Thursday 17 October 2019



The weekly winners of cards in Hotel Curacloe last week were Bridget Sinnott and Sean Murphy. The Easter final will be played tonight, Wednesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. sharp.


The schools 'outdoor classroom' Arts project was launched by Wexford Mayoress, Philomena Roache in the school on Tuesday of last week. The Board of Management wish to extend their thanks to her, to the parents and local community who attended. The Parents Association contributed greatly too by providing all the refreshments with Hotel Curracloe providing delph and cutlery.

The school community would like to thank local artist Helen McLean who oversaw the project. A total of ¤723.35 was raised in the annual Easter egg raffle and this money will be spent on new school equipment. The pupils also raised ¤110.50 in support of the Irish Cancer Societys annual daffodil day. On Wednesday of last week the children were treated to a wonderful magic show as part of their green schools flag aspirations. Cliodhna Connolly, Wexford County Council organised the event which was both educational and fun.

Mr. Hacketts class brought in the least amount of waste and earned themselves a new football. The school is now working towards a 'no refuse' bin policy. Michelle Lambkin is co-ordinating this project.


Myles Doyle and Paddy Doyle were the recent winners of the pool tournament underway at the Roadhouse in Curracloe. There are just two more weeks left in this tournament with the final being played on April 11.


The winning numbers in the Curracloe United AFC club lotto last weekend were 1, 7, 21 and 23. There was one lucky jackpt winner, Damien Doyle, Curracloe who picks up a cheque for a whopping ¤15,250. The seller was Stephen O`Connor. There were five match 3 winners and each received ¤30: Jimmy Bones, c/o Bones; Pat Murphy, St. Mullins, Co. Carlow; Denis Kelly, Screen; Bernie Kierney, 37, Brooklawn, New Ross; Ibar Murphy, junior, Newfort, Screen. Next weekends jackpot is now ¤2000 and the draw will take place in the Tavern on Sunday night, April 4.


The Over the Water Vintage club will hold a meeting in Ballymurn hall on Tuesday night of next week, April 6 commencing at 8.30 p.m. New members are most welcome. A Road run takes place on Sunday, April 18, setting off from Ballymurn village at 12.30 p.m. Proceeds from same to be divided between the Community Workshop in Enniscorthy and the J. Whelan fund, Ballymurn.


As a token of appreciation to the large number of people who have supported the recently launched Shelmalier development lotto, there will be a special and extended super draw on Monday next, April 5. Many additional lucky dip prizes have been added which were kindly sponsored by Flanagan's Londis supermarket Castlebridge. Do make sure you get your lotto tickets early for this exciting draw. The club is grateful for the generosity and support of Flanagan's Supermar-

ket Castlebridge.


The recent 1910 families reunion held in Hotel Curracloe was a great success and the Shelmalier GAA club would like to thank all who helped out in anyway. A special mention must go to John, Margaret and John-Paul Hanrahan for allowing the club to host the event in their hotel and also for the kind sponsorship of food on the night.


The Shels senior team made the long trek to Bannagher, Offaly for the first round of the Leinster league. They were not in the game for the first 20 minutes, but then rose to the challenge. Unfortunately they had left it too late to close the gap and despite a great second half performance by the team they lost 1-11 to 0-20. Scorers were Joe Kelly (0-8F) Conor Byrne (1-0 P) Alan Griffith (0-2) Seamie Harding (0-1). The Shels met St. Annes at home in the second round of the league on Sunday evening last. Having played in the Leinster league 24 hours earlier and missing 4 regulars ( who were on county duty) the team started brightly and had a healthy 6 point lead at half time 0.-15 to 0-9. However a late surge from the visitors left the Shels having to be content with a draw, 1-16 to 0-19. The clubs second string met Crossabeg/Ballymurn's first team in Hollymount on Sunday last but they were not able to match their near neighbours on the day. Despite trojan efforts from the boys the visitors ran out easy winners on this occasion. There was no winner of last week's jackpot of ¤4,000. The numbers drawn were 11,16,25,32. There was one match 3 winner, Robert Fortune. Next week's jackpot stands at ¤4,200.


Castlebridge national school held a 'crazy hair' and 'no uniform' on Friday last to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil day. There was a lot of crazy hair styles around and even the teachers and principal Mr Lyons got in on the act. A fantastic ¤800 was raised in total which also included the selling of pins. The school are extremely pleased with the result with the pupils and teachers getting thoroughly involved in the event having worked hard during the week preparing for same. The parents brought in fresh daffodils on the day and well done to all who contributed to the succcess of the day, pupils, teachers, parents, parents association, to Ann Murphy, School secretary and Regina Kehoe, SNI who also helped out.


