Wednesday 20 March 2019

Around the districts: Clonegal-Kildavin, Ferns, Marshalstown-Castledockrell and Rathnure

Joan Lambert and Pauline Doyle at the performance of ‘Women on the Verge of HRT’ staged by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group in Bunclody Golf Club
Joan Lambert and Pauline Doyle at the performance of ‘Women on the Verge of HRT’ staged by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group in Bunclody Golf Club

Clonegal-Kildavin - Pride of Place award: Clonegal village, representing County Carlow, was honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday, November 17. The village picked up a special award for the commitment shown by local people to keeping its fascinating history alive.

The judges said: 'The involvement of all, young and not so young, which was very obvious on judging day when the entire village turned out to showcase their particular inputs and to celebrate a proud heritage and a model village.' Those nominated joined with 800 community heroes from across the country at the awards, which is operates in association with peace building charity Co-operation Ireland.

The Pride of Place awards, described as the 'Oscars of the Community Sector', celebrates the often unsung work of community groups that selflessly work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in or visit. Organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place awards sees the country's local authorities, on both sides of the border, nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.

Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Cllr Brian O'Donoghue expressed his delight for Clonegal's win stating, 'It was well deserved as we are all aware in County Carlow and beyond that Clonegal is a community that treasures its heritage and works hard to preserve it.'.

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said: 'Pride of Place deserves its position as one of the most prestigious community awards on the island of Ireland and Co-operation Ireland is delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength. 'From Donegal through Northern Ireland and in counties all the way to Cork, communities have been reaping the rewards of the hard work carried out by the community groups who make Pride of Place what it is.'.

Congratulations to Everyone on the Clonegal Pride of Place Planning Committee and the community of Clonegal.

Clonegal Parish Sale

Clonegal Parish Sale will be held on Friday, December 30, at 7 p.m. in St Brigit's Community Hall, Clonegal. There will be the usual stalls, raffle and tea.

Deepest Sympathy

The village of Kildavin and the wider community was saddened to hear of the death on Sunday, October 28, of Joe Joe Roberts, beloved husband of the late Kathy and loving father of Helen, Gretta and Catherine, brother of Kitty, Johnny and the late Matty, Maurice, Gretta and Peter. Sadly missed by his daughters, sister, brothers, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sons-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his home with removal to St Lazerian's Church, Kildavin for funeral Mass, burial afterwards in the New Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

The village of Kildavin was saddened to hear the death of Sarah Stacey, Ballyshancarragh, Kildavin, who passed away on Tuesday, November 20, in her 99th year. Sadly missed by her nieces, large extended family, neighbours and friends. Reposed at Lennon's Funeral Home, Bunclody on Thursday, removal to St Paul's Church, Kildavin. Funeral service on Friday with burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. May she rest in peace.


SVP Christmas assistance

Due to new data protection regulations introduced in May 2018, the Ferns branch of St Vincent de Paul are appealing to those who receive fuel assistance annually at Christmas, to contact us at 086 7219303 if in need of fuel assistance for Christmas 2018.

Mass of Remembrance

Tombrack's annual Mass of remembrance will be held in St Kevin's Hall, Tombrack on Thursday, November 29, at 7.30 p.m.

Community First Responders

Ferns CFR will hold their AGM on Wednesday, November 28, in Ferns Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. If you have an interest in finding out about the activities of the group and what they do please come along on the night.

Heritage archive group

Ferns Heritage Archive Group will host an evening with Archaeologist John Tierney, who will give a talk entitled 'Comparing Clone - the Character, Heritage and community of Clone Historic Graveyard within the Historic Graves Project', an interesting talk focusing on Clone graveyard. Venue is Ferns National school on Friday, November 30, at 7.30 p.m. Entry is €5 on the night.

Ferns Tidy Towns

ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING - Ferns Tidy Towns annual presentation evening will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 7.30 p.m. in the restaurant of the Courtyard. On the night we will come together as a community to celebrate our success in the Tidy Towns competition and also to acknowledge those that have made a difference in our community.

Thanks to everyone who helped throughout the year, the residents, the businesses, Green Schools Committee, Junior Tidy Towns, local Montessori and playschools, CE Scheme and RSS workers, Wexford CC, Gorey Municipal Council and anyone who helped with painting, sweeping, weeding, watering, picking up litter etc and of course the hard working committee. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

RESIDENTIAL AREA and RESIDENTIAL GARDEN AWARDS - Judging of the Residential Areas Competition has been completed. All housing estates in Ferns with residents' associations were automatically entered. Entrants were encouraged to keep their estates free of litter and have public areas well maintained. Residential gardens were also judged throughout the year. This is the seventh year of this competition and each year there is a notable improvement in the quality of entries.

BEST SHOPFRONT AWARDS - Judging of the Ferns Tidy Towns Best Shopfront Awards has also been completed. Judging of the business premises takes into account the general presentation of the shopfront (including lack of clutter and signage in windows) and tidy and well maintained frontage (including footpaths and kerbsides).


Lotto Results

Marshalstown-Castledockrell GAA lotto results for Thursday, November 8, are - winning numbers 1, 9, 12 and 28. No jackpot winner. Match-three winners Dermot McManus and Seán Óg Jackman, Bunclody each wins €50.

