Are you one of those people who want to wear a paper bag over your head as you drive past us on a Saturday morning ? If so, know that most of us were there once ourselves  . . . and we recovered by picking up a shovel and getting to work!
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Newcastle Up 12 Points

There was a gigantic leap in Tidy Towns Competition with total 287 points (275 last year, 250 points in 2010). This is a huge achievement considering small number of volunteers who turn out. We were particularly praised for community involvement and planning (+3), being rewarded for the door-to-door enquiries made with a large number of householders.  This was seen by the Adjudicator as a great way of connecting with our community.

In the built environment and streetscape section we got an extra 2 points with regard to wildlife and natural amenities. All praise to the planters and weeders and waterers.  But, the biggest improvement was in sustainable waste and resource management where we did so poorly last year. This year we gained an extra 5 points. Tidiness and litter control increased by 1 point with great praise for the way the village is looking. The Adjudicator  remarked on the loveliness of the Station House, while noting quite a lot of burnt grass around the Oratory and advocated a more environmentally friendly method of weed control. She also commented that Newcastle is a village that can progress much further with the "continued efforts of the core team supported by the wider community."
Read the 2016 report here, or for a bit of nostalgia and to see how far we have come, here you can read the 1996 report.

When you have done that, and if you're one of those people who want a paper bag over your head as you drive past us on a Saturday morning, now is your opportunity to drive by with your head held high,  Get involved.  

And, if f you are one of those people who responded to the survey by saying that our meeting times didn't suit you, we have loads of other opportunities for people to get involved in whatever way you can. But because the writer of the survey is not too bright, we have to remind you now that the survey was annonymous, and so, if you didn't put your name somewhere on it we can only guess who you might be. And all we know is you work in Dublin, are aged 40-49, like to swim in the dark, and want more lights in Newcastle. 

We need loads of people,  with loads of skills. You don't have to be a Weed Puller or a  Strutt and Plucker. We need  people are willing to share their skills – whether they be farmers, book keepers, beekeepers, typists, tilers,  tradesman and trades women, architects, computer technicians,  proof readers, application form writers and schoolchildren. We need you all.

Our small group at Newcastle Residents' Association see a real need to plan for the future. We want to look at what is distinctive and unique about Newcastle to ensure that we get to cherish these elements.

We want to draw up a Development Plan that will involve everybody.  We want to  put into place guidelines to help us move forward making Newcastle an even better place to live.

If this sounds like you, we have our AGM meeting this Monday night. The meeting will start at 730pm and it involves the Community Centre AGM. Following that at 8 PM Is the Residents Association meeting. We need people to step forward for both endeavours  If you hate meetings still want to be involved – for example but you try your hand at writing a bit of one of these newsletters? Then email us here.

If you can't do that please fill in the survey that has gone around to each and every household and figure out some way you can contribute.  One enlightened individual offered to donate money instead of time, skill or physical effort as they were in short supply for him (or her).  You see, we don't know, because I never asked people to include your name.  We need help. Missing the obvious, is a problem. And if you would like a shot at getting every member of your household to do the survey, you can save paper and use the slightly different online version here.

The Newcastle Duathlon  October 8th.

 As well as raising money for the local GAA club and Newcastle Playschool, this year the Duatlhon will raise much needed funds for Enable Ireland Wicklow.

Gerry Hayden of Newcastle GAA reports that the village’s under 8s and under 10s development squad is on the pitch every week. They are making great progress as well as having fun under the watchful eyes of Colm Yeoman and Damien Nivelles.

The GAA lotto is held every Monday night in the Castle Inn and the jackpot stands at € 6,600. Tickets are available in the shop.

For more information on any of this call Gerry 086 6060220

Food for Free

 Picture of apples for free on Sea road this week

It is that time of year when local gardeners put out their surplus vegetables  for the enjoyment of passers by.  But there is more food for free available and we don't just mean blackberries that are heaving in the bushes and back lanes at the moment.     On the beach there is Sea Beet, a nice green very like spinnach and there is also an abundance of Sea Buck Thorn just north of The Breaches.  Learn more about foraging with this video for more information.

Sea Buckthorn blooming on The Breaches 
last Sunday. 
Gorgeous seabuckthorn, with its thin silver green leaves and bright orange berries stands out amongst the bushes. The seabuckthorn is hailed as natures most balanced fruit and is well known for being an omega powerhouse, containing omega 3,6,7 and 9.  It is used extensively in beauty products and medicinally. Remove berries from the branch carefully, and remember….this plant is called the seabuckTHORN for a reason, the thorns are very thick and will cause a serious ouch!  For  more info or to look for a recipe try here

Choo! Choo! All Aboard!
Let's Have a Day Out


Iarnród Éireann is supporting the work of local community groups like ours and it is offering FREE TRAIN TRAVEL, on an agreed return journey, for up to 50 people at a time.

We need to fill in the application form by 12th October and to answer the following sentance in not more than 250 words . . We need to tell them how our group would benefit from a Journey together

We could head for Belfast or Rosslare, Sligo or Westport. All we need is a good reason . .Ideas on a post card to . .

As seal pup was born on Sunday, September 25 last. Someone put up a laminated notice at the bottom of the Sea Road to make us aware of this interesting development.
It says "You will be pleased to see that our friendly seal has decided to have her pop on our beach. Seal Rescue Ireland say that it is normal for the pop not to go into the water when it is so young or the day or 2 old. The mother will not sit on dry land and take it into the water from time to time. It would be it for 3 weeks.
Do Not Put the Seal in the Water as injured sick and newborn pups around land for a reason.

Do not disturb them – observed from a distance.
Do not touch the pup  (these animals can bite, and human scent may lead to mothers abandoning otherwise healthy pups)
Keep dogs and children away as they can sometimes frightening nursing mothers and inadvertently lead to pups being injured or orphaned"

Another request is that you do not post this on Facebook as there are enough people already gawking at the little beauty of Leamore strand.

Too Much POOOH!

On a less salubrious note, a father would like to raise the issue with people not cleaning after their dog :-((

He says.

"My son went for a bike ride last Saturday and guess what? He was cover with dog poo. So 15 minutes of a  bike ride, and 30 minutes+ cleanup job (not carried out by the dog owner). 

That was right in the middle of the village!

 It was so revolting!

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