Laragh Glendalough Sept Newsletter

The Brockagh Resource Centre
The Brockagh Autumn Bulletin is enclosed with details of classes and regular activities. Check out Almha’s new We Love Art childrens arts & craft classes and new to Monday nights Fit2Fight classes with Paul Healy, become fighting fit (without the fighting).
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.
A Step By Step 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 9th 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

Dragon Day with Val Young
If you love dragons or would like to learn more about them (and yourself) come along to the Dragon Day with Val Young which will take place in the Brockagh Centre on Saturday 3rd October (10 am to 5 pm). We will be connecting with the Dragons of Ireland and the Beings of this sacred land. We will be working with the Dragons of the different elements and assisting them in what they do for the Earth. We will also go on journeys for our own insights and growing awareness. We will be using the “Dragons Ho!” set of unique cards that I co-created over 11 years with many different and amazing Dragons. For more information about the Dragons and the cards please see
The cost of the Dragon Day is €35. You can bring your own lunch or there are places to eat close by. Light refreshments will be provided. Accommodation is also available nearby. Please bring along a bottle of water – not to drink, but to make an essence with! Feel free to bring along any special or sacred items to add to the central altar. Don’t forget to bring your sense of humour too! To book your place or for further information, please contact Val at

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.

Active Retirement
We are back on 8th September and looking forward to catching up again with all our friends. All are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings at 11am for some light exercise, lots of laughs and a chinwag over a cup of tea. Our next lunch is in Jacobs Well on Tuesday 6th October.
Car Boot Sale
The next Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 6 September. There will be the usual array of new and nearly new items including clothes, books and other sundry items. There is also plenty of home bakes to treat yourself to and to keep hunger at bay. Vans must be booked in. Car park spaces for the next month or so will be limited so please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre on 0404-45600.

Mobile Library
The mobile library is in Laragh every second Thursday from 12 noon until 12.50pm. The first 10 minutes are usually outside the Brockagh Centre and then the mobile library goes down outside Lynhams. The next dates are 3rd and 17th September.

Citizen’s Information
The Citizen’s Information Centre at the Brockagh Centre is open on 1st Tuesday of the month. The next date is Tuesday 1st September from 10am until 12 noon for information relating to your rights and entitlements. No appointment necessary. This is a free and confidential service.

Tuesday Night – Dance Night
Tuesday night is dance night at the Brockagh Centre from 9.30 pm till late with the Wicklow Man.

Adult Career Guidance Service
Don’t forget about the Adult Career Guidance Service available at the Brockagh Centre. This careers/education service is free, friendly, confidential, supportive and available to all adults over 18 years of age. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Irene Hayden on 086-8061569.

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.

Doggies Day Out
Lots of fun at our Fun Dog Show in aid of Ashe which was held on Sunday 16th August. More info to follow – Pauline? Winners of categories, winners of raffle,

Wonder Years
Wonder Years Childcare offers full time childcare service with opening hours from 7.30am to 6.30pm (12 months a year). Catering for children aged from 2 – 10 years old. Our classes include: Free Pre-school ECCE & Montessori Class, Toddler Class, Breakfast Club & After School Club (school pick up from Glendalough & Roundwood National Schools). Competitively priced private childcare (average €5 per hour & 10% discount for siblings) along with National Childcare Funded Programmes, such as CETS and ASCC.
Our team of early years educators are all qualified in childcare, have a genuine love of children and early years education. Trained in First Aid and are all Garda Vetted. Our Policies and Procedures are the foundations of our service and are available to be viewed by parents at any time.

We believe every child is a unique individual and all children learn in different ways. The individual needs of each child are met through the Montessori Method of Education and the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework of Aistear. Their creativity and imagination is always encouraged with lots of free play, messy play, arts and crafts and much, much more. Engaging, bright and child centred indoor and outdoor areas provide a fun and positive learning environment – leading to happy children, happy staff and happy families.
We welcome parents involvement and provide regular updates, photos and a portfolio of children’s masterpieces and work.
Please contact Valerie Duffy (Manager/Owner) on 083 440 7662, to arrange a visit of our home from home setting in the Brockagh Resource Centre Laragh, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow or email: for more information. Many thanks for taking the time to read about Wonder Years Childcare, if you know anyone it might be of interest to spread the word! Best wishes, Valerie.

A Step Beyond Mindfulness
The kids are screaming, the bills are due and the pile of papers on your desk is growing at an alarming pace. It’s undeniable — life is full of stress. Understanding the types and sources of stress — short term and long term, internal and external — is an important part of stress management. So what stresses you out and how do you manage it? Recognising a problem is the first step toward solving it. By beginning to identify and understand the sources of your stress, you’ve taken the first step in learning to better manage it. Manage it, not eliminate it. Stress is a fact of life. And that’s OK. You can learn ways to handle it. Self Care is the most important thing with stress, it’s important to work at bringing your stress levels down when they are starting to show a physical manifestation. You can incorporate a daily/weekly practice, until the stress levels go down or your life changes. Join me for a six week programme (evenings – day to be decided) where we will address ‘Stress’ from a Self Care perspective. Emotional health and safety is a piece that is critical for modern day living. Each week the group will participate in addressing their needs through communication/bodywork/art and grounding techniques…. a step beyond mindfulness! Please register your interest by calling Tanya on 086 4033349.

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.