Results for Thursday, November 15, are - winning numbers 1, 12, 14 and 20. No jackpot winner. Match-three winners Emma Delahunty, Marion Hogan, c/o the bingo, Ann Marie Redmond, Aidan Redmond, Caim and Aidan Redmond, c/o Redmond's Pub. Each wins €20. Next draw is on Thursday night in Marshalstown Community Centre. Thanks for your continued support.


We welcome into the Christian family baby Darren Patrick Rooney, who was baptised recently and we congratulate his family.

Camogie AGM

Marshalstown-Castledockrell camogie club AGM will take place in the club house, Farmleigh on Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m. Adult players and anyone wishing to help out at the club in any way for 2019 are invited to attend.

Carol Service

A Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Church of All Saints, Castledockrell on Sunday, December 16, at 7 p.m. This is a whole parish event for Marshalstown and Castledockrell with both Church Choirs and the Children's Choirs form both National Schools in the parish involved. People from outside the parish very welcome to attend.


Bingo continues every Thursday evening in Marshalstown Community Centre starting at 8.30 p.m. with two big jackpots to play for.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Gillian Brennan and David Hall on their recent wedding. Wishing them health and happiness for the future.


Next session of storytelling in Castledockrell Hall is on Thursday, December 20, at 8 p.m. Refreshments served. Raffle held.


Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Niall Ashmore, who died recently.

Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, December 1, from midday to 2 p.m. in Marshalstown Community Centre. All proceeds to Marshalstown National School. Tables are €10. Please contact Denise at 086 8445225 to book a table. Entry Fee is €2 per adult.

Social dancing

The next Social Dance is in Marshalstown Community Centre on Friday, December 21. Doors open at 9.30 p.m. and dancing starting at 10 p.m. Admission including tea is €8.

GAA club AGM

Marshalstown-Castledockrell GAA Adult annual general meeting takes place in Farmleigh club house on Sunday, December 9, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.


If possible can items be forwarded to me in good time so if it's not included one week it will appear the next in time for the event as there is no guarantee that any item will be included any week. The deadline for receiving notes is 6 p.m. on a Thursday. Only not for profit items can be included. Thank you for your co-operation.


Evening Of Music and Song

Sincere thanks to all who participated in the Evening of music and song in the JKM Hall last weekend. Thanks to all who helped prepare the hall - with the chairs, the sound, lights, the technical stuff, the hospitality, sponsored prizes, sold and bought tickets.

Thanks to all who took to the stage: The School Choir and Samba Drummers, Fr Jim Fegan, The O'Connor Family, Taragh Nolan, St Senan's Choir, Joe Fallon/Matthew Murphy (presentation of plans), The Codd Family and Katie Reddy. Our enjoyment would not have been possible without the audience; thanks to all who took time to be with us on a very wet and windy night. Our performers on the night gave us a mix of the X-Factor and Rathnure's Got Talent all rolled into one and we had the best of entertainment as is always the case in the John Kelly Memorial Hall.

The whole effort got our fundraising for the refurbishment of St Anne's Church off to a great start as €3,500 was raised.


The bingo jackpot on Tuesday the 20th is €6,000 with reserve jackpot at €300. Sit-beside prizes on each game in the bingo book continue till Christmas.

School news

There will be a Used Clothes Collection at the school on December 12. Bring your previously loved clothing, bed linen, curtains, belts, handbags and shoes (paired) in a large plastic sack to the school gate by 9.30 a.m. No cushions, duvets, pillows, socks or underwear please. Mobiles phones (placed in a separate bag) are also welcome. Please deliver items to the school on Monday/Tuesday beforehand and at the gate on December 12 before 9.30 a.m. Clothes are collected by NCBI and all proceeds go towards the activities of the children at the school.

St Anne's GAA Club

Celebration Night - Come join in the celebration of legends past present and future at John Kelly Memorial Hall on Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m. Presentation of medals to junior champions 2018. We are also honouring the Rathnure members of the Wexford all-Ireland jubilee team of 1968 and also the first Rathnure team to win the Rackard League of 1967. Refreshments served on the night.

Club lotto - The numbers drawn last Tuesday were 6, 14, 19 and 20. No jackpot winner. There were three match-three winners who each won €67 and the jackpot this week is €7,400.

Christmas Panto

Rathnure Pantomime Society presents their 24th Christmas Panto, Broomstick: Tinkerbell's Christmas Adventure in Rathnure hall on December 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 27, 28 and 29 at 7.45 p.m. nightly. Early evening performances on the Sunday shows. Call 087 0687801 or 087 6954112, or book through Messenger on our Facebook page.

Killanne Development Group

Thanks to everyone who supported the Tractor Run last Sunday. Special thanks to Caim Vintage Club and to Leonard Fitzgerald, Robert Rackard, Micheál O'Neill, Patsy Coakley and Jim O'Connor, who sponsored prizes for the raffle. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated and it allows us to continue with our work for which received another reward this week at the Environmental Awards. This is our sixth award in five years which is a great achievement.

Book Launch

'Where the Boro Waters Flow' by Damian Cullen will be launched in the Cloch Bán, Clonroche on Thursday, December 13, at 8.30 p.m. This book is combination of history and poetry largely relating to the Boro River.

The poems are mostly written in the 1930s and 40s by poets who lived near the Boro and preserve history and folklore I their verses. Historic ruins of mills and mansions, ancient churches, bridges and river crossings are all included along with some interesting stories about some of Boro's noted people. Light refreshments will be served.

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