Monday 19 August 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Bree-Galbally, Crossabeg, Oulart & The Ballagh, Over the Water and Oylegate

Ballymurn - Lotto: Lotto results for December 19: numbers drawn were 3, 13, 18 and 28 No winner, no match 3s Lucky Dips: C O'Leary Mary Jackman Next jackpot €10,000. Next draw on Thursday, January 3.

Silver Circle

The December draw of the Silver Circle Fundraiser took place in the Anvil on Friday, December 21, The lucky winners were Colm Roche, Castlebridge; Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football Club c/o the Friary, Crossabeg; Conor Mac.

Aogain, Kitestown; Yvonne Sidney, Kilpatrick; and Avril Murphy, Monmore. Congratulations to all.

Tara Bishop 5km Memorial Run

The Tara Bishop 5km Memorial Run takes place on January 27 at midday, more info on Facebook. Training sessions continue every week - contact Bobby Redmond if interested.

Happy New Year

We would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.


GAA Notes

The 2018 AGM was held recently in Levers Bar, Blackwater with an attendance of about 30 club members. Aoife Roche club secretary was first to speak and thanked everyone for he past year. Unfortunately no silverware this year but she was hopeful for 2019. The junior footballers finished 5th in the group while the intermediate hurlers also finished 5th, avoiding relegation on the final day of the season.

Keith Barrett, club treasurer reported the club to be in a healthy state currently with a profit reported over the year. Liam Buttle Club Chairman reiterated what his fellow officers had said and thanked the management and his fellow committee members for the year past. The club membership was confirmed for 2019 and is payable to any committee member. Club player €150. Club player and partner €160 €70 for student €60 for non player. €70 for non player and partner.

Patron Fr. Brendan Nolan. Vice Presidents Tom Carroll, Mike Carroll, Larry Whelan, Sean Ormonde, Jim Murphy (The Moate), Jimmy Whelan. President Tomy Whelan. Chairman Liam Buttle. Vice Chairman Owen Murph. Secretary Aoife Roche. vice Secretary Declan O'Leary. Treasurer Keith Barrett. Vice. Treasurer Paul MurphY. PRO Declan O'Leary. Registrar Eimer Whelan. County Board Rep Eddie Rowe ASAP Office Aidan Whelan. Irish Officer Dean Wright. Ground co-ordinator Eddie Rowe. Healthy Club Officer Aidan Whelan

Committee Members: All of the above, Lar Leacy, Richard Blake, Denis Carroll, Dessie O'Brien, John Whelan, Pad O'Connor, Ger Corrigan, Denis O'Brien, Gerry Murphy, Mick Lillis, John Roche, Peter O'Brien, Owenie Leacy, a representative from Ladies football and rep from camogie tbc. Management Intermediate Hurling Mattie Flynn O'Connor, Ger Corrigan. Junior Football Eamon O'Leary, Michael O'Leary, John Broderick, Paul Redmond. Junior B Hurling TBC. U20 Hurling & Football Dean Wright & Denis O'Brien

Massive congrats to Eoin Byrne and Tina Rainsford who got married recently in Clare.


Bree Tidy Towns AGM

The annual General meeting of Bree Tidy Towns will be held in Bree Community Centre on Wednesday, January 2, at 7.30 p.m.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to Fr Ken Quinn as who departs the parish having been granted study leave. Fr Ken was curate for Galbally Ballyhogue since August 2016. A sincere welcome is extended to Fr William Caulfield, who has taken up duty in the curacy.

Bree Hill Walking Trails

Saturday, January 12, is National Walk Day and Bree Hill Walking Trails have been invited by Wexford Walking Trails to host a walk on Bree Hill. This walk will be part of Operation Transformation and is aimed at encouraging people of all ages to get out and walk. The walk will start at 11 a.m. from Bree Community Centre and will be 4.6km long, with the option of an alternative 7km also. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Playground

Bree Community Development Group Ltd are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a 75% grant towards the cost of Phase Two of our Community Playground from Wexford Local Development. Work should commence in the New Year leading to a wonderful facility catering for children of all ages.

As this is a community facility we would appreciate if people from the community would join a working group for the running and maintenance of the playground. We as a group need to raise 25% which will be about €12,000. A big thank you to the staff of BríBeag who have already donated €2,000 to the project, sponsorship from their Dancers and Chancers exploits. We hope to call a meeting in the new year and would encourage you to join.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the husband, sons, daughters, relations and friends of Josie Moran, Kereight who died recently. Her remains were interred in Galbally on Monday of last week.

