Wednesday 26 June 2019

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

Enjoying a cuppa at the coffee morning at Gorey Property Lettings offices in aid of St. Aidan ’s Day Care Centre were Catherine Gregan from St. Aidan’s Services and Paula Gleeson
Enjoying a cuppa at the coffee morning at Gorey Property Lettings offices in aid of St. Aidan ’s Day Care Centre were Catherine Gregan from St. Aidan’s Services and Paula Gleeson

Coolgreany - Drama news: Coolgreany Drama has qualified for the One Act all-Ireland Drama Finals, to be held in Kilmuckridge next month, with its production of 'Mr Foot', by Michael Frayn, a comedy drama directed by Sally Stevens and featuring Maggie Murphy and Niall Hunter.

The production has won numerous awards on the recent all-Ireland One Act Festival competition circuit, and has qualified for the open section of the One Act Finals in Kilmuckridge from December 7 to December 9. This is the sixth time that the Coolgreany group, which was only formed in 2009, has qualified for the one act finals, and they were all-Ireland Confined One Act winners last year. They have now qualified for the open section of the finals at their first attempt - a tremendous achievement.

Before they compete in Kilmuckridge, Coolgreany Drama will be performing Mr Foot as part of a great Wexford drama double bill in St Mogue's Hall Inch, on Tuesday, December 4. The other show is New Ross Drama Workshop's 'Specter' by Don Nigro, a psychological thriller directed by Peggy Hussey and starring Seona O'Connor and Edward Hayden. This production too has won many awards on the all-Ireland Drama Circuit and has qualified for the Kilmuckridge finals in the confined section. Tickets are €10 and the show starts at 8.30 p.m. (Doors open at 8.10).

Christmas Fun Day

Come along for the Christmas Family Fun Day at St Patrick's National School, Bearna Chlé on Sunday, December 2, from 11 a.m. There will be music, home baking, handmade crafts, wreaths, tea or coffee and mince pies, nail art, pottery making, games and fantastic prizes for our Christmas raffle.

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.

Kilnenor Heritage Group

A Talk on Liam Mellows will be presented by Fintan Fanning in the May Byrne House, Coolgreany on Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. Cost €3 for non-members.

Coolgreany Tidy Towns

Congratulations to the residents of Croghan View and Croghan Close, who picked up a prestigious award in the Talbot Hotel on last Friday night for having the whole estate looking so well, clean and litter-free. A few extra hands would make a huge difference, best wishes to all those involved.

Coolgreany Tidy Towns have a vacancy for a community worker in the village at present, working 19.5 hours per week. Call 087 2819882 during office hours. Birthdays. Birthday Greetings to Alex William Foster Monaglough, who celebrated his 12th birthday on last Thursday, November 22. Congratulations also to Evelyn Shannon Fortchester, who will celebrate her first birthday on Wednesday, November 28.

Community Alert

The local Community Group are reminding all members of our community to look out for all senior members of our community who may be living alone and might need someone to help with getting their everyday needs, or a small bit of company for a while during the day. A small little bit of concern for others goes a long way to help take away the stress and worries of many people who feel they are left alone in life. Please keep a look out for others and be vigilant at all times.

St David's Church Johnstown

It is with great joy that we welcome back Canon John Piert CC to celebrate Saturday evening Mass (6.30) in Johnstown Church, after his recent absence through illness.


Riverchapel lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. numbers drawn were 1, 2, 9 and 12. Three matched three No's: Paula McLoughlin, Maeve Fitzpatrick - and Aoife Poole. The next lotto draw will take place in the Tara Vie Hotel on Wednesday, December 5. The jackpot now stands at €10,100. Why not try your luck - tickets can be obtained at outlets in Courtown/Riverchapel area.

Whist drive results

Whist drive results for November 15 are as follows. Ladies' section: First - Jackie O'Halloran, second - Alice Gibney, half time by Kevin Conroy. Gents section: first - Molly Beckett, second - David Tomkins, half time by Mary McCarthy.

Whist drive results for November 22 are as follows. Ladies' section: First - Chrissie Kensella and Cathrine Keane, third - Alice Gibney, half time by Anne Flemming and Joan Finngan. Gents section: first - Mary McCarthy, second - Eileen Wheeler, third - Peg Byrne, half time by Cyril Bryan.

Blotto results

There was no jackpot winner in the Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara GAA Club blotto draw on November 19. The numbers picked were 8, 9, 13 and 15. The €20 lucky-dip winners were Mick Kinsella, c/o 19th; Gina Longley, Coolook Beg; Jaroslav Solar c/o Ambrose Maloneys; Harry and Kelly Smith; Jean Prendergast. Five Free Tickets Winner: Mick and Andrea. This week's jackpot rose to €18,700. Next draw in the Schooner on November 26.


Young at Heart party

Anyone aged 60 years and over and living in Craanford, Monaseed or Hollyfort are invited to attend our Young at Heart Christmas party in Craanford Community Hall on Sunday, December 2, from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. It will be an afternoon of music, song and dancing. Afternoon tea served.

Pride of Place

The award ceremony for Pride of Place, the all-Ireland competition celebrates the very best of community activism, took place in Cork recently.

Michael Sweeney from Wexford County Council wrote 'I shared your disappointment that Craanford did not get the official recognition of your tremendous selfless community activism at the awards ceremony on Saturday night in Cork, however I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to showcase the marvellous work being carried out on an on-going basis within Craanford and its surrounds, and that it gave the community an opportunity to reflex on, and celebrate all that you have achieved thus far'.

