Sunday 20 October 2019

Around the districts: Coolgreany, Courtown, Kilanerin-Ballyfad

John Abbott relaxing at the Coolgreany vintage day
John Abbott relaxing at the Coolgreany vintage day

Coolgreany: Kilahurler Stone - A walk to the recently re-discovered 1887 Eviction Stone on Kilahurler Hill will take place on next Sunday, September 22. Meeting at the White Heaps at 2.30pm, this is approximately a 40 minute road walk all the way.

Hospice coffee morning

We are hosting a coffee morning in aid of North Wexford Hospice Homecare and St Aidan's on Friday, September 20, 10 a.m. to midday in May Byrne Club House Coolgreany. We will have the scones ready and a warm welcome. Your support is always appreciated. Contact Noreen for further information at 086 2071864.

Vintage Club

The Vintage Club held their second annual Vintage Rally on the lands of the Merrigan family, Monareigh, who very kindly provided an excellent field for the occasion,

The Vintage Rally started off on last Saturday evening with a parade of steam engines and vintage tractors and cars up through the village led out by local piper Ray Finn. It was then into the Coolgreany Inn for an evening of great entertainment with John Rushe which got the rally off to a great start.

Sunday morning started with the first members of the committee assembling at 7 a.m. in preparation for the first arrival of the vintage vehicles. The weather certainly favoured us again this year, and by midday almost all of the vintage vehicles were assembled in their own respective places.

There were old steam engines, steam rollers, and a vast array of vintage tractors of all makes and sizes, a huge entry of vintage and classical cars, motorbikes etc, and also great selection of old single stroke engines, we had threshing, hay making and raking included. There was a huge assembly of all types of lorries and old haulage vehicles as well.

In the home produce area we had exhibitions of home bread baking, butter making, basket making, forging, and many other exhibitions which appealed to the large attendance. Music on the field was provided by the beautiful singing of country and western singing star Stacey Breen, and after this it was over to the Hardy Bucks for more entertainment. The children enjoyed some great carnival entertainment and had great fun in the pet's corner and fishing for the goldfish.

The raffle winners were as follows: First prize €400 Sharon Hogarty Coolgreany, second €200 Catherine Kinsella Inch, third Large Hamper Bethany Kinsella Tinahely, fourth €50 Katie Hughes Ballylacey, fifth €50 Lorna Wallace Askamore, sixth €100 voucher sponsored by new two U furniture Gorey Joan O'Reilly, seventh Large Hamper John Redmond, eighth €50 Edwin O'Connor Ashwood, ninth €50 Turloch Bracken Kilcarra, 10th Hamper Lynda Curran Scarnagh, 11th €50 Liam Kenny c/o Seán Kealy, 12th €50 Michael Carty Ballylacey.

At the conclusion of the draw the chairman Dan Kennedy thanked everyone who supported the vintage day, especially all those who put in such a big effort to bring all their vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes, all those who attended on the day, also Stacey Breen, also the Hardy Bucks, to all our sponsors a special thanks, and to the many others who helped on the day, thanks to the Merrigan family for the use of their field, they vintage would not have been such a success without the huge effort put in by all the committee members who worked so hard over a number of weeks, selling tickets, preparing the field, working into the late hours on many a night.

Dan concluded with a special thanks to all the ladies, who put in such an effort and we will be seeking that same support when we put together our third event in 2020. Thank you all very sincerely.

Arklow Golden Circle

At the request of some members of the group a trip to the National Ploughing Championship has been arranged for Wednesday, September 18, at a cost of €20 Bus only, admission for the event payable on the gate on the day. Contact Gertie at 083 4042746.


Congratulations to Conor Fanning under-12 D and Conor Horan under-14 D who both won their Leinster Finals today in Talbot Inch Kilkenny with their partners Seán Fitzharris and Bobby Doyle. The under-14s now go forward to an all-Ireland semi-final in a few weeks. Well done, lads.

Local Notes

All contributors to our local Coolgreany notes, please be aware that all notes must be with me by 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the very latest for publication in the newspapers the following Tuesday, Phone 087 4605166.


Blotto results

There was no jackpot winner in the Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara GAA Club blotto draw on September 9. The numbers picked were 6, 9, 19 and 32. The €20 lucky-dip winners were Helen Brennan, Shipyard; Barah Donnellan, Ballyart; Patty Casey, Seaview; Ruth Wheadon; Pat Cullen, Shipyard. Five Free Tickets Winner: Mary Naughter. This week's lotto jackpot is €4,900. Next draw is in O'Briens on September 16.

Riverchapel Community centre

Little Rascals - 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Please phone Brigid at 087 9048644 for further information.

Ladies' Club - Mondays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please phone Monica at 086 3580122 should you wish to join and will give you further information about the club.

Self Defence Classes - These classes are for boys and girls who need to protect themselves takes place every Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Should you wish to know about these classes please phone Dave at 087 6344710 who will give you further information about these vital classes.

Line Dancing - These classes take place on Tuesdays evenings from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Should you wish to join please phone Geraldine at 086 3958667.

