Monday 20 May 2019

Around the districts: Blackwater, Crossabeg, Oulart, Over the Water

Blackwater: Tidy towns AGM - The Blackwater Tidy Towns AGM takes place on Thursday, November 29, at 7pm 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.

Active retirement

There is an outing on December 5 to the Craft Fair in the RDS - travel by public transport, departing Wexford at 9 a.m.

The AGM is being held on December 10 at 2.30 p.m. in Blackwater Lodge, all current members and those who are interested in joining, are most welcome to attend. cost €5, per person for refreshments on the day.

Our Christmas night out is on December 14 in Blackwater Lodge, dinner and dancing - cost €30 per person (will be part subsidised for members). If interested in any of the above, contact Margaret on {087} 6703242 or Kate at 087 2840457.

GAA club news

A large win 6-16 to 0-08 win against St Mary's Rosslare for the under-16 hurlers in a dry but windy Tagoat on Sunday morning 18th to finish off the group stages. Again unfortunately our opponents could only manage to have 14 players so it was 14 a side but we employed a roll-on, roll off substitutions.

The boys started off at blistering pace playing with a very strong wind, notching two goals inside the first two minutes. A brilliant Johnny O'Toole run blasting to the top corner before Ben Cullen caught the puc out and pointed. Then the next puc out Kealan worked the ball to Adam Murphy and he made no mistake. The lads continued there high pressure and scored a further eight points divided between Adam, Séamus and Jason. With 13 gone, a Pad O'Connor effort for a point dropped into the net before Adam had his second while Ollie got in on the act before half time, the midfielder finishing well to the net.

In fairness to Rosslare they really upped their game in the second half the game very much even with Rosslare scoring a couple of points while Ollie and Adam kept the scoreboard ticking over with frees. In fact we didn't score from play in the second half till the 17th minute with Adam Murphy breaking the rot. There was one more final goal with Ollie getting his second, a few minutes before the end.

The club would like to send its congratulations to Conor Sutton, who was voted Wexford FC player of the year. What a magnificent achievement for him.

In what no doubt will be a quiz question at some table quiz in years to come in the parish, what Blackwater man played hurling in the famous stadium in Boston, home to the Boston Red Sox, a baseball team? Darren Byrne appeared in both the first and second half and gave a good account of himself with Wexford unfortunately losing out in the final minute to the all-Ireland Champions.

Hard luck to Ciaran Cash and Aidan Malanowski, who were part of the St Peter's team that lost out in the Junior A South Leinster football final. Adam Murphy played wing forward for St Peter's against Knockbeg in the junior football championship.

Last week's lotto results. No winner. Numbers drawn were 2, 7, 13 and 18 and the bonus four. Next jackpot €10,200. Lucky-dip winners were Marion Carroll-Murphy, Kevin, Chris and Pauric O'Toole (divided evenly im sure between the three boys ߘ?), Keith Barrett, Oliver Murphy, Eileen Delaney and the seller's prize Bridie Gordon.

Coláiste an Átha market

Coláiste an Átha's annual Christmas Market will take place on Friday, November 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Athletics news

Juvenile members of St Killian's AC travelled to the Hub in Enniscorthy on Friday, November 16, to compete in the Menapians winter league. Emma McCarthy continued her winning ways taking first place in the 500m under-11; Chloe Reck had a steady race to finish in seventh place in the 500m under-12 race; Hugh Boggan impressed in the 1000m under-15 race to take third place; Billy Reck and Jack Forde both competed in the 1000m under-16 race and they finished in third and second places respectively. A special mention to the O'Shaughnessy athletes who are following in Dad Bryan's footsteps when they competed for the first time for St Killian's.

Athletic Club AGM

The annual general meeting of St Killian's Athletic Club will take place in Crossabeg school on Wednesday, December 5, senior members and parents are most welcome.

Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas baking and coffee morning fundraiser, organised by local lady, Annis Kehoe, will be held in Kyle Forge on Saturday, December 8, Annis will have plenty of cakes, puddings, tarts, mince pies, jams, bread, and vegetables on sale. If you wish to pre-order, contact her at 087 2426146. There will also be a raffle with great prizes on offer.

This year Annis has chosen the local Crossabeg-Ballymurn community centre at Garrywilliam to benefit from the fundraiser. With a lot of focus and support on fundraising for the centre lately, we hope that the parish will continue that trend and get behind Annis and help make the occasion a profitable and enjoyable event. Keep that date in your diaries.

