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News for 28th September to 4th October 2020

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









Kildavin Community First Responders - Defibrillator

The Defibrillator for Kildavin area has been relocated on the external wall at Conway's Pub, on the Clonegal road, at the stop side. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should it be required in the case of an emergency.

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.

Ben Mulhall Memorial Park Association AGM

The Ben Mulhall Memorial Park Association will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 1st October 2020 from 8.00 - 9.00pm in St Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal. Keeping in line with Government advice and guidelines, all attendees must adhere to the following:
Keep two metres apart
Sanitising of hands before and after the meeting
Masks must be worn.
An attendance log is compulsory to help with contact tracing, names and contact numbers must be provided.
All new members welcome.

Welcome to Fr. Pat Hughes the new Parish Priest of Clonegal / Kildavin

The community of Clonegal / Kildavin extends a very warm welcome to Fr. Pat Hughes pictured above (front left) after celebrating his first Mass in Clonegal on Saturday 5th September 2020. We hope Fr. Hughes will be very happy in the Parish and his ministry will be very fulfilling. Also in the above photograph are Fr. Joseph Fleming, the sacristan John McCabe (centre) and a small number of parishioners.

Presentation to Fr. Thomas O'Byrne



The people of Clonegal and Kildavin marked the departure of Fr. Thomas O'Byrne who is leaving his role as parish priest to take up his new appointment in the Cathedral Parish in Carlow. on Wednesday 2nd September in the Spellman hall Kildavin. The event was brief and muted because of the current Covid 19 crises. Fr. O'Byrne has served the parish of Clonegal and Kildavin since 2012 . The parish was represented by the two church sacristans, John McCabe and Mary Murphy. John presented Fr. Tom with a small gift from the community. John remarked during the presentation, that had it not been for the current pandemic the hall would be packed to capacity. He spoke of the large number of people who described the kindness and generosity they had experienced from Fr. Tom during his ministry. In his response Fr. O'Byrne spoke of the challenges he faced as Parish priest to two parishes the size of Myshall and Clonegal. He hoped to visit the parish again when the opportunity arose. Also present were representative of the local organisations who had contributed to the event, Dick Gibson represented the Kildavin Clonegal Drama Group, Donal Murphy, Kildavin Clonegal GAA Club and Mgt Doyle Clonegal Kildavin Veteran Players Group. Fr.Joseph Fleming dropped in also.
Because of the Covid 19 restrictions several members of the organising committee were unable to attend and many parishioners were disappointed also.
Members of the organising committee reported an overwhelming response to their request to contribute to a gift for Fr. O'Byrne and cited the affection and respect he has been held in.
All of those involved in organising the gift to Fr. O'Byrne and all of those who contributed wish Fr. O'Byrne all God's blessing in his new appointment

The Blessing of the Graves - Clonegal Cemetery

To view the video of the Blessing of the Graves in Clonegal Cemetery please click / tap on the image above

Blessing of the Graves - Kildavin Cemetery

To view the video of the Blessing of the Graves in Kildavin Cemetery please click / tap on the image above

Times of Masses

Monday 28th Sept. at 7.00pm
Thursday 1st Oct. at 7.00pm
Saturday 3rd Oct. at 6.30pm


Tuesday 29th Sept. at 7.00pm
Friday 2nd Oct. at 7.00pm
Sunday 4th Oct. at 11.30am

Please use the hand sanitiser on entering and exiting the churches
Please observe social distancing

Please wear a face mask on entering and exitinig the churches

St. Peter and Paul's Church, Ballon - Webcam

Masses for the coming week via the webcam below:

Thursday 1st Oct. at 10.00am
Saturday Vigil 3rd Oct. at.6.00pm
Sunday Morning 4th Oct. at 11.30am

To link with St. Peter and Pauls Church Ballon webcam please click / tap here or on the image above

Please use the hand sanitiser on entering and exiting the churches
Please observe social distancing

Masses for the coming week please click here

If you need any help please contact the community support 24 hour phoneline below.
To link with the Clonegal Kildavin Community Group Facebook page please click / tap on the image below:








Community Support
24 hour Telephone Number:

087 7181850

At this time don't be afraid to call on your neighbours for help
There is a local group of volunteers
If there is anything you need let us know and we will try to help you

