Monday 11 December 2017

Around the Districts

Jan Cullen and Sorcha Howell in action during Gorey Little Theatre Group's annual pantomine, 'Puss in Boots'.
Jan Cullen and Sorcha Howell in action during Gorey Little Theatre Group's annual pantomine, 'Puss in Boots'.
Members of the Craan/Wilton Group weighing in at the launch of the Ballyhogue GAA Club's 'Biggest Loser' challenge in Bree Hall on Saturday night.

Adamstown, Bree/Galbally, Oylegate



The weekly 30 Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 15th January at 9pm. Catering on the night will be: Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton, Bernie Conway. On Friday 22nd will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

Card winners on Friday 1st January were: Willie Kehoe, Mick Reville, John Furlong, Jim Wickham, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Kathleen Whelan, Ann Lawlor, Matt O'Neill, John Hanley, Seamus Wickham, Patsy Byrne, Bess Wickham & Mary Jackman.

Adamstown Lotto

The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Monday 18th January in Foley's Pub for a Jackpot of €15,400. No Jackpot winner. One match 3 - Ann Hanley, Raheen. Do buy a ticket - it could be your lucky year. All proceed go to Adamstown GAA, Adamstown Soccer Club and Parish Committee.

Athletic Club Awards

The Athletic Club held their annual Awards night on Sunday 3rd January 2016 at Adamstown Community Centre. There was a great crowd on the night and many athletes received awards. Many of the athletes this year managed to qualify and compete in an All-Ireland competition and each of these athletes received an award for this; Luke Byrne, Joe Mooney, Annalise Crean, Triona Mooney, Kate Jackman, Laurence Power, Marguerite Furlong, Zara Power, Shannon Wall, Ryan Carthy Walsh, Clodagh Walsh, Robert Wall. There was an award for 2 athletes that won medals in aa All-Ireland B competition, these were Eadaoin Stafford and Ben Wall.

There was a Team of The Year 2015 award which went to the U11 Girls Cross Country team of Ciara Mooney, Sadbh Crean, Isobel English, Niamh English and Grainne English. Clodagh Walsh was also presented with a plaque as she was the Club Person of the Year 2014. The Athlete of The Year award went to Ryan Carthy Walsh while the Club Person of The Year award went to Oisin McGabhann.

Presentations were made to The Furlong family and Gavin and Stuart Rothwell for the use of their land for events during the year. Also there was a presentation made to Dolly Roche, Eamonn Byrne and Fr. Nolan. The club would like to thank Brendan O'Shea (former International athlete) and Colin Byrne (Athletics Ireland) for making a speech on the night and presenting the athletes with their awards. Registration forms are now available for 2016.

Training for all athletes will resume on Thursday 21st January in Adamstown Hall. Sportshall Athletics will take place in February and therefore all the younger athletes will be training to participate at this event. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 21st with their registration forms and money.

The Athletics club will be hosting a Fashion Show in the Horse and Hound on Friday 19th February 2016. The event kicks off at 8pm sharp. The fashion show will feature the latest fashion from Lulu's Boutique, Si Jolie Boutique, The Loft Wexford, Wallaces Wellingtonbridge and Helen's French and Danish clothing lines. Entertainment on the night by DJ Liam Sharkey. There will be a door prize and spot prizes and raffle on the night. Proceeds on the night will go to the Athletic Club and to Console. Tickets are €10 and are now on sale. Please support.

ICA News

Happy New Year everyone from ICA. A meeting of Adamstown ICA will be held in the community centre on Wednesday 13th January at 8pm. Our hostesses on the night are Gertie Mooney and Rita Furlong. New members are always welcome. The senior citizens party was a big success, over 90 guests attended. We would like to thank all the people who provided the entertainment on the night and to the Horse & Hound for the lovely meal.

Raheen Day Care

Raheen Day Centre is a meeting place where the senior members of our surrounding area can come along, make new friends or meet old acquaintance have fun and enjoy your day. If you would like to join us, or know someone who would, please contact Moira on 051-428805 for more information.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Tom & Helen Galway, Tomgarrow on the birth of their baby girl Eve, the first baby to be born in Wexford Hospital on Christmas Day, arriving at 6.30am. We extend our good wishes to the family.


Fr Robert Nolan would like to Thank the parishioners for their generosity and expressions of good will over the Christmas period. Your kindness is very much appreciated.


RT. Rev. Mons Joseph McGrath PPVG New Ross will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 5th & 6th class pupils of Scoil Abbain Adamstown on Thursday 10th March. Fr Robert would like to appeal to the parents and the children to join him each weekend for the celebration of our weekly mass.


Biggest Loser

Ballyhogues GAA's Biggest Loser is back. The Cycle is Sunday 24th January 2016 from Bree with the Walk / Run on Sunday 7th February 2016 from Bree. The Bog Run (Byrnes Bog), weigh out and closing event are on Saturday 27th February.

The Biggest Loser team captains for the four areas are: Galbally/Ballyhogue-Sean Rochford/Eoin Byrne 0868971839/ 0876855194; Bormount-Maurice Condon/Myles Roche 0872540021/ 0871262493; Bree- Eddie Galavan/Denis Asple 0876595985/ 0876502668 and Craan/ Wilton-James Whelan/Shane Dawson 0876680148/ 0874121403.

