Monday 19 March 2018

Coffee Morning at the May Byrne house

A Coffee Morning will take place on the May Byrne House on next Friday morning from 10am until 12.30pm. There will also be a Bring and Buy, Cake and Plant stalls, with all the proceeds going towards the local Hospice group. The organising group are seeking the full support on all the local Community.


A Coffee Morning will take place n the May Byrne House on next Friday morning from 10am until 12.30pm. There will also be a Bring and Buy, Cake and Plant stalls, with all the proceeds going towards the local Hospice group. The organising group are seeking the full support on all the local Community.


A Monster Table Quiz will take place in the Old Ship, Arklow on this Thursday night 19th September at 8pm.

The proceeds of this Table Quiz is in Aid of the Charity "Vita" who promote Agricultural Self Sufficiency in Ethiopia. The main organiser is running in Ethiopia in a 10 km high Altitude Run in the city of Addis Ababa, where he hopes to raise well in excess of €3,500.

Tables of 4 are €20, and the organisers are hoping for a very good turn out on the night, where a raffle will also take place. Please lend your support and enjoy a great night out as well.


After playing to full houses all week in Gorey Little Theatre, The Rasper Players' production of the 'Calendar Girls' will be presented again in the Gorey Theatre on next Monday 23rd September and again on Wednesday night 25th September by popular demand.

The ticket line is open now for booking performances on Monday, September 23rd and Wednesday September 25th. Tickets are only €10 and the number is 087 3345465.

Many many 2014 'Calendar Girls' calendars produced by the Rasper Players depicting the cast in compromising outdoor scenes have been sold to date with the proceeds going to The Gorey Hospice and The Hope Centre, Enniscorthy.

We want to sell more! We are going to need your help as broadcasters and journalists on this one!

Please please help us advertise both shows and calendars. We have found that the shows are where most people buy the calendars!


Congratulations to Kelly Ann Breen, formerly Croghan View and Garrett Acton, Gorey, who were married in St David's Church, Johnstown on last Saturday. They held their reception in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, where nearly 300 guests attended and enjoyed a great afternoon, we wish them every success and happiness in the future.


Congratulations to Patrick Byrne, Veterinary Surgeon, "The Glen" Inch on celebrating his 70th Birthday over last weekend, no doubt his wife Tolleen was delighted to make the Big Birthday Cake for him.


In the Co Wexford League, Tanya O'Toole received a walkover in the first round, while her brother Darren O'Toole won his first round game, unfortunately Damian Kelly and Colm Browne lost their games.

The Juvenile League which was to start on last weekend was postponed, and will now start on next weekend.


Coolgreany Celtic hosted New Ross Celtic in Coolgreany on last Sunday in the third round of the League. It was an end to end game in very difficult conditions, and having been trailing 1-0 at half time, Coolgreany fought back with 2 classy goals from Gavin O'Toole after some very creative team play to win 2-1.



No winner: Winning numbers:- 11, 23, 27 &28. Lucky dip winners:- Anita Kavanagh, c/o Peter Kavanagh, Stephen Whelan, Craanford and Amy Lynch c/o Danny Whelan


With next year being the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 in which 874 Wexford men lost their lives, Martin Whelan, Bannpark, Craanford is researching the men of Craanford and surrounding areas who fought in the war especially those who lost their lives with a view to erecting a monument in their memory.

If your relations or someone you know of took part in the war he would be delighted to hear from you. Also if you have photos or stories about the war you can contact Martin on 0872696974 or


If you want to knit a yarn or tell a yarn why not come along to an informal knitting group commencing on Thursday the 19th September at 8.30pm in Mary Ann's Pub, Craanford. All levels are welcome, there is no fee.


Our deepest sympathies to the Ryan & Doyle families and extended family members on the recent death of Mrs. Rita Bolger, Carrigbeg who passed away during the week. R.I.P


Past pupils of Monaseed National School and the Monaseed Community are invited to our centenary celebration and book launch in The Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey on 10th October at 7.30pm.

