Saturday 25 January 2020

Around the districts: Adamstown, Bree-Galbally, Oylegate, The Ballagh

Adamstown: Adamstown AC - There were some great performances at day two of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships from Adamstown athletes in Tullamore on Saturday, July 13.

Ciara Mooney was second in the girls under-15 2K Walk in a time of 10.52. Aoibheann Crean finished fifth in the under-17 girls 3K Walk. Éadaoin Stafford finished in second place in the under-19 girls Shot Put, throwing 9.90 m. Sonia Mooney was second in the under-19 girls Javelin, with a throw of 25.83 m. Tara Doyle was third in the under-19 Triple Jump, jumping 10.36 m. Éadaoin Stafford also finished in fourth place with a best throw of 25.33 m in the under-19 girls Discus on the final day of the National Championships. Well done to all the athletes competing and performing so well at national level.


The weekly '30' Card game continues in the community centre this Friday, July 26, at 9 p.m. Thanks to the ladies for the tea last week. Catering on the night will be by Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer and Margaret Furlong. Proceeds going to parish funds. Card winners on Friday, July 12, were Matt O'Neill, John Hanley, Richie Murphy, Paddy Finn, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Séamus Wickham and Paddy Furlong.

St Abban's Adamstown GAA Club

Saturday, July 13, was an historic day for St Abban's Adamstown GAA Club when the president of the GAA John Horan cut the ribbon to officially open their first pitch in 132 years. The day was a wonderful celebration involving the communities of Adamstown, Newbawn and Raheen. Girls, boys, ladies and men all got the opportunity to play camogie, hurling and football on the new pitch in the brilliant sunshine on Friday evening and Saturday. It was an occasion that brought young and not so young together with smiles on their faces. A large crowd attended the 'Sports Stars in Conversation' on Friday night in Coláiste Abbáin. All agreed it was very informative and highly entertaining. Thank you to everyone who brought the project to this stage, who were involved in the preparation and planning, who helped out on the day and who supported the opening. The club look forward to many years of participation, success and enjoyment in the future. Thank you to everyone who so generously supported the raffle, to the sponsors who donated the prizes and finally thanks to all who helped sell the tickets over the two days, Your help as always is much appreciated. The lucky winners of the raffle prizes are as follows: (first) VIP tickets to Little Mix Concert - Nicky Stafford, (second) Sam McCauley hamper - Lorcan French, (third) Brandon House Hotel Spa voucher - Bridget Walsh, (fourth) sports hamper - Andy Cullenton, (fifth) VIP tickets to Mrs Brown's Boys - John Boland, (sixth) custom-made hurl - Nicky Stafford, (seventh) Clare jersey - Jamie Murray, (eighth) Galway jersey - Charlie Purcell, (ninth) Harry Dooley's Barber voucher - Amy McDonald, (tenth) Harry Dooley's Barber voucher - Jimmy Furlong. The winner of the free draw for 2020 family membership to St Abban's Adamstown GAA was Martin Sinnott Jnr.


ICA Unveiling

Wexford Federation of the ICA recently unveiled a seat in Clonmore Cemetery and Bree ICA garden to commemorate Anita Lett. Federation were joined by our National president Mrs Josephine Helley, National PRO Carmel Dawson and Regional president Margot Hennessey and ICA members from other guilds as well as Anita Lett's granddaughter Anita McNamara and her husband Dominic.

Bree Barndance

Bree Barndance, in association with Bree Development Group, takes place on Saturday, August 24, in Byrne's of Bree Grainstore with 'The Kilkennys', followed by DJ till late. Tickets are available on 'Eventbrite Bree Barndance 2019' and in Byrne's of Bree, Taxies will be available all night long. Enjoy a good night out and all funds raised are for loan repayments for Bree Walking Trails, Hub and Children's Playground.

Celtic Roots' 'Full Irish'

A Full Irish show, in association with Celtic Roots, continues in Bree Hall on Tuesdays nights for the months of July and August. Tea and scones are served at 8.30 p.m. and the night's entertainment begins at 9 p.m. with music, song, dance and storytelling. Admission is €10 for adults, with concessions for children and groups. For bookings contact 087 7535354.

World Cup Assistant Referee

Congratulations to Michelle O'Neill, formerly Clonmore, Bree, who has just returned from the Women's Soccer World Cup having been one of the assistant referees for the tournament. Michelle featured in a number of games during the competition and was delighted to be chosen as one of the two assistant referees for the final. Congratulations on such a great achievement.

Car boot sale

Bookings are now being taken for our August Bank Holiday Car boot in Galbally on Monday, August 5. Take note of new public opening time of 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stallholders can arrive from 10.30 a.m. All stalls €15 for a table. Larger tables €25. Contact Dawn Tyrrell at 087 8306206. Love to see you there. Vouchers for all stallholders for free tea or coffee and cake. Indoor or outdoor bookings. Indoor space limited so book early.


All-Ireland semi-finals

All roads lead to Croke Park on Sunday the 28th. when the Wexford minor and senior teams play in the all-Ireland semi-finals, with huge numbers travelling it promises to be a great day for the club and county. We wish Damien, Shane and Séamus and all concerned the very best of luck. Loch Garman ABU.

