Tuesday 20 March 2018

Around the districts: Ballyduff, Boolavogue, Ferns and Oulart

Clonee LFC: Under-12 and under-14 training is on Tuesday and Thursday evening. under-16, under-18 and adult training is on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30. Matches have started back, please check the Facebook page for details.

School Enrolment

Enrolment forms for September 2017 are now available from the school office between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. We would be very grateful if you might mention this to anybody you know or live near who might have a child of school going age. Over the next couple of years we will have large classes graduating and so it is very important to our school to maintain a healthy enrolment.

Easter Camp

Kids' club will be held in Ferns community centre on Tuesday, April 11, from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., for kids aged 5-12. Activities include, games crafts, Easter story, snacks and lots of fun. Contact Johanna at 086 1621546 for more details.

Development Group

We are asking everyone to please make a special effort to complete our waste minimisation survey which we has just been launched on Facebook and on our home page on This is completely anonymous and is an effort to find out the attitudes locally to recycling and dumping etc.

COMMUNITY LITTER PICK: This is planned for Saturday, April 22, as part of our effort to keep our roads litter-free this year, for the North Wexford 2K Clean, Spring Clean Wexford and An Taisce National Spring Clean. We are asking homeowners to clean up the stretch of road 20 meters on both sides of your property as it makes our litter pickers task a lot easier.

PLANT SWAP and SALE: We will be holding a 'plant swap and sale' this year so while you are tidying your gardens maybe you would consider saving some baby plants or cuttings in pots or plant a few extra seeds to help support our 'Plant swap'.

WHITE GOODS: We are still collecting white goods from the Ballyduff area to be brought into our local Recycle Centre so if you have anything you would like included please contact or message 087 8274447 to organise collection.

CRAFTY CUPPA: Our social gathering for the Crafty cuppa has finished for the season but if you have any hats to add to the Big Knit please drop them into Michelle before the end of April so we can organise to send them away. Thanks to all who supported and we look forward to more social events during the year.

Ladies' Club

The Ladies' Club will meet next on the second Wednesday in May in Ballyduff NS when we look forward to seeing everyone again and hopefully some new faces too.

Community Alert

Ballyduff Community Alert are holding a Card Drive on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in the Clonee GAA Complex. Admission is five euro which includes tea and raffle.

Be vigilant - Please secure your homes and valuables and watch out for vulnerable neighbours. Any suspicious activity can be reported by calling Enniscorthy Gardaí at 053 9242580 or by calling or texting the text alert phone at the number circulated to all its members. Remember together we can make a difference in our community.

Local Notes

If you have anything you would like included in your local notes please contact 087 8274447 before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.


Holy Week Ceremonies

The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated in St Cormac's church on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m. On Good Friday, the service will be at 3 p.m. with Stations of the Cross at 8 p.m. The Vigil Mass for Easter will start at 9 p.m. on Easter Saturday night with Masses on Easter Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Sky Dive Fundraiser

Monica Gahan, Ballyorley is hoping to raise money on behalf of YSPI - Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland by jumping out of a plane. He daughters Elaine and Anna are also going to make the leap to help raise funds for this worthy group. YSPI depend on donations to fund their work which involves providing integrated youth suicide awareness and prevention programmes to schools, colleges and youth organisation.

You can donate by giving directly to Monica, by credit card or PayPal through the link on the web-page Gahan or you can donate €4 simply by texting YSPI SAS2276 to 50300.

Monica's son David is hoping to organise a pool tournament in the Harrow on the Sunday of the May Bank holiday weekend to thicken the pot. All the money raised will go directly to YSPI as the ladies are funding the cost of the jump themselves.

Poker Classic

The annual Poker Classic organised by Monageer-Boolavogue GAA and camogie clubs, will be held on Monageer Hall on Good Friday, April 14, starting at 8.30 p.m. Entry for players costs €20 and refreshments will be served throughout.

Kids' Club

There will be a Kids' Club organised in Ferns Community Centre on Tuesday, April 11, from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. for children from five to 12 years of age. Activities will include games, art and crafts, Easter story and tasty snacks. For details, please contact Johanna at 086 1621546.

Tidy Village

Please remember that the Boolavogue Tidy Village group are organising a 'Spring Clean' in and around Boolavogue on Saturday, April 15. They would appreciate as much help as possible. Large strong rubbish bags as well as special 'claws' or 'pickers' will be provided for those involved. The group will be starting from St Cormac's church at 2 p.m. on the 15th.

The group will also be holding their annual sponsored walk on Sunday, April 30. Cards for the sponsored walk are available from Lawless' shop and any money raised will be used to help keep Boolavogue clean, tidy and beautiful.

