Sunday 16 June 2019

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

Hazel Deacon and Elsie Foley enjoying the Afternoon Tea event at Wexford Lavender Farm, Kilanerin in aid of breast cancer research
Hazel Deacon and Elsie Foley enjoying the Afternoon Tea event at Wexford Lavender Farm, Kilanerin in aid of breast cancer research

Coolgreany - Drama show: Coolgreany Drama will be hosting Malachy McKenna's much-acclaimed hilarious comedy/drama 'Where the Willow Meets the Ash' in St Mogue's Hall, Inch on Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m.

This play is a sequel to McKenna's award-winning 'The Quiet Land', which local theatregoers will remember as Coolgreany Drama's winning entry in the 2017 One Act all-Ireland Drama Finals.

In 'Where the Willow Meets the Ash', easygoing bachelor farmer Bobby Hogan is visited by a smooth-talking Englishman, who stirs up all sorts of local rivalries and grudges. The play also features Bobby's neighbour, Eamon, who appeared in 'The Quiet Land', and who is very suspicious of this 'blow in' from across the water.

The play, described as a comedy with a serious edge, skilfully and humourously explores the importance of land, family, friendship and history, and how these impact on human relationships in a rural community.

It features Tom Lawlor, Michael James Ford and the author, Malachy McKenna, and is directed by Barbara Ni Chaoimh.

'Where the Willow Meets the Ash' is touring around Ireland, so this is a great chance to see this highly rated show at a local venue. As it is for one night only, tickets are likely to sell out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €15. For bookings, phone 087 2411926.

Alzheimers coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of the Alzheimers Society will be held in the May Byrne Community House in Coolgreany, on Friday next, May 17, from 10 a.m. till 12.30, There will also be a raffle and cake sale. Please come along and enjoy a cuppa and chat with friends and neighbours in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and support a very worthy charity. All money raised will go to the local Alzheimers Society.

Split-the-pot Draw

Congratulations to Elaine Whitmore, the winner of our Friday, May 3, draw, winning a nice sum of €87.50. Next Draw will be on Friday, May 17, so be sure to enter. €2 Envelopes available from the school, Jim Shorts, Londis Inch, Coolgreany Inn, O'Rafferty's and Martina Bolger Hair. Once again, thank you all for the continued support.

Inch Parish sale - thank you

Thank you to all the people who supported the Inch Parish Sale on Saturday, May 4, we were delighted to welcome so many during the morning. Prizes in the main raffle were won by: Nicole Kelly, Annie Bracken, Lauren Kelly, Vera Tomkins, Sydney Stevens, June Hall, Sylvia Dawson and Ben Deacon.

Inch ICA

The guild held recently their AGM where the County Wexford Guild president Mary Darcy presided. a very successful year was reported on, with many items of interest discussed, and many projects and talks addressed. Their next meeting is scheduled for the Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. at Inch Hall where a demonstration on Flower arranging etc. will be given by a member of staff from St Aidan's Garden Centre. Everyone very welcome.


A dark cloud fell over our local community on last Friday evening, May 3, when word spread of the passing of the much loved Colin 'Jango' Fleming after his serious illness which was borne with great dignity over the past year. His death still came as a great shock.

Colin's popularity really came to light on Sunday afternoon when hundreds of mourners visited the home of his parents Tom and Ann Fleming, through the whole evening to pay their respects and offer their sympathies to his wife Schalan and three young children Charlie, Annie, and Jack, his sister Janet, and brother Shane, and extended family.

Colin's removal took place on Monday morning to St David's Church for Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., and burial afterwards in Ballyfad Cemetery. May you Rest in Peace Jango, you will be sorely missed by everyone who knew you at many levels of life.

School Enrolment

Coolgreany National School is now taking enrolment 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.


The club is appealing to the community for support for their weekly lotto which has changed slightly due to the closure of the local post office.

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 Guardian News Paper for the following Tuesday: Phone 087 4605166.


Field day 2019

An open meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. in the hall. This meeting is to discuss whether this year's field day will go ahead and if so what format. If you have any ideas on how the field day can be improved please come along. The field day has raised essential funds for the community over the past year's and it would be a big loss if it does not go ahead again this year.

Community Groups/Clubs

Can all clubs and groups in Craanford and Monaseed Community get in contact with the parish office by text, email or phone in order to compile a list of groups and Clubs with their contact people and phone number to keep here in office so when people contact the office regarding information about a club or group in the community I can pass on the relevant information instead of saying I have no information on those Clubs/Groups.

Craanford Active Retired

At the April meeting, Ann, who is a make-up artist from Whelan's Pharmacy came and gave us and induction to their new skin and make-up range. Members were given samples so they could pamper themselves.

Our next meeting is May 15 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in Craanford Community Centre. Details of the upcoming outing will be revealed. Members are asked to bring a deposit of €15.

Cardiac First Responders

Craanford-Monaseed Cardiac First Responders (CMCFR) are here for you, on call 24/7 every day of the year. Do you know 13 people die from Cardiac Arrest in Ireland every day? It is much easier for us and the National Ambulance Service to find you if we have your Eircode. You never know when YOU might need US Ensure everyone in your household knows your Eircode. REMEMBER - Your child might have to make that call to 999 KNOW YOUR EIRCODE.


Well done and congratulations to Blathnaid Kenny on having her work published in the Irish Times during the week. Her short story entitled 'Normality' was most worthy of its publication in being selected as one of twenty five submissions in the country and is a fantastic achievement for this young student.

Community Childcare AGM

Craanford-Monaseed Community Childcare Services will hold its AGM on Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. in Craanford Community Centre. All parents must attend AGM to register child for September 2019. All parents who attend AGM and who already have a child in Playschool will be given priority if MAX capacity is reached.

