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Around the Districts: Marshalstown-Castledockrell to Oylegate


Seamus Burke talks to the crowd at the officlal opening of the Bog Lane.

Seamus Burke talks to the crowd at the officlal opening of the Bog Lane.

Seamus Burke talks to the crowd at the officlal opening of the Bog Lane.



Know Your Neighbours

A great community event takes place in Ballycarney on Saturday, 23rd July. Come along and meet those living in our area. Tea, coffee and home baking and hot chocolate for the children on the day. Hosted by Ballycarney Development Group for the people of Ballycarney and surrounding areas.

Coffee morning in The Old Post Office, Ballycarney Y21H1K2 on Saturday, 23rd July 10-11.30a.m. All proceeds on the day to the group will be put back into our area to develop and maintain amenities.

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Pop up Garda Station

Notice from An Garda Síochána–Enniscorthy Gardaí will hold a pop-up Garda Station in Marshalstown Community Centre every second Monday from 13th June. This will take place between the hours of 2.15–3.30p.m.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Mary Doyle. May she Rest in Peace.

Community Centre AGM

Marshalstown Community Centre Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, 27th June at 8p.m. sharp. Meeting will be held in the Community Centre. All welcome.


The Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 3rd July led by Bishop Ger Nash. contact Eileen Carton 087 2933545 or email Eileen carton@yahoo.com

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg Tuesday, 5th to Thursday, 7th July. Bookings Fr. P Cushen, Ferns 0539366152. Mobile 087 2387559. Ferns Parish Office 053 9366514.


The Patrons in the Parish are as follows:Friday, 1st July Castledockrell. 7.45p.m. Prayers in the Cemetery at the Church and 8p.m. Prayers in the Present Cemetery. Saturday, 2nd July Crioshue 11a.m. Prayers.

Parent & Toddler

Little Angels Parent & Toddler group will meet on Thursdays during Primary School term in Ballindaggin Community Hall from 9.30 to 11.30a.m. Contact Charlotte at charlottecookman@gmail.com

School Masses

End of Year School Mass for Marshalstown National School is on Friday, 24th June at 10a.m.in Marshalstown Church and for Castledockrell National School is on Tuesday, 28th June at 9.30a.m. in Castledockrell Church.


Good luck to all in the Parish who are preparing for or sitting exams at this time.

Lotto Results

Marshalstown Castledockrell GAA Club lotto results for Thursday, 16th June are numbers chosen 1, 2, 3, 8. Jackpot of €13,500 was not won. There were three Match 3 winners Darren Jordan, Amy Jordan and Aidan Browne who won €35 each. Thanks for your continued support.


Vigil Mass on Saturdays (and Holydays) is in Marshalstown Church at 7.30p.m. Sundays (and Holydays) Mass is in Castledockrell Church at 10a.m. All Church services and Masses in Marshalstown Church are on the webcam. Please book anniversary Masses well in advance if possible. They may be booked in the normal way.

Notes Deadline

Notes deadline is now Sunday 6p.m. (time I need the notes by) and 6p.m. Thursday for Bank Holiday weekends as The Enniscorthy Guardian is now in the shops on Wednesdays. Items received after that time will be included in the following week’s notes if date of event has not passed.


Pilgrimage to Tobarmaclura

On Wednesday evening, June 22, the pilgrimage to St Mochua’s Well in Killagowan, Oulart will be revived. With the help and cooperation of Martin and Siobhán Dempsey and family the Holy Well will be made accessible to the community at large. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Special guest will be the man who discovered the ancient Holy Well – an t-Athair Séamas de Vál – former parish priest of Oulart, who will explain the history and significance of the well and of St Mochua, who became St Aidan’s successor as Bishop of Ferns in the year 625. For centuries this was esteemed as a Holy Well and the site of an annual patron on June 22, Mochua’s Feast Day.

Oulart Patron and field day

The Oulart patron will be held next Sunday, June 26, beginning at 2 p.m. Immediately afterwards, the field day, organised by the board of management of Scoil Mochua, will be held in the school grounds. All the usual stalls and attractions will be available along with plenty of new ones. Raffle tickets will be on sale in local businesses in the run up to the day as well as being on sale at the field day itself. Please come and support this event in aid of the local primary school.

League Victory

Well done to Oulart-The Ballagh Intermediate team on their victory over Adamstown in the League Final in New Ross, last Friday, June 17. The team, captained by Conor ‘Birdie’ O’Leary won on a scoreline of one goal 22 to 10 points.

The Ballagh Active Retirement

The Ballagh Active Retirement Association is up and running again and the members meet twice weekly for bowls, in the Ballagh Community Centre. The Tuesday and Thursday sessions last from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and new members are always welcome. Anyone not familiar with the simple game of bowls will be introduced to it by the regular players and encouraged to have a go.

