Around the Districts

Published 17/02/2016 | 00:00

Laura O'Donnell and Jane Mullane enjoying the Nostalgia Night in Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday night.
Laura O'Donnell and Jane Mullane enjoying the Nostalgia Night in Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday night.

Blackwater, Crossabeg, Oulart, Over the Water


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.


Macra is for 17-35 year olds and has six key areas: agriculture, sport, public speaking, performing arts, travel and social, and community involvement. You can get involved in a wide range of sports and competitions, such as mixed tag rugby, indoor soccer, badminton, volleyball, drama, talent competitions, travel, farm skills to social nights. With activities to suit everyone you don't need to be an expert or a farmer to take part.

Contact Mairead on 087 9585376 or email


Dinner Dance

The Cardiac Rehabilitation group will hold their annual Dinner Dance in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m. Admission is €25. Tickets are available from the hotel or contact John Quinn on 087-2772173. Your generous support would be appreciated.

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.

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.

A guest speaker will be along to 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.


We extend our condolences to the extended Cloney families, Kyle, Crossabeg, on the death of Christine Cloney (nee Brett of Drangan,Co. Tipperary) widow of the late Desmond Cloney (ex Kyle) who died in London on February 8. Burial will take place in London. R.I.P.

GAA club notes

Last week's Lotto numbers drawn in the Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club draw were 6, 13, 14 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Liz Foley and Joe Murphy. This weeks Jackpot is worth €8,800.

The minor footballers will play Ballyhogue away in the first round of the championship on Sunday, February 28 at 11 a,m. In the first round of the League the Intermediate footballers will play Geraldine O'Hanrahans at home on Saturday March 5 at 4 p.m. while the Junior B footballers will play Kilmore at home on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

The underage section of the club will hold registration nights this coming weekend, on Saturday night in Ballymurn hall at 8.30 p.m and on Sunday night in Kyle Forge, Crossabeg at 7 p.m. Adult memberships are also due.


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.


The Leinster Juvenile Indoor championships were held in Athlone over the past weekend. St. Killians Amy Forde finished in fourth place in the U17 Shot Putt in a new PB while Jack Forde also took fourth place in a hard fought 60M Hurdles U16 final. The club members are out in action again on March 5.

Community Games

The Castlebridge/Crossabeg and Bree/Davidstown Areas contested the final of the under 13 Chess competition recently.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.

Dafts tournament

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



Heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to Mrs Irene Hayden and family Kilnamanagh on the recent death of her sister Louise Byrne, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Active Retirement

Oulart Active Retirement are planning some events for the first half of 2016. The first is on Thursday 25th February when the group goes for lunch to The Courtyard in Ferns, meeting there at 1pm. For those who need transport be at the Community Centre at 12 noon. A walking programme will also begin when the weather becomes a little more encouraging.

In April a day trip is planned going to Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens, and also visiting Tintern Abbey. Exact date has yet to be fixed. In late May a visit to the Great Saltee Island is on the programme, to view the wonderful array of sea birds in their natural nesting habitat, and enjoy the cliff scenery of the island.

Bowls continue every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, and Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. More information from Bridie Nolan, 087 92092810, or Hugh Coleman 087 6166647.

Thar an Trasnán

TG4 will be in Oulart on Saturday 20th February at 10am to film Thar an Trasnán an exciting competition on Seó Spóirt for GAA. The skills of a number of club camogie players will be tested. Supporters are welcome to attend.

'The Pull'

Oulart The Ballagh Camogie Club present 'The Pull' a gas comedy not to be missed in The Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 17th April. Tickets cost €15 or €40 family rate.

Players of Year

Congrats to camogie players Stacey Redmond, Stacey Kehoe, Shelley Kehoe and hurlers Keith Rossiter, Shaun Murphy and David Redmond on being nominated for the Glen Fuels senior camogie/hurling players of the year.

Well done to Ciara Storey and David Redmond who were presented with the AIB Leinster Club players of year in Croke Park recently.

Card Drive

Card drive in Oulart community centre Sunday 21st February at 8pm. All welcome.

Painting Classes

Painting classes will begin in the Legion of Mary Hall, Oulart on Thursday 18th February, 3pm-5pm.All ages and abilities catered for. For further information please ring Mary @ 053-9136444.

gaa Dinner Dance

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA & Camogie will hold their Dinner Dance and presentation of medals on Easter Sunday night. All former members and supporters are invited to join the celebrations so keep the date in mind. Full details will be available shortly. Get out your dancing shoes and "glad rags" and prepare for a night to remember.

