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Ned Doyle, Garrywilliam, Crossabeg, would like to thank the many people who offered their help and gave assistance to him in so many different ways following a fire in his home last month. To his neighbours who formed a committee and organised the collection appeal in the parish and beyond and to everyone who contributed so generously to that appeal, he offers his grateful thanks.
GAA club news
Last week's Lotto numbers were 2, 3, 22 and 24. There was no winner and one match three winner, Lar O'Leary. The Jackpot stands at €10,000.
The adult hurlers begin their league campaign next Sunday with a double header in Ballymurn. The intermediates play Cushinstown at 2 p.m. while the Junior B's play Askamore at 3.30 p.m. The minor footballers play Dunbrody Gaels on Sunday at 11 a.m in Horeswood.
Tickets are now on sale for the club dinner dance which takes place on Saturday, March 28 in Ferrycarrig hotel. Admission is €25.
Memberships for 2015 are now due, adult players €100, students and non playing members €50. Membership for all mentors (adult and underage) is €50.
St Patrick's Day
The Vigil Mass for St. Patricks Day will be offered up on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, March 17 will be offered up at 11 a.m.
Annual General Meeting
The local 55+ club held its annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 24 at Kyle Forge. The outgoing Chairman welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support. He said the club was very active throughout the years and had provided many classes of jewellery making, art, floral arranging, outings visits to the Bowling Alley to name but a few.
Chairman Robert Lambert said it was with regret that he received a letter of resignation from Mary Quinn who had held the position of secretary since the inception of the club. He said that Mary had been a wonderful organiser and a very hard worker since the club was formed ten years ago. He said he hoped she would still stay as a member.
Robert Lambert also announced that he was resigning as Chairman. The election of new officers took place and the following were elected:- John Meagher (Chairman) Robert Lambert (Secretary) Peg Morris (Treasurer) Stasia Roche (Assistant Treasurer) with Mike Murphy, Ella O`Connor, Kathleen Higgins, Mary Byrne as committee members.
Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies Football club will hold registrations on Sunday, March 22 at Ballymurn pitch from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Managers for the various teams for the coming season are as follows:-Niall McDonald (Under 10) Brian Frost (Under 12A) Barry Murphy (Under 12B) Michael Scallan (Under 14) Larry White (Under 16) Geraldine Cullen (Under 18) Adrian Sheil (senior and junior) The football season is now up and running and we wish all the teams the best of luck in their endeavours.
A Laugh for Hope & Hospice
A night of laughter and music will take place in the Cloch Ban, Clonroche on Friday, March 13, in Mernaghs of Oylegate on Saturday, March 14, in the Holy Grail , Ballindaggin on Friday, March 20 and in Belefield GAA complex, Enniscorthy on Friday, March 27 when drama groups from Marshalstown, Camross, Newbawn/Adamstown along with guest artists to surprise on the night will be out in force for these great nights of comedy.
Music will be provided each night by "On the run (Domo, Mick and Tom). There is no entry fee but donations will be greatly appreciated as one hundred per cent of all monies raised goes to the chosen organisations, the Hope Cancer Support Service and Wexford Hospice Homecare. There will be a raffle each night with a hamper on offer. Proceedings will get underway at 9.30 p.m. each night
Crossabeg/Ballymurn CES Ltd are presently recruiting for two general workers and one grounds person. Log on to www.jobsireland.ie for further information and eligibility details.
The death occured on Sunday, March 1 of Mr. Paddy Atkinson, Monmore, Crossabeg. Aged 85 years, he spent the past couple of years in Castle Gardens nursing home, Enniscorthy where his wife Sarah (Lorna) was also a resident. His health had been deteriorating during that time but he fought it hard, being more concerned for his wife`s condition.
A farmer by trade, together with Lorna they carried out a very successful pig enterprise and also turned their hands to sheep and cattle. In latter years they both enjoyed gardening. Paddy was also an active member of the IFA as well as being passionate about GAA, having played in his youth,as well as attending numerous matches, local and national in his time. His family were very important to him and in later life his grandchildren were very dear to him.
His remains were removed from Brownes funeral home, Enniscorthy on Wednesday evening to Crossabeg church and burial took place to the adjoining cemetery after Requiem Mass on Thursday last. He is survived by his wife Lorna, sons John and Patrick, daughters Anne and Mary, grandchildren Sue, James, David, Jonathan, Mark and Stuart, daughters-in-law Doreen and Linda, son-in-law Aidan, sister-in-law Stasia (nee Gahan, Slaneylodge) brother-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. R.I.P.
There was a good entry of children from the local Community Games area competing on Saturday last in the county finals of the Art and Handwriting competitions held in Castlebridge school. Well done to the schools who encouraged the children to compete and who held local finals. Congratulations to Liam O`Brien (Screen) Evan Gillen and Laura Wilson (Castlebridge) all of whom won gold medals in the Art events. Silver medals were won by Eabha Bowe and Ros Walker from Crossabeg and a bronze medal by Tadhg English from Ballymurn. Results from the Handwriting competition will be announced later in the week.
Anyone from the Community Games area interested in competing in the county finals of the Swimming events should contact Mary McDonald on 087-9384937 by Thursday of this week.
A number of children from St. Killian`s AC travelled to Nenagh last week to compete in the Leinster Juvenile Indoor championships with some personal bests and good results. Well done to Anna Finan who finished in 6th place in the semi final of the 60M under 12; to Amy Forde who had a PB of 8.87m in the Under 16 Shot Putt ; to Jack Forde who won gold in the Under 13 High Jump (1.38) and he also collected a silver medal in the Long Jump (4.19m) and who finished in 4th place in the final of the Hurdles Under 13.
