Saturday 7 December 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Oulart, Oylegate

Jacqueline McCann and Georgina Power at the table quiz hosted by Hillbrook Lawn Tennis Club in the IFA Centre
Jacqueline McCann and Georgina Power at the table quiz hosted by Hillbrook Lawn Tennis Club in the IFA Centre

Ballymurn: Ladies' football - Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC are looking for candidates to look after our Junior B and under-16 teams. If you are interested please contact or any member of the committee.

GAA Club notes

Lotto - Numbers in the last draw 12, 16, 28 and 30. No winner, No Match 3s. Lucky Dips: Cillian Whitney, L Larrissy. Next jackpot €10,000.

Underage will be commencing 'Peil 4 All' before school on Monday mornings in January. They are asking any parent that would be able to help with supervision or coaching to please leave your name in the school office.

Christmas Craft fair

Christmas Craft Fair and open day will take place on Sunday, December 1, in Ballymurn NS This year, we are also designating this day as a School open day, where any prospective parents of new pupils are welcome to come and have a look around our school to see the fantastic facilities we have to offer.

Irish Night

An Irish Night will take place in the Anvil Pub Ballymurn on Friday, November 29.Why not come along and join in the music song and craic.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards in aid of Ballymurn Church are on sale in Doyles Daybreak. Please support this worthy cause.


Launch of 'By Land and Sea'

The official launch of the songbook and double CD 'By Land and Sea - Songs from Blackwater and Beyond' will take place in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel on Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m.

A singing session will follow which will feature many of the singers, songs and recitations involved in the project, all of which relate to the Blackwater area and its surrounds. The session will be hosted by traditional singer Aileen Lambert, who facilitated the project with professionalism and expertise.

Michéal Marrinan, traditional singer and songwriter from Dungarvan, will officially launch the songbook and double CD which is the culmination of 12 months work by a community of singers, historians and song enthusiasts from the Blackwater area and surronds.

Thanks to all involved especially the Wayside Players Drama Group and County Wexford Arts Department for their support. Performers involved in the project are as follows: Eddie Black, Christine Black, John Breen, Colm Brennan, John Byrne, Kathleen Byrne, Denis Carroll, Jim Connor, Hughie Doyle, Mick Doyle, John Furlong, Aileen Lambert, Pat Leacy, Senan Lillis, Grace Murphy, Matty Murphy, Joan Nolan, Paddy Scully, Paul Tobin, Deirdre Tobin, Maeve Townsend, Damien Walsh, Kevin Waters, Bridgie Whelan and Mary Jay Whelan. Rita Carroll is to be thanked for her research and Anne McLoughlin for transcribing the many songs included in the project. Big thanks to all for their interest and commitment.

For further information follow the Blackwater Song Project on Facebook, or contact Aileen at 087 7552593 or email

Scoil Naomh Bríde

We are appealing for photos of official opening of school 50 years ago. If we could borrow, we will take special care of them, scan and return to you.

Also, any photos pertaining to the old schools in Ballyvaldon, Killahard and Blackwater. Please drop photos into school or contact us on 053-9127314.

Tidy Town AGM

The Blackwater Tidy Town AGM will take place on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Lodge.

Active Retirement

The Active Retirement AGM is on Tuesday, December 10, at 2.30 p.m. in the Lodge, election of officers, refreshments and music. All members are encouraged to attend.

The Christmas dinner is in the Lodge on Saturday, December 14; cost of meal (four course) €20. Please bring a spot prize to value of €5. Those interested in attending, please contact Kate on{087} 2840457 before December 4 please.

Christmas Shopping Bus

Why not get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof in one day, and beat the December crowds and leave the car at home.

On Saturday, November 30, a bus will leave Blackwater at 8 a.m. and head to Oulart (for collection at 8.20 a.m.) and then head straight to Blanchardstown shopping centre where you can browse to your hearts content with over 180 shops including Smyths toys, Debenhams and Marks and Spencers, plus many many more shops.

The bus will arrive in Blanchardstown at 10 a.m approximately and leave at 5 p.m, leaving loads of time to get your bits and pieces done. The cost of the bus is only €20 per person. For further details, call David at 087 9562978.

Any news?

Would everyone connected with groups, asssociation etc in the Blackwater Parish please consider putting up notifications in the local newspaper. We are one of the few parishes that dont keep everyone informed of events, results of draws, enrollments upcoming and important events.

All notices need to be sent via email to on the Thursday evening by 9 p.m. before publication every Tuesday or if email is not available please call Clare at 086 8386242. Many of our parishioners are not on social media or email and rely on the paper to keep them up todate.



The sympathy of the community is extended to Johnny and Irene Hayden and family on the death of Johnny's sister Mrs Bridie Fitzgerald, New Range, Blackwater, who passed to her eternal reward on November 19 and was buried after.

Requiem Mass in Blackwater Church, on Thursday, November 21. Bridie is mourned and will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, daughter Bridget, son William, daughter-in-law Liz, brothers Paddy and Johnny, six grand-children and three great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Her daughter Josephine and her sisters Ann and Kathleen predeceased her. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam dílis.

Oulart senior citizens

The committee which organises the annual Christmas party for Oulart senior citizens will run bingo in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, December 1, beginning at 8 p.m. Your generous support would be greatly appreciated.

