Around the Districts
Holy Week Ceremonies
Holy Thursday-Mass of the Lord's Supper-Bellevue at 6:30pm, Galbally at 8pm (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until 9:30pm)
Good Friday-Commemoration of the Lord's Passion-Bellevue at 2pm, Galbally at 3:30pm, Stations of the Cross in Galbally at 7.30p.m.
Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil-Galbally at 9pm (Please bring a candle for the lighting of the Paschal Candle & the Candlelight Procession)
Easter Sunday-Mass of the Resurrection-Bellevue at 9am, Galbally at 11am.
Mass of Chrism in St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy Tuesday 22nd March at 8pm. Seating is on a first come first served basis. All are welcome.
Parish Easter Penitential Services Monday March 21st-Galbally at 7:30pm Wednesday March 23rd-Bree at 7:30pm.
The Office closes for the Easter break on Thursday March 24th at 1 p.m. The Newsletter for the weekend March 26th/27th (Easter) will be produced on Thursday March 24th. All items to be handed, emailed or phoned in by 12 noon on Thursday.
Church Spring Clean
A Spring Clean of the Church has been organised for Thursday April 7th in preparation for upcoming Confirmation and First Holy Communion ceremonies. All are welcome to help out and asked to meet in the Church at 6.30 pm. Please bring old dusters, brushes etc. if possible.
Hope & Dream
Jonathon Doran from Kereight Heights is running the Hope & Dream 10 mile race on Sunday April 10th in aid of The Hope Centre in Enniscorthy & Co Wexford Hospice Homecare. Anyone interested in sponsoring him please 087-2451391.
Bree ICA News
The March meeting of Bree ICA will take place in the Community Centre on Tuesday night next April 15th and our Speaker is Maura Dunne Hempenstall and her topic is Body Talk, new members most welcome. Also, our AGM is being held on April 19th in the Community Centre
Bree Macra News
Well done to the Question Time team of Cathal Byrne, John Healy, Aine Doyle and William Spratt-Murphy who represented Wexford at the National Finals held in Dublin last weekend. The team finished a credible 9th. The next event for the club will be attending the Mr. Personality Weekend to be held in April. Check Bree Macra out on Facebook or ring 0860825018 for more details.
Are you planning to send your child to preschool in September 2016? Galbally Community Playschool are now taking enrolments and we cater for children from all areas. Did you know the change announced in the last budget means that under the ECCE scheme, from September 2016, children will be able to register for free pre-school when they are aged 3, and will be able to remain in free pre-school until they make the transition to primary school.
Please contact us on 086-3919416, email email@example.com or call into the playschool during opening hours-Monday to Friday 9.25 to 12.25 located in Galbally National School. Our website is www.galballyplayschool.com where more information can be found.
Athletic Club Success
Well done to Bree Athletic Club who had outstanding successes at the All Ireland Indoor Championships. Sophie McCabe took gold in the Un19 Triple Jump and silver in the 400m. Sean Rowley took silver in the Un12 60m. The Un12 Boys Relay Team took a bronze medal. Team members were Ryan Whelan, Sean Rowley, Shane Doran and Robbie Chapman. Well done to Aoife Cloke Rochford (Finalist in Un19 Hurdles and 60m), Dara Casey (Finalist Un14 Hurdles) and Katie Whelan (Un14 60m) who all performed well.
Bree Hunt Club
The annual Bree Hunt point-to-point races will be held on Sunday, March 27th.
Holy Week ceremonies
On Holy Thursday, The Mass of The Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 6.30pm in The Ballagh and at 7.30pm in Oulart. The Good Friday Ceremonies will be at 3pm in The Ballagh and at 5pm in Oulart. The Holy Saturday Easter Vigil will begin at 6.30pm in The Ballagh and at 8pm in Oulart. On Easter Sunday, The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10am in Oulart and at 11am in The Ballagh.
Gorta Self Help Africa
A Church Gate Collection in aid of Gorta Self Help Africa will take place at St. Patrick's Church, Oulart on Saturday 2nd April and on Sunday 3rd April. Your usual generosity would be greatly appreciated.
Oulart National School organised a very impressive Proclamation Day on Tuesday 15th March, the day that the National Flag was hoisted (by Mr. Hamish Stuart) to honour the gallant men and women of 1916.
The pupils had composed their own Proclamations for 2016, listing their aspirations for the future. Miss Leanne Hanrahan co-ordinated their effort to combine all their ideas into a single proclamation which was read by a number of pupils.
Renowned local historian and author, Brian Cleary was guest of honour and he mentioned the important roles played by the Oulart de Lacy brothers, Michael, Larry and Ned in 1916 and he read out the list of Volunteers that were active in the area in that period. Mr. Cleary presented Scoil Mochua with a copy of Emmett's Proclamation of 1803 along with copies of a book written by Bob Brennan, leader in the Athenaeum in Enniscorthy during the Rising. These books had been donated by Oylegate native Jim Bolger (horse-trainer), whose aunt was married to Bob Brennan who later worked in the Irish Diplomatic Service in the USA.
Scoil Mochua's music group entertained the guests and visitors with lively music throughout the afternoon while each class grouping, under the direction of their teachers, presented various poems and songs associated with 1916 as well as an explanation of the origins of our Tri-Colour and the protocols attached to displaying the National Flag.
The proceedings concluded with a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann as the music group, pupils, staff and visitors joined forces to sing Peadar Kearney's words that were written some years before 1916.
