Monday 22 January 2018

Around the Districts


church news

Mass Times: Tuesday 7.30 p.m. Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 9.30 a.m. and 8.15 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Ennis family, Ballysilla on the death of Mick Ennis who passed away last week, May he rest in peace.

GAA Notes

This week's lotto numbers: 11, 17 24 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. Match-three winners: Eoin McDonald. This week's jackpot is €10,000.

Well done to our Intermediate hurlers who beat Craanford in the championship on Saturday. After a scrappy first half we lead 1-5 to 0-3, the goal coming from a mishit free by Barry Murphy, which went straight to the net. In the second half our lads upped the pace and ran out winners by 3-15 to 0-7, with Niall Murphy and tony Murphy scoring the goals.

Well done to our junior B hurlers who beat Kilmore 5-22 to 0-2 in the championship on Sunday.

Barn Dance

This year's barn dance will take place on Sunday, June 5, in John Cullen Grain store, music will be provided by the Joe Davitt Country band. Ticket are €15 each including food.

Ladies Football

Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC are fundraising to help send our under-14 girls to Féile at the end of June and the following events have been organised so far: clothes collection the first week of June; Cabaret in the Anvil on May 28, adm €5 doors open 9 p.m. door prizes. 5K run on Sunday, June 12, in Ballymurn starting at midday More details to follow.

Vintage News

The Wexford/Wicklow Vintage Group are organising a bus to the 2016 Innishannon Vintage Rally which will take place on Sunday, June 5. The cost is €30 per head which will cover bus, breakfast and entry to the show. Places on the bus will be allocated on a first come, first service basis. Further details please contact sean at 087 6486279. A deposit of €20 will secure your seat.

Ballymurn Tidy Towns

We are getting very close to application date for this year's Tidy Towns. We need to keep an eye open around the village and approach roads for litter. We got a great result for litter last year so we need to be vigilant. If everyone does a litter bit its easier all round. Planting of tubs and hanging baskets are our next project.

Ballymurn Macra

The Anvil was packed last Thursday May 12 with a staggering 38 people turning up for the Macra Information Evening. With such enthusiasm they went on to elect club Officers, Chairperson, David Scallan, Secretary, Annmaire Cummins, Treasurer, Aoife Cullen, PRO, Ian Kavanagh.

The club will meet at the Ballymurn soccer pitch this Thursday May 19, at 8p.m. for Tag Rugby, All are welcome to attend. Wexford County Executive would like to wish the club all the best for the future. For further information please call/text Jacq Walsh 087 7735659.

Heritage Group

Ballymurn Heritage Group's book 'Ballymurn 1916 Before, During And After' is on sale in Doyles Costcutter at €10 or contact Martina 086 3360870.


World Bee Day

An information evening will be held to celebrate World Bee Day on Friday, May 20, in the Function Room at the Blackwater Lodge Hotel. There will be practical demonstrations on all matters related to bees, hives and honey production. Bee experts will attend on the evening. All interested are invited to come along at 7 p.m.


Blackwater Vintage Club's annual vintage tractor and car road run will take place on Sunday, May 22, leaving Blackwater church carpark at 12.30 p.m. Registration from 11.30 a.m. in Blackwater Hall. Proceeds to the Irish Kidney Association.

Blackwater Macra

Blackwater Macra are meeting on Wednesday, May 18, at 8.30 p.m. in Bobs Bar the Ballagh. Come along and learn about our Tag Rugby team and other activities. Are you aged between 17-35? Are you interested in trying something new. Then Macra might be for you! Why not come along to our Open and Sports night and see for yourself and while your at it help spread the word and join our Tag rugby team no experience necessary! Remember folks Macra has something for everyone!! Tel: 087 9585376.

Meals On Wheels

If you are aware of anyone who would benefit from our service in the Ballygarrett area contact Kilmuckridge Community and Family Resource Centre or phone 053 9130393 for more details.


Pub Quiz

The parents of the Crossabeg-Ballymurn under-14 girls football team who qualified to represent Wexford in the Féile are hosting a pub quiz which will be held in Foleys on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. The quiz is being n held to raise funds for transport, team kits etc to and from the Féile which is being held in Cork, Kerry and Limerick on June 24.

Go along and support the girls and have a great night at the same time. Teams of four persons. A raffle will also take place and there are prizes galore. Anyone interested in sponsoring a quiz round or raffle prize are asked to call Lynda at 087 2831664.

55+ club

The local 55+club are organising a day trip to Foto Island Theme Park for Tuesday, June 7, travelling with Joe O'Brien Tours. The group will stop for dinner in Dungarvan on the way back. The cost is €45 per person. There are vacancies on the bus so if you are interested please contact 086 8904715.

