Around the Districts: Marshalstown-Castledockrell to Tombrack

Sean Reck, Joe Reck and Sean Dempsey at the Oylegate Tractor Run at Oylegate Community Centre.

Enniscorthy Guardian


Important Notice

When booking a Mass for Castledockrell Church please give it to Anita, leave into Foley’s Shop or email it to by Wednesday at the latest as I cannot guarantee Masses booked any other way will reach me on time or appear in the newsletter the week prior to the Mass. Thank you.

First Holy Communion

Marshalstown First Holy Communion is on Saturday next 27th May at 11a.m. If unable to attend you can view on the webcam. Afterwards all the First Holy Communion families are invited by the Pastoral Council to the Community Centre for light refreshments. Congratulations to all the children.

Marshalstown Patron

The annual Patron and Blessing of graves is in Marshalstown on Sunday next 28th May. Prayers and Blessing of Graves in the Old Cemetery (Beside the Parochial House) at 2p.m. Followed by Mass and Blessing of Graves in the New Cemetery at 2.30p.m.


We offer our sympathy to the family and relatives of the late Tom Butler. May he Rest in Peace.

Lotto Results

Marshalstown Castledockrell GAA Lotto results for Thursday, 18th May are Jackpot €7,500. Numbers drawn 7, 11, 21, 32. There were Four Match 3 winners Ryan Quigley, Meghan Roche, Ian Plunkett and Tom Murphy who won €50 each. Thanks for your continued support.

Pop up Garda Station

Ballycarney on Wednesday, 24th May from 3p.m. to 4p.m.


Adoration continues each Thursday after 9.30a.m. Mass in Castledockrell Church from 10a.m. to 12 noon and is open to anyone wishing to come along. Just a reminder that there is Mass every Tuesday at 9.30a.m. in Marshalstown Church and every Thursday at 9.30a.m. in Castledockrell Church.

Where possible any changes will be announced at the weekend Masses in both churches. Weekend Masses are 7.30p.m. on Saturdays in Marshalstown and 9.30a.m. on Sundays in Castledockrell. These times also apply to Holy Days.


A number of local people returned safely from the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes during the week.

Silver Circle

Results of Castledockrell Amenity Group Five Week Silver Circle are:

Week 5 1st Prize €50 Mary Frost, 2nd Prize €40 Eoin Dunphy, 3rd Prize €30 Toni Goldman, 4th Prize €20 Attracta Doyle, 5th Prize €10 Dillon Byrne.

Thanks to all who supported the draw over the five weeks. Congratulations to all our winners.

Notes Deadline

Notes deadline is now Sunday 6p.m. (time I need the notes by). Items received after that time will be included in the following week’s notes if date of event has not passed. It is 6p.m. Thursday before a bank holiday. Thanks for your co-operation.


Wishing all in the Parish every success in their Examinations at this time whether they are sitting Third Level or House Exams, Leaving Certificate or Junior Certificate.

Church News

Details of Mass Times in the Pastoral area St. Aidan’s and St. Senan’s , Enniscorthy and Marshalstown and Castledockrell Churches along with how to book anniversaries, baptisms, weddings, etc are all on the Church Newsletters. Changes in weekday Masses may be announced at weekend Masses.

The emergency number to contact Fr. Paddy, Fr. Tom or Fr. Billy is 087 2710478. In the case of something less urgent please ring St. Aidan’s Parish Office on 053 9235777 or St. Senan’s Parish Office on 053 9261729 leave a short message to include your name and a contact number and someone will be in touch with you as soon as they can.


Unveiling of Memorial

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Insurrection of 1798 and of the first major battle of that campaign-the victory on Oulart Hill.

This Saturday 27th May, a Memorial to the United Irishmen will be unveiled at the car park, on Oulart Hill. Pike men and women as well as a Colour Party will attend, and some harpists, under Aileen Kennedy will provide music.

The event gets underway at 6pm and will conclude around 7pm. Oulart Hill Development Chairman, John Dempsey will welcome the attendance. Following the unveiling by local man, Peter O’Brien, (Monavullen) Brian O’Cléirigh will give a short talk on the significance of the Memorial. Deceased members of Oulart Pikemen will also be remembered on the evening.

Ms. Mary Farrell, MCC will lead the singing of “Boolavogue” and the National Anthem. Marching Pike people will lead the way down the Hill Lane to Oulart Community Centre where light refreshments will be served, followed by music and songs.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this historical occasion as we remember with pride the men and women of 1798. There will be ample car parking in a field on top of the Hill. See Facebook for full itinerary.

