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Eadaoin Fitzgerald and Roisin Tobin at the Shelmaliers Operation Transformation Walk/Run and Sunday morning.
Eadaoin Fitzgerald and Roisin Tobin at the Shelmaliers Operation Transformation Walk/Run and Sunday morning.

Ballymurn

Clinic

Cllr John O'Rourke will be hosting a clinic in Oylegate community centre on Wednesday, March 15, from 10.30 a.m. for the Oylegate, Glenbrien and Ballymurn areas.

Camogie Fundraiser

We will host a breakfast day on Saturday, March 18, in the Community Centre in Oylegate to raise money for Féile.

Church Gate Collection

A church gate collection in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on March 18 and 19. All proceeds go to research of all eye conditions to enable treatments and cures. For more information contact Brenda 087 9256769.

Gaa notes

This week's lotto numbers were 6, 15, 24 and 28. No jackpot winner. One match-three winner: Lisa Murphy Next jackpot €7,400 Our intermediate A footballers beat Kilmore in the league last Saturday, while the minor footballers lost to Ferns on Sunday morning.

Congratulations to John Foley, who was the club's nomination for a district award this year. John has given great service to the club over many years, he was club secretary for a number of years and was also assistant club treasurer and is currently a committee member. He has collected the penny bank on behalf of the club for a long time and helps sell lotto tickets and attends the draw every Wednesday night. John was presented with his award at the district awards night last Saturday. Well done John it is well deserved.

Vintage News

The next Over the Water Vintage run will take place on Sunday, April 9, starting in Ballymurn at 12 30 in aid of Ballymurn Hall.

Golf classic

There will be a golf classic in aid of Ballymurn Church funds on Friday, April 28, Tee off times from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Venue Enniscorthy golf club. Entry fee €120 per team of four. Contact numbers to sign up Paul 087 2360073, Jim 086 1617037, Brian 087 2453293.

Blackwater

Litter Lift

Blackwater Tidy Towns, in conjunction with Wexford County Council and An Taisce plan to hold this year's Litter Lift on Saturday, April 1,. This annual litter collection is a great opportunity for parishioners in all areas to tidy up the nearby roadways. Gloves and litter bags will be available on the bridge from 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1.

Tidy Towns meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and new members are especially welcome.

Fighting Blindness

A church gate collection in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on March 18 and 19. All proceeds go to research of all eye conditions to enable treatments and cures. For more information contact Brenda 087 9256769.

Crossabeg

Anxiety/Nutrition talk

There will be a Childhood Anxiety and Nutrition talk in Crossabeg school on Tuesday, March 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. which is being organised by the parents' association. Following the talk, there will be a question and answer session. Refreshments will also be served. All are most welcome.

GAA news

Last week's numbers in the Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club lotto were 6, 15, 24 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one match-three winner, Lisa Murphy. The jackpot is worth €7,400 this week. The club lotto can now be played online at klubfunder.com/Clubs/Crossabeg_Ballymurn_Gaa_Club/lotto.

The intermediate hurlers lost to St Martin's 4-19 to 2-15 in the league on Sunday last. The minor hurlers defeated Moqueqeen Gaels on Sunday, 3-10 to 2-9. They will now play the Shamrocks away on Sunday next, March 19, at 11 a.m.

The Junior B hurlers game against Monageer was postponed last Saturday and will now take place this coming Sunday at 11 a.m. in Monageer. The Intermediate A footballers will play away to Fethard on Thursday evening, March 16, at 8 p.m.

The club will host a team from Tyrone for this year's Féile hurling tournament in June. A reminder that adult membership fees are due, €120 for players, €60 for students and €50 for non-playing members.

Church news

Vigil Mass on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for St Patrick's Day. Mass on St Patrick's Day at 11 a.m. Trócaire boxes for Lent are now available at the back of the church. Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. with Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m., followed by Mass at 7.30 p.m. Adoration then continues till 9 p.m. Confessions for Lent every Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the parochial house.

