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News for 20th March 2023 to 26th March 2023

If you have any news or upcoming events you would like included in this section please contact one of the addresses below:



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 sign. 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.

Clonegal Kildavin Community Newsletter Issue 72.......18th March 2023
The Community Newsletter is now a fortnightly publication
If any individual or groups wants to have their activities, events or items of local interest included in this Newsletter, please email the following address Items received before close of business on Thursday of each week will be included in the following week’s edition. A hard copy of the Newsletter will be available free in the following locations, Jimmy Kelly's Kilbride, Conway’s Kildavin, Dunne’s Bar Clonegal, Plunkett’s Clonegal, Osborne's Clonegal, and Egan’s of Parkbridge. The Veteran Players are grateful to these businesses for their support, and they encourage everyone to support them when picking up their copy of the newsletter.

To view or download the current Clonegal Kildavin Community Newsletter please click/tap on the above image (PDF format)



Parish Newsletter - 19th March 2023





To view or download the current Parish Newsletter please click/tap on the above image (PDF format)

Clonegal Tidy Village Association
Clonegal Tidy Village Association will hold its Annual General Meeting in St. Brigid's Hall on Wednesday 22nd February at 7.00pm.
All are most welcome.

First Confession & First Communion Dates & Times:
First Confession:
Clonegal - Tuesday 14th March at 7.00 pm
Kildavin - Tuesday 14th March at 8:15 pm

First Communion:
Kildavin - Sunday 21st May at 11:30 am
Clonegal - Sunday 21st May at 1:30 pm

Spellman Parish Hall, Kildavin - Statement.


Parish And Hall Committee Statement on
Spellman Parish Hall

To view / download the above statement please click / tap on the image (PDF Format)






A great Read:



The Veteran Players 2022 Publication:
A Century of Change (A Peoples Story) is still available at Plunketts Clonegal, Steamers O Leary’s Bunclody, McAsseys Ballon, Roberts’s Myshall and may be ordered directly from Tom 087 91110555 or Mgt 087 8380018, email or any member of the committee. The book costs €12. It covers the views and stories of many members of our community and beyond. It will make a great Christmas Read. So get your copy sooner rather than later.







Clonegal wins Carlow Pride of Place 2022
At the Carlow Pride of Place Awards which were held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel on Wednesday 30th November 2022 it was announced that Clonegal was the overall winner of Carlow Pride of Place. Also, Frank Murphy of Moyacomb Meadows came second in the front garden category and his grandson Dylan got a special commendation in the Youth Awards.
Clonegal Tidy Village would like to thank the committee for their commitment, dedication and hard work in keeping the village in beautiful condition for the entire season. Also, thank you to all the volunteers who helped out in any way during the summer months; your help and support is very much appreciated. Our success is because of the great work that was carried out in the village throughout the season. Thank you one and all.

To view / download the adjudication report please click / tap here

SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition
On Friday 28th October 2022 in the RDS in Dublin the results of the Tidy Towns Competition were announced. Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. and the CEO of SuperValu Mr. Ian Allen were present at the Awards Ceremony. Clonegal is very pleased to be awarded First in County Carlow with 356 points and has retained its Silver Medal. Clonegal Tidy Village Association wishes to thank the Committee for their commitment, dedication and all their hard and constant work which is very much appreciated. Also many thanks to all the volunteers who kept the village looking so good for the adjudication. All the hard work has paid off. Thank you so much.

