Baltinglass Notepad –

Track and Trail Guide Course

Ildare & Wicklow Education Training Board are once again running their highly successful Track & Trail guide course at Baltinglass OETC. The course lasts 17 weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from November 2022 to March 2023.

The objective of the course is to provide trainees with the skills and related knowledge in walking activities to operate as Low Land Leaders. Develop their attitudes, self-efficacy and job search skills that will enable them to obtain employment in the outdoor recreation industry, either as a self-employed person or with an outdoor recreation business already established. All interns receive the tuition and support they need to prepare for final assessments.

Applications take place in September 2021. Interviews will take place in October. The course start date is 8 November 2022 and you can apply online at The course number is 339343.

Scholarship winners

Congratulations to the Baltinglass Credit Union Scholarship Winners. Ríona Flynn from Grangecon won the 6th class student scholarship of €250 and Ella Moran from Ballymore Eustace won the 6th year student scholarship of €750. We wish both students the best in their studies.

The Caisse populaire would like to remind people that they are open to receiving requests for back-to-school and education loans. Come at your convenience and speak to one of their staff or log on to

Craft fairs

Artisans and other interested parties are invited to book stalls at the seasonal markets taking place in the area in the run-up to Christmas 2022:

The Stratford/Grangecon GAA Club will hold their annual Christmas Fair on November 13, 2022 at the GAA Club. If you are a craftsman and would like to take a stand, text Paddy on 087 6508453.

The Church Lane Christmas Market takes place on November 26 between 4 and 8 p.m. The Church Lane Christmas Market is in aid of Saint Mary’s Church in Baltinglass and the Church of the Ascension in Ballinure. If you are a vendor and would like to participate, message them on facebook @Church Lane Christmas Market.

The Talbotstown National School Parents’ Association is holding a Christmas Craft Fair in Baltinglass in December and is appealing to all local shopkeepers and artisans to book a stall. It will take place on Sunday December 4 in Germaines. Contact [email protected] if you would like to reserve a space or PM Suzanne Finn on facebook.

Fundraising run/walk

Rathdangan Community Council will organize a 10k and 5k run/walk on the afternoon of Sunday 4th September. All proceeds will go to Baltinglass Hospital. Registration and the start of the race will be from the community ground, Rathdangan at 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. for registration and the race starts at 2:00 p.m.

Ice cream, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase on the grounds, or you can bring your own picnic and snacks for afterward. There are no registration fees. All donations are voluntary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Can you accommodate a Spanish student?

Host families are required to accommodate Spanish students enrolled at Scoil Chonglais from September 6 to November 1, 2022. One student per household. The payment for a student for this period is €1,600. If you are interested, please call or text Our Courses on 085 2533103.

Rampere Special Collections

The Déchetterie Rampere will organize a collection of hazardous waste on Saturday, September 10 between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. This collection includes household paints, phytosanitary products and garden herbicides, cleaning products and any other flammable or toxic waste.

Indoor bowls

The Baltinglass/Kiltegan Indoor Bowls club has resumed operations for the new season. They meet on Thursdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. at St Peters Parish Centre, Kiltegan. New members are welcome.

Community Shop

The Baltinglass Community Shop will be closed from this Thursday September 1st and will reopen again on Tuesday September 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Monday to Wednesday this week all clothes are 2€ (except the new rail and the showcase). If you have any donations to drop off, please save them until the shop reopens next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Active Retired

Baltinglass & District Active Retirement would like to inform you that the August meeting has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. They apologize for any inconvenience.

Kiltegan ICA

The next Kiltegan ICA monthly meeting will take place next Thursday, September 1st at 3:30pm at St. Peter’s Hall. New membership is always welcome.

Irish dancing lessons

Enrollment is now open for Traditional Irish Dance classes for the new term 2022/2023. Gohery School of Traditional Irish Dancing meets at Bigstone Community Hall [Eircode R93 E956] on a Tuesday evening. To reserve your place, go to the hall on Tuesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Boys and girls from preschool age will be taken care of. The Irish dancing teacher has over 40 years of teaching experience. For more information contact Mary Gohery on 086 8568017 or Fiona Gohery Kavanagh on 087 0648349.

Tidy Towns AGM

Baltinglass Tidy Towns will hold its Annual General Meeting in Inisfail, Germaines on Thursday September 15 at 8pm. The group invites anyone who wants to keep the city clean and improve it in any way to attend this next meeting. A full list of activities will be reported along with plans for the future. They would greatly appreciate feedback from people and businesses in the city to help them move forward. Light refreshments will be served to all participants.

Halloween fundraiser for ‘This is Me’

‘This is Me’ is a sensory and support group based in Baltinglass for children with additional needs and their parents. It provides a safe, non-judgmental space where children can play, build friendships, and where parents can chat, get support and advice, and make friends.

A fundraiser to cover the operating costs of the group will take place on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Fundraising will also help purchase much-needed sensory equipment, as well as help parents with the costs of assessments and services their children may need. The fundraiser will be a fun night starting at 8 p.m. with ballads of Hangry for Hotdogs man Stephen Donoghue followed by music bingo, karaoke and DJ until late, with raffles and prices. As it’s Halloween weekend, dressing up is optional with a prize for best dressed.

Tickets are limited and will cost €10 each, which covers entry and your bingo tickets. If you would like to purchase a ticket but are unable to attend, please let us know as we have a limited number of tickets and would like to have as many as possible in the evening.