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Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Barbara English and Stephen Carey having a good time at the Screen Hall fundraising Christmas Party in Hotel Curracloe on Saturday night.
Barbara English and Stephen Carey having a good time at the Screen Hall fundraising Christmas Party in Hotel Curracloe on Saturday night.

Crossabeg

Ceremony of Light

The Hope Cancer Support Centre are inviting all to attend a `Ceremony of Light`to celebrate the Winter Soltice in the Irish National Park. Ferrycarrig on December 21 at 7.30 p.m.

December 21 is the shortest day of the year and is the day when sunlight is at a minimum and the ceremony of light is about bringing light into darkness. It signifies bringing hope into peoples lives. Darkness cannot survive where there is light. The ceremony with begin in darkness and the participants will witness how the lighting of one candle can dissolve all darkness.

In order to participate you are asked to bring a candle in a holder (one you can hold in your hand comfortably and not drip candle grease on the floor) and write a short description of something you would like to let go of, i.e. bad habits or negative thoughts. These will be placed in an open fire as part of the letting go ceremony.

Bring along a ribbon to place on the "tree of light" to signify a wish you have for another person. Over the Christmas period the "tree of light" will remain in the Heritage Park. Ribbons will be available until the end of January for a small donation in support of the Hope Cancer Support Centre.

Church news

Christmas Masses as follows in Crossabeg church:- Christmas Eve Mass at 11 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day at 11.15 a.m. Wednesday, January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany with Mass at 11 a.m. and again in the evening at 7 p.m.

Condolences

We extend our condolences to Mr. Michael Devereux and family, Kilpatrick, Crossabeg, on the death of his Mother, May Devereux (nee Walsh) Ballyboggan Lower, Castlebridge, who died on December 10. Her remains reposed at her residence on Friday last from 2-8 p.m. with removal on Saturday morning last to Castlebridge church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy and daughter Kitty, and is survived by her children, Maudie, Ann, Dick, Michael, Padraig, Bernie, sisters Kathleen Halpin (Sinnottsmill, Castlebridge) and Peg Kearney (Wexford) and by her brother Richie Walsh, Dublin, grandchildren, and extended family relatives and friends to whom we also offer our sympathy. R.I.P.

County Champions

Heartiest congratulations to the Crossabeg/Ballymurn footballers who defeated the Starlights 3-7 to 0-8 in the County Under 21 Final played in Enniscorthy on Sunday afternoon. This is a marvellous achievement by this dedicated group of young lads who added this title to the Under 21 Hurling title they won recently. Well done to all concerned with the team, managers and trainers alike.

Camogie Club Half Zips

Oylegate/GlenbrienTCamogie club will have the half zips that people ordered for collection available in the community centre on Thursday, December 17 from 7.30-8.30 p.m. They are asking that everyone who ordered a half zip to collect them on this night.

Speedy Recovery

We wish a speedy recovery to Ruth Shortle, Kyle, who is recuperating from a hip operation.

Christmas Gift

A book for Christmas? Have you relations or family connections who would be interested in reading about happenings in Crossabeg over the last 100 years or more, and if more recent history is required, then it too is also available in "Crossabeg, a Parish and its People". Copies can be obtained from Alice Devine, Kevin McDermott, John Foley, Maura Joyce, Nicky Cowman or Liam O`Leary.

Date for the Diary

The annual and most popular Ferrycarrig 5 mile run will take place in January. It has been deferred to the later date of January 24. Details and entry forms will be available online.

Christmas Party

On Sunday evening last 115 guests and committee members came together for the annual party for the senior members of the community. The party was held at the Ferrycarrig hotel who put on a marvellous meal in a lovely festive atmosphere.

Among the invited guests were Rev. Arthur Minnion and his wife Susan and Rev. Fr. Jim Finn, P.P. Crossabeg. During the evening thoughts turned to those who were missing from this years party, in particular Robert Harvey, Jack Carroll, Mary Lambert and Eileen O`Leary, all of whom have gone to their eternal reward.