Oulart-The Ballagh's all-conquering camogie team, winners of the All-Ireland Senior Club-Championship Final 2015, gave a flawless performance in Croke Park, on Sunday 1st March when they comprehensively defeated the gallant team from Mullagh, Galway (3 goals 13 points to 7 points) to capture the Bill Carroll Cup for the second time.
It was certainly a "family affair" for the women in red-and-black because included on the panel of 25 were sisters, Shelly, Stacey and Sharon Kehoe, Helena & Ursula Jacob, Mary & Una Leacy, Colleen & Karen Atkinson, Louise & Laura Sinnott and their first cousin Shauna. Added to that Aoife O'Connor and Aine Sheridan are first cousins as are Stacey, Brídín and Shauna Redmond and Niamh and Rachel Sinnott.
The remaining panel members are Ciara Storey, Diane Ryan, Aideen Brennan, Aishling Moran, Katie Murphy, and Aoife Dunne. While a "parish rule" is not in force in camogie all 25 Oulart-The Ballagh players were born, reared and attended primary school within the confines of the small parish. The backroom team of Philip Rossiter (manager), selectors Hughie O'Connor, Aidan Moran, Margaret Leacy and Ciara Scallan along with Tom Storey (Physio) and Bridget Moran (First Aid) are all parish residents also.
The club sponsors are Corrigan's Family Butchers, Oulart and the team draws its massive support from the local community who are so proud of the exploits of these talented and dedicated players, many of whom have helped Wexford to the All-Ireland Senior victories of 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The team had four Senior All-Ireland winning captains in its ranks, namely Mary& Una Leacy, Ursula Jacob and Karen Atkinson; All-Ireland Intermediate winning captain Colleen Atkinson and Ciara Storey, the daughter of 1996 All-Ireland Senior Hurling winning captain, Martin Storey.
Also included on the panel are daughters of former Wexford All-Stars and All-Ireland medal holders Liam Dunne and Michael Jacob and daughters of Camogie Team of the Century and All-Ireland medallist, Margaret Leacy. Take a bow all the people who have coached, trained and encouraged the players down through the years. The rewards of your efforts are evident. Abhallort-An Bealach Abú!
The Annual General Meeting of Oulart Community Centre will be held on the first Monday of April (5th), beginning at 8.30pm. The past year will be reviewed, financial statement presented and officers and committee will be elected for the coming year. Anyone interested in helping run the centre is asked to come along to the A.G.M.
Dates for your Diary
First Penance will be celebrated by First Class on 11th March and the same pupils will make their First Holy Communion on 9th May. The pupils from fifth and sixth classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, in St. Patrick's Church, on Saturday 28th March.
In preparation for Confirmation, there will be a choir practice in St. Mochua's Church on Thursday 12th March, beginning at 8pm. All singers are invited and encouraged to join the choir. Just remember "he/she who sings, prays twice".
Scoil Mochua Parents' Association will hold a Clothes Collection on 13th March. Your usual response to this recycling effort would be greatly appreciated.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
To celebrate "Seachtain na Gaeilge" in Oulart a visit to Tulach a' tSolais and the battle site on Oulart Hill has been arranged for tomorrow, Wednesday 11th March, at 10am. Beginning at the GAA pitch, opposite St. Patrick's Church and continuing from the car-park on Oulart Hill, the walk and talk will take approximately 90 mins.
Local historian and author, Brian Cleary will lead the walk and give a bi-lingual talk on the events that happened ar an Screig on Whit Sunday 1798.Light refreshments will be served in Oulart Community Centre afterwards. Beidh fáilte roimh cách!
Joe Hyland would like to thank everyone for their prayers and get-well wishes sent to him during his illness last year. All the Mass Bouquets and Get-Well cards sent by friends, neighbours and friends were greatly appreciated. The wonderful care he received in Intensive Care and St. Patrick's Ward was outstanding and the family wish to say "thank you" to all concerned. Also, sincere gratitude to Fr. P. Browne, P.P. Oulart, for his prayers and visits.
Joe and Kathleen Hyland, Kilnamanagh would like to thank all their neighbours, friends and relations for the Mass bouquets, cards and good wishes they received on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, just before Christmas. The anniversary was celebrated with family and grandchildren.
Twenty-two members of Oulart& District Active Retired enjoyed an outing to Dublin on 26th February. Chairman of the group, Dave Newman gave a guided tour of the capital city.
The group visited Dublin Castle where they viewed many of its important rooms including St. Patrick's Hall which is used for important State events such as the inauguration of the President and State Banquets for visiting dignitaries. A room dedicated to the memory of James Connolly was most interesting as was the Drawing Room which featured portraits of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert.
Oulart is privileged to have one of its native sons, Padraig Prendergast, as Provost of Trinity College, serving his fourth year of a ten-year term. The group enjoyed the luxury of afternoon tea with the Provost and had a tour of his official residence as well as sharing memories and stories of bygone days in the historic parish. A visit to Trinity Library was most informative and the
Book of Kells, known for its illuminated manuscripts was viewed by the group which enjoyed dinner in The Glen View Hotel on the return journey.
Spring is in the air!
It's time to start thinking of healthy exercise, improved fitness and getting involved with a team for "Lifestyle Transformation"! With the starting date of 13th March, plans are underway for a trial walk, cycle, obstacle challenge, another walk and weekly exercise/fitness classes over the course of eight weeks. Young and old are invited to become involved. If you need further information, want help in getting started or would like to join a team, please contact Bridget Moran or any player or officer.