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Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Bannow/ Ballymitty

Christmas Sale

The Balloughton church Christmas sale held on Saturday 5th December in Balloughton Hall was despite the inclement weather a very successful event.

This success was largely due to the generous support freely given by so many good friends and neighbours both near and far who braved the stormy weather conditions to come and support our sale.

The following are the prize winners in the raffle Alan Hill, Chaddie Mountford, Florence Jenkins, Daphne Harris, Eileen Roche, Agnes O'Dwyer, Margaret Murphy, Mary Kate Doyle, June Scallon, Linda Williamson, Violet Deacon, Maureen McDermot, Peter Hayes, Andrew Owen and Bridget Burke. Congratulations to all winners. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful New Year.

Danescastle N.S.

3rd - 6th Classes will perform a musical "Cinderella and Rockerfella" in Carrig on Bannow Community Centre at 7pm on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th December. Tickets €5 are available from the school.

Danescastle N.S will hold their annual Carol Service in the church on Monday 21st December at 7pm. Junior Infants will perform the Nativity Play on the night. All are welcome.

The Dance

This December Friday 18th we have Adrian Ryan the Accordion Man in Carrig Community centre and we will have a Christmas raffle on the night, dancing from 9.30, tea and refreshments served. A great night of dancing, all welcome.

Soccer News

This week's 'Split the Pot' took place in Stafford's Tullycanna. Winner was Mick "Speedo" Murphy, Bannow taking home a massive €1,030. Winner was drawn by Rory Stafford.

It is that time of the year again where you ask to please support us in our Christmas Raffle. Each player will receive 6 books of tickets. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. Anyone who sells their 6 books will be entered into a draw to win free membership for the 2016/2017 season.

Prizes: 1st Prize-100 Voucher for Mick's Car Wash and Valet; 2nd Prize-Hamper; 3rd Prize-10 Bales of Briquettes; 4th Prize -Bottle of Whiskey; 5th Prize-Bottle of Wine; 6th Prize-Box of Chocolates

Draw will take place in Colfers Pub, Carrig on Bannow during Christmas week. Tickets can be bought in Breda's Corner Shop Carrig on Bannow.

Bridge News

Results of Brendan Hederman Cup: 1st Paddy Whitty & Kathleen Farrell, 2nd Aidan Colfer & Maureen white, 3rd Mike Murphy & Oona Dwyer, 4th Mary Cosgrove & Maria Devereux

Christmas Party Night will be held on Tuesday 15th December in Carrig on Bannow Community Hall everyone to be seated at 5.50 p.m. (Members Only) Game of Bridge after meal.


The Nativity with Live Crib will be preformed outside our Parish Church in Carrig on Bannow on Sunday 20th December at 6p.m. All are welcome, please cover up well. There will be a cup of tea across the road in Colfers for everyone.

Christmas Dance

The social dancing Christmas party is in Tir Na nOg this Thursday night 17th December with music by Bandit-free admission lots of spot prizes and complimentary finger food. Complements of Ballymitty handball club.


Parish Lotto

Results fFor Wednesday 9th December: winning numbers 3, 17, 22 and 27; no Jackpot Winner. Fifteen Match 3 Winners receive €43 each. Michael Hendrick, C/O Breda; Barry Cleary, C/O Seller; Kelly Roche, C/O Seller; Angela Walsh, 102 Bishopswater; PJ Jackie Murphy, C/O Jackie Murphy; Mary O'Grady, C/O Seller; Una Murphy, C/O Bingo; Barry O'Reilly, C/O A McGrath; Serena Carley, C/O Chris Mahoney; Jack Riley, C/O Seller; Billy Dodd, C/O Seller; Jim Dempsey, C/O Seller; Josie Furlong, C/O Seller; John Jordan, 4 Wolfe Tone Villas, and Sister Regina, 6 Parkside.

Jackpot for 16th December is €8,550. Tickets €1.50 each at Clonard Parish Office or from any promoter. Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday night at Clonard Bingo at 8.30 p.m. If you wish to join or be a promoter, please call to Clonard Parish Office to have it arranged.

church news

Penitential Service In Clonard: Sunday 20th December at 7pm. Visiting priests will be available for confessions.

Baptised: We welcome into the Church of Christ: Hannah Jane Whelan, and Amelia Lily Covis both of whom have been baptised.

Date For Your Diary: Blessing of babies baptised during 2015 in Clonard Parish on Sunday 27th December at 3pm. You are welcome to bring your family to this occasion.

Stamps: The Saint Patrick's Missionary Society would like to thank the parishioners of Clonard for the gift of stamps recently. Over the years a lot of money has been generated from sales of stamps and this has been used to help the teaching of religion in the areas where we work. Your gesture is really helping to spread the faith. Father Sean Deegan, Saint Patrick's Missionary Society.