The Parents' Association of Scoil Mochua provided delicious refreshments, including a cake decorated in the colours of our Brat Náisiúnta and Brian Cleary was invited to cut the cake before it was enjoyed by the assembly. Proclamation Day in Scoil Mochua was indeed a triumph and great credit is due to the principal and staff, Board of Management and Parents' Association and to the brilliant, confident and talented children who are obviously benefitting from the wonderful educational opportunities that are available to them.
Oulart-The Ballagh encourages and invites all supporters and all members of the community to join the club and become involved in one of the most successful and progressive clubs in the country. All adult players, members and intending members are reminded that membership fees for 2016 are now due and should be paid before 31st March. Membership will be accepted at any time during the year but entitlement to a vote at the next AGM will depend on adhering to the deadline of the end of March.
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA & Camogie will hold their Dinner Dance and presentation of County and Leinster championship medals on Easter Sunday night, 27th March in The Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Please note that numbers will be limited so early booking is advisable. Tickets at €25 each are available from GAA Treasurer, Pauline Davitt (087-6864594).
Player of the Year
Congratulations to Oulart-The Ballagh's Shaun Murphy who was recently awarded "Wexford Hurler of The Year" 2015 at the Wexford Supporters Gala in Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. This was a well-deserved recognition for a versatile hurler who excelled as he helped the club to Wexford and Leinster honours. Unfortunately Shaun was injured while playing for Wexford against Clare in Wexford Park and is recovering from surgery. All connected with the club wish him a speedy recovery.
Backroads to the Rising
You are invited to join walkers on the Lar Redmond Route from Oulart to Enniscorthy as part of the "Backroads to the Rising" project, which will converge on Enniscorthy on Easter Monday, 28th March. The 14.3 km walk begins on Oulart Hill at 7.30am Alternatively you can join walkers at two points closer to town; at Ballymotey Beg Crossroads (departing at 9am) or Vinegar Hill (10 am). Cyclists will start the route on bike in Kilmuckridge.
Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune have devised the project which is part of Wexford County Council's 2016 Commemoration Programme. Individuals, community groups, walking clubs, sporting associations etc are all invited to participate.
The project is inspired by journeys which the men and women of Wexford undertook in 1916 and involves five walking and cycling routes that will converge on Enniscorthy as part of the 2016 Easter Rising Commemorations. For further information contact Aileen on 087 7552593 or Mick on 087 6470247.
Oulart- The Ballagh Camogie Club presents 'The Pull', a comedy show from Half Solid Productions, a company established by Liam Horan, former GAA correspondent with the Irish Independent and Mayo writer and actor John Corless.
The show is set in a fictional local GAA club who are in debt and are endeavouring to solve the problem!! The show has been performed all over Ireland with fantastic reviews and this is its first outing in Co. Wexford.
The event is kindly sponsored by Corrigans Spar, Oulart. The show takes place in The Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 17th April. Tickets cost €15 or €40 family rate (2 adults & 2 children U18). Tickets are available from all players and committee members. A great night of laughs & entertainment is guaranteed.
A 45 Card Drive will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Good Friday 25th March at 8pm Lifestyle Transformation Lifestyle transformation, organised by Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie Club starts on Good Friday at 7pm in Oulart Community Centre when the "Group weigh-in" takes place. Registration is 10 euro per person. Please contact Bridget at 087 9142899. Now that Spring has really arrived Lifestyle Transformation is an ideal way to get out and get fit.
Camogie club news
Coaching Course: A Foundation course will commence on Friday 1st April (7.00 pm to 9.30 pm) and continue on Saturday 2nd April from 10.00 to 1.30pm in the Upper Complex in Oulart. This is a free course for paid up members aged 16 years and upwards. This is an opportunity not to be missed and the club would love as many as possible to undertake this course. If you are interested in availing of this course please reply to the Camogie phone.
Best wishes and congratulations to Ursula Jacob on her retirement from Inter- County Camogie. During her long playing career with Wexford she won 4 All Ireland Senior Titles and captained Wexford to All-Ireland glory in 2011. She also won 3 National League Division 1 titles, 3 Leinster Senior Championships and won 4 All Star awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 as well as Interprovincial and Leinster U14 & U16 titles. Ursula played a key role in the golden era of Wexford Camogie. Commitment, dedication, focus and drive are just some of the qualities that make Ursula the successful player that she is.
Easter Sunday Coffee
A coffee morning and cake sale takes place after mass next sunday. Any donations of cakes can be brought to the Centre from 9.30a.m. onwards. The Easter Bunny will pay a visit on the morning also.
Piercestown/Murrintown ARA Club have organised the following trips over next few months. Please ring Mary Dempsey 053 91 58186 to book your place on any of the trips below.
May (Date TBC)-Trip on the Kilmeaden Train, visit to Portlaw Heritage Centre, time spent in Tramore that afternoon at leisure. evening meal in Granville Hotel Waterford on way home. Price pp 50.00. Contact Mary Dempsey 053 91 58186 to book your place.
7th June -Trip to Fota Wildlife Park, visit to historic Cobh town with evening meal at Granville Hotel Waterford on way home. 65.00 per person. Please book early.
Easter Basket Raffle: once again we will have our Easter Basket Raffle this year organised by the Local Active Retirement Club. Lines are €2 each or three for €5. Thank you for your support and good luck in the draw. Basket on display in Londis Piercestown. total of 5 prizes now-3 hampers and 2 others.
Talk on Fire Safety: Colm McGrath, Fire Officer, Wexford Fire Station will give a talk on Fire Safety in the home on Tuesday next 22nd March at 3.30pm, everyone welcome, please come along to this very informative talk organised by your local ARA Club.