Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Castletown, Coolgreany, Craanford-Monaseed, Kilanerin-Ballyfad and Tara Hill

Enjoying the Bricks4Kids Lego workshop in Gorey Library were Monamolin NS pupils Ruth Fenlon and Roisin Hughes with teacher, Fiona Walker and Eileen O’Leary (Bricks4Kids)
Enjoying the Bricks4Kids Lego workshop in Gorey Library were Monamolin NS pupils Ruth Fenlon and Roisin Hughes with teacher, Fiona Walker and Eileen O’Leary (Bricks4Kids)

Castletown - Poker drive: The Castletown Poker Drive will take place in the Golden Anchor, Castletown on March 29, at 9 p.m. For more details contact Jack Kavanagh on 086 8268209.


School Enrolment

Coolgreany National School is now taking enrolement for September 2019. If you wish to enrol your child, please contact the school office for an Application Form at 0402 37246 or call into the office during school hours.

45 Card Drive

A very successful 45 Card Drive is ongoing in the Coolgreany Inn on each Friday night at 8.30 p.m., everyone is very welcome to come along for a good night of craic at the cards, and some lovely finger food thrown in for good measure. So please join us if you enjoy a game of 45.

Bearne Chlé PA

The parents' association of St Patrick's NS, Bearna Chlé are delighted to inform the community that a Defibrillator has recently been installed on the school grounds. It is located outside the front door of the school therefore it is always accessible to the local community.


The winner of our Friday, March 8, draw was Clodagh O'Mahony, winning €68. Congratulations to her. Our sincere thanks to everyone for your continued support. Our next draw will be on Friday, March 22. €2 entry envelopes are available in Jim Shorts, O'Rafferty's, Coolgreany Inn, Martina Bolger's, Canavan's Londis and Coolgreany NS.

St Patrick's Day parade

Another very successful parade took place in Coolgreany on last Sunday, March 17, where a very large number of floats participated. A special feature of the parade this year was the presence of Coolgreany Vintage Club with a large display of vintage cars and tractors, among a great display of old time features of ancient habits which was a dream to see, and enjoyed by all present.

The parade was led off by Arklow Pipe Band, followed as usual by Pat Kelly's Vintage Car which chauffeured this year's Grand Marshall Murt Mulligan, a very keen vintage enthusiast himself, and excellent supporter of our Vintage Club last year. There was a very colourful display of floats representing many groups, and all local clubs in our area were very well also. As usual John Rushe put on a great show with his introduction of all the floats.

It all made for another very successful parade, and sincere thanks is due to all the committee and Stewards, who were so efficient on the day. After the parade was over, the Duck Race took place which was enjoyed by all involved.

Castletown Poker drive

The Castletown Poker Drive will take place in the Golden Anchor, Castletown on March 29, at 9 p.m.

For more details contact Jack Kavanagh on 086 8268209.


Markie Doyle Vintage Run

For the last 14 years the last Sunday in January has been a particularly busy spot in Craanford, Co Wexford. The vintage car and tractor committee have held a vintage run in memory of the late Markie Doyle.

Wexford Hospice Home Care was set up in 1990 based on the need for the provision of a 'home based' palliative care service. There are eight Clinical Nurse specialists currently employed by Co Wexford Hospice Home care providing care to existing clients and to over 300 new clients who were admitted to the service last year.

The service costs over €500,000 per annum to operate. While a certain amount of funds needed comes from the State, the majority of funds required have to come from the support and donations from the people of Co Wexford.

This is where people such as the Markie Doyle vintage committee come in. In the last 14 years.

Danny Whelan, chairman and the many friends and supporters of the late Markie Doyle have fundraised to the tune of over €600,000 and last Saturday presented NWHNT with a further cheque in the sum of €32,771.

NWHNT would like to say a very big thank you to the Craanford vintage committee for their fantastic achievement.

ANOTHER NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY - The annual hospice barbecue will be held on May 11 in the Amber Springs Hotel Gorey. A delicious steak supper will be followed by music from Tony Keogh. Tickets are €25 and are available from James Tomkins Isuzu garage, the Monument, Gorey and all NWHNT committee members.

Monaseed Community Group

Monaseed Community Group would like to thank our sponsors so far, who have sponsored some equipment in the playground. There is still equipment available for sponsorship. Please email for more details or contact a committee member.

Active Retired

Craanford active retired club would like to thank Margo Sheehan for her first Aid talk and demonstration recently. Tea and cake was kindly supplied by Mrs McDonald. Next meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. in Craanford Community Hall. Reminder that yearly membership is now due and new members are always welcome.

Run with Ray

'Run with Ray' will take place on Sunday, May 26; this is a great event for all ages. It's always a great community day. A few weeks preparation will make all the difference on the day, stretch before and after excercise, start off gently and build up gradually alternating between walking and running but most of all enjoy.


Sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Amy Noblett, Hollyfort on their recent bereavement, may her gentle soul rest in peace.

Parent/Toddler Group

Craanford parent and toddler group will next meet on Thursday the 28th. Contact 087 610364.


Bingo will be held Craanford Hall every Friday night at 8.30 p.m.


On March 8 the prize of €184 was won by Mary Gilroy, a regular bingo patron. Congratulations, Mary. Thanks to new members who have recently joined our split-the-pot teams. Please set up a system of communication with each other and arrange for appropriate cover on your night (occurring once every eight weeks). The coordinating team for Friday, March 22, is Team 2: Moira Kavanagh, Sarah McCormack and Sorcha Kenny.