GAA News

Monageer-Boolavogue under-12 hurlers have started their season in winning style by emerging victorious in the final of the Rathnure Indoor Hurling Tournament. They gave a great performance on Tuesday, April 4, to beat Graiguenamagh of Kilkenny in the final. In a thrilling game, brilliant goalkeeping and staunch defending set them up to pick off super scores. They have also qualified for the final of the Craanford Indoor Tournament, beating St Pat's in the quarter final and overcoming a very strongly fancied Marshalstown team to progress to the final.

Ministers of the Word

On Holy Thursday, April 13, Bernie Flood are due to read is due to read at the Mass of the Lord's supper at 8 p.m., while Gaye Gahan and Marie Barne will be reading at the Good Friday ceremonies at 3 p.m. Gaye Gahan is again reading at the Vigil Mass on Easter Saturday night as are Catherine Whelan, Caroline Farrington and Bernie Flood. On Easter Sunday morning, Rika O'Neill will be reading at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Caroline Farrington will be helping to distribute Communion on Holy Thursday with Kathleen Kehoe on duty on Good Friday, Noeleen Hennessey on Easter Saturday night and Monica Gahan on Easter Sunday Morning.

GAA lotto

The lotto jackpot has reached €9,000. It was not claimed in the last draw as no one had all four numbers drawn, 4, 6, 12 and 27. But Pat Armstrong, Órla Gahan, John Stamp and Liz Nolan each had three of the numbers and shared in the €160 match-three prize. The €9,000 prize will be draw for in the New Clubhouse in Monageer on Tuesday next, April 18, at 9.30 p.m. Tickets for the draw only cost €2 and can be bought from all club members and local shops and taverns.

Soccer News

On Tuesday, April 4, the men's 'A' team were away to Tombrack and collected maximum points on a well deserved 2-1 win. 'Roddy' Doyle gave them an early lead, converting a penalty kick awarded when the on-form James Sweeney was taken down in the area. The match was halted for a long while shortly afterwards when the Tombrack keeper was injured and could not be moved till he received medical attention. The delay affected our lads and Tombrack snapped back with a great goal to level the game from a corner. In the second half, 'Roddy' shot from 25 yards out to score the winning goal. In an excellent team performance, Matthew Dunne was the 'man-of-the-match'.

On Saturday the eighth. the under-11s were away to St Leonards and in a tight game, the sides were level 0-0 at the break. An own goal gave us the lead early in the second half and Alex Keegan doubled the lead shortly afterwards. St Leonards fought back to make the game 2-1 but Bobby Codd put the game out of their reach when he rounded the defence and shot to the top corner near the end of the game.

On Sunday last, the ladies' team were at home to Cushinstown in the Gaynor cup semi-final and won, booking their place in the final against Ajax on Sunday, April 23, in St Joseph's, Kilmuckridge. This means that for the third year in a row, they will play in the cup final.

300-1 Club

Congratulations to Aidan Kehoe, Glenbaun, who scooped the €150 top prize in the March 300-1 club draw. The second prize, €50 went to Eugene and Siobhán O'Leary, Garrybritt while Willy and Mary Nolan, the Harrow, Niall and Bridget O'Loughlin, Ballycarrigeen, Dorothy and Walter Hall, Tomnaboley, and Des and Betty Doyle, Knocknasgeach won €25 prizes.

Boxing for Soccer

St Cormac's are still looking for volunteers who are willing to undergo a tough training regime for the 'White Collar Boxing' tournament between St Cormac's and St Joseph's. This tournament will take place on Saturday, October 21, and will feature 12 bouts. Full training will be given for a number of weeks before the contest. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact John Farrington, Phil Christophi or Mark Ellix.


Martin family fundraiser

committee members are still selling tickets door to door for the fundraising event for the Martin family on Easter Sunday night in the Ashdown Hotel Gorey. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night.

There will be a bus service operating on the night sponsored by Mick Stamp Bus Hire. Buses will leave the Square Ferns at 8 p.m. The return cost will be €10. All money will be donated to the fund.

Many prizes have been donated to this cause and there will be both door and spot prizes during the nights entertainment. A number of other events are being organised including a Fun Run on Sunday, June 25. Details will be announced later. Many thanks for your support.

Active Retirement

The monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13, at 2.30 p.m. in the Courtyard. Booking for those travelling to Slieve Russell, Co. Cavan from June 26 to June 30 will be finalised. A reminder to bring something for the 'auction'.