County under-20 hurlers

Hard luck to Kevin Cosgrave, Mike Kelly, Jack Reck Fiachra Hourihane and the team manager MJ Reck of the under-20 county hurlers who were defeated in the Leinster final on Wednesday evening last in Wexford Park.

Smart Kidz Preschool

Smart Kidz Preschool is holding an opening evening on August 1 between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for parents and children interested in booking or coming to having a look at our preschool and new toddler room which is opening in September. Term time after-school will also be available. Contact Eileen at 086 3378014 for more information.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

10 days - March 11 to March 21 2020 - Walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Return flights from Dublin - hotels half board - tour guide with all tours €1,399. For more information call 087 2817122.

School secretary required

Wanted at Glenbrien NS. to work 15 hours per week. Contract is part time, starting August 26. Successful candidate must be Garda Vetted. Please post CV and letter of application to Fr John Byrne, chairperson, Glenbrien NS, Glenbrien, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Closing date: July 31.

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gathering every Tuesday in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579 or Ana Egan 086 1939997. Looking forward to seeing you there for a chat and a play.

Bingo In Mernaghs

The bingo in Mernaghs is now being run to raise much-needed funds for the Community First Responders, bingo commences at 9.15 p.m. on a Thursday night and all support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.


Experienced caregivers urgently required at Home Instead Senior Care Wexford. We are seeking kind, caring and considerate caregivers throughout the county. Experienced with a QQI Level 5 Qualification to care for elderly people and people with disabilities in their own homes. Competitive pay and conditions from a reliable home care company. Contact Maureen at 053 9184042 or visit our website at

Local Link Wexford

Local Link Wexford provides secure, reliable and affordable transport for the rural communities of County Wexford. Services are open to everyone and all ages. The services will accommodate those attending appointments, shopping etc. Where possible they will collect passengers from their homes. An information booklet together with timetable is available at the back of the church.

Pilgrimage to Krakow

Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland from September 26 to October 3. Visit places linked to St John Paul 11, Salt Mines, Auschwitz, Jasna Gor.a etc. For further information contact Martin Colfer at 087 2596159.


Are you struggling with anxiety or depression/finding life difficult/feeling isolated? GROW is here to help you. GROW is a community-based mental health organisation which holds weekly. meetings in your local community. GROW meetings provide help and support to anyone experiencing mental health difficulties or struggling with any aspect of their mental wellbeing. Meetings are confidential and no referral is necessary, simply come along. Monday at 7.30 p.m.,The Presentation Centre, Nunnery Road, Enniscorthy/Thursday at 7.30 p.m., Clonard Community Centre, Wexford.

Grow 12 Step Programme 'GROs mission is to nurture mental health, personal growth, prevention and full recovery from all kinds of mental illness'. GROW offers a unique peer support program for improving and maintaining mental wellbeing. LoCall contact number: 1890 474474. Meetings held in the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy.

Aware Support Line

Are you finding things difficult or are you concerned about a loved one? Talk to a trained volunteer by calling 1890 303 302.

The Ballagh

Thank You

The annual patron and field day was a great success. Thanks to all the volunteers and helpers who made the preparations and worked on the day. The help and support of community activists is always vital on such occasions and thankfully, The Ballagh community is never found wanting when help is needed. Thanks also to the school authorities who responded positively when the sound system broke down. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

The Big Draw

The first prize of €100 was won by Matt Gahan, Brendan Donohoe won €50 while Joan Byrne won €25. Fourth prize of €20 went to the Atkinson family, Sliabh na Gréine and Joseph O'Connor, Ballymurray, won €10. Danny Nolan, Ballinamona, was the winner of the Bag of Spuds Draw.

Church Door Raffle

Thanks to all who supported the church Door Raffle and congratulations to the following prize-winners: Anne Kirwan, Susan Davis, Carol Ormonde, Richard Devereux, Larry Browne (c/o Jimmy Rowe), Peggy Breen and Edel Nolan.


Split-the-pot continues over the summer and your support would be greatly appreciated. It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, The Trading Post, Tim's Cafe, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL.

CFR Training

The Oulart-The Ballagh Unit of Community First Responders is live, seven nights a week and all day at weekends, assisting the National Ambulance Service on a totally voluntary basis. For details of joining and training please contact Ger at 086 1578484 or Vickie at 087 77807849.

Hands for Life

Community CPR Training is an Irish Heart Foundation programme, supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, which offer free CPR Training in communities across Ireland. There will be a Hands for Life training in Oulart Community Centre on Wednesday, July 24. Places can be booked for 5 p.m., 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Register at Please note this course is available for any adults aged 18 years and over.

GAA Cúl Camps

The GAA summer Camp held in Oulart in early July was an outstanding success and an added bonus for the youngsters was that Shaun Murphy and Kevin Foley brought the Bob O'Keeffe Cup to the camp on the last day. The boys and girls were thrilled to meet two of Wexford's stars and to get photographs with the trophy. Oulart-The Ballagh will host a second Cúl Camp, from August 12 to August 16.

Family/Club Notices

Don't forget that if you want a mention in the Local Notes please contact Breda Jacob before 8 p.m. on Thursdays prior to publication. Phone or text 086 1686978. Email

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