Sunday 20 October 2019

Over the water

CARDS: The overall winners of the Easter final partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Sean Murphy and Sinead Kelly and the runners-up were Jim Jackman and Angela Griffith, Sim Donohoe and Austin Hearne, George Doran and Kathleen Leacy.

The "B" final winners were Eddie Dowd and Charles Kavanagh and the runners-up were Pat Curran and Kathleen Murphy, Ian Hearne and Conall Byrne. Cards will recommence in October.


The Shelmalier Ladies football club are holding their annual `meet and greet` registration evening in Hollymount complex on Thursday, April 26 from 6 p.m. if you are interested in becoming involved in any capacity as a player, mentor, helper, Gaelic for Mothers and others, do go along. Club gear will be availabe to purchase on the night and there will be a cup of tea and refreshments available.

Congratulations to the minor team on winning their opening match in the championship with a 2-10 to 1-1 win over Mna Loch Garman (which includes a combined team from Clonard and The Volunteers) and best of luck to the Curracloe Mini Sevens team who will contest the final against Horeswood. The team is under the management of James Murphy.

Underage training for members of the Shelmalier Ladies Football club takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights with the U10`s from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. Please note that these times will be moving to 6- 7 p.m in the coming weeks. Training for the U12`s is from 6-7 p.m and U14 training is from 6.15 to 7.15 p.m. All players from 15 years upwards are welcome to train on Monday nights from 7.15 to 8.15 p.m.


A music and drama night will take place at the Porterhouse in Castlebridge on Saturday, April 21. The event is being organised by Stanley Keane, Seamus Brennan and Lester Rossiter who are undertaking a 170k trek over 7 days on the Camino De Santiago at the beginning of May. Music on the night will be supplied by the Castlebridge Gospel choir and by Kieran Pierce and David Doyle with the local Bridge Drama Society providing the drama. All proceeds will go to the Castlebridge Day Care centre. There is no cover chage and the entertainment begins at 8 p.m.


The Parents' Association of Screen national school have organised drama classes with Olivia Doran which will commence in Screen hall on Thursday, April 26 at 2.10 p.m for Juniors (5-6 years) and at 3.05 p.m for Seniors (7+ages) The cost is €50 for a term of 8 weeks. For further details contact Olivia on 085-1379527. All are most welcome.


The Shels senior footballers short many regulars due to injuries were dominated by a Castletown team in top form, losing out on a 1-18 to 0-4 scoreline, Derek Walsh, (0-4,1F) being the sole provider for the Shels on the night. Best wishes to Aidan Murphy for a speedy recovery from an injury sustained during the game. The second football team were beaten this week by a strong Shamrock outfit (First team) who were stronger in most areas of the field.

Well done to the Shelmaliers U14 footballers who defeated Gorey in the first round of the football championship. Hard luck to Simon Donohoe, Neal Rossiter & Kevin O'connor who were on the County Minor football team that went down to Kildare. Their next game is on April 25.


The Shelmalier Easter Camp in Hollymount was a huge success with over 30 young players partaking of 3 days of fun, skills and games, in hurling and football. All coaching was done by the clubs own mentors and juveniles.

Visits from George O'connor, Dave Guiney and Brian Malone gave the boys an enormous boost of energy and expertise. All boys were presented with a Hhrling grip on finishing. It was a joy to see the young players improve their skills, and enhance their friendships. Well done to all who helped in organising and running this event.


The Shelmalier GAA club had no winner of their weekly Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4, 21, 22 & 25.There was one match 3 winner, Mark Tobin who won €200. The next Jackpot is €5,000.

Curracloe United AFC had no winner of the lotto jackpot for weekend April 7 and just one match 3 winner, Mag Tobin, Ballytramont, Castlebridge, who received €150. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 14 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot on Sunday last and one match 3 winner, Francis and Gerry Forde, Ferrybank who received €150. The numbers drawn were 9, 16, 24 & 26. Next weekends draw takes place in the Tavern and the jackpot stands at €10,500.


Well done to St Ibars/shelmaliers U10 team who participated in the blitz on Saturday last which was hosted by Glynn/barntown. The girls displayed their camogie skills, while experiencing different positions. They played against Blackwater, Glynn/barntown Blue, Oulart/the Ballagh & Glynn/barntown Green teams. Well done to the U14 team who continued their great start to the season, when they defeated Fethard 2-7 to 0-2 in Hollymount on Friday evening last. Log onto for full match reports.

Best of luck to the under 12 team who compete in the Blitz on Saturday next, April 21 at 11 a.m in Glynn/barntown, and to the Junior team who take on St. James. Best wishes to the under 18 County Minor team who will meet Derry in the All-ireland championship final on Saturday next, April 21 with Ciara Neville, Aine Leacy and Niamh Doyle representing the Shels club.

On Tuesday, April 24, the Senior League team meet St Martins; on Wednesday, Apri 25 the Junior League team meet the Rapparees in Hollymount and on Friday, April 27, the Minor team meet Blackwater in the final.


