Around the Districts
Community craft fair
This year's community craft fair will take place on sunday November 27 in the Blackwater Lodge.
The Wexford branch of Down's Syndrome Ireland would like to thank most sincerely everyone who gave so generously to their recent church gate collection in Blackwater. All money collected will stay in the Wexford branch and will be used to benefit all the children and adults with Down's Syndrome. The amount collected and banked was €260.11. Thanks a million to all the collectors for their time and help.
Christmas Shopping Bus
Get all your christmas shopping done under one roof in one day, beat the December crowds and leave the car at home. On Saturday, December 3, there is a bus leaving Blackwater and Oulart and going straight to Blanchardstown shopping centre.
Bus is leaving Blackwater at 8 a.m. and Oulart at 8.20 a.m. and we will arrive at Blanchardstown at 10 a.m. approx. Bus leaves Blanchardstownl at 5 p.m. which leaves loads of time to get your bits and pieces done.
Cost of the bus is only €20 per person. A €10 deposit per person is required to reserve your place so book now to avoid disapointment. For all details contact David at 087 9562978.
Carols for Christmas
'Carols for Christmas' presented by Blackwater Choir and friends takes place on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. in St Brigid's Church, Blackwater. Donations will be gratefully accepted on the night with funds in aid of Blackwater Lights project.
Coláiste an Átha
The Enrolment Evening for incoming first year students at Coláiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge for September 2017 will take place on Tuesday, November 29, in the school. For your convenience the following times have been allocated for enrolment
4.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. - Kilmuckridge, Kilnamanagh, Boolavogue and Blackwater National Schools; 5.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Ballaghkeen, Oulart, Ballygarrett and Monamolin National Schools; 6 p.m. - For enrolments from other than the above schools.
However, should these times not suit please attend at your convenience. If you cannot make the Enrolment Evening please contact the college for an alternative appointment at 053 9130169. Please note that your child must attend with you at enrolment. You will require your child's PPS number and a copy of your child's birth cert on the evening.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Coláíste an Átha are hosting a Christmas Fair in the school gym on Friday evening, November 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local crafts, businesses and school students will be displaying and selling their produce on the evening and there will be lots of fun events for children and families. Everyone in the local community is very welcome on the night.
GAA Club notes
Results of recent draw in the Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club draw were 3, 11, 21 and 23. There was no jackpot winner. Match-three winners were Roisin Doyle, Carmel and Hazel Murphy and John Meagher. The jackpot is €10,000 this week.
Best of luck to the under-21 footballers who will play Forth and Bargy Gaels in the Premier county semi-final this coming Saturday, November 26, in Ballymurn at two o'clock. Go along and give them plenty of support. Please note penny bank books will be collected up this weekend.
Shelmalier/Crossabeg music school Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann classes are held every Tuesday afternoon from 3.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. in Crossabeg school. Children can avail of one instrument at €7 or two instruments at €10 and both prices include band lesson. Instruments include tin whistle, fiddle, keyboard, guitar beginners and advanced, flute, bodhran, button accordion, singing, concertina, piano accordion, Uilleann pipes, melodica, banjo and mandolin.
This is a four-week term with a fun performance during Christmas week. Fees in advance for convenience or pay weekly. All experienced teachers insured and Garda vetted. Why not go along and join up with the trad fun school. Adult lessons are also available. Contact Catherine at 087 0533952 or Denise at 086 7302249. You can also follow on Facebook at shelmalier music school.
Annual general meeting
The annual general meeting of Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club will take place on Sunday, November 27, at 7 p.m in Oylegate community centre. On the night they will also have samples of the new club jerseys which will be available for everyone to buy. Orders will be taken on the night and deposits will be required. More details on club Facebook page.
We extend our condolences to Mrs Bernie O'Connor and family, on the death of her Mother, Mrs Kathleen (Imelda) Doyle (née Kilcauley) Kyle Cross, Crossabeg (Ballina, Co. Mayo) and formerly of Coolcotts, Wexford who died on Monday, November 15. Pre-deceased by her husband, Dr Vincent Doyle and son Vincent, she is survived by her son Michael and daughters Maura and Bernie, relatives and friends to whom we offer our condolences.
