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Michaela and Pamela Dempsey at the Arachas Ferrycarrig 5 Mile Road Race on Sunday morning.
Michaela and Pamela Dempsey at the Arachas Ferrycarrig 5 Mile Road Race on Sunday morning.

Crossabeg

Deepest sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs Ann Neville and family, Ballinacarrig, Crossabeg, on the death of her sister, Margaret (Peggy) Fortune, High Street, Wexford, (née Murphy, Castlebridge) who died on Thursday of last week. Her remains reposed at Mackens funeral home with removal to Rowe Street church on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass took place yesterday (Monday) at midday with burial afterwards in Castlebridge cemetery. She is also survived by her sons Aidan and Liam and daughter Kate, grandchildren, relatives and friends, and was pre-deceased by her husband Bill.

We send our deepest sympathy also to Mrs Joan Cashin and family, Crory, on the death of her sister Betty Kelly, Crosshue, Blackwater (née O'Leary) who died on December 28. Her remains were removed to Blackwater church on Friday, December 30, with funeral Mass on Saturday, December 31, and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Deepest sympathy also to the family of the late Sylvia Travers (née Berney, Saunderscourt) Ballygoman, Barntown who died on December 29. Wife of Noel, she is survived by her husband and children Thomas, Emma, Lynda, Gary, Jason and Amy, sisters, brothers, relatives and friends and extended family in the Crossabeg area. Burial took place to Barntown cemetery after Requiem Mass on Saturday, December 31.

Our deepest sympathy also goes out to Mrs Triona Eviston and family, Kitestown, Crossabeg, on the death of her Mother, Mai Corish (née Devereux) Garryrichard, Foulksmills, which took place on December 18. Pre-deceased by her husband John, she is survived by her son Michael, daughters Mary, Triona, Evelyn and Ann, sister, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Burial took place to the new cemetery in Clongeen following Requiem Mass in Clongeen church on Tuesday, December 20. May they all rest in peace.

Senior Athletics

While most of us sat back and enjoyed the Christmas break, others were out and about on track and road clocking up the miles. St Killian's AC senior members were putting in all the hard work and Pádraig Moriarty continues to show good form and getting stronger by the day. He competed in the Croghan AC/Santa dash on New Years Eve and in perfect conditions came home in 10th place in the 8Km race in a time of 31 minutes and 27 seconds.

Jay Kehoe is also back with a bang and he competed in the Ballycogley Jingle Bells race just before Christmas and he was pushed all the way and finished in second place. Gerry Moran has also been active and eating up the miles on the road. He undertook a 5km run every day for the month of December and all that training will surely pay off in upcoming events during the year. Keep up the good work lads.

Operation Transformation

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football club's 'Operation Transformation and Between the Bells' for 2017 is in progress. This is a community fitness activity for all members of the family who can get fit together. The club organised the event last year as a fundraiser to get the community up and active. It proved to be an outstanding success and once again the committee are running it on the same format.

The fit-fun began on Tuesday evening of last week at 7 p.m. and will continue till Tuesday, February 21. The final 'get together' will take place on Tuesday, February 28. Further information can be found on the Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football Facebook page. You can join in with the group at any stage.

Ferrycarrig five mile

The athletic year kicked off in style on Sunday when St Killian's hosted the annual Ferrycarrig five Mile race in aid of the Crossabeg Community field.

The race has gone from strength to strength over the years with this year's being the best ever. It showed the best of what running can offer with over 400 competitors registered from Olympians to walkers, all getting out and tackling the course. It shows what a community can do when they pull together from the fantastic stewards to people who helped out with the famous spread after the event. The race is the brain child of clubman Pádraig Moriarty, who along with his super team ensured the success of a great day for all involved.

Ferrycarrig park was a hive of activity for the race which got under way at midday. Conditions were ideal for this popular but tough race which began at Ferrycarrig Park grounds, turned left on exit from the grounds, down to Newcastle cross, through Killowen, out to Kitestown cross, up the long hard pull to Kyle cross and heading back home to the grounds of Ferrycarrig Park. There were some very high profile runners competing and they came from far and near, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Waterford, Meath, Carlow, Dublin, Laois to mention but a few, as well as the marvellous support from within the county.