To view the adjudication report please click / tap here

Snowdrop Month in Carlow – welcoming the first signs of Spring

The delicate white and green blooms of the snowdrop peeping through the cold winter ground heralds the start of the gardening year. Their arrival is celebrated throughout some of County Carlow’s fantastic gardens by a dedicated series of events during February.
The very popular Snowdrop Month at Altamont Gardens runs from February 1st – 28th
Arboretum’s Inspirational Gardens has a specialist snowdrop programme for 2023.
Snowdrop fun for all the family is on offer each weekend during Snowdrop Month at Huntington Castle, starting 4th February
For further information click / tap here

Masses in Clonegal and Kildavin


Monday 20th March
- No Mass

Tuesday 21st March - No Mass

Wednesday 22nd March- No Mass

Thursday 23rd March - No Mass

Friday 24th March - No Mass

Saturday 25th March at 6.30pm


Sunday 26th March 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

Parish Collections
The main source of Parish Income comes through our Sunday collections, as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions our collections have very much depleted. Please continue to support the parishes, offerings can be left in at the Parochial House or Parish Office at Myshall. Donations can be made on-line using the diocesan website The diocese in turn will forward your donation to our parish. There is also an option of making a donation through your bank or using the on-line banking facility. The details of our Parish Accounts are as follows:

Clonegal Bank Details
Bank Name and Address: Bank of Ireland, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
Name of Account: Clonegal-Kildavin Parish Church NO 1 A/C Current Account
IBAN: IE06 BOFI 9065 2311 1606 32
(you can put your name and address in the Ref. box)

The House of Song and Story
Tthe House of Song and Story continues on the forth Tuesday of every month from now on in Osborne's at 8.00pm. All are welcome

Spellman Parish Hall, Kildavin:
It is with regret that the Spellman Parish Hall, Kildavin, has to be closed temporarily due to issues of Health & Safety. Due to the nature of these issues, it is difficult to predict the timeline for the closure. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. See the above statement.

Bunclody Day Care Services
Bunclody Day Care Serices are open Tuesday & Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Monday Club 10.00am - 2.00pm

Tullow Day Care Centre
Tullow Day Care Centre are delighted to advise that they are now fully operational and would love to see all their clients return and invite new clients to attend our service. We continue our meals on wheels and are delivering to the Kildavin/Clonegal/Myshall areas. The Centre offers three-course meals each day and caters for individual needs, meals are delivered directly to your door. Please contact the Centre on 059 9151833 to find out full details.

Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park Lotto Results
Sunday 5th March 2023
Numbers drawn were 10 - 11 - 12 - 19
Jackpot: €10,000 - No winner - No online winner
1 Match 3 winner receives €150
Ann Nolan, Ballon
Sellers Prize:
€50 - Ken Rothwell, Bunclody
Next draw will take place in Conway's, Kildavin on Sunday 19th March 2023 at 9.30pm
A Special Draw for St. Patrick's weekend.
Tickets €2.00 each or 3 for €5.00

Play Lotto Online

Click on the button below to play the Lotto Online

Ballon Business & Training Service

All of our courses can be booked directly through our website
Check out our courses on the link below.

To book any courses, please contact 059-9159447
Ballon Business & Training Service
The Old School
Ballon Co. Carlow
Tel: 059-915-9447

Monday night 8:45pm in Day Care Centre Bunclody.

Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Myshall - Webcam

To link with the Myshall Parish webcam please click / tap on the image below

Masses for this week via the webcam are as follows:

Tuesday 21st March at 10.00am

Wednesday 22nd March at10.00am

Thursday 23rd March at 10.00am

Friday 24th March at 10.00am

Sunday 26th March at 10.00am

Dog Owners – Please Comply
There has been an increase in dog fouling in the village of Clonegal. Clonegal Tidy Village Association asks dog owners to restrain their dogs and not allow them roam freely through the village. Also, dog owners who walk their dogs in the village are asked to pick up after their dogs. Unfortunately, dog fouling has occurred on graves and wreaths in the Cemetery on the Tullow Road. Everybody realizes that this is very upsetting or families who have loved ones buried in the Cemetery. Please ensure dogs do not enter the Graveyard. Dog litter is toxic and is very dangerous particularly to children. In the interest of health and safety, please keep Clonegal Village and the Cemetery free of dog fouling.

Bunclody Library Events for March 2023

Adult Events

Bunclody Library Adult Book Club

The book chosen for this month is Kevin Barry's 'Night Boat to Tangier'. The book club will meet on Thursday 6th April at 7.30pm to discuss Barry's book.
Copies of the book are available at the staff desk. New members are always welcome. To register your interest, please contact the library on
05393 75466.

