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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Crossabeg, Over the Water, The Ballagh

Ballymurn: First Communion - First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday, May 18, in Ballymurn Church.

'Big Hello'

The Big Hello. is a weekend of community celebration with the aim of encouraging people to get to know their neighbours, by hosting or attending a Big Hello. event in their local area.

As part of these celebrations, Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community Centre Committee is organising a fun event on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, at the Community Field in Garrywilliam. Starting at 4 p.m., all are welcome for a fun run/walk.

Refreshments will be provided and good company is guaranteed. Bring your reusable bottles and cups along to help reduce waste.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to Wesley Courtney and family on the death of his father William Courtney. May he rest in peace.

Bingo

Bingo is played every Monday in the Anvil Pub starting at 9 p.m.

Irish Night

Why not come along to the Anvil pub on Friday, April 26, and join in with a night of music song and dance. A great nights entertainment assured.

GAA Club lotto

results from last draw 8, 14, 23 and 26 No winner, No match three Lucky Dips: Veronica Roche Sam Lambert Next jackpot €10,000

GAA county draw

There is one week to go till the first Wexford GAA Club and County Draw, Still time to be in with a chance of winning a brand new Ford Fiesta thanks to at Bolands Wexford plus 50 other great prizes €50 for three draws or three payments of €20 x two and one payment of €10 available from your local club Best of luck to all our teams in their matches during the week.

Tidy Towns

Its getting around to application time again soon. Planting will start soon and if you have any spare time or would like to get involved with Tidy Towns contact Anna May Hodnett. Everyone can help make a difference by making sure there is no litter in our village or on the roads leading into the village.

Open day at Artramon

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

During the afternoon, guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and ponds of Artraman 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.

Crossabeg

GAA Academy

Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club (Coiste na nÓg) will hold a GAA Nursery Academy at Crossabeg community field, beginning this evening, Tuesday, April 30, at 6.30 p.m. for boys and girls born in 2014 and 2015. Registration costs €20. Children will learn new skills while having fun making new friends and being part of a team. Please bring gum shields, hurl and helmet and wear football boots. The committee are looking forward to meeting children and their parents.

Open day at Artramon

Crossabeg senior citizens committee are delighted to host the open day at Artraman House and Gardens which will be held on Sunday, May 19, Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is €2 per adult with children going free. During the afternoon, guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and ponds of Artraman 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.

Community Games

Well done to all the children who competed in the County Stage and Cultural activities held in Bree hall on Tuesday evening of last week. There was a packed programme during the evening and large entries in most sections. The local Community Games Area was very well represented in the various activities and gave some outstanding performances too.

In the under-12 section, the gold medals in the Group Singing section were won by Grace Barry and Emily Walker (Crossabeg), while Lorna Furlong and Cara Murphy (Ballymurn) won the Group Modern Dance section. Both groups will go forward to the national finals to be held in university of Limerick during the weekend of May 25/26.

Lily Ann Redmod (Oylegate) gave a good performance for a very young competitor in the Recitation section, and Katie Doran (Glenbrien) Sarah Dunne (Castlebridge) Isabelle Hennessy (Ballymurn) Ella Lambert (Lacken) and Emily Walker (Crossabeg) performed very well in a tough Solo Singing section. Grace Barry (Castlesow) also performed in the Solo Music section.

In the under-16 section, Ella Barry (Castlesow) won the gold medal in a very high class Solo Singing category, and Aoibhinn McDonald and Cait O'Carroll were the winners of the Group Singing section. Again these gold medallists will represent the county at the national finals in Limerick in May. Cait O'Carroll also competed in the Solo Singing section and in the Solo Music section. Well done everyone and much thanks to the schools who gave the committee such support and help.

Storytelling

The next session of storytelling, recitations, music and song will take place at Kyle Forge this coming Sunday, May 5, commencing at 8 p.m. Refreshments are also served.

'Big Hello'

The bank holiday 'Big Hello' is a weekend of community celebration with the aim of encouraging people to get to know their neighbours, by hosting or attending a 'Big Hello' event in their local area. As part of these celebrations, Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community centre committee is organising a fun event on Monday, May 6, at the community field in Garrywilliam. Commencing at 4 p.m, all are welcome for a fun run/walk. Refreshments will be provided and good company is guaranteed. Bring your reusable bottles and cups along to help reduce waste.

