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Around the Districts: Ballymurn to Ferns


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GAA Club news

Christmas club gear order – 20% off items in our online club shop Last day to order with the discount is October 20 This will also be the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery,

Lotto – This week’s lotto numbers were 11, 19, 20 and 26 No winner No Match three Lucky Dips: Denis Hayes ACK Whelan Next week’s jackpot €10,000.

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Book on Ballymurn past and present

Ballymurn Heritage Group are hoping to compile and publish a book on Ballymurn past and present. We would greatly appreciate any photos, stories of bygone days, local history, memories and yarns.

We are sure there are plenty to share with the younger generations and we would love to hear from anyone interested in contributing to it. Please contact any member of the Heritage Group or phone Martina at 086 3360870 oe email boylanmb1@gmail.com.


Boolavogue NS Official Opening

The whole community is invited to the official opening of the extended and totally renovated Boolavogue National School this Friday, October 22, at 1 p.m. The ceremony will take place outdoors, weather permitting and the building will be blessed by the newly installed Bishop of Ferns, Ger Nash. If you are attending, please don’t forget your mask and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Bessing of the Graves/Patron

This Sunday, October 24, at 3 p.m., Fr Morgan White, will bless the graves in St Cormac’s cemetery. As the annual patron could not be held due to Covid restrictions, the prayers for the departed and the blessing of the graves will be held this late in the year.

Camogie news

Our under-16 camogie girls are Co. champions after beating Glynn-Barntown by 4-8 to 2-1 in Coolree on Sunday, October 10. The girls showed great determination in the second half of the game as the sides were level at the break. Then in a 10 minute blitz, they scored 2-3 to leave Glynn reeling and never looked like losing after that. This young team will have 15 of the 17 panelists eligible to play under-16 next year.

GAA Club news

The under-15 footballers took on St Mary’s, Rosslare, in the Ferns Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, October 13, in the shield final. Thanks to a great team performance, they ran out worthy winners by 1-14 to 2-3.

If you want buy some Monageer-Boolavogue GAA gear, the Cobi Sports ‘Pop-Up Shop’ is live on the internet once again. The web address is – cobisports.com/monageer-boolavogue-GAA and orders for delivery in time for Christmas must be made on or before October 17.

Club AGM – Monageer-Boolavogue GAA Club will host its AGM on Friday, October 29, at 8 p.m. in the club complex. Nominations and motions can be emailed to secretary.monageerboolavogue.wexford@gaa.ie by this Friday, October 22.

Illuminated Tractor/Truck Run

St Cormac’s AFC are organising a novel fundraiser – a spectaculary truck/tractor run after dark. It will take place on this Saturday, October 23, starting from Breen’s Transport yard (Eircode for this is Y21Y585) and the cabs and tractors can register there from 5 p.m. with the run starting at 6 p.m. Entry is only €20 with prizes for the best illuminated vehicles.

The tractor run will help St Cormac’s soccer club raise much needed funds.

Soccer news

The club would like to thank Martin Sweeney of Sweeney Consulting Engineers ltd. for the very generous donation of goal nets for all the goals on both of the club’s pitches. It is very much appreciated by all.

St Cormac’s under-11 boys and girls played their first match of the season on Saturday, October 9, taking on Fort Celtic in Boolavogue, and started well with a great goal from Evan Ivory. However, in the second half the visitors managed some quick goals and never relinquished their lead and in the end, well deserved the points.

St Leonards travelled to Boolavogue to take on our under-13s the same day and despite scoring two fine goals, lost out to our team on a scoreline of 6-2. Shane Codd, who scored two of the goals was player-of-the-match, while Cillian Higgins, Jack Larkin, Donnchadh O’Hanlon and Ryan Walsh all scored a goal apiece.

That afternoon, the under-15s, also playing at home in Luke Foran Park, took on Cushinstown and controlled the game from kick-off to final whistle. Four goals, three from Abran O’Neill and one from Aaron Carthy had them 4-0 ahead at the break. A quick goal from Cushinstown early in the second half was soon cancelled out by a superb strike from Aedan Rossiter. Cushinstown dug deep and managed to get two more goals but Abram, Jamie Cunniffe and Liam Cooney all netted leaving our lads winners by 8-3.

The Youths’ team also saw action on Saturday the ninth., making the long trip to Rathangan to play Fastnet Rovers. And their journey was not in vain as they collected the points thanks to a 3-2 win. Tristan Whelan-Byrne’s scorcher from beyond the mid-field opened St Cormac’s account. He cleverly spotted the Fastnet keeper off his line and smashed home a stunning long range goal. In fairness to the hosts, they regrouped and soon equalised after a well-worked corner.

