Thursday 23 November 2017

Around the Districts

Katelyn Beattie and Una Sullivan at the St Peter's College Past Pupils Union Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Friends of It's Good 2 Talk in Rowe Street Church.
Katelyn Beattie and Una Sullivan at the St Peter's College Past Pupils Union Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Friends of It's Good 2 Talk in Rowe Street Church.


Camogie Club news

The camogie club would like to wish all our players and supporters a happy new year. We look forward to seeing you all in the field again in 2017.

GAA club Notes

Lotto: This week's lotto numbers were 7, 10, 15 and 19. Match-three winners Tina Murphy, Bridie Fagan and Eddie, Mag and Aaron Balfe. Next lotto draw takes place on January 4, jackpot is €5,400.

Crossabeg Ballymurn GAA club wishes to thank all our lotto buyers and sellers for their support during the year and wish ye all a prosperous 2017.

Our club AGM will take place on Friday, January 6, at 8.30 p.m. in Ballymurn hall.

Club Christmas draw results: First prize €1,000, Lily Cummins. Second prize a load of fire wood, Michael O'Grady. Third and fourth prizes are €100, Jack O'Brien and Tommy Kinlough. While the fifth prize lunch for two in the Riverbank Hotel went to Kieran Bresnan. Thanks to all those who bought and sold tickets.

Ballymurn 5K Fun Run

Hi All, its been a while since our announcement of our Fun Run on January 22, 2017. We have been busy adding a bit of excitement to the run this year. Since we are sharing what we raise this year between Temple Street Hospital and Ballymurn National School. The teachers of Ballymurn National School have taken the task of racing against a Temple Street Team which will comprise of parents of the pupils in the school with an additional €200 up for grabs for the winning team,.

community fitness

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club presents Operation Transformation and Between the Bells 2017, a community fitness activity for all the family - let's get fitter together.

Crossabeg Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Club organised a fundraiser to get the community active in 2016. It was a great success and we will be running the same format in January 2017.

The fit-fun starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, and finishes on Tuesday, February 21. The final get together will take place on Tuesday, February 28. More information can be found on the Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Facebook page.

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful new year.


GAA Club Notes

Well done to the Inch Road Nigglers who won the Michael Murphy Parish League on St Stephen's Day in front of a very large crowd, not seen in Blackwater pitch for a number of years. The Nigglers defeated the Fenians by four points in the semi while the Heroes defeated the Island Rangers in the other semi by three points. In the final the Nigglers were comfortable till the last few minutes when James Dooley lashed a ball to the net but the Nigglers responded with two goals of their own in the final two minutes with Captain Brian Curran accepting the cup on behalf of his team.

The Junior B hurlers and the under-21 hurlers received their medals at a presentation that night for winning Wexford District hurling titles during the year.

Tidy Town table quiz

On Wednesday, December 28, the annual table quiz was held in Corrigan's Pub, Main Street, Blackwater. Thank you to all supporters and participants. A total of €476.20 was raised and the following were the winners: 1st Scuttoring Gobshoons, 2nd Wise Men, 3rd Crosshue Ladies, 4th Fact Hunt, 5th Harry the Hornot. Special thanks to Kehoe's, Sutton's and Corrigan's for their support.


GAA Club news

The numbers drawn in the recent Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club lotto draw were 7, 10, 15 and 19. Match-three winners were Tina Murphy, Bridie Fagan and Eddie, Mag and Aaron Balfe. The next lotto draw takes place on January 4 when the jackpot is worth €5,400. The club wishes to thank all their lotto buyers and sellers for their support during the year and sends good wishes for a prosperous 2017.

The results of the Christmas draw were as follows: Lily Cummins (€1000) Michael O'Grady (load of firewood) Jack O'Brien (€100) Tommy Kinlough (€100) Kieran Bresnan (lunch in the Riverbank hotel) Thanks to all who supported the raffle.

AGM - Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, January 6, at 8.30 p.m. in Ballymurn hall. All members and interested parties are welcome to attend. Mass for the deceased members will take place in Ballymurn church on Saturday, January 7, at 8.15 p.m.

