Tuesday 12 December 2017

The Notebook



NEW ROSS Chamber will hold their next social lunch tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. in the Brandon House Hotel.

All businesses are encouraged and welcome to attend this event.

For further details or to reserve your place contact New Ross Chamber Office at 051-425077 or email


ARCHITECT AND energy efficiency expert, Isabel Barros, will give a talk in New Ross Library on Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m., giving useful and practical tips on how to make your home more energy efficient and how to save on energy bills.

Don't miss this chance to save money and become energy wise.

This event is free. To book phone 051 421877.


IN THE last New Ross event of the storytelling festival, storyteller and entertainer Rab Swannock Fulton will enthrall and entice schoolchildren from the town with stories from his 'Celtic Tales' show in New Ross Library throughout tomorrow (Wednesday).

Rab writes and performs stories, poems and plays for children, teenagers and adults and his work has appeared on RTE television and radio and won him many awards and acclaim.


A NEW online language learning resource has been made available via the library website

All you need to get started is a motivation to learn, use of a internet PC and a library ID number.

There are hundreds of language course to choose from, including Irish.

The courses comprise of 33 lessons, interactive forums, support vocabulary, pronunciation and conversation practice and interactive communities and games in your chosen languages.

The huge benefits are the range of supporting resources and the fact that you can learn at your own pace.

The courses can also be used on the go as iPhone and Android devices are supported.

For more information call into New Ross library or phone 051 421877.


NEW ROSS Musical Society are starting rehearsals for their 2013 production of 'All Shook Up' on Wednesday, November 21 at 8 p.m. in the CBS Secondary School.

They are looking for people to fill the chorus for what promises to be a fun and lively show.

Anyone who is over 16 is more than welcome to join and new members are always welcome.

'All Shook Up', their 45th consecutive show, will be staged in St. Michael's Theatre from Monday, February 25 to Saturday, March 2.

This new musical comedy is built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It's not a biographical revue.

It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitarplaying stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll.

For any more details contact the society on 085 7729490.


ST JAMES GAA Club's AGM will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 6.30 p.m. at SWW CDP in Ramsgrange.

Nominations for club officers and team managers should be given to the Club Secretary, Margaret Murphy (087 2227211) before Friday, November 30.


ARE YOU or someone you know interested in doing a one night training workshop exclusively for women on becoming community activists or campaigning in their area?

The Inspire Project is hosting a taster evening in the Brandon House Hotel on Wednesday, November 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more details, contact Cllr. Michael Sheehan on 087 0673647.


A CAR boot sale in aid of Aware will be taking place in the Tesco Car Park, New Ross, on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Cars will cost €10 and vans will cost €15.


THE NEXT New Ross GIY (Grow It Yourself) meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20 from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at New Ross Library.

It will feature a talk on Permaculture by Aodán MacDomhnaill, who used to practise Permaculture in Australia. Permaculture is a growing design system based on permanent and sustainable agriculture. It can be used anywhere from a balcony to a farm, and is used extensively throughout the world.

At the same meeting, John Cursley will also give a short information talk on the curse of Japanese Knotweed: what it is, what damage it can do, how to spot it and how to keep it out of your garden.

The New Ross GIY group has over forty members and meets monthly every third Tuesday evening.

The group don't meet in December because of the Christmas rush, but future meetings have been planned as follows: January 2013 Selecting Seeds, February Planting and Growing Fruit, March Seedlings Swop, April Organic Pest Control and May Designing your Kitchen Garden/Potager.

For more information log onto


THE NEW Ross and District Pipe Band are currently preparing to stage their eagerly anticipated Celtic Weave Concert.

Taking place in St. Michael's Theatre on Saturday, November 24, this is one of the band's most popular outings during the year.

Tickets are available from the theatre or online via


THE SHAMROCK Vintage Club's annual ploughing match will be held on Sunday, December 2 starting at 11 a.m. on the Scully Farm in Ryleen (alongside Paddy Doran Concrete Products) with the usual classes and a heat for the Mythen Cup.

On the eve of the ploughing on Saturday, December 1 a cabaret will be held in Scully's Bar, the Maudlins, at 9 p.m.

All proceeds from both events will be donated to the Children's Hospital in Crumlin and your support would be much appreciated.


JUST OVER €1,000 was collected by Rehab following their bag pack in New Ross on Saturday.

The total amount raised was €1,001.97 and Rehab would like to thank all those who contributed and all the hard work dedicated by those who helped out as volunteers on the day. Thanks are also extended to Tesco for facilitating the bag pack.


TOP TIPS from Chef Phelim Byrne will be divulged as he hosts one of his popular cookery demonstrations in aid of the New Haughton Hospital on Wednesday, November 21 in the Horse and Hound, Ballinaboola at 8 p.m.