Would you like to 'Get Online'- set up an email address, send and receive emails, search the internet, pay a bill. Free course (10 x 2 hours) and priority will be given to those who have little or no internet experience. Contact Anne on 086- 8533667 for further details.


A one day course in basket weaving is to be held shortly and is suitable for those with little or no experience. Each participant will take home a piece at the end of the day. Class to be run on a Saturday (all day) and date and venue to be confirmed. If interested contact Mary on 0874136200.


U13 Girls Futsal: The girls under 13 Futsal county finals were held at Curracloe United AFC grounds on Wednesday evening of last week. The local Castlebridge/crossabeg Area had two teams in action and Rathangan provided the only other opposition.

Castlebridge/crossabeg A team took on Rathangan in the only semifinal match and were the first to get their names on the scoreboard, thanks to an own goal from Rathangan. Sinead Ronan-john added another goal seconds later to settle the team and Sarah Harding-kenny added another one to put them into a 3-0 half time lead. Goalkeeper Sadbh Mccarthy had an outstanding game in goal and made some fantastic saves throughout the match.

Into the second and despite their best efforts, Rathangan could not score. Ailis Neville scored from a corner and put her team into a 4-0 lead. But Rathangan never gave up and though they had some fantastic shots at goal, the safe hands of Sadbh Mccarthy made sure the ball did not get past her. Goal number five came from Fiona Kinsella with Ailish Neville adding another one seconds later to put them into a 6-0 lead. Towards the end of the game Rathangan did manage to put one past Sadbh Mccarthy and the match ended 6-1 to Castlebridge/crossabeg.

Castlebridge/crossabeg A team then met their friends from the B team in the final. Sinead Ronan-john put the A team into a 1-0 lead and quickly added two more to see them 3-0 ahead at the break. Finola Monahan had a good game in goal for the B team. Abbie Devereux pulled one back for the B team early in the second half but on-form Sinead Ronan-john added another one for the A team.

A header from Mikaela Lannigan and two more quick goals from Sarah Harding-kenny put the A team into a 7-1 lead, but the B team kept going and Caitriona Kinsella pulled one back for her team. Ailis Neville and Mikaela Lannigan scored for the A team and Hazel Mythen added one for the B team to see the A team 9-3 ahead. Just before the end of the match Hazel Mythen scored yet again for the B team and Sarah Harding-kenny closed out the match for the A team on a 10-4 scoreline.

The A team were represented by Sadbh Mccarthy, Mikaela Lannigan, Chloe Mythen, Sarah Harding-kenny, Larah Campbell, Sinead Ronan-john, Ailis Neville, Fiona Kinsella.

The B team had Caitriona Kinsella, Sarah Whelan, Kelly Scallan, Abbie Devereux, Finola Monahan, Kirsty Fanning and Hazel Mythen on their panel of players. Managers were Adrian Carr and Paul Kenny. Many thanks to Curracloe AFC for the use of their grounds.


Castlebridge Day Care centre wish to extend their gratitude to the Over the Water Vintage club members who turned out in large numbers on Sunday last for a run in the parish to raise funds for the upkeep of the centre. Grateful thanks to the many sponsors, those who came out on the day with tractors, motor bikes and cars to make it a lovely spectacle. Refreshments were served afterwards in the centre and a raffle also took place. Many thanks to the ladies and gents who provided and served up the food to the hungry travellers.


The annual Patron to Castlebridge cemetery takes place on Sunday, May 6 with prayers in the cemetery at 2 p.m.


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to children from Castlebridge national school at a special ceremony in the church on Saturday, April 28 at 11 .a.m.


Castlebridge parish was saddened to learn last weekend of the death of a well known and loved parishioner, Mrs. Teresa (Tess) Thompson who died at Wexford General hospital on Friday last after a short illness.

The week before she died she had attended the Day Care centre as per usual and her death has left her friends there devastated, where she took a keen interest in the Arts and Craft courses, being very talented in knitting, crochet, macrame, sewing etc. She will be sadly missed by all connected with the centre.

Outside of that she was a teacher in the local school for a long number of years, and even when she retired she took a keen interest in her past pupils, always interested in hearing what they continued to do in later life. Interested in all aspects of community life, she carried out a B & B service from her home, again interested in meeting new people and listening to their stories. She was a regular daily mass goer and also attended the weekly Adoration session. Her other great interest was Scrabble which she played both manually and on the computer.

Pre-deceased by her husband Val, she is survived by her sons Seamus, Peter, Murray, Seanie, Paul and Anthony, by her daughter Patty, grand-children, brother, all of whom were with her at the end, with many of them travellling from as far away as Kuala Lumpar. Her remains were brought to Castlebridge church with Requiem Mass on Sunday morning at 11.30 a.m. and burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. To her grieving family, relatives and friends, we offer our deepest sympathy. R.I.P.

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