Saturday 18 January 2020

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

Estera Duarvity, Millie Franks and Ella May Rath at the fundraiser for Wexford Hospice in The Mercy School, St John’s Road
Estera Duarvity, Millie Franks and Ella May Rath at the fundraiser for Wexford Hospice in The Mercy School, St John’s Road

Blackwater: GAA notes - Fixtures: Massive game Saturday. Our under-20 hurlers play in the Premier hurling championship semi-final. The under-15 footballers play Sunday morning at 11 at home in the Roinn two quarter final against St Joseph's.

Our Intermediate Hurling team unfortunately fell at the quarter final stage in this year's championship losing to HWH Bunclody. It's been a positive year though with massive strides made with the team winning three games. The team is quite young so plenty to look forward to next year.

The under-15 hurlers drew with Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in an epic playoff game. The lads go off to a strong start and were lading 2-2 to 0-3 after 13 minors with goals from Ciaran Byrne and Jimmy Whelan. Davidstown struck back immediately goaling and then pointed a minute later to leave just a point between the sides with 16 gone. Ciaran Jimmy and Aidan put us back up by three before a free on the stroke of half time left just two between the sides.

Davidstown though came out the second period stronger and were leading with nine minutes of the clock elapsed with our lads struggling to get the ball past the half way line. Things got even better for them when Barry pulled off a great save in the goal only for a Davidstown man to tap in the resulting rebound. The hit a free to lead by four. We needed something special to get us going and when Jimmy Whelan bet his man and soloed in towards goal he managed to flick to the net to leave us behind by just one. Ciaran brought it back to one but they scored four points in a row to leave our lads with a mountain to clime going into added time.

Luckily though Ciaran got a free, he shot for goal and it was blocked but Ciaran Byrne was on hand to finish. We needed to win the next puc out which we did and the ball was fed to Jimmy Whelan, who under alot of pressure managed to point. Still though there was to be more drama, we won the next puc out again and the ball was dropped in but was flicked out for a 65. Ciaran had an excellent chance from the 65 but unfortunately just fell short to leave the game level.

Scorers: Jimmy Whelan 2-2, Ciaran Cash 1-6 (0-4 free), Ciaran Byrne 2-0, Aidan Malanowski 0-1

Scoil Naomh Bríd Boys defeated Ballymurn and screen in the first round of the 7s tournament with the girls winning also. The boys also won in the first round of the football rackard league also defeating Ballymurn.

This week 25 years ago the parish juvenile league was to start. Brian Curran's team were drawn to play Eoin Buttles team.

Community craft day

Crafters get ready. The date for this year's community craft dayin Blackwater is Sunday, November 24. If you're interested in taking a table contact Yvonne through the Blackwater Lodge. We are always looking for new and exciting products but we welcome the artists who continue to support our craft day each year. Book your table early.

Afternoon of Prayer

PTAA annual afternoon of Prayer in Ballyvaloo takes place on Sunday, October 6. Registration at 1.30. Cost €25 (includes evening tea). To book Contact Peter Canning 087 2101284.

Any news?

Would everyone connected with groups, asssociation etc in the Blackwater Parish please consider putting up notifications in the local newspaper. We are one of the few parishes that dont keep everyone informed of events, results of draws, enrollments upcoming and important events.

All notices need to be sent via email to on the Thursday evening by 9 p.m. before publication every Tuesday or if email is not available please call Clare at 086 8386242. Many of our parishioners are not on social media or email and rely on the paper to keep them up todate.


Harvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving will be celebrated in Crossabeg church on the weekend of October 12 and 13.

Vintage news

The Over the Water Vintage Club are holding a Road Run, which will take place on Sunday, October 13, starting out from Ballymurn village at 12.30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (Group 94) to provide special pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes for children and young people with special needs. Your support for this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated, and the organisers are looking forward to seeing you all on the day.

Church gate collection

The Irish Wheelchair Association will hold a church gate collection at Crossabeg church on Saturday and Sunday, October 5, and six. Your generous support would be appreciated.


We extend our condolences to the family of the late Mary Noonan (née Long, Bree) Ferry Villa, Kitestown, Crossabeg, who died on Monday of last week, following a short illness. Pre-deceased by her husband Con some 15 months ago, she is survived by her son Paul, sister and brothers, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Her remains reposed at Mackens funeral home on Tuesday with removal to Crossabeg church on Wednesday morning for 11 a.m Requiem Mass with burial afterwards to Enniscorthy cemetery. RIP.


The next session of storytelling, singing, recitations and good music will take place at Kyle Forge on Sunday, October 6, with proceedings beginning at 8 p.m.


The cross country season is upon us. Day one of the county competitions will take place on October 6 in the JFK park, New Ross and will cater for even-aged Juvenile athletes, under-19s, junior and Novice. All athletes can move up one age group if desired. Day two will take place on October 13 in Croghan and will cater for the Juveniles (uneven ages) and senior athletes. Programme for the juveniles is as follows: - 1500m (boys and girls under-11) 2000m (boys and girls under-12) 2500m (boys and girls under-13) 3000m (boys and girls under-14) 3500m (boys and girls under-15) 4000m (boys and girls under-16) 4000m (girls under-17) 5000m (boys' under-17) 4000m (girls under-18) and 6000m (boys' under-18)

Senior Athletics

Well done to Niall Sheil, who travelled to Passage East on Saturday week last to compete in the Croppy Boy 10K run. The race is in memory of Ronan Walsh, who passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer and who was passionate about running and a proud member of Raheny Shamrocks AC the race was run in heavy rain and wind on a hilly course but this did not deter the athletes. Niall had a strong race to finish third in a time of 33 minutes 08 seconds behind winner Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel with defending champion Freddy Stiuk of Raheny having to settle for second place in a time of 31 minutes 22 seconds. The senior members continue their training on Tuesdays from 5 p.m at the community field in Crossabeg and from nine on Saturdays at Ferrycarrig. All are most welcome.

