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Oulart, Over the Water
All roads lead to Semple Stadium, Thurles for the All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling semi-final, featuring Oulart-The Ballagh, Wexford and Leinster champions and Na Piarsaigh, Limerick and Munster champions on Saturday 6th February.
Our team and mentors are wished the best of good luck as they continue their amazing journey that will, hopefully see them qualify for the All-Ireland Final on St. Patrick's Day.
It will take a huge effort to overcome Na Piarsaigh and our loyal supporters can play their part as our men in Red and Black endeavour to make history. Wear the colours, carry the flags and cheer and encourage from start to finish. Abhallort Abú!
gaa club A.G.M.
As usual there was a great turn-out for Oulart-The Ballagh GAA annual general meeting that was held on Friday 22nd February.
All the officers were returned unopposed and Ger Doyle was selected as club delegate to the Co. Board, a position he held previously. The Junior and Intermediate management teams continue as last year, with the Under 21 to be decided at a later date.
As the senior hurlers are still in competition no decisions were made except to congratulate everyone involved in the wonderful successes of 2015 and to wish the team and management the best of luck in the All-Ireland semi-final on 6th February.
At the GAA general meeting condolences were extended to all families that had suffered bereavement during the year, with special mention of the late Joe Hyland who was President of the club at the time of his recent death.
His successor is Oulart and Wexford's first ever, and three-times All-Star, former great centre-back for club and county and dedicated coach and mentor, Michael Jacob who recently celebrated his 70th birthday and who continues as a mentor with the under 14 team having been involved with the club since he was 10 years of age.
Johnny Hayden and Phil Redmond were added to the list of Vice Presidents, two dedicated men who have also given sterling service to the local club.
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA & Camogie will hold their Dinner Dance and presentation of medals on Easter Sunday night. All former members and supporters are invited to join the celebrations so keep the date in mind. Full details will be available shortly. nGet out your dancing shoes and "glad rags" and prepare for a night to remember.
Tonight (Tuesday, 2nd February), the local GAA and Camogie Clubs will hold an Under-Age registration in Oulart Community Centre, from 7.30pm-9pm. The Presentation of medals to the Under 10 Camogie Team will take place at 7.30pm.
Anyone interested in buying a Camogie hoodie /top is reminded that samples will be available to view on the night of Under-Age registration. (Tues. 2nd February, 7.30pm-9pm). A deposit of 10 euro must be given with the order.
Parents/Guardians who intend starting their Junior Infants in Oulart National School in September 2016 are asked to collect an enrolment form from the School Office (9am-3pm) and return the completed form no later than 1st March. Parents/guardians are requested to register their children as soon as possible.
As part of Catholic Schools Week grandparents are invited to visit their grand-child's classroom from 1.30pm-2pm on Wednesday 3rd February. From 2pm onwards, there will be a short assembly and refreshments will be served in the assembly hall.
Dates for your diary
First Confession for Second Class will be held on Monday 14th March at 7.30pm in St. Patrick's Church. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May.
The parish is very well served with opportunities to save, with a Penny Bank operating in both Oulart and The Ballagh. The Oulart Penny Bank is held on Tuesday evenings in the Legion of Mary Hall and The Ballagh Penny Bank deposits are collected in Bob's Bar every Saturday night from 7.15pm until 8.15pm.
Over The Water
Bridge Drama group have added some more dates for their presentation of 'Lost In Yonkers,' by Neil Simon which opened to great audiences in the National Opera House last weeked.
Regarded as Simon's finest play, it tells the story of the Kurnitz family in New York in 1942. Two teenage boys, Jay and Arty find their lives turned upside down when their father moves away for work and they are left in the care of their strong willed grandmother and their loving aunt Bella.
This brilliant dramatic comedy observes the effects of when love and affection is withheld. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1991, this production is not to be missed and now for those who have not seen it, this is your chance. Booking: www.nationaloperahouse.ie/ or (053)9122144. The next dates are February 12 and 13 and February 19 and 20.
The Richard Furlong Memorial pool tournament is underway at the Roadhouse in Curracloe. Pat Furlong was the first weeks winner and Patrick Doyle came out on top last week. The tournament starts at 9 'o clock on Thursday nights and new players are very welcome. The tournament is kindly sponsored by Bones Furlong digger hire and ST Civil Engineering Curracloe.
Curracloe United AFC development lotto results for Sunday, January 24 as follows:- the numbers drawn were 1, 9, 11 & 20. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner, Catherine Doyle, Ballybeg, Screen, who received €150. Tickets are available from local shops and club members.
