Monday 16 September 2019

Around the districts: Boolavogue, Carnew, Ferns, Oulart,

Nalin, Duleeka, Senuri and Swetha Wickramaratne at the coffee morning in the Coach House, Gorey in aid of Sri Lanka orphanages
Nalin, Duleeka, Senuri and Swetha Wickramaratne at the coffee morning in the Coach House, Gorey in aid of Sri Lanka orphanages

Boolavogue: Slán go Fóill! - There was a very large attendance at Fr Gahan's last Saturday night Mass in Boolavogue when an appreciative congregation came together to say goodbye to the extremely popular curate who will be ministering in South Bend, Indiana for a while.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the local hall where Dermot Breen, on behalf of the parish council, made some presentations to Fr Gahan. Joan Furlong, on behalf of the Adoration Group, also made a presentation as did the Tapestry Group and these were in addition to gifts already given to him by other groups including the Legion of Mary and the ICA.

Coffee Evening/Open Garden

Leonie Meehan, a fuchsia expert from the Irish Fuchsia Nursery, will give a talk a the home of John and Margaret Earle, Cullentra, Monamolin, Eircode Y25 FT 73 on Saturday, August 24. The Earle's garden will be open to visitors and coffee drinkers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and there will also be a cake sale and a grand raffle in aid of Monamolin Parish. For further details, please contact Margaret at 086 3176256.


Sincere sympathy is extended from all in Boolavogue to the Martin family on the recent death of Tommy Martin, RIP, formerly of Monagreena, in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross. Predeceased by his brother Amby, his is survived by his sisters Kit, Lil, Bridie, Mary, Eileen, Angela, Trish, Pauline and Geraldine, his brothers Tony, John, Paddy, Jimmy, Ben and Gerard, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family. After reposing in Murphy's funeral home, The Avenue, Gorey, on Sunday, July 21, his remains were removed to St Cormac's church on Monday for Requiem Mass at midday. Burial in the adjoining cemetery followed the funeral Mass.

Soccer News

Training for all the adult men's teams resumes tonight, Tuesday, August 6, at 7.30 p.m. on the club's second pitch.

GAA lotto

There was no outright winner of the jackpot in the Monageer-Boolavogue GAA lotto when the numbers 16, 20, 25 and 29 were drawn on Tuesday, July 23. The jackpot has been increased to €7,000 for tonight's draw, Tuesday, August 6. Tickets can be had from all club members, local businesses and online or can be purchased in the club complex in Monageer immediately before the draw. Please support your local club.


GAA lotto

Carnew GAA lotto was not won, numbers were 4, 10, 22 and 25, lucky dips were Gret Fitzpatrick c/o Kathleen Kehoe. Niamh Collins. Denise Behan. Raymond Brennan, Tomacork. The next draw is August 6 in McCrea's and the jackpot is €3,200.

Wedding anniversary

Congratulations to Tommy and Marie Wafer, Kilcavan on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Tinahely Walking Club

The following are the walks for the next two weeks for Tinahely Walking club. August 11: Blackstairs Part 1: Killanure, Mt Leinster, Scullogue Gap. Level B, 13km, four hours. Meet Bunclody 10 a.m. August 18: Blackstairs Part 2: Scullogue Gap, Blackstairs, Mt - Glynn. Level B+, 18km, six hours Meet Bunclody 10 a.m.

As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink. Please check Tinahely Walking Club Facebook page for any changes to the scheduled walks.


The Brideswell patron Mass will take place on Wednesday, August 7, at 7 p.m., all welcome.

Garden County Country Fest

Tickets are now on sale for the Garden County Country Fest. Teenage Disco tickets and Adult Tickets are now available in Victors Newsagents, Classic Cut Hairdressers and from all members of Carnew GAA Club or Carnew Heritage Club.

House clearance sale

There will be a house clearance sale in Drummond Gorey (Patty Rogans house) on Saturday, August 17, at 11 a.m. No reasonable offer refused. For further information contact Jim Gilbert 086 8406786.


GAA lotto draw

On Tuesday, July 23, numbers drawn were 9, 24, 30 and 32; no jackpot winner; lucky dips: Cliona Doyle, Caroline Murphy, Edward Furlong, Nuala Murphy. Next draw is on Tuesday, August 6, in Dunbar's Ferns for a jackpot of €6,300. Tickets can be bought from sellers or local retailers. To play online use the link Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

Ferns Castle/Heritage week

Heritage Week is fast approaching, August 17 to August 25. There will be free guided tours of castle with classical guitar in castle chapel Saturday and Sunday, August 17, and 18. The highlight of our agenda will be a performance by the Castlebridge Gospel Choir on Sunday, August 25, from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m.

Ferns Castle is also hosting a fascinating exhibition about St John's Ambulance in Ireland during the First World War. This free event, which marks the influence of a vital organisation in the decade of centenary, can be viewed daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ferns Castle Exhibition Centre. Free guided tours of the castle are also available with fantastic views of the Ferns area.


Family/Club Notices

Don't forget that if you want a mention in the Local Notes please contact Breda Jacob before 8 p.m. on Thursdays prior to publication. Phone or text 086 1686978. Email . My apologies if I missed your text or email recently as I was without my phone for some time. Please submit your item if the news is still in date.

Michael De Lacy r.i.p.

The parish of Oulart lost one of its oldest and most respected native sons on Saturday, July 20, with the death of ninety-one year old Michael De Lacy, Oulart village. He is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by his older brother Laurence (Lar), members of the extended De Lacy family, the McKenna, Cleary and Hyland families as well as by his neighbours, friends and the wider Oulart community.