Seasonal Wishes

A sincere thanks to the PROs and club officers who have contacted us during the past year with details of their organisations's activities. If you haven't been doing so, then it's time to make a New Year's resolution. If you want the activities of your club or organisation to get publicity, contact Jim and Clare Doyle at 053 9247706 or email before 10 p.m. on the Thursday night prior to publication.



The recent churchgate collection taken up at Crossabeg church for the Down Syndrome Association amounted to €256.11c. The association thanks everyone for their generous support.

Church news

There will be no Adoration in the church till Monday next, January 7, Confessions every Saturday evening at 6 p.m and weekly Prayer meeting evening every Wednesday in the parochial house at 8 p.m. New Readers are most welcome for the Saturday evening or Sunday morning Masses. Text or call 086 1980775 if interested.

Silver Circle

The December draw of the Crossabeg-Ballymurn community field development fundraiser's Silver Circle took place in the Anvil, Ballymurn, on Friday, December 21, The lucky winners were Colm Roche, Castlebridge; Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football Club c/o the Friary, Crossabeg; Conor Mac.

Aogain, Kitestown; Yvonne Sidney, Kilpatrick; and Avril Murphy, Monmore. Congratulations to all.

Story House

The first session of storytelling for the New Year will take place at Kyle Forge on Sunday, January 6, commencing at 8 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are also served.

Items for column

Thanks to all who forwarded news items during the year. Notes are most welcome and can be forwarded to Anne at 086 1980775 or emailed to All items to be sent by Thursday night of each week for inclusion in the following Tuesday newspaper.

Oulart & The Ballagh

Christmas in St Patrick's Church

St Patrick's Church was packed to capacity on Christmas Eve for the 9 p.m. Mass with the regular congregation boosted by relatives and friends who were visiting for Christmas. The church had been tastefully decorated by Marcella Davis and Mary Kennedy while Jim Doyle had erected the Crib, whose figures had been delicately repainted by the Masterson family.

The choir, under choir-master Seán Hallahan, with organist Kathleen O'Hanlon and soloists Chloe Kenny-Carton and Pam Rossiter, transported us to the heavens with their rendition of Christmas Hymns, particularly their glorious and elevating 'O Holy Night'.

Parish priest, Fr Paddy Browne thanked the parishioners for their ongoing support and generosity and expressed his deep gratitude to the many volunteers who help with the running of the parish and to the organisations who add to the vibrancy of the area.

At the Mass on Christmas Day many children accompanied their parents and grand-parents and they brought with them a toy. They were invited to approach the altar and surround the Crib where Fr Browne spoke to them and blessed them. And after the Final Blessing, who should appear but Santa Claus, making a final stop on his return journey to the North Pole. Daidí na Nollag spoke to the kids and distributed sweets to the astonished youngsters.

Senior citizens Party

The annual Oulart senior citizens Party will be held in the community centre on Sunday, January 6 (Lá Nollag na mBan or 'Little Christmas). If you know of any Seniors (over-65s) in the locality whose name should be added to the list of invitees please inform Seán Byrne (087 6486279) or Eddie O'Grady (087 2771735) or any member of the committee.

Mayoral Events

As the 'Race to be Mayor' hots up, the organisers are being most creative, coming up with very interesting ideas. Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold a quiz on January 4.

Club lotto

Oulart-The Ballagh Club lotto jackpot remains intact but five contributors benefit from the Lucky Dip each draw. The most recent winners were Niamh Dempsey, Killagown, Ethan Freeman, O'Hanlon family, The Ballagh, Liz O'Connor and Anne Kennedy, Monamolin.

Scoil Mochua News

The primary school closed, for Christmas holidays, at midday on Friday, December 21, and will reopen on Monday, January 7.

Scoil Mochua's 2019 Calendar was launched recently and they are available to purchase in the school, the local post office and Corrigan's Spar. They cost €8 each, two for €15 and three for €20.

Grateful Appreciation

The recent St Vincent de Paul, Church-gate collection, in the Ballagh, yielded €481.37. The organisers would like to express their thanks for your generous contributions which will be used to provide support for vulnerable families.

The Ballagh Split - the - Pot

Congratulations to the most recent winner, Tracey McCormack who won €68. 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, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL

There will be a roll - over during the busy Christmas period (December 22 and December 29) and the first draw of the New Year on January 5 will be a special draw with the usual split-the-pot winner as well as a second prize of €50 and a third prize of €25. Be in to win.