Christopher Jordan-Kelly, nodding home a fine header, crossed to him by Eoin Fenlon, restored our lead and then Fastnet drew level once more, just before the break. The decider, another header, this time from star player Matt Gahan came from a corner late in the second-half.

On Sunday the 10th., the Men’s team were at home to Gorey Celtic and the visitors left with the points. In a disappointing game for our team, Celtic made the running early in play and deservedly had most of the possession. They lead 0-2 at half-time and despite trying our lads could not make any impression on their defence in the second half.

Parents’ association AGM

St Cormac’s parents’ association was due to host its AGM last Wednesday, October 6, but this had to be postponed due to unforseen circumstances. It will now take place this Wednesday, October 13, at 8 p.m. in Boolavogue Hall. All parents and guardians of pupils attending Boolavogue NS are asked to attend.

Irish Dancing Classes

With the lifting of some Covid restrictions, Deirdre Doran’s School of dancing is back in action. Anyone intrested in beginners’ classes, which are held in Harney’s Lounge, Ballyedmond on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. till 5.40 p.m., should contact Deirdre at 087 6487684.

Josephine Mahon’s Irish dancing classes are back in Boolavogue hall on Fridays from 3 p.m. till 4 p.m. Now that the Covid restrictions have been relaxed, Josephine is enrolling pupils for her classes which cater for all styles and all levels. If you want more information or to secure a place, please contact Josephine at 086 1708439. – 00000000000040bcca05ce55f1ed –


Community Garden dedication/Hall reopening

After months of hard work our community garden at the rear of Galbally Sports and Leisure Club is ready for visitors. The committee has decided to dedicate the garden to the memory of Fr Declan Jordan, whose inspiration it was to build a hall in Galbally.

The official opening will take place, restrictions permitting, on Sunday, October 24, at midday when a commemorative plaque will be unveiled along with the planting of a tree of Hope in the garden.

Given the esteem that Fr Jordan was held in the community and his part in the history of Galbally/Ballyhogue, the committee would like to ask anyone who would like to get involved in the organising and preparation of this special community event to please contact our secretary Dawn Tyrrell 087 8306206 or any committee member.

This event will also mark the re-opening of the hall and the removal of the final level Covid 19 restrictions and our return to ‘normality’.

We encourage as many people as possible to take part in some way and come together to celebrate the re-opening and join us for a cup of tea afterwards.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

The numbers drawn in the GAA lotto on Wednesday, October 13, were 1, 23, 24 and 28. There was no jackpot winner. Match-three winner was Keith Sinnott. The next draw is on October 27 with the jackpot up to €1,400.

Scoil Mhuire Ballyhogue

The students enjoyed their fresh vegetables Food Dudes Week from October 4 to October 8. A big thank you to all the pupils and parents who supported our Jersey Day in aid of Goal on Friday, October 8.

Galbally split-the-pot

The winner of the Galbally split-the-pot for October 9 was Wayne Dunne of Galbally, who won €102.50.

Christmas Craft Fair

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club are holding a Christmas Craft Fair on December 4 at 11 a.m., conditional on restriction at that time. For anyone interested in booking an indoor table or an outdoor area (shelter must be arranged by the stallholder themselves), we still have places left at €20 per stall. Enquiries to our secretary Dawn Tyrrell at 087 8306206 or any committee member. All are welcome and we will also have Santa visiting us on the day.


Caim Church

Mass on Wednesday mornings at 9.30 a.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in Caim Church every Monday from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and all are welcome to participate.

Knit and Stitch

The Knit and Stitch and crochet group meet every Tuesday night 7.30.10 p.m. For further information contact 087 7468759.

Duffry Rovers GAA

A great festival of Gaelic football at the annual Bunclody floodlit tournament to end a wonderful season for the Duffry under-nine, under-seven and under-six boys. Marching behind a piper, over 50 boys proudly wore their Duffry colours and displayed great skill, determination and teamwork to regain the under-nine cup and retain the under-seven shield.

Thank you to our hosts for their very generous hospitality and organisation. And to the boys, mentors and parents across the age groups for their tremendous commitment all season. Special thank you to our underage chair and secretary, Derek Watchorn and Aidan Lawless for refereeing and leading the club support.

Pilates Classes

Pilates Classes are continuing in Caim Community Centre on Mondays from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Contact 087 2226653 for more info.

