Around the Districts
Crossabeg,Over the Water
The annual Patron to Crossabeg cemetery will take place on Saturday, July 4. Weather permitting, Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to have their deceased loved ones prayed for should hand in names to the parochial house.
Following on from his earlier success in the Indoors, Jack Forde won gold again in the Leinster U13 high jump in Tullamore on Saturday last. Despite his recent injury he managed to see off the competition and will go on to hopefully defend his national title in July.
This coming Saturday, Jack will be back in action when he will compete in the combined events competition in Celbridge and club mate Cian Kinlough will also be in action at these events.
The Leinster senior and masters track and field championships were held recently in Tullamore. The conditions were very challenging with strong winds, occasional sunshine and even hail stones during the day. St Killians Niall Sheil travelled up to compete in the senior 1500m. Niall who has been in great form on the roads lately, had to dig deep in a tactical and fast finishing race coming home to take the bronze medal in a very competitive field. As always, Niall was joined on the day by his coach Pavel Kolesnikov. Pavel has been an integral part of Niall's success. Well done to both for the great result.
A special note has to be given to the officials on the day who had to suffer and endure the terrible conditions from 9 in the morning till 5 in the evening. Without their support these events would not be possible. St Killians Nicky Cowman was central to this and did an excellent job in managing the field events on the day.
Anne-Marie Nolan joined the nearly 40,000 other ladies in Dublin on the bank holiday Monday to compete in the woman's mini marathon, one of the biggest and greatest races in the world. Anne-Marie came into the race in good form having been really busy racing numerous road races over the last couple of months. She battled the elements and the crowds and finished in a superb position of 218th. Great running and well done Anne- Marie.
Congratulations and continued good health to Eileen Cowman, Monmore, Crossabeg, who celebrated her 80th birthday last week.
Last week's Lotto numbers were 10, 16, 18 and 20. There was no winner and the match three winner was Deirdre O'Leary. This weeks Jackpot is worth €10,000.
Thanks to all who supported the Barn dance held recently. The winner of the best dressed cowgirl was Theresa Dempsey while Garret Lawlor was the best dressed cowboy.
Thanks to all who worked to get everything ready for the night and sold tickets and to those who worked on the night. Thanks also to John and Karen Cullen for their help and for the use of their premises and to their staff for all their help. Many thanks also to all the very generous sponsors for the night.
Pilgrimage to Knock
Fr. Jim Finn, P.P. will lead a parish pilgrimage (Crossabeg/Ballymurn) to Knock on July 5 in conjunction with the Diocese of Ferns pilgrimage which will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan. The bus will leave Ballymurn at 6 a.m. and travel on to Crossabeg for 6.15 a.m.
The group will stop for breakfast in Tullamore and also stop there again on the return journey for dinner. The total cost, all inclusive is €55. Anyone wishing to travel should contact the parish office on 91-38103 or Fr. Jim on 087-2119151
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Lorna Atkinson, Monmore, Crossabeg, who died recently. Lorna had been in failing health for some time and was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy who died on March 1. She is survived by her sons John and Patrick, daughters Anne and Mary, grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom we offer our condolences. Our condolences also to Mr. Tom Irish and family, Ballyharron, on the recent death of his brother, Mr. Bill Irish. R.I.P.
Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies Football club are holding a coffee evening at the pitch in Ballymurn on Wednesday, June 17 from 6-8.30 p.m. to help raise funds for Feile. Your support would be much appreciated. The club are also asking for donations of old shoes, handbags, belts or clothes to help raise much needed funds. These items can be handed in at the coffee evening. For further information please contact any committee member.
Congratulations and best wishes to Ciara Daly, Saunderscourt, Crossabeg, who celebrated her 21st birthday of Saturday last, June 6. Ciara is also busy preparing to head off to Nicaragua, where she will be part of the team helping out on a local construction and education project as part of the University College Dublin Volunteers overseas scheme. We wish her well.
The Crossabeg summer festival will take place from Monday, July 6 to Saturday, July 11 inclusive. The festival will be called "Homecoming Week". The organising committee are busy drawing up a programme of events, catering for all age groups, young and older alike, which will include outdoor dancing and singing, historical attractions, sport and other sources of entertainment.
There will also be a Festival Queen competition open to young ladies aged between 18 and 26 years. Entries are now being taken. For further information please contact Mary on 087-2737233 or Kathleen on 087-2647169. The competition is open to those living inside and outside of the parish.
The county finals of the Community Games athletic events take place at Bree GAA grounds on Saturday next, June 13. All competing athletes are asked to be present at the grounds by 9.40 a.m. to prepare for the parade of competing Areas. The Area singlet will be provided by the committee and the children are asked to wear black shorts if possible and a white t-shirt. Parents are asked to have their children there on time and any help would be much appreciated to help get the children to the various events during the day.
