Saturday 21 September 2019

Around the Districts

Mary Sellars, Anne Kelly, Norah Clifford Kelly and Deirdre Connery at the vintage tea party in Castlebridge Community Centre last Friday in aid of the Bone Marrow Trust
Mary Sellars, Anne Kelly, Norah Clifford Kelly and Deirdre Connery at the vintage tea party in Castlebridge Community Centre last Friday in aid of the Bone Marrow Trust


Tidy Towns

Blackwater Tidy Towns will hold the annual Raffle on the weekend of July 22-24. This is the main fundraiser for the year. Proceeds will be used to purchase flowers, pots and seats where necessary as well as all the inputs needed to continue the work of of keeping Blackwater beautiful. Your support will be gratefully appreciated. The working group continues to meet on the Bridge on Tuesdays 7pm and Thursdays 10am. Volunteers always welcome.

MACRA news

A busy few weeks for club members and friends who recently attended annual summer social to Shed Fest and Oulart-The Ballagh Barn dance. Well done also to club members in recent Tag Rugby match a strong performance and a very close game ended in a draw, score 7-7. Well done everyone great teamwork and great to see Blackwater Macra drive this initative.

Upcoming club activities and events include Kayaking, Games Night with Pool and Darts, Gaelic football and indoor soccer along with beach activities and much more included for the upcoming 2016/2017 calendar year.

Anyone in the surrounding areas interested in getting involved in sports, travel, drama and social activities or availing from members benefits such as 15% off car insurance please contact 087 9585376 for more information.

Over the Water

Sun Screen camp

Sun Screen camp will take place at Screen national school from August 8 to August 12 from 10 a.m to 2.30 p.m daily. There will be lots of different activities and sports for all children to enjoy, including arts and crafts, mini basketball, ball games, songs and stories and much more. Email for further details or to book a place.

St Ibar's news

A reminder of the training schedule which is as follows: Mondays under-eights at 5.30 p.m; under-10s at 6.30 p.m; under-14s at 6.45 p.m; under-16s/under-18s at 7 p.m. Training on Wednesdays as follows: under-12s at 7 p.m and under-14s at 6.45 p.m.

Cúl Camp takes place in Hollymount on Monday, July 28. You can book online up till July 15.

Summer soccer school

Bridge Rovers are running a Sports FAI Summer Soccer School camp this year and it takes place between August 8 and August 12. It 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 is €65 per child and the club offers a special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings joins. An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football and backpack is provided for all children who enrol.

There is only a limited number of places available, so the organisers are urging people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. For further information or to book your child's place, visit

Golf classic

The Pat Neville Perpetual golf classic 2016 takes place in Wexford Golf Club on Friday next, July 22. Proceeds are in aid of Bannow-Ballymitty GAA Club with 10 per cent of the proceeds going to the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis.

The winners of the first prize will receive the Pat Neville Perpetual Cup and Cassidy Golf voucher to the value of €1,500. Second prize is two nights self catering accommodation (for 4) in Castlerosse Woodlands Cottages and one round of golf (for 4) at Beaufort Golf Club, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The third prize is Green fees for the European Club, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow.

Individual prizes will include longest drive (x2: Front and Back Nine's) - €50 voucher for McGuirk's Golf Nearest-the-Pin (x2: Front and Back Nine's) - €50 voucher for McGuirk's Golf. Entry fee is €200 per 4-person team (any combination) competition format, scramble (1/10 of combined handicap)

Handicap requirements: each team must have a minimum of one current GUI member, maximum handicap allowance for non-GUI members capped at men (16) and women (24). For booking information please phone 051 561364 or 086 3678133. You can also email

GAA club notes

The Shelmalier junior hurlers retained their junior league title when they overcame district rivals Faythe Harriers in the All - County junior hurling league D4 county final in St Patrick's Park on Saturday evening last. The match was preceded by a minutes silence for the late Mikey Sheil.

The Shels playing against the fresh breeze were quickly on the scoreboard when Conor Byrne was fouled and duly converted the awarded free. Both sides exchanged scores in the opening 10 minutes before a great team effort put Michael Feeney through for a goal and the Shels leading 1-2 to 0-2.

The Harriers fought back strongly and surged into a 1-3 to 0-9 lead, despite great defending from the Shels backs in particular Eoin O'Leary, captain Kevin O'Leary, Denis Kelly and Niall Murphy in this phase. The referee did well then to spot a foul and awarded the Shels a free on the stroke of half time. Conor Byrne's shot dropped just short and was helped to the net by Jody Donohoe and a last flick by Michael Feeney. A late 65 for Faythe Harriers was bravely dealt with by goalie Paul McClean. Half time score was 2-3 to 0-9.

