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Thursday 27 June 2019

Around the districts: Crossabeg and Over the Water

Edna and Reg Rothwell at the Crossabeg Senior Citizens Christmas party in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday evening
Edna and Reg Rothwell at the Crossabeg Senior Citizens Christmas party in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday evening

Crossabeg - Church news: A Penitential Service will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12, at 7.30 p.m. Prayer Meeting every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the Parochial House.

55+ club

The local 55 + Club meet every Tuesday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Mass will be celebrated in Kyle Forge today, Tuesday, December 11,

Condolences

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs Josie Stephens and family, Kereight, Crossabeg, on the death of her sister, Kathy Buchler (née Walsh, Crosstown) which occurred recently in Perth, Australia. Burial took place in Australia. RIP.

Community Games

On Saturday week last, members of the local Community Games travelled to Cavan Crystal hotel for the national area and Volunteer Awards. These awards are held annually to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of a small number of people who willingly give of their time to foster a love of sporting and cultural activities in boys and girls aged between 7 and 16 years of age.

The Community Games have a large catchment area from Crossabeg to Ballymurn, Oylegate, Glenbrien, Castlebridge, Screen, Curracloe, Ardcavan and Ferrybank areas. For the second year in a row, the area took the overall 'Best Area in County 'award and chairperson Anne Cowman was on hand at the function in Cavan to receive the Galway Crystal Vase as a national winner.

The area also had long serving member Mary McDonald from Crosstown in attendance to receive her award in the Adult Volunteer of the Year category. Mary too was presented with a Galway Crystal Vase. Mary has been a loyal member for a long number of years, helping to co-ordinate the local and county swimming finals. In attendance also were Alice Devine and Adrian Carr.

Congratulations to all the children who competed so well during the year and to the parents who brought them to the various events. Thanks to the schools in the area, who continue to assist the committee by getting the various notices around to the children and their parents and to all clubs who also gave of their time. A few weeks now to recharge the batteries before the 2019 season will get under way in January.

Wedding Bells

We send our best wishes for the future to Alex Wilson, Kyle, on the occasion of his marriage to Fiona, daughter of Mary and Eamonn Doyle, Ballymurn, which took place on Friday, November 30, in the Church of the Assumption and St Malachy, Ballymurn, with the reception for family and friends at the Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Our congratulations also to Melissa, daughter of Margo and the late Paddy Carley, St Patrick's Terrace, Crossabeg, whose marriage to Paul Dempsey, Ballymurn, took place at the Riverside Park hotel, Enniscorthy, on Friday, November 30, Athletics.

St Killian's Athletic club held their annual general meeting in Crossabeg national school on Tuesday night of last week where there was a good attendance.

Chair

Anne Marie Forde welcomed all the delegates and in her speech thanked the hard working coaches, and in particular Mick and Nicky, who focus mainly on the juvenile section, while Pavel is the main task master for the seniors. She thanked all the officers who worked tirelessly during the year, the parents who helped out at county competitions supervising the children.

The club had a number of achievements during the year, in particular the Ferrycarrig five road race (alas due to a number of factors it has had to be postponed to a later date) the Primary schools marathon which is an outstanding success and was moved from May to September to facilitate schools who were very busy with other activities in May. 2018 also saw two athletes Niall Sheil and Jack Forde qualify for Irish teams and represent not just St Killian's but Ireland, which for a small club is a testimony to the hard work of the coaches and athletes. Her main aim for the coming season is to build the club and to encourage the children to take part in the local and Leinster competitions. It is also hoped to train up some more coaches to help spread the load.

The senior section of the club is also making good progress with Niall Sheil very much to the fore during the past year. The teenage group benefits hugely from Micks session at the Raven on Sunday mornings and would benefit from senior athletes experience in the cross over from juvenile to senior.

Secretary Kathryn Kinlough was also glowing in her tributes to the hard working coaches, the parents who give assistance at training and competitions, and the officers who help out on training nights. She complimented all the juvenile members who participated in the various competitions during the year and the club will continue to encourage entrance into these events, she said.

Jack and Amy Forde and Emma McCarthy (who received an award recently for winning the under-11 category in the winter league over the three nights) are high achieving athletes and had phenomenal success during the year and the club, she said, were immensely proud of each of them. She also commiserated with any club members and their families who suffered bereavements during the year. St Killian's, she concluded, continues to provide a social outlet for the community and to facilitate the healthy development of athletes in a safe and fun environment.

Treasurers Niall and Alice gave a detailed account of the financial state of the clubs affairs which are most satisfactory and the PRO thanked the Wexford People for the coverage awarded to them during the year, and to all who sent on reports and results to her during the year. The Facebook page, she said continues to grow and is a great way to get the message across to parents and let them know what is going on within the club.

OFFICERS ELECTED - The following officers were elected at the annual general meeting of St Killian's Athletic club last week, Nicky Cowman (president) Fr Jim Finn (Vice-president) Anne Marie Forde (chairperson) Niall Sheil (vice-chairperson) Kathryn Kinlough/Anne Marie Forde (secretary/Competitions secretary) Niall Sheil/Alice Devine (Joint treasurers) Anne Cowman (PRO) Mick Kehoe/Therese Finan (Child Officers) Pádraig Moriarty, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Evelyn Boggan, Gail Kavanagh, Paul Kinsella (committee members). Coaches for the year are Nicky Cowman, Mick Kehoe, Pavel Kolesnikov, Paul Kinsella, Anne Marie Forde. It is also hoped to encourage some parents to train up as coaches and thus ease the load of the present coaches.

