Monday 20 May 2019

Around the districts: Bannow-Ballymitty, Kilmore, Our Lady's Island

Bannow-Ballymitty: Public Library Services - The Mobile Library will be in Grantstown Daycare Centre on Wednesday, November 28, from 3.10 p.m. to 3.40 p.m. If you would like to join, membership is free. You can pick up an application form here in Grantstown Daycare Centre.

It's not just books you can borrow from Wexford Library, there are also e-Books and e-Audio books. If you're already a library member, you can collect a reserved book from the Mobile Library.

Notes for the paper

Please note that notes are sent in on a Thursday night at 6 p.m., so if you have notes for the paper please send to before 6 p.m. on a Thursday.

GAA club news

Lotto draw this Tuesday evening with a jackpot of €9,200. Tickets are only two euro each and can be purchased from post office Carrig, Seabreeze Dry Cleaners, Doyle's Carrig, Staffords Tullycanna, Tír na nÓg and from any Club Officer down in the complex.

Our AGM will take place on Sunday, December 2, at 5 p.m. over in the complex. We encourage all members of our club to attend this very important meeting.

Best of luck to all who participated and represented the club in the Scor competition recently.

Grantstown news

Upcoming Events in Grantstown Community Village - Tuesday the 27th: Skittles/Exercises/Cards in the morning and Pongo in the afternoon. Wednesday the 28th: A morning of music and Pongo in the afternoon. Bingo at 8 p.m. Thursday the 29th: Mass celebrated by Fr Pender at 11.45 a.m. and Pongo in the afternoon. Monday, December 3: Cards/Games/Exercises with Mairead in the morning and Pongo in the afternoon.

Career Opportunities - CE Scheme Vacancies Do you want a new challenge in the spring? We have carers, Kitchen Assistants and Bus Driver positions available in Grantstown. If you are in receipt of a social welfare payment, Tús or have been unemployed for one year or more, then you may be eligible for a CE Scheme. If you are interested in learning new skills while helping others then we would love to hear from you. Phone 051 561016 for more details.

Christmas and New Year Arrangements - Closed: Monday the 24th, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 25, and 26. Re-open: Thursday, December 27. Closed: Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1. Re-open: Wednesday, January 2. A Big Thank You for all your support during the year from the Board Members, management and staff at Grantstown Community Village.

Christmas Baking - Pudding: 2lb for €15, 3lb for €20. Christmas Cakes: eight inch round iced €30. Luxury Mince Pies: €8 per dozen. Last day for all orders this year is Thursday, December 6. Please phone reception at 051 561016 to place your order.


Bingo every Wednesday night in Grantstown Daycare Centre. Doors open 7.30 p.m. with 8 p.m. start. Tea served with Home Baking. Split-the-pot on the night.

Ballycogley Players

The Ballycogley Players are staging their full length comedy next March. Readings and auditions will take place shortly. If you would like to get involved in this production either on or off the stage contact director Breda Hayes at 087 6858480.

Christmas Memorial Discs

The Bannow parents' council have Christmas Memorial Discs for sale again this year at a cost of €3 each. Alternatively you can reuse last year's disc for €1. Please contact Michelle Power at 086 3785780 or Breda's Corner Shop to place your order.

Disney Magic

The Little Sea Musical Society in association with the KSM Concert Orchestra are presenting their 'Disney Magic and Christmas Classics' concerts. Performances also by the KSM Young Voices.

Performance will be in three locations: Carrig-on-Bannow Community Centre - Thursday, December 6, at 8 p.m.; St Mary's Hall Fethard - Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m.; Camross Community Centre - Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or call us at 089 9765414.

Come and join us on for a wonderful magical night's entertainment this December. Mulled wine, mince pies and sweets available during the interval. Adults €14 Children €8 (under 16 years)

Balloughton Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas sale will take place in Balloughton hall on Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m. There will be home baking, jams, bric-à-brac, plants etc and the raffle. Tea and cakes will be available on the day. Everyone welcome and we would appreciate your support.'.

Social dancing

Dancing continues in Tír na nÓg every Thursday night with music this Thursday 22nd by Richie Halpin, Thursday 29 th Tom Power the Latchico.

Thursday, December 6 - no dance, Saturday December 8 Adrian Ryan, Thursday, December 13, Christmas party night music by Delta Dawn Free Admission, December 20 music by Michelle and Tom Murphy, Thursday, December 27, No Dance. New Years Eve dancing with Jimmy Barnwell all welcome refreshments served.

Tidy Towns

Wellingtonbridge Tidy Towns group will hold their AGM in Tír na nÓg on Tuesday, December 4, at 8 p.m.


