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Around the Districts: Kiltealy-Ballindaggin to Tombrack


Terri Foley, Majella Murphy and Jacqui Murphy at Enniscorthy Drama Group's production of 'The Factory Girls' in the Presentation Centre.

Terri Foley, Majella Murphy and Jacqui Murphy at Enniscorthy Drama Group's production of 'The Factory Girls' in the Presentation Centre.

Terri Foley, Majella Murphy and Jacqui Murphy at Enniscorthy Drama Group's production of 'The Factory Girls' in the Presentation Centre.



St Colman’s School

St. Colman’s N.S., Ballindaggin are accepting applications for the school year 2023-2024 from Tuesday January 24th. The admissions notice and applications form are published on the school website www.ballindagginns.ie. A form may also be requested from the school office on 053-9388728 or by emailing stcolmansballindaggin@gmail.com.

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on February 14th 2023.

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Well done to F.C.J., Bunclody who won the south Leinster Senior B football final last week defeating Carlow CBS on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-7. Especially congratulations to the eight Duffry Rovers boys on the team. Good luck in the next round of the competition.

Grandparents Mass

Ballindaggin Church was crowded on Thursday last week for the annual grandparents Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Byrne who was standing in for Fr, Jim. He told the congregation that his grandparents the Quigley’s lived in Boolabeg, Ballindaggin and he said he has lovely memories of his visits there as a child. Following the Mass, parents and grandparents attended the school where they had tea and treats made by the children.

A large congregation also attended grandparents Mass on Friday morning in Kiltealy church. The pupils of Kiltealy N.S. delivered some lovely hymns to mark the occasion. Fr. Michael Byrne was celebrant and welcomed everyone. He said he grew up in Kiltealy village and attended Kiltealy school, He said he always loved visiting his grandparents in Ballindaggin and hearing their stories of days gone by. Grandparents, parents and children enjoyed the lovely ceremony in both churches.

Kiltealy Community Development

Kiltealy Community Development are holding a fundraiser on Saturday March 4th. “Runamuck” 5k run with obstacles will take place in Coolcarrigan Estate, Kildare. Sponsorship cards available now for anyone over 16 years old wishing to take part, call 087-9168505 for cards and to register. Places are limited. Transport by bus to and from the location, also food and music back in The Thatch that night.

Solo entry €45, group, reduced fee for groups registration €36, (20 participants). Best time will get free membership of Kiltealy Community Gym. Your support would be appreciated either by taking part or sponsoring a participant.

Kiltealy NS

Enrolment commenced on January 9th 2023 for Kiltealy N.S. . Enrolment forms will be distributed through the local playschool or can be downloaded from the Kiltealy school website kiltealyns.ie or alternatively contact the school at 053-9255446, or kiltealyns@gmail.com SPLIT THE POT Winner of split the pot last week was Ted O’Brien who won €130.

Play split the pot every week and support our school. envelopes available in local businesses and from the school. Thank you for your continued support.

Pop Up Gaeltacht

There is a Pop Up Gaealtacht on the last Friday of every Month in The Thatch, Kiltealy.

Come join us, there will be caint, comhrá, ceol agus craic. Open to everyone with an interest in the Irish language regardless of level of ability.

Rathnure Bingo

Rathnure drive-in-bingo is back on Monday February 6th (bank holiday) at 2 pm in Rathnure Soccer Pitch. Gates open at 1pm, €3,200 in prize money, snowball €700. Eircode Y21F5F9. Come along for a great afternoon out.


Notes Deadline

As there is an upcoming Bank Holiday, for this week I need the notes by 6p.m. Thursday.

Mass Times

Thursday, 2nd February Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day) 9.30a.m. Mass in Castledockrell Church. Candles will be blessed at Mass for use in Church and home. Friday, 3rd February Feast of St. Blaise 9.30a.m. Mass in Marshalstown Church with blessing of throats at this Mass.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Tom Murphy. May he Rest in Peace.

