Around the Districts: Ballymurn to Kiltealy-Ballindaggin

Danielle O'Connor and Layla and Patrick O'Rourke at the Open Night in Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh.

Enniscorthy Guardian


Over the water vintage news

Reserve Easter Sunday, April 9, for the Over the Water Vintage Club Spring Road Run, based from Castlebridge Community Centre. It is in aid of Castlebridge Church. Registration from 11.30 a.m. Take off at 12.30.

Sincere sympathy

Sincere sympathy to Barry, Ellen Kavanagh and family, Kilmallock on the death of Barry’s uncle James Kavanagh, The Moyne, Enniscorthy. <ay he rest in peace.

GAA Club news

This week’s lotto numbers were 2, 3, 21 and 28. No winner, No Match three. Lucky Dips: Rachel O’Connor James O’Connor Next draw is on March 22, jackpot €10,000.

Congratulations to Ronan Devereux on being selected on the Glen Fuels football team of the year. Well deserved.

Ballymurn Notes

If anyone would be interested in taking over the Ballymurn Notes, please contact me at 087 9121714 or


Active Retirement

Blackwater Active Retirement group extends an invitation to all ARA members and friends county wide to join us on an outing to Donegal from May 10 to May 14. The Hotel for the four-day stay is the Great Northern, Bundoran. Breakfasts and evening meals are included and also a Gala night of entertainment with Red Hurley and or Brendan Shine or Dominic Kirwan. The cost of the total trip is €439 pps. For further information and booking please phone Margaret at 087 6703242 ASAP.

Blackwater ARA are organising a table quiz in Whelan’s Bar at 8.30 p.m. on April 14. Entry is €40 per team of four. All interested are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Trips – April: Visit to Enniscorthy Castle and 1798 Centre. May: scenic cruise on the River Barrow from New Ross to Waterford.

Indoor Bowling in Blackwater Hall every Thursday at 7.30 p.m.



Sincere sympathy is extended from all in Boolavogue to the McClean family on the unexpected death of Pádraig McClean R.I.P., Clone, on Tuesday last, the 14th of March. Predeceased by his parents Paddy and Kathleen, his is survived by his loving partner, Annmarie, brothers Johnny and Martin, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. His remains were removed to St. Cormac’s Church on Saturday, the 18th., for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

New Pastoral Area Named

The new Pastoral Area in which Boolavogue is included will be known as Imeall na Screige. The name derives from the historical name for Oulart Hill, An Screig which is roughly in the centre of the Pastoral Area. All the five parishes surround ‘An Screig’ and from the top of if, they are all visible.

Knock Pilgrimage Advance Notice

The annual pilgrimage to Knock organised by the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, will take place on Saturday the 22nd. and Sunday the 23rd. of April this year. Places are strictly limited and the cost of €150 per person includes travel to Knock, dinner, bed and breakfast in Knock House Hotel.

The bus will leave Clonard in Wexford at 7.00am, travelling to Enniscorthy, Ferns and Gorey and thence on to Knock. Places can be booked by ringing Monica Gahan on 087-6419960. Further information is available on

Art Classes Coming

Lisa Murphy, whose gorgeous work can be viewed on her website, will be giving art classes in Boolavogue hall in the near future. The lessons will be open to all skill levels and will be priced at €50 for six weeks’ lessons. Alternatively, you can drop in to single lessons for €10. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa on 098-4125577

Pike Troop

There was a great turnout at the meeting on the 9th. of March about having a Pike Troop in the Harrow St. Patrick’s Day parade. Thanks to the great enthusiasm shown, the Boolavogue Pike Troop marched in the Parade and headed by the Fr. Murphy Banner which was carried by brothers Dermot and Pip Breen. This was the troop’s first outing so far and they are hoping to mark the 225th. anniversary of the ‘98 rebellion in May with a commorative march.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Despite the inclement weather, there was a great crowd in the Harrow for the Parade. It was inspected by the joint Grand Marshals, Betty and Des Doyle and all the onlookers cheered ‘St. Patrick’ played by Mattie O’Loughlin. As well as local groups and organisations, there were floats from Oulart and Monamolin as well as individual entries. This year’s Parade was the biggest ever and there was a great festive atmosphere throughout. Well done to the organisers and all the participants for making it such an enjoyable success.

