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Monday 22 April 2019

Around the districts: Askamore, Camolin, Carnew and Ferns

Ann McCreary and Maeve O’Connor at the event in the Upton Court Hotel Kilmuckridge to celebrate International Women’s Day
Ann McCreary and Maeve O’Connor at the event in the Upton Court Hotel Kilmuckridge to celebrate International Women’s Day

Askamore: 'God Has no Country' - 'God Has no Country', the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's War Time Exploits, written and performed by Donal Courtney, will be performed in St Brigid's Hall, Carnew Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m. (in aid of St Brigid's Church, Askamore) Admission: €12. For tickets or to book phone 087 9323990.

The play tells the fascinating story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's war time exploits in Rome. Told from the Monsignor's point of view, the play focuses on O'Flaherty's struggles as he and his colleagues set about the task of protecting those in need, from German occupancy of Rome. The story was also the subject of a film made in 1983, The Scarlet and the Black which starred Gregory Peck in the role of the Monsignor and Christopher Plumber in the role of the Nazi General based in Rome at the time.

Author

Donal Courtney grew up in Killarney, as did Monsignor O'Flaherty and went to the same school. However, it was not know the full extent of the great man's exploits till he started his research for the play. Donal is a widely acclaimed actor who trained as an actor at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin where he now teaches acting. The play has received high acclaim both nationally and internationally having been performed by Donal over 100 times both throughout the country and internationally including a number of venues in Europe and in the USA.

Split-the-pot

Friday, March 15, winner of split-the-pot is Essie Doran, The Commons, Castlewhite - winning €135.

We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Mass in Askamore Church.

Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Ballyellis NS Enrolment

Enrolment forms are now available for those wishing to enrol in September 2019. 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.

Cairde

Cairdeapp has now been updated so we can send you the Askamore newsletter on Monday morning's. The format will be improved in the coming weeks so it can be expanded to full screen on smartphones. If you have not already updated your app, please do so by going to Google playstore - search Cairdeapp - click on this app and then - update. Keep in touch with happenings and upcoming events in our community by joining Cairde Text Alert if you are not already a member. To join, phone. 087 7795922.

Text Alert

Farmers in the area are now very busy with the lambing season. Askamore Text Alert was notified and sent a text to let community members know that dogs were worrying sheep in the Brideswell area. These straying dogs (two labradors and a terrier) have been seen on farmers property on a number of occasions. Please be vigilant and report any sightings of straying dogs to Gorey Gardaí 053 9430690.

Le Chéile Park

If you feel like going for a stroll, visit Le Chéile Park and enjoy the wonderful planting which has just recently been done by Danielle O'Loughlin on the bank across from the outdoor gym. This is a work in progress and we hope to add to the new display when funds allow. We would love to welcome new members to get involved in the vegetable and fruit planting this spring so if you would like to come along, please do. No knowledge of gardening needed. Ph. Jackie 086 2329865.

Askamore on Tour

We are planning a tour for Saturday, April 27. This tour will include places of interest, which we sometimes overlook, in our local areas. It is hoped to arrange a tour on the last Saturday of each month, visiting historical sites, places of interest and gardens in Wexford and neighbouring counties.

When you are planning your outings this year, why not come along on these tours, a fantastic day out is guaranteed and at the same time you will be supporting Irish businesses.

A full list of the itinerary for April 27 tour will be published in the newsletter soon, so keep an eye out.

Finches Fitness

Pilates classes continue in Askamore at 8.45 a.m. every Wednesday followed by fitness classes at 10 a.m. and Fit for Anything group 11.15-12.15. Contact Declan at 086 8468165.

Rural Transport

The Local Link is a vital service to Gorey for people in the area. Bus runs twice weekly. Local Link accepts Free Travel Pass. Arrangements can be made to collect people from their own door or at designated points along the route. The bus driver is happy to drop everyone home and help carry their shopping to their front door. Bus leaves Askamore Church car park Tuesday at 9.30 a.m. approximately arriving in Gorey 10 a.m. Bus departs Gorey at 12.30 p.m. Bus Departs on Saturday at 9.45 a.m. €3 each way if not eligible for free pass. Plenty of time to shop, meet friends and have a coffee. Contact Stacy at 087 9922481 or Willie 087 2449167 for details.

Kilrush-Askamore GAA

The latest lotto jackpot wasn't won. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 22 and 27. Joan Doran, Aidan Murphy, Kit Kennedy and Cormac O'Neill won the Lucky Dips. Jason Redmond won the Sellers' Prize. The next draw is in Peter Doyle's, Ferns, tonight Tuesday, March 19, and the jackpot is now €3,300. €2 tickets are available from players and members.

Text Service - With the league starting soon, if anyone wants to receive text notifications of adult matches, please contact Tomás Kenny at 085 7299578 to be added to the Supporters Group. There's no charge for this service.

Drama Festival

The 14th South Wicklow Drama Festival was opened by Imelda McDonagh in St Brigid's Hall, Carnew on Friday last. There are still five nights left to enjoy the wonderful drama.

