Around the Districts
Well done to Emma Rath, Sarah Murphy, Fiona Kelly and Emma Berry who represented the club and county in the Caman and Run Relay Race in Croke Park at half-time of the AIB Senior Club All-Ireland on Sunday 6th March.
The Camogie Club are holding a teenage disco in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel on Friday 1st April from 8pm-11pm. Cost of entry €5, payable at the door. Fully supervised event.
Backroads to the Rising
Everyone in the Blackwater is 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, Easter Monday, 28th March. Alternatively you can join walkers at two points closer to town; at Ballymotey Beg Crossroads or Vinegar Hill. 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. Each route has been devised to suit cyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities. 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 in Enniscorthy as part of the 2016 Easter Rising Commemorations. You can download a copy of the brochure from the project website www.backroadstotherising.com and hard copies are available from Wexford Libraries.
For further information see www.backroadstotherising.com and 'like' the facebook page to stay informed. For further information contact Aileen on 087 7552593 or Mick on 087 6470247
Over The Water
Results of Lotto draw for Curracloe United AFC on Sunday, March 13 as follows. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 21 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and 6 match 3 winners who each received €25, Peggie Kelly, Screen; Catherine O` Brien, Ballina, Blackwater; Turkey Bones, Curracloe; Wendy Roche, c/o Aidan McGuire; Jonathan Tobin, Curracloe; Mary Howlin, Ballinablake, Curracloe. Tickets available from club members and the draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m.
The Over the Water Vintage Club are holding a Road Run on Sunday, April 10 with proceeds going to the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland fund. The run will get underway in Ballymurn village at 12.30 p.m.
Curracloe school news
St. Margarets national school, Curracloe would like to sincerely thank everyone who very generously supported their recent cake sale and raffle. All monies raised will be used to purchase new instruments for the school music group. Thanks also to the parents who volunteered their time to help out and to Noreen Hearne who baked two beautiful Easter cakes for the raffle.
It was a memorable day in the school on Proclamation Day on Tuesday of last week. Past pupil Captain Michael Kingston joined the pupils, staff and a large representation of parents in the celebrations. Captain Kingston was presented with the National Flag by second class pupil, Eddie Hore-Meagher, a descendant of the great Thomas Francis Meagher. Michael spoke about 1916 and the importance of our National Flag. He was joined in the reading of the Proclamation by Keelan Angood and Tom Garry. The flag was raised and everyone joined the children in the singing of the National Anthem. Michael remained in the school for the duration of the school day where he visited all the children in their class rooms and happily answered their questions. Thanks from the principal and staff to Michael for volunteering to be involved on this commemorative day. His presence and input certainly added to the occasion and best wishes to him in his future career with the Irish Defence Force.
Well done to all the children who took part in the FAI Primary Schools SPAR 5's blitz in Ferrycarrig Park. Both the girls and boys teams reached the finals.
Well done to recent Split the Pot winner Richie Curran who €171. The next draw will be held on Monday, March 28.
Screen hall Activities
Pilates with Debbie Murphy every Tuesday morning from 10-11 a.m. Exercise classes with P & R Fitness (all levels of fitness catered for) on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10-111 a.m. Junior Broadway drama classes every Thursday afternoon at 2.15 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. New faces always welcome. Bring your scrap metal to the skip which is located behind C & C Building Providers in Screen. The hall is available for bookings and events. Contact Sharon on 086-8702199.
Camogie club news
Congratulations to all taking part in the clubs 'Operation Over the Water' event. Everyone has done so well to date and there is only one week to go with the final weigh-in this Wednesday, March 23 from 6.40 p.m followed by a fantastic 'surprise' class. The event concludes on Good Friday, March 25 with members meeting in Hollymount at 6 p.m for a walk followed by refreshments and prize giving. The club are asking everyone who has been involved to go along and join them.
Congratulations to week 8 raffle winners, Stephen Kelly (swim/gym passes sponsored by Wexford Piping & Fittings Ltd (John & Patricia Fielding) and Mary Roche, a hoody sponsored by the Camogie club. A big thank you to all the sponsors and looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday and Friday evening.
Clean Screen News
Clean Screen are holding an open meeting on Tuesday, March 29 in Freddies at 9 p.m. The committee will be listing their projects and jobs for 2016.
They are also looking for more volunteers as all the roads in their area are not covered for litter picking etc. They intend entering the Tidy Villages competition and will need more people to come on board and help out with the first clean up, painting etc. Once that is done the demand on your will be very little.
So if you can help out in any way please go along to the meeting or contact Theresa on 087-2160851 or Paddy on 087-2276988. Wishing all a happy and holy Easter from all the Clean Screen team.