Tidy Village Raffle

It’s not long until Easter and if you haven’t already bought lines, you are asked to support the The Boolavogue Tidy Village group’s Easter Raffle. The lines are on sale in Boolavogue Post Office and a line costs €2 or you can take three chances for €5. All support would be greatly appreciated.

School News

The school took part in STEPS Engineers’ Week recently. Activities included library visits, bridge construction, using beebots, testing to destruction, constructing a tower from marshmallows and spaghetti and constructing vehicles with Lego. But the highlight of the week was the visit from a real, live engineer, Michael Whelan. The pupils really appreciated his hard work in making it the best Engineers’ Week they have ever had in the school.

Soccer News

On Saturday last, the 18th. of March, the U-12s were away to Adamstown but disappointingly lost by 1-2. Adamstown were first to score, going 1-0 ahead in the first few minutes. But Cian O’Loughlin had our lads level within five minutes and the game was still tied at the break. Adamstown again pulled a goal ahead in the first few minutes of the second half and despite relentless pressure from Cormac’s for the rest of the game, they held on to the lead and took all the points.

The previous week, on the 11th. of March, the Youths’ team took on Cloughbawn at home in Luke Foran Park. The miserable weather might help explain our lads’ slow start and the 0-0 scoreline at the break. Jack Ellix sent a great pass across to Matthew Calder fifteen minutes into the second half and Matthew finished it to the net for our first score. Shortly afterwards, the Cloughbawn keeper made a great save off a fantastic MJ Fox header but Glenn Cullen snapped up the rebound and gave us our second goal. Despite tremendous pressure on the visitors’ defence, our lads couldn’t manage another score but the 2-0 win earned them a well deserved three league points.

Coffee morning

Nicola Doyle from Glynranny will be travelling to Arusha in Tanzania at the end of March to volunteer in a special needs centre. The centre caters for children from one year old to 10 years of age.

Nicola is organising a coffee morning on Sunday, 26th March from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oulart Community Centre to raise as much money as possible towards much needed supplies and equipment for the children.

She would appreciate any help or donation, so if you can bake a cake, or bring along a friend or two to drink coffee, your kindness and support would be very much appreciated. If you can’t attend, you can make a donation on her Go Fund Me page or by Revolute to 086 0309377.


Spring Clean

This year’s Spring Clean in Bree Parish will take place during the first two weeks of April. People are asked to help in their area by cleaning the road verges before growth starts.

Materials such as bags, gloves and high visibility vests are available at either Hammel’s Centra shop or at Jutta O’Meara’s house (Y21 Y135) from March 27 Filled bags can be left either on the gravel area outside Jutta O’Meara’s house or at the Bullaun (grass triangle with birch trees) Sparrowsland. These will be collected after April 17 by Wexford County Council Environment Department.

Galbally Sports and Leisure Club

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM on Wednesday, March 8, and also a big thank you to outgoing committee members and all who have helped us in any way over the past year. We have an exciting year ahead. The following new committee members were elected at the AGM.

Chair: Stephen Crean, V Chair: Jim Whelan, secretary: John V Carr, Assistant secretary: Aileen Whelan, treasurer: Fintan Doyle, Assistant treasurer Catherine Kennedy, PRO: Ann Marie Laffan. Additional committee members are Ruth Finn and Bee Fenlon. If you have any queries please contact any of the above committee members, message us on Facebook or email us. Please note our new email address is

Scoil Mhuire Ballyhogue

We are now open for 2023/2024 school year enrolment. Please contact us at 053 9247677 or visit our school website for further information.


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated with the children of Sixth Class in Bree Parish Church this coming Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m. We pray for the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit on the children, the parents and their families.

