Sunday 21 July 2019

Around the districts: Boolavogue, Carnew, Ferns, Monageer

Enjoying Grandparents Day in Ballyduff NS were school principal Lorcan Browne with Tommy and Chrissie Rooney and their grandson, James Brennan
Enjoying Grandparents Day in Ballyduff NS were school principal Lorcan Browne with Tommy and Chrissie Rooney and their grandson, James Brennan

Boolavogue: St Cormac's News - A depleted under-16 team travelled to Rosslare Strand on Saturday, January 26. With only 12 players, they were 0-2 behind at the break but bounced back to level the score by the end.

Fionn Walsh blasted a brilliant shot to the net shortly after the restart and within five minutes Dylan Brady found the corner with an impressive shot from the wing. Rosslare went 3-2 ahead but Fionn once again found the net with a cracking shot.

The ladies' team continued their impressive season on Sunday the 27th. beating Ajax by 4-0. The multi-talented Anais Curran scored a hat-trick while Lorraine O'Connor got the last. This team has only one more league game left in a brilliant season.

The Men's 'B' team, hosting Ferns 'A' in a cup clash, were unlucky to lose by 1-2. The visitors were 0-1 up at the break, having scored inside the first 10 munutes. Seán Walshe brought our lads level with a great header late in the game. But later still, Ferns found a winner and progress to the next round.

The 'A' Men's team were away to Campile and shared the spoils, coming from 0-3 down to draw the game 4-4. Second half goals from Mick Sweeney, Johnny Fitzgerald and two from Mark Walsh put them 4-3 ahead with less than 10 minutes remaining, having trailed by 0-3 at the break. But inside the last 60 seconds, Campile scored to draw level and divide the spoils.

GAA News

The GAA club's 'Biggest Loser' fundraiser is under way and the walking track is lit every night to encourage everyone to get out walking and running. There is organised group walking each Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at 7 p.m.

The club section of the National Club Draw took place on Sunday the 27th and the winners were as follows. First prize, a trailer of wood was won by John Stafford; second prize, 12 month Gym membership was won by Jimmy 'Shugs' Gahan; third prize, a hamper went to Morgan Gahan; fourth prize, six months Gym membership was won by Adam and Simon Power; fifth prize, another hamper, was won by Emily Dunbar; sixth prize, a voucher for the Monageer Tavern, was by Martina O'Reilly; seventh prize, another voucher for the Monageer Tavern, was won by Colin Hawkins; eight prize, a club voucher was won by Aidan Finn; ninth prize, three months' Gym membership was won by David Mernagh and the final prize, two bottles of wine, went to Molly and Liam Cooper.

St Patrick's Day parade

There will be a St Patrick's Day parade in the Harrow on Sunday, March 17, commencing at 1 p.m. As well as a Grand Marshall to view the parade, St Patrick and Fr Murphy will make an appearance. It is hoped that as many local groups as possible will take part and everyone is invited to join in. This should prove to be a great family day out. For further details, please contact Eithne Turner or Caroline Farrington.

Ministers of the Word

Éinín Rossiter is reading at the 8 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, February 9, while Caroline Farrington is the Eucharistic Minister on duty. On Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. Mass, Leila Breen is the Minister of the Word on duty and Kathleen Kehoe will help distribute Holy Communion.

Clothes Collection

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club is continuing to collect used clothes for recycling, to raise much needed funds for the club. 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 at all, 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.


Registration Night

Little Acorns Playschool and after school registration night will take place in Little Acorns, Carnew from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, places are limited all welcome.

Thank you

Margaret Shortall, Tomacork View would like to thank all who celebrated with her on the occasion of her 70th birthday. Thank you to Anne Farrell, my two daughters Ann and Margaret for doing the food, to Eugene Kenny and Melissa for the use of the lounge, to Jimmy Hogan and Lar Kenny for the beautiful music, to everyone for their cards and gifts, it was very much appreciated.

Split the Pot

The winner of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew split-the-pot of January 25 was Nancy Bolger winning €232, tickets on sale from the school or local shops.


Congratulations to Kieran and Jennifer Osborne, park, Clonegal on the birth of their daughter.

Tinahely Walking Club

The following are the upcoming walks for Tinahely Walking Club. February 10: Ballycumber, Level B, 12km, 3.5 hours. Meet Tinahely 10.30 a.m. February 17: Ballymanus, Level B, 10km, three hours. Meet Tinahely 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, February 17, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew, all welcome.

Ballyellis National 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 form sent out or call into the school to collect form.

Friday, January 25 winner of split-the-pot is Celia Nolan, Ballytarsna - winning €167. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Masses in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Green Schools

All Saints National School are working towards their fifth Green school flag 'Global citizenship Litter and waste' we want a clean world and we are working hard to encourage everyone to reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We are also making 'Eco Bricks' where we put any plastic that can't be recycled into a two liter bottle, when we have enough bottles we will make our own furniture with it, we encourage everyone to do the same.