Burial took place to Crossabeg cemetery after Requiem Mass in Crossabeg church on Thursday of last week. Our condolences also to Mrs Geraldine Kelly, Killowen, Crossabeg, on the recent death of her sister. May they rest in peace.
A table quiz in aid of Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club will be held in Foleys pub this coming Friday, November 25, at 9 p.m. Please support the club.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club are holding a Christmas raffle, with a first prize of €1000, a second prize of a load of fire wood, third and fourth prizes of €100 and a fifth prize of lunch for two in the Riverbank Hotel. Tickets on sale at €5 each or three for €10. Please support.
seniors xmas Party
The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will be held in Ferrycarrig hotel on Sunday, December 11. The organising committee will be calling on householders during the coming weeks with raffle tickets to help offset the costs for the party. Please give your generous support. The annual Mass for the senior citizens in the parish and their deceased family members and friends will be offered up in Crossabeg church on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m.
St Killian's Athletic club held their annual general meeting in Kyle Forge on Monday night of last week and elected the following officers for the coming year
Nicky Cowman (President) Fr Jim Finn (Vice-President) Anne-Marie Forde (Chairperson) Niall Sheil (Vice-Chairman) Kathryn Kinlough (Secretary) Anne-Marie Forde/Kathryn Kinlough (Competitions secretaries) Alice Devine/Niall Sheil (joint Treasurers) Anne Cowman (PRO) Mick Kehoe and Therese Finan (Children's Officers) Nicky Cowman, Mick Kehoe, Paul Kinsella, Niall Sheil, Anne-Marie Forde, Amy Forde (Coaches) Máire Browne-Carley, Mick Kehoe, Pádraig Moriarty, Sharon Murphy (committee members).
Juvenile training continues every Monday and Thursday evening from seven to 8.15 p.m. in the community centre, Crossabeg. New members are most welcome.
Annual Christmas Fare
The annual Christmas Fare organised by Annis Kehoe of Slaneylodge will be held in Kyle Forge on Saturday, December 10. This most popular fund-raising event is a date not to be missed. On the day, Annis will have the usual Christmas puddings and cakes, as well as preserves, tarts, wreaths and much much more to whet the appetites. Teas and coffees and tasty refreshments are also served. A raffle will take place with many very good and attractive prizes on offer.
This year Annis is staying local with her cause as all proceeds will go towards the new community centre and playing fields at Garrywilliam. If you wish to place an order with Annis beforehand, please contact her at 087 2426146.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club held their annual general meeting recently in Ballymurn Hall. Chairperson Niall McDonald welcomed everybody to the meeting and said that while the club was doing well in general their was concern that numbers were low in the under-10 age group. He also stressed that parent's need to come on board to help with training etc to maintain the high standards that the club has set.
Most of last year's officers were returned although there were a few changes and it was decided to enter two under-14 teams next year.
Chairperson: Niall McDonald. Vice Chairperson: Aleisha Cullen. Secretary: Susan Neville. Assistant Secretary: Lynda Walsh. Joint Treasurers: Tilly Kavanagh and Marian Downes. PRO: Peadar O'Connor. Registrar: Orla Joyce. Child Officer: Elaine Barlow. Assistant Child Officer: Getta McDonald. County Board Delegates: Ann Doyle and Donnacha McDonald
Committee: Rita Cummins, Laura Corrigan, Diarmuid McDonald, Tara Moloney, Aoife McDonald, Mairéad Cummins, Diuri McDonald, Marguerite Scallan, Lillian Lawlor, Martina Hennessy.
Team Managers - Under-8: Ciaran Kearney and Helen Kearney. Under-10: Joe Bishop and PJ Whelan. Under-12: Gary Quinn supported by Lillian and Garret Lawlor. Under-14: Older group TBC. Under-14: Younger group Niall McDonald supported by Laura Halpin. Under-16: Ann Doyle, Laura Corrigan and Cristín McDonald. Under-18: Aoife Shiel and Kim Moloney. Junior: Donnacha McDonald. Senior: Eddie Doyle.