Schools Relay Marathon

St Killian's Athletic Club held its inaugural Schools Relay Marathon in the community field in Crossabeg on Wednesday of last week. Mooted by club stalwart and coach Paul Kinsella over a year ago, the present committee decided to give it a go and what a success it was.

This is possibly the first time this event was run in the country at this age level and certainly in County Wexford. Crossabeg, Ballymurn, Glenbrien, Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe national schools expressed an interest in the venture and came along on the day. Each school were invited to send along 30 children to compete in the 26.2 miles (42Km) marathon, with the children deciding on what distance they wished to run and how often.

In all they had to run 61 and a half laps around the track with a stop clock giving the occasion an Olympic style feel about it. The weather held up and it was mild and very pleasant for the children and those in charge of them and the Athletic club thoroughly enjoyed hosting and running the event.

The winning team came from the local Crossabeg school who finished the marathon in a fantastic time of 2.20.06, followed in second place by Castlebridge in a time of 2.20.41 and Curracloe in the third spot in a time of 2.21.05. A perpetual trophy was presented to Crossabeg school as well as gold medals for all team members.

Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to Castlebridge and Curracloe schools and Screen, Ballymurn and Glenbrien team members were awarded certificates to remember the occasion. Great credit must go firstly to the school children and the management of the schools for participating in this great adventure and creating a bit of history here in Wexford, if not in the country.

Credit also to the members of the Athletic club and in particular to Chairperson Anne-Marie Forde for selling the idea to the schools and who co-ordinated the event and who headed up the preparations, and to all who came along on the day and helped out.

Open day

There is an open invitation for all parishioners and indeed anyone who may be interested to take in a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Artraman House on Sunday, May 29, between two o'clock and 5 p.m. You are welcome to a Garden open day by kind permission of Countess Ulrike Walderdorff which is being organised as a fundraiser by the Crossabeg Senior Citizens committee. Admission is €5 and light refreshments will also be served. This promises to be a great afternoon for all the family.

First Communion

On Saturday last, May 14, 20 three young boys and girls from Crossabeg national school received their First Holy Communion at a special ceremony celebrated by Fr Jim Finn, PP the children were in the care of Teachers Kate Newsome and Fiona Kelly with Niamh Bolger conducting the school choir. Joe Sheehan was organist for the occasion.

Those who received were Eabha Bowe, Liam Meaney, Sean McLoughlin, Cristabel Stamp, Adam Murphy, Aoife McEldowney, Ella Lambert, Bronagh Boggan, Grainne Sinnott, James Kehoe, Gillian O'Gorman, Cian McCormack, Max Sweetman, Ava O'Connor, Kasey Purcell, Kate Harte, Kara Morrissey, Hazel Whelan, Michaela Doyle, Chloe Reck, Emma McCarthy, Emily Walker and Grace Barry.

Soccer news

The annual general meeting of the local Soccer club will be held at 8 p.m on Friday, May 20, in Kyle Forge. All are most welcome. Following the meeting, members will adjourn to Foleys pub for 'end of season' drinks and presentation of the player of the year awards. The annual charity match will take place at 11 a.m on Sunday next, May 22, and all proceeds this year are going to the Cottage Autism network. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all managers and players for their hard work this season and hoping they all enjoy the summer months.

Women's Mini Marathon

Places are running out fast, so all you ladies who would like to get fit and raise money for the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis this year, get in touch now to get your marathon pack and join in this year's Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the June bank holiday weekend. Online registration is now open. The committee are now taking names (and will supply transport and a meal) so don't delay - get in touch at 087 1661703 for further details.

If you would like to support Phil, Michelle or any of runners in this year's Women's Mini Marathon just go to or to help them reach their target.

Vintage News

The Wexford/Wicklow Vintage Group are organising a bus to the 2016 Innishannon Vintage Rally which will take place on Sunday, June 5. The cost is €30 per head which will cover bus, breakfast and entry to the show. Places on the bus will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further details please contact 087 6486279.


We extend our condolences to the family and relatives of the late Ann M. Ryan (widow of James D. Ryan, formerly of Sion, Crossabeg) whose ashes were interred in the family plot in Crossabeg cemetery following Mass in Crossabeg church on Friday last, May 13. RIP. Community Games

The annual local Community Games Athletic events will be held in the community field in Crossabeg, this Thursday evening, May 19. Registration is at 6.30 p.m. sharp and the events get under way at 7 p.m. Children from Crossabeg, Ballymurn, Castlebridge, Screen, Curracloe, Oylegate, Glenbrien, Edermine, Ardcavan and Ferrybank are welcome to participate. Details of programme have been forwarded to all schools. Admission is €1 for children and €2 for adults. For further information please contact Anne at 086 1980775.