Community Games

Well done to Cliona Kearney and Eimear Halpin (Crossabeg) both of whom have made it onto the County Mixed Distance Cross-Country Relay teams that will represent Wexford at the national finals in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin on Saturday, May 6, Congratulations also to Eabha Bowe (Castlebridge) and Cian McCormack (Screen) who were silver medallists in the county under-10 Handwriting competition held at Castlebridge national school on Saturday last.

Congratulations also to Eabha Bowe (Castlebridge) who took gold in the under-10 Art competition, also held at Castlebridge national school on Saturday last and who will now represent Wexford at the national finals in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin in August.

Other Art winners included Ros Walker (Crossabeg) silver medal in the under-14 category; Sarah Dunne, Castlebridge, silver in the under-eight section; Hugh Boggan, Crossabeg, bronze medal in the under-14 category; Aidan Kinsella, Glenbrien, bronze in the under-eight section; Miacha Connolly, Glenbrien, bronze in the under-10 category and Robert Reynolds, Castlebridge, bronze in the under-12 category. Well done to all the schools who helped the local committee in holding the events.

Music School

Shelmalier/Crossabeg Music School operates every Tuesday from 3.15-5.15 p, m. Places are available for Tin Whistle, Banjo and Mandolin, Keyboard, Bodhran, singing, Flute, Button Accordion, Fiddle. Beginner and Advanced levels. SeaNumbers dancing classes too for all ages and all abilities. The cost is €7 per class or join two classes at €5 each. Check out the Facebook Shelmalier/Crossabeg Music School or contact Catherine om 087 0533952 or Denise at 086 7302249.

Muck Race

Crossabeg AFC will hold a Muck Race at Artramon farm, Crossabeg, on Sunday, April 2, registration is at 2 p.m. with the race under way at 3 p.m. This will be a 5K race of all-natural rough, wet and mucky terrain and is for over-18s only. €10 per person and there are prizes for first and second placed men and women. For further details please contact Ken at 087 9960135.

Text Alert

The annual general meeting of Crossabeg Community Text Alert will take place on Monday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in Kyle Forge. The focus, as always, will be on ways and means of preventing robberies in the area. The committee are pleased to inform the public that the Fire Officer will be in attendance on the night. Members are asked to make every effort to attend.

Breakfast Morning

The Oylegate-Glenbrien under-14 Féile girls will hold a breakfast morning on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Oylegate community centre. Please go along for a hearty breakfast. The club wishes to thank all who supported their 10K and 5K run last weekend. A special thanks to all the helpers on the day and to the generous sponsors.

Over the Water

Cabaret night

Craobh Loch Garman, the Wexford town branch of Comhaltas, presents a one-off St Patrick's weekend cabaret night at Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. You can expect a potent mix of lively music, song and dance mixed through with a sprinkling of poetry and storytelling. Admission is €10. Telephone 053 9123764 for further information.

Bridge Drama

Following their recent and very successful sell-out run, Bridge Drama return to the National Opera House on March 23 and 24 with their production of, 'An Inspector Calls,' by JB Priestley. The group is currently competing on the drama circuit around the country and are excited to return to the local audience with this ever-popular psychological thriller. For booking: nationaloperahouse.ie or phone 053 9122144.

ICA meeting

The monthly meeting of the Castlebridge ICA Guild will be held in the community centre, Castlebridge on Monday, March 20, at 7.30 p.m. All new members are most welcome.

The Kube

Curracloe AFC will hold the Kube launch night on Sunday, March 19, in Hotel Curracloe at 8 p.m. Contestants for the fundraiser will be unveiled. All sponsors and public are most welcome on the night. Contact 087 0554316 for further details.

Curracloe school news

There will be an open evening in the school on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to view all classrooms and facilities including the bew sensory room. Fifth and sixth class pupils will be presenting their entries for 'The Junior Entrepreneur 2017'. Mrs Torpey's music group will provide entertainment. This event is open to everyone including current and prospective parents.

