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Your Greystones Week


Despite the fact that most Greystonians are in pyjamas, half-asleep and sipping  devilment by 8pm every night, it would still be fair to say that this is a town that never sleeps.

Something GG has learnt the hard way, having stupidly taken on the task of keeping you lazy, half-drunk, half-assed Greystonians informed of the daily goings-on just outside your doorstep.

With a healthy nocturnal life too, as the old saying goes, there’s something for everyone, from birdwatching to badminton, from the blues to Bach, from booze to Bible studies.

You can catch up with the Greystones week gone by here, and with the many, many Greystones Cancer Support activities right here.

There’s also Joe and his alpacas up just outside Newtownmountkennedy, and generally open all year round, or Lalli de Buitlear, and her Old Delgany Burial Ground walks & talks, available on request.

There are also fun and games at the Greystones Film Club, plus, live satellite links with the likes of The Met, The Bolshoi Ballet and The National Theatre at The Whale.

And don’t forget our front-page Events calendar, with a day-by-day, hour-by-hour guide to what’s going on around here.

Just, you know, get out there, and join hands with the living. Computer love – even in 3D – can never reach the heights, or the depths, of the real thing

Thursday 15th Nov

Closing tonight is the Temple Carrig Theatre Club’s production of BENEATH THE LEAVES, the students examining the responsibilities that come with the great power of the internet, the shifts in sexual identity, national identity, world borders, and all that headspinning jazz. The Senior Cast take tonight, with tickets at €10 (or €7 for students) available at the school reception. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Also this evening,there’s a talk on the history of the suffrage movement in Ireland, with the education officer at the National Print Museum, Donna Gilligan, tracing that history through objects and posters of the time. Kick-off is 7pm, and given that the event is free, you’d better book – email greylib@wicklowcoco.ie.

Oh, and the bould Jean Farrell is back for her fourth sell-out appearance at The Whale with The Six Marys. And, yes, it’s already sold out. Cancellation list here.

There’s a Conversational French Group gathering every Thursday morning, 11am, at the Greystones Library, and you can be a part of it – once you have Intermediate French. Call John on 012875981 for further details.

This year’s CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL gets underway today at Hillside Evangelical Church, where you can drop your wrapped presents for African kids every workday from 9.30am to 1pm.

The mighty CHAMPS ACADEMY is all about giving your kid the confidence to go out there and, well, BE A CHAMP! Details here.

In the morning, Angelika is offering us all some YOGA & MINDFULNESS in Newcastle from 10.30am to 12am and at St Patrick’s from 8pm to 9pm, and WICKLOW DEMENTIA SUPPORT gets underway at The Methodist Hall in Wicklow at 10.30am, whilst in the evening, over at Greystones Family Resource, their ADVENTURE YOUTH CLUB for boys and girls between 12 and 14 kicks off every Thursday at 5.30pm.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Lock of your grandads! The Delgany Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association will be getting up to no good – and illegal speed knitting at St Patrick’s from 2pm today. You have been warned.

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

There’s also that BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting on Thursdays (and Wednesdays) at 8.30pm and Sundays at 4pm.

When the night kicks in, the PSYCHEDELIC SESSIONS kick off at Molly’s in Kilcoole, budding rock giants invited to test their material at this open mic night run by CATHERINE SIMPSON SCHEFTER, alias Cat Fury, baby! Call 0863671314 for further details.

Friday 16th Nov

The big one tonight is the 20th anniversary screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, complete with, of course, White Russians available at the full bar.

Just €10 gets you in Wicklow’s finest boutique cinema, with waiter service, big screen, surround sound, and a great big box of free freshly-popped popcorn. Result

In the morning, the GREYSTONES ALZHEIMER FRIENDS take a trip down MEMORY LANE in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, from 11.30am to 1pm, all those hits from the ’50s and ’60s being blasted for a singalong, whilst over at THE WHALE, the box-office is open from 11am to noon – for those of you who like that one-on-one experience when booking your CULTURAL KICKS

There’s also the twice-weekly MEN’S SHED (the other day being Wednesdays) down at the Scout’s Den behind the fire station.

On the kiddie front, they can go wild in the country with SQUIRREL’S SCRAMBLE in the beautiful surrounds of the KILRUDDERY ESTATE.

