Monday 21 October 2019

Around the districts: Blackwater, Monageer and Oulart

Martina and Olivia Dempsey enjoying their night at the charity bingo in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust in Oulart Community Centre
Martina and Olivia Dempsey enjoying their night at the charity bingo in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust in Oulart Community Centre

Blackwater - GAA club news: It is the start of the Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend when the lads play against Adamstown in Hollymount at 3.30 p.m. Best of luck to the team.

Tonight (Tuesday) the under-13 footballers play Buffers Alley at 6.30 at home. On Thursday the under-15 footballers play Monageer-Boolavogue at 6.30 at home.

Membership is now due and can be paid to any committee member.

No winner of recent lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 7, 22, 23 and 30 and the bonus 9. Next jackpot is €12,000. Lucky-dip winners were Tony Buckley, Fr O'Byrne, Anthony McKinley, Tony O'Reilly and the seller's prize Bridie Gordon.

Well done to the under-nine hurlers who played some great stuff winning all matches in a blitz recently in Bellefield.

Both our minor and junior footballers suffered loses in there recent championship outings against Buffers Alley and Oylegate-Glenbrien respectively.

This week 25 years ago the men's team were in training for their first intermediate football championship game v St Joseph's, with Jack O'Brien down to referee.

Macra Na Feirme reunion

This year is the 70th Anniversary of Macra Na Feirme in County Wexford. To mark this wonderful achievement we are organising a Macra reunion and dinner dance on Saturday, April 13, in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy at 7.30 p.m. Tickets can be booked by contacting Sarah at 085 113308. We are also reaching out to past Wexford Macra members for any pictures they might have from their time in Macra. These can be emailed to


Wedding congratulations

Congratulation to Laura Daly, Killabeg, daughter of Lar and Anna May, who married Eoghan Kehoe, Crossabeg in Monageer Church on March 15 with Fr Cosgrave presiding, assisted by parish priest Fr James Finn Crossabeg-Ballymurn. We wish the happy couple all the very best for the future.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Kathleen Sinnott, Gorey and formerly Clondaw, who died in February, aged 97. The Funeral Mass was celebrated in Gorey and she was laid to rest in our local (new) cemetery in her family grave.

Also to Sinéad O'Hanlon (Deputy Principal in our local school), whose mother Anne Sheeey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, who died in January, aged 71. The obsequies took place in Cookstown and were attended by staff members from the school and some parents.

Also to Nancy Fenlon, Ballysimon, whose sister Mary Cummins, Nurney, Co Carlow died in March, aged 53. The obsequies were in Rathoe near Tullow. May they RIP.

Church news

BAPTISM - Ciaran Paul Murray, Clondaw, son of Danielle, was baptised in our parish church by Fr Michael Byrne, formerly curate in Boolavague on March 10. We wish the family all the very best for the future.

FIRST CONFESSION - This is on tonight Tuesday, April 9, at 7.30 p.m. in the church for the 14 First Communicants.

ENNISCORTHY GOSPEL CHOIR - This choir came to Monageer recently and played and sang during our 7 p.m. Mass. We thank them for enriching our liturgy so significantly and wish them continued success in their choral work. Refreshments were served later that evening.

GOOD FRIDAY ECUMENICAL WALK - As in the last few years this walk will take place on Good Friday, April 19, this year at midday, weather permitting. It will begin here in Monageer church with a brief prayer servie. Then we will set out to walk to the Church of Ireland church in Solsborough, a trip of a little over two miles with some prayers on the way. Another prayer service will be held there to conclude our ecumenical gathering.

Opening of refurbished parish hall

An official opening ceremony took place on Saturday, March 9, after Evening Mass. It was attended by the members of our Parish Committee under its chairperson Rose Bren. Officials of the county Council were also present including especially Willie Kavanagh, Oylegate and John Hegarty Gorey, both chairpersons of their respective Municipal Districts. They addressed the big attendance of parishioners and visitors. Refreshments were served. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable occasion.

The main areas of improvments to the hall were as follows: new windows and doors, renewed and upgraded electrical wiring with underground cable outside to avoidl another pole, new insulation of the ceiling and walls, a new fire alarm system, now requuired by law, new curtains on the stage and the windows, fresh painting of the whole premises, improved sound system and gas connections, some timbers treated for woodworm, improved fascia and soffit, improvements to the woodwork in some areas, upgrading of toilets. The whole refurbishment was paid with parish funds and with a grant from the county Council.

Mention must also be made of the fact that Rose Breen did great work in contacting the companies, groups and individuals needed to do the work, overseeing the improvements, arranging the finances and in general ensuring the whole project was up to the required high standard.

We thank her sincerely for this major contribution to the successful completion of the refurbishment.

Tidy Towns meeting

This is on Thursday night, April 11, in the hall at 7.30 p.m. to discuss the future of our Tidy Towns work here. All are welcome to plan for the future and to get volunteers to help out.

Coffee morning thanks

The coffee morning held recently for Hope Centre collected €708.70. Thanks to all who contributed so generoulsy.

300-1 draw

The winners of the March 300-1 draw were as follows first (€150.00} Breda Sinnott, Crane; second (€40) Martin Donohoe, Clondaw; third (€30) Ian Hayes, Ballysimon and fourth (€20) Theresa O'Toole, Crane.

