Thursday 17 October 2019

Around the Districts

Elsie and Malachy O'Keeffe the Ballycogley Players 40th anniversary dinner in The Danby Lodge on Friday night.
Elsie and Malachy O'Keeffe the Ballycogley Players 40th anniversary dinner in The Danby Lodge on Friday night.


GAA Lotto

The St Fintans GAA lotto now stands at €10,200 and tickets can be purchased from local shops and the club grounds on Tuesday evenings from 8pm and from club members at a cost of €1.50. There is also a match three prize of €300 up for grabs each week and Ronan Murray shared in this prize with the following numbers drawn 12,19,22,25. Many thanks for your continued support.

Forever Fit

Dancefit/Bodytone Classes in Ballycogley continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10.00 a.m. Also 'Forever Active over 55's' ~ Mondays at 11.30 a.m. a more gentle exercise class to music.

Kilmore Hall Classes: New-Tuesdays at 9.40 a.m and Thursday at 7.30pm. Forever Active Tuesday at 2.00 p.m. All 'pay as you go' Join in any time. All Welcome. Call Amanda Burke 0879713339 for info.

Camross Drama Group

The Group will present 2 One-Act Plays on Wednesday November 11th in St Michael's Hall, Green St, Wexford and Sunday 29th November in St Mary's Hall, Fethard-on-Sea. Shows begins 8pm, €10 on door.

'Rainbows is the Boys' by Pauline McGonnigle. Directed by Des Waters, is this year's Festival entry-a story of two fiercely independent elderly sisters, the efforts of the local community to try to help them.

'The Proposal' by Anton Chekhov, adapted and directed by Mary Brown is a satirical romantic comedy.

So, keep the dates in your diary and Like Camross Drama Group on Facebook for more info.

Ballycogley Players

Following on from their successful run in St Michaels Hall Wexford, The Ballycogley Players tour began when they staged their three hilarious one act comedies to a very appreciative audience in Carrig On Bannow and Piercestown GAA centre. This will be followed by Fethard on November 15th and Kilmore N.S. on November 20th with each performance commencing at 8pm.

Come along and see reprise of audience favourites 'What's for Pudding' and 'Religious Knowledge' and introducing 'Last Respects'.


Tomhaggard Women's Shed have organised a bus to the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS on Friday November 13th. Tickets are €11.50 (Group rate). Meal in Glenview Hotel on way home (own cost). Bus cost depending on numbers travelling. Booking and details on 0872840272.

gaa club A.G.M

St. Fintans Club A.G.M will take place on Friday 27th November in the Scout Hall Ballymore at 8pm. Any motions/proposals must be submitted to the Club Secretary via email to before Monday 16th November. Nominations for club executives can also be submitted via email to the above address.

All Blacks

U11 boys lost at home to Bridge Rovers with a goal from Eoin Kehoe, U13 boys lost at home 3:2 to New Ross Celtic with goals from Tadgh Hayes and Aaron Busher, U16 Girls won at home 3:2 to Courtown with goals from Seren Ward (2) and Emma Sinnott, U12 girls drew away to Bunclody with goals from Aoife Haughton & Zoe Butler. Well done to everyone who played this week-end.

Rose Of St Fintans

The big night will take place this coming Saturday 14th November in Danby Lodge Hotel at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm. Who will claim the coveted crown? A night not to be missed, Seating will be limited so early arrival is advised. Tickets at €10 each have sold extremely well over the past week with remaining tickets on sale in Centra Killinick.

Breakfast Morning

As part of the "Rose of St.Fintans" fundraising campaign this coming Sunday morning 15th November there will be a Breakfast Morning in Coopers Inn. The tastiest Full Irish with tea and toast will be offer from 10am-12noon for an even tastier €8.

This will bring the Rose campaign to its end and your support as ever would be hugely appreciated so come on treat yourselves to a hearty breakfast while recovering from the shenanigans of the Grand Finale night. This will of course see the first public appearance of the newly crowned St.Fintans Rose 2015.

Firewood draw

The draw for the trailer load of firewood will take place at the Rose final this Saturday night coming. A book of 3 tickets for €5 can be bought from the Post Office in Killinick aswell as Foleys in Ballycogley. Be sure to get your ticket before Saturday night. A great prize heading into the Winter season.

