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Published 26/03/2016 | 00:00

Katherine O'Rourke, Emma Walsh, Kelda Cullen and Niamh Moore enjoying a day out at the races in Bettyville on St Patrick's Day.
Katherine O'Rourke, Emma Walsh, Kelda Cullen and Niamh Moore enjoying a day out at the races in Bettyville on St Patrick's Day.
Eoin McDonald and Mairead Devaney at the Crossabeg Ballymurn GAA club dinner dance in The Riverbank House Hotel on Friday night.


church news

Mass Times: Tuesday 7.30pm. Thursday 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & 8.15 pm; Sunday 10am.

EASTER CEREMONIES: Mass of the Lords Supper Thursday 24th March, 9.00pm. Good Friday, 25th March Ceremonies at 2.30pm. Holy Saturday, 26th March Easter Vigil at 9.30pm. Easter Sunday, 27th March Mass at 10.00am

Gaa Notes

Eighteen of our underage coaches and mentors took part in a child protection in sport awareness workshop in Ballymurn last week. Well done to all and thanks for making the effort to intend this important event.

Coiste Ná Nóg Registration: U-6 & U-8 = €20 , U -10, 12 &14 = €25 , U-16 & U- 18 = €30. Maxium cost per family €50 Mentors €50. For more info contact 086 1903883. Adult memberships are now due.

Penny Bank

Penny bank collections for 2016 have recommenced in both Crossabeg and Ballymurn. Collections in Ballymurn take place in Ballymurn Hall after Mass on Saturday night and Sunday morning.


Ballymurn Hall Committee are holding fundraisers to purchase a Defibrillator for our community: QUIZ NIGHT in the Anvil Lounge on Friday 1st April; BINGO NIGHT in Ballymurn Hall on Thursday 28th April. Your support for this very important lifesaving equipment would be much appreciated by all.

Youth club

A huge thank you to all the members who took part in the sponsored swim in Curracloe on St. Patrick's day. Despite the icy cold water, It was a great afternoon. We would also like to wish all the Youthclub Members and Leaders an enjoyable, fun and safe trip to Manchester over the Easter weekend.

Vintage News

The Over The Water Vintage Club are holding their Spring Road Run on Sunday 10th April 10th. This is aid of Ballymurn Aquired Brian Injury Ireland starting from Ballymurn Village at 12 30pm. Your generous support, sponsorship, stewarding and catering is sought and will be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause. Together with our visiting guests on tractore, bike and bikes we can make this day enjoyable, fruitful and memorable.


GAA News

Lotto numbers from last weeks Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA draw were 6, 10, 11 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and the match three winners were Michael A. Doyle, Mikey Hynes and James Jackman. This weeks Jackpot is worth €9,800.

The Intermediate footballers defeated The Duffry in the League on Saturday last on a 1-12 to 2-7 scoreline. The Minor hurlers lost out to Geraldine O'Hanrahans on Sunday, going down 3-12 to 2-11.

The Junior B footballers play Clonard away this Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m.

The Intermediate hurlers play Blackwater at home in the League on Saturday next at 3 p.m, while the junior B hurlers will play St James on Sunday at 2.30 p.m in Ballymurn. The minor footballers will play the Volunteers away on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

Thanks to all who attended the club dinner dance on Friday night last and to the Riverbank House Hotel for a great meal and Soul Trak for the music. Thanks also to Kilkenny legend, Richie Power, for attending and presenting medals to the club double premier winning U21 teams.

County development draw tickets are now on sale throughout the parish. Please support your local club, who will get a percentage of each ticket they sell.

A date for your diary: This year's barn dance will take place on Sunday, June 5 in John Cullen Grain's store.

Muck Run

Crossabeg Soccer club are holding a Muck Run on Sunday, April 3. The race will take place at Artramon Farm (5K of 100% natural course) with registration at 2 p.m. The race itself will begin at 3 p.m. This race is confined to those over 18 years of age. The cost is €10 per person. For group rates contact 087-9960135. There will be prizes for the first and second male who finishes and also for the first and second female home.

Clean up Month

April has been once again designated Spring Clean month. Crossabeg parishioners play their part in keeping the roads around the village and surrounding townlands clear of rubbish and unsightly objects.

Help is always needed so if you can spare an hour or two please assemble at Kyle Forge on the following dates, Saturday, April 2, Saturday, April 9 or Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. where you will be provided with gloves, picks, sacks etc.

Lets all get together and help keep our beautiful village and parish neat and clean. For further details please contact Patricia on 086-2444086.

Fashion Show

A fashion show will be held in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Thursday, April 7, commencing at 8 p.m. with proceeds in aid of Crossabeg church and the Development Fund. Tickets are on sale throughout the parish and your generous support would be appreciated. Fashions by New Mood, Name It childrens wear and Sa-Ria Boutique. Admission is €10 and children go free. Ladies are invited to wear a fascinator or hat (optional) and young ladies are invited to wear a hairband

Church news

Easter Ceremonies: The following are the times of ceremonies in Crossabeg church this week as part of Holy Week. Mass of the Lords Supper takes place on Thursday, March 24 at 7.30 p.m. Good Friday ( March 25) ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. The Easter Vigil on Saturday night, March 26 commences at 8 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, March 27 at 11.15 a.m.

