Around the districts: Bree-Galbally, Glenbrien, Oylegate and The Ballagh
Bree-Galbally - Easter Monday Fun in Galbally: Galbally Sports and Leisure Club will hold a number of events on Easter Monday, April 22, There will be an indoor and outdoor market/car boot sale on from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. selling crafts, books and many other items of interest. €15 per stall/pitch. For enquiries and bookings contact Dawn at 087 8306206.
The Galbally Duck Race will also be held on Monday the 22nd at Wilton Mills, Craan, Bree. The race will start at 3 p.m. and will be live-streamed into Galbally Hall. Ducks cost €10 each and are on sale in local shops, pubs and from any committee member. Come along and get involved in the fun, take part in the Easter egg hunt, the egg decorating competition and meet the Easter bunny while contributing towards the renovation of our local hall and the rejuvenation of our local community. All funds raised will go towards the renovation of Galbally Hall.
The AGM of Bree ICA will be held in Bree Community Centre on April 16 at 8 p.m.
The April social of Bree Active Retirement takes place in Bree Community Centre on Wednesday, April 17, We congratulate the Bowls Team on their recent success in the final of the County League bringing home the shield to Bree. New members always welcome. Enquiries to 086 0747823.
The annual Easter table quiz will be held in Garry Byrne's this Thursday, April 18, at 9 p.m. The quiz is in aid of Wexford Academy Class Costumes. All support would be appreciated.
Hope Cancer Centre CD
Singer Peter Hughes of Galbally has produced a five track CD in aid of the Hope Centre, Enniscorthy. The CD, which includes his No one Hit single 'Keep on the Sunny Side', is on sale locally and in the Cancer Support Shop on Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy at €10. Support would be appreciated.
Phase two of the Bree Playground has been approved and is due for completion by the end of April. Support is needed to share the responsibility of the monitoring and paying for our playground. Donations are welcome on instagram or Facebook app 'gofundme.com/breeplayground'. Your support for this wonderful new facility for all children in our locality would be very much appreciated.
Applications are being sought for the following positions on the Bree/Glynn CEP Scheme: Child Care Worker in Bri Beag, Child Care Worker in Galbally Playschool, Cleaner for Bri Beag and Bree Community Centre, Clerical Assistant in Bree. Applications can be submitted to Bree CEP Office (in Bree Community Centre) 9.11 a.m. Monday to Friday or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org For queries please contact 086 8371932.
Community Games News
Best wishes to all local participants involved in Swimming on Wednesday next in Enniscorthy and Talent county finals in Bree on Tuesday, April 22.
For info on all Community Games activities see the National Community Games website or contact area secretary Clare Doyle 087 4151350.
Well done to all participants taking part in the recent quiz county finals. The team of George Murphy, Cormac Fleming, Lara Donegan, Aoibhe Donegan with subs Jarleth Kelly and Orlaith Flynn won the silver medals after a tie breaker for first place.
At the Leinster quarter finals in Carlow recently, the under-12 Draughts team was defeated by Tinryland 6-14. Team members were George Murphy, Oisin Harte, Nathan Doyle, Matthew Jordan and Cathal O'Brien. Team manager was Martin Humphrey.
The local mini rugby team of Rian Boland, Larry Sludds, Jayden Kenny, Jack Doyle, PJ Breen, James Wall, James Breen, Tom Finn and Sam Devereux were beaten by Tullow 8-5. This scoreline does not reflect the closeness of this tough game as the sides were level with three minutes to go. Team mentor was Andy Fraser. There was consolation for the players as they received their Co Gold medals after the game. Well done to all involved.
Bree AC News
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 has resumed on Mondays only in the top field from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next outing for the club will be St Senan's AC Open Sports on Easter Monday. Well done to all involved in Ferrybank AC Open Sports recently where Bree AC was runner-up to United Striders as overall club.
Bree 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.
Bree Easter Ceremonies
Penitential Service and Confessions on this Wednesday evening at 7.30 p.m. in Bree Church. Mass of the Last Supper at 8 p.m. on Holy Thursday. Passion of Christ at 3 p.m. on Good Friday with Stations of the Cross that evening at 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Easter Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday morning.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife sons, daughter, relatives and friends of Johnny Doyle, formerly Carrig, who died recently.
The parents' association are organising a summer raffle and Social Night. The children will each receive a raffle card and the raffle tickets cost €2 a line with the following prizes.
First Prize: €150 One for All Voucher. Second prize: €100 One for All Voucher. Other prizes include €50 Beautiful U voucher, a €50 O'Briens Inn food voucher, along with various hampers including cosmetics, Gin and beer and An Usbourne Book Hamper. There will also be four seller's prizes for the kids. More raffle cards are available from the office for anyone who needs them.
The raffle will take place at the summer Social Night in O'Briens Inn on Sunday, May 5. Free admission for all the community. Music by Ger Busher. So comealong for an enjoyable night out for all and maybe even win something.