Galbally NS enrolments

Scoil Eoin Baiste, Galbally is now taking enrolments for the 2023/24 school year. Please contact our school office if you wish to visit our school or meet our staff. Contact details 053 9247622, email

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

Numbers drawn on March 15 were 2, 11, 12 and 15. No jackpot winner. Match 3’s – Nicholas and Eithne Doyle, Michael Murphy, Colin Levingstone, Janet Daly. Next draw March 29. Next jackpot is €4,200.

Bree Macra

Congratulations to Sarah Byrne, Ballyhogue, who was Runner-up in last week’s Impromptu Public Speaking all-Ireland Final in Ennis. Sarah spoke on the topics of friendship, cyclists and space travel. The club will be hosting a social in Hammel’s Of Bree on Friday, March 31.


Church notes

Mass Times: Mass times for Caim are Sunday morning 10 a.m.; Wednesday morning 9.30 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration every Monday, 12.30 p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Duffry Rovers

Duffry Rovers GAA and Camogie Club are holding a Monster Draw with €12,000 in Prizes. Tickets can be had from Committee Members. First draw will be held on March 31.


Pilates continues on Monday nights in Caim Community Centre, at 6.30 p.m. and again at 8.30.

Caim Youth Club

Caim Youth Club is held on Friday nights at 7 p.m.

Caim Mens Shed

Caim Mens Shed is held on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For Further details contact Paddy at 087 6341532.

Caim Vintage Club

The Vintage Club took Part in the Kiltealy St Patricks Day Parade and thanks to all the members who took part.

The annual Terry Barnes memorial road run will take place on Sunday April 23. Proceeds will go to Wexford Cardiac Unit and the new Sensory room in Caim National School.

School Enrolment

Caim National School is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2023. Any parents wishing to enrol their child may collect an Application Form from Liz (Secretary) or the Junior Infant teacher during school hours. Telephone 053 9255534. Alternatively you can request a form by emailing or you can download a form from the school website Please return completed forms as soon as possible.

Table Quiz

Duffry Rovers GAA and Camogie Club are holding a Table Quiz on EasterMonday April 10 at 8.30 p.m. in Ballindaggin Hall. All are welcome.

Well Done

Well done to Caim Knit and Stitch Group who came third in Kiltealy and picked up a prize also in the Enniscorthy St Patrick’s Day parades. The Group also took part in the Curragraigue parade.


Deepest Sympathy

It was with the greatest sadness that the people of the parish, learned the passing of Jim Bob (James) Sheil, Garryhasten, Clonegal, who passed away on Wednesday, March 8.

Beloved son of the late Patrick and Mary Kate. Sadly missed by his brother Maurice, sisters Kate, Philip, Mairead, Brigid and the late Ellen and Tina, nieces, nephews, aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Reposed from Lennon’s Funeral Home, Bunclody on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th. Removal on Saturday to St. Brigid’s Church, Clonegal, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. May he Rest in Peace.

Family Fun Bingo

Kildavin N.S Parents Association will hold a family fun bingo in Conway’s Pub, Kildavin on Sunday, March 26 at 3pm, in aid of Kildavin National School. Lots of prizes to be won. Raffle: €5 for 3 strips. Bingo books: Adults €5 and children €3.

Clonegal Tidy Village Association

Clonegal Tidy Village Association will hold its next meeting in St. Brigid’s Hall on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm. All are most welcome.

House of Song and Story

The House of Song and Story continues on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Osborne’s at 8.00pm. All are welcome.

First Holy Communion

Dates for First Holy Communion are as follows. Kildavin N.S on Sunday, May 21 at 11:30am at St. Lazerian’s Church, Kildavin. Clonegal N.S on Sunday, May 21 at 1:30pm in St. Brigit’s Church, Clonegal.

Weavers’ Cottages

Come and visit the Weavers’ Cottages Museum which were once the home of local weavers dating back to the 17th century and now houses many artefacts of the cottage weaving industry. See our newly restrung loom. Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am–4.00pm, Tuesday 9.00am–2.00pm–Friday: 9.00am–1.00pm, Saturday and Sunday please phone 053 9376749.


