Newcastle News 
from Residents' Association  November 2016
After our Monster Meeting on Oct 3rd, things have been a little quiet at Newcastle Residents Association HQ. Some of us were a bit puffed after completing the Stride & Ride (but not for long!).

There is a lot in this newsletter. Most important might be our next meeting which is next week, on Monday Nov 7th at 8pm. It is open to everybody.  Just before that, at 6pm in the Country Market Taster Night. So, you could come to that before joining us next door for the meeting.   Also happening this week is an apple pressing and juicing opportunity next Thursday.  For details of all, see below. 
Nov 7th at 8pm in Community Centre
everybody welcome
GAA News
Recently, the GAA announced their end of year awards. Neil Yeoman received the 'Player of the Year.' Ciaran Doyle received the 'Players' Player of the Year' and Martin Merriman received 'Club Man of the Year'. 

Car Boot Sale
Nov 6 + 20

Newcastle Community Centre 
every second  Sunday,
10am - 3pm
Gates open for sellers at 9am.  Cars: €10 Vans:€15
Contact: Brendan on 
086 060 6511 / 087 695 6096
to reserve your place.
Activities in the Community Centre
Monday-Friday: 9am-12.30pm Community Playgroup
Monday: 10am-12pm: Parent and Toddler Group - All Welcome
Tuesday: Ladybirds, Brownies, Girl Guides & Badminton - All Welcome
Wednesday: Coffee Morning: 11am-12.30pm
Thursday: Art Class: 10am-12.30pm
Friday: Ballet Classes: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Saturday: North Wicklow Country Markets 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tasting Time
Monday 7th November 
from 6-8pm 
North Wicklow Country Market 
Monday 7th November from 6-8pm 
North Wicklow Country Market  will be holding a 'Tasting Night' in the community centre.  You can taste all the XXXXXXXX (too early to mention) baking, cakes, puddings, mince pies and all things unmentionable. There will be desserts to taste as well, and as The Big Day is on a Sunday, they will be open on the day before, for collections. You can also order your fresh bread etc to be collected that day too.

O pen every Saturday Morning from 10.30 to 12.30 in Newcastle Community Centre.
The coffee pot is ready and the kettle on the boil and the tables full of fresh homemade brown bread, vegetables, soups and much more. 

Come, chat, have a cuppa, browse. We would love to catch up with everyone.

Date for your Diary
There will be a XXXXXXXX (too early to mention), but it will be on Dec 11  Himself from the land to the north will be there too with his sleigh.

Next Meeting
Nov 7th at 8pm in Community Centre
everybody welcome

 Stride & Ride
The now annual duathlon was a great success with just over €10,000 raised. 

This year the fund is going to Newcastle GAA, Newcastle Community Playgroup and Enable Ireland Wicklow.  Declan Kelly retained the Gary Magee Perpetual Cup followed closely by Mark McCormack in 2nd place and Coleman Kelly, third. 

Newcastle Residents' Association was represented by dream team duo Hugh O'Rourke Treasurer who did the running and Mary Duffy, Secretary on her bike. They insist that they "didn't come in last."

Garden Gate Initiative

Garden Gate Initiative
Ard Cairn Russet
Coming to the end of the glut of these golden russeted fruit, that ripened in October. They have a unique flavour and texture, sometimes compared to a banana, or as Liam Grogan suggests, a pear. They are an old Irish variety,  and were "found" in a garden in 1890 by Baylor Hartland of Ard Cairn nursery, Co. Cork. 

Changes at Old Fort

Work has begun on restoring this favourite landmark. At the Residents' Association meeting  Lorraine Byrne spoke about its restoration and said that her son had obtained planning permission for total restoration. He had employed "conservation architects" and that the planning had gone through without question. She warned that the locality would be shocked by the appearance in the short to medium term especially as the roof would be taken off but she wanted to reassure everybody that the main aim was to restore the house and conserve as much as possible; for example the windows will be sent off to a conservator.
She explained that the house had no foundations and there were big cracks in the gable walls. These will need to be under pinned. Her  son saw himself as "a custodian". 

Chairman Michael Carey welcomed the comments and stated that while appreciating concerns over security, some residents had  some concerns  about the height of the wall next the public road and the type of stone used in its construction.  Preference would be for a wall similar to that now being reconstructed on the opposite side of the road, unlike  the wall on the same side going down to the village. Lorraine Byrne  said the wall was under discussion and local concerns would be taken into consideration bearing in mind the need for security.

Sqeeze Some Juice

Thursday Nov 3rd, 11am to 1pm 


From Flight Paths to Foot Paths
It emerged at the Residents' Association meeting that Wicklow County Council are actively pursuing Comis Construction (owner of the airfield) for two breaches of the Planning Acts: these concern the "museum" and planes being illegally stored in the agricultural buildings.  This news followed an inquiry by the Residents' association to WCC regarding the airfield.
It was stated that for more than two decades Newcastle Airfield has been in breach of planning and had been issued with enforcement notices.. 
Leonie Sunderland introduced herself as a pilot representing the airfield at the meeting.  She explained that she understood that there would be issues and the airfield was in "discussions" with WCC about irregularities. She pointed out that the airfield was a "very nice little business" and that it could be "a great asset in the community" She cited that they had "a road sweeper" and were willing to use for "the benefit of the community" but WCC said they "had no authority to do so." The Chairman, Michael Carey acknowledged and thanked the Airfield for the support some of its staff had given on one of the Saturday's as part of the Tidy Towns campaign. In welcoming the development of a dialogue between the Airfield and Newcastle Residents' Association, he pointed out there were access issues for walkers between the airfield and the railway that needed to be resolved.

Concern was raised at the meeting regarding the need for a network of paths in the village.  Also raised was access to the walk along the airstrip, and the unfinished path to the school.  It was stated that this may be difficult to provide because paths need to be 2 m wide for buggies.
It was suggested  that what was needed was a boardwalk along Sea Road as we didn't want to be urbanising a rural area.

Untimely cutting of hedgerows was also raised on the link road between here and  Newcastle Hospital (L5050). If you are passionate about walkways and footpaths, join us next Monday night to discuss how we might work towards making this happen.

There is still time to take part in the Survey on line as we try and figure out how to work with the answers.  This question for example, asks  How would you like to contribute to the development of the community.  Half of those who responded said they'd like to attend the meetings on the first Monday of the month. Two thirds promised to become a Strut & Plucker, while 20% wanted to be a "Volunteer Co-ordinator' for their group of houses or street. Nobody wanted to try my job ( writing this Newsletter). If you would like to do the survey now, please do so here, and try and include what I did not - a space for your name in the comment options so that we know who you are. If you have already taken the survey and want to I'd like to identify myself and your offer to co-ordinate my 'road', or want a lovely I want a Strut and Pluck hi viz vest, tell us here