Moortown Rose

Betty-Jane (Brett James but affectionately known as BJ by family and friends), our Australian born beauty breezed through the qualifying rounds down at Moortown easily batting aside the competition of Maurice "Molly" Day and Dermot "Daisy" Day who had to leave the qualifiers early to go and get in the cows.

Hoping to add an international flair to the competition, Betty-Jane (BJ) already brings some experience in the world of pageantry to the table as in her younger years, she competed in her local Aussie towns "Queen of the Gumi" pageant where she took claim to the tiara. Betty-Jane is affectionately known as BJ by those close to her.

Having relocated to Ireland from a sunnier climate, Betty-Jane is slowly adapting to life in Moortown. Earlier in the year she was drafted in to help with foaling season where she got closer than she ever would have imagined to a stallion in action! She has yet to take to the pitch for St. Fintans but is hopeful there there may be a corner forward spot on a Junior B team with her name on it somewhere down the line.

Commenting on her fellow Roses, BJ acknowledges that while she may not have the youth of the Tenacre Rose, or the Amazonian features of Blondie, the Ballymore Rose, she is hoping that her Aussie charm and easy ways will win the crowd over on the night. A "Blow in" some might say but marrying into the Day family plants BJ firmly into the parish of Ballymore/Mayglass and a No.1 vote on Grand Finale night will see the celebrations in Moortown possibly roll on into the Christmas season.

Boxing Club

It's all go in the Bridgetown area with the initial stages of a boxing club being put in place at a meeting at the local community hall.

Cllr Mick Roche the organiser said this is creating a lot of interest around the locality there is a massive catchment area around Bridgetown ranging from Kilmore, Duncormick, Rathangan, Murrintown, Ballymore and Mayglass. Also this would be very beneficial for everyone children and adults alike to get involved. When asked what would be needed in the future, Cllr Mick Roche said.

We are having a meeting on November 19th in the AOH hall in Bridgetown at 8pm to form a committee and pick a name for the club. Everyone welcome. In the future we will be looking for coaches and sponsorship for all the gear that's needed. Funding will play a major part in getting this of the ground. So if anyone can help out or have any idea's please contact me. 0861004550 or

Underage gaa

This u-16 Divs 2 hurling shield final was the third match of the day in Patrick's Park,and it didn't take Monageer long to get on the score board with a point in the first minute.

It took Our Ladys Island/St Fintans a few minutes but Cian Meyler got the boys on the board with a point from play before a David Pettit free and a Liam Flood effort gave us a 0-03 to 0-01 lead in the thirteenth minute. A Monageer 65 was cancelled out by Flood before the Enniscorthy District side added three more, two from frees, with only a Pettit free in reply to leave things close at half time in favour of Monageer at 0-07 to 0-05.

The second half commenced with a good battle developing. A quick goal from Pettit and point in reply brought things level at 1-05 to 0-08. Another from play by Pettit sandwiched between two frees from the same Hurley against one from Monageer put the Island lads in front again with 10 minutes to play. A good spell followed for Monageer with the game going as far as six minutes into injury time where they knocked up 1-05 to 0-01 (a Cian Meyler free) giving them a five point victory at 1-14 to 1-09.

The boys put in a valiant effort but fell a little short in the end. Credit to the lads who performed admirably throughout the year doing their families, clubs and parishes proud. A big thank you from the club and mentors to the parents of these chaps for their efforts throughout the year and a big thank you to the large support afforded to the these lads today.

Celebration Night

The Ballycogley Players drama group held its 40th anniversary celebration night in the Best Western Danby Lodge hotel on Friday night last.

Group chairman and M.C. for the night Paddy Mc Guire in his opening speech welcomed the representatives of fellow drama groups from Kilrush,Camross,Bunclody,Gorey,Bridge Players the Wexford drama festival committee and mayor of Wexford Ger Carty. When called on Mayor Ger Carty spoke about the importance of drama groups in a locality and the amount of entertainment that they provide.

