Ashford Country Fair

The 7th annual Ashford Country Fair will take place in the grounds of the Bel-Air Hotel on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May from 11am to 4pm. 

 This year’s fair will have a number of animal attractions including a dog show, gun dog demonstration, duck herding, falconry and a pony club. Children will also enjoy our magician and fairground. Stalls include artisan displays, plants, crafts, books and clothes. For food try our barbecue, teas, coffees and cakes! There will also be vintage cars, tractors, a raffle and many other interesting features. In other words, there will be something for everyone. Please do come along and support a very enjoyable and popular event!

 If you can assist in helping on one of the stalls or can provide goods for sale, please contact Amanda Mooney, Bernadette Glover or Lesley Rue.

Youth Clubs

United Youth is a club for 4th to 6th classes. The next club night is on 2nd March and will run from 6.00-7.30pm, It continues on the 1st Saturday of each month in term time in East Glendalough School. The programme includes games, sports, crafts, outings and most importantly fun!

 The Teen Youth Group is meeting every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month in East Glendalough School 6.30–8pm. 12-18 year olds are welcome. Each night there are games, a discussion group and Pizza. All are welcome!

The Easter Vestry Meeting

The Easter Vestry (Annual  General Meeting of the Parish) takes place on Thursday, 25th April, at 8pm in the Bel-Air.  This is your chance to hear more about the parish’s activities and finances, to have your say on the future direction of the parish and to vote for an incoming select vestry.

Big Step Up

The “Big Step Up” is an overnight event in Christ Church Cathedral to encourage those who are moving from primary to secondary school next year In their faith. There will be sung worship, food, and there will be plenty of time and space to pray, think, chat about whatever’s on your mind or just hang out. It takes place on 4th/5th May. The Booking fee is €20 and advance booking is required by 26th April through the parish clergy.

Family Service

There are many different activities for children and youths on Sunday mornings. With this in mind, it has been decided to experiment with a new  timing for our monthly family services. They will take place at 5pm, will last 30 to 40 minutes with some food afterwards. If you feel you could assist in organising these services, please talk with Rev Ken. The first such service is scheduled for Sunday 28th April.

Friendship Group

A friendship group has been formed for people who are retired and for those who aren’t able to get out to meet people as regularly as they would like. The next get together will be for afternoon tea on Monday 15th April, in the Wicklow Methodist Hall. All welcome! Further information available from Linda Walsh: 086 8228378.

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The Nun’s Cross NS service on Friday 8th at 10am will concentrate on the theme, ‘Come Everything is Ready’, provided by the World Day of Prayer. That evening at 7.30pm adults are invited to the local gathering which takes place in St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow Town.


School Principal

The following e-mail went to school parents on Friday 26th October: “I regret to inform you that Ms Rachel Harper has given notice of her intention to resign as Principal. Thankfully, she has offered to be with the school for a further three months. She has been appointed to be the Principal of St Patrick’s NS in Greystones.

The Board thanks Ms Harper for her eleven years of outstanding service to the school including almost seven years as an inspirational Principal. The size of the school has grown significantly during her tenure while at the same time a caring atmosphere has been maintained. We look forward to continuing the happy relationship with her during her notice period. We wish her all the best in her new role and trust that she will be fulfilled in it.

The Board will shortly be advertising the vacancy after which interviews will take place. If the successful candidate is unavailable to take up the post by the time of Ms Harper’s departure, the Deputy Principal, Ms Imelda Heaphy, will be acting Principal until the new Principal is available.

Ken Rue, Chairperson, Board of Management”