Around the Districts: Blackwater, Bree-Galbally, The Ballagh, Oylegate
Blackwater: Gorta-SelfHelp Collection. The annual Gorta-Self Help Africa church gate collection will take place in Blackwater on Saturday and Sunday, March 30, and 31. Your support for this very worthy organisation working to relieve poverty through development at ground level would be much appreciated.
GAA club notes
The under-15s have been graded in Division One for hurling and Division Two for football the season ahead. Division 1 North (Hurling), Craanford, Rappareees, Buffers Alley, Ballinastreagh Gaels, Ferns St Aidan's, St Brigid's Blackwater, Cloney Gaels and Askamore. First game v Monageer-Boolavogue April 25 away at 7 p.m. Football Division 2 North, Castletown,Craanford, St Patrick's, Ballynestragh, Marshalstown-Castledockrell, Monageer-Boolavogue, Réalt na Meara, St Brigid's Blackwater, First game April 11 v Monageer-Boolavogue at home at 6.30 p.m.
Two loses and one victory over bank holiday Monday in the hurling matches. First up was the minor hurlers in the first round of the championship against Buffers Alley. The boys were on top for the first 10 minutes but let a number of chances go a begging but the Alley got a goal after 13 minutes to put them in front, a lead they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the game. The boys were down at the break and the Alley had a good spell after half time scoring a second goal. Our lads finished strong though but it wasn't enough in the end, losing by seven. Next up for them is Ferns, away next Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Junior B hurlers put in a massive performance against a very strong St Anne's team in Rathangan on recently. The lads played with the wind in the first half and the game was nip and tuck till a high ball in was batted out by the goalie and Wayne was on hand to lash to the net. We never looked back for the rest of the game and lead by just three at the break facing into a very strong wind, with Wayne scoring a penalty after Denis Carroll had been fouled in the box.
Our lads showed brilliant battling qualities though with the older generation of the team standing up with Eoin Buttle, Wayne O'Connor and Lar Leacy reeling back the years popping up in a number of different positions on the field. Annes got as close as two points but our lads didn't give an inch with Brendan Murphy saving. penalty also. Other impressive performers were Kevin Purcell at full back, Paddy Cullen, Ian Curran forming a solid half back line along with Anthony Roche while James Dooley scored some nice points at tight angles. Final score St Anne's 0-12 v 2-11 Blackwater
The intermediate hurlers suffered a disappointing outcome in the hurling league in windy Monageer pitch recently. Monageer started brightly and were three points to one up as we were guilty of hitting a few wides. Frees were keeping us in touch but the men in red moved four in front with eight left on the clock. Eoin O'Neill made a brilliant block when a shot was heading to the net and at half time we were three down, unfortunately yet to score from play. They changed instantly at the start of the second half with some brilliant hand passing led the ball to Mossy, who pointed. It wasn't till 37 gone that Dean Wright made an exceptional catch and scored the resulting point all from the 65. Unfortunately disaster struck a minute later when a cross field shot for a point deceived Peter in the goal and went to the net. Our lads responded well with Diarmuid pointing. We nearly goaled when Mossy side stepped his marker but unfortunately his goal shot was saved by the keeper. Monageer kept us at a distance and notched two more before we found ourselves five down with just 12 left. We battled back with two Pad frees and a Dean Wright free brought to back to two. Unfortunately time was against us with Monageers free taker and Pad swapping frees before the final whistle. Final score Monageer-Boolavogue 1-12 v 0-13 Blackwater
On this week 25 years ago, our under-21 footballers were due to play Kilmore but unfortunately due to Scott Doran (RIP) involvement with the county senior football team.
Macra Na Feirme reunion
This year is the 70th Anniversary of Macra Na Feirme in County Wexford. To mark this wonderful achievement we are organising a Macra reunion and dinner dance on Saturday, April 13, in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy at 7.30 p.m. Tickets can be booked by contacting Sarah at 085 113308. We are also reaching out to past Wexford Macra members for any pictures they might have from their time in Macra. These can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The numbers drawn in the Ballyhogue GAA on March 20 were 1, 9, 17 and 24. There was no jackpot winner. Match-three winners of €35 each: Michael Kearns, Phil Power, Eddie Galavan. Thank you for your support. Next draw April 3.
Galbally car boot sale
Galbally Sports and Leisure Club will host an indoor and outdoor market/car boot sale on Easter Monday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. €15 per stall/pitch. For enquiries and bookings contact Dawn at 087 8306206.
Wexford Macra na Feirme are organising a Reunion and dinner dance to celebrate their 70th Anniversary. The event will take place in the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday, April 13, at 7.30 p.m.
All past and current members of Bree Macra are encouraged to come along and enjoy the memories as we take Macra in Wexford into the next decade.
Tickets are available from all club officers, by contacting 086 0825018 or emailing email@example.com.
Bingo continues every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Byrnes of Bree. €10 per book and extra bonus sheets will be sold on the night for €2. Jackpot this week is €375.
Galbally Tractor Run
The annual Galbally Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, May 26, sympathy.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the son, daughter, relations and friends of Maureen O'Connor, Rock of Bree, who died recently.
Scoil Mhuire NS
Well done to our students who took part in the FAI Spar Primary 5s soccer tournament in Ferrycarrig Park on Thursday, March 21. Also thank you to all parents who came along to support us.
