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Greystones Public Realm Plan ‘Highly Commended’ at the Irish Landscape Institute awards

By | Notices

The Paul Hogarth Company are delighted to announce that the Greystones Public Realm Plan has won Highly Commended in the Landscape Planning category at the Irish Landscape Institute award ceremony on 8th October 2020.

The project was commissioned by Greystones 2020 and Wicklow County Council and resulted in the production of a highly transformative and visionary document. From the outset, the plan sought to make Greystones a much more sustainable location to help address the climatic, demographic, and economic challenges faced by the town.

The project was a community-led initiative, driven by a steering group of residents, business owners, council officials and elected members. Accordingly, the multi-disciplinary team at The Paul Hogarth Company ensured that local voices were central to shaping the plan and facilitated a collaborative methodology with extensive public engagement.

The award-winning Public Realm Plan includes a broad range of innovative and bespoke projects to be delivered across the short, medium, and longer-term by a range of stakeholders. Looking to the future, the plan can now be used as the basis for upcoming funding applications to help deliver this exciting new shared vision for Greystones.

Grainne Mc Loughlin, chairperson of Greystones 2020 said “ we are delighted to have done so well at these awards and that the plan is recognised by experts in their field as one that will enhance and benefit Greystones in the future”

The plan can be viewed here.

Calling all Artists: Christmas Shop Window Painting Proposal

By | Notices

Greystones 2020 would like to commission a painter with experience of painting  on glass to paint 12 windows in Greystones with  the theme The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The max size is 2msq for each window .

Each window is painted differently to the theme of the twelve days of Christmas.

  1. A partridge in a pear tree
  2. Two turtle doves
  3. Three French hens
  4. Four calling birds
  5. Five gold rings
  6. Six geese a-laying
  7. Seven swans a-swimming
  8. Eight maids-a-milking
  9. Nine ladies dancing
  10. Ten lords a-leaping
  11. Eleven pipers piping
  12. Twelve drummers drumming


The above is an idea – could be more elaborate….Must be colourful and Fun Looking

The maximum budget is €1500.00.  Greystones 2020 is a voluntary group so if you can do for less – that would be great.

The windows must be completed by Friday 20th November.


If you are interested, please submit a short resume of yourself with up to four images of previous work to:  If you have any further queries, please call Grainne on 086 8329686,  Closing date  for applications is Sunday 12th October

Wicklow School of Music & Drama

By | Theatre & the Arts

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The WSMD are celebrating 20 years of service, offering the locality a community based membership to it’s operations. These include instrumental tuition, workshops and concert practice.  We’re excited to present our workshop series over the internet this new academic year.  Delighted that our tutors can now offer their expertise both onsite and online! Go to for more information.

They have a highly accomplished team of tutors offering piano, guitar, drums and more. They specialise in vocal coaching for singers and actors and offer clients a subscription which includes lessons, workshops and concert practise.

Check out our Musical Theatre Course here

086 3265820

Greystones Public Realm Plan 2020

By | Notices

The Greystones Public Realm Plan was commissioned in August 2019 by Greystones 2020 and Wicklow County Council. It reflects recognition that the town is economically successful and vibrant, albeit with many constraints due to Covid-19.  However, it faces ongoing challenges associated with continued growth and development pressures.

This subsequent Plan has been led by the Paul Hogarth Company, a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, Urban Designers and planners.  It was jointly shaped by Greystones 2020, Wicklow County Council, members of the public and local stakeholders.

The plan can be viewed here

The Castle Inn, Newcastle

By | Pubs, Restaurants

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Located in the heart of Newcastle, The Castle Inn Pub/Restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. Serving delicious food  our extensive menu has something for all to enjoy, including the best burgers in Wicklow and Steaks.  All our food is sourced locally and fish fresh from Wicklow Town,  Besides our extensive menu specials are available daily from Mussels to Sea Bass, King Prawns to delicious pasta.