Craanford congratulates Bunclody on achieving all-Ireland success in their category.

Parent/Toddler Group

Craanford parent and toddler group will meet in Craanford Community Hall on Thursday, December 6, at 10.30 a.m., €3 per family. For further info please call 087 610364.


On November 16 the prize of €128 was won by Thomas and Terry Kinsella, regulars at the bingo. Congratulations Thomas and Terry. The coordinating team for Friday, November 30, is Team 2: Moira Kavanagh, Sarah McCormack, and Sorcha Kenny.

Church News

Mass Intentions - 6 p.m., Saturday, December 1: Willy Lyons, Clonamona (First Anniversary). 10.30 a.m., Sunday, December 2: Jim and Margaret Kavanagh, Island.

Masses - There will be no daily Masses this week. In the event of an emergency please contact Fr Felix Byrne (087 6428177) or parish priest Fr Denis Browne Kilanerin (086 8926260).

Mass Cards - Parish Mass cards are available via Londis, Carnew Road, in the Vestry of Craanford Church after all Masses and via the parish office. The minimum Mass stipend recommended is €5 (including card).

GAA club news

LOTTO - jackpot €12,000. Numbers Drawn 9-16-23-30. No winner. Lucky-dip winners: Paul Fitzgerald Brideswell, Natasha Smyth, Anna Kenny Bannpark, Pat Nolan, Gary Keating. Seller's prize: William Doyle. The lotto jackpot will remain at €12,000 till it is won. Lotto tickets available in Cooney Communications, Craanford, Donal's Main Street Gorey 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.

The adult club AGM will be held in Monaseed hall on Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. all nominations and motions to be with club secretary by December 2.


GAA club notes

team of the week goes to the Ballythomas Girls Mini Sevens, who won, for the third time in a row, the Wexford top division last week. That having won the Rackard league the week before. Congratulations to the girls, the school and to Mr Whelan.

The under-20 Hurling replay was scheduled for Sat the 24th. See sports pages for outcome. The under-20 football quarter final should take place this coming weekend.

All officers were returned at the club AGM last week. Reporting on the very good year on and off the pitch, the chairperson, Micheál Darcy and treasurer, Eleanor Hughes, outlined the once off income for 2018 which allowed so much development to be recently finalized. Everything starts again in 2019 with fundraising to expand the clubhouse, most likely in 2020. Both Kilanerin and Tara Rocks should be proud of the investments at both locations AND the increasing numbers of players in both clubs. Roll on 2019 season. Ballynastragh Gaels camogie, in particular, is growing rapidly, in numbers and standards.

The camogie AGM also returned the current officers for another year.

Kilanerin Church

Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. Eucharistic adoration on Tuesday from after morning Mass to 9 p.m. ending with holy hour and benediction from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Top Score was Meg Doyle. First lady was Ann Fleming, second lady was Nancy Forde and half time lady was Deirdre Power. First gent was Noel Carter, second gent was Michael Murphy and half time gent was shared by Donal Kavanagh and Bernie Walsh. Student winner was Ross Bailey. Raffle winners were Michael Murphy, Arlene Dooley and Ross Bailey. Whist on Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m. all welcome.

Ballyfad Church

Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday 10 a.m. to midday.


Kilanerin indoor bowls from 8.30 to 10.30 starting on Tuesday night in KCC Sports hall.

Kilanerin ICA

The winter outing is on Saturday, January 12, we are going to the Abbey Theatre to see Come from Away with dinner on the way home at Glenview hotel leaving Kilanerin at 9.30. Cost is €40 including bus and ticket to the show €25 deposit required by November 12 contact Leeann at 086 8980475 for more details. Pilates is on Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Shamrock hall in Kilanerin €6 per class or eight classes for €45.

Scor na nÓg

Well done to everybody who represented Ballinastragh Gaels at Scor na nÓg Co semi-final in Oulart, The set dancing group under the instruction of Ann-Marie made it through to the county final in Clonroche on Saturday night last.

The table quiz section takes place on Thursday, November 29, in St Martin's Complex teams of four, further information from Margaret Jones at 087 2995443.

Opportunity Knocks

2019 sees Kilanerin Hall committee celebrate 30 years of Opportunity Knocks the committee would like to get in contact with winners over the past 30 years, whether you won the junior or senior section or the much sought after audience award, we would love to hear from you. If you have any photos from the earlier days we would love to have a look. Helen can be contacted at 087 6429291.

Coffee morning

Christmas coffee morning, cake sale, Christmas flower arrangements by Margaret Woodbyrne and raffle on Sunday, December 16, in Shamrock Hall Kilanerin. All support of home baking, raffle prizes and help on the day would be very welcome.

Tara Hill

Ladies' club

Ladies' club will take place on Monday, December 3, at 8 p.m. We are hoping for plenty of festive cheer on the night.

Birthday wishes

Congratulations and good wishes to Irene Gregan and Ann Keyes, who both celebrated special birthdays last week. Enjoy your celebrations.

School news

Well done to all the students from St Kevin's NS who took part in the Sing Out Loud concert in the Opera House in Wexford on Wednesday, November 21. A great night was had by all.

Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 28, and 29. The school will close on both days at 2.30 p.m.

Your news

If you would like to place an add in the paper please contact 087 9434090 or by 7 p.m. on Thursday for inclusion in the following week's paper.

Gorey Guardian