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Sunday 15 September 2019

Around the Districts: Kilmore, Piercestown

Kilmore NS pupils who competed at the Primary Schools Athletics Finals in Enniscorthy Sports Hub: back - Molly Moran, Leah Wall, Aine Fortune and Hollie Doyle; front- Cerys Roche and Jennifer Whelan
Kilmore NS pupils who competed at the Primary Schools Athletics Finals in Enniscorthy Sports Hub: back - Molly Moran, Leah Wall, Aine Fortune and Hollie Doyle; front- Cerys Roche and Jennifer Whelan

Kilmore: Drama Workshop. Ballycogley Players have secured a small Grant from Creative Ireland towards a four-week interactive workshop to develop acting, writing and research skills in the community. There's no upper age limit and min age limit is sixth Class (11-12 the olds). The objective of the project is to Devise, Write and Perform a Public Performance based on the historical background of the area while demonstrating common themes which are relevant today.

There's a public meeting in Tomhaggard Social Centre on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. with workshop planned to start the following week, which is free. If interested in taking part please contact Breda at 087 6858480.

Wamboree Scout Camp

The fundraising Wamboree Scout Camp takes place in Kilmore Quay June 21 to June 23, with net proceeds going to RNLI and Wexford Marine Watch. All Activities will be around village, beach and burrow areas, with additional pedestrian traffic in the area over the weekend. Extra traffic Friday evening 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat 9.10 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. as Campers arrive and depart from Stella Maris Carpark.

There will be a traffic management plan in place to minimise disruption. Over 240 Youth members and Scouters from seven groups in Co Wexford are attending the camp. We would like to thank Kilmore Quay Development Association, Stella Maris Centre and local community for their assistance in hosting this event.

Clothing Sale

Bridgetown Crafty Ladies are holding a Clothing Sale on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at AOH Hall, Bridgetown. A large variety of pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories.

Kilmore AC

Leinster under-12 and under-13 Championships, Tullamore Well done to Emma Power and Rayna Thompson, who represented the club last Saturday in Tullamore in their Leinster Championships. Unfortunately, Ava Barry, who made the long journey up was unable to compete due to illness. Emma finished ninth in her heat of the under-12 600m in a time of 2: 20 minutes, and ninth in the High Jump, clearing 1.05m. Rayna finished eighth in her under-12 600m heat, running 2: 04 minutes. Great performances girls.

GOOD LUCK - In will be a busy weekend for Kilmore AC. On Friday night, several of our seniors will be in Murrintown for the County Senior Road Race. The Women's race is 5k while the Men's is 10k. Here's hoping for good results. On Saturday and Sunday a large number of our juveniles make the long journey to Tullamore for the Leinster Juvenile Outdoor Championships under-12 to under-19. Good luck to all.

TODDY MOORE 10K - Entry for the inaugural Toddy Moore 10k is now open. See our Facebook page for the link. The race takes place on Saturday, September 14, at 5.30 p.m. with a two Mile Fun Run beforehand that kicks off at 5 p.m. Entry online, which includes special race T-shirt is only €15 with on the day entry for the 10k priced at €20.

TRAINING - Senior Training continues at Kilmore GAA Grounds at 6.30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and Enniscorthy Sports Hub Saturday at 10 a.m. All adult members welcome as well as experienced runners.

Juvenile Training: We train in Kilmore GAA Grounds on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 p.m. We also train on the track in Enniscorthy on Saturday at 10 a.m. S & C with Fiona on Wednesday in Kilmore GAA Centre at 6.30 p.m. for juvenile members. See training programmes for details. Young runners must be seven years old already this year to become a member. New members welcome, parents can contact us on Facebook, Twitter (@Club Kilmore) or by emailing kilmoreathleticsclub@gmail.com.

COUCH TO 5K - Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the Burrow, Kilmore Quay (opposite Sofrimar) we will hold our Couch to 5k Programme. It would be great to see you come along and improve your fitness.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to Hannah Foley, who recently won €770 from the Kilmore Ladies' GAA split-the-pot. Thanks to all who supported this draw.

PLC course

Bridgetown College is now accepting applications for an interesting new Post-Leaving Certificate course in Information Processing, which is due to commence in September 2019. Successful candidates will complete Work Experience placements every Monday, attend college on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Friday will be free for the completion of assignments, projects etc.

The course includes eight modules to be completed over the year, which will result in a full Level 5 QQI Certificate. Please email maireadredmond@wwetb.ie or phone 053 9135257 for further details. Adult learners, mature students, or those simply wishing to update their IT skills, are especially welcome. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so please apply soon to avoid disappointment.

Kilmore United FC

Our club will hold their AGM on June 25 Can any member who has nominations and/or motions forward them by email on/or before June 4 to aclareann.1@gmail.com.

Our club are seeking expressions of interest in the manager role for our following teams for the 2019/2020 season - men, women and youths. All these teams we be playing in Division 1 of their respective leagues, with regards to our youths and men's both managers will have to work in unison as there will some players playing for both teams. Anyone interested in such a position please contact Toddy at 086 8122627 prior to our Club AGM which will be on June 25.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Emma Hore Mount Eaton daughter of Paula and Philip and Edmond Kenny Askamore, who got married last week. Best wishes for many happy years of married life.

