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Around the Districts: Marshalstown-Castledockrell to Oylegate


Maria O'Sullivan and Kerrie and Richard Warren at the Bunclody Union Parish Fete in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday.

Maria O'Sullivan and Kerrie and Richard Warren at the Bunclody Union Parish Fete in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday.

Maria O'Sullivan and Kerrie and Richard Warren at the Bunclody Union Parish Fete in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday.



Holy Day

Monday, 15th August the Feast of The Assumption is a Holy Day. Masses for this Pastoral area are as follows- 9.30a.m. Castledockrell, 10a.m. St. Aidan’s Cathedral, 7p.m. St. Senan’s and 7.30p.m. Marshalstown.


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Sympathy is extended to the families and relatives of Carmel Fitzgerald, Stella Byrne, Kay Bennett, Larry O’Connor and Patricia Lenihan. May they Rest in Peace.

Thank You

As Fr. Danny McDonald, PP leaves our Parish this weekend he is wished health and happiness to enjoy his retirement. Since he arrived in the Parish in 2005 he has worked tirelessly and continues to do so.

He was here with the people during the happy and sad times in their lives. He was here during difficult times like bad weather and covid 19 lockdowns.

Many projects were started and completed during his time here in both churches and the two schools in our Parish.

His pleasant, non-judgemental manner endeared him to people of all ages both Parishioners and visitors to the Parish.

While we are sorry to see him leaving we must thank him sincerely for the seventeen years of service to the Parish (Marshalstown since 2005 and both Marshalstown and Castledockrell since 2010).

Thanks Fr. Danny. Your work, kindness and support has been very much appreciated by the people of this Parish.

Pop up Garda Station

Enniscorthy Gardaí will hold a pop-up Garda Station in Marshalstown Community Centre on Monday 22nd August.


Anniversaries may be booked in the normal way for now. If and when any changes take place people will be informed well in advance.

Mass Times

Starting on Weekend of 20th /21st August Mass times for this Pastoral area will be as follows.

Saturday Vigil Mass–6p.m. St. Aidan’s Cathedral, 7p.m. St. Senan’s and 7.30p.m. Marshalstown.

Sunday–9.30a.m. Castledockrell, 10a.m. St. Aidan’s Cathedral, 11a.m. St. Senan’s and 12 noon St. Aidan’s Cathedral.

Weekday Masses will be 10a.m. Monday, to Saturday St. Aidan’s Cathedral. 7p.m. Monday to Saturday St. Senan’s, 9.30a.m. Tuesday, Marshalstown and 9.30a.m. Thursday Castledockrell.

Castledockrell National School

The school will reopen on Tuesday, 30th August for the new school year. For any queries contact us at castledockrellnschool@gmail.com

Our Lady’s Island

The Enniscorthy, Marshalstown, Castledockrell pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island is on Monday, 29th August at 8p.m. Bus from Enniscorthy €5 per person. Contact Enniscorthy Parish Office re bookings.

Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Ger Nash will visit Marshalstown and celebrate evening Mass on Saturday, 24th September and he will also visit Castledockrell and celebrate Mass on Sunday, 25th September. Bishop Nash looks forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible during his visit to the Parish.

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.


Boolavogue Mayoral Campaign

Louise Lawless is hosting a breakfast morning in Fr Murphy Centre on Sunday 21st August from 9am to 1.30pm . It wuld be very much appreciated if everyone could support this event as part of the Proceeds from the breakfast morning will go towards young adults who want to talk and have someone to listen, please support this very worthy cause as this is the last event of the Mayoral Campaign. Donations can be made by calling Louise on 087 9682133.

Monageer Grotto

It was lovely to see a large group in attendance for our annual outdoor Mass which was celebrated in Monageer Grotto. After a two year absence due to Covid, everyone enjoyed the tea and cakes along with the vital chat afterwards. Thanks to Fr Cosgrave and to all the volunteers who helped make the evening such a success.

Monageer Parish

This month’s newsletter is available in the porch of the church. Some of the items covered in it are: the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives; Church persecution in Nigeria; the Synodal Pathway update; abortion in Ireland, and the 1932 Eucharistic Congress. Enjoy the good weather and stay safe!