In the second half the Shels stepped up a gear and with great fielding from Aaron O'Neill, Emmet O'Leary, Graham Staples and James Gordon they edged further away from the Harriers with Chris Gordon and Jody Donohoe performing well in attack. Fresh legs were introduced in the form of Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy and Aodhan Foley. A late push by the Harriers was once again well dealt with by Eoghan Fitzgerald and Barry O'Connor. The Shels were now on top and finished with a fine 2-16 to 0-16 victory and were well deserved winners of the league.

The team was P. McCleane, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O'Leary, Eoin O'Leary, Niall Murphy, Barry O'Connor. Aaron O'Neill, Graham Staples, Denis Kelly, James Gordon, Conor Byrne (0-8) Emmet O'Leary (0-2) Michael Feeney (2-2) Chris Gordon, Jody Donohoe (0-4) and the subs introduced were Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy and Aodhan Foley. This was the third meeting between the two teams during the week as the Shelmalier senior hurlers travelled to Pairc Charman on Sunday week to take on the Faythe Harriers with the team coming away with a 1-13 to 2-6 victory.

The Shelmalier minor hurlers welcomed the Faythe Harriers counterparts to Hollymount on Wednesday evening last and the match finished on a 2-14 to 0-15 scoreline.

There was no winner of the development lotto on Monday, July 11, when the numbers drawn were 3, 12, 27 and 32 and the jackpot standing at €17,000. There was one match-three winner, Mrs E. O'Gorman who won €200. The club would once again like to thank all the people of the parish and beyond for their weekly support to their development lotto.

New Hurling Sponsor

The Porter House in Castlebridge were announced as the new Shelmalier GAA Club hurling sponsors and the official launch of the sponsorship partnership took place in Hollymount on Friday evening of last week. Myles Doyle on behalf of the Porter House said he was delighted to be associated with the club in the form of a sponsorship deal and on behalf of his wife Sharon and himself wished the club every success in 2016. Club Chairman Seamus O'Leary thanked both Myles and Sharon for their support for the development of hurling in the club.

Under-10/11 hurling blitz

Well done to the Shelmalier under-10 and under-11 hurling teams who travelled to the Wexford centre of Excellence in Ferns on Saturday last to take part in the All-County blitz. All the boys showed some great skills and determination in all matches and returned home undefeated after a day of extensive hurling.

Church gate collection

A church gate collection in aid of the local Community Games will be taken after all Masses in Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe churches this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. The Area has a number of children competing in the national finals in Athlone in August and we wish them the very best of luck. Your generous support would be appreciated.


Youth work finals

Bobby Freeman took home gold in under-15 Table Tennis last weekend in Youth work Ireland National finals in Limerick, and the girls took Silver in under-15 Soccer. The team Kate Maher, Leah Doran, Loren Doyle, Rioghna Hourihane, Ava Kelly, Aoife Mernagh and Aisling Foran.

We also had a team of dancers in the Youth factor finals on Saturday, unfortunate there was very tough opposition in the category. Our dancers were: Rhianne Fitzgerald, Sonia Milbourne, Kate Maher, Rioghna Hourihane, Aoife Mernagh and Aisling Foran. We would like to thank Molly Shannon for all her time and work with the dancers, and to Kate Shannon for doing their hair and makeup, also Oonagh Reck for coaching the soccer team. Thanks to Kate and Molly Shannon for supervising over the weekend in Limerick.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Prayer Room in the church. This is a time of silent reflection and intercessory prayer for personal and parish intentions. We are looking for new members to commit to spending one hour weekly (at a time of your choice) in prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. If you have an hour to spare each Wednesday, and would like to join us in prayer, please contact Vaughan at 087 7561770 for further details

GAA lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held in the Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Wednesday, June 22. The next draw will be held in Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate on Wednesday, July 6. Tickets cost just €2 each and are available from club members.

Church gate collection

A church gate collection in aid of the local Community Games will be taken up this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

The Area has a number of children competing in the national finals in Athlone in August and we wish them the very best of luck. Your generous support would be appreciated.

church register

In our forthcoming Parish Journal, we would like to record all births marriages and deaths in our community from August 2014-August 2016. Our church register only discloses those baptised or married in Oylegate church and those interred in our cemetery (e.g. grooms from Oylegate most often do not marry in Oylegate.)

Therefore in order to have a more complete record, please forward details of any births, marriages/ deaths in our community which will NOT appear in church records, and which you would like to have included in our Parish Journal to oylegateparishnews or send a text to 087-6617527, giving details.

Parish Journal

Work is presently under way to compile the Oylegate-Glenbrien Journal 2015 - 2016, which we hope to publish at the end of the year. Clubs and parish organisations are requested to give us an update on their activities over the past two years.

Anyone who would like to submit articles or photographs of interest is asked to contact oylegateparishnews@ or hand them in to:Tom Miller/Mary Somers/Maureen Somers/Maudie Maher/Aidan Quirke/Marie Quirke.

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