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Mary Doyle and Kathleen and Martin O’Connor at The Ballagh Senior Citizens’ Party in Bob’s Bar, The Ballagh

Mary Doyle and Kathleen and Martin O’Connor at The Ballagh Senior Citizens’ Party in Bob’s Bar, The Ballagh

Mary Doyle and Kathleen and Martin O’Connor at The Ballagh Senior Citizens’ Party in Bob’s Bar, The Ballagh

Ballymurn: Couch to 5k - Just a reminder that the couch to 5k is back every Wednesday in Oylegate Pitch at 7.15pm. Open to everyone. Walk or run. A great way to start the new year. For more details, contact Mag Balfe.

Dates for your diary

Grandparents Day: Thursday, January 30, at 11.30 a.m. Confirmation: Tuesday, March 3. First Communion: May 16.

Ballymurn Youth Club

Fun Bingo Night for all the family on Friday, January 31, in Ballymurn Hall from 7.30 p.m. €5 per book.

Knitter Knatters

Ballymurn Knitter Knatters meet every Wednesday morning in the club room of the hall. New members are always welcome.

GAA Club Lotto results

Numbers: 3, 6, 14 and 29. no winners, No match 3s. Lucky dips: Kevin Dempsey and Paddy O'Toole. Tickets are available from any club member or are available online.


GAA Notes

Hard luck to Mossy Murphy and the St Peter's teams who won their last group game but missed out on a semi-final spot in the Leinster Schools Championship.

Our website has had a makeover. Make sure and check it at blackwater.gaa.ie. It's now even more mobile-responsive.


Bree-Galbally: Slaney Adventure Race - The Slaney Adventure Race will take place on Saturday, February 8, same routes and events as last year.

Cycle 30k (from Bree Community Centre), Kayak 1k (Killurin), Run 6.5k forest run (finish in Bree Community Centre). See Facebook page for link to register.

Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes with Grace will resume in the Bree Community Centre Dance Studio on Monday, February 3, at 8.15 p.m. and on Thursday mornings at 10.15 a.m. Sessions are €10.

Ballyhogue dinner dance

Ballyhogue GAA Club and Ballyhogue Ladies' Football Club dinner dance takes place on Friday, February 28, in the Riverside Park Hotel at 8 p.m. Music is by Denny Davitt and the Heartbeats.

Tickets cost €30 and available from Melissa Dawson at 087 9627866.

Bree Parish Journal No 19

Bree Parish Journal No 19 is now on sale. The journal covers many of the events and activities in the area over the past two years, as well as a number of items of historical interest. The cost of the journal is €10 and it is available in Byrnes of Bree, Keeleys. Ballybrennan, Londis Tomnalosset and also in the Bookshops in Enniscorthy and Wexford.

Bree Macra

Good luck to the Bree Macra team taking part in the national final of the Capers show competition in Éire Óg Hall in Ovens, Co Cork this Saturday, February 1, at 8 p.m. All support for the event would be greatly appreciated.

The Bree Macra 60th Anniversary dinner dance is taking place in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Friday, March 27. Tickets are €35 and are available from any committee member. For more information please contact 087 7660602.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

Since we relaunched the Lotto last March, the jackpot has been won three times. We have had over 130 match-three winners and paid out approximately €20,000 in prize money.

Your support is extremely important to the success of our club and we have plans to develop the grounds in the next few years especially for the underage. We would appreciate if you would consider renewing your annual subscription in the next few weeks or if you are not yet a member joining our lotto. It is €21 a month by standing order or €250 in a one-off payment for 12 months of draws. You also get a free model county draw ticket, worth €50.

Please let one of our committee know if you would like to join or contact chairman - Nicholas Doyle on 087 2379318, secretary - Cathal Byrne on 085 1461164, treasurer Damian Smith on 086 0481631. The numbers drawn in the recent lotto were 7, 15, 18 and 22. Match-three winners, Billy Rossiter, Tom Dunne, Tom Levingstone, Larry and Lorcan Crean. Next jackpot is €1,600. Next draw is February 5.

Bree AC News

Good luck to all Bree AC athletes in the Leinster Indoor Championships on February 1 and two at AIT.

Community Centre AGM

Bree Community Centre AGM will take place on Monday, February 10, at 8.30 p.m.

And all organisations using the community centre are especially asked to be represented.

Scoil Mhuire NS Ballyhogue

Friday, January 17, was a very special day for Scoil Mhuire NS Ballyhogue. The school has been awarded a Health Promoting School Flag on the basis that there are many positive initiatives in the school which aim to improve the health and fitness of all the students there. It is a huge achievement for the school and Nuala Harper from the HSE presented the pupils with their award and raised the flag. Well done to all involved.


Baby and Toddler Group

A Baby and Toddler Group gathers every Tuesday (Term-Time) in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, contact Ann Marie on 087 2973324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play. S

Oulart & The Ballagh

Community First Responders

Oulart-The Ballagh Community First Responders unit are holding a Training Evening on Wednesday, January 29, in Oulart Community Centre, beginning at 9 p.m. The organisers are looking for volunteers to join the Unit and are inviting you to come along for a chat to see what is involved. CFRs provide a vital service to our community and it is worth pointing out that they have answered two 'call-outs' since January 1.


