Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballycanew, Ballygarrett, Courtown and Monamolin

Eleanor O’Reilly signing a copy of her book, ‘M is for Mammy’ for Ruth Shern in Byrne’s bookshop, Gorey
Eleanor O’Reilly signing a copy of her book, ‘M is for Mammy’ for Ruth Shern in Byrne’s bookshop, Gorey

Ballycanew - Happy retirement: Wishing Lili Masterson a long and happy retirement. After 25years of working as CE Scheme supervisor and chairperson of Ballycanew Tidy Towns she retired last week. Her hard work and dedication to the Tidy Towns paid off over the years, the main achievement was winning first place in the Tidiest Village in the County 6years in a row from 2012 to 2017. A great achievement.

Along with many other awards she was presented with an Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Wexford's Environment at the Keep Wexford Beautiful awards last September. Wishing Lili the very best in this new journey.

Tina's Hair Salon

To mark 20 years in business Tina's Hair Salon would like to invite customers, friends and family to drop into the hair salon on Saturday, May 4, from 6 p.m. to help her celebrate this milestone. She would like to say a special thanks to all her customers over the last 20 years.

Tidy Towns

Ballycanew Village will be poster free for the upcoming elections in May. We would appreciate co-operation from all candidates. Thank you.

Green School News

Green School work is continuing in the school. Events in April are the An Taisce Spring Clean Day and Used small battery collection details below.

National Spring Clean Day

As part of the Green School the pupils, staff and parents of Ballycanew National School will be working together with Camolin Parish CE Scheme, Tidy Towns and the residents' association of Ounavarra Park, Ballycanew Court and Village Gate to tidy the village and the school grounds for the National Spring Clean Day. This will help towards the Tidy Towns Competition. The event takes place on Thursday, April 11 (weather dependant) from 11.15 a.m. 12.15 p.m. All interested volunteers meet in the schools grounds. Gloves and bags will be provided. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the school at 053 9427496 if you would like to help out on the day.

Battery collection

Please feel free to drop your used small batteries into the school if you want to recycle any.

Scholastic Book Fair

A children's book fair will be held in Ballycanew NS on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10, and 11, from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Commission from all the purchases will be used to purchase more books for the school library. Parents and members of the public are most welcome to attend as their support would be very much appreciated. Mobile book cases packed with the best books will be displayed in the school.


Enrolments are now being taking for new pupils for September 2019. Please call to the school office or call 053 9427496 for an enrolment pack.


Congratulations to the Saturday, March 30, winner of the split-the-pot, John O'Hara; prize money was €211. Thanks to everyone for their continue support.

Coffee morning thanks

Thank you to all who supported the coffee morning held in Springmount Garden Centre in aid of the Hope Cancer Centre Enniscorthy. A fantastic total of €982.47 was raised.

Little Ducklings

Avail of the free playschool facility with Little Ducklings for your child. Little Ducklings Playschool are now taking enrolments for September 2019. Limited places available so contact Lucy at 086 0883141 to secure your child's place now.

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 enrol 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 enrolment form or expression of interest form will be issued to you..


Please note the change of deadline day. Any items to be included in the local notes have to be sent to me by Thursday evening by 5 p.m. and not a Sunday. Please contact Ann at 087 7433684 or email


Tidy Towns

Ballygarrett Tidy Towns in conjunction with Ballygarrett GAA Club, Scrap metal collection Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venue: Ballygarrett GAA Clubhouse. Items collected may include: Washing machines, Cookers, Gates, Engines, Bicycles, Radiators, Farm Machinery, Galvanise Sheeting, Copper piping and any other Aluminium or cast iron. NO FRIDGES, FREEZERS, CAR TYRES, GAS CYLINDERS.

For further information contact 087 9389288. A great way to get rid of your scrap metal lying around and its free.

GAA news

BLOTTO RESULTS - There was no jackpot winner in the Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara GAA Club blotto draw on April 1.

The numbers picked were 2, 3, 13 and 18. The €20 lucky-dip winners were Rachael Molaney, 50 Etchingham Heights; Bridin O'Keeffe c/o 19th; Geroid Rath; Isobel and Millie Naughter, Ballygarrett; William Stacey. Five Free Tickets Winner: Veronica and Mark. This week's lotto jackpot is €20,000. Next draw in Ambrose Maloneys on April 8.

Bridge Club

Come play bridge in Seán Óg's Kilmuckridge Bridge Club at the Upton Court Hotel on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. No partner needed as we operate a joker system. We also play on Monday nights at 7 p.m., partner required.

Results for Monday, April 1 - first: Mary Murphy and Mary Mulrennan. Results for Thursday, April 4 - first: Jo and Podge Ussher. Second: Mona Moynihan and Mary Donohue.

Killenagh Wanderers FC

Killenagh Wanderers AFC Kids Soccer Academy on every Saturday from midday to 1 p.m. For Girls and boys ages 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9years. Indoors and outdoors facilities. Registration €20 and €2 per training session. Please feel free to drop by on the day or contact Noel at 089 4299677. Search Killenagh Park on Google maps for our location.


Blotto results

There was no jackpot winner in the Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara GAA Club blotto draw on April 1. The numbers picked were 2, 3, 13 and 18.

The €20 lucky-dip winners were Rachael Molaney, 50 Etchingham Heights; Bridin O'Keeffe c/o 19th; Geroid Rath; Isobel and Millie Naughter, Ballygarrett; William Stacey. Five Free Tickets Winner: Veronica and Mark. This week's lotto jackpot is €20,000. Next draw in Ambrose Maloneys on April 8.

