Around the Districts

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

Billy and Yvonne Smyth enjoying Deirdre Grant's Playhouse in the National Opera House as part of Culture Night 2015 on Friday.
Billy and Yvonne Smyth enjoying Deirdre Grant's Playhouse in the National Opera House as part of Culture Night 2015 on Friday.



The weekly '30' Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 25th September at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 25th Sept, Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. Fri 2nd October, Ann McDonald, Sinead O' Gorman & Una McDonald. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

Card winners on Fri 11th September were: Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Willie Kehoe, Mick Reville, Matt O'Neill & Patsy Byrne.

Athletic Club

Adamstown Athletic Club hosted their 8th Annual Open Cross Country in Rothwells field, Adamstown on Sunday 13th September. Clubs from throughout Leinster and Munster descended on Adamstown for the first major Cross Country competition of the 2015 season.

Athletes travelled from as far away as Rathoath in Co. Meath, Kilcock in Co. Kildare and Bandon in Co. Cork, with a total of 31 clubs participating on the day. Even the weather didn't dampen the spirits of the athletes on the day. Some great races were on the cards, with All-Ireland contenders lining up in many of the juvenile races.

Wexford clubs were also out in force this year with nearly all of the clubs represented in a race. Well done to Laura O'Gorman who competed in the U9 Girls 500m and to Ross English, Watt Crean and Jack O'Shea who all competed in the U9 Boys 500m race with all 3 of them finishing in the top 12 medal positions from a field of 23 athletes. Grainne English finished in 5th position in the U10 Girls 1000m while her club mate Sadhbh Crean finished in 12th place.

There was a field of 29 athletes in the U11 Girls 1000m in which 3 of our athletes competed; they were Isabel English, Ciara Mooney and Niamh English who ran a great race and finished in 7th place. The U12 Boys 1500m featured 4 of our athletes; Donny McDonald, Darragh Furlong, Robert Wall who finished in 6th place and Ben Wall who finished in 2nd place. Katie English ran a great race in the Girls U12 1500m and finished in 6th position while Ella English competed in the U13 Girls 1500m. One of the best performances of the day came from Luke Byrne in the U14 Boys 2000m who finished in 1st place while this race also featured his club mate Oisin McGabhann.

Next to compete for Adamstown were Sonia Mooney in the U15 Girls 2500m and Triona Mooney who finished 4th in the U16 Girls 3000m. Annalise Crean ran a great race in the Junior Ladies 3000m and finished in 3rd position. Well done to Marie Mooney who ran in the Senior Ladies 3000m among some world class athletes!!

This was a great start to the Cross Country Season for all our athletes and great preparation for the County Cross Country Championships which will commence on October 4th in Adamstown. The Athletic Club would like to thank all those who helped out on the day especially all those who helped to park cars, those who worked at the event and all those who contributed to the event in any way. A special word of thanks to Gavin and Stuart Rothwell for use of their field and to all our Sponsors.

Table Quiz

The Community Centre Committee is holding a Table Quiz in Cullen's Lounge on Friday 2nd October at 8.30pm. Our quiz master will be Michael English. Table cost €40. We look forward to seeing you there. Your support would be appreciated as the monies raised will help to keep your community centre open and to carry out some much needed repairs.


Our Sympathy to Frances Doyle and Family, Ballyvergin on the death of her Sister in Law Maureen Malloy, Fethard on Sea, who died recently.

Sean Kent R.I.P.

The death occurred on Saturday the 12th September of Sean Kent of Adamstown and formerly of Sheilbaggan, Ramegrange. Sean had been ill for some time. We offer his brother Pat, his sisters Peggy and Ann and their families, Nephews, Nieces, Relations and Friends our deepest sympathy. Sean's funeral mass took place in St. Abban's Church on Monday 14th September with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Ramsgrange. May he rest in Peace.

Castle Vintage Club

The Dick Williams Memorial tractor run is being held on Sunday 4th October, leaving Taghmon Community Centre at 11am. Spot prizes include weekend away. All are welcome.


Parents' Association AGM

The AGM of the Bree NS Parents' Association takes place this Thursday 24th September at 7.45pm in the school.

