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Sunday 19 January 2020

Around the districts: Bannow-Ballymitty, Kilmore, Piercestown

Lily Brady, Blaithín McCarthy and Caoimhe McCarthy at the Bridgetown College production of ‘All Shook Up’ in the school gym
Lily Brady, Blaithín McCarthy and Caoimhe McCarthy at the Bridgetown College production of ‘All Shook Up’ in the school gym

Bannow-Ballymitty: Christmas Mass Times at Carrig Church - Christmas Eve at 8pm. Christmas Day at 9am and 11am.

GAA club notes

Lotto numbers were 2, four 21 and 25. Jackpot remains at €14,000 into the New Year. The Reserve jackpot is €5,000. Next draw January 7, 2020. Well done to Simon Boyce winner of a bottle of Whiskey.

Congratulations to Dermot Howlin on his Election to represent Wexford at the all-Ireland Conference. This is a major honour and privilege to be elected, and a deserving acknowledgment of Dermots tireless and dedicated work in both Wexord and to the Bannow-Ballymitty Club. Best of luck.

Well done to the Ballad Group, who will represent the club in the Leinster Final of the Scor competition on Sunday, January 12, in Louth.

Winners of the camogie Christmas Raffle were Ann Rochford, Elizabeth Lacey and Noeleen Walsh. Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the raffle.

We will be handing out the Bodibro gear this Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both nights.

Well done to Cushinstown Gaa, who won the Leinster Junior Football Final. Best of luck in the all-Ireland. Merry Christmas to all in our parish and have a Happy New Year.

Grantstown News

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GRANTSTOWN COMMUNITY VILLAGE - Tuesday the 17th: Pongo/Chair Exercises in the morning and Christmas Raffle in the afternoon. Wednesday the 18th: Christmas Nativity by Danescastle National School in the morning and Christmas Magic Box Bingo in the afternoon. Thursday the 19th: Chair exercises in the morning. Mass with Fr Pender at 11.45 a.m. and music with Owney and Co. in the afternoon. Monday the 23rd: Pongo in the morning and Cards/Fun in the afternoon.

SERVICES AVAILABLE IN GRANTSTOWN DAYCARE CENTRE - Tuesday the 17th: Hairdresser from 10.30 a.m. Wednesday the 18th: Counsellor from 1.30 p.m. Thursday the 19th: Hairdresser from 10.30 a.m. Home Baking available all week. Phone 051 561016 to make your appointment for these services which are available to everyone in the community.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - The Daycare Centre will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, to Wednesday, January 1, inclusive. It will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DIARY DATES - Wednesday the 18th: Daycare Centre Christmas Bingo at 8 p.m. Saturday the 21st: Green Road in concert. 50% of ticket sales will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale at Grantstown Daycare Centre and Costcutters, Wellingtonbridge. Sunday the 22nd: Grantstown Community Village Carol Service. at 4.30 p.m.

THANK YOU - A huge thank you from everyone at Grantstown Community Village to Pat and Eileen Delaney and Willy Byrne, who donated Christmas trees to us this year.

Christmas Bingo

Don't miss out on the Christmas Bingo in the Daycare Centre on Wednesday, December 18, at 8 p.m. Christmas raffle with lots of prizes and tea or coffee with some festive fare.

Corach News

Cathal Cummins was the sole scorer for the B side who lost to Ferns B Sunday morning 4-1. Niall Harney continued his scoring streak with a hat trick for the A side who secured a win over Ferns. Conor Anglim was also on target. The game ended 4-2.

Hard luck to the under-12 girls who lost to Rosslare Rangers on Saturday 5-0. The scoreline did not reflect the chances nor effort of all the players. it was a tough day when decisions don't go your way.

Congratulations to the under-14 boys who had a strong win. Kyle Cleary scored two and David McDonagh grabbed a hat trick on his debut.

Bannow parents' council

Christmas Memorial Decoration fundraiser, remember a loved one this year with personalised Christmas tree decorations with your loved ones name on it for €3. These can be ordered from Bredas Corner Shop or Martina Sinnott at 086 0607545. Alternatively last year's decorations can be reused for a €1 donation. All the decorations will be placed on the Christmas tree in the church for the Christmas sermons and returned to the family's as a memento.

Balloughton Church Sale

The Christmas sale held in aid of Balloughton Church funds on Saturday, December 7, was extremely well supported, as it was every year since this annual sale began many years ago. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to all the generous people who came, provided goods for sale, bought and helped in so many ways to make it the success it always enjoys. A big Thank you to one and all.

Winners of the raffle were Cathy Murphy, Philip Barnwell, Margaret Bracken, Carla Reid, Donald Barrett, Margaret Bracken, Alberta Hill, Donal Keane, Breda (corner shop), Evie Colfer, Mary Dwyer, Stan Scanlon, Matthew Stafford, Seán Byrne, John Miller, Nicholas Stafford, Rev Cannon A Minion, Hazel Doyle, Mary Stafford, Eileen Hannon, Shirley Watchorn and Joanne Watchorn. Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy new Yea.

Kilmore

Christmas Mass times in our parish

Kilmore - Service of Reconciliation Thursday, December 19, at 7.30 p.m. Christmas Eve: Children's Mass 5 p.m. Vigil Mass: 8 p.m. Christmas Day: Mass at 9.30 a.m.

