Around the Districts
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Mass will be celebrated in Ballymurn on Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Deepest Sympathy is extended to Mary Grannell and Kathleen Darcy on the death of their mother Mary Teresa Delaney, Brocurra, Adamstown. Her funeral Mass took place in St Abban's Church on Tuesday, November 22, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.
This week's lotto numbers were 8, 17, 18 and 20. No winner, no match three. Lucky Dips: Neville Fanning Jim Kelly jackpot €10,000.
Christmas Draw: the club is holding a Christmas raffle, with a first prize of €1000, second prize is a load of fire wood. Third and forth prizes of €100 and a fifth prize of lunch for two in the Riverbank Hotel. Tickets on sale at €5 each or three for €10. Please support.
Bingo continues every Monday night in Ballymurn at 9.30 p.m., Snowball €1,400.
There will be a Christmas sale in Ballymurn Hall on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, after the masses. Christmas Holly wreathes, logs, table centres etc. If you would like to order any of the items before that date contact 087 9121714.
Club jerseys are available to purchase, in baby, children and adult sizes. For more information or to order a jersey please contact Margaret O'Connor, Tina Farrell or Christine Martin asap. More details available on Facebook.
Christmas cards from Ballymurn are on sale in Daybreak. All proceeds go toward church funds.
Robert Byrne is hosting a coffee morning on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ballymurn Hall for Temple Street Children's Hospital. Please come along for a cuppa, as your support would be greatly appreciated.
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Bridget (Bridie) Curran, 27 Westlands, Wexford and formerly of Crory, Crossabeg and Ballyvaldon, Blackwater, who died at Knockeen nursing home on Friday last.In her 91st year, she is survived by her brother Simon and his wife Catherine, nephew Nicky and his wife Mary, extended family and friends. Her remains were removed to Blackwater church on Saturday with Requiem Mass on Sunday morning followed by burial to the adjoining cemetery. R.I.P.
Dont forget that Annis Kehoe's annual Christmas Fare takes place in Kyle Forge this coming Saturday, December 10. There will be loads of goodies on offer, Christmas cakes and puddings, jams, preserves to name but a few. The Forge will have a festive air to it with the open fire blazing and a nice cuppa and refreshments for all in attendance. A raffle will also take place and there will be lots of attractive prizes on offer. All proceeds from the event are staying local and going to the new community field enterprise at Garrywilliam.
The annual Christmas party for the senior members in our community will be held in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Sunday next, December 11. Thanks to all who are supporting the raffle. Committee members are still calling on householders in the parish and again your support is much appreciated. The annual Mass for all their intentions will be offered up in Crossabeg church on Saturday evening next, December 10 at 7 p.m.
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The local GAA club are holding a Christmas raffle with a first prize of €1000, second prize of firewood, third and fourth of €100 and fifth of a lunch for two in the Riverbank hotel.
Last week's lotto numbers were 8, 17, 18 and 20. No jackpot or match-three winners. Lucky dips winners were Neville Fanning and Jim Kelly.
Hard luck to the under-21 footballers who lost out to the Shelmaliers in the Premier final played on Sunday last. In a tight game, Crossabeg-Ballymurn led 0-3 to 0-2 at half time having had the better start. Although the second half saw both teams working hard for possession, the Shels were more clinical in front of goal and out 0-8 to 0-4. The local team consisted of Ben Turner, Martin Redmond, Oisin Foley, Conor Gormley, Conor Barlow, David Kehoe, Eoin O'Connor, Paddy Devereux, Pádraig Foley, Conor Maddock, Robert Byrne, Ronan Devereux, Glen Murphy (0-4, four frees) Cormac O'Rourke and Oran Maddock. The subs were Shane Whelan for C. Gormely, Luke Redmond for D. Kehoe. James White, Bill Eviston, Sam Kelly, Evan Kinlough, Lorcan Leacy, Lorcan Cummins, Cathal Devereux, Robert Murphy.
Despite the disappointment, the team have had a good couple of years at under-21, winning Roinn one in 2014, doing the double at Premier level in 2015 and putting up a very good title defence this year. Thanks to the players and mentors for their hard work during the year.
The under-14 double winning team will be presented with their medals on Friday night next, December 9 at 8.30 p.m. in Ballymurn hall. Please give the lads your support and join in their celebrations.
Thursday next, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 11.15 a.m. and again in the evening at 7 p.m.
Annual general meeting
The annual general meeting of the local Crossabeg Childcare centre will take place tomorrow evening, Wednesday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in the centre. On the night there will also be a talk from Peadar Maxwell, senior child Psychologist with the HSE in Wexford. He will be discussing relationship friendly strategies for encouraging important title skills in children. The topic will explore child/parent/carer relationships and alternatives to consequences for children with behaviour problems.
Shelmalier/Crossabeg music school Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann classes are held every Tuesday afternoon from 3.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. in Crossabeg school. Children can avail of one instrument for €7 or two instruments for €10 and both prices include band lessons. Adult lessons are also available. Check out Facebook at shelmalier music school.
Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club have club jerseys available to purchase in baby, children and adult sizes. For further information and to place an order, contact Margaret O'Connor, Tina Farrell or Christine Martin as soon as possible. Further details on Facebook.
St Killian's AC news
The Clonakilty half marathon took place on Sunday last in perfect conditions. This race has gone from strength to strength over the years and is a favourite for those who have competed. St Killian's AC senior member Niall Sheil made the trip and his efforts were justified when he took the title with a winning margin of nearly seven minutes. It is great to see a St Killian's athlete winning such a prestigious race.
Closer to home, St Killian's were also well represented in the Waterford half marathon. Again ideal conditions which resulted in a fast race with great times. This race is another local favourite with over 1700 competitors. Brian O'Shaughnessy has been training hard and putting in the miles and it was great to see him come home in 41st place with a PB Great also to see Jay Kehoe back racing and in good shape and he was rewarded with a sub 90 minute finish.
The focus now turns to the county senior cross country championships in two weeks time and we hope that the club will have a team in action. Niall is defending his title and is in good shape but will have to be in tip top form to keep all his rivals behind him. We wish them all the very best of luck.
A reminder to all parents/guardians and juvenile athletes that indoor training has now been moved to Crossabeg school from Thursday of this week, December 8. Training every Monday and Thursday evening from seven to 8.15 p.m.
Over the Water
Curracloe school news
The staff of Curracloe national school wish to thank all who supported the fashion show held on November 23 at the Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis club. A total of €1,865 was raised from the event and many thanks to Theresa Hore-Meagher, her family and Carol Watters-Cosgrave who put in a huge amount of energy and time into making it the success it was. Thanks also to the models and all who donated raffle prizes, to the Harbour Boat and Tennis club for the use of their premises, to the Loft and Candy for the beautiful clothes and to Sam McCauleys for the Benefit stand.
Split-the-pot winners were Saoire Lane and Denny Breen who won €208 and €186 respectively.
Pupils from the Infants class will perform their Nativity play in the school on Wednesday, December 14, at 1.15 p.m. All other pupils will perform in a carol service on Tuesday, December 20, at 11.15 a.m. All are welcome along.
Results of Curracloe United AFC development lotto for Sunday, November 27, as follows: the numbers drawn were 4, 13, 15 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners who each received €50, Gerry Doyle, c/o Curracloe Tavern; Sue Stoute, c/o Curracloe Tavern; Nicola Howlin, Ballinablake, Curracloe. The draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and tickets are always available from committee members.
Training for the under-12s from St Ibar's/Shelmaliers camogie club continues every Monday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Training takes place indoors at Hollymount on the Astroturf surface. New players are always welcome.
Camogie club agm
St Ibar's/Shelmaliers camogie club will hold their annual general meeting on Friday next, December 9, in the clubhouse in Hollymount. All are invited to attend.
Winners over the past few weeks of the Cards sessions at Hotel Curracloe were John Kelly and Austin Hearne, Pat Curran and John Roche and Angela Griffith and Murt Hanrahan. Cards take place every Thursday night at 9 p.m and all are welcome.
Great to see the fountain in the village of Castlebridge restored and back to life after a lapse of 48 years. The volunteers and members of the local Community Development committee are to be commended for all the manual hours given over to work on the project.
The unveiling took place recently with Lena Murphy and Brian Murphy given the honour of cutting the ribbon.
Screen national school are hosting a tree lighting ceremony with a living crib at the school on Thursday next, December 8, at 7.30 p.m. All families are most welcome to attend on the evening.
The Shelmalier under-21 footballers claimed the county Premier under-21 football title against neighbours Crossabeg-Ballymurn on Sunday afternoon last. This was a great contest of football with very little space provided by both teams as they both challenged for every ball and made scoring difficult. Crossabeg started the brighter as the Shels were slow to get into the game. Three frees from Glen Murphy put Crossabeg into an early lead before the Shels had their first score from Arnie Murphy. A well taken free from Craig Parker saw his side trail by a single point at half time.
The second half began with the Shels showing far more determination and they began to dictate the play with the equalising point coming from Conor Hearne. Colin Cleary put the Shels int the lead for the first time in the tenth minute with further points from Tony Smith and Simon Donohoe (2) seeing them win out on a final score of 0-8 to 0-4. Captain Aodhan Foley accepted the cup from Andrew Egan from the sponsors Greenstar.
There has been a great response to the Shelmalier Christmas party which will take place on Friday, December 16, in Hotel Curracloe. Tickets costing €10 are now on sale in the parish from club members and you are advised to get yours early.
Music will be provided by Freeway and a special 'Mr and Mrs' contest with many mystery couples and there will also be the presentation of medals to the victorious junior hurling team and the under-21 football team. Finger food provided on the night.
Winners of the cards at Hotel Curracloe this week were Pat Curran and Denis Kelly. Reminder that card sessions take place every Thursday night at 9 p.m. in Hotel Curacloe.