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Around the Districts: Boolavogue to Marshalstown-Castledockrell


Danny Ascott, Cian Byrne and Paul Doran getting into festive spirit at the Christmas lights road run in Clohamon village.

Danny Ascott, Cian Byrne and Paul Doran getting into festive spirit at the Christmas lights road run in Clohamon village.

Danny Ascott, Cian Byrne and Paul Doran getting into festive spirit at the Christmas lights road run in Clohamon village.



New Year Fundraising Swim

Niall O’ Loughlin is doing a ‘dip’ at Old Bawn/ Newtown beach at 11.00am on Sunday the 2nd of January as part of the ‘Big Splash for Little Heroes in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital’ organised by Peter Kenny of Craanford.

Niall would like as many as possible to join in, observing all social distancing and Covid protocols, as every Euro raised will go towards vital equipment for CHF Hospitals. If you can’t swim, you could chance a dip or go for a brisk, bracing walk along the strand. Donations can be made to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-kenny9

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Sincere sympathy is extended from all in Boolavogue to the family of the late Sam White, Dranagh, who died peacefully in Middleton Nursing Home on Thursday the 16th. of December. His funeral service was held in Kilcormack Church on Sunday the 19th. at 2.00pm followed by burial in the adjoining Churchyard. Predeceased by his late brothers Ronnie and Eddie, he is survived by his wife Marie, daughters Ida and Susan, sons John, Atkin and Trevor, brother Albert, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a very wide circle of friends.

Opening Hours

Boolavogue Post Office will close at 6.00pm on New Year’s Eve and at 3.00pm on New Year’s Day. Alex and Louise, celebrating twenty five years in business in Boolavogue, would like to thank all for their support over the past quarter century and wish all a very happy, healthy 2022.

Boolavogue N.S. Notes

There was great excitement as Santa Claus arrived at Boolavogue N.S. on Tuesday the 21st of December. The busy Parents’ Association had managed to organise a visit, despite his very crowded schedule and he needed a Garda escort to ensure he arrived in time.

The pupils and staff of Boolavogue N.S. would like to thank Kim Dagg and Ciarán Halford for designing and making the fantastic Christmas Boxes decorating the front of the school.

Oisín Lawless, James Turner, Daniel Jordan, Patrick O’Loughlin, Charlie Whelan and John Breen were the lucky winners of the Christmas hampers in the school’s Christmas raffle and took home prizes packed with festive fare.

Fr. White facilitated two end of term Masses, one for the juniors and one for the senior children in the school on Tuesday the 21st of December, to ensure social distancing. They were all delighted to add their own hand-made decoration to the Christmas tree in St. Cormac’s church.

Cook Book on Sale

The pupils of Boolavogue National School have compiled and published their own recipe book. The book is on sale from Lawless’s shop or from the school when it reopens in the New Year, for €10 per copy. Each child contributed one recipe so there’s plenty to keep an eager cook busy for a long time.

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association would like to thank all those who supported their Christmas Fair which raised €526 towards equipment for the school.


Lights of Bree Parish

Anyone wishing to take a nice drive over the new year period might like to take a visit to Ballyhogue, Bree and Galbally to view the Christmas Lights in each village. Great credit to all the volunteers involved in providing great brightness and such a wonderful display in each area.

Swop n Drop Garden Library

Pop into Fr Declan Jordan Garden behind Galbally Hall, take a seat and browse through our new Swop and Drop community library for adults and children. Take a book or leave a book or both. If you have any books you would like to donate please drop them into the hall or contact Dawn at 087 8306206.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

The numbers drawn in the GAA lotto for Wednesday, December 22, were 23, 22, 10 and 27. There was no jackpot winner. Match-three winners were Róisín Dawson, Michael Parker, and Eoin Murphy. The next draw is on January 5 with the jackpot up to €2,400.

Christmas Raffle Winners

Ballyhgoue GAA lotto Christmas Raffle Winners: Dan and Gerladine McCarthy won €500 with €300 for the Wickham family, Wilton, €200 to John and Majella Asple. Una Doyle and Brendan Doyle each won a €250 Dominic Smith Electrical voucher.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife, sons, daughters, relations and friends of Philip Cullen, Bree, who died recently.

Seasonal Wishes

A sincere thanks to the PROs and club officers who have contacted us during the past year with details of their organisations’s activities.

If you haven’t been doing so, then it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution. If you want the activities of your club or organisation to get publicity, contact Jim and Clare Doyle at 053 9247706 or email jimdoylebree@gmail.com before 10 p.m. on the Thursday night prior to publication.


Caim Church

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

Vintage Club

Membership is now due for the coming year. Contact Paddy or Ray for details.

Seasons Greetings

Christmas and New Year Greetings to all readers and contributors of the Caim Notes at home and abroad.


Kiltealy NS

The following were the winners of hampers in the Kiltealy NS parents’ council recent Christmas raffle. Aela Bowe; Leah and Danny Weafer; Craig Rowland; Bronagh Smyth/Ms O’Neill; Paddy Wheatley; Aoife Pender; Mikie Farrell; Ms Amy Dillon; Mag Crotty; Patsy Morrissey; Rowland Family.

