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Friday 20 September 2019

Around the Districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Glenbrien, Oylegate, The Ballagh

Kate Dooley, Dr. Aoife Whelan and Joy Sheppard at the launch of the Blackwater Parish Journal in the Lodge Hotel, Blackwater on Saturday
Kate Dooley, Dr. Aoife Whelan and Joy Sheppard at the launch of the Blackwater Parish Journal in the Lodge Hotel, Blackwater on Saturday

The AGM of the Over the Water Vintage Club will take place on Wednesday, January 23, at 8.30 p.m. in the club room of Ballymurn Hall. Members and intending members welcome.

Bingo

Bingo takes place every Monday night in the Anvil Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

Youth Club

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

Irish Night

There is an Irish night in the Anvil Pub on January 25. All welcome.

Tara Bishop Memorial Fun Run

The Tara Bishop memorial fun run will take place on Sunday, January 27, at midday. Registration starts at 10.30 a.m. All proceeds in aid of Temple street hospital and Ballymurn National School.

GAA lotto results

Lotto results January 16; numbers drawn 2, 6, 23 and 25; no jackpot winner, no match-three winners. Lucky Dips: Mary Quinn, Anne Cowman, Glenbrien. Next jackpot €10,000.

Blackwater

Tidy Towns

We wish to sincerely thank all those who got involved with Blackwater Tidy Towns in 2018. We would not be able to carry out our work in keeping Blackwater Village and surrounding areas at its best for the residence and visitors alike. We are looking forward to 2019 where we are planning to further improve our picturesque village for all to enjoy.

We hope you will continue to support us in 2019 and please note we are always looking for 'weekend warriors' for a couple of hours on Saturday mornings. Thanks again to you all who provided time, expertise, advice, equipment and financial assistance. We appreciate any help that you can offer.

Active retirement

Members of active retirement are meeting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday morning for a walk at the GAA pitch. Meet other members of our community and walk at your own pace. Come on and try it.

The 'meet and greet' hosted by the active retirement was a great day. We would like to thank all current and new members for making the day so enjoyable. Remember to send a text to our secretary to book your place for the upcoming social events.

We have a busy year planned with social outings and games, social outings and guest speakers. It's not too late to join the Active Retirement. Our next meeting, with refreshments, in the Lodge will be on February 11.

GAA club notes

Well done to Jamie Lambert and Adam O'Connor, who played corner back and wing back in the first year St Peter's team who defeated Kilkenny cbs to reach the Leinster final.

2019 club membership is due. Player €150, player and partner €160, student €70, non-player €60 and non-player and partner €70.

We are still on the lookout for any old memorabilia in the parish? We would love to photograph any old medal especially one of the 1899 or 1901 Leinster or all-Ireland final medals, there must be one floating around the parish? The team in 1901 (played in 1903) was Pat Rath (Ballymurn), Michael O'Brien (Inch), Paddy Kinsella (Ballinagore), Mike Cummins (Ballymurn), John Whelan (Ballinagore), Sim Donohoe (Curracloe), Con Dempsey (Ballyvoodock), Pat Murphy (Garryvadden), Bernard Murphy (Ballyvaldon), Mogue O'Brien (Killeigh), Willie Creane (Oulart), James Furlong (Ballyvaldon), Aidan Dempsey (Ballyvoodock), Simon Kehoe (Guraun), Denis Corrigan (Knocknasillogue), John Corrigan (Ballyconnigar Upper), James Murphy (The Moate), John Shiel (Ballynaclash), John Sinnott (Crosstown native of Inch), and finally Michael O'Brien (Inch). You can contact me at 087 2074594 or email to pro.blackwater.wexford@gaa.ie.

QUESTIONS and answers: Last week's question who captained the 1975 county hurling final winning team? The answer is Mogue Byrne.

This week's question is who was the first patron of the club?

Glenbrien

GAA News

The GAA club dinner dance will be held in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Saturday, March 2. tickets available locally, your support would be much appreciated.

Following a fantastic win in the Leinster final our Junior Hurlers will now play Inagh-Kilnamona from Clare on Sunday the 27th in the all-Ireland semi-final. This is a great achievement for this group of players and their manager John Conroy and a great time for the club also.

We encourage as many as possible to support the team and we thank all those who have helped with sponsorship etc for the campaign. Congratulations to Marty Kelly, who was man of the match in the semi-final.

Baby and Toddler Group

There will be a gathering in Glenbrien Old School Centre on Tuesday, January 29, 9.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. to determine if there is sufficient interest to establish a weekly group for young children (aged 0 - five years) 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 cuppa and a chat.

Glenbrien Text Alert

A final reminder to people who have yet to pay their 2019 subscription. We appreciate that Christmas was a busy time so can you please contact any committee member to arrange payment as any unpaid members will be removed from the list. Also, if you wish for your number to be removed then please contact us. The service has been running well lately and it would be a pity to be removed. Committee members are Mark McClean, Mary Kehoe and Theresa Shanahan.