Tombrack NS

Enrolment forms are now available in the school for anyone wishing to enroll their child/children in Tombrack NS for the school year 2019/2020. The forms can be obtained from the school office any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during school hours. Closing date for enrolment is Thursday, February 28.

Details are also on our website or Twitter

Seana Ghael Awards

Congratulations to three people from the parish of Ferns on achieving their Seana Ghael Awards. It is a great honour. They are David Bernie, Ferns St Aidan's, Charlie Christopher, St Martin's and Ned Kirwan, Clonee. Get Well Wishes also to Charlie Christopher, who is recovering from an operation.

House of Stories

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


Months Mind Mass

Month's mind Mass for Andrew (Andy) Kelly, Kilpierce will be held on Saturday, February 9, at 7 p.m. in Monageer Church.


We wish to offer our sincere sympathy to Breda Sinnott, Crane on the death of her husband Aidan (Teddy} Sinnott, who died on December 27, 2018, aged 70. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Monageer Church with Fr Cosgrave PP as Chief Celebrant. The burial took place in our (new) local cemetery.

Also to Rose Donohoe, Clondaw, whose sister Mona Atkinson (née Murphy), aged 92. The Requiem Mass and burial took place in Glenbrien.

Also to the family and friends of Patrick McDonald, Crossmeadow, Monageer, who died on January 7, aged 67. Being a native of he Glendalough area, the funeral Mass was celebrated in Laragh Church and Patrick was laid to rest in Glendalough Cemetery.

Also to the family and friends of Andrew (Andy) Kelly, Kilpierce, who departed this life on January 16, aged 91. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in our local church by Fr Cosgrave and Andy was laid to rest in Monageer (new) cemetery.

To Sinéad O'Hanlon (Deputy Principal) Monageer National School, whose mother Anne Sheehy, Cookstown, Co Tyrone died on January 19 aged 71. The funeral Mass and the burial took place in Cookstown.

Also To Anne O'Rourke, Ballymotey Cross, whose brother Patrick Cowman, Glenbrien died January 24 aged 66. The obsequies took place in Glenbrien.

Lastly to the family and friends of John Elliot, Lower Ballysimon, who died on January 10 aged 94. After a service in the Funeral Home on 15th, cremation took place privately. RIP.

300-1 Draw results

The winners of January's 300-1 draw were as follow; first (€150) Martin and Mary Murphy, Killabeg; second (€40) Susan and John Doyle, Oulartard; third (€30) Claire Doyle, Killabeg and fourth (€20) Shane Furlong, Clondaw.


This week's split-the-pot draw resulted in a win for Carrie Reilly, who secured the top prize. Congratulations to her.

Senior Citizens Party

The annual party took place on Sunday, January 13, in the Monageer Tavern. Despite the Penny Bank closing down some months ago, the committee had some resources in the bank arising from interest on Penny Bank lodgements in recent years. Hence they were able to fund this Party at a cost. About 60 guests sat down to a lovely lunch. Music was provided by an accomplised musician from Marshalstown and an enjoyable afternoon of music and dancing was had by all. Spot prizes were plentiful and enjoyed by the winners.

We thank Séamus and Mary Canavan, proprietors of the Tavern, for making their premises abailable and for the excellant food provided, and Anne Fenlon, Ballymurtagh and her committee, who arranged the Party.

Church notes

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) - On May 25 this year this new law of the European Uniion came into force in Ireland and in the other €27pean countries. It requires all of us to show special respect for and care of what are referred to as Sensitive Personal Data of other living people.

This is now the law, So from the viewpoint of the parish it is now necessary to gat a perons's (or the family's) permission to put his/her name in the Parish Newsletter in relation to a baptism, marriage or death and also in relatio to putting names on list in connection with the reading being a Eucharistic Minister, Bringing up the Gifts etc. This is being attended to at present.

PARISH COMMITTEE - A meeting took place last Thursday week, January 24, in the Parish Hall. The main items discussed concerned the extensive refurbishments in our Parish Hall, now nearing completion.

FIRST COMMUNION MASS - The first of our four special MSSES FOR THE 14 First Communion Children took place last Sunday week at 10 a.m. Mass. The class teacher is Miss Karen Murphy. The parents take part along with their children.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS' WEEK.: This began last Sunday and also had as it highlight Grandparents' Day on Friday, February 1. In the last few years this has been a very enjoyable occasion with large numbers of grandparents attending.

Clothes collection

Monageer-Boolavogue GAA are running a Clothes Collection and would welcome all donations of unwanted clothes, paired shoes, hats, scarfs, handbags, bed linen (no duvets, or cushions please) curtains, towels etc.

All donations can be left at the Old Complex - Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. every week.

Gorey Guardian