Around the Districts

Published 13/02/2016 | 00:00

Cassie Parle, Laura Roche and Aoife Roche watching the Ireland v Wales rugby match in Mackens on Sunday.
Cassie Parle, Laura Roche and Aoife Roche watching the Ireland v Wales rugby match in Mackens on Sunday.

Blackwater, Crossabeg, Over the Water


thank you

Haidrun Fikentscher would like to express a huge thank you to everyone for there generosity and for coming and joining her at her 80th birthday celebrations in Hotel Curracloe on 23rd January. An amazing sum of €1,294.31 was raised in aid of Blackwater Children's playground.

school enrolments

Scoil Naomh Bríde, Blackwater, is now accepting application forms for school year 2016/2017. Further information and enrolment forms can be provided by contacting the school secretary on 053-9127314.

local notes

If anybody has any notices that they wish to publish in the blackwater notes could they please forward them to on the Thursday prior to publication of the newspaper by 9pm.

table quiz

The parents council of Mercy School, John's Road Wexford are holding a fundraiser table quiz in the Riverbank House Hotel at 8pm this Thursday 11th February, €20 per table of 4 people, great spot prizes and all proceeds go towards the school.


Church news

Wednesday,February 10 is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. Blessed Ashes will be distributed at 8 a.m. again after the 9.30 a.m. Mass and in the evening at 6.30 p.m. The sick of the parish will also be visited around noon with Blessed Ashes. Prayer meeting in the parochial house on Wednesday at 8 p.m. All are welcome. Trocaire boxes are available at the back of the church. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be distributed to children from Crossabeg national school on Wednesday, February 17 at 2 p.m.

Date for the Diary

A Fashion Show will be held in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Thursday, April 7 in aid of parish funds. Further details at a later date.

Mr & Mrs. Competition

The local Soccer club are holding a "Mr & Mrs" competition on Friday, February 12 in Foleys pub commencing at 9 p.m. Why not go along and join them in the fun to see which of the six couples really do know everything about each other and which couple can win the top prize. Host for the night South East radio`s Michael Sinnott. A great night is guaranteed. The couples competing are Danny and Jamie Lee, Jonathan and Debbie, Jay and Katie, Ken and Assumpta, Servas and Fredrica and Anthony and Amanda.

Operation Transformation

Operation Transformation continues tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. at Crossabeg community field. All are welcome to go along and help improve the fitness of the community. It is not too late to join "betweenthebells". Lots of fun for all the family members.

Coffee morning

A very successful coffee morning in aid of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland was held in Kyle Forge on Saturday morning last. Organised by Alannah Griffin and her family, she wishes to thank most sincerely all who helped in any way, those who attended and gave so generously, those who helped set up and attend the tables, the very generous sponsors of the raffle prizes and indeed to those who pledged donations to the cause.

Well done to the raffle winners, Anne Cowman, Sarah Cunningham, Fr. Jim Finn, Marty O`Connor, Dave and Denise Byrne, Vicky Hurst, Peggy Rossiter, Nell Laffan, Aaron Quinn, Sheila Fortune, Val Carley, Larry Kinsella and Mai Carty.

Text Alert AGM

The annual general meeting of the Crossabeg Community Text Alert scheme will take place on Monday, February 22 at 8 p.m in Kyle Forge. This is an Open Meeting and all are welcome. New members will be registered on the night. As ever, the focus is on ways and means of combating robberies in the area.

Peter Butler from TASK is the guest speaker and he will explain the Social and Panic button alarm system. This is a real boon to vulnerable people and well worthwhile to get to know how it functions. Put that date in your diaries.

Camogie Registration

Oylegate/Glenbrien Camogie club will hold a Registration night in Oylegate community centre on Friday, February 12 from 7.30-8.30 p.m. The committee are asking all players, parents and guardians to attend. Membership for the year is as follows; working adults €80; non-working adults/students/U18/U16/U14/U12 is €55; U10/U8`s is €35 and managers/trainers/social members to pay €25. Members are not insured until membership is paid.


We extend our condolences to the family of the late Margaret O`Neill (nee Kelly) Lee Heights, Walnut Grove, Wexford, and widow of the late Sgt. Patrick O`Neill who resided at Kitestown until his death in 1984. Her remains will be removed from Kearneys funeral home today, Tuesday, February 9 to Crossabeg church for funeral Mass at 12 noon with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. Deepest sympathy to her sons Mark and Joseph and extended family members. R.I.P.


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.

Darts tournament

A darts tournament will be held in Foleys pub, Crossabeg on Saturday, February 27 at 9.30 p.m. Proceeds in aid of the fund for the senior citizens annual Christmas party. Your support would be much appreciated.

GAA club news

The numbers drawn in the local GAA club lotto last week were 9, 11, 14 and 29. There was no jackpot winner, and one match three winner, Dermot O'Leary. This weeks Jackpot is worth €8,600.

Hard luck to the minor footballers who lost out to Bunclody in the Jim Byrne Cup semi final recently.

A reminder that memberships are now due.

penny bank

Penny bank collections for 2016 have recommenced in both Crossabeg and Ballymurn. Collections in Ballymurn take place in the hall after Mass on Saturday night and again on Sunday morning. The collectors in Crossabeg are John Foley, Donnacha and Mary McDonald and Kathleen Hayes.