Paddy then spoke about the fact that a drama group had existed in the area prior to the formation of the "Players" and that the first documented evidence relates to a performance of the Orange And The Green by the Mayglass dramatic society in 1908 and that the evidence shows that a group existed in the area in 1898. The Mayglass group competed with a great deal of success in the Muintir Na Tire drama festivals from 1958 to the early 70s many of which were held in Ballycogley Hall.

Paddy then said that the Mayglass group was now finding it impossible to cast a full lenght play when to the rescue came Fintan Murphy,Con Doyle and Pat Rossitter and that following a meeting over light refreshments in 1974 the Ballycogley Players were born.

With Fintan at the helm in 1976 the curtain was drawn and three one act plays were staged, Tactics,Riders to the Sea and The Shadow of the Glen and the group has performed a play or plays each year up to now. Fintan soon had the group competeing at the highest level and in 1983 the group won "gold"taking the All Ireland title on the one act circuit with the play Everyman.

Paddy said that Fintan was nearly ready to go on pension and in 1993 Breda Hayes took the reins and in 2006 Breda led her team to All Ireland success in the confined section of three act drama with The Weir with individual awards going to Con Doyle best actor,Breda herself taking the best producer award Terence O Byrne best stage management.

Paddy then spoke of the venues in which the group performed over the years as far apart and as diverse as a corrigated steel hall in Broadway to the magnificent Siamsa Tire in Tralee .Fintan then spoke about the earl days and of some funny incidents both on and off the stage.

Breda spoke of her enjoyment working with such a fine group and staging plays in such magnificent threatres aound the country. In closing the speeches to make way for dancing a song and a joke to the fine sound of Stephen Murphy.

Paddy thanked councillors Jim Moore and Frank Staples for joining us,Jimmy Boyce for providing transport,Fintan Murphy for his record of performances and personnell involved Trish Boyce for the projector,Enda Murphy and Terence O Byrne for the display of photos,Fr Murty Byrne for saying mass for deceased members,Rachael Murphy and Trish Boyce for the acquisition of our t-shirts and fleece ,Nick Hayes of the organising committee,the most generous sponsors and most of all our loyal supporters that make leisure time a pleasure time. Here's to the next 40.


Kerlogue Nursing Home would like to invite the families and friends of our past residents to join us in a remembrance ceremony on Saturday 21st November at 3pm in Bride Street Church Wexford followed by refreshments in the Talbot Hotel Wexford. For more information please contact Danielle on 086-4553684.


Community Centre

Contact 053 9139328 or e-mail us at and now find us on Face book or Opening hours 9.00am-1.00pm 5.00pm-9.00pm

Indoor soccer hall, squash court available to hire for groups and clubs. Great rates. Our Community Library is open to the public, lot's of books available in this free service.

The Community Centre is available for hire for children's birthday parties. Please ring or email centre for details.

BINGO: Every Monday night 8.00pm sharp until 10.00pm. Bus pick ups at usual points. A Great Night Out for all Ages!!! Call us for info.

TAE-KWON-DO; Monday, Wednesday 7.00pm-9.00pm

IRISH DANCING: Tuesday 4.00pm-7.30pm and Wednesday 5pm-8pm Contact Sarah 0877863165

Forever Fit Wexford. Hi energy Dancefitbodytone classes in Murrintown Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Piercestown Monday at 10am. Pay as you go ongoing Classes. All Welcome. Call Amanda Burke 0879713339.

Drinagh Mummers

At a recent meeting of the Drinagh Mummers a vote of sympathy was extended to Frances & Ann Whelan & family on the death of his mother Cathy (nee Sinnott) of Horetown Foulksmills. R.I.P.

Table Quiz

There is a table quiz on Friday 27th November in Jordans of Murrintown at 8.30pm. All funds raised will are in aid of the Piercestown Murrintown Senior Citizens Christmas Party-note the change of date.

Kerlgoue Remembrance

Kerlogue Nursing Home would like to invite the families and friends of our past residents to join us in a remembrance ceremony on Saturday 21st November at 3pm in Bride Street Church Wexford followed by refreshments in the Talbot Hotel Wexford. For more information please contact Danielle on 086-4553684.

Record fair

The popular Record and CD fair returns to the Talbot Hotel on Sunday, 22nd November from 11am. to 5pm. Thousands of new, used and rare records will be on sale and visitors will also have an opportunity to sell their own unwanted CDs.

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