Wednesday 13 December 2017

Around the Districts


Camogie Club Registration

The next registration night will be held on Friday 11th March from 7-8pm in Oylegate Community Centre.

We ask that all current members, and anyone who would like to join the club, would come along on this night to register and to pay all or part of their membership for the coming year. Please note that you are not insured unless your membership is paid.

Membership is as follows: Adult €85; U18s & non-working adulst €55; U10s €35.

Gaa Notes

This weeks Lotto numbers: 21, 22, 23 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. No Match three winners. Lucky Dips: James Hore and Larry White. This weeks Jackpot is €9,400.

DINNER DANCE: The Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA dinner dance and presentation of medals to our double winning premier U21s, takes place on Friday 18th March in The Riverbank House Hotel at 8.00pm. Admission €25, tickets are now on sale.

Wexford District Awards: Charlie Gordon was our clubs recipient of club person of the year, at the district awards night, in the Riverbank House Hotel on Saturday night last. Charlie and the Gordon family have along association with Crossabeg/Ballymurn. His late father Cauley was one of the founder members of the club in 1966. Charlie hurled with the club for many years and was manager of our intermediate hurlers in 1988 when they won the county title. Congratulations Charlie, it is well deserved.


Ballymurn Hall Committee are holding fundraisers to purchase a Defibrillator for our community: QUIZ NIGHT in the Anvil Lounge on Friday 1st April; BINGO NIGHT in Ballymurn Hall on Thursday 28th April. Your support for this very important lifesaving equipment would be much appreciated by all.


Cllr. John O'Rourke will hold a clinic for the Ballymurn/Oylegate/Glenbrien parishes in Oylegate new community centre on 11th March from 11am to 12 noon. Contact Cllr. O'Rourke on 086842060.

1916 Book launch

Ballymurn Heritage Group are launching their Ballymurn 1916 Book with a night of Music, Song & Dance in Ballymurn Hall on St Patricks Night 17th March commencing at 8pm. All are welcome, Refreshments served. Admission free.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Kempler Family on the death of Trevor Kempler. May he rest in peace.

Also to the Mick Dempsey& Family St Josephs Terrace on the death of his mother Maureen Dempsey. May she rest in peace.

Centenary Variety Concert

There will be two nights of Variety Concerts in Ballymurn Hall on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th April. More details to follow.



Well done to Blackwater macra club members who took part in the recent County Know your Ag quiz congratulations on coming 3rd on the day.

Upcoming national events: 11th Annual Mr. Personality Festival will take place in Kilkenny from 22nd -24th April

FBD Farm Skills County round to be confirmed anyone interested in taking part in a Farm Skills team please get in touch 087 9585376

New members welcome: Calling young people between 17-35 join Blackwater Macra. Contact Mairead on 087 9585376 or email

tidy towns

Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours this Saturday 12th March, meeting on the bridge at 10.00am. We will be clearing the remaining leaves and giving the village a sweep and tidy before St. Patrick's Day. Please bring yard brush, shovel and wheelbarrow if possible.

vintage run

Pat the Chap Vintage Club Ballyedmond are holding their annual Road Run Sunday the 13th March. Starting from Crosses Car Par, Kilmuckridge. Sign in from 12 noon and leaving at 1pm sharp. For more information please call 087 2672271. All Welcome.


Mr. Ian Hearn

The community of Crossabeg feels the poorer after the passing of Ian Hearn. Having spent most of his eighty plus years in the parish it was just natural that he would have a wide circle of friends which was not confined to the parish, but Ian was known and respected throughout County Wexford and beyond.

Having been in failing health for some time the community were saddened to hear of his passing made all the sadder when it is realised that there is a void there which will be difficult to fill. Ian bore his illness as he had lived, with dignity, calmness and a calculated approach which was the foundation of his life style.

As a young man he commenced his career with his father, the late C.D. Hearn of the Star Ironworks who specialised in the manufacture of farm machinery, but farming was in his blood, In his early twenties he represented Wexford at the national stockjudging competition with Macra na Feirme and went close to winning the national title. That same measured approach was evident when he purchased a farm in Saunderscourt and set up a dairy farm.

Many of his achievements went unnoticed as he preferred to get on with the job rather than seek the publicity that he deserved. He had many interests outside farming For years he was a committed member of the Wexford Historical Society and contributed a number of articles and was delighted to hear that Volumes 1 and Volumes 2 of the history of Crossabeg were published and wonderred would Volume 3 one day see the light of day.

The community are the losers but his family must bear the pain and learn to move on. For that they will have the support of the people of the parish and maybe the hallmark that he stamped on the community will be seen beyond its boundaries.

