Thursday 18 January 2018

Around the Districts

Castlebridge NS pupil Ciara Conway Murphy on the occasion of her Confirmation at Castlebridge Church on Saturday, with Sandra Conway and Daniel Murphy.
Castlebridge NS pupil Ciara Conway Murphy on the occasion of her Confirmation at Castlebridge Church on Saturday, with Sandra Conway and Daniel Murphy.

Over the Water

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United lotto for Sunday, May 8. The numbers drawn were 7, 19, 25 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and four match-three winners who each received €40, John Howlin, Ballinablake; Ger and Chris, c/c Ger Morris; Pat Roche, River Glen, Curracloe; JESK c/o Shane. Results of draw on Sunday, May 15. The numbers drawn were 2, 11, 18 and 20. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners who each received €50, Eileen Murphy, 12, River Glen, Curracloe; Theresa Doyle, Ballyvaloo and David Cullen and Gary Caroll, Curracloe. Next week's jackpot stands at €20,000 and the draw will take place in the Curracloe Roadhouse on Sunday next, May 22.

All-Ireland Drama win

RTÉ all-Ireland champions Bridge Drama return to the National Opera House for one night only with their multi-award winning play 'Lost in Yonkers' by Neil Simon.

The group were crowned winners of the RTÉ all-Ireland drama finals on May 7 in Athlone with Adjudicator Padraic McIntyre hailing the show as a 'powerful production' with plenty of pace, energy and all the humour of Neil Simon's writing, while at the same time realising the sad and ugly underbelly of a world of withheld emotion.

The group also secured the Best Director Award for Pat Whelan and Best Set. Having already played 13 sell out shows in Wexford. Such is the demand, the show will take to the O'Reilly Theatre, the main stage of the National Opera House on May 22 for the group's final performance of 'Lost in Yonkers.' Tickets are on sale now at or phone 053 9122144.

Curracloe school news

On Wednesday of last week, 30 boys and girls from fourth, fifth and sixth classes participated in the St Killian's AC primary schools marathon competition, run off at Crossabeg community field. The event was a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. Curracloe secured third place in the event and were thrilled with their performance and team effort and received bronze medals. Well done to fifth and sixth class pupils and the Student council who organised 'Wacky Day' on Friday, April 29. A total of €189.05 was raised in aid of Curracloe Tidy Village.

The parents' association have organised a new and used clothing collection with the National Council for the Blind as a fundraiser for the school. Please leave in your bags of clothes etc. to the school during school hours from now till Tuesday, May 24. NCBI will accept the following, new and used men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes and linen. No duvets or pillows please. NCBI will sell the garments across their 72 shops nationwide and recycle what they cannot use for resale. Well done to recent Split the Pot winner Mary Keogh who won €154.

Summer Soccer school

Bridge Rovers are delighted to announce that they will be running a Sports FAI Summer Soccer School camp this year. The camp will take place between August 8 and August 12 and is open to six - 14-year-old boys and girls of all abilities.

This is a great opportunity for your child to develop their football skills, while making friends and having fun in the process. Camps are available for both goalkeepers and outfield players.

Entry to the camp costs €65 per child. They are also offering a special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings join their camp. An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football and backpack is provided for all children who enrol at the camp this year.

There are a limited number of places available at camp, so if interested, you are urged to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. To find out more, or book your child's place at the club visit

Castlebridge Show

The Show committee are holding an open meeting on Thursday, May 19, at 8.30 p.m in the community centre, Castlebridge. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend, so why not go along. The 76th annual show will take place on Sunday, August 14.

Community Games

The annual local Community Games Athletic events will be held in the community field in Crossabeg on Thursday, 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 will be forwarded to all schools. For further information please contact Anne at 086 1980775.

Open day

There is an open invitation for all who may be interested to take in a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Artraman House on Sunday, May 29. 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 refreshments will also be served. This promises to be a great afternoon for all the family.

