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News for 18th March to 24th March 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 18th March 2019
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 05 - 12 - 14 - 25
Jackpot Result: No winner / No online winner
5 Match 3 winners each receives €30
Antoinette Hogan, Bunclody 05 - 14 - 16 - 25
Ricky Murphy, Clonegal 12 - 14 - 16 - 25
Ryan & Jack Murphy, Clonegal
12 - 14 - 16 - 25
Paul Harrington, Craan 05 - 12 - 19 - 25
Sarah O'Neill, Kilcarry 05 - 10 - 12 - 25
Sellers Prize €50: Christy O'Neill
Jackpot: €8,400
Next draw will be held in Conway's, Kildavin Sunday 31st March 2019 at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

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

National Tree Week
National Tree Week takes place from 31st March to 7th April 2019. Carlow County Council are hosting a free workshop entitled “The Wondrous Willow Tree” which looks at the many species and uses of the Willow to support our wildlife and enhance a garden or open space. The workshop takes place on Thursday 4th April in St. Mary’s Community House, Haymarket, Carlow from 10.00am to 12 noon. For further information contact jobrien@carlowcoco.ie or
call 059 9136232

Seachtain na Gaelige

Caint, comhrá agus scannáin. Every Wednesday at 10.30am Glór Cheatharlach host an Irish conversation gathering for adults. For Seachtain na Gaelige they will be showing a special bi-lingual screening of short Irish/English language films at 10.30am in Carlow County Museum. All levels of Irish welcome.

Two Local Businesses Scoops Awards at Leinster Regional Finals
Congratulations to two local businesses, Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal on scooping two awards for “Best Restaurant” and “Best Chef” and to Osbornes Bar, Clonegal on receiving “Pub of the Year” award at this year’s Leinster Regional Finals of the Food Awards. The Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Killashee House Hotel on Thursday night, 6th March. Sha-Roe and Osbornes Bar along with thirteen other Carlow winners will compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards. These will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday, 13th May 2019.

The Choir Of Life
We are establishing a choir to sing for charitable causes. Would you like to join? The choir is open to all men and women who are interested in singing as part of a group. You do not have to be able to sing perfectly, read music, there are no auditions, and its good fun. We hope to sing a broad selection of songs from the Beatles, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel and many more. We would love you to come along and ‘Find your Voice’ and contribute to the charitable causes we hope to help. Open rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, 19th March from 8.00pm to 9.00pm in Ballon Church.

‘ 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 18th March: Bank Holiday

Monday 25th March: “Mindfulness & Song” with Jackie Byrne

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.

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.





"The Voice Within” – A Showband Story

A Likely Story Productions are delighted to bring the Sell-Out, hit show “The Voice Within” – A Showband Story” to VISUAL, Carlow for Two Nights Only at the end of March (Friday 29th & Saturday 30th March 2019). This original play with music, written by company co-founders Carol Gleeson and Helen Spring, had a hugely successful run following its premiere in Naas last October where it played to packed houses every night for a week.
Set in Donegal in the 1960’s golden era of music, the story follows an unassuming young man who finds himself at the helm of an up-and-coming showband. Garnering attention from two local girls, Tommy O’Grady struggles with his new found persona both on and off stage, and the love triangle that ensues. Through a series of memorable characters, we witness a snapshot in time when Ireland is finally starting to find its’ voice and when showband music was the revolutionary language of the people.
Alongside a Live seven piece band under the musical direction of Dave McGuaran, this nostalgic and uplifting play includes hits such as “The Hucklebuck”, “From the Candystore”, “Blueberry Hill” and “Rock Around the Clock” among many others as well as an original song "The Voice Within" composed by well known Newbridge singer/musician Owen C. Lynch.
Tickets €22 (concession €20)
Exclusive Mother's Day Offer (beginning from Wednesday 27th February) - 2 x tickets for €35 for the Friday night performance (Friday 29th March). Book Early to avoid disappointment!
Follow the company on Facebook for updates at:
Instagram & Twitter - @alikelystoryprd

Accommodation Required for the National Ploughing Championships: 17th - 19th September 2019
In September 2019 up to 280,000 people will visit Ballintrane, Fenagh, County Carlow for the National Ploughing Championships. While local hotels, self-catering premises and B&B's will cater for many visitors, there is a definite requirement for additional accommodation in the County Carlow area. If you have a house or room available to rent at reasonable rates and would like to support the National Ploughing Championships, please register your interest on:
Alternatively contact Carlow Tourism on 059-9130411 or info@carlowtourism.com for further details.

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

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

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 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)








Bunclody Library Events for March 2019

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

Hook Peninsula Photographic Exhibition
This exhibition features the winners of the 2018 Hook Peninsula Photography Exhibition. The exhibition showcases the unique beauty and interest of the Hook Peninsula.

Thursday 21st March at 7.00pm - ‘Searching and Scenting: The Rose’ Gardening Talk with Assumpta Broomfield- An extraordinary talk on the importance of the rose in art, politics and religion. This talk will captivate listeners with tales of eccentric women and anecdotes about great explorers and collectors. The quality and variety of photographs amazes and the talk is delivered with humour and fluency. Where did the hybrid tea rose come from? What roses are best suited for your garden today? This incredibly well researched talk will provide the answers and is probably the best rose talk you will ever hear !- Booking essential on 0539375466

Saturday 23rd March at 11.00am-12noon - Yoga for Children with Catherine Callaghan, CroíYoga- Catherine Callaghan, CroíYoga will host a yoga session for children There are many benefits of children practicing yoga. Children’s yoga is hugely beneficial for their growing bodies and more importantly their developing minds. Places limited so book early! Parents/Guardians must be in the Library for duration of the session.- Booking essential on 0539375466

Thursday 28th March at 7.00pm - A Musical Evening with Local Artists - Following on from our previous successful musical evenings, Bunclody Library will host yet another evening packed with various styles of music from traditional to international. Music is provided by local artists. A great treat for all music lovers! Light Refreshments served. Booking essential on 0539375466

Saturday 30th March at 11.00am – Storytime and Mother’s Day Craft with Esther- Join Esther for some Spring stories and make a card for Mum , Granny, Auntie or Teacher. Suitable for pre-schoolers to 6 - Booking essential on 0539375466

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

Regular Adult Events
Bunclody Knitting Club
Wednesday mornings at 10.30am. All Welcome Free Event.
Adult Reading Circle - Friday 15th March at 11.00am. New members are always welcome. Join us any time, just drop in !
Drop of Ink Writing group Saturday 9th March at 11.00am

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 18th Mar. at 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th Mar. at 9.30am
Friday 22nd Mar. at 9.30am
Saturday 23rd Mar. at 6.30pm

  John Murphy & deceased members of the Murphy family, Clonogan

Stephen & Margaret Murphy, Abbeydown and deceased members of the Murphy family
Andy O'Neill, Corragh


Tuesday 19th Mar. at 9.30am
Thursday 21st Mar. at 9.30am
Sunday 24th Mar. at 11.30am


Annie Ralph, Bunclody; Charles, Brigid, Michael and Denis Byrne, Barragh

Saturday 23rd Mar. at 6.30pm
John McCabe
Sunday 24th Mar. 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