Ministers of the Word

Readers at Masses in St Patrick's Church, Oulart are reminded to collect their Rota from the sacristy. The list till the end of the year is as follows: December 1 K. O'Dowd and P Rice, December 8 E Swords and M Prendergast, December 15 J Masterson and J Doyle, December 22 L Masterson and M Evers, December 25 B Jacob and N Mythen, December 29 N Doyle and M Whelan.

Oulart ICA

The local ICA Guild held its monthly meeting on November 18. After the formalities of minutes, treasurer's report and correspondence the president Marie Poiritt demonstrated and led the members in making a 'Maisiúcháin Nollag' (Christmas Decoration). It was decided to bring forward the next meeting in Oulart Community Centre to December 9 at 7 p.m. and members were reminded that membership fees would be due at that meeting.

The guild will hold its Christmas Lunch on Saturday, January 18, and members will do Kris Kindle at that event. Anne Byrne will represent the guild in the 'autumn Foliage' competition at the next Federation meeting. A majority of members signed up to attend the Wexford Federation Lunch on Sunday, February 9.

Ace Photographer

Congratulations to Oulart ICA secretary, Anne O'Connor on achieving third place in Ireland in the National ICA Photographic competition. The theme was 'Old and Abandoned' and Anne's colour photograph was awarded third prize in its section.

Christmas Cards

The parents' association of Scoil Mochua are producing Christmas Cards as part of their fundraising activities, this year. Packs of 10 cards will be on sale for €8, €15 for two packs and €20 for three packs.

Craft Fair

Oulart Community Centre will host a Craft Fair on Sunday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you would like to book a stall or if you require further information please contact Theresa at 086 8227077.


Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot organisers congratulate its latest winner-Hubert McLoughlin who gets €147. The next draw will take place on November 25. Entry envelopes are available from the school and from local businesses.

GAA Scór na nÓg

GAA, camogie, Rounders and handball members are reminded that the Scór na nÓg table quiz will be held in St, Martin's GAA Complex on Thursday, November 28.

AGM Change of date

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club's annual general meeting has been re-fixed for Saturday, November 30, at 7.30 p.m., in Oulart Community Centre. The Coiste na nÓg 'End of Year' meeting will be held in January 2020.

Oulart Bingo

Bingo continues in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday nights, commencing at 8 p.m. and usually concluding before 9.30 p.m. Local causes benefit from the proceeds each session. The jackpot stands at €500 and would be a great prize to win before Christmas. If you are not in, you can't win.


Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning in aid of SERT Bus in Mernagh's lounge on Thursday, 28th. Nov. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in aid of SERT Bus and the Hope centre. We would appreciate your support. Hope to see you all on the day.

Pop Up Gaeltacht

The next Pop Up Gaeltacht will be in Mernagh's lounge on Friday, December 6, starting at 9.30 p.m. The idea is for people to meet informally in a relaxed atmosphere and to use whatever bit of Gaeilge they have. No pressure and a bit of craic. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine. For updates, please follow the Pop Up Gaeltacht - Oylegate Facebook page.

Craft Fair - Thank You

A sincere word of thanks is expressed to the Parish Pastoral Team, who organised the recent Craft Fair and to all who helped set up the hall and organise the day in its entirety. The ICA provided welcome refreshments. Thank you to Lizzie Kinsella, who ran a raffle on the day. Thanks also to Willie and Bernie Hayden, Ann Doran and the Kinsella family who donated prizes for the raffle. The raffle itself raised €280.

The proceeds of the Craft Fair totalled €460. An overall total of €740 was donated to parish funds. This support is very much appreciated and thanks is expressed to all who helped and supported this event.

Ladies' football

Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC are looking for candidates to look after our Junior B and under-16 teams. If you are interested please contact or any member of the committee.

Light Up the Village

This Community based idea to bring a bit of Christmas Spirit to the village this year. On Saturday the seventh. Dec. the trees in the street will be lit up in conjunction with the trac-tor run for Pieta House. On Tuesday the 10th. Dec. a Community Christmas Night will take place on Powers Range. There will be a Remembrance Tree to remember our loved ones who have passed on. There will be carol singing, tea and coffee and mince pies. The children from the School will be asked to draw Christmas pictures and same will be hung on the tree. There will be a box in Freemans for names for the Remem-brance tree - €2 per name and three names for €5 - the money donated will be given to charity. All are welcome to attend this memorable night.

SVP Christmas Appeal

The annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal takes place in all of the churches of the diocese of Ferns on the weekend of December 7/8. For some Christmas is 'most worrying time of the year.' Gratitude is expressed for your consistent generosity down the years. Your support has saved some from a lifetime of poverty.

Poker Classic

Poker classic continues every Friday night in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate at 9.30 p.m.

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.

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gather 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 Claire Atkinson 087 1373579. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

Bingo in Mernaghs

The bingo in Mernaghs is now being run to raise much needed funds to assist with helping the girls in Coláiste Bride Enniscorthy to work with the IHCPT trip in Lourdes, bingo commences at 9.15 on a Thursday night and all support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.

Mass Times

Please note Mass times in Oylegate: Saturday vigil Mass is at 6.30 p.m. Sunday morning Mass is at 10.30 a.m.

Enniscorthy Guardian