Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the Districts:Ballymurn and beyond

Joan and Declan Curran at the launch of Philip Quirke's book of poetry 'Bruised Reeds' in Wexford Library.
Joan and Declan Curran at the launch of Philip Quirke's book of poetry 'Bruised Reeds' in Wexford Library.

Ballymurn - Tidy Towns. There will be a short meeting on Wednesday night at 7.30pm in the Club room of the Hall. If we are to continue gaining extra points we need to start planning for next year. We really need more people to come on board and get involved in this worthwhile project. Everyone is welcome.

Gaa Notes

Lotto: This week's numbers were 11, 15, 19 & 25; no jackpot winner. Match 3s: Caroline Whelan and Frank Carley. Next jackpot €5,600

Well done to our intermediate football team who are through to the County Final against St. Joseph's

Heritage News

Ballymurn heritage Committee in preparation of 1916 Celebrations are seeking any local information on any members in the area who were actively involved or would like to share their knowledge of that period. Contact Martina on 0863360870.

Ballymurn Youth Club

Ballymurn Youth Club have resumed for the Autumn. It takes place every Friday night in Ballymurn Community Hall at 8pm.

Camogie News

Congratulations to the Intermediate team and their management who won the Shield Final against Blackwater last Sunday. Hard luck to the U14 girls and their management who were beaten by 2 points by Buffers Alley in their Shield Final also on last Sunday. Our camogie season has come to an end for this year, thanks to all who helped out in anyway. Please keep an eye out for information regarding the AGM over the coming weeks.

Irish Night

Why not come along to the Anvil Pub, Ballymurn on Friday 30th October for our regular Irish Night. Great music , song and stories. Everyone welcome.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 6th December : Christmas Parish Party. Confirmation : 17th February. Communion : 1st May. First Communion Meeting on Thursday 13th October in the Hall at 8pm.


One Act Plays

Three One Act Plays will be presented in the KMH, Kilmuckridge on Saturday 17th October. Kilmuckridge Drama Group will present 'Secrets of My Soul', Coolgreany Drama Group will present 'Portrait of a Madonna' and The Wayside Players, Blackwater will present 'The Tinkers Wedding'.

All three groups will go forward to compete in the forthcoming One Act Drama Festival Circuit. Performances will commence at 8.00 p.m. and your support would be greatly appreciated.


Are you aged between 17 and 35 join Blackwater Macra club and get involved in a wide range of sports and competitions, such as mixed tag rugby, indoor soccer, volleyball, drama, travel, debating and farm skills.

Macra offers a wide range of events and travel opportunities such as the Macra Rally, Mr Personality, and Queen of land. We have competitions to suit everyone and you don't need to be an expert to take part. You will meet young people from all over the country and can get involved in a wide variety of areas including agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement.

The new members night and county bowling will take place on Saturday 17th October-anyone interesting in joining Blackwater Macra should call 087 9585376.

Coláiste An Átha

The annual open evening will take place in the school on Tuesday 20th October from 7-8.30pm. All 5th and 6th class pupils and their parents/guardians are especially welcome. Take a walk around our modern and vibrant and welcoming college, meet the fantastic students attending our college and speak with our teachers on the night. Please visit our website for further information. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. We look forward to meeting you on the night.

Enrolment for September 2016 will take place on Tuesday 24th November.


Parish Lotto

Results for Wednesday 7th October: winning numbers 3, 17, 25 and 29. No Jackpot Winner. Seven Match 3 Winners receive €93 each. Bridie Kavanagh, 43 Pinewood; Ger Hartigan, 16 Liam Mellows Park; Jenny Paige, C/O Seller; John Lacey, C/O Seller; Nicky Kehoe, C/O Seller; Eithna O'Grady, 32 Belvedere Grove, and Kelly Roche, C/O Seller.

Jackpot for 14th October is €4,650. Tickets €1.50 each at Clonard Parish Office or from any promoter. Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday night at Clonard Bingo at 8.30 p.m. If you wish to join or be a promoter, please call to Clonard Parish Office to have it arranged.

