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Tidy cities raffle

altinglass Tidy Towns is hosting an online raffle. The raffle was postponed from the duck race which took place during the summer. There are some amazing prizes to be won which have been generously donated by local businesses in town. The prizes are as follows: 1st prize € 100 – All Things Natural, 2nd prize € 50 Horan’s food voucher, 3rd prize € 50 Joey’s Barbers voucher, 4th prize € 50 Horan’s food voucher, 5th prize € 40 Noel’s Driving School voucher, 6th € 30 Bon Hair by Pamela price, 7th prize € 30 Voucher Thérèse’s nails, 8th prize € 25 voucher Evolution Hair, 9th prize Box of 4 glasses, 10th prize Bon Meal Offert from Bobalicious.

All the great prizes up for grabs. You can buy lines on Facebook and Instagram pages for € 5 per line. Just choose a number from 1 to 100 and pay € 5 by PayPal or Revolut, or send PM to Facebook page to arrange payment. The closing date for the raffle is November 27 at 6 p.m. We have some great project ideas for 2022.

Results of this year’s Tidy Towns contest entry are available on the main Tidy Towns website, in the “Reports” section. We had a very successful first year back in competition since 2013. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making it possible to start.

necessary improvements around our city and on all access roads. When a community is ready to come together and help wherever possible, much can be accomplished. Forward and up.

Stratford Community Cafe / Shop Project

Stratford and Grangecon Development Group is appealing for local support for the very ambitious plan to complete the Community Café / Shop project. The group needs more members to help with ideas and fundraising efforts. They meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Coach House next to Stratford RC Church (entrance from the church grounds). The next meeting will be on Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Coach House. Thank you for coming and don’t forget to bring your masks.

Craic clever

Crafty Craic in Knockinarrigan continues its seasonal workshops in December. On Saturday, December 4, you could learn how to make a leather-bound journal as a gift for someone special. On Sunday December 12th, Crafty Craic will host a Christmas table runner making class with textile artist Maeve Hunter.

For more information or to reserve your place, contact Karen on 087 2750873 or by email at

Journal of the WW Historical Society

The West Wicklow Historical Society recently launched its 11th Journal. This new edition features articles from a range of the area’s best-known local historians, including Jim Corley, Brendan Corrigan, Cora Crampton, Johnny Glennon and Emma Lyons, and Rosemary Raughter Across the Mountains. There are articles on oatmeal cookies, the history of the railroads, the fashion of Punchestown, the Women Unionists of Wicklow in the early 20th century, the preparations for the Civil War in Kildare, a man from Wicklow. in India, the influence of the Irish language on the place names of West Wicklow, a beautiful woman in a long red coat, and a murder in 1916.

Boleying or, more formally, transhumance, in the Wicklow region is examined. The 16th century ‘O’Tooles of Imail’ come to life. Burgage is visited and Baltinglass Courthouse is revisited. The Reverend Ogle Moore of Manor Kilbride is remembered. And then there’s Jennie Wyse Power, born in Baltinglass (another O’Toole) and her husband featured in Joyce’s Ulysses pages. This newspaper is packed.

Copies of the journal are now in circulation. If you want to purchase one (or more – if you want to send them to West Wicklow / Kildare people living elsewhere for Christmas), they are available at the following locations: Burke’s, Main Street, Baltinglass; Dermot Hughes’, Dunlavin; Craic clever, Knockanarrigan.

Fair market

Last Saturday at McAllister’s in Baltinglass, there was a beehive of “socially distanced” activity in the square for the Baltinglass Group Fair Christmas Market.

People enjoyed sampling the Fairtrade refreshments of tea, coffee, hot chocolate provided and Fairtrade Banana Bread which was kindly sponsored by Grange Con Kitchen.

Fairtrade Christmas decorations sold well with people happy to be able to support artisans in Nepal and Bethlehem. Tony’s Chocoloney sponsored a Lucky Dip to win Tony’s Fairtrade chocolate bars with samples also offered.

The message was to redeem your basket and include Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas to make a real difference in the lives of farmers, workers and their families in developing countries so that we can rebuilding more just together.

People were encouraged to think of a more sustainable Christmas. There were sustainable gift wrap ideas, a free children’s Advent book calendar, shopping at your local charging station, the Grange Con Store closet. Information booklets were provided by Jim Callery of the Wicklow County Council Environment Department, along with sustainable craft products from The Crafting Farmer and a basket from The Community Shop to encourage people to make their own. purchases in The Community Shop or The People’s Shop this year.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered that day and to everyone who supported the event and the raffle. The winner of the Fairtrade basket sponsored by Baltinglass Fairtrade Group was Evelynn Deans and the winner of The Grange Con Store Cupboard sponsored by Jen Page was Paula Kavanagh.

If you would like to become a member of the Baltinglass Fairtrade group, you can message them on their Facebook or Instagram page.

Community employment

Stratford / Grangecon Local Development has vacancies in child care, administration, janitorial and environmental workers. These positions are located in Stratford, Donard, Grangecon and Dunlavin. Training and education opportunities will be offered as part of your internship to improve and develop your skills. To be eligible for any of the above positions, you must have received social assistance allowance for 12 months and be over 21 years of age. For more details contact Tom Whittle on 087 9227051 or email

Baltinglass welcomes you

Baltinglass Welcomes continues to search for a 2-4 bedroom house or apartment to rent immediately within walking distance of town for a Syrian refugee family. The size of the family accepted will be determined by the size of the house available.

Please contact Mayor Lawless at for information on available accommodations. The group is very grateful for all the community support they have received to date and are very happy to enter this next phase of the project. Please spread the word.

Grangecon Christmas Market

The Grangecon Christmas Market is shaping up to be a wonderful one-stop-shop for all your Christmas gifts this year. With a wide array of craft stalls, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There will also be a cake sale organized by the Parents Association of the Grangecon National School to raise money for the school. The event will coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights. Save the date of Sunday December 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the village.

Flower arrangement workshop

The next meeting of the Rathvilly / Castledermot Garden & Flower Club will be held at Teach Diarmada on Thursday 25 November at 7:30 p.m. Karen Robinson of the Wexford Flower Club will demonstrate Christmas flower arrangement and inspire attendees with their own festive preparations. Please reserve your spot by SMS, phone call or WhatsApp to Eileen on 087 22 45 917. Tea, cakes, chat will follow the raffle of all Karen arrangements. Admission is € 5. The raffle will be € 5. Please bring Covid certificates and wear masks until you are seated.

Christmas Tractor Race

The community of Kiltegan is organizing a Christmas Tractor Race on Saturday December 4 to benefit Baltinglass Hospital and the Lalor Center. They would love to invite everyone to decorate your tractor, truck or vehicle of choice with festive lights and light up the countryside for Christmas.

The event will begin with the registration for the Tractor Race (all vehicles welcome) at 3:30 pm at St. Peter’s Parish Center. At 4:30 p.m., the event kicks off with a gathering at the Green in Kiltegan to turn on the Christmas lights and meet Santa Claus (a free gift for all children). Refreshments will be served. The Tractor Run will then start at 6 p.m. sharp. Admission is 25 €. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the festivities while contributing to a great local cause.

Social dance in Donard

The social dance resumes at the Donard community hall on Saturday, December 18 from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. The music will be by Thomas Maguire & Fiona Ennis. Admission is € 10. Refreshments will be served.


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