Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Bree-Galbally, Caim, Clonegal-Kildavin, Davidstown-Courtnacuddy, Marshalstown-Castledockrell and The Ballagh

Tractors lined up at the start of the Clonroche Tractor Run on St Stephen’s Day
Tractors lined up at the start of the Clonroche Tractor Run on St Stephen’s Day

Bree-Galbally - Bree Tidy Towns AGM: The annual General meeting of Bree Tidy Towns will be held in Bree Community Centre on Wednesday, January 2, at 7.30 p.m.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to Fr Ken Quinn as who departs the parish having been granted study leave. Fr Ken was curate for Galbally Ballyhogue since August 2016. A sincere welcome is extended to Fr William Caulfield, who has taken up duty in the curacy.

Bree Hill Walking Trails

Saturday, January 12, is National Walk Day and Bree Hill Walking Trails have been invited by Wexford Walking Trails to host a walk on Bree Hill. This walk will be part of Operation Transformation and is aimed at encouraging people of all ages to get out and walk. The walk will start at 11 a.m. from Bree Community Centre and will be 4.6km long, with the option of an alternative 7km also. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Playground

Bree Community Development Group Ltd are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a 75% grant towards the cost of Phase Two of our Community Playground from Wexford Local Development. Work should commence in the New Year leading to a wonderful facility catering for children of all ages.

As this is a community facility we would appreciate if people from the community would join a working group for the running and maintenance of the playground. We as a group need to raise 25% which will be about €12,000.

A big thank you to the staff of BríBeag who have already donated €2,000 to the project, sponsorship from their Dancers and Chancers exploits.

We hope to call a meeting in the new year and would encourage you to join.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the husband, sons, daughters, relations and friends of Josie Moran, Kereight who died recently. Her remains were interred in Galbally on Monday of last week.

Seasonal Wishes

A sincere thanks to the PROs and club officers who have contacted us during the past year with details of their organisations's activities. If you haven't been doing so, then it's time to make a New Year's resolution. If you want the activities of your club or organisation to get publicity, contact Jim and Clare Doyle at 053 9247706 or email before 10 p.m. on the Thursday night prior to publication.


New Year Greetings

Happy New Year to all readers and contributors of the Caim notes.


Adoration will recommence in Caim Church on Monday, January 7.

Caim Men's Shed

Caim Men's Shed presented Caim National School with some buddy benches and mushrooms to decorate the school yard. The Men's Shed is closed now and will re open in mid January. Happy New Year everyone.

Caim Vintage Club

Membership is now due and can paid to any committee member. New Year greetings to everyone looking forward to you support in the coming year.


Schools re-open

Clonegal and Kildavin National Schools will reopen on Monday, January 7.

Grandparents Day

Clonegal NS will celebrate grandparents day on Wednesday, January 30.

A ceremony will be held in St Bridget's Church. After the ceremony, grandparents will attend the school and talk to the children in the various classes followed by a cuppa.


Do you have any news you would like published on the 'Local News' page of Clonegal/Kildavin Community Website for January 2019? If so, could you please send your information to

Ben Mulhall Savings Club

The Ben Mulhall Savings Club will be held on Friday, January 11, in Johnny Dunne's bar, Clonegal, from 7 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

Registration is €5, which must be paid on the night. New members welcome.

Tidy Village AGM

Clonegal Tidy Village Association will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, January 16, at 8 p.m. in St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal. Everyone is welcome.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all in the parish and in particular all home for the Christmas season.

Church news

CHURCH READERS: Looking for new readers, please contact Fr Nolan. Davidstown Readers for January Vigil Tom O'Shea and Sunday Brian Bolger.


DAVIDSTOWN EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Davidstown is looking for new Eucharistic Ministers please contact Fr Nolan. January Vigil Billy Rowsome.

HOLY HOUR: A Holy Hour with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament will take place in Courtnacuddy Church on Sunday, January 13, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Holy Hour will take place every second Sunday of each month.

ADORATION: Would you like to join the adoration team. Adoration takes place in the Davidstown church from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Adoration brings many blessing to our parish and you too will be part of that blessing for just one hour a week. Contact Eileen at 087 9331809.

Templescoby church marks 200 years

For the last two centuries, St Paul's Church of Ireland in Templescoby has been a place of prayer, and this was celebrated as the community came together for a special service to celebrate the church's bicentenary.


Social dancing

social dancing takes place in Marshalstown. on Friday, January 18. Doors open at 9.30 p.m. and dancing starting at 10 p.m. Admission including tea is €8.


Sympathy is extended to the families of the late Sr. Vianney Kehoe and the late Agnes Raleigh. May they rest in peace.


Next session of storytelling in Castledockrell Hall is on Thursday, January 17, at 8 p.m.

Refreshments served. Thanks to all friends from far and near who month after month during 2018 travelled for Storytelling Sessions. We look forward to welcoming you back for 2019. Whether you can attend every month or only now and again you are welcome. Come along and bring a friend. Happy New Year to all.


Bingo continues every Thursday evening in Marshalstown Community Centre starting at 8.30 p.m. with three big jackpots to play for. Thanks to all who attended the bingo and to those who helped out at bingo each week for your continued support throughout 2018. A happy New Year to all.


Thanks to everyone who supported the annual church gate collection for County Wexford Community Workshop held in Castledockrell on Sunday, December 30.

Notes Deadline

Happy New Year to all readers of and contributors to these notes. Please note due to an earlier deadline items for the notes should reach me by 6 p.m. on the Thursday before each issue including on bank holiday weekends. Also only not for profit items should be included in the notes. Thank you for your co-operation.

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 19: First Confessions/Service of Light, Castledockrell. Friday, March 15: Confirmation. Thursday, March 21: First Confessions, Marshalstown. Saturday, May 4: First Holy Communion Marshalstown. Sunday, May 12: First Holy Communion, Castledockrell. Sunday, May 26: Patron, Marshalstown. Friday, July 5: Patron, Castledockrell.

The Ballagh

New Year Greetings

As we enter 2019, we extend New Year greetings to all readers of these Local Notes. We wish you and your families all the best of good health, peace and prosperity.

Groups, clubs, sports organisations, families and individuals who would like coverage of their activities, forthcoming events and successes, should contact me, Breda Jacob, by text, email, phone call or written note, no later than 8 p.m. on the Thursday prior to publication.

Phone or text 086 1686978. Email There is no charge for including an item in the Local Notes.

Grateful Appreciation

The recent St Vincent de Paul, Church-gate collection, in the Ballagh, yielded €481.37. The organisers would like to express their thanks for your generous contributions which will be used to provide support for vulnerable families.

Mayoral Events

As the 'Race to be Mayor' hots up, the organisers are being most creative, coming up with very interesting ideas. Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold a Truck/Tractor Run on Saturday, December 29, and a quiz on January 4. Spongers Talent competition will take place in Marty's on January 12.

GAA Calendar

The organisers of Phil Redmond's Mayoral campaign launched a souvenir calendar recently, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oulart-The Ballagh's first senior championship win on October 16, 1994, and the 12 other senior successes up to 2016.

The calendar features photographs of all 13 Oulart-The Ballagh Co. Wexford championship winning panels as well as the 2015 Leinster Club-Championship panel and backroom team. The calendar is on sale locally for €10.

Split - the - Pot

Congratulations to the most recent winner, Tracey McCormack who won €68. It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL

There will be a roll - over during the busy Christmas period (December 22 and December 29) and the first draw of the New Year on January 5 will be a special draw with the usual split-the-pot winner as well as a second prize of €50 and a third prize of €25. Be in to win.

CFR is live

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. For queries please contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

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