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Saturday 15 June 2019

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

Jean Ryan, Tony Ryan and Natalia Cullen enjoying their night out at the Rob Strong gig in The Red Elephant on Thursday night
Jean Ryan, Tony Ryan and Natalia Cullen enjoying their night out at the Rob Strong gig in The Red Elephant on Thursday night

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

Youth Club

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

Community Centre AGM

The AGM for the community centre Development Committee will take place in the Forge on Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. All clubs, groups and individuals are encouraged to attend to hear about the latest developments and plans for the rest of 2019. New members of the committee would be very welcome. Please come along on the night and help realise this exciting project.

Dates for your Diary

First Holy Communion - Saturday, May 18. Fundraising Dog Night for the refurbishment of Ballymurn Community Hall - Monday, July 1.

GAA club lotto

Numbers drawn were 4, 6, 14 and 28. No winner, one match-three winner, Ben Doyle. Next jackpot €10,000.

Community Games

The local Community Games committee will hold the area finals of the athletic events in the community field, Garrywilliam, Crossabeg, this coming Thursday, May 16, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the races under way at 7 p.m. Admission is €2 and parents are asked to lend a hand during the evening, to help with the smooth running of the events.

Crossabeg

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 next, 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.

Annual general meeting

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community centre committee will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at Kyle Forge at 8 p.m. 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 in both parishes, to hear about the latest developments and plans for the rest of 2019. New committee members would be very welcome too.

Community Games Athletic Finals.

The local Community Games committee will hold the area finals of the athletic events in the community field, Garrywilliam, Crossabeg, this coming Thursday, May 16, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the races under way at 7 p.m. Admission is €2 and parents are asked to lend a hand during the evening, to help with the smooth running of the events.

Coffee morning/Bring and Buy

A coffee morning and Bring and Buy Sale will be held in Kyle Forge on Saturday, May 25, from 10.30 p.m. to 12.30 p.m. Your generous support would be much appreciated. All proceeds in aid of the parish centre.

Community Games Debating

The county under-14 Debating final was held at Kyle Forge on Wednesday evening of last week and featured teams from the local Games Area.

Proposing the motion 'That school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn' were the team of Hannah Redmond, Sadhbh McDonald and Sophia Redmond and they faced a team of Cait O'Carroll, Bronagh Boggan and James Kehoe. Subs were Eadaoin Fanning and Aoibhinn McDonald respectively.

These youngsters, some of whom were only 10 years old, were very confident and delivered their speeches very emphatically and their rebuttal too was impressive. Credit is due to these children, their families and to their local school. There was little to separate the teams but the opposers of the motion won the county title.

They will now go forward to represent Wexford at the national finals in Limerick later in the month. The local committee wish to thank most sincerely Frances McDonald and Eamonn Codd for giving of their to adjudicate, and to Philip Kennedy and his staff at Crossabeg national school for all their help during the preliminary rounds of the competition.

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of Kyle Forge will take place on Monday, May 20, at 7.30 p.m. in the Forge.

Whist Returns

A reminder to all whist fans. The weekly sessions at Kyle Forge will resume on Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m.

Condolences

We extend our condolences to the family of the late Nellie McDonald, Lonsdale, Crossabeg and Malahide, Co, Dublin, who died at Knockeen nursing home on Sunday, May 5, aged 96 years, in particular to her sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family and friends. Her remains reposed at Knockeen on Monday with removal on Tuesday evening to Crossabeg.

Schools Athletics

Congratulations to St Killian's athletes Jack Forde and Paul Freeman, both of whom had a great day at the South Leinster Schools track and field championships last week. Jack took first in the High Jump and second in the Shot Putt in the under-17 category. On the track Paul Freeman finished in first place in the Senior 110m Hurdles. They have both now qualified for the Leinster finals to be held in Santry on Saturday, May 18.

County Athletics

St Killian's juveniles performed very well at day one of the county championships held at the Hub on Sunday week last. In total 24 youngsters travelled to Enniscorthy for the event and to test their skills against athletes from around the county. At the end of a very successful day, a total of 20 medals came home, with the senior athletes in particular having an excellent day.

