Friday 20 October 2017

Around the Districts

Sean Kearney, Daniel Lawlor and Sophie Lawlor enjoying the Cannonball Run on Wexford Quay on Sunday evening.
Sean Kearney, Daniel Lawlor and Sophie Lawlor enjoying the Cannonball Run on Wexford Quay on Sunday evening.
Pictured at the presentation of prizes for the Lady Captain's tournament by the Rathaspeck Ladies Golf Society in Hotel Curracloe were: back - Ann Connolly, Phil O'Mahoney, Anna Kelly and Alma Roche; front - Brid Bhriain (lady captain) and winner Val Duggan.


55+ club

The local 55+ club will resume activities today, Tuesday, September 15. The members meet at Kyle Forge from 2-4 p.m. and new members are always welcome.

Wedding Bells

We send our congratulations and good wishes to Alan, youngest son of Lar and the late Joan O`Leary, Whitefort, Crossabeg, on the occasion of his marriage to Linda Walsh which took place on Friday last in Ballymurn church. The reception for family and friends was held at the Riverside Park hotel, Enniscorthy.


Results from play at the community centre on Wednesday night of last week as follows:- Eilish Darcy (top score) John Meagher (1st gent) Joan Pierce (2nd gent) Michael Galvin (3rd gent) Caitriona Cullen (1st lady) Kathleen McDonald (2nd lady) Betty Butler (3rd lady) Breda O`Brien/Stella Nolan (3rd lady) Betty Shanahan (hatchers) Annette Robinson, Breda O`Brien, Eilish Darcy, Kathleen Higgins, Caitriona Cullen (raffle)


We extend our condolences to Mr. Tom Sullivan and family, Kyle, Crossabeg, on the death of his Mother, Mrs. Teresa Sullivan, Irish Street, Enniscorthy, whose funeral took place yesterday, Monday, to St. Marys cemetery after Requiem Mass in St. Aidan`s Cathedral.

The death occured on Friday last, September 11 of Mr. Sean Kehoe, ex Slaney Lodge, Crossabeg, whose funeral took place to Shanganagh cemetery, Dublin on Monday last. Deepest sympathy to his wife Mary (nee Kinsella, Sinnottsmill) sons John and Andrew and the late Paul, relatives and friends. R.I.P.

Coffee morning

Wexford Hospice Homecare will hold their annual Coffee Morning this Thursday, September 17 from 10 a.m to 12.30 p,m at Kyle Forge. All are welcome, so please support this worthy cause.

Halloween party

The Halloween House of Terror party in aid of the new Crossabeg/Ballymurn community centre will take place in the community centre at Kyle on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31. This year the House of Terror is part of the Wexford Festival Opera Fringe events. Anyone who wishes to take part in the event or would like to help out with the organisation of same should contact Seamus Kehoe on 085-1280970 or Pat Gately on 086-3715000. All help welcome.

Choir Rehearsals

Choir rehearsals will resume on Thursday, September 25 at 7.30 p.m. in Crossabeg church. The choir will resume singing at the 11.15 a.m. Mass every Sunday morning. New members are always welcome.

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.

Church news

Daily Mass every Wednesday and Friday morning at 9.30 a.m. Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. with Mass at 7.30 p.m. Adoration then continues until 9 p.m. Prayer meeting in the parochial house on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. A meeting for last years sixth class pupils (now first years in secondary schools) will be held in Kyle Forge this coming Thursday evening, September 17 at 7 p.m. and will conclude at 7.50 p.m.

Sheep being worried

Dog owners in the parish and surrounding areas are asked to make sure that their pets are securely fenced in, especially at night time. A number of sheep in the Slaneylodge area of Crossabeg have recently been left very distressed and needing urgent medical assistance following a spate of attacks by dogs. So before you retire at night, make sure your pets are also in their kennels.

Dates for the Diary

The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will take place on December 13 at Ferrycarrig hotel. A Coffee morning will be held on Saturday, October 17 in Kyle Forge to help offset the cost of organising the popular event.



The sympathy of the community of Oulart-The Ballagh is extended to the Wickham family, Derry, The Ballagh on the death of devoted husband, father and grand-father Peter who died on 5th September. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Peg, daughters Marie, Ann and Deirdre, his sons Peter, Pádraig, Declan, Brendan and John Paul, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, other relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. Heartfelt sympathy is also extended to the O'Toole family, Ballinerode and Marshalstown on the death of Seán O'Toole, brother of the late Nicky. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a nanamacha dílse.

Community Alert

The Jacob family would like to thank the members of the public whose vigilance alerted the local Oulart Alert officers to an unauthorized entry onto their lands near Oulart Hill last weekend. The family was out of the county on the day and they deeply appreciate the "security conscious" committee member who not only contacted them but also informed the gardaí of what was happening.

It is heartening to know that as a community we look out for each other to ensure the safety of the person and the security of property.

All-Ireland Finalists

By the time these notes are published the result of the All-Ireland Under 21 hurling championship will be known and all Wexford Gaels hope that the desired result was obtained in Semple Stadium last Saturday, 12th September.

Oulart-The Ballagh had three players on this year's panel: Peter Sutton, Kevin Sheridan and Anthony Roche. Added to that Kevin Kennedy was a selector and Alan Brennan was a reliable kit-man. All deserve congratulations and commendation for their dedication to the cause of Wexford hurling.