Used Clothing Collection

Items for the Bree Parents Association autumn used clothing collection (clothes, bags, shoes, curtains. etc) can be dropped at Bree Community Centre on Wednesday October 7th from 6.30-8pm and Thursday October 8th from 8.30-9.30am

Ballyhogue GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn on Wednesday September 16th were 6, 24, 29 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner. Match 3 winner was Katie Redmond, Bree. Next draw is on September 30th in Ryan's of Galbally. Lotto jackpot still remains at €10,000. Alternatively you can also play the lotto online!

Ladies Soccer

Any ladies interested in playing women's soccer this year please contact Catherine on 0868587937 or contact us through our Facebook page.

Bree Community Centre

Organisations using or intending to use Bree Community Centre for the resumption of activities are asked to contact Eddie Dunne to confirm, book regular meetings, classes and events. This is to ensure that there are no overlaps or confusion around bookings.

Historical Society

The AGM of Clonroche Historical Society will be held in Clonroche Community Centre on Tuesday September 29th at 8.30 pm. Tom McDonald will speak on the history of hurling and the Cloughbawn hurlers from 1947-1952; an objective but respectful account.


Award Winner

Congratulations to Joan Kavanagh on getting a South East Radio/Talbot Hotel Outstanding Achievement Award for her massive fund-raising efforts over many years.

Joan has fund-raised for many charities, organising Coffee Mornings, Hot-Rod Racing, Wheelbarrow Races, Car-boot Sales etc and has succeeded in raising thousands of euro for good causes.

Motivated by the death of her beautiful grand-daughter Joan raised a huge amount for various children's charities. She has also served as a driver for Kilmuckridge "Meals on Wheels" and when she turned sixty years her party became a "fund-raiser" with €3,000 going to Mental Health, Enniscorthy.

Unknown to Joan, Sheila Mythen nominated her for the prestigious award and informed South-East Radio of how Joan bounced back after serious illness to continue her fund-raising efforts.

Jim Kiely of SE Radio contacted Sheila Mythen about the award and stressed the need to keep secret the reason for inviting Joan to the studio to talk about her fund-raising endeavours. All Joan's children were present when the announcement was made and the surprised recipient thanked Bob's Bar, Tom Corrigan's, The Crosses and Eddie O'Connor for all their assistance in her fund-raising events.

The community of Oulart and The Ballagh congratulate Joan on winning the award and wish her the best of luck at the Gala Ball in the Talbot Hotel, in November when the Overall Achievement Award will be presented.

All-Ireland Winners

On the day that Wexford Under 21 hurlers were overcome by Limerick in the All-Ireland Final (Saturday 12th September) the women of Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie Club were doing their bit to keep Wexford to the fore.

Competing in the prestigious Kilmacud-Crokes All-Ireland Sevens the girls in red-and-black overcame the best from clubs all over the country to clinch the All-Ireland title for the second time in their history.

Oulart-The Ballagh were drawn in a highly competitive group that included St. Vincent's, Dublin, Clonoulty/Rossmore, Co. Tipperary, and Six-mile-bridge Co. Clare. Following the group matches the Tipperary team headed the group and qualified for the semi-final having defeated second placed Oulart-The Ballagh by 2 points.

The Wexford girls took the longer route, via the quarter-final, where they overcame Burgess/Duharra of Tipperary and followed up by defeating Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare in the semi-final.

Clonoulty/Rossmore won their semi-final and so qualified for the final show-down with Oulart-The Ballagh who were represented by Ciara Storey (captain) Sharon Kehoe (goalie), Shelley and Stacey Kehoe, Karen Atkinson, Stacey Redmond, Mary Leacy, Shauna Sinnott, Louise Sinnott and Ursula Jacob. At the interval, Oulart-The Ballagh led by 2 points and won by the most slender of margins, 1 goal 14 points to 2 goals 10 points.

Ciara Storey who had captained the side, proudly accepted the trophy on behalf of Oulart-The Ballagh and had the added bonus of winning the Poc Fada competition as well. Incidentally, Una Leacy who missed this year's Sevens through injury, won the Poc Fada in 2014. Congratulations also to Team-manager Philip Rossiter and selectors Hughie O'Connor, Ciara Scallan and Margaret Leacy.