ROUNDERS: The local Community Games Area entered a team in the girls under-13 Rounders competition, making it a first for the Area in a very long time. On Sunday evening last they took on a team from Piercestown/Murrintown in the final which was played in Glynn.

The girls gave their all in the game and while they began well, their opponents quickly got into the game and took control and their experience shone through. However the local team never gave up and were content to travel home with the silver medals.

The team consisted of Alana McDonald, Saunderscourt; Maebh Laffan, Monmore; Eimear Halpin, Newcastle; Aisling Murphy, Rectory Hall, Castlebridge; Molly Davis, Airfield Road, Castlebridge; Kelly-Ann Dempsey, Ballymurn; Orla Redmond, Kilmallock; Emma Lawlor, Ballina, Ballymurn; Chloe Murphy, Ballymurn; Sadhbh Bowe, Rectory Hall, Castlebridge; Ava Kearney, Ballyharron, Cliona Kearney, Ballyharron.

The team were managed by Getta McDonald and the local committee wish to thank her and her helpers most sincerely for all their coaching of the team.

CAMOGIE: a local camogie team took on Glynn-Barntown in the county final of the under-14 competition played in Glynn on Sunday evening last. Minutes into the game and Hannah Hearne put Castlebridge/Crossabeg into the lead and they were in control for the rest of that half and led 2-3 to 0-1 at the break.

Into the second half and Glynn-Barntown came out with much more determination and quickly notched up a point and a goal to claw back some of that deficit. However Castlebridge/Crossabeg also added some scores to their tally and with time running out, they held on to take the title on a 4-5 to 2-7 scoreline. Their scores came from Hannah Hearne (1-0) Orla Redmond (0-1) Andrea Fielding (3-3; 0-1 from a '30 and 0-1 from a free) Leah Scallan (0-1).

The team consisted of Andrea Fielding, Ciara Banville, Caoimhe Parker, Nicole Harding-Kenny, Mai Ling Tynan, Amy O'Connor, Sinéad Banville, Hannah Hearne, Orla Redmond, Holly Frost, Kelly-Anne Dempsey, Loren Doyle, Ciara Lawlor, Hannah Mernagh, Leah Scallan, Rioghna Hournihane.

The team was managed by Eamonn Mernagh and Patricia Fielding and well done to the team and their mentors. The team will now compete in the Leinster rounds of the competition towards the end of the month.

Ladies' Football

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football club are fundraising to help send the under-14 girls to Knocknagree in Co. Cork for the Féile which will be held on June 24.

The following events have been organised so far: a clothes collection for the first week in June; ; cabaret in the Anvil, Ballymurn on Saturday, May 28. Admission here is €5 and tickets will be on sale soon and doors open at 9 p.m on the night. There will also be a door prizes; a coffee morning will take place in Mernaghs of Oylegate on Saturday, June 11, and a 5K run in Ballymurn on June 12 at midday. Registration will take place from 11 a.m.


The final county road race of the year took pace in Kilmore on Friday evening of last week as Kilmore AC hosted the Masters championships. St Killian's club was well represented with Niall Shiel and Pádraig Moriarty competing.

The 6km race was over two laps and after the first lap the leaders were tightly bunched. Niall picked his moment well and had a great finish to take the win. Pádraig also had a a great race having to dig deep and taking gold in his category.

Both have been in great form lately and it is good to see their hard work paying off. Well done to all involved and to Kilmore for hosting the occasion so well.

A reminder that juvenile athletic training continues in the community field in Crossabeg every Monday and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Ballymurn Macra

The Anvil was packed last Thursday, May 12, with a staggering 38 people turning up for the Macra Information Evening. With such enthusiasm they went on to elect club Officers, Chairperson, David Scallan, Secretary, Annmaire Cummins, Treasurer, Aoife Cullen, PRO, Ian Kavanagh.

The club will meet at the Ballymurn soccer pitch this Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m. for Tag Rugby, All are welcome to attend. Wexford County Executive would like to wish the club all the best for the future. For further information please call or text Jacq Walsh 087 7735659.


Story Telling Group

The Winners of the Raffle on the night in the Big Tree were Nicky Furlong, Clondaw; Wallie Winters, Wexford; Ted Sinnott, Bunclody; Joe Kennedy; Lily Coleman, Ballymurphy; Anne Doyle, Borelia. Thanks to all

who came along to join in the Story Telling Music and Craic and special thanks to Tony and the Staff of the Big Tree for their Hospitality on the night.

Social Night

The Glenbrien Summer Social Night in the Big Tree is on May the 20th, with music and craic plus the draw for the Glenbrien Super School Raffle (over 20 Prizes) will take place on the night. Great Music in the Lounge, Free Addmission and lines for the Raffle will be sold on the night €2 and you will be in with a chance to win some of the great prizes. Everyone Welcome so come along and join in the Fun.

Wexford People

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