Wednesday 13 December 2017

Around the Districts

This group of friends enjoyed their night out the Presentation Graduation Ball: (from left) Rob Tector, Kath O'Rourke, Jimmy Hore, Hayley Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Ciara O'Dowd, Sean Finan, Leanne Brennan, Cian Doyle, Jessica Hore, Marco Perozzi, Megan Morris, Rebecca Foley, Tim Bowler.
This group of friends enjoyed their night out the Presentation Graduation Ball: (from left) Rob Tector, Kath O'Rourke, Jimmy Hore, Hayley Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Ciara O'Dowd, Sean Finan, Leanne Brennan, Cian Doyle, Jessica Hore, Marco Perozzi, Megan Morris, Rebecca Foley, Tim Bowler.


School re-opens

Crossabeg national school re-opened its doors after thhe summer break and welcomed eighteen new pupils - fourteen in junior infants and four in senior classes. As well as that, four new teachers have also joined the ranks, Mr. Eamonn Codd as Admin Principal, Ms. Niamh Bolger, Mr. Brendan Roache and Ms. Margaret McMahon.

The newcomers to the infants class are Keelin Boggan, Artraman Heights; Rachael Doyle, Pouldarrig; Phillipa Howitt, Curracloe; Candice Kenny, Ballyharron; Mena Sweetman, Castlesow; Charlie Carley, Newcastle; Conor Cloney, Kyle; Rian Furlong, Ballyharron; Ethan Jarvis, Randalsmill; Jack Lafferty-O`Neill, Ballinaslaney; Finn McLaughlin, Monmore; David O`Reilly, Crory; Darragh Quinn, Newcastle; Adam Roche, Ard Alainn. Ryan Wicherley, Clonard Park joins the first class and his brother Conor joins the third class with Laragh Frawley from Ballyboggan going into fifth class and her brother Chris into third class.

The Staffing arrangements for the coming year are as follows:- Ms. Michelle Connelly (Junior Infants) Ms. Niamh Bolger (Senior Infants) Ms. Margaret McMahon (First class) Ms. Kate Newsome (Second class) Ms. Sinead Quirke (Third class) Ms. Anne-Marie Forde (Fourth class) Mr. Brendan Roache (Fifth class) Mr. Joe Sheehan (Sixth class) Ms. Deirdre Joines (Resource/Learning Support) Ms. Trish McCormack (Resourse/Learning Support/Deputy Principal) Mr. Eamonn Codd (Admin Principal) Ms. Margaret Quirke (Part-time SNA) Ms. Anna Pierce (Part-time SNA) Ms. Marie French (Secretary) Ms. Laura Halpin (Cleaner) Mr. Dave Reck (Caretaker).

Youth Club

The annual general meeting of Crossabeg Youth club takes place tonight, Tuesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. at Kyle Forge. Registration of members will also take place and new members are especially welcome. The registration fee is €10 for the 2015/16 year and €2 per week attendance. This covers insurance and refreshments and enables the club to subsidise activities and outings during the year.

The club needs new members to stay viable as well as the support of their parents and guardians. They meet weekly on Friday evenings at Crossabeg school from 8 -10 p.m. and this is a great way for the youth of the parish to stay in touch with their friends, especially after they have moved on to second-level education.

Coffee morning

Wexford Hospice will hold their annual Coffee Morning on Thursday, September 17 from 10 a.m to 12.30 p,m at Kyle Forge. All are welcome, so please support this worldly cause.

Halloween party

The Halloween House of Terror party in aid of the new Crossabeg/Ballymurn community centre will take place in the community centre at Kyle on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31. This year the House of Terror is part of the Wexford Festival Opera Fringe events. Anyone who wishes to take part in the event or would like to help out with the organisation of same should contact Seamus Kehoe on 085-1280970 or Pat Gately on 086-3715000. All help welcome.