Congratulations were extended to Jack Curran who was out enjoying himself and celebrating his 87th birthday. The honour of cutting the Christmas cake was given to Alice Ryan, Tubberfinnick and Joan Cashin, Crory.

Chairman Greg Hawkins thanked each and everyone who helped make the occasion happy and enjoyable. He thanked Caitriona Cullen who supplied a lovely cake and offered a small token to Michael O`Keeffe for the staff members who looked after the guests so attentively.

The winners of the table raffle were Margaret Miller, Phyllis Sinnott, Mai Carty, Greg Ryan, Monica Walsh, Michael Lambert, Phyllis Gaul, Anne Lambert, Michael Murphy, Patricia McGarrigle, Lar O`Leary and Ann Neville.

The winners in the parish raffle were:- Ann Reck, Oylegate; Ann Maher, Newcastle; Tina Shortle, Barntown; Shane Stephens, Kereight; David Jordan, Garrywilliam; Carol Hore, Killowen; Mick Hayes, Crossabeg; Breda Foley, Artramant; Jake Whitty, Piercestown; Bernie O`Connor, Kyle; Tracey Kehoe, c/o Joe Berney; Frank Ryan, Tubbberfinnick; Greg and Lily Ryan, Kyle; James Hore, Killowen; Rose Kenny, Farmhill; Helen Kelly, Dublin; Mary Stafford, Newtown; Jim and Maura Fitzpatrick, Kyle; Willie Murphy, Tubberfinnick; Joanne O`Leary, Whitefort; Jim Barnes, Oylegate; Tom O`Connell, Annagh, Gorey; Mai Moroney, New Ross.

Grateful thanks to each and everyone who supported the raffle who generously and also to all who gave in donations of gifts for the raffle. The committee are most appreciative of the help and continued support they receive each year.

Over The Water

Annual Coffee Day

The Porter house in Castlebridge are holding their annual Christmas Coffee Day this coming Friday, December 18 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. All the usual treats will be on offer, homemade mince pies, porter cake, tarts, buns etc. Your support would be much appreciated. All proceeds go the local Castlebridge Day Care Centre.

Christmas party

The Porter House in Castlebridge will hold their annual Christmas party on Saturday next, December 19 from 9 p.m. onwards. There will be many specials on the night and prizes for the maddest Christmas jumpers. Live music will be supplied by Lar Kenny and Pam Rossiter. They are guaranteeing all patrons a great nights entertainment.

Development Lotto

Results of the Curracloe United AFC lotto for Sunday, December 6 as follows:- the numbers drawn were 2, 10, 22 & 28. There was no jackpot winner and 4 match 3 winners who received €40 each, Janice Tynan, Curracloe; Mabel Lyons, Ballinamorragh, Curracloe; Yvonne O `Connor, c/o Owen O`Conor and Joan Askins, Carleysbridge, Enniscorthy.

The special Christmas draw winners were Dan Ferrick, The Raven (brandy) Lila Canning, Ballyhoe, Screen (whiskey) Padge Monaghan, Glenbough, Screen (vodka) Michelle Black, c/o Aidan McGuire (whiskey) Michael Rossiter, Screen (vodka) George Murphy, Coolrainey (wine).

Curracloe school news

On Wednesday, December 9 the children from third to sixth classes went Ice Skating with Wexford on Ice. It was great fun and everyone thoroughly it. Thanks to the parents who helped out on the day.

Also on Wednesday, the parents of junior and senior infants turned out to see their little ones perform in their Christmas play, 'Woops-a-Daisy Angel'. Well done to all who performed beautifully on the day.

The recent Split the Pot winner wasTracey Lawlor who won €208. The next draw will be held on Monday, December 21. The specially designed envelopes remain available in all local businesses and directly to parents/guardians in the school. A sincere thank you to everyone for the continued support.

