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CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas Eve 9.00pm Christmas Morning 10.00am
5K Fun Run/Walk
The Ballymurn 5K fun run/walk will take place on Sunday 17th January in Ballymurn starting at 12 o clock. It is in aid of Temple Street Hospital. Please Support.
Congratulations and well done to our U 21 football team whom completed a double last weekend wining the U 21 Premier County football final against the Starlights and wining the U 21 Premier County Hurling final against Glynn Barntown a couple of weeks ago. Well done to players, Managers, trainers and supporters. It is a great achievement for our club. A great way to end the year. We would like to wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas. & New Year
This weeks Lotto nos: 6, 8, 17 & 24. No winner. No match 3. Lucky dips: Shane Conroy and Cathriona Cullen. Next jackpot €7600
A selection of beautifully illustrated from Ballymurn Christmas Cards are on sale in our local Daybreak shop. Please support Parochial funds by purchasing them for your seasonal greetings.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and to thank everyone that has provided me with notes during the year.
rowing clubs' fundraiser
On 1st May next year clubs from the SRA will be taking part in the Celtic Challenge 2016 which is a 96 mile row across the Irish Sea, from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales. To raise funds for their endeavour team Celtic challenge will be holding a sponsored cycle on Stephens day 26th December.
This cycle will be starting in Mary Jos, Barntown at 11 (registration will commence at 10). There will be two options on the day. A 40km cycle which will go from Mary Jos to Ballinaboola and finish at Mary Jos. The 30km will start at Mary Jos to Carrigbyrne and also finish at Mary Jos.
There is an entry fee of €10.00. Refreshments will be in Mary Jos after the event. A donation will be made to the Wexford RNLI. Please support our cause. contact Rene on 087 6414072 for any queries.
Nollaig Shona do ghach duine a léann na nótaí seo! All who read these weekly notes and all who submit news items for inclusion in the local notes are wished health and happiness for the Christmas season and the New Year. Sincere condolences are extended to those who have suffered bereavement since last Christmas.
Seán Hallahan, St. Patrick's Church Choir Master will hold a practice in preparation for Christmas on Wednesday 23rd December, in St Mochua's Chapel, beginning at 8pm. All singers are invited to join the choir and newcomers are always welcome. If you are reading this and have never attended the Christmas Eve Mass in Oulart (9pm) and have not had the pleasure of hearing the local choir and soloists may I suggest that you join us to experience and savour the "Oulart" rendition of "O Holy Night".
For those wanting to relive the glories of Oulart-The Ballagh hurlers' successes in the Co. Final versus St. Martin's and the Leinster Final against Cuala, a double DVD, with commentary, is now available in the local shops or directly from Club Treasurer, Pauline Davitt. As this is a limited edition you are advised to secure your copy before stocks run out. The Double DVD sells at 20 euro and would make an ideal Christmas gift.
Congratulations to Declan Sinnott, Ballinerode on winning the Wexford Co. Final of Scór na nÓg in the Recitation category. Declan so impressed the adjudicators with his rendition of "Och I dunno" by Percy French that he won the right to be declared a Co. Champion as well as the right to represent his club and county in the Leinster semi-final. We are pleased to report further success for Declan as he has now qualified to compete in the Leinster final of Scór na nÓg in early January.
GAA Club History
As a first step towards researching and recording the history of our illustrious GAA club, it is intended to compile a collection of photographs, documents and cuttings dealing with all aspects of Oulart-The Ballagh GAA.
Materials dealing with the early days of the Association are hardest to come by and so an appeal is being sent out to anyone with any such stuff, from any era, to make them available to the researchers. Be assured that all items submitted will be treated with the care due to all precious historical documents and will be returned promptly to their owners.
Contact Breda Jacob (086-1686978 or 053-9136141) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can provide material to help with this project.
While the rest of us will be busy tucking into all the traditional Christmas fare and stuffing ourselves with all sorts of goodies we should spare a thought for our dedicated hurlers and camogie players who must continue with their dedicated and disciplined approach to food and drink over the festive season as well as maintaining a certain degree of fitness training. Such dedication is what makes champions!
Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie Club will meet Milford, the Cork champions, in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday 31st January. Six days later, 6th February our senior hurlers will play Na Piarsaigh, Limerick in the All-Ireland club semi-final. No details of time or venue are available but the venues for both will be neutral.
School Christmas Concert
Oulart Community Centre was packed last Thursday night, 17th December, when the pupils of Scoil Mochua (Oulart Primary School) delighted the attendance with their marvellously entertaining Christmas Concert. The Infants' play "It's a Baby" was a wonderful depiction of the Nativity Story and the very young children were endearing in their innocence and sincerity as they held the audience of family and friends spellbound. Miss Waters' class presented a witty play, entitled "Tea Towels & Tinsel" and once again, the acting and production was top class.
