Monday 14 October 2019

Around the districts: Boolavogue, Carnew, Ferns, Monageer

Members of the Gorey Community School junior choir performing at the Bene Merenti concert in Gorey Little Theatre
Members of the Gorey Community School junior choir performing at the Bene Merenti concert in Gorey Little Theatre

Boolavogue: Photo Finish - Congratulations to the six pupils from Boolavogue National School, who made it through to the finals of the Irish National Schools Photography Awards. Lana Czak's entry is called 'Connections', Ann Redmond's is called 'Time, Hours, Minutes', Áine O'Loughlin's is 'DNA Connects Cousins', Nathan Farrell's is 'Button and Hole' while Clara Doran's is titled 'Join Hand and Grow Together' and James Turner's is 'Tractors connecting generations'. Their inspiring entries can be seen on the website.

GAA lotto draw

Tonight, Tuesday, March 5, the draw will be held for the €5,600 Monageer-Boolavogue GAA jackpot. If you have not bought your ticket, they can still be had from all club members, local businesses and in the club complex in Monageer immediately before the draw at 9.30 p.m.

60 year celebration

The book produced by the senior class in Boolavogue NS celebrating 60 years in the 'New School' is almost sold out. Costing only €10, the pupils produced it as a project for the Junior Entrepeneur Programme. Call into the school or the post office if you still have not bought a copy and you might still be lucky and manage to buy one of the last copies available.

St Cormac's News

On Sunday, February 24, the Men's 'A' team were away to Tombrack United sharing the points with a 2-2 draw, despite dominating the game. The teams were tied 1-1 at the break, Tombrack gifting us the goal and shortly after the resumption, Matthew Dunne put our lads 2-1 ahead. Tombrack powered up the field immediately to level the game and claim their share of the points.

GAA news

The annual cross country run organised by Monageer-Boolavogue GAA and camogie clubs in association with their 'Biggest Loser' campaign, took place on Gahan's farm at Tinnacross on Sunday, February 24. The participants, who had to run, stumble and trudge over 4.5km of mixed terrain, were blessed with ideal weather and had a great time.

The weekly 5km run/walk being organised as part of the 'Biggest Loser' fundraiser takes place in Boolavogue again next Saturday at 9 a.m. The walkers will leave from Boolavogue NS and head for the Grotto. There they take a left towards Ballyorley Cross, turn left again and return to Boolavogue by St Cormac's pitch. There is no charge for taking part in this well stewarded event and good companionship is guaranteed.

The GAA club would like to extend its sympathy to the Stamp family, Tomsollagh, on the recent death in England of John Stamp RIP. In the first Co. hurling final won by the club in 1974, he scored three memorable points. One of the finest footballers who ever played for the club, he also was on the club's football team that won a championship title in 1978. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh sé.

St Patrick's Day parade

If you still have not registered an interest in taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade in the Harrow, you are asked to contact Eithne Turner at 087 6960370 or Caroline Farrington at 087 1306957 in order to book their place. This promises to be a very enjoyable and family friendly event so come along, paint your face and join in the fun.

Ministers of the Word

On Saturday, March 9, at the Vigil Mass, Cormac O'Loughlin is the Eucharistic Minister on duty with Bernie Flood as Minister for the Word. On Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. Mass, Lorraine Dempsey will help distribute Holy Communion while Rika O'Neill will be reading.

Clothes Collection

The Wexford Branch of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are collecting unwanted clothes as a fundraiser. They will accept household linen, curtains, belts, handbags, paired shoes as well as ordinary clothes. However, they do not accept cushions, duvets, socks or any underwear. If you would like to make space in your cupboards and wardrobes and at the same time support a very worthy cause, please contact Bernadette Flood at 085 7216075 or Bernie flood at 087 6959156. The closing date for this collection is first week of April.



Sincere sympathy is extended to Peg Fleming, Gorey Road, Carnew, to her family and relatives on the death of her brother Eddie Murphy, Rathdrum, who died recently.

Chair Yoga

Carnew Community Care. Eight classes from Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a gentle exercise class for seniors aiming to improve flexibility, strength and mobility. Chair yoga can also help promote balance, co-ordination and improve overall health and well-being. €8 per class or €60 for eight. For more information or to book a place, please contact Siobhán Rice at 086 8199498.

Internet safety talk

Coláiste Bhríde parents' association will host an internet safety talk in the school on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. This is a free talk for all parents of teenagers, by Juvenile Liaison Officer, Garda Kevin Fahy on Social Media and Internet Safety for teens.

Tinahely Walking Club

The following are the details of Tinahely Walking club for the next two weeks. March 10: Clara Vale Loop, Level C, 9.5km, 2.5 hours. Meet Tinahely 10 a.m. or Rathdrum town car park 10.30 a.m. March 17: Mangans Loop, Level B, 8km, two hours. Meet Tinahely GAA car park 10 a.m.

