Thursday 27 June 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Clonard, Crossabeg, Oulart and Over the Water

Kathleen O’Dowd and Alice O’Dowd-Kelly at the senior citizens party in Oulart Community Centre
Kathleen O’Dowd and Alice O’Dowd-Kelly at the senior citizens party in Oulart Community Centre

Ballymurn - Collection thanks: The collection in aid of CWCW Enniscorthy last weekend raised €159.50. A huge thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

Youth Club

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

Lotto Results

Lotto results for January 3, $5. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4 and 27. No winner, no match-three winners. Lucky-dip winners: P & J Jordan, The Monday Club. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets available from any club members.

Tara Bishop 5K Run

The Tara Bishop 5K Memorial Run takes place on January 27 at midday, in Ballymurn. Training sessions continue every Wednesday - contact Bobby Redmond if interested.


Active Retirement

The group had a Christmas night out in Blackwater Lodge on December 14, a great night out, with good company, good food and dancing.

There is a Meet and Greet afternoon on January 14 at 2.30 p.m. in Blackwater Lodge. All current members, or any person interested in joining, are most welcome. Renewal of membership fees (€20) can be made on the day. Active retirement is open to all persons aged over 55 years.

GAA notes

Massive congratulations to Eoin Byrne (Garryvadden) and Tina M Rainsford (Newport, Tipperary) who got married recently in Clare. Also to Declan O'Leary (Garryvadden) and Mary Donoghue (Inch) who also got married on December 27 in Blackwater.

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 the past year. Unfortunately no silverware this year but she was hopeful for 2019. The junior footballers finished fifth in the group while the intermediate hurlers also finished fifth, 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. Officers elected as follows.

Patron Fr Brendan Nolan. Vice-presidents Tom Carroll, Mike Carroll, Larry Whelan, Seán Ormonde, Jim Murphy (The Moate), Jimmy Whelan. President Tomy Whelan. Chair. 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 Under-20 Hurling and Football Dean Wright and Denis O'Brien.

The Heroes retained the Michael Murphy Parish League on Stephens Day but only after they were given the scare in their semi-final clash with the Fenians, winning after a free taking competition which went to sudden death. Inch Road Nigglers put in a strong second half to defeat Island Rangers which meant for a third year in a row, it was the same final pairing. From the first minute you always felt that Heroes were going to retail their title and went on to win eight points to five. A large crowd witnessed the day which has now become a permanent fixture on the Christmas calendar.

Last parish notes question: who scored a deflected goal from 30 yards to win the junior county football semi-final in 1979 against Kilrush? Answer Michael O'Leary. Next question: What Blackwater player was honored on the team of the century in Warwickshire?


Clonard lotto

Clonard Bingo and lotto will resume on Wednesday, January 9. Lotto Tickets are €1.50 at the parish office or any promotor. Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday night at Clonard Bingo at 8.30 p.m. If you wish to join or be a promoter, please call to the parish office to have it arranged. Results available on or Facebook.

Church news

Dates For Your Diary - Taize Service: Sunday, January 13, at 7 p.m. Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and blessing of the Candles (Candlemas Day): Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. St Brigid's Service: Sunday, February 3, at 7 p.m.

SVP bric-à-brac

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society will hold a Furniture and bric-à-brac sale in St Michael's Hall, Thomas Street on Friday, January 11, from 10 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. All proceeds in aid of the society.

Clonard Guiding Unit

All sections are back on January 8 for a new year of fun and activities. Hikes are planned and important badge work with fun games and birthday celebrations too. Watch out for all the news. There is still room for new members just contact Michelle at 086 0567929 any time.



Juvenile indoor athletic training resumed last night at Crossabeg school. First to third class members train from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Monday evenings and from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. for fourth classes and upwards. Training on Thursday nights only for the older group from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Leinster All-Star Award

St Killian's AC juvenile athlete Jack Forde was one of Wexford's recipients of a Leinster All-Star Award at a special ceremony in Tullamore on Saturday night last. 2018 was a great year for Jack, who won, among others, three gold medals at the Leinster summer track and field championships, as well as medals in all-Ireland indoors and outdoors and was part of the Irish team that competed for Ireland in the Celtic International meeting which took place in Glasgow.

Church gate collection

€326 was taken up at a church gate collection at Crossabeg church last weekend for the Co. Wexford Community Workshop in Enniscorthy. Thanks to all who supported so generously.

Special Thank You

A special Thank You from the Whelan/Kinsella family, Whitefort, to the community of Crossabeg. 'For all your help and assistance, being there for us in our very sad time with the untimely passing of our beloved Jack. Your community spirit was overwhelming. We greatly appreciate it'.

Penny Bank

The Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club distributed approximately €180,000 to savers for 2018 from their Penny Bank. The Savings bank will resume again this coming weekend and your collectors in the Crossabeg area are John Foley, Donnacha McDonald and Kathleen Hayes.