Church news

Thank You: Father James Cullen would like to express his thanks for the presentation from the Parishioners of Clonard recently. Thanks to all those who helped in any way to organise the evening.

Baptised: We welcome into our Catholic Community Evan James Gorry; Hanna Kinsella Murphy; Ronan Morrissey, and Kaiden Kavanagh who were baptised recently.

Sewing Course

Sewing for Fun is a six week course every Tuesday evening n Coolcotts Community Centre from 7-9pm beginning (Today) 13th October. Projects to include gifts and decorations for Halloween and Christmas e.g. Tote Bag, Table Mats etc. For more information, or to book a place please phone 053-9163831 between 9am and 1pm.

Wexford ICA

The guild will hold their next meeting on Thursday, 15th October at 7.30pm in the Coolcotts Community Centre. Our guest speaker Aidan Quigley will be speaking about Loftus Hall and telling us some spine-tingling tales.

Our guild competition will be the best dressed Halloween jam jar, so get your imagination working. Be prepared to be spooked, terrified and thrilled, come along if you're brave enough. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bereavement Support

The next Bereavement Support Sessions begin with an Information night on Tuesday 20th October from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the Parish Centre (Shamrock Room). All welcome. If you wish to attend please contact 053 9123672/087 1008759. There is no cost. Donations are acceptable.


The SVdP Society will hold a furniture and bric-a-brac sale in Saint Michael's Hall, Thomas Street on Friday 16th October from 10am to 1pm. All proceeds in aid of the Society.



We extend our condolences to Mrs. Stephanie Murphy, St. Patricks Terrace, Crossabeg, on the death of her sister, Marie Doyle, Rathangan, Duncormick, whose funeral takes place following Requiem Mass in Rathangan church, today, Tuesday, to the adjoining cemetery. R.I.P.

Christmas party

The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will take place on December 13 at Ferrycarrig hotel.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee morning will be held on Saturday next, October 17 in Kyle Forge to help offset the cost of organising the annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish. The event will take place from 10 m. until 1 p.m and your generous support would be appreciated. During the morning a raffle will also be held.


Congratulations to the Oylegate/Glenbrien Intermediate team and their management who won the Shield final against Blackwater on Sunday last. Hard luck to the U14 girls and their management who were beaten bytwo points by Buffers Alley in their Shield final which was also played on Sunday last. The season has come to an end for this year and thanks to all who helped out in any way. Please keep an eye out for information regarding the annual general meeting over the coming weeks.

Halloween party

The Halloween House of Terror party in aid of the new Crossabeg/Ballymurn community centre will take place in the community centre at Kyle on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31. This year the House of Terror is part of the Wexford Festival Opera Fringe events. Anyone who wishes to take part in the event or would like to help out with the organisation of same should contact Seamus Kehoe on 085-1280970 or Pat Gately on 086-3715000. All help welcome.

Wedding Bells

We send our congratulations to Charmaine Wilson, Kyle, and Billy Farrell, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, on the occasion of their marriage which took place in Crossabeg church on Friday last. The reception for family and friends was held at the Talbot hotel.

Church news

Daily Mass every Wednesday and Friday morning at 9.30 a.m. Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. with Mass at 7.30 p.m. Adoration then continues until 9 p.m. Prayer meeting in the parochial house on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.

Straying dogs

Another reminder to all dog owners in the parish and surrounding areas to make sure that their pets are securely fenced in, especially at night time. So before you retire at night, make sure your pets are also in their kennels.

Staging of play

Katie McCann, Newcastle Upper, Crossabeg, will stage her fourth play "Cirque Des Reves" (Circus of Dreams) in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin from October 26 to October 31. This is a family orientated show and children aged eight years and upwards will thoroughly enjoy it. A past pupil of Crossabeg national school, Katie will present the show in Crossabeg school on Monday next, October 19 at 6 p.m. This is a free show. Information on the show can be seen on Smock Alley website.