Christmas Renovation Fund: The kneelers in the main church are in need of repair. The total cost is €15,000. We are holding a draw over the autumn to meet this cost. 1st Prize: €2,500. 2nd Prize: €1,500. 3rd Prize: €1,000. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5 available at the Parish Office and from promotors. The draw will take place on Wednesday 16th December.

Acorn Shop in Clonard Parish Office: Christmas goods now in stock. Novena Cards, Christmas Bouquet Cards, Across the Seas Cards, Candles and Gifts, Advent Calendars.

Ladies Choir

Wexford Ladies Choir presents a festival of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes for your enjoyment in Clonard Church on Sunday 13th December at 3pm. Guest Artists: Lorna Mahon-Wall Soprano and The Faythe Rock Group under the direction of Mr Ian Grey, Compare: Mr Alan Corcoran. Donations if desired towards Clonard Church Fund.

SVdP Collection thanks

The Society wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed to our Christmas collection. The amount raised was €6111. Also a big thank you to those who helped with the collection. If you missed it, donations can be left into the Parish office. Thanks again for your generosity.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga returns on Wednesday 6th January at 6.30pm for five classes. Baby massage classes Friday 15th January at 10am for five classes. Classes take place in Clonard Community Centre and both classes are €70 for five classes. Contact Angela Devereux on 086 3019519 for further details.



The official opening of the new school in Barntown will take place on Friday 18th December. The school will be blessed by Bishop Brennan and officially opened by Minister Brendan Howlin.

To facilitate the full participation of the children on this important day, the event has been divided into two halves. At 11am the children and staff will assemble in the hall and there will be official speeches and songs (performed by the children themselves). At 11.45, the school will be officially opened (cutting of ribbon at front door) and a general invitation is extended to parents and parishioners to participate in this event.

A reception will then take place in the school for all guests. You are warmly encouraged to attend at the cutting of the ribbon and at the reception in the school that will follow. There will be a few further formalities to be observed during the reception and we would be delighted to have you in attendance on the day.


Glynn Barntown Camogie Club had a wonderful visit from Santa Claus and Mrs Claus last Saturday at the clubhouse. Santa arrived at 5pm and was delighted to spend time with all of the very nice and not at all naughty children of Glynn-Barntown. Thanks to the Camogie club & committee and all of the fantastic elves for their hard work and Christmas spirit, to Emerald Group Ltd for their kind donations of Christmases trees, to DJ Dave for entertaining the crowd, to the GAA club for their constant support and the use of their facilities, to all who baked cakes for the event, to Santa and Mrs Claus for taking time out at this busy time and most of all to the parents and children who came along and allowed us to create a bit of magic again this year.

Good luck to Cora Doyle, Emma Sweeney and Aisling Halligan attending U.16 Co. Camogie trials at the moment.


The Senior GAA Club held its AGM on Sunday December 13th at 3pm in the clubhouse. Thanks to all who attended.

Applications are invited for the following positions in Glynn Barntown GAA Club: 1. Manager Senior Hurling/Football.

2. Manager Junior Hurling/Football; 3. Manager Under 21 Hurling/ Football. All applications to be submitted to Secretary, Iain Wickham by 5:00pm on Wednesday 16th of December.


All members, players, supporters and friends of the club are welcome to join us on Saturday 19th December at 9pm for our Christmas party. Music, finger food, complimentary drink and craic. Spread the word!

Ceremony of Light

The Hope Cancer Support Centre cordially invites you to attend a 'Ceremony of Light' to celebrate the Winter Solstice in the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford on December 21st 2015 at 7.30pm.

December 21st is the shortest day of the year. This 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 people's lives. Darkness cannot survive where there is light. The ceremony will begin in darkness and the participants will witness how the lighting of one candle can dissolve all darkness.

In order to participate you will need to bring the following: A candle in a holder (one that you can comfortably hold in your hand and no candle grease can drip on the floor).

Letting go: Write a short description of something you would like to let go of e.g. a bad habit or negative thoughts you would like to let go of forever, your note will be placed in an open fire as part of the letting go ceremony.

A Wish for yourself: Think of a personal wish you have for yourself. Bring along a Christmas tree decoration (bauble) which will be placed on our 'Tree of Light' to represent your wish for yourself. We will decorate our "tree of light" with everyone's wishes.

A Wish for another person: Bring along a ribbon to place on our "tree of light" to signify a wish you have for another person. This will remain on the 'Tree of Light'. (Ribbons will be available for a small donation on the night).

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.

cycle fundraiser

On 1st May next year clubs from the SRA will be taking part in the Celtic Challenge 2016 which is a 96 mile row across the Irish Sea, from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales. To raise funds for their endeavour team Celtic challenge will be holding a sponsored cycle on Stephens day 26th December.

