The parish of Oulart and the surrounding areas were plunged into deep sadness at the untimely death, at forty-four years of age, of John O' Dowd, Ballymotey, last Wednesday (St. Patrick's Day).
Burial took place in Oulart on Saturday, after requiem Mass. The high esteem in which the deceased was held was evidenced by the large crowds attending the wake, removal and burial of a much loved, popular and respected man.
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to his sorrowing wife, Sinead, daughter Emma and son Sean, his mother, Mrs. Kathleen O' Dowd, Ballincash, his brothers Michael and Patrick, his sisters Mary Walsh and Alice Kelly, nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and a wide circle of friends.
John will be fondly remembered as a. loving husband, father, son and brother as well as an extremely hardworking and industrious individual who made time to contribute to the betterment of the community, being very active in preparing for the Centenary of St. Patrick's Church last year. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis!
The late John's relative and namesake served in the parish one hundred years ago and had the privilege of celebrating the first Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Oulart on 12th September 1909.
Oulart Community Centre was packed with family members on the afternoon of Monday 15th March when the pupils of Scoil Mochua presented their St. Patrick's Day concert to great acclaim. Mr. Hamish Stuart was the chief organiser/co-coordinator of the event, which saw up to 150 children, from junior infants to sixth class, entertain and amaze with the high standard of their singing, dancing, music, drama and recitations.
MODEL CO. DRAW
Tickets for the annual Model Co. Draw, at ¤60 each (¤20 for each of three months, April, May and June) are on sale locally from G.A.A. members and officers. Two cars are on offer each month along with fifty-eight other prizes. By buying your ticket from an Oulart-The Ballagh club promoter you are helping the local club's fundraising efforts. If you have any difficulty sourcing a ticket please contact club P.R.O. Breda Jacob on 086-1686978.
Can you spare a few hours? A Bag Packing in Pettitts, Enniscorthy, in aid of St. Patrick's Church, has been organised for the first weekend in April (Thurs 1st.-Sat 3rd).As this will be the Easter weekend the supermarket is expected to be very busy so lots of volunteers, adult male and female, will be needed in order to have a presence at all the check-outs. If you or any member of your family can spare a few hours on any of the three days please contact a member of the committee.
The next meting of the St. Patrick's Church restoration committee will take place on the last Monday of March, 28th at 8pm in the Legion of Mary Hall. All committee members are requested to attend.
CONCERT IN CHURCH
A Church Choral Concert has been arranged for St. Patrick's Church, for Sunday 18th April. Among the featured artists will be local sopranos Roisin O'Grady and Chloe Kenny, baritone and classical violinist John Dempsey, the Wexford Male Voice Choir and a choir from Scoil Mochua, Oulart. An extensive programme is being planned and more details will be revealed closer to the date Proceeds will go towards the Church Restoration fund. Contact me (086-1686978) or any member of the Committee to secure your tickets (15 euro).
Their many friends in Oulart and further afield extend congratulations and best wishes to Maureen and Jimmy Wade, Oulartwick on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee (50th Wedding Anniversary) on Friday 26th March.
Imagine having four dogs qualified for Crufts! New girl Fifi, a Swedish champion, arrived at Sumobi Kennels in January to join the other three canine champions, Elvis, Pansy and Susie. Maureen showed Elvis and Pansy, Jimmy handled Susie and the breeder of Fifi came from Sweden to show her.
Elvis was naughty in the ring but moved well, all three girls showed to perfection with Pansy, the oldest girl, showing how to do it and once again, getting highly commended.
This was a tremendous achievement against the best in the world. On St. Patrick's Day Susie and Fifi competed and the newcomer, Fifi won Green Star and Best of Breed. So once again Sumobi Kennels kept the Oulart flag flying.
GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE!
Congratulations to Regina Prendergast, Ballybrega who competed in the Gorey Music Feile recently and was a prize-winner in three different categories. Playing a jig and a reel on the concertina and competing in the under 12 age-group she won gold; she followed that by achieving third place in the tin whistle section and then this talented young musician completed a perfect day by playing with the Craanford group that won second place in the "Grupai Ceoil" section of the competition.
Well done to Noel & Jonathan Dempsey, Ballytarsna, father and son, trainer & jockey with their seven-yearold horse, "An Bothar Bui" who won by a length from "Go Dennistown" at the Killinick Foxhounds meeting in Lingstown last Sunday week. This is Jonathan's fifth Point-to-Point success.
The Parents' Association of Scoil Mochua have organised an Easter Disco for kids of all ages on Thursday 25th March, 7pm-9pm. The Disco will be strictly supervised, as usual. Admission is only ¤5 and there will also be a raffle for an Easter Egg Hamper as well as other prizes. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the door on the night of the disco.