Names are required for members intending to see the Tulip Extravaganza at the Bay Gardens on April 27. If transport is required be in the church carpark at 2 p.m. for transport. Any queries to Colm at 086 3866582.

Tombrack Big Clean up

We have registered for both the An Taisce National Spring Clean and the North Wexford Big Clean Up. Both of these initiatives are taking place in April.

The scheduled clean-up for the roads are: Tombrack to Strahart Saturday, April 15, meeting at Tombrack Hall at 10 a.m.;Strahart to Ballycarney Saturday, April 22, meeting at Strahart crossroads at 10 a.m. Please wear high viz vest. For further information contact Catherine at 053 9366248.

Clologue School

The senior room took a trip to Dublin on Thursday, March 30, They had a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery followed by a visit to Dublinia. They also visited the Dail where they had the opportunity to sit in the Seanad.

On Monday, April 3, the junior room visited Springmount Garden Centre where Olive kindly took the children through each area explaining everything to them.

We are busy preparing for Active Schools week from April 24 to April 28th when we will have cycling and cycling safety lessons in school. We will also be walking through Camolin woods.

First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 10.15 a.m. in Clologue Church. Follow our blog on

Late Martin Murphy

Jenny Murphy, Clone Road, Ferns would like to thank everyone who called to help and support her on the death of her beloved husband Martin (formerly Tomadilly, Marshalstown). Thanks to all who sent flowers and cards. A special thanks to herr own family who travelled long distances to be with her. Thanks to the Murphy family for their help and support, to all her neighbours and friends in Clone road, to the doctors and staff in WGH, to Fr Paddy Cushen, Fr Richard Redmond and Fr Danny McDonald.

Month's mind Mass in the Convent, Ferns on Friday evening, April 21, at 7 p.m. May he rest in peace.


Mise Éire Monument

The table quiz held in the Oulart Hill Bar was an outstanding success as a fundraiser for the 1916 Monument, just outside Oulart Village. It was also an enjoyable night-out for the contestants who were challenged to answer the hundred questions that were posed. The winning quartet and the runners-up achieved scores of 80% and 79% respectively while all the participants finished with quite good scores. The winning team (Des Mythen, Denise Davitt, Michael Jacob and Joanne Stafford) and runners-up (Mary Doyle, Fr Browne and friends) generously donated their prize-money to the Monument Fund.

More than €1,000 was raised from the entry fee of €20 per table, generous donations from people unable to attend and from various organisations as well as the proceeds of the raffle. The fund is still open to receive donations which will be gratefully accepted by any committee member or by Brian Cleary, Pat Power and Breda Jacob. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the night.

Oulart split-the-pot

The most recent winner of split-the-pot is Teresa O'Leary, who won €158. Look out for the Bumper Easter Weekend draw on April 17 School Fundraising Update With thanks to the generous support of the community, Oulart split-the-pot has raised over €8,000 for Scoil Mochua. This money has gone towards much-needed maintenance of the school, updating of IT systems and the purchase of a series of books for the pupils. Due to your continued support the students will benefit hugely from these resources.

Oulart Text Alert

To facilitate Membership Renewal for 2017 the local Text Alert Committee will be in the Legion Hall on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m., after the Holy Thursday ceremonies, to collect €10 membership fee. Intending members can also pay their membership to any committee member, before April 13. Please provide your name, mobile phone number and Eircode with your payment.

Please note that membership will cease in May if this year's fee is not paid. The Text Alert community phone number is 087 3316866. Ring to report any problems. The chairperson of Oulart Text alert is Eamon Bermingham.

Ministers of the Word

Joan Doyle will read the Epistle at Mass on Holy Saturday, April 15 (the Vigil of Easter) while Johnny Masterson will read at Mass on Easter Sunday morning, April 16. The Ministers of the Word for the following weekend will be Anne Sinnott and Eileen Kehoe-Flynn. On the weekend of April 30 Breda Jacob and Linda Masterson will be on reading duty. Readers are reminded that the new rota is available from the sacristy.

Active Retirement

Members and intending members are reminded that membership fees are now due and can be paid any Tuesday, between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. in Oulart Community Centre. A cup of tea and a chat are available every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and members are encouraged to attend.

Underage GAA

Parents/guardians are reminded that registration for Underage hurling is still open. Fees are as follows: €20 for under-6/8 /0. €30 for under-12 and under-14 players. €40 for Juvenile and minor. For full details contact Liz Freeman at 087 7560871.

Camogie news

The junior team won their league game against Gorey on Monday, April 3, scoring nine goals 10 points to one goal two points. The under-14 team won their Round 1 match versus Rathnure on a scoreline of 9-2 to 3-4.

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