Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Blackwater, Bree - Galbally, Glenbrien, Oylegate, The Ballagh

Mairead Uí Ruaidh and Aingeal Uí Shiggín at the Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh’s Bar, Oylegate
Mairead Uí Ruaidh and Aingeal Uí Shiggín at the Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh’s Bar, Oylegate

Blackwater: Vintage Threshing/Field Day - Blackwater Vintage Club's annual Vintage Threshing and Field day will take place in Blackwater village on Saturday, September 28, at 1pm.

Other attractions include bottle stall, dog show, cake sale, live music and dancing with Declan, vintage display and many more.

Special attraction this year is a scarecrow making competition, straw will be provided, competitors to supply other materials and props, prizes for best scarecrow on the day. Free draw on entry and refreshments will be served. A great family day out is guaranteed. Proceeds to Blackwater Parish Hall. Like us on Facebook for more information.

GAA club notes

Fixtures for the week: Saturday at 11 under-15 Hurling Play-Off v Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy. 3 p.m. Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final v HWH Bunclody in Monamolin.

The intermediate hurlers defeated Shamrocks in the last round of the championship 2-23 to 2-10 to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time since 2013.

The under-15 Hurling team defeated Rapparees this morning in their preliminary play-off 2-15 to 1-10. They now play Davidstown-Courtnacuddy to see who qualifies for the Roinn One Quarter Final.

This week 25 years ago the intermediate footballers were due to play Ballygarrett in the relegation final.

Any news?

Would everyone connected with groups, asssociation etc in the Blackwater Parish please consider putting up notifications in the local newspaper. We are one of the few parishes that dont keep everyone informed of events, results of draws, enrollments upcoming and important events.

All notices need to be sent via email to on the Thursday evening by 9 p.m. before publication every Tuesday or if email is not available please call Clare at 086 8386242. Many of our parishioners are not on social media or email and rely on the paper to keep them up todate.


Bree Active Retirement

The September meeting of Bree ARA takes place this Wednesday, September 18, in Bree Community Centre. Usual time from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A trip has been arranged for the Arboretum on Thursday the 26th. Note change of date and time. Bus leaving Bree CC at 10 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Cost? 30. Enquiries to 086 0747823.

Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes will take place in Bree Community Centre with Grace Reddington on Monday nights from 8.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. and on Thursday mornings from 10.15 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Sessions will begin on Monday, September 23, and continue for six weeks. Please bring your own mat. Cost is? 60 for the six weeks or? 12 drop in session.

Fashion Show

A Fashion Show takes place in the Riverside Park Hotel on Wednesday, October 16, in aid of Bree Community Playground. Enniscorthy based shops 'Glamour' and 'Ottiva' are supplying the fashion, 'Perfection by Mon' the make-up and Liam Sharkey is MC for the night. Tickets at €10 are now on sale in Garry Byrnes, Riverside Park Hotel and from any Committee Member.

Christmas Craft Fair

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For bookings please contact Jackie Byrne 087 2319219.

Basic Computer Course

Basic Computer Course in Galbally Community Centre starting on September 19 (two hours per week for five weeks). Suitable for people with little or no experience in computers. Contact Dawn at 087 8306206 to register interest. Course is funded by Irish Rural Link at Department of Communications.

Holistic Health Care Workshop

Introduction to Holistic Health Care Workshop in Galbally Community Centre. This one-day workshop will give you an introduction into Holistic Health Care, go through some of the popular modalities, how to set up your business and more.

All is covered in a one-day workshop and a certificate of attendance is issued at the end of the course. Possible dates 21st or September 28. Cost of workshop is €75. €25 secures your place on course and pay the remainder on arrival. Contact Catherine or Dawn for more information on how to enrol: SMS/Whats.

App Catherine 085 1103506 or Dawn 087 8306206.

