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Around the districts: Ballymurn, Glenbrien, Oulart, Oylegate


Tom Smith and Ray Shanks at the ‘Post Christmas’ Party in the Church Institute, Enniscorthy

Tom Smith and Ray Shanks at the ‘Post Christmas’ Party in the Church Institute, Enniscorthy

Tom Smith and Ray Shanks at the ‘Post Christmas’ Party in the Church Institute, Enniscorthy

Ballymurn: GAA Club lotto results - Numbers: 9, 20, 23, and 28. No winner. Match 3s Matty Sludds. Next jackpot €10,000.

Heritage Group

Ballymurn Heritage group will hold their AGM on Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. n in Ballymurn Hall. New members always welcome.

Knitter Knatters

Ballymurn Knitter Knatters meet every Wednesday morning in the club room of Ballymurn Hall.

Dates for your diary

St Blaise's Day third Febuary. Confirmation March 3. First Communion May 16. Coffee morning in aid of Birch View CWCW will be held in March. More details to follow.

Ballymurn Youth Club

Ballymurn Youth Club meet every Friday night in Ballymurn Hall at 8 p.m.


Grandparents Day

Holy Family Glenbrien celebrated Grandparents Day, as part of Catholic Schools week . Following mass Over 100 grandparents & grandfriends gathered in the school hall for refreshments provided by the Parents. Musical entertainment was then provided by all the children. The grandparents then got to spend time with the children in their classrooms & play some games. Yet again it was another special day for all those who attended.

GAA lotto syndicate

Gaa lotto syndicate winners of €100 in the Jan draw were Tim/Veronica Nolan and Wayne/ Fiona Ryan. Lotto winnings were €203 next draw is on Feb 26th

Baby and Toddler Group

A Baby & Toddler Group gathers every Tuesday (Term-Time) in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30am -11am. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Ann Marie 087 297 3324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

Community Text Alert

Thank you to everyone who has paid and completed the new GDPR forms required to remain on the text alert system and to the new members who have joined. Due to GDPR restrictions we will be removing any numbers from the system who have not completed the necessary form and paid the renewal fee. For anyone wishing to renew or any new members please contact a Glenbrien Community Text Alert committee member or ring 083 0033514. The deadline for completion is Friday 14th February.

Carbon Monoxide & Seniors Alarms

If there are any members of the Glenbrien Community who wish to enquire about Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Seniors Alarms please contact any member of the Glenbrien Community Text

Dancing in Oylegate

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday 9th February. Music on the night is by Chris Dallas . Chris makes a return visit to Oylegate from Northern Ireland. Dancing from 9.30p.m. Admission €8.

Parish draw winners

January winners in Glenbrien are as follows. 1st prize Marion O Gorman. €40 each: Elaine Dunne, Mick & Sandra Connolly, Mary Boyne and Mary Furlong. A big thank you to all those who support the Parish draw each month. Anyone who would like to join the draw it costs €10 per month and you can contact your local collector or Mary Martin on 087 9926657,



The sympathy of the community is extended to Pam Rossiter and family (Mark, Keith and David), Oulartwick on the death of her mother, Mrs Bridie Courtney, Ross Road, Enniscorthy, who passed to her eternal reward on Friday, January 24, at St John's Hospital, in her 98th year. She will be sadly missed by her sons Tony and Oliver, her daughters Marion, Phil, Pam, grand-children, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Sincere condolences also to Jim Murphy (Dranagh, Boolavogue) and his daughters Jamie and Sarah on the sad passing of wife and mother, Ann (née Blackburn) on Sunday, January 26. She is also mourned and will be sadly missed by her sister Margaret Breen, her brother Liam, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Her funeral Mass was held in St Patrick's Church, Oulart on Tuesday the 28th with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam.

Oulart Garda Station

There is great disquiet in the local area, with the recent disclosure that Garda Darin Sane, who mans the local garda Station is leaving to take up a post in Rosslare and may not be replaced, leaving a vast area of rural Co. Wexford, from Oylegate to the coast, without a garda presence.

