Around the Districts
Congratulations to Iain Banville, Ballymurn and Conor Boylan, Kilmallock on their achievement in Business Studies in their Junior Cert. They both travelled to WIT Waterford last week to An Award ceremony where they received an award for their results in Business Studies. They are both students of St Mary's CBS Enniscorthy. Conor Boylan will also travel to DCU in Dublin at the end of the month for his achievement in Science in his Junior Cert. Well done, boys.
This week's lotto numbers were 1, 8, 9 and 25. No jackpot winner. No match-three winner. Lucky Dips: Taragh Donovan Mikey and Lewis Hynes. Jackpot €10,000.
Half zips for adults are available to order €40 and €45 with initials, Order going in next week - ideal Christmas present. Contact John Cummins.
The annual pioneer afternoon of prayer is on Sunday, October 16, at Ballyvaloo retreat centre Blackwater commencing at 1.30 p.m.; registration cost per person €20, includes evening tea. To book a place contact Peter Canning at 087 2101284 or any committee member.
Don't forget Irish Night is the last Friday in the month in the Anvil pub Ballymurn. Everyone welcome, why not come along and join in the craic.
Bingo is on every Monday night in Ballymurn at 9.30 p.m. Snowball €1,000.
Ballymurn Tidy Towns received great praise from the adjudicators following their visit to the village and saw a rise of eight marks to 288. The report stated that the committee of 10 had made great efforts locally and the local National School had been a big help.
Coming in for particular praise was St Killian's Well and the report stated 'This is a lovely setting of nice landscaping of trees and flowers. The nice seating area was admired. The people responsible for preserving and maintaining this area of heritage are to be complimented.' In their concluding remarks, the adjudicators said the village was a pleasure to visit.
Good wishes for a speedy recovery to Séamus Kehoe, Kereight, Crossabeg, who is recuperating at home following an operation in the Mater hospital, Dublin.
We extend our condolences to Fergus and Celine Moore, Artramon Heights, on the death of baby Katie, whose funeral took place following Mass of the Angels to Crossabeg cemetery on Saturday last. R.I..P.
A general meeting of Crossabeg Old community centre at Kyle, will be held in the community centre on Tuesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. Any organisation who intends to avail of the facilities at the centre are asked to have a representative present at this meeting. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome along to discuss the future of the centre.
Juvenile training takes place in the community field every Monday and Thursday evening from seven to 8.15 p.m. till further notice. Members will be notified when the venue will change to the community centre. Anyone interested in joining up for training at the Raven, Curracloe, on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. are most welcome.
There was a very good response from the parish to the recent charity auction which was held at the community centre. Thanks to all who provided items for sale on the day and all who helped out in any way. Proceeds will go towards the building of a hall adjacent to the church.
The local 55+ club are back in action at Kyle Forge. Existing and new members are most welcome. The group meet between 2 and 4 p.m every Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Hurling Final
Once again, Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers have qualified for the Wexford Championship Final where they will meet Cloughbawn in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m. The best wishes of the community are extended to team and management in their quest to bring the 13th senior title to the parish.
The first elusive senior title was won on October 16, 1994, and further titles were won in 1995,1997,2004,2005,2007,2009,2010,2011,2012 2013 and 2015.
What a remarkable level of consistency has been shown by this talented group of young men who are great role-models for the younger generation. All sporting people say 'May the best team win'.
After the county final on Sunday Oulart-The Ballagh players, members and supporters will have a three-course meal in the Riverbank House Hotel. Anyone who would like to partake of this meal is asked to book it with GAA Treasurer, Pauline Davitt (087 6864594) no later than Thursday, October 13, at 10 p.m. The cost is €17.50 for adults and eight for children under 12 years.
By the time these notes are published, the result of the senior camogie final, Oulart-The Ballagh versus St Martin's will be known. See the sports pages for a match report.
Along with all the activity on the playing fields the club officers, committee, members and supporters are always aware of the need to maintain, improve and develop the GAA facilities so as to meet the future needs of its players and members.
At present the Main Complex is undergoing renovation and extension which includes two extra dressing rooms, improved handball facilities, provision of a gym and treatment room etc while plans for better fencing and surfacing of the grounds are in the pipeline. In order to properly utilize the hurling wall at the upper pitch, vast improvements there are an absolute necessity as well.
The club intends embarking on a fund-raising drive in the near future and will be hoping that the contribution of the GAA and camogie to the well-being of youngsters and to the life of the parish will be reflected in the generous response from the community.
Building for the Future
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie clubs' Development Plan and Fundraising Proposals were launched in the Community Centre last week. In attendance were Derek Kent (Wexford GAA Delegate to Leinster Council) who has assisted the club at every stage, especially in the matter of sourcing grants, Tony Dempsey MCC and GAA Central Council Delegate and Willie Kavanagh MCC. Apologies were received from other public representatives (local and national) who were unable to be present due to prior engagements and commitments.
Mary Doyle, Club Chairperson presided and Ger Doyle explained the plan to the large attendance. All speakers lauded the club for its wonderful successes on the playing fields and its ability to keep advancing the vital development work while at the same time maintaining high achievement in the competitive playing arena where the Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie are current Leinster Club Champions.
This week's winner of Oulart 'Split - the - Pot is Seán Bergin who was the lucky winner of €232. Entry envelopes are available in all local businesses. To be in with a chance to win just put €2 in the special envelope, seal it and write your name and contact details on the front. Thanks to all for your continued support.
