Tobin in running
IT'S fingers crossed time for writer Colm Tóibín as he bids once more to win the prestigious Man Booker prize. The author of 'The Testament of Mary' made it safely into the long list for the 2013 prize. The announcement of the six works on the shortlist is due to be made today (Tuesday, September 10). The Enniscorthy author twice previously made the half dozen stage - with 'The Blackwater Lightship' (1999) and 'The Master' (2004).
HOPE cancer support service is signing up volunteers ready to assist in the distribution of candles throughout County Wexford for the annual 'Candle of Hope' ecumenical service which will take place this year on Friday, November 1. Contact Denise at (053)9238555.
The most recent result to hand from the Enniscorthy bridge club series of Wednesday evening competitions at The Bailey: first Frances Byrne and Mary Nagle; second, Dymphna Talbot and Mary Pierce; third, Kathleen Murphy and Bob Murphy; fourth, Breda Hill and John Ashdown.
The recent oil spillage in the Slaney at Enniscorthy illustrated the value of Wexford County Council's emergency hot line. The alarm was raised by vigilant members of the public who were out and about on the river bank. The number to note is (1800) 666777.
Clive Allen from Ryland took the top prize of €100 in the Kilmyshall parish fund draw for August, with Angela Brennan of Rossard picking up €50 as runner up. Anyone wanting to subscribe should contact their area representative or phone (053)9377188. The same number applies for anyone wishing to join Jennifer Byrne and the folk group which performs at the folk Mass in the church at Kilmyshall on the last Saturday of each month.
A TOAST TO EOIN
Enniscorthy Toastmasters, the public speaking club, has certainly lined up a big name celebrity for the open evening on Monday, September 30. The special guest speaker appearing at the event in the Presentation centre will be writer Eoin Colfer, whose 'Artemis Fowl' books are due to be made into a major feature film by Disney. All are welcome to attend, with the event starting at 8 p.m., with a €5 charge for admission.
A large congregation is expected as the fifth annual Saint Pio healing Mass is celebrated on Thursday, September 19 at St. Aidan's Church in Ferns at 7.30pm. Individual blessings will be conferred with the saint's glove, which is being brought from Dublin by Franciscan priest Father Terence Harrington. He will be joined on the altar by parish priest Father Paddy Cushen and curate Father Richard Redmond at an event which offers the hope of physical, emotional and mental healing.
The HOPE cancer support service at Upper Weafer Street in Enniscorthy has an ambitious autumn/winter programme of emotional and psychological supports for people affected by a cancer diagnosis. The list includes counselling, massage, reflexology, wig fitting, a bra and prosthesis service, meditation and lymphoedema service as well as support group meetings. Make contact via (053)9238555; www.hopesupportcentre.ie; firstname.lastname@example.org; or Facebook.
Enniscorthy hockey club invites senior players past and present, along with umpires, parents of young players and supporters to the Gathering on Saturday, September 28 in the rugby clubhouse in the Ross Road. Supper, chat and live music will be presented from 9 p.m. until late. Tickets cost €10 available in advance or on the night.
Enniscorthy gospel choir has a new musical director in the form of Therese Canavan as they return to practice on Thursday, September 12 in St. Aidan's primary school, 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. New members are encouraged to call in any Thursday night at 7.30p.m. For further information on the choir, see Facebook or phone the choir secretary on (086)2227339.
The life and work of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney will be recalled during an evening of poetry at Enniscorthy's public library in Lymington Road on Thursday, September 12 from 7 p.m. Among those leading the way will be Denis Collins, Mary Hearne, Paddy Kehoe, Jim Maguire, Tom Mooney and Suzanne Power. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Paintings, many of them inspired by the streetscape of Enniscorthy and the surrounding countryside, are featured in the current exhibition at the Presentation Centre in Nunnery Road. The show offers a selection of the best produced by the 180 artists who took part in the sixth annual 'Art in the Open' festival and it is open to view free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays until September 21.
The new whist drive season at the Enniscorthy community workshop in Bellefield commences at Enniscorthy community workshop in Bellefield this evening, Tuesday, September 10, starting at 8 p.m. The price of playing cards for the night at the workshop's Pepper n Salt restaurant is €5, which includes a light supper. The prize for the top score is €40.
The girls in the Enniscorthy brownie pack are due back in action after the summer break, with the first meeting in the Friends meeting house at the foot of Springvalley on Thursday, September 12, from 3 to 5.30 p.m. The person for new recruits to contact is Caroline Steacy (086)0793663.
The delights of the recent garden competition organised by the Bunclody horticultural society were captured on camera by photographer Ian Hodges. His work will provide a colourful backdrop as adjudicator Robert Miller gives an illustrated talk on his experience of judging the event at Redmond's in Bunclody on Thursday, September 19, at 8 p.m.
The Alzheimer's society will take the proceeds of a vintage run with restored old cars, motor-cycles, tractors and trucks on Sunday, September 22. Participants and their vehicles are asked to gather outside the Millrace Hotel in Bunclody at 12 noon on the day. Full details of the arrangements may be obtained from John Foley (087)2669675.
A coach load of pilgrims from Enniscorthy will take part in the celebrations marking Padré Pio Day at the Knock shrine in County Mayo on Sunday, September 15. The bus will depart from the post office in Abbey Square at 7 a.m. Full details of how to reserve a seat may be had from Kitty Cullen (085)6817648 or Breda Pepper (053)9236072.
Dance, drama, music and painting/drawing will be just some of the activities as HeadstARTS starts in Enniscorthy, empowering people with intellectual disabilities. The local HeadstARTS club will meet at the Kilcannon garden centre, meeting on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers and members are being signed up and the person to contact is Liam Redmond (085)1848632, email@example.com.
Bree and neighbouring half-parishes of Ballyhogue and Galbally welcome all comers to their great harvest festival Gathering over the weekend September 13-15. Highlights include the floral display in Clonmore church, a re-union of past pupils from the schools in the area, a photographic exhibition, a marquee trad night, magic shows, Gaelic football, tug-o-war, a disco, a crossbar challenge, an ecumenical church service and a talent competition.
The Riverside Park hotel in Enniscorthy is the venue for the full-contact kickboxing 'low-kick' Ireland v England international on Sunday, September 15. The subscription is €15, with tickets available in advance from hotel reception (053)9237800 or the committee (087)0540186. The action is due under way at 4 p.m.
The recent double-headed debut show by the Enniscorthy drama group was warmly greeted by those who attended the three nights at the Presentation centre. The casts basking in the applause were: 'Ritual For Dolls' (directed by Siobhán Duggan) - Tim Connaughton, Caroline Busher, Jamie T Murphy, Marguerite Casey; 'The Tinker's Wedding' (directed by Colum Coomey) - Michelle Whelan, Joe Doyle, Margo Whelan O'Brien, Graham Finnerty.