Are you interested in becoming more energised and healthy by enjoying gentle yoga exercises during these cold wet winter months? Sorcha Hyland is holding a yoga class on Thursday afternoon 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the community centre Carrig-on-Bannow. Sorcha teaches a soft, gentle series of movements that can be practiced on a yoga mat or by sitting on a chair. you can even pay weekly so no damage to your pocket at this expensive time of year. Why don't you come and join us.



The death of the very popular and wellknown Mr Fintan Howlin, New House, Duncormick took place after a relativery short illness. Fintan a few years ago had retired from Wexford County Council after working with them for years. Fintan was a very quiet going man and sincere sympathy goes out to all his family and friends on their great loss of a lovely man.

Church Lights

The Christmas lights in the church car park and village will be switched on next Friday at 7 p.m. This will be followed by a Children's disco in the Community Hall.So come along next Friday night at 7 p.m. and see for yourself the fantastic array of lights as we are the talk of the county at Christmas time with people coming from far away to see the beautiful lights and to see the village looking so well.

Wexford Artists Book Collection

Everyone is invited to come and look at a selection of books from the Wexford Artists Book Collection on December 1 and two (next weekend) at the Stella Maris Centre. This is a chance to peruse through an archive of works made by artists in book form - artists who make books- and see how they really do see things differently. there are books with no words - books with fab spines - books with only covers - books with poems scratched onto shells - conceptual and limited editions.

The works in the collection are not for sale. However, a group of visiting makers will also show works and some of these will be for sale. A special visitors table will hold a collection of random visiting works. A series of talks also free to view will be ongoing through the week end. This is a free event.

Community Engagement and Eco-engineering

We would like to invite you to a Community Engagement and Eco-engineering Information Evening at the Stella Maris, Kilmore Quay, on Wednesday, November 28, at 7.30 p.m.

These experiments aim to reduce some of the harmful impacts of climate change by developing innovative solutions for the design of coastal structures such as harbour walls. There are two types of experiment installed in Kilmore Quay: 'Vertipools' and 'World Harbour Tiles'.

Kilmore Quay is an ideal location for these experiments due to its exposed location and maritime culture. Ecostructure is an opportunity for all members of the community to engage with science and contribute local knowledge, observations and experience of the harbour and the changing coastline. We are holding an event in the Stella Maris, Kilmore Quay on November 28 at 7.30 p.m. to introduce the project and hope you can join us.

Kilmore AC

BRITISH AND IRISH MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY, SWANSEA - Not one but two international silver medals heading back to Kilmore after the British and Irish Masters XC in Swansea with both Fiona Kehoe and Jackie Carthy bagging team silverware as part of the Irish team in the W35 and W45 respectively. The course was described as tough and energy sapping but both women ran excellently. Fiona was eighth overall, the second Irish women home O35. Jackie's position TBC next week.

The Irish W35 team were only two points off gold in the end losing out to England and will be eager for revenge. We are so proud of you both, you are great ambassadors for the club and we look forward to getting a glance of your bling very soon. Both Jackie and Fiona's achievements continue to put our small club on the map.

IRISH LIFE HEALTH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - Good luck to those competing next weekend (25/11) in Abbotstown on the National Cross Country Course. Fiona Kehoe is our sole senior representative in the Women's 8000m where she will face stiff competition from the likes of Shona Heaslip (An Riocht AC), Kerry O'Flaherty (Newcastle and District AC), Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn (both Leevale AC) among others. In the boys under-16 4000m race two newcomers to the club Senan Murray and Cian Doyle running for Kilmore and Wexford as they were part of the Leinster winning county team. No matter where they finish it will no doubt serve as a valuable experience as they face off against the best in Ireland. Notable contenders include Tadhg Connolly (St Senan's AC) and Myles Hewlett (United Striders AC). Good luck to all Wexford athletes taking part.

SENIOR TRAINING - Kilmore GAA Grounds at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday. All adult members welcome as well as experienced runners.

JUVENILE TRAINING - We train in Kilmore GAA Grounds on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 p.m. We also train on the burrow in Kilmore Quay (Sofrimar End) on Sundays at 10 a.m. S & C with Fiona on Wednesday in Kilmore GAA Centre at 6.30 p.m. for juvenile members. See training programmes for details. Young runners must be seven years old already this year to qualify under Athletics Ireland rules. New members welcome, parents can contact us on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing

COUCH TO 5K - A new programme is on Tuesdays in Kilmore GAA Grounds at 7 p.m. It's still not too late to join. For further inquiries contact Mary at 087 7564888/ See you there.

