Friday 22 November 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater and Oulart & The Ballagh

Berni O’Connor, Finola Walsh and Tryntje Murphy at the Alzheimer’s tea party in Home Instead on Thursday morning
Berni O’Connor, Finola Walsh and Tryntje Murphy at the Alzheimer’s tea party in Home Instead on Thursday morning

Ballymurn - Bingo: Bingo is played every Monday night in the Anvil starting at 9 p.m.

Youth Club

Youth Club every Friday night in Ballymurn Hall from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Knitter Knatters

Ballymurn Knitter Knatters meet every Wednesday morning in the club room of the hall. Everyone welcome.

Silver Circle

Our lucky April winners of €200 were Michael and Marguerite Scallon, Ballymurn; Walter Carley, Ballyboggan; Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football Club; Alice Devine, Ballydicken and Joanne and Mary Eviston, Kitestown. Congratulations, all.

The Big Hello

Thanks to all who took part in the community centre 'Big Hello' event at the Community Field, Garrywilliam on Bank Holiday Monday. We look forward to many more community evenings at the Community Field over the summer ahead.

Community Centre

The 2019 Community Centre Committee AGM will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. Venue to be confirmed. This is an exciting time for the project and there will be lots to report and discuss. Architect's plans for the new building will be on display. All are welcome, particularly representatives of clubs and groups across the area.

GAA Club lotto

Numbers drawn were 3, 11, 16 and 27. No jackpot winner, three match-three winners Kay Scallan, Jim Kelly and Neville Fanning. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets available online or from any club members.

Open day at Artramon

Crossabeg senior citizens committee are delighted to host the open day at Artramon House and Gardens which will be held on Sunday, May 19, Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is €5 per adult with children going free.

During the afternoon, guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and ponds of Artramon while the children can explore the Fairy Garden. Refreshments will also be served and why not sit back and enjoy the lovely music which will be supplied by the ever popular Wexford Folk Orchestra.

Garden Evening

Castlebridge Show committee are holding a garden evening with Syl Doyle of Wilton Nursery, Bree, which will be held on Wednesday, June 5, in the Community Garden, Castlebridge, commencing at 8 p.m. Syl will do a walk and talk evening around the gardens and answer any questions you may have. He will also have a selection of plants for sale.

Tea, coffee and some delicious home baking will be served after the talk and admission is free. The committee are also in the process of organising a flower arranging demonstration and a baking demonstration, to be held in the community centre. Dates as yet to be confirmed.


Vintage road run

Blackwater Vintage Club's annual tractor, bike and car road run will take place on Sunday, May 19, leaving Blackwater church carpark at 12.30. Registration from 11.30 a.m. Proceeds to Ard Aoibhinn Services.

GAA club notes

Fixtures for the week: Tonight (Tuesday) under-13 football v Crossabeg-Ballymurn in Ballymurn at 7.15. Thursday the under-15 footballers play Ballynestragh Gaels at 7.15 in our pitch. Friday the Junior B hurlers continue their championship against Kilmore at home at 7.15 while on Sunday they play Fethard at 11 in our pitch in the league. The Intermediate Hurlers play Glenmore (Kilkenny) in the Quarter finals of the Leinster League in Glenmore at 4 p.m.

Massive congratulations to John Roche, who scooped the top prize in the club and County Draw, winning a Ford Fiesta. The junior footballers lost out to Glynn-Barntown in the league by 1-10 to 1-07, Tomas Murphy with our goal. Our under-13 hurlers defeated Cloughbawn 4-04 to 1-00 while our under-15 hurlers lost to Ferns.

Well done to Jason Wallace and Brian Og Curran, who were part of the Celtic Challenge Wexford team who defeated Dublin. Adam Murphy is also part of the panel but is injured.

