Laragh Glendalough Notes Week Beg 22nd Aug 2022

Wicklow Mountains National Park Lectures

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) is Ireland’s National bird. However, like many breeding waders, Lapwings numbers have dramatically declined in Ireland in recent years, an estimated 58% from 1993 to 2008.

Cooldross lagonn and salt meadow is a 100 acre coastal site near Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, owned and managed by the NPWS. It is also part of the Murrough SPA (Special Area of Protection).

Since 2017, the NPWS has been carrying out targeted conservation efforts to help this declining species at the Cooldross site and they have been achieving positive results. The number of Lapwings nest recorded rose from only 4 in 2020 to 19 in 2021!

To find out more about the Cooldross Breeding Lapwing Project and how the Lapwings have fared during 2022 breeding season, join us this Thursday, 25th of August at 7.30pm for a lecture by Jason Monaghan, NPWS Conservation Ranger.

To book email:

Where: Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough, A98AP99.

Parking: Parking is available at the County Council Upper Lake Car Park, A98W778 (charges apply).

Bright Stars 

The Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh are re-launching the Baby & Toddler group on Wednesdays 10.30am – 12pm. Each week this group will provide a welcoming and lively space for parents and children to gather and grow. Our activities will include ‘messy play’, story and song, games (guest speakers), snack, tidy-up which will allow both you as the parent/carer and your child to meet friends, explore new things and learn.

The group provides a weekly get-together where you can meet with others who understand exactly where you are at this particular point of parenthood. Suggestions for dealing with sleepless nights, easing the pain of teething, and finding time for yourself are generally always points of discussion.

The group also provides a great opportunity to see developmental milestones in action. Your baby, for example, might be a newborn but there may be a mom or a dad with a 3 month old in the group, or a carer with a 9 month old who is crawling. It’s fascinating to see what lies ahead and again, to pick up some ideas from other parents/carers.

For some parents, grandparents and carers, the weekly catch-up and opportunity for children to play and make new friends is enough. For others, the support makes them that bit more confident in their parenting role. Come and check out our new group – wednesday 31st august 10.30 am.

Annamoe Centre Events


Bingo recommences after summer break on Sunday 21st August and will continue on every third Sunday in the month at 3 pm. All welcome.


The new season starts weekly from Tuesday 6th September at 8 pm. New members always welcome. A great way to meet new people and participate in leagues.

Storytelling Evenings

A firm favourite. Great stories, poems and music followed by tea and scones and a raffle. Friday 16th September at 8 pm. All welcome to listen or join in with their own stories etc.

Elevation School of Performing Arts(starting  Sept 12th)

With years of professional experience and teacher training, Kate O’Connor established Elevation School of Performing Arts in 2005 to train students to the highest of standards. Training focuses on performance and the option to take part in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Grade exams, as well as Drama exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. With a team of qualified, experienced and professional teachers ESPA aims to create well rounded, versatile performers. Offering the very best in Jazz, Modern Theatre dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Drama & Musical Theatre classes to students from 3 years to adults. Training focuses on performance and optional ISTD and IBSD Grade exams, creating well rounded, versatile performers. Registrations officially open on Monday 15th of August. Email to register your interest in classes. Classes at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Scrap Metal Week at the Brockagh Resource Centre

Thank you to everyone who brought their scrap metal to us over the last week. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the centre. Today, Monday 22nd of August the metal will be collected.

YogaTree Ireland

Do you have aches and pains or stiffness in your body? Are you stressed and struggle to relax? How is your energy? Do you jump out of bed full of the joys of summer or do you drag yourself into the new day? Hildi can help ease your body & mind with expertly taught yoga. She’s highly qualified with decades of experience. 

Starting back after the Summer break on the Thursday 15th of Sept at 7.30pm for yoga (all abilities welcome). Classes are also offered at Glenealy hall and online. Many options to choose from. Booking is essential. WhatsApp 087 253 6475. Email

Walking  group in the Brockagh

On Monday mornings weekly at 10am join the Laragh walking group at the Brockagh Resource Centre for a walk around the Glendalough area for approximately one hour. No need to book, just show up on the day.

Brockagh Digital Hub

Join us in our shared working hub in the beautiful valley of Laragh & Glendalough with free parking, window views surrounding your work space and tea/coffee facilities.

We have a mixture of Hot Desks, Dedicated (Weekly/Monthly) Desks, Pod and Meeting rooms available with High Speed Broadband Connection. Under the National Connected Hubs Voucher Scheme you will receive 3 free days of hub use per person. Vouchers will be valid until the end of August. Register now as a Member on our site to avail of the free vouchers and get an alert when your vouchers are available. You will be able to access your credits from Monday the 27th of June.  All bookings to be made through Brockagh Hub is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. For more information or enquiries please email or if you would like to speak with a staff member phone us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 0404 45600.