An event is being organised to celebrate our community and create an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and have some fun. This event will take place on the grounds of Glenbrien Holy Family Primary School. Join us on bank holiday Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information/to get involved in organising or volunteering on the day contact Ana Egan 086 1939997.
Baby and Todler Group
The group meet every Tuesday morning in the Old School centre from 9.45 to 11.45 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children their Carers Parents Grandparents and childminders to meet up for a cuppa and a chat. please come along and join us while the children play and have some fun, For more information please contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579 or Ana Egan at 086 1939997.
A tea party in aid of Diabetes Type 1 sufferers will be held on Saturday, April 20, in Mernagh's lounge Oylegate from 10.30 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information please contact 087 6207137.
Church gate collection
A church gate collection will be held next weekend, April 20/21 in aid of Our Lady of Fatima School, Wexford.
Holy Week in Oylegate
Mass Times for Holy Week in Oylegate. Wednesday: Mass at 9.30 a.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration to 5 p.m. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6.30 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament concludes at 8.30 p.m. Good Friday: Ceremonies with Veneration of the Cross at 2.30 p.m. Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Holy Saturday: Confessions on the Prayer Room 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Easter Saturday Ceremonies at 6.30 p.m. Easter Candles will be available in the church porch. Easter Sunday: Morning Mass at 10.30 a.m. Salt will be blessed at Mass on Sunday morning. Please return Trócaire Boxes to the church during Easter.
Black bag collection of old clothes, Pairs of shoes/boots, blankets, sheets, bags, etc. on Monday, April 29, Leave bags before 9.30 please.
Spring Clean: Please hold on to any books you may no longer need. There will be a second-hand book sale held for adults and children in the school in May.
GAA club news
Best of luck to the senior hurlers who play the Shelmaliers on Sunday, April 21, at 3.30 p.m. in Bellefield. Best of luck to the junior hurlers when they play Oulart on Sunday, April 21, at 11.30 a.m. in Oulart.
Club membership is now due for all categories, online payment option is available this year please see link on our Facebook page, alternatively you can pay Anne Doran.
Patron Dates 2019
Glenbrien Patron - June 30 at 2 p.m. Oylegate Patron - July 7 at 2.30 p.m.
Local Link Wexford
Local Link Wexford provides secure, reliable and affordable transport for the rural communities of County Wexford. Services are open to everyone and all ages. The services will accommodate those attending appointments, shopping etc. Where possible they will collect passengers from their homes. An information booklet together with timetable is available at the back of the church.
Congratulations to the most recent winner, Muireann Stamp winning €70. Thank You for your support. It costs just €2 to play and 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, Tim's Cafe, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL. A Bonus Draw is coming up for Easter. To be in with a chance to win a luxury Easter Egg remember to play on April 20.
Training is finished for the season till September. Thanks to everyone for their help and the club looks forward to welcoming back all old and new boxers to the new Clubhouse in the Ballagh. A special thanks to Bob's Bar for running the bingo for the club, raising €650. Congratulations to the two Leinster Champions Ryan and Aaron and their coaches. Best of luck in the all-Irelands.
Rackard League Hurling
The primary schoolboys from Oulart-The Ballagh parish have qualified for the semi-final of the top division by their splendid victory over Glynn-Barntown last week.
The full-time score of 7-11 to 0-8 demonstrates how emphatic the victory was as the boys in red and black showed their wonderful skill and determination. Congratulations to the panel and their teachers/mentors, Mr Nolan and Mr McDonald.
Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie 'Red and Black Play and Stay Nursery' for boys and girls aged four to five years (born 2014 and 2015) starts on Saturday, April 27, 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Registration is €20. Contact Liz Freeman at 087 7560871 for further information.
All GAA and camogie age groups are back in training and the two pitches and the Hurling Wall/astroturf are a hive of activity most evenings. The Walking Track is also being well utilised by the local community as it provides a safe area for young and not-so-young to take a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, at any time throughout the day and into the evening.
On Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. the under-13 hurlers are at home to Glynn-Barntown in the championship. The intermediate hurlers play Ballygarrett in Gorey at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, while on the following day, Sunday, April 21, our senior hurlers will play Rathnure at 6 p.m. in Bellefield. On the same day our junior hurlers are at home to Oylegate-Glenbrien at 11.30 a.m. The under-15 hurlers play Rapparees, in Oulart on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 30, the under-13 boys are away to Buffers Alley at 7.15 p.m.
Hope and Dream
Many members of the GAA and camogie club took part in the Hope and Dream Walk/Run recently, thereby helping to raise vital funds for a very worthy cause. Congratulations and well done to the organisers and our local participants.
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.
Bingo for Community Centre
The Ballagh Community Centre will hold a fundraising bingo on Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. This bingo session is to help towards the upkeep and maintenance of the local Community Centre that is such a vitally important facility in the parish.
Choir for Easter
Rehearsals for Easter Saturday Night Mass (April 20) are under way on Monday nights at 7.30 p.m.