Over the Water
Results of the Curracloe United Development lotto for Sunday, November 13, as follows. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 11 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and four match-three winners who each received €40, Billy and Chucky, Curracloe; Caoimhe and Carmal Tobin, Sandy Lane; Michelle Black, c/o Aidan McGuire and Grainne Redmond, Kinsealy. Weekly draw every Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Last week's jokers wild draw winners in Furlongs pub, Curracloe were Andy and Bridget with Padgie Monahan being the main winner. The jackpot has not gone, and all prizes are doubled if on the premises at time of the draw. The draws take place every Sunday evening at 6, 7, 8 and nine o'clock.
Winners of the darts session on Friday night last in Hotel Curracloe were PJ and Jamie and winners of the cards on Sunday evening were Jim and Pat.
Well done to recent Curracloe school split-the-pot winners Tye and Enya O'Connor who won €202.
Congratulations to the St Ibar's under-18 team who are the Minor County champions. The girls over came Moyeady Bridge in the final which took place on Sunday in Monageer. The final score was St Ibar's 3-7 Moyeady Bridge 2-9. Scores for the Ibars were Thea Kehoe (1 - 0) Jessie Harding (1-6) Shauna Kelly (0-1) and Lauren Murphy (1-0).
Rose of Shelmalier
The Shelmalier GAA Clubs 'Rose of Shelmalier' committee would like to invite all to their special bingo and Irish music session on Sunday evening next, November 27 which will take place in the Porter House, Castlebridge, commencing at 6.30 p.m. With the great success of the recent big breakfast morning and other events this promises to be another great attraction for everyone in the parish.
The evening kicks off with an Irish music session with some great musicians supplying the best of Irish music. This will be followed by a special bingo session with an astonishing €500 in prize money on offer and the night concludes with more of the best of Irish music. So if you are looking for an enjoyable and social evening, then the Porter House is the place to be.
The Shelmalier under-21 footballers qualified for the county Premier final with a very competitive 2-7 to 1-7 victory over St Martin's played in Piercestown on Saturday last. The game opened at a great pace with Shelmalier goalie Aodhan Foley saving an early St Martin's penalty with his team mates responding with two points from Craig Parker. After a number of near misses the Shels had further points from Conor Hearne, Aaron Murphy, Colin Cleary before Graham Staples found the top corner of the net with five minutes remaining in the half.
They started the second half again having many near misses before Eoghan Nolan scored his sides second goal in the fifteenth minute and they continued to dominate the remainder to the game to win by three points. Everyone in the club would also like to recognise the great performance by the minor camogie girls who had a very hard fought victory over Moyeady Bridge in the county final played in Monageer on Sunday last. After a slow start the girls showed their true commitment and determination by taking a commanding lead and they had to withstand a late rally by the Moyeady Bridge girls.
There was a large attendance at the annual Shelmalier GAA clubs 1910 memorial Mass in memory of all deceased members and supporters held in Castlebridge church on Sunday last.
Club Chairperson Séamus O'Leary welcomed all those present and he spoke about how the people of the parish have attended this event for over 70 years and it was great credit to those who have continued to recognise the important role played by these members and supporters in the development of the club.
Club President Fr Denis Kelly performed the wreath laying ceremony after the Mass, highlighted the important role played by the club in the social and personal development of so many young boys and girls and the club continues to be a major focus for so much activities in the parish of Castlebridge. He wished the club every success in the future.
A Fashion Show will be held in the Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis club this Wednesday, November 23, commencing at 8 p.m. Proceeds in aid of Curracloe national school. This promises to be a fun night with finger food and a glass of wine included in the price ticket of €15. Ladies fashion outlets 'Candy'and 'The Loft' are providing the clothes for the fashion show and there will also be a benefit stand. Tickets are now on sale from the school office. Your support would be very much appreciated
CF Christmas Fare
The annual Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday, November 27, in Castlebridge hall with all proceeds in aid of Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis. Why not go along and see Santa arrive on his sleigh at 2.30 p.m. and pay him a visit in his grotto. Admission to see Santa is only €5 and you will get a digital photograph and a present.
There is a great variety of stalls this year so go along and get your early Christmas presents and lots more. You can also have a cup of tea and taste some of the freshly baked cakes. Admission to the hall is free and a raffle will also take place. Your support for this worthy cause would be much appreciated.