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Thursday 13 December 2018

Around the districts: Blackwater, Glenbrien, Oulart and Oylegate

Jack Jacques-Ghijsen and Joan Whelan at the launch of the Oylegate Glenbrien Journal 2017-2018 in Oylegate Community Centre
Jack Jacques-Ghijsen and Joan Whelan at the launch of the Oylegate Glenbrien Journal 2017-2018 in Oylegate Community Centre

Blackwater - Tidy towns AGM: The Blackwater Tidy Towns AGM takes place on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in Blackwater Hall. Positions available for 2019: Vice-chairperson, treasurer, secretary, Public Relations Officer/Press Officer. Other possible roles: Assistant secretary, Fás/TÚS Overseer and Co-Ordinator.

Active retirement

There is an outing on December 5 to the Craft Fair in the RDS - travel by public transport, departing Wexford at 9 a.m.

The AGM is being held on December 10 at 2.30 p.m. in Blackwater Lodge, all current members and those who are interested in joining, are most welcome to attend. cost €5, per person for refreshments on the day.

Our Christmas night out is on December 14 in Blackwater Lodge, dinner and dancing - cost €30 per person (will be part subsidised for members). If interested in any of the above, contact Margaret on {087} 6703242 or Kate at 087 2840457.

GAA club news

A large win 6-16 to 0-08 win against St Mary's Rosslare for the under-16 hurlers in a dry but windy Tagoat on Sunday morning 18th to finish off the group stages. Again unfortunately our opponents could only manage to have 14 players so it was 14 a side but we employed a roll-on, roll off substitutions.

The boys started off at blistering pace playing with a very strong wind, notching two goals inside the first two minutes. A brilliant Johnny O'Toole run blasting to the top corner before Ben Cullen caught the puc out and pointed. Then the next puc out Kealan worked the ball to Adam Murphy and he made no mistake. The lads continued there high pressure and scored a further eight points divided between Adam, Séamus and Jason. With 13 gone, a Pad O'Connor effort for a point dropped into the net before Adam had his second while Ollie got in on the act before half time, the midfielder finishing well to the net.

In fairness to Rosslare they really upped their game in the second half the game very much even with Rosslare scoring a couple of points while Ollie and Adam kept the scoreboard ticking over with frees. In fact we didn't score from play in the second half till the 17th minute with Adam Murphy breaking the rot. There was one more final goal with Ollie getting his second, a few minutes before the end.

The club would like to send its congratulations to Conor Sutton, who was voted Wexford FC player of the year. What a magnificent achievement for him.

In what no doubt will be a quiz question at some table quiz in years to come in the parish, what Blackwater man played hurling in the famous stadium in Boston, home to the Boston Red Sox, a baseball team? Darren Byrne appeared in both the first and second half and gave a good account of himself with Wexford unfortunately losing out in the final minute to the all-Ireland Champions.

Hard luck to Ciaran Cash and Aidan Malanowski, who were part of the St Peter's team that lost out in the Junior A South Leinster football final. Adam Murphy played wing forward for St Peter's against Knockbeg in the junior football championship.

Last week's lotto results. No winner. Numbers drawn were 2, 7, 13 and 18 and the bonus four. Next jackpot €10,200. Lucky-dip winners were Marion Carroll-Murphy, Kevin, Chris and Pauric O'Toole (divided evenly im sure between the three boys ߘ?), Keith Barrett, Oliver Murphy, Eileen Delaney and the seller's prize Bridie Gordon.

Coláiste an Átha

Coláiste an Átha's annual Christmas Market will take place on Friday, November 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event will be hosted by the TY and LCA students. The students will be selling their own enterprise projects on the night. Coláiste an Átha looks forward to welcoming the local community to our school Gym to browse an array of stalls and games. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy our choir, start your Christmas early and pick from crafts, gifts, confectionery and jewellery sold by our students and local vendors. There's something for everyone.

Glenbrien

Social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, December 9. Music on the night is by Michelle Murphy. Since breaking into the social dancing scene Michelle has become very popular in venues throughout the length and breath of Ireland with three beautiful recordings to her name which have been shown on Ireland West TV recently. We welcome her home to Oylegate and look forward to a great night's entertainment. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8.

GAA Notes

The best of luck to the junior B hurlers in the semi-finals V Graigue Ballycallan of Kilkenny. The game will again be hosted by the Killeedy club in Limerick on December 2 at 2 p.m. Best of luck to the team and mentors. A bus is going up to the match and if you want to travel contact any committee member.

Bingo

Bingo is played every Thursday night in Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate at 9 p.m. Please come along and join us for a fun evening - all proceeds from the extra sheet go towards Glenbrien parish funds. Thanks again to John Mernagh and staff for this.

Senior citizens party

This year's Christmas party for senior citizens will take place on Sunday, December 16, in the Old School Centre at the moment there are committee member going round distributing invitations please contact the parish office or any member of the group if you have not received an invitatiion over the next two weeks and we will get one to you.

