Monday 27 January 2020

Around the Districts: Blackwater, Bree-Galbally, Oulart & The Ballagh

John Cummings, Peter Duffy and John Walsh enjoying a day at the races at Bettyville racecourse, Wexford
John Cummings, Peter Duffy and John Walsh enjoying a day at the races at Bettyville racecourse, Wexford

Blackwater: GAA club news - Quite week on the fixture front. Fixtures: Sunday the junior footballers play Kilrush at 2pm in Ballyroebuck.

Our intermediate hurlers made a brilliant comeback in the second half to draw with a strong Cushinstown team 2-19 a peace. We raced into am early six points to won lead after from nice scoring with Ben Redmond, a few Wright frees and a brilliant sideline over the shoulder score from Topar. Cushinstown then went on a scoring spree, scoring the next 2-5 before a Dean Wright free stopped the rot with 10 to go. Cushinstown free taker and Dean Wright swapped frees to leave six between the sides at the break.

The second half started the same as the first ended with the free takers of both teams swapping frees. Eoin O'Neill made a brilliant goal saving hook with only a few minutes gone before they pushed the score to seven points. We finally broke through after Mossy blocked the keeper trying to clear the ball and Conor Sutton pulled low to the net. With seven minutes gone, Mick Lillis scored an exceptional point after some quick thinking from Topar hitting a sideline ball to Mick, who shit first time and over the black spot. A Wright free a minute later and all of a sudden there was just three points in it.

Cushinstown though weren't going to let the lead slip for the next 20 minutes. Mossy was unlucky not to goal after the keeper made a good save but with two minutes to go, Dean Wright caught a puc out and hand passed over his shoulder to Diarmuid, who soloed through to finish well to the net. Sides level and we pushed ahead on the next puc out with time up, There was still be some late drama when Mossy was unlucky not to goal after the keeper pulled off two strong saves before Cushinstown went down the other end and pointed to draw level.

'By Land and Sea'

'By Land and Sea' - A concert of traditional song from Blackwater and beyond will be held on Friday, June 7, in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel, at 9 p.m. It will feature songs, poetry and ballads relating to the Blackwater area. The performance is the culmination of Phase One of the Blackwater Song Project which is facilitated by traditional singer Aileen Lambert in association with the Wayside Players with the support of Wexford County Council via the Creative Communities Programme. The concert will be officially launched by Cllr Oliver Walsh.

Songs featured range from two hundred year-old ballads of sea tragedies to recently composed hurling songs. Sixteen songs will be performed on the night by over a dozen singers which include: Hughie Doyle, Pat Leacy, John Breen, Joan Nolan, Bridgie Whelan, Senan Lillis, Kathleen Byrne, Jim Connor, John Byrne, Paul Tobin, Colm Brennan, John Furlong, Mick Doyle, Aileen Lambert and Deirdre Tobin. Others involved in the group is Rita Carroll, who undertook research into local composers and background to the songs, Anne McLoughlin who transcribed dozens of songs from various printed and handwritten sources and singers Matt Murphy, Denis Carroll and Grace Murphy, who will all continue to be involved in the Songbook and CD project which will be undertaken in the autumn.

If you would like to find out more you can contact Senan Lillis, Wayside Players, Blackwater at 086 1681429, and check out Blackwater Song Project on Facebook.


New councillor

Congratulations to Cathal Byrne, Ballyhogue, who was elected to Wexford County Council as a representative of the Enniscorthy District at the recent local elections.

Tidy Towns News

Bree Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank all the people of who contributed so generously to our fundraising initiative. With your help we will now be able to continue to fund the co-payment necessary to keep two workers on the CEP scheme, and to purchase bedding plants etc., ahead of when the village will be judged for this year's competition.

We would also like to thank those who offered to help in a practical way and those hard-working volunteers who have continued with clearing litter from the approach roads.

Community Centre Hub

Bree Community Centre is now offering for hire a standalone room/office area which is very suitable for a start up business. There are also 'hot desk spaces' for hire in the hub for any independent office worker. All enquires to Bridie Galavan at 086 8275943. Viewing is by appointment only.

Ballyhogue cake sale/Clothes Collection

Ballyhogue parents' association is holding a cake sale on Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Please join us for tea and cake. Anyone wishing to donate to the cake sale can leave donations into the school from 9.30 Friday morning. We are also holding a clothes collection from now till June 7. Bags can be dropped in to the school during school hours. Thank you for your continued support.


Volleyball continues each Friday evening in Galbally Hall from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. All ages and abilities welcome. For enquiries contact Gerry at 089 4052973.

Bicycle Safety

St Joseph's NS in Bree has been working recently on bicycle safety with the children. We have arranged bicycle safety workshops where the children learned how to cycle safely.

We have also texted parents reminding them to take care when young cyclists are on the roads, as well as reinforcing the message to children at assembly time. In liaison with the council, the parents' association has arranged for the erection of signs that remind drivers to be careful around cyclists.

Now we are asking parishioners to do the same. Please give our young cyclists plenty of space when driving. Be aware that children make mistakes and can sometimes make sudden unpredictable movements while learning to cycle. Drivers can help by reducing their speed, keeping their distance and showing patience to young cyclists.

Cycling is great for the planet, great for the children and an essential skill for every child. Please help us to make the roads safe in the parish of Bree.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

The numbers drawn were 2, 11, 21 and 23. There was no jackpot winner. Match 3s were Liam Curtis, Eddie Dunne Graham Parker, Liam Walsh, Fr Billy Caulfield, Enda O'Brien, Syl Doyle Wilton. Next Draw is June 12 with a jackpot of €2,200.

