Sunday 22 September 2019

Enniscorthy and district notes

Brendan Keane

A barn dance will take place in Byrne's of Bree grainstore on Saturday, August 24, at 8 p.m.

The event is being organised in conjunction with Bree Development Group and will feature the Kilkenny's as the main headline act. Music will also be provided by local singer songwriter, Colleen Coughlan, who is one of Wexford's foremost up-and-coming music acts.

The musicians will also be followed by a DJ until late. Tickets for the dance are available from and taxis will be available all night long.

All money raised will go towards loan repayments for the Bree Walking Trails, Bree Hub and the children's playground.

Vintage club AGM

Bree Vintage Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Friday, August 9, at 8.30 p.m.

The meeting will take place in Garry Byrne's lounge and it comes in the wake of the very successful recent vintage tractor run.

All members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Vintage rally

A major vintage rally and road run will take place in Caim on Sunday, September 8, at 1 p.m.

The event is being organised to raise money for Wexford Hospice Homecare, Caim senior citizen's outing and Caim Vintage Club.

The organisers are encouraging people to donate any bric-a-brac items to any committee member.

There are also some spaces still available on the day for an auto-jumble. Names are also being taken for the local vintage club's annual outing to Moynalty Vintage Day through 087 6341532.

Fundraising walk

Duffry Rovers GAA club will be holding a 20km mountain walk on the morning of Saturday, August 10.

Teams for the event will be composed of five members and will include males and females.

The walk will begin in Drummond, Co Carlow, and will end in Kiltealy village.

Participants must be over 18 years-of-age and be of moderate fitness.

Fun in the sun sports camp

A fun-in-the-sun sports camp will take place in Enniscorthy Sports Hub, Marconi Park, today, Tuesday, August 6 at 11 a.m.

The camp will be open to children aged between 7 and 14 and it promises to be a fun-filled day with lots of different activities taking place.

The aim of the summer camp is to give young people the opportunity to try out multiple different sports which include soccer, rugby, GAA, cricket, tennis and a climbing wall.

The organisers are encouraging children from all around the town and district to participate.

The camp is open to people of all abilities and the main focus of attention will be having fun.

If your child has any additional needs or special requirements please get in contact with Triona at


There are still some places left on the Faith, Friendship and Fun pilgrimage which will take place from the diocese in October.

The pilgrimage will be led by Fr Michael Doyle who is chaplain at Wexford General Hospital.

The pilgrimage will take place from October 4 to 11 and will take in four nights in Medjugorje and three nights in Dubrovnik.

The cost of the trip will be €779 per person.

For more information on the trip, or to book a place, contact O'Leary Travel, Scott's Travel and, 3 Main Street, Enniscorthy, on 053 923317.

Monksgrange open day

Monksgrange House in Rathnure will provide the venue for a very special event on Saturday August 24 at 10 a.m.

A symposium will take place to celebrate the 250 years since Goddard Richards completed building Monksgrange in 1769.

Tickets for the event are priced €65 and included in the admission price will be light lunch and lecture presentations by a number of special guest speakers including: Prof Seán Duffy - medieval historian; Dr Edward McParland - architectural historian; Susan Corr - paper conservation and restoration; Robert O'Byrne; Anthony Hobbs - photography consultant, and Jeremy Hill - 8th generation occupier of Monksgrange.

The event will also provide the background for the launch, by Prof Roy Foster, of Dr Philip Bull's book, 'Monksgrange: Portrait of an Irish house and family, 1769-1969', published by Four Courts Press.

Tidy Towns

The annual tidy towns competition will be held again this year and the Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Association is encouraging local people to get involved.

The categories are gardens, shop fronts, window boxes and hanging baskets, public buildings, most improved premises, industrial premises, tidiest street and housing estate.

The closing date is Friday, August 23.

Entry forms available from the County Council Offices in Market Square.

Engineer wanted

The Christian Media Trust is looking for a part-time studio engineer.

Interested parties must have knowledge of modern sound equipment, including Adobe audition.

Contact Maria on 087 9984736.

Couches for charity

The local branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul are currently looking for a couch that's in good condition.

The society is specifically looking for a type of couch that converts to a bed.

Anyone wishing to help is asked to contact 083 9233746 or 087 1413153.

5 Day kids club

A five day club will take place in Bunclody Soccer Club throughout this week.

The event will begin on Monday, August 5, and will continue until Friday, August 9.

The club will begin at 2.30 p.m. each day and will be two hours in duration.

The initiative, which is being organised by the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF ) will include a range of activities including bible lessons, songs, games, a quiz and other fun activities.

For more information contact Johanna on 086 1621546.

Jewellery found

A woman from Enniscorthy is searching for the owner of a piece of jewellery that she found in the Riverside Park Hotel.

The piece was found just a couple of days before St Patrick's Day.

It was bought in a shop in Dublin, which is now closed, and the woman who found it is anxious to get it back to its owner as she feels it might be of huge sentimental value.

Anyone who is missing a piece of jewellery, or who knows someone to whom it might belong, is asked to contact this newspaper through

Parking at the church

Parishioners are reminded that there is no parking in the cathedral gateway at any time 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 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. , and on Saturdays from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Full Irish in the hall

A full Irish show, in conjunction with Celtic Roots, will take place in Bree Hall on Tuesday nights throughout August.

Tea and scones will be served at 8.30 a.m. and the entertainment will begin at 9 p.m.

The nights will feature music, song, dance and storytelling.

Admission will be €10, for adults, with concessions for children and groups.

For bookings contact 087 7535354.

Parish outing

The annual Caim parish outing will take place on Wednesday, August 14.

The trip will go from the village to the National Heritage Park and on to Johnstown Castle before stopping off at Whitford House for dinner.

For more details or to book a place contact Thomas Kavanagh on 087 1314299.

Storytelling session

The next storytelling session in Castledockrell will take place in the village hall on Thursday, August 15, at 8 p.m.

The organisers have promised that a good night's entertainment will occur and they are encouraging everyone in the community to go along and give their support to the event which helps bring the community together in a relaxed and informal setting.

Refreshments will be served and a raffle will also take place on the night.

Coaches needed

Shamrock Rovers AFC is currently looking for managers for its three adults teams.

The club is one of the most well-known in the district and anyone interested in getting involved is asked to contact the club secretary, John Paul O'Connor, on 087 7628964.

Alternatively, John Paul can also be contacted by email through johnnyoconnor81@

New mass times

New mass times will be introduced in St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy, later this year . The new time table will become effective from the week- end of Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1.

That weekend, masses will begin with Saturday vigil at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon.

St Senan's Church will have Saturday vigil at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Social dancing

Social dancing has become very popular throughout rural parts of County Wexford over the last couple of years and the next event of that type taking place in Marshalstown hall will be held on Friday, August 16.

The doors will open at 9.30 p.m. and dancing will start at 10 p.m. and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.

Admission on the night will be €8 and that will include tea or coffee.

Enniscorthy Guardian