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Monday 10 December 2018

Around the districts: Ballymurn, Boolavogue, Monageer and The Ballagh

Pupils from Ballygarrett National School who put on a musical performance at the annual Christmas market in Ballygarrett parish hall
Pupils from Ballygarrett National School who put on a musical performance at the annual Christmas market in Ballygarrett parish hall

Ballymurn - Silver Circle: The first draw of the community centre Development Silver Circle Fundraiser took place recently in Foley's of Crossabeg.

The five lucky winners of €200 each were Patrick O'Connor, Castlesow; Mark Campbell, Kilmallock; Natasha Costelloe, Kyle Upper; Mary and Jackie Kearney, Raheny and Fintan Kehoe of Enniscorthy. Congratulations to all.

The December draw will take place in The Anvil, Ballymurn on Friday, December 21. Thanks again to everyone for the tremendous support received across the community.

Bingo

Bingo is played every Monday night in the Anvil pub starting at 9 p.m.

Dates for your Diary

Ballymurn Christmas Gathering will take place on Sunday, December 2, in Ballymurn Hall. The Tara Bishop 5K Fun Run will take place on Sunday, January 27, in Ballymurn.

Youth Club

Youth club takes place every Friday night in Ballymurn Hall from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

GAA club AGM

Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club will hold their AGM this Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m. in the Forge, Crossabeg.

Boolavogue

Clothes Collection

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club are raising funds by collecting clothes for recycling.

They would welcome all donations of unwanted clothes, paired shoes, hats scarves, handbags, curtains, clean towels, duvet covers, pillow cases and clean bed linen.

However, they don't want duvets or cushions please. All donations can be left into the old GAA complex in Monageer from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. every week.

Collection Thanks

The Wexford Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland wishes to thank everyone who gave so generously to their recent church gate collection in Boolavogue. Over €150 was collected and all of it will be used to benefit the members, children and adults, in the Wexford Branch.

Camogie AGM

Don't forget that our local camogie club's AGM will take place on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in the GAA Complex in Monageer. All parents of the underage players as well as all adult members are urged to attend.

Soccer News

The weekend of the 17th/November 18 was the best for St Cormac's so far this season with five wins and one draw recorded by the various teams. Phil Christophi was delighted that the Youths' team finally found form and recorded a season's best performance at home to Gorey Celtic. A revamped lineup saw the players give it all and the management plenty of thought for future selections. Nathan Dickson put them ahead early in play with a great header. Liam Walsh waltzed throught the defence for our second and then, early in the second half, Nathan and Liam scored another goal each. Tom Fitzgerald joined in the scoring spree with two late goals for a 6-0 win. The tireless Pádraig Moran was the man-of-the-match.

The under-13s, also at home, overcame Caim by 3-0. Abram O'Neill was first to score and Cormac Walsh smashed home the second just before the break. Alex Keegan put the game beyond Caim with stylish third goal for a team that showed great passing and decisive tackling throughout the game.

On Sunday the 18th. the ladies' team beat Shelbourne by 7-1. Aoife Walsh started the scoring 15 minutes into the game and added her second within five minutes. Rachel Breen connected on a corner kick for the third goal and Lorraine O'Connor's overhead kick shortly afterwards was the score of the game. Lorraine added her second just before the break to leave our girls 5-0 up for the first half. Shelbourne showed their determination early in the second half and pulled a goal back only to have Claudia Doyle and Kate Cullen more than cancel out their score. This win keeps the ladies' team on top of their division.

The Men's 'A' team travelled to New Ross to take on Ross Celtic and came home with a point from a 2-2 draw. A free kick from Mick Sweeney and a late penalty from Jamie Dempsey-Doyle sandwiched Ross's two goals. Brian O'Loughlin and Eoin Murphy starred from start to finish in this tough game.

The 'B' team, at home to Enniscorthy United, got their season back on the right track with a hard fought 2-1 win. The sides were scoreless at the break and Ray O'Brien put us ahead from a rebound early after the restart. United drew level with only 15 minutes remaining and Ray connected on a great pass from Seán Walsh for his second score near the end.

GAA lotto

The jackpot in the Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto draw on Tuesday, November 27 is €5,300. The draw will be held in the New Clubhouse in Monageer and 9.30 p.m. and tickets costing only €2 can be purchased immediately before the draw. Your continuing support is very much appreciated by the club and all its members.

Ministers of the Word

The Minister of the Word at the 8 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, December 1, is Bernie Flood with Geraldine Doyle helping distribute Holy Communion. At the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday the second., the reader on duty is James Breen with Catherine Gahan acting as Eucharistic Minister.

