Around the districts: Bree-Galbally, Crossabeg, Oulart and Over the Water
Bree-Galbally - Adventure Race: This year's Slaney Valley Adventure Race will take place on Saturday, February 16. Check-in is from 9 a.m. at Bree Community Centre with the first wave of competitors starting at 10 a.m. The race comprises of a 30km Cycle, a 1km Kayak and a 6.5km Forest Run. Register online atnjuko.net/slaneadventurerace/select_competition. For more details please visit our Facebook page: Slaney Valley Adventure Race or contact any Ballyhogue GAA Club member.
Ballyhogue GAA lotto
The number of balls in the club lotto will drop from 32 to 28 increasing the chances of winning. An annual subscription option will be available. annual lotto subscribers get a free model county draw ticket and entry to our annual subscribers draw with a prize fund of €1,000. Committee members will be calling to all houses in the parish over the next few weeks to answer any questions you may have and hope to get you signed up.
SN Seosamh Naofa, Bree are now taking enrolments for September 2019. Application forms are available from the school office or call 053 9247725 for form to be sent out. Closing date for applications is Friday, February 15.
Bree AC News
Bree AC athletes had their first Co Championships of 2019 as three teams competed in the Juvenile Cross Country Relays in Linkstown recently. All three teams won gold medals. Team members were under-10 Billy Doyle, Aidan Wall, Cillian McCarthy and Shane Laffan; under-12 girls Maura Doyle, Chloe Casey, Ciara Laffan, Lea Bolger and sub Kiera Wilson and under-12 boys Jayden Kenny, Jack Doyle, PJ Breen and James Wall. Well done to all involved. Best wishes to all local athletes competing in the Leinster Indoor Championships in Athlone on February 9 and 10.
The Bree AC AGM and Awards Night will take place in Bree Community Centre on Thursday, February 7, at 7.30 p.m.
The jackpot was not won last week and is now up to €625 this week. Bingo continues at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Byrnes of Bree. €10 per book. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A meeting will be held in Bree Community Centre on Monday, February 4, at 8.30 p.m. with the aim of setting up a committee to take over the monitoring of Bree Community Playground. Phase two of this project will begin shortly. Plans for this phase will be available for viewing at this meeting. Support of parents of young children would be deeply appreciated.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the sons and family of Bernie Butler, Bree Lane, who died recently.
The Fashion Show mentioned last week has had to be postponed till October of this year.
Galbally Tractor Run
The annual Galbally Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, May 26.
Your next session of storytelling, music, recitations and meeting up with good friends will be held at Kyle Forge on Sunday, February 3, Proceedings get under way at 8 p.m. Refreshments are also served.
Feast of St Blaise
Sunday, February 3, is the feast of St Blaise. Throats will be blessed before and after Mass on Saturday night, February 2, and again on Sunday, February 3.
We extend our condolences to Sheila Carr and family (née Carr, ex Kitestown, Crossabeg) and Tenacre, Tomhaggard, on the sudden death of her husband Kevin Carr, which took place on Saturday, January 19, Burial took place to Kilmore cemetery following Requiem Mass in Tomhaggard on Wednesday of last week. RIP.
The National Indoor Combined Events championships were held on Saturday, January 19, at the AIT International Arena in Athlone. Jack Forde for St Killian's finished in second place with a score of 3158 points in the Youth Boys category. The competition consists of taking part in five events and adding the points accumulated together. Jack had a good day with PBs in the Shot Putt 5kg (12.05m) and in the 1000m (2.54 minutes). He competed well in the Hurdles (9.27 seconds) Long Jump (5.60m) and High Jump (1.81m). This was a marvellous performance considering he has yet another year at this age group.
The County Masters and junior men's race hosted by Kilmore AC were held on Sunday week last. The men's race was billed to be a potential cracker with a number of athletes showing good form lately and it certainly did not disappoint.
From the start United Striders Athletic Club showed their intentions with Brendan Lyng setting off at a steady pace. He was followed closely by Joe Lillis, who had a super race last week in the Leinster Championships along with Pat Foley of Croghan AC.This was the case for the first couple of laps when Aidan Rogers, competing as a junior, took charge and picked up the pace.
Niall Sheil (St Killian's) who was running a very tactical race at this point and staying out of trouble, came up to sit on Aidan's shoulder. Coming into the last lap, Niall made a decisive move making a gap and pushed on to take a great win with Aidan in second, winning the junior race, and Pat and Joe having a great battle with Pat taking silver.
Brian O'Shaughnessy, also for St Killian's had a great run considering he is only coming back from a sickness and great to see St Killian's legend Pádraig Moriarty back mixing it up.
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The sympathy of the community is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Kevin Rossiter, Raheenduff, who passed to his eternal reward last week and was buried in Oulart Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Friday, January 25. He is mourned by his sons Michael, John, Joe, Pat, Philip, Liam and Paul, his daughters Eveleen, Anne, Patricia and Marian, his brother Phil, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren other relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
The Senior Scór GAA Talent competition will take place in Carrig-on-Bannow Community Centre on Friday, February 8, at 7.30 p.m. Details of the Scór Quiz will be announced soon.
