Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballyduff, Boolavogue, Carnew and Ferns

Iris Hill, Gwen Poole and Lisa McBride at the Daffodil Day coffee morning at the home of Ivan and Mary Rynhart, Ballyfoley, Camolin
Iris Hill, Gwen Poole and Lisa McBride at the Daffodil Day coffee morning at the home of Ivan and Mary Rynhart, Ballyfoley, Camolin

Ballyduff - School news: Ballyduff NS is currently enrolling for next school year 2019/2020. We are a vibrant and committed rural primary school facilitating our children to reach their potential. Our School Motto is: Together We Can Do Great Things, Ní Neart Go Cur Le Chéile. Information packs and enrolment forms are available from the school. Please call the school at 053) 9383436 or email on for further information.

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 has resumed in Ballyduff on Monday evenings, 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.

Macra Na Feirme reunion

This year is the 70th Anniversary of Macra Na Feirme in County Wexford. To mark this wonderful achievement we are organising a Macra reunion and dinner dance on Saturday, April 13, in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy at 7.30 p.m. Tickets can be booked by contacting Sarah at 085 113308.

We are also reaching out to past Wexford Macra members for any pictures they might have from their time in Macra. These can be emailed to

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.


Local Elections

The elections for the new Local Electoral Areas will be held on Friday, May 24, and Boolavogue has two locals standing for the new Kilmuckridge electoral area. Current County councillor Pip Breen, who hails from Knockavocca, is once again standing for Fianna Fáil. Edel Gahan, née Jordan, who lives in Barmona, is standing for Fine Gael. She will be launching her campaign in Kelly's of the Harrow, on Friday, April 12, starting at 8.30 p.m. and everyone is invited along. If you have any questions Pip can be contacted at 086 8139817 and Edel at 087 7422284.

Thank You

Siobhán Britton and Nicola Doyle, volunteers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, would like to thank all those who supported their recent fundraising bingo in Oulart, in aid of nine young adults with additional needs who will be travelling to Lourdes later in the month. Many thanks to those who attended the fundraiser, helped on the night or made donations. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Poker Classic

The annual Monageer-Boolavogue Poker Classic will be held in Monageer Hall on Good Friday, April 19, starting at 9 p.m. As usual, there will be great prizes and refreshments will be served throughout the tournament.

Golf classic

Please keep a space in your diary for the Monageer-Boolavogue golf classic which will take place on Friday, July 12. More details will be available later.

Little Heroes Hurling/Camogie Training

The GAA and camogie clubs have started fun training sessions for under-six and under-seven boys and under-eight girls from 6.30 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. every Monday evening. Parents, especially those of the under-six boys and girls are asked to remain in the field and see their 'Little Heroes' learn new skills in a fun filled, hugely enjoyable training session.

GAA News

Well done to the Monageer-Boolavogue camogie team which drew with Loreto Gorey in a thrilling Rackard League match on Wednesday, April 3.

Easter Sports Camp

The GAA and camogie clubs' Easter Sports Camp, which takes place on Monday the 15th., Tuesday the 16th. And Wednesday, April 17, still has a few place remaining for boys or girls between six and 13 years of age. The cost is only €25 per child, €40 for two siblings and €50 for three or more from the same family. The camp will focus on hurling, camogie and football skills as well as rounders and athletics. For more information please contact Micheál Stafford at 086 8286004 or Jonathan Dunne at 083 0022912.

GAA lotto

The jackpot in the Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto continues to climb and now stands at €6,200. The next draw will take place in the New Clubhouse in Monageer on Tuesday next, April 16, at 9.30 p.m.

As well as purchasing tickets from club members or local businesses, you can also buy tickets from

In the last draw, on Tuesday, April 2, 7, 8, 23 and 29 were the numbers drawn.

Ministers of the Word

On Saturday, April 13, at the Vigil Mass, Aodhagán Swords is Minister for the Word. Then on Sunday the 14th., Palm Sunday, Gaye Gahan and Rika O'Neill will be reading at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Soccer News

The men's 'B' team played their second last game of the season away to Wexford Celtic on Sunday, March 31, and despite dominating play, went in level pegging, 0-0, at the break. Two goals from Eoin Murphy, a smashing volley and a diving header had us 2-0 ahead soon afer the resumption. A Jack White pass to Liam Walsh set him up for the third goal and the game finished 3-0. The under-13s were away to Moyne Rangers the previous day and went in 0-2 down at the break. Callum Byrne with a long range shot, pulled one back in the second half and despite the team's best efforts the game finished 1-2.

