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Donard Notes 17th.May20

The Hub @ Donard.

·        A new remote working hub has been set up in Donard Community Hall, W91YW57, Monday -Saturday from 8am to 6pm. Ring Michael 0860656625 to book a place and for further enquiries.



Donard Community Enterprises clg AGM will take place on Wednesday, 7th June at 8 pm in Donard Cimmunity Hall. All welcome.

Donard/ Glen Football Club Notes.

A few weeks ago we were finding it hard to field a team against Kiltegan in the League. Last Thursday we went to Valleymount to play the locals. While we had a full team the locals were minus a few so we played thirteen aside. You might say it was wrong but it as a cracker of a game with some good scoring, good fielding of the ball and plenty of room to show the catching and kicking ability of both sides. Maybe twelve aside would be a good idea for midweek games. Once again Liam Mullen was our top scorer.


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Football Club Notes.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week so this week it stands at €15,300. Gerard Halloran was the only match 3 winner and won €200.The next draw will take place in Davidstown on Monday, 30th. January at 9pm.

The first football game of the new season, played on the Blackmoor on Saturday last between Donard/Glen and Dunlavin was a cracker of a game. This was in the Jim Mills Memorial Tournament and our lads led by a goal at half time. After an exciting second half they won by 2  points, 1-9to 1-7.Our team was :Mike Walsh, Alan Tutty, Oisin Traynor, Tadgh Griffin, Jack Grace, Colm Osbourne, Oisín  Friel, Liam Metcalfe, Willie Eager, Conor Healy, Liam Monaghan, Joe Mills, Eoin  and  Ross Sheridan. Subs were: Danial Furlong, Ronan Kelly, Jack Keogh, John Hanbidge Mick Byrne and Niall Curran.


Enrolment for Donard National School for September is taking place from January 16th. to February 20th.Forms can be printed from the school website, or obtained directly from the school office.

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Donard/Immal Local History Group.

Donard/ Imaal local history group AGM will take place on Wednesday, 12th October, tonight, at 8 pm. All welcome. If you wish to nominate someone for the committee, please obtain their permission before the meeting.


On Saturday,13th. October, Bernie Heaney will provide the music for dancing in Donard Hall from 9 to 12pm.Admission: €10.

Westside Community Games.

The Annual General Meeting of Westside Community Games will be held in the Imaal Hall, Dunlavin on Monday next 17th October. Westside covers Donard, Dunlavin, Glen of Imaal and Stratford.Community Games is for children aged 5 to 16.All welcome to come along to see what Community Games is all about.

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Local History Group.

Donard Imaal Local History Group is hosting an evening with Chris Corlett, archaeologist, in Donard Community Hall on Wednesday, 11th. May, at 8pm. “A LAND OF GIANTS, West Wicklow in prehistoric times” is an open meeting. All are welcome. Admission €5.

Donard Community Enterprise.

DCE clg AGM will be held in Donard Community Hall on Wednesday, 1st June at 8 pm. All welcome.

Please contact Liz Caley 0833837057 for more information and nomination papers.

Football Club Notes.

Our new look Junior team played its first competitive game on the Blackmoor on Thursday last against Blessington. Apart from Gavin Walsh, Ed. Flynn, Mick Byrne (Snr), Kevin Osbourne and Harry Mangan the rest of the team were all new to adult football. We have a lot of big fit young fellows here who, with a bit of training and a few more games, will be a good as any Junior team in the west.

      Thursday’s team was: James Walsh, Jim Flood, Kevin Osbourne, Declan Healy, Jack Keogh, Willie Eagers, Dan Furlong, Óisín Traynor, Mick Byrne((Jnr), James Eager, Dean Flynn, Conor Kearney, H. Mangan, Eoin Hallasey and Tim Grace.

 There was no winner of the jackpot last week. Three people matched three and shared €200. Next week’s jackpot will be worth €4,200.

Notes before 8th May 2022:

Plant Sale.

Donard Tidy Towns are holding a plant sale on Sat. May Davidstown from7pm. and on Sunday, May Donard from 10am.


The Meeting Place Community Café in Donard is hosting an Alzheimer’s Tea Day on Thursday,5th. May from 11 to 2pm. Tea and coffee will be free. There will be a donation box on the counter.

Local History Group.

Donard Imaal Local History Group is hosting an evening with Chris Corlett, archaeologist, in Donard Community Hall on Wednesday, 11th. May, at 8pm. “ A LAND OF GIANTS, West Wicklow in prehistoric times” is an open meeting. All are welcome. Admission €5.


The Meeting Place Café in Donard is now open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 2.30 pm. Last orders at 2pm. If anybody could give a few hours to help, it would be greatly appreciated as volunteers are needed to keep our café.

Football Club Notes.

Our lads are back in top form again. After a fairly bad patch early in the year they played well against Barndarrig in their away game which they won. On Tuesday last they produced the goods against a smart looking Kilmac team. We played well from the start and won easily in the end with a 3-12 to 8 points score in our favour. Our team and scorers were: Nicky Byrne, Aaron Moody, Alan Tutty, Ciaran Geoghegan, Tadgh McCarthy, Jack Grace, Óisín O’Friel, Seán Brannigan, Conor Healy (1-4), Liam Metcalfe(1point), Eoin Sheridan(3points), Liam Mullen(2goals), Ronan Kelly, Liam Monaghan, and Shane Daly(2points). J Keogh, E Hallisey and R Halloran were subs.