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

Gardening for Biodiversity

Gardening for Biodiversity is growing this Spring with a series of five evening classes in Carnew Training and Development Centre. Classes start on Wednesday evening, March 6, with the Brown Stuff - Peatfree Gardening and Wednesday the 13th.

Gardening For Pollinators: Time 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. €5 each or €20 for all five. Contact Sarah at 087 4199417 for more details.

Scoil Aodán Naofa

Scoil Aodán Naofa, Carnew is now accepting enrolments for incoming junior infants for the school year 2019/20. Please contact the school office at 053 9426315or for forms.


The next bingo is on Sunday, March 10, at 2.30 p.m. in St Bridget's Hall, Carnew all welcome. 21ST Happy 21st birthday to Clare Moore, Ballytarsna.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Carnew are holding their St Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday March 17 at 1 pm, entry forms available from Carnew Training and Development Centre, Victor Young=92s, Michael Kinsella (Kinsella Estates), Mick Kelly, (Candys), Gavin Nolan ( South East Security). Lorna Doran McEvoy (Scoil Aodan Naofa), entries must be in by Thursday March 14.

Split the Pot

The winner of last weeks Split the Pot of Scoil Aodan Naofa Carnew was won by Jimmy Kavanagh who won €247. Congratulations. The sellers prize was won by Ameila Mulhall who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky dip winner was Nicky Ryan Next draw is on 8th March . Thanks for your support.

Ballyellis NS

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, March 1 winners of split-the-pot are John and Josie Kinsella, Drummond - winning €156. 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.


Bowling AGM

Ferns Bowling held their AGM recently. Officers elected were Pat Nolan, chairman, Ray Flick, secretary, John Francis, treasurer, Mary Anne Sunderland, PRO, committee, Nancy Hanlon, Jean Spellar, Fred Warren, Charlie Christopher, Joe Ronan, Joe Murphy, Johnny McClean and Nicholas Ronan. All are welcome to come to bowling.

House of Stories

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


Church news

PARISH COMMITTEE MEETING - This meeting took place on Tueaday evening February 19, in the Parish Hall. The main items discussed concerned the esxtensive refurbishment in our Parish Hall. These works have now been completed. To explain to parishioners and display the good work done an official opening evening will take place on Saturday, March 9, after Evening Mass, that is, about 7.45 p.m. Some ofrficial of the county Council will attend. All are welcome to come and view the much improved hall and to share refreshments.

GOSPEL CHOIR - The Enniscorthy Gospel Choir will visit Monageer on Saturday, March 23, when they will sing at our evening Mass. Their visit will be celebrated with refreshments in the hall afterwards.

FIRST COMMUNION MASS - The second of our four special Masses for the 14 First Communion Children took place last Sunday at 10 a.m. Mass. The class teacher is Miss Karen Murphy. The parents took part along with their children.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S WEEK - During this week, Grandparents' Day was celebrated on Friday, February 1. This year a large gathering of grandparents assembled in our school to view the classrooms, meet the teachers, see their grandchild (ren) and have tea. It was a very enjoyable occasion thanks to the school staff.

SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES - Our Rep. has been Eithne Murphy, Monageer along with Aidan Wildes, Crane. Now Eithne has retired after serving our parish faithfully and well over 12 years. Part of her work was to serve as a member of the Central Diocesan Commmittee in the last few years. We thank Eithne for her dedicated service. Her place will be taken by Ann kinsella, Tomsollagh. We welcome Ann and thank her for agreeing to act as our Safeguarding Rep. with Aidan.

BAPTISMS - Liam Thomas Cooper, The Thatch, Ballysimon, son of Conail and Mary, was baptised in Monageer church by Fr Cosgrave on third Februry 2019; Lucy McLoughlin, Enniscorthy, daughter of Patrick and Caroline was baptised in Monageer Church by Fr cosgrave on February 23; Freya Brady, Kilcotty, daughter of Mark and Nichola was baptised by Fr Cosgrave in Monageer church on February 25. We wish all families all the very best for the future.

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

So from the viewpoint of the parish it is now necessary to get a persons's (or the faamily's) permission to put his/her name int he Parish Newsletter in relation to a baptism, marriage or death and also in relation to putting names on lists in connection with Reading, being a Eucharistic minister, bring up the gifts etc. this is being attended to at present.

300-1 Draw

The winners of February 300-1 draw were as follows: First (€150) Jean Mernagh, Ballymotey; second (€40) Patricia and Karol O'Byrne, Crane; third (€30) Seán Donohoe, Clondaw and 4th (€20) Ann O'Rourke, Ballymotey Cross.

Monageer School staff

Our Principal is Eleanor Kehoe; Deputy Principal is Sinéad O'Hanlon. Class teachers are: Karen Murphy, Mary Murphy, Eimear Ryan and Sorcha Hickey (deputising for Ruth Walsh}/Evelyn Owen and Siobhán Walsh are both Special Education Teachers (SET.} Siobhán travels to Boolabogue and Camolin schools as part of her work.

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.

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