On the foodie front, and the HORSE & HOUND have teamed up with FARRELLY’S BUTCHERS for some rather top-of-the-free-range BURGERS, CHICKEN WINGS & beyond, Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 4pm to 9pm. Plus, MANGO TREE have some very groovy offers right now when you ORDER ONLINE.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

On Fridays at Shoreline, from 7pm to 9pm, you can also sign up with the GREYSTONES SWIMMING CLUB, which, yowsa, was first founded in 1924. So, they should know what they’re doing by now.

When the night kicks in, BRIAN MEAKIN gets down and dirty at Dann’s – outrageous – whilst upstairs in The Hot Spot, the Filology Jazz Band are flying in from Cork, with special guest singer Jo Smyth in tow. Nice!

Saturday 17th Nov

The big one tonight is indeed big, the Brian O’Regan-curated Evening Of Extraordinary Ideas at The Whale boasting everything from musicians to workshops to acclaimed stand-up Danny O’Brien, whilst those attending will also get a chance to view those swanky new penthouse apartments on Theatre Lane – complete with a chance of winning a night for six in Greystones’ coolest new address. Boom! Tickets here.

Getting your dream home sorted is the name of the game every Saturday morning throughout November at AIB Greystones, where Ashley & Gráinne will be sharing their expert mortgage advice from 10am to 2pm. Do it!

If your little one is keen to try rugby, then they should try Rugbytots, running every Saturday morning at Educate Together, and covering ages 2 to 5. Nice! Try! Running till January 5th, you can email rebecca@rugbytots.ie for further info.

Oh, and House of Style are having their annual Christmas Market this afternoon too. If you feel like getting yourself prettied up whilst you shop.

If you’re having trouble with your French studies at school, TRISH MINTON is here to help, with a weekend class over three Saturdays that will have you speaking fluent garlic in no time. You can email mintonp@gmail.com to book your Greystones Educational Connections spot.

In the morning, alongside THE WHALE box-office being open from 11am to noon in The Bear Paw Deli, there’s the weekly NEWCASTLE MARKET in the morning and the German Conversation Club at the library at 11am, along with YOGA FOR ADDITIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN at SoBe, or a real wild time with SQUIRREL’S SCRAMBLE in the mediocre surrounds of the KILRUDDERY ESTATE

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

For those with the morning munchies, Indian/Pakistani cuisine masters Daata on Hillside Road have introduced a different kind of breakfast, baby. Do it!

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

Making sure our joints are rockin’ on a Saturday night, TAKE IT EASY take over The Beach House, whilst THE CHOSEN FEW will be rocking Lee’s of Kilcoole

Sunday 18th Nov

The big one today is the launch of Vol 8 in the Paines’ Pictorial History of Greystones books, happening at the Greystones Sailing Club on Sunday 18th between 3pm and 5pm Be there!

With GRAPE and St David’s Car Boot Sale in hibernation, you’ll have to get your bargain fix at the ENNISKERRY CHURCH HALL CRAFT FAIR, from 10am to 6pm, but only if you feel like venturing beyond city limits.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Along with the BIG SUNDAY BREAKFAST from 11am to 3pm at The Bear Paw – get TWO YUMMY BREAKFAST ROLLS for €10! – there’s the BALLYWALTRIM CAR BOOT SALE from 9am to 2pm in sunny Bray, whilst for the slightly older folk, there’s the weekly HAZY, LAZY AFTERNOON SESSION at The Hot Spot, kicking off at 4pm, from the end of September. Alternatively, there’s the BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting at BIFE at 4pm (and Thursdays, at 8pm), and for budding young thespians between 14 and 18, the MAKING WAVES YOUTH THEATRE every Sunday from 2.15pm to 4.15pm at Greystones Studios.

Worth noting too that COTTAGE FLOWERS are now open every Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, for those looking for a little love gesture. Or forgiveness.

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

There’s also Sherron’s 5RHYTHMS DANCE MEDITATION, getting your morning started in a trance down at Sobe from 11am to 1pm. Back September 9th, this one also bounces to an evening session every month, so, check with the lady herself right about here.