While we wish Garda Sane the best of luck in his new post and thank him for his help and efficiency while in Oulart, we deplore the down-grading of the area and call on local people to make their feelings known to the powers - that - be and especially to the candidates in the forthcoming general election.

Isn't the Oulart area as important as Stepaside? While Oulart had only a skeleton service, it was reassuring to the locals and a definite deterrent to the criminal fraternity. So we should demand the continuation of that service and the appointment of a garda dedicated to needs of the area.

Local Notes

If you want coverage of your organisation, club or family's important occasions or successes please contact your Local Correspondent, Breda Jacob by phone, text (086 1686978) or email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday prior to publication.

Primary School enrolment

Enrolment forms for pupils starting school in Oulart, in September2020 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.

Wellbeing Flag

Congratulations to pupils and staff at Scoil Mochua on being awarded a Wellbeing Flag by the HSE for all the work being done in relation to the promotion of wellbeing in the school. It is envisaged that an award ceremony will be held before the February mid-term break. Thank you to Miss Griffin, the Wellbeing Committee, all the pupils and staff for their enthusiasm and dedication.

Children helping children

Thank you to all who contributed to the 'Christmas Jumper, Own Clothes' Day that was held in Scoil Mochua before Christmas. €268.60 was raised and presented to the Paediatric Unit of Wexford General Hospital. The funds will be used to purchase toiletries and pyjamas for children who are admitted to hospital in an emergency.

Parents' Association News

Scoil Mochua parents' association says thanks to all who purchased 'Greetings from Oulart' Christmas Cards that raised €481.80 for the benefit of the school. Thanks also to Richie Buttle of Pro.

Photo and Magic Mirror for his donation to the school of €105 that was generated from the junior infants photos. Special thanks also to John-Joe and Aisling Hyland from donating all sales from their Christmas Trees to the school. Scoil Mochua split-the-pot continues weekly and your support is greatly appreciated.

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.

Get well wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to all Oulart residents who are sick or recovering from treatment at home or in hospital. For privacy and security reasons names of the sick will not be published in these Local Notes unless requested by themselves or their family. Nevertheless, be assured that they are remembered in our prayers.

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 the 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.

Bingo in Oulart Community Centre

Bingo is held in Oulart Community Centre every Sunday night, beginning at 8 p.m. Books are €10 with valuable cash prizes. The jackpot now stands at more than €400. 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 making and meeting friends and parishioners for a 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.


Social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, February 9. Music on the night is by chris Dallas. Chris makes a return visit to Oylegate from Northern Ireland. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8.

Oylegate NS

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.

GAA Penny Bank

GAA club penny bank has resumed for the new year, please contact your local collector to re-join, Thanks for your support in 2019.

GAA lotto

GAA lotto syndicate winners of €100 in the January draw were Tim/Veronica Nolan and Wayne/Fiona Ryan. Lotto winnings were €203. Next draw is on February 26.

ICA Guild

The next meeting of the ICA will take place on Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30 p.m.

Parish Draw

The draw collectors are calling to houses in the parish. If they missed you, you can still support the draw by contacting the parish office. Your support would be appreciated. Thank you for your support last year.

Parish Draw winners

January Parish Draw Winners - €200: Frankie Kehoe, €50 each: Michelle Murphy, Louise Carley, Hilary Reck, Jim and Mary Somers.

Gardens in church grounds

The Gardens are a place for people to visit for a quite prayer or reflection during day light hours. Please NO litter, NO smoking, NO alcohol, NO drug use and NO loitering after dark.

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.

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gathering 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 087 2973324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

Local Link Wexford

Local Link Wexford provides secure, reliable and affordable transport for the rural communities of County Wexford. Services are open to everyone and all ages. The services will accommodate those attending appointments, shopping etc. Where possible they will collect passengers from their homes. An information booklet together with timetable is available at the back of the church.

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.

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