A reminder that the closing date for entries for the county swimming finals is Friday next, April 2. Please contact Mary McDonald on 087-9384937 if interested in competing for the area. The county finals take place in New Ross swimming pool on Saturday, April 24.


Mass on Holy Thursday takes place at 7.30 p.m in Castlebridge church. Good Friday ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. and there is also Stations of the Cross (especially for children) later in the evening at 7.30 p.m. At 11 a.m. on Holy Saturday morning, the church will be prepared for Easter and parishioners are invited to bring along flowers/shrubs etc, with the Vigil Mass that evening beginning at 9 p.m. The usual Masses will be offered up on Easter Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. A basket for Trocaire boxes will be left at the back of the church from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday and you are urged to bring along your box during these times.


Castlebridge will be taking part in the national Tidy Towns competition for the 6th year. Since winning the 'best new entry' in 2004, Castlebridge has improved on its marks every year. The Tidy Towns initiative benefits everyone in the community helping to create clean and pleasant surroundings where people share a sense of 'pride of place' and respect for their environment. Great credit is due to all residents in Castlebridge who maintain their houses and gardens to such a high standard. For enquiries please contact Aileen Cloake on 086-1532633.


New windows are being fitted at Castlebridge community centre this week and the work is being carried out by Senator Windows. The windows are replacing the old 1964 metal, single-glazed windows. They will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the building.


St Ibars national school principal, Mr. Lyons, is organising a vegetable garden for the pupils in the school. This is a very worthwhile project as is gives children an interest in growing vegetables. Mr. Lyons would like to thank the members of Castlebridge Show Committee – Mick Redmond, Billy Murphy, Ibar Cloake, Jimmy Nolan and Stephen Nolan – who prepared the ground and made the drills ready for planting. We wish the pupils every success with their vegetables.


Congratulations to all the pupils from Screen school who participated in the GAA mini sevens competition recently. A great effort was made by all the children and some of their skills in camogie, hurling and football showcased. The children competed against schools from Monamolin, St. Senan's and Ballyroebuck to name but a few. Thanks to the parents who supported and/or brought children to matches and the match referees. Those who participated included the following Nick Whelan, Adam Hearne, Peter Doyle, Bill Quaid, Nathan Ferguson Murphy, Johnny Walker, Gareth Jones, Ross Banville, Kyle Ferguson Murphy, Niall Hearne, Peter O'Shea, Marcus Harrington Shauna Kelly, Katie Lacey, Ellie Daly, Leanne Corrigan, Anna Quaid, Kim Quaid, Thea Kehoe, Enya B, Eleanor Lacey, Sarah Doyle Caitlin Carroll and Sadbh McCarthy. Teachers Miss Gately, Miss Dempsey and Anne Walsh aslo helped out. A happy Easter to all. The school will re-open on Monday, April 12.


St Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie Club are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. To mark this special occasion, the club will be publishing a book on the Camogie club later in the year. This will capture the sporting highlights, the achievements, the major landmarks for the club, and above all, the stories and folklore of all who have been involved in the club over the years.

If you are a past player, a supporter, or even a past manger (at any level),

we would love to hear your memories. If you have photographs or a story that should go down in history, please share them with us. We are looking to re-create those special moments and share them with all. So, if you have any paper articles, photographs, or a story to tell, please contact any of the book committee members and we will be delighted to meet you (all items will be returned to you).

Kathleen Dooley - - 087 681 5479; Kate Kelly – - 087 657 8756; Therese Sheil - 086 3712224; Eileen O'Leary - 086 8636271; John Furlong - 085 1741077; Bridget Curran - 087 9365066 The club also commenced the league at the weekend in both Junior and senior, The Junior team travelled to Coolree to play the Duffry Rovers however were defeated 1-7 to 0-3. The Senior Team had a home game against Monageer/Boolavogue, and got their league campaign off to a great start winning 4-14 to 1-2. Both teams will be out on Monday next, Senior v Ferns (a) and the Junior team v Buffers Alley (h). St.Ibars Shelmaliers are also out in the u18 championship on Thursday 1st when they play Oylegate (away) at 6.30pm.

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