Sunday 19 November 2017



Reserve Bank Holiday Sunday, June 5 for the Shelmalier GAA clubs annual Field Day in Hollymount. There will be all the usual attractions. More details will follow later.


Well done to Curracloe school pupils, Chloe Cloney (3rd in Grade 4) and Lauren Kelly (2nd in Grade 1) who competed in the All-Ireland Gymnastic events recently in Galway.

The second class pupils will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday next, May 21 in Curracloe church at 11 a.m. Following the ceremony, the Parents & Guardians Association would like to invite the children and their parents and families back to the school for refreshments, and to take a group photograph of the communion children. There will also be a special cake for the children.

Three teams from the school took part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Wexford Wanderers Club last Tuesday. The girls team won the cup and the other two teams played really well. Two teams competed in the FAI 5-a-side Soccer South Leinster final in Bunclody last Wednesday and great soccer skills were shown by all the pupils.

Ms. McCrea took sixth class pupils on a special trip to the Raven Reserve to attend a 'Living Sandcastle' field study session as part of their Environmental Science programme.

Congratulations to the girls who won their Rackard League camogie match on Tuesday and best wishes to them for the rest of the competition.

The school is looking forward to receiving their Green Flag on Friday, May 27. The community is invited to attend this special occasion. The pupils have done fantastic work over the last two years and many thanks to Michelle Lambkin and the green schools committee.


A lot of progress has been made in the Castlebridge Community Garden over the Easter holidays. Many thanks to all the volunteers who cleared the garden and got it ready for the tunnel. The garden sheds have arrived of which one will be used for training. The tunnel is due to arrive soon so that the workers can proceed with planting.

This will be a marvelous area in the village for everyone to enjoy. Please feel free to call in any Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m to look at the work in progress and if possible lend a hand. Entry to same is the walled garden gateway opposite the church nearest to Oak Tree Heights.


Congratulations to the boys and girls from Miss Sheehan's second class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last, May 14 in Castlebridge church. Well done to the girls from 5th and 6th classes who won their section in the FAI county soccer finals in Bunclody last Wednesday. They now go through to the Leinster final in Navan on Thursday, May 19. There was a crazy hair day in the school on Wednesday of last week to raise money for Focus Ireland and a grand total of €354 was raised which will go towards the Four Peaks challenge. A total of €914 was raised in total. Well done to everyone.


Bridge Drama Society held their annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 11 in the Porterhouse, Castlebridge . A well attended meeting heard the year reviewed in both the Secretary's report and the Chairperson's address.

The groups very successful comedy hour in both the Porterhouse and Talbot Hotel was recalled as were the many highlights from this year's campaign on the drama circuit. Tributes were paid to outgoing Chairperson Mairéad Ryan whose three-year term expired this year. Mairéad has led the group with dedication and energy and all plaudits were richly deserved.

Trish Doyle was elected Chairperson with Siobhán Walsh and Myles Sunderland remaining as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Congratulations were sent out to the groups many friends in Kilmeen Drama Group on their recent win in the All-Ireland Open finals in Athlone. Best wishes were also sent to group member Trish Tyrrell who is recovering from illness.


Twenty four pupils from 2nd class are busy at the moment preparing with their Teacher Miss Fallon for their special day which will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m in Screen church. In preparation they attended Mass in the Church on Tuesday last, celebrated by Fr Jim Fitzpatrick. Congratulations to the girls from 4th 5th & 6th classes who are participating in the Camogie Rackard League. Best of luck to them in the semi finals.

Pupils from 4th 5th & 6th classes took part in the Tag Rugby blitz on Tuesday, May 10 held in Wexford Wanderers pitch. A big thank you to the parents who helped out with the transport.

A reminder that all uniform order forms for 2011/2012 are now due. This year the crest will change and the new design can be seen on the display board in the school. The Headstart programme will begin today, Wednesday, May 18 and will continue on the following Wednesday, May 25 from 2.15 p.m to 2.45 p.m. The incoming Junior Infants are invited into the classroom to complete activities, and this will help familiarise them with the school. The Graduation Day will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 2.15 p.m.


Matt Murphy, Castlebridge is holding a fund raising social night out in Whites of Wexford on Sunday, June 5. All proceeds from same will go to the Alzheimers Association of Ireland. Tickets cost €10 each and will be available at the door on the night.


The following from the Castlebridge/ Crossabeg Community Games area were winners in the Gymnastic events held in Barntown last week:-Under 8 girls: 1. Emma Smith 2. Laura Neville 3. Molly Davis. Under 10 girls. 1. Sadbh Quinn 2. Aoife Murphy 3 Blathnaid Sinnott/ Christine Forde. Under 12 girls: 1. Leanne Cullen 2. Aine Fitzgerald 3 Niamh O`Brien. Under 14 girls 1. Chloe Cloney 2. Aoife Hayes. Under 8 boys:-Louis Pinaqui. The county finals will take place on May 22.


Curracloe United AFC had no winner of their weekly jackpot. The numbers drawn were 11, 19, 23 & 25. There were 2 match 3 winners and each received €75, Francis Murphy, Coolrainey and Sean Doyle, Barnahask. Next weekends jackpot stands at ?2250 and the draw will take place in the Tavern on Sunday, May 22.


Castlebridge Day Care centre has been successfully operating for the past 10 years and on Wednesday of last week over 70 members of the club, past and present, sat down to a beautiful lunch at Hotel Curracloe to mark the occasion.

Fran Ryan and Orla Rowe from Wexford Local Development were also in attendance as was Fr. Walter Forde, PP Castlebridge. A special cake was made for the occasion and was cut by Sean Murphy and Lena Tobin representing the Castlebridge and Curracloe areas respectively.

Mary Walsh brought back lots of memories for the group with her slide show of photographs dating back from the year they were formed. At the weekend Mass in Castlebridge, prayers were offered up for the deceased members of the club. The club continues its activites on Wednesdays from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. while the mens group meet on a Monday morning and the womens Art group meet on Monday afternoon.


Suitable candidates are being sought by Bridge Rovers AFC for the following vacancies:-A team manager and assistant; B team manager and assistant and C team manager and assistant. All candidates must have at least some experience at managerial level. If interested please contact Kelvin Sweeney on 053-9159238 or Willie O`Reilly on 053-9159334.


The death occured on Saturday last of Mr. Lar Shiggins, Ballytramant, Castlebridge, who was in his 80`s and had been in ailing health for some time. Lar was a gentleman and worked all his life at Nunns in Castlebridge. He took a great interest in all aspects of community life in the parish and was always willing to give a hand when called on.

Pre-deceased by his wife Peg, he is survived by his sons PJ, Bernard, Anthony and Oliver and daugther Teresa, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sonin-law, daugthers-in-law, relatives and friends to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. His remains were removed to Castlebridge church and his funeral Mass was offered up on Monday afternoon last with burial to St. Ibars cemetery, Castlebridge. R.I.P.


The next Wednesday evening walk is this evening at 7pm meeting at the Wexford Bus Premises, Redmond Sq., Wexford (new members welcome).

The next Sunday walk May 22nd at the Raven, Curracloe, meeting in the the car park in Curracloe at 9am. Also May 22nd Wexford Mini Marathon. The next Friday walk is 20th May "A light evening stroll" at the new walking track at the Shelmalier GAA Pitch 8pm. For further details contact Denise on (086) 7302249. Check us out on

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