Carol service

Monageer foroige youth club are holding a carol service in Monageer Parish Hall on Saturday, December 8, at 7.30 p.m. after Mass, to raise money for the homeless people in Wexford. We are asking for the support of our community to come and donate to this very important cause. There will be a raffle and refreshments and a bake sale.

If you wish to donate to the bake sale or donate food and Christmas shoe boxes marked with gender you can drop them into the parish hall any Friday before December 8 between 7.45 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. All funds raised will go to the homeless action group.

Monageer

Carol service

Monageer foroige youth club are holding a carol service in Monageer Parish Hall on Saturday, December 8, at 7.30 p.m. after Mass, to raise money for the homeless people in Wexford. We are asking for the support of our community to come and donate to this very important cause. There will be a raffle and refreshments and a bake sale.

If you wish to donate to the bake sale or donate food and Christmas shoe boxes marked with gender you can drop them into the parish hall any Friday before December 8 between 7.45 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. All funds raised will go to the homeless action group.

GAA club news

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club are raising funds by collecting clothes for recycling. They would welcome all donations of unwanted clothes, paired shoes, hats scarves, handbags, curtains, clean towels, duvet covers, pillow cases and clean bed linen. However, they don't want duvets or cushions please. All donations can be left into the old GAA complex in Monageer from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. every week.

CAMOGIE AGM - Don't forget that our local camogie club's AGM will take place on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in the GAA Complex in Monageer. All parents of the underage players as well as all adult members are urged to attend.

LOTTO - The jackpot in the Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto draw on Tuesday, November 27 is €5,300. The draw will be held in the New Clubhouse in Monageer and 9.30 p.m. and tickets costing only €2 can be purchased immediately before the draw. Your continuing support is very much appreciated by the club and all its members.

The Ballagh

Local Notes

Groups, clubs, families and individuals who would like coverage of their activities, forthcoming events and successes, should contact me, Breda Jacob, by text, email, phone call or written note, no later than 8 p.m. on the Thursday prior to publication. Phone or text 086 1686978. Email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk. There is no charge for including an item in the Local Notes.

Boxing Club

Training resumes in the Ballagh on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. for underage boxers and beginners.

Split-the-pot

It costs just €2 to play and entry 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, The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Boland's XL Thanks to everyone who support this fundraiser.

Race to be Mayor

The GAA Mayoral Election Campaign is well under way and the next few weeks will see lots of fundraising activities organised for the candidates. On December 1 Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team will hold 'Come Dine with me' in the Ballagh Community Centre while on second, December 9 and 16 Phil's team will hold bingo.

As this year is the 25th Anniversary of Oulart-The Ballagh winning their first Senior Hurling Title (1994) Phil's team will launch a Souvenir Calendar in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, December 15. And if you want to buy a real Christmas Tree to support Sponger's Mayoral campaign, please place your order with Declan at 087 3456523.

The two candidates' teams also have raffle tickets circulating, with valuable prizes on offer. We would encourage as many as possible to support the events as all the proceeds go to Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club. Please follow the Facebook page for more details.

CFR info evening

The Oulart-The Ballagh Unit of Community First Responders is live, seven nights a week and all day at weekends, assisting the National Ambulance Service, on a totally voluntary basis.

Anyone interested in being part of the CFR group should note that an Information evening will be held in the Ballagh Community Centre on Wednesday, December 5, at 8.30 p.m. For queries please contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Collection thanks

The Wexford Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the recent collection in the Ballagh. €324 was collected and has been banked and will stay in the branch to be used to benefit all the children and adults in the branch. Thanks to the collectors for their time and help.

Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Book Fair in the Ballagh school. As always the books were hugely popular and the school earned over €800 worth of free books from the book sales. Thank you to the parents who volunteered each day and helped to make it such a success. There will be plenty of reading materials for the winter months ahead.

GAA club AGM

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will hold its annual general meeting this Friday, November 30, in Oulart Community Centre. Registration will be from 7 p.m. and the formalities will begin at 7.30 p.m. New members, male and female, are always welcome to join our GAA club and, where better to start than at the AGM where we review the past year, elect officers, committee and team managements and make plans for 2019. Former players and older members who have let their membership lapse are encouraged to become involved again.

Tractor Road Run

On Sunday, December 2, a Tractor Road-Run in aid of Oulart senior citizens Christmas party, will start at the 1978 Monument, opposite O'Leary's Oulart Hill Bar, at midday. For further information please contact Seán Byrne at 087 6486279.

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