The Bygone Days House of Stories Committee members are hosting a Craft Fair at the Thatched House in Lower Oulart on November 20. All crafts are welcome, the more unusual the better. Spaces are still available. Contact 087 9116695 for full details. Make a note of the date and come along and help support the Thatching Fund.
As part of the Wexford Fringe Festival, The Paintbox Gallery, Lower Oulart will open every day from October 25 to November 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Paintbox will also have a Pop-Up Gallery at 16 George St., Wexford for the duration of the festival.
As part of the fundraising effort for the Bygone Days Thatching Fund an original painting of the house of stories by local artist, Martina Furlong, plus prints and cards of the painting will be available to purchase at the two galleries.
Joan and Friends
Joan and friends would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the Coffee Day in Lowlough, Oulart on Sunday, September 25, which raised the marvellous amount of €1,550 in aid of 'Touched by Suicide', Enniscorthy.
This Charity is run by Kay Quinn and her staff who are providing a 24-hour helpline, with two counsellors on board. As well as that they have a Charity Shop on Castle Hill, while the counselling office is in Court Street. Anyone who 'needs to talk' should contact 087 6280952.
The results of the raffle are as follows: First prize of a Coffee Maker was won by Leona Kavanagh. Second prize of a Large Rose Bush (sponsored by John-Joe Hyland) was won by Joan and Tony Byrne, The Ballagh. Ann Hammel won a bottle of wine, Jack Kavanagh won a Game, Una Kavanagh won a Vase and the sixth prize of a bottle of Wine was won by Leanne Gahan.
Another Coffee Day will be held in the Oulart Hill Bar (Paul Roche's) on Friday, October 14, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Admission is only €3 and the proceeds will benefit a local charity.
Over the Water
Night of Comedy
There will be a night of comedy and the launch of the Prickly Rose of Shelmaliers Contest in the Porter House in Castlebridge on Saturday, October 15, commencing at 9.30 p.m There will be live music and finger food served. A fantastic nights entertainment is in store.
Results of the Curracloe United Development lotto for Sunday, October 2, as follows. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 15 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners who each received €50, Jonathan Tobin, Curracloe; J. C.Healy, c/o Christine Keane and Di Doyle, c/o Tavern.
Results of the draw held on Sunday, October 9, as follows. The numbers drawn were 3, 14, 20 and 25. There was one very lucky winner of the jackpot, JESK c/o Shane Murphy who won €20,000. There was one match-three winner, Shelley and John Breslin, Screen who won €150. Next week's jackpot is worth €16,250 and the draw will take place in the Curracloe Tavern at 9 p.m.
There was no winner of the Shelmalier GAA development draw held on Monday, October 3, when the numbers drawn were 3, 10, 26 and 30 and the jackpot standing at €19,600. There were three match-three winners, Des Roche, Richard Malone and Mandy Murphy and each received €70.
The Shelmalier Music School and Mags Boland Murphy School of dancing starts back on Tuesdays at the complex in Hollymount. Children's lessons from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. including band practice from six to 6.30 p.m. Adult classes from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All instruments are catered for: tin whistle, button accordian, banjo, guitar (beginners and advanced) singing, whistling, bodhran, drumming, uilleann pipes, fiddle and flute, concertina and keyboard.
They also welcome new bodhran teacher, Helen McLoughlin on board. Helen has over 30 years teaching experience in Culturlann na hEireann, Head Office, Dublin. She is an all-Ireland adjudicator and Brendan O'Connell, an under-12 all-Ireland champion was her student among others.
They also welcome local man, Tony Ryan as banjo, keyboard and mandolin teacher. Tony has 30 years experience and is teaching for the last 10 years. €7 a lesson or two classes in different instruments or dancing for €10, including band. All ages welcome from playschool to adults. Please bring a friend. Check them out on Facebook.
Castlebridge ICA are back after their summer break, having enjoyed an eventful year and ending on a high note at the Mad Hatters Tea Party in Josie's house. Their next meeting will be held in the community centre, Castlebridge, on Monday, October 17, at 7.30 p.m. New members are always welcome.
Weekly winners of the cards in Hotel Curracloe were Bridget Sinnott and George Doran. Cards (partners 45) continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m. There is an open draw and all are welcome.
Rose of Shelmalier
After months of stiff competition, the final line-up of the nominated Roses for the much-sought after title of the 'Rose of Shelmalier, 2017' will be announced at the official launch and comedy night which will be held in the Porter House, Castlebridge, on Saturday next, October 15, commencing at 9 p.m.
This competition promises to be a great attraction over the next few months with the final taking place shortly after Christmas. There are many rumours around the parish on the final competitors, but you will have to go to the Porter House to find out and meet the roses.
county hurling final
The Shelmalier junior hurlers take on Gusserane in the county junior hurling final on Sunday next, October 16, in Wexford Park starting at 1.30 p.m. This match is followed by the senior hurling final between Oulart-The Ballagh and Cloughbawn.
This is the second year in a row that the junior hurlers have appeared in the final having narrowly lost to Taghmon in last year's final. However, this group of players have shown great determination and commitment throughout the year both in training and in the matches they have played.
We wish captain Kevin O'Leary and his fellow team members together with selectors Paudie McMahon, Darren Shiggins and Kenny Hearne every success and the club would ask as many as possible to go along to support the team.