Sunday 21 July 2019

Around the districts: Askamore, Coolgreany, Craanford-Monaseed, Kilanerin-Ballyfad, Tara Hill

Amber Walsh with her cousins, Clodagh and Ben Walsh and their grandparents, Willie and Mary Walsh enjoying Grandparents Day at Ballyellis NS
Amber Walsh with her cousins, Clodagh and Ben Walsh and their grandparents, Willie and Mary Walsh enjoying Grandparents Day at Ballyellis NS

Askamore: Split-the-pot - Friday, January 25 winner of split-the-pot is Celia Nolan, Ballytarsna - winning €167. 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.

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 if you wish to have an enrolment form sent out or call into the school to collect form.

Senior Alert Scheme

Askamore Text Alert are delighted to have processed a substantial number of successful applications for personal alarms through the Senior Alert Scheme. These alarms enable people to live independently knowing Tunstall Emergency Response operators are available to connect with them 24 hours a day. These alarms afford great peace of mind not only to the users, but to their family and friends. The cost of the equipment plus monitoring fees are covered by Pobal for the first year. For more info. contact 087 7795922.

Gardening group

New members are very welcome to join the gardening group. This is a very rewarding hobby and it is very satisfying to enjoy the wonderful fruit and vegetables you have had a part in growing in Le Chéile Park. No knowledge of gardening needed. Ph. Jackie 086 2329865.


The new cairdeapp system is now in use by Askamore Community Text/Event Alert group. You can still join and keep informed of what is happening in your area. New members welcome. Ph. 087 7795922 or speak to any community council member for more info.

Finches Fitness

Pilates classes 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 bus leaves Askamore Church car park at 9.30 a.m. every Tuesday morning and 9.45 on Saturday mornings. This is a vital link to Gorey for many people and we would encourage people to use the service as often as possible. Phone Willie - 087 2449167 - for more information.

GAA lotto

The latest lotto draw wasn't won. The numbers drawn were 17, 20, 24 and 25. Patrick Kinsella, Jim Ryan of Moss House, George Levingston and Mary O'Neill won the Lucky Dips. Martin Kenny won the Sellers' Prize. The next draw is in Codd's, Kilrush tonight Tuesday, February 5, and the jackpot is now €3,300. €2 tickets are available from players and members.


Split-the-pot draw

Carol Browne was the winner of the Friday, January 11, draw in the Coolgreany NS split-the-pot draw, winning €68. Rhys Kennedy was the winner of our Friday, January 25, draw, winning €70. Our sincere thanks to everyone for your continued support. Our next draw will be on Friday, February 8. €2 entry envelopes available in Jim Shorts, O'Rafferty's, Coolgreany Inn, Martina Bolger, Canavan's Londis and Coolgreany NS.

School Enrolment

Coolgreany National School is now taking enrolments for September 2019. If you wish to enrole your child please contact the school office for an Application Form at 0402 37246 or call into the office during school hours.


The local community extend their deepest sympathy to the Byrne and Butler families, Croghan View on the death of their sister Sarah Rapple, Gorey, whose burial took place in St Michael's Cemetery Gorey on last Tuesday.


Birthday greetings to Fibanna Whitmore, Croghan View, who will celebrate her 11th birthday on Sunday, February 3. Birthday greetings also to Edward Breslin, Kilahurler, who celebrates his 10th birthday on Wednesday, February 6. Also birthday greetings to Zac Kennedy, Newtown, who celebrates his 10th birthday on Wednesday, February 6.

45 Card Drive

A very successful 45 Card Drive is ongoing in the Coolgreany Inn on each Friday night at 8.30 p.m., everyone is very welcome to come along for a good night of craic at the cards, and some lovely finger food thrown in for good measure. So please join us if you enjoy a game of 45.

GAA Healthy Club

A five-week session of yoga with Maura is under way on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the club house in Castletown. To book text Maura at 087 7866349.

Chair Yoga with Sarah has resumed on Mondays at 10.45 a.m. in the Anchor Bar (side door into the function room) for a six weeks session.

If yoga is not your thing, why not come along on Thursday nights for some SOSA dance fitness. Low impact, high energy and tonnes of fun. Over 35 international dance styles ballroom. latin, disco, salsa etc, something for everyone on Thursday night at 8.15 p.m. in the club house Castletown to book or call or text Anita 086 3866598 places are filling up fast.


Operation Transformation

In partnership with RTÉ's Operation Transformation the full lights will be on at the pitch from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday night, so everyone can enjoy a healthy walks in the safe, bright environs of the GAA club.

Schools Enrolment

Enrolment for September 2019 for Monaseed National School takes place during enrolment week: February 11 to February 15 2019. Enrolment forms can be obtained in person during office hours on Tuesday and Thursday, by phone at 053 9428330 or email on

Enrolment week for Craanford National School for September 2019 also takes place from February 11 to February 15 2019. Our open day is on Friday the 15th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents and their children are invited to come along for a visit and meet the teachers etc. Enrolment forms can be obtained in person during office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by phone at 053 9428333 or email on

Parent and Toddler Group

Craanford parent and toddler group will take place on January 31. For further info please call 087 610364.


