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PPE appeal: An urgent appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitiser donations has been made. Contact Paul on 087 6889968 or email and he will tell you where to drop it or organise collection from you.

Paul said: 'As our frontline staff need PPE urgently, we're launching an appeal to gather up anything anyone can spare. We will be hiring a van and delivering it. We will collect any quantity that justifies collection. Otherwise I will accept deliveries to my house in New Ross.'

He will be liaising with the HSE for direction on where to deliver the donations. All donors will be advised where their donation has been delivered to. Items needed: goggles, facemasks and faceguards, plastic aprons/gowns, hand sanitiser and liquid soap, Dettol/disinfectant type sprays, plastic/latex gloves, arm covers, shoe covers, hazmat/plastic suits, hairnets/beard snoods and unopened packs/boxes only please.

Covid-19 help

The Rower Inistioge community are rallying behind residents who need essential items delivered.

A Camogie Rower Inistioge Covid-19 Assistance Facility has opened and is up and running. A group of volunteers who will deliver medication, groceries, fuel, etc., to elderly/vulnerable people in the community has been established.

This will be operated in the strictest confidence.

To avail of it, contact 089 4525740.


Ramsgrange Central NS is now taking enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on the school website or by contacting Karen in the office on 051 389363 or emailing The three-teacher school is situated in the heart of Ramsgrange village.

A school spokesperson said: 'Please feel free to speak to our principal Lorraine Kennedy at any time during the school day.'

Appeal for information

An appeal has been issued from New Zealand for information about Murtagh Redmond, who lived on Michael Street in New Ross.

Greg Murphy from New Zealand came up as a match on Graiguenamanagh man Dennis Murphy's family tree DNA. Dennis said: 'He is trying to find the burial place of Murtagh Redmond who lived in 18 Michael St during the 1901 Census. Murtagh Redmond, died 1906.'

Dennis said Murtagh was his great great-grandfather.

'His daughter, Catherine (Kate) married my great-grandfather, Laurence Murphy, of Wexford town and she lived there until her death in 1900. She was born around 1850. Our oral family history tells us that Murtagh was part of the Redmond family, which donated the 'Bull Ring' to Wexford Town. Also, this family owned shares in the Redmond Bank, and were related to John Redmond, member of Parliament.'

Several months ago, Dennis spent two days searching New Ross cemeteries for Murtagh's grave to no avail.

'My aim was to see if the headstone could suggest to me some way I could prove the oral history. I have a copy of Murtagh's death certificate which says he died in New Ross and the 1901 Census has him living then in Michael Street.'

The cemeteries visited were: St Stephens; the Catholic church in New Ross; the Friary near Irishtown, New Ross; the Catholic church in Rosbercon; and Rosbercon cemetery.

Dennis can be contacted by email on or by calling him on 086 3007695.

Business initiative

A nationwide initiative which recognises the sacrifices being made by frontline workers and also gives local businesses a chance to operate during lockdown has been adopted by St Michael's Theatre in New Ross. Every morning at approximately 11 a.m., staff at New Ross Community Hospital (NRCH) receive a delivery of teas, coffee and biscuits courtesy of St Michael's, and all free of charge.

The Green Wave initiative sees staff at the theatre make the teas and coffees every morning and bring them down to the workers.

Graham Doyle, owner of The Irish Experience adventure tourism company that's based on the Hook Peninsula, said The Green Wave is a 'win-win' for everyone.

'If any coffee shops in Wexford or anywhere in the south east want to get involved, all their costs will be covered. You can sign up by contacting me at and at the end of each week, you send an invoice to the organisers, detailing the amount of coffees and teas you made.'

Charity raffle

Tesco community champion Mary McGrath is selling lines for the following prizes: a hamper of Wexford Home Preserves, a pair of tickets for the Irish Beauty Show in the RDS in Dublin and 1,000 litres of Campus home heating oil. The money raised this year is to buy a new CT Scanner at Temple Street Children's Hospital. For anyone who wants to donate money or a prize for a raffle, contact Mary in Tesco New Ross or email


This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests. Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or is something you would like to do to honour the memory of your loved one who has recently passed away.

GAA clubs offer help

Gusserane GAA Club members are kindly volunteering their services in order to help people in need.

If you know of anyone who requires assistance you can contact club members. Adamstown GAA Club are also offering to help people who may need items delivered during the current crisis.

For anyone who would like assistance from a local volunteer, please contact 087 1852949 in confidence.

Additional volunteers are also welcome to put their name forward to deliver prescriptions, groceries, etc. to people within the Adamstown community, providing them with an essential service.

Parish news

Mass is celebrated daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Vigil on Saturday evenings (no congregation). Everyone is invited to listen in on Radio 104.7 FM and watch live streamed masses on the New Ross Parish website.

The Parish Office is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays for mass cards and mass bookings only. All other services are available via telephone: 051 421348 and email:

Card payments are preferably for transactions and Covid-19 restrictions must be adhered to.

Writing competition

Write by the Sea Literary Festival 2020 invites all budding and established writers to enter its writing competition in any of the following categories: short story, memoir and poetry.

Entries should reflect the theme 'Waves'. Category winners will receive €250 and winners will be invited to attend the festival opening on September 25. See for more details.

July 10 is the closing date for entries.

Ross Meals on Wheels

Due to the health crisis, New Ross Meals on Wheels, in their continuing efforts to limit social interaction with clients, have decided to operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday basis until further notice. All clients have been notified and will be adequately supplied with dinners and desserts for the days that the service is closed.

Meals on Wheels has been in New Ross since the late 1960s.

The service is located at the St Aidan Centre on Cross Street. Soup, a main course and a dessert are available to people at a cost of just €5 per meal.

The meals are delivered by around noon daily and people can buy extra meals. Meals can also be ordered by people in the hinterland such as Cushinstown, Camblin, Greater Rosbercon, St Mullins and other surrounding areas. These can be collected at the centre each day.

All food is prepared in the St Aidan Centre on Cross Street from 8.30 a.m. every weekday morning by three people who are employed directly by the Meals on Wheels and FÁS CE Scheme employees.

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