The confusing thing for me was that both teams could play in green and white jerseys. Some years ago, our team played Ballymanus in the County Final. On the toss of a coin The Billies wore green and white, and we had to play in the black and white of Stratford. Although we won the game everyone did not agree. Perhaps the present generation are smarter than we were?

There was no winner of the Jackpot last week. The following matched three and won €25 each: Aishling Dermody, Catherine Byrne, Seán Lennon, Anthony Allen, Emma Healy, John Doyle BB, John Cunningham, Martina Dunne. This week the draw will take place in Davidstown and the jackpot stands at €3,600.


The mini-Fleadh is back. This feast of music song and dance will kick off in Donard Hall on Tuesday,3rd. May around 9pm.


Donard I.C.A. Guild held it’s A.G.M. on Wednesday, 20th.April at which the following officers were elected: President: Mary Daly, Vice President: Elizabeth Caley, Treasurer and assistant Treasurer: Ann Harney and Loretta Daly, Secretary: Mary Manley. Maureen Coogan, who has been running a very successful sewing class in Donard for the past nine years, had the members enthralled with an amazing display of patchwork which she had completed over the period of Covid. The next guild meeting will take place on May 18th. in Donard Hall at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.


Previous Football Notes

Our first game of the New Season on the Blackmoor was played on St. Patricks Day, when our U15 Parish team were beaten by a point by Kilcullen in the Kildare League. It was a very good day for football, hardly a breeze and the pitch in good condition. We had a good representative from our side of the parish and the team played very well and were unlucky not to get a draw. We are looking forward to more games in this competition.

On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Ashford to play the locals in the League. We were minus a few first teamers here, but they played well in the first half and were one point up at the break with Shane Daly scoring 5 of the 7 points scored. The locals made a few changes at half time, and they looked a different team in the second period. An early goal gave them a big boost and when the second one went in our lads seemed to fade away and managed to score only 3 points in the second half for a nine-point loss.

Team was Mick Byrne, Conor Geoghegan, Alan Tutty. Ronan Kelly, Tighe McCarthy Griffin, Conor Healy, Liam Metcalfe, Sean Brannigan, Oisin O’Friel, Eoin Sheridan, Harry Mangan, Liam Monaghan, Shane Daly, Ray Halloran, Dermott Daly, Jack, Keogh, Jack Grace & Brian Keogh

No winner of last week’s Lotto of €15,900. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 16 & 22. There were two match three’s Jack Toomey and Robert Foley, and the sellers prize was won by O’Reilly’s Baltinglass.Duck Race.

National Tree Week.

The Tree Council of Ireland has offered tree saplings to our area. If anyone would like a free sapling or two you might contact Margaret at 087-9083268 or James at 087-3407294.

The Pure Mile.

The Pure Mile (Protecting Uplands & Rural Environments) is an environmental project established to combat the increase of illegal dumping/fly tipping in Wicklow/Dublin uplands.

We are most fortunate to have several groups in our area. These groups are completely voluntary with people donating their time & efforts to try and keep our beautiful countryside clean by doing regular litter picks. 

We are always looking for more volunteers & people that are conscientious about the ongoing problem. 










Previous Notes:   during 2021


Another busy week on the GAA front. On Thursday on the Blackmoor pitch our junior team were beaten by highflyers, Blessington. We were short a lot of our first team players, and even though they battled away for the full hour Blessington were too strong on the night.

Our panel was Kevin Cusack, Colm Toomey, Aaron Moody, Cian Fox, Oisin Traynor, Ben Wright, Pat Flynn, Eoin Hallessy, Conor Kearney, Tommy Dwyer, David Fox, Gavin Walshe, Mick Byrne, Niall Stynes, Rory Toomey

On Friday night in Donard on the main pitch we witnessed a brilliant game between our senior team and Valleymount in the senior league. This was a fast game between two young fast teams. The goal scored by Alan Daly in the first half was the difference between the teams. Shane Daly, Conor Healy and Kevin Kealy were the other scorers.

There was a great turn out for the football club’s golf outing in Baltinglass on Saturday. There were 20 teams that included boys and girls young and not so young. Also playing were two of our star players of the county final in 2000 where they beat neighbours Dunlavin in the final. They were Shane O’Neill and Liam Toomey, who are both living in Navan and were delighted to meet their old teammates.

On to Sunday evening in Donard when our Camogie Club won the Shield against Moorefield in the Kildare League. Two evenly matched teams here and a hard-fought game, our girls came out narrow winners.

>>>>>>>>>>>  Pre-Covid        Notices    <<<<<<<<<<<<

Social Dancing.

 Social Dancing got off to a flying start in Donard Hall the third Saturday night of January and will continue on the 3rd. Saturday of every month.  Refreshments served. Further information from 087 9309491. Social Dancing will continue in Donard Hall on Saturday next 15th. February from 9 to 12 pm. Music by John and Terry. Refreshments served.

Westside Community Games.

We would like to wish our indoor soccer, draughts and chess teams the best of luck in the blitz competitions in Dunlavin Secondary School next Sunday. Training for cross country running will start ON March 4th. In Donard at 3pm.

Set Dance Ceili.

The recent Ceili in aid of Baltinglass Day Care, Alzheimer’s Unit and Patient Comfort Fund raised 1,800 euro.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. Well done.


Maggie Lally, Family Carers Ireland from the Primary Health Centre, Newbridge will attend the February Guild Meeting in Donard Hall on Wednesday 19th. February at 8pm. The idea here is to set up a befriending service for older people who would like to have a visit maybe once a week from a volunteer. If you would like to find out more about how this works you are invited to come along to the meeting where you will be made very welcome.

