Wednesday 20 March 2019

Enniscorthy and district community news

Brendan Keane

Garden and Flower Club: Co Wexford Garden and Flower will host its Gala Christmas Demonstration on Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. in The Riverside Park Hotel. The demonstration will be by Rose Hickey and the title will be 'Christmas Magic'.

The cost of entry is €5 for members and €10 for non members. All are welcome to attend and further details are available on


A special fundraising music event hosted by 'Ain't Misbehavin' in aid of the Hope Centre is to take place at The Presentation Centre on Friday, November 30, at 8.30 p.m.

'Swingbells' will feature the finest music from the swing era of the 1930s and 40s as well as a selection of Christmas tunes. The set list on the night will include songs from music legends such as Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and many more from a golden era in music.

Ain't Misbehavin is a fantastic group of musicians composed of Eddie Crean (on vocals and guitar), Richard King (on lead guitar), Vicky Clancy (on clarinet and sax) and Tony Thompson (bass). Admission is €10 and all support from within the local community will be greatly appreciated.

Christmas Market

Enniscorthy Vocational College is to host a festive Christmas Market on December 6, from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.

Those interested in having a stall at the event are invited to contact the school on 053-9234185 or email:

The cost of hosting a stall will be €15.

SVdP appeal

The Enniscorthy Branch of St Vincent de Paul is appealing for good-condition items of furniture. In particular they are seeking a two-seater couch, a small wardrobe, and bunk beds.

Anyone who thinks they might be able to assist the organisation is asked to phone 053-9233746 or 087-1412153.

Anyone struggling financially at the moment, at what can be a difficult time of year, can also contact their local St Vincent de Paul office for support. The organisation's confidential line can be accessed through 087-1413153.

Community Watch group

St Aidan's Neighbourhood Watch is looking for more volunteers to lend a hand with nightly patrols. In particular, women are being sought to participate and help out and Chairman Bernard O'Leary is urging any ladies in the local community who are interested in getting involved to call him on 085-1088163. Each volunteer will be given a high visibility vest and a rechargeable flash lamp.


Blackstairs Mountain Theatre is delighted to present their staging of the John B Keane classic 'Sive' at The Presentation Centre nightly from December 6 to 9.

The performances will take place at 8 p.m. each night.

A dark and powerful tale, it focuses attention on a beautiful young schoolgirl forced into an arranged marriage with a rich, lecherous old man.

The production features a stellar cast. Based on one of Keane's most well-known and highly regarded works the shows promises to offer a great night out for fans of drama and theatre.

Tickets are priced at €12.50 and are available from

Retirement Association

A new members meeting of the local active retirement association will take place at the Riverside Park Hotel on December 4, at 2.30 p.m. The group is also organising an upcoming day trip to a craft and food fair in the RDS in Dublin on December 6.

The association's annual Christmas lunch will take place on December 10, at the Riverside Park Hotel from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets, priced €20 for members and €25 for non members, will be available at the December meeting. Members should note that tickets will not be available on the door.

Among ongoing activities for the group are: Monday - Line dancing at 11 a.m. at Astro Active Centre; Indoor bowls at 1 p.m. at Astro Active Centre and pitch and putt; Wednesday - Walk at 11 a.m. from Riverside Hotel; table quiz at 2.30 p.m. every second Wednesday at Loreto Village; Thursday - Ramblers' walk at 9.30 a.m. from Lidl car park and craft sessions at 2 p.m. at the Astro Active Centre.

Craft Fair

St Patrick's Special School will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of items available on the day including a large range of handmade crafts including jewellery, candles, crochet items, cards and much, much more.

There will also be a cake sale, monster raffle and the chance to see Santa Claus himself in his special sensory grotto. For more details please contact Catherine on 086-4079966.

2019 calendar

The St Senan's Parish Calendar for 2019, featuring some stunning photos of Enniscorthy, is now on sale locally. The calendar will provide an ideal stocking filler this Christmas as well as being a practical item in the household throughout next year.

The calendar can be purchased from the parish office, the sacristy after Mass, O'Callaghan's Centra or by calling Liz Wildes on 087-9151815. The calendar was a big hit last year and once again all photos have graciously been provided by Liz.

Christmas Tree Festival

Having proved a big hit in recent years St Mary's Church of Ireland is getting set to again host its annual Christmas Tree Festival.

The festival sees schools, businesses and local organisations all decorating small trees in their own unique way as part of an overall display in the church from November 30 to December 9.

Those wishing to take part are encouraged to be as creative as possible and avoid repeating ideas from last year.

However, it should be noted that trees cannot exceed 6ft in height. Anyone interested in entering a tree or providing sponsorship is asked to contact Rev Nicola Halford on 087-1233338.

Country show

A special Christmas Country show is to take over The Riverside Park Hotel on December 18 featuring the likes of Philomena Begley, Dominic Kirwan, Kathy Durkin, Louise Morrissey and many more. For tickets call reception on 053-9237800.


If you're struggling with mental health difficulties GROW is a community-based mental health organisation that can help.

It holds weekly meetings locally and all the meetings are confidential with no referral necessary.

The meetings take place on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. in the Presentation Centre, Convent Road.

Whist Drive

A Christmas whist drive in aid of St Anthony's Unit, Enniscorthy Community Workshop, will take place on Sunday, December 9, at 2.30 p.m.

The event will be held in Salt and Pepper Restaurant located at Enniscorthy Community Workshop.

There will be various prizes on offer with top score €50.

Tea will also be included for the admission price of €5 and everyone in the community is welcome to participate.

University of Third Age

An information session on the University of the Third Age (U3A) will take place in Enniscorthy library on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m.

The U3A is defined as the period in a person's life where fulltime employment has ceased.

It's not defined by age and the organisers of the session say the event is open to everyone who is 'in their third age'.

Members form interest groups and a very wide range of topics and activities will be covered.

A spokesperson for U3A said the event is something by members, for members.

No qualifications are sought or offered and learning is for its own sake with enjoyment being the prime motive rather than qualifications or awards.

Significantly, there is also no distinction made between learners and teachers - everyone involved is a members of the U3A.

Booking for the event is essential and can be done through 053-9236055.

Rathnure panto society

Rathnure Pantomime Society will present its latest production in the village hall next month.

The society is renowned for the quality and originality of its shows and this promises to be one of the best yet.

'Broomstick', a Christmas panto, will be staged on December 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 27, 28, and 29.

The show will get underway at 7.45 p.m. each night and there will also be early evening performances on the Sundays throughout the run.

To book tickets contact 087-0687801, 087-6954112 or make contact through messenger on the society's Facebook page.

Shoebox appeal

The annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal has begun and they are very grateful to Celtic Linen Ltd in Wexford for giving the use of their premises as a checking centre.

Any volunteers who can lend a hand helping with checking shoe-boxes are welcome.

Donations of small toys, toothpastes, school supplies etc are greatly appreciated.

For more information on how to help contact Wexford Coordinator Lorna Burt on 0851367341.

Enniscorthy Guardian