His funeral Mass was celebrated in Crossabeg church on Monday morning with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. To his wife Gillian, son Michael, daughter Susan, granddaughter Rebecca, brother Denis, sister Margaret, daughter in law Jean, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, his extended family, neighbours, the community of Crossabeg and a large circle of friends we extend our deepest sympathy on their sad loss. R.I.P.

Wedding bells

We send our congratulations and good wishes for the future to Orla, daughter of Maura and Bertie Joyce, Crory, Crossabeg, on the occasion of her marriage on Saturday last, March 5 to Michael, eldest son of Annis and Mick Kehoe, Slaneylodge, Crossabeg. The ceremony took place in Crossabeg church and the reception for family and friends was held in the Ferrycarrig hotel.


Congratulations to Fiona, elder daughter of Elaine and Patrick Bradish, Lonsdale, Crossabeg, on the occasion of her recent engagement to Ian, son of Ray and Sylvia Hemmingway, Enniscorthy.

Coffee Morning

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust which takes children to Lourdes will hold a coffee morning in Kyle Forge on Saturday next, March 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Your support would be much appreciated.

Fashion Show

A fashion show will be held in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Thursday, April 7 with all proceeds in aid of the pastoral centre. Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks and your generous support would be appreciated.

Camogie news

Oylegate/Glenbrien club will hold a registration night in the community centre, Oylegate on Friday, March 11 from 6-7 p.m.

The club officials ask that all current members and anyone who would like to join the club to go along and register and to pay all or part of their membership for the coming year. Please note that you are not insured unless you membership is paid.

The membership fees are as follows:- €85 for adults, €55 for under 18`s and non working adults while the Under 10`s pay €35.


We extend our condolences to Mr. Mosie Higgins, Monmore, Crossabeg, and the extended Higgins family, on the death of his brother, Mr. Tommy Higgins, Monamolin, Rathnure, whose funeral Mass took place in Rathnure church on Sunday morning last with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. R.I.P.

Community Games

ART COMPETITION: In the local Community Games Art competition the following were the winners from Crossabeg school, John Moore, Tom Carty, Bobby Doyle-Murphy, John Joseph Quinn, Ruairi Caulfield, Will Redmond, Conor Maher, Emma McEldowney, Lorna Furlong, Emily-May Purcell, Christina Molloy, Lilly Carley, Hayley Kenny, Carys Jones and Issabelle Molloy.

When all the schools entries were finally judged the top three boys and girls in the each age group were selected to represent the Area in the county finals to be held in Castlebridge national school this coming Saturday, March 12. Carys Jones will compete for Crossabeg in the under 12 section.

HANDWRITING: Congratulations to Cian McCormack, Liam Meaney, Harry Purcell, Harry Sherlock, Eoin Gleeson, Daniel Furlong, Eabha Bowe, Cristabel Stamp, Ella Lambert, Deirbhile Sinnott, Carys Jones and Cliona Kearney who were winners in the Under 10 and Under 12 Community Games Handwriting competitions for Crossabeg school.

When all school entries were judged Cristabel Stamp, Cian McCormack, Deirbhile Sinnott, Harry Sherlock and Eabha Bowe will represent the Area at the county finals in Castlebridge national school on Saturday next, March 12. Good luck to all.

SWIMMING: A reminder that entries for the County Community Games Swimming finals close today, Tuesday, March 8. Please contact Mary on 087-9384937. Competition for boys and girls from under 8`s to under 16`s. All competitors must be underage by July 31 of this year.

GAA club notes

Last week's Lotto numbers drawn in the Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club draw were 21, 22, 23 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dips winners were James Hore and Larry White. This weeks Jackpot is worth €9,400.

DINNER DANCE: The Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA dinner dance and presentation of medals to the double winning Premier U21 teams takes place on Friday, March 18 in The Riverbank House Hotel at 8 p.m. Admission is €25 and tickets are now on sale.

WEXFORD GAA DISTRICT AWARDS: Congratulations to the local Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club who won the "club of the year" at the Wexford district awards on Saturday night last. The club were honoured in recognition of having won the Premier U21 hurling and football titles last year. Well done to all the players, mentors, committee and members.

Charlie Gordon was the clubs recipient of Club person of the Year at the district awards night in the Riverbank house Hotel on Saturday night last. Charlie and the Gordon family have a long association with the Club. His late Father, Cauley, was one of the founder members of the club in 1966. Charlie himself hurled with the club for many years and was manager of the Intermediate hurlers in 1988 when they won the county title. Congratulations Charlie, it is very well deserved.

Over The Water

Community Games

Entries are being taken for the county swimming finals to be held in Enniscorthy on Tuesday, March 22. Swimmers in the Castlebridge, Screen, Curracloe, Ardcavan, Ferrybank, Oylegate, Crossabeg, Ballymurn and Glenbrien Areas are asked to contact Mary McDonald on 087-9384937 by March 8.