Oulart

Parish Christmas Draw

The annual Christmas Draw in aid of St Patrick's Church, Oulart will take place as usual this year. If anyone would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please inform Fr Browne or Joan Doyle as soon as possible as the tickets will be printed shortly.

GAA club AGM

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will hold its annual general meeting this Friday, November 30, in Oulart Community Centre. Registration will be from 7 p.m. and the formalities will begin at 7.30 p.m. New members, male and female, are always welcome to join our GAA club and, where better to start than at the AGM where we review the past year, elect officers, committee and team managements and make plans for 2019. Former players and older members who have let their membership lapse are encouraged to become involved again.

Tractor Road Run

On Sunday, December 2, a Tractor Road-Run in aid of Oulart senior citizens Christmas party, will start at the 1978 Monument, opposite O'Leary's Oulart Hill Bar, at midday. For further information please contact Seán Byrne at 087 6486279.

Senior citizens Party

The annual Oulart senior citizens Party will be held in the community centre on Sunday, January 6 (Lá Nollag na mBan or 'Little Christmas). If you know of any Seniors (over-65s) in the locality whose name should be added to the list of invitees please inform Seán Byrne (087 6486279) or Eddie O'Grady (087 2771735) or any member of the committee.

Joan and Friends

The organisers of last week's coffee morning in aid of Scoil Mochua pupil, Sofia Chiu, would like to thank everyone for the generous donations of money, door and raffle prizes and cakes and buns etc and to thank everyone who attended and the volunteers who helped on the day. Thank you also to Gary and Conor O'Leary and the O'Leary family for the use of the premises.

To date, €2,300 has been raised to go towards Sofia's cancer treatment in Germany. The winners of the Door Prizes were Breda Flood and John Galvin. The prize-winners in the raffle were: Mary Byrne, Kilmuckridge, Caoibhe McCormack, James Doyle (x2), Kathleen Carroll, Eileen Coleman, Niamh Dempsey, Mick Murphy, Gillian Redmond, Nela Dzipa, Aoife Griffin and Mary Dempsey.

Extra Efforts

Joan will hold a raffle and music night in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh on December 8 and another music night and raffle in Corrigan's, Blackwater on December 14. On a date to be confirmed, Joan's grand-daughter, Leona will have her beautiful long hair cut for Sofia's fund and also for the Rapunzel Foundation.

Get Well Wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to the people from the area who are sick at home or in hospital. For security reasons and to maintain their privacy, their names will not be published unless requested by themselves or their next-of-kin. Don't forget that on the First Friday of every month the Rosary will be recited in St Mochua's Church, at 7.30 p.m. for the intentions of the sick of the parish. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Family Notices

If you would like these notes to include details of your family births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries and achievements etc. please supply the relevant details by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk. There is no charge for including such items in the Local Notes.

Race to be Mayor

The GAA Mayoral Election Campaign is well under way and the next few weeks will see lots of fundraising activities organised for the candidates. On December 1 Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold 'Come Dine with me' in the Ballagh Community Centre while on second, December 9 and 16 Phil's team will hold bingo.

As this year is the 25th Anniversary of Oulart-The Ballagh winning their first Senior Hurling Title (1994) Phil's team will launch a Souvenir Calendar in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, December 15. And if you want to buy a real Christmas Tree to support Sponger's Mayoral campaign, please place your order with Declan at 087 3456523.

The two candidates' teams also have raffle tickets circulating, with valuable prizes on offer. We would encourage as many as possible to support the events as all the proceeds go to Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club. Please follow the Facebook page for more details.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to the most recent winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot - Mick Lyndon - who won €131. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses and from the school.

CFR Information Night

Anyone interested in being part of the CFR group should note that an Information evening will be held in the Ballagh Community Centre on Wednesday, December 5, at 8.30 p.m. For queries please contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Oylegate

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of the SERT Bus and the Hope Centre will be held on this Thursday Morning, November 29, in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Junior B Hurling

The best of luck to the junior B hurlers in the semi-finals V Graigue Ballycallan of Kilkenny. The game will again be hosted by the Killeedy club in Limerick on December 2 at 2 p.m. Best of luck to the team and mentors. A bus is going up to the match and if you want to travel contact any committee member.

Social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, December 9. Music on the night is by Michelle Murphy. Since breaking into the social dancing scene Michelle has become very popular in venues throughout the length and breath of Ireland with three beautiful recordings to her name which have been shown on Ireland West TV recently. We welcome her home to Oylegate and look forward to a great night's entertainment. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8.

ICA coffee morning

The Oyegate ICA will hold their coffee morning on Thursday, December 13, in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday Bingo

Bingo continues in the Slaney Inn on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. with many cash prizes on offer. Oylegate United are the local charity currently benefiting on the night and would like to invite all interested to come along for a great night, and all support would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday Bingo

Bingo is played every Thursday night in Mernagh's Lounge, Oylegate at 9 p.m. Please come along and join us for a fun evening - all proceeds from the extra sheet go towards Glenbrien Parish funds. Thanks again to John Mernagh and Staff for this.

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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