Church news

Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany, Friday, January 6, will be offered up at 11 a.m. and again in the evening at 7 p.m. Friday next, January 6, is the First Friday of the month and the sick and housebound of thepparish will be visited at the usual times. Confessions are held every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the parochial house.

Ferrycarrig five mile

The annual Ferrycarrig five road race will take place on Sunday, January 8. Organised by the local St Killian's Athletic club with proceeds going to the new Crossabeg community field and centre, this very popular event is now in its fifth year and growing in stature and numbers every year. The event gets under way from the local Wexford Youths FC grounds in Newcastle, heads out the main gate, turns left and heads off down to Newcastle cross, and comes out at Kitestown cross, up to Kyle Cross and finishes up at the Wexford Youths grounds.

As usual the committee are working hard towards the target of a friendly community event with a serious athletic competition included. Details of the race course, entry form and other details can all be checked out on Facebook.

Operation Transformation

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football club once again will present 'Operation Transformation and Between the Bells' in 2017. This is a community fitness activity for all members of the family who can get fit together.

The club organised the event this year as a fundraiser to get the community up and active. It proved to be an outstanding success and once again the committee will be running it on the same format in January, 2017. The fit-fun will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, and finishes on Tuesday, February 21. The final 'get together' will take place on Tuesday, February 28.

Further information can be found on the Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies Gaelic Football Facebook page.


We extend our condolences to Mr Tony Redmond and family, Kyle, on the death of his sister Breda Casserley, who died recently in Birmingham, England. RIP.


Juvenile training for St Killian's AC membetrs for the winter months now takes place in the hall in Crossabeg school and takes place every Monday and Thursday evening from seven to 8.15 p.m. Children aged seven years upwards are most welcome. Training has taken a break for the Christmas holidays. Then it's all systems go again on Monday, January 9.


Season's Greetings

Happy New Year to all readers of these local notes and to all who contribute news items for inclusion. Please feel free to contact me via phone, text, email or hand-written note if you want a mention of your club or organisation's activities. And if you want to thank or congratulate someone or if you wish to publicise some family activity, celebration or success do not hesitate to contact me. There is no charge for including such news items in the local notes. The deadline is Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Christmas masses

The Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve was held at 9 p.m. and as usual the large congregation consisted of the local Mass goers as well as many of their relatives and friends who were visiting for Christmas. The choir, under choir-master Seán Hallahan and accompanied by Ann Parle (who overcame the problems with the church organ by using the old harmonium) enhanced the celebration with their excellent selection of seasonal hymns while Chloe Kenny-Carton's rendition of 'O Holy Night' was the highlight. St Patrick's Church had been tastefully decorated by Marcella Davis and her daughter Mary while Jim Doyle had erected the Crib.

Mass on Christmas Day was at 10 a.m. and was attended by many children clutching a favourite toy. The bravest of them accepted the invitation to approach the altar where they received a blessing and an opportunity to view the Crib. There was a special treat for them at the end of Mass when Santa Claus arrived, complete with a sack full of treats.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Rory and Judy Jacob, Killisk on the birth of their son MJ (Michael John) in Wexford hospital on December 23, weighing in at seven lbs 6.5 ounces. MJ is the fifth grandson to Breda and John Murphy, Randall's Mill, Crossabeg and grandson to Breda and Michael Jacob, Oulartwick. Deo Gratias.

Church Newsletter Notices for inclusion in the Oulart-The Ballagh Parish Newsletter that is available to Mass-goers at St Patrick's Church, Oulart and the Church of St John the Baptist, The Ballagh should be emailed to before 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Ministers of the Word

Pauline Rice and Kathryn O'Dowd are the Ministers of the Word for the Feast of the Epiphany while Marie Prendergast and Emer Swords will do the readings on the weekend of seventh/January 8. Linda Masterson and Eileen McGrath will help distribute Holy Communion on the weekend seventh/January 8.

gaa club AGM

Following another outstandingly successful year, in which the senior hurlers retained the county title and achieved its 13th senior championship, Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will hold its annual general meeting in Oulart Community Centre on Friday, January 20, beginning at 7.30 p.m., with registration from 7 p.m.

