Wednesday 23 October 2019

Around the Districts

Ann Gainfort and Ciara Forde at the Christmas fair in aid of the Tracie Lawlor Trust in Castlebridge Hall on Sunday afternoon.
Ann Gainfort and Ciara Forde at the Christmas fair in aid of the Tracie Lawlor Trust in Castlebridge Hall on Sunday afternoon.


Ballymurn Youth Club

Following our very successful event during the Summer Festival, Ballymurn Youth club are delighted to announce another 'Fun Bingo' on Friday 27th November from 7.30pm. Great prizes to be won on the night. Young and old are all welcome with Bingo Books only €5.

Parish Party

The Christmas Parish Party is on Sunday 6th December.

GAA Club news

Well done to our U21 football team who beat St Johns in the Under 21 football quarter final 2- 9 to 0-3. They now play St Martins in the semi-final.

The Coiste Na Nóg AGM will take place on the 4th December at 8 30pm. More details to follow


Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ces LTD will hold their AGM on Tuesday 2nd December at 8pm in Ballymurn Hall Club house

Sing Out Loud

Congratulations and well done to the pupils and teachers of Ballymurn NS that participated in this year's 'Sing Out Loud' concert in the Wexford Opera House last week.


Community craft day

Blackwater's community craft day is being held on Sunday 29th November in the Blackwater Lodge. Until 5.00pm there are crafts being exhibited and sold. Everything you'll want for Christmas handmade to a high standard. The proceeds are going to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Christmas Shopping Bus

On Saturday 5th December there is a bus leaving Blackwater and Oulart and going straight to Blanchardstown shopping centre.

Bus is leaving Blackwater at 8am and Oulart at 8.20am. We will arrive in Blanchardstown at 10am approx and leave at 5pm, leaving loads of time to get your bits and pieces done. Cost of the bus is only €20 per person, with a €10 deposit per person required to avoid disapointment. For all details contact David on 087 9562978.

Tidy Towns

The AGM of the Blackwater Tidy Towns will be held on Thursday 3rd December in the Shipley Room. This is an open meeting and all interested parties are cordially invited to attend.


Blackwater Macra are currently looking for new members between the ages of 17 and 35 to get involved in a wide range of activities including sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts, agriculture and community involvement . Email or Tel: 087 9585376

Best of luck to Blackwater Macra who are taking part in the county round of indoor soccer.

Next Macra social night will take place with a trip to the Dogs in Waterford on 28th November. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased at the Macra entry stile.


Christmas Fare

Annis Kehoe of Slaneylodge has planned a coffee morning and sale of Christmas cakes,puddings, bracks, biscuit cakes, vegetables, bread, jams, etc to take place in Kyle Forgeon Saturday December 5, During the morning a special raffle will also take place and there are some splendid prizes on offer to the lucky winners.

Annis is back out on the roads of the parish on her bike getting fit to take on the arduous cycle to Lourdes in March of next year on behalf of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust which caters for young people with special needs.

There are two respite centres in the country, one in Kilrane, Co. Wexford and the other in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. The Trust brings hundreds of young people to Lourdes on Easter Sunday for a week.

Annis is now taking orders for her Christmas puddings, cakes, etc. She can be contacted on 087-2426146.

Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party for the Senior Citizens of the Parish will take place on Sunday December 13 at Ferrycarrig Hotel. The organising committee are busy calling to householders in the Parish with raffle tickets for the party and again would welcome your generous support.

Flower arranging

A flower arranging night hosted by Lily Bloom Florists in aid of Wexford Swimming club will take place on Wednesday December 2 at 7.30 p.m. in Piercestown Scout Hall. Tickets cost €10 and there will be a door prize and raffle and light refreshments will also be served. Please go along to support the club.

Church News

Mass: Wed & Fri at 9.30 am, Sat. Vigil Mass at 7pm, Sunday Mass 11.15am, Mon 7.30pm. Adoration: Monday from 1pm to 9pm.

