Saturday 17 August 2019

Golden jubilee celebrations

Congratulations and best wishes to John and Eileen McGrath, Oulart who celebrated fifty years of wedded bliss, last week.

The Golden Jubilarians were married in St. Patrick's Church, Oulart and planned to honeymoon in The Isle of Man but turbulent seas prevented them embarking at their destination and the ferry had to return to Dublin.

The happy couple lived out their fifty years in Eileen's native parish where she and Enniscorthy-born John raised their daughters Barbara and Deirdre and they now enjoy their five grand-children, four of whom live in Oulart. John & Eileen are valued members of the community and they are both renowned for their involvement in local affairs and are supportive of all the positive initiatives in the parish.

With a keen interest in Gaelic games, the McGraths follow the local hurling and camogie teams and lend their much appreciated support to all their fund-raising activities.

Eileen, a Minister of the Word & Eucharistic Minister, has been a life-long member of I.C.A. and has won many awards for her dress-making, knitting and embroidery while John, who is a mechanic, is highly skilled in many practical areas and was one of the most hard-working and committed members of St. Patrick's Church Restoration Committee.


The August Bank Holiday Weekend, Fri.-Sun 3rd, 4th and 5th of August will see the return of the Marquee Fest to OulartThe Ballagh G.A.A. grounds for three nights of varied fun and entertainment that will appeal to people of all ages.

Friday night will feature a "Come Dine with me" Tea Party in which hosts/hostesses will invite friends to their table for a sumptuous salad and dessert, tea/coffee followed by music by Lar Kenny and some novelty items.

Volunteers to host extra tables would be most welcome and individuals not yet invited to a table are most welcome also. Just contact any committee member for details.

On Saturday night the Dublin City Ramblers will pay a first visit to Oulart and will entertain with their unique brand of balladry. Barbeque food will be available and a late bar. The Fest will conclude on Sunday night with Marquee Dancing to Reilly's Men along with a Barbeque and Late Bar. Amazingly, tickets for each night will cost only ten euro and are available from committee and members and on the door on Saturday and Sunday nights. Tell your friends!


Congratulations to Hughie O'Connor, Kilbride, The Ballagh who was a recent winner of Oulart-The Ballagh G.A.A. lotto. Hughie, who has supported the lotto since the beginning won in excess of 4000 euro, and all his friends say "happy spending".


The club hurlers, both under-age and adult have been involved in many thrilling contests down through the years, none more exciting and nail-bitingly tense than the recent minor hurling match played against Buffers Alley, last Wednesday night. The game was played in the right spirit by both well-prepared teams and sensibly refereed by Roland Buckley.

Oulart-The Ballagh entered the game at a disadvantage, as their top forward Peter Sutton is still unavailable, having broken his leg in a first round match, versus Gorey, while they were without the services of some others through less serious injuries and suspension.

However, the team did themselves and their club proud by the way they overcame all obstacles (including one player being red-carded) and ill-luck, to find themselves just one point down as the time ticked away.

Then up stepped Dean Fortune, The Ballagh to take a side-line cut from the club- house side of the field and he sent it sailing between the posts, to draw the match. The never- say -die attitude of the players was always very evident so we salute them all and wish them the best of luck in their remaining matches.


The Carl Doyle Memorial Committee have organised a night of fun and frolics in Marty's Bar, Oulart on Friday 27th July when you will have an opportunity to hear and see the local interpretation of "Stars in their Eyes".

Appearing will be Stavros Flatley, Richie Kavanagh, Spice Girls, Crystal Swing, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Abba, Amy Winehouse and Johnny Cash & June Carter. Admission is free and you will have a chance to vote for your favourite act. All proceeds to St. Gabriel's Ward, Wexford General Hospital.

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