Tracie's Walk

The annual walk to remember Tracie Lawlor will take place on Sunday, June 13. The organisers have changed the date of the walk this year to the week following the bank holiday as some of the ladies will be taking part in the annual ladies mini marathon in Dublin on the bank holiday.

Registration for Tracie's walk is from 10 a.m. in the square in Castlebridge and the walk itself will commence at 11 a.m. and will arrive in the Talbot hotel at around 12.15 p.m. for a meal and update on the charity. Registration is only €20 which includes the meal. If you are able to walk, you can do this. The organisers are looking forward to seeing you on the day.

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 the 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.

Shelmalier Field Day

Please reserve June bank holiday Monday, June 6, for the annual Shelmalier Field Day. This is always an important day in the parish calendar and an exciting day for all the people who travel to Hollymount to take part in the wide range of entertainment on offer and to meet and chat on the topics of the day. Further details of the day will be given at a later date.

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.

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.


Vintage Run

Joan and friends have organised a Vintage Run for Bank Holiday Monday, June 6, starting in the Ballagh at midday. There is a registration fee of €20. Proceeds in aid of Oulart Senior Citizens. For details please ring Joan at 087 9019027.

Fun Run

Joan and friends invite you to Run/Walk/Jog 10 km on Monday, June 6, in aid of the Ballagh Youth Club. This event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Ballagh. The entrance fee is €10 for adults and €2 for children. All entrants will receive a medal. Phone Joan for full details (087 9019027).

Church Gate Collection

There will be a Church Gate Collection, in aid of Autism, at St Patrick's Church, Oulart this coming weekend, (14th/May 15). Please give generously to this worthy cause.


Well done to Sasha O'Danza, Brooke Kehoe, Milly Lotz and Lillymay Tohill who, playing with St Joseph's won the under-10 soccer league final. Well done also to Brandon Tracy and Jason Rossiter who were picked to play soccer in Stoke.

Model County Draw

The second draw will take place on the last Wednesday in May and the third draw will be held on the last Wednesday in June. If you have not as yet secured a ticket you can enter the two draws for €30 (€20 for May and €10 for June). Contact any Oulart - The Ballagh GAA officer or committe member for details.

Active Retirement

Oulart Active Retirement are going on a day trip to Kilmokea Manor and Gardens, and also Tintern Abbey on Thursday, May 19. Pick up by bus will be opposite Oulart Church at 9.30 a.m. Dinner on the return journey will be included. Members wishing to travel should contact Bridie Nolan or Hugh Coleman or any committee member.

Macra Meeting

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.

Open day

A Farm and General Safety/Mental Health open day will take place on the farm of John and Margaret Earle, Cullentra on Saturday, May 21. This event is open to all. Opening will be officiated by Anna May McHugh and Tony Doran.

Lifestyle Transformation

Thanks to all who took part in Lifestyle Transformation 2016. We hope you enjoyed the events and thanks to all who supported the events and fundraising.

Darts Night

A monster darts night takes place on Friday, May 20, in Oulart Hill Bar from 8 p.m.

camogie news

Upcoming games (subject to change): under-12 v Rathnure on May 31 (away) under-14 v Rathnure on May 22 (away) under-16 v St Ibar's on May 18 (away) under-18 v Rapps on May 16 (away).

Under-6 and under-6 training will take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Ballaghkeen NS Notes

We want your unwanted clean ladies gents and children clothing and shoes household textiles, blankets, curtains, towels, handbags and soft toys. Every 10kg bag collected will help raise funds for the school. The collection dates/times are as follows

Sunday, May 15, 11.30 a.m. to midday Monday, May 16, 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

The next parents' association meeting with take place on Wednesday, May 18, at 8 p.m. in the Function Room of Bob's Bar. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. A cake sale will take place in the school on Friday, June 3.

If anyone wants the chance to win Split the Pot put €2 in the envelope provided in Bob's Bar and Shop, Tony's Daybreak, The Sawdust Inn, The Trading Post and Tim's Chipper. There is a winner every Friday. Funds raised will go towards the new school yard.

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