GAA Club Golf Classic

Great weather and a great turnout for our Annual Golf Classic... in Enniscorthy Golf Club. Thanks to all who played and all who supported–everyone had a great time. The Results are as follows.

st (102 points back 9): Sean Cooper, Ruairi Cooper, Feargal Cooper and Colin Ruth; 2nd (102 points): Marie Healy, Elaine Sheridan, Margaret Kane, Mary McManus; 3rd (100 points back 9): Patsy Kavanagh, Pat Quirke, John Doyle, Stephen Murphy; 4th (100 points back 9): Davie Murphy, Padraic Flynn, Peter Furlong, Eoin Kelly; 5th (100 points): Darren Kelly, Aidan Whelan, Ger Corrigan, Damien Fenlon. Nearest the Pin:Ladies–Ann Bernie, Men–Alan Sunderland. Longest Drive:Ladies–Joan MillerMen–Adam Jordan.

Thanks to all who took part. Prizes will be circulated to the winners in the coming days.



The sympathy of the community is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Kathleen (Kay) Bennett (née Cullen) Glenbrien, who passed to her eternal reward on Tuesday, August 2. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband art.

She is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by her son Kevin and daughter Orla, her daughter-in-law Sharon, her son-in-law Raymond, her grandchildren Eve, Cormac and Adam, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in Glenbrien Cemetery on Thursday, August 4, following Funeral Mass in St Peter’s Church, Gllenbrien. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam dílis.

County semi-finals

Oulart-The Ballagh hurlers had mixed luck in the two county semi-finals that they contested last weekend. The intermediates, despite a poor first half, defeated Buffers Alley, by 13 points, on Saturday in Wexford Park while the second team, Intermediate ‘A’ lost to Horeswood (four goals 16 points to three goals 22 points) in Bellefield on Sunday. Full match reports can be found in the Sports section of this newspaper.

County final

Following their victory over Buffers Alley last weekend, Oulart-The Ballagh Intermediate Hurlers will contest the county final versus Taghmon-Camross, on Saturday at 6.30 p.m., in Wexford Park. Best of luck to the panel of players and management in their quest to return to the ranks of senior.

25th Anniversary

It is 25 years since Oulart-The Ballagh Senior hurlers won the third of their senior titles and that Jubilee Team of 1997 will be presented to the crowd on the day of the intermediate county final. Players, selectors and club officials will be invited to attend the match and recall and relive the memories of that day when full-back, Declan Stamp led them to victory over Glynn-Barntown on October 19, 1997. Team Manager was Tom Neville (RIP) while selectors were Willie Sunderland (RIP), Michael Jacob and Jimmy Prendergast.

Big Fundraiser for Little House.

On August 21, the Bygone Days House of stories is joining forces with ‘Pat the Chap’ Group and Joan and friends to run a fundraising event in Oulart Village and in the grounds of the Bygone Days Storytelling House. Having been closed for so long due to Covid, the house of stories, like many groups and organisations, needs an injection of funds.

An ‘All Vehicle Road Run’ will leave Oulart Village at midday and you are invited to bring any type of motorised vehicle to participate.

Joan and friends are organising a 5km Walk along the Jean Kennedy Smith Trail to Oulart Hill, beginning at the Thatched House at 4 p.m. and walkers will be treated to tea on arrival back at the house.

At the earlier time of 3 p.m. a ‘Family Fun Bicycle Run’ will leave the Thatched House in Lower Oulart and you are invited to dust off your High Nellies, Bone Shakers, Tricycles etc and join in the fun.

Right throughout the day of August 21 there will be a Yard Sale in the grounds of the Storytelling House, with all kinds of bargains available. You never know what you may find for a few cents.

Tea and home produce will also be available. Tell your friends and come along to help raise some funds for Oulart’s Little Gem.

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.


Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to hi wife, son, daughter, in-laws, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, other relatives and friends of Paddy Bolger, Coolamain, Oylegate who was interred in Oylegate Cemetery on Monday August 1st following 12.00 noon mass. May he Rest in Peace.

Parish Journal 2022

We are currently preparing the Oylegate-Glenbrien Journal 2022. If there are people from our area now living abroad who would be willing to write a short description of their new lifestyle for our publication, we would be delighted to receive it. Please contact Maureen Somers at oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

As usual, we would like to include information on Oylegate-Glenbrien businesses.If you would like your business listed, please send its name and contact details to oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

Furthermore, if you would like to submit an article (a paragraph with/without photos) promoting your business, describing its amenities – for the local community and beyond, how it has transformed during Covid, its link with local history. We would welcome such contributions. Please send to oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

Church news

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.

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.

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.

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.

Some individuals are discarding litter from their vehicles which is doing nothing to enhance the overall appearance of the area. We should not have to continually clean-up other people’s litter who are availing of the facility for free.