Around the Districts
Crossabeg, Over the Water
Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA clubs penny bank will resume this coming weekend in both parishes. The very successful scheme which has been operating for a long number of years now took in €170,000 in the year gone out. The club wishes to thank all who subscribe so loyally and look forward to their continued support for the coming year. New members are most welcome too. Kathleen Hayes, Donnacha and Mary McDonald and John Foley are available in Crossabeg to take in your subscriptions.
The 2016 Arachas Ferrycarrig 5 Mile race takes place on Sunday, January 24. This has proved a most popular race since its introduction a couple of years back and it is being held at a slightly later date this year. Entries are now being taken. Check online for details on same.
The event is being organised by the local St. Killian`s Athletic club in conjunction with the Athletics Association of Ireland and there is always a great sense of community spirit prevailing during and after the event. The race caters for the experienced runner and the casual jogger as well as for those wishing to enjoy a good mornings walk around the roads of Crossabeg.
The race gets underway from Ferrycarrig Park at mid-day and taking a left hand turn heads down through Killowen and out to Kitestown Cross, before heading back up to Kyle Cross and back to the soccer pitch. Refreshments are served afterwards in the clubhouse. This is a fundraiser for the local Crossabeg/Ballymurn community centre.
Last weeks Lotto numbers were 1,15, 22 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dip winners were the Sherlock family and Pauline Cummins. This weeks Jackpot is worth €7,800.
The death took place on Saturday last, January 9 of Mrs. Nora Malone, Bree. Formerly Cloney from Kyle, Crossabeg, she was pre-deceased by her parents James and Isobel and by her brothers Dessie and Noel. Requiem Mass took place in Bree church on Monday morning at 11 a.m. followed by burial to the nearby cemetery. She is survived by her husband Peter, daughter Bernadette, sons Gavin and Hugo, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother Billy (Kyle) and sister Margaret (Kehoe, Coolanick, Oylegate) and by the extended Cloney families to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. R.I.P.
The annual parish concert will take place in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Friday, January 29. The concert showcases the vast amount of local talent in the parish and anyone wishing to participate in the event should contact the parochial house.
St. Killians`s AC President Nicky Cowman was presented with an outstanding service award to athletics at the annual Leinster All-Star awards held in the Seven Oaks hotel in Carlow on Saturday last.
Athletics has been a part of his life since his first taste at his primary school sports where he finished second on three occasions. He specialises in Hurdles and High Jumping coaching but has coached all disciplines for almost forty years and his generosity with both his time and expert knowledge knows no bounds and to this day he has never been known to decline an opportunity to coach or advice an athlete.
The highlight of his athletic coaching career he would say was when Ryan Carthy-Walsh who he has coached for the past seven years won silver in the High jump at the European Youth Olympics last summer. St. Killians AC members wish to congratulate and wish Nicky continued good health and many more years of coaching.
Waterford was a hive of activity last weekend for the re-scheduled Waterford half marathon. Thankfully the conditions were ideal and it resulted in a great race with a lot of good times. Rio bound Mick Clohessy looked the business in a performance suitable to a future Olympian taking the win in a time of 64 mins 25 secs. St. Killians had a number of athletes competing and first home for them was Jay Kehoe in a super time of 85 mins 56 secs. Next home was Deirdre O`Grady in a tie of 1 hour 54 mins sneaking in just ahead of her husband Gerry Moran who finished in a time of 1 hour 57 mins. Well done to all involved. A reminder to all juvenile members that indoor training continues in the community centre every Monday and Thursday evening from 7p.m.
Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club are running an Operation Transformation over the next few months, but with a difference. Firstly you can follow the national campaign as per T.V and Facebook which focuses on weight, and join the country in trying to lose a combined 1,000,000 pounds, and the club will monitor weight weekly, or along with an optional weigh-in, the emphasis will be on getting fitter with "Between the Bells".
This is how it works. Bring the whole family down to the track at the community field in Crossabeg. After a ten minute warm up, a bell will be rung and you can walk/jog/run at your own pace around the track. After thirty minutes the bell will ring again and you will note from the nearest distance marker how many laps you have completed. Continue to the finish line and submit your distance to the team of "Bell Betweeners". They will track your progress over a 10-week period. You will receive a chart with your individual progress outlined as well as a chart that tracks the entire community's progress.
The club are aiming to improve the community's collective fitness by ten per cent in ten weeks.The fit-fun will start at 6.30 p.m on Tuesday, January 19 with registration and weigh-in and finishes on Easter Monday, March 28. A weekly €2 charge will apply.
Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies football club provides football for girls from Oylegate, Glenbrien, Crossabeg and Ballymurn parishes.
Crossabeg's 55+club has re-opened for business. The members meet every Tuesday afternoon in Kyle Forge between 2 and 4 p.m. New members are always most welcome.