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Camogie County Final

Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team will contest the Premier Senior Final against St Martin's on Saturday, October 5, in Bellefield, starting at 3.30 p.m. Supporters should also check details with players/officials or social media. Best wishes to the players and management.

Oulart ICA

New members, of any age, are always welcome to join Oulart Guild ICA the meetings are held in Oulart Community Centre on the third Monday of the month, beginning at 8 p.m. Members get involved in a wide variety of activities-cultural, sporting and artistic as well as cookery and crafts. There is usually a demonstration or talk each month and refreshments are served. As well as inter-guild competitions at county level (Federation) there are competitions organised on an all-Ireland level.

NATIONAL ICA COMPETITIONS - Make and Model 'A Santa Outfit' has a closing date of November 23.The Gempack Baking closing date is February 21 and Creative Writing competition January 31, 2020. The ICA Trophy for Reporting March 20 (Write a report on 'A medical Emergency').

The Photography competition for Colour photograph 'An Historic Landmark' and Black and White Photo 'A Streetscape', closing date February 21. The Bauman Cup for Art (painting in Acrylics 'A Cottage Garden', closing date March 20. The National table quiz will take place on April 4. The set dancing Finals (Full Set and Half Set) on April 5. The group singing competitions in Irish and English will be held on April 5. The deadline for Irish writing 'Uair amháin ar feadh an tsaoil' is February 21.

The crafts competition 'A Cover for a sewing machine-any medium' must be entered before March 20 as must the Rosebowl competition - 'A Hedgerow Basket'. The Hobby Section for beginners has a closing date of March 27 as has the Memorial Handcraft Trophy - 'A Wool Crochet Baby Quilt'. Next year's Pitch and Putt final will take place in Longford on September 12.

'On the Ball'

Cairde Loch Garman are holding 'On the Ball' a fundraiser at Wexford Spiegeltent on Thursday, October 10, to generate funds for all Wexford GAA activities, from underage upwards. This live panel discussion will review the sporting year 2019 and much more, with special guests including new Wexford Senior football manager, Paul Galvin, Kevin Doyle, Nick Poppelwell, Ursula Jacob and Liam Óg McGovern. The event will be hosted by Damian Lawlor of Sky Sports. Tickets are €20 and are available from the GAA office, Wexford Park or online.

Community Centre Bingo

Sunday night bingo, which proved so popular earlier in the year will recommence in Oulart Community Centre on the first Sunday in October (sixth), beginning at 8 p.m. Enquiries re bingo should be made to Martin Dempsey, chairman Oulart Community Centre.


Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot organisers congratulate its latest winners-Oisín and Caoimhe Moore - who won €140. The next draw will be held on September 23. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses.

Ministers of the Word

Readers at St Patrick's Church, Oulart are reminded that the new Rota comes into operation in October. All Readers are asked to contact Breda Jacob to indicate their willingness or otherwise to continue as a Minister of the Word. Please text or email before the end of September.

Community First Responders

Oulart-The Ballagh CFR Unit is a voluntary group, set up to assist the National Ambulance Service, in our community, seven nights per week. The group is looking for volunteers to come on board. Full training will be given.For further information please contact Ger at 086 1578484 or Vickie at 087 7780749.

Over the Water


Partners 45 cards for turkeys will commence in Hotel Curracloe on Thursday, October 3, at 9 p.m. There is an open draw and all are welcome. You must play a minimum of six nights to qualify for the grand Christmas final.

Vintage news

The Over the Water Vintage Club are holding a Road Run, which will take place on Sunday, October 13, starting out from Ballymurn village at 12.30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (Group 94) to provide special pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes for children and young people with special needs. Your support for this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated, and the organisers are looking forward to seeing you all on the day.

Curracloe school news

Curracloe national school wish to express their grateful appreciation to Seán Doyle and the Curracloe Horseshoe Club for their very generous donation of €500 for their school. This money will go towards a new Interactive Whiteboard.

Congratulations to the winner of the recent Split the Pot draw, Andy Hart, who won €113. Envelopes are on sale in all the local Curracloe businesses as well as the school for €2 for 1 draw, 6 draws for €10 or 12 draws for €20. The next draw takes place on Wednesday, October 2.

Congratulations to the Mini 7's girls team who have succeeded in going through to the next round, having managed to defeat two formidable teams in Balllymurn and Screen.

Hard luck to the Mini 7's boys team who were sadly defeated in the first round by Crossabeg and Castlebridge. Congratulations to Crossabeg who are through to the next round.

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, September 22, The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 8 and 19. There was one jackpot winner, Francis Tobin, Curracloe, who won €10,750. There were seven match-three winners, who each received €25, Louise Howlin, Ballinablake; Clare Heg - Curran, Ballyvaloo; Ann Doyle, Ballyvaloo; Brian Kinsella, Ballinacoola, Curracloe; Karen, c/o Shane; Sep and Sam Murphy, Curracloe and Teresa O'Toole, Galbally, Curracloe.

Annual general meeting

Castlebridge Handball Club will hold their annual general meeting on Monday, October 7, at 8 p.m. All members are urged to attend. Juvenile training takes place every Monday evening at 5.30 p.m for girls only and at 6.15 p.m for boys aged 10 to 13 years, and from seven to 7.45 p.m for boys aged 14 to 17 years. For all up to date information look up castlebridge hbc Facebook page.

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