Sunday 16 June 2019

Around the districts: Boolavogue, Carnew, Ferns and The Ballagh

Alan and Anna Doyle with their children, Alex and Ariana at the Wells House and Gardens Classic Motorcycle Show
Alan and Anna Doyle with their children, Alex and Ariana at the Wells House and Gardens Classic Motorcycle Show

Boolavogue - Féile Champions: Our under-14 hurlers took on Fethard St Mogue's on Sunday the fifth. in Belfield in the final of the Féile na nGael hurling tournament. A tough, determined Fethard side forced the game to extra time but our lads showed their pedigree as champion hurlers, winning the game by 4-9 to 1-10 and booking their place in the National Féile finals in Cork.

Tidy Village Fundraiser

The Tidy Village Group were blessed with good weather for their annual sponsored walk. They set off from the church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, and returned at 3.45 p.m. for refreshments in the hall. These were provided by Joan Furlong and Cathy Coughlan. The group would like to thank everyone who took part, donated acted as steward or helped in any way. The money raised goes towards the purchase of flowers, pots, paint etc. If you can give even an hour of your time to help out around the village, it would also be greatly appreciated. Please contact Paddy O'Dowd for further details.

Easter Draw

Congratulations to all the prize winners in the Parish Easter raffle. Many thanks to all who donated prizes and to those who purchased lines and helped raise over €1,000 for parish funds. Daisy Hall won the first prize, a Tower health fryer. The rest of the prize winners were as follows: Second. Joan Furlong; third. Breda Ellis; fourth. Statia Ivory; fifth. Willy Nolan; sixth. John Turner; seventh. John Gahan; eighth. Ann Gahan; ninth. Aidan Finn; 10th. Conor Gahan; 11th. Mary O'Halloran; 12th. Pat Doyle; 13th. Susan Roche; 14th. Paddy Walsh; 15th. Kerry Murphy; 16th. Willian Gahan; 17th. Kyle Ivory.

Trócaire Boxes

If you have not done so already, please return your Trócaire Boxes to St Cormac's church or to Boolavogue NS It would be very helpful if you could have the contents changed into notes as this makes it easier both to count and to lodge in the bank for Trócaire.

Grotto Prayers

There will be prayers at the Boolavogue Grotto on Monday, May 27, at 8 p.m., the last Monday in May, in honour of Our Lady. The rosary will be recited folowed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and all are invited to attend.

School News

On Tuesday, May 7, a deputation from Boolavogue NS travelled to the Department of Foreign Affairs in in Dublin to meet Helen Mac.

Entee TD where she presented them with their reward for five years fruitful participation in the European Blue Star programme. The programme is aimed at fostering fostering better knowledge and understanding of the EU and how it affects our lives.

Foróige Tractor Run

Boolavogue's Foróige Club were delighted to assist the Solsborough Vintage Club in hosting their recent tractor run. Over €2,400 was raised and these funds will ensure the continuation of the Foróige annual senior citizens' Party. Many thanks to all who helped with the run, those who contributed and especially those who took part in the colourful calavalcade of vintage vehicles.

GAA News

On Tuesday night last, May 7, the club's under-12 girls took on Gorey in their first league game. Despite starting slowly, the took control and ran out convincing winners after a great performace in the fourth quarter. The previous Saturday, the under-10 boys' football teams took part in a Go-Games blitz in Ferns. The 'red' team took on Glynn-Barntown, St Martin's and Rathgarouge-Cushinstown, winning two games and drawing the third. The club's 'white' team were out against St Anne's, St Mary's (Rosslare) and Adamstown, winning two games and losing one. Coffee morning.

A coffe morning will be hosted by Rose-Mary and Colm O'Loughlin, parents of young Darragh, in aid of Ronald McDonald house, Crumlin hospital and Children's Medical and Research Foundation, Crumlin, on Saturday, May 18, at the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ministers of the Word

James Breen is due to read at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. with Georgina Gahan helping distribute Holy Communion. At the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning, Catherine Whelan is reading while Dorothy Hall is the Minister for the Eucharist.

GAA lotto

The €6,400 jackpot in the Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto is on offer tonight, Tuesday, May 14, at 9.30 p.m. in the New Clubhouse in Monageer. If you have not yet got a ticket, you can buy them online or in the clubhouse immediately before the draw.

Pilgrimage to Knock

There will be a bus travelling to Knock on June 14, leaving Wexford at 7 a.m. It will pass through Enniscorthy at 7.30 a.m., Ferns at 7.45 a.m., and Gorey at 8 a.m. The total cost of €110 includes the bus fare B&B nad one full dinner. If you are interested in booking a seat on the bus, please contact Monica at 087 6419960.

Clothes Collection

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club are again raising funds by collecting used clothing and would be delighted to receive them. They 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. So if you have been spring cleaning or intend to, your local GAA could benefit by recycling the clothes.

Patron Sunday

The annual patron will be held this year on Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. with Mass celebrated in graveyard, weather permitting. This will be followed by the annual field day.

Advance Warning

St Cormac's AFC will host its annual general meeting on Monday, June 10, at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse in Luke Foran Park. For further details, please contact John Farrington at 087 2625054.



Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Luke Byrne, Bolinrush, who died during the week.

His remains were removed to Askamore on Thursday for 2 p.m. Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

21st birthday

Happy 21st birthday to Nathan Keane, Coollattin Road.


Congratulations to Toni Doran, Coolboy on winning an Award for her achievement in music in Waterford Institute of Technology. Well done, Toni.


The annual patron in Askamore is on Sunday, June 2, please bring home all rubbish, dead flowers and no dumping in the grave yard please.

Good luck

We wish Pat Doran, Tomacork all the best in his retirement from politics and thank him for all his help and support in his time as councilor.


Congratulations to Naiose Hennessy, Shrule on winning the Texaco art competition recently and all the best for the future.

Get well

Get well wishes go the Michael Skelton, The Glen. Patrick Doyle, Malton Park.

Tinahely walking club

The following are the walks for the next two weeks for Tinahely walking club. May 19: Kyle Loop. Level B, 18km, 4.5 hours. Meet Tinahely GAA car park 10 a.m. May 26: Tonelagee and Scarr. Level A, 15km, five hours. Meet Tinahely 9.15 a.m. or Brockagh car park 10 a.m.

As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink.


The next bingo is on Sunday, May 19, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew, all welcome.


God bless all the children from Ballyellis National Scoil and Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew, who made their First Holy Communion recently.

Split the pot

The lucky winner of €228 in our split-the-pot draw of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew was the Wafer Family Parkmore. Congratulations. The seller's prize was won by Donal Moore, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Finnán Kinsella.

Next draw is on Friday, May 17. Thanks for your support.

Ballyellis NS split the pot

Friday, May 10, winner of split-the-pot is Andi Killeen, Craanford - 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.

Carnew heritage club

Carnew Heritage club are holding a car, tractor and lorry run on Sunday, June 2, registration from 4 p.m. followed by barbecue and music in the field, all welcome.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual pilgrimage to Knock from Askamore is on July 1/2. For further details contact Mary Kenny on0861541948.


Active Retirement Association

The monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the School Library. (Please note date of meeting). At 2 p.m. (sharp) Mr Colm O'Tiarnaigh will present a slide show of his recent visit to Israel.

A day trip to Powerscourt has been arranged for May 20, leaving Ferns at 10 a.m. Please contact Colm at 086 3866582 or Mary at 087 2617847 if you intend travelling.

The group have recently returned safely and relaxed from the annual five-day trip to Sligo which was greatly enjoyed.

Tombrack Litter Pick thanks

The co-ordinators of the Tombrack clean-up would like to thank everyone who helped in the past week's. We are asking homeowners to continue cleaning the stretch of road 30 metres on both sides of their property in order to keep our area litter-free. Again many thanks to all.

GAA lotto draw

On April 30 numbers drawn were 2, 5, 6 and 10; no jackpot winner. LUCKY DIPS: John Breen; K Kileen, Pairc Mhuire; Brid Breen; Thomas and Annette Guinan. next draw in the Courtyard on Tuesday, May 14, for a jackpot of €4,500. Tickets can be bought from sellers or local retailers.To play online use the link Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

The Ballagh

GAA Facilities

All GAA and camogie age groups are back in training and the two pitches and the Hurling Wall/astroturf are a hive of activity most evenings. The Walking Track is also being well utilised by the local community as it provides a safe area for young and not-so-young to take a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, at any time throughout the day and into the evening. Please remember that cycling is not permitted in the GAA grounds.


Congratulations to the most recent winner-John Roche-who won €70. 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, The Trading Post, Tim's Cafe, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL.


A Defibrillator has been installed in Ballaghkeene National School, jointly funded by Ballaghkeene Community Project and the parents' association. Míle buíochas to everyone involved.

Active Retired

At a recent meeting of the Ballagh Active Retirement Group a calendar of events for 2019 was drawn up, including a Mid-Week Getaway to Racket Hall Country House Hotel, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, from June 17 to June 20. The all-inclusive price of €235 includes three nights dinner, bed and Breakfast, return Coach travel from the Ballagh, two Day Coach tours to places of interest in the surrounding area and Evening Entertainment. This trip is open to non-members also and a few seats are still available. If you are interested, please contact chairperson, Mary Fortune at 087 7987766, for further information.

Cheque Presentation

Well done to Bob Dunne of Bob's Bar, The Ballagh on presenting a cheque to the value of €700 to Mary Fortune, chairperson of the Ballagh Active Retirement Association, the proceeds of recent bingo sessions.

Hands for Life

CPR is an easy skill to learn. Join us and learn how to use your hands to save a life in an hour. We plan to run a course in Oulart before the end of May. We need 30 or more people aged 18 and over who would be interested in a free 'Hands for Life' training course. Please contact any of the following: Niamh Sinnott, Breda Flood or Liz Freeman.

Cúl Camps 2019

Parents/Guardians are reminded that two GAA and camogie Cúl Camps will be held in Oulart this summer. The first one will run from July 1 to July 5 and the second one from August 12 to August 16. For full details and booking see

Gorey Guardian