Events and news

Notes 23/05/2024

Donard I.C.A.

   In a further effort to have our Health Centre in Donard reopened Donard I.C A.Guild has prepared a petition which can be signed in the local shops,cafe and school.Your support would be appreciated.
  Best wishes.
      We would like to wish the many members of our community who are presently sick,either at home or in hospital, a full and speedy recovery.
We look forward to seeing themout and about again soon.


Previous notes:


Duck Race.

The annual Tidy Towns Duck Race will take place on Sunday next, Easter Sunday,commencing at the Mill Bridge at 3pm. Lines for the ducks can be purchased in John’s shop,pubs and cafe or from any committee member.

I.C. A.

Members of Donard were delighted to welcome friends and neighbours to the open meeting last week when Laura Pratt,Cancer Care gave a very helpful and detailed talk on caring for people suffering from dementia.Laura delivered it in a very entertaining way and apart from answering questions from the floor made herself available to anyone who had special concerns.
   Arrangements were made for the sale of Daffodils on Daffodil  Day.
     The A.G.M. takes place next month and new members are always welcome.Plans are in hand for an outing to the  Dominican Nuns in Wicklow Town who run an organic farm and shop there.



Notes   10/03/2024

Donard Community Cafe.

Congratulations to Donard Community Cafe which opened on 17th. March 2016 so will be celebrating its 8th. birthday on St.Patrick’s Day. A big word of thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers without whom it would not be possible to to keep it going.The cafe opens from 11am to 2pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and has grown from strength to strength.It has become well known in all the surrounding areas for its excellent food and the very friendly staff who  have a warm welcome for all.It is now a great meeting place for locals and visitors and there is always a bit of banter. So if you are even feeling a bit down you will be
 sure to come home feeling much better.
          Well done to all concerned who would welcome new volunteers at any time, so if you have even a few hours a  week to spare please drop in and have a chat with them.

Donard/ Glen Football Club.

Our Junior team travelled to Blessington on Thursday last to play the locals in the League.We were a few short of the team which beat them in the Championship final.High fielding Ed Flynn and tight marking Rory Toomey at center half back were missing. Our lads were eight points down at half time and eventually lost by four points.
  The team was;James Walsh,Dean Coyne, C.Geoghan,  A.Metcalfe ,D. Furlong, R.Flanagan, M.Byrne ,N.Curran, Ross Sheridan,C. Mills,Joe Manifold,E.Hallisey, M. Byrne,L.Mullen,Ray Halloran, C Doran was a sub.


Notes   1/03/2024

Donard I.C.A.

The date of the open guild meeting of Donard which Laura Pratt, Dementia Care,will be the guest speaker is
20th.March, not 13th as announced last week. The venue is Donard Hall and the time 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome.

Donard/Glen Football Club.

    Our number1 team had the first outing in Division 2 League against Ballymanus in Donard on a bitterly cold Saturday night  with a good crowd in attendance.The Billies started well but  Liam Monaghan’s four frees had our lads one point ahead,seven points to six at half time.The Billies again started well to go two points up early in the second half but two points  from Joe Mills and a goal by Conor Healy helped us to hold Mickey Daley’s Billies late response to win by i-10
  to twelve points.
Our team was;Micky Byrne,Clifford Grace,Oisín Traynor,Dylan Whyte,Alan Tutty, Colin Osbourne,Willie Eagers,John Hanbidge, Liam Monaghan(0-5),Oisín Friel, Ronan Kelly, Eoin Sheridan,(0-1), Joe Manifold,Conor Healy(1-0),Kevin Kealy(0-2). The subs were;Ray Halloran,Joe Mills(0-2) and Jack Grace.

Notes   28/02/2024

Donard/Glen Football Club.