Bree Parish Journal

Bree Parish Journal No 17 is now in all local shops costing €8 each. The Journal reviews all the activities of the various organisations in the parish over the past two years and also includes a number of items of historical interest.

Indoor Athletics Training

Training for indoor athletes has resumed on Thursday nights in Bree Community Centre.

Irish Dancing

The Wexford Academy of Irish Dancing has resumed after the Christmas break. All new beginners are very welcome. Classes are taught by 3 fully qualified Irish dancing teachers. If you have any queries please contact Catriona on 087 7504818 or pm us on our facebook page.

Lourdes Helpers

An information night for anyone interested in travelling to Lourdes as a Helper on the 2016 Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage will be held in The Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Tuesday 12th January at 8pm. For further information, please contact Seamus Keane on 087 6325528.

Bree Community Centre

Organisations using or intending to use Bree Community Centre for activities for the New Year 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.

Magazine subscriptions

The annual subscription for the Pioneer Magazine for 2016 of €17.05 is now due. The annual subscription for the Sacred Heart Messenger of €18.00 is also due. Anyone interested in subscribing is asked to contact Eddie Dunne.

Senior Citizens Tea Party

A most enjoyable Senior Citizens Tea Party and entertainment was hosted by Bree Macra in the Community Centre recently. All in attendance had a great time and would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to all the Macra members who worked so hard to put on this annual event for the Senior Citizens of the community.

GAA Lotto

The lotto numbers on January 6th were numbers were 1, 5, 9, 22. No winner. There was one match 3 winner, Edel Rochford. Next draw on January 20th in Ryan's of Galbally at 8:30. Jackpot still remains at €10,000.

Bree CEP Vacancies

Bree CEP are currently taking applications for the following vacancies which will be available from the end of January.

Community Centre Caretaker - Bree (2 positions) ref no: ES 1003667, Pitch Caretaker/Maintenance - Bree United (1 position) ref no: ES 1003674 and General Maintenance - Bree (2 positions) ref no: ES 1003670. For more information contact Elaine in the Bree CEP Office or your local DSP Office.

To apply for any of the positions listed please contact your local DSP Office quoting the relevant reference number. Qualifying and Eligibility criteria apply to all positions on Community Employment. DSP rates of pay apply to successful applicants also. Interviews will be held at end of January, beginning of February.


Youth Club

There will be youth club in Oylegate community centre on this Friday evening January 15th from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. The supervisors for the evening are Johnny Reck, Mary Frost, Jimmy Freeman, Lorraine Kinsella, Peader O'Mahoney, and Rosari Fitzgerald

Senior Citizen's Party: Our Senior Citizens party will take place on February 21st. We would like to wish all our Members, Leaders and all in the Community a very Happy and peaceful Christmas.

Oylegate NS

Having a clear out after Christmas? Oylegate N.S. are having a blackbag colletion of clothes etc, on Friday January 15th. Please leave bags in the school on or before that Morning at 10am.

Penny Bank

GAA Penny Bank is now open for 2016. New members always welcome, contact any committee member if you wish to join.

Ladies Football

Crossabeg/Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club are running an Operation Transformation over the next few months, but with a difference. Firstly you can follow the national campaign as per T.V and Facebook which focuses on weight, and join the country in trying to lose a combined 1,000,000 lbs, and we will monitor weight weekly, or along with an optional weigh-in, the emphasis will be on getting fitter with "Between the Bells".

Here's how it works: Bring the whole family down to the track at Crossabeg Community Centre. After a 10 minute warm up, a bell will be rung and you can walk/jog/run at your own pace around the track. After 30 minutes the bell will ring again and you will note from the nearest distance marker how many laps you have completed. Continue to the finish line and submit your distance to our team of "Bell Betweeners". We will track your progress over a 10-week period.

You will receive a chart with your individual progress outlined as well as a chart that tracks the entire community's progress. We are aiming to improve the community's collective fitness by 10% in 10 weeks.

The fit-fun starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 19th with registration and weigh-in and finishes on Easter Monday March 28th. A weekly €2 charge will apply. Crossabeg Ballymurn Ladies football club provides football for girls from Oylegate, Glenbrien, Crossabeg & Ballymurn parishes.


John O'Rourke MCC will be hosting a clinic in the community centre Oilgate for Glenbrien, Oilgate and Ballymurn areas on Friday January 15th at 11am to 12pm. Contact 0868420609 for appointment or turn up on the day.

Parish Draw

The lucky winners of the parish draw for December were: €200-Nigel & Belinda Baxter, Ryane. €50 each-Grahame Roley, The Oil; Mary Byrne, Coolamain; Margaret Rowe, St. David's Terrace and Caoimhe & Saoirse Nolan, Tomlane.

Steering Committee

Ballot papers for the election of officers to Oylegate Steering Committee, will be dispersed to each household early on the week beginning January 11th. We request that ballot papers be returned to the distributor or into the parish house, before Monday January 17th.

Monitored Alarms

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. More information on these personal alarms can be found on the TASK website.

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 within the next few weeks.

Zumba Classes

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, (Licensed Zumba instructor) on 089 9759605.

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