Tuesday 12 December 2017

Around the Districts

Tina McCarthy and Paddy Rossiter enjoying a day at the races at Bettyville recently.
Tina McCarthy and Paddy Rossiter enjoying a day at the races at Bettyville recently.


Gaa Notes

This weeks Lotto Nos: 5, 11, 20 & 21. No winner. Match three: Carmel & Hazel Murphy. Jackpot €10,000 . Hard luck to our U18 footballers who narrowly lost to Bunclody in the 1/4 final Club golf classic on Friday 11th Sept. Please support

Best of luck to Sam Kelly & Paudie Foley and all the County U 21 team jn the All Ireland Final on 12th September.

Colour/intuitive painting

'Colour, intuitive painting, mindstillness': this set of 8 classes is commencing on Tuesday mornings 8th September from 10 to 11.30am. Taster sessions can be arranged locally in Ballymurn. Both individual and groups catered for. Very relaxing and refreshing. No Experience Needed. All materials supplied. Please contact Kathleen on 087 314 5212 for further info.

Hertitage News

Ballymurn heritage Committee in preparation of 1916 Celebrations are seeking any local information on any members in the area who were actively involved or would like to share their knowledge of that period. Contact Martina on 0863360870.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Crossabeg/Ballymurn Pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday 27th September for the National Eucharistic Congress, with Breakfast & evening meal in Tullamore. All inclusive €55. Book with Fr Jim or parish office.

Youth Club

Youth Club will have Registration night on Wednesday 10th September at 8pm in the Club House. Registration is for current and new members and cost for the year is €10.00 per member. Youth Club will re-open on Friday 12th September at 8pm.

Knitter Knatters

Crochet for beginners in the club house with Ballymurn Knittern Knatters at 10.30am starting Wednesday 24rd September. Free of charge, Contact Ann on 0872171025.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to Mary Bishop, Ballylucas on the sad death of her grandnephew, Donal English Hayden in Carlow.


Health/Wellness Evening

An information evening on Health and Wellness will be held in Bree Community Centre on Monday 14th September from 7-9pm. Topics will include 'Keep well and healthy in Winter', Nutrition, Healthy Heart, Flu and Childhood Vaccinations, Men's and Women's Health, Antenatal, Baby and Child Health and the Role of the Public Health Nurse in Community Care.

The speakers are Dr M Hussain and Practice Nurse/Health Life Coach Brona Cloonan, both from Clonroche and Bree Health Centre and Public Health Nurse Mary Kelly from the Clonroche Health Centre. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Guitar Classes

Guitar Classes will resume in Bree Community Centre in the coming weeks with teacher Kevin Doyle. Anyone interested in joining/rejoining the class is asked to contact Kevin at 086 2237819 for more information.

Irish Dancing

Irish dancing classes recommenced for all dancers last Saturday 5th September, classes times as normal. Enrolment is now taking place for new pupils. All beginners are very welcome to attend the class in Bree Community Centre, on Saturday morning at 10.30am. Any queries, please contact Catriona on 087 7504818 or pm our Wexford Academy Facebook page. Classes are conducted by 3 fully qualified teachers.

Bree Youth Club

Anyone interested in being involved in Bree Youth Club this year should come to Bree Community Centre, accompanied by a parent or guardian, on a club night. Regular youth club nights will commence on Friday 11th Sept and will continue for most Friday nights throughout the year. Bree Youth Club is run by a group of volunteers made up of parents, adults and junior leaders from the area.

All have undergone Volunteer Awareness training and Leader training by FDYS and are Garda Vetted by Youth Work Ireland. In order to ensure the smooth running of the club, to cater for increasing membership and extended club times the club needs more parents and adults to become involved as leaders. Leaders will be required to supervise at club nights and the occasional disco, amounting to a total of 10-12 hours over the course of the entire year.

Training will be provided free of charge by the club. If any parent or young adult would like to be involved please speak to any club leader on Registration night. Remember, the future of the club depends on volunteers and leaders.

