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Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

Blackwater

Wayside Players

The Wayside Players, Blackwater are delighted to present a summer season of two one act plays: 'Losers' by Brian Friel and 'The Tinkers Wedding' by John M Synge. These two comic shows will be presented in The Blackwater Lodge Hotel on Saturday 29th August, commencing at 8.30 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

MACRA NA FEIRME

Are you aged between 17 and 35? Then join Blackwater Macra club and get involved in a wide range of sports and competitions, such as mixed tag rugby, indoor soccer, volleyball, drama, travel, debating and farm skills.

Macra offers a wide range of events and travel opportunities such as the Macra Rally, Mr Personality, and Queen of land. We have competitions to suit everyone and you don't need to be an expert to take part. You will meet young people from all over the country and can get involved in a wide variety of areas including agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. To join Tel: 087 9585376.

Heritage Week

On Saturday 29th August there will be a 1798 Heritage Week Walk to Oulart Hill. Walkers will leave the Trading Post Camper Park, (The Unyoke) at 9.30am and follow the route of the North Cork Militia on their fateful march to Oulart Hill on Whit Sunday 27th May 1798. This walk is suitable for all ages and would be an ideal "day-out" for the family.

Geo-cache enthusiasts are reminded that there are 19 caches to discover along the trail and for the younger walkers there is a Junior Treasure Hunt.

On arrival at Oulart Hill refreshments will be served at Tulach a'tSolais and transport will be provided to bring the walkers back to the Trading Post from where they set out. All are welcome to attend.

Notes for the paper

If anyone would like to have notes printed in this column of the weekly newspaper could they please forward them to the following email address: blackwaternotes@gmail.com

Crossabeg

Birthday Boy

Congratulations to Michael Whelan, Crory, Crossabeg, who celebrated his 80th birthday with a special party for family and friends which was held at the Ferrycarrig hotel on Wednesday night of last week.

Camogie news

24 teams descended on Oylegate pitch on Sunday last to take part in an U8 blitz day. It was a marvellous day and the local club would like to thank everybody who helped out and provided food and refreshments.

Well done to the club members who received their leaving cert results recently and best of luck in September on which ever path you all may follow.

Condolences

We extend our condolences to Maura Kearns and family, Kereight, on the death of her Mother, Mrs. Kathleen Murphy, Oulart whose funeral took place following Requiem Mass in Oulart church on Tuesday of last week. R.I.P.

Whist

Results of play at the community centre on Wednesday night of last week as follows:- Joan Pierce (top score) Paddy Wickham (1st gent) John Meagher (2nd gent) Molly Murphy (3rd gent) Betty Butler (1st lady) Patti Sexton (2nd lady) Kathleen McDonald (3rd lady) Eilish Darcy (last 3 games) Polly Maher (hatchers) Sean Reck, Polly Maher, Kathleen Higgins, Betty Shanahan, Michael Galvin (raffle)

Back in Training

St. Killian`s Athletic Club will resume training for the juvenile section of the club at the local community field in Crossabeg on Monday, August 31. Training from 7-8.15 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Golf Classic

Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club will hold a golf classic at Wexford Golf club on Friday, September 11. Teams of 4 cost €200 and a meal will be included in that fee. For Tee times please contact Conor Shovlin.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The parish pilgrimage to Knock (to celebrate the National Eucharistic Congress) will take place on Sunday, September 27. The cost (€55) includes breakfast and evening meal in Tullamore. Contact the parish office for details.

Girl Guide Leaders

Castlebridge Girl Guides are looking for female leaders. The Guides meet on a Wednesday night in Castlebridge community centre. The young Cygnets meet from 5.45 to 6.45 p.m. This group of girls are aged 5 to 7 years. This is the group where a leader is needed as soon as possible.

They also have Brigins aged from 7 to 10 years and Guides aged from 10 years to 14 years. They meet on a Wednesday night from 7- 8.30. Training will be provided. Please contact 087-6295641 if you or a friend is interested.

Oulart

Bereavement

Oulart community lost another of its most loved and highly respected members last week when Kathleen Murphy, Monavullen, passed to her eternal reward, following an illness bravely borne. Her husband Peter predeceased her 9 years ago.

She is mourned and will be greatly missed by her sons and daughters Ann, Peadar, Catherine, Maura, Martin, Simon, P.J., Jim, Ellen and Michael, twenty-nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, other relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to them all.

The late Mrs. Murphy was laid to rest in Oulart cemetery following Requiem Mass on Tuesday 18th August. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam dílis.

Heritage Week walk

On Saturday 29th August, as part of Heritage Week, there will be a 1798 Walk to Oulart Hill. This is a moderate grade 11km walk. Walkers will leave The Trading Post Camper Park at The Unyoke at 9.30am and follow the route of the North Cork Militia on their fateful march to Oulart Hill on Whit Sunday, 27th May 1798.