On Friday, January 25, the prize of €156 was won by Laurence Doran. Congratulations, Laurence. The coordinating team for Friday, February 8, is Team 4: Ann Kenny Marks and Trish Hancock.

Church News

Mass Intentions - 6 p.m. Saturday, February 9: Sadie Murphy, Ballinacoola and Margaret, James and Bernie Kinsella, Knockavota. 10.30 a.m. Sunday, February 10: Elizabeth Doran, Rossminogue. Patrick, Tom and Elizabeth Kinsella, Ballygullen. George and Elizabeth Brown, Banntown.

Craanford Masses this week: Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9.15 a.m.

Church Readers: 6 p.m. James Doyle, Island. 10.30 a.m. Eileen Doyle, Island Upr.

Eucharistic Ministers: 6 p.m. Moira Kavanagh, Island.10.30 a.m. Jim Doyle, Ballinacoola.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes - The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 11 to May 16. Each year we run a parish lottery draw to select a person to represent the parish of Craanford-Monaseed. Entry to the lottery costs €10 and is available before and after Masses in Craanford this weekend and for the next few weekends. The winning entry will be drawn at 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 3. Your support is greatly appreciated.

GAA News

'Learn the basics' With Pat Redmond six-week programme to teach every parent how to practice the basic hurling and camogie skills with your children at home. This will take place in the hall/complex every Tuesday Night for the next six weeks starting on January 29. It will only go ahead if we have sufficient numbers. Please txt Caroline Kavanagh to book in if interested. 085 2443754.

Well done to club members on the Coláiste Bhríde junior camogie team who won Leinster final last week and great credit due to our club players on the Coláiste Bhríde under-16 hurling team who drew with Wexford CBS after extra time to force a replay.

Senior Scor - for all interested is on in Carrig-on-Bannow on February 8 See Facebook for further details.


45 Card Drive

There will be a 45 card drive on Tuesday night in Murphy's Kilanerin at 9 p.m. proceeds in aid of friends of Gorey Hospital All support would be much appreciated.

Opportunity Knocks

The competition side of Opportunity Knocks will get under way on Friday, February 8, and February 15 with the final schedule for Friday the 22nd. If you can sing, dance, recite poetry, play music, lip sync or act and would like to share your talents with the people of Kilanerin please give Helen a call at 087 6429291.

Sustainable Energy

A general meeting for all interested KBCDA Suistainable Energy Community will take place on February 17 at midday in Shamrock Hall.

Come along also to the Sustainability Fair pm February February 24 midday to 4 p.m. Meet locals in sustainable energy businesses. Test drive an electric vehicle, find out your carbon footprint. Learn about grants for home energy work. There will also be a bouncy castle so come along for a bit of fun and see whats possible.

Men's Shed

Kilanerin Men's Shed is in the early stages and are looking for any unwanted hand and or power tools that might be useful to the group If there are any pieces in the shed taking up space please contact Dave on 08 seven 4191947 and he can arrange for collection.

Kilanerin NS

Kilanerin NS enrolment for Junir Infants is ope till March 31 Parents/Guardians interested in enrolling their child can receive an application for enrolement by emailing collection from the school office or by phoning 0402 37405 or 086 7767114 Completed applications may be returned to the school in person, by post or email Places will be awarded within 21 days of receipt of the application.

Kilanerin ICA

Pilates classes continue on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shamrock Hall Kilanerin; cost €6 per class all welcome

Kilanerin Church

Mass Saturday 6.30 p.m. anniversary Mass for Noel and Sadie McGovern Gorey and Jim and Pauline Walsh Annagh Sunday 11 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


First lady was Kathleen Carr, second lady was Marie Cushe and half time lady was Alice Gibney. First gent was Betty Rose, second gent was Keith Bailey and half time gent was Peg Byrne. Raffle winners were Keith Bailey, Marie Cushe and Betty Rose. Deepest Sympathy to Pat Doyle on the death of his brother. Whist continues on Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Ballyfad Church

Mass Saturday 7.30 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. Eucharistic adoration Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GAA Club notes

If there is any boy or girl who wants to join a football, hurling or camogie team, at any age, please phone Kevin at 083 1025352 to be put in touch with relevant coaches. Everyone welcome.

There was no jackpot winner on the 28th. There were three match-three winners. The numbers were 9, 10, 15 and 17. The next draw for €6,500, takes place in Noel's on February 11.

Adult football and hurling training has started in Kilanerin and in the Rock. This could be a very good year for the four teams. So come along to the matches and enjoy the craic on the sidelines.

Tara Hill

School notes

Tara Hill parents' association are meeting on Wednesday, February 6, at 7.30 p.m. in the school.

Midterm school break: School closing on Friday, February 15, at 2.40 p.m. reopens Monday, February 25, at 9 a.m.

Confirmation enrolment: An enrolment cermony and service of light for this year's confirmation class will take place on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. in St Kevin's church.

Your news

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Gorey Guardian