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News for 22nd July to 28th July 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

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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

Lotto Results
Kildavin / Clonegal GAA, Ben Mulhall Park
Last Week’s winning numbers:
Jackpot Result:
Match 3 winners

Sellers Prize €50:
Jackpot: €10,000
Next draw will be held in at 10.30pm
Tickets €2.00 each.

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

Congratulations to the Kildavin/Clonegal Junior Team who won the final of the league on Wednesday 3rd July in the Centre of Exellence in Fenagh. It was a great victory beating Rathvilly by 4 points.

Congratulations Isobel

Congratulations to Isobel Cronin a student at Clonegal National School, who has been selected to represent Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Carlow in the Mini Seven's Football during half time in the All Ireland Championships games in August/September. The staff and pupils are very proud of Isobel’s achievement and honoured that she will represent the school and county at such a prestigious event








Clonegal and Kildavin N.S - “To Be Continued… 2019” Ben Markey’s Story
This year’s “To Be Continued…2019” is Ben Markey’s story called “The Wash Away Goblins” Pupils were invited to write the ending (500 words max) for the story started by the late Ben Markey who tragically passed away in 2013. Congratulations to the young authors who had their stories published in the book: Clonegal N.S Abbie Gray, Salima Currey-Nurdin, Lia Dunne and Oisin Caulfield. The eighteen sixth class pupils worked on a collaborative ending and their collaborative work was published. Kildavin N.S. Niamh Cox, Stacey Binions and Sophie Byrne. The presentation of books took place in Our Lady of Lourdes N.S. on Wednesday, 10th April . All of the authors received three copies of the book.

Authors from Clonegal National School

Authors from Kildavin National School

Gaelic4Girls Programme

There was plenty of fun and football recently for the Kildavin/Clonegal girls who finished up the Gaelic4Girls programme with a very enjoyable blitz in Carlow Town Hurling Club. Most of these girls aged between 8 and 12 had never played football before and this eight week programme saw girls learn the basic skills and participate in some fun mini games. It is hoped the girls will now continue to train with the club into the future. On the day two teams participated with both playing three matches. The girls also recently received their Gaelc4Girls t-shirt and will shortly receive their certificate of participation. A big thanks to all involved. Anyonel interested in joining should contact Sarah on 087 2823110.

Thank you – Ben Mulhall Park Committee
The Ben Mulhall Park Committee would like to express their gratitude to all who supported the Cabaret held in Dunne’s Lounge on Saturday, July 6. The cabaret was a great success and was enjoyed by all on the night. Thank you to our sponsors of the door prizes and those who sponsored the wonderful raffle prizes on the night. A sum of €970 was raised. Thank you to the organiser’s on the night, to the ladies selling the raffle tickets and thank you to Johnny Dunne for the use of his premises

Cemetery Masses
Thanks to all who prepared the cemeteries in Clonegal and Kildavin for the annual Cemetery Masses. Those who care for the cemeteries deserve our sincere appreciation. Many thanks to all who attended to the graves and all who prepared and took part in the Masses.

Bunclody Day Care Services
Volunteer Part Time Drivers Required
Tuesdays/Thursdays (varied hours)
Contact: Maria Breen, Day Care Services CLG, St. Mary's Road, Bunclody. 053 937 6552

Reek Sunday 2019 - Sunday 28th July

The annual national pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick "Reek Sunday" takes place on Sunday 28th July. Mass will be celebrated on the summit of the mountain on the hour with the first Mass at 8am and the last Mass at 2pm. Confessions will be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2.00pm.

Cúl Camps

Cúl Camps will take place on the following dates:
Hurling: 22nd - 26th July in Spellman Park Kildavin.
For further information contcat Yvonne Dunne, Junvenile secretary 087 249 0757

Lough Derg 2019

The Three Day Pilgrimage is currently open. You may begin on any day until Tuesday 13th August 2019. Advance booking is not necessary. The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality. Phone Lorraine on 071 9861518
(from NI 00 353 71 9861518)
email: info@loughderg.org

National Dawn Walk for Cancer
The National Dawn Walk for Cancer will take place on Saturday 24th August 2019 and statrs at 5.45am in the Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. Register online at www.nationaldawnwalk.com Support of this event would be greatly appreciated.

2 Free Hazardous Waste Drop off days for Householders


Householders will have the opportunity to drop off items at
Powerstown Civic Amenity Site on Friday 26th July 9am -3pm
Kernanstown Industrial estate on Saturday 27th July 9am -3pm.

Items accepted are as follows:
Oil based Paints, Varnishes, & Thinners, Engine Oil, Oil Filters, Adhesives, Aerosols, Herbicides & Pesticides, Medicines, Batteries.