Church gate collection: A church gate collection on behalf of the local Community Games will be taken up at both Masses in Crossabeg this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. Your generous support would be appreciated.
Games Leinster Team Events: On Wednesday night of last week, the local Under 13 Chess team of Will Sidney, Sadhbh Quinn, Matthew Molloy, Judith Allen, Cathal Gormley, Aoife Murphy and Shane Walker took on a team from Dicksboro, Co. Kilkenny in the first round of the Leinster team events. They came away with a win on a 4-1 scoreline and now go on to face a team from Co. Carlow in round 2. We wish them well. Grateful thanks to Stasia O`Reilly for all her help on the night.
In action on Wednesday evening too, were the the under 11 hurling team who took on a team, also from the Dicksboro Area in their first round match. This match was played in Oylegate and here the local side were in command from the start and ran out easy winners on a 1-8 to 0-2 scoreline. They are now through to the Leinster semi-finals to be held in Newbridge on Saturday, July 4.
Results of play on Wednesday night of last week as follows:- Molly Murphy (top score) Mary Dunbar (1st gent) Frances Morris (2nd gent) Kathleen Higgins (3rd gent) Eilish Darcy (1st lady) Stella Nolan (2nd lady) Betty Shanahan (3rd lady) Lily Thomas (last 3 games) Kathleen Hayes (hatchers) Kathleen Higgins, Joan Pierce, Kathleen Hayes, Mary Dunbar and Paddy Wickham (raffle winners) Whist continues every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.
Conferred with PhD
Congratulations to James, younger son of Dave and Rhona Reck, Monmore, Crossabeg, who was conferred with his PhD from R.C.S.I in Dublin on Wednesday of last week.
Over The Water
Results of Lotto draw on Sunday, May 31 on behalf of Curracloe United AFC. There was no jackpot winner and four match 3 winners who received €40 each, Shonagh & Mary-Rose Tobin, Kilmacoe; Caoimhin O Muiri, c/o seller, Rosemary Ferrick, The Raven and Jessica, Darragh, Aaron & Andrew, c/o Don. The results of the development lotto on behalf of Curracloe United AFC on Sunday last were as follows. The numbers drawn were 5 , 9, 16 & 23. There was no Jackpot winner and 6 match 3 winners who received €25 each, John Doyle, Barnahask, Curracloe; John Furlong, Curracloe; Nuala O`Reilly, Barnahask; Stan, Daniella,Clara O` Leary, Curracloe; MJNAP& Lily, Begerin; Betty Roche, Garrylough, Screen; Next weeks Jackpot is worth €17,000 and the draw takes place in the Roadhouse on Sunday, June 14.
The FAI Sports World Soccer camp takes place in Curracloe from July 6 to July 10 inclusive and will include a Goalkeepers Camp. You can book online at Summersoccerschools.IE or call 1850 653 653.
The next meeting of Castlebridge ICA Guild will take place in the community centre, Castlebridge on Monday, June 15 at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome.
The Shelmalier Coiste N'Og committee and the Shelmaliers ladies football club are holding a table quiz in Freddie's Bar, Screen on June 19, to raise much needed funds for the boys and girls under 14 Feile teams who will compete at the end of June. The quiz starts at 8.30 p.m. and your quiz master will be Gerry Forde of South East Radio fame. Entry fee is €20 for a table of 4 persons . Your support would be much appreciated.
The Screen/Curracloe Community Alert group held a fundraising cake sale on Sunday, May 31 and the good weather brought the people out and they supported the event to the tune of €1400 which was absolutely fantastic.
The committee wish to thank all who baked and donated cakes, brought plants, bric a brac, books, toys and all sorts of miscellaneous items, not to mention the many donations of cash. As it was a bank-holiday weekend, there were lots of visitors around and thanks to them for their support and good will.
A special word of thanks to Curracloe school and Screen hall committees for making their premises available and to all the local businesses who donated cash and items for the raffle.
Very soon the roadside signs will be going up throughout Screen and Curracloe so a hearty thank you to everyone who made this phase of the project possible. Both communities will be notified of the next steps over the coming weeks.
The county finals of the Community Games athletic events take place at Bree GAA grounds on Saturday next, June 13. All competing athletes are asked to be present at the grounds by 9.40 a.m. to prepare for the parade of competing Areas.
The Area singlet will be provided by the committee and the children are asked to wear black shorts if possible and a white t-shirt. Parents are asked to have their children there on time and any help would be much appreciated to help get the children to the various events during the day.
