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Around the Districts: Monageer to Oylegate


Tractors lined up for the start of the Joan and Friends Tractor Run in Oulart.

Tractors lined up for the start of the Joan and Friends Tractor Run in Oulart.

Tractors lined up for the start of the Joan and Friends Tractor Run in Oulart.



Concert in St. Cormac’s Church

Louise Lawless is hosting a Concert in St. Cormac’s Church, Boolavogue, on Sunday the 3rd of July, starting at 7.30pm, with a variety of talented artists taking part. These will include George Lawlor, The Gallery Choir of St. Iberius, Session Sisters & Friends, Lorcan & Lorraine Dunne, Patrick Murphy, Mary Crosbie, Martin Fortune while the M.C. will be Conor Dempsey. Tickets are only €10 and there will be a door prize and a raffle.


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The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of the late Patrick ‘Thatcher’ Murphy, Killisk, The Ballagh, who passed to his eternal reward on Thursday, June 9, and was laid to rest in the Ballagh Cemetery after funeral Mass, in St John the Baptist Church, on Saturday, June 11.

He is mourned and will be sadly missed by his sisters Stacia and Lil, his nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was pre-deceased by Seán, Mary, Martin, Charlie and Josie. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam.

Thank You

The committee of Oulart Community Centre wish to express their deep gratitude to everyone who supported their recent cake sale/Coffee Morning. Thank you to all who baked and donated goods for the day, to those who bought the confectionary and to anyone who helped in any way to make it a success.

A special thanks to Angela Byrne, who made the beautiful Kinder Cake, the first prize in the raffle. Sadie Sinnott was the lucky winner of that wonderful creation.

Golf classic

Oulart-The Ballagh golf classic that was held last week, in Courtown Golf Club, was an outstanding success, thanks to the many people who had an input into organising it so brilliantly and to those who provided sponsorship as well as to all the players who participated.

First place was won by the team of Adam Nolan, Niall Maher, Damien Fenlon and Darren Kelly. In second place were Steve Quigley, Tom Quigley, Kieran Purcell and Jim Turner. Third placed team comprised Mick Walsh, Larry Doyle, Ger Walshe and Leslie Walshe. In fourth place were Butch O’Connor, Kevin Sheridan, Paddy O’Connor and Wayne Murphy. In fifth place were Joe Kearns, Conor Ronan, Matty Kinnaird and Mark Fenlon. Nearest the Pin was won by Tom Shiggins and the winner of the Longest Drive was Mick Walsh.

Draw Winners

The prizewinners in the draw that was held on the day of the golf classic were Joe Kearns, Tom McLoughlin, Arthur Quinn, Damien West, Paddy Martin, Frank Crossan, Steve Quigley, Stephen Redmond, Eoin Foy, Tommy Storey, Andy Doyle, Andy Roche, Matty Kinnaird, Shane Reddy, Richard Murphy, John Roche and Shane O’Brien.

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 next meeting of Oulart Guild ICA will be held in the community centre, at 8 p.m. on June 16. New members are always welcome.

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 Sheila Mythen, who won €77 in the latest draw. The draw takes place every week. 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. Watch this space for further information re the field day.

Bygone Days Storytelling

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Storytelling House in Lower Oulart had to cancel the proposed re-opening for June 13. However, all will be welcomed back for the July session when all the usual entertainment and craic will be on offer as well as traditional refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh cách.

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.

Oulart field day

Scoil Mochua, Oulart is delighted to announce the return of the field day on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26, immediately after the patron. They are looking for volunteers to help out on the day. If you are the parent of a past or present pupil and would like to be involved please contact Marianne at 086 8147525.

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.


ICA notes

The winners of the ‘Most Useful Gadget’ competition were: joint first Breda Cody and Bernice Bateman, third. Kath Shiggins. The raffle was won by Joan Whelan. The tea was served by Joan Whelan.

The summer outing took place on June 8, and a most enjoyable day was had by all. The next meeting will take place on the first Wednesday in September. A variety of craft classes are scheduled for September. New members welcome.

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

Baptism – Welcome to the Christian Community Baby Phoebe Rose Kearns, who was baptised in Oylegate church recently.

Trócaire 2022 – A sincere word of thanks to all who donated to the Trócaire collection. €1,955 was donated in Oylegate and €670 was donated in Glenbrien.

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.

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.

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.