The County Art and Handwriting competitions will be hosted by the local Community Games committee in Castlebridge national school on Saturday, March 12. Many thanks to all the schools in the area who held competitions in both the art and the handwriting. The top three in each category will represent the Area at the county finals on March 12. All schools will be notified of times of competitions nearer to the date.

The local committee are also looking for entries for the county one-wall handball finals which will take place in Ballymitty on Friday, March 25.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting for Castlebridge hall will take place on Monday next, March 14 at 8 p.m. in the hall. In order for the present committee to run the hall as it should, they are in need of others to come on board. They need your support so please go along on the night and give them that help.

Curracloe school news

Congratulations to Ben Monahan who is Curracloe national school Spelling Bee. Ben will now go on to the county final of the Easons Spelling Bee competition. We will him well. Well done to recent Split the Pot winners Maria Cahill and Leo & Joan Jeffers. They won €187 and €202 respectively. The next draw will be held on Monday, March 14. The specially designed envelopes remain available in all local businesses and directly to parents/guardians in the school. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

Pool Tournament

Pat Furlong was this weeks winner of the Richard Furlong memorial pool tournament. This was the last week of the qualifiers. The grand final takes place on March 12 at 2 p.m. Pat Furlong, Jimmy Doyle, Aidan Howlin, Jamie Furlong, James Doyle, Annie Howlin, Paddy Doyle and Aidan Doyle were the 8 players to qualify.

A huge thank you to all the players who took part over the 8 weeks. Thanks also to ST Civil Engineering and Bones Furlong digger hire for their generous sponsorship of €1,500 in prize money. The €200 jokers wild jackpot was won on Sunday by Jimmy Doyle. New jokers wild starting this Sunday with draws at 6,7,8,9.

Camogie club news

The following are the underage training times for St. Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie club.

The Under 8`s train on Mondays from 5.30-6.30 p.m and the Under 10s on Monday from 6.30-7.30 p.m. The under 12`s train on Monday from 7.30-8.30 p.m. The under 14`s train on Thursday from 7-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. while the Under 16`s train on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m.

Congratulations to Kate Kelly who won the Wexford Camogie Player of the Year at the Glen Fuels Player Awards. Well done to Simon Donohoe U21 football and Brian Malone senior football who received awards on the night.

Operation Over the Water

St Ibar's/Shelmalier's camogie fundraiser 'Operation over the water' continues each week with the competition hotting up as the countdown to the last three weeks looms.

Everyone is doing very well, participating in boot camp last week and meeting for walks at weekends. Rumour has it the teams have been meeting up during the week for extra exercising. Keep it up everyone. See you all Wednesday evening at 6.40 p.m for weigh-in and class.

Congratulations to the raffle winners, Catherine Kelly (hamper) Chris Gordan (a hoody) and Jennifer Gillen ( passes for Ferrybank Swimming Pool/Gym sponsored by Wexford Piping & Fittings Ltd). Thank you to the sponsors. The club are very grateful for your continued support.

Club Persons of the Year

The hard work and commitment of both Paul and Deirdre Tobin to the Shelmalier GAA club was recognised on Saturday night last when the Wexford District GAA awards night took place in the Riverbank house hotel.

Both Paul and Deirdre picked up the Shels club "Person of the Year" for 2015. The pair returned to Wexford in 2004 after spending many years in Lucan, Co. Dublin where they were very involved in the Lucan Sarsfields club. Both have been played a major part in the club ever since carrying out a variety of roles including their present roles with Paul as Assistant Secretary and Deirdre as Treasurer.

Both have been leaders of a large number of projects in the club which has contributed greatly to the club both on and off the field of play. Deirdre accepted the award on their behalf as Paul was performing with the Bridge Drama group in Kildare on the same night.

GAA Players of the Year

There were great Shelmalier celebrations both in the Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy and in the local parish on Friday night last when the results of the Glen Fuels Wexford GAA Players of the Year were announced.

Three awards were won by Shelmalier players with Brian Malone winning the 'Wexford GAA Footballer of the Year'; Kate Kelly winning the 'Wexford GAA Camogie Player of the Year' and Simon Donohoe completed a great night for the club when she won the 'Wexford GAA Under 21 Footballer of the Year'

It is a great honour for these players to be recognised by their fellow players and supporters in the county and the Shelmalier GAA Club would are very proud of all three recipients.

Development Lotto

Results for lotto on Sunday, February 28 for Curracloe United AFC as follows. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 22 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and four match 3 winners who each received €40 each, Jonathan Tobin, Curracloe; Walter Christopher c/o Tony Hayes and Mairead Codd c/o Edel McCabe; Neville Fanning, Ballymurn.

The draw takes place every Sunday night and tickets are available locally and from committee members.

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