Monday 14 October 2019



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 next, April 28 at 11 .a.m.


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 also be a cup of tea and refreshments available.


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.


Schools Coaching Initiative continues in Screen, Curracloe and Castlebridge schools for the last school term. Volunteers are in attendance at lunch times to coach hurling to boys and girls. This has been a huge success in encouraging and promoting hurling for existing and new players. The school needs your support in order to continue. If you are available to help during any of the following times, any week, please contact Martin Doyle, the Coaching/development Officer on 087- 2550461. The times are as follows:Mondays in Castlebridge from 11.30 - 12.30 p.m; Tuesdays in Screen from 12.30 - 1 p.m and Wednesdays in Curracloe from 12.45 - 1.15 p.m .


There was no winner of the Shelmalier GAA Jackpot draw for Monday, April 16. The numbers drawn were 3,7,13 & 24. There were five match 3 winners, Mr. & Mrs. G. Meagher, Kearney, Sean Tobin, DJ John, Conor Howlin.


The Shels senior team put in a spirited performance but were unable to overcome St. Martins in Taghmon. Shels had an improved performance but were still unable to get the scores on the board. The finals score was 1-11 to 2-3. Best for Shels AJ Lehane, Andre O'brien, Barry O'connor, Glen Murphy, and Graham Lawlor-ryan.

The junior team also had a much improved game this week versus Tara Rocks first team in Ballygarrett. Shels were leading 0-4 to 0-3 at half time after playing against a stiff breeze. Hopes were high for the second half but they totally faded out of the game, again failing to register those all- important scores. Cathal Gaule on the road back from injury was the mainstay and was well supported by Niall Cullen and Chris Gordon. They are moving in the right direction and the wins will come if everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel.


Bridge Rovers AFC will celebrate their 40th anniversay with a dinner dance in the Riverbank house hotel, Ferrybank, this coming Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets at ?35 are on sale around the parish (0894392693) or you can phone Dermot on 087-6145897. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Forever fit, dance fitness/body toning classes take place in Screen hall on Fridays at 9.45 a.m. Beginners are welcome and its pay as you go. Call Amanda Burke on 087-9713339 for further information or check out


The parish of Castlebridge will join with the people of The Ballagh and indeed from all over the county in wishing Adam Nolan the very best as he competes for his country in Boxing at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. His Mother Ann is formerly from Ballyboggan, Castlebridge where his grandparents still reside.


Well done to the 22 pupils who made their confirmation on Thursday of last week. Monsignor Lennon led the ceremony assisted by Fr. Walter Forde, Fr. Jim Fitzpatrick and Deacon James Cullen. The Church was decorated with pictures and artwork by the pupils themselves and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th class pupils were the choir for the day. Each child being confirmed was presented with an oak tree and certificate from the Parents Association to mark their special day. The principal Mrs Roche as well as Ms. Siobhan Tynan were presented with bouquets of flowers .Refreshments were provided by the Parents' Association. A total of ?311 was raised on Friday, March 30 on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society.


Well done to the St. Ibars/shelmaliers U12 team who participated in the Blitz on Saturday last which was hosted by Glynn/barntown. The girls played and won two great games against Glynn/barntown and Blackwater. Good luck to the Junior A team as they take on Rapparees this evening, Wednesday in Hollymount at 7 p.m.

The county minor team were unlucky to be defeated by Derry on Saturday last with Ciara Neville, Aine Leacy and Niamh Doyle representing the club. The U10 Blitz takes place in Blackwater on Saturday next, April 28 at 11 a.m and the U12 Blitz in Glynn/barntown on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m.

The U14 League game against Cloughbawn takes place on Wednesday, May 2 at 6.45 p.m in Hollymount.


Next outing for the Shelmalier walking group will be on Sunday, April 29, meeting at 10 a.m. at Raven wood. Contact 086-7302249 or email for details.


Curracloe House will host a Yoga session for Health, Fitness and Relaxation on Saturday, April 28 from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. with local yoga teacher Mary Duane. Numbers are limited to ensure individual attention. To book, contact Mary email or phone 087 2250736.