Galbally Advertising

Calling all local business owners. Advertising spaces available at Galbally Sports and Leisure Club in the heart of Galbally Village close to school and church. Advertise your goods and services while supporting your local community centre for an annual fee of? 130 including A1 size sign (?100 without sign). For details contact Dylan at 086 3719982.

Scoil Mhuire NS Ballyhogue

The students and staff of Scoil Mhuire have been busy settling in to the 2019 - 2020 school year. Our skilled and devoted staff are already planning and preparing to ensure a fruitful and enjoyable learning year for the children. Thursday saw the start of our new Schools Club which runs every Thursday from 2.45 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Examples of activities we plan for the year include Fitness Circuits, Chess Club, Drama Club and Quiz Club. This will be free of charge and will be supervised by one of the teaching staff.

Galbally car boot sale

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club's next car boot sale will take place on Monday, October 28 (Bank Holiday Monday), 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For bookings please contact Dawn at 087 8306206.


Baby and Toddler Group

There is a 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 for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

Glenbrien NS

We hope that everyone has settled back after the summer Holidays.

A very big welcome to Miss Doyle. Junior infants class, to Rian, Bodi, James, Adam, Tadhg, Max, Sophie, Belle, Maia, Lucy and Stella Rose. we hope you are settling in well; and to Miss O'Keeffe's class; to our new teachers Miss O'Keiffe. Miss Crosby Liz Freeman and Julie Winders.

Our parents' association AGM will take place over the next few weeks. Everyone including all the new parents of junior infants are more than welcome to come along and join us.

The weekly bingo takes place in O'Briens in Glenbrien - money from the extra book is being donated to the school so please come along on Wednesday nights to help the good cause. have a laugh and some fun. Please come along and join us for a great night every Wednesday.

Irish Dancing classes

Irish Dancing classes are commencing in Oylegate Community Centre on Thursday, September 12, at 6.30 p.m. Fully qualified and garda vetted dance teacher, all levels catered for from beginners to advanced. For more information call Claire at 087 2094607.


Ladies' football AGM

Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC will hold their AGM on Friday, September 20, at 7.30 p.m. in the Forge in Kyle.

Parish Draw

August Winners - first prize €200: Una and Nick Fortune, €50 each: Lena and Brian Doyle, Pouldarrig, Nicholas Stamp, Ballindarrig, Eamonn Mernagh and PJ Farrell, Coolanick.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving to God for the fruits of the harvest will be marked at Masses on September 28/29.

Baby and Toddler Group

The baby and Toddler Group is 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 for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

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 would be greatly appreciated.

The Ballagh

Charity Bingo

Congratulations to Bob's Bar, The Ballagh on the success of their weekly bingo that benefits so many local causes. The latest beneficiary of the bingo was Ballaghkeen National School, whose principal, Mr Darren Nolan, was presented with a cheque for €700 last week. Thank you to Robert and Paula and staff and to all who attend the bingo.

Underage GAA

Oulart-The Ballagh under-13 footballers who compete in Division 4, defeated St Mary's Maudlintown in the county final in St Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy on Thursday, September 12. This talented group of players have already won the top division of hurling and are congratulated on achieving a wonderful double.

Adult GAA

There was much local disappointment and dismay on Saturday, September 7, when Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers exited the county championship, having been held to a draw by Glynn-Barntown (13 points each) and having won only one of the five championship matches they played in 2019. On the following day the intermediate hurlers who had topped their group lost to Geraldine-O' Hanrahans in the championship quarter - final.

Electronic Scoreboard

The newly erected scoreboard at the upper pitch was in operation for the first time last Saturday evening when Oulart-The Ballagh Senior camogie team played St Martin's in the rescheduled group championship fixture. The understrength home side was defeated and will meet Rathnure in the Co. semi-final while St Martin's will play Glynn-Barntown.

Family Notices

If you would like these Notes to include details of your family births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, achievements and successes please supply the relevant details (no later than Thursday at 8 p.m.) by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email

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