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News for 16th September to 22nd September 2019

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

Lotto Results for 15th September
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 1 - 04 - 08 - 12
Jackpot Result:
No winner - no online winner
10 Match 3 winners each receive €15
F. P. N. L. A. Conway
Mary Kelly, Myshall
Bobby McDonnell, Kilcarry
Joan Lavin, Abbeydown
Paraic Hickey, Kildavin
Matthew Hayden, Crowsgrove

John Kennedy, Bunclody
Podge Finn, Kildavin
Padhraig Conway, Kildavin
Noel Conway, Kildavin
Sellers Prize: €50 - Tom Roberts
Jackpot: €10,000 - Reserve Jackpot €2,800
Next draw will be held on Sunday 29th September 2019 at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

Play Lotto Online
Click on the button below to play the Lotto Online

Congratulations to the New Entrants to Kildavin National School
We extend our congratulations to the new entrants to Kildavin National School and their parents and wish them a very happy and fulfilling experience in their new school. The new pupils are:
Jamie Byrne, Katie Byrne, Zac Deacon, Aoibheann Doyle, Patrick Fagan, Nathan Farrell, Lochlann Murphy, Georgia Austin, Ruairí Nolan, Kayla O’Callaghan and Tyler O’Leary.

Congratulations to the New Entrants to Clonegal National School
We extend our congratulations to the new entrants to Clonegal National School and their parents and wish them a very happy and fulfilling experience in their new school. The new pupils are:

Saoirse Dunne, Freddie Durdin Robertson, Sophie Farrell, Kaiden Kenny, Fionn McNulty, Caoimhe Moran, Oisín Moran, Finn Murphy, Michael Murphy, Tomás Osborne, Ben Peavoy, Declan Reagan, Rhys Redmond, Joe Sinnott, Harry Skelton and Sebastian Stone

Board of Management - Kildavin National School
The Board of Management of Kildavin National School appeals to the local community not to let their dogs and cats on to the school grounds. We continue to have a problem with dog fouling and cat littering which impacts on the health and safety of the children in our care. Many thanks.

Ploughing Championships 17th, 18th and 19th September
The diocese of Kildare and Leighlin will have a stand at the National Ploughing Championships. The number of the stand is 399. Please make sure you call to visit the stand.

Tinryland Church Bi-Centenary Celebrations
Tinryand Church celebrates its 200th Anniversary with Mass celebrated by Bishop Denis McNulty at 2.00pm on Sunday 22nd September. An invitation is extended to anyone with Tinryland connections. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards in the school. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Carlow COPD Support Group
Carlow COPD Support Group will hold its AGM in the Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow at 2.30pm on Tuesday 24th September. Mr. Paddy Grimes from COPD Support Ireland will address the meeting. It is important that all members attend to review the past year and plan activities for 2020. New members always welcome.

Table Quiz

The Ben Mulhall Park Committee will be hosting a Table Quiz in Osborne Lounge, Clonegal on Friday 27th September at 9.00pm in aid of the Ben Mulhall Park Funds. Raffle prizes on the night. Table of four only €20. Your support is greatly appreciated.






Safeguarding Sunday
Bishop Nulty, together with the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee are happy to announce the first Safeguarding Sunday event in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Safeguarding Sunday will take place on Sunday 29th September in all parishes across the diocese. This day aims to communicate our safeguarding message in a creative and innovative way.

Bunclody Day Care Services

Volunteer Part Time Drivers Required
Tuesdays/Thursdays (varied hours)
Contact: Maria Breen, Day Care Services CLG, St. Mary's Road, Bunclody. 053 937 6552

Bunclody Day Care Autumn Walk

Sunday 13th October 2019 at 11.00am

Venue: Rathwood, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Registration: 10.30 -10.45am
Sponsorship Cards are available from the Committee or in St Mary's, Ryland Road
All Support Welcome








Alpha Training Evening
An Alpha Training Evening will be held for those who are interested in hosting an Alpha course in their home parish on Tuesday 17th October in Carlow Parish Centre 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Refreshments will be provided before the training. There is no cost to attend and you will be equipped to facilitate and Alpha course after the evening concludes. To register and for further information contact Philip 059 913 1227 or email: alphacarlow01@gmail.com