American writer to visit Kilmore Quay

The acclaimed Wexford-American writer Flannery O'Connor will be one of the main attractions at this year's Write By the Sea literary festival in Kilmore Quay. Two of the biggest American champions of the deceased writer, Bill Dawers and Dr Amanda Konkle from the faculty of the 27,000-strong Georgia Southern University in Savannah, will contribute a number of related items to the programme. Write By the Sea 2019 will take place from Friday, September 27, to Sunday, September 29.

O'Connor's great-grandfather Patrick O'Connor emigrated from his native County Wexford to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1851, and soon joined the growing Wexford diaspora in Savannah, Georgia. He became prominent in industrial manufacturing, and in the city's Irish-American cultural organisations.

Mary Flannery O'Connor was born in 1925 in Savannah to parents Edward and Regina, both of whom had Irish roots. An only child, she attended the prestigious university of Iowa Writer's Workshop where her skills as a potent writer earned her a publishing contract. She is still revered as a brilliant short-story writer and essayist, and her two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and the Violent Bear It Away (1971), have been described as containing 'more poetry than a dozen poetry books'. She died in 1964.

According to Lucy Moore, chair of the Write By the Sea committee, 'Although Flannery wrote her novels in the fifties, her themes of fanaticism and religious extremism are more prominent in the headlines than ever. She is arguably one of Wexford's most under-appreciated literary success stories at home, so I hope the contribution of our friends from Georgia will help draw more attention to this wonderful novelist and essayist.'.

Bill Dawers is Chair of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah's Historic District. In addition to attracting literary pilgrims from across the globe for tours, the house hosts events that deepen our understanding of Flannery O'Connor. Dr Konkle is the author of the recently published Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe. Her academic articles have appeared in such journals as Feminist Encounters and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. For further details go to writebythesea.ie or email info@writebytheseakq.ie.

The Little Things Matter

'The Little Things Matter' Workshop takes place on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to midday at the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay. This workshop is free pre-registration essential This workshop explores the contribution phytoplankton makes to life on Earth. After an introductory presentation participants will collect samples of marine and freshwater phytoplankton.

The workshop is led by Lorraine Archer, a Phycologist, who is currently Research Laboratory Coordinator at the Plant Metabolism Laboratory, university of Cambridge. This workshop is part of An Urgent Enquiry an artist's residency exploring biodiversity in County Wexford, led by artist Mark Clare and supported by Wexford County Council. anurgentenquiry.ie.

The workshop has a maximum of 20 places. Anyone interested in participating should contact mark.clare@gmail to register.

Deaths

Sympathy to the Connick family, Kilmore Quay on the death of Don and to Peter Lynott and family on the passing of his sister last week. May they both rest in peace.

Seafarer Honoured

Congratulations go to Captain Peter Ferguson, who recently was one of a number of recipients of a silver medal for long service at sea, having gone to sea at the young age of 13 and a half. The medals were presented at the annual Civic seafarers Mass organised by the Wexford Friends of the Tall Ships held in Bride Street Church.

ICA guild

Kilmore Quay ICA members enjoyed a beautiful Afternoon Tea recently in Coast Hotel, Kilmore Quay. There was a special welcome back to Members Breda Whelan and Peggy Stamp, who have been absent due to illness both ladies were presented with flowers by president Miriam Duggan.

The members are looking forward to their summer break till September but will take part in the Seafood Festival parade and will serve refreshments in the festival marquee following the parade.

First Responders

Kilmore area Community First Responders are working hard towards a 'go live' date. We would welcome anyone who would like to joing as a volunteer first responder. Please contact us on our Facebook page 'Kilmore Area Community First Responders' or contact Niamh at 087 7771264. We look forward to making minutes matter with your help.

Active Retirement news

Our next outing is on Wednesday, June 19, to Duncannon Fort, Tintern Abbey and walled garden with dinner in the evening at the Silver Fox. All meet in Kilmore car park at 10.30 a.m.

Members will be attending the fun table quiz on Saturday the 22nd in Sweet Temptations Bridgetown in aid of the Kathleen Browne festival at 8 p.m., should be a good night.

Piercestown

Special Celebration

A special Anniversary Mass will be held on Friday, June 21, at 7.30 p.m. in Piercestown church to mark the 40th anniversary of Fr John O'Reilly's ordination to the priesthood. All are welcome to this special occasion and refreshments will be served in the Scout Hall after the ceremony.

SVP collection

A collection in aid of Saint Vincent De Paul will take place this Saturday and Sunday June 22/23 at masses in both Piercestown and Murrintown - please support.

Variety concert

Wexford Golf Club in association with Wexford Special Olympics Sports Club presents the Wedges Variety Concert on June 26 in the golf clubhouse, starting at 7.30 p.m...Ticket price €10 and are available at Wexford golf club contact 053 9142238 or ring Peadar Dempsey at 087 9818419.

Aerobics

Aerobics with Pat Dobbs takes place in St Martin's cemtre every Monday night from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m., Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Cost €7 pay-as-you-go - all levels of fitness welcome .

Tractor and vintage run

Keep a date in your diary - The annual Murrintown tractor and vintage run on Sunday, June 23, to raise funds for the new cemetery.

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