Around the Districts
Congratulations to Blackwater Cub Scouts who adopted Ballinamona Beach as a Spring Clean Up Project recently. Seventeen bags of rubbish were removed from this beautiful location by the enthusiastic workers under the supervision of their leaders Margaret Mythen, Samantha Dooley, Donal Dooley and Jay Callely on the evening.
The rubbish was transported by Dooley Landscapes to a collection point in the village from where it was removed by Wexford County Council. Well done to everyone involved.
Beavers and Cubs
The organisers say a sincere thank you to everyone who attended the registration evening. All the spaces for both Beavers and Cubs have now been filled. A waiting list is in operation and it is hoped to accommodate those kids in the near future.
Please note that Beavers and Cubs will start on Thursday, May 26; Beavers from 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. and Cubs from 7.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. For further information please contact the group leader, Leah Whelan at 086 3511178.
Joan and friends have organised a Vintage Run for Bank Holiday Monday, June 6, starting in the Ballagh at midday. There is a registration fee of €20. Proceeds in aid of Oulart Senior Citizens. For details please ring Joan at 087 9019027.
Joan and friends invite you to Run/Walk/Jog 10 km on Monday, June 6, in aid of the Ballagh Youth Club. This event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Ballagh. The entrance fee is €10 for adults and €2 for children. All entrants will receive a medal. Phone Joan for full details (087 9019027).
Model County Draw
The second draw will take place on the last Wednesday in May and the third draw will be held on the last Wednesday in June. If you have not as yet secured a ticket you can enter the two draws for €30 (€20 for May and €10 for June). Contact any Oulart - The Ballagh GAA officer or committe member for details.
Oulart-The Ballagh is pleased to announce that the specially designed club ties that were worn for the first time by our senior hurlers, at the Dinner Dance, are now on sale in the club shop or by contacting Pauline Davitt (087 6864594).
These distinctive red ties with black stripe, and featuring the club crest and name, could be worn proudly by any club member or supporter or indeed by any member of the community or any proud native of the parish. The tie would also make a very appropriate present for Christmas, birthday or anniversary.
Thanks to all who took part in Lifestyle Transformation 2016. We hope you enjoyed the events and thanks to all who supported the events and fundraising. The prize giving night takes place on Friday, June 3, in Marty's Bar.
Over the Water
If you wish to enrol your child in Castlebridge national school please send in your enrolment form by Friday, May 27. If you require a form please contact the school at 053 9159442.
A family walk to kick off 'Active Schools Week' will be held at the Raven, Curracloe, on Sunday, May 29, at 12.15 p.m. This walk is being organised by the Parents Council of Screen national school. All families are most welcome to join in and attend on the day.
Curracloe school news
On Monday of last week, pupils of fifth and sixth classes completed a 10 week course in First Aid. This course was very beneficial to the children and they are extremely grateful to Mick Garry for giving up his time once again for the benefit of the school.
Third and fourth class pupils are now enjoying weekly cricket lessons under the instruction of Herbie Honahan and his two assistants David Corcoran and Luca Forte.
The Student Council have worked very hard this year and one of their initiatives was to provide four picnic benches for the school yard. They would like to thank Mick and Tom Garry who painted them last weekend.
A big 'thank you' to the Fire Officers from Wexford Fire Station who visited third and fourth classes on Tuesday of last week to deliver a very informative message about fire safety, as part of the Wexford Schools Programme.
On Wednesday of last week, children from the school took part in the Rural School Sports in Bree. Everyone had a wonderful day and as usual the children were very well behaved.
Well done to all involved. A number of boys and girls from the school attended the Local Community Games athletics finals which were held on Thursday evening of last week in Crossabeg community field. Well done to all the medal winners who will go on to the county finals to be held in the Hub in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 12.
Well done to the boys and girls who recently competed in the County Fleadh in Craanford. The children played very well and did themselves and their music teachers proud. Thank you to Mrs Torpey and Tanya Murphy for all their hard work preparing the children for the event.
Well done to Split the Pot winner Carol Watters who won €190.
A reminder that new and used clothes are needed for the clothing collection in association with NCBI. Please leave your donations in to the school during school hours. Latest date is today, Tuesday, May 24.
The Parents and Guardians Association of Curracloe national school held their annual pub quiz in Hotel Curracloe on Friday, May 13. €520 was raised for the school and the parents and guardians would like to thank Hotel Curracloe, Alan Monahan who was MC on the night and the sponsors who donated spot prizes, Screen Mechanical Services, REA McCormack Corish, Da Paolo Restaurant and O'Brien's Sandwich Bar, Wexford town. A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event.