On Friday, March 3, fifth and sixth class pupils took part in 'Meet the Dragons' which was part of the Junior Entrepreneur programme. Five teams took part in the competition: Scrabble Curracloe, Suga Rush, Curracloe Bakers, Cocoa Cola, Curracloe Car Wash. Each team presented their business to three dragons Ms Doyle, Donal Power and Louise Morton. The competition was very tough and in the end it went to a tie - breaker. Suga Rush, who produced some really exciting sweet products, including lollipops, butterfly shaped sweet bags and chocolate coated biscuits, were announced winners. Fifth and sixth classes will now embark on a new business called Suga Rush. We wish them the best of luck in their venture.

Pupils from third and fourth class recently took part in the local Community Games Hand Writing competition. Well done to all and especially those who received certificates. The following children finished in first place, Mya Cogley (under-12 girls), Shauna Somers (under-10 girls), Eoin O'Doherty (under-12 boys), Seán Moran (under-10 boys). Eoin Murphy and Eoin O'Doherty.

Pupils from fifth and sixth class took part in the art competition and congratulations to the following children who finished in first place, Niall Power (under-14 boys), Abi Murphy (under-14 girls), Alan Neville (under-12 boys), Muireann Lanigan (under-12 girls).

Recent split-the-pot winners were Mick and Anne Carty, who won €184.

Congratulations to Abi Murphy, sixth class pupil who is the school Spelling Bee. Abi will compete in the county final which will take place in Gorey today, Tuesday, March 14, Cards.

Weekly winners of the partners 45 cards in Hotel Curracloe were Murt Kelly and Michael Byrne. Last week's winners were Kathleen Murphy and Michael Byrne. Cards continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m. from now till Easter. There is an open draw and all are welcome.

Registration Night

The last two 'all-in-one' registration nights for the Shelmalier GAA, St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club and Coiste na nÓg clubs has proved to be a great success with large attendance at both nights. The next night will take place on Monday, March 30, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and parents and individuals who have not as yet paid their membership are asked to go along.

St Patrick's Day parade

The Shelmalier GAA Club Underage section will be well represented at the Wexford St Patrick's Days parade on Friday next. This is always a great occasion for these young boys and girls. Thanks to the many club mentors and coaches who ensure that the club is well represented.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, March 5, as follows. The numbers drawn were 12, 17, 21 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and one mach three winner, Gerry and Gang, one, Ballaghnlake, Curracloe, who won €150. Weekly draw every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and tickets available from committee members.

GAA action

The Shelmalier senior hurlers began their league campaign with a home match against Glynn-Barntown in Hollymount on Saturday last. Ciaran O'Shaughnessy and Paraic O'Leary opened the scoring for the home team after two minutes of play with Glynn soon levelling matters. Glynn-Barntown then took the initiative but three well taken points from Conor Hearne had his side trailing by a goal after 15 minutes. The Shels continued to work hard resulting in further points from James Cash, Conor Hearne, Ciaran O'Shaughnessy and Glen Malone to put a single point between the sides in the last few minutes of the first half. Michael Feeney levelled the scores on the resumption with Tommy Barron putting his side ahead in the fifth minute. Both sides exchanged scores before a well taken goal by Michael Feeney levelled the scores with five minutes to go. However, Glynn-Barntown proved the stronger in the closing stages to win on a final scoreline of 2-15 to 1-14.

This game was followed by the Shelmalier Intermediate hurlers taking on a fancied Fethard side with early points from Denis Kelly, Shane Birney Dan Campbell and Stephen Whelan. Fine free taking by Shane Birney put his side into a commanding lead before Fethard hit back with two goals in the space of a few minutes to give them a five point lead. On the resumption Aodhan Foley, Shane Birney (4) and Jody Donohoe showed the sides great fighting spirit with six fine points but Fethard continued to lead on the scoreboard till Shane Birney fired to the roof to the Fethard net to level the score and Conor Byrne put his side into the lead with full time fast approaching. However, Fethard were awarded a free with the last puck of the game so the sides finished level 1-14 to 2-11.

The league again reverts to football this week with Sarsfields visiting Hollymount on Thursday night next when they take on the home team under lights starting at 8 p.m. The junior footballers welcome St James's to Hollymount on Sunday next, March 19, starting at 4.30 p.m. Both teams would welcome your support.

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