Camolin

Daffodil day coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning and bring and buy sale in aid of Daffodil Day on March 22. The event will take place in the home of Mary and Ivan Rynhart, Ballyfoley, Camolin between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. All welcome.

GAA lotto

There was no winner of last week's jackpot; winning numbers were 9, 13, 14 and 22. Three matched three numbers to each receive €50: Kevin Maguire, Jimmy Murphy, Mark Furlong.

Ballyoughter NS

Enrolment now being taken for September 2019 for Ballyoughter National School. Expression of interest forms also available for September 2020 intake. If you would like to enroll your child for the coming year or put your name on file for September 2020 contact the office at 053 938200 Tuesday - Thursday 9.15-1.30 or leave a message any day and an enrollment form or expression of interest form will be issued to you.

If you are new to the area or deciding about schools and want to pop in to meet us or see the school just let us know.

Carnew

Split the pot

The winner of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew split-the-pot of March 14 was won by Bernie O'Hara, who won €200. Congratulations. The seller's prize was won by Aoife Wafer, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Emily Lawrence. Next draw is on Friday, March 22. Thanks for your support.

Tinahely walking club

The following are the walks for the next two weeks for Tinahely walking club. March 24: Lugduff-Spinc, Level B, 14km, 4.5 hours. Meet Tinahely 9.15 a.m. or Glendalough (upper car park) 9.45 a.m. March 31: Annagh Hill, Level B, 9km, three hours. Meet Tinahely 10.15 a.m.; or the Gap 10.30 a.m.

As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink.

Car and tractor run

The Gap Vintage club are holding their annual car and tractor run on Sunday, March 24, in aid of Talk to Tom.

Meeting at the Gap pub Ballythomas for registration between 11.30 a.m. and midday, run starts at 12.30, no registration fee, donation on the day.

There will be soup and sandwiches served on return, spot prizes on the day, all welcome.

Sympathy

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Eileen Byrne née OSullivan, Deerpark, who died during the week, her remains were removed to Tomacork on Monday for midday Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining grave yard.

Get well soon

Get well wishes go to Peter Deegan, Main Street. Bridget OKeeffe, The Bridge, Coolboy.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on Friday, March 22, daffodil day, in the Courthouse, Tinahely from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, please come along and have a cuppa and a chat and a bit of home baking. Everyone welcome.

Confirmation

God bless all the children from Ballyellis and Kilrush, who are making their confirmation on Sunday, March 24.

God has No Country

This is the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's War time Exploits written and performed by Donal Courtney will take place in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew on Thursday, April 4, tickets €12 in aid of St Bridget's Church Askamore, all support welcome.

Bingo

The next bingo is Sunday, March 31, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew all welcome. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Transformations

Don't worry be happy A six weeks Introductory course in Mindfullness, meditation and relaxation starting on Wednesday, April 3, mornings 10-11.30 an or evening 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Transformations studios Donishal, cost is €80 with a deposit of €20 payable by Wednesday, March 27, to secure your place. To book your place contact Susan Martin at transformations11@gmail.com or 086 8869090, Facebook Susan Martin-Transformations.

This very popular courses have been designed by me to help you experience peace in the present moment, learning to let go of stress, anxiety and procrastination while at the same time opening up to the reality of joy, happiness and possibility in your every day life.

Flower demonstration

There will be a flower demonstration by Rebecca Allen in Shillelagh. The demonstration which is in aid of Shillelagh No 1 National School and will take place in the Courthouse, Shillelagh on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are €10 each. For more details contact 053 9429141 or 087 4188193.

Ballyellis National School

Friday, March 15, winner of split-the-pot is Essie Doran, The Commons, Castlewhite, winning €135. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Mass in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Enrolment forms are now available for those wishing to enrol in September 2019. 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 enrolmentform sent out or call into the school to collect form.

Ferns

Tombrack School

Congratulations to the nine second class students who made their First Confessions in Ferns Convent on Wednesday, March 13. We would like to thank the nuns for giving us the use of their beautiful Convent. The students will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 12, in Ferns Church. On Thursday, March 7, the boys and girls of Mr Kenny's third-6th class in Tombrack NS went to the RDS in Dublin to take part in the ESB 'Science Blast', the primary school version of the Young Scientist Exhibition.

The project title was 'At what age do you have the best reflexes?' and the class received a beautiful glass trophy from the judges in acknowledgement of their work and their findings.

We had spent many weeks and months preparing for the project and learning all about the brain and how the Nervous System worked. In an effort to delve as deep as possible into the topic, the pupils came up with all sorts of ingenious and novel ways of testing and measuring reflexes. The class spread collected data from Mrs Kelly's Junior room, family members, friends and neighbours. A great day was had by all.

On Thursday, March 14, all pupils came to school dressed up as a character from their favourite book to mark World Book Day.

Scoil Naomh Madhog

Parents/Guardians, who wish to enrol children in junior infants for September 2019 are required to call at the school office to collect an enrolment pack as soon as possible. School office 053 9366205.

GPA AGM

Ferns and District GPA will hold its annual general meeting on March 27 in the community centre, Ferns at 8 p.m.

Gorey Guardian

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