Adoration every Monday from 1-7.20 p.m. with Mass at 7.30 p.m. Daily Masses every Wednesday and Friday morning at 9.30 p.m.

The annual Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes which is led by Bishop Denis Brennan will take place from May 17-May 22. Contact O`Leary Travel or check the poster at the back of the church. Trocaire boxes are also available at the back of the church.

Vintage Club news

The Over the Water Vintage club are holding a Road Run on Sunday, April 10 in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. The run will start out from Ballymurn village at 12.30 p.m.

Summer time

A reminder that summer time comes into force this coming weekend. Clocks should be put forward by one hour on Saturday night, meaning we have one hours less sleep, but an hour of extra daylight in the evenings.


National titles are rare things and hard to come by, but are a result of hard work, discipline and dedication. Niall Sheil from St. Killian`s A.C. travelled to Athlone on Sunday last to compete in the national 1500M Over 35 event.

Having taken the indoor and outdoor national titles in this event last year he was the man to beat. In a very competitive field he did not relent to the pressure and put the foot down from the start and took a commanding lead, a lead he was not to lose and he took the victory with 50M to spare in super style.

This sets him up perfectly as he prepares to compete for Ireland in the European masters indoors in Italy in a couple of weeks. Well done Niall and a special mention to his coach and mentor Pavel Kolesnikov who has yet again been instrumental in Niall's success.

On your bike Annis

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust 2016 cycle to Lourdes began just south of Paris on Saturday last. Over one hundred cyclists from around the country, including Crossabeg woman Annis Kehoe of Slaneylodge are undertaking the gruelling event to hopefully arrive in Lourdes on Good Friday.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donations from the public, a group of 480 very special people will experience a wonderful Easter in Lourdes. You can still subscribe to the above trust with a donation or contact Annis when she returns home. We wish her and her colleagues a safe journey.



Bingo is held every Thursday evening in the Big Tree Lounge Glenbrien at 9.00pm. All proceeds to Glenbrien Village renewal group.

Hope and Dream 10k/10m

The hope and dream 10k/10m run will be held on Sunday April 10th commencing at 10.15am. All proceeds from the event will go to County Wexford Hospice and the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy.

If people could sign up as soon as possible for this event, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Again.

Times for Holy Week

Oylegate Church: Wednesday: Mass at 9.30am (followed by Eucharistic Adoration to 7.00pm). Wednesday: Service of Reconciliation at 7.30pm. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8pm.

Good Friday: Ceremonies with Veneration of the Cross at 2.30 pm. Stations of the Cross @ 7.00 pm

Holy Saturday: Ceremony of Light at 9.00pm. Easter Sunday: Morning Mass at 10.30am.

Parish Draw Winners

The lucky winners for February were: €200: Gerry & Gabrielle Cosgrave, Roperstown. €50 each: Niall & Frances Conroy, Tomlane, Sean & Claire Mullins, The Oil, Joan Doyle, Ballinaslaney, Liam & Anne Marie Redmond, Coolamain.

Oylegate N.s.

Oylegate N.S. are now taking enrolments for September 2016. Please call to the school office any time from 9am to 3pm.

Ladies Football

The Adult teams are in Ballymurn on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. All new and past players are welcome. The U-14's started back last Sunday and they are continuing every Wednesday in Ballymurn from 6.30 to 7.30. The U-12 training has recommence on Sundays in Crossabeg pitch at 11am.

Table Quiz

General Knowledge table quiz in the community centre, Oylegate on Good Friday at 8pm. Tables of 4 at 10 euro per person, proceeds to underage GAA club. All welcome.

gaa Lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in the Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday March 16th. The lucky dip winners were Marguerite Bolger, Seamus Allen, MJ Reck, Annmarie Nolan, Abby Walsh, Tracey Harpur, Mick Walsh.

The next draw for will be held in The Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday March 30th. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.

Church Gate Collection

Epilepsy Ireland will hold their annual church gate collection in the Parish on March 26th/27th-your support would be appreciated.

Backroads to the Rising

Calling on people in the Oylegate area. As part of the commemorative Backroads to the Rising project to honour all the men and women who travelled from Oylegate to take part in the Rising in Enniscorthy, get involved in the Una Brennnan Route, taking place on Easter Monday Morning 28th March at 8.30am from Oylegate to Enniscorthy.

Be inspired by Oylegate woman Una Bolger-Brennan, who raised the Tricolor over the Atheneaum in 1916.

In conjuction with the walk a 'Roll Of Honour' is being created for the Una Brennan Route of all those you wish to remember and honour and who were involved in the Rising in any part of the country. This list of names will be carried along the route and presented at Enniscorthy. Please contact Marian Downes with details on 087 2050402.

For further infomation on the project contact Aileen Lambert 087 7552593 and Michael Fortune 087 6470247.

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