Monday 22 July 2019

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

Ann Ledden with her daughter Rachel at the Gorey School of Art graduate exhibition
Ann Ledden with her daughter Rachel at the Gorey School of Art graduate exhibition

Coolgreany: Gymkhana - The annual Johnstown Coolgreany Gymkhana and Field Day will be held in Coolgreany on Sunday, July 7, in Coolgreany, and plans are advancing favourably for that day, this is always a very worth - while with some lovely Trophies and Cups to be won in all of the different horse and pony events, and also some great jumping in all of the Children's jumping classes.

In conjunction with the Gymkhana there will be a Monster Raffle, with tickets on sale at present. The prize money here is first prize of €500, second prize of €200, and three other prizes of €100 each. Tickets are €2 each or book of three tickets is €5. Draw will take place on day of Gymkhana. All proceeds will go to St David's Church Funds. Everyone welcome.

Tidy Towns

It is that time of year again when adjudication of the Tidy Towns Competition is about to begin, and the local committee are appealing for the support of as many as possible to help with the cleaning up of all the roads around the village and in the village itself to help improve the area.


The local barbecue will be held on Saturday, June 22, on the Main Street opposite O'Rafferty's Pub, which is usually a very enjoyable night.

On the night there will be a Book Stall Sale where a very large variety of Books will be on sale which may be of great interest to many people, so why not come along and enjoy some nice food and get some good value in reading material.

Vintage Club

A meeting of Coolgreany Vintage Club Members will take place in the Coolgreany Inn on this Wednesday at 8.30 p.m., to start preparations for our vintage day on September 8.


Birthday greetings to Darragh Boland Knockgreany, who celebrates his 17th birthday on June 15, also good wishes to Lucia Merrigan, who celebrates her 19th birthday on June 17. 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.


Community Childcare Centre

As a result of our recent AGM the following are the committee members for this coming year. Manager: Liz Furlong, Chairperson: Catherine O'Brien, Vice Chairperson: Sarah McCormack, Joint Secretaries: Maeve Roberts & Caroline O'Neill, Treasurer: Ann O'Brien, Ass Treasurer: Niamh Doyle, PRO: Charlotte Hughes, Other Members: Eve Byrne, Lorraine Doyle, Eithne Dempsey, Nicola Nolan and Catriona Farrell.

Parent/Toddler Group

The parent and Toddler Group will have their final meeting before summer holidays in Craanford Community Hall on Thursday morning, June 13, at 10.30 a.m. and will return in September. It is €3 per family. For further information please call 087 610364.

Craanford Harriers AC

Congratulations to Brídín Doyle, who was third in the all-Ireland Schools Junior 2k walk. Best of luck to Muireann Kavanagh and Gráinne Dennehy, who will represent the club in the Leinster Championships on Saturday in Tullamore.

Bus to Gorey?

Wexford Local Link are enquiring to know, would it be feasible to run a bus from Askamore to Gorey calling at various stops Monaseed/Craanford and other stops along the bus route, to arrive into Gorey at approximately 8.45 a.m....please let Brian know in the parish office if interested. 087 3633965 or

Golf classic

Our annual golf classic is on July 19, in Coolattin Golf Club. Contact Michael Lyons 087 2580420 to book in a team or sponsor a prize.

Hurling Tournament

On June 23 the Michael Kenny memorial hurling tournament will take place.

Pride of Place awards

Craanford is honoured to be nominated by Wexford County Council in this year's Pride of Place awards 2019. Co-operation Ireland, the local authority partners Wexford County Council and its headline sponsor IPB Insurance is proud to present the prestigious Pride of Place Competition for the 17th consecutive year. The purpose of the competition is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland. The competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges their pride in their place by oral presentation, exhibitions of community activities and culture and a tour of the area highlighting the aspects of which they are particularly proud. Our adjudication will take place on July 24.

It takes a village

Margaret Hawkins, who writes the 'It takes a village' feature in the Farmers Journal visited Craanford recently to come and see what our small rural community has achieved with the support of so many. Many thanks to all those who helped out in anyway prior to and during the event.


On May 31 the prize of €152 was won by Olive Doyle, a regular bingo patron. Congratulations, Olive. The co-ordinating team for Friday, June 14, is Team 6: Anne Marie O'Sullivan and Oliver Murray.

Church News

MASS INTENTIONS - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8: Billy Doyle Ballinacoola, James Doyle Clonamona.