Tae Kwon Do - These classes take place every Wednesday and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. also 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Should you wish to join these classes phone Tom at 086 3862020 who will give you further information.

Whist drive - This takes place every Thursday evening in the community centre from 8.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Why not come along to learn how to play whist.

Irish Dancing Classes - These classes have now returned on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, please phone Deirdre at 087 6487684 who will assist you about these classe.

Riverchapel Response Unit - This takes place at the end of each month in the Riverchapel Community Centre. These classes are vital as you maybe the one who has saves somebody's life. For further information about these classes, please phone Niamh at 087 6025147.

Mass times

Vigil Mass Saturdays 6 p.m. Sundays 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

COI Service times

The following are service times for the Ardamine Group of Parishes.

Sunday, September 22 - Trinity XIV: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Kilmuckridge 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion); Clonevan 11.30 a.m. (Holy Communion).

Sunday, September 29 - Trinity XV: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion); Ardamine 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).


Historical Walk

A historical walk to the recently rediscovered 1887 Eviction Stone on Kilahurler hill takes place on Sunday, September 22. Meet at White Heaps at 2.30 p.m. Walk is approximately 40 minutes long along forest roadway and is suitable for all levels of fitness.

Kilanerin Church

Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. anniversary Mass for Matthew O'Toole (Annagh) and his sons Patrick and Tobias also his parents Tom and Mary-Kate. Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Juvenile Badminton resumes in Kilanerin Sports Centre on Monday the 16th from 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. for second class; 7.30 to 8.30 third class and up €2 per child per night. Adult badminton 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. €5 per night.


First lady was Peg McDonald, second lady was Eilish Murphy, third lady was Tess Enright and half time lady was Deirdre Power. First gent was Marie Cushe, second gent was Mary McCarthy, third gent was Keith Bailey and half time gent was Cyril Byran. Raffle winners were Ross Bailey, Eilish Murphy and Mary McCarthy Whist continues on Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Gorey Hospital

Friends of Gorey District hospital would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection. The amount collected in Kilanerin was €151.36 and Ballyfad €192.46 Thanks to everybody for your continued support.

Ballyfad Church

Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday: 7.30 p.m. anniversary Mass Pat McCarthy Fortchester Sunday: 9 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration - Ballyfad Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. TIDY TOWNS Kilanerin Tidy Towns are holding a Mega Draw on Friday, September 20, in Murphys Kilanerin. prizes include two nights B&B and one dinner for two at Clanree Hotel Letterkenny, €100 voucher Murphys Kilanerin, dinner for two at Seafield Hotel Ballymoney, Deluxe Hamper plus many more on the night, This is the main fundraiser for Kilanerin Tidy Towns and your support would be greatly appreciated.

GAA Club notes

Ecstasy or Agony. Winning or losing knockout games. Sport shapes character. We still have some teams fighting for titles while others are counting down the months for it all starting again next season. Last week, the season ended for the first Adult Hurlers, who lost their quarter final. The under-16 girls f/b lost their final after a great season.

Still hunting over the weekend were the seniors in their playoff, the under-17 footballers in their Qtr Final in Glynn-Barntown and the under-13 Hurlers in their semi-final v Shelmaliers. Saturday the 21st has the under-15 Hurlers v Taghmon in the Rock at 11 a.m. in their Qtr Final. Saturday the 22nd also has the under-14 camogie final against Oylegate in Monageer at 12.30 p.m. Sunday the 23rd sees the second hurlers in their Qtr Final v Gorey in Ballygarrett at 3.30 p.m.

Best of luck to Matty Forde as he starts the new season as assistant to Paul Galvin, the new Wexford football manager.


A fun night for young, and not so young, is guaranteed to take place in the Shamrock Hall on Saturday the 21st from 7.30 p.m. That's when BINGO takes place as a fundraiser. If last time is anything to go by, there will be a run on pencils and pens that evening. Turns out that bingo is not a quiet night out.

Sustainability Energy Community

On September 20 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kilanerin community centre (Y25 P954) the Sustainability Seminar Series will kick off with speaker Dr Conor Murphy, a native of Kilanerin, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and a lead researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS) at Maynooth University.

Conor has more than a decade of experience research climate change past, present and future and his work engages closely with policy makers. Sponsored by KBCDA, Sustainable Energy Community and Tidy Towns. Book on

KBCDA-SEC is delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's (SEAI) Energy Awards which encourage and reward excellence in energy management. Twenty-two organisations across seven categories have made it through to the Gala Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 16, where winners will be named. The announcement is a recognition of the work and effort KBCDA-SEC has put in and underlines our commitment to a sustainable model for the benefit of our environment and our community.


Kilanerin ICA resume pilates classes in Shamrock Hall Kilanerin On Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m. all welcome.

ICA Walk

Ballyfad ICA are hosting a walk/fun run on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m. from Shamrock Hall Kilanerin the walk is in aid of ICA Wexford Federation charities, Tagoat Day Care Centre and Lourdes Handicapped Children's Trust. Refreshments served afterwards child friendly walk please support.

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