Nominations and Notices of Motion should be returned to the secretary by Tuesday, January 3. If any member has not received notification please contact any officer or committee member and the situation will be rectified. The club has much to celebrate and a great year to review as well as make plans for 2017, so make sure and pencil in the date of the AGM.

Senior Citizens Party

Oulart Senior Citizens Committee will host the annual Senior Citizens Party on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m. People over 65 years are all welcome to attend. Invitations will be sent out but, in case someone is inadvertently omitted, the committee would ask that it be brought to their attention so that it can be rectified. If you know someone eligible to attend who has recently moved into the area please notify the organisers. All queries to Eddie O'Grady or Seán Byrne.


The latest winner of Scoil Mochua's 'split-the-pot' was Jack Dunne whose half of the pot was €134. Congratulations to Jack and good luck to all the entrants in next week's draw.

Christmas Draw

The Oulart Church Fund Christmas Draw took place on Sunday, December 18, in the presence of a very large crowd who were in attendance at a coffee morning, also in aid of the church Fund.

The lucky prize-winners were: Martin Dempsey, Kyle (Christmas Hamper), Pat Sutton, Ballytarsna (€100 cash), Lily-May Tohill (5 Bags of Coal Nuggets), May Cleary (McCauley's Gift Voucher), Casey Boys, c/o Mary O'Grady (Dinner Voucher), Eva Ryan, c/o Mary O'Grady (€30 Corrigan's Voucher), Tom Boardman, Ballyedmond (Dinner Voucher), Enniscorthy Dry Cleaners (Bottle of Spirits), Sarah Pettitt, c/o Linda Dunne (€25 Shopping Voucher), Carter Tohill (Christmas Cake), Geraldine Sutton (Biscuits and Sweets), Mary Cummins, Abbey Sq., Enniscorthy (Wine Gift Pack).

Many thanks to all who sponsored prizes, those who sold and bought tickets, to all who helped out at the coffee morning and a special thank you to the draw co-ordinator Joan Doyle. Proceeds of the Draw will go towards the Insurance for Oulart Church.

Over the Water

Christmas Draw

St Ibar's/Shelmalier club held their annual Christmas raffle on Sunday, December 18, in Hotel Curracloe. Well done to all the winners who were as follows:

(Trailer load of sticks or 10 bags of coal (DWG) Thomas Scallan; (Christmas hamper) Pa O'Connor; (drinks hamper) Ava Hanrahan; (turkey and ham) Lauren Gordan; (Be Your Self voucher) Christine and Ger Kane; (bottle of Jameson) Sarah Lacey; (tin of roses) Adam Wilson; (tin of Heroes) Michael Donohoe; (tin of Celebrations) Jack Tim Murphy; (tin of biscuits) Paddy Campbell; (bottle of wine) James Kinsella; (bottle of wine) Kay Swaby; (bottle of wine) Marguerite Murphy; (bottle of wine) Sophie Pearce. Thanks to all who supported the club.

Soccer draw

Bridge Rovers AFC held their Christmas draw in the Porter House, Castlebridge on Wednesday, December 21, and the following were the lucky winners,

George Monahan, Enda Gallagher, Murt Conlon, Eoin Dempsey, Mark Walsh and Shane Corrigan.

The club would like to thank all their sponsors especially Centra of Castlebridge and the Porter House for their kind support and they would like to wish all players and supporters a happy new year from all at Bridge Rovers.


The overall winners of the partners 45 Christmas card final in Hotel Curracloe were John and Denis Kelly. Runners-up were Katie Stamp and Pat Curran, Peggy Kelly and Michael Byrne, Kenneth Hearne and John Byrne.

Winners of the 'B' final were Bridget Sinnott and Larry O'Shaughnessy. Runners-up in 'B' final were Kathleen Murphy and George Doran and Mary J. Whelan and Fr Denis Kelly.

Cards will resume on Thursday, January 12, at 9 p.m. The staff and management of Hotel Curracloe would like to thank everyone for their patronage during the year and wishes everyone a very happy New Year.

Items for Column

News items on marriages, births, sports news, AGM's etc are always welcome. Send notes to or contact Anne at 086 1980775 by Sunday evening or by midday on a Friday in the event of a bank holiday.

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