Oylegate

GAA news

Congratulations to Lorraine O'Connor on being chosen as Wexford camogie volunteer of the year. Lorraine will be honoured at a Function in Croke Park. Well done, Lorraine.

The GAA club dinner dance will be held in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Saturday, March 2. tickets available locally, your support would be much appreciated.

Junior Hurlers: Following a fantastic win in the Leinster final our Junior Hurlers will now play Inagh-Kilnamona from Clare on Sunday the 27th in the all-Ireland semi-final. This is a great achievement for this group of players and their manager John Conroy and a great time for the club also. We encourage as many as possible to support the team and we thank all those who have helped with sponsorship etc for the campaign. Congratulations to Marty Kelly, who was man of the match in the semi-final.

Enrolment Forms

Oylegate National School is now taking enrolments for September 2019. Please call to the school for a form any time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oylegate Youth Club

The senior citizens party will be held on January 27 in the community centre at 5 p.m.

GAA Walking Track

Commencing Monday, January 7, the top track will be fully lit every Mon/Weds/Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to avail of the facility to get fit and healthy for 2019. Everybody welcome. Unfortunately for health and safety reasons guide dogs only are allowed.

Penny Bank

GAA penny bank has resumed for 2019 new members are always welcome, contact any committee member for more details.

Parish Journal

Oylegate-Glenbrien Parish Journal 2017 - 2018 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.

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.

The Ballagh

Mayoral Campaign

With only about six weeks to go, the GAA Mayoral Campaign is getting very exciting, with lots of entertaining events to look forward to. The final night of the Talent Competition will take place in the Sawdust Inn, The Ballagh on Saturday, January 26, beginning at 8.30 p.m. Featuring lots of wonderful talent from the parish, it promises to be a great night's entertainment. The five finalists representing Phil's Redmond's team are: The Murphy Sisters, Karen Sinnott, Cormac Finn, Phil Redmond and Kerri Wickham while Sponger's team consists of Laura Kelly, Rachel O'Leary, Eveleen O'Sullivan, Bartle Redmond and Seán Freeman.

Sponger's Events

Forthcoming events for Martin Sponger Fortunes Mayoral Campaign: Bingo in Bob's bar every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. 'Open Mic' night every Thursday in the Sawdust at 9 p.m. A cake sale/Coffee morning in Freemans, Ballynamonabeg,on Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. On February 21, a Dog Night in Enniscorthy with an All-Star Race starting at 8 p.m. with 10 Greyhound races on the card. Tickets are €10 each and children under-16 are free.

Phil's Campaign

Events for Phil Redmond's Mayoral Campaign are as follows: Sunday, January 27, Sunday, February 3, Sunday, February 10, Sunday, February 17, and Sunday, February 24, bingo in Oulart Community Centre at 8 p.m. A Breakfast Morning will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, February 3, from nine.am to 12.30 p.m. On Friday, February 15, 'Dancing with Declan and the Classic Outlaws' in Oulart Community Centre at 9 p.m. On Sunday, February 24, a five k and 10k Walk and Run starting at the Upper Complex at midday, with registration from 11.30 a.m. The Circuit Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the Ballagh Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 9.00 till Thursday, February 14.

Celebration

Friday night, December 21, was a great night of celebration in Oulart Community Centre when Wexford senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald presented championship medals to our all-conquering under-13 hurlers and runner-up medals to our under-17 players.

It was a nostalgic return trip to Oulart-The Ballagh for Davy, who as a 14-year-old goal-keeper had stayed in Sinnotts of Ballinerode during the Féile na nGael festival of hurling. The club is extremely grateful to Davy for taking time out from his busy schedule to attend the function. Thank you also to everyone who helped to make the night such a memorable success.

Underage GAA Registration

A registration night for inderage GAA and camogie players will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. For information please contact Elizabeth Freeman at 087 7560871.

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 Redmond's team have organised six weeks of Circuit Training, for all levels of fitness, in the Ballagh Community Centre, on Mondays and Thursdays, starting on Monday, January 7, The cost is €5 per night or 12 classes for €50.

Operation Transformation

After the success of the inaugural 'Ireland Lights Up' initiative last year the GAA is delighted to be once again teaming up with RTÉ's Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking to make exercise more accessible on dark winter evenings. Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club will participate again this year. Everyone is welcome at the club Walking Track on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, January 15. A register of participants will be taken each evening.

Remember the fun we had last year, walking off the Christmas excess, catching up with neighbours and improving our fitness at the same time?

Everyone - men, women and children, the fit and the not-so-fit-is encouraged to develop the habit of regular exercise. It costs nothing and the benefits are life-enhancing.

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.

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