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Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will hold its AGM on Friday 22nd January, beginning at 7.30pm. Registration will begin at 7pm. Current members, former members and new members, male and female, are invited to attend and become involved in the running of one of the most successful clubs in the country.
No major changes are expected at the top table or in the managerial/selector positions for Intermediate, Junior and Under 21 teams. The senior hurling will not come under review until the conclusion of our Club championship campaign. With work already begun on the Complex at the main pitch the further development of our facilities will be examined.
Club membership will, as usual, be collected on the night but can also be paid up to the end of March in order to have a vote at the next AGM. A special appeal is being made to all former players and members to renew their membership and to take a new interest in the affairs of our proud club.
Community Text Alert
The Annual General Meeting of Oulart Community Text Alert will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Wednesday 27th January, beginning at 8pm. Registration of members will take place on the night, as well.
Anyone who cannot attend the AGM is asked to contact the local Text Alert number (087-3316866) and a committee member will deal with any queries and arrange to collect the membership fee of 10 euro. We are very fortunate in this area to have very committed and discreet Text Alert volunteers who freely give their time and efforts to ensure the security and safety of residents and their property.
The Oulart-The Ballagh Senior Camogie team, reigning All-Ireland Champions will contest the All-Ireland semi-final against Milford, (Cork and Munster Club Champions), in Carriganore Sports Campus, Waterford Institute of Technology, on Sunday 31st January.
We should all be so proud of all our talented sport-stars, camogie and hurling, who wear the Red-and- Black with such pride and distinction and who have made-known the name of our club, far and wide.
Congratulations to Karen Atkinson, Sliabh na Gréine, The Ballagh and Michael Sinnott, Ballinerode who announced their engagement recently. Karen, full- back on Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team, is the youngest daughter of Joe and Catherine and sister to Colleen, Sheena and John. Michael, a former star with Oulart Pantomime and talented goal-keeper and busy farmer, is eldest son of John and Anne and brother to Seán, Thomas, Cathal and Declan Best wishes for the future to them both.
Active Retirement News
Oulart Active Retirement Association recently held its annual general meeting. The following officers were elected: Chairperson Mary O'Grady; Vice- chair Derek Elliot; Secretary Dave Newman; Treasurer Bridie Nolan; P.R.O. Hugh Coleman; Committee members elected were Mary McDevitt and Jim Dempsey. At the end of the meeting tea and mince pies were enjoyed by all, accompanied by plenty of chat.
Bowls have resumed on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm, and Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. New members are always welcome, call to Oulart Community Centre during bowls times.
For those wanting to re-live the glories of Oulart-The Ballagh hurlers' successes in the Co. Final versus St. Martin's and the Leinster Final against Cuala, a double DVD, with commentary, is now available in the local shops or directly from Club Treasurer, Pauline Davitt. As this is a limited edition you are advised to secure your copy before stocks run out. The Double DVD sells at €20 and would make an ideal Christmas gift.
Coiste na nÓg
Oulart-The Ballagh Coiste na nÓg held a meeting on Friday 8th January to review 2015. There was a great attendance at the meeting and lots of enthusiasm about the year ahead. Noel Doyle stepped down from secretarial duties and was thanked by the Chairperson for all his work during the past three years and was wished the best of luck for the future. He was presented with a small token of appreciation for the diligent way that he fulfilled his duties as Secretary.
The Chairperson thanked all the officers and committee members, the adult Board and the Camogie Club for all of their help and support during her first year as Chairperson.
It had been a very busy year and also a time of great sadness, with the untimely death of under-age star, Conor Byrne on 18th February as well as the deaths of other members of the club, all of whom are sadly missed. On behalf of Coiste na nÓg the Chairperson offered sincere condolences to all the bereaved families.
The Chairperson also thanked the players for the continued commitment and congratulated them all on their achievements. She expressed her delight in the increased under-age membership as, of course, the youngsters are the future of the club.
The Chairperson extended congratulations to all the under-age players on their brilliant performances throughout last year, with special mention of the Minors on winning the Roinn 1 Minor Co Final; to our U16 team who competed at a high level and had a tough year with the sudden and sad passing of Conor Byrne; to our U14 team who won the Premier Shield Final, and to the under 12 who got to the Shield final and played so well but unfortunately lost.
The under 10s and under 8 also had a brilliant season, playing and winning Tournaments, and enjoying lots of matches which are key to the development of our young players while, our under 6s are growing in numbers each year and it is wonderful to be up in the field on a summer's evening and watch them run around and enjoy learning how to hurl.
Sincere thanks also to the very supportive parents who play their part in the development of the players and in supporting the efforts of mentors and officers.