The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of the late Kathleen 'Kit' Burke, née Kinsella (formerly of Raheenaskeagh) daughter of the late Philip and Annie Kinsella, who passed away peacefully on New Year's Eve 2019. RIP.

Primary School enrolment

Enrolment forms for pupils starting school in Oulart, in September 2020 are available from the school office from 8.40 a.m. to 2.40 p.m. It would be greatly appreciated if you would encourage parents/guardians of pupils due to start in September, to register as soon as possible.

Oulart Crafters

A group of local people, interested in traditional crafts, meet every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Snug, in Marty's Bar, Oulart. All craft workers are welcome to attend. Contact Teresa Lee at 086 3957896 for further information.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Eucharistic Adoration in St Mochua's Chapel, Oulart will continue each Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Operation Transformation

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club, through its Healthy Club Officer, Breda Flood has signed up, once again for the RTÉ Operation Transformation 'Ireland Lights Up' that was so successful in 2019. Beginning on Monday, January 13, and continuing till February 24, the lights at the Upper Pitch will be on Monday nights from 7 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. to enable walkers/runners to participate. People are asked to sign-in so that the numbers taking part can be recorded.

Baptisms in Oulart Parish

Oulart and Ballaghkeene Baptism dates for 2020 have been published and will take place on Saturdays at midday or 4 p.m. Three weeks' notice is required. Application forms are available from P Lacey for the Ballagh (086 3030492) and M Davis for Oulart, Tuesdays 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone 053 9136139.

GAA and camogie Medal Presentation Night

On Wednesday, January 15, Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie held an underage Medal Presentation Night in Oulart Community Centre. The under-14 camogie players collected their Shield Final medals and the under-13 boys received their Roinn one Co Hurling medals and their Division 4 Co Football medals. The under-14 boys received the Martin Storey Tournament Medals for winning Division 1 and the under-15 boys got their Roinn one Co Hurling Medals. It was a fantastic night of celebration and the GAA and camogie clubs extend a sincere 'Thank You' to club stalwarts, Tomás Dunne and Barry Kehoe for presenting the medals. Míle buíochas to everyone who attended or helped and well done to the youngsters who are now looking forward to another great year in 2020.

GAA Club lotto

The lotto draw takes place every two weeks. The prize now stands at €15,000. The winning numbers for the draw on Monday, January 20, were 14, 18, 24 and 28 and the Bonus Number was 15. The five €30 lucky-dip winners were Mary and Paidh Doyle, Fiona Newport, Una Kavanagh, Bridget Redmond and Alan Butler. All money made from the lotto go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the club. We would appeal to everyone to support the lotto and we say a big thank you to those who continually supports it. The next draw will be on Monday, February 3.

Bingo in Oulart

Bingo is held in Oulart Community Centre every Sunday night, beginning at 8 p.m. Books are €10 with valuable cash prizes. We would ask as many people as possible to support the bingo because not only does it act as a fundraiser, it is also a great way of socialising and making and meeting friends and parishioners chat.

GAA and camogie registration

There will be a Club Registration night on Tuesday, February 4, from 8.15 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Oulart Community Centre. All players and intending club members of the GAA Club and camogie club are invited to come and register on the night. If you have any queries please call Liz Freeman at 087 7560871.

Camogie AGM

Oulart-The Ballagh camogie AGM that was held on Friday night, January 17, in the Upper Complex was very well attended. The camogie club would like to thank Arthur Quinn, outgoing chairperson, for his work last year and wish him the very best of luck. We would also like to thank Geraldine Doyle and Kathryn O'Dowd, who have also stepped down, for all the trojan work that they both did for the past 10 years. They worked very hard and gave a huge amount of time and commitment to the club and we wish them all the best for the future. The new officers are chairperson: Patrick Fortune, vice-chairperson: Margaret Leacy, secretary: Joanne Dunne, joint treasurers: Josie Sinnott and Caroline Howlin, registrar: Pauline Moore, PRO: Liz Freeman, assistant PRO: Tina Rossiter, child protection officers: Bridget Moran and Eveleen O'Sullivan.


Oylegate National School

Oylegate national school are now taking enrolments for September 2020. Please call to the school for a form any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)

Anybody wanted to have candles blessed for home use should leave them at the altar to be blessed at Masses next weekend. The blessing for Throats will be given at the end of all weekend Masses.

Garrynisk Patron

Prayers in the cemetery will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 2.

Community First Responders

Oylegate-Glenbrien community first responders are looking for new members. There will be training on Monday, Feburary 3. We work in conjunction with the national ambulance service and are dispatched by them when you dial 999 or 112 in the event cardiac arrest, chest pain, stroke or choking. All training is provided, If you would like more details and are interested in joining our team please contact 086 2313281.

Black bag clothes collection

Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club are having a clothing collection to raise funds for the club. If you are having a clear out, we will take all your unwanted clothes, paired shoes, handbags, belts, curtains and blankets. No duvets, pillows, socks, underwear or wet clothing. Collection at Oylegate Community Centre on Friday, January 31, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact Bernie Hayden on 087 2040402.

Walking Track

The lights will be on at the walking track at the GAA Grounds every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the facility is available to all in the community, so come along and stay fit over the winter months.

The couch to 5k group meet Wednesday evenings. All welcome to take part.

Bingo in Mernaghs

The bingo in Mernaghs is now being run to help raise funds for Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club. Bingo commences at 9.15 on a Thursday night and all support would be greatly appreciated.

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