Trip advisor 5.0 rating with comments to include “Stopped in here today for random bite. We both got the Sunday roast and cheesecake. The roast beef was so good! Mashed potatoes, roasters veg, Yorkshire pudding and gravy were absolutely delicious! Cheesecake of the day was Baileys and Twirl… nicest Cheesecake I have ever had! The staff were so lovely and attentive. Social distancing and sanitisation protocols were very much in place! Highly recommend for some very good food!”

Bar Food served Wed/Thur 4pm-8.30pm, Fri and Sat 12pm to 8.30pm, Sun 12-8.30pm

Main Street, Newcastle  : Phone: (01) 281 9232


The Mollys – Food and Drink, Kilcoole.

By | Pubs, Restaurants
The Mollys is located right in the heart of Kilcoole, in the middle of the main street. Long known as the Molly Malones of “Glenroe” fame. Food Served.
Serving exceptional food, with great service, the Mollys is definitely worth a visit
Our staff have been working tirelessly to ensure all guidelines are adhered to during Covid-19. Please be patient as this is the “new norm” for all of us.
They are operating as a restaurant for the moment and bookings are essential. You can text your booking enquiry to us on +353 (89) 422 8685. Please leave your details in your message as it is essential we have these for contact tracing. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
We can’t wait to see you all again soon
Food Served, Wednesday – Sunday – Lunch and Evening menus. The Mollys is located right in the heart of Kilcoole, in the middle of the Main street. Long known as the Molly Malones of “Glenroe” fame.

Bray Head, Belmont Demense, Little & Great Sugarloaf Walk

By | Walks


This beautiful show presented by Wicklow native and dedicated walker Pól O Conghaile, reveals underexplored paths, new access routes and until now, inaccessible trails in his home county.  The route includes rugged mountain climbs, flat and quiet forest paths, rich farmland and country roads. The trail, which can be completed in a day, for the experienced walker, or broken into shorter walks, reveals what is best in Wicklow landscapes from breathtaking sea vistas to magnificent rural views stretching across fields, mountains and skyscapes.     Pól begins the walk early in the morning on Bray Promenade, climbs up over Bray Head; a much quieter route than neighbouring paths; quite quickly ascending into an almost rural setting with wide views across five counties.  He continues down along quiet, well marked ways into Belmont Demesne.

Belmont Demesne has recently been opened to the public, who can connect their walk from Bray Head along a new access route onto the Little Sugarloaf.  Enjoying an exhilarating turn with Fat Bikes Adventures, based in Belmont Demesne,  Pól then continues past Arthur’s Barn, on foot to the Little Sugarloaf accessing it along a newly laid path which brings walkers around the side of the mountain. Chatting to some other walkers en route, Pól then descends along quiet roads to Kilmacanogue and onwards along the old Viking trail which skirts the side of the Great Sugarloaf where he completes his walk.  Walkers familiar with the Little Sugarloaf and Bray Head will delight in this lovely, new, marked trail which adds a further new route to Co. Wicklow’s ever growing network of walks.

Watch the show here 

or more walks (including the Bray Greystones Cliff Walk) are here

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East Coast Nature Reserve – Birdwatch Ireland

By | Close By, Parks, Walks

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Officially opened in 2009, the East Coast Nature Reserve is our largest reserve covering 92ha. It forms part of the extensive Murrough Wetlands, an important coastal wetland complex which is designated as a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation. Originally, the grasslands were intensively farmed, with tree-lined watercourses and a conifer plantation growing within the fen. Now, following management through an EU LIFE project between 2003 and 2007, the reserve offers a variety of habitats, from rare fen to wet grasslands to birch woodland, which can all be explored on foot through marked walking trails and observation hides.

Limited parking is available at the main entrance to the reserve along Sea Road (turn left after the Castle Inn, Newcastle) or the coastal car parks at either Six-mile or Five-mile Point. There are marked walking trails between each entrance that offer good views over the whole area; please keep to these trails for your own safety and to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Please do not open gates or climb over fences. Grazing animals are present throughout the summer months. Please respect the wildlife and other visitors and refrain from bringing dogs onto the reserve, other than Guide dogs.