Soccer Shop

St Cormac's have launched an online club shop with many items from summer camp kit to training gear and casual gear available. To purchase club gear you can visit and follow the links to the 'clubs and education' section.

Soccer summer Camp

St Cormac's are hosting a summer soccer camp from July 8 to July 12. Costing €70, participants will get five days of fun, an exclusive summer soccer camp kit, a football and a backpack. There is a €10 discount for siblings and you can book a place by logging on to

Easter Raffle

Before and after all the Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, you can buy lines for the Easter Raffle in aid of St Cormac's Church.

First prize is a Tower Health Fryer, second is 20 litres of hydraulic oil, third is a hamper form McCauley's Chemist, fourth is a bottle of Scotch whisky, fifth is a bottle of Jameson Whiskey, sixth is a bottle of gin, seventh is a pair of wellington boots, eight is a Dixies fleece pullover, ninth prize is vouchers for Toymaster, tenth is a voucher for the Courtyard in Ferns, eleventh prize is two bottles of wine, twelvth is five litres of engine oil, thirteenth is a bottle of red wine, fourteenth is a bottle of white wine, fifteenth is a clock, sixteenth is a box of sweets and the final prize, the seventeenth is a tin of biscuits. The lines are only €2 each or three for €5. Your generous support would be very much appreciated.

Celebrating 60 Years

Boolavogue National School's fifth and sixth. class helped the school's parents' association stage a display of photographs marking 60 years since pupils moved into the 'new' school in 1959.

The current pupils had sourced many photographs of the former pupils for a booklet they published as part of their entry for the Junior Entrepeneur competition lately.

The display was open from 11.30 a.m. till 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, and refreshments were served for the many former pupils who dropped in to view the photographs.


Split the pot

The winner of last week's Scoil Aodan Naofa split-the-pot was won by Raymond Byrne, who won €228.Congratulations.

The seller's prize was won by Erin Davies, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Ally Bynre.

Next draw is on Friday, April 12. Thanks for your support.

Ballyellis National School

Friday, April 5, winner of split-the-pot is Patricia Murphy, Drummond - winning €144. 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 if you wish to have an enrolment.

Tinahely walking club

The following are the walks for Tinahely walking club. April 14: Coolmeelagh, Level B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meet Carnew Mart 10.30 a.m. April 21: To be decided. As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink.

Chair yoga

This class continues at Carnew Community Care on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a gentle exercise class for seniors aiming to improve flexibility, strength and mobility. Chair yoga can also help promote balance, co-ordination and improve overall health and well-being. €8 per class. Beginners welcome. Please contact Siobhán Rice at 086 8199498 or Carnew Community Care.

Gentle yoga class

This class continues at Carnew Community Care on Tuesdays from 11.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. This class comprises of gentle yoga stretching movements synchronised with the breath which promotes mindful awareness and reduces stress. The pace is gentle and postures are modified. Gentle yoga increases flexibility and strengthens muscles and bones while improving posture. €8 per class. Please contact Siobhán Rice at 086 8199498 or contact Carnew Community Care.

Carnew walking club

Carnew walking club meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.30 p.m. in Carnew GAA pitch and walk around the pitch, all welcome.


The next bingo is Sunday, April 14, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew all welcome. Thanks to everyone for their support today it is greatly appreciated.


Congratulations to Conor Behan, New Line and Ciara Healy, Annacurra, who were married last week.


Congratulations to Willie and Mary Collins, Kilcavan on the birth of their daughter.


Tombrack Clean Up

We have registered for both the An Taisce National Spring Clean and the North Wexford two k with Wexford County Council. The scheduled clean-up for the roads are

Tombrack to Craan - Saturday, April 13. Meet at Tombrack Hall at 10 a.m. Tombrack to Strahart Saturday, April 20. Meet at Tombrack Hall at 10 a.m.

Please wear high vis jackets. Bags gloves and picking sticks will be available. All are very welcome. For further information pleases contact Nan at 086 3645631 or Catherine 053 9366248.

GAA lotto draw

On April 2 numbers drawn were 1, 15, 26 and 31; no jackpot winner; lucky dips: Billy Green, George Murphy, Pat and Vonnie Lawler, Patrick Tonks. Next draw on Tuesday, April 16, in Dunbar's Ferns. Jackpot €3,900. Tickets can be bought from sellers or local retailers. To play online use the link Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

Active Retirement

The monthly meeting will be held in the School Library on Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m. It is the last meeting before our departure to Sligo for the annual summer break so please confirm your reservation. Queries to Colm at 086 3866582.

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