The Parent's Association have produced a lovely school calendar for 2016. It is on sale in the school and in local businesses for €5. Many thanks to the sponsors Curracloe Yoga Centre, Paul Kenny, ST Civil Engineering Ltd, Denis Cloney (Curracloe) Ltd, Raven Hair & Beauty, Furlongs Bar & Lounge, Sundew Cabs, Hotel Curracloe, The Surf Shack, Wexford Rental & Property Management, Richard Hughes Screen Mechanical Services, REA Real Estate Alliance, Richard Ormonde Transport Services Ltd, Da Paolo, Noel Feeney Jerpoint Enterprises, Nigel Redmond Architecture & Building Surveyors & Procool Ltd.

Christmas cards with pictures of the parish churches are also available for sale in the school. A pack of 5 cards costs €2. All proceeds from the sale of cards will be donated to school funds.

Fundraising Swim

Curracloe United AFC are holding a fundraising swim on St. Stephen's Day at Curracloe beach at 12 noon. Sponsorship cards are available from club members. Please give your generous support.

Cards

Weekly winners of the partners 45 for turkeys in Hotel Curracloe were Kathleen Leacy and Denis Kelly. The Christmas final takes place this Thursday, December 17 at 8.30 p.m. Please ensure you arrive on time as there is a lot of card playing in store on final night.

Appreciation

Thanks to everyone who supported the recent Coffee Morning held in Freddie's of Screen to finish the funding for the Defibrillator for the village. Special thanks to Trish Kehoe who helped organise the event and did great work for the committee.

Thanks to Sheila Keogh for her help and to all the people who donated cakes, buns, biscuits etc and helped out on the morning. Thanks to Thea for the posters and to Freddie and Caroline. The committee will keep you informed of when the Defibrillator will be purchased and of the training needed and of the handing over.

School of Music

The Shelmalier Music school operates at the Shelmalier GAA complex in Hollymount on Tuesday evenings between 4.30-6.30 p.m. There are classes for fiddle, banjo, mandolin, beginner concertina, button accordion, tin whistle, beginner harp, flute, singing, guitar, uileann pipes, melodica and keyboard.

The lessons last for forty minutes and the cost is €7 per lesson which also includes band practice, or €10 for lessons in two instruments plus band. Irish dancing is also back and here the cost is €7 per student.

The teacher is Mags Boland. Calling all adults of all ages. Are you interested in joining and learning an instrument, or do you. already play an instrument. Why not join in on Tuesday evenings.

The school of music will be holding their Christmas concert this evening, Tuesday, December 15 at the Shelmalier complex. All are welcome and please bring a friend. For further information on any of the above please contact Catherine on 087-0533952 or Denise on 086-7302249. Like on facebook.

Condolences

We extend our condolences to the family of the late May Devereux (nee Walsh) Ballyboggan Lower, Castlebridge, who died on December 10. Her remains reposed at her residence on Friday last from 2-8 p.m. with removal on Saturday morning last to Castlebridge church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy and daughter Kitty, and is survived by her children, Maudie, Ann, Dick, Michael, Padraig, Bernie, sisters Kathleen Halpin (Sinnottsmill, Castlebridge) and Peg Kearney (Wexford) and by her brother Richie Walsh, Dublin, grandchildren, and extended family relatives and friends to whom we offer our sympathy. R.I.P.

Ceremony of Light

The Hope Cancer Support Centre are inviting all to attend a `Ceremony of Light`to celebrate the Winter Soltice in the Irish National Park. Ferrycarrig on December 21 at 7.30 p.m.

December 21 is the shortest day of the year and is the day when sunlight is at a minimum and the ceremony of light is about bringing light into darkness. It signifies bringing hope into peoples lives. Darkness cannot survive where there is light. The ceremony with begin in darkness and the participants will witness how the lighting of one candle can dissolve all darkness.

In order to participate you are asked to bring a candle in a holder (one you can hold in your hand comfortably and not drip candle grease on the floor) and write a short description of something you would like to let go of, i.e. bad habits or negative thoughts. These will be placed in an open fire as part of the letting go ceremony.

Bring along a ribbon to place on the "tree of light" to signify a wish you have for another person. Over the Christmas period the "tree of light" will remain in the Heritage Park.

Ribbons will be available until the end of January for a small donation in support of the Hope Cancer Support Centre.

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