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News for 14th January to 20th January 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 7th January 2019
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers: 01 - 07 - 20 - 21
Jackpot Result: No winner / No online winner
5 Match 3 winners each receive €30
Lia Dunne, Clonegal 01 - 07 - 18 - 20
Liz Meredith c/o A. Kelly 01 - 07 - 11 - 21
Sinead Gray & Mick Balfe, Clonegal 01 - 07 - 19 - 20
B. Mitchell, Graiguebeg 01 - 07 - 21 - 27
Ed O'Leary c/o Ted O'Leary 07 - 15 - 20 - 21
Sellers Prize €50: Carmel Gibson
Jackpot: €7,400
Next draw will be held in Moss House, Bunclody Sunday 20th January 2019 at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

Play Lotto Online
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Tullow Day Care Centre
Tullow Day Care Centre will be closed Monday 14th January due to staff training. All services will resume on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Clonegal Tidy Village Association
Clonegal Tidy Village Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on
Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 8.00pm
In St. Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal
Everyone is welcome

Marking Christian Unity Week - 18th to 25th January
In conjunction with the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church and the Cathedral Parish a " Walk Towards Unity" is being organised in Carlow to mark Church Unity Week . The walk will begin at 2.30pm on Sunday 20th January 2019 at the Methodist Church, Athy Road, proceed to St. Mary’s Church in Haymarket & from there to the Cathedral of the Assumption. There will be a reading from the scriptures/prayers/hymns at each church. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the
" Walk Towards Unity".

‘ 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

Monday 14th January: WELCOME BACK – Movie Monday “Keeping Up Appearances”

Monday 21st January: Modern Technology

Monday 28th January: Monthly Quiz

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.

Kildavin / Clonegal Drama Group

Kildavin / Clonegal Drama Group are busy rehearsing their forthcoming production of "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary. This hilarious play will take to the stage on the weekend of the 9th & 10th February. So please make a note in your diary. The group looks forward to seeing you all, so come along for a night of live comedy at its best.

Snowdrop Week Becomes Month-Long Event at Altamont Gardens

The OPW, in association with the Carlow Garden Trail and Carlow Tourism, is delighted to announce an extension of snowdrop celebrations in Altamont Gardens in February 2019. In place of the usual Snowdrop Week, the public are welcome to Altamont Gardens to enjoy Snowdrop Month. This new venture is in response to the great success of Snowdrop Week in recent years. Guided tours of the extensive collection of snowdrops in the main garden will be facilitated by Head Gardener, Paul Cutler every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2.00pm throughout February. This unique collection, first started by Corona North, is now amongst the largest in Ireland with over 100 named varieties. The tour is reasonably priced at €3 per person, and the gardens are open from 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. for general viewing. Robert Miller of Altamont Plant Sales will lead a tour of the snowdrop collection around the Walled Garden each Saturday at 2.00 p.m. This tour is free of charge. The café in the Walled Garden is also open for hot drinks and homemade cakes throughout the month.

To commemorate 20 years since the passing of the highly regarded Corona North, the former owner of Altamont Gardens, an evening of talks will be held on February 1st 2019 in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow. The evening will feature talks by Paul Cutler, Head Gardener at Altamont who worked closely with Mrs. North and Assumpta Broomfield, the much-admired Irish gardener and galantophile and a close friend of Mrs. North. Admission fee is €10 and free to those attending the Snowdrop Gala. Pre-booking is required by contacting Robert Miller at sales@altamontplants.com
T: 087-9822135.

The annual Snowdrop Gala, organised by Robert Miller of Altamont Plant Sales and Hester Forde of Coosheen Gardens, takes place on Saturday February 2nd at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow. Pre-booking for the Snowdrop Gala is essential at sales@altamontplants.com
T: 087-9822135 or hesterforde@gmail.com T: 086-8654972.

Other snowdrop events that feature throughout the month of February on the Carlow Garden Trail include:

The gardens at Burtown House near Athy will open every Wednesday – Sunday and feature an extensive collection of snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs. www.burtownhouse.ie T: 059 862 3865

Enjoy the spectacular early Spring bulbs and carpet of snowdrops at Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny from 1st to 28th of February with the opportunity to avail of a castle tour delivered by one of the Cope family. www.shankillcastle.com

An original 17th century garden, with charming woodland walks featuring snowdrops and Spring plantings, are available every weekend from
11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m
. at Huntington Castle Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow. Tours of the castle are also available. Normal charges apply.
T: 053-937 7160 w: www.huntingtoncastle.com

The photographs featured above are of Altamont Gardens by Paul Cutler

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.

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.

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 - 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 January 2019

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

Thursday 17th January at 7.00pm. – Captain Phil Murphy, Senior Marine Officer will present a talk and presentation in Bunclody Library. Details about his upcoming talk will be confirmed in January. Booking essential.

Thursday 24th January at 7.00pm - Join Aodhain Scallan for a talk on interior design and get some ideas and inspiration on home improvements for the New Year.Aodhain is the artistic inspiration behind Inside Design, Interior Designers Wexford .She has established a reputation for her professional, detailed and thorough approach. She also teaches Interior Design in her spare time. Her background is in business with a follow on diploma in Interior Design. Booking essential

Thursday 31st January at 7.00pm – Poetry reading with Joe Neal - Award-winning actor and poet Joe Neal will share his 'tuned thoughts' on the night. He says of writing poetry: "Putting a poem together is a very strange exercise of thought: an idea drifts into the mind and grabs your attention. It chases after words, setting them into a kind of melody. I would call this 'tuned thoughts' - and that may be a good definition of a poem." Joe, who lives near Castlebridge, will be introducing poems from his newly-published sixth collection - Rossetti's Wombat. He recently returned from an arts council bursary tour of New England and last year won the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award for his poem Allegheny Man which, he says, was prompted by a visit to the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia where he discovered a ruined cabin and tried to imagine the life of the person who once lived there. Booking essential

Upcoming events in January To Be Confirmed:
Hip – Hop Kids

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.

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 14th Jan. at 9.30am
Wednesday 16th Jan. at 9.30am
Friday 18th Jan. at 9.30aqm
Saturday 19th Jan. at 6.30pm


Months Mind Angela Fitzpatrick, St. Brigid's Terrace; Jane Sinnott, Clonogan
John Kelly, Molisha; Gretta Kelly, Clonegal; James Murphy, Abbeydown;
Mai Murrihy, Ennis


Tuesday 15th Jan. at 9.30am
Thursday 17th Jan. at 9.30am
Sunday 20th Jan. at 11.30am


William & Elizabeth Jordan, Ballyshanncarragh; Teresa Grennan, Deerpark;
Lil & John Fagan & Ann Fagan, Cranemore; Thomas & Annie Malone, Kilbride;
Rice Family Sherwood; Margaret Coleman, Craan.

Saturday 19th Jan. at 6.30pm
Ann Marie Whelan
Sunday 20th Jan. 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