Courtown Colour Run

Registration is now open for this year's Courtown Colour Run, which takes place on Saturday, July 13. There will be 3km and 6km distances.

Register now for early bird rates. Register at

Community Centre

Ongoing activities in Riverchapel Community Centre are as follows.

Little Rascals: Monday to Fridays - 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Ladies' Club: Every Monday evening - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bible Club - 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. For further information phone Matthew at 083 1270026.

Line Dancing: - 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tae - Kwon - Do Wednesdays and Fridays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. also 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Self Defence Classes - Tuesday 6 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Phone Dave at 087 6344710.

Whist drive - Every Thursday - 8.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Irish Dance Classes - Every Saturday morning - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riverchapel Response Unit - Please note these classes take place at the end of each month from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Mass times

Saturday Vigil Mass at 6 p.m. - Sundays - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Service Times

The following are the service times for the Ardamine Group of Parishes.

Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Kilmuckridge 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion); Clonevan 11.30 a.m. (Morning Prayer).


Drama group success

Well done to the director, cast and crew of Kilmuckridge Drama Group who have qualified for the all_Ireland Confined drama finals in Doonbeg, Co. Clare. We send good wishes to them all, especially the two sisters from Monamolin.

Wedding anniversaries

Congratulations and best wishes to Iris and Alan Earle, Ballinstraw who celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on April 2. Congratulations also to Margaret and John Earle, Cullentra who celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on April 4.

400 club draw winners

Winners for March: Aideen Quigley, Ballinstraw; Kathleen Murphy, Court; Elaine O'Grady, Duncannon; Richard Downes, Wells PO; Kit and Ned rossiter, Garrydaniel.

Coffee Evening

A coffee evening and cake sale in aid of parish funds will take place on Saturday, April 27, in Monamolin Community Hall from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets cost €5, and there will be a door prize and raffle on the night. All support will be appreciated. Tickets are available from committee members or the local shop.

Court NS - 50 years

Court Monamolin NS would like to invite all past pupils, parents, grandparents and members of our community to a celebration to mark the school's 50th Anniversary on Friday, April 12 in the school at 10.30 a.m., following Mass in St Moling's Church Monamolin. Pupils will also celebrate Grandparents Day.

GAA club news

UPCOMING FIXTURES - Our under-13 boys play their first football game tonight Tuesday, April 9, at 6.30 p.m. in Blackwater. On Thursday night 11th, it's a game for our under-15 footballers v Kilrush at home in Monamolin at 6.30. On the adult side, our intermediate men play Taghmon-Camross in Hollymount on Saturday the 13th at 2 p.m. with our junior men out on Sunday the 14th v Glynn-Barntown in St. Patrick's Park at 3.30.

NEW GPO - Everyone in Buffers Alley is looking forward to the arrival of our new GPO, Neil McCrea. Neil, a graduate of the Sports Science Dept. in LIT, will be shared between Buffers Alley and Oulart-The Ballagh. He will assist and work alongside those involved in our club and schools promoting and coaching GAA to our young players. Neil takes up his new role in Buffers Alley week beginning Monday, April 21, which coincides with our Easter Camp.

UNDERAGE COACHING - U5 and U7 Hurling and Football coaching has re-commenced and takes place on Saturdays at. 10 a.m. in Buffers Alley. Looking forward to welcoming everyone back and a special welcome to new families. For any additional Len Hall. Now that the dark, wet and cold days are disappearing, our Nursery coaches are also busy preparing to get the ball rolling again. Saturday, April 27, is a date to mark on the calendar when our Nursery for boys and girls (4-6 years) swings into action - more details in the coming weeks.

EASTER GAA FUN CAMP - The Easter holidays are just around the corner with two weeks off school. There is no need to get bored as Buffers Alley has something special to offer to our young boys and girls. Our team of coaches are busy preparing for an action packed three-day Easter GAA Camp at our club premises in Buffers Alley. The camp will run from Tuesday, April 23, to Thursday, April 25 (inclusive) from 10.30 to 2.30 daily. Don't worry if the sun doesn't shine, as we have a fantastic indoor arena to cater for large groups. This is a great opportunity to come along to have fun, make friends and enjoy the many activities that these coaches have lined up for our young folk. The chairman of Coiste na nÓg has informed us that he will bring along a couple of surprise well-known Wexford hurlers on the Wednesday to sign autographs, present goodies, etc. Participants must have celebrated their seventh birthday before the camp commences and be under-13. It is important that all boys and girls partaking are current members of the club.

To sign up for the camp, all are welcome to come along on Wednesday, April 10, to Buffers Alley from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This camp, our first Easter one, promises to be one of the best.

MODEL COUNTY TICKETS - Buffers Alley/Wexford GAA Model Co tickets are now in circulation - this is a great opportunity for all families to win very attractive prizes including cars, vouchers, cash prizes, to name but a few - in total there are 50 prizes for each of the three monthly draws.

Over the past number of years Buffers Alley members have been extremely lucky and were in the winners' enclosure on many occasions. Tickets cost €50 for the three draws which will take place on May 1; May 29 and June 26. Tickets are available from club members or from the Co-Ordinator, Michael Sinnott (Kilmuckridge). This club draw is beneficial to our area as a high percentage of sales are retained by our club.

Gorey Guardian