Hurling Championship

Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers will play St. Anne's in the championship quarter-final on Sunday 27th September, in Wexford Park, beginning at 4.30pm. The quarter-final between Buffers Alley and Glynn-Barntown will be played at 3pm at the same venue.

The previous day, Saturday 26th the other two quarter-finals St. Martin's versus Shelmaliers and Cloughbawn versus Faythe Harriers-will be played in Wexford Park also.

On Saturday 26th Oulart-The Ballagh Intermediate team will play the quarter-final against Naomh Éanna, in Monamolin, at 2pm.

Minor Hurling

When everyone of the starting fifteen,( and the substitutes that were brought on) perform to the best of their ability and display great skill, heart and team-work as well as exhibiting intelligence and finesse, the outcome is usually positive and such was the case in St. Patrick's Park on Sunday when Oulart-The Ballagh qualified for the Minor Co. Final.

Heartiest congratulations to the team, under captain Barry Leacy, manager Mark Rossiter and selectors Brian Martin, Alan Rossiter and Darren Murphyon their 3 goal 15 points to 11 points victory over Monageer to qualify for the Co. Final against Abban O'Reillys who defeated Macamore Gaels on a scoreline of 1 goal 14 points to 1 goal 7 points.

The date, time and venue of that Minor Roinn 1 County Final has yet to be announced.

Camogie fixture

Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team will play St. Ibar's Shelmaliers in the county semi-final on Saturday10th October at 1.45pm, in Bellefield.

Well done to the under 12 girls who played in the Finals Day, in Craanford recently.


The Annual Novena to St. Therese will begin on Wednesday 23rd September, at 7.30pm in St. Mochua's Chapel and will continue each evening at 7.30pm until October 1st when the Novena will conclude with Benediction. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this Nine Days of prayer.

Equinox Walk

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. Enroute to Oulart Hill there will be a Threshing Exhibition near the Bygone Days House of Stories (starting around 2pm).

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.

It is hoped that the music session will continue in the Bygone Days House of Stories that is situated in the original medieval village of Oulart (now known as Lower Street or Lower Oulart).

For exact details of the Wexford Walking Trails Festival 2015 and to register online go to Email

Mass Times Change

Following a period of consultation it has been decided that, from the first Sunday in October, Mass on Sunday mornings in The Ballagh will be at 11 am instead of 11.30am. Sunday morning Mass in Oulart will continue to be celebrated at 10am while the times for the Vigil Mass (Sat. evenings) remain unchanged: 6.30pm in The Ballagh and at 7.30pm in Oulart.


Coffee Morning

A coffee morning will be held on Thursday September 24th in Mernaghs Lounge Oylegate in aid of Hospice Homecare. All support would be greatly appreciated.


There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in Mernaghs Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday Wednesday September 16th. The lucky dip winners were: Sarah O'Brien, Catherine Kavanagh, Eamonn Hogan, Lily Kavanagh, Eamonn Mernagh, Mr Tyrell, Marie Rowley and Stephen McCormack. The next draw will be held in The Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday September 30th. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.

Fundraising Draw

Oylegate/Glenbrien GAA club are holding a fundraising draw to help pay off the debt on the field. The first prize is €5,000 and all other prizes are cash. Tickets cost €10 each or 3 for €20. Ticket sellers and/or drivers are required to help out with the fundraiser and all help would be greatly appreciated please contact Majella Doran.

Glenbrien Text Alert

Following consultation with our local engineer the text alert signs have now been put up around the community. They have been placed on the approach roads as well as at significant areas around the community.

We will be holding a launch night on October 9th at 8pm in the Old School Community Centre in Glenbrien. We encourage as many people as possible to attend on the night as it will be a chance to learn how text alert works and to ask any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Zumba Classes

Zumba fitness classes are held in Oylegate Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7p.m. to 8p.m. Come and party yourself into shape with this latin inspired easy to follow, dance fitness party. €6 euro per class, which is payable on the night. For details contact Theresa, (Licensed Zumba instructor) on 089 9759605.

Music Classes

Music lessons are beginning in September-for more information contact Orla on 0862329880.

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