Astronomy Week Talk: The Moon - An Unofficial Biography with Dr. Donnacha O'Driscoll
Thursday 23rd March at 7pm

To celebrate Astronomy Week, Dr. Donnacha O’Driscoll, scientist and founder of the website, a free to access educational website, will be giving a fascinating talk on the moon. The Earth’s constant companion, the Moon, is ever present and we are all very familiar with the sight of it in the sky but few of us really know very much about it. What is it? Where did it come from? Why does it seem to vary so much in the sky? How does it affect life on Earth? Will we really walk on it again this decade? These and many other questions will be answered in a clear visual manner free of technical jargon. The Moon has been part of all our lives, shouldn’t you get to know it a little better?
Dr. Donnacha O’Driscoll is a scientist by profession. He is a committee member of the Irish Astronomical Society where he leads the Lunar Observatory Group. He set up the website which is a free to access educational website that deals with all aspects of the Moon. He lectures regularly to children and adults on Astronomy and the Moon.
To book please visit here or ring 05393 75466.

Spring and Summer in the Irish Garden with Maria Ryan of Bell Meadow
Thursday 30th March at 7pm
Join Maria Ryan of Bell Meadow for a fascinating talk on growing an abundance of flowers to bring beauty to your garden and home. A look at some easy to grow annuals and dahlias, with an emphasis on some that are very productive and have many purposes. We'll look at some that are great for pollinators, for cutting from, look good in the garden and can be dried. We'll also choose two vegetables and two flowers that could be grown for easy seed saving this year.
To book, please visit here or ring the library on 05393 75466.

Classic Film Morning at Bunclody Library
Friday 31st March, 11am-12.30pm
Join us every month for a classic film for adults. Library staff will select the perfect movie to take you back in time to some of the film greats. This movie is for adults only.
Booking essential. To book, please visit here or ring the library on 05393 75466. If you require any additional assistance, please contact the library.

Sensory Friendly Quiet Hour is coming to Bunclody Library!
Every Saturday from 4.00-5.00pm, Sensory Friendly Quiet Hour will be observed in the library. We encourage you to come along and relax in the calm environment of the library. All welcome!

Radon Day
Radon monitors are available to borrow from all library branches in County Wexford.
All you need to borrow a radon monitor is a library card! If you would like to request a Radon Monitor, please contact the branch for details.

Home Energy Saving Kit
Did you know by implementing easy energy saving measures, you could reduce your energy bill by up to 20% while improving the comfort of your home and helping contribute to a better environment at the same time?!
The Home Energy Saving Kit is the ultimate toolkit that helps you save energy at home. With 5 easy-to-use tools and 6 practical exercises, this kit allows you to get a better understanding of the energy usage inyour home. The Home Energy Saving Kit is now available to borrow from Bunclody Library. All you need is a library membership card! If you would like to request an Energy Saving Kit or Radon Monitor, please contact the branch for details.

Children's Events

Just Read! Junior Book Club
Just Read! Junior Book Club meets on the last Saturday of the month from 2.30-3.30pm. Suitable for ages 9-12 years.
It is currently fully subscribed, but if you would like to add your child's interest for future spaces, please contact the library on 05393 75466.

Pre-school Storytime
Storytime for pre-schoolers and toddlers has returned to Bunclody Library and takes place on Wednesdays from 11.00-11.30am.
Join us for stories and lots of fun!Booking is not required for this event, please come along on the day.

Check out LOTE4Kids (Languages Other Than English), a new resource available for all our library users!
LOTE allows children and culturally and linguistically diverse families to learn a language and connect with books through the magic of storytelling.
Users can choose from thousands of audio-picture books in 50+ languages,(Irish picture books will be added soon!) together with English translations, and it’s suitable for ages 3+.
LOTE4Kids is available to access right now! All you need is your library card number. To see what LOTE4Kids is all about, please visit: to find out more.