Get active with Kilmore AC.

Kilmore GAA

The club AGM will take place this Friday, November 30, in the club rooms at 8 p.m. All members are requested to attend. Review of 2018 and planning for 2019. Election of officers for 2019.

Ballycogley Players

The Ballycogley Players are staging their full length comedy next March. Readings and auditions will take place shortly. If you would like to get involved in this production either on or off the stage contact director Breda Hayes at 087 6858480.

Active Retirement news

Activity in the past week was curtailed due to the death of Fintan Howlin, brother of our chairman Noel to whom we extend our deepest sympathy as we do to the extended Howlin family on their great loss. Next week we will have our Christmas lunch on Wednesday the 28th in the Talbot hotel at 1 p.m. and once again a very enjoyable afternoon is guaranteed. We will have bowling practice on Tuesday the 27th at 7 p.m. in the Stella Maris Centre.

Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

The annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair takes place in Kilmore School this coming Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do come along and support our arts and crafts people. Teas & refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Our Lady's Island


Friday, November 16, saw Our Lady's Island GAA Club hold its annual general meeting.

With a good attendance, outgoing chairperson Kevin Kehoe opened proceedings by remembering those we lost during the past 12 months with a minutes silence before reflecting on the year passed and thanking all for their support throughout his term in the chair.

Officers elected for the upcoming 2019 GAA year are chairperson: David Maloney, Vice-chairperson: Nicky White, secretary: Suzanne Ellard, treasurer: Ger Carthy, Vice-treasurer: Eoin Kinsella, PRO: Alan Cloney, Coaching Officer: Davy Corish, Child Protection Officers: Seán Carthy and Damien O'Donovan. Executive Committee: the above and Donal Mullins, Pádraig Power, Liam Pettit.

Other GAA News

Our GAA Bingo continues each Tuesday in Butlers Lounge at 8 p.m. with tonight's jackpot standing at €475. The jackpot has now hit €16,400, with Kevin Newport bringing home a small few euros with matching three numbers last week. Tickets always available locally for only €1.50 each.

RACKARD LEAGUE SUCCESS - Our Lady's Island GAA Club would like to congratulate the girls of Our Lady's Island and Mayglass National Schools on their historic County Rackard League success recently. A big 'well done' to all involved, especially the girls from our own school, Mia Meyler (Joint Capt), Aveen Ellard, Ava Newport, Ava Wallace, Rebecca Cloney, Kate Moran, Katie Fortune, Naomi Denton and Jessica Murphy on bringing a first ever title back to our proud parish.

ICA Night Out

The parish ICA Christmas Dinner will take place in Kelly's Hotel, Rosslare on Wednesday, December 5, at 6.30 p.m. Non-members also welcome, please contact Lila at 9131145.

Story Night

The monthly Story Night will take place in Tacumshane Old School on Friday, December 7, at 8.30 p.m. Come along, sit back and enjoy the talent, music, song and storytelling. There will be tea, coffee and cakes at the interval. A great night's entertainment promised.

Youth Club AGM

Please note change of date for the Youth Club AGM. - this meeting will now take place Thursday, December 6. in Community Centre at 8 p.m. Sorry for any inconvenience. It is very important that one or both parents attend.


The OLI annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaves next May 13 for a week. Cost €560 Aer Lingus flights, Bed Breakfast and evening meal in Hotel. Transfers and local guide included. Seats are limited. Wheelchair users and people needing assistance must have their own carer. Non-refundable deposit of €250. Few places remaining - contact Fr Jim or Olga 087 3600919.


The split-the-pot 'draw and 'cuppa' takes place in the Conservatory of Parochial House after Sunday Mass. Congratulations to Sylvia Moran, c/o Frank Nolan on winning €120 in last week's split-the-pot draw.

ICA guild notes

The local ICA held their monthly meeting on November 12. And extended sympathy to the Corish family and Pettit family on their recent bereavements.

The recent coffee morning held in May in aid of the Hope Centre realised €335 and the coffee morning held in October in aid of Hospice Homecare raised €440 - a big 'thank you' to all who supported both these worthy causes.

All joined in congratulating Katrina Parrock on her fantastic achievements on the sporting field. It was decided to have our annual Christmas Dinner in Kelly's Hotel on Wednesday, December 5, at 6.30 p.m. Non-members are welcome - contact Lila on 9131145.

The competition was won by Peg and Patricia and the raffle was won by Angela Pettit and Susan Keogh.

Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning, cake sale and raffle etc. in Cushen's, Tagoat on Tuesday, December 11, at 11 a.m. in aid of Kilscoran Union of churches.

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