GAA Lotto News

Results from of Ballyhogue GAA Club Lotto for 2nd September: Numbers drawn were 4, 17, 22 and 27. There was no winner and no match 3. The lucky dip winner was Mary Hennebry, Borrmount. Next lotto draw 16/9 in Ryan's of Galbally. Lotto jackpot still remains at €10,000. Tickets are available in all local shops and from committee members. Alternatively you can now play Ballyhogue GAA Club's Lotto online by going to

Bree Community Centre

Organisations using or intending to use Bree Community Centre for the resumption of activities in September are asked to contact Eddie Dunne to confirm, book regular meetings, classes and events. This is to ensure that there are no overlaps or confusion around bookings.

irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank all those who donated on 29th/30th August at the Bree Church gate collection. The total amount raised was €279.95.

Barn Dance

The Monster Barn Dance took place last Saturday night in Byrne's Grain Store. The proceeds this year went to pay off the Community Centre Refurbishment debt.. A great night was had by all involved. Many thanks to all those who supported in any way.

Major roadworks

Traffic lights are in operation on on the R730 from Kereight to Killurin from 08.30 to 17.00 (Monday to Friday) until Friday 25th September. Delays can be expected at peak times.


Heritage Week Walk

On Saturday 29th August upwards of fifty intrepid walkers, of all ages, turned up at The Trading Post Camping Park, The Unyoke to participate in the "March to Oulart Hill" to mark Heritage Week 2015.

They came from all parts of the county and beyond to retrace the steps of the North Cork Militia who met their doom at the hands of the Pikemen led by Fr. John Murphy at the Battle of Oulart Hill on 27th May 1798.

For most of the journey Brian Cleary and Patrick Power were the guides who provided the accurate historical information as the walkers traversed the winding lanes and roads that were once part of the Old Coach Road from Dublin to Wexford while attention was also drawn to the flora and fauna encountered on the way.

The youngsters were entertained by a "Treasure Hunt" that had been carefully planned along the route while "geo-cache" with the use of smart phone was explained as was use of compass and map- reading while trekking.

The walk finished at Tulach a tSolais on The Hill where refreshments were served. Before dispersing, the attendance was treated to a rousing rendition of "Boolavogue" and "Kelly from Killanne".

The organisers would like to say "Míle buíochas" to everyone (too numerous to mention individually) who contributed, in any way, to the success of the walk.

Club Hurling

Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers are among the eight teams who have qualified for the championship quarter-final. Well done to players and management on their victory over Ferns-St. Aidan's to finish top of Group B.

Their next outing will be against St. Anne's, expected to be played towards the end of September. A few players are still struggling with injuries but it is to be hoped that they will have recovered in time to be available for the quarter-final.

The Intermediate team had a good win over Crossabeg-Ballymurn to finish the Group stage with three wins out of five. Our Junior team are in the EEW Junior A Relegation final against Wygram Gaels that will be played on 13th September.

All-Ireland Finalists

Best of luck to Wexford Under 21 hurlers in the All-Ireland Final against Limerick, on Saturday 12th September. Semple Stadium, Thurles is the venue. Throw in is at 7pm. Oulart-The Ballagh have three representatives on this year's panel: Peter Sutton, Kevin Sheridan and Anthony Roche.

As it is 50 years since Wexford won its one and only Under 21 All-Ireland Final in 1965 it is hoped that the Model County, with its motto "Le Croí agus Lámh" (With Heart & Hand) can bring the title back to Slaneyside.

Kiltegan Fathers

St. Patrick's Missionary Society, better known as the Kiltegan Fathers was founded in 1932 and since then they have worked in Nigeria, Kenya, Central and South Africa, Brazil and the West Indies. At the present time they are visiting parishes in our diocese. Priests from the Diocese of Ferns (including our Parish Priest, Fr. Paddy Browne and his brother Fr. Denis) have served with the Kiltegan Fathers, most notably in Brazil.