Litter Pick

Thanks again to everyone who took part in the litter pick last weekend. The most commonly collected items are plastic drinks bottles which are easily recycable. Please encourage a conversation about littering among families, friends and members of clubs in the locality.

Condolences

We extend our condolences to the following parishioners who have lost loved ones of late. To Margo Carley and family (St Patrick's Terrace) and Pat Dillon and family (Ballydicken) on the death of their sister Josephine (Fina) Lawlor, Ballyellen, Davidstown, whose funeral too place in Bree cemetery on Monday, April 22.

To Edna Rothwell and family, The Deeps, on the death of her brother-in-law Noel Tector, whose funeral took place to Killegney churchyard on Monday, April 22, To Tom O'Leary and family, Farmhill, on the death of his brother-in-law James Duggan, whose funeral took place in Blackwater cemetery on Wednesday, April 23.

Also to Mick Hayes and family, Crossabeg, on the death of his brother Patrick (ex Tomahurra) which occurred in London on Tuesday, April 23, Pre-deceased by his wife Marie (née Kavanagh, Crossabeg) his funeral will take place in Crossabeg at a date to be arranged. May they all rest in peace.

Coffee morning

Reserve Saturday, May 25 in your diary , for a Bring and Buy coffee morning which will be held in aid of fundraising for the local parish hall.

St Killian's training

Thursday nights training sessions have moved to Friday evenings at 7 p.m at the Hub in Enniscorthy. Training is now moving outdoors and is back on Monday, April 29, from seven to 8 p.m for both groups.

Items for column

Send it your news items, reports on meetings, gatherings, wedding/special celebrations etc to redcow2@eircom.net or text to 086 1980775. All items to be forwarded by Thursday evening of each week for inclusion in the following week's paper.

Over the Water

Bridge Drama

Bridge Drama group will perform their RTÉ all-Ireland Drama final qualifier, 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' by Neil Simon in the Dun Mhuire Theatre on Sunday, May 5, and on Tuesday, May 7, On Friday, May May 10, the group will perform in the finals at the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone.

The results of the RTÉ All-lreland Drama Festival will be announced on Saturday, May 11 at a Gala Ball in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone. If you would like to see this multi award winning play before it travels to Athlone to represent Castlebridge in the all-Ireland, tickets are available from wexfordartscentre.ie. Your support is always appreciated.

Horticultural/Agricultural show

At a recent meeting of the Castlebridge Show committee the date was set for the 79th Castlebridge Horticultural and Agricultural show, which will take place on Sunday, August 11, So it is time to get busy in your gardens. The committee hope everyone is looking forward to this year's show, and preparations are well under way for another brilliant show day.

Garden Evening

A date for your diaries. Castlebridge Show committee are holding a garden evening with Syl Doyle of Wilton Nursery, Bree, which will take place on Wednesday. June 5 in the community garden, Castlebridge 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 to be confirmed at a later stage.

Patron

The annual Patron to St. Ibars cemetery, Castlebridge, will be held on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

Items for Column

Send in your news items - birthdays, wedding/special anniversaries, reports on meetings, gatherings etc to redcow2@eircom.net by Thursday evening of each week for inclusion in the people the following Tuesday. You can also text Anne at 086 1980775.

The Ballagh

Bereavement

The sympathy of the community is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Betty Adams (née Casey), Ballinamonabeg, The Ballagh, who passed to her eternal reward on Saturday, April 13. She was predeceased by her husband Tommy.

She is mourned and will be sadly missed by her son Noel, her brothers John, Robert, Jimmy and Matty, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was laid to rest in the Ballagh Cemetery after funeral Mass on Monday, April 15. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Recent Births

Congratulations and best wishes to Elaine and Darren Stamp on the birth of their baby boy Tomás and to Anthony and Marie Storey on the birth of their baby boy, Fionn. Best wishes also to the delighted grandparents.

May Bush Party

The third annual Oulart 'May Bush' Party will be held at the Bygone Days House of stories, Lower Oulart on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, beginning at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this free, informal gathering where traditional refreshments will be served. Parents/guardians are encouraged to bring their children, who may, if they wish help to decorate the May Bush with painted egg-shells, ribbons, streamers etc and learn something about the traditions attached to the old Celtic festival of Bealtaine. It has been suggested that children come in their favourite costume and there will be treats for all.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to the most recent winner, Peggy Breen, who won €86. 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. A Bonus Draw is coming up for Easter.

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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