Dates for your Diary

Confirmation/First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass Sunday, 5th February at 9.30a.m. in Castledockrell Church.

Service of Light Wednesday, 8th February at 7p.m. in Marshalstown Church.

Confirmation Thursday, 16th March at 11a.m.

First Holy Communion Castledockrell National School Sunday, 7th May at 9.30a.m.


A presentation on Adoration by Ferns Diocesan Adoration Group will take place at all Masses in St. Aidan’s and Castledockrell on 11th and 12th February and in St. Senan’s and Marshalstown possibly on the same dates. This is a change to the original plan. All are welcome.

Marshalstown National School

Marshaltown National School Open Afternoon is on Friday, 3rd February from 1.45 to 3.30p.m. All welcome. Enrolment for 2023/24 now open. Forms maybe downloaded from Marshalstown.edublogs.org under latest news and emailed to marshalstownns@gmail.com or by post to Marshalstown National School, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy Y21E954 & returned by 15th February.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is 22nd February. Mass in Castledockrell at 9.30a.m. and in Marshalstown at 7.30p.m. Blessed ashes will be distributed at both Masses.


Items for Castledockrell Newsletter should be received by Wednesday at the latest each week to guarantee inclusion the following weekend.


Marshalstown Castledockrell GAA Lotto results for 26th January, 2023 was Jackpot €15,000. No winner. Match 3 winners were Louise Dagg and John Byrne each winning €50. Numbers drawn 15, 19, 27, 30. Thanks for your continued support.


New Bank Holiday

The new February Bank Holiday, Monday 6th is approaching and is the Monday nearest the Feast of St. Brigid, one of the three Patron Saints of Ireland. Her feast on 1st February, traditionally heralds the beginning of Spring.

Church News

At Masses last weekend, the congregation was informed that due to the scarcity of priests, their age profile and the current lack of vocations, that our parish and adjoining parishes, can expect changes to the schedule of Masses etc. and that the role of the laity will, of necessity, have to be expanded too. In a Pastoral Area covering Oulart, The Ballagh, Monageer, Boolavogue, Kilmuckridge, Monamolin, Blackwater and Ballgarrett five priests will serve the needs of the Faithful, at the moment. Representatives of the parishes involved met with the Bishop and priests recently to discuss the necessity and implementation of the proposed changes. It is expected that the exact details of the changes will be relayed to the local church community in the near future.

Oulart N.S.

Enrolment is now open for pupils who intend starting primary school in Scoil Mochua, Oulart. in September 2023.Enrolment forms can be collected from the school between 8.40am and 2.40pm. Parents/Guardians can also contact the school on 053-9136177 or by email at oulartns2@oulartns.com to request an application form. Closing date for application is Wednesday 8th February.

Presentation of Medals

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA & Camogie Club will hold their Dinner Dance and Presentation of Medals on Sunday 5th February in the Riverbank House Hotel, beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at €35 each and music will be provided by The Heartbeats, with a Disco to follow. Contact any officer for tickets.

Useful Phone Numbers

The contact number for Garda Bernard McGinley, at Oulart Garda Station is 085-8052264. The contact details for Enniscorthy Garda Station is 053-9242580. There has been an increase in burglaries in Co. Wexford recently and the Gardaí are advising that people be vigilant and report anything that you think is of a suspicious nature, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Let the Gardaí decide.

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn on Monday 23rd January were 1, 2, 4 and 32 and the Bonus Ball was 29. There was no winner of the Jackpot. Congratulations to Teresa Grehan, Rex c/o Bob’s Bar, Anne Nolan, Ann Stamp and Pauric & Yvonne who were the Lucky Dip winners of €30 each. The next draw will be held on Monday 6th February.

GAA Bingo

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Bingo continues on Friday nights in Bob’s Bar, Marty’s, Pierce Redmond’s, Raheenduff, The Sawdust and Oulart Hill Bar, beginning at 8.30pm. There is also an option to play online. Contact 087-417 6312 for info on how to play. The Snowball next Friday will be €700 in 49 numbers.