Curracloe school news
Curracloe national school have organised a Book Fair. You are welcome to visit the fair in the school on Monday, February 8 from 3 -4 p.m. and from 7 -8 p.m; on Tuesday, February 9 from 3 -4 p.m. and from 7 -8 p.m. and also on Wednesday, February 10 from 3 -4 p.m. The school receives 60% of all sales in books. Thanks to the parents who have offered to help run the book fair.
On Wednesday, January 27, pupils from fifth and sixth classes visited Screen school to see a production of 'Me Mollser' by The Abbey Theatre and Education Group, as part of the programme for commemorating 1916. 'Me Mollser' is an adaption of 'The Plough and the Stars". It was a very educational and worthwhile experience which brought 1916 to life for the children. Thanks to Screen school for welcoming the children to their school and to all the parents who provided lifts.
The school are 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 recent Split the Pot winner John Furlong who won €194. The next draw will be held on Monday, February 8. The specially designed envelopes remain available in all local businesses and directly to parents/guardians in the school.
Camogie club news
St. Ibars/Shelmaliers Camogie club organising committee were delighted to see a huge number turn out for 'Operation Over the Water' on Wednesday evening last. The evening commenced with registration, followed by weigh in. Chairperson Austin Hearne & Kate Kelly (Kate is part of the organising committee for the event) welcomed and thanked all in attendance and gave a brief description of the plan for the eight weeks. This was followed by a motivational talk.
Spot prizes were given out as each participant received a raffle ticket on registering. The first prize of a hamper went to Siobhan Campbell ( donated by John Fielding (Wexford Piping & Fittings Ltd). The second prize of a back massage donated by Kathryn Redmond (The Complementary Health Practice, Wexford) was won by Trish Potter. Third prize of a Make-over, sponsored by The Makeup, Beauty & Hair Pod (Maresa Roche & Sandra Keville) was won by Annie Quinn. Thank you to all the generous sponsors. This was followed by a dance session with Yvonne Busher.
A big thank you to all the sponsors: Be Yourself, Castlebridge Pharmacy, Shed World, C&C Building Providers, Centra Castlebridge (Flanagan's), Style Icon Hair Salon, Paul Kenny Interiors Ltd, C&D Builder Providers, The Porter House, DWG Solid Fuels, MSK Silversands, Curracloe Hotel, Top Tyres, John Roche Landscaping, Wexford Piping & Fittings Ltd, Mace Ardcavan, Nolan Stoneworks, Freddies Screen, Simon Donohoe Curracloe.
If you could not make last weeks session, the registration will be open again this Wednesday, February 3 and the club would love to see you. Registration costs €10 and €5 per weigh in/check in. For more information please contact Kate on 087-6578756 or Catherine on 087-0533952. Don't forget they meet every Saturday in Hollymount at 10 a.m for a walk/run and every Sunday at the Raven Curracloe at 10 a.m.
The Shelmalier Music School Craobh Loch gCarman CCEs Music and Irish Dancing lessons continue every Tuesday evening at the usual times. If anyone wants to learn 2 instruments the cost of the lesson is €5 per instrument. The next Comhaltas session for all takes place in An Tobar the evening of the local elections so watch this space for further details. The session is open to everyone.
if you can dance and sing and are over 12 years of age please come to Screen hall tomorrow, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
GAA club notes
The Annual General Meeting of the Shelmalier GAA Club will take place this coming 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.
The Shelmalier GAA Club is delighted with the announcement that three of their players are among those players nominated for the Wexford GAA Player of the Year awards which will take place in the near future.
Brian Malone is nominated for the 'Wexford Senior Footballer of the Year' award and both Simon Donohoe and Eoghan Nolan are nominated for the Wexford U21 Footballer of the Year award. The winner of each award is a combination of the judges votes and peoples votes which can be cast on the Glen Fuels website. So the club are asking all the parish to give their vote to the Shels players by going to the Glen Fuels website and casting your votes.
The draw for the various 2016 County Wexford GAA championships was made on Wednesday night last.
The Shels senior hurlers are drawn in a group containing Gorey, Glynn/Barntown, Rappareers, St Anne's and St Martin's. The senior footballers are drawn with Sarsfield's. Gusserane, Adamstown, St Martin's and Fethard. The junior hurlers were drawn with Gusserane, Horeswood, Davidstown, Bannow and Rappareers and the junior footballers drawn with Oylegate, Monageer, Tara Rocks, Starlight's and Shamrock's.
The first round of championships are expected to take place on the second weekend in April. We wish all the teams the best of luck in their respective championships.
There was no winner of the development lotto draw on Monday, January 25 when the jackpot stood at €12,200. The numbers drawn were 5,14, 28 & 30. There were three lucky winners of the match 3 draw, Shane Kelly, C.O`Keeffe and Gail Hayes.
A general meeting of Castlebridge Cemetery committee will take place in Castlebridge hall on Monday, February 8 at 8 p.m. All are most welcome to attend.