Tinahely Diary Archives

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Tinahely National School pupils receiving their Education Award at the recent Pure Mile Awards, November 13th 2023.

Crochet Workshop, 10th November 2023.

Some of the participants in the recent crochet workshops at the Tinahely Craft Market: from left – Anne Moore, Ann Edwards, Heather Stedman and Eileen McCauley.

Tinahely Craft Market is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The Market is situated opposite Murphy’s butcher.

Halloween Haunted Village Walk 2023

What a night! Our Tinahely Haunted Village Walk was a HUGE success!! Thank you to everyone who supported the walk by buying tickets and coming along on the night in such numbers. We are all blown away by the community support! The event was entirely volunteer run and the funds raised are going to support the work of Tinahely Community Projects , Tinahely Tidy Towns, Tinahely Recycling Centre, the walks and community playground.

The success of the walk was down to everyone who volunteered their time on the night. Huge Thanks to all the incredible performers; the grim reapers and ghouls on the street, the prisoner, the executioner, the witches coven, the medieval wench and the headless man, to Dracula, Igor and the cast of Dracula’s undertakers, to the scary clown and her gang of spooks and scaries, to the madcap slaughterhouse and butchers crew, the terrifying zombies, and finally to the mother and child.

Culture Night 2023

The Courthouse Arts Centre

A full house for our evening off-site Culture Night at the SVP Resource Centre. A big thanks to all the performers from Tinahely CCE and those who travelled from surrounding counties for the event. Thanks also to Eileen for allowing us access to this fantastic space in Tinahely.

Family Friendly Concert for Culture Night at Shillelagh Courthouse with Riona Sally Hartman, Niall O’Lochlainn, Mathew Halpin and Izumi Kimura.

Tinahely Show 2023

The ladies from the Tinahely ICA guild went on their annual outing on 12th July.

Tinahely ICA Guild

We started at the High Cross of Moone and coffee and delicious cakes at the community based Piers cafe in the village. A tour of the Quaker museum in Ballitore was next. Pauline Fagan was a great guide at this most interesting museum and library.

Afterwards we retired to Kilkea Castle and Golf Club for lunch and a stroll around of the grounds.

It was our great pleasure to award Aidan Doyle our 2023 Local Hero Award at the quiz night on Friday evening. Aidan is the heart and soul of our town and keeps it looking beautiful. We are so lucky to have him!

Congratulations Aidan and thanks for all your hard work.

A fantastic night at the Tinahely Community Projects quiz night at O’Connors pub in Tinahely. Thank you for turning out in such great numbers on a wet evening to support TCP! Vital funds were raised for the recycling centre, playground, walks, Tidy Towns and Christmas lights.

Congratulations to the winning team and the runners up, who fought to the end in sudden death rounds to take home the prize! Also huge thanks to Pat Dixon – supreme quizmaster, Rosemary, Baron, Anthony, Olivia, Eddie and all who helped organise this fantastic evening, to O’Connors Pub for hosting the event, and all those who donated prizes to the raffle.

The students, teachers and volunteers at Tinahely National School have been busy working on colourful projects to enhance the environment. A wonderful yarn bombing crochet project with the 5th and 6th class students was completed just before the end of year. The students were taught the art of crochet by volunteers from Tinahely Active Retirement Group: Aida Lacey, Margaret O’Neill, Sadie Healy, Mary O’Connor and teacher Niamh Gahan. The students loved the project and said that crochet helped them to feel relaxed and mindful

Tinahely NS also created two absolutely beautiful, hand-painted anti littering signs to mark their Pure Mile and to encourage people to keep the town clean and tidy. The signs mark both ends of the Tinahely NS Pure Mile.

The Tidy Towns Committee would like to Thank Everyone who supported our Coffee Morning Fundraiser today.

We especially would like to Thank The Courthouse Arts Centre and all the team, who helped us host our event today, and extend our thanks to everyone who helped today and also with the planning and preparations, to make it such a wonderful success.

We would like to thank all our sponsors. We had a fantastic turnout and there was a wonderful atmosphere, as friends and family sat and enjoyed lovely refreshments, while having a chat and a laugh. We received very generous donations from the community, via cash,go fund me donations, baking scones, buns, cakes, donating raffle prizes and buying raffle tickets, buying cakes and plants.

The total amount raised, (donations, cake and plant sales) is

€ 2,319.25 today + €909 from go fund me donations,(received in the past month). Thank you very much for your generosity.We are thrilled.

The money raised goes back into the community to further improve the appearance and presentation of our town centre; buying flowers and plants,hedging,compost,planters, painting buildings, the maintenance and upkeep of the green spaces, the playground, picnic areas and approach roads.

If you missed our event, you can still donate via our go fund me page https://gofund.me/c14df2dd

Thank You very much.

Pat Power, Assistant supervisor for Tinahely CE Schemes, at his retirement gathering at O’Connor’s Bar & Lounge, Friday, June 30th.