Pool Night

Kilmuckridge Macra na Feirme host a “Pool Night” in Marty’s Bar, Oulart, every Tuesday night. All are welcome to attend as the craic and entertainment get underway at 9pm. For updates, keep an eye on the Kilmuckridge Macra Facebook and Instagram page. For further information contact Cliona O’Leary at 087-3107010 and Sara Steacy on 087-7804240

Oulart-The Ballagh Lights Up

All are welcome to use the GAA Club Walking Track to participate in “Ireland Lights Up” in partnership with Operation Transformation. The lights will be on from 7pm-8.30pm every Monday-Thursday night until the end of February. All are encouraged to use this local facility to improve their well-being and fitness.


ICA guild

The next meeting will take place on February 1 at 7.30 p.m. in Oylegate Community Centre.

Baby & Toddler Group

Glenbrien Baby & Toddler Group meets every Tuesday during Primary School Term Time in Glenbrien Old School Community Centre from 9.15 am—10.45am. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/ grandparents/ childminders) to meet. For more information contact Ana Egan at 086 1939997 or Anne Marie O’Connor at 087 2973324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa and a chat.

Church news

Oylegate Parish Draw - The Parish draw collectors are now calling to people. The draw is a vital source of income for the Church Fund. This year we plan to do the internal painting of the church and clean the carpet in the main body of the Church. Your continued support for the draw makes these improvements possible.

St Blaise: Blessing for Throats - The blessing will be given at the end of Mass in Oylegate on Friday the Feast of St. Blaise and also at the end of Masses in Oylegate and Glenbrien on Saturday/Sunday, 4th. & 5th. February.

Garrynisk Patron - The patron in Garrynisk Graveyard will be held on Sunday February 5th at 2.00pm.

Attention: Mass Readers - The Readers Book for 2023 can be collected from the sacristy.

Glenbrien Church Faith community needs new volunteers – New Mass readers and ministers of the eucharist are needed for weekend Masses. If you can help, contact Rosemary Quirke, Von Breen or Fr. Byrne.

Adoration – Adoration of the Blessed sacrament takes place in Oylegate church on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parish office Opening Hours – Monday and Wednesday 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Friday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Weekend Masses – Oylegate Church on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10.30 a.m. Glenbrien church on Saturday 7.30 p.m. and Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

Church Envelope Contributions – The Envelope Boxes for 2023 are available for collection in the Church. To save on printing costs, the Boxes are issued to those who use them to make donations on a regular basis. If you do not use the envelopes, you are encouraged to make a donation to the Church Fund by making an annual cheque or cash donation or through a bank account, Account Name: Oylegate Parish Church Bank: Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy. IBAN: IE44 BOFI 906566 24140788. BIC: BOFIIE2D


Tombrack N.S.

Enrolment for 2023/24 - Parents/Guardians who wish to enrol children into Junior Infants for September 2023 may download an application form from our school website www.tombrackns.ie or contact the school office (053 9366738) to arrange collection of an application form. Application forms are also available in the local playschools.

Open Evening - On Thursday February 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. we are hosting an open evening in our school and would like to invite both current and prospective families to come along to see our school, chat to our teachers and see what we have to offer your family. Enrolment forms will be available on the night. Check out our twitter to keep up to date to all our activities - @TombrackNS

Sliabh Buidhe Rovers Running Club

Sliabh Buidhe Rovers Running Club are now looking to recruit new members for 2023. Club membership for the year is €40. We cater for all levels from beginners to seasoned runners. We will hold a club league in late February/early March for all levels (details to follow).

Come to our open night Wednesday, February 1, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Ferns Community Centre and speak with some of our members, or contact club chairman Luke Kehoe 087 3222914 or club secretary Louise Kehoe 086 8276661.