School Enrolment

Parents/Guardians who intend starting their Junior Infants in Oulart National School in September 2016 are asked to collect an enrolment form from the School Office (9am-3pm) and return the completed form no later than 1st March.

Parents/guardians are requested to register their children as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary: First Confession for Second Class will be held on Monday 14th March at 7.30pm in St. Patrick's Church. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May.

Penny Bank

The parish is very well served with opportunities to save, with a Penny Bank operating in both Oulart and The Ballagh. The Oulart Penny Bank is held on Tuesday evenings in the Legion of Mary Hall and The Ballagh Penny Bank deposits are collected in Bob's Bar every Saturday night from 7.15pm until 8.15pm.


Congratulations to Daire Swords, Dranagh, who won a gold medal at the Irish Water Safety Still Water championships in Limerick last weekend.

Partnered by Liam Devanney from Wexford, they came first in the Junior (14 to 16 year olds) line throw competition.

Over The Water

Curracloe school news

The teachers of St. Margaret's national school, Curracloe, would like to thank everyone who supported the recent Book Fair which was run in conjunction with Scholastic Book Fair. It was a great success and thanks to all who supported . The children are now looking forward to receiving lots of new books. Thanks to all the parents who helped out.

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

Well done to recent Split the Pot winner Ann Walsh who won €165. The next draw will be held on Monday, February 22.

The Parents Association would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped with the recent fundraiser at Pettitts Supervalu, St. Aidan's Crescent. Congratulations to Tommy McCann who won a €200 shopping voucher and to Francis Neville who won the sellers prize.

Pool tournament

Last weeks winner of the Richard Furlong memorial Pool tournament was Paddy Doyle who defeated one of the young guns James Doyle 3-1 in Thursday nights final. The event was kindly sponsored by Bones Furlong Digger hire and ST Civil Engineering, Curracloe.

Open Day

The Principal, staff and children of Screen national school are holding an `Open Day` for parents of prospective new students this Wednesday, February 17 from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. and all are most welcome to attend. This gathering will give parents an opportunity to meet staff, meet existing parents, to view the school in full and to hear about all the various activities and facilities at the school and also to socialise and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. The staff will be happy to discuss enrolments for the school year 2016/2017 on the day, so do go along. Enquiries to the school reception. Call 053-9137142 or email

Development Lotto

The numbers drawn in the Curracloe United AFC development draw on Sunday, February 7 were 15, 16, 22 & 26. There was no Jackpot winner and 3 match 3 winners who received €50 each, Alison Tobin, Coolrainey, Curracloe; Chucky Curracloe and Caitlin, c/o The Tavern.

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 this coming Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20 for their final staging before they go on tour across the country on the Amateur Drama circuit. For bookings please call 053-9122144 or log on to

The Bridge Drama group would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support so far and for the enthusiastic reaction Lost in Yonkers has received.

Operation Over the Water

Another great night for all who joined 'Operation Over the Water' on Wednesday evening of last week. It was a great class, so thank you John Kenny. There is great competition arising among the groups and also the individuals. Keep up the good work everyone.

Congratulations to last weeks raffle winners, Trudi Coone, Chrissie Keane and Catherine Doyle. Thanks also `Be Yourself` Castlebridge and the Post Office, Curracloe who kindly sponsored the prizes.

The doors will be open at 6.30 p.m this Wednesday for anyone who can make it early with another great class in store from P&R Fitness this week.

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.

Screen hall bookings

Drama classes in Screen hall every Thursday at 2.15 p.m. and again at 3.15 p.m. These classes cater for children from 5 to 12 years of age. The organisers are now enrolling new members. Contact Olivia on 085-1370527.

Fitness classes every Wednesday and Friday morning from 10-11 a.m. All levels of fitness welcome. Enjoyable classes all round to suit everyone.

Bookings are being taken for birthday parties. Contact Tina on 083-3009473 to make a booking. Entertainment provided by Mrs. Oddsocks.

Pilate classes take place in the hall every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

You can support the hall by taking your scrap metal to the skip located behind C & C Building Providers in Screen.

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