Community Games News
Entries are now being taken for Individual under-16 Handball, under-8 to 16 Swimming and under-14 talent. Best wishes to all local participants involved in art, Handwriting, Mini Rugby and quiz county finals coming up shortly.
For info on all Community Games activities see the National Community Games website or contact area secretary Clare Doyle 087 4151350.
Bree AC News
Best wishes to Ciara Laffan, Abbie Doyle, Katie Doyle and Daragh Casey in the National Indoor Athletic Championships next weekend. The first Open Sports of the season takes place in Ferrybank, Waterford on Sunday, April 7, Athletes must be registered members of Bree AC to compete.
Outdoor training for Bree AC athletes takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Ballyhogue GAA Grounds. Little Athletics for four to eight years will resume on Mondays evening only on the April 8 in the top field from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Heartiest congratulations to the 'Mayor of Oulart-The Ballagh' Martin 'Sponger' Fortune and his amazing team of workers on the unbelievable amount of money that they raised for their local GAA club. Through a great variety of innovative fundraising ideas they entertained and excited the community and showed what can be achieved by hard-work and co-operation. Martin defeated the other sporting candidate Phil Redmond, who along with his team also raised substantial funds for Oulart-The Ballagh GAA.
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.
Choir for Easter
Rehearsals for Easter Saturday Night Mass (April 20) will begin on Monday, March 25, at 7.30 p.m.
Congratulations to the most recent winners, Sophie Stamp (€89) and Deborah Walsh (€66). It cost just €2 to play. Entry envelopes available from local businesses.
The 22nd Wexford Oulart Scout Group will hold a cake sale on the weekend of March 30/31, at all Masses. Donations for the cake sale would be appreciated. Contact Tina at 086 8849585.
For further information and to register your son or daughter please contact Elizabeth Freeman (underage GAA) at 087 7560871or contact the camogie club at 087 9142899. Adult players and those members wishing to have a vote at the next AGM should ensure that their membership is paid no later than March 31.
Bingo for IPT
On Sunday, March 31, there will be bingo in Oulart Community Centre, in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the local GAA the bingo will begin at 8 p.m. All funds raised for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust will go towards funding a week-long trip to Lourdes for nine young adults, with additional needs, from the South-East region. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
The Announcement of the mayor of Oulart-The Ballagh took place on Saturday, March 16, in Oulart Community Centre at 9 p.m. with music by the Country Outlaws and a great night was had by everyone. On behalf of the club chairman, Bartle Sinnott and the GAA Club and the two Mayoral Candidates, Phil Redmond and Martin 'Sponger' Fortune we would like to acknowledge an enormous thank you to everyone who helped in any way, organising events, taking part and supporting the Mayoral Campaign for the club. It was a phenomenal success and the total amount of money raised was €134,161.68 for the club.
We are all overwhelmed by the support that was given and the amount of money raised. The winner on the night was Martin 'Sponger' Fortune. Well done to Martin and to Phil for all their work, enthusiasm, and passion for their club. It has been an amazing five months.
The club honoured five players with awards winning all-Ireland medals over 50 years ago in 1968. Paddy O'Connor and Tom Byrne with the Wexford Minor all-Ireland team. Christy and Mick Jacob with the Wexford Senior Hurlers and Margaret Leacy with the Wexford camogie and they were presented with their awards by Martin' Sponger' Fortune.
Rackard League/Mini 7s
The Rackard League Hurling team had a great win in Bunclody on Wednesday, March 20, beating Bunclody 5-17 to 4-2 and they now play Ballindaggin on Wednesday, April 3. Venue and time to be confirmed. The Rackard league girls lost to Davidstown by two points and they play Oylegate next Monday the 25th in Oylegate at 2 p.m.
Our under-13 boys play in the final of the Silver Division in Oulart on Sunday, March 31, at 3.30 p.m. against Kilmacud Crokes and our senior camogie team play in the final against Rathnure at 2.30 in Abbottstown on the same day. Best of luck to both teams.
Great results all round last week in R1 of the leagues. The Intermediate Men beat Our Lady's Island 1-17 to 1-07. The Junior Hurlers beat Cloughbawn 2-14 to 1-16. The senior men beat Ferns, St Aidan's 2-13 to 1-13. The senior camogie girls beat Glynn-Barntown. Due to unforeseen circumstances R1 of the under-17 Championship has been re fixed for Thursday, March 28, in Oulart at 8 p.m.
The Sound of Music
The musical 'The Sound of Music' will be staged in Oylegate Community Centre on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Saturday, March 26, to 30, nightly at 8 p.m. To book tickets phone 9138192/087 9552727. Adults: €12 and Primary school children: €6.
Gorta Self-Help Africa
Gorta Self-Help Africa are holding a church gate collection on March 30/31. Please support this worthy cause.
Patron Dates 2019
Glenbrien Patron - June 30 at 2 p.m. Oylegate Patron - July 7 at 2.30 p.m.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic Football Club are organising an Easter Football Camp from April 15 to April 18 in Ballymurn Pitch. Two groups will be catered for: 5-7 years and eight to 12 years. For more information contact Amanda at 086 2007418.
GAA Walking Track
The top track will be fully lit every Mon/Weds/Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Everybody welcome. Unfortunately for health and safety reasons guide dogs only are allowed.
Please note Mass times in Oylegate: Saturday vigil Mass is at 6.30 p.m. Sunday morning Mass is at 10.30 a.m.