Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballycullane, Ramsgrange

Ramsgrange CS students Shane O’Grady and Antonia Rochowiak helping out at their school’s open night
Ramsgrange CS students Shane O’Grady and Antonia Rochowiak helping out at their school’s open night

Ballycullane: Gusserane camogie News - The under-10 girls travelled to Ferns Centre of Excellence on Sunday, September 22, where they put in a thundering performance of camogie and playing the game skilfully and straight from the heart and proved on the day that they were unlikely to shirk the battle.

We are so proud of the girls as we have two teams within our under-10 panel who have given it everything since commencing last February 2019. It has been such an entertaining season for everyone, the girls, the parents and the mentors.

On our finals day the first match, under-nines went under way at 10 a.m. under way against Gorey under the watchful eye of Mary Healy Fitzharris, Deirdre Power, Lisa Stafford. Gusserane started well with an early stupendous Point from play scored by Izzy Aspil. Gorey did come back with a couple of goals and began to establish a foothold in proceedings and levelled the game, despite hitting a couple of wides. Gorey were level at half time, but that didn't stop Gusserane girls who had a ravenous desire to win on the day. Hannah Fitzharris tacked hard all the time in mid field, winning most of her tussles and proved to give handy passes to the forwards Emily Power Jessica Finn and Ruby Kent. Second half arrived and the girls came on fire and gave everything they had, the backs Ciara Murphy got almost every ball on the ground or in the air and lobbed them back down the field. Our corner backs Áine Gaffney and Mia Kent fought to the bitter end clearing the balls perfectly down the line to the mid fielders.

Lilly Cleary our goalie blocked some great balls and her strike outs went exceptional. She positioned her well, struck out some beautiful balls into the air which landed right down into our mid field. Izzy Hannah and Kate Corcoran in mid field put everything they had, fought tooth and nail for the ball took knocks and swipes from clashes but still fought back, gave her best using their strength in getting the ball into the net, Kate then went onto score a lovely goal, she whipped it in, and it just went over the line. Jessica Finn and Ruby Kent fought hard in the forward line during the whole game. To finish Izzy again restored the lead, found a target from a free which she took from an awkward position in corner forward, neatly lobbed the ball into the forward line and in the end proved a lovely goal as it was finished by a nudge from Ruby Kent into the goal. Gusserane 2: one Gorey 3: 0 (points worth three in under-10s goal worth 1).

Team: Izzy Aspil, Hannah Fitzharris, Emily Power Kate Corcoran, Ciara Murphy Lilly Cleary, Jessica Finn, Ruby Kent Mia Kent Áine Aspil, missing on the day Nadine Kearnon.

Under-10 Gusserane girls v Buffers Alley went under way at 11.30 a.m. This was a tough game, and all the girls played so well as a team today and played a very defensive game. All the girls never gave up with a hell of lot of work done by the backs who never gave up. Midfielders had a tough job against fine tough girls. Forwards followed that ball into the goal everytime. The whole game of intensive. Result Gusserane 6-4 to Buffers Alley 5-2 (18 to 11). Panel: Katie ryan, Lauren Finn, Saoirse Wall, Emily Stafford, Aoibhinn Costello, Ileanne Egan, Rebecca Barry, Sophie Rossiter, Keela Byrne, Aobha Dillon, Cathy Dillon, Emma Rossiter.Mentors Colette Byrne, Benny Ryan.

Tidy Towns AGM

Ballycullane Tidy Towns AGM will be held tonight Tuesday, October 1, in Ballycullane Parish Hall at 7.30 p.m. Work has already commenced in the village and we would like to see more volunteers to continue the work to improve the appearance of the village with a view to re-entering the Tidy Towns competition in 2020. Tidy Towns aims are, to encourage the spirit of volunteering and participation and improve the community interaction.


CE Scheme Vacancies

South West Wexford urgently requires participants under the Community Employment programme. We have vacancies in the following areas: Youth Work (one position), Childcare (two positions), Cleaner (one position).

The vacancies will provide participants with the opportunity to gain a QQI qualification while also gaining practical work experience in a childcare setting. For more information on eligibility please ring Jane at 051 389418.

