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Willie, Audrey and Phyllis Chapman enjoying the recent senior citizens party in Boolavogue Hall

Willie, Audrey and Phyllis Chapman enjoying the recent senior citizens party in Boolavogue Hall

Willie, Audrey and Phyllis Chapman enjoying the recent senior citizens party in Boolavogue Hall

Askamore: Ballyellis National School - Enrolment forms are now available for those wishing to enrol in September 2020.

If you know of anyone wishing to have a child enrolled in Ballyellis please inform them that these forms are now available. Please contact the office at 053 9426159 or email the school at ballyellisns@eircom.net if you wish to have an enrolment form sent out or call into the school to collect form.

Grandparent's Day: The pupils and staff would like to thank all the grandparents and parents that came to 'Grandparent's Day' celebration on Wednesday, January 29, in Ballyellis School. A very large attendance attended a prayer service and tree planting ceremony with songs and music provided by the pupils and was followed by a cuppa and lots of chats and reminiscences. A lovely day was had by all.

split-the-pot: Winner of split-the-pot on Friday, January 31, is Jack Sheridan, Munny - winning €170. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after Sunday Mass in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School. Many thanks for your continued support.

Arts and Crafts

If you would like to try a craft or try your hand at artwork, let us know as we are now organising demonstrations by various crafters/artist involved in a variety of these areas.

Phone 085 1817962, leave your number and we will get back to you.

Singing with Honor

Singing class for fun with Honor Heffernan on Tuesday nights January 7 to January 28 at 7.30 p.m. in Askamore Activity Centre.

All levels welcome. Please phone Paula at 086 8759824.

Kids Yoga and Mindfulness classes

Kids Yoga and mindfulness classes will commence on Tuesday, January 14, next in Askamore Activity Centre. 5-8 years from 3.15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nine to 12 years from 4.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please book early as places are limited. Contact Sharon at 086 3983634.

Dance Yourself Happy

TASTER CLASS - February 5 - €7. Then six-week term - €35. SOSA is a fabulous dance fitness class, where you'll learn the most amazing dance styles from all around the world without the need for a partner. Designed with beginners in mind, SOSA will have you up, dancing routines and having fun straight away. It's a high energy but low impact dance fitness class.

Perfect for all you Strictly enthusiasts and complete with over 37 different dance styles and music you will be singing along to from across the decades. Ph 086 3856944 for more info.

Messy Play

Askamore Community Centre is our brand new venue for our Sensory and Messy play classes we are there for a session of six Saturdays Dates January February 18 25 first eighth 15th 29th Cost 75e Time 11 - 12 (pm for sibling discounts and if needing to bring older kids). The class is ideal for babys from 9months to five years its a huge chance for social interaction it helps with cognitive and fine motor skills among lots more its a chance for kids to develop a sense for new textures environments and learn. Free flowing art is also a big theme something they all really enjoy it gets super messy which is fantastic as carer n baby can enjoy this without the restriction of clean-up. pm to book or call or text 087 7538588 for any information.

Finches Fitness

Finches fitness classes will resume early in the New Year. Please contact 086 8468165.

Rural Transport

Local Link accepts Free Travel Pass or €3 each way/Gorey. Arrangements can be made to collect people from their own door along the route. Bus leaves Askamore Church car park Mondays at 9.30 a.m. approximately arriving in Gorey 10 a.m. Bus departs Gorey at 12.30, departs Fridays at 9.45 a.m. Plenty of time to shop, meet friends and have a coffee. Contact Stacy at 087 9922481 or Willie 087 2449167 for details.

Ballyroebuck Rambling House

For a great night's entertainment, come along to Ballyroebuck Rambling House on the last Saturday of every month. Enjoy the music, song and story. Refreshments are served and a raffle is held each night. For the winter months, the entertainment will start at the earlier time of 7.30 p.m.

GAA lotto

The latest lotto jackpot wasn't won. The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 10 and 22. Orla and Róisín O'Rourke, Seán Foley, Mairead and Niamh O'Rourke and Mervyn Bailey won the Lucky Dips. Margaret Owens won the Seller's prize. The jackpot goes up to €6,300 now, with the next draw in Coleman's of Tombrack on Tuesday, February 11. €2 tickets are available from players and members.

Kilrush Drama Group

Kilrush Drama Group are all systems go at the moment in preparation for their Festival Play, The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan.

Sadly, Mick Byrne has had to step down from directing this play due to illness, but the group is extremely lucky that Pat Whelan has stepped into breach. Pat was to play the role of Josie Costello in the play, and when Mick was unable to continue with direction, Pat agreed to direct. Pat is a two time all-Ireland Director, having directed Bridge Drama Group to wins in both the Confined and Open all-Ireland Drama Finals.

The group is also lucky to have a super strong cast with Michael Dunbar playing the role of Sylvie Tansey. Michael won the Best Actor award in the all-Ireland Open Drama Finals in Athlone 2019 for his portrayal of Thomas Dunne in Kilrush Drama Group's production of the Steward of Christendom. The group also welcome multi-award winning actress, Ellie Willoughby back to portray the role of Katie Tansey (Sylvie's granddaughter, while the Sylvie's son Eddie is being played by Joe Sinnott. The role of Rita Shanahan is being played by Catherine Stafford, PJ Arthur plays the role of Stephen Kearney. Replacing Pat Whelan in the role of Josie Costello is John Redmond.