This cycle will be starting in Mary Jos, Barntown at 11 (registration will commence at 10). There will be two options on the day. A 40km cycle which will go from Mary Jos to Ballinaboola and finish at Mary Jos. The 30km will start at Mary Jos to Carrigbyrne and also finish at Mary Jos.

There is an entry fee of €10.00. Refreshments will be in Mary Jos after the event. A donation will be made to the Wexford RNLI. Please support our cause. contact Rene on 087 6414072 for any queries.


Notices for inclusion in the Glynn/Barntown area notes should be e-mailed to: or alternatively, phone Hillary on 087 2028065.

Taghmon/ Camross

Camross ICA

The December meeting was held in Camross Hall on Monday 7th with Vice President Marian Donnelly presiding. Sympathies were extended to Dympna Kelly, Breda Nolan, Margt and Mary Nolan, Margt and Mairead O'Gorman on their recent bereavements. Margt O'Gorman, Poulpeasty, Margt O'Gorman, Caro, and Breda Banville dealt with Minutes, Finance and Correspondence.

The Senior Citizens party, held on 29th November was a resounding success and Marian thanked all members for providing full Christmas dinner. She also thanked Taghmon/Camross GAA for use of function room, thanked entertainers, Joan Kelly, Joe and Paddy Curran, Mick Sinnott, Martin Jordan, Maggie Morrissey, Marie O'Rourke, Cora Banville, Breda Nolan, Ann Nolan and Breda Banville. She thanked Garda Peter Buttle for his talk to the group on being 'Safe and Secure in your home'.

The guild were congratulated on the Environment Award received for the 'ICA Rockery' situated in the upper corner of Camross Hall car park. Mairead O'Gorman was congratulated on 3rd place for Barm Brack in Federation competition as were members who made decorations for the ICA Remembrance Tree. All agreed that the Craft night for unfinished objects was good fun with loads of work done. Craft class specialising in Applique will commence on 20th January at 7.30pm.

Winner of 'Funky Shoes' competition was Alice Whitty and all monies collected will go to Mental health (St. Pats Hospital). Thanks to Majella Colfer and Mairead O'Gorman on providing delicious Tea. Raffle winners were Vero Rooney, Margt O'Gorman, Poulpeasty and Breda Whelan.

Guest speaker, Sasha Roche Kelly, therapist in Manual Lymph Drainage informed all present about this therapy and answered lots of interesting questions. Marian wished all a very happy Christmas and the first meeting of 2016 is scheduled for Monday 11th January at 8pm in Camross hall.

Dancing at Camross

Glen Flynn provided music for the December dance and the Jiving competition held on Friday 4th in Camross Ballroom. The following 'Jiving couples' will contest the National finals in Claremorris in February, Edel Pender and Elaine Coleman, Jimmy Kelly and Monica Walsh, Tony and Eileen Redmond, John Stamp and Bernie Watts, Wm. Martin and Mary Molloy, and P.J. Cullen and Geraldine Moore, we wish them all every success.

Camross is the place to be on New Year's Night as the first dance of 2016 will be held in the Ballroom with music supplied by Brendan and Patricia Lee. Usual adm. €8 including The Tea.

GAA club Notes

The Club Lotto takes place this Tuesday night 15th December in Granstown, when the Jackpot will be €10,700, please have all your tickets in the Centre at 7.30pm.

It looks like the County semi final of U21 football will be during the Christmas break. We will let you know when we have definite fixture.


The following players made it to the finals of the Charity Tournament on Sunday 13th December. Results of same to follow next week: 6th Div L/Singles Margaret O'Regan, 6th Div. M/Singles Patrick O'Regan, 6th Div. L/Dbls Martina Cogley/Margaret O'Regan, 6th Div. M/Dbls Dan Rossiter/Patrick O'Regan, 6th Div. Mix/Dblx Patrick O'Regan/Martina Cogley.

Mixed League results are as follows Shelbourne A defeated Taghmon 6/3, Taghmon defeated Shelbourne B 7/3. The Club will close on Thursday the 17th of December for the Christmas holidays.


About this Place, Heritage Trail will be launched on 17th December at 2.15pm with a Village Tour (Includes unveiling of Map) Start Point: Taghmon National School, Taghmon. (Suitable for all ages. Dress according to weather.) 3.15pm-Launch of Website and Presentation by Michael Fortune, Taghmon National School Officially launched by local Cllr. Tony Dempsey, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council with Nuala Carroll from Taghmon Historical Society. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

This project is part of a larger umbrella project by Michael which documents sites of importance in villages around Co. Wexford. For further info please contact Mary O'Loughlin or Ray O'Brien from Taghmon FRC on 053-9134465 or contact Michael by phone on 087 6470247.

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.

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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