Mental Health - Connect Café

World Mental Health Day takes place on the Thursday, October 10, and the theme this year is Suicide Prevention. Mental Health Ireland is encouraging people to go to a Connect Café on the day. The goal of the Connect Café is to open up conversations and strengthen the connection with yourself, with others and with your community.

We are hosting a Connect Café in our Community Café here in South West Wexford Family Resource Centre on Thursday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to midday. We encourage everyone in our community to attend. For More Information you can contact organiser Kate Dwyer at 087 1813729.

Family Support

Family life isn't always easy. Life events like birth, death, separation, abuse, illness, mental health difficulties, disability, job loss and financial concerns, add to the stress and strain of everyday life.

Family support services can help. Having someone to talk to can be of great benefit. Our family support worker can chat with you over the phone and/or meet with you at home or at the centre. Call Emma Fitzgerald at 051 389 418 or 087 3605595.

Education at SWWFRC

Evening courses commencing September 2019 at READ.

Accounting Manual and Computerised - QQI Level 5. Word Processing - QQI Level 5. Child Health and Wellbeing - QQI Level 5. Child Development - QQI Level 6. Safety and health at work - QQI Level 5. ECDL Essentials - ICS Skills.

Courses will run subject to minimum numbers confirmed. Recipients of social welfare may be entitled to funding towards courses. Easy payment plans can be availed of for all courses. Phone Diane/Darren at 051 389418 for further details or to book a place on any of the above courses.

Getting Citizens Online

Avail of 10 hours free training to enhance your digital skills by Getting Citizens Online. Learn how to use your smartphone or laptop to send emails, use online Government Services, do your Motor Tax online, and use social media apps. Next class commencing shortly. Please call reception at 051 389418 to secure a place.

Forever Fit

A new fitness class at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre - Forever Fit Wexford 'Active 50+'. Dancing and singing to lovely music + Stretching. Appropriate exercise suitable for ages 60+ 70+ 80+. Maintaining bone density, flexibility, strength, vitality and sociability.

Join us for ongoing classes on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are €10. All 'pay-as-you-go'. Please call or Text Amanda Burke at 087 9713339.

PALS Group

Our new parents and Life Skills (PALS) group will be meeting every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. here at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. This is a new social group for parents or anybody that wants to take 'time-out' from everyday life. Why not pop in for a cuppa and a chat.

St Louis Stitchers

The St Louis Stitchers Group meet every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) Ramsgrange. New members very welcome. For more information contact SWWFRC Reception at 051 389418.

Blokes with Cameras

Blokes with Cameras Group meet every Wednesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South West Wexford Family Resource Centre in Ramsgrange. If you have an interest in photography come along learn about your camera and photo editing in a relaxed atmosphere. Beginners and advanced welcome.

Contact Reception at 051 389418 or Jack at 087 1358254 for more information.

Women's Group

The Shelbourne Women's Group meet every Monday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) Ramsgrange. New members very welcome. For more information contact SWWFRC Reception at 051 389418.

Parent/Toddler Group

The parent and Toddler Group meet every Tuesday 10 a.m. to midday at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) Ramsgrange. For more information contact reception at 051 389418.

Fusion Youth Café

Fusion Youth Café is open to young people aged 11-18 living in southwest Wexford. Located in South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, Ramsgrange, it is open every Wednesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and members can stay for as long or as little as they like. Pick up and drop off service available free of charge.

Activities include pool, table-tennis, video games, arts and crafts, with day trips and camps over the holidays. Tuck shop available at very reasonable prices. Call 087 3607450 or 051 389 418 for more information.

Local Link Wexford

To book your seat on the Local Link Bus please contact the office at 053 9196276 or email

Active Retirement

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, in St Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15 p.m. 087 6372084. Our speaker will be Donal Lonergan from the Wexford Ambulance service. Get all your questions ready. New members always welcome. Strangers soon become friends. We are always looking for new members, so if you are 50 or over, why not come along and join us. 087 6372084.

