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News for 5th November to 11th November 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:

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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

Clonegal Winners of Carlow Pride of Place

Congratulations to Clonegal Tidy Village Association who were overall winners in Carlow Pride of Place 2018. The awards took place in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, on Wednesday 24th October 2018. Clonegal won the category Villages and Towns with the population of 250 – 750. Clonegal collected the Upcycling Challenge Award for the Robot who collects used batteries beside the bottle bank. St. Fiaac’s was awarded 1st place in the burial ground category (burial ground not in use).
Congratulations to Kildavin Development Association who were 2nd in the Villages and Towns category with the population of up to 250. Congratulations to Conway’s Bar and Lounge, Kildavin on being presented with the Business Award 2018.

It is very obvious a lot of hard work took place in both villages. Great praise and thanks is due to all the volunteers.

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 of used 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.

Tidy Towns Awards - Helix Theatre Monday 24th September 2018
Installation of the Notice Board / Display Case in the Watch House
Carlow Pride of Place - Wednesday 24th October 2018

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

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 11th November 2018
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 01 - 12 - 21 - 24
Jackpot Result: No winner
1 Match 3 winners receives €150
Declan Tobin, Clonegal 03 - 12 - 21 - 24
Sellers Prize €50: Margaret Doyle
Jackpot: €6,600
Next draw will be held in the Moss House, Clonegal Sunday 25th November 2018 at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

Play Lotto Online
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Angela Kavanagh, Kildavin receives her cheque for
€10,000 from committee members.

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.

Short Ceremony to Remember
Short Ceremony to Remember those named on the memory wall in Ben Mulhall Park Clonegal will take place as follows:
Clonegal - Sunday 18th of November at 12 mid-day
Anyone wishing to have a loved one remembered please contact 087 8380018.

F.C.J Bunclody - Enrolment Night
F.C.J Bunclody - Enrolment Night Thursday 15th November at 7.30p.m. in the F.C.J. Gym for Parents and prospective
Students for September 2019. This is the only occasion for enrolment; parents are requested to bring Student PPS Numbers to this
meeting. Details of the Admission Policy May 2013 is available on the School Website: www.fcjbunclody.ie

Senior Citizens Committee
Clonegal / Kildavin Senior Citizens Committee will meet on Monday 19th November at 7.30pm in the Spellman Hall.

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.

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.

Ben Mulhall Park Table Quiz a Huge Success
The Ben Mulhall Park Committee would like to express their gratitude to all who supported the “Fun Table Quiz”, held in Osborne's Lounge, Clonegal. The total amount raised was €603. This money will go towards buying new cutlery, cups, saucers and a new fridge for the Ben Mulhall Park Complex.
A special thank you to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning tables, for donating back their prize money, to those who sponsored the prize money and raffle prizes, MC on the night, the quiz master and the ladies who assisted for correcting the answers and keeping the score board up-to-date. The quiz was a great success and enjoyed by all.

‘ 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

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 Choral Society – A Glorious Christmas
Carlow Choral Society presents ‘A Glorious Christmas’ in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on Saturday December 8th 2018, at 8.00pm. The programme includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, which is one of the most joyful and uplifting choral works. There will also be a moving performance of Buxdehude’s festive ‘Das Neugeborne Kindelein’ (The Newborn Infant Child) and also some favourite Christmas Carols including some singalong favourites! With Soloists Alison Browner – Alto, and Hannah Gries – Soprano, this magnificent concert will also feature the Irish Choral Sinfonia and the cathedral organ and will be conducted by our Musical Director, Blanaid Murphy. Tickets are €20.00 and the concert is free for accompanied children. Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.ie and on www.carlowchoralsociety.net and from choir members. For futher information contact Miriam Kelly, Secretary, at carlowchoralsociety@gmail.com

Christmas Party

The Clonegal / Kildavin Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held in the Ballykeeley Manor Hotel on Sunday 9th December 2018.

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 - 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 November 2018

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

Exhibition of Paintings by Una Murphy, Abstract Artist
The exhibition of abstract paintings by local artist Una Murphy will continue in Bunclody Library during November. This colourful exhibition is well worth a visit!