Over The Water

Development Lotto

Results of Lotto draw for Sunday, October 4 for Curracloe United AFC as follows:- the numbers drawn were 5, 6, 13 & 15. There was no Jackpot winner and 7 match 3 winners who each received €25 each, Theresa, Mandy, Lorraine, c/o Theresa Kehoe; Barry Redmond, Screen; Ger & Chris, c/o Roadhouse; Allison Tobin, Curracloe; Frank Stoutt, Curracloe; Gracey McEvoy, c/o Sean Tobin; John Roche, Garrylough, Screen. Tickets available in local outlets or from club members.

Birthday girl

We send our congratulations to Ciara, eldest daughter of Ursula and Frances Neville, Barnahask, Curracloe, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Friday last.

Screen school memoirs

The eagerly awaited Screen School Memoirs will be launched on Saturday, October 24 in Hotel Curracloe, and promises to be a great social night-out for parents, past pupils and the local community.Tickets will cost €10 and are now on sale. They are available from the school or from Patricia Fielding on 087-9290975 or Kak Redmond on 087- 2981508. Your support would be greatly appreciated on the night.

Curracloe school news

The Parents Association have organised a new and used clothing collection with the National Council for the Blind, as a fundraiser for the school. Please leave in your bags of clothes etc to the school during school hours from now until Wednesday, October 21. They will accept the following, new and used mens , womens and childrens clothes, shoes and linen. No duvets or pillows will be accepted. The NCBI will sell the garments in their shops nationwide, of which there is 72. They will recycle what ever they cannot use.

Well done to Amy & Kyra Potter who recently won €163 in the 'Split the Pot' draw. The next draw will be held on Monday, October 19. Thanks to Olivia and Sonya from Junior Broadway Stage school who visited the school over the last two weeks to provide free of charge musical workshops to the children from first to sixth classes. Olivia and Sonya are running classes in Screen hall from 3.15 -4.15 p.m on Thursdays.

Tractor run

The Over the Water Vintage club members and friends were out in force in Castlebridge on Sunday last with 123 tractors and vintage cars taking part in a fundraising event on behalf of the Day Care Centre and the Parish Finance committee.

Both committees acknowledge the great effort made by the Vintage club and wish to extend their gratitude to all who supplied refreshments and donations of prizes for the raffle. Many thanks also to the Bridge Rovers Soccer club, to Jim Hore, Jim Kinsella and all who helped with stewarding, making for an easy flow of tractors and traffic.


Castlebridge Day Care Centre committee wish to thank the "Midlife Crisis boys with bikes" for their generous donations from their recent annual outing.

Ladies football

Congratulations to Shelmalier Ladies football club on their win over St. Ultans (Meath) in the quarter final of the Leinster Tesco senior cub championship. They now play Foxrock/Cabinteely (Dublin) in the semi-final on October 24 in Hollymount. All support welcome.

Well done to St. Ibar's/Shelmalier who competed in the senior camogie championship semi -final on Saturday against Oulart/The Ballagh.

There will be a Halloween disco on October 23 in Castlebridge hall. The disco is suitable for children aged between 6 and 12 years and will be held from from 6.30 -9 p.m.. Prizes on the night will be awarded for the best dressed.

Best of luck to the U16's who play their championship final against Kilmore on October 18.


The weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Blain Parnell and Fr. Denis Kelly. Cards continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m. and all are welcome.

GAA news

The Shelmalier senior footballers departed the championship at the semi-final stage in Wexford Park on Saturday last when they played St. James` in the replay, having drawn the previous week.

A.J. Lehahe opened the scoring for the Shels with a point in the second minute and further points from Craig McCabe and Glen Malone saw them lead by a point at the end of the first quarter. A goal for St James' gave them the initiative but points from Brian Malone and Aidan Murphy saw the Shelmaliers trail by two points at half time 1-4 to 0-5.

If the first half was an even affair the second half belonged to St James' and they soon ran up a score of 1-8 0-5 at the end of the third quarter. A late rally for the Shelmaliers saw Graham Staples and Craig McCabe pointing in the twentieth minute, however three late points from Craig McCabe (2) and Aidan Cash was not enough to claim victory resulting in a final scoreline of Shelmaliers 0-10 St James' 2-9.

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