Church gate collection
A church gate collection on behalf of the local Community Games will be taken up at all Masses in Curracloe and Screen this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. Your generous support would be appreciated.
Enniscorthy Lions Club are holding their annual Golf Classic on Friday, July 3. The proceeds from this years event will go to the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis. Further details next week.
Show committee talk
Castlebridge Show committee are hosting a talk on 'growing vegetables in your garden' on Wednesday, June 17 at 8 p.m in the community garden, Castlebridge. The talk will be given by Syl Doyle, Wilton Garden Centre, Bree. All are welcome to attend.
Well done to the Shels U14 girls who had a good win last week against Taghmon. This is good preparation for the upcoming Feile. The Shels Ladies Football club and Coiste na nÓg will both be hosting families for Feile 2015 which will be running from June 26 to June 28 inclusive. This promises to be a fun filled weekend in Hollymount with plenty of good football for all involved.
Gaelic4mothers & others continues in Hollymount at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. The U10 girls will be travelling to Moorefield GAA club in Kildare on Saturday next, June 13 for a blitz. The bus will be leaving Castlebridge at 9 a.m . The club would like to extend their best wishes to all its members who began their state exams on Wednesday of last week.
Curracloe school news
The National Parents Council are running a training programme "supporting parents to support their children's Mental Health and Wellbeing" in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford on Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. All parents of primary school children and teachers are welcome.
Well done to the girls and boys teams who qualified for the Rackard League B finals. The girls secured a great win over Ferns and will now meet Piercestown in the final while the boys had a good win against Cushinstown and will meet Ferns in the final. We wish them the very best of luck.
Well done to Nicky Curran who recently won €136 in the 'Split the Pot' draw. The draw will continue for the months of June, July and August for the benefit of the parish. The proceeds of the draw will return to the Board of Management at the beginning of new school year in September. The Board of Management would like to sincerely thank all who supported the draw over the last number of months.
The fifth and sixth class pupils enjoyed their school trip last week when they headed off for Clara Lara. Thanks to the parents who went along with the children.
Screen Street Party
The countdown to the fifth Screen street party which takes place on Saturday, June 27 is on. By now most people should have the date in their diaries, and on the street front arrangements are hotting up.
Dancers, individual musicians and local bands will be performing throughout the day and evening, to be handed over to the best disco in town from 11 p.m. Freddie's new outdoor barbeque hut will be in full swing on the day.
Due to the adverse weather conditions on bank holiday Monday, the Shelmalier annual field day had to be postponed and will take place at a later date. The club would like to thank the many people who donated items to the Charity Auction and the other various stalls.
Fr. Walter Forde r.i.p.
There was widespread shock and disbelief in the parish of Castlebridge and surrounding areas when news filtered through that Fr. Walter Forde, P.P. had died suddenly last weekend.
Parish Priest in the Castlebridge district for over nineteen years, he leaves a large void in the lives of the people he served so loyally during that time. Mass goers on Sunday morning were still shocked at the news.
Involved in so many aspects of community life, he will be a hard act to follow. At the time of going to press, no details on the funeral arrangements were available. To his family and extended brothers in the priesthood, and his community, we extend our deepest sympathy. R.I.P.
Castlebridge Text Alert
Castlebridge Community Alert has recently formed a new committee with Rob McCormack as Chairman, Tom Butler as Secretary and Sarah O'Connor as Treasurer. The committee is currently working on setting up a Text Alert service in the Castlebridge area. This service is at the moment in operation in other nearby parishes and has proven to be of great benefit. Your local representative will be shortly delivering explanatory leaflets to you.
If you are interested in availing of the service please note that a registration night will be held in the Castlebridge community centre on Tuesday, June 30 between 7.30-8.30 p.m.
The club has lost a true friend and supporter with the sad passing of Fr. Walter Forde. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Well done to the Under-14s who recorded their first championship win on Thursday when they beat St. Martin's away by 2-3 to 2-1.
Best wishes to both Rackard League teams from the parish in their county finals. The hurlers match in Innovate Wexford Park scheduled this Wednesday at 7.45 p.m. has been postponed as a mark of respect to the late Fr. Forde. The camogie team are in the same venue on Monday at 6.30 p.m.
The Seniors meet Buffers Alley in the first round of the championship in Monamolin this Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.
The new black and amber gear is available to buy from Anne-Marie Kelly (087-2419712) or Therese Sheil (086-3712224). The prices are as follows: under-age skort, €15 with free socks; adult skort, €20 with free socks; anyone who brings in €50 on their sponsorship card for the camogathon will receive €5 off the price of their skort.