Tuesday 21 May 2019

Enniscorthy and district noticeboard

Brendan Keane

Whist drive: The next whist drive in Enniscorthy will take place on Friday, May 10, in St Anthony's Unit at the CWCW.

It will be the only session taking place in May, however, a special whist drive event it planned for June 9.

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

Charity coffee morning

A charity coffee morning will take place in the IFA centre in Enniscorthy on Saturday, May 18.

The event will be held from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is being hosted by the family of Darragh O'Loughlin.

It's being organised to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (Ireland) and also CMRF (Children's Medical and Research Foundation) Crumlin.

Both the CMRF and RMH charities do a lot of very important work in the area of health and well-being.

They focus particular attention on the needs of young people.

Due to the worthy nature of the event and done organisations for people all over the country everyone in the community is being encouraged to attend.


The Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between May 11 and 16.

The cost of the five-night pilgrimage will be €749.

Among the highlights will be Mass at the grotto, anointing of the sick, a torchlight procession and also a Blessed sacrament procession.

For more information or to book a place go to

Further information can also be accessed through Susan O'Mahony at 01 2410802 or Fr Matthew Boggan at 053 9421117.

The pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago will take place from August 17 to August 24.

The cost will be €599 inclusive of flights, accommodation and insurance.

However, places are limited and early booking is advisable.

The pilgrimage director will be Fr Roger O'Neill and the chaplain will be Fr James Cul - len.

To book a place on the pilgrimage contact O'Leary Travel Ltd in Enniscorthy at 053 9233178.

A pilgrimage to Fatima will take place from October 9 to October 16 which will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan.

The cost of that will be €785 per person sharing.

Active retired

Enniscorthy Active Retirement Association has a number of different activities planned in the coming weeks that will keep the members very busy.

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

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

Thursdays - Ramblers walk, meeting at 9.30 a.m. at Lidl car park and scrabble at 10.30 a.m. at the astroturf.

Crafts will also take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the astroturf.

Members are also asked to note that memberships close at the end of the month.

Parish golf classic

St Aidan's cathedral parish golf classic will take place at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Friday, May 24.

The cost of entry will be €140 per team-of-four and there will be prizes for GUI and.

ILGU members and non-members.

To book a place at the event contact the parish office at 053 9235777.

Anyone interested in entering a team is asked to contact the parish office on the aforementioned number to find out about time allocations and tee slots.

In addition to being a great fundraising event the golf classic will also give people an opportunity to get out and exercise in some fresh air with family, friends and fellow golf enthusiasts.

St Aidan's parish retreat

St Aidan's Parish Retreat will take place on Thursday morning, May 9.

The parish's pastoral council is organising the retreat which will begin with 10 a.m. Mass and continue in the Manse till 1 p.m.

The retreat will be led by Sr Mary Rowsome, who is St John of God sister from Ballyvalloo retreat and conference centre, Blackwater.

It will be an ideal opportunity to 'take time out' after Easter.

It promises to be a great event and will provide an ideal opportunity for people to reflect and prioritise the positive aspects of their lives.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate on the retreat.

Open day

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

With the weather expected to take a turn for the better over the coming weeks it promises to be a great fun day out for all the family.

CD for Hope

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.

Gardening talk in library

Enniscorthy library will play host to a talk this month focusing attention how to prepare for summer gardening.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker, a qualified horticulturist, from Kilcannon Garden Centre.

Booking for the event is essential and admission is free-of-charge.

To book a place contact the library directly at 053 9236055.

Disability talk

Oylegate Community Centre will provide the venue for a disability talk on Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m.

The 'Lets Talk About Disability' seminar will feature guest speakers and is the first public meeting of a new group set up by the County Wexford Public Participation Network.

The group will focus specific attention on all aspects of disability and one of the organisers of the forthcoming meeting commented: 'Through our reps Wexford PPN will be able to feed a 'voice for disability' into key decision making bodies around the county'.

The meeting is expected to last for around two hours and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend especially those with an interest in the area of disability.

One of the guest speakers will be former TD, Seán Connick, who will give a personal perspective while the roll of the access office will be outlined by the local authority's access officer, Caroline Horan.

Hook of Faith

The latest Hook of Faith interview, which is available online at, features Steve Warner.

Mr Warner is the former director of the famous folk choir at the university of Notre Dame in the USA.

Mr Warner is highly respected and is very well known here in Ireland as well as in America.

He is now based at the Faith and Reason centre in University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin.

The website also features the sixth video meditation on Jesus' seven last words with his cry of 'it is finished' from the cross.

Visitation of the sick

Fr Odhrán Furlong will be carrying out visitations of the sick and those who are housebound this week.

He will make his visits on Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8.

Fr Billy Swan made visits last week.

Medjugorje conference

The Medjugorje conference and day of prayer will take place on Saturday, August 31.

It will feature Sr Briege McKenna and will take place at Neptune Stadium, Cork.

Tickets to attend the event are priced €20 and are available from

For those interested in attending a discount code 'EARLYBIRD' can be entered to receive a discount price of €15.

That offer is only available till May 31.

All tickets will be entered for a free pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Cork or Dublin.

For more information or to book tickets contact Seán O'Shaughnessy at 086 2959380.

Booking fees will apply.

Athenaeum book launch

A book launch will take place in the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

'Sagairt Chróga Fhearna' will be launched his historian, Brian Ó Cléirigh.

The book was written by Séamas s de Vál and is a short account of four priests from the diocese of Ferns, who played an important role in certain events in the history of the country.
The book launch is being organised in conjunction with Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta.

There will also be music entertainment provided on the day by John Furlong, Mattie Murphy and friends.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event especially those with a keen interest in the history of the town and its people.

Computer courses

Age Action is running free computer classes for beginners in Enniscorthy library.

The classes are aimed at those over 55 years-of-age and are carried out in a relaxed, informal setting.

The organisers of the classes are also asking for volunteer tutors to help with the classes.

Full training will be provided to those interested in helping out in a tutorial capacity.

For more information contact 01 4756989 or email

Caregivers required

Experiences caregivers are urgently required by Home Instead Senior Care Wexford.

The organisation, which provides an important services across county Wexford, is seeking kind, caring and considerate caregivers throughout the county.

The organisation is seeking people with a QQI Level 5 qualification to help care for elderly people and people with disabilities in their own homes and in doing so help them retain their independence.

There is competitive pay and conditions and the company is well respected in the county.

For more information contact Maureen at 053 9184042 or go to

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