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Around the Districts: Ballyduff to Clonegal-Kildavin


Katie Collins and Jagoda Harszczyk of Hug in a Mug exhibiting at the the Enniscorthy Lions Club Food, Wine & Craft Fair in the Riverside Park Hotel.

Katie Collins and Jagoda Harszczyk of Hug in a Mug exhibiting at the the Enniscorthy Lions Club Food, Wine & Craft Fair in the Riverside Park Hotel.

Katie Collins and Jagoda Harszczyk of Hug in a Mug exhibiting at the the Enniscorthy Lions Club Food, Wine & Craft Fair in the Riverside Park Hotel.



Keep Wexford Beautiful awards

Ballyduff Development Group are delighted to have received the award of Highly Commended in the Best Environmentally Aware and Presented Village in the recent Keep Wexford Beautiful awards. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and to everyone who helps in any way to keep our community looking beautiful.

Local Link bus service

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Did you know that Local Link Wexford run a bus service from Clologue via Ferns, Ballyduff and Camolin to Gorey every Tuesday and Friday morning? There are scheduled stops but they can also pick passengers up from their homes, offering a door to door service along the route.

Booking is required by calling 053 9011828. You can also register once and a seat can be reserved for you every week. Call 053 9011828 or email wexford@locallink.ie for further information on timetable and fares. Or check timetable on Local Link website: locallinkwexford.ie/timetables. Free travel pass accepted and children under 5 travel free.

School news

Ballyduff NS will hold their ‘Christmas Play/Performance’ in the Courtyard function room, Ferns on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. We are all really looking forward to this event. More details re tickets etc will follow in the coming weeks.

The Shoebox appeal was very successful. Thank you for being so generous and for your support of this fantastic initiative.

A big thank you to Seanie Bolger, who retired recently as school caretaker, for all his hard work in the school over many years. Seanie took great care of the school building and is missed by everyone in the school.

Local Notes

If you have anything you would like included in the Ballyduff local notes please contact 087 8274447.


Tea and Coffee/handbag Sale

We are hosting a tea, coffee and handbag sale morning from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ballymurn hall on Sunday, December 4, in aid of Wexford hospice homecare. It would be great if ye all could come along and support this great cause.

GAA Club news

Our club AGM will take place on Friday, December 2, at 8.30 p.m. in the meeting room, Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community Centre, Crossabeg. If you wish to submit a motion or a nomination please send it to secretary.crossabegballymurn.wexford@gaa.ie before Monday, November 28.

Lotto draw – This week’s lotto numbers were 4, 25, 28 and 29. No winner. No Match three. Lucky Dips: Pádraig Moriarty, Darragh Cummins. Next draw is on November 23. Jackpot €9,000.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the O’Connor families, Ballylucas and the Cummins families on the death of brother and uncle Pat O’Connor, Drogheda.

Deepest sympathy to the Dooley families, Ballysilla on the death of sister and aunt Gretta Powell in England.

Deepest sympathy to Cindy Campbell and family on the death of her aunt Bessie Banville in Castlebridge.

Deepest sympathy to Micheál and Maggie Scallan and family on the death of Maggie’s brother-in-law Frank Ryan in Crossabeg; and also to Mick and Kathleen Brooks Ballina on the death of Micks brother-in-law in Bunclody.

May they all rest in peace.

Ballymurn Heritage Group

Ballymurn Heritage group would like to thank all the people who came to our launch of the book ‘Ballymurn Echoes of Times Past’ in Ballymurn Hall on Saturday night, November 19.

Thanks also to Michael Fortune of Folklore.ie who launched the book with such great praise and enthusiasm and to his wife and family who entertained us with beautiful singing on the night. A special word of thanks to all the musicians and singers who entertained us and had us all up dancing.

We are very pleased with the response we got to our book so far. For anyone that hasn’t yet purchased a copy of the book it is available in Peter Doyle’s shop in Ballymurn Village at a cost of €20. Thank you to Peter for agreeing to sell the book in the shop for us.

It can also be purchased from any member of the committee. Christmas is coming and a book always makes an excellent gift that will last for years to come.


Tidy Towns AGM

2022 is coming to a close after a busy and successful year for Blackwater with fantastic results in SuperValu Tidy Towns and Keep Wexford Beautiful Awards.

We are having our AGM on Monday, December 5, at 6.30 p.m. to appoint/elect committee members for 2023. Roles include – chairperson, treasurer and secretary/PR the meeting will include a summary of 2022 activities and achievements.


Volunteers Wanted

Our local Foróige group is looking for adult leaders to help out occasionally with the Junior Foróige club. Guidance and training will be supplied and at most, you will only have to give up an hour of your time each week, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm on Friday nights. For further information, please contact Kathy Coughlan on 087-7562800

Fáilte Abhaile

His congregation in Boolavogue is delighted to welcome Fr. White C.C. back after his recent operation. Going forward, Masses will be celebrated at the normanl times at the weekends.