This week 25 years ago, our Junior A hurlers lost in the league to the Harriers 1-19 to 1-06. In the Rackard League, Scoil Naomh Brid finished second in the table, the paper stating that Kilmore will take some beating if they can overcome Blackwater in the Wexford District Roinn C final. Finally Blackwater Intermediate footballers suffered a large defeat in the championship to St Pat's, losing 4-17 to 1-03. The team was; one. Eddie Black two. Pat Cash three. Aidan Dempsey. Four. John Byrne. Five. Paul Stewart. Six. Michael O'Leary. Seven. Declan Kelly. Eight. Ivan Murphy. Nine. Owen Lacey. 10. Seán 'Chawkie' Whelan. 11. Bobby O'Leary. 12. John Byrne. 13. Tom Foran (0-1). 14. Denis Corrigan (1-1) 15. Ray O'Connor (0-1).

Coláiste an Átha coffee morning

Coláiste an Átha parents' association will host their annual coffee morning in the Lounge of the Crosses Pub in Kilmuckridge from 10 a.m. to midday on Friday, May 10. Tickets are available at the college reception during the school day or just come along on the day. There will be lots of door and raffle prizes.

The parents' association are involved in many aspects of school life, helping out at the Open Night, the Enrolment Night, first year Information Evening, policy development and fundraising to mention but a few. All are welcome to attend the coffee morning and your support will be very much appreciated.

Open day at Artramon

Crossabeg senior citizens committee are delighted to host the open day at Artramon House and Gardens which will be held on Sunday, May 19, Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is €5 per adult with children going free.

During the afternoon, guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and ponds of Artramon while the children can explore the Fairy Garden. Refreshments will also be served and why not sit back and enjoy the lovely music which will be supplied by the ever popular Wexford Folk Orchestra.

Oulart & The Ballagh

Coffee morning

A coffee morning, in aid of St Mochua's Chapel, Oulart, will be held in Marty's Bar on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Elizabeth, Seán and Ethan Freeman would like to express their deep gratitude to everyone who helped and supported their fundraising coffee morning/Cake Sale, held at their home on Saturday, April 27, in aid of St Bridget's Day Care Centre, Wexford and Wexford Mental Health Association. Many thanks to those who donated baked goods and to all who helped on the day. A total of €1,330 was raised and each charity will receive €665.

Oulart Text Alert

It costs only €10 to cover membership for two years, up till the end of 2020. To join at any time please contact 087 3316866.

Oulart ICA Guild

The next meeting will be held in Oulart Community Centre on May 20. Congratulations to Catherine O'Sullivan, who came third in the recent Federation competition to create an Easter Bunny, using only toilet-roll tubes and one other medium.


Congratulations to the most recent winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot-Killian Gregan-who won €141.

Tesco Blue Tokens

Scoil Mochua is one of three 'good causes' that will benefit over the next six weeks from the Tesco Blue Token Scheme in the Gorey Branch. If you shop there, please consider putting your Blue Tokens in the container marked Scoil Mochua. The school will benefit in proportion to the number of Tokens donated.

School Dates to remember

First Communion will take place in St Patrick's Church on May 18. School will be closed all week June June 3 to June 7. The summer Holidays will begin at midday on June 28. Oulart annual patron and field day will be held on June 30.

Model County Draw

Congratulations to Fintan and Deirdre O'Leary on winning second prize in the Wexford GAA Draw that took place last week. They won a Pettitt's SuperValu Shopping Voucher to the value of €1,500. Shane Fortune was the winner of €150 cash.

GAA Development Draw

The April winners of the Oulart-The Ballagh Development Draw are Liz O'Connor (€100), Nimmo Family (€50), Paul Dempsey (€50).

Club lotto

There was no winner of Oulart-The Ballagh Club lotto last week with the prize-fund at €12,400. The numbers drawn were 15, 22, 23 and 32 and the bonus number was 31. The lucky-dip winners of €30 each were Shiv Dempsey, Sadhbh O'Hanlon, Tommy and Sadie Sinnott, Ali Prendergast and Janette Hayden. The next draw will take place on Monday, May 13.