Remembering Together
October 19th 2019 the Community of Kildavin Clonegal will remember the 1919 Juniour GAA Football team who brought back the parishes first County title. Because of the huge interest in the event the venue has been changed to Ballykealy House Hotel Ballon. Tickets which are already being sought will go on sale at the end of the summer. Keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Whelan. A profile of the team members is being put together and will be published together with an account, of the social, political and economic activity at the time The organising committee would appreciate your help in harvesting this information. Do you know of someone who fought in the War of Independence, or someone who returned from the battlefields of Europe or died there? Do you know of someone who died from the Spanish flue or survived it? Do you know of someone who contributed to the national loan scheme to help finance the new state. If you have information contact 087 8380018 or 087 9110555. Email: maggie1980@live.ie or private message on ClonegalKildavin Veteran Players Facebook page

Clonegal / Kildavin Veteran Players
Clonegal / Kildavin Veteran Players are publishing a commemorative book for the Centenary of the First GAA Championship won in the Parish. Advertising spaces are available:
1 full page - €100
½ page - €50
¼ page - €25
The book will be launched on 19th October 2019. If you wish to advertise contact 087 911 0555 or 087 838 0018 before 16th September.

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

Monday 16th September: “Laughter Relaxation Exercise” with Mary Fitzpatrick
Monday 23rd September: “Monthly Quiz”
Monday 30th September: “Dancing” with Declan Flannigan

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.

Bunclody Library Events for September 2019

Una Murphy Abstract Artist Exhibition
Drop in to Bunclody Library to see a solo exhibition by local artist, Una Murphy. Una has used art throughout her life and in her workplace as a Psychiatric Nurse.Her paintings will be on display in the library for the month of September.

Saturday, 21st September 3.00pm - 5.00pm - Family Games Clubs
Drop in any time between 3pm and 5pm to play a selection of board games, including such classics as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Jenga and more! Suitable for Ages 7+ Colouring and Lego available for younger children.
Parents/Guardians must remain with children at all times.

Friday 20th September - Culture Night 2019
Wrap up in culture, as venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

Saturday 21st September 10.30-11:30am - Autism Friendly Sensory Stories with Valerie Sheehan
Valerie Sheehan author of Tony The Turtle, is a professionally trained ASD tutor with 12 years experience working with families and kids on the autistic spectrum. She is passionate about providing tools and educational resources for parents, carers and teachers. Everything in these crafted books has been tested and developed with over 50 children and families

Tuesday 24th September 10.30am - 11.30am and 11.45am - 12.45pm - Autism-Friendly Yoga For Kids with Vivian Brodie Hayes
Join us for two sessions of Autism-friendly yoga for kids. Children will learn relaxation and calming yoga techniques that can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep while building self-esteem and confidence, ability to transition, balance, coordination and attention.

Thursday 26th September at 7.00pm - LGBTQIA+ Movie Screening
Join us for an LGBTQIA+ themed movie showing in Bunclody Library. Suitable for 12 years+

Saturday 28th September - Autism & Sensory Film Screening For Kids
On September 28th Bunclody library will host the first of our Autism and sensory friendly movie screenings. These autism friendly adjustments are designed to make viewing a movie in the library more inclusive and accessible for children with sensory sensitivities, and others who can benefit from this environment. These adjustments will help children and guests feel more comfortable and support them to maintain high standards
Parents/Guardians must remain with children at all times. Booking essential on 0539375466

Regular Events in Bunclody Library

Bunclody Knitting Club - Wednesday mornings at 10.30am, places limited, booking essential.

Toddler/Pre school Story Time - Friday mornings at 11.00 am
Stories, songs, rhymes and art and craft for under 5's. Join us for a lively morning of fun and chat. All welcome.

Bunclody Bookcave Junior Reading Group - We're back after out short summer break, join us for our next meeting on Thursday 26th September at 4.00pm. All new member welcome.

If you would you like to receive a Text Message or Email Message about our upcoming events please contact us in Bunclody Library on 053-9375466 or bunclodylib@wexfordcoco.ie.

