Saturday 21 September 2019

Around the Districts

Kayleigh Butler and Tommie Smillie at the Selskar College Graduation Ball in The Riverbank House Hotel on Wednesday evening.
Kayleigh Butler and Tommie Smillie at the Selskar College Graduation Ball in The Riverbank House Hotel on Wednesday evening.



The weekly '30' card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday, August 12, at 9 p.m. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Catering on Friday, August 12, will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan and Bessie Fortune; on Friday, August 19, will be: Rosie Siggins and Maura Barden.

This finished the year's rota, we could do with extra people to come on board, as we have lost several people over the past year. If you would like to help please give your name to Fr Nolan. It works out about one Friday night in every eight months.

Card winners on Friday, July 30, were: John Murphy, Tom Rochford, Seamus Wickham, Patsy Byrne, Seán Cullen, John Nolan, Bridie Dillon and Chris Byrne.

Community Games

Best of luck to competitors representing Adamstown and Co. Wexford at the All-Ireland Community Games Finals in Athlone. Ciara Bethel will be competing in the Swimming, while Niamh English is competing in the Cross Country Relay on Saturday, August 12, and Sonia Mooney will be competing in the Marathon and Marguerite Furlong in the Discus on Saturday, August 19.


The annual patron will take place on Sunday, September 4, John Lambert r.i.p.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Michael and Nancy Lambert, The Village, Adamstown on the death of Michael's brother John, Oldcourt Adamstown who died on Sunday, July 31, 10 days after his brother Malachy.

John had been ill for some time and died in Waterford Hospital was a member of the Defence Forces and served in the Congo and was a caretaker of Kennedy Park and spent many years working in John O'Brien's Oldcourt, also a member of Adamstown Labour Party for many years. Condolences also to his sisters Rita, Kathleen, Josephine, brother Henry, his nieces, nephews, relations, extended family and friends.

His remains were removed to St Abban's Oratory on Monday evening with mass on Tuesday in St Abban's Church. John was a good neighbour and will be sadly missed by his family. He was buried in Adamstown Cemetery. May his kind soul rest in peace.

Mary Banville r.i.p.

Our sympathy is extended to Marie Banville, Pat, Christina, John and Emma of Woodview Drive, Adamstown on the death of Marie's mother Mary Banville, Monastery Avenue, Taghmon. Sympathy also to her children Samantha, Pauline, Kitty, Neil, Lorna, Nickie her extended family and friends. Her funeral mass took place on Friday, July 28, in Taghmon church with burial afterwards in Taghmon Cemetery. May she rest in peace

big role for Padraic

Local actor Padraic Delaney has secured one of the leading roles in a new TV series for an American Network A and E, called 'Knightfall'. The series tells the story of the 'Knights Templar' movement and their eventual fall from grace. Padraic plays the role of Gawain their expert swordsman and is at present filming in Prague.

He has signed a five-year contract for 10 episodes. 'Knightfall' is expected to be the next big TV series like 'Game of Thrones' or 'Vikings'. Templetown in Co Wexford is named after the Knights Templar movement who had their Irish Headquarters there and the ruins are still there to this day.

Clothes Collection

Adamstown Community Centre is holding a clothes collection on Wednesday, August 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please bring smartphones, laptops, clothes, textiles, towels, paired shoes, handbags, curtains etc to the centre, No pillows or duvets, Please support as it is in aid of Community Centre funds.


Patron Dates

The Bree Patron is on this Sunday, August 14, commencing in Clonmore Cemetery at 1.30 p.m., following onto the New Cemetery at 2 p.m. and then the Old Cemetery and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the church.

GAA Barn Dance

The Ballyhogue GAA Barn Dance will take place in Byrne's of Bree Grain Store on Saturday night, August 27. Tickets are only €15 which includes a barbecue, the band 'Denny Davitt and the Heartbeats' and later bar with DJ. Strictly over-18s, ID required. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Collection thanks

The Wexford Branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland gratefully acknowledges receipt of €206.01 from the church Gate collection in Bree last weekend.


Congratulations to Aoife Cloke Rochford (Bree AC) and Kaitlyn Furlong (DMP AC) who were both part of the Irish team in the Celtic Games in Swansea last weekend.

Aoife was part of the Irish Relay team which won the Girls under-18 4x100m Relay and shealso finished second in the Invitation 100m. Kaitlyn finished third in the Hammer event.

Community Games

Best wishes to the 20 two young people taking part in the National Community Games Finals in Athlone this weekend. Bree-Davidstown will be represented in the under-16 Debating, under-12 Irish Dancing, under-16 Irish Dancing and Swimming.

Wedding bells

Congratulations to Lorcan Crean, Birchgrove and to Karen Phelan, Limerick who were married in Killarney recently.


social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday night, August 14. Music on the night is by K-Jo Country Band.

This is a first visit by this popular band and a great evenings dancing is assured. Dancing is from 9.30 p.m. Admission is €8 with the usual tasty refreshments served.

Collection for Fr Jim

Fr Jim Cogley is moving to Our Lady's Island. If you would like to make a donation in recognition of his service to the Parish, you may do so by envelope which will be distributed to households in the coming weeks. There will be a presentation in Oylegate Community Centre in late September. Date to be confirmed.



The heartfelt sympathy of the local community and of the GAA fraternity in particular is extended to Patrick and Cathy Murphy and family (Aughnaveigh, The Ballagh) on the sudden death of his beloved mother May on Tuesday, August 2.