GAA/Camogie action

Well done to the under-13 hurlers on their win against Buffers Alley in R2 of the championship. Their next outing is football, away to St Patrick's Camolin on Tuesday, May 14, at 7.30 p.m. Our under-15 boys had a great win against the Rapparees last week and their next match is on Thursday, May 16, at home versus Blackwater at 7.30 p.m. Our under-seven, under-nine and under-11 boys and under-six, 8, 10 and 12 girls are all playing blitzs and doing very well.

GAA Healthy Club Project

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie is now a smoke-free club. Ireland now has more quitters than smokers and the Healthy Club Project Team in partnership with the HSE wants people who smoke to #Hurl

TheHabit. If you ever thought about quitting and said 'maybe one day', why not: Make 'one day' a day in May. For more information visit To join the club support group please contact the Healthy Club Officer, Breda Flood at 087 2427249.

Walking Track/GAA Grounds

The Walking Track and GAA facilities in Oulart Village are in constant use, enabling young and not-so-young to exercise in a safe environment. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users, cycling is not permitted in the GAA grounds.

St Patrick's Special School

Last week's church gate collection in Oulart yielded €340.43. Thank you to all who subscribed and to the collectors.

Hands for Life

'Hands for Life': Community CPR Training is an Irish Heart Foundation programme, supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, which offers free CPR training in communities across Ireland. Every day in Ireland 13 people die from a cardiac arrest and around 70% of these fatalities happen at home. Unfortunately, just 6.5% of people in Ireland, who have a cardiac arrest in a non-hospital setting survive.

CPR is an easy skill to learn. Join us and learn how to use your hands to save a life in an hour. We plan to run a course in Oulart before the end of May. We need 30 or more people aged 18 and over who would be interested in a free 'Hands for Life' training course. Please contact any of the following: Niamh Sinnott, Breda Flood or Liz Freeman.

Darkness into Light

On May 11 people around the world will get together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help in the global fight against suicide and self-harm. The walk symbolises the therapeutic journey. It sparks conversation about the importance of mental health and well-being in all our lives. The entry fees allow Pieta House to continue to deliver vital services. People from Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie club are invited to join Breda Flood in Courtown and Conor Goff in (Bellefield) Enniscorthy. Register online at

Cúl Camps 2019

Parents/Guardians are reminded that two GAA and camogie Cúl Camps will be held in Oulart this summer. The first one will run from July 1 to July 5 and the second one from August 12 to August 16. For booking see

GAA Nursery

Play and Stay Nursery Hurling every Saturday from 11 a.m. to midday on the Astro pitch. For information please contact Eileen Codd or Liz Freeman.

Kilnamanagh Spring Fair

On Saturday, May 11, Kilnamanagh Old School will be the venue for a 'Spring Fair' in aid of Kilnamanagh and Kilmuckridge Parishes. All the usual stalls will be there - Home Baking, Country Produce, bottle stall, Book Stall, bric-à-brac etc. There will also be a Grand Raffle with lots of valuable prizes, including cash prizes and of course, Afternoon Tea will be available. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The Ballagh Split-the-pot

Congratulations to the Easter winners Sophie Sludds (€120) and Ger Dempsey (€60 and Luxury Easter Egg). Thank You for your support. 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.

The Ballagh Active Retired

At a recent meeting of the Ballagh Active Retirement Group a calendar of events for 2019 was drawn up, including a Mid-Week Getaway to Racket Hall Country House Hotel, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, from June 17 to June 20. The all-inclusive price of €235 includes three nights dinner, bed and Breakfast, return Coach travel from the Ballagh, two Day Coach tours to places of interest in the surrounding area and Evening Entertainment. This trip is open to non-members also and a few seats are still available.If you are interested, please contact chairperson, Mary Fortune at 087 7987766, for further information.

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