Sunday 20 October 2019

Around the districts: Bree-Galbally, Caim, Glenbrien, Oylegate and The Ballagh

Mary McKay and Maggie Durnell at the coffee morning at the home of Linda Tobin-Kavanagh in aid of Hospice Homecare
Mary McKay and Maggie Durnell at the coffee morning at the home of Linda Tobin-Kavanagh in aid of Hospice Homecare

Bree-Galbally - Active Retirement: The February meeting of Bree ARA will be held on February 20 in Bree Community Centre from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be the usual bingo, social and refreshments. Everyone welcome. Enquiries to 086 0747823.

Slaney Valley Adventure Race

This year's Slaney Valley Adventure Race will take place next Saturday, February 16. Check-in is from 9 a.m. at Bree Community Centre with the first wave of competitors starting at 10 a.m. The race comprises of a 30km Cycle, a 1km Kayak and a 6.5km Forest Run. Register online at For more details please visit our Facebook page: Slaney Valley Adventure Race or contact any Ballyhogue GAA Club member.

CEP Vacancies

There are a number of positions available on the Bree CEP scheme: Cleaner Childcare Facility Bree (1), Community Centre Caretaker/Cleaner Bree (2), Community Centre Caretaker/Cleaner Galbally (1), Childcare Worker Bree (2), Childcare Worker Galbally (1), Clerical Assistant Bree (1). Applicants can apply in writing to the Supervisor, Bree CEP, or email Closing date is February 22.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

Ballyhogue GAA Club are delighted to announce a relaunch of the club lotto on March 6. There is now an even greater chance to win with the numbers reduced to just 28. Pick the right four and you could win or share our current jackpot of €10,000.

To celebrate the relaunch we are introducing a special offer for annual subscribers who sign up before February 15 As well as six lines entered into every lotto draw for 12 months you will get a free model county development draw ticket for 2019 with a chance to win cars, holidays and cash (2018 prize fund was €80,000) and entry to our annual subscribers Christmas draw with a guaranteed prize fund of €1,000. It is an annual subscription of €250 - This can be paid in a once off payment or €21/month by standing order.

Committee members have been calling to every household in the parish to answer any questions you may have and to get you signed up. In case we missed you feel free to contact one of our committee members. Details are on our website at or on our Facebook page. Or for further details you can contact Damian Smith at 086 0481632 or Joanne Rochford at 087 3661527 or Cathal Byrne at 085 1461164. Thank you for your support.

Galbally NS

Scoil Eoin Baiste, Galbally is now accepting enrolment applications for September 2019. Enrolment packs are available in the school office. Contact details 053 9247622, or

St Patrick's Weekend Run/Walk

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club will host a 10k run and 5k walk on bank holiday Monday, March 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m., with registration taking place from 10 a.m. onwards. Entry fee is €5 for the 5k walk and €10 for the 10k run. Both events are open to all ages and abilities. The 10k race will be chip timed and there will be prizes for the first man and woman home.

Refreshments will be served to all participants in the hall afterwards. Everyone is invited to come along and get involved in what promises to be a great community event.

School Enrolment

SN Seosamh Naofa, Bree are now taking enrolments for September 2019. Application forms are available from the school office or call 053 9247725 for form to be sent out. Closing date for applications is Friday, February 15.

Healing Methods Talk

Jim Brennan will give a one-hour description of his healing methods in Bree Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, Questions answered and all are welcome. Free Admission.

Bree AC News

Bree AC Awards Night took place last Thursday night. Award winners were Darra Casey 'Athlete of the Year'; Abbie Doyle 'Peter Byrne Memorial Trophy'; Jayden Kenny 'Pat O'Leary Distance Trophy': Olivia Howe 'Tony Greene Merit Award'; Lea Bolger 'Paul Kehoe Merit Award'; Katie Doyle 'John Godkin under-13 Award' and Sophie Codd 'Bree ICA Parish Athlete Award'.

Playground Meeting

An additional meeting with a view to setting up a committee to take over the monitoring of Bree Community Playground will be held in Bree Community Centre on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. Phase two of this project will begin shortly. The support of parents of young children would be deeply appreciated. If anyone is unable to attend this meeting but would like to be of assistance to this committee, please contact Bree Development Group Sec, Clare Doyle at 087 4151350.

Galbally Tractor Run

The annual Galbally Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, May 26.



Adoration takes place in Caim Church on Mondays. All are welcome to participate.

Caim National School

Caim National School is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2019. Any parents wishing to enrol their child may collect an Application Form from Liz (secretary) or the Junior Infant teacher during school hours. Telephone 053 9255534. Alternatively, forms may be downloaded from the school website Please return completed forms by February 15.

Duffry lotto

Donnchadh Doyle and Nicky Hendrick were the match-three winners last week. The numbers drawn were 1, 7, 23 and 32. The jackpot is now €2,000. The next draw will be held in Rackards on Tuesday, February 12, at 9.30 p.m.

House of Stories

Ballindaggin house of stories will be held this Thursday night, February 14, commencing at 8 p.m. Great Music, song and stories. Admission is free and refreshments served.


