Thursday 14 December 2017

Around the Districts

Mary Kehoe with her grandad Pat Cronin enjoying Grandparent's day in Screen National School recently.
Mary Kehoe with her grandad Pat Cronin enjoying Grandparent's day in Screen National School recently.


variety concert

There will be a variety concert this weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 17/18 in Blackwater Parish hall starting at 8 p.m. each evening. Admission €8 per adult and €2 per child. There will be a raffle on both nights and all the proceeds are in aid of the local playground.

This should be an entertaining weekend with singing, dancing and drama from local children and adults. Our first variety concert was a great success and this concert promises to be even better.

School Enrolments

Scoil Naomh Bríde, Blackwater, is now accepting application forms for school year 2017/2018. Further information and enrolment forms/packs can be provided by contacting the school secretary at 053 9127314.


Rehab Re-Union

The Cardiac Rehab Support group will hold their annual dinner dance in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. Music for the occasion will be supplied by Jimmy Hogan. This is always a great occasion and tickets for the event are available from the Cardiac Unit, Wexford at 053 9153234 at a cost of €25 each.

Tea Party

An Afternoon Tea party will be held in Kyle Forge, Crossabeg, on Saturday, February 18, from from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the afternoon a cake sale will also be held. All proceeds in aid of the local Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club. Please give your generous support.

Schools Chess

Crossabeg national school had a junior and senior team in action at the national schools chess competition held in Gorey on Wednesday night of last week. With close on 200 children in action, the senior team finished in a very credible fourth place and the junior team in sixth place.

Community Games

Chess - Well done to the under-13 Chess team of Peter Kenny, Sarah Kenny, Bronagh Boggan, Hugh Boggan, Ben Kelly, Gergo Aurel Szoke and Harry Sherlock, who were runners-up in the county final held in Glynn hall on Thursday evening of last week. Defending their county title, they led in rounds one and two but the eventual winners from the Ring of Hook Area had a better final round to just edge the local team out of the gold medals with just a half point between them. The team of Harry Purcell, James Kehoe, Cian McCormack, Max Sweetman and Emily Walker also competed and gave a good account of themselves. Thanks to all the children and parents who attended and the school management and staff for their support.

Community Games

A reminder that the local committee are still looking for entries for the county swimming finals which will be held at Enniscorthy pool on Wednesday, February 22. Warm-up is at 5 p.m. and the events start at 5.30 p.m. Secretary Michelle (086 0605022) needs your details by February 15.

The under-14 table quiz will take place in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Thursday, March 2. Co-Ordinator Anne (086 1980775) needs your entries as soon as possible. For further information on all local activities please give Michelle a call or check out the Facebook page Castlebridge/Crossabeg Community Games.


If you intend enrolling your child in Crossabeg national school for September 2017 and have not put his/her name down, then you should contact Marie in the school office immediately.

Operation Transformation

A reminder that the Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Football club have organised a walk/run for Sunday, February 19, to be held in Ballymurn at midday. It will set off around the block from the village, out to the Screen road past the petrol station, and back to the village hall. The last night off recording your distances in 'Between the Bells' takes place on Tuesday, February 21, and you will get your final results on Tuesday, February 28.

GAA club notes

Lotto numbers last week were 2, 4, 27 and 28. There was no jackpot winner or match-three winners. Lucky-dip winners were Paddy Dempsey and Dennis Gill. This week's lotto is worth €6,600 which can now be played online at

The championship draws took place on Saturday last. In Intermediate hurling, Crossabeg-Ballymurn are in a group with Adamstown, Cushinstown, The Shamrocks, Monageer and Blackwater and they will take on Blackwater in the first round. In Intermediate A Football, they are in a group with Kilanerin, St Pat's, The Shamrocks, Kilmore and the volunteers and play their first game against the Shamrocks.

A reminder that adult membership fees are due, €120 for players, €60 for students and €50 for non-playing members.


Registration for the Underage section of the Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA will take place on Saturday, February 18, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Kyle Forge

Camogie club news

Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club are busy organising fundraising events for the upcoming Féile competition. A clothes collection takes place in Ballymurn this Wednesday, February 15, from 9.10 a.m. across from the hall on the school side. Contact Christine on086-8929087 for details. They will also hold a Breakfast Day on Saturday, March 18, in the community centre in Oylegate.

In conjunction with their local Hurling club, they will host a 10K and a 5k timed run/walk from the pitch in Oylegate on

Sunday, March 5. Registration for the 10K can be found on and you can register for the 5K on the day. You can also register for the 10K on the day.


St. Killian's Athletic club training for juveniles continues at Crossabeg national school hall every Monday and Thursday evening from 7-8.15 p.m. New members always welcome.

The club congratulates Jack Forde who came home with two gold medals from the Leinster Indoor championships held in Athlone last weekend. Jack took gold in the Shot Putt (13.45m) and gold in the High Jump (1.50m) Anna Finan was also competing in the tough 60M heat and although she did not progress to the semi finals, she did record a personal best.

Over the Water

Development lottos

The numbers drawn in the Curracloe United AFC development lotto for Sunday, February 5, were 1, 10, 12 and 13. There was no jackpot winner and the match-three winners who each received €40 were, Jean O'Leary, c/o Mollie Gordon; Stan, Danielle and Clara O'Leary, Curracloe; Robert O'Connor, c/o Billy; Michaela, Emma and Olly, Johnstown. Tickets available each week from committee members.