Up to date information is available on the HSE website https://www.hse.ie and their helpline is: 1850 24 1850

For older people ALONE also has a helpline in collaboration with the HSE 081 822 2024

All requests and contacts will be treated as strictly confidential
All volunteers will follow the HSE guidelines to keep everybody safe

Clonegal Bottle Bank is for Recycling not Dumping



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. We ask that if people are seen dumping please take their car registration number which will be passed on to the Environment Section of Carlow County Council, send the registration number to: info@clonegalkildavin.ie
The above photos were taken on 13th July 2020

Bunclody Library is now open for browsing
To book an appointment please telephone 053 9375466 or book online at https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/libraries/
Timeslots of 20 minutes duration are being allocated for browsing and selecting books or to use a PC.
Please note that you must make an appointment for everyone in your party including any children who will accompany you.

Summer Star Reading Adventure
The Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children has commenced.
Phone Bunclody Library to register for your Summer Stars Reading Adventure. Then just call in to collect your books, activity sheets, and a Summer Stars reading card.
Keep a list of the books you read on your Summer Stars reading card and bring it back to your local library to receive your Summer Stars Certificate in September!

Wexford Libraries Online Book Club
Join our online book club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/278963496612690/

e-Resources - Freegal Music
Freegal® Music is a Free Music Service from Wexford Libraries. Freegal offers access to over 13 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. You also have access to 15,000 music videos. Streaming is unlimited and you can download and keep up to 3 tracks per week.
All you need is your library card number and PIN.

Drone Video of Kilcarry by Tom Murphy











To view the above video click / tap here or on the image above

Lotto Results 15th March 2020
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 06 - 13 - 16 - 20
Jackpot Result:
No winner
/ No online winner
13 Match 3 Winners each recieve €15
Sellers Prize: €50 -
Jackpot: €10,000 - Reserve Jackpot €5,400
Tickets €2.00 each.

Please note: draws are suspended until further notice

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

Do you want to Re-home Unwanted Items?

Clonegal / Kildavin Community Website has set up a Facebook page to facilitate people to recycle and re-home items they no longer have need of. All items published on this page must be free as the page is not a selling platform. It is a Facebook public group page and to participate you must join the group.

To view the page please click / tap here




Tullow Day Care Centre
Meals on Wheels will be maintained by Tullow Day Care Centre for all existing clients Monday to Friday. If you have any queries please contact Tullow Day Care Centre 059 915 1833.

Attention Dog Owners
There has been an increase in dog litter in the village of Clonegal recently. Clonegal Tidy Village Association asks dog owners to confine their dogs and not allow them to roam freely through the village. Also, dog owners who walk their dogs in the village are asked to pick up after their dogs. Dog litter is toxic and is very dangerous particularly to children. In the interest of health and safety, please keep Clonegal Village dog litter free.

Ballon Business & Training Service
All courses and classes are now postponed until further notice. As we fall into the category of an educational center, we have closed the centre, as per the recommendations.
We will be following government guidance in relation as to when we will be reopening the centre.

Ben Mulhall Savings Club



The Ben Mulhall Savings Club has resumed and takes place in St. Brigid's Hall, on Fridays.



Kildavin National School

Enrolment forms for Kildavin National School for 2020/2021 are available now in the school office. Call in or phone us on 053 937 6456

Clonegal National School
Enrolment forms for Clonegal National School for 2020/2021 are available now in the school office. Call in or phone us on 053 937 7513. The4 enrolment form can be downloaded from the website www.clonegalns.com/Parents/enrolment.html

‘ The Monday Club’
St Mary’s Day Centre, Ryland Road, Bunclody.
Closed until further notice

You are not Alone Support Group

Drugs and alcohol addiction know no boundaries. You are not alone, help is always available. Please contact You are not Alone Support Group on 085 7872730 for a confidential and non judgemental service.

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/

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




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

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

Closed until further notice.

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 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 28th Sept. at 7.00pm
Thursday 1st Oct. at 7.00pm
Saturday 3rd Oct. at 6.30pm



Tuesday 29th Sept. at 7.00pm
Friday 2nd Oct. at 7.00pm
Sunday 4th Oct. at 11.30am












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