Monday 21 October 2019

Enniscorthy and district community noticeboard

Brendan Keane

School collection: The Parents' Association in Marshalstown National School will be holding a clothes collection on Wednesday. April 10, at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the school. Those interested in supporting the collection are asked to note that pillows, duvets or towels are not acceptable.

Open day

An open day will take place at Artramon House and gardens on Sunday, May 19.

More details will be published in the Enniscorthy Guardian over the coming weeks.

Whist drive

The next regular Whist Drive takes place in St Anthony's Unit at the CWCW on Friday, April 26. However, there will be a special fundraising whist drive held on Sunday, April 14, at 2.30 p.m. sharp.

The event will be held in Salt 'n' Pepper Restaurant, at Enniscorthy Community Workshop and is being organised to raise money for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust which brings young people with disabilities to Lourdes each year.

The cost of admission will be €5, inclusive of tea, and there will be a €50 prize for the top score.

There will also be numerous other raffle prizes.

Good Friday quiz

The annual Good Friday table quiz will take place in the John Kelly Memorial Hall, Rathnure, on 7.30 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

The competition will be open to tables of four and the organisers say it's open to all ages.

Youth Club

Ballymurn Youth Club holds weekly meetings on Friday nights in the local community hall.

The meetings take place at 10 p.m. and young people throughout the community are invited to attend

Car boot sale

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club will be hosting an indoor and outdoor market, and car boot sale on Sunday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost of participating in the event will be €15 per stall or pitch.

For enquiries about the event contact Dawn at 087 8306206.


Enrolments in Ferns National School are now being taken.

Parents or guardians who wish to enrol children into the junior infants class in the school this coming September are asked to call into the school office to collect an enrolment pack as soon as possible.

The school office can be contacted directly on 053-9366205.

Walking track

The top walking track in Oylegate will be fully lit every Monday, Wednesday and Fri-day evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

The facility is open to anyone interested in adopting a healthier, more positive lifestyle this year.

However, due to health and safety regulations reasons it will only be guide dogs that will be allowed onto the facility with their owners.

Hall meeting

The Ballindaggin Hall committee will hold a general meeting in the hall on Tuesday, April 9, at 8.30 p.m.

The meeting will be open to everyone in the locality and a number of important items will be discussed including plans for urgently needed repairs to the hall.

Mental health

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 based around mental health awareness and support and are a great resource within the community.

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

Active retirement

Enniscorthy Active Retirement Association will have a busy time ahead as the members will be participating in a number of different trips and events.

The schedule of events includes: Theatre trip to Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, to see 'Light a Penny Candle' on Wednesday, April 24; Spring break to Westport for five nights from Sunday, April 28, to Friday, May 3.

The proposed date for the day outing is June 5 and details of that will be relayed at the meeting to members.

Ongoing activities in the association include: Mondays - Line Dancing 11 a.m. and bowls at 1 p.m. at the astro turf; Pitch-and-putt at 10.30 a.m., Monday and Friday at St Patrick's Park (weather permitting); Tuesdays - the monthly Bus/Walk outings will recommence and details will be available at the forthcoming meeting; Wednesdays - Riverside walk at 11 a.m. (meeting at the hotel).

There will be a quiz on Wednesday, April 10, and bingo go on Wednesday, April 17.

Both events will take place in the Loreto village at 2.30 p.m.; Thursdays - Ramblers walk meeting at 9.30 a.m. at Lidl car park and scrabble at 10.30 a.m. at the astro turf. Crafts will also take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the astro turf.

Memberships close at the end of April.

Playground support

Phase two of the Bree playground has been approved and is due to be completed by the end of this month.

However, as with many community projects the support of the general public will be much appreciated and all support is needed with regard to sharing the responsibility of monitoring and paying for the playground. Donations to the project will be gratefully accepted through the instagtram or Facebook app in addition to donated support to the project through the page.

Once completed the playground will provide a much valued amenity to the local community.

CD for Hope centre

A local singer has produced a CD in aid of the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy.

Peter Hughes, from Galbally, produced the five-track EP specifically to raise money for the centre which provides a very valuable service to people all over the county and the south east.

The CD, which includes the single 'Keep On The Sunny Side' , is now available through local outlets and also through the Cancer Support Shop on Mill Park Road.

The cost of the EP is €10 and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Bingo fundraiser

A fundraising bingo night will be held in the Ballagh Community Centre on Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

The session is being organised to raise money for the upkeep and maintenance of the hall.

Retirement group events

The Ballagh Active Retirement Group has scheduled a calendar of events for the coming year with a number of different activities and outings planned.

A mid-week getaway to Racket Hall County House Hotel, in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, will take place from June 17 to 20.

The cost of participating on the trip, which could be a highlight of the year, will be €235 inclusive of three nights dinner and bed-and-breakfast with return coach to and from the Ballagh.

There will also be two-day coach tours taking place to places of interest in the locality while in the area, along with evening entertainment.

The trip will be open to members and non-members of the group and anyone interested in booking a place is asked to contact Mary Fortune on 087-7987766.

Super Captain Splash show

The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy will play host to the Captain Splash Pirate Magic show on Saturday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The children in attendance will be asked to help with magic and juggling tricks and they will also have a laugh as they meet Captain Splash 's friends, Squidly, Sam the Clam and his pet parrot, Squawk.

The audience will see Captain Splash navigate the Bermuda Triangle of Terror and also show off his sword skills.

This is an ideal show to entertain all young children.

Tickets for the show, priced €7.50, are now available from 053 9233000.

Chat and a cuppa

The first Tuesday of each month will see a coffee and chat initiative taking place as part of Wexford County Council's Cultural Companions initiative.

The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to attend arts and cultural events throughout the county and is run by a voluntary committee.

The initiative was launched early last year through Age Action coordinator Ann Marie Laffan who told this newspaper that for many older people isolation or fear of being alone going to an event were among the reasons that they don't attend things they have an interest in.

However, the aim of Cultural Companions is to combat that and enable people to meet up with like-minded individuals so they don't just get to experience concerts and exhibitions they are interested in but also get a new circle of friends.

As part of that overall scheme the coffee and chat events will take place on the first Tuesday of each month and people will be encouraged to drop in and meet other people in similar situations to themselves.

CPR training

A free health and wellbeing event will take place in the Farm Centre, Enniscorthy, on Wednesday, April 17.

The event, which is open to everyone in the community will be free of charge and will include 45 minute CPR training sessions (11 a.m.; 3 p.m.; and 7.30 p.m.); blood pressure check (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); consultation with heart specialist nurse (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and diabetes test (12 noon; 2 p.m.; 4 p.m.; and 6.30 p.m.).

The event is being organised in conjunction with the IFA Farm Family and the Irish Heart Foundation.

Contact Alice Doyle (086 8295172) or the IFA office on 053 9233090 for more information or to book a place.

Those interested in attending should note that places are open to everyone in the community, however, they are limited and early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning for Cystic Fibrosis will take place in the Athenaeum in Enniscorthy on April 26. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enniscorthy Guardian