Caim Men’s Shed

Caim Men’s Shed will reopen this Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For further details contact Paddy at 087 6341532 or 053 9255647.


Lotto Results

There was no winner or online winner of the Kildavin-Clonegal GAA and Ben Mulhall Park lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 13-18 – 23 – 27. Winner that matched three was Irene Collier, Ballyredmond, receiving €150.

Next draw will take place on Sunday, October 24, at 9.30 p.m. in Dunne’s lounge, Clonegal with a jackpot of €10,000. Tickets €2 each. Tickets are also available to purchase through ‘Club Force’. Tickets cost €2 per line or three lines for €5.

Tickets must be purchased before 6 p.m. cut off time.

Memory Wall

Ceremonies to celebrate the lives of those remembered on the Memory Walls in the Spellman Park Kildavin and the Ben Mulhall Park, Clonegal are provisionally scheduled to go ahead in November.

If you wish to have a loved one remembered in either location, please contact a member of the Veteran Players committee at 087 9110555, 087 8380018 or email maggie1980@live.ie.

Community Newsletter

If any individual or groups wants to have their activities, events or items of local interest included in this Newsletter, please email the following address maggie1980@live.ie. Items received before close of business on Thursday of each week will be included in the following week’s edition.

A hard copy of the Newsletter will be available free in the following locations, Jimmy Kelly’s Kilbride, Conway’s Kildavin, Dunne’s Bar Clonegal, Plunkett’s Clonegal, Osborne’s Clonegal, Ben Dunne’s Clonegal and Egan’s of Parkbridge.

The Veteran Players are grateful to these businesses for their support, and they encourage everyone to support them when picking up their copy of the newsletter.

Crablane Vintage Club

Crablane Vintage Club will be holding their annual Road Run on Sunday, November 24, at 1 p.m.; registration starts at midday.

The run will start at the Crablane, then head through Parkbridge, Clonegal, Monaughrim, Ballintemple, Ardattin and Rathglass before completing the run at the Crablane, where refreshments will be available in a suitably Covid-free atmosphere.

This might also be a good time to renew your membership and avail of the many advantages of being in the club. Thank you and look forward to seeing you all there.


Would you like to advertise any stores or achievements in our local area?

Maybe you would like a notice on the ‘news’ page on the website clonegalkildavin.ie? Whatever it is, we are delighted to share your achievements and plans with all. Send your information to info@clonegalkildavin.ie.


Cloughbawn GAA Club

Walk/Run event – In partnership with Wexford GAA, Cloughbawn GAA Club are organising a fun 5k/10k walk/run to raise €1,000 for St Gabriel’s Ward, Wex Gen Hosp.

The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, October 25, at midday in complex. Sponsorship cards available from committee/managers or you can just come along and register on the day.

Club lotto – Draw fortnightly on Fridays. Play online or tickets in local shops. Jackpot €10k.

Intermediate footballers play Réalt na Mara on Saturday, October 16. Results in next week’s notes.

Camogie – Intermediate A girls beat Rathgarogue-Cushinstown 5-12 to 3-14 in the second Round. Under-16 camogie girls played Buffers Alley in the final last week and were only beaten by the minimum in the last minute. Hard luck, girls.

Club AGM date – Friday, November 26.


We extend sympathy to the Barron and Whitty families on the recent death of Mrs Mary Barron (née Whitty) Coolnacon, Clonroche. Mrs Barron passed peacefully at her home in the loving care of her family.

Beloved wife of the late Paddy, dearly loved mother of Eamon and Helen and cherished sister of Paddy Whitty and the late Bridget Kehoe. Sadly missed by her loving daughter, son, brother, daughter-in-law Mary, grandsons Jack and Patrick, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

Computer Course

A new course commencing soon in Clonroche Community Centre is a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop new computer skills, Learners do not need any previous formal qualifications

Learners, who are ready to take on new tasks, can follow direction and are moving towards independent learning.

No previous experience required. Learners, who wish to progress to employment or further education and training through the attainment of a QQI level three major award.

This course is for those who want to develop their information technology skills and aimed at those who have limited knowledge of using computers.

Contact Bridget at 087 7424437 to register or for further information.


Tractor Run

The Father Jim Fitzpatrick Tractor Run will be held on Sunday, October 24, in Ferns. Registration from 11 a.m. in Ferns GAA grounds. All proceeds on the day will benefit the Jack and Jill Foundation and First Light. All support greatly appreciated. For more information ring Deirdre at 087 6388977.