Saturday 24 March 2018

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Glenbrien, Oulart and Monageer

Pictured at the Wexford senior Scór finals in Oulart Community Centre were Aine Kennedy (chairperson) and Karen Mernagh (secretary)
Pictured at the Wexford senior Scór finals in Oulart Community Centre were Aine Kennedy (chairperson) and Karen Mernagh (secretary)

Clinic: Cllr John O'Rourke will be hosting a clinic in Oylegate community centre on Wednesday, March 15, from 10.30 a.m. for the Oylegate, Glenbrien and Ballymurn areas.

Camogie Fundraiser

We will host a breakfast day on Saturday, March 18, in the Community Centre in Oylegate to raise money for Féile.

Church Gate Collection

A church gate collection in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on March 18 and 19. All proceeds go to research of all eye conditions to enable treatments and cures. For more information contact Brenda 087 9256769.

GAA notes

This week's lotto numbers were 6, 15, 24 and 28. No jackpot winner. One match-three winner: Lisa Murphy Next jackpot €7,400 Our intermediate A footballers beat Kilmore in the league last Saturday, while the minor footballers lost to Ferns on Sunday morning.

Congratulations to John Foley, who was the club's nomination for a district award this year. John has given great service to the club over many years, he was club secretary for a number of years and was also assistant club treasurer and is currently a committee member. He has collected the penny bank on behalf of the club for a long time and helps sell lotto tickets and attends the draw every Wednesday night. John was presented with his award at the district awards night last Saturday. Well done John it is well deserved.

Vintage News

The next Over the Water Vintage run will take place on Sunday, April 9, starting in Ballymurn at 12 30 in aid of Ballymurn Hall.

Golf classic

There will be a golf classic in aid of Ballymurn Church funds on Friday, April 28, Tee off times from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Venue Enniscorthy golf club. Entry fee €120 per team of four. Contact numbers to sign up Paul 087 2360073, Jim 086 1617037, Brian 087 2453293.


First Responders

An information evening will be held in the Old School Centre on Wednesday, March 22, at 7.30 p.m. to finalise the feasibility of setting up a Community First Responders group.

A first responder is a person who is trained in basic life support, including the use of a defibrillator, who attends an actual or potentially life-threatening emergency (cardiac arrest, chest pain, stroke and choking only) within a pre-defined geographical area. The scheme would be linked to the National Ambulance Service. We would encourage people to attend and find out information on how the group operates.

This is a chance for the people of the parish to have their say on how the scheme is run and have an input into the areas to be covered. Unfortunately if there is not enough interest in setting up the scheme then it will not be possible for it to go ahead.

Spring clean event

An Taisce and Enviroment Section Wexford County Council have registered the Glenbrien Renewal group to do a Spring Clean ing event on March 27, 28 and 29. Bags, gloves and picking equipment will be available to volunteers from any of the representitive groups of the townlands of Glenbrien and arrangements will be made to have all the rubbish picked up along the roadsides by the council. If you would like to get involved please contact Bernie Doyle or any member of the group.

Dogs Night

Holy Family Primary School is proud to present this year's fundraising event 'A Night at the Dogs', In Enniscorthy Greyhound Track, on Thursday, June 1. The first race will be at 8 p.m. There will be a gate prize on the night as well as a raffle. There will also be complimentary face painting and goodies for the children. Tickets are only €10 and under-14s go free. This will be a great family and community fun night out for all.

Tickets will be distributed to each family to sell over the coming weeks and will also be on sale in the school office. We are also compiling a Race Programme for the night and are looking for programme sponsors. If you have a business, or know of any others who night like to advertise their business in this programme then please contact the school office. (€100 for a full page advertisement, €50 for a half page advertisement and €25 for a quarter page advertisement.

Please support this event to make it another successful fundraiser. We hope to provide maths, Science, PE and Literacy Liftoff materials for the children and to refurbish the school hall. All of your support will be gratefully appreciated.

Camogie news

The under-14 Féile girls will host a breakfast morning on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Oylegate Community Centre. Come along for a hearty breakfast.

Many thanks to all those who supported our 10k and 5k run last weekend. A special thanks to all our helpers on the day and sponsors.

Family Challenge

The GAA Club will host Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Family Challenge on June 3 and 4 in the GAA grounds. Over the next few weeks we will be busy recruiting teams to participate in the challenge. The challenge will involve family teams completing a fun filled obstacle course that requires team work and skill to enable one of our families to be crowned the 'Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Family Challenge Champions'.

Please save these dates in your diary as a fun weekend is guaranteed for all involved. More details to follow later.

Church Collection

Epilepsy Ireland will hold their annual church gate collection on March 25 and 26 and would appreciate your support.

GAA lotto

In the GAA lotto draw held on March 8, numbers were 1, 2, 17 and 26 bonus seven. Lucky-dip winners Kathleen Laffan, Maresa/Aidan O'Connor, Sarah Hayden, Siun O'Mahoney, John Quigley, Martin Plunkett, Anne Dobbs, Lauren Hayden. Next draw on March 22 for jackpot €13,400 tickets available locally.

Fundraising Quiz

A community quiz will take place in the Old school centre on Good Friday for everyone to take part in. More information to follow next week.

Cake Sale

There will be a bumper cake sale and coffee morning in the old school centre the weekend of April 8 and nine. Donations of cakes and home bakes would be very much appreciated for the sale. Why not come in and have a cuppa catch up and a chat. More info in the coming weeks.


Variety Concert

Oulart-The Ballagh hurlers are renowned for their exceptional exploits on the playing fields and now the public will have an opportunity to see them in a different light.

On Thursday, March 16, the Eve of St Patrick's Day, in Oulart Community Centre they will present and star in a 'Spectacular Variety Concert' with acts including 'The Rose of Oulart-The Ballagh', The '95 % Monty', 'Mr and Mrs', and 'Lip Sync'.