Pupils from Miss Swaine's class upwards and the Music Group performed a selection of Christmas songs, tunes and carols which showcased the variety of instruments that the children play. Miss Hanrahan's class entertained with a nicely choreographed dance number and the senior room, under the direction of Miss Griffin, brought the concert to a close with some seasonal carols.
Newly appointed principal, Ms. Maria Barron was Bean a'Tí and she paid tribute to all who had helped to make the concert a success. At the end of the night, the senior pupils presented Hugh Coleman, of Oulart Community Centre, with a specially designed Thank You card in recognition of his input into the School Concert down through the years.
Operation Christmas Child, he recent appeal to send Christmas presents to less fortunate children was an outstanding success. This year a total of 63 boxes, filled with age-appropriate gifts were delivered to the organisers for delivery to needy children in other parts of the world. Well done to the families of children in Scoil Mochua for their generosity.
In our small rural parish, the Catholic community is fortunate to have a great choice of Mass times, as is clear from the following schedule. On Christmas Eve, 24th December, the Vigil Mass in Oulart will commence at 9pm. The Vigil Mass in The Ballagh will commence at 7.30pm. On Christmas Day, Mass in Oulart will be celebrated at 10 am while the Christmas Day Mass in The Ballagh will begin at 11 am.
Visitation of the Sick
The Parish Priest of Oulart-The Ballagh, Rev. Fr. P. Browne, will visit the sick and housebound, with Holy Communion for Christmas, in Oulart after morning Mass on Tuesday 22nd December and in The Ballagh after the morning Mass on Wednesday 23rd December.
Camogie Thank You
Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie Club wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a fulfilling New Year. They extend their thanks to everyone who helped and supported the club in 2015 and look forward to the same degree of support in the New Year.
Senior Citizens Party
Our Senior Citizens party will take place on the 21st February. We would like to wish all our Members, Leaders and all in the Community a very Happy and peaceful Christmas.
Charity Christmas Cards
Christmas cards showing various scenes from Oylegate are now on sale. All the proceeds from the sale of these Christmas cards, are going directly towards the provision of a car park, for the children of Oylegate National School. Packs of cards may be purchased from Freeman's shop Oylegate. Your kind support would be much appreciated.
Mass will be celebrated in St. David's Church Oylegate at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve Evening and at 10.30am on Christmas Morning.
Oylegate ICA held a coffee morning and Craft sale in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate on Thursday December 17th. Many thanks to all who supported them on the morning, and at the bazaar.
Results of ICA Draw: 1st - Hamper- Chrissie Alcock; 2nd - Teddy Bear - John Shiggins; 3rd - Small Hamper - Catherine Mac Tighe; 4th - Bottles of Drink - Charlie Fortune; 5th - Box of Biscuits - Marian Downes; 6th - Box of Sweets - Joe O'Connor; 7th - Crackers and Sweets- Ben Harpur; 8th - Scarf - Margaret Rowe; 9th - Sugar Bowl Set - Abbey Murphy; 10th Table Decoration - James Quinn; 11th Table Decoration - Seamus Casey; 12th Cake - John Shiggins; 13th Cake - John Doyle
There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday December 9th. The next draw will be held in the Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday December 23rd. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.
Oylegate Parent and Toddler Group meet every Wednesday in Oylegate National School, from 9.20am-11.00am, for children from birth to 5 years. There is no charge and parents/guardians supervise their own children. New members are most welcome.
Personal/socially monitored alarms can save your life in the event of an accident, fall or any other emergency. They can be pressed in any situation when you need help or cannot get to a telephone. They then contact the company who first ring you to see it it was hit by mistake before contacting your selected contacts e.g. son/daughter or a neighbour.
Socially monitored alarms are available to people over the age of 65, either living on their own or with someone of the same age bracket, through the Seniors Alert Scheme. Grants are available for these systems meaning that you just have to pay an annual monitoring fee of €66. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact your representative from Glenbrien Community Text Alert or any of the committee members, Pat (087)6904289, Diane (086)0897195 or Theresa (087)9714323
Oylegate/Glenbrien Parish Directory is now available and is on sale at: Freeman's Gala Store, Garry's, The Slaney Inn, Mernagh's, Oylegate N.S. Cost: €2. It gives a comprehensive list/contact numbers of all local trades and services in both parishes.
Zumba fitness classes are held in Oylegate Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7p.m. to 8p.m. Come and party yourself into shape with this latin inspired easy to follow, dance fitness party. €6 euro per class, which is payable on the night. For details contact Theresa on 089 9759605.