This walk is suitable for all ages and would be an ideal day out for the family. On arrival at Oulart Hill refreshments will be served at Tulach a' tSolais and transport will be provided to bring the walkers back to their starting point at the Trading Post.

Mass Schedule

Due to the reduction in the number of priests in the parish from two to one the number of weekend Masses has been reduced from six to four. From Saturday 8th August the following Mass times will apply in the parish:

The Vigil Mass in The Ballagh will be at 6.30pm followed by Vigil Mass in Oulart at 7.30pm. Sunday Mass will be celebrated in Oulart at 10 am and in The Ballagh at 11.30pm. Weekday morning Masses will be as follows: Mondays & Wednesdays in The Ballagh; Tuesdays & Fridays in Oulart. Parishioners should note that this schedule is not "set in stone" and may be tweaked at a later date.

Hurling championships

The adult hurling championship continues this coming weekend when Round 5 gets under way. Our Junior team will travel to Ballymore to play St. Fintan's, on Friday 28th August at 7pm.

On the following day, Saturday 29th our Intermediate team will play Crossabeg-Ballymurn, in Monageer, at 3.30pm.

In the Senior grade, Ferns St. Aidan's will play Oulart-The Ballagh in Bellefield on Sunday 30th August at 6.30pm, following the match between St. Martin's and Cloughbawn which begins at 5pm at the same venue.

On the under-age scene, our Minor hurlers had a good win over Fethard last week to qualify for the county semi-final. Congratulations to the players and mentors and good luck in the remainder of the campaign.

Camogie

Oulart-The Ballagh senior team had a comprehensive win over Ferns St. Aidan's, in the quarter-final last Tuesday evening in Oulart. The full-time score of 10 goals 25 points to 3 points served neither camogie in general nor the contestants themselves. It is incumbent on the camogie authorities within Co. Wexford to devise a grading scheme to rectify the situation. Remarkably, Oulart-The Ballagh seniors and the three other qualifying teams will now have to wait until October to play the co. semi-final!

Best of luck to the Under 12s, Under 18s and Juniors in their upcoming matches. Hard luck on the Co. seniors on losing out to Galway, by a single point, in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Get Well Wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to all the parishioners who are sick, at home or in hospital. The thoughts and prayers of neighbours and friends are with you all. For reasons of security and out of respect for the privacy of the individuals, names will not be mentioned in the local notes unless requested by the persons involved or by their families.

Over The Water

School re-opens

Castlebridge National School will re-open on Thursday, August 27 at 9.20 a.m for all pupils.

Development Lotto

Results of lotto for Curracloe United AFC on Sunday, August 16 as follows:- the numbers drawn were 10, 11, 15 & 22. There was no jackpot winner and 3 match 3 winners who received €50 each, Chuckey c/o Seller; Edel Parker, Killelan, Screen and Ger & Chris, c/o Furlongs. Tickets are available from local outlets and club members.

Horseshoe tournament

There was a great turnout for the Ally Howlin Horseshoe tournament which took place on Sunday, August 16 in Curracloe village. Thanks to all who competed and others who went along to watch. It was a marvellous display of horseshoe throwing and generous donations were given for the the two charities on the day, namely, Wexford Oncology unit and Curracloe Tidy Village.

Playgroup re-opens

Curracloe Community Playgroup re-opens on Monday, August 31 at 9.30 a.m.

Church Mass times

The following are the adjusted times for the parishes of Castlebridge, Screen and Curacloe. Saturday evening vigil Mass at 6 p.m in Castlebridge church and 7.30 p.m in Curracloe. Sunday morning Mass at 9.15 a.m in Curracloe and 10.30 a.m Castlebridge and at 11.30 a.m in Screen. Fr. Denis Kelly, P.P. can be contacted on 053- 9137140 (house) or on the mobile number 087-9470513. You can also email to:- kellyballybrittas@hotmail.com

Patrons and Field Days

The annual Patron to Curracloe cemetery will take place on Sunday, September 6 and will be followed by a field day. The annual Patron to Screen cemetery will take place on Sunday, September 20 and will be followed by a field day. .

Screen hall news

The next social dancing session takes place in Screen hall this evening, Tuesday, August 25. Admission is only €8 and refreshments are also served. Please spread the word and get your friends to go along too.

The scrap metal collection continues with the skip located in the C&C yard, from Monday to Saturday 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m. If you want to get rid of old cars etc please contact John on 087- 6381114 as he is available to collect items for you.