The race has become extremely competitive and it was great to see Mick Clohesy of Raheny Shamrocks coming back to claim the title he last won two years ago, when also breaking the course record. Mick, having competed last summer in the marathon in Rio, was competing in Edinburgh on Saturday having got the call up to compete with Team Europe in this prestigious event. He was not going to have an easy run on Sunday with Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers making him work hard for his win. Mick and Brian were together for the first two miles at which stage Mick picked up the pace to finish the race in 24 minutes dead, just three seconds off his record. Brian Maher was not too far behind to take second.

It was great to see our own athlete Niall Sheil having a great race to make the podium to finish in third place. St Killian's was well represented with Brian O'Shaughnessy showing no ill effects from the new year celebrations to finish in 17th place in a PB time. Gerry Moran and Deirdre O'Grady were also in flying form with both finishing together, Gerry in 193rd and Deirdre in 192nd. Máire Browne-Carley also ran really well finishing in 239th place.

Wedding Bells

We send our congratulations and good wishes to Liam, youngest son of Siobhán and Séamus Kehoe, Kereight, Crossabeg, on the occasion of his marriage to Aideen Kelly, Co. Kildare, which took place in Crossabeg church on Saturday, December 31.

Athletics

Juvenile training for St Killian's AC members for the winter months now takes place in the hall in Crossabeg school and takes place every Monday and Thursday evening from seven to 8.15 p.m. Children aged seven years upwards are most welcome. Training began again following the Christmas break last night, Monday, January 9.

Drama

Bridge Drama group return to the Jerome Hynes theatre at the National Opera House on January 26, 27 and 28 with 'An Inspector Calls,' by JB Priestley.

Set in 1912 in the prosperous Birling home, the unexpected arrival of the mysterious Inspector Goole shatters the family's celebratory dinner party. Investigating the death of a young woman, the Inspector's startling revelations shatter the very foundations of their lives which will never be the same again.

This ever-popular classic resonates strongly with modern audiences, with its hard-hitting observations on the issues of gender and class. This is a 'must-see' for those with an appetite for thrilling suspense. The play is directed by Pat Whelan. For booking go to nationaloperahouse.ie or call 053 9122144.

GAA CLUB NOTES

Last week's lotto numbers in the Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club draw were 5, 6, 14 and 16. There was no jackpot winner and no match-three winners. Lucky-dip winners were Caroline Whelan and Eleanor Kelly. Next week's jackpot is worth €5,600.

UNDERAGE AGM - The annual general meeting of the Underage section of the club will take place on Friday next, January 13, at 8.30 p.m and will take place in Kyle Forge, Crossabeg. All mentors and parents are asked to attend.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club held its annual general meeting on Friday last, January 6, in Kyle Forge, Crossabeg. Outgoing chairman John Cummins thanked all the players and mentors at adult and underage level for all their hard work during the year. He thanked the club sponsor Liam Eviston, and all who supported the club lotto and other fundraising events during the year and also the Penny Bank collectors. John thanked the club officers and all those who had worked with him on the committee during his five years as chairman. He said he was proud to have served as club chairman and wished everyone involved with the club all the best in the future.

Gerry Bernard was elected as the new club chairman and he thanked John for all the hard work and time he had given to the club. Other appointments on the night were James Grannell (Vice-chairman) John Fortune (secretary) Daithi Redmond (Assistant secretary) the position of treasurer to be confirmed; Conor Shovlin, jnr (Assistant treasurer) Bill Eviston (PRO). Conor Shovlin, snr was elected the football manager and the position of hurling manager is yet to be confirmed.

Adult membership fees for 2017 were set at €120 for players, €60 for students and €50 for non - playing members. All memberships payable before January 31. An extraordinary general meeting of the club will be held in Kyle Forge on Friday evening next, January 13 at 7.30 p.m.