Set Dance Ceili  (C.C.E.)

The annual Ceili in aid of Baltinglass Day Care, Alzheimer’s Unit and Patient Comfort Fund will take place in Donard Hall on Friday 14thFebruary (Valentine’s Night) starting at 9pm. Music is by Liz and Syl. Subscription 10 euro including supper. Donations for the raffle would be much appreciated. Further information can be had from 0860645291

Westside Community Games.

Art, handwriting and model making competitions will be held in Dunlavin N.S. on Saturday next (15th) at 10.30am. Entry costs 3 euro per child or 5 euro per family.

First Responders. Training

All are welcome to Defribrillator Training. It only takes a few minutes to learn  how to do it!  Saturday 8th February Donard Hall, 11am to 1 pm. and Saturday 15th Feb in Knockanarigan, 11am to 1pm.

There are now Three defibrillators in the Donard-Glen area and their locations  are:1 outside Donard Shop (ex P.O.)  2, at the side of Davidstown School and 3. at the crossroads in Knockanarragan  and they are regularly maintained by the First Responders.  Further information:  Paul Byrne (083-1412372)

Reminder: when making a call to the emergency services please use your Eircode.  Do you know your Eircode?  Have you got it written somewhere obvious in your House, on your Phone etc.

This could save another life……maybe even yours!

A.G.M. Donard Tidy Towns

 The A.G.M. of Donard Tidy Towns will be held in Donard Hall on Friday 7th. February 2020 at 8p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Football Notes.

That same cold wind was still blowing up the valley on Friday night when Kiltegan played our lads in a friendly game. Our team was a combination we had never seen before. With the new age limit rules now in the G.A.A. a lot of these lads were making their debut quite a few years older than the young lads were a few years ago.  Like ourselves, Kiltegan had a mixed bag with a few seniors and anyone else they could gather up on the night. It was a good game in spite of the icy wind and when our lads got to know each other’s play in the second half they finished a few points ahead. The team was: Clifford Grace, A Tutty, Cathal Grace, K Osbourne, H Mangan J Grace, N Curran D O’Neill, Arran Moody, Dermot Daly, Ray Halloran, Des Mann, and M Byrne.

   There was no lotto winner last week. Dick Curran had the match three to himself and won 200 euro.  Jim O’Neill won the seller’s prize.

Football Notes.

The jackpot has been won. Brian Lennon’s Son, Cian, was the man with the right numbers—5, 9, 17 and 20. He got 15,600, a good night’s work. Natalie Case, Lorraine Murphy, Pat Moore, Mary Doyle, Sharon Casey, Jamie Travers and Sue Keogh matched three and won 25 euro each. Jim O’Neill won the seller’s prize.


Last Sunday night the sum of 4,320 euro was presented to Fr Willie, the proceeds of the annual walk in August. Fr. Willie thanked everyone who has supported the walk over the past thirty five years. As he returns to continue his work in Kenya we wish him a safe journey and every blessing till we see him again.


 A presentation of the money raised from the Fr. Willie Walk last summer will be made to Fr. Willie in Fenton’s Pub on Sunday 19th. January at 7.30 pm. Everybody welcome. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Fr. Willie a safe journey back to Kenya.

Football  Notes.

There was no Jackpot winner last week. Four people matched three and won 50 euro each: Angela Keogh, Gerry Daly, Sandra Cleary and Marie and Boss. The jackpot now stands at 15,300 euro.

Training starts in earnest on Saturday next in the football field. All are welcome—young and not so young. Membership is now due for all players at 100 euro. Gym membership costs 75 euro for non players, 25 euro for a student or social membership.

Mobile Library.

The lovely new mobile Library will be in Donard today, 15th. January at the new time of 3 to 3.30 p.m.  It will visit the village every second Wednesday but we need to support it or we could lose it.

Football Notes.

There was no   jackpot winner on Monday 23rd. December. It is now up to 15,000 euro. Last week   Miley Balfe, Kevin Smyth, Breda Brophy, Charlie Walshe, M Metcalfe and Ted Flynn matched three and won 35 euro each. Murt Halloran, Bridget Curran, John Eager, O’Reilly’s Shop, Billy Flynn The Glen Shop and Sinead Doyle each won a bottle of whiskey. Toomey’s Bar won the seller’s prize. Next draw is on Jan. 6th. 2020.

We were very lucky with the weather on St. Stephen’s day for our annual Rounders games.  We had a new pitch thanks to John Hussey and new bats thanks to Stewart Hankin. We had two very fit and skilful teams. This was a three round competition between” Demesne Men “ and” Studfield Stars”. “Demesne Men” won overall by 3points, 20 t0 17. Demesne Men and Girls were: Philip Matuschka, Paudi Daly, Suzie Toomey, Philip Matuschka Jnr.  Delia Dempsey, Richard Matuschka, Sophie  Matuschka and Conor Kelly.   Studfield Stars were:  Simon Matthews, Beatrice Matuschka, Ronan Kelly, Emer Kelly, Jerome Kelly, Eoin Kelly and Andrea Bohng.

Parish Draw December 2019.

Pat O’Neill, Annalecky, Sean Kavanagh, Palladius Park, Ann O’Reilly, Ballineddin, Freda Moore, Whitestown, Mary Case, Brusselstown, Anna Brady, Newtown, Sam Hawkins, Barrack St. Johnnie Toomey, Coliga, Mary Kenny, Rustyduff, Maeve Keogh, Gibstown, Promoter’s Prize: Marion Whyte.


Music classes resume in Donard N.S on Thursday 9th. January at 8pm. All instruments taught. New members very welcome.