Handball club news
Castlebridge Handball Club would like to thank Linda who recently celebrated her 50th birthday and on the night held a raffle in aid of the club which yielded over €500. It was greatly appreciated. A major renovation job is in progress at the handball alley at the moment and a small donation will be sought through envelopes delivered to householders in the area in the near future.
There is also a drive on to get the underage section up and running once again and players back in the the club. Updates will be advertised real soon.
There is an open invitation for all who may be interested to take in a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Artraman House on Sunday, May 29. You are welcome to a Garden open day by kind permission of Countess Ulrike Walderdorff which is being organised as a fundraiser by the Crossabeg Senior Citizens committee. Admission is €5 and refreshments will also be served. This promises to be a great afternoon for all the family.
The Wexford/Wicklow Vintage Group are organising a bus to the 2016 Innishannon Vintage Rally which will take place on Sunday, June 5. The cost is €30 per head which will cover bus, breakfast and entry to the show. Places on the bus will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further details please contact 087 6486279.
GAA club notes
There was heartbreak for the Wexford senior footballers who were narrowly beaten by Kildare on Saturday evening last in Croke Park. The Shelmalier club was well represented on the team with Simon Donohoe, Eoghan Nolan and Brian Malone, all giving outstanding performances in the county colours.
Brian also had the honour of leading out the team as captain and he certainly led by example covering every part of the grounds during the match. However, Brian had to leave the field injured before the final whistle and everyone in the club would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
The large number of highly trained and fast moving sheep have been training over the last number of weeks under the guidance of an expert sheep trainer in Curracloe in readiness for the annual Shelmalier sheep racing championship which takes place as part of the Shelmalier family fun day in Holllymount on June 6.
Head over to Hollymount and enjoy the thrills and excitement of placing your bet on your favourite sheep and watch them race to the finish line. To add to the excitement of the day, you can also follow your favourite duck as they swim around the river course.
Family Fun Field Day
All roads lead to the Shelmalier GAA grounds in Hollymount on Bank Holiday Monday, June 6, when the local GAA club will hold their very popular Family Fun Field Day with a large range of activities on offer to cater for the whole family. If it is children sports, archery, crazy golf, cart racing, penalty shooting, treasure hunt, hurling skills etc you are looking for or you would like to enjoy either a nice cup of tea and a bun or a juicy burger, Hollymount is the place.
The GAA club is asking for your support by donating bottles to the bottle stall, produce to the produce stall or all forms of baking to the baking stall. Club members will be calling to the homes in the parish during the week preceding the Bank Holiday to collect these items if you wish to support the field day.
Due to popular demand this year's Shelmalier Field Day on Bank Holiday Monday, June 6, will again include a special Charity Auction with a large range of items on sale, with loads of outstanding bargains on offer for the whole family.
So if it is a bed, a bicycle, children toys or some garden tools you are looking for at bargain prices, Hollymount is the place to be, but come early to avoid disappointment.
Anyone who wishes to donate any item to the Auction is asked to get the items ready for collection as the club members will be calling to your area next week.
Summer Soccer school
Bridge Rovers are delighted to announce that they will be running a Sports Direct.com FAI Summer Soccer School camp this year. The camp will take place between August 8 and August 12 and is open to six - 14-year-old boys and girls of all abilities.
This is a great opportunity for your child to develop their football skills, while making friends and having fun in the process. Camps are available for both goalkeepers and outfield players.
Entry to the camp costs €65 per child. They are also offering a special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings join their camp. An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football and backpack is provided for all children who enrol at the camp this year.
There are a limited number of places available at camp, so if interested, you are urged to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. To find out more, or book your child's place at the club visit summersoccerschools.ie.
Sponsorship cards are being distributed this week to all members for the Shelmalier/St Ibar's Camogathon. This will be a 10 hour session which will begin at 7 a.m. and continue non-stop till 5 p.m. and it takes place on Monday, June 6.
Well done to the under-16s who defeated Oulart/The Ballagh in the first round of the championship. Scorers were Lauren Murphy (1-0) Ailis Neville (0-7) Sarah Harding - Kenny (3-0) Andrea Fielding (0-2) and Aoife Fielding 0-1. The final score was St Ibar's 4-10 Oulart/The Ballagh 4-8.
Well done to the under-12 girls who played their blitz in Farmleigh on Sunday morning last. They had some great matches against Glynn-Barntown, Marshalstown and Shamrocks, winning two out of their three matches, showing good team work and determination.