Items for column

Send it your news items, reports on meetings, gatherings, wedding/special celebrations etc to or text to 086 1980775. All items to be forwarded by Thursday evening of each week for inclusion in the following edition of the Wexford People.


Damage at Tulach a' tSolais

It is sad and regrettable to have to report on the damage done to the grassy areas around Tulach a'tSolais recently. Some mindless individuals caused wide-spread damage by driving 'vehicles' up the sides of the Tulach and around the base. The Gardaí are investigating and anyone with any information is asked to contact them.

Get Well Wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to the people from the area who are sick at home or in hospital. For security reasons and to maintain their privacy, their names will not be published unless requested by themselves or their next-of-kin.

Don't forget that on the First Friday of every month, the Rosary will be recited in St Mochua's Church, at 7.30 p.m. for the intentions of the sick of the parish. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Family Notices

If you would like these Notes to include details of your family births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries and achievements etc. please supply the relevant details (no later than Thursday at 8 p.m.) by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email Items arriving too late for inclusion will be carried over to the next edition.

Parish Christmas Draw winners

The following were the lucky prize-winners in the Parish Christmas Draw: Mairéad O'Brien, Michael Doran, Anna Sinnott, Orlagh Rice, Olwyn McKenna, Aidan Finn, Jay Keane, Joan Kavanagh, Maria Whelan, Noah Godfrey, Ben O'Toole, Sadie Murphy and Róisín O'Grady.

The draw was an outstanding success and great credit is due to the hard-working organisers, the generous sponsors of prizes as well as to the buyers and sellers of the tickets.

GAA Development Draw

The Final Draw of Year two of the GAA Development Draw resulted in the following prize-winners: Fiona Murtagh, The Adams Family and Michael and Marie Redmond.

CWCW collection thanks

The organisers of the recent church gate collection in aid of the Co. Wexford Community Workshop would like to thank all who continue to support it so generously.€190.46 was collected in Oulart.

Commit to be Fit

As the 'Race to be Mayor' hots up, the organisers are being most creative, coming up with very interesting ideas. Phil Redmonds team have organised Circuit Training, for all levels of fitness, in the Ballagh Community Centre, on Mondays and Thursdays, starting on Monday, January 7, with a Talk on Healthy Eating and Nutrition from Chloe Carton, with training starting immediately after the talk. The cost is €5 per night or 12 classes for €50.

Having organised a hugely successful 'Truck and Tractor Run' and a Monster table quiz recently, Spongers team will hold a Talent Competition in Marty's Bar, Oulart on January 12. The winners of the Talent Competition will go forward to the Grand Final that will be held at a later date.

GAA Calendar

The organisers of Phil Redmond's Mayoral campaign launched a souvenir calendar recently, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oulart-The Ballagh's first senior championship win on October 16, 1994, and the 12 other senior successes up to 2016.

The calendar features photographs of all 13 Oulart-The Ballagh Co. Wexford championship winning panels as well as the 2015 Leinster Club-Championship panel and backroom team. In this venture, as in many others over the years, the support of sponsors has been invaluable and is truly appreciated by players, officials and members. The calendar is on sale locally for €10.

CFR is live

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 queries please contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Over the Water

Senior citizens party

The previously postponed Christmas party for the senior citizens of the Castlebridge area will now take place on Sunday next, January 13, in Hotel Curracloe commencing at 3 p.m. The organising committee are looking forward to seeing all their regular guests on the day and would like to express their thanks to all the sponsors for their wonderful support year after year.

Development lotto

Curracloe United AFC wish all their supporters a happy New Year. Results for the lotto draw held on Sunday, December 30, The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 20 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners, who received €50 each, Blain, JP and Don c/o Tavern; Bones Curracloe and Kak Redmond, Newfort, Screen. Weekly draw every Sunday night at 9 p.m.


Bridge Drama Group production of 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' by Neil Simon will open at the National Opera House this January. This heart-warming comedy/drama is the group's Amateur Drama Circuit of Ireland's entry for 2019 and is directed by Pat Whelan.

Set in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, the play centres round Eugene Jerome and his family, as they fight the hard times and sometimes each other with laughter, tears and love. As WWII looms, Eugene guides us through a series of observations that shows his family meeting life's challenges with pride, spirit and a marvellous sense of humour.

The show runs on January 31, February 1 and 2, February 21, 22 and 23, and February 26. Tickets are priced at €15 each and are available at or 053 9122144.


Cards will resume this Thursday, January 10, in Hotel Curracloe and the management and staff of the hotel wish all their customers a happy New Year.

Texas holdem

Recent card winners at Furlongs of Curracloe were Mick Mohoney and Liam O'Neill. Cards will be back in action this month every Monday night at 9.30 p.m with €1,000 in prizes.

Items for the column

Send those notes, news item and reports to by Thursday night of each week for inclusion in the following Tuesday edition of the Wexford People. You can also text messages to 086 1980775.

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