Results from Sunday, February 12, as follows: the numbers drawn were 3, 13, 24 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no match-three winners with €300 being shared by match-three winners next week. Jackpot stands at €20,000 for Sunday, February 19.

Community Playgroup

Curracloe Community Playgroup are now taking enrolments for September 2017. Please contact them at 053 9137829 between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. - Monday to Friday or email them on

Monthly meeting

Castlebridge ICA Guild will hold their monthly meeting in the community centre, Castlebridge, on Monday, February 20, at 7.30 p.m. All are most welcome.

The Kube

Are you brave enough to enter 'The Kube' with the possibility of winning €1,000. The event takes place on Saturday, April 29, in Hotel Curracloe. All proceeds in aid of Curracloe United's Astro turf pitch development. For further information please contact Willie Murphy (087 9841383) Robbie Staples (083 0033047) Darren Doyle (087 6893609) Gary Murphy (086 3714915) Richard Barlow (086 6886889) or Alan Monahan at 085 7757302.


A 5K walk with prayers for Darren Corrigan will take place on Curracloe beach at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. A raffle and barbecue will take place afterwards in Freddie's of Screen afterwards. All proceeds to Wexford General hospital. Sponsorship cards available from Pat Ennis at Freddie's bar.

Bridge Drama

Following a very successful first run, Bridge Drama returns to the Jerome Hynes Theatre, National Opera House this Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17. They will stage 'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestly.

Set in 1912 in the prosperous Birling home, the unexpected arrival of the mysterious Inspector Goole shatters the family's celebratory dinner party. Investigating the death of a young woman, the Inspectors startling revelations shatter the very foundations of their lives, which will never be the same again. Book on or contact O53-9122144.

Tidy Village AGM

Curracloe Tidy Village committee will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 21, in Hotel Curracloe. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. and all are most welcome.

Curracloe school news

Thanks to Khans Book Fair for attending at the school for the Book Fare which was a great success and to the parents who supported.

The parents' association with support from parents Jesse and Esther O'Connor have very kindly organised a 5K fun run/walk for Sunday, February 26. Registration at 10.30 a.m. and the event gets under way at midday. Donations taken on the day and there will be refreshments served afterwards in the school.

There will be an Open evening in the school on Thursday, February 30, at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity to view all classrooms and facilities including the new Sensory room. Fifth and sixth class pupils will be presenting their entries for the junior Entrepreneur 2017. Mrs Torpey's music group will provide entertainment. The event is open to all including current and prospective parents.

If you have any unwanted traditional musical instruments which you would be willing to donate to the school, please contact the secretary at 053 9137283. Well done to split-the-pot winner Ava Whelan, who won €207.


Enrolment for September 2017 at Curracloe national school is now open. Please pick up a registration form from the school office or download from the website. Return same as soon as possible. The Infants teacher, Mrs Byrne will host an information afternoon for parents in mid May. This will be followed by two induction days for parents and children in late June. Details to follow.

Operation Over the Water

Operation Over the Water is going very well in Hollymount and everyone enjoyed the Boot camp session with Dave on January 31. Thanks to Dermot Malone NCEHS and Personal Trainer, who led the session last week with an exercise class, also Darren and Martina, Fit-Nutz, who led the group for the outdoor session.

Congratulations to raffle winners Kathleen Lacey and Karen Hearne (January 31) who received hampers donated by John and Trish Fielding and to Melanie O'Leary, who won a fruit hamper last week which was donated by Enniscorthy Farm Systems Ltd.

Thanks to sponsors John Roche Landscaping, Screen (John at 087 6995568) O'Leary Design, Screen (Tony at 087 2831349) O'Rourke Bros Quarry Products Ltd, Castlebridge (053 9159297) Lowneys Fine Furniture and Bedding, Castlebridge (053 9159841) Ardcavan Coaches (053 9122561).

It is still not too late to join in. €5 per week with sign in at 7.30 p.m. and session starts at 8 p.m. Each week continues with a Friday walk/jog/run and Sunday mornings at the Raven in Curracloe at 10 a.m. For further information please contact Kate at 087 6578756 or Mag at 087 7834145.

Handball news

Castlebridge Handball club are back up and running with a strong dedicated committee with Tommy Rossiter as chairperson and David Kenny as secretary. A lot of renovation work has been carried out and there is still more to be done. The club have 20 juveniles playing and they are being coached by John Roche and Pádraig Devereux.

The club will hold a table quiz in the Porter House, Castlebridge, on Tuesday, February 28, at 8.30 p.m. €20 per table of four persons. There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night also. The funds raised will go to help replace the roof of the Alley. If entering a team or wish to sponsor a round or donate spot prize, please contact David Kenny or email or check out the Facebook page.

Club members would like to congratulate Brian Murphy on his recent Seán Gael award presented in the Ferrycarrig hotel and to thank Declan Flanagan, who has sponsored the new club jerseys.

The club would also like to congratulate Virginia Rossiter on becoming the first female to hold the officership of county secretary.

Camogie training

St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie underage training starts on Monday, February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the under-eights and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the under-10s and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the under-14s. Training on Wednesday, February 22, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. for the under-12s. Check out all the details on Facebook/Twitter for up to date information.

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