Climate Change - Simple Physics but Complex Politics with Meteorologist Gerald Fleming
As part of Science Week 2018 we are delighted to welcome Meteorologist Gerald Fleming to Bunclody Library. This talk will give a background to the science of climate change. It will detail the work done in recent decades both to refine the science and to provide adequate, understandable summaries of the key issues to help society decide on appropriate policies and actions. The talk will examine key questions as to whether we can enjoy a sustainable lifestyle while protecting our atmosphere. Open event for adults and young people. Meteorologist Gerald Fleming retired as Head of Forecast Division, Met Éireann in December 2017. For most of his 37 years with Met Éireann he worked as a weather forecaster and a weather broadcaster, becoming a familiar face on Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ. He is still very active in meteorology, most notably with the World Meteorological Organisation (a UN specialised agency) for whom he has chaired the Programme on Public Weather Services for over a decade. He has lectured extensively and conducted many training courses on weather communication and related matters.
Thursday 15th November 7.00pm.
Booking essential

Science Week School Event Climate Variability and Change with Dr. Conor Murphy
This talk will examine past, present and future climate variability and change taking a look at scales from Wexford to the globe. Dr. Murphy is from Kilanerin in Co. Wexford. He is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University and senior researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units.
Dr. Conor Murphy is from Kilanerin in Co. Wexford. He is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University and senior researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS). Conor works on topics ranging from historical climatology and the development of quality assured long-term rainfall records to assessment of climate change impacts nationally and internationally. He has published more than 40 papers in international peer reviewed journals, including Science and Nature Climate Change and has been awarded in excess of €4 million euros in research grants. He sits on the National Climate Change Adaptation Committee and the Royal Irish Academy Committee on Climate and Environmental Change.
Friday 16th November 11.00m
Schools Event

Science Week Workshops
Create a Web Game 12 years +
Join Ted Burke and his team for short workshops to explore the basics of creating a web game. Discover how HTML, Javascript and other programming tools work together to make games that run in a web browser. Beginning with hand-drawn images on paper, you will create your own working 2-D platform game on the web. We will also learn how maths can help us to create and control game objects, so that we can generate unique and expansive virtual worlds.
Participants can either use their own laptop or use one of the library’s desktop computers. To ensure that every participant has access to a computer during the workshop, please notify the library in advance if you wish to use a library PC.
This workshop will be led by Dr Ted Burke and members of the RoboSlam STEM outreach collective at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Two Workshops Saturday 17th November
Workshop 1: 10.30am - 12.45pm
Workshop 2: 2.00 - 4.15pm
Suitable for 12years+
Places limited

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Shopping with Niamh Beirney
Particularly in the run up to Christmas, cybercriminals are busy finding new and creative ways to try con people out of their money and steal personal information.
When it comes to shopping, nothing beats the ease of buying online. It is the quick and efficient solution for people with busy schedules or anyone looking for greater selection and discounts. With the best online shopping sites, buying everyday necessities has never been so easy.
Although online shopping is convenient and easy, and can give a great user experience there are times it can turn into a nightmare !! In this talk we will take you through safely buying from the most popular online sites, to shipping methods and different payment methods.
The aim is to have a great shopping experience while staying safe online.
Thursday 22nd November 7.00pm
Booking advised

Creative Writing Workshop with Sheila Forsey
Join Irish Times best-selling author Sheila Forsey for this creative writing workshop. Sheila is a graduate of Maynooth in creative writing and is PRO for Wexford Literary Festival.
Are you intrigued by the ghosts of the past? Are you curious when you see wisteria curling through the windows of an old house or you find an old sepia photograph that time has forgotten? Crumbling old houses, faded photographs, legends retold and mysteries untold are our link to the past.
In this interactive workshop you will explore the narrative of the past and the present and then discover the process of the delicate interweaving of both to create a rich layer to your fiction writing.
Saturday 24th November 2.00 - 4.00pm.
Booking essential.

Regular Adult Events
Bunclody Knitting Club Wednesday mornings at 10.30am. All Welcome Free Event
Adult Reading Circle Next meeting Friday 9th November at 11.00am. New members welcome.

Regular Children’s Events:
Junior Book Club: Meets one Thursday per month after school. Children aged 9 - 12 meet and discuss their latest books. Next meeting Thursday 29th November 2018 at 4.00pm.

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 12th Nov. at 9.30am
Wednesday 14th Nov. at 9.30
Friday 16th Nov. at 9.30am
Saturday 17th Nov. at 6.30pm


John Foley, Garryhasten; Michael Roche, Monaughrim


Tuesday 13th Nov. at 9.30am
Thursday 15th Nov. at 9.30am
Sunday 18th Nov. at 11.30am


William & Patrica Nolan, Cranemore; Marcella Donohoe, Knockbarragh;
William, Mai & Martin Townsend, Ballypierce; Denis Noris, Craan

Saturday 17th Nov. at 6.30pm
Brigid Ryan
Sunday 18th Nov. 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