Special Olympics

Congratulations to Katie Dixon, Kyle who won a silver medal at the Leinster special olympics swimming held at the Curragh camp last Saturday. Katie won her medal in the 50m backstroke and was pipped at the post by 1 second for a 3rd place finish in the 25m race. Katie also won a ribbon with the relay team.

Crossabeg Youth Club

We are delighted to announce the arrival of 3 new full size table-tennis tables at the Youth Club. They are sure to warm the blood of the membership through the winter months. Many thanks to all involved in the purchase, haulage and installation.

Upcoming special events include an FDYS Basketball tournament next Sunday November 29, a trip to Leisuremax on Friday December 4 and an FDYS disco in Bree on Friday December 11. Otherwise, the club activities continue at Crossabeg NS every Friday evening.

Finally, a very useful training course for parents of club members will be held on Tuesday December 1 at FDYS premises in Enniscorthy commencing at 7pm. Any queries please contact club secretary Kate on 086- 0828544.

collection thanks

The Wexford Hospice Homecare committee would like to thank everyone who supported Ireland's biggiest Coffee Morning sponsored by Bewleys. This year you raised €13,521. All this money will go towards continuing the services of Hospice Homecare in County Wexford.


Leinster Final

All roads lead to Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow, on Sunday next, 29th November for the Leinster Final of the Senior Hurling Club Championship, between Oulart-The Ballagh and the Dublin champions, Cuala.

It goes without saying that our gallant players and astute backroom team are wished the best of good luck as they endeavour to bring an elusive All-Ireland hurling club title to our parish for the very first time. Knowledgeable followers of the game know that Oulart-The Ballagh hurlers have always been talented enough to gain provincial honours but Lady Luck has often thwarted their ambitions. But, warriors as they are, our players keep coming back, year after year, taking one game at a time and believing that one day they will achieve their goal.

Let's keep the flags and banners flying high and travel en masse to Carlow to support our hurling heroes who always keep our club name to the fore. Throw-in is at 2pm.

New Principal

Oulart National School welcomed their new príomh oide, Rathnure native, Ms. Maria Barron on 9th November. Ms. Barron, (who replaces Mr. John Brennan who has taken up an appointment in Carlow), is wished many happy and fulfilling days in Scoil Mochua.

School Calendar

The Parents' Association of our local primary school has produced an excellent Calendar for 2016, featuring photographs of all the class groupings along with their teachers and other staff. It also shows highlights of the past year on the sporting and environmental fronts. The Calendar is on sale in local shops, selling at €8 for one calendar, €15 for two and €20 for three.

Scór na nÓg

Oulart Community Centre hosted the semi-final North of Scór na nÓg on Saturday 14th November. Clubs from the Enniscorthy and Gorey Districts were in action while, on the previous night, the semi-final South was held in Bannow.

Three of the competitions, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music and Ballad Group were very keenly contested, with the adjudicators having a very difficult time deciding on the winners. Oulart-The Ballagh had entrants in those categories as well as in the Recitation section and while all performed admirably, only Declan Sinnott, reciting "Och I don't know" by Percy French, made it through to the Co. Final that will be held in Bannow on the last Friday in November.

Breda Jacob, Oifigeach Gaeilge & Cultúr, Loch Garman was Bean a'Tí while the organisation and smooth running of the competition was in the capable hands of Aileen and Áine Kennedy, Chairperson and Secretary of Scór Loch Garman.

As usual, Oulart Community Centre was an ideal venue, thanks to the co-operation of the committee and in particular, Seán Byrne, Hugh Coleman and Patrick Murphy.

Ministers of the Word

Readers at Masses in St. Patrick's Church, Oulart are reminded that the updated Readers' Rota is available from the sacristy. Kathryn O'Dowd and Pauline Rice are the readers on duty on the weekend of 28th/29th November while Emer Swords and Marie Prendergast will do the readings at Masses on 5th/6th December.

Thank You

Oulart Hill Development Group would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection. The proceeds will be used to continue the work of developing and enhancing the historical attractions of the local area and the much-admired Walking Trails.

Christmas Shopping Bus

Get all your christmas shopping done under one roof in one day, beat the crowds and leave the car at home.