Enrolment evening

Enrolment evening for Gymstars Gymnastic club will be held on Thursday, September 3 from 6-7 p.m. in the Gymnastic club premises. For further information please contact Joanne Mahoney on 087-9475977.

Girl Guide Leaders

Castlebridge Girl Guides are looking for female leaders. The Guides meet on a Wednesday night in Castlebridge community centre. The young Cygnets meet from 5.45 to 6.45 p.m. This group of girls are aged 5 to 7 years. This is the group where a leader is needed as soon as possible.

They also have Brigins aged from 7 to 10 years and Guides aged from 10 years to 14 years. They meet on a Wednesday night from 7- 8.30. Training will be provided. Please contact 087-6295641 if you or a friend is interested.

Split the Pot

The Screen/Curracloe Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people in the Screen and Curracloe areas who supported their Split the Pot fundraiser during the summer months.

The money raised will be used to support the maintenance and upkeep of the churches etc. in the area. They would also like to thank the businesses in the area who helped with the fundraiser and finally they would like to thank the board of management of Curracloe national school for allowing them to run the draw.

The last draw will take place on Friday night next and the following week the Split the Pot reverts to Curracloe national school for their area while the Parish Council will continue to run the fundraiser in the Screen area to support their funds.

GAA club news

The Shelmalier junior footballers finished the league stages of the championship when they took on Monageer in Ballymurn on Sunday morning last. The Shels began brightly when two Colin Redmond points saw the sides level after 12 minutes of play and with further points from Michael Feeney, Derek Walsh and Conor Hearne, they led 0-6 to 0-3 at half time.

A well worked goal and a point from Monageer early on the resumption saw them take the lead for the first time in the match, however, the Shels regained the lead when Michael Feeney fired in a goal in the tenth minute. The remainder of the half saw the Shels hold on to their lead and heading for victory until an unfortunate own goal by the Shels saw Monageer win by the narrowest of margins 2-6 to 1-8.

The Shelmaliers now qualify for the quarter finals which will take place shortly. There was great excitement in Tagoat on Friday night last when the Junior B footballers overcame a determined Kilmore side after extra time on a final score line of 2-12 to 1-11.

There was never much between the sides in the first half and when the referee blew the final whistle the sides could not be separated. However it was the stronger Shels side who outscored their Kilmore counterparts in extra time to go forward to meet St Martins in the District final .

League Champions

The Shelmalier senior hurlers were crowned Division 1 league hurling champions for 2015 when they defeated the Faythe Harriers by 1-17 to 0-9 in Wexford Park on Friday week last.

This match was also the championship match between the sides so it was double celebrations at the end of the match as captain Joe Kelly collected the league cup and two valuable points in the championship qualification.

As captain, Joe Kelly led by example contributing a total of 12 points to his team's final total, however, there were many other fine performances from all the Shelmalier players on the night.

They were quickly off the mark and had four unanswered points from Joe Kelly before the Harriers got their first score in the tenth minute. The Shels stretched their lead when Paraic O`Leary finished the ball to the Harriers net after great interplay from the black and amber side.

Leading by 1-8 to 0-6 at half time the Shelmaliers continued their domination in the second half to run out winners by 1-17 to 0-9 with Joe Kelly, Brian Doyle, Paraic O Leary, Benny Barron and Ciaran O Shaughnessy on the score board for the Shelmaliers.

The second meeting between the Shels and the Harriers was also played in Wexford Park on Saturday week last when the sides met in the Junior hurling championship match which the Wexford town won on a final score line of 2-12 to 0-13.

Fixtures

The final round of the senior football championship takes place tonight, Tuesday when the Shelmaliers take on St Fintan's in Taghmon starting at 8, 30 p.m under lights. Having qualified already the Shelmaliers will be looking for a victory to increase their standings in the group.

The senior hurlers also play their last round of the championship when they take on Buffers Alley in Wexford Park on Sunday next at 6.30 p.m.

The junior hurlers also play their last round of the championship when they take on the Rapparees in Monageer on Friday evening next starting at 7 p.m. Your support is greatly appreciated at all these matches.

Heritage Week

On Saturday August 29 there will be a 1798 Heritage Week Walk to Oulart Hill, leaving from the Trading Post Camper Park, (The Unyoke) at 9.30a.m. and follow the route of the North Cork Militia on their fateful march to Oulart Hill on Whit Sunday 27th May 1798. This walk is suitable for all ages and would be an ideal "day-out" for the family.

Geo-cache enthusiasts are reminded that there are 19 caches to discover along the trail and for the younger walkers there is a Junior Treasure Hunt.

On arrival at Oulart Hill refreshments will be served at Tulach a'tSolais and transport will be provided to bring the walkers back to the Trading Post from where they set out. All are welcome to attend.

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