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Monday 10 December 2018

Around the districts: Askamore, Ballyduff, Carnew and Ferns

John and Joan Duignan enjoying a night out at the One Act Drama Festival in Gorey Little Theatre
John and Joan Duignan enjoying a night out at the One Act Drama Festival in Gorey Little Theatre

Askamore - Ballyellis NS: Enda Morris, Principal of Ballyellis National School, Askamore was taken by surprise on Wednesday morning last when Alan Corcoran, South East Radio, awarded him Outstanding Achievement for the Month for November on behalf of the school.

He was nominated for this award by Mick and Mairéad Kinsella, Pat and Ann Butler and James and Margaret Tomkins for his quick thinking and caring response after an unfortunate accident near the school involving their children, Aoife, Kate and Karen, past pupils of the school.

It is a great testament to the school's caring ethos, that the former students and parents felt able to seek help from the local school. It was because of Mr. Morris and his staff's prompt and appropriate response to the incident that they were nominated for this well deserved reward. Well done and Congratulations to Mr Enda Morris and all the staff in Ballyellis.

The Friday, November 23, winner of split-the-pot is Paula Buttle, Donishall - winning €165. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Masses in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Vintage Club AGM

Askamore Vintage Club AGM will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 8.30 p.m. New members are very welcome. Contact Donal at 087 6848004.

Artist Exhibition

The art exhibition was opened by local councilor Robbie Ireton on Thursday evening and was a tremendous success. This art exhibition by local artist will run from Friday the 23rd - Sunday, November 25, in Askamore Community Centre. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. This exciting exhibition will display works by 14 local artists in a variety of mediums. Admission is free and there will be a donation box for anyone who would like to contribute to the National Disabled Artists fund. Some of the exhibits will be for sale This is an event not to be missed.

GAA lotto winner

Congratulations to Mick Dee, who won the latest jackpot of €5,400. The winning numbers were 1, 4, 6 and 14. Mick puts in tremendous work with the underage kids and not many deserve it more. From the same draw, the lucky-dip winners were Eoghan Mulholland, Sandra Hayden, Ailish Little, and Patrick Kinsella. Ciaran Kenny won the Sellers' Prize.

The next draw is on Tuesday, December 4, in Gahan's Village Inn, Clohamon and the jackpot is now €3,000. €2 tickets are available from players and members.

Carnew Musical Society

Carnew Musical Society's 52nd production 'My Fair Lady' based on Pygmalion by George B Shaw, book and lyrics - Lerner and Loewe opened last night in St Brigid's Hall, Carnew and will run nightly till Saturday, December 1. Booking is open daily between 11 a.m. and midday and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily. Admission: Floor: €15, Balcony €16 - Booking Number 087 6985275.

Kilrush camogie club

The Kilrush camogie AGM is on Friday, November 30, at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. Senior camogie medal presentation will take place in Coleman's Tombrack Saturday, December 1, at 9 p.m.

Ballyduff

Community First Responders

Ferns CFR will hold their AGM on Wednesday, November 28, in Ferns Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. If you have an interest in finding out about the activities of the group and what they do please come along on the night. Sympathy

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Claire McHugh, Clonee and also Doris McCabe, Clonee Upper, who passed away recently.

Church gate collection

The Wexford Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland wishes to thank everyone who gave so generously to their recent church gate collection in Ferns, Clologue and Ballyduff, amount collected and banked was 590-00, thanks to the collectors for all their time and help. All the money collected will stay in the branch to be used to benefit all the children and adults in the branch.

Heritage Archive Group

Ferns Heritage Archive Group will host an evening with Archaeologist John Tierney, who will give a talk entitled 'Comparing Clone - the Character, Heritage and community of Clone Historic Graveyard within the Historic Graves Project', an interesting talk focusing on Clone graveyard. Venue is Ferns National school on Friday, November 30, at 7.30 p.m. Entry is €5 on the night

Ladies' Club

The ladies' club meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Meeting in Clonee GAA Complex from 8 p.m. each month they try new things, listen to someone speaking about items of interest or giving demonstrations, try an activity, make something new, go on outings or just come along for refreshments and a chat. New members are most welcome.

Development Group

Work continues in Ballyduff; all help and support is appreciated and we're always delighted to see new faces. Follow Ballyduff Development Group Facebook page for info on what's happening or if you want to share ideas.

House of Stories

Storyhouse continues at Ár mBréacha House of stories, Raheen on the first Tuesday of each month from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Next Storyhouse is on Tuesday, December 4. Phone 087 2119151. Email storyhouse1@gmail.com.

Local Notes

If you have anything you would like included in your local notes please contact 087 8274447 before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Carnew

Tomacork Cabaret

The committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported and attended the annual Cabaret on Friday, November 16, to John Flood for the music and the golf club for the use of the venue.

Birth

Congratulations to Eugene and Coleen Clune on the birth of their son recently.

Sympathy

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of John Byrne, Emmet Place, Carnew, who died on Monday following an accident, his remains were removed to Carnew on Thursday for 2 p.m. Mass, followed by burial in Tomacork cemetry.

To the family and relatives of Sarah Stacey, Ballyshancarragh, Kildavin and formely of Deerpark, who died during the week and was buried on Friday following 2 p.m. service.

To the family and relatives of Cathrine (Kitty) Murphy, née Kavanagh, Kiltilahane, who died on Wednesday, her remains were removed to Askamore on Saturday for 11 a.m. Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard.