This is an ideal time to meet up with old friends and reminisce of times past. We wish to thank the Redmond Family and the staff of The Ashdown Park Hotel for their contribution to our celebrations.


Our dancers are busy these nights checking their "turns" and "pivots" as they practice regularly for the upcoming dance off on 15th November. Hats off to these individuals who have given so freely of their time to take part in this event. The fundraising is a credit to everyone, the variety of idea's the couples have come up with, is exceptional as is the support the community has given to this fundraising initiative. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting this community development. The community spirit that has been generated by these events is a testament to you the people for embracing this wholeheartly.

COONEYS CARDS: Why not come to Cooneys Craanford this Thursday night 19th September at 8.45pm for a lively game of 'partners 45'. Great prizes incl. €100 for the winners. Cost €10 per person, refreshments are provided. This event is been run as a "Strictly" fundraiser for Martha Hogan and Mick Lyons).


Calling all golfers. We are running a golf classic in Ballymoney golf club on Saturday 5th October. The format will be a four person scramble and there will be loads of fantastic prizes. the golf will be played from 8am in the morning til last tee off at 3pm. After the golf all are welcome back to Cooneys Craanford where the first pint will be FREE!!!! There will be barbequed food provided on the course and also in Cooneys. Cost per team of 4 €140 or if you can't get a team €35 ea. Tee sponsorships are also available. Tee times are filling up fast so to avoid disappointment please contact Mick Lyons (087)2580420 or Martha Hogan (087 1330836). This event is been run as "Strictly" fundraiser so all support will be greatly appreciated, thanks.


Calling all home industries, photographers, bakers, knitters, carpenters, artists, sports clubs, industrious students to the Craanford Community Craft Fair Sunday 20th October from 12noon-3pm in Craanford Community Hall. €15 per table and €10 for Transition year students mini companies Everyone welcome. In support of the Craanford Community Development. Contact Suzanne 086-1777352 or Margaret on 086-2444104 to book a table.


Any unwanted clothing, bags, shoes (tied together using laces), hats, belts, towels, curtains & bed linen,:- all types of clothing.

Drop off points:- Craanford Community Hall - Thursday 26th/Friday 27th September from 1:30pm - 3:00pm; Monaseed Hall -Thursday 26th/Fri 27th September from 1:30pm - 3:00pm For any inquires please phone 087 9951558 Supporting Craanford Community Development.


A huge thank you to everyone who supported the bingo raffle last week. The 1st prize of a voucher for Pettitts was won by Madeline Greene. Other winners on the night were:- Peggy Howard, Pauline Doyle, Teresa O'Neill, Phil Ricoft, Jacqui Howard, Liz Furlong, Marie Doyle, Rita Doran, Laura Howard, and Mary Gettings.


To organise a barn dance takes guts, man and woman power, imagination and lots of creativity. This was in abundance last weekend in the "valley in Monbay". Three weeks hard work and an army of helpers achieved a night to remember. Dancing to "Get a Grip" kicked off the evening followed by a disco till late. Delicious burgers and an endless supply of cuppa's supplemented all to sustain us to the wee small (early) hours. The cleanup operation went as smoothly as the set up. Car parking, security, bottle collectors, bar staff, catering staff, organisers and helpers and those who supported, a huge thanks to everyone for their hard work in making this another great success.


Craanford Active Retirement will return on Wednesday 18th September at 8pm. New members welcome. Teas: Julia Redmond & Mary Ellen Wafer


Irish Dancing Classes have resume in Monaseed Community centre every Wednesday from 3-4pm. Beginners welcome. For more details contact Deirdre on 087 6487684.


The Parishioners of Hollyfort Church would like to thank everyone who donated, purchased tickets, or helped in any way to make the Fete in Hollyfort a success.

The prize winners were: 1, Jack Lynch; 2, Jennifer Doyle; 3, Rebecca Grannell; 4, B. Graham.