HOLIDAY MAY 2020 - annual holiday May 4 to May 8, 2020, to Castlebar Co. Mayo. Cost is €365 pps - single sup. €20 per night. Day trips, gratuities, etc included in price. Names and deposits of €50 must be made at November meeting. Savings club open. Please come along. So much fun to be had. Enquiries to Mary B. at 087 2073966.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIP - Tuesday, December 3 - Pick-ups: Waterford, New Ross, Ramsgrange, Wellingtonbridge, Wexford and Enniscorthy - Tea or coffee and scone on route - Shopping at Dundrum Shopping Centre Bed, breakfast and dinner at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane, Co. Kildare (Full use of the Leisure Centre at the Hotel) - Enjoy music in the bar after dinner - Visit to Kildare Shopping Centre, Russborough House and afternoon tea. Cost: €150 pps a twin or double room - Single Supplement. €20. Contact 087 9462160.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The AA meeting for women is held at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) Ramsgrange, every Friday at 7 p.m. For more information please contact Noreen at 087 2430282.

Slimming World

Slimming World Classes are held in South West Wexford FRC on Saturday mornings, weigh in time is 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please contact Yvonne Byrne at 086 3147332 for more details.

Day Care Open Day

St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, who run the Day Care Centre for the Elderly, is holding an open day on Thursday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will have representatives and information on the services provided at the Day Care Centre and on community based services within the area. Go in and join them for a chat and a cup of tea - 051 389 509.

RCS Christmas Market

Ramsgrange Community School are now taking bookings from local crafts people for the annual indoor Christmas Market which will be held in the school and gym on Sunday, November 24. Bookings of quality craft and homemade products can be made via the school office asap at 051 389211 to avoid disappointment. This market books out very quickly each year.

Let's Play Bridge

Beginner classes are commencing in Colclough Hall, Saltmills; Thursday, October 10, at 10.30 p.m. For more information contact Theresa 087 7994363/Margaret 086 8791076/Maria 086 1014011. Don't miss this opportunity. Now is your chance to learn this amazing card game.

Duncannon ICA Guild

On Tuesday, September 10, we held our meeting in the St Louis Day Care Centre. June had been a busy month with participation in the Special Occasions Competition, the hosting of the Federation meeting and the tour to Mount Congreve and Curraghmore House. The guild was delighted to be placed fifth out of 18 guilds who had participated. They were presented with a beautiful hamper from Wexford Preserves, who generously sponsor this competition. Congratulations to Marie, Mary O'K, Catherine, Una and Helena for their creativity and hard work, rewarded with two first places in two elements of the competition. On June 24, the federation meeting was hosted in the Star of the Sea Centre, Duncannon.

The guild enjoyed a most informative and insightful tour of Curraghmore House, outside Portlaw in County Waterford, gardens and shell house, followed by lunch in the newly decorated tearooms.

September will be equally as busy with a Federation meeting in the Riverbank Hotel on the 23rd, which Marie and Eileen agreed to attend. Guild training takes place on Monday the 30th, in Castlebridge Community Centre. All incoming and existing officers are invited to attend.

A demonstration/talk on plants in Beechdale Garden Centre takes place on Saturday the 24th. The ICA Charity Walk is being held on 22nd in the JFK Park. The nominated charities for this year are St Mary's Day Care Centre and the Ferns Diocesan Invalid Pilgrimage fund. The ICA table quiz will take place in Camross Hall on October 24.

The guild would like to express their condolences to Deirdre on the passing of her brother Finian, Catherine on the passing of her sister Marie Roche, and Margaret on the passing of her son's mother-in-law.

It is planned to restart exercise classes with Maureen Costello. The competition for the Best autumn Berries was won by Deborah, with Marie in second place and Deirdre in third place. The raffle was won by Gretta and Rosaleen and the meeting was concluded with a lovely tea served by Eileen and Kathleen.

Campile Bingo

There is a weekly game of bingo being held in Campile Hall every Monday night at 8 p.m. in aid of the ongoing development of the hall, with prize money of €1,250 approximately being paid out each night with a rolling in house lotto and Snowball also being played each night. We welcome each and every one senior citizens, young and children alike to try it and enjoy a great night out and win some money into the bargain.

Card Game

A 45 Card Game will be played every Friday night at 9 p.m. at the Kings Bay Inn.

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