Penny Bank

Approximately €171,000 was collected by the Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club Penny Bank in 2016. Thanks to all who subscribed to same. New saving club members are most welcome. The collectors in the Crossabeg area are Kathleen Hayes, John Foley (087 0568423) and Donnacha McDonald.

Over the Water

Development lottos

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, January 1. The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 15 and 16. There was no jackpot winner and four match-three winners who each received €40, Angie and Ester, c/o Roadhouse; Angie and Ester, c/o Roadhouse; Lannie and Carmel, c/o Seán Tobin ; Kieran Cullen, Curracloe. The weekly draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m.

There was no winner of the Shelmalier GAA Club lotto draw for Monday, January 2, when the numbers drawn were 6, 7, 15 and 25. There was one match-three winner, with Theresa, John, Michelle and Kyle winning €200.

Classes resume

Patrick Dobbs resumed his classes in Screen Hall, yesterday, Monday, January 9, at 10 a.m. Please note the new weekly class schedule is as follows: Mondays at 10 a.m.; Wednesdays at 10 a.m and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Beginners are always welcome.

Operation Over the Water

St Ibar's/Shelmaliers camogie club fundraiser Operation Over the Water will begin on Tuesday, January 17, for eight weeks. All are welcome to join in. Further details in next week's column You can also contact Kate Kelly at 087 6578756 for details.

Drama

Bridge Drama return to the Jerome Hynes theatre at the National Opera House on January 26, 27 and 28 with 'An Inspector Calls,' by JB Priestley.

Set in 1912 in the prosperous Birling home, the unexpected arrival of the mysterious Inspector Goole shatters the family's celebratory dinner party. Investigating the death of a young woman, the Inspector's startling revelations shatter the very foundations of their lives which will never be the same again.

This ever-popular classic resonates strongly with modern audiences, with its hard-hitting observations on the issues of gender and class. This is a 'must-see' for those with an appetite for thrilling suspense. The play is directed by Pat Whelan. For booking go to nationaloperahouse.ie or call 053 9122144.

Sports Quiz

Sports GAA Club are holding a Sports Quiz in Freddie's of Screen on Friday next, January 13, at 9 p.m. This is part of the Prickly Rose of Shelmalier competition. Questions by Gerry Forde and the quizmaster will be Mr Liam Spratt, both of South East Radio fame. Entry fee for a table of four persons is €40. With the great enjoyment of the previous Rose events, this event also promises to be a great social evening. Please support.

Monster raffle

The Shelmalier GAA Club are holding a monster raffle, with some fantastic prizes on offer, including a half ton of coal. Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each or three for €5. The draw will take place on the night of January 27 at the 'Prickly Rose' final in Hotel Curracloe. Your support is appreciated.

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of the Shelmalier GAA Club will take place in Hollymount on Saturday, January 21, in Hollymount starting at 7 p.m and the club would like to invite all members and supporters to attend.

Prickly Rose final

Excitement is building in the parish as the grand final of the Prickly Rose of Shelmalier is fast approaching with all roses and their partners now busy out canvassing for support in order to claim the grand title 'Prickly Rose of Shelmalier'. The final will take place in Hotel Curracloe on Friday, January 27, and tickets for the event will be on sale shortly, so you are advised to get your tickets as soon as possible as it will be a night not to be missed.

GAA

Congratulations to Shelmalier players Simon Donohoe and Eoghan Nolan, who lined out with the Wexford hurlers and footballers respectively against UCD in the Walsh Cup and O'Byrne Cup in Gorey on Sunday last, with both players giving a great performance for their county.

Partners 45

A reminder that cards (partners 45) will resume for Easter in Hotel Curracloe on Thursday night, January 12, at 9 p.m. There is an open draw.

Items for Column

News items on marriages, births, sports news, AGMs etc are always welcome. Send notes to redcow2@eircom.net or contact Anne at 086 1980775 by Sunday evening or by midday on a Friday in the event of a bank holiday.

Wexford People