Monday 22 April 2019

Around the districts: Adamstown, Clongeen, Graiguenamanagh

Adamstown: Youth Garda Awards - Congratulations to Megan Bulter on receiving her Youth Garda Award. Megan has been a student for the past six years and is currently our Head Girl.

She has been recognised for her achievements at the annual school awards and on the sports field. Outside the school she is an avid sportsperson, and played with Kilkenny United Women's Football club in 2015 and 2017.

She currently plays for Adamstown Ladies Soccer Club and under-19s County Wexford Gaynor and for the Women's County Soccer team. Upon trials in Ireland and London Megan was offered a sports scholarship in America and this scholarship will enable her to study while playing her favourite sport.

Megan is a remarkable student that possesses the combination of personality and leadership skills that makes others want to follow her or in her direction. Megan really is a shining example to others.


The weekly '30' Card Game continues in the community centre this Friday, April 12, at 9 p.m. Thanks to the ladies for the tea last week. Catering on Friday the 12th will be Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan and Bessie Fortune. Catering on Friday the 19th will be Rosie Siggins, Maria Murphy and Maura Barden. This finishes the year's rota, if anyone else would be prepared to cater for the card, please let Fr Nolan know. Catering on Friday, April 26, will be Breda Bolger, Helen Furlong and Liz Furlong. Proceeds going to parish funds.

Adamstown lotto

The next draw in the Adamstown lotto takes place this Friday, April 12, in the community centre for a jackpot of €4,800. Do keep on buying the tickets and in doing so you are supporting our local GAA, Soccer and parish.

Coláiste Abbain News

OUR NEW GAA KIT - Past student John Murphy Brothers presented our GAA teams with a new kit and jerseys this week. We are very grateful for their generous sponsorship. A big thanks to Mr Lillis for his assistance in getting this new kit.

WEXFORD ENTERPRISE AWARD WINNERS 2019 - Well done to Junior Section Winner Jack Cullen for his business Jack's Class Glass. Jack will now go forward to the national finals in Croke Park and we wish him all the best.

Other winners were Brianna and Sam with their B & S Cups and Saucers and Nikhitta - Kita's Memories. Another big winner was teacher Rita Breen, who won the prestigious award of Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year 2019. Well done everyone, fantastic achievements.

Lourdes Draw

All tickets and money to be returned on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m., in the Parochial House and hopefully we will be able to send three parishioners on the pilgrimage this year. Draw takes place at Mass on Palm Sunday, April 14. Thanks for your continued support.


Our condolences to James Dobbs (Cullen's Gala) and all the family on the death of his grandfather James (Jim) Dobbs, Cherryorchard, Enniscorthy. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St Aidan's Cathedral on Thursday last with burial in St Mary's Cemetery.

Our sympathy also to Phil Mahon, Woodview Drive and all the family on the death of his brother Francis (The Boxer) Mahon, The Villas, Clonroche. His funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday in St Clement's Church, Cloughbawn with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May they rest in peace.

Adamstown Tidy Towns

Adamstown Tidy Towns has organised free CPR training in Adamstown Community Centre on Monday, April 29. There will be three one hour sessions beginning at 5 p.m., 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. offering basic CPR Skills training. They will be delivered by a experienced Irish Heart Foundation instructor and all practising will be done on mannequins.

Participants must be over 18. Booking is essential and can be done online via or alternatively a booking sheet is available for signing in Cullen's Gala Adamstown. Each individual that attends will receive an email after the training that will include their certificates of attendance. Open to all individuals, clubs or organisations.



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Community Games

Clongeen had a great day at the County Finals Art and Handwriting in Castlebridge recently with the great help of Ms Joan Kehoe. The results are as follows.

Siuin Allen - first, under-10 girls Handwriting; Josh Butler - second, under-eight boys Art; Sophie Redmond - first, under-10 girls Art; Caylum O'Sullivan - third, under-10 boys Art; Aoife Kehoe - first, under-12 girls Art; Kaleb Blake - first, under-12 boys Art; Séamie Whelan - second, under-12 boys Art; Katie Kehoe - first, under-14 girls Art; Caitlin Murphy - second, under-14 girls Art; and last but by no means least, Francois Rooney - first, under-14 boys art.

So a big well done to all the children who were involved and a special well done to Ms Kehoe and all her hard work which is paying off in spades.

One of our under-10 draughts team won county silver medals recently. The team was made up of: Josh Butler, Izzy Butler, Darragh Bennett, Eva Mullins, Isabel Browne and Cathal Cullen. While the under-14 won gold bringing them on to the Leinster final in Carlow where we wish them the very best of luck.

The team is made up of: Philippa Coleman, Katie Kehoe, Fionn Daly, Keela Daly, Abbie Casey, Laura McCarthy and Zac McDonald. Once again, thank you to Atlanta Blake, Eamon McCluskey and Diane Murphy for all their help in getting the teams prepared.

Little Sea Musical Society

The Little Sea Musical Society are holding two nights of hits from both movies and musicals in Camross Hall this Friday and Saturday, April 12, and 13. On the Friday night, the show is a fundraiser for Carroreigh Church while on the Saturday night the benefits are for the Clongeen Community Development fund. Please support this event where tickets can be bought online at, by phone at 089 9765414, or from any of the Clongeen committee members.

Ladies' Football

Best of luck to the under-16 girls who are playing their first round football match against Sarsfields on Monday evening at 6.30 p.m. Also, our under-14 girls are playing their first round football match in Clongeen on Thursday, April 11, at 6.30 p.m. in Clongeen.