Removal took place from her son's residence in Ballymartin to Castlebridge Church on Wednesday and burial took place in Screen Church on Thursday afternoon. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Heritage Week Walk

Walkers, history buffs and the merely curious will join a team of guides on a 10k guided walk of the historical route taken by the opposing armies prior to the battle of Oulart Hill - the most influential battle of 1798. Walk the path traversed by the young men of that era through marvellous rolling landscape with wonderful panoramas.

The date is Saturday, August 27, starting at the Trading Post, The Unyoke, on the N741, at 10, 00 a.m. and finishing at Tulach a' tSolais on Oulart Hill. It takes about two and a half hours, finishing around 12.30 p.m. Tea and confections will be provided to all at the finish and local drivers will be on hand to transport you back to your cars at the Trading Post.

Unusual Lecture Dr Rory Sweetman from New Zealand, historian and biographer, will give a talk on: 'Bishop Henry Cleary and the North King Street Murders: a Colonial Perspective on the Easter Rising.'

In 1916, Bishop Henry Cleary of Auckland, New Zealand, but native of Oulart, was chaplain with the New Zealand Forces in Northern France. Early in 1917, he got home to Ireland when he interviewed several witnesses to the savage repression by British troops in North King St in the last hours of the Rising. What he did with the explosive information he had uncovered, throws light on the dilemma posed by the Revolution for Irish Catholic leaders in the colonial context of Australia and New Zealand.

The lecture, organised by Cumann Uí Chinsealaigh, will take place in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on Wednesday, August 24, at 7.30 p.m.

Recent Birth

Congratulations to Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Secretary, Aoife (née Doyle) and her husband Paul Rossiter on the birth of their first child, Páidí. Congratulations also to the new-born's grandparents Mary (GAA Chairperson) and Páid Doyle.

Under-21 hurling

Well done to our under-21 hurlers who having defeated Fethard in the first round of the Premier championship went on to record a draw, after extra-time, with Glynn-Barntown in Killurin last week. The replay will take place in Oulart this Tuesday night, August 9, beginning at 7.15 p.m.The winning team (with home advantage) will advance to play Faythe Harriers in the co. semi-final on August 16.

Championship hurling

There is a busy time ahead for all hurling followers, players and managements with the announcement of the fourth round of adult hurling fixtures and of course little time for injured players to return to full fitness. Oulart-The Ballagh's next opponents in the Pettitts Senior Hurling championship will be Ferns St Aidan's which game will take place on August 13 in Bellefield at 5.45 p.m. The following evening our Intermediate hurlers will play Askamore in Monamolin at 5.45 p.m. On Thursday, August 12, our Junior hurlers will be at home for their championship clash with Cloughbawn at 7.15 p.m.

Split the pot

The lucky winner of split-the-pot on Monday, August 1, was Darryl Gray who received the sum of €236. Not bad for an investment of a mere €2. You too can be in with a chance to win by participating in the weekly draw with a guaranteed winner each Monday. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses and the proceeds are split between the local school and the entrant whose name is pulled out.


The House of Stories in Lower Oulart will hold its August session on Monday, August 8. Instrumental music, singing, tall-tales and recitations will all be on offer as well as the usual traditional refreshments in the restored 1798 cottage. All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge. Feel free to come along and bring a friend and if you feel like doing your 'party-piece' you will be assured of an appreciative audience.

Oulart on RTÉ

Don't forget to tune into RTÉ one, at 6.30 p.m. on August 14 when Vinegar Hill, Oulart Hill and the House of Stories will feature on the John Creedon Show.

Cúl Camps

A reminder to parents and under-age players that the second Oulart - The Ballagh Cúl Camp will take place from August 15 to Friday, August 19. The camp is for boys and girls. We would encourage you to book online as soon as possible as places are filling up. Enquiries please call Liz Freeman at 087 7560871.

camogie news

Fixtures (provisional): under-10 V Monageer on August 9, (home) under-12 V Glynn-Barntown on August 10, (home) under-16 V Rathnure on August 11, (away) under-18 V Monageer on August 14, (away)

Best of luck to the County Senior girls who play Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, August 13, in Nowlan Park Kilkenny at 3.15 p.m.


Half Marathon/10km Walk

The Oylegate Glenbrien GAA club half marathon and 10km walk inaid of hospice homecare will take place on Sunday August 28.

Camogie News

Good luck to the under-16 girls who play Davidstown on Monday evening at home at 7.30 p.m. and St James's Ramsgrange away on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

The club would also like to wish the Crossabeg Ballymurn minor football girls the best of luck in their county final on Friday evening. social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday night, August 14. Music on the night is by K-Jo Country Band. This is a first visit by this popular band and a great evenings dancing is assured. Dancing is from 9.30 p.m. Admission is €8 with the usual tasty refreshments served.

church register

In our forthcoming Parish Journal, we would like to record all births marriages and deaths in our community from August 2014 to 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 or send a text to 087 6617527, giving details.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Prayer Room in the church. If you have an hour to spare each Wednesday, and would like to join us in prayer, please con-tact Vaughan at 087 7561770.

GAA lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot held on Wednesday, July 20. Lucky dip winners were Ann O'Gorman, Mary Mac, Conor Nolan, Cath Rigley, Joe Murphy, Niamh O'Mahoney, Kathleen walsh, Shane O'Brien. The next draw will be held on Wednesday, August 17.

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 or hand them in to: Tom Miller/Mary Somers/Maureen Somers/Maudie Maher/Aidan Quirke/Marie Quirke.

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