      Our Junior team took on Kiltegan in the League Division 4 in Donard on Thursday last.Even though it was cold, there was a hardy breeze and our pitch was in great condition.Some players on both sides were a bit late togging out so we started with fourteen a side. It worked well for our lads in the early stages, with Ed. Flynn winning a high ball and Ray Halloran in midfield getting plenty of space to dodge around the Kiltegan backline and score three goals in a short space of time. Kiltegan came out with all guns blazing in the second half,scored two goals and some points,taking the lead.Our lads got going again. Ray got another goal and we score five goals and eight points to Kiltegan’s five goals and four points. Liam Mullen scored  our other goal.


    At Donard I.C.A.guild meeting on Wednesday last members were given great advice and guidance on making a will by solicitor, Declan Whittle. The March meeting will be open to everyone, male and female, to come along and hear a talk by Laura Pratt on Dementia Care. The date for that meeting is Wednesday,13th. March at 7.30pm in Donard Hall.As usual, members will be out selling daffodils on Daffodil Day, March 22nd.

 Parish Draw.

Jane O’Donnell,Blackmoor, Ann Lewis, Whitestown Lr. Mary Moore, Randlestown, Anne Harney, Irishtown, Emma
 Harney, Irishtown, Tracey Whyte, Blackmoor and Martina Whyte, Foxrock.


Notes  2024 12/02/2024

Donard-Glen  Football

We were treated to a good game of football in Donard on Wednesday last when Hollywood played Dunlavin in the Jim Mills Memorial cup semi- final.With not a puff of wind in the first half, Dunlavin went in at halftime with a five point lead.
   In the second half Hollywood put on their shooting boots and scored points from every angle. They finished with a goal and eleven points to Dunlavin’s two goals and four points.The game was well handled by Kiltegan’s Garrett Whelan,who was very sensible with the whistle.
  Even though it was a cold night,there was a decent crowd who enjoyed a good game of mid week football.

Donard I.C.A.

Donard I.C.A.Guild will hold it’s monthly meeting in Donard Community Hall on Wednesday next,14th February at 7.30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Donard Community Cinema.

Donard Community .Cinema  has issued its programme for the next few months;Friday 23rd. February,Roman Holiday, Friday,15th March(St. Patrick’s weekend)The Quiet Man, Friday, 29th. March,The Good,The Bad and The Ugly,Friday 26th. April,Cinema Paradiso and Friday,31st. May, Some Like It Hot.
    This is a great community venture. Congratulations to all involved.

Notes Previous to 12/02/2024:


At the January Guild meeting of Donard I.C.A the members listened to a most interesting and informative talk from Jen,from Grangecon, as she explained about the refill station which is up and running there. for the past few years. It is all about going Green and recycling is a major part of this process.If  we all do our own little bit of recycling it makes a huge difference to the environment.Instead of accepting plastic bags with our shopping we should bring along our shopping bags and the local butchers will be quite happy to put your purchase into your own pot.The guild volunteered to bring along any old reading glasses, pencils and markers to the next meeting to help with this endeavour.
  The members enjoyed a great night’s entertainment when they traveled to I.C.A.Drama Festival in Glenealy on Friday night.Next meeting will take place in Donard Hall on Wednesday, 14th.February at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.

Donard/Glen Football Club

The football club Lotto jackpot is now €13,300. Last week Margaret Doyle,”The Mates”,Maurice McCarthy and Bridie O’Neill matched three and won 50 euro each.
      The Jim Mills Tournament will be played on Saturday, 27th.January .Dunlavin will play Hollywood and Donard/Glen will challenge Valleymount. Both pitches,The Blackmoor and Donard will be used.Club membership is now due and can be paid either online or through tmembers. Soicial walking members need to get the code for lights

Notes  2024 13/01/2024

Donard I.C A.

The next meeting of Donard I.C.A. will take place in Donard Hall on Wednesday,17th. January at 7.30 pm when members will have a talk on the refill station and going green. Anyone who has an interest is very welcome to come along. New members are always welcome.
  On Friday 19th January the members are looking  forward  to attending the One Act Drama Festival in Glenealy which has proven to be a great success over the years.

