existing debts and helping them to begin to manage their own resources.
MABS offers free Debt Relief Advice under Personal Insolvency options
Community Education Programmes
provided for Transition/Leaving Cert Students & Community Groups

Masses for the coming week


Monday 24th Sept. at 9.30am
Wednesday 26th Sept. at 9.30am
Friday 28th Sept. at 9.30am
Saturday 29th Sept. at 6.30pm


Maura Sharry, Raheengraney


Tuesday 25th Sept. at 9.30am
Thursday 27th at 9.30am
Sunday 30th Sept. at 11.30am


Saturday 29th Sept. at 6.30pm
Pat Rooney
Sunday 30th Sept. at 11.30am
Mairin Byrne










Don’t forget that you can advertise any upcoming events on this website. Or you can tell us of stories or achievements in our local area.
Maybe you are planning a meeting or want to start a group or a class. Whatever is local is of interest to us. We are delighted to share your
achievements and plans with all. Send your infomation to: info@clonegalkildavin.ie

Clonegal/Kildavin Notes
Anyone who wishes to have, up-coming events, wedding occasions, birthday wishes or local news, to be issued on the local Clonegal/Kildavin Community Section of the Carlow Nationalist or Gorey Guardian can email clonegalkildavinnotes@gmail.com or phone Nicola Gray on 053 9376389