New appointment

Congratulations to Ger Shortle, Kyle, Crossabeg, who has been appointed as a Teagasc Advisor with responsibility for counties Wexford, Carlow and Wicklow. We wish him every success.


We extend our condolences to Pat O'Rourke and family, Kitestown, Crossabeg, on the death of his Mother, Mary O'Rourke (née Coffey) Glountane, Brosna, Co. Kerry, whose funeral took place following Requiem Mass to Brosna cemetery on Friday, November 16, Our condolences also to Pat Hore and family, Killowen, and Declan Hore and family, Newcastle, on the death of their Mother, Bridget (Bid) Hore (née Monaghan) Whiterock Hill, Wexford (and formerly of John Street, Wexford) who died on Wednesday of last week. Her funeral Mass took place in Rowe Street church on Friday at midday with burial afterwards to Crosstown cemetery. May they rest in peace.

Family in mourning

Family, neighbours and friends were shocked to learn on Thursday morning of last week of the death of young Jack Whelan-Kinsella of Whitefort, Crossabeg. The promising young rugby player, who was a second year CBS student died last Wednesday night. No words can fully express or convey to his family the heartfelt outpouring of sympathy that is being sent the way of his heartbroken family. We can only hope that time may ease their suffering.

Beloved son of Michelle (Whelan) and Sean (Kinsella) and brother of Kaitlyn, Max and Emily, and grandson of Seamus and Joan (Whelan) and Paddy and Cecily Kinsella, he is also missed by his loving family, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, school mates, rugby colleagues and friends.

His remains reposed at his residence on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday, with removal to St. Davids church, Oylegate, for 10.30 a.m Mass on Sunday morning. Burial took place afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Silver Circle

The first draw of the community centre Development Silver Circle fundraiser took place recently in Foley's of Crossabeg. The five lucky winners of €200 each were Patrick O'Connor, Castlesow; Mark Campbell, Kilmallock; Natasha Costelloe, Kyle Upper; Mary and Jackie Kearney, Raheny and Fintan Kehoe, Enniscorthy. Congratulations to all.

The December draw will take place in the Anvil, Ballymurn on Friday, December 21, Thanks again to everyone for the tremendous support received across the community.

Christmas party

The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will take place at Ferrycarrig hotel on Sunday, December 9, dinner will be served at 5.30 p.m. Members of the organising committee are busy preparing for the event and to help offset the costs, tickets are now on sale throughout the parish. Please help out and give as generously as you can when they call to your door.


Your next session of storytelling, recitations, music and song takes place at Kyle Forge on Sunday, December 2, Proceedings get under way at 8 p.m. Refreshments are also served and there will be a raffle too.

Items for column

Send in your news items to or text to 086 1980775. A reminder to send in notes by Thursday night of each week for inclusion in the following Tuesday edition of the Wexford paper.


Parish Christmas Draw

The annual Christmas Draw in aid of St Patrick's Church, Oulart will take place as usual this year. If anyone would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please inform Fr Browne or Joan Doyle as soon as possible as the tickets will be printed shortly.

GAA club AGM

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will hold its annual general meeting this Friday, November 30, in Oulart Community Centre. Registration will be from 7 p.m. and the formalities will begin at 7.30 p.m. New members, male and female, are always welcome to join our GAA club and, where better to start than at the AGM where we review the past year, elect officers, committee and team managements and make plans for 2019. Former players and older members who have let their membership lapse are encouraged to become involved again.

Tractor Road Run

On Sunday, December 2, a Tractor Road-Run in aid of Oulart senior citizens Christmas party, will start at the 1978 Monument, opposite O'Leary's Oulart Hill Bar, at midday. For further information please contact Seán Byrne at 087 6486279.

Senior citizens party

The annual Oulart senior citizens Party will be held in the community centre on Sunday, January 6 (Lá Nollag na mBan or 'Little Christmas). If you know of any Seniors (over-65s) in the locality whose name should be added to the list of invitees please inform Seán Byrne (087 6486279) or Eddie O'Grady (087 2771735) or any member of the committee.

Joan and friends

The organisers of last week's coffee morning in aid of Scoil Mochua pupil, Sofia Chiu, would like to thank everyone for the generous donations of money, door and raffle prizes and cakes and buns etc and to thank everyone who attended and the volunteers who helped on the day. Thank you also to Gary and Conor O'Leary and the O'Leary family for the use of the premises.