Bree AC News

Bree Athletic Club had a great day at the Leinster Juvenile Relay Championships in Leixlip recently.

The girls under-10 team of Hannah Carr, Hazel Breen, Sarah O'Brien and Ava Wilson qualified for the final where they finished in seventh position.

The boys under-11 team of Shane Laffan, PJ Breen, James Wall, Jayden Kenny and Billy Doyle had fantastic runs to win silver medals after finishing in second place in the heat and the girls under-12 team of Keira Wilson, Maura Doyle, Ciara Laffan, Chloe Casey and Léa Bolger qualified in first place in their heat but had a battle in the final to earn their place on the podium with a photo finish giving them bronze medals by 0.01 of a second.

Next competition is the under-nine-13 Leinster Championships in Tullamore next weekend. Best wishes to all involved.

Community Games News

Best of luck to all of the local qualifiers for the Co Athletic Finals which take place in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 30. There are still a few vacant places in the under-14/16 age groups. Please contact area secretary Clare Doyle at 087 4151350 asap if interested in taking part.

Well done to our 10 competitors taking part in the National Community Games in Limerick recently. Eva Bailey was our medal winner where she won the medallion in the under-12 Breaststroke.

Other competitors in swimming were Holly Furlong, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Abi Cullen, Claire Whelan, Ava Whelan, Ava Kehoe, Lucy McCormack and Sarah O'Leary. Sam Devereux competed in the under-10 Art. Well done to all involved and to their manager Tracy Cullen.

Rathnure Musical

Rathnure Panto Society presents their 10th summer Musical 'Dancing at the Checkout', a brand new comedy musical full of 70's and 90's music, on June 20, 21, 24, 26, 27 and 28 at 7.45 p.m. nightly. Call 087 0680564 or 087 6954112 to book the best seats. Also find us on Facebook for more info.

Oulart & The Ballagh


The sympathy of the community is extended to Mrs Mary O'Grady, her husband Eddie and family (Ballincash) on the death of her sister Margaret O'Neill (formerly Chapel, Clonroche), Ferrybank, Waterford, who died on Monday, May 27. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St Clement's Church, Cloughbawn on Thursday, after which burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Thank You

The organisers of the recent coffee morning that was held in Marty's Bar, in aid of St Mochua's Church, extend a sincere thank you to all who supported it. The amount raised was €1,330. The prize-winners in the raffle were Ray McAuliffe, Edel Byrne, Margaret Furlong, Tony Byrne, Jim Mythen, Geraldine Wynne, Martin Harris, Josephine Kavanagh and May Murphy.

Camogie Winners

Congratulations to Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team on their brilliant win in the League Final against St Martin's, last Monday evening, May 27, in Farmleigh. Though the wind-assisted Piercestown team got off to a great start, scoring one goal and five points before Oulart-The Ballagh registered their first score, local supporters felt that the never-say-die attitude of the Oulart-The Ballagh team would ensure that they would not relinquish the title without an almighty effort. At one stage the team in Red and Black was seven points in arrears but point by point they reduced that lead till they equalised and eventually won on a scoreline of 15 points to 1-11.

Congratulations to the whole team and management on a hard-earned victory and special mention to one of the younger players-Eimear O'Connor, who defended defiantly and showed a wide range of skills as she repulsed attack after attack. Team captain, Shauna Sinnott was presented with the League Cup by the chairperson of Wexford camogie board.

Siúl Ladhrú (Laroo)

Oulart Hill Development and Oulart Hill Walking Hub are pleased to announce that very soon a new amenity walk linking the Unyoke and Blackwater will open to the public. Measuring 7.4km in length, Siúl Ladhrú will be an easy walk, passing through some of the most unique topography in Ireland called Kame and Kettle and a landscape in which the name of Ladhra (Lyra), a hero in the nation's oldest legend, is reflected in several local place names.

Family Fun Day

Oulart Christmas Lights Committee are hosting a Family Fun Day in Marty's Bar on Sunday, June 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be entertainment by Liam Sharkey, barbecue, face painting, raffle and much more. Tickets are only €5 and children go free. There will also be a Door Prize to the value of €150. Please support this event so that Oulart Village will be illuminated brightly for Christmas 2019.


The latest winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot is Mairéad McAuliffe who gets €124.The school benefits to the same amount. The next draw is on June 4 Entry envelopes are available from the school and from local businesses. The parents' association say 'thank-you' to all who regularly play split-the-pot in support of the local primary school.

School News/Tours

The pupils of Scoil Mochua have some very interesting school tours to look forward to, in June. The junior and senior infants will visit Kia-Ora Mini Farm on June 20 First and Second Classes will travel to UCD Sports Centre on June 11. Third and Fourth Classes will visit Kilkenny Activity Centre on June 18 while Fifth and Sixth Classes will travel to Dunmore Adventure Centre on June 24 the school will be closed all week June 3 to June 7 summer Holidays begin at midday on June 28. Field day will be held after the patron on June 30.

Model County Draw

The second of this year's three draws took place on Wednesday, May 29. Oulart-The Ballagh GAA sold two winning tickets. Congratulations to Ethan Freeman on winning seventh prize (Kilcannon Garden Voucher valued at €150) and to John Jackman, who won the 34th prize - a Pettitt's SuperValu Voucher to the value of €150. The first prize of a new Skoda Fabia (valued at 16,000 euro) went to Peter Hammell of Kilmuckridge. Best of luck to all the subscribers in the third and final draw at the end of June.

Wexford People

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