Also in the evening, if you’ve got the CURLERS OUT OF YOUR HAIR, there’s BINGO at the Little Flower Hall beside the Holy Redeemer in Bray, the marker-sniffing action kicking off at 8pm.

And parents, take note, the BRADLEY THEATRE SCHOOL are hosting Sunday morning classes for kids from tots to teens, at The Whale. Boom!

Monday 19th Nov

Monday mornings, from 9am t0 noon, Me & The Moon are hosting PARENT & TODDLER art workshops, perfect for a little me time. For both parent and toddler.

Also in the morning, this year’s CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL is underway at Hillside Evangelical Church, where you can drop your wrapped presents for African kids every workday from 9.30am to 1pm. Running until November 23rd. We think. Contact Brigitte on shoeboxgreystones@gmail.com for further info.

For those kids who’d like to just SING, SING, SING, the Greystones Youth Choir will be harmony-rockin’ Shoreline at 4pm for 25 weeks from October 15th, from 4.15pm to 5.45pm, to perfect those harmonies. And have FUN! And all for just €20!

Kicking off in Newtown from 7.45am to 8.45am, then Greystones Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, and Newcastle Thursdays, YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH ANGELIKA is a grand way to start your day/week/new life.

Monday is also the day you can take a chance on the ÉIRE ÓG LOTTERY, or, if this language is still a little DOUBLE-DUTCH to you, take some FREE ENGLISH CLASSES over in Kilcoole.

For the young at heart, there are AQUA AEROBICS down at Shoreline from noon to 1pm. The cost is €4.50, and you can get in touch on greystones@shorelineleisure.ie.

You can also get yourself in shape with MARK CREAN and his FITTSTONES classes, happening every Monday and Wednesday. YOWSA!

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

Ooh, and don’t forget, FREE TIN WHISTLE LESSONS every Monday evening in THE HARBOUR BAR, running from 7.30pm to 8pm for complete beginners, 8pm to 8.30pm for beginners, and 8.30pm to 9pm for intermediate. SWEET!

And if you still need another BINGO FIX after Sunday night’s outing, St Patrick’s Hall in Kilcoole is de place to be tonight, from 8pm. BONGO!

Oh, and Greystones councillors are holding a special meeting this evening, to sort out the new bus and Dart timetables that are making everyone’s life a misery. So, should be all sorted by Tuesday. Wednesday, at the latest.

Tuesday 20th Nov

If you’re looking for a spot of feelgood for your lunch, there’s SOUP & SANDWICHES at St Patrick’s on the third Tuesday of every month. Raising money for worthy charities, it’s just €5, and runs from 12.15pm to 2pm.

The long-running STOP SMOKING COURSE takes place every Tuesday evening at the Greystones Cancer Support on La Touche Place. Do it. For longer.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

This year’s CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL gets underway today at Hillside Evangelical Church, where you can drop your wrapped presents for African kids every workday from 9.30am to 1pm.

You can choose from two doses of YOGA & MINDFULNESS with Angelika at St Patrick’s Church, from 6.15pm to 7.40pm and 7.45pm to 9.15pm.

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

Those Birdwatch Ireland featherheads will be at The Glenview Hotel from 8pm this evening, for a talk by wildlife officer Steve Wing (yes, that is his name) entitled The Birds And Other Wildlife Of Cape Clear. Be there.

In the evening, you can get your diddley-aye fix with the long-running Tuesday night TRAD SESSION in Dann’s, whilst SuperValu continue their shopping experience every Tuesday evening… 

Wednesday 21st Nov

A new addition to the town, Lynne Reece Loftus will be hosting KIDS ART & CRAFT CLASSES upstairs in Art & Hobby in Blacklion, at 4.30pm and 5.30pm, with the six one-hour classes costing €65, and a €5 discount for siblings. To book your spot, you can text or call Lynne on 0862517361.

Also new is the free six-week Personal & Social Development course at Charlesland Community Centre. You can ring Greystones Family Resource on 012557528 to find out more.

For the lads, there’s THE MEN’S SHED twice-weekly meeting at 10am (returning Friday, at the same time), along with the weekly CHILDREN’S STORYTIME at the Greystones Library, from 10.30am, whilst, starting back September 12th, ME & THE MOON have their kids art workshops in the Kilian Family Centre – from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for 4- to 7-year-olds and 4.30pm to 5.30pm for 8- to 12-year-olds.