And to top it off, our ladies' team take on Kilanerin in the next round of the intermediate league at home on Friday, April 12, at 7.15 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated for all of the above fixtures.

LADIES COUNTY FOOTBALL - Congratulations to Grace Donovan, who played with the under-16 county team in Blackwater recently beating Westmeath on a 3-17 to 3-12 scoreline. We wish Grace the best of luck as they take on Laois in their next game.

Also congratulations to Sarah Bennett, who played with the under-13 county team in the centre of Excellence in Ferns recently for the Breda Curran Memorial Cup. They won their three games against two Dublin teams and a team from Kildare.

Finally, hard luck to Chloe Foxe and the Wexford ladies' team on losing out to Kerry in Mallow last Sunday on a score of Kerry 6-11 v 2-11 for Wexford. Wexford took on Armagh on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in Silverbridge in Armagh. Results to follow next week.

LADIES FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER - The ladies are holding a lip sync battle in the Oak Tree, Foulksmills on Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m. where it's guaranteed to be a great night out. Please get behind the girls and get your tickets now. Tickets can be bought from any team members or you can also pay on the door on the night.

Over-35s Soccer

17 guys took to the pitch on Saturday, March 30, in a super game where a few changes were made to the teams and results in a very close game. The main difference was the chances taken by one team and the post and crossbar getting rattled several times by the other team.

Should you wish to join in and come along, there's a slight change in times for Lent in that games take place on Saturday evenings at 5.30 p.m., indoor in Grantstown where newcomers are welcome.

Please try to be there 15 minutes beforehand so we can kick off in the allotted time. If you'd like to come along or want further information, please give Dave Burke a shout by text or calling 086 8596627.

Baby/Toddler Group

This friendly group meets every Wednesday morning during school terms between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. in the Sunshine room in Clongeen School. It is open to anyone from the Clongeen area and from further afield - parents, grandparents, guardians, childminders, etc. are all welcome, and of course the little ones too (babies to toddlers). The cost is only €4 per adult which includes refreshments for both the adults and children. Remember, this is the last session before closing for the Easter holidays.

This is a fun and relaxed group with loads of fun activities, craft and singing, where both adults and children can meet new friends. We look forward to seeing new and familiar both small and bigger faces. For more info, please visit and like our Facebook page or you can call or text Véro at 086 1034878.

The Sound of Music

Horeswood Musical Society will stage 'The Sound of Music' in Campile Hall starting this coming Thursday night April 11, Friday the 12th, Saturday the 13th at 8 p.m. The show finishes on Sunday night, April 14, starting at the earlier time of 6.30 p.m.

You can book your tickets now for what promises to be a fantastic show via the booking number which is 086 0703257. The chosen charity this year is St Louis Day Care Centre in Ramsgrange.


Graig Notes

To submit news items, club events, announcements etc for the notes email Deadline is Thursday 6 p.m.

Roads upgrade

Local councillor Chap Cleere has welcomed the news of the following additional roads upgrades which will take place this year, bringing in total the investment of 400k for roads in Graig parish this year. The R705 on the Graiguenamanagh to Borris Road will see 700 metres of road upgraded.

Also, the L8242 from Priestvalley to Graigue is also set to see 900 metres of road upgraded. These works are in addition to the LS 8220 up at Ballyjohnboy which was recently completed and the LS 8310 at Kileen West which is to be completed shortly along with the LP4204 at Mais Cross.

Library news

A total of €475 has been lodged to the Irish Cancer Society which was raised at our Daffodil Day coffee morning which took place in Graiguenamanagh Library on Friday, March 22, We would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause.

Spring into story time will take place every Thursday morning at 11 a.m. during the month of April. Ages six and under.

When visiting the library bring along your library card and try out our self-service kiosk, you can now return and checkout your books and you can also print from the kiosk. Ask staff for a demo on your next visit.

Irish conversation group will take place in the library on Tuesday, April 9, at 10.30 a.m. to register your interest ring us at 056 7794178.

We now have a library trolley to help you carry your books while you browse be sure to give it a go on your next visit.

We have new study areas and charging points for anyone studying for exams or doing some research drop into the library and check out these areas.


The numbers drawn were 2, 14, 23. And 29, and there was no winner. Next week's jackpot stands at €10,000, Reserve jackpot €4,500. Consolation winners winners of €30 each were Eimear Holden and Eoin Bolger; Daniel O'Brien; Séamus Kelly; Duiske Crescent; Margaret Butler, Duiske Crescent; Maura Maher. Tickets are available from all local outlets or from any committee member.

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information office in Main Street, Graiguenamanagh is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Providing a free private and confidently information service available to all.

Tidy Towns jackpot

This week's results are: First Prize - John Gahan - €253; second prize - Breda Foley - €50; third Prize - Liam Roach - €25. Money raised through the jackpot will be used to keep the town looking well all year round.

Draw takes place every Thursday in the Abbey Centre at approximately 4 p.m.

Fleadh Cheoil

Borris is once again, host to the County Carlow Fleadh Cheoil on Friday Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13, and 14. There will be events organised to appeal to those with an interest in different aspects of Irish culture, including music, dance and the spoken word.

Please check our Facebook page (Fleadh Cheoil Cheatharlach) or on Twitter @carlowfleadh for details on those events and other updates.

Bottle bank relocation

The bottle bank has being relocated from the local fair green, to the Aldi car park since April 4.

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