Thursday 21 November 2019

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Boolavogue, Ferns, Glenbrien, Monageer, Oylegate, The Ballagh

Lily Byrne and Isabelle Lombard at the Enniscorthy Vocational College open evening
Lily Byrne and Isabelle Lombard at the Enniscorthy Vocational College open evening

Ballymurn: Church notes - Mass Times for All Saints Day Friday November 1, 10am. Mass Times for All Souls Day Saturday November 2, 8.15pm.

Readers Rota: Would the readers please collect the new Rota which is at the back of the church.

Deepest sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Jean Donnellan, Ballymurn, RIP, who died recently.

Couch to 5k

Don't forget every Wednesday evening in Olygate GAA pitch at 7.15 p.m. Beginners running group and walkers group. Everyone welcome and its free.

GAA Club news

Lotto results - numbers drawn were 3, 6, 23 and 29. No jackpot winner. Three match-three winners: MJ Jacob, Steven and Eithne Hodnett and Aoife Harris. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets available from any club member or online.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Footballers who are through to the Courtyard Ferns IFC final.

Silver Circle Bonanza Draw

A great night was had by all in Ferrycarrig hotel last Friday night for the Silver Circle Bonanza draw, it was a great community get together and it was great to see people of all ages there, well done to the organising committee. The lucky winners were: €5,000 Harry Kehoe, Crossabeg. €3,000 Brian Foley, Crossabeg. €1,000 Denis and Anne Kehoe, Ballymurn. €1,000 Jerry and Bridget Bernard, Crossabeg. €200 winners were Annemarie O'Connor, Ballymurn, Owen Gordon, Ballymurn, Mary Fox, Crossabeg, Derek Broaders and Jane Renehan, Crossabeg and Christoph Duntsch, Crossabeg. Congratulations to all winners.

We would like to thank everyone for their support for this very successful fundraiser and we plan to roll it out again in Spring 2020.


Alzheimers Awareness

Dr Eithne Hartigan from Wexford General Hospital, among others, will be giving a talk on Alzheimers in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on Monday, November 4. This information session will start at 7 p.m. and will run till 9 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.

Hope Centre

The Hope Cancer Support Centre would like to invite all those who have been touched by cancer or any other illnesses or loss, to join them at their annual 'Candle of Hope' Service on Friday, November 1, in St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy at 8 p.m. If you are unable to attend you can still join the prayers by lighting your own candle and listening to South East Radio as the service will broadcast live on air.

GAA News

Hard luck to the under-13 footballers who contested the Division 4 football shield in St Patrick's Park on Thursday last, October 24. After a thrilling game, they found themselves five points behind the eventual winners, Marshalstown on a scoreline of 2-5 to 2-10.

The under-15 hurlers, contesting the Roinn one, shield final on Sunday the 20th., lost out to a skilled and talented Duffry Rovers team after a cracking game. They had beaten a fancied St James' side to reach this final.

Ministers of the Word/Eucharist

On Saturday, November 2, at the 8 p.m. Vigil Mass, Catherine Whelan is due to read with Cormac O'Loughlin helping distribute Communion. Mary Gilbride is the reader at the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning, November 3, and Lorraine Dempsey is on duty as Minister for the Eucharist.

Parent and Toddler Group

The parent and toddler group had great fun on Wednesday last, October 23, when all the children dressed up in preparation for Hallowe'en. This week they will all be taking a rest for the mid-term break and the group will meet up again on Wednesday, November 6, at the usual time.


GAA Lotto draw

On Tuesday, October 15, numbers drawn were 11, 16, 29 and 32. No jackpot winner. Lucky dips: Philip Ennis, David and Angelia Sullivan, Mick Haritigon, Karl Swaine. Next drawn in Peter Doyl'es Ferns on Tuesday, October 29, for a jackpot of €4,200. Tickets can be bought from sellers or local retailers. To play online use the link Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

Bowling Club

Ferns Bowling Club have bought 16 new jerseys at €15 each costing €240 in total. They are in red and white, the Ferns colours. The club is also purchasing a new mat, bowls and a jack costing €1,400.

Ferns Bowling Club would like to thank Pat Nolan (chairman), John Francis (treasurer) and Ray Fick (secretary) for all their work in all the above ventures.

All sponsors or sponsorship are welcome to support our club for the old people in our club.

Clonee Ladies' Football

Mark the Date: Clonee Ladies' Football Strictly Club Dancing takes place on November 15 in the Amber Springs.

Upcoming fundraisers; table quiz in Parkside on November 18 at 8.30. Tractor Run on Sunday the 20th, leaving Clonee GAA grounds at 11. The Crab Lane Pub Poker night on November 25.

Parish Variety Concert

The Ferns Parish Variety Concert 2019 will be held on November 6, in St Aidan's Church, Ferns. Featuring Olivia Douglas, Dave Lawlor and Theresa and the Stars. Admission €10 with door prize on the night. Tickets now available from the parish office and door to door in the coming weeks. All proceeds in aid of Ferns Parochial Funds.