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Over the Water

Coffee Day

The annual Christmas Coffee Day organised by the Porter House in Castlebridge, and in aid of Castlebridge Day Care Centre will be held on Wednesday, December 19, from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. Do get along and enjoy their usual selection of mince pies, porter cake etc and have a chat with friends. All donations very much welcome for the old folks of the local community. The organisers are looking forward to seeing you on the day.

That same night they will have their Christmas Bingo session. This is always a great night of entertainment. There will be plenty of prizes, plenty of spot prizes and the Snowball must go on the night.

Management and staff would also like to take this opportunity to wish all their valued customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Community Development AGM

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

Tenders invited

Invitation to Tender for essential external repairs to St Ibar's (.R.C) church in Castlebridge. A scope of works for mainly roof repairs has been prepared. Expressions of interest from building/roofing contractors are invited in writing only. Letters should be forwarded to Joe Fox, Mahon and Fox, St Iberius House, Commons Street, Wexford, no later than Wednesday, December 12, The proposed works are to be carried out in early 2019.

Community Games

On Saturday week last, members of the local Community Games travelled to Cavan Crystal hotel for the national area and Volunteer Awards. These awards are held annually to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of a small number of people who willingly give of their time to foster a love of sporting and cultural activities in boys and girls aged between 7 and 16 years of age.

The Community Games have a large catchment area from Crossabeg to Ballymurn, Oylegate, Glenbrien, Castlebridge, Screen, Curracloe, Ardcavan and Ferrybank areas. For the second year in a row, the area took the overall 'Best Area in County 'award and chairperson Anne Cowman was on hand at the function in Cavan to receive the Galway Crystal Vase as a national winner. The area also had long serving member Mary McDonald from Crosstown in attendance to receive her award in the Adult Volunteer of the Year category. Mary too was presented with a Galway Crystal Vase. Mary has been a loyal member for a long number of years, helping out with various events and in particular to co-ordinate the local and county swimming finals.

Congratulations to all the children who competed so well during the year and to the parents who brought them to the various events. Thanks to the schools in the area, who continue to assist the committee by getting the various notices around to the children and their parents and to all clubs who also gave of their time. A few weeks now to recharge the batteries before the 2019 season will get under way in January.

Christmas Mass Times

The following are the Mass times for Christmas in the churches. Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Curracloe church at 5 p.m., in Screen church at 7 p.m and in Castlebridge church at 9 p.m. Christmas Day Masses are as follows: - in Curracloe church at 9.15 a.m, in Castlebridge church at 10.30 a.m and in Screen church at 11.30 a.m. A happy and peaceful Christmas to all parishioners.

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, December 2, The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 17 and 18. There was no jackpot winner and two match-three winners who each received €75, A: ndrew Furlong, Curracloe; Ibar Murphy, snr, Newfort, Screen. In the special Christmas draw, the winners were as follows: Stan, Danielle and Clara O'Leary, Curracloe (Brandy) Kieran Cullen, Kilmacoe (Whiskey) Gary Potter, Ballina (Vodka) Aileen Kelly, c/o Mary Tobin (Whiskey) John and Marie c/o C & C Providers (Vodka) Brid and Caroline Curran, Ballyvaloo (Vodka). Weekly lotto draw every Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Cards

Weekly winners of partners 45 for turkeys in Hotel Curracloe were Murt Hanrahan and John Kelly. The Christmas final takes place on Thursday, December 20, at 8.30 p.m. You must have played six nights to qualify for the grand final.

GAA news

A wonderful night was had by all club members and supporters on Saturday week night in Hotel Curracloe at the Shelmalier GAA Club annual dinner dance and presentation night. Medal presentations were made to the county championship winning senior footballers, to the victorious senior and intermediate ladies' footballers and to the junior camogie team. 250 people danced the night away. Many thanks to Anne Doyle and team who organised the night.

Well done to the under-14 hurlers and their mentors on their recent victory in the Martin Storey Tournament. They had a convincing win over Glynn-Barntown in the final to crown a great year for these boys. The future is bright.

Carols by Candlelight

A very special Carol concert takes place on Sunday, December 16, at 6.30 p.m in Castlebridge church. An array of local community groups will be performing well known Christmas songs, including Castlebridge Gospel Choir, ICA Guild, Bridge Singers, Bridginis and Castlebridge national school children. There will be music, storytelling and also maybe a special appearance by Santa himself. A raffle will be held also. Admission is €10 per family. All proceeds will go to the church roof fund.

Cards/Texasholdem

Tracey Hall was a recent winner of the cards session at Furlongs bar and lounge, Curracloe. Cards every Monday night at 9.30 p.m.

Annual general meeting

St Ibar's Shelmalier camogie club will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, January 4, 2019, in Hollymount, commencing at 7.30 p.m. If you are a fully paid up female member over 16 years of age and male over 18 years of age and did not receive an AGM notice, please contact Mag Murphy, club secretary.

Nexus ASD preschool

Myles Doyle of the Porter House in Castlenridge and his brother Paddy grew some serious facial hair for "Movember" and raised €1,407 for playground equipment for our preschool. They wanted to give to a local organisation which was fantastic for us.

We are still not open due to incredible delays with the planning office, but we hope to open in Feb 2019 and can't wait to install a great playhouse with the money.

Items for column

Items are always welcome for the Over the Water column. Send to redcow2@eircom.net or text to 086 1980775. All items must be forwarded by Thursday night for inclusion in the following week's paper.

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