Pat Power

Congratulations on your retirement Pat ! You have given so much of your time and energy to our organization, and we are so thankful. Have a wonderful retirement!

There was a fantastic buzz around Tinahely last weekend when the local Men’s Shed hosted their annual open day.

Group members welcomed crowds of 150 to 200 people to see their new fruit and veg garden, hand-carved bird boxes, feeders and window boxes, serving free tea, coffee, BBQ and snacks throughout the day.

John Quinn, Liam O’Toole & Jim Kennedy
Edward Hogan
Eileen Quinn, Terry Lundberg & Olivia Copeland
Eileen Doran & Ann Kenny

Congratulations to Crossbridge National School on achieving their 10th Green School flag, which was raised today by Lucy Mulhall, a former student and the current Captain of the Women’s Irish Rugby Sevens Team. Tinahely Tidy Towns were delighted to be invited to join in on the celebrations, on a beautiful sunny day, with the teachers and pupils and parents, Councillor John Mullen and Lorraine Flanagan, Green Schools.

Lucy Mulhall, John Mullen & his son Daithi

Composting Workshop for the new Composting Demonstration Centre at our Recycling Centre.

Great turnout for our Tinahely Tidy Towns Composting workshop today at the Recycling Centre. Volunteers were out first thing to help Craig Benton from Composting Ireland set up our new composting demonstration area. We painted the metal container to smarten things up and made a pallet box into a compost bay. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help set up, and the people who came to the workshop. Please visit the demonstration area, the signage gives guidance on composting at home.

Lorriane Fox

David Murray, Tinahely Community Projects

The winning table at the Toastmasters Pub quiz at the Marquee at O’Connor’s, Friday 19th. Well done all!

Joe Perdue and Hannah Nolan at Tinahely Toastmasters Pub Quiz.

Tinahely Craft Market, featured in this weeks Independant.ie “This is wicklow.”

Sue Wardell, proprietor of the Tinahely Craft Market, with some of the products on display at the market, which is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. It is situated opposite Murphy’s butcher. There is a wide variety of crafts including upcycled and recycled textiles, stained glass, macrame, jewellery, candles and soap, embroidery and various art works.

The children of Kilcommon National School recently participated in #SpringClean23 as part of where the Parent’s committee provided refreshments afterwards! Great work.

Ireland celebrate beating Fiji and qualifying for the Paris Olympic Games.

A tearful Lucy Mulhall hailed her Ireland Sevens team after clinching automatic qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics after beating Fiji 10-5 in a nervy Toulouse encounter.

“It’s been a journey and I’m just so grateful to have a team like that around us, players and family. It’s been an amazing year and our goal is to grow Sevens in Ireland,” said the Tinahely native, who was watched by her father, Pat, and her fiancée.

“It means so much, we did it for our family and they have joined this rugby family and I’m happy we have done it together.”

Happy Earth Day ! 🌎. This weekend 300 native Irish trees have been planted in Tinahely. Trees store carbon, give us oxygen, give habitats to wildlife and stabilise the soil. A huge thank you to Easy Treesie and Coillte for providing Tinahely Tidy Towns with these wonderful trees.

Our 2nd Tinahely Tidy Towns Clean up day, today. Tasks undertaken today included, Litter Picking in Picnic Area (7 bags of litter picked). Thank you and well done to our fantastic volunteers.Thank you also to to Angela and the team in D’Lish for providing yummy refreshments,which was very much appreciated after a good days work.

Barn Owl nesting boxes installed at Tinahely NS.

Fantastic new Barn Owl nesting boxes made by The Tinahely Men’s Shed were delivered and installed this week at Tinahely National School. Odhran from Wicklow Barn Owl Project helped by surveying the school’s ground to find the best siting places. Many thanks to Paul and Eddie from the Men’s Shed for delivering and installing, and thanks to Siofra and Tinahely NS Student Council for getting involved. Fingers crossed we get some new, feathered residents in Tinahely soon!

The Opening of The Courthouse Art Studio Exhibition on Sunday 16th April.

Everyone is invited to come along and support these local artists. Runs until April 29th.

This exhibition is a first for the Courthouse Art Group. Displaying work together in a professional art setting is an acknowledgement of how far they have come as artists. Although some members have been making art for many years, others had never seriously attempted drawing or painting until coming to the group. They all share a strong desire to express their creativity on paper or canvas.

Fridays at the Courthouse function like a studio with everybody working on their own projects. Some choose to perfect their drawing skills while others tackle oil or watercolour.

Key to this group’s success is the support they give each other. Discussing the work and offering suggestions is a valuable part of the group experience.

Each work chosen for the exhibition represents a major step in their progress as artists.

Spring Clean

Can you spare an hour or 2 this Saturday, 22nd April?. Another chance to help out with the BIG clean up in the village

Tidy Towns need people to support and help them from 9.30am to 12.30pm please as part of ‘April Clean up Month’.

Meeting on the square .

Thank you.


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