Donard/Glen Lotto Results.

Last week’s Lotto winners were: Marion Whyte, Alicia Kearney, Keith Dwyer, Barry Metcalfe and Mike Walsh who won 40 euro each.Seller’s prize went to Pat O’Neill. Next the the jackpot stands at 13,000 euro.

Previous Notes 18/12/2023:

Donard/Glen Football Club.

There was a full house in Donard  Hall last Friday for a social and presentation night.Our junior team won the west section of the junior  League. A substantial  meal, provided by Evan Horan, Castledermot,was served to all, with a bar available.Music was provided by Brendan Coyne.
       Medals were presented to captain,Ed Flynn and the full panel of players .Niamh Walsh presented the Tony Walsh Memorial Trophy to Young Player of The Year, Rian Waters so you will see a junior team running riot next year.If you want to join in you know where our pitches are.Young and not so young are welcome.

Westside Community Games.

The committee would like to wish the parents,teachers, coaches and of course the children themselves a very Happy Christmas and New Year.We will see you all in 2024.

Festive Greetings.

We would like to wish all the members of the community of Donard/Glen,especially those who are sick, either at home or in hospital  a peaceful Christmas,and we hope that the New Year will see them returned to good health.

Notes 11/12/2023

Carol Concert.

    The children of Donard National School will present a carol concert in Donard Catholic Church on Thursday,14th. December at 7pm.  Everybody welcome.

Christmas in Donard.

        For months past a dedicated group of Santa’s little helpers have been sawing,cutting, hammering and painting to produce all the amazing santas, elves,slays and gnomes,that adorn our village and excess roads. A .giant sized Santa in his sleigh looks set for take off outside John’s shop.Christmas lights twinkle on every building and thanks to our Tidy Towns Committee an impressive Christmas tree overlooks this festive scene.
      There was a large attendance at the official switch on Friday night as Declan Healy entertained with music and song awaiting the arrival of the great man himself who did not disappoint..and was given a great welcome by young and old.
    On Saturday and Sunday afternoons Santa sat in his grotto in Donard Hall to greet all the girls and boys who came along to meet him and tell him their Christmas want lists.
     Congratulations and well done to everyone who helped in any way. Another example of the great community that is Donard/Glen.

Christmas Concert.

Blessington Millenium Choir will appear in Concert in the Hollywood Center on Sat.16th. December at 4pm. Tickets 10 euro available from choir members

Previous  notes

Charity Afternoon Tea.

       Donard Community Cafe is hosting a Charity Afternoon Tea in aid of “In Their Shoes”in Donard Community Hall, W91YW57 on Tuesday, 5th. December,from 2 to 5 pm. Donation box at the door. Lots of raffle prizes.

Donard I.C.A.

        Four members of Donard I.C.A guild attended the Federation Meeting in Moneystown on Saturday last.Apart from the usual business matters, there was a most interesting and informative talk given by Laura Pratt,a Dementia Care Consultant, around that subject and the care of those affected by it.
  The next guild meeting will take place in Donard Hall on Wednesday,20th December at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.

Notes 21/11/2023


Charity Afternoon Tea

 Donard Community Cafe is hosting a Charity Afternoon Tea in aid of “In Their Shoes” in Donard Community Hall,W91YW57 on Tuesday,5th.December from 2 to  5 pm. Donation box at the door.

Variety Concert

   Don’t miss this year’s Variety Concert in Donard Community Hall on Friday 1st. December at 8pm.This promises to be a great night of music,song, dance and fantastic raffle prizes. Admission 10 euro,payable on the door. Concessions available.

Donard I.C.A.

Ann Clancy, a member of Hollywood I.C. A, was the guest speaker at Donard I.C.A. meeting on Wednesday last. Ann put all the members to work painting wooden decorations for the Christmas tree.She gave us a free range to choose whatever colours we liked so we each ended with three unique decorations which will take pride of place on our trees.The guild is planning a trip to St. Canice’s cathedral in Kilkenny in December to see the Christmas tree display.


