Wexford and District News Round-up
Fire brigade called out
TWO units of Wexford fire service were called out when the fuse board of a house at Killinick caught fire last Monday. The fire was quickly extinguished and the ESB was called.
At 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, one unit responded to a report of a car on fire in the Bridgetown area. No other details are available, but arson is suspected. The same day, two units were called to a farm at Ballinag, Curracloe, following reports of a tractor on fire near a silage pit. The fire is believed to have been accidental.
Talk on the two Koreas
Dr. Alex Dukalskis will present a lecture on the Koreas in Wexford Library on Thursday, February 5, at 7.30 p.m. This lecture will look at political developments in North and South Korea, including the politics of each country, relations between the two and Korea's place in a broader Northeast Asian context.
Dr. Dukalskis is a lecturer at University College Dublin in the School of Politics & International Relations where he researches and teaches on the politics of authoritarian states, Asian politics, and human rights.
He has lived and travelled extensively in Asia and his work has been published in a variety of academic journals. Attendance at this lecture is free and all are welcome.
For more information contact Wexford Library on 053 9196760.
Celebration of Luke Kelly
Wexford Arts Centre is to celebrate with Chris Kavanagh the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend - Luke Kelly, on Saturday, February 7.
Since his death in 1984 Luke Kelly has left an indelible mark on the Irish Folk scene and is considered as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century.
This powerful performances from Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke while his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man.
Chris Kavanagh was born and raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. Joining him on stage will be Offaly man Joe Finn. Booking on line www.wexfordartscentre.ie or 053 9123764
New traffic plan
COUNCIL officials are to draft a new plan for the traffic management of Wexford town.
Members of the town's traffic management committee met last week for the first time since last year's elections.
Among issues raised were disabled spaces outside the post office in Anne Street, how to keep bin lorries out of the town centre after 9.a.m. and to reduce the amount of loading space near the Bull Ring, which is congesting traffic.
Another proposal concerns proposed traffic calming outside on the Newtown Road outside hospital and a suggestion that the very complicated pattern of traffic lights there should be replaced with a roundabout as well as one that there should be no right turns in to Dunnes Car park.
Problems caused by the junction into McDonald's on the Rosslare Road and the traffic situation in Killinick were also aired.
No motions were adopted and officials are due to report back to the members in several weeks.
Pat on the back for Mayglass
THE Mayglass community is giving itself a big pat on the back for all the hard work that has gone into paying off the €350,000 it cost to refurbish the parish church.
Fund raising committee member Mary Fenlon said it had taken seven years to raise the huge amount of money through tractor runs, car boot sales, race nights and literally anything and everything else the committee could think of.
'The local community was very generous and we kept at it, taking everything, however big or small,' she said.
Mary said the parish night at Danby Lodge on Saturday, January 31, was a 'thank you' to all those who had helped.
The night will get under way at 8.30 p.m. with tea and light refreshments and a band for those eager to show off their dancing skills.
At 10 p.m. a raffle will be drawn for the star of the night, a fully restored vintage tractor.
Raffle tickets at €5 each are still available from the Bargy vintage group or any of the church committee members.
Wexford water protests on Saturday
The local march is part of a countywide day of action, culminating in a march in Enniscorthy at 2 p.m. at the Fairgreen, where members of the campaign from all four county towns will hold an assembly of groups opposed to water charges.
The Wexford march will assemble from 11 a.m. at Maudlintown Green, before proceeding down William St, Trinity Street and the length of the Quay until Bank of Ireland, where the march will turn up to the Bullring.
The protest will then continue on to Redmond Square, and back towards the bridge.
From here protesters are urged to join the convoy to Enniscorthy to join with other groups. To facilitate this organisers are asking that anybody travelling in the convoy leave their cars at the Riverbank Car Park.
Groundbreaking programme for Guides
Local girls aged seven to 14 are set to receive a boost to their body confidence and self-esteem in a ground-breaking programme that Guide leaders will introduce to them in coming weeks.
Seventeen Guide Leaders from Wexford area attended a training in St. Michael's Hall, Wexford Town, last Saturday (January 24) in the Free Being Me programme, which will empower girls throughout Ireland to speak out and challenge body image myths.
The Council of Irish Guiding Associations (CIGA) decided to introduce the programme to its members following the revelation in a Department of Children and Youth Affairs survey that 21% of Irish girls are 'dissatisfied' with their body image.
It is hoped that 16,000 Irish girls from age seven to 14 will take part in the programme over the next few months.
Local Guide leader Sharon Drennan, who took part in the training, said girls these days are under huge pressure to look a certain way and they are constantly bombarded with images of 'perfection' in the media.
'Free Being Me encourages them to accept their body shape and to use their bodies for things that they enjoy - whether that's sport, dancing, music or whatever they like to do best. A body-confident young woman feels free to be herself, to follow her dreams, fulfil her potential and make a difference in the world,' she said.
Antique art through camera lens
Wexford Camera Club member Vladimir Morozov has just won a silver medal from the prestigious Photographic Society of America with the help of Wexford girl Sandra Cullen.
His atmospheric image, taken and set up in Patrick Reville's antique shop in Ballingly, Wellington Bridge, clearly impressed the judges. A hard won medal as Vladimir was one of 2,000 entrants in the print section of the competition.
Originally from Moldova, Vladimir settled in Wexford in 2000. He works as a dental technician and took up photography six years ago. Passionate about his art, Vladimir specialises in photographing people. In Wexford Camera club he enjoys developing his skills with like-minded photographers.
Sandra Cullen (pictured in the image) is the daughter of Natalia and Fran Cullen. She goes to the Educate Together School in Wexford and is 'a great little character'.
Vladimir knows her family as her mother models for him and many other photographers. She had all the patience and composure needed for this long drawn out, technically difficult shoot.
Finding the shop for the set up was one thing, having the props was another, but Vladimir said the real gem was Sandra. She was so right for the picture and luckily had the lovely dress in her wardrobe. Her serene and calm personality shines out and makes the image what it is.
From his early days as a photographer Vladimir's collection of medals has grown. This last one awarded in Dublin brings the total to 13.More of his work can be seen at www.vladimirphotography.ie