Parish Patrons

The annual Patron and blessing of graves in Oulart will be held on the last Sunday in June (25th) while the Patron in The Ballagh will be held as usual on the first Sunday in July. Further details will be available closer to the dates.

C.O.W.S. news

The Community of Oulart Women’s Society continues to meet in Oulart Community Centre every second Tuesday night, at 8pm. The next meetings will be held on 1st June.

Meetings are always well attended and various topics are discussed and plans made for future activities. The members are very community orientated and undertake projects to enhance the local area.

Presently, plans are underway to have a mural painted on the high wall, on the short-cut to the graveyard. Last Saturday some members of the C.O.W.S. were busy applying undercoat to the wall that had kindly been power-washed by Eddie O’Dowd. The work will continue over the next few weeks and the finished product is much anticipated.

Afternoon Tea

Since the formation of the C.O.W.S., two very successful Afternoon Teas have been held in Oulart Community Centre, where a Céad Míle Fáilte has been extended to everyone, to come together for tea/coffee and a chat and an opportunity to meet with people that you may not have seen for a while.

The next Afternoon Tea Party will be held on Friday 9th June, from 3pm until 5pm, and all members of the community are invited to attend. There is no charge and the members of C.O.W.S. will welcome you with open arms and serve tea/coffee and melt-in-the-mouth confectionary.

Car & Tractor Run

Joan and Friends have organised a Car & Tractor Run and Mini-Marathon in The Ballagh on Bank Holiday Sunday, 4th June, in aid of two very worthy charities, “Talk to Tom” and Children’s Cancer.

The Car & Tractor Run starts in The Ballagh at 12 noon while the 5 Kilometre Mini-Marathon (walk, jog or run) begins at 4pm. For further information please call Joan on 087-9019027.


Hospice coffee morning

Our first post-Covid coffee morning in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare will take place in Oylegate Community Centre on Saturday, May 27, from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come along and have a cuppa with us and bring your family and friends too. All support for this worthy cause is very much appreciated.

Pilgrimage volunteers

The diocese are asking for volunteers from each parish to organise a coach to bring pilgrims to Our Lady’s shrine in Knock on Sunday, July 2, We are also asking for singers to join our pilgrimage choir in singing simple, well known hymns during the ceremonies. For more information about the pilgrimage, please contact the Sec at 087 2933545 as soon as possible.

Baby and Toddler Group

Glenbrien Baby and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday morning 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 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

Retirement of Church Sacristan – Margo Quirke, who has been church sacristan for many years wishes to step back from this role. Going forward, a team of volunteers will be needed to keep things going. The role involves preparing the altar for Masses and tidying up afterwards. We also need people to open and lock the church. If you can help, there will be a meeting in the church after Mass on Thursday, May 25, at approximately 10 a.m. We thank Margo for all her faithful service.

Patron Dates – Glenbrien: Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m./Oylegate: Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration – Adoration takes place in the Prayer Room in Oylegate church on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed sacrament takes place in Glenbrien church on Tuesdays from 10 a.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 2023 – 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.

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

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.


Rathnure St Anne’s GAA

Club lotto: jackpot Numbers drawn this week were 4, 5, 6 and 23.There was NO jackpot winner. There were five match-three winners at €40.O Dwyers Staff Ballywilliam. Danny Foley Bahana. The Foley Family Bahana. Breda Ryan Ballywilliam. Harry Codd Askinfarney. Our next lotto draw will take place Live on our Facebook page at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Next week jackpot is €15,000.

Rathnure GAA Shop: will be open every Monday and Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mystery Envelope draw

Rathnure GAA Club are running a Mystery Envelope draw over the coming weeks. Sellers will be calling to all houses in the parish and would really appreciate your support. Prizes are €500, €250, €125. You can’t win if you’re not in.

Rathnure race night

Rathnure Senior camogie team are hosting a club fundraiser, Saturday, June 17, 7.30 p.m., Conran’s Bar. If you would like to buy a horse please contact a member of the senior camogie panel.

If you have a business or know someone who might like to sponsor a race please contact Louise at 087 3564911. Sure to be a great night of craic and racing, Stick it in the Diary.


Litter Pick

The co-ordinators of the Tombrack clean-up would like to thank everyone who helped in the past few weeks - 71 bags were collected.

We are asking homeowners to continue cleaning the stretch of road on both sides of their property in order to keep our beautiful country litter free. Many thanks to all volunteers who have worked so hard. Your efforts make an enormous difference.