Parents/Guardians who intend starting their children in Scoil Mochua in September 2015 are reminded that the deadline for returning completed enrolment forms is 6th March. For further information or to collect an enrolment form please call to the school office during the schoolday.
The senior classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, in St.Patrick's Church on Saturday 28th March. First Penance will be celebrated by the Second Class on 11th March and the same pupils will receive their First Holy Communion on 9th May.
I had the great pleasure to be invited to attend last Thursday's after-school musicsession in Scoil Mochua and was entertained by 23 talented children playing a variety of instruments including keyboards, tin whistles, banjo, guitar, buttonaccordion, flute etc under the guidance of multi-instrumentalist Mr. Hamish Stuart, aided by Miss Nóirín Lenehan both of whom give of their free time to promote traditional musicand musicianship among the pupils of our wonderful local primary school.
Of course young local teacher, Mr. Kevin Nimmo is himself an accomplished musician and he was also there encouraging the youngsters in their endeavours. "Mol anóige agus tiochaidh sí" is certainly true in Scoil Mochua!
A newly composed ballad, entitled "The Ballad of Oulart Hill" was performed for the gathering by Kevin Whitty, friend of Mr. Stuart. Words and music for this six-verse ballad were written by Mr. Whitty who is a renowned musician and winner of All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil tin whistle competitions.
I was delighted to see the way the children rose to the challenge of learning the new piece, how they concentrated on what they were doing, their enjoyment of working and playing together and the very obvious respect and admiration they had for their inspirational teachers and guest. To bring the session to a close the group played "Five in a row" composed by Mr. Stuart to commemorate Oulart-The Ballagh Senior Hurlers' historic five-in-a-row of senior hurling championships, 2009-2013.
Our localsenior camogie team, already Leinster club-champions, are busy preparing for the All-Ireland semi-final to be played on Sunday 1st February, in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, against the Antrim and Ulster champions, Loughgiel Shamrocks. The starting time is 2.30pm and the players and management would appreciate lots of support. Best of luck ladies in your efforts to reach another All-Ireland Final!
Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie Club are holding a registration night in Oulart Community Centre on Friday 6th February, beginning at 8pm.Annual membership will be collected that night. All are welcome to attend and new members are particularly welcome.
Congratulations to Oulart-The Ballagh's star forward, Stacey Kehoe who was one of elevenplayers honoured by AIB, sponsor of the Camogie and GAA club-championship atthe "Toughest club player" awards. The players were selected based on theiroverall performance throughout the 2014-15 season and voted for by the regionaland national media. Stacey, along with her twin sister, Shelley and oldersister Sharon are preparing for the All-Ireland club-championship semi-finalthat will be played in Castleblaney on Sunday 1st February.
All supporters and former players of Oulart-The Ballagh G.A.A Club are invited and encouraged to become a member for the coming year. Adult non-playing memberspay a membership fee of €50 per year and those who join before 31st March are entitled to a vote at the next A.G.M. Of course, the real benefit of membership is that you belong to the local GAA family and share more closely in the triumphs of our wonderful hurlers of all ages, and help them to keep the nameof Oulart-The Ballagh to the forefront within the county and beyond. Contact me, (Club PRO Breda Jacob) or any officer if you want to become a member.
Currentplayers are reminded that their GAA membership is also due and should be paid as soon as possible now that the playing season is fast approaching. Fees may be given to Treasurer, Pauline Davitt or Assistant Treasurer, Catherine Murphy; to their team manager or selector or to any club officer.
Wexford GAA and the local club are offering part-funded, three week scholarships to the Connemara Gaeltacht to run from 23rd June to 14th July. Boys and girls, over 14 years at the time of the Course are eligible to apply but they must be registered, paid up members of GAA, Camogie or Handball clubs. Parents/guardians who pay one-third of the cost and would like their youngsters to put their names forward should contact Breda Jacob on 086-1686978 as soon as possible.
Scór Sinsir Loch Garman (Co. Wexford Adult Scor, for people over 17 years) will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday7th February.
Anyone wishing to represent Oulart-The Ballagh GAA, Camogie or Handball should contact Breda Jacob for details. The competitions are Figure Dancing, Set Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Instrumental Music Group, Recitation/Storytelling and Léiriú. Come along and make the Scór Co. Finals a night to remember.
The Scór Sinsir Table Quiz will take place in Killurin on Thursday 12th February.
Oulart Community Centre is the venue for DanceFit/Body Tone-Hi-energy classes on Fridays at 10am. "Forever Active"- more gentle exercise for over 60s on Fridays at 11.30am. All are welcome and you can join in any time. Call Amanda Burke for details on 087-9713339.
Lisa Keogh is running Zumba classes, suitable for all fitness levels, in Oulart Community Centre on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm. You can payas you go, €7 per class. There is no need to book. For more information ring or text 086-3351779.