Monday 11 December 2017

Around the Districts

Shannon and Aaron Smythe having a good time at the Dave Bowie tribute night in Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday night.
Shannon and Aaron Smythe having a good time at the Dave Bowie tribute night in Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday night.

Ballymurn, Blackwater, Glenbrien, Over the Water


Church notes

Feast of St. Blaise is on Wednesday 3rd February. Throats will be blessed at 8.30am, 11.30am and after Mass at 7.30pm.

Youth club

The Youthclub are travelling to Bree this Friday night the 29th Jan for the Disco. Supervisors on the night are Matt Barlow, Catriona Murphy, Marie Dempsey and John Cummins. The bus leaves the village at 8.30pm. We hope everyone has a great night.

Operation Transformation

Crossabeg Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club's Operation Transformation with 'Between the Bells' began with large numbers last Tuesday night in Crossabeg Community Field. Kids in buggies, young children, parents and grandparents from Oylegate, Glenbrien, Crossabeg and Ballymurn turned up in large numbers to walk, jog and run 'Between the Bells'.

After warming up, a bell is rung and 30 minutes later a second bell is rung. The distance people cover is recorded each week between now and Easter Monday. We hope the community will improve their fitness by 10% in this period. Nutrition & fitness information is provided and organised walks/runs will take place over the 10 week period. We also cater for and weigh people who want to focus on weight loss. €2 per adult, €1 per u-16 to a Max of €5 per family.

Come and join us again this Tuesday at 7pm. First weekend outing is a walk/run at Culleton's Gap, Curracloe on Sunday 31st January at 12.30pm.

Gaa Notes

This week's lotto numbers were 1, 10, 24 & 28. No winner or match three. Lucky dips; Sue Cullen and May & Mikey Cummins. Next jackpot €8,200.

Ballymurn NS

Please note that Ballymurn NS is now accepting enrolments for September 2016. Application forms are available from the office on 9138435 or from our website

Ballymurn NS shall hold a parent information evening on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm. This meeting is for the parents of children starting school in September 2016. All parents are most welcome.

Vintage News

The AGM of the Over the Water Vintage Club will take place on Wednesday 27th January at 9pm in the club room Ballymurn hall for members and anyone interested in joining.

Adult Jiving Classes

A 6 week course ofJiving classes for all levels is commencing Tuesday 2nd February at 8pm in the old school centre Glenbrien. For more information contact Charlene on 087 9668411.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended Trish Barlow and family Ballylucas on the death of her Uncle Aidan Murphy Ferns. May he rest in peace. To Aidan Power and family Turkyle on the death of his nephew John Tyrell Bree. To Denis Kehoe & family Ballykelly on the death of his Uncle Andy Kehoe in France, May they rest in peace.


Ladies football

A registration evening is taking place on Friday 5th February from 7.30-8.30pm. Registration fees are as follows:- U10 €20, U12 up to U18 €35, over 18 €50. Club fee of €5 per family. Players not previously registered please bring 2 copies of birth cert.

macra news

Blackwater Macra is open to young people between the ages of 17 and 35, from Blackwater and surrounding areas who are interested in getting involved in sports, travel, competitions, performing arts, meeting new people and having some fun!

You can get involved in a wide range of sports and competitions, such as mixed tag rugby, badminton, performing arts, national talent competitions, adventure challenges, travel, farm skills to social nights just to name a few. With activities to suit everyone you don't need to be an expert or a farmer to take part. Email or Tel: 087 9585376

Upcoming macra events: Kilkenny Macra Blacktie Ball will take place from 7pm on Saturday 6th Feb in Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny. Tickets €35.

AA Open Public Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous are having an Open Public Meeting on Tuesday 2nd February at 8.30pm in St Michael's Hall, (St Vincent de Paul) Thomas Street, Wexford. There will be AA and Al Anon speakers, plus complimentary Tea and Coffee. All are welcome.


