Thursday 23 November 2017

Around the Districts

Artist, Martina Furlong and Sean Mc Guinness at the Bygone Days Storytelling House and Friends night of music, songs and stories in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.
Artist, Martina Furlong and Sean Mc Guinness at the Bygone Days Storytelling House and Friends night of music, songs and stories in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.



Blackwater Vintage Club's annual Vintage Threshing and Field day will take place in Blackwater village on Saturday, October 1, at 1 p.m. Other attractions include bottle stall, dog show, live music and Dancing with Declan, vintage display and many more. Refreshments will be served. A great family day out is guaranteed. Proceeds to Blackwater Playground. Like us on Facebook for more information.


Blackwater Macra's Information night will take place on Friday, October 7, from 9 p.m. at Blackwater village hall. Are you aged between 17-35? Interested in making new friends, sports and social nights? Then Blackwater Macra might be for you.

Why not come along to our information night and see for yourself. Membership benefits include 15% off car insurance for young drivers and much more. Tel 087 9585376 or message us on Facebook for more information facebook.


New Arrival

We send our congratulations Julie and Paddy Sinnott (née Sullivan) The Deeps, Crossabeg, on the birth of their first child, born on Saturday, September 16.


Condolences are extended to Tony Bernie and family, Kyle, and Eithne Whitney and family, Farmhill, on the death of their sister, Gretta Wheelock (née Bernie) Greenville Court, Enniscorthy, whose funeral took place following Mass in St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy to St Mary's cemetery on Thursday of last week. RIP.

camogie news

Hard luck to the Oylegate-Glenbrien under-14 girls who lost out in the Shield final to St James on a 3-8 to 3-6 scoreline. Hard luck also to the intermediate women who lost out in the county semi-final. Well done to the under-10s who won their finals day match and congratulations to the junior women who beat Bannow and are now through to the county final.

Vintage News

The Over the Water Vintage Club are holding a tractor and car Road Run on Sunday, October 9, in aid of Alzheimers Ireland (Wexford Branch). The run starts from Screen village at 12.30 p.m. There is a prize for the 'Best Dressed Vintage Style Driver'. Your support for this worthwhile cause will be greatly appreciated. Please note that the money raised in the county, stays in the county.

General Meeting

A general meeting of Crossabeg Old community centre at Kyle, will be held in the community centre on Tuesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. Any organisation who intends to avail of the facilities at the centre are asked to have a representative present at this meeting. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome along to discuss the future of the centre


Senior camogie

Well done to the Oulart-The Ballagh senior players who overcame a tough semi-final against Rathnure, in Farmleigh on Sunday, September 25. The final score of one goal eight points to eight points illustrates the closeness of the exchanges. The County Final is scheduled to take place against St Martin's on Saturday, October 8, at 3.45 p.m. in Bellefield.

Painting Classes

Painting classes, suitable for all abilities, are starting on Thursday, October 6, in the Legion of Mary Hall, Oulart from 3 p.m. till 5 p.m. For further information please contact Mary Sutton at 053 9136444.

Thatching Fund

The fundraiser held in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday, September 25, in aid of Bygone Days Storytelling House, Thatching Fund was an outstanding success.

Many thanks to all the wonderful adult musicians, singers and performers who entertained the appreciative audience and to the talented pupils of Scoil Mochua and their teachers who brought the house down with their musical performance which featured 'Five-in-a-row' composed by teacher, Mr Hamish Stuart and a newly composed ballad 'The Battle of Oulart Hill' by Kevin Whitty.

Míle buíochas also to the ticket sellers and other helpers as well as to the hotel management and the excellent MC, John Candy. Deserving of mention are the many musicians, performers and singers who, due to time restraints, couldn't be fitted in. The organisers appreciate your understanding and support.

Thank you also to the audience who travelled from near and far to support the Thatching Fund. The room was full, there was a great atmosphere and it was a pleasure to be there. The Bygone Days Committee are truly grateful for the support to secure the future of the house of stories. All the hard work and effort was very worthwhile.

GAA Development

Once again Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie have reached the latter stages of the Co. championships with the hurlers contesting the semi-final and the camogie team already qualified for the final.

Along with all the activity on the playing fields the club officers, committee, members and supporters are always aware of the need to maintain, improve and develop its facilities so as to meet the future needs of its players and members.

At present the Main Complex is undergoing renovation and extension which includes two extra dressing rooms, improved handball facilities, provision of a gym and treatment room etc while plans for better fencing and surfacing of the grounds are in the pipeline.

a fund-raising drive in the near future and will be hoping that the contribution of the GAA and camogie to the well-being of youngsters and to the life of the parish will be reflected in the generous response from the community.

Split the pot

This week's winners of Oulart split-the-pot are Mia and Emma Doyle. They share a prize of €228. Next draw will be held on Monday, October 3, and envelopes are available in all local businesses. Thanks for your continued support.

Macra na Feirme

Blackwater Macra are holding an information night in the village hall on Friday, October 7, beginning at 9 p.m. For further information please ring 087 9585376 or check

Clothes Collection

Scoil Mochua will hold a Used Clothes Collection on Tuesday, October 4. Bags should be left at the school gate by 9. 30 a.m. on the morning of the collection. The proceeds will be used to provide resources that will benefit the pupils.

Beavers and Cubs

The 22nd Wexford Oulart Scout Group is up and running and proving very popular with parents/guardians as well as with the enthusiastic youngsters. The Beavers meet from 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 on Thursdays while the Cubs meet from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on the same night.

Ballagh Boxing Club

Training for the new season has commenced and will continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The venue is the Ballagh Community Centre and training begins at 6.30 p.m.

