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Monday 19 August 2019

'Bridge' magazine a link with past

THE PEOPLE of Castlebridge parish, which includes the Screen and Curracloe districts, always look forward to the publication of the parish magazine, aptly named ' The Bridge' as it 'serves as a bridge linking local people more closely together and is clearly a bridge to those from the parish who live abroad', to quote editor Fr Walter Forde (pictured), in his introduction to the Christmas 2010 edition.

Fr Forde adds that it is also a bridge to the past, quoting the maxim that 'a community that no longer remembers is a community that no longer hopes.'

Having produced the magazine twice annually, Fr Forde announces that from now on it will appear only once a year at Christmas - ' bigger and hopefully better than ever'.

The 2010 Christmas number includes the usual range of interesting reading, beginning with the regular interview with one of the older parishioners. The candidate this time is Kay Murphy, Ballytramont and she tells how her family came to Ballytramont from Oulart, where she was born in Oulart in 1942, when her father (John Kenny) got a job as farm manager there for a Mr Bailey of Kilmuckridge. They soon made friends with their new neighbours and enjoyed her life there until she went to work in a boarding school in Dublin when she was seventeen. Stanley Warren, a regular contributor, records the chequered life of Fr Thomas O'Connor, whose mother was Johanna Murphy from Curracloe and a brother was the notable Wexford solicitor, Mr M. J, O'Connor. Stanley traces Fr O'Connor's career from his ordination in 1895, followed by his two years as curate in Castlebridge.On the outbreak war in 1914 and Fr O'Connor responded to the appeal for chaplains to minister to the troops on the battle fields. It is an inspirational story well told. Paul Tobin describes the legacy of the mainly Castlebridge team that won the first All-Ireland title for Wexford in 1910 while Kate Fortune tells how she traced the many descendants of John 'Ange' Murphy through cyberspace and is planning what should be a memorable 'gathering of the cousins'.

A particular interest also is Liam Gaul's incredible story under the mysterious title ' Tale of a Tome'. And there's lots more.

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