Around the Districts
Blackwater Tidy Towns will hold a general meeting on Thursday 7th April in the Shipley Room off the Church starting at 7.30pm. New members are most welcome to attend to join the team for the oncoming summer programme.
The annual litter lift will be held on Saturday 9th April. Meet on the village bridge at 10am. This is a great opportunity for residents of all areas in the parish to clean up each neighbourhood. The road litter collected will be disposed of by Wexford County Council in conjunction with An Taisce. More details next week.
It is not too late to go along and join Oylegate/Glenbrien Camogie club for 2016, no matter what your age. If you are interested in joining the officers would love to hear from you. Please get in contact with Christine Martin (secretary) or with the relevant manager below:
Geoff Coman (U8) Willie Hayden (U10) Kevin Murphy (U12) Eamonn Mernagh (U14) Lorraine Kinsella (U16) Mark Cullen (Minor) Gretta Heffernan (Junior) Ray Quigley (Intermediate)
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.
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.
Bob Lambert r.i.p.
Crossabeg parish and indeed many parishes in County Wexford are mourning the death of local resident, Bob Lambert, `Atha Bui`, Newcastle, who died at Wexford General hospital on Wednesday of last week.
Bob was out and about visiting on the previous Thursday and returned home late in the evening where he took ill. His death just six months after the death of his beloved wife Mary is felt most by his sons and daughters and extended family members who are bravely trying to come to terms with their sad loss.
Bob mooted the idea of a story telling house for Crossabeg in 2004 and came up with the idea of converting the old forge at Kilpatrick which was derelict at the time. The land was kindly donated by the late Robert Harvey and in time with much help from parishioners Kyle Forge was built and opened on Sunday, June 19, 2005.
He became the first Chairman of the Forge and up to his death was still "Fear an Ti" at the monthly sessions held there which attracted large crowds from far and near, not alone in neighbouring parishes but from all corners of the county and indeed into Wicklow and beyond. He in turn travelled far and near to attend weekly sessions of story telling houses and his recitations were always well received. Kyle Forge is a focal point in the parish and is used for meetings, parties, coffee mornings and many other events.
Before he came to Crossabeg, Bob farmed in Rosslare and for many years ran a public house in Wellingtonbridge. He involved himself in many aspects of community life and was always on hand to give his support to a deserving cause.
His remains reposed at his residence on Thursday and removal to Crossabeg church took place on Friday morning for funeral service with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.
He is survived by his children, Bobby, Maire, Brenda, Paula, Enda, Dympna and Colm, and 27 grandchildren and one great grandchild, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brother Pat (Dublin) sisters Eileen, Josie and Breda, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. R.I.P.
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. 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.
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.
GAA club news
County development draw tickets are now on sale throughout the parish. Please support your local Crossabeg/Ballymurn 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.
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.
Over The Water
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.
Clean Screen News
Clean Screen are holding an open meeting this evening, 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 time 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.
Thirty people took part in the partners 45 Easter final in Hotel Curracloe on Wednesday of last week. Overall winners were Mary J. Whelan and Bob Ryan. Runners-up were Angela Griffith & Tracey Hall, Peggy Kelly and Charles Kavanagh, Larry O'Shaughnessy and Ian Hearne. Winners of the "B" final were Kenny Hearne and Damian Doyle (Shots). Runners-up in the "B" final were Pat Curran & Alan (Butty) Brennan, Jim Jackman & George Doran. John, Margaret and J.P. Hanrahan would like to thank everyone for their custom during the year and wishes everyone a very happy Easter.
Results of Curracloe United AFC development lotto draw for Sunday, March 20 as follows. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 16 & 27. There was no Jackpot winner and 1 match 3 winner, Kyle Roche, Kilmacoe, Curracloe who received €150. Weekly tickets on sale throughout the parishes and from committee members. With a lotto jackpot of €13,800, there was no winner of the Shelmalier GAA draw on Monday, March 21. The numbers drawn were 9, 13, 22 & 30. There were 3 match 3 winners, F. O`Leary, Sean Hearne and Margaret Dempsey, all of whom received €70.
Activities in Screen hall
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.
Bridge Drama news
Bridge Drama group have won seven of their eight festival outings around the country and have qualified for the RTE All-Ireland Drama finals and the Ulster Drama finals, both of which take place in May.
The group will perform their award winning play 'Lost in Yonkers' by Neil Simon in the Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 as part of their pre-All-Ireland run. The Friday performance is in aid of The Rainbow Unit (unit for children with Autism) at Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts. Tickets are available from the box office at Wexford Arts Centre, so call in or phone 053- 9123764 or online www.wexfordartscentre.ie. Tickets on sale now.
If you have missed this production, get phoning immediately. This is a production not to be missed. Bridge Drama would like to thank everyone for their messages of congratulations and best wishes. They are all gratefully received.
Music and Irish Dancing lessons every Tuesday evening in Hollymount at the usual times. For anyone who wants to learn two instruments the cost is €5 per instrument. The music school has now joined other groups to form the Wexford Comhaltas, which means plenty of fun sessions for all to attend during the year especially the summer months.
There was an outstanding response to the new "All-in-One" membership scheme which was launched in Hollymount on Tuesday of last week. This was a joint membership scheme which has been agreed between the Shelmalier GAA club, St. Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie club and Shelmalier Coiste na nOg where in future with one membership fee you become a member of the aforementioned clubs.
The initiative is intended to reduce the financial burden on parents and supporters and to promote greater participation, involvement and integration across the board with training and other activities. All present at the launch voiced the opinion that this scheme should have been in place many years ago.
With the March 31 deadline fast approaching, there will be two additional registration evenings this week, the first tonight, Tuesday, March 29 and the second on Thursday, March 31, both starting at 7.30 p.m. in Hollymount. Why not go along and have all your memberships done in a single transaction.
The very successful Shelmalier hurling, camogie and football Easter Camp will begin today, Tuesday, March 29 in Hollymount from 10 a.m. until p.m. and continues on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 at the same times. This is a great opportunity for both boys and girls from under 6 to under 14 years of age to learn the skill of hurling, camogie and football in an enjoyable and professional atmosphere. Registration will take place before the camp begins each day.
The first round of the Wexford Football championship begins on Friday, April 8 when the Shelmalier senior footballers take on the Sarsfields in Bellefield starting at 7 p.m. The Shelmalier junior footballers begin their championship season with a first round encounter against the Shamrocks which will be played on Sunday, April 10 in Monamolin starting at 2 p.m.
Depending of the progress of the Wexford senior hurlers the second round of the football championship will take place the following weekend with the junior footballers playing Oylegate/Glenbrien on Saturday, April 16 in St Patricks Park starting at 2 p.m.
The Shelmalier senior footballers play their second championship match on Sunday, April 17 against Gusserane in Wexford Park starting at 6 p.m.