Tickets are priced at €15 and are available from the New Houghton Hospital, the Horse and Hound in Ballinaboola, Nolan's Newsagents, or on the night.


THE GOOD Counsel Parents Council are preparing to hold their second pre-Christmas crafts fair on Sunday, November 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the school.

This fair provides local craftspeople and 'kitchentable start ups' a platform to showcase their products for the Christmas market.

Last year's event saw a great turn out and attracted exceptionally positive feedback from both stall holders and shoppers.

Admission on the day is free and with refreshments and entertainment available, it promises to

be yet another fun day out.


BUDDING ARTISTS are being sought to submit entries for consideration to be used on Cllr. Michael Sheehan's Christmas cards.

The theme of the competition is 'The Traditional Magic of Christmas' and the winning design will be selected by a panel which will be looking at creativity, materials, imagination and dedication to the theme.

The deadline for all entrants this year is Friday, November 23 and must be submitted to Cllr. Sheehan's office at the Trinity Advice Centre, Trinity Place, South Street, by 4 p.m.

The designs can be colour or black/white and must be submitted on an A4 sheet of paper using materials that can be digitally scanned - no glitter, cotton wool or reflective materials (they don't scan too well!)

For further details, contact (087)0673647.


THE Geraldine O'Hanrahan's Coiste na Nog Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, November 23 at 8 p.m. at the clubhouse.

Parents and guardians of underage players are expected to attend.


THE GERALDINE O'Hanrahan's GAA Club will be holding their annual general meeting on Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse.

A Christmas Hamper Draw will take place after the AGM.


NEW ROSS Sparks - Wexford's only female basketball club who cater for ladies and children from the ages of seven to fourteen years - train every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mercy Secondary School Hall.

All new members are always welcome.


THE ANNUAL Shelburne Glanbia Dinner Dance will be taking place this year on December 1 in the Horse and Hound, starting at 8.30 p.m. sharp.

Tickets are priced at €30 and available from Marky Murphy on 087 2461560, Frankie Barron on

087 6865009 or Mary Weafer on 051 388102 or 087 6825268.


WITH THE evenings taking on an autumnal edge - it's the perfect time to join a book club. Try out some old favourites or maybe something different at the library's book club which meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.

If interested please come along tonight at 6 p.m.


THE NEWLY opened St. Mary's Boxing Club hold training sessions Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for over 12 years.

The club is open to new members.


MEMBERS OF New Ross Boat Club are preparing for their upcoming Christmas Draw, which aims to raise funds to buy some much needed equipment.

Prizes include a hamper to the value of €200, a hotel voucher to the value of €100 for Langton's Hotel in Kilkenny, a night's stay in Inis Ros B&B New Ross, afternoon tea on the Galley and a family visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship to name but a few.

Tickets are available from any club member priced at €2 a ticket or a book of three for €5.

The draw will take place in the club house on December 22.

Meanwhile, New Ross Boat Club welcomes all quiz enthusiasts to their clubhouse for a table quiz this Friday night, November 16 at 8.30 p.m. A table of four will cost €20.

Your support is appreciated and needed to raise much needed funds for training equipment.


A CO. WEXFORD primary schools chess tournament will be held in the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross on Saturday, November 24.

Registration will take place that morning up to 10 a.m. and admission will cost €10 including lunch and soft drinks, a medal for each participant and trophies for the winner.

Contact Victor on 087 2204906 for further details.


THE NEW Ross Singers are currently planning their Christmas concert, which will be held in the Augustinian Church on Thursday, December 6.

It is, as always, a free concert to which everyone is invited in order to get into the Christmas spirit.

There will be a voluntary retiring collection, which will be shared between the St. Vincent de Paul and the Hospice Foundation, both very worthwhile causes which need all the financial help they can get.

The concert will be an interesting mix this year of familiar and new music associated with Christmas.

After their mammoth performance of The Messiah earlier this year, the choir are enjoying learning some lighter repertoire.

If you are a sight-reader and would like to sing with the choir, phone Connie Tantrum at 051 421766.


JOIN THE cast and crew of New Ross Pantomime Society in the Theatre Tavern on Saturday night, November 24 from 9 p.m. as they launch their 2013 production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Rehearsals are well underway for next year's offering, which will be staged in St. Michael's Theatre from January 12 to 19.

At the helm of this year's production is Linda Cox (née Grace) who is excitedly preparing for her directorial debut and promises audiences a spectacular and energetic show.

'I cannot wait to stage Jack and the Beanstalk - we are having so much fun in rehearsals that audiences are in for a huge treat,' said Linda.

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