A Glimpse of our Universe

Here at Newcastle Newsletter HQ there's been a bit of confusion between earth hour and earth day and springing forward and falling back and clocks changing and all that. Eventually clarity emerged. It emerged alongside the daffodil bulbs that are beginning to appear in the village. It doesn't seem so long since they were planted last November. 
Earth Hour is happening at March 25th. It is an hour long event around the globe, millions of people set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. Earth Day is a different event on April 22nd.

Track activities here

Ringing Out for Climate Change
Bells will ring out from Newcastle, Church of Ireland, on Earth Hour to sound a clarion call to action on climate change. Bells will be ringing out from places of worship of different faiths across Ireland to call citizens to take action to protect our planet for future generations.
We can celebrate Earth Hour in any way we want.
From changing individual behaviour, to legislation, Earth Hour has achieved massive environmental impact - but as climate change accelerates, our response needs to grow too.  So lets make Newcastle shine a light on March 25 by turning off your light and listen to the bells as they'll ring out from Newcastle to Newtownmountkennedy and across the globe.
It's entirely up to us.  You could host a candle-lit dinner, go stargazing, or simply switch off your lights for an hour. You could host an Earth Hour party! How do you plan to celebrate?

Over 80 people attend 2020 Vision

On February 6th, last over 80 people packed into the Castle Inn to discuss plans for the future of Newcastle. It was so well attended that the facilitator had to make a quick change of plan and the idea of small discussion groups had to be abandoned in favour of something more manageable.  The big number  of attendees meant that it was hard to include everything and everybody.  We noticed a few burly types at the back who were taking it all in but said nothing,  Obviously shy and retiring folks. However, all is not lost and if you came with an idea that you would still like to see come into reality, well then there is still an opportunity to have it included.  The preliminary report will be delivered at our meeting next month. So do come along on Monday, March 6th at 8pm and add your tuppence ha'penny worth.

Remember, this is the first step towards a shared vision and co-ordinated plan for the village over the next few years.  All are welcome and we need people to help make this vision a reality. 

Next meeting is Monday, the
March 6th at 8pm

For more info call Michael (087) 238 1060



       Is Leoir Beirt (two is enough)
This Saturday will see the launch of an Irish speaking circle at the Country Market over cupán tae agus the cúpla focail.
 Dé Satharn 4ú  lá Mharta  10.30-11.30.


March in March to Garda Band?
There will be a fundraiser for the Men's Shed 23rd March in the Park View Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy






Group Fitness Classes

Class to suit all ability levels using a mixed circuit approach in a fun and encouraging environment. Block class discount and pay as you go payment options. New spring session starting Wednesday evening from  March 8th  from 7- 8pm in the Newcastle Community Sports Hall.
Contact C J Adams Fitness Trainer on 087 637 5363

Table Quiz & Raffle

Newcastle Bridge Club is holding fundraiser  March 14th  at 7.30pm in aid of County Wicklow Alzheimer's day care & respite services in The Castle Inn. The bridge club is always  open to new members and meets every Tuesday in the Castle Inn.



Drivers needed

The Irish Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers from Co. Wicklow to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Dublin hospitals. Driver expenses are paid. If you’re interested, please call Rebecca on 01/2316642 or email

Tree Week 2017

National Tree Week 2017 runs March 5th to 12th 2017
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
One interesting idea is the Tree Council's Family Tree Scheme enables you to commemorate an important event or to remember a loved one, by giving you the opportunity to have a tree or trees planted in their name. Your family tree will span the human generations, giving pleasure to many, while enriching Ireland’s natural heritage.

Your name, the name of the person and the occasion you want remembered or celebrated will be entered into a record book maintained for public inspection at the site. You can do this here. A certificate, recording the dedication (the name(s) of the person(s) for whom the tree is planted, the occasion and the name(s) of the person(s) making the gift), will be sent to you or the person of your choice. The trees are identified by a number in the Site Record Book corresponding to a tag on each tree. The trees in Castle Saunderson  can be visited by appointment only. Please note that the trees sponsored will be planted only during the tree planting season, i.e. spring and autumn.

Until recently, the Tree Council had other sites including a woodland at Muckross Forest in Killarney, Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon, Birr Castle, Co. Offaly and Larch Hill, County Dublin which have reached capacity for new trees, however existing trees can still be visited by appointment.

National Tree Week 2017 runs March 5th to 12th 2017
Local Artist to Exhibit in Bray
Ian Calder who has lived in Newcastle for almost 30 years, will have an exhibition of his paintings in the Signal Arts Centre Bray from March 28th for two weeks.  Ian spent his  formative years in the shadow of Glasgow's post-war shipbuilding yards. On a trip to islands of Scotland and the Aran Islands he was struck by “how these old boats, in their dilapidated state, expressed so much about how a traditional way of life, how small communities, how work and society, had changed. and represents not just the ageing of once seaworthy vessels, but is a comment on the fragility of life and the human condition.”

        Getting Technical              

A venue has been found and plans are progressing to help people get to grips with modern technology. FREE of charge at their individual pace. The 121digital course is tailored to each person's  needs – you choose  choose the topics. Tutors (employee/student) work, one-to-one.  Learners are invited to bring their laptop or smartphone under the guidance of volunteer facilitators.
Courses comprise 8 hours of tuition over 4 or 6 lessons, one lesson per week. Unfortunately we lost one facilitator to a busy schedule but thankfully William  has stepped forward.    He will be helping organise the  lessons once per week in April.  There is good interest in it so far. To book your place, call William 087 7 42 40 36

Country Market

Every Sat 10.30-12.30, the coffee pot is ready and the kettle on the boil and the tables full of fresh homemade brown bread,  gifts & goodies. Come, chat, have a cuppa, browse. Bring your Cúpla Focail.
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