The ever reliable stage crew under the direction of Lar Duffy are busy building the set at the moment and the first staging of the production will take place in St Brigid's Hall Carnew on Thursday and Friday, February 20, and 21.

The Salvage Shop is set in Garris, a small coastland town. The grace notes are silent at Garristown Brass Band but alcoholic bandmaster and opera buff, Sylvester Tansey is haunted by personal betrayal and the memory of a glorious past and won't let go of the baton. As the band moves to replace him, Sylvie clings to the lifeline of the annual Regatta. Meanwhile his son Eddie, euphonium player in exile, invokes the intervention of the great Luciano Pavarotti as he struggles to forge a reconciliation with his father.

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR THEATRICAL DIARY - The 2020 South Wicklow Drama Festival will run this year in St Brigid's Hall, Carnew from March 20 to March 28 next. The adjudicator for this year's festival is the Geoff O'Keeffe ADA and the line up for the festival is as follows.

Friday the 20th Wayside Player's production of the Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh.

Saturday the 21st Ballycogley Player's Dreamland by Jim Nolan.

Sunday the 22nd Camross Drama Group with the Year of the Hiker by John B.

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Monday the 23rd Kilrush Drama Group's the Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan.

Tuesday the 24th Bunclody/Kilmyshal's the Good Father by Christian O'Reilly.

Wednesday the 25th Kilmuckridge Drama Group with Daughter from Over the Water by MJ Maloney.

Thursday the 26th Tinahely Variety Group with Juno and the Peacock by Seán O'Casey.

Friday the 27th Insight Theatre Group with Alone it Stands by John Breen.

Saturday the 28th Bridge Drama with Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart.

Carnew NS split-the-pot

The lucky winner of €245 in our split-the-pot draw was Ameila Mulhall. Congratulations. The seller's prize winner was who by Adam Collins won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Cillian Molloy. Congratulations. Next draw is Friday, February��7. Thank you for all the support.

Boolavogue

GAA 'Activ8'

Our local GAA and camogie and Ladies' Football clubs have launched a programme to promote physical activity and well being. This is not a fundraising event and is open to everyone in the community, young and old.

The activities will include a 4.5km walk/run each Saturday, alternating between Boolavogue and Monageer, free guided circuit training sessions each Wednesday night, yoga each Thursday night and some hill walking and nature trail hiking at weekends.

The children have been given an 'Activ8 Card' that they can get stamped and record the distance they travelled on each activity. As well as getting fit, you can come along and meet new people and get involved in your local community.

Boot Appeal

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club is facilitating a parishioner who is asking for donations of football boots and runners that are no longer being worn. This is part of the 'In My Shoes' appeal, which ships used sports' boots and runners to needy children in townships in South Africa. It is hoped to ship 5,000 plus pairs to Cape Town this year. If you have any, reasonably clean pairs that you no longer need, please drop them into the Old Complex in Monageer before Friday.

Well done Cathal

On Wednesday last, January 29, in the DCU sports' grounds in Dublin, Cathal Walsh togged out at wing back for the IT Carlow team in the Sigerson Cup final. However, there was no fairytale end to the campaign for our Monageer-Boolavogue star as a determined, skilled and ruthless DCU team went on to win by seven points.

Their three point lead, 0-5 to 0-2, at the break did not really reflect their dominance and of the 0-7 Carlow managed to score by the time the final whistle blew, only one came from play while only six of DCUs final tally of 14 points came from frees.

Ministers of the Word

On Saturday night, February 8, Aodhagán Swords is the Minister for the Word on duty in St Cormac's at the Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. At the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning, Leila Breen is the reader on duty.

GAA lotto draw

Tonight, Tuesday, February 4, at 9.30 p.m., the draw for the €8,200 Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto jackpot will be held in the New Clubhouse in Monageer. If you haven't already bought a ticket from a club member or a local business, you can buy on immediately before the draw in Monageer or online, by following the link from the club's Facebook page. Please continue to support this very worthy fundraiser.

Soccer News

The ladies' team, understrength due to illesss, lost out heavily to Fastnet Rovers on Sunday, January 26.

The Men's 'A' team also lost, but in extra time, after a cracker of a Wexford cup tie away to Clougbawn. Matthew Dunne had our lads ahead early in play but Cloughbawn found form and relentlessly probed our defences. Inevitably they drew level but Mark Walsh smashed Cormac's back into a 2-1 lead just before the break. Cloughbawn dominated the second half and an early shower for John Ivory did not help our cause. However, brilliant goalkeeping from man-of-the-match, Bobby Larkin, made is seem that an upset was on the cards. But with less than four minutes remaining, Cloughbawn drew level, forcing extra time. Making the most of their numerical advantage, they banged home two fine goals to eventually win by 4-2.

The previous day, the under-16s, who top their table on goal difference half-way through the season, beat Gorey Celtic by 4-0. Sam Tyrrell, Ian Rigley, Seán Kirwan and Christopher Jordan-Kelly all rattled the net.

The under-14s were at home to Bree United on Saturday and maintained their good form with an 8-1 win. A goal apiece from Jack Turner and Alex Keegan, two from Bobby Codd, a converted penalty from Abram O'Neill and a hat-trick from Seán Óg Gilbride made up the scoring.

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