  The community extends sincere sympathy to Margaret Dunne, Merginstown and her family,. on the sad passing of her mother,Mary Murphy, Ballymore Eustace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Light Up The Village.

    There will be a Table Quiz in Toomey’s Bar on Saturday, 25th. November at 9 pm.Each table of four costs 30 number of tables so come early. Donations for the raffle would be very welcome.

Donard Community Hall.

     A night of music, song, dance and great raffle prizes will take place in Donard Community Hall on Friday 1st. December at 8 pm. Admission 10 euro payable at the door.Concessions available.

Craft Fair.

     The annual Craft Fair in aid of Donard National School will be held on Sunday next, 19th. November in Donard Hall from 11am to 5pm. This is always an opportunity to pick up some lovely unusual Christmas presents, so do come along.

Donard Glen Web site

Apologies to the Donard Glen Community for a pause in the editing of this site from September to November 2023.  The site software had become outdated and insecure.  The site has now been migrated to an upgraded managed and more secure hosting.

Donard I.C.A.

    Members of Donard I.C.A and friends spent a most enjoyable day in Powerscourt Gardens last week.It was a beautiful warm sunny day so we were able to enjoy the myriads of different and very beautiful flowers, shrubs and plants at our leisure.It was an added bonus to be able to lunch outside in the sun or shade as prefered.We hope to have another short outing before Christmas.
    The monthly guild meeting will take place tonight,18th. October, in Donard Hall when we will have, what promises to be a most interesting  demonstration on making felt pumpkins by a member of our neighbouring guild in Hollywood. New members are always welcome.

Variety Concert.

There will be a variety concert in donard Hall on Friday 1st.December. If you are interested in taking part please contact Edward at 0878777580.  

Miscellaneous Not3es from the past (Pre-Nov 2023)

Donard Notes 2nd .August 2023

Donard/Glen Football Club Notes.

Our junior team qualified for the County Junior League Final when they beat Annacurra away on Thursday last.We have a fairly big panel for this team but we were down to the panel and two reserves. Our lads started with a bang. An early goal followed by twp more plus three points, gave us a five point lead at the break. No more goals but seven points in the second half left us with a nine point lead at full time.
     The team was:James Walshe, Stephen Pierce, Dan Furlong, Aaron Moody, Cian Fox,Oisín Trainor, Dean Flynn, Ed. Flynn,Niall Curran,Mick Byrne (jnr), R. Flanagan, James Eager,John Doyle,Liam Mullen,Ray Halloran. The subs were;K.Osbourne and M. Byrne (Snr).

Donoughmore Summer Fete.

Donoughmore Summer Fete will take place on Bank Holiday Monday from 2 -5pm in Donoughmore.Afternoon tea will be served, hot dogs and lots more.There will be stalls,races, mini auction, monster raffle and fun for all the family.
  Take the N81 through Blessington towards Baltinglass. At Whitestown take a left for the Glen of Imall.

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.

Our junior team were away to Kltegan on Thursday last where they lost to the locals by eight points. Our lads were six points up at half time, but Kiltegan changed to top gear in the second half and won by eight points in the second half. We were minus a few of our big guns around midfield like D Flynn and Rory Toomey. We hope to have a full squad for our next game.

  The team was: James Walshe, Aaron Moody, Steve Pierce, Cian Fox, Jack Keogh, Ciaran Geoghegan, Dan Furlong, Willie Eager, Oisin Traynor, James Eager, Liam Mullen, Mick Byrne (junior), John Doyle, Ronan Flannagan, Eoin Hallisey and Rian Waters.

    There was no winner of the Jackpot last week. Marie O’Neill, Siobhan Figgis and Suzanne Toomey matched three and won €67 each. The next draw will take place in Davidstown on Monday 29th. May at 9


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.

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.

Selection of Previous notices:



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.

Previous notices:

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.

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Donard Hall.

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