Church news

Mass every Wednesday and Friday morning at 9.30 a.m. with Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. until 7.20 p.m, followed by Mass at 7.30 p.m. Adoration then continues until 9 p.m. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the parochial house.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The parish pilgrimage to Knock (to celebrate the National Eucharistic Congress) will take place on Sunday, September 27. The cost (€55) includes breakfast and evening meal in Tullamore. Contact the parish office for details. People outside of the parish wishing to travel with the group are very welcome.

Sheep being worried

Dog owners in the parish and surrounding areas are asked to make sure that their pets are securely fenced in, especially at night time. A number of sheep in the Slaneylodge area of Crossabeg have recently been left very distressed and needing urgent veterinary assistance following a spate of attacks by dogs. So before you retire at night, make sure your pets are also in their kennels.

Dates for the Diary

The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will take place on December 13 at Ferrycarrig hotel. A Coffee morning will be held on Saturday, October 17 in Kyle Forge to help offset the cost of organising the popular event.

Back in Training

St. Killian`s Athletic Club have resumed training for the juvenile section of the club at the local community field in Crossabeg. Training takes place every Monday and Thursday evening from 7-8.15 p.m. New members are always welcome.


The death occured on Thursday evening of last week of Mrs. Mary Lambert, "Atha Bui", Newcastle, Crossabeg. Mary had been a patient at Wygram nursing home and Wexford General hospital for some time with her family supporting her throughout her illness. Mary (formerly nee Grehan, Athboy, Co. Meath) is survived by her husband Robert, children Bobby, Maire, Brenda, Paula, Enda, Dympna and Colm, grand-children, great grandson, sons and daughters-in-law, sister, sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. Her remains reposed at her home on Friday afternoon last with Requiem Mass in Crossabeg church on Saturday afternoon and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Our condolences also to Mr. Des Kehoe and family, Crossabeg, on the death of his Mother, Mrs. Maudie Kehoe, Ardcavan, who died on August 30 and whose funeral took place following Requiem Mass in Castlebridge church to the local cemetery on Tuesday, September 1.

The death occured on Saturday last of Sr. Aine McDonald, Franciscan Order of Divine Motherhood, Ladywell, Surrey and late of Lonsdale, Crossabeg. Our condolences also to the family of the late Pat Doyle, Coole, Castlebridge (formerly of Killowen, Crossabeg) whose funeral took place to Castlebridge cemetery, on Monday last, September 9. May they rest in peace.


Results of play at the community centre on Wednesday night of last week as follows:- Betty Shanahan (top score) Jim O`Brien (1st gent) Molly Murphy (2nd gent) Michael Galvin (3rd gent) Annette Robinson (1st lady) Breda O`Brien (2nd lady) Betty Butler (3rd lady) Stella Nolan (last 3 games) Kathleen McDonald (hatchers) Annette Robinson, Breda O`Brien, Kathleen Higgins, Sean Reck, Betty Shanahan, Joan Pierce (raffle)

Over The Water

Ladies Football

Congratulations to the Shelmalier ladies junior and senior teams who both won their county finals on August 30, a first for any club in Wexford to win double adult titles. Both teams will now continue on to compete in the Leinster club championships, with the Juniors playing the Louth champions (date to be confirmed) and the Seniors taking on the Meath champions on October 4. A massive thank you from the club to the main Sponsors, C & C Building Providers, Screen, for their continued support. Well done to the Under 12 girls who competed in the Shield final on Sunday last against Horeswood.

As the season is drawing to a close, the club would like to congratulate all the teams on their continued success and participation in the Wexford competitions. The Under 10`s had a fantastic season of training and games and it was great to see so many girls shaping up as future stars. The Under 12`s reached the Shield final, while the Under 14`s reached the county semi final and also had the fantastic opportunity to be a host club for this years Feile competition. Both the Under 16 and Under 18 teams have reached the semi-finals of their competitions but dates for same have yet to be confirmed.

The adult teams will represent Wexford in the Leinster club championship in the coming week. Follow the events of the club on Facebook and Twitter pages for further updates on games and results.