Church News

INTENTIONS - 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23: Patrick and Kathleen O'Sullivan, Ballinacoola. 10.30 a.m. Sunday, March 24: Eileen Doyle, Ballyowen. 9.15 a.m. Tuesday, March 19: The People's Intentions.

PENANCE SERVICES - Craanford: Palm Sunday, April 14, at 6 p.m. Monaseed: Monday of Holy Week, April 15 at 7.30 p.m.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - The annual Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 11 to May 16. Application forms for places on the regular pilgrimage are available at the back of the church. Should you wish to travel with the assisted pilgrims you can obtain an application form from Fr Richard or Fr Felix. Completed application forms for the Assisted Pilgrims must be returned by March 1.

GAA News

LOTTO - jackpot €12,600. Numbers Drawn 3-10-22-23. No winner. Lucky-dip winners: Liam Poole, Martin Kenny, Aisling Poole, Marina Comerford, Michael Waters. Seller's prize: Leo Corcoran. The lotto jackpot will increase by €100 per week till it is won. Next week's jackpot is €12,700. Lotto tickets available in Cooney Communications, Craanford, Donals Main Street Gorey, Cooney's in Hollyfort, Doyle's Londis on Carnew Road and Lamberts in Camolin or any club member. Tickets may now be collected and dropped back to Cooney Communications in Craanford by 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening and afterwards into Cooney's Pub by 9 p.m. for inclusion in the draw.

EASTER CAMP - Our Easter Camp will run again in Craanford Sports Complex over the Easter holidays, its bigger and better Great fun guaranteed over the 'eggciting' holidays from school with egg hunts, bouncy castles, hurling, football and lots of fun fun fun. Further information and booking on our Facebook page. Dates are as follows: April 23 and 24 a.m. to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25 to April 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


GAA notes

The bad weather has certainly interfered with quite a few fixture, training and blitz plans. Normal for March. Let's look forward to better evenings. Under-13 boys have a football match in Kilanerin on Friday the 22nd at 7 p.m. Also on Friday, the seniors are in Horeswood at 8 p.m. On Saturday the 23rd, the second football team play Rathogue in Kilanerin at 3 p.m. Sunday the 24th has the under-17 Hurlers in Boolabawn v Cloney Gaels (Davidstown etc) at 11 a.m.

The first Cúl Camp takes place Monday to Friday, July 1, to July 5.

There was no jackpot winner in the recent lotto, but there was one match-three winner who won €200. Next draw is in the Gap on Monday the 25th. Jackpot is at €6,800. The numbers were 8, 13, 14 and 20.

Kilanerin church

Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. second anniversary Mass for Tom O'Connell Coolinteggart also his parents John and Anastasia, also anniversary Mass James and Mary Greene Annagh Eucharisitc adoration on Tuesday from after morning Mass to 9 p.m.


First lady was Arleen Dooley, second lady was Meg Doyle and half time lady was Breda O'Connor. First gent was Micheál Murphy, second gent was Betty Rose and half time gent was Sadie Mordaunt. Raffle winners were Bernie Walsh and Keith Bailey.

Deepest Sympathy to the Kinsella Family on the death of Bernie, may she rest in peace. Whist continues on Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Ballyfad church

Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 p.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. anniversary Mass for Jimmy Bolger Oulart Ballyfad and Sunday 9 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ballyfad NS

Ballyfad NS is now taking enrolments for September 2019. Enrolments forms are avialable either by collection from the school office, by email - or by phoning 0402 37799/087 2509152.

Kilanerin NS

Kilanerin NS enrolment for Junir Infants is open till March 31 Parents/Guardians interested in enrolling their child can receive an application for enrolement by emailing collection from the school office or by phoning 0402 37405 or 086 7767114 Completed applications may be returned to the school in person, by post or email Places will be awarded within 21 days of receipt of the application.

Sheltered housing

Kilanerin Sheltered Housing Association are compiling a list of candidates for future vacancies. Applicants must be on the housing list, over 55 and capable of independent living. If interested please contact any of the following - John 086 2544745, Anne 086 3895300, Mary 087 4183180.

Kilanerin ICA

Pilates continues in Shamrock Hall Kilanerin on Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. all age groups welcome. Cost €6 per class

Car and tractor run

The Gap Vintage club are holding their annual car and tractor run on Sunday, March 24, in aid of Talk to Tom. Meeting at the Gap pub Ballythomas for registration between 11.30 a.m. and midday, run starts at 12.30, no registration fee, donation on the day. Soup and sandwiches served on return, spot prizes on the day, all welcome.

Tara Hill

School news

A mass will be held on Sunday, March 24, at 10.30 a.m. in St Kevin's church, in preparation for students making Holy Communion this May.

The Confirmation commitment ceremony is on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in St Kevin's church.

Tara Hill school is now a collection centre for newspapers and batteries. Reuse, recycle, reduce, to help save our environment.

All forms and paperwork for children starting school in September 2019 must be returned to school by March 31.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes to Patricia Byrne, Tara Hill, who celebrated a special birthday last week. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Castletown Poker drive

The Castletown Poker Drive will take place in the Golden Anchor, Castletown on March 29, at 9 p.m. For more details contact Jack Kavanagh at 086 8268209.

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