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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Around the Districts: Blackwater, Clonard and The Ballagh

Ann Marie Curtis, Joan Boggan and Eithne Fitzpatrick at the coffee morning in Boggans Service Station, Newtown Road in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare
Ann Marie Curtis, Joan Boggan and Eithne Fitzpatrick at the coffee morning in Boggans Service Station, Newtown Road in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare

Blackwater - Tidy towns AGM: The Blackwater Tidy Towns AGM takes place on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in Blackwater Hall. Positions available for 2019: Vice-chairperson, treasurer, secretary, Public Relations Officer/Press Officer. Other possible roles: Assistant secretary, Fás/TÚS Overseer and Co-Ordinator.

Community craft day

Blackwater's community craft day is being held in the Blackwater Lodge, Blackwater on Sunday, November 25, from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an event not to be missed for the finest handmade crafts to view and buy.

We have even more exciting crafts this year. We are featuring fine knitting; crochet adult cardigans; knitted decorations; baby blankets; floral painting; jewellery; christmas baking; home baking; ladies' hats; scented candles; boxes; natural creams and soaps ceramics; fairy doors; hessian framed pictures scrabble pictures; seaweed pictures; soy and natural based candles fine kiln jewellery; decorative cupcakes; handmade greeting cards; flower arrangements; outdoor plants; wooden framed pictures; horseshoe charms; embroidered T-shirts.

GAA club notes

The under-16 hurlers bounced back from last week's defeat to record a convincing 2-17 to 0-10 victory to a previously undefeated Ramsgrange side in Pairc Naomh Brid on Sunday, November 11, morning in dry, conditions. Unfortunately James only had 14 players so the game was played with 14 a side. The side again contained a number of our younger players including one of our allowed older players Pad O'Connor and a number of positional changes. Also there was unlimited substitutions so it was a roll on, roll off system.

The first half was again marred by a number of wides from both sides, with Adam Murphy frees keeping our score ticking over. James were leading by one with five minutes to go before our lads made a late scoring spurt, pointing three in a row including an Ollie shot at goal which rose over the bar. James responded to leave the just a minimum between the sides, without having tested Brian Og in the goal with Rían Salmon giving a fine performance at full back.

Our lads started the better off in the second period, two Adam Murphy frees including two nice scores from play from him, one of which was on the sideline. James though stayed in touch putting over two frees before with five minutes gone, Eugene Clarke turned his marker and was heading for goal only to be dragged down, Adam Murphy pointed the resulting free. Then the game changer with 10 gone, a long ball in from Kealan Fikentscher went over the full backs head and Ollie Murphy was on hand to flick to the net. This seemed to settle the lads and St James lost a man with 15 left due to a second yellow card. Our lads were now completely on top and notched on further scores including a Johnny O'Toole goal with seven left, Kealan Fikentscher again being the provider with a long ball in and Johnny on hand to finish to the net. Jimmy, Ollie and an Adam free finished out the match.

If you are looking for any club information make sure and check out our club website for any news blackwater.gaa.ie.

Hard luck to Jack Nobbs (Wing Back), Aaron Culleton (midfield) and Tomás Murphy, who were part of the St Peter's team which lost out to St Mel's of Longford in the Seniors Football Championship first round.

The club is currently selling tickets for the Thousand to One draw. Three tickets for €25 so please support as it goes towards the running and development of the club.

The indoor arena is currently available for rent, please contact Lar Lacey if you are looking for a time slot.

Coláiste an Átha

Coláiste an Átha will hold their Enrolment Evening for students entering first year in September 2019 on Tuesday, November 20, from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries about enrolling your child.

Coláiste an Átha's annual Christmas Market will take place on Friday, November 30, from six - 8 p.m. This event will be hosted by the TY and LCA students. The students will be selling their own enterprise projects on the night. Coláiste an Átha looks forward to welcoming the local community to our school Gym to browse an array of stalls and games. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy our choir, start your Christmas early and pick from crafts, gifts, confectionery and jewellery sold by our students and local vendors. There's something for everyone.

Clonard

Lotto results

Clonard lotto results for Wednesday, November 14: inning numbers: 1-19 - 24-25. No jackpot winner. Four match-three winners receive €163 each: Billy and Mary; Harry K; Joanne Codd, and Ann Whitty. Jackpot for Wednesday, November 21, is €5,950. Tickets are €1.50 at the parish office or any promoter. Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday night at Clonard Bingo at 8.30 p.m.

Clonard Thrift Fund

Due to new banking regulations we have had to review how the Thrift Fund works and unfortunately, after exploring all avenues it is with regret that we have to cease operation. Pay-out this year will take place on Tuesday, December 4, from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Shamrock Room of the community centre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who have dedicated their time on a Friday night for so many years and to all of the people who have saved with us over the years, your support has been greatly appreciated.

Christmas Fair

The Clonard Christmas Fair will take place on December 8 and nine from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stalls available. Book and pay by November 2 to avail of a €5 discount. One day - €30, Early bird €25. Two days - €45, Early bird €40. To book or for more information contact Karen at 053 9123672.