Please note that our local GAA club will host its annual general meeting on Friday, the 2nd of December at 8.30pm in the club complex in Monageer. All adult players and members as well as parents of underage players are urged to attend.

Camogie Club AGM

Monageer/Boolavogue Camogie club held its AGM in the Clubhouse in Monageeer on Friday last, the 18th November at 8:30pm. The future of the club looks very secure as there are nearly 30 training and playing at the U-8, the U-10 and the U-12 levels.

The players, trainers, selectors and mentors of the U-14 team were congratulated on winning Roinn 1B. Rose Codd, Dearbhla Dolan, Emily Kinsella and Victoria Jordan-Kelly went on to be part of the Wexford County panel with Adam Jordan-Kelly playing a key part in the management of this group. The Club extended congratulations to the U-16 LGFA team which took top honours in the Division 4 championship.

Rose Breen was returned as Club President with Anthony Dempsey elected Chairperson. Jenifer McNamara is the club’s secretary and Rose-Marie O’Loughlin is assistant secretary. Her sister, Jeanne Codd was elected treasurer with Patricia O’Brien acting as assistant treasurer. Rose-Mary O’Loughlin is also the development coaching officer with Gráine McCabe slotting into the Adult Player Welfare role. The club’s Child Welfare officers are Annette Cashe and Jean Mernagh and Joanne Codd is the registrar. In addition to all the above the rest of the committee members are:Bridget O’Loughlin, , Damien Donnelly, John Dolan, Dympna Dolan, Rose Breen, Marie Murphy and Nicola Martin Cleary.

Senior Citizens’ Party

The exctement in mounting as there are less then eleven sleeps until the annual Boolavogue Senior Citizens’ Party which will take place on Sunday, the 4th. of December at 1.15pm in Boolavogue Hall. The Foróige Club have sent out invitations and they would appreciate a reply by phone or text to the phone number on the invitation so that they can finalise numbers. If anyone in the greater Boolavogue areas has been inadvertently overlooked, please contact Kathy Couthlan on 087-7562800.

Christmas Fair

Boolavogue National School’s Parents’ Association is once again organising a Christmas Craft Fair to raise funds for the school. The Fair will take place on Friday hte 9th. of December in Boolavogue Hall. Everyone is invited to come along and buy Christmas gifts handmade by the children in the school.

Soccer News

On Saturday last, the 19th., St. Cormac’s had two teams in action, with the U-15s travelling to Campile and collecting the 3 league points and the Youth’s hosting Courtown Hibs and sharing the honours after a great game.

The U-15s dominated the early stages of their game and a long range free from Jack Wilson gave them the lead early in play. Campile replied with a scorcher against the run of play but Rónán Sweeney got the best of goalmouth scramble to put our lads 2-1 ahead. But the lead was shortlived as a very competitive home side equalised just before the interval. Aaron Carthy got our third and fourth goals to clinch the league points their first game of the season.

Meanwhile, at home in Luke Foran Park, the visitors, Courtown Hibs, dominated the first half of their game against our Youths’ team and deservedly lead by 1-0 at the break. An inspirational team talk inspired our lads and their pressure forced Courtown to conceed a penalty when Joe Rossiter was dragged down in the area. Jack Ellix converted and then gave us the lead, connecting on a great cross from Joe.

Hibs never gave up and their pressure was rewarded with a second goal shortly before the end of the game. Abram O’Neill was the player-of-the-match, never giving up and helping the team to a well deserved draw.

Christmas Raffle

St. Cormac’s are holding a Christmas Raffle to help fund the under age section of the club and all funds raised will go to the schoolboys and schoolgirls teams. Please support this fundraiser as there are some superb prizes on offer.

The first prize is a DeWalt drill set worth €230. Second prize is €100 in cash and the same amount is on offer for the 3rd prize. Fourth prize is a €100 voucher for Chadwicks in Gorey. Next prize is an €80 for the Seán Doyle group, with two €50 vouchers, one for Sweeney Grass Machinery and one for for Murt Walsh Menswear as the sixth and seventh prizes. The last prize is also a €50, this one for Declan Barron Hurls.


Pobal Brí/Bree Community Tidy Towns

A meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd November in the hub in Bree Community Centre at 7.30pm.

We urge all residents to attend as we have many issues to discuss re our village, such as traffic calming, keeping our environment green and our entry to the National Tidy Towns Competition.

GAA club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Ballyhogue GAA will take place on Saturday 26th November in Bree Community Centre at 7.30pm. The AGM is open to all however only paid-up Adult members are eligible to vote if required.

Bree Hub News

Bree Hub is registered with connectedhubs.ie and Wexford County Council Remote Working Hubs. The Hub provides an increased number of people with the option to live and work in our rural community and support local economies. We have received an e Learning invite from Grow Remote, details below, we would welcome your support and if you have any questions we can be contacted by email info@bree.ie

We have received an invite from Grow Remote that will be of interest to the remote workers amongst us.They are an Irish social enterprise on a mission to make remote employment more visible & accessible. Starting on Wed 23rd November they open up their final “Local Leader Training” programme of 2022!