Kick - Boxing

For information re the Kick-Boxing Academy and Morning Fitness Classes on the Raheenduff Road please ring 087 7735571 or search

Clothing Collection

The Ballagh NS parents' association together with Umbra Clothing are hosting a clothing collection on October 11. We want your clean clothes, shoes, household textiles, blankets, curtains, towels, handbags and soft toys.

There are three times to leave bags into the school: Sunday, October 9, 11.30 a.m. to midday; Monday, October 10, 2.40 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, October 11, 8.40 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Please do not leave bags outside of these times. Enquiries to 087 2313057. Thank You for your support.

Local Notes

Local groups, clubs and individuals who would like details of their activities included in the local notes are asked to contact your local correspondent, Breda Jacob (086 1686978) by phone, written note, text or email no later than 8 p.m. on the Thursday prior to publication.

Over the Water

Development lottos

Results of the Curracloe United development lotto for Sunday, September 25, as follows. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 8 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and 20 match-three winners who each received €15, Orla Roche, Garrylough; Gary Murphy, Curracloe; Brian Kinsella, Ballinacoolabeg; Angie Kinsella, Ballina; James Shiggins, Castlebridge; Sam Murphy, Coolrainey; Brid Curran, Ballyvaloo; Francis Tobin, Barnahask; Ann Doyle, Ballyvaloo; Aine and Gary, c/o DJ. John; Louise Howlin, c/o Maria; Eileen, c/o Shane; Paddy O'Brien, Ballyconigar; Tom Carty, Curracloe; Owen O'Connor, c/o DJ. John; Sonny O'Leary, Curracloe; Tom Carty, Curracloe; Brid Curran, Ballyvaloo; Pat Lawlor, c/o DJ. John; Pat Corrigan (snr) Screen. Tickets on sale from committee members.

There was no winner of the Shelmalier development lotto on Monday, September 26, when the numbers drawn were 10, 14, 20 and 24 and the jackpot standing at €19,200. There were three match-three winners who each received €70, Linda Friel, DEL and Angela Leader.

Gear for Christmas

The Shelmalier GAA sports shop in Hollymount is now taking orders in readiness for Christmas. It has a large range of sports gear for both girls and boys, men and women. Special order forms can be obtained from any member of the camogie, hurling and football sections of the club or picked up at the reception at Hollymount. These forms together with the required deposit must be returned to the shop in Hollymount by tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 5, between 6.30 and 7.30 p.m. to ensure delivery before Christmas.

GAA action

The Shelmalier junior hurlers showed outstanding skill and determination in defeating the Rapparees by 2-8 to 0-11 in the county junior hurling semi-final played in Cushinstown on Sunday last and in doing so they now play Gusserane in the county junior hurling final in a few weeks' time.

The Rapparees got off to an early start with the first two points but the Shelmaliers were soon on level terms with Conor Byrnes point after fifteen minutes. A great move involving a number of players saw Michael Feeney catching in the square and a pass to James Cash who fired to the roof of the net giving his side the lead for the first time. Two further points from Conor Byrne saw the side's level at half time.

Points from Michael Feeney, Conor Byrne, Graham Staples saw the Shelmaliers retain their lead which was further extended when Conor Byrne was fouled in the square and the same player scored the resulting penalty.

The Shelmalier team consisted of Fergal Hynes, Eoin O'Leary, Kevin O'Leary, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Cian Manley, Barry O'Connor, Aaron O'Neill, Denis Kelly, Graham Staples, Chris Gordon, Conor Byrne, Emmet O'Leary, Michael Feeney, Stephen Whelan and James Cash and the subs introduced were Niall Murphy, Eoghan Nolan, Craig Parker and Ronan Kavanagh.


Partners 45 for turkeys will commence in Hotel Curracloe on Thursday, October 6, at 9 p.m. You must play six nights to qualify for the Grand Christmas final. There is an open draw and all are welcome.

Night of Comedy

There will be a night of comedy and the launch of the Prickly Rose of Shelmaliers Contest in the Porter House in Castlebridge on Saturday, October 15, commencing at 9.30 p.m There will be live music and finger food served. A fantastic nights entertainment is in store.

Curracloe school news

On Friday, September 30, Fr Kelly celebrated mass in the school to mark the beginning of the new school year and the retirement of Mr Pat Hackett, School Principal. Mr Hackett retired after thirty eight years of teaching, including seven years as Principal in Curracloe. Thanks to everyone who helped out in an any way and a special word of thanks to the parents' association who provided refreshments on the day.

On Thursday of last week, third and fourth class boys and girls visited the Raven in Curracloe where they took part in insect hunting, pond dipping and plant and flower investigation. Thanks to Niall from Wexford Wildfowl Reserve for a very enjoyable, worthwhile and educational experience which was enjoyed by all the children.

The Rackard League is in full swing now with the boys and girls from Curracloe competing with their team mates from Screen and Castlebridge. The boys won their recent match against Coolcotts. Well done to all involved.

Recent split-the-pot winner was John Kelly who won €182

All-Ireland titles

Heartiest congratulations to John Bail and John Roche from Castlebridge Handball club, both of whom recently secured all-Ireland titles in the Diamond Masters singles and Silver Masters doubles respectively. Another very successful year for the club locally and nationally.

Open day

Castlebridge Handball club are holding an open day on Sunday next, October 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All are most welcome. The aim of the club is to promote handball in the area especially among children interested in learning handball. Refreshments will be served. All ex players are urged to attend.

Vintage News

The Over the Water Vintage Club are holding a Tractor and Car Road Run on Sunday, October 9, in aid of Alzheimers Ireland (Wexford Branch). The run starts from Screen village at 12.30 p.m. There is a prize for the 'Best dressed vintage-style driver'. Your support for this worthwhile cause will be greatly appreciated.

Wexford People

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