Laragh Glendalough Notes wk 7 Sept

Glendalough Arts Festival 2015 – A Huge success and a Huge Thank You !

The Glendalough Arts Festival of Aug 29th was great and enjoyed by many in the whole community – thank you all! But these things don’t happen by themselves and so a few special ‘Thanks’ –To Pat Casey for permission for the location, and to The Glendalough Hotel for sponsoring The Fuinneamh Drum – the giant community drum played by up to 40 people at a time – the children loved it !To Laragh G.A.A. for the large marquee, putting up and taking down, where all enjoyed tea and cakes. To Conway Roadfreight ltd for the ‘stage’trailer, and to Ken Condell for expertly driving it into position. To Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, and for giving assistance to a lady who reacted badly to a wasp sting! To Jonny Tennant for musical direction and for organizing all the performances – Traditional Arts Collective, Whistle, Gabby Brady, Sarah Buckley, Noel Nesbitt, Kate Gisborne, Marcin Oracki, and for the surprise appearance and performance of a touring brass band from Switzerland who played for us – all 35 of them ! To all those too many to mention who organized the children’s play area, the Healing area and the arts and crafts stalls. To all the ‘Roadies’ who helped set up and take down – Dee, Tanya, Ann, Fergus, Pat, Finian & Joel, with the Viking Boat and all the other props. Glendalough Arts Network are looking for your comments on the Festival this year and your suggestions for future festivals, join us on Facebook.

Guide to Accessing Community Finance
If you wish to find out how to access community finance for voluntary led groups come along to the Brockagh Centre on Wednesday 9 September at 7.30 p.m. More and more community enterprises are realising that grants cannot fully meet all of their funding needs. It is now becoming necessary for them to generate their own capital in order to fulfil both development and cash flow requirements. Consequently loan funding, and in particular Social Finance, is becoming a primary tool in satisfying these needs. Find out more by coming along on the night or check out
Tree ID Walk
Wicklow Mountains National Park Tree ID Walk. Join us on Saturday 12 September for a gentle stroll around Glendalough to learn how to identify trees and discover their history, folklore, ecology and uses. Meet at the Information Office at 11 am. The walk is suitable for adults and older children only (no dogs allowed). Booking is essential and will be taken on 0404-45425 from Saturday 29th August. This event is free to attend but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Co.) has a 4 euro charge.

Brockagh Centre
Check out our website & facebook pages for details of Autumn Classes & Activity Timetable or call (0404) 45600. Badminton back on Tues 15 Sept 7pm for juniors & 8pm seniors. Contact Finian 086 2476822. Happy Days Carer & Baby/Toddler group back Wed 16 Sept. Yoga back 7pm Wed 16 Sept call Hilde (0404) 40000.

We Love Art
We Love Art classes are for primary school age children, and are taught by artist and qualified art teacher Almha Roche. The classes will take place on Monday 14 September. Classes are small (max. 10 kids) and divided by age group. 2.45-3.30pm Group 1 age 4-6 (JI & SI), 3.30-4.30 p.m. group 2 age 7-9 (1st -3rd class), 4.30-5.30 p.m. group 3 age 10-12 (4th-6th class). Skills and techniques covering a wide range of art and craft forms are taught. The emphasis is on the children being creative and making their own decisions about their work; having fun, experimenting with materials, with exciting and varied results. Phone/ text: Almha 086 3897732. Email:
Wicklow Man
The Wicklow Man every Tuesday night at the Brockagh Centre 10 p.m. so come along and enjoy the fun.
Get Yourself Online
The closing date has been extended on these courses until December so there is still an opportunity for you to take that step to build your confidence on line. Cover the basics and learn how to email, skype, shop online, pay car tax and much more. It cost €20 for 4 x 2 hr course and it is free to those over 65. The classes are small and the lessons are taught in a relaxed and fun way with plenty of time for everyone. We will be running a few of these popular courses so days may vary. Go on you know you want to! Book your place – call (0404) 45600.

Gymboree Play & Music Classes returns to The Brockagh Centre on Thursday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m from Thursday 17 Sept. Suitable for all babies, toddlers and pre-school children from 6mths – 4yrs. Teach your child a love of music through play in a fun and friendly environment! Places are limited so pre-booking is essential. Please call Rachel on 086 8330212 for more info or to book your place

Adult Art Classes
Class focuses on painting and drawing, and is suitable for artists of all levels of experience. In the class we work with a variety of materials and learn techniques and skills specific to each. Each artist is then encouraged to make use of those skills and techniques to develop their own personal artistic style. Classes are informal and friendly. New classes start Wed 16 Sept. Contact Almha 086 3897732.

Stress Management
Learn how to understand the types and sources of stress; short term and long term, internal and external and being able to identify your stressors, is an important part of stress management. You can’t eliminate stress but you can learn how to manage it. Join Tanya one evening per week at the Brockagh Centre for six weeks to learn how. Contact Tanya on 086 4033349 for information or to register your interest.

AA Meetings
Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night. If you think that you may have a problem with alcohol please come along.
Knock Shrine 26th – 27th of Sept 2015
National Eucharistic Congress – Saint Kevin’s Parish (Glendalough/Laragh). A bus has been arranged (minimum number travelling 29) to take pilgrims to this important event on the 26th, this bus will leave from Lynhams Hotel at 7.30am promptly. Bookings must be made before the 19th September with a deposit of €20. Bishop Kevin Doran has been appointed as national delegate for the Eucharistic Congress. Phone Rose at 086 258 5971 or 0404 45872 for bookings.