On Saturday 5th December there is a bus leaving Blackwater and Oulart and going straight to Blanchardstown shopping centre.

Bus is leaving Blackwater at 8am and Oulart at 8.20am. We will arrive in Blanchardstown at 10am approx and leave at 5pm, leaving loads of time to get your bits and pieces done.

Cost of the bus is only €20 per person, with a €10 deposit per person required to avoid disapointment. For all details contact David on 087 9562978.

Over The Water

Social Dancing

The next social dancing session takes place in Screen Hall this evening, Tuesday November 24. Music will be supplied by CHECKERS with dancing from 9.30 pm onwards. Refreshments served and admission is €8.

Diary Date

The Screen Hall Christmas party takes place on Saturday December 12 in Hotel Curracloe.Book your table for family and friends and colleagues. Doors open at 8pm. Dinner served and there is a band and D.J. Tickets cost €15. Contact Sharon on 086-8702199.

Scrap Metal Collection

The skip is located behind C & C Building Providers in Screen village. All proceeds go to Screen Hall.

Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair takes place in Screen hall on Sunday December 6. A great day not to be missed with something for everyone. For more information or to book a stall contact Sharon on 0868702199

Day Care Centre

Castlebridge Day Care centre has a number of vacancies for their Wednesday activities. Following light refreshments the group participate in Keep Fit and Dancing and also enjoy a four course meal cooked on the premises, They also have other activities after dinner such as pongo. Transport is provided for people in the Screen, Curracloe and Castlebridge districts. On Mondays the craft group meet between 1,30-3,30 pm. If you or someone you know wishes to join in the activities on either or both days you would be most welcome. The groups are located at the community centre in Castlebridge where the members of the committee will be waiting to greet you.

Annual General Meeting

The Shelmalier Ladies Football club will hold their annual general meeting tonight Tuesday November 24-at 7pm in Hollymount. Players, mentors, supporters and the general public are most welcome.


Tai Chi has commenced in Ballyvaloo Centre, Blackwater on Mondays at 7.30pm. All levels catered for from Beginner-Experienced. For enquiries please phone 053-91 37160 Donations if desired,

Handball Club

Castlebridge Handball club recently held their A.G.M. and the following officers were elected: Chairperson Brian Murphy, Secretary Malachy Whelan, Treasurer Dara Cloke, PRO Eugene Kelly, Committee John Roche, Stephen Murphy, Padraig Devereux, Brendan Murphy & John Murphy.

Screen School Memoirs

Looking for Christmas ideas- well look no further-if you have family connections to Screen NS they may be interested in the anniversary boob "Screen School Memoirs" only €15 plus postage if required. On sale in the school or in the local shops or if you wish one posted this can be arranged. The book is also on sale in Mace Maxol Ardcavan, Flanagan's Castlebridge, Freddie's shop, Castlebridge, Curracloe Post Office, Cloney's Curracloe, Call Screen National School at 053-91 37142 or contact John at 0876381114 with enquiries.

Screen NS news

Screen NS is appealing for donations of used or old tennis balls. There is a little boy with profound hearing loss attending the school and the noises that surround him every school day affect his hearing aid. When tennis balls are put on the legs of every child's chair it helps drown out background noises and his hearing aid works more efficiently. All ball donations would be gratefully received.

Planting Day: Screen NS will hold a planting day at the school grounds. Every school family will be provide with 2 plants which they can plant on the day and watch grow over the school year. The planting day will start at 12.15pm after Confirmation enrolment Mass on Sunday November 29. Tea and coffe served at the school and all are welcome.

Enrolment Forms: School enrolment forms are now available at Screen NS for September 2016 onwards. We welcome all enquiries. For more information contact Screen NS on 053-9137142

Coffee Morning

Castlebridge Day Care Centre will hold their annual coffee morning and sale of work next Monday November 30 from 9.30am to 12.30 in Castlebridge Community Centre. All proceeds to fund the Christmas party which will be held in Hotel Curracloe. Transport provided. For further details contact the Day CareCentre.

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