Split the pot

The winner of Scoil Aodan Naofa, Carnew split-the-pot of November 16 was Adam Kavanagh winning €238, tickets on sale from the school or local shops.

Get well

Get well wishes go to Willie Walsh, Donishal. Paul Little, Donishal. Nellie Lennon, Hillbrook.

Heritage Club presentation

Carnew Heritage club held their presentation night on Friday, November 9, at 8.30 p.m. in Kenny's Pint Depot, proceeds from the annual Road run, the Garden County Country Fest and the working day were presented to Sister Josephine from Carnew Community Care receiving €750, Tony Buttle and Linda Dunne from South East Cancer Trust received €4,500. Margaret Cooper and Betty Finn for Talk to Tom received €4,500 and Mary O'Rourke and Clare Doyle from friends of Local People with MS received €4,500. Carnew GAA Club benefit from the proceeds of the Saturday night and the Heritage club from the working day.

The group has raised over €100,000 for local charities since it first began in 2005. A sincere thank you to everyone involved on a very successful weekend, especially the land owners, sponsors, exhibitors and many volunteers who helped make everything possible on the day.

Colaiste Bhride Strictly

Well done to all who took part in the Strictly Come Dancing last week in Gorey, good luck to all in the final on Sunday, December 2, in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey against Creagh College, tickets available from the schools or the dancers. In the final are Molly Rose McDermot and Killian McDonald, Laura Doran and Conor Hughes, Ciaran O'Keeffe and Kate McConnell. Kevin Morris and Áine Teeran, Aidan Douglas and Michaela Smyth.

Bingo

The next bingo is on Sunday, December 2, and 16 at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew, all welcome.

Tinahely walking club

Details of Tinahely Walking Club Sunday walks for the next two weeks - December 2: Glen of Imaal, B, 13km, four hours. Meeting Tinahely 10.00, Fenton's Pub at 10.30 a.m. December 9: Askamore, B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meeting Askamore Church 10.30 a.m. As usual, please ensure to wear proper walking boots, to bring adequate food and drink and to pack (or wear) rain gear.

Show Society AGM

Carnew and District Agricultural Show Society will hold their annual general meeting on Monday, December 3, at 8.30 p.m. in Kenny's Lounge, Corner House, Carnew.

Ballyellis NS

Enda Morris, Principal of Ballyellis National School, Askamore was taken by surprise on Wednesday morning last when Alan Corcoran, South East Radio, awarded him Outstanding achievement for the Month for November on behalf of the school. He was nominated for this award by Mick and Mairéad Kinsella, Pat and Ann Butler and James and Margaret Tomkins for his quick thinking and caring response after an unfortunate accident near the school involving their children, Aoife, Kate and Karen, past pupils of the school.

It is a great testament to the school's caring ethos, that the former students and parents felt able to seek help from the local school. It was because of Mr. Morris and his staff's prompt and appropriate response to the incident that they were nominated for this well deserved reward. Well done and Congratulations to Mr Enda Morris and all the staff in Ballyellis.

The Friday, November 23 winner of Ballyellis NS split-the-pot was Paula Buttle, Donishall - winning €165. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Masses in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Ferns

SVP Christmas assistance

Due to new data protection regulations introduced in May 2018, the Ferns branch of St Vincent de Paul are appealing to those who receive fuel assistance annually at Christmas, to contact us at 086 7219303 if in need of fuel assistance for Christmas 2018.

Mass of Remembrance

Tombrack's annual Mass of remembrance will be held in St Kevin's Hall, Tombrack on Thursday, November 29, at 7.30 p.m.

Community First Responders

Ferns CFR will hold their AGM on Wednesday, November 28, in Ferns Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. If you have an interest in finding out about the activities of the group and what they do please come along on the night.

Heritage archive group

Ferns Heritage Archive Group will host an evening with Archaeologist John Tierney, who will give a talk entitled 'Comparing Clone - the Character, Heritage and community of Clone Historic Graveyard within the Historic Graves Project', an interesting talk focusing on Clone graveyard. Venue is Ferns National school on Friday, November 30, at 7.30 p.m. Entry is €5 on the night.

Ferns Tidy Towns

ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING - Ferns Tidy Towns annual presentation evening will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 7.30 p.m. in the restaurant of the Courtyard. On the night we will come together as a community to celebrate our success in the Tidy Towns competition and also to acknowledge those that have made a difference in our community.

Thanks to everyone who helped throughout the year, the residents, the businesses, Green Schools Committee, Junior Tidy Towns, local Montessori and playschools, CE Scheme and RSS workers, Wexford CC, Gorey Municipal Council and anyone who helped with painting, sweeping, weeding, watering, picking up litter etc and of course the hard working committee. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

RESIDENTIAL AREA and RESIDENTIAL GARDEN AWARDS - Judging of the Residential Areas Competition has been completed. All housing estates in Ferns with residents' associations were automatically entered. Entrants were encouraged to keep their estates free of litter and have public areas well maintained. Residential gardens were also judged throughout the year. This is the seventh year of this competition and each year there is a notable improvement in the quality of entries.

BEST SHOPFRONT AWARDS - Judging of the Ferns Tidy Towns Best Shopfront Awards has also been completed. Judging of the business premises takes into account the general presentation of the shopfront (including lack of clutter and signage in windows) and tidy and well maintained frontage (including footpaths and kerbsides).

Gorey Guardian

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