Kilmore Quay - Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass 6.30 p.m. Christmas Day: Mass at 11 a.m.

Tomhaggard - Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass 7.30 p.m. Christmas Day: Mass will be celebrated at Mass Rock 8 a.m.

Mulrankin - Christmas Eve: Mass at 9 p.m. Christmas Day: Mass at 11 a.m.

Tomhaggard Social Centre

Thank you to everyone who attended the Christmas Gathering last Sunday, those who prepared food, the Social Centre, crafts display and erected the Christmas tree which was turned on by Rene Troy.

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who contributed foodstuffs, toiletries, toys and clothes to the Wexford People Helping People Hamper Appeal which was held by Kilmore Scouts and Women's Shed. The donations were collected by Carol Gray from WPHP on Wednesday. She thanked everyone for their generosity and said that they will be distributed to needy people and families in the area.

Kilmore Parish Journal

Kilmore Parish Journal is now on sale in many shops in the parish and in Wexford. The 48th. edition of the journal was launched in the Stella Maris Community Centre, Kilmore Quay on Friday Dec, sixth. The journal reflects the History, Traditions and Culture of the parish and records sports and other activities of Parish Life in recent times. The journal price is €12 in the local area. It is an ideal gift for friends and family members. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Bridgetown Information and IT Centre

We have enquiries regarding the Agri online Computer courses, we are planning on starting a new course in the New Year, we have a few spaces available, if you wish to enrol please contact us at 053 9175523 or email bicinfo18@gmail.com.

The office is open Mon - Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to call in any time for a chat and a cuppa, our door is open.If there is any services or activities the community would like to see commencing such as exercise classes, dancing, children's parties etc. please let us know as we now have the new floor completed and can accommodate such activities.

Ballycogley Players

Our 'comic members' have been very busy recently performing sketches for fundraisers and Christmas parties over the last few weeks which included a concert in aid of Baby Lucy Wall on Saturday, November 30, in Rathangan Hall, Bannow Historical Society's Christmas party in Wellingtonbridge on Saturday, December 7, and Our Lady's Island Old Folks Christmas party in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday, December 15.

Well done to all the students at Bridgetown College, who took part in their recent production of 'All Shook Up' but a special mention must go to our members Josh Quigley-Power, Jack O'Brien and Justine Murphy, who were all excellent on stage and also to Rory, Conor and Cian Cassidy, who were part of the backstage and lighting crew. We are very proud of you all. Christmas party time took place for us on Friday, December 6, in Mary Barry's, Kilmore where we got together and enjoyed a fabulous meal (washed down with a few beverages) Thanks to the staff for looking after us so well, a great night was had by all.

Rehearsals for our circuit play; 'Dreamland' have been going very well but unfortunately due to illness one of our stalwart members, Con Doyle has had to take a step back from his character. Readings took place to replace his character last week and Shay Hannon was the successful candidate and will now play 'Doc'. Best of luck, Shay.

We wish our dear friend Con all the best and look forward to having him back threading the boards very soon.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. A special thank you for all your support in 2019 and hope 2020 is good to you all.

No Defibrillator at Stella Maris Centre

Please note: Due to a technical fault with the defibrillator based at the Stella Maris Centre, there will not be a defibrillator available at the centre for the foreseeable future. As soon as this issue is resolved the general public will be notified.

Sympathy

Belated sympathy to the Power family Kilmore Quay on the death of Maureen recently.

Bowling

Kilmore ARA teams had mixed luck in the county indoor bowling league in the past week, two games were played in the Stella Maris Centre where Kilmore Gulls beat Bree by 18 points to nine with John Foley, Tom Dunne, Agnes Behan and Anne Lawless representing the Gulls. Kilmore Seals however met a brilliant Ballagh Red team who won by 18 points to seven, the Seals team was Joe Barry, Margaret Howlin, Séamus O'Keeffe and Noel Howlin.

Our final bowls for this year will be on Tuesday the 17th at 7 p.m. in the Stella Maris Centre for a final practice before we have a two-week holiday.

Piercestown

Successful concert

St Martin's Conference of SVP would like to thank Valda Choir and Piercestown Church Children's choir for their beautiful and very successful concert on Monday, December 9, which raised over €800. A special word of thanks to Liz McGuiness who organised it, to Heather Boxwell leader of the choir and to Ruth Miller on keyboard and to all who gave so freely of their time and talent. The Children's choir enchanted everyone with their drama and singing. Great credit is due to their trainers Liz, Eimear and Mary.

We are also very grateful to everyone who contributed so generously to our church gate collection which raised €2,975 and to Piercestown Scouts, who held a Food Hamper collection.

All this will enable us to carry out our work of helping families at Christmas and during the winter months.

Table quiz

Many thanks to the following people for their kind donations at the recent table quiz in Jordans Murrintown: Ken Jordan, Andy Firman, Londis Shop Piercestown and John Price/Peadar Dempsey Breda Murphy, Ann Dempsey for organising and running the event and everyone on the night. There was €1,280 raised for the senior citzens Christmas party so once again thanks to every one involved.

Hamper

There will be a hamper up for grabs on the weekend of December 20/21/22 in Londis Piercestown in aid of senior citizens Christmas party. Tickets will be on sale outside the shop that weekend - value of hamper is €150 - please support this worthy cause.

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