 Mobile Library.

The Mobile Library will be in Donard on Wednesday, 18th, December 2019 from 3 to 3.40pm, so if you want to stock up on your Christmas reading be sure to drop in.

 West Wicklow Voices.

West Wicklow Voices   present a concert of carols from around the world along with all the well known traditional carols in St. Mary’s Church, Baltinglass on Friday, 20th, December at 7.30pm.  Admission ; Adults 10 euro. Children/students 5 euro. Tickets available from choir members.

Football Notes.

We had two lads on the County Senior team who lost to Carlow in Carlow on Saturday last. Alan Daly and Conor Healy are keeping up our proud tradition of having players good enough for county teams in all grades down through the years.. Keep it up lads.

 The club is having a Table Quiz in Toomey’s Bar on Saturday next at 9.30pm.

 There was no jackpot winner last week. Angela Rogers matched three and won 200 euro. Tommy Doran, Bill Keogh and Mary Foley won meat vouchers. Peter Case won the seller’s prize.

Christmas Whist Drive.

The Christmas Whist Drive will be held in Donoughmore hall on Monday, 9th. December at 8.30pm sharp.

Hospice Fundraiser.

Sincere thanks to all who participated in or supported in any way the fundraiser for the Hospice on the Curragh on Sunday 17th. November. The sum of 12,700 euro has been received to date and there will be a presentation to the Hospice on Friday, 6th.of December in Donoughmore Hall at 8pm. You are all invited.

Craft Fare.

A Craft Fare in aid of Donard N.S. will take place in Donard Hall and Moat Farm on Sunday 8th. December from 11am to 4pm. There will be 35 stalls of handmade crafts and gifts. Santa and Mrs Claus will be there and there will be a raffle for a super hamper.

Football Notes.

There were very few changes made at the Football A.G.M.on Friday last. Fr. Eamonn is still patron. Pat Neill, Sean Byrne and Paddy Toomey are presidents. Colm Toomey is chairman again with Laurence Daly as vice chairman. Gerome Kelly is secretary, Seamus Daly is assistant secretary. Conor Healy is treasurer assisted by Eoin Kelly. Shane Kelly is juvenile secretary. Brendan Daly is in charge of fixtures. Harry Mangan is registrar. Fiona Flynn is child welfare officer and Suzie Daly/Toomey is cultural officer. Amanda Butler and Jim Corrigan are County Board delegates. Larry Daly and Pat Neill are grounds men.

 You may not know that we now have two pitches, one in the village and the other on the Blackmoor. Shane Kelly and Paddy Toomey are joint PRO. Membership fees are now due and can be paid to the treasurer or secretary.

 There was no jackpot winner last week. Emma Healy (twice) and Hugh O’Keeffe matched three and won 67euro each. Marcella Eager, Keith Smith and Turlough Cunningham won meat vouchers. Toomey’s Bar won the seller’s prize. The jackpot now stands at 13, 800 euro

 Mobile Library.

The mobile library will NOT be in Donard this week, but will be here on Wednesday 18th. December from 3 to 3.40 p.m. approx.


The seven o’clock Mass in Davidstown next Saturday evening will be offered for the repose of the souls of all those who, with links to Donard and the Glen, have died during the last year.

A.G.M. Donard Tidy Towns

The A.G.M of Donard Tidy Towns will be held in Donard Community Hall on Saturday 30th. November at 3pm.Everybody is welcome.

C.C.E. Concert.

 The 62nd. annual concert will be held in Donard Community Hall on Sunday 1st. December from 8 to 10pm.  Admission is 5 euro including tea.

Football Notes.

A good night was had by all at the dinner dance in Germaine’s last Sat. night .Our Camogie team was celebrating the League and Championship double. They are a fine bunch of mainly single girls so come on lads you only have a few months before they go back in training for another season. They are hoping for a better run in Leinster next year. Best of luck to them.

    Our footballers got some consolation when they won the Dunne Cup. There was a set of medals with the cup so everyone went home happy. Both of our football teams are hoping for a County Championship win in 2020.

  There was no jackpot winner last week. Rory Cassells matched three and won 200 euro. John Whyte won the seller’s prize.

  Don’t forget the A.G.M of the Football Club in the Gym on Friday 29th. November at 7.30pm.


 The local Wednesday evening walk from the community hall in Donard starts at 7.30p.m. Anyone who would like to walk for approx. an hour is very welcome along.

Davidstown/Donard Church Restoration Fund.

T.R.Dallas will be in concert in Inisfail, Germaine’s, Baltinglass on Saturday, 9th. November. Doors open at 8.30 pm. Tickets 10 euro each. This is a fundraiser for Davidstown /Donard Church Restoration Fund and your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information or tickets please contact 0872977037


The A.G.M. of Ceoltas Ceoilteoiri Eireann will take place in Donard Community Hall on Monday, 11th. November at 7.30 p.m. Everybody is welcome to come along and new members are always welcome.

Mobile Library.

 Have you paid a visit to the brand new Mobile Library which comes to Donard every second Wednesday from 3pm to 3.40 pm approx? This coincides with school closing time so is ideal for the children to exchange books .The staff, Karen and Peter, are very friendly and helpful if you have difficulty in choosing or finding a book. If it is out of stock they will gladly order it for you. The library is due in Donard again on Wednesday, 6th. November

Parish Draw October 2019.