Shelmalier A team took on Clonee A team in the Wexford adult League (Round 1) on March 17 in Hollymount with a win for the Shels on a 9-8 to 0-7 scoreline. The Shels dominated the game from start to finish in a thoroughly one-sided affair. The reigning county champions proved far too much for Clonee who were simply outclassed. Clonee could have made the scoreline a bit closer if they had not been as unlucky with the goal chances they created, two great saves and a post denying them certain goals.
The Shelmalier B team took on Crossabeg/Ballymurn A side on Saturday, March 19 with the Crossabeg/Ballymurn team leading 0-6 to 0-0 at half time. They dominated the first half and never let the Shels settle and played with great pace and power. The second half however, was a different story with the Shels coming into the game more and dominating procedures. They will count themselves very unlucky as they missed a series of chances and in the last minute smashed the crossbar with a great effort. This was definitely a game of two halves but the Shels gave themselves too much to do in the second half. Full time score was Crossabeg/Ballymurn 1-9 Shelmalier 2-4.
Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Peggy Kelly and Austin Hearne. Please note that the Easter card final will take place this Wednesday, March 23 at 8.30 p.m. sharp.
The following are the times of Holy Week ceremonies in the churches of Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe. Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday (March 24) will be celebrated in Castlebridge church at 6 p.m. and in Screen church at 7.30 p.m. There will be a childrens service in Screen church at 12 noon on Good Friday (March 25) with ceremonies in Castlebridge church at 3 p.m. and in Curracloe church at 4.30 p.m.
The Vigil service on Holy Saturday (March 26) will begin at 7.15 p.m. in Curracloe church and at 8 p.m. in Screen church and 9 p.m. in Castlebridge church.
A special healing Mass for the housebound and sick and anyone who would like to attend will be celebrated in the Castlebridge Day Care centre on Wednesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will also be served. Anyone needing transport should contact Fr. Denis Kelly or Betty Breen.
gaa Membership Scheme
A new 'One for All' membership scheme has been agreed between the Shelmalieir GAA Club, St Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie Club and Shelmalier Coiste na nOg where an adult, child or family in future will only have to pay a single membership fee which will cover membership and involvement in all groups mentioned above.
This new membership initiative is intended to reduce the burden of having to pay a number of different membership fees and to promote greater involvement and integration across the board with training and other activities.
This new scheme will be officially launched at a special registration night in Hollymount (tonight) Tuesday, March 22 starting at 7.30 p.m where full details of the scheme will be announced and registration will be taken. All families, members and supporters of the three clubs are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will also be served.
Both the Shelmalier GAA senior and junior football teams were in action last weekend with victories over the Starlights in senior and St. Anne's in junior. The seniors were always in control of their match with early points from Stephen Banville, Aidan Murphy, Glen Malone and Graham Staples seeing them take a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes. Further points from Barry O Connor, Stephen Banville and Paraic O Leary gave the Shels a commanding 0-8 to 0-1 lead at half time. Second half goals from James Gordon, Barry O`Connor and Liam Rockett gave the Shels a 4-12 to 0-2 win.
The junior footballers also displayed great skill and determination in their 3-12 to 2-4 victory over St Anne's with Neal Rossiter and Paul McCleane scoring early points for the home side. Chris Gordon fired to the St Anne's net after 12 minutes and Neal Rossiter got his sides second on the stroke of half time to give a 2-7 to 0-3 scoreline at half time. The Shels continued their fine form in the second half to run out comfortable winners. Next weekend the activities switches to the hurling league so check the paper for times and venues.
St. Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie club are holding an Underage Easter camp in Hollymount on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 29, 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This camp is for boys and girls and there will be lots of fun and games with camogie, hurling and football games. The cost is €20 per child and €50 for a family of three children or €60 for a family of 4 members or more. You can register your child on the day. All are welcome.
Underage training times as follows:- on Monday evenings from 5.30-6.30 p.m. for the Under 8`s and from 6.30-7.30 p.m. for the Under 10`s and from 7.30-8.30 p.m. for the Under 12`s; on Tuesday evenings the Under 14s train from 6-7 p.m and also on Sunday mornings from 10-11 a.m. The under 16`s train on Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m.
Well done to all the girls who marched in the St. Patricks Day parade in Wexford town.
Well done to all the volunteers from Curracloe and Screen Tidy Villages Groups and the Friends of the Raven for the massive litterpick drive last Saturday, March 19th. The highways and byways around the two villages and the roads down to the beach yielded a record number of sacks of discarded litter. The stretch from Fahey's Cross to Galbally alone filled 18 sacks of rubbish.
A word to householders with road frontage: many people clean up the drive-by litter left in front of their houses but sadly many don't. Please don't leave it to volunteers to pick up litter from your stretch of road.
Finally a word to the younger members of our community: Some (most!) of our volunteers are getting on a bit and we would love to see you younger men and women coming out to help us keep our beautiful neighbourhood neat and tidy.