We are looking for unwanted gifts for the Wheel Of Fortune, books for the book stall and bric-à-brac in good condition for the Christmas fair, no broken items please. If you have items you would like to donate please drop them off in the community centre from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Clonard GAA

Congratulations to Mr Freddie Doyle on winning the split-the-pot draw. Seller was our Vice-president Aidan Gilbert. Envelopes for our next draw are on sale now. Thanks to all for supporting us weekly. Split-the-pot is now available online at clonard.ie.

Our annual general meeting will be held in Clonard Community Centre on December 10 at 7 p.m. Sharp, old and new members welcome.

Congratulations to our own Gavin Byrne, who was commissioned as an Air Corps Officer. Gavin played hurling and football with the club and in his spare time he was an actor of distinction.

Congratulations to Rianna for your award as FAI Women's National League Player of the Year from everyone in Clonard GAA Club. You have won the full complement from the WNL, Continental Tyres FAI Women's Cup, and the Development Shield, the elusive treble, well done Rianna.

Ladies' GAA

Clonard Volunteer Ladies attended the St John's Volunteers 125 celebrations recently in Whites Hotel where our award winners were presented with their well deserved awards. Young Player of the Year Eve Hession, Junior Player of the Year Sadhbh Culliinane, joint Senior Players of the Year Cara McDonald and Holly Hynes. Well done to the organising committe on such a brilliant night and congratulations on 125 years.

ClonVol Ladies have been shortlisted for this year's South East Radio Sports Awards in the club of the Year of the category also our two senior players Aoife Tormey and Shirley Roche have been shortlisted as Female Football Club Player of the Year, massive thanks to everyone who voted for our busy growing club, this is a great testament to the commitment/motivation given to the club from our busy underage section to senior adult, parents, management and mentors Best of luck on the 22nd at the awards night.

The Ballagh

Recent Births

Congratulations and best wishes to new parents Danielle O'Connor, The Ballagh and Pa O'Rourke on the birth of their baby girl, Layla, in Wexford General Hospital on November 14. The beautiful new arrival weighed-in at 6 lbs 3 oz. A first grand-child for Linda O'Connor, 'The Village Chipper', Blackwater.

Congratulations and best wishes also to Sharon (née Kehoe) and Johnny Wynne and their delighted families on the birth of their son Luca on November 7.

Scouts' Cake Sale

A Church Gate cake sale, to raise funds for the 22nd Wexford Oulart Scout Group, will take place, in Oulart and the Ballagh this coming weekend, November 24/25. Your support would be greatly appreciated and donations of baked goods would be very welcome. Please contact Siobhán at 086 0792160.

Race to be Mayor

The GAA Mayoral Election Campaign is well under way and the next few weeks will see lots of fundraising activities organised for the candidates.

On Saturday, November 24, Phil's team will hold a Variety Show in Oulart Hill Bar, beginning at 9 p.m. and on the following day, Sunday the 25th they will host Lunch in Oulart Community Centre, midday to 2 p.m. Later that night, bingo will take place in Oulart Community Centre.

On December 1 Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold 'Come Dine with me' in the Ballagh Community Centre while on December 2, 9 and 16 Phil's team will hold bingo. As this year is the 25th Anniversary of Oulart-The Ballagh winning their first Senior Hurling Title (1994) Phil's team will launch a Souvenir Calendar in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, December 15. And if you want to buy a real Christmas Tree to support Sponger's Mayoral campaign, please place your order with Declan at 087 3456523.

The two candidates' teams also have raffle tickets circulating, with valuable prizes on offer. We would encourage as many as possible to support the events as all the proceeds go to Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club. Please follow the Facebook page for more details.

Local Place Name Project

Some 22nd Wexford Cub Scouts have been working on a community project on local place names, called Meitheal Logainm. It's an online project inviting people to enter local names of fields, lanes, crossroads etc. into a national database, as an opportunity to preserve and share the minor placenames in their native areas.

We are inviting the community to come along any time between 4.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday, November 21, at the Bygone Days house in Lower Oulart, where they can share their local knowledge of place names with us. We are looking for anything that would not be found on a normal map eg. the name that a field or lane may have been called locally. We lookforward to seeing you on Wednesday and anyone looking for more information can contact Trisha Wiltshire at 086 3080403 or check out Meitheal.logainm.ie.

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Boxing Club

Training resumes in the Ballagh on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. for underage boxers and beginners. Congratulations to Ryan Cullen, who recently won Silver in a Tournament in Lithuania with the Leinster squad,

Split-the-pot

It costs just €2 to play and entry 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, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Boland's XL Thanks to everyone who support this fundraiser.

CFR

The Oulart-The Ballagh Unit of Community First Responders is live, seven nights a week and all day at weekends, assisting the National Ambulance Service, on a totally voluntary basis.

Book Fair

The Book Fair will take place in the school from Monday, November 19, to Wednesday, November 21, Pupils will have the opportunity to buy books on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The book fair will also be open to parents and pupils on Tuesday from 2.40 to 3.30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The book fair is a wonderful opportunity to buy popular and recent publications and the school earns many new books through the book fair sales. Your support as always is much appreciated.

Coláiste an Átha

Coláiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge will hold its Enrolment Evening for students entering First year in September 2019, on Tuesday, November 20, from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries about enrolling your child. (087 7857331).

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