The new secretaries, Angela Lawless and Geraldine Doyle were selected for the coming year and the present Chairperson, Elizabeth Freeman continues in that role. Managers for the under-age are as follows: Minor-Mark Rossiter; Juvenile -Darren Murphy; Under 14-Paul Hayes; Under 12- Alan O'Connor; Under 10- Philip Rossiter; Under 8- John- Paul Wickham; Under 6- Shane Reddy. All are wished the very best of luck in the year ahead.
Parents/guardians of under-age GAA and Camogie players are reminded that a joint Oulart The Ballagh Coiste na nÓg and Camogie Club "Registration Night" will be held on Tuesday 2nd February from 7.30 pm to 9.00pm in the Community Centre, Oulart.
Registration forms will be handed in to the two primary schools, Ballaghkeene NS and Oulart NS, the week before registration night for distribution to the primary schoolchildren and their families. The completed forms can be brought to the registration night, resulting in less delay. Of course, the forms can also be filled-in on the night. For further information/enquiries please contact Liz Freeman on 087 7560871.
Minister of the Word
Mary Fitzgerald and Linda Masterson are the readers on duty the weekend of 23rd/24th January while Eileen McGrath and Angela Lawless will read on 30th/31st January.
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman invite parents/guardians of boys and girls, aged 14-18 years, to apply to have their names included in a draw for part-funded, three-week scholarships to Coláiste Cholumba, in the Connemara Gaeltacht, 28th June-19th July. The cost will be split into three equal parts-club, family and Wexford GAA.
The Draw will take place at a meeting of Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman in February 2016. Families who would like their eligible students to be included should contact Breda Jacob (Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúr, Loch Garman) by text (086-1686978) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31st January 2016. Should our club be lucky enough to be awarded scholarships a supervised draw will be held to determine the recipients.
There will be youth club in Oylegate community centre on this Friday evening January 22nd from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. The supervisors for the evening are Frankie Kehoe, Tim Nolan, Marie Kavanagh, Lee Saunders, Karen Hill Burke, Caroline Doyle.
Disco: Members including 1st years will attend a Disco in Bree Community Centre on Friday January 29th; there will be no youth club in the Centre on that night.
Senior Citizens Party
The Oylegate Senior Citizens party will now be held on Sunday February 7th at 5pm in Oylegate Community Centre. Invitations will be delivered in the next couple of weeks.
Oylegate N.S. are now taking enrolments for September 2016. Please call to the school office any time from 9am to 3pm
Oylegate pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk , will be staged in Oylegate Community Centre , for four nights, Thursday 18th Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night will commence at 8p.m. with a 7p.m. start on Sunday night. More details later.
GAA Penny Bank is now open for 2016. New members always welcome, contact any committee member if you wish to join.
There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in the Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday January 6th . The lucky dip winners were Margaret Rowe, Kathleen Walsh, Billy Heffernan jnr, Dan Doran, Eddie Maher, Mary Foley, Ryand Murphy and Martin- Finn Doyle. The next draw will be held in Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday January 20th. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.
A sports quiz in aid of Lady's Hospital Crumlin, IRFU trust will take placein Mernagh's on February 8th. Team of 4 costs €40. Anyone who would like to support this cause please come along on the night.
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 lbs, and we will monitor weight weekly, or along with an optional weigh-in, the emphasis will be on getting fitter with "Between the Bells".
Here's how it works: Bring the whole family down to the track at Crossabeg Community Centre. After a 10 minute warm up, a bell will be rung and you can walk/jog/run at your own pace around the track. After 30 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 our team of "Bell Betweeners". We 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. We are aiming to improve the community's collective fitness by 10% in 10 weeks.
The fit-fun starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 19th with registration and weigh-in and finishes on Easter Monday March 28th. A weekly €2 charge will apply. Crossabeg Ballymurn Ladies football club provides football for girls from Oylegate, Glenbrien, Crossabeg & Ballymurn parishes.
Christmas Concert DVD
Parents & Guardians. Orders are now being taken, for the DVD of the National School 2015 Christmas Concert. All the performers this year were top class, and the quality of this year's DVD is very good.
The DVD costs €10 while stocks last, and all moneys raised is going directly to the much needed school car park. Orders may be placed directly to the school office.
Personal/socially monitored alarms can save your life in the event of an accident, fall or any other emergency. They can be pressed in any situation when you need help or cannot get to a telephone. They then contact the company who first ring you to see it it was hit by mistake before contacting your selected contacts e.g. son/daughter or a neighbour. Socially monitored alarms are available to people over the age of 65, either living on their own or with someone of the same age bracket, through the Seniors Alert Scheme.
Grants are available for these systems meaning that you just have to pay an annual monitoring fee of E66. More information on these personal alarms can be found on the TASK website.
If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact your representative from Glenbrien Community Text Alert or any of the committee members, Pat (087)6904289, Diane (086)0897195 or Theresa (087)9714323 within the next few weeks.
Please note mass times in Oylegate: Saturday vigil mass is at 6.30pm. Sunday morning mass is at 10.30am.