Transparent Language- your free language eResource
Did you know that you can learn over 110 languages on our free library app Transparent Language? All you need is a library card and a pin number. There is a dedicated English course for Ukrainian speakers available and also a kids' version!
To find out more: please visit

Sensory Toys and Assistive Resources (STAR) Collection
The Sensory Toys and Assistive Resources (STAR) collection holds over 100 items and was developed to support children and young people with additional needs. Items such as toys, special aids and literacy apps can be borrowed from all libraries in County Wexford. Any person living, working or attending school in County Wexford can apply for a STAR card. Items have been chosen to aid various skills such as fine motor skills or sensory processing development.
This collection was carefully developed in collaboration with therapists and can be accessed free of charge in all library branches throughout Wexford county. Terms and conditions apply.
The Sensory Toys and Assistive Resources (STAR) catalogue can be viewed here .
Items in this catalogue can be requested by contacting Bunclody Library and collected from any branch in County Wexford.

Library Membership
If you are not already a library member, why not drop into Bunclody Library and sign up. It's free to join and once you're a member, you can use your card in any library in Ireland!
Members can borrow up to 12 items (books, audiobooks, CD's, DVD's) for 3 weeks . Free Wifi, computer access and study spaces are also available. Bunclody Library also provides a safe and comfortable place to sit down and read a book or newspaper.
Being a library member gives you access to a wide range of eResources for free with your card- BorrowBox (ebooks & audiobooks), Libby (magazines & graphic novels), Transparent Languages, PressReader ( newspapers), Freegal (music), Universal Class (over 500 online courses ) & much more.
All you need to join is photo ID and proof of address. Why not call in and join up today. You can also join online here

Bunclody Library Knitting Group
We are delighted to have our knitting group back in Bunclody Library.
The group meets every Monday from 10.30 am to 12noon.
All are welcome. No booking required.

Wexford Libraries App
Access your library 24/7. Online resources include eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, newspapers, eComics & Graphic Novels, music, take eLearning or language courses, business, education and research databases and more.
Wexford County Council Public Library Service now has its own user friendly library app. The Library App is user-friendly, so you can discover new experiences, online content, and so much more, quickly and easily.
The new app offers access to the library catalogue and to the library user's account, so you can reserve & renew items from anywhere once you have Internet access.
Families with numerous cards can keep the entire family’s account details in one place, with loans and requests for everyone available at a glance.
The online library and library social media platforms, news and our library events calendar are available in one place. eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, courses as well as other resources can be downloaded directly to your device.
Using the app it is easy to find your nearest library, with directions via Google maps along with opening hours and contact details.
The app is contactless, safe and hygienic. It allows library members to simply tap the item they wish to borrow with their smartphone and the item details are registered to their account.
The Library App is available on both Google Play and the Apple Store, just search for 'Wexford Libraries' and download for free.
You can also find the app by visiting
For further information please contact Bunclody Library at 053 9375466.

Bunclody Library
Mill Wood
Co. Wexford,
Y21 E970
Tel: 053-9375466

Drone Video of Kilcarry by Tom Murphy


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

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




Ben Mulhall Savings Club


The Ben Mulhall 2021 Savings Club will not resume 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: GROW (Ireland) info-line 1890 474 474,
GROW (Ireland) Web:
To Donate to GROW please visit
To Volunteer for GROW visit

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 GAA Gift Vouchers now from the club. You can give your friends the gift of gym membership, club membership or room hire

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 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 website: Further details on our "Links" page. Please click here

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: 0818 072070. Free and confidential, Money Management andAdvice 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 Email:

Masses for the coming week


Monday 20th March - No Mass
Tuesday 21st March
- No Mass
Wednesday 22nd March - No Mass
Thursday 23rd March - No Mass
Friday 24th March - No Mass
Saturday 25th March at 6.30pm



Sunday 26th March 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:

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 or phone Nicola Gray on 053 9376389