The astroturf playing area at the Upper Pitch is almost completed, with the lights being fitted in the next week. When fully operational it will provide a wonderful training facility for all age groups. Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club is hugely indebted to everyone who has helped and supported the project. Míle buíochas to all.
After the success of the inaugural 'Ireland Lights Up' initiative last year the GAA is delighted to be once again teaming up with RTÉ's Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking to make exercise more accessible on dark winter evenings. Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club will participate again this year. Everyone is welcome at the club Walking Track on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club is working towards achieving a Healthy Club Accreditation from the GAA and one of the areas being promoted is Healthy Eating.
The club is hosting a Healthy Eating and Cooking Workshop for players 13 to 18 years, to be held in Gorey Community School, on Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. till midday. This event is free to club members and is being hosted by Home Economics teacher, Mrs Imelda Browne, Oulart.
Recipes for Success has two elements: (1) A 'hands-on' kitchen-based cookery workshop which is exclusive to Phase three Healthy Clubs and (2) 'Recipes for Success' tool-kit which is filled with tasty, healthy and performance-enhancing recipes that are easy to make. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible with Liz Freeman (087 7560871).
Underage GAA Registration
A registration night for underage GAA and camogie players will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. For information please contact Elizabeth Freeman at 087 7560871.
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. Training of new members will be held on Wednesday, January 30, and February 6. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).
Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club are holding their annual Tractor and Vintage Run on Sunday, February 3, departing the GAA complex at midday noon. Entry fee is €20 and includes ticket for drivers only draw. Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a raffle on the day. For any queries please contact Colin Hawkins at 086 1587139.
Forthcoming events for Martin Sponger Fortunes Mayoral Campaign: Bingo in Bob's bar every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. 'Open Mic' night every Thursday in the Sawdust at 9 p.m. A cake sale/Coffee morning in Freemans, Ballynamonabeg,on Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. On February 21, a Dog Night in Enniscorthy with an All-Star Race starting at 8 p.m. with 10 Greyhound races on the card. Tickets are €10 each and children under-16 are free.
Events for Phil Redmond's Mayoral Campaign are as follows: Sunday, January 27, Sunday, February 3, Sunday, February 10, Sunday, February 17, and Sunday, February 24, bingo in Oulart Community Centre at 8 p.m. A Breakfast Morning will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, February 3, from 9.am to 12.30 p.m. On Friday, February 15, 'Dancing with Declan and the Classic Outlaws' in Oulart Community Centre at 9 p.m. On Sunday, February 24, a five k and 10k Walk and Run starting at the Upper Complex at midday, with registration from 11.30 a.m. The Circuit Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the Ballagh Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 9.00 till Thursday, February 14.
Over the Water
Castlebridge School enrolments
Castlebridge national school is now accepting enrolments for the 2019/2020 school year. If you require an enrolment form, please contact the school office at 053 9159442.
Results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, January 20, The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 19 and 22. There was no jackpot winner and four match-three winners, who each received €40, Brian O'Connor, Garrylough, Screen; Frances Forde 'Derrynane', Ferrybank, Seán Keane-Carroll, Ballyvaloo and Joan Askins, Carleysbridge, Enniscorthy.
Weekly winners of the partners 45 cards in Hotel Curracloe were Mag Griffith and Seán Allen. Please note that the grand final will take place on Thursday, April 11, You need to play six nights to qualify for the Easter final.
Bingo winners on Sunday week last were (full house) Stephen Whelan (two lines) Johnny Curran and single line winner was Don Hearne. Killers pool winner on Friday was Peter Murphy, and second was Murt Hanrahan.
Curracloe school updates
The school is now accepting Registrations for September 2019. Please contact the school secretary at 053 9137283 for the relevant forms.
Congratulations to recent split-the-pot winner, Jim Redmond, who won €98. The next draw takes place Wednesday on January 30.
Bingo continues each Sunday in the school hall from 3.305 p.m.
The annual Grandparents/Relations Day will be held on Friday, February 1, from one 2.30 p.m. All are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and to visit the classrooms. The music group will provide entertainment in the school hall.
Fifth and sixth classes are working hard on setting up a business for their Junior Entrepreneur Programme project. Best of luck to them in their endeavours.
5K Fun Run/Walk
Curracloe 5K Fun Run/Walk takes place on Sunday, February 24, at midday. Registration will take place from 10.30 a.m at Curracloe national school. Donations accepted on the day, and all funds raised go to Curracloe school.
Camogie club news
St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club 'Walk and Talk'. Why not join up with members of the club on Monday evenings from seven to 8 p.m for a social 'walk and talk' session followed by a cuppa in the clubhouse, All are most welcome. The next 6K run/walk will take place on Sunday, March 24, details to follow. A Valentine's Teen Disco will take place on Friday, February 15, Check out the clubs Facebook page for ticket sale details.
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