Tombrack Big Clean Up 2023

The scheduled clean-up for the Tombrack Road is as follows: Tombrack to Craan – Saturday, April 1m, meet at Tombrack Hall at 11 a.m. Tombrack to Strahart – Saturday, April 15, meet at Tombrack Hall at 11 a.m. Bags, gloves and picking sticks will be available, For further information contact Nan Feeney 086 3645631 or Catherine O’Neill 053 9366248. Please wear a high viz jacket. Volunteers are very welcome.


Strictly Come Dancing

Anna’s Strictly Come Dancing in The Riverside Park Hotel Good Friday night April 7th at 7.30pm in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (Cardiac Unity).

This is a very special cause to Anna Bowe, Kiltealy, Anna was very lucky to receive life saving heart surgeries in Crumlin, she spent the first three months of life in the hospital and a lot of time throughout her childhood. She got three open heart surgeries and many procedures which is the reason she’s so well today. Not only is the medical care in Crumlin second to none, but all the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff create a caring, supportive and safe place for children and their families who are going through a very difficult time.

After first hand seeing and benefiting from the work they do and knowing how heavily they rely on fundraisers for vital medical equipment and research, Anna has decided to do this fundraiser and in some small way give back to them, and hopefully help the many other very sick children who are on a similar journey today.

Any support for this fundraiser will be greatly appreciated by Anna and by the Cardiac Unit in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. A great night’s entertainment guaranteed as our couples take to the stage, with a judging panel of local celebs. Tickets €15.


Deepest sympathy is extended to Pakie Cowman and family Coonogue on the death of his brother Mattie Cowman, Donore, Bagenalstown which occurred on Sunday March 12th. Burial took place in Bagenalstown cemetery.

Deepest sympathy also to the family of Nick Kinsella, Gurteen, Templeshambo who also died on Sunday March 12 and was interred in Kilrush cemetery following funeral Mass in Kilmyshall Church. May they both rest in peace.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

There was a huge attendance at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Kiltealy with over 40 floats giving great entertainment at this first ever parade in the small village.

The famous Ballindaggin Pipe Band with Army personnel from Kilkenny Barracks led the parade with St. Patrick close behind on horseback, some very creative floats provided lots of laughs and the heavy rain had no effect on the great performers and excited spectators.

The winning float was The Studio by Stephanie O’Brien with her beautiful model who stole the show winning a €100 voucher from Mohurry Mills. 2nd was Mikie Doyle’s horse & jockey €50 voucher Mohurry Mills and 3rd Caim Knit & Stitch Group for their fabulous knitted car winning €50 voucher for Mohurry Mills. Many thanks to all who turned out on the day in such great numbers.

Kiltealy NS

Enrolment has commenced for 2023 for Kiltealy N.S. . Enrolment forms will be distributed through the local playschool or can be downloaded from the Kiltealy school website or alternatively contact the school at 053-9255446, or . Split the pot winner last week was Rachel Doran, Knockeoe who won €125.

Table Quiz

Duffry Rovers GAA and Camogie Club annual table quiz will be held on bank holiday Easter Monday April 10th at 8.30 pm in Ballindaggin Hall Raffle on the night also. Tables of four €10 per adult, underage €5. Teas served. All support is welcome.

Pop Up Garda Station

Pop Up Garda station in KIltealy Hall on the third Thursday of every month from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Kiltealy Memorials

Sincere thanks to Ken Hemmingway, Noel Armstrong and Pat Brennan and the late Paddy Farrell for producing Kiltealy Memorials 2020.

To date sales of this invaluable resource have raised almost €1,000 towards the upkeep of Kiltealy Cemetery. Copies of the book are still available in local shops.

WWETBclas for Farmers

WWETB are running a small group class one evening per week in a relaxed and friendly learning space, beginning soon in Bunclody Further Education and Training Centre, suitable for beginners and improvers who need help using their smartphone and other devices for farming purposes like calf registration, online mart, purchase or sales and online banking. The course is free. If interested contact Anne @ 086-7815062.