Liam Toomey, Donard, Anne Harney, Knockanarrigan, Martin Kearney, Studfield, Sean Kavanagh, Palladius Park, Imelda Mcknight, Palladius Park, Margaret Lewis, Palladiums Park, Sarah Case, Spinals, Eleanor Hanley, Stud field, Patricia Keogh, Newtown, Mary Donohue, Gibbstown. Promoter’s Prize: Mary O’Neill.

Football Notes.(2)

There was no lotto winner last week. Biddy Curran, Andy Robertson Garrett Conroy and Pat Neill matched three and won 50 euro each. Meat vouchers were won by Murt Halloran, Eamonn Dunne ( Grangecon) and Margaret Walshe. Mike O’Reilly won the seller’s prize.

   We have a new trainer and the man is Mick Daly. We are asking all players, Intermediate and Junior to attend as many training sessions as possible. Mick knows what it takes to win a championship being on the last team under Chuck Kilcoyne to win the Intermediate Championship in 2000. He was also on the last team to win a small school’s title. Mick also played on a Lacken/Donard Team who beat New York in 2000.He also played in a tournament in The Hague, Holland, a few years ago when they reached the semi final.

Christmas Greetings.

 We would like to wish everyone in our community a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. We remember in particular those who are sick, either at home or in hospital. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them for the New Year.

Donard Tidy Towns and the Community Café: Thanks.

 The volunteers of Donard Tidy Towns and the Community Café would like to thank James Caley, Mike O’Reilly and Jim Butler for putting up the lights around the village which now looks lovely for all our residents and visitors who will be home for Christmas. There was a great turnout in the village for the big switch on last Friday night. A big thank you to all the volunteers who provided tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mince pies for the large crowd who came to the hall after the lights were switched on.

Westside Community Games.

The committee would like to congratulate our former competitor, Alan Miley, who won an international schools’ individual gold medal and a gold team medal in Glasgow. We are all so proud of his achievement.  The committee would like to wish the children, teachers, parents/guardians a Happy Christmas and New Year. We will be back with details of art, indoor soccer,\badminton, chess and draughts when the children return after the break.

Football Notes.(1)

We lost another footballer last week when Gerry Fitzpatrick passed away. A Dubliner by birth, Gerry played most of his football in a Donard jersey. He was a lively half forward on the 1956 and 1958 teams who reached the County Junior Final in both years. There was no jackpot winner last week and no one matched three so we had four lucky dips for 50 euro won by: Eileen Dawson, Sue Eager, Maeve Foley and Joe Martin. Ann Hynes, Charlie O’Donoghue and Aoife O’Brien won meat vouchers. John O’Keeffe won the seller’s prize.

The team of John Hanbidge, Harry Mangan and Alan Tutty won the G.A.A. Table Quiz on Saturday night. The team consisting of Colm Toomey, Richard Matuschka and P Toomey came second.

Parish Draw November 2019.

Frank and Bridie O’Neill, Whitestown, Miriam and Lara Manifold, Donard, Mary Moore, Randelstown, Caroline Farrell, Donard, Ben Doran c/o M Whyte, Mary Dunne, Palladius Park, Karen Walshe, Davidstown, Amy and Rachael, Butler, Palladius Park, Casey Keogh c/o Kate, Liam Toomey, Donard, Promoter’s Prize: Mary Dunne.

Football Notes.

Tickets for our dinner Dance in Germaine’s, Baltinglass on Friday 23rd. November can still be purchased from Toomey’s Bar at 30 euro each.

  We all thought the football season was over for the year but we had a brilliant game in Donard on Sunday morning in the u20   championship first round. A parish selection was very unlucky to lose to a Baltinglass selection called “ Shamrocks”. Goals win games and Shamrocks scored 2 and we only scored one. However the big crowd saw a great game played in brilliant conditions, no wind and our pitch dry as a bone. B Keogh, J Grace, S Brannigan, S Daly, D Furlong and J Byrne were our men on the panel.

  There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Bill Keogh matched three and won 200euro. Veronica Dunne won the seller’s prize. The jackpot is now 12, 000 euro.

Hospice Coffee Morning.

 Hospice Coffee morning held on Thursday 19th raised €1080 for St Brigid’s on the Curragh. Pat and Eric Hanbidge would like to thank everyone who supported this event in any way. The following were raffle winners: Janey Barrett, Mary Manley, Mary O’Neill, Bridy O’Neill, Ken Hanbidge, Scott Finlay, Molly Redding, Betty Eager, and Tim and Helen O’Leary.


Creenie FoleyTribute.

What started out as a lovely idea to remember Creenie, our former committee member, culminated in two very successful walks on Sunday 22nd.September? Despite a damp start on the day, 44people went up Lug and almost 150 did the Coan/Colliga walk. It was a very social occasion with everyone enjoying tea and sandwiches (all donated by the committee and family) and music etc. back at Fenton’s. It was a fitting tribute to Creenie. During the day we received a massive 3,550 euro in donations to Davidstown Church Roof Fund.

C.C.E. Donard.

Music Classes have resumed in Donard NS on 12th. September.  All Instruments taught except the harp, as we have no harp to lend to students. We hope to have many beginners—as they are very welcome. Further information can be had from 086 0645291.

C.C.E. Donard.

Our 63rd. annual October Mini Fleadh will be held in Donard Community Hall on Tuesday night, October 1st.starting 8.30p.m approx. We hope ‘the world and his wife” will come along to celebrate this musical occasion with us

Football Notes. (Week of 18th Sep 2019)

We had mixed fortunes in our area last week when we played two games, losing one and winning the other. On Friday last in Ballinakill our junior team lost their quarter final game to Coolkenno. We were in trouble from the start with two of our top scoring forwards not available.  Tommy Dwyer was in the U.S.A. and Nikki Donovan had a leg injury .Even though our lads battled hard it was Coolkenno who were scoring. Things brightened up in the second half when Gavin Walshe scored a goal but alas our forward unit failed to add enough scores for a win.