It is for remote workers interested in using remote employment as a way to help their local communities tap into social, economic and environmental benefits. Through a self paced eLearning with x3 live classes (optional) 23 Nov, 30 Nov,7 Dec from 7-8 p.m., you will learn how Grow Remote can help you & us: Connect remote workers socially / Create remote employment locally /Support the local community.

The course is fully funded, low on commitment but full of knowledge sharing, connection inspiration about how we can all drive positive change together in our local community. Find out more about the course & register your interest in joining other remote work advocates from across Leinster at: https://bit.ly/localleadertraining. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out directly to Graham in the Grow Remote Community team by email: community@growremote.ie.

Scoil Mhuire Ballyhogue

Scoil Mhuire, Ballyhogue will hold their Christmas Concert in the school on Thursday 15th December at 7pm and will also hold a Carol Service in Bellevue Church on Tuesday December 20th at 7pm.

Dancing with Declan

Dancing with Declan Flanagan will start in Galbally Sports & Leisure Club on Friday 6th January 2023. Learn rock n roll, west coast swing, Irish country, jiving, ballroom or line dancing. More info to follow next week.


Church news

Mass Times for Caim: Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday Morning 9.30 a.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in Caim Church every Monday from 11.30 a.m. till 2.30 p.m. All are welcome to participate.

Christmas Fair

The Killegney/Rossdroit Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 26, in Clonroche Community Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

Community Development Group AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Caim Community Development Group will take place in Caim Community Centre on Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Youth Club

Large numbers registered last Friday night and the new Committee look forward a busy year ahead.


Camogie Club AGM report

Kildavin-Clonegal camogie club had a very successful and well attended AGM recently. Thank you to everyone who attend and sent apologies.

The camogie committee was elected for 2023, with the following members; chairperson and Development Officer, Catherine Callaghan, vice-chairperson, Maria Porter, secretary, Donna McHutcheon, Assistant secretary, Áine Osborne, treasurer, Kerri Treacy, Assistant treasurer Seán McGrath, PRO, Elaine Kavanagh, Registrar, Kathleen O’Hara, Children’s Office, Breda Murphy, DLP, Nicola Murphy, and supporting committee members, Jenny Cowman, Noelene Myk, John Ryan, Claire Murphy, Olivia Mernagh, Valerie Coulahan and Bernie Sheil.

If you would like to be involved in a supportive role with the committee, please contact one of the committee members.

Sincere thanks to all who volunteered this year to contribute the development of the club.

Remembering the 1973 victory

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kildavin-Clonegal GAA winning the Carlow Senior Championship, we have created a retro jersey.

Under the crest, we will have Carlow Senior Football Champions 1973. On the left sleeve, the date of the match and the location. Finally, on the right sleeve, we will have 50th anniversary. Price – €55 Sizes – Pro-Fit XS to XXL.

A great Christmas present for all ages Message on Facebook or DM on Instagram FCJ gloves and Hats to place your order.

Camogie/Ladies Football dinner dance

Following on from the success of our ladies team this year, Kildavin-Clonegal camogie and ladies football club have organised a dinner dance to celebrate on January 14, 2023, in the Lord Bagenal Hotel at 7 p.m.

County GAA fundraising bingo

Gaelic Bingo started last Thursday, November 10, at 8 p.m. live on zoom. It is continuing every Thursday night. This is a huge fundraiser for both club and county.

Our club gets to keep 40% off all sales when you select it as the club in the drop down menu. Books can be purchased through Clubforce if you go to the following link gaelicbingo.ie/

Lotto results

There was no winner or online winner of the Kildavin-Clonegal GAA and Ben Mulhall Park lotto draw of €10,000 held on Sunday, November 13.

Numbers drawn were 5, 7, 20 and 22. Winners that matched three were, Frances Whelan, Clonegal, Liz Halpin, Clonogan, Conor c/o Frances Whelan, Clonegal and Roger and Mary Daly (on-line), all receiving €40 each. Seller’s prize of €50 Bernie Hickey.

Next draw will take place in Conway’s, Kildavin on Sunday, November 27, at 9 p.m. Tickets are also available to purchase through Clubforce. You can download this app and get instant results notification. This will make purchasing a line for the draw as easy as three clicks of a mouse.

Tickets cost €2 per line or three lines for €5. Tickets must be purchased before 6 p.m. cut off time.

Remembrance Ceremonies

The Clonegal Kildavin Veteran Players Association will host remembrance ceremonies in the Ben Mulhall Park, Clonegal on Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m.

Prayers for the Faithful Departed

Prayers will be held in Kildavin Cemetery on Sunday, November 27, at 3 p.m.