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Feast of St. Blaise
Wednesday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise. Throats will be blessed at 8 a.m and 10 a.m. and again in the evening at 6.30 p.m. It is a long standing tradition for parishioners to supply candles for the church which in turn are used throughout the year. If you wish to have some of your own blessed, please make sure that you put your name on a piece of paper round them.
GAA club news
Last weeks Lotto numbers were 4,19, 25 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dips winners were Eileen Coughlan ad Ella O`Connor.
The Minor footballers defeated Wygram Gaels in the Jim Byrne Cup recently.
The club held its annual general meeting on Friday, January 8 in Kyle Forge. The Chairman John Cummins reflected on a very successful year for the club and he congratulated the Under 21 hurlers and the Under 21 footballers on their great achievements of winning both Premier county titles. He thanked all who worked so hard for the club and those who helped with fundraising as well. He thanked the players, mentors and club officers as well as the generous sponsors for their support.
The officers elected for the coming year were John Cummins (Chairman) Secretary (to be confirmed) Jerry Bernard (Treasurer) Bill Eviston (P.R.O) Micheal Doyle (Coaching Officer) James Grannell (County Board Rep) Padraig Foley (Youth Officer) The Team managers appointed for 2016 were Mark Peters (hurling) and Mick Devereux (football).
A reminder that the Penny Bank collections have now resumed in both Crossabeg and Ballymurn parishes. John Foley, Donnacha and Mary McDonald and Kathleen Hayes are those in charge in Crossabeg, while collections are taken up in Ballymurn hall after Mass on Saturday nights and again on Sunday mornings.
The local Soccer club are holding a "Mr & Mrs" competition just before Valentines Day. Why not go along and join in and see which couples really do know everything about each other to win the top prize of a hotel break. The event takes place in Foleys on Friday, February 12 kicking off at 9 p.m. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed.
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Catherine Byrne (nee Murphy) Rochestown, Wellingtonbridge, (and formerly of Walnut Grove, Wexford) who died on Thursday of last week. She is survived by her husband Myles, sons Tommy, Jason, Nigel, Gavin and Barry and daughter Denise, brother Willie and sister Maura (Creane) Tubberfinnick, Crossabeg, relatives and friends to whom we offer our sincere sympathy. Requiem Mass was celebrated in Rowe Street church, Wexford on Monday morning last with removal afterwards to Mount Jerome crematorium, Dublin. R.I.P.
The death has also occured of Mrs. Joan Cloney (nee Hamilton) Clonard Park, Wexford and formerly of Newcastle, Crossabeg, who is survived by her sons Michael, Brendan and Darragh, grandchildren, sister Mary, daughters-in-law and extended family. She reposed at her residence yesterday, Monday, January 25 with removal today, Tuesday, to Clonard church for Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will take place afterwards to Crossabeg cemetery.
Our condolences also to Mr. Derek Fehily and family, Tykillen, Crossabeg, on the death of his Mother, Mrs. Mary Fehily who died on January 22. Her funeral Mass took place in Murrintown church on Monday (yesterday) with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. R.I.P.
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of the Over the Water Vintage club will be held in Ballymurn hall this coming Wednesday, January 27 at 9 p.m. All are welcome.
Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football club's "Operation Transformation" with "Between the Bells" began with large numbers attending on Tuesday night of last week at the community field in Crossabeg.
Kids in buggies, young children, parents and grandparents from Oylegate, Glenbrien, Crossabeg and Ballymurn turned up to walk, jog and run "Between the Bells". After warming up, a bell is rung and thirty minutes later a second bell is rung. The distance people cover is recorded each week between now and Easter Monday.
The committee hope the community will improve their fitness by 10% in this period. Nutrition and fitness information is provided and organised walks/runs will take place over the ten week period. The club also cater for and weigh people who want to focus on weight loss. The cost is €2 per adult, €1 per U16 to a maximum of €5 per family.