     On Saturday in Wicklow our Senior Camogie Team had a one point win over Knockananna in the County Final. This was a repeat of last year’s final which Knockananna won. This was a real cracker of a game between two well prepared teams. It was score for score for the first hour so much so that at the end a lot of us were not sure whether it was a draw or a win. \luckily we won by the minimum on point score. A good time was had by all later in the village with the traditional bonfire blazing until the early hours. Well done girls. It is on to the Leinster Championship against a Westmeath team, coming up shortly.


On Sunday next, 22nd. September, there will be a memorial event for Creenie Foley: Two walks, each starting from Fenton’s, 10am Lugnaquilla and 11.30 Ring of Coan/Colliga (approx.7 km) Donations towards Davidstown Church Roof Fund.

Parish Draw August 2019.

 Alison Tyrrell, Studfield,, Janey Barrett, Gibstown, Mary and Larry Brophy, Drumree, Mrs. Whittle, Donard, James Whelan, Blackmoor, Susan and Luigi Adler, c/o Marion Whyte, Lydia Keogh, Rustyduff,Dylan and Jack Lennon, c/o M Lennon, Four small ones, Whitestown, Monica O’Mongain, Ballinfoyle, Promoter’s Prize: Kate Keogh


Donard I.C.A, guild meetings will resume on Wednesday next, 18th. September in Donard Hall at 8pm. Our speaker will be Nurse Bridie O’Neill who is always generous to us with her time and expertise. New members are always welcome to join us.

Coffee Morning.

Annual Hospice Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday 19th September 2019 at Pat and Eric Hanbidge’s home, Donard Upper, from 10 am till 12 noon. All money raised will be given to St. Brigid’s Hospice, on The Curragh.

West Wicklow Voices.

On Culture Night, Friday 20th. September, West Wicklow Voices will be in Concert in St. Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass starting at 7.30 pm. Admission is free. Everybody welcome.

Donoughmore Fete 2019.

Raffle Result:  Samantha Mackey. Ballinclea, Seamus O’Carroll, St. Mullins, Moody family, Ballyhubbock, Desmond and Rosemary Hanbidge, Donard, John Eager, Davidstown, Holly Pierce, Coolamadra.

Westside Community Games.

Westside Community Games send huge congratulations to Holly Wright who won the Gold medal in the Shot Putt and Seran Waters who won a Bronze Medal in the 200m in the All Ireland finals in Limerick.  Also to Leah Manley who got to the finals in the U14 Hurdles and to our relay team of Katie Corrigan, Holly Wright, Leah Manley and Cara Wright. who got to the semi finals of the competition. Well done to all.  Next up will be Westside Community Games AGM.  Details will follow.

Football Notes.

Our Junior team was in action in Donard last Thursday when they played high flyers, St. Pats in the Junior Championship. Like ourselves, they beat Blessington but far easier than our lads so we expected a tough game and we got that. Minus regular goalie, Enda Walshe, Niall Curran volunteered for this important position. Niall, having his first game for this team, got a shock when after 5 minutes he was shifted to midfield when Rory Toomey went down with an injury. Both did very well in their new positions.   Our lads were in tip top form and were six points ahead after an hour’s football. However this was not the end of the game. The referee played another six minutes for some reason unknown to any of our players or followers. If Pat Flynn had not pointed from fifty yards we would have been in trouble as ST. Pats scored two goals in extra time. We topped our division so we will play number two from another division to qualify for the County Semi Final .The team was: N Curran, B Flynn,, C Toomey, J  Eager, Dean Flynn,  B Daly, R Condon, R Toomey(0-1), P Flynn(0-1), G Daly, T Dwyer (0-5), James Eager, C O’Neill, E Flynn (1-5), G Walsh(1-1).The subs were: N O’Neill and K Mills.

     Our Division 2 team got a walk over from Rathnew in the game that was meant to be played in Aughrim on Sunday last so it looks as if we will survive another year in Division 2.

There was no jackpot winner last week. Declan Kearney matched three and won 200 euro. Mary Case won the seller’s prize. The jackpot is now 9,600 euro.

Westside Community Games.

The committee would like to thank the parents/ guardians, teachers and children a lovely summer holiday. Enjoy the rest. Sean Waters, Cara, Holly and Eve Wright, Leah Manley and Katie Corrigan are through to the all Ireland finals in Limerick in August. We wish them the very best of luck. We would like to thank Donard/Glen GAA club for the use of their facilities to train the children for Shillelagh.

Camogie. (Note from previous week)

The Seniors will travel to Castledermot on Tuesday night to play the locals in a league game. They played Bray at home on Sunday night. The results of the annual draw are as follows: !st. Prize, 2,000 euro; Pat Doyle, Studfield, 2nd.prize,750 euro: Sabrina Mills, Donard, 3rd prize, 500euro: Donal Daly, Leixlip, 4th 250 euro: Stephen Crowe, Rathattin, Prizes of 100 euro went to: Anna Deegan, Aine Tyrrell, Maura Waters, Margaret Clarke, Ruby Brophy, McGrath family, Margaret Walshe, Isobel Birchell, Evelyn Cody, and Tracey Whyte. Thanks to all who supported.

Westside Community Games.