Baby/toddler group

A baby and toddler group gather every Tuesday in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579 or Ana Egan 086 1939997. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa and a chat.

Glenbrien NS news

GRANDPARENTS DAY - A huge thank you to all those who came to our now annual event last Wed, a great day was had by all. Thank you all the parents and relations who provided all the lovely buns and bakes, and to the parents' association for hosting the event. A lovely day and lots of memories made.

CONFIRMATION - This will take place on March 15 and the Ceremony of light will take place on the 19th of Feburary.

ALDI RUGBY VOUCHERS - The school is collecting the Aldi rugby vouchers for the school. Please ask for them and donate them to the school, you can ask all your relations and friends to give them to the children.


CPR Information Evening

CPR could save the life of someone you know. In order to be able to provide a very valuable and much needed service within community we need people to volunteer to be trained as First Aid Responders and also people to help out with the administration and organisation. This service is run in conjunction with the national ambulance service and could save your life or someone you love. An information meeting will be held on Wednesday the 13th. Feb. in Oylegate Community Centre at 8 p.m. We ask everyone interested in any way to attend. For further information contact 086 2313281.

Camogie Volunteer

Congratulations to Lorraine O'Connor, who was chosen as club volunteer of the year. Lorraine received a special presentation in Croke Park recently to honour the occasion. Well done, Lorraine.

GAA club news

The Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Club dinner dance will be held in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Saturday, March 2. tickets available locally, your support would be much appreciated.

Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Club have gaeltacht scholaarships for paid up club members. These scholarships are open to male and female applicants. Any one who wishes to apply for these are asked to apply to Graham Rowley by this Thursday, February 14.

School Enrolment

Oylegate National School is now taking enrolments for September 2019. Please call to the school for a form any time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GAA Walking Track

The top track will be fully lit every Monday/Wednesday/Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to avail of the facility to get fit and healthy for 2019. Everybody welcome. Unfortunately for health and safety reasons guide dogs only are allowed.

Penny Bank

GAA penny bank has resumed for 2019 new members are always welcome, contact any committee member for more details.

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.

The Ballagh

Army Officer

Congratulations to Leanne Nolan, Ballymurray, The Ballagh, Defence Forces Cadet, who graduated as an officer on February 4. She was one of seventeen women from the class of seventy-seven who received their commission. Lieutenant Nolan was featured on the front of the Irish Times, in a photograph that included her twin nieces, Elsie and Ailbhe Nolan.

Recent Birth

Congratulations to Aoife and Paul Rossiter, Knocknaveigh, The Ballagh on the birth of their second son, Harry, last week.

Boxing Club

Congratulations to chairman, Mr Nicky White, who was recently inducted into the IABA Hall of Fame. Nicky has been involved in Boxing for over 40 years and during that time he has been Co. Chair. , Leinster president, treasurer of IABA as well as president of IABA. He also trained a number of Irish champions and travelled with the Irish team as Team Manager on numerous occasions.

Underage GAA Registration

A registration night for Underage GAA and camogie players will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. For information please contact Elizabeth Freeman at 087 7560871.

GAA Scholarships

Wexford GAA are offering 21 part-funded scholarships to Coláiste Laighean, New Ross in the summer of 2019.The scheme is based on the player's family, the player's club and Wexford GAA paying one-third each of the cost of the two - week residential course. Applicants apply to their local GAA Club and will be included in a draw to determine who wins the scholarship. The student's family only has to pay €160.

The dates of the Courses are as follows: June 23 to July 7 (Cúrsa C for second year-5th Year), July 12 to July 26 (Cúrsa D for sixth class-2nd Year). Each club may nominate two names. Parents/guardians of Oulart-The Ballagh GAA and camogie players who would like their child to be entered for the draw are asked to contact Oulart-The Ballagh, Oifigeach Gaeilge and Cultúr, Breda Jacob (086 1686978) no later than March 4. If there are more than two applicants locally, a supervised draw will be held and the successful applicants will be notified.

Sponger's Events

Forthcoming events for Martin Sponger Fortunes Mayoral Campaign: Bingo in Bob's bar every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. 'Open Mic' night every Thursday in the Sawdust at 9 p.m. On February 21, a Dog Night in Enniscorthy with an All-Star Race starting at 8 p.m. with 10 Greyhound races on the card. Tickets are €10 each and children under-16 are free.

Phil's Campaign

Events for Phil Redmond's Mayoral Campaign are as follows: Sunday, February 17, and Sunday, February 24, bingo in Oulart Community Centre at 8 p.m.

On Friday, February 15, 'Dancing with Declan and the Classic Outlaws' in Oulart Community Centre at 9 p.m. On Sunday, February 24, a 5k and 10k Walk and Run starting at the Upper Complex at midday, with registration from 11.30 a.m.

The Circuit Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the Ballagh Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 9.00 till Thursday, February 14.

Golf classic in Blackwater Golf Course on Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17. Tee times 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Teams of Three - €60. For Bookings, please ring 087 6145075 or 087 9818421.

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