Monday 20 November 2017

Brownies are back

The girls in the Enniscorthy brownie pack will soon be back in action after the summer break, with the first meeting in the Friends meeting house at the bottom of Springvalley on Thursday, September 12, from 3 to 5.30 p.m. The person for new recruits to contact is Caroline Steacy (086)0793663.


An album not due for release until into the new year will be previewed at the Wexford Arts Centre on Thursday, September 12, when The Revelator Orchestra will showcase the 'The Brotherhood of the Flood'. The music was inspired by Monageer based writer Peter Murphy's novel 'Shall We Gather at the River'. Musicians appearing with the author on the night will include Frames violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Also to the fore will be Enniscorthy producer Acko and Wexford resident composer Paula Cox. Tickets cost €15/13 through (053) 9123764.


The programme for the forthcoming Blackstairs Blues festival, now in circulation, shows 26 gigs (most of them free) in 13 different venues. Enniscorthy will be hopping over the weekend September 13-15 with bands or soloists appearing at The Antique Tavern, Doreen's, The Bailey, Holohan's, Stamp's, Rackard's, Wilsons, Treacy's Hotel, D Bar, Toss Kavanagh's, the Cloch Bán (yes, in far off Clonroche), Wallace's Alba and the Cotton Tree Café.

Act on the way include the festival regular Dermot Byrne and the wonderfully named Sonny and The Wildcows from Hungary. The BBF is the longest running event of its kind in the country with 120 bands having appeared in Enniscorthy since the first chord was struck in 1995.


Assessments for any young athletes wishing to join the Slaney Sharks swimming club for the 2013/4 season will take place on Saturday, September 7 at 9 a.m. in the pool at the Waterfront leisure centre.

Further information is available from Susan Dunne – (087)9963123.


HeadstARTS, empowering people with intellectual disabilities through the arts is on the way to Enniscorthy with weekly sessions in dance, drama, music and painting/drawing. The HeadstARTS club will be based at the Kilcannon garden centre, meeting on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers and members are being signed up at present for the club.

The induction day will take place on Saturday, September 7 in Dublin.

The person to contact is Liam Redmond (085)1848632,


Latest result from the tables of the Enniscorthy bridge club in The Bailey was: first, Kathleen Kelly and Bob Murphy; second, Katherine Lennon and Jim Doyle; third, Eileen Doyle and Eileen Kehoe; fourth, Kathleen Minnock and Patricia Kelly.


The ecumenical committee of the Diocese of Ferns is joining the pilgrimage season at Lady's Island on Wednesday, August 28.

A prayer service takes place at 8 p.m. on that date with the Reverend Arthur Minion preaching.


Enniscorthy retirement association will resume its monthly meetings on Tuesday, September 3 at 2.30 p.m. in the Riverside Park hotel.


Officials of the Sacré Coeur boxing club are signing up new members as the 2013/4 season commences in the club gymnasium at Pearse Road in Enniscorthy with a registration session today Tuesday, September 3 for 7 to 10 year olds at 5.30 p.m. Turn up or contact Frankie Kirwan (087)1900302.


Medjugorje pilgrimage dates have been changed. The religious expedition to will now depart on Saturday, September 21, returning on Sunday, September 29. The cost is €789 and a few seats on the plane to Bosnia/Herzegovina may still be available. Contact Ann Murphy on (087)2254206.


Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to join private detectives from around the world in Enniscorthy later this month. The head of Government will be guest of honour at the conference in the Riverside Park Hotel of the Council of International Investigators on Thursday, September 19. The CII conference will take place over the five days, September 17-21.


With big changes coming in local government, the Fianna Fáil part is preparing its strategy for the Enniscorthy district. A selection convention will be held at the end of the month. The party holds just one seat through Cllr. Keith Doyle but is poised to allocate two, or three, running mates to join him on the ballot paper for the county council elections in the summer of next year. Urban council member James Browne and former county councillor Barbara Anne Murphy are likely to feature.


Members of the Bunclody and district game preservation association (GPA) are available to deal with vermin such as pigeons, foxes or other vermin. The people to contact are Gabriel Wade (086) 8347106 or David Murphy (086) 3318720.