Well done to all our children who took part in the Athletic County Finals in Shillelagh. Medal winners were as follows: Conor Hourigan, Lucy Keely, Harry Hussy, Eve Wright, Holly Flynn, Stephen Mahon, Seren Waters, Kate Corrigan Claudia Manley, Leah Manley, Harry Reid, Toirse Scully, Holly Wright, Max Flynn, Lily Moran, Rona Dowling, Freya Doyle, Laura Lawless, Jack Birchill, Niall Dowling, Jim Roddy, Eanna Waters, Cillian Wright, Shane Hourigan, Michael Keely, Darragh Hussy, Darragh Corrigan, Aaron Geoghan, Grace Parke, Katie Flynn, Cara Wright.

Westside would like to extend sincere sympathy to the family of Lily Kavanagh, Enniskerry, who was Co. Wicklow President of Community games.

Football Notes.

Our Division 2 team played Ballinakill on Tuesday ast and had a good win over the south county team .Our team was: Ray Halloran, Kevin Osbourne, Alan Tutty, Clifford Grace, Harry Mangan, Joe Whyte, Oisin Adler, Brian Lennon, Conor Healy, Eoin Kelly, Liam Monaghan, Ger Healy, Liam Mullen, Alan Daly, Laurence Daly. George Finlay and Sean Brannigan were subs. They will play Kilcoole on Thursday next in the Liam Cullen Cup Final in Aughrim at 7.30.

Our camogie team will play Avondale on Tuesday next starting at 7.45.

The lotto was not won last week and now stands at 6,900 euro. Mollie Reddin, Pat Keogh and Liam Burke matched three and won 67 euro.

Raising The Roof.

On Friday next, 21st. June,  West Wicklow Voices and guests will be in Concert in Donard Catholic Church starting at 8pm.  Tickets, 10 euro each, are on sale locally. As this is a fundraiser for the roof in Davidstown Church your support would be very welcome.

Donard Tractor Run.

Donard Tractor Run had a very successful day on Sunday 9th. June.

Over 140 tractors, Vintage cars, jeeps and a fire engine took part and raised vital funds for so many local causes. The beneficiaries of the fund were: Donard/Glen Community Text Alert receives 1,000 euro, Camphill Dunshane, 750 euro, Donard I.C.A. 500 euro, Donard Walking Club 500 euro, Jack Mulligan Dwarfism Fund, 500 euro, Donard Historical Society 261 euro.

 The committee would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to all the people who took part and contributed so generously to the day.

Also many thanks to the helpers, volunteers and contributors who made the day a success and helped in any way to assist the wonderful community gathering for so many good causes.  A special thanks to the sponsors who provided support helped in so many ways.

Memorial Charity Walk.

The Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk will take place up Lugnaquilla on Sunday next, 23rd. June, starting from Fenton’s at 2pm. Complementary refreshments will be served on return. Donations on the day will go to St. Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh and Eist support cancer services, Carlow.

School Extension

Donard National School will be getting an additional classroom and office in the near future.  The tender documents for the school extension have been published.  Local contractors can access all information on the eTenders procurement website.

Parish Draw May 2019.

Pat O’Neill, Randelstown, Betty Flynn, Brusselstown, Mary and Larry Brophy, Drumree, Edward Keogh, c/o Kate, Christy Clarke, c/o Mary Dunne, Will, Clodagh and David Phelan, c/o Valerie, Pat and Lily O’Reilly, Kilbaylet, Mary Donoghue, Coolmooney, Sean Kavanagh, Palladius Park, John Keogh, Knockanarrigan.  Promoter’s Prize: Loretta Daly.


Westside Community Games.


Congratulations to all our Art and Model Making children who competed in the County Finals. We have Evinn Nolan and Alana Quinn through to the All Ireland Finals on the 25th. May in Limerick.

  Athletic training is on every Wednessday at Donard G.A.A grounds. Our area finals will be held there too on Sunday 19th. May at 10am.


Donard Community Enterprises clg A.G.M.

Notification of AGM to be held on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 at 8 pm in Donard Community Hall. All welcome. Nomination forms for committee available in the shops and at the hall.

Soup Lunch.

Focus Ireland Soup Lunch held in Donard Hall on Sunday 24th. March raised 921 euro. Thanks to all who supported this event.

Coffee  Morning.

 The organizers of the coffee morning held in Davidstown School on Daffodil Day would like to say a big thank you to all helped in any way to raise the amazing amount of 2,347.52 euro for the Irish Cancer Society.

Parish Draw March 2019.

Paula Kelly, Studfield, Alison Jones, Seskin, John and Colette Doyle, Kilbaylet, Anna Brady, Newtown, Ann Walsh, Palladius Park, Nora Whelan, Blackmoor, Anne Kearney, Studfield, Sinead Whyte, Ballytore, Margaret Lennon, Davidstown, Promoter’s prize: Anne Kearney.

Football notes.

 There was no winner of the lotto last week. Dean Barnes, Annacurra, Betty Conway, Sinead Hennessey, Blessington matched three and won 50 euro each. Fenton’s Pub won the seller’s prize. The jackpot is now worth 3,300 euro.

   Our proposed Junior friendly game against Ballymore fixed for Thursday last did not take place so we are hoping that our game against Hollywood fixed for Thursday next at 8pm .in Hollywood will go ahead. We are asking all players, young and not so young to tog out. Every player will get a run.

Westside Community Games.