New Year Greetings

I wish all the readers of these Local Notes a peaceful, prosperous and fulfilling New Year. May you and your families enjoy good health, good fortune and contentment in 2019.

Over the Water

Annual general meeting

St Ibar's Shelmalier camogie club will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, January 4, 2019, in Hollymount, commencing at 7.30 p.m. All are most welcome to attend.

Benemerenti Medal

On Sunday, December 16, family members of the late Marie Neville, Barnahask, Curracloe gathered at the 9.15 a.m Mass to accept the Papal Benemerenti medal which is awarded by the Pope to individuals for long and exceptional services to his/her local Catholic church.

Marie, who passed away in early June, was a long time loyal supporter of her church, always on hand to help out with Altar duties and always willing to help out with any job that needed doing, a job she loved and continued to do for many many years. Fr Denis Kelly, who was assisted on the Altar by Rev Trevor Sargent made the presentation to Marie's sons Francis and David and daughter Áine. Kieran Dunne on behalf of the Screen/Curracloe parish committee also expressed the committees appreciation of Marie's work during her term as a member of the committee. Following the Mass, a wreath was laid on her grave by Fr Kelly.

During the Mass also a presentation was made to loyal churchgoer, Mary Murphy, who has retired from her duties of making sure the church was opened and closed every day. Following the ceremonies, the committee invited all to Hotel Curracloe for refreshments.

Curracloe school news

Congratulations to recent split-the-pot draw winners Amy and Laura Canning, who won €87. The next draw will take place on Wednesday, January 9, Envelopes can be purchased in the local Curracloe businesses over Christmas. Many thanks to all who continue to support the draw and especially to the local businesses in Curracloe. The school raffle was a great success and raised €1,119 this year. The staff wish to thank everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets. A particular thank you to the main sponsors Patsy Roche, McCauley's Chemists, Hotel Curracloe and Kehoe's Agri and DIY, Blackwater. Season's greetings to all the pupils and their families. The school management look forward to welcoming everybody back on January 7.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United Development lotto for Sunday, December 23, The numbers drawn were 7, 17, 19 and 23. There was no jackpot winner and six match-three winners, who each received €25, Sarah, James and Mark Doyle, Galbally; Johnny Logan c/o Don; Drea O'Brien, Castlebridge; Theresa Kehoe, Screen; JP and MB, c/o Curraclole Tavern and Pat Corrigan, Screen. The weekly draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m.


There was a great turnout for the grand Christmas cards final in Hotel Curracloe last Thursday week. 36 players qualified for the final with the overall winners being Ryan Hanrahan and Séamus O'Leary. Runners-up were Julia Murphy and Angela Griffith, Mary Doyle and John Byrne, John Kelly and Denis Kelly. Winners of the 'B' final were Peggy Kelly and Kathleen Leacy. Runners-up in the 'B' final were Ian Hearne and Seán Allen, Michael Byrne and Blain Parnell.

Partners 45 Easter cards will resume on Thursday, January 10, Hotel Curracloe wishes all their customers a happy New Year.

News items welcome

Send in your news items to Anne on or text to 086 1980775. All items to be forwarded by Thursday night of each week.


Social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, January 13. Music on the night is by 'the lonely little robin' man himself, Pat Daly, who makes a welcome return to Oylegate. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8. Come along for a lovely night on music and dance.

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

Oylegate Utd will host a 5K Family Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, January 13. Registration from 9.30 a.m. at Oylegate Community Centre. Run and Walk starts at 10.30 a.m. Find us on Facebook for more details.

Oylegate GAA

Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Club would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy New Year. We thank everyone for your generous support in 2018 and we look forward to another great year on the playing fields in 2019 for all our teams.

Parish Draw

The winners of the November draw were: €200: Hermes Parker, €50 each to Michael and Dymphna Shanahan, Roperstown, John and Ann Marie Farrell, Coolamain, Ken Bolger, Coolamain, Pauline Maher, Coolanick.

Happy New Year

Eamon and Sue of Mernaghs Lounge Oylegate would like to wish all their staff and customers a very happy new year and look forward to your support in 2019.

Parish Journal

The Oylegate-Glenbrien Parish Journal is for sale at: Freeman's Gala Store, Garry's Service Station, Mernagh's Lounge, The Slaney Inn, The Book Centre, Wexford, SOS Bookshop, Wexford, Byrne's Bookshop, Enniscorthy and Doyle's Service Station, Ballymurn.

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