House of Stories

Storytelling continues at Ár mBréacha House of Stories, Raheen, Ballyduff every first Tuesday of the month from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Next Storyhouse is on Tuesday, November 5. Phone 087 2119151. Email

Great War Commemoration

There will be a Great War Commemoration this Sunday, November 3, at 3 p.m. in Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow. Principal speaker her excellence the ambassador of Germany to Ireland Ms Deike Potzel followed by wreath laying. Opening address by the CEO of Wicklow County Council Mr Frank Curran. All are welcome at this moving event. Refreshments after in Woodenbridge Hotel. For further details please contact Pat Power at 086 1731215.


Social dancing

The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, November 10. Music on the night is by the Moynihans. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8.

GAA club AGM

GAA club AGM for adult and underage sections will take place on Sunday, November 3, at 5 p.m. in the club house, we look forward to seeing you there.

Baby and Toddler Group

Please note there will be no baby and Toddler Group gathering Tuesday, October 29, as schools are on mid-term break. Group resumes as normal Tuesday, November 5, in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play.


First Responders

A Hands for Life Course is coming to the parish very soon. Knowing CPR can save a loved one's life. The more people attend this course the better for everyone - Cardiac arrest can happen anyone anywhere and knowing the simple skill of CPR allows you to do your bit to help save a life. Spread the word and watch out Facebook page closely for upcomming course dates.

Monageer Grotto

Thanks to donations received over the summer, we've been able to plant almost 1,800 spring flowering bulbs which will add an extra flourish of colour at Monageer Grotto in the coming months. Your donations are much appreciated and are used to continually add new flowers, plants, and seasonal decor.We're currently working on the Halloween decor and we'll have news shortly about this year's Halloween event.

Volunteers have been busy decorating the Sensory Path for the Spooky Season. Don't forget our Halloween Storytime this Sunday at 5 p.m. when there'll be even more spooky things to see.

GAA News

Hard luck to our under-13 footballers who lost out to Marshalstown on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-5. We didn't get going in the first half, improved in the second half but it wasn't to be. Well done to Marshalstown-Castledockrell. The Lads have worked well this year and have enjoyed some good successes along the way. Lots of potential to be unlocked. Thanks to all the parents for their support throughout the year and huge thanks to all players for their commitment in 2019. Roll on next year!


Pop Up Gaeltacht

The next Pop Up Gaeltacht will be in Mernagh's lounge on Friday, November 1, starting at 9.30 p.m. The idea is for people to meet informally in a relaxed atmosphere and to use whatever bit of Gaeilge they have. No pressure and a bit of craic. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine. For updates, please follow the Pop Up Gaeltacht - Oylegate Facebook page.

Oylegate Craft Fair 2019

The annual Craft Fair will be held in Oylegate Community Centre on Sunday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables €20 each. Exhibitors from Oylegate and Glenbrien parish will be given first preference.

A certain number of tables will be assigned for TY students Mini-Companies and again first preference will be given to students from Oylegate and Glenbrien, who should book before November 8. To book a table please phone 087 6617527.

GAA club AGM

GAA club AGM for adult and underage sections will take place on Sunday, November 3, at 5 p.m. in the club house, we look forward to seeing you there.

Walking Track

The lights will be on at the walking track at the GAA Grounds every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the facility is available to all in the community, so come along and stay fit over the winter months. The couch to 5k group meet Wednesday evenings. All welcome to take part.

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gathering every Tuesday (Term-Time) in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bingo In Mernaghs

The bingo in Mernaghs is now being run to raise much needed funds for the local Tidy Towns, bingo commences at 9.15 on a Thursday night and all support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.

The Ballagh

Notes for Paper

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Congratulations to our recent winner Paddy Cussen winning €75. Thank you for your continued support. It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, Dick Britton PVC Ltd., The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ballagh Boxing Club

If you are interested in purchasing Ballagh Boxing goods such as Hoodies, Club Polos, Sweat shirts, Rainjackets, Gilets, Bags etc please be aware that orders must be made before November 8 to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Retired Nurses Association

The Wexford Branch of the Retired Nurses Association are hosting a Mass for deceased members of Wexford Health Services in Oylegate Community Centre on Wednesday, November 6, at 7.30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Wexford Hurling Bingo

Wexford Senior hurling stars and the Bob O'Keeffe Leinster Cup will attend bingo in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, November 3, beginning at 8 p.m. A raffle will be held on the night for a variety of prizes which include a signed Wexford Jersey and a DVD of the Road to Leinster Champions.

Craft Fair

Oulart Community Centre will host a Craft Fair on Sunday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you would like to book a stall or if you require further information please contact Theresa at 086 8227077.

Gorey Guardian