Run with Ray

Why not Run or walk 5km with Ray on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m., come on everyone, let's do it together, a giant effort on everyone's behalf will see a wonderful community event happen. Refreshments served afterwards with music and craic in Cooney's. Huge thanks to Raymond Byrne for all work with this event.


The OsKaRs community fundraising initative will take place over the next few months culminating in a star studded event in late September when coveted awards will be handed out to those who shine on the big screen, why not get invovled, it promises to be a most entertaing event. On the screening night you can sit back and relax and bask in the spotlight without any nerves to worry about.


On May 3 the prize of €177 was won by Maureen Kirwan, a regular bingo patron. Congratulations, Maureen. The co-ordinating team for Friday, May 17, is Team 2: Moira Kavanagh, Sarah McCormack and Sorcha Kenny.

Church News

MASS INTENTIONS - 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18: Phyllis Curran, Monbay, First Anniversary. 10.30 a.m. Sunday, May 19: Paddy Nolan, Monbay.

CRAANFORD MASSES - Mon to Thursday at 9.15 a.m. each day.

ADORATION:Monday, May 13, from 9.45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BAPTISMS - Congratulations to the families and friends of Hugo Gerard Patrick Stewart-Lennon and Dylan James Smyth, who were received into the church recently.

PATRON DATES - Kilnahue Patron: Wednesday, June 19, at 7.30 p.m. Rossminogue: Wednesday, June 26, at 7.30 p.m. Monaseed: Friday, July 5, at 7.30 p.m. Knockbrandon: Friday, July 12, at 7.30 p.m. Craanford: Sunday, August 4, at 3 p.m. Mt St Benedict: Wednesday, August 7, at 7.30 p.m.

VISITATION OF THE SICK/HOUSEBOUND - We are anxious to visit those who cannot celebrate Mass with us due to illness, handicap or age. Arrangements to receive the sacraments at home can be made by calling Fr Richard or Fr Felix. Kindly notify us of parishioners who are housebound or hospitalised so they can be visited. We are always pleased also to receive invitations to visit your home or to give a house blessing.

GAA lotto

Jackpot €13,400 jackpot will rise by €100 if not won each week. No Winners. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4 and 23. Lucky-dip winners: Patrick Redmond c/o Paddy Redmond, Anne Marie O'Sullivan, John Doyle Connahill, Gary and Sarah, Paul O'Brien Ballingate. Seller's prize: Bríd Berney. Next week's jackpot will be €13,500. 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.


Community Games

The Kilanerin heats for Community Games will be held on Sunday, June 2, at 5 p.m. in the GAA Field. Further details from Pádraig at 087 6671673.

GAA club notes

Take your pick for team of the week: The ladies' footballers who easily over Shelmaliers in R2 of the championship. Or perhaps the under-12 girls whose two teams beat Shels and Shamrocks on the same night. Or the under-13 boys who beat Naomh Eanna well, or the under-14 Hurling Féile team who lost the div one final by one miserable point.

Last weekend was adult hurling league R3 via Our Lady's and Oylegate. Next Friday has the seniors in Starlights at 7.30 p.m. Saturday the 18th has the second team at home to Kilmore at 7 p.m. The Fittest Family showdown takes place in Kilanerin on Saturday the 18th from 4 p.m. Bound to be a fun evening.

There was no jackpot winner in the club lotto draw on the seventh. There were six match-three winners. The numbers were 6, 13, 22 and 27. The next draw for €7,200 takes place in the Gap on Monday the 20th. A reminder for all those using or wish to avail of club facilities and are not a full paid up member associate membership is required to be paid €10 Please contact Eleanor at 087 6852402 or get a form in Murphy's shop Kilanerin.

Kilanerin church

Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. anniversary Mass Peg Woodbyrne Pallas Sunday 11 a.m. first anniversary Mass Barry Byrne (Kilanerin) and month's mind Mass Geraldine Barnes Tinnock. Eucharistic Adoration Kilanerin: Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


First lady was shared by Mary Lee and Deirdre Power, third lady was Anne Fleming and half time lady was Breda O'Connor. First gent was Mary McCarthy, second gent was Marie Cushe, third gent was Noel Carter and half time gent was Bernie Walsh. Student winner was Ross Bailey. Raffle winners were Betty Rose, Lil Kavanagh and Bernie Walsh. Whist continues on Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Ballyfad church

Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration Ballyfad: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dates for your diary

Feld day with proceeds to Kilanerin and Ballythomas NS. on Sunday, June 16, patron in Limbrick cemetery on Sunday, June 30, at 2.30 p.m. and Ballyfad Patron and Field day on Sunday, July 21, at 1.30 p.m.

Tidy Towns

Kilanerin Tidy towns is now in full swing now that Spring is here. Clean up each Saturday morning. Meet at the Shamrock Hall parking area work for the time that suits your schedule. All tools, gloves and Hi-Vis vests provided, Come out one day or many all helpers all ages are very welcome. Planting, watering assistance with many maintenance projects also getting going.

If you need more information or want to learn a bit more about Kilanerin Tidy Towns contact 087 9365000 or email

Ballyfad ICA

The May meeting of Ballyfad ICA will be held on Tuesday, May 14, in Ballyfad NS at 8 p.m. Guest for the evening will be Danielle of Redmonds Garden Centre on Container planting and Window boxes. Competition is a 'Small pot plant'. New members always welcome.

Tea party thanks

May and Mary D'Arcy wish to thank all who supported their recent Alzheimers Tea Day on May 2 the amount raised is €1,015 which will be used by the Alzheimers Society in County Wexford.

Gorey Guardian