Sunday 22 September 2019

Enniscorthy and district noticeboard

Blues festival: This year's Blackstairs Blues Festival will be officially launched in Holohan's Pub in Enniscorthy at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.

Entertainment at the launch will be provided by the BC Blues Band, which is an Enniscorthy based outfit.

Everyone is invited to attend the launch at which full details of this year's festival will be announced.

Who owns jewellery?

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

Mass times

New mass times will be introduced in St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy at the end of this month.

The new timetable will become effective from the weekend 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.

Horseshoe competition

The All-Ireland horseshoe competition will take place at Bridge Meadow, Bunclody from August 23 to 25.

The event is being hosted by the Woodsmen Horseshoe Club whose members will be hoping to secure the all-Ireland title for the 10th time.

Details of times will be published in next week's edition of this newspaper.

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.

Bree barn dance

A barn dance will take place in Byrne's of Bree grain store 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, 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.

Open day in Monksgrange

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 closing date

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

There are a number of different categories in the competition, including categories for 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 are now available from the County Council offices in Market Square, Enniscorthy.

Full Irish show

A full Irish show, in association with Celtic Roots, will continue in Bree hall on Tuesday nights for the remainder of this month.

Tea and scones will be served at 8.30 p.m. and the night's entertainment will take place at 9 p.m.

It will feature music, song, dance and storytelling.

Admission to the event is €10 for adults, with concessions for children and groups.

For bookings, contact 087 7535354.


This newspaper offers tribute pieces for bereaved family members and friends within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests, shaped entirely by your direction.

Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or something you would like to do to honour the memory of your loved one who has recently passed away.

Fingerstyle guitar duo

Two of the world 's foremost fingerstyle guitarists will be arriving in Enniscorthy on Saturday, August 31, for a performance in the Presentation Centre.

Eoin Coogan and Giovanni Agostini will perform an eclectic mix of jazz-influenced pieces.

From Venezuela, Agostini is a guitarist and composer with Italian roots.

He began studying guitar at the age of 14 and while mainly self-taught he also took lessons for two years.

He moved on to electric guitar and then studied classical and in 2012 came to Dublin to complete his musical studies in jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre.

Coogan, who is from Carlow, is best described as a composer and orchestrator of sound.

Tickets for the show are priced €15, and more information can be had from the Presentation Centre on 053 9233000.

Annual pilgrimage

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 along with three nights in Dubrovnik. It promises to be a very enjoyable pilgrimage and there is a lot of interest in it from within the diocese.

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

To book a place on the pilgrimage contact O'Leary Travel, Scott's Travel and, 3 Main Street, Enniscorthy on 053 923317.


The local branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is looking for a couch in good condition.

Phone 083 9233746 or 087 1413153.

Volleyball on Fridays

Friday evenings will see volleyball activities taking place in Galbally.

The games will be held in the village hall between 8.30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Those who are new to the game or just interested in finding out more about it are encouraged to attend the weekly sessions.

For more information, contact Gerry on 089 4052973.

Retirement Association

Enniscorthy Retirement Association is about to resume its activities following the summer break.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 3, in the Riverside Park Hotel.

A number of events are also planned for the coming weeks and months including a trip to Salou, Spain, from September 11 to 17; Monthly bus/walk on Tuesday, September 24, and a short break in Kelly's Rosslare with details to be revealed soon.

Among the ongoing activities set to resume, involving association members, are: Monday and Friday - Pitch & Putt 10.30 a.m.; Line Dancing at 11 a.m.; Bowls at 1 p.m. (both at Astro Turf); Wednesdays - . riverside walk at 11 a.m. from the Riverside Park Hotel; Thursdays - Ramblers Walk meeting up at Lidl car park at 9.30 a.m.; Scrabble at 10.30 a.m. and crafts at 2 p.m. (both as the Astro Turf).

The monthly table quiz and bingo will resume in October, with the first events taking place on October 2 and 3, respectively.

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, from 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.

Studio engineer

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.

Coaches wanted

Local soccer club Shamrock Rovers AFC is currently looking for managers for its three adult teams.

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

Alternatively, interested parties can also make contact with John Paul by email through

St Vincent De Paul

The local branch of St Vincent de Paul is appealing for a single bed (without a mattress).

The bed needs to be in good condition. Anyone who can assist the organisation with its request is asked to contact 053 9233746 or 087 1413153.

Our Lady's Island

The parish pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island will take place on Friday, August 23.

A bus will leave the Presentation Centre at 5.30 p.m. sharp.

The cost of participating in the pilgrimage will be €10 and to book a seat contact the parish office on 053 9235777.

Pioneer prayer event

The annual Pioneer prayer gathering at Our Lady's Island for 2019 will take place on Monday, September 2.

The gathering will begin at 7.15 p.m. with a procession around the island, followed by mass at 8 p.m.

All parishioners are invited to attend the event.

Asperger support

A support group for people affected by Asperger's and their families is being set up for County Wexford with support from Aspire Ireland volunteers.

The aim is to run monthly meetings to support people affected by the condition.

For more information, and to arrange a first committee meeting, contact 086 71127804.

Enniscorthy Guardian