Sunday 24 March 2019

Enniscorthy and district community noticeboard

Johnny McEvoy: One of Ireland's foremost songwriters and veteran entertainers will make a welcome return to Wexford on February 27.

Johnny McEvoy will perform at the Riverside Park Hotel for what promises to be a very special show.

Highly regarded as one of Ireland's most loved and respected entertainers he has received massive critical acclaim throughout a career spanning back to the 1960s.

With carefully crafted songs and excellent musicianship his shows are heart-warming events that always leave the audience thoroughly entertained.

Tickets for the forthcoming show are now available directly from the hotel at 053 -9237800.


The destination for this year's St Aidan's Parish Pilgrimage has been decided as Medjugorje.

The trip will also include a one-day stop over at the beautiful and historic Dubrovnik.

The proposed dates for the pilgrimage are Monday, September 30 to Saturday, October 5.

These dates are only approximate at the moment and the cost of the trip will be announced at a later date.

Bookings are now open at O'Leary Travel, Main Street, Enniscorthy, at 053 9233178 or call into the office.

Sister Act

Enniscorthy Musical Society has confirmed that it will be staging the cult classic, 'Sister Act', at Coláiste Bríde from April 22 to April 27.

Rehearsals are now under way for what looks set to be a fantastic magical production.

Early bird tickets, priced €12, are now available to buy from

The society is renowned for the quality of its productions and the forthcoming show looks set to enhance that reputation even further.

Anyone interested in finding out more can do so by contacting the society directly.

Whist drive

The next whist drive takes place at St Anthony's Unit at the CWCW on Friday, February 22, getting under way at 8 p.m.

The cost of admission is €5 on the night and tea will be served.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and in particular new players are invited to come along and try it out as something different to do. All support is greatly appreciated.

Parish envelopes

Friends of St Aidan's and parishioners who have not received their parish envelopes for 2019 can do so by calling into the parish office.

Anyone interested in becoming a 'Friend of St Aidan's' and contribute to the parish and priests' envelopes are also invited to call into the parish office.

Recovery College

The Spring 2019 timetable for the Recovery College South East is now available and enrolment forms to participate in a workshop can be had by contacting 086 1746330 or by email to

The workshops are for everyone and are based around mental health awareness and support.

The workshops are free-of-charge and are based around well-being and recovery.

The workshops are co-produced and co-delivered by people who have lived experience in conjunction with professional experts.

The college used an educational approach to develop and enhance people's overall sense of well-being.

Lourdes pilgrimage

This year's Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between May 11 and 16.

The five-night trip will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan along with pilgrimage director Fr Matt Boggan and spiritual director Fr Brian Broaders.

Applications for the invalid section are now available from the parish office and the closing date for submission of completed applications is March 1.

Booking arrangements for able-bodied pilgrims is through direct application to Joe Walsh Pilgrim Tours who can be contacted through 01 2410802.

A booking form can also be obtained from the parish office which can then be posted in.

People who book online through can avail of a €10 discount per person.

Further details can be obtained from Susan O'Mahoney in the tour company of 01-2410802 or from Fr Boggan in Gorey at 053 9421117.

Civil Defence

Wexford Civil Defence is now recruiting new members in the Enniscorthy area.

The organisation is a great way to learn a variety of new skills in addition to being active in community events.

Training sessions will take place in Enniscorthy on Monday nights from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

The training will include first aid, CFR, FAR, EFR, search skills, rescue communications and swift water response.

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact or phone 053-9196265.

Grow meetings

The community support group, Grow, holds regularly weekly sessions in the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy.

The sessions are free, confidential and open to everyone . A significant aspect of the sessions is that no referral or prior booking is required.

The meetings take place on Mondays at 2 p.m.

Volunteers for Hope Centre

The Hope Cancer Support Centre is seeking volunteers to work in their centre on Wafer Street in addition to volunteers for the organisation's Charity Shop on Millpark Road, on Tuesday afternoons.

The organisation provides an invaluable service to the people of Enniscorthy and the wider county.

Anyone who is interested in lending a hand can phone 053-9238555 or email for more information.

Slaney Valley race

The countdown is now on for the Slaney Valley Adventure Race which takes in Bree on February 16.

The race will see competitors battle it out on bikes, in kayaks on the Slaney, and finishing with a nice brisk run around Bree Hill.

There will be some great prizes up for grabs in respect of those who record the quickest times and it looks like it will be a great event.

There is great interest in these types of events which are becoming very popular all around the country.

The cost of entry is €50 with different rates available for teams.

Those intending to participate can register their interest online through the following web address:

All are welcome to take part in this race which attracts people from all walks of life.

School enrolment

Enrolment forms for St Aidan's Primary School junior infants are now available from the office at the school.

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 053 9235809.

Retirement group events

Membership renewals are now due for Enniscorthy Active Retirement Association and new members are always welcome to join.

The group has a number of activities and events planned for the coming year including an eagerly anticipated proposed trip to Salou in Spain, which is scheduled to take place in September.

Names are now being taken and a booking deposit of €150 is required from those interested in going on the trip.

The association is one of the busiest in the county and among the regular, ongoing initiatives member enjoy are: Monday - Line dancing at 11 a.m. at Astro Active Centre; Indoor bowls at 1 p.m. at Astro Active Centre and, weather permitting, pitch and putt at 10 a.m. - and also at the same time on Friday; Tuesday is the monthly bus or walk or lunch; Wednesday - walk at 11 a.m. from Riverside Hotel; a table quiz takes place 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.

Mass times

Mass times in St John's Hospital Chapel in Enniscorthy are celebrated on the following days: Tuesday and Friday - 11.30 a.m.; Thursday - 2 p.m. (in the Oratory at new hospital).

Masses can also be booked, however, this can only be done facilitated by contacting Fr P Sinnott.

Clothes collection

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA club is continuing with its collection of used clothes for recycling.

The collection is being carried out to raise much needed funds for the club and the support of everyone in the community is very much appreciated.

A wide range of items are acceptable including unwanted clothes, paired shoes, hats, scarves, handbags, curtains, clean towels, duvet covers, pillow cases and clean bed linen.

However duvets and cushions are not required at the moment.

All donations can be left into the old GAA complex in Monageer from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

300-1 draw

The results of the 300-1 draw in Monageer for January were composed of: 1st - Martin and Mary Murphy, Killabeg (€150); 2nd - Susan and John Doyle, Oulart (€40); 3rd - Claire Doyle, Killabeg (€30) and 4th - Shane Furlong, Clondaw (€20).

Walking club events

The upcoming events for Tinahely Walking Club will take place over the coming weeks.

Walks will be held on the following dates: February 17 - at Ballymanus (level B). This will be a 10km walk and will take approximately three hours to complete.

The participants will meet in Tinahely at 10 a.m.

Anyone intending to participate is reminded to wear appropriate clothing and footwear including rain gear and they will also need to have adequate food and drink.

Access at St Aidan's

Drivers are asked to refrain from parking at any time in the church gateway at St Aidan's Cathedral as emergency and delivery access is always required.

The parish office opening hours are: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and on Saturdays from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Enniscorthy Guardian