Over The Water
The January meeting of the Castlebridge ICA Guild will take place on Monday, January 18 at 7.30 p.m. in the community centre. All are most welcome.
Reserve Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 for variety concerts in Screen hall. After the success of last years show the Panto group have decided to stage the concerts again this year with a view later in the year for organising for a pantomime for early 2017. Auditions will take place later this month for an opening chorus of dance and song for children and adults. Keep an eye out for dates in your local paper and on facebook. More news later. Happy 2016 to all supporters from all in The Pantomime Society.
Castlebridge national school are now accepting enrolments for September 2016. Enrolment forms are available from the school office, or by phoning 053- 9159442. Please return the forms by March 15.
Social dancing change
Social dancing in Screen hall has now been changed to Thursday night, January 21. Keep this date in your diary. Music will be supplied by Pat Daly and dancing commences at 9.30 p.m. Admission is €8 and refreshments are also served. Always a great social event.
Screen hall updates
A huge thanks to all who sponsored prizes, bought tickets and supported the Christmas party held on December 12 in aid of the hall funds. A great night was had by all. Get rid of any scrap metal for free by bringing same to the skip located behind C&C Building Providers in Screen. Your support will help with hall finances. Book you children's birthday parties in Screen hall. Entertainment by Mrs Oddsocks. Great deals available. Contact Tina on 083-3009473 for further details.
Roof repairs need to be carried out to Screen hall. Interested parties should contact John Fielding on 087-6381114.
Bridge Drama group will present 'Lost In Yonkers,' by Neil Simon in The National Opera House from January 28 to January 30 at 8 p.m. nightly.
Regarded as Simon's finest play, it tells the story of the Kurnitz family in New York in 1942. Two teenage boys, Jay and Arty find their lives turned upside down when their father moves away for work and they are left in the care of their strong willed grandmother and their loving aunt Bella.
This brilliant dramatic comedy observes the effects of when love and affection is withheld. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1991, this production is not to be missed . For booking go to www.nationaloperahouse.ie/(053)9122144
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Shelmalier GAA Club will take place on Saturday next, January 16 in Hollymount complex, beginning at 6 p.m. The club would like to invite all members and supporters to attend this important meeting.
Day Care centre
Castlebridge Day Care Centre committee wish to acknowledge the many generous donations received over the Christmas season from the various businesses and individuals in the locality, especially Joan, Sharon and Myles and the patrons of the Porter House, who for many years have been holding a Coffee day and donating funds to the centre.
New members are most welcome at the Day Care centre. On Mondays the mens and craft groups meet while there is also a gathering of members on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Transport can be arranged from the local rural transport or by contacting any committee member.
Brian is Wexford captain
The Shelmalier GAA club is delighted that their duo star Brian Malone has been handed the captaincy of the Wexford senior footballers for 2016. It is a great honour for Brian and his family to receive this recognition and role and it highlights the commitment, dedication and leadership qualities which are essential for the position. We wish Brian and his fellow Wexford senior footballers every success in in the coming year.
Age Friendly programme
Wexford County Council Age-friendly county national programme will hold a public consultation in Castlebridge Day Care centre on Wednesday, January 13 from 11 a.m. until 12.15 p.m. This is your opportunity to have your opinions heard and to have an input into decisions about your county and all important aspects of life in the locality.
Representatives from all community groups are invitied to attend. Admission is free.
There was no winner of the Shelmalier Development Lotto on Monday, January 4 when the numbers drawn were 4, 10, 13 and 23. There was one lucky match 3 winner and the winner was Annette Barron, Ballybeg, Screen who received €200. Next weeks jackpot stands at €11,800 so get your ticket and support Hollymount development programme.
Operation 'Over the Water'
With the new year just past it is that time of year when people begin to think of exercise and fresh air and with this in mind the Shelmalier GAA club have started Operation 'Over the Water' to cater for people of the parish who may like to join with others for some walking and exercise.
The programme began on Saturday last in Hollymount when over 20 men and women took to the walking track for over an hour of delightful walking and chat. The group will continue walking in Hollymount every Saturday at 11 a.m and they will also walk on Wednesday nights, meeting at the Riverbank Hotel at 7 p.m sharp. The Wednesday evening will return to Hollymount when the evenings get brighter. So get your walking shoes on and join the group. Participants are encouraged to bring along a high viz jacket and some water. Further details can be obtained from Catherine Roche on 087-0533952 or any club member.
Pilates classes take place on Mondays in Ballymurn hall at 10 a.m. and on Tuesdays at 10 a.m in Screen hall. Classes take place on Sundays at 10.30 a.m in Castlebridge hall. These are mixed ability classes and newcomers and beginners are always welcome. These classes help improve posture, tone, back strength, flexibility, core and body strength. Contact Debbie on 086-8122535 for further information.