Enniscorthy choral society is planning a busy year to mark its 21st year with trips to Sligo, Arklow, Kilkenny and Cork in the offing, as well as a concert at a home venue to be held in April with visiting star guest performers. The choral society rehearses on Mondays in Coláiste Bríde at 8 p.m. for two hours each night. New members are always welcome to make contact via, or ring Annette McCarthy (053)9233547.


The Joan Doyle school of speech and drama presents classes in speech, drama, elocution and communication, weekly until May in Ballindaggin. Pre-school, primary and secondary age students are all welcome. Ring Joan Doyle at (053)9388773 or (086)3459015.


Bree and neighbouring half-parishes are counting down to the great harvest festival Gathering over the weekend September 13-15. The programme will include a floral display, a re-union of past pupils from the schools in Bree, Ballyhogue and Galbally, a photographic exhibition, a marquee trad night, magic shows, Gaelic football, tug-o-war, a disco, a crossbar challenge, an ecumenical church service and a talent competition.


A fresh edition of 'Scaldy Detail' presenting a new batch of Wexford creative writing will be published early in 2014, with October 4 the deadline for submissions of poetry, fiction and memoir. The guest editor is poet Maggie Breen and pieces may be sent to One piece of prose (maximum 2,000 words) or four poems (maximum 40 lines each) will be accepted per author for consideration.


The Ferns half marathon is back on the athletics calendar with Sliabh Buíodh Rovers athletics club expecting a high standard of competition in Ferns on Sunday, September 28 over local roads. Contact Lukie Kehoe on (087) 3222914.


Riverside Park hotel is the venue for the full-contact kickboxing 'low-kick' Ireland v England international on Sunday, September 15. The bill is set to include two intercontinental bouts as well as two four nations' title contests.

The subscription is €15, with tickets available in advance from hotel reception (053)9237800 or the committee (087)0540186. The action is due under way at 4 p.m.


A special guest with some very unusual recipes is bound for Bunclody library in the Millrace complex on Saturday, September 21 (2.30 p.m.). Biddy White Lennon comes to town on that date to promote her forthcoming 'Wild Food Nature's Harvest: How to gather, cook and preserve'.


An audience at Redmond's in Bunclody will have the chance to experience the delights of the gardens entered in the recent competition organised by the Bunclody Horticultural Society. On Thursday, September 19, at 8 p.m., adjudicator Robert Miller will present talk on what he found while coming to his verdict with illustrations by photographer Ian Hodges.


A parade of restored old cars, motor-cycles, traqctors and trucks will hit the road on Sunday, September 22 in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. The cavalcade will gather at the Millrace Hotel in Bunclody at 12 noon for the road run. Details from John (087)2669675.


The community team for the greater Bellefield area in Enniscorthy issues a cordial invitation to residents to attend the annual general meeting on Monday, September 9 at 7.30 p.m. in the training room of Wexford Local Development in the IFA complext at Mill Park Road.

Contact the organisation via the secretary (086)3512118 or


Padré Pio Day will be marked at the Knock shrine in County Mayoon Sunday, September 15 when coach load of pilgrims from Enniscorthy will take part in the celebrations.

The bus will depart from the post office at 7 a.m. Full details of how to book a seat may be had from Kitty Cullen (085)6817648 or Breda Pepper (053)9236072.

Meanwhile, Helen Kirwan (087)6817648 is taking bookings for the Irish pilgrimage trust day of prayer at Lough Derg on Saturday, September 21.

The coach will leave town on the Friday and return on the Sunday.


Enniscorthy college of further education at the Vocational College beside the Milehouse Road is offering 20 Post Leaving Cert courses, with some students qualifying for means tested grants.

Ring (053)9236969 or email


Enniscorthy gymnastics club holds an enrolment evening at the AstroActive centre in Bellefield on Friday, Septemeber 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Future classes will be held on Fridays - at 4 p.m. for the 4-6 year olds; at 5 p.m. for those aged 7 and up. Contact Joanne (053)9128027 or

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