And in keeping with the special night, there will also be some traditional music. There will be an Over-18s Bar also. Admission is only €10 for this 'not-to-be-missed' night of unique entertainment.

Table quiz

You will have noticed the ongoing work at the site of the new 'Mise Éire' Monument in Oulart Village, featuring the 1916 Proclamation, which is being erected to commemorate the ideals and heroic deeds of the people of Oulart and the Ballagh in 1916 and the following years.

In order to help defray some of the costs associated with the new monument a table quiz will be held in the Oulart Hill Bar on Friday, March 31, beginning at 9 p.m. A team of four will cost a mere €20 and the questions will be within the range of the ordinary person.

Families with a connection to the heroes of 1916, local organisations and interested individuals are encouraged to enter a team in this table quiz on the last day of March.

Scór in Oulart

Oulart Community Centre hosted the annual Scór Loch Garman county final on Friday, March 3. Our GAA club was well represented by two local stalwarts, Jimmy Adams and Phil Redmond.

Jimmy competed in the Solo Singing, giving a beautiful rendition of 'Raglan Road' and while he didn't find favour with the adjudicator he performed exceptionally well, as he always does.

Phil Redmond recited that well known poem about love across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland, entitled 'The Catholic and the Prod' and once again, Phil was awarded the title of Wexford Scór champion and goes forward to represent the county in the Leinster semi-final.

Oulart-The Ballagh's Irish Officer and PRO, Breda Jacob was the Bean a'Tí. One of the local papers featured a lovely photograph of Phil and Jimmy at Scór.

Winner Again

Congratulations to Phil Redmond on his great performance recently in the Kilanerin 'Opportunity Knocks' where he won the senior recitation competition and was declared over-all senior winner, beating all the adult singers, dancers and musicians to take the 2017 title. All the practice that Phil gets from entertaining customers and friends in Raheenduff stood him in good stead in the competitions.

Community Centre AGM

There was a good attendance at the annual general meeting of Oulart Community Centre last Monday night, March 6. The annual Report and the Financial Report were presented and adopted.

The election of officers followed. President: Fr P. Browne, PP chairperson: Eddie O'Grady. Vice-chairman: Patrick Murphy. Honorary secretary: Seán Byrne. Recording secretary: Hugh Coleman. Assistants to secretary: Margaret Leacy and Audrey Tate. Joint treasurers: Audrey Tate and Stasia Dempsey. PRO: Breda Jacob. Committee Members: Mary - Geraldine Buttle, Michael 'Scot' Doyle, Mairéad McAuliffe and Leah Whelan.

Tribute was paid to Maura Dunne, outgoing treasurer, who did not seek re-election, having spent 23 years on the Community Centre Committee.

Operation Transformation

Due to the popularity of the local 'Operation Transformation Walks' they will continue for the next six weeks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning at 8 p.m., from the Upper GAA pitch (Páirc '98). All are welcome to join in the walks.

Scoil Mochua

Parents/guardians are reminded that enrolment forms for Junior Infants and any other pupils who wish to start primary school in Oulart National School (Scoil Mochua) are available from the school office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sooner the school gets all applications the earlier decisions can be made regarding class splits for 2017-2018.

On Tuesday, March 14, the school will hold a Used Clothes Collection. Sunday Lunch Oulart-The Ballagh camogie club and GAA Coiste na nÓg invite you to lunch on Sunday, March 19, in Oulart Community Centre between midday and 2 p.m. Sit back and relax and enjoy a main course, dessert and tea or coffee - €10 for adults and €5 for children. This is a fundraiser for our Féile 2017 teams and your support, as always, would be greatly appreciated.

Church Gate Collection

A church gate collection in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on March 18 and 19. All proceeds go to research of all eye conditions to enable treatments and cures. For more information contact Brenda 087 9256769.

Camogie news

The senior team commenced their Leinster League campaign away to St Vincent's on Sunday, March 5, winning on a scoreline of five goals 15 points to three points. The remaining fixtures are at home to Ballyboden on March 12 and away to St Martin's on March 26.

Ballaghkeen NS

The Ballaghkeen NS parents' association would like to sincerely thank Bob's Bingo for raising €400 for the school fund in their recent 'Bob's Bingo Local Charity Initiative'. Bob's Bingo takes place every Tuesday night in Bob's Bar and is a great community night out. The PA would like to wish Bob and Paula continued success with Bob's Bingo and express their gratitude for being considered for the local charity initiative.

The Ballagh Choir

Practice for Easter Saturday choir will begin on March 20 in the church from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. New members always welcome to join.


Coffee morning

On March 24 a coffee morning will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Monageer Hall in aid of the Hope Foundation - all support would be greatly appreciated.

School enrolment

Monageer National School are now taking enrolments for September 2017. Please contact the school at 053 9234453.

Church gate collection

A church gate collection in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on March 18 and 19. All proceeds go to research of all eye conditions to enable treatments and cures. For more information contact Brenda 087 9256769.

Biggest Loser

At the Biggest Loser road race we had a number of spot prizes and the winners are as follows: Grainne Sweeney - box of sweets; Mary Butler - storage bags; Shane Codd - box sweets; Cara Butler - box of biscuits; Catherine Doran - Beauty Set; Niall O'Reilly - Bottle of Wine; Dympna Dolan - hand cream set; John Dolan - Box of Dairymilk; Anne Fenlon Ballycarrigeen - Craft Book; James Mernagh - Lego set

GAA lotto

There was no winner of the lotto which now stands at €8,800. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 15 and 18. Match-three winners to win/share €160 was Mary Daly, Tomsollagh. The next draw is on Tuesday, March 21, at 9.30 a.m.

Enniscorthy Guardian