Open from 10am to 8.30pm, FourFront Games on Hillside Road have not one but two groovy ESCAPE ROOMS for you to take onThe Hillside Haunting and The Interrogation Room. All put together by the sick minds of Mary-Kate, David, Ciara & Colm

Frances Browner is the brains behind a new Greystones writing group, SCRIOBH ARÍS, meeting at 7.30pm every Wednesday – bar the last of each month – in the Greystones Cancer Support HQ on La Touche Place.

This year’s CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL gets underway today at Hillside Evangelical Church, where you can drop your wrapped presents for African kids every workday from 9.30am to 1pm.

Meeting outside The Horse & Hound in Delgany at 3pm, Michael Woods O’Rourke (and his freeloading twin brother) have put together a sturdy four-hour walk & talk history tour of the area that’s already getting rave reviews.

It’s just €10 for the full tour, and those clever people at de Horse are also taking bookings for a special after-trek nosh-up. Nice! You can book your tour by contacting Michael on woodsorm@tcd.ie, and book your well-deserved Horse dinner by emailing mary@horseandhounddelgany.com.

And don’t forget, you can always take a few slightly stoned Delgany history tours with the bould Shay Clear right here.

Part of World Meeting Of Families, 250 Irish families were asked to write a message on a brick, which were then woven into a blanket, and you can see their contribution at the Holy Rosary Church right now, courtesy of the mighty Joan Jones.

The beautiful Evan Furlong has her CHINESE STUDIES FOR CHILDREN running at NWETSS in Bray, from 4pm to 6pmwise move, given that, thanks to Trump, China will rule us all by 2025 – whilst for the older generation, the GREYSTONES ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION meets every Wednesday evening, at 8pm, in the Kilian Family Centre. Bring mixers. And a blanket.

Suitable for kids aged 7 upwards, CODERDOJO GREYSTONES offer free computer classes and workshops, tonight, 7.15pm in St Kevin’s. Given that it’s free, BOOKING is essential, baby.

For those into flexing their brains, the GREYSTONES BRIDGE CLUB meet every Wednesday evening down at their Victoria Road HQ, whilst the notorious GREYSTONES ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION play whist from 8pm over at Kilian House Family Centre.

For those keen to flex their muscles, Mark Crean’s FITTSTONES classes are on both Monday and Wednesday evenings, whilst there’s Yoga & Mindfulness with ANGELIKA at St Patrick’s Church from 8pm to 9pm.

Gotta love the long-running Wednesday night treat over at THE BEACH HOUSE, where Mike Morrissey is your sheriff for QUIZ & BINGO NIGHT! Just €2 a card, kids, and the fun kicks off at 10pm.

In the meantime, check out our video chat with young Mike, where we go deep to find out the secret of his quizmaster success and his pop superstar failure.

There’s also that BRAY GREYSTONES BADMINTON CLUB, meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm, and Sundays at 4pm, and Wicklow’s BIRDWATCH IRELAND gang will have their monthly shindig at The Glenview Hotel from 8pm.

And don’t forget, the HORSE & HOUND trad session – right by that cosy fire.

Lots of other goodies coming up too, of course, including Róisín Sullivan bringing Broadway to Greystones on Friday, November 23rd, the Christmas Market in Byrne’s Of Kilcoole for Greystones Family Resource on Saturday, Nov 24th, Boogie Woogie man GAVIN POVEY bringing some New Orleans to Greystones for a Christmas Lights Night party, also on November 24th, a rare big-screen outing for Home Alone on Sunday 25th, the Greystones Sailing Club’s annual awards & dinner dance shindigs at, eh, Bray Golf Club (Adults and Juniors on the 25th), no less, Cottage Flowers free Inspiration Evening on Thursday 29th, the Shankill Classical Music Club plays host to George Fleeton’s personal memoirs, Elegance & Grace: The Art And The Voice Of Maria Callas on December 5th, 7.45pm at the Day Care Centre,  the Delgany Thursday Club Christmas lunch on the 6th, and, yep, so much more…

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