Audition Time

Bridge Drama group will present 'Lost In Yonkers,' by Neil Simon in the National Opera House in late January and early February 2016 and will tour the festival drama circuit in March. Readings and casting will be held in The Porter House, Castlebridge on Monday, September 14 at 7.30 p.m. This production is directed by Pat Whelan. For further information email the group at or text 086-0336299 or pm on Bridge Drama Facebook page. They would love to hear from you.

The group will present 'The Cripple of Inishmaan,' by Martin McDonagh and directed by Trish Doyle in Wexford Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 28 and Saturday, October 31 as part of the Wexford Festival Opera fringe events. Rehearsals are in full swing and are going well. Tickets on sale now at or 053-9123764.

Photographs needed

Did you attend Screen national school? If you or your family were pupils there, please check out your photo library. The committee who are compiling a book to mark the 50th anniversary of the school are seeking pictures of Communion classes, in particular during the years '81 '82 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '97 '98 '00 '01 '02.

They are also seeking Confirmation photographs from 1965 to 1975, and photographs of school concerts and events and fundraisers, from 1965 to the present time. Please make sure to get your items in this week.

The closing date is Saturday, September 19 for all items. Items can be emailed to or by contacting Patricia Fielding on 087-9290975 or Kak Redmond on 087- 2981508 .

Welcome Back

Curracloe national school would like to extend a warm welcome back to all their pupils, and also to the new pupils who are settling in very well. They look forward to another fun and productive school year.

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of Screen hall will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 8 p.m in Screen hall. All are invited, young and old alike. Anyone interested in setting up activities in the hall, i.e indoor bowls, youth club or any other activities over the winter months are asked to attend the meeting.

Scrap metal

Are you clearing out after the summer. If you have any scrap metal please drop it to the skip located in C&C yard, Screen, from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 to 5 p.m. If you wish for items to be collected please contact John Fielding on 087- 6381114. The hall committee would like to thank all for the continued support.


The next social dancing date for Screen hall is Tuesday, September 29 and music will be supplied by Lar Kenny & Jimmy Hogan. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

GAA club notes

The Shelmalier GAA club had no winner of their weekly lotto on August 31. The numbers drawn were 10, 11, 21 & 25 and the jackpot stood at €8,200. There were 2 match 3 winners, Marie Ryan and Mark, Niall and Joe Power.

The Junior B footballers were beaten by a strong St Martin's side in the District final played in Hollymount on Thursday last. James Shiggins got his team off to an early lead with a point in the first five minutes and further points by Steven Carr, Terry Gainfort, Liam Rockett and Stephen Rossiter saw the Shels trail at half time. A much improved performance by the home side in the second half could not prevent St Martins claiming the trophy on the night.

The team members were A. Foley, M. Redmond, D. Power, R. Staples, P. McCleane, P. Doyle, D. Doyle, L.Rockett, C.Kehoe, S.Rossiter, T.Gainfort, S.McGuire, S.Carr, J. Shiggins and J. Murphy and subs R.Donnelly, B.Redmond, B.Delaney, L.Roche and E.Devereux.

The junior footballers bowed out of the championship in Clongeen on Saturday last when they went down to Blackwater on a final score line of 2-12 to 0-12 after a close and entertaining match. Blackwater got off to a great start with a goal in the first five minutes, but the Shelmaliers fought back with points from Jody Donohoe (2) Colin Redmond and Conor Hearne to take a one point lead after twenty minutes. Blackwater came strong in the closing ten minutes to lead by a goal at half time. Early points from Derek Walsh and Neal Rossiter left the smallest of margins between the sides as the game entered the final quarter, but a late rally by Blackwater saw them go forward to the semi final by a two goal margin.

The club would like to wish James Cash and Simon Donohoe and all the Wexford under 21 hurling team the best of luck in their encounter with Limerick on Saturday in Thurles. No doubt there will be a large contingent from the parish travelling to the match to cheer the boys on to victory.

Wexford People

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