Tuesday 15 October 2019

Enniscorthy and district community noticeboard

Enrolments: Enrolment forms for junior infants and upwards for the 2019/20 school year are now available from St Mary's NS in Parnell Avenue.

To talk to the school about how to enrol contact the school secretary at 053 9235728 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until 1 p.m. or email

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.

Sister Act

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

Rehearsals are now well 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 about tickets or more about the society can do so by contacting the organisation directly.

Mental health workshops

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 sessions 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 of mental health conditions in conjunction with professional experts.

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

Lourdes pilgrimage

This year's Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Fatima will take place between October 9 and 16.

The five-night trip will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan and the cost will be €782, inclusive of travel insurance and full board.

However, places are limited. For more details contact O'Leary Travel, three Main Street, Enniscorthy, at 053 9233178 or through:

Whist drive

The next whist drive takes place at St Anthony's Unit at the CWCW on Friday, March 8, and Friday, March 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.

Retirement group

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.

Ferns pilgrimage

The Ferns Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 11 to May 16.

It will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan and the pilgrimage director will be Fr Matt Boggan.

The spiritual director will be Fr Brian Broaders.

Applications for the invalid section are now available from the parish office and by contacting Áine Roche at 087 9767623.

The 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.

The office of the tour company can be contacted through 01 2410802.

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

Booking is also available online through and people who use that means to secure their place can avail of a €10 discount per person.

Further details can be obtained from Susan O'Mahoney in the tour company at 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 and outings.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

The proposed dates for the pilgrimage are from September 29, to October 4.

The cost of the trip will be €625, inclusive of half-board and travel insurance.

The Spiritual Director of the pilgrimage will be Fr Billy Swan and it will be led by Patricia McNally.

Bookings are advisable as there is limited availability.

It promises to be a very enjoyable pilgrimage and bookings are now open at O'Leary Travel, Main Street, Enniscorthy, at 053 9233178 or through the office.

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 always leave the audiences entertained.

His style crosses musical boundaries and he has a fan base that encompasses people who are interested in a wide range of genres from country to folk.

Tickets for the show are available from the hotel at 053 9237800.

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.

Silver circle

The first draw in the St Aidan's Parish silver circle will take place on March 10 after 11 a.m. Mass.

There are six weekly draws for €10.

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.

The 4 of Us

One of the most popular names in Irish rock music will be making a welcome return to Enniscorthy next month.

The 4 of Us will bring their acoustic show to the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy on Saturday, March 9.

The Newry band have been at the forefront of the Irish music scene for almost three decades and in that time have written some of the most iconic songs the country has produced with the celebrated 'Oh Mary' being, perhaps, the pinnacle.

Tickets for the show, priced €20, are now available from the venue on 053-9233000.

Enniscorthy Guardian