Last weekend Fr. Seán Cullen spoke at Masses in Oulart and The Ballagh to thank people for their generous support in the past and to ask for continued support for the Society's missionary works through enrolling in the Mission Circle, subscribing to "Africa" magazine or supporting other initiatives.


The September session in the Bygone Days House of Stories, in Lower Oulart will take place on Monday 14th. All are welcome to attend this night of music, song, story-telling and tall-tales around an open-hearth. Traditional refreshments will be served and there is no admission fee. Bring your friends and perform your party-piece if you want to add to the gaiety of the occasion.

Scouting in Oulart

For many years, Oulart had a very successful Scout Unit, with dedicated leaders and volunteers. There is now an interest in reforming the Scout Unit in Oulart. Extra volunteers are needed to become Leaders and Associate members. For full information please contact Leah Whelan on 086-3511178.


The draw for the senior semi-finals is due to take place on 9th September with the matches expected to take place on the weekend 10th/11th October. Heartiest congratulations to the Under 10 players who played exceptionally well to defeat Craanford in Wexford Park, on a scoreline of 1 goal 1 point to 1 point. The Camogie Club would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Bag Pack in Tesco, Gorey, recently. It was indeed a case of "Many hands make light work".

Top Recruit

Congratulations to Stacey Kehoe, daughter of Bernie and M.J. who featured on the two-part television programme "The Recruits" as she and her fellow recruits in the Defence Forces were put through their grueling training to emerge as trained soldiers.

Oulart-The Ballagh and Co.Wexford Camogie star Stacey showed how tough and disciplined she was as she displayed endurance and leadership when others, male and female, wilted and were unable to last the course.

It was a credit to her that she was one of the two top recruits who passed out at a ceremony that was attended by her parents and her twin sister Shelley- herself an experienced member of the Defence Forces who has already served abroad.

Parish Newsletter

To have notices and announcements included in the newsletter that is printed in the centre pages of The Ballagh Mass Leaflet please email the text to on or before 10am on Thursdays.

Get-Well Wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to all the parishioners who are sick, at home or in hospital. The thoughts and prayers of neighbours and friends are with you all. For reasons of security and out of consideration for the privacy of patients, names will not be published here except at the request of the patients and their families.


Youth Club

Oylegate youth club will open for registration and our AGM on Monday night 14th September at 8.30pm. Membership to our club is confined to Oylegate/Glenbrien parish. Membership to Oylegate Youth Club is from 1st to 6th year in Secondary school. All members new and old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to register for the coming year. Membership is €10.


There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in The Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday Wednesday September 2nd. The lucky dip winners were Seamus Walsh, Micheal Doyle, Sean Fox, Mai Dagg, Ellen Hogan, Trish Browne, Betty Shanahan, and John Murphy. The next draw will be held in Mernghs Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday 16th September. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.

Fundraising Draw

Oylegate/Glenbrien GAA club are holding a fundraising draw to help pay off the debt on the field. The first prize is €5,000 and all other prizes are cash. Tickets cost €10 each or 3 for €20. Ticket sellers and/or drivers are required to help out with the fundraiser and all help would be greatly appreciated.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Annie and Paul Lafferty Coolanick, Oylegate on the recent birth of a baby girl, Cora.

Wedding Bells

Best wishes for future happiness are extended to Enda Sludds and Lorri Murphy who are getting married on Friday.

Social Dancing

The next date for Social Dancing is Sunday 13th September. Music on the night is by the very popular Theresa and the Stars, who we are always pleased to welcome back. Dancing from 9.30p.m. with our usual tasty refreshments served. Admission is €8.

Zumba Classes

Zumba fitness classes will resume in Oylegate Community Centre on Wednesday evening 16th September. Classes from 7p.m. to 8p.m. Come and party yourself into shape with this latin inspired easy to follow, dance fitness party. Cost is €6 per class, which is payable on the night. For details contact Theresa, (Licensed Zumba instructor) on 089 9759605.

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