Eucharistic Ministers

There will be a meeting for the Readers and Eucharistic Ministers on Thursday 4th February at 8pm in the Old School in Glenbrien.

Story telling Group

The next Storytelling session will take place on Wed the 27th of Jan at 8.00pm in the Big Tree Lounge in Glenbrien Village. Admission is free and there will be refreshments served. Why not come along and enjoy the evening bring along a story a song or just come along and join us for a great night of entertainment. Everyone welcome looking forward to seeing you there.

Adult Jiving Classes

A six week Jiving course for all levels will commence in the Old School Centre on Tuesday 2nd February at 8.00pm-for more information please contact Charlene on 087 9668411.

Dancing for children

Childrens Latin and Ballroom Dancing classes for children from 5 up are commencing from Monday 1st February at 5.00pn in the Old School Centre-for more information please contact Charlene on 087 9668411.

local History

Parishioners watching the comememoration of the victims of Bloody Sunday on the television during the international test match between Ireland and Australlia would have recognized the name of Thomas Ryan amongst the fourteen people killed in Croke Park on that faithful day, the 21st November 1920, as a result of an attack on the supporters by a company of Black and Tans.

Thomas Ryan hailed from Ballyroe (the house in which he was born in is still standing). He was an Uncle of Alec Ryan who lives near Cross-a Moye. On Bloody Sunday, as Micheál Hogan, the Tipparary goalie lay dying. Thomas whispered an Act of Contrition his ear and an unknown woman then placed a coat upon Micheál.

Thomas attempted to make his escape over the wall at the Grand Canal End but was shot and fatally injured, dying two days later in Jervis Street Hospital. Thomas was a volunteer with the I.R.A. and was married with two small children. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Over The Water

Panto News

If you can dance and sing and are over 12 years of age please come to Screen hall on Wednesday, February 3 at 7.30 p.m. for auditions for chorus dancers and singers for the Variety Concerts which will take place on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. More news at a later stage.

Drama Nights

Bridge Drama Society will present "Lost in Yonkers" by Neil Simon in the National Opera House from January 28 to January 30 inclusive, nightly at 8 p.m. This brilliant comedy observes the effects of when love and affection is withheld and this production should not be missed. For bookings go to or call 053-9122144.

Curracloe school news

Curracloe national school have organised a Book Fair. You are welcome to visit the Fair in the school on the following dates and times, Monday, February 8 from 3-4 p.m. and 7 -8 p.m.; on Tuesday, February 9 from 3- 4 p.m and 7-8 p.m and on Wednesday, February 10 from 3-4 p.m. The school receives 60% of all sales in the books. Thanks to parents who have offered to help run the book fair.

The school is now taking enrolments for September 2016. Registration forms are available in the school and should be completed and returned by Monday, February 29.

Well done to Split the Pot winner Jennifer O'Rourke who won €192. The next draw will be held on Monday, February 1. The specially designed envelopes remain available in all local businesses and directly to parents/guardians in the school.

Operation Over the Water

St Ibars/Shelmaliers Camogie Clubs 'Operation Over the Water' will commence this coming Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m in Hollymount and will continue for an eight week period. Join up with them for 'Positive Health and Well Being'. You can enter as an individual or as a team of 4 (men or women or mixed). All are welcome to join.

Registration is €10 and €5 each week per weigh in/check in. Weigh in/check in every Wednesday night followed by motivational activities and some fun, get active-whether you want to lose weight or just participate. For further information contact Kate on 087- 6578756 or Catherine on 087- 0533952.

The club are also looking for sponsorship for the event to make it a success, so if you would like to help out financially, please contact club secretary Anne-Marie on 087-2419712.

The club are hopeful that this event will get the community involved, and would encourage people to participate not just with an aim to lose weight but also to be more active, improve health and wellbeing, get involved, be part of a bigger group and above all for a bit of fun.