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/

Call For Volunteers
Are you a tradesperson aged between 20 and 68 years. If so, The Ray of Sunshine Foundation is seeking your help. A group of volunteers will travel to Kenya in January 2020, to build classrooms in Mombasa. Duration of the stay is 11 days. The cost is €3000 which covers flights, accommodation, insurance and all the materials for the build. Visit www.rayofsunshine.ie or contact Olive on 087 69994599 for more information

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service
Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators. If you have appositive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church, if you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage Accord want to hear from you! Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to info@accord.ie

Clonegal Bottle Bank is for Recycling not Dumping



The photograph on the left was taken on 17th January 2019. It is very disappointing that some people treat the bottle bank as a dumping area. Volunteers keep the bottle bank area neat and tidy and it is grossly unfair to dump in that area and expect volunteers to clean it up. Those who use the bottle bank are asked to bring their bottles/cans home with them if the bins are full and return when the bins have been emptied. Do not leave them on the ground. Clonegal Tidy Village Association will be installing CCTV which will monitor the area.





From Carlow Streams
There is a long and rich oral tradition of song and story in Carlow though much has been lost, which is why the creators and collaborators of Carlow Streams are passionate about preserving what we have, and ask for anyone with knowledge of local history and traditions contact them at www.fromcarlowstreams.ie or the Carlow Tourism website. Alternatively, contact Dave Barron at daveb@fromcarlowstreams.ie
or 087 2204488.
The project was conceived by local man Dave Barron who has a deep interest in the Irish language and folklore and the importance of the Rambling House where culture was passed from one generation to the next.
Support for the initiative has come from Carlow Tourism, Creative Ireland Carlow, Carlow Museum and Carlow County Library, along with the families of Luke Morrissey, Willie White, Jim Nolan, Seamus Murphy and MC Nolan. To date, Dave has gathered material for the site from a disparate group of collectors around the county whose contributions are included in this cultural website. These include Danny Browne, Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS), Tony Malone, Eddie McDonald, the late Luke Morrissey, the late Seamus Murphy, the late Willie White, John Candy, Dermot Mulligan, John Shortall, Seamus Dunne and Michael Rice. The list continues to grow.

Grow Is Here To Help You
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Isolated?
Our Mental Health Support groups are free and confidential and open to all, no referral or booking needed. Meeting times are:
Tuesday at l0.00am - Grow Office, Barrack Street Kilkenny
Tuesday at 1:45pm - Catherine's Social Services Centre, Joseph's Road, Carlow Town (Across-from the Train Station)
Wednesday at 8.00pm - Grow Office, Barrack Street, Kilkenny.
Friday at 10.30am - Grow Office, Barrack Street, Kilkenny.
(Ceart Grp: mental health effects of living with chronic pain/long term illness. Charity No. 20023294
Email: kateslater@grow.ie
GROW (Ireland) info-line 1890 474 474,
GROW (Ireland) Web: https://grow.ie/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GROWIreland
To Donate to GROW please visit https://grow.ie/donations/
To Volunteer for GROW visit https://grow.ie/get-involved/volunteer-form/

Kildavin Choir

If you sing or play a musical instrument we would be delighted if you join us. We meet on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Spellman Hall, Kildavin (rear entrance) to practice. If you need further information please contact Mary 086 8097521 or just come along any Monday evening.

Affordable Live-In Homecare

Affordable Live-In Homecare Provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 9916791. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie

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 thesehelpful tips in your home.

To view / download the brochure please click here or 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 - 4.00pm
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)






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
Money Management Sessions
provided for Transition/Leaving Cert Students & Community Groups

Masses for the coming week


Monday 16th Sept. at 9.30am
Wednesday 18th Sept. at 9.30am
Friday 20th Sept. at 9.30am
Saturday 21st Sept. at 6.30pm


Jim Watchorn, Kilcarry


Tuesday 17th Sept. at 7.00pm
Thursday 19th Sept. at 9.30am
Sunday 22nd Sept. at 11.30am

  Annie Doyle, Ballyshancarragh

John Kavanagh, Cranemore

Saturday 21st Sept. at 6.30pm
Ann Marie Whelan
Sunday 22nd Sept. at 11.30am
Damien McDonald










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