CRAANFORD WEEKDAY MASSES - Masses this week will be from Mon to Thursday at 9.15 each day. Mass on Wednesday morning will be the final monthly Mass with St Patrick's School for this academic year.

BOOKING MASSES - All Months Mind and Anniversary Masses must be booked via the parish office which is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

EXAM MASS CARDS - Exam Mass cards are now available in the parish office. Congratulations: to the family and friends of Daniel Andrew Byrne, who was baptised recently.

LOUGH DERG - Pilgrimage Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3, bus leaving St Peter's Square, Wexford at 6.30 a.m. (via Enniscorthy (Abbey sq) 6.50 a.m. Ferns (Bus Stop), 7 a.m., Gorey (hospital) 7.10 a.m. return to Wexford Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. Bus and Island Fee: €130.00 Bookings: Fr P Cushen, Ferns, 053 9366152. Mobile 087 2387559. Ferns parish office 053 9366514 Bookings taken and seat guaranteed.

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

Playground Opening

The official opening of the Monaseed Playground takes place on Saturday, June 22, at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards, and there will be a cake sale on the day

GAA Lotto

Jackpot €13,800. The jackpot will rise by €100 if not won each week. No Winners. Numbers drawn were 4, 14, 15 and 22. Lucky-dip winners: Martin Kavanagh c/o James B, Tommy Hennessy, James Smyth Jnr, Mary Byrne Deerpark, Tommy Dixon. Seller's prize: Billy Greene. Next week's jackpot will be €13,900. 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.


Bingo is played in Craanford hall every Friday night at 8.30 p.m. Bring a friend, enjoy a night out with a difference and who knows your luck could just be in. Nice money to be won every week.


GAA Club notes

No jackpot winner in the lotto on June 4. There were three match-three winners. Next draw is on the 17th for a jackpot of €7,400. The numbers were 5, 12, 18 and 23.

The first Hurling team drew with Craanford but the second footballers beat them a few days later. But team of the week goes to the under-14 A girls' football who beat St Martin's 4-4 to 0-3.

A testing week for the second hurlers, who play Oulart on Monday the 10th in the Rock and Naomh Eanna in Gorey on Wednesday the 12th at 7.30 p.m. That after their good win over Kilmore two weeks ago.

The first hurlers play Rathnure in the Rock on Saturday the 15th at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, the senior footballers will have played St Anne's in Kilanerin on Sunday the ninth at 11.30 a.m. R5 of the league.

Kilanerin Church

Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. anniversary Mass Murth O'Sullivan Kilanerin and Sunday 11 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration Kilanerin Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning and garden party will take place in the Parochial House Kilanerin on Sunday, June 23. Come along for a cake sale, raffle and a chat. All donations and support very much appreciated.


First lady was Tess Enright, second lady was Breda O'Connor, third lady was Eilish Murphy and half time lady was Nancy Forde. First gent was Marie Cushe, second gent was Donal Kavanagh, third gent was Bernie Walsh and half time gent was Micheál Murphy.

Raffle winners were Ross Bailey, Lil Kavanagh and Micheál Murphy. Whist every Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Ballyfad Church

Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. anniversary Mass Darragh D'Arcy Rathpierce Sunday 9 a.m. Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY field 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.; 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

Kilanerin ICA

Pilates continues on Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. €6 per class.

Tara Hill

Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Joe and Isabelle O'Neill on celebrating 65 years married life. May they continue to have many more happy years of health and happiness together.


The local community would like to express their deepest sympathy to Pat Braham, Kilmurray, on the recent passing of his brother and also to Seán oO Leary, Tara Hill on the passing of his father. Thinking of you all during these difficult times. May they both rest in peace.

Collection thanks

Special Olympics club Gorey area wish to thank all who collected and contributed to their recent church gate collection in Tara Hill. A total of €103.08 was raised. Thank you for your continued support.

Exam time

Best wishes to all students from the tarahill and surrounding areas who are sitting their junior and leaving cert exams at the moment.

School news

book rental in St Kevin's school will take place on Wednesday, June 19, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

A Skipaton takes place on Friday the 14th. This is an annual school fundraiser. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Garden volunteers are required for the school over the summer holidays. Duties include watering of plants, weeding etc. If interested contacted Betty Lyons in the school.

Any news?

If you would like to place an item in the paper, please contact, or 087 9434090 by 7 p.m. on Thursday for inclusion in the notes for the following weeks paper.

Gorey Guardian