The De Lacy family played leading roles in the struggle for Irish independence, particularly in the Easter Rising 1916 and the Mise Éire monument in Oulart bears witness to that. Incidentally, the site for the Monument, which was generously donated by Michael and his brother Lar, is directly opposite the De Lacy homestead.

The late Mr De Lacy was a scholar and a gentleman and the proud wearer of the Fáinne and Pioneer Pin and is well remembered for the excellence of his spoken Irish as well as his deep knowledge and understanding of history. In former years he was a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and was always interested in horticulture and was ever-willing to share his expertise with others.

Though quiet and unassuming, Michael contributed greatly to the life of the community, was active in church affairs, being a Minister of the Word for many years and tending to the church garden while all the time supporting all local causes. He was laid to rest in Oulart Cemetery after funeral Mass in St Patrick's Church on Tuesday, July 23. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal. I ndáiríre, ni bheidh a leithéid ann arís.

Active Retired

There was a good attendance at the recent AGM of Oulart Active Retirement group that was held in the local Community Centre. Best wishes are extended to five members who are recovering from illness and could not attend the AGM the following officers were elected: chairperson, Mary O'Grady; secretary, Hugh Coleman; treasurer, Bridie Nolan and committee members Margaret Doyle, Eileen Coleman and Derek Elliott.

A very enjoyable outing to the National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig took place on July 10. Lunch was had, followed by a leisurely walk around the park. Eleven members travelled and enjoyed a very relaxing day. The next outing is planned for Wednesday, August 7, when the group will travel to the New Ross area. Places to visit will include the Kennedy Homestead, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a quick peep at the new bridge crossing the River Barrow, with lunch, and dinner in the evening before the journey home. For further information or to book please contact Mary O'Grady at 087 9361325 or Hugh Coleman at 087 6166647.

Mike Denver in Concert

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will present the ever-popular Mike Denver in concert at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on Thursday, August 22. Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the concert will commence at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at €20 and are available from players and committee and at the door on the night. This promises to be a superb event, not to be missed.

Heritage Week

Heritage Week will take place from August 17 to August 25, and with 2,000 events taking place throughout the country, there is undoubtedly an event for everyone. Three local walks have been organised for Heritage Week. Siúl Ladhrú (Laroo), linking the Unyoke to Blackwater Village will take place on August 17, 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. On August 24 a walk from the Unyoke to Oulart Hill will begin at 10 a.m. and take approximately 2.5 hours. On the following day, August 25 the Jean Kennedy Smith Walk, from Oulart Village to Oulart Hill will be held, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Community Centre

The interior of the community centre has undergone a facelift, having been recently painted. It was open for viewing after Masses on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st when many parishioners dropped in and enjoyed some refreshments while admiring the new colour scheme. The chairman of the community centre committee, Martin Dempsey made a presentation to long-serving and recently retired committee member, Hugh Coleman and thanked him for his year's of dedicated service from the earliest days of the centre up to the present time. The community centre is a vital amenity in Oulart and is there to be availed of and used. For information and booking please contact Theresa Sinnott secretary at 086 8227077 or Martin Dempsey chairman at 087 7940296.

Oulart Text Alert

It costs only €10 to cover membership for two years, up till the end of 2020.To join at any time contact 087 3316866. Well done to the local volunteers who administer the Text Alert.

Thank You

Joan Kavanagh wishes to thank everyone who supported her barbecue at Oulart Hill Bar in aid of the Cardiac Unit at Wexford Hospital. Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets and congratulations to the winners: Stephen Lawlor, Sancho Kehoe, Tiernan Troy, Kayleigh Travers, Mary O'Connor and Eva Troy. Thanks also to all who bought Burgers and Hot Dogs, not forgetting Paul Scallan and Caroline, who cooked to perfection. The amount raised, added to what had been raised through previous events, comes to €3,100. As Joan's aim is to raise 5,000 for much - needed equipment for the Cardiac Unit, she intends to hold further events in order to reach her target.

Underage GAA

Our under-13 hurlers recorded a three goals 15 points to one goal four points victory over Askamore in their last group match. The hurling quarter-finals (for this age-group) have been fixed provisionally for Tuesday, August 20, with the football quarter-finals due to be played on Tuesday, August 13. Venues and times to be confirmed. Our under-17 hurlers lost to Na Laochra (Bunclody and Ballygarrett combined) while our under-15 hurlers had a good win over Askamore and look forward to their away match versus Monageer-Boolavogue on August 15. Meanwhile, the under-nines and under-11s are having great fun playing blitzes in both codes.

Adult Championship Fixtures

This coming weekend promises to be extremely busy for players, club officials and supporters with our three adult teams in championship action. On Friday, August 9, our junior hurlers travel to Mayglass to play Kilmore at 7.30 p.m. The following day, Saturday, August 10, our intermediate hurlers will play Shelmaliers in St Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy at 3.30 p.m. On Sunday, August 11, Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers will play Shelmaliers in Wexford Park at 7.15 p.m. Best of luck to players and managements.


The under-sixes up to the under-12s are doing well in all their outings. The under-14s won one, drew one and lost one, and with two matches remaining, they hope to make the play-off. Our under-16, minor and junior players continue to train hard but have no local matches scheduled due to Inter-county fixtures. Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team are at home to Glynn-Barntown in championship on Monday, August 5, at 2 p.m.

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