Scouting in Oulart

For many years, Oulart had a very successful Scout Unit, with dedicated leaders and volunteers. There is now an interest in reforming the Scout Unit in Oulart. Extra volunteers are needed to become Leaders and Associate members. For full information please contact Leah Whelan on 086-3511178.

Youth Club

The Ballagh Youth Club registration night will be held on Friday 18th September, beginning at 7.30pm.Parents/guardians must attend registration if they would like their child to join. A short meeting of parents/guardians will follow the registration. All secondary school pupils are welcome to join the Youth Club.


Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team will play St. Ibar's in the county semi-final which is scheduled to take place on 10th October. Congratulations to Siobhán Sinnott, daughter of Bartle and Josie who represented her club and county in the mini-sevens camogie in Croke Park on All-Ireland hurling final day. Siobhan was kitted out in the black and amber of Kilkenny.

Boxing Club

The Ballagh Boxing Club began the new season training on 7th September with the beginners and under 11 s from 6.30pm-7.30pm.All other boxers 6.30pm-8pm. Training will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. The club is looking forward to seeing all former members as well as some new faces also.

Walking Trails Festival

On Saturday 26th September the Oulart Hill Equinox Walk from The Unyoke to the summit of Oulart Hill will take place. This moderate grade walk will take 2.5 hours approximately. The walkers will leave The Trading Post Camper Park at 2pm and they will be entertained with tales of 1798 and the European Enlightenment along the way.

En route to Oulart Hill there will be a Threshing Exhibition near the Bygone Days House of Stories (timed for 4.30pm). On reaching Tulach a tSolais (the monument dedicated to 1798) the walkers can relax, enjoy stew al fresco and listen to traditional music in this unique venue. From 6.30pm-7.05pm you can experience the Autumnal Equinox (equal day and equal night). Of course, walkers will be transported back to their cars parked at The Trading Post.

Later that night, commencing at 8pm, the Bygone Days House of Stories that is situated in the original medieval village of Oulart (now known as Lower Street or Lower Oulart) will host a storytelling session by the fireside in the 300 year-old farmhouse. For exact details of the Wexford Walking Trails Festival 2015 and to register online go to Email

Parish Newsletter To have notices and announcements included in the newsletter that is printed in the centre pages of The Ballagh Mass Leaflet please email the text to on or before 10am on Thursdays.

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 consideration for the privacy of patients, names will not be published here except at the request of the patients and their families.

Over The Water

Development Lotto

Results of lotto for Curracloe United AFC held on Sunday, September 6. The numbers drawn were 8, 18, 19 & 24. There was no jackpot winner and 2 match 3 winners, who received €75 each, Megan O`Shea, c/o Billy Donnolly and Louise Howlin, Ballaghnablake, Curracloe. Tickets available from local outlets and club members.

Results of lotto draw on Sunday, September 13 as follows:- the numbers drawn were 3, 11, 14 & 24. There was no jackpot winner and five match 3 winners who each received €30, Lisa Murphy, Robin Hill, Curracloe; Barry Murphy, Garryvarren; Billy Donnelly, Ballyfarnogue; Robym Byrne. Effenogue, Ferns and Andrew Furlong, Curracloe. Next weeks jackpot stands at €20,000. The draw will take place in the Curracloe Roadhouse at 9 p.m. on Sunday next, September 20.

Music School

The Shelmalier music school is back in business and classes take place at the GAA complex in Hollymount, every Tuesday evening between 4.30 p.m and 6.30 p.m. There are instructions and lessons in fiddle, banjo, mandolin, beginner concertina, button accordion, tin whistle, beginner harp, flute, singing, guitar,Uileann pipes, melodica and keyboard. Lessons take forty minutes. The cost is €7 per lesson and includes band practice or €10 for lessons in two instruments plus band. Contact Catherine on 087-0533952 or Denise on 086-7302249.

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of Screen hall will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 8 p.m in Screen hall. All are invited, young and old alike. Anyone interested in setting up activities in the hall, i.e indoor bowls, youth club or any other activities over the winter months are asked to attend the meeting.

ICA meeting

The first meeting of Castlebridge I.C.A Guild will be held in Castlebridge community centre on Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. Members and new members are most welcome.

Curracloe school news

Well done to Sinead Ferrick who recently won €201 in 'Split the Pot' Draw. The next draw will be held on Monday, September 21. The specially designed envelopes remain available in all local businesses and directly to parents or guardians in the school. Thank you to all who continue to support the draw.

Congratulations to the Shelmalier senior and junior ladies county champions on their recent success. Thank you to the players and the management team who visited the school on Monday, September 7 with their cups. There was a great welcome for the girls.

The fifth and sixth class pupils had a wonderful afternoon at the Tennis club on Wednesday, September 9. Top players on the day were Ben Monahan and Danielle O`Leary. Many thanks to Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis club for the use of their premises and to the parents who provided lift and to the parent who generously donated five tennis rackets.


The next social dancing date for Screen hall is Tuesday, September 29 and music will be supplied by Lar Kenny & Jimmy Hogan. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

Parish Meeting

A parish meeting will take place in Castlebridge hall this Thursday, September 17 at 8 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to form a Parish Council which will assist with changes on parish issues into the future. Parishioners are urged to attend this very important meeting.

Wexford People