Community Games

The Castlebridge/Crossabeg and Bree/Davidstown Areas contested the final of the under 13 Chess competition on Thursday night of last week. The event was held at Kyle Forge in Crossabeg. Grateful thanks to Jim Doyle and Stasia Reilly who adjudicated on the night and to the children and their parents for their attendance.

These two Areas have been very much to the fore in Chess competitions over the past number of years and the local Castlebridge/Crossabeg Area are also the outgoing champions. They are now the new county champions for 2016 and we wish them the very best of luck in the Leinster rounds in a few months time.

On the night the team took control of the final and were worthy winners on a four and a half points to a half point scoreline. The panel of players consisted of Padraic O`Carroll, Cathal Gormley, Ronan Brennan, Hugh Boggan, Matthew Molloy and subs Bronagh Boggan and Sarah Kenny.

Over The Water

Drama production

Following their very successful opening three night run, Bridge Drama will return to the National Opera House with 'Lost in Yonkers' by Neil Simon.

Set in 1942 over a candy store in New York, teenage boys Jay and Arty find their lives turned upside down when their father Eddie, moves away for work leaving them in the care of their strong willed Grandma and their lovable Aunt Bella. They meet their Uncle Louie, a small time crook and their Aunt Gert who has an unusual affliction.

This brilliantly funny yet touching play observes the influence on a family where love and affection is withheld. Don't miss this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awarded play at the National Opera House on February 12 and 13 and February 19 and 20. For booking please phone (053) 9122144 or log on to

Screen school news

Screen national school are now taking enrolments for September 2016. Registration forms can be obtained at the school reception. Contact 053- 9137142 or email An open day for parents of prospective new students will be held on Wednesday February 17. This will give parents an opportunity to meet staff, view the school in full and to hear about all their facilities.

Development Lotto

Results of Lotto draw For Sunday, January 31 in aid of Curracloe United AFC as follows:- the numbers drawn were 5, 23, 26 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner and 2 match 3 winners who each received €75, Tanya Fitzpatrick, c/o Sean Tobin and Padraig Donohoe, Drinagh House, Wexford. The draw takes place every Sunday night and tickets are available from members of the club.

Social Dancing

Social dancing takes place in Screen hall on Thursday, February 25 with music by Derek Veall. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. onwards. Refreshments are also served. Admission is €8 and your support would be appreciated.

Screen hall events

Drama classes in Screen hall every Thursday at 2.15 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. catering for children from 5 to 12 years of age. Enrolments now taking place for new students. Contact Olivia on 085-1379527 for further details.

Fitness classes every Wednesday and Friday morning from 10 -11 a.m. All levels of fitness very welcome and these are very enjoyable classes. Bookings are now being taken for birthday parties with entertainment by Mrs Oddsocks. Contact Tina on 083-3009473 to book. Pilates classes every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

Dont forget that scrap metal can be left at the skip which is located behind C & C Building Providers. Your scrap metal will be taken for free and helps with fundraising for the hall.

Pool Tournament

Last weeks winner of the Richard Furlong memorial pool tournament was the "on-form" Pat Furlong and this weeks winner was Aidan Doyle. The event is kindly sponsored by Bones Furlong Digger Hire, Curracloe and ST Civil Engineering, Curracloe.

Operation Over the Water

Operation Over the Water continues every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m with weigh-ins followed by a fitness class or different activity. You can still register so go along this week. The cost is €10 for registration and €5 each week. Why not join the members at the weekend for a walk which takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m in Hollymount and/or on Sunday at 10 a.m at The Raven, Curracloe.

Congratulations to the raffle prize winners of last week, William Redmond (fruit hamper) kindly sponsored by Bloom & Veg, Castlebridge; Molly Gordan (Style Icon Voucher) kindly sponsored by Therese Sheil; Kathleen Lacey (St Ibar's/Shelmaliers hoodie) kindly donated by the CC.

The club would also like to thank Myles & Sinead Sunderland, Dr Eamonn McCarthy, Trudi Coone, Elaine Hearne and Rachel Power and they look forward to seeing you all this week - lots of activities in store for you.

I.C.A. meeting

The next meeting of the Castlebridge branch of the I.C.A will take place in the community centre on Monday, February 15 at 7.30 p.m. All are most welcome.

Curracloe school news

Mrs. Torpey would like to sincerely thank Curracloe schools music group and their families who turned out to support the Comhaltas event in the Talbot hotel on Sunday, January 31. It was a great afternoon of music and dancing and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to Comhaltas for organising the event.

Well done to the fourth, fifth and sixth class boys and girls who took part in the Wexford Credit Union quiz on Monday, February 1.

The school have organised a Book Fair. You are welcome to visit the Fair in the school on the following on Tuesday, February 9 from 3-4 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 10 from 3-4 p.m. The school receives sixty per cent of all sales of books. Thank you to the parents who have offered to help run the event.

The school are now taking enrolments for September 2016. Registration forms are available in the school and should be completed and returned by Monday, February 29.

The most recent winner of the Split the Pot draw was Alannah and Sean Tynan who won €177. The next draw takes place on Monday, February 15.


Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Kathleen Murphy & Austin Hearne. Last weeks winners were Eamon Leacy & Fr. Denis Kelly. Cards continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m. All are welcome.

Music School

Music and Irish Dancing lessons every Tuesday in Hollymount at the usual times. If anyone wants to learn two instruments the cost is €5 per instrument. The next Comhaltas session takes place on Friday, February 26. Venue to be confirmed so watch this space. Like on facebook.

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