We will Not be accepting:
Empty paint cans, Domestic oil tankers

This event is for Householders only, Commercial Operators will be refused entry.

To download the poster please click here or on the image





Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes
The Annual Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes will take place from the 1st to the 6th August 2019. Direct flight from Dublin to Tarbes-Lourdes Airport and return. Return airport transfers with guide assistance. 5 Nights hotel accommodation. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full programme of religious ceremonies and special masses. Guided tours and social evenings. Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives.
If you require assistance or intend on taking a wheelchair to Lourdes you must register your request by calling our office.
For additional information or to book over the phone, please call one of our Lourdes Pilgrimage Specialists: 01241 0800
Booking forms available in the Sacristy's in the Parishes of Myshall and Clonegal.

Remembering Together
October 19th 2019 the Community of Kildavin Clonegal will remember the 1919 Juniour GAA Football team who brought back the parishes first County title. Because of the huge interest in the event the venue has been changed to Ballykealy House Hotel Ballon. Tickets which are already being sought will go on sale at the end of the summer. Keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Whelan. A profile of the team members is being put together and will be published together with an account, of the social, political and economic activity at the time The organising committee would appreciate your help in harvesting this information. Do you know of someone who fought in the War of Independence, or someone who returned from the battlefields of Europe or died there? Do you know of someone who died from the Spanish flue or survived it? Do you know of someone who contributed to the national loan scheme to help finance the new state. If you have information contact 087 8380018 or 087 9110555. Email: maggie1980@live.ie or private message on ClonegalKildavin Veteran Players Facebook page.

Call For Volunteers
Are you a tradesperson aged between 20 and 68 years. If so, The Ray of Sunshine Foundation is seeking your help. A group of volunteers will travel to Kenya in January 2020, to build classrooms in Mombasa. Duration of the stay is 11 days. The cost is €3000 which covers flights, accommodation, insurance and all the materials for the build. Visit www.rayofsunshine.ie or contact Olive on 087 69994599 for more information

Tullow Health Centre
Dr. Sunhera Zaib’s clinic is a family general medical & primary healthcare service. It is located at Shillelagh Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow R93 H0C1. The following services are provided. Family doctor, consulting, appointment & walk in service, childhood immunizations, travel vaccination and seasonal vaccinations, maternity care post & antenatal, gynaecology, respiratory clinic, diabetic clinic, heart failure clinic, well woman’s health including family planning & men’s health. Under 6 free GP care is also available and over 70’s are accepted. New patients also accepted.
Phone: (059) 9151492

‘ 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

Closed for Summer Break July & August
Re-opening 2nd September 2019

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.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service
Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators. If you have appositive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church, if you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage Accord want to hear from you! Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to info@accord.ie

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.





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 https://grow.ie/get-involved/volunteer-form/

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

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 July 2019

Ken Saro Wiwa Exhibition
For the month of July Bunclody Library will host an archive exhibition by Ken Saro Wiwa.

Summer Stars at Your Library
All children throughout the country are invited to join the Summer Stars programme at their local library. Children can borrow any children's books they like throughout the summer and get rewards for reading along the way - and it's all completely free!

Thursday, 25th July at 7.00pm - Beau Williams Poetry Workshop For Adults

Wednesday 24th July: 1.45 - 2.45pm Summer Coding Classes with TEKcentral
Parents/Guardians must remain in the library for the duration of the class.

Monday, 22nd July 11.00am-12.00pm - Dogs Trust
Parents/Guardians must remain in the library for the duration of the class.

Saturday 27th July at 11.00am - Gymboree For Babies - 5 Year Olds
Parents/Guardians must remain in the library for the duration of the class.

NEW! Online e-resources drop in clinic
Why not drop by with your smart phone, tablet or laptop and avail of our free clinic in how to use our online services which include ebooks, digital magazines, e-audiobooks and much more. Every second Tuesday at 11.00am.

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.
Bunclody Bookcave Junior Book Club Meeting - Next meeting Thursday 25th July at 4.00pm.

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.

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 22nd July at 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th July at 9.30am
Thursday 25th July at 7.30pm
Saturday 27th July at 6.30pm

  Ben & Nora Lambert, Kilcarry

John Roche, Monaughrim
Months Mind Mary Ann Kelly, Mary Nolan, Raheengraney Bridge


Tuesday 23rd July at 9.30am
Friday 26th July at 9.30am
Sunday 28th July at 11.30am


Eamonn Whelan, Johnstown; Mary & Tom Slye, Ballyshancarragh

Saturday 27th July at 6.30pm
Brigid Ryan
Sunday 28th July 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