Ladies mini marathon

The Ladies mini marathon takes place place in Dublin on the June Bank holiday weekend. The committee for the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis are now taking names (and will supply transport and a meal) so don't delay-get in touch on 087-1661703 for further details. So if all you ladies would like to get fit and at the same time raise money for the Tracie Lawlor fund, get in touch on the above number and collect your marathon pack.

Music lessons

Music and Irish dancing lessons every Tuesday evening at Hollymount complex If anyone wishes to learn two instruments, the cost is €5 per instrument. Classes from 4.30 - 6.30 p.m.

There are lots of instruments to chose from, tin whistle, guitar, bodhran, harp, banjo, accordion and more. Irish dance classes for fun from 4.30-6 p.m. where you can learn reels, jigs, solo dancing and team dancing. Classes cater for 4 year olds and upwards. All levels welcome. Contact Catherine Roche on 087-0533952, Denise Feeney on 086-7302249 or Mags Boland-Murphy on 086-3115789.

The music school has now joined other groups to form the Wexford Comhaltas. This means plenty of fun session for all to attend during the year especially in the summer months.

A reminder that a Ceili Morn will take place in the Talbot hotel this coming Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Students at all levels are invited to attend and take part for fun, so it is important that everyone is at class on Tuesday evenings for practice.

Jim Byrne Cup

The Shelmalier minor footballers exited the Jim Byrne Cup competition on Sunday last when Gusserane were the victors on a final score line of Shelmaliers 3-4 Gusserane 3-10.

Playing with the assistance of a strong breeze in the first half, the Shels did not make proper use of the wind and were guilty of wasting a number of scoring opportunities. Gusserane scored two fine goals in this half with the Shelmalier cause not helped when they were fielding a side missing a number of their regular players due to their upcoming committments with St Peters College.

It was a much better performance by the Shels in the second half when goals from Kyle Roche, Ross Banville and Liam Rockett left only two points between the sides, however, the Gusserane side finished the stronger and go through to the next round.

Player of the Year

The Shelmalier GAA club are honoured in having both Brian Malone and Eoghan Nolan nominated for the forthcoming Glen Fuels Wexford GAA Sports Stars of the Year. Brian in nominated in the senior football section and Eoghan in nominated in the U21 football section. We congratulate both players and voting will open shortly through the Glen Fuels website. So when you get the opportunity please give your support to both Brian and Eoghan.

Annual General Meeting

Due to the upcoming fixtures in the GAA calendar, the Annual General Meeting of the Shelmalier GAA Club will now take place on Saturday, February 6 in Hollymount at 6 p.m. All members and supporters are invited to attend to give their views on the clubs activities.


Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Mag Griffith and George Doran. Cards continue every Thursday night until Easter. All are welcome.

Development Lottos

Results of Curracloe United AFC lotto for Sunday, January 17 as follows:- the numbers drawn were 5, 8, 14, and 28. There was no jackpot winner and 6 match 3 winners who each received €25, Pat Roche, 12 River Glen, Curracloe; Hughie Murphy, Ballina, Curracloe; Ruby Donoghoe, Inch, Blackwater; Richard Harpur, 106 Corish Park, Wexford; Pat & Gillie Corrigan, Ballyruan, Screen; Katie Tyrell, 56 King Street, Wexford. The draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and tickets are available from club members.

There was no winner of the Shelmalier GAA club lotto jackpot on Monday, January 19. The numbers drawn were 22, 29, 30 & 32. There were no match 3 winners and this weeks jackpot stands at €12,200. Thanks from the club to all who supported the development lotto in 2015 and they are looking forward to your continued support in 2016.

Screen ns Enrolments

Screen national school are now talking enrolments for September 2016. Registration forms can be obtained at the school reception. Contact: 053- 9137142 or email to An open day for parents of prospective new students will be held on Wednesday, February 17. This will give parents an opportunity to meet staff, to view the school in full and to hear about all about the facilities at the school. Keep an eye on the notes for more details over the coming weeks.

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