The Retirement Association hold their monthly meetings in Bob’s Restaurant, The Ballagh where members can have a meal or a snack while the meeting is in session. For further information ring Mary Fortune at 087 7987766.

Oulart ICA

The Special Occasion competition will be held in Bree on June 22 and Oulart Guild members are presently putting the finishing touches to their entry. The guild members are looking forward to going for lunch to the Wild Café at Beechdale Garden Centre on July 9.

Oulart split-the-pot

Congratulations to Ciara Storey, who won €76 in the latest draw. The draw takes place every week. The next draw will take place on Monday, June 20. To be in with a chance to win just pop your entry envelope with €2 into any one of the collection boxes in local businesses. Best of luck to all participants and thank you to all regular contributors.

Scoil Mochua field day

Everyone is very excited about the return of the Oulart field day, immediately after the patron on Sunday, June 26. Among the big attractions will be a draw for valuable prizes, including a 32inch Samsung Smart Television, an Outdoor Dining Set, Vouchers, a Flower Arrangement and many more. Raffle tickets are on sale in Corrigan’s Spar, Oulart post office and in Pierce Redmond’s, Raheenduff.

Oulart Active Retired

Oulart Active Retired meet in Oulart Community Centre on Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when bowls are played. New members are always welcome to join the Active Retired. Just turn up on any Tuesday or ring Mary O’Grady for full details (087 9361325).

The Ballagh National School

The Ballagh split-the-pot draw is held every Saturday. It costs only €2 to enter and the winner gets half the pot. A new addition to the draw is called ‘Upfront’ whereby you can pay €20 in advance which entitles you to entry in 11 draws for the price of 10.

Annual Patrons

After an absence of two years, the annual patron and blessing of graves will return to the parish and will be held in Oulart on the last Sunday in June and in the Ballagh on the first Sunday in July.

Local Notes

If you would like to contribute an item of news to the Local Notes please ring, text or email Breda Jacob at 086 1686978 or mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk. Clubs and organisations as well as families are invited to submit details of their recent successes and celebrations.


Glenbrien Patron

Glenbrien Patron will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m. Prayers and the blessing of graves will take place in the cemetery at 2 p.m., to be followed with the blessing of graves around the church. If you wish to have your deceased remembered on the List of the Dead read out during the Prayers, please drop in the list to the sacristy at weekend Masses or to the Parochial House in Oylegate.

Oylegate Patron

The Oylegate Patron will take place on Sunday, July 3, at 2 p.m. The names of the deceased to be prayed for at the patron can be dropped into the sacristy after Masses or into the Parochial house by Thursday, June 30.

Baby and Toddler Group

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

Church news

Knock Pilgrimage – There will be a one-day coach trip to Knock Shrine on Sunday, July 3, for the Ferns Diocesan Day. Depart Bride Street at 7am sharp. Pick up in Enniscorthy on Main Dublin Road outside Dunnes at approx 7.20am. pick up at Holy Trinity Church , Bunclody, approx 7.45am. Breakfast and evening meal in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore. Cost is 60 Euros per person, with discount for children. Contact details: Neil Foley 087 9740120, or Sean Kinsella at 053 912 3819

Coach organisers for our Diocesan Day are urgently needed across the diocese. If considering organising a coach, please contact the Sec. for further information at 087 2933545.

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.

Weekly Envelope Boxes 2022 – The boxes are now available in the church for your collection. Contributions to the weekly envelopes make up a vital part of the church income. Even during the months of lockdown, many people continued to be generous to this collection. This has meant that we were able to keep the lights on during a difficult year and that we were able to continue to pay our bills. Baptised Catholics in a parish community who are in a financial position to do so are invited to make donations for the upkeep of their local church. I want to make a special appeal to those who do not contribute to this collection by way of envelopes to consider doing so by an annual cheque or by standing order or direct debit. We make many of our payments in this way in the normal course of life. The bank details are: Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE44 BOFI 906566 24140788.

When you donate a total of €250 in a given year, the parish can make a claim to Revenue under the Charitable Donations scheme. Again, many thanks to all who have supported this collection.

Eucharistic Adoration – The Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament currently takes place in the Prayer Room on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to midday. Going forward, it is hoped to extend the hours till 2 p.m. People, who have been involved in the past or new people who would be willing to become involved should contact Kathleen Fitzgerald or Ann McEvoy.

Car parking in Oylegate Church Grounds – The parking area in the church grounds is primarily for use by those attending church services, visiting the cemetery or Prayer Gardens. An increasing number of vehicles are now using the area for all day parking. This will limit parking space for funerals. Perhaps, it is time to ask for donations from those who are availing of this facility. In general, proper regulations need to be put in place for all vehicles using the facility. Many are driving in the grounds at dangerous speeds.

Parish office – The office is now open on Monday, and Wednesday: 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and on Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.