Principal Meave Duff thanked all who supported the raffle, the generosity was outstanding, thanks to all who sold and bought tickets, a special thanks to the parents’ association for their work organising the fundraiser, a total of €1,565 was raised. This money will be a great boost for improving ict resources in the school.

Split-the-pot Christmas draw results: First €180 Dara O’Connor; second €90 Christy Kennedy; third €90 Austin Doyle. Many thanks for supporting split-the-pot during 2021.

Late Michael Tobin

Widespread regret was occasioned by the passing of Michael Tobin, Coolacarney, Ballindaggin which occurred peacefully at his home in the loving care of his family on December 17.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Joan and sons Michael, Seán and Aidan and daughters Catherine, Teresa and Breda. His daughter Anne predeceased him. Sympathy also to his sisters-in-law Breda and Kathleen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many friends.

Mick, as he was fondly known to all, was aged 86 years and enjoyed good health up to a few months prior to his passing. He was a well known member of the community and with his wife Joan farmed at Coolacarney all his life, he was also employed at Enniscorthy Farmer’s Mart prior to retiring some years ago.

Mick was a gentleman and good neighbour and will be sadly missed by everyone in the community but especially by his loving family.

Interment took place in Ballindaggin Cemetery following the funeral Mass in St Colman’s Church. May he rest in peace.

Kiltealy Community Development

Work is now well under way for a new footpath from the former post office to the Community Hall in Kiltealy village.

The new footpath will provide safety for all on the busy stretch of road but especially for school children who attend out of school club at the Community Hall. It will also further enhance the appearance of the village as the old ditch is being replaced with a crafted stone wall.

Ballindaggin Gun Club

Ballindaggin Gun Club recently donated €100 towards the running of Ballindaggin Community Park. The donation is much appreciated by the park committee and indeed everyone who enjoys the facility.

Many thanks to Paddy Ryan and all the members of the club.

Duffry Rovers AGM

The AGM of Duffry Rovers GAA club took place on December 10. The chairman welcomed all committee members, players, selectors, supporters and all underage committee members for 2020 and 2021 (there was no AGM in 2020 due to covid). After the secretary read reports a discussion took place to move a motion that the camogie club and GAA should join forces, everyone present agreed it was a good idea and should happen. It is hoped it will be officially passed at a meeting in the coming weeks.

The following committee were elected for the coming year: president Jim Jordan; Vice-presidents – Paddy Farrell, Phil Howlin, Mike Doyle, Jack Hanrahan and Paddy Foley; chairman – Martin O’Connor; Vice-Chair – Phil Bowe; secretary Joan Rafter; Assistant Sec. Gavin Rafter; treasurer – Tom Pender; PRO – Mattie Cooper; Safety officer – Oliver Neville; Registar – Kieran Pender; Players rep. – Loughlin Rafter; Coaching officer – Derek Watchorn. A small number of officers will be selected at the next club meeting in January.

Committee members elected on the night were: Declan Doyle; Mikie Doyle; Dan Doyle; Mike Doyle; John Murphy; Thomas Walsh; Aidan Lawless; Eugine O’Connor; Des Murphy; Fergal Kenny; Breda Dagg; Mary Nolan. More names will be added at the next meeting.

Congratulations to the Junior C camogie team on defeating Faythe Harriers 2-15 to 1-6 in the county final recently. Well done, girls.

Happy New Year

A very happy, healthy and peaceful new year to all readers and contributors of Kiltealy Ballindaggin notes.


Recycled Decorations

Congratulations to all the children from Castledockrell National School on the lovely decorations they made for the Recycled Decorations Competition. The winners are Junior /Senior Infants: Luke; 1st/2nd Classes: Darragh; 3rd/4th Classes Annabel; 5th/6th Classes: Chloe; People’s Choice: Emelia.

Happy New Year

Wishing a very happy New Year to all in the Parish and all from the Parish living elsewhere. As we end another year it’s time to thank all those who have helped others in any way over the last year–thank you.


Congratulations to Patrick Kinsella, Tomanoole and three of his children Michael, David and Caoimhe on Winning Ireland’s Fittest Family. Well done to all.

Marshalstown National School

The Marshalstown N.S. Annual Admissions notice 2022-2023 is published on https://marshalstownns.edublogs.org. Please take note of the dates. Applications for enrolment will be accepted from 10th January,2022. Enrolment forms are available on the school blog page https://marshalstownns.edublogs.org/admissions/ You can also request an application form by emailing marshalstownns@gmail.comor by writing to Scoil Iósaf Naofa, Marshalstown N.S., Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Y21E954. Relevant policies may be viewed on the school blog at https://marshalstownns.edublogs.org/school-policies-2/.

Get Well

A speedy recovery to all who are ill at the moment. All are being remembered by many in our community.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Mick Tobin and the late Daniel Jordan. May they rest in peace.

Notes Deadline

Christmas and New Year notes deadlines (time I need items by)

Paper dated 4th January–Thursday, 30th December at 6p.m. (Normal weekly time).

Lotto Results

Marshalstown Castledockrell GAA Club lotto results for Thursday, 16th December are numbers chosen 3, 7, 15, 23. . Jackpot of €12,000 was not won. Two Match 3 winners each win €50 were Frank Kelly and Trish McCann. Thanks for your continued support.