Grace Flanagan (under-19) took home two medals from the Shot Putt and 100M; Sonia Milbourne (under-17) won medals in the 100M/Shot Putt and High Jump; Jack Forde (under-17) took home four golds won in the 100M/High Jump/Shot Putt and 300m Hurdles; Anna Finan (under-16) took home three medals won in the 250m Hurdles/Long JUMP AND 100m. The younger athletes also gave a good account of themselves with Emma McCarthy (under-12) winning the High Jump and 600m; Ethan Jarvis was competing in the first county championships and he won his medal in the 100m while Kayla Doyle (under-11) received a silver medal in the 100m and together with Emma McCarthy, Cara Murphy and Keelin Boggan won gold in the under-11 Relay final.

Others, who impressed but just narrowly missed out on medals were Euan McLaughlin, Kate Freeman, Ella Barry, Bronagh Boggan, Chloe Reck, Tom Fortune, Tom Carty, Anna Carty, Joshua Sheil, Finn McLoughlan, Megan Moran, Siofra Bowe, Kyra Jarvis and Lorna Furlong.

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Oulart

Christmas Lights cake sale

The organisers of the cake sale in aid of Oulart Christmas Lights would like to thank the community for baking/donating and supporting the recent cake sale that raised €423.50. Thank you also to the local businesses who have been really generous in supporting the effort to replace the lights and to light up Oulart for Christmas 2019.

May Bush Festival

The third Oulart May Bush Bealtaine festival was celebrated at the house of stories on Bank Holiday Monday and was attended by upwards to 40 people, including some enthusiastic children who helped decorate the May Bush in the traditional manner.

They danced around the Maypole and enjoyed a game of skittles before the attendance went indoors for refreshments and a session that included music, songs, recitations and Irish dancing. The Christian tradition of honouring Mary the Mother of Jesus, was remembered by having a May Altar and the singing of 'Queen of the May'.

Split - the-Pot

The most recent winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot is Monica Morton, who gets €127.The school benefits to the same amount. The next draw will be held on May 13.

Champions

On Sunday, May 5, Oulart-The Ballagh under-14 hurlers qualified to represent Wexford at the all-Ireland Féile na nGael, for the first time in 18 years, by virtue of their victory over St Anne's, Rathangan. The margin of victory was 23 points (five goals 10 points to two points). To quote Tom Dempsey (page 45 the Guardian newspaper) 'Their touch, anticipation, vision, movement and combination was breathtaking at times and there was a strong sense of déja vu as comparisons were being made to the great Féile teams of the past that wore the red and black'. Joint captains Conor Blake and Simon Roche were presented with the Cup by Bobby Goff, chairman of Coiste na nÓg, Loch Garman. Remarkably, only seven of this team of great potential, are up to age. Great credit is due to the mentors and background support as well as to the parents/guardians and loyal supporters who will undoubtedly travel in numbers to cheer the team at Féile in Cork from June 7 to June 9.

Rackard League

The parish Rackard League hurling team had a great county semi-final win in Bellefield, last Thursday, beating Horsewood on a scoreline of six goals 10 points to one goal five points. The other semi-final featured St Martin's versus the winners Shelmaliers, who will face Oulart in the final. Date, time and venue yet to be announced.

GAA Results

Oulart-The Ballagh Senior camogie team travelled to Piercestown and defeated St Martin's, by two points, in the league. The intermediate hurlers beat Craanford and the juniors lost to Rathgarogue-Cushinstown.

Walking Track

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.

Hands for Life

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: Niamh Sinnott, Breda Flood or Liz Freeman.

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 full details and booking see w.w.kelloggsculcamps.ie.

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.

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.

Over the Water

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.

Community Games

The local Community Games committee will hold the area finals of the athletic events in the community field, Garrywilliam, Crossabeg, this coming Thursday, May 16, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the races under way at 7 p.m. Admission is €2 and parents are asked to lend a hand during the evening, to help with the smooth running of the events.

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 next, May 19, Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is €5 per adult with children going free.

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