Congratulations to all our children who competed in swimming county finals in Arklow and cross country finals which were held in Avondale. The committee would like to thank parents who helped at the competitions. Winners were Naoise Murphy, Molly O’Hara, Nia Webbon, Grace Dalton, Erwin Webbon, Eva Wright, Seran Waters, Conor Hourigan, Luke Scully, Harry Hussy, Stephen Mahon, Niall Dowling, Toirse Scully, Eanna Waters, Dean Coyne.  If you have any child who would like to compete in swimming or gymnastics please let Mary 0863047659 or Caitriona 0879453094 know.

Daffodil Day.

Members of Donard  I.C.A.would like to thank everyone who supported Daffodil Day, particularly the local shopkeepers, who every  year facilitate them in helping this worthy cause.   The sum raised was in excess of 300 euro.

New Enterprises.

Local shopkeeper, John O’Keeffe, has thrown a lifeline to the community of Donard/Glen. In an effort to bring about a positive outcome to the closure of Donard Post Office he has afforded   an opportunity to Kildare and West Wicklow Crafters to showcase a variety of 22 beautiful and colourful crafts. Besides being a celebration of talent, The Craft Corner, along with The Village Barber, Susan Toomey, who will wield her scissors to the delight of the male members of our community, will continue to make O’Keeffe’s Shop a meeting place for locals and the social hub of Donard.

Already there is a great buzz about the place and with the coming of the holiday season it will provide a focal point for the village.

 The official launch of both enterprises will take place on Sunday next, 3rd. March at 2pm at the shop and we wish them every success.

Donard PO Action

For Correspondence with TD’s and An Post Review see page

Tractor run:  (Click on link to see Irish Times Report)

Passions run high outside Leinster House for Wicklow post office ‘funeral’ (via @IrishTimes)

Philipp Matuschka
Save Donard PO


Donard/Glen Indoor Bowling Club (DGIBC).

Donard/Glen Indoor Bowling Club is holding an open day from 12noon to 5pm on Sunday 21st. October in Donard Community Hall. Anybody wishing to try short mat bowling without commitment can just arrive and members will be on hand to give a bit of instruction and allow visitors to practice for themselves. Tea and coffee will be available. There is no charge and this is not a fundraiser. The only absolute is that no outdoor shoes are allowed on the mat, so please bring a pair of slippers or play in socks or bare feet. Short mat bowling is an equal opportunities sport suitable for males and females of any age or fitness level.

Save Donard Post Office Action Group.

The ‘Save Donard Post Office Action Group’ organized a well attended public signing petition on Friday, 14th. September at John O’Keeffe’s Shop.  The email address for the action group is:

Davidstown Old School.

 The committee would like to say a big thank you to all who took part in a wonderful musical evening in Davidstown Church on Sat 22nd. September and those who supported it. The amount made on the night was 1800 euro. Davidstown School is ready for use. Please drop in and see it on Sunday 7th. October after mass. We still have to fundraise for painting the inside at a later date.

Imaal Walkers

 Imaal Walkers 20th. Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, 23rd.September at 2pm. Sharp in Donard Hall. Please pass on notice to any former members. Please contact any committee member to secure a place or contact Imaal Walkers Club Secretary

If you have any photographs of early walks bring them along to share with old and new members. Looking forward to an enjoyable gathering of this little club founded by Anne Carpenter and her friends in 1998.


Donard Pure Mile.

 Please keep the roads out of Donard litter free as judging will begin shortly. Please bring your litter home with you.


Music classes resume in Donard N.S.on Thursday 13th. September at 8pm. All instruments are taught except the harp as we have not got one to lend out to any student.

 Our classes are continuous since 1971.Everybody is welcome and we hope to see many new faces. All enquiries to 086 0645291.

Set Dance Classes.: Come along for fun and craic at our set dance classes restarting on Monday September 10th.8.30 to 10.30pm. We would like to meet new persons to join our “happy bunch’’.

Donard Village Cleanup

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The Meeting Place.

 ‘The Meeting Place’, Donard’s Community Café, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. Come along, meet your friends for a chat and enjoy lovely food at reasonable prices.

Donard Glen Camogie.

Art and Craft Exhibition.

Contact Elizabeth at 083 3837057.

Baltinglass Golf Club.

Beginners Golf Lessons for ladies of all ages. All equipment supplied. Fun friendly environment. Six lessons cost €50. For more information contact Bernie 0876444677or 0861063025

Donard Glen Daycare.

Donard Glen Daycare:Junior and Senior Playschool, full time and part time daycare, After School and BreakfastClub. Please Contact 045404522/08777522613 or

 Donard/Glen Walking Group.

The Donard/Glen Walking Group is continuing to welcome people of all ages and abilities to get walking and enjoy the exercise and social occasion.  The group meets for a walk on Wednesday evenings at 8pm.  You can now also join the group for a walk on Tuesday mornings at 10am. All walks start from Donard Hall.

Friendship Club.

The Friendship Club meets every Thursday afternoon from 3 to Donard Hall where Senior Citizens get together for a game of cards, board games, to chat and enjoy a cuppa. They go on outings and out for meals from time to time. Please contact Jo Lynch at 0872395831 or Maureen Quigley 0861045713. New members are always welcome.


 Donard/Glen Text Alert Scheme

 The Text Alert subscription of €10 is now due. If you wish to continue in the scheme and have not already paid, please return your subscription in an envelope with your name and mobile number to either Mike Cummins, Eddie Kelly or Seamus Daly before the end of January. New members always welcome.

Donard/Glen Website.

 If anybody has family, friends or neighbours living abroad who would like to keep in touch with what is happening at home, they can do so by logging on to

Donard Hall.

Bookings for Donard Hall for birthday parties, meetings or other events should be made to Maureen Quigley 404795.