Kilanerin Tidy Towns will hold a Scrap Metal Drop Day on Saturday 21st September between 10am-2pm. Electrical items (excluding fridges) are also acceptable. All items can be dropped off at the Sports Centre Development Site during this time or collection can be arranged by contacting Tony Doyle on 086-2702681.


Anyone who wises to put notices in the Parish newsletter can do so by sending the information to our new parish email address All notices to be emailed by Thursday of each week.


Top score at last week's whist was won by Tess Enright; first lady was Eilish Murphy; second lady was Alice Gibney; third lady was Mae Murphy; half time lady was shared by Eileen Furlong and Lilly Kavanagh; first gent was Keith Bailey; second gent was Pat Whelan; third gent was Pat Doyle and half time gent was Nancy Forde; raffle winners on the night were Nancy Forde, Pat Graham and Marie Cushe


Due to popular demand we have two buses travelling to the Back to My Past show in the RDS Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. The Saturday bus will leave from the Ashdown Park Hotel at 10 a.m. and the Sunday bus will leave from The Lennon Centre Annagh at 10 a.m. Charge is €35 per person. further information from Bernie at 086 3287217.


Anyone who would like to join the Plain Chant Choir can do so by contacting Mary Halpin on 0402/37571.


Badminton will resume in Kilanerin hall on Thursday 19th September at 8 p.m. €3 per night all welcome.


Adult Irish dance classes take place every Monday night 8 to 9 p.m €6 per night. Also Irish dance classes will begin on Monday 16th September in St Mogues from 4 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. for children Both classes are open to all abilities. Beginers welcome for more information contact Natasha at 085 8480422 after 6 p.m.


The County Wexford mobile library is back on the road Ballythomas Wednesday 25th September 2.45 to 3 p.m. and Kilanerin on Friday 27th September 11 to 11.15 a.m. This service is available to everybody in the area.


The next meeting in connection with Fr O'Brien's mass of celebration will be on Tuesday 17th September at 9 p.m. Envelopes will be ready for distribution at this meeting. Envelopes will also be available in Ballyfad Church and Kilanerin Church for people outside the catchment area who wish to be part of this celebration.


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 12 noon.


Morning mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Eucharistic adoration on Tuesday from after morning mass to 9 p.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.


There will be a cake sale in Ballythomas N.S. on Thursday 19th September starting at 1 p.m. in aid of refurbishment of Killavaney Church.


There will be a table quiz in The Gap Pub on Friday 20th September at 9 p.m. A table of 4 is €20, all welcome proceeds in aid of Killavaney Church refurbishment. Your support would be much appreciated.



Sincere sympathy to Paul and Catherine Kinsella and family, Salt Rock, Kildermot, and all relatives on the recent death of Catherine's father, James Byrne, Monasootha, Camolin who passed away after a long illness. Removal took place on Monday 9th September to Ballyduff Church where concelebrated Requiem Mass was said on Tuesday, 10th September, followed by internment in Ballyduff cemetery. May his soul Rest in Peace.


The annual Harvest Mass will take place on Friday 27th September in St. Kevin's Church at 7.30 p.m. – Refreshments afterwards in the school.


The Thursday Mass (mainly for the school children) has restarted in St. Kevin's Church at 10 a.m. Sunday Mass is as usual at 10.30 a.m.


Congratulations to the boys and girls in the community on the results they achieved in the Junior Cert examination. Good work and may they continue to study hard in future years.


The much anticipated official school opening in Castletown is happening on 27th September, starting with a Celebratory Mass at 10am with Fr Cosgrove and Fr McCarney in Saint Patrick's Church. Mass will be followed by the cutting of the ribbon at 11.30am which will be officiated by Minister Brendan Howlin. Refreshments will follow in the school library directly afterwards. We welcome the entire community along to celebrate this special day in the history of Scoil Ghormáin Naofa.

Gorey Guardian