GAA club notes

Hurling and football coaching for boys and girls from age five to seven starts on Monday the eighth in Monageer GAA pitch at 6-30. All welcome

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA camogie and Ladies' Football Club are hosting at Easter Camp for boys and girls aged six to 13 on Monday the 15th To Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Micheál Stafford 086 8286004 or Jonathan Dunne 083 0022912.

LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - There was now winner of the jackpot which now stands at €6,200.00. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 23 and 29. There was no winner of the match three to win or share €160. The next draw will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 9.30 p.m. in the New Clubhouse.


Sumobi Kennels

After a wonderful winning year, which included a litter of puppies from Marigold, Maureen and Jimmy Wade went to Cruffs with three qualified dogs. Competition was very stiff as there were Italian Greyhounds from Croatia, France, Italy, Spain and Ireland, and a change of judge. Willow was in Veteran and came second. Marigold and Safforn went really well but were not what the judges were looking for. Then Willow's son Rory, born in Oulart, won his class and got the longed for Red Rosette. So once again Oulart was on the map, with Willow and son Rory winners out of 23,000 dogs.

On St Patrick's Day there were two Internationals and Willow took Green Star bitch and Best of Breed and CACI.B Int. Cert at both shows, with saffron taking reserve at both shows, plus Willow won group three.

Marigold's puppies have gone to show homes again, one to the UK and two to NI and two weak puppies with Maureen and have now grown big and bold. Who knows they might emerge winners again for Oulart. Maureen and Jimmy thank everyone who helped them in any way especially those who look after everything for them.

ICA News

The next meeting on April 15 will be the AGM and will take place in Oulart Community Centre, where the guild meetings will be held for the foreseeable future.


The latest winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot is Caoimhe Tobin, who won €104. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses as well as from the school.

New Defibrillator

Thanks to the parents' association's fundraising efforts, Scoil Mochua now has a defibrillator. It has been installed at the front of the school and can be used by any member of the community if and when a need arises.

'This is your Life' DVD

Copies of a Double DVD called 'Mick Jacob - The Supreme Stylist' are now available. The DVD was recorded at the 2018 'This is your Life' event, held in the Riverside Park Hotel. It features excerpts from Mick's playing days, interviews and messages from former team-mates and opponents as well as input from family members and players that he coached to great success. It can be purchased, for €15, from Pierce Redmond, Raheenduff, Corrigan's Spar, Oulart and Bob's Bar, The Ballagh. All proceeds from the sale of the DVD go to Oulart-The Ballagh GAA.

Yoga in Oulart

Yoga with Michelle takes place in Oulart Community Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. till 11.30 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. You can avail of six classes for the price of five. Contact Michelle (087 9813950) for full information.

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 (no later than Thursday at 8 p.m.) by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email There is no charge for including such items in the Local Notes. Items arriving too late for inclusion will be carried over to the next edition.

CFR Training

The Oulart-The Ballagh Unit of Community First Responders is live, seven nights a week and all day at weekends, assisting the National Ambulance Service, on a totally voluntary basis. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Oulart Hill Development

The dedicated volunteers of Oulart Hill Development, who work earnestly to keep alive the history of the parish and the surrounding areas, who look after the local historic sites and monuments and who promote the Oulart Hill Walking Hub are appealing for new members to join them in their work. The group will hold its AGM in the house of stories, Lower Oulart on Tuesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. and all are welcome to attend and become involved.


Bingo Sunday, April 14, being held in Oulart Community Centre in aid of Oulart Christmas Lights, 8 p.m., please come out and support us and light up the village this Christmas.

Thank you

Siobhán and Nicola would like to thank everyone who attended the bingo, donated money and helped out on the night. All money raised and donated will go towards the expenses of nine young adults with additional needs who will travel on the Lourdes Pilgrimage with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Rackard League Winners

Congratulations to the Oulart-The Ballagh Rackard League boys who beat Ballindaggin by 3-14 to 1-2 on Wednesday, April 4. This was a fantastic win for the boys and a huge well done to them and to their mentors. They are now through to the quarter final which will be played this week. Details will be posted on the Coiste na nÓg Facebook page as soon as soon as they are available.

Under-17 Championship Win

The under-17 hurlers got their championship campaign off to a great start with a thrilling one point win over Shelmaliers on Wednesday the third. They lead convincingly at the break in a game played in bitterly cold conditions and despite coming under severe pressure in the second half, never surrendered their lead and held out to win by the smallest possible margin. Well done to both teams on serving up a feast of hurling in very trying conditions and congratulations to the mentors, Stephen Doyle, Martin Dempsey, Ben O'Connor and Linda Dunne on the great preparation of the team.

Leinster Champions

The senior camogie team got their 2019 season off to a great start, beating keen rivals Rathnure by 3-11 to 0-5 in the final of the Leinster League in Abbottstown, Co. Dublin on Sunday, March 31. Claiming the title for the first time having made the final twice already, the girls played brilliantly and the icing on the cake was Mary Leacy-Hughes being awarded the 'Player of the Match' trophy. Well done to the team and management and hopefully it is the first trophy of the season for them.

Enniscorthy Guardian