Why not get out there and join them again this Tuesday evening at 7 p.m for a community on the move. The first weekend outing is a walk/run at Culleton's Gap, Curracloe on Sunday, January 31 at 12.30 p.m.
A parish concert is taking place in the Ferrycarriig hotel on Friday, January 29. Tickets are now on sale around the parish at a cost of €10. Your generous support would be much appreciate. If you would to be involved in the concert, please contact the parochial house and leave your details.
Enrolments are now being taken at Crossabeg national school for September 2016. Parents and guardians are asked to contact the office at the school on 053-9159035.
Ladies Mini Marathon
It is that time of year again, so all you ladies who would like to get fit and raise money for the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis this year are asked to get in touch now to get your marathon pack and join the organisers in this years Ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The organisers are now taking names (and will supply transport and a meal) so don't delay-get in touch on 087-1661703 for further details.
Jack Forde represented St. Killian`s Athetic club at the National championships combined events in Athlone last weekend. Competing in the Under 14 category, he had a busy day taking on his competitors in Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, 800M and Shot Putt. This experience will give him confidence for the year ahead. Jack recorded a couple of PBs and finished in second place in his group in the Shot Putt.
A reminder that training continues every Monday and Thursday evening at the community centre from 7-8 p.m. and new members are always welcome. Training also at the Raven in Curracloe every Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m.
Ferrycarrig 5 mile race
Conditions were ideal for the annual Ferrycarrig 5 mile race which was organised by the local St. Killian`s Athletic club in conjunction with Athletics Ireland. The chief organiser was Padraig Moriarty and great credit is due to him and the many men and women who came along to steward and help with catering on the day.
There was a very good attendance with over 350 committed runners, joggers and walkers heading out of Ferrycarrig Park at midday to run down through Killowen, out to Kitestown Cross, back up to Kyle Cross and home to Ferrycarrig Park. This was a field of top class runners with some of the best road runners competing.
In the mens race Sergio Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers) was the favourite. He was fresh from competing for Ireland in the senior European cross country championships. Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham) Irish marathon champion and Brian Maher from Kilkenny were also trying to topple the favourite but to no avail. Sergio won the competition in a time of 24.19 with Sean hot on his heels in second place and Brian in third place.
The battle for fourth was intriguing with different tactics at work. Brian Kirwan (St. Laurence O`Tooles) fresh from his fifth consecutive senior Carlow cross country win last week, pushed the pace and made an 80 meter gap from St. Killians Niall Sheil. Niall turned on the pace with a mile to go and entering the gate was in touching distance of Brian. Brian dug deep and this made for a thrilling finish as the two men went flat out down the avenue, with Brian crossing the line with 2 seconds to spare. Well done to Niall who continues to give of his best for his club.
The women's race was not shy of international pedigree with local Kilmore AC athlete Jackie Carty competing. Jackie was always going to be the woman to beat and she ran a super race in defending her title in another convincing manner in a time of 29 mind 44sec just shy of her course record. Her team mate Annaleigh Hore is going from strength to strength and took second in a time of 31 mins 15 with Catherine Murphy (Slaney Olympic) taking third in 32 mins 35s.
In the large field of competitors there was a large number of men and women from the parish competing and supporting the event. It proved to be a great success raising vital funds for the local Crossabeg/Ballymurn new community centre project.
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.
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.
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. Throw-in is at 2.30pm.
Best of luck to the players and management as they endeavour to qualify for another All-Ireland Final. 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.
Date for your Diary
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and Camogie will hold their Dinner Dance and Presentation of Medals on Easter Sunday night. Further details will be available, closer to the date.
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.
Coiste na nÓg
Oulart-The Ballagh Coiste na nÓg held a meeting on Friday 8th January to review 2015 and to make plans for the year ahead. Elizabeth Freeman continues as Chairperson and the joint-Secretaries are Angela Lawless and Geraldine Doyle. 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.
Registration Night: 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.
Deadline 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.
Under 10 Camogie
The Presentation of medals to Oulart-The Ballagh Under 10 Camogie team will take place in Oulart Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd February, the same night as the registration of under-age members.