To date, €2,300 has been raised to go towards Sofia's cancer treatment in Germany. The winners of the Door Prizes were Breda Flood and John Galvin. The prize-winners in the raffle were: Mary Byrne, Kilmuckridge, Caoibhe McCormack, James Doyle (x2), Kathleen Carroll, Eileen Coleman, Niamh Dempsey, Mick Murphy, Gillian Redmond, Nela Dzipa, Aoife Griffin and Mary Dempsey.

Extra efforts

Joan will hold a raffle and music night in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh on December 8 and another music night and raffle in Corrigan's, Blackwater on December 14. On a date to be confirmed, Joan's grand-daughter, Leona will have her beautiful long hair cut for Sofia's fund and also for the Rapunzel Foundation.

Family notices

If you would like these notes to include details of your family births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries and achievements etc. please supply the relevant details by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email There is no charge for including such items in the Local Notes.

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 December 1 Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold 'Come Dine with me' in the Ballagh Community Centre while on second, December 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.


Congratulations to the most recent winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot - Mick Lyndon - who won €131. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses and from the school.

CFR Information Night

Anyone interested in being part of the CFR group should note that an Information evening will be held in the Ballagh Community Centre on Wednesday, December 5, at 8.30 p.m. For queries please contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Over the Water

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, November 18, The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 21 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and no match-three winners.


Weekly winners of the cards for turkeys in Hotel Curracloe were Anna Wright and Eamon Lacey. Cards take place every Thursday night at 9pm. There is an open draw and all are welcome.

Annual dinner dance

The Shelmalier GAA Club in association with St Ibar's camogie club and the Shelmalier Ladies' Gaelic Football Club will host a dinner dance and presentation night this coming Saturday, December 1, at 7.30 p.m. in Hotel Curracloe. A four course meal will be served. Tickets are priced at €25 and available from the Porterhouse, Castlebridge; Hotel Curracloe and any committee member.

Annual gneral meeting

The Castlebridge Community Development Co-Op annual general meeting will be held in the Reading Rooms, Castlebridge, on Tuesday, December 11, commencing at 8 p.m.

Curracloe school news

bingo continues every Sunday in the school hall from 3.30 5 p.m. Congratulations to recent split-the-pot winners Helen and Dennis Redmond, who won €106.50. The next draw takes place tomorrow, Wednesday the 28th. Weekly envelopes (€2 each) can be purchased in the local businesses in Curracloe or at the school.

Best of luck to Alisha Doyle, who will be competing in the National Acrobatic Team finals in the National Indoor Arena on December 1 and best of luck also to Katie Doyle, who will compete in her first all-Ireland Artistic finals in Dublin the same day.

Well done to all of the children from third to sixth classes who took part in Sing out Loud in the National Opera House on Thursday, November 22, Thanks to all involved and to the parents who helped out.

Since the mid-term, pupils from fifth and sixth classes have begun their work on the exciting Junior Enterprise Programme. They hope to be inspired with lots of great ideas and are really looking forward to setting up their own business with all that entails. They hope to become rich not just financially but also in terms of new skills and knowledge.

The Christmas concert will be held on Wednesday, December 19, at 1 p.m. All are welcome to go along to the school hall and get in the festive mood. There will be two Christmas raffles in the school again this year. The main raffle (for adults) will be held after the Christmas concert which takes place on Wednesday, December 19, and the children's raffle will be held the following day at 1.30 p.m. The staff wish to thank all who donated prizes to the raffle, particularly the main sponsors, Patsy Roche (trailer of logs), McCauley's Chemist (Hamper), Hotel Curracloe and Kehoe's Agri and DIY Blackwater (Vouchers), Seán Doyle (P & R Fitness Voucher). A big thank you also to all ticket sellers. Thank you to Noreen Hearne, who is the main organiser.

Annual general meetings

Shelmalier GAA Club will hold their annual general meeting this Friday, November 30, at Hollymount complex. Refreshments will be served at 7.30 p.m. The annual general meeting of Shelmalier Coiste na nÓg will take place on Tuesday, December 4, in Hollymount at 7.30 p.m.

Items for column

Items are always welcome for the Over the Water column. Send to or text to 086 1980775. All items must be forwarded by Thursday night for inclusion in the following weeks paper.

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